Period
to 10 July 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire with a requirement for Test Automation skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Test Automation over the 6 months to 10 July 2020 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
6 months to
10 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 41 53 60
Rank change year-on-year +12 +7 -3
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 66 150 124
As % of all contract jobs advertised in Berkshire 3.90% 3.51% 3.09%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.63% 4.01% 3.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 90 63
Median daily rate £520 £438 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.86% +16.67% +3.45%
10th Percentile £362 £347 £313
90th Percentile £588 £576 £530
South East median daily rate £453 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +0.59% +5.88% +8.97%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 1
Median hourly rate £32.50 £44.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.97% +11.25% -
10th Percentile £31.25 £42.65 £37.50
90th Percentile £33.75 £47.15 £42.50
South East median hourly rate £33.00 £43.50 £46.25
% change year-on-year -24.14% -5.95% -7.50%

Test Automation is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Berkshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 1,427 3,744 3,487
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 84.34% 87.72% 86.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 759 1,819 1,772
Median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +0.59%
10th Percentile £263 £300 £269
90th Percentile £638 £613 £588
South East median daily rate £450 £450 £433
% change year-on-year - +4.05% +4.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 120 82
Median hourly rate £26.71 £21.99 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.44% +2.28% +43.33%
10th Percentile £16.14 £12.00 £8.00
90th Percentile £54.39 £74.13 £49.88
Median hourly rate £28.75 £31.17 £24.75
% change year-on-year -7.77% +25.95% +23.75%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Berkshire

Job postings citing Test Automation as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in Berkshire.

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in Berkshire

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Test Automation in Berkshire.

Daily rate trend for Test Automation in Berkshire

Test Automation
Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Test Automation in Berkshire over the 6 months to 10 July 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Berkshire

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Test Automation in Berkshire.

Hourly rate trend for Test Automation in Berkshire

Test Automation
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 Test Automation within the Berkshire region over the 6 months to 10 July 2020. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Reading -10 38 £520 +15.56% 6
Newbury +5 7 £450 +18.03% 1
Bracknell +28 4 £100 -73.17% 2
Test Automation
South East

For the 6 months to 10 July 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Berkshire region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 41 (62.12%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (50.00%) DevOps
3 31 (46.97%) Continuous Integration
3 31 (46.97%) Azure
3 31 (46.97%) Microsoft
4 30 (45.45%) SQL
4 30 (45.45%) Windows
5 26 (39.39%) Continuous Delivery
6 25 (37.88%) Business Intelligence
7 24 (36.36%) Visual Studio
7 24 (36.36%) Data Management
7 24 (36.36%) Security Testing
7 24 (36.36%) Analytics
7 24 (36.36%) Power BI
7 24 (36.36%) Power Platform
8 23 (34.85%) Data-Driven Testing
8 23 (34.85%) Data Lake
8 23 (34.85%) Virtual Machines
8 23 (34.85%) HDInsight
8 23 (34.85%) IaaS
8 23 (34.85%) PaaS
8 23 (34.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 23 (34.85%) Scrum
9 20 (30.30%) Selenium
9 20 (30.30%) Informatica
10 18 (27.27%) Linux
11 17 (25.76%) Project Delivery
12 16 (24.24%) PowerShell
13 14 (21.21%) JavaScript
13 14 (21.21%) Infrastructure as Code

