Period
to 13 November 2019

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £420 per day in advertised job vacancies in the UK excluding London during the 6 months to 13 November 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
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
13 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 227 244 346
Rank change year-on-year +17 +102 -20
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 516 594 328
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 1.12% 1.07% 0.61%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.19% 1.13% 0.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 348 323 190
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.00% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £308 £288 £263
90th Percentile £525 £475 £488
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 36 50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £39.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +1.27% +6.76%
10th Percentile £32.90 £18.25 £30.35
90th Percentile £50.60 £48.38 £49.75
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £39.50
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.27% +12.86%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London. 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
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies in the UK excluding London with a recognized job title 43,410 52,546 50,775
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.44% 94.90% 95.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 26,698 32,266 31,014
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £423 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.53% +5.69% +2.56%
10th Percentile £213 £250 £225
90th Percentile £588 £575 £552
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £445
% change year-on-year +2.78% +1.12% +4.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,328 2,414 2,289
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.86% -2.78% +2.86%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.77 £10.63
90th Percentile £51.25 £48.75 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £19.71 £18.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year +9.50% -3.74% +3.89%

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings that featured Test Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Test Engineer in the UK excluding London

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Test Engineer in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Engineer in the UK excluding London

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Engineer in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 13 November 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Engineer in the UK excluding London

Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Engineer in the UK excluding London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Engineer in the UK excluding London

Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Engineer in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 13 November 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Engineer in the UK excluding London

Test Engineer
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

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 UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 13 November 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
South East +2 153 £425 +13.33% 48
South West +40 131 £455 +8.33% 43
East of England +26 59 £413 +10.74% 61
Scotland +41 56 £369 +1.72% 10
North of England -19 55 £370 -4.88% 53
Wales +7 41 £375 +4.17% 7
Yorkshire -6 31 £370 +1.93% 25
Midlands +21 21 £350 -7.28% 21
North East +22 13 £325 -16.45% 9
West Midlands +17 11 £350 -2.78% 14
North West -20 11 £413 +3.13% 19
East Midlands +21 10 £397 -11.83% 7
Test Engineer
UK

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London

For the 6 months to 13 November 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 UK excluding London region featuring Test Engineer in the job title.

1 330 (63.95%) Test Automation
2 251 (48.64%) Agile Software Development
3 169 (32.75%) Selenium
4 130 (25.19%) Security Cleared
5 114 (22.09%) Cucumber
6 99 (19.19%) Java
6 99 (19.19%) C#
7 93 (18.02%) JIRA
8 91 (17.64%) Test Scripting
8 91 (17.64%) Python
9 89 (17.25%) ISTQB
10 87 (16.86%) BDD
11 83 (16.09%) QA
12 79 (15.31%) Scrum
13 75 (14.53%) SQL
14 68 (13.18%) Windows
14 68 (13.18%) SC Cleared
15 66 (12.79%) DevOps
16 65 (12.60%) Non-Functional Testing
17 64 (12.40%) Linux
18 62 (12.02%) Performance Testing
19 60 (11.63%) Gherkin
20 59 (11.43%) Microsoft
21 57 (11.05%) TDD
22 55 (10.66%) JavaScript
22 55 (10.66%) Software Testing
22 55 (10.66%) Git (software)
23 54 (10.47%) Jenkins
23 54 (10.47%) Regression Testing
24 53 (10.27%) Manual Testing

Test Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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 30 (5.81%) Confluence
2 12 (2.33%) SharePoint
3 3 (0.58%) Apache Spark
3 3 (0.58%) CMS
3 3 (0.58%) IIS
3 3 (0.58%) OpenEdge
4 2 (0.39%) Apache
4 2 (0.39%) Apache Qpid
4 2 (0.39%) Gunicorn
5 1 (0.19%) Cloud Foundry
5 1 (0.19%) JBoss
5 1 (0.19%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.19%) WebSphere
Applications
1 24 (4.65%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.78%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (0.78%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (0.58%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.19%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 4 (0.78%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (0.78%) LabWindows
Cloud Services
1 52 (10.08%) Azure
2 19 (3.68%) GitHub
3 18 (3.49%) AWS
4 14 (2.71%) BrowserStack
5 9 (1.74%) Office 365
5 9 (1.74%) Serverless
6 8 (1.55%) Sauce Labs
7 5 (0.97%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (0.78%) Amazon S3
8 4 (0.78%) Amazon SQS
8 4 (0.78%) AWS Lambda
9 3 (0.58%) AWS CloudFormation
10 2 (0.39%) SaaS
10 2 (0.39%) Slack
11 1 (0.19%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (2.71%) Wireless
2 13 (2.52%) TCP/IP
3 9 (1.74%) Ethernet
3 9 (1.74%) Internet
3 9 (1.74%) LTE
4 8 (1.55%) Wi-Fi
5 7 (1.36%) MPLS
5 7 (1.36%) OSPF
6 5 (0.97%) Broadband
6 5 (0.97%) Cisco IOS
6 5 (0.97%) Cisco Nexus
6 5 (0.97%) GSM
6 5 (0.97%) IOS XR
6 5 (0.97%) VPN
6 5 (0.97%) Wireshark
7 4 (0.78%) DVB
7 4 (0.78%) IPsec
7 4 (0.78%) WCDMA
8 3 (0.58%) BGP
8 3 (0.58%) GPRS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (1.55%) MySQL
2 6 (1.16%) Big Data
2 6 (1.16%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (0.97%) SQL Server
4 4 (0.78%) PostgreSQL
5 3 (0.58%) Apache Hive
5 3 (0.58%) MongoDB
6 2 (0.39%) Cosmos DB
6 2 (0.39%) DB2
6 2 (0.39%) Hadoop
6 2 (0.39%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.39%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.19%) Amazon Redshift
7 1 (0.19%) EDRMS
7 1 (0.19%) HBase
7 1 (0.19%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.19%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 169 (32.75%) Selenium
2 114 (22.09%) Cucumber
3 93 (18.02%) JIRA
4 55 (10.66%) Git (software)
5 54 (10.47%) Jenkins
6 49 (9.50%) JMeter
7 45 (8.72%) SpecFlow
8 33 (6.40%) WebDriver
9 29 (5.62%) SoapUI
10 25 (4.84%) Visual Studio
11 23 (4.46%) Rational DOORS
12 19 (3.68%) Visual Studio Team System
13 18 (3.49%) Appium
13 18 (3.49%) GoogleTest
14 16 (3.10%) Gatling
15 14 (2.71%) HP UFT
15 14 (2.71%) JUnit
15 14 (2.71%) Protractor
15 14 (2.71%) Team Foundation Server
16 13 (2.52%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 38 (7.36%) Finance
1 38 (7.36%) Telecoms
2 31 (6.01%) Public Sector
3 25 (4.84%) Electronics
4 22 (4.26%) Manufacturing
5 18 (3.49%) Military
6 8 (1.55%) Retail
7 7 (1.36%) Marketing
8 6 (1.16%) Aerospace
8 6 (1.16%) Banking
8 6 (1.16%) Legal
9 4 (0.78%) Pharmaceutical
10 3 (0.58%) Automotive
10 3 (0.58%) Avionics
11 2 (0.39%) Law
11 2 (0.39%) Publishing
12 1 (0.19%) Back Office
12 1 (0.19%) Billing
12 1 (0.19%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (11.63%) Gherkin
2 36 (6.98%) Web Services
3 32 (6.20%) .NET
4 31 (6.01%) SOAP
5 28 (5.43%) REST
6 23 (4.46%) XML
7 20 (3.88%) Node.js
8 18 (3.49%) RESTful
9 16 (3.10%) React
10 13 (2.52%) AngularJS
10 13 (2.52%) WebdriverIO
11 12 (2.33%) JSON
12 10 (1.94%) HTML
13 8 (1.55%) CSS
14 6 (1.16%) Middleware
15 5 (0.97%) ASP.NET
15 5 (0.97%) Spring
16 4 (0.78%) .NET Framework
17 3 (0.58%) Ajax
17 3 (0.58%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 43 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (3.49%) Self-Motivation
3 12 (2.33%) Mobile App
3 12 (2.33%) User Experience
4 10 (1.94%) Greenfield Project
5 9 (1.74%) Clustering
6 8 (1.55%) CCTV
