Period
to 26 March 2019

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 26 March 2019 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
26 Mar 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 61 66 59
Rank change year-on-year +5 -7 +14
Contract jobs citing QA 136 118 108
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 3.24% 2.94% 2.80%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 26.10% 23.27% 24.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 62 66
Berkshire median daily rate £450 £379 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.73% +8.29% -3.78%
10th Percentile £264 £256 £213
90th Percentile £575 £586 £484
South East median daily rate £450 £413 £388
% change year-on-year +9.09% +6.45% +5.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 3
Berkshire median hourly rate £10.00 - £27.00
10th Percentile £9.50 - £23.77
90th Percentile £10.50 - £31.70
South East median hourly rate £47.50 £48.75 £26.50
% change year-on-year -2.56% +83.96% -41.76%

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 521 507 447
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 12.40% 12.63% 11.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 185 217 215
Berkshire median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +10.34%
10th Percentile £231 £262 £248
90th Percentile £583 £575 £575
South East median daily rate £425 £415 £420
% change year-on-year +2.41% -1.19% +12.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 12 33
Berkshire median hourly rate £34.00 £38.50 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.69% +148.39% -28.07%
10th Percentile £9.58 £13.22 £12.00
90th Percentile £63.75 £50.00 £50.80
South East median hourly rate £26.42 £22.50 £17.47
% change year-on-year +17.40% +28.83% -18.96%

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Job Vacancy Trend in Berkshire

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

Job vacancy trend for QA in Berkshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Berkshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Berkshire over the 6 months to 26 March 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Berkshire

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend 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 26 March 2019. 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
Reading +5 45 £456 +4.29% 13
Bracknell -5 23 £400 +18.52% 2
Newbury +19 18 £450 -14.29% 1
Maidenhead -4 9 £263 -30.00% 1
Wokingham -3 3 £475 -
Slough -12 3 £475 +18.75% 1
Ascot - 1 £575 -
QA
South East

For the 6 months to 26 March 2019, 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 61 (44.85%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (29.41%) JIRA
3 32 (23.53%) Scrum
3 32 (23.53%) Java
4 28 (20.59%) Microsoft
5 27 (19.85%) Web Services
5 27 (19.85%) User Experience
6 23 (16.91%) Test Automation
6 23 (16.91%) Project Management
7 22 (16.18%) JavaScript
7 22 (16.18%) SaaS
7 22 (16.18%) DevOps
8 21 (15.44%) HTML
9 20 (14.71%) OO
9 20 (14.71%) Microsoft Azure
9 20 (14.71%) Git (software)
10 19 (13.97%) Telecoms
10 19 (13.97%) E-Commerce
10 19 (13.97%) Software Engineering
11 18 (13.24%) Oracle
12 17 (12.50%) SQL
12 17 (12.50%) PowerShell
13 16 (11.76%) AngularJS
13 16 (11.76%) Security Cleared
14 15 (11.03%) REST
14 15 (11.03%) Confluence
15 14 (10.29%) User Stories
15 14 (10.29%) CSS
15 14 (10.29%) Internet
16 13 (9.56%) Disaster Recovery

