Period
to 24 September 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £388 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 September 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
24 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 419 388 483
Rank change year-on-year -31 +95 -109
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 545 634 487
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.56% 0.59% 0.43%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.59% 0.63% 0.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 344 388 280
UK median daily rate £388 £375 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +13.64% -5.38%
10th Percentile £270 £213 £225
90th Percentile £535 £525 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £308
% change year-on-year - +13.82% -2.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 60 50
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £32.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +6.87% +9.17%
10th Percentile £29.30 £14.85 £13.50
90th Percentile £53.30 £44.04 £42.73
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £33.25
% change year-on-year - +12.78% +7.26%

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 92282 101134 108382
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.81% 94.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 60383 66022 68661
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £255 £245
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2757 3174 4141
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £17.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +6.38% +5.06%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.39 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £46.20 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -2.70% +5.71% +4.67%

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 24 September 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 24 September 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Engineer in the UK

Test Engineer
Top 15 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 24 September 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 -4 516 £400 +6.67% 85
UK excluding London +11 351 £350 - 70
London -22 191 £438 +6.06% 22
South East -12 138 £330 -5.71% 19
East of England +35 83 £350 -6.67% 13
South West -14 45 £375 -9.09% 9
North of England +39 31 £379 +16.54% 16
Midlands +28 28 £375 -6.25% 6
West Midlands +32 22 £375 -6.25% 3
North East +69 16 £370 +18.40%
Scotland +8 13 £350 +33.97% 3
Wales -1 13 £330 -13.73% 4
North West +10 9 £430 +32.31% 9
Yorkshire +21 6 £425 +21.43% 7
East Midlands 0 5 £350 +2.94% 3

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 September 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.

1 350 (64.22%) Test Automation
2 224 (41.10%) Agile Software Development
3 165 (30.28%) Java
4 153 (28.07%) Selenium
5 123 (22.57%) Cucumber
6 122 (22.39%) QA
7 114 (20.92%) Python
8 108 (19.82%) BDD
9 92 (16.88%) Test Scripting
10 89 (16.33%) Scrum
11 84 (15.41%) JIRA
12 80 (14.68%) Jenkins
13 77 (14.13%) Security Cleared
14 73 (13.39%) TDD
14 73 (13.39%) C#
15 69 (12.66%) Software Testing
16 67 (12.29%) Telecoms
17 66 (12.11%) Linux
18 65 (11.93%) WebDriver
19 60 (11.01%) Continuous Integration
20 59 (10.83%) Git (software)
21 58 (10.64%) Test Strategy
22 55 (10.09%) Software Engineering
23 54 (9.91%) JavaScript
23 54 (9.91%) SQL
24 52 (9.54%) SC Cleared
25 51 (9.36%) Ruby
26 50 (9.17%) Regression Testing
27 46 (8.44%) Wireless
27 46 (8.44%) Windows

