Period
to 20 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 20 October 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
England > West Midlands
6 months to
20 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 183 165 190
Rank change year-on-year -18 +25 -14
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 19 21 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.38% 0.45% 0.35%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.40% 0.48% 0.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 12 10
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £388 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% -3.13% +100.00%
10th Percentile £228 £265 £250
90th Percentile £438 £425 £525
England median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 6 4
West Midlands median hourly rate £32.50 £55.00 £34.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -40.91% +59.42% +30.19%
10th Percentile £30.25 £30.38 £30.38
90th Percentile £36.75 £77.50 £39.18
England median hourly rate £40.00 £39.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +1.27% +5.33% +8.70%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands. 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
West Midlands
Contract vacancies in the West Midlands with a recognized job title 4,761 4,385 5,879
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.30% 94.71% 94.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,891 2,759 3,497
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +8.11%
10th Percentile £231 £213 £235
90th Percentile £575 £544 £541
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 213 192 226
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £16.20 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.34% +8.02% -12.38%
10th Percentile £10.90 £10.32 £10.00
90th Percentile £33.21 £50.00 £38.75
England median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.50
% change year-on-year -3.74% +1.08% +3.93%

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Engineer in the West Midlands

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Engineer in the West Midlands

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Engineer in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 20 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Engineer in the West Midlands

Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Engineer in the West Midlands

Test Engineer
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

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 West Midlands region over the 6 months to 20 October 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
Shropshire -31 14 £400 +26.98% 2
Solihull - 2 £211 -
Herefordshire - 2 - - 3
Test Engineer
England

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 20 October 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 across the West Midlands region featuring Test Engineer in the job title.

1 13 (68.42%) Test Automation
2 12 (63.16%) Selenium
2 12 (63.16%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (57.89%) Scrum
3 11 (57.89%) Cucumber
4 10 (52.63%) Kanban
5 9 (47.37%) ISTQB
6 8 (42.11%) QA
6 8 (42.11%) WebDriver
6 8 (42.11%) Java
7 7 (36.84%) Problem-Solving
7 7 (36.84%) Confluence
7 7 (36.84%) JIRA
8 6 (31.58%) Software Testing
8 6 (31.58%) Mentoring
8 6 (31.58%) Coaching
8 6 (31.58%) Analytical Skills
8 6 (31.58%) SoapUI
8 6 (31.58%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 5 (26.32%) DevOps
9 5 (26.32%) Atlassian
9 5 (26.32%) Pega
9 5 (26.32%) Test Scripting
9 5 (26.32%) Documentum
10 4 (21.05%) SOA
10 4 (21.05%) Maven
10 4 (21.05%) Non-Functional Testing
10 4 (21.05%) Jenkins
10 4 (21.05%) Puppet
10 4 (21.05%) API Testing

Test Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 7 (36.84%) Confluence
2 5 (26.32%) Documentum
3 2 (10.53%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (5.26%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (5.26%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (5.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 2 (10.53%) 2G
1 2 (10.53%) 3G
1 2 (10.53%) 4G
Development Applications
1 12 (63.16%) Selenium
2 11 (57.89%) Cucumber
3 8 (42.11%) WebDriver
4 7 (36.84%) JIRA
5 6 (31.58%) SoapUI
6 4 (21.05%) Jenkins
6 4 (21.05%) Maven
7 3 (15.79%) JMeter
8 2 (10.53%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 2 (10.53%) Gatling
8 2 (10.53%) TestNG
9 1 (5.26%) Toad
General
1 2 (10.53%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (15.79%) Gherkin
2 2 (10.53%) RESTful
2 2 (10.53%) SOAP
2 2 (10.53%) Web Services
2 2 (10.53%) XML
3 1 (5.26%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 6 (31.58%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (10.53%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 2 (10.53%) Unix
1 2 (10.53%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (68.42%) Test Automation
2 12 (63.16%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (57.89%) Scrum
4 10 (52.63%) Kanban
5 7 (36.84%) Problem-Solving
6 6 (31.58%) Coaching
6 6 (31.58%) Mentoring
6 6 (31.58%) Software Testing
7 5 (26.32%) DevOps
7 5 (26.32%) Test Scripting
8 4 (21.05%) API Testing
8 4 (21.05%) Non-Functional Testing
8 4 (21.05%) SOA
9 3 (15.79%) BDD
9 3 (15.79%) Continuous Delivery
9 3 (15.79%) Continuous Integration
9 3 (15.79%) Customer Requirements
9 3 (15.79%) Integration Testing
10 2 (10.53%) Acceptance Criteria
10 2 (10.53%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 8 (42.11%) Java
2 2 (10.53%) Groovy
2 2 (10.53%) Scala
2 2 (10.53%) SQL
3 1 (5.26%) C#
3 1 (5.26%) C++
Qualifications
1 9 (47.37%) ISTQB
2 6 (31.58%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 3 (15.79%) ISEB
3 3 (15.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (5.26%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (42.11%) QA
System Software
1 2 (10.53%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (21.05%) Puppet
Vendors
1 5 (26.32%) Atlassian
1 5 (26.32%) Pega
2 2 (10.53%) Oracle
2 2 (10.53%) webMethods
3 1 (5.26%) SAP