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 30 June 2016 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
30 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Engineer
Rank 391 388 348
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -40
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 277 262 318
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.52% 0.47% 0.59%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.55% 0.49% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 171 154 198
Median daily rate £368 £325 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.07% -1.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £243 £230 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £468 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £290 £325
% change year-on-year
+20.68% -10.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 21 16
Median hourly rate £37.50 £31.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.96% -4.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £30.00 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.02 £42.00 £42.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £31.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+20.96% +3.33%

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
50811 53185 51069
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.71% 94.78% 94.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 33087 33473 31333
Median daily rate £425 £400 £396
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.01%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £570 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £396 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.49% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1525 2016 2057
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £40.00 £38.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.14 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+8.42% -2.18%

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 30 June 2016.

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 June 2016.

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 30 June 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 +26 258 £375 +15.38% 114
London +16 95 £400 +10.72% 29
South East +6 91 £350 +21.73% 28
South West +27 28 £425 +26.39% 12
Hampshire +12 24 £260 -9.56% 6
Berkshire -26 23 £375 +44.23% 4
East Sussex +30 19 £350 -
City of London +52 18 £425 +13.33% 3
Brighton +19 14 - -
Surrey +1 14 £370 -7.50% 12
Scotland -20 13 £294 -10.30% 3
East of England +19 12 £350 +34.61% 22
Yorkshire +13 10 £375 +30.43% 11
Reading -13 10 £300 -11.43% 1
Basingstoke +2 9 £300 -14.28%
Gloucestershire +2 9 £450 +55.84% 4
West Yorkshire -2 9 £400 +39.13% 11
West Midlands -14 9 £475 +72.72% 3
Bristol +13 8 £425 - 7
Leeds +3 8 £413 +43.47% 9
Cambridgeshire +15 7 - - 13
Winchester +2 7 - - 1
West Sussex -13 7 £315 -7.35%
Cheltenham +6 6 £450 +45.16% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -55 6 £319 +1.19%
North East -56 6 £319 +23.78%
Tyne and Wear -59 6 £319 +1.19%
Cambridge +13 5 - - 10
Dorset -1 5 £203 -
Greenford - 5 £243 -

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 June 2016, 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.

