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 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 168 152 174
Rank change year-on-year
-16 +22
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 91 103 64
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.90% 1.06% 0.76%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.99% 1.16% 0.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 72 22
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£270 £313 £333
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.60% -6.01%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £143 £246
10% offered a daily rate of more than £393 £373 £360
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £320 £318
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +0.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 2 9
Average hourly rate £37.50 £102.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-63.41% +173.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.30 £48.50 £21.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.44 £156.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £34.25 £33.75 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+1.48% -10.00%
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
9227 8896 7720
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 91.68% 91.94% 92.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 5092 4904 3850
Average daily rate £375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £213 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 441 480 603
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -8.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £50.00 £39.00
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 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 21 April 2015.

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 21 April 2015.

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 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
Berkshire +16 51 £166 -5.00% 8
Hampshire -10 22 £350 +7.69% 6
East Sussex +3 7 £500 +53.84% 2
Surrey -16 7 £198 -43.16% 2
Middlesex +2 2 £295 +7.27%
Oxfordshire -22 1 £265 +32.50% 1
West Sussex - - - - 1
Kent - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - - 3
Test Engineer
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Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 21 April 2015, 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 50 (35.21%) Telecoms
2 39 (27.46%) 3G
3 38 (26.76%) Validation
4 23 (16.20%) 4G
4 23 (16.20%) Security Cleared
4 23 (16.20%) Microsoft
5 22 (15.49%) Java
5 22 (15.49%) Agile Software Development
6 20 (14.08%) LTE
6 20 (14.08%) Test Automation
7 19 (13.38%) Test Strategy
8 18 (12.68%) Test Scripting
8 18 (12.68%) C#
9 17 (11.97%) SC Cleared
9 17 (11.97%) Selenium
9 17 (11.97%) HP Quality Center
9 17 (11.97%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
9 17 (11.97%) VoLTE
10 16 (11.27%) Linux
10 16 (11.27%) GSM
10 16 (11.27%) Cisco
11 15 (10.56%) ISEB
11 15 (10.56%) Cisco Certification
11 15 (10.56%) Analytical Skills
12 14 (9.86%) UNIX
12 14 (9.86%) .NET
13 13 (9.15%) Software Engineering
13 13 (9.15%) Software Testing
13 13 (9.15%) Test Planning
14 12 (8.45%) SQL

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

For the 6 months to 21 April 2015, 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 4 (2.82%) JBoss
1 4 (2.82%) WebSphere
2 3 (2.11%) SharePoint
2 3 (2.11%) WebSphere Application Server
3 2 (1.41%) CMS
4 1 (0.70%) SAS
4 1 (0.70%) OpenStack
Applications
1 8 (5.63%) MS Excel
2 6 (4.23%) MS Office
3 1 (0.70%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.70%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (0.70%) LabWindows
1 1 (0.70%) Google Analytics
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.70%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (0.70%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 39 (27.46%) 3G
2 23 (16.20%) 4G
3 20 (14.08%) LTE
4 17 (11.97%) VoLTE
5 16 (11.27%) GSM
6 11 (7.75%) VoIP
6 11 (7.75%) TCP/IP
6 11 (7.75%) Wireshark
6 11 (7.75%) Wireless
7 10 (7.04%) 2G
7 10 (7.04%) SIGTRAN
7 10 (7.04%) SS7
8 7 (4.93%) UMTS
8 7 (4.93%) SGSN
8 7 (4.93%) INAP
8 7 (4.93%) Radio Access Network
9 6 (4.23%) LDAP
9 6 (4.23%) ISUP
10 5 (3.52%) SMPP
10 5 (3.52%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (6.34%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.70%) DB2
Development Applications
1 17 (11.97%) Selenium
2 7 (4.93%) Jenkins
3 6 (4.23%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (4.23%) Rational DOORS
4 5 (3.52%) eggPlant
4 5 (3.52%) JIRA
5 4 (2.82%) WebDriver
6 3 (2.11%) Cucumber
6 3 (2.11%) Git (software)
6 3 (2.11%) TestComplete
6 3 (2.11%) LabVIEW
6 3 (2.11%) Subversion
7 2 (1.41%) QuickTest Pro
7 2 (1.41%) Eclipse
7 2 (1.41%) TestNG
7 2 (1.41%) StarTeam
7 2 (1.41%) MSTest
7 2 (1.41%) Hudson
8 1 (0.70%) SoapUI
8 1 (0.70%) SpecFlow
General
1 50 (35.21%) Telecoms
2 5 (3.52%) Finance
2 5 (3.52%) Military
3 4 (2.82%) Billing
4 3 (2.11%) Retail
4 3 (2.11%) Electronics
4 3 (2.11%) Aerospace
5 2 (1.41%) Games
6 1 (0.70%) Automotive
6 1 (0.70%) Legal
6 1 (0.70%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.70%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (9.86%) .NET
2 9 (6.34%) HTML
3 8 (5.63%) ASP.NET
4 4 (2.82%) JSP
5 3 (2.11%) XML
5 3 (2.11%) WPF
5 3 (2.11%) Silverlight
6 2 (1.41%) HTML5
6 2 (1.41%) JSON
6 2 (1.41%) XSL
7 1 (0.70%) XSLT
7 1 (0.70%) Flash
7 1 (0.70%) WebSphere MQ
7 1 (0.70%) WinForms
7 1 (0.70%) .NET Framework
7 1 (0.70%) SOAP
7 1 (0.70%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 15 (10.56%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (7.04%) Replication
3 4 (2.82%) STB
3 4 (2.82%) PKI
3 4 (2.82%) Computer Science
3 4 (2.82%) Algorithms
4 3 (2.11%) Video on Demand
4 3 (2.11%) IPTV
4 3 (2.11%) MPEG
5 2 (1.41%) DTV
5 2 (1.41%) Handset
5 2 (1.41%) Streaming Video
5 2 (1.41%) Digital Media
5 2 (1.41%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.70%) User Experience
6 1 (0.70%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (0.70%) Clustering
6 1 (0.70%) AS400
6 1 (0.70%) Device Driver
6 1 (0.70%) EFT
Operating Systems
1 16 (11.27%) Linux
2 14 (9.86%) UNIX
3 12 (8.45%) Windows
4 6 (4.23%) Android
4 6 (4.23%) VMS
5 4 (2.82%) Windows Server 2003
5 4 (2.82%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (2.11%) Apple iOS
7 2 (1.41%) CentOS
7 2 (1.41%) Windows 7
7 2 (1.41%) AIX
8 1 (0.70%) Windows XP
8 1 (0.70%) Windows Phone 7
8 1 (0.70%) Windows Phone
8 1 (0.70%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (26.76%) Validation
2 22 (15.49%) Agile Software Development
3 20 (14.08%) Test Automation
4 19 (13.38%) Test Strategy
5 18 (12.68%) Test Scripting
6 13 (9.15%) Test Planning
6 13 (9.15%) Software Engineering
6 13 (9.15%) Software Testing
7 10 (7.04%) TDD
7 10 (7.04%) System Testing
8 8 (5.63%) Network Architecture
8 8 (5.63%) Automated Testing
8 8 (5.63%) Automation Testing
9 7 (4.93%) Integration Testing
9 7 (4.93%) Regression Testing
10 6 (4.23%) Migration
10 6 (4.23%) Scrum
10 6 (4.23%) Test Management
10 6 (4.23%) Continuous Integration
11 5 (3.52%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 22 (15.49%) Java
2 18 (12.68%) C#
3 12 (8.45%) SQL
4 11 (7.75%) Python
5 7 (4.93%) JavaScript
6 5 (3.52%) C
7 4 (2.82%) Ruby
8 3 (2.11%) PowerShell
8 3 (2.11%) Shell Script
9 2 (1.41%) Bash Shell
9 2 (1.41%) Perl
9 2 (1.41%) C++
10 1 (0.70%) VB
10 1 (0.70%) VBA
10 1 (0.70%) PHP
10 1 (0.70%) MATLAB
10 1 (0.70%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 23 (16.20%) Security Cleared
2 17 (11.97%) SC Cleared
3 15 (10.56%) Cisco Certification
3 15 (10.56%) ISEB
4 12 (8.45%) CCNP
5 10 (7.04%) Degree
6 9 (6.34%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 9 (6.34%) ISTQB
7 8 (5.63%) JNCIS
8 4 (2.82%) Microsoft Certification
8 4 (2.82%) MCITP
9 3 (2.11%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 2 (1.41%) DV Cleared
10 2 (1.41%) CCNA
10 2 (1.41%) CCA
10 2 (1.41%) HNC
10 2 (1.41%) HND
11 1 (0.70%) MCSE
11 1 (0.70%) MCSA
11 1 (0.70%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (6.34%) QA
2 1 (0.70%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 1 (0.70%) GCP
System Software
1 5 (3.52%) Active Directory
1 5 (3.52%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (2.82%) VMware ESX
3 3 (2.11%) Firmware
4 1 (0.70%) NFS
4 1 (0.70%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.70%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 17 (11.97%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (2.82%) McAfee ePO
3 3 (2.11%) Netcool
Vendors
1 23 (16.20%) Microsoft
2 17 (11.97%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 16 (11.27%) Cisco
4 12 (8.45%) HP
5 10 (7.04%) Juniper
5 10 (7.04%) CheckPoint
6 6 (4.23%) VMware
7 4 (2.82%) McAfee
7 4 (2.82%) Oracle
8 3 (2.11%) TIBCO
8 3 (2.11%) Ericsson
8 3 (2.11%) Nokia
8 3 (2.11%) Siemens
9 2 (1.41%) Veritas
9 2 (1.41%) Apple
9 2 (1.41%) Citrix
9 2 (1.41%) IBM
9 2 (1.41%) Adobe
9 2 (1.41%) Telerik
9 2 (1.41%) Huawei
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