The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £361 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 24 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Engineer
UK
Rank 348 374 363
Rank change year-on-year +26 -11  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 268 284 269
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.59% 0.54% 0.51%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.62% 0.56% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 164 150 132
Median daily rate £361 £375 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.66% +17.18%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £269 £261 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £484 £462
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £340 £313
% change year-on-year +2.94% +8.80%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 27 22
Median hourly rate £26.00 £40.00 £35.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -35.00% +12.67%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £32.05 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.70 £50.00 £45.67
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £40.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year -25.00% +8.10%  

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 42950 50452 49894
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.82% 95.19% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 27813 32635 30138
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 1510 1582 1977
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 £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.38
% change year-on-year -12.50% +15.10%  

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Engineer in the UK

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Engineer in the UK

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Engineer over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Engineer in the UK

Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Engineer in the UK

Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Engineer over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Engineer in the UK

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 Test Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 24 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 +14 232 £370 -1.33% 116
South East +40 69 £289 -19.79% 16
London +17 69 £425 - 33
East of England +17 38 £360 +28.00% 23
Hampshire +15 32 £275 -22.53% 5
Scotland +34 27 £350 +16.66% 5
Berkshire +32 26 £285 -20.00% 6
Edinburgh +36 21 £363 - 3
South West -49 18 £300 -22.07% 16
Bedfordshire +10 15 £450 -
Cambridgeshire +10 14 £338 +20.00% 19
Basingstoke +17 13 - - 1
City of London +3 13 £425 -2.85% 8
Reading +28 12 £293 -46.81% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne 0 11 £320 +8.01%
Tyne and Wear -5 11 £320 +8.01%
North East -8 11 £320 +4.91%
Cambridge +11 10 £338 +22.72% 15
West Midlands +11 8 £425 +36.00% 8
Yorkshire +6 8 £375 +21.95% 7
West Yorkshire +6 6 £375 +10.29% 5
Gloucestershire -1 6 £475 - 1
Bedford - 6 £450 -
Hertfordshire +4 5 £319 - 3
Swindon +1 5 £265 -24.28%
Bristol -7 5 £300 -18.36% 6
Wiltshire -13 5 £265 -24.28% 2
North West +15 4 £300 -11.76% 11
East Midlands -1 4 £450 - 1
Luton +10 3 £475 -

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

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

1 302 (52.89%) Agile Software Development
2 246 (43.08%) Selenium
3 188 (32.92%) Cucumber
4 186 (32.57%) QA
5 182 (31.87%) Test Automation
5 182 (31.87%) Java
6 148 (25.92%) BDD
7 134 (23.47%) WebDriver
8 123 (21.54%) TDD
9 119 (20.84%) Test Scripting
10 114 (19.96%) Jenkins
11 112 (19.61%) Automated Testing
12 95 (16.64%) Python
13 94 (16.46%) SQL
14 93 (16.29%) Test Strategy
15 92 (16.11%) Automation Testing
16 91 (15.94%) C#
17 88 (15.41%) Scrum
18 84 (14.71%) Continuous Integration
19 68 (11.91%) Manual Testing
20 67 (11.73%) JIRA
21 65 (11.38%) Ruby
21 65 (11.38%) Finance
21 65 (11.38%) JavaScript
22 62 (10.86%) Linux
22 62 (10.86%) Git (software)
23 56 (9.81%) Defect Tracking
24 54 (9.46%) API Testing
24 54 (9.46%) Scala
24 54 (9.46%) JSON

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top Related 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 9 (1.58%) Confluence
2 6 (1.05%) WebLogic
3 5 (0.88%) Oracle Application Server
4 4 (0.70%) Apache Spark
4 4 (0.70%) JBoss
4 4 (0.70%) Jetty
5 3 (0.53%) BizTalk Server
5 3 (0.53%) CMS
6 2 (0.35%) Apache
6 2 (0.35%) ATG Dynamo
6 2 (0.35%) SharePoint
6 2 (0.35%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.18%) ArcGIS
7 1 (0.18%) Commerce Server
7 1 (0.18%) IIS
7 1 (0.18%) MS Exchange
7 1 (0.18%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.18%) Skype for Business
7 1 (0.18%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.18%) Umbraco
Applications
1 21 (3.68%) MS Excel
2 8 (1.40%) MS Office
3 3 (0.53%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.18%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 8 (1.40%) Oracle EBS
1 8 (1.40%) Oracle EBS R12
2 4 (0.70%) LabWindows
3 2 (0.35%) Oracle Cash Management
3 2 (0.35%) Oracle Payables
3 2 (0.35%) Payment Gateway
3 2 (0.35%) SAP SD
4 1 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.18%) FLEXCUBE
4 1 (0.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.18%) Temenos T24
4 1 (0.18%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 15 (2.63%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (2.10%) SaaS
3 11 (1.93%) GitHub
4 7 (1.23%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (1.23%) IaaS
5 5 (0.88%) PaaS
6 2 (0.35%) Office 365
7 1 (0.18%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (0.18%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 21 (3.68%) Internet
2 17 (2.98%) VoLTE
2 17 (2.98%) WLAN
3 15 (2.63%) 3G
4 13 (2.28%) Bluetooth
4 13 (2.28%) Wireless
5 12 (2.10%) LTE
5 12 (2.10%) NFC
6 10 (1.75%) 4G
6 10 (1.75%) Ethernet
6 10 (1.75%) TCP/IP
7 9 (1.58%) Radio Access Network
8 8 (1.40%) 3GPP
8 8 (1.40%) Wi-Fi
9 7 (1.23%) RFID
10 6 (1.05%) Firewall
11 5 (0.88%) HTTP
12 4 (0.70%) 2G
12 4 (0.70%) DVB
12 4 (0.70%) RS-422
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (5.95%) SQL Server
2 12 (2.10%) MySQL
3 11 (1.93%) Oracle Database
3 11 (1.93%) PostgreSQL
4 10 (1.75%) Relational Database
5 7 (1.23%) Data Warehouse
5 7 (1.23%) Oracle Reports
6 6 (1.05%) Big Data
7 5 (0.88%) Oracle Database 12c
7 5 (0.88%) RDBMS
7 5 (0.88%) SQL Server 2012
7 5 (0.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 5 (0.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (0.53%) Apache Cassandra
8 3 (0.53%) DB2
8 3 (0.53%) Hadoop
8 3 (0.53%) KDB
8 3 (0.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 3 (0.53%) SQLite
9 2 (0.35%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 246 (43.08%) Selenium
2 188 (32.92%) Cucumber
3 134 (23.47%) WebDriver
4 114 (19.96%) Jenkins
5 67 (11.73%) JIRA
6 62 (10.86%) Git (software)
7 53 (9.28%) JUnit
8 50 (8.76%) SoapUI
9 35 (6.13%) RSpec
10 33 (5.78%) SpecFlow
11 28 (4.90%) Calabash
12 26 (4.55%) JMeter
12 26 (4.55%) Subversion
13 24 (4.20%) Appium
13 24 (4.20%) Team Foundation Server
14 22 (3.85%) TeamCity
15 19 (3.33%) Visual Studio
16 17 (2.98%) Maven
17 16 (2.80%) HP UFT
17 16 (2.80%) JBehave
General
1 65 (11.38%) Finance
2 43 (7.53%) Games
3 41 (7.18%) Telecoms
4 34 (5.95%) Banking
5 24 (4.20%) Retail
6 21 (3.68%) Electronics
7 14 (2.45%) Retail Banking
8 11 (1.93%) Manufacturing
9 7 (1.23%) Marketing
9 7 (1.23%) Publishing
10 5 (0.88%) Advertising
10 5 (0.88%) Investment Banking
11 4 (0.70%) Aerospace
11 4 (0.70%) Automotive
11 4 (0.70%) Back Office
12 3 (0.53%) Pharmaceutical
13 2 (0.35%) Dutch Language
13 2 (0.35%) Front Office
13 2 (0.35%) General Ledger
13 2 (0.35%) Music Industry
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (9.46%) JSON
2 48 (8.41%) Web Services
3 43 (7.53%) Gherkin
4 39 (6.83%) .NET
5 33 (5.78%) REST
6 30 (5.25%) SOAP
7 29 (5.08%) XML
8 27 (4.73%) HTML
9 24 (4.20%) Node.js
10 20 (3.50%) RESTful
11 17 (2.98%) HTML5
12 16 (2.80%) J2EE
13 14 (2.45%) AngularJS
14 11 (1.93%) CSS
15 7 (1.23%) ASP.NET
15 7 (1.23%) Spring
16 6 (1.05%) jQuery
16 6 (1.05%) RabbitMQ
17 5 (0.88%) Java EE
18 4 (0.70%) Guice
Miscellaneous
1 40 (7.01%) Mobile App
2 25 (4.38%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (2.63%) Linux Command Line
4 13 (2.28%) Smart Meter
5 11 (1.93%) Virtual Team
