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 24 February 2017 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
24 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance Engineer
UK
Rank 461 538 523
Rank change year-on-year
+77 -15
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 147 90 88
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.32% 0.17% 0.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.34% 0.18% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 92 60 64
Median daily rate £383 £375 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.00% +20.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £325 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £415
UK excluding London median daily rate £295 £363 £325
% change year-on-year
-18.62% +11.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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
43026 49406 49767
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.75% 94.99% 94.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 28072 31841 30661
Median daily rate £425 £414 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.65% +3.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1547 1650 1932
Median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.71% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.23 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £50.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-2.77% +5.88%

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 24 February 2017.

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 24 February 2017. 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 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 +80 137 £388 +3.33% 77
London +67 84 £425 +9.67% 40
City of London +5 19 £370 -7.50% 13
South East 0 15 £295 -18.62% 18
West Midlands +23 14 £313 - 1
Staffordshire - 11 £281 -
North West +29 9 £240 -23.20% 3
Manchester +16 8 £240 -23.20% 3
Tyne and Wear - 7 £350 - 1
Buckinghamshire - 7 £290 - 1
North East - 7 £350 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - 7 £350 - 1
Tamworth - 6 - -
Oxfordshire - 5 £344 - 2
South West +17 4 - - 2
Milton Keynes - 4 £290 -
Scotland - 4 £275 -
Stoke-on-Trent - 3 £281 -
Swindon - 3 - -
Wiltshire - 3 - -
Yorkshire +13 2 - - 6
West Sussex -25 2 - - 2
Shropshire - 2 £475 -
Worthing - 2 - -
Canary Wharf - 2 £500 -
Oxford - 2 - -
Telford - 2 £475 -
Edinburgh - 2 £200 -
West Yorkshire +14 1 - - 2
Kent +7 1 - -

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 February 2017, 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.

1 288 (100.00%) QA
2 207 (71.88%) Selenium
3 187 (64.93%) Agile Software Development
4 113 (39.24%) Test Automation
5 111 (38.54%) Cucumber
6 102 (35.42%) Automated Testing
6 102 (35.42%) Java
7 92 (31.94%) WebDriver
8 88 (30.56%) Test Scripting
9 81 (28.13%) TDD
10 68 (23.61%) Jenkins
11 66 (22.92%) BDD
12 60 (20.83%) Automation Testing
12 60 (20.83%) JIRA
13 59 (20.49%) QA Automation
14 58 (20.14%) SQL
15 53 (18.40%) Scrum
16 49 (17.01%) JUnit
17 48 (16.67%) User Stories
18 43 (14.93%) Manual Testing
19 42 (14.58%) Continuous Integration
20 41 (14.24%) Web Testing
20 41 (14.24%) Mobile App
21 40 (13.89%) Git (software)
21 40 (13.89%) Scala
21 40 (13.89%) Regression Testing
21 40 (13.89%) Finance
22 37 (12.85%) Defect Tracking
22 37 (12.85%) Exploratory Testing
23 36 (12.50%) RSpec

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 14 (4.86%) Confluence
2 6 (2.08%) Jetty
3 4 (1.39%) CMS
4 2 (0.69%) Apache
4 2 (0.69%) Apache Spark
4 2 (0.69%) ATG Dynamo
4 2 (0.69%) OpenStack
4 2 (0.69%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.35%) JBoss
5 1 (0.35%) nginx
5 1 (0.35%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.35%) WebSphere
Applications
1 5 (1.74%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.35%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.35%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (0.35%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (0.35%) SAP ERP
1 1 (0.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 9 (3.13%) Basecamp
2 8 (2.78%) GitHub
3 7 (2.43%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (1.04%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.35%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.35%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.35%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (1.39%) Internet
2 3 (1.04%) HTTP
2 3 (1.04%) SNMP
3 2 (0.69%) Wireless
4 1 (0.35%) Kerberos
4 1 (0.35%) RTSP
4 1 (0.35%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (5.90%) Data Warehouse
2 14 (4.86%) Big Data
3 11 (3.82%) SQL Server
4 10 (3.47%) Relational Database
5 7 (2.43%) RDBMS
6 5 (1.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 5 (1.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (1.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 4 (1.39%) Apache Cassandra
7 4 (1.39%) NoSQL
8 3 (1.04%) Hadoop
8 3 (1.04%) MongoDB
9 2 (0.69%) Azure SQL Database
9 2 (0.69%) DB2
9 2 (0.69%) MySQL
10 1 (0.35%) Amazon RDS
10 1 (0.35%) GIS
10 1 (0.35%) Oracle Reports
10 1 (0.35%) SQLPlus
10 1 (0.35%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 207 (71.88%) Selenium
2 111 (38.54%) Cucumber
3 92 (31.94%) WebDriver
4 68 (23.61%) Jenkins
5 60 (20.83%) JIRA
6 49 (17.01%) JUnit
7 40 (13.89%) Git (software)
8 36 (12.50%) RSpec
9 20 (6.94%) HP UFT
10 15 (5.21%) JBehave
11 14 (4.86%) Appium
11 14 (4.86%) SoapUI
12 13 (4.51%) Subversion
12 13 (4.51%) Visual Studio
12 13 (4.51%) Xcode
13 11 (3.82%) DbUnit
13 11 (3.82%) JMeter
13 11 (3.82%) Robot Framework
14 10 (3.47%) Bugzilla
14 10 (3.47%) TestNG
General
1 40 (13.89%) Finance
2 36 (12.50%) Games
3 22 (7.64%) Banking
4 11 (3.82%) Investment Banking
5 8 (2.78%) Marketing
6 7 (2.43%) Front Office
7 6 (2.08%) Retail
8 5 (1.74%) Publishing
9 3 (1.04%) Advertising
10 2 (0.69%) Automotive
10 2 (0.69%) Back Office
10 2 (0.69%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.35%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.35%) Electronics
11 1 (0.35%) Legal
11 1 (0.35%) Manufacturing
11 1 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.35%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (12.50%) .NET
1 36 (12.50%) JSON
2 26 (9.03%) XML
3 21 (7.29%) Gherkin
3 21 (7.29%) Node.js
4 16 (5.56%) AngularJS
4 16 (5.56%) HTML
5 14 (4.86%) Web Services
6 11 (3.82%) HTML5
7 9 (3.13%) ASP.NET
8 7 (2.43%) .NET Framework
8 7 (2.43%) CSS
8 7 (2.43%) RESTful
9 6 (2.08%) RabbitMQ
10 5 (1.74%) J2EE
10 5 (1.74%) SOAP
11 4 (1.39%) Kafka
11 4 (1.39%) REST
12 3 (1.04%) WebSockets
12 3 (1.04%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 41 (14.24%) Mobile App
2 13 (4.51%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (2.78%) Computer Science
4 3 (1.04%) Client/Server
4 3 (1.04%) Fintech
4 3 (1.04%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 3 (1.04%) NHS
4 3 (1.04%) PKI
4 3 (1.04%) Replication
5 2 (0.69%) EMV
5 2 (0.69%) Equities
5 2 (0.69%) iPad
5 2 (0.69%) Linux Command Line
5 2 (0.69%) Smartcard
5 2 (0.69%) User Experience
5 2 (0.69%) W3C
6 1 (0.35%) Credit Derivative
6 1 (0.35%) Digital Media
6 1 (0.35%) Hedge funds
6 1 (0.35%) STB
Operating Systems
1 25 (8.68%) Apple iOS
2 21 (7.29%) Linux
3 16 (5.56%) Android
4 13 (4.51%) Unix
5 7 (2.43%) Windows
6 3 (1.04%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.35%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.35%) Windows Vista
7 1 (0.35%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 187 (64.93%) Agile Software Development
2 113 (39.24%) Test Automation
3 102 (35.42%) Automated Testing
4 88 (30.56%) Test Scripting
5 81 (28.13%) TDD
6 66 (22.92%) BDD
7 60 (20.83%) Automation Testing
8 59 (20.49%) QA Automation
9 53 (18.40%) Scrum
10 48 (16.67%) User Stories
11 43 (14.93%) Manual Testing
12 42 (14.58%) Continuous Integration
13 41 (14.24%) Web Testing
14 40 (13.89%) Regression Testing
15 37 (12.85%) Defect Tracking
15 37 (12.85%) Exploratory Testing
16 33 (11.46%) Performance Testing
17 31 (10.76%) Functional Testing
18 27 (9.38%) E-Commerce
19 26 (9.03%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 102 (35.42%) Java
2 58 (20.14%) SQL
3 40 (13.89%) Scala
4 35 (12.15%) JavaScript
4 35 (12.15%) Ruby
5 31 (10.76%) C#
6 23 (7.99%) Python
7 13 (4.51%) PL/SQL
8 11 (3.82%) Perl
9 8 (2.78%) Apple Swift
9 8 (2.78%) Shell Script
10 5 (1.74%) PHP
10 5 (1.74%) T-SQL
11 4 (1.39%) VB
11 4 (1.39%) VBScript
12 3 (1.04%) C
13 2 (0.69%) Groovy
13 2 (0.69%) Objective-C
13 2 (0.69%) PowerShell
13 2 (0.69%) VB6
Qualifications
1 20 (6.94%) ISEB
2 18 (6.25%) Degree
3 12 (4.17%) ISTQB
4 4 (1.39%) BPSS Clearance
4 4 (1.39%) PhD
4 4 (1.39%) Security Cleared
5 3 (1.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (0.69%) SC Cleared
7 1 (0.35%) CSQA
7 1 (0.35%) IRCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 288 (100.00%) QA
2 29 (10.07%) WCAG
3 9 (3.13%) SDET
4 3 (1.04%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (1.04%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.35%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.35%) ISO 14001
5 1 (0.35%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (0.35%) Apache Flume
1 1 (0.35%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 12 (4.17%) HockeyApp
2 7 (2.43%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (0.69%) Puppet
4 1 (0.35%) Ambari
4 1 (0.35%) Ansible
4 1 (0.35%) Hadoop YARN
4 1 (0.35%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 13 (4.51%) Microsoft
2 11 (3.82%) Apple
3 9 (3.13%) HP
4 8 (2.78%) Sybase
5 6 (2.08%) Oracle
5 6 (2.08%) SOASTA, Inc
6 4 (1.39%) Google
7 3 (1.04%) SAP
8 2 (0.69%) ATG
8 2 (0.69%) Charles River
8 2 (0.69%) IBM
9 1 (0.35%) Apiary
9 1 (0.35%) Atlassian
9 1 (0.35%) Salesforce.com
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