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 29 July 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
29 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Engineer
Rank 395 353 337
Rank change year-on-year
-42 -16
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 237 267 257
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.42% 0.49% 0.50%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.45% 0.53% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 137 158 124
Average daily rate
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£340 £336 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.11% +8.46%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £215 £177
10% offered a daily rate of more than £494 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £312 £300
% change year-on-year
-3.84% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 24 32
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 £12.70 £14.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.34 £42.80 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £30.00 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+1.66% -1.63%

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
52776 50579 47249
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.47% 92.50% 92.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 33542 30709 27642
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 1943 1998 2143
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% -8.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £37.80 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -2.94%

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 29 July 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 29 July 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 29 July 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 -44 223 £345 -1.42% 109
London +13 95 £375 - 39
South East -36 64 £275 -5.98% 30
Berkshire +6 28 £255 -20.31% 3
City of London +13 24 £370 -7.50% 10
Hampshire -10 21 £288 -1.70% 7
East of England -2 19 £335 +34.00% 14
Scotland +1 12 £275 -20.86% 7
Tyne and Wear -21 12 £308 -16.61% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -24 12 £308 -16.61% 1
North East -24 12 £308 -16.61% 1
North West -13 11 £347 +4.71% 3
Cambridge 0 10 £300 -34.78% 9
Cambridgeshire -3 10 £300 -25.92% 10
South West -12 9 £245 -20.00% 8
Lancashire +14 8 £347 -0.89%
Surrey +1 7 £400 +31.68% 9
Reading -5 7 £355 +1.42% 1
Blackpool +3 6 £323 -7.67%
Yorkshire -27 6 £305 +10.90% 11
Dundee -9 4 - - 1
Hertfordshire -13 4 £360 +8.67% 2
Suffolk +11 3 £425 +41.07% 2
Ipswich +5 3 £425 +41.07% 2
Maidenhead +1 3 £260 -45.26%
West Midlands +1 3 - - 1
Slough 0 3 £250 +16.27%
Newbury -1 3 - -
Bracknell -4 3 - - 2
Edinburgh -6 3 £263 +9.14% 6

Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 July 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.

1 157 (32.98%) Agile Software Development
2 118 (24.79%) Test Automation
3 109 (22.90%) Selenium
4 100 (21.01%) Java
5 86 (18.07%) QA
6 81 (17.02%) Test Scripting
7 80 (16.81%) SQL
8 79 (16.60%) Scrum
9 78 (16.39%) C#
10 74 (15.55%) Telecoms
10 74 (15.55%) Security Cleared
11 66 (13.87%) Linux
12 65 (13.66%) Software Testing
13 61 (12.82%) Windows
14 59 (12.39%) Validation
14 59 (12.39%) Automated Testing
15 58 (12.18%) WebDriver
15 58 (12.18%) Python
16 57 (11.97%) Microsoft
17 56 (11.76%) HP Quality Center
17 56 (11.76%) Cucumber
18 54 (11.34%) Finance
19 52 (10.92%) TDD
19 52 (10.92%) JIRA
20 50 (10.50%) Performance Testing
21 48 (10.08%) 3G
22 46 (9.66%) Regression Testing
22 46 (9.66%) .NET
22 46 (9.66%) SC Cleared
22 46 (9.66%) BDD

Test Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 11 (2.31%) Oracle Workflow
2 10 (2.10%) SharePoint
3 9 (1.89%) WebSphere
4 7 (1.47%) JBoss
5 6 (1.26%) WebSphere Application Server
6 5 (1.05%) Confluence
7 4 (0.84%) Tomcat
8 3 (0.63%) Apache
8 3 (0.63%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (0.63%) CMS
9 2 (0.42%) SAS
9 2 (0.42%) WebLogic
10 1 (0.21%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 13 (2.73%) MS Excel
2 6 (1.26%) MS Office
3 1 (0.21%) MS Project
3 1 (0.21%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.21%) AutoCAD
3 1 (0.21%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 3 (0.63%) LabWindows
2 2 (0.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.42%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.21%) Teamcenter
3 1 (0.21%) Unica
3 1 (0.21%) Cerner Millennium
3 1 (0.21%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.21%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 6 (1.26%) Office 365
2 4 (0.84%) Google Analytics
2 4 (0.84%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (0.84%) SaaS
3 2 (0.42%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.21%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 48 (10.08%) 3G
2 35 (7.35%) LTE
3 24 (5.04%) 4G
3 24 (5.04%) Wireless
4 21 (4.41%) GSM
5 19 (3.99%) Diameter Protocol
6 18 (3.78%) Wireshark
7 17 (3.57%) VoLTE
8 16 (3.36%) SS7
9 15 (3.15%) TCP/IP
10 13 (2.73%) UMTS
10 13 (2.73%) SIGTRAN
11 12 (2.52%) 2G
11 12 (2.52%) SMS
12 11 (2.31%) VoIP
12 11 (2.31%) MPLS
13 10 (2.10%) BGP
13 10 (2.10%) MVNO
14 9 (1.89%) HTTP
15 8 (1.68%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (7.56%) SQL Server
2 17 (3.57%) Hadoop
3 13 (2.73%) MongoDB
4 11 (2.31%) Relational Database
5 6 (1.26%) Big Data
6 5 (1.05%) Oracle Database
6 5 (1.05%) DB2
7 4 (0.84%) MySQL
8 3 (0.63%) Oracle Reports
8 3 (0.63%) Data Warehouse
9 2 (0.42%) RDBMS
10 1 (0.21%) BusinessObjects
10 1 (0.21%) PostgreSQL
10 1 (0.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1 (0.21%) Oracle Database 11g
10 1 (0.21%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 1 (0.21%) SQL Server 2008
10 1 (0.21%) Amazon Redshift
10 1 (0.21%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
10 1 (0.21%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 109 (22.90%) Selenium
2 58 (12.18%) WebDriver
3 56 (11.76%) Cucumber
4 52 (10.92%) JIRA
5 39 (8.19%) Jenkins
6 34 (7.14%) SoapUI
7 23 (4.83%) HP UFT
8 17 (3.57%) Eclipse
8 17 (3.57%) JMeter
8 17 (3.57%) Team Foundation Server
9 16 (3.36%) LoadRunner
10 15 (3.15%) JUnit
11 13 (2.73%) Git (software)
11 13 (2.73%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 13 (2.73%) SpecFlow
12 12 (2.52%) Visual Studio
13 11 (2.31%) Maven
13 11 (2.31%) Rational DOORS
14 10 (2.10%) RSpec
15 8 (1.68%) Hudson
General
1 74 (15.55%) Telecoms
2 54 (11.34%) Finance
3 19 (3.99%) Electronics
4 16 (3.36%) Banking
5 12 (2.52%) Retail
6 11 (2.31%) Manufacturing
7 8 (1.68%) Games
7 8 (1.68%) Billing
7 8 (1.68%) Investment Banking
8 7 (1.47%) Military
9 6 (1.26%) Aerospace
10 4 (0.84%) Marketing
10 4 (0.84%) French Language
11 3 (0.63%) Italian Language
11 3 (0.63%) Dutch Language
11 3 (0.63%) Automotive
12 2 (0.42%) Back Office
12 2 (0.42%) Publishing
12 2 (0.42%) Avionics
13 1 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (9.66%) .NET
2 37 (7.77%) Web Services
3 33 (6.93%) SOAP
4 30 (6.30%) XML
5 22 (4.62%) HTML
6 13 (2.73%) ASP.NET
6 13 (2.73%) WPF
7 11 (2.31%) REST
8 10 (2.10%) Gherkin
8 10 (2.10%) JSON
8 10 (2.10%) RESTful
9 9 (1.89%) J2EE
9 9 (1.89%) CSS
10 5 (1.05%) Middleware
10 5 (1.05%) .NET Framework
10 5 (1.05%) WCF
11 4 (0.84%) ASP.NET Web Forms
11 4 (0.84%) WebSphere MQ
11 4 (0.84%) ASP.NET MVC
11 4 (0.84%) ASP.NET MVC 4
Miscellaneous
1 26 (5.46%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (3.15%) Client/Server
3 14 (2.94%) Mobile App
4 12 (2.52%) Device Driver
4 12 (2.52%) User Experience
5 11 (2.31%) Video on Demand
6 10 (2.10%) Computer Science
6 10 (2.10%) IPTV
7 8 (1.68%) Replication
8 7 (1.47%) STB
8 7 (1.47%) PDA
9 6 (1.26%) Clustering
9 6 (1.26%) Digital Media
10 5 (1.05%) MPEG
10 5 (1.05%) DTV
10 5 (1.05%) Algorithms
11 4 (0.84%) Data Centre
11 4 (0.84%) Handset
11 4 (0.84%) PKI
11 4 (0.84%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 66 (13.87%) Linux
2 61 (12.82%) Windows
3 35 (7.35%) UNIX
4 24 (5.04%) Android
5 20 (4.20%) Apple iOS
6 12 (2.52%) Windows Server 2008
7 11 (2.31%) Windows 7
8 9 (1.89%) AIX
8 9 (1.89%) Windows Server 2003
9 8 (1.68%) Windows XP
10 6 (1.26%) VMS
11 4 (0.84%) Embedded Linux
12 3 (0.63%) Windows Server 2012
12 3 (0.63%) CentOS
13 2 (0.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.21%) VME
14 1 (0.21%) Solaris
14 1 (0.21%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 157 (32.98%) Agile Software Development
2 118 (24.79%) Test Automation
3 81 (17.02%) Test Scripting
4 79 (16.60%) Scrum
5 65 (13.66%) Software Testing
6 59 (12.39%) Automated Testing
6 59 (12.39%) Validation
7 52 (10.92%) TDD
8 50 (10.50%) Performance Testing
9 46 (9.66%) Regression Testing
9 46 (9.66%) BDD
10 45 (9.45%) Automation Testing
11 39 (8.19%) Continuous Integration
12 38 (7.98%) Test Strategy
13 34 (7.14%) Manual Testing
14 32 (6.72%) SDLC
14 32 (6.72%) Software Engineering
15 27 (5.67%) Test Planning
16 25 (5.25%) System Testing
17 22 (4.62%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 100 (21.01%) Java
2 80 (16.81%) SQL
3 78 (16.39%) C#
4 58 (12.18%) Python
5 41 (8.61%) JavaScript
6 33 (6.93%) Ruby
7 26 (5.46%) Perl
8 25 (5.25%) C++
8 25 (5.25%) C
9 24 (5.04%) Shell Script
10 10 (2.10%) PowerShell
11 9 (1.89%) Scala
11 9 (1.89%) Groovy
12 8 (1.68%) Bash Shell
13 7 (1.47%) VB
13 7 (1.47%) PHP
14 6 (1.26%) VBScript
15 4 (0.84%) MATLAB
16 3 (0.63%) VB.NET
17 2 (0.42%) VBA
Qualifications
1 74 (15.55%) Security Cleared
2 46 (9.66%) SC Cleared
3 38 (7.98%) Degree
4 31 (6.51%) ISEB
5 28 (5.88%) ISTQB
6 17 (3.57%) DV Cleared
7 13 (2.73%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 9 (1.89%) MCITP
8 9 (1.89%) Cisco Certification
8 9 (1.89%) Microsoft Certification
8 9 (1.89%) MCSA
8 9 (1.89%) CCNP
9 7 (1.47%) CCNA
10 6 (1.26%) MCSE
10 6 (1.26%) MCTS
11 5 (1.05%) ISEB Practitioner
12 3 (0.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 3 (0.63%) VCP4
12 3 (0.63%) VCP5
13 2 (0.42%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 86 (18.07%) QA
2 1 (0.21%) JTAG
2 1 (0.21%) DO-178B
2 1 (0.21%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 1 (0.21%) GCP
2 1 (0.21%) GMP
2 1 (0.21%) GxP
System Software
1 10 (2.10%) Firmware
1 10 (2.10%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (1.47%) VMware ESX
3 6 (1.26%) Hyper-V
4 5 (1.05%) Active Directory
5 3 (0.63%) XenApp
5 3 (0.63%) XenServer
6 1 (0.21%) NFS
6 1 (0.21%) NDS
Systems Management
1 56 (11.76%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (2.31%) Puppet
3 8 (1.68%) Netcool
4 7 (1.47%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (0.42%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 2 (0.42%) NSN NetAct
6 1 (0.21%) ITRS Geneos
6 1 (0.21%) Iperf
Vendors
1 57 (11.97%) Microsoft
2 43 (9.03%) HP
3 32 (6.72%) Oracle
4 20 (4.20%) VMware
5 15 (3.15%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
6 9 (1.89%) Sybase
6 9 (1.89%) Cisco
6 9 (1.89%) IBM
6 9 (1.89%) Citrix
7 8 (1.68%) Veritas
8 7 (1.47%) McAfee
9 6 (1.26%) Nokia
10 5 (1.05%) Salesforce.com
11 4 (0.84%) TIBCO
11 4 (0.84%) EMC
11 4 (0.84%) Siemens
11 4 (0.84%) Atlassian
11 4 (0.84%) NetHawk
11 4 (0.84%) Endeca
11 4 (0.84%) Google
London
CodeSource Recruitment Limited
Rate: Up to £500 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
London
LA International
Rate: £350 - £370 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Hampshire
Spargonet Consulting Plc
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £250.00 - £275.00 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
London
Bridge Noble
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
X4 Group
Rate: £275 - 300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Hertfordshire
Connectus
Rate: £350 - £370 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Surrey
Connectus
Rate: £60 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
City of London
Explore Group
Rate: £249 - £351 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
Wiltshire
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 14 days ago
Bromley
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £350.00 - £450.00 per annum
Posted: 14 days ago
Dundee
Real Staffing
Rate: £25 - £30 per hour
Posted: 19 days ago
Cambridge
Mint Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £300 - £340 per day
Posted: 21 days ago
Stockport
Real Staffing
Rate: £30 - £330 per hour
Posted: 23 days ago