The first table below looks at the demand 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 22 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles currently tracked.

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
22 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance Engineer
Rank 492 493 543
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +50
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 80 73 48
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.15% 0.14% 0.083%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.16% 0.16% 0.090%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 57 29
Average daily rate
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£384 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £234 £295 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £512 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
49052 47059 53535
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.41% 92.53% 92.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 29837 27513 29708
Average daily rate £399 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.25% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £560
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1952 2140 2686
Average hourly rate £16.50 £18.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% -5.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.80 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.25 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-4.41% -5.55%

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 22 July 2014.

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 22 July 2014. 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 0 79 £378 +0.66% 52
London +17 48 £388 -3.12% 30
South East -6 14 £363 - 7
City of London +17 12 £438 +16.66% 8
South West -22 7 £400 +33.33% 2
East of England -21 5 £350 - 6
West Midlands - 5 £388 - 1
Hampshire - 5 £285 - 1
Reading +1 3 £425 -10.52% 1
Berkshire -6 3 £425 - 2
Bristol -14 3 £400 +33.33% 1
Middlesex - 3 - -
Gloucestershire - 3 £450 -
Cambridge -1 2 £263 -41.66% 3
Surrey -9 2 £294 -9.61% 1
Cambridgeshire -12 2 £263 -25.00% 4
Birmingham - 2 £388 -
North West - 2 £325 - 2
Somerset - 1 £325 - 1
East Midlands - 1 £338 - 2
Nottinghamshire - 1 £338 -
East Sussex - 1 £185 - 1
Brighton - 1 £185 - 1
Street - 1 £325 -
Surbiton - - - -
Swindon - - - -
Warrington - - - -
Windsor - - - -
Bedfordshire - - - -
Cheshire - - - - 1

QA Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 July 2014, 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.

1 178 (100.00%) QA
2 96 (53.93%) Selenium
3 67 (37.64%) Java
4 61 (34.27%) Agile Software Development
4 61 (34.27%) Cucumber
5 55 (30.90%) Scrum
6 47 (26.40%) BDD
6 47 (26.40%) Test Automation
7 45 (25.28%) TDD
8 42 (23.60%) WebDriver
9 40 (22.47%) SQL
10 38 (21.35%) Ruby
11 35 (19.66%) Continuous Integration
12 32 (17.98%) ISTQB
13 31 (17.42%) ISEB
14 30 (16.85%) Automated Testing
15 28 (15.73%) Test Scripting
16 27 (15.17%) .NET
17 25 (14.04%) C#
17 25 (14.04%) Web Services
18 24 (13.48%) Automation Testing
19 21 (11.80%) Linux
19 21 (11.80%) Finance
20 20 (11.24%) Windows
20 20 (11.24%) Degree
21 17 (9.55%) Regression Testing
21 17 (9.55%) UNIX
21 17 (9.55%) SQL Server
21 17 (9.55%) E-Commerce
22 16 (8.99%) XML

