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 22 January 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
22 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance Engineer
UK
Rank 447 526 538
Rank change year-on-year
+79 +12
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 135 92 78
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.31% 0.18% 0.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.32% 0.19% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 59 55
Median daily rate £375 £375 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £259 £250 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £476
UK excluding London median daily rate £306 £354 £350
% change year-on-year
-13.42% +1.07%
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
41742 48106 48047
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.76% 94.76% 94.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 27155 30643 30207
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £588 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1485 1758 1889
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% +6.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.13 £10.88 £10.59
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.50 £47.50 £38.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
- +9.37%

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 22 January 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 22 January 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 +73 127 £375 -1.63% 74
London +37 69 £425 +6.25% 43
City of London +8 19 £475 +18.75% 8
Tyne and Wear - 15 £340 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 15 £340 -
North East - 15 £340 -
South East +1 13 £290 -20.00% 20
West Midlands - 13 £331 - 3
North West +21 10 £240 -25.58% 1
Manchester +12 10 £240 -25.58%
Staffordshire - 10 £281 - 1
Buckinghamshire - 5 £290 - 2
Tamworth - 5 - - 1
West Sussex -1 4 - - 1
Worthing - 4 - -
Scotland +24 3 £200 -29.82%
South West +15 3 £320 - 2
West Yorkshire +12 3 £381 -27.38% 1
Yorkshire +8 3 £381 -27.38% 1
Leeds +3 3 £381 -36.45% 1
Oxfordshire - 3 £344 - 1
Stoke-on-Trent - 3 £281 -
Milton Keynes - 3 £290 - 2
Telford - 2 £475 -
Shropshire - 2 £475 -
Edinburgh - 2 £200 -
Kent -4 1 - -
Swindon - 1 - -
Wiltshire - 1 - -
Bristol - 1 £320 - 1

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 January 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.

1 259 (100.00%) QA
2 191 (73.75%) Selenium
3 171 (66.02%) Agile Software Development
4 111 (42.86%) Test Automation
5 104 (40.15%) Cucumber
6 96 (37.07%) Java
7 94 (36.29%) Automated Testing
8 84 (32.43%) WebDriver
9 82 (31.66%) Test Scripting
10 81 (31.27%) TDD
11 69 (26.64%) Jenkins
12 61 (23.55%) BDD
13 58 (22.39%) Automation Testing
14 57 (22.01%) SQL
15 53 (20.46%) Scrum
16 52 (20.08%) User Stories
17 49 (18.92%) QA Automation
17 49 (18.92%) JIRA
18 47 (18.15%) JUnit
19 46 (17.76%) Scala
20 44 (16.99%) Web Testing
21 42 (16.22%) Defect Tracking
22 40 (15.44%) Continuous Integration
22 40 (15.44%) RSpec
23 38 (14.67%) JSON
23 38 (14.67%) Games
24 37 (14.29%) Exploratory Testing
25 36 (13.90%) Manual Testing
26 35 (13.51%) Ruby
27 34 (13.13%) Regression Testing

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 8 (3.09%) Confluence
2 7 (2.70%) Jetty
3 4 (1.54%) CMS
4 2 (0.77%) Apache
4 2 (0.77%) Apache Spark
4 2 (0.77%) ATG Dynamo
4 2 (0.77%) OpenStack
4 2 (0.77%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.39%) Apache Pig
5 1 (0.39%) JBoss
5 1 (0.39%) nginx
5 1 (0.39%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.39%) WebSphere
Applications
1 5 (1.93%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.39%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.39%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.39%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (0.39%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (0.39%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 5 (1.93%) GitHub
1 5 (1.93%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (1.16%) Basecamp
3 2 (0.77%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.39%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (0.39%) Amazon S3
4 1 (0.39%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.16%) HTTP
1 3 (1.16%) Internet
1 3 (1.16%) SNMP
1 3 (1.16%) Wireless
2 2 (0.77%) RTSP
3 1 (0.39%) Firewall
3 1 (0.39%) Kerberos
3 1 (0.39%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (6.56%) Data Warehouse
2 15 (5.79%) Big Data
3 13 (5.02%) SQL Server
4 6 (2.32%) Relational Database
5 5 (1.93%) Apache Cassandra
5 5 (1.93%) NoSQL
5 5 (1.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 5 (1.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 5 (1.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 4 (1.54%) Hadoop
7 3 (1.16%) RDBMS
8 2 (0.77%) Azure SQL Database
8 2 (0.77%) MySQL
9 1 (0.39%) Amazon RDS
9 1 (0.39%) Apache Hive
9 1 (0.39%) GIS
9 1 (0.39%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.39%) Oracle Reports
9 1 (0.39%) SQLPlus
9 1 (0.39%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 191 (73.75%) Selenium
2 104 (40.15%) Cucumber
3 84 (32.43%) WebDriver
4 69 (26.64%) Jenkins
5 49 (18.92%) JIRA
6 47 (18.15%) JUnit
7 40 (15.44%) RSpec
8 27 (10.42%) Git (software)
9 23 (8.88%) HP UFT
10 16 (6.18%) SoapUI
11 13 (5.02%) Appium
12 11 (4.25%) DbUnit
12 11 (4.25%) JMeter
12 11 (4.25%) Robot Framework
12 11 (4.25%) Sahi
12 11 (4.25%) Visual Studio
12 11 (4.25%) WATIR
13 8 (3.09%) LoadRunner
13 8 (3.09%) NUnit
13 8 (3.09%) Subversion
General
1 38 (14.67%) Games
2 31 (11.97%) Finance
3 20 (7.72%) Banking
4 12 (4.63%) Investment Banking
5 8 (3.09%) Publishing
5 8 (3.09%) Retail
6 7 (2.70%) Front Office
6 7 (2.70%) Marketing
7 3 (1.16%) Advertising
8 2 (0.77%) Automotive
8 2 (0.77%) Back Office
8 2 (0.77%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.39%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.39%) Legal
9 1 (0.39%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (14.67%) JSON
2 34 (13.13%) .NET
3 27 (10.42%) XML
4 22 (8.49%) Node.js
5 21 (8.11%) Gherkin
6 17 (6.56%) AngularJS
7 16 (6.18%) Web Services
8 15 (5.79%) HTML
9 11 (4.25%) HTML5
10 7 (2.70%) ASP.NET
10 7 (2.70%) RabbitMQ
10 7 (2.70%) SOAP
11 6 (2.32%) .NET Framework
12 5 (1.93%) J2EE
12 5 (1.93%) Kafka
13 4 (1.54%) CSS
13 4 (1.54%) RESTful
14 3 (1.16%) REST
14 3 (1.16%) WebSockets
14 3 (1.16%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 28 (10.81%) Mobile App
2 14 (5.41%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (1.93%) Computer Science
4 3 (1.16%) Client/Server
4 3 (1.16%) Fintech
4 3 (1.16%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 3 (1.16%) NHS
4 3 (1.16%) PKI
4 3 (1.16%) Replication
5 2 (0.77%) CCTV
5 2 (0.77%) iPad
5 2 (0.77%) Smart Energy
5 2 (0.77%) Smart Meter
5 2 (0.77%) Streaming Media
5 2 (0.77%) User Experience
5 2 (0.77%) W3C
6 1 (0.39%) Credit Risk
6 1 (0.39%) Hedge funds
6 1 (0.39%) IBM Mainframe
6 1 (0.39%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 16 (6.18%) Linux
2 13 (5.02%) Apple iOS
2 13 (5.02%) Unix
3 12 (4.63%) Android
4 8 (3.09%) Windows
5 3 (1.16%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.39%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.39%) Windows Vista
6 1 (0.39%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 171 (66.02%) Agile Software Development
2 111 (42.86%) Test Automation
3 94 (36.29%) Automated Testing
4 82 (31.66%) Test Scripting
5 81 (31.27%) TDD
6 61 (23.55%) BDD
7 58 (22.39%) Automation Testing
8 53 (20.46%) Scrum
9 52 (20.08%) User Stories
10 49 (18.92%) QA Automation
11 44 (16.99%) Web Testing
12 42 (16.22%) Defect Tracking
13 40 (15.44%) Continuous Integration
14 37 (14.29%) Exploratory Testing
15 36 (13.90%) Manual Testing
16 34 (13.13%) Regression Testing
17 33 (12.74%) Performance Testing
18 24 (9.27%) Functional Testing
19 22 (8.49%) Software Engineering
20 20 (7.72%) Defect Management
Programming Languages
1 96 (37.07%) Java
2 57 (22.01%) SQL
3 46 (17.76%) Scala
4 35 (13.51%) Ruby
5 27 (10.42%) JavaScript
6 26 (10.04%) C#
7 16 (6.18%) Python
8 12 (4.63%) PL/SQL
9 7 (2.70%) Perl
9 7 (2.70%) Shell Script
10 5 (1.93%) T-SQL
11 4 (1.54%) PHP
11 4 (1.54%) VB
11 4 (1.54%) VBScript
12 3 (1.16%) C
13 2 (0.77%) Groovy
13 2 (0.77%) PowerShell
13 2 (0.77%) VB6
14 1 (0.39%) C++
14 1 (0.39%) VBA
Qualifications
1 12 (4.63%) ISEB
2 11 (4.25%) Degree
2 11 (4.25%) ISTQB
3 4 (1.54%) PhD
3 4 (1.54%) Security Cleared
4 3 (1.16%) BPSS Clearance
4 3 (1.16%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (0.77%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.39%) CSQA
6 1 (0.39%) IRCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 259 (100.00%) QA
2 33 (12.74%) WCAG
3 7 (2.70%) SDET
4 3 (1.16%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (1.16%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.39%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.39%) ISO 14001
5 1 (0.39%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (0.39%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 8 (3.09%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.77%) Puppet
3 1 (0.39%) Ambari
3 1 (0.39%) Ansible
3 1 (0.39%) Hadoop YARN
3 1 (0.39%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 11 (4.25%) Microsoft
2 10 (3.86%) HP
3 6 (2.32%) Oracle
3 6 (2.32%) SOASTA, Inc
4 4 (1.54%) Apple
4 4 (1.54%) Sybase
5 3 (1.16%) Google
6 2 (0.77%) ATG
6 2 (0.77%) IBM
6 2 (0.77%) SAP
7 1 (0.39%) Atlassian
7 1 (0.39%) Salesforce.com
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