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 2 March 2015 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
2 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Engineer
Rank 346 342 297
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -45
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 259 246 263
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.49% 0.48% 0.59%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.53% 0.52% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 131 158 130
Average daily rate
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£325 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £175 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £315 £295 £303
% change year-on-year
+6.77% -2.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 17 31
Average hourly rate £34.00 £22.38 £36.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+51.95% -37.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.85 £14.60 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £87.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.50 £23.19 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+53.09% -35.59%

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
48562 47237 41574
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.40% 92.41% 92.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 29824 27903 23737
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £225 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1861 2009 2246
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £10.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.72 £17.15 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.50% -2.00%

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 2 March 2015.

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 2 March 2015.

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 2 March 2015. 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 -36 224 £325 +4.00% 103
London -1 76 £335 -4.28% 19
South East -34 69 £325 +10.16% 21
Berkshire +12 39 £286 +9.04% 6
Hampshire -15 23 £355 +31.48% 7
South West -16 22 £270 -16.92% 9
Scotland +14 21 £315 +5.00% 8
East of England +7 20 £350 +12.00% 28
Reading +7 15 £313 +150.00% 1
North West -5 15 £395 +35.62% 10
City of London -1 12 £350 +7.69% 5
Hertfordshire +10 11 £275 -15.38% 1
Bristol -17 10 £313 -4.58% 3
West Midlands 0 9 £271 -
Cambridgeshire +4 7 £350 +27.27% 22
Edinburgh +2 7 £275 -8.33% 6
Yorkshire -2 7 £325 +30.00% 10
West Yorkshire -7 6 £325 +30.00% 3
Manchester -7 6 £395 - 2
Lancashire -9 5 - -
Gloucestershire - 5 £288 - 2
Liverpool -11 4 - -
Surrey -13 4 £331 +1.92% 5
Merseyside -13 4 - -
Watford - 4 - -
Birmingham -2 3 £280 -
Brighton -6 3 £410 +26.15% 1
East Sussex -7 3 £410 +26.15% 1
Dorset - 3 - - 1
Coventry - 3 £350 -

Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 March 2015, 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.

1 176 (32.41%) Agile Software Development
2 144 (26.52%) Test Automation
3 124 (22.84%) Selenium
4 112 (20.63%) Python
5 104 (19.15%) Test Scripting
6 99 (18.23%) Java
7 92 (16.94%) SQL
8 89 (16.39%) Linux
8 89 (16.39%) Telecoms
9 85 (15.65%) QA
10 70 (12.89%) ISEB
11 69 (12.71%) Scrum
12 68 (12.52%) Software Testing
13 67 (12.34%) ISTQB
13 67 (12.34%) HP Quality Center
14 66 (12.15%) Security Cleared
14 66 (12.15%) Windows
15 64 (11.79%) Cucumber
16 62 (11.42%) Validation
17 58 (10.68%) HP
18 56 (10.31%) Automated Testing
19 53 (9.76%) 3G
20 52 (9.58%) JIRA
21 51 (9.39%) TDD
21 51 (9.39%) Automation Testing
22 49 (9.02%) UNIX
23 48 (8.84%) Software Engineering
23 48 (8.84%) WebDriver
24 47 (8.66%) BDD
25 46 (8.47%) Microsoft

Test Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 March 2015, 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 9 (1.66%) Oracle Workflow
2 5 (0.92%) IIS
3 3 (0.55%) Tomcat
3 3 (0.55%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.37%) Apache
4 2 (0.37%) CMS
4 2 (0.37%) WebSphere
4 2 (0.37%) OpenStack
5 1 (0.18%) Drupal
5 1 (0.18%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.18%) SAS
5 1 (0.18%) JBoss
5 1 (0.18%) WebSphere Application Server
5 1 (0.18%) WebLogic
Applications
1 13 (2.39%) MS Office
1 13 (2.39%) MS Excel
2 4 (0.74%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (0.55%) MS Project
4 2 (0.37%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.18%) Simulink
5 1 (0.18%) Windchill
5 1 (0.18%) Doxygen
5 1 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.18%) Final Cut Pro
Business Applications
1 4 (0.74%) LabWindows
1 4 (0.74%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.18%) Google Analytics
2 1 (0.18%) CSG Singleview
2 1 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 6 (1.10%) SaaS
2 3 (0.55%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.18%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.18%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 53 (9.76%) 3G
2 37 (6.81%) LTE
3 29 (5.34%) Wireless
4 25 (4.60%) 4G
5 22 (4.05%) GSM
6 21 (3.87%) Wireshark
7 19 (3.50%) VoLTE
8 18 (3.31%) TCP/IP
9 16 (2.95%) 2G
10 15 (2.76%) UMTS
11 13 (2.39%) Internet
12 11 (2.03%) GPRS
12 11 (2.03%) SS7
12 11 (2.03%) SGSN
12 11 (2.03%) Wi-Fi
13 10 (1.84%) SIGTRAN
14 9 (1.66%) Ethernet
15 8 (1.47%) Broadband
15 8 (1.47%) Radio Access Network
16 7 (1.29%) MVNO
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (3.68%) SQL Server
2 12 (2.21%) Hadoop
2 12 (2.21%) MySQL
3 11 (2.03%) MongoDB
4 6 (1.10%) Oracle Reports
5 4 (0.74%) Relational Database
6 2 (0.37%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.37%) RDBMS
6 2 (0.37%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (0.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (0.37%) Apache Cassandra
6 2 (0.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (0.37%) Big Data
7 1 (0.18%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.18%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (0.18%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.18%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
7 1 (0.18%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.18%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 124 (22.84%) Selenium
2 64 (11.79%) Cucumber
3 52 (9.58%) JIRA
4 48 (8.84%) WebDriver
5 39 (7.18%) Jenkins
6 32 (5.89%) QuickTest Pro
7 29 (5.34%) LoadRunner
8 22 (4.05%) Git (software)
8 22 (4.05%) Team Foundation Server
9 18 (3.31%) Subversion
9 18 (3.31%) SoapUI
10 15 (2.76%) Maven
10 15 (2.76%) LabVIEW
11 14 (2.58%) Visual Studio
11 14 (2.58%) Rational DOORS
11 14 (2.58%) Calabash
12 13 (2.39%) Hudson
12 13 (2.39%) JUnit
12 13 (2.39%) Eclipse
12 13 (2.39%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 89 (16.39%) Telecoms
2 40 (7.37%) Electronics
3 15 (2.76%) Finance
4 13 (2.39%) Automotive
5 12 (2.21%) Billing
6 9 (1.66%) Retail
7 8 (1.47%) Military
8 6 (1.10%) Manufacturing
8 6 (1.10%) Aerospace
8 6 (1.10%) Games
9 5 (0.92%) Avionics
9 5 (0.92%) Banking
10 3 (0.55%) Legal
11 2 (0.37%) Publishing
11 2 (0.37%) Investment Banking
11 2 (0.37%) Italian Language
11 2 (0.37%) Spanish Language
12 1 (0.18%) Marketing
12 1 (0.18%) Multimedia
12 1 (0.18%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (5.71%) .NET
2 29 (5.34%) HTML
3 28 (5.16%) XML
4 14 (2.58%) Web Services
5 13 (2.39%) CSS
6 11 (2.03%) SOAP
6 11 (2.03%) REST
7 10 (1.84%) Gherkin
7 10 (1.84%) ASP.NET
8 9 (1.66%) JSON
8 9 (1.66%) jQuery
9 8 (1.47%) WCF
9 8 (1.47%) HTML5
10 7 (1.29%) WPF
10 7 (1.29%) RESTful
11 6 (1.10%) Spring
12 5 (0.92%) J2EE
12 5 (0.92%) Android SDK
13 4 (0.74%) ADO.NET
13 4 (0.74%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 36 (6.63%) Mobile App
1 36 (6.63%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (4.24%) Computer Science
3 15 (2.76%) Open Source
4 14 (2.58%) PDA
5 13 (2.39%) Replication
6 12 (2.21%) Client/Server
7 11 (2.03%) Clustering
8 9 (1.66%) Video on Demand
8 9 (1.66%) Embedded Systems
9 8 (1.47%) STB
9 8 (1.47%) IPTV
10 5 (0.92%) Handset
11 4 (0.74%) Streaming Video
11 4 (0.74%) Digital Media
11 4 (0.74%) User Experience
12 3 (0.55%) Visualisation
12 3 (0.55%) Data Structures
12 3 (0.55%) CAN bus
12 3 (0.55%) DTV
Operating Systems
1 89 (16.39%) Linux
2 66 (12.15%) Windows
3 49 (9.02%) UNIX
4 33 (6.08%) Apple iOS
5 32 (5.89%) Android
6 17 (3.13%) Windows 7
7 16 (2.95%) Windows Server 2008
7 16 (2.95%) Windows Server 2003
8 14 (2.58%) Windows XP
9 12 (2.21%) AIX
10 7 (1.29%) Embedded Linux
11 5 (0.92%) VMS
12 3 (0.55%) Windows Mobile
13 2 (0.37%) CentOS
