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 24 April 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Engineer
Rank 372 326 334
Rank change year-on-year
-46 +8
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 239 308 238
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.43% 0.56% 0.49%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.46% 0.60% 0.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 125 216 118
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £199 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £452
UK excluding London average daily rate £288 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
-8.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 11 23
Average hourly rate £34.00 £35.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.35 £22.38 £27.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.63 £155.00 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £34.00 £33.75 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+0.74% -10.00%

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
51450 50956 44853
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.34% 92.28% 92.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 31225 31058 25652
Average daily rate £400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2017 2017 2210
Average hourly rate £17.46 £17.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.22% -2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-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 24 April 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 24 April 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 24 April 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 -60 205 £325 - 94
South East -18 89 £263 -14.28% 23
London -38 59 £335 -10.66% 27
Berkshire +10 48 £158 -10.00% 8
Scotland +13 22 £350 -6.66% 6
Hampshire -8 22 £325 - 3
East of England +15 17 £275 -8.33% 18
Reading +4 15 £340 +60.00% 5
Edinburgh +8 10 £375 - 1
South West -8 10 £314 +14.09% 9
Yorkshire -15 8 £325 +38.29% 4
Hertfordshire +6 7 - - 2
Brighton 0 7 £500 +53.84% 1
City of London -2 7 £400 +23.07% 9
East Sussex -3 7 £500 +53.84% 2
West Yorkshire -10 7 £325 +38.29% 4
Surrey -20 7 £198 -42.75% 3
East Midlands +10 6 £294 -6.74% 5
Bristol -2 6 £314 -3.46% 3
North West -18 6 £500 +77.77% 5
Dundee +7 5 - - 2
Suffolk +5 5 £355 +1.42%
Ipswich +4 5 £355 +1.42%
North East -6 5 £198 -45.51%
Newbury -7 5 £158 -10.00%
Manchester -9 5 £500 - 2
West Midlands -9 5 £269 - 3
Bradford -14 5 £325 +47.72%
Maidenhead +2 4 £311 +5.50%
Tyne and Wear +2 4 £200 -44.82%

Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 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.

1 151 (29.61%) Agile Software Development
2 120 (23.53%) Test Automation
3 113 (22.16%) Selenium
4 100 (19.61%) Test Scripting
5 95 (18.63%) Telecoms
6 92 (18.04%) Java
7 84 (16.47%) Python
8 81 (15.88%) Linux
9 80 (15.69%) QA
10 76 (14.90%) Security Cleared
11 69 (13.53%) Software Testing
11 69 (13.53%) SQL
12 66 (12.94%) Windows
13 65 (12.75%) Scrum
14 64 (12.55%) Microsoft
15 62 (12.16%) HP Quality Center
16 57 (11.18%) Validation
16 57 (11.18%) 3G
17 56 (10.98%) ISTQB
18 55 (10.78%) ISEB
19 54 (10.59%) C#
19 54 (10.59%) Cucumber
20 53 (10.39%) SC Cleared
21 52 (10.20%) WebDriver
22 51 (10.00%) HP
23 50 (9.80%) JIRA
24 49 (9.61%) Automation Testing
25 47 (9.22%) TDD
26 46 (9.02%) Automated Testing
26 46 (9.02%) BDD

Test Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 9 (1.76%) Oracle Workflow
2 6 (1.18%) WebSphere
2 6 (1.18%) JBoss
3 5 (0.98%) CMS
4 4 (0.78%) Tomcat
4 4 (0.78%) SharePoint
4 4 (0.78%) WebSphere Application Server
5 1 (0.20%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.20%) Apache
5 1 (0.20%) SAS
5 1 (0.20%) Confluence
5 1 (0.20%) Drupal
