Period
to 21 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Testing Engineer was £495 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 January 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.

Testing Engineer
UK
6 months to
21 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 868 837 876
Rank change year-on-year -31 +39 -22
Contract jobs requiring a Testing Engineer 9 12 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.009% 0.012% 0.005%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.010% 0.013% 0.005%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 12 1
UK median daily rate £495 £320 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +54.69% -14.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £487 £251 £363
90th Percentile £500 £499 £388
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £300 £375
% change year-on-year +66.67% -20.00% +25.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
UK median hourly rate £40.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 - -

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 93,600 91,033 102,521
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.78% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,185 59,429 65,414
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £260 £253 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,750 3,215 3,866
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.78% -5.26% +15.15%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.25
% change year-on-year - -4.11% +10.61%

Testing Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Testing Engineer in the UK

Testing Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Testing Engineer.

Contractor daily rate trend for Testing Engineer in the UK

Testing Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Testing Engineer.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Testing Engineer in the UK

Testing Engineer
Top 7 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Testing Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 21 January 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 -11 8 £495 +54.69% 2
UK excluding London +16 7 £500 +66.67% 1
South East -18 5 - -
London -44 2 £490 +40.00% 1
East Midlands - 1 £500 - 1
Midlands - 1 £500 - 1
Scotland - 1 - -

Testing Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 January 2018, Testing Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Testing Engineer in the job title.

1 6 (66.67%) User Acceptance Testing
2 3 (33.33%) Test Automation
2 3 (33.33%) Linux
3 2 (22.22%) Java
3 2 (22.22%) LoadRunner
3 2 (22.22%) Regression Testing
3 2 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (22.22%) Unix
3 2 (22.22%) QA
4 1 (11.11%) Splunk
4 1 (11.11%) Jenkins
4 1 (11.11%) User Stories
4 1 (11.11%) Mobile App
4 1 (11.11%) TypeScript
4 1 (11.11%) AppDynamics
4 1 (11.11%) System Integration Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Defect Management
4 1 (11.11%) Schematic Capture
4 1 (11.11%) Protractor
4 1 (11.11%) RS-232
4 1 (11.11%) Smoke Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Scenario Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Acceptance Criteria
4 1 (11.11%) C++
4 1 (11.11%) RESTful
4 1 (11.11%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (11.11%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (11.11%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (11.11%) Cucumber
4 1 (11.11%) Performance Testing

Testing 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:

Cloud Services
1 1 (11.11%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (11.11%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (11.11%) Ethernet
1 1 (11.11%) RS-232
Development Applications
1 2 (22.22%) LoadRunner
2 1 (11.11%) Cucumber
2 1 (11.11%) Git (software)
2 1 (11.11%) HP UFT
2 1 (11.11%) Jenkins
2 1 (11.11%) JIRA
2 1 (11.11%) JMeter
2 1 (11.11%) Protractor
2 1 (11.11%) Selenium
General
1 1 (11.11%) Banking
1 1 (11.11%) Finance
1 1 (11.11%) Investment Banking
1 1 (11.11%) Manufacturing
1 1 (11.11%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (11.11%) JSON
1 1 (11.11%) RESTful
1 1 (11.11%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (11.11%) Mainframe
1 1 (11.11%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 3 (33.33%) Linux
2 2 (22.22%) Unix
3 1 (11.11%) Android
3 1 (11.11%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (66.67%) User Acceptance Testing
2 3 (33.33%) Test Automation
3 2 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (22.22%) Regression Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Acceptance Criteria
4 1 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
4 1 (11.11%) Defect Management
4 1 (11.11%) Manual Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Performance Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Scenario Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Schematic Capture
4 1 (11.11%) Smoke Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Software Testing
4 1 (11.11%) System Integration Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Test Scripting
4 1 (11.11%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 2 (22.22%) Java
2 1 (11.11%) C++
2 1 (11.11%) JavaScript
2 1 (11.11%) Python
2 1 (11.11%) TypeScript
2 1 (11.11%) VB
Qualifications
1 1 (11.11%) Chartered Engineer
1 1 (11.11%) Degree
1 1 (11.11%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (22.22%) QA
System Software
1 1 (11.11%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 1 (11.11%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (11.11%) AppDynamics
1 1 (11.11%) EMC
1 1 (11.11%) HP
1 1 (11.11%) Splunk