Period
to 20 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Software Tester was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in Reading during the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

Software Tester
Berkshire > Reading
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 83 99 104
Rank change year-on-year +16 +5 +4
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 3 2 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 0.24% 0.14% 0.26%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.25% 0.15% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 1 4
Reading median daily rate £450 £340 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +32.35% +8.80% -19.35%
10th Percentile £425 £335 £275
90th Percentile £475 £345 £446
Berkshire median daily rate £450 £345 £313
% change year-on-year +30.43% +10.40% -19.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Reading median hourly rate - - -
Berkshire median hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Reading. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
Reading
Contract vacancies in Reading with a recognized job title 1178 1319 1811
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.20% 90.47% 94.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 699 706 1082
Reading median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £250 £228 £219
90th Percentile £575 £572 £538
Berkshire median daily rate £425 £400 £395
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.27% +5.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 77 124
Reading median hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.67% -30.39% +23.14%
10th Percentile £9.25 £9.25 £9.25
90th Percentile £40.75 £43.28 £47.50
Berkshire median hourly rate £14.50 £14.50 £21.55
% change year-on-year - -32.71% +23.14%

Software Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Reading

Job postings that featured Software Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Reading.

Job vacancy trend for Software Tester in Reading

Software Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Reading

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Tester in Reading

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 20 Co-occurring IT Skills in Reading

For the 6 months to 20 November 2017, Software Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Reading region featuring Software Tester in the job title.

1 3 (100.00%) Selenium
1 3 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 2 (66.67%) jQuery
2 2 (66.67%) System Testing
2 2 (66.67%) Regression Testing
2 2 (66.67%) HTML
2 2 (66.67%) JavaScript
2 2 (66.67%) CSS
2 2 (66.67%) HP UFT
3 1 (33.33%) C#
3 1 (33.33%) XML
3 1 (33.33%) Microsoft
3 1 (33.33%) SQL
3 1 (33.33%) .NET
3 1 (33.33%) SC Cleared
3 1 (33.33%) Security Cleared
3 1 (33.33%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (33.33%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (33.33%) Functional Testing
3 1 (33.33%) SDET

Software Tester Skill Set
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:

Development Applications
1 3 (100.00%) Selenium
2 2 (66.67%) HP UFT
3 1 (33.33%) Team Foundation Server
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (66.67%) CSS
1 2 (66.67%) HTML
1 2 (66.67%) jQuery
2 1 (33.33%) .NET
2 1 (33.33%) XML
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 2 (66.67%) Regression Testing
2 2 (66.67%) System Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Functional Testing
3 1 (33.33%) SDET
Programming Languages
1 2 (66.67%) JavaScript
2 1 (33.33%) C#
2 1 (33.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (33.33%) SC Cleared
1 1 (33.33%) Security Cleared
Systems Management
1 1 (33.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (33.33%) Microsoft