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 1 August 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
1 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance Engineer
Rank 511 504 532
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +28
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 79 69 49
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.13% 0.085%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.16% 0.15% 0.092%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 54 30
Average daily rate
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£369 £388 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.83% +10.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £300 £236
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £360 £350
% change year-on-year
-2.77% +2.85%
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
50446 47302 53477
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.33% 92.50% 92.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 30538 27736 29864
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1983 2115 2716
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.80 £40.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%

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 1 August 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 1 August 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 +6 78 £363 -6.45% 40
London +13 51 £375 -6.25% 26
South East -5 15 £425 - 4
City of London +21 9 £375 -6.25% 7
East of England -16 5 £350 - 2
Hampshire - 5 £285 -
Reading -2 4 £425 -10.52%
Berkshire -8 4 £425 -10.52% 2
South West -28 4 £338 +12.50% 3
West Midlands - 4 £388 -
Buckinghamshire - 3 £425 -
Surrey -7 2 £294 -9.61% 2
Cambridge -8 2 £263 -41.66% 1
Cambridgeshire -12 2 £263 -25.00% 1
Bristol -21 2 £350 +16.66% 1
Gloucestershire - 1 £350 -
East Sussex - 1 £185 -
Nottinghamshire - 1 £338 -
Somerset - 1 £325 - 1
North West - 1 £325 - 3
East Midlands - 1 £338 - 1
Street - 1 £325 -
Slough - 1 £525 - 2
Birmingham - 1 £388 -
Brighton - 1 £185 -
Bath - - - -
Bracknell - - - -
Solihull - - - -
Southampton - - - -
Reigate - - - -

QA Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 August 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.

1 176 (100.00%) QA
2 96 (54.55%) Selenium
3 69 (39.20%) Java
4 60 (34.09%) Agile Software Development
5 58 (32.95%) Cucumber
6 56 (31.82%) Scrum
7 45 (25.57%) TDD
7 45 (25.57%) Test Automation
8 43 (24.43%) BDD
9 42 (23.86%) WebDriver
10 41 (23.30%) SQL
11 37 (21.02%) Ruby
12 34 (19.32%) Continuous Integration
13 30 (17.05%) Automated Testing
14 28 (15.91%) ISTQB
14 28 (15.91%) Test Scripting
14 28 (15.91%) .NET
15 27 (15.34%) Web Services
15 27 (15.34%) ISEB
16 23 (13.07%) C#
16 23 (13.07%) Automation Testing
17 21 (11.93%) Linux
18 20 (11.36%) Finance
19 19 (10.80%) Windows
19 19 (10.80%) Degree
20 17 (9.66%) Open Source
21 16 (9.09%) XML
21 16 (9.09%) Regression Testing
21 16 (9.09%) Jenkins
22 15 (8.52%) UNIX

