The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cambridge 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
Cambridgeshire / Cambridge
Rank 37 42 19
Rank change year-on-year +5 -23  
Contract jobs citing QA 3 4 19
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cambridge 0.95% 0.98% 5.81%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 13.64% 7.55% 41.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 6
Median daily rate £465 £425 £406
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.41% +4.61%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £366 £350
% change year-on-year -0.13% +4.42%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 Cambridge with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Cambridge
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 22 53 46
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cambridge 6.98% 12.99% 14.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 23 22
Median daily rate £465 £413 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.72% +22.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £242 £230 £222
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £433 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 6 2
Median hourly rate £19.90 £17.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.71% +2.94%  
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 Cambridge

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cambridge 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 Cambridge

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cambridge

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Cambridge

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cambridge

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Cambridge

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cambridge

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 Cambridge region with a requirement for QA.

1 7 (46.67%) Agile Software Development
1 7 (46.67%) Continuous Integration
2 6 (40.00%) Degree
3 5 (33.33%) Software Engineering
3 5 (33.33%) Scrum
3 5 (33.33%) C++
3 5 (33.33%) Java
3 5 (33.33%) JavaScript
3 5 (33.33%) Python
4 4 (26.67%) Oracle
4 4 (26.67%) Git (software)
5 3 (20.00%) WebDriver
5 3 (20.00%) Computer Science
5 3 (20.00%) Manual Testing
5 3 (20.00%) Selenium
5 3 (20.00%) REST
5 3 (20.00%) Jenkins
5 3 (20.00%) Linux
5 3 (20.00%) Perl
5 3 (20.00%) C
5 3 (20.00%) MVC
5 3 (20.00%) TDD
6 2 (13.33%) Spring
6 2 (13.33%) Automated Testing
6 2 (13.33%) Local Government
6 2 (13.33%) Brocade
6 2 (13.33%) Finance
6 2 (13.33%) Regression Testing
6 2 (13.33%) Firewall
6 2 (13.33%) Law

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Top Related IT Skills in Cambridge 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 2 (13.33%) Tomcat
Business Applications
1 1 (6.67%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 1 (6.67%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (6.67%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (13.33%) Ethernet
1 2 (13.33%) Fibre Channel
1 2 (13.33%) Firewall
1 2 (13.33%) Internet
1 2 (13.33%) SAN
1 2 (13.33%) Software-Defined Networking
1 2 (13.33%) Wireless
2 1 (6.67%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (6.67%) Oracle Discoverer
1 1 (6.67%) Oracle Reports
1 1 (6.67%) RDBMS
1 1 (6.67%) Relational Database
1 1 (6.67%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (26.67%) Git (software)
2 3 (20.00%) Jenkins
2 3 (20.00%) Selenium
2 3 (20.00%) WebDriver
3 2 (13.33%) Cucumber
3 2 (13.33%) JIRA
4 1 (6.67%) Appium
4 1 (6.67%) Bugzilla
4 1 (6.67%) JBehave
4 1 (6.67%) JUnit
4 1 (6.67%) NUnit
4 1 (6.67%) RSpec
4 1 (6.67%) Subversion
General
1 2 (13.33%) Finance
1 2 (13.33%) Law
1 2 (13.33%) Local Government
2 1 (6.67%) Aerospace
2 1 (6.67%) Banking
2 1 (6.67%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 3 (20.00%) Developer
1 3 (20.00%) Software Engineer
2 2 (13.33%) Analyst
2 2 (13.33%) C++ Software Engineer
2 2 (13.33%) Python Software Engineer
2 2 (13.33%) Test Engineer
2 2 (13.33%) Tester
3 1 (6.67%) Automation Tester
3 1 (6.67%) Desktop Engineer
3 1 (6.67%) Full Stack Developer
3 1 (6.67%) Functional Consultant
3 1 (6.67%) iOS Developer
3 1 (6.67%) Oracle Analyst
3 1 (6.67%) Oracle Consultant
3 1 (6.67%) Oracle Functional Consultant
3 1 (6.67%) QA Analyst
3 1 (6.67%) QA Tester
3 1 (6.67%) Selenium Tester
3 1 (6.67%) Senior Test Engineer
3 1 (6.67%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (20.00%) REST
2 2 (13.33%) AngularJS
2 2 (13.33%) CSS
2 2 (13.33%) Ehcache
2 2 (13.33%) MyBatis
2 2 (13.33%) Spring
2 2 (13.33%) Spring Boot
2 2 (13.33%) Spring MVC
2 2 (13.33%) Spring Security
3 1 (6.67%) .NET
3 1 (6.67%) Angular 2
3 1 (6.67%) CSS3
3 1 (6.67%) Gherkin
3 1 (6.67%) HTML
3 1 (6.67%) HTML5
3 1 (6.67%) Middleware
3 1 (6.67%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 3 (20.00%) Computer Science
2 2 (13.33%) Data Centre
3 1 (6.67%) iPad
3 1 (6.67%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 3 (20.00%) Linux
2 1 (6.67%) Apple iOS
2 1 (6.67%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (46.67%) Agile Software Development
1 7 (46.67%) Continuous Integration
2 5 (33.33%) Scrum
2 5 (33.33%) Software Engineering
3 3 (20.00%) Manual Testing
3 3 (20.00%) MVC
3 3 (20.00%) TDD
4 2 (13.33%) API Design
4 2 (13.33%) Application Virtualisation
4 2 (13.33%) Automated Testing
4 2 (13.33%) Configuration Management
4 2 (13.33%) Continuous Improvement
4 2 (13.33%) Defect Management
4 2 (13.33%) ERP
4 2 (13.33%) OOP
4 2 (13.33%) Product Management
4 2 (13.33%) Regression Testing
4 2 (13.33%) SDLC
4 2 (13.33%) Software Architecture
4 2 (13.33%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (33.33%) C++
1 5 (33.33%) Java
1 5 (33.33%) JavaScript
1 5 (33.33%) Python
2 3 (20.00%) C
2 3 (20.00%) Perl
3 2 (13.33%) C#
3 2 (13.33%) SQL
3 2 (13.33%) TypeScript
4 1 (6.67%) Apple Swift
4 1 (6.67%) Objective-C
4 1 (6.67%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 6 (40.00%) Degree
2 1 (6.67%) HNC
2 1 (6.67%) HND
2 1 (6.67%) ISTQB
2 1 (6.67%) NVQ Level 4
System Software
1 2 (13.33%) Docker
1 2 (13.33%) KVM
1 2 (13.33%) LXC
1 2 (13.33%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 4 (26.67%) Oracle
2 2 (13.33%) Brocade
2 2 (13.33%) CA
2 2 (13.33%) Riverbed
2 2 (13.33%) VMware
2 2 (13.33%) Vyatta
3 1 (6.67%) Microsoft
3 1 (6.67%) webMethods