The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had QA Engineer featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 30 August 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
30 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance Engineer
Rank 553 613 572
Rank change year-on-year
+60 -41
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 94 46 72
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.17% 0.080% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.18% 0.084% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 76 37 55
Median daily rate £400 £370 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.10% +2.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £206 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £450 £436
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £343 £355
% change year-on-year
+9.48% -3.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Median hourly rate £32.50 - £21.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 - £21.00

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
51191 54614 52615
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.69% 94.95% 94.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 33346 34728 31784
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1648 2049 2054
Median hourly rate £17.00 £17.33 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.90% +1.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.88 £11.00 £10.57
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.72
% change year-on-year
-2.94% +1.67%

QA Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend

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

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 30 August 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 30 August 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 +44 84 £400 +8.10% 44
London +10 47 £425 +6.25% 29
South East +25 17 £318 -12.71% 4
City of London +34 11 £494 +19.69% 6
West Sussex - 9 £325 -
Scotland +17 6 £230 - 3
West Yorkshire +2 5 £400 +6.66% 1
Yorkshire -1 5 £400 +6.66% 2
North East -12 5 £300 -10.44%
Newcastle upon Tyne -17 5 £300 -10.44%
Tyne and Wear -22 5 £300 -10.44%
Leeds +2 4 £393 +4.66% 1
Burgess Hill - 4 £310 -
Livingston - 4 £230 -
South Wales - 4 £435 -
West Lothian - 4 £230 -
Wales - 4 £435 -
East of England +17 3 £400 +90.47% 5
North West +7 3 £313 +13.63% 2
Hampshire +2 3 £250 -31.50% 1
East Midlands 0 3 £375 - 1
Surrey - 3 - - 2
Worthing - 3 £438 -
Derbyshire - 3 £375 -
Derby - 3 £375 -
South West +12 2 £450 +5.88% 1
Bristol -1 2 £450 +5.88% 1
Manchester -10 2 - - 2
Cardiff - 2 £394 -
Newport - 2 £445 -

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 August 2016, QA Engineer 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 Engineer in the job title.

1 192 (100.00%) QA
2 122 (63.54%) Agile Software Development
3 98 (51.04%) Selenium
4 71 (36.98%) Cucumber
5 63 (32.81%) BDD
6 62 (32.29%) Java
7 61 (31.77%) Test Automation
8 59 (30.73%) WebDriver
9 55 (28.65%) Automated Testing
10 52 (27.08%) Scrum
11 51 (26.56%) SQL
12 49 (25.52%) TDD
12 49 (25.52%) Exploratory Testing
13 38 (19.79%) JIRA
14 34 (17.71%) Android
15 32 (16.67%) Finance
15 32 (16.67%) JUnit
15 32 (16.67%) Web Services
16 31 (16.15%) JavaScript
17 29 (15.10%) .NET
17 29 (15.10%) C#
17 29 (15.10%) Functional Testing
17 29 (15.10%) Jenkins
18 28 (14.58%) QA Automation
18 28 (14.58%) Apple iOS
19 27 (14.06%) Test Scripting
20 26 (13.54%) Retail
21 24 (12.50%) Ruby
21 24 (12.50%) Regression Testing
21 24 (12.50%) E-Commerce

