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 24 May 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
24 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Engineer
Rank 361 388 326
Rank change year-on-year
+27 -62
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 316 247 321
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.59% 0.46% 0.60%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.62% 0.48% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 179 137 215
Median daily rate £353 £323 £343
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.13% -5.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £150 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £275 £325
% change year-on-year
+23.63% -15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 22 13
Median hourly rate £35.00 £34.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.25 £30.05 £26.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.58 £44.70 £37.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £34.00 £31.25
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +8.80%

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
50742 51291 50591
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.77% 94.73% 94.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 33107 31579 31273
Median daily rate £425 £400 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £570 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1472 2048 2133
Median hourly rate £18.00 £16.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% -2.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £42.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £16.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -3.03%

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 24 May 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 24 May 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 24 May 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 +69 294 £355 +9.23% 125
London +34 110 £408 +10.13% 44
South East -16 87 £350 +32.07% 24
South West +29 41 £338 -6.89% 14
Hampshire +10 32 £318 +1.60% 7
City of London +47 25 £425 +6.25% 4
Yorkshire +21 19 £313 - 15
East Sussex +16 19 £350 -
Berkshire -41 17 £425 +142.85% 4
East of England +6 15 £305 +37.07% 14
West Yorkshire +6 14 £275 -12.00% 13
Brighton +12 13 £500 -
Basingstoke -4 13 £225 -35.71%
Scotland -15 12 £325 -8.45% 1
Leeds -2 11 £350 +52.17% 12
Wiltshire - 11 £325 - 1
Surrey -8 10 £370 +51.02% 5
North East -47 9 £324 +63.92%
Cambridgeshire +16 8 £238 -13.63% 8
Bristol +2 8 £325 +3.17% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne -43 8 £323 +61.25%
Tyne and Wear -44 8 £323 +61.25%
Devon - 8 £398 - 3
West Midlands +2 7 £400 +45.45% 5
Reading -15 7 £525 +55.55% 1
Dorset - 7 £233 -
Winchester -2 6 - -
Cambridge +5 5 £238 -13.63% 7
South Yorkshire -3 5 £350 - 1
Gloucestershire -5 5 £400 - 4

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 May 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.

1 250 (40.26%) Agile Software Development
2 182 (29.31%) Test Automation
3 174 (28.02%) Selenium
4 143 (23.03%) Java
5 140 (22.54%) QA
6 136 (21.90%) Cucumber
7 130 (20.93%) BDD
8 112 (18.04%) TDD
9 111 (17.87%) SQL
10 109 (17.55%) Automated Testing
11 108 (17.39%) ISTQB
12 103 (16.59%) Linux
13 100 (16.10%) Test Scripting
14 97 (15.62%) Security Cleared
14 97 (15.62%) JIRA
15 94 (15.14%) Software Testing
16 93 (14.98%) Python
17 91 (14.65%) WebDriver
18 89 (14.33%) C#
19 86 (13.85%) Scrum
20 80 (12.88%) ISEB
21 78 (12.56%) JavaScript
21 78 (12.56%) Windows
22 70 (11.27%) Web Services
23 68 (10.95%) .NET
24 67 (10.79%) Software Engineering
25 65 (10.47%) Functional Testing
26 64 (10.31%) Ruby
27 63 (10.14%) Automation Testing
28 59 (9.50%) Regression Testing

