The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Croydon 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 24 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)
London / Croydon
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 38 38 29
Rank change year-on-year 0 -9  
Contract jobs citing QA 4 5 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Croydon 2.06% 2.04% 1.42%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 22.22% 25.00% 5.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 3 1
Median daily rate £425 £400 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +23.07%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +2.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £15.50 £37.25
% change year-on-year +38.70% -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 Croydon with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Croydon
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 18 20 34
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Croydon 9.28% 8.16% 24.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 15 22
Median daily rate £450 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £108 £300 £305
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £433 £549
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 3
Median hourly rate - £70.00 £27.78
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +151.97%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £28.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -10.71% +12.00%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Croydon

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Croydon 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 Croydon

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Croydon

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Croydon

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Croydon

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Croydon over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Croydon

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Croydon

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Croydon

For the 6 months to 24 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 Croydon region with a requirement for QA.

1 8 (42.11%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (31.58%) ITIL
2 6 (31.58%) Microsoft
3 5 (26.32%) Stakeholder Management
4 4 (21.05%) Software Testing
4 4 (21.05%) JIRA
4 4 (21.05%) Use Case
4 4 (21.05%) ISEB
4 4 (21.05%) Java
4 4 (21.05%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (21.05%) User Acceptance Testing
4 4 (21.05%) Waterfall
4 4 (21.05%) Functional Testing
4 4 (21.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 4 (21.05%) Defect Management
4 4 (21.05%) TestRail
4 4 (21.05%) Scenario Testing
5 3 (15.79%) Microservices
5 3 (15.79%) Dependency Management
5 3 (15.79%) GitHub
5 3 (15.79%) Cucumber
5 3 (15.79%) BDD
5 3 (15.79%) Change Control
5 3 (15.79%) Integration Testing
5 3 (15.79%) Test Automation
5 3 (15.79%) CRM
5 3 (15.79%) Dynamics CRM
5 3 (15.79%) Risk Analysis
5 3 (15.79%) TDD
5 3 (15.79%) Critical Path Analysis

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Croydon 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 (10.53%) CMS
1 2 (10.53%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (21.05%) Microsoft Project
2 2 (10.53%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (5.26%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (5.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (5.26%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (15.79%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (15.79%) GitHub
2 1 (5.26%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.26%) Big Data
1 1 (5.26%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 4 (21.05%) JIRA
1 4 (21.05%) TestRail
2 3 (15.79%) Cucumber
3 2 (10.53%) JUnit
3 2 (10.53%) RSpec
4 1 (5.26%) FitNesse
4 1 (5.26%) Hudson
4 1 (5.26%) Jenkins
4 1 (5.26%) Mockito
4 1 (5.26%) NUnit
4 1 (5.26%) Selenium
General
1 2 (10.53%) Finance
2 1 (5.26%) Law
2 1 (5.26%) Legal
Job Titles
1 5 (26.32%) Tester
2 4 (21.05%) UAT Tester
3 3 (15.79%) CRM Manager
3 3 (15.79%) Developer
3 3 (15.79%) Programme Planner
4 2 (10.53%) Analyst
4 2 (10.53%) Business Analyst
4 2 (10.53%) Developer in Test
4 2 (10.53%) Software Developer
5 1 (5.26%) Agile Business Analyst
5 1 (5.26%) Automation Tester
5 1 (5.26%) Dynamics CRM Project Manager
5 1 (5.26%) ITIL Business Analyst
5 1 (5.26%) Project Manager
5 1 (5.26%) Selenium Automation Tester
5 1 (5.26%) Selenium Tester
5 1 (5.26%) Senior Analyst
5 1 (5.26%) Senior Business Analyst
5 1 (5.26%) Web Automation Tester
5 1 (5.26%) Web Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.26%) .NET
1 1 (5.26%) Apache CXF
1 1 (5.26%) ASP.NET
1 1 (5.26%) CSS
1 1 (5.26%) HTML
1 1 (5.26%) JAX-RS
1 1 (5.26%) JMS
1 1 (5.26%) jQuery
1 1 (5.26%) REST
1 1 (5.26%) RESTful
1 1 (5.26%) SOAP
1 1 (5.26%) Web Services
1 1 (5.26%) WireMock
1 1 (5.26%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (5.26%) Freedom of Information
2 1 (5.26%) Management Information System
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (42.11%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (31.58%) ITIL
3 5 (26.32%) Stakeholder Management
4 4 (21.05%) Defect Management
4 4 (21.05%) Functional Testing
4 4 (21.05%) Scenario Testing
4 4 (21.05%) Software Testing
4 4 (21.05%) Use Case
4 4 (21.05%) User Acceptance Testing
4 4 (21.05%) Waterfall
5 3 (15.79%) BDD
5 3 (15.79%) Change Control
5 3 (15.79%) Critical Path Analysis
5 3 (15.79%) CRM
5 3 (15.79%) Dependency Management
5 3 (15.79%) Integration Testing
5 3 (15.79%) Microservices
5 3 (15.79%) Risk Analysis
5 3 (15.79%) TDD
5 3 (15.79%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 4 (21.05%) Java
2 1 (5.26%) C#
2 1 (5.26%) JavaScript
2 1 (5.26%) SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (21.05%) ISEB
1 4 (21.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 2 (10.53%) SC Cleared
2 2 (10.53%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.26%) PMO
Vendors
1 6 (31.58%) Microsoft