The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire with a requirement for Manual Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Manual Testing over the 3 months to 27 June 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.

Manual Testing
South East / Berkshire
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 91 115 112
Rank change year-on-year +24 -3  
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 7 7 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 0.38% 0.29% 0.21%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.47% 0.37% 0.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 5 5
Median daily rate £310 £320 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.12% -32.63%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £262 £285 £309
10% offered a daily rate of more than £322 £346 £490
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £300 £290
% change year-on-year +8.33% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £12.50 £38.50
% change year-on-year +124.00% -67.53%  

Manual 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 1497 1907 1910
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Berkshire 81.45% 80.13% 79.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 716 1051 940
Median daily rate £425 £400 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +0.62%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £250 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 75 75
Median hourly rate £18.00 £19.61 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.21% -9.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £32.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Manual Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Berkshire

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

Job vacancy trend for Manual Testing in Berkshire

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Manual Testing in Berkshire

Manual Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Manual Testing in Berkshire

Manual 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 Manual Testing within the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 27 June 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
Reading +19 2 £250 -26.47% 1
Bracknell - 2 - - 1
Slough +5 1 £325 +18.18%
Maidenhead - 1 - -
Manual Testing
South East

For the 6 months to 27 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Manual 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 Manual Testing.

1 14 (73.68%) Test Automation
2 12 (63.16%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (47.37%) TDD
3 9 (47.37%) Java
4 8 (42.11%) C++
4 8 (42.11%) OOP
4 8 (42.11%) OO
4 8 (42.11%) Scrum
4 8 (42.11%) Visualisation
4 8 (42.11%) BDD
5 7 (36.84%) Selenium
6 6 (31.58%) QA
6 6 (31.58%) XML
7 5 (26.32%) WebDriver
8 4 (21.05%) Sitecore CMS
8 4 (21.05%) Sitecore
8 4 (21.05%) Groovy
8 4 (21.05%) REST
8 4 (21.05%) Splunk
8 4 (21.05%) Bitbucket
8 4 (21.05%) Gradle
8 4 (21.05%) eggPlant
8 4 (21.05%) Apache Ivy
8 4 (21.05%) CMS
8 4 (21.05%) Content Management
8 4 (21.05%) Maven
8 4 (21.05%) Ruby
8 4 (21.05%) JSON
8 4 (21.05%) Security Testing
8 4 (21.05%) JMeter

Manual 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 4 (21.05%) CMS
1 4 (21.05%) Sitecore CMS
2 1 (5.26%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 1 (5.26%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (5.26%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 1 (5.26%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.26%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (21.05%) HTTP
2 1 (5.26%) TDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (10.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 7 (36.84%) Selenium
2 5 (26.32%) WebDriver
3 4 (21.05%) Ant
3 4 (21.05%) Apache Ivy
3 4 (21.05%) Bitbucket
3 4 (21.05%) eggPlant
3 4 (21.05%) Gradle
3 4 (21.05%) JMeter
3 4 (21.05%) Maven
4 1 (5.26%) Cucumber
4 1 (5.26%) Git (software)
4 1 (5.26%) HP UFT
4 1 (5.26%) JIRA
4 1 (5.26%) SoapUI
General
1 2 (10.53%) Finance
2 1 (5.26%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 8 (42.11%) Developer
2 5 (26.32%) Tester
3 4 (21.05%) Developer in Test
3 4 (21.05%) Software Developer
4 3 (15.79%) Analyst
4 3 (15.79%) Test Analyst
5 2 (10.53%) Designer
5 2 (10.53%) Manual Tester
5 2 (10.53%) Software Tester
6 1 (5.26%) Automation Test Analyst
6 1 (5.26%) Automation Tester
6 1 (5.26%) AWS Developer
6 1 (5.26%) GUI Tester
6 1 (5.26%) Manual Test Analyst
6 1 (5.26%) QA Analyst
6 1 (5.26%) QA Automation Analyst
6 1 (5.26%) QA Engineer
6 1 (5.26%) QA Test Analyst
6 1 (5.26%) Software Analyst
6 1 (5.26%) Software Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (31.58%) XML
2 4 (21.05%) JSON
2 4 (21.05%) REST
3 1 (5.26%) HTML
3 1 (5.26%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 2 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (10.53%) Mainframe
2 1 (5.26%) Mobile App
2 1 (5.26%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 1 (5.26%) Android
1 1 (5.26%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (73.68%) Test Automation
2 12 (63.16%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (47.37%) TDD
4 8 (42.11%) BDD
4 8 (42.11%) OO
4 8 (42.11%) OOP
4 8 (42.11%) Scrum
4 8 (42.11%) Visualisation
5 4 (21.05%) Content Management
5 4 (21.05%) Project Management
5 4 (21.05%) Security Testing
6 3 (15.79%) Continuous Integration
6 3 (15.79%) User Acceptance Testing
7 2 (10.53%) Continuous Improvement
7 2 (10.53%) Defect Management
7 2 (10.53%) Functional Testing
7 2 (10.53%) Open Source
7 2 (10.53%) SDLC
7 2 (10.53%) Software Delivery
7 2 (10.53%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 9 (47.37%) Java
2 8 (42.11%) C++
3 4 (21.05%) Groovy
3 4 (21.05%) Python
3 4 (21.05%) Ruby
4 1 (5.26%) JavaScript
4 1 (5.26%) PHP
4 1 (5.26%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (10.53%) ISEB
1 2 (10.53%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (31.58%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (10.53%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (5.26%) CA Service Virtualization
Vendors
1 4 (21.05%) Sitecore
1 4 (21.05%) Splunk
2 2 (10.53%) Apigee
3 1 (5.26%) Adobe
3 1 (5.26%) CA
3 1 (5.26%) Google
3 1 (5.26%) HP
3 1 (5.26%) Microsoft
3 1 (5.26%) TIBCO
3 1 (5.26%) Twitter