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 27 May 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
27 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 78 60 60
Rank change year-on-year
-18 0
Contract jobs citing QA 1397 1575 1563
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 2.79% 3.19% 3.25%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 30.85% 33.88% 34.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 942 1024 1036
Median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £561 £538 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £360 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 22 13
Median hourly rate £17.00 £35.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-51.42% +62.79%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.25 £15.40 £14.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £156.50 £69.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £38.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year
-63.15% +76.74%
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
4528 4649 4493
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 9.05% 9.41% 9.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 2932 2990 2779
Median daily rate £425 £419 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.55% +0.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £267 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 186 150 210
Median hourly rate £25.50 £21.55 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.32% +0.23%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.67 £12.10 £11.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £53.58 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.25 £22.75 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+24.17% +8.33%

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 27 May 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 27 May 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 27 May 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 -6 748 £438 +2.94% 284
South East -35 192 £380 +1.33% 100
North West -34 94 £375 +7.14% 47
West Midlands +12 77 £345 -1.42% 40
South West -9 71 £438 +25.00% 33
East of England +18 64 £438 +16.66% 45
Yorkshire -21 64 £350 +6.06% 30
East Midlands -9 40 £385 +2.66% 22
North East -33 38 £350 -6.04% 10
Midlands +1 7 £300 - 1
QA
UK

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 1156 (42.13%) Agile Software Development
2 649 (23.65%) Finance
3 567 (20.66%) SQL
4 522 (19.02%) Java
5 432 (15.74%) Scrum
6 423 (15.42%) Selenium
7 318 (11.59%) Project Management
8 317 (11.55%) JIRA
9 313 (11.41%) TDD
10 311 (11.33%) SDLC
11 310 (11.30%) BDD
12 284 (10.35%) Test Automation
13 276 (10.06%) Microsoft
14 273 (9.95%) JavaScript
15 257 (9.37%) .NET
15 257 (9.37%) Banking
15 257 (9.37%) Test Scripting
16 256 (9.33%) Analytical Skills
17 253 (9.22%) HTML
17 253 (9.22%) Linux
18 251 (9.15%) Degree
19 245 (8.93%) Oracle
20 240 (8.75%) C#
21 234 (8.53%) User Acceptance Testing
21 234 (8.53%) Cucumber
22 231 (8.42%) Automated Testing
23 227 (8.27%) Continuous Integration
24 221 (8.05%) Windows
25 209 (7.62%) Web Services
26 207 (7.54%) Security Cleared

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 80 (2.92%) Node.js
2 77 (2.81%) Confluence
2 77 (2.81%) SharePoint
3 63 (2.30%) Tomcat
4 57 (2.08%) Apache
5 45 (1.64%) CMS
5 45 (1.64%) IIS
6 29 (1.06%) SAS
7 26 (0.95%) WebSphere
