Period
to 14 December 2018

The median contractor rate for a QA Tester was £390 per day in advertised job vacancies in the East of England during the 6 months to 14 December 2018.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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 Tester
England > East of England
6 months to
14 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 186 187 180
Rank change year-on-year +1 -7 +16
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 22 16 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 0.45% 0.31% 0.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.47% 0.33% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 8 3
East of England median daily rate £390 £333 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.29% -16.88% +42.22%
10th Percentile £325 £315 £315
90th Percentile £533 £417 £435
England median daily rate £400 £350 £356
% change year-on-year +14.29% -1.75% +7.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
East of England median hourly rate - £11.00 -
England median hourly rate £11.50 £12.00 £42.00
% change year-on-year -4.17% -71.43% +110.00%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East of England. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
East of England
Contract vacancies in the East of England with a recognized job title 4,639 4,810 4,604
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.85% 94.46% 95.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,752 2,795 2,629
East of England median daily rate £425 £413 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +6.45% -0.64%
10th Percentile £200 £206 £200
90th Percentile £588 £575 £538
England median daily rate £460 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.22% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 289 353 377
East of England median hourly rate £17.38 £20.39 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.77% +1.93% -6.98%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.90 £46.30
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.70 £18.00
% change year-on-year -1.07% +3.89% -

QA Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the East of England

Job postings that featured QA Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the East of England.

Job vacancy trend for QA Tester in the East of England

QA Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing QA Tester in the East of England.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Tester in the East of England

QA Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA Tester in the East of England over the 6 months to 14 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA Tester in the East of England

QA Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA Tester in the East of England

QA Tester
Contract Job Locations in the East of England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Tester within the East of England region over the 6 months to 14 December 2018. 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
Essex -1 17 £439 +28.67% 5
Cambridgeshire +15 5 £350 +5.66% 5
QA Tester
England

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the East of England

For the 6 months to 14 December 2018, QA Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the East of England region featuring QA Tester in the job title.

1 22 (100.00%) QA
2 20 (90.91%) Test Automation
3 19 (86.36%) Agile Software Development
4 15 (68.18%) Scrum
5 14 (63.64%) Test Strategy
6 13 (59.09%) Java
7 12 (54.55%) JIRA
7 12 (54.55%) Selenium
7 12 (54.55%) Kanban
8 10 (45.45%) SQL
8 10 (45.45%) Oracle
9 9 (40.91%) MySQL
9 9 (40.91%) ETL
9 9 (40.91%) User Stories
9 9 (40.91%) Microservices
9 9 (40.91%) Robot Framework
10 8 (36.36%) Hybrid Cloud
10 8 (36.36%) Terraform
10 8 (36.36%) Scaled Agile Framework
10 8 (36.36%) Ansible
10 8 (36.36%) Docker
10 8 (36.36%) Amazon AWS
10 8 (36.36%) Confluence
10 8 (36.36%) J2EE
10 8 (36.36%) Test Scripting
10 8 (36.36%) Performance Testing
10 8 (36.36%) JMeter
11 7 (31.82%) Regression Testing
11 7 (31.82%) Software Testing
11 7 (31.82%) ISTQB

QA Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the East of England 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 8 (36.36%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (4.55%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (4.55%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 8 (36.36%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (22.73%) Internet
2 1 (4.55%) PuTTY
2 1 (4.55%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (40.91%) MySQL
2 7 (31.82%) Pentaho
3 6 (27.27%) Impala
4 3 (13.64%) Oracle Database
5 1 (4.55%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (4.55%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 12 (54.55%) JIRA
1 12 (54.55%) Selenium
2 9 (40.91%) Robot Framework
3 8 (36.36%) JMeter
4 6 (27.27%) LoadRunner
4 6 (27.27%) SoapUI
5 5 (22.73%) Bitbucket
6 3 (13.64%) Git (software)
6 3 (13.64%) WebDriver
7 2 (9.09%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 2 (9.09%) Cucumber
7 2 (9.09%) Jenkins
8 1 (4.55%) HP UFT
8 1 (4.55%) JUnit
8 1 (4.55%) Sahi
8 1 (4.55%) WATIR
General
1 4 (18.18%) Finance
2 1 (4.55%) Back Office
2 1 (4.55%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (36.36%) J2EE
2 3 (13.64%) HTML
2 3 (13.64%) Web Services
2 3 (13.64%) XML
3 2 (9.09%) .NET
3 2 (9.09%) Grails
3 2 (9.09%) HTML5
4 1 (4.55%) CSS
4 1 (4.55%) RabbitMQ
4 1 (4.55%) REST
4 1 (4.55%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 8 (36.36%) Hybrid Cloud
2 5 (22.73%) Client/Server
3 1 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (4.55%) Fintech
3 1 (4.55%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 5 (22.73%) Linux
2 1 (4.55%) Unix
2 1 (4.55%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (90.91%) Test Automation
2 19 (86.36%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (68.18%) Scrum
4 14 (63.64%) Test Strategy
5 12 (54.55%) Kanban
6 9 (40.91%) ETL
6 9 (40.91%) Microservices
6 9 (40.91%) User Stories
7 8 (36.36%) Performance Testing
7 8 (36.36%) Scaled Agile Framework
7 8 (36.36%) Test Scripting
8 7 (31.82%) Acceptance Criteria
8 7 (31.82%) Data Integration
8 7 (31.82%) Functional Testing
8 7 (31.82%) Integration Testing
8 7 (31.82%) Regression Testing
8 7 (31.82%) Software Testing
8 7 (31.82%) User Acceptance Testing
9 6 (27.27%) Data Engineering
9 6 (27.27%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 13 (59.09%) Java
2 10 (45.45%) SQL
3 2 (9.09%) C#
3 2 (9.09%) Groovy
4 1 (4.55%) JavaScript
4 1 (4.55%) PL/SQL
4 1 (4.55%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 7 (31.82%) ISEB
1 7 (31.82%) ISTQB
2 2 (9.09%) IRCA
2 2 (9.09%) SC Cleared
2 2 (9.09%) Security Cleared
2 2 (9.09%) Six Sigma Black Belt
3 1 (4.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (100.00%) QA
2 6 (27.27%) Data Quality
3 2 (9.09%) ISO 9001
3 2 (9.09%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 8 (36.36%) Docker
Systems Management
1 8 (36.36%) Ansible
1 8 (36.36%) Terraform
2 1 (4.55%) Kibana
Vendors
1 10 (45.45%) Oracle
2 1 (4.55%) CA Agile Central
2 1 (4.55%) Microsoft