Period
to 26 September 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 26 September 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
26 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 330 409 406
Rank change year-on-year +79 -3 +66
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 801 558 634
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.78% 0.56% 0.59%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.82% 0.59% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 494 352 389
UK median daily rate £400 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% +13.64%
10th Percentile £288 £270 £213
90th Percentile £538 £527 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +5.71% - +13.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 70 59
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% +7.69%
10th Percentile £27.16 £22.50 £14.85
90th Percentile £47.90 £53.08 £44.08
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +11.94%

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 97,367 94,039 101,286
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.75% 94.91% 94.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,971 61,522 66,115
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,155 2,815 3,206
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £18.92 £18.62
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.51% +1.60% +3.52%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.31
90th Percentile £48.25 £48.75 £46.32
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £18.28
% change year-on-year -2.78% -1.50% +4.43%

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 26 September 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 26 September 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 26 September 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 +54 681 £420 +5.00% 356
UK excluding London +58 531 £370 +5.71% 297
London +51 259 £463 +5.71% 86
South East +6 161 £363 +9.85% 65
North of England +48 102 £390 +2.84% 46
Wales +37 74 £360 +9.09% 8
South West +4 67 £399 +6.33% 43
East of England -29 61 £370 +5.71% 79
Yorkshire +38 60 £388 -8.82% 19
Scotland +10 37 £363 +3.57% 19
North West +13 36 £370 -13.95% 23
Midlands -21 29 £400 +10.34% 38
West Midlands -24 16 £389 +3.67% 27
East Midlands +15 13 £430 +22.86% 11
North East -21 6 £395 +6.62% 4
Northern Ireland - 1 £350 -

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 September 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.

1 580 (72.41%) Test Automation
2 419 (52.31%) Agile Software Development
3 333 (41.57%) Selenium
4 306 (38.20%) Java
5 235 (29.34%) Cucumber
6 173 (21.60%) BDD
7 167 (20.85%) QA
8 163 (20.35%) JIRA
9 159 (19.85%) Scrum
10 145 (18.10%) Git (software)
11 142 (17.73%) Jenkins
12 133 (16.60%) C#
13 125 (15.61%) Test Scripting
14 124 (15.48%) Security Cleared
15 118 (14.73%) Continuous Integration
15 118 (14.73%) SQL
16 115 (14.36%) WebDriver
17 113 (14.11%) Linux
18 107 (13.36%) API Testing
19 104 (12.98%) SDLC
20 102 (12.73%) Python
20 102 (12.73%) ISTQB
21 96 (11.99%) TDD
22 94 (11.74%) Software Testing
23 92 (11.49%) SC Cleared
24 86 (10.74%) Regression Testing
24 86 (10.74%) Oracle
25 84 (10.49%) DevOps
26 81 (10.11%) Test Strategy
27 76 (9.49%) Software Engineering