QA Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 August 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 (2.84%) Confluence
2 4 (2.27%) Node.js
2 4 (2.27%) IIS
2 4 (2.27%) Apache
3 3 (1.70%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.14%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 12 (6.82%) MS Excel
2 8 (4.55%) MS Office
3 3 (1.70%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (1.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.57%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.57%) Cognos TM1
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.57%) SaaS
1 1 (0.57%) PaaS
1 1 (0.57%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (0.57%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 12 (6.82%) TCP/IP
2 11 (6.25%) HTTP
3 8 (4.55%) DNS
3 8 (4.55%) LDAP
4 5 (2.84%) SSL
4 5 (2.84%) HTTPS
5 4 (2.27%) SNMP
5 4 (2.27%) WAN
5 4 (2.27%) SMTP
5 4 (2.27%) LAN
5 4 (2.27%) Firewall
6 3 (1.70%) Internet
7 2 (1.14%) IP Telephony
8 1 (0.57%) GPRS
8 1 (0.57%) GSM
8 1 (0.57%) UMTS
8 1 (0.57%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (8.52%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.98%) MySQL
3 4 (2.27%) Relational Database
4 3 (1.70%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (1.14%) MongoDB
5 2 (1.14%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.57%) DB2
6 1 (0.57%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.57%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.57%) MariaDB
Development Applications
1 96 (54.55%) Selenium
2 58 (32.95%) Cucumber
3 42 (23.86%) WebDriver
4 16 (9.09%) Jenkins
5 15 (8.52%) JIRA
6 13 (7.39%) JUnit
6 13 (7.39%) FitNesse
7 10 (5.68%) Calabash
7 10 (5.68%) WATIR
7 10 (5.68%) JBehave
8 9 (5.11%) JMeter
8 9 (5.11%) Git (software)
8 9 (5.11%) Team Foundation Server
8 9 (5.11%) SpecFlow
9 8 (4.55%) SoapUI
9 8 (4.55%) Visual Studio
10 7 (3.98%) QuickTest Pro
11 4 (2.27%) Hudson
11 4 (2.27%) Sahi
11 4 (2.27%) TeamCity
General
1 20 (11.36%) Finance
2 10 (5.68%) Telecoms
3 9 (5.11%) Legal
4 8 (4.55%) Publishing
5 6 (3.41%) Retail
5 6 (3.41%) Games
6 5 (2.84%) Electronics
6 5 (2.84%) Banking
7 4 (2.27%) Investment Banking
8 3 (1.70%) Marketing
9 2 (1.14%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.57%) Advertising
10 1 (0.57%) Automotive
10 1 (0.57%) Law
10 1 (0.57%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (15.91%) .NET
2 27 (15.34%) Web Services
3 16 (9.09%) XML
4 13 (7.39%) HTML
5 11 (6.25%) SOAP
6 10 (5.68%) .NET Framework
7 9 (5.11%) REST
8 7 (3.98%) CSS
9 5 (2.84%) ASP.NET
10 4 (2.27%) Mustache
10 4 (2.27%) Sass
11 3 (1.70%) WCF
11 3 (1.70%) WPF
11 3 (1.70%) JSON
11 3 (1.70%) RESTful
11 3 (1.70%) Django
11 3 (1.70%) jQuery
12 2 (1.14%) Gherkin
12 2 (1.14%) XSLT
13 1 (0.57%) Cocoon
Miscellaneous
1 17 (9.66%) Open Source
2 14 (7.95%) Mobile App
3 8 (4.55%) EMV
3 8 (4.55%) Smartcard
4 7 (3.98%) Computer Science
5 6 (3.41%) Digital Media
6 4 (2.27%) Management Information System
7 3 (1.70%) Smartphone
7 3 (1.70%) Data Extraction
8 2 (1.14%) Human Factors
8 2 (1.14%) Derivative
8 2 (1.14%) DTV
8 2 (1.14%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 1 (0.57%) NHS
9 1 (0.57%) Handset
9 1 (0.57%) Fixed Income
9 1 (0.57%) MPEG
9 1 (0.57%) IPTV
9 1 (0.57%) Statistics
9 1 (0.57%) Informatics
Operating Systems
1 21 (11.93%) Linux
2 19 (10.80%) Windows
3 15 (8.52%) UNIX
4 10 (5.68%) Android
5 8 (4.55%) Apple iOS
6 5 (2.84%) Windows 7
7 4 (2.27%) CentOS
7 4 (2.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (1.14%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (1.14%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.57%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.57%) Windows 2000
9 1 (0.57%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.57%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.57%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (34.09%) Agile Software Development
2 56 (31.82%) Scrum
3 45 (25.57%) TDD
3 45 (25.57%) Test Automation
4 43 (24.43%) BDD
5 34 (19.32%) Continuous Integration
6 30 (17.05%) Automated Testing
7 28 (15.91%) Test Scripting
8 23 (13.07%) Automation Testing
9 16 (9.09%) Regression Testing
10 14 (7.95%) OO
11 13 (7.39%) Quality Management
12 12 (6.82%) Kanban
12 12 (6.82%) E-Commerce
13 11 (6.25%) Performance Testing
13 11 (6.25%) User Stories
14 10 (5.68%) QMS
15 9 (5.11%) OOP
15 9 (5.11%) Web Testing
16 8 (4.55%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 69 (39.20%) Java
2 41 (23.30%) SQL
3 37 (21.02%) Ruby
4 23 (13.07%) C#
5 15 (8.52%) JavaScript
6 14 (7.95%) Python
7 9 (5.11%) Perl
8 8 (4.55%) PHP
9 6 (3.41%) C++
9 6 (3.41%) Shell Script
10 5 (2.84%) C
10 5 (2.84%) Groovy
11 4 (2.27%) PowerShell
12 3 (1.70%) Objective-C
13 1 (0.57%) T-SQL
13 1 (0.57%) VB
13 1 (0.57%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 28 (15.91%) ISTQB
2 27 (15.34%) ISEB
3 19 (10.80%) Degree
4 7 (3.98%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 5 (2.84%) Security Cleared
6 4 (2.27%) SC Cleared
7 1 (0.57%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 176 (100.00%) QA
2 8 (4.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (4.55%) ISO 9001
3 2 (1.14%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 4 (2.27%) VMware Infrastructure
1 4 (2.27%) qmail
1 4 (2.27%) Squid
1 4 (2.27%) Active Directory
1 4 (2.27%) NFS
2 1 (0.57%) Nmap
Systems Management
1 9 (5.11%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.14%) Puppet
3 1 (0.57%) Nessus
3 1 (0.57%) Salt
3 1 (0.57%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 14 (7.95%) Microsoft
2 9 (5.11%) HP
3 6 (3.41%) Oracle
3 6 (3.41%) Cisco
4 4 (2.27%) VMware
4 4 (2.27%) NetApp
4 4 (2.27%) Red Hat
5 3 (1.70%) BT
6 2 (1.14%) SAP
7 1 (0.57%) Cognos
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