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 7 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
7 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Engineer
Rank 405 347 331
Rank change year-on-year
-58 -16
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 218 275 267
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.40% 0.52% 0.53%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.43% 0.56% 0.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 130 168 119
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£334 £325 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.69% +4.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £491 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £293 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
-10.00% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 16 29
Average hourly rate £30.50 £33.75 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.62% +12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.63 £13.25 £14.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.39 £42.75 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £33.75 £32.50
% change year-on-year
-9.62% +3.84%

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
50665 48981 46333
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.39% 92.57% 92.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 32010 29890 26848
Average daily rate £400 £395 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.26% -1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £228 £238
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 1905 1968 2163
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 £38.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.08 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+2.61% -8.11%

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 7 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 7 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 7 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 -64 197 £338 +2.27% 87
London -3 85 £375 -4.76% 20
South East -26 71 £281 -11.41% 19
Berkshire +18 31 £260 -21.21%
Hampshire -5 22 £281 -10.00% 4
City of London +4 19 £375 - 3
Scotland +6 17 £300 -3.61% 8
East of England -3 12 £260 +57.57% 19
Reading +10 11 £340 -8.10%
North West -19 10 £338 +2.27% 7
Lancashire +7 7 £347 +5.11% 1
Dundee -3 7 - - 1
Surrey -9 7 £400 +16.78% 5
Edinburgh +2 6 £275 +14.34% 5
Cambridgeshire +1 6 £275 - 11
Cambridge -3 6 £275 - 10
Blackpool +5 5 £323 -7.67% 1
Yorkshire -29 5 £300 +9.09% 11
Middlesex +6 4 £295 +7.27%
North East -32 4 £255 -30.84% 3
South West -38 4 £313 +8.69% 2
Maidenhead +6 3 £260 -
Slough +5 3 £250 +16.27%
South Wales -3 3 £230 -29.23% 1
East Midlands -6 3 - - 2
Wales -12 3 £230 -29.23% 1
Oxfordshire -17 3 £265 +32.50% 1
West Yorkshire -30 3 £300 +9.09% 9
Newcastle upon Tyne -30 3 £315 -14.57% 1
Tyne and Wear -31 3 £315 -14.57% 2

Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 7 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.

1 149 (29.33%) Agile Software Development
2 114 (22.44%) Selenium
3 111 (21.85%) Test Automation
4 94 (18.50%) Java
5 86 (16.93%) Test Scripting
5 86 (16.93%) Security Cleared
6 85 (16.73%) QA
6 85 (16.73%) Telecoms
7 78 (15.35%) SQL
8 73 (14.37%) C#
8 73 (14.37%) Windows
9 69 (13.58%) Scrum
10 68 (13.39%) Validation
11 65 (12.80%) Microsoft
12 63 (12.40%) Linux
12 63 (12.40%) HP Quality Center
13 57 (11.22%) WebDriver
13 57 (11.22%) Software Testing
13 57 (11.22%) Automated Testing
13 57 (11.22%) Cucumber
14 56 (11.02%) SC Cleared
15 55 (10.83%) 3G
16 53 (10.43%) Finance
16 53 (10.43%) Python
17 50 (9.84%) JIRA
18 46 (9.06%) .NET
18 46 (9.06%) HP
19 44 (8.66%) JavaScript
19 44 (8.66%) Regression Testing
19 44 (8.66%) TDD

Test Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 7 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 (2.17%) SharePoint
1 11 (2.17%) Oracle Workflow
2 7 (1.38%) WebSphere
2 7 (1.38%) JBoss
3 4 (0.79%) WebSphere Application Server
3 4 (0.79%) Tomcat
4 3 (0.59%) CMS
4 3 (0.59%) WebLogic
4 3 (0.59%) Confluence
5 2 (0.39%) SAS
5 2 (0.39%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.20%) Apache
6 1 (0.20%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 15 (2.95%) MS Excel
2 11 (2.17%) MS Office
3 3 (0.59%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (0.59%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.39%) MS Project
5 1 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.20%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.20%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 4 (0.79%) Oracle Retail
2 3 (0.59%) LabWindows
3 2 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.39%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.20%) Teamcenter
4 1 (0.20%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.20%) Unica
4 1 (0.20%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 6 (1.18%) Office 365
2 4 (0.79%) Google Analytics
2 4 (0.79%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (0.79%) SaaS
3 2 (0.39%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.20%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 55 (10.83%) 3G
2 38 (7.48%) LTE
3 32 (6.30%) Wireless
4 29 (5.71%) 4G
5 24 (4.72%) GSM
6 20 (3.94%) SS7
6 20 (3.94%) Diameter Protocol
7 19 (3.74%) VoLTE
7 19 (3.74%) Wireshark
7 19 (3.74%) TCP/IP
8 16 (3.15%) SIGTRAN
8 16 (3.15%) 2G
9 13 (2.56%) VoIP
9 13 (2.56%) MVNO
10 12 (2.36%) UMTS
10 12 (2.36%) SMS
10 12 (2.36%) MPLS
11 10 (1.97%) Ethernet
11 10 (1.97%) BGP
12 9 (1.77%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (7.87%) SQL Server
2 16 (3.15%) Hadoop
3 13 (2.56%) MongoDB
4 12 (2.36%) Relational Database
5 5 (0.98%) Oracle Database
6 3 (0.59%) MySQL
6 3 (0.59%) Big Data
6 3 (0.59%) DB2
7 2 (0.39%) Oracle Reports
7 2 (0.39%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.39%) RDBMS
7 2 (0.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (0.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.20%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.20%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (0.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (0.20%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.20%) HBase
Development Applications
1 114 (22.44%) Selenium
2 57 (11.22%) WebDriver
2 57 (11.22%) Cucumber
3 50 (9.84%) JIRA
4 32 (6.30%) Jenkins
5 23 (4.53%) SoapUI
5 23 (4.53%) HP UFT
6 20 (3.94%) Team Foundation Server
7 18 (3.54%) Eclipse
8 15 (2.95%) JMeter
9 14 (2.76%) Visual Studio
9 14 (2.76%) Git (software)
10 13 (2.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 13 (2.56%) LoadRunner
10 13 (2.56%) SpecFlow
11 10 (1.97%) Rational DOORS
11 10 (1.97%) Hudson
11 10 (1.97%) LabVIEW
11 10 (1.97%) Subversion
12 9 (1.77%) Maven
General
1 85 (16.73%) Telecoms
2 53 (10.43%) Finance
3 24 (4.72%) Electronics
4 17 (3.35%) Retail
5 15 (2.95%) Banking
6 12 (2.36%) Billing
7 11 (2.17%) Military
8 9 (1.77%) Manufacturing
9 8 (1.57%) Investment Banking
10 7 (1.38%) Games
10 7 (1.38%) Aerospace
11 4 (0.79%) Automotive
11 4 (0.79%) Marketing
11 4 (0.79%) French Language
11 4 (0.79%) Avionics
12 3 (0.59%) Italian Language
12 3 (0.59%) Dutch Language
13 2 (0.39%) Back Office
14 1 (0.20%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.20%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (9.06%) .NET
2 28 (5.51%) Web Services
3 27 (5.31%) SOAP
4 25 (4.92%) HTML
5 24 (4.72%) XML
6 16 (3.15%) ASP.NET
7 15 (2.95%) WPF
8 10 (1.97%) RESTful
8 10 (1.97%) REST
8 10 (1.97%) Gherkin
9 9 (1.77%) JSON
9 9 (1.77%) J2EE
10 8 (1.57%) CSS
11 7 (1.38%) WCF
12 6 (1.18%) HTML5
13 5 (0.98%) Middleware
14 4 (0.79%) JAXB
14 4 (0.79%) WebSphere MQ
14 4 (0.79%) DOM
