Period
to 24 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies in Reading during the 6 months to 24 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.

Tester
Berkshire > Reading
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 67 83 82
Rank change year-on-year +16 -1 +17
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 19 14 31
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 1.48% 0.94% 1.59%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.58% 1.04% 1.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 12 33
Reading median daily rate £400 £388 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +7.64% -5.57%
10th Percentile £310 £304 £285
90th Percentile £525 £423 £400
Berkshire median daily rate £400 £363 £360
% change year-on-year +10.34% +0.69% +15.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Reading median hourly rate - - -
Berkshire median hourly rate - £8.50 -

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 1200 1345 1833
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.39% 90.33% 94.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 720 721 1087
Reading median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £250 £228 £220
90th Percentile £575 £569 £538
Berkshire median daily rate £419 £400 £395
% change year-on-year +4.75% +1.27% +5.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 78 129
Reading median hourly rate £14.00 £14.50 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.45% -32.71% +23.14%
10th Percentile £9.63 £9.25 £9.25
90th Percentile £41.25 £43.28 £47.50
Berkshire median hourly rate £14.25 £14.50 £21.55
% change year-on-year -1.72% -32.71% +24.03%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Reading

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in Reading

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Reading

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in Reading

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Reading

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in Reading over the 6 months to 24 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Tester in Reading

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in Reading

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Reading

For the 6 months to 24 November 2017, 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 Tester in the job title.

1 8 (42.11%) Test Automation
2 7 (36.84%) Performance Testing
2 7 (36.84%) JMeter
2 7 (36.84%) Finance
3 6 (31.58%) LoadRunner
3 6 (31.58%) HTML
3 6 (31.58%) SQL Server
3 6 (31.58%) Selenium
3 6 (31.58%) Agile Software Development
4 5 (26.32%) SC Cleared
4 5 (26.32%) Security Cleared
4 5 (26.32%) IIS
5 4 (21.05%) C
5 4 (21.05%) Web Services
5 4 (21.05%) SQL
5 4 (21.05%) FTP
5 4 (21.05%) TCP/IP
5 4 (21.05%) Load Testing
5 4 (21.05%) HP Quality Center
5 4 (21.05%) BDD
5 4 (21.05%) Mobile App
5 4 (21.05%) Performance Monitoring
5 4 (21.05%) AppDynamics
5 4 (21.05%) SDLC
6 3 (15.79%) Defect Management
6 3 (15.79%) Cucumber
6 3 (15.79%) Functional Testing
6 3 (15.79%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (15.79%) Visual Studio
7 2 (10.53%) CSS

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:

Application Platforms
1 5 (26.32%) IIS
2 1 (5.26%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 1 (5.26%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.26%) Azure Data Factory
1 1 (5.26%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 4 (21.05%) FTP
1 4 (21.05%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (31.58%) SQL Server
2 1 (5.26%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (5.26%) Power BI
2 1 (5.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (5.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 7 (36.84%) JMeter
2 6 (31.58%) LoadRunner
2 6 (31.58%) Selenium
3 3 (15.79%) Cucumber
3 3 (15.79%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (15.79%) Visual Studio
4 2 (10.53%) HP UFT
4 2 (10.53%) WebDriver
5 1 (5.26%) JIRA
5 1 (5.26%) SpecFlow
5 1 (5.26%) Toad
5 1 (5.26%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 7 (36.84%) Finance
2 1 (5.26%) Mandarin Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (31.58%) HTML
2 4 (21.05%) Web Services
3 2 (10.53%) .NET
3 2 (10.53%) CSS
3 2 (10.53%) jQuery
3 2 (10.53%) RESTful
3 2 (10.53%) XML
4 1 (5.26%) Behat
4 1 (5.26%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 4 (21.05%) Mobile App
2 2 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (10.53%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (5.26%) STB
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (42.11%) Test Automation
2 7 (36.84%) Performance Testing
3 6 (31.58%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (21.05%) BDD
4 4 (21.05%) Load Testing
4 4 (21.05%) Performance Monitoring
4 4 (21.05%) SDLC
5 3 (15.79%) Defect Management
5 3 (15.79%) Functional Testing
6 2 (10.53%) Data Protection
6 2 (10.53%) E-Commerce
6 2 (10.53%) Non-Functional Testing
6 2 (10.53%) Regression Testing
6 2 (10.53%) Scenario Testing
6 2 (10.53%) SDET
6 2 (10.53%) Stress Testing
6 2 (10.53%) System Testing
6 2 (10.53%) TDD
6 2 (10.53%) Test Strategy
6 2 (10.53%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (21.05%) C
1 4 (21.05%) SQL
2 2 (10.53%) C#
2 2 (10.53%) Java
2 2 (10.53%) JavaScript
3 1 (5.26%) Scala
Qualifications
1 5 (26.32%) SC Cleared
1 5 (26.32%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (10.53%) QA
2 1 (5.26%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 4 (21.05%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (21.05%) AppDynamics
2 2 (10.53%) Microsoft
3 1 (5.26%) comScore
3 1 (5.26%) Sun