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 49 (6.12%) Confluence
2 9 (1.12%) Tomcat
3 8 (1.00%) Apache Spark
4 5 (0.62%) Elasticsearch
4 5 (0.62%) Jetty
4 5 (0.62%) SharePoint
4 5 (0.62%) WebLogic
5 4 (0.50%) GlassFish
6 3 (0.37%) Documentum
6 3 (0.37%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 2 (0.25%) Cloud Foundry
7 2 (0.25%) CMS
7 2 (0.25%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.12%) Apache
8 1 (0.12%) CICS
8 1 (0.12%) Drupal
8 1 (0.12%) IIS
8 1 (0.12%) Mule
8 1 (0.12%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.12%) WordPress
Applications
1 10 (1.25%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (0.75%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (0.25%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.25%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.12%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.12%) Maya
5 1 (0.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.12%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 3 (0.37%) Markit EDM
1 3 (0.37%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (0.25%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.25%) LabWindows
3 1 (0.12%) Adobe Campaign
3 1 (0.12%) FastStats
3 1 (0.12%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.12%) Oracle Retail
3 1 (0.12%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 44 (5.49%) Amazon AWS
2 38 (4.74%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (2.12%) GitHub
4 11 (1.37%) Sauce Labs
5 10 (1.25%) BrowserStack
5 10 (1.25%) Slack
6 5 (0.62%) PaaS
7 4 (0.50%) Amazon EC2
7 4 (0.50%) Amazon S3
7 4 (0.50%) Google Cloud Platform
7 4 (0.50%) SaaS
8 3 (0.37%) CloudTest
8 3 (0.37%) IaaS
9 2 (0.25%) AWS Lambda
9 2 (0.25%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (0.25%) Dynamics 365
9 2 (0.25%) Office 365
9 2 (0.25%) OpenShift
10 1 (0.12%) BlazeMeter
10 1 (0.12%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 24 (3.00%) Wireshark
2 22 (2.75%) Wireless
3 20 (2.50%) 3G
4 19 (2.37%) 4G
5 15 (1.87%) Wi-Fi
6 14 (1.75%) Diameter Protocol
6 14 (1.75%) WLAN
7 12 (1.50%) Bluetooth
7 12 (1.50%) HTTP
8 10 (1.25%) VPN
9 9 (1.12%) DHCP
9 9 (1.12%) DNS
10 8 (1.00%) TCP/IP
11 6 (0.75%) 2G
11 6 (0.75%) Firewall
12 5 (0.62%) VLAN
13 4 (0.50%) DVB
13 4 (0.50%) Internet
13 4 (0.50%) LAN
14 3 (0.37%) GSM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 58 (7.24%) SQL Server
2 40 (4.99%) MySQL
3 14 (1.75%) PostgreSQL
4 12 (1.50%) Oracle Reports
4 12 (1.50%) Relational Database
5 11 (1.37%) Data Warehouse
5 11 (1.37%) Hadoop
6 10 (1.25%) Big Data
7 8 (1.00%) NoSQL
7 8 (1.00%) Oracle Database
8 5 (0.62%) MongoDB
9 4 (0.50%) Apache Accumulo
9 4 (0.50%) Geospatial Data
9 4 (0.50%) Oracle Database 10g
9 4 (0.50%) Oracle Database 11g
10 3 (0.37%) DB2
10 3 (0.37%) HBase
10 3 (0.37%) RDBMS
11 2 (0.25%) Redis
11 2 (0.25%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 333 (41.57%) Selenium
2 235 (29.34%) Cucumber
3 163 (20.35%) JIRA
4 145 (18.10%) Git (software)
5 142 (17.73%) Jenkins
6 115 (14.36%) WebDriver
7 69 (8.61%) JMeter
8 63 (7.87%) SoapUI
9 39 (4.87%) Subversion
10 38 (4.74%) JUnit
11 37 (4.62%) SpecFlow
12 36 (4.49%) Maven
12 36 (4.49%) Team Foundation Server
13 32 (4.00%) Visual Studio
14 31 (3.87%) HP UFT
15 27 (3.37%) Appium
16 26 (3.25%) LoadRunner
17 21 (2.62%) LabVIEW
18 19 (2.37%) JBehave
18 19 (2.37%) Rational DOORS
General
1 71 (8.86%) Finance
2 33 (4.12%) Banking
3 27 (3.37%) Telecoms
4 20 (2.50%) Electronics
5 13 (1.62%) Retail
6 11 (1.37%) Aerospace
7 10 (1.25%) Investment Banking
8 9 (1.12%) Manufacturing
9 8 (1.00%) Publishing
10 6 (0.75%) Automotive
11 5 (0.62%) Back Office
11 5 (0.62%) Games
12 3 (0.37%) Law
12 3 (0.37%) Legal
12 3 (0.37%) Marketing
13 2 (0.25%) Front Office
13 2 (0.25%) Military
14 1 (0.12%) Advertising
14 1 (0.12%) Italian Language
14 1 (0.12%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 67 (8.36%) Gherkin
2 63 (7.87%) .NET
3 62 (7.74%) Web Services
4 53 (6.62%) REST
5 45 (5.62%) SOAP
6 42 (5.24%) RESTful
7 32 (4.00%) XML
8 20 (2.50%) JSON
8 20 (2.50%) Node.js
9 19 (2.37%) HTML
10 15 (1.87%) CSS
10 15 (1.87%) React
11 12 (1.50%) Kafka
11 12 (1.50%) LDAP
11 12 (1.50%) Spring
12 11 (1.37%) Java EE
13 7 (0.87%) AngularJS
13 7 (0.87%) ASP.NET
14 6 (0.75%) jQuery
15 5 (0.62%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 47 (5.87%) Analytical Skills
2 39 (4.87%) Greenfield Project
3 27 (3.37%) Self-Motivation
4 17 (2.12%) Computer Science
5 15 (1.87%) Mobile App
6 12 (1.50%) Fintech
7 11 (1.37%) Smart Meter
