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 24 August 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
24 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 74 60 55
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -5
Contract jobs citing QA 1460 1669 1683
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 2.89% 3.15% 3.36%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 31.12% 33.55% 34.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 995 1121 1104
Median daily rate £425 £410 £379
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.65% +8.17%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £267 £275 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £549 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 32 33
Median hourly rate £25.00 £19.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+31.57% +5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.42 £9.15 £11.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.75 £55.45 £48.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £14.61
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +54.05%
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 4974 4834
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 9.27% 9.39% 9.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 3059 3207 2998
Median daily rate £425 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +1.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £263 £246
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £600 £565
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year
- +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 173 196 205
Median hourly rate £28.00 £21.60 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+29.65% +7.97%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.42 £12.00 £12.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £55.50 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.15 £25.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+12.60% +25.00%

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 24 August 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 24 August 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 24 August 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 -24 730 £450 +2.85% 265
South East +10 241 £375 -6.25% 86
North West -13 102 £419 +8.06% 47
South West +1 101 £405 +15.71% 35
East of England +13 74 £440 +35.38% 32
West Midlands -8 66 £350 -9.38% 37
East Midlands -5 52 £425 +6.25% 21
Yorkshire -39 51 £375 - 41
North East -23 41 £310 -4.61% 11
Midlands -10 1 - -
QA
UK

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 24 August 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 1323 (46.60%) Agile Software Development
2 625 (22.01%) Java
3 617 (21.73%) Finance
4 599 (21.10%) SQL
5 496 (17.47%) Scrum
6 476 (16.77%) Selenium
7 381 (13.42%) BDD
8 378 (13.31%) TDD
9 365 (12.86%) JavaScript
10 364 (12.82%) JIRA
11 343 (12.08%) Project Management
12 304 (10.71%) Test Automation
13 302 (10.64%) SDLC
14 300 (10.57%) HTML
15 291 (10.25%) Cucumber
16 286 (10.07%) Analytical Skills
17 283 (9.97%) .NET
18 281 (9.90%) Microsoft
19 274 (9.65%) Continuous Integration
20 262 (9.23%) Degree
21 257 (9.05%) C#
22 256 (9.02%) Web Services
23 254 (8.95%) Jenkins
24 246 (8.67%) Automated Testing
25 233 (8.21%) Git (software)
26 228 (8.03%) XML
27 223 (7.85%) Test Scripting
28 222 (7.82%) WebDriver
29 220 (7.75%) Linux
29 220 (7.75%) E-Commerce

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 90 (3.17%) Confluence
2 72 (2.54%) Apache
3 69 (2.43%) SharePoint
4 59 (2.08%) CMS
5 46 (1.62%) Tomcat
6 41 (1.44%) IIS
7 35 (1.23%) SAS
8 31 (1.09%) WebSphere
9 30 (1.06%) Elasticsearch
10 26 (0.92%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 20 (0.70%) WebLogic
12 18 (0.63%) JBoss
12 18 (0.63%) nginx
13 17 (0.60%) Apache Solr
13 17 (0.60%) Mule
13 17 (0.60%) WebSphere Application Server
14 14 (0.49%) BizTalk Server
15 13 (0.46%) Sitecore CMS
16 11 (0.39%) Drupal
16 11 (0.39%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 177 (6.23%) MS Excel
