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 4 December 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
4 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Engineer
Rank 331 376 375
Rank change year-on-year
+45 -1
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 322 291 305
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.65% 0.53% 0.53%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.69% 0.55% 0.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 181 160 183
Median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £269 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £476 £475 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
- +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 29 37
Median hourly rate £34.25 £40.00 £28.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.37% +40.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.54 £19.90 £13.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £45.50 £41.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.75 £40.00 £28.50
% change year-on-year
-13.12% +40.35%

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
46813 52482 53624
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.63% 94.79% 93.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 30599 33429 33859
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £580 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.76% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1652 2038 2200
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% +6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £43.00 £37.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £15.71
% change year-on-year
-2.94% +8.21%

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 4 December 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 4 December 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 4 December 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 +41 303 £375 +7.14% 104
London +45 111 £400 +9.58% 31
South East 0 60 £386 +6.55% 13
South West +9 26 £350 -9.67% 15
East of England -7 23 £400 +14.28% 13
North East -8 23 £340 +1.49% 1
Tyne and Wear -18 23 £340 +1.49% 1
North West +9 22 £350 +27.27% 9
Newcastle upon Tyne -22 22 £345 +2.22% 1
Yorkshire +17 21 £338 -3.57% 17
Hampshire +33 20 £260 -25.71% 2
West Yorkshire +10 17 £338 -3.57% 16
Leeds +16 16 £325 -7.14% 14
Scotland +15 14 £388 +29.16% 7
City of London 0 14 £475 +46.15% 3
Gloucestershire +8 12 £550 +15.78% 7
Cambridgeshire -8 12 £325 -0.38% 10
Lancashire +9 11 £375 - 1
Oxfordshire -7 10 £430 -14.00% 2
West Midlands -7 10 £350 +70.73% 2
Buckinghamshire +20 9 £386 +43.05% 3
Manchester -1 9 £338 +17.39% 6
Cheltenham +2 8 £550 +15.78% 1
Oxford -7 8 £434 -13.25% 2
Blackpool - 8 £375 - 1
Bedfordshire - 8 £450 -
Milton Keynes +22 7 £385 +42.59% 3
Wiltshire -4 7 £363 +8.61% 3
Berkshire -12 7 £400 +14.28% 2
Surrey +15 6 £420 -1.17% 2

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 December 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.

1 312 (49.06%) Agile Software Development
2 273 (42.92%) Selenium
3 231 (36.32%) QA
4 225 (35.38%) Test Automation
5 224 (35.22%) Java
6 195 (30.66%) Cucumber
7 145 (22.80%) Jenkins
8 139 (21.86%) TDD
9 138 (21.70%) BDD
10 135 (21.23%) Automated Testing
11 125 (19.65%) Test Scripting
12 118 (18.55%) WebDriver
13 115 (18.08%) Python
14 112 (17.61%) Automation Testing
15 104 (16.35%) Continuous Integration
16 99 (15.57%) Scrum
17 92 (14.47%) C#
18 85 (13.36%) JIRA
19 84 (13.21%) Security Cleared
19 84 (13.21%) SQL
19 84 (13.21%) Linux
20 81 (12.74%) Software Engineering
21 76 (11.95%) Ruby
22 75 (11.79%) Performance Testing
23 70 (11.01%) JUnit
24 64 (10.06%) JavaScript
24 64 (10.06%) Software Testing
24 64 (10.06%) ISTQB
25 61 (9.59%) Windows
26 59 (9.28%) Defect Tracking

