Period
to 15 October 2019

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in Berkshire during the 6 months to 15 October 2019.

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
15 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 138 120 133
Rank change year-on-year -18 +13 -3
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 36 49 33
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 0.91% 1.25% 0.83%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.98% 1.34% 0.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 26 25
Berkshire median daily rate £425 £375 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -3.85% +9.09%
10th Percentile £250 £303 £270
90th Percentile £550 £443 £475
South East median daily rate £375 £398 £338
% change year-on-year -5.66% +17.78% -3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 0
Berkshire median hourly rate £13.10 £12.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.80% - -
South East median hourly rate £15.22 £12.50 £12.50
% change year-on-year +21.72% - -63.63%

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 3,656 3,652 3,676
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.74% 93.14% 92.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,837 1,865 1,907
Berkshire median daily rate £450 £415 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.43% -2.35% +6.25%
10th Percentile £225 £206 £250
90th Percentile £600 £575 £588
South East median daily rate £438 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +2.94% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 148 99 143
Berkshire median hourly rate £43.25 £20.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +116.25% +29.03% +14.81%
10th Percentile £12.75 £11.14 £9.45
90th Percentile £82.50 £45.20 £39.70
South East median hourly rate £23.46 £20.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +17.28% +11.11% -7.38%

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 15 October 2019.

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 15 October 2019. 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 -17 20 £480 +28.00% 4
Bracknell +5 5 £190 - 3
Newbury -2 5 £425 +32.81% 2
Slough +4 4 £388 +13.97%
Wokingham - 1 £375 - 1
Tester
South East

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

For the 6 months to 15 October 2019, 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 20 (55.56%) Test Automation
2 13 (36.11%) Selenium
3 11 (30.56%) C#
3 11 (30.56%) .NET
4 8 (22.22%) Java
4 8 (22.22%) JIRA
4 8 (22.22%) Test Scripting
4 8 (22.22%) SC Cleared
4 8 (22.22%) Security Cleared
4 8 (22.22%) AngularJS
5 6 (16.67%) JavaScript
5 6 (16.67%) SQL
6 5 (13.89%) Azure
6 5 (13.89%) Node.js
6 5 (13.89%) JSON
6 5 (13.89%) Agile Software Development
6 5 (13.89%) DevOps
7 4 (11.11%) Express
7 4 (11.11%) Mobile App
7 4 (11.11%) Virtual Team
7 4 (11.11%) QA
7 4 (11.11%) Functional Testing
7 4 (11.11%) SQL Server
7 4 (11.11%) Regression Testing
8 3 (8.33%) Middleware
8 3 (8.33%) Electronics
8 3 (8.33%) XML
8 3 (8.33%) Linux
8 3 (8.33%) Python
8 3 (8.33%) Microsoft Excel

