The table below looks at the statistics for the Test Engineer role in IT contracts advertised for the North East 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 3 March 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
3 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Engineer
Rank 52 57 -
Rank change year-on-year
+5 -
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 3 1 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 0.51% 0.20% -
As % of the Job Titles category 0.55% 0.22% -
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 0
Average daily rate
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£358 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £295 £303
% change year-on-year
+5.93% -2.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.50 £23.19 £36.25
% change year-on-year
+53.09% -36.03%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the North East 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
North East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
543 448 307
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 92.35% 90.14% 92.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 310 249 107
Average daily rate £350 £275 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+27.27% -12.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £175 £199
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £440 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 39 47
Average hourly rate £15.00 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £13.00 £10.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.50 £34.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.72 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-1.64% -2.85%

Test Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend in the North East

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

Test Engineer Jobs Demand Trend in the North East

Test Engineer
Daily Rate Trend in the North East

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

Test Engineer Daily Rate Trend in the North East

Test Engineer
Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

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

Test Engineer Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 3 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North East 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 7 (87.50%) QuickTest Pro
1 7 (87.50%) Regression Testing
1 7 (87.50%) Test Scripting
1 7 (87.50%) Problem Management
2 6 (75.00%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (75.00%) Automated Testing
2 6 (75.00%) QA
2 6 (75.00%) LoadRunner
2 6 (75.00%) Configuration Management
3 5 (62.50%) Software Testing
3 5 (62.50%) Facilita Forecast
4 4 (50.00%) Test Strategy
4 4 (50.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 4 (50.00%) Performance Testing
4 4 (50.00%) ISTQB
5 3 (37.50%) Data Structures
6 2 (25.00%) Automation Testing
6 2 (25.00%) Mentoring
6 2 (25.00%) Keyword-Driven Testing
6 2 (25.00%) VB
7 1 (12.50%) Web Services
7 1 (12.50%) XML
7 1 (12.50%) Java
7 1 (12.50%) SQL
7 1 (12.50%) Project Management
7 1 (12.50%) WATIR
7 1 (12.50%) Selenium
7 1 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
7 1 (12.50%) TDD
7 1 (12.50%) Test Automation

Test Engineer
Top Related IT Skills in the North East by Category

For the 6 months to 3 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North East 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.

Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (12.50%) MongoDB
1 1 (12.50%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 7 (87.50%) QuickTest Pro
2 6 (75.00%) LoadRunner
3 5 (62.50%) Facilita Forecast
4 1 (12.50%) WATIR
4 1 (12.50%) Selenium
4 1 (12.50%) Sahi
4 1 (12.50%) Cucumber
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (12.50%) Web Services
1 1 (12.50%) XML
1 1 (12.50%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 3 (37.50%) Data Structures
2 1 (12.50%) Open Source
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (87.50%) Regression Testing
1 7 (87.50%) Problem Management
1 7 (87.50%) Test Scripting
2 6 (75.00%) Automated Testing
2 6 (75.00%) Configuration Management
3 5 (62.50%) Software Testing
4 4 (50.00%) Performance Testing
4 4 (50.00%) Test Strategy
5 2 (25.00%) Automation Testing
5 2 (25.00%) Keyword-Driven Testing
5 2 (25.00%) Mentoring
6 1 (12.50%) Agile Project Management
6 1 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
6 1 (12.50%) Test Automation
6 1 (12.50%) BDD
6 1 (12.50%) Project Management
6 1 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (12.50%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 2 (25.00%) VB
2 1 (12.50%) Java
2 1 (12.50%) SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (50.00%) ISTQB
1 4 (50.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (12.50%) SC Cleared
2 1 (12.50%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (75.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 6 (75.00%) HP Quality Center