Period
to 23 February 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £416 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 February 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
23 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 407 377 409
Rank change year-on-year -30 +32 -3
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 585 598 578
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.58% 0.62% 0.53%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.61% 0.66% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 384 348 324
UK median daily rate £416 £375 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.00% +3.45% +3.57%
10th Percentile £275 £257 £261
90th Percentile £538 £488 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% - +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 64 63
UK median hourly rate £41.25 £31.25 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +32.00% -16.67% +21.95%
10th Percentile £30.05 £15.40 £20.95
90th Percentile £52.50 £44.53 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.50 £31.25 £37.50
% change year-on-year +29.60% -16.67% +13.64%

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 96,137 90,972 102,762
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.78% 94.77% 95.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,825 59,323 65,801
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £254 £250
90th Percentile £625 £606 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,839 3,251 3,725
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% -5.26% +15.15%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.63 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.51 £47.50 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year - -5.41% +12.12%

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 23 February 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 23 February 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Engineer in the UK

Test Engineer
Top 17 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 23 February 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 -29 535 £425 +13.33% 327
UK excluding London -35 341 £375 +7.14% 274
London +13 241 £450 +12.50% 70
South East -29 101 £338 -0.74% 75
North of England +18 70 £450 +28.57% 39
East of England -16 50 £450 +1.12% 79
Midlands +13 37 £350 - 33
South West -6 36 £375 +15.38% 31
Yorkshire -2 27 £450 +20.00% 14
North West +7 25 £338 -3.57% 20
North East +40 23 £475 +37.68% 5
Wales +18 23 £359 +3.61% 4
West Midlands +8 18 £369 +3.51% 17
East Midlands +8 18 £350 - 16
Scotland -35 16 £375 +7.14% 11
Northern Ireland -5 7 £314 +14.09% 2
Isle of Man - 1 £400 -

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 February 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.

1 406 (69.40%) Test Automation
2 306 (52.31%) Agile Software Development
3 228 (38.97%) Selenium
4 226 (38.63%) Java
5 173 (29.57%) BDD
6 167 (28.55%) QA
7 145 (24.79%) Cucumber
8 138 (23.59%) TDD
9 127 (21.71%) Test Scripting
10 124 (21.20%) JIRA
11 114 (19.49%) Continuous Integration
12 109 (18.63%) Scrum
13 102 (17.44%) Python
14 94 (16.07%) SQL
14 94 (16.07%) Security Cleared
15 93 (15.90%) WebDriver
16 90 (15.38%) Jenkins
17 87 (14.87%) Git (software)
18 85 (14.53%) C#
19 82 (14.02%) JavaScript
19 82 (14.02%) Performance Testing
20 81 (13.85%) Software Engineering
21 74 (12.65%) SDLC
22 71 (12.14%) Linux
23 69 (11.79%) Finance
24 68 (11.62%) Test Management
24 68 (11.62%) DevOps
25 66 (11.28%) Test Strategy
26 65 (11.11%) REST
27 64 (10.94%) SoapUI

