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 3 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
3 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 57 88 67
Rank change year-on-year
+31 -21
Contract jobs citing QA 252 221 247
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 3.30% 2.32% 2.48%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 33.87% 24.21% 24.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 163 123 153
Median daily rate £364 £350 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.92% +6.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £239 £282 £236
10% offered a daily rate of more than £505 £525 £460
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £349
% change year-on-year
- +7.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 6 5
Median hourly rate £14.00 £22.75 £21.99
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-38.46% +3.47%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.70 £16.90 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.65 £46.50 £35.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.39 £22.75 £33.00
% change year-on-year
-19.16% -31.06%
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 South East region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
744 913 992
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 9.74% 9.58% 9.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 404 457 522
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £275 £209
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £548
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 40 75
Median hourly rate £17.43 £23.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-24.21% +15.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.46 £16.94 £10.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £47.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-10.00% +11.11%

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 3 December 2016.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

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

QA Hourly Rate Histogram 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 3 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
Hampshire +48 63 £400 +33.33% 13
Berkshire +3 59 £381 +11.31% 13
Surrey +20 39 £348 -7.33% 9
West Sussex +17 25 £375 +3.44% 3
Oxfordshire +16 25 £385 +28.33% 4
Buckinghamshire 0 21 £290 -10.76% 5
East Sussex -1 8 £334 -21.35% 5
Kent +10 6 £344 +5.76% 2
Sussex - 5 £350 -
Middlesex -2 1 £425 -22.72% 3
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 3 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 South East region with a requirement for QA.

1 201 (40.28%) Agile Software Development
2 122 (24.45%) SQL
3 110 (22.04%) Java
4 109 (21.84%) Selenium
5 79 (15.83%) JIRA
6 78 (15.63%) Scrum
7 70 (14.03%) XML
8 68 (13.63%) JavaScript
8 68 (13.63%) Finance
9 65 (13.03%) Degree
10 61 (12.22%) Continuous Improvement
11 60 (12.02%) Microsoft
12 58 (11.62%) Project Management
13 57 (11.42%) BDD
14 56 (11.22%) TDD
15 54 (10.82%) Performance Testing
16 53 (10.62%) Test Automation
16 53 (10.62%) Cucumber
16 53 (10.62%) Automated Testing
17 52 (10.42%) Jenkins
18 47 (9.42%) Unit Testing
19 46 (9.22%) HTML
20 45 (9.02%) Regression Testing
20 45 (9.02%) Continuous Integration
21 44 (8.82%) User Stories
21 44 (8.82%) Web Services
22 43 (8.62%) .NET
22 43 (8.62%) Confluence
23 42 (8.42%) Linux
24 40 (8.02%) C#

