Period
to 18 November 2017

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 6 months to 18 November 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
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 54 68 78
Rank change year-on-year +14 +10 -34
Contract jobs citing QA 96 41 63
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Buckinghamshire 4.06% 2.33% 2.36%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 27.04% 15.77% 15.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 32 41
Buckinghamshire median daily rate £323 £308 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.88% -5.38% -
10th Percentile £209 £213 £263
90th Percentile £425 £479 £438
South East median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +11.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 0
Buckinghamshire median hourly rate £17.00 £25.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -32.00% - -
South East median hourly rate £33.65 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +34.61% +11.11% +55.17%

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 Buckinghamshire with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Buckinghamshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 355 260 414
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Buckinghamshire 15.01% 14.75% 15.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 186 159 200
Buckinghamshire median daily rate £350 £430 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.60% +22.86% +10.24%
10th Percentile £156 £206 £203
90th Percentile £534 £538 £481
South East median daily rate £400 £400 £383
% change year-on-year - +4.58% +9.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 9 16
Buckinghamshire median hourly rate £18.00 £15.00 £16.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.00% -9.62% +27.67%
10th Percentile £14.06 £9.31 £11.38
90th Percentile £29.17 £32.10 £37.89
South East median hourly rate £25.00 £21.36 £21.55
% change year-on-year +17.07% -0.90% +26.24%

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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 6 months to 18 November 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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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Buckinghamshire

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Buckinghamshire over the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 6 months to 18 November 2017. 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
Milton Keynes +15 82 £320 -1.54%
Aylesbury +8 3 - - 3
High Wycombe -10 3 £550 +124.49% 2
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South East

