Period
to 17 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 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.

Test Engineer
UK
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 417 387 461
Rank change year-on-year -30 +74 -55
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 553 640 512
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.54% 0.60% 0.45%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.57% 0.64% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 357 389 299
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £272 £236 £253
90th Percentile £538 £525 £482
UK excluding London median daily rate £355 £350 £328
% change year-on-year +1.43% +6.87% +3.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 60 48
UK median hourly rate £39.50 £35.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.86% - +16.67%
10th Percentile £30.50 £14.79 £13.50
90th Percentile £49.75 £44.08 £47.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.50 £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year +5.33% +7.14% +16.67%

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 97472 100409 109082
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.75% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 64264 65451 69386
UK median daily rate £448 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.29% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2912 3320 4146
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.26 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.77 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +1.54% - +8.29%

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 6 months to 17 November 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 6 months to 17 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Engineer in the UK

Test Engineer
Top 16 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 6 months to 17 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 -21 514 £400 +3.90% 99
UK excluding London -25 324 £355 +1.43% 81
London +8 228 £450 +10.09% 25
South East -20 117 £328 -5.07% 19
East of England -4 70 £375 +2.04% 11
South West -19 40 £375 -9.09% 5
Midlands +29 31 £375 +13.64% 10
North of England 0 28 £453 +29.29% 29
Wales +18 21 £350 -6.04%
West Midlands +18 17 £350 - 4
East Midlands +7 13 £400 +29.03% 5
North East +53 12 £475 +39.71% 5
Scotland -27 10 £350 +34.62% 6
North West -1 9 £350 - 12
Yorkshire +4 7 £468 +23.03% 12
Northern Ireland - 7 £314 - 1

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 November 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.

1 379 (68.54%) Test Automation
2 249 (45.03%) Agile Software Development
3 196 (35.44%) Java
4 179 (32.37%) Selenium
5 148 (26.76%) QA
6 139 (25.14%) Cucumber
7 134 (24.23%) BDD
8 111 (20.07%) Test Scripting
8 111 (20.07%) Python
9 105 (18.99%) Scrum
10 101 (18.26%) JIRA
11 90 (16.27%) TDD
12 84 (15.19%) Jenkins
13 83 (15.01%) Linux
14 80 (14.47%) Security Cleared
15 78 (14.10%) WebDriver
16 77 (13.92%) C#
17 76 (13.74%) Continuous Integration
17 76 (13.74%) Test Strategy
18 71 (12.84%) Software Engineering
19 70 (12.66%) Software Testing
20 66 (11.93%) JavaScript
21 64 (11.57%) Windows
22 60 (10.85%) SQL
23 58 (10.49%) Performance Testing
24 57 (10.31%) Test Management
24 57 (10.31%) SC Cleared
25 55 (9.95%) Git (software)
26 52 (9.40%) Finance
26 52 (9.40%) HP

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 34 (6.15%) Confluence
2 8 (1.45%) SharePoint
3 7 (1.27%) IIS
3 7 (1.27%) MS Exchange
3 7 (1.27%) Tomcat
4 3 (0.54%) Apache Spark
5 2 (0.36%) Apache Pig
5 2 (0.36%) Cloud Foundry
5 2 (0.36%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.18%) Apache
6 1 (0.18%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.18%) CMS
6 1 (0.18%) JBoss
6 1 (0.18%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 14 (2.53%) Microsoft Project
2 4 (0.72%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (0.72%) Simulink
3 3 (0.54%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (0.54%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (1.45%) LabWindows
2 2 (0.36%) ION MarketView
2 2 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.36%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 27 (4.88%) Amazon AWS
2 20 (3.62%) GitHub
2 20 (3.62%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (1.99%) SaaS
4 7 (1.27%) BrowserStack
5 5 (0.90%) Cloud Computing
5 5 (0.90%) Sauce Labs
6 4 (0.72%) Slack
7 3 (0.54%) Office 365
8 2 (0.36%) PaaS
9 1 (0.18%) FinancialForce
9 1 (0.18%) Force.com
9 1 (0.18%) Google Cloud Platform
9 1 (0.18%) vREST
Communications & Networking
1 33 (5.97%) Wireless
2 22 (3.98%) LTE
3 18 (3.25%) Wi-Fi
4 15 (2.71%) HTTP
5 14 (2.53%) VLAN
6 13 (2.35%) 3G
7 12 (2.17%) TCP/IP
8 11 (1.99%) 4G
8 11 (1.99%) Bluetooth
9 9 (1.63%) DHCP
9 9 (1.63%) DNS
10 8 (1.45%) Ethernet
10 8 (1.45%) PuTTY
10 8 (1.45%) WinSCP
11 7 (1.27%) VSAN
12 6 (1.08%) ICMP
12 6 (1.08%) LAN
12 6 (1.08%) RS-422
13 5 (0.90%) Internet
13 5 (0.90%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (4.16%) SQL Server
2 14 (2.53%) SQL Server 2012
3 11 (1.99%) Oracle Database
4 9 (1.63%) NoSQL
5 7 (1.27%) Big Data
5 7 (1.27%) Hadoop
5 7 (1.27%) Oracle Database 10g
5 7 (1.27%) Oracle Database 11g
6 6 (1.08%) MySQL
6 6 (1.08%) RDBMS
6 6 (1.08%) Relational Database
6 6 (1.08%) SQL Server 2016
7 5 (0.90%) HBase
8 4 (0.72%) Data Warehouse
9 3 (0.54%) Apache Hive
9 3 (0.54%) DB2
9 3 (0.54%) Oracle Reports
10 2 (0.36%) Apache Cassandra
10 2 (0.36%) Impala
10 2 (0.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 179 (32.37%) Selenium
2 139 (25.14%) Cucumber
3 101 (18.26%) JIRA
4 84 (15.19%) Jenkins
5 78 (14.10%) WebDriver
6 55 (9.95%) Git (software)
7 51 (9.22%) SoapUI
8 45 (8.14%) JUnit
9 40 (7.23%) JMeter
10 39 (7.05%) SpecFlow
11 30 (5.42%) Appium
12 26 (4.70%) HP UFT
13 25 (4.52%) TestNG
14 23 (4.16%) Maven
15 21 (3.80%) LoadRunner
16 20 (3.62%) JBehave
16 20 (3.62%) Protractor
17 19 (3.44%) Ant
18 17 (3.07%) Team Foundation Server
19 16 (2.89%) TeamCity
General
1 52 (9.40%) Finance
2 51 (9.22%) Telecoms
3 37 (6.69%) Banking
4 28 (5.06%) Electronics
5 26 (4.70%) Retail
6 13 (2.35%) Manufacturing
7 10 (1.81%) Law
8 9 (1.63%) Games
8 9 (1.63%) Investment Banking
9 8 (1.45%) Romanian Language
10 7 (1.27%) Aerospace
10 7 (1.27%) Back Office
10 7 (1.27%) Marketing
11 5 (0.90%) Retail Banking
12 3 (0.54%) Avionics
12 3 (0.54%) Front Office
13 2 (0.36%) Billing
13 2 (0.36%) Military
13 2 (0.36%) Publishing
14 1 (0.18%) Advertising
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (7.78%) Gherkin
2 38 (6.87%) REST
3 37 (6.69%) .NET
4 35 (6.33%) Web Services
5 26 (4.70%) SOAP
6 25 (4.52%) Node.js
7 19 (3.44%) JSON
8 18 (3.25%) RESTful
9 14 (2.53%) XML
10 11 (1.99%) AngularJS
10 11 (1.99%) Spring
11 10 (1.81%) CSS
11 10 (1.81%) HTML
12 8 (1.45%) Ajax
12 8 (1.45%) Middleware
13 7 (1.27%) Chai
14 6 (1.08%) Hibernate
14 6 (1.08%) jQuery
14 6 (1.08%) Kafka
14 6 (1.08%) OAuth2
Miscellaneous
1 30 (5.42%) Mobile App
2 28 (5.06%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (5.06%) Greenfield Project
3 17 (3.07%) Management Information System
4 14 (2.53%) User Experience
5 13 (2.35%) Computer Science
5 13 (2.35%) Embedded Systems
5 13 (2.35%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 8 (1.45%) Fintech
7 7 (1.27%) STB
8 6 (1.08%) Device Driver
8 6 (1.08%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 5 (0.90%) IPTV
9 5 (0.90%) RIA
9 5 (0.90%) Verilog
