The table below looks at the statistics for the Test Engineer role in IT contracts advertised for the South East 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 17 September 2014 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
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Engineer
Rank 161 155 164
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +9
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 86 90 92
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.94% 1.03% 0.92%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.02% 1.10% 1.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 41 34
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£275 £310 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.29% -1.58%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £201 £160 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £351 £406 £407
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £295 £300
% change year-on-year
+5.93% -1.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 8 20
Average hourly rate £30.00 £29.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.69% -15.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.74 £22.50 £20.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.90 £37.25 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £31.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-3.22% -11.42%
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 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
8417 8152 9228
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 92.01% 93.00% 91.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 4713 4321 4285
Average daily rate £350 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 432 501 605
Average hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.03% -5.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.70 £11.25 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £39.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

Test Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

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

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 17 September 2014.

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 17 September 2014.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Engineer within the South East region over the 3 months to 17 September 2014. 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
Berkshire +6 38 £225 +34.32% 11
Hampshire -12 22 £285 -1.72% 1
Buckinghamshire +3 10 £315 -10.00% 2
Middlesex +5 7 £278 +73.43%
Surrey -3 5 £353 -1.39% 5
East Sussex - 2 £230 - 1
Oxfordshire - 1 £265 -
West Sussex - - - - 2
Kent - - - - 4
Test Engineer
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Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 17 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 47 (27.81%) Telecoms
2 42 (24.85%) SQL
3 40 (23.67%) Agile Software Development
4 35 (20.71%) C#
4 35 (20.71%) Analytical Skills
5 33 (19.53%) QA
6 30 (17.75%) UNIX
6 30 (17.75%) ISEB
7 28 (16.57%) Linux
7 28 (16.57%) LTE
8 27 (15.98%) Java
8 27 (15.98%) .NET
8 27 (15.98%) 3G
8 27 (15.98%) Software Testing
9 26 (15.38%) Windows
10 24 (14.20%) Security Cleared
11 23 (13.61%) HP
11 23 (13.61%) Scrum
12 22 (13.02%) Test Scripting
12 22 (13.02%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
13 21 (12.43%) Team Foundation Server
13 21 (12.43%) Cisco
14 19 (11.24%) Visual Studio
14 19 (11.24%) Web Services
14 19 (11.24%) Automated Testing
14 19 (11.24%) VoLTE
15 18 (10.65%) ISTQB
15 18 (10.65%) Degree
15 18 (10.65%) XML
16 17 (10.06%) SOAP

