Period
to 24 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £325 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 24 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 > South East
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 263 241 267
Rank change year-on-year -22 +26 -38
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 112 141 132
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.67% 0.85% 0.68%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.70% 0.90% 0.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 81 81
South East median daily rate £325 £350 £358
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.14% -2.23% +25.61%
10th Percentile £263 £213 £238
90th Percentile £488 £481 £488
England median daily rate £400 £385 £350
% change year-on-year +3.90% +10.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 15 9
South East median hourly rate £41.50 £25.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +66.00% -37.50% +23.08%
10th Percentile £22.50 £22.50 £17.16
90th Percentile £49.34 £49.12 £60.00
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 South East. 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
South East
Contract vacancies in the South East with a recognized job title 15902 15635 18500
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.50% 93.94% 94.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 9436 9281 10868
South East median daily rate £415 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% +3.23% +6.90%
10th Percentile £238 £225 £230
90th Percentile £575 £550 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 641 786 927
South East median hourly rate £18.00 £19.50 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.69% +5.41% +15.63%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.25 £10.33
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £47.50
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - +2.78% +9.09%

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

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 6 months to 24 November 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 6 months to 24 November 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 6 months to 24 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
Hampshire +28 61 £311 +13.18% 5
Thames Valley -41 25 £360 -10.00% 12
Berkshire +1 21 £345 -10.97% 5
Surrey 0 19 £330 -14.29% 6
East Sussex -2 4 £525 +5.00% 1
Oxfordshire -7 2 £525 +16.67% 5
West Sussex -16 2 £330 +10.00%
Buckinghamshire -33 2 £315 -18.18% 2
Kent -7 1 - -
Test Engineer
England

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

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

1 66 (58.93%) Test Automation
2 35 (31.25%) Agile Software Development
3 34 (30.36%) Selenium
4 29 (25.89%) Security Cleared
5 28 (25.00%) Scrum
6 25 (22.32%) SQL
7 23 (20.54%) Java
7 23 (20.54%) HP
7 23 (20.54%) Test Scripting
8 22 (19.64%) QA
9 21 (18.75%) SC Cleared
10 20 (17.86%) SoapUI
11 19 (16.96%) C#
11 19 (16.96%) Windows
11 19 (16.96%) Telecoms
12 18 (16.07%) Degree
13 17 (15.18%) ISTQB
13 17 (15.18%) Test Strategy
13 17 (15.18%) Linux
14 16 (14.29%) Regression Testing
14 16 (14.29%) Scenario Testing
15 15 (13.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 15 (13.39%) Microsoft
15 15 (13.39%) Performance Testing
16 14 (12.50%) LTE
17 13 (11.61%) SpecFlow
17 13 (11.61%) BDD
17 13 (11.61%) Oracle
18 12 (10.71%) ISEB
18 12 (10.71%) TDD

