The first table below looks at the demand 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 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles currently tracked.

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 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Engineer
Rank 343 329 251
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -78
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 270 259 414
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.49% 0.51% 0.72%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.53% 0.55% 0.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 159 124 160
Average daily rate
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£330 £310 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.45% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £177 £212
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £312 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+4.08% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 33 40
Average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.55 £14.20 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.95 £42.50 £37.05
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £33.75
% change year-on-year
- -11.11%
Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
50543 47172 53524
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.40% 92.54% 92.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 30720 27585 29825
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £233 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £560
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
- +1.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2000 2142 2717
Average hourly rate £16.50 £18.00 £19.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% -7.20%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.80 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.23 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-4.20% -6.89%

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 July 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 24 July 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 24 July 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
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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 +2 251 £340 +9.67% 87
London +23 89 £375 +7.14% 20
South East -15 79 £293 +17.00% 22
Hampshire -8 33 £293 +4.46% 1
Berkshire -15 27 £285 +72.72% 11
South West -22 25 £306 +2.08% 7
East of England -22 21 £250 -23.07% 21
City of London +28 15 £400 +10.34% 6
Yorkshire +12 11 £275 +11.11% 7
West Yorkshire +10 10 £275 +11.11% 2
North East - 10 £369 -
Tyne and Wear - 10 £369 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 10 £369 -
Leeds - 10 £275 - 2
Wiltshire -1 8 £365 +4.28%
Cambridgeshire -7 8 £405 +15.71% 14
Scotland -12 8 £348 -7.33% 3
Bristol -17 8 £275 -1.34% 1
Buckinghamshire - 8 £308 - 5
North West -14 7 £328 +9.16% 6
Gloucestershire -15 7 £306 +30.31% 2
Bracknell +11 5 £350 - 3
Reading +6 5 - - 4
Essex - 5 £165 - 1
East Midlands -1 4 £375 +33.92%
Swindon -3 4 £365 +4.28%
Hertfordshire -5 4 £331 +14.22% 2
Surrey -9 4 £304 -6.53% 4
Wales -14 4 £325 -27.77% 7
West Midlands -15 4 £388 +10.71% 5

Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 July 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.

1 140 (24.35%) SQL
2 138 (24.00%) Selenium
3 134 (23.30%) QA
4 126 (21.91%) Test Scripting
5 124 (21.57%) BDD
6 123 (21.39%) Java
7 118 (20.52%) Scrum
8 116 (20.17%) Test Automation
9 112 (19.48%) Agile Software Development
10 96 (16.70%) ISEB
11 93 (16.17%) ISTQB
12 91 (15.83%) Software Testing
12 91 (15.83%) Cucumber
13 90 (15.65%) C#
14 87 (15.13%) Linux
15 83 (14.43%) Telecoms
16 82 (14.26%) Windows
17 79 (13.74%) .NET
18 76 (13.22%) TDD
18 76 (13.22%) HP Quality Center
19 71 (12.35%) Web Services
20 69 (12.00%) Automated Testing
21 68 (11.83%) XML
22 65 (11.30%) UNIX
23 64 (11.13%) Python
24 63 (10.96%) HP
24 63 (10.96%) Security Cleared
25 62 (10.78%) Finance
26 58 (10.09%) Ruby
26 58 (10.09%) WebDriver

Test Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 July 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 2 (0.35%) SharePoint
1 2 (0.35%) Documentum
1 2 (0.35%) Tomcat
1 2 (0.35%) WebSphere
2 1 (0.17%) Node.js
2 1 (0.17%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 1 (0.17%) Oracle Service Bus
2 1 (0.17%) Confluence
2 1 (0.17%) Jetty
2 1 (0.17%) Apache
2 1 (0.17%) SAS
Applications
1 24 (4.17%) MS Excel
2 21 (3.65%) MS Office
3 9 (1.57%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.70%) MS Project
5 2 (0.35%) Final Cut Pro
6 1 (0.17%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.35%) Oracle EBS
1 2 (0.35%) SunGard GMI
1 2 (0.35%) BASE24
1 2 (0.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 2 (0.35%) SAP BPC
2 1 (0.17%) Cognos TM1
2 1 (0.17%) Oracle BRM
2 1 (0.17%) Google Analytics
Cloud Services
1 8 (1.39%) Office 365
2 5 (0.87%) SaaS
3 3 (0.52%) GitHub
4 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.17%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 43 (7.48%) LTE
2 33 (5.74%) GSM
3 30 (5.22%) UMTS
4 29 (5.04%) HTTP
5 28 (4.87%) 3G
6 27 (4.70%) GPRS
7 25 (4.35%) Firewall
8 24 (4.17%) Ethernet
9 23 (4.00%) Radio Access Network
9 23 (4.00%) TCP/IP
10 22 (3.83%) DVB
11 19 (3.30%) Wireless
12 17 (2.96%) BGP
12 17 (2.96%) Internet
13 16 (2.78%) MPLS
13 16 (2.78%) WCDMA
14 15 (2.61%) VPN
14 15 (2.61%) Broadband
15 14 (2.43%) 2G
15 14 (2.43%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (6.78%) SQL Server
2 21 (3.65%) Relational Database
3 16 (2.78%) Oracle Database
4 13 (2.26%) MySQL
5 8 (1.39%) MS Access
6 7 (1.22%) RDBMS
7 4 (0.70%) SQL Navigator
7 4 (0.70%) Data Warehouse
7 4 (0.70%) DB2
8 3 (0.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (0.52%) Oracle Database 11g
9 1 (0.17%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.17%) NoSQL
9 1 (0.17%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.17%) SAS Data Integration Studio
9 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 1 (0.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 1 (0.17%) PostgreSQL
9 1 (0.17%) SQL Server 2008
9 1 (0.17%) SAS Enterprise Guide
Development Applications
1 138 (24.00%) Selenium
2 91 (15.83%) Cucumber
3 58 (10.09%) WebDriver
4 53 (9.22%) JIRA
5 44 (7.65%) QuickTest Pro
6 40 (6.96%) JUnit
7 37 (6.43%) LoadRunner
7 37 (6.43%) Jenkins
8 33 (5.74%) Team Foundation Server
9 31 (5.39%) Visual Studio
10 24 (4.17%) SoapUI
11 21 (3.65%) JBehave
12 19 (3.30%) JMeter
12 19 (3.30%) SpecFlow
13 18 (3.13%) Git (software)
14 16 (2.78%) Calabash
14 16 (2.78%) Subversion
15 14 (2.43%) Bugzilla
15 14 (2.43%) Hudson
15 14 (2.43%) Capybara
General
1 83 (14.43%) Telecoms
2 62 (10.78%) Finance
3 29 (5.04%) Electronics
4 16 (2.78%) Games
5 15 (2.61%) Banking
6 12 (2.09%) Billing
7 11 (1.91%) Retail
8 10 (1.74%) Military
9 6 (1.04%) Manufacturing
9 6 (1.04%) Publishing
9 6 (1.04%) Avionics
10 4 (0.70%) Automotive
10 4 (0.70%) Back Office
10 4 (0.70%) Multimedia
11 3 (0.52%) Marketing
11 3 (0.52%) Legal
12 2 (0.35%) Financial Institution
12 2 (0.35%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.35%) General Ledger
12 2 (0.35%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 79 (13.74%) .NET
2 71 (12.35%) Web Services
3 68 (11.83%) XML
4 49 (8.52%) SOAP
5 41 (7.13%) REST
6 29 (5.04%) HTML
7 19 (3.30%) WCF
8 18 (3.13%) WPF
9 15 (2.61%) JSON
10 14 (2.43%) .NET Framework
11 13 (2.26%) RESTful
12 11 (1.91%) Spring
13 10 (1.74%) CSS
14 8 (1.39%) WAP
14 8 (1.39%) ASP.NET
14 8 (1.39%) Gherkin
15 6 (1.04%) XSLT
16 5 (0.87%) HTML5
16 5 (0.87%) jQuery
16 5 (0.87%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 31 (5.39%) Mobile App
2 28 (4.87%) STB
3 21 (3.65%) Open Source
4 20 (3.48%) IPTV
5 19 (3.30%) MPEG
6 14 (2.43%) DTV
6 14 (2.43%) Computer Science
7 12 (2.09%) Embedded Systems
8 11 (1.91%) Video on Demand
9 10 (1.74%) Firmware
9 10 (1.74%) Digital Media
10 9 (1.57%) Streaming Video
10 9 (1.57%) Client/Server
10 9 (1.57%) Blackberry
11 8 (1.39%) Clustering
12 7 (1.22%) Enterprise Software
13 4 (0.70%) Mathematics
13 4 (0.70%) Handset
13 4 (0.70%) PDA
13 4 (0.70%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 87 (15.13%) Linux
2 82 (14.26%) Windows
3 65 (11.30%) UNIX
4 23 (4.00%) Apple iOS
4 23 (4.00%) Android
5 13 (2.26%) Solaris
6 9 (1.57%) Windows 7
6 9 (1.57%) Windows Server 2008
7 7 (1.22%) AIX
7 7 (1.22%) Windows Server 2003
8 6 (1.04%) Windows XP
9 5 (0.87%) Mac OS
10 4 (0.70%) Windows Phone
10 4 (0.70%) bada
11 3 (0.52%) HPUX
11 3 (0.52%) NetWare
12 2 (0.35%) Windows 2000
12 2 (0.35%) Windows NT
12 2 (0.35%) Windows Server 2012
13 1 (0.17%) BlackBerry OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 126 (21.91%) Test Scripting
2 124 (21.57%) BDD
3 118 (20.52%) Scrum
4 116 (20.17%) Test Automation
5 112 (19.48%) Agile Software Development
6 91 (15.83%) Software Testing
7 76 (13.22%) TDD
8 69 (12.00%) Automated Testing
9 56 (9.74%) Performance Testing
10 53 (9.22%) Automation Testing
11 45 (7.83%) Continuous Integration
12 44 (7.65%) Test Strategy
13 37 (6.43%) Regression Testing
14 32 (5.57%) E-Commerce
15 31 (5.39%) Integration Testing
16 30 (5.22%) Software Engineering
17 29 (5.04%) User Acceptance Testing
17 29 (5.04%) Manual Testing
18 22 (3.83%) Test Management
18 22 (3.83%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 140 (24.35%) SQL
2 123 (21.39%) Java
3 90 (15.65%) C#
4 64 (11.13%) Python
5 58 (10.09%) Ruby
6 36 (6.26%) JavaScript
6 36 (6.26%) Perl
7 31 (5.39%) C++
7 31 (5.39%) C
8 24 (4.17%) PHP
9 20 (3.48%) Bash Shell
10 18 (3.13%) VB
11 15 (2.61%) VB.NET
12 12 (2.09%) VBScript
13 11 (1.91%) Shell Script
14 9 (1.57%) PowerShell
15 8 (1.39%) Tcl
15 8 (1.39%) Scala
16 6 (1.04%) Groovy
16 6 (1.04%) Korn
Qualifications
1 96 (16.70%) ISEB
2 93 (16.17%) ISTQB
3 63 (10.96%) Security Cleared
4 45 (7.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 44 (7.65%) SC Cleared
5 44 (7.65%) Degree
6 13 (2.26%) Cisco Certification
7 9 (1.57%) HND
8 8 (1.39%) DV Cleared
9 6 (1.04%) CCNP
9 6 (1.04%) HNC
10 5 (0.87%) MCITP
10 5 (0.87%) BC Cleared
10 5 (0.87%) Microsoft Certification
11 4 (0.70%) MCSE
11 4 (0.70%) MCSA
11 4 (0.70%) ISEB Practitioner
11 4 (0.70%) MCTS
12 3 (0.52%) CCNA
13 2 (0.35%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 134 (23.30%) QA
2 5 (0.87%) DO-178B
3 2 (0.35%) ISO 9001
3 2 (0.35%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.35%) Solvency II
4 1 (0.17%) DO-160
4 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.17%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 12 (2.09%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (1.39%) Active Directory
3 6 (1.04%) VMware ESX
4 5 (0.87%) NDS
5 4 (0.70%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.52%) GPFS
7 2 (0.35%) Nmap
7 2 (0.35%) vSphere
8 1 (0.17%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 76 (13.22%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (1.22%) OPNET
3 5 (0.87%) McAfee ePO
4 4 (0.70%) Netcool
5 3 (0.52%) Tivoli
6 2 (0.35%) OpenView
6 2 (0.35%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 2 (0.35%) Vagrant
6 2 (0.35%) NSN NetAct
6 2 (0.35%) Puppet
7 1 (0.17%) Nessus
7 1 (0.17%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.17%) SCCM
Vendors
1 63 (10.96%) HP
2 48 (8.35%) Oracle
3 38 (6.61%) Microsoft
4 32 (5.57%) Cisco
5 27 (4.70%) VMware
6 17 (2.96%) Huawei
6 17 (2.96%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
7 11 (1.91%) IBM
7 11 (1.91%) Citrix
8 8 (1.39%) Nortel
8 8 (1.39%) Juniper
8 8 (1.39%) SAP
9 7 (1.22%) Business Objects
9 7 (1.22%) Veritas
9 7 (1.22%) BT
10 6 (1.04%) Symbian
10 6 (1.04%) Agilent
11 5 (0.87%) SOASTA, Inc
11 5 (0.87%) McAfee
11 5 (0.87%) Ericsson
City of London
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Cambridgeshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £25 - £35 per hour + competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridgeshire
X4 Group
Rate: £22 - 32 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Bracknell, Berkshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Buckinghamshire
Roc Search
Rate: £12 - £17 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Scotland
Roc Search
Rate: £20 - £25 per hour + Rate negotiable dependant on experience
Posted: Yesterday
Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey
Informatiq Consulting
Rate: £30 - £34 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
West London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Dorset
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £35 - £42 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Shrewsbury, Shropshire
X4 Group
Rate: £200 - 280 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
North West London
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Rate: £35 - £40 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Shefford, Bedfordshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Posted: 2 days ago
Maidenhead, Berkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Hertfordshire
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
ENTERPRISE RECRUITMENT LTD
Rate: Flexible Rates
Posted: 6 days ago
Cambridgeshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £25 - £35 per hour + competitive
Posted: 7 days ago
Bromley
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £300.00 - £400.00 per annum
Posted: 9 days ago
Cambridgeshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £25 - £35 per hour + competitive
Posted: 9 days ago
Somerset
Huxley Associates
Rate: £30 - £36 per hour
Posted: 14 days ago
Peterborough
Computer Futures
Rate: £30 - £40 per hour + competitive
Posted: 17 days ago