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 8 February 2016 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
8 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Engineer
Rank 340 352 345
Rank change year-on-year
+12 -7
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 325 282 248
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.63% 0.55% 0.51%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.67% 0.58% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 179 132 142
Average daily rate £369 £345 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.88% +15.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £237 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £425 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £275
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +18.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 43 17
Average hourly rate £40.00 £35.00 £24.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +45.83%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £14.85 £14.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £41.00 £87.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £36.25 £27.00
% change year-on-year
+10.34% +34.25%

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
48598 48731 45782
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.48% 94.46% 94.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 31271 30416 27107
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £238 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1757 1902 2013
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.72 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.66% -4.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

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 8 February 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 8 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 8 February 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
(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 +18 292 £375 +8.69% 134
South East +28 87 £368 +7.69% 31
London -8 75 £420 +20.00% 29
South West +22 52 £385 +45.28% 21
Berkshire -5 28 £365 +16.80% 8
Scotland -7 23 £285 -18.57% 2
West Yorkshire +10 21 £350 -14.63% 19
Yorkshire +4 21 £350 -14.63% 20
Gloucestershire +20 19 £475 +65.21% 8
Leeds +10 19 £350 +9.37% 17
East of England -4 17 £294 -16.07% 12
Oxfordshire - 17 £500 - 4
Hampshire +8 16 £363 -3.33% 7
North West -19 16 £340 +2.25% 15
Oxford - 15 £500 -
Cheltenham +15 13 £475 +53.22% 1
Manchester -9 13 £340 +2.25% 11
Brighton +25 11 - - 1
East Sussex +17 11 - - 1
Wiltshire -2 11 £368 +63.33% 3
Edinburgh -4 11 £265 -3.63%
North East -16 10 £330 -7.84% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne -19 10 £330 -7.84% 2
Tyne and Wear -22 10 £330 -7.84% 2
Cambridgeshire +6 9 £280 -20.00% 9
Bristol +3 9 £325 +11.58% 7
Reading -14 8 £365 +10.18% 3
West Midlands -13 7 £321 +18.43% 2
Somerset - 7 £325 -
Buckinghamshire +18 6 £325 - 1

Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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.

1 194 (34.09%) Agile Software Development
2 150 (26.36%) Test Automation
3 145 (25.48%) Selenium
4 121 (21.27%) QA
5 112 (19.68%) Java
6 101 (17.75%) Automated Testing
6 101 (17.75%) BDD
7 100 (17.57%) Cucumber
8 94 (16.52%) Test Scripting
9 91 (15.99%) Security Cleared
10 90 (15.82%) SQL
11 86 (15.11%) C#
12 82 (14.41%) Python
13 79 (13.88%) Windows
13 79 (13.88%) WebDriver
14 77 (13.53%) Linux
15 75 (13.18%) JavaScript
15 75 (13.18%) ISTQB
16 73 (12.83%) Web Services
17 72 (12.65%) JIRA
18 66 (11.60%) Software Testing
18 66 (11.60%) TDD
19 63 (11.07%) .NET
20 60 (10.54%) Scrum
21 59 (10.37%) ISEB
22 57 (10.02%) SC Cleared
23 54 (9.49%) Jenkins
24 53 (9.31%) Automation Testing
24 53 (9.31%) Software Engineering
24 53 (9.31%) Microsoft

