The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Test Engineer featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 30 September 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
30 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Engineer
Rank 325 456 344
Rank change year-on-year
+131 -112
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 363 227 327
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.68% 0.39% 0.56%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.72% 0.41% 0.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 222 126 206
Median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £259 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £446 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £361 £329 £313
% change year-on-year
+9.78% +5.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 26 27
Median hourly rate £35.00 £33.50 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.47% +11.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £14.00 £11.32
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £41.35 £40.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
- +16.66%

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
50426 54977 54154
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.62% 94.99% 92.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 32986 35136 33089
Median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.93% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.63% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1704 2093 2157
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.33 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.78% +5.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.33 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-4.78% +5.03%

Test Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Test Engineer in the job title.

Test Engineer Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Test Engineer
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Test Engineer within the UK.

Test Engineer Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Test Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 30 September 2016.

Test Engineer Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Test Engineer
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Test Engineer within the UK.

Test Engineer Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Test Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 30 September 2016.

Test Engineer Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

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 Test Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 30 September 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 +94 333 £385 +10.00% 118
London +62 122 £425 +6.25% 47
South East +43 72 £340 - 13
South West +34 37 £413 +34.14% 15
East of England +5 34 £444 +23.19% 19
North West +25 25 £350 - 10
Hampshire +16 24 £300 -17.24% 4
Gloucestershire +21 23 £413 +55.66% 7
Scotland +25 16 £260 -9.56% 2
Yorkshire +23 16 £385 +28.87% 12
West Yorkshire +18 15 £385 +20.78% 9
Leeds +22 14 £343 -6.80% 7
Cheltenham +13 14 £400 - 1
Bedfordshire +10 14 £478 +64.65% 1
North East -15 14 £300 -2.43%
Tyne and Wear -20 14 £300 -2.43%
Newcastle upon Tyne -24 14 £300 -2.43%
South Wales +30 11 £373 -0.66% 1
Wales +30 11 £373 -0.66% 1
Manchester -5 11 £350 -8.19% 8
West Midlands -20 11 £306 - 1
Luton - 11 £483 - 1
Lancashire +26 10 £375 +5.26%
Buckinghamshire +24 10 £385 +92.50%
City of London +18 10 £505 +44.28% 11
Cambridgeshire +16 10 £350 +12.90% 16
Berkshire +4 10 £400 +39.13% 1
Oxfordshire -3 9 £463 +164.28% 1
Oxford -5 9 £463 +164.28%
Milton Keynes +17 8 £380 +90.00%

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 September 2016, 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 Test Engineer in the job title.

1 281 (43.91%) Agile Software Development
2 233 (36.41%) Selenium
3 213 (33.28%) QA
4 210 (32.81%) Java
5 209 (32.66%) Test Automation
6 161 (25.16%) Cucumber
7 126 (19.69%) TDD
8 124 (19.38%) BDD
9 119 (18.59%) Python
10 116 (18.13%) Automated Testing
11 107 (16.72%) Jenkins
12 106 (16.56%) Linux
13 104 (16.25%) Scrum
13 104 (16.25%) Test Scripting
14 103 (16.09%) JIRA
15 102 (15.94%) SQL
16 93 (14.53%) Continuous Integration
17 92 (14.38%) WebDriver
18 89 (13.91%) Automation Testing
19 88 (13.75%) Software Engineering
19 88 (13.75%) C#
20 86 (13.44%) Security Cleared
21 84 (13.13%) Software Testing
22 81 (12.66%) ISTQB
23 77 (12.03%) Performance Testing
24 76 (11.88%) JavaScript
24 76 (11.88%) Functional Testing
25 72 (11.25%) Ruby
26 64 (10.00%) Regression Testing
27 62 (9.69%) Windows

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 18 (2.81%) Confluence
2 11 (1.72%) JBoss
3 9 (1.41%) Apache
4 8 (1.25%) Tomcat
5 7 (1.09%) IIS
5 7 (1.09%) WebLogic
6 6 (0.94%) WebSphere
7 5 (0.78%) Apache Solr
7 5 (0.78%) CMS
7 5 (0.78%) Elasticsearch
7 5 (0.78%) Oracle Application Server
8 4 (0.63%) Apache Spark
9 3 (0.47%) BizTalk Server
9 3 (0.47%) Jetty
10 2 (0.31%) Cloud Foundry
10 2 (0.31%) Oracle Workflow
11 1 (0.16%) Exchange Server 2010
11 1 (0.16%) MS Exchange
11 1 (0.16%) Mule
11 1 (0.16%) SharePoint
Applications
1 19 (2.97%) MS Office
2 16 (2.50%) MS Excel
3 3 (0.47%) Simulink
4 1 (0.16%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 6 (0.94%) Oracle EBS
1 6 (0.94%) Oracle EBS R12
2 5 (0.78%) LabWindows
3 2 (0.31%) FLEXCUBE
3 2 (0.31%) Oracle Cash Management
3 2 (0.31%) Oracle Payables
3 2 (0.31%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.31%) Temenos T24
3 2 (0.31%) VisionPLUS
4 1 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.16%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 21 (3.28%) PaaS
2 14 (2.19%) Amazon AWS
3 13 (2.03%) SaaS
4 8 (1.25%) IaaS
5 7 (1.09%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (0.47%) Microsoft Azure
7 2 (0.31%) CloudBees
7 2 (0.31%) GitHub
7 2 (0.31%) OpenShift
8 1 (0.16%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 15 (2.34%) 3G
2 14 (2.19%) Bluetooth
3 12 (1.88%) LTE
3 12 (1.88%) TCP/IP
4 10 (1.56%) SNMP
5 9 (1.41%) 2G
5 9 (1.41%) 4G
5 9 (1.41%) VLAN
5 9 (1.41%) Wireless
5 9 (1.41%) WLAN
6 8 (1.25%) NFC
7 7 (1.09%) Firewall
8 6 (0.94%) BGP
8 6 (0.94%) MPLS
8 6 (0.94%) SAN
8 6 (0.94%) Wi-Fi
8 6 (0.94%) ZigBee
9 5 (0.78%) MVNO
9 5 (0.78%) VoLTE
9 5 (0.78%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (6.72%) SQL Server
2 15 (2.34%) MongoDB
3 13 (2.03%) Oracle Database
3 13 (2.03%) Relational Database
4 9 (1.41%) Apache Cassandra
4 9 (1.41%) MySQL
5 7 (1.09%) Hadoop
6 6 (0.94%) NoSQL
6 6 (0.94%) Oracle Reports
7 5 (0.78%) Big Data
7 5 (0.78%) Data Mining
7 5 (0.78%) Oracle Database 12c
7 5 (0.78%) OrientDB
8 4 (0.63%) DB2
8 4 (0.63%) PostgreSQL
8 4 (0.63%) RDBMS
9 3 (0.47%) SQLPlus
10 2 (0.31%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (0.31%) MS Access
10 2 (0.31%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 233 (36.41%) Selenium
2 161 (25.16%) Cucumber
3 107 (16.72%) Jenkins
4 103 (16.09%) JIRA
5 92 (14.38%) WebDriver
6 55 (8.59%) JUnit
7 49 (7.66%) Git (software)
8 45 (7.03%) SpecFlow
9 41 (6.41%) HP UFT
10 40 (6.25%) Maven
11 38 (5.94%) Appium
11 38 (5.94%) SoapUI
12 28 (4.38%) LoadRunner
13 27 (4.22%) Ant
13 27 (4.22%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 26 (4.06%) JMeter
15 25 (3.91%) TeamCity
16 21 (3.28%) JBehave
17 20 (3.13%) RSpec
18 19 (2.97%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 57 (8.91%) Finance
2 34 (5.31%) Games
3 30 (4.69%) Telecoms
4 22 (3.44%) Banking
5 15 (2.34%) Retail
6 13 (2.03%) Electronics
7 11 (1.72%) Publishing
8 9 (1.41%) Investment Banking
9 8 (1.25%) Aerospace
9 8 (1.25%) Manufacturing
10 7 (1.09%) Automotive
11 5 (0.78%) Advertising
11 5 (0.78%) Marketing
12 2 (0.31%) Avionics
12 2 (0.31%) Back Office
12 2 (0.31%) Front Office
12 2 (0.31%) General Ledger
12 2 (0.31%) Military
13 1 (0.16%) Billing
13 1 (0.16%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (8.28%) .NET
2 47 (7.34%) Web Services
3 45 (7.03%) HTML
4 39 (6.09%) XML
5 38 (5.94%) Node.js
6 33 (5.16%) Gherkin
6 33 (5.16%) REST
7 24 (3.75%) JSON
8 21 (3.28%) RESTful
8 21 (3.28%) SOAP
9 18 (2.81%) HTML5
10 17 (2.66%) AngularJS
10 17 (2.66%) ASP.NET
11 15 (2.34%) RabbitMQ
12 13 (2.03%) .NET Framework
13 11 (1.72%) CSS
14 9 (1.41%) Hibernate
14 9 (1.41%) Spring
15 8 (1.25%) JMS
15 8 (1.25%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 37 (5.78%) Computer Science
2 25 (3.91%) Analytical Skills
3 16 (2.50%) Smart Meter
4 15 (2.34%) Embedded Systems
4 15 (2.34%) Mobile App
5 12 (1.88%) STB
6 10 (1.56%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 7 (1.09%) IPTV
7 7 (1.09%) Management Information System
7 7 (1.09%) User Experience
8 6 (0.94%) Fixed Income
