The table below looks at the statistics for the Software Test Engineer role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Test Engineer in their job title over the 3 months to 17 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Test Engineer
Rank 568 583 533
Rank change year-on-year
+15 -50
Contract jobs requiring a Software Test Engineer 25 16 31
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.045% 0.028% 0.064%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.048% 0.031% 0.069%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 10 4
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£263 £225 £305
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -26.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £170 £278
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £378 £360
UK excluding London average daily rate £265 £225 £285
% change year-on-year
+17.77% -21.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 4 15
Average hourly rate £38.00 £32.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.92% -13.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.93 £27.20 £27.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.72 £35.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.00 £32.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+16.92% -13.33%

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
51645 52060 44962
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.40% 92.35% 92.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 31339 31560 25761
Average daily rate £400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £230 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £346
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +1.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2019 2073 2241
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -2.85%

Software Test Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend

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

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 17 April 2015.

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 17 April 2015.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Test Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 17 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
England +1 20 £263 +16.66% 25
South East -16 7 £375 +30.43% 4
London +8 5 £168 -38.53% 4
Scotland +5 5 - - 3
Hampshire -6 4 £375 +114.28% 1
East of England +16 3 - - 13
West Midlands - 3 £263 - 1
Edinburgh - 2 - - 1
Reading - 1 - - 1
Berkshire - 1 - - 1
West Lothian - 1 - -
Farnborough - 1 - -
Hertfordshire - 1 - -
Kent - - - -
Lancashire - - - -
Northamptonshire - - - - 1
Surrey - - - -
South West - - - -
West Sussex - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - - 2
Wiltshire - - - -
Worcestershire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - - 2
City of London - - - -
East Midlands - - - - 1
North West - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - - 1
Cambridgeshire - - - - 12
Cheshire - - - -
Dorset - - - -

Software Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Software 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 Software Test Engineer in their job title.

1 21 (35.00%) Software Testing
1 21 (35.00%) Linux
1 21 (35.00%) Python
2 18 (30.00%) Test Automation
3 15 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (25.00%) Electronics
3 15 (25.00%) SQL
4 14 (23.33%) Test Scripting
5 12 (20.00%) ISEB
6 8 (13.33%) C
6 8 (13.33%) HP Quality Center
6 8 (13.33%) ISTQB
7 7 (11.67%) JIRA
7 7 (11.67%) Computer Science
7 7 (11.67%) Selenium
7 7 (11.67%) Software Engineering
7 7 (11.67%) Automotive
7 7 (11.67%) LabVIEW
7 7 (11.67%) Automation Testing
8 6 (10.00%) GoogleTest
8 6 (10.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 6 (10.00%) Jenkins
8 6 (10.00%) C#
8 6 (10.00%) C++
8 6 (10.00%) Google
8 6 (10.00%) Performance Testing
8 6 (10.00%) Embedded Linux
9 5 (8.33%) ZigBee
9 5 (8.33%) Continuous Integration
9 5 (8.33%) Security Cleared

Software Test Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Software 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 Software Test Engineer in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (1.67%) SharePoint
Applications
1 5 (8.33%) MS Office
2 1 (1.67%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.67%) Simulink
2 1 (1.67%) Windchill
2 1 (1.67%) Doxygen
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.67%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (8.33%) 3G
1 5 (8.33%) 2G
1 5 (8.33%) ZigBee
2 3 (5.00%) Wireless
3 2 (3.33%) TCP/IP
3 2 (3.33%) Internet
4 1 (1.67%) ATM
4 1 (1.67%) Bluetooth
4 1 (1.67%) GSM
4 1 (1.67%) LTE
4 1 (1.67%) Wi-Fi
Development Applications
1 7 (11.67%) JIRA
1 7 (11.67%) Selenium
1 7 (11.67%) LabVIEW
2 6 (10.00%) GoogleTest
2 6 (10.00%) Jenkins
3 3 (5.00%) Cucumber
3 3 (5.00%) Rational DOORS
4 2 (3.33%) eggPlant
4 2 (3.33%) Maven
4 2 (3.33%) Robot Framework
5 1 (1.67%) VectorCAST
5 1 (1.67%) SpecFlow
5 1 (1.67%) NUnit
5 1 (1.67%) Subversion
5 1 (1.67%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (1.67%) Mercurial
5 1 (1.67%) WebDriver
5 1 (1.67%) MSTest
5 1 (1.67%) WinDbg
5 1 (1.67%) Visual Studio
General
1 15 (25.00%) Electronics
2 7 (11.67%) Automotive
3 4 (6.67%) Military
4 3 (5.00%) Aerospace
5 2 (3.33%) Avionics
6 1 (1.67%) Dutch Language
6 1 (1.67%) Legal
6 1 (1.67%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (5.00%) XML
1 3 (5.00%) Spring
2 2 (3.33%) XSL
3 1 (1.67%) WinForms
3 1 (1.67%) HTML
3 1 (1.67%) .NET
3 1 (1.67%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 7 (11.67%) Computer Science
2 3 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (3.33%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (1.67%) CAN bus
4 1 (1.67%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.67%) Smart Meter
4 1 (1.67%) MPEG
4 1 (1.67%) Device Driver
4 1 (1.67%) Mechatronics
Operating Systems
1 21 (35.00%) Linux
2 6 (10.00%) Embedded Linux
3 3 (5.00%) Windows
4 2 (3.33%) UNIX
4 2 (3.33%) Android
4 2 (3.33%) CentOS
4 2 (3.33%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (35.00%) Software Testing
2 18 (30.00%) Test Automation
3 15 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
4 14 (23.33%) Test Scripting
5 7 (11.67%) Automation Testing
5 7 (11.67%) Software Engineering
6 6 (10.00%) Performance Testing
7 5 (8.33%) Validation
7 5 (8.33%) Continuous Integration
8 4 (6.67%) Integration Testing
8 4 (6.67%) Manual Testing
9 3 (5.00%) Test Planning
9 3 (5.00%) UML
10 2 (3.33%) Line Management
10 2 (3.33%) Regression Testing
10 2 (3.33%) Black-Box Testing
10 2 (3.33%) System Testing
10 2 (3.33%) Multithreading
11 1 (1.67%) Test Management
11 1 (1.67%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 21 (35.00%) Python
2 15 (25.00%) SQL
3 8 (13.33%) C
4 6 (10.00%) C#
4 6 (10.00%) C++
5 5 (8.33%) Java
6 2 (3.33%) Perl
6 2 (3.33%) Embedded C
6 2 (3.33%) MATLAB
7 1 (1.67%) VB
Qualifications
1 12 (20.00%) ISEB
2 8 (13.33%) ISTQB
3 6 (10.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 5 (8.33%) Security Cleared
5 4 (6.67%) Degree
6 3 (5.00%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.00%) QA
1 3 (5.00%) DO-178B
2 1 (1.67%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 1 (1.67%) GCP
Systems Management
1 8 (13.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (10.00%) Google
2 5 (8.33%) Microsoft
3 2 (3.33%) HP
3 2 (3.33%) EMC
4 1 (1.67%) VMware
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