Period
to 18 November 2017

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 18 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)
South East > Berkshire
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 56 60 57
Rank change year-on-year +4 -3 0
Contract jobs citing QA 127 125 148
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 3.12% 2.92% 2.93%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 24.28% 24.27% 23.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 74 70 95
Berkshire median daily rate £358 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.67% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £219 £263 £223
90th Percentile £538 £503 £525
South East median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +11.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 5 2
Berkshire median hourly rate £26.80 £8.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +215.29% -62.22% -47.06%
10th Percentile £25.28 £8.50 £21.25
90th Percentile £27.16 £29.50 £23.75
South East median hourly rate £33.65 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +34.61% +11.11% +55.17%

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 523 515 629
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 12.83% 12.02% 12.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 248 266 339
Berkshire median daily rate £400 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% -
10th Percentile £227 £220 £230
90th Percentile £573 £575 £550
South East median daily rate £400 £400 £383
% change year-on-year - +4.58% +9.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 33 26
Berkshire median hourly rate £23.50 £13.00 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +80.77% -39.68% -10.21%
10th Percentile £14.63 £12.00 £17.25
90th Percentile £52.50 £31.15 £49.00
South East median hourly rate £25.00 £21.36 £21.55
% change year-on-year +17.07% -0.90% +26.24%

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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 18 November 2017.

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 18 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
Reading +23 44 £376 +0.33% 6
Bracknell 0 21 £330 +1.54% 4
Maidenhead -8 14 £325 -10.96% 6
Slough +16 12 £400 +8.11% 5
Wokingham +8 1 £275 -22.26%
Newbury -7 1 - -
QA
South East

For the 6 months to 18 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 Berkshire region with a requirement for QA.

1 47 (37.01%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (21.26%) Project Management
3 23 (18.11%) Java
3 23 (18.11%) SQL
3 23 (18.11%) Degree
4 21 (16.54%) Stakeholder Management
5 20 (15.75%) Analytical Skills
6 18 (14.17%) Telecoms
6 18 (14.17%) Test Automation
6 18 (14.17%) Waterfall
7 17 (13.39%) Finance
7 17 (13.39%) JavaScript
7 17 (13.39%) C#
8 16 (12.60%) ITIL
8 16 (12.60%) TDD
9 15 (11.81%) HTML
9 15 (11.81%) Mentoring
10 14 (11.02%) Selenium
11 13 (10.24%) Problem Management
11 13 (10.24%) Continuous Improvement
12 12 (9.45%) HSPA
12 12 (9.45%) LTE
12 12 (9.45%) Operational Acceptance Testing
12 12 (9.45%) Service Design
12 12 (9.45%) CSS
12 12 (9.45%) GSM
12 12 (9.45%) WCDMA
13 11 (8.66%) Oracle
13 11 (8.66%) Numerate Degree
13 11 (8.66%) SDLC

