Period
to 18 August 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £405 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South West during the 6 months to 18 August 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
18 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 156 151 130
Rank change year-on-year -5 -21 +68
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 54 40 77
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.98% 0.73% 1.31%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.03% 0.76% 1.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 18 42
South West median daily rate £405 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.00% -6.25% +28.00%
10th Percentile £258 £309 £257
90th Percentile £460 £475 £510
England median daily rate £410 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +9.33% - +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 13 12
South West median hourly rate £38.00 £37.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.33% -6.25% +11.11%
10th Percentile £30.00 £31.25 £31.88
90th Percentile £48.20 £40.75 £43.75
England median hourly rate £38.75 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +3.33% - +7.14%

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 5,252 5,251 5,589
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.40% 95.82% 95.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,208 3,268 3,609
South West median daily rate £400 £385 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.90% +2.67% -
10th Percentile £250 £219 £230
90th Percentile £550 £530 £550
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 304 269 333
South West median hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +15.38% +44.44%
10th Percentile £12.15 £11.82 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £50.05 £46.45
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year - -2.63% +6.83%

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 18 August 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 18 August 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 18 August 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
Bristol +3 20 £265 -18.46% 11
Gloucestershire +7 15 £420 -11.58% 9
Somerset +5 9 £440 +18.92% 8
Wiltshire -7 4 £363 -4.92% 1
Devon +7 3 £388 -16.85% 3
Test Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 18 August 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 40 (74.07%) Test Automation
2 32 (59.26%) Security Cleared
3 26 (48.15%) Agile Software Development
4 19 (35.19%) SC Cleared
5 18 (33.33%) ISTQB
6 17 (31.48%) Selenium
6 17 (31.48%) C
6 17 (31.48%) Linux
7 16 (29.63%) Scenario Testing
8 15 (27.78%) C#
8 15 (27.78%) C++
9 14 (25.93%) Java
10 11 (20.37%) Software Engineering
11 9 (16.67%) Scrum
11 9 (16.67%) Wireshark
11 9 (16.67%) UML
11 9 (16.67%) Ada
11 9 (16.67%) ISEB
11 9 (16.67%) Technical Analysis
11 9 (16.67%) DV Cleared
11 9 (16.67%) GDB
11 9 (16.67%) Cucumber
11 9 (16.67%) BDD
11 9 (16.67%) Rational DOORS
12 8 (14.81%) DevOps
12 8 (14.81%) Python
12 8 (14.81%) TDD
13 7 (12.96%) JIRA
13 7 (12.96%) Defect Tracking
14 6 (11.11%) Continuous Delivery

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 (7.41%) Apache Spark
2 1 (1.85%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (1.85%) AutoCAD
1 1 (1.85%) Maya
Business Applications
1 1 (1.85%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.70%) Sauce Labs
2 1 (1.85%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 9 (16.67%) Wireshark
2 1 (1.85%) Firewall
2 1 (1.85%) IPsec
2 1 (1.85%) SGSN
2 1 (1.85%) Skype
2 1 (1.85%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (9.26%) Hadoop
2 4 (7.41%) Apache Accumulo
2 4 (7.41%) SQL Server
3 3 (5.56%) Geospatial Data
Development Applications
1 17 (31.48%) Selenium
2 9 (16.67%) Cucumber
2 9 (16.67%) GDB
2 9 (16.67%) Rational DOORS
3 7 (12.96%) JIRA
4 6 (11.11%) Git (software)
5 5 (9.26%) JMeter
6 4 (7.41%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 4 (7.41%) Jenkins
6 4 (7.41%) WATIR
7 3 (5.56%) SpecFlow
7 3 (5.56%) Visual Studio Team System
8 1 (1.85%) Bitbucket
8 1 (1.85%) Gatling
8 1 (1.85%) JUnit
8 1 (1.85%) LabVIEW
8 1 (1.85%) Mercurial
8 1 (1.85%) Robot Framework
8 1 (1.85%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (1.85%) Zephyr
General
1 5 (9.26%) Aerospace
2 2 (3.70%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (9.26%) Web Services
2 4 (7.41%) Gherkin
3 3 (5.56%) .NET
3 3 (5.56%) ASP.NET
3 3 (5.56%) XML
3 3 (5.56%) XSD
4 1 (1.85%) GWT
Miscellaneous
1 5 (9.26%) Self-Motivation
2 4 (7.41%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (3.70%) Digital Media
4 1 (1.85%) Cyberthreat
4 1 (1.85%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (1.85%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 1 (1.85%) LIMS
Operating Systems
1 17 (31.48%) Linux
2 6 (11.11%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (74.07%) Test Automation
2 26 (48.15%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (29.63%) Scenario Testing
4 11 (20.37%) Software Engineering
5 9 (16.67%) BDD
5 9 (16.67%) Scrum
5 9 (16.67%) Technical Analysis
5 9 (16.67%) UML
6 8 (14.81%) DevOps
6 8 (14.81%) TDD
7 7 (12.96%) Defect Tracking
8 6 (11.11%) Continuous Delivery
8 6 (11.11%) Cybersecurity
9 5 (9.26%) Configuration Management
9 5 (9.26%) Continuous Deployment
9 5 (9.26%) Performance Testing
9 5 (9.26%) Problem-Solving
9 5 (9.26%) Root Cause Analysis
9 5 (9.26%) SDLC
9 5 (9.26%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 17 (31.48%) C
2 15 (27.78%) C#
2 15 (27.78%) C++
3 14 (25.93%) Java
4 9 (16.67%) Ada
5 8 (14.81%) Python
6 5 (9.26%) Bash Shell
7 4 (7.41%) Perl
7 4 (7.41%) Ruby
7 4 (7.41%) SQL
8 3 (5.56%) PowerShell
9 1 (1.85%) Embedded C
9 1 (1.85%) PHP
Qualifications
1 32 (59.26%) Security Cleared
2 19 (35.19%) SC Cleared
3 18 (33.33%) ISTQB
4 9 (16.67%) DV Cleared
4 9 (16.67%) ISEB
5 5 (9.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (5.56%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.70%) QA
2 1 (1.85%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (1.85%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 4 (7.41%) Opscode Chef
1 4 (7.41%) Puppet
Vendors
1 5 (9.26%) Oracle
2 4 (7.41%) CA Agile Central
3 1 (1.85%) Atlassian
3 1 (1.85%) Google
3 1 (1.85%) Microsoft
3 1 (1.85%) Serena
3 1 (1.85%) Sophos
3 1 (1.85%) Veeam