8 24 (0.87%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 23 (0.84%) Elasticsearch
10 22 (0.80%) JBoss
11 19 (0.69%) Apache Solr
12 17 (0.62%) Mule
13 16 (0.58%) nginx
13 16 (0.58%) WebLogic
14 13 (0.47%) Apache Spark
15 11 (0.40%) BizTalk Server
16 9 (0.33%) Oracle Service Bus
17 8 (0.29%) Jetty
Applications
1 158 (5.76%) MS Excel
2 122 (4.45%) MS Office
3 82 (2.99%) MS Project
4 62 (2.26%) MS PowerPoint
5 51 (1.86%) MS Visio
6 16 (0.58%) Photoshop
7 14 (0.51%) Adobe Illustrator
8 11 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
9 3 (0.11%) Acrobat
9 3 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 3 (0.11%) AutoCAD
9 3 (0.11%) Pro/ENGINEER
9 3 (0.11%) PTC Creo
9 3 (0.11%) SPSS
10 2 (0.073%) 3ds Max
10 2 (0.073%) GIMP
10 2 (0.073%) Mingle
10 2 (0.073%) OmniGraffle
10 2 (0.073%) Siemens NX
10 2 (0.073%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 29 (1.06%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 20 (0.73%) Magento
3 15 (0.55%) Primavera
4 14 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
5 11 (0.40%) Dynamics AX
6 10 (0.36%) Oracle EBS R12
7 7 (0.26%) Oracle EBS
7 7 (0.26%) SAP FI
8 6 (0.22%) Adobe Campaign
8 6 (0.22%) Markit EDM
9 5 (0.18%) IntelliMatch
9 5 (0.18%) Maximo
9 5 (0.18%) SAP CO
9 5 (0.18%) SAP ERP
9 5 (0.18%) SAP FI/CO
9 5 (0.18%) SunGard GMI
9 5 (0.18%) SunGard Stream Clearvision
10 4 (0.15%) Oracle Retail
11 3 (0.11%) Oracle General Ledger
11 3 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 72 (2.62%) Amazon AWS
2 45 (1.64%) GitHub
2 45 (1.64%) Microsoft Azure
3 25 (0.91%) SaaS
4 19 (0.69%) Amazon EC2
5 18 (0.66%) AWS CloudFormation
6 16 (0.58%) Amazon S3
6 16 (0.58%) Office 365
7 13 (0.47%) IaaS
8 12 (0.44%) PaaS
9 8 (0.29%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 8 (0.29%) Force.com
9 8 (0.29%) Google Analytics
10 7 (0.26%) Amazon Glacier
10 7 (0.26%) Google Cloud Platform
10 7 (0.26%) Google Play
10 7 (0.26%) SuccessFactors
10 7 (0.26%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 6 (0.22%) Cloud Computing
12 3 (0.11%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 52 (1.90%) Internet
2 51 (1.86%) HTTP
3 26 (0.95%) SNMP
4 21 (0.77%) Firewall
5 17 (0.62%) FTP
5 17 (0.62%) TCP/IP
6 15 (0.55%) LAN
7 13 (0.47%) DNS
8 12 (0.44%) SAN
9 11 (0.40%) WAN
10 8 (0.29%) LDAP
10 8 (0.29%) Wi-Fi
11 7 (0.26%) H.323
11 7 (0.26%) HTTPS
11 7 (0.26%) Network Security
11 7 (0.26%) SSL
11 7 (0.26%) Telepresence
11 7 (0.26%) VoIP
12 6 (0.22%) DHCP
12 6 (0.22%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 201 (7.33%) SQL Server
2 89 (3.24%) Big Data
3 79 (2.88%) MongoDB
4 77 (2.81%) Oracle Database
5 71 (2.59%) Data Warehouse
6 65 (2.37%) Hadoop
7 53 (1.93%) NoSQL
8 49 (1.79%) PostgreSQL
8 49 (1.79%) Relational Database
9 48 (1.75%) MySQL
10 37 (1.35%) Oracle Reports
11 34 (1.24%) Apache Cassandra
11 34 (1.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 33 (1.20%) Data Mining
13 31 (1.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 27 (0.98%) SQL Server 2008
15 24 (0.87%) Oracle Database 11g
16 22 (0.80%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 20 (0.73%) SQL Server 2012
18 19 (0.69%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 423 (15.42%) Selenium
2 317 (11.55%) JIRA
3 234 (8.53%) Cucumber
4 193 (7.03%) WebDriver
5 192 (7.00%) Git (software)
6 189 (6.89%) Jenkins
7 91 (3.32%) HP UFT
8 85 (3.10%) JUnit
9 84 (3.06%) SoapUI
10 74 (2.70%) Maven
11 72 (2.62%) SpecFlow
11 72 (2.62%) Team Foundation Server
12 71 (2.59%) Subversion
12 71 (2.59%) Visual Studio
13 57 (2.08%) JMeter
14 56 (2.04%) Gradle
15 55 (2.00%) LoadRunner
16 47 (1.71%) Appium
17 43 (1.57%) TeamCity
18 39 (1.42%) IntelliJ
General
1 649 (23.65%) Finance
2 257 (9.37%) Banking
3 151 (5.50%) Retail
4 89 (3.24%) Investment Banking
4 89 (3.24%) Marketing
5 79 (2.88%) Telecoms
6 69 (2.51%) Front Office
7 41 (1.49%) Manufacturing
8 40 (1.46%) Legal
9 39 (1.42%) Games
10 31 (1.13%) Electronics
10 31 (1.13%) Publishing
11 30 (1.09%) Back Office
12 24 (0.87%) Law
13 18 (0.66%) Billing
14 17 (0.62%) Financial Institution
15 15 (0.55%) Advertising
16 14 (0.51%) Multimedia
16 14 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
17 10 (0.36%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 650 (23.69%) Analyst
2 406 (14.80%) Developer
3 315 (11.48%) Test Analyst
4 250 (9.11%) Tester
5 182 (6.63%) QA Analyst
6 179 (6.52%) QA Engineer
7 166 (6.05%) Project Manager
8 161 (5.87%) Business Analyst
9 157 (5.72%) Architect
10 156 (5.69%) Test Manager
11 137 (4.99%) QA Tester
12 119 (4.34%) Test Engineer
13 113 (4.12%) QA Test Analyst
14 106 (3.86%) Java Developer
15 92 (3.35%) Test Leader
16 90 (3.28%) Consultant
17 88 (3.21%) Automation Test Analyst
18 86 (3.13%) Automation Tester
19 81 (2.95%) QA Leader
20 67 (2.44%) QA Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 257 (9.37%) .NET
2 253 (9.22%) HTML
3 209 (7.62%) Web Services
4 180 (6.56%) XML
5 132 (4.81%) CSS
6 117 (4.26%) SOAP
7 113 (4.12%) REST
8 97 (3.53%) AngularJS
9 94 (3.43%) Spring
10 87 (3.17%) HTML5
11 83 (3.02%) RESTful
12 71 (2.59%) Gherkin
13 58 (2.11%) ASP.NET
13 58 (2.11%) JSON
14 57 (2.08%) jQuery
15 56 (2.04%) Hibernate
16 46 (1.68%) Middleware
17 43 (1.57%) JMS
18 42 (1.53%) .NET Framework
19 40 (1.46%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 256 (9.33%) Analytical Skills
2 133 (4.85%) User Experience
3 87 (3.17%) Mobile App
4 83 (3.02%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 82 (2.99%) Computer Science
6 61 (2.22%) Derivative
7 52 (1.90%) Management Information System
8 44 (1.60%) Equities
9 39 (1.42%) Mathematics
10 38 (1.38%) NHS
11 36 (1.31%) Enterprise Software
12 35 (1.28%) Data Centre
12 35 (1.28%) Data Structures
13 34 (1.24%) Visualisation
14 30 (1.09%) Fixed Income
15 29 (1.06%) Performance Metrics
16 28 (1.02%) Credit Risk
16 28 (1.02%) Mainframe
17 25 (0.91%) Market Risk
18 24 (0.87%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 253 (9.22%) Linux
2 221 (8.05%) Windows
3 165 (6.01%) Unix
4 83 (3.02%) Android
5 72 (2.62%) Apple iOS
6 50 (1.82%) Windows Server
7 26 (0.95%) Windows Server 2012
8 20 (0.73%) Windows Server 2008
9 19 (0.69%) Windows 7
10 16 (0.58%) Solaris
11 14 (0.51%) AIX
11 14 (0.51%) Windows Server 2003
12 13 (0.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 10 (0.36%) CentOS
14 8 (0.29%) Debian
14 8 (0.29%) Mac OS X
15 7 (0.26%) Windows 8
16 5 (0.18%) SUSE
17 4 (0.15%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
17 4 (0.15%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 1156 (42.13%) Agile Software Development
2 432 (15.74%) Scrum
3 318 (11.59%) Project Management
4 313 (11.41%) TDD
5 311 (11.33%) SDLC
6 310 (11.30%) BDD
7 284 (10.35%) Test Automation
8 257 (9.37%) Test Scripting
9 234 (8.53%) User Acceptance Testing
10 231 (8.42%) Automated Testing
11 227 (8.27%) Continuous Integration
12 188 (6.85%) Open Source
13 185 (6.74%) Software Testing
14 183 (6.67%) Functional Testing
