The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the Manchester region that had Test Engineer featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 17 January 2017 with a comparison to same period over 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
17 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Engineer
North West / Manchester
Rank 85 91 87
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -4
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 5 14 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 0.36% 0.73% 0.22%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.38% 0.76% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 12 2
Median daily rate £331 £325 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.92% +12.06%
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Median hourly rate £34.00 £25.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+36.00% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £40.00 £28.50
% change year-on-year
-18.75% +40.35%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the Manchester region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
1330 1831 1326
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 95.27% 94.97% 96.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 842 1049 785
Median daily rate £375 £365 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.73% +4.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £183 £225 £231
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £510 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £393 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.28% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 58 69
Median hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.88% +21.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.70 £12.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £40.00 £25.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.32 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-1.02% +9.37%

Test Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

The demand trend of IT contracts across the Manchester region that featured Test Engineer in the job title.

Test Engineer Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

Test Engineer
Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Test Engineer across the Manchester region.

Test Engineer Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

Test Engineer
Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Test Engineer across the Manchester region.

Test Engineer Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 17 January 2017, Test Engineer 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 across the Manchester region featuring Test Engineer in the job title.

1 7 (46.67%) Agile Software Development
1 7 (46.67%) Selenium
2 5 (33.33%) Java
2 5 (33.33%) ISEB
3 4 (26.67%) HP Quality Center
3 4 (26.67%) Test Automation
3 4 (26.67%) Cucumber
4 3 (20.00%) BDD
4 3 (20.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (20.00%) Web Testing
4 3 (20.00%) Regression Testing
4 3 (20.00%) JUnit
4 3 (20.00%) Microsoft
4 3 (20.00%) QA
4 3 (20.00%) Unit Testing
4 3 (20.00%) Test Scripting
4 3 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
4 3 (20.00%) Manual Testing
4 3 (20.00%) TDD
4 3 (20.00%) JIRA
5 2 (13.33%) ISTQB
5 2 (13.33%) Maven
5 2 (13.33%) System Testing
5 2 (13.33%) Performance Testing
5 2 (13.33%) Security Testing
5 2 (13.33%) HTML
5 2 (13.33%) HP
5 2 (13.33%) MS Excel
5 2 (13.33%) XML
5 2 (13.33%) SQL

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester 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 (6.67%) MS Exchange
1 1 (6.67%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (13.33%) MS Excel
2 1 (6.67%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (6.67%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 1 (6.67%) LLU
1 1 (6.67%) PSTN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (6.67%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 7 (46.67%) Selenium
2 4 (26.67%) Cucumber
3 3 (20.00%) JIRA
3 3 (20.00%) JUnit
4 2 (13.33%) Jenkins
4 2 (13.33%) Maven
4 2 (13.33%) TestNG
4 2 (13.33%) TestRail
5 1 (6.67%) Firebug
5 1 (6.67%) HP UFT
5 1 (6.67%) JMeter
5 1 (6.67%) LoadRunner
5 1 (6.67%) Rational Functional Tester
5 1 (6.67%) SoapUI
5 1 (6.67%) TestDirector
5 1 (6.67%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (6.67%) Electronics
1 1 (6.67%) Finance
1 1 (6.67%) Games
1 1 (6.67%) Retail
1 1 (6.67%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (13.33%) HTML
1 2 (13.33%) XML
2 1 (6.67%) .NET
2 1 (6.67%) .NET Framework
2 1 (6.67%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 2 (13.33%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (6.67%) Computer Science
2 1 (6.67%) Mobile Games
Operating Systems
1 1 (6.67%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (46.67%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (26.67%) Test Automation
3 3 (20.00%) BDD
3 3 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
3 3 (20.00%) Manual Testing
3 3 (20.00%) Regression Testing
3 3 (20.00%) TDD
3 3 (20.00%) Test Scripting
3 3 (20.00%) Unit Testing
3 3 (20.00%) Web Testing
4 2 (13.33%) API Testing
4 2 (13.33%) Automation Testing
4 2 (13.33%) Cross-Browser Testing
4 2 (13.33%) Defect Management
4 2 (13.33%) Functional Testing
4 2 (13.33%) Non-Functional Testing
4 2 (13.33%) Performance Testing
4 2 (13.33%) Security Testing
4 2 (13.33%) System Testing
4 2 (13.33%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (33.33%) Java
2 2 (13.33%) SQL
3 1 (6.67%) PHP
Qualifications
1 5 (33.33%) ISEB
2 3 (20.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (13.33%) ISTQB
4 1 (6.67%) Degree
4 1 (6.67%) SC Cleared
4 1 (6.67%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (20.00%) QA
System Software
1 1 (6.67%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (26.67%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (20.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (13.33%) HP
2 2 (13.33%) ServiceNow
3 1 (6.67%) Citrix