The table below looks at the statistics for the QA Engineer role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA Engineer in their job title over the 3 months to 29 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in 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.

Location
3 months to
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance Engineer
Rank 536 506 537
Rank change year-on-year
-30 +31
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 70 73 54
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.14% 0.093%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.15% 0.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 56 30
Average daily rate
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£363 £375 £355
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% +5.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £271 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £441 £475 £429
UK excluding London average daily rate £369 £300 £388
% change year-on-year
+22.91% -22.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 6
Average hourly rate £21.00 - £20.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.00 - £20.00

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
52093 48868 53723
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.10% 92.73% 92.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 31576 29013 30174
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £233 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2015 2118 2639
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%

QA Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA Engineer in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

QA Engineer Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

QA Engineer
Daily Rate Trend

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

QA Engineer Daily Rate Trend in the UK

QA Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 29 August 2014.

QA Engineer Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

QA Engineer
Hourly Rate Trend

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

QA Engineer Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

QA Engineer
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 29 August 2014. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -22 67 £363 -3.33% 45
London +10 43 £363 -9.37% 23
South East -13 16 £425 +3.03% 9
Hampshire - 7 £285 - 2
Reading +7 4 £425 -10.52%
Berkshire +5 4 £425 -10.52% 1
East of England -23 4 £313 -3.84% 5
City of London +2 3 £438 +5.99% 4
Cambridgeshire -4 3 £275 -15.38% 5
West Midlands -10 3 £230 -8.00%
South West -35 3 £375 +42.85% 2
Buckinghamshire - 3 £425 - 3
Middlesex - 3 - -
Cambridge - 3 £275 - 5
High Wycombe - 3 £425 -
Hounslow - 3 £425 - 1
Bristol -18 2 £388 +29.16% 1
Northern Ireland 0 1 - -
Surrey -5 1 - - 2
Somerset -12 1 £325 +26.82% 1
Norfolk - 1 £350 -
Nottinghamshire - 1 £338 - 1
East Midlands - 1 £338 - 1
East Sussex - 1 £185 - 1
Slough - 1 £525 - 1
Street - 1 £325 -
Brighton - 1 £185 - 1
Norwich - 1 £350 -
Nottingham - 1 £338 -
Staffordshire - 1 £230 -

QA Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited QA Engineer in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with QA Engineer in their job title.

1 157 (100.00%) QA
2 92 (58.60%) Selenium
3 60 (38.22%) Java
4 55 (35.03%) Agile Software Development
5 53 (33.76%) Scrum
6 51 (32.48%) Cucumber
7 43 (27.39%) BDD
7 43 (27.39%) TDD
8 42 (26.75%) WebDriver
9 40 (25.48%) Test Automation
10 35 (22.29%) SQL
10 35 (22.29%) Continuous Integration
11 34 (21.66%) Ruby
12 33 (21.02%) Automated Testing
13 24 (15.29%) Web Services
14 23 (14.65%) .NET
15 21 (13.38%) Test Scripting
16 20 (12.74%) ISTQB
16 20 (12.74%) C#
16 20 (12.74%) Linux
17 19 (12.10%) ISEB
17 19 (12.10%) Regression Testing
18 16 (10.19%) Finance
18 16 (10.19%) E-Commerce
19 15 (9.55%) Microsoft
19 15 (9.55%) Degree
19 15 (9.55%) Jenkins
19 15 (9.55%) Mobile App
19 15 (9.55%) Automation Testing
20 14 (8.92%) Open Source

