Period
to 23 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Software Test Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 23 November 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
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 753 784 808
Rank change year-on-year +31 +24 -58
Contract jobs requiring a Software Test Engineer 104 89 63
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.11% 0.091% 0.061%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.096% 0.064%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 35 24
England median daily rate £450 £350 £312
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +28.57% +12.27% -10.93%
10th Percentile £293 £288 £233
90th Percentile £538 £468 £425
UK median daily rate £450 £350 £300
% change year-on-year +28.57% +16.67% -14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 18 15
England median hourly rate £39.50 £40.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.25% +6.67% +31.58%
10th Percentile £33.13 £30.13 £21.95
90th Percentile £47.50 £46.33 £41.50
UK median hourly rate £39.50 £35.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +12.86% -6.67% +31.58%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in 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
England
Contract vacancies in England with a recognized job title 89884 92670 98656
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.76% 94.76% 95.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 59938 60988 63819
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2667 3006 3819
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.78% +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.97 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.90 £47.00 £45.00
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%

Software Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

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 6 months to 23 November 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 6 months to 23 November 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 6 months to 23 November 2017. 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
Job
Vacancies
London -2 40 £481 +22.22% 9
East of England +5 34 £350 +16.67% 9
South East -5 15 £325 -7.14% 2
South West -13 8 - - 3
Midlands +24 4 £425 +37.10% 4
North of England +59 3 £388 +16.98% 8
East Midlands -8 3 £425 +37.10% 3
Yorkshire +22 2 £388 +24.00% 4
North West +19 1 - - 4
Software Test Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 70 (67.31%) Test Automation
2 52 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 42 (40.38%) Java
4 38 (36.54%) Cucumber
5 37 (35.58%) Software Engineering
6 35 (33.65%) Selenium
7 32 (30.77%) Python
7 32 (30.77%) SDET
8 30 (28.85%) JIRA
8 30 (28.85%) BDD
9 24 (23.08%) QA
9 24 (23.08%) TDD
10 22 (21.15%) C#
10 22 (21.15%) Jenkins
11 21 (20.19%) Continuous Integration
11 21 (20.19%) Scrum
12 18 (17.31%) Test Strategy
13 17 (16.35%) C++
13 17 (16.35%) Linux
14 15 (14.42%) Ruby
14 15 (14.42%) Test Scripting
14 15 (14.42%) Android
14 15 (14.42%) WebDriver
15 14 (13.46%) Gherkin
15 14 (13.46%) Apple iOS
15 14 (13.46%) Degree
16 13 (12.50%) JavaScript
16 13 (12.50%) Appium
17 12 (11.54%) Web Services
17 12 (11.54%) Wireless

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 12 (11.54%) Confluence
2 1 (0.96%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (0.96%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.96%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (0.96%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (0.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 7 (6.73%) LabWindows
Cloud Services
1 8 (7.69%) Amazon AWS
1 8 (7.69%) GitHub
2 7 (6.73%) SaaS
3 3 (2.88%) Sauce Labs
4 2 (1.92%) BrowserStack
4 2 (1.92%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.96%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 12 (11.54%) Wireless
2 7 (6.73%) RS-422
3 5 (4.81%) Wi-Fi
4 2 (1.92%) Broadband
4 2 (1.92%) NAS
5 1 (0.96%) Bluetooth
5 1 (0.96%) HTTP
5 1 (0.96%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.81%) NoSQL
2 4 (3.85%) RDBMS
2 4 (3.85%) Relational Database
3 2 (1.92%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.96%) Big Data
4 1 (0.96%) DB2
4 1 (0.96%) Hadoop
4 1 (0.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.96%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 38 (36.54%) Cucumber
2 35 (33.65%) Selenium
3 30 (28.85%) JIRA
4 22 (21.15%) Jenkins
5 15 (14.42%) WebDriver
6 13 (12.50%) Appium
7 12 (11.54%) JBehave
8 11 (10.58%) SoapUI
9 10 (9.62%) TestRail
10 9 (8.65%) Git (software)
11 7 (6.73%) Calabash
12 6 (5.77%) JUnit
12 6 (5.77%) SpecFlow
13 5 (4.81%) JMeter
13 5 (4.81%) Maven
13 5 (4.81%) TeamCity
13 5 (4.81%) TestNG
14 4 (3.85%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 4 (3.85%) Gerrit
14 4 (3.85%) Rational DOORS
General
1 9 (8.65%) Retail
2 8 (7.69%) Electronics
3 7 (6.73%) Finance
4 6 (5.77%) Telecoms
5 3 (2.88%) Aerospace
5 3 (2.88%) Avionics
5 3 (2.88%) Banking
6 2 (1.92%) Back Office
6 2 (1.92%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.92%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.96%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (13.46%) Gherkin
2 12 (11.54%) Web Services
3 11 (10.58%) JSON
3 11 (10.58%) REST
4 8 (7.69%) Node.js
5 6 (5.77%) AngularJS
6 5 (4.81%) SOAP
7 4 (3.85%) CSS
7 4 (3.85%) HTML
7 4 (3.85%) Middleware
7 4 (3.85%) XML
8 3 (2.88%) .NET
9 2 (1.92%) ASP.NET
9 2 (1.92%) Hibernate
9 2 (1.92%) HTML5
9 2 (1.92%) jQuery
9 2 (1.92%) Qt
9 2 (1.92%) Spring
9 2 (1.92%) XHTML
10 1 (0.96%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 12 (11.54%) Mobile App
2 8 (7.69%) Computer Science
3 6 (5.77%) User Experience
4 5 (4.81%) RIA
5 2 (1.92%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (1.92%) Over-the-Top Content
5 2 (1.92%) Smartcard
5 2 (1.92%) STB
5 2 (1.92%) Video on Demand
6 1 (0.96%) Algorithms
6 1 (0.96%) Data Structures
6 1 (0.96%) Device Driver
6 1 (0.96%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (0.96%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.96%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 17 (16.35%) Linux
2 15 (14.42%) Android
3 14 (13.46%) Apple iOS
4 8 (7.69%) Windows
5 2 (1.92%) Unix
5 2 (1.92%) VxWorks
6 1 (0.96%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (67.31%) Test Automation
2 52 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 37 (35.58%) Software Engineering
4 32 (30.77%) SDET
5 30 (28.85%) BDD
6 24 (23.08%) TDD
7 21 (20.19%) Continuous Integration
7 21 (20.19%) Scrum
8 18 (17.31%) Test Strategy
9 15 (14.42%) Test Scripting
10 11 (10.58%) Performance Testing
11 10 (9.62%) Software Testing
11 10 (9.62%) Test Management
12 9 (8.65%) Acceptance Criteria
12 9 (8.65%) Configuration Management
12 9 (8.65%) Integration Testing
12 9 (8.65%) Non-Functional Testing
13 8 (7.69%) Exploratory Testing
13 8 (7.69%) Kanban
14 7 (6.73%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 42 (40.38%) Java
2 32 (30.77%) Python
3 22 (21.15%) C#
4 17 (16.35%) C++
5 15 (14.42%) Ruby
6 13 (12.50%) JavaScript
7 9 (8.65%) C
7 9 (8.65%) SQL
8 8 (7.69%) Perl
9 6 (5.77%) Apple Swift
9 6 (5.77%) Tcl
10 4 (3.85%) Objective-C
11 3 (2.88%) VB
12 2 (1.92%) T-SQL
13 1 (0.96%) Bash Shell
13 1 (0.96%) Embedded C++
13 1 (0.96%) PL/SQL
13 1 (0.96%) PowerShell
13 1 (0.96%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 14 (13.46%) Degree
2 9 (8.65%) ISTQB
3 6 (5.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 5 (4.81%) Computer Science Degree
4 5 (4.81%) Security Cleared
5 4 (3.85%) ISEB
5 4 (3.85%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (23.08%) QA
2 2 (1.92%) DO-178B
System Software
1 7 (6.73%) Docker
2 5 (4.81%) Firmware
3 1 (0.96%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 1 (0.96%) Ambari
1 1 (0.96%) Hadoop YARN
1 1 (0.96%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (0.96%) Puppet
Vendors
1 9 (8.65%) Microsoft
2 8 (7.69%) Atlassian
2 8 (7.69%) Serena
3 2 (1.92%) Borland
3 2 (1.92%) CA Agile Central
3 2 (1.92%) Capita
3 2 (1.92%) Oracle
4 1 (0.96%) Green Hills
4 1 (0.96%) IBM
4 1 (0.96%) Sonatype
4 1 (0.96%) Wind River