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 26 (4.77%) Confluence
2 7 (1.28%) Tomcat
3 5 (0.92%) Apache Spark
3 5 (0.92%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.37%) Apache
4 2 (0.37%) Cloud Foundry
4 2 (0.37%) CMS
4 2 (0.37%) IIS
4 2 (0.37%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.18%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.18%) JBoss
5 1 (0.18%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.18%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 10 (1.83%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (0.92%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.73%) Simulink
4 3 (0.55%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.55%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 10 (1.83%) LabWindows
2 2 (0.37%) ION MarketView
2 2 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.18%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 30 (5.50%) Amazon AWS
2 13 (2.39%) SaaS
3 11 (2.02%) Microsoft Azure
4 9 (1.65%) GitHub
5 7 (1.28%) BrowserStack
5 7 (1.28%) Sauce Labs
6 6 (1.10%) Office 365
7 5 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (0.55%) Slack
9 2 (0.37%) PaaS
10 1 (0.18%) vREST
Communications & Networking
1 46 (8.44%) Wireless
2 30 (5.50%) LTE
3 23 (4.22%) 3G
3 23 (4.22%) 4G
4 20 (3.67%) Bluetooth
4 20 (3.67%) Wi-Fi
5 16 (2.94%) HTTP
5 16 (2.94%) Value-Added Service
6 14 (2.57%) MVNO
7 9 (1.65%) Internet
8 8 (1.47%) Ethernet
8 8 (1.47%) RS-422
8 8 (1.47%) SMS
9 7 (1.28%) LAN
9 7 (1.28%) TCP/IP
10 5 (0.92%) Firewall
10 5 (0.92%) NAS
10 5 (0.92%) WAN
10 5 (0.92%) WLAN
10 5 (0.92%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (3.12%) SQL Server
2 11 (2.02%) MySQL
3 10 (1.83%) Hadoop
4 7 (1.28%) Big Data
4 7 (1.28%) NoSQL
5 5 (0.92%) Data Warehouse
5 5 (0.92%) Oracle Database
6 4 (0.73%) HBase
6 4 (0.73%) PostgreSQL
7 3 (0.55%) DB2
7 3 (0.55%) RDBMS
7 3 (0.55%) Relational Database
7 3 (0.55%) SQL Server 2012
8 2 (0.37%) Apache Cassandra
8 2 (0.37%) MongoDB
8 2 (0.37%) Oracle Database 10g
8 2 (0.37%) Oracle Database 11g
8 2 (0.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (0.18%) KDB
9 1 (0.18%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 153 (28.07%) Selenium
2 123 (22.57%) Cucumber
3 84 (15.41%) JIRA
4 80 (14.68%) Jenkins
5 65 (11.93%) WebDriver
6 59 (10.83%) Git (software)
7 36 (6.61%) SoapUI
8 31 (5.69%) JUnit
9 28 (5.14%) SpecFlow
10 27 (4.95%) JMeter
11 22 (4.04%) Appium
11 22 (4.04%) Calabash
12 16 (2.94%) Team Foundation Server
13 15 (2.75%) HP UFT
14 14 (2.57%) JBehave
14 14 (2.57%) RSpec
14 14 (2.57%) Visual Studio
15 13 (2.39%) LoadRunner
15 13 (2.39%) Protractor
16 12 (2.20%) Maven
General
1 67 (12.29%) Telecoms
2 37 (6.79%) Finance
3 34 (6.24%) Electronics
4 31 (5.69%) Banking
5 21 (3.85%) Retail
6 13 (2.39%) Games
7 11 (2.02%) Manufacturing
8 9 (1.65%) Aerospace
9 8 (1.47%) Marketing
9 8 (1.47%) Retail Banking
10 6 (1.10%) Back Office
10 6 (1.10%) Investment Banking
10 6 (1.10%) Law
11 5 (0.92%) Billing
11 5 (0.92%) Front Office
12 3 (0.55%) Advertising
12 3 (0.55%) Avionics
13 2 (0.37%) Military
13 2 (0.37%) Publishing
14 1 (0.18%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (7.16%) Web Services
2 34 (6.24%) .NET
2 34 (6.24%) Gherkin
3 27 (4.95%) JSON
4 26 (4.77%) Node.js
4 26 (4.77%) RESTful
5 25 (4.59%) REST
6 22 (4.04%) XML
7 21 (3.85%) SOAP
8 11 (2.02%) HTML
9 9 (1.65%) AngularJS
10 8 (1.47%) CSS
10 8 (1.47%) Middleware
10 8 (1.47%) Spring
11 7 (1.28%) Chai
11 7 (1.28%) HTML5
12 6 (1.10%) Hibernate
12 6 (1.10%) OAuth2
13 5 (0.92%) jQuery
13 5 (0.92%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 33 (6.06%) Mobile App
2 29 (5.32%) Analytical Skills
3 24 (4.40%) Greenfield Project
4 17 (3.12%) Embedded Systems
5 14 (2.57%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 12 (2.20%) Computer Science
7 9 (1.65%) Management Information System
7 9 (1.65%) User Experience
8 8 (1.47%) STB
9 7 (1.28%) Fintech
10 6 (1.10%) Device Driver
10 6 (1.10%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
10 6 (1.10%) IPTV
11 5 (0.92%) Verilog
12 4 (0.73%) N-Tier
12 4 (0.73%) RIA
13 3 (0.55%) Clustering
13 3 (0.55%) Digital TV
