The table below looks at the statistics for the Tester role in IT contracts advertised for the Berkshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 4 September 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Tester
Rank 77 115 94
Rank change year-on-year
+38 -21
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 49 9 29
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 1.89% 0.37% 1.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.12% 0.41% 1.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 6 18
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£353 £319 £305
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.58% +4.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £253 £234
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £388 £390
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £14.05 £30.13
% change year-on-year
+113.52% -53.36%
Tester
South East

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the Berkshire region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
Berkshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
2306 2209 2316
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 89.14% 91.24% 91.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 1335 1105 1029
Average daily rate £385 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £505 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 102 72 89
Average hourly rate £20.00 £17.07 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.16% +3.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.60 £10.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.09 £40.00 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.33 £17.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+1.94% -

Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Tester in the job title across the Berkshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Tester Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

Tester
Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Tester across the Berkshire region.

Tester Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

Tester
Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Tester across the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 4 September 2015.

Tester Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Tester across the Berkshire region.

Tester Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

Tester
Contract Job Locations in Berkshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 4 September 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Newbury - 23 £275 - 1
Reading +10 21 £353 -6.00% 9
Slough +2 1 £358 -
Tester
South East

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire region that cited Tester in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Tester in their job title.

1 38 (44.71%) Selenium
2 30 (35.29%) Test Automation
3 29 (34.12%) WebDriver
4 27 (31.76%) C#
5 19 (22.35%) Requirements Analysis
6 18 (21.18%) BDD
6 18 (21.18%) Test Scripting
6 18 (21.18%) Telecoms
7 17 (20.00%) Regression Testing
7 17 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
7 17 (20.00%) SQL
8 16 (18.82%) GSM
8 16 (18.82%) Validation
8 16 (18.82%) QA
8 16 (18.82%) HP Quality Center
9 15 (17.65%) Test Planning
9 15 (17.65%) GPRS
9 15 (17.65%) HP
10 14 (16.47%) 3G
10 14 (16.47%) VoLTE
10 14 (16.47%) 4G
10 14 (16.47%) SC Cleared
10 14 (16.47%) Security Cleared
11 13 (15.29%) SpecFlow
11 13 (15.29%) Java
12 12 (14.12%) XML
12 12 (14.12%) UMTS
12 12 (14.12%) Wireshark
12 12 (14.12%) Test Management
12 12 (14.12%) Data Protection

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire region that cited Tester in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (4.71%) WebSphere
2 1 (1.18%) Confluence
2 1 (1.18%) WebLogic
2 1 (1.18%) Apache
Applications
1 3 (3.53%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.18%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.35%) SaaS
2 1 (1.18%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 16 (18.82%) GSM
2 15 (17.65%) GPRS
3 14 (16.47%) 3G
3 14 (16.47%) 4G
3 14 (16.47%) VoLTE
4 12 (14.12%) Wireshark
4 12 (14.12%) UMTS
5 11 (12.94%) RNC
6 10 (11.76%) LTE
6 10 (11.76%) Diameter Protocol
7 9 (10.59%) HSDPA
8 8 (9.41%) 2G
9 6 (7.06%) NAS
10 5 (5.88%) HTTPS
10 5 (5.88%) SMS
10 5 (5.88%) ATM
10 5 (5.88%) SS7
10 5 (5.88%) FTP
10 5 (5.88%) HTTP
11 4 (4.71%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (7.06%) SQL Server
2 5 (5.88%) DB2
3 3 (3.53%) DbVisualizer
4 1 (1.18%) MySQL
4 1 (1.18%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.18%) Data Mart
4 1 (1.18%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 38 (44.71%) Selenium
2 29 (34.12%) WebDriver
3 13 (15.29%) SpecFlow
4 11 (12.94%) Cucumber
5 9 (10.59%) SoapUI
6 6 (7.06%) LoadRunner
7 5 (5.88%) JIRA
8 4 (4.71%) HP UFT
9 3 (3.53%) Subversion
9 3 (3.53%) JBehave
9 3 (3.53%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 2 (2.35%) TeamCity
10 2 (2.35%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (2.35%) Visual Studio
11 1 (1.18%) Toad
11 1 (1.18%) Introscope
11 1 (1.18%) JMeter
11 1 (1.18%) Bugzilla
11 1 (1.18%) TestComplete
11 1 (1.18%) Rational Performance Tester
General
1 18 (21.18%) Telecoms
2 7 (8.24%) Finance
3 5 (5.88%) Retail
4 4 (4.71%) Back Office
5 1 (1.18%) Electronics
5 1 (1.18%) Retail Banking
5 1 (1.18%) Private Banking
5 1 (1.18%) Marketing
5 1 (1.18%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.18%) Games
5 1 (1.18%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (14.12%) XML
2 10 (11.76%) SOAP
3 6 (7.06%) .NET
3 6 (7.06%) Gherkin
4 5 (5.88%) Web Services
5 4 (4.71%) HTML
5 4 (4.71%) RESTful
6 3 (3.53%) Flash
6 3 (3.53%) J2EE
7 2 (2.35%) WPF
8 1 (1.18%) WebSphere Message Broker
8 1 (1.18%) WebSphere MQ
8 1 (1.18%) Middleware
8 1 (1.18%) JSON
8 1 (1.18%) ASP.NET
8 1 (1.18%) JDBC
8 1 (1.18%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 8 (9.41%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (5.88%) Mobile App
3 2 (2.35%) User Experience
4 1 (1.18%) EPoS
4 1 (1.18%) DTV
4 1 (1.18%) AS400
4 1 (1.18%) Handset
4 1 (1.18%) STB
4 1 (1.18%) Online Banking
4 1 (1.18%) Wiki
4 1 (1.18%) iSeries
4 1 (1.18%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 10 (11.76%) UNIX
2 7 (8.24%) Linux
3 6 (7.06%) Android
3 6 (7.06%) Apple iOS
3 6 (7.06%) Solaris
4 1 (1.18%) Windows
4 1 (1.18%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (35.29%) Test Automation
2 19 (22.35%) Requirements Analysis
3 18 (21.18%) Test Scripting
3 18 (21.18%) BDD
4 17 (20.00%) Regression Testing
4 17 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
5 16 (18.82%) Validation
6 15 (17.65%) Test Planning
7 12 (14.12%) Data Protection
7 12 (14.12%) Test Management
8 10 (11.76%) Automation Testing
9 9 (10.59%) Scrum
9 9 (10.59%) Automated Testing
10 8 (9.41%) User Stories
11 7 (8.24%) Manual Testing
12 6 (7.06%) User Acceptance Testing
13 4 (4.71%) Integration Testing
13 4 (4.71%) Performance Testing
13 4 (4.71%) System Testing
13 4 (4.71%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 27 (31.76%) C#
2 17 (20.00%) SQL
3 13 (15.29%) Java
4 10 (11.76%) VB
5 3 (3.53%) JavaScript
6 2 (2.35%) Ruby
6 2 (2.35%) PowerShell
7 1 (1.18%) C
7 1 (1.18%) C++
7 1 (1.18%) Python
7 1 (1.18%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 14 (16.47%) SC Cleared
1 14 (16.47%) Security Cleared
2 5 (5.88%) ISEB
2 5 (5.88%) ISTQB
3 3 (3.53%) Degree
3 3 (3.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (18.82%) QA
2 5 (5.88%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (2.35%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.18%) FreeRADIUS
2 1 (1.18%) Squid
Systems Management
1 16 (18.82%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.18%) nmon
Vendors
1 15 (17.65%) HP
2 4 (4.71%) Microsoft
2 4 (4.71%) Cisco
3 2 (2.35%) Oracle
3 2 (2.35%) SAP
3 2 (2.35%) VMware
4 1 (1.18%) Endeca
4 1 (1.18%) Google
4 1 (1.18%) Coremetrics
4 1 (1.18%) Citrix
4 1 (1.18%) Ab Initio
4 1 (1.18%) PeopleSoft
4 1 (1.18%) IBM
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