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 5 February 2016 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Test Engineer
Rank 580 556 537
Rank change year-on-year
-24 -19
Contract jobs requiring a Software Test Engineer 39 45 42
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.076% 0.089% 0.086%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.080% 0.094% 0.092%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 14 16
Average daily rate £316 £325 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.69% -3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £256 £233 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £455 £393 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £271 £325 £275
% change year-on-year
-16.53% +18.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 21 5
Average hourly rate £42.00 £36.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% +140.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.00 £36.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+16.66% +140.00%

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
48576 47854 45775
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.45% 94.46% 94.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 31231 29881 27104
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £257 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1759 1870 2013
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.72 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.66% -4.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.96 £11.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

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 5 February 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 5 February 2016.

Software Test Engineer Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Software Test Engineer
Top 29 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 5 February 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 historical trends)
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 -6 32 £415 +27.69% 48
South West 0 12 £355 +61.36% 7
Gloucestershire +9 8 £450 - 2
East of England -3 7 £280 -20.00% 9
Cheltenham +8 5 - -
South East +1 4 - - 11
London -5 4 £440 -4.86% 3
Scotland -8 4 £288 -
Cambridgeshire +6 3 £280 -20.00% 8
Hertfordshire +6 3 - - 1
Wiltshire -4 3 £260 - 1
Brighton +15 2 - -
East Sussex +11 2 - -
Fife +3 2 £320 -
Dunfermline +2 2 £320 -
Cambridge -4 2 £280 - 8
Edinburgh -14 2 £255 -
East Midlands - 2 - - 1
Stevenage - 2 - -
Leicestershire - 2 - - 1
Berkshire +2 1 - - 2
Bristol -2 1 - - 3
Essex -5 1 - -
Reading -12 1 - - 2
West Midlands -15 1 £205 -21.90% 3
North West -18 1 £415 +10.66% 4
Midlands - 1 - -
Chelmsford - 1 - -
Oxfordshire - 1 - - 1

Software Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 24 (30.00%) Software Engineering
2 23 (28.75%) C++
3 22 (27.50%) C
3 22 (27.50%) C#
4 20 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
5 17 (21.25%) Software Testing
6 15 (18.75%) QA
7 14 (17.50%) .NET
8 13 (16.25%) MS Office
8 13 (16.25%) Windows
8 13 (16.25%) Test Automation
9 12 (15.00%) Rational DOORS
9 12 (15.00%) Python
9 12 (15.00%) Java
10 11 (13.75%) HTML
10 11 (13.75%) Automated Testing
10 11 (13.75%) BDD
11 10 (12.50%) Selenium
11 10 (12.50%) Integration Testing
11 10 (12.50%) Configuration Management
12 9 (11.25%) Linux
12 9 (11.25%) Security Cleared
13 8 (10.00%) SC Cleared
13 8 (10.00%) REST
13 8 (10.00%) UML
13 8 (10.00%) JavaScript
13 8 (10.00%) TDD
13 8 (10.00%) Serena
14 7 (8.75%) SQL
14 7 (8.75%) Web Services

