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 3 July 2015 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance Engineer
Rank 559 520 494
Rank change year-on-year
-39 -26
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 54 72 63
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.097% 0.14% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.10% 0.15% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 61 47
Average daily rate
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£350 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.67% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £234 £275 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £507 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £339 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
-3.21% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average 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
51627 49001 45588
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.46% 92.58% 92.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 32558 29967 26404
Average daily rate £400 £395 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.26% -1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1943 1955 2128
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% -10.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.29 £38.59 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -7.14%

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 3 July 2015.

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 3 July 2015. 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 -50 51 £350 -8.79% 56
London -24 25 £375 -11.76% 18
South East -17 8 £350 -3.44% 17
City of London -14 5 £375 - 6
Bristol +1 4 £400 +33.33% 3
South West -12 4 £400 +3.22% 3
Berkshire +14 3 £339 -20.29% 5
Reading +7 3 £339 -20.29% 1
Hampshire +3 3 £365 +29.77% 2
East of England -1 3 £210 -37.77% 5
North West -14 3 £275 -15.38% 7
West Yorkshire -17 3 £275 -38.88% 2
Yorkshire -18 3 £275 -38.88% 4
Manchester - 3 £275 - 4
Basingstoke - 3 £365 -
Leeds - 3 £275 - 2
Cambridgeshire -2 2 £210 -20.00% 3
East Midlands -5 2 - - 1
Cambridge -6 2 £210 -20.00% 2
Nottinghamshire -7 2 - -
Nottingham -7 2 - -
Newcastle upon Tyne -19 2 £355 +1.42%
North East -20 2 £355 +1.42%
Tyne and Wear -20 2 £355 +1.42%
Scotland - 2 £500 - 4
Crawley - 2 £344 -
Edinburgh - 2 £500 - 3
West Sussex - 2 £344 - 2
West Midlands -5 1 £325 -16.12% 1
Canary Wharf - 1 £475 -

QA Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, 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.

1 133 (100.00%) QA
2 73 (54.89%) Selenium
2 73 (54.89%) Agile Software Development
3 55 (41.35%) Java
4 49 (36.84%) Test Automation
5 47 (35.34%) Cucumber
6 43 (32.33%) WebDriver
7 39 (29.32%) Scrum
8 35 (26.32%) BDD
9 34 (25.56%) SQL
10 29 (21.80%) Ruby
11 28 (21.05%) TDD
12 25 (18.80%) C#
13 22 (16.54%) Automated Testing
13 22 (16.54%) Manual Testing
14 21 (15.79%) Finance
15 19 (14.29%) Regression Testing
16 16 (12.03%) Python
16 16 (12.03%) Test Scripting
16 16 (12.03%) Performance Testing
17 15 (11.28%) JIRA
17 15 (11.28%) SQL Server
17 15 (11.28%) Web Services
18 14 (10.53%) SOAP
18 14 (10.53%) E-Commerce
18 14 (10.53%) Kanban
18 14 (10.53%) SoapUI
19 13 (9.77%) RSpec
19 13 (9.77%) Automation Testing
19 13 (9.77%) Continuous Integration

