The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had QA Analyst featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 26 July 2016 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
26 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance Analyst
Rank 547 527 500
Rank change year-on-year
-20 -27
Contract jobs requiring a QA Analyst 103 118 107
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.19% 0.21% 0.20%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.20% 0.22% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 74 89 75
Median daily rate £350 £365 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.10% +4.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £223 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £488 £490
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £340 £280
% change year-on-year
-4.41% +21.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Median hourly rate £15.00 £16.75 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.44% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £16.75 -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. 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
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
51163 53980 51056
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.75% 94.77% 94.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 33272 34147 30940
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1536 2015 2063
Median hourly rate £17.00 £16.60 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.40% +0.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.85 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.16 £16.10
% change year-on-year
+2.10% +0.37%

QA Analyst
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured QA Analyst in the job title.

QA Analyst Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

QA Analyst
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing QA Analyst within the UK.

QA Analyst Daily Rate Trend in the UK

QA Analyst
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA Analyst within the UK over the 3 months to 26 July 2016.

QA Analyst Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

QA Analyst
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA Analyst within the UK.

QA Analyst Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

QA Analyst
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Analyst within the UK over the 3 months to 26 July 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
England -30 98 £350 -4.10% 45
London -2 54 £400 -5.88% 25
South East +21 22 £350 +84.21% 8
West Sussex - 9 £325 -
East Midlands - 6 £250 - 2
Surrey -3 5 £300 - 2
Yorkshire -4 5 £350 - 1
North West -4 5 £254 -12.12%
East Sussex - 5 £350 - 5
Nottinghamshire - 5 £275 - 1
Nottingham - 5 £275 - 1
Worthing - 5 £350 -
City of London +40 4 £445 -1.11% 6
Staines - 4 - -
Scotland -2 3 £103 -
Manchester -7 3 - -
Oxfordshire +6 2 £400 -
Glasgow +6 2 £103 -
Devon +1 2 £188 -42.30% 1
West Yorkshire +1 2 £350 - 1
Leeds -4 2 £350 - 1
Exeter -5 2 £188 -42.30%
South West -14 2 £188 -42.30% 1
West Midlands -33 2 £300 -7.69% 7
York - 2 £350 -
North Yorkshire - 2 £350 -
East of England +15 1 £250 -37.50% 1
Essex +3 1 £250 -
Hampshire +2 1 £350 -4.10%
Woking -1 1 £300 -

QA Analyst Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 July 2016, QA Analyst 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 featuring QA Analyst in the job title.

1 181 (100.00%) QA
2 94 (51.93%) Agile Software Development
3 62 (34.25%) Selenium
4 54 (29.83%) JIRA
5 53 (29.28%) Finance
6 50 (27.62%) SQL
7 37 (20.44%) Cucumber
8 36 (19.89%) Java
9 35 (19.34%) Test Automation
10 34 (18.78%) BDD
11 33 (18.23%) Scrum
12 30 (16.57%) ISEB
13 29 (16.02%) Test Scripting
14 28 (15.47%) ISTQB
14 28 (15.47%) Regression Testing
14 28 (15.47%) Functional Testing
15 25 (13.81%) WebDriver
16 24 (13.26%) Analytical Skills
16 24 (13.26%) Automated Testing
17 23 (12.71%) Degree
17 23 (12.71%) Automation Testing
18 22 (12.15%) Manual Testing
19 21 (11.60%) Banking
19 21 (11.60%) .NET
20 20 (11.05%) Jenkins
21 19 (10.50%) Microsoft
21 19 (10.50%) Performance Testing
21 19 (10.50%) User Acceptance Testing
21 19 (10.50%) Computer Science
22 18 (9.94%) Confluence

