Period
to 20 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 20 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
England > North West
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 193 191 215
Rank change year-on-year -2 +24 -22
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 9 32 33
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.16% 0.47% 0.38%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.17% 0.50% 0.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 22 20
North West median daily rate £350 £350 £283
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +23.89% -19.29%
10th Percentile £275 £86 £98
90th Percentile £467 £468 £422
England median daily rate £400 £385 £350
% change year-on-year +3.90% +10.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 5
North West median hourly rate - £41.50 £31.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +31.75% +3.28%
England median hourly rate £39.50 £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year +5.33% +7.14% +16.67%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West. 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
North West
Contract vacancies in the North West with a recognized job title 5401 6405 8133
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.89% 94.40% 94.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 3398 4132 4864
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £250 £250 £231
90th Percentile £588 £550 £568
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 257 234 404
North West median hourly rate £19.00 £16.11 £20.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.96% -20.46% +26.25%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.01 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £45.53 £50.00
England median hourly rate £18.69 £18.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +1.00% +2.78% +9.09%

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Engineer in the North West

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Engineer in the North West

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Engineer in the North West over the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Engineer in the North West

Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Engineer in the North West

Test Engineer
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 West region over the 6 months to 20 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
Manchester +11 4 £300 +8.11% 9
Cheshire +9 4 £390 +20.93% 3
Lancashire +2 1 £477 +27.07% 1
Test Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 20 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 North West region featuring Test Engineer in the job title.

1 6 (66.67%) Test Automation
2 5 (55.56%) QA
3 3 (33.33%) SQL
3 3 (33.33%) SoapUI
3 3 (33.33%) Test Strategy
3 3 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (33.33%) JIRA
4 2 (22.22%) SDLC
4 2 (22.22%) Validation
4 2 (22.22%) SOAP
4 2 (22.22%) Load Testing
5 1 (11.11%) Integration Testing
5 1 (11.11%) Web Testing
5 1 (11.11%) Test Management
5 1 (11.11%) Test Scripting
5 1 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
5 1 (11.11%) Manual Testing
5 1 (11.11%) QMS
5 1 (11.11%) Android
5 1 (11.11%) Git (software)
5 1 (11.11%) NAS
5 1 (11.11%) Mercurial
5 1 (11.11%) Cash Management
5 1 (11.11%) Open Source
5 1 (11.11%) Waterfall
5 1 (11.11%) BDD
5 1 (11.11%) SpecFlow
5 1 (11.11%) Jenkins
5 1 (11.11%) DevOps
5 1 (11.11%) Analytical Skills

Test Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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:

Business Applications
1 1 (11.11%) LabWindows
Communications & Networking
1 1 (11.11%) NAS
1 1 (11.11%) RS-422
Development Applications
1 3 (33.33%) JIRA
1 3 (33.33%) SoapUI
2 1 (11.11%) Git (software)
2 1 (11.11%) Jenkins
2 1 (11.11%) Mercurial
2 1 (11.11%) NUnit
2 1 (11.11%) Selenium
2 1 (11.11%) SpecFlow
2 1 (11.11%) Subversion
General
1 1 (11.11%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (22.22%) SOAP
2 1 (11.11%) .NET
2 1 (11.11%) ASP.NET
2 1 (11.11%) Spring
2 1 (11.11%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 1 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (11.11%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 1 (11.11%) Android
1 1 (11.11%) Apple iOS
1 1 (11.11%) Linux
1 1 (11.11%) Mac OS X
1 1 (11.11%) Windows
1 1 (11.11%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (66.67%) Test Automation
2 3 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (33.33%) Test Strategy
3 2 (22.22%) Load Testing
3 2 (22.22%) SDLC
3 2 (22.22%) Validation
4 1 (11.11%) API Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Continuous Deployment
4 1 (11.11%) Defect Management
4 1 (11.11%) Defect Tracking
4 1 (11.11%) Integration Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Mobile Development
4 1 (11.11%) Operational Acceptance Testing
4 1 (11.11%) SDET
4 1 (11.11%) SFIA
4 1 (11.11%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
4 1 (11.11%) Test Management
4 1 (11.11%) Test Scripting
4 1 (11.11%) Web Operations
4 1 (11.11%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (33.33%) SQL
2 1 (11.11%) C
2 1 (11.11%) C#
2 1 (11.11%) C++
2 1 (11.11%) Java
Qualifications
1 1 (11.11%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (55.56%) QA
2 1 (11.11%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 1 (11.11%) GAMP
2 1 (11.11%) GMP
2 1 (11.11%) GxP
2 1 (11.11%) ISO 13485
Vendors
1 1 (11.11%) Serena