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 3 December 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
3 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance Engineer
Rank 484 546 569
Rank change year-on-year
+62 +23
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 136 111 68
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.27% 0.20% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.29% 0.21% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 93 73 50
Median daily rate £400 £363 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.34% +7.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £225 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £358 £330
% change year-on-year
-2.09% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 2
Median hourly rate £49.50 - £53.75
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.10 - £44.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.90 - £62.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £49.50 - £42.50

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
46798 52479 53703
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.62% 94.81% 93.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 30588 33428 33908
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 £260 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £580 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £398 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.24% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1652 2035 2195
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% +6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £43.50 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £15.85
% change year-on-year
-2.94% +7.25%

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 3 December 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
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 3 December 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 3 December 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 +30 132 £394 +8.62% 60
London +3 64 £450 +15.38% 40
North East -8 24 £350 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -13 24 £350 - 1
Tyne and Wear -14 24 £350 - 1
City of London +14 21 £500 +66.66% 6
South East +14 16 £315 -13.10% 8
Yorkshire +24 10 £413 -19.51%
West Midlands -2 8 £381 +90.62%
Leeds +17 7 £400 -
West Yorkshire +12 7 £400 -21.95%
Buckinghamshire +16 6 £290 -4.91% 2
West Sussex +9 6 £325 -10.34% 1
North West -4 6 £306 -5.03% 4
Milton Keynes +18 5 £290 - 2
Telford - 5 £400 -
Shropshire - 5 £400 -
Manchester -7 4 £238 -26.35% 4
Burgess Hill - 3 £325 -
Worthing - 3 - -
North Yorkshire - 3 £425 -
Hampshire +23 2 £345 -2.12%
Scotland +15 2 - - 2
East of England +8 2 - - 4
Cambridgeshire +2 2 - - 4
Lancashire - 2 £375 -
Peterborough - 2 - -
York - 2 - -
South West +11 1 £320 -
Berkshire +5 1 £388 +12.31% 3

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 December 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.

1 233 (100.00%) QA
2 161 (69.10%) Selenium
3 153 (65.67%) Agile Software Development
4 99 (42.49%) Cucumber
5 95 (40.77%) Test Automation
6 87 (37.34%) Automated Testing
7 85 (36.48%) Java
8 78 (33.48%) TDD
9 69 (29.61%) WebDriver
10 62 (26.61%) Test Scripting
11 58 (24.89%) BDD
12 56 (24.03%) SQL
13 55 (23.61%) Jenkins
14 53 (22.75%) Automation Testing
14 53 (22.75%) Scrum
15 44 (18.88%) User Stories
16 42 (18.03%) JUnit
16 42 (18.03%) QA Automation
17 41 (17.60%) Exploratory Testing
18 40 (17.17%) Defect Tracking
18 40 (17.17%) Scala
19 37 (15.88%) Manual Testing
20 36 (15.45%) JIRA
21 35 (15.02%) Ruby
21 35 (15.02%) Web Testing
22 33 (14.16%) Finance
22 33 (14.16%) RSpec
23 32 (13.73%) Games
23 32 (13.73%) Continuous Integration
23 32 (13.73%) JSON