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 34 (5.48%) Node.js
2 9 (1.45%) Apache Spark
2 9 (1.45%) Confluence
3 6 (0.97%) Jetty
4 5 (0.81%) IIS
4 5 (0.81%) Oracle Workflow
5 4 (0.64%) CMS
5 4 (0.64%) WebLogic
5 4 (0.64%) WordPress
6 3 (0.48%) BizTalk Server
6 3 (0.48%) SharePoint
7 2 (0.32%) Apache
7 2 (0.32%) JBoss
7 2 (0.32%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.16%) Drupal
8 1 (0.16%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.16%) GlassFish
8 1 (0.16%) Mule
Applications
1 29 (4.67%) MS Office
2 27 (4.35%) MS Excel
3 3 (0.48%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 16 (2.58%) Magento
2 5 (0.81%) LabWindows
3 4 (0.64%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.16%) Northgate Housing
5 1 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 20 (3.22%) Amazon AWS
2 19 (3.06%) GitHub
3 2 (0.32%) IaaS
3 2 (0.32%) PaaS
3 2 (0.32%) SaaS
4 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 22 (3.54%) 3G
2 17 (2.74%) LTE
3 16 (2.58%) VLAN
3 16 (2.58%) WLAN
4 12 (1.93%) 4G
5 10 (1.61%) HTTP
5 10 (1.61%) SAN
5 10 (1.61%) ZigBee
6 9 (1.45%) DVB
6 9 (1.45%) VPN
7 8 (1.29%) MVNO
7 8 (1.29%) SNMP
8 7 (1.13%) 2G
8 7 (1.13%) ATM
8 7 (1.13%) Bluetooth
8 7 (1.13%) Diameter Protocol
8 7 (1.13%) Wireshark
9 6 (0.97%) Firewall
9 6 (0.97%) NFC
9 6 (0.97%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (5.80%) SQL Server
2 21 (3.38%) Relational Database
3 15 (2.42%) MySQL
4 14 (2.25%) Hadoop
5 13 (2.09%) Big Data
6 10 (1.61%) Oracle Database
7 7 (1.13%) MongoDB
8 6 (0.97%) Data Mining
9 5 (0.81%) GIS
9 5 (0.81%) SQL Server 2012
10 4 (0.64%) Apache Cassandra
10 4 (0.64%) MS Access
11 3 (0.48%) HPCC
11 3 (0.48%) RDBMS
11 3 (0.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 2 (0.32%) Data Warehouse
12 2 (0.32%) Neo4j
13 1 (0.16%) Oracle Reports
13 1 (0.16%) PostgreSQL
13 1 (0.16%) SAP BI
Development Applications
1 174 (28.02%) Selenium
2 136 (21.90%) Cucumber
3 97 (15.62%) JIRA
4 91 (14.65%) WebDriver
5 46 (7.41%) Jenkins
6 41 (6.60%) Git (software)
7 32 (5.15%) SpecFlow
8 31 (4.99%) HP UFT
8 31 (4.99%) Visual Studio
9 26 (4.19%) LoadRunner
10 25 (4.03%) SoapUI
11 21 (3.38%) JMeter
12 20 (3.22%) Capybara
12 20 (3.22%) Team Foundation Server
13 19 (3.06%) Rational DOORS
14 18 (2.90%) Maven
15 17 (2.74%) Appium
15 17 (2.74%) WATIR
16 15 (2.42%) JUnit
16 15 (2.42%) Travis CI
General
1 53 (8.53%) Finance
2 35 (5.64%) Telecoms
3 21 (3.38%) Banking
4 19 (3.06%) Retail
5 16 (2.58%) Electronics
5 16 (2.58%) Games
6 13 (2.09%) Aerospace
7 12 (1.93%) Automotive
7 12 (1.93%) Manufacturing
8 5 (0.81%) Investment Banking
8 5 (0.81%) Marketing
9 4 (0.64%) Billing
9 4 (0.64%) Military
9 4 (0.64%) Publishing
10 3 (0.48%) Advertising
11 2 (0.32%) Avionics
11 2 (0.32%) Online Betting
11 2 (0.32%) Retail Banking
12 1 (0.16%) Local Government
12 1 (0.16%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (11.27%) Web Services
2 68 (10.95%) .NET
3 40 (6.44%) REST
4 32 (5.15%) XML
5 22 (3.54%) HTML
6 20 (3.22%) ASP.NET
7 19 (3.06%) RESTful
7 19 (3.06%) SOAP
8 17 (2.74%) Gherkin
9 13 (2.09%) .NET Framework
10 12 (1.93%) AngularJS
10 12 (1.93%) Hibernate
10 12 (1.93%) Spring
11 11 (1.77%) ASP.NET Web API
11 11 (1.77%) HTML5
11 11 (1.77%) jQuery
12 10 (1.61%) Dropwizard
12 10 (1.61%) XSD
13 9 (1.45%) Behat
13 9 (1.45%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 27 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (3.70%) Mobile App
3 21 (3.38%) Smart Meter
4 18 (2.90%) Computer Science
5 16 (2.58%) STB
6 15 (2.42%) IPTV
7 12 (1.93%) Embedded Systems
8 11 (1.77%) Data Centre
9 10 (1.61%) User Experience
10 7 (1.13%) Fixed Income
10 7 (1.13%) Over-the-Top Content
11 6 (0.97%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 6 (0.97%) Management Information System
11 6 (0.97%) Performance Metrics
12 5 (0.81%) ASTM
12 5 (0.81%) Digital Media
12 5 (0.81%) Video on Demand