6 10 (1.75%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 9 (1.58%) Computer Science
7 9 (1.58%) Management Information System
8 7 (1.23%) Embedded Systems
9 6 (1.05%) STB
10 5 (0.88%) Equities
10 5 (0.88%) User Experience
11 4 (0.70%) IPTV
12 3 (0.53%) Client/Server
12 3 (0.53%) Credit Risk
13 2 (0.35%) AS400
13 2 (0.35%) IVR
13 2 (0.35%) Mainframe
13 2 (0.35%) Smartcard
13 2 (0.35%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 62 (10.86%) Linux
2 43 (7.53%) Windows
3 36 (6.30%) Android
4 33 (5.78%) Apple iOS
5 22 (3.85%) Unix
6 11 (1.93%) Windows Server
7 4 (0.70%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (0.53%) Windows Server 2008
8 3 (0.53%) Windows XP
9 2 (0.35%) Windows 7
9 2 (0.35%) Windows Server 2003
9 2 (0.35%) Windows Vista
10 1 (0.18%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.18%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 302 (52.89%) Agile Software Development
2 182 (31.87%) Test Automation
3 148 (25.92%) BDD
4 123 (21.54%) TDD
5 119 (20.84%) Test Scripting
6 112 (19.61%) Automated Testing
7 93 (16.29%) Test Strategy
8 92 (16.11%) Automation Testing
9 88 (15.41%) Scrum
10 84 (14.71%) Continuous Integration
11 68 (11.91%) Manual Testing
12 56 (9.81%) Defect Tracking
13 54 (9.46%) API Testing
14 53 (9.28%) Performance Testing
14 53 (9.28%) Software Engineering
14 53 (9.28%) Software Testing
15 50 (8.76%) User Stories
16 49 (8.58%) Integration Testing
17 40 (7.01%) Web Testing
18 37 (6.48%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 182 (31.87%) Java
2 95 (16.64%) Python
3 94 (16.46%) SQL
4 91 (15.94%) C#
5 65 (11.38%) JavaScript
5 65 (11.38%) Ruby
6 54 (9.46%) Scala
7 38 (6.65%) Perl
8 30 (5.25%) C
9 26 (4.55%) C++
10 15 (2.63%) PHP
11 11 (1.93%) T-SQL
12 10 (1.75%) Shell Script
13 9 (1.58%) PowerShell
14 7 (1.23%) PL/SQL
15 5 (0.88%) Bash Shell
15 5 (0.88%) Tcl
16 4 (0.70%) AspectJ
16 4 (0.70%) Groovy
16 4 (0.70%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 46 (8.06%) Security Cleared
2 45 (7.88%) ISEB
3 41 (7.18%) ISTQB
4 33 (5.78%) Degree
5 20 (3.50%) DV Cleared
6 18 (3.15%) SC Cleared
7 8 (1.40%) HNC
8 7 (1.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 5 (0.88%) BPSS Clearance
9 5 (0.88%) CISSP
10 4 (0.70%) CEH
10 4 (0.70%) CISA
10 4 (0.70%) OSCP
11 3 (0.53%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 3 (0.53%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 1 (0.18%) Cisco Certification
12 1 (0.18%) CLAS
12 1 (0.18%) JNCIA
12 1 (0.18%) PMI Certification
12 1 (0.18%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 186 (32.57%) QA
2 40 (7.01%) SDET
3 29 (5.08%) WCAG
4 4 (0.70%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.53%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.53%) Def Stans
5 3 (0.53%) JSP 440
6 2 (0.35%) GDPR
6 2 (0.35%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.35%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.35%) SLA
7 1 (0.18%) ISO 9000
7 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.18%) ISO13485
7 1 (0.18%) MiFID
7 1 (0.18%) TickIT
System Software
1 6 (1.05%) Docker
2 5 (0.88%) Active Directory
2 5 (0.88%) Firmware
3 4 (0.70%) Virtual Machines
3 4 (0.70%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.18%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
4 1 (0.18%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 9 (1.58%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (0.88%) OpenView
3 4 (0.70%) HP Fortify
3 4 (0.70%) HP SiteScope
4 2 (0.35%) Puppet
5 1 (0.18%) AirWatch
5 1 (0.18%) BladeLogic
5 1 (0.18%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (0.18%) Cisco IPCC
5 1 (0.18%) Cisco UCCE
5 1 (0.18%) Cisco UCCX
5 1 (0.18%) Grafana
5 1 (0.18%) Graphite
5 1 (0.18%) Kubernetes
5 1 (0.18%) SCCM
5 1 (0.18%) ZABBIX
5 1 (0.18%) Zenoss
Vendors
1 46 (8.06%) Microsoft
2 33 (5.78%) Oracle
3 22 (3.85%) HP
4 13 (2.28%) IBM
5 9 (1.58%) CA Agile Central
5 9 (1.58%) Xamarin
6 7 (1.23%) Cisco
6 7 (1.23%) Google
7 6 (1.05%) Nokia
8 5 (0.88%) Huawei
8 5 (0.88%) Juniper
8 5 (0.88%) VMware
9 4 (0.70%) Serena
9 4 (0.70%) Sybase
10 3 (0.53%) ATG
10 3 (0.53%) Dell
10 3 (0.53%) SAP
10 3 (0.53%) TIBCO
11 2 (0.35%) Telelogic
11 2 (0.35%) TOWER Software
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