Period
to 24 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South West 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 West
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 171 143 184
Rank change year-on-year -28 +41 -49
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 35 61 35
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.62% 1.07% 0.53%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.65% 1.13% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 33 14
South West median daily rate £375 £413 £266
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.09% +54.93% -18.08%
10th Percentile £281 £284 £209
90th Percentile £475 £525 £443
England median daily rate £400 £385 £350
% change year-on-year +3.90% +10.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 7 8
South West median hourly rate £39.50 £42.50 £34.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.06% +23.19% +21.05%
10th Percentile £32.10 £27.50 £25.45
90th Percentile £41.70 £51.25 £42.05
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 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 5390 5402 6252
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.11% 94.97% 95.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 3394 3521 4064
South West median daily rate £388 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% - -
10th Percentile £206 £213 £219
90th Percentile £538 £550 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 254 344 397
South West median hourly rate £31.00 £25.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.00% -16.67% +50.00%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.00 £11.17
90th Percentile £50.00 £46.00 £46.05
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 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 24 November 2017.

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 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
Wiltshire +2 9 £450 +24.14%
Gloucestershire -11 8 - - 1
Bristol -14 7 £330 -30.53% 4
Somerset -3 6 £375 +15.38% 2
Devon - 4 - -
Test Engineer
England

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

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 West region featuring Test Engineer in the job title.

1 17 (48.57%) Test Automation
2 15 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (28.57%) BDD
3 10 (28.57%) Security Cleared
4 9 (25.71%) SC Cleared
5 8 (22.86%) Test Strategy
5 8 (22.86%) Scrum
5 8 (22.86%) C#
5 8 (22.86%) Java
6 7 (20.00%) Cucumber
6 7 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
6 7 (20.00%) Selenium
7 6 (17.14%) QA
7 6 (17.14%) SpecFlow
7 6 (17.14%) C++
7 6 (17.14%) TDD
8 5 (14.29%) SoapUI
8 5 (14.29%) Team Foundation Server
8 5 (14.29%) Acceptance Criteria
9 4 (11.43%) Programme Delivery
9 4 (11.43%) System Integration Testing
9 4 (11.43%) QMS
9 4 (11.43%) Software Testing
9 4 (11.43%) Software Engineering
9 4 (11.43%) Test Scripting
9 4 (11.43%) Windows
9 4 (11.43%) Python
10 3 (8.57%) Linux
10 3 (8.57%) Visual Studio
10 3 (8.57%) SOAP

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:

Business Applications
1 1 (2.86%) LabWindows
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.86%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (2.86%) vREST
Communications & Networking
1 3 (8.57%) Internet
2 2 (5.71%) Wireless
3 1 (2.86%) Diameter Protocol
3 1 (2.86%) Ethernet
3 1 (2.86%) GPRS
3 1 (2.86%) GSM
3 1 (2.86%) LAN
3 1 (2.86%) LTE
3 1 (2.86%) PSTN
3 1 (2.86%) PuTTY
3 1 (2.86%) UMTS
3 1 (2.86%) VoIP
3 1 (2.86%) VoLTE
3 1 (2.86%) WAN
3 1 (2.86%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (2.86%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.71%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.86%) MySQL
2 1 (2.86%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.86%) Oracle Database 10g
2 1 (2.86%) Oracle Database 11g
2 1 (2.86%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (2.86%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (2.86%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 7 (20.00%) Cucumber
1 7 (20.00%) Selenium
2 6 (17.14%) SpecFlow
3 5 (14.29%) SoapUI
3 5 (14.29%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (8.57%) IntelliJ
4 3 (8.57%) Rational DOORS
4 3 (8.57%) TeamCity
4 3 (8.57%) Visual Studio
5 2 (5.71%) Eclipse
5 2 (5.71%) HP UFT
5 2 (5.71%) Jenkins
5 2 (5.71%) LoadRunner
5 2 (5.71%) Maven
5 2 (5.71%) WebDriver
6 1 (2.86%) Appium
6 1 (2.86%) Gatling
6 1 (2.86%) Subversion
6 1 (2.86%) The Grinder
6 1 (2.86%) Vagrant
General
1 3 (8.57%) Aerospace
1 3 (8.57%) Electronics
2 2 (5.71%) Avionics
2 2 (5.71%) Banking
2 2 (5.71%) Finance
2 2 (5.71%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (8.57%) .NET
1 3 (8.57%) Ajax
1 3 (8.57%) JSON
1 3 (8.57%) REST
1 3 (8.57%) SOAP
2 2 (5.71%) Gherkin
2 2 (5.71%) Qt
3 1 (2.86%) Behat
3 1 (2.86%) Web Services
Operating Systems
1 4 (11.43%) Windows
2 3 (8.57%) Linux
3 2 (5.71%) Windows Server
4 1 (2.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (2.86%) Unix
4 1 (2.86%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (48.57%) Test Automation
2 15 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (28.57%) BDD
4 8 (22.86%) Scrum
4 8 (22.86%) Test Strategy
5 7 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
6 6 (17.14%) TDD
7 5 (14.29%) Acceptance Criteria
8 4 (11.43%) Programme Delivery
8 4 (11.43%) QMS
8 4 (11.43%) Software Engineering
8 4 (11.43%) Software Testing
8 4 (11.43%) System Integration Testing
8 4 (11.43%) Test Scripting
9 3 (8.57%) Defect Tracking
9 3 (8.57%) Pair Programming
9 3 (8.57%) Performance Testing
9 3 (8.57%) Project Management
9 3 (8.57%) Test Planning
9 3 (8.57%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 8 (22.86%) C#
1 8 (22.86%) Java
2 6 (17.14%) C++
3 4 (11.43%) Python
4 3 (8.57%) Ruby
5 2 (5.71%) C
5 2 (5.71%) JavaScript
6 1 (2.86%) F#
6 1 (2.86%) Pascal
6 1 (2.86%) Scala
Qualifications
1 10 (28.57%) Security Cleared
2 9 (25.71%) SC Cleared
3 2 (5.71%) DV Cleared
4 1 (2.86%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (2.86%) Degree
4 1 (2.86%) HNC
4 1 (2.86%) HND
4 1 (2.86%) ISEB
4 1 (2.86%) ISTQB
4 1 (2.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (17.14%) QA
2 1 (2.86%) DO-178B
System Software
1 1 (2.86%) VirtualBox
1 1 (2.86%) vSphere
Vendors
1 2 (5.71%) Borland
1 2 (5.71%) CA Agile Central
1 2 (5.71%) Microsoft
2 1 (2.86%) Cisco
2 1 (2.86%) HP
2 1 (2.86%) Oracle
2 1 (2.86%) Red Hat
2 1 (2.86%) Serena
2 1 (2.86%) Software AG
2 1 (2.86%) VMware
2 1 (2.86%) webMethods