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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Engineer
Rank 354 359 278
Rank change year-on-year
+5 -81
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 291 239 374
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.52% 0.45% 0.65%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.57% 0.49% 0.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 170 128 173
Average daily rate
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£350 £310 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.90% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £168 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £425 £409
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £290 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.75% -3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 27 33
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 £11.58 £21.60 £20.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.70 £39.50 £39.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
- -14.28%

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
51314 48841 53723
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.21% 92.73% 92.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 31055 29011 30174
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £233 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1971 2118 2640
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
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 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%

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 28 August 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 28 August 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 28 August 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 +20 268 £350 +13.82% 97
London +46 98 £363 +3.57% 31
South East -7 87 £280 +0.90% 18
Berkshire -3 34 £268 +56.20% 1
East of England -11 31 £351 +27.72% 17
Hampshire -11 27 £293 +4.46% 3
South West -32 27 £350 +16.66% 11
City of London +30 19 £400 -0.12% 9
Cambridgeshire 0 19 £363 +39.42% 10
Buckinghamshire +14 13 £315 -10.00% 5
Scotland -14 13 £361 +2.48% 5
Cambridge -9 11 £363 +39.42% 8
Bristol -14 10 £375 +25.00% 3
Bracknell +10 9 £225 -
Dorset - 9 - - 1
Milton Keynes +4 8 £308 -12.14% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - 8 £358 - 1
Tyne and Wear - 8 £358 - 2
North East - 8 £358 - 2
East Midlands +4 7 £338 +42.10% 2
North West -12 6 £331 +6.00% 6
Reading +4 5 £350 +108.95%
Surrey -2 5 £350 +6.06% 5
Middlesex -4 5 £263 +64.06%
Edinburgh -10 5 £260 -28.27% 3
Gloucestershire -22 5 £300 - 4
Slough +5 4 £245 +50.76% 1
Maidenhead -2 4 £413 +150.00%
Bedfordshire -16 4 £230 - 4
Southampton - 4 £313 -

Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 August 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.

1 140 (24.31%) Selenium
2 128 (22.22%) SQL
3 125 (21.70%) Java
4 122 (21.18%) Test Scripting
5 120 (20.83%) QA
6 114 (19.79%) BDD
7 113 (19.62%) Scrum
8 107 (18.58%) Test Automation
9 105 (18.23%) Agile Software Development
10 95 (16.49%) Linux
11 91 (15.80%) Software Testing
11 91 (15.80%) Cucumber
12 83 (14.41%) Windows
13 78 (13.54%) C#
14 77 (13.37%) Telecoms
15 76 (13.19%) TDD
16 74 (12.85%) ISEB
16 74 (12.85%) Python
17 73 (12.67%) .NET
18 71 (12.33%) ISTQB
19 66 (11.46%) XML
20 65 (11.28%) HP Quality Center
21 64 (11.11%) Finance
22 63 (10.94%) Web Services
22 63 (10.94%) UNIX
22 63 (10.94%) Automated Testing
23 62 (10.76%) Security Cleared
24 60 (10.42%) JIRA
24 60 (10.42%) Ruby
24 60 (10.42%) WebDriver

Test Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 (0.69%) SharePoint
2 2 (0.35%) Documentum
2 2 (0.35%) SAS
2 2 (0.35%) Tomcat
2 2 (0.35%) WebSphere
2 2 (0.35%) SharePoint 2010
2 2 (0.35%) Node.js
2 2 (0.35%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (0.17%) Jetty
3 1 (0.17%) WebSphere Application Server
3 1 (0.17%) WebSphere Process Server
Applications
1 13 (2.26%) MS Office
2 10 (1.74%) MS Excel
3 3 (0.52%) MS Project
3 3 (0.52%) Final Cut Pro
4 1 (0.17%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.17%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 2 (0.35%) SunGard GMI
1 2 (0.35%) BASE24
1 2 (0.35%) SAP BPC
2 1 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.17%) Cognos TM1
2 1 (0.17%) Google Analytics
2 1 (0.17%) Oracle BRM
Cloud Services
1 8 (1.39%) Office 365
2 5 (0.87%) SaaS
3 2 (0.35%) GitHub
4 1 (0.17%) PaaS
4 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 40 (6.94%) LTE
2 32 (5.56%) 3G
3 31 (5.38%) GSM
4 29 (5.03%) HTTP
5 27 (4.69%) UMTS
6 24 (4.17%) Firewall
7 23 (3.99%) GPRS
8 22 (3.82%) DVB
9 21 (3.65%) TCP/IP
9 21 (3.65%) Radio Access Network
10 19 (3.30%) Wireless
11 18 (3.13%) 4G
11 18 (3.13%) VoLTE
12 16 (2.78%) Ethernet
12 16 (2.78%) 3GPP
12 16 (2.78%) Broadband
13 15 (2.60%) Internet
14 14 (2.43%) NAS
15 13 (2.26%) Wireshark
16 12 (2.08%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (4.69%) SQL Server
2 20 (3.47%) Relational Database
3 17 (2.95%) Oracle Database
3 17 (2.95%) MySQL
4 7 (1.22%) SQL Navigator
4 7 (1.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (1.04%) RDBMS
6 5 (0.87%) Oracle Database 11g
7 4 (0.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (0.52%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (0.52%) DB2
9 2 (0.35%) Oracle Reports
9 2 (0.35%) PostgreSQL
9 2 (0.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 1 (0.17%) SAS Enterprise Guide
10 1 (0.17%) SQL Server 2008
10 1 (0.17%) MongoDB
10 1 (0.17%) NoSQL
10 1 (0.17%) SAS Data Integration Studio
10 1 (0.17%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 140 (24.31%) Selenium
2 91 (15.80%) Cucumber
3 60 (10.42%) WebDriver
3 60 (10.42%) JIRA
4 39 (6.77%) LoadRunner
5 38 (6.60%) Jenkins
6 36 (6.25%) QuickTest Pro
7 32 (5.56%) JUnit
7 32 (5.56%) Git (software)
7 32 (5.56%) Team Foundation Server
8 27 (4.69%) Visual Studio
9 23 (3.99%) SoapUI
10 21 (3.65%) Rational DOORS
10 21 (3.65%) Subversion
11 19 (3.30%) JMeter
12 18 (3.13%) Calabash
13 17 (2.95%) SpecFlow
14 14 (2.43%) JBehave
15 13 (2.26%) Capybara
15 13 (2.26%) Bugzilla
General
1 77 (13.37%) Telecoms
2 64 (11.11%) Finance
3 33 (5.73%) Electronics
4 13 (2.26%) Banking
5 12 (2.08%) Billing
6 10 (1.74%) Games
6 10 (1.74%) Military
7 9 (1.56%) Retail
8 8 (1.39%) Avionics
9 7 (1.22%) Publishing
9 7 (1.22%) Manufacturing
10 6 (1.04%) Automotive
11 4 (0.69%) Aerospace
11 4 (0.69%) Back Office
11 4 (0.69%) Multimedia
11 4 (0.69%) Marketing
12 3 (0.52%) Investment Banking
13 2 (0.35%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.35%) Advertising
14 1 (0.17%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 73 (12.67%) .NET
2 66 (11.46%) XML
3 63 (10.94%) Web Services
4 44 (7.64%) SOAP
5 40 (6.94%) REST
6 30 (5.21%) HTML
7 17 (2.95%) JSON
8 15 (2.60%) WCF
9 14 (2.43%) WPF
9 14 (2.43%) CSS
9 14 (2.43%) RESTful
9 14 (2.43%) Gherkin
10 13 (2.26%) .NET Framework
11 11 (1.91%) Spring
12 8 (1.39%) WAP
13 6 (1.04%) XSLT
13 6 (1.04%) ASP.NET
13 6 (1.04%) jQuery
13 6 (1.04%) OpenCL
14 4 (0.69%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 36 (6.25%) Mobile App
2 26 (4.51%) STB
3 20 (3.47%) IPTV
4 19 (3.30%) MPEG
5 18 (3.13%) DTV
6 16 (2.78%) Open Source
7 15 (2.60%) Computer Science
8 14 (2.43%) Video on Demand
8 14 (2.43%) Embedded Systems
9 9 (1.56%) Firmware
9 9 (1.56%) Streaming Video
10 8 (1.39%) Client/Server
11 7 (1.22%) Blackberry
11 7 (1.22%) Clustering
11 7 (1.22%) Enterprise Software
11 7 (1.22%) Digital Media
12 6 (1.04%) Handset
13 5 (0.87%) Smart Meter
14 4 (0.69%) CAN bus
14 4 (0.69%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 95 (16.49%) Linux
2 83 (14.41%) Windows
3 63 (10.94%) UNIX
4 29 (5.03%) Android
5 26 (4.51%) Apple iOS
6 11 (1.91%) Windows 7
7 10 (1.74%) Solaris
8 9 (1.56%) Windows Phone
9 8 (1.39%) Windows Server 2008
10 7 (1.22%) Windows Server 2003
10 7 (1.22%) AIX
11 6 (1.04%) Windows XP
12 4 (0.69%) Mac OS
12 4 (0.69%) Windows NT
12 4 (0.69%) bada
13 3 (0.52%) VMS
13 3 (0.52%) NetWare
13 3 (0.52%) HPUX
14 1 (0.17%) zOS
14 1 (0.17%) Windows CE
Processes & Methodologies
1 122 (21.18%) Test Scripting
2 114 (19.79%) BDD
3 113 (19.62%) Scrum
4 107 (18.58%) Test Automation
5 105 (18.23%) Agile Software Development
6 91 (15.80%) Software Testing
7 76 (13.19%) TDD
8 63 (10.94%) Automated Testing
9 50 (8.68%) Performance Testing
9 50 (8.68%) Test Strategy
10 47 (8.16%) Regression Testing
11 43 (7.47%) Automation Testing
12 37 (6.42%) Continuous Integration
13 34 (5.90%) Integration Testing
14 29 (5.03%) E-Commerce
14 29 (5.03%) Manual Testing
15 28 (4.86%) Software Engineering
16 27 (4.69%) Validation
17 26 (4.51%) User Acceptance Testing
18 24 (4.17%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 128 (22.22%) SQL
2 125 (21.70%) Java
3 78 (13.54%) C#
4 74 (12.85%) Python
5 60 (10.42%) Ruby
6 36 (6.25%) Perl
7 35 (6.08%) JavaScript
8 30 (5.21%) C++
9 27 (4.69%) C
10 26 (4.51%) PHP
10 26 (4.51%) Bash Shell
11 14 (2.43%) VB.NET
11 14 (2.43%) VBScript
12 10 (1.74%) VB
13 9 (1.56%) Groovy
13 9 (1.56%) PowerShell
13 9 (1.56%) Shell Script
14 8 (1.39%) T-SQL
15 7 (1.22%) Objective-C
15 7 (1.22%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 74 (12.85%) ISEB
2 71 (12.33%) ISTQB
3 62 (10.76%) Security Cleared
4 43 (7.47%) SC Cleared
5 40 (6.94%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 40 (6.94%) Degree
6 12 (2.08%) Cisco Certification
7 7 (1.22%) HND
7 7 (1.22%) BC Cleared
8 6 (1.04%) DV Cleared
9 5 (0.87%) MCITP
9 5 (0.87%) CCNP
9 5 (0.87%) Microsoft Certification
10 4 (0.69%) MCTS
10 4 (0.69%) HNC
10 4 (0.69%) MCSE
10 4 (0.69%) MCSA
11 3 (0.52%) ISEB Practitioner
12 2 (0.35%) CCNA
12 2 (0.35%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 120 (20.83%) QA
2 9 (1.56%) DO-178B
3 3 (0.52%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.35%) ISO 9000
4 2 (0.35%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.35%) DO-160
5 1 (0.17%) Solvency II
5 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 11 (1.91%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (1.39%) VMware ESX
3 7 (1.22%) Active Directory
4 5 (0.87%) NDS
5 4 (0.69%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.52%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (0.52%) GPFS
7 2 (0.35%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 65 (11.28%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (0.87%) McAfee ePO
3 4 (0.69%) Netcool
4 3 (0.52%) Tivoli
4 3 (0.52%) Puppet
5 2 (0.35%) Vagrant
5 2 (0.35%) NSN NetAct
6 1 (0.17%) SCCM
6 1 (0.17%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.17%) Ansible
Vendors
1 53 (9.20%) HP
2 43 (7.47%) Oracle
3 32 (5.56%) Cisco
4 31 (5.38%) Microsoft
5 26 (4.51%) VMware
6 25 (4.34%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
7 12 (2.08%) IBM
8 10 (1.74%) SAP
8 10 (1.74%) Citrix
9 9 (1.56%) Huawei
10 8 (1.39%) Juniper
11 7 (1.22%) Veritas
12 6 (1.04%) Agilent
12 6 (1.04%) Symbian
13 5 (0.87%) SOASTA, Inc
13 5 (0.87%) Nokia
13 5 (0.87%) McAfee
14 4 (0.69%) Ericsson
14 4 (0.69%) CheckPoint
14 4 (0.69%) Alcatel-Lucent
Dorset
Square One Resources
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: Very very competitive!
Posted: 18 hours ago
Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Hot Rec
Rate: £19k - 24k per year
Posted: 20 hours ago
Bristol, Somerset
Modis
Posted: 21 hours ago
Buckinghamshire
Roc Search
Rate: £12 - £17 per hour
Posted: 21 hours ago
Gloucestershire
Computer Futures
Rate: £40 per hour + competitive
Posted: 22 hours ago
Gloucestershire
Computer Futures
Rate: £40 per hour + competitive
Posted: 22 hours ago
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Devon
X4 Group
Rate: £20 - 40 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Real Time Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £300 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
West London
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Bedfordshire
Connectus
Rate: £35 - £38 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Buckinghamshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £0
Posted: 6 days ago
Milton Keynes
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Slough
Orgtel
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
City of London
esynergy Solutions - UK
Rate: £350 - £375 per annum
Posted: 7 days ago
North West England
Real Staffing
Rate: £30 - £35 per hour
Posted: 8 days ago