Period
to 3 August 2020

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £403 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 3 August 2020.

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
3 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 293 350 388
Rank change year-on-year +57 +38 +7
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 290 669 668
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.80% 0.73% 0.64%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.86% 0.77% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 179 431 435
Median daily rate £403 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.29% +6.25% +7.38%
10th Percentile £305 £308 £285
90th Percentile £550 £538 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 48 40
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.25 £38.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.59% +10.46% +9.68%
10th Percentile £31.50 £31.43 £28.81
90th Percentile £52.35 £47.06 £47.68
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.25 £38.00
% change year-on-year +0.59% +11.18% +8.96%

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 33,571 86,803 98,228
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.18% 94.41% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 20,838 56,979 64,284
Median daily rate £475 £466 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.93% +3.56% +4.05%
10th Percentile £256 £263 £269
90th Percentile £663 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £433 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +1.80% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,390 2,949 3,132
Median hourly rate £26.00 £19.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.33% +8.33% -2.70%
10th Percentile £12.02 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.15 £52.50 £48.00
Median hourly rate £21.50 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +16.22% +5.71% -1.02%

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Test Engineer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Test Engineer in the UK

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Test Engineer.

Daily rate trend for Test Engineer in the UK

Test Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Test Engineer over the 6 months to 3 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Test Engineer in the UK

Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Test Engineer.

Hourly rate trend for Test Engineer in the UK

Test Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Test Engineer over the 6 months to 3 August 2020.

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 3 August 2020. 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 +73 251 £413 -2.94% 69
UK excluding London +40 186 £400 - 61
London +145 96 £435 -8.42% 22
South West +30 53 £375 -16.67% 10
South East +73 48 £400 -5.88% 15
Scotland +53 29 £400 +8.47% 10
Midlands +85 19 £432 +15.20% 3
North of England +59 19 £403 +12.98% 11
West Midlands +71 18 £432 +8.00% 3
East of England +47 15 £425 +8.97% 8
Work from Home -10 12 £375 -11.76% 13
North West +65 11 £408 -4.12% 4
Yorkshire +52 5 £375 +11.94% 6
North East +27 4 £494 +55.51% 1
Wales +16 3 £400 +15.94% 2
East Midlands +50 1 - -
Northern Ireland - 1 - - 2

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 August 2020, 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.

