The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the North West region that had Test Engineer featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 6 May 2016 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
6 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Engineer
Rank 154 146 132
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -14
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 10 6 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.25% 0.15% 0.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.26% 0.16% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 5 4
Median daily rate £340 £293 £328
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.23% -10.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £236 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £430 £500 £330
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £293 £325
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Median hourly rate £37.50 - £22.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £34.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+8.69% +6.15%
Test Engineer
England

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
3802 3677 2957
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 94.67% 94.50% 94.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 2299 1973 1574
Median daily rate £400 £388 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +10.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £250 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £544 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 142 226 200
Median hourly rate £18.00 £16.16 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.38% -7.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.06 £11.50 £11.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.33 £49.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £16.60 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+8.43% -2.35%

Test Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

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 6 May 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Engineer within the North West region over the 3 months to 6 May 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -6 7 £340 +16.23% 5
Cheshire - 2 £313 - 1
Test Engineer
England

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 6 May 2016, 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 North West region featuring Test Engineer in the job title.

1 20 (74.07%) Selenium
2 15 (55.56%) BDD
2 15 (55.56%) Java
3 14 (51.85%) Automated Testing
4 12 (44.44%) Test Scripting
5 9 (33.33%) Test Automation
5 9 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
5 9 (33.33%) TDD
6 8 (29.63%) Configuration Management
7 7 (25.93%) System Integration Testing
7 7 (25.93%) SDLC
8 6 (22.22%) QA
8 6 (22.22%) Software Engineering
9 5 (18.52%) Finance
9 5 (18.52%) Manual Testing
9 5 (18.52%) Integration Testing
10 4 (14.81%) Cucumber
10 4 (14.81%) Performance Testing
10 4 (14.81%) C#
10 4 (14.81%) .NET
10 4 (14.81%) Banking
11 3 (11.11%) Games
11 3 (11.11%) JIRA
11 3 (11.11%) SQL
11 3 (11.11%) Usability Testing
11 3 (11.11%) Security Testing
11 3 (11.11%) Unit Testing
11 3 (11.11%) WebDriver
11 3 (11.11%) Cross-Browser Testing
12 2 (7.41%) QA Automation

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in the North West 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 (3.70%) Apache
1 1 (3.70%) Tomcat
Business Applications
1 1 (3.70%) Northgate Housing
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.70%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (7.41%) Relational Database
2 1 (3.70%) MongoDB
2 1 (3.70%) MySQL
2 1 (3.70%) Neo4j
2 1 (3.70%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 20 (74.07%) Selenium
2 4 (14.81%) Cucumber
3 3 (11.11%) JIRA
3 3 (11.11%) WebDriver
4 2 (7.41%) JUnit
5 1 (3.70%) Ant
5 1 (3.70%) Gatling
5 1 (3.70%) Git (software)
5 1 (3.70%) JBehave
5 1 (3.70%) Jenkins
5 1 (3.70%) JMeter
5 1 (3.70%) Maven
5 1 (3.70%) Subversion
General
1 5 (18.52%) Finance
2 4 (14.81%) Banking
3 3 (11.11%) Games
4 1 (3.70%) Automotive
4 1 (3.70%) Electronics
4 1 (3.70%) Financial Institution
4 1 (3.70%) Military
4 1 (3.70%) Retail
4 1 (3.70%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (14.81%) .NET
2 2 (7.41%) REST
3 1 (3.70%) Hibernate
3 1 (3.70%) HTML
3 1 (3.70%) JAX-RS
3 1 (3.70%) Web Services
3 1 (3.70%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (3.70%) CAN bus
1 1 (3.70%) Computer Science
1 1 (3.70%) Embedded Systems
1 1 (3.70%) Fat Client
1 1 (3.70%) Mobile App
1 1 (3.70%) Thin Client
1 1 (3.70%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.70%) Linux
1 1 (3.70%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (55.56%) BDD
2 14 (51.85%) Automated Testing
3 12 (44.44%) Test Scripting
4 9 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (33.33%) TDD
4 9 (33.33%) Test Automation
5 8 (29.63%) Configuration Management
6 7 (25.93%) SDLC
6 7 (25.93%) System Integration Testing
7 6 (22.22%) Software Engineering
8 5 (18.52%) Integration Testing
8 5 (18.52%) Manual Testing
9 4 (14.81%) Performance Testing
10 3 (11.11%) Cross-Browser Testing
10 3 (11.11%) Security Testing
10 3 (11.11%) Unit Testing
10 3 (11.11%) Usability Testing
11 2 (7.41%) Continuous Integration
11 2 (7.41%) Kanban
11 2 (7.41%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 15 (55.56%) Java
2 4 (14.81%) C#
3 3 (11.11%) SQL
4 2 (7.41%) C++
4 2 (7.41%) JavaScript
4 2 (7.41%) Python
4 2 (7.41%) Ruby
4 2 (7.41%) VB
5 1 (3.70%) C
5 1 (3.70%) PHP
5 1 (3.70%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 2 (7.41%) Degree
1 2 (7.41%) ISEB
2 1 (3.70%) ISTQB
2 1 (3.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (3.70%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (22.22%) QA
2 1 (3.70%) ISO 9001
2 1 (3.70%) SDET
Vendors
1 1 (3.70%) EMC
1 1 (3.70%) Northgate