Period
to 20 July 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 July 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
20 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 385 377 424
Rank change year-on-year -8 +47 +32
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 662 589 603
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.64% 0.62% 0.55%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.67% 0.65% 0.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 424 371 360
UK median daily rate £400 £370 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.11% -1.33% +15.38%
10th Percentile £285 £263 £215
90th Percentile £550 £513 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £338 £350
% change year-on-year +11.11% -3.57% +16.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 75 51
UK median hourly rate £41.61 £34.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.38% -9.33% +13.64%
10th Percentile £30.00 £18.40 £22.50
90th Percentile £51.20 £50.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £34.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +17.65% -9.33% +12.78%

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 98,830 90,441 104,671
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.86% 94.94% 95.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,752 58,615 68,085
UK median daily rate £450 £428 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +0.59% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £256
90th Percentile £638 £619 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,197 2,912 3,137
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -2.63% +8.57%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.44
90th Percentile £48.75 £50.00 £47.39
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year - -7.89% +11.76%

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 20 July 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 20 July 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 20 July 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 -4 569 £400 +6.67% 324
UK excluding London -9 435 £375 +11.11% 261
London -18 216 £450 +5.88% 81
South East -60 122 £363 +14.17% 58
North of England +36 92 £385 +14.93% 54
South West +22 56 £375 +2.74% 36
East of England -22 54 £410 +21.48% 63
Yorkshire +21 52 £393 +4.67% 22
Scotland -38 44 £363 +3.57% 15
Wales +18 40 £360 +4.35% 2
North West +14 35 £375 +27.12% 25
Midlands -6 27 £405 +15.71% 32
West Midlands -27 16 £400 +14.29% 19
East Midlands +11 11 £450 +28.57% 13
North East -14 8 £475 +48.44% 7
Northern Ireland +18 1 £350 +32.58% 1

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 July 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.

1 486 (73.41%) Test Automation
2 371 (56.04%) Agile Software Development
3 289 (43.66%) Selenium
4 241 (36.40%) Java
5 176 (26.59%) Cucumber
6 153 (23.11%) QA
7 142 (21.45%) BDD
8 135 (20.39%) Scrum
9 126 (19.03%) JIRA
10 119 (17.98%) Git (software)
11 111 (16.77%) SQL
12 110 (16.62%) Security Cleared
13 109 (16.47%) C#
14 105 (15.86%) Test Scripting
15 104 (15.71%) Linux
16 99 (14.95%) Jenkins
17 92 (13.90%) Python
18 91 (13.75%) TDD
18 91 (13.75%) SDLC
19 90 (13.60%) WebDriver
20 85 (12.84%) Continuous Integration
21 79 (11.93%) Software Testing
22 78 (11.78%) ISTQB
22 78 (11.78%) SC Cleared
23 76 (11.48%) Performance Testing
23 76 (11.48%) Software Engineering
23 76 (11.48%) Finance
23 76 (11.48%) DevOps
24 74 (11.18%) API Testing
25 68 (10.27%) Regression 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 32 (4.83%) Confluence
2 9 (1.36%) Apache Spark
2 9 (1.36%) Tomcat
3 7 (1.06%) Elasticsearch
4 5 (0.76%) CMS
4 5 (0.76%) Jetty
5 4 (0.60%) GlassFish
6 3 (0.45%) Documentum
6 3 (0.45%) IIS
6 3 (0.45%) OpenStack
7 2 (0.30%) Apache
7 2 (0.30%) SAS
7 2 (0.30%) SharePoint
7 2 (0.30%) WebLogic
7 2 (0.30%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.15%) CICS
8 1 (0.15%) Drupal
8 1 (0.15%) EPiServer
8 1 (0.15%) NServiceBus
8 1 (0.15%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 9 (1.36%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.30%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.15%) AutoCAD
3 1 (0.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.60%) LabWindows
2 2 (0.30%) Adobe Campaign
2 2 (0.30%) FastStats
2 2 (0.30%) Unica
3 1 (0.15%) Markit EDM
3 1 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.15%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.15%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 33 (4.98%) Microsoft Azure
2 28 (4.23%) Amazon AWS
3 10 (1.51%) BrowserStack
3 10 (1.51%) Sauce Labs
3 10 (1.51%) Slack
4 7 (1.06%) GitHub
5 4 (0.60%) Google Cloud Platform
6 3 (0.45%) Amazon EC2
6 3 (0.45%) Amazon S3
7 2 (0.30%) IaaS
7 2 (0.30%) Office 365
7 2 (0.30%) SaaS
8 1 (0.15%) AWS Lambda
8 1 (0.15%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.15%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (0.15%) npm
8 1 (0.15%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 15 (2.27%) HTTP
2 13 (1.96%) Wireshark
3 12 (1.81%) WinSCP
4 11 (1.66%) PuTTY
4 11 (1.66%) Wireless
5 9 (1.36%) 4G
6 8 (1.21%) 3G
6 8 (1.21%) TCP/IP
7 7 (1.06%) DNS
8 6 (0.91%) DHCP
8 6 (0.91%) Internet
8 6 (0.91%) LTE
9 5 (0.76%) Firewall
9 5 (0.76%) Wi-Fi
10 4 (0.60%) 2G
10 4 (0.60%) 3GPP
10 4 (0.60%) Diameter Protocol
10 4 (0.60%) DVB
10 4 (0.60%) VLAN
11 3 (0.45%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 61 (9.21%) SQL Server
2 29 (4.38%) MySQL
3 17 (2.57%) Oracle Database
4 15 (2.27%) Hadoop
5 13 (1.96%) Big Data
6 12 (1.81%) Oracle Database 10g
6 12 (1.81%) Oracle Database 11g
7 11 (1.66%) Relational Database
8 10 (1.51%) SQL Server 2012
8 10 (1.51%) SQL Server 2016
9 8 (1.21%) Data Warehouse
9 8 (1.21%) NoSQL
10 7 (1.06%) Geospatial Data
10 7 (1.06%) Oracle Reports
11 5 (0.76%) MongoDB
11 5 (0.76%) PostgreSQL
12 4 (0.60%) Apache Accumulo
12 4 (0.60%) GIS
12 4 (0.60%) RDBMS
13 3 (0.45%) Redis
Development Applications
1 289 (43.66%) Selenium
2 176 (26.59%) Cucumber
3 126 (19.03%) JIRA
4 119 (17.98%) Git (software)
5 99 (14.95%) Jenkins
6 90 (13.60%) WebDriver
7 56 (8.46%) SoapUI
8 55 (8.31%) JMeter
9 41 (6.19%) SpecFlow
10 40 (6.04%) HP UFT
11 34 (5.14%) Subversion
12 33 (4.98%) JUnit
12 33 (4.98%) LoadRunner
12 33 (4.98%) Team Foundation Server
13 26 (3.93%) Visual Studio
14 25 (3.78%) Appium
15 20 (3.02%) Protractor
16 19 (2.87%) Maven
16 19 (2.87%) TestNG
17 18 (2.72%) Eclipse
General
1 76 (11.48%) Finance
2 28 (4.23%) Banking
3 25 (3.78%) Telecoms
4 17 (2.57%) Electronics
5 13 (1.96%) Retail
6 9 (1.36%) Back Office
6 9 (1.36%) Marketing
7 8 (1.21%) Games
7 8 (1.21%) Investment Banking
7 8 (1.21%) Manufacturing
8 7 (1.06%) Law
9 5 (0.76%) Aerospace
9 5 (0.76%) Automotive
10 3 (0.45%) Legal
11 2 (0.30%) Digital Economy
11 2 (0.30%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.30%) Military
12 1 (0.15%) Front Office
12 1 (0.15%) Italian Language
12 1 (0.15%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 68 (10.27%) Web Services
2 57 (8.61%) Gherkin
3 54 (8.16%) .NET
4 45 (6.80%) REST
5 29 (4.38%) RESTful
5 29 (4.38%) XML
6 28 (4.23%) SOAP
7 19 (2.87%) JSON
8 18 (2.72%) HTML
9 15 (2.27%) CSS
9 15 (2.27%) Node.js
10 11 (1.66%) Spring
11 9 (1.36%) Java EE
12 8 (1.21%) ASP.NET
13 7 (1.06%) jQuery
13 7 (1.06%) Kafka
13 7 (1.06%) RabbitMQ
13 7 (1.06%) React
14 6 (0.91%) AngularJS
15 5 (0.76%) GWT
Miscellaneous
1 35 (5.29%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (3.32%) Greenfield Project
3 21 (3.17%) Self-Motivation
4 18 (2.72%) Computer Science
5 15 (2.27%) Mobile App
6 11 (1.66%) Embedded Systems
6 11 (1.66%) Smart Meter
7 10 (1.51%) Linux Command Line
8 9 (1.36%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
8 9 (1.36%) Fintech
9 6 (0.91%) STB
10 4 (0.60%) ASIC
10 4 (0.60%) CAN bus
10 4 (0.60%) Driving Licence
10 4 (0.60%) IPTV
10 4 (0.60%) User Experience
11 3 (0.45%) Client/Server
11 3 (0.45%) Clustering
11 3 (0.45%) Data Centre
11 3 (0.45%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 104 (15.71%) Linux
2 56 (8.46%) Windows
