Period
to 21 August 2019

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 6 months to 21 August 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 West > Bristol
6 months to
21 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 54 78 46
Rank change year-on-year +24 -32 +4
Contract jobs citing QA 57 45 62
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bristol 3.04% 2.35% 3.62%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 30.65% 22.96% 30.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 36 29
Bristol median daily rate £425 £343 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +24.09% -0.72% -18.82%
10th Percentile £228 £213 £250
90th Percentile £613 £663 £478
South West median daily rate £425 £369 £375
% change year-on-year +15.25% -1.67% -9.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 4
Bristol median hourly rate - £37.50 £19.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +94.81% +126.47%
South West median hourly rate - £41.25 £34.75
% change year-on-year - +18.71% +3.73%

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 Bristol with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Bristol
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 186 196 205
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bristol 9.93% 10.22% 11.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 115 136 118
Bristol median daily rate £415 £401 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.43% +7.00% -
10th Percentile £216 £213 £204
90th Percentile £638 £575 £591
South West median daily rate £425 £413 £380
% change year-on-year +2.91% +8.68% -1.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 7 13
Bristol median hourly rate £38.38 £41.50 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.53% +186.21% -56.06%
10th Percentile £11.97 £36.63 £11.28
90th Percentile £52.50 £45.63 £34.75
South West median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year - +21.43% -15.66%

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Job Vacancy Trend in Bristol

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

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 6 months to 21 August 2019.

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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA in Bristol.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Bristol

For the 6 months to 21 August 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 Bristol region with a requirement for QA.

1 30 (52.63%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (40.35%) Test Automation
3 16 (28.07%) TDD
4 15 (26.32%) Continuous Integration
5 13 (22.81%) Scrum
5 13 (22.81%) Integration Testing
5 13 (22.81%) Microsoft
6 12 (21.05%) Software Testing
7 11 (19.30%) Selenium
7 11 (19.30%) Java
7 11 (19.30%) Continuous Improvement
7 11 (19.30%) DevOps
8 10 (17.54%) Acceptance Criteria
8 10 (17.54%) JIRA
9 9 (15.79%) Continuous Deployment
9 9 (15.79%) Waterfall
9 9 (15.79%) Manual Testing
9 9 (15.79%) Security Cleared
10 8 (14.04%) Cucumber
10 8 (14.04%) Problem-Solving
10 8 (14.04%) Risk Management
11 7 (12.28%) DSDM
11 7 (12.28%) ISEB
11 7 (12.28%) Performance Testing
11 7 (12.28%) Finance
11 7 (12.28%) Workshop Facilitation
11 7 (12.28%) Office 365
11 7 (12.28%) V-Model
12 6 (10.53%) Test Scripting
12 6 (10.53%) Team Foundation Server

