The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 3 months to 22 March 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.

3 months to
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Engineer
London / City of London
Rank 141 137 184
Rank change year-on-year -4 +47  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 10 14 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.34% 0.43% 0.16%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.35% 0.45% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 11 5
Median daily rate £425 £438 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.85% +34.61%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £311 £400 £318
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £485 £408
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £340 £310
% change year-on-year +2.94% +9.67%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £40.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year -35.00% +8.10%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
City of London
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 2830 3118 4807
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 95.25% 95.38% 96.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 2203 2488 3612
Median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £308 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 44 75
Median hourly rate £19.00 £19.50 £17.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.56% +8.45%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.38 £47.50 £27.37
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London that featured Test Engineer in the job title.

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 3 months to 22 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 22 March 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 15 (62.50%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (58.33%) Selenium
3 12 (50.00%) TDD
3 12 (50.00%) QA
4 11 (45.83%) Java
5 10 (41.67%) Automated Testing
5 10 (41.67%) Cucumber
6 9 (37.50%) BDD
6 9 (37.50%) Test Automation
7 6 (25.00%) C#
7 6 (25.00%) HTML
7 6 (25.00%) E-Commerce
7 6 (25.00%) AngularJS
7 6 (25.00%) WebDriver
8 5 (20.83%) HTML5
8 5 (20.83%) RabbitMQ
8 5 (20.83%) Node.js
8 5 (20.83%) Performance Testing
8 5 (20.83%) JavaScript
8 5 (20.83%) SQL
8 5 (20.83%) Scrum
8 5 (20.83%) Ruby
9 4 (16.67%) Finance
9 4 (16.67%) Pair Programming
9 4 (16.67%) Banking
9 4 (16.67%) SOAP
9 4 (16.67%) Jetty
9 4 (16.67%) Kanban
9 4 (16.67%) Android
9 4 (16.67%) REST

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top Related 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 4 (16.67%) Jetty
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.17%) Amazon EC2
1 1 (4.17%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.17%) DVB
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (8.33%) Apache Cassandra
1 2 (8.33%) KDB
2 1 (4.17%) Event Store
2 1 (4.17%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 14 (58.33%) Selenium
2 10 (41.67%) Cucumber
3 6 (25.00%) WebDriver
4 4 (16.67%) Appium
5 3 (12.50%) Android Studio
5 3 (12.50%) Calabash
5 3 (12.50%) Eclipse
5 3 (12.50%) Git (software)
5 3 (12.50%) Jenkins
5 3 (12.50%) JIRA
5 3 (12.50%) Xcode
6 1 (4.17%) CruiseControl
6 1 (4.17%) HP UFT
6 1 (4.17%) Hudson
6 1 (4.17%) JBehave
6 1 (4.17%) Maven
6 1 (4.17%) Mocha
6 1 (4.17%) Sinon.JS
6 1 (4.17%) SpecFlow
6 1 (4.17%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 4 (16.67%) Banking
1 4 (16.67%) Finance
2 3 (12.50%) Advertising
2 3 (12.50%) Games
3 2 (8.33%) Investment Banking
4 1 (4.17%) Back Office
4 1 (4.17%) Front Office
4 1 (4.17%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (25.00%) AngularJS
1 6 (25.00%) HTML
2 5 (20.83%) HTML5
2 5 (20.83%) Node.js
2 5 (20.83%) RabbitMQ
3 4 (16.67%) REST
3 4 (16.67%) SOAP
4 3 (12.50%) .NET
4 3 (12.50%) ASP.NET
4 3 (12.50%) CSS
4 3 (12.50%) jQuery
4 3 (12.50%) JSON
4 3 (12.50%) XHTML
4 3 (12.50%) XML
5 2 (8.33%) Kafka
6 1 (4.17%) React
6 1 (4.17%) RESTful
6 1 (4.17%) WebSockets
Miscellaneous
1 3 (12.50%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 2 (8.33%) Mobile App
3 1 (4.17%) Computer Science
3 1 (4.17%) Embedded Systems
3 1 (4.17%) IPTV
3 1 (4.17%) Linux Command Line
3 1 (4.17%) STB
Operating Systems
1 4 (16.67%) Android
1 4 (16.67%) Apple iOS
2 2 (8.33%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (62.50%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (50.00%) TDD
3 10 (41.67%) Automated Testing
4 9 (37.50%) BDD
4 9 (37.50%) Test Automation
5 6 (25.00%) E-Commerce
6 5 (20.83%) Performance Testing
6 5 (20.83%) Scrum
7 4 (16.67%) API Testing
7 4 (16.67%) Exploratory Testing
7 4 (16.67%) Kanban
7 4 (16.67%) Pair Programming
8 3 (12.50%) Manual Testing
8 3 (12.50%) MVC
8 3 (12.50%) Security Testing
8 3 (12.50%) Software Engineering
8 3 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
8 3 (12.50%) Test Scripting
8 3 (12.50%) Unit Testing
8 3 (12.50%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 11 (45.83%) Java
2 6 (25.00%) C#
3 5 (20.83%) JavaScript
3 5 (20.83%) Ruby
3 5 (20.83%) SQL
4 3 (12.50%) Apple Swift
5 2 (8.33%) Python
5 2 (8.33%) Scala
6 1 (4.17%) C++
6 1 (4.17%) Perl
6 1 (4.17%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (4.17%) Degree
1 1 (4.17%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (50.00%) QA
Vendors
1 2 (8.33%) Microsoft
2 1 (4.17%) Google
2 1 (4.17%) TOWER Software
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