The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Test Engineer featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 23 February 2017 with a comparison to same period over 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.

3 months to
23 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Engineer
UK
Rank 355 351 361
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +10
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 253 309 276
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.56% 0.59% 0.53%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.59% 0.63% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 148 174 132
Median daily rate £375 £375 £328
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +14.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £269 £277 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £459
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £320
% change year-on-year
- +9.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 30 35
Median hourly rate £25.00 £40.00 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-37.50% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £24.50 £17.91
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.09 £50.00 £44.02
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £40.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year
-37.50% +8.10%

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
42991 49435 49774
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.74% 94.99% 94.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 28051 31832 30735
Median daily rate £425 £414 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.65% +3.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £378 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.96% +0.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1560 1650 1930
Median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.71% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.17 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £50.00 £40.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £16.84
% change year-on-year
-2.77% +6.92%

Test Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Test Engineer in the job title.

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 23 February 2017.

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 23 February 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 23 February 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -11 220 £378 +0.66% 121
London +6 65 £416 -1.76% 40
South East +7 61 £300 -20.00% 21
East of England +19 30 £448 +55.65% 18
South West -19 28 £320 -16.88% 18
Hampshire +14 27 £275 -28.10% 8
Scotland +26 23 £356 +25.21% 1
Berkshire +18 20 £293 -20.13% 6
Bedfordshire +22 19 £450 +50.00% 1
Edinburgh +27 17 £363 +36.79%
Basingstoke +25 13 - - 1
Gloucestershire -7 10 £475 - 4
City of London -3 9 £413 -5.71% 7
Tyne and Wear -9 9 £350 +11.11% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -16 9 £350 +11.11% 1
North East -17 9 £350 +11.11% 1
West Midlands +8 8 £475 +47.85% 2
Bedford - 8 £450 - 1
Wiltshire -3 7 £265 -27.89% 4
Bristol -3 7 £300 -7.69% 4
Reading +16 6 £331 -9.24% 5
North West +14 6 £315 -7.35% 6
Cambridgeshire +5 6 £319 +13.83% 13
East Midlands +4 6 £450 +34.32% 2
Staffordshire +2 6 - -
Yorkshire +1 6 £375 +10.29% 13
West Sussex -2 6 - - 3
Tamworth - 6 - -
Swindon +7 5 £265 -
Worthing - 5 - - 1

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 February 2017, Test Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Test Engineer in the job title.

1 335 (56.02%) Agile Software Development
2 272 (45.48%) Selenium
3 218 (36.45%) QA
4 203 (33.95%) Cucumber
5 199 (33.28%) Test Automation
6 196 (32.78%) Java
7 154 (25.75%) BDD
8 139 (23.24%) WebDriver
9 138 (23.08%) TDD
10 133 (22.24%) Test Scripting
11 129 (21.57%) Automated Testing
12 126 (21.07%) Jenkins
13 101 (16.89%) Automation Testing
14 99 (16.56%) Python
15 96 (16.05%) SQL
16 94 (15.72%) C#
16 94 (15.72%) Continuous Integration
17 86 (14.38%) Scrum
18 80 (13.38%) Manual Testing
18 80 (13.38%) JIRA
19 73 (12.21%) Ruby
20 69 (11.54%) JavaScript
21 68 (11.37%) Linux
21 68 (11.37%) Software Testing
22 66 (11.04%) Defect Tracking
23 63 (10.54%) Finance
24 62 (10.37%) Scala
25 59 (9.87%) Git (software)
25 59 (9.87%) JUnit
26 58 (9.70%) Security Cleared