7 6 (1.16%) Blog
7 6 (1.16%) Mainframe
8 5 (0.97%) Embedded Systems
8 5 (0.97%) Linux Command Line
9 4 (0.78%) Handset
9 4 (0.78%) IPTV
9 4 (0.78%) Public Cloud
9 4 (0.78%) STB
9 4 (0.78%) Video\Live Streaming
10 3 (0.58%) Algorithms
10 3 (0.58%) Cyber Defence
10 3 (0.58%) Digital Media
10 3 (0.58%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 68 (13.18%) Windows
2 64 (12.40%) Linux
3 18 (3.49%) Windows Server 2012
4 17 (3.29%) Windows 7
5 16 (3.10%) Windows Server
6 15 (2.91%) Unix
7 10 (1.94%) Windows 10
8 9 (1.74%) AIX
8 9 (1.74%) CentOS
8 9 (1.74%) Windows Server 2003
8 9 (1.74%) Windows Server 2008
8 9 (1.74%) Windows XP
9 7 (1.36%) Android
9 7 (1.36%) Apple iOS
10 4 (0.78%) Mac OS
11 2 (0.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (0.39%) VMS
12 1 (0.19%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 330 (63.95%) Test Automation
2 251 (48.64%) Agile Software Development
3 91 (17.64%) Test Scripting
4 87 (16.86%) BDD
5 79 (15.31%) Scrum
6 66 (12.79%) DevOps
7 65 (12.60%) Non-Functional Testing
8 62 (12.02%) Performance Testing
9 57 (11.05%) TDD
10 55 (10.66%) Software Testing
11 54 (10.47%) Regression Testing
12 53 (10.27%) Manual Testing
13 51 (9.88%) Continuous Integration
14 50 (9.69%) API Testing
15 48 (9.30%) Functional Testing
16 39 (7.56%) Software Engineering
17 37 (7.17%) Validation
18 34 (6.59%) SDLC
19 31 (6.01%) Defect Management
19 31 (6.01%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 99 (19.19%) C#
1 99 (19.19%) Java
2 91 (17.64%) Python
3 75 (14.53%) SQL
4 55 (10.66%) JavaScript
5 38 (7.36%) C
6 33 (6.40%) C++
7 19 (3.68%) Ruby
8 12 (2.33%) PowerShell
9 10 (1.94%) Bash Shell
9 10 (1.94%) Perl
10 8 (1.55%) Scala
11 5 (0.97%) Groovy
12 4 (0.78%) Assembly Language
12 4 (0.78%) Embedded C
12 4 (0.78%) Embedded C++
13 3 (0.58%) TypeScript
14 2 (0.39%) PHP
14 2 (0.39%) Shell Script
14 2 (0.39%) XAML
Qualifications
1 130 (25.19%) Security Cleared
2 89 (17.25%) ISTQB
3 68 (13.18%) SC Cleared
4 50 (9.69%) DV Cleared
5 47 (9.11%) ISEB
6 34 (6.59%) Degree
7 13 (2.52%) MCSA
7 13 (2.52%) MCSE
7 13 (2.52%) Microsoft Certification
8 12 (2.33%) Cisco Certification
9 11 (2.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 10 (1.94%) HND
11 9 (1.74%) CCNA
11 9 (1.74%) MCITP
11 9 (1.74%) MCTS
12 6 (1.16%) Computer Science Degree
13 4 (0.78%) HNC
14 3 (0.58%) CCIE
14 3 (0.58%) CEH
14 3 (0.58%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 83 (16.09%) QA
2 2 (0.39%) DO-254
2 2 (0.39%) MISRA
3 1 (0.19%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.19%) ISO 26262
3 1 (0.19%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.19%) WCAG
System Software
1 26 (5.04%) Active Directory
2 16 (3.10%) Docker
3 11 (2.13%) Hyper-V
4 9 (1.74%) VMware ESXi
5 7 (1.36%) Firmware
5 7 (1.36%) vSphere
6 3 (0.58%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.39%) VMware Infrastructure
8 1 (0.19%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 25 (4.84%) HP Quality Center
2 17 (3.29%) SCCM
3 15 (2.91%) Netcool
4 13 (2.52%) HP ALM
5 11 (2.13%) Ansible
6 9 (1.74%) McAfee ePO
7 8 (1.55%) SCOM
8 7 (1.36%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 6 (1.16%) Puppet
9 6 (1.16%) TeMIP
10 3 (0.58%) Kubernetes
10 3 (0.58%) Perfmon
10 3 (0.58%) Terraform
11 2 (0.39%) Cisco CUCM
11 2 (0.39%) WebInspect
12 1 (0.19%) CA Service Virtualization
12 1 (0.19%) Grafana
12 1 (0.19%) Nessus
12 1 (0.19%) Opscode Chef
12 1 (0.19%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 59 (11.43%) Microsoft
2 21 (4.07%) HP
3 20 (3.88%) Atlassian
4 18 (3.49%) Cisco
4 18 (3.49%) Google
5 13 (2.52%) Oracle
6 9 (1.74%) Citrix
6 9 (1.74%) McAfee
6 9 (1.74%) Veritas
7 8 (1.55%) OpenText
7 8 (1.55%) SAP
7 8 (1.55%) SolarWinds
8 7 (1.36%) IBM
8 7 (1.36%) VMware
9 6 (1.16%) Huawei
9 6 (1.16%) Remedy
9 6 (1.16%) Unisys
10 5 (0.97%) Blue Coat
10 5 (0.97%) EMC
10 5 (0.97%) Riverbed