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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 3 (2.36%) Apache
1 3 (2.36%) nginx
2 2 (1.57%) JBoss
2 2 (1.57%) MS Project Server
2 2 (1.57%) NServiceBus
2 2 (1.57%) WebLogic
3 1 (0.79%) CMS
3 1 (0.79%) SharePoint
Applications
1 5 (3.94%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (2.36%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (2.36%) Microsoft Project
2 3 (2.36%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.79%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 3 (2.36%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (1.57%) SAP ERP
2 2 (1.57%) SAP Hybris
3 1 (0.79%) Remedy AR System
3 1 (0.79%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 1 (0.79%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 9 (7.09%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (3.94%) Office 365
3 3 (2.36%) IaaS
4 2 (1.57%) PaaS
4 2 (1.57%) SaaS
5 1 (0.79%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.79%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.79%) Datadog
5 1 (0.79%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 12 (9.45%) GSM
1 12 (9.45%) HSPA
1 12 (9.45%) LTE
1 12 (9.45%) WCDMA
2 9 (7.09%) VoLTE
2 9 (7.09%) VoWiFi
3 6 (4.72%) HTTP
4 5 (3.94%) 3G
5 4 (3.15%) Firewall
5 4 (3.15%) Wi-Fi
5 4 (3.15%) WLAN
6 3 (2.36%) Internet
6 3 (2.36%) SAN
7 2 (1.57%) 3GPP
7 2 (1.57%) DNS
7 2 (1.57%) DOCSIS
7 2 (1.57%) RNC
7 2 (1.57%) SDH
7 2 (1.57%) TCP/IP
7 2 (1.57%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (6.30%) SQL Server
2 7 (5.51%) Relational Database
3 4 (3.15%) Oracle Database
4 3 (2.36%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (2.36%) MySQL
4 3 (2.36%) Oracle Reports
4 3 (2.36%) RDBMS
5 2 (1.57%) DB2
5 2 (1.57%) NoSQL
5 2 (1.57%) Redis
6 1 (0.79%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (0.79%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.79%) Oracle Exadata
6 1 (0.79%) SAP BW
6 1 (0.79%) SQL Server 2000
6 1 (0.79%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.79%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 14 (11.02%) Selenium
2 10 (7.87%) Git (software)
3 7 (5.51%) Android Studio
3 7 (5.51%) Xcode
4 6 (4.72%) JIRA
5 5 (3.94%) WebDriver
6 4 (3.15%) Artifactory
6 4 (3.15%) Cucumber
6 4 (3.15%) Jenkins
7 3 (2.36%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (1.57%) Appium
8 2 (1.57%) Hudson
8 2 (1.57%) SpecFlow
8 2 (1.57%) Subversion
9 1 (0.79%) JMeter
9 1 (0.79%) JUnit
9 1 (0.79%) MSI
9 1 (0.79%) TestRail
9 1 (0.79%) UI Automator
9 1 (0.79%) Zephyr
General
1 18 (14.17%) Telecoms
2 17 (13.39%) Finance
3 7 (5.51%) Publishing
4 5 (3.94%) Legal
4 5 (3.94%) Pharmaceutical
5 3 (2.36%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.57%) Billing
6 2 (1.57%) Retail
7 1 (0.79%) Advertising
7 1 (0.79%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 25 (19.69%) Analyst
2 19 (14.96%) Architect
3 13 (10.24%) Developer
4 12 (9.45%) Transition Analyst
4 12 (9.45%) Transition Manager
5 7 (5.51%) Project Manager
5 7 (5.51%) QA Analyst
5 7 (5.51%) Solutions Architect
6 6 (4.72%) Full Stack Developer
6 6 (4.72%) Test Engineer
7 5 (3.94%) Delivery Manager
7 5 (3.94%) Design Engineer
7 5 (3.94%) QA Engineer
8 4 (3.15%) Coordinator
8 4 (3.15%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
8 4 (3.15%) Head of Testing
8 4 (3.15%) LTE Engineer
8 4 (3.15%) Software Developer
8 4 (3.15%) Technical Manager
8 4 (3.15%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (11.81%) HTML
2 12 (9.45%) CSS
3 10 (7.87%) .NET
4 7 (5.51%) .NET Framework
4 7 (5.51%) REST
4 7 (5.51%) Web Services
5 6 (4.72%) AngularJS
5 6 (4.72%) Entity Framework
5 6 (4.72%) Hibernate
5 6 (4.72%) XML
6 5 (3.94%) HTML5
7 4 (3.15%) ASP.NET
7 4 (3.15%) CSS3
7 4 (3.15%) jQuery
7 4 (3.15%) Node.js
7 4 (3.15%) RESTful
8 3 (2.36%) EJB
8 3 (2.36%) J2EE
8 3 (2.36%) SOAP
