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 24 December 2014 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Test Engineer
Rank 551 540 538
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -2
Contract jobs requiring a Software Test Engineer 41 30 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.076% 0.059% 0.047%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.082% 0.063% 0.051%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 16 5
Average daily rate
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£350 £263 £235
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% +11.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £207 £120 £137
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £350 £335
UK excluding London average daily rate £240 £263 £313
% change year-on-year
-8.57% -16.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 2 12
Average hourly rate £28.50 £24.50 £24.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.32% +1.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.85 £16.90 £18.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.50 £32.10 £44.95
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.50 £24.50 £24.25
% change year-on-year
+16.32% +1.03%

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
49935 47333 45284
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.07% 92.46% 92.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 31866 28484 25556
Average daily rate £400 £400 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2011 2083 2584
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.77 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

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 24 December 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 24 December 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 24 December 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 -22 36 £350 +33.33% 17
South West -7 21 £220 -41.33% 1
East of England -6 5 £350 - 5
London +11 3 £375 +58.73%
South East -45 3 £240 -8.57% 6
Cambridgeshire - 3 £350 - 4
Surrey -3 2 £240 +100.00%
West Midlands -5 2 - - 2
Scotland - 2 £195 - 2
Gloucestershire - 2 - - 1
Dorset - 2 - -
Hertfordshire - 2 - - 1
Guildford - 2 £240 -
East Midlands +7 1 £350 -
Bristol -14 1 £220 -41.33%
Berkshire -17 1 £205 -21.90% 3
North West - 1 - - 2
Farnborough - - - -
Torfaen - - - -
Hillingdon - - - -
South Wales - - - -
Wales - - - -
M4 Corridor - - - -
Hampshire - - - - 1
West Sussex - - - - 1
West Yorkshire - - - -
Worcestershire - - - - 1
Yorkshire - - - - 1
Kent - - - -
Lincolnshire - - - -

Software Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 30 (40.54%) Test Automation
2 26 (35.14%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (35.14%) Linux
2 26 (35.14%) Python
3 20 (27.03%) Electronics
4 17 (22.97%) Test Scripting
5 16 (21.62%) Software Testing
6 15 (20.27%) Selenium
7 14 (18.92%) ISEB
7 14 (18.92%) SQL
8 12 (16.22%) C
8 12 (16.22%) C++
9 11 (14.86%) MySQL
9 11 (14.86%) Jenkins
9 11 (14.86%) Mobile App
10 10 (13.51%) CSS
10 10 (13.51%) XML
10 10 (13.51%) HTML
10 10 (13.51%) JIRA
10 10 (13.51%) LabVIEW
11 9 (12.16%) Automotive
11 9 (12.16%) Web Development
11 9 (12.16%) PHP
11 9 (12.16%) Automation Testing
11 9 (12.16%) Security Cleared
11 9 (12.16%) Video on Demand
11 9 (12.16%) DO-178B
12 8 (10.81%) Integration Testing
12 8 (10.81%) ISTQB
13 7 (9.46%) Embedded Linux