Software Test Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 3 (3.75%) Node.js
2 2 (2.50%) CMS
3 1 (1.25%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (1.25%) IIS
3 1 (1.25%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.25%) WebSphere
Applications
1 13 (16.25%) MS Office
2 5 (6.25%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 6 (7.50%) LabWindows
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.50%) GitHub
2 1 (1.25%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.25%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 6 (7.50%) HTTP
2 3 (3.75%) RS-422
2 3 (3.75%) SNMP
3 2 (2.50%) H.323
4 1 (1.25%) 2G
4 1 (1.25%) 3G
4 1 (1.25%) 4G
4 1 (1.25%) DPNSS
4 1 (1.25%) GSM
4 1 (1.25%) IP Telephony
4 1 (1.25%) LTE
4 1 (1.25%) MGCP
4 1 (1.25%) PSTN
4 1 (1.25%) QSIG
4 1 (1.25%) SS7
4 1 (1.25%) TCP/IP
4 1 (1.25%) Telepresence
4 1 (1.25%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (6.25%) Relational Database
2 4 (5.00%) SQL Server
3 3 (3.75%) RDBMS
4 2 (2.50%) MongoDB
4 2 (2.50%) Neo4j
5 1 (1.25%) MySQL
5 1 (1.25%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 12 (15.00%) Rational DOORS
2 10 (12.50%) Selenium
3 7 (8.75%) Jenkins
4 6 (7.50%) Git (software)
4 6 (7.50%) Subversion
4 6 (7.50%) Visual Studio
5 4 (5.00%) Cucumber
5 4 (5.00%) JIRA
5 4 (5.00%) SoapUI
6 3 (3.75%) Bugzilla
6 3 (3.75%) LabVIEW
6 3 (3.75%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (2.50%) CruiseControl
7 2 (2.50%) DbUnit
7 2 (2.50%) FxCop
7 2 (2.50%) Jasmine
7 2 (2.50%) JUnit
7 2 (2.50%) ReSharper
7 2 (2.50%) StyleCop
7 2 (2.50%) WebDriver
General
1 6 (7.50%) Aerospace
1 6 (7.50%) Finance
2 5 (6.25%) Electronics
2 5 (6.25%) Military
3 4 (5.00%) Manufacturing
4 3 (3.75%) Avionics
5 2 (2.50%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.25%) Automotive
6 1 (1.25%) Games
6 1 (1.25%) Publishing
6 1 (1.25%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (17.50%) .NET
2 11 (13.75%) HTML
3 8 (10.00%) REST
4 7 (8.75%) Web Services
4 7 (8.75%) XML
5 5 (6.25%) .NET Framework
5 5 (6.25%) ASP.NET
5 5 (6.25%) RESTful
5 5 (6.25%) SOAP
6 4 (5.00%) CSS
6 4 (5.00%) HTML5
6 4 (5.00%) jQuery
7 2 (2.50%) Ajax
7 2 (2.50%) ASP.NET MVC
7 2 (2.50%) ASP.NET MVC 3
7 2 (2.50%) CSS3
7 2 (2.50%) Java EE
7 2 (2.50%) JAX-RS
7 2 (2.50%) Middleware
7 2 (2.50%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 6 (7.50%) Mobile App
2 3 (3.75%) Management Information System
3 2 (2.50%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.50%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.25%) Digital Media
4 1 (1.25%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (1.25%) Kindle
4 1 (1.25%) Physics
4 1 (1.25%) STB
Operating Systems
1 13 (16.25%) Windows
2 9 (11.25%) Linux
3 6 (7.50%) Unix
4 3 (3.75%) Android
4 3 (3.75%) Apple iOS
5 2 (2.50%) Mac OS X
5 2 (2.50%) Windows Server
6 1 (1.25%) Windows CE
6 1 (1.25%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (30.00%) Software Engineering
2 20 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (21.25%) Software Testing
4 13 (16.25%) Test Automation
5 11 (13.75%) Automated Testing
5 11 (13.75%) BDD
6 10 (12.50%) Configuration Management
6 10 (12.50%) Integration Testing
7 8 (10.00%) TDD
7 8 (10.00%) UML
8 7 (8.75%) Manual Testing
9 6 (7.50%) Requirements Analysis
9 6 (7.50%) Test Scripting
9 6 (7.50%) Unit Testing
10 5 (6.25%) Multithreading
10 5 (6.25%) OO
10 5 (6.25%) QMS
10 5 (6.25%) Scrum
11 4 (5.00%) Continuous Integration
11 4 (5.00%) Refactoring
Programming Languages
1 23 (28.75%) C++
2 22 (27.50%) C
2 22 (27.50%) C#
3 12 (15.00%) Java
3 12 (15.00%) Python
4 8 (10.00%) JavaScript
5 7 (8.75%) Embedded C
5 7 (8.75%) SQL
6 4 (5.00%) Bash Shell
6 4 (5.00%) Embedded C++
7 3 (3.75%) Perl
7 3 (3.75%) Ruby
8 2 (2.50%) Ada
8 2 (2.50%) Shell Script
8 2 (2.50%) VB
8 2 (2.50%) VC++
9 1 (1.25%) Bourne shell
9 1 (1.25%) C++/CLI
9 1 (1.25%) PowerShell
9 1 (1.25%) Scala
Qualifications
1 9 (11.25%) Security Cleared
2 8 (10.00%) SC Cleared
3 7 (8.75%) Degree
4 6 (7.50%) ISEB
5 4 (5.00%) ISTQB
5 4 (5.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.25%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (1.25%) DV Cleared
6 1 (1.25%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (18.75%) QA
2 7 (8.75%) DO-178B
3 2 (2.50%) SDET
4 1 (1.25%) FedRAMP
4 1 (1.25%) ISO 9001
4 1 (1.25%) MISRA
4 1 (1.25%) MISRA C
System Software
1 1 (1.25%) Active Directory
1 1 (1.25%) Docker
1 1 (1.25%) Hyper-V
1 1 (1.25%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (1.25%) XenDesktop
1 1 (1.25%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 1 (1.25%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (1.25%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 8 (10.00%) Serena
2 5 (6.25%) IBM
2 5 (6.25%) Oracle
3 3 (3.75%) Microsoft
4 2 (2.50%) Coverity
5 1 (1.25%) Cadence
5 1 (1.25%) Embarcadero
5 1 (1.25%) HP
5 1 (1.25%) VMware
5 1 (1.25%) Wind River
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