Period
to 16 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £371 per day in advertised job vacancies in the UK excluding London during the 6 months to 16 October 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
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
16 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 255 326 319
Rank change year-on-year +71 -7 +90
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 555 348 425
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 1.01% 0.67% 0.72%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.07% 0.70% 0.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 284 191 240
UK excluding London median daily rate £371 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.07% - +11.11%
10th Percentile £276 £263 £215
90th Percentile £475 £488 £488
UK median daily rate £403 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +0.63% +6.67% +10.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 62 50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £39.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.27% +5.33% +8.70%
10th Percentile £23.05 £30.53 £22.38
90th Percentile £47.70 £53.42 £44.78
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £39.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year +1.27% +12.86% +4.48%

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 52,035 49,549 56,080
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.86% 95.03% 94.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 31,692 30,163 34,498
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56% +4.00%
10th Percentile £243 £225 £225
90th Percentile £575 £550 £544
UK median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,470 2,260 2,644
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.78% - +2.86%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £48.09 £45.29
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.50
% change year-on-year -3.74% +1.08% +2.78%

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 16 October 2018.

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 16 October 2018.

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 16 October 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
South East +31 178 £363 +9.02% 66
North of England +47 99 £390 -8.89% 52
South West +16 78 £388 +6.90% 49
Wales +27 66 £360 +6.67% 4
East of England -17 60 £370 +3.86% 66
Yorkshire +29 58 £385 -13.73% 16
Scotland +14 39 £363 +15.54% 14
North West +23 34 £370 -13.95% 29
Midlands -15 33 £405 +11.72% 39
West Midlands -28 18 £400 +3.23% 26
East Midlands +4 15 £430 +22.86% 13
North East -3 7 £400 +8.11% 7
Northern Ireland +33 3 £308 -2.38% 1
Test Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 16 October 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 UK excluding London region featuring Test Engineer in the job title.

1 361 (65.05%) Test Automation
2 258 (46.49%) Agile Software Development
3 202 (36.40%) Selenium
4 168 (30.27%) Java
5 148 (26.67%) Cucumber
6 126 (22.70%) JIRA
7 111 (20.00%) Git (software)
8 105 (18.92%) Scrum
9 104 (18.74%) Test Scripting
10 103 (18.56%) BDD
11 97 (17.48%) QA
12 96 (17.30%) Security Cleared
13 95 (17.12%) Jenkins
13 95 (17.12%) SQL
14 91 (16.40%) Continuous Integration
15 84 (15.14%) Linux
16 81 (14.59%) C#
17 79 (14.23%) SDLC
18 77 (13.87%) ISTQB
19 76 (13.69%) SC Cleared
20 74 (13.33%) Software Testing
21 72 (12.97%) Oracle
22 70 (12.61%) Python
22 70 (12.61%) Regression Testing
23 67 (12.07%) API Testing
24 65 (11.71%) Software Engineering
25 63 (11.35%) WebDriver
26 61 (10.99%) Test Strategy
27 59 (10.63%) SoapUI
27 59 (10.63%) JMeter