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 43 (8.62%) Confluence
2 23 (4.61%) Apache
3 19 (3.81%) CMS
4 13 (2.61%) SharePoint
5 11 (2.20%) WebSphere
6 9 (1.80%) Commerce Server
7 8 (1.60%) IBM HTTP Server
7 8 (1.60%) IIS
7 8 (1.60%) Tomcat
7 8 (1.60%) WebSphere Application Server
8 7 (1.40%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 7 (1.40%) JBoss
8 7 (1.40%) Joomla!
8 7 (1.40%) WordPress
9 5 (1.00%) Drupal
10 4 (0.80%) Apache Spark
10 4 (0.80%) Cloud Foundry
10 4 (0.80%) SharePoint 2013
11 3 (0.60%) GemFire
11 3 (0.60%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 26 (5.21%) MS Excel
2 19 (3.81%) MS Visio
3 14 (2.81%) MS PowerPoint
4 12 (2.40%) MS Office
5 8 (1.60%) Fireworks
5 8 (1.60%) MS Project
5 8 (1.60%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.20%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 10 (2.00%) Oracle Applications
2 8 (1.60%) Fredhopper
3 6 (1.20%) Dynamics CRM
4 5 (1.00%) SAP GRC
5 3 (0.60%) HFM
5 3 (0.60%) Magento
5 3 (0.60%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 2 (0.40%) SessionCam
7 1 (0.20%) Oracle BRM
7 1 (0.20%) Oracle Receivables
7 1 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.20%) SAP FS
7 1 (0.20%) SAP GTS
Cloud Services
1 25 (5.01%) Amazon AWS
2 20 (4.01%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (2.00%) PaaS
4 7 (1.40%) Cloud Computing
5 6 (1.20%) Adobe Analytics
6 3 (0.60%) GitHub
6 3 (0.60%) IBM Cloud
6 3 (0.60%) Office 365
6 3 (0.60%) SaaS
7 2 (0.40%) Google Analytics
7 2 (0.40%) Google Tag Manager
8 1 (0.20%) Basecamp
8 1 (0.20%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 12 (2.40%) Internet
2 8 (1.60%) Intranet
3 7 (1.40%) DNS
3 7 (1.40%) SMTP
4 5 (1.00%) FTP
4 5 (1.00%) HTTP
4 5 (1.00%) SNMP
5 4 (0.80%) IMAP
5 4 (0.80%) LAN
5 4 (0.80%) SSL
6 3 (0.60%) Firewall
6 3 (0.60%) LDAP
6 3 (0.60%) WLAN
7 2 (0.40%) MPLS
7 2 (0.40%) Network Security
7 2 (0.40%) VPN
7 2 (0.40%) WAN
7 2 (0.40%) ZigBee
8 1 (0.20%) 3G
8 1 (0.20%) DOCSIS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (5.41%) MongoDB
2 20 (4.01%) SQL Server
3 17 (3.41%) NoSQL
3 17 (3.41%) Relational Database
4 15 (3.01%) MySQL
5 14 (2.81%) Data Warehouse
5 14 (2.81%) RDBMS
6 9 (1.80%) DB2
6 9 (1.80%) SAP Data Services
7 8 (1.60%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
7 8 (1.60%) Star Schema
8 7 (1.40%) Hadoop
8 7 (1.40%) HBase
8 7 (1.40%) Oracle Reports
9 6 (1.20%) Big Data
9 6 (1.20%) MarkLogic
9 6 (1.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 5 (1.00%) Apache Hive
10 5 (1.00%) Oracle Database
11 4 (0.80%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 109 (21.84%) Selenium
2 79 (15.83%) JIRA
3 53 (10.62%) Cucumber
4 52 (10.42%) Jenkins
5 40 (8.02%) SoapUI
6 38 (7.62%) WebDriver
7 37 (7.41%) Git (software)
8 36 (7.21%) JUnit
9 23 (4.61%) Team Foundation Server
10 22 (4.41%) Maven
11 21 (4.21%) SpecFlow
11 21 (4.21%) Subversion
12 18 (3.61%) Gradle
13 13 (2.61%) PHPUnit
13 13 (2.61%) Visual Studio
14 12 (2.40%) JMeter
15 11 (2.20%) Talend Open Studio
16 9 (1.80%) Hudson
16 9 (1.80%) TeamCity
17 8 (1.60%) Axure RP
General
1 68 (13.63%) Finance
2 28 (5.61%) Marketing
2 28 (5.61%) Telecoms
3 25 (5.01%) Publishing
4 15 (3.01%) Retail
5 13 (2.61%) Legal
6 12 (2.40%) Pharmaceutical
7 10 (2.00%) Banking
7 10 (2.00%) Games
8 8 (1.60%) Local Government
9 7 (1.40%) Manufacturing
10 4 (0.80%) Military
11 3 (0.60%) Electronics
12 2 (0.40%) Advertising
12 2 (0.40%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.40%) Automotive
12 2 (0.40%) Back Office
12 2 (0.40%) Danish Language
13 1 (0.20%) Front Office
13 1 (0.20%) Law
Job Titles
1 126 (25.25%) Analyst
2 64 (12.83%) Developer
3 50 (10.02%) Tester
4 49 (9.82%) Test Analyst
5 33 (6.61%) QA Analyst
5 33 (6.61%) Test Engineer
6 32 (6.41%) QA Engineer
7 29 (5.81%) Project Manager
8 27 (5.41%) Automation Tester
9 25 (5.01%) QA Tester
10 24 (4.81%) QA Test Analyst
11 22 (4.41%) Automation Test Analyst
12 18 (3.61%) IT Manager
13 16 (3.21%) Selenium Automation Tester
13 16 (3.21%) Selenium Tester
14 15 (3.01%) Consultant
14 15 (3.01%) Designer
14 15 (3.01%) PHP Developer
15 14 (2.81%) QA Automation Tester
15 14 (2.81%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (14.03%) XML
2 46 (9.22%) HTML
3 44 (8.82%) Web Services
4 43 (8.62%) .NET
5 35 (7.01%) CSS
6 32 (6.41%) JSON
7 25 (5.01%) REST
8 23 (4.61%) SOAP
9 19 (3.81%) Gherkin
9 19 (3.81%) jQuery
10 17 (3.41%) Spring
11 16 (3.21%) Ajax
12 15 (3.01%) .NET Framework
13 14 (2.81%) AngularJS
13 14 (2.81%) Node.js
14 13 (2.61%) CakePHP
14 13 (2.61%) RESTful
15 12 (2.40%) XSLT
16 11 (2.20%) Hibernate
17 9 (1.80%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 40 (8.02%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (5.21%) Management Information System
3 23 (4.61%) Computer Science
