The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Essex region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 16 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
16 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 44 45 50
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +5
Contract jobs citing QA 10 12 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 2.60% 2.32% 0.71%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 37.04% 16.67% 8.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 8 1
Median daily rate £338 £363 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.89% +11.53%
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £19.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.50 £28.00 £33.45
% change year-on-year
-5.35% -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 Essex region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Essex
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
27 72 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 7.03% 13.90% 8.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 45 16
Median daily rate £350 £425 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-17.64% +41.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £240 £158
10% offered a daily rate of more than £499 £528 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £401 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
+0.12% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 16 6
Median hourly rate £16.50 £56.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-70.53% +86.66%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £41.75 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-46.10% +77.65%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Essex

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Essex region citing QA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Essex

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Essex

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing QA across the Essex region.

QA Daily Rate Trend in Essex

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in Essex

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Essex region.

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Essex

QA
Contract Job Locations in Essex

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Essex region over the 3 months to 16 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
Southend-on-Sea +16 7 £338 -35.71%
Halstead - 1 £415 -
QA
East of England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Essex

For the 6 months to 16 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 Essex region with a requirement for QA.

1 17 (62.96%) Finance
2 15 (55.56%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (44.44%) Performance Testing
4 8 (29.63%) Release Management
4 8 (29.63%) Test Management
4 8 (29.63%) Security Cleared
4 8 (29.63%) JMeter
4 8 (29.63%) JIRA
4 8 (29.63%) Selenium
4 8 (29.63%) LoadRunner
4 8 (29.63%) Configuration Management
4 8 (29.63%) Regression Testing
5 7 (25.93%) ISEB
5 7 (25.93%) ISTQB
5 7 (25.93%) Degree
5 7 (25.93%) SDLC
6 6 (22.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 6 (22.22%) Stakeholder Management
6 6 (22.22%) Software Testing
6 6 (22.22%) Oracle
7 5 (18.52%) XML
7 5 (18.52%) SC Cleared
7 5 (18.52%) BDD
7 5 (18.52%) Test Strategy
8 4 (14.81%) User Acceptance Testing
8 4 (14.81%) Oracle Database 11g
8 4 (14.81%) DevOps
8 4 (14.81%) Oracle Database
8 4 (14.81%) Virtual Machines
8 4 (14.81%) Programme Management

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Essex 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 1 (3.70%) Apache
1 1 (3.70%) Oracle Service Bus
1 1 (3.70%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 1 (3.70%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (14.81%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (11.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (14.81%) Oracle Database
1 4 (14.81%) Oracle Database 10g
1 4 (14.81%) Oracle Database 11g
1 4 (14.81%) Oracle Discoverer
Development Applications
1 8 (29.63%) JIRA
1 8 (29.63%) JMeter
1 8 (29.63%) LoadRunner
1 8 (29.63%) Selenium
2 2 (7.41%) SoapUI
General
1 17 (62.96%) Finance
2 3 (11.11%) Electronics
2 3 (11.11%) Manufacturing
2 3 (11.11%) Marketing
2 3 (11.11%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (29.63%) Analyst
2 7 (25.93%) Performance Tester
2 7 (25.93%) Tester
3 6 (22.22%) Project Manager
3 6 (22.22%) Test Analyst
4 5 (18.52%) Senior Analyst
4 5 (18.52%) Senior Test Analyst
5 4 (14.81%) HR Analyst
5 4 (14.81%) Oracle Analyst
5 4 (14.81%) Oracle HRMS Analyst
5 4 (14.81%) Oracle Payroll Analyst
5 4 (14.81%) Senior Oracle Analyst
6 3 (11.11%) HR Manager
6 3 (11.11%) QA Manager
6 3 (11.11%) Test Manager
7 2 (7.41%) Agile Business Analyst
7 2 (7.41%) Business Analyst
7 2 (7.41%) QA Test Manager
7 2 (7.41%) Test Automation Manager
7 2 (7.41%) Testing Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (18.52%) XML
2 3 (11.11%) Web Services
3 2 (7.41%) Gherkin
3 2 (7.41%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 1 (3.70%) Management Information System
1 1 (3.70%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 4 (14.81%) AIX
1 4 (14.81%) Solaris
1 4 (14.81%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (55.56%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (44.44%) Performance Testing
3 8 (29.63%) Configuration Management
3 8 (29.63%) Regression Testing
3 8 (29.63%) Release Management
3 8 (29.63%) Test Management
4 7 (25.93%) SDLC
5 6 (22.22%) Software Testing
5 6 (22.22%) Stakeholder Management
6 5 (18.52%) BDD
6 5 (18.52%) Test Strategy
7 4 (14.81%) Change Management
7 4 (14.81%) DevOps
7 4 (14.81%) Migration
7 4 (14.81%) PRINCE2
7 4 (14.81%) Programme Management
7 4 (14.81%) SOA
7 4 (14.81%) User Acceptance Testing
7 4 (14.81%) Validation
8 3 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 2 (7.41%) C
Qualifications
1 8 (29.63%) Security Cleared
2 7 (25.93%) Degree
2 7 (25.93%) ISEB
2 7 (25.93%) ISTQB
3 6 (22.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 5 (18.52%) SC Cleared
5 3 (11.11%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 2 (7.41%) MAPM
7 1 (3.70%) APMP
7 1 (3.70%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.70%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 4 (14.81%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 4 (14.81%) Control-M
Vendors
1 6 (22.22%) Oracle
2 4 (14.81%) Dell
3 3 (11.11%) SAP
4 1 (3.70%) PeopleSoft
4 1 (3.70%) WSO2