The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Bristol with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 3 months to 27 March 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 West / Bristol
3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 33 49 58
Rank change year-on-year +16 +9  
Contract jobs citing QA 33 23 15
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bristol 4.08% 2.54% 1.78%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 32.04% 22.12% 17.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 19 12
Median daily rate £325 £350 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.14% -12.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £258 £227 £315
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £448 £520
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £366 £350
% change year-on-year -0.13% +4.42%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £37.50 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.50 £39.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year -32.05% +6.84%  

QA is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Bristol with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Bristol
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 103 104 87
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Bristol 12.73% 11.49% 10.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 74 64
Median daily rate £355 £350 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.42% +4.47%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £240 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £579 £515
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 7 0
Median hourly rate £38.75 £50.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.50% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.90 £41.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -51.46% +41.37%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Bristol

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Bristol citing QA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Bristol

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Bristol

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Bristol

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Bristol

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Bristol over the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Bristol

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Bristol

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Bristol

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Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Bristol

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 Bristol region with a requirement for QA.

1 40 (62.50%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (37.50%) Finance
3 21 (32.81%) .NET
4 18 (28.13%) BDD
5 16 (25.00%) Project Management
6 15 (23.44%) C#
6 15 (23.44%) Test Scripting
6 15 (23.44%) Cucumber
6 15 (23.44%) SDLC
7 14 (21.88%) Test Automation
7 14 (21.88%) Selenium
7 14 (21.88%) Programme Management
8 13 (20.31%) SAP
8 13 (20.31%) Business Intelligence
9 12 (18.75%) Telecoms
9 12 (18.75%) Marketing
10 11 (17.19%) Compatibility Testing
10 11 (17.19%) SoapUI
10 11 (17.19%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
11 10 (15.63%) Digital Marketing
11 10 (15.63%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 10 (15.63%) Scrum
11 10 (15.63%) SOAP
11 10 (15.63%) Manufacturing
11 10 (15.63%) Electronics
12 9 (14.06%) JavaScript
12 9 (14.06%) Security Cleared
13 8 (12.50%) SC Cleared
13 8 (12.50%) WebDriver
13 8 (12.50%) Continuous Improvement