5 1 (0.20%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 16 (3.14%) MS Excel
1 16 (3.14%) MS Office
2 4 (0.78%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (0.59%) MS Project
3 3 (0.59%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.20%) Simulink
4 1 (0.20%) Windchill
4 1 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.20%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 4 (0.78%) Oracle Retail
2 2 (0.39%) LabWindows
3 1 (0.20%) CSG Singleview
3 1 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.20%) Teamcenter
3 1 (0.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.20%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.98%) SaaS
2 4 (0.78%) Cloud Computing
3 3 (0.59%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (0.39%) Google Analytics
5 1 (0.20%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 57 (11.18%) 3G
2 35 (6.86%) Wireless
3 33 (6.47%) LTE
3 33 (6.47%) 4G
4 30 (5.88%) GSM
5 23 (4.51%) TCP/IP
5 23 (4.51%) 2G
6 21 (4.12%) Wireshark
7 20 (3.92%) SS7
8 19 (3.73%) VoLTE
9 17 (3.33%) SIGTRAN
10 15 (2.94%) UMTS
11 13 (2.55%) VoIP
12 12 (2.35%) SGSN
12 12 (2.35%) Internet
13 10 (1.96%) MVNO
14 8 (1.57%) LDAP
14 8 (1.57%) Ethernet
14 8 (1.57%) Wi-Fi
15 7 (1.37%) INAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (5.88%) SQL Server
2 13 (2.55%) Hadoop
3 12 (2.35%) MongoDB
4 3 (0.59%) Relational Database
5 2 (0.39%) Big Data
5 2 (0.39%) Oracle Database
5 2 (0.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (0.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (0.39%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (0.39%) MySQL
5 2 (0.39%) RDBMS
5 2 (0.39%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.20%) DB2
6 1 (0.20%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.20%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (0.20%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.20%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (0.20%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 113 (22.16%) Selenium
2 54 (10.59%) Cucumber
3 52 (10.20%) WebDriver
4 50 (9.80%) JIRA
5 33 (6.47%) Jenkins
6 25 (4.90%) QuickTest Pro
7 17 (3.33%) Git (software)
8 16 (3.14%) Team Foundation Server
9 15 (2.94%) LoadRunner
9 15 (2.94%) LabVIEW
10 14 (2.75%) Maven
10 14 (2.75%) Hudson
11 13 (2.55%) Eclipse
11 13 (2.55%) WinRunner
11 13 (2.55%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 12 (2.35%) Rational DOORS
12 12 (2.35%) TestDirector
13 11 (2.16%) Visual Studio
13 11 (2.16%) SoapUI
13 11 (2.16%) Subversion
General
1 95 (18.63%) Telecoms
2 32 (6.27%) Electronics
3 29 (5.69%) Finance
4 15 (2.94%) Retail
4 15 (2.94%) Billing
5 10 (1.96%) Military
5 10 (1.96%) Automotive
6 7 (1.37%) Manufacturing
7 6 (1.18%) Aerospace
8 4 (0.78%) Avionics
8 4 (0.78%) Games
9 3 (0.59%) Banking
9 3 (0.59%) Marketing
10 2 (0.39%) Dutch Language
10 2 (0.39%) Italian Language
10 2 (0.39%) Spanish Language
10 2 (0.39%) Publishing
10 2 (0.39%) Legal
11 1 (0.20%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.20%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (6.67%) .NET
2 26 (5.10%) HTML
3 18 (3.53%) XML
4 17 (3.33%) Web Services
5 14 (2.75%) ASP.NET
6 9 (1.76%) SOAP
6 9 (1.76%) JSON
7 8 (1.57%) Gherkin
7 8 (1.57%) RESTful
7 8 (1.57%) WPF
7 8 (1.57%) J2EE
8 7 (1.37%) JSP
9 6 (1.18%) HTML5
9 6 (1.18%) CSS
10 5 (0.98%) REST
10 5 (0.98%) Spring
10 5 (0.98%) WCF
10 5 (0.98%) Android SDK
11 4 (0.78%) iOS SDK
11 4 (0.78%) ADO.NET
Miscellaneous
1 36 (7.06%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (3.73%) Mobile App
2 19 (3.73%) Computer Science
3 15 (2.94%) PDA
4 14 (2.75%) Client/Server
5 12 (2.35%) Replication
5 12 (2.35%) Clustering
6 11 (2.16%) Open Source
7 8 (1.57%) Embedded Systems
8 7 (1.37%) STB
8 7 (1.37%) IPTV
9 5 (0.98%) DTV
