The first table below looks at the demand 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 29 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles currently tracked.

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
29 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Engineer
Rank 349 326 253
Rank change year-on-year
-23 -73
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 266 250 418
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.49% 0.49% 0.72%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.53% 0.53% 0.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 160 121 162
Average daily rate
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£325 £304 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.99% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £176 £201
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £425 £398
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 32 39
Average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £31.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -4.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.70 £15.45 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.90 £42.50 £37.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
- -7.69%
Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
50442 47321 53607
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.35% 92.54% 92.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 30616 27723 29887
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £235 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £563
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1989 2134 2724
Average hourly rate £16.56 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.37% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.80 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%

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 29 July 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 29 July 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 29 July 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 +4 248 £325 +8.33% 90
London +16 87 £375 +7.14% 25
South East -15 79 £285 +3.63% 23
Hampshire -4 32 £293 +4.46% 1
Berkshire -12 28 £285 +67.64% 10
East of England -24 25 £256 -21.15% 15
South West -33 23 £306 +2.08% 10
City of London +28 15 £400 +6.66% 10
Yorkshire +14 11 £275 +7.31% 9
Cambridgeshire -15 11 £350 - 12
West Yorkshire +16 10 £275 +7.31% 4
Leeds +7 10 £275 +13.40% 4
Newcastle upon Tyne - 10 £369 -
North East - 10 £369 -
Tyne and Wear - 10 £369 -
Bristol -15 8 £275 -8.33% 1
Scotland -20 8 £348 -7.33% 3
Buckinghamshire - 8 £315 - 6
Gloucestershire -16 7 £306 +30.31% 2
Bracknell +10 6 £350 - 2
Reading +9 6 £350 +211.11% 3
Wiltshire -6 5 £365 +21.66%
North West -14 5 £331 +10.41% 5
Essex - 5 £165 - 1
Surrey 0 4 £304 -6.53% 3
Hertfordshire -7 4 £331 +14.22%
East Midlands -9 4 £375 +33.92%
West Midlands -13 4 £388 +10.71% 4
Cambridge -19 4 £460 +53.33% 6
Southampton - 4 £313 - 1

Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 July 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.

1 139 (24.09%) Selenium
2 138 (23.92%) SQL
3 135 (23.40%) QA
4 126 (21.84%) BDD
5 125 (21.66%) Test Scripting
5 125 (21.66%) Java
6 117 (20.28%) Scrum
7 115 (19.93%) Test Automation
8 114 (19.76%) Agile Software Development
9 93 (16.12%) ISEB
9 93 (16.12%) Cucumber
10 92 (15.94%) Software Testing
11 90 (15.60%) ISTQB
12 89 (15.42%) Linux
13 86 (14.90%) C#
14 83 (14.38%) Windows
15 80 (13.86%) Telecoms
16 78 (13.52%) .NET
17 77 (13.34%) TDD
18 74 (12.82%) HP Quality Center
19 72 (12.48%) Web Services
20 69 (11.96%) XML
21 68 (11.79%) Automated Testing
22 64 (11.09%) Security Cleared
22 64 (11.09%) UNIX
22 64 (11.09%) Python
23 62 (10.75%) HP
24 61 (10.57%) Finance
25 58 (10.05%) Ruby
25 58 (10.05%) WebDriver