Test Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring 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 3 (2.68%) Confluence
2 2 (1.79%) Apache Spark
2 2 (1.79%) Cloud Foundry
2 2 (1.79%) WebSphere
3 1 (0.89%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (0.89%) JBoss
Business Applications
1 2 (1.79%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 5 (4.46%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (2.68%) SaaS
3 2 (1.79%) PaaS
4 1 (0.89%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.89%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 14 (12.50%) LTE
2 8 (7.14%) 4G
3 7 (6.25%) HTTP
3 7 (6.25%) PuTTY
3 7 (6.25%) WinSCP
4 6 (5.36%) 3G
5 4 (3.57%) Ethernet
6 3 (2.68%) MVNO
6 3 (2.68%) TCP/IP
6 3 (2.68%) Value-Added Service
6 3 (2.68%) VoLTE
6 3 (2.68%) VoWiFi
7 2 (1.79%) DHCP
7 2 (1.79%) DNS
7 2 (1.79%) GSM
7 2 (1.79%) LAN
7 2 (1.79%) MPLS
7 2 (1.79%) VPN
7 2 (1.79%) WAN
7 2 (1.79%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (8.04%) SQL Server
2 7 (6.25%) Oracle Database
3 6 (5.36%) Oracle Database 10g
3 6 (5.36%) Oracle Database 11g
3 6 (5.36%) SQL Server 2012
3 6 (5.36%) SQL Server 2016
4 2 (1.79%) Hadoop
4 2 (1.79%) HBase
5 1 (0.89%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 34 (30.36%) Selenium
2 20 (17.86%) SoapUI
3 13 (11.61%) SpecFlow
4 11 (9.82%) Eclipse
5 10 (8.93%) Cucumber
5 10 (8.93%) Team Foundation Server
6 9 (8.04%) Git (software)
6 9 (8.04%) WebDriver
7 8 (7.14%) Ant
7 8 (7.14%) HP UFT
7 8 (7.14%) Jenkins
7 8 (7.14%) LoadRunner
7 8 (7.14%) Visual Studio
8 7 (6.25%) JIRA
8 7 (6.25%) JMeter
8 7 (6.25%) Oracle APEX
8 7 (6.25%) TestNG
9 4 (3.57%) PyCharm
10 3 (2.68%) Bitbucket
10 3 (2.68%) GDB
General
1 19 (16.96%) Telecoms
2 5 (4.46%) Manufacturing
3 4 (3.57%) Back Office
3 4 (3.57%) Finance
3 4 (3.57%) Retail
4 2 (1.79%) Aerospace
4 2 (1.79%) Banking
4 2 (1.79%) Billing
5 1 (0.89%) Electronics
5 1 (0.89%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (8.93%) .NET
1 10 (8.93%) SOAP
2 9 (8.04%) Web Services
3 5 (4.46%) XML
4 4 (3.57%) Ajax
4 4 (3.57%) AngularJS
4 4 (3.57%) CSS
4 4 (3.57%) jQuery
4 4 (3.57%) Middleware
5 3 (2.68%) Gherkin
5 3 (2.68%) REST
5 3 (2.68%) RESTful
6 2 (1.79%) JSON
6 2 (1.79%) Kafka
6 2 (1.79%) RabbitMQ
7 1 (0.89%) 802.1X
7 1 (0.89%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 10 (8.93%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (5.36%) Computer Science
3 5 (4.46%) Greenfield Project
3 5 (4.46%) Management Information System
4 4 (3.57%) Mobile App
5 3 (2.68%) Analytical Mindset
5 3 (2.68%) N-Tier
5 3 (2.68%) User Experience
6 2 (1.79%) SCADA
6 2 (1.79%) Smartcard
7 1 (0.89%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.89%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.89%) Handset
7 1 (0.89%) Replication
7 1 (0.89%) STB
7 1 (0.89%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 19 (16.96%) Windows
2 17 (15.18%) Linux
3 6 (5.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 6 (5.36%) Unix
4 5 (4.46%) Windows Server
4 5 (4.46%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (3.57%) Android
6 3 (2.68%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.89%) AIX
7 1 (0.89%) Solaris
7 1 (0.89%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (58.93%) Test Automation
2 35 (31.25%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (25.00%) Scrum
4 23 (20.54%) Test Scripting
5 17 (15.18%) Test Strategy
6 16 (14.29%) Regression Testing
6 16 (14.29%) Scenario Testing
7 15 (13.39%) Performance Testing
8 13 (11.61%) BDD
9 12 (10.71%) Non-Functional Testing
9 12 (10.71%) SDLC
9 12 (10.71%) TDD
9 12 (10.71%) Test Planning
10 11 (9.82%) System Integration Testing
10 11 (9.82%) Test Management
10 11 (9.82%) Validation
11 10 (8.93%) Software Engineering
12 9 (8.04%) Continuous Integration
12 9 (8.04%) Functional Testing
12 9 (8.04%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 25 (22.32%) SQL
2 23 (20.54%) Java
3 19 (16.96%) C#
4 9 (8.04%) T-SQL
5 7 (6.25%) F#
5 7 (6.25%) Python
6 6 (5.36%) JavaScript
7 5 (4.46%) C++
8 2 (1.79%) C
8 2 (1.79%) PL/SQL
8 2 (1.79%) Scala
9 1 (0.89%) Ada
9 1 (0.89%) Embedded C++
9 1 (0.89%) Groovy
9 1 (0.89%) Korn
9 1 (0.89%) Ruby
9 1 (0.89%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.89%) VB
9 1 (0.89%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.89%) VB6
Qualifications
1 29 (25.89%) Security Cleared
2 21 (18.75%) SC Cleared
3 18 (16.07%) Degree
4 17 (15.18%) ISTQB
5 15 (13.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 12 (10.71%) ISEB
7 6 (5.36%) BPSS Clearance
8 4 (3.57%) ISEB Practitioner
9 2 (1.79%) Master's Degree
10 1 (0.89%) HND
10 1 (0.89%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (19.64%) QA
2 1 (0.89%) Data Quality
2 1 (0.89%) DO-178B
2 1 (0.89%) ISO 9000
2 1 (0.89%) ISO/IEC 17025
System Software
1 5 (4.46%) vSphere
2 2 (1.79%) HDFS
2 2 (1.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.89%) Docker
3 1 (0.89%) Hyper-V
3 1 (0.89%) Oracle Clusterware
3 1 (0.89%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 9 (8.04%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.79%) Netcool
2 2 (1.79%) Tivoli
3 1 (0.89%) Host Intrusion Detection System
3 1 (0.89%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 23 (20.54%) HP
2 15 (13.39%) Microsoft
3 13 (11.61%) Oracle
4 8 (7.14%) VMware
5 7 (6.25%) Motorola
6 6 (5.36%) Red Hat
7 5 (4.46%) Software AG
7 5 (4.46%) webMethods
8 3 (2.68%) Remedy
9 2 (1.79%) Dell
9 2 (1.79%) IBM
9 2 (1.79%) Juniper
9 2 (1.79%) Mitel
9 2 (1.79%) Nokia
9 2 (1.79%) Samsung
9 2 (1.79%) ServiceNow
10 1 (0.89%) Agilent
10 1 (0.89%) Green Hills
10 1 (0.89%) Huawei
10 1 (0.89%) Keysight