The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 28 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.

Functional Testing
England / West Midlands
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 87 107 116
Rank change year-on-year +20 +9  
Contract jobs citing Functional Testing 28 22 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.26% 0.80% 0.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.57% 0.98% 0.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 12 7
Median daily rate £450 £328 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +37.40% -6.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £135 £253
10% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £433 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £323 £350 £350
% change year-on-year -7.85% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.10 £43.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year -27.68% +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 West Midlands with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1779 2248 1946
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 80.03% 82.16% 75.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 1148 1247 1121
Median daily rate £413 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.12% +3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £550 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 45 110
Median hourly rate £24.50 £18.25 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.24% -39.16%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.73 £13.06
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -6.49% +27.48%  

Functional Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands 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 West Midlands

Functional Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Functional Testing in the West Midlands

Functional Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Functional Testing in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Functional Testing in the West Midlands

Functional Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Functional Testing in the West Midlands

Functional Testing
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

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 West Midlands region over the 3 months to 28 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
Warwickshire - 10 £305 - 1
Birmingham 0 7 £450 +233.33% 2
Coventry +5 6 £525 +20.00% 1
Staffordshire - 2 £275 - 1
Functional Testing
England

For the 6 months to 28 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for Functional Testing.

1 40 (60.61%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (34.85%) Migration
3 21 (31.82%) Microsoft
4 20 (30.30%) .NET
5 19 (28.79%) ASP.NET
5 19 (28.79%) Test Scripting
5 19 (28.79%) Data Migration
6 17 (25.76%) SQL
6 17 (25.76%) MS Excel
6 17 (25.76%) QA
7 16 (24.24%) Dynamics CRM
7 16 (24.24%) CRM
7 16 (24.24%) JavaScript
7 16 (24.24%) HTML
7 16 (24.24%) CSS
7 16 (24.24%) BDD
8 15 (22.73%) Web Services
8 15 (22.73%) TDD
9 14 (21.21%) Data Conversion
10 13 (19.70%) MVC
10 13 (19.70%) Finance
10 13 (19.70%) Microsoft Azure
10 13 (19.70%) Selenium
10 13 (19.70%) Marketing
10 13 (19.70%) Non-Functional Testing
10 13 (19.70%) ASP.NET MVC
10 13 (19.70%) Campaign Management
10 13 (19.70%) ASP.NET Web API
10 13 (19.70%) Test Planning
11 12 (18.18%) User Acceptance Testing

Functional Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 3 (4.55%) Confluence
1 3 (4.55%) Documentum
Applications
1 17 (25.76%) MS Excel
2 3 (4.55%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 16 (24.24%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.52%) Lorenzo
Cloud Services
1 13 (19.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (3.03%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.52%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.55%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.03%) Data Mining
2 2 (3.03%) QlikView
3 1 (1.52%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.52%) Electronic Patient Records
3 1 (1.52%) OLAP
3 1 (1.52%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (1.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 13 (19.70%) Selenium
2 7 (10.61%) JIRA
3 6 (9.09%) WebDriver
4 5 (7.58%) Git (software)
4 5 (7.58%) Octopus Deploy
5 4 (6.06%) Jenkins
6 3 (4.55%) Cucumber
6 3 (4.55%) gulp
6 3 (4.55%) SoapUI
6 3 (4.55%) SonarQube
6 3 (4.55%) Sonatype Nexus
6 3 (4.55%) Travis CI
7 2 (3.03%) Ant
7 2 (3.03%) Gradle
7 2 (3.03%) JSHint
7 2 (3.03%) JUnit
7 2 (3.03%) Maven
7 2 (3.03%) Mocha
7 2 (3.03%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (3.03%) Visual Studio
General
1 13 (19.70%) Finance
1 13 (19.70%) Marketing
2 2 (3.03%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 18 (27.27%) Analyst
2 16 (24.24%) Developer
3 15 (22.73%) Test Manager
4 14 (21.21%) Test Analyst
5 13 (19.70%) CRM Developer
6 7 (10.61%) Dynamics CRM Developer
6 7 (10.61%) Microsoft Developer
7 6 (9.09%) QA Engineer
8 5 (7.58%) Senior QA Engineer
9 4 (6.06%) Agile Developer
9 4 (6.06%) Business Analyst
9 4 (6.06%) Regression Test Analyst
9 4 (6.06%) Tester
10 3 (4.55%) Applications Manager
10 3 (4.55%) Infrastructure Manager
10 3 (4.55%) Infrastructure Test Manager
10 3 (4.55%) QA Manager
11 2 (3.03%) Data Manager
11 2 (3.03%) QA Test Manager
11 2 (3.03%) Storage Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (30.30%) .NET
2 19 (28.79%) ASP.NET
3 16 (24.24%) CSS
3 16 (24.24%) HTML
4 15 (22.73%) Web Services
5 13 (19.70%) ASP.NET MVC
5 13 (19.70%) ASP.NET Web API
6 3 (4.55%) CSS3
6 3 (4.55%) HTML5
6 3 (4.55%) RESTful
7 2 (3.03%) Express
7 2 (3.03%) J2EE
7 2 (3.03%) JAX-RS
7 2 (3.03%) Mustache
7 2 (3.03%) Node.js
7 2 (3.03%) RAML
7 2 (3.03%) Spring
8 1 (1.52%) Angular 2
8 1 (1.52%) Core Data
8 1 (1.52%) MEAN Stack
Miscellaneous
1 5 (7.58%) Data Centre
2 3 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (4.55%) Driving Licence
2 3 (4.55%) Management Information System
3 2 (3.03%) Linux Command Line
4 1 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.52%) NHS
4 1 (1.52%) Private Cloud
4 1 (1.52%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 6 (9.09%) Linux
2 4 (6.06%) Windows
3 3 (4.55%) Unix
4 1 (1.52%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (60.61%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (34.85%) Migration
3 19 (28.79%) Data Migration
3 19 (28.79%) Test Scripting
4 16 (24.24%) BDD
4 16 (24.24%) CRM
5 15 (22.73%) TDD
6 14 (21.21%) Data Conversion
7 13 (19.70%) Campaign Management
7 13 (19.70%) MVC
7 13 (19.70%) Non-Functional Testing
7 13 (19.70%) Test Planning
8 12 (18.18%) User Acceptance Testing
9 10 (15.15%) Automated Testing
9 10 (15.15%) Performance Testing
9 10 (15.15%) Use Case
10 9 (13.64%) Waterfall
11 8 (12.12%) Change Management
12 7 (10.61%) Data Analysis
12 7 (10.61%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 17 (25.76%) SQL
2 16 (24.24%) JavaScript
3 3 (4.55%) Java
4 2 (3.03%) ECMAScript
5 1 (1.52%) C
5 1 (1.52%) C#
5 1 (1.52%) Objective-C
5 1 (1.52%) T-SQL
5 1 (1.52%) TypeScript
5 1 (1.52%) VB
5 1 (1.52%) VB6
Qualifications
1 9 (13.64%) ISEB
2 7 (10.61%) Degree
3 5 (7.58%) ISTQB
4 3 (4.55%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 2 (3.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (25.76%) QA
2 4 (6.06%) SLA
Systems Management
1 9 (13.64%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (4.55%) Puppet
Vendors
1 21 (31.82%) Microsoft
2 5 (7.58%) Guidewire
2 5 (7.58%) HP
2 5 (7.58%) SOASTA, Inc
3 4 (6.06%) VMware
4 3 (4.55%) CA Agile Central
5 2 (3.03%) Pega
6 1 (1.52%) Cerner
6 1 (1.52%) Computacenter
6 1 (1.52%) Oracle