Period
to 22 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 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
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 427 379 461
Rank change year-on-year -48 +82 -69
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 552 645 511
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.53% 0.61% 0.45%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.56% 0.65% 0.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 356 393 298
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £271 £238 £255
90th Percentile £538 £525 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £336
% change year-on-year - +4.09% +3.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 61 49
UK median hourly rate £39.50 £35.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.86% - +16.67%
10th Percentile £30.05 £14.85 £13.50
90th Percentile £49.75 £44.00 £47.15
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 97824 99914 107019
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.76% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 64542 65150 68083
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 £392 £375
% change year-on-year +2.04% +4.53% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2932 3310 4089
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.88% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.77
% change year-on-year - -1.52% +9.96%

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 22 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 22 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 22 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 -37 512 £400 +3.90% 136
UK excluding London -32 317 £350 - 100
London -10 234 £450 +11.80% 44
South East -20 111 £325 -7.14% 23
East of England +5 70 £375 +2.04% 17
South West -17 37 £375 -7.69% 8
Midlands +27 32 £375 +13.64% 10
North of England +6 28 £453 +29.29% 34
Wales +30 22 £350 -6.04% 1
West Midlands +22 17 £350 - 4
East Midlands +3 14 £400 +29.03% 6
North East +54 13 £475 +39.71% 6
Scotland -26 10 £350 +34.62% 7
North West -12 9 £350 - 11
Northern Ireland - 7 £314 -
Yorkshire -4 6 £446 +17.43% 17

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 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 (68.66%) Test Automation
2 251 (45.47%) Agile Software Development
3 195 (35.33%) Java
4 185 (33.51%) Selenium
5 146 (26.45%) QA
6 142 (25.72%) Cucumber
7 135 (24.46%) BDD
8 113 (20.47%) Test Scripting
9 109 (19.75%) Python
10 104 (18.84%) Scrum
11 101 (18.30%) JIRA
12 89 (16.12%) TDD
13 82 (14.86%) Jenkins
14 81 (14.67%) Security Cleared
15 80 (14.49%) Linux
16 79 (14.31%) WebDriver
17 77 (13.95%) C#
18 75 (13.59%) Test Strategy
19 74 (13.41%) Continuous Integration
20 72 (13.04%) Software Engineering
21 70 (12.68%) Software Testing
22 67 (12.14%) JavaScript
23 64 (11.59%) Windows
24 61 (11.05%) SQL
25 59 (10.69%) Test Management
26 58 (10.51%) SC Cleared
27 57 (10.33%) Performance Testing
28 56 (10.14%) Git (software)
29 53 (9.60%) Finance
30 52 (9.42%) 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 35 (6.34%) 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 15 (2.72%) Microsoft Project
2 5 (0.91%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.72%) Simulink
4 3 (0.54%) Microsoft Office