QA Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 July 2014, 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 5 (2.81%) Confluence
2 4 (2.25%) IIS
2 4 (2.25%) Apache
2 4 (2.25%) Node.js
3 3 (1.69%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.12%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 11 (6.18%) MS Excel
2 8 (4.49%) MS Office
3 3 (1.69%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (1.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.56%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.56%) Cognos TM1
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.56%) Office 365
1 1 (0.56%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (0.56%) SaaS
1 1 (0.56%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (6.74%) TCP/IP
2 10 (5.62%) HTTP
3 8 (4.49%) DNS
3 8 (4.49%) LDAP
4 5 (2.81%) SSL
4 5 (2.81%) HTTPS
5 4 (2.25%) SNMP
5 4 (2.25%) WAN
5 4 (2.25%) SMTP
5 4 (2.25%) LAN
5 4 (2.25%) Firewall
6 3 (1.69%) Internet
7 2 (1.12%) IP Telephony
8 1 (0.56%) ATM
8 1 (0.56%) GPRS
8 1 (0.56%) GSM
8 1 (0.56%) UMTS
8 1 (0.56%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (9.55%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.37%) MySQL
3 3 (1.69%) Relational Database
4 2 (1.12%) Oracle Database
4 2 (1.12%) MongoDB
4 2 (1.12%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.56%) MariaDB
5 1 (0.56%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.56%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 96 (53.93%) Selenium
2 61 (34.27%) Cucumber
3 42 (23.60%) WebDriver
4 16 (8.99%) Jenkins
5 15 (8.43%) JIRA
5 15 (8.43%) JUnit
6 13 (7.30%) FitNesse
7 12 (6.74%) SpecFlow
8 11 (6.18%) JBehave
9 10 (5.62%) WATIR
9 10 (5.62%) JMeter
9 10 (5.62%) Calabash
9 10 (5.62%) SoapUI
10 9 (5.06%) Team Foundation Server
11 8 (4.49%) Visual Studio
12 7 (3.93%) QuickTest Pro
12 7 (3.93%) Git (software)
13 5 (2.81%) TeamCity
14 4 (2.25%) RSpec
14 4 (2.25%) Sahi
General
1 21 (11.80%) Finance
2 10 (5.62%) Telecoms
3 9 (5.06%) Legal
4 7 (3.93%) Publishing
4 7 (3.93%) Retail
5 5 (2.81%) Games
5 5 (2.81%) Electronics
5 5 (2.81%) Banking
6 4 (2.25%) Investment Banking
7 3 (1.69%) Marketing
8 2 (1.12%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.56%) Advertising
9 1 (0.56%) Automotive
9 1 (0.56%) Law
9 1 (0.56%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (15.17%) .NET
2 25 (14.04%) Web Services
3 16 (8.99%) XML
4 13 (7.30%) HTML
5 10 (5.62%) .NET Framework
5 10 (5.62%) SOAP
6 8 (4.49%) REST
7 7 (3.93%) CSS
8 5 (2.81%) ASP.NET
9 4 (2.25%) Mustache
9 4 (2.25%) Sass
10 3 (1.69%) JSON
10 3 (1.69%) jQuery
10 3 (1.69%) WCF
10 3 (1.69%) WPF
10 3 (1.69%) Django
10 3 (1.69%) RESTful
11 2 (1.12%) XSLT
11 2 (1.12%) Gherkin
12 1 (0.56%) iOS SDK
Miscellaneous
1 16 (8.99%) Open Source
2 15 (8.43%) Mobile App
3 6 (3.37%) Computer Science
3 6 (3.37%) EMV
3 6 (3.37%) Smartcard
3 6 (3.37%) Digital Media
4 3 (1.69%) Smartphone
4 3 (1.69%) Data Extraction
5 2 (1.12%) Human Factors
5 2 (1.12%) STB
5 2 (1.12%) Derivative
5 2 (1.12%) DTV
5 2 (1.12%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 2 (1.12%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.56%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (0.56%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.56%) NHS
6 1 (0.56%) Handset
6 1 (0.56%) Fixed Income
6 1 (0.56%) MPEG
Operating Systems
1 21 (11.80%) Linux
2 20 (11.24%) Windows
3 17 (9.55%) UNIX
4 11 (6.18%) Android
5 9 (5.06%) Apple iOS
6 5 (2.81%) Windows 7
7 4 (2.25%) CentOS
7 4 (2.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (1.12%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.56%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.56%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.56%) Windows 2000
9 1 (0.56%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.56%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.56%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (34.27%) Agile Software Development
2 55 (30.90%) Scrum
3 47 (26.40%) BDD
3 47 (26.40%) Test Automation
4 45 (25.28%) TDD
5 35 (19.66%) Continuous Integration
6 30 (16.85%) Automated Testing
7 28 (15.73%) Test Scripting
8 24 (13.48%) Automation Testing
9 17 (9.55%) Regression Testing
9 17 (9.55%) E-Commerce
10 14 (7.87%) OO
11 12 (6.74%) Kanban
11 12 (6.74%) Quality Management
12 11 (6.18%) User Stories
12 11 (6.18%) Performance Testing
13 10 (5.62%) Web Testing
14 9 (5.06%) Test Strategy
14 9 (5.06%) OOP
14 9 (5.06%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 67 (37.64%) Java
2 40 (22.47%) SQL
3 38 (21.35%) Ruby
4 25 (14.04%) C#
5 14 (7.87%) JavaScript
5 14 (7.87%) Python
6 9 (5.06%) Perl
7 7 (3.93%) PHP
8 6 (3.37%) C++
8 6 (3.37%) Shell Script
9 5 (2.81%) C
9 5 (2.81%) Groovy
10 4 (2.25%) PowerShell
11 3 (1.69%) Objective-C
12 1 (0.56%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.56%) VB
12 1 (0.56%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 32 (17.98%) ISTQB
2 31 (17.42%) ISEB
3 20 (11.24%) Degree
4 8 (4.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 5 (2.81%) Security Cleared
6 4 (2.25%) SC Cleared
7 1 (0.56%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 178 (100.00%) QA
2 8 (4.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (4.49%) ISO 9001
3 2 (1.12%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 4 (2.25%) qmail
1 4 (2.25%) VMware Infrastructure
1 4 (2.25%) Squid
1 4 (2.25%) Active Directory
1 4 (2.25%) NFS
2 1 (0.56%) Nmap
Systems Management
1 9 (5.06%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.56%) Nessus
2 1 (0.56%) Puppet
Vendors
1 14 (7.87%) Microsoft
2 9 (5.06%) HP
3 7 (3.93%) Oracle
4 6 (3.37%) Cisco
5 4 (2.25%) VMware
5 4 (2.25%) Red Hat
5 4 (2.25%) NetApp
6 3 (1.69%) BT
7 2 (1.12%) SAP
8 1 (0.56%) Cognos
London
Computer People
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
South East London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £330 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Somerset
Huxley Associates
Rate: £23 - £32 per hour + Long Term Contract
Posted: 4 days ago
Central London / West End
Oliver Bernard
Rate: From £500 to £550 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Engage PSG
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £200 to £250 per day
Posted: 6 days ago