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 10 December 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
10 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Test Engineer
Rank 553 604 592
Rank change year-on-year
+51 -12
Contract jobs requiring a Software Test Engineer 61 45 56
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.082% 0.099%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.086% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 16 27
Median daily rate £388 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+19.23% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £312 £226 £261
10% offered a daily rate of more than £439 £413 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £303 £350
% change year-on-year
+12.39% -13.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 16 24
Median hourly rate £37.50 £40.00 £28.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +40.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.40 £34.25 £27.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.35 £44.00 £39.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £40.00 £28.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +40.35%

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
46857 52091 52770
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.54% 94.71% 93.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 30652 33213 33381
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1649 2008 2171
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% +6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £43.50 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-2.94% +6.25%

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 10 December 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 10 December 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 10 December 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 +36 56 £388 +19.23% 21
London +23 20 £394 -4.54% 3
South East +25 11 £438 +34.61% 4
South West +3 11 £280 +17.89% 3
Gloucestershire +3 6 - - 1
Cheltenham +3 6 - -
East of England -1 5 £325 -7.14% 7
Buckinghamshire - 5 £388 -
East Midlands +2 4 £310 -
Wiltshire 0 4 - -
Milton Keynes - 4 - -
North West +1 3 £350 -
Leicestershire -1 3 £310 -
Oxfordshire - 3 £444 - 1
Hampshire +19 2 - - 1
Scotland +7 2 - - 1
South Wales +5 2 £360 -10.00%
Cambridgeshire +3 2 - - 6
Wales -1 2 £360 -10.00%
Hertfordshire -3 2 - -
Newport - 2 £360 -
City of London - 2 £394 -
Winchester - 2 - -
Oxford - 2 £444 - 1
Yorkshire +23 1 £313 - 3
Somerset +22 1 £280 -20.00% 2
West Yorkshire +21 1 £313 - 3
Taunton +14 1 £280 -20.00%
East Sussex +12 1 - - 1
Lancashire -7 1 - -

Software Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 10 December 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 43 (40.95%) Java
2 40 (38.10%) Agile Software Development
3 33 (31.43%) Selenium
4 30 (28.57%) BDD
4 30 (28.57%) Software Engineering
5 28 (26.67%) Cucumber
6 25 (23.81%) Software Testing
7 22 (20.95%) ISTQB
8 20 (19.05%) Automated Testing
8 20 (19.05%) Python
8 20 (19.05%) QA
9 19 (18.10%) TDD
10 18 (17.14%) Linux
10 18 (17.14%) ISEB
11 17 (16.19%) C#
11 17 (16.19%) C++
11 17 (16.19%) SQL
11 17 (16.19%) Integration Testing
12 16 (15.24%) Test Scripting
12 16 (15.24%) Ruby
12 16 (15.24%) C
12 16 (15.24%) Scrum
13 15 (14.29%) JavaScript
13 15 (14.29%) Degree
13 15 (14.29%) Security Cleared
14 14 (13.33%) Test Strategy
14 14 (13.33%) SDET
15 13 (12.38%) Test Automation
15 13 (12.38%) Windows
16 12 (11.43%) XML

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 (2.86%) Elasticsearch
1 3 (2.86%) WebLogic
1 3 (2.86%) WebSphere
2 2 (1.90%) Confluence
3 1 (0.95%) Apache
3 1 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (0.95%) IIS
3 1 (0.95%) JBoss
3 1 (0.95%) MS Exchange
3 1 (0.95%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 1 (0.95%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (3.81%) MS Office
2 1 (0.95%) AutoCAD
2 1 (0.95%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.95%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 5 (4.76%) LabWindows
2 1 (0.95%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.86%) GitHub
2 1 (0.95%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (4.76%) TCP/IP
2 4 (3.81%) MQTT
2 4 (3.81%) RS-422
3 3 (2.86%) Network Security
4 2 (1.90%) Ethernet
4 2 (1.90%) HTTP
5 1 (0.95%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (7.62%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.81%) Apache Cassandra
3 2 (1.90%) Hadoop
3 2 (1.90%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.95%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.95%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.95%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.95%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 33 (31.43%) Selenium
2 28 (26.67%) Cucumber
3 12 (11.43%) Jenkins
3 12 (11.43%) JIRA
4 9 (8.57%) Git (software)
4 9 (8.57%) Team Foundation Server
5 8 (7.62%) WebDriver
6 6 (5.71%) Ant
6 6 (5.71%) Maven
6 6 (5.71%) SoapUI
6 6 (5.71%) SpecFlow
7 5 (4.76%) Appium
7 5 (4.76%) TeamCity
8 4 (3.81%) LabVIEW
9 3 (2.86%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (2.86%) Eclipse
9 3 (2.86%) JUnit
9 3 (2.86%) Subversion
9 3 (2.86%) TestNG
9 3 (2.86%) Xcode
General
1 8 (7.62%) Finance
2 5 (4.76%) Retail
3 3 (2.86%) Aerospace
3 3 (2.86%) Automotive
3 3 (2.86%) Manufacturing
4 2 (1.90%) Advertising
4 2 (1.90%) Electronics
4 2 (1.90%) Publishing
5 1 (0.95%) Games
5 1 (0.95%) Marketing
5 1 (0.95%) Welsh Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (11.43%) XML
2 11 (10.48%) Gherkin
3 8 (7.62%) .NET
4 7 (6.67%) HTML
4 7 (6.67%) RESTful
4 7 (6.67%) Web Services
5 6 (5.71%) CSS
5 6 (5.71%) JSON
6 5 (4.76%) SOAP
7 4 (3.81%) Kafka
7 4 (3.81%) RabbitMQ
8 3 (2.86%) AngularJS
8 3 (2.86%) Guice
8 3 (2.86%) Node.js
8 3 (2.86%) REST
9 2 (1.90%) ASP.NET
9 2 (1.90%) HTML5
9 2 (1.90%) jQuery
9 2 (1.90%) XHTML
10 1 (0.95%) React
Miscellaneous
1 6 (5.71%) Computer Science
2 2 (1.90%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (1.90%) Embedded Systems
2 2 (1.90%) Mobile App
2 2 (1.90%) SCADA
3 1 (0.95%) Algorithms
3 1 (0.95%) EMV
3 1 (0.95%) IVR
3 1 (0.95%) Robotics
3 1 (0.95%) STB
Operating Systems
1 18 (17.14%) Linux
2 13 (12.38%) Windows
3 6 (5.71%) Android
3 6 (5.71%) Apple iOS
4 3 (2.86%) Unix
5 2 (1.90%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.95%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.95%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (38.10%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (28.57%) BDD
2 30 (28.57%) Software Engineering
3 25 (23.81%) Software Testing
4 20 (19.05%) Automated Testing
5 19 (18.10%) TDD
6 17 (16.19%) Integration Testing
7 16 (15.24%) Scrum
7 16 (15.24%) Test Scripting
8 14 (13.33%) Test Strategy
9 13 (12.38%) Test Automation
10 12 (11.43%) SDLC
11 11 (10.48%) Pair Programming
11 11 (10.48%) Unit Testing
12 10 (9.52%) Continuous Integration
13 9 (8.57%) Continuous Delivery
13 9 (8.57%) Manual Testing
14 8 (7.62%) Configuration Management
14 8 (7.62%) Test Planning
15 7 (6.67%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 43 (40.95%) Java
2 20 (19.05%) Python
3 17 (16.19%) C#
3 17 (16.19%) C++
3 17 (16.19%) SQL
4 16 (15.24%) C
4 16 (15.24%) Ruby
5 15 (14.29%) JavaScript
6 7 (6.67%) Shell Script
7 5 (4.76%) PowerShell
8 4 (3.81%) Bash Shell
9 3 (2.86%) AspectJ
9 3 (2.86%) Groovy
10 2 (1.90%) Apple Swift
11 1 (0.95%) Embedded C
11 1 (0.95%) ES6
11 1 (0.95%) Objective-C
11 1 (0.95%) Perl
11 1 (0.95%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 22 (20.95%) ISTQB
2 18 (17.14%) ISEB
3 15 (14.29%) Degree
3 15 (14.29%) Security Cleared
4 9 (8.57%) DV Cleared
4 9 (8.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 6 (5.71%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (19.05%) QA
2 14 (13.33%) SDET
3 1 (0.95%) ISO 9000
3 1 (0.95%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.95%) ISO13485
3 1 (0.95%) TickIT
System Software
1 3 (2.86%) Docker
2 1 (0.95%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (3.81%) Puppet
2 3 (2.86%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (1.90%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.95%) SCCM
Vendors
1 8 (7.62%) Microsoft
1 8 (7.62%) Oracle
2 5 (4.76%) IBM
3 4 (3.81%) Serena
4 3 (2.86%) Google
5 2 (1.90%) Atlassian
5 2 (1.90%) Cloudera
5 2 (1.90%) HP
5 2 (1.90%) Red Hat
5 2 (1.90%) Xamarin
6 1 (0.95%) Avaya
6 1 (0.95%) Sun
Bath, Avon
Syntax Consultancy Ltd
Rate: From £30 to £40 per hour 30-40 ph (DOE)
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Wenham Carter
Rate: £250 per day 12 month contract
Posted: 4 days ago
Tamworth, Staffordshire
Big Red Recruitment
Rate: £26000 per hour + hol and development
Posted: 5 days ago