Does your service provider insist on an hourly rate, or even an hourly rate plus a unit test rate? Or do they charge one rate for the first few tests, another rate for subsequent tests? Or is it just a flat unit test rate?
We've found a flat unit test rate with a minimum charge to be the most transparent and equitable charge out method as it is based on the volume of work completed, and not the number of hours a technician spends on site. Every business is individual and alternative charge out methods are more appropriate in different circumstances, so it is worth to have a chat to your service provider about how many tests they think they will complete in an hour and do your sums before you sign on the dotted line!
Most quoted rates will include a component for the time it will take your service provider to process your data and prepare your reports, and we recommend confirming this before testing commences.