Period
to 20 November 2017

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 6 months to 20 November 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
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 37 26 48
Rank change year-on-year -11 +22 +17
Contract jobs citing QA 31 35 13
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 4.55% 5.70% 1.95%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 23.85% 36.46% 11.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 27 6
Bedfordshire median daily rate £420 £450 £336
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +33.83% -24.44%
10th Percentile £330 £213 £213
90th Percentile £475 £500 £429
East of England median daily rate £400 £425 £375
% change year-on-year -5.88% +13.33% -2.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Bedfordshire median hourly rate - £9.00 -
East of England median hourly rate £39.00 £35.75 £23.00
% change year-on-year +9.09% +55.43% -

QA is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following 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 or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Bedfordshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 130 96 115
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 19.06% 15.64% 17.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 51 71
Bedfordshire median daily rate £450 £450 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.80% +3.21%
10th Percentile £318 £220 £213
90th Percentile £568 £588 £550
East of England median daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year +6.67% +1.35% -1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 11
Bedfordshire median hourly rate £32.89 £13.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +153.00% -48.00% +92.31%
10th Percentile £18.58 £9.70 £12.50
90th Percentile £47.20 £33.10 £40.00
East of England median hourly rate £22.75 £37.50 £29.00
% change year-on-year -39.33% +29.31% +5.45%

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Job Vacancy Trend in Bedfordshire

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire.

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 6 months to 20 November 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 6 months to 20 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Luton -14 15 £450 -5.26% 1
Bedford 0 5 £400 -11.11%
QA
East of England

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 21 (67.74%) Agile Software Development
1 21 (67.74%) Test Automation
2 19 (61.29%) Cucumber
3 17 (54.84%) JIRA
4 15 (48.39%) Selenium
4 15 (48.39%) Java
4 15 (48.39%) SQL
5 14 (45.16%) Apple iOS
5 14 (45.16%) Android
5 14 (45.16%) Mobile App
6 13 (41.94%) Jenkins
6 13 (41.94%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 13 (41.94%) Continuous Integration
6 13 (41.94%) WebDriver
6 13 (41.94%) Confluence
6 13 (41.94%) TDD
6 13 (41.94%) Retail
7 11 (35.48%) Ruby
8 9 (29.03%) Appium
8 9 (29.03%) Windows
9 8 (25.81%) Banking
9 8 (25.81%) Corporate Banking
9 8 (25.81%) SOAP
9 8 (25.81%) Web Services
9 8 (25.81%) JavaScript
9 8 (25.81%) Mac OS X
9 8 (25.81%) Internet
9 8 (25.81%) Apple Swift
9 8 (25.81%) QA Automation
9 8 (25.81%) SDET

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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:

Application Platforms
1 13 (41.94%) Confluence
Applications
1 2 (6.45%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (3.23%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (3.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (3.23%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 4 (12.90%) Unica
2 2 (6.45%) Adobe Campaign
Cloud Services
1 8 (25.81%) Amazon AWS
1 8 (25.81%) Sauce Labs
2 2 (6.45%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 8 (25.81%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (25.81%) Redis
Development Applications
1 19 (61.29%) Cucumber
2 17 (54.84%) JIRA
3 15 (48.39%) Selenium
4 13 (41.94%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 13 (41.94%) Jenkins
4 13 (41.94%) WebDriver
5 9 (29.03%) Appium
6 8 (25.81%) Bitbucket
6 8 (25.81%) Git (software)
7 7 (22.58%) SoapUI
8 6 (19.35%) Calabash
8 6 (19.35%) Protractor
9 5 (16.13%) Ant
9 5 (16.13%) JBehave
9 5 (16.13%) JUnit
9 5 (16.13%) Maven
9 5 (16.13%) SpecFlow
9 5 (16.13%) TeamCity
9 5 (16.13%) TestNG
10 3 (9.68%) Jasmine
General
1 13 (41.94%) Retail
2 8 (25.81%) Banking
2 8 (25.81%) Corporate Banking
3 6 (19.35%) Marketing
4 1 (3.23%) Finance
Job Titles
1 10 (32.26%) Automation Tester
1 10 (32.26%) Tester
2 9 (29.03%) Test Engineer
3 8 (25.81%) QA Automation Tester
3 8 (25.81%) QA Tester
4 6 (19.35%) Software Test Engineer
5 5 (16.13%) Developer
6 4 (12.90%) Campaign Specialist
6 4 (12.90%) Test Automation Engineer
7 3 (9.68%) Developer in Test
7 3 (9.68%) Software Developer
8 2 (6.45%) Analyst
8 2 (6.45%) Java Automation Tester
8 2 (6.45%) Product Developer
8 2 (6.45%) Ruby Automation Tester
8 2 (6.45%) Ruby Engineer
8 2 (6.45%) Senior Software Developer
8 2 (6.45%) Software Engineer
8 2 (6.45%) Test Automation Developer
8 2 (6.45%) Test Development Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (25.81%) REST
1 8 (25.81%) SOAP
1 8 (25.81%) Web Services
2 5 (16.13%) Middleware
3 2 (6.45%) Gherkin
3 2 (6.45%) Node.js
4 1 (3.23%) .NET
4 1 (3.23%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 14 (45.16%) Mobile App
2 5 (16.13%) RIA
3 3 (9.68%) Greenfield Project
4 2 (6.45%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (3.23%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 14 (45.16%) Android
1 14 (45.16%) Apple iOS
2 9 (29.03%) Windows
3 8 (25.81%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (67.74%) Agile Software Development
1 21 (67.74%) Test Automation
2 13 (41.94%) Continuous Integration
2 13 (41.94%) TDD
3 8 (25.81%) Cross-Browser Testing
3 8 (25.81%) Functional Testing
3 8 (25.81%) QA Automation
3 8 (25.81%) SDET
4 6 (19.35%) CRM
4 6 (19.35%) E-Commerce
5 5 (16.13%) ATDD
5 5 (16.13%) BDD
5 5 (16.13%) Continuous Delivery
5 5 (16.13%) Defect Management
5 5 (16.13%) Feature Driven Development
6 4 (12.90%) Analytics
6 4 (12.90%) API Testing
6 4 (12.90%) User Acceptance Testing
7 3 (9.68%) Business Analysis
8 2 (6.45%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 15 (48.39%) Java
1 15 (48.39%) SQL
2 11 (35.48%) Ruby
3 8 (25.81%) Apple Swift
3 8 (25.81%) JavaScript
4 7 (22.58%) Python
5 5 (16.13%) C#
5 5 (16.13%) Perl
Qualifications
1 1 (3.23%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.23%) PMO
System Software
1 8 (25.81%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (3.23%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (19.35%) IBM
2 5 (16.13%) Atlassian
3 3 (9.68%) Microsoft
4 2 (6.45%) Xamarin
5 1 (3.23%) HP
5 1 (3.23%) Informatica
5 1 (3.23%) SAP
5 1 (3.23%) Talend