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 25 June 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
25 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 73 59 59
Rank change year-on-year
-14 0
Contract jobs citing QA 1389 1576 1624
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 2.85% 3.10% 3.31%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 30.98% 33.69% 35.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 927 1064 1068
Median daily rate £403 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.81% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £364 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.09% +3.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 24 16
Median hourly rate £15.75 £35.00 £19.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-55.00% +77.21%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.25 £18.20 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.80 £137.00 £26.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £37.25 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-58.38% +86.25%
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
4484 4678 4614
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 9.21% 9.20% 9.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 2909 3050 2877
Median daily rate £425 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £259 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 187 171 192
Median hourly rate £28.25 £21.55 £20.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+31.09% +5.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.46 £12.50 £12.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £55.15 £42.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £24.75 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+15.15% +17.85%

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 25 June 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 25 June 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 25 June 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 -10 720 £425 -5.55% 222
South East -12 203 £400 +6.66% 75
North West -22 104 £375 - 46
West Midlands +12 74 £325 -7.14% 36
East of England +27 72 £450 +20.00% 29
Yorkshire -30 62 £375 +7.14% 36
South West -20 60 £400 +14.28% 28
East Midlands +6 47 £413 +17.02% 24
North East -39 41 £363 -2.68% 12
Midlands -7 3 £300 -
QA
UK

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 1199 (44.31%) Agile Software Development
2 609 (22.51%) Finance
3 570 (21.06%) SQL
4 555 (20.51%) Java
5 450 (16.63%) Scrum
6 409 (15.11%) Selenium
7 322 (11.90%) Project Management
8 319 (11.79%) TDD
9 317 (11.71%) BDD
10 314 (11.60%) JIRA
11 302 (11.16%) SDLC
12 270 (9.98%) Microsoft
13 269 (9.94%) JavaScript
13 269 (9.94%) Test Automation
14 249 (9.20%) .NET
14 249 (9.20%) Degree
15 242 (8.94%) Automated Testing
16 241 (8.91%) Oracle
17 240 (8.87%) HTML
18 236 (8.72%) Linux
19 234 (8.65%) Analytical Skills
20 233 (8.61%) Test Scripting
20 233 (8.61%) Continuous Integration
20 233 (8.61%) Banking
21 231 (8.54%) Cucumber
22 224 (8.28%) C#
23 218 (8.06%) Web Services
24 216 (7.98%) User Acceptance Testing
25 201 (7.43%) WebDriver
26 200 (7.39%) Windows

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 85 (3.14%) Confluence
2 79 (2.92%) SharePoint
3 62 (2.29%) Tomcat
4 55 (2.03%) Apache
5 50 (1.85%) CMS
6 37 (1.37%) IIS
7 30 (1.11%) WebSphere
8 27 (1.00%) SAS
9 25 (0.92%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 20 (0.74%) WebLogic
11 19 (0.70%) Apache Solr
12 17 (0.63%) Mule
13 16 (0.59%) JBoss
14 15 (0.55%) Elasticsearch
14 15 (0.55%) nginx
15 13 (0.48%) WebSphere Application Server
16 12 (0.44%) BizTalk Server
17 9 (0.33%) Oracle Service Bus
18 8 (0.30%) Sitecore CMS
19 7 (0.26%) Jetty
Applications
1 164 (6.06%) MS Excel
2 121 (4.47%) MS Office
3 73 (2.70%) MS Project
4 63 (2.33%) MS PowerPoint
5 48 (1.77%) MS Visio
6 13 (0.48%) Photoshop
7 12 (0.44%) Spreadsheet
8 11 (0.41%) Adobe Illustrator