13 4 (0.64%) Handset
13 4 (0.64%) IBM XIV
13 4 (0.64%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 103 (16.59%) Linux
2 78 (12.56%) Windows
3 50 (8.05%) Unix
4 25 (4.03%) Android
5 23 (3.70%) Apple iOS
6 10 (1.61%) Windows 7
7 9 (1.45%) Windows Server 2008
8 7 (1.13%) Windows Server
8 7 (1.13%) Windows Server 2012
9 5 (0.81%) AIX
10 4 (0.64%) Mac OS X
10 4 (0.64%) Windows Server 2003
10 4 (0.64%) Windows XP
11 2 (0.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.16%) Fedora
12 1 (0.16%) Kali Linux
12 1 (0.16%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.16%) VMS
12 1 (0.16%) Windows Mobile
12 1 (0.16%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 250 (40.26%) Agile Software Development
2 182 (29.31%) Test Automation
3 130 (20.93%) BDD
4 112 (18.04%) TDD
5 109 (17.55%) Automated Testing
6 100 (16.10%) Test Scripting
7 94 (15.14%) Software Testing
8 86 (13.85%) Scrum
9 67 (10.79%) Software Engineering
10 65 (10.47%) Functional Testing
11 63 (10.14%) Automation Testing
12 59 (9.50%) Regression Testing
13 58 (9.34%) SDLC
14 51 (8.21%) Continuous Integration
15 46 (7.41%) User Acceptance Testing
16 45 (7.25%) Configuration Management
17 43 (6.92%) Performance Testing
18 42 (6.76%) E-Commerce
18 42 (6.76%) Integration Testing
19 39 (6.28%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 143 (23.03%) Java
2 111 (17.87%) SQL
3 93 (14.98%) Python
4 89 (14.33%) C#
5 78 (12.56%) JavaScript
6 64 (10.31%) Ruby
7 45 (7.25%) C
8 30 (4.83%) Scala
9 29 (4.67%) Perl
10 24 (3.86%) C++
11 19 (3.06%) Bash Shell
11 19 (3.06%) PHP
12 14 (2.25%) VB
13 13 (2.09%) Groovy
13 13 (2.09%) VBA
13 13 (2.09%) VBScript
14 12 (1.93%) Shell Script
15 8 (1.29%) PowerShell
16 6 (0.97%) CoffeeScript
16 6 (0.97%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 108 (17.39%) ISTQB
2 97 (15.62%) Security Cleared
3 80 (12.88%) ISEB
4 58 (9.34%) SC Cleared
5 44 (7.09%) Degree
6 38 (6.12%) DV Cleared
7 29 (4.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 18 (2.90%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 15 (2.42%) Cisco Certification
10 14 (2.25%) CCNA
11 9 (1.45%) CCNP
12 6 (0.97%) BPSS Clearance
13 3 (0.48%) ISEB Practitioner
13 3 (0.48%) MCITP
13 3 (0.48%) MCSA
13 3 (0.48%) MCSE
13 3 (0.48%) MCTS
13 3 (0.48%) Microsoft Certification
14 2 (0.32%) HND
14 2 (0.32%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 140 (22.54%) QA
2 20 (3.22%) SDET
3 5 (0.81%) DO-160
3 5 (0.81%) ISO 9001
4 4 (0.64%) DO-178B
4 4 (0.64%) WCAG
5 3 (0.48%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.48%) SLA
6 2 (0.32%) FedRAMP
6 2 (0.32%) TickIT
7 1 (0.16%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.16%) Def Stans
7 1 (0.16%) ECSS
7 1 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.16%) MISRA
7 1 (0.16%) MISRA C
7 1 (0.16%) WAI
System Software
1 21 (3.38%) Docker
2 10 (1.61%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.64%) Veritas Cluster Server
3 4 (0.64%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.48%) Hyper-V
4 3 (0.48%) VMware ESX
5 2 (0.32%) Firmware
6 1 (0.16%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 42 (6.76%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (1.61%) Puppet
3 6 (0.97%) HP SiteScope
4 5 (0.81%) Netcool
5 3 (0.48%) McAfee ePO
6 2 (0.32%) SCCM
7 1 (0.16%) Cacti
7 1 (0.16%) Cisco UCCE
7 1 (0.16%) Nagios
7 1 (0.16%) Nmap
7 1 (0.16%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 56 (9.02%) Microsoft
2 45 (7.25%) Oracle
3 38 (6.12%) HP
4 18 (2.90%) VMware
5 17 (2.74%) Cisco
6 12 (1.93%) IBM
7 10 (1.61%) Rally
8 9 (1.45%) Atlassian
8 9 (1.45%) Veritas
9 6 (0.97%) AppDynamics
9 6 (0.97%) Dynatrace
9 6 (0.97%) EMC
9 6 (0.97%) New Relic
9 6 (0.97%) SAP
10 5 (0.81%) Citrix
10 5 (0.81%) Serena
11 4 (0.64%) NetApp
12 3 (0.48%) Huawei
12 3 (0.48%) Intel Security
12 3 (0.48%) Nokia
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