Period
to 15 December 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 15 December 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
15 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 45 74 52
Rank change year-on-year +29 -22 +14
Contract jobs citing QA 58 29 42
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 4.00% 1.85% 3.27%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 30.69% 16.38% 31.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 12 33
Reading median daily rate £450 £378 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +19.21% -5.63% +14.29%
10th Percentile £325 £113 £206
90th Percentile £591 £571 £573
Berkshire median daily rate £425 £450 £388
% change year-on-year -5.56% +16.13% +4.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 0
Reading median hourly rate £80.00 £30.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +166.67% - -
Berkshire median hourly rate £17.50 £33.25 £26.80
% change year-on-year -47.37% +24.07% +215.29%

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 189 177 135
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 13.04% 11.30% 10.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 95 71 88
Reading median daily rate £401 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.13% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £143 £159 £304
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
Berkshire median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 3 1
Reading median hourly rate £80.00 £35.00 £11.18
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +128.57% +213.20% -54.39%
10th Percentile £65.25 £28.50 £10.59
90th Percentile £86.60 £58.50 £11.76
Berkshire median hourly rate £77.50 £34.00 £26.90
% change year-on-year +127.94% +26.39% +93.87%

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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 15 December 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

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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Reading

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Reading over the 6 months to 15 December 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for QA in Reading

For the 6 months to 15 December 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 21 (36.21%) Microsoft
2 19 (32.76%) Windows
3 17 (29.31%) SLA
3 17 (29.31%) Telecoms
4 14 (24.14%) Security Cleared
4 14 (24.14%) Azure
5 13 (22.41%) Process Improvement
5 13 (22.41%) SQL
6 12 (20.69%) ITIL
6 12 (20.69%) Project Management
6 12 (20.69%) Service Delivery
6 12 (20.69%) Change Management
6 12 (20.69%) PowerShell
7 11 (18.97%) Problem Management
7 11 (18.97%) 4G
7 11 (18.97%) Windows 7
7 11 (18.97%) DevOps
7 11 (18.97%) Matrix Organization
7 11 (18.97%) Samsung
7 11 (18.97%) Agile Software Development
7 11 (18.97%) Huawei
7 11 (18.97%) Incident Management
7 11 (18.97%) Application Packaging
7 11 (18.97%) Oracle
8 10 (17.24%) Service Management
8 10 (17.24%) DV Cleared
8 10 (17.24%) Time Management
9 9 (15.52%) SCCM
9 9 (15.52%) Microsoft App-V
9 9 (15.52%) MSI

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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 3 (5.17%) Apache
2 2 (3.45%) Apache Spark
2 2 (3.45%) Tomcat
Applications
1 5 (8.62%) Microsoft Project
2 4 (6.90%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (1.72%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (1.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (5.17%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (1.72%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 14 (24.14%) Azure
2 5 (8.62%) Data Lake Analytics
2 5 (8.62%) Power Platform
3 4 (6.90%) Basecamp
3 4 (6.90%) Trello
4 3 (5.17%) Azure ExpressRoute
4 3 (5.17%) IaaS
4 3 (5.17%) Office 365
4 3 (5.17%) PaaS
4 3 (5.17%) SaaS
5 1 (1.72%) AWS
5 1 (1.72%) AWS Lambda
5 1 (1.72%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 11 (18.97%) 4G
2 7 (12.07%) Radio Access Network
3 4 (6.90%) Firewall
3 4 (6.90%) Internet
4 3 (5.17%) DNS
4 3 (5.17%) NAS
4 3 (5.17%) Reverse Proxy
4 3 (5.17%) SAN
4 3 (5.17%) TCP/IP
4 3 (5.17%) VPN
5 1 (1.72%) HTTP
5 1 (1.72%) MPLS
5 1 (1.72%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (8.62%) Big Data
1 5 (8.62%) Data Lake
1 5 (8.62%) Oracle Database
1 5 (8.62%) Oracle Reports
1 5 (8.62%) Power BI
1 5 (8.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (1.72%) BusinessObjects
2 1 (1.72%) Lumira
2 1 (1.72%) Qlik Sense
2 1 (1.72%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 9 (15.52%) InstallShield
1 9 (15.52%) MSI
2 6 (10.34%) Visual Studio Team System
3 5 (8.62%) Visual Studio
4 3 (5.17%) AdminStudio
4 3 (5.17%) Selenium
5 2 (3.45%) Cucumber
5 2 (3.45%) Git (software)
5 2 (3.45%) Jenkins
5 2 (3.45%) JIRA
6 1 (1.72%) Ant
6 1 (1.72%) Appium
6 1 (1.72%) Eclipse
6 1 (1.72%) HP UFT
6 1 (1.72%) JUnit
6 1 (1.72%) Maven
6 1 (1.72%) NetBeans
6 1 (1.72%) SoapUI
6 1 (1.72%) Subversion
6 1 (1.72%) Vagrant
General
1 17 (29.31%) Telecoms
2 6 (10.34%) Retail
3 4 (6.90%) Legal
4 3 (5.17%) Mandarin Language
5 2 (3.45%) Finance
6 1 (1.72%) Automotive
6 1 (1.72%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 11 (18.97%) Operations Manager
1 11 (18.97%) Telecoms Manager
2 7 (12.07%) Architect
3 6 (10.34%) Applications Specialist
3 6 (10.34%) Developer
4 5 (8.62%) Lead DevOps
5 4 (6.90%) Angular Developer
5 4 (6.90%) Applications Packager
5 4 (6.90%) C# Developer
5 4 (6.90%) Coordinator
5 4 (6.90%) Full Stack Developer
5 4 (6.90%) Project Coordinator
5 4 (6.90%) Technical Leader
5 4 (6.90%) Test Manager
6 3 (5.17%) Analyst
6 3 (5.17%) Solutions Architect
7 2 (3.45%) Business Architect
7 2 (3.45%) Java Developer
7 2 (3.45%) QA Test Analyst
7 2 (3.45%) Senior Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (8.62%) AngularJS
1 5 (8.62%) Oracle Fusion
2 4 (6.90%) .NET
2 4 (6.90%) .NET Core
2 4 (6.90%) Angular 2
3 3 (5.17%) Web Services
4 2 (3.45%) CSS
4 2 (3.45%) Hibernate
4 2 (3.45%) HTML
4 2 (3.45%) Spring
5 1 (1.72%) J2EE
5 1 (1.72%) JSP
5 1 (1.72%) Kafka
5 1 (1.72%) Node.js
5 1 (1.72%) REST
5 1 (1.72%) SOAP
5 1 (1.72%) Struts
5 1 (1.72%) WebdriverIO
5 1 (1.72%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (5.17%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (5.17%) Hybrid Cloud
1 3 (5.17%) Microsoft Licensing
1 3 (5.17%) Replication
2 1 (1.72%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
2 1 (1.72%) Management Information System
2 1 (1.72%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 19 (32.76%) Windows
2 11 (18.97%) Windows 7
3 6 (10.34%) Windows 8
4 5 (8.62%) Windows 10
5 4 (6.90%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (22.41%) Process Improvement
2 12 (20.69%) Change Management
2 12 (20.69%) ITIL
2 12 (20.69%) Project Management
2 12 (20.69%) Service Delivery
3 11 (18.97%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (18.97%) Application Packaging
3 11 (18.97%) DevOps
3 11 (18.97%) Incident Management
3 11 (18.97%) Matrix Organization
3 11 (18.97%) Problem Management
4 10 (17.24%) Service Management
4 10 (17.24%) Time Management
5 7 (12.07%) Analytics
5 7 (12.07%) Continuous Integration
5 7 (12.07%) Customer Requirements
5 7 (12.07%) ERP
5 7 (12.07%) Test Automation
6 6 (10.34%) Escalation Management
6 6 (10.34%) Knowledge Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (22.41%) SQL
2 12 (20.69%) PowerShell
3 6 (10.34%) C#
3 6 (10.34%) JavaScript
4 4 (6.90%) Java
4 4 (6.90%) TypeScript
5 1 (1.72%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.72%) Python
5 1 (1.72%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 14 (24.14%) Security Cleared
2 10 (17.24%) DV Cleared
3 9 (15.52%) Microsoft Certification
4 6 (10.34%) Degree
4 6 (10.34%) MCSE
5 5 (8.62%) ISTQB
6 4 (6.90%) ISEB
6 4 (6.90%) PMI Certification
6 4 (6.90%) PMP
6 4 (6.90%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 4 (6.90%) SC Cleared
7 2 (3.45%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (1.72%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (29.31%) SLA
2 1 (1.72%) PMO
System Software
1 9 (15.52%) Microsoft App-V
2 7 (12.07%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (10.34%) Active Directory
3 6 (10.34%) XenApp
4 3 (5.17%) Hyper-V
4 3 (5.17%) VMware Workstation
4 3 (5.17%) vSphere
5 2 (3.45%) Docker
Systems Management
1 9 (15.52%) SCCM
2 2 (3.45%) HP ALM
3 1 (1.72%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 21 (36.21%) Microsoft
2 11 (18.97%) Huawei
2 11 (18.97%) Oracle
2 11 (18.97%) Samsung
3 7 (12.07%) VMware
4 6 (10.34%) Novell
5 3 (5.17%) Citrix
5 3 (5.17%) Ivanti
5 3 (5.17%) Workday
6 2 (3.45%) HP
6 2 (3.45%) SAP
7 1 (1.72%) Ciena
7 1 (1.72%) Splunk