The median contractor rate for a Software Test Engineer was £395 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 3 months to 23 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
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Test Engineer
UK / England
Rank 547 574 563
Rank change year-on-year +27 -11  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Test Engineer 30 38 28
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.073% 0.078% 0.059%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.077% 0.082% 0.062%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 11 18
Median daily rate £395 £274 £298
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +44.29% -7.98%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £333 £226 £181
10% offered a daily rate of more than £478 £540 £375
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £260 £275
% change year-on-year +29.80% -5.45%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 12 4
Median hourly rate £32.50 £42.00 £38.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.61% +10.52%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £39.75 £38.00
% change year-on-year -18.23% +4.60%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in England. 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
England
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 39124 46334 45141
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 94.84% 95.21% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 25435 30385 27741
Median daily rate £430 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.23% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £263 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1355 1447 1806
Median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +5.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.30 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £47.83 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

Software Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England that featured Software Test Engineer in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Software Test Engineer in England

Software Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Test Engineer in England

Software Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Test Engineer in England over the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Test Engineer in England

Software Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Test Engineer in England

Software Test Engineer
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Test Engineer within the England region over the 3 months to 23 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +24 10 £425 -22.72% 1
East of England 0 9 £338 - 15
South East +15 5 £334 +30.24% 7
West Midlands +16 4 - - 1
East Midlands - 2 - -
Software Test Engineer
UK

Software Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 23 March 2017, Software 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 England region featuring Software Test Engineer in the job title.

1 34 (45.33%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (41.33%) BDD
3 28 (37.33%) Cucumber
4 27 (36.00%) Java
5 25 (33.33%) Selenium
6 20 (26.67%) Test Scripting
7 18 (24.00%) Software Engineering
7 18 (24.00%) C#
8 17 (22.67%) QA
8 17 (22.67%) TDD
9 16 (21.33%) ISEB
10 14 (18.67%) C++
10 14 (18.67%) JavaScript
10 14 (18.67%) Unit Testing
10 14 (18.67%) Automated Testing
11 13 (17.33%) Ruby
11 13 (17.33%) Software Testing
11 13 (17.33%) ISTQB
11 13 (17.33%) Python
11 13 (17.33%) SDET
12 12 (16.00%) Jenkins
12 12 (16.00%) Test Automation
12 12 (16.00%) Integration Testing
13 10 (13.33%) Scrum
13 10 (13.33%) SOAP
13 10 (13.33%) Web Services
13 10 (13.33%) Git (software)
13 10 (13.33%) Android
13 10 (13.33%) Apple iOS
13 10 (13.33%) Test Strategy