1 171 (58.97%) Test Automation
2 138 (47.59%) Agile Software Development
3 99 (34.14%) Security Cleared
4 92 (31.72%) Selenium
5 84 (28.97%) Java
6 77 (26.55%) SC Cleared
7 74 (25.52%) Cucumber
8 67 (23.10%) DevOps
8 67 (23.10%) JIRA
9 64 (22.07%) Linux
10 60 (20.69%) SQL
11 59 (20.34%) BDD
12 52 (17.93%) Python
13 51 (17.59%) C#
14 48 (16.55%) TDD
15 46 (15.86%) JMeter
16 45 (15.52%) Scrum
17 44 (15.17%) QA
18 43 (14.83%) Windows
19 42 (14.48%) JavaScript
20 41 (14.14%) ISTQB
20 41 (14.14%) Azure
21 39 (13.45%) Test Scripting
21 39 (13.45%) Non-Functional Testing
21 39 (13.45%) Jenkins
22 38 (13.10%) Confluence
23 36 (12.41%) Public Sector
24 34 (11.72%) Microsoft
24 34 (11.72%) Regression Testing
25 33 (11.38%) 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 38 (13.10%) Confluence
2 10 (3.45%) WebLogic
3 6 (2.07%) Mule
4 5 (1.72%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (0.69%) Apache
5 2 (0.69%) Apache Spark
5 2 (0.69%) CMS
5 2 (0.69%) SAS
5 2 (0.69%) WildFly
6 1 (0.34%) JBoss
6 1 (0.34%) Moodle
6 1 (0.34%) Sitecore CMS
6 1 (0.34%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.34%) WebSphere
Applications
1 7 (2.41%) Simulink
2 5 (1.72%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (1.72%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.34%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 7 (2.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.69%) PeopleSoft HCM
3 1 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.34%) SAP Hybris
3 1 (0.34%) SAP MDM
3 1 (0.34%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 41 (14.14%) Azure
2 29 (10.00%) AWS
3 10 (3.45%) BrowserStack
3 10 (3.45%) GitHub
4 8 (2.76%) OpenShift
5 7 (2.41%) GCP
5 7 (2.41%) Tricentis Tosca
6 5 (1.72%) Slack
7 3 (1.03%) Amazon S3
8 2 (0.69%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (0.69%) Sauce Labs
8 2 (0.69%) Serverless
9 1 (0.34%) Amazon Kinesis
9 1 (0.34%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.34%) Boomi
9 1 (0.34%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.34%) NuGet
9 1 (0.34%) PaaS
9 1 (0.34%) SaaS
9 1 (0.34%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 9 (3.10%) Fibre Channel
2 8 (2.76%) Wireshark
3 7 (2.41%) 5G
4 6 (2.07%) DHCP
4 6 (2.07%) DNS
4 6 (2.07%) LTE
5 5 (1.72%) 4G
5 5 (1.72%) iSCSI
5 5 (1.72%) Radio Access Network
5 5 (1.72%) UMTS
6 4 (1.38%) VoLTE
7 3 (1.03%) Diameter Protocol
7 3 (1.03%) Firewall
7 3 (1.03%) GPRS
7 3 (1.03%) GSM
7 3 (1.03%) IPsec
7 3 (1.03%) Network Security
7 3 (1.03%) Skype
8 2 (0.69%) 3GPP
8 2 (0.69%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (5.17%) PostgreSQL
2 10 (3.45%) MongoDB
3 8 (2.76%) Data Mining
3 8 (2.76%) MySQL
4 7 (2.41%) Big Data
5 5 (1.72%) NoSQL
6 3 (1.03%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.69%) BigQuery
7 2 (0.69%) Data Lake
7 2 (0.69%) MariaDB
7 2 (0.69%) PowerCenter
7 2 (0.69%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.69%) SQL Server
8 1 (0.34%) Amazon Athena
8 1 (0.34%) Amazon RDS
8 1 (0.34%) Cosmos DB
8 1 (0.34%) Looker
8 1 (0.34%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.34%) OrientDB
8 1 (0.34%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 92 (31.72%) Selenium
2 74 (25.52%) Cucumber
3 67 (23.10%) JIRA
4 46 (15.86%) JMeter
5 39 (13.45%) Jenkins
6 32 (11.03%) Git (software)
7 25 (8.62%) WebDriver
8 24 (8.28%) SoapUI
9 18 (6.21%) JUnit
9 18 (6.21%) NeoLoad
10 17 (5.86%) Postman
11 16 (5.52%) Bitbucket
11 16 (5.52%) Gatling
11 16 (5.52%) SpecFlow
12 15 (5.17%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 15 (5.17%) Visual Studio
13 13 (4.48%) REST Assured
14 11 (3.79%) GitLab
14 11 (3.79%) Mocha
14 11 (3.79%) Zephyr
General
1 36 (12.41%) Public Sector
2 30 (10.34%) Finance
3 16 (5.52%) Military
4 9 (3.10%) Telecoms
5 8 (2.76%) Legal
5 8 (2.76%) Manufacturing
6 7 (2.41%) Electronics
7 5 (1.72%) Banking
8 4 (1.38%) Law
9 3 (1.03%) Retail
10 2 (0.69%) Aerospace
10 2 (0.69%) Games
10 2 (0.69%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.34%) Automotive
11 1 (0.34%) Marketing
11 1 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.34%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (7.93%) Web Services
2 18 (6.21%) Gherkin
3 17 (5.86%) XML
4 16 (5.52%) RESTful
5 12 (4.14%) SOAP
6 11 (3.79%) .NET
6 11 (3.79%) REST
7 10 (3.45%) Elastic Stack
8 9 (3.10%) Jest
8 9 (3.10%) JSON
9 8 (2.76%) AngularJS
9 8 (2.76%) Middleware
10 7 (2.41%) Spring
11 6 (2.07%) Node.js
12 5 (1.72%) .NET Framework
12 5 (1.72%) HTML
13 4 (1.38%) CSS
13 4 (1.38%) WebdriverIO
14 3 (1.03%) React
14 3 (1.03%) WireMock
Miscellaneous
1 23 (7.93%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (3.45%) Self-Motivation
3 6 (2.07%) PKI
4 5 (1.72%) Embedded Systems
4 5 (1.72%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 5 (1.72%) Public Cloud
5 4 (1.38%) Mobile App
6 2 (0.69%) Algorithms
6 2 (0.69%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.34%) ASIC
7 1 (0.34%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.34%) Data Structures
7 1 (0.34%) Derivative
7 1 (0.34%) Handset
7 1 (0.34%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.34%) NHS
7 1 (0.34%) SCADA
7 1 (0.34%) Smartcard
7 1 (0.34%) STB
7 1 (0.34%) VLE
Operating Systems
1 64 (22.07%) Linux
2 43 (14.83%) Windows
3 30 (10.34%) Unix
4 4 (1.38%) CentOS
4 4 (1.38%) Windows Server
5 3 (1.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (1.03%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (0.69%) Android
6 2 (0.69%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.34%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.34%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 171 (58.97%) Test Automation
2 138 (47.59%) Agile Software Development
3 67 (23.10%) DevOps
4 59 (20.34%) BDD
5 48 (16.55%) TDD
6 45 (15.52%) Scrum
7 39 (13.45%) Non-Functional Testing
7 39 (13.45%) Test Scripting
8 34 (11.72%) Regression Testing
9 33 (11.38%) API Testing
10 32 (11.03%) Functional Testing
11 31 (10.69%) Performance Testing
12 28 (9.66%) Scenario Testing
12 28 (9.66%) Test Strategy
13 27 (9.31%) Microservices
14 22 (7.59%) Integration Testing
14 22 (7.59%) SDET
14 22 (7.59%) SDLC
14 22 (7.59%) System Integration Testing
15 21 (7.24%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 84 (28.97%) Java
2 60 (20.69%) SQL
3 52 (17.93%) Python
4 51 (17.59%) C#
5 42 (14.48%) JavaScript
6 23 (7.93%) C
7 10 (3.45%) Perl
8 9 (3.10%) MATLAB
8 9 (3.10%) PowerShell
9 8 (2.76%) C++
10 7 (2.41%) Ada
10 7 (2.41%) Ada 95
11 6 (2.07%) Bash Shell
11 6 (2.07%) TypeScript
12 4 (1.38%) PHP
12 4 (1.38%) Shell Script
13 3 (1.03%) Ruby
14 2 (0.69%) Groovy
14 2 (0.69%) T-SQL
14 2 (0.69%) XPath
Qualifications
1 99 (34.14%) Security Cleared
2 77 (26.55%) SC Cleared
3 41 (14.14%) ISTQB
4 27 (9.31%) DV Cleared
5 25 (8.62%) ISEB
6 13 (4.48%) Degree
7 9 (3.10%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 8 (2.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 6 (2.07%) CCNA
9 6 (2.07%) Cisco Certification
10 5 (1.72%) BPSS Clearance
11 3 (1.03%) HND
11 3 (1.03%) MCSA
11 3 (1.03%) MCSE
11 3 (1.03%) Microsoft Certification
11 3 (1.03%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 1 (0.34%) APMP
12 1 (0.34%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 44 (15.17%) QA
2 2 (0.69%) GDPR
3 1 (0.34%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.34%) DO-178B
3 1 (0.34%) GMP
3 1 (0.34%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.34%) SLA
3 1 (0.34%) WCAG
System Software
1 32 (11.03%) Docker
2 5 (1.72%) Active Directory
2 5 (1.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (1.03%) Firmware
3 3 (1.03%) VMware ESXi
3 3 (1.03%) vSphere
4 1 (0.34%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.34%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 23 (7.93%) Kubernetes
2 10 (3.45%) Terraform
2 10 (3.45%) ZABBIX
3 8 (2.76%) Ansible
3 8 (2.76%) SCOM
4 7 (2.41%) HP ALM
5 6 (2.07%) Rancher
6 4 (1.38%) Data Guard
7 3 (1.03%) Kibana
8 2 (0.69%) Grafana
8 2 (0.69%) HP Quality Center
8 2 (0.69%) logstash
9 1 (0.34%) Nessus
9 1 (0.34%) nmon
9 1 (0.34%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.34%) Puppet
9 1 (0.34%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 34 (11.72%) Microsoft
2 23 (7.93%) Oracle
3 14 (4.83%) AppDynamics
4 13 (4.48%) Google
4 13 (4.48%) Splunk
4 13 (4.48%) VMware
5 12 (4.14%) Atlassian
6 11 (3.79%) Dynatrace
6 11 (3.79%) New Relic
7 9 (3.10%) HP
8 8 (2.76%) IBM
8 8 (2.76%) SolarWinds
9 6 (2.07%) webMethods
10 5 (1.72%) CheckPoint
10 5 (1.72%) Micro Focus
10 5 (1.72%) SAP
11 4 (1.38%) Cisco
11 4 (1.38%) ServiceNow
12 3 (1.03%) Huawei
12 3 (1.03%) SOASTA, Inc