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 24 December 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Engineer
Rank 343 334 316
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -18
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 273 256 267
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.50% 0.50% 0.55%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.55% 0.54% 0.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 152 162 116
Average daily rate
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£350 £300 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £237 £168 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £428 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £270 £275
% change year-on-year
+29.62% -1.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 13 46
Average hourly rate £28.50 £34.00 £33.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.17% +1.49%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £15.10 £18.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.50 £34.00 £33.50
% change year-on-year
-16.17% +1.49%

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
49935 47333 45284
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.07% 92.46% 92.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 31866 28484 25556
Average daily rate £400 £400 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2011 2083 2584
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.77 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -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 24 December 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 24 December 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 24 December 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 -11 254 £350 +16.66% 55
London +29 111 £360 +1.40% 10
South East -60 55 £323 +22.85% 12
South West -4 41 £325 +4.83% 5
Berkshire -8 35 £293 +74.62% 7
City of London +21 31 £349 -3.79% 4
East of England -3 23 £350 +26.12% 13
Wiltshire +5 20 £230 -
Reading +2 13 £350 +108.95% 1
North West -7 12 £363 +19.34% 6
Hampshire -28 12 £381 +41.20% 3
Scotland -5 11 £358 +14.58% 5
Bristol -18 10 £425 +41.66% 2
Suffolk +8 8 £499 +78.25% 2
West Midlands 0 8 £233 -14.28% 3
Ipswich - 8 £499 - 1
Cambridgeshire -8 7 £350 - 9
Manchester -11 5 £350 - 3
Gloucestershire -12 5 £260 - 2
Cambridge +1 4 £425 +21.42% 6
Hertfordshire +4 3 - -
East Midlands +3 3 £338 +68.75% 1
Essex -6 3 £350 -
Hook -18 3 - -
Surrey -20 3 £240 -32.15%
Peterborough - 3 £350 -
Cheltenham - 3 - - 1
Maidenhead 0 2 £315 +22.33%
Bracknell -1 2 £240 -11.11% 3
Bedfordshire -12 2 £325 +62.50% 1

Test Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 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.

1 214 (37.22%) Agile Software Development
2 155 (26.96%) Test Automation
3 147 (25.57%) Selenium
4 124 (21.57%) Java
5 115 (20.00%) SQL
6 113 (19.65%) Python
7 112 (19.48%) Test Scripting
8 98 (17.04%) Linux
9 97 (16.87%) QA
10 92 (16.00%) Scrum
11 83 (14.43%) Cucumber
12 80 (13.91%) Telecoms
13 78 (13.57%) ISEB
14 77 (13.39%) BDD
15 72 (12.52%) Software Testing
16 67 (11.65%) TDD
16 67 (11.65%) Windows
17 63 (10.96%) ISTQB
18 61 (10.61%) HP Quality Center
19 57 (9.91%) C#
20 56 (9.74%) Validation
21 55 (9.57%) UNIX
21 55 (9.57%) HP
21 55 (9.57%) WebDriver
22 52 (9.04%) JIRA
22 52 (9.04%) 3G
23 51 (8.87%) Security Cleared
24 50 (8.70%) Degree
25 47 (8.17%) Automation Testing
26 46 (8.00%) Test Strategy

Test Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 5 (0.87%) IIS
2 4 (0.70%) SharePoint
3 3 (0.52%) Tomcat
4 2 (0.35%) Apache
4 2 (0.35%) CMS
4 2 (0.35%) Oracle Workflow
4 2 (0.35%) WebSphere
4 2 (0.35%) SharePoint 2010
4 2 (0.35%) OpenStack
4 2 (0.35%) SharePoint 2013
4 2 (0.35%) uiautomator
5 1 (0.17%) Node.js
5 1 (0.17%) Drupal
5 1 (0.17%) WebSphere Process Server
5 1 (0.17%) SAS
5 1 (0.17%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 15 (2.61%) MS Office
2 13 (2.26%) MS Excel
3 4 (0.70%) Final Cut Pro
4 3 (0.52%) MS Project
5 2 (0.35%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.17%) Simulink
6 1 (0.17%) Windchill
6 1 (0.17%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 4 (0.70%) LabWindows
2 2 (0.35%) BASE24
3 1 (0.17%) CSG Singleview
3 1 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 6 (1.04%) SaaS
2 2 (0.35%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.17%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.17%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 52 (9.04%) 3G
2 41 (7.13%) LTE
3 25 (4.35%) 4G
4 24 (4.17%) VoLTE
5 22 (3.83%) GSM
6 19 (3.30%) Wireshark
6 19 (3.30%) Radio Access Network
7 18 (3.13%) UMTS
8 16 (2.78%) GPRS
8 16 (2.78%) TCP/IP
8 16 (2.78%) Wireless
9 12 (2.09%) 3GPP
10 11 (1.91%) Internet
10 11 (1.91%) 2G
11 10 (1.74%) INAP
11 10 (1.74%) HTTP
11 10 (1.74%) Broadband
12 9 (1.57%) WCDMA
12 9 (1.57%) SAN
12 9 (1.57%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (3.13%) MySQL
2 9 (1.57%) SQL Server
3 6 (1.04%) Oracle Reports
3 6 (1.04%) SQL Navigator
3 6 (1.04%) Oracle Database
4 5 (0.87%) Relational Database
4 5 (0.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (0.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 3 (0.52%) Hadoop
5 3 (0.52%) MongoDB
6 2 (0.35%) Apache Cassandra
6 2 (0.35%) Big Data
6 2 (0.35%) RDBMS
6 2 (0.35%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (0.35%) Oracle Database 11g
6 2 (0.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 147 (25.57%) Selenium
2 83 (14.43%) Cucumber
3 55 (9.57%) WebDriver
4 52 (9.04%) JIRA
5 39 (6.78%) Jenkins
6 36 (6.26%) Git (software)
7 33 (5.74%) LoadRunner
8 29 (5.04%) QuickTest Pro
9 25 (4.35%) Team Foundation Server
10 24 (4.17%) JUnit
11 22 (3.83%) Subversion
11 22 (3.83%) Rational DOORS
11 22 (3.83%) SoapUI
12 19 (3.30%) Calabash
13 15 (2.61%) Visual Studio
14 14 (2.43%) JMeter
14 14 (2.43%) Maven
15 13 (2.26%) LabVIEW
16 12 (2.09%) Hudson
17 11 (1.91%) SpecFlow
General
1 80 (13.91%) Telecoms
2 43 (7.48%) Electronics
3 25 (4.35%) Finance
4 18 (3.13%) Automotive
5 8 (1.39%) Banking
5 8 (1.39%) Avionics
6 7 (1.22%) Games
7 6 (1.04%) Billing
7 6 (1.04%) Aerospace
8 5 (0.87%) Manufacturing
8 5 (0.87%) Publishing
9 4 (0.70%) Investment Banking
10 3 (0.52%) Marketing
10 3 (0.52%) Advertising
10 3 (0.52%) Military
10 3 (0.52%) Legal
11 2 (0.35%) Back Office
11 2 (0.35%) Italian Language
11 2 (0.35%) Spanish Language
11 2 (0.35%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (7.83%) .NET
2 34 (5.91%) XML
3 29 (5.04%) HTML
4 23 (4.00%) REST
5 22 (3.83%) Web Services
6 19 (3.30%) CSS
7 17 (2.96%) SOAP
8 15 (2.61%) Gherkin
9 14 (2.43%) JSON
9 14 (2.43%) jQuery
10 11 (1.91%) Spring
10 11 (1.91%) RESTful
11 7 (1.22%) HTML5
11 7 (1.22%) WCF
11 7 (1.22%) OpenCL
12 5 (0.87%) JSP
13 4 (0.70%) ASP.NET
13 4 (0.70%) WAP
13 4 (0.70%) WPF
13 4 (0.70%) iOS SDK
Miscellaneous
1 43 (7.48%) Analytical Skills
2 39 (6.78%) Mobile App
3 24 (4.17%) Computer Science
4 14 (2.43%) STB
4 14 (2.43%) Embedded Systems
5 13 (2.26%) Open Source
5 13 (2.26%) Video on Demand
6 12 (2.09%) IPTV
6 12 (2.09%) Clustering
7 11 (1.91%) DTV
8 9 (1.57%) Client/Server
8 9 (1.57%) PDA
9 8 (1.39%) Handset