Test Engineer
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 17 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 1 (0.59%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (4.73%) MS Office
2 4 (2.37%) MS Excel
3 1 (0.59%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.59%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (1.78%) LabWindows
2 1 (0.59%) Oracle BRM
2 1 (0.59%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.59%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 8 (4.73%) Office 365
2 2 (1.18%) SaaS
3 1 (0.59%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 28 (16.57%) LTE
2 27 (15.98%) 3G
3 19 (11.24%) VoLTE
4 15 (8.88%) Radio Access Network
4 15 (8.88%) 4G
5 13 (7.69%) UMTS
6 11 (6.51%) SAN
7 10 (5.92%) TCP/IP
7 10 (5.92%) GSM
8 9 (5.33%) GPRS
8 9 (5.33%) Internet
9 8 (4.73%) INAP
9 8 (4.73%) IPv6
9 8 (4.73%) Ethernet
9 8 (4.73%) Firewall
10 7 (4.14%) 3GPP
10 7 (4.14%) ISUP
10 7 (4.14%) BGP
11 6 (3.55%) MPLS
11 6 (3.55%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (8.88%) SQL Server
2 7 (4.14%) Oracle Database
3 3 (1.78%) Relational Database
3 3 (1.78%) Oracle Database 11g
3 3 (1.78%) MySQL
3 3 (1.78%) SQL Navigator
4 2 (1.18%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.59%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.59%) DB2
Development Applications
1 21 (12.43%) Team Foundation Server
2 19 (11.24%) Visual Studio
3 17 (10.06%) Selenium
4 12 (7.10%) SpecFlow
5 9 (5.33%) Rational DOORS
6 7 (4.14%) LoadRunner
7 4 (2.37%) JIRA
7 4 (2.37%) Cucumber
8 3 (1.78%) SoapUI
8 3 (1.78%) Subversion
8 3 (1.78%) Toad
8 3 (1.78%) QuickTest Pro
9 2 (1.18%) WinRunner
9 2 (1.18%) Oracle Forms
9 2 (1.18%) Ranorex
9 2 (1.18%) Jenkins
9 2 (1.18%) TeamCity
9 2 (1.18%) Rational Rhapsody
10 1 (0.59%) Robotium
10 1 (0.59%) MSBuild
General
1 47 (27.81%) Telecoms
2 16 (9.47%) Finance
3 12 (7.10%) Electronics
4 9 (5.33%) Military
5 5 (2.96%) Automotive
5 5 (2.96%) Billing
6 3 (1.78%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.78%) Aerospace
6 3 (1.78%) Marketing
7 2 (1.18%) Publishing
7 2 (1.18%) Retail
8 1 (0.59%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (15.98%) .NET
2 19 (11.24%) Web Services
3 18 (10.65%) XML
4 17 (10.06%) SOAP
5 15 (8.88%) WCF
6 14 (8.28%) REST
7 12 (7.10%) WPF
8 4 (2.37%) WAP
8 4 (2.37%) HTML
8 4 (2.37%) WML
9 2 (1.18%) ASP.NET
9 2 (1.18%) JSP
9 2 (1.18%) JSF
10 1 (0.59%) FFmpeg
10 1 (0.59%) Gherkin
10 1 (0.59%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 35 (20.71%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (4.14%) DTV
3 6 (3.55%) Computer Science
4 5 (2.96%) Handset
5 4 (2.37%) MPEG
5 4 (2.37%) User Experience
5 4 (2.37%) Mobile App
5 4 (2.37%) Smart Meter
6 3 (1.78%) Clustering
6 3 (1.78%) IPTV
6 3 (1.78%) HACMP
7 2 (1.18%) Mathematics
7 2 (1.18%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.18%) STB
7 2 (1.18%) Open Source
8 1 (0.59%) Video on Demand
8 1 (0.59%) Digital Media
8 1 (0.59%) Telematics
8 1 (0.59%) Device Driver
8 1 (0.59%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 30 (17.75%) UNIX
2 28 (16.57%) Linux
3 26 (15.38%) Windows
4 5 (2.96%) Windows 7
4 5 (2.96%) VMS
5 4 (2.37%) Windows NT
5 4 (2.37%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (1.78%) AIX
6 3 (1.78%) HPUX
6 3 (1.78%) Solaris
6 3 (1.78%) NetWare
6 3 (1.78%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (1.18%) Windows XP
8 1 (0.59%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.59%) openSUSE
8 1 (0.59%) Android
8 1 (0.59%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.59%) Debian
8 1 (0.59%) Windows 2000
8 1 (0.59%) Windows CE
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (23.67%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (15.98%) Software Testing
3 23 (13.61%) Scrum
4 22 (13.02%) Test Scripting
5 19 (11.24%) Automated Testing
6 17 (10.06%) Test Automation
6 17 (10.06%) Test Strategy
7 14 (8.28%) BDD
7 14 (8.28%) Validation
8 11 (6.51%) Performance Testing
9 10 (5.92%) Regression Testing
10 8 (4.73%) Requirements Management
10 8 (4.73%) Manual Testing
10 8 (4.73%) DevOps
11 7 (4.14%) Test Planning
11 7 (4.14%) Software Engineering
12 6 (3.55%) Continuous Integration
12 6 (3.55%) Waterfall
13 5 (2.96%) Integration Testing
13 5 (2.96%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 42 (24.85%) SQL
2 35 (20.71%) C#
3 27 (15.98%) Java
4 16 (9.47%) Python
5 13 (7.69%) C++
6 10 (5.92%) Perl
6 10 (5.92%) Bash Shell
7 9 (5.33%) C
8 7 (4.14%) Shell Script
9 6 (3.55%) VBScript
9 6 (3.55%) Korn
10 5 (2.96%) PL/SQL
11 4 (2.37%) PHP
11 4 (2.37%) JavaScript
11 4 (2.37%) VB
11 4 (2.37%) T-SQL
12 3 (1.78%) Ruby
13 1 (0.59%) PowerShell
13 1 (0.59%) Embedded C++
13 1 (0.59%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 30 (17.75%) ISEB
2 24 (14.20%) Security Cleared
3 18 (10.65%) ISTQB
3 18 (10.65%) Degree
4 17 (10.06%) SC Cleared
5 10 (5.92%) Cisco Certification
6 7 (4.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (1.78%) DV Cleared
7 3 (1.78%) CCNP
8 2 (1.18%) CCIE
8 2 (1.18%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 1 (0.59%) MCITP
9 1 (0.59%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (0.59%) CCA
9 1 (0.59%) CCIP
9 1 (0.59%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (19.53%) QA
2 1 (0.59%) DO-160
System Software
1 3 (1.78%) VMware Infrastructure
1 3 (1.78%) GPFS
2 2 (1.18%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.18%) VMware ESX
3 1 (0.59%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 15 (8.88%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (1.78%) Tivoli
3 1 (0.59%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 23 (13.61%) HP
2 22 (13.02%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 21 (12.43%) Cisco
4 13 (7.69%) Oracle
4 13 (7.69%) Microsoft
5 11 (6.51%) VMware
6 7 (4.14%) IBM
7 6 (3.55%) TIBCO
7 6 (3.55%) Juniper
7 6 (3.55%) EMC
8 5 (2.96%) SAP
9 4 (2.37%) CheckPoint
9 4 (2.37%) Nokia
10 3 (1.78%) ESRI
10 3 (1.78%) Huawei
10 3 (1.78%) Fortinet
10 3 (1.78%) Symbian
10 3 (1.78%) Veritas
10 3 (1.78%) Alcatel-Lucent
10 3 (1.78%) Ericsson
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