Period
to 24 January 2019

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £413 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 January 2019.

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 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 296 414 382
Rank change year-on-year +118 -32 +49
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 873 559 598
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.88% 0.56% 0.62%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.93% 0.59% 0.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 567 369 346
UK median daily rate £413 £425 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.94% +10.39% +9.22%
10th Percentile £306 £275 £256
90th Percentile £556 £538 £498
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £355
% change year-on-year - +5.63% +1.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 39 62
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £34.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +15.11% -10.32%
10th Percentile £18.25 £30.20 £14.85
90th Percentile £48.60 £49.90 £44.68
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +6.25% +14.29% -12.50%

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 94,264 95,460 91,959
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.65% 94.93% 94.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,376 63,414 60,011
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £270 £260 £253
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,897 2,829 3,251
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.08% +2.78% -5.26%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 January 2019.

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 January 2019.

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 24 January 2019. 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 +117 786 £425 - 387
UK excluding London +122 581 £375 - 314
London +61 288 £475 +5.56% 105
South East +91 222 £400 +14.29% 79
North of England +37 101 £390 -15.68% 51
South West +24 83 £405 +8.00% 59
Yorkshire +25 53 £373 -17.22% 25
East of England +14 53 £333 -15.82% 59
Wales +22 47 £375 +7.14% 9
Midlands -15 36 £350 -9.68% 34
North West +8 33 £400 +18.52% 20
Scotland +16 31 £410 +17.14% 20
West Midlands -8 22 £345 -12.38% 25
North East -15 15 £389 -18.11% 6
East Midlands +6 14 £375 +7.14% 9
Northern Ireland +23 7 £315 +0.40% 3

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 January 2019, Test Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring Test Engineer in the job title.

1 592 (67.81%) Test Automation
2 431 (49.37%) Agile Software Development
3 349 (39.98%) Selenium
4 307 (35.17%) Java
5 234 (26.80%) Cucumber
6 212 (24.28%) BDD
7 211 (24.17%) JIRA
8 185 (21.19%) Jenkins
9 180 (20.62%) QA
10 176 (20.16%) SQL
11 170 (19.47%) Test Scripting
12 168 (19.24%) Continuous Integration
13 160 (18.33%) Scrum
14 140 (16.04%) Git (software)
15 137 (15.69%) C#
16 130 (14.89%) Python
17 124 (14.20%) Security Cleared
18 118 (13.52%) WebDriver
19 116 (13.29%) TDD
20 109 (12.49%) JavaScript
21 103 (11.80%) ISTQB
21 103 (11.80%) DevOps
22 102 (11.68%) API Testing
23 99 (11.34%) SDLC
24 94 (10.77%) Confluence
25 90 (10.31%) SC Cleared
25 90 (10.31%) JMeter
25 90 (10.31%) Test Strategy
26 86 (9.85%) Regression Testing
26 86 (9.85%) .NET

