The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the South East region that had Test Engineer featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 25 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
25 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Engineer
Rank 184 162 160
Rank change year-on-year
-22 -2
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 85 98 90
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.93% 1.05% 1.00%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.97% 1.11% 1.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 48 59
Median daily rate £350 £265 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+32.07% -18.46%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £150 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £375 £370
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £275 £325
% change year-on-year
+22.72% -15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 8 3
Median hourly rate £25.00 £38.75 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-35.48% +10.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.60 £33.20 £29.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.80 £50.44 £41.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £34.00 £31.25
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +8.80%
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 South 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
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
8732 8833 8410
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 95.12% 94.63% 93.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 5259 4904 4621
Median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £230 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 389 440 464
Median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.71% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.75 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+9.37% -3.03%

Test Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

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

Test Engineer Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

Test Engineer
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Test Engineer Daily Rate Trend in the South East

Test Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Engineer across the South East region over the 3 months to 25 May 2016.

Test Engineer Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Test Engineer
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Test Engineer Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

Test Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Engineer across the South East region over the 3 months to 25 May 2016.

Test Engineer Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

Test Engineer
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 South East region over the 3 months to 25 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
Hampshire +9 31 £275 -12.00% 5
East Sussex +15 19 £350 -
Berkshire -40 16 £425 +142.85% 5
Surrey -9 10 £370 +51.02% 5
West Sussex -22 5 £325 -4.41% 2
Oxfordshire +14 3 £388 +46.22% 2
Test Engineer
England

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 25 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 South East region featuring Test Engineer in the job title.

1 37 (23.57%) QA
2 33 (21.02%) Test Automation
3 31 (19.75%) Selenium
4 29 (18.47%) Agile Software Development
4 29 (18.47%) ISTQB
5 28 (17.83%) C#
6 26 (16.56%) JIRA
7 24 (15.29%) SQL
8 23 (14.65%) Node.js
8 23 (14.65%) .NET
8 23 (14.65%) JavaScript
8 23 (14.65%) Software Testing
9 22 (14.01%) Web Services
9 22 (14.01%) Cucumber
10 21 (13.38%) Linux
11 20 (12.74%) Windows
11 20 (12.74%) Smart Meter
11 20 (12.74%) WebDriver
12 19 (12.10%) BDD
12 19 (12.10%) Automated Testing
12 19 (12.10%) 3G
13 18 (11.46%) ASP.NET
13 18 (11.46%) Waterfall
14 17 (10.83%) V-Model
14 17 (10.83%) Test Scripting
15 16 (10.19%) LTE
15 16 (10.19%) ISEB
15 16 (10.19%) REST
16 15 (9.55%) WLAN
16 15 (9.55%) VLAN

