Period
to 25 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Software Test Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 November 2017.

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.

Software Test Engineer
UK
6 months to
25 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 763 784 839
Rank change year-on-year +21 +55 -90
Contract jobs requiring a Software Test Engineer 110 102 74
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.11% 0.097% 0.065%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.10% 0.068%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 40 28
UK median daily rate £450 £350 £312
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +28.57% +12.27% -10.93%
10th Percentile £296 £288 £229
90th Percentile £538 £458 £429
UK excluding London median daily rate £369 £328 £288
% change year-on-year +12.60% +13.91% -8.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 23 21
UK median hourly rate £39.50 £35.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.86% -6.67% +31.58%
10th Percentile £33.13 £14.85 £27.50
90th Percentile £47.50 £44.60 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.50 £40.00 £36.25
% change year-on-year -1.25% +10.34% +27.19%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. 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
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 97016 99195 108573
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.76% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 64030 64673 69073
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £375
% change year-on-year +1.91% +4.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2877 3313 4123
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.05
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.86% -0.28% +9.39%
10th Percentile £10.94 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.25 £45.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.77
% change year-on-year - -1.52% +9.96%

Software Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Test Engineer in the UK

Software Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Test Engineer in the UK

Software Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Test Engineer over the 6 months to 25 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Test Engineer in the UK

Software Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Test Engineer in the UK

Software Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Test Engineer over the 6 months to 25 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Test Engineer in the UK

Software Test Engineer
Top 13 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Test Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 25 November 2017. 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
England +22 105 £450 +28.57% 32
UK excluding London +46 69 £369 +12.60% 26
London 0 41 £488 +23.81% 8
East of England +15 34 £350 +16.67% 9
South East -12 15 £325 -7.14% 4
South West -6 8 - - 3
Midlands +24 4 £425 +37.10% 2
Wales +15 4 £405 +9.46%
North of England +46 3 £388 +16.98% 6
East Midlands -1 3 £425 +37.10% 2
Yorkshire +25 2 £388 +24.00% 4
North West +23 1 - - 2
Scotland -2 1 - - 2

Software Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 November 2017, Software Test Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Software Test Engineer in the job title.

1 76 (69.09%) Test Automation
2 54 (49.09%) Agile Software Development
3 43 (39.09%) Java
4 39 (35.45%) Software Engineering
4 39 (35.45%) Cucumber
5 36 (32.73%) Selenium
6 32 (29.09%) Python
6 32 (29.09%) SDET
7 31 (28.18%) JIRA
7 31 (28.18%) BDD
8 29 (26.36%) QA
9 25 (22.73%) TDD
10 23 (20.91%) Scrum
10 23 (20.91%) C#
11 22 (20.00%) Jenkins
12 21 (19.09%) Continuous Integration
13 18 (16.36%) Test Strategy
13 18 (16.36%) Linux
14 17 (15.45%) C++
15 16 (14.55%) Test Scripting
16 15 (13.64%) Degree
16 15 (13.64%) WebDriver
16 15 (13.64%) Android
16 15 (13.64%) Gherkin
16 15 (13.64%) Ruby
17 14 (12.73%) Software Testing
17 14 (12.73%) JavaScript
17 14 (12.73%) Apple iOS
18 13 (11.82%) Appium
19 12 (10.91%) JBehave

