The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Reading with a requirement for Automated Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Automated Testing over the 3 months to 24 March 2017 with a comparison to the 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Automated Testing
Berkshire / Reading
Rank 60 68 67
Rank change year-on-year +8 -1  
Contract jobs citing Automated Testing 3 15 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 0.45% 1.49% 1.02%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.56% 1.93% 1.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 8 5
Median daily rate £450 £420 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +34.40%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £386 £350
% change year-on-year +0.51% +10.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £67.89 £44.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year +52.56% +23.61%  

Automated Testing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Reading with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Reading
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 537 778 708
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Reading 80.27% 77.18% 72.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 280 418 401
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 17 11
Median hourly rate £17.59 £38.75 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -54.60% +72.22%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £10.35 £18.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.33 £63.00 £55.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Automated Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Reading

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Reading citing Automated Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Automated Testing in Reading

Automated Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Reading

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Automated Testing in Reading

Automated Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Automated Testing in Reading

Automated Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Reading

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Automated Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Reading region with a requirement for Automated Testing.

1 3 (42.86%) Regression Testing
1 3 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (28.57%) TDD
2 2 (28.57%) BDD
2 2 (28.57%) Test Automation
2 2 (28.57%) Test Scripting
2 2 (28.57%) Business Continuity
2 2 (28.57%) .NET
2 2 (28.57%) SQL Server
2 2 (28.57%) EDI
2 2 (28.57%) HP
2 2 (28.57%) Citrix
2 2 (28.57%) BizTalk Server
2 2 (28.57%) Office 365
3 1 (14.29%) OpenShift
3 1 (14.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (14.29%) Robot Framework
3 1 (14.29%) Software Delivery
3 1 (14.29%) Apigee
3 1 (14.29%) System Integration Testing
3 1 (14.29%) SDLC
3 1 (14.29%) API Testing
3 1 (14.29%) Virtual Team
3 1 (14.29%) Java
3 1 (14.29%) Red Hat
3 1 (14.29%) SOA
3 1 (14.29%) SOAP
3 1 (14.29%) Publishing
3 1 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (14.29%) Scrum

Automated Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Reading 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 2 (28.57%) BizTalk Server
Cloud Services
1 2 (28.57%) Office 365
2 1 (14.29%) OpenShift
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (28.57%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (14.29%) Robot Framework
1 1 (14.29%) Selenium
1 1 (14.29%) SoapUI
General
1 1 (14.29%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 2 (28.57%) Analyst
1 2 (28.57%) BizTalk Developer
1 2 (28.57%) Developer
1 2 (28.57%) Test Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) Agile Project Manager
2 1 (14.29%) Architect
2 1 (14.29%) Digital Agile Project Manager
2 1 (14.29%) Digital Project Manager
2 1 (14.29%) EDI Developer
2 1 (14.29%) Project Manager
2 1 (14.29%) Software Project Manager
2 1 (14.29%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (28.57%) .NET
1 2 (28.57%) EDI
2 1 (14.29%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 1 (14.29%) Virtual Team
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
1 3 (42.86%) Regression Testing
2 2 (28.57%) BDD
2 2 (28.57%) Business Continuity
2 2 (28.57%) TDD
2 2 (28.57%) Test Automation
2 2 (28.57%) Test Scripting
3 1 (14.29%) API Testing
3 1 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
3 1 (14.29%) Integration Testing
3 1 (14.29%) Kanban
3 1 (14.29%) Open Source
3 1 (14.29%) Requirements Engineering
3 1 (14.29%) Scrum
3 1 (14.29%) SDLC
3 1 (14.29%) Software Delivery
3 1 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (14.29%) System Integration Testing
3 1 (14.29%) Test Strategy
3 1 (14.29%) Website Architecture
Programming Languages
1 1 (14.29%) Java
Qualifications
1 1 (14.29%) ISTQB
1 1 (14.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
1 1 (14.29%) SC Cleared
1 1 (14.29%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (14.29%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (14.29%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (28.57%) Citrix
1 2 (28.57%) HP
2 1 (14.29%) Apigee
2 1 (14.29%) Red Hat