Test Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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 37 (6.50%) Node.js
2 9 (1.58%) OpenStack
3 6 (1.05%) CMS
3 6 (1.05%) Oracle Workflow
4 4 (0.70%) Confluence
4 4 (0.70%) WordPress
5 3 (0.53%) IIS
5 3 (0.53%) Jetty
6 2 (0.35%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 2 (0.35%) Apache Solr
6 2 (0.35%) Apache Spark
6 2 (0.35%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
6 2 (0.35%) SharePoint
6 2 (0.35%) Tomcat
6 2 (0.35%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.18%) Apache
7 1 (0.18%) Drupal
7 1 (0.18%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.18%) JBoss
7 1 (0.18%) SAS
Applications
1 27 (4.75%) MS Excel
2 21 (3.69%) MS Office
3 3 (0.53%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (0.35%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 24 (4.22%) Magento
2 6 (1.05%) LabWindows
3 1 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.18%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 28 (4.92%) GitHub
2 26 (4.57%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.18%) Google Analytics
3 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 21 (3.69%) 3G
2 18 (3.16%) HTTP
3 13 (2.28%) BGP
4 12 (2.11%) LTE
4 12 (2.11%) MPLS
5 11 (1.93%) SNMP
5 11 (1.93%) VoIP
6 10 (1.76%) Wireshark
7 9 (1.58%) GSM
8 8 (1.41%) 4G
8 8 (1.41%) GPRS
8 8 (1.41%) VPN
9 7 (1.23%) Diameter Protocol
9 7 (1.23%) Internet
9 7 (1.23%) OSPF
9 7 (1.23%) VLAN
10 6 (1.05%) Cisco IOS
10 6 (1.05%) DVB
10 6 (1.05%) IPv4
10 6 (1.05%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (6.15%) SQL Server
2 13 (2.28%) Relational Database
3 11 (1.93%) Oracle Database
4 10 (1.76%) MySQL
5 9 (1.58%) GIS
5 9 (1.58%) Hadoop
5 9 (1.58%) MongoDB
6 6 (1.05%) RDBMS
7 5 (0.88%) Big Data
8 4 (0.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 3 (0.53%) Apache Cassandra
9 3 (0.53%) Oracle Reports
9 3 (0.53%) SQL Server 2012
10 2 (0.35%) DB2
10 2 (0.35%) Neo4j
11 1 (0.18%) Data Mining
11 1 (0.18%) Data Warehouse
11 1 (0.18%) PostgreSQL
11 1 (0.18%) SAP BI
11 1 (0.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 145 (25.48%) Selenium
2 100 (17.57%) Cucumber
3 79 (13.88%) WebDriver
4 72 (12.65%) JIRA
5 54 (9.49%) Jenkins
6 38 (6.68%) SoapUI
7 35 (6.15%) Visual Studio
8 31 (5.45%) Git (software)
9 27 (4.75%) Team Foundation Server
10 22 (3.87%) HP UFT
10 22 (3.87%) Rational DOORS
11 21 (3.69%) SpecFlow
12 19 (3.34%) Maven
13 17 (2.99%) Subversion
14 16 (2.81%) LoadRunner
15 15 (2.64%) LabVIEW
16 14 (2.46%) Jasmine
16 14 (2.46%) JMeter
17 13 (2.28%) Eclipse
17 13 (2.28%) Karma Test Runner
General
1 46 (8.08%) Finance
2 42 (7.38%) Telecoms
3 20 (3.51%) Electronics
4 19 (3.34%) Games
5 16 (2.81%) Banking
6 13 (2.28%) Manufacturing
7 10 (1.76%) Aerospace
7 10 (1.76%) Retail
8 9 (1.58%) Publishing
9 7 (1.23%) Automotive
9 7 (1.23%) Military
10 6 (1.05%) Billing
11 4 (0.70%) Marketing
12 3 (0.53%) Avionics
12 3 (0.53%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.35%) Retail Banking
14 1 (0.18%) Back Office
14 1 (0.18%) Investment Banking
14 1 (0.18%) Law
14 1 (0.18%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 73 (12.83%) Web Services
2 63 (11.07%) .NET
3 40 (7.03%) SOAP
4 38 (6.68%) XML
5 32 (5.62%) REST
6 26 (4.57%) HTML
7 19 (3.34%) .NET Framework
7 19 (3.34%) ASP.NET
8 17 (2.99%) WSDL
9 14 (2.46%) HTML5
9 14 (2.46%) jQuery
9 14 (2.46%) RESTful
10 12 (2.11%) AngularJS
10 12 (2.11%) Gherkin
11 11 (1.93%) JSON
12 10 (1.76%) ASP.NET Web API
13 7 (1.23%) Hibernate
13 7 (1.23%) Spring
13 7 (1.23%) Unreal Engine
14 6 (1.05%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 29 (5.10%) Mobile App
2 22 (3.87%) Analytical Skills
3 17 (2.99%) Computer Science
4 15 (2.64%) IPTV
5 13 (2.28%) STB
6 12 (2.11%) User Experience
7 11 (1.93%) Smart Meter
8 9 (1.58%) Handset
9 8 (1.41%) Management Information System
10 7 (1.23%) Embedded Systems
10 7 (1.23%) MPEG
10 7 (1.23%) Video on Demand
11 6 (1.05%) Clustering
11 6 (1.05%) Data Centre
