Period
to 21 November 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £395 per day in advertised job vacancies in Berkshire during the 6 months to 21 November 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.

Tester
South East > Berkshire
6 months to
21 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 127 138 127
Rank change year-on-year +11 -11 -13
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 51 31 46
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 1.23% 0.75% 1.08%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.33% 0.82% 1.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 21 25
Berkshire median daily rate £395 £400 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.25% +9.59% +1.39%
10th Percentile £312 £250 £299
90th Percentile £463 £538 £400
South East median daily rate £398 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +13.57% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 4
Berkshire median hourly rate £12.85 - £8.50
South East median hourly rate £13.20 £12.50 £34.37
% change year-on-year +5.60% -63.63% -12.70%

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 3,833 3,791 3,937
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.52% 92.13% 92.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,887 2,005 2,123
Berkshire median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +2.56%
10th Percentile £212 £250 £228
90th Percentile £575 £588 £565
South East median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 92 136 183
Berkshire median hourly rate £20.00 £14.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +42.86% -3.45% -32.71%
10th Percentile £11.02 £10.40 £9.25
90th Percentile £44.30 £39.88 £43.28
South East median hourly rate £20.50 £18.00 £19.61
% change year-on-year +13.89% -8.21% +7.14%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Berkshire

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in Berkshire

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in Berkshire

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in Berkshire over the 6 months to 21 November 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Tester in Berkshire

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in Berkshire

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 Tester within the Berkshire region over the 6 months to 21 November 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 +1 29 £395 -1.25% 6
Bracknell -2 6 - -
Newbury - 5 £340 - 1
Slough - 3 £340 -
Maidenhead - 2 - -
Tester
South East

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

For the 6 months to 21 November 2018, Tester 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 Tester in the job title.

1 28 (54.90%) Test Automation
2 25 (49.02%) Java
3 23 (45.10%) SQL
4 22 (43.14%) Selenium
5 18 (35.29%) Agile Software Development
5 18 (35.29%) Cucumber
6 16 (31.37%) .NET
7 15 (29.41%) Web Services
8 11 (21.57%) Performance Testing
8 11 (21.57%) C++
8 11 (21.57%) Scrum
9 10 (19.61%) JMeter
9 10 (19.61%) C#
9 10 (19.61%) JUnit
9 10 (19.61%) XML
9 10 (19.61%) EDI
9 10 (19.61%) Scala
9 10 (19.61%) Groovy
9 10 (19.61%) JSON
9 10 (19.61%) Procedural Programming
9 10 (19.61%) Geb
9 10 (19.61%) Gatling
10 9 (17.65%) QA
10 9 (17.65%) CRM
11 8 (15.69%) Regression Testing
11 8 (15.69%) Manual Testing
12 7 (13.73%) HP
12 7 (13.73%) ISEB
12 7 (13.73%) SoapUI
13 6 (11.76%) API Testing

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 (1.96%) CMS
1 1 (1.96%) Confluence
Applications
1 2 (3.92%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (3.92%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.96%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 4 (7.84%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (5.88%) GitHub
3 2 (3.92%) Amazon Alexa
3 2 (3.92%) Boomi
3 2 (3.92%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (3.92%) SaaS
3 2 (3.92%) Siri
4 1 (1.96%) Amazon EMR
Communications & Networking
1 3 (5.88%) SAN
2 2 (3.92%) Firewall
2 2 (3.92%) HTTP
3 1 (1.96%) 3GPP
3 1 (1.96%) DNS
3 1 (1.96%) Internet
3 1 (1.96%) LTE
3 1 (1.96%) MPLS
3 1 (1.96%) UMTS
3 1 (1.96%) VPLS
3 1 (1.96%) VPN
3 1 (1.96%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.88%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.96%) Big Data
2 1 (1.96%) DB2
2 1 (1.96%) Hadoop
2 1 (1.96%) JasperReports
2 1 (1.96%) MySQL
2 1 (1.96%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 22 (43.14%) Selenium
2 18 (35.29%) Cucumber
3 10 (19.61%) Gatling
3 10 (19.61%) Geb
3 10 (19.61%) JMeter
3 10 (19.61%) JUnit
4 7 (13.73%) SoapUI
5 6 (11.76%) JIRA
6 4 (7.84%) Git (software)
6 4 (7.84%) Jenkins
6 4 (7.84%) LoadRunner
7 3 (5.88%) Hudson
7 3 (5.88%) WebDriver
8 2 (3.92%) Maven
8 2 (3.92%) SpecFlow
9 1 (1.96%) AnthillPro
9 1 (1.96%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (1.96%) Introscope
9 1 (1.96%) Metasploit
9 1 (1.96%) TeamCity
General
1 5 (9.80%) Electronics
2 4 (7.84%) Telecoms
3 2 (3.92%) Finance
3 2 (3.92%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.96%) Law
4 1 (1.96%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (31.37%) .NET
2 15 (29.41%) Web Services
3 10 (19.61%) EDI
3 10 (19.61%) JSON
3 10 (19.61%) XML
4 6 (11.76%) HTML
5 3 (5.88%) REST
5 3 (5.88%) RESTful
6 2 (3.92%) Ajax
6 2 (3.92%) ASP.NET
6 2 (3.92%) Gherkin
6 2 (3.92%) J2EE
6 2 (3.92%) Middleware
6 2 (3.92%) SOAP
6 2 (3.92%) Taurus
7 1 (1.96%) AngularJS
7 1 (1.96%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 6 (11.76%) Mobile App
2 4 (7.84%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (5.88%) User Experience
4 2 (3.92%) Handset
4 2 (3.92%) Life Science
5 1 (1.96%) Data Centre
5 1 (1.96%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.96%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 2 (3.92%) Android
1 2 (3.92%) Apple iOS
1 2 (3.92%) Windows
2 1 (1.96%) Linux
2 1 (1.96%) Unix
2 1 (1.96%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (54.90%) Test Automation
2 18 (35.29%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (21.57%) Performance Testing
3 11 (21.57%) Scrum
4 10 (19.61%) Procedural Programming
5 9 (17.65%) CRM
6 8 (15.69%) Manual Testing
6 8 (15.69%) Regression Testing
7 6 (11.76%) API Testing
7 6 (11.76%) Problem-Solving
8 5 (9.80%) BDD
8 5 (9.80%) Continuous Integration
8 5 (9.80%) Functional Testing
8 5 (9.80%) User Acceptance Testing
9 4 (7.84%) Artificial Intelligence
9 4 (7.84%) Open Source
9 4 (7.84%) Scenario Testing
9 4 (7.84%) Software Testing
10 3 (5.88%) TDD
10 3 (5.88%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 25 (49.02%) Java
2 23 (45.10%) SQL
3 11 (21.57%) C++
4 10 (19.61%) C#
4 10 (19.61%) Groovy
4 10 (19.61%) Scala
5 4 (7.84%) JavaScript
5 4 (7.84%) Python
6 3 (5.88%) VB
7 1 (1.96%) Perl
Qualifications
1 7 (13.73%) ISEB
2 5 (9.80%) Security Cleared
3 4 (7.84%) ISTQB
3 4 (7.84%) SC Cleared
4 3 (5.88%) Degree
4 3 (5.88%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 3 (5.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (1.96%) CISA
5 1 (1.96%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (17.65%) QA
2 1 (1.96%) GDPR
2 1 (1.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (1.96%) Docker
1 1 (1.96%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 3 (5.88%) HP ALM
2 1 (1.96%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.96%) Nessus
2 1 (1.96%) Nmap
2 1 (1.96%) Red Hat Satellite
2 1 (1.96%) WSUS
Vendors
1 7 (13.73%) HP
2 5 (9.80%) Microsoft
3 3 (5.88%) AppDynamics
3 3 (5.88%) Dynatrace
3 3 (5.88%) Oracle
4 2 (3.92%) Apple
4 2 (3.92%) Dell
4 2 (3.92%) SOASTA, Inc
5 1 (1.96%) BMC
5 1 (1.96%) Cloudera
5 1 (1.96%) Juniper
5 1 (1.96%) MapR
5 1 (1.96%) Red Hat
5 1 (1.96%) Tableau
5 1 (1.96%) Tripwire