The table below looks at the statistics for the Tester role in IT contracts advertised for the Reading region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 29 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 63 60 67
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +7
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 5 17 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 0.57% 1.69% 1.44%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.63% 1.85% 1.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 11 3
Average daily rate
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£375 £310 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.96% -22.50%
UK excluding London average daily rate £306 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+2.08% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 5
Average hourly rate - - £20.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.05 £29.25 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-51.96% +77.27%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the Reading region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
Reading
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
788 918 1101
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 90.16% 91.43% 87.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 396 418 361
Average daily rate £376 £380 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.18% +8.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 38 26
Average hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.50% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £10.88 £11.34
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.00 £50.00 £25.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%

Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Tester in the job title across the Reading region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Tester Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

Tester
Daily Rate Trend in Reading

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

Tester Daily Rate Trend in Reading

Tester
Daily Rate Histogram in Reading

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Tester across the Reading region over the 3 months to 29 August 2014.

Tester Daily Rate Histogram in Reading

Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

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

Tester Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Reading

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Reading region that cited Tester in their job title 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 with Tester in their job title.

1 9 (52.94%) Windows
2 8 (47.06%) HP Quality Center
3 7 (41.18%) Test Scripting
3 7 (41.18%) Windows XP
4 6 (35.29%) Security Cleared
5 5 (29.41%) SC Cleared
5 5 (29.41%) SharePoint
5 5 (29.41%) Active Directory
5 5 (29.41%) HP
5 5 (29.41%) Regression Testing
6 4 (23.53%) SharePoint Server
6 4 (23.53%) ISEB
6 4 (23.53%) WinRunner
6 4 (23.53%) TestDirector
6 4 (23.53%) QuickTest Pro
6 4 (23.53%) Automation Testing
7 3 (17.65%) Performance Tuning
7 3 (17.65%) Office 365
7 3 (17.65%) Windows 8
7 3 (17.65%) SCCM
7 3 (17.65%) DMZ
7 3 (17.65%) VPN
7 3 (17.65%) MS Exchange
7 3 (17.65%) LAN
7 3 (17.65%) MS Office
7 3 (17.65%) Wi-Fi
8 2 (11.76%) Disaster Recovery
8 2 (11.76%) Firewall
8 2 (11.76%) Finance
8 2 (11.76%) Agile Software Development

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Reading region that cited Tester in their job title 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 with Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 5 (29.41%) SharePoint
2 4 (23.53%) SharePoint Server
3 3 (17.65%) MS Exchange
4 1 (5.88%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (17.65%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (5.88%) Google Analytics
Cloud Services
1 3 (17.65%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (17.65%) DMZ
1 3 (17.65%) VPN
1 3 (17.65%) LAN
1 3 (17.65%) Wi-Fi
2 2 (11.76%) Firewall
3 1 (5.88%) LTE
3 1 (5.88%) NAS
3 1 (5.88%) 3GPP
3 1 (5.88%) VoIP
3 1 (5.88%) STUN
3 1 (5.88%) Wireshark
3 1 (5.88%) SGSN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.88%) SQL Server
1 1 (5.88%) DB2
Development Applications
1 4 (23.53%) WinRunner
1 4 (23.53%) TestDirector
1 4 (23.53%) QuickTest Pro
2 1 (5.88%) Jenkins
2 1 (5.88%) SoapUI
2 1 (5.88%) Git (software)
2 1 (5.88%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (5.88%) Zephyr
2 1 (5.88%) JUnit
2 1 (5.88%) JIRA
2 1 (5.88%) JMeter
General
1 2 (11.76%) Finance
2 1 (5.88%) Retail
2 1 (5.88%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.88%) HTML
1 1 (5.88%) SOAP
1 1 (5.88%) Web Services
1 1 (5.88%) XML
1 1 (5.88%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 1 (5.88%) iSeries
1 1 (5.88%) Thin Client
1 1 (5.88%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 9 (52.94%) Windows
2 7 (41.18%) Windows XP
3 3 (17.65%) Windows 8
4 2 (11.76%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (11.76%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (5.88%) AIX
5 1 (5.88%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (41.18%) Test Scripting
2 5 (29.41%) Regression Testing
3 4 (23.53%) Automation Testing
4 3 (17.65%) Performance Tuning
5 2 (11.76%) Disaster Recovery
5 2 (11.76%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (11.76%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (11.76%) System Testing
5 2 (11.76%) High Availability
6 1 (5.88%) Analytics
6 1 (5.88%) Test Automation
6 1 (5.88%) Performance Testing
6 1 (5.88%) Compatibility Testing
6 1 (5.88%) Scalability Testing
6 1 (5.88%) Unit Testing
6 1 (5.88%) Functional Testing
6 1 (5.88%) CRM
6 1 (5.88%) E-Commerce
6 1 (5.88%) Mobile Commerce
6 1 (5.88%) Supply Chain Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (11.76%) Java
2 1 (5.88%) SQL
2 1 (5.88%) VBA
2 1 (5.88%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 6 (35.29%) Security Cleared
2 5 (29.41%) SC Cleared
3 4 (23.53%) ISEB
4 1 (5.88%) DV Cleared
4 1 (5.88%) ACCA
4 1 (5.88%) CIMA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.88%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 1 (5.88%) QA
System Software
1 5 (29.41%) Active Directory
2 2 (11.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (5.88%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 8 (47.06%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (17.65%) SCCM
Vendors
1 5 (29.41%) HP
2 2 (11.76%) VMware
3 1 (5.88%) Tektronix
3 1 (5.88%) Oracle
3 1 (5.88%) IBM
3 1 (5.88%) Citrix
3 1 (5.88%) Endeca
3 1 (5.88%) Google
3 1 (5.88%) Coremetrics