10 4 (0.72%) N-Tier
11 3 (0.54%) Fixed Income
11 3 (0.54%) Over-the-Top Content
11 3 (0.54%) Video on Demand
12 2 (0.36%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 83 (15.01%) Linux
2 64 (11.57%) Windows
3 47 (8.50%) Android
4 40 (7.23%) Apple iOS
5 27 (4.88%) Unix
6 14 (2.53%) Windows Server
7 13 (2.35%) Windows Server 2012
8 8 (1.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 7 (1.27%) Mac OS X
10 5 (0.90%) Ubuntu
11 3 (0.54%) CentOS
12 2 (0.36%) AIX
12 2 (0.36%) Solaris
12 2 (0.36%) VxWorks
13 1 (0.18%) Embedded Linux
13 1 (0.18%) Kali Linux
13 1 (0.18%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 379 (68.54%) Test Automation
2 249 (45.03%) Agile Software Development
3 134 (24.23%) BDD
4 111 (20.07%) Test Scripting
5 105 (18.99%) Scrum
6 90 (16.27%) TDD
7 76 (13.74%) Continuous Integration
7 76 (13.74%) Test Strategy
8 71 (12.84%) Software Engineering
9 70 (12.66%) Software Testing
10 58 (10.49%) Performance Testing
11 57 (10.31%) Test Management
12 48 (8.68%) Regression Testing
12 48 (8.68%) SDET
13 42 (7.59%) Defect Management
13 42 (7.59%) DevOps
13 42 (7.59%) SDLC
14 41 (7.41%) API Testing
15 39 (7.05%) Non-Functional Testing
16 37 (6.69%) Scenario Testing
Programming Languages
1 196 (35.44%) Java
2 111 (20.07%) Python
3 77 (13.92%) C#
4 66 (11.93%) JavaScript
5 60 (10.85%) SQL
6 43 (7.78%) Ruby
7 37 (6.69%) C
8 34 (6.15%) C++
9 17 (3.07%) Perl
10 15 (2.71%) Scala
11 12 (2.17%) Bash Shell
12 10 (1.81%) Tcl
13 9 (1.63%) T-SQL
14 8 (1.45%) F#
15 7 (1.27%) ES6
16 6 (1.08%) Apple Swift
16 6 (1.08%) MATLAB
17 5 (0.90%) ECMAScript
17 5 (0.90%) TypeScript
17 5 (0.90%) VB
Qualifications
1 80 (14.47%) Security Cleared
2 57 (10.31%) SC Cleared
3 50 (9.04%) Degree
4 46 (8.32%) ISEB
5 42 (7.59%) ISTQB
6 25 (4.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 13 (2.35%) DV Cleared
8 10 (1.81%) BPSS Clearance
9 5 (0.90%) Computer Science Degree
9 5 (0.90%) HND
9 5 (0.90%) ISEB Practitioner
10 4 (0.72%) HNC
11 3 (0.54%) Numerate Degree
12 2 (0.36%) Master's Degree
13 1 (0.18%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 148 (26.76%) QA
2 11 (1.99%) WCAG
3 3 (0.54%) DO-178B
4 2 (0.36%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.36%) Def Stans
5 1 (0.18%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 1 (0.18%) GAMP
5 1 (0.18%) GMP
5 1 (0.18%) GxP
5 1 (0.18%) IEC 61508
5 1 (0.18%) ISO 13485
5 1 (0.18%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 17025
5 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.18%) MiFID
5 1 (0.18%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 18 (3.25%) Docker
2 14 (2.53%) vSphere
3 12 (2.17%) Firmware
4 11 (1.99%) VMware Infrastructure
5 7 (1.27%) Active Directory
5 7 (1.27%) VMware Workstation
6 3 (0.54%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.36%) HDFS
8 1 (0.18%) Apache Flume
8 1 (0.18%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.18%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.18%) Oracle Clusterware
8 1 (0.18%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
8 1 (0.18%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 34 (6.15%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (1.27%) SCCM
2 7 (1.27%) SCOM
3 5 (0.90%) Nessus
3 5 (0.90%) WhatsUp Gold
4 3 (0.54%) Ansible
5 2 (0.36%) Graphite
5 2 (0.36%) HP SiteScope
5 2 (0.36%) Netcool
5 2 (0.36%) Puppet
6 1 (0.18%) Ambari
6 1 (0.18%) Grafana
6 1 (0.18%) Host Intrusion Detection System
6 1 (0.18%) Kibana
6 1 (0.18%) Nagios
6 1 (0.18%) Nexpose
6 1 (0.18%) Terraform
6 1 (0.18%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.18%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 1 (0.18%) vRealize
Vendors
1 52 (9.40%) HP
2 41 (7.41%) Microsoft
3 32 (5.79%) Oracle
4 17 (3.07%) Atlassian
4 17 (3.07%) VMware
5 12 (2.17%) IBM
6 7 (1.27%) Motorola
6 7 (1.27%) Red Hat
6 7 (1.27%) Serena
7 5 (0.90%) BMC
7 5 (0.90%) Perforce
7 5 (0.90%) Software AG
7 5 (0.90%) webMethods
8 3 (0.54%) Dell
8 3 (0.54%) Salesforce.com
8 3 (0.54%) ServiceNow
8 3 (0.54%) Sonatype
9 2 (0.36%) Borland
9 2 (0.36%) Nokia
9 2 (0.36%) Remedy