4 21 (4.21%) User Experience
5 9 (1.80%) Mobile App
6 8 (1.60%) Copywriting
6 8 (1.60%) Driving Licence
6 8 (1.60%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 8 (1.60%) Statistics
7 7 (1.40%) Smart Meter
8 6 (1.20%) Mathematics
8 6 (1.20%) NHS
9 5 (1.00%) Client/Server
9 5 (1.00%) Data Centre
9 5 (1.00%) Life Science
9 5 (1.00%) Virtual Team
10 4 (0.80%) Cryptography
10 4 (0.80%) Mainframe
10 4 (0.80%) Public Cloud
11 3 (0.60%) Performance Metrics
Operating Systems
1 42 (8.42%) Linux
2 37 (7.41%) Unix
3 31 (6.21%) Windows
4 14 (2.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 13 (2.61%) Android
6 12 (2.40%) Apple iOS
7 9 (1.80%) CentOS
8 8 (1.60%) AIX
9 6 (1.20%) Windows Server
10 5 (1.00%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (0.20%) MVS
11 1 (0.20%) Solaris
11 1 (0.20%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.20%) Windows NT
11 1 (0.20%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.20%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (0.20%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 201 (40.28%) Agile Software Development
2 78 (15.63%) Scrum
3 61 (12.22%) Continuous Improvement
4 58 (11.62%) Project Management
5 57 (11.42%) BDD
6 56 (11.22%) TDD
7 54 (10.82%) Performance Testing
8 53 (10.62%) Automated Testing
8 53 (10.62%) Test Automation
9 47 (9.42%) Unit Testing
10 45 (9.02%) Continuous Integration
10 45 (9.02%) Regression Testing
11 44 (8.82%) User Stories
12 38 (7.62%) SDLC
12 38 (7.62%) Test Scripting
13 36 (7.21%) User Acceptance Testing
13 36 (7.21%) Validation
14 35 (7.01%) ITIL
14 35 (7.01%) Kanban
15 33 (6.61%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 122 (24.45%) SQL
2 110 (22.04%) Java
3 68 (13.63%) JavaScript
4 40 (8.02%) C#
5 24 (4.81%) PHP
5 24 (4.81%) Python
5 24 (4.81%) Scala
6 18 (3.61%) Groovy
7 16 (3.21%) PL/SQL
8 14 (2.81%) C
9 13 (2.61%) Shell Script
10 12 (2.40%) VB
11 11 (2.20%) C++
12 8 (1.60%) Perl
13 7 (1.40%) Ruby
13 7 (1.40%) XQuery
14 4 (0.80%) PowerShell
15 3 (0.60%) ABAP
15 3 (0.60%) Bash Shell
15 3 (0.60%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 65 (13.03%) Degree
2 37 (7.41%) Security Cleared
3 35 (7.01%) ISEB
4 30 (6.01%) ISTQB
5 29 (5.81%) SC Cleared
6 22 (4.41%) Cisco Certification
7 21 (4.21%) CCNP
8 13 (2.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 12 (2.40%) DV Cleared
10 10 (2.00%) CCNA
10 10 (2.00%) PMI Certification
11 8 (1.60%) PMP
12 7 (1.40%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 5 (1.00%) BPSS Clearance
14 4 (0.80%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 4 (0.80%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 3 (0.60%) IRCA
15 3 (0.60%) Microsoft Certification
16 2 (0.40%) APMP
17 1 (0.20%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (2.00%) SLA
2 9 (1.80%) Data Quality
3 6 (1.20%) WCAG
4 5 (1.00%) ISO 9001
4 5 (1.00%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 5 (1.00%) SDET
5 4 (0.80%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 4 (0.80%) COBIT
6 3 (0.60%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.40%) DO-254
7 2 (0.40%) GxP
7 2 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.20%) Actionable Recommendations
8 1 (0.20%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.20%) EFQM
8 1 (0.20%) GAMP
8 1 (0.20%) ISO 14001
8 1 (0.20%) WAI
System Software
1 7 (1.40%) Active Directory
1 7 (1.40%) Docker
2 6 (1.20%) HDFS
3 3 (0.60%) BitLocker
4 2 (0.40%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 2 (0.40%) Firmware
4 2 (0.40%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.40%) Virtual Desktop
4 2 (0.40%) VirtualBox
5 1 (0.20%) Time Sharing Option
5 1 (0.20%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 8 (1.60%) Ansible
2 7 (1.40%) Opscode Chef
2 7 (1.40%) TeamSite
3 6 (1.20%) HP Quality Center
4 5 (1.00%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 5 (1.00%) Puppet
4 5 (1.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 3 (0.60%) McAfee ePO
5 3 (0.60%) SCCM
6 2 (0.40%) WSUS
7 1 (0.20%) Netcool
7 1 (0.20%) Netcool/OMNIbus
7 1 (0.20%) Netcool/Webtop
7 1 (0.20%) Tivoli
7 1 (0.20%) Tivoli Monitoring
Vendors
1 60 (12.02%) Microsoft
2 35 (7.01%) Oracle
3 28 (5.61%) SAP
4 17 (3.41%) Atlassian
5 15 (3.01%) Cisco
6 13 (2.61%) IBM
7 11 (2.20%) Talend
8 10 (2.00%) Informatica
8 10 (2.00%) Splunk
9 8 (1.60%) AppDynamics
9 8 (1.60%) Rackspace
10 7 (1.40%) Adobe
10 7 (1.40%) CA Agile Central
10 7 (1.40%) Perforce
11 6 (1.20%) Salesforce.com
12 5 (1.00%) Capita
12 5 (1.00%) Intel Security
12 5 (1.00%) Lumension
13 4 (0.80%) Cloudera
13 4 (0.80%) Omniture
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Posted: Yesterday
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West Sussex
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