The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North East during the 3 months to 28 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
England / North East
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 46 124 67
Rank change year-on-year +78 -57  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 11 8 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 1.94% 0.49% 0.73%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.06% 0.55% 0.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 7 4
Median daily rate £350 £323 £258
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.52% +25.24%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £311 £284 £197
10% offered a daily rate of more than £406 £329 £329
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £350 £295
% change year-on-year -2.85% +18.64%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year - +19.04%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the North East. 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
North East
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 534 1446 778
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North East 94.01% 89.20% 94.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 339 886 469
Median daily rate £350 £325 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -9.72%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £225 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £500 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 91 80
Median hourly rate £17.49 £28.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -37.53% +86.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £12.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £35.00 £18.49
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.14
% change year-on-year - +8.42%  

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the North East

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Engineer in the North East

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Engineer in the North East

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Engineer in the North East over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Engineer in the North East

Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Engineer in the North East

Test Engineer
Contract Job Locations in the North East

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 North East region over the 3 months to 28 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
Tyne and Wear +78 11 £350 +8.52% 1
Test Engineer
England

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 28 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 North East region featuring Test Engineer in the job title.

1 20 (90.91%) Selenium
1 20 (90.91%) Test Automation
1 20 (90.91%) RSpec
1 20 (90.91%) WebDriver
1 20 (90.91%) Jenkins
2 15 (68.18%) Cucumber
2 15 (68.18%) Scala
2 15 (68.18%) Web Testing
2 15 (68.18%) JUnit
2 15 (68.18%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (68.18%) TDD
3 14 (63.64%) Games
3 14 (63.64%) WCAG
4 13 (59.09%) Ruby
5 11 (50.00%) QA
6 10 (45.45%) BDD
6 10 (45.45%) Defect Tracking
6 10 (45.45%) Test Scripting
7 9 (40.91%) User Stories
7 9 (40.91%) Test Strategy
8 8 (36.36%) Java
9 7 (31.82%) JSON
10 6 (27.27%) Performance Testing
11 5 (22.73%) Continuous Integration
11 5 (22.73%) Git (software)
11 5 (22.73%) Stakeholder Management
11 5 (22.73%) Software Testing
11 5 (22.73%) ERP
11 5 (22.73%) Internet
11 5 (22.73%) Penetration Testing

Test Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North East 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 (22.73%) BrowserStack
1 5 (22.73%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 5 (22.73%) Internet
Development Applications
1 20 (90.91%) Jenkins
1 20 (90.91%) RSpec
1 20 (90.91%) Selenium
1 20 (90.91%) WebDriver
2 15 (68.18%) Cucumber
2 15 (68.18%) JUnit
3 5 (22.73%) Git (software)
4 1 (4.55%) Gatling
General
1 14 (63.64%) Games
2 1 (4.55%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (31.82%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.55%) Smartphone
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (90.91%) Test Automation
2 15 (68.18%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (68.18%) TDD
2 15 (68.18%) Web Testing
3 10 (45.45%) BDD
3 10 (45.45%) Defect Tracking
3 10 (45.45%) Test Scripting
4 9 (40.91%) Test Strategy
4 9 (40.91%) User Stories
5 6 (27.27%) Performance Testing
6 5 (22.73%) Continuous Integration
6 5 (22.73%) Cybersecurity
6 5 (22.73%) ERP
6 5 (22.73%) Exploratory Testing
6 5 (22.73%) Penetration Testing
6 5 (22.73%) Software Testing
6 5 (22.73%) Stakeholder Management
7 1 (4.55%) Front End Development
7 1 (4.55%) Open Source
7 1 (4.55%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 15 (68.18%) Scala
2 13 (59.09%) Ruby
3 8 (36.36%) Java
4 3 (13.64%) C#
4 3 (13.64%) Python
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (63.64%) WCAG
2 11 (50.00%) QA
System Software
1 1 (4.55%) Docker