9 3 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 3 (0.11%) Mingle
9 3 (0.11%) OmniGraffle
9 3 (0.11%) SPSS
10 2 (0.074%) AutoCAD
10 2 (0.074%) Pro/ENGINEER
10 2 (0.074%) PTC Creo
10 2 (0.074%) Siemens NX
10 2 (0.074%) SOLIDWORKS
11 1 (0.037%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.037%) FrameMaker
11 1 (0.037%) SmartSuite
Business Applications
1 22 (0.81%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 20 (0.74%) Dynamics CRM
3 12 (0.44%) Magento
3 12 (0.44%) Oracle EBS R12
3 12 (0.44%) Primavera
4 9 (0.33%) SAP FI
5 8 (0.30%) Dynamics AX
6 7 (0.26%) Oracle EBS
6 7 (0.26%) SAP CO
6 7 (0.26%) SAP FI/CO
7 6 (0.22%) Adobe Campaign
7 6 (0.22%) Markit EDM
7 6 (0.22%) SunGard GMI
8 5 (0.18%) IntelliMatch
8 5 (0.18%) SunGard Stream Clearvision
9 4 (0.15%) Maximo
9 4 (0.15%) Oracle Retail
10 3 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
10 3 (0.11%) SAP ERP
11 2 (0.074%) CA PPM
Cloud Services
1 81 (2.99%) Amazon AWS
2 57 (2.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 49 (1.81%) GitHub
4 21 (0.78%) Amazon EC2
5 20 (0.74%) SaaS
6 15 (0.55%) AWS CloudFormation
7 14 (0.52%) Amazon S3
8 10 (0.37%) Office 365
9 9 (0.33%) Google Analytics
9 9 (0.33%) IaaS
10 8 (0.30%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 7 (0.26%) Google Play
11 7 (0.26%) PaaS
11 7 (0.26%) SuccessFactors
12 6 (0.22%) Cloud Computing
12 6 (0.22%) Google Cloud Platform
13 4 (0.15%) Amazon Glacier
13 4 (0.15%) Force.com
13 4 (0.15%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 3 (0.11%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 51 (1.88%) Internet
2 50 (1.85%) HTTP
3 23 (0.85%) Firewall
4 21 (0.78%) SNMP
5 17 (0.63%) LAN
6 16 (0.59%) TCP/IP
7 14 (0.52%) FTP
8 12 (0.44%) DNS
8 12 (0.44%) SSL
9 11 (0.41%) Network Security
9 11 (0.41%) SAN
9 11 (0.41%) WAN
10 10 (0.37%) VoIP
11 9 (0.33%) LDAP
12 7 (0.26%) H.323
12 7 (0.26%) HTTPS
12 7 (0.26%) IPv6
12 7 (0.26%) Telepresence
12 7 (0.26%) Wi-Fi
13 6 (0.22%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 200 (7.39%) SQL Server
2 85 (3.14%) MongoDB
3 81 (2.99%) Big Data
4 72 (2.66%) Data Warehouse
5 68 (2.51%) Oracle Database
6 62 (2.29%) Hadoop
7 53 (1.96%) PostgreSQL
7 53 (1.96%) Relational Database
8 47 (1.74%) NoSQL
9 42 (1.55%) MySQL
10 35 (1.29%) Oracle Reports
11 34 (1.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 30 (1.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 29 (1.07%) Apache Cassandra
14 24 (0.89%) Data Mining
15 23 (0.85%) SQL Server 2008
15 23 (0.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 21 (0.78%) SQL Server 2012
17 20 (0.74%) RDBMS
18 18 (0.67%) DB2
Development Applications
1 409 (15.11%) Selenium
2 314 (11.60%) JIRA
3 231 (8.54%) Cucumber
4 201 (7.43%) WebDriver
5 194 (7.17%) Jenkins
6 186 (6.87%) Git (software)
7 104 (3.84%) JUnit
8 91 (3.36%) SoapUI
9 77 (2.85%) SpecFlow
10 74 (2.73%) Maven
11 73 (2.70%) HP UFT
11 73 (2.70%) Team Foundation Server
12 71 (2.62%) Visual Studio
13 61 (2.25%) Gradle
14 57 (2.11%) Subversion
15 52 (1.92%) Appium
15 52 (1.92%) TeamCity
16 47 (1.74%) JMeter
16 47 (1.74%) LoadRunner
17 44 (1.63%) IntelliJ
General
1 609 (22.51%) Finance
2 233 (8.61%) Banking
3 142 (5.25%) Retail
4 92 (3.40%) Marketing
5 84 (3.10%) Investment Banking
6 81 (2.99%) Telecoms
7 55 (2.03%) Front Office
8 42 (1.55%) Legal
9 39 (1.44%) Games
10 37 (1.37%) Manufacturing
10 37 (1.37%) Publishing
11 34 (1.26%) Back Office
12 25 (0.92%) Electronics
13 21 (0.78%) Law
14 20 (0.74%) Financial Institution
15 17 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
16 14 (0.52%) Billing
17 11 (0.41%) Advertising
18 10 (0.37%) Multimedia
19 8 (0.30%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 624 (23.06%) Analyst
2 410 (15.15%) Developer
3 299 (11.05%) Test Analyst
4 254 (9.39%) Tester
5 187 (6.91%) QA Engineer
6 172 (6.36%) QA Analyst
7 165 (6.10%) Project Manager
8 151 (5.58%) Business Analyst
9 150 (5.54%) QA Tester
9 150 (5.54%) Test Manager
10 138 (5.10%) Architect
