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 18 January 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
18 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
UK / England
Rank 65 62 64
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +2
Contract jobs citing QA 1408 1480 1378
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 3.39% 3.18% 3.02%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 34.70% 31.26% 32.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 933 937 909
Median daily rate £415 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £264 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 26 15
Median hourly rate £25.50 £36.00 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-29.16% +9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.25 £14.50 £15.13
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £55.00 £50.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £28.00 £33.45
% change year-on-year
-7.14% -16.29%

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
4058 4734 4256
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 9.77% 10.17% 9.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 2632 2963 2687
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £590
UK excluding London median daily rate £403 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
+0.62% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 139 181 160
Median hourly rate £25.00 £40.00 £22.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-37.50% +79.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.27 £13.33 £11.96
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.60 £59.20 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.00 £41.50 £24.50
% change year-on-year
-44.57% +69.38%

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 18 January 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 18 January 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 18 January 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 -4 710 £450 +5.88% 272
South East +25 243 £398 +13.57% 94
South West -3 87 £325 - 43
North West -18 83 £375 +15.38% 35
East of England +6 70 £377 +0.40% 37
West Midlands +1 67 £395 -12.22% 33
Yorkshire +3 63 £369 -14.24% 24
North East -4 47 £350 -6.35% 12
East Midlands -11 31 £364 +10.22% 20
Midlands -1 2 £355 -29.00%
QA
UK

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 18 January 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 1416 (47.39%) Agile Software Development
2 696 (23.29%) Java
3 645 (21.59%) Selenium
4 632 (21.15%) Finance
5 532 (17.80%) SQL
6 502 (16.80%) Scrum
7 485 (16.23%) TDD
8 453 (15.16%) BDD
9 448 (14.99%) JavaScript
10 423 (14.16%) Test Automation
11 396 (13.25%) JIRA
12 367 (12.28%) Cucumber
13 362 (12.12%) Project Management
14 339 (11.35%) HTML
14 339 (11.35%) Jenkins
15 322 (10.78%) .NET
16 314 (10.51%) C#
17 310 (10.37%) Test Scripting
18 309 (10.34%) Automated Testing
19 297 (9.94%) Continuous Integration
20 281 (9.40%) Analytical Skills
21 273 (9.14%) Git (software)
22 271 (9.07%) DevOps
23 270 (9.04%) Microsoft
24 260 (8.70%) CSS
25 254 (8.50%) Banking
25 254 (8.50%) WebDriver
26 247 (8.27%) XML
27 244 (8.17%) Web Services
28 231 (7.73%) 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
1 125 (4.18%) Confluence
2 61 (2.04%) CMS
3 57 (1.91%) SharePoint
4 41 (1.37%) IIS
5 40 (1.34%) Apache
6 28 (0.94%) Elasticsearch
6 28 (0.94%) Tomcat
7 27 (0.90%) WebSphere
8 26 (0.87%) Drupal
9 25 (0.84%) JBoss
10 21 (0.70%) SAS
10 21 (0.70%) WordPress
11 16 (0.54%) NServiceBus
12 14 (0.47%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 13 (0.44%) Apache Spark
14 12 (0.40%) Mule ESB
15 11 (0.37%) nginx
15 11 (0.37%) OpenStack
15 11 (0.37%) WebSphere Application Server
16 10 (0.33%) Mule
Applications
1 155 (5.19%) MS Excel
2 70 (2.34%) MS PowerPoint
3 65 (2.18%) MS Office
4 46 (1.54%) MS Project
5 37 (1.24%) MS Visio
6 28 (0.94%) Spreadsheet
7 23 (0.77%) Photoshop
