The first table below looks at the demand 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 31 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles currently tracked.

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
31 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Test Engineer
Rank 568 544 551
Rank change year-on-year
-24 +7
Contract jobs requiring a Software Test Engineer 26 26 33
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.048% 0.051% 0.057%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.051% 0.055% 0.062%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 12 7
Average daily rate
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£288 £315 £225
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.73% +40.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £211 £240 £107
10% offered a daily rate of more than £354 £384 £270
UK excluding London average daily rate £288 £300 £233
% change year-on-year
-4.16% +28.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 7 14
Average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -14.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.80 £23.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.25 £30.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
- -14.28%
Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
50521 47308 53478
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.33% 92.54% 92.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 30608 27726 29859
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £231 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1993 2123 2716
Average hourly rate £16.58 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.25% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.80 £40.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%

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 31 July 2014.

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 31 July 2014.

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 31 July 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
England -31 21 £325 +5.69% 26
South East -7 7 £295 -21.33% 4
East of England -17 7 £350 +20.68% 8
Cambridgeshire -3 6 £350 +20.68% 5
South West -28 5 £288 +3.13% 4
Dorset - 4 - - 2
Hampshire -11 3 £325 -13.33%
Scotland - 3 £241 -
London +18 2 £270 -23.33% 4
Cambridge -13 2 - - 3
Edinburgh - 2 £241 -
Peterborough - 2 £350 - 1
Berkshire +2 1 - - 3
Gloucestershire -20 1 £288 +22.34% 1
Oxfordshire - 1 £265 -
Oxford - 1 £265 -
Bedfordshire - 1 - - 3
Dundee - 1 - -
Dunfermline - - - -
Eastbourne - - - -
Bolton - - - - 1
Bournemouth - - - -
Bracknell - - - - 1
Bristol - - - -
Egham - - - -
Fareham - - - -
Gloucester - - - - 1
Guildford - - - - 1
Leatherhead - - - -
Leeds - - - - 3

Software Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, 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 12 (27.27%) Software Testing
2 11 (25.00%) Test Scripting
2 11 (25.00%) C++
2 11 (25.00%) Linux
3 8 (18.18%) Python
3 8 (18.18%) C
4 7 (15.91%) Electronics
4 7 (15.91%) Continuous Integration
4 7 (15.91%) Selenium
4 7 (15.91%) Automated Testing
4 7 (15.91%) DO-178B
5 6 (13.64%) Software Engineering
5 6 (13.64%) Java
6 5 (11.36%) JavaScript
6 5 (11.36%) Perl
6 5 (11.36%) C#
6 5 (11.36%) Windows
6 5 (11.36%) Wireless
6 5 (11.36%) Agile Software Development
6 5 (11.36%) Scrum
6 5 (11.36%) Integration Testing
6 5 (11.36%) JIRA
6 5 (11.36%) Security Cleared
6 5 (11.36%) Avionics
6 5 (11.36%) Embedded Systems
7 4 (9.09%) Rational DOORS
7 4 (9.09%) Test Strategy
7 4 (9.09%) Test Automation
7 4 (9.09%) SC Cleared
7 4 (9.09%) TDD

Software Test Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, 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.

Applications
1 1 (2.27%) MS Project
1 1 (2.27%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.55%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (11.36%) Wireless
2 3 (6.82%) ZigBee
2 3 (6.82%) Fibre Channel
2 3 (6.82%) SAN
3 2 (4.55%) Internet
3 2 (4.55%) GSM
3 2 (4.55%) Bluetooth
4 1 (2.27%) Broadband
4 1 (2.27%) GPRS
4 1 (2.27%) 2G
4 1 (2.27%) TETRA
4 1 (2.27%) ATM
4 1 (2.27%) iSCSI
4 1 (2.27%) NAS
4 1 (2.27%) DHCP
4 1 (2.27%) FTP
4 1 (2.27%) HTTP
4 1 (2.27%) 3G
4 1 (2.27%) DVB
4 1 (2.27%) Telnet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.55%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 7 (15.91%) Selenium
2 5 (11.36%) JIRA
3 4 (9.09%) Rational DOORS
3 4 (9.09%) LabVIEW
4 3 (6.82%) QuickTest Pro
4 3 (6.82%) Cucumber
5 2 (4.55%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 2 (4.55%) WebDriver
5 2 (4.55%) JUnit
5 2 (4.55%) Visual Studio
5 2 (4.55%) Rational Rhapsody
5 2 (4.55%) Calabash
6 1 (2.27%) CodeNarc
6 1 (2.27%) Karma Test Runner
6 1 (2.27%) FishEye
6 1 (2.27%) SpecFlow
6 1 (2.27%) Jasmine
6 1 (2.27%) JMeter
6 1 (2.27%) NUnit
6 1 (2.27%) Subversion
General
1 7 (15.91%) Electronics
2 5 (11.36%) Avionics
3 3 (6.82%) Telecoms
3 3 (6.82%) Finance
4 2 (4.55%) Manufacturing
4 2 (4.55%) Military
5 1 (2.27%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.82%) .NET
2 2 (4.55%) HTML
3 1 (2.27%) CSS
3 1 (2.27%) XML
3 1 (2.27%) DOM
3 1 (2.27%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 5 (11.36%) Embedded Systems
2 3 (6.82%) STB
3 2 (4.55%) Firmware
3 2 (4.55%) HACMP
3 2 (4.55%) CAN bus
3 2 (4.55%) Clustering
4 1 (2.27%) Mobile App
4 1 (2.27%) DTV
4 1 (2.27%) Streaming Video
4 1 (2.27%) IPTV
4 1 (2.27%) Statistics
4 1 (2.27%) Client/Server
4 1 (2.27%) MPEG
Operating Systems
1 11 (25.00%) Linux
2 5 (11.36%) Windows
3 4 (9.09%) UNIX
4 2 (4.55%) AIX
4 2 (4.55%) HPUX
4 2 (4.55%) Solaris
4 2 (4.55%) NetWare
5 1 (2.27%) Android
5 1 (2.27%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (27.27%) Software Testing
2 11 (25.00%) Test Scripting
3 7 (15.91%) Continuous Integration
3 7 (15.91%) Automated Testing
4 6 (13.64%) Software Engineering
5 5 (11.36%) Integration Testing
5 5 (11.36%) Scrum
5 5 (11.36%) Agile Software Development
6 4 (9.09%) TDD
6 4 (9.09%) OO
6 4 (9.09%) Regression Testing
6 4 (9.09%) Test Automation
6 4 (9.09%) Test Strategy
7 3 (6.82%) BDD
8 2 (4.55%) ATDD
8 2 (4.55%) Penetration Testing
8 2 (4.55%) Black-Box Testing
8 2 (4.55%) Manual Testing
8 2 (4.55%) Validation
8 2 (4.55%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 11 (25.00%) C++
2 8 (18.18%) C
2 8 (18.18%) Python
3 6 (13.64%) Java
4 5 (11.36%) JavaScript
4 5 (11.36%) Perl
4 5 (11.36%) C#
5 3 (6.82%) Ada
5 3 (6.82%) Ruby
5 3 (6.82%) Korn
5 3 (6.82%) Shell Script
5 3 (6.82%) Bash Shell
6 2 (4.55%) Objective-C
6 2 (4.55%) Groovy
7 1 (2.27%) TTCN
7 1 (2.27%) Embedded C
7 1 (2.27%) PHP
7 1 (2.27%) SQL
7 1 (2.27%) VB
Qualifications
1 5 (11.36%) Security Cleared
2 4 (9.09%) ISEB
2 4 (9.09%) SC Cleared
3 3 (6.82%) ISTQB
4 2 (4.55%) Degree
4 2 (4.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (15.91%) DO-178B
2 3 (6.82%) QA
3 2 (4.55%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 2 (4.55%) GPFS
Systems Management
1 3 (6.82%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (4.55%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 4 (9.09%) IBM
2 2 (4.55%) HP
2 2 (4.55%) Compaq
2 2 (4.55%) EMC
2 2 (4.55%) Hitachi
2 2 (4.55%) Veritas
2 2 (4.55%) Salesforce.com
2 2 (4.55%) VMware
3 1 (2.27%) Atlassian
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