The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £370 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 25 June 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
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 327 397 390
Rank change year-on-year +70 -7  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 289 277 261
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.62% 0.52% 0.47%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.66% 0.55% 0.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 175 170 153
Median daily rate £370 £370 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +13.84%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £226 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £470
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £350 £295
% change year-on-year -3.57% +18.64%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 24 22
Median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £32.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +16.27%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £25.00 £30.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.50 £44.82 £41.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £32.25
% change year-on-year - +16.27%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 43855 50329 53147
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.75% 94.86% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 28363 32827 33406
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1353 1495 2037
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Test Engineer in the job title.

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 3 months to 25 June 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 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Engineer in the UK

Test Engineer
Top 30 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 3 months to 25 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +54 267 £375 - 152
London +3 90 £431 +7.81% 46
South East +31 81 £323 -7.85% 30
East of England +23 39 £338 -25.00% 20
Hampshire +21 37 £310 +40.90% 10
South West +1 27 £365 -14.11% 15
Berkshire +23 23 £325 -8.77% 4
Cambridgeshire +17 22 £338 - 16
City of London +5 22 £500 +17.64% 9
Cambridge +19 21 £338 - 13
Basingstoke +1 16 £269 - 3
Wiltshire +16 13 £300 +33.33%
Newcastle upon Tyne +81 11 £350 +8.52% 1
Tyne and Wear +77 11 £350 +8.52% 2
North East +69 11 £350 +8.52% 2
Scotland +39 11 £328 +24.76% 5
West Midlands +25 10 £375 -21.05% 6
Surrey -1 10 £363 -2.02% 3
Reading +15 9 £375 +50.00% 2
South Wales +3 9 £330 -26.66% 2
Wales +2 9 £330 -26.66% 2
Hertfordshire +4 8 £388 - 3
Somerset -1 6 £365 - 1
Taunton - 6 £365 -
Cardiff +4 5 £330 -26.66% 1
Glasgow +4 5 £370 +13.84%
Portsmouth +3 5 - -
Stevenage +3 5 - - 1
Brighton -7 5 £500 - 1
East Sussex -12 5 £500 +42.85% 1

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 June 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.

1 338 (60.68%) Test Automation
2 239 (42.91%) Agile Software Development
3 182 (32.68%) Selenium
4 167 (29.98%) Java
5 138 (24.78%) Cucumber
6 128 (22.98%) QA
7 116 (20.83%) BDD
8 102 (18.31%) Python
9 97 (17.41%) Test Scripting
10 96 (17.24%) Jenkins
11 92 (16.52%) Scrum
12 89 (15.98%) WebDriver
13 84 (15.08%) TDD
14 76 (13.64%) SQL
15 75 (13.46%) Continuous Integration
16 71 (12.75%) JIRA
17 69 (12.39%) C#
18 63 (11.31%) Software Testing
19 62 (11.13%) Security Cleared
19 62 (11.13%) Telecoms
20 60 (10.77%) Git (software)
21 59 (10.59%) Linux
22 56 (10.05%) Finance
23 54 (9.69%) Test Strategy
24 53 (9.52%) JavaScript
25 51 (9.16%) SoapUI
26 50 (8.98%) Web Services
27 49 (8.80%) Ruby
27 49 (8.80%) Software Engineering
28 48 (8.62%) API 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 18 (3.23%) Confluence
2 5 (0.90%) SharePoint
3 4 (0.72%) Apache Spark
4 3 (0.54%) BizTalk Server
4 3 (0.54%) CMS
4 3 (0.54%) Tomcat
4 3 (0.54%) WebLogic
5 2 (0.36%) Apache
5 2 (0.36%) ATG Dynamo
5 2 (0.36%) JBoss
5 2 (0.36%) Skype for Business
6 1 (0.18%) IIS
6 1 (0.18%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 1 (0.18%) Umbraco
Applications
1 14 (2.51%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.72%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.54%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 9 (1.62%) LabWindows
2 2 (0.36%) ION MarketView
2 2 (0.36%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.36%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.18%) Magento
3 1 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 16 (2.87%) Amazon AWS
2 13 (2.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (2.15%) Sauce Labs
4 9 (1.62%) GitHub
5 7 (1.26%) SaaS
6 6 (1.08%) BrowserStack
6 6 (1.08%) Office 365
7 1 (0.18%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.18%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 36 (6.46%) Wireless
2 30 (5.39%) LTE
3 29 (5.21%) 3G
4 24 (4.31%) 4G
5 22 (3.95%) Internet
6 20 (3.59%) Bluetooth
7 19 (3.41%) Value-Added Service
8 18 (3.23%) WLAN
9 16 (2.87%) Wi-Fi
10 14 (2.51%) MVNO
11 13 (2.33%) VoLTE
12 11 (1.97%) NFC
13 10 (1.80%) Ethernet
14 9 (1.62%) TCP/IP
15 8 (1.44%) RS-422
15 8 (1.44%) SMS
16 7 (1.26%) 3GPP
16 7 (1.26%) Firewall
16 7 (1.26%) HTTP
16 7 (1.26%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (4.49%) SQL Server
2 19 (3.41%) MySQL
3 13 (2.33%) PostgreSQL
4 7 (1.26%) Hadoop
5 5 (0.90%) Data Warehouse
6 4 (0.72%) KDB
7 3 (0.54%) Big Data
7 3 (0.54%) DB2
7 3 (0.54%) MongoDB
7 3 (0.54%) RDBMS
7 3 (0.54%) Relational Database
7 3 (0.54%) SQL Server 2012
7 3 (0.54%) SQLite
8 2 (0.36%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.18%) Event Store
9 1 (0.18%) Geospatial Data
9 1 (0.18%) HBase
9 1 (0.18%) Oracle Database 10g
9 1 (0.18%) Oracle Reports
9 1 (0.18%) PowerCenter
Development Applications
1 182 (32.68%) Selenium
2 138 (24.78%) Cucumber
3 96 (17.24%) Jenkins
4 89 (15.98%) WebDriver
5 71 (12.75%) JIRA
6 60 (10.77%) Git (software)
7 51 (9.16%) SoapUI
8 34 (6.10%) JUnit
9 30 (5.39%) Calabash
10 26 (4.67%) JMeter
11 24 (4.31%) RSpec
12 23 (4.13%) Subversion
13 22 (3.95%) SpecFlow
14 21 (3.77%) Appium
15 19 (3.41%) Team Foundation Server
16 16 (2.87%) Visual Studio
17 15 (2.69%) TeamCity
18 14 (2.51%) Bugzilla
18 14 (2.51%) Capybara
19 11 (1.97%) LoadRunner
General
1 62 (11.13%) Telecoms
2 56 (10.05%) Finance
3 31 (5.57%) Banking
3 31 (5.57%) Electronics
4 27 (4.85%) Games
5 19 (3.41%) Retail
6 11 (1.97%) Retail Banking
7 7 (1.26%) Back Office
7 7 (1.26%) Manufacturing
7 7 (1.26%) Marketing
8 6 (1.08%) Investment Banking
9 5 (0.90%) Advertising
9 5 (0.90%) Aerospace
9 5 (0.90%) Front Office
10 4 (0.72%) Billing
11 3 (0.54%) Law
11 3 (0.54%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.36%) Automotive
12 2 (0.36%) Music Industry
12 2 (0.36%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (8.98%) Web Services
2 41 (7.36%) JSON
3 29 (5.21%) Gherkin
4 27 (4.85%) .NET
4 27 (4.85%) REST
5 23 (4.13%) XML
6 21 (3.77%) RESTful
7 19 (3.41%) SOAP
8 15 (2.69%) HTML
9 12 (2.15%) Node.js
10 11 (1.97%) HTML5
11 8 (1.44%) CSS
11 8 (1.44%) J2EE
12 7 (1.26%) Middleware
13 6 (1.08%) AngularJS
13 6 (1.08%) jQuery
14 5 (0.90%) Java EE
15 4 (0.72%) ASP.NET
15 4 (0.72%) React
16 3 (0.54%) Unreal Engine
Miscellaneous
1 40 (7.18%) Mobile App
2 25 (4.49%) Analytical Skills
3 21 (3.77%) Greenfield Project
4 17 (3.05%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 14 (2.51%) Computer Science
6 11 (1.97%) Embedded Systems
6 11 (1.97%) Management Information System
7 10 (1.80%) Linux Command Line
8 9 (1.62%) Smart Meter
9 8 (1.44%) STB
10 6 (1.08%) IPTV
11 5 (0.90%) Equities
11 5 (0.90%) User Experience
12 4 (0.72%) Video on Demand
12 4 (0.72%) Virtual Team
13 3 (0.54%) Digital TV
13 3 (0.54%) Internet of Things
13 3 (0.54%) N-Tier
13 3 (0.54%) RIA
14 2 (0.36%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 59 (10.59%) Linux
2 39 (7.00%) Windows
3 32 (5.75%) Android
4 29 (5.21%) Apple iOS
5 13 (2.33%) Unix
6 9 (1.62%) Windows Server
7 8 (1.44%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (0.90%) Windows Server 2008
9 4 (0.72%) Windows 7
9 4 (0.72%) Windows Server 2003
9 4 (0.72%) Windows XP
10 3 (0.54%) AIX
10 3 (0.54%) CentOS
10 3 (0.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 3 (0.54%) Windows 10
11 1 (0.18%) Debian
11 1 (0.18%) Kali Linux
11 1 (0.18%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.18%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.18%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 338 (60.68%) Test Automation
2 239 (42.91%) Agile Software Development
3 116 (20.83%) BDD
4 97 (17.41%) Test Scripting
5 92 (16.52%) Scrum
6 84 (15.08%) TDD
7 75 (13.46%) Continuous Integration
8 63 (11.31%) Software Testing
9 54 (9.69%) Test Strategy
10 49 (8.80%) Software Engineering
11 48 (8.62%) API Testing
12 46 (8.26%) Validation
13 45 (8.08%) Performance Testing
14 41 (7.36%) Manual Testing
14 41 (7.36%) Regression Testing
15 37 (6.64%) Exploratory Testing
16 35 (6.28%) Unit Testing
16 35 (6.28%) User Stories
17 32 (5.75%) Integration Testing
18 31 (5.57%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 167 (29.98%) Java
2 102 (18.31%) Python
3 76 (13.64%) SQL
4 69 (12.39%) C#
5 53 (9.52%) JavaScript
6 49 (8.80%) Ruby
7 33 (5.92%) C++
8 32 (5.75%) C
9 28 (5.03%) Scala
10 26 (4.67%) Perl
11 15 (2.69%) Tcl
12 6 (1.08%) Bash Shell
12 6 (1.08%) PHP
13 5 (0.90%) Shell Script
14 4 (0.72%) Groovy
14 4 (0.72%) PL/SQL
14 4 (0.72%) T-SQL
15 3 (0.54%) Apple Swift
16 2 (0.36%) Embedded C++
17 1 (0.18%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 62 (11.13%) Security Cleared
2 44 (7.90%) ISEB
3 43 (7.72%) Degree
4 38 (6.82%) ISTQB
5 37 (6.64%) SC Cleared
6 20 (3.59%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 18 (3.23%) DV Cleared
8 8 (1.44%) HNC
9 5 (0.90%) CEH
9 5 (0.90%) CISA
9 5 (0.90%) CISSP
9 5 (0.90%) OSCP
10 4 (0.72%) BPSS Clearance
11 3 (0.54%) Computer Science Degree
12 2 (0.36%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 2 (0.36%) MCITP
12 2 (0.36%) MCSA
12 2 (0.36%) MCSE
12 2 (0.36%) MCTS
12 2 (0.36%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 128 (22.98%) QA
2 16 (2.87%) WCAG
3 10 (1.80%) Def Stans
4 7 (1.26%) DO-178B
4 7 (1.26%) IEC 61508
5 4 (0.72%) JSP 440
6 3 (0.54%) Data Quality
7 2 (0.36%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.36%) GDPR
7 2 (0.36%) MiFID
7 2 (0.36%) SLA
8 1 (0.18%) ISO 13485
8 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 17025
8 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.18%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 16 (2.87%) Docker
2 12 (2.15%) Firmware
3 6 (1.08%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.90%) Active Directory
5 4 (0.72%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (0.54%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.54%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.36%) vSphere
8 1 (0.18%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 20 (3.59%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (0.90%) HP Fortify
3 4 (0.72%) Graphite
4 3 (0.54%) Grafana
4 3 (0.54%) Netcool
4 3 (0.54%) ZABBIX
5 2 (0.36%) Ansible
5 2 (0.36%) HP SiteScope
5 2 (0.36%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (0.36%) Puppet
6 1 (0.18%) AirWatch
6 1 (0.18%) BladeLogic
6 1 (0.18%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.18%) Cisco UCCE
6 1 (0.18%) Cisco UCCX
6 1 (0.18%) Kubernetes
6 1 (0.18%) Nessus
6 1 (0.18%) Nexpose
6 1 (0.18%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.18%) vRealize
Vendors
1 46 (8.26%) Microsoft
2 27 (4.85%) HP
3 20 (3.59%) Oracle
4 10 (1.80%) IBM
5 9 (1.62%) CA Agile Central
5 9 (1.62%) Xamarin
6 8 (1.44%) Serena
6 8 (1.44%) VMware
7 6 (1.08%) Juniper
8 5 (0.90%) Cisco
8 5 (0.90%) Google
9 4 (0.72%) Nokia
9 4 (0.72%) Sybase
10 3 (0.54%) Atlassian
10 3 (0.54%) BMC
10 3 (0.54%) Dell
10 3 (0.54%) EMC
10 3 (0.54%) Remedy
10 3 (0.54%) TIBCO
10 3 (0.54%) TOWER Software
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: Yesterday
Nuneaton, Warwickshire
X4 Group
Rate: £200 - 225 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Resource Group
Rate: £250 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
South Wales
CPS Group UK
Rate: £200 - £225 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Oho Group Ltd.
Rate: £40 - £50 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
MARS Technical Recruitment
Rate: From £275 to £275 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £450 - £500 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
IntaPeople
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Pioneer Search
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
CPS Group UK
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 5 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
Hertfordshire
G2 Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 3 days ago
Hampshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucestershire
In Parallel Computer Staff Limited
Rate: From £44 to £46 per hour Dep on Exp
Posted: 3 days ago
Southampton
Spectrum IT
Posted: 16 days ago
Hampshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £20.00 - £25.00 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Stott & May
Rate: £250 - £330 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Billingshurst, West Sussex
Total Recruitment Specialists Limited / TRG / Total recruitment group
Rate: £35 - £40 Per Hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Redhill
TRG
Rate: 35-40 Per Hour
Posted: 12 days ago