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 94 (10.77%) Confluence
2 16 (1.83%) Elasticsearch
3 10 (1.15%) Apache Spark
3 10 (1.15%) SharePoint
4 7 (0.80%) WebLogic
5 6 (0.69%) Cloud Foundry
6 4 (0.46%) Apache
7 3 (0.34%) Documentum
7 3 (0.34%) nginx
7 3 (0.34%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 3 (0.34%) WebSphere
8 2 (0.23%) GemFire
8 2 (0.23%) JBoss
8 2 (0.23%) MS Exchange
8 2 (0.23%) SAS
8 2 (0.23%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.11%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.11%) CMS
9 1 (0.11%) Mule
Applications
1 14 (1.60%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (0.80%) MS Visio
3 6 (0.69%) Microsoft Office
4 3 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.23%) Simulink
6 1 (0.11%) Maya
6 1 (0.11%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 3 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (0.34%) LabWindows
1 3 (0.34%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (0.23%) Markit EDM
2 2 (0.23%) Oracle Retail
3 1 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 52 (5.96%) Microsoft Azure
2 44 (5.04%) Amazon AWS
3 29 (3.32%) GitHub
4 27 (3.09%) Slack
5 10 (1.15%) BrowserStack
5 10 (1.15%) PaaS
6 9 (1.03%) Sauce Labs
7 6 (0.69%) Amazon EC2
7 6 (0.69%) SaaS
8 4 (0.46%) Google Cloud Platform
9 3 (0.34%) CloudTest
9 3 (0.34%) IaaS
9 3 (0.34%) Office 365
9 3 (0.34%) Serverless
10 2 (0.23%) AWS Lambda
10 2 (0.23%) BlazeMeter
10 2 (0.23%) Dynamics 365
10 2 (0.23%) OneDrive
10 2 (0.23%) OpenShift
10 2 (0.23%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 30 (3.44%) Wireless
2 27 (3.09%) 3G
3 25 (2.86%) 4G
4 20 (2.29%) Wireshark
5 17 (1.95%) Internet
5 17 (1.95%) LTE
6 15 (1.72%) Diameter Protocol
7 14 (1.60%) Wi-Fi
8 13 (1.49%) Bluetooth
8 13 (1.49%) Firewall
8 13 (1.49%) WLAN
9 12 (1.37%) DNS
10 11 (1.26%) VPN
11 10 (1.15%) DHCP
12 8 (0.92%) HTTP
13 7 (0.80%) BGP
13 7 (0.80%) IPsec
14 6 (0.69%) Cisco IOS
14 6 (0.69%) MPLS
14 6 (0.69%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (3.89%) SQL Server
2 20 (2.29%) MySQL
3 18 (2.06%) Oracle Reports
4 16 (1.83%) NoSQL
5 15 (1.72%) Data Warehouse
6 14 (1.60%) Big Data
6 14 (1.60%) PostgreSQL
7 12 (1.37%) Hadoop
8 11 (1.26%) MongoDB
9 8 (0.92%) HBase
9 8 (0.92%) Oracle Database
9 8 (0.92%) Relational Database
10 6 (0.69%) Sqoop
11 5 (0.57%) DB2
12 4 (0.46%) Apache Accumulo
12 4 (0.46%) Data Mining
13 3 (0.34%) Apache Hive
14 2 (0.23%) BusinessObjects
14 2 (0.23%) Oracle Database 11g
14 2 (0.23%) PowerCenter
Development Applications
1 349 (39.98%) Selenium
2 234 (26.80%) Cucumber
3 211 (24.17%) JIRA
4 185 (21.19%) Jenkins
5 140 (16.04%) Git (software)
6 118 (13.52%) WebDriver
7 90 (10.31%) JMeter
8 79 (9.05%) SoapUI
9 55 (6.30%) Visual Studio
10 44 (5.04%) JUnit
11 43 (4.93%) Appium
12 42 (4.81%) Maven
13 40 (4.58%) HP UFT
14 36 (4.12%) SpecFlow
15 35 (4.01%) LoadRunner
16 33 (3.78%) Protractor
17 29 (3.32%) Burp Suite
17 29 (3.32%) Visual Studio Team System
18 25 (2.86%) Gatling
19 24 (2.75%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 69 (7.90%) Finance
2 47 (5.38%) Banking
3 38 (4.35%) Telecoms
4 22 (2.52%) Electronics
5 15 (1.72%) Retail
6 13 (1.49%) Investment Banking
7 12 (1.37%) Aerospace
8 9 (1.03%) Manufacturing
8 9 (1.03%) Military
9 8 (0.92%) Games
9 8 (0.92%) Publishing
10 4 (0.46%) Billing
10 4 (0.46%) Front Office
11 3 (0.34%) Marketing
12 2 (0.23%) Avionics
12 2 (0.23%) Law
13 1 (0.11%) Advertising
13 1 (0.11%) Automotive
13 1 (0.11%) Brand Awareness
13 1 (0.11%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 86 (9.85%) .NET
2 82 (9.39%) REST
3 73 (8.36%) Web Services
4 62 (7.10%) Gherkin
5 61 (6.99%) SOAP
6 47 (5.38%) RESTful
7 37 (4.24%) CSS
8 35 (4.01%) AngularJS
9 31 (3.55%) JSON
10 30 (3.44%) HTML
11 29 (3.32%) XML
12 20 (2.29%) React
13 16 (1.83%) Kafka
13 16 (1.83%) Spring
14 14 (1.60%) Ajax
14 14 (1.60%) jQuery
14 14 (1.60%) LDAP
14 14 (1.60%) Node.js
15 11 (1.26%) Middleware
16 10 (1.15%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 65 (7.45%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (3.21%) Greenfield Project
