The table below looks at the statistics for the Test Engineer role in IT contracts advertised for the South West 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 23 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
23 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Engineer
Rank 107 90 109
Rank change year-on-year
-17 +19
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 36 28 25
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.07% 1.24% 0.80%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.15% 1.34% 0.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 8 7
Average daily rate
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£325 £300 £270
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £259 £293 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £395 £350 £356
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £300 £310
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -3.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 8 3
Average hourly rate £32.50 £30.00 £37.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -18.91%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £24.30 £34.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £30.75 £86.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £32.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-7.69% -7.14%
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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 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
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
3137 2094 2903
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 93.50% 92.86% 93.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 2031 1337 1701
Average daily rate £365 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.28% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 171 162 251
Average hourly rate £20.00 £15.00 £18.47
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% -18.78%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.99
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £35.00 £41.50
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 West

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

Test Engineer Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

Test Engineer
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Test Engineer Daily Rate Trend in the South West

Test Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Engineer across the South West region over the 3 months to 23 September 2014.

Test Engineer Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

Test Engineer
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Test Engineer Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

Test Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Engineer across the South West region over the 3 months to 23 September 2014.

Test Engineer Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

Test Engineer
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 3 months to 23 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
Bristol -7 16 £350 +13.82% 3
Dorset - 11 £450 -
Gloucestershire -18 5 £310 - 3
Somerset -10 1 - -
Wiltshire -17 1 - - 1
Test Engineer
England

Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 23 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 17 (25.76%) SQL
2 16 (24.24%) Test Scripting
3 15 (22.73%) Telecoms
4 14 (21.21%) Validation
5 13 (19.70%) Linux
6 12 (18.18%) GSM
6 12 (18.18%) UMTS
6 12 (18.18%) Agile Software Development
6 12 (18.18%) Security Cleared
7 11 (16.67%) LTE
7 11 (16.67%) Software Engineering
7 11 (16.67%) Selenium
7 11 (16.67%) Electronics
7 11 (16.67%) ISEB
8 10 (15.15%) WCDMA
8 10 (15.15%) GPRS
8 10 (15.15%) Java
8 10 (15.15%) Integration Testing
8 10 (15.15%) Rational DOORS
8 10 (15.15%) DO-178B
9 9 (13.64%) SC Cleared
9 9 (13.64%) Test Automation
9 9 (13.64%) .NET
9 9 (13.64%) Integration Acceptance Testing
9 9 (13.64%) Degree
10 8 (12.12%) Finance
10 8 (12.12%) C++
10 8 (12.12%) QuickTest Pro
10 8 (12.12%) Avionics
11 7 (10.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification

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

For the 6 months to 23 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 (1.52%) WebSphere Application Server
1 1 (1.52%) WebSphere Process Server
1 1 (1.52%) WebSphere
Communications & Networking
1 12 (18.18%) GSM
1 12 (18.18%) UMTS
2 11 (16.67%) LTE
3 10 (15.15%) GPRS
3 10 (15.15%) WCDMA
4 6 (9.09%) SMS
5 5 (7.58%) Wireless
6 4 (6.06%) 3GPP
6 4 (6.06%) 4G
7 3 (4.55%) DHCP
7 3 (4.55%) HTTP
7 3 (4.55%) 3G
7 3 (4.55%) IPsec
8 2 (3.03%) Wireshark
8 2 (3.03%) SIGTRAN
8 2 (3.03%) DVB
8 2 (3.03%) SS7
8 2 (3.03%) ISUP
8 2 (3.03%) SCCP
8 2 (3.03%) INAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.55%) Relational Database
2 1 (1.52%) Oracle Database 11g
2 1 (1.52%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 11 (16.67%) Selenium
2 10 (15.15%) Rational DOORS
3 8 (12.12%) QuickTest Pro
4 5 (7.58%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (6.06%) Git (software)
6 3 (4.55%) WebDriver
6 3 (4.55%) Cucumber
7 2 (3.03%) Visual Studio
7 2 (3.03%) LabVIEW
8 1 (1.52%) NUnit
8 1 (1.52%) JIRA
8 1 (1.52%) MSTest
8 1 (1.52%) SoapUI
8 1 (1.52%) Behat
General
1 15 (22.73%) Telecoms
2 11 (16.67%) Electronics
3 8 (12.12%) Avionics
3 8 (12.12%) Finance
4 3 (4.55%) Military
4 3 (4.55%) Billing
5 2 (3.03%) Aerospace
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (13.64%) .NET
2 7 (10.61%) .NET Framework
3 2 (3.03%) CSS
3 2 (3.03%) Web Services
3 2 (3.03%) XML
3 2 (3.03%) HTML
4 1 (1.52%) DOM
4 1 (1.52%) JMS
4 1 (1.52%) WSDL
4 1 (1.52%) Middleware
4 1 (1.52%) Hibernate
4 1 (1.52%) SOAP
4 1 (1.52%) REST
4 1 (1.52%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 5 (7.58%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (6.06%) CAN bus
3 2 (3.03%) User Experience
3 2 (3.03%) Streaming Video
4 1 (1.52%) IPTV
4 1 (1.52%) Mathematics
4 1 (1.52%) Physics
4 1 (1.52%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (1.52%) MPEG
4 1 (1.52%) DTV
Operating Systems
1 13 (19.70%) Linux
2 3 (4.55%) Windows
3 2 (3.03%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (24.24%) Test Scripting
2 14 (21.21%) Validation
3 12 (18.18%) Agile Software Development
4 11 (16.67%) Software Engineering
5 10 (15.15%) Integration Testing
6 9 (13.64%) Test Automation
6 9 (13.64%) Integration Acceptance Testing
7 7 (10.61%) Test Planning
8 6 (9.09%) Software Testing
8 6 (9.09%) Scrum
8 6 (9.09%) Requirements Management
9 5 (7.58%) UML
10 4 (6.06%) SysML
10 4 (6.06%) Waterfall
10 4 (6.06%) V-Model
11 3 (4.55%) BDD
11 3 (4.55%) Risk Management
12 2 (3.03%) Requirements Analysis
12 2 (3.03%) Risk Analysis
12 2 (3.03%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 17 (25.76%) SQL
2 10 (15.15%) Java
3 8 (12.12%) C++
4 7 (10.61%) VBScript
4 7 (10.61%) VB.NET
5 4 (6.06%) Python
5 4 (6.06%) C
6 3 (4.55%) JavaScript
6 3 (4.55%) Perl
7 2 (3.03%) Ada
7 2 (3.03%) VB
7 2 (3.03%) Ruby
8 1 (1.52%) Bash Shell
8 1 (1.52%) Tcl
8 1 (1.52%) C#
Qualifications
1 12 (18.18%) Security Cleared
2 11 (16.67%) ISEB
3 9 (13.64%) Degree
3 9 (13.64%) SC Cleared
4 7 (10.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 5 (7.58%) ISTQB
5 5 (7.58%) HND
6 2 (3.03%) HNC
7 1 (1.52%) BC Cleared
7 1 (1.52%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (15.15%) DO-178B
2 2 (3.03%) QA
3 1 (1.52%) DO-160
Systems Management
1 4 (6.06%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (3.03%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 2 (3.03%) IBM
1 2 (3.03%) Microsoft
1 2 (3.03%) Agilent
2 1 (1.52%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
2 1 (1.52%) Oracle
2 1 (1.52%) JBoss
2 1 (1.52%) HP
2 1 (1.52%) Software AG
2 1 (1.52%) Anite
2 1 (1.52%) Huawei
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