The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 4 December 2016 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
4 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 64 59 63
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +4
Contract jobs citing QA 1543 1668 1543
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 3.37% 3.29% 2.94%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 34.68% 32.53% 31.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 1033 1044 1079
Median daily rate £420 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £276 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £348
% change year-on-year
- +7.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 23 19
Median hourly rate £18.39 £22.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-18.26% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.50 £12.40 £13.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £50.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.39 £22.75 £33.00
% change year-on-year
-19.16% -31.06%
QA
UK

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Quality Assurance & Compliance category in contract jobs advertised in the England region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
4449 5127 4842
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 9.73% 10.12% 9.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 2915 3185 3167
Median daily rate £450 £426 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.75% +3.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £613 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 176 185 209
Median hourly rate £20.97 £24.23 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.45% +7.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £25.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-10.00% +13.63%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in England

The demand trend of contract jobs across the England region citing QA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

QA Jobs Demand Trend in England

QA
Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing QA across the England region.

QA Daily Rate Trend in England

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the England region over the 3 months to 4 December 2016.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in England

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA across the England region.

QA Hourly Rate Trend in England

QA
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the England region over the 3 months to 4 December 2016.

QA Hourly Rate Histogram in England

QA
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the England region over the 3 months to 4 December 2016. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -5 808 £450 +5.88% 250
South East +27 252 £364 +3.55% 56
North West -28 99 £400 +6.66% 42
South West -12 83 £350 +1.44% 34
Yorkshire -3 70 £388 -3.12% 16
North East +2 67 £350 -9.67% 6
East of England -1 66 £400 -2.14% 32
West Midlands -10 64 £395 -3.65% 38
East Midlands -17 28 £350 -6.66% 17
Midlands -2 2 £355 -18.85% 1
QA
UK

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 4 December 2016, IT contractor jobs citing QA 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 England region with a requirement for QA.

1 1436 (47.71%) Agile Software Development
2 697 (23.16%) Java
3 637 (21.16%) Finance
4 594 (19.73%) SQL
5 589 (19.57%) Selenium
6 514 (17.08%) Scrum
7 459 (15.25%) TDD
8 450 (14.95%) JavaScript
9 438 (14.55%) BDD
10 410 (13.62%) JIRA
11 386 (12.82%) Test Automation
12 364 (12.09%) Cucumber
13 353 (11.73%) HTML
14 338 (11.23%) .NET
15 337 (11.20%) Jenkins
16 333 (11.06%) Project Management
17 308 (10.23%) C#
18 301 (10.00%) Automated Testing
19 300 (9.97%) Microsoft
20 296 (9.83%) Continuous Integration
21 281 (9.34%) DevOps
22 278 (9.24%) Git (software)
23 275 (9.14%) Test Scripting
24 274 (9.10%) Analytical Skills
25 256 (8.50%) Banking
26 255 (8.47%) Degree
26 255 (8.47%) CSS
27 254 (8.44%) XML
28 245 (8.14%) Web Services
29 244 (8.11%) WebDriver

