Period
to 20 August 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 20 August 2017.

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 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 150 198 175
Rank change year-on-year +48 -23 -1
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 21 19 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.49% 0.31% 0.079%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.51% 0.33% 0.084%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 8 1
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £438 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.29% +59.09% -29.03%
10th Percentile £212 £250 £263
90th Percentile £425 £525 £288
England median daily rate £375 £375 £325
% change year-on-year - +15.38% -5.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 2 2
West Midlands median hourly rate £55.00 £33.25 £26.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +65.41% +25.47% -
10th Percentile £31.00 £30.58 £18.55
90th Percentile £77.50 £36.53 £35.65
England median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £35.50
% change year-on-year - +5.63% +13.60%

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 4092 5785 4780
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 94.61% 95.34% 94.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 2583 3395 2864
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +10.34% +3.57%
10th Percentile £225 £219 £213
90th Percentile £547 £538 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 178 203 304
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -14.29% +9.38%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.25 £10.66
90th Percentile £41.68 £38.75 £40.00
England median hourly rate £18.50 £19.00 £17.77
% change year-on-year -2.63% +6.92% +4.53%

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 August 2017.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Engineer in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 20 August 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 August 2017. 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
Birmingham +17 8 £375 -25.00% 1
Coventry +15 2 £283 +13.00% 1
Warwickshire - 2 £213 - 1
Worcestershire +17 1 £425 +6.25% 1
Test Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 20 August 2017, Test 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 across the West Midlands region featuring Test Engineer in the job title.

1 10 (47.62%) Python
2 8 (38.10%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (28.57%) Java
4 5 (23.81%) Bluetooth
4 5 (23.81%) Wireless
4 5 (23.81%) ZigBee
4 5 (23.81%) Unit Testing
5 4 (19.05%) V-Model
5 4 (19.05%) Software Testing
5 4 (19.05%) Systems Analysis
5 4 (19.05%) MATLAB
5 4 (19.05%) Test Automation
5 4 (19.05%) Infrastructure Transformation
5 4 (19.05%) Coaching
6 3 (14.29%) Confluence
6 3 (14.29%) C++
6 3 (14.29%) C
6 3 (14.29%) JIRA
7 2 (9.52%) QA
7 2 (9.52%) Selenium
7 2 (9.52%) Test Scripting
7 2 (9.52%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (9.52%) SQL
7 2 (9.52%) Web Services
7 2 (9.52%) E-Commerce
7 2 (9.52%) Simulink
7 2 (9.52%) JMeter
7 2 (9.52%) Finance
7 2 (9.52%) LabVIEW
7 2 (9.52%) MEAN Stack

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 3 (14.29%) Confluence
2 1 (4.76%) CMS
Applications
1 2 (9.52%) Simulink
2 1 (4.76%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (9.52%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (23.81%) Bluetooth
1 5 (23.81%) Wireless
1 5 (23.81%) ZigBee
2 1 (4.76%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (9.52%) MongoDB
1 2 (9.52%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (4.76%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 3 (14.29%) JIRA
2 2 (9.52%) JMeter
2 2 (9.52%) LabVIEW
2 2 (9.52%) Selenium
3 1 (4.76%) LoadRunner
3 1 (4.76%) MSTest
3 1 (4.76%) NUnit
3 1 (4.76%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (4.76%) Rational DOORS
3 1 (4.76%) Robot Framework
3 1 (4.76%) SoapUI
3 1 (4.76%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 2 (9.52%) Finance
2 1 (4.76%) Automotive
2 1 (4.76%) Electronics
2 1 (4.76%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (9.52%) AngularJS
1 2 (9.52%) MEAN Stack
1 2 (9.52%) Node.js
1 2 (9.52%) Web Services
2 1 (4.76%) JSON
2 1 (4.76%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (4.76%) Infotainment
1 1 (4.76%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.76%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (38.10%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (23.81%) Unit Testing
3 4 (19.05%) Coaching
3 4 (19.05%) Infrastructure Transformation
3 4 (19.05%) Software Testing
3 4 (19.05%) Systems Analysis
3 4 (19.05%) Test Automation
3 4 (19.05%) V-Model
4 2 (9.52%) E-Commerce
4 2 (9.52%) Performance Testing
4 2 (9.52%) Test Scripting
4 2 (9.52%) User Stories
5 1 (4.76%) Cybersecurity
5 1 (4.76%) Data Migration
5 1 (4.76%) ERP
5 1 (4.76%) ETL
5 1 (4.76%) Manual Testing
5 1 (4.76%) Mentoring
5 1 (4.76%) Scenario Testing
5 1 (4.76%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 10 (47.62%) Python
2 6 (28.57%) Java
3 4 (19.05%) MATLAB
4 3 (14.29%) C
4 3 (14.29%) C++
5 2 (9.52%) SQL
6 1 (4.76%) C#
6 1 (4.76%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (9.52%) Security Cleared
2 1 (4.76%) ISEB
2 1 (4.76%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (9.52%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (4.76%) EMC
1 1 (4.76%) hybris
1 1 (4.76%) IBM
1 1 (4.76%) Microsoft
1 1 (4.76%) Oracle