The median contractor rate for a Software Test Engineer was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 29 March 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
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 566 606 592
Rank change year-on-year +40 -14  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Test Engineer 39 42 33
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.086% 0.078% 0.062%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.091% 0.082% 0.065%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 13 18
Median daily rate £375 £274 £298
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +36.98% -7.98%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £286 £166 £181
10% offered a daily rate of more than £485 £520 £375
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £260 £320
% change year-on-year +29.80% -18.75%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 12 4
Median hourly rate £32.50 £37.50 £38.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.33% -1.31%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £37.50 £38.00
% change year-on-year -13.33% -1.31%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 42875 51263 50687
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.79% 95.24% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27839 33245 30600
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £555
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1489 1590 2025
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.30 £11.30 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.83 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.25% +14.70%  

Software Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Software Test Engineer in the job title.

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 3 months to 29 March 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 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Test Engineer in the UK

Software Test Engineer
Top 30 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 3 months to 29 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +43 32 £389 +35.21% 34
London +39 11 £425 -22.72% 3
East of England +2 9 £338 +10.65% 15
South East +17 6 £334 +30.24% 4
Cambridge +14 6 £338 +10.65% 10
Cambridgeshire +7 6 £338 +10.65% 14
City of London - 6 £425 - 1
Scotland +30 4 £300 +207.69% 1
West Midlands +16 4 - - 2
Hampshire +14 3 £293 +30.00% 2
Hertfordshire -1 3 £350 - 1
Leicestershire - 2 - -
Staffordshire - 2 - -
East Midlands - 2 - -
Tamworth - 2 - -
South Wales - 2 £383 -
Wales - 2 £383 -
Berkshire +27 1 £163 - 1
Fife -1 1 £1,485 +1423.07%
Dunfermline -3 1 £1,485 -
Oxfordshire -6 1 £500 +73.91%
Warwickshire - 1 - -
Surrey - 1 £375 - 1
Renfrewshire - 1 £113 -
Warwick - 1 - -
Staines - 1 £375 -
Southampton - 1 £293 - 1
Royston - 1 £350 -
Portsmouth - 1 - -
Paisley - 1 £113 -

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

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 36 (42.35%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (35.29%) BDD
3 28 (32.94%) Cucumber
4 27 (31.76%) Java
5 25 (29.41%) Selenium
6 23 (27.06%) Test Scripting
7 19 (22.35%) QA
7 19 (22.35%) Software Engineering
8 18 (21.18%) Software Testing
8 18 (21.18%) C#
8 18 (21.18%) ISEB
9 16 (18.82%) C++
9 16 (18.82%) Python
9 16 (18.82%) TDD
10 15 (17.65%) ISTQB
10 15 (17.65%) Unit Testing
10 15 (17.65%) Jenkins
11 14 (16.47%) Automated Testing
11 14 (16.47%) JavaScript
12 13 (15.29%) Ruby
13 12 (14.12%) SDET
13 12 (14.12%) Test Automation
14 11 (12.94%) Apple iOS
14 11 (12.94%) Android
14 11 (12.94%) Git (software)
14 11 (12.94%) Degree
14 11 (12.94%) Scrum
14 11 (12.94%) Web Services
14 11 (12.94%) Electronics
15 10 (11.76%) SOAP

