The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Reading with a requirement for Software Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 29 April 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.

Software Testing
Berkshire / Reading
3 months to
29 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 53 67 64
Rank change year-on-year +14 -3  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 7 15 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 1.03% 1.46% 1.21%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.32% 1.88% 1.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 13 7
Median daily rate £333 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.33% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £307 £350 £357
10% offered a daily rate of more than £359 £410 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £310
% change year-on-year +7.69% +4.83%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £38.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year +16.88% +10.00%  

Software 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 532 798 721
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Reading 78.47% 77.55% 72.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 268 457 383
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £262 £260 £271
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 13 17
Median hourly rate £29.75 £19.61 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +51.70% -12.84%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £9.45 £18.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.65 £24.95 £38.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.00 £36.00 £30.50
% change year-on-year +2.77% +18.03%  

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Reading

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Testing in Reading

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Reading

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Testing in Reading

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Testing in Reading

For the 6 months to 29 April 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Software 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 Software Testing.

1 5 (71.43%) SQL
1 5 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (57.14%) Waterfall
2 4 (57.14%) Windows
2 4 (57.14%) C
2 4 (57.14%) Java
2 4 (57.14%) SQL Server
2 4 (57.14%) Microsoft
2 4 (57.14%) Defect Management
2 4 (57.14%) Windows Server
3 3 (42.86%) User Stories
3 3 (42.86%) BDD
3 3 (42.86%) Scrum
4 2 (28.57%) Data Protection
4 2 (28.57%) Security Cleared
4 2 (28.57%) V-Model
4 2 (28.57%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (28.57%) Test Automation
4 2 (28.57%) RESTful
4 2 (28.57%) Data Quality
4 2 (28.57%) SpecFlow
4 2 (28.57%) Gherkin
4 2 (28.57%) Data Analysis
4 2 (28.57%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (28.57%) ISTQB
4 2 (28.57%) .NET Framework
4 2 (28.57%) Java EE
4 2 (28.57%) JSON
4 2 (28.57%) Load Balancing
4 2 (28.57%) Selenium

Software Testing
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 2 (28.57%) BizTalk Server
1 2 (28.57%) IIS
1 2 (28.57%) JBoss
2 1 (14.29%) CMS
2 1 (14.29%) SharePoint
2 1 (14.29%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 2 (28.57%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (28.57%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 2 (28.57%) Firewall
1 2 (28.57%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (57.14%) SQL Server
2 2 (28.57%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (28.57%) Relational Database
2 2 (28.57%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 2 (28.57%) Fiddler
1 2 (28.57%) JMeter
1 2 (28.57%) Selenium
1 2 (28.57%) SpecFlow
1 2 (28.57%) Team Foundation Server
1 2 (28.57%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (28.57%) Finance
2 1 (14.29%) Retail
Job Titles
1 3 (42.86%) Test Engineer
1 3 (42.86%) Test Manager
2 2 (28.57%) Performance Manager
2 2 (28.57%) Performance Test Manager
2 2 (28.57%) Support Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Developer
3 1 (14.29%) Developer in Test
3 1 (14.29%) Development Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Environment Manager
3 1 (14.29%) Microsoft Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Software Developer
3 1 (14.29%) Software Development Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Software Test Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Test Development Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Test Environment Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (28.57%) .NET
1 2 (28.57%) .NET Framework
1 2 (28.57%) Gherkin
1 2 (28.57%) Java EE
1 2 (28.57%) JSON
1 2 (28.57%) RESTful
1 2 (28.57%) XML
2 1 (14.29%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 2 (28.57%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (14.29%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 4 (57.14%) Windows
1 4 (57.14%) Windows Server
2 2 (28.57%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (14.29%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (57.14%) Defect Management
2 4 (57.14%) Waterfall
3 3 (42.86%) BDD
3 3 (42.86%) Scrum
3 3 (42.86%) User Stories
4 2 (28.57%) CRM
4 2 (28.57%) Data Analysis
4 2 (28.57%) Data Protection
4 2 (28.57%) DSDM
4 2 (28.57%) Infrastructure Management
4 2 (28.57%) ITIL
4 2 (28.57%) Load Balancing
4 2 (28.57%) Open Source
4 2 (28.57%) Performance Testing
4 2 (28.57%) SDLC
4 2 (28.57%) Test Automation
4 2 (28.57%) Test Management
4 2 (28.57%) Test Scripting
4 2 (28.57%) V-Model
Programming Languages
1 5 (71.43%) SQL
2 4 (57.14%) C
2 4 (57.14%) Java
3 2 (28.57%) C#
3 2 (28.57%) C++
3 2 (28.57%) PL/SQL
3 2 (28.57%) VB
Qualifications
1 2 (28.57%) ISTQB
1 2 (28.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
1 2 (28.57%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
1 2 (28.57%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (28.57%) Data Quality
1 2 (28.57%) GDPR
System Software
1 1 (14.29%) VMware ESXi
1 1 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 4 (57.14%) Microsoft
2 1 (14.29%) VMware