Period
to 20 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £283 per day in advertised job vacancies in Berkshire during the 6 months to 20 October 2018.

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.

Test Engineer
South East > Berkshire
6 months to
20 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 125 132 141
Rank change year-on-year +7 +9 -1
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 42 30 34
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 1.08% 0.75% 0.76%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.16% 0.82% 0.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 13 20
Berkshire median daily rate £283 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -24.67% -6.25% +53.85%
10th Percentile £190 £256 £250
90th Percentile £333 £470 £503
South East median daily rate £363 £330 £350
% change year-on-year +9.85% -5.71% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Berkshire median hourly rate £12.50 - -
South East median hourly rate £40.00 £42.25 £25.00
% change year-on-year -5.33% +69.00% -37.14%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Berkshire. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
Berkshire
Contract vacancies in Berkshire with a recognized job title 3,618 3,667 4,130
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.89% 92.09% 92.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,851 1,927 2,235
Berkshire median daily rate £423 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.59% +6.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £206 £250 £235
90th Percentile £575 £588 £563
South East median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +3.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 138 195
Berkshire median hourly rate £20.00 £15.50 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.03% +6.90% -32.71%
10th Percentile £11.17 £9.92 £9.25
90th Percentile £45.70 £39.75 £41.45
South East median hourly rate £20.12 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +11.79% -5.26% +5.56%

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in Berkshire

Job postings that featured Test Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Berkshire.

Job vacancy trend for Test Engineer in Berkshire

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Engineer in Berkshire

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Engineer in Berkshire over the 6 months to 20 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Engineer in Berkshire

Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Engineer in Berkshire

Test Engineer
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 Engineer within the Berkshire region over the 6 months to 20 October 2018. 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 -7 14 £210 -44.00% 8
Newbury - 6 £235 - 3
Slough - 4 £259 - 1
Bracknell 0 2 - - 2
Maidenhead +1 1 - - 1
Test Engineer
South East

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 20 October 2018, Test Engineer contract jobs required the following IT 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 featuring Test Engineer in the job title.

1 20 (47.62%) 3G
2 18 (42.86%) SOAP
2 18 (42.86%) HP
2 18 (42.86%) Nokia
3 17 (40.48%) Telecoms
3 17 (40.48%) SoapUI
3 17 (40.48%) 4G
4 16 (38.10%) Diameter Protocol
4 16 (38.10%) HP ALM
5 15 (35.71%) Wireshark
6 14 (33.33%) LDAP
6 14 (33.33%) Problem-Solving
7 13 (30.95%) Analytical Skills
7 13 (30.95%) Test Automation
8 9 (21.43%) C#
9 8 (19.05%) Validation
9 8 (19.05%) Selenium
10 7 (16.67%) JMeter
10 7 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
10 7 (16.67%) Test Planning
11 6 (14.29%) Migration
12 5 (11.90%) Java
12 5 (11.90%) Performance Testing
12 5 (11.90%) BDD
13 4 (9.52%) WebDriver
13 4 (9.52%) Cucumber
13 4 (9.52%) Jenkins
13 4 (9.52%) Test Scripting
13 4 (9.52%) QA
13 4 (9.52%) Git (software)

Test Engineer 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 (2.38%) CMS
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.38%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 20 (47.62%) 3G
2 17 (40.48%) 4G
3 16 (38.10%) Diameter Protocol
4 15 (35.71%) Wireshark
5 3 (7.14%) HTTP
6 2 (4.76%) 2G
7 1 (2.38%) Firewall
7 1 (2.38%) GPRS
7 1 (2.38%) GSM
7 1 (2.38%) Internet
7 1 (2.38%) IPv6
7 1 (2.38%) Junos
7 1 (2.38%) Radio Access Network
7 1 (2.38%) SIGTRAN
7 1 (2.38%) SNMP
7 1 (2.38%) SS7
7 1 (2.38%) SSL
7 1 (2.38%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.76%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.38%) DB2
2 1 (2.38%) MySQL
2 1 (2.38%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 17 (40.48%) SoapUI
2 8 (19.05%) Selenium
3 7 (16.67%) JMeter
4 4 (9.52%) Cucumber
4 4 (9.52%) Git (software)
4 4 (9.52%) Jenkins
4 4 (9.52%) WebDriver
5 3 (7.14%) Octopus Deploy
5 3 (7.14%) SpecFlow
6 2 (4.76%) Bitbucket
6 2 (4.76%) JIRA
6 2 (4.76%) Visual Studio Team System
7 1 (2.38%) AnthillPro
7 1 (2.38%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 1 (2.38%) Hudson
7 1 (2.38%) JUnit
7 1 (2.38%) LoadRunner
7 1 (2.38%) Protractor
7 1 (2.38%) RSpec
7 1 (2.38%) TeamCity
General
1 17 (40.48%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (42.86%) SOAP
2 14 (33.33%) LDAP
3 3 (7.14%) XML
4 2 (4.76%) .NET
4 2 (4.76%) HTML
4 2 (4.76%) REST
5 1 (2.38%) Ajax
5 1 (2.38%) ASP.NET
5 1 (2.38%) Gherkin
5 1 (2.38%) JSON
5 1 (2.38%) Spring
5 1 (2.38%) WAP
5 1 (2.38%) Web Services
5 1 (2.38%) WML
Miscellaneous
1 13 (30.95%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.76%) Smart Meter
2 2 (4.76%) Virtual Team
3 1 (2.38%) 3D Graphics
3 1 (2.38%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.38%) Mobile App
3 1 (2.38%) RIA
3 1 (2.38%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.38%) Unix
1 1 (2.38%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (33.33%) Problem-Solving
2 13 (30.95%) Test Automation
3 8 (19.05%) Validation
4 7 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (16.67%) Test Planning
5 6 (14.29%) Migration
6 5 (11.90%) BDD
6 5 (11.90%) Performance Testing
7 4 (9.52%) Scrum
7 4 (9.52%) TDD
7 4 (9.52%) Test Scripting
8 3 (7.14%) Continuous Integration
8 3 (7.14%) Integration Testing
8 3 (7.14%) Software Testing
8 3 (7.14%) System Integration Testing
9 2 (4.76%) Acceptance Criteria
9 2 (4.76%) Analytics
9 2 (4.76%) Defect Management
9 2 (4.76%) Functional Testing
9 2 (4.76%) SDET
Programming Languages
1 9 (21.43%) C#
2 5 (11.90%) Java
3 4 (9.52%) SQL
4 2 (4.76%) JavaScript
4 2 (4.76%) Python
5 1 (2.38%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (7.14%) ISTQB
1 3 (7.14%) SC Cleared
1 3 (7.14%) Security Cleared
2 2 (4.76%) DV Cleared
2 2 (4.76%) ISEB
3 1 (2.38%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (9.52%) QA
2 1 (2.38%) GDPR
System Software
1 1 (2.38%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 16 (38.10%) HP ALM
2 2 (4.76%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (2.38%) Iperf
Vendors
1 18 (42.86%) HP
1 18 (42.86%) Nokia
2 4 (9.52%) Microsoft
3 1 (2.38%) AppDynamics
3 1 (2.38%) Cisco
3 1 (2.38%) Dynatrace
3 1 (2.38%) Juniper
3 1 (2.38%) Oracle
3 1 (2.38%) SOASTA, Inc
3 1 (2.38%) VMware