The first table below looks at the demand 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 11 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles currently tracked.

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
11 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance Engineer
Rank 504 507 542
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +35
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 76 63 43
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.13% 0.075%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.16% 0.14% 0.081%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 48 23
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£388 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £285 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £514 £475 £465
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
48693 46426 52919
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.43% 92.61% 92.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 29668 27020 29360
Average daily rate £395 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.25% +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £235 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1991 2159 2630
Average hourly rate £16.50 £18.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% -5.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.80 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.47 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.55% -2.94%

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 11 July 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 11 July 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 +2 74 £388 +3.33% 49
London +2 42 £425 - 28
South East -15 13 £363 +3.57% 8
City of London +22 11 £443 +26.42% 4
South West -18 7 £425 +41.66% 1
East of England -10 6 £338 -3.57% 4
West Midlands - 5 £388 - 1
Surrey +3 4 £263 -19.23%
Gloucestershire - 4 £438 -
Reading -2 3 £425 -10.52% 1
Berkshire -11 3 £425 +13.33% 1
Middlesex - 3 - - 1
Cambridge -4 2 £263 -41.66%
Cambridgeshire -12 2 £263 -25.00% 1
Bristol -20 2 £438 +45.83%
Hampshire - 2 £281 - 4
North West - 2 £325 - 3
Birmingham - 2 £388 -
Yorkshire 0 1 £450 - 2
Nottinghamshire - 1 £338 -
Somerset - 1 £325 -
East Sussex - 1 £185 - 1
East Midlands - 1 £338 - 2
Brighton - 1 £185 - 1
Street - 1 £325 -
Surbiton - - - -
Swindon - - - - 1
Warrington - - - - 1
Windsor - - - -
Bedfordshire - - - -

QA Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 11 July 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.

1 171 (100.00%) QA
2 94 (54.97%) Selenium
3 67 (39.18%) Java
4 62 (36.26%) Agile Software Development
4 62 (36.26%) Cucumber
5 51 (29.82%) Scrum
6 46 (26.90%) BDD
6 46 (26.90%) Test Automation
7 43 (25.15%) TDD
8 42 (24.56%) WebDriver
9 38 (22.22%) Ruby
10 37 (21.64%) SQL
11 35 (20.47%) Continuous Integration
12 32 (18.71%) ISTQB
13 29 (16.96%) ISEB
14 27 (15.79%) Automated Testing
15 26 (15.20%) .NET
15 26 (15.20%) C#
16 25 (14.62%) Automation Testing
17 24 (14.04%) Web Services
17 24 (14.04%) Test Scripting
18 22 (12.87%) Finance
19 21 (12.28%) Linux
20 20 (11.70%) Degree
21 18 (10.53%) Windows
21 18 (10.53%) SQL Server
21 18 (10.53%) E-Commerce
22 17 (9.94%) UNIX
23 16 (9.36%) XML
23 16 (9.36%) JIRA

