The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for Functional Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Functional Testing over the 3 months to 26 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Functional Testing
England / South West
Rank 118 114 119
Rank change year-on-year -4 +5  
Contract jobs citing Functional Testing 19 26 28
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.74% 0.90% 0.90%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.91% 1.12% 1.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 12 15
Median daily rate £281 £350 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -19.64% -17.64%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £182 £275 £355
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £424 £456
UK excluding London median daily rate £315 £350 £350
% change year-on-year -10.00% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £43.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £43.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year - +14.66%  

Functional Testing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2099 2317 2454
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 81.55% 79.87% 78.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 1371 1527 1585
Median daily rate £400 £388 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% -3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £275 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 108 137 84
Median hourly rate £39.00 £42.25 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.69% +20.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £27.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £57.00 £46.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.09% +29.16%  

Functional Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West citing Functional Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Functional Testing in the South West

Functional Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Functional Testing in the South West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Functional Testing in the South West

Functional Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Functional Testing in the South West over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Functional Testing in the South West

Functional Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Functional Testing in the South West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Functional Testing in the South West

Functional Testing
Contract Job Locations in the South West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Functional Testing within the South West region over the 3 months to 26 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Wiltshire +9 9 £269 -0.46%
Gloucestershire +5 4 £475 -
Somerset -2 2 £275 -15.05% 3
Bristol -3 2 £199 -43.28% 3
Functional Testing
England

Functional Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 26 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Functional Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the South West region with a requirement for Functional Testing.

1 22 (61.11%) Test Scripting
2 21 (58.33%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (38.89%) Non-Functional Testing
4 13 (36.11%) ISTQB
5 12 (33.33%) ISEB
6 10 (27.78%) Defect Management
7 9 (25.00%) Software Testing
7 9 (25.00%) Waterfall
8 7 (19.44%) Manual Testing
8 7 (19.44%) Security Cleared
9 6 (16.67%) User Stories
9 6 (16.67%) Project Management
9 6 (16.67%) SAP
9 6 (16.67%) TDD
9 6 (16.67%) Automated Testing
10 5 (13.89%) Stakeholder Management
10 5 (13.89%) HP
11 4 (11.11%) Bash Shell
11 4 (11.11%) Test Planning
11 4 (11.11%) DV Cleared
11 4 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
11 4 (11.11%) Use Case
11 4 (11.11%) Cisco
11 4 (11.11%) Unix
11 4 (11.11%) Python
11 4 (11.11%) C
11 4 (11.11%) Java
11 4 (11.11%) .NET
11 4 (11.11%) SQL Server
11 4 (11.11%) LoadRunner

Functional Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 1 (2.78%) CMS
Business Applications
1 4 (11.11%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.78%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (2.78%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.78%) BIG-IP
1 1 (2.78%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (11.11%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.78%) Hadoop
2 1 (2.78%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 4 (11.11%) LoadRunner
2 3 (8.33%) Rational Functional Tester
3 2 (5.56%) Selenium
3 2 (5.56%) SpecFlow
3 2 (5.56%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (5.56%) Visual Studio
3 2 (5.56%) WebDriver
4 1 (2.78%) Ant
4 1 (2.78%) Cucumber
4 1 (2.78%) JIRA
4 1 (2.78%) Maven
4 1 (2.78%) Selenium IDE
General
1 4 (11.11%) Finance
2 1 (2.78%) Advertising
2 1 (2.78%) Banking
2 1 (2.78%) Marketing
2 1 (2.78%) Retail
2 1 (2.78%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 23 (63.89%) Analyst
2 22 (61.11%) Test Analyst
3 8 (22.22%) Tester
4 5 (13.89%) Lead Test Analyst
4 5 (13.89%) Test Leader
5 4 (11.11%) HR Analyst
6 3 (8.33%) Senior Analyst
6 3 (8.33%) Senior Test Analyst
7 2 (5.56%) Automation Tester
7 2 (5.56%) Finance Systems Analyst
7 2 (5.56%) Financial Analyst
7 2 (5.56%) Mobile Tester
7 2 (5.56%) QA Tester
7 2 (5.56%) SAP Analyst
7 2 (5.56%) SAP Test Analyst
7 2 (5.56%) Senior Financial Analyst
7 2 (5.56%) Senior SAP Test Analyst
7 2 (5.56%) Software Tester
7 2 (5.56%) Team Leader
7 2 (5.56%) Test Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (11.11%) .NET
2 1 (2.78%) Gherkin
2 1 (2.78%) XML
2 1 (2.78%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 1 (2.78%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (2.78%) Data Centre
1 1 (2.78%) iPad
1 1 (2.78%) Management Information System
1 1 (2.78%) NHS
1 1 (2.78%) User Experience
1 1 (2.78%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 4 (11.11%) Unix
2 1 (2.78%) Android
2 1 (2.78%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (61.11%) Test Scripting
2 21 (58.33%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (38.89%) Non-Functional Testing
4 10 (27.78%) Defect Management
5 9 (25.00%) Software Testing
5 9 (25.00%) Waterfall
6 7 (19.44%) Manual Testing
7 6 (16.67%) Automated Testing
7 6 (16.67%) Project Management
7 6 (16.67%) TDD
7 6 (16.67%) User Stories
8 5 (13.89%) Stakeholder Management
9 4 (11.11%) Configuration Management
9 4 (11.11%) Exploratory Testing
9 4 (11.11%) Scrum
9 4 (11.11%) Test Planning
9 4 (11.11%) Use Case
9 4 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
10 3 (8.33%) SDLC
10 3 (8.33%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (11.11%) Bash Shell
1 4 (11.11%) C
1 4 (11.11%) Java
1 4 (11.11%) Python
2 3 (8.33%) C++
2 3 (8.33%) Perl
2 3 (8.33%) Ruby
3 1 (2.78%) C#
3 1 (2.78%) SQL
Qualifications
1 13 (36.11%) ISTQB
2 12 (33.33%) ISEB
3 7 (19.44%) Security Cleared
4 4 (11.11%) DV Cleared
5 2 (5.56%) SC Cleared
6 1 (2.78%) CCNA
6 1 (2.78%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (2.78%) EMCIE
6 1 (2.78%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 1 (2.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (2.78%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.33%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (8.33%) Cisco CUCM
1 3 (8.33%) Cisco UCCE
1 3 (8.33%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.78%) BMC PATROL
2 1 (2.78%) Cisco IPCC
2 1 (2.78%) Netcool
Vendors
1 6 (16.67%) SAP
2 5 (13.89%) HP
3 4 (11.11%) Cisco
4 3 (8.33%) Microsoft
5 1 (2.78%) Atlassian
5 1 (2.78%) BMC
5 1 (2.78%) CA
5 1 (2.78%) Cloudera
5 1 (2.78%) EMC
5 1 (2.78%) F5
5 1 (2.78%) Guidewire
5 1 (2.78%) SolarWinds