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 29 May 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
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance Engineer
Rank 545 506 486
Rank change year-on-year
-39 -20
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 51 89 68
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.096% 0.17% 0.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.10% 0.18% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 78 49
Average daily rate
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£369 £363 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.72% -3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £284 £275 £286
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £30.00
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
49251 48960 43769
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.35% 92.49% 92.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 30638 30338 25166
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 £250 £230 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1929 1993 2147
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.27
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -6.92%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.13
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.80 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -5.71%

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 29 May 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 29 May 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 -58 49 £369 - 33
London -12 31 £375 -9.63% 16
South East -11 7 £350 +1.81% 6
City of London +7 6 £345 -4.16% 5
South West +9 4 £369 -4.83% 3
Berkshire - 4 £376 -
Bristol +8 3 £375 +25.00% 1
Reading - 3 £340 -
Cambridgeshire +3 2 £349 +7.30% 1
Cambridge +3 2 £349 +7.30% 1
East of England +2 2 £349 +3.33% 2
Crawley - 2 £344 -
West Sussex - 2 £344 - 1
East Midlands -1 1 - - 1
Hampshire -2 1 £350 +24.44% 1
Nottingham -4 1 - -
North East -6 1 £375 +7.14% 1
Tyne and Wear -6 1 £375 +7.14% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -6 1 £375 +7.14% 1
Nottinghamshire -9 1 - -
West Midlands -13 1 £325 -16.12% 2
West Yorkshire -14 1 £175 -61.11%
Yorkshire -19 1 £175 -61.11%
North West -20 1 £293 -10.00% 1
Scotland - 1 £500 - 1
Canary Wharf - 1 £475 -
Slough - 1 £413 -
Stoke-on-Trent - 1 £325 -
Staffordshire - 1 £325 - 1
Basingstoke - 1 £350 -

QA Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 May 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.

1 131 (100.00%) QA
2 75 (57.25%) Agile Software Development
3 71 (54.20%) Selenium
4 56 (42.75%) Java
5 45 (34.35%) WebDriver
5 45 (34.35%) Cucumber
6 42 (32.06%) Test Automation
7 39 (29.77%) Scrum
8 35 (26.72%) SQL
9 34 (25.95%) BDD
10 30 (22.90%) Ruby
11 29 (22.14%) TDD
12 25 (19.08%) C#
13 22 (16.79%) Manual Testing
14 19 (14.50%) JIRA
14 19 (14.50%) Finance
15 16 (12.21%) Regression Testing
15 16 (12.21%) Automated Testing
15 16 (12.21%) Performance Testing
16 15 (11.45%) Continuous Integration
16 15 (11.45%) Kanban
16 15 (11.45%) Python
16 15 (11.45%) SQL Server
17 14 (10.69%) Web Services
17 14 (10.69%) Test Scripting
18 13 (9.92%) SoapUI
19 12 (9.16%) Automation Testing
19 12 (9.16%) RSpec
19 12 (9.16%) JBehave
19 12 (9.16%) Games