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in the South East 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 23 (14.65%) Node.js
2 7 (4.46%) Confluence
3 5 (3.18%) IIS
4 3 (1.91%) BizTalk Server
4 3 (1.91%) JBoss
5 1 (0.64%) CMS
5 1 (0.64%) GlassFish
5 1 (0.64%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.64%) Tomcat
Applications
1 8 (5.10%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 12 (7.64%) Magento
2 1 (0.64%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.64%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 12 (7.64%) Amazon AWS
1 12 (7.64%) GitHub
2 2 (1.27%) IaaS
2 2 (1.27%) PaaS
2 2 (1.27%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 19 (12.10%) 3G
2 16 (10.19%) LTE
3 15 (9.55%) VLAN
3 15 (9.55%) WLAN
4 10 (6.37%) 4G
5 8 (5.10%) ZigBee
6 7 (4.46%) 2G
7 6 (3.82%) Bluetooth
7 6 (3.82%) MVNO
7 6 (3.82%) NFC
8 5 (3.18%) Diameter Protocol
8 5 (3.18%) Value-Added Service
9 4 (2.55%) 5G
10 3 (1.91%) H.323
10 3 (1.91%) TCP/IP
10 3 (1.91%) WAN
10 3 (1.91%) Wireless
11 2 (1.27%) SAN
11 2 (1.27%) SMS
11 2 (1.27%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (1.91%) Oracle Database
2 2 (1.27%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (1.27%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.64%) Data Mining
3 1 (0.64%) MySQL
3 1 (0.64%) SAP BI
3 1 (0.64%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.64%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 31 (19.75%) Selenium
2 26 (16.56%) JIRA
3 22 (14.01%) Cucumber
4 20 (12.74%) WebDriver
5 11 (7.01%) Jasmine
5 11 (7.01%) Karma Test Runner
6 10 (6.37%) Travis CI
7 9 (5.73%) LabVIEW
8 7 (4.46%) SoapUI
8 7 (4.46%) Team Foundation Server
9 6 (3.82%) Jenkins
9 6 (3.82%) JMeter
9 6 (3.82%) JUnit
10 5 (3.18%) Ant
10 5 (3.18%) Gradle
10 5 (3.18%) Hudson
10 5 (3.18%) jMock
10 5 (3.18%) Maven
11 2 (1.27%) Git (software)
11 2 (1.27%) Rational DOORS
General
1 12 (7.64%) Telecoms
2 10 (6.37%) Retail
3 9 (5.73%) Electronics
4 8 (5.10%) Banking
4 8 (5.10%) Finance
5 3 (1.91%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.27%) Automotive
6 2 (1.27%) Billing
6 2 (1.27%) Games
6 2 (1.27%) Publishing
7 1 (0.64%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.64%) Marketing
7 1 (0.64%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (14.65%) .NET
2 22 (14.01%) Web Services
3 18 (11.46%) ASP.NET
4 16 (10.19%) REST
5 11 (7.01%) .NET Framework
5 11 (7.01%) ASP.NET Web API
5 11 (7.01%) HTML
5 11 (7.01%) HTML5
5 11 (7.01%) jQuery
6 5 (3.18%) Ajax
6 5 (3.18%) Hibernate
6 5 (3.18%) Java EE
6 5 (3.18%) JMS
6 5 (3.18%) Spring
6 5 (3.18%) WebSphere MQ
7 3 (1.91%) Middleware
8 1 (0.64%) 802.1X
8 1 (0.64%) ActiveMQ
8 1 (0.64%) RESTful
8 1 (0.64%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 20 (12.74%) Smart Meter
2 7 (4.46%) Computer Science
3 5 (3.18%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 4 (2.55%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (2.55%) Data Centre
4 4 (2.55%) Mobile App
4 4 (2.55%) SCADA
5 3 (1.91%) Handset
5 3 (1.91%) Smart Energy
5 3 (1.91%) User Experience
6 2 (1.27%) Device Driver
6 2 (1.27%) IPTV
6 2 (1.27%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.27%) MPEG
6 2 (1.27%) Video on Demand
7 1 (0.64%) DTV
7 1 (0.64%) Embedded Systems
7 1 (0.64%) Fat Client
7 1 (0.64%) Streaming Video
7 1 (0.64%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 21 (13.38%) Linux
2 20 (12.74%) Windows
3 11 (7.01%) Unix
4 6 (3.82%) Android
5 5 (3.18%) Apple iOS
6 2 (1.27%) AIX
6 2 (1.27%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.64%) Mac OS
7 1 (0.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.64%) VMS
7 1 (0.64%) Windows 8
7 1 (0.64%) Windows NT
7 1 (0.64%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.64%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.64%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (21.02%) Test Automation
2 29 (18.47%) Agile Software Development
3 23 (14.65%) Software Testing
4 19 (12.10%) Automated Testing
4 19 (12.10%) BDD
5 18 (11.46%) Waterfall
6 17 (10.83%) Test Scripting
6 17 (10.83%) V-Model
7 14 (8.92%) Validation
8 13 (8.28%) E-Commerce
8 13 (8.28%) Functional Testing
9 12 (7.64%) User Acceptance Testing
9 12 (7.64%) User Stories
10 11 (7.01%) Automation Testing
10 11 (7.01%) Performance Testing
11 10 (6.37%) Regression Testing
11 10 (6.37%) Software Engineering
12 9 (5.73%) Defect Management
13 8 (5.10%) Operational Acceptance Testing
13 8 (5.10%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 28 (17.83%) C#
2 24 (15.29%) SQL
3 23 (14.65%) JavaScript
4 13 (8.28%) Java
5 9 (5.73%) Python
6 5 (3.18%) Groovy
6 5 (3.18%) Ruby
7 4 (2.55%) C
7 4 (2.55%) C++
8 3 (1.91%) Perl
9 2 (1.27%) Bash Shell
9 2 (1.27%) PHP
10 1 (0.64%) Embedded C++
10 1 (0.64%) Erlang
10 1 (0.64%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.64%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.64%) VBA
10 1 (0.64%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 29 (18.47%) ISTQB
2 16 (10.19%) ISEB
3 13 (8.28%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 12 (7.64%) Degree
5 5 (3.18%) SC Cleared
5 5 (3.18%) Security Cleared
6 4 (2.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (0.64%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.64%) MCT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (23.57%) QA
2 2 (1.27%) FedRAMP
3 1 (0.64%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.64%) SDET
3 1 (0.64%) SLA
System Software
1 12 (7.64%) Docker
2 3 (1.91%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (1.27%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 7 (4.46%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.27%) SCCM
3 1 (0.64%) Cacti
3 1 (0.64%) Cisco UCCE
3 1 (0.64%) Nagios
Vendors
1 7 (4.46%) Atlassian
1 7 (4.46%) VMware
2 6 (3.82%) Microsoft
3 5 (3.18%) HP
3 5 (3.18%) Rally
4 3 (1.91%) Oracle
5 2 (1.27%) Agilent
5 2 (1.27%) Anite
5 2 (1.27%) Cisco
5 2 (1.27%) Nokia
5 2 (1.27%) Nokia Networks
5 2 (1.27%) SAP
5 2 (1.27%) Veritas
6 1 (0.64%) Adobe
6 1 (0.64%) Apple
6 1 (0.64%) F5
6 1 (0.64%) Huawei
6 1 (0.64%) hybris
6 1 (0.64%) Red Hat
6 1 (0.64%) Telerik