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 11 February 2016 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
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance Engineer
Rank 525 537 508
Rank change year-on-year
+12 -29
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 101 75 80
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.20% 0.14% 0.16%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.21% 0.15% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 53 64
Average daily rate £375 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £253 £254
10% offered a daily rate of more than £485 £425 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £273
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +28.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £23.88
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £33.75

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
48620 48918 46871
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.51% 94.46% 94.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 31221 30411 27715
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £238 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1735 1925 2068
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.84 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.95% -3.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

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 11 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 11 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 +24 100 £381 +16.41% 85
London -6 39 £400 +25.00% 57
South East +48 37 £363 -14.70% 9
West Sussex - 17 £350 - 3
Crawley - 13 £350 - 2
Manchester -7 10 £325 +12.06% 3
North West -12 10 £325 +12.06% 3
East Sussex - 10 £406 -
Yorkshire - 10 £525 - 8
West Yorkshire - 10 £525 - 4
Brighton - 10 £406 -
Leeds - 8 £600 - 4
City of London +33 7 £400 +6.66% 10
Berkshire +9 6 £354 -32.61% 2
Reading -1 4 - - 1
Gatwick - 4 £363 -
South West +4 2 £350 - 4
Hampshire - 2 £308 - 1
Winchester - 2 £308 -
Newbury +7 1 £363 +31.81% 1
Slough +5 1 £345 -34.28%
Hammersmith +3 1 £410 +36.66% 2
Somerset 0 1 £350 - 2
East of England -2 1 £450 +28.57% 2
Surrey -8 1 - - 1
West Midlands -13 1 - -
Glasgow - 1 £285 -
Scotland - 1 £285 -
Hertfordshire - 1 £450 -
Kent - 1 £375 - 1

QA Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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.

1 186 (100.00%) QA
2 115 (61.83%) Agile Software Development
3 100 (53.76%) Selenium
4 72 (38.71%) Java
5 70 (37.63%) Test Automation
6 66 (35.48%) BDD
7 61 (32.80%) WebDriver
8 59 (31.72%) Cucumber
9 56 (30.11%) Scrum
10 53 (28.49%) SQL
11 45 (24.19%) TDD
11 45 (24.19%) Mobile App
12 42 (22.58%) Android
13 41 (22.04%) Automated Testing
14 40 (21.51%) Apple iOS
15 31 (16.67%) JIRA
15 31 (16.67%) Regression Testing
16 30 (16.13%) QA Automation
17 29 (15.59%) Ruby
18 28 (15.05%) C#
19 27 (14.52%) JavaScript
19 27 (14.52%) Automation Testing
20 26 (13.98%) E-Commerce
21 24 (12.90%) Test Scripting
22 23 (12.37%) Performance Testing
22 23 (12.37%) Finance
22 23 (12.37%) Appium
23 22 (11.83%) .NET
24 21 (11.29%) Manual Testing
25 20 (10.75%) Kanban

QA Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 11 (5.91%) Confluence
1 11 (5.91%) Node.js
2 6 (3.23%) CMS
3 3 (1.61%) Jetty
4 2 (1.08%) IIS
4 2 (1.08%) WordPress
5 1 (0.54%) Apache
5 1 (0.54%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.54%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (0.54%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.54%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.15%) GitHub
2 1 (0.54%) AdSense
2 1 (0.54%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.54%) Basecamp
2 1 (0.54%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.54%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 5 (2.69%) H.323
2 3 (1.61%) Internet
2 3 (1.61%) Telepresence
3 2 (1.08%) DPNSS
3 2 (1.08%) MGCP
3 2 (1.08%) PSTN
3 2 (1.08%) QSIG
3 2 (1.08%) SS7
3 2 (1.08%) TCP/IP
3 2 (1.08%) VLAN
4 1 (0.54%) IP Telephony
4 1 (0.54%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (3.76%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.23%) Oracle Database
3 4 (2.15%) Relational Database
4 3 (1.61%) Apache Cassandra
4 3 (1.61%) RDBMS
5 2 (1.08%) DB2
5 2 (1.08%) MySQL
6 1 (0.54%) Data Mart
6 1 (0.54%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.54%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.54%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 100 (53.76%) Selenium
2 61 (32.80%) WebDriver
3 59 (31.72%) Cucumber
4 31 (16.67%) JIRA
5 23 (12.37%) Appium
6 20 (10.75%) Git (software)
6 20 (10.75%) Jenkins
7 19 (10.22%) SoapUI
8 17 (9.14%) JMeter
9 14 (7.53%) JBehave
10 11 (5.91%) Jasmine
11 10 (5.38%) Maven
11 10 (5.38%) Visual Studio
12 9 (4.84%) LoadRunner
13 8 (4.30%) HP UFT
13 8 (4.30%) Karma Test Runner
14 7 (3.76%) Calabash
14 7 (3.76%) JUnit
14 7 (3.76%) SpecFlow
14 7 (3.76%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 23 (12.37%) Finance
2 11 (5.91%) Retail
3 6 (3.23%) Publishing
4 4 (2.15%) Games
5 3 (1.61%) Front Office
6 2 (1.08%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.54%) Advertising
7 1 (0.54%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.54%) Automotive
7 1 (0.54%) Back Office
7 1 (0.54%) Banking
7 1 (0.54%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (11.83%) .NET
2 20 (10.75%) HTML
3 15 (8.06%) REST
4 13 (6.99%) HTML5
4 13 (6.99%) Web Services
5 12 (6.45%) jQuery
6 11 (5.91%) ASP.NET
6 11 (5.91%) Gherkin
7 9 (4.84%) .NET Framework
8 8 (4.30%) AngularJS
8 8 (4.30%) ASP.NET Web API
8 8 (4.30%) Hibernate
8 8 (4.30%) Spring
9 7 (3.76%) Behat
9 7 (3.76%) SOAP
9 7 (3.76%) XML
10 4 (2.15%) CSS
10 4 (2.15%) CSS3
11 3 (1.61%) RabbitMQ
11 3 (1.61%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 45 (24.19%) Mobile App
2 9 (4.84%) Computer Science
3 8 (4.30%) User Experience
4 5 (2.69%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (2.69%) Derivative
4 5 (2.69%) Social Media
5 2 (1.08%) EPoS
6 1 (0.54%) AS400
6 1 (0.54%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.54%) iPad
6 1 (0.54%) iSeries
6 1 (0.54%) Replication
6 1 (0.54%) Smart Meter
6 1 (0.54%) Spread Betting
6 1 (0.54%) Streaming Video
6 1 (0.54%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 42 (22.58%) Android
2 40 (21.51%) Apple iOS
3 6 (3.23%) Linux
4 5 (2.69%) Windows
5 3 (1.61%) Windows Mobile
6 1 (0.54%) Unix
6 1 (0.54%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 115 (61.83%) Agile Software Development
2 70 (37.63%) Test Automation
3 66 (35.48%) BDD
4 56 (30.11%) Scrum
5 45 (24.19%) TDD
6 41 (22.04%) Automated Testing
7 31 (16.67%) Regression Testing
8 30 (16.13%) QA Automation
9 27 (14.52%) Automation Testing
10 26 (13.98%) E-Commerce
11 24 (12.90%) Test Scripting
12 23 (12.37%) Performance Testing
13 21 (11.29%) Manual Testing
14 20 (10.75%) Kanban
14 20 (10.75%) Software Testing
15 18 (9.68%) Black-Box Testing
15 18 (9.68%) Open Source
16 15 (8.06%) Non-Functional Testing
17 13 (6.99%) Defect Management
17 13 (6.99%) Mobile Application Development
Programming Languages
1 72 (38.71%) Java
2 53 (28.49%) SQL
3 29 (15.59%) Ruby
4 28 (15.05%) C#
5 27 (14.52%) JavaScript
6 12 (6.45%) Python
7 11 (5.91%) Scala
8 10 (5.38%) PHP
9 7 (3.76%) Groovy
9 7 (3.76%) VBScript
10 6 (3.23%) CoffeeScript
10 6 (3.23%) VBA
11 3 (1.61%) C++
12 2 (1.08%) Objective-C
12 2 (1.08%) PL/SQL
12 2 (1.08%) T-SQL
12 2 (1.08%) VB
Qualifications
1 9 (4.84%) Degree
1 9 (4.84%) ISEB
2 7 (3.76%) ISTQB
3 2 (1.08%) HND
3 2 (1.08%) SC Cleared
3 2 (1.08%) Security Cleared
4 1 (0.54%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (0.54%) DV Cleared
4 1 (0.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 186 (100.00%) QA
2 4 (2.15%) SDET
3 1 (0.54%) FedRAMP
3 1 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 1 (0.54%) Cisco CUCM
1 1 (0.54%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (4.30%) Microsoft
1 8 (4.30%) Oracle
2 7 (3.76%) IBM
3 6 (3.23%) AppDynamics
3 6 (3.23%) Dynatrace
3 6 (3.23%) HP
3 6 (3.23%) New Relic
4 5 (2.69%) Telerik
5 2 (1.08%) Atlassian
5 2 (1.08%) Rally
6 1 (0.54%) Cisco
6 1 (0.54%) Coremetrics
6 1 (0.54%) Endeca
6 1 (0.54%) Google
6 1 (0.54%) SAP
6 1 (0.54%) Sybase
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