Period
to 21 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £319 per day in advertised job vacancies in Reading during the 6 months to 21 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.

Test Engineer
Berkshire > Reading
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 82 88 98
Rank change year-on-year +6 +10 -13
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 8 9 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 0.63% 0.61% 0.57%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.67% 0.68% 0.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 6 4
Reading median daily rate £319 £275 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.91% -24.66% +4.29%
10th Percentile £256 £250 £285
90th Percentile £506 £349 £414
Berkshire median daily rate £345 £388 £300
% change year-on-year -10.97% +29.17% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Reading median hourly rate - - £43.50
Berkshire median hourly rate - - £31.50

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 1189 1331 1803
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.25% 90.42% 94.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 705 711 1076
Reading median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £250 £228 £219
90th Percentile £575 £569 £538
Berkshire median daily rate £425 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 78 124
Reading median hourly rate £14.00 £14.75 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.08% -31.55% +23.14%
10th Percentile £9.25 £9.25 £9.25
90th Percentile £40.75 £43.28 £47.50
Berkshire median hourly rate £14.00 £14.50 £21.55
% change year-on-year -3.45% -32.71% +23.14%

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in Reading

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

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 6 months to 21 November 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 21 November 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 4 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (37.50%) TDD
2 3 (37.50%) QA
2 3 (37.50%) Selenium
2 3 (37.50%) Integration Testing
2 3 (37.50%) Test Scripting
2 3 (37.50%) SQL Server
2 3 (37.50%) SOAP
2 3 (37.50%) Windows
2 3 (37.50%) HTTP
2 3 (37.50%) Test Automation
2 3 (37.50%) BDD
2 3 (37.50%) REST
2 3 (37.50%) Test Strategy
2 3 (37.50%) Functional Testing
2 3 (37.50%) API Design
2 3 (37.50%) Scenario Testing
3 2 (25.00%) Non-Functional Testing
3 2 (25.00%) Mentoring
3 2 (25.00%) Waterfall
3 2 (25.00%) Telecoms
3 2 (25.00%) C#
4 1 (12.50%) JMeter
4 1 (12.50%) Performance Testing
4 1 (12.50%) Mitel
4 1 (12.50%) Degree
4 1 (12.50%) SC Cleared
4 1 (12.50%) Security Cleared
4 1 (12.50%) MGW
4 1 (12.50%) Git (software)

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:

Communications & Networking
1 3 (37.50%) HTTP
2 1 (12.50%) 3G
2 1 (12.50%) 4G
2 1 (12.50%) MGW
2 1 (12.50%) MVNO
2 1 (12.50%) Value-Added Service
2 1 (12.50%) VoLTE
2 1 (12.50%) VoWiFi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (37.50%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (37.50%) Selenium
2 1 (12.50%) Bitbucket
2 1 (12.50%) Cucumber
2 1 (12.50%) Git (software)
2 1 (12.50%) JMeter
2 1 (12.50%) SpecFlow
2 1 (12.50%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (12.50%) WebDriver
General
1 2 (25.00%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (37.50%) REST
1 3 (37.50%) SOAP
2 1 (12.50%) .NET
2 1 (12.50%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (12.50%) Greenfield Project
1 1 (12.50%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 3 (37.50%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (37.50%) API Design
2 3 (37.50%) BDD
2 3 (37.50%) Functional Testing
2 3 (37.50%) Integration Testing
2 3 (37.50%) Scenario Testing
2 3 (37.50%) TDD
2 3 (37.50%) Test Automation
2 3 (37.50%) Test Scripting
2 3 (37.50%) Test Strategy
3 2 (25.00%) Mentoring
3 2 (25.00%) Non-Functional Testing
3 2 (25.00%) Waterfall
4 1 (12.50%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (12.50%) Network Architecture
4 1 (12.50%) Network Virtualisation
4 1 (12.50%) Performance Testing
4 1 (12.50%) SDET
4 1 (12.50%) SDLC
4 1 (12.50%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 2 (25.00%) C#
2 1 (12.50%) Java
2 1 (12.50%) Scala
2 1 (12.50%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (12.50%) Degree
1 1 (12.50%) SC Cleared
1 1 (12.50%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (37.50%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (12.50%) Microsoft
1 1 (12.50%) Mitel
1 1 (12.50%) Nokia
1 1 (12.50%) Nokia Networks
1 1 (12.50%) Samsung
1 1 (12.50%) Siemens