Period
to 20 January 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire 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 January 2021 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)
South East > Berkshire
6 months to
20 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 52 52 59
Rank change year-on-year 0 +7 +1
Contract jobs citing QA 37 131 127
As % of all contract jobs advertised in Berkshire 2.98% 3.95% 3.12%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 18.78% 31.80% 24.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 66 57
Median daily rate £500 £413 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.21% -8.33% +18.03%
10th Percentile £309 £325 £251
90th Percentile £600 £573 £575
South East median daily rate £440 £413 £450
% change year-on-year +6.67% -8.33% +12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 10 0
Median hourly rate £21.25 £17.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.43% - -
South East median hourly rate £19.00 £35.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -45.71% -12.50% -0.76%

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 Berkshire with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Berkshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 197 412 518
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 15.86% 12.41% 12.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 112 199 201
Median daily rate £495 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.47% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £283 £156 £205
90th Percentile £638 £580 £575
South East median daily rate £450 £415 £425
% change year-on-year +8.43% -2.35% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 23 4
Median hourly rate £21.05 £72.50 £48.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -70.97% +50.26% +70.80%
10th Percentile £10.75 £16.25 £27.78
90th Percentile £27.00 £82.50 £63.75
Median hourly rate £21.05 £44.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year -52.16% +144.44% -21.21%

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Job Vacancy Trend in Berkshire

Job postings citing QA as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in Berkshire.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Berkshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing QA in Berkshire.

Daily rate trend for QA in Berkshire

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Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing QA in Berkshire over the 6 months to 20 January 2021.

Daily rate histogram for QA in Berkshire

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing QA in Berkshire.

Hourly rate trend for QA in Berkshire

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Hourly Rate Histogram in Berkshire

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing QA in Berkshire over the 6 months to 20 January 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for QA in Berkshire

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Contract Job Locations in Berkshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Berkshire region over the 6 months to 20 January 2021. 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
Slough +7 12 £600 +50.00% 1
Newbury +23 9 £323 -40.55% 4
Reading -4 7 £450 +5.88% 14
Maidenhead +7 3 £350 -16.17% 3
Bracknell +14 2 - - 1
QA
South East

For the 6 months to 20 January 2021, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Berkshire region with a requirement for QA.

1 20 (54.05%) JIRA
2 18 (48.65%) Java
3 16 (43.24%) HP
3 16 (43.24%) Open Source
3 16 (43.24%) HP ALM
4 15 (40.54%) Security Testing
5 14 (37.84%) Qualys
5 14 (37.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 14 (37.84%) Penetration Testing
5 14 (37.84%) Risk Assessment
5 14 (37.84%) Information Security
5 14 (37.84%) Micro Focus
5 14 (37.84%) C#
5 14 (37.84%) PHP
5 14 (37.84%) Python
5 14 (37.84%) NIST
5 14 (37.84%) Test Planning
5 14 (37.84%) Threat Management
5 14 (37.84%) HP Fortify
5 14 (37.84%) Sonatype
5 14 (37.84%) Black Duck
5 14 (37.84%) Cybersecurity
5 14 (37.84%) OWASP
5 14 (37.84%) Security Architecture
6 13 (35.14%) Confluence
6 13 (35.14%) Selenium
7 12 (32.43%) .NET
8 11 (29.73%) VB.NET
8 11 (29.73%) C
8 11 (29.73%) C++

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Berkshire 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 (35.14%) Confluence
2 3 (8.11%) Apache
2 3 (8.11%) nginx
Applications
1 1 (2.70%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (8.11%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 4 (10.81%) Azure
2 3 (8.11%) AWS
3 2 (5.41%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (2.70%) Firebase
Communications & Networking
1 7 (18.92%) DNS
1 7 (18.92%) Network Security
1 7 (18.92%) TCP/IP
2 6 (16.22%) Firewall
2 6 (16.22%) SSL
3 4 (10.81%) BGP
3 4 (10.81%) EIGRP
3 4 (10.81%) Ethernet
3 4 (10.81%) Internet
3 4 (10.81%) IPsec
3 4 (10.81%) MPLS
3 4 (10.81%) OSPF
3 4 (10.81%) PPP
3 4 (10.81%) RIP
3 4 (10.81%) SNMP
3 4 (10.81%) TACACS
3 4 (10.81%) VoIP
3 4 (10.81%) VPN
3 4 (10.81%) WAN
4 3 (8.11%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (8.11%) MySQL
1 3 (8.11%) Redis
1 3 (8.11%) Relational Database
2 2 (5.41%) SQL Server
3 1 (2.70%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (2.70%) DB2
3 1 (2.70%) IBM InfoSphere
3 1 (2.70%) MongoDB
3 1 (2.70%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 20 (54.05%) JIRA
2 13 (35.14%) Selenium
3 4 (10.81%) JMeter
4 3 (8.11%) LoadRunner
4 3 (8.11%) Postman
5 2 (5.41%) Cucumber
5 2 (5.41%) Cypress.io
5 2 (5.41%) NeoLoad
5 2 (5.41%) Protractor
5 2 (5.41%) SilkPerformer
5 2 (5.41%) SoapUI
5 2 (5.41%) WebDriver
5 2 (5.41%) WebLOAD
6 1 (2.70%) Appium
6 1 (2.70%) Jenkins
6 1 (2.70%) JUnit
6 1 (2.70%) Mockito
6 1 (2.70%) SpecFlow
6 1 (2.70%) Zephyr
General
1 5 (13.51%) Telecoms
2 4 (10.81%) Finance
3 1 (2.70%) Aerospace
3 1 (2.70%) Games
3 1 (2.70%) Legal
Job Titles
1 13 (35.14%) Test Engineer
2 11 (29.73%) Security Engineer
3 8 (21.62%) Analyst
4 4 (10.81%) Network Engineer
4 4 (10.81%) Security Analyst
5 3 (8.11%) QA Manager
5 3 (8.11%) Support Engineer
5 3 (8.11%) Technical Analyst
5 3 (8.11%) Technical Security Analyst
5 3 (8.11%) Tester
6 2 (5.41%) IP Network Engineer
6 2 (5.41%) Lead Network Engineer
6 2 (5.41%) Performance Tester
6 2 (5.41%) QA Analyst
6 2 (5.41%) QA Engineer
6 2 (5.41%) QA Test Manager
6 2 (5.41%) Technical Engineer
6 2 (5.41%) Technical Support
6 2 (5.41%) Technical Support Engineer
6 2 (5.41%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (32.43%) .NET
2 3 (8.11%) LAMP
2 3 (8.11%) LEMP Stack
2 3 (8.11%) Node.js
3 2 (5.41%) RESTful
3 2 (5.41%) SOAP
4 1 (2.70%) GraphQL
4 1 (2.70%) HTML
4 1 (2.70%) HTML5
4 1 (2.70%) Puppeteer
4 1 (2.70%) REST
4 1 (2.70%) Swagger
4 1 (2.70%) Web Services
4 1 (2.70%) WireMock
4 1 (2.70%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (13.51%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (8.11%) Enterprise Software
2 3 (8.11%) Linux Command Line
2 3 (8.11%) Smart Meter
3 1 (2.70%) Cyberthreat
3 1 (2.70%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (2.70%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 3 (8.11%) Linux
1 3 (8.11%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (43.24%) Open Source
2 15 (40.54%) Security Testing
3 14 (37.84%) Cybersecurity
3 14 (37.84%) Information Security
3 14 (37.84%) OWASP
3 14 (37.84%) Penetration Testing
3 14 (37.84%) Risk Assessment
3 14 (37.84%) Security Architecture
3 14 (37.84%) Test Planning
3 14 (37.84%) Threat Management
4 9 (24.32%) Agile Software Development
5 8 (21.62%) Test Automation
5 8 (21.62%) Vulnerability Management
6 6 (16.22%) Regression Testing
7 5 (13.51%) Manual Testing
7 5 (13.51%) Problem-Solving
7 5 (13.51%) Project Management
8 4 (10.81%) Process Management
8 4 (10.81%) SDLC
8 4 (10.81%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 18 (48.65%) Java
2 14 (37.84%) C#
2 14 (37.84%) PHP
2 14 (37.84%) Python
3 11 (29.73%) C
3 11 (29.73%) C++
3 11 (29.73%) VB.NET
4 4 (10.81%) Perl
4 4 (10.81%) SQL
5 2 (5.41%) JavaScript
5 2 (5.41%) VB
6 1 (2.70%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 6 (16.22%) Security Cleared
2 5 (13.51%) ISTQB
2 5 (13.51%) SC Cleared
3 4 (10.81%) BC Cleared
3 4 (10.81%) BPSS Clearance
3 4 (10.81%) CCDP
3 4 (10.81%) CCIP
3 4 (10.81%) CCNA
3 4 (10.81%) CCNP
3 4 (10.81%) Cisco Certification
3 4 (10.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (5.41%) ISEB
5 1 (2.70%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (37.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 14 (37.84%) NIST
2 5 (13.51%) SLA
3 1 (2.70%) Data Quality
3 1 (2.70%) PMO
System Software
1 2 (5.41%) Docker
Systems Management
1 16 (43.24%) HP ALM
2 14 (37.84%) HP Fortify
3 3 (8.11%) WebInspect
4 1 (2.70%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (2.70%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 16 (43.24%) HP
2 14 (37.84%) Black Duck
2 14 (37.84%) Micro Focus
2 14 (37.84%) Qualys
2 14 (37.84%) Sonatype
3 11 (29.73%) ArcSight
4 4 (10.81%) Cisco
4 4 (10.81%) Juniper
4 4 (10.81%) Splunk
5 3 (8.11%) Dell
5 3 (8.11%) Microsoft
5 3 (8.11%) Tripwire
6 2 (5.41%) Alcatel-Lucent
7 1 (2.70%) Hyperion
7 1 (2.70%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (2.70%) SAP