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 3 September 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
3 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Engineer
Rank 421 349 373
Rank change year-on-year
-72 +24
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 214 298 239
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.37% 0.53% 0.45%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.40% 0.57% 0.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 114 176 129
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +12.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £237 £225 £168
10% offered a daily rate of more than £451 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £313 £290
% change year-on-year
+2.40% +7.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 24 26
Average hourly rate £30.50 £30.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.66% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £11.81 £21.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.16 £42.10 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.50 £31.25 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+0.80% +4.16%

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
54176 52067 49457
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.80% 92.10% 92.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 34646 31581 29422
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1992 2012 2139
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £41.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.33 £17.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+1.94% -

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 3 September 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 3 September 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 3 September 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 -66 200 £350 - 104
London -34 71 £400 +6.66% 24
South East -49 48 £333 +19.81% 31
East of England -6 22 £355 -2.06% 19
Hampshire -8 19 £363 +23.93% 9
Berkshire -18 17 £269 +9.13% 9
North West -20 15 £350 +12.00% 5
Tyne and Wear -19 14 £308 -14.58% 1
North East -21 14 £308 -14.58% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -25 14 £308 -14.58% 1
South West -25 13 £243 -35.33% 6
City of London +2 10 £350 -12.50% 4
Yorkshire -19 9 £288 +4.54% 9
Lancashire -7 8 £356 +1.78% 2
Cambridge -9 8 £310 -14.48% 13
Cambridgeshire -16 8 £310 -14.48% 14
Hertfordshire +8 7 £365 -8.75% 2
Scotland -13 7 £213 -43.33% 4
Wiltshire +5 5 £260 -
West Yorkshire -19 5 £288 - 8
Blackpool -24 5 £356 +1.78%
Reading -4 4 £344 +48.64% 7
Surrey -5 4 £350 - 4
East Midlands -18 4 - - 4
Dundee - 4 - - 1
Manchester - 4 £381 - 3
Hemel Hempstead - 4 £370 -
Suffolk +8 3 £425 +41.07%
Maidenhead +4 3 £260 -36.96% 1
Essex -4 3 - - 3

Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 September 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.

1 163 (35.28%) Agile Software Development
2 122 (26.41%) Test Automation
3 120 (25.97%) Selenium
4 105 (22.73%) Java
5 89 (19.26%) QA
6 87 (18.83%) Test Scripting
7 86 (18.61%) SQL
8 81 (17.53%) C#
9 78 (16.88%) Scrum
10 63 (13.64%) Finance
10 63 (13.64%) Security Cleared
11 62 (13.42%) Telecoms
12 60 (12.99%) WebDriver
12 60 (12.99%) JIRA
13 59 (12.77%) Software Testing
14 58 (12.55%) Automated Testing
14 58 (12.55%) Linux
15 57 (12.34%) Performance Testing
16 56 (12.12%) Cucumber
17 55 (11.90%) Microsoft
18 54 (11.69%) TDD
19 53 (11.47%) .NET
19 53 (11.47%) Validation
19 53 (11.47%) Regression Testing
20 50 (10.82%) Windows
21 48 (10.39%) HP Quality Center
22 47 (10.17%) Python
22 47 (10.17%) Automation Testing
23 45 (9.74%) BDD
23 45 (9.74%) SC Cleared

Test Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 September 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 10 (2.16%) SharePoint
2 9 (1.95%) WebSphere
3 6 (1.30%) Confluence
3 6 (1.30%) JBoss
4 5 (1.08%) WebSphere Application Server
4 5 (1.08%) CMS
5 4 (0.87%) Oracle Workflow
5 4 (0.87%) Tomcat
6 3 (0.65%) BizTalk Server
6 3 (0.65%) Apache
7 2 (0.43%) WebLogic
8 1 (0.22%) IIS
8 1 (0.22%) SAS
8 1 (0.22%) Drupal
Applications
1 19 (4.11%) MS Excel
2 9 (1.95%) MS Office
3 2 (0.43%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.22%) MS Project
4 1 (0.22%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.22%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.22%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 3 (0.65%) LabWindows
2 2 (0.43%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.43%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.22%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.22%) Unica
3 1 (0.22%) Cerner Millennium
3 1 (0.22%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 6 (1.30%) Amazon AWS
1 6 (1.30%) Office 365
2 4 (0.87%) Google Analytics
3 3 (0.65%) SaaS
4 1 (0.22%) PaaS
4 1 (0.22%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.22%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 36 (7.79%) 3G
2 28 (6.06%) LTE
3 19 (4.11%) GSM
4 18 (3.90%) 4G
5 16 (3.46%) Wireshark
6 15 (3.25%) VoLTE
7 14 (3.03%) Diameter Protocol
8 12 (2.60%) Wireless
8 12 (2.60%) UMTS
8 12 (2.60%) MPLS
9 11 (2.38%) Broadband
9 11 (2.38%) SMS
9 11 (2.38%) BGP
9 11 (2.38%) SS7
10 10 (2.16%) VoIP
10 10 (2.16%) TCP/IP
11 9 (1.95%) HTTP
11 9 (1.95%) GPRS
12 8 (1.73%) SNMP
12 8 (1.73%) 2G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (7.36%) SQL Server
2 13 (2.81%) Relational Database
3 8 (1.73%) Hadoop
4 7 (1.52%) DB2
5 6 (1.30%) Big Data
6 5 (1.08%) MongoDB
6 5 (1.08%) MySQL
7 4 (0.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 4 (0.87%) Oracle Reports
7 4 (0.87%) Oracle Database
8 3 (0.65%) RDBMS
9 2 (0.43%) Data Warehouse
10 1 (0.22%) Data Mining
10 1 (0.22%) BusinessObjects
10 1 (0.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1 (0.22%) HBase
10 1 (0.22%) Amazon Redshift
10 1 (0.22%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 120 (25.97%) Selenium
2 60 (12.99%) JIRA
2 60 (12.99%) WebDriver
3 56 (12.12%) Cucumber
4 44 (9.52%) Jenkins
5 41 (8.87%) SoapUI
6 20 (4.33%) JUnit
6 20 (4.33%) JMeter
7 19 (4.11%) Team Foundation Server
8 18 (3.90%) LoadRunner
9 16 (3.46%) HP UFT
9 16 (3.46%) Rational DOORS
9 16 (3.46%) SpecFlow
10 12 (2.60%) Git (software)
10 12 (2.60%) RSpec
10 12 (2.60%) Maven
11 11 (2.38%) Visual Studio
11 11 (2.38%) Eclipse
12 10 (2.16%) Ant
12 10 (2.16%) NUnit
General
1 63 (13.64%) Finance
2 62 (13.42%) Telecoms
3 20 (4.33%) Electronics
4 18 (3.90%) Banking
5 11 (2.38%) Retail
6 10 (2.16%) Games
7 9 (1.95%) Manufacturing
8 8 (1.73%) Military
8 8 (1.73%) Investment Banking
9 6 (1.30%) Aerospace
10 5 (1.08%) Marketing
11 4 (0.87%) French Language
11 4 (0.87%) Automotive
11 4 (0.87%) Billing
12 3 (0.65%) Publishing
12 3 (0.65%) Italian Language
12 3 (0.65%) Dutch Language
13 2 (0.43%) Avionics
13 2 (0.43%) Back Office
14 1 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (11.47%) .NET
2 41 (8.87%) Web Services
3 35 (7.58%) SOAP
4 31 (6.71%) XML
5 26 (5.63%) HTML
6 15 (3.25%) ASP.NET
7 14 (3.03%) WPF
8 12 (2.60%) REST
9 11 (2.38%) Gherkin
10 9 (1.95%) JSON
11 8 (1.73%) CSS
12 7 (1.52%) WCF
12 7 (1.52%) RESTful
12 7 (1.52%) ASP.NET MVC
12 7 (1.52%) ASP.NET MVC 4
12 7 (1.52%) ASP.NET Web Forms
13 6 (1.30%) Unity DI Container
13 6 (1.30%) .NET Framework
13 6 (1.30%) WinForms
13 6 (1.30%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 19 (4.11%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (2.60%) User Experience
2 12 (2.60%) Client/Server
2 12 (2.60%) Video on Demand
3 11 (2.38%) Mobile App
3 11 (2.38%) Device Driver
4 9 (1.95%) IPTV
4 9 (1.95%) Computer Science
5 8 (1.73%) Handset
6 6 (1.30%) STB
7 5 (1.08%) iSeries
7 5 (1.08%) DTV
8 4 (0.87%) AS400
8 4 (0.87%) Digital Media
8 4 (0.87%) Embedded Systems
8 4 (0.87%) Data Centre
8 4 (0.87%) Algorithms
9 3 (0.65%) Performance Metrics
9 3 (0.65%) Data Structures
9 3 (0.65%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 58 (12.55%) Linux
2 50 (10.82%) Windows
3 34 (7.36%) UNIX
4 20 (4.33%) Android
5 18 (3.90%) Apple iOS
6 7 (1.52%) Windows Server 2008
6 7 (1.52%) Windows 7
7 4 (0.87%) Embedded Linux
7 4 (0.87%) AIX
7 4 (0.87%) VMS
7 4 (0.87%) Windows Server 2003
8 3 (0.65%) Windows XP
8 3 (0.65%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (0.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.22%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.22%) VME
10 1 (0.22%) CentOS
10 1 (0.22%) Solaris
10 1 (0.22%) Windows Mobile
10 1 (0.22%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 163 (35.28%) Agile Software Development
2 122 (26.41%) Test Automation
3 87 (18.83%) Test Scripting
4 78 (16.88%) Scrum
5 59 (12.77%) Software Testing
6 58 (12.55%) Automated Testing
7 57 (12.34%) Performance Testing
8 54 (11.69%) TDD
9 53 (11.47%) Validation
9 53 (11.47%) Regression Testing
10 47 (10.17%) Automation Testing
11 45 (9.74%) BDD
12 41 (8.87%) Test Strategy
13 34 (7.36%) Continuous Integration
14 31 (6.71%) Manual Testing
15 28 (6.06%) System Testing
16 24 (5.19%) Integration Testing
16 24 (5.19%) Test Management
17 23 (4.98%) SDLC
18 22 (4.76%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 105 (22.73%) Java
2 86 (18.61%) SQL
3 81 (17.53%) C#
4 47 (10.17%) Python
5 34 (7.36%) Ruby
6 33 (7.14%) JavaScript
7 26 (5.63%) C++
8 23 (4.98%) C
9 15 (3.25%) Shell Script
10 12 (2.60%) Perl
11 11 (2.38%) Groovy
11 11 (2.38%) PowerShell
11 11 (2.38%) Scala
12 7 (1.52%) VBScript
13 6 (1.30%) PHP
13 6 (1.30%) T-SQL
14 4 (0.87%) VB
14 4 (0.87%) Bash Shell
14 4 (0.87%) MATLAB
15 3 (0.65%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 63 (13.64%) Security Cleared
2 45 (9.74%) SC Cleared
3 37 (8.01%) Degree
4 34 (7.36%) ISEB
5 26 (5.63%) ISTQB
6 15 (3.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 10 (2.16%) DV Cleared
7 10 (2.16%) CCNP
7 10 (2.16%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (1.52%) ISEB Practitioner
8 7 (1.52%) CCNA
9 5 (1.08%) Microsoft Certification
9 5 (1.08%) MCSA
9 5 (1.08%) MCITP
10 3 (0.65%) VCP4
10 3 (0.65%) VCP5
10 3 (0.65%) HNC
10 3 (0.65%) HND
10 3 (0.65%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 2 (0.43%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 89 (19.26%) QA
2 3 (0.65%) IEC 61508
2 3 (0.65%) ISO 9001
3 2 (0.43%) DO-178B
4 1 (0.22%) GxP
4 1 (0.22%) GMP
System Software
1 8 (1.73%) Firmware
1 8 (1.73%) VMware Infrastructure
2 5 (1.08%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.87%) XenServer
4 3 (0.65%) Hyper-V
4 3 (0.65%) XenApp
4 3 (0.65%) VMware ESX
5 1 (0.22%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 48 (10.39%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (0.87%) Netcool
2 4 (0.87%) Puppet
2 4 (0.87%) Iperf
3 3 (0.65%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (0.43%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 1 (0.22%) NSN NetAct
5 1 (0.22%) ITRS Geneos
Vendors
1 55 (11.90%) Microsoft
2 34 (7.36%) HP
3 26 (5.63%) Oracle
4 16 (3.46%) VMware
5 13 (2.81%) Sybase
6 11 (2.38%) Cisco
6 11 (2.38%) IBM
6 11 (2.38%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
7 5 (1.08%) Citrix
7 5 (1.08%) Salesforce.com
8 4 (0.87%) BT
8 4 (0.87%) EMC
8 4 (0.87%) Endeca
8 4 (0.87%) Google
8 4 (0.87%) Coremetrics
8 4 (0.87%) Atlassian
9 3 (0.65%) SolarWinds
9 3 (0.65%) Altiris
9 3 (0.65%) F5
9 3 (0.65%) SAP
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