3 26 (2.98%) Mobile App
4 23 (2.63%) Self-Motivation
5 15 (1.72%) User Experience
6 13 (1.49%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 10 (1.15%) Virtual Team
8 9 (1.03%) Fintech
9 8 (0.92%) Data Centre
9 8 (0.92%) PKI
10 7 (0.80%) N-Tier
11 6 (0.69%) Blog
11 6 (0.69%) Management Information System
12 5 (0.57%) Client/Server
12 5 (0.57%) Digital Media
12 5 (0.57%) EMV
12 5 (0.57%) Internet of Things
12 5 (0.57%) Linux Command Line
12 5 (0.57%) SCADA
13 4 (0.46%) Smart City
Operating Systems
1 81 (9.28%) Linux
2 61 (6.99%) Windows
3 46 (5.27%) Unix
4 43 (4.93%) Android
5 42 (4.81%) Apple iOS
6 8 (0.92%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (0.80%) Windows Server
8 5 (0.57%) Ubuntu
9 4 (0.46%) Embedded Linux
9 4 (0.46%) Windows 10
10 2 (0.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.11%) Android TV
11 1 (0.11%) CentOS
11 1 (0.11%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 592 (67.81%) Test Automation
2 431 (49.37%) Agile Software Development
3 212 (24.28%) BDD
4 170 (19.47%) Test Scripting
5 168 (19.24%) Continuous Integration
6 160 (18.33%) Scrum
7 116 (13.29%) TDD
8 103 (11.80%) DevOps
9 102 (11.68%) API Testing
10 99 (11.34%) SDLC
11 90 (10.31%) Test Strategy
12 86 (9.85%) Manual Testing
12 86 (9.85%) Regression Testing
13 83 (9.51%) Performance Testing
14 82 (9.39%) Software Engineering
15 76 (8.71%) SDET
16 74 (8.48%) Problem-Solving
17 73 (8.36%) Software Testing
18 69 (7.90%) Microservices
19 65 (7.45%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 307 (35.17%) Java
2 176 (20.16%) SQL
3 137 (15.69%) C#
4 130 (14.89%) Python
5 109 (12.49%) JavaScript
6 33 (3.78%) C
7 31 (3.55%) Ruby
8 30 (3.44%) C++
9 26 (2.98%) Groovy
10 22 (2.52%) Perl
11 19 (2.18%) PL/SQL
12 15 (1.72%) Bash Shell
13 14 (1.60%) T-SQL
14 10 (1.15%) Scala
15 8 (0.92%) PowerShell
16 7 (0.80%) PHP
16 7 (0.80%) Shell Script
16 7 (0.80%) VBScript
17 6 (0.69%) Java 8
18 3 (0.34%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 124 (14.20%) Security Cleared
2 103 (11.80%) ISTQB
3 90 (10.31%) SC Cleared
4 69 (7.90%) ISEB
5 50 (5.73%) Degree
6 35 (4.01%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 30 (3.44%) DV Cleared
8 11 (1.26%) HND
8 11 (1.26%) Microsoft Certification
9 10 (1.15%) BPSS Clearance
9 10 (1.15%) HNC
10 9 (1.03%) MCSE
11 8 (0.92%) CEH
11 8 (0.92%) CISSP
11 8 (0.92%) MCSA
12 7 (0.80%) Computer Science Degree
13 6 (0.69%) Cisco Certification
14 5 (0.57%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
15 4 (0.46%) Master's Degree
15 4 (0.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 180 (20.62%) QA
2 28 (3.21%) WCAG
3 2 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (0.23%) GDPR
3 2 (0.23%) Section 508
4 1 (0.11%) DO-160
4 1 (0.11%) JTAG
4 1 (0.11%) MiFID
System Software
1 59 (6.76%) Docker
2 18 (2.06%) Active Directory
3 12 (1.37%) Firmware
4 10 (1.15%) HDFS
5 6 (0.69%) VMware Infrastructure
6 5 (0.57%) Apache Flume
7 3 (0.34%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.23%) vSphere
9 1 (0.11%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.11%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 31 (3.55%) HP ALM
2 21 (2.41%) Nessus
3 18 (2.06%) HP Quality Center
4 16 (1.83%) Ansible
4 16 (1.83%) Kubernetes
5 10 (1.15%) Puppet
6 9 (1.03%) Netcool
7 8 (0.92%) Kibana
8 6 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
9 3 (0.34%) logstash
9 3 (0.34%) SCCM
10 2 (0.23%) HAProxy
10 2 (0.23%) Iperf
10 2 (0.23%) McAfee ePO
10 2 (0.23%) nmon
10 2 (0.23%) NSN NetAct
10 2 (0.23%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
10 2 (0.23%) rkt
10 2 (0.23%) WSUS
11 1 (0.11%) Grafana
Vendors
1 73 (8.36%) Oracle
2 66 (7.56%) Microsoft
3 38 (4.35%) HP
4 17 (1.95%) Nokia
4 17 (1.95%) VMware
5 16 (1.83%) Atlassian
6 13 (1.49%) Salesforce.com
7 12 (1.37%) Cisco
8 10 (1.15%) F5
8 10 (1.15%) SolarWinds
9 9 (1.03%) Cypress Semiconductor
9 9 (1.03%) Remedy
10 8 (0.92%) Google
10 8 (0.92%) Serena
11 7 (0.80%) IBM
12 6 (0.69%) CA Agile Central
12 6 (0.69%) webMethods
13 5 (0.57%) Informatica
13 5 (0.57%) Perfecto Mobile
13 5 (0.57%) Perforce