9 2 (1.57%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 20 (15.75%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (7.87%) Mobile App
3 9 (7.09%) Computer Science
4 7 (5.51%) Greenfield Project
5 5 (3.94%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (2.36%) Life Science
6 3 (2.36%) User Experience
6 3 (2.36%) Virtual Team
7 2 (1.57%) CMDB
7 2 (1.57%) Handset
7 2 (1.57%) Microsoft Licensing
7 2 (1.57%) Private Cloud
7 2 (1.57%) Public Cloud
7 2 (1.57%) Replication
8 1 (0.79%) Data Centre
8 1 (0.79%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.79%) EMC VNX
8 1 (0.79%) Fintech
8 1 (0.79%) Oracle Exalogic
8 1 (0.79%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 10 (7.87%) Android
2 9 (7.09%) Apple iOS
3 8 (6.30%) Windows
4 7 (5.51%) Linux
5 6 (4.72%) Unix
6 3 (2.36%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.79%) AIX
7 1 (0.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.79%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
7 1 (0.79%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.79%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.79%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (37.01%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (21.26%) Project Management
3 21 (16.54%) Stakeholder Management
4 18 (14.17%) Test Automation
4 18 (14.17%) Waterfall
5 16 (12.60%) ITIL
5 16 (12.60%) TDD
6 15 (11.81%) Mentoring
7 13 (10.24%) Continuous Improvement
7 13 (10.24%) Problem Management
8 12 (9.45%) Operational Acceptance Testing
8 12 (9.45%) Service Design
9 11 (8.66%) Continuous Integration
9 11 (8.66%) SDLC
10 10 (7.87%) Coaching
10 10 (7.87%) Scrum
11 9 (7.09%) BDD
11 9 (7.09%) DevOps
12 8 (6.30%) Mobile Development
12 8 (6.30%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 23 (18.11%) Java
1 23 (18.11%) SQL
2 17 (13.39%) C#
2 17 (13.39%) JavaScript
3 9 (7.09%) Apple Swift
3 9 (7.09%) Objective-C
4 4 (3.15%) C
5 3 (2.36%) Groovy
5 3 (2.36%) Perl
5 3 (2.36%) PL/SQL
5 3 (2.36%) PowerShell
6 2 (1.57%) Shell Script
6 2 (1.57%) T-SQL
6 2 (1.57%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
7 1 (0.79%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.79%) C++
7 1 (0.79%) PHP
7 1 (0.79%) Python
7 1 (0.79%) Ruby
7 1 (0.79%) VBA
Qualifications
1 23 (18.11%) Degree
2 11 (8.66%) Numerate Degree
3 7 (5.51%) Computer Science Degree
3 7 (5.51%) Security Cleared
4 4 (3.15%) ISEB
4 4 (3.15%) ISTQB
5 3 (2.36%) DV Cleared
6 2 (1.57%) CSQA
6 2 (1.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (1.57%) MySQL Certification
6 2 (1.57%) SC Cleared
7 1 (0.79%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.79%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.51%) PMO
2 3 (2.36%) GMP
3 1 (0.79%) SLA
3 1 (0.79%) WCAG
System Software
1 5 (3.94%) Docker
2 2 (1.57%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.79%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 7 (5.51%) Ansible
2 5 (3.94%) Host Intrusion Detection System
2 5 (3.94%) HP Quality Center
3 4 (3.15%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (2.36%) Puppet
5 2 (1.57%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (1.57%) Red Hat Satellite
5 2 (1.57%) SCCM
6 1 (0.79%) Kibana
6 1 (0.79%) Kubernetes
6 1 (0.79%) logstash
6 1 (0.79%) Netcool
6 1 (0.79%) Netcool/OMNIbus
6 1 (0.79%) Netcool/Webtop
6 1 (0.79%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 1 (0.79%) Salt
6 1 (0.79%) Terraform
6 1 (0.79%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.79%) Tivoli Monitoring
6 1 (0.79%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 11 (8.66%) Oracle
2 8 (6.30%) Apple
2 8 (6.30%) SAP
3 7 (5.51%) Microsoft
4 5 (3.94%) Huawei
5 4 (3.15%) HP
6 3 (2.36%) BMC
6 3 (2.36%) JDA
6 3 (2.36%) RedPrairie
6 3 (2.36%) Remedy
7 2 (1.57%) Ericsson
7 2 (1.57%) hybris
7 2 (1.57%) IBM
7 2 (1.57%) McAfee
7 2 (1.57%) Monetate
7 2 (1.57%) Progress
7 2 (1.57%) Red Hat
7 2 (1.57%) Splunk
7 2 (1.57%) Tealium
8 1 (0.79%) Citrix