3 35 (5.29%) Unix
4 23 (3.47%) Apple iOS
5 22 (3.32%) Android
6 15 (2.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 13 (1.96%) Windows Server
8 10 (1.51%) Windows Server 2012
9 3 (0.45%) AIX
9 3 (0.45%) Embedded Linux
9 3 (0.45%) Windows 7
9 3 (0.45%) Windows Server 2003
9 3 (0.45%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (0.30%) Windows 10
11 1 (0.15%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.15%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.15%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.15%) Windows Phone
11 1 (0.15%) Windows Phone 8
11 1 (0.15%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 486 (73.41%) Test Automation
2 371 (56.04%) Agile Software Development
3 142 (21.45%) BDD
4 135 (20.39%) Scrum
5 105 (15.86%) Test Scripting
6 91 (13.75%) SDLC
6 91 (13.75%) TDD
7 85 (12.84%) Continuous Integration
8 79 (11.93%) Software Testing
9 76 (11.48%) DevOps
9 76 (11.48%) Performance Testing
9 76 (11.48%) Software Engineering
10 74 (11.18%) API Testing
11 68 (10.27%) Regression Testing
12 65 (9.82%) Functional Testing
13 58 (8.76%) Test Strategy
14 57 (8.61%) SDET
15 53 (8.01%) User Acceptance Testing
16 52 (7.85%) Scenario Testing
17 51 (7.70%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 241 (36.40%) Java
2 111 (16.77%) SQL
3 109 (16.47%) C#
4 92 (13.90%) Python
5 63 (9.52%) JavaScript
6 48 (7.25%) C
7 37 (5.59%) C++
7 37 (5.59%) Ruby
8 22 (3.32%) Perl
9 18 (2.72%) Bash Shell
9 18 (2.72%) Shell Script
10 16 (2.42%) Groovy
11 15 (2.27%) PHP
11 15 (2.27%) Scala
12 12 (1.81%) Java 8
13 11 (1.66%) F#
13 11 (1.66%) T-SQL
14 9 (1.36%) Ada
15 7 (1.06%) Apple Swift
15 7 (1.06%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 110 (16.62%) Security Cleared
2 78 (11.78%) ISTQB
2 78 (11.78%) SC Cleared
3 57 (8.61%) ISEB
4 46 (6.95%) Degree
5 26 (3.93%) DV Cleared
6 24 (3.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 10 (1.51%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 9 (1.36%) ISEB Practitioner
9 7 (1.06%) BPSS Clearance
9 7 (1.06%) Numerate Degree
10 6 (0.91%) Computer Science Degree
11 4 (0.60%) HND
12 3 (0.45%) Cisco Certification
12 3 (0.45%) DBS Check
12 3 (0.45%) HNC
12 3 (0.45%) Master's Degree
13 2 (0.30%) BC Cleared
13 2 (0.30%) PMI Certification
13 2 (0.30%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 153 (23.11%) QA
2 12 (1.81%) WCAG
3 5 (0.76%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.60%) MiFID
5 3 (0.45%) Dodd-Frank
5 3 (0.45%) EMIR
5 3 (0.45%) IEC 62304
5 3 (0.45%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.30%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.30%) ISO 13485
7 1 (0.15%) GDPR
7 1 (0.15%) MISRA
7 1 (0.15%) MISRA C
7 1 (0.15%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 32 (4.83%) Docker
2 12 (1.81%) vSphere
3 11 (1.66%) Active Directory
4 7 (1.06%) Firmware
5 6 (0.91%) Hyper-V
5 6 (0.91%) VMware Infrastructure
6 5 (0.76%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (0.45%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.30%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.30%) Virtual Desktop
8 2 (0.30%) VMware Workstation
8 2 (0.30%) XenApp
9 1 (0.15%) ACF2
9 1 (0.15%) RACF
Systems Management
1 27 (4.08%) HP ALM
2 10 (1.51%) Nessus
2 10 (1.51%) Puppet
3 9 (1.36%) HP Quality Center
4 6 (0.91%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (0.76%) Ansible
5 5 (0.76%) Kubernetes
6 3 (0.45%) Kibana
7 2 (0.30%) McAfee ePO
7 2 (0.30%) Perfmon
7 2 (0.30%) vRealize
8 1 (0.15%) Cisco CUCM
8 1 (0.15%) Grafana
8 1 (0.15%) Iperf
8 1 (0.15%) SCCM
8 1 (0.15%) SCOM
Vendors
1 62 (9.37%) Oracle
2 48 (7.25%) Microsoft
3 29 (4.38%) HP
4 22 (3.32%) VMware
5 14 (2.11%) Red Hat
5 14 (2.11%) webMethods
6 12 (1.81%) Atlassian
6 12 (1.81%) IBM
6 12 (1.81%) Software AG
7 8 (1.21%) Google
8 7 (1.06%) CA Agile Central
9 6 (0.91%) Cisco
10 5 (0.76%) Citrix
11 4 (0.60%) hybris
11 4 (0.60%) Ivanti
11 4 (0.60%) Nokia
11 4 (0.60%) SAP
12 3 (0.45%) Cypress Semiconductor
12 3 (0.45%) Pega
12 3 (0.45%) Xamarin