Period
to 21 April 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 April 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
21 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 411 371 383
Rank change year-on-year -40 +12 +23
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 567 579 639
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.56% 0.63% 0.60%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.59% 0.66% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 389 356 356
UK median daily rate £400 £370 £366
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.11% +1.02% +12.69%
10th Percentile £285 £260 £254
90th Percentile £540 £488 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £340 £350
% change year-on-year +10.29% -2.86% +8.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 69 62
UK median hourly rate £42.00 £30.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% -25.00% +21.21%
10th Percentile £30.00 £16.25 £21.38
90th Percentile £52.50 £45.17 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.81 £31.25 £37.50
% change year-on-year +33.78% -16.67% +7.14%

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 96,028 87,287 101,432
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.93% 94.87% 95.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,193 56,709 65,411
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £258 £250
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +2.50% +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,954 3,007 3,316
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.93 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.27% -2.92% +14.71%
10th Percentile £10.80 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.56 £48.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% -5.26% +15.15%

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 21 April 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 21 April 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 21 April 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 -38 506 £400 +6.67% 317
UK excluding London -51 335 £375 +10.29% 259
London -2 225 £450 +7.14% 79
South East -50 103 £375 +20.00% 56
North of England +1 78 £400 +18.08% 57
East of England -32 41 £450 +28.57% 61
Yorkshire +6 36 £425 +13.33% 20
South West +5 35 £375 +10.29% 40
North West +10 33 £350 +12.00% 26
Scotland -55 28 £388 +10.71% 10
Wales +8 25 £375 +13.64% 9
Midlands -12 23 £350 -6.67% 24
North East +20 15 £475 +39.71% 11
West Midlands -9 12 £350 -3.45% 16
East Midlands +5 11 £275 -38.89% 8
Northern Ireland -3 1 £270 -1.82% 2
Isle of Man - 1 £400 -

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 April 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.

1 399 (70.37%) Test Automation
2 317 (55.91%) Agile Software Development
3 243 (42.86%) Selenium
4 209 (36.86%) Java
5 167 (29.45%) QA
6 147 (25.93%) BDD
7 141 (24.87%) Cucumber
8 123 (21.69%) TDD
9 116 (20.46%) JIRA
10 112 (19.75%) Scrum
11 106 (18.69%) Test Scripting
12 103 (18.17%) SQL
13 99 (17.46%) C#
14 98 (17.28%) Continuous Integration
15 96 (16.93%) Security Cleared
16 94 (16.58%) Git (software)
17 87 (15.34%) Jenkins
18 84 (14.81%) Performance Testing
19 82 (14.46%) WebDriver
20 81 (14.29%) SDLC
21 78 (13.76%) JavaScript
21 78 (13.76%) Python
21 78 (13.76%) Software Engineering
22 77 (13.58%) DevOps
23 69 (12.17%) Finance
24 68 (11.99%) Linux
25 64 (11.29%) Regression Testing
26 63 (11.11%) JMeter
26 63 (11.11%) Web Services
27 62 (10.93%) REST

