The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Buckinghamshire 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 29 June 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 / Buckinghamshire
3 months to
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 55 62 48
Rank change year-on-year +7 -14  
Contract jobs citing QA 38 16 37
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Buckinghamshire 3.71% 1.66% 3.04%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 30.16% 11.94% 17.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 11 22
Median daily rate £350 £240 £353
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +45.83% -31.91%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £293 £181 £212
10% offered a daily rate of more than £410 £388 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £385 £363
% change year-on-year +0.64% +6.20%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Median hourly rate - - £57.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £15.50 £37.25
% change year-on-year +16.12% -58.38%  

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 Buckinghamshire with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Buckinghamshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 126 134 210
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Buckinghamshire 12.30% 13.93% 17.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 112 122
Median daily rate £350 £450 £378
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -22.22% +19.20%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £201 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £537 £499
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 7
Median hourly rate £14.63 £35.00 £20.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -58.20% +73.39%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £28.00 £21.55
% change year-on-year -14.28% +29.93%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Buckinghamshire

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

Job vacancy trend for QA in Buckinghamshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Buckinghamshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Buckinghamshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Buckinghamshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Buckinghamshire over the 3 months to 29 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Buckinghamshire

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Buckinghamshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Buckinghamshire

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Contract Job Locations in Buckinghamshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Buckinghamshire region over the 3 months to 29 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Milton Keynes +9 31 £350 +18.64% 3
High Wycombe 0 2 £550 +157.30% 2
QA
South East

For the 6 months to 29 June 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 Buckinghamshire region with a requirement for QA.

1 49 (63.64%) Agile Software Development
2 48 (62.34%) Test Automation
3 40 (51.95%) Java
4 35 (45.45%) SQL
4 35 (45.45%) JIRA
5 32 (41.56%) Jenkins
5 32 (41.56%) SOAP
6 30 (38.96%) Web Services
6 30 (38.96%) REST
6 30 (38.96%) Git (software)
7 29 (37.66%) Continuous Integration
7 29 (37.66%) TDD
8 26 (33.77%) Selenium
9 24 (31.17%) Mobile App
9 24 (31.17%) Finance
10 23 (29.87%) Internet
11 19 (24.68%) SDLC
12 15 (19.48%) Banking
13 13 (16.88%) VB
13 13 (16.88%) Python
13 13 (16.88%) Calabash
13 13 (16.88%) Cucumber
13 13 (16.88%) Ruby
13 13 (16.88%) QA Automation
14 12 (15.58%) Security Cleared
14 12 (15.58%) Node.js
15 11 (14.29%) Open Source
15 11 (14.29%) AngularJS
15 11 (14.29%) Functional Testing
15 11 (14.29%) SC Cleared