QA Analyst Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills 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 18 (9.94%) Confluence
2 8 (4.42%) Tomcat
3 7 (3.87%) Apache
4 6 (3.31%) IIS
5 5 (2.76%) CMS
6 4 (2.21%) Apache Solr
6 4 (2.21%) SharePoint
7 2 (1.10%) Drupal
8 1 (0.55%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 1 (0.55%) JBoss
8 1 (0.55%) Joomla!
8 1 (0.55%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.55%) WordPress
Applications
1 6 (3.31%) MS Office
2 5 (2.76%) MS Excel
3 3 (1.66%) Mingle
3 3 (1.66%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.55%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (1.10%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (1.10%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.55%) OpenCart
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.55%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.55%) HTTP
1 1 (0.55%) HTTPS
1 1 (0.55%) LAN
1 1 (0.55%) PuTTY
1 1 (0.55%) TCP/IP
1 1 (0.55%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (5.52%) MongoDB
1 10 (5.52%) SQL Server
2 9 (4.97%) PostgreSQL
3 4 (2.21%) Big Data
3 4 (2.21%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 3 (1.66%) Data Mart
4 3 (1.66%) Electronic Patient Records
4 3 (1.66%) Hadoop
4 3 (1.66%) SQL Server 2014
4 3 (1.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (1.66%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (1.10%) Data Mining
5 2 (1.10%) MySQL
5 2 (1.10%) Oracle Database
5 2 (1.10%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.55%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.55%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 1 (0.55%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 62 (34.25%) Selenium
2 54 (29.83%) JIRA
3 37 (20.44%) Cucumber
4 25 (13.81%) WebDriver
5 20 (11.05%) Jenkins
6 15 (8.29%) SoapUI
7 12 (6.63%) HP UFT
7 12 (6.63%) JMeter
8 10 (5.52%) Maven
9 8 (4.42%) Ant
9 8 (4.42%) JUnit
10 6 (3.31%) Gradle
10 6 (3.31%) Hudson
10 6 (3.31%) IntelliJ
10 6 (3.31%) jMock
11 5 (2.76%) FitNesse
11 5 (2.76%) Gatling
11 5 (2.76%) Git (software)
11 5 (2.76%) SpecFlow
11 5 (2.76%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 53 (29.28%) Finance
2 21 (11.60%) Banking
3 11 (6.08%) Investment Banking
4 6 (3.31%) Publishing
5 5 (2.76%) Games
6 3 (1.66%) Front Office
6 3 (1.66%) Legal
6 3 (1.66%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.66%) Retail
7 2 (1.10%) Back Office
7 2 (1.10%) Electronics
7 2 (1.10%) Marketing
7 2 (1.10%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.55%) French Language
8 1 (0.55%) Law
8 1 (0.55%) Private Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (11.60%) .NET
2 15 (8.29%) HTML
3 9 (4.97%) Spring Boot
3 9 (4.97%) Web Services
3 9 (4.97%) XML
4 8 (4.42%) SOAP
5 7 (3.87%) Gherkin
5 7 (3.87%) Java EE
5 7 (3.87%) Node.js
5 7 (3.87%) Spring
6 6 (3.31%) Ajax
6 6 (3.31%) Hibernate
6 6 (3.31%) JMS
6 6 (3.31%) REST
6 6 (3.31%) WebSphere MQ
7 4 (2.21%) HTML5
7 4 (2.21%) MSMQ
7 4 (2.21%) PostGIS
8 3 (1.66%) AngularJS
8 3 (1.66%) Murex MxML
Miscellaneous
1 24 (13.26%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (10.50%) Computer Science
3 12 (6.63%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 9 (4.97%) Derivative
5 6 (3.31%) Mobile App
6 5 (2.76%) Equities
6 5 (2.76%) User Experience
7 4 (2.21%) Hedge funds
7 4 (2.21%) Mathematics
7 4 (2.21%) NHS
7 4 (2.21%) Physics
8 3 (1.66%) Animation
8 3 (1.66%) Biometrics
8 3 (1.66%) Credit Risk
8 3 (1.66%) Fixed Income
9 2 (1.10%) Client/Server
9 2 (1.10%) Digital Media
9 2 (1.10%) Mainframe
9 2 (1.10%) Swaptions
9 2 (1.10%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 12 (6.63%) Windows
2 7 (3.87%) Unix
3 6 (3.31%) Linux
4 5 (2.76%) Android
5 4 (2.21%) Windows 7
6 3 (1.66%) Windows 8
7 2 (1.10%) Apple iOS
7 2 (1.10%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.55%) Solaris
8 1 (0.55%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.55%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 94 (51.93%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (19.34%) Test Automation
3 34 (18.78%) BDD
4 33 (18.23%) Scrum
5 29 (16.02%) Test Scripting
6 28 (15.47%) Functional Testing
6 28 (15.47%) Regression Testing
7 24 (13.26%) Automated Testing
8 23 (12.71%) Automation Testing
9 22 (12.15%) Manual Testing
10 19 (10.50%) Performance Testing
10 19 (10.50%) User Acceptance Testing
11 17 (9.39%) Continuous Improvement
11 17 (9.39%) Integration Testing
12 16 (8.84%) Continuous Integration
13 15 (8.29%) Exploratory Testing
13 15 (8.29%) TDD
13 15 (8.29%) User Stories
14 14 (7.73%) Defect Management
15 13 (7.18%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 50 (27.62%) SQL
2 36 (19.89%) Java
3 13 (7.18%) C#
3 13 (7.18%) JavaScript
4 7 (3.87%) Groovy
5 4 (2.21%) Python
6 3 (1.66%) PowerShell
6 3 (1.66%) Ruby
6 3 (1.66%) Shell Script
7 2 (1.10%) Bash Shell
7 2 (1.10%) PHP
7 2 (1.10%) Scala
8 1 (0.55%) C++
8 1 (0.55%) Korn
8 1 (0.55%) Perl
8 1 (0.55%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.55%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.55%) VB
8 1 (0.55%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.55%) VBA
Qualifications
1 30 (16.57%) ISEB
2 28 (15.47%) ISTQB
3 23 (12.71%) Degree
4 8 (4.42%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 7 (3.87%) Security Cleared
6 6 (3.31%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (1.10%) SC Cleared
8 1 (0.55%) AAT
8 1 (0.55%) ACCA
8 1 (0.55%) CIMA
8 1 (0.55%) CIPFA
8 1 (0.55%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 1 (0.55%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 181 (100.00%) QA
2 4 (2.21%) WCAG
3 3 (1.66%) COBIT
4 2 (1.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (1.10%) WAI
5 1 (0.55%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.55%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.55%) GAMP
5 1 (0.55%) GPG13
5 1 (0.55%) GxP
5 1 (0.55%) HL7
System Software
1 4 (2.21%) Apache ZooKeeper
2 3 (1.66%) Docker
3 1 (0.55%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (1.66%) Ansible
1 3 (1.66%) Puppet
2 1 (0.55%) CA Service Virtualization
2 1 (0.55%) SCCM
Vendors
1 19 (10.50%) Microsoft
2 12 (6.63%) Atlassian
3 9 (4.97%) Oracle
3 9 (4.97%) Rally
4 7 (3.87%) HP
5 3 (1.66%) Hortonworks
5 3 (1.66%) Murex
5 3 (1.66%) SAP
6 2 (1.10%) hybris
6 2 (1.10%) Informatica
7 1 (0.55%) ATG
7 1 (0.55%) CA
7 1 (0.55%) ServiceNow
7 1 (0.55%) Sybase