9 8 (1.39%) User Experience
10 7 (1.22%) Replication
10 7 (1.22%) MPEG
11 6 (1.04%) Data Structures
12 5 (0.87%) CAN bus
13 4 (0.70%) New Media
13 4 (0.70%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 98 (17.04%) Linux
2 67 (11.65%) Windows
3 55 (9.57%) UNIX
4 36 (6.26%) Apple iOS
5 35 (6.09%) Android
6 15 (2.61%) Windows 7
7 12 (2.09%) AIX
8 11 (1.91%) Windows Server 2008
8 11 (1.91%) Windows Server 2003
9 10 (1.74%) Windows XP
10 7 (1.22%) Embedded Linux
11 6 (1.04%) Windows Phone
11 6 (1.04%) VMS
12 4 (0.70%) Solaris
12 4 (0.70%) Windows NT
12 4 (0.70%) Windows Mobile
13 3 (0.52%) HPUX
13 3 (0.52%) NetWare
14 2 (0.35%) Ubuntu
14 2 (0.35%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 214 (37.22%) Agile Software Development
2 155 (26.96%) Test Automation
3 112 (19.48%) Test Scripting
4 92 (16.00%) Scrum
5 77 (13.39%) BDD
6 72 (12.52%) Software Testing
7 67 (11.65%) TDD
8 56 (9.74%) Validation
9 47 (8.17%) Automation Testing
10 46 (8.00%) Test Strategy
11 42 (7.30%) Software Engineering
12 41 (7.13%) Automated Testing
13 40 (6.96%) Regression Testing
13 40 (6.96%) Continuous Integration
14 39 (6.78%) Performance Testing
15 35 (6.09%) Manual Testing
16 24 (4.17%) Integration Testing
16 24 (4.17%) Waterfall
17 23 (4.00%) E-Commerce
18 22 (3.83%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 124 (21.57%) Java
2 115 (20.00%) SQL
3 113 (19.65%) Python
4 57 (9.91%) C#
5 46 (8.00%) Ruby
6 28 (4.87%) C++
7 27 (4.70%) JavaScript
7 27 (4.70%) C
8 24 (4.17%) PHP
9 20 (3.48%) Perl
10 13 (2.26%) Bash Shell
10 13 (2.26%) Shell Script
11 8 (1.39%) Objective-C
12 7 (1.22%) T-SQL
13 6 (1.04%) PL/SQL
13 6 (1.04%) Groovy
13 6 (1.04%) Scala
14 5 (0.87%) VBScript
15 4 (0.70%) VB
15 4 (0.70%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 78 (13.57%) ISEB
2 63 (10.96%) ISTQB
3 51 (8.87%) Security Cleared
4 50 (8.70%) Degree
5 37 (6.43%) SC Cleared
6 24 (4.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 12 (2.09%) Cisco Certification
8 11 (1.91%) Microsoft Certification
8 11 (1.91%) MCITP
9 9 (1.57%) DV Cleared
9 9 (1.57%) MCTS
9 9 (1.57%) MCSE
9 9 (1.57%) MCSA
10 7 (1.22%) HND
10 7 (1.22%) CCNP
11 5 (0.87%) HNC
12 4 (0.70%) JNCIS
13 3 (0.52%) BC Cleared
14 2 (0.35%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 2 (0.35%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 97 (16.87%) QA
2 11 (1.91%) DO-178B
3 3 (0.52%) PCI DSS
3 3 (0.52%) ISO 9000
4 2 (0.35%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.35%) SLA
4 2 (0.35%) DO-160
System Software
1 15 (2.61%) VMware ESX
2 13 (2.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (1.57%) Hyper-V
4 8 (1.39%) Active Directory
5 5 (0.87%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (0.52%) Firmware
6 3 (0.52%) NDS
6 3 (0.52%) GPFS
7 1 (0.17%) KVM
7 1 (0.17%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 61 (10.61%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (1.74%) McAfee ePO
3 9 (1.57%) Netcool
4 6 (1.04%) Puppet
5 4 (0.70%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (0.70%) Ansible
6 3 (0.52%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 55 (9.57%) HP
2 37 (6.43%) Microsoft
3 32 (5.57%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 26 (4.52%) VMware
4 26 (4.52%) Oracle
5 25 (4.35%) Cisco
6 14 (2.43%) Citrix
7 12 (2.09%) Veritas
8 10 (1.74%) McAfee
9 9 (1.57%) EMC
9 9 (1.57%) IBM
10 7 (1.22%) TIBCO
10 7 (1.22%) Google
11 6 (1.04%) F5
12 5 (0.87%) CheckPoint
12 5 (0.87%) Juniper
13 4 (0.70%) SAP
13 4 (0.70%) Adobe
13 4 (0.70%) Huawei
14 3 (0.52%) Perforce
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