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 23 February 2017 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
23 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
UK / England
Rank 64 68 61
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -7
Contract jobs citing QA 1425 1373 1494
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 3.40% 2.88% 3.13%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 34.14% 29.83% 32.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 940 852 948
Median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £554 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £368 £370 £350
% change year-on-year
-0.67% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 23 16
Median hourly rate £32.50 £37.50 £31.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% +19.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.49 £17.04 £15.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.50 £51.90 £41.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £40.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year
-25.00% +17.64%

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
4174 4602 4545
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 9.97% 9.64% 9.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 2724 2901 2777
Median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +3.65%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £275 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £400 £395
% change year-on-year
+5.00% +1.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 141 178 155
Median hourly rate £22.00 £42.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-47.61% +86.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £13.85 £11.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £61.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £43.25 £23.75
% change year-on-year
-53.75% +82.10%

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 23 February 2017.

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 23 February 2017.

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 23 February 2017. 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 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 +8 719 £450 +5.88% 275
South East +1 211 £400 +6.66% 103
South West +6 108 £325 - 23
East of England +19 83 £401 +7.00% 36
North West +31 81 £400 +19.31% 44
West Midlands +23 67 £438 +9.37% 35
Yorkshire +4 54 £363 -12.65% 35
East Midlands +3 51 £368 +0.68% 17
North East +1 40 £356 +1.78% 6
Midlands +4 4 £350 -
South Coast - 1 - -
QA
UK

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 23 February 2017, 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 1404 (46.68%) Agile Software Development
2 726 (24.14%) Java
3 654 (21.74%) Selenium
4 645 (21.44%) Finance
5 495 (16.46%) Scrum
6 492 (16.36%) SQL
7 473 (15.72%) TDD
8 445 (14.79%) BDD
9 430 (14.30%) JavaScript
10 429 (14.26%) Test Automation
11 401 (13.33%) JIRA
12 386 (12.83%) Cucumber
13 356 (11.84%) Project Management
14 331 (11.00%) C#
14 331 (11.00%) Jenkins
15 319 (10.61%) HTML
15 319 (10.61%) Automated Testing
16 311 (10.34%) .NET
17 310 (10.31%) Continuous Integration
18 303 (10.07%) Test Scripting
19 279 (9.28%) Microsoft
20 267 (8.88%) DevOps
21 266 (8.84%) Git (software)
22 265 (8.81%) WebDriver
23 262 (8.71%) Banking
24 259 (8.61%) CSS
25 257 (8.54%) Analytical Skills
26 254 (8.44%) SDLC
27 253 (8.41%) Web Services
28 252 (8.38%) Degree

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
1 148 (4.92%) Confluence
2 68 (2.26%) CMS
3 52 (1.73%) SharePoint
4 43 (1.43%) Apache
5 33 (1.10%) Tomcat
6 32 (1.06%) IIS
7 28 (0.93%) JBoss
7 28 (0.93%) WebSphere
8 23 (0.76%) Elasticsearch
9 22 (0.73%) Drupal
10 18 (0.60%) WordPress
11 15 (0.50%) OpenStack
11 15 (0.50%) WebLogic
12 14 (0.47%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 13 (0.43%) Apache Spark
13 13 (0.43%) SAS
14 12 (0.40%) Mule ESB
14 12 (0.40%) nginx
14 12 (0.40%) NServiceBus
14 12 (0.40%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 151 (5.02%) MS Excel
2 76 (2.53%) MS Office
3 57 (1.89%) MS PowerPoint
4 51 (1.70%) MS Project
5 25 (0.83%) MS Visio