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 12 (1.89%) Confluence
2 8 (1.26%) JBoss
2 8 (1.26%) WebSphere
3 7 (1.10%) Jetty
3 7 (1.10%) Tomcat
4 5 (0.79%) Apache
4 5 (0.79%) Apache Solr
4 5 (0.79%) CMS
4 5 (0.79%) Oracle Application Server
4 5 (0.79%) WebLogic
5 4 (0.63%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (0.47%) Apache Spark
7 2 (0.31%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 2 (0.31%) Cloud Foundry
7 2 (0.31%) IIS
7 2 (0.31%) MS Exchange
7 2 (0.31%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.16%) ArcGIS
8 1 (0.16%) Commerce Server
8 1 (0.16%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 17 (2.67%) MS Excel
2 11 (1.73%) MS Office
3 3 (0.47%) Simulink
4 2 (0.31%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.16%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.16%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 8 (1.26%) Oracle EBS
1 8 (1.26%) Oracle EBS R12
2 5 (0.79%) LabWindows
3 3 (0.47%) FLEXCUBE
3 3 (0.47%) Temenos T24
3 3 (0.47%) VisionPLUS
4 2 (0.31%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.31%) Oracle Cash Management
4 2 (0.31%) Oracle Payables
4 2 (0.31%) SAP SD
5 1 (0.16%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 21 (3.30%) PaaS
2 15 (2.36%) Amazon AWS
3 14 (2.20%) SaaS
4 8 (1.26%) IaaS
5 7 (1.10%) Cloud Computing
6 6 (0.94%) Microsoft Azure
7 5 (0.79%) GitHub
8 2 (0.31%) CloudBees
8 2 (0.31%) OpenShift
9 1 (0.16%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (0.16%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 13 (2.04%) TCP/IP
2 11 (1.73%) Bluetooth
3 10 (1.57%) LTE
4 9 (1.42%) Wireless
5 8 (1.26%) 3G
5 8 (1.26%) SNMP
5 8 (1.26%) Wi-Fi
6 7 (1.10%) 4G
6 7 (1.10%) Firewall
7 6 (0.94%) BGP
7 6 (0.94%) MPLS
8 5 (0.79%) Ethernet
8 5 (0.79%) Internet
8 5 (0.79%) Network Security
9 4 (0.63%) NFC
9 4 (0.63%) RFID
9 4 (0.63%) VLAN
9 4 (0.63%) VPLS
9 4 (0.63%) VPN
9 4 (0.63%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (7.23%) SQL Server
2 14 (2.20%) MongoDB
3 13 (2.04%) Oracle Database
4 11 (1.73%) Apache Cassandra
5 8 (1.26%) Oracle Reports
5 8 (1.26%) Relational Database
6 6 (0.94%) NoSQL
7 5 (0.79%) Big Data
7 5 (0.79%) Data Warehouse
7 5 (0.79%) MySQL
7 5 (0.79%) Oracle Database 12c
7 5 (0.79%) OrientDB
7 5 (0.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 5 (0.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 4 (0.63%) DB2
8 4 (0.63%) Hadoop
8 4 (0.63%) SQL Server 2012
9 3 (0.47%) PostgreSQL
9 3 (0.47%) RDBMS
9 3 (0.47%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 273 (42.92%) Selenium
2 195 (30.66%) Cucumber
3 145 (22.80%) Jenkins
4 118 (18.55%) WebDriver
5 85 (13.36%) JIRA
6 70 (11.01%) JUnit
7 56 (8.81%) Git (software)
8 43 (6.76%) SpecFlow
9 41 (6.45%) Maven
10 40 (6.29%) Appium
11 36 (5.66%) HP UFT
12 35 (5.50%) RSpec
13 32 (5.03%) SoapUI
14 28 (4.40%) JBehave
14 28 (4.40%) TeamCity
15 27 (4.25%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 26 (4.09%) JMeter
17 24 (3.77%) LoadRunner
17 24 (3.77%) Team Foundation Server
18 22 (3.46%) Ant
General
1 54 (8.49%) Finance
2 50 (7.86%) Games
3 26 (4.09%) Banking
3 26 (4.09%) Telecoms
4 16 (2.52%) Publishing
5 15 (2.36%) Retail
6 10 (1.57%) Manufacturing
7 9 (1.42%) Electronics
8 8 (1.26%) Marketing
9 7 (1.10%) Investment Banking
10 5 (0.79%) Aerospace
10 5 (0.79%) Retail Banking
11 4 (0.63%) Back Office
12 3 (0.47%) Advertising
13 2 (0.31%) Automotive
13 2 (0.31%) Avionics
13 2 (0.31%) Front Office
13 2 (0.31%) General Ledger
13 2 (0.31%) Military
14 1 (0.16%) Dutch Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (7.23%) Gherkin
1 46 (7.23%) JSON
2 44 (6.92%) HTML
2 44 (6.92%) Node.js
3 38 (5.97%) .NET
3 38 (5.97%) XML
4 34 (5.35%) Web Services
5 28 (4.40%) REST
6 25 (3.93%) SOAP
7 22 (3.46%) AngularJS
8 19 (2.99%) RESTful
9 18 (2.83%) HTML5
10 17 (2.67%) RabbitMQ
11 15 (2.36%) CSS
12 10 (1.57%) Kafka
13 9 (1.42%) J2EE
14 8 (1.26%) Spring
15 6 (0.94%) .NET Framework
16 4 (0.63%) ASP.NET
16 4 (0.63%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 32 (5.03%) Analytical Skills
2 30 (4.72%) Computer Science
3 18 (2.83%) Mobile App
4 13 (2.04%) Smart Meter
5 11 (1.73%) Embedded Systems
6 9 (1.42%) Management Information System
6 9 (1.42%) STB
7 8 (1.26%) User Experience
8 7 (1.10%) IPTV
8 7 (1.10%) Virtual Team
9 6 (0.94%) Algorithms
10 5 (0.79%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 4 (0.63%) Client/Server
11 4 (0.63%) Digital TV
11 4 (0.63%) Mainframe
11 4 (0.63%) Mobile Games
11 4 (0.63%) Social Media
12 3 (0.47%) Digital Media
12 3 (0.47%) Enterprise Software
12 3 (0.47%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 84 (13.21%) Linux
2 61 (9.59%) Windows
3 35 (5.50%) Unix
4 23 (3.62%) Android
5 22 (3.46%) Apple iOS
6 11 (1.73%) Windows Server
7 4 (0.63%) Windows Server 2008
7 4 (0.63%) Windows XP
8 3 (0.47%) Mac OS X
8 3 (0.47%) Windows Server 2003
9 2 (0.31%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.16%) Kali Linux
10 1 (0.16%) Solaris
10 1 (0.16%) SUSE
10 1 (0.16%) VxWorks
10 1 (0.16%) Windows 10
10 1 (0.16%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.16%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 312 (49.06%) Agile Software Development
2 225 (35.38%) Test Automation
3 139 (21.86%) TDD
4 138 (21.70%) BDD
5 135 (21.23%) Automated Testing
6 125 (19.65%) Test Scripting
7 112 (17.61%) Automation Testing
8 104 (16.35%) Continuous Integration
9 99 (15.57%) Scrum
10 81 (12.74%) Software Engineering
11 75 (11.79%) Performance Testing
12 64 (10.06%) Software Testing
13 59 (9.28%) Defect Tracking
14 58 (9.12%) Functional Testing
14 58 (9.12%) Manual Testing
15 57 (8.96%) Exploratory Testing
15 57 (8.96%) Regression Testing
16 54 (8.49%) Integration Testing
16 54 (8.49%) User Stories
17 52 (8.18%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 224 (35.22%) Java
2 115 (18.08%) Python
3 92 (14.47%) C#
4 84 (13.21%) SQL
5 76 (11.95%) Ruby
6 64 (10.06%) JavaScript
7 54 (8.49%) Scala
8 40 (6.29%) Perl
9 39 (6.13%) C
10 30 (4.72%) Shell Script
11 29 (4.56%) C++
12 17 (2.67%) Bash Shell
13 13 (2.04%) PowerShell
14 11 (1.73%) Groovy
14 11 (1.73%) PHP
15 7 (1.10%) Objective-C
15 7 (1.10%) PL/SQL
15 7 (1.10%) T-SQL
16 3 (0.47%) MATLAB
16 3 (0.47%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 84 (13.21%) Security Cleared
2 64 (10.06%) ISTQB
3 51 (8.02%) ISEB
4 40 (6.29%) Degree
5 36 (5.66%) DV Cleared
6 32 (5.03%) SC Cleared
7 30 (4.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 8 (1.26%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 7 (1.10%) BPSS Clearance
10 4 (0.63%) PhD
11 3 (0.47%) Cisco Certification
11 3 (0.47%) HNC
11 3 (0.47%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 2 (0.31%) CCNA
13 1 (0.16%) CCNP
13 1 (0.16%) CISSP
13 1 (0.16%) HND
13 1 (0.16%) Network+ Certification
13 1 (0.16%) PMI Certification
13 1 (0.16%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 231 (36.32%) QA
2 54 (8.49%) SDET
3 26 (4.09%) WCAG
4 5 (0.79%) IEC 61508
5 3 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.47%) JTAG
6 1 (0.16%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.16%) Def Stans
6 1 (0.16%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.16%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.16%) ISO13485
6 1 (0.16%) TickIT
System Software
1 13 (2.04%) Docker
2 8 (1.26%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.63%) Virtual Machines
4 3 (0.47%) Firmware
4 3 (0.47%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.16%) Apache Flume
5 1 (0.16%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.16%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 32 (5.03%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (1.89%) Puppet
3 11 (1.73%) Opscode Chef
4 8 (1.26%) Ansible
5 6 (0.94%) OpenView
6 4 (0.63%) HP SiteScope
7 2 (0.31%) SCCM
8 1 (0.16%) Cisco CUCM
8 1 (0.16%) Cisco IPCC
8 1 (0.16%) Cisco UCCE
8 1 (0.16%) Cisco UCCX
8 1 (0.16%) Nagios
8 1 (0.16%) Nmap
8 1 (0.16%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 1 (0.16%) Oracle Identity Management
8 1 (0.16%) PowerCLI
8 1 (0.16%) TeMIP
8 1 (0.16%) WebInspect
8 1 (0.16%) Zenoss
Vendors
1 49 (7.70%) HP
2 47 (7.39%) Oracle
3 39 (6.13%) Microsoft
4 14 (2.20%) IBM
5 10 (1.57%) Cisco
6 8 (1.26%) Huawei
7 7 (1.10%) Atlassian
7 7 (1.10%) Perforce
8 6 (0.94%) Xamarin
9 5 (0.79%) F5
10 4 (0.63%) Adobe
10 4 (0.63%) MuleSoft
10 4 (0.63%) Nokia
10 4 (0.63%) Serena
10 4 (0.63%) Sybase
10 4 (0.63%) VMware
11 3 (0.47%) BT
11 3 (0.47%) Calypso
11 3 (0.47%) SAP
11 3 (0.47%) Temenos
London
onezeero.
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Worthing, West Sussex
Networkers
Rate: £45.87 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
London
LA International
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
BJSS Ltd
Rate: EXCELLENT DAY RATE
Posted: 16 days ago
Gloucestershire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £320 - £420 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Wenham Carter
Rate: From £200 to £300 per day TBC
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
BJSS Ltd
Rate: Unspecified EXCELLENT DAY RATE
Posted: 12 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £40.00 - £45.00 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago