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 23 January 2015 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
23 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance Engineer
Rank 509 484 467
Rank change year-on-year
-25 -17
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 69 73 68
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.15% 0.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.15% 0.16% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 61 46
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£340 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £262 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £270 £300
% change year-on-year
+29.62% -10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 5
Average hourly rate - £33.75 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +12.50%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £33.75 £38.75
% change year-on-year
- -12.90%

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
46883 45043 41451
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.44% 92.47% 92.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 29475 26911 23492
Average daily rate £400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £225 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1817 2004 2424
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.48 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.57% -5.54%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.25 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-3.03% -8.33%

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 23 January 2015.

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 23 January 2015. 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -30 67 £350 -6.66% 45
London -1 49 £340 -20.00% 32
City of London +5 7 £375 -21.05% 5
South East -33 5 £525 +94.44% 8
East of England +9 4 £356 +29.54% 4
Berkshire -1 4 £525 +94.44% 6
North West - 4 £290 -
South West -18 3 £350 +55.55% 1
Reading +6 2 £525 +45.83% 1
Newbury 0 2 £275 +1.85% 3
Cambridgeshire - 2 £356 - 4
Cheshire - 2 £250 -
Manchester - 2 £290 -
Suffolk - 2 - -
West Midlands - 2 - -
Surrey -1 1 £325 -13.33% 1
Bristol -5 1 £375 +76.47% 1
Cambridge - 1 £363 - 3
County Antrim - 1 £250 -
Belfast - 1 £250 -
Northern Ireland - 1 £250 -
Hammersmith - 1 £300 -
Chiswick - - - -
Farnborough - - - -
West Sussex - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Wiltshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
Docklands, London - - - -
East Midlands - - - -

QA Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 January 2015, 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.

1 132 (100.00%) QA
2 72 (54.55%) Selenium
3 70 (53.03%) Agile Software Development
4 60 (45.45%) Java
5 39 (29.55%) WebDriver
6 37 (28.03%) Test Automation
7 35 (26.52%) SQL
8 32 (24.24%) Scrum
8 32 (24.24%) Cucumber
9 29 (21.97%) TDD
10 24 (18.18%) BDD
10 24 (18.18%) Manual Testing
11 22 (16.67%) Ruby
12 21 (15.91%) JIRA
13 20 (15.15%) Python
14 18 (13.64%) Automated Testing
15 16 (12.12%) ISEB
16 15 (11.36%) Performance Testing
17 14 (10.61%) Linux
17 14 (10.61%) Finance
18 13 (9.85%) Regression Testing
18 13 (9.85%) Games
18 13 (9.85%) Web Services
18 13 (9.85%) C#
18 13 (9.85%) Continuous Integration
18 13 (9.85%) Test Scripting
18 13 (9.85%) Kanban
18 13 (9.85%) Automation Testing
19 12 (9.09%) ISTQB
20 11 (8.33%) UNIX

QA Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 January 2015, 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 3 (2.27%) Confluence
2 2 (1.52%) ATG Dynamo
2 2 (1.52%) ColdFusion
2 2 (1.52%) WebLogic
2 2 (1.52%) IIS
3 1 (0.76%) OpenStack
3 1 (0.76%) CMS
Applications
1 5 (3.79%) MS Excel
2 3 (2.27%) MS Office
3 2 (1.52%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (3.03%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.52%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (1.52%) SaaS
1 2 (1.52%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.76%) IaaS
2 1 (0.76%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.03%) ATM
1 4 (3.03%) Internet
2 3 (2.27%) HTTP
2 3 (2.27%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.76%) iBeacon
3 1 (0.76%) NAS
3 1 (0.76%) H.323
3 1 (0.76%) DNS
3 1 (0.76%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (5.30%) Data Warehouse
1 7 (5.30%) SQL Server
1 7 (5.30%) MySQL
2 5 (3.79%) MongoDB
3 4 (3.03%) DB2
3 4 (3.03%) NoSQL
4 3 (2.27%) IBM InfoSphere
4 3 (2.27%) Apache Cassandra
4 3 (2.27%) OLAP
4 3 (2.27%) OLTP
5 2 (1.52%) Hadoop
5 2 (1.52%) Oracle ODI
5 2 (1.52%) Big Data
5 2 (1.52%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.76%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (0.76%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.76%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 72 (54.55%) Selenium
2 39 (29.55%) WebDriver
3 32 (24.24%) Cucumber
4 21 (15.91%) JIRA
5 11 (8.33%) QuickTest Pro
6 10 (7.58%) JMeter
6 10 (7.58%) SoapUI
7 9 (6.82%) Git (software)
7 9 (6.82%) TestNG
7 9 (6.82%) JUnit
7 9 (6.82%) Subversion
8 7 (5.30%) Jenkins
9 6 (4.55%) Calabash
10 5 (3.79%) Maven
10 5 (3.79%) JBehave
10 5 (3.79%) LoadRunner
11 4 (3.03%) WATIR
11 4 (3.03%) Appium
12 3 (2.27%) FitNesse
12 3 (2.27%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 14 (10.61%) Finance
2 13 (9.85%) Games
3 7 (5.30%) Electronics
4 5 (3.79%) Telecoms
5 4 (3.03%) Manufacturing
5 4 (3.03%) Marketing
6 3 (2.27%) Retail
7 2 (1.52%) Banking
8 1 (0.76%) Polish Language
8 1 (0.76%) Legal
8 1 (0.76%) Advertising
8 1 (0.76%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (9.85%) Web Services
2 10 (7.58%) XML
3 9 (6.82%) .NET
4 6 (4.55%) HTML
5 5 (3.79%) REST
6 4 (3.03%) SOAP
6 4 (3.03%) RESTful
6 4 (3.03%) Gherkin
7 3 (2.27%) JSON
7 3 (2.27%) HTML5
7 3 (2.27%) J2EE
8 2 (1.52%) JRuby
8 2 (1.52%) Play Framework
9 1 (0.76%) .NET Framework
9 1 (0.76%) jQuery
9 1 (0.76%) OAuth
9 1 (0.76%) CSS
9 1 (0.76%) Cocoon
Miscellaneous
1 9 (6.82%) Mobile App
2 7 (5.30%) Open Source
3 5 (3.79%) Computer Science
4 4 (3.03%) DTV
4 4 (3.03%) Digital Media
5 3 (2.27%) Data Structures
5 3 (2.27%) Online Games
5 3 (2.27%) EMV
5 3 (2.27%) Smartcard
5 3 (2.27%) Client/Server
6 2 (1.52%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.52%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (0.76%) User Experience
7 1 (0.76%) Derivative
7 1 (0.76%) Mathematics
7 1 (0.76%) Online Gambling
7 1 (0.76%) iPhone
7 1 (0.76%) iPad
7 1 (0.76%) Cryptography
7 1 (0.76%) Device Driver
Operating Systems
1 14 (10.61%) Linux
2 11 (8.33%) UNIX
3 9 (6.82%) Windows
4 7 (5.30%) Android
5 6 (4.55%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.76%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.76%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.76%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (53.03%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (28.03%) Test Automation
3 32 (24.24%) Scrum
4 29 (21.97%) TDD
5 24 (18.18%) BDD
5 24 (18.18%) Manual Testing
6 18 (13.64%) Automated Testing
7 15 (11.36%) Performance Testing
8 13 (9.85%) Regression Testing
8 13 (9.85%) Continuous Integration
8 13 (9.85%) Test Scripting
8 13 (9.85%) Kanban
8 13 (9.85%) Automation Testing
9 11 (8.33%) E-Commerce
10 9 (6.82%) Test Strategy
11 8 (6.06%) Software Engineering
11 8 (6.06%) OO
11 8 (6.06%) User Acceptance Testing
11 8 (6.06%) Software Testing
12 6 (4.55%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 60 (45.45%) Java
2 35 (26.52%) SQL
3 22 (16.67%) Ruby
4 20 (15.15%) Python
5 13 (9.85%) C#
6 9 (6.82%) PHP
7 8 (6.06%) Perl
8 7 (5.30%) C
8 7 (5.30%) C++
9 6 (4.55%) JavaScript
10 5 (3.79%) Scala
11 3 (2.27%) Groovy
12 2 (1.52%) Jython
12 2 (1.52%) VBScript
12 2 (1.52%) VB
12 2 (1.52%) VBA
13 1 (0.76%) Erlang
13 1 (0.76%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 16 (12.12%) ISEB
2 12 (9.09%) ISTQB
3 6 (4.55%) Degree
4 4 (3.03%) SC Cleared
4 4 (3.03%) Security Cleared
5 2 (1.52%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 132 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (0.76%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 1 (0.76%) KVM
Systems Management
1 10 (7.58%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.76%) Salt
2 1 (0.76%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (0.76%) Puppet
Vendors
1 7 (5.30%) HP
2 6 (4.55%) Oracle
3 5 (3.79%) Microsoft
4 4 (3.03%) SAP
5 3 (2.27%) IBM
6 2 (1.52%) ATG
6 2 (1.52%) Perforce
6 2 (1.52%) VMware
7 1 (0.76%) Red Hat
7 1 (0.76%) Cisco
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