6 22 (0.73%) Photoshop
7 21 (0.70%) Spreadsheet
8 10 (0.33%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 9 (0.30%) Adobe Illustrator
10 8 (0.27%) Fireworks
11 4 (0.13%) HipChat
11 4 (0.13%) OmniGraffle
12 2 (0.066%) InVision
12 2 (0.066%) SPSS
13 1 (0.033%) AutoCAD
13 1 (0.033%) InfoPath
13 1 (0.033%) Open Workbench
13 1 (0.033%) Weka
Business Applications
1 36 (1.20%) Dynamics CRM
2 25 (0.83%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 13 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
4 12 (0.40%) Oracle EBS
5 10 (0.33%) Oracle Applications
6 9 (0.30%) Magento
6 9 (0.30%) Oracle EBS R12
7 8 (0.27%) FLEXCUBE
7 8 (0.27%) Loan IQ
8 7 (0.23%) SAP CRM
9 6 (0.20%) Oracle ERP
9 6 (0.20%) Primavera
10 5 (0.17%) FastStats
10 5 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
10 5 (0.17%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 5 (0.17%) SAP GRC
10 5 (0.17%) SAP HCM
10 5 (0.17%) SAP Hybris
11 4 (0.13%) Oracle Payables
11 4 (0.13%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 131 (4.36%) Amazon AWS
2 77 (2.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 55 (1.83%) GitHub
4 31 (1.03%) SaaS
5 27 (0.90%) Amazon EC2
6 25 (0.83%) PaaS
7 24 (0.80%) Office 365
8 21 (0.70%) AWS CloudFormation
9 16 (0.53%) Amazon S3
10 14 (0.47%) IaaS
11 13 (0.43%) Basecamp
12 11 (0.37%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 11 (0.37%) Google Analytics
13 10 (0.33%) Azure Active Directory
14 6 (0.20%) Adobe Analytics
14 6 (0.20%) Amazon SQS
14 6 (0.20%) Cloud Computing
14 6 (0.20%) SuccessFactors
15 4 (0.13%) Force.com
15 4 (0.13%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 61 (2.03%) Internet
2 42 (1.40%) HTTP
3 31 (1.03%) Firewall
4 27 (0.90%) LDAP
5 24 (0.80%) DNS
6 21 (0.70%) FTP
6 21 (0.70%) Network Security
7 19 (0.63%) TCP/IP
8 16 (0.53%) Intranet
8 16 (0.53%) Kerberos
9 15 (0.50%) SMTP
10 13 (0.43%) GSM
10 13 (0.43%) LTE
10 13 (0.43%) SNMP
10 13 (0.43%) WAN
11 12 (0.40%) LAN
11 12 (0.40%) SAN
12 11 (0.37%) HSPA
12 11 (0.37%) SSL
12 11 (0.37%) WCDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 187 (6.22%) SQL Server
2 119 (3.96%) Data Warehouse
3 89 (2.96%) Big Data
4 72 (2.39%) Relational Database
5 64 (2.13%) MongoDB
6 59 (1.96%) Hadoop
7 56 (1.86%) Oracle Database
8 55 (1.83%) MySQL
9 53 (1.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 52 (1.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 49 (1.63%) NoSQL
12 37 (1.23%) RDBMS
13 28 (0.93%) Oracle Reports
13 28 (0.93%) SQL Server 2012
14 25 (0.83%) Apache Cassandra
14 25 (0.83%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 22 (0.73%) PostgreSQL
16 20 (0.66%) Apache Hive
16 20 (0.66%) DB2
17 16 (0.53%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 654 (21.74%) Selenium
2 401 (13.33%) JIRA
3 386 (12.83%) Cucumber
4 331 (11.00%) Jenkins
5 266 (8.84%) Git (software)
6 265 (8.81%) WebDriver
7 168 (5.59%) SoapUI
8 117 (3.89%) JUnit
9 110 (3.66%) TeamCity
10 98 (3.26%) Subversion
11 90 (2.99%) Team Foundation Server
12 77 (2.56%) SpecFlow
13 74 (2.46%) HP UFT
14 73 (2.43%) JMeter
15 66 (2.19%) Appium
16 61 (2.03%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 61 (2.03%) Maven
17 56 (1.86%) LoadRunner
18 52 (1.73%) Visual Studio
19 46 (1.53%) JBehave
General
1 645 (21.44%) Finance
2 262 (8.71%) Banking
3 130 (4.32%) Retail
4 121 (4.02%) Marketing
5 83 (2.76%) Games
5 83 (2.76%) Publishing
6 82 (2.73%) Investment Banking
7 80 (2.66%) Front Office
8 73 (2.43%) Telecoms
9 51 (1.70%) Legal
10 48 (1.60%) Manufacturing
11 30 (1.00%) Financial Institution
12 29 (0.96%) Back Office
13 27 (0.90%) Electronics
14 20 (0.66%) Advertising
15 19 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
16 17 (0.57%) Automotive
17 15 (0.50%) Billing
18 14 (0.47%) Local Government
19 11 (0.37%) Law
Job Titles
1 597 (19.85%) Developer
2 528 (17.55%) Analyst
3 373 (12.40%) Tester
4 268 (8.91%) QA Engineer
5 210 (6.98%) Test Analyst
6 207 (6.88%) Test Engineer
7 205 (6.82%) QA Tester
8 166 (5.52%) Project Manager
9 158 (5.25%) Architect
10 148 (4.92%) QA Analyst
11 141 (4.69%) Business Analyst
12 138 (4.59%) Automation Tester
13 112 (3.72%) Java Developer
14 108 (3.59%) QA Test Engineer
