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 30 September 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
30 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance Engineer
Rank 541 612 568
Rank change year-on-year
+71 -44
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 111 61 73
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.21% 0.11% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.22% 0.11% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 49 57
Median daily rate £388 £368 £353
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.44% +4.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £268 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £534 £500 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
-3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 2
Median hourly rate £38.25 - £31.75
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.65 - £23.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.85 - £40.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.25 - £31.75

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
50426 54977 54154
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.62% 94.99% 92.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 32986 35136 33089
Median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.93% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.63% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1704 2093 2157
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.33 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.78% +5.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.33 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-4.78% +5.03%

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 30 September 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 30 September 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 +40 100 £388 +6.16% 49
London +27 48 £450 +18.42% 32
South East +20 16 £313 -12.58% 9
North East - 16 £325 - 1
Tyne and Wear - 16 £325 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - 16 £325 - 1
City of London +24 14 £538 +79.16% 4
West Sussex +8 8 £400 +12.28% 1
Yorkshire - 8 £400 - 3
West Yorkshire - 7 £400 - 1
Leeds - 7 £400 - 1
Scotland +19 6 £230 - 2
West Midlands - 6 £381 -
Hampshire +15 5 £250 -31.03% 2
South Wales - 5 £425 -
Wales - 5 £425 -
West Lothian - 4 £230 -
Shropshire - 4 £400 -
East Midlands - 4 £375 - 1
Livingston - 4 £230 -
Telford - 4 £400 -
North West +12 3 £313 +13.63% 2
Cardiff - 3 £363 -
Derby - 3 £375 - 1
Burgess Hill - 3 £275 - 1
Worthing - 3 £438 -
Derbyshire - 3 £375 - 1
Merseyside +6 2 £313 +197.61%
Newport - 2 £445 -
Southport - 2 £313 -

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 September 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.

1 219 (100.00%) QA
2 142 (64.84%) Agile Software Development
3 126 (57.53%) Selenium
4 85 (38.81%) Cucumber
5 72 (32.88%) Java
6 70 (31.96%) Test Automation
7 66 (30.14%) Automated Testing
7 66 (30.14%) WebDriver
8 60 (27.40%) BDD
8 60 (27.40%) TDD
9 55 (25.11%) Scrum
10 54 (24.66%) SQL
11 47 (21.46%) Jenkins
11 47 (21.46%) Exploratory Testing
12 44 (20.09%) JUnit
13 43 (19.63%) JIRA
14 40 (18.26%) Test Scripting
15 35 (15.98%) JavaScript
15 35 (15.98%) Finance
15 35 (15.98%) Automation Testing
16 33 (15.07%) .NET
17 32 (14.61%) C#
17 32 (14.61%) Defect Tracking
17 32 (14.61%) User Stories
18 31 (14.16%) QA Automation
19 30 (13.70%) Web Services
19 30 (13.70%) Android
20 28 (12.79%) Manual Testing
20 28 (12.79%) Ruby
21 27 (12.33%) Continuous Integration