11 126 (4.66%) Java Developer
12 112 (4.14%) Test Engineer
13 108 (3.99%) QA Test Analyst
14 92 (3.40%) Automation Tester
15 88 (3.25%) Test Leader
16 86 (3.18%) Automation Test Analyst
17 84 (3.10%) QA Leader
18 82 (3.03%) Consultant
19 64 (2.37%) QA Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 249 (9.20%) .NET
2 240 (8.87%) HTML
3 218 (8.06%) Web Services
4 187 (6.91%) XML
5 147 (5.43%) CSS
6 128 (4.73%) SOAP
7 103 (3.81%) REST
7 103 (3.81%) Spring
8 94 (3.47%) AngularJS
9 90 (3.33%) HTML5
10 87 (3.22%) Node.js
11 83 (3.07%) RESTful
12 71 (2.62%) Hibernate
13 63 (2.33%) ASP.NET
14 61 (2.25%) Gherkin
14 61 (2.25%) JSON
15 57 (2.11%) Middleware
16 56 (2.07%) jQuery
17 49 (1.81%) JMS
18 42 (1.55%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 234 (8.65%) Analytical Skills
2 151 (5.58%) User Experience
3 96 (3.55%) Computer Science
3 96 (3.55%) Mobile App
4 79 (2.92%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 56 (2.07%) Derivative
6 48 (1.77%) Management Information System
7 41 (1.52%) Visualisation
8 40 (1.48%) Enterprise Software
9 38 (1.40%) Equities
10 36 (1.33%) Mathematics
11 35 (1.29%) Data Structures
11 35 (1.29%) Mainframe
12 33 (1.22%) Virtual Team
13 32 (1.18%) Data Centre
13 32 (1.18%) Fixed Income
14 31 (1.15%) NHS
15 29 (1.07%) Blog
16 27 (1.00%) Performance Metrics
17 26 (0.96%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 236 (8.72%) Linux
2 200 (7.39%) Windows
3 155 (5.73%) Unix
4 93 (3.44%) Android
5 75 (2.77%) Apple iOS
6 50 (1.85%) Windows Server
7 26 (0.96%) Windows Server 2012
8 20 (0.74%) AIX
9 17 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 17 (0.63%) Windows Server 2008
10 15 (0.55%) CentOS
10 15 (0.55%) Solaris
11 14 (0.52%) Windows 7
12 12 (0.44%) Windows Server 2003
13 6 (0.22%) Ubuntu
13 6 (0.22%) Windows 8
14 5 (0.18%) Debian
14 5 (0.18%) SUSE
15 4 (0.15%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
15 4 (0.15%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 1199 (44.31%) Agile Software Development
2 450 (16.63%) Scrum
3 322 (11.90%) Project Management
4 319 (11.79%) TDD
5 317 (11.71%) BDD
6 302 (11.16%) SDLC
7 269 (9.94%) Test Automation
8 242 (8.94%) Automated Testing
9 233 (8.61%) Continuous Integration
9 233 (8.61%) Test Scripting
10 216 (7.98%) User Acceptance Testing
11 190 (7.02%) Open Source
12 182 (6.73%) Functional Testing
13 181 (6.69%) E-Commerce
14 170 (6.28%) Software Testing
15 165 (6.10%) Stakeholder Management
16 160 (5.91%) Regression Testing
17 150 (5.54%) Automation Testing
18 149 (5.51%) Waterfall
19 144 (5.32%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 570 (21.06%) SQL
2 555 (20.51%) Java
3 269 (9.94%) JavaScript
4 224 (8.28%) C#
5 149 (5.51%) Python
6 112 (4.14%) Ruby
7 86 (3.18%) C++
8 68 (2.51%) C
9 63 (2.33%) PHP
10 48 (1.77%) Shell Script
11 47 (1.74%) Groovy
12 46 (1.70%) Scala
13 45 (1.66%) PL/SQL
14 39 (1.44%) VBA
15 38 (1.40%) PowerShell
16 32 (1.18%) T-SQL
17 31 (1.15%) VB
18 27 (1.00%) Bash Shell
19 25 (0.92%) Perl
20 22 (0.81%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 249 (9.20%) Degree
2 194 (7.17%) Security Cleared
3 168 (6.21%) ISEB
4 157 (5.80%) ISTQB
5 127 (4.69%) SC Cleared
6 61 (2.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 43 (1.59%) PMI Certification
8 37 (1.37%) PMP
9 36 (1.33%) DV Cleared
10 32 (1.18%) Cisco Certification
11 30 (1.11%) CCNP
12 27 (1.00%) BPSS Clearance
13 23 (0.85%) PhD
14 16 (0.59%) CCNA
14 16 (0.59%) ITIL Certification
14 16 (0.59%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 13 (0.48%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 12 (0.44%) CISSP
16 12 (0.44%) Microsoft Certification
17 6 (0.22%) APMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (2.00%) Data Quality
2 32 (1.18%) SDET
3 22 (0.81%) SLA
4 16 (0.59%) Disclosure Scotland
4 16 (0.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 15 (0.55%) ISO 9001
6 10 (0.37%) WCAG
7 9 (0.33%) MiFID
8 7 (0.26%) GxP
9 6 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 6 (0.22%) SEPA