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 11 (1.84%) Confluence
2 6 (1.00%) Jetty
2 6 (1.00%) WebLogic
3 5 (0.84%) Oracle Application Server
4 4 (0.67%) Apache
4 4 (0.67%) Tomcat
4 4 (0.67%) WebSphere
5 3 (0.50%) JBoss
6 2 (0.33%) Apache Spark
6 2 (0.33%) ATG Dynamo
6 2 (0.33%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (0.33%) CMS
6 2 (0.33%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.17%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 1 (0.17%) ArcGIS
7 1 (0.17%) Commerce Server
7 1 (0.17%) IIS
7 1 (0.17%) MS Exchange
7 1 (0.17%) SharePoint
Applications
1 23 (3.85%) MS Excel
2 9 (1.51%) MS Office
3 3 (0.50%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.17%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 8 (1.34%) Oracle EBS
1 8 (1.34%) Oracle EBS R12
2 3 (0.50%) FLEXCUBE
2 3 (0.50%) Temenos T24
2 3 (0.50%) VisionPLUS
3 2 (0.33%) LabWindows
3 2 (0.33%) Oracle Cash Management
3 2 (0.33%) Oracle Payables
3 2 (0.33%) Payment Gateway
3 2 (0.33%) SAP SD
4 1 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.17%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 13 (2.17%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (1.84%) GitHub
3 7 (1.17%) PaaS
3 7 (1.17%) SaaS
4 6 (1.00%) IaaS
5 5 (0.84%) Amazon AWS
6 2 (0.33%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.17%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (0.17%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.17%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 17 (2.84%) 3G
2 16 (2.68%) Internet
3 13 (2.17%) VoLTE
3 13 (2.17%) WLAN
4 12 (2.01%) 4G
4 12 (2.01%) Bluetooth
4 12 (2.01%) LTE
5 11 (1.84%) NFC
6 9 (1.51%) Radio Access Network
7 8 (1.34%) TCP/IP
7 8 (1.34%) Wireless
8 6 (1.00%) 3GPP
8 6 (1.00%) Ethernet
8 6 (1.00%) Firewall
8 6 (1.00%) RFID
8 6 (1.00%) Wi-Fi
9 5 (0.84%) 2G
9 5 (0.84%) BGP
9 5 (0.84%) VPLS
10 4 (0.67%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (7.19%) SQL Server
2 11 (1.84%) Oracle Database
3 10 (1.67%) MySQL
3 10 (1.67%) Relational Database
4 8 (1.34%) Apache Cassandra
4 8 (1.34%) PostgreSQL
5 7 (1.17%) Oracle Reports
6 6 (1.00%) Big Data
6 6 (1.00%) Data Warehouse
7 5 (0.84%) Oracle Database 12c
7 5 (0.84%) RDBMS
7 5 (0.84%) SQL Server 2012
7 5 (0.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 5 (0.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (0.50%) Hadoop
8 3 (0.50%) MongoDB
8 3 (0.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 3 (0.50%) SQLite
8 3 (0.50%) SQLPlus
9 2 (0.33%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 272 (45.48%) Selenium
2 203 (33.95%) Cucumber
3 139 (23.24%) WebDriver
4 126 (21.07%) Jenkins
5 80 (13.38%) JIRA
6 59 (9.87%) Git (software)
6 59 (9.87%) JUnit
7 48 (8.03%) SoapUI
8 40 (6.69%) SpecFlow
9 39 (6.52%) RSpec
10 32 (5.35%) HP UFT
11 30 (5.02%) TeamCity
12 28 (4.68%) Calabash
12 28 (4.68%) Team Foundation Server
13 26 (4.35%) JMeter
14 24 (4.01%) Appium
14 24 (4.01%) Maven
14 24 (4.01%) Subversion
15 20 (3.34%) Visual Studio
16 19 (3.18%) JBehave
General
1 63 (10.54%) Finance
2 43 (7.19%) Games
3 33 (5.52%) Banking
4 32 (5.35%) Telecoms
5 24 (4.01%) Retail
6 15 (2.51%) Electronics
7 14 (2.34%) Retail Banking
8 10 (1.67%) Manufacturing
9 9 (1.51%) Investment Banking
10 7 (1.17%) Marketing
10 7 (1.17%) Publishing
11 4 (0.67%) Advertising
11 4 (0.67%) Aerospace
12 3 (0.50%) Automotive
12 3 (0.50%) Front Office
12 3 (0.50%) Pharmaceutical
13 2 (0.33%) Back Office
13 2 (0.33%) General Ledger
14 1 (0.17%) Dutch Language
14 1 (0.17%) Music Industry
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (8.86%) JSON
2 45 (7.53%) Gherkin
3 44 (7.36%) .NET
4 37 (6.19%) Web Services
5 31 (5.18%) XML
6 29 (4.85%) SOAP
7 28 (4.68%) HTML
7 28 (4.68%) Node.js
7 28 (4.68%) REST
8 23 (3.85%) RESTful
9 16 (2.68%) AngularJS
10 13 (2.17%) CSS
10 13 (2.17%) HTML5
11 11 (1.84%) J2EE
11 11 (1.84%) RabbitMQ
12 8 (1.34%) Kafka
12 8 (1.34%) Spring
13 6 (1.00%) ASP.NET
14 4 (0.67%) .NET Framework
14 4 (0.67%) React
Miscellaneous
1 37 (6.19%) Mobile App
2 23 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (2.17%) Linux Command Line
4 11 (1.84%) Computer Science
4 11 (1.84%) Smart Meter
5 10 (1.67%) Virtual Team
6 6 (1.00%) STB
7 5 (0.84%) Client/Server
7 5 (0.84%) Embedded Systems
7 5 (0.84%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 4 (0.67%) IPTV
8 4 (0.67%) Mainframe
9 3 (0.50%) Credit Risk
9 3 (0.50%) Equities
9 3 (0.50%) Management Information System
9 3 (0.50%) PKI
9 3 (0.50%) Replication
9 3 (0.50%) User Experience
10 2 (0.33%) AS400
10 2 (0.33%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 68 (11.37%) Linux
2 54 (9.03%) Windows
3 35 (5.85%) Android
4 33 (5.52%) Apple iOS
5 27 (4.52%) Unix
6 10 (1.67%) Windows Server
7 4 (0.67%) Windows XP
8 3 (0.50%) Mac OS X
8 3 (0.50%) Windows 7
8 3 (0.50%) Windows Server 2003
8 3 (0.50%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.33%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (0.33%) Windows Vista
10 1 (0.17%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 335 (56.02%) Agile Software Development
2 199 (33.28%) Test Automation
3 154 (25.75%) BDD
4 138 (23.08%) TDD
5 133 (22.24%) Test Scripting
6 129 (21.57%) Automated Testing
7 101 (16.89%) Automation Testing
8 94 (15.72%) Continuous Integration
9 86 (14.38%) Scrum
10 80 (13.38%) Manual Testing
11 68 (11.37%) Software Testing
12 66 (11.04%) Defect Tracking
13 58 (9.70%) Software Engineering
14 54 (9.03%) API Testing
15 53 (8.86%) Integration Testing
16 52 (8.70%) Performance Testing
16 52 (8.70%) User Stories
17 44 (7.36%) Web Testing
18 43 (7.19%) Validation
19 41 (6.86%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 196 (32.78%) Java
2 99 (16.56%) Python
3 96 (16.05%) SQL
4 94 (15.72%) C#
5 73 (12.21%) Ruby
6 69 (11.54%) JavaScript
7 62 (10.37%) Scala
8 40 (6.69%) Perl
9 32 (5.35%) C
10 21 (3.51%) C++
11 14 (2.34%) PHP
12 13 (2.17%) Shell Script
13 12 (2.01%) PowerShell
14 11 (1.84%) T-SQL
15 8 (1.34%) Bash Shell
16 6 (1.00%) PL/SQL
17 5 (0.84%) VBScript
18 4 (0.67%) Apple Swift
18 4 (0.67%) AspectJ
18 4 (0.67%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 58 (9.70%) Security Cleared
2 57 (9.53%) ISTQB
3 52 (8.70%) ISEB
4 28 (4.68%) Degree
5 24 (4.01%) SC Cleared
6 22 (3.68%) DV Cleared
7 15 (2.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 7 (1.17%) BPSS Clearance
8 7 (1.17%) HNC
9 4 (0.67%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 4 (0.67%) PhD
10 3 (0.50%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 2 (0.33%) Cisco Certification
12 1 (0.17%) CCNA
12 1 (0.17%) CCNP
12 1 (0.17%) CISSP
12 1 (0.17%) CLAS
12 1 (0.17%) JNCIA
12 1 (0.17%) PMI Certification
12 1 (0.17%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 218 (36.45%) QA
2 52 (8.70%) SDET
3 31 (5.18%) WCAG
4 3 (0.50%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.33%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.33%) Def Stans
5 2 (0.33%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.33%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.17%) GDPR
6 1 (0.17%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.17%) ISO13485
6 1 (0.17%) JTAG
6 1 (0.17%) SLA
6 1 (0.17%) TickIT
System Software
1 8 (1.34%) Docker
2 5 (0.84%) Active Directory
2 5 (0.84%) Firmware
3 4 (0.67%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.17%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (0.17%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 19 (3.18%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (1.17%) Puppet
3 6 (1.00%) OpenView
4 4 (0.67%) HP SiteScope
4 4 (0.67%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.33%) Ansible
5 2 (0.33%) SCCM
6 1 (0.17%) BladeLogic
6 1 (0.17%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.17%) Cisco IPCC
6 1 (0.17%) Cisco UCCE
6 1 (0.17%) Cisco UCCX
6 1 (0.17%) Kubernetes
6 1 (0.17%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 1 (0.17%) Zenoss
Vendors
1 44 (7.36%) Microsoft
2 38 (6.35%) HP
2 38 (6.35%) Oracle
3 14 (2.34%) IBM
4 10 (1.67%) Cisco
5 9 (1.51%) Huawei
6 8 (1.34%) CA Agile Central
6 8 (1.34%) Xamarin
7 7 (1.17%) Google
8 5 (0.84%) Sybase
9 4 (0.67%) Atlassian
9 4 (0.67%) Nokia
9 4 (0.67%) SAP
10 3 (0.50%) ATG
10 3 (0.50%) BT
10 3 (0.50%) Calypso
10 3 (0.50%) F5
10 3 (0.50%) Guidewire
10 3 (0.50%) Temenos
11 2 (0.33%) Telelogic
City, London
JM
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
South East London
AdRoc Group
Rate: From £375 to £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Bedford, Bedfordshire
Pimlico Banks Recruitment
Rate: Up to £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £550 - £750 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
London
Square One Resources
Rate: Up to £335 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
NCC Group
Rate: From £375 to £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Square One Resources
Rate: Up to £255 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Pioneer Search
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Central London / West End
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: Up to £450 per annum
Posted: 8 days ago
London
CPS Group Limited
Posted: 8 days ago
London
TRG
Rate: 340-360 Per Day please send CV
Posted: 17 days ago
London
X4 Group
Rate: Market related
Posted: 10 hours ago
Essex
In Parallel Computer Staff Limited
Rate: From £36 to £38 per hour Dep On Exp
Posted: 6 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
In Parallel Computer Staff Limited
Rate: From £40 to £42 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Essex
Senitor Associates
Rate: £150 - £200 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Reading, Berkshire
Sogeti
Rate: Competitive Day Rate
Posted: 21 days ago
Gloucestershire
In Parallel Computer Staff Limited
Rate: From £37 to £40 per hour Dep On Exp
Posted: 6 days ago