8 9 (1.12%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 9 (1.12%) Linux Command Line
9 8 (1.00%) Embedded Systems
9 8 (1.00%) N-Tier
9 8 (1.00%) User Experience
10 6 (0.75%) Blog
10 6 (0.75%) Virtual Team
11 5 (0.62%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
11 5 (0.62%) STB
12 4 (0.50%) CAN bus
12 4 (0.50%) Client/Server
12 4 (0.50%) Data Centre
12 4 (0.50%) IPTV
Operating Systems
1 113 (14.11%) Linux
2 55 (6.87%) Windows
3 38 (4.74%) Unix
4 27 (3.37%) Android
5 25 (3.12%) Apple iOS
6 6 (0.75%) Windows Server
7 5 (0.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (0.50%) Windows 10
9 3 (0.37%) AIX
9 3 (0.37%) Embedded Linux
9 3 (0.37%) Windows 7
9 3 (0.37%) Windows Server 2003
9 3 (0.37%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (0.25%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (0.12%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.12%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.12%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.12%) Windows Phone
11 1 (0.12%) Windows Phone 8
11 1 (0.12%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 580 (72.41%) Test Automation
2 419 (52.31%) Agile Software Development
3 173 (21.60%) BDD
4 159 (19.85%) Scrum
5 125 (15.61%) Test Scripting
6 118 (14.73%) Continuous Integration
7 107 (13.36%) API Testing
8 104 (12.98%) SDLC
9 96 (11.99%) TDD
10 94 (11.74%) Software Testing
11 86 (10.74%) Regression Testing
12 84 (10.49%) DevOps
13 81 (10.11%) Test Strategy
14 76 (9.49%) Problem-Solving
14 76 (9.49%) Software Engineering
15 73 (9.11%) Performance Testing
16 70 (8.74%) SDET
17 60 (7.49%) User Acceptance Testing
18 59 (7.37%) Manual Testing
19 53 (6.62%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 306 (38.20%) Java
2 133 (16.60%) C#
3 118 (14.73%) SQL
4 102 (12.73%) Python
5 69 (8.61%) JavaScript
6 42 (5.24%) C
7 40 (4.99%) C++
8 39 (4.87%) Ruby
9 33 (4.12%) Perl
10 24 (3.00%) Groovy
11 20 (2.50%) Bash Shell
12 16 (2.00%) Shell Script
13 13 (1.62%) Scala
14 12 (1.50%) Java 8
14 12 (1.50%) PHP
15 10 (1.25%) PL/SQL
16 9 (1.12%) Ada
17 8 (1.00%) PowerShell
18 7 (0.87%) Apple Swift
18 7 (0.87%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 124 (15.48%) Security Cleared
2 102 (12.73%) ISTQB
3 92 (11.49%) SC Cleared
4 64 (7.99%) ISEB
5 50 (6.24%) Degree
6 29 (3.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 25 (3.12%) DV Cleared
8 10 (1.25%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 8 (1.00%) Computer Science Degree
10 7 (0.87%) BPSS Clearance
11 5 (0.62%) Numerate Degree
12 4 (0.50%) DBS Check
12 4 (0.50%) HNC
12 4 (0.50%) HND
13 3 (0.37%) CEH
13 3 (0.37%) CISSP
13 3 (0.37%) ISEB Practitioner
13 3 (0.37%) Master's Degree
14 2 (0.25%) BC Cleared
14 2 (0.25%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 167 (20.85%) QA
2 8 (1.00%) WCAG
3 4 (0.50%) MiFID
4 3 (0.37%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.37%) Dodd-Frank
4 3 (0.37%) EMIR
5 2 (0.25%) GDPR
6 1 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.12%) DO-160
6 1 (0.12%) IEC 62304
6 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.12%) JTAG
6 1 (0.12%) MISRA
6 1 (0.12%) MISRA C
6 1 (0.12%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 59 (7.37%) Docker
2 11 (1.37%) Firmware
3 6 (0.75%) Active Directory
4 4 (0.50%) Hyper-V
4 4 (0.50%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.50%) vSphere
5 3 (0.37%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (0.37%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (0.25%) HDFS
6 2 (0.25%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.25%) Virtual Desktop
6 2 (0.25%) XenApp
7 1 (0.12%) ACF2
7 1 (0.12%) KVM
7 1 (0.12%) QEMU
7 1 (0.12%) RACF
Systems Management
1 24 (3.00%) HP ALM
2 17 (2.12%) HP Quality Center
3 13 (1.62%) Kubernetes
4 11 (1.37%) Puppet
5 9 (1.12%) Opscode Chef
6 7 (0.87%) Ansible
6 7 (0.87%) Nessus
7 3 (0.37%) Kibana
7 3 (0.37%) SCCM
8 2 (0.25%) Iperf
8 2 (0.25%) McAfee ePO
8 2 (0.25%) Perfmon
9 1 (0.12%) Automic
9 1 (0.12%) Grafana
9 1 (0.12%) Graphite
9 1 (0.12%) logstash
9 1 (0.12%) SCOM
Vendors
1 86 (10.74%) Oracle
2 61 (7.62%) Microsoft
3 32 (4.00%) HP
4 16 (2.00%) Nokia
5 12 (1.50%) Atlassian
5 12 (1.50%) VMware
6 11 (1.37%) Google
7 10 (1.25%) Salesforce.com
8 9 (1.12%) webMethods
9 8 (1.00%) Cypress Semiconductor
10 7 (0.87%) CA Agile Central
10 7 (0.87%) IBM
11 5 (0.62%) Citrix
12 4 (0.50%) Ivanti
12 4 (0.50%) Red Hat
12 4 (0.50%) Serena
12 4 (0.50%) Software AG
13 3 (0.37%) Apple
13 3 (0.37%) Pega
13 3 (0.37%) Veritas