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 19 December 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance Engineer
Rank 526 508 496
Rank change year-on-year
-18 -12
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 69 74 61
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.14% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.14% 0.16% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 59 43
Average daily rate
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£338 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.89% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £261 £271
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £270 £300
% change year-on-year
+20.37% -10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 3
Average hourly rate £65.00 £34.38 £47.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+89.09% -27.63%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £34.38 £47.50
% change year-on-year
- -27.63%

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
50642 47729 46134
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.79% 92.49% 92.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 32228 28770 26034
Average daily rate £400 £400 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2044 2098 2641
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -5.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

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 19 December 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
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 19 December 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 -38 64 £340 -6.20% 38
London +9 44 £340 -15.00% 19
South East -27 9 £350 +25.56% 9
City of London -1 3 £355 -25.26% 4
East of England -17 3 £450 +63.63% 4
North West - 3 £270 - 3
West Midlands - 3 £250 -
South West -23 2 £363 +61.11% 4
Scotland - 2 £240 - 6
Staffordshire - 2 £250 -
Suffolk - 2 - - 2
Cheshire - 2 £250 - 3
Ipswich - 2 - -
Reading +16 1 £525 +94.44% 1
Berkshire -2 1 £525 +94.44% 8
Surrey -6 1 £325 -10.34%
Bristol -14 1 £375 +76.47%
Cambridge - 1 £450 - 1
Cambridgeshire - 1 £450 - 1
Warrington - 1 - -
Manchester - 1 £290 -
Hammersmith - 1 £300 -
Chiswick - - - -
Northern Ireland - - - - 2
Farnborough - - - -
Newbury - - - - 5
Newcastle upon Tyne - - - -
Newport - - - - 1
Nottingham - - - -
Oxford - - - - 1

QA Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 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.

1 135 (100.00%) QA
2 83 (61.48%) Agile Software Development
3 68 (50.37%) Selenium
4 53 (39.26%) Java
5 39 (28.89%) SQL
6 35 (25.93%) Scrum
7 34 (25.19%) Test Automation
8 33 (24.44%) WebDriver
9 31 (22.96%) TDD
10 28 (20.74%) Cucumber
11 27 (20.00%) Automated Testing
12 25 (18.52%) BDD
13 22 (16.30%) Manual Testing
14 20 (14.81%) Ruby
14 20 (14.81%) JIRA
14 20 (14.81%) Python
15 17 (12.59%) ISEB
15 17 (12.59%) Test Scripting
16 16 (11.85%) Continuous Integration
17 15 (11.11%) Regression Testing
18 14 (10.37%) .NET
18 14 (10.37%) Linux
18 14 (10.37%) Performance Testing
19 13 (9.63%) Automation Testing
19 13 (9.63%) Web Services
19 13 (9.63%) Games
20 12 (8.89%) UNIX
20 12 (8.89%) PHP
20 12 (8.89%) C#
20 12 (8.89%) E-Commerce