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 47 (8.29%) Confluence
2 10 (1.76%) Apache Spark
3 6 (1.06%) IIS
4 4 (0.71%) SharePoint
5 3 (0.53%) CMS
5 3 (0.53%) Elasticsearch
5 3 (0.53%) JBoss
5 3 (0.53%) MS Exchange
5 3 (0.53%) OpenStack
5 3 (0.53%) SAS
6 2 (0.35%) Jetty
6 2 (0.35%) NServiceBus
6 2 (0.35%) Tomcat
6 2 (0.35%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.18%) Apache
7 1 (0.18%) CICS
7 1 (0.18%) Cloud Foundry
7 1 (0.18%) EPiServer
7 1 (0.18%) Mule
Applications
1 6 (1.06%) Microsoft Project
2 5 (0.88%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (1.06%) LabWindows
2 3 (0.53%) Temenos T24
3 1 (0.18%) Adobe Campaign
3 1 (0.18%) FastStats
3 1 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.18%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 31 (5.47%) Microsoft Azure
2 15 (2.65%) Slack
3 12 (2.12%) BrowserStack
4 11 (1.94%) Amazon AWS
5 6 (1.06%) GitHub
5 6 (1.06%) Sauce Labs
6 2 (0.35%) IaaS
6 2 (0.35%) SaaS
6 2 (0.35%) Serverless
7 1 (0.18%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.18%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (2.65%) WinSCP
2 14 (2.47%) LTE
2 14 (2.47%) PuTTY
3 13 (2.29%) HTTP
4 11 (1.94%) TCP/IP
5 10 (1.76%) DNS
6 9 (1.59%) 3G
6 9 (1.59%) Wireless
7 8 (1.41%) DHCP
8 7 (1.23%) ICMP
9 6 (1.06%) Firewall
9 6 (1.06%) VLAN
10 4 (0.71%) 3GPP
10 4 (0.71%) Internet
11 3 (0.53%) 4G
11 3 (0.53%) IP Telephony
11 3 (0.53%) IPsec
11 3 (0.53%) MPLS
11 3 (0.53%) SNMP
11 3 (0.53%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (7.23%) SQL Server
2 16 (2.82%) SQL Server 2012
3 15 (2.65%) Oracle Database
4 14 (2.47%) Hadoop
5 13 (2.29%) MySQL
5 13 (2.29%) Oracle Database 10g
5 13 (2.29%) Oracle Database 11g
5 13 (2.29%) SQL Server 2016
6 10 (1.76%) Big Data
7 9 (1.59%) Relational Database
8 6 (1.06%) MongoDB
9 5 (0.88%) Data Warehouse
10 4 (0.71%) Geospatial Data
10 4 (0.71%) GIS
11 3 (0.53%) NoSQL
11 3 (0.53%) PostgreSQL
11 3 (0.53%) Redis
12 2 (0.35%) BusinessObjects
12 2 (0.35%) PowerCenter
13 1 (0.18%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 243 (42.86%) Selenium
2 141 (24.87%) Cucumber
3 116 (20.46%) JIRA
4 94 (16.58%) Git (software)
5 87 (15.34%) Jenkins
6 82 (14.46%) WebDriver
7 63 (11.11%) JMeter
8 60 (10.58%) SpecFlow
9 58 (10.23%) SoapUI
10 41 (7.23%) HP UFT
11 38 (6.70%) JUnit
12 32 (5.64%) LoadRunner
13 31 (5.47%) TestNG
14 24 (4.23%) Appium
15 23 (4.06%) Team Foundation Server
16 21 (3.70%) Eclipse
16 21 (3.70%) Gradle
17 20 (3.53%) Protractor
17 20 (3.53%) Subversion
18 19 (3.35%) Maven
General
1 69 (12.17%) Finance
2 30 (5.29%) Telecoms
3 28 (4.94%) Banking
4 19 (3.35%) Electronics
5 15 (2.65%) Retail
6 10 (1.76%) Investment Banking
6 10 (1.76%) Law
6 10 (1.76%) Marketing
7 9 (1.59%) Manufacturing
8 7 (1.23%) Back Office
9 6 (1.06%) Games
10 4 (0.71%) Billing
11 3 (0.53%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.53%) Military
11 3 (0.53%) Romanian Language
12 2 (0.35%) Automotive
12 2 (0.35%) Digital Economy
12 2 (0.35%) Publishing
13 1 (0.18%) Aerospace
13 1 (0.18%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (11.11%) Web Services
2 62 (10.93%) REST
3 56 (9.88%) .NET
4 42 (7.41%) Gherkin
5 31 (5.47%) SOAP
6 29 (5.11%) RESTful
7 28 (4.94%) XML
8 23 (4.06%) JSON
9 19 (3.35%) CSS
10 18 (3.17%) HTML
11 17 (3.00%) AngularJS
12 13 (2.29%) Node.js
12 13 (2.29%) Spring
13 9 (1.59%) React
14 8 (1.41%) RabbitMQ
15 7 (1.23%) ASP.NET
15 7 (1.23%) jQuery
15 7 (1.23%) Kafka
16 6 (1.06%) Middleware
17 5 (0.88%) GWT
Miscellaneous
1 24 (4.23%) Greenfield Project
2 19 (3.35%) Computer Science
3 18 (3.17%) Mobile App
4 17 (3.00%) Analytical Skills
5 10 (1.76%) Self-Motivation
6 9 (1.59%) Management Information System
7 6 (1.06%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 6 (1.06%) Mainframe
7 6 (1.06%) User Experience
8 5 (0.88%) Data Centre
8 5 (0.88%) Embedded Systems
8 5 (0.88%) Linux Command Line
9 4 (0.71%) Client/Server
9 4 (0.71%) Derivative
9 4 (0.71%) Driving Licence
9 4 (0.71%) Fintech
9 4 (0.71%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 3 (0.53%) ASIC
10 3 (0.53%) Handset
10 3 (0.53%) STB
Operating Systems
1 68 (11.99%) Linux
2 41 (7.23%) Windows
3 27 (4.76%) Android
4 25 (4.41%) Apple iOS
5 24 (4.23%) Unix
6 18 (3.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 17 (3.00%) Windows Server
7 17 (3.00%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (0.71%) Mac OS X
9 3 (0.53%) Embedded Linux
10 2 (0.35%) Windows 10
11 1 (0.18%) AIX
11 1 (0.18%) Solaris
11 1 (0.18%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.18%) VxWorks
11 1 (0.18%) Windows NT
11 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 399 (70.37%) Test Automation
2 317 (55.91%) Agile Software Development
3 147 (25.93%) BDD
4 123 (21.69%) TDD
5 112 (19.75%) Scrum
6 106 (18.69%) Test Scripting
7 98 (17.28%) Continuous Integration
8 84 (14.81%) Performance Testing
9 81 (14.29%) SDLC
10 78 (13.76%) Software Engineering
11 77 (13.58%) DevOps
12 64 (11.29%) Regression Testing
13 56 (9.88%) Software Testing
14 51 (8.99%) Kanban
14 51 (8.99%) Open Source
14 51 (8.99%) SDET
14 51 (8.99%) Test Strategy
15 49 (8.64%) Continuous Delivery
15 49 (8.64%) Functional Testing
16 48 (8.47%) API Testing
Programming Languages
1 209 (36.86%) Java
2 103 (18.17%) SQL
3 99 (17.46%) C#
4 78 (13.76%) JavaScript
4 78 (13.76%) Python
5 42 (7.41%) Ruby
6 40 (7.05%) C
7 15 (2.65%) Groovy
7 15 (2.65%) PHP
8 14 (2.47%) F#
9 12 (2.12%) Java 8
9 12 (2.12%) Scala
10 11 (1.94%) C++
10 11 (1.94%) Shell Script
11 10 (1.76%) Perl
12 9 (1.59%) Bash Shell
13 8 (1.41%) Apple Swift
13 8 (1.41%) T-SQL
14 7 (1.23%) PowerShell
14 7 (1.23%) VB
Qualifications
1 96 (16.93%) Security Cleared
2 61 (10.76%) SC Cleared
3 53 (9.35%) Degree
4 42 (7.41%) ISTQB
5 37 (6.53%) ISEB
6 27 (4.76%) DV Cleared
7 14 (2.47%) Numerate Degree
8 13 (2.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 9 (1.59%) Computer Science Degree
10 8 (1.41%) BPSS Clearance
11 6 (1.06%) ISEB Practitioner
12 5 (0.88%) HNC
13 4 (0.71%) HND
14 3 (0.53%) Cisco Certification
15 2 (0.35%) BC Cleared
15 2 (0.35%) CCDP
15 2 (0.35%) CCIE
15 2 (0.35%) CCNP
15 2 (0.35%) PMI Certification
15 2 (0.35%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 167 (29.45%) QA
2 16 (2.82%) WCAG
3 5 (0.88%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.53%) ISO 13485
5 2 (0.35%) IEC 62304
5 2 (0.35%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.18%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 1 (0.18%) GAMP
6 1 (0.18%) GMP
6 1 (0.18%) GxP
6 1 (0.18%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 20 (3.53%) Docker
2 16 (2.82%) vSphere
3 11 (1.94%) Active Directory
4 10 (1.76%) VMware Infrastructure
5 6 (1.06%) Firmware
5 6 (1.06%) VMware Workstation
6 5 (0.88%) Hyper-V
6 5 (0.88%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.35%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.35%) vCloud
8 1 (0.18%) ACF2
8 1 (0.18%) HDFS
8 1 (0.18%) RACF
8 1 (0.18%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 42 (7.41%) HP ALM
2 15 (2.65%) HP Quality Center
2 15 (2.65%) Nessus
3 4 (0.71%) Ansible
3 4 (0.71%) SCCM
3 4 (0.71%) SCOM
4 3 (0.53%) Puppet
5 2 (0.35%) vRealize
5 2 (0.35%) WhatsUp Gold
6 1 (0.18%) Automic
6 1 (0.18%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.18%) Grafana
6 1 (0.18%) Kibana
6 1 (0.18%) Netcool
6 1 (0.18%) Perfmon
6 1 (0.18%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 47 (8.29%) HP
2 43 (7.58%) Microsoft
3 34 (6.00%) Oracle
4 27 (4.76%) VMware
5 20 (3.53%) Atlassian
6 16 (2.82%) Red Hat
7 12 (2.12%) IBM
7 12 (2.12%) Software AG
7 12 (2.12%) webMethods
8 7 (1.23%) Cisco
8 7 (1.23%) Citrix
9 4 (0.71%) Cadence
9 4 (0.71%) hybris
9 4 (0.71%) Salesforce.com
9 4 (0.71%) SAP
10 3 (0.53%) MikroTik
11 2 (0.35%) Aerohive Networks
11 2 (0.35%) CA Agile Central
11 2 (0.35%) F5
11 2 (0.35%) ServiceNow