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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 6 (10.53%) SharePoint
2 3 (5.26%) SharePoint 2013
3 2 (3.51%) BizTalk Server
3 2 (3.51%) NetWeaver
4 1 (1.75%) Apache Spark
4 1 (1.75%) Liferay
4 1 (1.75%) LiveCycle
4 1 (1.75%) SharePoint Server
4 1 (1.75%) WebSphere
Applications
1 5 (8.77%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (5.26%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (5.26%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (1.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (1.75%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (3.51%) Teamcenter
2 1 (1.75%) Magento
2 1 (1.75%) Primavera
2 1 (1.75%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 7 (12.28%) Office 365
2 5 (8.77%) Azure
3 2 (3.51%) AWS
4 1 (1.75%) AWS CloudFormation
4 1 (1.75%) GCP
4 1 (1.75%) Power Platform
4 1 (1.75%) Qubole
4 1 (1.75%) SaaS
4 1 (1.75%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.75%) GPRS
1 1 (1.75%) GSM
1 1 (1.75%) LTE
1 1 (1.75%) SMS
1 1 (1.75%) UMTS
1 1 (1.75%) WCDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.26%) EDRMS
1 3 (5.26%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.51%) Oracle Reports
2 2 (3.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.75%) Big Data
3 1 (1.75%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.75%) Hadoop
3 1 (1.75%) Power BI
3 1 (1.75%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 11 (19.30%) Selenium
2 10 (17.54%) JIRA
3 8 (14.04%) Cucumber
4 6 (10.53%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (8.77%) Jenkins
6 3 (5.26%) Visual Studio
6 3 (5.26%) Visual Studio Team System
7 2 (3.51%) Maven
7 2 (3.51%) SpecFlow
7 2 (3.51%) TeamCity
7 2 (3.51%) WebDriver
8 1 (1.75%) JMeter
8 1 (1.75%) JSUnit
8 1 (1.75%) SoapUI
General
1 7 (12.28%) Finance
2 5 (8.77%) Public Sector
3 2 (3.51%) Banking
3 2 (3.51%) Retail
3 2 (3.51%) Retail Banking
4 1 (1.75%) Billing
4 1 (1.75%) Electronics
4 1 (1.75%) Law
4 1 (1.75%) Legal
4 1 (1.75%) Marketing
4 1 (1.75%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 13 (22.81%) Analyst
2 10 (17.54%) Developer
3 8 (14.04%) Tester
4 7 (12.28%) Test Manager
5 6 (10.53%) QA Tester
5 6 (10.53%) Test Analyst
6 5 (8.77%) QA Analyst
6 5 (8.77%) Ruby on Rails Developer
6 5 (8.77%) Test Leader
7 3 (5.26%) Administrator
7 3 (5.26%) Head of Digital
7 3 (5.26%) Head of Engineering
7 3 (5.26%) PMO Analyst
7 3 (5.26%) QA Manager
7 3 (5.26%) QA Test Manager
7 3 (5.26%) SharePoint Developer
7 3 (5.26%) Systems Administrator
8 2 (3.51%) IT Administrator
8 2 (3.51%) Project Manager
8 2 (3.51%) Quality Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (8.77%) Gherkin
1 5 (8.77%) Ruby on Rails
2 3 (5.26%) RESTful
2 3 (5.26%) Web Services
3 2 (3.51%) CSS
3 2 (3.51%) SOAP
4 1 (1.75%) .NET
4 1 (1.75%) HTML
4 1 (1.75%) JSON
4 1 (1.75%) Node.js
4 1 (1.75%) REST
4 1 (1.75%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (8.77%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (5.26%) Management Information System
3 2 (3.51%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.75%) Self-Motivation
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (52.63%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (40.35%) Test Automation
3 16 (28.07%) TDD
4 15 (26.32%) Continuous Integration
5 13 (22.81%) Integration Testing
5 13 (22.81%) Scrum
6 12 (21.05%) Software Testing
7 11 (19.30%) Continuous Improvement
7 11 (19.30%) DevOps
8 10 (17.54%) Acceptance Criteria
9 9 (15.79%) Continuous Deployment
9 9 (15.79%) Manual Testing
9 9 (15.79%) Waterfall
10 8 (14.04%) Problem-Solving
10 8 (14.04%) Risk Management
11 7 (12.28%) DSDM
11 7 (12.28%) Performance Testing
11 7 (12.28%) V-Model
11 7 (12.28%) Workshop Facilitation
12 6 (10.53%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 11 (19.30%) Java
2 6 (10.53%) Ruby
3 5 (8.77%) SQL
4 4 (7.02%) C#
5 3 (5.26%) PowerShell
6 2 (3.51%) JavaScript
7 1 (1.75%) PL/SQL
7 1 (1.75%) Python
7 1 (1.75%) R
7 1 (1.75%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 9 (15.79%) Security Cleared
2 7 (12.28%) ISEB
3 5 (8.77%) SC Cleared
4 4 (7.02%) Degree
4 4 (7.02%) ISTQB
5 2 (3.51%) BC Cleared
5 2 (3.51%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (3.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.75%) APMP
6 1 (1.75%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (7.02%) Data Quality
2 3 (5.26%) PMO
3 1 (1.75%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.75%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (8.77%) Docker
Systems Management
1 5 (8.77%) Kubernetes
2 1 (1.75%) Ansible
2 1 (1.75%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.75%) Terraform
Vendors
1 13 (22.81%) Microsoft
2 3 (5.26%) Oracle
2 3 (5.26%) SAP
3 2 (3.51%) Cadence
3 2 (3.51%) Siemens
4 1 (1.75%) Ariba
4 1 (1.75%) ATG
4 1 (1.75%) Concur
4 1 (1.75%) Demandware
4 1 (1.75%) HP
4 1 (1.75%) hybris
4 1 (1.75%) New Relic
4 1 (1.75%) Tableau
4 1 (1.75%) Teradata