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 3 months to 30 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.

Quality Assurance (QA)
Berkshire / Reading
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 43 59 50
Rank change year-on-year +16 -9  
Contract jobs citing QA 17 17 26
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 2.61% 1.67% 2.57%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 23.61% 12.32% 21.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 7 19
Median daily rate £400 £370 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.10% +4.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £183 £293 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £447 £422 £431
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £366 £350
% change year-on-year -0.27% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £39.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year -30.76% +6.84%  

QA is in the quality assurance and compliance 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 quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Reading
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 72 138 121
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Reading 11.04% 13.57% 11.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 60 71
Median daily rate £406 £373 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.06% -6.87%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £145 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £508 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 1
Median hourly rate £52.50 £21.33 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +146.13% -5.20%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £40.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -50.00% +37.93%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Reading

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Reading citing QA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

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 3 months to 30 March 2017.

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 30 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing QA 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 QA.

1 15 (36.59%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (34.15%) Project Management
3 13 (31.71%) Microsoft
3 13 (31.71%) MS Excel
3 13 (31.71%) Publishing
3 13 (31.71%) Problem Management
4 12 (29.27%) Mentoring
5 11 (26.83%) Analytical Skills
5 11 (26.83%) Finance
5 11 (26.83%) HTML
6 10 (24.39%) Java
6 10 (24.39%) CSS
7 9 (21.95%) Windows
8 8 (19.51%) DNS
8 8 (19.51%) XML
8 8 (19.51%) JavaScript
8 8 (19.51%) CMS
8 8 (19.51%) Patch Management
8 8 (19.51%) Windows Server 2008
9 7 (17.07%) Product Management
9 7 (17.07%) Amazon AWS
9 7 (17.07%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 7 (17.07%) Public Cloud
9 7 (17.07%) Stakeholder Management
9 7 (17.07%) Content Management
9 7 (17.07%) Load Balancing
9 7 (17.07%) Marketing
9 7 (17.07%) Web Services
9 7 (17.07%) Adobe
9 7 (17.07%) SMTP

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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:

Application Platforms
1 8 (19.51%) CMS
2 7 (17.07%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 1 (2.44%) Apache Pig
3 1 (2.44%) Sitecore CMS
3 1 (2.44%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 13 (31.71%) MS Excel
2 6 (14.63%) MS Office
3 4 (9.76%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (4.88%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 7 (17.07%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (4.88%) Office 365
2 2 (4.88%) Oracle CX
3 1 (2.44%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (2.44%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 8 (19.51%) DNS
2 7 (17.07%) HTTP
2 7 (17.07%) SMTP
3 5 (12.20%) GSM
3 5 (12.20%) HSPA
3 5 (12.20%) LTE
3 5 (12.20%) WCDMA
4 3 (7.32%) SSH
5 1 (2.44%) DHCP
5 1 (2.44%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.88%) Big Data
2 1 (2.44%) Apache Hive
2 1 (2.44%) Hadoop
2 1 (2.44%) HBase
2 1 (2.44%) Impala
2 1 (2.44%) MongoDB
2 1 (2.44%) NoSQL
2 1 (2.44%) RDBMS
2 1 (2.44%) Relational Database
2 1 (2.44%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.44%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 6 (14.63%) Xcode
2 5 (12.20%) Android Studio
3 2 (4.88%) JUnit
4 1 (2.44%) FitNesse
4 1 (2.44%) JIRA
4 1 (2.44%) NUnit
4 1 (2.44%) Selenium
4 1 (2.44%) SoapUI
General
1 13 (31.71%) Publishing
2 11 (26.83%) Finance
3 7 (17.07%) Marketing
4 2 (4.88%) Retail
4 2 (4.88%) Telecoms
5 1 (2.44%) Banking
Job Titles
1 6 (14.63%) Architect
1 6 (14.63%) Web Producer
2 5 (12.20%) Analyst
2 5 (12.20%) AWS Engineer
2 5 (12.20%) Cloud Engineer
2 5 (12.20%) Content Manager
2 5 (12.20%) Developer
3 4 (9.76%) Data Analyst
3 4 (9.76%) Web Content Manager
3 4 (9.76%) Web Content Producer
3 4 (9.76%) Web Manager
3 4 (9.76%) Windows Engineer
4 3 (7.32%) DevOps Engineer
4 3 (7.32%) Java Developer
4 3 (7.32%) SAP Analyst
4 3 (7.32%) SAP Data Analyst
5 2 (4.88%) HTML CSS Developer
5 2 (4.88%) HTML Developer
5 2 (4.88%) Platform Engineer
5 2 (4.88%) Windows Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (26.83%) HTML
2 10 (24.39%) CSS
3 8 (19.51%) XML
4 7 (17.07%) Web Services
5 3 (7.32%) .NET
6 2 (4.88%) SOAP
7 1 (2.44%) Apache CXF
7 1 (2.44%) DAO
7 1 (2.44%) GWT
7 1 (2.44%) JSF
7 1 (2.44%) Middleware
7 1 (2.44%) REST
7 1 (2.44%) RESTful
7 1 (2.44%) RichFaces
Miscellaneous
1 11 (26.83%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (17.07%) Public Cloud
3 6 (14.63%) Management Information System
3 6 (14.63%) User Experience
4 4 (9.76%) Client/Server
5 3 (7.32%) Linux Command Line
6 2 (4.88%) Life Science
7 1 (2.44%) Data Centre
7 1 (2.44%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (2.44%) FMCG
7 1 (2.44%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 9 (21.95%) Windows
2 8 (19.51%) Windows Server 2008
3 6 (14.63%) Android
4 4 (9.76%) Windows Server
5 3 (7.32%) Linux
6 1 (2.44%) Apple iOS
6 1 (2.44%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (2.44%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (36.59%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (34.15%) Project Management
3 13 (31.71%) Problem Management
4 12 (29.27%) Mentoring
5 8 (19.51%) Patch Management
6 7 (17.07%) Content Management
6 7 (17.07%) Load Balancing
6 7 (17.07%) Product Management
6 7 (17.07%) Stakeholder Management
7 6 (14.63%) Mobile Development
7 6 (14.63%) Responsive Web Design
7 6 (14.63%) Service Design
8 5 (12.20%) Coaching
8 5 (12.20%) Migration
8 5 (12.20%) Service Management
9 4 (9.76%) DevOps
9 4 (9.76%) ERP
9 4 (9.76%) Web Development
10 3 (7.32%) API Testing
10 3 (7.32%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 10 (24.39%) Java
2 8 (19.51%) JavaScript
3 6 (14.63%) Objective-C
4 5 (12.20%) Apple Swift
5 3 (7.32%) PowerShell
5 3 (7.32%) Python
6 2 (4.88%) C
6 2 (4.88%) PHP
6 2 (4.88%) SQL
6 2 (4.88%) VB.NET
7 1 (2.44%) C++
7 1 (2.44%) VBA
Qualifications
1 4 (9.76%) Degree
1 4 (9.76%) Security Cleared
2 3 (7.32%) SC Cleared
3 1 (2.44%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.44%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (12.20%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.44%) Apache Flume
2 1 (2.44%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 7 (17.07%) TeamSite
2 3 (7.32%) Ansible
3 1 (2.44%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 1 (2.44%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (2.44%) Puppet
3 1 (2.44%) SCCM
3 1 (2.44%) SCOM
Vendors
1 13 (31.71%) Microsoft
2 7 (17.07%) Adobe
3 5 (12.20%) Apple
4 4 (9.76%) SAP
5 2 (4.88%) BMC
5 2 (4.88%) Oracle
5 2 (4.88%) Remedy
5 2 (4.88%) Tableau
6 1 (2.44%) Apigee
6 1 (2.44%) Ariba
6 1 (2.44%) HP
6 1 (2.44%) Red Hat
6 1 (2.44%) Sitecore
6 1 (2.44%) VMware