Period
to 2 July 2020

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 2 July 2020 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
2 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 68 56 66
Rank change year-on-year -12 +10 -6
Contract jobs citing QA 36 141 116
As % of all contract jobs advertised in Berkshire 2.08% 3.34% 2.94%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 22.09% 25.64% 23.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 74 55
Median daily rate £390 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.33% +12.50% +14.29%
10th Percentile £340 £300 £328
90th Percentile £493 £584 £588
South East median daily rate £400 £450 £425
% change year-on-year -11.11% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 3 0
Median hourly rate £19.50 £13.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +44.44% - -
South East median hourly rate £19.44 £44.46 £55.00
% change year-on-year -56.27% -19.17% +152.87%

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 163 550 493
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 9.42% 13.02% 12.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 219 231
Median daily rate £395 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.22% +12.50% -
10th Percentile £209 £250 £250
90th Percentile £596 £590 £588
South East median daily rate £400 £430 £425
% change year-on-year -6.98% +1.18% +2.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 20 18
Median hourly rate £19.50 £73.75 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -73.56% +154.31% +52.63%
10th Percentile £14.16 £12.44 £16.91
90th Percentile £34.85 £87.50 £49.13
Median hourly rate £19.47 £42.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year -54.19% +80.85% +25.33%

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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 2 July 2020.

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 2 July 2020.

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 2 July 2020. 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 -7 16 £375 -10.18% 6
Newbury -5 9 £375 -21.05% 1
Bracknell +33 1 - - 2
Slough +9 1 - -
QA
South East

For the 6 months to 2 July 2020, 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 13 (36.11%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (30.56%) Telecoms
2 11 (30.56%) SQL
3 10 (27.78%) Security Cleared
4 9 (25.00%) SC Cleared
4 9 (25.00%) Azure
4 9 (25.00%) DevOps
5 8 (22.22%) Service Delivery
6 7 (19.44%) ITIL
6 7 (19.44%) Microsoft
6 7 (19.44%) Migration
6 7 (19.44%) Analytics
7 6 (16.67%) Big Data
7 6 (16.67%) Unified Communications
7 6 (16.67%) ITIL V3
7 6 (16.67%) Data Lake
7 6 (16.67%) Data Lake Analytics
7 6 (16.67%) Power BI
7 6 (16.67%) Power Platform
7 6 (16.67%) Change Management
7 6 (16.67%) Network Security
7 6 (16.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 6 (16.67%) Release Management
7 6 (16.67%) DNS
7 6 (16.67%) Business Intelligence
7 6 (16.67%) WAN
7 6 (16.67%) Visual Studio
7 6 (16.67%) Java
7 6 (16.67%) Internet
8 5 (13.89%) MPLS

