The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire with a requirement for Automated Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Automated Testing over the 3 months to 28 March 2017 with a comparison to the 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.

Automated Testing
South East / Berkshire
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 86 97 120
Rank change year-on-year +11 +23  
Contract jobs citing Automated Testing 9 24 20
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 0.50% 0.97% 0.67%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.62% 1.21% 0.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 16 10
Median daily rate £450 £400 £316
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +26.48%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £380 £340
% change year-on-year +1.31% +11.76%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £67.89 £44.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year +52.56% +23.61%  

Automated Testing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Berkshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1460 1981 2226
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Berkshire 80.35% 80.46% 74.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 689 1024 1163
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £280 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 48 55
Median hourly rate £16.50 £19.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.15% -30.90%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.25 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £63.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -6.49% +27.48%  

Automated Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Berkshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Berkshire citing Automated Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Automated Testing in Berkshire

Automated Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Automated Testing in Berkshire

Automated Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Automated Testing in Berkshire

Automated Testing
Contract Job Locations in Berkshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Automated Testing within the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 28 March 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Bracknell - 4 £450 -
Reading +5 3 £450 +7.14% 1
Newbury - 2 - -
Automated Testing
South East

Automated Testing
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Automated Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Berkshire region with a requirement for Automated Testing.

1 22 (75.86%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (68.97%) TDD
2 20 (68.97%) BDD
3 19 (65.52%) Java
4 18 (62.07%) Scrum
5 17 (58.62%) Selenium
5 17 (58.62%) Test Automation
6 16 (55.17%) C++
7 15 (51.72%) Groovy
7 15 (51.72%) WebDriver
8 14 (48.28%) XML
8 14 (48.28%) OOP
8 14 (48.28%) Python
8 14 (48.28%) HTTP
8 14 (48.28%) Manual Testing
8 14 (48.28%) Ruby
8 14 (48.28%) JSON
9 13 (44.83%) OO
9 13 (44.83%) Visualisation
9 13 (44.83%) REST
9 13 (44.83%) eggPlant
10 12 (41.38%) Apache Ivy
10 12 (41.38%) Bitbucket
10 12 (41.38%) Gradle
10 12 (41.38%) Project Management
10 12 (41.38%) Ant
10 12 (41.38%) Content Management
10 12 (41.38%) Maven
10 12 (41.38%) JMeter
10 12 (41.38%) CMS

Automated Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in Berkshire 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 12 (41.38%) CMS
2 11 (37.93%) Sitecore CMS
3 2 (6.90%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (3.45%) WebLogic
Cloud Services
1 3 (10.34%) Office 365
2 1 (3.45%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 14 (48.28%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.90%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 17 (58.62%) Selenium
2 15 (51.72%) WebDriver
3 13 (44.83%) eggPlant
4 12 (41.38%) Ant
4 12 (41.38%) Apache Ivy
4 12 (41.38%) Bitbucket
4 12 (41.38%) Gradle
4 12 (41.38%) JMeter
4 12 (41.38%) Maven
5 3 (10.34%) SoapUI
6 2 (6.90%) Cucumber
7 1 (3.45%) Git (software)
7 1 (3.45%) HP UFT
7 1 (3.45%) Jenkins
7 1 (3.45%) JIRA
7 1 (3.45%) JUnit
7 1 (3.45%) Robot Framework
7 1 (3.45%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (3.45%) TestNG
7 1 (3.45%) XDoclet
General
1 2 (6.90%) Publishing
2 1 (3.45%) Banking
2 1 (3.45%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 17 (58.62%) Developer
2 12 (41.38%) Developer in Test
3 6 (20.69%) Analyst
3 6 (20.69%) Test Analyst
4 4 (13.79%) Software Developer
5 2 (6.90%) Agile Project Manager
5 2 (6.90%) BizTalk Developer
5 2 (6.90%) Development Analyst
5 2 (6.90%) Digital Agile Project Manager
5 2 (6.90%) Digital Project Manager
5 2 (6.90%) Java Developer
5 2 (6.90%) Project Manager
5 2 (6.90%) Software Project Manager
6 1 (3.45%) Agile Developer
6 1 (3.45%) Agile Java Developer
6 1 (3.45%) E-Commerce Developer
6 1 (3.45%) EDI Developer
6 1 (3.45%) Java E-Commerce Developer
6 1 (3.45%) Principal Consultant
6 1 (3.45%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (48.28%) JSON
1 14 (48.28%) XML
2 13 (44.83%) REST
3 2 (6.90%) .NET
3 2 (6.90%) EDI
3 2 (6.90%) Gherkin
3 2 (6.90%) SOAP
3 2 (6.90%) Web Services
4 1 (3.45%) EJB
4 1 (3.45%) Java EE
4 1 (3.45%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 2 (6.90%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (6.90%) Enterprise Software
1 2 (6.90%) Virtual Team
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (75.86%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (68.97%) BDD
2 20 (68.97%) TDD
3 18 (62.07%) Scrum
4 17 (58.62%) Test Automation
5 14 (48.28%) Manual Testing
5 14 (48.28%) OOP
6 13 (44.83%) OO
6 13 (44.83%) Visualisation
7 12 (41.38%) Content Management
7 12 (41.38%) Project Management
8 11 (37.93%) Security Testing
9 7 (24.14%) Software Delivery
10 5 (17.24%) Test Scripting
11 4 (13.79%) Regression Testing
12 3 (10.34%) Automation Testing
12 3 (10.34%) Business Continuity
13 2 (6.90%) API Testing
13 2 (6.90%) SDLC
13 2 (6.90%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 19 (65.52%) Java
2 16 (55.17%) C++
3 15 (51.72%) Groovy
4 14 (48.28%) Python
4 14 (48.28%) Ruby
5 2 (6.90%) SQL
6 1 (3.45%) C#
Qualifications
1 3 (10.34%) ISTQB
2 2 (6.90%) SC Cleared
2 2 (6.90%) Security Cleared
3 1 (3.45%) ISEB
3 1 (3.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.45%) QA
1 1 (3.45%) SDET
Systems Management
1 2 (6.90%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (37.93%) Sitecore
1 11 (37.93%) Splunk
2 3 (10.34%) Citrix
2 3 (10.34%) HP
3 2 (6.90%) Oracle
4 1 (3.45%) Apigee
4 1 (3.45%) Red Hat