Software Test Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 12 (10.91%) Confluence
2 1 (0.91%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (0.91%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.91%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (0.91%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (0.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (0.91%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 7 (6.36%) LabWindows
Cloud Services
1 8 (7.27%) Amazon AWS
1 8 (7.27%) GitHub
2 7 (6.36%) SaaS
3 3 (2.73%) Sauce Labs
4 2 (1.82%) BrowserStack
4 2 (1.82%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (0.91%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.91%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 12 (10.91%) Wireless
2 7 (6.36%) RS-422
3 6 (5.45%) Wi-Fi
4 3 (2.73%) Ethernet
5 2 (1.82%) Bluetooth
5 2 (1.82%) Broadband
5 2 (1.82%) NAS
6 1 (0.91%) HTTP
6 1 (0.91%) MQTT
6 1 (0.91%) TCP/IP
6 1 (0.91%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.55%) NoSQL
2 4 (3.64%) RDBMS
2 4 (3.64%) Relational Database
3 2 (1.82%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.91%) Big Data
4 1 (0.91%) DB2
4 1 (0.91%) Hadoop
4 1 (0.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.91%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 39 (35.45%) Cucumber
2 36 (32.73%) Selenium
3 31 (28.18%) JIRA
4 22 (20.00%) Jenkins
5 15 (13.64%) WebDriver
6 13 (11.82%) Appium
7 12 (10.91%) JBehave
8 11 (10.00%) SoapUI
9 10 (9.09%) TestRail
10 9 (8.18%) Git (software)
11 7 (6.36%) Calabash
11 7 (6.36%) Rational DOORS
12 6 (5.45%) JUnit
12 6 (5.45%) SpecFlow
13 5 (4.55%) JMeter
13 5 (4.55%) Maven
13 5 (4.55%) TeamCity
13 5 (4.55%) TestNG
14 4 (3.64%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 4 (3.64%) Gerrit
General
1 9 (8.18%) Electronics
1 9 (8.18%) Retail
2 7 (6.36%) Finance
3 6 (5.45%) Telecoms
4 3 (2.73%) Aerospace
4 3 (2.73%) Avionics
4 3 (2.73%) Banking
5 2 (1.82%) Back Office
5 2 (1.82%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.82%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.91%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.91%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (13.64%) Gherkin
2 12 (10.91%) Web Services
3 11 (10.00%) JSON
3 11 (10.00%) REST
4 8 (7.27%) Node.js
5 6 (5.45%) AngularJS
6 5 (4.55%) SOAP
7 4 (3.64%) CSS
7 4 (3.64%) HTML
7 4 (3.64%) Middleware
7 4 (3.64%) XML
8 3 (2.73%) .NET
9 2 (1.82%) ASP.NET
9 2 (1.82%) Hibernate
9 2 (1.82%) HTML5
9 2 (1.82%) jQuery
9 2 (1.82%) Qt
9 2 (1.82%) Spring
9 2 (1.82%) XHTML
10 1 (0.91%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 12 (10.91%) Mobile App
2 9 (8.18%) Computer Science
3 6 (5.45%) User Experience
4 5 (4.55%) RIA
5 4 (3.64%) Embedded Systems
6 2 (1.82%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (1.82%) Over-the-Top Content
6 2 (1.82%) Smartcard
6 2 (1.82%) STB
6 2 (1.82%) Video on Demand
7 1 (0.91%) Algorithms
7 1 (0.91%) Data Structures
7 1 (0.91%) Device Driver
7 1 (0.91%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.91%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 18 (16.36%) Linux
2 15 (13.64%) Android
3 14 (12.73%) Apple iOS
4 8 (7.27%) Windows
5 2 (1.82%) Unix
5 2 (1.82%) VxWorks
6 1 (0.91%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (69.09%) Test Automation
2 54 (49.09%) Agile Software Development
3 39 (35.45%) Software Engineering
4 32 (29.09%) SDET
5 31 (28.18%) BDD
6 25 (22.73%) TDD
7 23 (20.91%) Scrum
8 21 (19.09%) Continuous Integration
9 18 (16.36%) Test Strategy
10 16 (14.55%) Test Scripting
11 14 (12.73%) Software Testing
12 11 (10.00%) Performance Testing
12 11 (10.00%) Test Management
13 10 (9.09%) Configuration Management
13 10 (9.09%) Continuous Improvement
13 10 (9.09%) Use Case
14 9 (8.18%) Acceptance Criteria
14 9 (8.18%) Integration Testing
14 9 (8.18%) Kanban
14 9 (8.18%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 43 (39.09%) Java
2 32 (29.09%) Python
3 23 (20.91%) C#
4 17 (15.45%) C++
5 15 (13.64%) Ruby
6 14 (12.73%) JavaScript
7 9 (8.18%) C
7 9 (8.18%) SQL
8 8 (7.27%) Perl
9 6 (5.45%) Apple Swift
9 6 (5.45%) Tcl
10 4 (3.64%) Objective-C
10 4 (3.64%) VB
11 2 (1.82%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.91%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.91%) Embedded C++
12 1 (0.91%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.91%) PowerShell
12 1 (0.91%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 15 (13.64%) Degree
2 9 (8.18%) ISTQB
3 6 (5.45%) Computer Science Degree
3 6 (5.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 6 (5.45%) Security Cleared
4 5 (4.55%) ISEB
4 5 (4.55%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (26.36%) QA
2 2 (1.82%) DO-178B
System Software
1 7 (6.36%) Docker
2 6 (5.45%) Firmware
3 1 (0.91%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 2 (1.82%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.91%) Ambari
2 1 (0.91%) Hadoop YARN
2 1 (0.91%) Puppet
Vendors
1 11 (10.00%) Microsoft
2 8 (7.27%) Atlassian
2 8 (7.27%) Serena
3 4 (3.64%) IBM
4 2 (1.82%) Borland
4 2 (1.82%) CA Agile Central
4 2 (1.82%) Capita
4 2 (1.82%) Oracle
5 1 (0.91%) Green Hills
5 1 (0.91%) HP
5 1 (0.91%) Sonatype
5 1 (0.91%) Wind River