Period
to 21 July 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 6 months to 21 July 2018.

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
21 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 234 201 209
Rank change year-on-year -33 +8 +56
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 26 40 37
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.37% 0.62% 0.54%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.39% 0.64% 0.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 38 29
City of London median daily rate £425 £475 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.53% +11.76% +13.33%
10th Percentile £313 £356 £375
90th Percentile £560 £675 £509
Central London median daily rate £450 £475 £425
% change year-on-year -5.26% +11.76% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
City of London median hourly rate - - -
Central London median hourly rate - - -

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 6,736 6,229 6,523
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.85% 95.83% 95.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,296 4,780 5,236
City of London median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £313 £310 £300
90th Percentile £688 £675 £650
Central London median daily rate £500 £488 £453
% change year-on-year +2.56% +7.73% +0.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 129 77 82
City of London median hourly rate £18.70 £18.70 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.03% -1.61% -
10th Percentile £12.70 £12.52 £11.50
90th Percentile £30.60 £30.07 £32.23
Central London median hourly rate £18.70 £17.64 £19.74
% change year-on-year +6.04% -10.67% +6.72%

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 21 July 2018.

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 21 July 2018, 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 17 (65.38%) Java
1 17 (65.38%) Test Automation
2 12 (46.15%) Selenium
3 10 (38.46%) Finance
4 9 (34.62%) Python
4 9 (34.62%) QA
5 8 (30.77%) WebDriver
5 8 (30.77%) Banking
5 8 (30.77%) Agile Software Development
6 7 (26.92%) Telecoms
7 6 (23.08%) SDET
7 6 (23.08%) Degree
7 6 (23.08%) OO
7 6 (23.08%) SQL
7 6 (23.08%) C++
7 6 (23.08%) Cucumber
8 5 (19.23%) BDD
8 5 (19.23%) Gherkin
9 4 (15.38%) Software Testing
9 4 (15.38%) Software Engineering
9 4 (15.38%) JavaScript
9 4 (15.38%) C#
9 4 (15.38%) Linux
9 4 (15.38%) Continuous Improvement
9 4 (15.38%) Physics
10 3 (11.54%) Node.js
10 3 (11.54%) DevOps
10 3 (11.54%) .NET
10 3 (11.54%) Scrum
10 3 (11.54%) ICMP

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 2 (7.69%) Elasticsearch
1 2 (7.69%) Jetty
1 2 (7.69%) Tomcat
Cloud Services
1 2 (7.69%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (3.85%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (3.85%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (3.85%) Amazon S3
2 1 (3.85%) BrowserStack
2 1 (3.85%) Google Cloud Platform
2 1 (3.85%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 3 (11.54%) DHCP
1 3 (11.54%) DNS
1 3 (11.54%) ICMP
1 3 (11.54%) TCP/IP
2 1 (3.85%) AMQP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (7.69%) MongoDB
1 2 (7.69%) Redis
1 2 (7.69%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.85%) Data Lake
2 1 (3.85%) NoSQL
2 1 (3.85%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (3.85%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 12 (46.15%) Selenium
2 8 (30.77%) WebDriver
3 6 (23.08%) Cucumber
4 2 (7.69%) Gradle
4 2 (7.69%) JBehave
4 2 (7.69%) Jenkins
4 2 (7.69%) JIRA
4 2 (7.69%) JUnit
4 2 (7.69%) Maven
4 2 (7.69%) SpecFlow
4 2 (7.69%) TeamCity
4 2 (7.69%) TestComplete
4 2 (7.69%) Visual Studio
4 2 (7.69%) webpack
5 1 (3.85%) Git (software)
5 1 (3.85%) LoadRunner
5 1 (3.85%) NeoLoad
5 1 (3.85%) NUnit
5 1 (3.85%) TestNG
5 1 (3.85%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 10 (38.46%) Finance
2 8 (30.77%) Banking
3 7 (26.92%) Telecoms
4 2 (7.69%) Investment Banking
4 2 (7.69%) Retail
5 1 (3.85%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (19.23%) Gherkin
2 3 (11.54%) .NET
2 3 (11.54%) JSON
2 3 (11.54%) Node.js
3 2 (7.69%) Celery
3 2 (7.69%) Java EE
3 2 (7.69%) React
3 2 (7.69%) Web Services
3 2 (7.69%) XML
4 1 (3.85%) RabbitMQ
4 1 (3.85%) RESTful
4 1 (3.85%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 3 (11.54%) Derivative
2 2 (7.69%) Fixed Income
2 2 (7.69%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (3.85%) Computer Science
3 1 (3.85%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 1 (3.85%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 4 (15.38%) Linux
2 2 (7.69%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (65.38%) Test Automation
2 8 (30.77%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (23.08%) OO
3 6 (23.08%) SDET
4 5 (19.23%) BDD
5 4 (15.38%) Continuous Improvement
5 4 (15.38%) Physics
5 4 (15.38%) Software Engineering
5 4 (15.38%) Software Testing
6 3 (11.54%) DevOps
6 3 (11.54%) Microservices
6 3 (11.54%) Problem-Solving
6 3 (11.54%) Scrum
6 3 (11.54%) TDD
7 2 (7.69%) Build Automation
7 2 (7.69%) Data Science
7 2 (7.69%) Exploratory Testing
7 2 (7.69%) Functional Testing
7 2 (7.69%) Non-Functional Testing
7 2 (7.69%) QA Automation
Programming Languages
1 17 (65.38%) Java
2 9 (34.62%) Python
3 6 (23.08%) C++
3 6 (23.08%) SQL
4 4 (15.38%) C#
4 4 (15.38%) JavaScript
5 2 (7.69%) Java 8
5 2 (7.69%) Shell Script
6 1 (3.85%) C
6 1 (3.85%) Groovy
6 1 (3.85%) Ruby
6 1 (3.85%) Scala
Qualifications
1 6 (23.08%) Degree
2 1 (3.85%) Computer Science Degree
2 1 (3.85%) ISEB
2 1 (3.85%) Numerate Degree
2 1 (3.85%) SC Cleared
2 1 (3.85%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (34.62%) QA
2 1 (3.85%) Dodd-Frank
2 1 (3.85%) EMIR
2 1 (3.85%) MiFID
System Software
1 1 (3.85%) Docker
Vendors
1 2 (7.69%) Charles River
1 2 (7.69%) Oracle
2 1 (3.85%) GoldenSource
2 1 (3.85%) Google