The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 25 June 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.

Functional Testing
UK
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 255 267 250
Rank change year-on-year +12 -17  
Contract jobs citing Functional Testing 409 498 517
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.88% 0.94% 0.92%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.05% 1.13% 1.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 234 320 323
Median daily rate £400 £368 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.84% +5.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £266 £225 £231
10% offered a daily rate of more than £557 £500 £553
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 6 7
Median hourly rate £40.00 £30.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.33% -14.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.96 £13.75 £26.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.50 £40.00 £91.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £30.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +33.33% -14.28%  

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 with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 39103 44215 45229
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 84.49% 83.33% 80.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 25496 29340 29026
Median daily rate £450 £438 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1041 1070 1262
Median hourly rate £32.50 £27.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.18% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.58 £12.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £48.70 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Functional Testing
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised 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 UK

Functional Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Functional Testing in the UK

Functional Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Functional Testing over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Functional Testing in the UK

Functional Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Functional Testing in the UK

Functional Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Functional Testing over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Functional Testing in the UK

Functional Testing
Top 30 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 3 months to 25 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 -2 385 £401 +8.44% 106
London -1 188 £450 +12.50% 32
South East +14 84 £361 -15.00% 22
City of London +14 32 £450 +7.14% 14
East Midlands +11 26 £425 +25.92% 4
South West +1 24 £350 - 8
Berkshire +17 22 £313 -10.71% 4
East of England -2 22 £450 +28.57% 3
Hampshire -3 18 £425 -5.55% 1
Buckinghamshire -9 17 £375 +97.36% 2
North West +17 15 £363 +3.57% 15
West Midlands +6 15 £300 - 8
Milton Keynes -3 15 £375 +97.36% 1
Scotland +31 13 £350 -6.04% 9
Nottingham +11 11 £413 +35.24% 1
Nottinghamshire +5 11 £413 +35.24% 1
Reading +3 11 £363 +8.20% 2
Essex -5 10 £500 +48.14%
Glasgow -4 9 £350 -7.89% 5
Yorkshire +11 8 £414 +19.06% 8
East Sussex +3 8 £225 -35.71% 1
West Yorkshire +13 7 £425 +30.76% 7
Wiltshire +10 7 £375 +0.67% 3
Devon -1 7 £350 +18.64%
Oxfordshire -6 7 £313 +7.75% 4
Kent - 7 £368 - 1
Leicestershire - 7 £500 - 1
Andover - 7 £425 - 1
Leeds +16 6 £433 +33.07% 6
Birmingham +13 6 £300 +100.00% 4

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 with a requirement for Functional Testing.

1 354 (44.92%) Test Automation
2 332 (42.13%) Agile Software Development
3 176 (22.34%) Test Scripting
4 165 (20.94%) Regression Testing
5 161 (20.43%) Finance
6 158 (20.05%) SQL
7 157 (19.92%) User Acceptance Testing
8 155 (19.67%) Non-Functional Testing
9 154 (19.54%) TDD
10 147 (18.65%) Java
11 140 (17.77%) QA
12 138 (17.51%) JIRA
13 120 (15.23%) Scrum
14 119 (15.10%) Continuous Integration
15 112 (14.21%) Selenium
16 111 (14.09%) ISTQB
17 106 (13.45%) Software Testing
18 100 (12.69%) ISEB
19 98 (12.44%) Banking
19 98 (12.44%) BDD
20 95 (12.06%) Test Strategy
21 90 (11.42%) JavaScript
22 83 (10.53%) Microsoft
23 82 (10.41%) Integration Testing
23 82 (10.41%) Defect Management
24 81 (10.28%) Oracle
25 80 (10.15%) Jenkins
26 79 (10.03%) Exploratory Testing
26 79 (10.03%) Scenario Testing
27 76 (9.64%) HP

Functional Testing
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 39 (4.95%) Confluence
2 22 (2.79%) CMS
3 20 (2.54%) SharePoint
4 15 (1.90%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 14 (1.78%) Tomcat
6 13 (1.65%) Apache
7 10 (1.27%) Elasticsearch
8 9 (1.14%) SharePoint 2010
9 8 (1.02%) Apache Spark
10 5 (0.63%) SharePoint 2013
10 5 (0.63%) Sitecore CMS
11 4 (0.51%) JBoss
11 4 (0.51%) WebLogic
12 3 (0.38%) ColdFusion
12 3 (0.38%) GlassFish
12 3 (0.38%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 3 (0.38%) Umbraco
12 3 (0.38%) WebSphere
12 3 (0.38%) WildFly
13 2 (0.25%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 33 (4.19%) Microsoft Office
2 32 (4.06%) Microsoft Excel
3 16 (2.03%) MS Visio
4 12 (1.52%) Microsoft Project
5 11 (1.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 4 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.38%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 29 (3.68%) Dynamics CRM
2 21 (2.66%) Dynamics AX
3 8 (1.02%) Payment Gateway
4 6 (0.76%) Dynamics NAV
5 5 (0.63%) Actimize
5 5 (0.63%) Workday HCM
6 4 (0.51%) Maximo
6 4 (0.51%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 3 (0.38%) SAP Retail
7 3 (0.38%) SunGard Martini
8 2 (0.25%) SAP PM
8 2 (0.25%) thinkFolio
8 2 (0.25%) Unit4 Business World
9 1 (0.13%) Endur
9 1 (0.13%) Findur
9 1 (0.13%) Oracle Applications
9 1 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
9 1 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
9 1 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
9 1 (0.13%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 14 (1.78%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (1.52%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (1.14%) Force.com
4 8 (1.02%) Dynamics 365
4 8 (1.02%) Office 365
5 4 (0.51%) Adobe Analytics
5 4 (0.51%) GitHub
6 3 (0.38%) G Suite
6 3 (0.38%) OpenShift
6 3 (0.38%) PaaS
7 2 (0.25%) BrowserStack
7 2 (0.25%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (0.25%) Sauce Labs
8 1 (0.13%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.13%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.13%) SaaS
8 1 (0.13%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 24 (3.05%) Internet
2 11 (1.40%) TCP/IP
3 8 (1.02%) HTTP
4 5 (0.63%) DNS
4 5 (0.63%) IP Telephony
5 4 (0.51%) Wireshark
6 2 (0.25%) DHCP
6 2 (0.25%) Diameter Protocol
6 2 (0.25%) GGSN
6 2 (0.25%) GPRS
6 2 (0.25%) GSM
6 2 (0.25%) Kerberos
6 2 (0.25%) LTE
6 2 (0.25%) Skype
6 2 (0.25%) SMTP
6 2 (0.25%) SNMP
6 2 (0.25%) SSL
6 2 (0.25%) UMTS
6 2 (0.25%) VoIP
7 1 (0.13%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 52 (6.60%) SQL Server
2 32 (4.06%) Relational Database
3 21 (2.66%) MySQL
4 18 (2.28%) Data Warehouse
5 17 (2.16%) NoSQL
6 14 (1.78%) Big Data
6 14 (1.78%) MongoDB
7 12 (1.52%) Hadoop
7 12 (1.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 11 (1.40%) Oracle Database
8 11 (1.40%) PostgreSQL
9 10 (1.27%) Redis
10 9 (1.14%) Oracle Reports
11 7 (0.89%) Apache Cassandra
11 7 (0.89%) Data Mining
11 7 (0.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 6 (0.76%) MariaDB
13 5 (0.63%) BusinessObjects
13 5 (0.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 4 (0.51%) DB2
Development Applications
1 138 (17.51%) JIRA
2 112 (14.21%) Selenium
3 80 (10.15%) Jenkins
4 69 (8.76%) Cucumber
5 56 (7.11%) Git (software)
6 45 (5.71%) WebDriver
7 42 (5.33%) TeamCity
8 33 (4.19%) HP UFT
8 33 (4.19%) Team Foundation Server
9 24 (3.05%) Maven
10 23 (2.92%) Visual Studio
11 22 (2.79%) CruiseControl
12 21 (2.66%) Appium
13 20 (2.54%) Calabash
14 19 (2.41%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 19 (2.41%) JUnit
15 18 (2.28%) SoapUI
16 17 (2.16%) SpecFlow
17 15 (1.90%) Subversion
18 12 (1.52%) LoadRunner
General
1 161 (20.43%) Finance
2 98 (12.44%) Banking
3 57 (7.23%) Retail
4 27 (3.43%) Front Office
5 26 (3.30%) Back Office
6 21 (2.66%) Telecoms
7 18 (2.28%) Marketing
8 17 (2.16%) Investment Banking
9 16 (2.03%) Manufacturing
10 13 (1.65%) Corporate Banking
11 10 (1.27%) Advertising
12 9 (1.14%) Legal
12 9 (1.14%) Retail Banking
13 8 (1.02%) Local Government
14 5 (0.63%) Electronics
14 5 (0.63%) Games
15 4 (0.51%) Billing
16 3 (0.38%) Multimedia
17 2 (0.25%) Law
17 2 (0.25%) Wholesale Banking
Job Titles
1 257 (32.61%) Analyst
2 207 (26.27%) Test Analyst
3 177 (22.46%) Tester
4 110 (13.96%) Developer
5 56 (7.11%) Automation Tester
6 54 (6.85%) Test Manager
7 35 (4.44%) Business Analyst
8 34 (4.31%) Java Developer
9 31 (3.93%) Test Engineer
10 29 (3.68%) Senior Analyst
11 28 (3.55%) Functional Tester
11 28 (3.55%) QA Engineer
12 27 (3.43%) Senior Test Analyst
12 27 (3.43%) Test Leader
13 25 (3.17%) QA Tester
14 24 (3.05%) Software Tester
15 23 (2.92%) Automation Test Analyst
15 23 (2.92%) Consultant
15 23 (2.92%) Functional Analyst
15 23 (2.92%) SQL Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (7.61%) Web Services
2 53 (6.73%) HTML
3 48 (6.09%) JSON
4 44 (5.58%) XML
5 43 (5.46%) .NET
6 41 (5.20%) CSS
7 34 (4.31%) RESTful
8 32 (4.06%) AngularJS
9 30 (3.81%) SOAP
10 28 (3.55%) Node.js
11 26 (3.30%) HTML5
12 24 (3.05%) Gherkin
12 24 (3.05%) REST
13 23 (2.92%) CSS3
14 20 (2.54%) React
15 17 (2.16%) Spring
15 17 (2.16%) Unreal Engine
16 14 (1.78%) Sass
17 13 (1.65%) Unity (Game Engine)
17 13 (1.65%) Unity DI Container
Miscellaneous
1 59 (7.49%) Analytical Skills
2 48 (6.09%) Mobile App
3 30 (3.81%) Management Information System
4 23 (2.92%) Computer Science
5 18 (2.28%) User Experience
6 16 (2.03%) Equities
7 11 (1.40%) Algorithms
7 11 (1.40%) Data Centre
7 11 (1.40%) Mainframe
8 10 (1.27%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 8 (1.02%) IVR
10 7 (0.89%) STB
11 6 (0.76%) Fixed Income
11 6 (0.76%) PlayStation
12 5 (0.63%) Data Structures
12 5 (0.63%) Fintech
12 5 (0.63%) Linux Command Line
12 5 (0.63%) Photography
12 5 (0.63%) SWIFT
12 5 (0.63%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 68 (8.63%) Linux
2 56 (7.11%) Windows
3 51 (6.47%) Unix
4 28 (3.55%) Apple iOS
5 25 (3.17%) Android
6 10 (1.27%) Windows 10
6 10 (1.27%) Windows Server
7 7 (0.89%) Mac OS X
8 5 (0.63%) Windows 8
8 5 (0.63%) Windows XP
9 4 (0.51%) Windows 7
10 3 (0.38%) Windows Server 2003
10 3 (0.38%) Windows Server 2008
10 3 (0.38%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (0.38%) Windows Vista
11 2 (0.25%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 354 (44.92%) Test Automation
2 332 (42.13%) Agile Software Development
3 176 (22.34%) Test Scripting
4 165 (20.94%) Regression Testing
5 157 (19.92%) User Acceptance Testing
6 155 (19.67%) Non-Functional Testing
7 154 (19.54%) TDD
8 120 (15.23%) Scrum
9 119 (15.10%) Continuous Integration
10 106 (13.45%) Software Testing
11 98 (12.44%) BDD
12 95 (12.06%) Test Strategy
13 82 (10.41%) Defect Management
13 82 (10.41%) Integration Testing
14 79 (10.03%) Exploratory Testing
14 79 (10.03%) Scenario Testing
15 66 (8.38%) Migration
16 64 (8.12%) Manual Testing
17 63 (7.99%) Test Management
18 59 (7.49%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 158 (20.05%) SQL
2 147 (18.65%) Java
3 90 (11.42%) JavaScript
4 69 (8.76%) Python
5 65 (8.25%) C#
6 33 (4.19%) C++
7 31 (3.93%) Ruby
8 28 (3.55%) Shell Script
9 16 (2.03%) PHP
10 15 (1.90%) Apple Swift
10 15 (1.90%) Perl
11 13 (1.65%) Scala
12 12 (1.52%) PL/SQL
