Period
to 22 January 2019

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 22 January 2019.

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
22 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 143 166 139
Rank change year-on-year +23 -27 +23
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 84 29 61
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.31% 0.55% 1.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.38% 0.58% 1.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 16 28
South West median daily rate £410 £375 £356
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.33% +5.26% +1.79%
10th Percentile £325 £281 £260
90th Percentile £513 £475 £495
England median daily rate £425 £425 £388
% change year-on-year - +9.68% +6.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 5 10
South West median hourly rate £45.00 £39.50 £36.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.92% +8.97% -9.38%
10th Percentile £40.85 £32.80 £31.33
90th Percentile £48.75 £42.10 £47.13
England median hourly rate £42.25 £40.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +5.63% +14.29% -6.67%

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 6,086 4,966 5,030
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.00% 94.99% 95.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,930 3,108 3,266
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £251 £213 £213
90th Percentile £588 £550 £550
England median daily rate £465 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 267 242 362
South West median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% -9.09% -15.38%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.50 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.95 £47.43
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.36 £18.39
% change year-on-year +1.84% -0.12% -0.62%

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 22 January 2019.

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
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 22 January 2019. 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 0 22 £475 - 9
Bristol -5 20 £350 +6.06% 23
Wiltshire -25 18 £388 -13.89% 8
Somerset +6 8 £430 +14.67% 10
Devon -7 3 £250 -33.33%
Dorset - 2 £425 - 2
Cornwall - 2 £344 - 1
Test Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 22 January 2019, 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 59 (70.24%) Test Automation
2 37 (44.05%) Agile Software Development
3 30 (35.71%) Selenium
4 26 (30.95%) Security Cleared
5 25 (29.76%) Cucumber
6 19 (22.62%) Java
7 16 (19.05%) Manual Testing
8 15 (17.86%) JIRA
8 15 (17.86%) ISTQB
8 15 (17.86%) C
8 15 (17.86%) C++
8 15 (17.86%) BDD
9 14 (16.67%) C#
9 14 (16.67%) JavaScript
9 14 (16.67%) Python
9 14 (16.67%) Microsoft
9 14 (16.67%) SC Cleared
10 13 (15.48%) TDD
10 13 (15.48%) Test Strategy
11 12 (14.29%) DevOps
12 11 (13.10%) ISEB
12 11 (13.10%) Linux
12 11 (13.10%) Software Engineering
12 11 (13.10%) DV Cleared
12 11 (13.10%) Test Scripting
12 11 (13.10%) Jenkins
13 9 (10.71%) Cybersecurity
13 9 (10.71%) Scrum
13 9 (10.71%) JMeter
14 8 (9.52%) Regression Testing

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 5 (5.95%) Confluence
2 3 (3.57%) Apache Spark
3 1 (1.19%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (2.38%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (2.38%) MS Visio
1 2 (2.38%) Simulink
2 1 (1.19%) Maya
2 1 (1.19%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 4 (4.76%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (3.57%) BrowserStack
2 3 (3.57%) Sauce Labs
3 1 (1.19%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.19%) Azure Active Directory
3 1 (1.19%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (4.76%) Wireless
2 3 (3.57%) TCP/IP
3 2 (2.38%) Firewall
3 2 (2.38%) Internet
3 2 (2.38%) Radio Access Network
3 2 (2.38%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (1.19%) 802.15
4 1 (1.19%) Bluetooth
4 1 (1.19%) Broadband
4 1 (1.19%) DNS
4 1 (1.19%) Ethernet
4 1 (1.19%) HTTP
4 1 (1.19%) IPsec
4 1 (1.19%) SGSN
4 1 (1.19%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.57%) Apache Accumulo
1 3 (3.57%) Hadoop
2 1 (1.19%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 30 (35.71%) Selenium
2 25 (29.76%) Cucumber
3 15 (17.86%) JIRA
4 11 (13.10%) Jenkins
5 9 (10.71%) JMeter
6 6 (7.14%) Git (software)
6 6 (7.14%) Team Foundation Server
7 5 (5.95%) WebDriver
8 4 (4.76%) Maven
8 4 (4.76%) SoapUI
8 4 (4.76%) SpecFlow
9 3 (3.57%) Visual Studio
9 3 (3.57%) WATIR
10 2 (2.38%) Bugzilla
10 2 (2.38%) HP UFT
10 2 (2.38%) Rational Rhapsody
10 2 (2.38%) Redmine
10 2 (2.38%) TestComplete
10 2 (2.38%) Visual Studio Team System
10 2 (2.38%) Zephyr
General
1 4 (4.76%) Aerospace
1 4 (4.76%) Telecoms
2 3 (3.57%) Finance
3 2 (2.38%) Electronics
4 1 (1.19%) Italian Language
4 1 (1.19%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (5.95%) HTML
2 4 (4.76%) CSS
2 4 (4.76%) Gherkin
2 4 (4.76%) JSON
2 4 (4.76%) XML
3 3 (3.57%) RESTful
3 3 (3.57%) Web Services
4 2 (2.38%) AngularJS
4 2 (2.38%) React
4 2 (2.38%) REST
5 1 (1.19%) .NET
5 1 (1.19%) 802.1X
5 1 (1.19%) ASP.NET
5 1 (1.19%) HTML5
5 1 (1.19%) Kafka
5 1 (1.19%) SOAP
5 1 (1.19%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 7 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (4.76%) Digital Media
3 3 (3.57%) Self-Motivation
4 2 (2.38%) Cyberthreat
4 2 (2.38%) Data Centre
5 1 (1.19%) Digital TV
5 1 (1.19%) Embedded Systems
5 1 (1.19%) IPTV
5 1 (1.19%) LIMS
5 1 (1.19%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.19%) MPEG
5 1 (1.19%) Smart Meter
5 1 (1.19%) User Experience
5 1 (1.19%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 11 (13.10%) Linux
2 4 (4.76%) Windows
3 1 (1.19%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (70.24%) Test Automation
2 37 (44.05%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (19.05%) Manual Testing
4 15 (17.86%) BDD
5 13 (15.48%) TDD
5 13 (15.48%) Test Strategy
6 12 (14.29%) DevOps
7 11 (13.10%) Software Engineering
7 11 (13.10%) Test Scripting
8 9 (10.71%) Cybersecurity
8 9 (10.71%) Scrum
9 8 (9.52%) Project Management
9 8 (9.52%) Regression Testing
10 7 (8.33%) Exploratory Testing
10 7 (8.33%) Problem-Solving
11 6 (7.14%) Acceptance Criteria
11 6 (7.14%) API Testing
11 6 (7.14%) User Acceptance Testing
11 6 (7.14%) User Stories
12 5 (5.95%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 19 (22.62%) Java
2 15 (17.86%) C
2 15 (17.86%) C++
3 14 (16.67%) C#
3 14 (16.67%) JavaScript
3 14 (16.67%) Python
4 7 (8.33%) SQL
5 5 (5.95%) Bash Shell
6 4 (4.76%) PowerShell
7 3 (3.57%) Perl
7 3 (3.57%) Ruby
8 2 (2.38%) Ada
8 2 (2.38%) Ada 95
8 2 (2.38%) Erlang
8 2 (2.38%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 26 (30.95%) Security Cleared
2 15 (17.86%) ISTQB
3 14 (16.67%) SC Cleared
4 11 (13.10%) DV Cleared
4 11 (13.10%) ISEB
5 7 (8.33%) Degree
6 3 (3.57%) DBS Check
7 2 (2.38%) HNC
7 2 (2.38%) HND
8 1 (1.19%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (9.52%) QA
2 1 (1.19%) DO-160
System Software
1 3 (3.57%) Docker
2 1 (1.19%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (3.57%) Kubernetes
2 2 (2.38%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.38%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (2.38%) Puppet
3 1 (1.19%) Ansible
Vendors
1 14 (16.67%) Microsoft
2 8 (9.52%) Serena
3 4 (4.76%) Atlassian
3 4 (4.76%) hybris
4 3 (3.57%) CA Agile Central
5 1 (1.19%) EMC
5 1 (1.19%) Facebook
5 1 (1.19%) Google
5 1 (1.19%) IBM
5 1 (1.19%) Oracle
5 1 (1.19%) Sophos