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 1 October 2014 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance Engineer
Rank 549 513 545
Rank change year-on-year
-36 +32
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 68 77 54
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.15% 0.094%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.16% 0.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 61 31
Average daily rate
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£345 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £260 £388
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -32.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 9
Average hourly rate £31.75 - £20.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.15 - £17.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.35 - £22.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.75 - £20.00

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
51806 48814 53474
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.56% 92.66% 93.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 31840 29382 29897
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £568
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2020 2076 2649
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.19
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

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 1 October 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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 1 October 2014.

QA Engineer Hourly Rate Histogram 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 1 October 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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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 -25 64 £350 -6.66% 48
London -11 37 £360 -10.00% 19
South East +2 19 £328 -9.65% 10
Hampshire - 8 £285 - 1
Buckinghamshire - 7 £330 - 1
Aylesbury - 4 £325 - 1
Bristol -12 3 £375 +25.00% 2
West Midlands -13 3 £250 - 1
South West -30 3 £375 +42.85% 3
Staffordshire - 3 £250 - 1
Berkshire +17 2 £525 +50.00% 3
City of London +16 2 £369 -10.66% 3
Reading +19 1 £525 +10.52% 2
East Midlands +3 1 - -
Surrey -1 1 - - 3
Northern Ireland -11 1 - - 3
Wales - 1 - - 4
East of England - 1 £363 - 5
Scotland - 1 £240 - 1
Nottinghamshire - 1 - -
Middlesex - 1 - -
Cambridgeshire - 1 £363 - 2
Slough - 1 £525 -
Cambridge - 1 £363 - 1
Bracknell - 1 - - 1
Milton Keynes - 1 - -
Nottingham - 1 - -
Oxford - - - - 1
Peterborough - - - - 1
Portsmouth - - - -

QA Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 October 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.

1 141 (100.00%) QA
2 98 (69.50%) Agile Software Development
3 78 (55.32%) Selenium
4 53 (37.59%) Java
5 45 (31.91%) Scrum
6 37 (26.24%) TDD
7 36 (25.53%) Test Automation
7 36 (25.53%) WebDriver
8 35 (24.82%) Cucumber
9 33 (23.40%) BDD
10 30 (21.28%) Automated Testing
10 30 (21.28%) SQL
11 24 (17.02%) Ruby
12 21 (14.89%) Test Scripting
12 21 (14.89%) Continuous Integration
13 20 (14.18%) .NET
14 18 (12.77%) Manual Testing
15 17 (12.06%) Linux
15 17 (12.06%) Microsoft
15 17 (12.06%) Regression Testing
16 16 (11.35%) ISEB
17 15 (10.64%) Finance
18 14 (9.93%) Web Services
18 14 (9.93%) C#
18 14 (9.93%) ISTQB
18 14 (9.93%) Kanban
19 13 (9.22%) Software Engineering
19 13 (9.22%) Jenkins
19 13 (9.22%) Python
19 13 (9.22%) E-Commerce