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 (8.22%) Confluence
2 8 (3.65%) IIS
3 3 (1.37%) Jetty
4 2 (0.91%) Apache
4 2 (0.91%) SAS
5 1 (0.46%) Apache Pig
5 1 (0.46%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.46%) CMS
5 1 (0.46%) nginx
5 1 (0.46%) OpenStack
5 1 (0.46%) Tomcat
Applications
1 3 (1.37%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.46%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (1.37%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.46%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.46%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.46%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 8 (3.65%) GitHub
2 7 (3.20%) Google Play
3 5 (2.28%) Google Cloud Platform
4 2 (0.91%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (0.91%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (0.46%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.46%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.46%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (1.83%) HTTP
2 3 (1.37%) SNMP
2 3 (1.37%) Wireless
3 2 (0.91%) Internet
3 2 (0.91%) RTSP
4 1 (0.46%) Firewall
4 1 (0.46%) HTTPS
4 1 (0.46%) Network Security
4 1 (0.46%) PuTTY
4 1 (0.46%) Skype
4 1 (0.46%) WinSCP
4 1 (0.46%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (8.22%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.20%) Oracle Database
3 4 (1.83%) MongoDB
3 4 (1.83%) MySQL
4 3 (1.37%) Apache Cassandra
4 3 (1.37%) Big Data
4 3 (1.37%) Oracle Reports
4 3 (1.37%) Relational Database
5 2 (0.91%) Hadoop
5 2 (0.91%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.46%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (0.46%) Apache Hive
6 1 (0.46%) Data Mining
6 1 (0.46%) HPCC
6 1 (0.46%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.46%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.46%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 126 (57.53%) Selenium
2 85 (38.81%) Cucumber
3 66 (30.14%) WebDriver
4 47 (21.46%) Jenkins
5 44 (20.09%) JUnit
6 43 (19.63%) JIRA
7 24 (10.96%) SoapUI
8 20 (9.13%) Appium
9 19 (8.68%) JMeter
10 18 (8.22%) RSpec
10 18 (8.22%) SpecFlow
11 16 (7.31%) HP UFT
11 16 (7.31%) NUnit
12 15 (6.85%) Jasmine
13 14 (6.39%) Gradle
14 13 (5.94%) Git (software)
15 12 (5.48%) Protractor
16 11 (5.02%) Maven
17 9 (4.11%) Ant
17 9 (4.11%) Xcode
General
1 35 (15.98%) Finance
2 26 (11.87%) Retail
3 17 (7.76%) Games
4 13 (5.94%) Banking
5 11 (5.02%) Investment Banking
6 8 (3.65%) Front Office
7 6 (2.74%) Publishing
8 4 (1.83%) Electronics
8 4 (1.83%) Marketing
9 3 (1.37%) Telecoms
10 2 (0.91%) Aerospace
10 2 (0.91%) Manufacturing
11 1 (0.46%) Advertising
11 1 (0.46%) Automotive
11 1 (0.46%) Back Office
11 1 (0.46%) Online Betting
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (15.07%) .NET
2 30 (13.70%) Web Services
3 19 (8.68%) HTML
3 19 (8.68%) REST
4 18 (8.22%) JSON
5 17 (7.76%) Node.js
6 16 (7.31%) .NET Framework
7 13 (5.94%) Spring
8 12 (5.48%) Hibernate
9 11 (5.02%) Gherkin
9 11 (5.02%) HTML5
9 11 (5.02%) RESTful
9 11 (5.02%) XML
10 10 (4.57%) RabbitMQ
11 9 (4.11%) AngularJS
12 8 (3.65%) Ajax
12 8 (3.65%) Java EE
12 8 (3.65%) JMS
12 8 (3.65%) WebSphere MQ
13 7 (3.20%) Android SDK
Miscellaneous
1 23 (10.50%) Mobile App
2 19 (8.68%) Computer Science
3 11 (5.02%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 10 (4.57%) Analytical Skills
5 9 (4.11%) User Experience
6 6 (2.74%) Virtual Team
7 3 (1.37%) Fintech
7 3 (1.37%) PKI
8 2 (0.91%) CCTV
8 2 (0.91%) Client/Server
8 2 (0.91%) Digital Media
8 2 (0.91%) Fixed Income
8 2 (0.91%) Mobile Payment
8 2 (0.91%) Replication
8 2 (0.91%) Smart Meter
8 2 (0.91%) Streaming Media
9 1 (0.46%) Hedge funds
9 1 (0.46%) iPad
9 1 (0.46%) Swaptions
9 1 (0.46%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 30 (13.70%) Android
2 24 (10.96%) Apple iOS
3 11 (5.02%) Linux
4 10 (4.57%) Windows
5 6 (2.74%) Unix
6 3 (1.37%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 142 (64.84%) Agile Software Development
2 70 (31.96%) Test Automation
3 66 (30.14%) Automated Testing
4 60 (27.40%) BDD
4 60 (27.40%) TDD
5 55 (25.11%) Scrum
6 47 (21.46%) Exploratory Testing
7 40 (18.26%) Test Scripting
8 35 (15.98%) Automation Testing
9 32 (14.61%) Defect Tracking
9 32 (14.61%) User Stories
10 31 (14.16%) QA Automation
11 28 (12.79%) Manual Testing
12 27 (12.33%) Continuous Integration
13 26 (11.87%) Performance Testing
14 25 (11.42%) E-Commerce
15 24 (10.96%) Regression Testing
15 24 (10.96%) Software Engineering
16 23 (10.50%) Functional Testing
16 23 (10.50%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 72 (32.88%) Java
2 54 (24.66%) SQL
3 35 (15.98%) JavaScript
4 32 (14.61%) C#
5 28 (12.79%) Ruby
6 26 (11.87%) Scala
7 17 (7.76%) Python
8 10 (4.57%) Groovy
9 4 (1.83%) Shell Script
10 3 (1.37%) Perl
10 3 (1.37%) R
10 3 (1.37%) VBScript
11 2 (0.91%) Apple Swift
11 2 (0.91%) C
11 2 (0.91%) CoffeeScript
11 2 (0.91%) PHP
11 2 (0.91%) PowerShell
11 2 (0.91%) T-SQL
11 2 (0.91%) VBA
12 1 (0.46%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 21 (9.59%) Degree
2 15 (6.85%) ISEB
2 15 (6.85%) ISTQB
3 5 (2.28%) Security Cleared
4 4 (1.83%) PhD
4 4 (1.83%) SC Cleared
5 3 (1.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (0.91%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (0.91%) IRCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 219 (100.00%) QA
2 13 (5.94%) WCAG
3 5 (2.28%) SDET
4 3 (1.37%) ISO 9000
5 2 (0.91%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.46%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.46%) EFQM
6 1 (0.46%) ISO 14001
6 1 (0.46%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 6 (2.74%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.46%) Ansible
2 1 (0.46%) Puppet
Vendors
1 20 (9.13%) Oracle
2 10 (4.57%) Atlassian
2 10 (4.57%) HP
3 8 (3.65%) Google
3 8 (3.65%) Rally
4 6 (2.74%) Microsoft
5 4 (1.83%) Sybase
6 3 (1.37%) JDA
7 2 (0.91%) AppDynamics
7 2 (0.91%) Dynatrace
7 2 (0.91%) IBM
7 2 (0.91%) New Relic
7 2 (0.91%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (0.91%) SAP
8 1 (0.46%) Apple
8 1 (0.46%) hybris
8 1 (0.46%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.46%) Xamarin
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