The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £365 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South West during the 3 months to 24 June 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
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 109 112 137
Rank change year-on-year +3 +25  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 27 29 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.01% 0.97% 0.23%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.05% 1.02% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 17 4
Median daily rate £365 £400 £381
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.75% +4.91%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £248 £326
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £418
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £350 £295
% change year-on-year -3.57% +18.64%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 5 2
Median hourly rate £36.25 £42.25 £33.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.20% +25.65%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £40.00 £26.93
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.50 £44.00 £40.33
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year - +15.38%  

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 West. 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 West
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 2564 2841 2973
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 95.78% 95.34% 95.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 1602 1836 1909
Median daily rate £375 £368 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.04% -0.67%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £510 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 120 141 200
Median hourly rate £39.50 £27.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +43.63% +57.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £43.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.48 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.14% +9.21%  

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

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

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 3 months to 24 June 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 3 months to 24 June 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
Wiltshire +15 13 £300 +33.33%
Somerset -1 6 £365 - 1
Bristol -7 4 £325 -23.52% 7
Gloucestershire 0 1 - - 4
Devon -6 1 £466 - 2
Test Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 26 (57.78%) Test Automation
2 19 (42.22%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (37.78%) Selenium
3 17 (37.78%) Security Cleared
4 15 (33.33%) Java
5 14 (31.11%) BDD
6 12 (26.67%) Cucumber
7 11 (24.44%) QA
7 11 (24.44%) C
7 11 (24.44%) Validation
7 11 (24.44%) Scrum
8 10 (22.22%) SC Cleared
9 8 (17.78%) Test Scripting
9 8 (17.78%) Team Foundation Server
10 7 (15.56%) IEC 61508
10 7 (15.56%) DO-178B
10 7 (15.56%) Manual Testing
10 7 (15.56%) Def Stans
10 7 (15.56%) Continuous Deployment
11 6 (13.33%) Cybersecurity
11 6 (13.33%) C#
11 6 (13.33%) SQL Server
11 6 (13.33%) Windows
11 6 (13.33%) Linux
11 6 (13.33%) Continuous Integration
11 6 (13.33%) Unit Testing
11 6 (13.33%) WebDriver
12 5 (11.11%) Continuous Improvement
12 5 (11.11%) Integration Testing
12 5 (11.11%) QMS

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 1 (2.22%) ATG Dynamo
1 1 (2.22%) Tomcat
1 1 (2.22%) WebLogic
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.22%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (2.22%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 5 (11.11%) Internet
2 2 (4.44%) 3G
2 2 (4.44%) 4G
2 2 (4.44%) LAN
2 2 (4.44%) VoLTE
2 2 (4.44%) WAN
3 1 (2.22%) 2G
3 1 (2.22%) DHCP
3 1 (2.22%) Diameter Protocol
3 1 (2.22%) Firewall
3 1 (2.22%) GPRS
3 1 (2.22%) GSM
3 1 (2.22%) LTE
3 1 (2.22%) PSTN
3 1 (2.22%) Radio Access Network
3 1 (2.22%) UMTS
3 1 (2.22%) VoIP
3 1 (2.22%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (13.33%) SQL Server
2 3 (6.67%) Hadoop
3 1 (2.22%) Big Data
3 1 (2.22%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 17 (37.78%) Selenium
2 12 (26.67%) Cucumber
3 8 (17.78%) Team Foundation Server
4 6 (13.33%) WebDriver
5 4 (8.89%) JMeter
5 4 (8.89%) Selenium IDE
6 3 (6.67%) Jenkins
6 3 (6.67%) SpecFlow
7 2 (4.44%) JIRA
7 2 (4.44%) Visual Studio
8 1 (2.22%) Ant
8 1 (2.22%) Eclipse
8 1 (2.22%) Git (software)
8 1 (2.22%) Hudson
8 1 (2.22%) IntelliJ
8 1 (2.22%) Maven
8 1 (2.22%) Subversion
General
1 4 (8.89%) Aerospace
1 4 (8.89%) Banking
1 4 (8.89%) Finance
1 4 (8.89%) Retail
1 4 (8.89%) Retail Banking
2 1 (2.22%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.67%) Gherkin
2 2 (4.44%) .NET
3 1 (2.22%) J2EE
3 1 (2.22%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (2.22%) Greenfield Project
1 1 (2.22%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 6 (13.33%) Linux
1 6 (13.33%) Windows
2 1 (2.22%) CentOS
2 1 (2.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (2.22%) Unix
2 1 (2.22%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (57.78%) Test Automation
2 19 (42.22%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (31.11%) BDD
4 11 (24.44%) Scrum
4 11 (24.44%) Validation
5 8 (17.78%) Test Scripting
6 7 (15.56%) Continuous Deployment
6 7 (15.56%) Manual Testing
7 6 (13.33%) Continuous Integration
7 6 (13.33%) Cybersecurity
7 6 (13.33%) Unit Testing
8 5 (11.11%) Continuous Delivery
8 5 (11.11%) Continuous Improvement
8 5 (11.11%) Integration Testing
8 5 (11.11%) QMS
8 5 (11.11%) SDLC
8 5 (11.11%) Software Engineering
8 5 (11.11%) Software Testing
9 4 (8.89%) Defect Tracking
9 4 (8.89%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 15 (33.33%) Java
2 11 (24.44%) C
3 6 (13.33%) C#
4 5 (11.11%) SQL
5 4 (8.89%) Perl
5 4 (8.89%) Python
6 3 (6.67%) JavaScript
7 1 (2.22%) C++
7 1 (2.22%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 17 (37.78%) Security Cleared
2 10 (22.22%) SC Cleared
3 5 (11.11%) DV Cleared
4 2 (4.44%) HNC
4 2 (4.44%) ISEB
5 1 (2.22%) Degree
5 1 (2.22%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (24.44%) QA
2 7 (15.56%) Def Stans
2 7 (15.56%) DO-178B
2 7 (15.56%) IEC 61508
3 1 (2.22%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (2.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (2.22%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 1 (2.22%) Docker
1 1 (2.22%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (2.22%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 1 (2.22%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (2.22%) Nessus
1 1 (2.22%) Nexpose
1 1 (2.22%) Puppet
Vendors
1 5 (11.11%) Oracle
2 3 (6.67%) Microsoft
3 1 (2.22%) ATG
3 1 (2.22%) Cisco
3 1 (2.22%) HP
3 1 (2.22%) Rapid7
3 1 (2.22%) VMware
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