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 18 April 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Engineer
Rank 318 320 261
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -59
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 304 239 402
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.54% 0.50% 0.66%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.59% 0.54% 0.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 213 118 145
Average daily rate £325 £331 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.88% +10.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £178 £224 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £435 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £315 £318 £293
% change year-on-year
-0.78% +8.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 25 59
Average hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +15.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.38 £22.70 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £155.00 £41.50 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.75 £37.50 £34.50
% change year-on-year
-10.00% +8.69%
Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
51949 44129 56219
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.27% 92.47% 92.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 31578 25274 30920
Average daily rate £390 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £238 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+0.14% -0.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2083 2186 2628
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.87 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.04% -8.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.37
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.45 £19.21
% change year-on-year
-2.57% -9.16%

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 18 April 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 18 April 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -24 277 £325 - 118
London +16 105 £375 +7.14% 31
South East +24 103 £313 -6.01% 25
Berkshire -2 32 £175 -30.00% 7
City of London -1 28 £325 -17.46% 11
Surrey +11 27 £348 -3.47% 6
East of England -29 23 £313 +3.30% 30
South West -13 22 £300 +5.26% 10
Hampshire +9 19 £325 -7.14% 3
Bristol -2 15 £325 +32.65% 2
Scotland 0 13 £369 +3.50% 3
Reading +8 12 £213 -34.61% 3
Wales - 8 £238 - 10
Woking -13 7 £363 +0.69% 1
South Wales - 7 £238 - 10
Oxfordshire -3 6 £200 -52.94% 2
Middlesex -3 6 £275 -21.42% 1
Newbury -5 6 £175 -35.18% 1
Southampton -7 6 £175 -50.00%
Hertfordshire -7 6 £325 +8.06% 4
Buckinghamshire -15 6 £350 +37.25% 3
Tyne and Wear - 6 £375 -
North East - 6 £375 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 6 £375 -
Cardiff - 6 £238 - 4
Wiltshire -16 5 £275 -24.65% 2
West Yorkshire -17 5 £260 -13.33% 7
North West -20 5 £281 -1.31% 7
Yorkshire -23 5 £260 -13.33% 8
Cambridgeshire -24 5 £200 -33.88% 21

Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 April 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.

1 133 (25.43%) Selenium
2 132 (25.24%) SQL
3 122 (23.33%) Test Automation
4 121 (23.14%) ISEB
5 119 (22.75%) QA
6 116 (22.18%) Agile Software Development
7 111 (21.22%) Test Scripting
7 111 (21.22%) Java
8 102 (19.50%) C#
9 101 (19.31%) BDD
10 100 (19.12%) Scrum
11 89 (17.02%) Telecoms
12 88 (16.83%) Software Testing
13 76 (14.53%) Cucumber
14 74 (14.15%) Linux
15 72 (13.77%) Windows
16 71 (13.58%) ISTQB
17 68 (13.00%) .NET
18 67 (12.81%) Web Services
18 67 (12.81%) Python
19 66 (12.62%) Automated Testing
19 66 (12.62%) HP Quality Center
20 57 (10.90%) TDD
20 57 (10.90%) Degree
21 56 (10.71%) Automation Testing
22 54 (10.33%) XML
23 53 (10.13%) Finance
24 52 (9.94%) WebDriver
25 51 (9.75%) JIRA
26 49 (9.37%) LTE

Test Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 8 (1.53%) SharePoint
2 7 (1.34%) CMS
3 6 (1.15%) Tomcat
4 5 (0.96%) MS Exchange
4 5 (0.96%) Drupal
5 4 (0.76%) IIS
6 3 (0.57%) Apache
6 3 (0.57%) WebSphere
6 3 (0.57%) Lync
7 2 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2010
7 2 (0.38%) Confluence
8 1 (0.19%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.19%) SAS
8 1 (0.19%) Jetty
8 1 (0.19%) Zimbra
8 1 (0.19%) Oracle Service Bus
8 1 (0.19%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 38 (7.27%) MS Excel
2 30 (5.74%) MS Office
3 14 (2.68%) MS Visio
4 6 (1.15%) MS Project
5 4 (0.76%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.38%) Oracle 11i
2 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.19%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.19%) Cognos TM1
2 1 (0.19%) Google Analytics
2 1 (0.19%) Oracle BRM
Cloud Services
1 11 (2.10%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (1.15%) Office 365
3 4 (0.76%) SaaS
4 3 (0.57%) GitHub
5 1 (0.19%) PaaS
5 1 (0.19%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.19%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 49 (9.37%) LTE
2 32 (6.12%) GSM
3 29 (5.54%) 3G
3 29 (5.54%) Radio Access Network
4 27 (5.16%) UMTS
5 25 (4.78%) WCDMA
6 23 (4.40%) Ethernet
7 21 (4.02%) GPRS
7 21 (4.02%) MPLS
8 20 (3.82%) HTTP
9 19 (3.63%) VPN
10 18 (3.44%) TCP/IP
10 18 (3.44%) BGP
10 18 (3.44%) Internet
11 17 (3.25%) VRRP
12 16 (3.06%) 2G
13 14 (2.68%) OSPF
14 13 (2.49%) ATM
14 13 (2.49%) DVB
14 13 (2.49%) RSVP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (9.37%) SQL Server
2 18 (3.44%) MySQL
3 16 (3.06%) Oracle Database
3 16 (3.06%) Relational Database
4 12 (2.29%) MS Access
5 8 (1.53%) RDBMS
6 5 (0.96%) MongoDB
7 4 (0.76%) SQL Server 2008
7 4 (0.76%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (0.57%) DB2
8 3 (0.57%) Oracle Database 10g
9 2 (0.38%) Big Data
9 2 (0.38%) Hadoop
9 2 (0.38%) Oracle Database 11g
9 2 (0.38%) SQLite
9 2 (0.38%) Star Schema
9 2 (0.38%) SQL Navigator
10 1 (0.19%) Oracle8/8i Database
10 1 (0.19%) Oracle9i Database
10 1 (0.19%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 133 (25.43%) Selenium
2 76 (14.53%) Cucumber
3 52 (9.94%) WebDriver
4 51 (9.75%) JIRA
5 41 (7.84%) Jenkins
6 39 (7.46%) QuickTest Pro
7 31 (5.93%) JUnit
7 31 (5.93%) JBehave
8 29 (5.54%) Team Foundation Server
9 28 (5.35%) Visual Studio
10 24 (4.59%) SoapUI
11 22 (4.21%) SpecFlow
12 21 (4.02%) Subversion
13 17 (3.25%) JMeter
14 16 (3.06%) Git (software)
15 15 (2.87%) TeamCity
15 15 (2.87%) Hudson
16 14 (2.68%) Calabash
17 13 (2.49%) LoadRunner
17 13 (2.49%) WATIR
General
1 89 (17.02%) Telecoms
2 53 (10.13%) Finance
3 21 (4.02%) Games
3 21 (4.02%) Electronics
4 17 (3.25%) Banking
5 13 (2.49%) Retail
6 10 (1.91%) Manufacturing
7 9 (1.72%) Military
8 7 (1.34%) Billing
9 5 (0.96%) Publishing
10 4 (0.76%) Back Office
11 3 (0.57%) Multimedia
11 3 (0.57%) Investment Banking
12 2 (0.38%) Avionics
12 2 (0.38%) Retail Banking
12 2 (0.38%) General Ledger
12 2 (0.38%) Front Office
12 2 (0.38%) Advertising
12 2 (0.38%) Legal
12 2 (0.38%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 68 (13.00%) .NET
2 67 (12.81%) Web Services
3 54 (10.33%) XML
4 49 (9.37%) SOAP
5 44 (8.41%) REST
6 24 (4.59%) WPF
7 22 (4.21%) HTML
8 17 (3.25%) WCF
8 17 (3.25%) JSON
9 12 (2.29%) ASP.NET
10 9 (1.72%) RESTful
11 8 (1.53%) Gherkin
11 8 (1.53%) ASP.NET Web API
11 8 (1.53%) Middleware
12 7 (1.34%) Silverlight
12 7 (1.34%) .NET Framework
13 6 (1.15%) Spring
13 6 (1.15%) CSS
14 5 (0.96%) iOS SDK
15 4 (0.76%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 27 (5.16%) STB
2 22 (4.21%) Mobile App
3 16 (3.06%) Open Source
3 16 (3.06%) Computer Science
4 14 (2.68%) Embedded Systems
5 13 (2.49%) IPTV
6 11 (2.10%) MPEG
6 11 (2.10%) Blackberry
7 10 (1.91%) DTV
8 9 (1.72%) Digital Media
9 8 (1.53%) Firmware
10 7 (1.34%) Streaming Video
11 4 (0.76%) Video on Demand
11 4 (0.76%) Data Extraction
11 4 (0.76%) Handset
12 3 (0.57%) Enterprise Software
13 2 (0.38%) Mobile Banking
13 2 (0.38%) Visualisation
13 2 (0.38%) Smart Meter
13 2 (0.38%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 74 (14.15%) Linux
2 72 (13.77%) Windows
3 49 (9.37%) UNIX
4 26 (4.97%) Android
5 24 (4.59%) Apple iOS
6 10 (1.91%) Windows 7
6 10 (1.91%) Solaris
7 7 (1.34%) Windows Phone
8 6 (1.15%) Windows XP
9 5 (0.96%) Windows Server 2003
9 5 (0.96%) Windows Server 2008
9 5 (0.96%) Windows Server 2012
10 4 (0.76%) Mac OS X
11 3 (0.57%) bada
12 2 (0.38%) CentOS
12 2 (0.38%) Windows 2000
12 2 (0.38%) Windows CE
13 1 (0.19%) zOS
13 1 (0.19%) Windows NT
13 1 (0.19%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 122 (23.33%) Test Automation
2 116 (22.18%) Agile Software Development
3 111 (21.22%) Test Scripting
4 101 (19.31%) BDD
5 100 (19.12%) Scrum
6 88 (16.83%) Software Testing
7 66 (12.62%) Automated Testing
8 57 (10.90%) TDD
9 56 (10.71%) Automation Testing
10 48 (9.18%) Continuous Integration
11 40 (7.65%) Test Strategy