15 161 (5.87%) E-Commerce
16 152 (5.54%) Mentoring
17 151 (5.50%) Regression Testing
18 149 (5.43%) Stakeholder Management
19 146 (5.32%) Test Strategy
20 143 (5.21%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 567 (20.66%) SQL
2 522 (19.02%) Java
3 273 (9.95%) JavaScript
4 240 (8.75%) C#
5 173 (6.30%) Python
6 118 (4.30%) Ruby
7 90 (3.28%) C++
8 76 (2.77%) C
9 68 (2.48%) PHP
10 58 (2.11%) PL/SQL
11 54 (1.97%) Shell Script
12 46 (1.68%) VBA
13 43 (1.57%) Groovy
14 41 (1.49%) Scala
15 38 (1.38%) Perl
16 34 (1.24%) PowerShell
16 34 (1.24%) T-SQL
17 33 (1.20%) Bash Shell
17 33 (1.20%) VB
18 23 (0.84%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 251 (9.15%) Degree
2 207 (7.54%) Security Cleared
3 185 (6.74%) ISEB
4 167 (6.09%) ISTQB
5 125 (4.56%) SC Cleared
6 59 (2.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 40 (1.46%) PMI Certification
8 38 (1.38%) DV Cleared
9 33 (1.20%) PMP
10 32 (1.17%) BPSS Clearance
11 28 (1.02%) PhD
12 24 (0.87%) Cisco Certification
13 22 (0.80%) CCNP
14 18 (0.66%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 16 (0.58%) CCNA
16 15 (0.55%) ITIL Certification
17 14 (0.51%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
18 13 (0.47%) CISSP
19 9 (0.33%) Microsoft Certification
20 5 (0.18%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (2.08%) Data Quality
2 26 (0.95%) SDET
3 25 (0.91%) SLA
4 19 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 18 (0.66%) Disclosure Scotland
6 15 (0.55%) ISO 9001
7 14 (0.51%) MiFID
8 10 (0.36%) WCAG
9 7 (0.26%) GxP
10 6 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 6 (0.22%) SEPA
10 6 (0.22%) Solvency II
10 6 (0.22%) TickIT
10 6 (0.22%) WAI
11 5 (0.18%) Dodd-Frank
11 5 (0.18%) GPG13
11 5 (0.18%) PCI DSS
12 4 (0.15%) AIFMD
12 4 (0.15%) EMIR
12 4 (0.15%) RMADS
System Software
1 49 (1.79%) Docker
2 37 (1.35%) Active Directory
2 37 (1.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (0.47%) Apache Flume
4 10 (0.36%) Oracle RAC
5 9 (0.33%) Firmware
6 8 (0.29%) VMware ESX
7 7 (0.26%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 6 (0.22%) Hyper-V
8 6 (0.22%) Microsoft App-V
8 6 (0.22%) XenDesktop
9 4 (0.15%) DFS Replication
9 4 (0.15%) Xen
9 4 (0.15%) XenApp
10 3 (0.11%) Squid
10 3 (0.11%) vSphere
11 2 (0.073%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 2 (0.073%) RACF
11 2 (0.073%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
11 2 (0.073%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 94 (3.43%) HP Quality Center
2 52 (1.90%) Puppet
3 36 (1.31%) Opscode Chef
4 34 (1.24%) Ansible
5 13 (0.47%) HP SiteScope
6 12 (0.44%) SCCM
7 8 (0.29%) Nagios
8 7 (0.26%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 5 (0.18%) Control-M
9 5 (0.18%) Tivoli
10 3 (0.11%) Capistrano
10 3 (0.11%) CFEngine
10 3 (0.11%) Simpana
10 3 (0.11%) TeamSite
10 3 (0.11%) vRealize
10 3 (0.11%) WSUS
11 2 (0.073%) Data Guard
11 2 (0.073%) Oozie
11 2 (0.073%) RSA Archer
11 2 (0.073%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 276 (10.06%) Microsoft
2 245 (8.93%) Oracle
3 110 (4.01%) HP
4 104 (3.79%) SAP
5 54 (1.97%) VMware
6 41 (1.49%) IBM
7 39 (1.42%) Atlassian
8 38 (1.38%) Adobe
9 34 (1.24%) Cisco
10 31 (1.13%) Citrix
11 24 (0.87%) Google
12 22 (0.80%) New Relic
13 21 (0.77%) Salesforce.com
14 18 (0.66%) ServiceNow
15 17 (0.62%) Rally
16 16 (0.58%) Red Hat
17 15 (0.55%) EMC
17 15 (0.55%) Informatica
18 14 (0.51%) Apple
18 14 (0.51%) Sybase
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