QA Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 May 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 (3.05%) Confluence
1 4 (3.05%) CMS
2 2 (1.53%) IIS
2 2 (1.53%) ColdFusion
2 2 (1.53%) WebSphere
3 1 (0.76%) ATG Dynamo
3 1 (0.76%) WebLogic
3 1 (0.76%) Tomcat
Applications
1 4 (3.05%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.53%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (3.05%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.76%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 6 (4.58%) GitHub
2 3 (2.29%) SaaS
3 2 (1.53%) Google Analytics
4 1 (0.76%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.05%) Internet
2 1 (0.76%) ATM
2 1 (0.76%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (11.45%) SQL Server
2 9 (6.87%) MySQL
3 6 (4.58%) MongoDB
4 5 (3.82%) Relational Database
5 4 (3.05%) NoSQL
5 4 (3.05%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (3.05%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (1.53%) Oracle ODI
6 2 (1.53%) Big Data
6 2 (1.53%) DB2
7 1 (0.76%) SQL Server 2000
7 1 (0.76%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.76%) Apache Cassandra
7 1 (0.76%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 71 (54.20%) Selenium
2 45 (34.35%) WebDriver
2 45 (34.35%) Cucumber
3 19 (14.50%) JIRA
4 13 (9.92%) SoapUI
5 12 (9.16%) RSpec
5 12 (9.16%) JBehave
6 8 (6.11%) Git (software)
7 7 (5.34%) Subversion
7 7 (5.34%) Jenkins
8 6 (4.58%) Calabash
8 6 (4.58%) Team Foundation Server
8 6 (4.58%) QuickTest Pro
8 6 (4.58%) JUnit
9 5 (3.82%) LoadRunner
9 5 (3.82%) TestNG
9 5 (3.82%) WATIR
10 4 (3.05%) Maven
11 3 (2.29%) JMeter
11 3 (2.29%) WebLOAD
General
1 19 (14.50%) Finance
2 12 (9.16%) Games
3 5 (3.82%) Electronics
3 5 (3.82%) Telecoms
3 5 (3.82%) Manufacturing
4 4 (3.05%) Retail
4 4 (3.05%) Marketing
5 2 (1.53%) Legal
6 1 (0.76%) Banking
6 1 (0.76%) Back Office
6 1 (0.76%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (10.69%) Web Services
2 11 (8.40%) XML
2 11 (8.40%) .NET
2 11 (8.40%) SOAP
3 9 (6.87%) HTML
4 8 (6.11%) Gherkin
5 7 (5.34%) RESTful
5 7 (5.34%) JSON
6 5 (3.82%) J2EE
6 5 (3.82%) HTML5
7 3 (2.29%) WPF
7 3 (2.29%) REST
8 2 (1.53%) Play Framework
8 2 (1.53%) WebSphere Message Broker
8 2 (1.53%) ASP.NET
8 2 (1.53%) WebSphere MQ
9 1 (0.76%) XML Schema
9 1 (0.76%) CSS
9 1 (0.76%) jQuery
9 1 (0.76%) Apache Flex
Miscellaneous
1 8 (6.11%) Mobile App
1 8 (6.11%) Computer Science
2 6 (4.58%) Online Games
3 5 (3.82%) Digital Media
4 4 (3.05%) DTV
5 3 (2.29%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (1.53%) Blog
6 2 (1.53%) Online Gambling
6 2 (1.53%) iSeries
6 2 (1.53%) Handset
6 2 (1.53%) AS400
6 2 (1.53%) Derivative
7 1 (0.76%) Device Driver
7 1 (0.76%) MPEG
7 1 (0.76%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.76%) Enterprise Cloud
7 1 (0.76%) Data Structures
7 1 (0.76%) Algorithms
7 1 (0.76%) User Experience
7 1 (0.76%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 9 (6.87%) Linux
1 9 (6.87%) Android
1 9 (6.87%) Apple iOS
2 4 (3.05%) UNIX
2 4 (3.05%) Windows
3 1 (0.76%) Windows Vista
3 1 (0.76%) Windows XP
3 1 (0.76%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (57.25%) Agile Software Development
2 42 (32.06%) Test Automation
3 39 (29.77%) Scrum
4 34 (25.95%) BDD
5 29 (22.14%) TDD
6 22 (16.79%) Manual Testing
7 16 (12.21%) Regression Testing
7 16 (12.21%) Automated Testing
7 16 (12.21%) Performance Testing
8 15 (11.45%) Continuous Integration
8 15 (11.45%) Kanban
9 14 (10.69%) Test Scripting
10 12 (9.16%) Automation Testing
11 10 (7.63%) E-Commerce
11 10 (7.63%) Software Testing
12 9 (6.87%) Software Engineering
12 9 (6.87%) OOP
12 9 (6.87%) User Acceptance Testing
13 8 (6.11%) Open Source
14 7 (5.34%) OO
Programming Languages
1 56 (42.75%) Java
2 35 (26.72%) SQL
3 30 (22.90%) Ruby
4 25 (19.08%) C#
5 15 (11.45%) Python
6 11 (8.40%) JavaScript
7 9 (6.87%) PHP
8 3 (2.29%) Perl
8 3 (2.29%) Scala
9 2 (1.53%) Groovy
9 2 (1.53%) C++
10 1 (0.76%) XPath
10 1 (0.76%) Jython
10 1 (0.76%) C
10 1 (0.76%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.76%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.76%) VBScript
10 1 (0.76%) VB
10 1 (0.76%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 10 (7.63%) ISEB
2 8 (6.11%) Degree
3 4 (3.05%) ISTQB
4 2 (1.53%) Security Cleared
5 1 (0.76%) MCITP
5 1 (0.76%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (0.76%) SC Cleared
5 1 (0.76%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (0.76%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 131 (100.00%) QA
System Software
1 2 (1.53%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (5.34%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (6.87%) Oracle
2 7 (5.34%) Microsoft
3 4 (3.05%) SAP
3 4 (3.05%) HP
4 3 (2.29%) Telerik
5 2 (1.53%) IBM
5 2 (1.53%) VMware
5 2 (1.53%) Endeca
5 2 (1.53%) Google
5 2 (1.53%) Coremetrics
6 1 (0.76%) Perforce
6 1 (0.76%) ATG
6 1 (0.76%) CA
6 1 (0.76%) hybris
6 1 (0.76%) Vertica
6 1 (0.76%) SOASTA, Inc
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