The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the North East region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 7 December 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
7 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 52 45 49
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +4
Contract jobs citing QA 62 34 28
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 4.66% 3.52% 3.21%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 32.12% 36.56% 37.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 24 26
Median daily rate £350 £381 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.19% +15.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £282 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £508 £735 £472
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £348
% change year-on-year
- +7.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £19.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £23.00 £33.00
% change year-on-year
-19.56% -30.30%
QA
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 North East region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
North East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
193 93 75
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 14.51% 9.63% 8.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 128 69 60
Median daily rate £375 £443 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.25% +18.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £638 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 6 2
Median hourly rate £11.00 £19.25 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-42.85% -10.46%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.00 £10.05 £14.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.18 £19.50 £28.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.98 £27.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-20.09% +25.00%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in the North East

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

QA Jobs Demand Trend in the North East

QA
Daily Rate Trend in the North East

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in the North East

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the North East region over the 3 months to 7 December 2016.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

QA
Contract Job Locations in the North East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the North East region over the 3 months to 7 December 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
Tyne and Wear -11 58 £350 -6.66% 6
Durham - 1 £413 -
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 7 December 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 North East region with a requirement for QA.

1 64 (55.65%) Agile Software Development
2 57 (49.57%) Selenium
3 46 (40.00%) Java
4 45 (39.13%) Test Automation
5 43 (37.39%) TDD
6 42 (36.52%) Cucumber
7 35 (30.43%) SQL
7 35 (30.43%) Web Services
8 31 (26.96%) BDD
8 31 (26.96%) Jenkins
9 28 (24.35%) User Stories
10 26 (22.61%) Scala
10 26 (22.61%) Continuous Integration
11 25 (21.74%) Automation Testing
12 24 (20.87%) Test Scripting
12 24 (20.87%) XML
13 23 (20.00%) WebDriver
13 23 (20.00%) JSON
14 22 (19.13%) Ruby
14 22 (19.13%) .NET
15 21 (18.26%) HP UFT
15 21 (18.26%) Automated Testing
16 20 (17.39%) Open Source
17 19 (16.52%) Scrum
17 19 (16.52%) WCAG
18 18 (15.65%) WATIR
18 18 (15.65%) Sahi
18 18 (15.65%) Unix
18 18 (15.65%) Defect Tracking
19 17 (14.78%) JUnit

