Period
to 19 January 2019

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in Bristol during the 6 months to 19 January 2019.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Test Engineer
South West > Bristol
6 months to
19 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 109 105 98
Rank change year-on-year -4 -7 +2
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 20 6 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bristol 0.95% 0.32% 0.52%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.99% 0.33% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 5 8
Bristol median daily rate £350 £330 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.06% +10.00% -5.51%
10th Percentile £325 £278 £246
90th Percentile £448 £441 £419
South West median daily rate £410 £375 £356
% change year-on-year +9.33% +5.26% +1.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Bristol median hourly rate £41.50 - -
South West median hourly rate £45.00 £39.50 £36.25
% change year-on-year +13.92% +8.97% -9.38%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Bristol. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
Bristol
Contract vacancies in Bristol with a recognized job title 2,020 1,800 1,474
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.78% 94.84% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,426 1,190 1,010
Bristol median daily rate £425 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% - -
10th Percentile £263 £220 £226
90th Percentile £575 £525 £555
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 79 63 79
Bristol median hourly rate £36.25 £17.50 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +107.14% -28.57% +32.43%
10th Percentile £14.00 £11.75 £12.55
90th Percentile £60.63 £57.00 £49.05
South West median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +40.00% -9.09% -13.39%

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in Bristol

Job postings that featured Test Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Bristol.

Job vacancy trend for Test Engineer in Bristol

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Bristol

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Test Engineer in Bristol.

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Engineer in Bristol

Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Bristol

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Engineer in Bristol.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Engineer in Bristol

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Bristol

For the 6 months to 19 January 2019, Test Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Bristol region featuring Test Engineer in the job title.

1 12 (60.00%) Test Automation
2 6 (30.00%) C
2 6 (30.00%) C++
2 6 (30.00%) Manual Testing
3 5 (25.00%) Selenium
3 5 (25.00%) Linux
3 5 (25.00%) Python
3 5 (25.00%) Jenkins
4 4 (20.00%) Digital Media
4 4 (20.00%) JavaScript
4 4 (20.00%) SQL
4 4 (20.00%) Microsoft
4 4 (20.00%) Telecoms
4 4 (20.00%) Test Scripting
5 3 (15.00%) PowerShell
5 3 (15.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 3 (15.00%) JIRA
5 3 (15.00%) ISTQB
5 3 (15.00%) XML
5 3 (15.00%) Cucumber
5 3 (15.00%) Microsoft Azure
5 3 (15.00%) Docker
6 2 (10.00%) DevOps
6 2 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (10.00%) Microservices
6 2 (10.00%) Kubernetes
6 2 (10.00%) React
6 2 (10.00%) Test Strategy
6 2 (10.00%) Rational Rhapsody
6 2 (10.00%) TestComplete

Test Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Bristol 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 1 (5.00%) Confluence
Applications
1 2 (10.00%) Simulink
2 1 (5.00%) Maya
Cloud Services
1 3 (15.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (5.00%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (10.00%) Firewall
1 2 (10.00%) Radio Access Network
2 1 (5.00%) DNS
2 1 (5.00%) HTTP
2 1 (5.00%) IPsec
2 1 (5.00%) SGSN
2 1 (5.00%) TCP/IP
2 1 (5.00%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 5 (25.00%) Jenkins
1 5 (25.00%) Selenium
2 3 (15.00%) Cucumber
2 3 (15.00%) JIRA
3 2 (10.00%) Bugzilla
3 2 (10.00%) HP UFT
3 2 (10.00%) Rational Rhapsody
3 2 (10.00%) Redmine
3 2 (10.00%) TestComplete
3 2 (10.00%) TestRail
4 1 (5.00%) JMeter
4 1 (5.00%) SpecFlow
4 1 (5.00%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 4 (20.00%) Telecoms
2 2 (10.00%) Aerospace
3 1 (5.00%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (15.00%) XML
2 2 (10.00%) AngularJS
2 2 (10.00%) JSON
2 2 (10.00%) React
2 2 (10.00%) RESTful
3 1 (5.00%) .NET
3 1 (5.00%) ASP.NET
3 1 (5.00%) HTML
3 1 (5.00%) HTML5
3 1 (5.00%) REST
3 1 (5.00%) Web Services
3 1 (5.00%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 4 (20.00%) Digital Media
2 2 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (10.00%) Data Centre
3 1 (5.00%) Digital TV
3 1 (5.00%) IPTV
3 1 (5.00%) LIMS
3 1 (5.00%) Mobile App
3 1 (5.00%) MPEG
3 1 (5.00%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 5 (25.00%) Linux
2 1 (5.00%) Windows
2 1 (5.00%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (60.00%) Test Automation
2 6 (30.00%) Manual Testing
3 4 (20.00%) Test Scripting
4 3 (15.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (10.00%) Acceptance Criteria
5 2 (10.00%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (10.00%) API Testing
5 2 (10.00%) Case Management
5 2 (10.00%) Continuous Integration
5 2 (10.00%) DevOps
5 2 (10.00%) Microservices
5 2 (10.00%) Migration
5 2 (10.00%) Regression Testing
5 2 (10.00%) Scenario Testing
5 2 (10.00%) Test Strategy
5 2 (10.00%) UML
6 1 (5.00%) Continuous Delivery
6 1 (5.00%) Cross-Browser Testing
6 1 (5.00%) SDET
6 1 (5.00%) Server Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (30.00%) C
1 6 (30.00%) C++
2 5 (25.00%) Python
3 4 (20.00%) JavaScript
3 4 (20.00%) SQL
4 3 (15.00%) PowerShell
5 2 (10.00%) Ada
5 2 (10.00%) Ada 95
5 2 (10.00%) C#
5 2 (10.00%) Erlang
5 2 (10.00%) Java
5 2 (10.00%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 3 (15.00%) ISTQB
2 2 (10.00%) DBS Check
2 2 (10.00%) ISEB
2 2 (10.00%) SC Cleared
2 2 (10.00%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 3 (15.00%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (10.00%) HP Quality Center
1 2 (10.00%) Kubernetes
2 1 (5.00%) Ansible
2 1 (5.00%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (5.00%) Puppet
Vendors
1 4 (20.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (5.00%) Oracle
2 1 (5.00%) Sophos