Period
to 24 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in Cambridge during the 6 months to 24 November 2017.

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
Cambridgeshire > Cambridge
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 29 45 59
Rank change year-on-year +16 +14 -6
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 36 12 27
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cambridge 5.08% 1.88% 2.80%
As % of the Job Titles category 5.39% 1.97% 2.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 2 13
Cambridge median daily rate £350 £278 £303
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +26.13% -8.26% -16.55%
10th Percentile £313 £225 £263
90th Percentile £388 £328 £445
Cambridgeshire median daily rate £356 £350 £303
% change year-on-year +1.79% +15.70% -16.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 9 2
Cambridge median hourly rate £40.50 £37.50 £50.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.00% -25.00% +2.56%
Cambridgeshire median hourly rate £40.50 £37.50 £50.00
% change year-on-year +8.00% -25.00% +66.67%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cambridge. 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
Cambridge
Contract vacancies in Cambridge with a recognized job title 668 608 910
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.35% 95.00% 94.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 374 309 593
Cambridge median daily rate £375 £375 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -1.32% +5.92%
10th Percentile £200 £210 £246
90th Percentile £559 £549 £525
Cambridgeshire median daily rate £375 £375 £380
% change year-on-year - -1.32% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 90 64 62
Cambridge median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +15.38% +27.45%
10th Percentile £15.25 £14.01 £14.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £47.50 £57.88
Cambridgeshire median hourly rate £37.50 £33.50 £20.50
% change year-on-year +11.94% +63.41% -18.00%

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in Cambridge

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Engineer in Cambridge

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cambridge

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Engineer in Cambridge

Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cambridge

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Engineer in Cambridge

Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Cambridge

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Engineer in Cambridge over the 6 months to 24 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Engineer in Cambridge

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

For the 6 months to 24 November 2017, 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 across the Cambridge region featuring Test Engineer in the job title.

1 34 (94.44%) Python
2 28 (77.78%) Test Automation
3 25 (69.44%) Wireless
4 18 (50.00%) Telecoms
5 15 (41.67%) Test Scripting
6 13 (36.11%) Electronics
7 12 (33.33%) Wi-Fi
8 10 (27.78%) Tcl
9 9 (25.00%) Linux
9 9 (25.00%) Embedded Systems
10 8 (22.22%) Perl
10 8 (22.22%) Bluetooth
10 8 (22.22%) Degree
11 7 (19.44%) Digital Signal Processing
11 7 (19.44%) Signal Processing
11 7 (19.44%) C
12 6 (16.67%) QA
12 6 (16.67%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
13 5 (13.89%) Ubuntu
13 5 (13.89%) Device Driver
13 5 (13.89%) C++
13 5 (13.89%) Verilog
14 4 (11.11%) Firmware
14 4 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
14 4 (11.11%) Software Testing
15 3 (8.33%) Perforce
15 3 (8.33%) Windows
16 2 (5.56%) ISEB
16 2 (5.56%) Regression Testing
16 2 (5.56%) ISTQB

Test Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cambridge 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 (2.78%) SharePoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.78%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 25 (69.44%) Wireless
2 12 (33.33%) Wi-Fi
3 8 (22.22%) Bluetooth
4 1 (2.78%) WLAN
Development Applications
1 2 (5.56%) JIRA
General
1 18 (50.00%) Telecoms
2 13 (36.11%) Electronics
Miscellaneous
1 9 (25.00%) Embedded Systems
2 6 (16.67%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 5 (13.89%) Device Driver
3 5 (13.89%) Verilog
Operating Systems
1 9 (25.00%) Linux
2 5 (13.89%) Ubuntu
3 3 (8.33%) Windows
4 2 (5.56%) Android
5 1 (2.78%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (77.78%) Test Automation
2 15 (41.67%) Test Scripting
3 7 (19.44%) Digital Signal Processing
3 7 (19.44%) Signal Processing
4 4 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (11.11%) Software Testing
5 2 (5.56%) Non-Functional Testing
5 2 (5.56%) Regression Testing
5 2 (5.56%) Software Engineering
5 2 (5.56%) Test Management
6 1 (2.78%) CAD
6 1 (2.78%) Collaborative Working
6 1 (2.78%) Component Testing
6 1 (2.78%) Configuration Management
6 1 (2.78%) Cross-Browser Testing
6 1 (2.78%) Defect Tracking
6 1 (2.78%) Information Security
6 1 (2.78%) Manual Testing
6 1 (2.78%) Validation
6 1 (2.78%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 34 (94.44%) Python
2 10 (27.78%) Tcl
3 8 (22.22%) Perl
4 7 (19.44%) C
5 5 (13.89%) C++
6 1 (2.78%) C#
6 1 (2.78%) Java
6 1 (2.78%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 8 (22.22%) Degree
2 2 (5.56%) ISEB
2 2 (5.56%) ISTQB
3 1 (2.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (16.67%) QA
System Software
1 4 (11.11%) Firmware
Vendors
1 3 (8.33%) Perforce