The table below looks at the statistics for the 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 Test Engineer in their job title over the 3 months to 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Engineer
Rank 345 345 295
Rank change year-on-year
0 -50
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 265 216 273
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.52% 0.45% 0.61%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.56% 0.48% 0.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 124 123 119
Average daily rate
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£338 £300 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £232 £170 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £270 £284
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -4.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 16 44
Average hourly rate £29.35 £22.50 £33.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.44% -32.83%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £14.50 £17.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.60 £98.75 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £24.00 £33.50
% change year-on-year
+35.41% -28.35%

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
47189 44564 41455
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.47% 92.53% 92.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 29609 26528 23470
Average daily rate £400 £400 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £228 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1818 1936 2419
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% -4.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.25 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -5.71%

Test Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Engineer in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

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 January 2015.

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 January 2015.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 30 January 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 +4 232 £338 +12.50% 106
London -1 88 £344 -4.51% 36
South East -17 54 £331 +22.68% 22
Berkshire +7 35 £313 +21.35% 7
South West 0 34 £268 -18.93% 17
East of England +11 26 £350 +29.62% 20
City of London +15 19 £356 -8.06% 13
Scotland +5 19 £350 - 6
Reading +10 14 £331 +188.04% 2
Hampshire -23 14 £375 +38.88% 4
Wiltshire +6 13 £225 - 1
Cambridgeshire -2 12 £350 - 12
North West -11 12 £290 -16.24% 2
West Midlands +5 10 £280 +3.22% 3
Bristol -11 9 £313 +2.88% 5
Hertfordshire +5 8 £275 +1.85% 3
Cambridge 0 6 £425 +21.42% 9
Gloucestershire -11 6 £288 - 6
Ipswich +1 4 £426 - 1
Suffolk 0 4 £426 - 1
Edinburgh -1 4 - - 2
Coventry - 4 £283 - 1
Dorset - 4 - - 3
Basingstoke +4 3 £325 +20.37%
Manchester -3 3 £290 - 1
Yorkshire -7 3 £410 +64.00% 2
Surrey -11 3 £331 +12.28% 5
Watford - 3 - -
Uxbridge - 3 - - 1
Cheltenham - 3 £310 - 4

Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited 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 Test Engineer in their job title.

1 200 (35.15%) Agile Software Development
2 144 (25.31%) Test Automation
3 142 (24.96%) Selenium
4 112 (19.68%) Test Scripting
5 110 (19.33%) Python
6 105 (18.45%) Java
6 105 (18.45%) SQL
7 91 (15.99%) Linux
8 89 (15.64%) QA
9 86 (15.11%) Telecoms
10 79 (13.88%) Scrum
10 79 (13.88%) ISEB
11 74 (13.01%) Cucumber
12 72 (12.65%) Software Testing
13 68 (11.95%) ISTQB
14 64 (11.25%) Validation
14 64 (11.25%) Windows
15 62 (10.90%) HP Quality Center
16 61 (10.72%) BDD
16 61 (10.72%) Security Cleared
17 57 (10.02%) JIRA
17 57 (10.02%) TDD
18 54 (9.49%) WebDriver
19 53 (9.31%) C#
20 52 (9.14%) HP
20 52 (9.14%) 3G
20 52 (9.14%) Automated Testing
21 51 (8.96%) UNIX
22 50 (8.79%) Automation Testing
23 46 (8.08%) Degree

