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 16 September 2014 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
16 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Engineer
Rank 335 365 293
Rank change year-on-year
+30 -72
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 308 241 367
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.54% 0.46% 0.62%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.59% 0.49% 0.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 184 134 181
Average daily rate
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£350 £315 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% +1.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £187 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £425 £410
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £290 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.75% -3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 27 36
Average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -14.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.32 £21.60 £20.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.45 £39.50 £38.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-1.63% -12.85%

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
52339 48993 54685
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.05% 92.75% 92.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 31928 29282 30681
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £234 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £551
UK excluding London average daily rate £358 £350 £342
% change year-on-year
+2.14% +2.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2049 2106 2649
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -8.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
- -8.33%

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 16 September 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 16 September 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 16 September 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
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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 +42 283 £350 +8.52% 97
London +52 100 £363 +3.57% 23
South East -12 85 £278 -4.31% 27
Berkshire +6 38 £225 +34.32% 11
East of England -13 37 £363 +39.42% 12
South West -16 33 £375 +25.00% 8
Cambridgeshire +12 24 £363 +42.15% 9
City of London +31 22 £400 -0.12% 11
Hampshire -9 22 £285 -1.72% 1
Cambridge -7 15 £363 +39.42% 8
Scotland -11 13 £375 +6.76% 3
Bristol -12 13 £375 +25.00% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne - 12 £368 - 1
Tyne and Wear - 12 £368 - 2
North East - 12 £368 - 2
East Midlands +10 11 £275 +22.90% 4
Dorset - 11 £450 - 1
Buckinghamshire +1 10 £315 -10.00% 2
Bracknell +6 9 £225 - 2
Milton Keynes +3 8 £308 -12.14% 1
Middlesex +4 7 £278 +73.43%
Reading -1 7 £231 +38.05% 3
Gloucestershire -13 6 £310 - 3
Nottingham +25 5 £250 +5.26%
Nottinghamshire +16 5 £250 +5.26%
Surrey 0 5 £353 -1.39% 5
Peterborough +14 4 £350 +64.70% 1
Hertfordshire -18 4 £400 +37.93% 2
Slough - 4 £245 - 3
Southampton - 4 £313 -

Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 September 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.

1 231 (38.69%) Agile Software Development
2 138 (23.12%) Selenium
3 128 (21.44%) SQL
4 125 (20.94%) Java
5 123 (20.60%) Test Scripting
6 117 (19.60%) Test Automation
7 115 (19.26%) Scrum
8 112 (18.76%) QA
9 107 (17.92%) BDD
10 96 (16.08%) Linux
11 92 (15.41%) Software Testing
12 89 (14.91%) Cucumber
13 88 (14.74%) Telecoms
14 78 (13.07%) HP Quality Center
15 77 (12.90%) Windows
16 75 (12.56%) C#
16 75 (12.56%) TDD
17 74 (12.40%) Python
18 73 (12.23%) .NET
18 73 (12.23%) ISEB
19 69 (11.56%) ISTQB
20 66 (11.06%) UNIX
21 65 (10.89%) Finance
21 65 (10.89%) Automated Testing
22 62 (10.39%) Security Cleared
22 62 (10.39%) XML
23 59 (9.88%) HP
23 59 (9.88%) JIRA
23 59 (9.88%) WebDriver
24 58 (9.72%) Test Strategy

Test Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 16 September 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 4 (0.67%) SharePoint
2 2 (0.34%) Documentum
2 2 (0.34%) SharePoint 2010
2 2 (0.34%) Node.js
2 2 (0.34%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (0.17%) OpenStack
3 1 (0.17%) WebSphere Application Server
3 1 (0.17%) Apache
3 1 (0.17%) Tomcat
3 1 (0.17%) SAS
3 1 (0.17%) WebSphere Process Server
3 1 (0.17%) WebSphere
3 1 (0.17%) Jetty
Applications
1 12 (2.01%) MS Office
2 8 (1.34%) MS Excel
3 3 (0.50%) MS Project
3 3 (0.50%) Final Cut Pro
4 1 (0.17%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (0.50%) LabWindows
2 2 (0.34%) BASE24
2 2 (0.34%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.34%) SunGard GMI
2 2 (0.34%) SAP BPC
3 1 (0.17%) Oracle BRM
3 1 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.17%) Cognos TM1
Cloud Services
1 8 (1.34%) Office 365
2 5 (0.84%) SaaS
3 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.17%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 48 (8.04%) LTE
2 39 (6.53%) 3G
3 34 (5.70%) GSM
4 31 (5.19%) UMTS
5 28 (4.69%) GPRS
6 23 (3.85%) HTTP
7 22 (3.69%) Radio Access Network
8 21 (3.52%) DVB
8 21 (3.52%) Firewall
9 20 (3.35%) 4G
10 19 (3.18%) VoLTE
11 18 (3.02%) Wireshark
11 18 (3.02%) Wireless
11 18 (3.02%) TCP/IP
12 16 (2.68%) 3GPP
12 16 (2.68%) WCDMA
12 16 (2.68%) Ethernet
13 14 (2.35%) Broadband
13 14 (2.35%) INAP
13 14 (2.35%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (4.02%) SQL Server
2 19 (3.18%) MySQL
3 17 (2.85%) Relational Database
4 16 (2.68%) Oracle Database
5 7 (1.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 6 (1.01%) SQL Navigator
6 6 (1.01%) RDBMS
7 5 (0.84%) Oracle Reports
8 4 (0.67%) Oracle Database 11g
8 4 (0.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 3 (0.50%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (0.34%) PostgreSQL
10 2 (0.34%) DB2
10 2 (0.34%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 1 (0.17%) SQL Server 2008
11 1 (0.17%) Hadoop
11 1 (0.17%) MongoDB
11 1 (0.17%) NoSQL
11 1 (0.17%) Big Data
11 1 (0.17%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 138 (23.12%) Selenium
2 89 (14.91%) Cucumber
3 59 (9.88%) WebDriver
3 59 (9.88%) JIRA
4 47 (7.87%) LoadRunner
5 39 (6.53%) QuickTest Pro
6 36 (6.03%) Jenkins
7 35 (5.86%) JUnit
8 32 (5.36%) Team Foundation Server
9 31 (5.19%) Git (software)
10 26 (4.36%) Rational DOORS
10 26 (4.36%) Visual Studio
11 24 (4.02%) SoapUI
12 22 (3.69%) Subversion
13 17 (2.85%) JMeter
13 17 (2.85%) SpecFlow
13 17 (2.85%) Calabash
14 14 (2.35%) JBehave
14 14 (2.35%) Facilita Forecast
15 12 (2.01%) Capybara
General
1 88 (14.74%) Telecoms
2 65 (10.89%) Finance
3 36 (6.03%) Electronics
4 14 (2.35%) Banking
5 13 (2.18%) Billing
6 11 (1.84%) Military
7 10 (1.68%) Games
8 8 (1.34%) Automotive
8 8 (1.34%) Avionics
9 7 (1.17%) Manufacturing
9 7 (1.17%) Publishing
9 7 (1.17%) Retail
10 6 (1.01%) Aerospace
11 4 (0.67%) Back Office
11 4 (0.67%) Marketing
12 3 (0.50%) Multimedia
12 3 (0.50%) Investment Banking
13 2 (0.34%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.34%) Advertising
14 1 (0.17%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 73 (12.23%) .NET
2 62 (10.39%) XML
3 55 (9.21%) Web Services
4 39 (6.53%) SOAP
5 34 (5.70%) REST
6 27 (4.52%) HTML
7 15 (2.51%) JSON
7 15 (2.51%) WCF
8 14 (2.35%) CSS
9 13 (2.18%) WPF
9 13 (2.18%) .NET Framework
9 13 (2.18%) Gherkin
10 12 (2.01%) jQuery
11 11 (1.84%) Spring
12 10 (1.68%) RESTful
13 7 (1.17%) WAP
13 7 (1.17%) OpenCL
14 5 (0.84%) XSLT
14 5 (0.84%) ASP.NET
15 4 (0.67%) WML
Miscellaneous
1 56 (9.38%) Analytical Skills
2 39 (6.53%) Mobile App
3 25 (4.19%) STB
4 21 (3.52%) IPTV
5 19 (3.18%) Open Source
6 18 (3.02%) MPEG
6 18 (3.02%) DTV
7 15 (2.51%) Computer Science
