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 27 July 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
27 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance Engineer
Rank 564 616 522
Rank change year-on-year
+52 -94
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 96 58 94
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.18% 0.10% 0.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.19% 0.11% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 44 76
Median daily rate £388 £363 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.89% -3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £228 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £443 £489
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £360
% change year-on-year
- -2.77%
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
51171 54063 51068
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.77% 94.76% 94.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 33246 34265 30949
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1562 2016 2062
Median hourly rate £17.00 £16.60 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.40% +0.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.58 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.16 £16.10
% change year-on-year
+2.10% +0.37%

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 27 July 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 27 July 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 +22 92 £388 +6.89% 54
London +23 51 £400 - 26
South East +19 23 £325 -10.34% 11
City of London +58 14 £363 -3.33% 3
West Sussex -4 9 £325 -5.45% 2
East Sussex - 7 £350 - 3
Yorkshire +1 6 £393 +42.72% 1
West Yorkshire -2 5 £400 +45.45% 1
North West -6 5 £313 +13.63% 1
Leeds -1 4 £430 +56.36% 1
Manchester -8 4 - -
Brighton - 4 - - 3
East of England +20 3 £400 +90.47% 6
Scotland +6 3 £275 -45.00% 1
Hampshire +4 3 £250 -31.50%
South West +2 3 £400 -5.88% 1
Fife - 3 £275 -
Surrey - 3 - - 3
Dunfermline - 3 £275 -
Burgess Hill - 3 £310 -
Bristol -1 2 £450 +5.88%
Hertfordshire - 2 £400 - 1
Hemel Hempstead - 2 £400 -
Winchester - 2 £313 -
Hammersmith +2 1 £388 +17.42%
Crawley -1 1 £315 -8.36% 1
Bromley -8 1 £425 +6.25%
South Yorkshire - 1 £350 -
Oxfordshire - 1 £425 -
Luton - 1 £485 -

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 July 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.

