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 25 June 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
25 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance Engineer
Rank 538 579 521
Rank change year-on-year
+41 -58
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 104 54 105
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.20% 0.096% 0.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.21% 0.10% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 72 44 83
Median daily rate £375 £356 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% +0.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £272 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £473
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 0
Median hourly rate - £20.00 -
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
50257 53100 51246
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.73% 94.78% 94.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 32789 33386 31524
Median daily rate £425 £400 £396
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.01%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £563 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £399 £370 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.83% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1493 2035 2075
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £40.00 £39.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.45 £16.14 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+8.11% -2.18%

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 25 June 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 25 June 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 +47 100 £375 +5.26% 47
London +36 54 £388 +3.33% 30
South East +21 22 £350 +1.44% 5
City of London +47 18 £400 +14.28% 4
East Sussex - 10 £350 -
West Sussex -12 9 £325 -5.45%
Yorkshire +7 6 £375 +36.36% 2
North West -6 6 £313 +10.13% 2
East of England +19 5 £450 +114.28% 6
South West +3 5 £400 -
Hertfordshire - 5 £450 - 2
Brighton - 5 - -
Hemel Hempstead - 5 £450 -
West Yorkshire 0 4 £438 +59.09%
Manchester -7 4 - - 1
Leeds -6 3 £475 +72.72%
Burgess Hill - 3 £310 -
Devon - 3 £300 -
Bristol +6 2 £450 +5.88%
Crawley -1 2 £315 -8.36%
Scotland -13 2 £275 -45.00% 1
Dunfermline - 2 £275 -
Gatwick - 2 £438 -
Sheffield - 2 £350 - 1
Southport - 2 £313 -
Merseyside - 2 £313 - 1
South Yorkshire - 2 £350 - 1
Fife - 2 £275 -
Hammersmith +4 1 £388 +17.42%
West Midlands -19 1 £375 +15.38%

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 June 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.

1 193 (100.00%) QA
2 135 (69.95%) Agile Software Development
3 86 (44.56%) Selenium
4 69 (35.75%) WebDriver
5 64 (33.16%) BDD
6 61 (31.61%) Automated Testing
7 59 (30.57%) Java
7 59 (30.57%) Cucumber
8 58 (30.05%) SQL
9 53 (27.46%) Test Automation
10 52 (26.94%) Scrum
11 50 (25.91%) Android
12 47 (24.35%) TDD
13 43 (22.28%) Apple iOS
14 38 (19.69%) JIRA
15 34 (17.62%) Mobile App
16 33 (17.10%) Regression Testing
16 33 (17.10%) C#
17 32 (16.58%) Web Services
18 31 (16.06%) Functional Testing
19 30 (15.54%) E-Commerce
20 28 (14.51%) Finance
21 27 (13.99%) Jenkins
22 26 (13.47%) QA Automation
22 26 (13.47%) JUnit
23 24 (12.44%) .NET
23 24 (12.44%) Unit Testing
23 24 (12.44%) Test Scripting
23 24 (12.44%) Automation Testing
24 23 (11.92%) Ruby

