Period
to 15 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 6 months to 15 October 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
15 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 211 209 224
Rank change year-on-year -2 +15 +25
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 43 34 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.61% 0.50% 0.38%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.64% 0.53% 0.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 28 19
City of London median daily rate £450 £513 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.20% +7.89% +26.67%
10th Percentile £313 £375 £324
90th Percentile £541 £675 £538
Central London median daily rate £455 £475 £425
% change year-on-year -4.21% +11.76% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
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 6,673 6,431 6,344
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.31% 94.78% 95.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,277 5,023 5,063
City of London median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £308
90th Percentile £675 £675 £660
Central London median daily rate £500 £500 £464
% change year-on-year +0.10% +7.77% +3.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 125 90 72
City of London median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% -1.37% +1.39%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.70 £11.25
90th Percentile £25.50 £30.75 £48.62
Central London median hourly rate £18.70 £18.10 £17.50
% change year-on-year +3.31% +3.43% -2.78%

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 15 October 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 15 October 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 37 (86.05%) Test Automation
2 30 (69.77%) Selenium
3 21 (48.84%) Java
3 21 (48.84%) Agile Software Development
4 19 (44.19%) WebDriver
5 18 (41.86%) QA
6 16 (37.21%) Finance
7 13 (30.23%) TDD
7 13 (30.23%) .NET
7 13 (30.23%) BDD
8 12 (27.91%) SpecFlow
9 11 (25.58%) Scrum
10 10 (23.26%) Greenfield Project
11 9 (20.93%) JavaScript
11 9 (20.93%) C#
11 9 (20.93%) Python
12 8 (18.60%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 8 (18.60%) Asset Management
12 8 (18.60%) Cucumber
13 7 (16.28%) JIRA
13 7 (16.28%) Continuous Integration
13 7 (16.28%) Telecoms
13 7 (16.28%) SDET
13 7 (16.28%) API Testing
14 6 (13.95%) Jenkins
14 6 (13.95%) DevOps
14 6 (13.95%) Unix
14 6 (13.95%) OO
14 6 (13.95%) Performance Testing
14 6 (13.95%) Degree

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 3 (6.98%) Confluence
2 2 (4.65%) Jetty
2 2 (4.65%) Tomcat
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.65%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (4.65%) Amazon EC2
1 2 (4.65%) Amazon S3
1 2 (4.65%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.33%) Amazon EMR
2 1 (2.33%) AWS Lambda
2 1 (2.33%) BrowserStack
2 1 (2.33%) GitHub
2 1 (2.33%) Google Cloud Platform
2 1 (2.33%) Sauce Labs
2 1 (2.33%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 3 (6.98%) DHCP
1 3 (6.98%) DNS
1 3 (6.98%) ICMP
1 3 (6.98%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.65%) NoSQL
1 2 (4.65%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.33%) Apache Hive
2 1 (2.33%) Azkaban
2 1 (2.33%) Big Data
2 1 (2.33%) Data Lake
2 1 (2.33%) Data Mining
2 1 (2.33%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.33%) Hadoop
2 1 (2.33%) Presto
Development Applications
1 30 (69.77%) Selenium
2 19 (44.19%) WebDriver
3 12 (27.91%) SpecFlow
4 8 (18.60%) Cucumber
5 7 (16.28%) JIRA
6 6 (13.95%) Jenkins
7 3 (6.98%) NUnit
8 2 (4.65%) Appium
8 2 (4.65%) Gradle
8 2 (4.65%) JBehave
8 2 (4.65%) JUnit
8 2 (4.65%) Maven
8 2 (4.65%) MSTest
8 2 (4.65%) SoapUI
9 1 (2.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (2.33%) IntelliJ
9 1 (2.33%) Spock
9 1 (2.33%) TestNG
9 1 (2.33%) TestRail
General
1 16 (37.21%) Finance
2 7 (16.28%) Telecoms
3 4 (9.30%) Banking
4 1 (2.33%) Law
4 1 (2.33%) Publishing
4 1 (2.33%) Retail
4 1 (2.33%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (30.23%) .NET
2 5 (11.63%) React
3 3 (6.98%) Gherkin
3 3 (6.98%) RESTful
3 3 (6.98%) Web Services
4 2 (4.65%) AngularJS
4 2 (4.65%) CSS
4 2 (4.65%) HTML
4 2 (4.65%) HTML5
4 2 (4.65%) Java EE
4 2 (4.65%) JSON
4 2 (4.65%) REST
4 2 (4.65%) SOAP
4 2 (4.65%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 2 (4.65%) XML
5 1 (2.33%) ASP.NET
5 1 (2.33%) ASP.NET Web API
5 1 (2.33%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 10 (23.26%) Greenfield Project
2 8 (18.60%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 5 (11.63%) Fintech
4 1 (2.33%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (2.33%) Credit Risk
4 1 (2.33%) Data Centre
4 1 (2.33%) Market Risk
4 1 (2.33%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (2.33%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 6 (13.95%) Unix
2 5 (11.63%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (86.05%) Test Automation
2 21 (48.84%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (30.23%) BDD
3 13 (30.23%) TDD
4 11 (25.58%) Scrum
5 8 (18.60%) Asset Management
6 7 (16.28%) API Testing
6 7 (16.28%) Continuous Integration
6 7 (16.28%) SDET
7 6 (13.95%) DevOps
7 6 (13.95%) OO
7 6 (13.95%) Performance Testing
8 5 (11.63%) Test Scripting
9 4 (9.30%) Physics
9 4 (9.30%) Problem-Solving
10 3 (6.98%) Acceptance Criteria
10 3 (6.98%) Load Testing
10 3 (6.98%) Open Source
10 3 (6.98%) User Acceptance Testing
11 2 (4.65%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 21 (48.84%) Java
2 9 (20.93%) C#
2 9 (20.93%) JavaScript
2 9 (20.93%) Python
3 5 (11.63%) C++
4 4 (9.30%) SQL
5 3 (6.98%) Java 8
6 2 (4.65%) Groovy
6 2 (4.65%) Shell Script
7 1 (2.33%) Scala
Qualifications
1 6 (13.95%) Degree
2 1 (2.33%) Computer Science Degree
2 1 (2.33%) ISEB
2 1 (2.33%) Numerate Degree
2 1 (2.33%) SC Cleared
2 1 (2.33%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (41.86%) QA
2 1 (2.33%) Dodd-Frank
2 1 (2.33%) EMIR
2 1 (2.33%) MiFID
System Software
1 1 (2.33%) Docker
1 1 (2.33%) Firmware
1 1 (2.33%) VMware ESXi
Vendors
1 4 (9.30%) Cypress Semiconductor
2 2 (4.65%) Perfecto Mobile
3 1 (2.33%) GoldenSource
3 1 (2.33%) Google
3 1 (2.33%) Oracle
3 1 (2.33%) VMware