Period
to 19 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 19 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.

Test Engineer
UK > England
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 416 387 445
Rank change year-on-year -29 +58 -57
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 505 591 486
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.54% 0.61% 0.46%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.57% 0.64% 0.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 331 359 286
England median daily rate £400 £385 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.90% +10.00% -
10th Percentile £275 £241 £255
90th Percentile £538 £525 £489
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 52 40
England median hourly rate £39.50 £37.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.33% +7.14% +16.67%
10th Percentile £30.65 £22.50 £13.50
90th Percentile £49.75 £44.68 £47.08
UK median hourly rate £39.50 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +12.86% - +16.67%

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 88370 92296 99465
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.78% 94.77% 94.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 58881 60820 64344
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 2615 2980 3832
England median hourly rate £18.63 £18.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.68% +2.78% +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £46.77 £45.00
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

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 6 months to 19 November 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 6 months to 19 November 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 6 months to 19 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 -11 228 £450 +10.09% 25
South East -23 111 £325 -7.14% 19
East of England +4 69 £375 +2.04% 11
South West -16 38 £375 -9.09% 5
Midlands +30 31 £375 +13.64% 11
North of England -5 28 £453 +29.29% 29
West Midlands +24 17 £350 - 4
East Midlands +15 13 £400 +29.03% 6
North East +55 12 £475 +39.71% 5
North West +1 9 £350 - 12
Yorkshire -5 7 £468 +23.03% 12
Test Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 19 November 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.

1 343 (67.92%) Test Automation
2 239 (47.33%) Agile Software Development
3 189 (37.43%) Java
4 175 (34.65%) Selenium
5 136 (26.93%) Cucumber
6 134 (26.53%) QA
7 129 (25.54%) BDD
8 110 (21.78%) Python
9 102 (20.20%) Scrum
10 98 (19.41%) JIRA
11 96 (19.01%) Test Scripting
12 86 (17.03%) TDD
13 80 (15.84%) Linux
14 77 (15.25%) WebDriver
14 77 (15.25%) Jenkins
15 75 (14.85%) C#
16 73 (14.46%) Continuous Integration
17 70 (13.86%) Test Strategy
18 67 (13.27%) Security Cleared
19 60 (11.88%) JavaScript
20 57 (11.29%) Software Engineering
21 56 (11.09%) Software Testing
21 56 (11.09%) Windows
22 54 (10.69%) Performance Testing
23 53 (10.50%) Git (software)
24 50 (9.90%) Telecoms
24 50 (9.90%) SQL
25 49 (9.70%) SoapUI
25 49 (9.70%) Degree
26 48 (9.50%) SDET