For the 6 months to 18 November 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 (51.04%) Test Automation
2 48 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 43 (44.79%) Git (software)
3 43 (44.79%) Jenkins
4 36 (37.50%) Java
5 32 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
6 31 (32.29%) JIRA
6 31 (32.29%) SQL
7 30 (31.25%) TDD
8 28 (29.17%) Finance
9 24 (25.00%) Selenium
9 24 (25.00%) SDLC
10 23 (23.96%) Web Services
11 19 (19.79%) Windows
11 19 (19.79%) SOAP
12 18 (18.75%) Banking
12 18 (18.75%) Open Source
13 17 (17.71%) Cucumber
13 17 (17.71%) REST
13 17 (17.71%) Hadoop
13 17 (17.71%) Scrum
13 17 (17.71%) Workflow
13 17 (17.71%) Microsoft
14 16 (16.67%) Change Management
14 16 (16.67%) BDD
14 16 (16.67%) Big Data
14 16 (16.67%) Docker
15 15 (15.63%) JavaScript
16 14 (14.58%) Redis
16 14 (14.58%) Security 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 10 (10.42%) Confluence
2 5 (5.21%) Cloud Foundry
2 5 (5.21%) OpenStack
2 5 (5.21%) SharePoint
3 4 (4.17%) CMS
4 3 (3.13%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 2 (2.08%) Alfresco
5 2 (2.08%) Apache Pig
5 2 (2.08%) Drupal
5 2 (2.08%) Liferay
6 1 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (1.04%) MS Exchange
6 1 (1.04%) Skype for Business
6 1 (1.04%) Tomcat
6 1 (1.04%) WebSphere
Applications
1 5 (5.21%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (3.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (2.08%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (2.08%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (1.04%) InfoPath
4 1 (1.04%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 2 (2.08%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.04%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 13 (13.54%) Amazon AWS
2 9 (9.38%) OpenShift
3 7 (7.29%) Sauce Labs
4 6 (6.25%) BlazeMeter
5 4 (4.17%) npm
6 2 (2.08%) BrowserStack
6 2 (2.08%) Microsoft Azure
6 2 (2.08%) Slack
7 1 (1.04%) Office 365
7 1 (1.04%) OneDrive
7 1 (1.04%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 13 (13.54%) Internet
2 3 (3.13%) Firewall
3 2 (2.08%) HTTP
3 2 (2.08%) SMS
4 1 (1.04%) LDAP
4 1 (1.04%) Skype
4 1 (1.04%) TCP/IP
4 1 (1.04%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (17.71%) Hadoop
2 16 (16.67%) Big Data
3 14 (14.58%) Redis
4 5 (5.21%) MySQL
5 4 (4.17%) MongoDB
6 3 (3.13%) SQL Server
7 2 (2.08%) Apache Hive
8 1 (1.04%) DB2
8 1 (1.04%) GIS
8 1 (1.04%) Hazelcast
8 1 (1.04%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 43 (44.79%) Git (software)
1 43 (44.79%) Jenkins
2 31 (32.29%) JIRA
3 24 (25.00%) Selenium
4 17 (17.71%) Cucumber
5 13 (13.54%) WebDriver
6 12 (12.50%) Appium
6 12 (12.50%) Bitbucket
6 12 (12.50%) Maven
7 9 (9.38%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 8 (8.33%) Protractor
9 6 (6.25%) Gatling
9 6 (6.25%) JMeter
9 6 (6.25%) JUnit
10 5 (5.21%) Calabash
11 4 (4.17%) GitLab
11 4 (4.17%) Karma Test Runner
11 4 (4.17%) Octopus Deploy
11 4 (4.17%) TeamCity
11 4 (4.17%) Visual Studio
General
1 28 (29.17%) Finance
2 18 (18.75%) Banking
3 10 (10.42%) Telecoms
4 9 (9.38%) Retail Banking
5 7 (7.29%) Corporate Banking
5 7 (7.29%) Retail
6 3 (3.13%) Manufacturing
7 2 (2.08%) Marketing
8 1 (1.04%) Electronics
8 1 (1.04%) Financial Institution
8 1 (1.04%) Games
8 1 (1.04%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (1.04%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 28 (29.17%) Tester
2 22 (22.92%) Automation Tester
3 16 (16.67%) QA Tester
4 14 (14.58%) Architect
4 14 (14.58%) Developer
5 13 (13.54%) Test Architect
6 11 (11.46%) QA Automation Tester
7 7 (7.29%) Java Developer
8 6 (6.25%) Analyst
8 6 (6.25%) Java Automation Tester
8 6 (6.25%) Senior Tester
9 5 (5.21%) DevOps Engineer
9 5 (5.21%) Performance Architect
9 5 (5.21%) Performance Test Architect
9 5 (5.21%) Project Manager
9 5 (5.21%) Senior Automation Tester
9 5 (5.21%) Senior QA Tester
10 4 (4.17%) 2nd Line Support
10 4 (4.17%) QA Automation Engineer
10 4 (4.17%) QA Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (23.96%) Web Services
2 19 (19.79%) SOAP
3 17 (17.71%) REST
4 12 (12.50%) RESTful
4 12 (12.50%) Spring
5 10 (10.42%) Node.js
6 6 (6.25%) Spring Boot
6 6 (6.25%) Taurus
6 6 (6.25%) XML
7 5 (5.21%) .NET
7 5 (5.21%) RabbitMQ
7 5 (5.21%) Spring Integration
7 5 (5.21%) Velocity
8 4 (4.17%) AngularJS
8 4 (4.17%) XSLT
9 3 (3.13%) JSON
10 2 (2.08%) Cascading
10 2 (2.08%) Kafka
11 1 (1.04%) Chai
11 1 (1.04%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 10 (10.42%) Mobile App
2 5 (5.21%) Public Cloud
3 1 (1.04%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.04%) Fintech
3 1 (1.04%) iPad
3 1 (1.04%) Mainframe
3 1 (1.04%) Online Games
3 1 (1.04%) User Experience
3 1 (1.04%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 19 (19.79%) Windows
2 11 (11.46%) Android
3 10 (10.42%) Apple iOS
4 9 (9.38%) Mac OS X
4 9 (9.38%) Windows Server
5 2 (2.08%) Linux
6 1 (1.04%) Oracle Linux
6 1 (1.04%) Solaris
6 1 (1.04%) Unix
6 1 (1.04%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (51.04%) Test Automation
2 48 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 32 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
4 30 (31.25%) TDD
5 24 (25.00%) SDLC
6 18 (18.75%) Open Source
7 17 (17.71%) Scrum
7 17 (17.71%) Workflow
8 16 (16.67%) BDD
8 16 (16.67%) Change Management
9 13 (13.54%) Data Entry
10 12 (12.50%) Mentoring
10 12 (12.50%) Performance Testing
11 11 (11.46%) Continuous Delivery
11 11 (11.46%) ITIL
12 10 (10.42%) E-Commerce
12 10 (10.42%) Functional Testing
12 10 (10.42%) Microservices
13 9 (9.38%) ITIL V3
13 9 (9.38%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 36 (37.50%) Java
2 31 (32.29%) SQL
3 15 (15.63%) JavaScript
4 10 (10.42%) Apple Swift
5 9 (9.38%) Ruby
6 5 (5.21%) Shell Script
7 4 (4.17%) VB
8 3 (3.13%) C#
9 2 (2.08%) HiveQL
9 2 (2.08%) PowerShell
9 2 (2.08%) Python
10 1 (1.04%) PL/SQL
10 1 (1.04%) Scala
Qualifications
1 14 (14.58%) Security Cleared
2 12 (12.50%) SC Cleared
3 11 (11.46%) DV Cleared
4 6 (6.25%) Degree
5 2 (2.08%) HND
5 2 (2.08%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 1 (1.04%) APMP
6 1 (1.04%) CGEIT
6 1 (1.04%) CISM
6 1 (1.04%) CISSP
6 1 (1.04%) CRISC
6 1 (1.04%) HNC
6 1 (1.04%) PMI Certification
6 1 (1.04%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.13%) PMO
2 2 (2.08%) COBIT
2 2 (2.08%) ECSS
2 2 (2.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.04%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 1 (1.04%) WAI
System Software
1 16 (16.67%) Docker
2 10 (10.42%) Active Directory
3 5 (5.21%) BitLocker
4 2 (2.08%) Apache Flume
5 1 (1.04%) ProxySG
5 1 (1.04%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (5.21%) McAfee ePO
1 5 (5.21%) SCCM
2 3 (3.13%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (3.13%) WSUS
3 2 (2.08%) Oozie
4 1 (1.04%) Ansible
Vendors
1 17 (17.71%) Microsoft
2 9 (9.38%) McAfee
3 6 (6.25%) HP
4 5 (5.21%) Lumension
5 4 (4.17%) Oracle
6 3 (3.13%) IBM
6 3 (3.13%) SAP
7 2 (2.08%) Cisco
7 2 (2.08%) MapR
7 2 (2.08%) OpenText
8 1 (1.04%) Blue Coat
8 1 (1.04%) Meraki
8 1 (1.04%) NCR
8 1 (1.04%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (1.04%) VMware