QA Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, 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 (3.76%) Confluence
2 3 (2.26%) WebSphere
2 3 (2.26%) CMS
3 1 (0.75%) ATG Dynamo
3 1 (0.75%) WebLogic
3 1 (0.75%) Tomcat
Applications
1 6 (4.51%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.50%) Maya
2 2 (1.50%) 3ds Max
2 2 (1.50%) Adobe Illustrator
2 2 (1.50%) CINEMA 4D
2 2 (1.50%) MODO
2 2 (1.50%) Photoshop
2 2 (1.50%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 6 (4.51%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.75%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 6 (4.51%) GitHub
2 5 (3.76%) SaaS
3 3 (2.26%) Google Analytics
4 1 (0.75%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.75%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.50%) Internet
2 1 (0.75%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (11.28%) SQL Server
2 10 (7.52%) MySQL
3 5 (3.76%) Relational Database
3 5 (3.76%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (3.01%) PostgreSQL
4 4 (3.01%) MongoDB
4 4 (3.01%) NoSQL
5 3 (2.26%) DB2
6 2 (1.50%) Big Data
6 2 (1.50%) Oracle ODI
7 1 (0.75%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.75%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.75%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 73 (54.89%) Selenium
2 47 (35.34%) Cucumber
3 43 (32.33%) WebDriver
4 15 (11.28%) JIRA
5 14 (10.53%) SoapUI
6 13 (9.77%) RSpec
7 11 (8.27%) JBehave
8 9 (6.77%) Jenkins
9 8 (6.02%) Git (software)
10 7 (5.26%) Subversion
11 6 (4.51%) LoadRunner
11 6 (4.51%) Team Foundation Server
12 5 (3.76%) HP UFT
12 5 (3.76%) JUnit
12 5 (3.76%) Maven
12 5 (3.76%) WATIR
13 4 (3.01%) JMeter
13 4 (3.01%) TestComplete
13 4 (3.01%) TestNG
13 4 (3.01%) Calabash
General
1 21 (15.79%) Finance
2 9 (6.77%) Games
3 8 (6.02%) Telecoms
4 7 (5.26%) Retail
4 7 (5.26%) Marketing
4 7 (5.26%) Manufacturing
5 6 (4.51%) Electronics
6 2 (1.50%) Legal
7 1 (0.75%) Banking
7 1 (0.75%) Back Office
7 1 (0.75%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (11.28%) Web Services
2 14 (10.53%) SOAP
3 11 (8.27%) .NET
4 10 (7.52%) XML
5 9 (6.77%) HTML
6 8 (6.02%) Gherkin
7 6 (4.51%) JSON
7 6 (4.51%) RESTful
8 5 (3.76%) HTML5
9 4 (3.01%) REST
9 4 (3.01%) J2EE
9 4 (3.01%) ASP.NET
10 3 (2.26%) WPF
10 3 (2.26%) WebSphere Message Broker
10 3 (2.26%) WebSphere MQ
11 2 (1.50%) XML Schema
12 1 (0.75%) CSS
12 1 (0.75%) jQuery
12 1 (0.75%) Software Packaging
12 1 (0.75%) Apache Flex
Miscellaneous
1 10 (7.52%) Mobile App
2 7 (5.26%) Computer Science
3 6 (4.51%) DTV
4 5 (3.76%) Online Games
5 4 (3.01%) Digital Media
5 4 (3.01%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (2.26%) iSeries
6 3 (2.26%) AS400
7 2 (1.50%) User Experience
7 2 (1.50%) Online Gambling
7 2 (1.50%) Derivative
7 2 (1.50%) Blog
8 1 (0.75%) Device Driver
8 1 (0.75%) Handset
8 1 (0.75%) Wiki
8 1 (0.75%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.75%) MPEG
8 1 (0.75%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.75%) Algorithms
8 1 (0.75%) Enterprise Cloud
Operating Systems
1 9 (6.77%) Linux
1 9 (6.77%) Android
1 9 (6.77%) Apple iOS
2 4 (3.01%) UNIX
3 2 (1.50%) Windows
4 1 (0.75%) Windows XP
4 1 (0.75%) Windows Vista
4 1 (0.75%) Windows 8
4 1 (0.75%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (54.89%) Agile Software Development
2 49 (36.84%) Test Automation
3 39 (29.32%) Scrum
4 35 (26.32%) BDD
5 28 (21.05%) TDD
6 22 (16.54%) Automated Testing
6 22 (16.54%) Manual Testing
7 19 (14.29%) Regression Testing
8 16 (12.03%) Performance Testing
8 16 (12.03%) Test Scripting
9 14 (10.53%) Kanban
9 14 (10.53%) E-Commerce
10 13 (9.77%) Continuous Integration
10 13 (9.77%) Automation Testing
11 10 (7.52%) Software Testing
12 8 (6.02%) Software Engineering
12 8 (6.02%) OOP
13 7 (5.26%) Digital Marketing
13 7 (5.26%) User Acceptance Testing
14 6 (4.51%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 55 (41.35%) Java
2 34 (25.56%) SQL
3 29 (21.80%) Ruby
4 25 (18.80%) C#
5 16 (12.03%) Python
6 11 (8.27%) JavaScript
7 9 (6.77%) PHP
8 4 (3.01%) Perl
9 2 (1.50%) C++
9 2 (1.50%) VB
9 2 (1.50%) Groovy
10 1 (0.75%) Scala
10 1 (0.75%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.75%) XPath
10 1 (0.75%) VBA
10 1 (0.75%) C
10 1 (0.75%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.75%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.75%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 9 (6.77%) Degree
2 8 (6.02%) ISEB
3 4 (3.01%) ISTQB
4 3 (2.26%) Security Cleared
5 2 (1.50%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.75%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.75%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.75%) MCITP
6 1 (0.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.75%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 133 (100.00%) QA
System Software
1 2 (1.50%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (3.76%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (8.27%) Oracle
2 9 (6.77%) Microsoft
3 6 (4.51%) SAP
4 5 (3.76%) HP
5 3 (2.26%) Telerik
5 3 (2.26%) Endeca
5 3 (2.26%) Google
5 3 (2.26%) Coremetrics
5 3 (2.26%) IBM
6 2 (1.50%) VMware
7 1 (0.75%) hybris
7 1 (0.75%) Vertica
7 1 (0.75%) SOASTA, Inc
7 1 (0.75%) CA
7 1 (0.75%) ATG
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