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 23 June 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
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 37 22 38
Rank change year-on-year -15 +16  
Contract jobs citing QA 5 14 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 1.39% 4.32% 1.39%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 8.62% 41.18% 8.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 6 0
Median daily rate £340 £244 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +39.48% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +1.33% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 0
Median hourly rate - £8.25 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £15.50 £37.25
% change year-on-year +38.70% -58.38%  

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 58 34 56
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire 16.16% 10.49% 15.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 16 43
Median daily rate £475 £350 £419
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +35.71% -16.41%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £330 £115 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £560 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 8 2
Median hourly rate £14.50 £8.63 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +68.11% -78.43%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £28.25 £24.75
% change year-on-year -11.50% +14.14%  

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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 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 23 June 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 1 - - 5
QA
East of England

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 17 (77.27%) Agile Software Development
1 17 (77.27%) Test Automation
2 14 (63.64%) API Testing
3 13 (59.09%) Cucumber
4 11 (50.00%) SDET
4 11 (50.00%) Mobile App
4 11 (50.00%) Ruby
4 11 (50.00%) SQL
4 11 (50.00%) Python
5 10 (45.45%) JIRA
5 10 (45.45%) BDD
6 9 (40.91%) Selenium
7 8 (36.36%) TDD
7 8 (36.36%) Continuous Integration
7 8 (36.36%) Java
7 8 (36.36%) Calabash
8 7 (31.82%) Appium
8 7 (31.82%) Apple iOS
8 7 (31.82%) JavaScript
8 7 (31.82%) Android
9 6 (27.27%) TeamCity
9 6 (27.27%) C#
9 6 (27.27%) SoapUI
9 6 (27.27%) Feature Driven Development
9 6 (27.27%) Continuous Delivery
9 6 (27.27%) ATDD
10 5 (22.73%) Capybara
10 5 (22.73%) SpecFlow
10 5 (22.73%) Greenfield Project
10 5 (22.73%) E-Commerce

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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 2 (9.09%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 4 (18.18%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 5 (22.73%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (9.09%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (9.09%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 2 (9.09%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (9.09%) Redis
Development Applications
1 13 (59.09%) Cucumber
2 10 (45.45%) JIRA
3 9 (40.91%) Selenium
4 8 (36.36%) Calabash
5 7 (31.82%) Appium
6 6 (27.27%) SoapUI
6 6 (27.27%) TeamCity
7 5 (22.73%) Capybara
7 5 (22.73%) SpecFlow
8 4 (18.18%) WebDriver
9 3 (13.64%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (13.64%) Jenkins
9 3 (13.64%) JUnit
9 3 (13.64%) TestNG
10 2 (9.09%) Bitbucket
10 2 (9.09%) Git (software)
10 2 (9.09%) Jasmine
10 2 (9.09%) Protractor
11 1 (4.55%) JBehave
11 1 (4.55%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 4 (18.18%) Marketing
2 2 (9.09%) Banking
2 2 (9.09%) Corporate Banking
2 2 (9.09%) Retail
Job Titles
1 11 (50.00%) Test Engineer
2 9 (40.91%) Test Automation Engineer
3 7 (31.82%) Applications Engineer
4 4 (18.18%) Campaign Manager
5 3 (13.64%) Mobile Engineer
6 2 (9.09%) Architect
6 2 (9.09%) Automation Tester
6 2 (9.09%) QA Automation Tester
6 2 (9.09%) QA Engineer
6 2 (9.09%) QA Tester
6 2 (9.09%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
6 2 (9.09%) Senior Test Engineer
6 2 (9.09%) Test Automation Architect
6 2 (9.09%) Tester
6 2 (9.09%) Web Applications Engineer
6 2 (9.09%) Web Engineer
7 1 (4.55%) Analyst
7 1 (4.55%) Consultant
7 1 (4.55%) Developer
7 1 (4.55%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (18.18%) REST
2 3 (13.64%) Gherkin
3 2 (9.09%) SOAP
3 2 (9.09%) Web Services
4 1 (4.55%) Behat
4 1 (4.55%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 11 (50.00%) Mobile App
2 5 (22.73%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 7 (31.82%) Android
1 7 (31.82%) Apple iOS
2 2 (9.09%) Mac OS X
2 2 (9.09%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (77.27%) Agile Software Development
1 17 (77.27%) Test Automation
2 14 (63.64%) API Testing
3 11 (50.00%) SDET
4 10 (45.45%) BDD
5 8 (36.36%) Continuous Integration
5 8 (36.36%) TDD
6 6 (27.27%) ATDD
6 6 (27.27%) Continuous Delivery
6 6 (27.27%) Feature Driven Development
7 5 (22.73%) E-Commerce
8 4 (18.18%) Analytics
8 4 (18.18%) CRM
9 3 (13.64%) Defect Management
9 3 (13.64%) Functional Testing
10 2 (9.09%) Cross-Browser Testing
10 2 (9.09%) QA Automation
11 1 (4.55%) ETL
11 1 (4.55%) Regression Testing
11 1 (4.55%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 11 (50.00%) Python
1 11 (50.00%) Ruby
1 11 (50.00%) SQL
2 8 (36.36%) Java
3 7 (31.82%) JavaScript
4 6 (27.27%) C#
5 3 (13.64%) Perl
6 2 (9.09%) Apple Swift
7 1 (4.55%) PHP
System Software
1 2 (9.09%) Docker
Vendors
1 5 (22.73%) Microsoft
2 4 (18.18%) IBM
3 3 (13.64%) Xamarin
4 1 (4.55%) Informatica
4 1 (4.55%) Talend