Software Test Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (1.35%) WebSphere Application Server
1 1 (1.35%) IIS
1 1 (1.35%) SharePoint
1 1 (1.35%) WebSphere Process Server
1 1 (1.35%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (4.05%) MS Office
2 1 (1.35%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.35%) Simulink
2 1 (1.35%) Windchill
2 1 (1.35%) Doxygen
Cloud Services
1 3 (4.05%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (6.76%) ZigBee
2 4 (5.41%) 3G
2 4 (5.41%) 2G
3 2 (2.70%) Fibre Channel
3 2 (2.70%) GPRS
3 2 (2.70%) SAN
4 1 (1.35%) HTTP
4 1 (1.35%) TCP/IP
4 1 (1.35%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (14.86%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 15 (20.27%) Selenium
2 11 (14.86%) Jenkins
3 10 (13.51%) JIRA
3 10 (13.51%) LabVIEW
4 7 (9.46%) GoogleTest
5 6 (8.11%) Rational DOORS
6 2 (2.70%) Git (software)
6 2 (2.70%) Cucumber
6 2 (2.70%) JMeter
7 1 (1.35%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 1 (1.35%) Subversion
7 1 (1.35%) Visual Studio
7 1 (1.35%) QuickTest Pro
7 1 (1.35%) Calabash
7 1 (1.35%) Robolectric
7 1 (1.35%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (1.35%) Mercurial
7 1 (1.35%) FishEye
General
1 20 (27.03%) Electronics
2 9 (12.16%) Automotive
3 6 (8.11%) Avionics
4 3 (4.05%) Telecoms
5 2 (2.70%) Aerospace
5 2 (2.70%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.35%) Publishing
6 1 (1.35%) Military
6 1 (1.35%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (13.51%) HTML
1 10 (13.51%) CSS
1 10 (13.51%) XML
2 2 (2.70%) SOAP
2 2 (2.70%) .NET
2 2 (2.70%) REST
3 1 (1.35%) Gherkin
3 1 (1.35%) JMS
3 1 (1.35%) WSDL
3 1 (1.35%) Middleware
3 1 (1.35%) WinForms
3 1 (1.35%) WCF
3 1 (1.35%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 11 (14.86%) Mobile App
2 9 (12.16%) Video on Demand
3 7 (9.46%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (5.41%) Embedded Systems
4 4 (5.41%) CAN bus
5 3 (4.05%) Computer Science
6 2 (2.70%) HACMP
6 2 (2.70%) Clustering
6 2 (2.70%) Open Source
7 1 (1.35%) STB
7 1 (1.35%) IPTV
7 1 (1.35%) Mechatronics
7 1 (1.35%) DTV
7 1 (1.35%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 26 (35.14%) Linux
2 7 (9.46%) Windows
2 7 (9.46%) Embedded Linux
3 3 (4.05%) Android
3 3 (4.05%) Apple iOS
3 3 (4.05%) UNIX
4 2 (2.70%) Windows Phone
4 2 (2.70%) AIX
4 2 (2.70%) HPUX
4 2 (2.70%) Solaris
4 2 (2.70%) NetWare
5 1 (1.35%) Ubuntu
5 1 (1.35%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (40.54%) Test Automation
2 26 (35.14%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (22.97%) Test Scripting
4 16 (21.62%) Software Testing
5 9 (12.16%) Web Development
5 9 (12.16%) Automation Testing
6 8 (10.81%) Integration Testing
7 7 (9.46%) UML
8 6 (8.11%) Validation
9 5 (6.76%) Scrum
9 5 (6.76%) OO
9 5 (6.76%) Software Engineering
9 5 (6.76%) Black-Box Testing
9 5 (6.76%) Continuous Integration
10 4 (5.41%) Performance Testing
11 3 (4.05%) SysML
11 3 (4.05%) OOD
12 2 (2.70%) ERP
12 2 (2.70%) TDD
12 2 (2.70%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 26 (35.14%) Python
2 14 (18.92%) SQL
3 12 (16.22%) C
3 12 (16.22%) C++
4 9 (12.16%) PHP
5 5 (6.76%) Java
6 3 (4.05%) Ruby
7 2 (2.70%) Korn
7 2 (2.70%) Bash Shell
7 2 (2.70%) Embedded C
7 2 (2.70%) Shell Script
7 2 (2.70%) JavaScript
7 2 (2.70%) Perl
8 1 (1.35%) C#
8 1 (1.35%) MATLAB
8 1 (1.35%) Objective-C
8 1 (1.35%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 14 (18.92%) ISEB
2 9 (12.16%) Security Cleared
3 8 (10.81%) ISTQB
4 7 (9.46%) SC Cleared
5 5 (6.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (4.05%) Degree
7 2 (2.70%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (12.16%) DO-178B
2 3 (4.05%) QA
3 2 (2.70%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 2 (2.70%) GPFS
2 1 (1.35%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (2.70%) Tivoli
2 1 (1.35%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (9.46%) Google
2 4 (5.41%) Microsoft
3 3 (4.05%) HP
3 3 (4.05%) EMC
3 3 (4.05%) IBM
3 3 (4.05%) VMware
4 2 (2.70%) Hitachi
4 2 (2.70%) Veritas
4 2 (2.70%) Compaq
5 1 (1.35%) Software AG
5 1 (1.35%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (1.35%) Atlassian