QA Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited QA Engineer in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with QA Engineer in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (2.55%) IIS
1 4 (2.55%) Apache
1 4 (2.55%) Node.js
2 2 (1.27%) Confluence
Applications
1 10 (6.37%) MS Excel
2 8 (5.10%) MS Office
3 1 (0.64%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (1.91%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.64%) Cognos TM1
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.64%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (0.64%) SaaS
1 1 (0.64%) PaaS
1 1 (0.64%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 10 (6.37%) TCP/IP
2 9 (5.73%) HTTP
3 6 (3.82%) LDAP
3 6 (3.82%) DNS
4 4 (2.55%) SNMP
4 4 (2.55%) SMTP
5 3 (1.91%) IP Telephony
6 2 (1.27%) Firewall
6 2 (1.27%) LAN
6 2 (1.27%) WAN
6 2 (1.27%) HTTPS
6 2 (1.27%) SSL
6 2 (1.27%) Internet
7 1 (0.64%) H.323
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (5.73%) SQL Server
2 7 (4.46%) MySQL
3 4 (2.55%) Relational Database
4 3 (1.91%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (1.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (1.27%) MongoDB
5 2 (1.27%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.64%) MariaDB
6 1 (0.64%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.64%) DB2
Development Applications
1 92 (58.60%) Selenium
2 51 (32.48%) Cucumber
3 42 (26.75%) WebDriver
4 15 (9.55%) Jenkins
5 12 (7.64%) JIRA
6 11 (7.01%) FitNesse
7 10 (6.37%) WATIR
7 10 (6.37%) Git (software)
7 10 (6.37%) Calabash
8 9 (5.73%) JMeter
9 8 (5.10%) JUnit
9 8 (5.10%) SpecFlow
10 7 (4.46%) Visual Studio
11 6 (3.82%) QuickTest Pro
11 6 (3.82%) Team Foundation Server
11 6 (3.82%) JBehave
12 5 (3.18%) Hudson
12 5 (3.18%) SoapUI
12 5 (3.18%) Maven
13 4 (2.55%) Sahi
General
1 16 (10.19%) Finance
2 8 (5.10%) Telecoms
2 8 (5.10%) Legal
3 7 (4.46%) Electronics
3 7 (4.46%) Publishing
4 6 (3.82%) Games
5 4 (2.55%) Banking
5 4 (2.55%) Retail
5 4 (2.55%) Marketing
6 3 (1.91%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.91%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.64%) Automotive
7 1 (0.64%) Advertising
7 1 (0.64%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (15.29%) Web Services
2 23 (14.65%) .NET
3 13 (8.28%) HTML
4 12 (7.64%) XML
5 9 (5.73%) .NET Framework
6 7 (4.46%) CSS
6 7 (4.46%) REST
7 6 (3.82%) SOAP
8 4 (2.55%) Mustache
8 4 (2.55%) Sass
9 3 (1.91%) Gherkin
9 3 (1.91%) ASP.NET
9 3 (1.91%) Django
9 3 (1.91%) jQuery
9 3 (1.91%) RESTful
10 2 (1.27%) HTML5
10 2 (1.27%) JSON
10 2 (1.27%) WCF
10 2 (1.27%) WPF
10 2 (1.27%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 15 (9.55%) Mobile App
2 14 (8.92%) Open Source
3 9 (5.73%) EMV
3 9 (5.73%) Smartcard
4 6 (3.82%) Computer Science
4 6 (3.82%) Digital Media
5 4 (2.55%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.91%) DTV
6 3 (1.91%) Smartphone
7 2 (1.27%) Mathematics
7 2 (1.27%) Human Factors
7 2 (1.27%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 1 (0.64%) MPEG
8 1 (0.64%) Fixed Income
8 1 (0.64%) Cryptography
8 1 (0.64%) IPTV
8 1 (0.64%) Statistics
8 1 (0.64%) Online Games
8 1 (0.64%) Online Gambling
8 1 (0.64%) Data Extraction
Operating Systems
1 20 (12.74%) Linux
2 13 (8.28%) Windows
3 10 (6.37%) UNIX
3 10 (6.37%) Android
4 8 (5.10%) Apple iOS
5 4 (2.55%) CentOS
5 4 (2.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 4 (2.55%) Windows 7
6 2 (1.27%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.64%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (35.03%) Agile Software Development
2 53 (33.76%) Scrum
3 43 (27.39%) TDD
3 43 (27.39%) BDD
4 40 (25.48%) Test Automation
5 35 (22.29%) Continuous Integration
6 33 (21.02%) Automated Testing
7 21 (13.38%) Test Scripting
8 19 (12.10%) Regression Testing
9 16 (10.19%) E-Commerce
10 15 (9.55%) Automation Testing
11 14 (8.92%) OO
12 13 (8.28%) Kanban
13 12 (7.64%) Quality Management
14 11 (7.01%) Performance Testing
14 11 (7.01%) User Stories
15 10 (6.37%) QMS
15 10 (6.37%) Software Engineering
16 9 (5.73%) OOP
17 8 (5.10%) CMMI
Programming Languages
1 60 (38.22%) Java
2 35 (22.29%) SQL
3 34 (21.66%) Ruby
4 20 (12.74%) C#
5 14 (8.92%) JavaScript
5 14 (8.92%) Python
6 10 (6.37%) PHP
7 9 (5.73%) Perl
8 6 (3.82%) C++
8 6 (3.82%) Shell Script
9 4 (2.55%) Groovy
10 3 (1.91%) PowerShell
10 3 (1.91%) Objective-C
10 3 (1.91%) C
11 2 (1.27%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.64%) VB
12 1 (0.64%) VBA
12 1 (0.64%) Scala
12 1 (0.64%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 20 (12.74%) ISTQB
2 19 (12.10%) ISEB
3 15 (9.55%) Degree
4 5 (3.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (1.27%) Security Cleared
6 1 (0.64%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.64%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 157 (100.00%) QA
2 8 (5.10%) ISO 9001
2 8 (5.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.64%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 4 (2.55%) NFS
1 4 (2.55%) Squid
1 4 (2.55%) VMware Infrastructure
1 4 (2.55%) qmail
2 2 (1.27%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 9 (5.73%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.27%) Puppet
3 1 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.64%) Salt
Vendors
1 15 (9.55%) Microsoft
2 10 (6.37%) HP
3 7 (4.46%) Cisco
4 4 (2.55%) NetApp
4 4 (2.55%) Red Hat
4 4 (2.55%) VMware
5 3 (1.91%) Oracle
5 3 (1.91%) SAP
6 1 (0.64%) Cognos
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