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 42 (7.57%) Confluence
2 7 (1.26%) Apache Spark
3 6 (1.08%) WebLogic
4 5 (0.90%) Documentum
5 4 (0.72%) GlassFish
5 4 (0.72%) SharePoint
5 4 (0.72%) Tomcat
6 3 (0.54%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 3 (0.54%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.36%) Cloud Foundry
7 2 (0.36%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.18%) CICS
8 1 (0.18%) CMS
8 1 (0.18%) Drupal
8 1 (0.18%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 11 (1.98%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (1.08%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.36%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (0.36%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.36%) Simulink
3 2 (0.36%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.18%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.18%) Maya
Business Applications
1 3 (0.54%) LabWindows
1 3 (0.54%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.18%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 19 (3.42%) Microsoft Azure
2 15 (2.70%) Amazon AWS
3 12 (2.16%) GitHub
4 9 (1.62%) Slack
5 5 (0.90%) SaaS
6 3 (0.54%) BrowserStack
6 3 (0.54%) CloudTest
6 3 (0.54%) Sauce Labs
7 2 (0.36%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (0.36%) Office 365
7 2 (0.36%) PaaS
8 1 (0.18%) Lucidchart
8 1 (0.18%) npm
8 1 (0.18%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 25 (4.50%) Wireshark
2 23 (4.14%) 3G
3 21 (3.78%) Wireless
4 20 (3.60%) 4G
5 17 (3.06%) Diameter Protocol
6 15 (2.70%) Wi-Fi
7 14 (2.52%) WLAN
8 12 (2.16%) Bluetooth
9 11 (1.98%) VPN
10 10 (1.80%) HTTP
11 6 (1.08%) Firewall
12 5 (0.90%) DHCP
12 5 (0.90%) TCP/IP
13 4 (0.72%) 2G
13 4 (0.72%) Internet
14 3 (0.54%) DNS
14 3 (0.54%) LAN
14 3 (0.54%) VLAN
15 2 (0.36%) GGSN
15 2 (0.36%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (8.83%) SQL Server
2 31 (5.59%) MySQL
3 12 (2.16%) Oracle Reports
3 12 (2.16%) PostgreSQL
4 8 (1.44%) Oracle Database
5 7 (1.26%) Hadoop
6 6 (1.08%) Relational Database
7 5 (0.90%) MongoDB
8 4 (0.72%) Apache Accumulo
8 4 (0.72%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (0.72%) DB2
8 4 (0.72%) Geospatial Data
8 4 (0.72%) NoSQL
8 4 (0.72%) Oracle Database 10g
8 4 (0.72%) Oracle Database 11g
9 3 (0.54%) HBase
9 3 (0.54%) RDBMS
10 2 (0.36%) Big Data
10 2 (0.36%) SQL Server 2012
10 2 (0.36%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 202 (36.40%) Selenium
2 148 (26.67%) Cucumber
3 126 (22.70%) JIRA
4 111 (20.00%) Git (software)
5 95 (17.12%) Jenkins
6 63 (11.35%) WebDriver
7 59 (10.63%) JMeter
7 59 (10.63%) SoapUI
8 30 (5.41%) Subversion
9 27 (4.86%) HP UFT
10 25 (4.50%) Team Foundation Server
11 22 (3.96%) JUnit
12 21 (3.78%) LabVIEW
12 21 (3.78%) LoadRunner
13 19 (3.42%) Rational DOORS
13 19 (3.42%) Visual Studio
14 18 (3.24%) Maven
15 17 (3.06%) Protractor
16 16 (2.88%) Visual Studio Team System
17 14 (2.52%) SpecFlow
General
1 25 (4.50%) Telecoms
2 23 (4.14%) Finance
3 21 (3.78%) Electronics
4 11 (1.98%) Aerospace
5 8 (1.44%) Banking
5 8 (1.44%) Manufacturing
6 7 (1.26%) Publishing
7 6 (1.08%) Automotive
8 4 (0.72%) Games
9 3 (0.54%) Back Office
10 2 (0.36%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.36%) Military
10 2 (0.36%) Retail
11 1 (0.18%) Advertising
11 1 (0.18%) Billing
11 1 (0.18%) Law
11 1 (0.18%) Legal
11 1 (0.18%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.18%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (7.75%) SOAP
2 36 (6.49%) Web Services
3 34 (6.13%) REST
4 32 (5.77%) .NET
5 29 (5.23%) Gherkin
6 25 (4.50%) XML
7 21 (3.78%) RESTful
8 15 (2.70%) JSON
8 15 (2.70%) LDAP
9 11 (1.98%) HTML
9 11 (1.98%) Kafka
10 9 (1.62%) AngularJS
10 9 (1.62%) CSS
11 7 (1.26%) jQuery
11 7 (1.26%) Spring
12 5 (0.90%) Ajax
12 5 (0.90%) ASP.NET
12 5 (0.90%) Node.js
12 5 (0.90%) React
13 4 (0.72%) Nightwatchjs
Miscellaneous
1 41 (7.39%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (3.78%) Self-Motivation
3 17 (3.06%) Greenfield Project
4 8 (1.44%) Computer Science
4 8 (1.44%) N-Tier
4 8 (1.44%) Smart Meter
5 7 (1.26%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
6 6 (1.08%) Blog
6 6 (1.08%) Virtual Team
7 5 (0.90%) Data Centre
8 4 (0.72%) CAN bus
8 4 (0.72%) Client/Server
8 4 (0.72%) Linux Command Line
8 4 (0.72%) User Experience
9 3 (0.54%) Clustering
9 3 (0.54%) Cyberthreat
9 3 (0.54%) Management Information System
9 3 (0.54%) Mobile App
9 3 (0.54%) PDA
10 2 (0.36%) Machine to Machine
Operating Systems
1 84 (15.14%) Linux
2 44 (7.93%) Windows
3 22 (3.96%) Unix
4 11 (1.98%) Android
5 7 (1.26%) Apple iOS
6 5 (0.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 5 (0.90%) Windows Server
7 3 (0.54%) AIX
7 3 (0.54%) Embedded Linux
7 3 (0.54%) Windows 10
7 3 (0.54%) Windows 7
7 3 (0.54%) Windows Server 2003
7 3 (0.54%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (0.36%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.18%) Windows Phone
9 1 (0.18%) Windows Phone 8
9 1 (0.18%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 361 (65.05%) Test Automation
2 258 (46.49%) Agile Software Development
3 105 (18.92%) Scrum
4 104 (18.74%) Test Scripting
5 103 (18.56%) BDD
6 91 (16.40%) Continuous Integration
7 79 (14.23%) SDLC
8 74 (13.33%) Software Testing
9 70 (12.61%) Regression Testing
10 67 (12.07%) API Testing
11 65 (11.71%) Software Engineering
12 61 (10.99%) Test Strategy
13 56 (10.09%) TDD
14 54 (9.73%) Problem-Solving
15 49 (8.83%) Performance Testing
16 43 (7.75%) Continuous Improvement
16 43 (7.75%) Test Management
17 41 (7.39%) Continuous Delivery
17 41 (7.39%) DevOps
18 36 (6.49%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 168 (30.27%) Java
2 95 (17.12%) SQL
3 81 (14.59%) C#
4 70 (12.61%) Python
5 38 (6.85%) C
6 34 (6.13%) JavaScript
7 31 (5.59%) C++
8 27 (4.86%) Ruby
9 25 (4.50%) Perl
10 19 (3.42%) Groovy
11 18 (3.24%) Bash Shell
12 11 (1.98%) Ada
13 9 (1.62%) Scala
14 8 (1.44%) PL/SQL
14 8 (1.44%) T-SQL
15 7 (1.26%) PowerShell
16 4 (0.72%) Shell Script
16 4 (0.72%) VB
17 3 (0.54%) VBScript
18 2 (0.36%) PHP
Qualifications
1 96 (17.30%) Security Cleared
2 77 (13.87%) ISTQB
3 76 (13.69%) SC Cleared
4 49 (8.83%) ISEB
5 35 (6.31%) Degree
6 29 (5.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 14 (2.52%) DV Cleared
8 10 (1.80%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 9 (1.62%) BPSS Clearance
10 5 (0.90%) HND
11 4 (0.72%) Computer Science Degree
11 4 (0.72%) Numerate Degree
12 3 (0.54%) DBS Check
12 3 (0.54%) HNC
12 3 (0.54%) ISEB Practitioner
12 3 (0.54%) Master's Degree
13 2 (0.36%) Cisco Certification
13 2 (0.36%) MCSA
13 2 (0.36%) MCSE
13 2 (0.36%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 97 (17.48%) QA
2 10 (1.80%) WCAG
3 1 (0.18%) DO-160
3 1 (0.18%) GDPR
3 1 (0.18%) IEC 62304
3 1 (0.18%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.18%) JTAG
3 1 (0.18%) MISRA
3 1 (0.18%) MISRA C
System Software
1 33 (5.95%) Docker
2 7 (1.26%) Firmware
3 4 (0.72%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.72%) vSphere
4 3 (0.54%) HDFS
4 3 (0.54%) Hyper-V
4 3 (0.54%) Virtual Machines
4 3 (0.54%) VMware ESXi
4 3 (0.54%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.36%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.18%) ACF2
6 1 (0.18%) Apache Flume
6 1 (0.18%) KVM
6 1 (0.18%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.18%) QEMU
6 1 (0.18%) RACF
6 1 (0.18%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 28 (5.05%) HP ALM
2 16 (2.88%) HP Quality Center
3 10 (1.80%) Puppet
4 6 (1.08%) Kubernetes
4 6 (1.08%) Nessus
4 6 (1.08%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (0.54%) SCCM
6 2 (0.36%) Ansible
6 2 (0.36%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.18%) Automic
7 1 (0.18%) Grafana
7 1 (0.18%) Graphite
7 1 (0.18%) Iperf
7 1 (0.18%) Kibana
7 1 (0.18%) logstash
7 1 (0.18%) Netcool
7 1 (0.18%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 72 (12.97%) Oracle
2 46 (8.29%) Microsoft
3 36 (6.49%) HP
4 19 (3.42%) Nokia
5 15 (2.70%) Atlassian
6 10 (1.80%) VMware
6 10 (1.80%) webMethods
7 7 (1.26%) IBM
7 7 (1.26%) Salesforce.com
8 5 (0.90%) Pega
8 5 (0.90%) Serena
9 4 (0.72%) CA Agile Central
9 4 (0.72%) Citrix
9 4 (0.72%) Red Hat
9 4 (0.72%) Software AG
9 4 (0.72%) SolarWinds
10 3 (0.54%) Ivanti
10 3 (0.54%) McAfee
10 3 (0.54%) Veritas
11 2 (0.36%) Google