13 2 (0.37%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.37%) Ubuntu
13 2 (0.37%) Windows Phone
14 1 (0.18%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.18%) bada
14 1 (0.18%) Windows Phone 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 176 (32.41%) Agile Software Development
2 144 (26.52%) Test Automation
3 104 (19.15%) Test Scripting
4 69 (12.71%) Scrum
5 68 (12.52%) Software Testing
6 62 (11.42%) Validation
7 56 (10.31%) Automated Testing
8 51 (9.39%) TDD
8 51 (9.39%) Automation Testing
9 48 (8.84%) Software Engineering
10 47 (8.66%) BDD
11 43 (7.92%) Continuous Integration
12 42 (7.73%) Manual Testing
13 36 (6.63%) Performance Testing
14 35 (6.45%) Test Strategy
15 30 (5.52%) Regression Testing
16 23 (4.24%) Waterfall
16 23 (4.24%) System Testing
17 21 (3.87%) Test Planning
17 21 (3.87%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 112 (20.63%) Python
2 99 (18.23%) Java
3 92 (16.94%) SQL
4 44 (8.10%) C#
5 34 (6.26%) JavaScript
6 33 (6.08%) Ruby
7 27 (4.97%) Perl
8 21 (3.87%) PHP
8 21 (3.87%) C++
8 21 (3.87%) Shell Script
9 20 (3.68%) C
10 8 (1.47%) VB
11 6 (1.10%) Bash Shell
12 5 (0.92%) Embedded C
12 5 (0.92%) PL/SQL
13 4 (0.74%) PowerShell
14 3 (0.55%) Objective-C
14 3 (0.55%) Jython
14 3 (0.55%) Groovy
14 3 (0.55%) Scala
Qualifications
1 70 (12.89%) ISEB
2 67 (12.34%) ISTQB
3 66 (12.15%) Security Cleared
4 44 (8.10%) Degree
4 44 (8.10%) SC Cleared
5 23 (4.24%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 20 (3.68%) DV Cleared
7 18 (3.31%) Cisco Certification
8 15 (2.76%) Microsoft Certification
9 14 (2.58%) MCITP
10 12 (2.21%) CCNP
11 11 (2.03%) MCSE
11 11 (2.03%) MCSA
11 11 (2.03%) MCTS
12 8 (1.47%) JNCIS
12 8 (1.47%) VCP4
13 5 (0.92%) HNC
14 3 (0.55%) HND
14 3 (0.55%) CCIE
14 3 (0.55%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 85 (15.65%) QA
2 6 (1.10%) DO-178B
3 2 (0.37%) ISO 9000
3 2 (0.37%) SLA
4 1 (0.18%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 1 (0.18%) GCP
System Software
1 15 (2.76%) VMware ESX
2 14 (2.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (2.03%) Hyper-V
4 9 (1.66%) Firmware
5 7 (1.29%) Active Directory
6 4 (0.74%) NDS
7 2 (0.37%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.18%) KVM
8 1 (0.18%) NFS
8 1 (0.18%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 67 (12.34%) HP Quality Center
2 15 (2.76%) McAfee ePO
3 13 (2.39%) Puppet
4 11 (2.03%) Netcool
5 4 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (0.55%) Ansible
7 2 (0.37%) SCCM
8 1 (0.18%) NSN NetAct
8 1 (0.18%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 58 (10.68%) HP
2 46 (8.47%) Microsoft
3 34 (6.26%) Oracle
4 24 (4.42%) Cisco
4 24 (4.42%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 23 (4.24%) VMware
6 15 (2.76%) McAfee
7 14 (2.58%) Citrix
8 12 (2.21%) Veritas
9 11 (2.03%) Juniper
10 10 (1.84%) CheckPoint
11 8 (1.47%) EMC
11 8 (1.47%) Google
12 7 (1.29%) F5
13 5 (0.92%) TIBCO
13 5 (0.92%) IBM
14 4 (0.74%) Huawei
15 3 (0.55%) Perforce
15 3 (0.55%) Telerik
15 3 (0.55%) NetHawk
Edinburgh
Real Staffing
Rate: £30 - £35 per hour
Posted: 6 hours ago
Brighton, East Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
North West
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Rate: Market related
Posted: 3 days ago
Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey
Informatiq Consulting
Rate: £40 - £50 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Ipswich
Real Staffing
Rate: £33 - £37 per hour + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Experis Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
Fleet, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Barclaycard
Rate: Competitive salary and excellent benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Ipswich
Real Staffing
Rate: £33 - £37 per hour + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Redhill, Surrey
Vantage Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Maidenhead
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £350.00 - £375.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Bristol, Avon
CPS Group UK
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Edinburgh
Real Staffing
Rate: £25 - £35 per hour
Posted: 13 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Rate: £275 - £375 per day + competitive -Remote work
Posted: 13 days ago
Gloucestershire
Computer Futures
Rate: £40 - £42.66 per annum
Posted: 14 days ago
Hampshire
Austin Fraser Limited
Rate: £150 - £180 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
Hampshire
Novate IT Ltd
Rate: £180 - £200 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
Peterborough
Real Staffing
Rate: £30 - £40 per hour
Posted: 19 days ago
North West England
Amoria Bond - UK
Rate: £0.000 per hour
Posted: 19 days ago
Bristol
CPS Group
Rate: £300 - £325 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Rate: £200 - £300 per day + DOE
Posted: 26 days ago