14 4 (0.79%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 28 (5.51%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (3.35%) Mobile App
3 15 (2.95%) Client/Server
4 12 (2.36%) Device Driver
4 12 (2.36%) Video on Demand
4 12 (2.36%) Computer Science
5 11 (2.17%) IPTV
6 10 (1.97%) PDA
6 10 (1.97%) User Experience
7 8 (1.57%) Replication
7 8 (1.57%) STB
8 7 (1.38%) Clustering
9 6 (1.18%) DTV
10 5 (0.98%) MPEG
10 5 (0.98%) Digital Media
10 5 (0.98%) Embedded Systems
11 4 (0.79%) Visualisation
11 4 (0.79%) iSeries
11 4 (0.79%) PKI
11 4 (0.79%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 73 (14.37%) Windows
2 63 (12.40%) Linux
3 37 (7.28%) UNIX
4 25 (4.92%) Android
5 21 (4.13%) Apple iOS
6 17 (3.35%) Windows 7
7 16 (3.15%) Windows Server 2008
8 13 (2.56%) Windows Server 2003
9 11 (2.17%) Windows XP
10 10 (1.97%) AIX
11 6 (1.18%) VMS
12 3 (0.59%) CentOS
12 3 (0.59%) Windows Server 2012
13 2 (0.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.20%) Windows Phone
14 1 (0.20%) Windows Phone 7
14 1 (0.20%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.20%) Solaris
14 1 (0.20%) Embedded Linux
14 1 (0.20%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 149 (29.33%) Agile Software Development
2 111 (21.85%) Test Automation
3 86 (16.93%) Test Scripting
4 69 (13.58%) Scrum
5 68 (13.39%) Validation
6 57 (11.22%) Automated Testing
6 57 (11.22%) Software Testing
7 44 (8.66%) TDD
7 44 (8.66%) Regression Testing
7 44 (8.66%) BDD
8 43 (8.46%) Performance Testing
9 42 (8.27%) Test Strategy
10 41 (8.07%) Continuous Integration
10 41 (8.07%) Automation Testing
11 39 (7.68%) Manual Testing
12 36 (7.09%) Software Engineering
13 34 (6.69%) SDLC
14 27 (5.31%) System Testing
15 25 (4.92%) Test Planning
16 23 (4.53%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 94 (18.50%) Java
2 78 (15.35%) SQL
3 73 (14.37%) C#
4 53 (10.43%) Python
5 44 (8.66%) JavaScript
6 30 (5.91%) Ruby
7 28 (5.51%) Perl
8 27 (5.31%) C
9 24 (4.72%) C++
10 23 (4.53%) Shell Script
11 11 (2.17%) PowerShell
12 9 (1.77%) VB
13 8 (1.57%) PHP
13 8 (1.57%) Bash Shell
14 6 (1.18%) Groovy
15 5 (0.98%) VBScript
16 4 (0.79%) MATLAB
17 3 (0.59%) VB.NET
17 3 (0.59%) VBA
17 3 (0.59%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 86 (16.93%) Security Cleared
2 56 (11.02%) SC Cleared
3 39 (7.68%) Degree
4 36 (7.09%) ISTQB
5 31 (6.10%) ISEB
6 21 (4.13%) DV Cleared
7 17 (3.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 15 (2.95%) Cisco Certification
9 13 (2.56%) CCNP
10 12 (2.36%) Microsoft Certification
11 11 (2.17%) MCITP
12 10 (1.97%) MCSA
13 7 (1.38%) MCSE
13 7 (1.38%) CCNA
13 7 (1.38%) MCTS
14 4 (0.79%) JNCIS
15 3 (0.59%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 3 (0.59%) HNC
15 3 (0.59%) VCP4
15 3 (0.59%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 85 (16.73%) QA
2 3 (0.59%) DO-178B
3 1 (0.20%) JTAG
3 1 (0.20%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 1 (0.20%) GCP
3 1 (0.20%) GMP
3 1 (0.20%) GxP
System Software
1 13 (2.56%) Firmware
1 13 (2.56%) VMware Infrastructure
2 9 (1.77%) VMware ESX
3 7 (1.38%) Hyper-V
3 7 (1.38%) Active Directory
4 3 (0.59%) XenApp
4 3 (0.59%) XenServer
5 1 (0.20%) NFS
5 1 (0.20%) NDS
Systems Management
1 63 (12.40%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (2.36%) Puppet
3 11 (2.17%) McAfee ePO
4 9 (1.77%) Netcool
5 3 (0.59%) Iperf
6 2 (0.39%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 2 (0.39%) SCCM
6 2 (0.39%) NSN NetAct
7 1 (0.20%) Vagrant
7 1 (0.20%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.20%) ITRS Geneos
Vendors
1 65 (12.80%) Microsoft
2 46 (9.06%) HP
3 35 (6.89%) Oracle
4 24 (4.72%) VMware
5 15 (2.95%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 15 (2.95%) Cisco
6 11 (2.17%) McAfee
7 10 (1.97%) Citrix
8 9 (1.77%) Veritas
9 8 (1.57%) Sybase
10 7 (1.38%) IBM
10 7 (1.38%) Juniper
10 7 (1.38%) EMC
11 6 (1.18%) Nokia
11 6 (1.18%) CheckPoint
12 5 (0.98%) Salesforce.com
13 4 (0.79%) TIBCO
13 4 (0.79%) Siemens
13 4 (0.79%) Adobe
13 4 (0.79%) NetHawk
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