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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 1 (2.78%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (2.78%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (2.78%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (2.78%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (2.78%) Microsoft Project
1 1 (2.78%) MS Visio
1 1 (2.78%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (5.56%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 9 (25.00%) Azure
2 6 (16.67%) Data Lake Analytics
2 6 (16.67%) Power Platform
3 5 (13.89%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 6 (16.67%) DNS
1 6 (16.67%) Internet
1 6 (16.67%) Network Security
1 6 (16.67%) Unified Communications
1 6 (16.67%) WAN
2 5 (13.89%) BGP
2 5 (13.89%) DSL
2 5 (13.89%) EIGRP
2 5 (13.89%) Ethernet
2 5 (13.89%) Firewall
2 5 (13.89%) IPsec
2 5 (13.89%) MPLS
2 5 (13.89%) OSPF
2 5 (13.89%) PPP
2 5 (13.89%) RIP
2 5 (13.89%) SNMP
2 5 (13.89%) TACACS
2 5 (13.89%) TCP/IP
2 5 (13.89%) VPN
2 5 (13.89%) xDSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (16.67%) Big Data
1 6 (16.67%) Data Lake
1 6 (16.67%) Power BI
1 6 (16.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (2.78%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.78%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.78%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.78%) MongoDB
2 1 (2.78%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 6 (16.67%) Visual Studio
2 5 (13.89%) Selenium
3 4 (11.11%) JIRA
4 3 (8.33%) Jenkins
5 2 (5.56%) Ranorex
5 2 (5.56%) WebDriver
6 1 (2.78%) JMeter
6 1 (2.78%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 11 (30.56%) Telecoms
2 3 (8.33%) Back Office
2 3 (8.33%) Finance
3 2 (5.56%) Retail
4 1 (2.78%) Legal
4 1 (2.78%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 8 (22.22%) Analyst
2 7 (19.44%) Service Analyst
3 6 (16.67%) Network Engineer
3 6 (16.67%) Service Transition Analyst
3 6 (16.67%) Transition Analyst
4 4 (11.11%) QA Engineer
4 4 (11.11%) Security Engineer
5 3 (8.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 3 (8.33%) Infrastructure Security Engineer
5 3 (8.33%) IP Engineer
5 3 (8.33%) IP Network Engineer
5 3 (8.33%) QA Specialist
5 3 (8.33%) Tester
6 2 (5.56%) Data Analytics Analyst
6 2 (5.56%) Developer
6 2 (5.56%) Full Stack Developer
6 2 (5.56%) ITIL Service Analyst
6 2 (5.56%) Network Security Engineer
6 2 (5.56%) Service Delivery Analyst
7 1 (2.78%) Project Planner
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (8.33%) SAML
2 2 (5.56%) .NET
2 2 (5.56%) AngularJS
2 2 (5.56%) REST
2 2 (5.56%) SOAP
3 1 (2.78%) .NET Core
3 1 (2.78%) .NET Framework
3 1 (2.78%) Angular 2
3 1 (2.78%) CSS
3 1 (2.78%) Hibernate
3 1 (2.78%) HTML
3 1 (2.78%) Laravel
3 1 (2.78%) Next.js
3 1 (2.78%) NgRx
3 1 (2.78%) React
3 1 (2.78%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 2 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (5.56%) Greenfield Project
2 1 (2.78%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 2 (5.56%) Linux
1 2 (5.56%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (36.11%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (25.00%) DevOps
3 8 (22.22%) Service Delivery
4 7 (19.44%) Analytics
4 7 (19.44%) ITIL
4 7 (19.44%) Migration
5 6 (16.67%) Business Intelligence
5 6 (16.67%) Change Management
5 6 (16.67%) ITIL V3
5 6 (16.67%) Release Management
6 5 (13.89%) B2B
6 5 (13.89%) Communications Security
6 5 (13.89%) DNA
6 5 (13.89%) Process Management
6 5 (13.89%) Target Operating Model
7 4 (11.11%) Continuous Improvement
7 4 (11.11%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 4 (11.11%) Test Scripting
8 3 (8.33%) Kalman Filter
8 3 (8.33%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 11 (30.56%) SQL
2 6 (16.67%) Java
3 4 (11.11%) JavaScript
4 3 (8.33%) C#
4 3 (8.33%) TypeScript
5 2 (5.56%) PowerShell
6 1 (2.78%) Bash Shell
6 1 (2.78%) PHP
6 1 (2.78%) Python
Qualifications
1 10 (27.78%) Security Cleared
2 9 (25.00%) SC Cleared
3 5 (13.89%) BPSS Clearance
3 5 (13.89%) CCDP
3 5 (13.89%) CCIP
3 5 (13.89%) CCNA
3 5 (13.89%) CCNP
3 5 (13.89%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (11.11%) BC Cleared
5 2 (5.56%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (2.78%) Degree
6 1 (2.78%) DV Cleared
6 1 (2.78%) ISTQB
6 1 (2.78%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.56%) PMO
2 1 (2.78%) P3O
System Software
1 1 (2.78%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (8.33%) Single Sign-On
2 2 (5.56%) HP ALM
3 1 (2.78%) Ansible
Vendors
1 7 (19.44%) Microsoft
2 5 (13.89%) Alcatel-Lucent
2 5 (13.89%) Cisco
2 5 (13.89%) Juniper
3 2 (5.56%) HP
3 2 (5.56%) Oracle
4 1 (2.78%) CheckPoint
4 1 (2.78%) Fujitsu
4 1 (2.78%) Meraki
4 1 (2.78%) Niku