Period
to 14 December 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies in the UK excluding London during the 6 months to 14 December 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
14 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 248 359 320
Rank change year-on-year +111 -39 +38
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 600 315 425
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 1.07% 0.59% 0.76%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.13% 0.62% 0.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 338 186 226
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £370 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.35% +5.71% +2.94%
10th Percentile £292 £263 £244
90th Percentile £491 £488 £481
UK median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 40 55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.50 £39.75 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.40% +6.00% +7.14%
10th Percentile £18.25 £28.93 £18.15
90th Percentile £47.85 £49.75 £45.95
UK median hourly rate £42.00 £39.75 £35.00
% change year-on-year +5.66% +13.57% -

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 52,989 50,937 53,306
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.85% 95.05% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 32,774 31,338 32,858
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +1.27% +5.33%
10th Percentile £250 £225 £220
90th Percentile £575 £563 £550
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,352 2,254 2,667
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.78% +2.86% -
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.60 £10.29
90th Percentile £48.39 £47.50 £46.00
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.70 £18.00
% change year-on-year -1.07% +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 14 December 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 14 December 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 14 December 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 +81 222 £390 +16.85% 60
North of England +40 92 £375 -21.05% 41
South West +26 87 £423 +12.67% 49
Wales +12 60 £360 +10.77% 7
East of England -12 59 £345 -8.00% 49
Yorkshire +30 51 £350 -25.73% 21
Midlands -11 38 £350 -12.50% 31
Scotland +10 34 £365 +4.29% 18
North West +4 33 £395 +21.54% 15
West Midlands -17 24 £350 - 21
East Midlands +10 14 £394 -4.55% 10
North East -10 8 £382 -19.58% 5
Northern Ireland +31 7 £315 +0.40%
South Coast - 1 - -
Test Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 14 December 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.

1 381 (63.50%) Test Automation
2 275 (45.83%) Agile Software Development
3 221 (36.83%) Selenium
4 186 (31.00%) Java
5 165 (27.50%) JIRA
6 145 (24.17%) Cucumber
7 129 (21.50%) Test Scripting
8 128 (21.33%) Jenkins
9 126 (21.00%) Continuous Integration
10 120 (20.00%) Git (software)
10 120 (20.00%) BDD
10 120 (20.00%) SQL
11 107 (17.83%) Security Cleared
12 103 (17.17%) QA
13 102 (17.00%) Scrum
14 93 (15.50%) Python
15 89 (14.83%) SDLC
16 85 (14.17%) C#
17 84 (14.00%) ISTQB
18 83 (13.83%) SC Cleared
19 76 (12.67%) JMeter
20 74 (12.33%) Software Engineering
21 73 (12.17%) TDD
21 73 (12.17%) Oracle
22 72 (12.00%) Confluence
23 71 (11.83%) WebDriver
24 70 (11.67%) Linux
25 69 (11.50%) SoapUI
26 64 (10.67%) Software Testing
26 64 (10.67%) Regression 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 72 (12.00%) Confluence
2 10 (1.67%) Apache Spark
3 9 (1.50%) SharePoint
4 8 (1.33%) WebLogic
5 6 (1.00%) Cloud Foundry
6 5 (0.83%) Documentum
7 3 (0.50%) Apache
7 3 (0.50%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 3 (0.50%) WebSphere
8 2 (0.33%) GemFire
