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 28 July 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
28 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Engineer
Rank 378 403 349
Rank change year-on-year
+25 -54
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 298 254 294
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.55% 0.44% 0.54%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.58% 0.47% 0.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 194 153 179
Median daily rate £375 £330 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.63% -5.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £506 £483 £433
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £300 £312
% change year-on-year
+16.66% -3.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 15 22
Median hourly rate £37.50 £30.50 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.95% +1.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £14.00 £12.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £37.86 £42.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £30.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+22.95% +1.66%

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
51170 54095 51865
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.76% 94.76% 94.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 33263 34303 31438
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1565 2020 2092
Median hourly rate £17.00 £16.60 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.40% +0.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.80 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.46 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.16 £16.14
% change year-on-year
+2.10% +0.12%

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 28 July 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 28 July 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 28 July 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 +24 280 £380 +13.43% 121
London +8 107 £425 +13.33% 38
South East +25 81 £325 +18.18% 24
South West +25 34 £450 +69.01% 17
Berkshire -7 24 £338 +32.35% 4
Hampshire +2 22 £300 -0.41% 5
East of England +26 21 £413 +23.13% 22
Gloucestershire +15 17 £425 +59.62% 9
City of London +37 14 £425 +14.09% 9
East Sussex +20 12 £350 - 2
Bristol +10 12 £475 +50.79% 1
West Midlands -24 12 £475 - 4
Cheltenham - 12 £425 - 3
Yorkshire +4 11 £385 +26.22% 9
Surrey +1 11 £370 -7.50% 7
Scotland -5 11 £263 - 1
West Yorkshire +7 10 £393 +30.83% 6
Brighton +16 9 - - 2
Reading +5 9 £275 +16.40% 3
Cambridgeshire +22 8 - - 17
Bedfordshire +12 8 £450 - 1
Cambridge +12 8 - - 14
Leeds 0 8 £368 +22.50% 6
Basingstoke +7 7 £300 -16.08%
North West -3 7 £210 -33.06% 4
West Sussex -2 6 £313 -8.08% 1
Winchester +2 5 £295 - 2
Manchester -2 5 £99 -64.09% 3
North East -40 5 £323 +4.87% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -52 5 £323 +4.87% 1

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 July 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.

1 258 (41.88%) Agile Software Development
2 196 (31.82%) Test Automation
3 181 (29.38%) Selenium
4 173 (28.08%) Java
5 152 (24.68%) QA
6 136 (22.08%) Cucumber
7 124 (20.13%) BDD
8 116 (18.83%) TDD
9 114 (18.51%) SQL
10 109 (17.69%) Linux
11 108 (17.53%) Python
12 104 (16.88%) Scrum
13 100 (16.23%) Automated Testing
14 97 (15.75%) JIRA
15 93 (15.10%) C#
16 92 (14.94%) Test Scripting
17 89 (14.45%) Security Cleared
18 88 (14.29%) ISTQB
19 87 (14.12%) Software Testing
20 84 (13.64%) Software Engineering
21 83 (13.47%) WebDriver
22 78 (12.66%) Continuous Integration
23 75 (12.18%) Functional Testing
24 74 (12.01%) Ruby
25 73 (11.85%) ISEB
26 70 (11.36%) Jenkins
26 70 (11.36%) Automation Testing
27 68 (11.04%) Regression Testing
28 64 (10.39%) Performance Testing
28 64 (10.39%) Web Services

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 11 (1.79%) Confluence
2 9 (1.46%) JBoss
3 8 (1.30%) Apache Spark
4 7 (1.14%) IIS
5 6 (0.97%) Apache
5 6 (0.97%) CMS
6 5 (0.81%) Jetty
6 5 (0.81%) WebLogic
7 4 (0.65%) Oracle Workflow
7 4 (0.65%) SharePoint
8 3 (0.49%) Apache Solr
8 3 (0.49%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (0.49%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.32%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.16%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 1 (0.16%) GlassFish
10 1 (0.16%) Mule
10 1 (0.16%) WebSphere
Applications
1 24 (3.90%) MS Office
2 16 (2.60%) MS Excel
3 2 (0.32%) Simulink
4 1 (0.16%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.16%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (0.81%) LabWindows
2 3 (0.49%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.32%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.16%) Northgate Housing
Cloud Services
1 11 (1.79%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (1.14%) PaaS
3 5 (0.81%) SaaS
4 2 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (0.32%) IaaS
4 2 (0.32%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 21 (3.41%) LTE
2 17 (2.76%) 3G
2 17 (2.76%) WLAN
3 12 (1.95%) Bluetooth
3 12 (1.95%) DVB
3 12 (1.95%) SNMP
3 12 (1.95%) VLAN
4 11 (1.79%) Firewall
4 11 (1.79%) SAN
5 10 (1.62%) 4G
5 10 (1.62%) TCP/IP
6 9 (1.46%) 2G
6 9 (1.46%) VPN
7 7 (1.14%) HTTP
7 7 (1.14%) NFC
7 7 (1.14%) Value-Added Service
7 7 (1.14%) Wireless
8 6 (0.97%) MVNO
8 6 (0.97%) ZigBee
9 5 (0.81%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (6.66%) SQL Server
2 17 (2.76%) MySQL
2 17 (2.76%) Relational Database
3 13 (2.11%) Hadoop
4 12 (1.95%) Big Data
5 11 (1.79%) MongoDB
6 7 (1.14%) Oracle Database
7 5 (0.81%) Data Mining
8 4 (0.65%) MS Access
8 4 (0.65%) NoSQL
8 4 (0.65%) PostgreSQL
9 3 (0.49%) Apache Cassandra
9 3 (0.49%) HPCC
9 3 (0.49%) OrientDB
10 2 (0.32%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (0.32%) Neo4j
10 2 (0.32%) SQL Server 2012
10 2 (0.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 1 (0.16%) Oracle Database 11g
11 1 (0.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 181 (29.38%) Selenium
2 136 (22.08%) Cucumber
3 97 (15.75%) JIRA
4 83 (13.47%) WebDriver
5 70 (11.36%) Jenkins
6 43 (6.98%) Git (software)
7 41 (6.66%) SpecFlow
8 33 (5.36%) Appium
9 30 (4.87%) HP UFT
10 28 (4.55%) JUnit
11 26 (4.22%) LoadRunner
11 26 (4.22%) Maven
12 24 (3.90%) SoapUI
13 22 (3.57%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 21 (3.41%) Team Foundation Server
15 20 (3.25%) WATIR
16 19 (3.08%) Capybara
16 19 (3.08%) JMeter
17 18 (2.92%) Ant
18 16 (2.60%) Visual Studio
General
1 50 (8.12%) Finance
2 36 (5.84%) Telecoms
3 25 (4.06%) Games
4 22 (3.57%) Banking
5 20 (3.25%) Retail
6 15 (2.44%) Electronics
7 12 (1.95%) Aerospace
8 10 (1.62%) Automotive
8 10 (1.62%) Manufacturing
9 8 (1.30%) Publishing
10 6 (0.97%) Investment Banking
11 5 (0.81%) Military
12 4 (0.65%) Marketing
13 3 (0.49%) Advertising
14 2 (0.32%) Back Office
14 2 (0.32%) Online Betting
15 1 (0.16%) Avionics
15 1 (0.16%) Local Government
15 1 (0.16%) Retail Banking
15 1 (0.16%) Wholesale Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (10.39%) Web Services
2 61 (9.90%) .NET
3 45 (7.31%) REST
4 39 (6.33%) XML
5 31 (5.03%) HTML
6 28 (4.55%) Gherkin
7 27 (4.38%) Node.js
8 23 (3.73%) SOAP
9 20 (3.25%) RESTful
10 17 (2.76%) ASP.NET
11 15 (2.44%) HTML5
12 13 (2.11%) RabbitMQ
13 10 (1.62%) Dropwizard
14 9 (1.46%) .NET Framework
15 8 (1.30%) Behat
15 8 (1.30%) spray
15 8 (1.30%) XSD
16 7 (1.14%) AngularJS
16 7 (1.14%) Hibernate
16 7 (1.14%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 37 (6.01%) Computer Science
2 25 (4.06%) Analytical Skills
3 20 (3.25%) Embedded Systems
3 20 (3.25%) Smart Meter
4 19 (3.08%) Mobile App
4 19 (3.08%) STB
5 13 (2.11%) IPTV
6 8 (1.30%) Data Centre
6 8 (1.30%) Fixed Income
6 8 (1.30%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 8 (1.30%) Management Information System
6 8 (1.30%) User Experience
7 6 (0.97%) Mathematics
7 6 (0.97%) Performance Metrics
7 6 (0.97%) Video on Demand
8 5 (0.81%) Algorithms
8 5 (0.81%) ASTM
8 5 (0.81%) Clustering
8 5 (0.81%) Digital Media
9 4 (0.65%) IBM XIV
Operating Systems
1 109 (17.69%) Linux
2 60 (9.74%) Windows
3 57 (9.25%) Unix
4 26 (4.22%) Android
5 25 (4.06%) Apple iOS
6 4 (0.65%) Mac OS X
7 3 (0.49%) AIX
7 3 (0.49%) Windows 7
7 3 (0.49%) Windows Server 2003
7 3 (0.49%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (0.32%) Kali Linux
8 2 (0.32%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.16%) Fedora
9 1 (0.16%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.16%) Solaris
9 1 (0.16%) SUSE
9 1 (0.16%) VMS
9 1 (0.16%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.16%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.16%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 258 (41.88%) Agile Software Development
2 196 (31.82%) Test Automation
3 124 (20.13%) BDD
4 116 (18.83%) TDD
5 104 (16.88%) Scrum
6 100 (16.23%) Automated Testing
7 92 (14.94%) Test Scripting
8 87 (14.12%) Software Testing
9 84 (13.64%) Software Engineering
10 78 (12.66%) Continuous Integration
11 75 (12.18%) Functional Testing
12 70 (11.36%) Automation Testing
13 68 (11.04%) Regression Testing
14 64 (10.39%) Performance Testing
15 54 (8.77%) SDLC
16 50 (8.12%) Exploratory Testing
17 46 (7.47%) Integration Testing
18 41 (6.66%) Continuous Improvement
18 41 (6.66%) E-Commerce
19 37 (6.01%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 173 (28.08%) Java
2 114 (18.51%) SQL
3 108 (17.53%) Python
4 93 (15.10%) C#
5 74 (12.01%) Ruby
6 60 (9.74%) JavaScript
7 46 (7.47%) C
8 42 (6.82%) Perl
9 33 (5.36%) C++
10 26 (4.22%) Scala
11 23 (3.73%) Shell Script
12 22 (3.57%) Groovy
13 21 (3.41%) PHP
14 12 (1.95%) PowerShell
14 12 (1.95%) VB
15 10 (1.62%) Bash Shell
16 9 (1.46%) VBA
17 7 (1.14%) Objective-C
17 7 (1.14%) VB.NET
18 6 (0.97%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 89 (14.45%) Security Cleared
2 88 (14.29%) ISTQB
3 73 (11.85%) ISEB
4 55 (8.93%) Degree
5 50 (8.12%) SC Cleared
6 36 (5.84%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 30 (4.87%) DV Cleared
8 17 (2.76%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 16 (2.60%) Cisco Certification
10 15 (2.44%) CCNA
11 7 (1.14%) CCNP
12 6 (0.97%) BPSS Clearance
13 4 (0.65%) HND
13 4 (0.65%) Network+ Certification
14 2 (0.32%) ISEB Practitioner
15 1 (0.16%) BC Cleared
15 1 (0.16%) CEH
15 1 (0.16%) GIAC
15 1 (0.16%) MCITP
15 1 (0.16%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 152 (24.68%) QA
2 37 (6.01%) SDET
3 5 (0.81%) DO-160
3 5 (0.81%) IEC 61508
4 3 (0.49%) SLA
5 2 (0.32%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.32%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.32%) WCAG
6 1 (0.16%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.16%) Def Stans
6 1 (0.16%) ECSS
6 1 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.16%) MISRA
6 1 (0.16%) MISRA C
System Software
1 8 (1.30%) Docker
2 6 (0.97%) Active Directory
2 6 (0.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (0.65%) Veritas Cluster Server
4 2 (0.32%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.32%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.16%) Firmware
5 1 (0.16%) VMware ESX
5 1 (0.16%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 43 (6.98%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (1.62%) Puppet
3 6 (0.97%) HP SiteScope
4 3 (0.49%) Ansible
5 2 (0.32%) Nmap
5 2 (0.32%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.32%) SCCM
5 2 (0.32%) WebInspect
6 1 (0.16%) Cacti
6 1 (0.16%) Cisco UCCE
6 1 (0.16%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.16%) Nagios
6 1 (0.16%) Netcool
6 1 (0.16%) Oracle Identity Management
Vendors
1 49 (7.95%) Microsoft
2 47 (7.63%) HP
2 47 (7.63%) Oracle
3 14 (2.27%) VMware
4 11 (1.79%) Atlassian
5 10 (1.62%) Cisco
5 10 (1.62%) Rally
6 8 (1.30%) IBM
7 7 (1.14%) Veritas
8 6 (0.97%) EMC
9 5 (0.81%) F5
10 4 (0.65%) NetApp
10 4 (0.65%) SAP
11 3 (0.49%) Adobe
11 3 (0.49%) Huawei
11 3 (0.49%) Nokia
11 3 (0.49%) Red Hat
11 3 (0.49%) Serena
12 2 (0.32%) Perforce
12 2 (0.32%) Tektronix
West London
Optima Connections
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day 6months+
Posted: 6 hours ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Posted: Yesterday
Burgess Hill
Axiom Software Solutions
Posted: Yesterday
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market rate
Posted: 21 hours ago
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
EXCELerate
Rate: Up to £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Kent
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £20000 - £24000 Per Annum + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Bedford
aap3
Rate: £300 - £400 per day + Some working from home
Posted: 3 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £375 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Spectrum IT
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 15 days ago
London
Spectrum IT
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 21 days ago