1 233 (40.73%) Agile Software Development
2 174 (30.42%) Test Automation
3 149 (26.05%) Selenium
4 140 (24.48%) Java
5 133 (23.25%) QA
6 116 (20.28%) BDD
7 111 (19.41%) Cucumber
8 110 (19.23%) SQL
9 107 (18.71%) TDD
10 101 (17.66%) Linux
11 94 (16.43%) JIRA
12 93 (16.26%) Software Testing
12 93 (16.26%) Python
13 91 (15.91%) Scrum
13 91 (15.91%) ISTQB
13 91 (15.91%) Automated Testing
14 87 (15.21%) Security Cleared
15 85 (14.86%) Test Scripting
16 81 (14.16%) C#
17 76 (13.29%) Software Engineering
18 73 (12.76%) ISEB
19 71 (12.41%) WebDriver
20 65 (11.36%) .NET
20 65 (11.36%) Functional Testing
21 60 (10.49%) Ruby
22 59 (10.31%) Windows
23 58 (10.14%) SDLC
24 56 (9.79%) Automation Testing
24 56 (9.79%) Continuous Integration
25 54 (9.44%) SC 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 (1.92%) Confluence
2 8 (1.40%) Apache Spark
3 7 (1.22%) CMS
3 7 (1.22%) JBoss
4 6 (1.05%) IIS
4 6 (1.05%) Jetty
5 5 (0.87%) Apache
6 4 (0.70%) Oracle Workflow
6 4 (0.70%) SharePoint
6 4 (0.70%) WebLogic
7 3 (0.52%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (0.35%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.35%) Tomcat
8 2 (0.35%) WordPress
9 1 (0.17%) Apache Solr
9 1 (0.17%) Drupal
9 1 (0.17%) GlassFish
9 1 (0.17%) Mule
Applications
1 24 (4.20%) MS Office
2 18 (3.15%) MS Excel
3 2 (0.35%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.17%) Simulink
4 1 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.70%) LabWindows
2 3 (0.52%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.35%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.17%) Magento
4 1 (0.17%) Northgate Housing
Cloud Services
1 7 (1.22%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (1.05%) PaaS
3 5 (0.87%) SaaS
4 2 (0.35%) IaaS
4 2 (0.35%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (0.17%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.17%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 21 (3.67%) 3G
1 21 (3.67%) LTE
2 16 (2.80%) WLAN
3 15 (2.62%) VLAN
4 13 (2.27%) 4G
4 13 (2.27%) SNMP
5 12 (2.10%) DVB
6 11 (1.92%) SAN
7 10 (1.75%) Firewall
7 10 (1.75%) VPN
8 9 (1.57%) 2G
8 9 (1.57%) Bluetooth
8 9 (1.57%) HTTP
8 9 (1.57%) TCP/IP
9 8 (1.40%) MVNO
9 8 (1.40%) Value-Added Service
10 6 (1.05%) ATM
10 6 (1.05%) BGP
10 6 (1.05%) Wireshark
10 6 (1.05%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (6.47%) SQL Server
2 17 (2.97%) Relational Database
3 16 (2.80%) MySQL
4 13 (2.27%) Hadoop
5 12 (2.10%) Big Data
6 7 (1.22%) MongoDB
7 6 (1.05%) Oracle Database
8 5 (0.87%) Data Mining
9 4 (0.70%) Apache Cassandra
9 4 (0.70%) MS Access
9 4 (0.70%) PostgreSQL
10 3 (0.52%) HPCC
10 3 (0.52%) SQL Server 2012
11 2 (0.35%) Data Warehouse
11 2 (0.35%) Neo4j
11 2 (0.35%) NoSQL
11 2 (0.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 1 (0.17%) Oracle Database 11g
12 1 (0.17%) SQL Server 2008
12 1 (0.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 149 (26.05%) Selenium
2 111 (19.41%) Cucumber
3 94 (16.43%) JIRA
4 71 (12.41%) WebDriver
5 43 (7.52%) Jenkins
6 38 (6.64%) Git (software)
7 35 (6.12%) SpecFlow
8 29 (5.07%) HP UFT
9 24 (4.20%) LoadRunner
10 23 (4.02%) Appium
11 20 (3.50%) Team Foundation Server
11 20 (3.50%) WATIR
12 19 (3.32%) Capybara
13 18 (3.15%) Rational DOORS
13 18 (3.15%) Visual Studio
14 15 (2.62%) JMeter
14 15 (2.62%) JUnit
14 15 (2.62%) Maven
14 15 (2.62%) SoapUI
15 11 (1.92%) Calabash
General
1 45 (7.87%) Finance
2 35 (6.12%) Telecoms
3 20 (3.50%) Banking
3 20 (3.50%) Retail
4 15 (2.62%) Electronics
5 14 (2.45%) Games
6 13 (2.27%) Aerospace
7 11 (1.92%) Manufacturing
8 10 (1.75%) Automotive
9 6 (1.05%) Investment Banking
10 4 (0.70%) Marketing
10 4 (0.70%) Military
10 4 (0.70%) Publishing
11 3 (0.52%) Advertising
12 2 (0.35%) Back Office
12 2 (0.35%) Billing
12 2 (0.35%) Online Betting
13 1 (0.17%) Avionics
13 1 (0.17%) Local Government
13 1 (0.17%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 65 (11.36%) .NET
2 54 (9.44%) Web Services
3 34 (5.94%) XML
4 32 (5.59%) REST
5 21 (3.67%) Gherkin
6 19 (3.32%) RESTful
7 18 (3.15%) HTML
8 17 (2.97%) ASP.NET
9 16 (2.80%) Node.js
10 15 (2.62%) SOAP
11 12 (2.10%) RabbitMQ
12 10 (1.75%) Dropwizard
13 9 (1.57%) .NET Framework
14 8 (1.40%) Behat
14 8 (1.40%) spray
14 8 (1.40%) XSD
15 7 (1.22%) AngularJS
15 7 (1.22%) Hibernate
15 7 (1.22%) JMS
15 7 (1.22%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 23 (4.02%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (3.67%) Computer Science
3 20 (3.50%) Smart Meter
4 19 (3.32%) Embedded Systems
4 19 (3.32%) Mobile App
5 18 (3.15%) STB
6 16 (2.80%) IPTV
7 8 (1.40%) Data Centre
7 8 (1.40%) Fixed Income
7 8 (1.40%) User Experience
8 7 (1.22%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 7 (1.22%) Management Information System
8 7 (1.22%) Video on Demand
9 6 (1.05%) Performance Metrics
10 5 (0.87%) ASTM
10 5 (0.87%) Over-the-Top Content
11 4 (0.70%) Clustering
11 4 (0.70%) Digital TV
11 4 (0.70%) MPEG
11 4 (0.70%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 101 (17.66%) Linux
2 59 (10.31%) Windows
3 54 (9.44%) Unix
4 25 (4.37%) Android
5 24 (4.20%) Apple iOS
6 4 (0.70%) Mac OS X
6 4 (0.70%) Windows 7
6 4 (0.70%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (0.52%) AIX