15 101 (3.36%) QA Test Analyst
16 95 (3.16%) Test Manager
17 91 (3.03%) Consultant
18 85 (2.83%) QA Automation Engineer
19 75 (2.49%) Test Automation Engineer
20 74 (2.46%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 319 (10.61%) HTML
2 311 (10.34%) .NET
3 259 (8.61%) CSS
4 253 (8.41%) Web Services
5 217 (7.21%) XML
6 165 (5.49%) AngularJS
7 142 (4.72%) HTML5
8 134 (4.45%) Node.js
9 133 (4.42%) Gherkin
10 130 (4.32%) RESTful
11 122 (4.06%) SOAP
12 109 (3.62%) REST
13 104 (3.46%) JSON
14 94 (3.13%) Spring
15 82 (2.73%) ASP.NET
16 71 (2.36%) React
17 61 (2.03%) .NET Framework
17 61 (2.03%) CSS3
18 59 (1.96%) jQuery
19 53 (1.76%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 257 (8.54%) Analytical Skills
2 172 (5.72%) User Experience
3 129 (4.29%) Mobile App
4 104 (3.46%) Management Information System
5 94 (3.13%) Computer Science
6 61 (2.03%) Fixed Income
7 56 (1.86%) Equities
7 56 (1.86%) Virtual Team
8 49 (1.63%) Fintech
9 47 (1.56%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 41 (1.36%) Data Structures
11 39 (1.30%) Derivative
12 35 (1.16%) Data Centre
13 33 (1.10%) Enterprise Software
13 33 (1.10%) NHS
14 30 (1.00%) Mainframe
15 28 (0.93%) Algorithms
16 22 (0.73%) iPad
16 22 (0.73%) Reference Data
17 21 (0.70%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 246 (8.18%) Linux
2 210 (6.98%) Windows
3 140 (4.65%) Unix
4 111 (3.69%) Android
5 107 (3.56%) Apple iOS
6 30 (1.00%) CentOS
7 28 (0.93%) Windows Server
8 17 (0.57%) Ubuntu
8 17 (0.57%) Windows Server 2008
9 15 (0.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 11 (0.37%) AIX
11 10 (0.33%) Windows Server 2012
12 9 (0.30%) Solaris
13 5 (0.17%) Mac OS X
13 5 (0.17%) Windows 10
13 5 (0.17%) Windows Server 2003
14 4 (0.13%) VMS
15 3 (0.100%) Windows Vista
15 3 (0.100%) Windows XP
16 2 (0.066%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 1404 (46.68%) Agile Software Development
2 495 (16.46%) Scrum
3 473 (15.72%) TDD
4 445 (14.79%) BDD
5 429 (14.26%) Test Automation
6 356 (11.84%) Project Management
7 319 (10.61%) Automated Testing
8 310 (10.31%) Continuous Integration
9 303 (10.07%) Test Scripting
10 267 (8.88%) DevOps
11 254 (8.44%) SDLC
12 224 (7.45%) User Acceptance Testing
13 218 (7.25%) Automation Testing
13 218 (7.25%) Regression Testing
14 214 (7.11%) Kanban
15 210 (6.98%) Stakeholder Management
16 206 (6.85%) Software Engineering
17 197 (6.55%) User Stories
18 182 (6.05%) Manual Testing
19 179 (5.95%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 726 (24.14%) Java
2 492 (16.36%) SQL
3 430 (14.30%) JavaScript
4 331 (11.00%) C#
5 215 (7.15%) Python
6 160 (5.32%) Ruby
7 146 (4.85%) Scala
8 115 (3.82%) C++
9 69 (2.29%) PHP
10 66 (2.19%) C
11 64 (2.13%) Groovy
12 57 (1.89%) Perl
13 54 (1.80%) PL/SQL
14 53 (1.76%) T-SQL
15 46 (1.53%) Shell Script
16 39 (1.30%) Bash Shell
17 36 (1.20%) ES6
18 32 (1.06%) PowerShell
19 30 (1.00%) Apple Swift
20 26 (0.86%) VBA
Qualifications
1 252 (8.38%) Degree
2 197 (6.55%) Security Cleared
3 136 (4.52%) ISEB
4 130 (4.32%) SC Cleared
5 97 (3.22%) ISTQB
6 43 (1.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 38 (1.26%) PMI Certification
8 31 (1.03%) PMP
9 28 (0.93%) BPSS Clearance
10 27 (0.90%) DV Cleared
10 27 (0.90%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 20 (0.66%) CISSP
12 17 (0.57%) CISM
12 17 (0.57%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 16 (0.53%) CISA
13 16 (0.53%) Cisco Certification
14 15 (0.50%) CCNP
15 13 (0.43%) CCNA
15 13 (0.43%) Microsoft Certification
16 12 (0.40%) PCI QSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 83 (2.76%) SDET
2 51 (1.70%) WCAG
3 47 (1.56%) Data Quality
4 26 (0.86%) PCI DSS
4 26 (0.86%) SLA
5 19 (0.63%) Disclosure Scotland
5 19 (0.63%) MiFID
6 13 (0.43%) EMIR
7 9 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 6 (0.20%) Dodd-Frank
8 6 (0.20%) GxP
8 6 (0.20%) ISO 9000
8 6 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 6 (0.20%) WAI
9 5 (0.17%) GMP
10 4 (0.13%) COBIT
10 4 (0.13%) ISO 9001
10 4 (0.13%) SEPA
11 3 (0.100%) EFQM
11 3 (0.100%) HL7
System Software
1 55 (1.83%) Docker
2 42 (1.40%) Active Directory
3 21 (0.70%) VMware Infrastructure