1 211 (100.00%) QA
2 141 (66.82%) Agile Software Development
3 93 (44.08%) Selenium
4 69 (32.70%) Cucumber
5 68 (32.23%) WebDriver
6 67 (31.75%) BDD
7 65 (30.81%) Java
8 62 (29.38%) SQL
8 62 (29.38%) Automated Testing
9 54 (25.59%) Scrum
10 52 (24.64%) Android
10 52 (24.64%) Test Automation
11 50 (23.70%) TDD
12 48 (22.75%) Exploratory Testing
13 46 (21.80%) Apple iOS
14 39 (18.48%) JIRA
15 36 (17.06%) Web Services
16 35 (16.59%) C#
17 34 (16.11%) Mobile App
18 33 (15.64%) Regression Testing
19 32 (15.17%) E-Commerce
19 32 (15.17%) Functional Testing
20 31 (14.69%) JavaScript
20 31 (14.69%) Finance
21 30 (14.22%) JUnit
22 29 (13.74%) Jenkins
23 28 (13.27%) QA Automation
24 26 (12.32%) Retail
24 26 (12.32%) Unit Testing
24 26 (12.32%) Automation 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 18 (8.53%) Confluence
2 11 (5.21%) IIS
3 5 (2.37%) Jetty
4 2 (0.95%) SAS
4 2 (0.95%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.47%) CMS
Applications
1 3 (1.42%) MS Excel
2 2 (0.95%) MS Office
3 1 (0.47%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.42%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.47%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (0.47%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 7 (3.32%) Google Play
2 6 (2.84%) GitHub
3 5 (2.37%) Google Cloud Platform
4 3 (1.42%) IaaS
4 3 (1.42%) PaaS
4 3 (1.42%) SaaS
5 2 (0.95%) Microsoft Azure
6 1 (0.47%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.42%) Internet
2 2 (0.95%) H.323
2 2 (0.95%) HTTP
2 2 (0.95%) PuTTY
2 2 (0.95%) Telepresence
2 2 (0.95%) WinSCP
3 1 (0.47%) Firewall
3 1 (0.47%) HTTPS
3 1 (0.47%) Network Security
3 1 (0.47%) Skype
3 1 (0.47%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (7.11%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.32%) Oracle Database
3 6 (2.84%) Big Data
4 4 (1.90%) MySQL
5 3 (1.42%) Apache Cassandra
5 3 (1.42%) HPCC
5 3 (1.42%) MongoDB
6 2 (0.95%) Oracle Reports
6 2 (0.95%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (0.47%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 93 (44.08%) Selenium
2 69 (32.70%) Cucumber
3 68 (32.23%) WebDriver
4 39 (18.48%) JIRA
5 30 (14.22%) JUnit
6 29 (13.74%) Jenkins
7 21 (9.95%) SpecFlow
8 19 (9.00%) SoapUI
9 18 (8.53%) Jasmine
10 17 (8.06%) Appium
10 17 (8.06%) Gradle
10 17 (8.06%) JMeter
11 15 (7.11%) NUnit
12 14 (6.64%) Maven
13 13 (6.16%) Ant
14 12 (5.69%) Git (software)
14 12 (5.69%) Protractor
15 11 (5.21%) Hudson
15 11 (5.21%) jMock
16 10 (4.74%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 31 (14.69%) Finance
2 26 (12.32%) Retail
3 7 (3.32%) Games
4 5 (2.37%) Banking
4 5 (2.37%) Publishing
5 4 (1.90%) Electronics
6 3 (1.42%) Marketing
6 3 (1.42%) Telecoms
7 2 (0.95%) Investment Banking
7 2 (0.95%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.47%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.47%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.47%) Front Office
8 1 (0.47%) Legal
8 1 (0.47%) Online Betting
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (17.06%) Web Services
2 25 (11.85%) .NET
3 24 (11.37%) REST
4 16 (7.58%) Node.js
5 15 (7.11%) HTML
6 14 (6.64%) Spring
7 13 (6.16%) .NET Framework
7 13 (6.16%) Hibernate
7 13 (6.16%) RabbitMQ
7 13 (6.16%) RESTful
8 11 (5.21%) Ajax
8 11 (5.21%) Java EE
8 11 (5.21%) JMS
8 11 (5.21%) WebSphere MQ
9 10 (4.74%) HTML5
10 8 (3.79%) XML
11 7 (3.32%) Android SDK
12 6 (2.84%) AngularJS
13 5 (2.37%) ASP.NET
13 5 (2.37%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 34 (16.11%) Mobile App
2 21 (9.95%) Computer Science
3 13 (6.16%) User Experience
4 11 (5.21%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 9 (4.27%) Analytical Skills
6 6 (2.84%) Virtual Team
7 3 (1.42%) Data Centre
8 2 (0.95%) Digital Media
8 2 (0.95%) Fixed Income
8 2 (0.95%) Mobile Payment
8 2 (0.95%) NHS
9 1 (0.47%) Animation
9 1 (0.47%) BBC
9 1 (0.47%) Client/Server
9 1 (0.47%) iPad
9 1 (0.47%) Online Games
9 1 (0.47%) Social Media
9 1 (0.47%) STB
9 1 (0.47%) Streaming Video
9 1 (0.47%) Swaptions
Operating Systems
1 52 (24.64%) Android
2 46 (21.80%) Apple iOS
3 15 (7.11%) Linux
4 11 (5.21%) Windows
5 2 (0.95%) Unix
6 1 (0.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.47%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.47%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 141 (66.82%) Agile Software Development
2 67 (31.75%) BDD
3 62 (29.38%) Automated Testing
4 54 (25.59%) Scrum
5 52 (24.64%) Test Automation
6 50 (23.70%) TDD
7 48 (22.75%) Exploratory Testing
8 33 (15.64%) Regression Testing
9 32 (15.17%) E-Commerce
9 32 (15.17%) Functional Testing
10 28 (13.27%) QA Automation
11 26 (12.32%) Automation Testing
11 26 (12.32%) Unit Testing
12 24 (11.37%) Manual Testing
12 24 (11.37%) Test Scripting
13 22 (10.43%) Software Engineering
14 20 (9.48%) Integration Testing
15 19 (9.00%) Mobile Application Development
15 19 (9.00%) Open Source
15 19 (9.00%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 65 (30.81%) Java
2 62 (29.38%) SQL
3 35 (16.59%) C#
4 31 (14.69%) JavaScript
5 23 (10.90%) Ruby
6 20 (9.48%) Python
7 16 (7.58%) Groovy
8 8 (3.79%) Scala
9 7 (3.32%) PHP
10 5 (2.37%) Bash Shell
11 2 (0.95%) CoffeeScript
11 2 (0.95%) ECMAScript
11 2 (0.95%) ES6
11 2 (0.95%) PowerShell
11 2 (0.95%) R
11 2 (0.95%) T-SQL
11 2 (0.95%) VBA
11 2 (0.95%) VBScript
12 1 (0.47%) Apple Swift
12 1 (0.47%) C++
Qualifications
1 23 (10.90%) Degree
2 21 (9.95%) ISTQB
3 20 (9.48%) ISEB
4 6 (2.84%) SC Cleared
4 6 (2.84%) Security Cleared
5 5 (2.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.47%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.47%) HNC
6 1 (0.47%) HND
6 1 (0.47%) IRCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 211 (100.00%) QA
2 4 (1.90%) SDET
3 3 (1.42%) ISO 9000
4 2 (0.95%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.95%) WCAG
5 1 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.47%) EFQM
5 1 (0.47%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.47%) ISO13485
5 1 (0.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
Systems Management
1 2 (0.95%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 21 (9.95%) Oracle
2 12 (5.69%) Atlassian
3 11 (5.21%) Microsoft
3 11 (5.21%) Rally
4 7 (3.32%) Google
5 6 (2.84%) HP
6 3 (1.42%) JDA
7 2 (0.95%) AppDynamics
7 2 (0.95%) Dynatrace
7 2 (0.95%) IBM
7 2 (0.95%) New Relic
8 1 (0.47%) EMC
8 1 (0.47%) hybris
8 1 (0.47%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.47%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.47%) SAP
8 1 (0.47%) ServiceNow
8 1 (0.47%) Xamarin
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