Period
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The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in the East of England during the 6 months to 16 August 2022.

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
England > East of England
6 months to
16 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 106 94 96
Rank change year-on-year -12 +2 +49
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 30 38 12
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the East of England 1.20% 1.70% 0.79%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.33% 1.85% 0.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 21 5
10th Percentile £240 £320 £253
25th Percentile £300 £363 £406
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £350 £375 £425
Median % change year-on-year -6.67% -11.76% -2.86%
75th Percentile £519 £388 £438
90th Percentile £585 £469 £460
England median daily rate £475 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +11.76% +3.03% -2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 4 1
10th Percentile £51.25 £37.83 -
25th Percentile £55.00 £42.76 £46.25
Median hourly rate £56.00 £48.00 £47.50
Median % change year-on-year +16.67% +1.05% +11.76%
75th Percentile - £50.00 £48.75
90th Percentile £62.45 - -
England median hourly rate £56.00 £46.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +21.74% +8.24% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East of England. 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
East of England
Contract vacancies in the East of England with a recognized job title 2,262 2,055 1,411
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 90.30% 91.70% 92.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,458 1,222 866
10th Percentile £190 £150 £180
25th Percentile £355 £253 £307
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £413 £425
Median % change year-on-year +15.15% -2.94% -1.16%
75th Percentile £586 £530 £525
90th Percentile £675 £606 £588
England median daily rate £550 £500 £475
% change year-on-year +10.00% +5.26% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 342 269 100
10th Percentile £13.13 £12.25 £13.00
25th Percentile £13.69 £12.50 £14.46
Median hourly rate £19.81 £15.00 £19.50
Median % change year-on-year +32.07% -23.08% +21.88%
75th Percentile £52.50 £24.00 £45.00
90th Percentile £62.95 £48.75 £53.88
England median hourly rate £25.00 £19.56 £20.90
% change year-on-year +27.81% -6.41% +10.00%

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the East of England

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Engineer in the East of England

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Daily rate trend for Test Engineer in the East of England

Test Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Test Engineer in the East of England over the 6 months to 16 August 2022.

Daily rate histogram for Test Engineer in the East of England

Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Hourly rate trend for Test Engineer in the East of England

Test Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram in the East of England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Test Engineer in the East of England over the 6 months to 16 August 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for Test Engineer in the East of England

Test Engineer
Contract Job Locations in the East of England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Engineer within the East of England region over the 6 months to 16 August 2022. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Jobs
Hertfordshire +12 16 £413 +20.15% 4
Cambridgeshire -30 7 £475 +26.67% 23
Essex +7 4 £325 - 2
Bedfordshire - 3 - - 2
Test Engineer
England

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the East of England

For the 6 months to 16 August 2022, Test Engineer contract jobs required the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the East of England region featuring Test Engineer in the job title.

1 18 (60.00%) Python
2 14 (46.67%) SC Cleared
2 14 (46.67%) Security Cleared
3 13 (43.33%) Validation
4 11 (36.67%) Electronics
4 11 (36.67%) ASIC
4 11 (36.67%) FPGA
4 11 (36.67%) Schematic Capture
5 10 (33.33%) C++
6 9 (30.00%) C
6 9 (30.00%) Aerospace
6 9 (30.00%) Product Management
7 6 (20.00%) JIRA
7 6 (20.00%) Wireshark
8 5 (16.67%) Software Testing
9 4 (13.33%) Telecoms
10 3 (10.00%) Wi-Fi
10 3 (10.00%) Tcl
10 3 (10.00%) TCP/IP
10 3 (10.00%) IBM
10 3 (10.00%) Military
10 3 (10.00%) Test Scripting
10 3 (10.00%) Rational DOORS
11 2 (6.67%) Splunk
11 2 (6.67%) Redmine
11 2 (6.67%) PowerShell
11 2 (6.67%) Jenkins
11 2 (6.67%) DevOps
11 2 (6.67%) 802.1X
11 2 (6.67%) Iperf

