The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire with a requirement for Software Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 22 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.

Software Testing
South East / Berkshire
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 97 102 95
Rank change year-on-year +5 -7  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 6 18 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 0.33% 0.76% 0.89%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.40% 0.95% 1.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 8 12
Median daily rate £313 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -21.87% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £304 £375 £257
10% offered a daily rate of more than £349 £431 £493
UK excluding London median daily rate £355 £325 £310
% change year-on-year +9.23% +4.83%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +33.33% -  

Software 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 1484 1899 1945
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Berkshire 81.23% 79.72% 78.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 705 1043 976
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 59 72 72
Median hourly rate £18.00 £19.06 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.53% -11.57%  
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 £39.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +17.54% -5.00%  

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Berkshire

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Testing in Berkshire

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Testing in Berkshire

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Testing in Berkshire

Software 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 Software Testing within the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 22 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 +11 3 £365 -5.80% 1
Slough +5 2 £306 -29.79%
Maidenhead - 2 £313 - 1
Software Testing
South East

For the 6 months to 22 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Software 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 Software Testing.

1 9 (64.29%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (57.14%) Test Automation
3 6 (42.86%) SQL
3 6 (42.86%) SQL Server
4 5 (35.71%) Java
4 5 (35.71%) Windows
5 4 (28.57%) Microsoft
5 4 (28.57%) C
5 4 (28.57%) Scrum
5 4 (28.57%) Waterfall
5 4 (28.57%) Defect Management
5 4 (28.57%) Windows Server
6 3 (21.43%) User Stories
6 3 (21.43%) Relational Database
6 3 (21.43%) BDD
6 3 (21.43%) Security Cleared
6 3 (21.43%) Performance Testing
6 3 (21.43%) Test Scripting
6 3 (21.43%) QA
6 3 (21.43%) Selenium
6 3 (21.43%) C++
6 3 (21.43%) .NET
6 3 (21.43%) XML
7 2 (14.29%) ITIL
7 2 (14.29%) IIS
7 2 (14.29%) Visual Studio
7 2 (14.29%) VB
7 2 (14.29%) C#
7 2 (14.29%) PL/SQL
7 2 (14.29%) BizTalk Server

Software 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 2 (14.29%) BizTalk Server
1 2 (14.29%) IIS
1 2 (14.29%) JBoss
2 1 (7.14%) CMS
2 1 (7.14%) SharePoint
2 1 (7.14%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 2 (14.29%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (14.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (7.14%) Teamcenter
Communications & Networking
1 2 (14.29%) Firewall
1 2 (14.29%) HTTP
2 1 (7.14%) TDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (42.86%) SQL Server
2 3 (21.43%) Relational Database
3 2 (14.29%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (14.29%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (7.14%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 3 (21.43%) Selenium
2 2 (14.29%) Fiddler
2 2 (14.29%) JIRA
2 2 (14.29%) JMeter
2 2 (14.29%) SpecFlow
2 2 (14.29%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (14.29%) Visual Studio
3 1 (7.14%) Bugzilla
3 1 (7.14%) Git (software)
3 1 (7.14%) HP UFT
3 1 (7.14%) Subversion
3 1 (7.14%) Trac
General
1 2 (14.29%) Finance
2 1 (7.14%) Electronics
2 1 (7.14%) Manufacturing
2 1 (7.14%) Retail
Job Titles
1 3 (21.43%) Test Engineer
1 3 (21.43%) Test Manager
2 2 (14.29%) Analyst
2 2 (14.29%) Developer
2 2 (14.29%) Performance Manager
2 2 (14.29%) Performance Test Manager
2 2 (14.29%) Software Developer
2 2 (14.29%) Support Engineer
2 2 (14.29%) Tester
3 1 (7.14%) Agile Tester
3 1 (7.14%) C++ Developer
3 1 (7.14%) Development Engineer
3 1 (7.14%) Environment Manager
3 1 (7.14%) Graphics Developer
3 1 (7.14%) Python Developer
3 1 (7.14%) Salesforce Business Analyst
3 1 (7.14%) Scrum Master
3 1 (7.14%) Senior Python Developer
3 1 (7.14%) Software Tester
3 1 (7.14%) Test Environment Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (21.43%) .NET
1 3 (21.43%) XML
2 2 (14.29%) .NET Framework
2 2 (14.29%) Gherkin
2 2 (14.29%) Java EE
2 2 (14.29%) JSON
2 2 (14.29%) RESTful
3 1 (7.14%) REST
3 1 (7.14%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (14.29%) User Experience
2 1 (7.14%) 3D Graphics
2 1 (7.14%) AS400
2 1 (7.14%) Data Centre
2 1 (7.14%) IVR
2 1 (7.14%) Management Information System
2 1 (7.14%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 5 (35.71%) Windows
2 4 (28.57%) Windows Server
3 2 (14.29%) Linux
3 2 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (7.14%) Apple iOS
4 1 (7.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (64.29%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (57.14%) Test Automation
3 4 (28.57%) Defect Management
3 4 (28.57%) Scrum
3 4 (28.57%) Waterfall
4 3 (21.43%) BDD
4 3 (21.43%) Performance Testing
4 3 (21.43%) Test Scripting
4 3 (21.43%) User Stories
5 2 (14.29%) Data Analysis
5 2 (14.29%) Data Protection
5 2 (14.29%) Load Balancing
5 2 (14.29%) Manual Testing
5 2 (14.29%) Open Source
5 2 (14.29%) Regression Testing
5 2 (14.29%) Software Engineering
5 2 (14.29%) TDD
5 2 (14.29%) Test Management
5 2 (14.29%) Validation
5 2 (14.29%) V-Model
Programming Languages
1 6 (42.86%) SQL
2 5 (35.71%) Java
3 4 (28.57%) C
4 3 (21.43%) C++
5 2 (14.29%) C#
5 2 (14.29%) PL/SQL
5 2 (14.29%) VB
6 1 (7.14%) Python
6 1 (7.14%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (21.43%) Security Cleared
2 2 (14.29%) ISTQB
2 2 (14.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 2 (14.29%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 1 (7.14%) Degree
3 1 (7.14%) DV Cleared
3 1 (7.14%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (21.43%) QA
2 2 (14.29%) Data Quality
2 2 (14.29%) GDPR
System Software
1 1 (7.14%) VMware ESXi
1 1 (7.14%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (7.14%) CA Service Virtualization
Vendors
1 4 (28.57%) Microsoft
2 2 (14.29%) VMware
3 1 (7.14%) CA
3 1 (7.14%) HP
3 1 (7.14%) Red Hat
3 1 (7.14%) Salesforce.com
3 1 (7.14%) Samsung
3 1 (7.14%) Siemens
3 1 (7.14%) TIBCO