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 19 (9.84%) Confluence
2 11 (5.70%) IIS
3 6 (3.11%) Jetty
4 2 (1.04%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.52%) CMS
5 1 (0.52%) SAS
Applications
1 2 (1.04%) MS Excel
1 2 (1.04%) MS Office
2 1 (0.52%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.55%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.52%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (0.52%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 7 (3.63%) Google Play
2 6 (3.11%) GitHub
3 5 (2.59%) Google Cloud Platform
4 3 (1.55%) IaaS
4 3 (1.55%) PaaS
4 3 (1.55%) SaaS
5 1 (0.52%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.07%) H.323
1 4 (2.07%) Telepresence
2 3 (1.55%) Internet
3 2 (1.04%) HTTP
3 2 (1.04%) PuTTY
3 2 (1.04%) VLAN
3 2 (1.04%) WinSCP
4 1 (0.52%) HTTPS
4 1 (0.52%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (6.22%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.63%) Oracle Database
3 6 (3.11%) Big Data
4 4 (2.07%) Apache Cassandra
4 4 (2.07%) MySQL
5 3 (1.55%) HPCC
5 3 (1.55%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.52%) Hadoop
6 1 (0.52%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.52%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 86 (44.56%) Selenium
2 69 (35.75%) WebDriver
3 59 (30.57%) Cucumber
4 38 (19.69%) JIRA
5 27 (13.99%) Jenkins
6 26 (13.47%) JUnit
7 19 (9.84%) SoapUI
7 19 (9.84%) SpecFlow
8 17 (8.81%) Gradle
9 16 (8.29%) Appium
9 16 (8.29%) Jasmine
9 16 (8.29%) JMeter
10 14 (7.25%) Maven
11 13 (6.74%) Ant
11 13 (6.74%) NUnit
12 12 (6.22%) Git (software)
12 12 (6.22%) Hudson
13 11 (5.70%) jMock
13 11 (5.70%) Team Foundation Server
14 10 (5.18%) Robotium
General
1 28 (14.51%) Finance
2 21 (10.88%) Retail
3 5 (2.59%) Games
4 3 (1.55%) Banking
4 3 (1.55%) Electronics
4 3 (1.55%) Publishing
4 3 (1.55%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.04%) Financial Institution
5 2 (1.04%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.04%) Marketing
6 1 (0.52%) Back Office
6 1 (0.52%) Front Office
6 1 (0.52%) Law
6 1 (0.52%) Legal
6 1 (0.52%) Online Betting
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (16.58%) Web Services
2 24 (12.44%) .NET
3 22 (11.40%) REST
4 14 (7.25%) RabbitMQ
4 14 (7.25%) Spring
5 13 (6.74%) Hibernate
6 12 (6.22%) .NET Framework
6 12 (6.22%) Node.js
6 12 (6.22%) RESTful
7 11 (5.70%) Ajax
7 11 (5.70%) Java EE
7 11 (5.70%) JMS
7 11 (5.70%) WebSphere MQ
8 9 (4.66%) HTML
9 7 (3.63%) Android SDK
9 7 (3.63%) AngularJS
10 6 (3.11%) HTML5
11 5 (2.59%) ASP.NET
11 5 (2.59%) jQuery
11 5 (2.59%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 34 (17.62%) Mobile App
2 18 (9.33%) Computer Science
3 12 (6.22%) User Experience
4 10 (5.18%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 8 (4.15%) Analytical Skills
6 5 (2.59%) Virtual Team
7 3 (1.55%) Data Centre
8 2 (1.04%) Mobile Payment
8 2 (1.04%) NHS
9 1 (0.52%) Animation
9 1 (0.52%) BBC
9 1 (0.52%) Derivative
9 1 (0.52%) Fixed Income
9 1 (0.52%) iPad
9 1 (0.52%) Online Games
9 1 (0.52%) OTC Derivatives
9 1 (0.52%) Smart Meter
9 1 (0.52%) Social Media
9 1 (0.52%) Streaming Video
Operating Systems
1 50 (25.91%) Android
2 43 (22.28%) Apple iOS
3 15 (7.77%) Linux
4 9 (4.66%) Windows
5 1 (0.52%) Unix
5 1 (0.52%) Windows 7
5 1 (0.52%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 135 (69.95%) Agile Software Development
2 64 (33.16%) BDD
3 61 (31.61%) Automated Testing
4 53 (27.46%) Test Automation
5 52 (26.94%) Scrum
6 47 (24.35%) TDD
7 33 (17.10%) Regression Testing
8 31 (16.06%) Functional Testing
9 30 (15.54%) E-Commerce
10 26 (13.47%) QA Automation
11 24 (12.44%) Automation Testing
11 24 (12.44%) Test Scripting
11 24 (12.44%) Unit Testing
12 19 (9.84%) Integration Testing
12 19 (9.84%) Manual Testing
12 19 (9.84%) Open Source
13 18 (9.33%) Mobile Application Development
13 18 (9.33%) Software Engineering
13 18 (9.33%) Software Testing
13 18 (9.33%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 59 (30.57%) Java
2 58 (30.05%) SQL
3 33 (17.10%) C#
4 23 (11.92%) JavaScript
4 23 (11.92%) Python
4 23 (11.92%) Ruby
5 16 (8.29%) Groovy
6 9 (4.66%) PHP
7 7 (3.63%) Scala
8 5 (2.59%) Bash Shell
9 2 (1.04%) CoffeeScript
9 2 (1.04%) ECMAScript
9 2 (1.04%) ES6
9 2 (1.04%) PowerShell
9 2 (1.04%) VBA
9 2 (1.04%) VBScript
10 1 (0.52%) C
10 1 (0.52%) C++
10 1 (0.52%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.52%) VB
Qualifications
1 22 (11.40%) ISTQB
2 21 (10.88%) ISEB
3 19 (9.84%) Degree
4 6 (3.11%) SC Cleared
4 6 (3.11%) Security Cleared
5 5 (2.59%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.52%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.52%) HNC
6 1 (0.52%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 193 (100.00%) QA
2 4 (2.07%) SDET
3 2 (1.04%) ISO 9000
3 2 (1.04%) WCAG
4 1 (0.52%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.52%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.52%) FedRAMP
4 1 (0.52%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.52%) ISO13485
4 1 (0.52%) Sarbanes-Oxley
Systems Management
1 2 (1.04%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 16 (8.29%) Oracle
2 12 (6.22%) Atlassian
3 11 (5.70%) Microsoft
3 11 (5.70%) Rally
4 7 (3.63%) Google
5 6 (3.11%) HP
6 3 (1.55%) JDA
7 2 (1.04%) AppDynamics
7 2 (1.04%) Dynatrace
7 2 (1.04%) IBM
7 2 (1.04%) New Relic
8 1 (0.52%) EMC
8 1 (0.52%) hybris
8 1 (0.52%) SAP
8 1 (0.52%) ServiceNow
8 1 (0.52%) Xamarin
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £350 - £425 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £400 - £401 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £475 - £550 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Cambridge
Oho Group
Rate: £250 - 325 per day
Posted: 24 days ago