8 11 (0.37%) Adobe Illustrator
9 8 (0.27%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 8 (0.27%) Fireworks
10 6 (0.20%) OmniGraffle
11 3 (0.10%) SPSS
12 2 (0.067%) AutoCAD
12 2 (0.067%) InVision
12 2 (0.067%) Mingle
13 1 (0.033%) HipChat
13 1 (0.033%) Open Workbench
13 1 (0.033%) Weka
Business Applications
1 31 (1.04%) Dynamics CRM
2 21 (0.70%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 18 (0.60%) SAP HCM
4 12 (0.40%) Oracle Applications
5 11 (0.37%) Magento
5 11 (0.37%) Oracle EBS
6 9 (0.30%) Oracle EBS R12
7 8 (0.27%) Fredhopper
7 8 (0.27%) SAP CRM
8 7 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
9 5 (0.17%) FastStats
9 5 (0.17%) Primavera
9 5 (0.17%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 5 (0.17%) SAP GRC
10 4 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
10 4 (0.13%) SAP hybris
11 3 (0.10%) Loan IQ
11 3 (0.10%) Oracle Financials
11 3 (0.10%) SAP HR
11 3 (0.10%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 147 (4.92%) Amazon AWS
2 79 (2.64%) Microsoft Azure
3 48 (1.61%) GitHub
4 35 (1.17%) SaaS
5 31 (1.04%) PaaS
6 28 (0.94%) Amazon EC2
7 20 (0.67%) Office 365
8 19 (0.64%) Amazon S3
9 16 (0.54%) AWS CloudFormation
10 15 (0.50%) Cloud Computing
10 15 (0.50%) IaaS
11 12 (0.40%) Azure Active Directory
12 10 (0.33%) Google Analytics
13 8 (0.27%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 7 (0.23%) Adobe Analytics
15 6 (0.20%) Amazon SQS
16 5 (0.17%) Basecamp
16 5 (0.17%) Google Cloud Platform
17 4 (0.13%) Force.com
17 4 (0.13%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 49 (1.64%) Internet
2 43 (1.44%) HTTP
3 37 (1.24%) Firewall
4 31 (1.04%) Network Security
5 22 (0.74%) FTP
6 21 (0.70%) DNS
7 19 (0.64%) LDAP
8 16 (0.54%) TCP/IP
9 15 (0.50%) WAN
10 14 (0.47%) Intranet
11 13 (0.44%) SAN
12 12 (0.40%) DHCP
13 11 (0.37%) Kerberos
13 11 (0.37%) LAN
13 11 (0.37%) SMTP
13 11 (0.37%) SSL
13 11 (0.37%) VPN
14 10 (0.33%) SNMP
15 9 (0.30%) Skype
16 8 (0.27%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 201 (6.73%) SQL Server
2 117 (3.92%) Data Warehouse
3 89 (2.98%) Big Data
4 63 (2.11%) Relational Database
5 60 (2.01%) MongoDB
6 59 (1.97%) Hadoop
7 51 (1.71%) MySQL
7 51 (1.71%) NoSQL
7 51 (1.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 46 (1.54%) Oracle Database
8 46 (1.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 35 (1.17%) Apache Cassandra
10 32 (1.07%) RDBMS
10 32 (1.07%) SQL Server 2012
11 27 (0.90%) Oracle Reports
12 22 (0.74%) Apache Hive
12 22 (0.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 21 (0.70%) DB2
14 18 (0.60%) SQL Server 2008
15 16 (0.54%) HBase
Development Applications
1 645 (21.59%) Selenium
2 396 (13.25%) JIRA
3 367 (12.28%) Cucumber
4 339 (11.35%) Jenkins
5 273 (9.14%) Git (software)
6 254 (8.50%) WebDriver
7 165 (5.52%) SoapUI
8 130 (4.35%) JUnit
9 97 (3.25%) TeamCity
10 95 (3.18%) Subversion
10 95 (3.18%) Team Foundation Server
11 92 (3.08%) SpecFlow
12 90 (3.01%) HP UFT
13 82 (2.74%) JMeter
14 69 (2.31%) Maven
15 66 (2.21%) Appium
16 59 (1.97%) LoadRunner
17 57 (1.91%) Visual Studio
18 56 (1.87%) Atlassian Bamboo
18 56 (1.87%) Gradle
General
1 632 (21.15%) Finance
2 254 (8.50%) Banking
3 154 (5.15%) Retail
4 132 (4.42%) Marketing
5 86 (2.88%) Games
6 79 (2.64%) Investment Banking
7 78 (2.61%) Publishing
8 72 (2.41%) Front Office
8 72 (2.41%) Telecoms
9 48 (1.61%) Legal
10 41 (1.37%) Manufacturing
11 33 (1.10%) Financial Institution
12 32 (1.07%) Back Office
13 22 (0.74%) Advertising
14 21 (0.70%) Electronics
15 19 (0.64%) Pharmaceutical
16 18 (0.60%) Automotive
17 17 (0.57%) French Language
18 16 (0.54%) Billing
19 14 (0.47%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 568 (19.01%) Developer
2 549 (18.37%) Analyst
3 349 (11.68%) Tester
4 240 (8.03%) QA Engineer
5 229 (7.66%) Test Analyst
6 220 (7.36%) Test Engineer
7 201 (6.73%) QA Tester
8 165 (5.52%) Project Manager
9 150 (5.02%) Architect
10 142 (4.75%) Business Analyst
11 140 (4.69%) QA Analyst
12 128 (4.28%) Automation Tester
13 111 (3.71%) Java Developer
14 108 (3.61%) QA Test Engineer
15 93 (3.11%) QA Test Analyst
16 86 (2.88%) Test Manager
17 82 (2.74%) Test Automation Engineer
18 81 (2.71%) Consultant
19 73 (2.44%) QA Automation Engineer
20 66 (2.21%) Automation Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 339 (11.35%) HTML
2 322 (10.78%) .NET
3 260 (8.70%) CSS
4 247 (8.27%) XML
5 244 (8.17%) Web Services
6 167 (5.59%) AngularJS
7 159 (5.32%) Node.js
8 148 (4.95%) HTML5
9 126 (4.22%) SOAP
10 123 (4.12%) Gherkin
10 123 (4.12%) JSON
11 118 (3.95%) REST
12 113 (3.78%) RESTful
13 99 (3.31%) Spring
14 84 (2.81%) ASP.NET
15 73 (2.44%) .NET Framework
16 72 (2.41%) React
17 70 (2.34%) jQuery
18 57 (1.91%) CSS3
19 50 (1.67%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 281 (9.40%) Analytical Skills
2 178 (5.96%) User Experience
3 109 (3.65%) Mobile App
4 97 (3.25%) Management Information System
5 87 (2.91%) Computer Science
6 56 (1.87%) Fixed Income
7 54 (1.81%) Equities
8 52 (1.74%) Virtual Team
9 50 (1.67%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 47 (1.57%) Fintech
11 43 (1.44%) Data Structures
12 41 (1.37%) Derivative
13 39 (1.31%) Enterprise Software
14 35 (1.17%) NHS
15 33 (1.10%) Visualisation
16 29 (0.97%) Algorithms
17 27 (0.90%) Client/Server
18 26 (0.87%) Data Centre
19 25 (0.84%) Statistics
20 23 (0.77%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 218 (7.30%) Linux
2 200 (6.69%) Windows
3 157 (5.25%) Unix
4 102 (3.41%) Android
5 86 (2.88%) Apple iOS
6 33 (1.10%) Windows Server
7 32 (1.07%) CentOS
8 18 (0.60%) Windows Server 2008
9 15 (0.50%) AIX
10 13 (0.44%) Ubuntu
11 12 (0.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 12 (0.40%) Windows Server 2012
12 8 (0.27%) Solaris
13 6 (0.20%) Windows Server 2003
14 4 (0.13%) Mac OS X
14 4 (0.13%) VMS
14 4 (0.13%) Windows 10
14 4 (0.13%) Windows XP
15 3 (0.10%) Windows 7
16 2 (0.067%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 1416 (47.39%) Agile Software Development
2 502 (16.80%) Scrum
3 485 (16.23%) TDD
4 453 (15.16%) BDD
5 423 (14.16%) Test Automation
6 362 (12.12%) Project Management
7 310 (10.37%) Test Scripting
8 309 (10.34%) Automated Testing
9 297 (9.94%) Continuous Integration
10 271 (9.07%) DevOps
11 229 (7.66%) SDLC
12 217 (7.26%) User Acceptance Testing
13 216 (7.23%) Regression Testing
14 215 (7.20%) Automation Testing
15 211 (7.06%) Stakeholder Management
16 207 (6.93%) Kanban
16 207 (6.93%) Software Engineering
17 196 (6.56%) User Stories
18 192 (6.43%) Continuous Improvement
19 185 (6.19%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 696 (23.29%) Java
2 532 (17.80%) SQL
3 448 (14.99%) JavaScript
4 314 (10.51%) C#
5 187 (6.26%) Python
6 157 (5.25%) Ruby
7 150 (5.02%) Scala
8 106 (3.55%) C++
9 81 (2.71%) PHP
10 66 (2.21%) T-SQL
11 65 (2.18%) C
12 61 (2.04%) Perl
13 60 (2.01%) Groovy
14 56 (1.87%) PL/SQL
15 54 (1.81%) Shell Script
16 36 (1.20%) Bash Shell
17 35 (1.17%) ES6
18 28 (0.94%) PowerShell
19 26 (0.87%) VBA
20 21 (0.70%) Clojure
Qualifications
1 231 (7.73%) Degree
2 189 (6.33%) Security Cleared
3 142 (4.75%) ISEB
4 125 (4.18%) ISTQB
5 121 (4.05%) SC Cleared
6 45 (1.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 35 (1.17%) PMI Certification
8 29 (0.97%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 28 (0.94%) PMP
10 25 (0.84%) BPSS Clearance
11 23 (0.77%) CISSP
11 23 (0.77%) DV Cleared
12 19 (0.64%) Cisco Certification
12 19 (0.64%) CISM
13 18 (0.60%) CISA
14 16 (0.54%) CCNP
14 16 (0.54%) Microsoft Certification
14 16 (0.54%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 13 (0.44%) CCNA
16 12 (0.40%) PCI QSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 80 (2.68%) SDET
2 53 (1.77%) Data Quality
3 52 (1.74%) WCAG
4 28 (0.94%) SLA
5 25 (0.84%) Disclosure Scotland
6 24 (0.80%) PCI DSS
7 20 (0.67%) MiFID
8 14 (0.47%) EMIR
9 11 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 9 (0.30%) Dodd-Frank
10 9 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 8 (0.27%) GxP
