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 23 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
South East / Buckinghamshire
Rank 49 59 37
Rank change year-on-year +10 -22  
Contract jobs citing QA 36 16 54
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Buckinghamshire 3.53% 1.55% 4.50%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 26.87% 12.80% 26.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 11 29
Median daily rate £355 £300 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.33% -6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £268 £275 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £400 £405
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £370 £350
% change year-on-year -1.35% +5.71%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £16.09 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.50 £38.25 £36.50
% change year-on-year -30.71% +4.79%  

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 134 125 202
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Buckinghamshire 13.12% 12.14% 16.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 51 85
Median daily rate £400 £390 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +20.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £268 £225 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £382
% change year-on-year - +4.64%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 2
Median hourly rate £14.00 £16.05 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.74% +10.65%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.45 £41.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year -52.56% +57.69%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Buckinghamshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Buckinghamshire 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 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 23 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 23 March 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 +7 22 £388 +29.16% 6
High Wycombe +4 3 - - 1
Aylesbury - 2 £300 - 1
QA
South East

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in Buckinghamshire

For the 6 months to 23 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 Buckinghamshire region with a requirement for QA.

1 25 (44.64%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (42.86%) SQL
3 23 (41.07%) Java
4 22 (39.29%) Selenium
5 18 (32.14%) Finance
6 17 (30.36%) JIRA
7 14 (25.00%) Regression Testing
8 13 (23.21%) ITIL
9 12 (21.43%) PL/SQL
9 12 (21.43%) Security Cleared
9 12 (21.43%) SC Cleared
9 12 (21.43%) Defect Management
9 12 (21.43%) QA Automation
10 10 (17.86%) Analytical Skills
10 10 (17.86%) Test Scripting
10 10 (17.86%) XML
11 9 (16.07%) Microsoft
11 9 (16.07%) SOAP
11 9 (16.07%) WebDriver
12 8 (14.29%) Git (software)
12 8 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
12 8 (14.29%) Performance Testing
12 8 (14.29%) Functional Testing
12 8 (14.29%) Jenkins
12 8 (14.29%) Automation Testing
12 8 (14.29%) Windows
13 7 (12.50%) Automated Testing
13 7 (12.50%) Software Testing
13 7 (12.50%) Mobile App
13 7 (12.50%) Continuous Integration

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Top Related 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 (5.36%) CMS
2 2 (3.57%) Umbraco
3 1 (1.79%) Cloud Foundry
3 1 (1.79%) OpenStack
3 1 (1.79%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 3 (5.36%) MS Excel
2 2 (3.57%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 1 (1.79%) MS Office
3 1 (1.79%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (1.79%) MS Project
3 1 (1.79%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (7.14%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (3.57%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (1.79%) Infor M3
3 1 (1.79%) Movex
3 1 (1.79%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 4 (7.14%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (5.36%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (3.57%) Google Analytics
4 1 (1.79%) GitHub
4 1 (1.79%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 5 (8.93%) Internet
2 2 (3.57%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (8.93%) SQL Server
2 4 (7.14%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (7.14%) SAP Data Services
3 3 (5.36%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
3 3 (5.36%) Star Schema
4 2 (3.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 22 (39.29%) Selenium
2 17 (30.36%) JIRA
3 9 (16.07%) WebDriver
4 8 (14.29%) Git (software)
4 8 (14.29%) Jenkins
5 6 (10.71%) Cucumber
5 6 (10.71%) Team Foundation Server
6 5 (8.93%) Calabash
7 3 (5.36%) LoadRunner
7 3 (5.36%) SoapUI
8 2 (3.57%) Appium
8 2 (3.57%) JMeter
8 2 (3.57%) MSTest
8 2 (3.57%) SpecFlow
8 2 (3.57%) Subversion
8 2 (3.57%) Visual Studio
9 1 (1.79%) Bitbucket
9 1 (1.79%) GitLab
9 1 (1.79%) Gradle
9 1 (1.79%) Maven
General
1 18 (32.14%) Finance
2 3 (5.36%) Banking
2 3 (5.36%) Marketing
2 3 (5.36%) Telecoms
3 2 (3.57%) Retail
4 1 (1.79%) Advertising
4 1 (1.79%) Automotive
4 1 (1.79%) Electronics
4 1 (1.79%) Games
4 1 (1.79%) German Language
4 1 (1.79%) Legal
4 1 (1.79%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 13 (23.21%) QA Engineer
2 12 (21.43%) Automation Engineer
2 12 (21.43%) QA Automation Engineer
3 10 (17.86%) Analyst
4 9 (16.07%) Tester
5 6 (10.71%) Developer
5 6 (10.71%) QA Tester
6 5 (8.93%) Java Engineer
7 4 (7.14%) Automation Tester
7 4 (7.14%) Informatica Developer
7 4 (7.14%) PL/SQL Developer
7 4 (7.14%) QA Analyst
7 4 (7.14%) SQL Developer
8 3 (5.36%) SAP Developer
8 3 (5.36%) Test Manager
8 3 (5.36%) Web Tester
9 2 (3.57%) Designer
9 2 (3.57%) Strategy Manager
9 2 (3.57%) Test Automation Manager
9 2 (3.57%) Test Strategy Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (17.86%) XML
2 9 (16.07%) SOAP
3 6 (10.71%) .NET
3 6 (10.71%) REST
3 6 (10.71%) Web Services
4 3 (5.36%) ASP.NET
5 2 (3.57%) AngularJS
5 2 (3.57%) ASP.NET 2.0
5 2 (3.57%) ASP.NET Web API
5 2 (3.57%) CSS
5 2 (3.57%) HTML
5 2 (3.57%) jQuery
6 1 (1.79%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 10 (17.86%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (12.50%) Mobile App
3 3 (5.36%) iPad
3 3 (5.36%) Management Information System
4 2 (3.57%) Digital Media
4 2 (3.57%) iPhone
4 2 (3.57%) User Experience
5 1 (1.79%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.79%) EPoS
5 1 (1.79%) Public Cloud
5 1 (1.79%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 8 (14.29%) Windows
2 6 (10.71%) Android
3 5 (8.93%) Apple iOS
4 4 (7.14%) Windows Server
5 2 (3.57%) Windows 10
5 2 (3.57%) Windows Vista
6 1 (1.79%) Linux
6 1 (1.79%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (44.64%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (25.00%) Regression Testing
3 13 (23.21%) ITIL
4 12 (21.43%) Defect Management
4 12 (21.43%) QA Automation
5 10 (17.86%) Test Scripting
6 8 (14.29%) Automation Testing
6 8 (14.29%) Functional Testing
6 8 (14.29%) Performance Testing
6 8 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
7 7 (12.50%) API Testing
7 7 (12.50%) Automated Testing
7 7 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
7 7 (12.50%) Software Testing
8 6 (10.71%) BDD
8 6 (10.71%) TDD
8 6 (10.71%) Test Automation
8 6 (10.71%) Test Strategy
9 5 (8.93%) Operational Acceptance Testing
9 5 (8.93%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 24 (42.86%) SQL
2 23 (41.07%) Java
3 12 (21.43%) PL/SQL
4 5 (8.93%) JavaScript
4 5 (8.93%) Python
4 5 (8.93%) Ruby
5 4 (7.14%) VB
6 3 (5.36%) C#
6 3 (5.36%) PowerShell
7 2 (3.57%) T-SQL
8 1 (1.79%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 12 (21.43%) SC Cleared
1 12 (21.43%) Security Cleared
2 5 (8.93%) Degree
2 5 (8.93%) DV Cleared
3 4 (7.14%) ISEB
3 4 (7.14%) ISTQB
3 4 (7.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (3.57%) Chartered Engineer
4 2 (3.57%) ITIL Certification
4 2 (3.57%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 1 (1.79%) APMP
5 1 (1.79%) HND
5 1 (1.79%) ISEB Practitioner
5 1 (1.79%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (7.14%) SDET
2 2 (3.57%) EFQM
2 2 (3.57%) PMO
3 1 (1.79%) ISO 9000
3 1 (1.79%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (7.14%) Active Directory
2 2 (3.57%) BitLocker
3 1 (1.79%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (3.57%) HP Quality Center
1 2 (3.57%) McAfee ePO
1 2 (3.57%) SCCM
1 2 (3.57%) WSUS
Vendors
1 9 (16.07%) Microsoft
2 6 (10.71%) SAP
3 4 (7.14%) Citrix
3 4 (7.14%) HP
3 4 (7.14%) Informatica
3 4 (7.14%) Intel Security
3 4 (7.14%) Lumension
3 4 (7.14%) Oracle
4 3 (5.36%) Compaq
5 2 (3.57%) Adobe
5 2 (3.57%) Google
6 1 (1.79%) AppDynamics
6 1 (1.79%) Infor
6 1 (1.79%) Sitecore
6 1 (1.79%) Splunk
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