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 3 September 2015 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
3 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Test Engineer
Rank 614 583 565
Rank change year-on-year
-31 -18
Contract jobs requiring a Software Test Engineer 16 33 34
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.027% 0.058% 0.064%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.030% 0.063% 0.069%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 14 15
Average daily rate
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£313 £350 £295
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.71% +18.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £267 £154
10% offered a daily rate of more than £343 £375 £380
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £338 £283
% change year-on-year
-11.11% +19.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 6 10
Average hourly rate £30.00 £31.25 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% +4.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.69 £21.75 £13.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.20 £43.75 £35.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £31.25 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-4.00% +4.16%

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
54176 52067 49457
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.80% 92.10% 92.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 34646 31581 29422
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1992 2012 2139
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £41.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.33 £17.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+1.94% -

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
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 3 September 2015.

Software Test Engineer Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Software Test Engineer
Top 23 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 3 September 2015. 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 -27 14 £313 -10.71% 28
South West -12 5 - - 1
South East -15 3 £313 +5.93% 10
Wiltshire - 3 - -
East of England +1 2 £300 -14.28% 6
London -15 2 £325 -12.81% 3
Berkshire -2 1 £275 - 2
Hampshire -4 1 - - 2
Cambridge -5 1 - - 5
Dorset -6 1 - -
Gloucestershire -7 1 - - 1
Cambridgeshire -8 1 - - 5
Scotland -8 1 - -
Suffolk - 1 £300 -
Surrey - 1 £350 - 2
Cheltenham - 1 - -
Lytham St Annes - 1 - -
Salisbury - 1 - -
Lancashire - 1 - -
City of London - 1 - - 1
North West - 1 - - 2
West Midlands - 1 - - 4
Dundee - 1 - -

Software Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 September 2015, 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 11 (29.73%) Linux
2 9 (24.32%) C#
2 9 (24.32%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (21.62%) Software Testing
3 8 (21.62%) Windows
3 8 (21.62%) Rational DOORS
4 7 (18.92%) C++
4 7 (18.92%) Python
4 7 (18.92%) Electronics
4 7 (18.92%) Degree
4 7 (18.92%) ISTQB
4 7 (18.92%) Security Cleared
5 6 (16.22%) SC Cleared
5 6 (16.22%) Test Scripting
5 6 (16.22%) HP Quality Center
5 6 (16.22%) Test Automation
6 5 (13.51%) QA
6 5 (13.51%) Software Engineering
6 5 (13.51%) Validation
7 4 (10.81%) Finance
7 4 (10.81%) Aerospace
7 4 (10.81%) OO
7 4 (10.81%) SQL
7 4 (10.81%) .NET
7 4 (10.81%) C
7 4 (10.81%) Oracle
7 4 (10.81%) Embedded Linux
7 4 (10.81%) Scrum
7 4 (10.81%) VMware
7 4 (10.81%) Military

Software Test Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 September 2015, 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 3 (8.11%) MS Office
2 2 (5.41%) MS Excel
3 1 (2.70%) Simulink
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.70%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (2.70%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (2.70%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.41%) Ethernet
1 2 (5.41%) ATM
2 1 (2.70%) Bluetooth
2 1 (2.70%) ADSL
2 1 (2.70%) SNMP
2 1 (2.70%) TCP/IP
2 1 (2.70%) Internet
2 1 (2.70%) DSLAM
2 1 (2.70%) VDSL
2 1 (2.70%) Wireshark
2 1 (2.70%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (8.11%) SQL Server
2 2 (5.41%) Oracle Database
2 2 (5.41%) MySQL
3 1 (2.70%) Relational Database
3 1 (2.70%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 8 (21.62%) Rational DOORS
2 4 (10.81%) JIRA
3 3 (8.11%) Selenium
4 2 (5.41%) eggPlant
5 1 (2.70%) Zephyr
5 1 (2.70%) Git (software)
5 1 (2.70%) WebDriver
5 1 (2.70%) DbUnit
5 1 (2.70%) WinDbg
5 1 (2.70%) SoapUI
5 1 (2.70%) SpecFlow
5 1 (2.70%) Jenkins
5 1 (2.70%) JUnit
5 1 (2.70%) Visual Studio
5 1 (2.70%) ClearCase
5 1 (2.70%) HP UFT
5 1 (2.70%) LoadRunner
5 1 (2.70%) LabVIEW
5 1 (2.70%) Bugzilla
5 1 (2.70%) NUnit
General
1 7 (18.92%) Electronics
2 4 (10.81%) Military
2 4 (10.81%) Finance
2 4 (10.81%) Aerospace
3 2 (5.41%) Telecoms
4 1 (2.70%) Dutch Language
4 1 (2.70%) Automotive
4 1 (2.70%) Law
4 1 (2.70%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (10.81%) .NET
2 2 (5.41%) XML
3 1 (2.70%) jQuery
3 1 (2.70%) Qt
3 1 (2.70%) CSS
3 1 (2.70%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (10.81%) Computer Science
2 2 (5.41%) Smart Meter
2 2 (5.41%) Device Driver
2 2 (5.41%) Mobile App
2 2 (5.41%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.70%) Mechatronics
3 1 (2.70%) MPEG
3 1 (2.70%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.70%) Video on Demand
3 1 (2.70%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 11 (29.73%) Linux
2 8 (21.62%) Windows
3 4 (10.81%) Embedded Linux
4 2 (5.41%) Android
4 2 (5.41%) Apple iOS
5 1 (2.70%) UNIX
5 1 (2.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (24.32%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (21.62%) Software Testing
3 6 (16.22%) Test Scripting
3 6 (16.22%) Test Automation
4 5 (13.51%) Software Engineering
4 5 (13.51%) Validation
5 4 (10.81%) OO
5 4 (10.81%) Scrum
5 4 (10.81%) Continuous Integration
5 4 (10.81%) Manual Testing
6 3 (8.11%) User Acceptance Testing
6 3 (8.11%) TDD
6 3 (8.11%) Requirements Analysis
6 3 (8.11%) UML
7 2 (5.41%) Regression Testing
7 2 (5.41%) Migration
7 2 (5.41%) SysML
7 2 (5.41%) Automated Testing
7 2 (5.41%) Performance Testing
7 2 (5.41%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 9 (24.32%) C#
2 7 (18.92%) C++
2 7 (18.92%) Python
3 4 (10.81%) SQL
3 4 (10.81%) C
4 3 (8.11%) MATLAB
4 3 (8.11%) PowerShell
4 3 (8.11%) Java
5 2 (5.41%) VBScript
6 1 (2.70%) VC++
6 1 (2.70%) Embedded C
6 1 (2.70%) Embedded C++
6 1 (2.70%) JavaScript
6 1 (2.70%) PHP
6 1 (2.70%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 7 (18.92%) ISTQB
1 7 (18.92%) Degree
1 7 (18.92%) Security Cleared
2 6 (16.22%) SC Cleared
3 3 (8.11%) ISEB
4 2 (5.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (2.70%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (13.51%) QA
2 1 (2.70%) DO-178B
System Software
1 1 (2.70%) Active Directory
1 1 (2.70%) Firmware
1 1 (2.70%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (2.70%) Hyper-V
1 1 (2.70%) XenServer
1 1 (2.70%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 6 (16.22%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (5.41%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 4 (10.81%) Oracle
1 4 (10.81%) VMware
2 2 (5.41%) IBM
2 2 (5.41%) Microsoft
2 2 (5.41%) HP
3 1 (2.70%) Red Hat
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