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 September 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 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 71 60 59
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -1
Contract jobs citing QA 1513 1703 1664
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 3.08% 3.23% 3.17%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 32.25% 33.62% 33.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 1028 1082 1103
Median daily rate £425 £405 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.93% +8.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £278 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £386 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 33 34
Median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £19.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -7.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.50 £9.30 £9.62
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.75 £49.00 £53.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £23.00 £17.55
% change year-on-year
-39.13% +31.09%
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
4692 5066 4982
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 9.54% 9.61% 9.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 3063 3157 3140
Median daily rate £435 £438 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.57% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £275 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £376
% change year-on-year
-3.03% +9.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 173 213 222
Median hourly rate £28.00 £23.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+21.73% +15.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.58 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.41 £30.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +50.00%

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 September 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 September 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 September 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 -18 795 £450 +5.88% 248
South East -7 227 £375 - 78
North West -14 104 £411 +6.12% 45
South West +15 90 £388 +10.71% 18
East of England +17 79 £450 +20.00% 38
North East +2 71 £375 +11.11% 8
West Midlands -9 62 £363 -3.33% 25
Yorkshire -11 51 £369 +5.35% 22
East Midlands -23 33 £400 -3.03% 16
Midlands -10 1 - -
QA
UK

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 25 September 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 (49.48%) Agile Software Development
2 685 (23.60%) Java
3 621 (21.40%) Finance
4 601 (20.71%) SQL
5 534 (18.40%) Selenium
6 532 (18.33%) Scrum
7 424 (14.61%) TDD
8 419 (14.44%) JavaScript
9 401 (13.82%) JIRA
10 398 (13.71%) BDD
11 344 (11.85%) Test Automation
12 335 (11.54%) HTML
13 323 (11.13%) Cucumber
14 320 (11.03%) Project Management
15 308 (10.61%) Continuous Integration
16 302 (10.41%) .NET
17 299 (10.30%) Jenkins
18 293 (10.10%) Analytical Skills
19 281 (9.68%) Microsoft
20 272 (9.37%) SDLC
21 269 (9.27%) Degree
21 269 (9.27%) Automated Testing
22 266 (9.17%) C#
23 260 (8.96%) Web Services
24 255 (8.79%) Git (software)
25 247 (8.51%) Test Scripting
26 240 (8.27%) DevOps
27 239 (8.24%) Banking
28 238 (8.20%) WebDriver
29 237 (8.17%) Linux

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
1 116 (4.00%) Confluence
2 71 (2.45%) Apache
3 61 (2.10%) SharePoint
4 60 (2.07%) CMS
5 46 (1.59%) IIS
6 43 (1.48%) Tomcat
7 36 (1.24%) SAS
8 31 (1.07%) Elasticsearch
9 30 (1.03%) WebSphere
10 22 (0.76%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 18 (0.62%) JBoss
11 18 (0.62%) WebLogic
12 17 (0.59%) Apache Solr
12 17 (0.59%) Mule
12 17 (0.59%) nginx
13 16 (0.55%) BizTalk Server
13 16 (0.55%) WebSphere Application Server
14 12 (0.41%) SharePoint 2013
14 12 (0.41%) Sitecore CMS
14 12 (0.41%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 177 (6.10%) MS Excel
2 106 (3.65%) MS Office
3 67 (2.31%) MS PowerPoint
4 58 (2.00%) MS Visio
5 43 (1.48%) MS Project
6 19 (0.65%) Spreadsheet
7 13 (0.45%) Photoshop
8 10 (0.34%) Adobe Illustrator
9 9 (0.31%) OmniGraffle
10 7 (0.24%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 6 (0.21%) SPSS
12 5 (0.17%) Mingle
13 2 (0.069%) InVision
14 1 (0.034%) Acrobat
14 1 (0.034%) Adobe After Effects
14 1 (0.034%) Adobe Captivate
14 1 (0.034%) AutoCAD
14 1 (0.034%) Fireworks
14 1 (0.034%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 25 (0.86%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (0.55%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 15 (0.52%) SAP HCM
4 12 (0.41%) Magento
5 10 (0.34%) Dynamics AX
5 10 (0.34%) Oracle EBS R12
6 6 (0.21%) Oracle Applications
6 6 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
6 6 (0.21%) SAP FI
7 5 (0.17%) Fredhopper
7 5 (0.17%) SAP CO
7 5 (0.17%) SAP FI/CO
8 4 (0.14%) Markit EDM
8 4 (0.14%) Radian6
8 4 (0.14%) Summit
9 3 (0.10%) Maximo
9 3 (0.10%) Primavera
9 3 (0.10%) SAP CRM
9 3 (0.10%) SAP R/3
9 3 (0.10%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 133 (4.58%) Amazon AWS
2 83 (2.86%) Microsoft Azure
3 67 (2.31%) GitHub
4 34 (1.17%) SaaS
5 29 (1.00%) Amazon EC2
6 25 (0.86%) PaaS
7 19 (0.65%) Cloud Computing
8 16 (0.55%) Amazon S3
9 15 (0.52%) IaaS
10 13 (0.45%) Office 365
11 10 (0.34%) Azure Active Directory
11 10 (0.34%) Google Cloud Platform
11 10 (0.34%) Google Play
12 9 (0.31%) AWS CloudFormation
12 9 (0.31%) Google Analytics
13 7 (0.24%) SuccessFactors
13 7 (0.24%) Trello
14 4 (0.14%) OneDrive
15 3 (0.10%) Boomi
15 3 (0.10%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 55 (1.90%) HTTP
2 38 (1.31%) Internet
3 28 (0.96%) Firewall
3 28 (0.96%) Network Security
4 16 (0.55%) LAN
5 15 (0.52%) SSL
6 14 (0.48%) SNMP
6 14 (0.48%) TCP/IP
6 14 (0.48%) WAN
7 13 (0.45%) FTP
7 13 (0.45%) Skype
8 10 (0.34%) Cisco ASA
8 10 (0.34%) VoIP
9 9 (0.31%) DNS
10 8 (0.28%) DHCP
10 8 (0.28%) LDAP
10 8 (0.28%) PuTTY
10 8 (0.28%) SAN
11 7 (0.24%) SMS
11 7 (0.24%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 212 (7.31%) SQL Server
2 106 (3.65%) MongoDB
3 75 (2.58%) Big Data
4 72 (2.48%) Data Warehouse
5 71 (2.45%) NoSQL
6 66 (2.27%) Hadoop
6 66 (2.27%) Relational Database
7 59 (2.03%) Oracle Database
8 52 (1.79%) MySQL
9 49 (1.69%) PostgreSQL
10 36 (1.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 30 (1.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 29 (1.00%) RDBMS
13 27 (0.93%) Apache Cassandra
14 25 (0.86%) Amazon DynamoDB
15 24 (0.83%) DB2
16 22 (0.76%) Oracle Reports
17 21 (0.72%) Data Mining
18 19 (0.65%) SQL Server 2012
19 18 (0.62%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 534 (18.40%) Selenium
2 401 (13.82%) JIRA
3 323 (11.13%) Cucumber
4 299 (10.30%) Jenkins
5 255 (8.79%) Git (software)
6 238 (8.20%) WebDriver
7 145 (5.00%) JUnit
8 131 (4.51%) SoapUI
9 99 (3.41%) SpecFlow
10 95 (3.27%) Subversion
11 94 (3.24%) Maven
11 94 (3.24%) Team Foundation Server
12 81 (2.79%) HP UFT
12 81 (2.79%) TeamCity
12 81 (2.79%) Visual Studio
13 80 (2.76%) JMeter
14 73 (2.52%) Appium
15 68 (2.34%) Gradle
16 59 (2.03%) LoadRunner
17 58 (2.00%) IntelliJ
General
1 621 (21.40%) Finance
2 239 (8.24%) Banking
3 174 (6.00%) Retail
4 110 (3.79%) Marketing
5 84 (2.89%) Telecoms
6 75 (2.58%) Investment Banking
7 55 (1.90%) Games
8 48 (1.65%) Legal
9 47 (1.62%) Front Office
10 44 (1.52%) Publishing
11 34 (1.17%) Manufacturing
12 29 (1.00%) Financial Institution
13 28 (0.96%) Back Office
14 19 (0.65%) Pharmaceutical
15 18 (0.62%) Electronics
15 18 (0.62%) French Language
16 16 (0.55%) Billing
17 15 (0.52%) Law
18 12 (0.41%) Advertising
19 10 (0.34%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 654 (22.54%) Analyst
2 515 (17.75%) Developer
3 289 (9.96%) Test Analyst
4 276 (9.51%) Tester
5 203 (7.00%) QA Engineer
6 186 (6.41%) Test Engineer
7 166 (5.72%) QA Analyst
