Period
to 21 January 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Reading with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 6 months to 21 January 2019 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.

Quality Assurance (QA)
Berkshire > Reading
6 months to
21 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 63 50 59
Rank change year-on-year -13 +9 +4
Contract jobs citing QA 36 39 36
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 2.43% 3.16% 2.58%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 23.38% 27.27% 22.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 30 25
Reading median daily rate £380 £394 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.49% +21.15% -30.11%
10th Percentile £113 £206 £213
90th Percentile £538 £575 £450
Berkshire median daily rate £450 £381 £350
% change year-on-year +18.03% +8.93% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Reading median hourly rate - - £30.00
Berkshire median hourly rate - £26.90 £15.92
% change year-on-year - +68.97% -29.24%

QA is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Reading with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Reading
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 154 143 162
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 10.38% 11.57% 11.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 93 78
Reading median daily rate £431 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.81% +6.67% -11.76%
10th Percentile £159 £309 £233
90th Percentile £600 £535 £500
Berkshire median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -1.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 5
Reading median hourly rate £62.50 £11.18 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +459.28% -54.39% +13.69%
10th Percentile £61.25 £10.59 £19.83
90th Percentile £63.75 £11.76 £29.80
Berkshire median hourly rate £48.25 £28.25 £14.25
% change year-on-year +70.80% +98.25% -33.87%

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Job Vacancy Trend in Reading

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Reading.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Reading

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Reading

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Reading

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Reading

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Reading over the 6 months to 21 January 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Reading

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Reading

For the 6 months to 21 January 2019, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Reading region with a requirement for QA.

1 12 (33.33%) OO
2 10 (27.78%) OOD
2 10 (27.78%) Publishing
2 10 (27.78%) OOA/OOD
2 10 (27.78%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (27.78%) Software Engineering
2 10 (27.78%) Mobile App
2 10 (27.78%) Mobile Development
3 9 (25.00%) Microsoft
3 9 (25.00%) Java
4 8 (22.22%) JIRA
5 7 (19.44%) Google
5 7 (19.44%) Security Cleared
6 6 (16.67%) SC Cleared
6 6 (16.67%) Test Automation
6 6 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
6 6 (16.67%) Replication
6 6 (16.67%) Selenium
6 6 (16.67%) Reverse Proxy
6 6 (16.67%) Internet
6 6 (16.67%) Project Management
6 6 (16.67%) Disaster Recovery
6 6 (16.67%) Firewall
6 6 (16.67%) Web Services
6 6 (16.67%) TCP/IP
6 6 (16.67%) VPN
6 6 (16.67%) DNS
7 5 (13.89%) Windows
7 5 (13.89%) C++
7 5 (13.89%) JavaScript

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Co-occurring 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:

Applications
1 4 (11.11%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (2.78%) Maya
2 1 (2.78%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (2.78%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (2.78%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 6 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (13.89%) Google Play
2 5 (13.89%) SaaS
3 4 (11.11%) Cloud Computing
3 4 (11.11%) Office 365
4 3 (8.33%) Boomi
5 1 (2.78%) Basecamp
5 1 (2.78%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (2.78%) G Suite
5 1 (2.78%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 6 (16.67%) DNS
1 6 (16.67%) Firewall
1 6 (16.67%) Internet
1 6 (16.67%) Reverse Proxy
1 6 (16.67%) TCP/IP
1 6 (16.67%) VPN
2 4 (11.11%) NAS
2 4 (11.11%) SAN
3 2 (5.56%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.78%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (2.78%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
1 1 (2.78%) Oracle Database
1 1 (2.78%) Power BI
1 1 (2.78%) SQL Server
1 1 (2.78%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 1 (2.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 1 (2.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 8 (22.22%) JIRA
2 6 (16.67%) Selenium
3 5 (13.89%) Git (software)
4 4 (11.11%) JMeter
4 4 (11.11%) SoapUI
5 3 (8.33%) WebDriver
6 2 (5.56%) Cucumber
7 1 (2.78%) SpecFlow
General
1 10 (27.78%) Publishing
2 2 (5.56%) Finance
2 2 (5.56%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (30.56%) Developer
2 8 (22.22%) Architect
3 6 (16.67%) Solutions Architect
4 5 (13.89%) Analyst
4 5 (13.89%) Android Developer
4 5 (13.89%) iOS Developer
5 4 (11.11%) QA Analyst
5 4 (11.11%) Tester
6 2 (5.56%) Automation Tester
6 2 (5.56%) Designer
6 2 (5.56%) Junior
6 2 (5.56%) Junior Tester
6 2 (5.56%) Manual Tester
6 2 (5.56%) Network Architect
6 2 (5.56%) OSS Architect
6 2 (5.56%) OSS Solutions Architect
6 2 (5.56%) OSS Solutions Designer
6 2 (5.56%) Project Manager
6 2 (5.56%) QA Leader
6 2 (5.56%) Solutions Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (16.67%) Web Services
2 2 (5.56%) RESTful
2 2 (5.56%) Taurus
3 1 (2.78%) .NET
3 1 (2.78%) HTML
3 1 (2.78%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 10 (27.78%) Mobile App
2 6 (16.67%) Replication
3 4 (11.11%) Microsoft Licensing
3 4 (11.11%) Private Cloud
3 4 (11.11%) Public Cloud
4 1 (2.78%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 5 (13.89%) Android
1 5 (13.89%) Apple iOS
1 5 (13.89%) Windows
2 1 (2.78%) Linux
2 1 (2.78%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (33.33%) OO
2 10 (27.78%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (27.78%) Mobile Development
2 10 (27.78%) OOA/OOD
2 10 (27.78%) OOD
2 10 (27.78%) Software Engineering
3 6 (16.67%) Disaster Recovery
3 6 (16.67%) Project Management
3 6 (16.67%) Test Automation
4 5 (13.89%) Android Development
4 5 (13.89%) iOS Development
4 5 (13.89%) Scrum
5 4 (11.11%) Software Licensing
5 4 (11.11%) Test Strategy
6 3 (8.33%) Integration Testing
6 3 (8.33%) Manual Testing
6 3 (8.33%) Validation
7 2 (5.56%) Data Analysis
7 2 (5.56%) System Testing
7 2 (5.56%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 9 (25.00%) Java
2 5 (13.89%) Apple Swift
2 5 (13.89%) C++
2 5 (13.89%) JavaScript
3 4 (11.11%) PowerShell
4 2 (5.56%) SQL
5 1 (2.78%) C#
5 1 (2.78%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 7 (19.44%) Security Cleared
2 6 (16.67%) SC Cleared
3 4 (11.11%) DV Cleared
4 3 (8.33%) Degree
4 3 (8.33%) ISEB
4 3 (8.33%) PMP
5 2 (5.56%) PMI Certification
6 1 (2.78%) ISTQB
6 1 (2.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (2.78%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (2.78%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.78%) PMO
Systems Management
1 1 (2.78%) AirWatch
1 1 (2.78%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 7 (19.44%) Google
3 5 (13.89%) Apple
4 3 (8.33%) Dell
5 1 (2.78%) Oracle