Period
to 26 May 2020

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 26 May 2020.

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
England > London
6 months to
26 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 329 415 422
Rank change year-on-year +86 +7 +12
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 95 193 225
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.48% 0.48% 0.49%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.52% 0.51% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 139 179
Median daily rate £425 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.53% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £294 £325 £313
90th Percentile £575 £588 £600
England median daily rate £403 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -5.29% +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 7
Median hourly rate £35.00 - £45.00
10th Percentile £34.10 - £28.81
90th Percentile £35.90 - £98.50
England median hourly rate £37.50 £42.50 £42.00
% change year-on-year -11.76% +1.19% +27.27%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London. 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
London
Contract vacancies in London with a recognized job title 18,344 37,890 43,577
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.53% 94.31% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,706 27,008 31,522
Median daily rate £500 £500 £500
10th Percentile £308 £315 £313
90th Percentile £700 £675 £675
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +4.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 324 489 682
Median hourly rate £35.00 £21.50 £21.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +62.79% -0.92% -3.56%
10th Percentile £14.50 £12.50 £12.78
90th Percentile £53.75 £53.75 £49.95
Median hourly rate £21.00 £19.50 £18.51
% change year-on-year +7.69% +5.38% -2.61%

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in London

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Engineer in London

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Test Engineer in London.

Daily rate trend for Test Engineer in London

Test Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram in London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Test Engineer in London over the 6 months to 26 May 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Test Engineer in London

Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Test Engineer in London.

Hourly rate trend for Test Engineer in London

Test Engineer
Contract Job Locations in London

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 London region over the 6 months to 26 May 2020. 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
South London +52 19 £431 +2.07% 1
Central London +75 12 £425 -15.00%
West London +45 1 £450 +5.88%
East London +41 1 £313 -16.67%
Test Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 26 May 2020, Test Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the London region featuring Test Engineer in the job title.

1 62 (65.26%) Test Automation
2 45 (47.37%) Java
2 45 (47.37%) Agile Software Development
3 37 (38.95%) Security Cleared
4 34 (35.79%) Selenium
5 30 (31.58%) Cucumber
6 29 (30.53%) JIRA
7 26 (27.37%) QA
8 25 (26.32%) SC Cleared
8 25 (26.32%) DevOps
9 22 (23.16%) BDD
9 22 (23.16%) JavaScript
10 18 (18.95%) Finance
11 17 (17.89%) JMeter
11 17 (17.89%) SQL
11 17 (17.89%) TDD
11 17 (17.89%) Scrum
11 17 (17.89%) Jenkins
12 16 (16.84%) WebDriver
12 16 (16.84%) Docker
13 14 (14.74%) Functional Testing
13 14 (14.74%) Non-Functional Testing
14 12 (12.63%) API Testing
15 11 (11.58%) Microservices
15 11 (11.58%) SonarQube
15 11 (11.58%) Confluence
15 11 (11.58%) DV Cleared
15 11 (11.58%) JUnit
15 11 (11.58%) REST Assured
16 10 (10.53%) Kanban

Test Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 11 (11.58%) Confluence
2 1 (1.05%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (1.05%) SAS
2 1 (1.05%) WildFly
Applications
1 1 (1.05%) Microsoft Project
1 1 (1.05%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 1 (1.05%) Oracle BPM
1 1 (1.05%) SAP MDM
1 1 (1.05%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 8 (8.42%) Azure
2 7 (7.37%) AWS
3 6 (6.32%) GitHub
4 5 (5.26%) OpenShift
5 4 (4.21%) GCP
6 2 (2.11%) Power Platform
6 2 (2.11%) Sauce Labs
6 2 (2.11%) Tricentis Tosca
7 1 (1.05%) BrowserStack
7 1 (1.05%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 5 (5.26%) RTCP
1 5 (5.26%) RTP
1 5 (5.26%) TCP/IP
1 5 (5.26%) VoIP
1 5 (5.26%) Wireshark
2 1 (1.05%) Broadband
2 1 (1.05%) Cisco IOS
2 1 (1.05%) Link 16
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.26%) PostgreSQL
2 3 (3.16%) SQL Server
3 2 (2.11%) Big Data
3 2 (2.11%) BigQuery
3 2 (2.11%) Data Lake
3 2 (2.11%) Power BI
4 1 (1.05%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.05%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.05%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 34 (35.79%) Selenium
2 30 (31.58%) Cucumber
3 29 (30.53%) JIRA
4 17 (17.89%) Jenkins
4 17 (17.89%) JMeter
5 16 (16.84%) WebDriver
6 11 (11.58%) JUnit
6 11 (11.58%) REST Assured
6 11 (11.58%) SonarQube
7 9 (9.47%) Gatling
7 9 (9.47%) Sonatype Nexus
8 8 (8.42%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 8 (8.42%) Bitbucket
8 8 (8.42%) Git (software)
8 8 (8.42%) SoapUI
9 7 (7.37%) LoadRunner
9 7 (7.37%) NeoLoad
10 6 (6.32%) Protractor
11 5 (5.26%) GitLab
11 5 (5.26%) Jasmine
General
1 18 (18.95%) Finance
2 7 (7.37%) Public Sector
3 5 (5.26%) Banking
4 3 (3.16%) Games
5 2 (2.11%) Investment Banking
5 2 (2.11%) Legal
6 1 (1.05%) International Banking
6 1 (1.05%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.05%) Military
6 1 (1.05%) Publishing
6 1 (1.05%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (8.42%) Gherkin
1 8 (8.42%) Web Services
2 7 (7.37%) REST
3 5 (5.26%) Jest
3 5 (5.26%) Spring
4 4 (4.21%) .NET
4 4 (4.21%) AngularJS
4 4 (4.21%) HTML
4 4 (4.21%) Node.js
4 4 (4.21%) RESTful
4 4 (4.21%) SOAP
5 3 (3.16%) CSS
5 3 (3.16%) CSS3
5 3 (3.16%) HTML5
6 2 (2.11%) ADO
6 2 (2.11%) ASP.NET
6 2 (2.11%) ASP.NET Web API
6 2 (2.11%) FIX Protocol
6 2 (2.11%) Hibernate
6 2 (2.11%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 4 (4.21%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (3.16%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (2.11%) Derivative
3 2 (2.11%) Online Gambling
3 2 (2.11%) User Experience
4 1 (1.05%) Biotechnology
4 1 (1.05%) Client/Server
4 1 (1.05%) Fibre Optics
4 1 (1.05%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (1.05%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.05%) Mainframe
4 1 (1.05%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.05%) OTC Derivatives
4 1 (1.05%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 5 (5.26%) Linux
2 4 (4.21%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (65.26%) Test Automation
2 45 (47.37%) Agile Software Development
3 25 (26.32%) DevOps
4 22 (23.16%) BDD
5 17 (17.89%) Scrum
5 17 (17.89%) TDD
6 14 (14.74%) Functional Testing
6 14 (14.74%) Non-Functional Testing
7 12 (12.63%) API Testing
8 11 (11.58%) Microservices
9 10 (10.53%) Kanban
9 10 (10.53%) System Integration Testing
10 9 (9.47%) Agile Testing
10 9 (9.47%) Continuous Integration
10 9 (9.47%) Open Source
10 9 (9.47%) Performance Testing
10 9 (9.47%) User Acceptance Testing
11 8 (8.42%) Manual Testing
11 8 (8.42%) SDET
11 8 (8.42%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 45 (47.37%) Java
2 22 (23.16%) JavaScript
3 17 (17.89%) SQL
4 9 (9.47%) Python
5 8 (8.42%) C#
6 3 (3.16%) C
6 3 (3.16%) PHP
6 3 (3.16%) T-SQL
6 3 (3.16%) XPath
7 2 (2.11%) PowerShell
7 2 (2.11%) TypeScript
8 1 (1.05%) ANSI SQL
8 1 (1.05%) C++
8 1 (1.05%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
8 1 (1.05%) Groovy
8 1 (1.05%) Scala
Qualifications
1 37 (38.95%) Security Cleared
2 25 (26.32%) SC Cleared
3 11 (11.58%) DV Cleared
4 3 (3.16%) ISEB
5 2 (2.11%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (2.11%) Degree
5 2 (2.11%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (27.37%) QA
2 2 (2.11%) GDPR
3 1 (1.05%) ISO 9001
3 1 (1.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.05%) SLA
System Software
1 16 (16.84%) Docker
Systems Management
1 6 (6.32%) Ansible
1 6 (6.32%) Kubernetes
2 5 (5.26%) Terraform
3 2 (2.11%) Grafana
3 2 (2.11%) Kibana
4 1 (1.05%) logstash
4 1 (1.05%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 5 (5.26%) AppDynamics
1 5 (5.26%) Micro Focus
2 4 (4.21%) Google
2 4 (4.21%) New Relic
2 4 (4.21%) SOASTA, Inc
2 4 (4.21%) Splunk
3 3 (3.16%) Oracle
4 2 (2.11%) Salesforce.com
4 2 (2.11%) SAP
5 1 (1.05%) Cisco
5 1 (1.05%) Dynatrace
5 1 (1.05%) Infor
5 1 (1.05%) MuleSoft
5 1 (1.05%) Pega
5 1 (1.05%) Workday