2 114 (4.02%) MS Office
3 67 (2.36%) MS PowerPoint
4 58 (2.04%) MS Visio
5 56 (1.97%) MS Project
6 18 (0.63%) Spreadsheet
7 11 (0.39%) Photoshop
8 8 (0.28%) Adobe Illustrator
9 7 (0.25%) OmniGraffle
10 5 (0.18%) Mingle
11 4 (0.14%) SPSS
12 3 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 3 (0.11%) AutoCAD
13 2 (0.070%) InVision
13 2 (0.070%) Pro/ENGINEER
13 2 (0.070%) PTC Creo
13 2 (0.070%) Siemens NX
13 2 (0.070%) SOLIDWORKS
14 1 (0.035%) Adobe After Effects
14 1 (0.035%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 24 (0.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (0.53%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 14 (0.49%) SAP HCM
4 11 (0.39%) Oracle EBS R12
5 10 (0.35%) Magento
6 9 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
7 8 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
8 7 (0.25%) Adobe Campaign
8 7 (0.25%) SAP FI
9 6 (0.21%) SunGard GMI
10 5 (0.18%) IntelliMatch
10 5 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
10 5 (0.18%) Primavera
10 5 (0.18%) SAP CO
10 5 (0.18%) SAP FI/CO
10 5 (0.18%) SunGard Stream Clearvision
11 4 (0.14%) Fredhopper
11 4 (0.14%) Markit EDM
11 4 (0.14%) Maximo
11 4 (0.14%) Radian6
Cloud Services
1 127 (4.47%) Amazon AWS
2 81 (2.85%) Microsoft Azure
3 66 (2.32%) GitHub
4 28 (0.99%) Amazon EC2
5 26 (0.92%) SaaS
6 21 (0.74%) PaaS
7 18 (0.63%) Amazon S3
8 15 (0.53%) Cloud Computing
9 14 (0.49%) Office 365
10 13 (0.46%) IaaS
11 10 (0.35%) Google Play
12 8 (0.28%) Google Cloud Platform
13 7 (0.25%) AWS CloudFormation
13 7 (0.25%) SuccessFactors
13 7 (0.25%) Trello
14 6 (0.21%) Azure Active Directory
14 6 (0.21%) Google Analytics
15 4 (0.14%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 3 (0.11%) Heroku
16 3 (0.11%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 57 (2.01%) HTTP
2 41 (1.44%) Internet
3 29 (1.02%) Firewall
4 24 (0.85%) Network Security
5 15 (0.53%) LAN
6 14 (0.49%) SSL
6 14 (0.49%) TCP/IP
7 12 (0.42%) VoIP
7 12 (0.42%) WAN
8 11 (0.39%) FTP
8 11 (0.39%) Skype
8 11 (0.39%) SNMP
9 10 (0.35%) Cisco ASA
10 9 (0.32%) DNS
11 8 (0.28%) SAN
12 7 (0.25%) DHCP
12 7 (0.25%) LDAP
12 7 (0.25%) SMS
13 6 (0.21%) VPN
13 6 (0.21%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 205 (7.22%) SQL Server
2 104 (3.66%) MongoDB
3 77 (2.71%) Big Data
4 72 (2.54%) Data Warehouse
5 70 (2.47%) NoSQL
6 69 (2.43%) Hadoop
7 62 (2.18%) Relational Database
8 58 (2.04%) Oracle Database
9 51 (1.80%) PostgreSQL
10 44 (1.55%) MySQL
11 36 (1.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 30 (1.06%) RDBMS
12 30 (1.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 29 (1.02%) Oracle Reports
14 28 (0.99%) Apache Cassandra
15 24 (0.85%) Amazon DynamoDB
16 19 (0.67%) Data Mining
16 19 (0.67%) DB2
16 19 (0.67%) SQL Server 2012
17 18 (0.63%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 476 (16.77%) Selenium
2 364 (12.82%) JIRA
3 291 (10.25%) Cucumber
4 254 (8.95%) Jenkins
5 233 (8.21%) Git (software)
6 222 (7.82%) WebDriver
7 143 (5.04%) JUnit
8 112 (3.95%) SoapUI
9 100 (3.52%) SpecFlow
10 90 (3.17%) Maven
11 84 (2.96%) Team Foundation Server
12 81 (2.85%) Subversion
12 81 (2.85%) Visual Studio
13 76 (2.68%) HP UFT
14 74 (2.61%) TeamCity
15 73 (2.57%) JMeter
16 71 (2.50%) Gradle
17 61 (2.15%) LoadRunner
18 59 (2.08%) Appium
19 56 (1.97%) IntelliJ
General
1 617 (21.73%) Finance
2 219 (7.71%) Banking
3 166 (5.85%) Retail
4 105 (3.70%) Marketing
5 74 (2.61%) Telecoms
6 56 (1.97%) Investment Banking
7 47 (1.66%) Games
7 47 (1.66%) Publishing
8 44 (1.55%) Legal
9 37 (1.30%) Front Office
10 31 (1.09%) Manufacturing
11 25 (0.88%) Back Office
12 23 (0.81%) Financial Institution
13 20 (0.70%) Law
14 18 (0.63%) French Language
14 18 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
15 17 (0.60%) Electronics
16 12 (0.42%) Billing
17 10 (0.35%) Advertising
17 10 (0.35%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 669 (23.56%) Analyst
2 462 (16.27%) Developer
3 294 (10.36%) Test Analyst
4 252 (8.88%) Tester
5 174 (6.13%) QA Engineer
6 172 (6.06%) Business Analyst
7 163 (5.74%) QA Analyst
8 153 (5.39%) Project Manager
8 153 (5.39%) Test Engineer
9 147 (5.18%) QA Tester
10 126 (4.44%) Architect
11 123 (4.33%) Java Developer
12 117 (4.12%) Test Manager
13 101 (3.56%) QA Test Analyst
14 89 (3.13%) Automation Tester
15 85 (2.99%) Automation Test Analyst
16 82 (2.89%) Consultant
17 77 (2.71%) Test Leader
18 72 (2.54%) QA Leader
19 67 (2.36%) QA Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 300 (10.57%) HTML
2 283 (9.97%) .NET
3 256 (9.02%) Web Services
4 228 (8.03%) XML
5 188 (6.62%) CSS
6 150 (5.28%) Node.js
7 147 (5.18%) SOAP
8 132 (4.65%) REST
9 131 (4.61%) HTML5
10 128 (4.51%) AngularJS
11 102 (3.59%) Spring
12 97 (3.42%) JSON
13 87 (3.06%) RESTful
14 84 (2.96%) jQuery
15 78 (2.75%) ASP.NET
16 72 (2.54%) Gherkin
17 71 (2.50%) Hibernate
18 56 (1.97%) .NET Framework
19 54 (1.90%) ASP.NET Web API
20 53 (1.87%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 286 (10.07%) Analytical Skills
2 203 (7.15%) User Experience
3 121 (4.26%) Computer Science
4 103 (3.63%) Mobile App
5 54 (1.90%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 52 (1.83%) Management Information System
7 43 (1.51%) Blog
7 43 (1.51%) Enterprise Software
8 42 (1.48%) Visualisation
9 40 (1.41%) Data Structures
10 38 (1.34%) Virtual Team
11 33 (1.16%) Equities
12 32 (1.13%) Derivative
13 31 (1.09%) Mainframe
13 31 (1.09%) Performance Metrics
14 30 (1.06%) Public Cloud
15 28 (0.99%) Data Centre
16 27 (0.95%) Fixed Income
17 26 (0.92%) Algorithms
18 24 (0.85%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 220 (7.75%) Linux
2 189 (6.66%) Windows
3 188 (6.62%) Unix
4 91 (3.21%) Android
5 74 (2.61%) Apple iOS
6 42 (1.48%) Windows Server
7 25 (0.88%) CentOS
8 24 (0.85%) AIX
9 23 (0.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 19 (0.67%) Windows Server 2012
11 14 (0.49%) Windows Server 2008
12 11 (0.39%) Solaris
12 11 (0.39%) Windows 7
13 10 (0.35%) Ubuntu
14 6 (0.21%) Windows Server 2003
15 5 (0.18%) Windows 10
16 3 (0.11%) Mac OS
16 3 (0.11%) SUSE
17 2 (0.070%) VMS
17 2 (0.070%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1323 (46.60%) Agile Software Development
2 496 (17.47%) Scrum
3 381 (13.42%) BDD
4 378 (13.31%) TDD
5 343 (12.08%) Project Management
6 304 (10.71%) Test Automation
7 302 (10.64%) SDLC
8 274 (9.65%) Continuous Integration
9 246 (8.67%) Automated Testing
10 223 (7.85%) Test Scripting
11 220 (7.75%) E-Commerce
12 217 (7.64%) DevOps
13 199 (7.01%) User Acceptance Testing
14 197 (6.94%) Open Source
15 188 (6.62%) Regression Testing
16 181 (6.38%) Continuous Improvement
17 176 (6.20%) Functional Testing
18 171 (6.02%) Stakeholder Management
19 170 (5.99%) Automation Testing
19 170 (5.99%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 625 (22.01%) Java
2 599 (21.10%) SQL
3 365 (12.86%) JavaScript
4 257 (9.05%) C#
5 158 (5.57%) Ruby
6 147 (5.18%) Python
7 86 (3.03%) C++
7 86 (3.03%) Scala
8 79 (2.78%) PHP
9 68 (2.40%) C
10 56 (1.97%) Groovy
11 54 (1.90%) T-SQL
12 50 (1.76%) Shell Script
13 46 (1.62%) PL/SQL
14 40 (1.41%) Perl
15 37 (1.30%) PowerShell
15 37 (1.30%) VB
16 34 (1.20%) VBA
17 23 (0.81%) R
18 20 (0.70%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 262 (9.23%) Degree
2 189 (6.66%) Security Cleared
3 158 (5.57%) ISEB
4 146 (5.14%) ISTQB
5 126 (4.44%) SC Cleared
6 54 (1.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 41 (1.44%) PMI Certification
8 39 (1.37%) PMP
9 35 (1.23%) Cisco Certification
9 35 (1.23%) DV Cleared
10 31 (1.09%) CCNP
11 29 (1.02%) BPSS Clearance
12 18 (0.63%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 15 (0.53%) Microsoft Certification
14 14 (0.49%) ITIL Certification
15 10 (0.35%) CCNA
16 9 (0.32%) CISSP
17 8 (0.28%) PRINCE2 Certification
18 7 (0.25%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
19 6 (0.21%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 66 (2.32%) SDET
2 60 (2.11%) Data Quality
3 19 (0.67%) Disclosure Scotland
4 17 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 16 (0.56%) SLA
6 12 (0.42%) ISO 9001
