Period
to 19 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £410 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South West during the 6 months to 19 October 2018.

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 West
6 months to
19 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 137 156 144
Rank change year-on-year +19 -12 +51
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 81 42 68
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.33% 0.76% 1.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.40% 0.80% 1.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 20 39
South West median daily rate £410 £363 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.10% -12.12% +42.86%
10th Percentile £258 £285 £262
90th Percentile £460 £475 £525
England median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 13 8
South West median hourly rate £45.00 £37.50 £41.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.00% -9.09% +37.50%
10th Percentile £35.28 £31.50 £27.50
90th Percentile £48.90 £40.75 £49.38
England median hourly rate £40.00 £39.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +1.27% +5.33% +8.70%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South 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
South West
Contract vacancies in the South West with a recognized job title 5,769 5,259 5,526
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.90% 95.38% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,547 3,283 3,560
South West median daily rate £415 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.67% - -
10th Percentile £250 £213 £215
90th Percentile £575 £538 £550
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 296 246 329
South West median hourly rate £39.75 £33.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.66% +21.82% +9.45%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.79 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £49.38 £47.50
England median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.50
% change year-on-year -3.74% +1.08% +4.11%

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Engineer in the South West

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Engineer in the South West

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Engineer in the South West over the 6 months to 19 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Engineer in the South West

Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Engineer in the South West

Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Engineer in the South West over the 6 months to 19 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Engineer in the South West

Test Engineer
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 6 months to 19 October 2018. 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
Gloucestershire +15 25 £448 - 8
Bristol +2 25 £339 +3.44% 20
Wiltshire -17 12 £388 -7.46% 6
Somerset -3 9 £435 +19.18% 5
Devon +4 2 - - 4
Test Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 19 October 2018, Test Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the South West region featuring Test Engineer in the job title.

1 51 (62.96%) Test Automation
2 42 (51.85%) Security Cleared
3 32 (39.51%) Agile Software Development
4 26 (32.10%) SC Cleared
5 25 (30.86%) ISTQB
6 24 (29.63%) Selenium
7 21 (25.93%) C
8 20 (24.69%) Linux
9 19 (23.46%) C++
10 17 (20.99%) Scenario Testing
11 16 (19.75%) C#
11 16 (19.75%) Software Engineering
12 15 (18.52%) Java
12 15 (18.52%) Test Strategy
13 14 (17.28%) ISEB
13 14 (17.28%) Cucumber
14 12 (14.81%) BDD
14 12 (14.81%) DV Cleared
14 12 (14.81%) JIRA
14 12 (14.81%) Test Scripting
15 11 (13.58%) UML
15 11 (13.58%) Ada
15 11 (13.58%) TDD
15 11 (13.58%) DevOps
16 10 (12.35%) Microsoft
16 10 (12.35%) Scrum
17 9 (11.11%) Python
17 9 (11.11%) Wireshark
17 9 (11.11%) Git (software)
17 9 (11.11%) GDB

