The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the South East region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 21 February 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
21 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
England / South East
Rank 68 75 73
Rank change year-on-year
+7 -2
Contract jobs citing QA 214 230 240
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 2.81% 2.68% 2.51%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 30.53% 25.84% 27.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 125 142 139
Median daily rate £400 £365 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.58% +12.30%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £262 £275 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
- +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 12 1
Median hourly rate £23.34 £47.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-50.86% +90.00%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £42.75 £34.00
% change year-on-year
-33.33% +25.73%

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 South East region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
701 890 889
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 9.20% 10.37% 9.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 403 492 435
Median daily rate £450 £386 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.73% -3.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £227
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £416 £400 £395
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +1.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 53 38
Median hourly rate £16.50 £47.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-65.26% +35.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £15.95 £12.44
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £60.20 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £44.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-54.54% +87.23%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

The demand trend of contract jobs across the South 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 South East

QA
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 across the South East region.

QA Daily Rate Trend in the South East

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the South East region over the 3 months to 21 February 2017.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

QA
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 across the South East region.

QA Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

QA
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 within the South East region over the 3 months to 21 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
Berkshire +13 54 £350 -5.40% 23
Hampshire +18 53 £379 +15.57% 20
Surrey +20 26 £423 -6.11% 19
Buckinghamshire +5 21 £300 - 12
West Sussex -19 21 £404 +19.77% 4
Oxfordshire -2 20 £450 +20.00% 15
Kent -4 5 £425 +30.76% 4
East Sussex -5 3 £213 -47.69% 2
Middlesex +6 2 £500 -
Sussex - 2 £373 -
Thames Valley - 1 - -
Home Counties - 1 - -
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 21 February 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 South East region with a requirement for QA.

1 153 (32.76%) Agile Software Development
2 101 (21.63%) Java
3 100 (21.41%) Selenium
4 90 (19.27%) Finance
5 66 (14.13%) Degree
6 65 (13.92%) Project Management
6 65 (13.92%) SQL
7 60 (12.85%) JIRA
8 55 (11.78%) Cucumber
9 54 (11.56%) XML
9 54 (11.56%) Microsoft
9 54 (11.56%) Scrum
10 52 (11.13%) JavaScript
11 49 (10.49%) TDD
11 49 (10.49%) BDD
12 46 (9.85%) Regression Testing
12 46 (9.85%) Security Cleared
13 44 (9.42%) HTML
14 42 (8.99%) Automated Testing
15 40 (8.57%) Test Automation
15 40 (8.57%) Continuous Improvement
15 40 (8.57%) Mentoring
16 39 (8.35%) User Acceptance Testing
17 38 (8.14%) PRINCE2
17 38 (8.14%) Performance Testing
17 38 (8.14%) Integration Testing
17 38 (8.14%) Jenkins
17 38 (8.14%) Analytical Skills
18 37 (7.92%) WebDriver
19 36 (7.71%) Test Scripting