8 6 (0.94%) Mathematics
8 6 (0.94%) Virtual Team
9 5 (0.78%) Algorithms
9 5 (0.78%) Client/Server
9 5 (0.78%) Digital Media
9 5 (0.78%) Video on Demand
10 4 (0.63%) ASTM
10 4 (0.63%) Digital TV
10 4 (0.63%) MPEG
Operating Systems
1 106 (16.56%) Linux
2 62 (9.69%) Windows
3 45 (7.03%) Unix
4 22 (3.44%) Android
5 20 (3.13%) Apple iOS
6 5 (0.78%) Windows Server
7 4 (0.63%) Windows Server 2008
8 3 (0.47%) Mac OS X
8 3 (0.47%) Windows Server 2003
8 3 (0.47%) Windows XP
9 2 (0.31%) AIX
9 2 (0.31%) Kali Linux
9 2 (0.31%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.16%) Fedora
10 1 (0.16%) Solaris
10 1 (0.16%) SUSE
10 1 (0.16%) VxWorks
10 1 (0.16%) Windows 10
10 1 (0.16%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.16%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 281 (43.91%) Agile Software Development
2 209 (32.66%) Test Automation
3 126 (19.69%) TDD
4 124 (19.38%) BDD
5 116 (18.13%) Automated Testing
6 104 (16.25%) Scrum
6 104 (16.25%) Test Scripting
7 93 (14.53%) Continuous Integration
8 89 (13.91%) Automation Testing
9 88 (13.75%) Software Engineering
10 84 (13.13%) Software Testing
11 77 (12.03%) Performance Testing
12 76 (11.88%) Functional Testing
13 64 (10.00%) Regression Testing
14 53 (8.28%) Exploratory Testing
14 53 (8.28%) Integration Testing
15 50 (7.81%) SDLC
15 50 (7.81%) User Stories
16 49 (7.66%) E-Commerce
17 46 (7.19%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 210 (32.81%) Java
2 119 (18.59%) Python
3 102 (15.94%) SQL
4 88 (13.75%) C#
5 76 (11.88%) JavaScript
6 72 (11.25%) Ruby
7 44 (6.88%) C
8 41 (6.41%) Scala
9 39 (6.09%) Perl
10 33 (5.16%) Shell Script
11 29 (4.53%) C++
12 18 (2.81%) Groovy
13 14 (2.19%) Bash Shell
14 13 (2.03%) PHP
14 13 (2.03%) PowerShell
15 10 (1.56%) VB
16 7 (1.09%) Objective-C
16 7 (1.09%) VBA
17 6 (0.94%) VBScript
18 5 (0.78%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 86 (13.44%) Security Cleared
2 81 (12.66%) ISTQB
3 62 (9.69%) ISEB
4 53 (8.28%) Degree
5 40 (6.25%) SC Cleared
6 34 (5.31%) DV Cleared
6 34 (5.31%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 15 (2.34%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 9 (1.41%) BPSS Clearance
8 9 (1.41%) Cisco Certification
9 8 (1.25%) CCNA
10 4 (0.63%) HND
10 4 (0.63%) Network+ Certification
10 4 (0.63%) PhD
11 2 (0.31%) CCNP
11 2 (0.31%) HNC
11 2 (0.31%) ISEB Practitioner
11 2 (0.31%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 1 (0.16%) CEH
12 1 (0.16%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 213 (33.28%) QA
2 49 (7.66%) SDET
3 12 (1.88%) WCAG
4 5 (0.78%) IEC 61508
5 4 (0.63%) DO-160
6 3 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
6 3 (0.47%) JTAG
7 1 (0.16%) Def Stans
7 1 (0.16%) ISO 9000
7 1 (0.16%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.16%) TickIT
System Software
1 17 (2.66%) Docker
2 6 (0.94%) Active Directory
2 6 (0.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.31%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.16%) Apache Flume
4 1 (0.16%) Firmware
4 1 (0.16%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.16%) Veritas Cluster Server
4 1 (0.16%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 46 (7.19%) HP Quality Center
2 14 (2.19%) Puppet
3 11 (1.72%) Opscode Chef
4 8 (1.25%) Ansible
5 3 (0.47%) HP SiteScope
6 2 (0.31%) Nmap
6 2 (0.31%) SCCM
6 2 (0.31%) WebInspect
7 1 (0.16%) Cisco CUCM
7 1 (0.16%) Cisco IPCC
7 1 (0.16%) Cisco UCCE
7 1 (0.16%) Cisco UCCX
7 1 (0.16%) Nagios
7 1 (0.16%) OpenView
7 1 (0.16%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 1 (0.16%) Oracle Identity Management
7 1 (0.16%) PowerCLI
7 1 (0.16%) TeMIP
Vendors
1 55 (8.59%) HP
2 54 (8.44%) Oracle
3 43 (6.72%) Microsoft
4 13 (2.03%) Atlassian
5 11 (1.72%) VMware
6 10 (1.56%) Cisco
7 8 (1.25%) Huawei
7 8 (1.25%) IBM
7 8 (1.25%) Rally
8 7 (1.09%) Perforce
9 5 (0.78%) F5
9 5 (0.78%) Nokia
10 4 (0.63%) SAP
10 4 (0.63%) Serena
10 4 (0.63%) Sybase
10 4 (0.63%) Xamarin
11 3 (0.47%) Adobe
11 3 (0.47%) EMC
11 3 (0.47%) Red Hat
11 3 (0.47%) Veritas
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