4 15 (0.50%) HDFS
5 10 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
6 7 (0.23%) vCloud
7 6 (0.20%) Firmware
7 6 (0.20%) Oracle RAC
8 5 (0.17%) KVM
9 4 (0.13%) Hyper-V
9 4 (0.13%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (0.100%) Apache Flume
11 2 (0.066%) LXC
11 2 (0.066%) Microsoft App-V
11 2 (0.066%) NFS
11 2 (0.066%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.066%) VMware ESX
11 2 (0.066%) VMware ESXi
11 2 (0.066%) vSphere
12 1 (0.033%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 82 (2.73%) Puppet
2 64 (2.13%) Opscode Chef
3 63 (2.09%) Ansible
4 49 (1.63%) HP Quality Center
5 13 (0.43%) HockeyApp
6 10 (0.33%) SCCM
7 9 (0.30%) Terraform
8 8 (0.27%) Kubernetes
8 8 (0.27%) Oozie
9 7 (0.23%) CloudHub
9 7 (0.23%) TeamSite
10 6 (0.20%) Nagios
10 6 (0.20%) OpenIDM
10 6 (0.20%) SELinux
11 5 (0.17%) Data Guard
11 5 (0.17%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 5 (0.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 4 (0.13%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 4 (0.13%) Rundeck
13 3 (0.100%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 279 (9.28%) Microsoft
2 185 (6.15%) Oracle
3 124 (4.12%) SAP
4 81 (2.69%) Atlassian
5 52 (1.73%) New Relic
6 51 (1.70%) HP
7 41 (1.36%) IBM
8 39 (1.30%) Red Hat
9 37 (1.23%) Google
10 33 (1.10%) Salesforce.com
11 32 (1.06%) VMware
12 30 (1.00%) Apple
13 28 (0.93%) Adobe
14 27 (0.90%) Informatica
15 23 (0.76%) Cisco
16 20 (0.66%) hybris
17 17 (0.57%) ServiceNow
18 16 (0.53%) Sybase
19 15 (0.50%) Remedy
19 15 (0.50%) Tableau
Swindon, Wiltshire
CAG Recruitment
Rate: From £48,000 to £50,000 per annum Negotiable on salary, Multiple Bene
Posted: 5 hours ago
London
Exposed Solutions
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 7 hours ago
City, London
2M Employment Solutions
Rate: £9.75 per hour
Posted: 3 hours ago
Newcastle, County Down
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 4 hours ago
Warwickshire
Certes Computing Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Mane Contract Services Limited
Rate: £350 - £430 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
London
Data Idols
Rate: From £450 to £550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Buckinghamshire
Rullion
Posted: 2 days ago
Bedford, Bedfordshire
Pimlico Banks Recruitment
Rate: Up to £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Kyna Associates
Rate: £200 - £235 Per Day Up to £235 per day maximum
Posted: Yesterday
Berkshire
Networking People
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
South East London
Avance Consulting
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £200 to £250 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Talent Spa
Rate: £450 - 500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Buckinghamshire
Oscar
Rate: £230 - £290 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £225 - £325 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Buckinghamshire
Verticality Ltd
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Bedfordshire
Montash
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Spencer Rose
Rate: From £45,000 to £50,000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Yorkshire
Maclean Moore Consulting
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Plymouth, Devon
EasyWebRecruitment.com
Rate: £23,437 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
West London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 5 hours ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £380 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Computer People
Posted: 4 hours ago
York, North Yorkshire
Candour Solutions
Rate: Excellent daily rate
Posted: 6 days ago
Brentford, Middlesex
Randstad Strategic Accounts
Rate: £40 - £45 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Central London / West End
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: Up to £450 per annum
Posted: 8 days ago
London
Trust In Soda
Rate: From £150 to £225 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Rullion
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Oho Group Ltd.
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago