Period
to 8 April 2020

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 8 April 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
8 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 294 325 407
Rank change year-on-year +31 +82 -15
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 490 782 572
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.80% 0.81% 0.56%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.86% 0.85% 0.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 305 508 394
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +8.11%
10th Percentile £289 £303 £287
90th Percentile £533 £565 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £401 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.69% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 43 33
Median hourly rate £39.50 £42.00 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.95% - +29.23%
10th Percentile £31.50 £18.80 £30.00
90th Percentile £52.63 £47.38 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.50 £42.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -3.57% +5.00% +23.08%

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 57,210 91,749 96,655
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.81% 94.65% 94.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 36,320 60,807 63,684
Median daily rate £460 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.61% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £227 £275 £263
90th Percentile £650 £650 £630
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £405
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,463 2,834 2,928
Median hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £18.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.95% +0.38% +0.70%
10th Percentile £11.80 £11.04 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.25 £50.00 £48.00
Median hourly rate £18.90 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +8.00% - -

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 8 April 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 8 April 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 8 April 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 +5 405 £425 - 102
UK excluding London +47 386 £401 +2.69% 101
South West +55 119 £425 - 8
South East +32 105 £375 -6.25% 26
London -2 99 £425 -10.53% 20
Scotland +39 55 £400 - 10
North of England +12 38 £431 +10.58% 17
East of England +34 34 £413 +50.00% 23
Wales +44 25 £400 +14.29% 6
Yorkshire +25 21 £450 +27.66% 6
Midlands +29 10 £394 +12.50% 8
North West +22 9 £400 -2.44% 10
West Midlands +48 8 £394 +15.81% 4
North East +17 8 £425 +30.77% 1
Work from Home +11 5 £400 -20.00% 7
East Midlands +9 2 - - 4
Northern Ireland +8 2 £350 +11.11% 3

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 8 April 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.

1 293 (59.80%) Test Automation
2 194 (39.59%) Agile Software Development
3 129 (26.33%) JIRA
4 128 (26.12%) Security Cleared
5 122 (24.90%) Selenium
6 103 (21.02%) Java
7 91 (18.57%) Cucumber
8 90 (18.37%) Test Scripting
8 90 (18.37%) Linux
9 88 (17.96%) Python
10 85 (17.35%) SC Cleared
11 83 (16.94%) Scrum
12 78 (15.92%) DevOps
13 73 (14.90%) BDD
14 71 (14.49%) QA
15 69 (14.08%) SQL
16 63 (12.86%) C#
17 62 (12.65%) ISTQB
18 61 (12.45%) JavaScript
19 60 (12.24%) Jenkins
20 57 (11.63%) API Testing
21 56 (11.43%) Confluence
22 54 (11.02%) Regression Testing
23 51 (10.41%) TDD
23 51 (10.41%) Software Testing
24 50 (10.20%) ISEB
24 50 (10.20%) Non-Functional Testing
25 49 (10.00%) Azure
26 48 (9.80%) Gherkin
26 48 (9.80%) C

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 56 (11.43%) Confluence
2 4 (0.82%) Elasticsearch
3 3 (0.61%) Apache Qpid
3 3 (0.61%) Gunicorn
4 2 (0.41%) Apache Spark
4 2 (0.41%) CMS
4 2 (0.41%) IIS
4 2 (0.41%) SAS
4 2 (0.41%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.41%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.20%) Cloud Foundry
5 1 (0.20%) Drupal
5 1 (0.20%) Moodle
Applications
1 8 (1.63%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (0.20%) Simulink
2 1 (0.20%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 1 (0.20%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.20%) Dynamics NAV
1 1 (0.20%) LabWindows
1 1 (0.20%) Oracle BPM
1 1 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 49 (10.00%) Azure
2 31 (6.33%) AWS
3 8 (1.63%) BrowserStack
3 8 (1.63%) GitHub
4 6 (1.22%) AWS CloudFormation
5 5 (1.02%) GCP
6 4 (0.82%) Cloud Computing
7 3 (0.61%) Amazon EC2
7 3 (0.61%) Amazon S3
7 3 (0.61%) Slack
7 3 (0.61%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 2 (0.41%) Office 365
8 2 (0.41%) Power Platform
9 1 (0.20%) Force.com
9 1 (0.20%) G Suite
9 1 (0.20%) Google Sheets
9 1 (0.20%) NuGet
9 1 (0.20%) OpenShift
9 1 (0.20%) PaaS
9 1 (0.20%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 19 (3.88%) Wireshark
2 16 (3.27%) LTE
3 14 (2.86%) VoLTE
4 12 (2.45%) IP Telephony
4 12 (2.45%) TCP/IP
5 11 (2.24%) 5G
6 8 (1.63%) DHCP
6 8 (1.63%) DNS
7 7 (1.43%) Fibre Channel
7 7 (1.43%) iSCSI
8 6 (1.22%) Firewall
8 6 (1.22%) Wi-Fi
8 6 (1.22%) Wireless
9 5 (1.02%) 4G
9 5 (1.02%) Broadband
9 5 (1.02%) Radio Access Network
9 5 (1.02%) RTCP
9 5 (1.02%) RTP
9 5 (1.02%) VoIP
10 4 (0.82%) GSM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (3.06%) MySQL
2 12 (2.45%) SQL Server
3 10 (2.04%) Big Data
4 6 (1.22%) MongoDB
5 4 (0.82%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (0.82%) PostgreSQL
6 3 (0.61%) Oracle Database
7 2 (0.41%) BigQuery
7 2 (0.41%) Data Lake
7 2 (0.41%) Hadoop
7 2 (0.41%) NoSQL
7 2 (0.41%) Power BI
7 2 (0.41%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.20%) Apache Hive
8 1 (0.20%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (0.20%) CouchDB
8 1 (0.20%) HBase
8 1 (0.20%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 129 (26.33%) JIRA
2 122 (24.90%) Selenium
3 91 (18.57%) Cucumber
4 60 (12.24%) Jenkins
5 47 (9.59%) Git (software)
6 39 (7.96%) JMeter
7 35 (7.14%) WebDriver
8 33 (6.73%) SoapUI
9 30 (6.12%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 25 (5.10%) GoogleTest
11 22 (4.49%) Postman
11 22 (4.49%) SpecFlow
12 19 (3.88%) Visual Studio
13 16 (3.27%) Gatling
14 14 (2.86%) Bitbucket
15 13 (2.65%) LoadRunner
16 12 (2.45%) REST Assured
17 11 (2.24%) Protractor
18 10 (2.04%) Rational DOORS
18 10 (2.04%) SonarQube
General
1 45 (9.18%) Public Sector
2 44 (8.98%) Finance
3 25 (5.10%) Military
4 23 (4.69%) Telecoms
5 17 (3.47%) Electronics
6 14 (2.86%) Banking
7 10 (2.04%) Manufacturing
8 5 (1.02%) Legal
8 5 (1.02%) Retail
9 4 (0.82%) Marketing
10 2 (0.41%) Aerospace
10 2 (0.41%) Front Office
10 2 (0.41%) Games
10 2 (0.41%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.41%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.20%) Automotive
11 1 (0.20%) Corporate Banking
11 1 (0.20%) German Language
11 1 (0.20%) International Banking
11 1 (0.20%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 48 (9.80%) Gherkin
2 20 (4.08%) .NET
3 18 (3.67%) REST
4 16 (3.27%) SOAP
5 15 (3.06%) Web Services
6 13 (2.65%) Node.js
7 12 (2.45%) XML
8 9 (1.84%) AngularJS
8 9 (1.84%) RESTful
9 8 (1.63%) HTML
9 8 (1.63%) JSON
9 8 (1.63%) Spring
10 6 (1.22%) CSS
10 6 (1.22%) Middleware
10 6 (1.22%) React
10 6 (1.22%) WebdriverIO
11 5 (1.02%) Elastic Stack
12 4 (0.82%) .NET Framework
12 4 (0.82%) Nightwatchjs
13 3 (0.61%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 34 (6.94%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (4.49%) Self-Motivation
3 13 (2.65%) Handset
4 12 (2.45%) Greenfield Project
5 11 (2.24%) Mainframe
5 11 (2.24%) Mobile App
6 10 (2.04%) ASIC
7 9 (1.84%) Embedded Systems
8 6 (1.22%) PKI
9 5 (1.02%) Enterprise Cloud
10 4 (0.82%) Algorithms
10 4 (0.82%) Cyber Defence
10 4 (0.82%) Driving Licence
10 4 (0.82%) Public Cloud
11 3 (0.61%) Derivative
11 3 (0.61%) Enterprise Software
11 3 (0.61%) Virtual Team
12 2 (0.41%) Clustering
12 2 (0.41%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
12 2 (0.41%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 90 (18.37%) Linux
2 40 (8.16%) Windows
3 24 (4.90%) Unix
4 7 (1.43%) Android
4 7 (1.43%) Windows Server
5 5 (1.02%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (0.82%) CentOS
7 3 (0.61%) AIX
7 3 (0.61%) Apple iOS
7 3 (0.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 3 (0.61%) Windows Server 2003
7 3 (0.61%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (0.41%) VMS
8 2 (0.41%) Windows 10
8 2 (0.41%) Windows 7
8 2 (0.41%) Windows Server 2016
8 2 (0.41%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.20%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.20%) MVS
9 1 (0.20%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 293 (59.80%) Test Automation
2 194 (39.59%) Agile Software Development
3 90 (18.37%) Test Scripting
4 83 (16.94%) Scrum
5 78 (15.92%) DevOps
6 73 (14.90%) BDD
7 57 (11.63%) API Testing
8 54 (11.02%) Regression Testing
9 51 (10.41%) Software Testing
9 51 (10.41%) TDD
10 50 (10.20%) Non-Functional Testing
11 43 (8.78%) Performance Testing
12 40 (8.16%) Functional Testing
13 32 (6.53%) Continuous Integration
13 32 (6.53%) Manual Testing
14 31 (6.33%) Scenario Testing
14 31 (6.33%) Validation
15 27 (5.51%) Test Strategy
16 26 (5.31%) Software Engineering
17 25 (5.10%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 103 (21.02%) Java
2 88 (17.96%) Python
3 69 (14.08%) SQL
4 63 (12.86%) C#
5 61 (12.45%) JavaScript
6 48 (9.80%) C
7 23 (4.69%) C++
8 13 (2.65%) Bash Shell
8 13 (2.65%) Ruby
9 10 (2.04%) Perl
9 10 (2.04%) Scala
10 9 (1.84%) PowerShell
11 8 (1.63%) PHP
12 7 (1.43%) TypeScript
13 6 (1.22%) Kotlin
14 4 (0.82%) T-SQL
15 3 (0.61%) MATLAB
15 3 (0.61%) VBScript
15 3 (0.61%) XPath
16 2 (0.41%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 128 (26.12%) Security Cleared
2 85 (17.35%) SC Cleared
3 62 (12.65%) ISTQB
4 50 (10.20%) ISEB
5 43 (8.78%) DV Cleared
6 20 (4.08%) Degree
7 15 (3.06%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 12 (2.45%) CCNA
8 12 (2.45%) Cisco Certification
9 7 (1.43%) BPSS Clearance
10 5 (1.02%) HND
10 5 (1.02%) MCSA
10 5 (1.02%) MCSE
10 5 (1.02%) Microsoft Certification
11 3 (0.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 2 (0.41%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 2 (0.41%) MCITP
12 2 (0.41%) MCTS
13 1 (0.20%) APMP
13 1 (0.20%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 71 (14.49%) QA
2 3 (0.61%) WCAG
3 2 (0.41%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.41%) GDPR
4 1 (0.20%) DO-178B
4 1 (0.20%) ECSS
4 1 (0.20%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.20%) SLA
System Software
1 21 (4.29%) Docker
2 8 (1.63%) Active Directory
3 5 (1.02%) VMware ESXi
3 5 (1.02%) vSphere
4 4 (0.82%) Firmware
4 4 (0.82%) Hyper-V
4 4 (0.82%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.41%) LXC
6 1 (0.20%) HDFS
6 1 (0.20%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 28 (5.71%) Ansible
2 18 (3.67%) Terraform
3 14 (2.86%) HP Quality Center
4 12 (2.45%) Opscode Chef
5 11 (2.24%) HP ALM
6 8 (1.63%) Puppet
7 2 (0.41%) Grafana
7 2 (0.41%) Kubernetes
7 2 (0.41%) McAfee ePO
7 2 (0.41%) Nessus
7 2 (0.41%) Netcool
7 2 (0.41%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 2 (0.41%) SCCM
8 1 (0.20%) Kibana
8 1 (0.20%) nmon
Vendors
1 31 (6.33%) Google
2 30 (6.12%) Microsoft
3 28 (5.71%) Atlassian
4 22 (4.49%) Oracle
5 14 (2.86%) HP
5 14 (2.86%) VMware
6 10 (2.04%) Unisys
7 8 (1.63%) Cisco
7 8 (1.63%) Micro Focus
7 8 (1.63%) SAP
8 7 (1.43%) IBM
9 6 (1.22%) AppDynamics
9 6 (1.22%) Salesforce.com
10 5 (1.02%) EMC
10 5 (1.02%) Splunk
11 4 (0.82%) Huawei
11 4 (0.82%) MuleSoft
11 4 (0.82%) New Relic
11 4 (0.82%) SOASTA, Inc
12 3 (0.61%) Databricks