Period
to 18 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £490 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 6 months to 18 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
Central London > City of London
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 213 220 246
Rank change year-on-year +7 +26 +15
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 36 27 27
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.51% 0.40% 0.29%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.54% 0.42% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 22 25
City of London median daily rate £490 £475 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.16% +26.67% +1.35%
10th Percentile £368 £357 £258
90th Percentile £675 £538 £486
Central London median daily rate £475 £444 £363
% change year-on-year +7.04% +22.41% +0.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
City of London median hourly rate - £32.50 -
Central London median hourly rate - £32.50 -

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 6694 6411 8806
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.55% 95.54% 95.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 5291 5101 6921
City of London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +2.86%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £273
90th Percentile £675 £663 £650
Central London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 79 126
City of London median hourly rate £17.00 £17.25 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.45% -4.17% +5.88%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.45 £10.25
90th Percentile £29.29 £47.83 £37.88
Central London median hourly rate £18.05 £17.08 £18.00
% change year-on-year +5.66% -5.10% +10.23%

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings that featured Test Engineer in the job title as a percentage 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

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Engineer in the City of London

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Engineer in the City of London over the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Engineer in the City of London

Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor 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 18 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 City of London region featuring Test Engineer in the job title.

1 31 (86.11%) Test Automation
2 19 (52.78%) Selenium
3 16 (44.44%) Java
4 15 (41.67%) WebDriver
5 14 (38.89%) BDD
6 13 (36.11%) Agile Software Development
6 13 (36.11%) Banking
7 11 (30.56%) QA
8 10 (27.78%) C#
9 9 (25.00%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 9 (25.00%) Finance
9 9 (25.00%) Scrum
10 8 (22.22%) TDD
10 8 (22.22%) Python
10 8 (22.22%) SpecFlow
10 8 (22.22%) Greenfield Project
11 7 (19.44%) Cucumber
12 6 (16.67%) Performance Testing
12 6 (16.67%) Investment Banking
12 6 (16.67%) Law
12 6 (16.67%) Appium
13 5 (13.89%) Jenkins
13 5 (13.89%) Retail
13 5 (13.89%) E-Commerce
13 5 (13.89%) .NET
13 5 (13.89%) Test Scripting
13 5 (13.89%) JIRA
13 5 (13.89%) Maven
14 4 (11.11%) Open Source
14 4 (11.11%) Continuous Integration

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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (2.78%) Apache Pig
1 1 (2.78%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 1 (2.78%) ION MarketView
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.56%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (5.56%) BrowserStack
1 2 (5.56%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (5.56%) SaaS
1 2 (5.56%) Sauce Labs
2 1 (2.78%) GitHub
2 1 (2.78%) Google Cloud Platform
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.56%) Big Data
1 2 (5.56%) NoSQL
2 1 (2.78%) Apache Hive
2 1 (2.78%) Hadoop
2 1 (2.78%) HBase
2 1 (2.78%) Impala
Development Applications
1 19 (52.78%) Selenium
2 15 (41.67%) WebDriver
3 8 (22.22%) SpecFlow
4 7 (19.44%) Cucumber
5 6 (16.67%) Appium
6 5 (13.89%) Jenkins
6 5 (13.89%) JIRA
6 5 (13.89%) Maven
7 4 (11.11%) Git (software)
7 4 (11.11%) Gradle
7 4 (11.11%) JUnit
8 3 (8.33%) JBehave
8 3 (8.33%) JMeter
8 3 (8.33%) Protractor
8 3 (8.33%) TestNG
9 2 (5.56%) Ant
9 2 (5.56%) Calabash
9 2 (5.56%) HP UFT
9 2 (5.56%) Subversion
9 2 (5.56%) TeamCity
General
1 13 (36.11%) Banking
2 9 (25.00%) Finance
3 6 (16.67%) Investment Banking
3 6 (16.67%) Law
4 5 (13.89%) Retail
5 2 (5.56%) Retail Banking
6 1 (2.78%) Back Office
6 1 (2.78%) Front Office
6 1 (2.78%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (13.89%) .NET
2 3 (8.33%) Node.js
2 3 (8.33%) REST
3 2 (5.56%) AngularJS
3 2 (5.56%) Gherkin
3 2 (5.56%) JDBC
3 2 (5.56%) JSON
3 2 (5.56%) PicoContainer
3 2 (5.56%) RESTful
3 2 (5.56%) Spring
3 2 (5.56%) Web Services
4 1 (2.78%) HTML
4 1 (2.78%) HTML5
4 1 (2.78%) Kafka
4 1 (2.78%) React
4 1 (2.78%) Vue (Vue.js)
Miscellaneous
1 9 (25.00%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 8 (22.22%) Greenfield Project
3 4 (11.11%) User Experience
4 2 (5.56%) Fintech
4 2 (5.56%) Mobile App
5 1 (2.78%) Algorithms
5 1 (2.78%) Data Structures
5 1 (2.78%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 3 (8.33%) Unix
2 2 (5.56%) Linux
3 1 (2.78%) Android
3 1 (2.78%) Apple iOS
3 1 (2.78%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (86.11%) Test Automation
2 14 (38.89%) BDD
3 13 (36.11%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (25.00%) Scrum
5 8 (22.22%) TDD
6 6 (16.67%) Performance Testing
7 5 (13.89%) E-Commerce
7 5 (13.89%) Test Scripting
8 4 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
8 4 (11.11%) Open Source
8 4 (11.11%) Regression Testing
8 4 (11.11%) Software Engineering
9 3 (8.33%) Asset Management
9 3 (8.33%) QA Automation
9 3 (8.33%) Software Testing
9 3 (8.33%) Test Strategy
10 2 (5.56%) API Testing
10 2 (5.56%) DevOps
10 2 (5.56%) Exploratory Testing
10 2 (5.56%) Software Delivery
Programming Languages
1 16 (44.44%) Java
2 10 (27.78%) C#
3 8 (22.22%) Python
4 3 (8.33%) JavaScript
4 3 (8.33%) SQL
5 2 (5.56%) Perl
6 1 (2.78%) Bash Shell
6 1 (2.78%) ES6
6 1 (2.78%) PHP
6 1 (2.78%) Ruby
6 1 (2.78%) Scala
6 1 (2.78%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 2 (5.56%) Security Cleared
2 1 (2.78%) Degree
2 1 (2.78%) DV Cleared
2 1 (2.78%) ISEB
2 1 (2.78%) ISTQB
2 1 (2.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (2.78%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (30.56%) QA
2 1 (2.78%) Data Quality
System Software
1 4 (11.11%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (2.78%) Ansible
1 1 (2.78%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (2.78%) Terraform
Vendors
1 2 (5.56%) IBM
1 2 (5.56%) TOWER Software
2 1 (2.78%) Atlassian
2 1 (2.78%) Google
2 1 (2.78%) HP
2 1 (2.78%) ION Trading
2 1 (2.78%) Perforce