6 12 (0.42%) WCAG
7 9 (0.32%) PCI DSS
8 8 (0.28%) EMIR
8 8 (0.28%) GxP
8 8 (0.28%) MiFID
9 6 (0.21%) COBIT
9 6 (0.21%) SEPA
10 5 (0.18%) 21 CFR Part 11
10 5 (0.18%) FATCA
10 5 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 4 (0.14%) Dodd-Frank
12 3 (0.11%) DO-254
12 3 (0.11%) GAMP
12 3 (0.11%) Solvency II
System Software
1 62 (2.18%) Docker
2 36 (1.27%) Active Directory
3 31 (1.09%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (0.32%) Hyper-V
4 9 (0.32%) Virtual Machines
5 7 (0.25%) Apache Flume
6 6 (0.21%) VMware ESX
7 5 (0.18%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 5 (0.18%) HDFS
7 5 (0.18%) Oracle RAC
8 4 (0.14%) Firmware
8 4 (0.14%) Microsoft App-V
8 4 (0.14%) VirtualBox
9 3 (0.11%) BitLocker
9 3 (0.11%) DFS Replication
9 3 (0.11%) Squid
9 3 (0.11%) vSphere
9 3 (0.11%) Xen
10 2 (0.070%) Virtual Desktop
10 2 (0.070%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 87 (3.06%) HP Quality Center
2 75 (2.64%) Puppet
3 61 (2.15%) Opscode Chef
4 44 (1.55%) Ansible
5 17 (0.60%) SCCM
6 15 (0.53%) HP SiteScope
7 8 (0.28%) Nagios
7 8 (0.28%) SmoothWall
8 5 (0.18%) Control-M
8 5 (0.18%) McAfee ePO
8 5 (0.18%) Terraform
9 4 (0.14%) CA Service Virtualization
9 4 (0.14%) ITRS Geneos
9 4 (0.14%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 4 (0.14%) SCOM
9 4 (0.14%) TeamSite
9 4 (0.14%) WSUS
10 3 (0.11%) Backup Exec
10 3 (0.11%) CFEngine
10 3 (0.11%) vRealize
Vendors
1 281 (9.90%) Microsoft
2 217 (7.64%) Oracle
3 97 (3.42%) SAP
4 93 (3.28%) HP
5 57 (2.01%) IBM
6 51 (1.80%) VMware
7 50 (1.76%) Atlassian
8 37 (1.30%) Adobe
9 33 (1.16%) Cisco
10 29 (1.02%) New Relic
10 29 (1.02%) Rally
11 26 (0.92%) Google
12 25 (0.88%) Informatica
12 25 (0.88%) Salesforce.com
13 24 (0.85%) Red Hat
14 19 (0.67%) Citrix
15 18 (0.63%) Sitecore
15 18 (0.63%) Talend
16 17 (0.60%) CheckPoint
17 16 (0.56%) ServiceNow
City, London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £375 - £450 per day + 3 - 6 MONTH EXTENSION!!
Posted: 4 hours ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £360.00 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
Greater Manchester
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 10 hours ago
City, London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
Ventula Consulting Ltd
Rate: From £475 to £500 per annum
Posted: 6 hours ago
Worthing, West Sussex
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 17 minutes ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Somerset
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
Chester, Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £180 - £200 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
City, London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £28000 - £34000 per annum
Posted: 9 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Computer People
Posted: 2 hours ago
Taunton, Somerset
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West London
Hydrogen
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Wenham Carter
Rate: From £525 to £550 per day TBC
Posted: 3 hours ago
South West
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Haysfm
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
East Sussex
TEKsystems
Rate: £299 - £380 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Salt
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Greater Manchester
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £240 - £260 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
Chester, Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £360 - £380 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: MARKET RATE
Posted: 4 hours ago
Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £475 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
PCR
Rate: £500.00 - £525 per day
Posted: Yesterday
East London
Coded People
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Salt
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Streamline Connections
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Posted: 6 days ago