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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance Engineer
Rank 528 502 478
Rank change year-on-year
-26 -24
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 65 97 86
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.17% 0.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.19% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 80 60
Average daily rate
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£350 £339 £368
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.32% -7.82%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £443 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £288
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +13.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 5
Average hourly rate - £14.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -53.33%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £30.00

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
51645 52060 44962
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.40% 92.35% 92.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 31339 31560 25761
Average daily rate £400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £230 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £346
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +1.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2019 2073 2241
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -2.85%

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 17 April 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 17 April 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 -36 61 £350 - 56
London -10 44 £363 -1.36% 37
City of London +19 8 £375 -6.25% 12
South East -27 7 £350 -3.44% 6
Berkshire +10 5 £376 -5.93% 3
Reading +8 3 £340 -15.00%
South West 0 3 £363 +11.53%
East Midlands +4 2 - - 2
Hampshire -8 2 £350 - 1
North West -17 2 £270 -13.60% 3
Farnborough - 2 £350 -
East of England +18 1 £488 +50.00% 3
North East +5 1 - -
Cambridge +5 1 £488 +50.00% 2
Cambridgeshire +3 1 £488 +50.00% 2
Manchester -6 1 £270 -
Bristol -6 1 £375 +15.38%
Nottingham -12 1 - - 2
Nottinghamshire -12 1 - - 2
West Midlands -16 1 £200 -38.46% 2
Yorkshire -17 1 - - 2
Northern Ireland - 1 - - 2
Scotland - 1 £375 -
Somerset - 1 £350 -
Slough - 1 £413 -
Edinburgh - 1 £375 -
County Antrim - 1 - - 1
Belfast - 1 - - 1
Birmingham - - - -
Bracknell - - - -

QA Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 April 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.

1 132 (100.00%) QA
2 74 (56.06%) Selenium
2 74 (56.06%) Agile Software Development
3 54 (40.91%) Java
4 46 (34.85%) WebDriver
5 43 (32.58%) Test Automation
5 43 (32.58%) Cucumber
6 38 (28.79%) Scrum
7 33 (25.00%) SQL
7 33 (25.00%) BDD
8 31 (23.48%) Ruby
9 30 (22.73%) TDD
10 26 (19.70%) Manual Testing
11 22 (16.67%) C#
12 20 (15.15%) JIRA
13 18 (13.64%) Finance
14 16 (12.12%) Python
15 15 (11.36%) Regression Testing
15 15 (11.36%) Continuous Integration
16 14 (10.61%) Kanban
16 14 (10.61%) Performance Testing
16 14 (10.61%) Automated Testing
16 14 (10.61%) Web Services
17 13 (9.85%) Games
17 13 (9.85%) Automation Testing
18 12 (9.09%) Test Scripting
18 12 (9.09%) XML
19 11 (8.33%) Linux
20 10 (7.58%) SQL Server
20 10 (7.58%) JavaScript