Test Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 2 (0.35%) Tomcat
1 2 (0.35%) SharePoint
1 2 (0.35%) Documentum
1 2 (0.35%) WebSphere
2 1 (0.17%) Jetty
2 1 (0.17%) Confluence
2 1 (0.17%) Oracle Service Bus
2 1 (0.17%) Node.js
2 1 (0.17%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 1 (0.17%) SAS
2 1 (0.17%) Apache
Applications
1 19 (3.29%) MS Office
1 19 (3.29%) MS Excel
2 6 (1.04%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.69%) MS Project
4 2 (0.35%) Final Cut Pro
5 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%) Oracle EBS
1 2 (0.35%) BASE24
1 2 (0.35%) SAP BPC
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 3 (0.52%) GitHub
4 1 (0.17%) PaaS
4 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 40 (6.93%) LTE
2 33 (5.72%) GSM
3 29 (5.03%) UMTS
3 29 (5.03%) HTTP
4 27 (4.68%) GPRS
4 27 (4.68%) 3G
5 25 (4.33%) Firewall
6 23 (3.99%) TCP/IP
7 22 (3.81%) Ethernet
7 22 (3.81%) DVB
8 21 (3.64%) Radio Access Network
9 19 (3.29%) Wireless
10 17 (2.95%) Internet
11 15 (2.60%) WCDMA
11 15 (2.60%) Broadband
11 15 (2.60%) BGP
12 14 (2.43%) MPLS
13 13 (2.25%) VLAN
13 13 (2.25%) VPN
14 12 (2.08%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (6.76%) SQL Server
2 21 (3.64%) Relational Database
3 17 (2.95%) Oracle Database
4 13 (2.25%) MySQL
5 7 (1.21%) RDBMS
6 6 (1.04%) MS Access
7 5 (0.87%) SQL Navigator
8 4 (0.69%) Oracle Database 11g
8 4 (0.69%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (0.69%) DB2
9 3 (0.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1 (0.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 1 (0.17%) SAS Enterprise Guide
10 1 (0.17%) SQL Server 2008
10 1 (0.17%) Hadoop
10 1 (0.17%) MongoDB
10 1 (0.17%) NoSQL
10 1 (0.17%) Oracle Reports
10 1 (0.17%) PostgreSQL
10 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 139 (24.09%) Selenium
2 93 (16.12%) Cucumber
3 58 (10.05%) WebDriver
4 53 (9.19%) JIRA
5 43 (7.45%) QuickTest Pro
6 41 (7.11%) JUnit
7 37 (6.41%) LoadRunner
7 37 (6.41%) Jenkins
8 33 (5.72%) Team Foundation Server
9 31 (5.37%) Visual Studio
10 24 (4.16%) SoapUI
11 21 (3.64%) JBehave
12 20 (3.47%) JMeter
13 19 (3.29%) Git (software)
13 19 (3.29%) SpecFlow
14 16 (2.77%) Calabash
14 16 (2.77%) Subversion
15 15 (2.60%) Capybara
16 14 (2.43%) Hudson
16 14 (2.43%) Bugzilla
General
1 80 (13.86%) Telecoms
2 61 (10.57%) Finance
3 30 (5.20%) Electronics
4 15 (2.60%) Banking
5 13 (2.25%) Games
6 12 (2.08%) Billing
7 11 (1.91%) Retail
8 10 (1.73%) Military
9 7 (1.21%) Avionics
10 6 (1.04%) Manufacturing
10 6 (1.04%) Publishing
11 4 (0.69%) Automotive
11 4 (0.69%) Back Office
11 4 (0.69%) Multimedia
12 3 (0.52%) Marketing
12 3 (0.52%) Aerospace
12 3 (0.52%) Legal
13 2 (0.35%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.35%) Investment Banking
13 2 (0.35%) General Ledger
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 78 (13.52%) .NET
2 72 (12.48%) Web Services
3 69 (11.96%) XML
4 49 (8.49%) SOAP
5 42 (7.28%) REST
6 30 (5.20%) HTML
7 19 (3.29%) WCF
8 18 (3.12%) WPF
9 16 (2.77%) JSON
10 15 (2.60%) RESTful
11 14 (2.43%) .NET Framework
12 12 (2.08%) Spring
13 11 (1.91%) CSS
14 8 (1.39%) ASP.NET
14 8 (1.39%) WAP
14 8 (1.39%) Gherkin
15 6 (1.04%) XSLT
16 5 (0.87%) JSP
16 5 (0.87%) Middleware
16 5 (0.87%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 30 (5.20%) Mobile App
2 28 (4.85%) STB
3 21 (3.64%) Open Source
4 20 (3.47%) IPTV
5 19 (3.29%) MPEG
6 15 (2.60%) DTV
7 14 (2.43%) Embedded Systems
8 13 (2.25%) Computer Science
9 11 (1.91%) Video on Demand
10 10 (1.73%) Digital Media
10 10 (1.73%) Firmware
11 9 (1.56%) Client/Server
11 9 (1.56%) Blackberry
11 9 (1.56%) Streaming Video
12 8 (1.39%) Clustering
13 7 (1.21%) Enterprise Software
14 4 (0.69%) Smart Meter
14 4 (0.69%) PDA
14 4 (0.69%) Handset
14 4 (0.69%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 89 (15.42%) Linux
2 83 (14.38%) Windows
3 64 (11.09%) UNIX
4 23 (3.99%) Android
4 23 (3.99%) Apple iOS
5 13 (2.25%) Solaris
6 9 (1.56%) Windows 7
6 9 (1.56%) Windows Server 2008
7 7 (1.21%) Windows Server 2003
7 7 (1.21%) AIX
8 6 (1.04%) Windows XP
9 5 (0.87%) Mac OS
10 4 (0.69%) bada
10 4 (0.69%) Windows Phone
11 3 (0.52%) NetWare
11 3 (0.52%) HPUX
12 2 (0.35%) Windows 2000
12 2 (0.35%) Windows NT
12 2 (0.35%) Windows Server 2012
13 1 (0.17%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 126 (21.84%) BDD
2 125 (21.66%) Test Scripting
3 117 (20.28%) Scrum
4 115 (19.93%) Test Automation
5 114 (19.76%) Agile Software Development
6 92 (15.94%) Software Testing
7 77 (13.34%) TDD
8 68 (11.79%) Automated Testing
