The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £320 per day in advertised job vacancies in Newcastle upon Tyne during the 3 months to 29 April 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
Tyne and Wear / Newcastle upon Tyne
3 months to
29 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 55 77 49
Rank change year-on-year +22 -28  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 14 11 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Newcastle upon Tyne 2.86% 1.21% 0.61%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.02% 1.34% 0.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 9 1
Median daily rate £320 £305 £200
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.91% +52.50%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £338 £294
% change year-on-year - +14.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £37.50 £34.50
% change year-on-year -13.33% +8.69%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in Newcastle upon Tyne. 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
Newcastle upon Tyne
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 464 820 472
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Newcastle upon Tyne 94.89% 90.51% 95.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 317 536 299
Median daily rate £375 £325 £347
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% -6.46%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £230 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £396 £375
% change year-on-year +1.01% +5.60%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 22 43
Median hourly rate £22.50 £26.54 £12.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.21% +121.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.79 £11.89 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £29.00 £18.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.83
% change year-on-year - +4.01%  

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in Newcastle upon Tyne

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Newcastle upon Tyne that featured Test Engineer in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Test Engineer in Newcastle upon Tyne

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Newcastle upon Tyne

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Engineer in Newcastle upon Tyne

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Newcastle upon Tyne

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Engineer in Newcastle upon Tyne over the 3 months to 29 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Engineer in Newcastle upon Tyne

Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Newcastle upon Tyne

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Engineer in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Engineer in Newcastle upon Tyne

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Newcastle upon Tyne

For the 6 months to 29 April 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 Newcastle upon Tyne region featuring Test Engineer in the job title.

1 23 (92.00%) Selenium
1 23 (92.00%) Test Automation
2 22 (88.00%) RSpec
2 22 (88.00%) WebDriver
2 22 (88.00%) Jenkins
3 21 (84.00%) Automation Testing
4 18 (72.00%) TDD
5 17 (68.00%) Automated Testing
5 17 (68.00%) Web Testing
5 17 (68.00%) JUnit
5 17 (68.00%) Agile Software Development
5 17 (68.00%) Cucumber
5 17 (68.00%) Scala
6 16 (64.00%) Games
6 16 (64.00%) WCAG
7 15 (60.00%) Test Scripting
7 15 (60.00%) Defect Tracking
8 14 (56.00%) User Stories
8 14 (56.00%) Test Strategy
8 14 (56.00%) QA
9 12 (48.00%) Ruby
10 11 (44.00%) JSON
11 8 (32.00%) BDD
12 7 (28.00%) Java
13 5 (20.00%) ERP
13 5 (20.00%) Stakeholder Management
13 5 (20.00%) Internet
13 5 (20.00%) Software Testing
13 5 (20.00%) Git (software)
13 5 (20.00%) BrowserStack

Test Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Newcastle upon Tyne 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:

Cloud Services
1 5 (20.00%) BrowserStack
1 5 (20.00%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 5 (20.00%) Internet
Development Applications
1 23 (92.00%) Selenium
2 22 (88.00%) Jenkins
2 22 (88.00%) RSpec
2 22 (88.00%) WebDriver
3 17 (68.00%) Cucumber
3 17 (68.00%) JUnit
4 5 (20.00%) Git (software)
5 1 (4.00%) Gatling
5 1 (4.00%) HP UFT
5 1 (4.00%) Sahi
5 1 (4.00%) WATIR
General
1 16 (64.00%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (44.00%) JSON
2 1 (4.00%) .NET
2 1 (4.00%) Web Services
2 1 (4.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.00%) Smartphone
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (92.00%) Test Automation
2 21 (84.00%) Automation Testing
3 18 (72.00%) TDD
4 17 (68.00%) Agile Software Development
4 17 (68.00%) Automated Testing
4 17 (68.00%) Web Testing
5 15 (60.00%) Defect Tracking
5 15 (60.00%) Test Scripting
6 14 (56.00%) Test Strategy
6 14 (56.00%) User Stories
7 8 (32.00%) BDD
8 5 (20.00%) Cybersecurity
8 5 (20.00%) ERP
8 5 (20.00%) Software Testing
8 5 (20.00%) Stakeholder Management
9 4 (16.00%) Open Source
10 3 (12.00%) Continuous Integration
10 3 (12.00%) Performance Testing
11 2 (8.00%) Exploratory Testing
11 2 (8.00%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 17 (68.00%) Scala
2 12 (48.00%) Ruby
3 7 (28.00%) Java
4 4 (16.00%) C#
4 4 (16.00%) Python
5 1 (4.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (4.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (64.00%) WCAG
2 14 (56.00%) QA
3 1 (4.00%) Disclosure Scotland