7 3 (0.52%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (0.35%) Kali Linux
8 2 (0.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.35%) Windows Server
9 1 (0.17%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.17%) SUSE
9 1 (0.17%) VMS
9 1 (0.17%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.17%) Windows Mobile
9 1 (0.17%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.17%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 233 (40.73%) Agile Software Development
2 174 (30.42%) Test Automation
3 116 (20.28%) BDD
4 107 (18.71%) TDD
5 93 (16.26%) Software Testing
6 91 (15.91%) Automated Testing
6 91 (15.91%) Scrum
7 85 (14.86%) Test Scripting
8 76 (13.29%) Software Engineering
9 65 (11.36%) Functional Testing
10 58 (10.14%) SDLC
11 56 (9.79%) Automation Testing
11 56 (9.79%) Continuous Integration
12 52 (9.09%) Regression Testing
13 48 (8.39%) Performance Testing
14 44 (7.69%) Integration Testing
15 38 (6.64%) Configuration Management
16 37 (6.47%) User Acceptance Testing
17 36 (6.29%) Validation
18 32 (5.59%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 140 (24.48%) Java
2 110 (19.23%) SQL
3 93 (16.26%) Python
4 81 (14.16%) C#
5 60 (10.49%) Ruby
6 50 (8.74%) JavaScript
7 46 (8.04%) C
8 36 (6.29%) Perl
9 28 (4.90%) C++
10 24 (4.20%) Scala
11 20 (3.50%) PHP
12 14 (2.45%) Groovy
13 12 (2.10%) Shell Script
13 12 (2.10%) VB
14 10 (1.75%) Bash Shell
15 9 (1.57%) VBA
16 8 (1.40%) PowerShell
17 7 (1.22%) VB.NET
18 6 (1.05%) VBScript
19 3 (0.52%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 91 (15.91%) ISTQB
2 87 (15.21%) Security Cleared
3 73 (12.76%) ISEB
4 54 (9.44%) SC Cleared
5 49 (8.57%) Degree
6 32 (5.59%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 28 (4.90%) DV Cleared
8 18 (3.15%) Cisco Certification
8 18 (3.15%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 17 (2.97%) CCNA
10 9 (1.57%) CCNP
11 5 (0.87%) BPSS Clearance
12 4 (0.70%) HND
12 4 (0.70%) Network+ Certification
13 3 (0.52%) ISEB Practitioner
14 1 (0.17%) BC Cleared
14 1 (0.17%) CEH
14 1 (0.17%) GIAC
14 1 (0.17%) MCITP
14 1 (0.17%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 133 (23.25%) QA
2 27 (4.72%) SDET
3 5 (0.87%) DO-160
4 3 (0.52%) IEC 61508
4 3 (0.52%) ISO 9001
4 3 (0.52%) SLA
5 2 (0.35%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.17%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.17%) Def Stans
6 1 (0.17%) DO-178B
6 1 (0.17%) ECSS
6 1 (0.17%) FedRAMP
6 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.17%) MISRA
6 1 (0.17%) MISRA C
6 1 (0.17%) TickIT
6 1 (0.17%) WCAG
System Software
1 8 (1.40%) Docker
2 5 (0.87%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.70%) Veritas Cluster Server
3 4 (0.70%) Virtual Machines
3 4 (0.70%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.17%) Firmware
4 1 (0.17%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.17%) VMware ESX
4 1 (0.17%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 42 (7.34%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (1.57%) Puppet
3 6 (1.05%) HP SiteScope
4 3 (0.52%) Netcool
5 2 (0.35%) Ansible
5 2 (0.35%) Nmap
5 2 (0.35%) SCCM
5 2 (0.35%) WebInspect
6 1 (0.17%) Cacti
6 1 (0.17%) Cisco UCCE
6 1 (0.17%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.17%) Nagios
6 1 (0.17%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 47 (8.22%) Microsoft
2 43 (7.52%) HP
3 42 (7.34%) Oracle
4 15 (2.62%) Cisco
4 15 (2.62%) VMware
5 12 (2.10%) Atlassian
6 10 (1.75%) Rally
7 7 (1.22%) IBM
7 7 (1.22%) Veritas
8 6 (1.05%) EMC
9 5 (0.87%) F5
10 4 (0.70%) NetApp
10 4 (0.70%) Red Hat
10 4 (0.70%) SAP
11 3 (0.52%) Adobe
11 3 (0.52%) Apple
11 3 (0.52%) Huawei
11 3 (0.52%) Serena
11 3 (0.52%) Splunk
12 2 (0.35%) Samsung
Halifax, West Yorkshire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 9 hours ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Intelletec
Rate: From £200 to £250 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Eligo Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £300.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol
Arrows Group Ltd
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, Yorkshire
Sky Betting and Gaming
Posted: 3 days ago
Redhill, Surrey
Vantage Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Felixstowe, Suffolk
Edgar Cowen
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Derby, Derbyshire
X4 Group
Rate: £7 - 12 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Experis Ltd
Rate: £40 - £45 per hour
Posted: 3 hours ago
Surrey
X4 Group
Rate: £280 - 330 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Newport, Gwent
X4 Group
Rate: £15 - 21 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Felixstowe, Suffolk
Edgar Cowen
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Bedford
aap3
Rate: £300 - £400 per day + Some working from home
Posted: 7 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £275 - £325 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Gloucestershire
In Parallel Computer Staff Limited
Rate: From £32 to £37 per hour depending on experience
Posted: 6 days ago
Bedfordshire
X4 Group
Rate: £15 - 20 per hour
Posted: Yesterday