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 29 September 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
29 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 40 50 23
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -27
Contract jobs citing QA 75 38 53
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 5.46% 3.46% 7.46%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 31.91% 35.19% 56.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 30 46
Median daily rate £400 £381 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.91% +8.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £246 £318
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £518 £460
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £20.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £23.00 £18.17
% change year-on-year
-39.13% +26.58%
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
235 108 93
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 17.10% 9.84% 13.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 174 93 74
Median daily rate £350 £480 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-27.08% +28.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £300 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £625 £517
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £375
% change year-on-year
-3.03% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 1 5
Median hourly rate £10.30 £17.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-39.41% -15.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.43 £17.00 £12.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.10 £17.00 £24.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.50 £29.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+5.17% +45.00%

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 29 September 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 29 September 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 +3 72 £375 +2.52% 8
Durham - 1 £413 - 1
Northumberland - 1 £675 -
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 29 September 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 56 (48.70%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (31.30%) Java
3 35 (30.43%) Selenium
4 31 (26.96%) Cucumber
5 29 (25.22%) SQL
6 28 (24.35%) TDD
7 25 (21.74%) Test Scripting
8 24 (20.87%) Unix
9 22 (19.13%) BDD
9 22 (19.13%) Jenkins
10 21 (18.26%) Automated Testing
10 21 (18.26%) Web Services
11 20 (17.39%) Test Automation
12 19 (16.52%) Linux
12 19 (16.52%) LoadRunner
13 16 (13.91%) Continuous Integration
13 16 (13.91%) Performance Testing
13 16 (13.91%) HP UFT
13 16 (13.91%) Defect Tracking
14 15 (13.04%) Waterfall
14 15 (13.04%) User Stories
14 15 (13.04%) Windows
14 15 (13.04%) Scrum
14 15 (13.04%) Software Testing
15 14 (12.17%) JSON
15 14 (12.17%) WebDriver
16 13 (11.30%) Open Source
16 13 (11.30%) Security Cleared
16 13 (11.30%) Regression Testing
16 13 (11.30%) Client/Server

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 8 (6.96%) Confluence
2 5 (4.35%) Documentum
3 4 (3.48%) WebLogic
4 3 (2.61%) OpenROAD
4 3 (2.61%) Tuxedo
5 2 (1.74%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (1.74%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (1.74%) MS Exchange
5 2 (1.74%) Skype for Business
6 1 (0.87%) nginx
6 1 (0.87%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.87%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (0.87%) Tomcat
Applications
1 3 (2.61%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.87%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (0.87%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.74%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.87%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (0.87%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.61%) SNMP
1 3 (2.61%) TCP/IP
2 2 (1.74%) Internet
2 2 (1.74%) Skype
3 1 (0.87%) DHCP
3 1 (0.87%) DNS
3 1 (0.87%) Ethernet
3 1 (0.87%) Fibre Channel
3 1 (0.87%) Firewall
3 1 (0.87%) LAN
3 1 (0.87%) Network Security
3 1 (0.87%) PuTTY
3 1 (0.87%) WinSCP
3 1 (0.87%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.22%) MongoDB
2 4 (3.48%) Oracle Database
3 3 (2.61%) SQL Server
4 2 (1.74%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.74%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.87%) Oracle Database 10g
5 1 (0.87%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.87%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 35 (30.43%) Selenium
2 31 (26.96%) Cucumber
3 22 (19.13%) Jenkins
4 19 (16.52%) LoadRunner
5 16 (13.91%) HP UFT
6 14 (12.17%) WebDriver
7 11 (9.57%) JMeter
8 9 (7.83%) JIRA
8 9 (7.83%) JUnit
8 9 (7.83%) RSpec
9 8 (6.96%) Git (software)
10 7 (6.09%) Sahi
10 7 (6.09%) SoapUI
10 7 (6.09%) WATIR
11 6 (5.22%) Facilita Forecast
11 6 (5.22%) Visual Studio
12 4 (3.48%) Burp Suite
12 4 (3.48%) LoadUI
13 3 (2.61%) Jasmine
13 3 (2.61%) Protractor
General
1 7 (6.09%) Finance
2 6 (5.22%) Games
3 2 (1.74%) Marketing
3 2 (1.74%) Publishing
3 2 (1.74%) Telecoms
4 1 (0.87%) Advertising
4 1 (0.87%) Law
Job Titles
1 19 (16.52%) Tester
2 18 (15.65%) Developer
3 17 (14.78%) Analyst
3 17 (14.78%) QA Engineer
3 17 (14.78%) Test Engineer
4 13 (11.30%) QA Test Engineer
4 13 (11.30%) QA Tester
5 12 (10.43%) Test Analyst
6 9 (7.83%) Quality Engineer
7 8 (6.96%) Technical Leader
8 7 (6.09%) Lead Developer
8 7 (6.09%) Lead Software Developer
8 7 (6.09%) Project Manager
8 7 (6.09%) Software Developer
9 6 (5.22%) Data Manager
9 6 (5.22%) Data Migration Manager
9 6 (5.22%) QA Analyst
9 6 (5.22%) Senior QA Engineer
9 6 (5.22%) Senior Test Engineer
9 6 (5.22%) Technical Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (18.26%) Web Services
2 14 (12.17%) JSON
3 12 (10.43%) XML
4 11 (9.57%) .NET
5 7 (6.09%) HTML
6 6 (5.22%) RESTful
6 6 (5.22%) Spring
7 4 (3.48%) AngularJS
7 4 (3.48%) HTML5
7 4 (3.48%) Node.js
8 3 (2.61%) D3.js
8 3 (2.61%) Gherkin
9 2 (1.74%) REST
10 1 (0.87%) .NET Framework
10 1 (0.87%) Apache Axis
10 1 (0.87%) JMS
10 1 (0.87%) jQuery
10 1 (0.87%) Ruby on Rails
10 1 (0.87%) Sinatra
10 1 (0.87%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 13 (11.30%) Client/Server
2 10 (8.70%) Performance Metrics
3 4 (3.48%) Data Structures
4 3 (2.61%) CMDB
4 3 (2.61%) PKI
5 2 (1.74%) Computer Science
5 2 (1.74%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.74%) Replication
5 2 (1.74%) Visualisation
6 1 (0.87%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (0.87%) Clustering
6 1 (0.87%) Digital Media
6 1 (0.87%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.87%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.87%) Virtual Team
6 1 (0.87%) Web 2.0
Operating Systems
1 24 (20.87%) Unix
2 19 (16.52%) Linux
3 15 (13.04%) Windows
4 3 (2.61%) Mac OS X
5 1 (0.87%) CentOS
5 1 (0.87%) Debian
5 1 (0.87%) SUSE
5 1 (0.87%) Windows 7
5 1 (0.87%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 56 (48.70%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (24.35%) TDD
3 25 (21.74%) Test Scripting
4 22 (19.13%) BDD
5 21 (18.26%) Automated Testing
6 20 (17.39%) Test Automation
7 16 (13.91%) Continuous Integration
7 16 (13.91%) Defect Tracking
7 16 (13.91%) Performance Testing
8 15 (13.04%) Scrum
8 15 (13.04%) Software Testing
8 15 (13.04%) User Stories
8 15 (13.04%) Waterfall
9 13 (11.30%) Automation Testing
9 13 (11.30%) Open Source
9 13 (11.30%) Regression Testing
10 11 (9.57%) Project Planning
11 10 (8.70%) Change Management
11 10 (8.70%) ITIL
11 10 (8.70%) Performance Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 36 (31.30%) Java
2 29 (25.22%) SQL
3 12 (10.43%) C++
3 12 (10.43%) Scala
4 11 (9.57%) Ruby
5 10 (8.70%) JavaScript
6 8 (6.96%) C
7 6 (5.22%) C#
8 5 (4.35%) VB
9 3 (2.61%) Groovy
9 3 (2.61%) Perl
9 3 (2.61%) Python
9 3 (2.61%) Shell Script
10 2 (1.74%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.87%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.87%) PHP
11 1 (0.87%) VB6
Qualifications
1 13 (11.30%) Security Cleared
2 10 (8.70%) BPSS Clearance
3 8 (6.96%) SC Cleared
4 7 (6.09%) ISTQB
5 6 (5.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (2.61%) ISEB
6 3 (2.61%) MAPM
6 3 (2.61%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 2 (1.74%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (1.74%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.87%) CCNA
8 1 (0.87%) CCNP
8 1 (0.87%) Degree
8 1 (0.87%) MCSE
8 1 (0.87%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.87%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (9.57%) WCAG
2 5 (4.35%) Disclosure Scotland
2 5 (4.35%) WAI
3 3 (2.61%) GxP
4 2 (1.74%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (1.74%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.87%) Oracle RAC
2 1 (0.87%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 10 (8.70%) HP SiteScope
2 5 (4.35%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (1.74%) Backup Exec
3 2 (1.74%) Cisco IPCC
3 2 (1.74%) McAfee ePO
3 2 (1.74%) WSUS
4 1 (0.87%) Microsoft Clustering
4 1 (0.87%) Puppet
Vendors
1 11 (9.57%) Oracle
2 10 (8.70%) Microsoft
3 8 (6.96%) HP
4 4 (3.48%) ServiceNow
4 4 (3.48%) VMware
5 3 (2.61%) Atlassian
5 3 (2.61%) SAP
6 2 (1.74%) Intel Security
6 2 (1.74%) Red Hat
6 2 (1.74%) Symantec
7 1 (0.87%) Cisco
7 1 (0.87%) Google
7 1 (0.87%) RightScale