4 3 (0.54%) MS Visio
5 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 26 (4.71%) 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 (0.91%) Cloud Computing
5 5 (0.91%) Sauce Labs
5 5 (0.91%) Slack
6 3 (0.54%) Office 365
7 2 (0.36%) PaaS
8 1 (0.18%) FinancialForce
8 1 (0.18%) Force.com
8 1 (0.18%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.18%) vREST
Communications & Networking
1 33 (5.98%) Wireless
2 21 (3.80%) LTE
3 17 (3.08%) Wi-Fi
4 15 (2.72%) HTTP
4 15 (2.72%) VLAN
5 12 (2.17%) 3G
5 12 (2.17%) TCP/IP
6 11 (1.99%) Bluetooth
7 10 (1.81%) 4G
8 9 (1.63%) DHCP
8 9 (1.63%) DNS
9 8 (1.45%) Ethernet
9 8 (1.45%) PuTTY
9 8 (1.45%) WinSCP
10 7 (1.27%) RS-422
10 7 (1.27%) VSAN
11 6 (1.09%) ICMP
11 6 (1.09%) LAN
12 5 (0.91%) Internet
12 5 (0.91%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (3.99%) SQL Server
2 14 (2.54%) 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
5 7 (1.27%) SQL Server 2016
6 6 (1.09%) MySQL
6 6 (1.09%) RDBMS
6 6 (1.09%) Relational Database
7 5 (0.91%) HBase
8 4 (0.72%) Data Warehouse
9 3 (0.54%) Apache Hive
9 3 (0.54%) DB2
10 2 (0.36%) Apache Cassandra
10 2 (0.36%) Impala
10 2 (0.36%) Oracle Reports
10 2 (0.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 185 (33.51%) Selenium
2 142 (25.72%) Cucumber
3 101 (18.30%) JIRA
4 82 (14.86%) Jenkins
5 79 (14.31%) WebDriver
6 56 (10.14%) Git (software)
7 50 (9.06%) SoapUI
8 46 (8.33%) JUnit
9 45 (8.15%) JMeter
10 39 (7.07%) SpecFlow
11 31 (5.62%) Appium
12 27 (4.89%) HP UFT
13 25 (4.53%) TestNG
14 23 (4.17%) Maven
15 21 (3.80%) LoadRunner
16 20 (3.62%) JBehave
16 20 (3.62%) Protractor
17 19 (3.44%) Ant
18 17 (3.08%) Gradle
19 15 (2.72%) Calabash
General
1 53 (9.60%) Finance
2 50 (9.06%) Telecoms
3 40 (7.25%) Banking
4 28 (5.07%) Electronics
5 26 (4.71%) Retail
6 13 (2.36%) Manufacturing
7 10 (1.81%) Investment Banking
7 10 (1.81%) Law
8 9 (1.63%) Games
8 9 (1.63%) Romanian Language
9 7 (1.27%) Back Office
9 7 (1.27%) Marketing
10 6 (1.09%) Aerospace
11 5 (0.91%) 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 44 (7.97%) Gherkin
2 38 (6.88%) REST
3 37 (6.70%) .NET
4 34 (6.16%) Web Services
5 25 (4.53%) Node.js
5 25 (4.53%) SOAP
6 18 (3.26%) JSON
6 18 (3.26%) RESTful
7 13 (2.36%) XML
8 12 (2.17%) AngularJS
9 11 (1.99%) HTML
9 11 (1.99%) Spring
10 10 (1.81%) CSS
11 8 (1.45%) Ajax
12 7 (1.27%) Chai
12 7 (1.27%) Middleware
13 6 (1.09%) Hibernate
13 6 (1.09%) jQuery
13 6 (1.09%) Kafka
13 6 (1.09%) OAuth2
Miscellaneous
1 30 (5.43%) Mobile App
2 29 (5.25%) Greenfield Project
3 27 (4.89%) Analytical Skills
4 16 (2.90%) Management Information System
5 14 (2.54%) User Experience
6 13 (2.36%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 12 (2.17%) Computer Science
7 12 (2.17%) Embedded Systems
8 8 (1.45%) Fintech
9 7 (1.27%) STB
10 6 (1.09%) Device Driver
10 6 (1.09%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
11 5 (0.91%) RIA
11 5 (0.91%) Verilog
12 4 (0.72%) Analytical Mindset
12 4 (0.72%) IPTV
13 3 (0.54%) Fixed Income
13 3 (0.54%) N-Tier
13 3 (0.54%) Video on Demand
14 2 (0.36%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 80 (14.49%) Linux
2 64 (11.59%) Windows
3 47 (8.51%) Android
4 40 (7.25%) Apple iOS
5 26 (4.71%) Unix
6 14 (2.54%) Windows Server
7 13 (2.36%) Windows Server 2012
