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 26 June 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
26 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Test Engineer
Rank 614 608 585
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -23
Contract jobs requiring a Software Test Engineer 29 33 38
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.055% 0.059% 0.070%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.058% 0.062% 0.074%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 20 21
Median daily rate £400 £275 £288
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+45.45% -4.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £118 £200 £221
10% offered a daily rate of more than £503 £403 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £275 £275
% change year-on-year
+27.27% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 8 8
Median hourly rate £42.38 £33.50 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.49% +3.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.78 £25.46 £22.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.83 £42.90 £43.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.38 £33.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+26.49% +3.07%

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
50276 53000 51116
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.73% 94.79% 94.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 32796 33319 31430
Median daily rate £425 £400 £397
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +0.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £563 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £399 £368 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.57% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1494 2025 2060
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £40.00 £39.43
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.45 £16.14 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+8.11% -2.18%

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 26 June 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
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 26 June 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
(Click see detailed
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 +6 25 £400 +45.45% 30
London +16 10 £413 +27.21% 2
South East +5 6 £368 +33.63% 9
South West +3 5 - - 3
City of London +41 3 £488 +30.00%
Scotland -12 3 £98 -61.00% 1
East of England +15 2 - - 7
Fife +10 2 £98 -
Surrey -2 2 £368 +5.00% 3
Middlesex -4 2 £400 +128.57% 1
Devon - 2 - -
Staines - 2 £368 -
Cambridgeshire +18 1 - - 5
Southampton +17 1 £300 - 1
Cambridge +16 1 - - 5
Cheltenham +2 1 - -
Dundee +1 1 - -
Hampshire 0 1 £300 +6.66% 2
Gloucestershire -2 1 - - 2
West Midlands -22 1 £400 +45.45% 1
Hertfordshire - 1 - - 1
Somerset - 1 - -
Wiltshire - 1 - -
West Sussex - 1 £295 -
Worcestershire - 1 £400 -
East Midlands - 1 - - 1
Stevenage - 1 - -
Yeovil - 1 - -
Gatwick - 1 £295 -
Malvern - 1 £400 -

Software Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 27 (38.03%) Software Engineering
2 23 (32.39%) Agile Software Development
3 19 (26.76%) Software Testing
4 18 (25.35%) Java
4 18 (25.35%) Test Automation
5 17 (23.94%) Linux
6 16 (22.54%) QA
7 15 (21.13%) C
8 14 (19.72%) C++
8 14 (19.72%) Python
9 13 (18.31%) Scrum
10 12 (16.90%) Test Scripting
10 12 (16.90%) BDD
11 11 (15.49%) Security Cleared
12 10 (14.08%) Cucumber
12 10 (14.08%) Degree
12 10 (14.08%) Configuration Management
12 10 (14.08%) SQL
13 9 (12.68%) C#
13 9 (12.68%) SC Cleared
14 8 (11.27%) JIRA
14 8 (11.27%) Selenium
14 8 (11.27%) Automated Testing
14 8 (11.27%) JavaScript
14 8 (11.27%) MS Office
14 8 (11.27%) Web Services
14 8 (11.27%) ISEB
15 7 (9.86%) Finance
15 7 (9.86%) ISTQB
15 7 (9.86%) QMS

