Period
to 12 November 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 12 November 2018.

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
12 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 301 436 399
Rank change year-on-year +135 -37 +80
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 885 543 646
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.86% 0.54% 0.61%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.91% 0.56% 0.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 552 347 396
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +8.70%
10th Percentile £306 £270 £238
90th Percentile £538 £538 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% - +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 51 61
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £39.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.27% +12.86% +3.70%
10th Percentile £18.25 £30.50 £14.85
90th Percentile £48.75 £49.75 £44.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £39.50 £37.00
% change year-on-year +1.27% +6.76% +5.71%

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 97,437 96,189 100,178
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.75% 94.94% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,264 63,352 65,245
UK median daily rate £450 £445 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £262 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £423 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +5.63% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,064 2,871 3,300
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% +3.89% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.92 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% +2.86% -

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 12 November 2018.

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 12 November 2018.

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 12 November 2018. 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 +121 773 £420 +5.00% 364
UK excluding London +105 591 £375 +7.14% 302
London +78 288 £463 +2.78% 99
South East +51 198 £375 +13.64% 73
North of England +52 99 £389 -11.09% 47
South West +21 85 £420 +15.07% 48
Wales +20 64 £360 +2.86% 12
East of England -9 59 £373 -0.67% 59
Yorkshire +40 56 £363 -18.77% 19
Midlands +7 43 £383 +2.00% 38
Scotland +22 39 £363 -19.44% 20
North West +8 34 £400 +9.59% 19
West Midlands -11 29 £360 +2.86% 28
East Midlands +19 14 £475 +18.75% 10
North East -3 9 £389 -18.11% 9
Northern Ireland +34 5 £320 +1.99% 5

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 12 November 2018, 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.

1 614 (69.38%) Test Automation
2 430 (48.59%) Agile Software Development
3 357 (40.34%) Selenium
4 318 (35.93%) Java
5 245 (27.68%) Cucumber
6 197 (22.26%) JIRA
7 191 (21.58%) BDD
8 182 (20.56%) QA
9 172 (19.44%) Jenkins
10 167 (18.87%) Test Scripting
11 163 (18.42%) Scrum
12 161 (18.19%) Git (software)
13 149 (16.84%) Continuous Integration
14 148 (16.72%) C#
15 144 (16.27%) SQL
16 140 (15.82%) Security Cleared
17 127 (14.35%) WebDriver
18 114 (12.88%) API Testing
19 108 (12.20%) ISTQB
20 107 (12.09%) Python
21 106 (11.98%) SC Cleared
22 105 (11.86%) Linux
22 105 (11.86%) TDD
23 100 (11.30%) SDLC
24 96 (10.85%) DevOps
25 93 (10.51%) JavaScript
26 91 (10.28%) Regression Testing
27 88 (9.94%) Oracle
27 88 (9.94%) Performance Testing
28 87 (9.83%) Software Testing