Software Test Engineer Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in 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 4 (5.33%) WebLogic
2 1 (1.33%) Apache
2 1 (1.33%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (1.33%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (1.33%) MS Excel
1 1 (1.33%) MS PowerPoint
1 1 (1.33%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 4 (5.33%) LabWindows
Cloud Services
1 5 (6.67%) GitHub
2 2 (2.67%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.33%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 5 (6.67%) Wireless
2 4 (5.33%) RS-422
3 2 (2.67%) Network Security
4 1 (1.33%) Ethernet
4 1 (1.33%) HTTP
4 1 (1.33%) MQTT
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.67%) Relational Database
2 1 (1.33%) Apache Cassandra
2 1 (1.33%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (1.33%) RDBMS
2 1 (1.33%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.33%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 28 (37.33%) Cucumber
2 25 (33.33%) Selenium
3 12 (16.00%) Jenkins
4 10 (13.33%) Git (software)
5 9 (12.00%) JIRA
5 9 (12.00%) SoapUI
6 8 (10.67%) Appium
6 8 (10.67%) WebDriver
7 6 (8.00%) Ant
7 6 (8.00%) Calabash
7 6 (8.00%) Maven
8 5 (6.67%) Android Studio
8 5 (6.67%) Eclipse
8 5 (6.67%) GitLab
8 5 (6.67%) Xcode
9 4 (5.33%) Concordion
9 4 (5.33%) SonarQube
10 3 (4.00%) JBehave
10 3 (4.00%) SpecFlow
10 3 (4.00%) Subversion
General
1 7 (9.33%) Electronics
2 6 (8.00%) Retail
2 6 (8.00%) Telecoms
3 4 (5.33%) Advertising
3 4 (5.33%) Automotive
3 4 (5.33%) Games
4 3 (4.00%) Aerospace
5 2 (2.67%) Manufacturing
5 2 (2.67%) Publishing
6 1 (1.33%) Back Office
6 1 (1.33%) Banking
6 1 (1.33%) Finance
6 1 (1.33%) Investment Banking
6 1 (1.33%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (13.33%) SOAP
1 10 (13.33%) Web Services
2 9 (12.00%) Gherkin
3 8 (10.67%) JSON
4 7 (9.33%) XML
5 6 (8.00%) .NET
5 6 (8.00%) REST
6 5 (6.67%) HTML
6 5 (6.67%) HTML5
7 4 (5.33%) ASP.NET
7 4 (5.33%) CSS
7 4 (5.33%) Guice
7 4 (5.33%) jQuery
7 4 (5.33%) XHTML
8 3 (4.00%) Unreal Engine
9 2 (2.67%) Node.js
9 2 (2.67%) React
9 2 (2.67%) RESTful
9 2 (2.67%) Unity (Game Engine)
9 2 (2.67%) Unity DI Container
Miscellaneous
1 4 (5.33%) Mobile App
2 2 (2.67%) Infotainment
2 2 (2.67%) SCADA
3 1 (1.33%) Algorithms
3 1 (1.33%) Client/Server
3 1 (1.33%) Equities
3 1 (1.33%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 1 (1.33%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 10 (13.33%) Android
1 10 (13.33%) Apple iOS
2 6 (8.00%) Linux
3 5 (6.67%) Windows
4 2 (2.67%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (45.33%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (41.33%) BDD
3 20 (26.67%) Test Scripting
4 18 (24.00%) Software Engineering
5 17 (22.67%) TDD
6 14 (18.67%) Automated Testing
6 14 (18.67%) Unit Testing
7 13 (17.33%) Software Testing
8 12 (16.00%) Integration Testing
8 12 (16.00%) Test Automation
9 10 (13.33%) Scrum
9 10 (13.33%) Test Strategy
10 9 (12.00%) Continuous Integration
11 7 (9.33%) Manual Testing
12 6 (8.00%) API Testing
12 6 (8.00%) E-Commerce
13 5 (6.67%) Configuration Management
13 5 (6.67%) Continuous Delivery
13 5 (6.67%) Pair Programming
13 5 (6.67%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 27 (36.00%) Java
2 18 (24.00%) C#
3 14 (18.67%) C++
3 14 (18.67%) JavaScript
4 13 (17.33%) Python
4 13 (17.33%) Ruby
5 7 (9.33%) C
6 6 (8.00%) SQL
7 5 (6.67%) Tcl
8 4 (5.33%) Apple Swift
8 4 (5.33%) AspectJ
8 4 (5.33%) Groovy
9 2 (2.67%) Bash Shell
9 2 (2.67%) Perl
10 1 (1.33%) ES6
10 1 (1.33%) Scala
10 1 (1.33%) Shell Script
10 1 (1.33%) T-SQL
10 1 (1.33%) VB.NET
10 1 (1.33%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 16 (21.33%) ISEB
2 13 (17.33%) ISTQB
3 8 (10.67%) Degree
4 4 (5.33%) Security Cleared
5 2 (2.67%) DV Cleared
5 2 (2.67%) SC Cleared
6 1 (1.33%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (1.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (22.67%) QA
2 13 (17.33%) SDET
System Software
1 1 (1.33%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (1.33%) Kubernetes
1 1 (1.33%) Puppet
Vendors
1 4 (5.33%) Google
1 4 (5.33%) Serena
2 3 (4.00%) IBM
2 3 (4.00%) Microsoft
3 2 (2.67%) Oracle
3 2 (2.67%) Xamarin
4 1 (1.33%) Avaya
4 1 (1.33%) TOWER Software
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