The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies in Reading during the 3 months to 26 June 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.

Test Engineer
Berkshire / Reading
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 45 63 49
Rank change year-on-year +18 -14  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 9 7 19
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 1.55% 0.82% 2.24%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.70% 0.88% 2.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 3 6
Median daily rate £375 £250 £339
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +50.00% -26.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £250 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £453 £450 £378
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £350 £298
% change year-on-year -3.57% +17.64%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £35.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year - +17.18%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in Reading. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
Reading
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 528 799 791
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Reading 91.19% 93.56% 93.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 265 465 390
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £508
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 36 50
Median hourly rate £16.00 £21.33 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.98% -1.02%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £9.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.65 £25.00 £31.42
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in Reading

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Reading that featured Test Engineer in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Test Engineer in Reading

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Reading

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Engineer in Reading

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Reading

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Engineer in Reading over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Engineer in Reading

Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Engineer in Reading

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Reading

For the 6 months to 26 June 2017, Test Engineer 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 Test Engineer in the job title.

1 9 (42.86%) Telecoms
2 8 (38.10%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (33.33%) Validation
3 7 (33.33%) 3G
3 7 (33.33%) 4G
3 7 (33.33%) Value-Added Service
4 6 (28.57%) VoLTE
4 6 (28.57%) Test Automation
5 5 (23.81%) Java
5 5 (23.81%) SQL
5 5 (23.81%) MVNO
6 4 (19.05%) LTE
6 4 (19.05%) REST
6 4 (19.05%) Web Services
6 4 (19.05%) SQL Server
6 4 (19.05%) SMS
6 4 (19.05%) JSON
7 3 (14.29%) Software Testing
7 3 (14.29%) JIRA
7 3 (14.29%) Firewall
7 3 (14.29%) EAI
7 3 (14.29%) Microsoft
7 3 (14.29%) C#
7 3 (14.29%) Windows
7 3 (14.29%) Waterfall
7 3 (14.29%) Cucumber
7 3 (14.29%) BDD
7 3 (14.29%) Windows Server
7 3 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
7 3 (14.29%) API Testing

Test Engineer 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:

Application Platforms
1 2 (9.52%) BizTalk Server
1 2 (9.52%) JBoss
2 1 (4.76%) IIS
2 1 (4.76%) Oracle SOA Suite
Business Applications
1 1 (4.76%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.76%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 7 (33.33%) 3G
1 7 (33.33%) 4G
1 7 (33.33%) Value-Added Service
2 6 (28.57%) VoLTE
3 5 (23.81%) MVNO
4 4 (19.05%) LTE
4 4 (19.05%) SMS
5 3 (14.29%) Firewall
6 2 (9.52%) Internet
6 2 (9.52%) Radio Access Network
7 1 (4.76%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (19.05%) SQL Server
2 2 (9.52%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (9.52%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 3 (14.29%) Cucumber
1 3 (14.29%) JIRA
2 2 (9.52%) Selenium
2 2 (9.52%) SpecFlow
2 2 (9.52%) WebDriver
3 1 (4.76%) Fiddler
3 1 (4.76%) Jenkins
3 1 (4.76%) SoapUI
3 1 (4.76%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (4.76%) TeamCity
3 1 (4.76%) Visual Studio
General
1 9 (42.86%) Telecoms
2 2 (9.52%) Finance
3 1 (4.76%) Billing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (19.05%) JSON
1 4 (19.05%) REST
1 4 (19.05%) Web Services
2 2 (9.52%) .NET
2 2 (9.52%) .NET Framework
2 2 (9.52%) Java EE
2 2 (9.52%) XML
3 1 (4.76%) Gherkin
3 1 (4.76%) RESTful
3 1 (4.76%) SOAP
3 1 (4.76%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (9.52%) Computer Science
3 1 (4.76%) AS400
3 1 (4.76%) Driving Licence
3 1 (4.76%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 3 (14.29%) Windows
1 3 (14.29%) Windows Server
2 2 (9.52%) Android
2 2 (9.52%) Apple iOS
2 2 (9.52%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (4.76%) Linux
3 1 (4.76%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (38.10%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (33.33%) Validation
3 6 (28.57%) Test Automation
4 3 (14.29%) API Testing
4 3 (14.29%) BDD
4 3 (14.29%) Defect Management
4 3 (14.29%) EAI
4 3 (14.29%) Software Testing
4 3 (14.29%) Waterfall
5 2 (9.52%) Cybersecurity
5 2 (9.52%) Data Analysis
5 2 (9.52%) Data Protection
5 2 (9.52%) ITIL
5 2 (9.52%) Load Balancing
5 2 (9.52%) Project Management
5 2 (9.52%) Root Cause Analysis
5 2 (9.52%) Scenario Testing
6 1 (4.76%) Continuous Integration
6 1 (4.76%) Problem Management
6 1 (4.76%) Risk Analysis
Programming Languages
1 5 (23.81%) Java
1 5 (23.81%) SQL
2 3 (14.29%) C#
3 2 (9.52%) JavaScript
4 1 (4.76%) C
4 1 (4.76%) C++
4 1 (4.76%) PL/SQL
4 1 (4.76%) Scala
Qualifications
1 2 (9.52%) Degree
1 2 (9.52%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
2 1 (4.76%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (9.52%) Data Quality
1 2 (9.52%) GDPR
2 1 (4.76%) QA
System Software
1 1 (4.76%) VMware ESXi
1 1 (4.76%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (4.76%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (14.29%) Microsoft
2 2 (9.52%) TIBCO
3 1 (4.76%) Apigee
3 1 (4.76%) Cisco
3 1 (4.76%) HP
3 1 (4.76%) Juniper
3 1 (4.76%) Oracle
3 1 (4.76%) VMware