QA
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 21 (4.50%) Confluence
2 19 (4.07%) CMS
3 14 (3.00%) JBoss
4 8 (1.71%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 8 (1.71%) SharePoint
5 7 (1.50%) Joomla!
5 7 (1.50%) WebSphere
5 7 (1.50%) WordPress
6 6 (1.28%) Apache
6 6 (1.28%) Tomcat
7 5 (1.07%) Commerce Server
8 4 (0.86%) IBM HTTP Server
8 4 (0.86%) WebSphere Application Server
9 3 (0.64%) Cloud Foundry
9 3 (0.64%) IIS
10 2 (0.43%) Apache Spark
10 2 (0.43%) Sitecore CMS
11 1 (0.21%) EPiServer
11 1 (0.21%) Jetty
11 1 (0.21%) Umbraco
Applications
1 29 (6.21%) MS Excel
2 17 (3.64%) MS Office
3 12 (2.57%) MS PowerPoint
3 12 (2.57%) MS Project
4 8 (1.71%) Fireworks
4 8 (1.71%) Photoshop
5 3 (0.64%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.43%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.21%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.21%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 6 (1.28%) Oracle Applications
2 5 (1.07%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (1.07%) Remedy ITSM
2 5 (1.07%) SAP GRC
3 4 (0.86%) Fredhopper
4 3 (0.64%) HFM
5 2 (0.43%) Magento
5 2 (0.43%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.43%) SessionCam
6 1 (0.21%) Oracle BPM
6 1 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.21%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.21%) SAP GTS
6 1 (0.21%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 17 (3.64%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (2.14%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (1.28%) Adobe Analytics
4 4 (0.86%) Google Analytics
4 4 (0.86%) PaaS
5 3 (0.64%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.43%) Google Tag Manager
6 2 (0.43%) Office 365
6 2 (0.43%) Oracle CX
6 2 (0.43%) SaaS
7 1 (0.21%) Basecamp
7 1 (0.21%) CloudSense
7 1 (0.21%) GitHub
7 1 (0.21%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 20 (4.28%) Internet
2 13 (2.78%) DNS
2 13 (2.78%) SMTP
3 12 (2.57%) GSM
3 12 (2.57%) LTE
4 11 (2.36%) HSPA
4 11 (2.36%) WCDMA
5 9 (1.93%) Firewall
5 9 (1.93%) Intranet
6 8 (1.71%) FTP
7 7 (1.50%) HTTP
7 7 (1.50%) LDAP
7 7 (1.50%) SNMP
8 6 (1.28%) SSL
9 4 (0.86%) IMAP
9 4 (0.86%) VPN
10 3 (0.64%) LAN
10 3 (0.64%) SAN
10 3 (0.64%) TCP/IP
10 3 (0.64%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (5.35%) SQL Server
2 15 (3.21%) Relational Database
3 12 (2.57%) Data Warehouse
4 11 (2.36%) MongoDB
4 11 (2.36%) RDBMS
5 9 (1.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 8 (1.71%) MarkLogic
6 8 (1.71%) Oracle Database
7 7 (1.50%) MySQL
8 6 (1.28%) Big Data
8 6 (1.28%) DB2
9 5 (1.07%) Hadoop
9 5 (1.07%) HBase
9 5 (1.07%) NoSQL
9 5 (1.07%) PostgreSQL
9 5 (1.07%) SAP Data Services
10 4 (0.86%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
10 4 (0.86%) Oracle Reports
10 4 (0.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 4 (0.86%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 100 (21.41%) Selenium
2 60 (12.85%) JIRA
3 55 (11.78%) Cucumber
4 38 (8.14%) Jenkins
5 37 (7.92%) WebDriver
6 30 (6.42%) Git (software)
7 24 (5.14%) JUnit
7 24 (5.14%) SoapUI
8 19 (4.07%) Team Foundation Server
9 13 (2.78%) Subversion
10 12 (2.57%) SpecFlow
10 12 (2.57%) Xcode
11 11 (2.36%) Android Studio
12 9 (1.93%) Gradle
13 8 (1.71%) Axure RP
13 8 (1.71%) TeamCity
14 6 (1.28%) JMeter
14 6 (1.28%) Rational DOORS
14 6 (1.28%) StarTeam
14 6 (1.28%) Visual Studio
General
1 90 (19.27%) Finance
2 34 (7.28%) Publishing
3 28 (6.00%) Marketing
4 18 (3.85%) Telecoms
5 17 (3.64%) Legal
6 14 (3.00%) Banking
7 11 (2.36%) Pharmaceutical
8 9 (1.93%) Games
8 9 (1.93%) Local Government
8 9 (1.93%) Retail
9 7 (1.50%) Manufacturing
10 4 (0.86%) Military
11 3 (0.64%) Law
12 2 (0.43%) Advertising
12 2 (0.43%) Billing
12 2 (0.43%) Danish Language
13 1 (0.21%) Aerospace
13 1 (0.21%) Arabic Language
13 1 (0.21%) German Language
13 1 (0.21%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 100 (21.41%) Analyst
2 48 (10.28%) Project Manager
3 47 (10.06%) Developer
3 47 (10.06%) Tester
4 39 (8.35%) QA Analyst
5 36 (7.71%) Test Analyst
6 30 (6.42%) QA Engineer
7 29 (6.21%) QA Tester
8 26 (5.57%) Test Engineer
9 23 (4.93%) Automation Tester
9 23 (4.93%) QA Test Analyst
10 21 (4.50%) Architect
11 19 (4.07%) IT Manager
12 17 (3.64%) Automation Test Analyst
12 17 (3.64%) QA Automation Tester
13 16 (3.43%) IT Project Manager
13 16 (3.43%) Quality Manager
14 15 (3.21%) Designer
15 14 (3.00%) QA Automation Analyst
15 14 (3.00%) QA Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (11.56%) XML
2 44 (9.42%) HTML
3 35 (7.49%) CSS
3 35 (7.49%) Web Services
4 31 (6.64%) .NET
5 16 (3.43%) Gherkin
5 16 (3.43%) JSON
5 16 (3.43%) REST
6 15 (3.21%) AngularJS
6 15 (3.21%) RESTful
7 14 (3.00%) Spring
8 13 (2.78%) XSLT
