The first table below looks at the demand for Software Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the Reading region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the Reading region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 66 66 69
Rank change year-on-year
0 +3
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 7 4 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 0.65% 0.52% 0.82%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.89% 0.73% 1.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 0 0
Average daily rate £450 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £303 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.43% +0.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £7.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £30.75 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+20.32% +43.02%
Processes & Methodologies Category
Reading
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
786 550 691
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 73.18% 71.24% 63.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 406 236 267
Average daily rate £400 £375 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -1.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £250 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £516 £500 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 14 21
Average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £16.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £13.80 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £180.00 £32.00 £31.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +16.36%
Software Testing
Berkshire

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing across the Reading region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Software Testing Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

Software Testing
Daily Rate Trend in Reading

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Software Testing across the Reading region.

Software Testing Daily Rate Trend in Reading

Software Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in Reading

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Testing across the Reading region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014.

Software Testing Daily Rate Histogram in Reading

Software Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing across the Reading region.

Software Testing Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Reading

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Reading region citing Software Testing also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Software Testing.

1 11 (61.11%) SQL
2 10 (55.56%) Microsoft
2 10 (55.56%) ISEB
3 9 (50.00%) UNIX
3 9 (50.00%) Waterfall
4 8 (44.44%) Scrum
5 7 (38.89%) Test Automation
6 6 (33.33%) Test Scripting
6 6 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
7 5 (27.78%) QuickTest Pro
7 5 (27.78%) MS Excel
7 5 (27.78%) HP Quality Center
7 5 (27.78%) ISTQB
8 4 (22.22%) QA
8 4 (22.22%) User Stories
8 4 (22.22%) DSDM
8 4 (22.22%) Windows
8 4 (22.22%) DB2
8 4 (22.22%) MicroStrategy
8 4 (22.22%) Ab Initio
9 3 (16.67%) Clustering
9 3 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
9 3 (16.67%) Systems Analysis
9 3 (16.67%) Veritas
9 3 (16.67%) BizTalk Server
9 3 (16.67%) Windows Server 2003
9 3 (16.67%) Netcool
9 3 (16.67%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 3 (16.67%) McAfee
9 3 (16.67%) AIX

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Reading region citing Software Testing also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Software Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 3 (16.67%) BizTalk Server
1 3 (16.67%) SharePoint Server
2 1 (5.56%) CMS
2 1 (5.56%) SharePoint
2 1 (5.56%) WebSphere
2 1 (5.56%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 5 (27.78%) MS Excel
2 1 (5.56%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 1 (5.56%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (22.22%) DB2
2 3 (16.67%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 5 (27.78%) QuickTest Pro
2 3 (16.67%) WinRunner
2 3 (16.67%) TestDirector
2 3 (16.67%) Selenium
3 2 (11.11%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (11.11%) TestComplete
3 2 (11.11%) QAComplete
4 1 (5.56%) Bugzilla
4 1 (5.56%) JMeter
4 1 (5.56%) LoadRunner
4 1 (5.56%) JIRA
4 1 (5.56%) SoapUI
General
1 2 (11.11%) Finance
2 1 (5.56%) Retail
Job Titles
1 9 (50.00%) Analyst
2 8 (44.44%) Tester
3 6 (33.33%) Test Analyst
4 4 (22.22%) Senior Test Analyst
4 4 (22.22%) Senior Tester
4 4 (22.22%) Senior Analyst
5 3 (16.67%) Systems Analyst
6 2 (11.11%) Business Analyst
6 2 (11.11%) Business Systems Analyst
6 2 (11.11%) Software Tester
6 2 (11.11%) Test Engineer
7 1 (5.56%) Security Analyst
7 1 (5.56%) Manual Tester
7 1 (5.56%) QA Engineer
7 1 (5.56%) Junior Tester
7 1 (5.56%) Senior Security Analyst
7 1 (5.56%) Junior
7 1 (5.56%) Test Leader
7 1 (5.56%) Performance Test Leader
7 1 (5.56%) Agile Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (16.67%) HTML
1 3 (16.67%) .NET
2 2 (11.11%) Web Services
3 1 (5.56%) Middleware
3 1 (5.56%) XML
3 1 (5.56%) ASP.NET
3 1 (5.56%) CSS
3 1 (5.56%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 3 (16.67%) Clustering
2 1 (5.56%) Statistics
2 1 (5.56%) Blackberry
2 1 (5.56%) MPEG
2 1 (5.56%) Mobile App
2 1 (5.56%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 9 (50.00%) UNIX
2 4 (22.22%) Windows
3 3 (16.67%) Windows Server 2003
3 3 (16.67%) AIX
3 3 (16.67%) Windows 2000
3 3 (16.67%) Windows XP
3 3 (16.67%) Windows Vista
3 3 (16.67%) Windows 7
4 1 (5.56%) Android
4 1 (5.56%) Apple iOS
4 1 (5.56%) BlackBerry OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (50.00%) Waterfall
2 8 (44.44%) Scrum
3 7 (38.89%) Test Automation
4 6 (33.33%) Test Scripting
4 6 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (22.22%) User Stories
5 4 (22.22%) DSDM
6 3 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
6 3 (16.67%) Systems Analysis
6 3 (16.67%) V-Model
6 3 (16.67%) Web Accessibility
6 3 (16.67%) Software Architecture
7 2 (11.11%) Test Management
7 2 (11.11%) Web Development
7 2 (11.11%) Business Analysis
8 1 (5.56%) Automated Testing
8 1 (5.56%) Mobile Commerce
8 1 (5.56%) E-Commerce
8 1 (5.56%) Technical Analysis
8 1 (5.56%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 11 (61.11%) SQL
2 3 (16.67%) JavaScript
3 1 (5.56%) C#
3 1 (5.56%) T-SQL
3 1 (5.56%) VBScript
3 1 (5.56%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 10 (55.56%) ISEB
2 5 (27.78%) ISTQB
3 3 (16.67%) SC Cleared
3 3 (16.67%) Security Cleared
4 2 (11.11%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (22.22%) QA
Systems Management
1 5 (27.78%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (16.67%) Netcool
2 3 (16.67%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 3 (16.67%) McAfee ePO
3 1 (5.56%) nmon
Vendors
1 10 (55.56%) Microsoft
2 4 (22.22%) MicroStrategy
2 4 (22.22%) Ab Initio
3 3 (16.67%) Veritas
3 3 (16.67%) McAfee
3 3 (16.67%) Citrix
4 1 (5.56%) IBM
4 1 (5.56%) HP
4 1 (5.56%) Ektron