The median contractor rate for a Software Tester was £352 per day in advertised job vacancies in Berkshire during the 3 months to 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Tester
South East / Berkshire
Rank 98 125 123
Rank change year-on-year +27 -2  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 3 1 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 0.16% 0.041% 0.31%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.17% 0.044% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 9
Median daily rate £352 - £355
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 - £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £354 - £364
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £300 £290
% change year-on-year - +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £43.50 £33.75
% change year-on-year -65.51% +28.88%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire. 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
Berkshire
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 1727 2278 2702
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Berkshire 93.30% 92.56% 93.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 794 1177 1385
Median daily rate £420 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 91 73 84
Median hourly rate £15.70 £26.50 £17.22
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -40.75% +53.89%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £10.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £63.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.22
% change year-on-year -12.50% +16.14%  

Software Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Berkshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Berkshire that featured Software Tester in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Software Tester in Berkshire

Software Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Tester in Berkshire

Software Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Tester in Berkshire

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 25 March 2017, Software Tester 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 Berkshire region featuring Software Tester in the job title.

1 5 (100.00%) SQL
1 5 (100.00%) Selenium
2 3 (60.00%) Data Protection
2 3 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (60.00%) Scrum
2 3 (60.00%) SOAP
2 3 (60.00%) SoapUI
2 3 (60.00%) WebDriver
3 2 (40.00%) Test Automation
3 2 (40.00%) Web Services
3 2 (40.00%) JIRA
4 1 (20.00%) QA
4 1 (20.00%) IVR
4 1 (20.00%) Subversion
4 1 (20.00%) Software Engineering
4 1 (20.00%) Local Government
4 1 (20.00%) Software Testing
4 1 (20.00%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (20.00%) ISTQB
4 1 (20.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (20.00%) Git (software)
4 1 (20.00%) Java
4 1 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (20.00%) Integration Testing
4 1 (20.00%) Manual Testing
4 1 (20.00%) Windows
4 1 (20.00%) Linux
4 1 (20.00%) CRM
4 1 (20.00%) SharePoint
4 1 (20.00%) E-Commerce

Software Tester Skill Set
Top Related 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 1 (20.00%) BizTalk Server
1 1 (20.00%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 1 (20.00%) Dynamics CRM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (20.00%) MySQL
1 1 (20.00%) Relational Database
1 1 (20.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 5 (100.00%) Selenium
2 3 (60.00%) SoapUI
2 3 (60.00%) WebDriver
3 2 (40.00%) JIRA
4 1 (20.00%) Bugzilla
4 1 (20.00%) Git (software)
4 1 (20.00%) Subversion
4 1 (20.00%) Trac
General
1 1 (20.00%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (60.00%) SOAP
2 2 (40.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (20.00%) IVR
1 1 (20.00%) Mobile App
1 1 (20.00%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 1 (20.00%) Linux
1 1 (20.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 1 (20.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
1 3 (60.00%) Data Protection
1 3 (60.00%) Scrum
2 2 (40.00%) Test Automation
3 1 (20.00%) Automation Testing
3 1 (20.00%) CRM
3 1 (20.00%) E-Commerce
3 1 (20.00%) Integration Testing
3 1 (20.00%) Manual Testing
3 1 (20.00%) Open Source
3 1 (20.00%) Software Engineering
3 1 (20.00%) Software Testing
3 1 (20.00%) System Integration Testing
3 1 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (100.00%) SQL
2 1 (20.00%) Java
2 1 (20.00%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (20.00%) ISEB
1 1 (20.00%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (20.00%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (20.00%) Microsoft
1 1 (20.00%) Red Hat