The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £289 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 3 months to 24 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
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Engineer
England / South East
Rank 172 212 188
Rank change year-on-year +40 -24  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 69 56 77
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.88% 0.61% 0.79%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.93% 0.64% 0.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 28 40
Median daily rate £289 £360 £306
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -19.79% +17.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £159 £250 £149
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £450 £378
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £340 £313
% change year-on-year +2.94% +8.80%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 4 5
Median hourly rate £25.00 £35.00 £46.08
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -28.57% -24.04%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £30.05 £33.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.85 £46.25 £50.44
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £40.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year -25.00% +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 South 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
South East
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 7384 8741 9195
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 94.04% 95.02% 94.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 4172 5330 4925
Median daily rate £400 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 381 376 447
Median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.89% +2.70%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.50 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.30 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.38
% change year-on-year -12.50% +15.10%  

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Engineer in the South East

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Engineer in the South East

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Engineer in the South East over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Engineer in the South East

Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Engineer in the South East

Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Engineer in the South East over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Engineer in the South East

Test Engineer
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South East region over the 3 months to 24 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
Hampshire +15 32 £275 -22.53% 5
Berkshire +32 26 £285 -20.00% 8
Surrey - 3 £375 - 1
West Sussex +2 2 - - 2
Buckinghamshire -4 2 £295 +15.68%
Oxfordshire -14 2 £425 +36.00% 2
Middlesex - 1 - -
Test Engineer
England

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 24 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 South East region featuring Test Engineer in the job title.

1 45 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (26.19%) Selenium
3 24 (19.05%) Test Automation
4 23 (18.25%) Cucumber
5 22 (17.46%) BDD
5 22 (17.46%) WebDriver
6 21 (16.67%) Test Scripting
7 20 (15.87%) Telecoms
7 20 (15.87%) SQL
8 19 (15.08%) Java
8 19 (15.08%) TDD
8 19 (15.08%) QA
9 18 (14.29%) Test Strategy
10 17 (13.49%) JIRA
10 17 (13.49%) Validation
11 16 (12.70%) Continuous Integration
11 16 (12.70%) VoLTE
12 15 (11.90%) Git (software)
13 13 (10.32%) Automated Testing
13 13 (10.32%) C#
13 13 (10.32%) 3G
13 13 (10.32%) Jenkins
14 12 (9.52%) System Integration Testing
14 12 (9.52%) Bluetooth
14 12 (9.52%) WLAN
14 12 (9.52%) JavaScript
14 12 (9.52%) Software Testing
14 12 (9.52%) NFC
14 12 (9.52%) LTE
15 11 (8.73%) Degree

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in the South 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:

