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 1 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
1 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 47 53 38
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -15
Contract jobs citing QA 9 9 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 2.09% 1.68% 3.76%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 29.03% 23.08% 35.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 4 12
Median daily rate £363 £400 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.37% -5.32%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £302 £204
10% offered a daily rate of more than £501 £610 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £360 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.30 £37.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-47.85% +15.62%
QA
East of England

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
31 39 74
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 7.21% 7.29% 10.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 18 39
Median daily rate £300 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £200 £136
10% offered a daily rate of more than £482 £600 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +4.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 1 7
Median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £37.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +12.58%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £42.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £89.10 £42.50 £41.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £29.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+13.79% +38.09%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in Essex

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Essex region over the 3 months to 1 May 2016.

QA Daily Rate Histogram 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 1 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
Southend-on-Sea - 5 £475 -
Brentwood +7 1 - -
Chelmsford - 1 £250 -
QA
East of England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Essex

For the 6 months to 1 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 Essex region with a requirement for QA.

1 11 (55.00%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (30.00%) SQL
2 6 (30.00%) Functional Testing
3 5 (25.00%) Waterfall
3 5 (25.00%) SDLC
3 5 (25.00%) SOA
3 5 (25.00%) Middleware
3 5 (25.00%) Finance
3 5 (25.00%) Scrum
3 5 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 5 (25.00%) Test Scripting
4 4 (20.00%) Unit Testing
4 4 (20.00%) JIRA
4 4 (20.00%) Software Testing
4 4 (20.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (20.00%) Configuration Management
4 4 (20.00%) Data Modelling
4 4 (20.00%) Dependency Management
4 4 (20.00%) Mentoring
4 4 (20.00%) Coaching
4 4 (20.00%) Data Mapping
5 3 (15.00%) Test Automation
5 3 (15.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (15.00%) ETL
5 3 (15.00%) SQL Server
5 3 (15.00%) Project Management
5 3 (15.00%) Business Intelligence
5 3 (15.00%) Microsoft
5 3 (15.00%) ISEB
5 3 (15.00%) Business Analysis

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 (5.00%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (5.00%) MS Excel
1 1 (5.00%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 1 (5.00%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (20.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (15.00%) SQL Server
3 2 (10.00%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (10.00%) DB2
4 1 (5.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (5.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (20.00%) JIRA
2 2 (10.00%) HP UFT
3 1 (5.00%) TestDirector
General
1 5 (25.00%) Finance
2 2 (10.00%) Marketing
3 1 (5.00%) Banking
3 1 (5.00%) Games
Job Titles
1 10 (50.00%) Analyst
2 4 (20.00%) Technical Analyst
2 4 (20.00%) Tester
3 3 (15.00%) QA Analyst
3 3 (15.00%) QA Test Analyst
3 3 (15.00%) QA Tester
3 3 (15.00%) Test Analyst
4 2 (10.00%) Automation Specialist
4 2 (10.00%) Business Analyst
4 2 (10.00%) Manual Tester
4 2 (10.00%) QA Manual Tester
4 2 (10.00%) QA Specialist
4 2 (10.00%) UAT Analyst
4 2 (10.00%) UAT Test Analyst
4 2 (10.00%) UAT Tester
5 1 (5.00%) Data Migration Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) Functional Tester
5 1 (5.00%) Regression Tester
5 1 (5.00%) Software Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) Software Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (25.00%) Middleware
2 2 (10.00%) HTML
2 2 (10.00%) RESTful
2 2 (10.00%) XML
3 1 (5.00%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 2 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 2 (10.00%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (55.00%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (30.00%) Functional Testing
3 5 (25.00%) Scrum
3 5 (25.00%) SDLC
3 5 (25.00%) SOA
3 5 (25.00%) Test Scripting
3 5 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 5 (25.00%) Waterfall
4 4 (20.00%) Coaching
4 4 (20.00%) Configuration Management
4 4 (20.00%) Data Mapping
4 4 (20.00%) Data Modelling
4 4 (20.00%) Dependency Management
4 4 (20.00%) Mentoring
4 4 (20.00%) Software Testing
4 4 (20.00%) Unit Testing
5 3 (15.00%) Business Analysis
5 3 (15.00%) ETL
5 3 (15.00%) Project Management
5 3 (15.00%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 6 (30.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (15.00%) ISEB
1 3 (15.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (5.00%) SC Cleared
2 1 (5.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (10.00%) Data Quality
2 1 (5.00%) ISO 9001
2 1 (5.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 1 (5.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (15.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (10.00%) HP
3 1 (5.00%) Oracle
3 1 (5.00%) Sage