8 8 (1.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 7 (1.27%) Mac OS X
10 5 (0.91%) Ubuntu
11 3 (0.54%) CentOS
12 2 (0.36%) Solaris
12 2 (0.36%) VxWorks
13 1 (0.18%) AIX
13 1 (0.18%) Embedded Linux
13 1 (0.18%) Kali Linux
13 1 (0.18%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 379 (68.66%) Test Automation
2 251 (45.47%) Agile Software Development
3 135 (24.46%) BDD
4 113 (20.47%) Test Scripting
5 104 (18.84%) Scrum
6 89 (16.12%) TDD
7 75 (13.59%) Test Strategy
8 74 (13.41%) Continuous Integration
9 72 (13.04%) Software Engineering
10 70 (12.68%) Software Testing
11 59 (10.69%) Test Management
12 57 (10.33%) Performance Testing
13 49 (8.88%) SDET
14 47 (8.51%) Regression Testing
15 44 (7.97%) DevOps
16 43 (7.79%) SDLC
17 42 (7.61%) Defect Management
18 41 (7.43%) API Testing
18 41 (7.43%) Non-Functional Testing
19 37 (6.70%) Scenario Testing
Programming Languages
1 195 (35.33%) Java
2 109 (19.75%) Python
3 77 (13.95%) C#
4 67 (12.14%) JavaScript
5 61 (11.05%) SQL
6 44 (7.97%) Ruby
7 37 (6.70%) C
8 32 (5.80%) C++
9 16 (2.90%) Perl
10 15 (2.72%) 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 (1.09%) Apple Swift
16 6 (1.09%) MATLAB
17 5 (0.91%) PHP
17 5 (0.91%) TypeScript
17 5 (0.91%) VB
Qualifications
1 81 (14.67%) Security Cleared
2 58 (10.51%) SC Cleared
3 49 (8.88%) Degree
4 45 (8.15%) ISEB
5 41 (7.43%) ISTQB
6 23 (4.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 13 (2.36%) DV Cleared
8 10 (1.81%) BPSS Clearance
9 5 (0.91%) Computer Science Degree
9 5 (0.91%) HND
10 4 (0.72%) HNC
10 4 (0.72%) ISEB Practitioner
11 3 (0.54%) Numerate Degree
12 2 (0.36%) Master's Degree
13 1 (0.18%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 146 (26.45%) QA
2 12 (2.17%) WCAG
3 2 (0.36%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.36%) DO-178B
4 1 (0.18%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 1 (0.18%) Def Stans
4 1 (0.18%) GAMP
4 1 (0.18%) GMP
4 1 (0.18%) GxP
4 1 (0.18%) ISO 13485
4 1 (0.18%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 17025
4 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.18%) MiFID
4 1 (0.18%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 19 (3.44%) Docker
2 14 (2.54%) vSphere
3 11 (1.99%) Firmware
4 10 (1.81%) VMware Infrastructure
5 7 (1.27%) Active Directory
5 7 (1.27%) VMware Workstation
6 2 (0.36%) HDFS
6 2 (0.36%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.18%) Apache Flume
7 1 (0.18%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.18%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.18%) Oracle Clusterware
7 1 (0.18%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
7 1 (0.18%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 35 (6.34%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (1.27%) SCCM
2 7 (1.27%) SCOM
3 6 (1.09%) Nessus
3 6 (1.09%) 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%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 52 (9.42%) HP
2 42 (7.61%) Microsoft
3 32 (5.80%) Oracle
4 17 (3.08%) Atlassian
5 16 (2.90%) VMware
6 11 (1.99%) IBM
7 8 (1.45%) Serena
8 7 (1.27%) Motorola
8 7 (1.27%) Red Hat
9 6 (1.09%) BMC
9 6 (1.09%) Software AG
9 6 (1.09%) webMethods
10 5 (0.91%) Perforce
11 3 (0.54%) Dell
11 3 (0.54%) Salesforce.com
11 3 (0.54%) ServiceNow
11 3 (0.54%) Sonatype
12 2 (0.36%) Borland
12 2 (0.36%) Nokia
12 2 (0.36%) Remedy