12 7 (0.23%) GMP
13 6 (0.20%) ISO 9001
13 6 (0.20%) WAI
14 5 (0.17%) ISO 9000
15 4 (0.13%) COBIT
16 3 (0.10%) Basel III
16 3 (0.10%) CRD IV
17 2 (0.067%) DO-254
System Software
1 51 (1.71%) Docker
2 40 (1.34%) Active Directory
3 23 (0.77%) VMware Infrastructure
4 17 (0.57%) HDFS
5 9 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
6 5 (0.17%) Firmware
6 5 (0.17%) Hyper-V
7 4 (0.13%) KVM
7 4 (0.13%) Virtual Desktop
8 3 (0.10%) Apache Flume
8 3 (0.10%) vCloud
8 3 (0.10%) VirtualBox
8 3 (0.10%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.067%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 2 (0.067%) LXC
9 2 (0.067%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (0.067%) Oracle RAC
9 2 (0.067%) VMware ESX
9 2 (0.067%) vSphere
9 2 (0.067%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 92 (3.08%) Puppet
2 75 (2.51%) Opscode Chef
3 67 (2.24%) Ansible
4 63 (2.11%) HP Quality Center
5 12 (0.40%) SCCM
6 7 (0.23%) CloudHub
6 7 (0.23%) Oozie
6 7 (0.23%) TeamSite
7 6 (0.20%) Kubernetes
7 6 (0.20%) SELinux
7 6 (0.20%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 6 (0.20%) Terraform
8 5 (0.17%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 4 (0.13%) Control-M
10 3 (0.10%) Ambari
10 3 (0.10%) Hadoop YARN
10 3 (0.10%) MOM
10 3 (0.10%) Nagios
10 3 (0.10%) Nessus
10 3 (0.10%) WSUS
Vendors
1 270 (9.04%) Microsoft
2 169 (5.66%) Oracle
3 123 (4.12%) SAP
4 72 (2.41%) Atlassian
5 58 (1.94%) HP
6 51 (1.71%) New Relic
7 43 (1.44%) IBM
8 38 (1.27%) Google
9 37 (1.24%) Red Hat
10 35 (1.17%) VMware
11 30 (1.00%) Adobe
12 29 (0.97%) Salesforce.com
13 27 (0.90%) CA Agile Central
13 27 (0.90%) Informatica
14 25 (0.84%) Cisco
15 20 (0.67%) hybris
16 18 (0.60%) ServiceNow
17 16 (0.54%) Apigee
17 16 (0.54%) Apple
18 15 (0.50%) Splunk
Bristol, Avon
Oscar
Rate: £180 - £280 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
London
Ebury
Rate: £40.26 per hour
Posted: 8 hours ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
London
Spencer Rose
Rate: From £45,000 to £50,000 per annum
Posted: 9 hours ago
Halifax, West Yorkshire
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £320 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
London
LA International
Posted: 7 hours ago
Wallsend, Tyne and Wear
Yoh
Rate: £34305 - £37563 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Tiro Partners
Rate: £250 - £340 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Arrows Group
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £375 - £450 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
Fleetwood, Lancashire
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £450 - £500 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
LA International
Posted: Yesterday
Corsham, Wiltshire
LA International
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
People Source Consulting
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Westbourne Partners
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar
Rate: £400 - £425 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Data Idols
Rate: From £450 to £550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Arrows Group
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Bournemouth, Dorset
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: Yesterday
London
Westbourne Partners
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Kingswinford, West Midlands (County)
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 2 days ago
South West London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Norwich, Norfolk
I4 Recruitment
Rate: £300 - 350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Dorset
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 5 days ago
Halifax, West Yorkshire
Technology Sourcing Limited
Rate: From £150 to £250 per day £150 - £250 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
CoreCom Consulting
Rate: £250 - £325 per day
Posted: 5 days ago