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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 15 (11.03%) Confluence
2 12 (8.82%) CMS
3 9 (6.62%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 4 (2.94%) Apache
4 4 (2.94%) Apache Spark
5 3 (2.21%) SharePoint
6 2 (1.47%) Apache Solr
6 2 (1.47%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.74%) nginx
7 1 (0.74%) WebSphere
Applications
1 9 (6.62%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (5.15%) Photoshop
3 5 (3.68%) Adobe Illustrator
3 5 (3.68%) Microsoft Excel
4 4 (2.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (2.94%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.74%) Maya
Business Applications
1 3 (2.21%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.74%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.74%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.74%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 22 (16.18%) SaaS
2 20 (14.71%) Microsoft Azure
3 13 (9.56%) Amazon AWS
4 8 (5.88%) AWS Lambda
4 8 (5.88%) Serverless
5 7 (5.15%) Cloud Computing
6 6 (4.41%) Amazon Kinesis
6 6 (4.41%) AWS CloudFormation
6 6 (4.41%) Office 365
7 5 (3.68%) Google Play
8 4 (2.94%) Data Lake Analytics
9 3 (2.21%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 3 (2.21%) Boomi
9 3 (2.21%) G Suite
10 2 (1.47%) Amazon EC2
10 2 (1.47%) Amazon ElastiCache
10 2 (1.47%) Amazon S3
10 2 (1.47%) Amazon SQS
10 2 (1.47%) CloudFront
11 1 (0.74%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 14 (10.29%) Internet
2 13 (9.56%) Firewall
3 12 (8.82%) DNS
3 12 (8.82%) Reverse Proxy
3 12 (8.82%) TCP/IP
3 12 (8.82%) VPN
4 9 (6.62%) NAS
4 9 (6.62%) SAN
5 3 (2.21%) Network Security
5 3 (2.21%) Radio Access Network
6 1 (0.74%) HTTP
6 1 (0.74%) MPLS
6 1 (0.74%) Remote Desktop
6 1 (0.74%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (5.88%) Amazon DynamoDB
2 7 (5.15%) Jackrabbit
2 7 (5.15%) SQL Server
3 6 (4.41%) Data Lake
3 6 (4.41%) Oracle Database
3 6 (4.41%) Power BI
3 6 (4.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 5 (3.68%) Big Data
5 3 (2.21%) MySQL
5 3 (2.21%) NoSQL
5 3 (2.21%) Oracle Exadata
6 1 (0.74%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (0.74%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.74%) DB2
6 1 (0.74%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.74%) MS Access
6 1 (0.74%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.74%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 40 (29.41%) JIRA
2 20 (14.71%) Git (software)
3 11 (8.09%) Jenkins
4 10 (7.35%) Selenium
5 9 (6.62%) Mercurial
6 7 (5.15%) JMeter
6 7 (5.15%) Visual Studio Team System
7 6 (4.41%) Cucumber
7 6 (4.41%) JUnit
7 6 (4.41%) LoadRunner
7 6 (4.41%) Visual Studio
8 5 (3.68%) HP UFT
9 4 (2.94%) SoapUI
9 4 (2.94%) TestPartner
9 4 (2.94%) WebDriver
10 3 (2.21%) Karma Test Runner
10 3 (2.21%) Mocha
10 3 (2.21%) SonarQube
11 2 (1.47%) Gradle
11 2 (1.47%) Maven
General
1 19 (13.97%) Telecoms
2 10 (7.35%) Publishing
3 8 (5.88%) Finance
4 4 (2.94%) Retail
5 3 (2.21%) Marketing
6 1 (0.74%) Billing
6 1 (0.74%) German Language
6 1 (0.74%) Local Government
6 1 (0.74%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.74%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 32 (23.53%) Developer
2 23 (16.91%) Analyst
3 20 (14.71%) Architect
4 14 (10.29%) QA Analyst
4 14 (10.29%) Solutions Architect
5 10 (7.35%) Programme Manager
6 9 (6.62%) IT Manager
6 9 (6.62%) Test Manager
7 8 (5.88%) Delivery Manager
7 8 (5.88%) Project Manager
8 6 (4.41%) Digital Analyst
8 6 (4.41%) iOS Developer
8 6 (4.41%) Junior
8 6 (4.41%) Programme Test Manager
8 6 (4.41%) React Developer
8 6 (4.41%) Test Programme Manager
9 5 (3.68%) Android Developer
9 5 (3.68%) Lead DevOps
10 4 (2.94%) Junior QA Analyst
10 4 (2.94%) Programme Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (19.85%) Web Services
2 21 (15.44%) HTML
3 16 (11.76%) AngularJS
4 15 (11.03%) REST
5 14 (10.29%) CSS
6 13 (9.56%) Sass
7 8 (5.88%) CSS3
7 8 (5.88%) HTML5
7 8 (5.88%) Node.js
8 7 (5.15%) JSR 170
8 7 (5.15%) LESS
8 7 (5.15%) OSGi
8 7 (5.15%) React
9 6 (4.41%) .NET
10 4 (2.94%) .NET Core
11 3 (2.21%) .NET Framework
11 3 (2.21%) ASP.NET