9 1 (0.17%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.17%) CMS
9 1 (0.17%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.17%) JBoss
9 1 (0.17%) MS Exchange
9 1 (0.17%) nginx
9 1 (0.17%) SAS
9 1 (0.17%) SharePoint 2013
9 1 (0.17%) Tomcat
Applications
1 13 (2.17%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (1.17%) MS Visio
3 6 (1.00%) Microsoft Office
4 3 (0.50%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.33%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.33%) Simulink
6 1 (0.17%) Maya
Business Applications
1 3 (0.50%) LabWindows
1 3 (0.50%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 28 (4.67%) Microsoft Azure
2 25 (4.17%) Slack
3 20 (3.33%) Amazon AWS
4 18 (3.00%) GitHub
5 7 (1.17%) SaaS
6 6 (1.00%) PaaS
7 4 (0.67%) BrowserStack
7 4 (0.67%) Sauce Labs
8 3 (0.50%) CloudTest
8 3 (0.50%) Office 365
9 2 (0.33%) OneDrive
10 1 (0.17%) Azure Active Directory
10 1 (0.17%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.17%) Google Cloud Platform
10 1 (0.17%) Lucidchart
10 1 (0.17%) npm
10 1 (0.17%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 24 (4.00%) Wireshark
2 23 (3.83%) 3G
3 21 (3.50%) Wireless
4 20 (3.33%) 4G
5 17 (2.83%) Diameter Protocol
6 14 (2.33%) Wi-Fi
6 14 (2.33%) WLAN
7 13 (2.17%) VPN
8 12 (2.00%) Bluetooth
8 12 (2.00%) Internet
9 10 (1.67%) HTTP
10 9 (1.50%) DHCP
11 8 (1.33%) DNS
12 7 (1.17%) Firewall
13 6 (1.00%) LTE
14 5 (0.83%) Radio Access Network
14 5 (0.83%) TCP/IP
15 4 (0.67%) SSL
16 3 (0.50%) 3GPP
16 3 (0.50%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (6.33%) SQL Server
2 24 (4.00%) MySQL
3 19 (3.17%) Oracle Reports
4 14 (2.33%) PostgreSQL
5 10 (1.67%) Hadoop
6 6 (1.00%) Oracle Database
6 6 (1.00%) Relational Database
7 5 (0.83%) Apache Accumulo
7 5 (0.83%) DB2
7 5 (0.83%) HBase
7 5 (0.83%) MongoDB
8 4 (0.67%) Big Data
9 3 (0.50%) Data Warehouse
9 3 (0.50%) NoSQL
9 3 (0.50%) Oracle Database 11g
10 2 (0.33%) Informix
10 2 (0.33%) Oracle Database 12c
11 1 (0.17%) Flink
11 1 (0.17%) Geospatial Data
11 1 (0.17%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 221 (36.83%) Selenium
2 165 (27.50%) JIRA
3 145 (24.17%) Cucumber
4 128 (21.33%) Jenkins
5 120 (20.00%) Git (software)
6 76 (12.67%) JMeter
7 71 (11.83%) WebDriver
8 69 (11.50%) SoapUI
9 36 (6.00%) HP UFT
10 32 (5.33%) JUnit
11 31 (5.17%) LoadRunner
12 28 (4.67%) Visual Studio
13 27 (4.50%) Protractor
13 27 (4.50%) Team Foundation Server
14 24 (4.00%) Maven
15 23 (3.83%) Visual Studio Team System
16 22 (3.67%) Subversion
17 19 (3.17%) Burp Suite
18 16 (2.67%) Eclipse
19 15 (2.50%) LabVIEW
General
1 37 (6.17%) Telecoms
2 27 (4.50%) Finance
3 21 (3.50%) Electronics
4 11 (1.83%) Banking
5 10 (1.67%) Aerospace
6 8 (1.33%) Military
7 7 (1.17%) Manufacturing
7 7 (1.17%) Publishing
8 4 (0.67%) Games
9 3 (0.50%) Back Office
9 3 (0.50%) Billing
9 3 (0.50%) Retail
10 2 (0.33%) Automotive
10 2 (0.33%) Avionics
10 2 (0.33%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.33%) Law
11 1 (0.17%) Advertising
11 1 (0.17%) Front Office
11 1 (0.17%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (9.17%) REST
2 51 (8.50%) SOAP
3 40 (6.67%) Web Services
4 37 (6.17%) Gherkin
5 34 (5.67%) .NET
6 31 (5.17%) RESTful
7 27 (4.50%) XML
8 23 (3.83%) AngularJS
9 18 (3.00%) CSS
9 18 (3.00%) JSON
10 16 (2.67%) Spring
11 15 (2.50%) LDAP
12 14 (2.33%) HTML
13 11 (1.83%) Kafka
14 9 (1.50%) Ajax
14 9 (1.50%) jQuery
15 8 (1.33%) Spring Boot
16 5 (0.83%) Node.js
16 5 (0.83%) RabbitMQ
16 5 (0.83%) React
Miscellaneous
1 55 (9.17%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (3.33%) Self-Motivation
3 16 (2.67%) Greenfield Project
4 9 (1.50%) Virtual Team
5 8 (1.33%) PKI
6 7 (1.17%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
6 7 (1.17%) N-Tier
7 6 (1.00%) Blog
8 5 (0.83%) Data Centre
8 5 (0.83%) Management Information System
9 4 (0.67%) Client/Server
9 4 (0.67%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 4 (0.67%) Internet of Things
9 4 (0.67%) Linux Command Line
9 4 (0.67%) Mobile App
9 4 (0.67%) SCADA
9 4 (0.67%) Smart City
9 4 (0.67%) User Experience
10 3 (0.50%) Cyberthreat
10 3 (0.50%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 70 (11.67%) Linux
2 44 (7.33%) Windows
3 36 (6.00%) Unix
4 8 (1.33%) Android
4 8 (1.33%) Windows Server 2012
5 6 (1.00%) Windows Server
6 4 (0.67%) Embedded Linux
6 4 (0.67%) Windows 10
7 3 (0.50%) Apple iOS
7 3 (0.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.17%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 381 (63.50%) Test Automation
2 275 (45.83%) Agile Software Development
3 129 (21.50%) Test Scripting
4 126 (21.00%) Continuous Integration
5 120 (20.00%) BDD
6 102 (17.00%) Scrum
7 89 (14.83%) SDLC
8 74 (12.33%) Software Engineering
9 73 (12.17%) TDD
10 64 (10.67%) Regression Testing
10 64 (10.67%) Software Testing
11 62 (10.33%) API Testing
12 61 (10.17%) Problem-Solving
13 59 (9.83%) Test Strategy
14 57 (9.50%) Continuous Delivery
15 56 (9.33%) DevOps
16 52 (8.67%) Performance Testing
17 51 (8.50%) Manual Testing
18 47 (7.83%) Test Management
19 44 (7.33%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 186 (31.00%) Java
2 120 (20.00%) SQL
3 93 (15.50%) Python
4 85 (14.17%) C#
5 51 (8.50%) JavaScript
6 35 (5.83%) C
7 28 (4.67%) C++
7 28 (4.67%) Ruby
8 23 (3.83%) Perl
9 22 (3.67%) Groovy
10 17 (2.83%) Bash Shell
11 15 (2.50%) PL/SQL
12 10 (1.67%) T-SQL
13 8 (1.33%) Scala
14 6 (1.00%) Ada
15 5 (0.83%) PowerShell
15 5 (0.83%) VBScript
16 4 (0.67%) PHP
16 4 (0.67%) Shell Script
16 4 (0.67%) VB
Qualifications
1 107 (17.83%) Security Cleared
2 84 (14.00%) ISTQB
3 83 (13.83%) SC Cleared
4 52 (8.67%) ISEB
5 39 (6.50%) Degree
6 34 (5.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 20 (3.33%) DV Cleared
8 8 (1.33%) BPSS Clearance
8 8 (1.33%) HND
8 8 (1.33%) MCSA
8 8 (1.33%) Microsoft Certification
9 7 (1.17%) MCSE
10 6 (1.00%) HNC
10 6 (1.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 5 (0.83%) Computer Science Degree
11 5 (0.83%) DBS Check
12 4 (0.67%) Cisco Certification
12 4 (0.67%) Master's Degree
12 4 (0.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 3 (0.50%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 103 (17.17%) QA
2 23 (3.83%) WCAG
3 2 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.17%) DO-160
4 1 (0.17%) JTAG
System Software
1 35 (5.83%) Docker
2 10 (1.67%) Active Directory
3 9 (1.50%) Firmware
4 5 (0.83%) HDFS
4 5 (0.83%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.33%) vSphere
6 1 (0.17%) Apache Flume
6 1 (0.17%) KVM
6 1 (0.17%) QEMU
6 1 (0.17%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 34 (5.67%) HP ALM
2 19 (3.17%) HP Quality Center
2 19 (3.17%) Nessus
3 10 (1.67%) Kubernetes
4 9 (1.50%) Puppet
5 5 (0.83%) Netcool
5 5 (0.83%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (0.50%) Ansible
6 3 (0.50%) SCCM
7 2 (0.33%) nmon
7 2 (0.33%) NSN NetAct
7 2 (0.33%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 2 (0.33%) WSUS
8 1 (0.17%) Automic
8 1 (0.17%) Grafana
8 1 (0.17%) Graphite
8 1 (0.17%) HAProxy
8 1 (0.17%) Iperf
8 1 (0.17%) Kibana
8 1 (0.17%) logstash
Vendors
1 73 (12.17%) Oracle
2 57 (9.50%) Microsoft
3 41 (6.83%) HP
4 19 (3.17%) Nokia
5 16 (2.67%) Atlassian
6 11 (1.83%) VMware
7 8 (1.33%) Salesforce.com
7 8 (1.33%) webMethods
8 7 (1.17%) IBM
8 7 (1.17%) Serena
9 6 (1.00%) CA Agile Central
9 6 (1.00%) SolarWinds
10 5 (0.83%) Pega
10 5 (0.83%) Remedy
11 4 (0.67%) Cisco
12 3 (0.50%) EMC
12 3 (0.50%) Google
12 3 (0.50%) hybris
13 2 (0.33%) Juniper
13 2 (0.33%) Red Hat