Period
to 24 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Systems Test Engineer was £325 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 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.

System Test Engineer
UK
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 867 866 870
Rank change year-on-year -1 +4 -19
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Test Engineer 29 20 24
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.028% 0.019% 0.021%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.030% 0.020% 0.022%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 11 7
UK median daily rate £325 £250 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +30.00% -21.88% -1.54%
10th Percentile £251 £250 £285
90th Percentile £408 £400 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £250 £351
% change year-on-year +30.00% -28.83% +16.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 2
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £41.25 £38.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% +6.45% +29.17%
10th Percentile £31.10 £37.45 £36.63
90th Percentile £40.40 £43.93 £39.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £41.25 £38.75
% change year-on-year -9.09% +6.45% +29.17%

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 97695 99488 108685
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.75% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 64489 64865 69136
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 2905 3326 4142
UK median hourly rate £18.69 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.81% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.93 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.45 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

Systems Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Systems Test Engineer in the UK

Systems Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Systems Test Engineer in the UK

Systems Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Systems Test Engineer over the 6 months to 24 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Systems Test Engineer in the UK

Systems Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Systems Test Engineer in the UK

Systems Test Engineer
Top 10 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Systems Test Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 24 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
UK excluding London +43 27 £325 +30.00% 1
England -5 21 £358 +43.00% 1
South East +6 8 £350 +40.00%
Wales +17 6 £325 -1.52%
East of England +1 6 £358 +2.14%
South West 0 4 - - 1
London -10 2 - -
Scotland - 2 - -
Midlands +30 1 - -
West Midlands +19 1 - -

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

For the 6 months to 24 November 2017, Systems 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 Systems Test Engineer in the job title.

1 12 (41.38%) Test Automation
2 9 (31.03%) Software Engineering
3 8 (27.59%) Security Cleared
4 7 (24.14%) Test Scripting
4 7 (24.14%) Wireless
4 7 (24.14%) Windows
4 7 (24.14%) Python
5 6 (20.69%) Android
6 5 (17.24%) Test Management
6 5 (17.24%) Linux
6 5 (17.24%) HP
6 5 (17.24%) Telecoms
7 4 (13.79%) Wi-Fi
7 4 (13.79%) Validation
7 4 (13.79%) Unified Process
7 4 (13.79%) Configuration Management
7 4 (13.79%) Project Management
7 4 (13.79%) Regression Testing
7 4 (13.79%) RUP
7 4 (13.79%) Microsoft Project
7 4 (13.79%) PRINCE2
7 4 (13.79%) Microsoft
7 4 (13.79%) Bluetooth
7 4 (13.79%) Degree
7 4 (13.79%) VLAN
7 4 (13.79%) HP Quality Center
7 4 (13.79%) Defect Management
7 4 (13.79%) BPSS Clearance
7 4 (13.79%) Performance Monitoring
7 4 (13.79%) Collaborative Working

Systems 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 2 (6.90%) IIS
1 2 (6.90%) MS Exchange
1 2 (6.90%) SharePoint
2 1 (3.45%) WebSphere
Applications
1 4 (13.79%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (3.45%) LabWindows
1 1 (3.45%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 3 (10.34%) SaaS
2 1 (3.45%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (24.14%) Wireless
2 4 (13.79%) Bluetooth
2 4 (13.79%) VLAN
2 4 (13.79%) Wi-Fi
3 2 (6.90%) LTE
3 2 (6.90%) VSAN
4 1 (3.45%) 3G
4 1 (3.45%) DHCP
4 1 (3.45%) DNS
4 1 (3.45%) ICMP
4 1 (3.45%) SAN
4 1 (3.45%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.90%) SQL Server
1 2 (6.90%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 3 (10.34%) GDB
1 3 (10.34%) Git (software)
1 3 (10.34%) LabVIEW
1 3 (10.34%) Visual Studio
2 2 (6.90%) Appium
2 2 (6.90%) Gatling
2 2 (6.90%) JUnit
2 2 (6.90%) Protractor
2 2 (6.90%) TestNG
3 1 (3.45%) JIRA
General
1 5 (17.24%) Telecoms
2 3 (10.34%) Electronics
2 3 (10.34%) Romanian Language
3 2 (6.90%) Aerospace
4 1 (3.45%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (6.90%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 3 (10.34%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (10.34%) Computer Science
1 3 (10.34%) Embedded Systems
1 3 (10.34%) Management Information System
1 3 (10.34%) User Experience
2 1 (3.45%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 7 (24.14%) Windows
2 6 (20.69%) Android
3 5 (17.24%) Linux
4 3 (10.34%) Apple iOS
5 2 (6.90%) Windows Server
5 2 (6.90%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (3.45%) AIX
6 1 (3.45%) Mac OS X
6 1 (3.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (3.45%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (41.38%) Test Automation
2 9 (31.03%) Software Engineering
3 7 (24.14%) Test Scripting
4 5 (17.24%) Test Management
5 4 (13.79%) Collaborative Working
5 4 (13.79%) Configuration Management
5 4 (13.79%) Defect Management
5 4 (13.79%) Performance Monitoring
5 4 (13.79%) PRINCE2
5 4 (13.79%) Project Management
5 4 (13.79%) Regression Testing
5 4 (13.79%) RUP
5 4 (13.79%) Unified Process
5 4 (13.79%) Validation
6 3 (10.34%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (10.34%) Continuous Improvement
6 3 (10.34%) Customer-Centricity
6 3 (10.34%) Root Cause Analysis
6 3 (10.34%) Test Strategy
7 2 (6.90%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (24.14%) Python
2 3 (10.34%) C
3 2 (6.90%) SQL
4 1 (3.45%) Bash Shell
4 1 (3.45%) C++
4 1 (3.45%) Java
4 1 (3.45%) Korn
4 1 (3.45%) Pascal
4 1 (3.45%) Perl
4 1 (3.45%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 8 (27.59%) Security Cleared
2 4 (13.79%) BPSS Clearance
2 4 (13.79%) Degree
3 3 (10.34%) SC Cleared
4 2 (6.90%) ISEB
5 1 (3.45%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.45%) QA
System Software
1 3 (10.34%) Firmware
2 2 (6.90%) Active Directory
2 2 (6.90%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (6.90%) VMware Workstation
2 2 (6.90%) vSphere
3 1 (3.45%) Oracle Clusterware
3 1 (3.45%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 4 (13.79%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (6.90%) SCCM
2 2 (6.90%) SCOM
2 2 (6.90%) WhatsUp Gold
3 1 (3.45%) Tivoli
3 1 (3.45%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 5 (17.24%) HP
2 4 (13.79%) Microsoft
3 3 (10.34%) Motorola
3 3 (10.34%) Oracle
3 3 (10.34%) Perforce
4 2 (6.90%) BMC
4 2 (6.90%) VMware
5 1 (3.45%) IBM
5 1 (3.45%) Keysight
5 1 (3.45%) Red Hat