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 25 May 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
25 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance Engineer
Rank 546 584 507
Rank change year-on-year
+38 -77
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 95 54 119
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.18% 0.100% 0.23%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.19% 0.11% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 44 97
Median daily rate £357 £375 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.93% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £306 £296 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 0
Median hourly rate £22.84 £20.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.17% -
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
50897 51337 49774
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.77% 94.72% 94.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 33216 31650 30786
Median daily rate £425 £400 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £570 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1482 2063 2112
Median hourly rate £18.00 £16.72 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.65% -1.64%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £41.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+9.37% -3.03%

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 25 May 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 25 May 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 +24 91 £351 -6.53% 68
London +19 52 £375 -1.63% 40
South East +4 21 £350 - 10
City of London +60 18 £400 +14.28% 6
East Sussex - 10 £350 -
West Sussex -21 7 £375 +9.09%
Yorkshire +6 6 £350 +100.00%
Brighton - 5 - -
South West -6 4 - - 3
Devon - 4 - -
East of England +10 3 £450 -7.69% 7
West Yorkshire -1 3 £475 +171.42%
Crawley -3 3 £370 +7.63%
Leeds -4 3 £475 +171.42%
North West -9 3 £313 +6.83% 4
South Yorkshire - 3 £350 -
Hemel Hempstead - 3 £450 -
Sheffield - 3 £350 -
Hertfordshire - 3 £450 - 1
Hampshire +3 2 £438 +25.00% 4
Scotland -12 2 £450 -10.00% 1
Southport - 2 £313 -
Gatwick - 2 £438 -
Merseyside - 2 £313 -
Manchester -6 1 - - 4
Edinburgh -6 1 £450 -10.00%
West Midlands -7 1 £375 +15.38% 1
North East -47 1 £290 -22.66% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -51 1 £290 -22.66% 1
Tyne and Wear -51 1 £290 -22.66% 1

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 May 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.

1 184 (100.00%) QA
2 122 (66.30%) Agile Software Development
3 89 (48.37%) Selenium
4 62 (33.70%) WebDriver
4 62 (33.70%) Cucumber
5 61 (33.15%) BDD
6 58 (31.52%) Java
7 52 (28.26%) Test Automation
8 50 (27.17%) Automated Testing
9 47 (25.54%) SQL
10 46 (25.00%) Scrum
11 42 (22.83%) TDD
12 41 (22.28%) Android
13 40 (21.74%) JIRA
14 34 (18.48%) Apple iOS
15 32 (17.39%) JavaScript
16 31 (16.85%) Regression Testing
17 30 (16.30%) Mobile App
18 29 (15.76%) C#
19 28 (15.22%) Ruby
19 28 (15.22%) Functional Testing
20 27 (14.67%) Jenkins
21 25 (13.59%) Web Services
21 25 (13.59%) QA Automation
22 24 (13.04%) Automation Testing
22 24 (13.04%) .NET
22 24 (13.04%) Finance
23 23 (12.50%) Python
24 22 (11.96%) E-Commerce
24 22 (11.96%) REST

