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 21 April 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
21 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Engineer
Rank 147 134 111
Rank change year-on-year
-13 -23
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 7 5 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.18% 0.16% 0.37%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.20% 0.17% 0.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 2 6
Average daily rate
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£500 £281 £285
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+77.77% -1.31%
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £320 £318
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +0.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £22.38 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £34.25 £33.75 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+1.48% -10.00%
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
3546 2910 2249
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 91.96% 91.91% 93.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 1887 1537 1068
Average daily rate £388 £350 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.71% +6.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £210 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £500 £477
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 207 206 183
Average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.57% -2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.71 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.51 £52.47
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-4.34% -1.42%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Engineer across the North West region over the 3 months to 21 April 2015.

Test Engineer Daily Rate Histogram 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 21 April 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 -5 5 £500 - 1
Lancashire +4 1 - -
Merseyside -15 1 - -
Cheshire - - - - 2
Test Engineer
England

Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 21 April 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 12 (63.16%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (42.11%) Automated Testing
3 7 (36.84%) HP
3 7 (36.84%) ISEB
4 6 (31.58%) Software Engineering
4 6 (31.58%) ISTQB
4 6 (31.58%) QA
4 6 (31.58%) Selenium
4 6 (31.58%) Java
5 5 (26.32%) Performance Testing
5 5 (26.32%) Test Scripting
5 5 (26.32%) Continuous Integration
5 5 (26.32%) Manual Testing
6 4 (21.05%) Time Management
6 4 (21.05%) TDD
6 4 (21.05%) Scrum
6 4 (21.05%) JavaScript
6 4 (21.05%) Windows
6 4 (21.05%) Linux
6 4 (21.05%) OO
6 4 (21.05%) Workflow
6 4 (21.05%) Security Cleared
6 4 (21.05%) HP Quality Center
7 3 (15.79%) DV Cleared
7 3 (15.79%) Hadoop
7 3 (15.79%) WebDriver
7 3 (15.79%) Puppet
7 3 (15.79%) MongoDB
7 3 (15.79%) SoapUI
7 3 (15.79%) Shell Script

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

For the 6 months to 21 April 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.

Application Platforms
1 3 (15.79%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 1 (5.26%) MS Office
1 1 (5.26%) MS Excel
1 1 (5.26%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 1 (5.26%) Dynamics CRM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (15.79%) SQL Server
1 3 (15.79%) Hadoop
1 3 (15.79%) MongoDB
2 1 (5.26%) Relational Database
2 1 (5.26%) RDBMS
2 1 (5.26%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (5.26%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 6 (31.58%) Selenium
2 3 (15.79%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 3 (15.79%) Eclipse
2 3 (15.79%) JIRA
2 3 (15.79%) WebDriver
2 3 (15.79%) SoapUI
3 2 (10.53%) Jenkins
3 2 (10.53%) Hudson
4 1 (5.26%) Mercurial
4 1 (5.26%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (5.26%) Aerospace
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (15.79%) J2EE
1 3 (15.79%) SOAP
1 3 (15.79%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (5.26%) Computer Science
1 1 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 4 (21.05%) Windows
1 4 (21.05%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (63.16%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (42.11%) Automated Testing
3 6 (31.58%) Software Engineering
4 5 (26.32%) Performance Testing
4 5 (26.32%) Test Scripting
4 5 (26.32%) Continuous Integration
4 5 (26.32%) Manual Testing
5 4 (21.05%) Time Management
5 4 (21.05%) Scrum
5 4 (21.05%) TDD
5 4 (21.05%) OO
5 4 (21.05%) Workflow
6 3 (15.79%) Kanban
7 2 (10.53%) Automation Testing
7 2 (10.53%) Test Automation
7 2 (10.53%) Software Testing
8 1 (5.26%) User Acceptance Testing
8 1 (5.26%) Workflow Management
8 1 (5.26%) Unit Testing
8 1 (5.26%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 6 (31.58%) Java
2 4 (21.05%) JavaScript
3 3 (15.79%) Perl
3 3 (15.79%) Python
3 3 (15.79%) C#
3 3 (15.79%) Shell Script
4 2 (10.53%) C
5 1 (5.26%) Groovy
5 1 (5.26%) C++
5 1 (5.26%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 7 (36.84%) ISEB
2 6 (31.58%) ISTQB
3 4 (21.05%) Security Cleared
4 3 (15.79%) DV Cleared
5 1 (5.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (5.26%) Degree
5 1 (5.26%) SC Cleared
5 1 (5.26%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (31.58%) QA
2 1 (5.26%) DO-178B
Systems Management
1 4 (21.05%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (15.79%) Puppet
Vendors
1 7 (36.84%) HP
2 3 (15.79%) Oracle
3 2 (10.53%) Microsoft