8 13 (2.18%) Video on Demand
9 12 (2.01%) Embedded Systems
10 7 (1.17%) Digital Media
10 7 (1.17%) User Experience
10 7 (1.17%) Client/Server
10 7 (1.17%) Firmware
10 7 (1.17%) Handset
10 7 (1.17%) Streaming Video
11 6 (1.01%) Clustering
11 6 (1.01%) Blackberry
11 6 (1.01%) Enterprise Software
11 6 (1.01%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 96 (16.08%) Linux
2 77 (12.90%) Windows
3 66 (11.06%) UNIX
4 26 (4.36%) Android
5 23 (3.85%) Apple iOS
6 10 (1.68%) Solaris
7 9 (1.51%) Windows 7
8 8 (1.34%) Windows Phone
9 7 (1.17%) Windows Server 2008
10 6 (1.01%) Windows Server 2003
10 6 (1.01%) AIX
11 5 (0.84%) Windows XP
11 5 (0.84%) VMS
12 4 (0.67%) Mac OS
12 4 (0.67%) Windows NT
13 3 (0.50%) bada
13 3 (0.50%) NetWare
13 3 (0.50%) HPUX
14 1 (0.17%) zOS
14 1 (0.17%) Windows CE
Processes & Methodologies
1 231 (38.69%) Agile Software Development
2 123 (20.60%) Test Scripting
3 117 (19.60%) Test Automation
4 115 (19.26%) Scrum
5 107 (17.92%) BDD
6 92 (15.41%) Software Testing
7 75 (12.56%) TDD
8 65 (10.89%) Automated Testing
9 58 (9.72%) Test Strategy
10 54 (9.05%) Performance Testing
11 52 (8.71%) Regression Testing
12 41 (6.87%) Automation Testing
13 40 (6.70%) Validation
14 36 (6.03%) Continuous Integration
15 35 (5.86%) Manual Testing
16 32 (5.36%) Integration Testing
17 29 (4.86%) E-Commerce
18 28 (4.69%) Configuration Management
18 28 (4.69%) Software Engineering
19 27 (4.52%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 128 (21.44%) SQL
2 125 (20.94%) Java
3 75 (12.56%) C#
4 74 (12.40%) Python
5 57 (9.55%) Ruby
6 34 (5.70%) JavaScript
6 34 (5.70%) Perl
7 33 (5.53%) C++
8 29 (4.86%) C
9 28 (4.69%) PHP
10 24 (4.02%) Bash Shell
11 14 (2.35%) VBScript
12 13 (2.18%) VB.NET
13 11 (1.84%) VB
14 8 (1.34%) Scala
14 8 (1.34%) Groovy
14 8 (1.34%) Shell Script
15 7 (1.17%) Tcl
15 7 (1.17%) PowerShell
15 7 (1.17%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 73 (12.23%) ISEB
2 69 (11.56%) ISTQB
3 62 (10.39%) Security Cleared
4 48 (8.04%) Degree
5 43 (7.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 42 (7.04%) SC Cleared
7 11 (1.84%) Cisco Certification
8 8 (1.34%) HND
9 7 (1.17%) BC Cleared
10 5 (0.84%) HNC
11 4 (0.67%) MCITP
11 4 (0.67%) DV Cleared
11 4 (0.67%) Microsoft Certification
11 4 (0.67%) CCNP
12 3 (0.50%) MCSE
12 3 (0.50%) MCSA
12 3 (0.50%) ISEB Practitioner
12 3 (0.50%) MCTS
13 2 (0.34%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 2 (0.34%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 112 (18.76%) QA
2 10 (1.68%) DO-178B
3 3 (0.50%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.34%) ISO 9000
4 2 (0.34%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.34%) DO-160
5 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 9 (1.51%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (1.17%) Active Directory
2 7 (1.17%) VMware ESX
3 5 (0.84%) NDS
4 3 (0.50%) GPFS
4 3 (0.50%) VMware ESXi
4 3 (0.50%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.17%) vSphere
5 1 (0.17%) KVM
Systems Management
1 78 (13.07%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (0.67%) McAfee ePO
3 3 (0.50%) Puppet
3 3 (0.50%) Tivoli
3 3 (0.50%) Netcool
4 2 (0.34%) NSN NetAct
4 2 (0.34%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (0.34%) Ansible
5 1 (0.17%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 59 (9.88%) HP
2 48 (8.04%) Oracle
3 31 (5.19%) Cisco
3 31 (5.19%) Microsoft
4 28 (4.69%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 23 (3.85%) VMware
6 10 (1.68%) IBM
7 9 (1.51%) SAP
7 9 (1.51%) Citrix
7 9 (1.51%) Huawei
8 7 (1.17%) Agilent
8 7 (1.17%) Juniper
8 7 (1.17%) EMC
9 6 (1.01%) TIBCO
9 6 (1.01%) Veritas
9 6 (1.01%) Symbian
10 5 (0.84%) Nokia
11 4 (0.67%) CheckPoint
11 4 (0.67%) McAfee
11 4 (0.67%) Fortinet
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