QA Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 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 4 (2.84%) IIS
1 4 (2.84%) Apache
2 1 (0.71%) OpenStack
2 1 (0.71%) Node.js
2 1 (0.71%) Confluence
Applications
1 12 (8.51%) MS Excel
2 9 (6.38%) MS Office
3 1 (0.71%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.71%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (2.84%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.71%) Cognos TM1
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.71%) Office 365
1 1 (0.71%) IaaS
1 1 (0.71%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 11 (7.80%) TCP/IP
2 9 (6.38%) HTTP
3 7 (4.96%) DNS
4 6 (4.26%) LDAP
5 4 (2.84%) SNMP
5 4 (2.84%) SMTP
6 3 (2.13%) IP Telephony
6 3 (2.13%) Internet
7 2 (1.42%) LAN
7 2 (1.42%) WAN
7 2 (1.42%) SSL
7 2 (1.42%) HTTPS
7 2 (1.42%) Firewall
8 1 (0.71%) NAS
8 1 (0.71%) H.323
8 1 (0.71%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (5.67%) SQL Server
1 8 (5.67%) MySQL
2 3 (2.13%) Relational Database
2 3 (2.13%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (1.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (1.42%) NoSQL
3 2 (1.42%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.71%) MariaDB
4 1 (0.71%) Apache Cassandra
4 1 (0.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (0.71%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.71%) DB2
Development Applications
1 78 (55.32%) Selenium
2 36 (25.53%) WebDriver
3 35 (24.82%) Cucumber
4 13 (9.22%) Jenkins
5 10 (7.09%) JIRA
6 9 (6.38%) Git (software)
6 9 (6.38%) FitNesse
6 9 (6.38%) JMeter
6 9 (6.38%) JUnit
7 8 (5.67%) Calabash
7 8 (5.67%) Visual Studio
8 7 (4.96%) SpecFlow
8 7 (4.96%) SoapUI
9 6 (4.26%) QuickTest Pro
9 6 (4.26%) Subversion
9 6 (4.26%) WATIR
9 6 (4.26%) Maven
9 6 (4.26%) JBehave
10 5 (3.55%) TestNG
11 4 (2.84%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 15 (10.64%) Finance
2 9 (6.38%) Telecoms
3 8 (5.67%) Electronics
4 7 (4.96%) Legal
5 6 (4.26%) Games
6 5 (3.55%) Banking
6 5 (3.55%) Publishing
7 4 (2.84%) Manufacturing
7 4 (2.84%) Marketing
8 3 (2.13%) Investment Banking
8 3 (2.13%) Retail
9 1 (0.71%) Advertising
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (14.18%) .NET
2 14 (9.93%) Web Services
3 10 (7.09%) .NET Framework
4 9 (6.38%) HTML
5 5 (3.55%) REST
5 5 (3.55%) CSS
6 4 (2.84%) XML
7 3 (2.13%) jQuery
7 3 (2.13%) Django
7 3 (2.13%) ASP.NET
7 3 (2.13%) SOAP
8 2 (1.42%) Cocoon
8 2 (1.42%) HTML5
8 2 (1.42%) RESTful
8 2 (1.42%) Gherkin
9 1 (0.71%) Android SDK
9 1 (0.71%) Mustache
9 1 (0.71%) Sass
9 1 (0.71%) iOS SDK
9 1 (0.71%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 13 (9.22%) Mobile App
2 9 (6.38%) EMV
2 9 (6.38%) Smartcard
3 8 (5.67%) Open Source
4 6 (4.26%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (2.84%) DTV
5 4 (2.84%) Management Information System
5 4 (2.84%) Computer Science
6 3 (2.13%) Digital Media
7 2 (1.42%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 2 (1.42%) Human Factors
8 1 (0.71%) User Experience
8 1 (0.71%) iPhone
8 1 (0.71%) Social Media
8 1 (0.71%) iPad
8 1 (0.71%) Online Gambling
8 1 (0.71%) Mathematics
8 1 (0.71%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.71%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 17 (12.06%) Linux
2 10 (7.09%) UNIX
2 10 (7.09%) Windows
2 10 (7.09%) Android
3 7 (4.96%) Apple iOS
4 4 (2.84%) CentOS
4 4 (2.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 4 (2.84%) Windows 7
5 2 (1.42%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.71%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 98 (69.50%) Agile Software Development
2 45 (31.91%) Scrum
3 37 (26.24%) TDD
4 36 (25.53%) Test Automation
5 33 (23.40%) BDD
6 30 (21.28%) Automated Testing
7 21 (14.89%) Test Scripting
7 21 (14.89%) Continuous Integration
8 18 (12.77%) Manual Testing
9 17 (12.06%) Regression Testing
10 14 (9.93%) Kanban
11 13 (9.22%) Software Engineering
11 13 (9.22%) E-Commerce
11 13 (9.22%) Automation Testing
12 12 (8.51%) Quality Management
12 12 (8.51%) User Stories
13 11 (7.80%) Performance Testing
14 10 (7.09%) QMS
15 9 (6.38%) OO
16 8 (5.67%) CMMI
Programming Languages
1 53 (37.59%) Java
2 30 (21.28%) SQL
3 24 (17.02%) Ruby
4 14 (9.93%) C#
5 13 (9.22%) Python
6 12 (8.51%) PHP
7 11 (7.80%) JavaScript
8 10 (7.09%) Perl
9 7 (4.96%) C
10 5 (3.55%) C++
11 4 (2.84%) Shell Script
11 4 (2.84%) Groovy
12 3 (2.13%) PowerShell
12 3 (2.13%) Objective-C
13 2 (1.42%) T-SQL
13 2 (1.42%) VB
13 2 (1.42%) VBA
13 2 (1.42%) Scala
14 1 (0.71%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 16 (11.35%) ISEB
2 14 (9.93%) ISTQB
3 12 (8.51%) Degree
4 4 (2.84%) Security Cleared
5 3 (2.13%) SC Cleared
6 2 (1.42%) MOS
6 2 (1.42%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 141 (100.00%) QA
2 8 (5.67%) ISO 9001
2 8 (5.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.71%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 4 (2.84%) NFS
1 4 (2.84%) Squid
1 4 (2.84%) VMware Infrastructure
1 4 (2.84%) qmail
2 2 (1.42%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.71%) KVM
Systems Management
1 10 (7.09%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.42%) Puppet
3 1 (0.71%) Salt
3 1 (0.71%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 17 (12.06%) Microsoft
2 11 (7.80%) HP
3 7 (4.96%) Cisco
4 5 (3.55%) VMware
4 5 (3.55%) Red Hat
5 4 (2.84%) SAP
5 4 (2.84%) NetApp
6 2 (1.42%) Oracle
7 1 (0.71%) Cognos
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