QA Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 4 (3.03%) Confluence
2 3 (2.27%) CMS
3 2 (1.52%) ATG Dynamo
3 2 (1.52%) WebLogic
3 2 (1.52%) IIS
3 2 (1.52%) ColdFusion
4 1 (0.76%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (0.76%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (3.03%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.76%) Google Analytics
2 1 (0.76%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 6 (4.55%) GitHub
2 3 (2.27%) SaaS
3 1 (0.76%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.76%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.27%) ATM
1 3 (2.27%) Internet
2 1 (0.76%) iBeacon
2 1 (0.76%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (7.58%) SQL Server
2 6 (4.55%) MongoDB
3 5 (3.79%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (3.79%) MySQL
4 4 (3.03%) DB2
4 4 (3.03%) NoSQL
5 3 (2.27%) Big Data
5 3 (2.27%) IBM InfoSphere
5 3 (2.27%) Relational Database
5 3 (2.27%) OLAP
5 3 (2.27%) OLTP
5 3 (2.27%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (1.52%) Hadoop
6 2 (1.52%) Apache Cassandra
6 2 (1.52%) Oracle ODI
6 2 (1.52%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.76%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.76%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 74 (56.06%) Selenium
2 46 (34.85%) WebDriver
3 43 (32.58%) Cucumber
4 20 (15.15%) JIRA
5 10 (7.58%) RSpec
5 10 (7.58%) JBehave
5 10 (7.58%) SoapUI
5 10 (7.58%) Git (software)
6 9 (6.82%) Subversion
6 9 (6.82%) QuickTest Pro
7 8 (6.06%) JUnit
7 8 (6.06%) TestNG
8 7 (5.30%) Jenkins
9 6 (4.55%) Calabash
10 5 (3.79%) Appium
10 5 (3.79%) Team Foundation Server
10 5 (3.79%) LoadRunner
10 5 (3.79%) JMeter
10 5 (3.79%) Maven
11 4 (3.03%) WATIR
General
1 18 (13.64%) Finance
2 13 (9.85%) Games
3 6 (4.55%) Electronics
4 5 (3.79%) Telecoms
4 5 (3.79%) Manufacturing
5 4 (3.03%) Retail
5 4 (3.03%) Marketing
6 1 (0.76%) Polish Language
6 1 (0.76%) Back Office
6 1 (0.76%) Banking
6 1 (0.76%) Automotive
6 1 (0.76%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (10.61%) Web Services
2 12 (9.09%) XML
3 9 (6.82%) .NET
3 9 (6.82%) SOAP
4 7 (5.30%) HTML
4 7 (5.30%) Gherkin
4 7 (5.30%) JSON
5 6 (4.55%) RESTful
6 5 (3.79%) HTML5
7 4 (3.03%) REST
7 4 (3.03%) J2EE
8 3 (2.27%) WPF
9 2 (1.52%) jQuery
9 2 (1.52%) JRuby
9 2 (1.52%) Play Framework
10 1 (0.76%) Oracle GoldenGate
10 1 (0.76%) CSS3
10 1 (0.76%) ASP.NET
10 1 (0.76%) CSS
10 1 (0.76%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 9 (6.82%) Open Source
2 8 (6.06%) Computer Science
3 7 (5.30%) Mobile App
4 5 (3.79%) Digital Media
4 5 (3.79%) Online Games
5 4 (3.03%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (3.03%) Data Structures
5 4 (3.03%) DTV
6 2 (1.52%) Blog
6 2 (1.52%) Client/Server
6 2 (1.52%) Derivative
7 1 (0.76%) MPEG
7 1 (0.76%) AS400
7 1 (0.76%) Device Driver
7 1 (0.76%) Handset
7 1 (0.76%) Algorithms
7 1 (0.76%) Enterprise Cloud
7 1 (0.76%) Online Gambling
7 1 (0.76%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 11 (8.33%) Linux
2 7 (5.30%) UNIX
3 6 (4.55%) Android
3 6 (4.55%) Apple iOS
4 5 (3.79%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 74 (56.06%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (32.58%) Test Automation
3 38 (28.79%) Scrum
4 33 (25.00%) BDD
5 30 (22.73%) TDD
6 26 (19.70%) Manual Testing
7 15 (11.36%) Continuous Integration
7 15 (11.36%) Regression Testing
8 14 (10.61%) Automated Testing
8 14 (10.61%) Performance Testing
8 14 (10.61%) Kanban
9 13 (9.85%) Automation Testing
10 12 (9.09%) Test Scripting
11 10 (7.58%) User Acceptance Testing
12 9 (6.82%) Software Testing
12 9 (6.82%) OOP
12 9 (6.82%) E-Commerce
13 8 (6.06%) OO
14 6 (4.55%) Pair Programming
14 6 (4.55%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 54 (40.91%) Java
2 33 (25.00%) SQL
3 31 (23.48%) Ruby
4 22 (16.67%) C#
5 16 (12.12%) Python
6 10 (7.58%) JavaScript
7 7 (5.30%) PHP
8 4 (3.03%) Perl
9 3 (2.27%) Scala
10 2 (1.52%) C++
10 2 (1.52%) Jython
10 2 (1.52%) Groovy
11 1 (0.76%) C
11 1 (0.76%) XPath
11 1 (0.76%) Erlang
11 1 (0.76%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.76%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.76%) VBScript
11 1 (0.76%) VB
11 1 (0.76%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 9 (6.82%) ISEB
2 8 (6.06%) Degree
3 4 (3.03%) ISTQB
4 2 (1.52%) Security Cleared
5 1 (0.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (0.76%) SC Cleared
5 1 (0.76%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 132 (100.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 7 (5.30%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (6.06%) Oracle
2 4 (3.03%) SAP
2 4 (3.03%) IBM
2 4 (3.03%) HP
3 3 (2.27%) Microsoft
3 3 (2.27%) Telerik
4 2 (1.52%) ATG
5 1 (0.76%) Perforce
5 1 (0.76%) VMware
5 1 (0.76%) CA
5 1 (0.76%) Endeca
5 1 (0.76%) Google
5 1 (0.76%) Coremetrics
5 1 (0.76%) hybris
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