The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Software Test Engineer featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 27 July 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
27 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Test Engineer
Rank 625 647 565
Rank change year-on-year
+22 -82
Contract jobs requiring a Software Test Engineer 35 27 51
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.065% 0.047% 0.095%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.068% 0.050% 0.100%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 17 31
Median daily rate £380 £288 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+32.17% -8.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £410 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £313 £275 £276
% change year-on-year
+13.63% -0.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 4 8
Median hourly rate £41.25 £30.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+37.50% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.25 £17.97 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £33.50 £43.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.25 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+37.50% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. 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
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
51171 54063 51068
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.77% 94.76% 94.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 33246 34265 30949
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1562 2016 2062
Median hourly rate £17.00 £16.60 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.40% +0.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.58 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.16 £16.10
% change year-on-year
+2.10% +0.37%

Software Test Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Software Test Engineer in the job title.

Software Test Engineer Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Software Test Engineer
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Software Test Engineer within the UK.

Software Test Engineer Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Software Test Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Test Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 27 July 2016.

Software Test Engineer Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Software Test Engineer
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Software Test Engineer within the UK.

Software Test Engineer Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Software Test Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Test Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 27 July 2016.

Software Test Engineer Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Software Test Engineer
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Test Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 27 July 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
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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
England -5 33 £380 +32.17% 37
South East +9 13 £313 +11.11% 10
London +4 8 £425 +26.20% 4
East of England +24 5 - - 10
Hampshire +7 5 £300 +4.34% 2
Southampton - 5 £300 -
City of London +49 4 £488 +30.00%
Surrey +3 4 £350 - 2
South West +2 3 - - 6
Gloucestershire -1 3 - - 3
Staines - 3 £368 -
Cheltenham - 3 - - 1
Cambridge +17 2 - - 5
Cambridgeshire +17 2 - - 7
Middlesex -4 2 £400 +128.57% 1
West Midlands -36 2 £400 -
Hertfordshire - 2 - - 2
East Midlands - 2 - -
Stevenage - 2 - -
Reading +8 1 £375 - 1
Berkshire +5 1 £375 +36.36% 3
Scotland +3 1 - -
Dundee +2 1 - -
Worcestershire - 1 £400 -
West Sussex - 1 £295 -
Leicestershire - 1 - -
Derbyshire - 1 - -
Bedfordshire - 1 - -
Redhill - 1 £300 -
Malvern - 1 £400 -

Software Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 July 2016, Software 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 featuring Software Test Engineer in the job title.

1 32 (42.11%) Software Engineering
2 24 (31.58%) Agile Software Development
3 21 (27.63%) Java
4 20 (26.32%) Test Automation
5 19 (25.00%) Scrum
6 18 (23.68%) Linux
7 17 (22.37%) C
8 16 (21.05%) Test Scripting
9 15 (19.74%) QA
9 15 (19.74%) Software Testing
9 15 (19.74%) Python
10 14 (18.42%) C++
10 14 (18.42%) BDD
11 13 (17.11%) ISTQB
11 13 (17.11%) Degree
12 12 (15.79%) C#
12 12 (15.79%) Configuration Management
12 12 (15.79%) Cucumber
12 12 (15.79%) Security Cleared
13 11 (14.47%) Finance
13 11 (14.47%) SQL
13 11 (14.47%) Automated Testing
13 11 (14.47%) Integration Testing
13 11 (14.47%) Selenium
14 10 (13.16%) ISEB
14 10 (13.16%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 9 (11.84%) SC Cleared
15 9 (11.84%) Shell Script
15 9 (11.84%) Web Services
16 8 (10.53%) MS Office