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 4 (4.71%) WebLogic
2 1 (1.18%) Apache
2 1 (1.18%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (1.18%) Confluence
2 1 (1.18%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.18%) Umbraco
Applications
1 2 (2.35%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.18%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (1.18%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 3 (3.53%) LabWindows
Cloud Services
1 6 (7.06%) GitHub
2 2 (2.35%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.18%) IaaS
3 1 (1.18%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.18%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (9.41%) Wireless
2 3 (3.53%) Ethernet
2 3 (3.53%) RS-422
3 2 (2.35%) Network Security
3 2 (2.35%) TCP/IP
4 1 (1.18%) Bluetooth
4 1 (1.18%) HTTP
4 1 (1.18%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.18%) MySQL
1 1 (1.18%) PostgreSQL
1 1 (1.18%) RDBMS
1 1 (1.18%) Relational Database
1 1 (1.18%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 28 (32.94%) Cucumber
2 25 (29.41%) Selenium
3 15 (17.65%) Jenkins
4 11 (12.94%) Git (software)
5 9 (10.59%) Appium
5 9 (10.59%) SoapUI
6 8 (9.41%) JIRA
6 8 (9.41%) WebDriver
7 7 (8.24%) Calabash
8 6 (7.06%) Ant
8 6 (7.06%) GitLab
8 6 (7.06%) Maven
9 5 (5.88%) Android Studio
9 5 (5.88%) Eclipse
9 5 (5.88%) Xcode
10 4 (4.71%) Concordion
10 4 (4.71%) Rational DOORS
10 4 (4.71%) SonarQube
11 3 (3.53%) SpecFlow
11 3 (3.53%) Subversion
General
1 11 (12.94%) Electronics
2 9 (10.59%) Telecoms
3 6 (7.06%) Retail
4 4 (4.71%) Advertising
4 4 (4.71%) Automotive
4 4 (4.71%) Games
5 3 (3.53%) Aerospace
6 2 (2.35%) Banking
6 2 (2.35%) Finance
6 2 (2.35%) Manufacturing
6 2 (2.35%) Publishing
7 1 (1.18%) Back Office
7 1 (1.18%) Investment Banking
7 1 (1.18%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (1.18%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (12.94%) Web Services
2 10 (11.76%) SOAP
3 9 (10.59%) JSON
4 8 (9.41%) Gherkin
5 7 (8.24%) XML
6 6 (7.06%) .NET
6 6 (7.06%) REST
7 5 (5.88%) HTML
7 5 (5.88%) HTML5
8 4 (4.71%) ASP.NET
8 4 (4.71%) CSS
8 4 (4.71%) Guice
8 4 (4.71%) jQuery
8 4 (4.71%) XHTML
9 3 (3.53%) Unreal Engine
10 2 (2.35%) Node.js
10 2 (2.35%) React
10 2 (2.35%) RESTful
10 2 (2.35%) Unity (Game Engine)
10 2 (2.35%) Unity DI Container
Miscellaneous
1 6 (7.06%) Mobile App
2 4 (4.71%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.35%) Embedded Systems
3 2 (2.35%) Infotainment
3 2 (2.35%) SCADA
4 1 (1.18%) Algorithms
4 1 (1.18%) Client/Server
4 1 (1.18%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.18%) Equities
4 1 (1.18%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (1.18%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 11 (12.94%) Android
1 11 (12.94%) Apple iOS
2 9 (10.59%) Linux
3 7 (8.24%) Windows
4 2 (2.35%) Unix
5 1 (1.18%) Debian
5 1 (1.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (1.18%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (42.35%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (35.29%) BDD
3 23 (27.06%) Test Scripting
4 19 (22.35%) Software Engineering
5 18 (21.18%) Software Testing
6 16 (18.82%) TDD
7 15 (17.65%) Unit Testing
8 14 (16.47%) Automated Testing
9 12 (14.12%) Test Automation
10 11 (12.94%) Scrum
11 10 (11.76%) Integration Testing
12 9 (10.59%) Continuous Integration
13 8 (9.41%) Manual Testing
13 8 (9.41%) Test Strategy
14 7 (8.24%) API Testing
15 6 (7.06%) Configuration Management
15 6 (7.06%) Digital Signal Processing
15 6 (7.06%) E-Commerce
15 6 (7.06%) Performance Testing
15 6 (7.06%) Signal Processing
Programming Languages
1 27 (31.76%) Java
2 18 (21.18%) C#
3 16 (18.82%) C++
3 16 (18.82%) Python
4 14 (16.47%) JavaScript
5 13 (15.29%) Ruby
6 9 (10.59%) C
7 7 (8.24%) SQL
8 6 (7.06%) Tcl
9 4 (4.71%) Apple Swift
9 4 (4.71%) AspectJ
9 4 (4.71%) Groovy
10 2 (2.35%) Bash Shell
10 2 (2.35%) Perl
11 1 (1.18%) ES6
11 1 (1.18%) Scala
11 1 (1.18%) Shell Script
11 1 (1.18%) T-SQL
11 1 (1.18%) VB.NET
11 1 (1.18%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 18 (21.18%) ISEB
2 15 (17.65%) ISTQB
3 11 (12.94%) Degree
4 4 (4.71%) Security Cleared
5 2 (2.35%) DV Cleared
5 2 (2.35%) SC Cleared
6 1 (1.18%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (1.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (22.35%) QA
2 12 (14.12%) SDET
3 1 (1.18%) ISO 9001
3 1 (1.18%) ISO13485
System Software
1 2 (2.35%) Docker
1 2 (2.35%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 1 (1.18%) Kubernetes
1 1 (1.18%) Opscode Chef
1 1 (1.18%) Puppet
Vendors
1 5 (5.88%) IBM
2 4 (4.71%) Google
2 4 (4.71%) Microsoft
3 3 (3.53%) Serena
4 2 (2.35%) Xamarin
5 1 (1.18%) Oracle
5 1 (1.18%) Red Hat
5 1 (1.18%) Sitecore
5 1 (1.18%) TOWER Software
5 1 (1.18%) Twitter
City, London
JM
Rate: £425 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago