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 September 2014 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 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Engineer
Rank 335 380 313
Rank change year-on-year
+45 -67
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 310 221 334
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.53% 0.42% 0.58%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.59% 0.45% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 188 138 168
Average daily rate
Keep up to 90%
of your Daily Rate
Get a Free Illustration
£350 £328 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.87% +3.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £210 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £402 £425 £422
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £300 £311
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -3.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 20 31
Average hourly rate £30.00 £31.75 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.51% -9.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.74 £26.10 £21.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.60 £38.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £31.75 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-5.51% -9.28%

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
52574 48917 53715
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.59% 92.65% 92.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 32287 29427 30052
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £565
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2054 2082 2685
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.19
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

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 September 2014.

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 2014.

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 September 2014. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 +40 283 £350 +3.70% 108
London +52 102 £365 +2.09% 24
South East +2 84 £275 -21.42% 30
Berkshire +21 39 £275 -33.77% 12
South West -24 39 £350 +16.66% 10
East of England -2 33 £363 +31.81% 21
Cambridgeshire +17 24 £363 +39.42% 16
City of London +35 22 £400 -0.12% 8
Bristol -14 17 £375 +21.95% 6
Hampshire -23 17 £285 -1.72%
Cambridge +2 15 £363 +39.42% 13
Scotland -10 14 £377 +7.33% 2
Dorset - 12 £450 - 1
Reading +15 10 £313 -26.47% 4
East Midlands +12 10 £250 +11.73% 6
Buckinghamshire +5 10 £293 -16.42% 2
North East - 9 £375 -
Tyne and Wear - 9 £375 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 9 £375 -
Bracknell +9 8 £225 - 2
Milton Keynes +1 8 £293 -16.42%
Middlesex +5 7 £278 +73.43%
Gloucestershire -20 6 £310 - 2
Nottingham +14 5 £250 +5.26% 1
Nottinghamshire +12 5 £250 +5.26% 1
Surrey -1 5 £353 -2.08% 6
West Midlands -18 5 £250 +8.69% 4
Edinburgh +3 4 £415 +14.48% 2
Dunfermline - 4 £208 -
Peterborough - 4 £350 - 2

Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 September 2014, 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.

1 233 (38.77%) Agile Software Development
2 144 (23.96%) Selenium
3 127 (21.13%) SQL
4 124 (20.63%) Java
4 124 (20.63%) Test Scripting
5 122 (20.30%) Test Automation
6 115 (19.13%) QA
7 114 (18.97%) Scrum
8 102 (16.97%) BDD
9 94 (15.64%) Linux
10 90 (14.98%) Telecoms
11 89 (14.81%) Software Testing
12 88 (14.64%) Cucumber
13 78 (12.98%) HP Quality Center
13 78 (12.98%) Windows
14 75 (12.48%) .NET
15 74 (12.31%) Python
16 73 (12.15%) ISEB
17 72 (11.98%) C#
17 72 (11.98%) TDD
18 68 (11.31%) ISTQB
19 66 (10.98%) Automated Testing
20 64 (10.65%) UNIX
21 62 (10.32%) Security Cleared
22 61 (10.15%) XML
23 60 (9.98%) Finance
23 60 (9.98%) WebDriver
23 60 (9.98%) Test Strategy
24 59 (9.82%) HP
25 58 (9.65%) JIRA

Test Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 September 2014, 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 4 (0.67%) SharePoint
2 3 (0.50%) uiautomator
3 2 (0.33%) SharePoint 2013
3 2 (0.33%) Documentum
3 2 (0.33%) SharePoint 2010
3 2 (0.33%) Node.js
4 1 (0.17%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.17%) WebSphere Application Server
4 1 (0.17%) IIS
4 1 (0.17%) Apache
4 1 (0.17%) SAS
4 1 (0.17%) WebSphere Process Server
4 1 (0.17%) WebSphere
Applications
1 12 (2.00%) MS Office
2 7 (1.16%) MS Excel
3 3 (0.50%) MS Project
3 3 (0.50%) Final Cut Pro
4 1 (0.17%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (0.50%) LabWindows
2 2 (0.33%) BASE24
2 2 (0.33%) SunGard GMI
2 2 (0.33%) SAP BPC
3 1 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.17%) Cognos TM1
3 1 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 8 (1.33%) Office 365
2 5 (0.83%) SaaS
3 1 (0.17%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 50 (8.32%) LTE
2 43 (7.15%) 3G
3 32 (5.32%) GSM
4 29 (4.83%) UMTS
5 26 (4.33%) GPRS
6 24 (3.99%) HTTP
7 23 (3.83%) VoLTE
8 21 (3.49%) Radio Access Network
8 21 (3.49%) Wireshark
9 20 (3.33%) 4G
10 19 (3.16%) DVB
10 19 (3.16%) Firewall
10 19 (3.16%) Wireless
11 17 (2.83%) TCP/IP
12 16 (2.66%) 3GPP
12 16 (2.66%) WCDMA
13 15 (2.50%) INAP
14 14 (2.33%) Ethernet
15 13 (2.16%) NAS
16 12 (2.00%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (3.83%) MySQL
2 22 (3.66%) SQL Server
3 14 (2.33%) Oracle Database
3 14 (2.33%) Relational Database
4 7 (1.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (1.00%) Oracle Reports
5 6 (1.00%) SQL Navigator
6 5 (0.83%) RDBMS
7 4 (0.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 4 (0.67%) Oracle Database 11g
8 3 (0.50%) Data Warehouse
9 2 (0.33%) DB2
9 2 (0.33%) Big Data
9 2 (0.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 1 (0.17%) SQL Server 2008
10 1 (0.17%) Hadoop
10 1 (0.17%) MongoDB
10 1 (0.17%) Apache Cassandra
10 1 (0.17%) NoSQL
10 1 (0.17%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 144 (23.96%) Selenium
2 88 (14.64%) Cucumber
3 60 (9.98%) WebDriver
4 58 (9.65%) JIRA
5 47 (7.82%) LoadRunner
6 40 (6.66%) QuickTest Pro
7 36 (5.99%) JUnit
7 36 (5.99%) Jenkins
8 33 (5.49%) Team Foundation Server
9 31 (5.16%) Git (software)
10 28 (4.66%) Rational DOORS
11 26 (4.33%) SoapUI
11 26 (4.33%) Visual Studio
12 21 (3.49%) Subversion
13 18 (3.00%) Calabash
14 16 (2.66%) SpecFlow
14 16 (2.66%) JMeter
15 14 (2.33%) Facilita Forecast
16 13 (2.16%) JBehave
17 12 (2.00%) Maven
General
1 90 (14.98%) Telecoms
2 60 (9.98%) Finance
3 36 (5.99%) Electronics
4 12 (2.00%) Billing
4 12 (2.00%) Banking
5 11 (1.83%) Games
5 11 (1.83%) Military
6 10 (1.66%) Avionics
7 8 (1.33%) Automotive
8 7 (1.16%) Aerospace
8 7 (1.16%) Publishing
9 6 (1.00%) Retail
10 5 (0.83%) Manufacturing
11 4 (0.67%) Back Office
12 3 (0.50%) Investment Banking
12 3 (0.50%) Marketing
12 3 (0.50%) Multimedia
13 2 (0.33%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.33%) Advertising
14 1 (0.17%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 75 (12.48%) .NET
2 61 (10.15%) XML
3 50 (8.32%) Web Services
4 36 (5.99%) SOAP
5 32 (5.32%) REST
6 29 (4.83%) HTML
7 17 (2.83%) CSS
8 15 (2.50%) JSON
8 15 (2.50%) WCF
9 13 (2.16%) WPF
9 13 (2.16%) jQuery
9 13 (2.16%) .NET Framework
10 11 (1.83%) Spring
10 11 (1.83%) Gherkin
11 10 (1.66%) RESTful
12 7 (1.16%) WAP
12 7 (1.16%) OpenCL
13 4 (0.67%) AngularJS
13 4 (0.67%) HTML5
13 4 (0.67%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 57 (9.48%) Analytical Skills
2 43 (7.15%) Mobile App
3 24 (3.99%) STB
4 20 (3.33%) IPTV
5 18 (3.00%) Open Source
6 16 (2.66%) Video on Demand
6 16 (2.66%) Computer Science
6 16 (2.66%) MPEG
6 16 (2.66%) DTV
7 13 (2.16%) Data Structures
8 12 (2.00%) Embedded Systems
9 8 (1.33%) Handset
10 7 (1.16%) Client/Server
10 7 (1.16%) User Experience
11 6 (1.00%) Digital Media
11 6 (1.00%) Enterprise Software
11 6 (1.00%) Blackberry
11 6 (1.00%) Streaming Video
11 6 (1.00%) Clustering
11 6 (1.00%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 94 (15.64%) Linux
2 78 (12.98%) Windows
3 64 (10.65%) UNIX
4 28 (4.66%) Android
5 26 (4.33%) Apple iOS
6 9 (1.50%) Windows 7
6 9 (1.50%) Solaris
7 8 (1.33%) Windows Phone
8 7 (1.16%) Windows Server 2008
9 6 (1.00%) Mac OS
9 6 (1.00%) AIX
9 6 (1.00%) VMS
9 6 (1.00%) Windows Server 2003
10 5 (0.83%) Windows XP
11 4 (0.67%) Windows NT
12 3 (0.50%) HPUX
12 3 (0.50%) NetWare
12 3 (0.50%) bada
13 1 (0.17%) Windows Phone 7
13 1 (0.17%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 233 (38.77%) Agile Software Development
2 124 (20.63%) Test Scripting
3 122 (20.30%) Test Automation
4 114 (18.97%) Scrum
5 102 (16.97%) BDD
6 89 (14.81%) Software Testing
7 72 (11.98%) TDD
8 66 (10.98%) Automated Testing
9 60 (9.98%) Test Strategy
10 54 (8.99%) Performance Testing
11 52 (8.65%) Regression Testing
12 44 (7.32%) Validation
13 40 (6.66%) Automation Testing
14 36 (5.99%) Manual Testing
15 33 (5.49%) Continuous Integration
16 32 (5.32%) Software Engineering
17 31 (5.16%) Integration Testing
18 29 (4.83%) E-Commerce
19 27 (4.49%) Configuration Management
19 27 (4.49%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 127 (21.13%) SQL
2 124 (20.63%) Java
3 74 (12.31%) Python
4 72 (11.98%) C#
5 58 (9.65%) Ruby
6 35 (5.82%) C++
6 35 (5.82%) Perl
7 34 (5.66%) PHP
8 32 (5.32%) JavaScript
8 32 (5.32%) C
9 23 (3.83%) Bash Shell
10 14 (2.33%) VBScript
11 13 (2.16%) VB.NET
12 11 (1.83%) VB
13 8 (1.33%) Scala
13 8 (1.33%) Groovy
13 8 (1.33%) Shell Script
14 7 (1.16%) PowerShell
14 7 (1.16%) T-SQL
15 6 (1.00%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 73 (12.15%) ISEB
2 68 (11.31%) ISTQB
3 62 (10.32%) Security Cleared
4 50 (8.32%) Degree
5 42 (6.99%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 41 (6.82%) SC Cleared
7 12 (2.00%) Cisco Certification
8 8 (1.33%) BC Cleared
8 8 (1.33%) HND
9 5 (0.83%) HNC
10 4 (0.67%) MCITP
10 4 (0.67%) CCNP
10 4 (0.67%) DV Cleared
10 4 (0.67%) Microsoft Certification
11 3 (0.50%) MCSE
11 3 (0.50%) MCSA
11 3 (0.50%) CCIE
11 3 (0.50%) MCTS
12 2 (0.33%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 2 (0.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 115 (19.13%) QA
2 11 (1.83%) DO-178B
3 3 (0.50%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.33%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.33%) DO-160
5 1 (0.17%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 7 (1.16%) Active Directory
1 7 (1.16%) Firmware
1 7 (1.16%) VMware ESX
1 7 (1.16%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (0.67%) NDS
3 3 (0.50%) GPFS
3 3 (0.50%) Hyper-V
3 3 (0.50%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.17%) KVM
Systems Management
1 78 (12.98%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (0.67%) McAfee ePO
3 3 (0.50%) Tivoli
3 3 (0.50%) Netcool
4 2 (0.33%) NSN NetAct
4 2 (0.33%) Puppet
4 2 (0.33%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (0.33%) Ansible
Vendors
1 59 (9.82%) HP
2 45 (7.49%) Oracle
3 30 (4.99%) Microsoft
3 30 (4.99%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 27 (4.49%) Cisco
5 21 (3.49%) VMware
6 11 (1.83%) IBM
7 9 (1.50%) Citrix
8 8 (1.33%) SAP
9 7 (1.16%) EMC
9 7 (1.16%) TIBCO
9 7 (1.16%) Huawei
9 7 (1.16%) Agilent
10 6 (1.00%) Symbian
10 6 (1.00%) Veritas
11 5 (0.83%) Nokia
11 5 (0.83%) Juniper
12 4 (0.67%) CheckPoint
12 4 (0.67%) McAfee
12 4 (0.67%) Fortinet
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £0
Posted: 3 days ago
Oxfordshire
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Oxford
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Talent International
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Venn Group - UK
Rate: 320-370 Per Day
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day - dependent on experience
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Novate IT Ltd
Rate: £250 to £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
CV Screen Ltd
Rate: £300 - 325 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Kyna Associates
Rate: £300 - £350 Per Day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £300 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Berkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Berkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Cambridge
Computer Futures
Rate: £30 - £40 per hour + competitive
Posted: 18 days ago
East Midlands
Amoria Bond - UK
Posted: 21 days ago
South East England
Amoria Bond - UK
Posted: 21 days ago
West Midlands
Computer Futures
Rate: £25000 - £34000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 21 days ago
City of London
esynergy Solutions - UK
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 26 days ago
West Sussex
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 26 days ago
Gloucestershire
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 27 days ago