The table below looks at the statistics for the Test Engineer role in IT contracts advertised for the Manchester region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Engineer in their job title over the 3 months to 23 January 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 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.

Location
3 months to
23 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Engineer
Rank 82 80 72
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -8
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 3 3 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 0.21% 0.27% 0.49%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.23% 0.29% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 2
Average daily rate
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£290 - £300
UK excluding London average daily rate £348 £270 £288
% change year-on-year
+28.70% -6.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.00 £22.50 £33.50
% change year-on-year
+37.77% -32.83%
Test Engineer
North West

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
1314 1027 932
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 93.92% 93.03% 90.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 772 544 499
Average daily rate £338 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.57% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £200 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £500 £440
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 51 68
Average hourly rate £14.00 £19.00 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-26.31% -2.56%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.10 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.00 £37.50 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-3.03% -8.33%

Test Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Engineer in the job title across the Manchester region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

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
Contract Job Locations in Manchester

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Engineer within the Manchester region over the 3 months to 23 January 2015. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
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IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
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Test Engineer
North West

Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 23 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester region that cited Test Engineer in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Test Engineer in their job title.

1 4 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (66.67%) TDD
1 4 (66.67%) Manual Testing
2 3 (50.00%) Test Management
2 3 (50.00%) Android
2 3 (50.00%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (50.00%) Apple iOS
2 3 (50.00%) Windows Mobile
2 3 (50.00%) ISTQB
2 3 (50.00%) JIRA
2 3 (50.00%) Windows
2 3 (50.00%) ISEB
3 2 (33.33%) Java
3 2 (33.33%) J2EE
3 2 (33.33%) SOAP
3 2 (33.33%) Web Services
3 2 (33.33%) QA
3 2 (33.33%) Performance Testing
3 2 (33.33%) SoapUI
3 2 (33.33%) Performance Analysis
3 2 (33.33%) Software Testing
3 2 (33.33%) Test Automation
3 2 (33.33%) Kanban
4 1 (16.67%) Groovy
4 1 (16.67%) Test Scripting
4 1 (16.67%) Digital Media
4 1 (16.67%) WebDriver
4 1 (16.67%) iPad
4 1 (16.67%) Cucumber
4 1 (16.67%) BDD

Test Engineer
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 23 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester region that cited Test Engineer in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Test Engineer in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Development Applications
1 3 (50.00%) JIRA
2 2 (33.33%) SoapUI
3 1 (16.67%) WebDriver
3 1 (16.67%) Cucumber
3 1 (16.67%) Selenium
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (33.33%) J2EE
1 2 (33.33%) SOAP
1 2 (33.33%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (16.67%) Digital Media
1 1 (16.67%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 3 (50.00%) Android
1 3 (50.00%) Apple iOS
1 3 (50.00%) Windows Mobile
1 3 (50.00%) Windows
2 1 (16.67%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (66.67%) TDD
1 4 (66.67%) Manual Testing
2 3 (50.00%) Test Management
3 2 (33.33%) Performance Testing
3 2 (33.33%) Performance Analysis
3 2 (33.33%) Software Testing
3 2 (33.33%) Test Automation
3 2 (33.33%) Kanban
4 1 (16.67%) Test Scripting
4 1 (16.67%) BDD
4 1 (16.67%) Web Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (33.33%) Java
2 1 (16.67%) Groovy
2 1 (16.67%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 3 (50.00%) ISTQB
1 3 (50.00%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (33.33%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (50.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (16.67%) HP