QA Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 11 July 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 5 (2.92%) Confluence
2 4 (2.34%) IIS
2 4 (2.34%) Apache
2 4 (2.34%) Node.js
3 3 (1.75%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.17%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 11 (6.43%) MS Excel
2 6 (3.51%) MS Office
3 3 (1.75%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (1.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.58%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.58%) Cognos TM1
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.58%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (0.58%) SaaS
1 1 (0.58%) PaaS
1 1 (0.58%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 10 (5.85%) TCP/IP
1 10 (5.85%) HTTP
2 8 (4.68%) DNS
2 8 (4.68%) LDAP
3 5 (2.92%) HTTPS
3 5 (2.92%) SSL
4 4 (2.34%) SNMP
4 4 (2.34%) Firewall
4 4 (2.34%) LAN
4 4 (2.34%) WAN
4 4 (2.34%) SMTP
5 3 (1.75%) Internet
6 1 (0.58%) Wireshark
6 1 (0.58%) UMTS
6 1 (0.58%) ATM
6 1 (0.58%) GPRS
6 1 (0.58%) GSM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (10.53%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.34%) MySQL
3 3 (1.75%) Relational Database
4 2 (1.17%) Oracle Database
4 2 (1.17%) MongoDB
4 2 (1.17%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.58%) MariaDB
5 1 (0.58%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 94 (54.97%) Selenium
2 62 (36.26%) Cucumber
3 42 (24.56%) WebDriver
4 16 (9.36%) JIRA
4 16 (9.36%) Jenkins
5 15 (8.77%) JUnit
6 14 (8.19%) SpecFlow
7 13 (7.60%) FitNesse
8 12 (7.02%) Calabash
9 11 (6.43%) JBehave
10 10 (5.85%) JMeter
10 10 (5.85%) SoapUI
11 9 (5.26%) WATIR
11 9 (5.26%) Team Foundation Server
12 8 (4.68%) Visual Studio
13 7 (4.09%) QuickTest Pro
13 7 (4.09%) Git (software)
14 6 (3.51%) TeamCity
15 5 (2.92%) Subversion
16 4 (2.34%) Hudson
General
1 22 (12.87%) Finance
2 10 (5.85%) Telecoms
3 7 (4.09%) Legal
3 7 (4.09%) Publishing
3 7 (4.09%) Banking
3 7 (4.09%) Retail
4 6 (3.51%) Investment Banking
5 4 (2.34%) Games
6 3 (1.75%) Electronics
6 3 (1.75%) Marketing
7 2 (1.17%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.58%) Advertising
8 1 (0.58%) Automotive
8 1 (0.58%) Law
8 1 (0.58%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (15.20%) .NET
2 24 (14.04%) Web Services
3 16 (9.36%) XML
4 11 (6.43%) HTML
5 10 (5.85%) SOAP
6 8 (4.68%) .NET Framework
6 8 (4.68%) REST
7 5 (2.92%) ASP.NET
7 5 (2.92%) CSS
8 4 (2.34%) Mustache
8 4 (2.34%) Sass
9 3 (1.75%) jQuery
9 3 (1.75%) RESTful
9 3 (1.75%) JSON
9 3 (1.75%) WCF
9 3 (1.75%) WPF
10 2 (1.17%) XSLT
10 2 (1.17%) Gherkin
11 1 (0.58%) Android SDK
11 1 (0.58%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 16 (9.36%) Open Source
2 15 (8.77%) Mobile App
3 6 (3.51%) Digital Media
3 6 (3.51%) Computer Science
4 4 (2.34%) EMV
4 4 (2.34%) Smartcard
5 3 (1.75%) Data Extraction
6 2 (1.17%) Human Factors
6 2 (1.17%) DTV
6 2 (1.17%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.17%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 2 (1.17%) STB
6 2 (1.17%) Smartphone
6 2 (1.17%) Derivative
7 1 (0.58%) Statistics
7 1 (0.58%) Informatics
7 1 (0.58%) Mathematics
7 1 (0.58%) Cryptography
7 1 (0.58%) IPTV
7 1 (0.58%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 21 (12.28%) Linux
2 18 (10.53%) Windows
3 17 (9.94%) UNIX
4 12 (7.02%) Android
5 10 (5.85%) Apple iOS
6 4 (2.34%) CentOS
6 4 (2.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 3 (1.75%) Windows 7
8 2 (1.17%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.58%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.58%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.58%) Windows 2000
9 1 (0.58%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.58%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.58%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (36.26%) Agile Software Development
2 51 (29.82%) Scrum
3 46 (26.90%) Test Automation
3 46 (26.90%) BDD
4 43 (25.15%) TDD
5 35 (20.47%) Continuous Integration
6 27 (15.79%) Automated Testing
7 25 (14.62%) Automation Testing
8 24 (14.04%) Test Scripting
9 18 (10.53%) E-Commerce
10 15 (8.77%) Regression Testing
11 14 (8.19%) OO
12 11 (6.43%) Quality Management
12 11 (6.43%) Web Testing
12 11 (6.43%) Kanban
13 10 (5.85%) OOP
13 10 (5.85%) Performance Testing
14 9 (5.26%) Software Testing
14 9 (5.26%) User Stories
14 9 (5.26%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 67 (39.18%) Java
2 38 (22.22%) Ruby
3 37 (21.64%) SQL
4 26 (15.20%) C#
5 13 (7.60%) Python
6 12 (7.02%) JavaScript
7 9 (5.26%) Perl
8 6 (3.51%) C++
8 6 (3.51%) Shell Script
8 6 (3.51%) C
9 5 (2.92%) Groovy
9 5 (2.92%) PHP
10 4 (2.34%) PowerShell
11 3 (1.75%) Objective-C
12 1 (0.58%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.58%) VB
Qualifications
1 32 (18.71%) ISTQB
2 29 (16.96%) ISEB
3 20 (11.70%) Degree
4 5 (2.92%) Security Cleared
5 4 (2.34%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.58%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 171 (100.00%) QA
2 8 (4.68%) ISO 9001
2 8 (4.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.17%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 4 (2.34%) NFS
1 4 (2.34%) Active Directory
1 4 (2.34%) Squid
1 4 (2.34%) VMware Infrastructure
1 4 (2.34%) qmail
2 1 (0.58%) Nmap
Systems Management
1 7 (4.09%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.58%) Puppet
2 1 (0.58%) Nessus
Vendors
1 12 (7.02%) Microsoft
2 7 (4.09%) HP
2 7 (4.09%) Oracle
3 4 (2.34%) Cisco
3 4 (2.34%) VMware
3 4 (2.34%) NetApp
3 4 (2.34%) Red Hat
4 3 (1.75%) BT
5 2 (1.17%) SAP
6 1 (0.58%) Cognos
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Rate: £270 - £300 per day
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Rate: £350 - £375 per day
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Rate: £200 to £250 per day
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