The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £370 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 3 months to 25 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
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Engineer
UK / England
Rank 360 365 373
Rank change year-on-year +5 +8  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 232 262 232
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.56% 0.53% 0.48%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.59% 0.56% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 135 146 123
Median daily rate £370 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.33% +15.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £274 £260 £152
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £490 £473
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £340 £313
% change year-on-year +2.94% +8.80%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 22 18
Median hourly rate £25.50 £37.50 £36.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -32.00% +3.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £29.40 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £49.50 £47.39
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £40.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year -25.00% +8.10%  

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 39636 46701 45542
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 94.83% 95.21% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 25783 30610 27944
Median daily rate £433 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.76% +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 1372 1458 1840
Median hourly rate £18.50 £18.75 £17.87
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.33% +4.95%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.33 £11.30 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £47.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.22
% change year-on-year -12.50% +16.14%  

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Engineer in England

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Engineer in England

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Engineer in England over the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Engineer in England

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 Test Engineer in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Engineer in England

Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Engineer in England over the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Engineer in England

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 Test Engineer within the England region over the 3 months to 25 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
South East +32 69 £289 -19.79% 17
London +22 69 £425 - 33
East of England +19 38 £360 +28.00% 23
South West -43 18 £300 -22.07% 16
North East -6 11 £320 +4.91%
West Midlands +16 8 £425 +36.00% 8
Yorkshire +9 8 £375 +21.95% 7
North West +13 4 £300 -11.76% 11
East Midlands -3 4 £450 - 1
Test Engineer
UK

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 25 March 2017, 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 Test Engineer in the job title.

1 271 (52.72%) Agile Software Development
2 221 (43.00%) Selenium
3 179 (34.82%) Cucumber
4 178 (34.63%) QA
5 161 (31.32%) Test Automation
6 156 (30.35%) Java
7 145 (28.21%) BDD
8 118 (22.96%) TDD
9 116 (22.57%) WebDriver
10 111 (21.60%) Test Scripting
11 100 (19.46%) Automated Testing
12 88 (17.12%) Jenkins
13 87 (16.93%) Automation Testing
13 87 (16.93%) Test Strategy
14 84 (16.34%) C#
15 82 (15.95%) Python
16 81 (15.76%) SQL
17 75 (14.59%) Scrum
18 69 (13.42%) Continuous Integration
19 66 (12.84%) JIRA
20 65 (12.65%) Ruby
21 64 (12.45%) JavaScript
22 55 (10.70%) Finance
22 55 (10.70%) Defect Tracking
23 54 (10.51%) API Testing
24 53 (10.31%) Manual Testing
24 53 (10.31%) Scala
25 52 (10.12%) JUnit
26 50 (9.73%) Software Engineering
27 49 (9.53%) User Stories

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 9 (1.75%) Confluence
2 6 (1.17%) WebLogic
3 5 (0.97%) Oracle Application Server
4 4 (0.78%) Apache Spark
4 4 (0.78%) JBoss
4 4 (0.78%) Jetty
5 3 (0.58%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (0.39%) Apache
6 2 (0.39%) ATG Dynamo
6 2 (0.39%) CMS
6 2 (0.39%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.19%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 1 (0.19%) ArcGIS
7 1 (0.19%) Commerce Server
7 1 (0.19%) IIS
7 1 (0.19%) MS Exchange
7 1 (0.19%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.19%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.19%) Skype for Business
7 1 (0.19%) Tomcat
Applications
1 18 (3.50%) MS Excel
2 8 (1.56%) MS Office
3 3 (0.58%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.19%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 8 (1.56%) Oracle EBS
1 8 (1.56%) Oracle EBS R12
2 4 (0.78%) LabWindows
3 2 (0.39%) Oracle Cash Management
3 2 (0.39%) Oracle Payables
3 2 (0.39%) SAP SD
4 1 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.19%) FLEXCUBE
4 1 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.19%) Temenos T24
4 1 (0.19%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 13 (2.53%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (2.14%) SaaS
3 10 (1.95%) GitHub
4 7 (1.36%) Amazon AWS
5 6 (1.17%) IaaS
6 5 (0.97%) PaaS
7 2 (0.39%) Office 365
8 1 (0.19%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.19%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 21 (4.09%) Internet
2 17 (3.31%) VoLTE
2 17 (3.31%) WLAN
3 15 (2.92%) 3G
4 13 (2.53%) Bluetooth
5 12 (2.33%) LTE
5 12 (2.33%) NFC
6 11 (2.14%) Wireless
7 10 (1.95%) 4G
8 9 (1.75%) Radio Access Network
9 8 (1.56%) 3GPP
9 8 (1.56%) Ethernet
9 8 (1.56%) TCP/IP
9 8 (1.56%) Wi-Fi
10 7 (1.36%) RFID
11 6 (1.17%) Firewall
12 5 (0.97%) HTTP
13 4 (0.78%) 2G
13 4 (0.78%) DVB
13 4 (0.78%) RS-422
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (5.84%) SQL Server
2 11 (2.14%) Oracle Database
3 10 (1.95%) Relational Database
4 7 (1.36%) Data Warehouse
4 7 (1.36%) Oracle Reports
5 6 (1.17%) Big Data
6 5 (0.97%) Oracle Database 12c
6 5 (0.97%) RDBMS
6 5 (0.97%) SQL Server 2012
6 5 (0.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (0.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 3 (0.58%) Apache Cassandra
7 3 (0.58%) DB2
7 3 (0.58%) Hadoop
7 3 (0.58%) KDB
7 3 (0.58%) MySQL
7 3 (0.58%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 2 (0.39%) Azure SQL Database
8 2 (0.39%) MongoDB
8 2 (0.39%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 221 (43.00%) Selenium
2 179 (34.82%) Cucumber
3 116 (22.57%) WebDriver
4 88 (17.12%) Jenkins
5 66 (12.84%) JIRA
6 52 (10.12%) JUnit
7 43 (8.37%) Git (software)
8 35 (6.81%) SoapUI
9 34 (6.61%) RSpec
10 32 (6.23%) SpecFlow
11 28 (5.45%) Calabash
12 26 (5.06%) JMeter
13 23 (4.47%) Appium
14 19 (3.70%) Team Foundation Server
14 19 (3.70%) TeamCity
15 16 (3.11%) JBehave
16 15 (2.92%) HP UFT
16 15 (2.92%) Visual Studio
17 13 (2.53%) Capybara
18 11 (2.14%) NUnit
General
1 55 (10.70%) Finance
2 42 (8.17%) Games
3 38 (7.39%) Telecoms
4 34 (6.61%) Banking
5 24 (4.67%) Retail
6 18 (3.50%) Electronics
7 14 (2.72%) Retail Banking
8 10 (1.95%) Manufacturing
9 7 (1.36%) Marketing
9 7 (1.36%) Publishing
10 5 (0.97%) Advertising
10 5 (0.97%) Investment Banking
11 4 (0.78%) Aerospace
11 4 (0.78%) Automotive
11 4 (0.78%) Back Office
12 3 (0.58%) Pharmaceutical
13 2 (0.39%) Front Office
13 2 (0.39%) General Ledger
13 2 (0.39%) Music Industry
14 1 (0.19%) Wholesale Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (8.37%) JSON
2 39 (7.59%) Gherkin
3 37 (7.20%) Web Services
4 35 (6.81%) .NET
5 28 (5.45%) XML
6 26 (5.06%) HTML
7 25 (4.86%) SOAP
8 24 (4.67%) Node.js
8 24 (4.67%) REST
9 19 (3.70%) RESTful
10 17 (3.31%) HTML5
11 12 (2.33%) AngularJS
12 11 (2.14%) CSS
13 9 (1.75%) J2EE
14 6 (1.17%) ASP.NET
14 6 (1.17%) jQuery
14 6 (1.17%) RabbitMQ
15 5 (0.97%) Java EE
16 4 (0.78%) Guice
16 4 (0.78%) WebSockets
Miscellaneous
1 38 (7.39%) Mobile App
2 14 (2.72%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (2.53%) Smart Meter
4 11 (2.14%) Virtual Team
5 10 (1.95%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 9 (1.75%) Management Information System
7 8 (1.56%) Linux Command Line
8 6 (1.17%) STB
9 5 (0.97%) Computer Science
9 5 (0.97%) Embedded Systems
9 5 (0.97%) Equities
10 4 (0.78%) IPTV
10 4 (0.78%) User Experience
11 3 (0.58%) Client/Server
11 3 (0.58%) Credit Risk
12 2 (0.39%) Mainframe
12 2 (0.39%) Online Games
12 2 (0.39%) SCADA
12 2 (0.39%) Smartcard
12 2 (0.39%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 46 (8.95%) Linux
2 36 (7.00%) Windows
3 35 (6.81%) Android
4 32 (6.23%) Apple iOS
5 22 (4.28%) Unix
6 11 (2.14%) Windows Server
7 4 (0.78%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.39%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (0.39%) Windows Vista
8 2 (0.39%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.19%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.19%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.19%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 271 (52.72%) Agile Software Development
2 161 (31.32%) Test Automation
3 145 (28.21%) BDD
4 118 (22.96%) TDD
5 111 (21.60%) Test Scripting
6 100 (19.46%) Automated Testing
7 87 (16.93%) Automation Testing
7 87 (16.93%) Test Strategy
8 75 (14.59%) Scrum
9 69 (13.42%) Continuous Integration
10 55 (10.70%) Defect Tracking
11 54 (10.51%) API Testing
12 53 (10.31%) Manual Testing
13 50 (9.73%) Software Engineering
14 49 (9.53%) User Stories
15 48 (9.34%) Performance Testing
16 47 (9.14%) Integration Testing
17 41 (7.98%) Software Testing
18 37 (7.20%) Web Testing
19 36 (7.00%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 156 (30.35%) Java
2 84 (16.34%) C#
3 82 (15.95%) Python
4 81 (15.76%) SQL
5 65 (12.65%) Ruby
6 64 (12.45%) JavaScript
7 53 (10.31%) Scala
8 38 (7.39%) Perl
9 28 (5.45%) C
10 24 (4.67%) C++
11 15 (2.92%) PHP
12 10 (1.95%) Shell Script
12 10 (1.95%) T-SQL
13 8 (1.56%) PowerShell
14 7 (1.36%) PL/SQL
15 5 (0.97%) Bash Shell
15 5 (0.97%) Tcl
16 4 (0.78%) Apple Swift
16 4 (0.78%) AspectJ
16 4 (0.78%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 45 (8.75%) Security Cleared
2 41 (7.98%) ISEB
3 37 (7.20%) ISTQB
4 29 (5.64%) Degree
5 20 (3.89%) DV Cleared
6 17 (3.31%) SC Cleared
7 8 (1.56%) HNC
8 7 (1.36%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 5 (0.97%) BPSS Clearance
9 5 (0.97%) CISSP
10 4 (0.78%) CEH
10 4 (0.78%) CISA
10 4 (0.78%) OSCP
11 3 (0.58%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 3 (0.58%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 1 (0.19%) Cisco Certification
12 1 (0.19%) CLAS
12 1 (0.19%) JNCIA
12 1 (0.19%) PMI Certification
12 1 (0.19%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 178 (34.63%) QA
2 40 (7.78%) SDET
3 29 (5.64%) WCAG
4 4 (0.78%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.58%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.58%) Def Stans
5 3 (0.58%) JSP 440
6 2 (0.39%) GDPR
6 2 (0.39%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.39%) SLA
7 1 (0.19%) ISO 9000
7 1 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.19%) MiFID
7 1 (0.19%) TickIT
System Software
1 6 (1.17%) Docker
2 4 (0.78%) Active Directory
2 4 (0.78%) Virtual Machines
2 4 (0.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (0.58%) Firmware
4 1 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
4 1 (0.19%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 9 (1.75%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (0.78%) HP Fortify
3 1 (0.19%) AirWatch
3 1 (0.19%) BladeLogic
3 1 (0.19%) Cisco CUCM
3 1 (0.19%) Cisco IPCC
3 1 (0.19%) Cisco UCCE
3 1 (0.19%) Cisco UCCX
3 1 (0.19%) Grafana
3 1 (0.19%) Graphite
3 1 (0.19%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.19%) OpenView
3 1 (0.19%) Puppet
3 1 (0.19%) SCCM
3 1 (0.19%) ZABBIX
3 1 (0.19%) Zenoss
Vendors
1 40 (7.78%) Microsoft
2 33 (6.42%) Oracle
3 18 (3.50%) HP
4 11 (2.14%) IBM
5 9 (1.75%) Xamarin
6 7 (1.36%) Cisco
6 7 (1.36%) Google
7 6 (1.17%) Nokia
8 5 (0.97%) Huawei
8 5 (0.97%) Juniper
8 5 (0.97%) VMware
9 4 (0.78%) Serena
9 4 (0.78%) Sybase
10 3 (0.58%) ATG
10 3 (0.58%) Dell
10 3 (0.58%) SAP
10 3 (0.58%) TIBCO
11 2 (0.39%) BT
11 2 (0.39%) Telelogic
11 2 (0.39%) TOWER Software
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