The median contractor rate for a Software Test Engineer was £338 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 3 months to 23 June 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.

Software Test Engineer
UK / England
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 530 597 598
Rank change year-on-year +67 +1  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Test Engineer 58 23 28
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.13% 0.047% 0.055%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.14% 0.049% 0.058%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 15 19
Median daily rate £338 £400 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.62% +45.45%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £244 £199
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £508 £405
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £300 £275
% change year-on-year +12.50% +9.09%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 3 4
Median hourly rate £39.50 £42.50 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.05% +3.65%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.75 £42.30 £36.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £44.02 £44.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.50 £42.38 £33.50
% change year-on-year -6.78% +26.49%  

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 40726 46972 48452
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 94.73% 95.05% 94.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 26580 31013 30938
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1241 1367 1887
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £43.25 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.14
% change year-on-year +0.28% +8.11%  

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 June 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Test Engineer in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Test Engineer in England

Software Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

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

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 June 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
East of England +18 27 £338 +10.65% 11
London +5 10 £450 +9.09% 9
South East +13 8 £320 +6.66% 4
South West +7 7 £300 - 6
West Midlands +19 5 - - 1
North West - 1 - - 3
Software Test Engineer
UK

Software Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 48 (54.55%) Test Automation
2 31 (35.23%) Python
3 30 (34.09%) Agile Software Development
4 28 (31.82%) Test Scripting
5 24 (27.27%) Software Engineering
6 23 (26.14%) Wireless
6 23 (26.14%) Java
7 19 (21.59%) C#
7 19 (21.59%) C++
8 18 (20.45%) BDD
9 16 (18.18%) TDD
9 16 (18.18%) Selenium
10 15 (17.05%) Unit Testing
10 15 (17.05%) Degree
10 15 (17.05%) Tcl
11 14 (15.91%) QA
11 14 (15.91%) ISTQB
11 14 (15.91%) Cucumber
12 13 (14.77%) SDET
12 13 (14.77%) Scrum
12 13 (14.77%) ISEB
12 13 (14.77%) Telecoms
13 12 (13.64%) Electronics
13 12 (13.64%) C
13 12 (13.64%) Software Testing
13 12 (13.64%) Continuous Integration
14 11 (12.50%) Integration Testing
14 11 (12.50%) Configuration Management
14 11 (12.50%) Test Strategy
15 10 (11.36%) SQL

