Period
to 12 December 2018

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 12 December 2018 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
12 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 66 56 61
Rank change year-on-year -10 +5 -1
Contract jobs citing QA 123 127 133
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 2.84% 3.09% 3.13%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 22.00% 23.96% 25.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 75 72
Berkshire median daily rate £450 £388 £373
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.13% +4.03% +6.43%
10th Percentile £251 £230 £263
90th Percentile £575 £538 £500
South East median daily rate £450 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +12.50% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 6
Berkshire median hourly rate £33.25 £26.80 £15.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.07% +68.34% -29.24%
10th Percentile £28.33 £25.28 £8.50
90th Percentile £36.78 £27.16 £28.75
South East median hourly rate £33.25 £33.65 £24.17
% change year-on-year -1.20% +39.23% +5.09%

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 559 530 529
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 12.90% 12.91% 12.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 216 258 267
Berkshire median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £185 £245 £227
90th Percentile £575 £573 £575
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 12 35
Berkshire median hourly rate £34.00 £26.90 £14.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.39% +88.77% -33.87%
10th Percentile £22.85 £14.45 £12.00
90th Percentile £41.20 £54.50 £31.50
South East median hourly rate £18.00 £25.00 £18.03
% change year-on-year -28.00% +38.70% -16.36%

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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 12 December 2018.

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 12 December 2018. 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
Bracknell +1 31 £513 +55.30% 6
Reading -21 28 £375 -6.25% 24
Maidenhead +4 12 £525 +40.00% 2
Newbury +5 11 £450 +12.50% 6
Wokingham -6 7 £550 +100.00% 1
Slough -18 6 £340 -15.00% 2
QA
South East

For the 6 months to 12 December 2018, 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 62 (50.41%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (30.89%) Scrum
3 33 (26.83%) JIRA
4 32 (26.02%) Java
5 27 (21.95%) Web Services
5 27 (21.95%) Test Automation
6 25 (20.33%) JavaScript
7 24 (19.51%) REST
7 24 (19.51%) DevOps
8 22 (17.89%) Microsoft
9 21 (17.07%) HTML
9 21 (17.07%) Degree
9 21 (17.07%) Confluence
10 20 (16.26%) Git (software)
10 20 (16.26%) Continuous Integration
10 20 (16.26%) User Experience
10 20 (16.26%) Jenkins
10 20 (16.26%) Software Engineering
11 19 (15.45%) User Stories
11 19 (15.45%) BDD
12 18 (14.63%) Test Scripting
12 18 (14.63%) Kanban
12 18 (14.63%) Amazon AWS
13 17 (13.82%) TDD
13 17 (13.82%) Test Strategy
14 16 (13.01%) Mercurial
14 16 (13.01%) Release Management
14 16 (13.01%) Unit Testing
14 16 (13.01%) Pair Programming
14 16 (13.01%) Project Management