8 162 (5.58%) QA Tester
9 159 (5.48%) Business Analyst
10 143 (4.93%) Project Manager
11 129 (4.45%) Architect
12 128 (4.41%) Java Developer
13 113 (3.89%) Test Manager
14 103 (3.55%) QA Test Analyst
15 94 (3.24%) Automation Tester
16 88 (3.03%) QA Test Engineer
17 81 (2.79%) Test Leader
18 80 (2.76%) Automation Test Analyst
19 75 (2.58%) QA Leader
20 70 (2.41%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 335 (11.54%) HTML
2 302 (10.41%) .NET
3 260 (8.96%) Web Services
4 231 (7.96%) XML
5 219 (7.55%) CSS
6 166 (5.72%) Node.js
7 158 (5.44%) HTML5
8 150 (5.17%) AngularJS
9 138 (4.76%) REST
10 135 (4.65%) SOAP
11 129 (4.45%) Spring
12 112 (3.86%) JSON
13 106 (3.65%) RESTful
14 96 (3.31%) jQuery
15 84 (2.89%) Gherkin
16 79 (2.72%) Hibernate
17 78 (2.69%) ASP.NET
18 67 (2.31%) .NET Framework
19 57 (1.96%) J2EE
20 52 (1.79%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 293 (10.10%) Analytical Skills
2 214 (7.37%) User Experience
3 122 (4.20%) Computer Science
4 119 (4.10%) Mobile App
5 56 (1.93%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 51 (1.76%) Management Information System
7 44 (1.52%) Visualisation
8 43 (1.48%) Virtual Team
9 41 (1.41%) Data Structures
9 41 (1.41%) Enterprise Software
9 41 (1.41%) Equities
10 40 (1.38%) Blog
11 39 (1.34%) Fintech
12 38 (1.31%) Fixed Income
13 31 (1.07%) Mainframe
14 30 (1.03%) Performance Metrics
15 29 (1.00%) Public Cloud
16 28 (0.96%) Derivative
17 27 (0.93%) Client/Server
18 25 (0.86%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 237 (8.17%) Linux
2 195 (6.72%) Unix
3 178 (6.13%) Windows
4 103 (3.55%) Android
5 78 (2.69%) Apple iOS
6 41 (1.41%) Windows Server
7 38 (1.31%) CentOS
8 27 (0.93%) AIX
8 27 (0.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 16 (0.55%) Ubuntu
10 14 (0.48%) Windows Server 2012
11 11 (0.38%) Solaris
12 10 (0.34%) Windows Server 2008
13 9 (0.31%) Windows 7
14 6 (0.21%) Windows Server 2003
15 4 (0.14%) Windows 10
16 3 (0.10%) Mac OS
16 3 (0.10%) Mac OS X
16 3 (0.10%) VMS
17 2 (0.069%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1436 (49.48%) Agile Software Development
2 532 (18.33%) Scrum
3 424 (14.61%) TDD
4 398 (13.71%) BDD
5 344 (11.85%) Test Automation
6 320 (11.03%) Project Management
7 308 (10.61%) Continuous Integration
8 272 (9.37%) SDLC
9 269 (9.27%) Automated Testing
10 247 (8.51%) Test Scripting
11 240 (8.27%) DevOps
12 221 (7.62%) E-Commerce
13 209 (7.20%) Continuous Improvement
14 208 (7.17%) User Acceptance Testing
15 201 (6.93%) Regression Testing
16 199 (6.86%) Open Source
17 191 (6.58%) Automation Testing
18 178 (6.13%) User Stories
19 173 (5.96%) Performance Testing
20 172 (5.93%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 685 (23.60%) Java
2 601 (20.71%) SQL
3 419 (14.44%) JavaScript
4 266 (9.17%) C#
5 165 (5.69%) Python
6 161 (5.55%) Ruby
7 110 (3.79%) Scala
8 86 (2.96%) C++
9 82 (2.83%) PHP
10 65 (2.24%) C
11 59 (2.03%) Groovy
11 59 (2.03%) T-SQL
12 51 (1.76%) Shell Script
13 48 (1.65%) Perl
14 41 (1.41%) PL/SQL
15 38 (1.31%) PowerShell
16 37 (1.27%) VB
17 33 (1.14%) VBA
18 28 (0.96%) Bash Shell
19 20 (0.69%) R
Qualifications
1 269 (9.27%) Degree
2 187 (6.44%) Security Cleared
3 159 (5.48%) ISEB
4 152 (5.24%) ISTQB
5 128 (4.41%) SC Cleared
6 54 (1.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 38 (1.31%) Cisco Certification
8 34 (1.17%) CCNP
9 30 (1.03%) BPSS Clearance
10 28 (0.96%) PMI Certification
11 26 (0.90%) DV Cleared
11 26 (0.90%) PMP
12 14 (0.48%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 13 (0.45%) Microsoft Certification
14 12 (0.41%) ITIL Certification
15 11 (0.38%) CCNA
15 11 (0.38%) CISSP
16 7 (0.24%) CISM
17 6 (0.21%) PRINCE2 Certification
18 5 (0.17%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 79 (2.72%) SDET
2 56 (1.93%) Data Quality
3 25 (0.86%) WCAG
4 21 (0.72%) SLA
5 18 (0.62%) Disclosure Scotland
6 13 (0.45%) EMIR
6 13 (0.45%) MiFID
7 12 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 11 (0.38%) ISO 9001
9 9 (0.31%) GxP
10 7 (0.24%) COBIT
10 7 (0.24%) PCI DSS
11 6 (0.21%) Dodd-Frank
11 6 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 6 (0.21%) WAI
12 5 (0.17%) FATCA
12 5 (0.17%) GMP
13 4 (0.14%) 21 CFR Part 11
13 4 (0.14%) GCP
13 4 (0.14%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 66 (2.27%) Docker
2 36 (1.24%) Active Directory
3 27 (0.93%) VMware Infrastructure
4 14 (0.48%) Virtual Machines
5 7 (0.24%) Hyper-V
6 6 (0.21%) Oracle RAC
7 5 (0.17%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 5 (0.17%) HDFS
8 4 (0.14%) Apache Flume
8 4 (0.14%) VirtualBox
8 4 (0.14%) VMware ESX
9 3 (0.10%) BitLocker
9 3 (0.10%) Firmware
9 3 (0.10%) Squid
9 3 (0.10%) Virtual Desktop
10 2 (0.069%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (0.069%) vSphere
11 1 (0.034%) vCloud
11 1 (0.034%) XenApp
11 1 (0.034%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 96 (3.31%) Puppet
2 79 (2.72%) HP Quality Center
3 71 (2.45%) Opscode Chef
4 53 (1.83%) Ansible
5 15 (0.52%) SCCM
6 14 (0.48%) HP SiteScope
7 8 (0.28%) SmoothWall
7 8 (0.28%) Terraform
8 7 (0.24%) Nagios
9 6 (0.21%) Control-M
9 6 (0.21%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
10 5 (0.17%) CloudHub
10 5 (0.17%) Kubernetes
10 5 (0.17%) McAfee ePO
11 4 (0.14%) CA Service Virtualization
11 4 (0.14%) ITRS Geneos
11 4 (0.14%) SCOM
11 4 (0.14%) TeamSite
11 4 (0.14%) vRealize
11 4 (0.14%) WSUS
Vendors
1 281 (9.68%) Microsoft
2 194 (6.69%) Oracle
3 105 (3.62%) SAP
4 81 (2.79%) HP
5 69 (2.38%) Atlassian
6 50 (1.72%) IBM
7 48 (1.65%) New Relic
8 47 (1.62%) VMware
9 36 (1.24%) Rally
10 35 (1.21%) Adobe
11 33 (1.14%) Cisco
12 32 (1.10%) Google
13 28 (0.96%) Red Hat
14 26 (0.90%) Salesforce.com
15 25 (0.86%) Informatica
16 19 (0.65%) Talend
17 18 (0.62%) Sitecore
18 16 (0.55%) CheckPoint
18 16 (0.55%) hybris
19 15 (0.52%) Citrix
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Explore Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Newbury, Berkshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £400 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bedford, Bedfordshire
Pimlico Banks Recruitment
Rate: Up to £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £475 - £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Yeovil, Somerset
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive Rates.
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £450 - £550 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Central London / West End
Gamesys
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Energon People
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Westbourne Partners
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Preston, Lancashire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market rate
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Explore Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £300 - £360 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Venturi
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Preferred Choice
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £500.00 - £540.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Premier IT
Rate: £75 - £100 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
East Sussex
TEKsystems
Rate: £299 - £351 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Wenham Carter
Rate: From £450 to £600 per day TBC
Posted: 3 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 4 days ago
Weybridge, Surrey
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £30000 - £32000 per annum + Great benefits, see below.
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: Can be discussed
Posted: 6 days ago
Blackpool, Lancashire
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £400 per year
Posted: 3 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £700 - £750 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 6 days ago