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Bristol 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 (4.69%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 6 (9.38%) Spreadsheet
2 2 (3.13%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.56%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 10 (15.63%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (4.69%) SAP CO
2 3 (4.69%) SAP FI
2 3 (4.69%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (1.56%) SAP FSCM
Cloud Services
1 5 (7.81%) GitHub
2 4 (6.25%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (6.25%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (4.69%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.56%) PuTTY
1 1 (1.56%) Radio Access Network
1 1 (1.56%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (6.25%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.69%) Amazon DynamoDB
2 3 (4.69%) Hadoop
2 3 (4.69%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.56%) DTS
3 1 (1.56%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.56%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (1.56%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (1.56%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (1.56%) SAP HANA
3 1 (1.56%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (1.56%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.56%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 15 (23.44%) Cucumber
2 14 (21.88%) Selenium
3 11 (17.19%) SoapUI
4 8 (12.50%) WebDriver
5 6 (9.38%) TeamCity
6 5 (7.81%) Ant
6 5 (7.81%) Jenkins
7 4 (6.25%) Gradle
7 4 (6.25%) Maven
8 3 (4.69%) JIRA
8 3 (4.69%) Octopus Deploy
9 2 (3.13%) Bitbucket
9 2 (3.13%) Git (software)
9 2 (3.13%) JMeter
10 1 (1.56%) Eclipse
10 1 (1.56%) HP UFT
10 1 (1.56%) SpecFlow
10 1 (1.56%) Team Foundation Server
10 1 (1.56%) TestNG
10 1 (1.56%) Toad
General
1 24 (37.50%) Finance
2 12 (18.75%) Marketing
2 12 (18.75%) Telecoms
3 10 (15.63%) Electronics
3 10 (15.63%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.56%) Advertising
4 1 (1.56%) Law
Job Titles
1 16 (25.00%) Tester
2 13 (20.31%) QA Tester
3 10 (15.63%) Software QA Tester
3 10 (15.63%) Software Tester
4 8 (12.50%) Developer
5 5 (7.81%) Analyst
5 5 (7.81%) C# Developer
5 5 (7.81%) Coordinator
6 4 (6.25%) Project Manager
6 4 (6.25%) Quality Manager
7 3 (4.69%) .NET Developer
7 3 (4.69%) Architect
7 3 (4.69%) IT Manager
7 3 (4.69%) PMO Lead
7 3 (4.69%) PMO Manager
7 3 (4.69%) Project Coordinator
7 3 (4.69%) Test Analyst
8 2 (3.13%) Governance Manager
8 2 (3.13%) SAP FI Analyst
8 2 (3.13%) UAT Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (32.81%) .NET
2 10 (15.63%) SOAP
3 7 (10.94%) ASP.NET
3 7 (10.94%) ASP.NET MVC
4 6 (9.38%) .NET Framework
5 4 (6.25%) CSS
5 4 (6.25%) HTML
5 4 (6.25%) WPF
6 3 (4.69%) AngularJS
6 3 (4.69%) ASP.NET Web API
6 3 (4.69%) Ember.js
6 3 (4.69%) Node.js
6 3 (4.69%) RabbitMQ
7 2 (3.13%) jQuery
7 2 (3.13%) REST
7 2 (3.13%) Spring
7 2 (3.13%) Web Services
8 1 (1.56%) Gherkin
8 1 (1.56%) JFC
8 1 (1.56%) SAP Fiori
Miscellaneous
1 5 (7.81%) Management Information System
1 5 (7.81%) User Experience
2 3 (4.69%) Blog
2 3 (4.69%) Public Cloud
3 1 (1.56%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.56%) Graphic Design
3 1 (1.56%) NHS
3 1 (1.56%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.56%) Android
1 1 (1.56%) Apple iOS
1 1 (1.56%) Linux
1 1 (1.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 1 (1.56%) Windows
1 1 (1.56%) Windows Server
1 1 (1.56%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (62.50%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (28.13%) BDD
3 16 (25.00%) Project Management
4 15 (23.44%) SDLC
4 15 (23.44%) Test Scripting
5 14 (21.88%) Programme Management
5 14 (21.88%) Test Automation
6 13 (20.31%) Business Intelligence
7 11 (17.19%) Compatibility Testing
7 11 (17.19%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
8 10 (15.63%) Digital Marketing
8 10 (15.63%) Scrum
9 8 (12.50%) Continuous Improvement
10 7 (10.94%) Automated Testing
10 7 (10.94%) E-Commerce
10 7 (10.94%) Kanban
10 7 (10.94%) MVC
11 6 (9.38%) Business Transformation
11 6 (9.38%) Document Management
11 6 (9.38%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 15 (23.44%) C#
2 9 (14.06%) JavaScript
3 5 (7.81%) Ruby
4 4 (6.25%) Java
5 3 (4.69%) Scala
5 3 (4.69%) SQL
6 1 (1.56%) ABAP
6 1 (1.56%) F#
Qualifications
1 9 (14.06%) Security Cleared
2 8 (12.50%) SC Cleared
3 3 (4.69%) ISEB
4 2 (3.13%) Degree
4 2 (3.13%) PMP
5 1 (1.56%) APMP
5 1 (1.56%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (1.56%) ISEB Practitioner
5 1 (1.56%) ISTQB
5 1 (1.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (1.56%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (12.50%) PMO
2 2 (3.13%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.56%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.56%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (1.56%) Virtual Machines
1 1 (1.56%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (4.69%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (1.56%) vRealize
Vendors
1 13 (20.31%) SAP
2 5 (7.81%) Microsoft
3 4 (6.25%) hybris
4 2 (3.13%) ATG
4 2 (3.13%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.56%) HP
5 1 (1.56%) Oracle
5 1 (1.56%) Red Hat
5 1 (1.56%) VMware