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 58 (9.91%) Confluence
2 9 (1.54%) Apache Spark
2 9 (1.54%) IIS
3 7 (1.20%) MS Exchange
3 7 (1.20%) SharePoint
4 4 (0.68%) Tomcat
5 3 (0.51%) JBoss
6 2 (0.34%) Apache Pig
6 2 (0.34%) CMS
6 2 (0.34%) NServiceBus
6 2 (0.34%) SAS
6 2 (0.34%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.17%) Cloud Foundry
7 1 (0.17%) EPiServer
7 1 (0.17%) Mule
7 1 (0.17%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 15 (2.56%) Microsoft Project
2 4 (0.68%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.34%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 5 (0.85%) LabWindows
2 3 (0.51%) Temenos T24
3 2 (0.34%) Teamcenter
4 1 (0.17%) Adobe Campaign
4 1 (0.17%) FastStats
4 1 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.17%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 24 (4.10%) Microsoft Azure
2 15 (2.56%) GitHub
2 15 (2.56%) Slack
3 12 (2.05%) Amazon AWS
4 10 (1.71%) BrowserStack
5 8 (1.37%) Sauce Labs
6 2 (0.34%) IaaS
6 2 (0.34%) Office 365
6 2 (0.34%) Serverless
7 1 (0.17%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.17%) FinancialForce
7 1 (0.17%) Force.com
7 1 (0.17%) Google Cloud Platform
7 1 (0.17%) PaaS
7 1 (0.17%) SaaS
7 1 (0.17%) vREST
Communications & Networking
1 19 (3.25%) Wireless
2 18 (3.08%) LTE
3 17 (2.91%) HTTP
4 16 (2.74%) VLAN
5 15 (2.56%) TCP/IP
6 14 (2.39%) DNS
7 13 (2.22%) 3G
8 12 (2.05%) DHCP
8 12 (2.05%) WinSCP
9 11 (1.88%) ICMP
9 11 (1.88%) PuTTY
10 7 (1.20%) VSAN
11 6 (1.03%) Internet
11 6 (1.03%) VoLTE
12 5 (0.85%) Firewall
12 5 (0.85%) Wi-Fi
13 4 (0.68%) 3GPP
14 3 (0.51%) Bluetooth
14 3 (0.51%) IP Telephony
14 3 (0.51%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (6.32%) SQL Server
2 17 (2.91%) SQL Server 2012
3 15 (2.56%) Oracle Database
4 14 (2.39%) Hadoop
5 13 (2.22%) Big Data
6 11 (1.88%) Relational Database
7 10 (1.71%) Oracle Database 10g
7 10 (1.71%) Oracle Database 11g
7 10 (1.71%) SQL Server 2016
8 7 (1.20%) RDBMS
9 5 (0.85%) NoSQL
10 4 (0.68%) DB2
10 4 (0.68%) Geospatial Data
10 4 (0.68%) GIS
11 3 (0.51%) HBase
11 3 (0.51%) MongoDB
11 3 (0.51%) MySQL
12 2 (0.34%) Apache Hive
12 2 (0.34%) Impala
12 2 (0.34%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 228 (38.97%) Selenium
2 145 (24.79%) Cucumber
3 124 (21.20%) JIRA
4 93 (15.90%) WebDriver
5 90 (15.38%) Jenkins
6 87 (14.87%) Git (software)
7 64 (10.94%) SoapUI
8 60 (10.26%) JMeter
9 57 (9.74%) SpecFlow
10 51 (8.72%) JUnit
11 35 (5.98%) HP UFT
12 32 (5.47%) TestNG
13 28 (4.79%) Appium
14 27 (4.62%) Maven
14 27 (4.62%) Protractor
15 26 (4.44%) LoadRunner
16 24 (4.10%) TeamCity
17 22 (3.76%) Gradle
17 22 (3.76%) JBehave
18 21 (3.59%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 69 (11.79%) Finance
2 48 (8.21%) Telecoms
3 33 (5.64%) Banking
4 29 (4.96%) Electronics
5 15 (2.56%) Retail
6 13 (2.22%) Manufacturing
7 10 (1.71%) Games
7 10 (1.71%) Investment Banking
7 10 (1.71%) Marketing
8 9 (1.54%) Law
8 9 (1.54%) Romanian Language
9 6 (1.03%) Back Office
10 4 (0.68%) Billing
10 4 (0.68%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.51%) Aerospace
11 3 (0.51%) Military
11 3 (0.51%) Publishing
11 3 (0.51%) Retail Banking
12 2 (0.34%) Front Office
13 1 (0.17%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 65 (11.11%) REST
2 51 (8.72%) .NET
2 51 (8.72%) Web Services
3 40 (6.84%) Gherkin
4 33 (5.64%) SOAP
5 27 (4.62%) RESTful
6 20 (3.42%) Spring
7 19 (3.25%) JSON
8 18 (3.08%) AngularJS
9 17 (2.91%) XML
10 14 (2.39%) Node.js
11 10 (1.71%) CSS
12 9 (1.54%) HTML
12 9 (1.54%) Kafka
13 8 (1.37%) Ajax
13 8 (1.37%) Middleware
14 7 (1.20%) Chai
14 7 (1.20%) React
15 6 (1.03%) ASP.NET
15 6 (1.03%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 27 (4.62%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (3.93%) Mobile App
3 22 (3.76%) Greenfield Project
4 16 (2.74%) Computer Science
5 15 (2.56%) Management Information System
6 9 (1.54%) Fintech
7 8 (1.37%) User Experience
8 6 (1.03%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 5 (0.85%) Client/Server
9 5 (0.85%) Data Centre
9 5 (0.85%) Embedded Systems
9 5 (0.85%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 5 (0.85%) Mainframe
10 4 (0.68%) Analytical Mindset
10 4 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
11 3 (0.51%) ASIC
11 3 (0.51%) Derivative
11 3 (0.51%) Driving Licence
11 3 (0.51%) Handset
11 3 (0.51%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 71 (12.14%) Linux
2 53 (9.06%) Windows
3 40 (6.84%) Android
4 32 (5.47%) Apple iOS
5 27 (4.62%) Unix
6 17 (2.91%) Windows Server 2012
7 16 (2.74%) Windows Server
8 14 (2.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 7 (1.20%) Mac OS X
10 3 (0.51%) VxWorks
11 2 (0.34%) Solaris
11 2 (0.34%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.17%) AIX
12 1 (0.17%) Embedded Linux
12 1 (0.17%) Windows 10
12 1 (0.17%) Windows NT
12 1 (0.17%) Windows Server 2003
12 1 (0.17%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 406 (69.40%) Test Automation
2 306 (52.31%) Agile Software Development
3 173 (29.57%) BDD
4 138 (23.59%) TDD
5 127 (21.71%) Test Scripting
6 114 (19.49%) Continuous Integration
7 109 (18.63%) Scrum
8 82 (14.02%) Performance Testing
9 81 (13.85%) Software Engineering
10 74 (12.65%) SDLC
11 68 (11.62%) DevOps
11 68 (11.62%) Test Management
12 66 (11.28%) Test Strategy
13 58 (9.91%) Regression Testing
14 57 (9.74%) Software Testing
15 56 (9.57%) Scenario Testing
16 52 (8.89%) Open Source
16 52 (8.89%) SDET
17 50 (8.55%) Continuous Delivery
17 50 (8.55%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 226 (38.63%) Java
2 102 (17.44%) Python
3 94 (16.07%) SQL
4 85 (14.53%) C#
5 82 (14.02%) JavaScript
6 45 (7.69%) Ruby
7 40 (6.84%) C
8 16 (2.74%) C++
8 16 (2.74%) Scala
9 12 (2.05%) Perl
10 11 (1.88%) F#
11 10 (1.71%) Bash Shell
12 9 (1.54%) T-SQL
13 8 (1.37%) Apple Swift
13 8 (1.37%) ES6
13 8 (1.37%) PHP
13 8 (1.37%) Shell Script
14 7 (1.20%) Tcl
15 6 (1.03%) Groovy
15 6 (1.03%) VB
Qualifications
1 94 (16.07%) Security Cleared
2 63 (10.77%) SC Cleared
3 61 (10.43%) Degree
4 36 (6.15%) ISEB
4 36 (6.15%) ISTQB
5 22 (3.76%) DV Cleared
6 14 (2.39%) Numerate Degree
7 11 (1.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 10 (1.71%) BPSS Clearance
8 10 (1.71%) Computer Science Degree
9 5 (0.85%) HNC
10 4 (0.68%) HND
10 4 (0.68%) ISEB Practitioner
11 2 (0.34%) Cisco Certification
12 1 (0.17%) CCDP
12 1 (0.17%) CCIE
12 1 (0.17%) CCNP
12 1 (0.17%) Chartered Engineer
12 1 (0.17%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 167 (28.55%) QA
2 21 (3.59%) WCAG
3 4 (0.68%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.51%) ISO 13485
5 2 (0.34%) IEC 62304
5 2 (0.34%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.17%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 1 (0.17%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.17%) Def Stans
6 1 (0.17%) DO-178B
6 1 (0.17%) GAMP
6 1 (0.17%) GMP
6 1 (0.17%) GxP
6 1 (0.17%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 17025
6 1 (0.17%) MiFID
System Software
1 23 (3.93%) Docker
2 16 (2.74%) vSphere
3 14 (2.39%) Active Directory
4 13 (2.22%) VMware Infrastructure
5 10 (1.71%) VMware Workstation
6 8 (1.37%) Firmware
7 4 (0.68%) Hyper-V
7 4 (0.68%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.34%) vCloud
9 1 (0.17%) Apache Flume
9 1 (0.17%) HDFS
9 1 (0.17%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 51 (8.72%) HP ALM
2 26 (4.44%) HP Quality Center
3 15 (2.56%) Nessus
4 7 (1.20%) SCCM
4 7 (1.20%) SCOM
5 6 (1.03%) Ansible
5 6 (1.03%) WhatsUp Gold
6 2 (0.34%) Puppet
7 1 (0.17%) Ambari
7 1 (0.17%) Cisco CUCM
7 1 (0.17%) Hadoop YARN
7 1 (0.17%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 1 (0.17%) Netcool
7 1 (0.17%) Terraform
7 1 (0.17%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 57 (9.74%) HP
2 42 (7.18%) Microsoft
3 33 (5.64%) Oracle
4 31 (5.30%) Atlassian
5 25 (4.27%) VMware
6 12 (2.05%) Red Hat
7 11 (1.88%) IBM
8 8 (1.37%) Software AG
8 8 (1.37%) webMethods
9 6 (1.03%) BMC
9 6 (1.03%) Citrix
10 5 (0.85%) Cisco
11 4 (0.68%) Cadence
11 4 (0.68%) SAP
12 3 (0.51%) Perforce
12 3 (0.51%) Salesforce.com
12 3 (0.51%) Siemens
12 3 (0.51%) Sonatype
13 2 (0.34%) CA Agile Central
13 2 (0.34%) F5