12 39 (7.46%) Performance Testing
13 32 (6.12%) User Acceptance Testing
13 32 (6.12%) Regression Testing
14 28 (5.35%) Manual Testing
15 27 (5.16%) Test Management
16 25 (4.78%) E-Commerce
17 23 (4.40%) User Stories
17 23 (4.40%) Configuration Management
18 21 (4.02%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 132 (25.24%) SQL
2 111 (21.22%) Java
3 102 (19.50%) C#
4 67 (12.81%) Python
5 39 (7.46%) Ruby
6 27 (5.16%) C++
7 26 (4.97%) C
8 24 (4.59%) JavaScript
8 24 (4.59%) Perl
9 18 (3.44%) VB
10 13 (2.49%) Bash Shell
11 12 (2.29%) Shell Script
11 12 (2.29%) PHP
12 11 (2.10%) VBScript
13 9 (1.72%) VB.NET
14 8 (1.53%) Scala
15 7 (1.34%) PowerShell
16 6 (1.15%) Groovy
17 5 (0.96%) PL/SQL
18 4 (0.76%) Erlang
Qualifications
1 121 (23.14%) ISEB
2 71 (13.58%) ISTQB
3 57 (10.90%) Degree
4 46 (8.80%) Security Cleared
5 32 (6.12%) SC Cleared
6 9 (1.72%) ISEB Practitioner
7 8 (1.53%) HND
8 7 (1.34%) DV Cleared
9 6 (1.15%) HNC
10 5 (0.96%) Cisco Certification
11 4 (0.76%) CCNA
12 2 (0.38%) MCITP
12 2 (0.38%) CCNP
12 2 (0.38%) Microsoft Certification
13 1 (0.19%) PhD
13 1 (0.19%) MCSE
13 1 (0.19%) MCSA
13 1 (0.19%) CCIE
13 1 (0.19%) MCTS
13 1 (0.19%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 119 (22.75%) QA
2 2 (0.38%) Solvency II
3 1 (0.19%) TickIT
3 1 (0.19%) ISO 9000
3 1 (0.19%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.19%) DO-178B
System Software
1 9 (1.72%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (1.53%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.76%) NDS
4 3 (0.57%) XenDesktop
5 2 (0.38%) vSphere
5 2 (0.38%) Nmap
6 1 (0.19%) VMware ESX
6 1 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.19%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 66 (12.62%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (0.96%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 5 (0.96%) Puppet
3 3 (0.57%) SCOM
4 2 (0.38%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (0.38%) Vagrant
4 2 (0.38%) OpenView
4 2 (0.38%) Netcool
5 1 (0.19%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 1 (0.19%) NetBackup
5 1 (0.19%) Nessus
5 1 (0.19%) SCCM
5 1 (0.19%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (0.19%) AppDNA
Vendors
1 47 (8.99%) Microsoft
2 46 (8.80%) HP
3 41 (7.84%) Oracle
4 29 (5.54%) Huawei
5 19 (3.63%) VMware
6 18 (3.44%) Cisco
7 13 (2.49%) Ericsson
7 13 (2.49%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
8 8 (1.53%) IBM
8 8 (1.53%) Nortel
8 8 (1.53%) BT
8 8 (1.53%) OPNET
9 7 (1.34%) Business Objects
9 7 (1.34%) Symbian
9 7 (1.34%) NetCracker
10 6 (1.15%) Juniper
10 6 (1.15%) Citrix
10 6 (1.15%) NEC
11 5 (0.96%) Nokia
11 5 (0.96%) SOASTA, Inc
Surrey
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £250 to £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Experis IT
Rate: £220.00 - £250.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: Negotiable + Market rates
Posted: 2 days ago
Eastbourne
Computer Futures
Rate: £15 - £16 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Central London / West End
Oliver Bernard
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
Experis IT
Posted: 4 days ago
Chester
Real Staffing
Rate: £20 - £28 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Brentwood, Essex
Experis IT
Rate: £150 - £180 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Birkenhead, Merseyside
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
East Anglia
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
South West England
CPS Group
Rate: Flexible upon Experience
Posted: 9 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Applied Card Technologies
Rate: From £30,000 to £37,000 per annum
Posted: 9 days ago
West Yorkshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
London
esynergy Solutions - UK
Rate: £30 - £40 per hour
Posted: 10 days ago
Cambridge
Computer Futures
Rate: £35 - £45 per hour
Posted: 11 days ago
South East England
Progressive Recruitment
Posted: 12 days ago
Cambridgeshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £26 - £30 per hour
Posted: 18 days ago
West Midlands
Amoria Bond - UK
Rate: £25 - £30 per hour + (4 day working week)
Posted: 19 days ago
Oxfordshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £250 - £260 per day
Posted: 22 days ago
East Riding of Yorkshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £150 - £175 per day
Posted: 22 days ago