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 34 (6.73%) Confluence
2 7 (1.39%) Tomcat
3 3 (0.59%) Apache Spark
4 2 (0.40%) Apache Pig
4 2 (0.40%) Cloud Foundry
4 2 (0.40%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.20%) Apache
5 1 (0.20%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.20%) CMS
5 1 (0.20%) JBoss
5 1 (0.20%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.20%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 4 (0.79%) Microsoft Excel
1 4 (0.79%) Simulink
2 3 (0.59%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.59%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 7 (1.39%) LabWindows
2 2 (0.40%) ION MarketView
2 2 (0.40%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 26 (5.15%) Amazon AWS
2 20 (3.96%) GitHub
3 19 (3.76%) Microsoft Azure
4 11 (2.18%) SaaS
5 7 (1.39%) BrowserStack
6 5 (0.99%) Cloud Computing
6 5 (0.99%) Sauce Labs
7 4 (0.79%) Slack
8 3 (0.59%) Office 365
9 2 (0.40%) PaaS
10 1 (0.20%) FinancialForce
10 1 (0.20%) Force.com
10 1 (0.20%) Google Cloud Platform
10 1 (0.20%) vREST
Communications & Networking
1 33 (6.53%) Wireless
2 21 (4.16%) LTE
3 16 (3.17%) Wi-Fi
4 14 (2.77%) HTTP
5 12 (2.38%) 3G
5 12 (2.38%) TCP/IP
6 10 (1.98%) 4G
6 10 (1.98%) Bluetooth
7 9 (1.78%) DHCP
7 9 (1.78%) DNS
8 8 (1.58%) PuTTY
8 8 (1.58%) WinSCP
9 6 (1.19%) ICMP
9 6 (1.19%) LAN
9 6 (1.19%) RS-422
10 5 (0.99%) Ethernet
10 5 (0.99%) Internet
10 5 (0.99%) NAS
11 4 (0.79%) VoLTE
11 4 (0.79%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (2.77%) SQL Server
2 11 (2.18%) Oracle Database
3 9 (1.78%) NoSQL
4 7 (1.39%) Big Data
4 7 (1.39%) Hadoop
4 7 (1.39%) Oracle Database 10g
4 7 (1.39%) Oracle Database 11g
4 7 (1.39%) SQL Server 2012
5 6 (1.19%) MySQL
5 6 (1.19%) RDBMS
5 6 (1.19%) Relational Database
5 6 (1.19%) SQL Server 2016
6 5 (0.99%) HBase
7 4 (0.79%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (0.59%) Apache Hive
8 3 (0.59%) DB2
8 3 (0.59%) Oracle Reports
9 2 (0.40%) Apache Cassandra
9 2 (0.40%) Impala
9 2 (0.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 175 (34.65%) Selenium
2 136 (26.93%) Cucumber
3 98 (19.41%) JIRA
4 77 (15.25%) Jenkins
4 77 (15.25%) WebDriver
5 53 (10.50%) Git (software)
6 49 (9.70%) SoapUI
7 41 (8.12%) JUnit
8 40 (7.92%) JMeter
9 38 (7.52%) SpecFlow
10 26 (5.15%) Appium
11 25 (4.95%) HP UFT
12 23 (4.55%) Maven
13 21 (4.16%) TestNG
14 20 (3.96%) JBehave
14 20 (3.96%) LoadRunner
15 19 (3.76%) Ant
16 17 (3.37%) Team Foundation Server
17 16 (3.17%) Gradle
17 16 (3.17%) Protractor
General
1 50 (9.90%) Telecoms
2 47 (9.31%) Finance
3 35 (6.93%) Banking
4 27 (5.35%) Electronics
5 26 (5.15%) Retail
6 12 (2.38%) Manufacturing
7 9 (1.78%) Games
7 9 (1.78%) Investment Banking
7 9 (1.78%) Law
8 7 (1.39%) Back Office
8 7 (1.39%) Marketing
9 6 (1.19%) Aerospace
10 5 (0.99%) Retail Banking
11 3 (0.59%) Avionics
11 3 (0.59%) Front Office
12 2 (0.40%) Billing
12 2 (0.40%) Military
12 2 (0.40%) Publishing
13 1 (0.20%) Advertising
13 1 (0.20%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (8.51%) Gherkin
2 34 (6.73%) .NET
3 33 (6.53%) REST
3 33 (6.53%) Web Services
4 25 (4.95%) Node.js
5 23 (4.55%) SOAP
6 18 (3.56%) JSON
6 18 (3.56%) RESTful
7 12 (2.38%) XML
8 11 (2.18%) AngularJS
8 11 (2.18%) Spring
9 10 (1.98%) CSS
10 9 (1.78%) HTML
11 8 (1.58%) Ajax
12 7 (1.39%) Chai
12 7 (1.39%) Middleware
13 6 (1.19%) Hibernate
13 6 (1.19%) jQuery
13 6 (1.19%) Kafka
13 6 (1.19%) OAuth2
Miscellaneous
1 30 (5.94%) Mobile App
2 28 (5.54%) Greenfield Project
3 26 (5.15%) Analytical Skills
4 14 (2.77%) User Experience
5 12 (2.38%) Computer Science
5 12 (2.38%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 12 (2.38%) Management Information System
6 10 (1.98%) Embedded Systems
7 8 (1.58%) Fintech
8 7 (1.39%) STB
9 6 (1.19%) Device Driver
9 6 (1.19%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
10 5 (0.99%) IPTV
10 5 (0.99%) RIA
10 5 (0.99%) Verilog
11 3 (0.59%) Fixed Income
11 3 (0.59%) N-Tier
11 3 (0.59%) Over-the-Top Content
11 3 (0.59%) Video on Demand
12 2 (0.40%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 80 (15.84%) Linux
2 56 (11.09%) Windows
3 47 (9.31%) Android
4 40 (7.92%) Apple iOS
5 25 (4.95%) Unix
6 8 (1.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 7 (1.39%) Mac OS X
7 7 (1.39%) Windows Server
8 6 (1.19%) Windows Server 2012
9 5 (0.99%) Ubuntu
10 3 (0.59%) CentOS
11 2 (0.40%) Solaris
11 2 (0.40%) VxWorks
12 1 (0.20%) AIX
12 1 (0.20%) Embedded Linux
12 1 (0.20%) Kali Linux
12 1 (0.20%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 343 (67.92%) Test Automation
2 239 (47.33%) Agile Software Development
3 129 (25.54%) BDD
4 102 (20.20%) Scrum
5 96 (19.01%) Test Scripting
6 86 (17.03%) TDD
7 73 (14.46%) Continuous Integration
8 70 (13.86%) Test Strategy
9 57 (11.29%) Software Engineering
10 56 (11.09%) Software Testing
11 54 (10.69%) Performance Testing
12 48 (9.50%) SDET
13 47 (9.31%) Regression Testing
14 42 (8.32%) DevOps
14 42 (8.32%) Test Management
15 41 (8.12%) SDLC
16 37 (7.33%) API Testing
17 35 (6.93%) Scenario Testing
18 34 (6.73%) Non-Functional Testing
19 31 (6.14%) Exploratory Testing
Programming Languages
1 189 (37.43%) Java
2 110 (21.78%) Python
3 75 (14.85%) C#
4 60 (11.88%) JavaScript
5 50 (9.90%) SQL
6 40 (7.92%) Ruby
7 32 (6.34%) C++
8 30 (5.94%) C
9 16 (3.17%) Perl
10 15 (2.97%) Scala
11 10 (1.98%) Bash Shell
11 10 (1.98%) Tcl
12 9 (1.78%) T-SQL
13 8 (1.58%) F#
14 7 (1.39%) ES6
15 6 (1.19%) Apple Swift
15 6 (1.19%) MATLAB
16 5 (0.99%) ECMAScript
16 5 (0.99%) PHP
16 5 (0.99%) VB
Qualifications
1 67 (13.27%) Security Cleared
2 49 (9.70%) Degree
3 44 (8.71%) SC Cleared
4 40 (7.92%) ISTQB
5 34 (6.73%) ISEB
6 24 (4.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 13 (2.57%) DV Cleared
8 10 (1.98%) BPSS Clearance
9 5 (0.99%) Computer Science Degree
9 5 (0.99%) HND
9 5 (0.99%) ISEB Practitioner
10 4 (0.79%) HNC
11 3 (0.59%) Numerate Degree
12 2 (0.40%) Master's Degree
13 1 (0.20%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 134 (26.53%) QA
2 11 (2.18%) WCAG
3 2 (0.40%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.40%) DO-178B
4 1 (0.20%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 1 (0.20%) Def Stans
4 1 (0.20%) GAMP
4 1 (0.20%) GMP
4 1 (0.20%) GxP
4 1 (0.20%) ISO 13485
4 1 (0.20%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 17025
4 1 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.20%) MiFID
4 1 (0.20%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 18 (3.56%) Docker
2 9 (1.78%) Firmware
3 7 (1.39%) vSphere
4 4 (0.79%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (0.59%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (0.40%) HDFS
7 1 (0.20%) Apache Flume
7 1 (0.20%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.20%) Oracle Clusterware
7 1 (0.20%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
7 1 (0.20%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 20 (3.96%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (0.99%) Nessus
3 3 (0.59%) Ansible
4 2 (0.40%) Graphite
4 2 (0.40%) HP SiteScope
4 2 (0.40%) Netcool
4 2 (0.40%) Puppet
5 1 (0.20%) Ambari
5 1 (0.20%) Grafana
5 1 (0.20%) Hadoop YARN
5 1 (0.20%) Host Intrusion Detection System
5 1 (0.20%) Kibana
5 1 (0.20%) Nagios
5 1 (0.20%) Nexpose
5 1 (0.20%) Terraform
5 1 (0.20%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.20%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 1 (0.20%) vRealize
5 1 (0.20%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 36 (7.13%) HP
2 26 (5.15%) Microsoft
3 22 (4.36%) Oracle
4 17 (3.37%) Atlassian
5 9 (1.78%) VMware
6 7 (1.39%) Motorola
6 7 (1.39%) Red Hat
6 7 (1.39%) Serena
7 6 (1.19%) IBM
8 5 (0.99%) Perforce
8 5 (0.99%) Software AG
8 5 (0.99%) webMethods
9 3 (0.59%) Dell
9 3 (0.59%) ServiceNow
9 3 (0.59%) Sonatype
10 2 (0.40%) CA Agile Central
10 2 (0.40%) Juniper
10 2 (0.40%) Nokia
10 2 (0.40%) Samsung
10 2 (0.40%) Xamarin