Test Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited 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 Test Engineer in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 5 (0.88%) IIS
1 5 (0.88%) SharePoint
2 3 (0.53%) Tomcat
3 2 (0.35%) OpenStack
3 2 (0.35%) SharePoint 2013
3 2 (0.35%) CMS
3 2 (0.35%) Oracle Workflow
3 2 (0.35%) Apache
3 2 (0.35%) SharePoint 2010
3 2 (0.35%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.18%) Drupal
4 1 (0.18%) WebSphere Process Server
4 1 (0.18%) WebSphere Application Server
4 1 (0.18%) WebLogic
4 1 (0.18%) SAS
4 1 (0.18%) Node.js
Applications
1 15 (2.64%) MS Excel
2 14 (2.46%) MS Office
3 4 (0.70%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.53%) MS Project
5 2 (0.35%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.35%) Final Cut Pro
6 1 (0.18%) Doxygen
6 1 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.18%) Windchill
6 1 (0.18%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 4 (0.70%) LabWindows
2 3 (0.53%) Oracle Retail
3 1 (0.18%) Google Analytics
3 1 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.18%) CSG Singleview
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.88%) SaaS
2 2 (0.35%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.18%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.18%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 52 (9.14%) 3G
2 39 (6.85%) LTE
3 26 (4.57%) 4G
4 23 (4.04%) Wireless
5 22 (3.87%) GSM
6 21 (3.69%) VoLTE
7 20 (3.51%) Wireshark
8 17 (2.99%) UMTS
8 17 (2.99%) TCP/IP
9 15 (2.64%) 2G
10 13 (2.28%) Radio Access Network
11 11 (1.93%) GPRS
11 11 (1.93%) Internet
11 11 (1.93%) Wi-Fi
12 9 (1.58%) SGSN
12 9 (1.58%) Broadband
12 9 (1.58%) SS7
13 8 (1.41%) Firewall
13 8 (1.41%) 3GPP
13 8 (1.41%) WCDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (3.16%) MySQL
2 13 (2.28%) SQL Server
3 6 (1.05%) Relational Database
3 6 (1.05%) Oracle Reports
4 5 (0.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (0.70%) Hadoop
5 4 (0.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 3 (0.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 3 (0.53%) MongoDB
6 3 (0.53%) SQL Navigator
6 3 (0.53%) Oracle Database
7 2 (0.35%) Big Data
7 2 (0.35%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (0.35%) RDBMS
7 2 (0.35%) Apache Cassandra
8 1 (0.18%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.18%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (0.18%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
Development Applications
1 142 (24.96%) Selenium
2 74 (13.01%) Cucumber
3 57 (10.02%) JIRA
4 54 (9.49%) WebDriver
5 42 (7.38%) Jenkins
6 35 (6.15%) Git (software)
7 34 (5.98%) LoadRunner
8 26 (4.57%) QuickTest Pro
9 25 (4.39%) Team Foundation Server
9 25 (4.39%) Subversion
10 21 (3.69%) SoapUI
11 20 (3.51%) Rational DOORS
12 19 (3.34%) Calabash
13 17 (2.99%) JUnit
14 15 (2.64%) Maven
14 15 (2.64%) Visual Studio
15 14 (2.46%) LabVIEW
16 13 (2.28%) JMeter
16 13 (2.28%) Hudson
17 11 (1.93%) ClearCase
General
1 86 (15.11%) Telecoms
2 43 (7.56%) Electronics
3 24 (4.22%) Finance
4 15 (2.64%) Automotive
5 10 (1.76%) Billing
6 8 (1.41%) Banking
6 8 (1.41%) Retail
7 7 (1.23%) Avionics
7 7 (1.23%) Games
7 7 (1.23%) Military
8 6 (1.05%) Aerospace
9 5 (0.88%) Publishing
10 4 (0.70%) Manufacturing
10 4 (0.70%) Investment Banking
11 3 (0.53%) Advertising
11 3 (0.53%) Legal
12 2 (0.35%) Italian Language
12 2 (0.35%) Spanish Language
12 2 (0.35%) Marketing
13 1 (0.18%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (7.38%) .NET
2 31 (5.45%) HTML
3 30 (5.27%) XML
4 19 (3.34%) REST
5 16 (2.81%) SOAP
5 16 (2.81%) CSS
6 15 (2.64%) Web Services
6 15 (2.64%) Gherkin
7 12 (2.11%) jQuery
8 10 (1.76%) WCF
9 9 (1.58%) JSON
9 9 (1.58%) ASP.NET
10 7 (1.23%) Spring
10 7 (1.23%) WPF
10 7 (1.23%) HTML5
10 7 (1.23%) OpenCL
11 5 (0.88%) RESTful
11 5 (0.88%) Android SDK
12 4 (0.70%) iOS SDK
12 4 (0.70%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 40 (7.03%) Analytical Skills
2 39 (6.85%) Mobile App
3 23 (4.04%) Computer Science
4 13 (2.28%) Open Source
5 11 (1.93%) Video on Demand
6 10 (1.76%) Embedded Systems
6 10 (1.76%) Client/Server
6 10 (1.76%) PDA
6 10 (1.76%) STB
7 8 (1.41%) IPTV
8 7 (1.23%) Handset
8 7 (1.23%) Replication
8 7 (1.23%) Clustering
8 7 (1.23%) DTV
8 7 (1.23%) User Experience
9 4 (0.70%) CAN bus
9 4 (0.70%) Streaming Video
10 3 (0.53%) Data Structures
11 2 (0.35%) Digital Media
11 2 (0.35%) MPEG
Operating Systems
1 91 (15.99%) Linux
2 64 (11.25%) Windows
3 51 (8.96%) UNIX
4 32 (5.62%) Apple iOS
4 32 (5.62%) Android
5 16 (2.81%) Windows 7
6 13 (2.28%) Windows Server 2008
6 13 (2.28%) Windows Server 2003
7 11 (1.93%) Windows XP
8 7 (1.23%) Embedded Linux
8 7 (1.23%) AIX
