The median contractor rate for a Software Tester was £413 per day in advertised job vacancies in Berkshire during the 3 months to 27 June 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.

Software Tester
South East / Berkshire
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 95 116 114
Rank change year-on-year +21 -2  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 3 6 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 0.16% 0.25% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.18% 0.27% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 6 3
Median daily rate £413 £358 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% +2.14%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £318 £325 £280
% change year-on-year -2.30% +16.07%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £11.00 - £92.00

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 1687 2209 2236
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Berkshire 91.78% 92.82% 92.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 823 1179 1120
Median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £275 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 71 98 92
Median hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -30.39%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £10.00 £13.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £27.80 £39.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.14
% change year-on-year - +8.42%  

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 Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Tester in Berkshire over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Tester in Berkshire

Software Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Tester in Berkshire

Software Tester
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 Software Tester 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 +16 1 £450 +25.00%
Software Tester
South East

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 27 June 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 4 (66.67%) Selenium
1 4 (66.67%) Test Automation
1 4 (66.67%) SQL
2 3 (50.00%) Data Protection
3 2 (33.33%) Manual Testing
3 2 (33.33%) JIRA
3 2 (33.33%) QA
3 2 (33.33%) Microsoft
3 2 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (33.33%) Java
3 2 (33.33%) XML
4 1 (16.67%) Windows
4 1 (16.67%) Linux
4 1 (16.67%) CRM
4 1 (16.67%) SharePoint
4 1 (16.67%) E-Commerce
4 1 (16.67%) Data Modelling
4 1 (16.67%) SAS
4 1 (16.67%) JavaScript
4 1 (16.67%) C#
4 1 (16.67%) HTML
4 1 (16.67%) T-SQL
4 1 (16.67%) .NET
4 1 (16.67%) MySQL
4 1 (16.67%) SQL Server
4 1 (16.67%) SOAP
4 1 (16.67%) Web Services
4 1 (16.67%) Subversion
4 1 (16.67%) Software Engineering
4 1 (16.67%) Local Government

Software Tester Skill Set
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 1 (16.67%) BizTalk Server
1 1 (16.67%) SAS
1 1 (16.67%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 1 (16.67%) Dynamics CRM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (16.67%) MySQL
1 1 (16.67%) Relational Database
1 1 (16.67%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (66.67%) Selenium
2 2 (33.33%) JIRA
3 1 (16.67%) Bugzilla
3 1 (16.67%) Git (software)
3 1 (16.67%) SoapUI
3 1 (16.67%) Subversion
3 1 (16.67%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (16.67%) Trac
3 1 (16.67%) WebDriver
General
1 1 (16.67%) Finance
1 1 (16.67%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (33.33%) XML
2 1 (16.67%) .NET
2 1 (16.67%) HTML
2 1 (16.67%) SOAP
2 1 (16.67%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (16.67%) Credit Risk
1 1 (16.67%) IVR
1 1 (16.67%) Mobile App
1 1 (16.67%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 1 (16.67%) Linux
1 1 (16.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 1 (16.67%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (66.67%) Test Automation
2 3 (50.00%) Data Protection
3 2 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (33.33%) Manual Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Credit Risk Modelling
4 1 (16.67%) CRM
4 1 (16.67%) Data Modelling
4 1 (16.67%) E-Commerce
4 1 (16.67%) Functional Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Integration Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Open Source
4 1 (16.67%) Scrum
4 1 (16.67%) SDET
4 1 (16.67%) Software Engineering
4 1 (16.67%) Software Testing
4 1 (16.67%) System Integration Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Test Scripting
4 1 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (66.67%) SQL
2 2 (33.33%) Java
3 1 (16.67%) C#
3 1 (16.67%) JavaScript
3 1 (16.67%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (16.67%) ISEB
1 1 (16.67%) ISTQB
1 1 (16.67%) SC Cleared
1 1 (16.67%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (33.33%) QA
2 1 (16.67%) IFRS
Systems Management
1 1 (16.67%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (33.33%) Microsoft
2 1 (16.67%) Red Hat