12 12 (1.52%) VB
13 11 (1.40%) Bash Shell
14 9 (1.14%) C
15 8 (1.02%) Apex Code
16 7 (0.89%) Groovy
16 7 (0.89%) VBScript
17 6 (0.76%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 111 (14.09%) ISTQB
2 100 (12.69%) ISEB
3 64 (8.12%) Degree
4 59 (7.49%) Security Cleared
5 47 (5.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 33 (4.19%) SC Cleared
7 14 (1.78%) Computer Science Degree
8 10 (1.27%) DV Cleared
9 5 (0.63%) BPSS Clearance
9 5 (0.63%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 5 (0.63%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 4 (0.51%) Master's Degree
10 4 (0.51%) Numerate Degree
11 3 (0.38%) Microsoft Certification
12 2 (0.25%) HNC
12 2 (0.25%) HND
12 2 (0.25%) ISEB Practitioner
12 2 (0.25%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (0.25%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 1 (0.13%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 140 (17.77%) QA
2 16 (2.03%) MiFID
3 9 (1.14%) Data Quality
3 9 (1.14%) PMO
4 8 (1.02%) SLA
5 4 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (0.51%) TickIT
6 3 (0.38%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.25%) Dodd-Frank
7 2 (0.25%) EMIR
7 2 (0.25%) GDPR
7 2 (0.25%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.13%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.13%) GxP
System Software
1 19 (2.41%) Docker
2 7 (0.89%) Active Directory
3 6 (0.76%) Microsoft App-V
4 4 (0.51%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (0.38%) Virtual Desktop
5 3 (0.38%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (0.38%) VMware Workstation
6 1 (0.13%) Apache Flume
6 1 (0.13%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 64 (8.12%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (1.14%) Cisco IPCC
2 9 (1.14%) HockeyApp
3 6 (0.76%) Opscode Chef
4 5 (0.63%) Ansible
4 5 (0.63%) AppDNA
4 5 (0.63%) SCCM
5 4 (0.51%) Cisco CUCM
5 4 (0.51%) Cisco UCCE
6 3 (0.38%) BladeLogic
6 3 (0.38%) Puppet
6 3 (0.38%) Tivoli
7 2 (0.25%) ITRS Geneos
7 2 (0.25%) Kubernetes
8 1 (0.13%) Ambari
8 1 (0.13%) Capistrano
8 1 (0.13%) Hadoop YARN
8 1 (0.13%) Kibana
8 1 (0.13%) logstash
8 1 (0.13%) Netcool
Vendors
1 83 (10.53%) Microsoft
2 81 (10.28%) Oracle
3 76 (9.64%) HP
4 24 (3.05%) SAP
5 20 (2.54%) IBM
6 13 (1.65%) Salesforce.com
7 12 (1.52%) Adobe
8 10 (1.27%) Cisco
9 9 (1.14%) VMware
10 8 (1.02%) Atlassian
11 7 (0.89%) Apple
11 7 (0.89%) Xamarin
12 6 (0.76%) BMC
12 6 (0.76%) Citrix
12 6 (0.76%) Guidewire
13 5 (0.63%) Google
13 5 (0.63%) Huawei
13 5 (0.63%) PeopleSoft
13 5 (0.63%) Sitecore
13 5 (0.63%) Workday
City, London
Reed Technology
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Woking, Surrey
Venturi
Rate: £200 - £275 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £349 - £501 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Salt
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
MARS Technical Recruitment
Rate: From £40,000 to £45,000 per annum benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Andover, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Roc Search
Posted: 4 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
AMS contingency
Posted: 17 days ago
Coventry, Warwickshire
First Utility
Rate: Up to 55K
Posted: 10 days ago
Warwick, Warwickshire
First Utility
Rate: Up to 55K
Posted: 10 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
AMS contingency
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 17 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
AMS contingency
Posted: 17 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
City of Oxford College
Rate: Up to £40,791 per Annum
Posted: 25 days ago