The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the South East region that had QA Tester featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 28 February 2017 with a comparison to same period over 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
28 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance Tester
England / South East
Rank 230 244 262
Rank change year-on-year
+14 +18
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 10 13 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.13% 0.15% 0.073%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.14% 0.16% 0.077%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 13 6
Median daily rate £425 £310 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+37.09% +24.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £210 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £443 £395 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £364 £300 £250
% change year-on-year
+21.25% +20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the South East region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
7220 8209 9036
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 93.64% 94.58% 94.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 4208 5022 4827
Median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £506
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 369 382 426
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.27 £11.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.50 £53.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £16.75
% change year-on-year
-2.77% +7.46%

QA Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

The demand trend of IT contracts across the South East region that featured QA Tester in the job title.

QA Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

QA Tester
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

QA Tester Daily Rate Trend in the South East

QA Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

QA Tester Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

QA Tester
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Tester within the South East region over the 3 months to 28 February 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
Buckinghamshire -6 3 - - 2
Kent +10 2 £425 +102.38%
Hampshire - 2 - - 1
West Sussex -14 1 - - 1
Oxfordshire - 1 £450 - 4
Sussex - 1 £373 -
QA Tester
England

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 28 February 2017, QA Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the South East region featuring QA Tester in the job title.

1 29 (100.00%) QA
2 24 (82.76%) Selenium
3 23 (79.31%) Agile Software Development
4 19 (65.52%) JIRA
5 15 (51.72%) Cucumber
6 14 (48.28%) SQL
7 13 (44.83%) Java
7 13 (44.83%) JavaScript
8 11 (37.93%) BDD
9 10 (34.48%) SoapUI
9 10 (34.48%) Defect Management
9 10 (34.48%) C#
9 10 (34.48%) Scrum
10 9 (31.03%) Confluence
10 9 (31.03%) Git (software)
11 8 (27.59%) Gherkin
11 8 (27.59%) QA Automation
12 7 (24.14%) Continuous Improvement
12 7 (24.14%) WebDriver
12 7 (24.14%) Automated Testing
12 7 (24.14%) .NET
12 7 (24.14%) Oracle
13 6 (20.69%) ISEB
13 6 (20.69%) Web Services
13 6 (20.69%) XML
13 6 (20.69%) Windows
13 6 (20.69%) Open Source
13 6 (20.69%) Test Automation
13 6 (20.69%) API Testing
14 5 (17.24%) RESTful

QA Tester Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in the South 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 9 (31.03%) Confluence
2 2 (6.90%) JBoss
Cloud Services
1 5 (17.24%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (10.34%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.90%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (10.34%) Azure SQL Database
2 2 (6.90%) SQL Server
3 1 (3.45%) MongoDB
3 1 (3.45%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 24 (82.76%) Selenium
2 19 (65.52%) JIRA
3 15 (51.72%) Cucumber
4 10 (34.48%) SoapUI
5 9 (31.03%) Git (software)
6 7 (24.14%) WebDriver
7 5 (17.24%) Jenkins
7 5 (17.24%) SpecFlow
8 4 (13.79%) Subversion
9 3 (10.34%) HP UFT
9 3 (10.34%) TeamCity
9 3 (10.34%) Visual Studio
10 2 (6.90%) Bugzilla
10 2 (6.90%) LoadRunner
10 2 (6.90%) Team Foundation Server
11 1 (3.45%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 1 (3.45%) Calabash
11 1 (3.45%) Hudson
11 1 (3.45%) Jasmine
11 1 (3.45%) NUnit
General
1 4 (13.79%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (27.59%) Gherkin
2 7 (24.14%) .NET
3 6 (20.69%) Web Services
3 6 (20.69%) XML
4 5 (17.24%) .NET Framework
4 5 (17.24%) AngularJS
4 5 (17.24%) RESTful
5 4 (13.79%) SOAP
6 2 (6.90%) CSS
6 2 (6.90%) HTML
6 2 (6.90%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 1 (3.45%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 5 (17.24%) Mobile App
2 2 (6.90%) Computer Science
3 1 (3.45%) Fat Client
3 1 (3.45%) Thin Client
3 1 (3.45%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 6 (20.69%) Windows
2 5 (17.24%) Unix
3 1 (3.45%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (79.31%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (37.93%) BDD
3 10 (34.48%) Defect Management
3 10 (34.48%) Scrum
4 8 (27.59%) QA Automation
5 7 (24.14%) Automated Testing
5 7 (24.14%) Continuous Improvement
6 6 (20.69%) API Testing
6 6 (20.69%) Open Source
6 6 (20.69%) Test Automation
7 5 (17.24%) Continuous Integration
7 5 (17.24%) Kanban
7 5 (17.24%) Performance Testing
8 4 (13.79%) Security Testing
8 4 (13.79%) Software Engineering
8 4 (13.79%) TDD
8 4 (13.79%) Unit Testing
8 4 (13.79%) User Stories
9 3 (10.34%) Continuous Delivery
9 3 (10.34%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 14 (48.28%) SQL
2 13 (44.83%) Java
2 13 (44.83%) JavaScript
3 10 (34.48%) C#
4 4 (13.79%) Groovy
4 4 (13.79%) Scala
5 2 (6.90%) PowerShell
5 2 (6.90%) TypeScript
5 2 (6.90%) VB
5 2 (6.90%) VB.NET
6 1 (3.45%) C++
6 1 (3.45%) PHP
6 1 (3.45%) Python
6 1 (3.45%) Ruby
6 1 (3.45%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (20.69%) ISEB
2 3 (10.34%) ISTQB
3 2 (6.90%) Degree
3 2 (6.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (3.45%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (3.45%) Data Quality
Vendors
1 7 (24.14%) Oracle
2 4 (13.79%) Atlassian
3 3 (10.34%) Microsoft
4 1 (3.45%) HP
4 1 (3.45%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (3.45%) SAP
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