Period
to 4 March 2021

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 4 March 2021 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
4 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 50 37 51
Rank change year-on-year -13 +14 -2
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 44 142 156
As % of all contract jobs advertised in Berkshire 3.18% 4.65% 3.73%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.61% 5.48% 4.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 86 110
Median daily rate £450 £469 £445
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +5.34% +18.67%
10th Percentile £255 £357 £313
90th Percentile £538 £594 £619
South East median daily rate £460 £463 £450
% change year-on-year -0.54% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 3
Median hourly rate - £72.50 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +61.11% +12.50%
South East median hourly rate £37.50 £33.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year +13.64% -26.67% -9.09%

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 1,219 2,589 3,657
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 88.21% 84.86% 87.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 727 1,404 1,759
Median daily rate £463 £438 £443
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.71% -1.13% +4.12%
10th Percentile £249 £227 £263
90th Percentile £638 £600 £600
South East median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 80 87 100
Median hourly rate £25.50 £21.00 £17.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.43% +21.74% +23.21%
10th Percentile £11.45 £14.50 £12.00
90th Percentile £61.77 £78.75 £48.78
Median hourly rate £27.00 £22.50 £26.65
% change year-on-year +20.00% -15.57% +18.44%

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 4 March 2021.

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 4 March 2021. 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 -1 27 £475 - 31
Newbury +32 9 £294 +6.82%
Slough -1 3 £500 +9.47% 1
Test Automation
South East

For the 6 months to 4 March 2021, 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 20 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (36.36%) Test Strategy
3 15 (34.09%) Azure
4 11 (25.00%) BDD
4 11 (25.00%) QA
5 10 (22.73%) Software Testing
5 10 (22.73%) Manual Testing
5 10 (22.73%) DevOps
6 8 (18.18%) API Testing
6 8 (18.18%) JIRA
7 7 (15.91%) Java
7 7 (15.91%) SQL Server
7 7 (15.91%) Telecoms
7 7 (15.91%) Migration
7 7 (15.91%) Databricks
8 6 (13.64%) Postman
8 6 (13.64%) SDLC
8 6 (13.64%) Data Ingestion
8 6 (13.64%) Microsoft
8 6 (13.64%) Selenium
8 6 (13.64%) Data Migration
8 6 (13.64%) Test Scripting
8 6 (13.64%) Cucumber
9 5 (11.36%) Test Management
9 5 (11.36%) Continuous Integration
9 5 (11.36%) ISTQB
9 5 (11.36%) Scrum
9 5 (11.36%) TDD
9 5 (11.36%) Windows
9 5 (11.36%) SQL

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 (6.82%) Elasticsearch
2 2 (4.55%) Confluence
3 1 (2.27%) CMS
3 1 (2.27%) SharePoint
3 1 (2.27%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 4 (9.09%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (2.27%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 15 (34.09%) Azure
2 4 (9.09%) Power Platform
3 1 (2.27%) AWS
3 1 (2.27%) Firebase
3 1 (2.27%) GCP
3 1 (2.27%) Microsoft 365
3 1 (2.27%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 5 (11.36%) 4G
2 4 (9.09%) 5G
2 4 (9.09%) Radio Access Network
3 3 (6.82%) 3GPP
3 3 (6.82%) Diameter Protocol
3 3 (6.82%) LTE
3 3 (6.82%) MIMO
3 3 (6.82%) VoLTE
3 3 (6.82%) VoWiFi
3 3 (6.82%) Wireshark
4 2 (4.55%) INAP
4 2 (4.55%) Intrusion Detection
4 2 (4.55%) ISUP
4 2 (4.55%) Network Security
5 1 (2.27%) 3G
5 1 (2.27%) Cisco ICM
5 1 (2.27%) ISDN
5 1 (2.27%) Q.931
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (15.91%) SQL Server
2 3 (6.82%) Power BI
3 2 (4.55%) MongoDB
4 1 (2.27%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (2.27%) DB2
4 1 (2.27%) MySQL
4 1 (2.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 8 (18.18%) JIRA
2 6 (13.64%) Cucumber
2 6 (13.64%) Postman
2 6 (13.64%) Selenium
3 5 (11.36%) SoapUI
4 4 (9.09%) Jenkins
4 4 (9.09%) JMeter
4 4 (9.09%) WebDriver
5 2 (4.55%) Cypress.io
5 2 (4.55%) LoadRunner
5 2 (4.55%) Protractor
5 2 (4.55%) REST Assured
5 2 (4.55%) SpecFlow
6 1 (2.27%) Appium
6 1 (2.27%) JUnit
6 1 (2.27%) Zephyr
General
1 7 (15.91%) Telecoms
2 2 (4.55%) Games
3 1 (2.27%) Finance
Job Titles
1 10 (22.73%) Test Engineer
2 8 (18.18%) Test Automation Engineer
3 6 (13.64%) Architect
3 6 (13.64%) Test Leader
4 5 (11.36%) Azure Architect
4 5 (11.36%) Data Architect
4 5 (11.36%) Test Architect
4 5 (11.36%) Tester
5 4 (9.09%) Azure Test Lead
5 4 (9.09%) Test Manager
6 3 (6.82%) Automation Test Lead
6 3 (6.82%) Consultant
7 2 (4.55%) Data Migration Architect
7 2 (4.55%) Developer
7 2 (4.55%) DevOps Engineer
7 2 (4.55%) Migration Architect
7 2 (4.55%) QA Manager
7 2 (4.55%) QA Test Manager
7 2 (4.55%) Technical Consultant
7 2 (4.55%) Test Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.82%) RESTful
1 3 (6.82%) SOAP
1 3 (6.82%) XML
2 2 (4.55%) HTML
2 2 (4.55%) Swagger
2 2 (4.55%) Web Services
3 1 (2.27%) .NET
3 1 (2.27%) ADO
3 1 (2.27%) GraphQL
3 1 (2.27%) HTML5
3 1 (2.27%) Puppeteer
3 1 (2.27%) REST
3 1 (2.27%) Velocity
3 1 (2.27%) VXML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (11.36%) Self-Motivation
2 3 (6.82%) Greenfield Project
2 3 (6.82%) Mobile App
2 3 (6.82%) Public Cloud
3 2 (4.55%) Mainframe
3 2 (4.55%) Smart City
4 1 (2.27%) Algorithms
4 1 (2.27%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (2.27%) Client/Server
4 1 (2.27%) Cloud Native
4 1 (2.27%) Data Structures
4 1 (2.27%) IVR
4 1 (2.27%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 5 (11.36%) Windows
2 4 (9.09%) Unix
3 3 (6.82%) Linux
4 2 (4.55%) Android
4 2 (4.55%) Apple iOS
4 2 (4.55%) Windows Server
5 1 (2.27%) Mac OS
5 1 (2.27%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (36.36%) Test Strategy
3 11 (25.00%) BDD
4 10 (22.73%) DevOps
4 10 (22.73%) Manual Testing
4 10 (22.73%) Software Testing
5 8 (18.18%) API Testing
6 7 (15.91%) Migration
7 6 (13.64%) Data Ingestion
7 6 (13.64%) Data Migration
7 6 (13.64%) SDLC
7 6 (13.64%) Test Scripting
8 5 (11.36%) Continuous Integration
8 5 (11.36%) Defect Management
8 5 (11.36%) Scenario Testing
8 5 (11.36%) Scrum
8 5 (11.36%) TDD
8 5 (11.36%) Test Management
9 4 (9.09%) Integration Testing
9 4 (9.09%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 7 (15.91%) Java
2 5 (11.36%) SQL
3 3 (6.82%) C#
3 3 (6.82%) VB
3 3 (6.82%) VBA
3 3 (6.82%) VBScript
4 2 (4.55%) JavaScript
5 1 (2.27%) C
5 1 (2.27%) Perl
5 1 (2.27%) Tcl
5 1 (2.27%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 5 (11.36%) ISTQB
2 3 (6.82%) SC Cleared
2 3 (6.82%) Security Cleared
3 2 (4.55%) Degree
3 2 (4.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (25.00%) QA
System Software
1 4 (9.09%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (6.82%) HP ALM
1 3 (6.82%) HP Quality Center
1 3 (6.82%) Kubernetes
2 2 (4.55%) Giant Swarm
3 1 (2.27%) Ansible
3 1 (2.27%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 7 (15.91%) Databricks
2 6 (13.64%) Microsoft
3 3 (6.82%) Dell
3 3 (6.82%) HP
3 3 (6.82%) MuleSoft
4 2 (4.55%) Salesforce.com
4 2 (4.55%) Xamarin
5 1 (2.27%) Cisco
5 1 (2.27%) Ericsson
5 1 (2.27%) hybris
5 1 (2.27%) SAP
5 1 (2.27%) Sitecore