Test Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the East of England 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 (3.33%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.33%) AWS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (20.00%) Wireshark
2 3 (10.00%) TCP/IP
2 3 (10.00%) Wi-Fi
3 2 (6.67%) 802.11
3 2 (6.67%) Ethernet
3 2 (6.67%) Firewall
3 2 (6.67%) FTP
3 2 (6.67%) Internet
3 2 (6.67%) Tactical Data Link
3 2 (6.67%) Wireless
4 1 (3.33%) DNS
4 1 (3.33%) IPv4
4 1 (3.33%) IPv6
4 1 (3.33%) MVNO
4 1 (3.33%) Radio Access Network
4 1 (3.33%) RTCP
4 1 (3.33%) RTP
4 1 (3.33%) VoIP
Development Applications
1 6 (20.00%) JIRA
2 3 (10.00%) Rational DOORS
3 2 (6.67%) Jenkins
3 2 (6.67%) Redmine
3 2 (6.67%) Selenium
4 1 (3.33%) Bitbucket
4 1 (3.33%) eggPlant
4 1 (3.33%) Git (software)
4 1 (3.33%) PhpStorm
4 1 (3.33%) PHPUnit
4 1 (3.33%) Rational Quality Manager
General
1 11 (36.67%) Electronics
2 9 (30.00%) Aerospace
3 4 (13.33%) Telecoms
4 3 (10.00%) Military
5 2 (6.67%) Publishing
6 1 (3.33%) Automotive
6 1 (3.33%) Games
6 1 (3.33%) Manufacturing
6 1 (3.33%) Marketing
6 1 (3.33%) Social Skills
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (6.67%) 802.1X
2 1 (3.33%) Behat
2 1 (3.33%) GraphQL
2 1 (3.33%) LAMP
2 1 (3.33%) Laravel
2 1 (3.33%) REST
2 1 (3.33%) Symfony
Miscellaneous
1 11 (36.67%) ASIC
1 11 (36.67%) FPGA
2 1 (3.33%) IoT
2 1 (3.33%) Linux Command Line
2 1 (3.33%) Online Games
2 1 (3.33%) Self-Motivation
2 1 (3.33%) STB
2 1 (3.33%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 2 (6.67%) Linux
1 2 (6.67%) Windows
1 2 (6.67%) Windows Server
2 1 (3.33%) Android
2 1 (3.33%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (43.33%) Validation
2 11 (36.67%) Schematic Capture
3 9 (30.00%) Product Management
4 5 (16.67%) Software Testing
5 3 (10.00%) Test Scripting
6 2 (6.67%) DevOps
6 2 (6.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 2 (6.67%) Synthetic Environment
6 2 (6.67%) Test Automation
6 2 (6.67%) Virtual Infrastructure
7 1 (3.33%) API Testing
7 1 (3.33%) BDD
7 1 (3.33%) CI/CD
7 1 (3.33%) Continuous Deployment
7 1 (3.33%) Continuous Improvement
7 1 (3.33%) Exploratory Testing
7 1 (3.33%) Machine Learning
7 1 (3.33%) Remote Testing
7 1 (3.33%) Resilience Testing
7 1 (3.33%) SDET
Programming Languages
1 18 (60.00%) Python
2 10 (33.33%) C++
3 9 (30.00%) C
4 3 (10.00%) Tcl
5 2 (6.67%) PowerShell
6 1 (3.33%) C#
6 1 (3.33%) PHP
Qualifications
1 14 (46.67%) SC Cleared
1 14 (46.67%) Security Cleared
2 2 (6.67%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (3.33%) DBS Check
3 1 (3.33%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.33%) QA
System Software
1 2 (6.67%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (3.33%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (6.67%) Iperf
2 1 (3.33%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 3 (10.00%) IBM
2 2 (6.67%) Microsoft
2 2 (6.67%) Splunk
3 1 (3.33%) BT
3 1 (3.33%) HP