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Buckinghamshire 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 (3.90%) CMS
2 2 (2.60%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (2.60%) MS Exchange
2 2 (2.60%) SharePoint
2 2 (2.60%) Umbraco
3 1 (1.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 1 (1.30%) Cloud Foundry
3 1 (1.30%) Confluence
3 1 (1.30%) Exchange Server 2003
3 1 (1.30%) OpenStack
3 1 (1.30%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (2.60%) Adobe Creative Suite
2 1 (1.30%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.30%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.60%) Dynamics NAV
1 2 (2.60%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (1.30%) Infor M3
2 1 (1.30%) Movex
2 1 (1.30%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 8 (10.39%) OpenShift
2 6 (7.79%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (5.19%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (2.60%) Google Analytics
4 2 (2.60%) Office 365
5 1 (1.30%) GitHub
5 1 (1.30%) OneDrive
5 1 (1.30%) Sauce Labs
5 1 (1.30%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 23 (29.87%) Internet
2 2 (2.60%) Firewall
2 2 (2.60%) Radio Access Network
3 1 (1.30%) NAS
3 1 (1.30%) SAN
3 1 (1.30%) Skype
3 1 (1.30%) SMTP
3 1 (1.30%) TCP/IP
3 1 (1.30%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (9.09%) MongoDB
2 6 (7.79%) SQL Server
3 2 (2.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (1.30%) Big Data
4 1 (1.30%) GIS
4 1 (1.30%) Hadoop
4 1 (1.30%) Redis
Development Applications
1 35 (45.45%) JIRA
2 32 (41.56%) Jenkins
3 30 (38.96%) Git (software)
4 26 (33.77%) Selenium
5 13 (16.88%) Calabash
5 13 (16.88%) Cucumber
6 11 (14.29%) Protractor
7 9 (11.69%) Karma Test Runner
7 9 (11.69%) Mocha
8 8 (10.39%) GitLab
9 7 (9.09%) WebDriver
10 6 (7.79%) Team Foundation Server
11 4 (5.19%) JMeter
11 4 (5.19%) JUnit
11 4 (5.19%) LoadRunner
11 4 (5.19%) Maven
11 4 (5.19%) SoapUI
12 2 (2.60%) Jasmine
12 2 (2.60%) Subversion
12 2 (2.60%) Visual Studio
General
1 24 (31.17%) Finance
2 15 (19.48%) Banking
3 10 (12.99%) Corporate Banking
3 10 (12.99%) Retail
4 5 (6.49%) Telecoms
5 4 (5.19%) Marketing
6 2 (2.60%) Electronics
6 2 (2.60%) Manufacturing
7 1 (1.30%) Advertising
7 1 (1.30%) Games
7 1 (1.30%) Investment Banking
7 1 (1.30%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 31 (40.26%) Tester
2 25 (32.47%) Automation Tester
3 20 (25.97%) QA Tester
4 15 (19.48%) QA Automation Tester
5 11 (14.29%) Analyst
6 9 (11.69%) Automation Engineer
6 9 (11.69%) QA Automation Engineer
6 9 (11.69%) QA Engineer
7 5 (6.49%) Developer
8 4 (5.19%) QA Analyst
8 4 (5.19%) Test Analyst
8 4 (5.19%) Web Tester
9 3 (3.90%) Automation Test Analyst
9 3 (3.90%) Business Analyst
9 3 (3.90%) Java Developer
9 3 (3.90%) Salesforce Tester
9 3 (3.90%) Senior Automation Tester
9 3 (3.90%) Senior Tester
9 3 (3.90%) Test Manager
10 2 (2.60%) Java Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (41.56%) SOAP
2 30 (38.96%) REST
2 30 (38.96%) Web Services
3 12 (15.58%) Node.js
4 11 (14.29%) AngularJS
5 10 (12.99%) RESTful
6 9 (11.69%) Chai
7 6 (7.79%) .NET
7 6 (7.79%) XML
8 3 (3.90%) Spring
8 3 (3.90%) Spring Boot
9 2 (2.60%) ASP.NET
9 2 (2.60%) ASP.NET 2.0
9 2 (2.60%) ASP.NET Web API
9 2 (2.60%) CSS
9 2 (2.60%) HTML
9 2 (2.60%) jQuery
9 2 (2.60%) Spring Integration
9 2 (2.60%) XSLT
10 1 (1.30%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 24 (31.17%) Mobile App
2 8 (10.39%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (3.90%) iPad
4 2 (2.60%) Digital Media
4 2 (2.60%) iPhone
4 2 (2.60%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.60%) User Experience
5 1 (1.30%) CESG
5 1 (1.30%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.30%) Mobile Banking
5 1 (1.30%) Public Cloud
5 1 (1.30%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 8 (10.39%) Windows
2 5 (6.49%) Android
2 5 (6.49%) Apple iOS
3 3 (3.90%) Windows Server
4 2 (2.60%) Windows 10
4 2 (2.60%) Windows Vista
5 1 (1.30%) Linux
5 1 (1.30%) Mac OS X
5 1 (1.30%) Unix
5 1 (1.30%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (1.30%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (63.64%) Agile Software Development
2 48 (62.34%) Test Automation
3 29 (37.66%) Continuous Integration
3 29 (37.66%) TDD
4 19 (24.68%) SDLC
5 13 (16.88%) QA Automation
6 11 (14.29%) Functional Testing
6 11 (14.29%) Open Source
7 10 (12.99%) ITIL
7 10 (12.99%) Scrum
8 9 (11.69%) Defect Management
9 8 (10.39%) Regression Testing
9 8 (10.39%) Software Testing
10 7 (9.09%) Build Automation
10 7 (9.09%) Dependency Management
10 7 (9.09%) Test Strategy
10 7 (9.09%) Workflow
11 6 (7.79%) API Testing
11 6 (7.79%) Unit Testing
12 5 (6.49%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 40 (51.95%) Java
2 35 (45.45%) SQL
3 13 (16.88%) Python
3 13 (16.88%) Ruby
3 13 (16.88%) VB
4 9 (11.69%) JavaScript
5 4 (5.19%) C#
5 4 (5.19%) PowerShell
6 2 (2.60%) PL/SQL
6 2 (2.60%) T-SQL
7 1 (1.30%) Apple Swift
7 1 (1.30%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 12 (15.58%) Security Cleared
2 11 (14.29%) SC Cleared
3 7 (9.09%) Degree
4 5 (6.49%) DV Cleared
5 4 (5.19%) ISEB
5 4 (5.19%) ISTQB
5 4 (5.19%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (2.60%) Chartered Engineer
6 2 (2.60%) ITIL Certification
6 2 (2.60%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (1.30%) (ISC)2 CCSP
7 1 (1.30%) CESG Certified Professional
7 1 (1.30%) CGEIT
7 1 (1.30%) CISM
7 1 (1.30%) CISSP
7 1 (1.30%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (1.30%) CRISC
7 1 (1.30%) HND
7 1 (1.30%) ISEB Practitioner
7 1 (1.30%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.90%) PMO
2 2 (2.60%) COBIT
2 2 (2.60%) EFQM
2 2 (2.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.30%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 1 (1.30%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 3 (3.90%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.60%) BitLocker
2 2 (2.60%) Docker
3 1 (1.30%) ProxySG
3 1 (1.30%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (2.60%) HP Quality Center
1 2 (2.60%) McAfee ePO
1 2 (2.60%) SCCM
Vendors
1 9 (11.69%) Microsoft
2 7 (9.09%) IBM
3 5 (6.49%) Citrix
4 4 (5.19%) HP
4 4 (5.19%) Salesforce.com
5 3 (3.90%) Compaq
5 3 (3.90%) McAfee
5 3 (3.90%) SAP
6 2 (2.60%) Adobe
6 2 (2.60%) Google
6 2 (2.60%) Lumension
7 1 (1.30%) AppDynamics
7 1 (1.30%) Blue Coat
7 1 (1.30%) Cisco
7 1 (1.30%) Infor
7 1 (1.30%) Meraki
7 1 (1.30%) Splunk
7 1 (1.30%) VMware
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