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 16 September 2014 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
16 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance Engineer
Rank 541 513 554
Rank change year-on-year
-28 +41
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 65 79 55
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.15% 0.093%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.16% 0.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 58 29
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£363 £375 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% -3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £475 £453
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £261 £388
% change year-on-year
+38.75% -32.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 8
Average hourly rate £31.75 - £20.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.15 - £19.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.35 - £23.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.75 - £20.00

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
52339 48993 54685
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.05% 92.75% 92.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 31928 29282 30681
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £234 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £551
UK excluding London average daily rate £358 £350 £342
% change year-on-year
+2.14% +2.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2049 2106 2649
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -8.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
- -8.33%

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 16 September 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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 16 September 2014.

QA Engineer Hourly Rate Histogram 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 16 September 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 -13 63 £363 -3.33% 55
London +5 41 £363 -9.48% 27
South East -1 17 £425 +17.24% 10
Hampshire - 8 £285 - 1
Berkshire +8 4 £475 - 2
South West -21 4 £363 +38.09% 2
City of London +7 3 £375 -9.14% 6
Reading +7 3 £425 -10.52% 1
Bristol -16 3 £375 +25.00%
Buckinghamshire - 3 £425 - 1
Cambridgeshire - 2 £319 - 3
Middlesex - 2 - -
Cambridge - 2 £319 - 2
High Wycombe - 2 £425 -
Hounslow - 2 £425 -
East of England - 2 £319 - 4
Surrey -2 1 - - 3
Northern Ireland -3 1 - - 1
West Midlands -19 1 £230 -8.00% 1
Staffordshire - 1 £230 - 1
Wales - 1 - - 2
East Sussex - 1 £185 - 2
Bracknell - 1 - - 1
Brighton - 1 £185 - 1
Milton Keynes - 1 - - 1
Slough - 1 £525 -
Southampton - - - -
Stafford - - - - 1
Stevenage - - - - 1
Surbiton - - - -

QA Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 September 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.

1 145 (100.00%) QA
2 104 (71.72%) Agile Software Development
3 84 (57.93%) Selenium
4 51 (35.17%) Java
5 49 (33.79%) Scrum
6 42 (28.97%) Cucumber
7 41 (28.28%) BDD
8 40 (27.59%) TDD
9 39 (26.90%) WebDriver
10 34 (23.45%) Test Automation
11 33 (22.76%) SQL
12 32 (22.07%) Automated Testing
13 28 (19.31%) Ruby
14 27 (18.62%) Continuous Integration
15 21 (14.48%) .NET
16 20 (13.79%) Linux
17 19 (13.10%) Web Services
17 19 (13.10%) Test Scripting
18 18 (12.41%) ISEB
19 17 (11.72%) Finance
20 16 (11.03%) Regression Testing
20 16 (11.03%) Microsoft
20 16 (11.03%) ISTQB
21 15 (10.34%) Mobile App
21 15 (10.34%) E-Commerce
21 15 (10.34%) C#
22 14 (9.66%) Degree
22 14 (9.66%) Manual Testing
22 14 (9.66%) Kanban
23 13 (8.97%) Automation Testing