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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 21 (17.07%) Confluence
2 10 (8.13%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 10 (8.13%) CMS
3 7 (5.69%) Elasticsearch
4 5 (4.07%) Apache Solr
5 4 (3.25%) SharePoint
6 2 (1.63%) Apache
6 2 (1.63%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.81%) Alfresco
7 1 (0.81%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.81%) nginx
7 1 (0.81%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.81%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 4 (3.25%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (2.44%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (2.44%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (1.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (1.63%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.81%) Maya
Business Applications
1 3 (2.44%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.81%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.81%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.81%) Oracle CRM
2 1 (0.81%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 18 (14.63%) Amazon AWS
2 13 (10.57%) AWS Lambda
2 13 (10.57%) Serverless
3 8 (6.50%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 8 (6.50%) Amazon Kinesis
3 8 (6.50%) AWS CloudFormation
4 6 (4.88%) Microsoft Azure
5 5 (4.07%) Amazon EC2
5 5 (4.07%) Amazon ElastiCache
5 5 (4.07%) Amazon S3
5 5 (4.07%) Amazon SQS
5 5 (4.07%) CloudFront
6 3 (2.44%) Boomi
6 3 (2.44%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (1.63%) Office 365
7 2 (1.63%) SaaS
8 1 (0.81%) Amazon EMR
8 1 (0.81%) Basecamp
8 1 (0.81%) IaaS
8 1 (0.81%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (4.88%) DNS
1 6 (4.88%) Firewall
2 5 (4.07%) Internet
2 5 (4.07%) Reverse Proxy
2 5 (4.07%) TCP/IP
2 5 (4.07%) VPN
3 4 (3.25%) NAS
3 4 (3.25%) SAN
4 1 (0.81%) 3G
4 1 (0.81%) DHCP
4 1 (0.81%) DVB
4 1 (0.81%) FTP
4 1 (0.81%) Intranet
4 1 (0.81%) IP Telephony
4 1 (0.81%) LAN
4 1 (0.81%) Remote Desktop
4 1 (0.81%) SNMP
4 1 (0.81%) VoLTE
4 1 (0.81%) WAN
4 1 (0.81%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (10.57%) Amazon DynamoDB
2 10 (8.13%) SQL Server
3 4 (3.25%) Big Data
3 4 (3.25%) Jackrabbit
3 4 (3.25%) NoSQL
3 4 (3.25%) Oracle Database
4 3 (2.44%) Apache Cassandra
4 3 (2.44%) MongoDB
4 3 (2.44%) Oracle Exadata
4 3 (2.44%) Redis
5 2 (1.63%) DB2
5 2 (1.63%) MS Access
5 2 (1.63%) MySQL
5 2 (1.63%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.81%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.81%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.81%) Power BI
6 1 (0.81%) PowerCenter
6 1 (0.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 33 (26.83%) JIRA
2 20 (16.26%) Git (software)
2 20 (16.26%) Jenkins
3 16 (13.01%) Mercurial
4 12 (9.76%) Selenium
5 10 (8.13%) JUnit
6 9 (7.32%) Cucumber
7 8 (6.50%) Gradle
7 8 (6.50%) JMeter
7 8 (6.50%) Maven
8 7 (5.69%) Eclipse
8 7 (5.69%) IntelliJ
8 7 (5.69%) LoadRunner
9 6 (4.88%) HP UFT
9 6 (4.88%) SonarQube
9 6 (4.88%) WebDriver
10 5 (4.07%) Checkstyle
10 5 (4.07%) SoapUI
10 5 (4.07%) TestPartner
11 3 (2.44%) Mocha
General
1 10 (8.13%) Telecoms
2 6 (4.88%) Finance
3 5 (4.07%) Publishing
4 4 (3.25%) Marketing
4 4 (3.25%) Retail
5 3 (2.44%) Pharmaceutical
6 2 (1.63%) German Language
7 1 (0.81%) Banking
7 1 (0.81%) Legal
Job Titles
1 21 (17.07%) Developer
2 18 (14.63%) Architect
3 15 (12.20%) Analyst
4 12 (9.76%) Solutions Architect
4 12 (9.76%) Test Manager
5 10 (8.13%) Tester
6 9 (7.32%) QA Analyst
7 7 (5.69%) Project Manager
7 7 (5.69%) React Developer
8 6 (4.88%) JavaScript Developer
8 6 (4.88%) Junior
8 6 (4.88%) Programme Manager
8 6 (4.88%) Programme Test Manager
8 6 (4.88%) Test Programme Manager
9 5 (4.07%) Digital Analyst
9 5 (4.07%) QA Tester
9 5 (4.07%) Software Engineer
10 4 (3.25%) Junior QA Analyst
10 4 (3.25%) QA Leader
10 4 (3.25%) Web Applications Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (21.95%) Web Services
2 24 (19.51%) REST
3 21 (17.07%) HTML
4 13 (10.57%) AngularJS
4 13 (10.57%) CSS
5 11 (8.94%) React
6 10 (8.13%) CSS3
6 10 (8.13%) HTML5
6 10 (8.13%) LESS
6 10 (8.13%) Sass
7 9 (7.32%) Node.js
8 8 (6.50%) .NET
9 6 (4.88%) JSF
9 6 (4.88%) Spring
9 6 (4.88%) Spring MVC
9 6 (4.88%) Struts
10 4 (3.25%) JSR 170
10 4 (3.25%) Middleware
10 4 (3.25%) OSGi
10 4 (3.25%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 20 (16.26%) User Experience
2 7 (5.69%) Data Centre
3 6 (4.88%) Self-Motivation
4 5 (4.07%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (4.07%) Mobile App
4 5 (4.07%) Public Cloud
4 5 (4.07%) Replication
5 4 (3.25%) Enterprise Software
5 4 (3.25%) Microsoft Licensing
6 3 (2.44%) iPad
6 3 (2.44%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.63%) Blog
7 2 (1.63%) Data Structures
7 2 (1.63%) Life Science
7 2 (1.63%) Tandem
8 1 (0.81%) Graphic Design
8 1 (0.81%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.81%) Photography
8 1 (0.81%) PMI
8 1 (0.81%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 9 (7.32%) Linux
1 9 (7.32%) Windows
2 7 (5.69%) Windows Server
3 5 (4.07%) Unix
4 3 (2.44%) Solaris
5 2 (1.63%) AIX
5 2 (1.63%) HPUX
5 2 (1.63%) Oracle Linux
5 2 (1.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.81%) Android
6 1 (0.81%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (50.41%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (30.89%) Scrum
3 27 (21.95%) Test Automation
4 24 (19.51%) DevOps
5 20 (16.26%) Continuous Integration
5 20 (16.26%) Software Engineering
6 19 (15.45%) BDD
6 19 (15.45%) User Stories
7 18 (14.63%) Kanban
7 18 (14.63%) Test Scripting
8 17 (13.82%) TDD
8 17 (13.82%) Test Strategy
9 16 (13.01%) E-Commerce
9 16 (13.01%) Pair Programming
9 16 (13.01%) Project Management
9 16 (13.01%) Release Management
9 16 (13.01%) Unit Testing
10 14 (11.38%) Functional Testing
10 14 (11.38%) OO
11 13 (10.57%) Responsive Web Design
Programming Languages
1 32 (26.02%) Java
2 25 (20.33%) JavaScript
3 15 (12.20%) SQL
4 7 (5.69%) C#
5 6 (4.88%) Java 8
5 6 (4.88%) PowerShell
6 4 (3.25%) Perl
6 4 (3.25%) Python
7 3 (2.44%) Bash Shell
8 2 (1.63%) AWK
8 2 (1.63%) C++
8 2 (1.63%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.81%) Apple Swift
9 1 (0.81%) C
9 1 (0.81%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.81%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 21 (17.07%) Degree
2 15 (12.20%) ISTQB
3 11 (8.94%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 11 (8.94%) Security Cleared
4 9 (7.32%) ISEB
5 8 (6.50%) DV Cleared
6 4 (3.25%) SC Cleared
7 3 (2.44%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (1.63%) PMI Certification
8 2 (1.63%) PMP
8 2 (1.63%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 1 (0.81%) Master's Degree
9 1 (0.81%) PhD
9 1 (0.81%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.88%) PMO
2 2 (1.63%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.63%) SLA
3 1 (0.81%) GxP
System Software
1 5 (4.07%) Docker
2 4 (3.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (2.44%) Apache Flume
3 3 (2.44%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 3 (2.44%) Oracle RAC
4 2 (1.63%) Active Directory
4 2 (1.63%) vCloud
4 2 (1.63%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (1.63%) VMware NSX
5 1 (0.81%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.81%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (4.88%) Ansible
2 5 (4.07%) Opscode Chef
3 4 (3.25%) HP Quality Center
3 4 (3.25%) Puppet
3 4 (3.25%) Salt
4 3 (2.44%) Data Guard
4 3 (2.44%) Grafana
4 3 (2.44%) Graphite
4 3 (2.44%) HP ALM
4 3 (2.44%) Kubernetes
4 3 (2.44%) Mesos
4 3 (2.44%) Nagios
4 3 (2.44%) Netcool
4 3 (2.44%) Oracle RMAN
4 3 (2.44%) StatsD
4 3 (2.44%) ZABBIX
5 2 (1.63%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
5 2 (1.63%) Kibana
6 1 (0.81%) AirWatch
6 1 (0.81%) Terraform
Vendors
1 22 (17.89%) Microsoft
2 12 (9.76%) Adobe
3 10 (8.13%) HP
3 10 (8.13%) Oracle
4 7 (5.69%) VMware
5 6 (4.88%) SAP
6 4 (3.25%) Dell
7 3 (2.44%) Atlassian
7 3 (2.44%) BMC
7 3 (2.44%) Google
7 3 (2.44%) IBM
7 3 (2.44%) New Relic
7 3 (2.44%) Remedy
7 3 (2.44%) Splunk
8 2 (1.63%) FatWire
8 2 (1.63%) JD Edwards
8 2 (1.63%) Red Hat
8 2 (1.63%) Salesforce.com
8 2 (1.63%) Veritas
9 1 (0.81%) Apple