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 76 (8.59%) Confluence
2 14 (1.58%) Elasticsearch
3 8 (0.90%) WebLogic
4 7 (0.79%) Apache Spark
5 6 (0.68%) Documentum
5 6 (0.68%) SharePoint
6 5 (0.56%) Tomcat
7 3 (0.34%) CMS
7 3 (0.34%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 3 (0.34%) WebSphere
8 2 (0.23%) Apache
8 2 (0.23%) Cloud Foundry
8 2 (0.23%) GlassFish
8 2 (0.23%) JBoss
9 1 (0.11%) Jetty
9 1 (0.11%) Mule
9 1 (0.11%) nginx
9 1 (0.11%) SharePoint 2013
9 1 (0.11%) WordPress
Applications
1 12 (1.36%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (0.90%) Microsoft Office
3 7 (0.79%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.23%) Simulink
4 2 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.11%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.11%) Maya
5 1 (0.11%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 4 (0.45%) LabWindows
2 3 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.34%) Oracle Applications
3 2 (0.23%) Markit EDM
3 2 (0.23%) Oracle Retail
4 1 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.11%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 51 (5.76%) Amazon AWS
2 50 (5.65%) Microsoft Azure
3 25 (2.82%) GitHub
4 19 (2.15%) Slack
5 10 (1.13%) Sauce Labs
6 8 (0.90%) Amazon EC2
6 8 (0.90%) BrowserStack
7 6 (0.68%) Google Cloud Platform
7 6 (0.68%) SaaS
8 5 (0.56%) PaaS
9 4 (0.45%) Amazon S3
10 3 (0.34%) CloudTest
10 3 (0.34%) Dynamics 365
10 3 (0.34%) IaaS
10 3 (0.34%) Office 365
11 2 (0.23%) Apigee
11 2 (0.23%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (0.23%) OpenShift
11 2 (0.23%) Salesforce Service Cloud
12 1 (0.11%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 27 (3.05%) 3G
1 27 (3.05%) Wireless
1 27 (3.05%) Wireshark
2 26 (2.94%) 4G
3 19 (2.15%) Diameter Protocol
4 16 (1.81%) Wi-Fi
5 15 (1.69%) WLAN
6 14 (1.58%) DNS
6 14 (1.58%) Internet
7 13 (1.47%) Bluetooth
7 13 (1.47%) DHCP
8 11 (1.24%) VPN
9 10 (1.13%) HTTP
9 10 (1.13%) TCP/IP
10 6 (0.68%) Firewall
10 6 (0.68%) LTE
10 6 (0.68%) Radio Access Network
11 5 (0.56%) 2G
11 5 (0.56%) 3GPP
12 4 (0.45%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 52 (5.88%) SQL Server
2 34 (3.84%) MySQL
3 16 (1.81%) PostgreSQL
4 14 (1.58%) Oracle Reports
5 11 (1.24%) Data Warehouse
6 10 (1.13%) Big Data
7 9 (1.02%) Hadoop
7 9 (1.02%) NoSQL
8 7 (0.79%) MongoDB
8 7 (0.79%) Relational Database
9 5 (0.56%) DB2
9 5 (0.56%) Oracle Database
10 4 (0.45%) Geospatial Data
10 4 (0.45%) HBase
11 3 (0.34%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 3 (0.34%) Apache Accumulo
11 3 (0.34%) Apache Hive
11 3 (0.34%) Data Mining
11 3 (0.34%) Oracle Database 10g
11 3 (0.34%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 357 (40.34%) Selenium
2 245 (27.68%) Cucumber
3 197 (22.26%) JIRA
4 172 (19.44%) Jenkins
5 161 (18.19%) Git (software)
6 127 (14.35%) WebDriver
7 87 (9.83%) JMeter
8 74 (8.36%) SoapUI
9 49 (5.54%) JUnit
10 48 (5.42%) Visual Studio
11 43 (4.86%) Maven
12 39 (4.41%) Appium
13 38 (4.29%) SpecFlow
14 36 (4.07%) HP UFT
14 36 (4.07%) Team Foundation Server
15 33 (3.73%) LoadRunner
16 32 (3.62%) Protractor
16 32 (3.62%) Subversion
17 26 (2.94%) Visual Studio Team System
18 23 (2.60%) Burp Suite
General
1 75 (8.47%) Finance
2 41 (4.63%) Banking
2 41 (4.63%) Telecoms
3 22 (2.49%) Electronics
4 11 (1.24%) Aerospace
4 11 (1.24%) Retail
5 9 (1.02%) Investment Banking
6 8 (0.90%) Games
6 8 (0.90%) Manufacturing
6 8 (0.90%) Publishing
7 7 (0.79%) Military
8 4 (0.45%) Automotive
8 4 (0.45%) Marketing
9 2 (0.23%) Back Office
9 2 (0.23%) Law
9 2 (0.23%) Legal
9 2 (0.23%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.11%) Advertising
10 1 (0.11%) Billing
10 1 (0.11%) Italian Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 79 (8.93%) .NET
2 70 (7.91%) Web Services
3 66 (7.46%) Gherkin
4 64 (7.23%) REST
5 52 (5.88%) SOAP
6 40 (4.52%) RESTful
7 33 (3.73%) XML
8 27 (3.05%) JSON
9 25 (2.82%) HTML
10 22 (2.49%) CSS
11 21 (2.37%) AngularJS
11 21 (2.37%) React
12 20 (2.26%) Spring
13 18 (2.03%) Node.js
14 17 (1.92%) LDAP
15 16 (1.81%) Kafka
16 8 (0.90%) Hibernate
16 8 (0.90%) Spring Boot
17 7 (0.79%) ASP.NET
18 6 (0.68%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 67 (7.57%) Analytical Skills
2 39 (4.41%) Greenfield Project
3 24 (2.71%) Self-Motivation
4 20 (2.26%) Computer Science
4 20 (2.26%) Mobile App
5 15 (1.69%) Fintech
6 14 (1.58%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 12 (1.36%) User Experience
8 8 (0.90%) Data Centre
8 8 (0.90%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
8 8 (0.90%) N-Tier
8 8 (0.90%) Smart Meter
9 7 (0.79%) Virtual Team
10 6 (0.68%) Blog
10 6 (0.68%) PKI
11 5 (0.56%) Embedded Systems
11 5 (0.56%) EMV
12 4 (0.45%) Client/Server
12 4 (0.45%) Management Information System
12 4 (0.45%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 105 (11.86%) Linux
2 66 (7.46%) Windows
3 41 (4.63%) Unix
4 35 (3.95%) Apple iOS
5 31 (3.50%) Android
6 5 (0.56%) Windows Server
6 5 (0.56%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (0.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 4 (0.45%) Ubuntu
8 3 (0.34%) Windows 10
9 2 (0.23%) AIX
9 2 (0.23%) Windows 7
9 2 (0.23%) Windows Server 2003
9 2 (0.23%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.11%) Embedded Linux
10 1 (0.11%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.11%) Windows Phone
10 1 (0.11%) Windows Phone 8
10 1 (0.11%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 614 (69.38%) Test Automation
2 430 (48.59%) Agile Software Development
3 191 (21.58%) BDD
4 167 (18.87%) Test Scripting
5 163 (18.42%) Scrum
6 149 (16.84%) Continuous Integration
7 114 (12.88%) API Testing
8 105 (11.86%) TDD
9 100 (11.30%) SDLC
10 96 (10.85%) DevOps
11 91 (10.28%) Regression Testing
12 88 (9.94%) Performance Testing
13 87 (9.83%) Software Testing
13 87 (9.83%) Test Strategy
14 86 (9.72%) Problem-Solving
15 85 (9.60%) Software Engineering
16 69 (7.80%) SDET
17 65 (7.34%) Manual Testing
18 58 (6.55%) User Acceptance Testing
19 55 (6.21%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 318 (35.93%) Java
2 148 (16.72%) C#
3 144 (16.27%) SQL
4 107 (12.09%) Python
5 93 (10.51%) JavaScript
6 44 (4.97%) C
7 41 (4.63%) C++
8 34 (3.84%) Ruby
9 28 (3.16%) Perl
10 26 (2.94%) Groovy
11 19 (2.15%) Bash Shell
12 14 (1.58%) Scala
13 10 (1.13%) Java 8
13 10 (1.13%) PL/SQL
14 9 (1.02%) Shell Script
15 8 (0.90%) Ada
16 7 (0.79%) PowerShell
17 6 (0.68%) PHP
17 6 (0.68%) T-SQL
17 6 (0.68%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 140 (15.82%) Security Cleared
2 108 (12.20%) ISTQB
3 106 (11.98%) SC Cleared
4 68 (7.68%) ISEB
5 57 (6.44%) Degree
6 35 (3.95%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 27 (3.05%) DV Cleared
8 10 (1.13%) BPSS Clearance
9 8 (0.90%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 7 (0.79%) CEH
10 7 (0.79%) CISSP
10 7 (0.79%) HND
11 6 (0.68%) Computer Science Degree
11 6 (0.68%) MCSA
11 6 (0.68%) MCSE
11 6 (0.68%) Microsoft Certification
12 5 (0.56%) DBS Check
12 5 (0.56%) HNC
12 5 (0.56%) Numerate Degree
13 3 (0.34%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 182 (20.56%) QA
2 22 (2.49%) WCAG
3 3 (0.34%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.23%) Section 508
5 1 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.11%) DO-160
5 1 (0.11%) GDPR
5 1 (0.11%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.11%) JTAG
5 1 (0.11%) MISRA
5 1 (0.11%) MISRA C
System Software
1 73 (8.25%) Docker
2 13 (1.47%) Active Directory
2 13 (1.47%) Firmware
3 5 (0.56%) VMware ESXi
4 4 (0.45%) HDFS
5 3 (0.34%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (0.34%) vSphere
6 2 (0.23%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.11%) Apache Flume
7 1 (0.11%) KVM
7 1 (0.11%) QEMU
7 1 (0.11%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.11%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.11%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 31 (3.50%) HP ALM
2 18 (2.03%) HP Quality Center
3 15 (1.69%) Kubernetes
3 15 (1.69%) Nessus
4 13 (1.47%) Puppet
5 10 (1.13%) Ansible
6 7 (0.79%) Opscode Chef
7 5 (0.56%) Kibana
8 3 (0.34%) Iperf
8 3 (0.34%) Netcool
8 3 (0.34%) SCCM
9 2 (0.23%) logstash
10 1 (0.11%) Grafana
10 1 (0.11%) Graphite
10 1 (0.11%) HAProxy
10 1 (0.11%) McAfee ePO
10 1 (0.11%) NSN NetAct
10 1 (0.11%) Oozie
10 1 (0.11%) Perfmon
10 1 (0.11%) WSUS
Vendors
1 88 (9.94%) Oracle
2 74 (8.36%) Microsoft
3 39 (4.41%) HP
4 21 (2.37%) Nokia
5 17 (1.92%) Atlassian
6 14 (1.58%) Google
6 14 (1.58%) VMware
7 11 (1.24%) Cypress Semiconductor
7 11 (1.24%) Salesforce.com
7 11 (1.24%) webMethods
8 10 (1.13%) IBM
9 7 (0.79%) Serena
10 6 (0.68%) CA Agile Central
10 6 (0.68%) Pega
10 6 (0.68%) SolarWinds
11 4 (0.45%) Perfecto Mobile
11 4 (0.45%) Remedy
12 3 (0.34%) Apple
12 3 (0.34%) Red Hat
12 3 (0.34%) Software AG