QA Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 16 September 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 4 (2.76%) IIS
1 4 (2.76%) Apache
2 3 (2.07%) Node.js
3 1 (0.69%) OpenStack
3 1 (0.69%) Confluence
Applications
1 11 (7.59%) MS Excel
2 9 (6.21%) MS Office
3 1 (0.69%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (2.76%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.69%) Cognos TM1
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.69%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (0.69%) Office 365
1 1 (0.69%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (7.59%) TCP/IP
2 9 (6.21%) HTTP
3 7 (4.83%) DNS
4 6 (4.14%) LDAP
5 4 (2.76%) SNMP
5 4 (2.76%) SMTP
6 3 (2.07%) Internet
6 3 (2.07%) IP Telephony
7 2 (1.38%) Firewall
7 2 (1.38%) LAN
7 2 (1.38%) WAN
7 2 (1.38%) HTTPS
7 2 (1.38%) SSL
8 1 (0.69%) H.323
8 1 (0.69%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (6.21%) SQL Server
2 6 (4.14%) MySQL
3 3 (2.07%) Relational Database
3 3 (2.07%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (1.38%) MongoDB
4 2 (1.38%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.69%) MariaDB
5 1 (0.69%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.69%) DB2
Development Applications
1 84 (57.93%) Selenium
2 42 (28.97%) Cucumber
3 39 (26.90%) WebDriver
4 13 (8.97%) Jenkins
5 11 (7.59%) FitNesse
5 11 (7.59%) JIRA
6 9 (6.21%) Git (software)
6 9 (6.21%) Calabash
7 8 (5.52%) SpecFlow
7 8 (5.52%) WATIR
7 8 (5.52%) JUnit
8 7 (4.83%) Visual Studio
8 7 (4.83%) JMeter
9 6 (4.14%) QuickTest Pro
9 6 (4.14%) Maven
9 6 (4.14%) JBehave
10 5 (3.45%) Team Foundation Server
10 5 (3.45%) SoapUI
11 4 (2.76%) Hudson
11 4 (2.76%) Subversion
General
1 17 (11.72%) Finance
2 9 (6.21%) Telecoms
3 8 (5.52%) Electronics
3 8 (5.52%) Legal
4 6 (4.14%) Publishing
4 6 (4.14%) Games
5 5 (3.45%) Banking
6 4 (2.76%) Retail
6 4 (2.76%) Manufacturing
6 4 (2.76%) Marketing
7 3 (2.07%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.69%) Automotive
8 1 (0.69%) Advertising
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (14.48%) .NET
2 19 (13.10%) Web Services
3 10 (6.90%) HTML
4 9 (6.21%) .NET Framework
5 8 (5.52%) XML
6 6 (4.14%) REST
7 5 (3.45%) CSS
7 5 (3.45%) SOAP
8 3 (2.07%) ASP.NET
8 3 (2.07%) Django
8 3 (2.07%) jQuery
8 3 (2.07%) Gherkin
8 3 (2.07%) Mustache
8 3 (2.07%) Sass
9 2 (1.38%) WCF
9 2 (1.38%) WPF
9 2 (1.38%) RESTful
9 2 (1.38%) HTML5
9 2 (1.38%) Cocoon
10 1 (0.69%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 15 (10.34%) Mobile App
2 12 (8.28%) Open Source
3 10 (6.90%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (6.21%) EMV
4 9 (6.21%) Smartcard
5 4 (2.76%) DTV
5 4 (2.76%) Management Information System
5 4 (2.76%) Digital Media
5 4 (2.76%) Computer Science
6 3 (2.07%) Smartphone
7 2 (1.38%) Mathematics
7 2 (1.38%) Human Factors
7 2 (1.38%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 1 (0.69%) Social Media
8 1 (0.69%) iPad
8 1 (0.69%) Online Games
8 1 (0.69%) Online Gambling
8 1 (0.69%) Data Extraction
8 1 (0.69%) iPhone
8 1 (0.69%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 20 (13.79%) Linux
2 12 (8.28%) Windows
3 10 (6.90%) UNIX
3 10 (6.90%) Android
4 7 (4.83%) Apple iOS
5 4 (2.76%) CentOS
5 4 (2.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 4 (2.76%) Windows 7
6 2 (1.38%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.69%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 104 (71.72%) Agile Software Development
2 49 (33.79%) Scrum
3 41 (28.28%) BDD
4 40 (27.59%) TDD
5 34 (23.45%) Test Automation
6 32 (22.07%) Automated Testing
7 27 (18.62%) Continuous Integration
8 19 (13.10%) Test Scripting
9 16 (11.03%) Regression Testing
10 15 (10.34%) E-Commerce
11 14 (9.66%) Manual Testing
11 14 (9.66%) Kanban
12 13 (8.97%) Automation Testing
13 12 (8.28%) Quality Management
14 11 (7.59%) Performance Testing
14 11 (7.59%) User Stories
15 10 (6.90%) QMS
15 10 (6.90%) Software Engineering
16 9 (6.21%) OO
17 8 (5.52%) CMMI
Programming Languages
1 51 (35.17%) Java
2 33 (22.76%) SQL
3 28 (19.31%) Ruby
4 15 (10.34%) C#
5 11 (7.59%) JavaScript
6 10 (6.90%) PHP
7 8 (5.52%) Python
8 5 (3.45%) Perl
9 4 (2.76%) Shell Script
9 4 (2.76%) Groovy
10 3 (2.07%) PowerShell
10 3 (2.07%) Objective-C
11 2 (1.38%) Scala
11 2 (1.38%) C
11 2 (1.38%) T-SQL
11 2 (1.38%) VB
11 2 (1.38%) VBA
Qualifications
1 18 (12.41%) ISEB
2 16 (11.03%) ISTQB
3 14 (9.66%) Degree
4 5 (3.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (2.07%) Security Cleared
6 2 (1.38%) SC Cleared
6 2 (1.38%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 145 (100.00%) QA
2 8 (5.52%) ISO 9001
2 8 (5.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.69%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 4 (2.76%) Squid
1 4 (2.76%) VMware Infrastructure
1 4 (2.76%) qmail
1 4 (2.76%) NFS
2 2 (1.38%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.69%) KVM
Systems Management
1 9 (6.21%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.38%) Puppet
3 1 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.69%) Salt
Vendors
1 16 (11.03%) Microsoft
2 10 (6.90%) HP
3 7 (4.83%) Cisco
4 5 (3.45%) Red Hat
5 4 (2.76%) VMware
5 4 (2.76%) NetApp
5 4 (2.76%) SAP
6 2 (1.38%) Oracle
7 1 (0.69%) Cognos
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