The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cambridgeshire 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 28 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.

Quality Assurance (QA)
East of England / Cambridgeshire
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 45 53 23
Rank change year-on-year +8 -30  
Contract jobs citing QA 9 7 44
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cambridgeshire 1.67% 1.12% 6.54%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 16.07% 8.64% 48.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 5 8
Median daily rate £423 £413 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.42% +17.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £325 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £425 £478
UK excluding London median daily rate £368 £365 £350
% change year-on-year +0.68% +4.28%  
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 Cambridgeshire with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Cambridgeshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 56 81 91
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cambridgeshire 10.39% 12.96% 13.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 34 34
Median daily rate £380 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.00% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £128 £220 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £425 £473
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 6 3
Median hourly rate £30.38 £17.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +73.57% +2.94%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.90 £40.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -50.25% +37.93%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Cambridgeshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cambridgeshire 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 Cambridgeshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cambridgeshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Cambridgeshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cambridgeshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Cambridgeshire over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Cambridgeshire

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cambridgeshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Cambridgeshire

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Contract Job Locations in Cambridgeshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Cambridgeshire region over the 3 months to 28 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
Cambridge +10 4 £465 +9.41% 9
Peterborough +1 4 £380 +16.92%
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East of England

For the 6 months to 28 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 Cambridgeshire region with a requirement for QA.

1 19 (63.33%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (50.00%) Selenium
3 14 (46.67%) Java
4 13 (43.33%) TDD
4 13 (43.33%) WebDriver
4 13 (43.33%) Cucumber
5 12 (40.00%) Jenkins
6 11 (36.67%) Regression Testing
7 10 (33.33%) Test Scripting
8 9 (30.00%) Scrum
8 9 (30.00%) Appium
9 8 (26.67%) Automation Testing
9 8 (26.67%) Finance
9 8 (26.67%) Back Office
9 8 (26.67%) Eclipse
9 8 (26.67%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 8 (26.67%) Test Automation
9 8 (26.67%) JBehave
9 8 (26.67%) BDD
10 7 (23.33%) Continuous Integration
10 7 (23.33%) Manual Testing
10 7 (23.33%) Defect Management
11 6 (20.00%) Software Engineering
11 6 (20.00%) Degree
11 6 (20.00%) JavaScript
12 5 (16.67%) C++
12 5 (16.67%) Python
12 5 (16.67%) Automated Testing
12 5 (16.67%) Git (software)
12 5 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Cambridgeshire 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 (6.67%) Tomcat
Business Applications
1 1 (3.33%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.33%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (3.33%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.67%) Ethernet
1 2 (6.67%) Fibre Channel
1 2 (6.67%) Firewall
1 2 (6.67%) Internet
1 2 (6.67%) SAN
1 2 (6.67%) Software-Defined Networking
1 2 (6.67%) Wireless
2 1 (3.33%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.33%) Oracle Discoverer
1 1 (3.33%) Oracle Reports
1 1 (3.33%) RDBMS
1 1 (3.33%) Relational Database
1 1 (3.33%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 15 (50.00%) Selenium
2 13 (43.33%) Cucumber
2 13 (43.33%) WebDriver
3 12 (40.00%) Jenkins
4 9 (30.00%) Appium
5 8 (26.67%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 8 (26.67%) Eclipse
5 8 (26.67%) JBehave
6 5 (16.67%) Git (software)
7 3 (10.00%) JIRA
8 2 (6.67%) Subversion
9 1 (3.33%) Bugzilla
9 1 (3.33%) JUnit
9 1 (3.33%) NUnit
9 1 (3.33%) RSpec
9 1 (3.33%) TeamCity
General
1 8 (26.67%) Back Office
1 8 (26.67%) Finance
2 4 (13.33%) Banking
3 2 (6.67%) Aerospace
3 2 (6.67%) Law
3 2 (6.67%) Local Government
4 1 (3.33%) Automotive
4 1 (3.33%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 13 (43.33%) Analyst
2 11 (36.67%) Test Analyst
3 6 (20.00%) QA Analyst
3 6 (20.00%) Test Engineer
4 5 (16.67%) Developer
5 4 (13.33%) Automation Test Analyst
5 4 (13.33%) QA Test Analyst
5 4 (13.33%) Software Engineer
5 4 (13.33%) Test Automation Engineer
5 4 (13.33%) Tester
6 3 (10.00%) Agile Test Analyst
6 3 (10.00%) QA Automation Analyst
6 3 (10.00%) QA Automation Engineer
6 3 (10.00%) QA Engineer
6 3 (10.00%) QA Test Engineer
6 3 (10.00%) QA Tester
7 2 (6.67%) Automation Tester
7 2 (6.67%) C++ Software Engineer
7 2 (6.67%) Python Software Engineer
7 2 (6.67%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (10.00%) REST
2 2 (6.67%) AngularJS
2 2 (6.67%) CSS
2 2 (6.67%) Ehcache
2 2 (6.67%) MyBatis
2 2 (6.67%) Spring
2 2 (6.67%) Spring Boot
2 2 (6.67%) Spring MVC
2 2 (6.67%) Spring Security
3 1 (3.33%) .NET
3 1 (3.33%) Angular 2
3 1 (3.33%) Behat
3 1 (3.33%) CSS3
3 1 (3.33%) Gherkin
3 1 (3.33%) HTML
3 1 (3.33%) HTML5
3 1 (3.33%) Middleware
3 1 (3.33%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 4 (13.33%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (10.00%) Computer Science
2 3 (10.00%) Mobile App
3 2 (6.67%) Data Centre
4 1 (3.33%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (3.33%) iPad
4 1 (3.33%) Management Information System
4 1 (3.33%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 3 (10.00%) Linux
2 1 (3.33%) Apple iOS
2 1 (3.33%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (63.33%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (43.33%) TDD
3 11 (36.67%) Regression Testing
4 10 (33.33%) Test Scripting
5 9 (30.00%) Scrum
6 8 (26.67%) Automation Testing
6 8 (26.67%) BDD
6 8 (26.67%) Test Automation
7 7 (23.33%) Continuous Integration
7 7 (23.33%) Defect Management
7 7 (23.33%) Manual Testing
8 6 (20.00%) Software Engineering
9 5 (16.67%) Automated Testing
9 5 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
10 4 (13.33%) Software Testing
11 3 (10.00%) Continuous Deployment
11 3 (10.00%) MVC
11 3 (10.00%) Test Strategy
12 2 (6.67%) Application Virtualisation
12 2 (6.67%) Prototyping
Programming Languages
1 14 (46.67%) Java
2 6 (20.00%) JavaScript
3 5 (16.67%) C++
3 5 (16.67%) Python
4 4 (13.33%) C
4 4 (13.33%) C#
5 3 (10.00%) Perl
5 3 (10.00%) Ruby
6 2 (6.67%) SQL
6 2 (6.67%) TypeScript
7 1 (3.33%) Apple Swift
7 1 (3.33%) Embedded C
7 1 (3.33%) Objective-C
7 1 (3.33%) PHP
Qualifications
1 6 (20.00%) Degree
2 2 (6.67%) ISEB
3 1 (3.33%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (3.33%) HNC
3 1 (3.33%) HND
3 1 (3.33%) ISTQB
3 1 (3.33%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 1 (3.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (3.33%) NVQ Level 4
System Software
1 2 (6.67%) Docker
1 2 (6.67%) KVM
1 2 (6.67%) LXC
1 2 (6.67%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 4 (13.33%) Oracle
2 2 (6.67%) Brocade
2 2 (6.67%) CA
2 2 (6.67%) Riverbed
2 2 (6.67%) VMware
2 2 (6.67%) Vyatta
3 1 (3.33%) Microsoft
3 1 (3.33%) webMethods