9 57 (9.88%) Performance Testing
10 52 (9.01%) Automation Testing
11 44 (7.63%) Continuous Integration
11 44 (7.63%) Test Strategy
12 36 (6.24%) Regression Testing
13 32 (5.55%) E-Commerce
13 32 (5.55%) Integration Testing
14 30 (5.20%) Manual Testing
14 30 (5.20%) User Acceptance Testing
14 30 (5.20%) Software Engineering
15 23 (3.99%) Configuration Management
16 21 (3.64%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 138 (23.92%) SQL
2 125 (21.66%) Java
3 86 (14.90%) C#
4 64 (11.09%) Python
5 58 (10.05%) Ruby
6 36 (6.24%) Perl
7 35 (6.07%) JavaScript
8 29 (5.03%) C
9 28 (4.85%) C++
10 24 (4.16%) PHP
11 20 (3.47%) Bash Shell
12 16 (2.77%) VB
13 15 (2.60%) VB.NET
14 12 (2.08%) VBScript
15 11 (1.91%) Shell Script
16 9 (1.56%) PowerShell
17 8 (1.39%) Scala
17 8 (1.39%) Tcl
18 6 (1.04%) Korn
18 6 (1.04%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 93 (16.12%) ISEB
2 90 (15.60%) ISTQB
3 64 (11.09%) Security Cleared
4 44 (7.63%) SC Cleared
4 44 (7.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 42 (7.28%) Degree
6 13 (2.25%) Cisco Certification
7 9 (1.56%) HND
7 9 (1.56%) DV Cleared
8 6 (1.04%) HNC
8 6 (1.04%) CCNP
9 5 (0.87%) Microsoft Certification
9 5 (0.87%) MCITP
9 5 (0.87%) BC Cleared
10 4 (0.69%) ISEB Practitioner
10 4 (0.69%) MCTS
10 4 (0.69%) MCSE
10 4 (0.69%) MCSA
11 3 (0.52%) CCNA
12 2 (0.35%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 135 (23.40%) QA
2 6 (1.04%) DO-178B
3 3 (0.52%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.35%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.35%) DO-160
4 2 (0.35%) Solvency II
5 1 (0.17%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 12 (2.08%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (1.39%) Active Directory
3 6 (1.04%) VMware ESX
4 5 (0.87%) NDS
5 4 (0.69%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.52%) GPFS
7 2 (0.35%) Nmap
7 2 (0.35%) vSphere
8 1 (0.17%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 74 (12.82%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (0.87%) McAfee ePO
2 5 (0.87%) OPNET
3 4 (0.69%) Netcool
4 3 (0.52%) Tivoli
5 2 (0.35%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 2 (0.35%) Puppet
5 2 (0.35%) Vagrant
5 2 (0.35%) NSN NetAct
6 1 (0.17%) OpenView
6 1 (0.17%) NetBackup
6 1 (0.17%) Nessus
6 1 (0.17%) SCCM
Vendors
1 62 (10.75%) HP
2 47 (8.15%) Oracle
3 35 (6.07%) Microsoft
4 32 (5.55%) Cisco
5 27 (4.68%) VMware
6 17 (2.95%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
7 15 (2.60%) Huawei
8 11 (1.91%) IBM
8 11 (1.91%) Citrix
9 8 (1.39%) Juniper
9 8 (1.39%) SAP
10 7 (1.21%) Veritas
11 6 (1.04%) Symbian
11 6 (1.04%) Nortel
11 6 (1.04%) Agilent
12 5 (0.87%) SOASTA, Inc
12 5 (0.87%) Business Objects
12 5 (0.87%) McAfee
12 5 (0.87%) BT
12 5 (0.87%) Ericsson
North West London
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Rate: £35 - £40 per hour
Posted: 1 hour ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £375.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
Shefford, Bedfordshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Posted: 4 hours ago
Berkshire
Amoria Bond - UK
Posted: 20 hours ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Corriculo
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
Berkshire
Hudson - London
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £300 to £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Buckinghamshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £30 - £35 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Berkshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £265.00 - £270.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey
Informatiq Consulting
Rate: £30 - £34 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Dorset
Square One Resources
Rate: Market rates
Posted: 3 days ago
South West
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Posted: 3 days ago
Dorset
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 3 days ago
City of London
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Cambridgeshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £25 - £35 per hour + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Cambridgeshire
X4 Group
Rate: £22 - 32 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Buckinghamshire
Roc Search
Rate: £12 - £17 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Scotland
Roc Search
Rate: £20 - £25 per hour + Rate negotiable dependant on experience
Posted: 6 days ago
West London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago