The table below looks at the statistics for the Test Engineer role in IT contracts advertised for the North West 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 30 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Engineer
Rank 120 109 110
Rank change year-on-year
-11 +1
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 12 12 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.38% 0.45% 0.47%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.41% 0.48% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 2 5
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£290 £346 £270
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.24% +28.24%
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £270 £284
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -4.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 2
Average hourly rate £37.00 £24.00 £31.07
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+54.16% -22.75%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £24.00 £33.50
% change year-on-year
+35.41% -28.35%
Test Engineer
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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 West 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 West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
2922 2481 2348
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 92.91% 92.96% 91.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 1669 1276 1219
Average daily rate £350 £350 £331
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £200 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £500 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 171 177 168
Average hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -4.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.75 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -5.71%

Test Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Test Engineer Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Test Engineer
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Test Engineer Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Test Engineer
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Test Engineer Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Test Engineer
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 North West region over the 3 months to 30 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
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -3 3 £290 - 1
Cheshire - - - -
Test Engineer
England

Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 10 (55.56%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (50.00%) ISTQB
2 9 (50.00%) ISEB
3 6 (33.33%) Selenium
3 6 (33.33%) HP Quality Center
4 5 (27.78%) Test Scripting
5 4 (22.22%) Manual Testing
5 4 (22.22%) Performance Testing
5 4 (22.22%) HP
5 4 (22.22%) QA
5 4 (22.22%) TDD
5 4 (22.22%) Windows
6 3 (16.67%) Automated Testing
6 3 (16.67%) Software Engineering
6 3 (16.67%) JIRA
6 3 (16.67%) Software Testing
6 3 (16.67%) Windows Mobile
6 3 (16.67%) Android
6 3 (16.67%) WebDriver
6 3 (16.67%) Apple iOS
6 3 (16.67%) Test Management
7 2 (11.11%) Jenkins
7 2 (11.11%) Automation Testing
7 2 (11.11%) Performance Analysis
7 2 (11.11%) Hudson
7 2 (11.11%) SoapUI
7 2 (11.11%) Test Automation
7 2 (11.11%) Kanban
7 2 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
7 2 (11.11%) C

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

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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.

Applications
1 1 (5.56%) MS Office
1 1 (5.56%) Doxygen
Communications & Networking
1 1 (5.56%) DVB
Development Applications
1 6 (33.33%) Selenium
2 3 (16.67%) JIRA
2 3 (16.67%) WebDriver
3 2 (11.11%) Jenkins
3 2 (11.11%) Hudson
3 2 (11.11%) SoapUI
4 1 (5.56%) Visual Studio
4 1 (5.56%) Mercurial
4 1 (5.56%) Cucumber
General
1 1 (5.56%) Electronics
1 1 (5.56%) Aerospace
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (11.11%) J2EE
1 2 (11.11%) SOAP
1 2 (11.11%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (5.56%) MPEG
1 1 (5.56%) DTV
1 1 (5.56%) STB
1 1 (5.56%) iPad
1 1 (5.56%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 4 (22.22%) Windows
2 3 (16.67%) Windows Mobile
2 3 (16.67%) Android
2 3 (16.67%) Apple iOS
3 1 (5.56%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (55.56%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (27.78%) Test Scripting
3 4 (22.22%) Manual Testing
3 4 (22.22%) Performance Testing
3 4 (22.22%) TDD
4 3 (16.67%) Automated Testing
4 3 (16.67%) Software Engineering
4 3 (16.67%) Software Testing
4 3 (16.67%) Test Management
5 2 (11.11%) Automation Testing
5 2 (11.11%) Performance Analysis
5 2 (11.11%) Test Automation
5 2 (11.11%) Kanban
5 2 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
6 1 (5.56%) UML
6 1 (5.56%) OO
6 1 (5.56%) RAD
6 1 (5.56%) OOD
6 1 (5.56%) Quality Management
6 1 (5.56%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 2 (11.11%) C
1 2 (11.11%) Java
2 1 (5.56%) JavaScript
2 1 (5.56%) C++
2 1 (5.56%) Embedded C
2 1 (5.56%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 9 (50.00%) ISTQB
1 9 (50.00%) ISEB
2 1 (5.56%) SC Cleared
2 1 (5.56%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (22.22%) QA
2 1 (5.56%) DO-178B
Systems Management
1 6 (33.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (22.22%) HP
2 1 (5.56%) Microsoft