QA
Top Related IT Skills in England 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
1 142 (4.72%) Confluence
2 69 (2.29%) CMS
3 59 (1.96%) SharePoint
4 53 (1.76%) Apache
5 37 (1.23%) IIS
6 34 (1.13%) Elasticsearch
7 29 (0.96%) WebSphere
8 27 (0.90%) Tomcat
9 23 (0.76%) SAS
10 21 (0.70%) Drupal
10 21 (0.70%) JBoss
11 19 (0.63%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 17 (0.56%) WordPress
13 15 (0.50%) OpenStack
14 13 (0.43%) nginx
15 12 (0.40%) Mule
15 12 (0.40%) Mule ESB
15 12 (0.40%) Sitecore CMS
15 12 (0.40%) Skype for Business
15 12 (0.40%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 181 (6.01%) MS Excel
2 79 (2.62%) MS Office
3 77 (2.56%) MS PowerPoint
4 56 (1.86%) MS Visio
5 42 (1.40%) MS Project
6 22 (0.73%) Photoshop
7 21 (0.70%) Spreadsheet
8 12 (0.40%) Adobe Illustrator
9 9 (0.30%) Fireworks
9 9 (0.30%) OmniGraffle
10 8 (0.27%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 3 (0.100%) InVision
11 3 (0.100%) Mingle
11 3 (0.100%) SPSS
12 1 (0.033%) Adobe After Effects
12 1 (0.033%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.033%) HipChat
12 1 (0.033%) Open Workbench
12 1 (0.033%) Weka
Business Applications
1 27 (0.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 19 (0.63%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 16 (0.53%) SAP HCM
4 14 (0.47%) Oracle Applications
5 13 (0.43%) Oracle EBS
6 11 (0.37%) Magento
7 9 (0.30%) Oracle EBS R12
8 8 (0.27%) Fredhopper
9 5 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
9 5 (0.17%) Primavera
9 5 (0.17%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 5 (0.17%) SAP GRC
9 5 (0.17%) Summit
10 4 (0.13%) FastStats
10 4 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
10 4 (0.13%) SAP CO
10 4 (0.13%) SAP CRM
10 4 (0.13%) SAP FI
10 4 (0.13%) SAP FI/CO
10 4 (0.13%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 153 (5.08%) Amazon AWS
2 100 (3.32%) Microsoft Azure
3 62 (2.06%) GitHub
4 44 (1.46%) SaaS
5 34 (1.13%) Amazon EC2
6 33 (1.10%) PaaS
7 21 (0.70%) Amazon S3
8 19 (0.63%) Office 365
9 17 (0.56%) Cloud Computing
10 16 (0.53%) IaaS
11 15 (0.50%) Azure Active Directory
12 14 (0.47%) AWS CloudFormation
13 12 (0.40%) Google Analytics
14 7 (0.23%) Adobe Analytics
15 6 (0.20%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 6 (0.20%) Amazon SQS
15 6 (0.20%) Trello
16 4 (0.13%) Google Cloud Platform
16 4 (0.13%) Google Play
16 4 (0.13%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 46 (1.53%) HTTP
2 43 (1.43%) Internet
3 31 (1.03%) Network Security
4 30 (1.00%) Firewall
5 21 (0.70%) FTP
6 19 (0.63%) DNS
7 17 (0.56%) TCP/IP
8 13 (0.43%) Skype
8 13 (0.43%) WAN
9 12 (0.40%) DHCP
9 12 (0.40%) Intranet
9 12 (0.40%) SSL
10 11 (0.37%) SNMP
11 10 (0.33%) LAN
12 9 (0.30%) LDAP
12 9 (0.30%) SMTP
13 8 (0.27%) VoIP
14 7 (0.23%) Kerberos
14 7 (0.23%) SMS
14 7 (0.23%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 203 (6.74%) SQL Server
2 109 (3.62%) Data Warehouse
3 77 (2.56%) Big Data
4 76 (2.52%) MongoDB
5 65 (2.16%) Relational Database
6 62 (2.06%) MySQL
6 62 (2.06%) NoSQL
7 55 (1.83%) Hadoop
8 51 (1.69%) Oracle Database
9 50 (1.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 42 (1.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 33 (1.10%) Apache Cassandra
11 33 (1.10%) Oracle Reports
11 33 (1.10%) SQL Server 2012
12 30 (1.00%) RDBMS
13 25 (0.83%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 24 (0.80%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 21 (0.70%) DB2
15 21 (0.70%) PostgreSQL
16 20 (0.66%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 589 (19.57%) Selenium
2 410 (13.62%) JIRA
3 364 (12.09%) Cucumber
4 337 (11.20%) Jenkins
5 278 (9.24%) Git (software)
6 244 (8.11%) WebDriver
7 160 (5.32%) SoapUI
8 143 (4.75%) JUnit
9 107 (3.55%) SpecFlow
10 106 (3.52%) Subversion
11 98 (3.26%) Team Foundation Server
12 94 (3.12%) TeamCity
13 86 (2.86%) Maven
14 80 (2.66%) HP UFT
15 78 (2.59%) JMeter
16 75 (2.49%) Appium
17 70 (2.33%) Visual Studio
18 61 (2.03%) Atlassian Bamboo
19 58 (1.93%) Gradle
20 48 (1.59%) NUnit
General
1 637 (21.16%) Finance
2 256 (8.50%) Banking
3 173 (5.75%) Retail
4 142 (4.72%) Marketing
5 84 (2.79%) Telecoms
6 80 (2.66%) Investment Banking
7 74 (2.46%) Games
8 70 (2.33%) Publishing
9 66 (2.19%) Front Office
10 43 (1.43%) Legal
11 36 (1.20%) Manufacturing
12 34 (1.13%) Back Office
13 31 (1.03%) Financial Institution
14 23 (0.76%) Advertising
15 21 (0.70%) Pharmaceutical
16 20 (0.66%) Electronics
17 18 (0.60%) French Language
18 17 (0.56%) Law
19 12 (0.40%) Automotive
19 12 (0.40%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 600 (19.93%) Analyst
2 570 (18.94%) Developer
3 315 (10.47%) Tester
4 248 (8.24%) Test Analyst
5 216 (7.18%) Test Engineer
6 214 (7.11%) QA Engineer
7 183 (6.08%) QA Tester
8 150 (4.98%) Business Analyst
9 146 (4.85%) Project Manager
10 141 (4.68%) QA Analyst
11 116 (3.85%) Architect
12 114 (3.79%) Java Developer
13 113 (3.75%) Automation Tester
14 97 (3.22%) QA Test Engineer
15 87 (2.89%) QA Test Analyst
15 87 (2.89%) Test Manager
16 82 (2.72%) Test Automation Engineer
17 81 (2.69%) Consultant
18 67 (2.23%) Test Leader
19 66 (2.19%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 353 (11.73%) HTML
2 338 (11.23%) .NET
3 255 (8.47%) CSS
4 254 (8.44%) XML
5 245 (8.14%) Web Services
6 175 (5.81%) AngularJS
7 161 (5.35%) Node.js
8 155 (5.15%) HTML5
9 125 (4.15%) JSON
10 123 (4.09%) SOAP
11 117 (3.89%) REST
12 110 (3.65%) Gherkin
13 100 (3.32%) Spring
14 97 (3.22%) RESTful
15 87 (2.89%) jQuery
16 85 (2.82%) ASP.NET
17 69 (2.29%) .NET Framework
18 68 (2.26%) React
19 59 (1.96%) CSS3
20 56 (1.86%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 274 (9.10%) Analytical Skills
2 201 (6.68%) User Experience
3 118 (3.92%) Mobile App
4 110 (3.65%) Computer Science
5 81 (2.69%) Management Information System
6 53 (1.76%) Virtual Team
7 51 (1.69%) Fixed Income
8 48 (1.59%) Equities
8 48 (1.59%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 42 (1.40%) Fintech
10 41 (1.36%) Enterprise Software
11 39 (1.30%) Derivative
12 38 (1.26%) Data Structures
13 34 (1.13%) Visualisation
14 32 (1.06%) Algorithms
15 31 (1.03%) Client/Server
15 31 (1.03%) Public Cloud
16 30 (1.00%) NHS
17 28 (0.93%) Mainframe
18 26 (0.86%) Blog
Operating Systems
1 234 (7.77%) Linux
2 206 (6.84%) Windows
3 175 (5.81%) Unix
4 111 (3.69%) Android
5 89 (2.96%) Apple iOS
6 46 (1.53%) CentOS
7 41 (1.36%) Windows Server
8 22 (0.73%) AIX
8 22 (0.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 21 (0.70%) Ubuntu
10 19 (0.63%) Windows Server 2008
11 14 (0.47%) Windows Server 2012
12 11 (0.37%) Solaris
13 5 (0.17%) Windows 7
14 4 (0.13%) Mac OS X
14 4 (0.13%) Windows Server 2003
14 4 (0.13%) Windows XP
15 3 (0.100%) Windows 10
16 2 (0.066%) Kali Linux
16 2 (0.066%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1436 (47.71%) Agile Software Development
2 514 (17.08%) Scrum
3 459 (15.25%) TDD
4 438 (14.55%) BDD
5 386 (12.82%) Test Automation
6 333 (11.06%) Project Management
7 301 (10.00%) Automated Testing
8 296 (9.83%) Continuous Integration
9 281 (9.34%) DevOps
10 275 (9.14%) Test Scripting
11 242 (8.04%) SDLC
12 213 (7.08%) Regression Testing
13 211 (7.01%) Continuous Improvement
14 210 (6.98%) User Acceptance Testing
15 209 (6.94%) E-Commerce
16 202 (6.71%) Kanban
17 198 (6.58%) Automation Testing
18 197 (6.54%) Software Engineering
19 191 (6.35%) Stakeholder Management
20 188 (6.25%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 697 (23.16%) Java
2 594 (19.73%) SQL
3 450 (14.95%) JavaScript
4 308 (10.23%) C#
5 186 (6.18%) Ruby
6 180 (5.98%) Python
7 150 (4.98%) Scala
8 98 (3.26%) C++
9 85 (2.82%) PHP
10 66 (2.19%) C
11 65 (2.16%) T-SQL
12 58 (1.93%) Perl
13 54 (1.79%) PL/SQL
14 53 (1.76%) Groovy
15 50 (1.66%) Shell Script
16 37 (1.23%) Bash Shell
17 30 (1.00%) PowerShell
18 28 (0.93%) VB
19 25 (0.83%) ES6
20 23 (0.76%) VBA
Qualifications
1 255 (8.47%) Degree
2 178 (5.91%) Security Cleared
3 132 (4.39%) ISEB
4 122 (4.05%) ISTQB
5 116 (3.85%) SC Cleared
6 48 (1.59%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 33 (1.10%) Cisco Certification
8 32 (1.06%) PMI Certification
9 30 (1.00%) CCNP
9 30 (1.00%) DV Cleared
10 29 (0.96%) PMP
11 26 (0.86%) BPSS Clearance
12 21 (0.70%) CISSP
12 21 (0.70%) Microsoft Certification
13 19 (0.63%) CISM
14 18 (0.60%) CISA
14 18 (0.60%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 14 (0.47%) CCNA
16 13 (0.43%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 12 (0.40%) PCI QSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 90 (2.99%) SDET
2 46 (1.53%) WCAG
3 45 (1.50%) Data Quality
4 25 (0.83%) SLA
5 24 (0.80%) Disclosure Scotland
6 22 (0.73%) PCI DSS
7 17 (0.56%) EMIR
7 17 (0.56%) MiFID