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North East 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 12 (10.43%) Confluence
2 3 (2.61%) OpenROAD
2 3 (2.61%) Tuxedo
3 2 (1.74%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (1.74%) Exchange Server 2013
3 2 (1.74%) MS Exchange
3 2 (1.74%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.87%) nginx
4 1 (0.87%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.87%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (0.87%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.87%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (1.74%) MS Excel
1 2 (1.74%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (0.87%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.74%) Office 365
2 1 (0.87%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.87%) GitHub
2 1 (0.87%) IaaS
2 1 (0.87%) PaaS
2 1 (0.87%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.48%) TCP/IP
2 3 (2.61%) SNMP
3 2 (1.74%) Internet
3 2 (1.74%) Skype
4 1 (0.87%) DHCP
4 1 (0.87%) DNS
4 1 (0.87%) Firewall
4 1 (0.87%) Network Security
4 1 (0.87%) PuTTY
4 1 (0.87%) RTSP
4 1 (0.87%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.35%) MongoDB
2 4 (3.48%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (3.48%) Oracle Database
2 4 (3.48%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.87%) DataStage
3 1 (0.87%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (0.87%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (0.87%) RDBMS
3 1 (0.87%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.87%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.87%) SQL Server 2014
3 1 (0.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (0.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (0.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 57 (49.57%) Selenium
2 42 (36.52%) Cucumber
3 31 (26.96%) Jenkins
4 23 (20.00%) WebDriver
5 21 (18.26%) HP UFT
6 18 (15.65%) Sahi
6 18 (15.65%) WATIR
7 17 (14.78%) JUnit
7 17 (14.78%) RSpec
8 12 (10.43%) JIRA
9 11 (9.57%) JMeter
9 11 (9.57%) LoadRunner
9 11 (9.57%) SoapUI
10 7 (6.09%) Git (software)
11 4 (3.48%) Burp Suite
11 4 (3.48%) LoadUI
12 3 (2.61%) Hudson
12 3 (2.61%) Jasmine
12 3 (2.61%) Protractor
12 3 (2.61%) Subversion
General
1 14 (12.17%) Games
2 7 (6.09%) Finance
3 2 (1.74%) Telecoms
4 1 (0.87%) Advertising
4 1 (0.87%) Law
4 1 (0.87%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 29 (25.22%) QA Engineer
2 23 (20.00%) Test Engineer
3 20 (17.39%) Developer
3 20 (17.39%) QA Test Engineer
4 19 (16.52%) Tester
5 17 (14.78%) Quality Engineer
6 10 (8.70%) QA Tester
7 9 (7.83%) Analyst
8 8 (6.96%) Senior QA Engineer
8 8 (6.96%) Senior Test Engineer
8 8 (6.96%) Software Developer
8 8 (6.96%) Technical Leader
8 8 (6.96%) Test Analyst
9 7 (6.09%) Lead Developer
9 7 (6.09%) Lead Software Developer
10 6 (5.22%) Automation Tester
10 6 (5.22%) Project Manager
10 6 (5.22%) Senior Quality Engineer
10 6 (5.22%) Technical Developer
11 5 (4.35%) QA Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (30.43%) Web Services
2 24 (20.87%) XML
3 23 (20.00%) JSON
4 22 (19.13%) .NET
5 12 (10.43%) RESTful
6 9 (7.83%) Gherkin
7 5 (4.35%) Spring
8 4 (3.48%) AngularJS
8 4 (3.48%) Node.js
9 2 (1.74%) REST
10 1 (0.87%) .NET Framework
10 1 (0.87%) Apache Axis
10 1 (0.87%) Apache CXF
10 1 (0.87%) Guice
10 1 (0.87%) HTML5
10 1 (0.87%) J2EE
10 1 (0.87%) JPA
10 1 (0.87%) jQuery
10 1 (0.87%) Ruby on Rails
10 1 (0.87%) Sinatra
Miscellaneous
1 11 (9.57%) Client/Server
2 4 (3.48%) CMDB
2 4 (3.48%) NHS
2 4 (3.48%) Performance Metrics
3 3 (2.61%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.61%) PKI
4 2 (1.74%) Management Information System
4 2 (1.74%) Mobile App
4 2 (1.74%) Replication
5 1 (0.87%) Computer Science
5 1 (0.87%) Data Integration
5 1 (0.87%) Digital Media
5 1 (0.87%) Mainframe
5 1 (0.87%) Tandem
5 1 (0.87%) User Experience
5 1 (0.87%) Virtual Team
5 1 (0.87%) Web 2.0
Operating Systems
1 18 (15.65%) Unix
2 15 (13.04%) Linux
3 9 (7.83%) Windows
4 3 (2.61%) Mac OS X
5 1 (0.87%) AIX
5 1 (0.87%) Android
5 1 (0.87%) CentOS
5 1 (0.87%) Windows 2000
5 1 (0.87%) Windows 7
5 1 (0.87%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (55.65%) Agile Software Development
2 45 (39.13%) Test Automation
3 43 (37.39%) TDD
4 31 (26.96%) BDD
5 28 (24.35%) User Stories
6 26 (22.61%) Continuous Integration
7 25 (21.74%) Automation Testing
8 24 (20.87%) Test Scripting
9 21 (18.26%) Automated Testing
10 20 (17.39%) Open Source
11 19 (16.52%) Scrum
12 18 (15.65%) Defect Tracking
13 17 (14.78%) Web Testing
14 15 (13.04%) Performance Testing
14 15 (13.04%) Waterfall
15 12 (10.43%) ITIL
15 12 (10.43%) Kanban
15 12 (10.43%) Software Engineering
16 11 (9.57%) Continuous Improvement
16 11 (9.57%) Project Planning
Programming Languages
1 46 (40.00%) Java
2 35 (30.43%) SQL
3 26 (22.61%) Scala
4 22 (19.13%) Ruby
5 12 (10.43%) C++
6 10 (8.70%) JavaScript
7 9 (7.83%) Groovy
8 7 (6.09%) C
9 6 (5.22%) C#
10 3 (2.61%) Shell Script
11 2 (1.74%) Perl
11 2 (1.74%) Python
12 1 (0.87%) PHP
12 1 (0.87%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.87%) VB
12 1 (0.87%) VB6
Qualifications
1 14 (12.17%) Security Cleared
2 8 (6.96%) BPSS Clearance
2 8 (6.96%) SC Cleared
3 4 (3.48%) ISTQB
4 3 (2.61%) ISEB
4 3 (2.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (2.61%) MAPM
4 3 (2.61%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 2 (1.74%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.87%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (16.52%) WCAG
2 6 (5.22%) Disclosure Scotland
3 5 (4.35%) WAI
4 3 (2.61%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (0.87%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (3.48%) HP SiteScope
2 2 (1.74%) Backup Exec
2 2 (1.74%) Cisco IPCC
2 2 (1.74%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.74%) McAfee ePO
2 2 (1.74%) WSUS
3 1 (0.87%) Puppet
Vendors
1 7 (6.09%) Atlassian
2 6 (5.22%) Oracle
3 5 (4.35%) HP
3 5 (4.35%) Microsoft
3 5 (4.35%) ServiceNow
4 3 (2.61%) VMware
5 2 (1.74%) Intel Security
5 2 (1.74%) Symantec
6 1 (0.87%) Google
6 1 (0.87%) Red Hat
6 1 (0.87%) RightScale