13 3 (0.55%) Internet of Things
13 3 (0.55%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 66 (12.11%) Linux
2 46 (8.44%) Windows
3 36 (6.61%) Android
4 29 (5.32%) Apple iOS
5 18 (3.30%) Unix
6 6 (1.10%) Windows Server
6 6 (1.10%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (0.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (0.92%) Ubuntu
8 4 (0.73%) AIX
8 4 (0.73%) Windows 10
9 3 (0.55%) CentOS
9 3 (0.55%) Windows 7
9 3 (0.55%) Windows Server 2003
9 3 (0.55%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (0.55%) Windows XP
10 2 (0.37%) Solaris
10 2 (0.37%) VxWorks
11 1 (0.18%) Debian
11 1 (0.18%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 350 (64.22%) Test Automation
2 224 (41.10%) Agile Software Development
3 108 (19.82%) BDD
4 92 (16.88%) Test Scripting
5 89 (16.33%) Scrum
6 73 (13.39%) TDD
7 69 (12.66%) Software Testing
8 60 (11.01%) Continuous Integration
9 58 (10.64%) Test Strategy
10 55 (10.09%) Software Engineering
11 50 (9.17%) Regression Testing
12 45 (8.26%) Performance Testing
13 44 (8.07%) Validation
14 39 (7.16%) Test Management
15 35 (6.42%) DevOps
15 35 (6.42%) Exploratory Testing
16 33 (6.06%) SDET
17 32 (5.87%) API Testing
17 32 (5.87%) Non-Functional Testing
18 30 (5.50%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 165 (30.28%) Java
2 114 (20.92%) Python
3 73 (13.39%) C#
4 54 (9.91%) JavaScript
4 54 (9.91%) SQL
5 51 (9.36%) Ruby
6 42 (7.71%) C++
7 41 (7.52%) C
8 19 (3.49%) Perl
9 18 (3.30%) Scala
10 17 (3.12%) Tcl
11 8 (1.47%) Bash Shell
12 7 (1.28%) Shell Script
13 6 (1.10%) ES6
13 6 (1.10%) MATLAB
13 6 (1.10%) T-SQL
14 5 (0.92%) ECMAScript
14 5 (0.92%) PHP
15 4 (0.73%) Groovy
16 3 (0.55%) VBA
Qualifications
1 77 (14.13%) Security Cleared
2 52 (9.54%) SC Cleared
3 43 (7.89%) Degree
4 39 (7.16%) ISTQB
5 32 (5.87%) ISEB
6 25 (4.59%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 14 (2.57%) DV Cleared
8 7 (1.28%) BPSS Clearance
9 5 (0.92%) HND
10 4 (0.73%) HNC
11 2 (0.37%) Master's Degree
11 2 (0.37%) MCITP
11 2 (0.37%) MCSA
11 2 (0.37%) MCSE
11 2 (0.37%) MCTS
11 2 (0.37%) Microsoft Certification
12 1 (0.18%) CISSP
12 1 (0.18%) Computer Science Degree
12 1 (0.18%) CTC Cleared
12 1 (0.18%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 122 (22.39%) QA
2 12 (2.20%) WCAG
3 9 (1.65%) DO-178B
4 8 (1.47%) Def Stans
5 7 (1.28%) IEC 61508
6 2 (0.37%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.18%) ISO 13485
7 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.18%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.18%) MiFID
7 1 (0.18%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 16 (2.94%) Docker
1 16 (2.94%) Firmware
2 5 (0.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (0.73%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.73%) Hyper-V
3 4 (0.73%) vSphere
4 3 (0.55%) Virtual Machines
4 3 (0.55%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (0.37%) HDFS
6 1 (0.18%) Apache Flume
6 1 (0.18%) Oracle Clusterware
6 1 (0.18%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
6 1 (0.18%) VirtualBox
6 1 (0.18%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 25 (4.59%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (0.73%) Nessus
2 4 (0.73%) Netcool
3 3 (0.55%) Ansible
3 3 (0.55%) Graphite
4 2 (0.37%) Grafana
4 2 (0.37%) HP SiteScope
4 2 (0.37%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (0.37%) Puppet
4 2 (0.37%) ZABBIX
5 1 (0.18%) Ambari
5 1 (0.18%) Hadoop YARN
5 1 (0.18%) Kibana
5 1 (0.18%) Nagios
5 1 (0.18%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.18%) SCCM
5 1 (0.18%) SCOM
5 1 (0.18%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.18%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 1 (0.18%) vRealize
Vendors
1 34 (6.24%) HP
2 33 (6.06%) Microsoft
3 19 (3.49%) Oracle
4 11 (2.02%) IBM
5 9 (1.65%) Atlassian
5 9 (1.65%) Serena
6 7 (1.28%) Motorola
6 7 (1.28%) VMware
7 6 (1.10%) Xamarin
8 4 (0.73%) Juniper
8 4 (0.73%) Red Hat
8 4 (0.73%) Remedy
8 4 (0.73%) Samsung
9 3 (0.55%) CA Agile Central
9 3 (0.55%) Dell
9 3 (0.55%) Google
9 3 (0.55%) Nokia Networks
9 3 (0.55%) Perforce
9 3 (0.55%) SAP
9 3 (0.55%) Sonatype