9 12 (2.57%) Node.js
9 12 (2.57%) SOAP
10 11 (2.36%) Ajax
11 10 (2.14%) .NET Framework
12 9 (1.93%) Hibernate
13 8 (1.71%) JSF
14 7 (1.50%) JMS
14 7 (1.50%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 38 (8.14%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (6.64%) Management Information System
3 26 (5.57%) User Experience
4 16 (3.43%) Mobile App
5 11 (2.36%) Data Centre
6 9 (1.93%) Life Science
7 8 (1.71%) Computer Science
7 8 (1.71%) Driving Licence
8 7 (1.50%) Enterprise Software
9 6 (1.28%) Linux Command Line
9 6 (1.28%) NHS
9 6 (1.28%) PMI
9 6 (1.28%) Public Cloud
9 6 (1.28%) Virtual Team
10 5 (1.07%) Smart Meter
11 4 (0.86%) Client/Server
11 4 (0.86%) iPad
11 4 (0.86%) PKI
12 3 (0.64%) CCTV
12 3 (0.64%) Online Banking
Operating Systems
1 36 (7.71%) Windows
2 29 (6.21%) Linux
3 23 (4.93%) Unix
4 22 (4.71%) Android
5 10 (2.14%) Apple iOS
6 7 (1.50%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (1.07%) Windows Server
8 4 (0.86%) AIX
9 3 (0.64%) Windows 10
10 2 (0.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.43%) Solaris
10 2 (0.43%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.43%) VMS
10 2 (0.43%) Windows Server 2003
10 2 (0.43%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (0.43%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.21%) CentOS
11 1 (0.21%) MVS
11 1 (0.21%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 153 (32.76%) Agile Software Development
2 65 (13.92%) Project Management
3 54 (11.56%) Scrum
4 49 (10.49%) BDD
4 49 (10.49%) TDD
5 46 (9.85%) Regression Testing
6 42 (8.99%) Automated Testing
7 40 (8.57%) Continuous Improvement
7 40 (8.57%) Mentoring
7 40 (8.57%) Test Automation
8 39 (8.35%) User Acceptance Testing
9 38 (8.14%) Integration Testing
9 38 (8.14%) Performance Testing
9 38 (8.14%) PRINCE2
10 36 (7.71%) Test Scripting
11 34 (7.28%) Stakeholder Management
11 34 (7.28%) Unit Testing
11 34 (7.28%) User Stories
12 33 (7.07%) Defect Management
13 31 (6.64%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 101 (21.63%) Java
2 65 (13.92%) SQL
3 52 (11.13%) JavaScript
4 34 (7.28%) C#
5 23 (4.93%) Python
6 21 (4.50%) Scala
7 16 (3.43%) C
8 13 (2.78%) PL/SQL
9 12 (2.57%) Objective-C
10 11 (2.36%) Apple Swift
10 11 (2.36%) Groovy
11 10 (2.14%) PHP
12 9 (1.93%) Shell Script
12 9 (1.93%) XQuery
13 8 (1.71%) Ruby
14 7 (1.50%) PowerShell
14 7 (1.50%) T-SQL
15 4 (0.86%) C++
15 4 (0.86%) VB.NET
16 2 (0.43%) Perl
Qualifications
1 66 (14.13%) Degree
2 46 (9.85%) Security Cleared
3 34 (7.28%) SC Cleared
4 23 (4.93%) ISEB
5 16 (3.43%) ISTQB
6 14 (3.00%) PMI Certification
7 13 (2.78%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 12 (2.57%) CCNP
8 12 (2.57%) Cisco Certification
8 12 (2.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 11 (2.36%) DV Cleared
9 11 (2.36%) PMP
10 10 (2.14%) CCNA
11 7 (1.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 4 (0.86%) CISSP
12 4 (0.86%) CompTIA Security+
12 4 (0.86%) RHCE
12 4 (0.86%) Security+ Certification
13 3 (0.64%) APMP
13 3 (0.64%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (2.14%) Data Quality
1 10 (2.14%) SLA
2 7 (1.50%) WCAG
3 6 (1.28%) SDET
4 5 (1.07%) PCI DSS
4 5 (1.07%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 4 (0.86%) COBIT
6 3 (0.64%) GMP
6 3 (0.64%) GxP
7 2 (0.43%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.21%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.21%) EFQM
8 1 (0.21%) ISO 14001
8 1 (0.21%) ISO 9000
8 1 (0.21%) WAI
System Software
1 7 (1.50%) Active Directory
2 4 (0.86%) HDFS
3 3 (0.64%) Docker
4 2 (0.43%) Oracle RAC
4 2 (0.43%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (0.21%) Time Sharing Option
5 1 (0.21%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 7 (1.50%) TeamSite
2 5 (1.07%) Ansible
2 5 (1.07%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 5 (1.07%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 3 (0.64%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
3 3 (0.64%) Puppet
4 2 (0.43%) Netcool
4 2 (0.43%) WSUS
5 1 (0.21%) Amdocs OSS
5 1 (0.21%) Data Guard
5 1 (0.21%) Netcool/OMNIbus
5 1 (0.21%) Netcool/Webtop
5 1 (0.21%) SCCM
5 1 (0.21%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.21%) Tivoli Monitoring
5 1 (0.21%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 54 (11.56%) Microsoft
2 33 (7.07%) Oracle
3 27 (5.78%) SAP
4 13 (2.78%) Cisco
5 12 (2.57%) Apple
6 10 (2.14%) Atlassian
7 9 (1.93%) Adobe
8 8 (1.71%) Rackspace
9 7 (1.50%) Citrix
10 6 (1.28%) HP
10 6 (1.28%) Informatica
10 6 (1.28%) Remedy
10 6 (1.28%) Salesforce.com
10 6 (1.28%) Splunk
11 5 (1.07%) BMC
11 5 (1.07%) Red Hat
12 4 (0.86%) Google
12 4 (0.86%) Hyperion
12 4 (0.86%) IBM
12 4 (0.86%) Omniture
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