The median contractor rate for a Functional Tester was £365 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

Functional Tester
UK
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 592 628 618
Rank change year-on-year +36 -10  
Contract jobs requiring a Functional Tester 23 17 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.049% 0.032% 0.044%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.052% 0.033% 0.047%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 14 11
Median daily rate £365 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.28% +7.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £242 £308 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £400 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £340 £325
% change year-on-year +17.64% +4.61%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 44408 51163 53304
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.74% 94.88% 94.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 28718 33369 33474
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £572
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £373
% change year-on-year - +7.38%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1380 1506 2056
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.57 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

Functional Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Functional Tester in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Functional Tester in the UK

Functional Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Functional Tester in the UK

Functional Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Functional Tester over the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Functional Tester in the UK

Functional Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Functional Tester in the UK

Functional Tester
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Functional Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 22 June 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
England +51 21 £365 +4.28% 1
London +22 14 £338 -15.62%
North West +26 3 £400 +9.58%
East Midlands - 3 £400 -
City of London - 3 £325 -
Glasgow - 2 - -
Scotland - 2 - -
Lancashire - 2 £400 -
South West - 1 - -
Devon - 1 - -
Cheshire - 1 - -
Lincolnshire - 1 £238 -
Edinburgh - 1 - -
Darwen - 1 £400 -
Chester - 1 - -
Blackburn - 1 £400 -

Functional Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 June 2017, Functional Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Functional Tester in the job title.

1 27 (84.38%) Functional Testing
2 10 (31.25%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (21.88%) SQL
3 7 (21.88%) Test Automation
4 6 (18.75%) Test Scripting
4 6 (18.75%) Selenium
4 6 (18.75%) Non-Functional Testing
4 6 (18.75%) Defect Management
4 6 (18.75%) Java
4 6 (18.75%) JIRA
5 5 (15.63%) Regression Testing
5 5 (15.63%) Microsoft
5 5 (15.63%) SDLC
5 5 (15.63%) ISTQB
6 4 (12.50%) QA
6 4 (12.50%) Performance Testing
6 4 (12.50%) Scenario Testing
6 4 (12.50%) HP
6 4 (12.50%) ISEB
6 4 (12.50%) Banking
7 3 (9.38%) Retail
7 3 (9.38%) Manufacturing
7 3 (9.38%) Linux
7 3 (9.38%) E-Commerce
7 3 (9.38%) Eclipse
7 3 (9.38%) Defect Tracking
7 3 (9.38%) Translating Business Requirements
7 3 (9.38%) Integration Testing
7 3 (9.38%) Manual Testing
7 3 (9.38%) HP Quality Center

Functional Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 2 (6.25%) Confluence
2 1 (3.13%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 1 (3.13%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (3.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (3.13%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (6.25%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (3.13%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (3.13%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (3.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.13%) DB2
1 1 (3.13%) MySQL
1 1 (3.13%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 6 (18.75%) JIRA
1 6 (18.75%) Selenium
2 3 (9.38%) Eclipse
3 2 (6.25%) Appium
3 2 (6.25%) Git (software)
3 2 (6.25%) Jenkins
3 2 (6.25%) Maven
3 2 (6.25%) SoapUI
3 2 (6.25%) Subversion
3 2 (6.25%) WebDriver
4 1 (3.13%) NeoLoad
4 1 (3.13%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (3.13%) Visual Studio
General
1 4 (12.50%) Banking
2 3 (9.38%) Manufacturing
2 3 (9.38%) Retail
3 2 (6.25%) Finance
3 2 (6.25%) Telecoms
4 1 (3.13%) Electronics
4 1 (3.13%) Investment Banking
4 1 (3.13%) Marketing
4 1 (3.13%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (6.25%) REST
1 2 (6.25%) SOAP
1 2 (6.25%) Web Services
2 1 (3.13%) .NET
2 1 (3.13%) Elastic Stack
2 1 (3.13%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 2 (6.25%) Computer Science
1 2 (6.25%) Mainframe
1 2 (6.25%) Mobile App
2 1 (3.13%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (3.13%) Credit Risk
2 1 (3.13%) EPoS
2 1 (3.13%) Equities
2 1 (3.13%) Hedge funds
2 1 (3.13%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 3 (9.38%) Linux
2 2 (6.25%) Android
2 2 (6.25%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (84.38%) Functional Testing
2 10 (31.25%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (21.88%) Test Automation
4 6 (18.75%) Defect Management
4 6 (18.75%) Non-Functional Testing
4 6 (18.75%) Test Scripting
5 5 (15.63%) Regression Testing
5 5 (15.63%) SDLC
6 4 (12.50%) Performance Testing
6 4 (12.50%) Scenario Testing
7 3 (9.38%) Defect Tracking
7 3 (9.38%) E-Commerce
7 3 (9.38%) Integration Testing
7 3 (9.38%) Manual Testing
7 3 (9.38%) Translating Business Requirements
8 2 (6.25%) Business Analysis
8 2 (6.25%) Configuration Management
8 2 (6.25%) Data Management
8 2 (6.25%) ERP
8 2 (6.25%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (21.88%) SQL
2 6 (18.75%) Java
3 2 (6.25%) JavaScript
4 1 (3.13%) PHP
Qualifications
1 5 (15.63%) ISTQB
2 4 (12.50%) ISEB
3 2 (6.25%) Computer Science Degree
3 2 (6.25%) Degree
4 1 (3.13%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (12.50%) QA
2 2 (6.25%) PMO
System Software
1 1 (3.13%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (9.38%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (3.13%) Cisco IPCC
2 1 (3.13%) Kibana
2 1 (3.13%) logstash
Vendors
1 5 (15.63%) Microsoft
2 4 (12.50%) HP
3 2 (6.25%) Oracle
4 1 (3.13%) Empirix
4 1 (3.13%) Informatica
4 1 (3.13%) Murex
4 1 (3.13%) Nimble Storage
4 1 (3.13%) Red Hat
4 1 (3.13%) SAP
4 1 (3.13%) VMware