Period
to 13 December 2019

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £415 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 13 December 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
13 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 307 306 428
Rank change year-on-year -1 +122 -47
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 656 905 562
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.82% 0.86% 0.54%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.88% 0.91% 0.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 449 572 368
UK median daily rate £415 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.61% +3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £305 £306 £275
90th Percentile £525 £544 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £408 £375 £370
% change year-on-year +8.67% +1.35% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 38 39
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £41.50 £39.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.41% +5.06% +12.86%
10th Percentile £31.50 £18.25 £28.85
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £49.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £41.00 £39.50
% change year-on-year +3.66% +3.80% +6.76%

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 74,959 99,635 98,144
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.98% 94.79% 94.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 48,928 65,940 64,978
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £250 £270 £259
90th Percentile £644 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +1.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,893 3,052 2,868
UK median hourly rate £19.33 £18.50 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.46% -1.07% +3.89%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.89
% change year-on-year +2.86% -2.15% +2.20%

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 13 December 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 13 December 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 13 December 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 -15 547 £425 - 272
UK excluding London +27 524 £408 +8.67% 244
South East +4 147 £425 +8.97% 47
South West +56 142 £450 +6.51% 44
London -53 128 £425 -10.53% 55
Scotland +64 62 £369 +1.03% 19
East of England +34 58 £413 +19.57% 47
North of England -9 53 £389 +3.67% 48
Wales +13 42 £375 +4.17% 7
Yorkshire +20 35 £394 +11.70% 25
Midlands +36 19 £347 -0.93% 31
North East +29 10 £325 -14.92% 5
East Midlands +25 10 £397 +0.76% 13
West Midlands +27 9 £313 -10.71% 18
North West -15 8 £395 -1.25% 18
Northern Ireland -3 1 £350 +11.11% 2

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 December 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.

1 435 (66.31%) Test Automation
2 315 (48.02%) Agile Software Development
3 207 (31.55%) Selenium
4 154 (23.48%) Security Cleared
5 144 (21.95%) Java
6 143 (21.80%) Cucumber
7 141 (21.49%) JIRA
8 121 (18.45%) QA
9 118 (17.99%) Scrum
10 113 (17.23%) Test Scripting
11 105 (16.01%) BDD
12 103 (15.70%) C#
13 97 (14.79%) Python
14 96 (14.63%) ISTQB
15 93 (14.18%) Linux
16 91 (13.87%) SQL
17 85 (12.96%) SC Cleared
18 75 (11.43%) DevOps
19 74 (11.28%) JavaScript
20 73 (11.13%) Windows
20 73 (11.13%) Performance Testing
20 73 (11.13%) Jenkins
21 72 (10.98%) Manual Testing
21 72 (10.98%) API Testing
22 70 (10.67%) TDD
23 69 (10.52%) Continuous Integration
24 68 (10.37%) Software Testing
24 68 (10.37%) Gherkin
25 67 (10.21%) Regression Testing
26 65 (9.91%) Azure

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 50 (7.62%) Confluence
2 12 (1.83%) SharePoint
3 4 (0.61%) IIS
4 3 (0.46%) Apache Qpid
4 3 (0.46%) Apache Spark
4 3 (0.46%) CMS
4 3 (0.46%) Elasticsearch
4 3 (0.46%) Gunicorn
4 3 (0.46%) OpenEdge
5 2 (0.30%) Apache
5 2 (0.30%) Cloud Foundry
6 1 (0.15%) Drupal
6 1 (0.15%) JBoss
6 1 (0.15%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 1 (0.15%) SAS
6 1 (0.15%) WebSphere
Applications
1 23 (3.51%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.46%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (0.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.15%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 2 (0.30%) LabWindows
2 1 (0.15%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 65 (9.91%) Azure
2 40 (6.10%) AWS
3 22 (3.35%) GitHub
4 14 (2.13%) BrowserStack
5 9 (1.37%) AWS CloudFormation
5 9 (1.37%) Office 365
5 9 (1.37%) Sauce Labs
5 9 (1.37%) Serverless
6 6 (0.91%) Cloud Computing
7 5 (0.76%) AWS Lambda
8 4 (0.61%) Amazon S3
8 4 (0.61%) Amazon SQS
8 4 (0.61%) Force.com
9 3 (0.46%) GCP
9 3 (0.46%) Slack
10 2 (0.30%) Azure Data Factory
10 2 (0.30%) BlazeMeter
10 2 (0.30%) Data Lake Analytics
10 2 (0.30%) PaaS
11 1 (0.15%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 16 (2.44%) TCP/IP
2 14 (2.13%) Wi-Fi
2 14 (2.13%) Wireless
3 13 (1.98%) LTE
4 12 (1.83%) VPN
4 12 (1.83%) Wireshark
5 11 (1.68%) Ethernet
5 11 (1.68%) Internet
6 10 (1.52%) Broadband
7 9 (1.37%) MPLS
7 9 (1.37%) OSPF
8 8 (1.22%) Cisco IOS
8 8 (1.22%) Firewall
9 7 (1.07%) Cisco Nexus
9 7 (1.07%) IOS XR
10 6 (0.91%) GSM
11 5 (0.76%) DVB
11 5 (0.76%) IP Telephony
11 5 (0.76%) SMS
11 5 (0.76%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (1.98%) Big Data
1 13 (1.98%) SQL Server
2 9 (1.37%) MySQL
3 8 (1.22%) Data Warehouse
3 8 (1.22%) MongoDB
3 8 (1.22%) Relational Database
4 7 (1.07%) PostgreSQL
5 5 (0.76%) NoSQL
6 4 (0.61%) Cosmos DB
6 4 (0.61%) KDB
6 4 (0.61%) Kdb+
7 3 (0.46%) DB2
7 3 (0.46%) Oracle Database
8 2 (0.30%) Apache Hive
8 2 (0.30%) Azure SQL Database
8 2 (0.30%) Data Lake
9 1 (0.15%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 1 (0.15%) BigQuery
9 1 (0.15%) Blockchain
9 1 (0.15%) HBase
Development Applications
1 207 (31.55%) Selenium
2 143 (21.80%) Cucumber
3 141 (21.49%) JIRA
4 73 (11.13%) Jenkins
5 62 (9.45%) Git (software)
6 58 (8.84%) JMeter
7 48 (7.32%) WebDriver
8 47 (7.16%) SpecFlow
9 46 (7.01%) Postman
10 38 (5.79%) SoapUI
11 25 (3.81%) GoogleTest
11 25 (3.81%) Visual Studio
12 22 (3.35%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 22 (3.35%) Gatling
13 21 (3.20%) Rational DOORS
13 21 (3.20%) REST Assured
14 20 (3.05%) Visual Studio Team System
15 17 (2.59%) Appium
15 17 (2.59%) JUnit
15 17 (2.59%) Protractor
General
1 60 (9.15%) Finance
2 42 (6.40%) Telecoms
3 38 (5.79%) Public Sector
4 28 (4.27%) Electronics
5 19 (2.90%) Military
6 17 (2.59%) Manufacturing
7 9 (1.37%) Banking
7 9 (1.37%) Retail
8 8 (1.22%) Marketing
9 6 (0.91%) Aerospace
9 6 (0.91%) Legal
10 4 (0.61%) Front Office
11 3 (0.46%) Retail Banking
12 2 (0.30%) Automotive
12 2 (0.30%) Law
12 2 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.30%) Publishing
13 1 (0.15%) Back Office
13 1 (0.15%) Billing
13 1 (0.15%) Corporate Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 68 (10.37%) Gherkin
2 49 (7.47%) Web Services
3 38 (5.79%) SOAP
4 30 (4.57%) .NET
5 28 (4.27%) RESTful
6 26 (3.96%) REST
7 23 (3.51%) Node.js
8 19 (2.90%) XML
9 18 (2.74%) HTML
10 17 (2.59%) React
11 16 (2.44%) WebdriverIO
12 15 (2.29%) JSON
13 14 (2.13%) AngularJS
14 11 (1.68%) CSS
14 11 (1.68%) Spring
15 9 (1.37%) HTML5
16 7 (1.07%) Middleware
16 7 (1.07%) Redux
17 6 (0.91%) .NET Framework
18 5 (0.76%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 38 (5.79%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (3.05%) Mobile App
3 12 (1.83%) Greenfield Project
3 12 (1.83%) Self-Motivation
4 11 (1.68%) User Experience
5 9 (1.37%) Clustering
5 9 (1.37%) Embedded Systems
6 7 (1.07%) CCTV
6 7 (1.07%) Handset
6 7 (1.07%) Mainframe
7 6 (0.91%) Blog
7 6 (0.91%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 5 (0.76%) Enterprise Cloud
8 5 (0.76%) Linux Command Line
8 5 (0.76%) STB
8 5 (0.76%) Virtual Team
9 4 (0.61%) Algorithms
9 4 (0.61%) Cyber Defence
9 4 (0.61%) Driving Licence
9 4 (0.61%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 93 (14.18%) Linux
2 73 (11.13%) Windows
3 28 (4.27%) Unix
4 20 (3.05%) Android
5 17 (2.59%) Windows 7
5 17 (2.59%) Windows Server 2012
6 15 (2.29%) Apple iOS
6 15 (2.29%) Windows Server
7 10 (1.52%) AIX
7 10 (1.52%) CentOS
7 10 (1.52%) Windows 10
7 10 (1.52%) Windows Server 2003
7 10 (1.52%) Windows Server 2008
8 9 (1.37%) Windows XP
9 6 (0.91%) Mac OS
10 3 (0.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (0.30%) VMS
12 1 (0.15%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.15%) Windows Embedded Compact
12 1 (0.15%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 435 (66.31%) Test Automation
2 315 (48.02%) Agile Software Development
3 118 (17.99%) Scrum
4 113 (17.23%) Test Scripting
5 105 (16.01%) BDD
6 75 (11.43%) DevOps
7 73 (11.13%) Performance Testing
8 72 (10.98%) API Testing
8 72 (10.98%) Manual Testing
9 70 (10.67%) TDD
10 69 (10.52%) Continuous Integration
11 68 (10.37%) Software Testing
12 67 (10.21%) Regression Testing
13 64 (9.76%) Non-Functional Testing
14 49 (7.47%) Functional Testing
15 48 (7.32%) SDET
16 43 (6.55%) Validation
17 41 (6.25%) SDLC
17 41 (6.25%) Test Strategy
18 37 (5.64%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 144 (21.95%) Java
2 103 (15.70%) C#
3 97 (14.79%) Python
4 91 (13.87%) SQL
5 74 (11.28%) JavaScript
6 47 (7.16%) C
7 34 (5.18%) C++
8 31 (4.73%) Ruby
9 15 (2.29%) Perl
10 9 (1.37%) Kotlin
10 9 (1.37%) Scala
11 7 (1.07%) Bash Shell
11 7 (1.07%) Groovy
11 7 (1.07%) PowerShell
12 6 (0.91%) Apple Swift
13 5 (0.76%) TypeScript
14 4 (0.61%) Assembly Language
14 4 (0.61%) Embedded C
14 4 (0.61%) Embedded C++
15 3 (0.46%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 154 (23.48%) Security Cleared
2 96 (14.63%) ISTQB
3 85 (12.96%) SC Cleared
4 64 (9.76%) ISEB
5 58 (8.84%) DV Cleared
6 39 (5.95%) Degree
7 15 (2.29%) Cisco Certification
8 12 (1.83%) CCNA
8 12 (1.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 12 (1.83%) MCSA
8 12 (1.83%) MCSE
8 12 (1.83%) Microsoft Certification
9 10 (1.52%) HND
10 9 (1.37%) MCITP
10 9 (1.37%) MCTS
11 5 (0.76%) Computer Science Degree
12 4 (0.61%) BPSS Clearance
13 3 (0.46%) CEH
13 3 (0.46%) HNC
13 3 (0.46%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 121 (18.45%) QA
2 2 (0.30%) MISRA
3 1 (0.15%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.15%) GDPR
3 1 (0.15%) ISO 26262
3 1 (0.15%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.15%) WCAG
System Software
1 29 (4.42%) Docker
2 25 (3.81%) Active Directory
3 11 (1.68%) Hyper-V
4 9 (1.37%) Firmware
4 9 (1.37%) VMware ESXi
5 7 (1.07%) vSphere
6 2 (0.30%) LXC
6 2 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.15%) HDFS
7 1 (0.15%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 31 (4.73%) HP Quality Center
2 23 (3.51%) Ansible
3 17 (2.59%) SCCM
4 14 (2.13%) HP ALM
4 14 (2.13%) Netcool
5 11 (1.68%) Terraform
6 9 (1.37%) Kubernetes
6 9 (1.37%) McAfee ePO
7 8 (1.22%) Puppet
7 8 (1.22%) SCOM
8 7 (1.07%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 7 (1.07%) Opscode Chef
9 5 (0.76%) TeMIP
10 4 (0.61%) Packer
11 3 (0.46%) Perfmon
12 2 (0.30%) WebInspect
13 1 (0.15%) HP Fortify
13 1 (0.15%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 59 (8.99%) Microsoft
2 29 (4.42%) Atlassian
2 29 (4.42%) Google
3 24 (3.66%) HP
4 21 (3.20%) Oracle
5 19 (2.90%) Cisco
6 11 (1.68%) VMware
7 9 (1.37%) Citrix
7 9 (1.37%) McAfee
7 9 (1.37%) SAP
7 9 (1.37%) Veritas
8 8 (1.22%) IBM
9 7 (1.07%) Huawei
9 7 (1.07%) OpenText
9 7 (1.07%) Salesforce.com
9 7 (1.07%) SolarWinds
9 7 (1.07%) Unisys
10 6 (0.91%) EMC
11 5 (0.76%) Blue Coat
11 5 (0.76%) Remedy