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 27 August 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
27 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Engineer
Rank 357 429 348
Rank change year-on-year
+72 -81
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 303 242 315
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.57% 0.41% 0.56%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.60% 0.44% 0.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 192 141 192
Median daily rate £400 £330 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.21% -5.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £260 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £519 £468 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £315 £310
% change year-on-year
+17.46% +1.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 20 23
Median hourly rate £37.50 £30.50 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.95% +1.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.96 £14.00 £11.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.30 £42.00 £41.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £31.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+19.04% +5.00%

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
50506 55381 53413
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.73% 94.92% 94.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 32907 35226 32261
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1614 2075 2087
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.25 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.34% +1.47%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.88 £11.00 £10.57
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £39.37
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% +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 27 August 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 27 August 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 27 August 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 +58 278 £400 +21.21% 123
London +22 101 £450 +22.44% 42
South East +26 71 £340 +4.61% 17
South West +25 33 £450 +71.42% 17
East of England +29 29 £360 +1.40% 16
Gloucestershire +25 22 £431 +62.73% 8
Berkshire +8 20 £388 +34.78% 4
Hampshire +4 18 £300 -17.24% 4
Scotland +20 17 £245 +30.66% 2
Cheltenham +15 15 £413 - 2
West Yorkshire +13 14 £393 +30.83% 10
Yorkshire +8 14 £393 +30.83% 11
North West +10 12 £323 -7.85% 10
Leeds +7 12 £343 +5.38% 9
West Midlands -22 12 £250 - 2
Cambridgeshire +28 11 £350 +16.66% 12
City of London +25 10 £463 +32.14% 6
Bedfordshire +6 10 £450 +55.17% 1
Manchester +1 9 £120 -56.36% 9
Cambridge +19 8 - - 11
Bristol +4 8 £475 +50.79% 2
Surrey +2 8 £350 -6.66% 4
West Sussex - 8 £295 -
Oxfordshire +6 7 £463 - 2
Oxford - 7 £463 - 2
Wales +28 6 £425 +13.33% 3
South Wales +26 6 £425 +13.33% 3
Reading +17 6 £250 -29.57% 1
Tyne and Wear -29 6 £300 -2.43% 2
North East -31 6 £300 -2.43% 3

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 August 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.

1 261 (41.83%) Agile Software Development
2 207 (33.17%) Test Automation
3 204 (32.69%) Selenium
4 194 (31.09%) Java
5 174 (27.88%) QA
6 144 (23.08%) Cucumber
7 122 (19.55%) BDD
8 119 (19.07%) TDD
9 115 (18.43%) Python
10 108 (17.31%) Scrum
11 107 (17.15%) Linux
12 106 (16.99%) SQL
13 98 (15.71%) JIRA
14 95 (15.22%) Test Scripting
15 92 (14.74%) WebDriver
15 92 (14.74%) Automated Testing
16 91 (14.58%) Jenkins
17 87 (13.94%) C#
18 85 (13.62%) Continuous Integration
19 84 (13.46%) Software Testing
20 83 (13.30%) Software Engineering
20 83 (13.30%) ISTQB
21 79 (12.66%) Functional Testing
22 77 (12.34%) Performance Testing
22 77 (12.34%) Security Cleared
23 71 (11.38%) ISEB
24 70 (11.22%) Ruby
24 70 (11.22%) Automation Testing
25 67 (10.74%) Regression Testing
26 64 (10.26%) JavaScript

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 13 (2.08%) Confluence
2 11 (1.76%) JBoss
3 8 (1.28%) WebLogic
4 7 (1.12%) CMS
4 7 (1.12%) IIS
5 6 (0.96%) Apache
5 6 (0.96%) Apache Spark
6 5 (0.80%) Apache Solr
6 5 (0.80%) Tomcat
7 4 (0.64%) Jetty
7 4 (0.64%) SharePoint
7 4 (0.64%) WebSphere
8 3 (0.48%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (0.48%) Elasticsearch
8 3 (0.48%) Oracle Workflow
9 2 (0.32%) Cloud Foundry
10 1 (0.16%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 1 (0.16%) Exchange Server 2010
10 1 (0.16%) GlassFish
10 1 (0.16%) Mule
Applications
1 26 (4.17%) MS Office
2 17 (2.72%) MS Excel
3 3 (0.48%) Simulink
4 1 (0.16%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.16%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (0.64%) LabWindows
2 3 (0.48%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.16%) Northgate Housing
Cloud Services
1 15 (2.40%) Amazon AWS
2 14 (2.24%) PaaS
3 7 (1.12%) SaaS
4 5 (0.80%) Cloud Computing
5 4 (0.64%) Microsoft Azure
6 2 (0.32%) CloudBees
6 2 (0.32%) GitHub
6 2 (0.32%) IaaS
6 2 (0.32%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 17 (2.72%) LTE
2 16 (2.56%) 3G
3 14 (2.24%) Bluetooth
3 14 (2.24%) WLAN
4 12 (1.92%) DVB
5 11 (1.76%) TCP/IP
5 11 (1.76%) VLAN
5 11 (1.76%) Wireless
6 10 (1.60%) Firewall
7 9 (1.44%) 4G
7 9 (1.44%) SAN
7 9 (1.44%) SNMP
8 8 (1.28%) 2G
8 8 (1.28%) VPN
9 7 (1.12%) NFC
9 7 (1.12%) Value-Added Service
10 6 (0.96%) MVNO
11 5 (0.80%) Wi-Fi
11 5 (0.80%) ZigBee
12 4 (0.64%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (6.89%) SQL Server
2 17 (2.72%) MySQL
3 14 (2.24%) MongoDB
4 13 (2.08%) Relational Database
5 10 (1.60%) Big Data
6 9 (1.44%) Hadoop
7 8 (1.28%) Oracle Database
8 6 (0.96%) NoSQL
9 5 (0.80%) Data Mining
9 5 (0.80%) OrientDB
10 4 (0.64%) Apache Cassandra
10 4 (0.64%) DB2
10 4 (0.64%) MS Access
10 4 (0.64%) PostgreSQL
11 3 (0.48%) HPCC
12 2 (0.32%) Data Warehouse
12 2 (0.32%) SQL Server 2008
13 1 (0.16%) Oracle Database 11g
13 1 (0.16%) RDBMS
13 1 (0.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 204 (32.69%) Selenium
2 144 (23.08%) Cucumber
3 98 (15.71%) JIRA
4 92 (14.74%) WebDriver
5 91 (14.58%) Jenkins
6 49 (7.85%) Git (software)
7 44 (7.05%) SpecFlow
8 40 (6.41%) Appium
8 40 (6.41%) JUnit
9 34 (5.45%) Maven
10 31 (4.97%) HP UFT
11 30 (4.81%) SoapUI
12 27 (4.33%) LoadRunner
13 24 (3.85%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 23 (3.69%) JMeter
15 21 (3.37%) Ant
16 20 (3.21%) Team Foundation Server
17 17 (2.72%) TeamCity
18 16 (2.56%) Calabash
19 15 (2.40%) Visual Studio
General
1 49 (7.85%) Finance
2 37 (5.93%) Telecoms
3 27 (4.33%) Games
4 18 (2.88%) Banking
4 18 (2.88%) Retail
5 17 (2.72%) Electronics
6 12 (1.92%) Manufacturing
7 11 (1.76%) Publishing
8 10 (1.60%) Aerospace
9 7 (1.12%) Automotive
10 5 (0.80%) Investment Banking
10 5 (0.80%) Marketing
11 4 (0.64%) Advertising
12 3 (0.48%) Military
13 2 (0.32%) Avionics
13 2 (0.32%) Back Office
13 2 (0.32%) Online Betting
14 1 (0.16%) Local Government
14 1 (0.16%) Multimedia
14 1 (0.16%) Wholesale Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (9.78%) Web Services
2 55 (8.81%) .NET
3 40 (6.41%) REST
4 37 (5.93%) HTML
4 37 (5.93%) XML
5 36 (5.77%) Gherkin
6 35 (5.61%) Node.js
7 24 (3.85%) SOAP
8 20 (3.21%) RESTful
9 17 (2.72%) ASP.NET
9 17 (2.72%) HTML5
10 14 (2.24%) AngularJS
10 14 (2.24%) JSON
11 13 (2.08%) RabbitMQ
12 11 (1.76%) .NET Framework
13 8 (1.28%) JMS
14 7 (1.12%) Hibernate
14 7 (1.12%) Java EE
14 7 (1.12%) jQuery
14 7 (1.12%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 42 (6.73%) Computer Science
2 29 (4.65%) Analytical Skills
3 19 (3.04%) Embedded Systems
3 19 (3.04%) STB
4 17 (2.72%) Smart Meter
5 13 (2.08%) IPTV
5 13 (2.08%) Mobile App
6 9 (1.44%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 9 (1.44%) Management Information System
6 9 (1.44%) User Experience
7 8 (1.28%) Fixed Income
8 6 (0.96%) Mathematics
8 6 (0.96%) Video on Demand
9 5 (0.80%) Algorithms
9 5 (0.80%) ASTM
9 5 (0.80%) Client/Server
9 5 (0.80%) Digital Media
9 5 (0.80%) Performance Metrics
10 4 (0.64%) Digital TV
10 4 (0.64%) MPEG
Operating Systems
1 107 (17.15%) Linux
2 61 (9.78%) Windows
3 53 (8.49%) Unix
4 24 (3.85%) Android
5 22 (3.53%) Apple iOS
6 3 (0.48%) Windows Server
6 3 (0.48%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (0.32%) AIX
7 2 (0.32%) Kali Linux
7 2 (0.32%) Windows 7
7 2 (0.32%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.16%) Fedora
8 1 (0.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.16%) Solaris
8 1 (0.16%) SUSE
8 1 (0.16%) VMS
8 1 (0.16%) VxWorks
8 1 (0.16%) Windows 8
8 1 (0.16%) Windows Mobile
8 1 (0.16%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 261 (41.83%) Agile Software Development
2 207 (33.17%) Test Automation
3 122 (19.55%) BDD
4 119 (19.07%) TDD
5 108 (17.31%) Scrum
6 95 (15.22%) Test Scripting
7 92 (14.74%) Automated Testing
8 85 (13.62%) Continuous Integration
9 84 (13.46%) Software Testing
10 83 (13.30%) Software Engineering
11 79 (12.66%) Functional Testing
12 77 (12.34%) Performance Testing
13 70 (11.22%) Automation Testing
14 67 (10.74%) Regression Testing
15 54 (8.65%) Exploratory Testing
16 45 (7.21%) Continuous Improvement
16 45 (7.21%) SDLC
17 43 (6.89%) E-Commerce
18 42 (6.73%) Integration Testing
19 39 (6.25%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 194 (31.09%) Java
2 115 (18.43%) Python
3 106 (16.99%) SQL
4 87 (13.94%) C#
5 70 (11.22%) Ruby
6 64 (10.26%) JavaScript
7 42 (6.73%) C
8 38 (6.09%) Perl
9 28 (4.49%) C++
10 27 (4.33%) Scala
11 26 (4.17%) Shell Script
12 21 (3.37%) Groovy
12 21 (3.37%) PHP
13 12 (1.92%) PowerShell
14 11 (1.76%) Bash Shell
14 11 (1.76%) VB
15 9 (1.44%) VBA
16 7 (1.12%) Objective-C
17 6 (0.96%) VB.NET
17 6 (0.96%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 83 (13.30%) ISTQB
2 77 (12.34%) Security Cleared
3 71 (11.38%) ISEB
4 57 (9.13%) Degree
5 40 (6.41%) SC Cleared
6 39 (6.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 30 (4.81%) DV Cleared
8 17 (2.72%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 11 (1.76%) Cisco Certification
10 10 (1.60%) CCNA
11 5 (0.80%) BPSS Clearance
12 4 (0.64%) CCNP
12 4 (0.64%) HND
12 4 (0.64%) Network+ Certification
13 2 (0.32%) ISEB Practitioner
14 1 (0.16%) CEH
14 1 (0.16%) DBS Check
14 1 (0.16%) ECSA
14 1 (0.16%) OSCP
14 1 (0.16%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 174 (27.88%) QA
2 44 (7.05%) SDET
3 5 (0.80%) DO-160
3 5 (0.80%) IEC 61508
4 4 (0.64%) WCAG
5 2 (0.32%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.32%) JTAG
6 1 (0.16%) Def Stans
6 1 (0.16%) ECSS
6 1 (0.16%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.16%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.16%) MISRA
6 1 (0.16%) MISRA C
6 1 (0.16%) SLA
6 1 (0.16%) TickIT
System Software
1 12 (1.92%) Docker
2 6 (0.96%) Active Directory
2 6 (0.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (0.48%) Veritas Cluster Server
4 2 (0.32%) Firmware
4 2 (0.32%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.16%) Apache Flume
5 1 (0.16%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.16%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 45 (7.21%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (2.08%) Puppet
3 7 (1.12%) Opscode Chef
4 6 (0.96%) Ansible
5 5 (0.80%) HP SiteScope
6 3 (0.48%) SCCM
7 2 (0.32%) Cisco UCCE
7 2 (0.32%) Nmap
7 2 (0.32%) WebInspect
8 1 (0.16%) Cisco CUCM
8 1 (0.16%) Cisco IPCC
8 1 (0.16%) Cisco UCCX
8 1 (0.16%) Nagios
8 1 (0.16%) Oracle Identity Management
8 1 (0.16%) TeMIP
Vendors
1 51 (8.17%) HP
2 48 (7.69%) Microsoft
2 48 (7.69%) Oracle
3 13 (2.08%) VMware
4 11 (1.76%) Atlassian
5 9 (1.44%) Cisco
6 8 (1.28%) IBM
6 8 (1.28%) Rally
7 5 (0.80%) EMC
7 5 (0.80%) F5
7 5 (0.80%) Perforce
7 5 (0.80%) Veritas
8 4 (0.64%) SAP
9 3 (0.48%) Adobe
9 3 (0.48%) Huawei
9 3 (0.48%) NetApp
9 3 (0.48%) Nokia
9 3 (0.48%) Red Hat
9 3 (0.48%) Serena
9 3 (0.48%) Tektronix
Woking, Surrey
IntaPeople
Rate: £350 - £380 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Maidenhead, Berkshire
Digitech Resourcing Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £550 per day for 6 Months rolling
Posted: 15 hours ago
City, London
Arrows Group
Rate: £500 - £550 per day + Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
Scotland
TEKsystems
Rate: £30 - £40 per hour
Posted: 14 hours ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
Ventula Consulting Ltd
Rate: From £475 to £500 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £180 - £200 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Taunton, Somerset
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Robert Walters
Posted: 4 days ago
Fareham
Spectrum IT
Posted: 12 days ago
London
Client Server
Rate: £450 to £500 p/day
Posted: 9 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
LA International
Rate: £240 - £255 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
CPS Group Limited
Posted: 5 days ago
Cheltenham
Spectrum IT
Rate: £375 - £450 per day
Posted: 25 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: Yesterday