Test Automation
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 3 (4.55%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.52%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 2 (3.03%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.52%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.52%) Sketch
2 1 (1.52%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (6.06%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (3.03%) NetSuite
2 2 (3.03%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 31 (46.97%) Azure
2 24 (36.36%) Power Platform
3 23 (34.85%) IaaS
3 23 (34.85%) PaaS
4 5 (7.58%) npm
4 5 (7.58%) OpenShift
5 4 (6.06%) GitHub
6 2 (3.03%) AWS
6 2 (3.03%) Boomi
6 2 (3.03%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (3.03%) SaaS
7 1 (1.52%) Adobe Creative Cloud
7 1 (1.52%) Azure Data Factory
7 1 (1.52%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (1.52%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.03%) Radio Access Network
2 1 (1.52%) 2G
2 1 (1.52%) 3G
2 1 (1.52%) 4G
2 1 (1.52%) 5G
2 1 (1.52%) BGP
2 1 (1.52%) H.323
2 1 (1.52%) INAP
2 1 (1.52%) Internet
2 1 (1.52%) ISDN
2 1 (1.52%) ISUP
2 1 (1.52%) LAN
2 1 (1.52%) MPLS
2 1 (1.52%) OSPF
2 1 (1.52%) RIP
2 1 (1.52%) Skype
2 1 (1.52%) VPN
2 1 (1.52%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (36.36%) Power BI
2 23 (34.85%) Data Lake
2 23 (34.85%) HDInsight
2 23 (34.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 9 (13.64%) Hadoop
4 6 (9.09%) MySQL
5 5 (7.58%) MongoDB
6 2 (3.03%) Relational Database
6 2 (3.03%) SQL Server
7 1 (1.52%) Pentaho
7 1 (1.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (1.52%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 24 (36.36%) Visual Studio
2 20 (30.30%) Selenium
3 12 (18.18%) Git (software)
4 10 (15.15%) Cucumber
5 9 (13.64%) Jenkins
6 7 (10.61%) JIRA
7 5 (7.58%) gulp
7 5 (7.58%) Jasmine
8 3 (4.55%) Ant
8 3 (4.55%) JMeter
8 3 (4.55%) Maven
8 3 (4.55%) SonarQube
8 3 (4.55%) SpecFlow
9 2 (3.03%) WebDriver
10 1 (1.52%) Balsamiq
10 1 (1.52%) SoapUI
10 1 (1.52%) Sonatype Nexus
10 1 (1.52%) Team Foundation Server
10 1 (1.52%) TestNG
10 1 (1.52%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 5 (7.58%) Telecoms
2 2 (3.03%) Finance
2 2 (3.03%) Public Sector
3 1 (1.52%) Law
Job Titles
1 25 (37.88%) DevOps Engineer
2 9 (13.64%) Developer
3 7 (10.61%) Technical Engineer
4 6 (9.09%) Analyst
4 6 (9.09%) Automation Tester
4 6 (9.09%) Tester
5 5 (7.58%) Data Engineer
5 5 (7.58%) Full Stack Developer
5 5 (7.58%) Test Analyst
6 4 (6.06%) Azure DevOps
6 4 (6.06%) Azure DevOps Engineer
6 4 (6.06%) Azure Engineer
6 4 (6.06%) JavaScript Developer
6 4 (6.06%) React Developer
6 4 (6.06%) Test Engineer
7 3 (4.55%) Full Stack Web Developer
7 3 (4.55%) Test Leader
7 3 (4.55%) Web Developer
8 2 (3.03%) Architect
8 2 (3.03%) Development Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (16.67%) Web Services
2 7 (10.61%) .NET
2 7 (10.61%) RESTful
3 6 (9.09%) HTML
3 6 (9.09%) HTML5
3 6 (9.09%) Node.js
3 6 (9.09%) React
4 5 (7.58%) Apollo GraphQL
4 5 (7.58%) CSS
4 5 (7.58%) Express
4 5 (7.58%) GraphQL
4 5 (7.58%) Jest
5 3 (4.55%) AngularJS
6 2 (3.03%) SOAP
7 1 (1.52%) .NET Framework
7 1 (1.52%) JSON
7 1 (1.52%) Velocity
7 1 (1.52%) WCF
7 1 (1.52%) WebRTC
7 1 (1.52%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (3.03%) CMDB
1 2 (3.03%) Replication
2 1 (1.52%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (1.52%) Embedded Systems
2 1 (1.52%) FMCG
2 1 (1.52%) Life Science
2 1 (1.52%) Self-Motivation
2 1 (1.52%) User Experience
2 1 (1.52%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 30 (45.45%) Windows
2 18 (27.27%) Linux
3 2 (3.03%) Unix
4 1 (1.52%) Android
4 1 (1.52%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (62.12%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (50.00%) DevOps
3 31 (46.97%) Continuous Integration
4 26 (39.39%) Continuous Delivery
5 25 (37.88%) Business Intelligence
6 24 (36.36%) Analytics
6 24 (36.36%) Data Management
6 24 (36.36%) Security Testing
7 23 (34.85%) Data-Driven Testing
7 23 (34.85%) Scrum
8 17 (25.76%) Project Delivery
9 14 (21.21%) Infrastructure as Code
10 13 (19.70%) Data Modelling
11 9 (13.64%) Task Automation
11 9 (13.64%) Test Strategy
12 8 (12.12%) Test Scripting
13 7 (10.61%) Unit Testing
13 7 (10.61%) Web Development
14 5 (7.58%) Problem-Solving
15 4 (6.06%) Scaled Agile Framework
Programming Languages
1 30 (45.45%) SQL
2 16 (24.24%) PowerShell
3 14 (21.21%) JavaScript
4 11 (16.67%) C#
4 11 (16.67%) Java
5 9 (13.64%) Shell Script
6 7 (10.61%) Python
7 3 (4.55%) Bash Shell
8 1 (1.52%) C
8 1 (1.52%) C++
8 1 (1.52%) Korn
8 1 (1.52%) Ruby
8 1 (1.52%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 11 (16.67%) SC Cleared
1 11 (16.67%) Security Cleared
2 4 (6.06%) ISEB
2 4 (6.06%) ISTQB
3 3 (4.55%) Degree
4 2 (3.03%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (3.03%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (1.52%) BC Cleared
5 1 (1.52%) DV Cleared
5 1 (1.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (1.52%) MCITP
5 1 (1.52%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (4.55%) QA
2 1 (1.52%) PMO
System Software
1 23 (34.85%) Virtual Machines
2 7 (10.61%) Docker
Systems Management
1 6 (9.09%) Kubernetes
2 5 (7.58%) Ansible
3 2 (3.03%) OpenNebula
4 1 (1.52%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 31 (46.97%) Microsoft
2 20 (30.30%) Informatica
3 8 (12.12%) Hortonworks
4 5 (7.58%) Oracle
5 3 (4.55%) Juniper
5 3 (4.55%) VMware
6 2 (3.03%) 3PAR
6 2 (3.03%) BMC
6 2 (3.03%) Dell
6 2 (3.03%) Palo Alto
6 2 (3.03%) Remedy
6 2 (3.03%) Salesforce.com
6 2 (3.03%) Tableau
7 1 (1.52%) Adobe
7 1 (1.52%) CheckPoint
7 1 (1.52%) Cisco
7 1 (1.52%) HP
7 1 (1.52%) SAP
7 1 (1.52%) Vertica
7 1 (1.52%) Xamarin