11 3 (2.21%) ASP.NET Web API
11 3 (2.21%) RESTful
12 2 (1.47%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 27 (19.85%) User Experience
2 12 (8.82%) Mobile App
2 12 (8.82%) Replication
3 9 (6.62%) Microsoft Licensing
4 7 (5.15%) Public Cloud
5 5 (3.68%) Graphic Design
5 5 (3.68%) Private Cloud
6 3 (2.21%) Data Centre
6 3 (2.21%) iPad
6 3 (2.21%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (1.47%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (1.47%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.74%) Analytical Skills
8 1 (0.74%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.74%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 1 (0.74%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.74%) Internet of Things
8 1 (0.74%) NGOSS
8 1 (0.74%) PMI
8 1 (0.74%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 12 (8.82%) Windows
2 7 (5.15%) Apple iOS
3 6 (4.41%) Android
3 6 (4.41%) Linux
3 6 (4.41%) Windows Server
4 4 (2.94%) Unix
5 3 (2.21%) Solaris
6 2 (1.47%) AIX
6 2 (1.47%) HPUX
6 2 (1.47%) Oracle Linux
6 2 (1.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (44.85%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (23.53%) Scrum
3 23 (16.91%) Project Management
3 23 (16.91%) Test Automation
4 22 (16.18%) DevOps
5 20 (14.71%) OO
6 19 (13.97%) E-Commerce
6 19 (13.97%) Software Engineering
7 14 (10.29%) User Stories
8 13 (9.56%) Continuous Integration
8 13 (9.56%) Disaster Recovery
8 13 (9.56%) Test Strategy
9 12 (8.82%) BDD
9 12 (8.82%) Test Scripting
10 11 (8.09%) Analytics
10 11 (8.09%) Kanban
10 11 (8.09%) Unit Testing
11 10 (7.35%) Release Management
11 10 (7.35%) TDD
11 10 (7.35%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 32 (23.53%) Java
2 22 (16.18%) JavaScript
3 17 (12.50%) PowerShell
3 17 (12.50%) SQL
4 7 (5.15%) TypeScript
5 6 (4.41%) Apple Swift
5 6 (4.41%) C#
6 5 (3.68%) C++
7 2 (1.47%) Java 8
7 2 (1.47%) Perl
7 2 (1.47%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.74%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.74%) Objective-C
8 1 (0.74%) PHP
8 1 (0.74%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.74%) Python
8 1 (0.74%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 16 (11.76%) Security Cleared
2 13 (9.56%) Degree
2 13 (9.56%) ISTQB
3 12 (8.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 11 (8.09%) DV Cleared
5 9 (6.62%) ISEB
6 8 (5.88%) SC Cleared
7 3 (2.21%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (1.47%) PMP
9 1 (0.74%) HND
9 1 (0.74%) MBA
9 1 (0.74%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.74%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.41%) PMO
2 2 (1.47%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.74%) GMP
3 1 (0.74%) GxP
3 1 (0.74%) P3O
3 1 (0.74%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (3.68%) Docker
1 5 (3.68%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (2.21%) Active Directory
2 3 (2.21%) Oracle RAC
3 2 (1.47%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.74%) Apache Flume
4 1 (0.74%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 1 (0.74%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.74%) VMware NSX
4 1 (0.74%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (3.68%) Ansible
1 5 (3.68%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (2.94%) Kubernetes
3 3 (2.21%) AirWatch
3 3 (2.21%) Data Guard
3 3 (2.21%) HP ALM
3 3 (2.21%) Opscode Chef
3 3 (2.21%) Oracle RMAN
3 3 (2.21%) Puppet
4 2 (1.47%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
4 2 (1.47%) Salt
5 1 (0.74%) BladeLogic
5 1 (0.74%) Grafana
5 1 (0.74%) Graphite
5 1 (0.74%) Mesos
5 1 (0.74%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 1 (0.74%) Red Hat Satellite
5 1 (0.74%) StatsD
5 1 (0.74%) Terraform
5 1 (0.74%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 28 (20.59%) Microsoft
2 18 (13.24%) Oracle
3 11 (8.09%) Adobe
4 9 (6.62%) Google
5 8 (5.88%) HP
5 8 (5.88%) VMware
6 5 (3.68%) Apple
7 3 (2.21%) Atlassian
7 3 (2.21%) BMC
7 3 (2.21%) Dell
7 3 (2.21%) FatWire
7 3 (2.21%) Remedy
8 2 (1.47%) IBM
8 2 (1.47%) Okta
8 2 (1.47%) Red Hat
8 2 (1.47%) SAP
8 2 (1.47%) Splunk
8 2 (1.47%) Veritas
9 1 (0.74%) New Relic
9 1 (0.74%) Sun