Period
to 24 February 2018

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 February 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
24 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 160 155 140
Rank change year-on-year -5 -15 -9
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 35 56 80
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.68% 1.02% 1.29%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.71% 1.07% 1.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 27 33
South West median daily rate £375 £325 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% -15.58% +23.20%
10th Percentile £276 £259 £255
90th Percentile £460 £513 £488
England median daily rate £425 £375 £365
% change year-on-year +13.33% +2.74% +6.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 8 14
South West median hourly rate £38.75 £36.25 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.90% -9.38% +40.35%
10th Percentile £35.55 £31.00 £30.25
90th Percentile £42.20 £53.88 £44.28
England median hourly rate £42.00 £30.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +40.00% -20.00% +17.19%

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 4,905 5,226 5,938
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.82% 95.14% 95.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,062 3,412 3,944
South West median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - -
10th Percentile £219 £210 £230
90th Percentile £550 £545 £518
England median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 240 365 341
South West median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% -26.67% +78.57%
10th Percentile £11.59 £11.10 £12.50
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £47.50
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year +1.08% - +10.98%

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 February 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
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 February 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 -2 12 £353 +17.50% 7
Devon +10 10 £375 -9.09% 6
Gloucestershire -4 4 - - 7
Somerset -7 4 £406 +25.00% 4
Wiltshire +4 3 £450 +30.91% 2
Test Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 24 February 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 25 (71.43%) Test Automation
2 22 (62.86%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (42.86%) Java
4 11 (31.43%) BDD
4 11 (31.43%) Selenium
5 10 (28.57%) Security Cleared
6 9 (25.71%) Open Source
6 9 (25.71%) SpecFlow
6 9 (25.71%) C#
7 8 (22.86%) Performance Testing
7 8 (22.86%) Continuous Delivery
7 8 (22.86%) Cucumber
8 7 (20.00%) SC Cleared
8 7 (20.00%) .NET
8 7 (20.00%) TDD
9 6 (17.14%) Test Strategy
9 6 (17.14%) SoapUI
9 6 (17.14%) Hadoop
9 6 (17.14%) Microsoft Azure
9 6 (17.14%) Continuous Deployment
10 5 (14.29%) SDET
10 5 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
10 5 (14.29%) JSON
10 5 (14.29%) B2C
11 4 (11.43%) JMeter
11 4 (11.43%) JIRA
11 4 (11.43%) Test Scripting
11 4 (11.43%) WebDriver
11 4 (11.43%) REST
11 4 (11.43%) Acceptance Criteria

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 (2.86%) Apache Spark
Cloud Services
1 6 (17.14%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.86%) vREST
Communications & Networking
1 3 (8.57%) Wireless
2 2 (5.71%) Ethernet
2 2 (5.71%) Internet
3 1 (2.86%) 5G
3 1 (2.86%) PuTTY
3 1 (2.86%) SMS
3 1 (2.86%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (2.86%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (17.14%) Hadoop
2 1 (2.86%) Apache Accumulo
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
2 1 (2.86%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (2.86%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 11 (31.43%) Selenium
2 9 (25.71%) SpecFlow
3 8 (22.86%) Cucumber
4 6 (17.14%) SoapUI
5 4 (11.43%) JIRA
5 4 (11.43%) JMeter
5 4 (11.43%) WebDriver
6 3 (8.57%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 3 (8.57%) TeamCity
7 2 (5.71%) Bitbucket
7 2 (5.71%) Gatling
7 2 (5.71%) IntelliJ
7 2 (5.71%) Jenkins
7 2 (5.71%) JUnit
7 2 (5.71%) LoadRunner
7 2 (5.71%) Maven
7 2 (5.71%) NUnit
7 2 (5.71%) The Grinder
8 1 (2.86%) Eclipse
8 1 (2.86%) HP UFT
General
1 3 (8.57%) Banking
2 2 (5.71%) Retail Banking
2 2 (5.71%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.86%) Avionics
3 1 (2.86%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (20.00%) .NET
2 5 (14.29%) JSON
3 4 (11.43%) REST
4 3 (8.57%) Ajax
4 3 (8.57%) SOAP
4 3 (8.57%) Web Services
5 2 (5.71%) .NET Core
5 2 (5.71%) AngularJS
5 2 (5.71%) jQuery
5 2 (5.71%) JSON Schema
5 2 (5.71%) Node.js
5 2 (5.71%) React
6 1 (2.86%) Behat
6 1 (2.86%) Qt
Miscellaneous
1 3 (8.57%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (5.71%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 3 (8.57%) Linux
1 3 (8.57%) Windows
2 1 (2.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (2.86%) Windows Server
2 1 (2.86%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (71.43%) Test Automation
2 22 (62.86%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (31.43%) BDD
4 9 (25.71%) Open Source
5 8 (22.86%) Continuous Delivery
5 8 (22.86%) Performance Testing
6 7 (20.00%) TDD
7 6 (17.14%) Continuous Deployment
7 6 (17.14%) Test Strategy
8 5 (14.29%) B2C
8 5 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
8 5 (14.29%) SDET
9 4 (11.43%) Acceptance Criteria
9 4 (11.43%) Test Scripting
10 3 (8.57%) Pair Programming
10 3 (8.57%) Programme Delivery
10 3 (8.57%) Scrum
10 3 (8.57%) SDLC
10 3 (8.57%) System Integration Testing
11 2 (5.71%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 15 (42.86%) Java
2 9 (25.71%) C#
3 3 (8.57%) Python
4 2 (5.71%) C++
4 2 (5.71%) JavaScript
4 2 (5.71%) Ruby
4 2 (5.71%) Scala
5 1 (2.86%) Bash Shell
5 1 (2.86%) F#
5 1 (2.86%) Perl
5 1 (2.86%) VC++
Qualifications
1 10 (28.57%) Security Cleared
2 7 (20.00%) SC Cleared
3 2 (5.71%) ISTQB
4 1 (2.86%) Degree
4 1 (2.86%) DV Cleared
4 1 (2.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.57%) QA
2 2 (5.71%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (2.86%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 1 (2.86%) HP ALM
1 1 (2.86%) Puppet
Vendors
1 2 (5.71%) Atlassian
2 1 (2.86%) Borland
2 1 (2.86%) CA Agile Central
2 1 (2.86%) HP
2 1 (2.86%) Microsoft
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