QA Engineer 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 15 (7.81%) Confluence
2 8 (4.17%) IIS
3 4 (2.08%) Jetty
4 2 (1.04%) SAS
5 1 (0.52%) Apache Pig
5 1 (0.52%) CMS
5 1 (0.52%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (1.04%) MS Excel
1 2 (1.04%) MS Office
2 1 (0.52%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.56%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.52%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.52%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 7 (3.65%) Google Play
2 6 (3.13%) GitHub
3 5 (2.60%) Google Cloud Platform
4 2 (1.04%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (0.52%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.08%) HTTP
1 4 (2.08%) Wireless
2 2 (1.04%) PuTTY
2 2 (1.04%) WinSCP
3 1 (0.52%) Firewall
3 1 (0.52%) HTTPS
3 1 (0.52%) Internet
3 1 (0.52%) Network Security
3 1 (0.52%) RTSP
3 1 (0.52%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (8.33%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.65%) Oracle Database
3 5 (2.60%) Big Data
4 4 (2.08%) MySQL
5 3 (1.56%) HPCC
5 3 (1.56%) MongoDB
6 2 (1.04%) Apache Cassandra
6 2 (1.04%) Hadoop
6 2 (1.04%) Oracle Reports
6 2 (1.04%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (0.52%) Apache Hive
7 1 (0.52%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 98 (51.04%) Selenium
2 71 (36.98%) Cucumber
3 59 (30.73%) WebDriver
4 38 (19.79%) JIRA
5 32 (16.67%) JUnit
6 29 (15.10%) Jenkins
7 19 (9.90%) Appium
7 19 (9.90%) SoapUI
8 18 (9.38%) SpecFlow
9 16 (8.33%) Jasmine
10 15 (7.81%) JMeter
11 14 (7.29%) Gradle
12 13 (6.77%) NUnit
13 12 (6.25%) Protractor
14 11 (5.73%) Git (software)
14 11 (5.73%) HP UFT
14 11 (5.73%) Maven
15 10 (5.21%) Ant
15 10 (5.21%) Robotium
15 10 (5.21%) Xcode
General
1 32 (16.67%) Finance
2 26 (13.54%) Retail
3 11 (5.73%) Games
4 7 (3.65%) Publishing
5 6 (3.13%) Banking
6 4 (2.08%) Electronics
6 4 (2.08%) Investment Banking
7 3 (1.56%) Manufacturing
7 3 (1.56%) Marketing
7 3 (1.56%) Telecoms
8 2 (1.04%) Front Office
9 1 (0.52%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.52%) Online Betting
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (16.67%) Web Services
2 29 (15.10%) .NET
3 18 (9.38%) REST
4 17 (8.85%) HTML
5 15 (7.81%) Node.js
5 15 (7.81%) RESTful
6 14 (7.29%) .NET Framework
7 12 (6.25%) RabbitMQ
7 12 (6.25%) Spring
8 11 (5.73%) Hibernate
8 11 (5.73%) XML
9 10 (5.21%) HTML5
10 9 (4.69%) JSON
11 8 (4.17%) Ajax
11 8 (4.17%) Java EE
11 8 (4.17%) JMS
11 8 (4.17%) WebSphere MQ
12 7 (3.65%) Android SDK
12 7 (3.65%) AngularJS
13 6 (3.13%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 23 (11.98%) Mobile App
2 19 (9.90%) Computer Science
3 11 (5.73%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 10 (5.21%) Analytical Skills
4 10 (5.21%) User Experience
5 6 (3.13%) Virtual Team
6 2 (1.04%) Digital Media
6 2 (1.04%) Fixed Income
6 2 (1.04%) Mobile Payment
7 1 (0.52%) Animation
7 1 (0.52%) BBC
7 1 (0.52%) CCTV
7 1 (0.52%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.52%) NHS
7 1 (0.52%) Online Games
7 1 (0.52%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.52%) STB
7 1 (0.52%) Streaming Media
7 1 (0.52%) Streaming Video
7 1 (0.52%) Swaptions
Operating Systems
1 34 (17.71%) Android
2 28 (14.58%) Apple iOS
3 10 (5.21%) Windows
4 8 (4.17%) Linux
5 3 (1.56%) Unix
6 1 (0.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.52%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.52%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 122 (63.54%) Agile Software Development
2 63 (32.81%) BDD
3 61 (31.77%) Test Automation
4 55 (28.65%) Automated Testing
5 52 (27.08%) Scrum
6 49 (25.52%) Exploratory Testing
6 49 (25.52%) TDD
7 29 (15.10%) Functional Testing
8 28 (14.58%) QA Automation
9 27 (14.06%) Test Scripting
10 24 (12.50%) E-Commerce
10 24 (12.50%) Manual Testing
10 24 (12.50%) Regression Testing
11 23 (11.98%) Automation Testing
12 22 (11.46%) Software Engineering
13 21 (10.94%) Performance Testing
14 20 (10.42%) Continuous Integration
14 20 (10.42%) Defect Tracking
14 20 (10.42%) Unit Testing
14 20 (10.42%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 62 (32.29%) Java
2 51 (26.56%) SQL
3 31 (16.15%) JavaScript
4 29 (15.10%) C#
5 24 (12.50%) Ruby
6 14 (7.29%) Python
7 13 (6.77%) Scala
8 12 (6.25%) Groovy
9 3 (1.56%) PHP
10 2 (1.04%) CoffeeScript
10 2 (1.04%) PowerShell
10 2 (1.04%) R
10 2 (1.04%) T-SQL
10 2 (1.04%) VBA
10 2 (1.04%) VBScript
11 1 (0.52%) Apple Swift
11 1 (0.52%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.52%) C++
11 1 (0.52%) Objective-C
11 1 (0.52%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 21 (10.94%) Degree
2 14 (7.29%) ISTQB
3 12 (6.25%) ISEB
4 5 (2.60%) SC Cleared
4 5 (2.60%) Security Cleared
5 2 (1.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.52%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.52%) HNC
6 1 (0.52%) HND
6 1 (0.52%) IRCA
6 1 (0.52%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 192 (100.00%) QA
2 5 (2.60%) WCAG
3 4 (2.08%) SDET
4 3 (1.56%) ISO 9000
5 2 (1.04%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.52%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.52%) EFQM
6 1 (0.52%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.52%) ISO13485
Systems Management
1 5 (2.60%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 20 (10.42%) Oracle
2 10 (5.21%) Atlassian
3 9 (4.69%) Rally
4 8 (4.17%) HP
5 7 (3.65%) Google
6 5 (2.60%) Microsoft
7 3 (1.56%) JDA
8 2 (1.04%) AppDynamics
8 2 (1.04%) Dynatrace
8 2 (1.04%) IBM
8 2 (1.04%) New Relic
9 1 (0.52%) EMC
9 1 (0.52%) hybris
9 1 (0.52%) Red Hat
9 1 (0.52%) Salesforce.com
9 1 (0.52%) SAP
9 1 (0.52%) Sybase
9 1 (0.52%) Xamarin
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