The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £304 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 3 months to 22 March 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.

3 months to
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Engineer
England / North West
Rank 125 142 133
Rank change year-on-year +17 -9  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 3 18 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.12% 0.47% 0.34%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.50% 0.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 17 7
Median daily rate £304 £340 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.66% -9.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £297 £250 £247
10% offered a daily rate of more than £311 £450 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £340 £310
% change year-on-year +2.94% +9.67%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £40.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £40.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year -35.00% +8.10%  

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 West. 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 West
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 2431 3618 3289
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 95.04% 94.24% 94.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 1515 2143 1743
Median daily rate £375 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 147 180 198
Median hourly rate £16.50 £27.00 £19.45
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -38.88% +38.81%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.50 £11.61
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.98 £49.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

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 Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 22 March 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
Cheshire +25 1 £313 -10.71% 2
Manchester 0 1 £295 -13.23% 4
Test Engineer
England

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 March 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 10 (45.45%) Oracle
2 9 (40.91%) Java
3 8 (36.36%) .NET
3 8 (36.36%) Python
3 8 (36.36%) Oracle EBS
3 8 (36.36%) Oracle EBS R12
4 7 (31.82%) Integration Testing
4 7 (31.82%) Test Strategy
4 7 (31.82%) Automated Testing
4 7 (31.82%) Oracle Reports
4 7 (31.82%) Shell Script
4 7 (31.82%) JavaScript
4 7 (31.82%) Perl
4 7 (31.82%) ITIL
4 7 (31.82%) Virtual Team
5 6 (27.27%) High Availability
5 6 (27.27%) IaaS
5 6 (27.27%) SaaS
5 6 (27.27%) Test Scripting
5 6 (27.27%) Security Cleared
5 6 (27.27%) Selenium
6 5 (22.73%) QA
6 5 (22.73%) Ruby
6 5 (22.73%) JIRA
6 5 (22.73%) Open Source
6 5 (22.73%) PaaS
6 5 (22.73%) Functional Testing
6 5 (22.73%) Oracle Database 12c
6 5 (22.73%) Oracle Database
6 5 (22.73%) Performance Tuning

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top Related 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:

Application Platforms
1 5 (22.73%) Oracle Application Server
2 1 (4.55%) Confluence
2 1 (4.55%) MS Exchange
2 1 (4.55%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (18.18%) MS Office
2 2 (9.09%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 8 (36.36%) Oracle EBS
1 8 (36.36%) Oracle EBS R12
2 2 (9.09%) Oracle Cash Management
2 2 (9.09%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (4.55%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 6 (27.27%) IaaS
1 6 (27.27%) SaaS
2 5 (22.73%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.55%) LLU
1 1 (4.55%) PSTN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (31.82%) Oracle Reports
2 5 (22.73%) Oracle Database
2 5 (22.73%) Oracle Database 12c
3 3 (13.64%) Relational Database
4 2 (9.09%) Oracle Database 11g
4 2 (9.09%) SQL Server
4 2 (9.09%) SQLPlus
5 1 (4.55%) NonStop SQL
Development Applications
1 6 (27.27%) Selenium
2 5 (22.73%) JIRA
3 2 (9.09%) ClearCase
3 2 (9.09%) ClearQuest
3 2 (9.09%) Cucumber
3 2 (9.09%) Rational Robot
4 1 (4.55%) Bitbucket
4 1 (4.55%) HP UFT
4 1 (4.55%) JMeter
4 1 (4.55%) JUnit
4 1 (4.55%) LoadRunner
4 1 (4.55%) Rational Functional Tester
4 1 (4.55%) SoapUI
4 1 (4.55%) TestDirector
4 1 (4.55%) Visual Studio
4 1 (4.55%) WebDriver
General
1 4 (18.18%) Finance
2 2 (9.09%) General Ledger
2 2 (9.09%) Telecoms
3 1 (4.55%) Electronics
3 1 (4.55%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (36.36%) .NET
2 2 (9.09%) .NET Framework
3 1 (4.55%) Gherkin
3 1 (4.55%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (31.82%) Virtual Team
2 1 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.55%) CESG
2 1 (4.55%) CESG CLAS
2 1 (4.55%) iPad
2 1 (4.55%) Management Information System
2 1 (4.55%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.55%) Android
1 1 (4.55%) Linux
1 1 (4.55%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (31.82%) Automated Testing
1 7 (31.82%) Integration Testing
1 7 (31.82%) ITIL
1 7 (31.82%) Test Strategy
2 6 (27.27%) High Availability
2 6 (27.27%) Test Scripting
3 5 (22.73%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (22.73%) Change Management
3 5 (22.73%) Functional Testing
3 5 (22.73%) Open Source
3 5 (22.73%) Performance Tuning
4 4 (18.18%) ERP
5 3 (13.64%) BDD
5 3 (13.64%) Data Management
5 3 (13.64%) Defect Tracking
6 2 (9.09%) Continuous Integration
6 2 (9.09%) Manual Testing
6 2 (9.09%) Security Testing
6 2 (9.09%) System Testing
6 2 (9.09%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 9 (40.91%) Java
2 8 (36.36%) Python
3 7 (31.82%) JavaScript
3 7 (31.82%) Perl
3 7 (31.82%) Shell Script
4 5 (22.73%) C
4 5 (22.73%) C#
4 5 (22.73%) Ruby
5 4 (18.18%) SQL
6 1 (4.55%) ANSI SQL
6 1 (4.55%) C++
6 1 (4.55%) PHP
6 1 (4.55%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (27.27%) Security Cleared
2 3 (13.64%) ISEB
2 3 (13.64%) SC Cleared
3 2 (9.09%) BPSS Clearance
3 2 (9.09%) ISTQB
4 1 (4.55%) CISSP
4 1 (4.55%) CLAS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (22.73%) QA
2 2 (9.09%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (4.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (4.55%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 10 (45.45%) Oracle
2 3 (13.64%) Microsoft
3 1 (4.55%) Citrix
3 1 (4.55%) HP