9 6 (0.22%) Solvency II
10 5 (0.18%) 21 CFR Part 11
10 5 (0.18%) Dodd-Frank
10 5 (0.18%) PCI DSS
10 5 (0.18%) WAI
11 4 (0.15%) AIFMD
11 4 (0.15%) GPG13
11 4 (0.15%) TickIT
11 4 (0.15%) UCITS
System Software
1 52 (1.92%) Docker
2 38 (1.40%) VMware Infrastructure
3 35 (1.29%) Active Directory
4 16 (0.59%) Virtual Machines
5 8 (0.30%) Firmware
5 8 (0.30%) Oracle RAC
5 8 (0.30%) VMware ESX
6 7 (0.26%) Apache Flume
6 7 (0.26%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 6 (0.22%) Hyper-V
7 6 (0.22%) XenDesktop
8 5 (0.18%) Microsoft App-V
9 4 (0.15%) DFS Replication
9 4 (0.15%) Virtual Servers
9 4 (0.15%) Xen
9 4 (0.15%) XenApp
10 3 (0.11%) Squid
10 3 (0.11%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (0.11%) vSphere
11 2 (0.074%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 89 (3.29%) HP Quality Center
2 53 (1.96%) Puppet
3 37 (1.37%) Opscode Chef
4 36 (1.33%) Ansible
5 13 (0.48%) HP SiteScope
5 13 (0.48%) SCCM
6 8 (0.30%) Nagios
7 7 (0.26%) Microsoft Clustering
7 7 (0.26%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 5 (0.18%) SmoothWall
9 4 (0.15%) CA Service Virtualization
9 4 (0.15%) Control-M
9 4 (0.15%) TeamSite
9 4 (0.15%) Tivoli
9 4 (0.15%) WSUS
10 3 (0.11%) CFEngine
10 3 (0.11%) Failover Clustering
10 3 (0.11%) ITRS Geneos
10 3 (0.11%) Simpana
10 3 (0.11%) vRealize
Vendors
1 270 (9.98%) Microsoft
2 241 (8.91%) Oracle
3 108 (3.99%) HP
4 89 (3.29%) SAP
5 58 (2.14%) VMware
6 47 (1.74%) Atlassian
7 41 (1.52%) IBM
8 39 (1.44%) Cisco
9 37 (1.37%) Adobe
10 28 (1.03%) Citrix
11 23 (0.85%) Google
12 21 (0.78%) New Relic
12 21 (0.78%) Salesforce.com
13 19 (0.70%) Rally
14 18 (0.67%) Red Hat
15 17 (0.63%) ServiceNow
16 15 (0.55%) CheckPoint
17 14 (0.52%) Apple
17 14 (0.52%) Tableau
17 14 (0.52%) Talend
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
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Posted: 3 days ago
York, North Yorkshire
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Swindon, Wiltshire
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Rate: Competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
London
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Portsmouth, Hampshire
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London
Eligo Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
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Berkshire
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Cambridgeshire
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Rate: £300 - £350 per day
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London
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Rate: £0.00 per day
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London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £400 - £401 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £350 - £425 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Maclean Moore Consulting
Rate: From £325 to £425 per day
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Stafford, Staffordshire
Uniting Ambition
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Manchester, Lancashire
Maclean Moore Consulting
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Lorien Resourcing
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Rate: £250 - £300 per day
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Bolton, Lancashire
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Posted: 2 days ago
London
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Rate: £18 - £19 per hour
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Manchester, Lancashire
Maclean Moore Consulting
Rate: From £110 to £200 per day
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London
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Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
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West Yorkshire
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