Period
to 21 September 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies in Berkshire during the 6 months to 21 September 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 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 123 126 133
Rank change year-on-year +3 +7 -36
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 46 38 46
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 1.19% 0.95% 0.99%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.27% 1.03% 1.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 32 30
Berkshire median daily rate £375 £338 £358
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -5.59% +2.14%
10th Percentile £303 £254 £299
90th Percentile £451 £474 £426
South East median daily rate £393 £330 £350
% change year-on-year +18.94% -5.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 4
Berkshire median hourly rate - - £8.50
South East median hourly rate £9.50 £11.75 £34.37
% change year-on-year -19.15% -65.81% -8.35%

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 3,615 3,700 4,268
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.36% 92.11% 92.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,867 1,910 2,297
Berkshire median daily rate £415 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.75% +3.23%
10th Percentile £213 £250 £250
90th Percentile £575 £582 £563
South East median daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +5.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 142 186
Berkshire median hourly rate £20.00 £15.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.03% +10.71% -35.03%
10th Percentile £11.12 £9.25 £9.25
90th Percentile £45.30 £42.03 £38.13
South East median hourly rate £19.00 £18.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +5.56% -10.00% +14.29%

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 September 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 September 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 26 £375 -6.25% 5
Slough -1 4 £340 +8.80% 2
Maidenhead 0 3 £400 +28.00%
Newbury - 3 £320 - 5
Bracknell -1 2 - - 3
Tester
South East

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

For the 6 months to 21 September 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 23 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (36.96%) Java
2 17 (36.96%) Test Automation
3 16 (34.78%) SQL
4 13 (28.26%) Selenium
5 10 (21.74%) Cucumber
5 10 (21.74%) QA
6 9 (19.57%) JIRA
6 9 (19.57%) Scrum
6 9 (19.57%) C#
7 8 (17.39%) VB
7 8 (17.39%) .NET
7 8 (17.39%) Performance Testing
8 7 (15.22%) User Acceptance Testing
8 7 (15.22%) Python
8 7 (15.22%) HP
8 7 (15.22%) ISEB
8 7 (15.22%) LoadRunner
8 7 (15.22%) JMeter
8 7 (15.22%) Functional Testing
8 7 (15.22%) SDLC
8 7 (15.22%) API Testing
9 6 (13.04%) Jenkins
9 6 (13.04%) HTML
9 6 (13.04%) Finance
9 6 (13.04%) Web Services
9 6 (13.04%) Oracle
9 6 (13.04%) Degree
9 6 (13.04%) SoapUI
10 5 (10.87%) BDD

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 (2.17%) CMS
1 1 (2.17%) Confluence
Applications
1 4 (8.70%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 4 (8.70%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (6.52%) GitHub
3 2 (4.35%) Office 365
3 2 (4.35%) SaaS
4 1 (2.17%) Amazon EMR
4 1 (2.17%) BlazeMeter
4 1 (2.17%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (6.52%) SAN
2 2 (4.35%) HTTP
3 1 (2.17%) 3GPP
3 1 (2.17%) Firewall
3 1 (2.17%) Internet
3 1 (2.17%) LTE
3 1 (2.17%) MPLS
3 1 (2.17%) UMTS
3 1 (2.17%) VPLS
3 1 (2.17%) VPN
3 1 (2.17%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.52%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.17%) Big Data
2 1 (2.17%) DB2
2 1 (2.17%) Hadoop
2 1 (2.17%) MySQL
2 1 (2.17%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 13 (28.26%) Selenium
2 10 (21.74%) Cucumber
3 9 (19.57%) JIRA
4 7 (15.22%) JMeter
4 7 (15.22%) LoadRunner
5 6 (13.04%) Jenkins
5 6 (13.04%) SoapUI
6 5 (10.87%) Git (software)
7 3 (6.52%) Hudson
8 2 (4.35%) Maven
8 2 (4.35%) Robot Framework
8 2 (4.35%) SpecFlow
9 1 (2.17%) Ant
9 1 (2.17%) AnthillPro
9 1 (2.17%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (2.17%) HP UFT
9 1 (2.17%) Introscope
9 1 (2.17%) JUnit
9 1 (2.17%) Protractor
9 1 (2.17%) TeamCity
General
1 6 (13.04%) Finance
2 5 (10.87%) Telecoms
3 3 (6.52%) Electronics
4 2 (4.35%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (2.17%) Law
5 1 (2.17%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (17.39%) .NET
2 6 (13.04%) HTML
2 6 (13.04%) Web Services
3 3 (6.52%) REST
4 2 (4.35%) Ajax
4 2 (4.35%) ASP.NET
4 2 (4.35%) Gherkin
4 2 (4.35%) J2EE
4 2 (4.35%) SOAP
4 2 (4.35%) XML
5 1 (2.17%) AngularJS
5 1 (2.17%) EDI
5 1 (2.17%) JSON
5 1 (2.17%) Middleware
5 1 (2.17%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 4 (8.70%) Mobile App
2 3 (6.52%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (4.35%) Life Science
3 2 (4.35%) User Experience
4 1 (2.17%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (2.17%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 4 (8.70%) Unix
2 2 (4.35%) Windows
3 1 (2.17%) Linux
3 1 (2.17%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (36.96%) Test Automation
3 9 (19.57%) Scrum
4 8 (17.39%) Performance Testing
5 7 (15.22%) API Testing
5 7 (15.22%) Functional Testing
5 7 (15.22%) SDLC
5 7 (15.22%) User Acceptance Testing
6 5 (10.87%) BDD
6 5 (10.87%) Continuous Integration
6 5 (10.87%) Manual Testing
6 5 (10.87%) Mathematics
6 5 (10.87%) Problem-Solving
6 5 (10.87%) Software Testing
7 4 (8.70%) Defect Management
7 4 (8.70%) Regression Testing
7 4 (8.70%) TDD
7 4 (8.70%) Test Strategy
8 3 (6.52%) Cross-Browser Testing
8 3 (6.52%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 17 (36.96%) Java
2 16 (34.78%) SQL
3 9 (19.57%) C#
4 8 (17.39%) VB
5 7 (15.22%) Python
6 5 (10.87%) JavaScript
7 3 (6.52%) VBScript
8 2 (4.35%) C++
8 2 (4.35%) Scala
9 1 (2.17%) Groovy
9 1 (2.17%) Perl
Qualifications
1 7 (15.22%) ISEB
2 6 (13.04%) Degree
3 5 (10.87%) Security Cleared
4 4 (8.70%) ISTQB
4 4 (8.70%) SC Cleared
5 3 (6.52%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 3 (6.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (21.74%) QA
2 2 (4.35%) GDPR
System Software
1 1 (2.17%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (6.52%) HP ALM
2 1 (2.17%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (15.22%) HP
2 6 (13.04%) Oracle
3 4 (8.70%) AppDynamics
4 3 (6.52%) Capita
4 3 (6.52%) Dynatrace
5 2 (4.35%) SOASTA, Inc
6 1 (2.17%) Cloudera
6 1 (2.17%) Juniper
6 1 (2.17%) MapR
6 1 (2.17%) Microsoft