Period
to 27 October 2021

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £515 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 6 months to 27 October 2021.

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
Central London > City of London
6 months to
27 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 165 113 214
Rank change year-on-year -52 +101 -2
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 15 5 18
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the City of London 0.38% 0.28% 0.30%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.41% 0.30% 0.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 1 15
10th Percentile £319 " £390
25th Percentile £442 £258 £453
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £515 £265 £513
Median % change year-on-year +94.34% -48.29% +13.89%
75th Percentile £575 £273 £544
90th Percentile £643 " £614
Central London median daily rate £505 £265 £425
% change year-on-year +90.57% -37.65% -6.08%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London. 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
City of London
Contract vacancies in the City of London with a recognized job title 3,634 1,653 5,567
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.82% 91.83% 93.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,766 1,254 4,430
10th Percentile £358 £306 £313
25th Percentile £461 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £513 £513
Median % change year-on-year +7.32% - +2.50%
75th Percentile £650 £600 £600
90th Percentile £749 £679 £675
Central London median daily rate £550 £513 £500
% change year-on-year +7.32% +2.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 25 68
10th Percentile £13.88 £15.50 £11.93
25th Percentile £21.00 £20.00 £13.44
Median hourly rate £28.50 £35.50 £19.50
Median % change year-on-year -19.72% +82.05% +4.28%
75th Percentile £37.75 £46.00 £24.25
90th Percentile £62.15 £47.75 £49.18
Central London median hourly rate £32.00 £29.89 £20.50
% change year-on-year +7.06% +45.80% +9.63%

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings that featured Test Engineer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the City of London.

Job vacancy trend for Test Engineer in the City of London

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Test Engineer in the City of London.

Daily rate trend for Test Engineer in the City of London

Test Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Test Engineer in the City of London over the 6 months to 27 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Test Engineer in the City of London

Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Test Engineer in the City of London.

Hourly rate trend for Test Engineer in the City of London

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 27 October 2021, 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 City of London region featuring Test Engineer in the job title.

1 12 (80.00%) Selenium
1 12 (80.00%) Test Automation
2 9 (60.00%) Cucumber
2 9 (60.00%) Azure
2 9 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (60.00%) DevOps
3 7 (46.67%) SpecFlow
3 7 (46.67%) TDD
4 6 (40.00%) Java
4 6 (40.00%) BDD
4 6 (40.00%) QA
5 5 (33.33%) Test Strategy
5 5 (33.33%) SQL
5 5 (33.33%) Mentoring
5 5 (33.33%) SDLC
6 4 (26.67%) Performance Metrics
6 4 (26.67%) Gherkin
6 4 (26.67%) IT Strategy
6 4 (26.67%) Strategic Roadmap
6 4 (26.67%) Software Testing
6 4 (26.67%) User Acceptance Testing
6 4 (26.67%) Security Testing
6 4 (26.67%) Test Scripting
7 3 (20.00%) System Testing
7 3 (20.00%) AWS
7 3 (20.00%) TestNG
7 3 (20.00%) JIRA
7 3 (20.00%) Scrum
7 3 (20.00%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (20.00%) Regression Testing

Test Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London 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:

Cloud Services
1 9 (60.00%) Azure
2 3 (20.00%) AWS
3 1 (6.67%) BrowserStack
3 1 (6.67%) GitHub
3 1 (6.67%) SaaS
3 1 (6.67%) Sauce Labs
3 1 (6.67%) Slack
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (20.00%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (13.33%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
3 1 (6.67%) Data Vault
3 1 (6.67%) MongoDB
3 1 (6.67%) MySQL
3 1 (6.67%) NoSQL
3 1 (6.67%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 12 (80.00%) Selenium
2 9 (60.00%) Cucumber
3 7 (46.67%) SpecFlow
4 3 (20.00%) JIRA
4 3 (20.00%) TestNG
5 2 (13.33%) Git (software)
5 2 (13.33%) JUnit
5 2 (13.33%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (13.33%) TestRail
6 1 (6.67%) Appium
6 1 (6.67%) Cypress.io
6 1 (6.67%) Jenkins
6 1 (6.67%) Mockito
6 1 (6.67%) NeoLoad
6 1 (6.67%) Postman
6 1 (6.67%) Serenity BDD
6 1 (6.67%) SoapUI
6 1 (6.67%) SonarQube
6 1 (6.67%) TestLink
6 1 (6.67%) WebDriver
General
1 1 (6.67%) Banking
1 1 (6.67%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (26.67%) Gherkin
2 2 (13.33%) Node.js
3 1 (6.67%) AngularJS
3 1 (6.67%) Chai
3 1 (6.67%) CSS
3 1 (6.67%) Enzyme
3 1 (6.67%) iOS SDK
3 1 (6.67%) Jest
3 1 (6.67%) React
3 1 (6.67%) REST
3 1 (6.67%) RESTful
3 1 (6.67%) SOAP
3 1 (6.67%) Web Services
3 1 (6.67%) WireMock
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.67%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (6.67%) Android
1 1 (6.67%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (80.00%) Test Automation
2 9 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (60.00%) DevOps
3 7 (46.67%) TDD
4 6 (40.00%) BDD
5 5 (33.33%) Mentoring
5 5 (33.33%) SDLC
5 5 (33.33%) Test Strategy
6 4 (26.67%) IT Strategy
6 4 (26.67%) Performance Metrics
6 4 (26.67%) Security Testing
6 4 (26.67%) Software Testing
6 4 (26.67%) Strategic Roadmap
6 4 (26.67%) Test Scripting
6 4 (26.67%) User Acceptance Testing
7 3 (20.00%) Data Reconciliation
7 3 (20.00%) Microservices
7 3 (20.00%) Regression Testing
7 3 (20.00%) Scrum
7 3 (20.00%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 6 (40.00%) Java
2 5 (33.33%) SQL
3 2 (13.33%) C#
3 2 (13.33%) TypeScript
4 1 (6.67%) JavaScript
4 1 (6.67%) Python
Qualifications
1 1 (6.67%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (40.00%) QA
2 1 (6.67%) Accessibility
2 1 (6.67%) WCAG
System Software
1 1 (6.67%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (13.33%) Kubernetes
2 1 (6.67%) Terraform
Vendors
1 1 (6.67%) Microsoft
1 1 (6.67%) Perfecto Mobile
1 1 (6.67%) Splunk