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 30 March 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
30 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Engineer
Rank 342 336 312
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -24
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 255 261 252
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.47% 0.50% 0.55%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.51% 0.54% 0.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 124 172 121
Average daily rate
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£320 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.53% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £175 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £471 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £305 £300 £303
% change year-on-year
+1.66% -0.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 16 30
Average hourly rate £35.50 £30.00 £36.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.33% -17.24%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.43 £14.50 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.52 £96.25 £43.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.25 £30.00 £36.25
% change year-on-year
+20.83% -17.24%

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
50025 48432 42510
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.45% 92.39% 92.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 30372 29064 24408
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1969 2003 2177
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.83 £17.00 £17.15
% change year-on-year
-1.02% -0.87%

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 30 March 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 30 March 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 30 March 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 -42 220 £325 - 94
South East -27 76 £275 -6.77% 25
London -26 66 £343 -5.84% 31
Berkshire +3 40 £158 -21.25% 6
East of England +8 22 £275 -12.00% 11
Scotland +6 21 £315 +5.00% 5
Hampshire -5 20 £325 +26.82% 4
South West -10 17 £310 -4.61% 3
Reading +10 15 £313 +160.41% 3
North West -18 11 £395 +35.62% 7
Hertfordshire +14 10 £275 -15.38% 1
Edinburgh +8 9 £325 +8.33% 3
Bristol -7 9 £313 -3.84%
City of London +2 8 £400 +18.51% 9
Yorkshire -5 8 £325 +26.82% 8
Surrey -15 8 £244 -26.13% 8
East Sussex 0 7 £410 +26.15% 2
Brighton 0 7 £410 +26.15% 2
West Midlands -3 7 £271 +75.00% 2
West Yorkshire -8 7 £325 +26.82% 6
East Midlands -5 6 £294 -6.74% 5
Manchester -10 6 £395 - 2
Cambridgeshire +4 5 - - 9
Ipswich +2 5 £355 +1.42%
Suffolk -2 5 £355 +1.42%
Newbury -6 5 £158 -10.00% 1
Gloucestershire - 4 £310 -
Liverpool -12 3 - -
Merseyside -14 3 - -
Northamptonshire - 3 £300 - 4

Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 March 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.

1 160 (30.71%) Agile Software Development
2 131 (25.14%) Test Automation
3 120 (23.03%) Selenium
4 104 (19.96%) Test Scripting
5 102 (19.58%) Python
6 91 (17.47%) Java
7 87 (16.70%) Telecoms
8 86 (16.51%) Linux
8 86 (16.51%) QA
9 77 (14.78%) SQL
10 71 (13.63%) Windows
11 70 (13.44%) Software Testing
12 67 (12.86%) Security Cleared
13 66 (12.67%) ISTQB
13 66 (12.67%) ISEB
14 63 (12.09%) Scrum
15 61 (11.71%) Microsoft
15 61 (11.71%) HP Quality Center
16 60 (11.52%) Cucumber
17 57 (10.94%) Automation Testing
18 56 (10.75%) HP
19 54 (10.36%) Validation
19 54 (10.36%) Automated Testing
20 53 (10.17%) 3G
21 52 (9.98%) C#
21 52 (9.98%) TDD
22 49 (9.40%) JIRA
23 48 (9.21%) WebDriver
24 47 (9.02%) Software Engineering
25 46 (8.83%) BDD

Test Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 (1.73%) Oracle Workflow
2 6 (1.15%) JBoss
3 5 (0.96%) IIS
3 5 (0.96%) WebSphere
4 4 (0.77%) Tomcat
4 4 (0.77%) SharePoint
4 4 (0.77%) WebSphere Application Server
5 3 (0.58%) CMS
6 2 (0.38%) Apache
7 1 (0.19%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.19%) SAS
7 1 (0.19%) Drupal
7 1 (0.19%) Confluence
7 1 (0.19%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.19%) OpenStack
Applications
1 15 (2.88%) MS Office
1 15 (2.88%) MS Excel
2 4 (0.77%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (0.58%) MS Project
3 3 (0.58%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.19%) Simulink
4 1 (0.19%) Windchill
4 1 (0.19%) Doxygen
4 1 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.19%) Final Cut Pro
Business Applications
1 4 (0.77%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.19%) CSG Singleview
2 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.19%) LabWindows
2 1 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.19%) Google Analytics
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.96%) SaaS
2 3 (0.58%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.19%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.19%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 53 (10.17%) 3G
2 38 (7.29%) Wireless
3 31 (5.95%) LTE
3 31 (5.95%) 4G
4 28 (5.37%) GSM
5 23 (4.41%) 2G
6 20 (3.84%) SS7
6 20 (3.84%) TCP/IP
7 19 (3.65%) Wireshark
8 17 (3.26%) SIGTRAN
9 16 (3.07%) VoLTE
10 13 (2.50%) Internet
10 13 (2.50%) UMTS
11 12 (2.30%) SGSN
12 10 (1.92%) MVNO
13 8 (1.54%) Wi-Fi
13 8 (1.54%) Broadband
14 7 (1.34%) GPRS
14 7 (1.34%) Ethernet
14 7 (1.34%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (5.18%) SQL Server
2 13 (2.50%) Hadoop
3 12 (2.30%) MongoDB
4 4 (0.77%) MySQL
5 3 (0.58%) Relational Database
6 2 (0.38%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.38%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (0.38%) Oracle Reports
6 2 (0.38%) RDBMS
6 2 (0.38%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (0.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.19%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.19%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.19%) SQL Navigator
7 1 (0.19%) Apache Cassandra
7 1 (0.19%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.19%) HBase
7 1 (0.19%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
7 1 (0.19%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 120 (23.03%) Selenium
2 60 (11.52%) Cucumber
3 49 (9.40%) JIRA
4 48 (9.21%) WebDriver
5 37 (7.10%) Jenkins
6 26 (4.99%) QuickTest Pro
7 20 (3.84%) LoadRunner
7 20 (3.84%) Team Foundation Server
8 18 (3.45%) Git (software)
9 16 (3.07%) LabVIEW
10 15 (2.88%) Subversion
11 14 (2.69%) Calabash
12 13 (2.50%) Hudson
12 13 (2.50%) Maven
12 13 (2.50%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 13 (2.50%) Eclipse
12 13 (2.50%) WinRunner
13 12 (2.30%) TestDirector
13 12 (2.30%) Visual Studio
14 11 (2.11%) SoapUI
General
1 87 (16.70%) Telecoms
2 38 (7.29%) Electronics
3 20 (3.84%) Finance
4 14 (2.69%) Retail
4 14 (2.69%) Billing
5 11 (2.11%) Automotive
6 9 (1.73%) Military
7 6 (1.15%) Banking
7 6 (1.15%) Manufacturing
8 5 (0.96%) Games
9 4 (0.77%) Aerospace
10 3 (0.58%) Legal
10 3 (0.58%) Investment Banking
10 3 (0.58%) Avionics
11 2 (0.38%) Marketing
11 2 (0.38%) Dutch Language
11 2 (0.38%) Italian Language
11 2 (0.38%) Spanish Language
11 2 (0.38%) Publishing
12 1 (0.19%) Advertising
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (7.10%) .NET
2 26 (4.99%) HTML
3 21 (4.03%) XML
4 16 (3.07%) Web Services
5 13 (2.50%) ASP.NET
6 10 (1.92%) SOAP
6 10 (1.92%) WPF
6 10 (1.92%) Gherkin
7 9 (1.73%) REST
7 9 (1.73%) HTML5
8 8 (1.54%) WCF
8 8 (1.54%) J2EE
9 7 (1.34%) CSS
9 7 (1.34%) JSON
9 7 (1.34%) RESTful
10 5 (0.96%) Spring
10 5 (0.96%) Android SDK
11 4 (0.77%) iOS SDK
11 4 (0.77%) JSP
11 4 (0.77%) ADO.NET
Miscellaneous
1 35 (6.72%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (5.37%) Mobile App
3 23 (4.41%) Computer Science
4 15 (2.88%) PDA
5 14 (2.69%) Client/Server
6 13 (2.50%) Open Source
7 12 (2.30%) Replication
7 12 (2.30%) Clustering
8 10 (1.92%) Embedded Systems
9 7 (1.34%) STB
10 6 (1.15%) IPTV
11 5 (0.96%) Digital Media
11 5 (0.96%) Visualisation
12 4 (0.77%) Algorithms
12 4 (0.77%) Video on Demand
12 4 (0.77%) PKI
12 4 (0.77%) Handset
12 4 (0.77%) DTV
13 3 (0.58%) MPEG
13 3 (0.58%) Streaming Video
Operating Systems
1 86 (16.51%) Linux
2 71 (13.63%) Windows
3 45 (8.64%) UNIX
4 34 (6.53%) Android
5 33 (6.33%) Apple iOS
6 18 (3.45%) Windows 7
6 18 (3.45%) Windows Server 2008
6 18 (3.45%) Windows Server 2003
7 15 (2.88%) Windows XP
8 14 (2.69%) AIX
9 7 (1.34%) Embedded Linux
10 3 (0.58%) Windows Mobile
10 3 (0.58%) VMS
11 2 (0.38%) Mac OS X
11 2 (0.38%) Ubuntu
11 2 (0.38%) CentOS
11 2 (0.38%) Windows Phone
12 1 (0.19%) bada
12 1 (0.19%) Windows Phone 7
12 1 (0.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 160 (30.71%) Agile Software Development
2 131 (25.14%) Test Automation
3 104 (19.96%) Test Scripting
4 70 (13.44%) Software Testing
5 63 (12.09%) Scrum
6 57 (10.94%) Automation Testing
7 54 (10.36%) Validation
7 54 (10.36%) Automated Testing
8 52 (9.98%) TDD
9 47 (9.02%) Software Engineering
10 46 (8.83%) BDD
11 40 (7.68%) Manual Testing
12 39 (7.49%) Continuous Integration
13 32 (6.14%) Performance Testing
13 32 (6.14%) Regression Testing
14 29 (5.57%) Test Strategy
15 25 (4.80%) System Testing
16 20 (3.84%) Integration Testing
16 20 (3.84%) Waterfall
17 19 (3.65%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 102 (19.58%) Python
2 91 (17.47%) Java
3 77 (14.78%) SQL
4 52 (9.98%) C#
5 33 (6.33%) Ruby
6 32 (6.14%) JavaScript
7 28 (5.37%) Perl
8 24 (4.61%) Shell Script
9 17 (3.26%) C
10 16 (3.07%) C++
11 13 (2.50%) PHP
12 7 (1.34%) VB
13 6 (1.15%) Bash Shell
14 5 (0.96%) PowerShell
14 5 (0.96%) Embedded C
15 3 (0.58%) T-SQL
15 3 (0.58%) Objective-C
15 3 (0.58%) Jython
15 3 (0.58%) Groovy
16 2 (0.38%) Erlang
Qualifications
1 67 (12.86%) Security Cleared
2 66 (12.67%) ISEB
2 66 (12.67%) ISTQB
3 44 (8.45%) SC Cleared
4 40 (7.68%) Degree
5 21 (4.03%) DV Cleared
5 21 (4.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 17 (3.26%) Cisco Certification
7 16 (3.07%) Microsoft Certification
8 15 (2.88%) MCITP
9 12 (2.30%) MCTS
9 12 (2.30%) CCNP
9 12 (2.30%) MCSE
9 12 (2.30%) MCSA
10 8 (1.54%) JNCIS
11 5 (0.96%) HNC
12 3 (0.58%) ITIL Certification
12 3 (0.58%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 2 (0.38%) HND
13 2 (0.38%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 86 (16.51%) QA
2 4 (0.77%) DO-178B
3 2 (0.38%) SLA
3 2 (0.38%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.19%) GxP
4 1 (0.19%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 1 (0.19%) GCP
4 1 (0.19%) GMP
4 1 (0.19%) JTAG
System Software
1 17 (3.26%) VMware ESX
2 16 (3.07%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (2.30%) Hyper-V
4 11 (2.11%) Active Directory
4 11 (2.11%) Firmware
5 4 (0.77%) NDS
6 2 (0.38%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.19%) NFS
7 1 (0.19%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 61 (11.71%) HP Quality Center
2 17 (3.26%) McAfee ePO
3 12 (2.30%) Puppet
3 12 (2.30%) Netcool
4 3 (0.58%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.38%) SCCM
5 2 (0.38%) Ansible
5 2 (0.38%) Iperf
6 1 (0.19%) NSN NetAct
6 1 (0.19%) ITRS Geneos
6 1 (0.19%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 61 (11.71%) Microsoft
2 56 (10.75%) HP
3 27 (5.18%) Oracle
4 26 (4.99%) VMware
5 23 (4.41%) Cisco
6 17 (3.26%) McAfee
7 16 (3.07%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
8 15 (2.88%) Citrix
9 13 (2.50%) Veritas
10 11 (2.11%) Juniper
11 10 (1.92%) CheckPoint
12 8 (1.54%) Google
13 7 (1.34%) F5
14 6 (1.15%) EMC
15 5 (0.96%) NetHawk
16 4 (0.77%) TIBCO
16 4 (0.77%) IBM
17 3 (0.58%) Adobe
17 3 (0.58%) Nokia
17 3 (0.58%) Siemens
Brighton, Sussex
Vantage Recruitment Solutions Limited
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Staines, Middlesex
Experis Ltd
Rate: £230 - £260 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
West Midlands
X4 Group
Rate: £250 - 300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey
Informatiq Consulting
Rate: £40 - £50 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Be-IT Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Up to £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
South West England
People Source
Rate: £325 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Surrey
Connectus
Rate: £46.08 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Fife
Connectus
Posted: 3 days ago
North London
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 4 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago
Northamptonshire
Salt
Rate: £350 - £450 per day + Benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Newbury, Berkshire
Adroit People Limited
Rate: Up to £180 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Dundee
Real Staffing
Rate: £25 - £30 per day + Negotiable on experience
Posted: 5 days ago
Hampshire
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: £28 - £35 per hour + competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 6 days ago
Hampshire
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: £28 - £32 per annum + competitive
Posted: 9 days ago
Redhill
Computer Futures
Rate: £30 - £35 per hour + competitive
Posted: 26 days ago
Edinburgh
Real Staffing
Rate: £30 - £35 per hour
Posted: 27 days ago