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 17 (9.24%) Node.js
2 15 (8.15%) Confluence
3 8 (4.35%) IIS
4 6 (3.26%) Jetty
5 2 (1.09%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.54%) CMS
Applications
1 2 (1.09%) MS Office
2 1 (0.54%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.54%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.63%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.54%) Magento
2 1 (0.54%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (0.54%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 7 (3.80%) Google Play
2 6 (3.26%) GitHub
3 5 (2.72%) Google Cloud Platform
4 3 (1.63%) IaaS
4 3 (1.63%) PaaS
4 3 (1.63%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.17%) H.323
1 4 (2.17%) Telepresence
2 3 (1.63%) Internet
3 2 (1.09%) HTTP
3 2 (1.09%) PuTTY
3 2 (1.09%) VLAN
3 2 (1.09%) WinSCP
4 1 (0.54%) HTTPS
4 1 (0.54%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (5.43%) Oracle Database
2 9 (4.89%) SQL Server
3 6 (3.26%) Big Data
4 4 (2.17%) Apache Cassandra
5 3 (1.63%) HPCC
5 3 (1.63%) MongoDB
5 3 (1.63%) MySQL
6 1 (0.54%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 89 (48.37%) Selenium
2 62 (33.70%) Cucumber
2 62 (33.70%) WebDriver
3 40 (21.74%) JIRA
4 27 (14.67%) Jenkins
5 21 (11.41%) SoapUI
6 20 (10.87%) JUnit
7 19 (10.33%) Jasmine
7 19 (10.33%) JMeter
8 17 (9.24%) Git (software)
8 17 (9.24%) Maven
9 14 (7.61%) Gradle
10 13 (7.07%) Visual Studio
11 11 (5.98%) Appium
11 11 (5.98%) SpecFlow
12 10 (5.43%) Ant
12 10 (5.43%) Karma Test Runner
12 10 (5.43%) LoadRunner
12 10 (5.43%) NUnit
13 9 (4.89%) Hudson
General
1 24 (13.04%) Finance
2 18 (9.78%) Retail
3 5 (2.72%) Games
4 3 (1.63%) Banking
4 3 (1.63%) Publishing
4 3 (1.63%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.09%) Financial Institution
5 2 (1.09%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.54%) Back Office
6 1 (0.54%) Electronics
6 1 (0.54%) Law
6 1 (0.54%) Legal
6 1 (0.54%) Marketing
6 1 (0.54%) Online Betting
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (13.59%) Web Services
2 24 (13.04%) .NET
3 22 (11.96%) REST
4 16 (8.70%) Spring
5 15 (8.15%) .NET Framework
5 15 (8.15%) Hibernate
5 15 (8.15%) HTML
6 12 (6.52%) AngularJS
7 11 (5.98%) HTML5
8 10 (5.43%) ASP.NET
8 10 (5.43%) ASP.NET Web API
8 10 (5.43%) jQuery
9 9 (4.89%) RabbitMQ
9 9 (4.89%) RESTful
10 8 (4.35%) Ajax
10 8 (4.35%) Java EE
10 8 (4.35%) JMS
10 8 (4.35%) WebSphere MQ
11 7 (3.80%) Android SDK
12 5 (2.72%) Behat
Miscellaneous
1 30 (16.30%) Mobile App
2 12 (6.52%) Computer Science
3 8 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
4 7 (3.80%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 6 (3.26%) User Experience
6 3 (1.63%) Data Centre
7 2 (1.09%) Mobile Payment
7 2 (1.09%) NHS
8 1 (0.54%) Animation
8 1 (0.54%) BBC
8 1 (0.54%) Derivative
8 1 (0.54%) iPad
8 1 (0.54%) Online Games
8 1 (0.54%) OTC Derivatives
8 1 (0.54%) Smart Meter
8 1 (0.54%) Social Media
8 1 (0.54%) Streaming Video
Operating Systems
1 41 (22.28%) Android
2 34 (18.48%) Apple iOS
3 14 (7.61%) Linux
4 9 (4.89%) Windows
5 1 (0.54%) Unix
5 1 (0.54%) Windows 7
5 1 (0.54%) Windows 8
5 1 (0.54%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 122 (66.30%) Agile Software Development
2 61 (33.15%) BDD
3 52 (28.26%) Test Automation
4 50 (27.17%) Automated Testing
5 46 (25.00%) Scrum
6 42 (22.83%) TDD
7 31 (16.85%) Regression Testing
8 28 (15.22%) Functional Testing
9 25 (13.59%) QA Automation
10 24 (13.04%) Automation Testing
11 22 (11.96%) E-Commerce
11 22 (11.96%) Test Scripting
12 20 (10.87%) Open Source
13 19 (10.33%) Unit Testing
14 18 (9.78%) Manual Testing
15 17 (9.24%) Continuous Integration
16 15 (8.15%) Defect Management
16 15 (8.15%) Software Engineering
16 15 (8.15%) Software Testing
17 14 (7.61%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 58 (31.52%) Java
2 47 (25.54%) SQL
3 32 (17.39%) JavaScript
4 29 (15.76%) C#
5 28 (15.22%) Ruby
6 23 (12.50%) Python
7 13 (7.07%) Groovy
8 11 (5.98%) PHP
8 11 (5.98%) Scala
9 7 (3.80%) CoffeeScript
9 7 (3.80%) VBA
9 7 (3.80%) VBScript
10 5 (2.72%) Bash Shell
11 2 (1.09%) ECMAScript
11 2 (1.09%) ES6
11 2 (1.09%) PowerShell
12 1 (0.54%) C
12 1 (0.54%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.54%) VB
Qualifications
1 19 (10.33%) ISTQB
2 18 (9.78%) ISEB
3 12 (6.52%) Degree
4 6 (3.26%) SC Cleared
4 6 (3.26%) Security Cleared
5 5 (2.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (1.09%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (1.09%) HND
7 1 (0.54%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 184 (100.00%) QA
2 3 (1.63%) SDET
3 2 (1.09%) WCAG
4 1 (0.54%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.54%) FedRAMP
4 1 (0.54%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.54%) ISO13485
4 1 (0.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
Systems Management
1 3 (1.63%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 17 (9.24%) Oracle
2 9 (4.89%) Atlassian
2 9 (4.89%) Microsoft
3 8 (4.35%) Rally
4 7 (3.80%) AppDynamics
4 7 (3.80%) Dynatrace
4 7 (3.80%) Google
4 7 (3.80%) HP
4 7 (3.80%) IBM
4 7 (3.80%) New Relic
5 3 (1.63%) JDA
6 1 (0.54%) EMC
6 1 (0.54%) hybris
6 1 (0.54%) SAP
6 1 (0.54%) ServiceNow
6 1 (0.54%) Telerik
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