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 (2.78%) BizTalk Server
1 1 (2.78%) Confluence
1 1 (2.78%) SharePoint
1 1 (2.78%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (8.33%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (5.56%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (2.78%) FileZilla
3 1 (2.78%) Notepad++
Business Applications
1 1 (2.78%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (2.78%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 5 (13.89%) Azure
2 3 (8.33%) AWS
2 3 (8.33%) GitHub
3 1 (2.78%) Amazon Alexa
3 1 (2.78%) AWS Lambda
3 1 (2.78%) SaaS
3 1 (2.78%) Serverless
3 1 (2.78%) Siri
3 1 (2.78%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.56%) 2G
1 2 (5.56%) 3G
1 2 (5.56%) 3GPP
1 2 (5.56%) 4G
1 2 (5.56%) Wireshark
2 1 (2.78%) BGP
2 1 (2.78%) Firewall
2 1 (2.78%) FTP
2 1 (2.78%) VPN
2 1 (2.78%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (11.11%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.78%) MongoDB
2 1 (2.78%) MySQL
2 1 (2.78%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.78%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 13 (36.11%) Selenium
2 8 (22.22%) JIRA
3 2 (5.56%) Appium
3 2 (5.56%) Cucumber
3 2 (5.56%) Jenkins
3 2 (5.56%) JMeter
3 2 (5.56%) NUnit
3 2 (5.56%) SoapUI
3 2 (5.56%) WebDriver
4 1 (2.78%) Ant
4 1 (2.78%) Bitbucket
4 1 (2.78%) Git (software)
4 1 (2.78%) JProfiler
4 1 (2.78%) JUnit
4 1 (2.78%) Maven
4 1 (2.78%) Protractor
4 1 (2.78%) Rational Team Concert
4 1 (2.78%) XMLSpy
General
1 3 (8.33%) Electronics
2 2 (5.56%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.78%) General Ledger
3 1 (2.78%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (2.78%) Public Sector
3 1 (2.78%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (30.56%) .NET
2 8 (22.22%) AngularJS
3 5 (13.89%) JSON
3 5 (13.89%) Node.js
4 4 (11.11%) Express
5 3 (8.33%) Middleware
5 3 (8.33%) XML
6 2 (5.56%) SOAP
6 2 (5.56%) Web Services
7 1 (2.78%) Kafka
7 1 (2.78%) REST
7 1 (2.78%) WebdriverIO
Miscellaneous
1 4 (11.11%) Mobile App
1 4 (11.11%) Virtual Team
2 2 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (5.56%) Social Media
3 1 (2.78%) Analytical Mindset
3 1 (2.78%) Data Centre
3 1 (2.78%) DataPower
3 1 (2.78%) Handset
3 1 (2.78%) IPTV
3 1 (2.78%) Life Science
3 1 (2.78%) Over-the-Top Content
3 1 (2.78%) Private Cloud
3 1 (2.78%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (2.78%) STB
Operating Systems
1 3 (8.33%) Android
1 3 (8.33%) Apple iOS
1 3 (8.33%) Linux
2 1 (2.78%) Solaris
2 1 (2.78%) Unix
2 1 (2.78%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (55.56%) Test Automation
2 8 (22.22%) Test Scripting
3 5 (13.89%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (13.89%) DevOps
4 4 (11.11%) Functional Testing
4 4 (11.11%) Regression Testing
5 3 (8.33%) API Testing
5 3 (8.33%) Artificial Intelligence
5 3 (8.33%) Manual Testing
5 3 (8.33%) Scenario Testing
5 3 (8.33%) SDET
5 3 (8.33%) Software Testing
6 2 (5.56%) BDD
6 2 (5.56%) Continuous Integration
6 2 (5.56%) Machine Learning
6 2 (5.56%) Open Source
6 2 (5.56%) Performance Testing
6 2 (5.56%) Test Strategy
6 2 (5.56%) Time Management
6 2 (5.56%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 11 (30.56%) C#
2 8 (22.22%) Java
3 6 (16.67%) JavaScript
3 6 (16.67%) SQL
4 3 (8.33%) Python
5 2 (5.56%) Groovy
5 2 (5.56%) T-SQL
6 1 (2.78%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 8 (22.22%) SC Cleared
1 8 (22.22%) Security Cleared
2 3 (8.33%) ISTQB
3 2 (5.56%) ISEB
4 1 (2.78%) CCIE
4 1 (2.78%) CCIE Service Provider
4 1 (2.78%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (2.78%) CREST Certified
4 1 (2.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (2.78%) OSCP
4 1 (2.78%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (11.11%) QA
System Software
1 2 (5.56%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (2.78%) Ansible
1 1 (2.78%) HP ALM
1 1 (2.78%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (2.78%) Nagios
Vendors
1 3 (8.33%) Microsoft
2 2 (5.56%) Apple
2 2 (5.56%) Cisco
2 2 (5.56%) EMC
2 2 (5.56%) Ericsson
2 2 (5.56%) IBM
2 2 (5.56%) Juniper
2 2 (5.56%) Veritas
3 1 (2.78%) Atlassian
3 1 (2.78%) BMC
3 1 (2.78%) Cypress Semiconductor
3 1 (2.78%) Fortinet
3 1 (2.78%) HP
3 1 (2.78%) Huawei
3 1 (2.78%) ION Trading
3 1 (2.78%) Nokia
3 1 (2.78%) Oracle
3 1 (2.78%) Vitria