The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 3 months to 24 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.

Test Engineer
UK / England
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 333 386 398
Rank change year-on-year +53 +12  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 267 260 234
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.63% 0.53% 0.46%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.66% 0.55% 0.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 156 157 140
Median daily rate £375 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +15.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £239 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £476
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £350 £295
% change year-on-year -3.57% +18.64%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 24 12
Median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £37.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £23.25 £32.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.50 £44.82 £44.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year - +15.38%  

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 40228 46925 48391
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 94.73% 95.04% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 26246 30992 30918
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 1226 1370 1877
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 £43.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.48 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.14% +9.21%  

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 24 June 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 3 months to 24 June 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 24 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
London +11 90 £431 +7.81% 46
South East +21 81 £323 -7.85% 30
East of England +26 39 £338 -25.00% 20
South West +3 27 £365 -8.75% 15
North East +72 11 £350 +8.52% 2
West Midlands +27 10 £375 -21.05% 6
North West +20 4 £130 -54.78% 19
Yorkshire +10 3 £425 +21.42% 11
East Midlands -7 2 £350 +2.94% 2
Test Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 24 June 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.

1 291 (58.32%) Test Automation
2 203 (40.68%) Agile Software Development
3 149 (29.86%) Selenium
4 145 (29.06%) Java
5 124 (24.85%) Cucumber
6 113 (22.65%) BDD
7 111 (22.24%) QA
8 87 (17.43%) Python
9 86 (17.23%) Test Scripting
10 79 (15.83%) TDD
11 75 (15.03%) Jenkins
12 74 (14.83%) Scrum
13 70 (14.03%) WebDriver
14 66 (13.23%) C#
15 65 (13.03%) SQL
15 65 (13.03%) Continuous Integration
16 63 (12.63%) JIRA
17 60 (12.02%) Telecoms
18 59 (11.82%) Security Cleared
19 51 (10.22%) JavaScript
20 49 (9.82%) Test Strategy
20 49 (9.82%) Ruby
21 45 (9.02%) Finance
21 45 (9.02%) Validation
21 45 (9.02%) API Testing
22 44 (8.82%) Software Testing
23 43 (8.62%) Software Engineering
24 42 (8.42%) Performance Testing
24 42 (8.42%) Linux
25 41 (8.22%) ISEB

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 18 (3.61%) Confluence
2 3 (0.60%) Apache Spark
2 3 (0.60%) BizTalk Server
2 3 (0.60%) Tomcat
2 3 (0.60%) WebLogic
3 2 (0.40%) ATG Dynamo
3 2 (0.40%) CMS
3 2 (0.40%) JBoss
3 2 (0.40%) SharePoint
3 2 (0.40%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.20%) Apache
4 1 (0.20%) IIS
4 1 (0.20%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 11 (2.20%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.80%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.60%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 9 (1.80%) LabWindows
2 2 (0.40%) ION MarketView
2 2 (0.40%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.20%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.20%) Magento
3 1 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 16 (3.21%) Amazon AWS
2 12 (2.40%) Sauce Labs
3 11 (2.20%) Microsoft Azure
4 6 (1.20%) BrowserStack
4 6 (1.20%) GitHub
4 6 (1.20%) SaaS
5 3 (0.60%) Office 365
6 1 (0.20%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 34 (6.81%) Wireless
2 30 (6.01%) LTE
3 29 (5.81%) 3G
4 24 (4.81%) 4G
5 22 (4.41%) Internet
6 20 (4.01%) Bluetooth
7 19 (3.81%) Value-Added Service
8 18 (3.61%) WLAN
9 16 (3.21%) Wi-Fi
10 14 (2.81%) MVNO
11 13 (2.61%) VoLTE
12 11 (2.20%) NFC
13 8 (1.60%) RS-422
13 8 (1.60%) SMS
13 8 (1.60%) TCP/IP
14 7 (1.40%) 3GPP
14 7 (1.40%) Firewall
14 7 (1.40%) HTTP
14 7 (1.40%) LAN
15 6 (1.20%) 2G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (3.81%) SQL Server
2 6 (1.20%) Hadoop
3 5 (1.00%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (1.00%) MySQL
4 4 (0.80%) KDB
5 3 (0.60%) DB2
5 3 (0.60%) MongoDB
5 3 (0.60%) RDBMS
5 3 (0.60%) Relational Database
5 3 (0.60%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (0.40%) Big Data
6 2 (0.40%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.40%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.20%) Apache Cassandra
7 1 (0.20%) Event Store
7 1 (0.20%) Oracle Database 10g
7 1 (0.20%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.20%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2005
7 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 149 (29.86%) Selenium
2 124 (24.85%) Cucumber
3 75 (15.03%) Jenkins
4 70 (14.03%) WebDriver
5 63 (12.63%) JIRA
6 39 (7.82%) Git (software)
7 34 (6.81%) SoapUI
8 32 (6.41%) JUnit
9 30 (6.01%) Calabash
10 26 (5.21%) JMeter
11 23 (4.61%) RSpec
12 22 (4.41%) SpecFlow
13 19 (3.81%) Appium
14 16 (3.21%) Team Foundation Server
15 15 (3.01%) TeamCity
16 14 (2.81%) Capybara
17 12 (2.40%) Visual Studio
18 10 (2.00%) LoadRunner
19 8 (1.60%) HP UFT
19 8 (1.60%) Maven
General
1 60 (12.02%) Telecoms
2 45 (9.02%) Finance
3 31 (6.21%) Banking
4 28 (5.61%) Electronics
5 25 (5.01%) Games
6 19 (3.81%) Retail
7 11 (2.20%) Retail Banking
8 7 (1.40%) Back Office
8 7 (1.40%) Marketing
9 6 (1.20%) Investment Banking
10 5 (1.00%) Advertising
10 5 (1.00%) Aerospace
10 5 (1.00%) Front Office
10 5 (1.00%) Manufacturing
11 4 (0.80%) Billing
12 3 (0.60%) Law
12 3 (0.60%) Pharmaceutical
13 2 (0.40%) Automotive
13 2 (0.40%) Music Industry
14 1 (0.20%) Wholesale Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (6.81%) Web Services
2 27 (5.41%) JSON
3 24 (4.81%) .NET
4 22 (4.41%) Gherkin
4 22 (4.41%) XML
5 18 (3.61%) RESTful
6 16 (3.21%) REST
6 16 (3.21%) SOAP
7 14 (2.81%) HTML
8 12 (2.40%) Node.js
9 11 (2.20%) HTML5
10 8 (1.60%) CSS
10 8 (1.60%) J2EE
11 6 (1.20%) jQuery
11 6 (1.20%) Middleware
12 5 (1.00%) AngularJS
12 5 (1.00%) Java EE
13 4 (0.80%) ASP.NET
13 4 (0.80%) React
14 3 (0.60%) JDBC
Miscellaneous
1 38 (7.62%) Mobile App
2 21 (4.21%) Greenfield Project
3 18 (3.61%) Analytical Skills
4 17 (3.41%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 11 (2.20%) Management Information System
6 10 (2.00%) Computer Science
7 9 (1.80%) Smart Meter
8 8 (1.60%) STB
9 6 (1.20%) Embedded Systems
9 6 (1.20%) IPTV
10 5 (1.00%) Equities
11 4 (0.80%) User Experience
11 4 (0.80%) Video on Demand
11 4 (0.80%) Virtual Team
12 3 (0.60%) Digital TV
12 3 (0.60%) Internet of Things
12 3 (0.60%) N-Tier
12 3 (0.60%) RIA
13 2 (0.40%) Smartcard
13 2 (0.40%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 42 (8.42%) Linux
2 31 (6.21%) Android
2 31 (6.21%) Windows
3 28 (5.61%) Apple iOS
4 13 (2.61%) Unix
5 8 (1.60%) Windows Server
6 5 (1.00%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (0.60%) CentOS
8 2 (0.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.40%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.20%) AIX
9 1 (0.20%) Kali Linux
9 1 (0.20%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.20%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.20%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.20%) Windows Vista
9 1 (0.20%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 291 (58.32%) Test Automation
2 203 (40.68%) Agile Software Development
3 113 (22.65%) BDD
4 86 (17.23%) Test Scripting
5 79 (15.83%) TDD
6 74 (14.83%) Scrum
7 65 (13.03%) Continuous Integration
8 49 (9.82%) Test Strategy
9 45 (9.02%) API Testing
9 45 (9.02%) Validation
10 44 (8.82%) Software Testing
11 43 (8.62%) Software Engineering
12 42 (8.42%) Performance Testing
13 34 (6.81%) Regression Testing
14 31 (6.21%) Functional Testing
14 31 (6.21%) Integration Testing
14 31 (6.21%) Unit Testing
14 31 (6.21%) User Stories
15 29 (5.81%) SDET
16 27 (5.41%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 145 (29.06%) Java
2 87 (17.43%) Python
3 66 (13.23%) C#
4 65 (13.03%) SQL
5 51 (10.22%) JavaScript
6 49 (9.82%) Ruby
7 30 (6.01%) C
7 30 (6.01%) C++
8 26 (5.21%) Perl
9 25 (5.01%) Scala
10 15 (3.01%) Tcl
11 6 (1.20%) Bash Shell
11 6 (1.20%) PHP
12 5 (1.00%) Shell Script
13 4 (0.80%) PL/SQL
13 4 (0.80%) T-SQL
14 3 (0.60%) Apple Swift
15 2 (0.40%) Embedded C++
15 2 (0.40%) Groovy
16 1 (0.20%) AspectJ
Qualifications
1 59 (11.82%) Security Cleared
2 41 (8.22%) ISEB
3 39 (7.82%) Degree
4 35 (7.01%) ISTQB
5 34 (6.81%) SC Cleared
6 20 (4.01%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 18 (3.61%) DV Cleared
8 8 (1.60%) HNC
9 5 (1.00%) CEH
9 5 (1.00%) CISA
9 5 (1.00%) CISSP
9 5 (1.00%) OSCP
10 4 (0.80%) BPSS Clearance
11 3 (0.60%) Computer Science Degree
12 2 (0.40%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 1 (0.20%) HND
13 1 (0.20%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 111 (22.24%) QA
2 15 (3.01%) WCAG
3 10 (2.00%) Def Stans
4 7 (1.40%) DO-178B
4 7 (1.40%) IEC 61508
5 4 (0.80%) JSP 440
6 2 (0.40%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.40%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.40%) GDPR
6 2 (0.40%) MiFID
6 2 (0.40%) SLA
7 1 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 17025
7 1 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.20%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 15 (3.01%) Docker
2 10 (2.00%) Firmware
3 6 (1.20%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.40%) Active Directory
4 2 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (0.40%) vSphere
5 1 (0.20%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.20%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (0.20%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 20 (4.01%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (1.00%) HP Fortify
3 4 (0.80%) Graphite
4 3 (0.60%) Grafana
4 3 (0.60%) ZABBIX
5 2 (0.40%) Ansible
5 2 (0.40%) HP SiteScope
6 1 (0.20%) AirWatch
6 1 (0.20%) BladeLogic
6 1 (0.20%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.20%) Cisco IPCC
6 1 (0.20%) Cisco UCCE
6 1 (0.20%) Cisco UCCX
6 1 (0.20%) Kubernetes
6 1 (0.20%) Nagios
6 1 (0.20%) Nessus
6 1 (0.20%) Netcool
6 1 (0.20%) Nexpose
6 1 (0.20%) Puppet
6 1 (0.20%) vRealize
Vendors
1 38 (7.62%) Microsoft
2 27 (5.41%) HP
3 17 (3.41%) Oracle
4 9 (1.80%) Xamarin
5 8 (1.60%) Serena
5 8 (1.60%) VMware
6 6 (1.20%) Juniper
7 5 (1.00%) Cisco
7 5 (1.00%) Google
7 5 (1.00%) IBM
8 4 (0.80%) Nokia
8 4 (0.80%) Sybase
9 3 (0.60%) Atlassian
9 3 (0.60%) BMC
9 3 (0.60%) Dell
9 3 (0.60%) EMC
9 3 (0.60%) Nokia Networks
9 3 (0.60%) Remedy
9 3 (0.60%) TIBCO
9 3 (0.60%) TOWER Software
Nuneaton, Warwickshire
X4 Group
Rate: £200 - 225 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Resource Group
Rate: £250 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Oho Group Ltd.
Rate: £40 - £50 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
MARS Technical Recruitment
Rate: From £275 to £275 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £450 - £500 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
IntaPeople
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Pioneer Search
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
CPS Group UK
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 5 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
Hertfordshire
G2 Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 2 days ago
Hampshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucestershire
In Parallel Computer Staff Limited
Rate: From £44 to £46 per hour Dep on Exp
Posted: 3 days ago
Southampton
Spectrum IT
Posted: 15 days ago
Hampshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £20.00 - £25.00 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Stott & May
Rate: £250 - £330 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Billingshurst, West Sussex
Total Recruitment Specialists Limited / TRG / Total recruitment group
Rate: £35 - £40 Per Hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Redhill
TRG
Rate: 35-40 Per Hour
Posted: 12 days ago