Software Test Engineer Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills 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 3 (3.95%) CMS
2 1 (1.32%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (1.32%) IIS
2 1 (1.32%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (10.53%) MS Office
2 3 (3.95%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.32%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 4 (5.26%) LabWindows
2 1 (1.32%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.32%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.95%) HTTP
1 3 (3.95%) RS-422
2 1 (1.32%) H.323
2 1 (1.32%) RS-232
2 1 (1.32%) TCP/IP
2 1 (1.32%) Telepresence
2 1 (1.32%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (7.89%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.63%) MongoDB
2 2 (2.63%) Neo4j
2 2 (2.63%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.32%) MySQL
3 1 (1.32%) Redis
Development Applications
1 12 (15.79%) Cucumber
2 11 (14.47%) Selenium
3 8 (10.53%) JIRA
4 7 (9.21%) Rational DOORS
5 6 (7.89%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (5.26%) Git (software)
6 4 (5.26%) Jenkins
7 3 (3.95%) JUnit
7 3 (3.95%) SpecFlow
7 3 (3.95%) WebDriver
8 2 (2.63%) Maven
8 2 (2.63%) Robot Framework
8 2 (2.63%) SilkTest
8 2 (2.63%) Subversion
8 2 (2.63%) TestNG
8 2 (2.63%) TestPartner
9 1 (1.32%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (1.32%) Capybara
9 1 (1.32%) GoogleTest
9 1 (1.32%) TeamCity
General
1 11 (14.47%) Finance
2 4 (5.26%) Electronics
3 3 (3.95%) Aerospace
4 2 (2.63%) Banking
4 2 (2.63%) Investment Banking
4 2 (2.63%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.32%) Advertising
5 1 (1.32%) Automotive
5 1 (1.32%) Avionics
5 1 (1.32%) Games
5 1 (1.32%) Marketing
5 1 (1.32%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (11.84%) Web Services
2 7 (9.21%) RESTful
2 7 (9.21%) XML
3 6 (7.89%) .NET
4 3 (3.95%) HTML
5 2 (2.63%) Dropwizard
5 2 (2.63%) Gherkin
5 2 (2.63%) JAX-RS
5 2 (2.63%) REST
6 1 (1.32%) .NET Framework
6 1 (1.32%) Backbone.js
6 1 (1.32%) Hibernate
6 1 (1.32%) JSON
6 1 (1.32%) Node.js
6 1 (1.32%) SOAP
6 1 (1.32%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 7 (9.21%) Computer Science
2 2 (2.63%) Embedded Systems
2 2 (2.63%) EMV
2 2 (2.63%) Mathematics
2 2 (2.63%) STB
3 1 (1.32%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.32%) MPEG
Operating Systems
1 18 (23.68%) Linux
2 6 (7.89%) Windows
3 3 (3.95%) Android
4 2 (2.63%) Apple iOS
4 2 (2.63%) Mac OS X
4 2 (2.63%) Unix
5 1 (1.32%) Fedora
5 1 (1.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (1.32%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (42.11%) Software Engineering
2 24 (31.58%) Agile Software Development
3 20 (26.32%) Test Automation
4 19 (25.00%) Scrum
5 16 (21.05%) Test Scripting
6 15 (19.74%) Software Testing
7 14 (18.42%) BDD
8 12 (15.79%) Configuration Management
9 11 (14.47%) Automated Testing
9 11 (14.47%) Integration Testing
10 8 (10.53%) TDD
11 7 (9.21%) Continuous Integration
11 7 (9.21%) Exploratory Testing
11 7 (9.21%) Test Planning
12 6 (7.89%) Functional Testing
12 6 (7.89%) Regression Testing
12 6 (7.89%) User Acceptance Testing
13 5 (6.58%) QMS
13 5 (6.58%) Requirements Management
13 5 (6.58%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 21 (27.63%) Java
2 17 (22.37%) C
3 15 (19.74%) Python
4 14 (18.42%) C++
5 12 (15.79%) C#
6 11 (14.47%) SQL
7 9 (11.84%) Shell Script
8 8 (10.53%) JavaScript
9 5 (6.58%) Groovy
9 5 (6.58%) PowerShell
10 4 (5.26%) Ruby
11 3 (3.95%) Perl
12 2 (2.63%) Embedded C
12 2 (2.63%) PHP
13 1 (1.32%) Assembly Language
13 1 (1.32%) Embedded C++
13 1 (1.32%) Objective-C
13 1 (1.32%) Scala
13 1 (1.32%) VB.NET
13 1 (1.32%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 13 (17.11%) Degree
1 13 (17.11%) ISTQB
2 12 (15.79%) Security Cleared
3 10 (13.16%) ISEB
3 10 (13.16%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 9 (11.84%) SC Cleared
5 2 (2.63%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (19.74%) QA
2 6 (7.89%) SDET
Systems Management
1 1 (1.32%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (10.53%) Microsoft
2 6 (7.89%) Oracle
3 3 (3.95%) Red Hat
3 3 (3.95%) Serena
4 1 (1.32%) Atlassian
4 1 (1.32%) IBM
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