8 7 (1.23%) Windows Phone
9 6 (1.05%) VMS
10 4 (0.70%) Windows Mobile
11 2 (0.35%) Windows NT
11 2 (0.35%) Windows Phone 7
11 2 (0.35%) Mac OS
11 2 (0.35%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.18%) openSUSE
12 1 (0.18%) bada
Processes & Methodologies
1 200 (35.15%) Agile Software Development
2 144 (25.31%) Test Automation
3 112 (19.68%) Test Scripting
4 79 (13.88%) Scrum
5 72 (12.65%) Software Testing
6 64 (11.25%) Validation
7 61 (10.72%) BDD
8 57 (10.02%) TDD
9 52 (9.14%) Automated Testing
10 50 (8.79%) Automation Testing
11 45 (7.91%) Test Strategy
12 39 (6.85%) Software Engineering
13 38 (6.68%) Manual Testing
14 37 (6.50%) Continuous Integration
15 35 (6.15%) Regression Testing
16 31 (5.45%) Performance Testing
17 26 (4.57%) System Testing
18 23 (4.04%) Migration
18 23 (4.04%) Waterfall
19 22 (3.87%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 110 (19.33%) Python
2 105 (18.45%) Java
2 105 (18.45%) SQL
3 53 (9.31%) C#
4 41 (7.21%) Ruby
5 30 (5.27%) JavaScript
6 24 (4.22%) PHP
7 23 (4.04%) C++
8 20 (3.51%) C
9 16 (2.81%) Perl
10 12 (2.11%) Shell Script
11 9 (1.58%) Bash Shell
12 8 (1.41%) Objective-C
13 7 (1.23%) Groovy
14 6 (1.05%) T-SQL
15 5 (0.88%) Scala
15 5 (0.88%) VB
15 5 (0.88%) PL/SQL
16 4 (0.70%) Embedded C
16 4 (0.70%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 79 (13.88%) ISEB
2 68 (11.95%) ISTQB
3 61 (10.72%) Security Cleared
4 46 (8.08%) Degree
5 45 (7.91%) SC Cleared
6 26 (4.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 18 (3.16%) Cisco Certification
8 12 (2.11%) CCNP
8 12 (2.11%) DV Cleared
9 11 (1.93%) Microsoft Certification
10 10 (1.76%) MCITP
11 8 (1.41%) JNCIS
12 7 (1.23%) MCTS
12 7 (1.23%) MCSE
12 7 (1.23%) MCSA
13 6 (1.05%) HNC
14 4 (0.70%) HND
15 3 (0.53%) BC Cleared
15 3 (0.53%) CCIE
15 3 (0.53%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 89 (15.64%) QA
2 8 (1.41%) DO-178B
3 3 (0.53%) ISO 9000
4 2 (0.35%) SLA
System Software
1 13 (2.28%) VMware Infrastructure
1 13 (2.28%) VMware ESX
2 8 (1.41%) Active Directory
3 7 (1.23%) Hyper-V
4 5 (0.88%) Firmware
5 4 (0.70%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (0.53%) NDS
7 1 (0.18%) vSphere
7 1 (0.18%) KVM
Systems Management
1 62 (10.90%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (1.93%) McAfee ePO
3 7 (1.23%) Puppet
3 7 (1.23%) Netcool
4 5 (0.88%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (0.70%) Ansible
6 2 (0.35%) SCCM
7 1 (0.18%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 52 (9.14%) HP
2 39 (6.85%) Microsoft
3 28 (4.92%) Oracle
3 28 (4.92%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 27 (4.75%) Cisco
5 22 (3.87%) VMware
6 11 (1.93%) Citrix
6 11 (1.93%) Juniper
6 11 (1.93%) McAfee
7 10 (1.76%) CheckPoint
8 9 (1.58%) EMC
9 8 (1.41%) Google
10 7 (1.23%) TIBCO
10 7 (1.23%) Veritas
10 7 (1.23%) F5
11 6 (1.05%) IBM
12 4 (0.70%) Adobe
12 4 (0.70%) Huawei
13 3 (0.53%) Nokia
13 3 (0.53%) Perforce
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Rate: £30 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
London
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Rate: £300 - £370 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
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Rate: £300.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
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Rate: £250 - 275 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £250 to £350 per annum
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Rate: £325 - £375 per day
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Yeovil
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Rate: £45 - £46 per hour
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Posted: 9 days ago
Hampshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £280 - £320 per day + competitive
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Gloucestershire
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
Cambridge
Computer Futures
Rate: £25 - £30 per hour + competitive
Posted: 11 days ago
Yeovil
Computer Futures
Rate: £45 - £46 per hour
Posted: 12 days ago
Hampshire
Novate IT Ltd
Rate: £250 - £300 per annum
Posted: 12 days ago
Thames Ditton
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: competitive
Posted: 16 days ago
London
Explore Group
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
London
Bridge Noble
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
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Cambridgeshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £30 - £40 per hour + competitive
Posted: 19 days ago
Reading
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £300.00 - £325.00 per day
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