Application Platforms
1 4 (3.17%) JBoss
2 3 (2.38%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (0.79%) Confluence
3 1 (0.79%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 1 (0.79%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (2.38%) MS Office
2 2 (1.59%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.59%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.59%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.79%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 16 (12.70%) VoLTE
2 13 (10.32%) 3G
3 12 (9.52%) Bluetooth
3 12 (9.52%) LTE
3 12 (9.52%) NFC
3 12 (9.52%) WLAN
4 8 (6.35%) 4G
4 8 (6.35%) Radio Access Network
5 7 (5.56%) 3GPP
5 7 (5.56%) RFID
6 6 (4.76%) Ethernet
7 5 (3.97%) TCP/IP
7 5 (3.97%) Wireless
8 4 (3.17%) Value-Added Service
9 3 (2.38%) 2G
9 3 (2.38%) 5G
9 3 (2.38%) DHCP
9 3 (2.38%) DNS
9 3 (2.38%) Firewall
9 3 (2.38%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (3.17%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.59%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (1.59%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.79%) MongoDB
3 1 (0.79%) MySQL
3 1 (0.79%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.79%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (0.79%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 33 (26.19%) Selenium
2 23 (18.25%) Cucumber
3 22 (17.46%) WebDriver
4 17 (13.49%) JIRA
5 15 (11.90%) Git (software)
6 13 (10.32%) Jenkins
7 8 (6.35%) SpecFlow
8 6 (4.76%) JUnit
8 6 (4.76%) Team Foundation Server
9 5 (3.97%) RSpec
10 4 (3.17%) MSTest
10 4 (3.17%) NUnit
10 4 (3.17%) Protractor
10 4 (3.17%) Robot Framework
10 4 (3.17%) SoapUI
10 4 (3.17%) Subversion
11 3 (2.38%) FitNesse
11 3 (2.38%) Jasmine
11 3 (2.38%) JBehave
12 2 (1.59%) Rational DOORS
General
1 20 (15.87%) Telecoms
2 8 (6.35%) Electronics
3 7 (5.56%) Finance
3 7 (5.56%) Games
4 5 (3.97%) Manufacturing
5 4 (3.17%) Publishing
6 3 (2.38%) Retail
7 1 (0.79%) Automotive
7 1 (0.79%) Back Office
7 1 (0.79%) Banking
7 1 (0.79%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (6.35%) JSON
2 7 (5.56%) RESTful
2 7 (5.56%) SOAP
2 7 (5.56%) XML
3 6 (4.76%) Gherkin
3 6 (4.76%) Web Services
4 4 (3.17%) Java EE
4 4 (3.17%) REST
5 3 (2.38%) CSS
5 3 (2.38%) HTML
5 3 (2.38%) Node.js
6 2 (1.59%) HTML5
6 2 (1.59%) J2EE
6 2 (1.59%) jQuery
6 2 (1.59%) Middleware
7 1 (0.79%) ActiveMQ
7 1 (0.79%) Hibernate
7 1 (0.79%) JDBC
7 1 (0.79%) JPA
7 1 (0.79%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 6 (4.76%) Management Information System
1 6 (4.76%) Smart Meter
2 5 (3.97%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (3.17%) Mobile App
3 4 (3.17%) Virtual Team
4 3 (2.38%) Computer Science
5 2 (1.59%) AS400
5 2 (1.59%) IVR
5 2 (1.59%) Smartcard
5 2 (1.59%) STB
5 2 (1.59%) User Experience
6 1 (0.79%) Clustering
6 1 (0.79%) Device Driver
6 1 (0.79%) Driving Licence
6 1 (0.79%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (0.79%) Handset
6 1 (0.79%) Infotainment
6 1 (0.79%) iPad
6 1 (0.79%) Mobile Banking
6 1 (0.79%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 11 (8.73%) Linux
2 10 (7.94%) Windows
3 6 (4.76%) Android
4 5 (3.97%) Apple iOS
4 5 (3.97%) Unix
5 3 (2.38%) Windows Server
6 2 (1.59%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (19.05%) Test Automation
3 22 (17.46%) BDD
4 21 (16.67%) Test Scripting
5 19 (15.08%) TDD
6 18 (14.29%) Test Strategy
7 17 (13.49%) Validation
8 16 (12.70%) Continuous Integration
9 13 (10.32%) Automated Testing
10 12 (9.52%) Software Testing
10 12 (9.52%) System Integration Testing
11 10 (7.94%) Automation Testing
12 9 (7.14%) Defect Tracking
13 8 (6.35%) Defect Management
13 8 (6.35%) User Stories
14 7 (5.56%) API Testing
14 7 (5.56%) Integration Testing
14 7 (5.56%) Software Engineering
14 7 (5.56%) Test Management
14 7 (5.56%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 20 (15.87%) SQL
2 19 (15.08%) Java
3 13 (10.32%) C#
4 12 (9.52%) JavaScript
5 8 (6.35%) Scala
6 7 (5.56%) Python
7 6 (4.76%) PHP
7 6 (4.76%) Ruby
8 5 (3.97%) PowerShell
8 5 (3.97%) T-SQL
9 3 (2.38%) C++
9 3 (2.38%) PL/SQL
10 2 (1.59%) Bash Shell
10 2 (1.59%) Perl
11 1 (0.79%) C
11 1 (0.79%) ES6
11 1 (0.79%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 11 (8.73%) Degree
2 9 (7.14%) Security Cleared
3 6 (4.76%) ISTQB
4 3 (2.38%) DV Cleared
4 3 (2.38%) ISEB
4 3 (2.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (2.38%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 3 (2.38%) SC Cleared
5 2 (1.59%) HNC
5 2 (1.59%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 1 (0.79%) CEH
6 1 (0.79%) CISA
6 1 (0.79%) CISSP
6 1 (0.79%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (15.08%) QA
2 5 (3.97%) WCAG
3 4 (3.17%) SDET
4 3 (2.38%) Data Quality
5 2 (1.59%) GDPR
6 1 (0.79%) JSP 440
System Software
1 4 (3.17%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (1.59%) Docker
3 1 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 6 (4.76%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.79%) AirWatch
2 1 (0.79%) Cisco CUCM
2 1 (0.79%) Cisco IPCC
2 1 (0.79%) Cisco UCCE
2 1 (0.79%) Cisco UCCX
2 1 (0.79%) HP Fortify
Vendors
1 11 (8.73%) Microsoft
2 6 (4.76%) HP
3 5 (3.97%) Oracle
4 4 (3.17%) VMware
5 3 (2.38%) Dell
5 3 (2.38%) Juniper
5 3 (2.38%) TIBCO
6 2 (1.59%) Nokia
6 2 (1.59%) Telelogic
7 1 (0.79%) Atlassian
7 1 (0.79%) Avaya
7 1 (0.79%) BT
7 1 (0.79%) Cisco
7 1 (0.79%) EMC
7 1 (0.79%) F5
7 1 (0.79%) Google
7 1 (0.79%) Nokia Networks
7 1 (0.79%) Xamarin
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