The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 3 months to 28 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Quality Assurance (QA)
East of England / Bedfordshire
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 19 27 38
Rank change year-on-year +8 +11  
Contract jobs citing QA 18 9 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 6.41% 2.91% 2.34%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 33.96% 23.08% 13.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 4 8
Median daily rate £413 £369 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.86% -20.27%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £356 £325 £393
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £413 £508
UK excluding London median daily rate £368 £365 £350
% change year-on-year +0.68% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.50 £39.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year -32.05% +6.84%  

QA is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Bedfordshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 53 39 73
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire 18.86% 12.62% 17.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 24 59
Median daily rate £450 £425 £445
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% -4.49%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £335 £271
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £625 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 4
Median hourly rate £18.00 £14.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.57% -65.00%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.90 £40.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -50.25% +37.93%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Bedfordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Bedfordshire citing QA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Bedfordshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing QA in Bedfordshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Bedfordshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Bedfordshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Bedfordshire over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Bedfordshire

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA in Bedfordshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Bedfordshire

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Contract Job Locations in Bedfordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Bedfordshire region over the 3 months to 28 March 2017. 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 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
Luton +7 6 £475 +28.81% 3
Bedford - 4 £450 -
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East of England

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Bedfordshire region with a requirement for QA.

1 22 (68.75%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (59.38%) API Testing
3 18 (56.25%) SDET
3 18 (56.25%) Test Automation
4 17 (53.13%) BDD
5 16 (50.00%) Cucumber
5 16 (50.00%) Ruby
5 16 (50.00%) Python
6 12 (37.50%) Mobile App
7 11 (34.38%) Calabash
7 11 (34.38%) Continuous Integration
7 11 (34.38%) JIRA
8 10 (31.25%) TeamCity
8 10 (31.25%) TDD
8 10 (31.25%) SQL
8 10 (31.25%) E-Commerce
8 10 (31.25%) C#
8 10 (31.25%) Continuous Delivery
8 10 (31.25%) ATDD
8 10 (31.25%) Feature Driven Development
9 9 (28.13%) SpecFlow
9 9 (28.13%) Selenium
10 8 (25.00%) Appium
10 8 (25.00%) SoapUI
11 6 (18.75%) Xamarin
11 6 (18.75%) Automation Testing
11 6 (18.75%) Gherkin
11 6 (18.75%) Java
12 5 (15.63%) JavaScript
12 5 (15.63%) Perl

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Bedfordshire 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:

Business Applications
1 4 (12.50%) Unica
2 2 (6.25%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 5 (15.63%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.13%) FTP
1 1 (3.13%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.25%) Oracle BI Publisher
1 2 (6.25%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 16 (50.00%) Cucumber
2 11 (34.38%) Calabash
2 11 (34.38%) JIRA
3 10 (31.25%) TeamCity
4 9 (28.13%) Selenium
4 9 (28.13%) SpecFlow
5 8 (25.00%) Appium
5 8 (25.00%) SoapUI
6 5 (15.63%) Capybara
6 5 (15.63%) JUnit
6 5 (15.63%) TestNG
7 4 (12.50%) WebDriver
8 3 (9.38%) JBehave
9 1 (3.13%) Ant
9 1 (3.13%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (3.13%) Jenkins
9 1 (3.13%) Maven
General
1 4 (12.50%) Marketing
2 2 (6.25%) Finance
3 1 (3.13%) Banking
3 1 (3.13%) Retail
Job Titles
1 17 (53.13%) Test Engineer
2 15 (46.88%) Test Automation Engineer
3 9 (28.13%) Applications Engineer
4 4 (12.50%) Campaign Manager
4 4 (12.50%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
4 4 (12.50%) Senior Test Engineer
5 3 (9.38%) Analyst
5 3 (9.38%) Developer
5 3 (9.38%) Mobile Engineer
6 2 (6.25%) Architect
6 2 (6.25%) Automation Test Analyst
6 2 (6.25%) QA Engineer
6 2 (6.25%) Software Developer
6 2 (6.25%) Test Analyst
6 2 (6.25%) Test Automation Architect
6 2 (6.25%) Web Applications Engineer
6 2 (6.25%) Web Engineer
7 1 (3.13%) Engagement Manager
7 1 (3.13%) QA Test Analyst
7 1 (3.13%) Report Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (18.75%) Gherkin
2 4 (12.50%) REST
3 1 (3.13%) Behat
Miscellaneous
1 12 (37.50%) Mobile App
2 1 (3.13%) EFT
2 1 (3.13%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 5 (15.63%) Android
1 5 (15.63%) Apple iOS
2 1 (3.13%) Linux
2 1 (3.13%) Unix
2 1 (3.13%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (68.75%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (59.38%) API Testing
3 18 (56.25%) Test Automation
4 17 (53.13%) BDD
5 11 (34.38%) Continuous Integration
6 10 (31.25%) ATDD
6 10 (31.25%) Continuous Delivery
6 10 (31.25%) E-Commerce
6 10 (31.25%) Feature Driven Development
6 10 (31.25%) TDD
7 6 (18.75%) Automation Testing
8 5 (15.63%) Defect Management
9 4 (12.50%) Analytics
9 4 (12.50%) CRM
10 2 (6.25%) Business Intelligence
10 2 (6.25%) Scrum
11 1 (3.13%) Functional Testing
11 1 (3.13%) Performance Management
11 1 (3.13%) Regression Testing
11 1 (3.13%) Supplier Management
Programming Languages
1 16 (50.00%) Python
1 16 (50.00%) Ruby
2 10 (31.25%) C#
2 10 (31.25%) SQL
3 6 (18.75%) Java
4 5 (15.63%) JavaScript
4 5 (15.63%) Perl
5 2 (6.25%) Shell Script
6 1 (3.13%) PHP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (56.25%) SDET
2 1 (3.13%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (3.13%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 6 (18.75%) Xamarin
2 5 (15.63%) Microsoft
3 4 (12.50%) IBM
4 2 (6.25%) Oracle
5 1 (3.13%) Red Hat
Luton, Bedfordshire
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
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