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 30 September 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
30 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Engineer
Rank 135 160 137
Rank change year-on-year
+25 -23
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 25 14 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.71% 0.31% 0.062%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.75% 0.33% 0.067%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 9 1
Median daily rate £350 £350 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +12.00%
UK excluding London median daily rate £361 £329 £313
% change year-on-year
+9.78% +5.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 0
Median hourly rate £44.00 £31.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+39.68% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
- +16.66%
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
3322 4256 3007
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 94.16% 95.06% 93.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 2111 2603 1713
Median daily rate £400 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £255 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.63% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 132 217 198
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.33 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.98% +8.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.50 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.33 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-4.78% +5.03%

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 30 September 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 30 September 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 -5 11 £350 -8.19% 8
Lancashire +26 10 £375 +5.26%
Cheshire - 2 £323 - 1
Test Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 30 September 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 12 (41.38%) Java
1 12 (41.38%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (37.93%) Oracle
3 10 (34.48%) Selenium
4 9 (31.03%) QA
4 9 (31.03%) Security Cleared
5 8 (27.59%) HP Quality Center
5 8 (27.59%) Test Strategy
6 7 (24.14%) Web Testing
6 7 (24.14%) Manual Testing
6 7 (24.14%) Oracle Database
7 6 (20.69%) IaaS
7 6 (20.69%) Test Scripting
7 6 (20.69%) JIRA
7 6 (20.69%) Open Source
7 6 (20.69%) SaaS
7 6 (20.69%) Oracle EBS R12
7 6 (20.69%) Oracle EBS
7 6 (20.69%) ITIL
8 5 (17.24%) Oracle Reports
8 5 (17.24%) JavaScript
8 5 (17.24%) Perl
8 5 (17.24%) Python
8 5 (17.24%) ISEB
8 5 (17.24%) Shell Script
8 5 (17.24%) Change Management
8 5 (17.24%) Test Automation
8 5 (17.24%) PaaS
8 5 (17.24%) SC Cleared
8 5 (17.24%) Oracle Application Server

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 5 (17.24%) Oracle Application Server
2 1 (3.45%) Apache
2 1 (3.45%) Confluence
2 1 (3.45%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (6.90%) MS Excel
1 2 (6.90%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 6 (20.69%) Oracle EBS
1 6 (20.69%) Oracle EBS R12
2 2 (6.90%) Oracle Cash Management
2 2 (6.90%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 6 (20.69%) IaaS
1 6 (20.69%) SaaS
2 5 (17.24%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.45%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (24.14%) Oracle Database
2 5 (17.24%) Oracle Database 12c
2 5 (17.24%) Oracle Reports
3 3 (10.34%) Relational Database
3 3 (10.34%) SQLPlus
4 2 (6.90%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (3.45%) Data Mining
5 1 (3.45%) NonStop SQL
5 1 (3.45%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 10 (34.48%) Selenium
2 6 (20.69%) JIRA
3 4 (13.79%) Cucumber
4 3 (10.34%) Jenkins
4 3 (10.34%) JUnit
4 3 (10.34%) Maven
4 3 (10.34%) Rational Robot
4 3 (10.34%) TestNG
5 2 (6.90%) ClearCase
5 2 (6.90%) ClearQuest
5 2 (6.90%) TestRail
6 1 (3.45%) Bugzilla
6 1 (3.45%) Burp Suite
6 1 (3.45%) Firebug
6 1 (3.45%) Gatling
6 1 (3.45%) HP UFT
6 1 (3.45%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (3.45%) TestDirector
6 1 (3.45%) Visual Studio
6 1 (3.45%) WebDriver
General
1 4 (13.79%) Games
2 2 (6.90%) Finance
2 2 (6.90%) General Ledger
3 1 (3.45%) Advertising
3 1 (3.45%) Electronics
3 1 (3.45%) Military
3 1 (3.45%) Retail
3 1 (3.45%) Welsh Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (13.79%) HTML
2 3 (10.34%) .NET
2 3 (10.34%) XML
3 2 (6.90%) Web Services
4 1 (3.45%) AngularJS
4 1 (3.45%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 5 (17.24%) Analytical Skills
1 5 (17.24%) Virtual Team
2 4 (13.79%) Computer Science
2 4 (13.79%) Mobile Games
3 1 (3.45%) CESG
3 1 (3.45%) CESG CLAS
3 1 (3.45%) Management Information System
3 1 (3.45%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.45%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (41.38%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (27.59%) Test Strategy
3 7 (24.14%) Manual Testing
3 7 (24.14%) Web Testing
4 6 (20.69%) ITIL
4 6 (20.69%) Open Source
4 6 (20.69%) Test Scripting
5 5 (17.24%) API Testing
5 5 (17.24%) Change Management
5 5 (17.24%) High Availability
5 5 (17.24%) Integration Testing
5 5 (17.24%) Performance Tuning
5 5 (17.24%) Test Automation
6 4 (13.79%) Automated Testing
6 4 (13.79%) Defect Management
6 4 (13.79%) Exploratory Testing
6 4 (13.79%) Regression Testing
7 3 (10.34%) Data Management
7 3 (10.34%) TDD
7 3 (10.34%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (41.38%) Java
2 5 (17.24%) JavaScript
2 5 (17.24%) Perl
2 5 (17.24%) Python
2 5 (17.24%) Shell Script
3 3 (10.34%) C
3 3 (10.34%) C#
3 3 (10.34%) Ruby
3 3 (10.34%) SQL
4 1 (3.45%) Scala
Qualifications
1 9 (31.03%) Security Cleared
2 5 (17.24%) ISEB
2 5 (17.24%) SC Cleared
3 4 (13.79%) Degree
3 4 (13.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (6.90%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (3.45%) CISSP
5 1 (3.45%) CLAS
5 1 (3.45%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (31.03%) QA
2 2 (6.90%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (3.45%) ISO 9001
3 1 (3.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (3.45%) SDET
Systems Management
1 8 (27.59%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (37.93%) Oracle
2 3 (10.34%) HP
2 3 (10.34%) Microsoft
2 3 (10.34%) ServiceNow
3 1 (3.45%) EMC
3 1 (3.45%) hybris