Test Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South 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 4 (4.94%) Apache Spark
2 3 (3.70%) Confluence
3 1 (1.23%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (2.47%) Simulink
2 1 (1.23%) AutoCAD
2 1 (1.23%) Maya
2 1 (1.23%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.70%) Microsoft Azure
1 3 (3.70%) Sauce Labs
2 2 (2.47%) BrowserStack
3 1 (1.23%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.23%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (11.11%) Wireshark
2 2 (2.47%) Firewall
2 2 (2.47%) Wireless
3 1 (1.23%) Broadband
3 1 (1.23%) DNS
3 1 (1.23%) Ethernet
3 1 (1.23%) IPsec
3 1 (1.23%) SGSN
3 1 (1.23%) VPN
3 1 (1.23%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.94%) Apache Accumulo
1 4 (4.94%) Hadoop
1 4 (4.94%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.70%) Geospatial Data
Development Applications
1 24 (29.63%) Selenium
2 14 (17.28%) Cucumber
3 12 (14.81%) JIRA
4 9 (11.11%) GDB
4 9 (11.11%) Git (software)
4 9 (11.11%) Rational DOORS
5 8 (9.88%) JMeter
6 6 (7.41%) Jenkins
7 5 (6.17%) Team Foundation Server
8 4 (4.94%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 4 (4.94%) WATIR
9 3 (3.70%) SpecFlow
9 3 (3.70%) Visual Studio Team System
10 2 (2.47%) Bitbucket
10 2 (2.47%) Bugzilla
10 2 (2.47%) Rational Rhapsody
10 2 (2.47%) Redmine
10 2 (2.47%) TestComplete
10 2 (2.47%) TestRail
10 2 (2.47%) Zephyr
General
1 7 (8.64%) Aerospace
2 2 (2.47%) Electronics
3 1 (1.23%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (7.41%) Web Services
2 5 (6.17%) XML
3 3 (3.70%) .NET
3 3 (3.70%) ASP.NET
3 3 (3.70%) Gherkin
3 3 (3.70%) JSON
3 3 (3.70%) XSD
4 2 (2.47%) AngularJS
4 2 (2.47%) React
4 2 (2.47%) REST
4 2 (2.47%) RESTful
5 1 (1.23%) CSS
5 1 (1.23%) GWT
5 1 (1.23%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (7.41%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (2.47%) Cyberthreat
3 2 (2.47%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.23%) LIMS
4 1 (1.23%) Smart Meter
4 1 (1.23%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 20 (24.69%) Linux
2 7 (8.64%) Windows
3 1 (1.23%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (62.96%) Test Automation
2 32 (39.51%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (20.99%) Scenario Testing
4 16 (19.75%) Software Engineering
5 15 (18.52%) Test Strategy
6 12 (14.81%) BDD
6 12 (14.81%) Test Scripting
7 11 (13.58%) DevOps
7 11 (13.58%) TDD
7 11 (13.58%) UML
8 10 (12.35%) Scrum
9 9 (11.11%) Cybersecurity
9 9 (11.11%) Technical Analysis
10 8 (9.88%) Manual Testing
10 8 (9.88%) Performance Testing
10 8 (9.88%) Problem-Solving
11 7 (8.64%) Configuration Management
11 7 (8.64%) Root Cause Analysis
11 7 (8.64%) Software Testing
11 7 (8.64%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 21 (25.93%) C
2 19 (23.46%) C++
3 16 (19.75%) C#
4 15 (18.52%) Java
5 11 (13.58%) Ada
6 9 (11.11%) Python
7 6 (7.41%) Bash Shell
7 6 (7.41%) SQL
8 5 (6.17%) PowerShell
9 4 (4.94%) JavaScript
9 4 (4.94%) Perl
9 4 (4.94%) Ruby
10 2 (2.47%) Ada 95
10 2 (2.47%) MATLAB
11 1 (1.23%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 42 (51.85%) Security Cleared
2 26 (32.10%) SC Cleared
3 25 (30.86%) ISTQB
4 14 (17.28%) ISEB
5 12 (14.81%) DV Cleared
6 6 (7.41%) Degree
7 5 (6.17%) DBS Check
7 5 (6.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 2 (2.47%) HNC
8 2 (2.47%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.64%) QA
2 1 (1.23%) DO-160
System Software
1 3 (3.70%) Docker
Systems Management
1 5 (6.17%) Opscode Chef
1 5 (6.17%) Puppet
2 2 (2.47%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.47%) Kubernetes
3 1 (1.23%) Ansible
Vendors
1 10 (12.35%) Microsoft
2 5 (6.17%) Serena
3 4 (4.94%) CA Agile Central
3 4 (4.94%) Oracle
4 3 (3.70%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.23%) EMC
5 1 (1.23%) Google
5 1 (1.23%) hybris
5 1 (1.23%) IBM
5 1 (1.23%) Sophos