8 11 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 9 (0.30%) COBIT
9 9 (0.30%) ISO 9001
9 9 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 8 (0.27%) Dodd-Frank
10 8 (0.27%) GxP
11 7 (0.23%) WAI
12 5 (0.17%) FATCA
12 5 (0.17%) GMP
13 4 (0.13%) 21 CFR Part 11
13 4 (0.13%) ISO 9000
14 3 (0.100%) CRD IV
System Software
1 50 (1.66%) Docker
2 43 (1.43%) Active Directory
3 20 (0.66%) VMware Infrastructure
4 13 (0.43%) HDFS
5 12 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
6 8 (0.27%) Hyper-V
7 5 (0.17%) Firmware
8 4 (0.13%) Virtual Desktop
9 3 (0.100%) BitLocker
9 3 (0.100%) VirtualBox
9 3 (0.100%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (0.066%) Apache Flume
10 2 (0.066%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 2 (0.066%) KVM
10 2 (0.066%) Oracle RAC
10 2 (0.066%) VMware ESX
11 1 (0.033%) ISA Server
11 1 (0.033%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (0.033%) vCloud
11 1 (0.033%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 100 (3.32%) Puppet
2 82 (2.72%) Opscode Chef
3 66 (2.19%) HP Quality Center
4 63 (2.09%) Ansible
5 14 (0.47%) SCCM
6 10 (0.33%) Terraform
7 7 (0.23%) CloudHub
7 7 (0.23%) TeamSite
8 6 (0.20%) Control-M
8 6 (0.20%) Oozie
8 6 (0.20%) SELinux
8 6 (0.20%) SmoothWall
8 6 (0.20%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 5 (0.17%) Kubernetes
9 5 (0.17%) McAfee ePO
9 5 (0.17%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 5 (0.17%) WSUS
10 4 (0.13%) HP SiteScope
10 4 (0.13%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 3 (0.100%) CA Service Virtualization
Vendors
1 300 (9.97%) Microsoft
2 185 (6.15%) Oracle
3 118 (3.92%) SAP
4 70 (2.33%) Atlassian
5 65 (2.16%) HP
6 51 (1.69%) New Relic
7 46 (1.53%) IBM
8 44 (1.46%) Red Hat
9 39 (1.30%) Google
10 38 (1.26%) Informatica
11 35 (1.16%) Adobe
12 34 (1.13%) VMware
13 32 (1.06%) Salesforce.com
14 31 (1.03%) Cisco
15 27 (0.90%) CA Agile Central
16 24 (0.80%) Sitecore
17 18 (0.60%) ServiceNow
18 17 (0.56%) hybris
18 17 (0.56%) Splunk
19 15 (0.50%) Talend
Hertfordshire
Spargonet Consulting Plc
Rate: £400 - £450 per annum
Posted: 12 hours ago
London
Explore Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
Informatiq Consulting
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Square One Resources
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £250 - £300 per day + depending on experience
Posted: 2 days ago
South West
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Cambridgeshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Stratospherec
Rate: From £350 to £440 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Watford, Hertfordshire
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £Market Rates
Posted: 4 days ago
Greater Manchester
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
West London
EasyWebRecruitment.com
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar
Rate: £200 - £280 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Spring Technology
Posted: 4 days ago
Newcastle, County Down
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Spring Technology
Rate: £250.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £250.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Gloucestershire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Coded People
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Berkshire
Venn Group
Rate: £300 - £400 Per Day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Wenham Carter
Rate: From £200 to £300 per day TBC
Posted: 5 days ago
West Malling, Kent
Nakama
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Macclesfield, Cheshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £150 - £175 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Worthing, West Sussex
Sogeti
Rate: Competitive Day Rate
Posted: 10 days ago
City, London
Digital Gurus
Rate: £50000 - £65000 Per Annum benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Somerset
Spring Technology
Rate: £350.00 - £359.00 per day + + SC Clearance
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Wenham Carter
Rate: From £475 to £600 per day TBC
Posted: 5 days ago
Crewe, Cheshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 5 days ago
Berkshire
Lawrence Harvey Enterprise
Rate: £300.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Derbyshire
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago