Period
to 25 June 2019

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies in the UK excluding London during the 6 months to 25 June 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
25 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 258 302 293
Rank change year-on-year +44 -9 +69
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 469 421 386
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.96% 0.79% 0.78%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.01% 0.83% 0.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 291 245 217
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +10.29% -
10th Percentile £300 £275 £256
90th Percentile £525 £488 £456
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £370
% change year-on-year +6.25% +8.11% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 31 76
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.25 £40.00 £34.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.63% +16.36% -8.33%
10th Percentile £31.63 £30.00 £22.50
90th Percentile £46.76 £47.50 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £42.25 £41.61 £34.38
% change year-on-year +1.54% +21.05% -8.33%

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 46,228 50,530 46,920
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.97% 94.92% 95.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 28,587 30,597 28,367
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +3.23%
10th Percentile £240 £250 £225
90th Percentile £600 £569 £545
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +0.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,219 2,323 2,324
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.19 £17.50 £17.73
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.94% -1.27% -11.38%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £19.64 £18.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year +9.11% -3.74% -6.50%

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 25 June 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 25 June 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 25 June 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 +36 148 £425 +17.24% 63
South West +19 98 £450 +20.00% 48
North of England +12 86 £373 -6.88% 52
Scotland +38 56 £375 -0.66% 18
Yorkshire -6 34 £370 -7.50% 14
Midlands +20 33 £375 -6.25% 34
East of England -17 33 £388 -3.13% 67
North East +38 27 £325 -31.58% 6
North West +8 25 £425 +13.33% 32
East Midlands +31 19 £375 -8.54% 15
Wales -7 15 £375 +4.17% 15
West Midlands +9 14 £400 - 19
Test Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 25 June 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.

1 312 (66.52%) Test Automation
2 248 (52.88%) Agile Software Development
3 168 (35.82%) Selenium
4 125 (26.65%) Java
5 113 (24.09%) Cucumber
6 107 (22.81%) Python
7 91 (19.40%) BDD
8 86 (18.34%) Security Cleared
9 84 (17.91%) JIRA
10 80 (17.06%) DevOps
11 79 (16.84%) SQL
12 77 (16.42%) Test Scripting
12 77 (16.42%) Manual Testing
13 75 (15.99%) Jenkins
14 72 (15.35%) C#
14 72 (15.35%) ISTQB
15 68 (14.50%) QA
16 64 (13.65%) TDD
17 62 (13.22%) Windows
18 61 (13.01%) Continuous Integration
19 60 (12.79%) SC Cleared
20 59 (12.58%) JavaScript
20 59 (12.58%) Scrum
21 58 (12.37%) Software Testing
22 57 (12.15%) Performance Testing
22 57 (12.15%) Non-Functional Testing
22 57 (12.15%) Analytical Skills
23 53 (11.30%) Git (software)
24 51 (10.87%) Linux
25 48 (10.23%) 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 27 (5.76%) Confluence
2 6 (1.28%) WebSphere
3 3 (0.64%) Apache Spark
3 3 (0.64%) JBoss
3 3 (0.64%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.43%) Cloud Foundry
4 2 (0.43%) Documentum
4 2 (0.43%) Elasticsearch
4 2 (0.43%) nginx
4 2 (0.43%) SAS
5 1 (0.21%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.21%) OpenStack
5 1 (0.21%) WebLogic
Applications
1 12 (2.56%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (1.92%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (1.71%) AutoCAD
4 4 (0.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.43%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.21%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 4 (0.85%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (0.85%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (0.43%) LabWindows
Cloud Services
1 33 (7.04%) Microsoft Azure
2 18 (3.84%) Amazon AWS
3 17 (3.62%) BrowserStack
4 12 (2.56%) Sauce Labs
5 8 (1.71%) GitHub
6 6 (1.28%) Akamai
7 5 (1.07%) Slack
8 4 (0.85%) Serverless
9 3 (0.64%) AWS CloudFormation
9 3 (0.64%) npm
9 3 (0.64%) SaaS
10 1 (0.21%) Amazon S3
10 1 (0.21%) Amazon SQS
10 1 (0.21%) AWS Lambda
10 1 (0.21%) PaaS
10 1 (0.21%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 19 (4.05%) Wireless
2 17 (3.62%) LTE
3 7 (1.49%) TCP/IP
4 5 (1.07%) Fibre Channel
4 5 (1.07%) iSCSI
5 4 (0.85%) 4G
5 4 (0.85%) Internet
5 4 (0.85%) Intranet
5 4 (0.85%) Wireshark
6 3 (0.64%) DVB
6 3 (0.64%) Ethernet
6 3 (0.64%) Firewall
6 3 (0.64%) HTTPS
6 3 (0.64%) LAN
7 2 (0.43%) MPLS
7 2 (0.43%) OSPF
7 2 (0.43%) SGSN
7 2 (0.43%) VoLTE
7 2 (0.43%) VPLS
7 2 (0.43%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (2.35%) SQL Server
2 9 (1.92%) Big Data
3 7 (1.49%) Oracle Database
4 6 (1.28%) Data Warehouse
4 6 (1.28%) Hadoop
4 6 (1.28%) RDBMS
4 6 (1.28%) Relational Database
5 4 (0.85%) DB2
5 4 (0.85%) NoSQL
5 4 (0.85%) Oracle Reports
5 4 (0.85%) Sqoop
6 3 (0.64%) Apache Accumulo
6 3 (0.64%) Apache Hive
7 2 (0.43%) BusinessObjects
7 2 (0.43%) Cosmos DB
7 2 (0.43%) HBase
7 2 (0.43%) PowerCenter
8 1 (0.21%) Data Lake
8 1 (0.21%) MySQL
8 1 (0.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 168 (35.82%) Selenium
2 113 (24.09%) Cucumber
3 84 (17.91%) JIRA
4 75 (15.99%) Jenkins
5 53 (11.30%) Git (software)
6 48 (10.23%) JMeter
7 32 (6.82%) WebDriver
8 28 (5.97%) SoapUI
8 28 (5.97%) SpecFlow
9 26 (5.54%) Rational DOORS
10 23 (4.90%) HP UFT
10 23 (4.90%) Visual Studio
11 18 (3.84%) Rational Quality Manager
12 17 (3.62%) Gatling
12 17 (3.62%) Maven
13 15 (3.20%) Appium
13 15 (3.20%) Bugzilla
14 13 (2.77%) LoadRunner
15 12 (2.56%) JUnit
16 10 (2.13%) Protractor
General
1 42 (8.96%) Finance
2 22 (4.69%) Manufacturing
3 17 (3.62%) Electronics
4 16 (3.41%) Telecoms
5 14 (2.99%) Banking
6 10 (2.13%) Avionics
7 7 (1.49%) Military
7 7 (1.49%) Retail
8 6 (1.28%) Aerospace
8 6 (1.28%) Marketing
9 4 (0.85%) Pharmaceutical
10 3 (0.64%) Automotive
10 3 (0.64%) Games
10 3 (0.64%) Law
10 3 (0.64%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (8.10%) Web Services
2 35 (7.46%) REST
3 33 (7.04%) .NET
4 30 (6.40%) SOAP
5 22 (4.69%) Gherkin
6 17 (3.62%) HTML
6 17 (3.62%) RESTful
7 14 (2.99%) AngularJS
7 14 (2.99%) Node.js
8 13 (2.77%) CSS
9 12 (2.56%) Ajax
10 10 (2.13%) XML
11 8 (1.71%) HTML5
11 8 (1.71%) React
12 7 (1.49%) Middleware
13 6 (1.28%) GraphQL
13 6 (1.28%) JSON
14 5 (1.07%) .NET Framework
15 4 (0.85%) jQuery
15 4 (0.85%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 57 (12.15%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (6.61%) Self-Motivation
3 14 (2.99%) Mobile App
4 9 (1.92%) Greenfield Project
5 7 (1.49%) Embedded Systems
6 6 (1.28%) Hybrid Cloud
7 5 (1.07%) PKI
8 4 (0.85%) Analogue Electronics
8 4 (0.85%) IBM Storwize
9 3 (0.64%) IPTV
9 3 (0.64%) Linux Command Line
9 3 (0.64%) Public Cloud
9 3 (0.64%) STB
9 3 (0.64%) User Experience
10 2 (0.43%) CCTV
10 2 (0.43%) Cyber Defence
10 2 (0.43%) Private Cloud
10 2 (0.43%) Smart Meter
10 2 (0.43%) Virtual Team
11 1 (0.21%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 62 (13.22%) Windows
2 51 (10.87%) Linux
3 16 (3.41%) Android
4 14 (2.99%) Apple iOS
5 12 (2.56%) Unix
6 5 (1.07%) Windows Server
7 4 (0.85%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (0.64%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.21%) CentOS
9 1 (0.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.21%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.21%) VMS
9 1 (0.21%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.21%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 312 (66.52%) Test Automation
2 248 (52.88%) Agile Software Development
3 91 (19.40%) BDD
4 80 (17.06%) DevOps
5 77 (16.42%) Manual Testing
5 77 (16.42%) Test Scripting
6 64 (13.65%) TDD
7 61 (13.01%) Continuous Integration
8 59 (12.58%) Scrum
9 58 (12.37%) Software Testing
10 57 (12.15%) Non-Functional Testing
10 57 (12.15%) Performance Testing
11 47 (10.02%) Functional Testing
12 45 (9.59%) Regression Testing
13 44 (9.38%) SDLC
14 43 (9.17%) Software Engineering
15 41 (8.74%) Mentoring
16 39 (8.32%) Scenario Testing
16 39 (8.32%) Test Strategy
17 38 (8.10%) API Testing
Programming Languages
1 125 (26.65%) Java
2 107 (22.81%) Python
3 79 (16.84%) SQL
4 72 (15.35%) C#
5 59 (12.58%) JavaScript
6 27 (5.76%) C
7 24 (5.12%) C++
8 21 (4.48%) Ruby
9 18 (3.84%) Perl
10 15 (3.20%) Bash Shell
11 13 (2.77%) Scala
12 12 (2.56%) PowerShell
13 8 (1.71%) Groovy
13 8 (1.71%) PHP
14 6 (1.28%) VBA
15 5 (1.07%) PL/SQL
16 4 (0.85%) Ada
16 4 (0.85%) TypeScript
16 4 (0.85%) VBScript
17 3 (0.64%) XAML
Qualifications
1 86 (18.34%) Security Cleared
2 72 (15.35%) ISTQB
3 60 (12.79%) SC Cleared
4 38 (8.10%) ISEB
5 32 (6.82%) Degree
6 28 (5.97%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 27 (5.76%) DV Cleared
8 17 (3.62%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 16 (3.41%) HNC
9 16 (3.41%) HND
10 4 (0.85%) BPSS Clearance
10 4 (0.85%) CCNA
10 4 (0.85%) Cisco Certification
10 4 (0.85%) MCSA
10 4 (0.85%) Microsoft Certification
11 3 (0.64%) MCSE
12 2 (0.43%) Computer Science Degree
12 2 (0.43%) DBS Check
12 2 (0.43%) Master's Degree
12 2 (0.43%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (14.50%) QA
2 4 (0.85%) DO-178B
2 4 (0.85%) WCAG
3 2 (0.43%) DO-254
3 2 (0.43%) ISO 9001
3 2 (0.43%) MISRA
4 1 (0.21%) GDPR
4 1 (0.21%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 15 (3.20%) Docker
2 7 (1.49%) Active Directory
2 7 (1.49%) Virtual Machines
3 4 (0.85%) Apache Flume
3 4 (0.85%) HDFS
3 4 (0.85%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.64%) Firmware
5 2 (0.43%) vSphere
6 1 (0.21%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.21%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 14 (2.99%) Netcool
2 9 (1.92%) HP Quality Center
3 7 (1.49%) HP ALM
3 7 (1.49%) Puppet
4 6 (1.28%) Ansible
4 6 (1.28%) CA Service Virtualization
4 6 (1.28%) Kubernetes
5 5 (1.07%) Cisco CUCM
5 5 (1.07%) Opscode Chef
6 4 (0.85%) Terraform
7 3 (0.64%) Grafana
7 3 (0.64%) Nessus
8 2 (0.43%) ITRS Geneos
8 2 (0.43%) TeMIP
8 2 (0.43%) WebInspect
9 1 (0.21%) Iperf
9 1 (0.21%) Kibana
9 1 (0.21%) McAfee ePO
9 1 (0.21%) Packer
9 1 (0.21%) SCCM
Vendors
1 24 (5.12%) Microsoft
2 22 (4.69%) Oracle
3 14 (2.99%) OpenText
3 14 (2.99%) Remedy
3 14 (2.99%) SolarWinds
4 12 (2.56%) VMware
5 11 (2.35%) Atlassian
6 10 (2.13%) Cisco
6 10 (2.13%) HP
6 10 (2.13%) IBM
7 8 (1.71%) Serena
8 7 (1.49%) EMC
8 7 (1.49%) Micro Focus
9 6 (1.28%) CA
9 6 (1.28%) Huawei
9 6 (1.28%) hybris
10 5 (1.07%) Borland
11 3 (0.64%) Informatica
11 3 (0.64%) Pega
11 3 (0.64%) Salesforce.com