Software Test Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring 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 (4.55%) Confluence
2 1 (1.14%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (1.14%) CMS
2 1 (1.14%) IIS
2 1 (1.14%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.14%) Tomcat
2 1 (1.14%) WebLogic
Applications
1 2 (2.27%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (2.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (9.09%) LabWindows
2 1 (1.14%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.41%) GitHub
2 1 (1.14%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.14%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.14%) Office 365
2 1 (1.14%) SaaS
2 1 (1.14%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 23 (26.14%) Wireless
2 8 (9.09%) Bluetooth
2 8 (9.09%) RS-422
3 5 (5.68%) ZigBee
4 4 (4.55%) Wi-Fi
5 3 (3.41%) Internet
6 1 (1.14%) Broadband
6 1 (1.14%) HTTP
6 1 (1.14%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.14%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (1.14%) PowerCenter
1 1 (1.14%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 16 (18.18%) Selenium
2 14 (15.91%) Cucumber
3 10 (11.36%) JIRA
4 8 (9.09%) Jenkins
5 7 (7.95%) Calabash
5 7 (7.95%) SoapUI
6 6 (6.82%) Appium
7 5 (5.68%) Git (software)
8 4 (4.55%) Bugzilla
8 4 (4.55%) SpecFlow
9 3 (3.41%) Android Studio
9 3 (3.41%) Eclipse
9 3 (3.41%) JMeter
9 3 (3.41%) Visual Studio
9 3 (3.41%) WebDriver
9 3 (3.41%) Xcode
10 2 (2.27%) Gatling
10 2 (2.27%) GitLab
10 2 (2.27%) Protractor
10 2 (2.27%) Robot Framework
General
1 13 (14.77%) Telecoms
2 12 (13.64%) Electronics
3 5 (5.68%) Advertising
3 5 (5.68%) Games
3 5 (5.68%) Retail
4 3 (3.41%) Banking
4 3 (3.41%) Retail Banking
5 2 (2.27%) Automotive
5 2 (2.27%) Back Office
5 2 (2.27%) Finance
6 1 (1.14%) Digital Economy
6 1 (1.14%) Military
6 1 (1.14%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (11.36%) SOAP
2 6 (6.82%) .NET
2 6 (6.82%) Web Services
3 5 (5.68%) JSON
3 5 (5.68%) XML
4 4 (4.55%) CSS
4 4 (4.55%) HTML
4 4 (4.55%) REST
5 3 (3.41%) ASP.NET
5 3 (3.41%) HTML5
5 3 (3.41%) jQuery
5 3 (3.41%) Unreal Engine
5 3 (3.41%) XHTML
6 2 (2.27%) Middleware
6 2 (2.27%) Node.js
6 2 (2.27%) React
6 2 (2.27%) Unity (Game Engine)
6 2 (2.27%) Unity DI Container
6 2 (2.27%) WCF
6 2 (2.27%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 3 (3.41%) Computer Science
1 3 (3.41%) Embedded Systems
1 3 (3.41%) Internet of Things
1 3 (3.41%) RIA
2 2 (2.27%) Infotainment
2 2 (2.27%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.14%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.14%) Equities
3 1 (1.14%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 1 (1.14%) STB
Operating Systems
1 10 (11.36%) Windows
2 8 (9.09%) Linux
3 5 (5.68%) Android
3 5 (5.68%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.14%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (54.55%) Test Automation
2 30 (34.09%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (31.82%) Test Scripting
4 24 (27.27%) Software Engineering
5 18 (20.45%) BDD
6 16 (18.18%) TDD
7 15 (17.05%) Unit Testing
8 13 (14.77%) Scrum
8 13 (14.77%) SDET
9 12 (13.64%) Continuous Integration
9 12 (13.64%) Software Testing
10 11 (12.50%) Configuration Management
10 11 (12.50%) Integration Testing
10 11 (12.50%) Test Strategy
11 10 (11.36%) Performance Testing
12 9 (10.23%) Digital Signal Processing
12 9 (10.23%) Signal Processing
12 9 (10.23%) User Stories
13 8 (9.09%) API Testing
14 7 (7.95%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 31 (35.23%) Python
2 23 (26.14%) Java
3 19 (21.59%) C#
3 19 (21.59%) C++
4 15 (17.05%) Tcl
5 12 (13.64%) C
6 10 (11.36%) SQL
7 9 (10.23%) JavaScript
8 7 (7.95%) Ruby
9 6 (6.82%) Perl
10 3 (3.41%) Apple Swift
11 2 (2.27%) Embedded C++
11 2 (2.27%) T-SQL
12 1 (1.14%) AspectJ
12 1 (1.14%) Groovy
12 1 (1.14%) Scala
Qualifications
1 15 (17.05%) Degree
2 14 (15.91%) ISTQB
3 13 (14.77%) ISEB
4 9 (10.23%) Security Cleared
5 8 (9.09%) SC Cleared
6 5 (5.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (1.14%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (15.91%) QA
2 2 (2.27%) Def Stans
2 2 (2.27%) DO-178B
2 2 (2.27%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 7 (7.95%) Firmware
2 1 (1.14%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (1.14%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 8 (9.09%) Microsoft
1 8 (9.09%) Serena
2 3 (3.41%) Google
2 3 (3.41%) IBM
3 1 (1.14%) Atlassian
3 1 (1.14%) Informatica
3 1 (1.14%) Oracle
3 1 (1.14%) TOWER Software
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