11 6 (1.05%) DTV
12 5 (0.88%) Client/Server
12 5 (0.88%) Device Driver
12 5 (0.88%) Driving Licence
12 5 (0.88%) N-Tier
12 5 (0.88%) Over-the-Top Content
Operating Systems
1 79 (13.88%) Windows
2 77 (13.53%) Linux
3 33 (5.80%) Android
4 30 (5.27%) Apple iOS
5 29 (5.10%) Unix
6 18 (3.16%) Windows 7
7 16 (2.81%) Windows Server 2008
8 15 (2.64%) Windows Server
9 10 (1.76%) Windows Server 2003
9 10 (1.76%) Windows Server 2012
10 9 (1.58%) Windows XP
11 7 (1.23%) AIX
12 4 (0.70%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (0.35%) SUSE
13 2 (0.35%) Windows CE
14 1 (0.18%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.18%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.18%) Windows Mobile
14 1 (0.18%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 194 (34.09%) Agile Software Development
2 150 (26.36%) Test Automation
3 101 (17.75%) Automated Testing
3 101 (17.75%) BDD
4 94 (16.52%) Test Scripting
5 66 (11.60%) Software Testing
5 66 (11.60%) TDD
6 60 (10.54%) Scrum
7 53 (9.31%) Automation Testing
7 53 (9.31%) Software Engineering
8 50 (8.79%) Regression Testing
9 46 (8.08%) SDLC
10 44 (7.73%) Validation
11 41 (7.21%) Defect Management
12 40 (7.03%) Manual Testing
13 37 (6.50%) Continuous Integration
14 36 (6.33%) Integration Testing
15 34 (5.98%) E-Commerce
16 33 (5.80%) Configuration Management
16 33 (5.80%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 112 (19.68%) Java
2 90 (15.82%) SQL
3 86 (15.11%) C#
4 82 (14.41%) Python
5 75 (13.18%) JavaScript
6 45 (7.91%) C++
7 44 (7.73%) Ruby
8 41 (7.21%) C
9 23 (4.04%) Perl
10 18 (3.16%) Bash Shell
10 18 (3.16%) Scala
11 13 (2.28%) Shell Script
12 12 (2.11%) PowerShell
13 11 (1.93%) Groovy
13 11 (1.93%) VBA
13 11 (1.93%) VBScript
14 9 (1.58%) PHP
15 7 (1.23%) Embedded C
16 6 (1.05%) CoffeeScript
16 6 (1.05%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 91 (15.99%) Security Cleared
2 75 (13.18%) ISTQB
3 59 (10.37%) ISEB
4 57 (10.02%) SC Cleared
5 41 (7.21%) Degree
6 36 (6.33%) DV Cleared
7 22 (3.87%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 9 (1.58%) Cisco Certification
8 9 (1.58%) ISEB Practitioner
9 8 (1.41%) CCNP
10 7 (1.23%) MCSE
10 7 (1.23%) Microsoft Certification
11 6 (1.05%) CCNA
11 6 (1.05%) MCITP
11 6 (1.05%) MCSA
11 6 (1.05%) MCTS
12 5 (0.88%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 4 (0.70%) BPSS Clearance
14 2 (0.35%) JNCIP
14 2 (0.35%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 121 (21.27%) QA
2 10 (1.76%) ISO 9001
3 8 (1.41%) DO-178B
4 5 (0.88%) IEC 61508
5 3 (0.53%) FedRAMP
5 3 (0.53%) WCAG
6 2 (0.35%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.35%) SDET
6 2 (0.35%) TickIT
7 1 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.18%) ISO26262
7 1 (0.18%) MISRA
7 1 (0.18%) MISRA C
7 1 (0.18%) SLA
7 1 (0.18%) WAI
System Software
1 24 (4.22%) Docker
2 15 (2.64%) Active Directory
3 11 (1.93%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (1.58%) Hyper-V
5 6 (1.05%) VMware ESX
6 2 (0.35%) Firmware
7 1 (0.18%) Apache Flume
7 1 (0.18%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 1 (0.18%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.18%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 32 (5.62%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (1.41%) Netcool
3 6 (1.05%) McAfee ePO
3 6 (1.05%) Puppet
4 3 (0.53%) Iperf
5 2 (0.35%) HP SiteScope
6 1 (0.18%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.18%) NSN NetAct
6 1 (0.18%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.18%) SCCM
Vendors
1 53 (9.31%) Microsoft
2 34 (5.98%) Oracle
3 28 (4.92%) HP
4 24 (4.22%) VMware
5 21 (3.69%) Cisco
6 15 (2.64%) IBM
7 8 (1.41%) Serena
7 8 (1.41%) Veritas
8 7 (1.23%) Citrix
9 6 (1.05%) AppDynamics
9 6 (1.05%) Dynatrace
9 6 (1.05%) Intel Security
9 6 (1.05%) Juniper
9 6 (1.05%) New Relic
9 6 (1.05%) Nokia
10 5 (0.88%) BT
10 5 (0.88%) Huawei
10 5 (0.88%) Sybase
11 4 (0.70%) Adobe
11 4 (0.70%) SAP
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