QA Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 2 (1.48%) IIS
1 2 (1.48%) ColdFusion
2 1 (0.74%) OpenStack
2 1 (0.74%) WebLogic
2 1 (0.74%) CMS
2 1 (0.74%) ATG Dynamo
Applications
1 7 (5.19%) MS Office
2 5 (3.70%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.48%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (1.48%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.48%) Cloud Computing
1 2 (1.48%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.74%) IaaS
2 1 (0.74%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 5 (3.70%) HTTP
1 5 (3.70%) TCP/IP
2 4 (2.96%) ATM
2 4 (2.96%) Internet
3 3 (2.22%) IP Telephony
4 1 (0.74%) NAS
4 1 (0.74%) H.323
4 1 (0.74%) DNS
4 1 (0.74%) iBeacon
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (5.93%) MySQL
2 6 (4.44%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (3.70%) SQL Server
4 4 (2.96%) DB2
5 3 (2.22%) Apache Cassandra
5 3 (2.22%) IBM InfoSphere
5 3 (2.22%) OLTP
5 3 (2.22%) OLAP
6 2 (1.48%) Hadoop
6 2 (1.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.74%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.74%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.74%) Big Data
7 1 (0.74%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.74%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.74%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.74%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 68 (50.37%) Selenium
2 33 (24.44%) WebDriver
3 28 (20.74%) Cucumber
4 20 (14.81%) JIRA
5 11 (8.15%) Git (software)
5 11 (8.15%) JMeter
6 10 (7.41%) JUnit
6 10 (7.41%) QuickTest Pro
6 10 (7.41%) TestNG
7 9 (6.67%) SoapUI
8 8 (5.93%) Subversion
8 8 (5.93%) Jenkins
9 6 (4.44%) Maven
9 6 (4.44%) Calabash
9 6 (4.44%) WATIR
10 5 (3.70%) Appium
10 5 (3.70%) Team Foundation Server
11 4 (2.96%) Bugzilla
11 4 (2.96%) Visual Studio
11 4 (2.96%) JBehave
General
1 13 (9.63%) Games
2 8 (5.93%) Finance
3 7 (5.19%) Electronics
4 4 (2.96%) Telecoms
4 4 (2.96%) Legal
5 3 (2.22%) Retail
6 2 (1.48%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.48%) Marketing
7 1 (0.74%) Polish Language
7 1 (0.74%) Advertising
7 1 (0.74%) Publishing
7 1 (0.74%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (10.37%) .NET
2 13 (9.63%) Web Services
3 9 (6.67%) HTML
4 6 (4.44%) REST
5 5 (3.70%) XML
6 4 (2.96%) CSS
6 4 (2.96%) RESTful
6 4 (2.96%) HTML5
6 4 (2.96%) .NET Framework
7 3 (2.22%) Django
7 3 (2.22%) SOAP
8 2 (1.48%) Cocoon
8 2 (1.48%) J2EE
8 2 (1.48%) Gherkin
8 2 (1.48%) JRuby
9 1 (0.74%) jQuery
9 1 (0.74%) JSON
9 1 (0.74%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 9 (6.67%) Open Source
1 9 (6.67%) Mobile App
2 7 (5.19%) EMV
2 7 (5.19%) Smartcard
3 4 (2.96%) Computer Science
4 3 (2.22%) Client/Server
4 3 (2.22%) Data Structures
5 2 (1.48%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (1.48%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.48%) DTV
5 2 (1.48%) Digital Media
5 2 (1.48%) Online Games
5 2 (1.48%) Human Factors
6 1 (0.74%) Mathematics
6 1 (0.74%) Smartphone
6 1 (0.74%) iPhone
6 1 (0.74%) Online Gambling
6 1 (0.74%) iPad
6 1 (0.74%) Handset
6 1 (0.74%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 14 (10.37%) Linux
2 12 (8.89%) UNIX
3 11 (8.15%) Windows
4 6 (4.44%) Android
5 5 (3.70%) Apple iOS
6 3 (2.22%) Windows 7
7 2 (1.48%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.74%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (61.48%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (25.93%) Scrum
3 34 (25.19%) Test Automation
4 31 (22.96%) TDD
5 27 (20.00%) Automated Testing
6 25 (18.52%) BDD
7 22 (16.30%) Manual Testing
8 17 (12.59%) Test Scripting
9 16 (11.85%) Continuous Integration
10 15 (11.11%) Regression Testing
11 14 (10.37%) Performance Testing
12 13 (9.63%) Automation Testing
13 12 (8.89%) E-Commerce
13 12 (8.89%) Kanban
14 11 (8.15%) Software Engineering
15 9 (6.67%) Test Strategy
16 8 (5.93%) Quality Management
16 8 (5.93%) Software Testing
17 7 (5.19%) QMS
17 7 (5.19%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 53 (39.26%) Java
2 39 (28.89%) SQL
3 20 (14.81%) Ruby
3 20 (14.81%) Python
4 12 (8.89%) PHP
4 12 (8.89%) C#
5 9 (6.67%) JavaScript
6 8 (5.93%) Perl
7 7 (5.19%) C
7 7 (5.19%) C++
8 3 (2.22%) Groovy
8 3 (2.22%) Scala
9 2 (1.48%) Jython
9 2 (1.48%) VBA
9 2 (1.48%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.74%) Erlang
10 1 (0.74%) VBScript
10 1 (0.74%) VB
Qualifications
1 17 (12.59%) ISEB
2 12 (8.89%) ISTQB
3 6 (4.44%) Degree
4 4 (2.96%) SC Cleared
4 4 (2.96%) Security Cleared
5 2 (1.48%) MOS
6 1 (0.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 135 (100.00%) QA
2 5 (3.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (3.70%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.74%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 1 (0.74%) KVM
Systems Management
1 12 (8.89%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (0.74%) Puppet
2 1 (0.74%) Salt
Vendors
1 9 (6.67%) Microsoft
1 9 (6.67%) HP
2 3 (2.22%) Cisco
2 3 (2.22%) IBM
2 3 (2.22%) Oracle
3 2 (1.48%) VMware
3 2 (1.48%) SAP
4 1 (0.74%) Red Hat
4 1 (0.74%) ATG
4 1 (0.74%) Perforce
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