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 (4.23%) CMS
2 1 (1.41%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 8 (11.27%) MS Office
2 2 (2.82%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (5.63%) LabWindows
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.41%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.82%) H.323
1 2 (2.82%) HTTP
1 2 (2.82%) Telepresence
2 1 (1.41%) RS-232
2 1 (1.41%) RS-422
2 1 (1.41%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.82%) MongoDB
1 2 (2.82%) Neo4j
1 2 (2.82%) Relational Database
2 1 (1.41%) MySQL
2 1 (1.41%) Redis
2 1 (1.41%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 10 (14.08%) Cucumber
2 8 (11.27%) JIRA
2 8 (11.27%) Selenium
3 7 (9.86%) Rational DOORS
4 3 (4.23%) Git (software)
4 3 (4.23%) Jenkins
5 2 (2.82%) Robot Framework
5 2 (2.82%) SilkTest
5 2 (2.82%) Subversion
5 2 (2.82%) TestPartner
5 2 (2.82%) WebDriver
6 1 (1.41%) Bugzilla
6 1 (1.41%) JUnit
6 1 (1.41%) Maven
6 1 (1.41%) Mockito
6 1 (1.41%) NUnit
6 1 (1.41%) PHPUnit
6 1 (1.41%) RSpec
6 1 (1.41%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (1.41%) WATIR
General
1 7 (9.86%) Finance
2 5 (7.04%) Aerospace
3 4 (5.63%) Electronics
4 2 (2.82%) Banking
4 2 (2.82%) Investment Banking
4 2 (2.82%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.41%) Advertising
5 1 (1.41%) Automotive
5 1 (1.41%) Avionics
5 1 (1.41%) Games
5 1 (1.41%) Marketing
5 1 (1.41%) Military
5 1 (1.41%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (11.27%) Web Services
2 5 (7.04%) RESTful
2 5 (7.04%) XML
3 4 (5.63%) .NET
4 2 (2.82%) Dropwizard
4 2 (2.82%) HTML
4 2 (2.82%) JAX-RS
4 2 (2.82%) REST
5 1 (1.41%) Backbone.js
5 1 (1.41%) Gherkin
5 1 (1.41%) Hibernate
5 1 (1.41%) Node.js
5 1 (1.41%) SOAP
5 1 (1.41%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 5 (7.04%) Computer Science
2 2 (2.82%) EMV
2 2 (2.82%) Mathematics
2 2 (2.82%) STB
3 1 (1.41%) Embedded Systems
3 1 (1.41%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.41%) MPEG
Operating Systems
1 17 (23.94%) Linux
2 4 (5.63%) Android
2 4 (5.63%) Windows
3 3 (4.23%) Apple iOS
3 3 (4.23%) Unix
4 2 (2.82%) Mac OS X
5 1 (1.41%) Fedora
5 1 (1.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (38.03%) Software Engineering
2 23 (32.39%) Agile Software Development
3 19 (26.76%) Software Testing
4 18 (25.35%) Test Automation
5 13 (18.31%) Scrum
6 12 (16.90%) BDD
6 12 (16.90%) Test Scripting
7 10 (14.08%) Configuration Management
8 8 (11.27%) Automated Testing
9 7 (9.86%) Integration Testing
9 7 (9.86%) QMS
10 6 (8.45%) Continuous Integration
10 6 (8.45%) Functional Testing
10 6 (8.45%) Regression Testing
10 6 (8.45%) TDD
11 5 (7.04%) Requirements Management
12 4 (5.63%) Automation Testing
13 3 (4.23%) Manual Testing
13 3 (4.23%) Open Source
13 3 (4.23%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 18 (25.35%) Java
2 15 (21.13%) C
3 14 (19.72%) C++
3 14 (19.72%) Python
4 10 (14.08%) SQL
5 9 (12.68%) C#
6 8 (11.27%) JavaScript
7 5 (7.04%) Groovy
8 4 (5.63%) Embedded C
8 4 (5.63%) Shell Script
9 3 (4.23%) Embedded C++
9 3 (4.23%) Perl
10 2 (2.82%) Bash Shell
10 2 (2.82%) PHP
10 2 (2.82%) Ruby
11 1 (1.41%) Objective-C
11 1 (1.41%) PowerShell
11 1 (1.41%) Scala
11 1 (1.41%) VB.NET
11 1 (1.41%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 11 (15.49%) Security Cleared
2 10 (14.08%) Degree
3 9 (12.68%) SC Cleared
4 8 (11.27%) ISEB
5 7 (9.86%) ISTQB
6 6 (8.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (1.41%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (22.54%) QA
2 4 (5.63%) SDET
3 1 (1.41%) DO-178B
3 1 (1.41%) FedRAMP
Systems Management
1 1 (1.41%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (7.04%) Oracle
2 3 (4.23%) Red Hat
2 3 (4.23%) Serena
3 2 (2.82%) Microsoft
4 1 (1.41%) Atlassian
4 1 (1.41%) IBM
Felixstowe, Suffolk
Edgar Cowen
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
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Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
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