9 5 (0.98%) Device Driver
9 5 (0.98%) Streaming Video
9 5 (0.98%) MPEG
9 5 (0.98%) Visualisation
9 5 (0.98%) Digital Media
10 4 (0.78%) Algorithms
10 4 (0.78%) PKI
10 4 (0.78%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 81 (15.88%) Linux
2 66 (12.94%) Windows
3 45 (8.82%) UNIX
4 28 (5.49%) Android
5 24 (4.71%) Apple iOS
6 18 (3.53%) Windows 7
6 18 (3.53%) Windows Server 2008
6 18 (3.53%) Windows Server 2003
7 15 (2.94%) Windows XP
8 14 (2.75%) AIX
9 6 (1.18%) VMS
10 5 (0.98%) Embedded Linux
11 2 (0.39%) Windows Phone
11 2 (0.39%) CentOS
11 2 (0.39%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.20%) Solaris
12 1 (0.20%) VME
12 1 (0.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.20%) bada
12 1 (0.20%) Windows Phone 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 151 (29.61%) Agile Software Development
2 120 (23.53%) Test Automation
3 100 (19.61%) Test Scripting
4 69 (13.53%) Software Testing
5 65 (12.75%) Scrum
6 57 (11.18%) Validation
7 49 (9.61%) Automation Testing
8 47 (9.22%) TDD
9 46 (9.02%) Automated Testing
9 46 (9.02%) BDD
10 40 (7.84%) Software Engineering
11 37 (7.25%) Regression Testing
12 36 (7.06%) Continuous Integration
12 36 (7.06%) Test Strategy
13 35 (6.86%) Manual Testing
14 30 (5.88%) Performance Testing
15 26 (5.10%) System Testing
16 20 (3.92%) Integration Testing
16 20 (3.92%) Test Planning
17 19 (3.73%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 92 (18.04%) Java
2 84 (16.47%) Python
3 69 (13.53%) SQL
4 54 (10.59%) C#
5 31 (6.08%) JavaScript
6 28 (5.49%) Perl
6 28 (5.49%) Ruby
7 26 (5.10%) C
8 22 (4.31%) Shell Script
9 18 (3.53%) C++
10 11 (2.16%) PHP
11 7 (1.37%) VB
12 6 (1.18%) Bash Shell
13 5 (0.98%) PowerShell
14 4 (0.78%) Groovy
14 4 (0.78%) MATLAB
15 3 (0.59%) Jython
15 3 (0.59%) Embedded C
15 3 (0.59%) T-SQL
16 2 (0.39%) Erlang
Qualifications
1 76 (14.90%) Security Cleared
2 56 (10.98%) ISTQB
3 55 (10.78%) ISEB
4 53 (10.39%) SC Cleared
5 37 (7.25%) Degree
6 20 (3.92%) DV Cleared
6 20 (3.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 17 (3.33%) Cisco Certification
8 16 (3.14%) Microsoft Certification
9 15 (2.94%) MCITP
10 13 (2.55%) CCNP
11 12 (2.35%) MCTS
11 12 (2.35%) MCSE
11 12 (2.35%) MCSA
12 8 (1.57%) JNCIS
13 5 (0.98%) HNC
14 3 (0.59%) CCNA
14 3 (0.59%) ITIL Certification
14 3 (0.59%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
15 2 (0.39%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 80 (15.69%) QA
2 4 (0.78%) DO-178B
3 2 (0.39%) ISO 9000
3 2 (0.39%) SLA
4 1 (0.20%) GxP
4 1 (0.20%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 1 (0.20%) GCP
4 1 (0.20%) GMP
4 1 (0.20%) JTAG
System Software
1 17 (3.33%) VMware ESX
2 15 (2.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (2.35%) Hyper-V
4 11 (2.16%) Firmware
5 9 (1.76%) Active Directory
6 3 (0.59%) NDS
7 2 (0.39%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.20%) NFS
Systems Management
1 62 (12.16%) HP Quality Center
2 17 (3.33%) McAfee ePO
3 14 (2.75%) Netcool
4 12 (2.35%) Puppet
5 3 (0.59%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.39%) Iperf
6 2 (0.39%) Ansible
6 2 (0.39%) SCCM
7 1 (0.20%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 1 (0.20%) NSN NetAct
7 1 (0.20%) ITRS Geneos
7 1 (0.20%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 64 (12.55%) Microsoft
2 51 (10.00%) HP
3 27 (5.29%) Oracle
3 27 (5.29%) VMware
4 23 (4.51%) Cisco
5 19 (3.73%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
6 17 (3.33%) McAfee
7 15 (2.94%) Citrix
8 13 (2.55%) Veritas
9 11 (2.16%) Juniper
10 10 (1.96%) CheckPoint
11 7 (1.37%) EMC
11 7 (1.37%) Google
12 6 (1.18%) F5
13 5 (0.98%) NetHawk
14 4 (0.78%) Nokia
14 4 (0.78%) IBM
14 4 (0.78%) Adobe
14 4 (0.78%) TIBCO
15 3 (0.59%) Apple
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