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 7 (3.00%) Confluence
1 7 (3.00%) Jetty
2 4 (1.72%) CMS
3 2 (0.86%) Apache
3 2 (0.86%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.43%) Apache Pig
4 1 (0.43%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.43%) IIS
4 1 (0.43%) JBoss
4 1 (0.43%) nginx
4 1 (0.43%) SAS
4 1 (0.43%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.43%) WebSphere
Applications
1 6 (2.58%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.43%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.43%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.43%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (0.43%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (0.43%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 7 (3.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (2.15%) GitHub
3 2 (0.86%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.43%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (0.43%) Amazon S3
4 1 (0.43%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.29%) Internet
1 3 (1.29%) SNMP
1 3 (1.29%) Wireless
2 2 (0.86%) HTTP
2 2 (0.86%) RTSP
3 1 (0.43%) Firewall
3 1 (0.43%) Network Security
3 1 (0.43%) Skype
3 1 (0.43%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (6.44%) SQL Server
2 14 (6.01%) Data Warehouse
3 10 (4.29%) Big Data
4 5 (2.15%) Apache Cassandra
4 5 (2.15%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 5 (2.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 5 (2.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 4 (1.72%) Relational Database
6 3 (1.29%) MySQL
6 3 (1.29%) Oracle Reports
7 2 (0.86%) Azure SQL Database
7 2 (0.86%) Hadoop
7 2 (0.86%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.43%) Amazon RDS
8 1 (0.43%) Apache Hive
8 1 (0.43%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.43%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.43%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.43%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.43%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 161 (69.10%) Selenium
2 99 (42.49%) Cucumber
3 69 (29.61%) WebDriver
4 55 (23.61%) Jenkins
5 42 (18.03%) JUnit
6 36 (15.45%) JIRA
7 33 (14.16%) RSpec
8 21 (9.01%) HP UFT
9 17 (7.30%) Appium
9 17 (7.30%) SoapUI
9 17 (7.30%) SpecFlow
10 14 (6.01%) Git (software)
11 12 (5.15%) NUnit
12 11 (4.72%) Protractor
13 10 (4.29%) JMeter
13 10 (4.29%) Sahi
13 10 (4.29%) WATIR
14 9 (3.86%) Visual Studio
15 8 (3.43%) DbUnit
15 8 (3.43%) Robot Framework
General
1 33 (14.16%) Finance
2 32 (13.73%) Games
3 18 (7.73%) Banking
4 17 (7.30%) Retail
5 11 (4.72%) Investment Banking
5 11 (4.72%) Publishing
6 8 (3.43%) Front Office
6 8 (3.43%) Marketing
7 3 (1.29%) Advertising
8 2 (0.86%) Aerospace
8 2 (0.86%) Automotive
8 2 (0.86%) Back Office
8 2 (0.86%) Electronics
8 2 (0.86%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.43%) Legal
9 1 (0.43%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (13.73%) JSON
2 31 (13.30%) .NET
3 22 (9.44%) XML
4 20 (8.58%) Web Services
5 19 (8.15%) Node.js
6 17 (7.30%) Gherkin
7 16 (6.87%) AngularJS
8 14 (6.01%) HTML
9 12 (5.15%) RabbitMQ
10 9 (3.86%) .NET Framework
10 9 (3.86%) HTML5
11 6 (2.58%) SOAP
12 5 (2.15%) Kafka
12 5 (2.15%) REST
12 5 (2.15%) RESTful
13 4 (1.72%) Hibernate
13 4 (1.72%) Spring
14 3 (1.29%) Express
14 3 (1.29%) J2EE
15 2 (0.86%) React
Miscellaneous
1 18 (7.73%) Mobile App
2 14 (6.01%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (3.43%) Computer Science
4 5 (2.15%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 5 (2.15%) User Experience
5 4 (1.72%) Virtual Team
6 3 (1.29%) Fintech
6 3 (1.29%) Fixed Income
6 3 (1.29%) NHS
6 3 (1.29%) PKI
6 3 (1.29%) Replication
7 2 (0.86%) CCTV
7 2 (0.86%) Client/Server
7 2 (0.86%) Digital Media
7 2 (0.86%) iPad
7 2 (0.86%) Smart Energy
7 2 (0.86%) Smart Meter
7 2 (0.86%) STB
7 2 (0.86%) Streaming Media
8 1 (0.43%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 18 (7.73%) Android
2 16 (6.87%) Linux
3 15 (6.44%) Apple iOS
4 10 (4.29%) Unix
4 10 (4.29%) Windows
5 3 (1.29%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.43%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.43%) Windows Vista
6 1 (0.43%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 153 (65.67%) Agile Software Development
2 95 (40.77%) Test Automation
3 87 (37.34%) Automated Testing
4 78 (33.48%) TDD
5 62 (26.61%) Test Scripting
6 58 (24.89%) BDD
7 53 (22.75%) Automation Testing
7 53 (22.75%) Scrum
8 44 (18.88%) User Stories
9 42 (18.03%) QA Automation
10 41 (17.60%) Exploratory Testing
11 40 (17.17%) Defect Tracking
12 37 (15.88%) Manual Testing
13 35 (15.02%) Web Testing
14 32 (13.73%) Continuous Integration
15 25 (10.73%) Software Engineering
16 23 (9.87%) Performance Testing
16 23 (9.87%) Regression Testing
17 21 (9.01%) E-Commerce
18 18 (7.73%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 85 (36.48%) Java
2 56 (24.03%) SQL
3 40 (17.17%) Scala
4 35 (15.02%) Ruby
5 29 (12.45%) C#
6 24 (10.30%) JavaScript
7 16 (6.87%) Python
8 6 (2.58%) PL/SQL
8 6 (2.58%) Shell Script
8 6 (2.58%) T-SQL
9 4 (1.72%) Perl
10 3 (1.29%) C
10 3 (1.29%) PHP
11 2 (0.86%) Apple Swift
11 2 (0.86%) PowerShell
11 2 (0.86%) R
11 2 (0.86%) VBScript
12 1 (0.43%) Objective-C
12 1 (0.43%) VB
12 1 (0.43%) VBA
Qualifications
1 13 (5.58%) Degree
2 8 (3.43%) ISTQB
3 7 (3.00%) ISEB
4 4 (1.72%) PhD
5 3 (1.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (1.29%) Security Cleared
6 2 (0.86%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (0.86%) IRCA
6 2 (0.86%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 233 (100.00%) QA
2 26 (11.16%) WCAG
3 6 (2.58%) SDET
4 2 (0.86%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.86%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.86%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.43%) EFQM
5 1 (0.43%) ISO 14001
5 1 (0.43%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 8 (3.43%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.86%) Puppet
3 1 (0.43%) Ansible
Vendors
1 14 (6.01%) Oracle
2 10 (4.29%) HP
3 9 (3.86%) Microsoft
4 4 (1.72%) Sybase
5 3 (1.29%) Google
6 2 (0.86%) IBM
6 2 (0.86%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (0.43%) Apple
7 1 (0.43%) Atlassian
7 1 (0.43%) CA Agile Central
7 1 (0.43%) Red Hat
7 1 (0.43%) SAP
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