Period
to 14 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the East of England with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 6 months to 14 December 2018 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)
England > East of England
6 months to
14 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 69 77 58
Rank change year-on-year +8 -19 +19
Contract jobs citing QA 162 148 152
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 3.28% 2.91% 3.16%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 27.84% 21.42% 28.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 97 87 95
East of England median daily rate £410 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% -3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £276 £310 £150
90th Percentile £556 £550 £525
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 5 6
East of England median hourly rate £28.25 £38.50 £35.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.62% +7.69% +55.43%
10th Percentile £13.73 £14.24 £20.25
90th Percentile £44.58 £46.05 £38.00
England median hourly rate £36.00 £21.90 £22.00
% change year-on-year +64.38% -0.45% +6.02%

QA is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the East of England with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
East of England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 582 691 526
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 11.77% 13.57% 10.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 302 365 294
East of England median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £173 £225 £180
90th Percentile £586 £550 £538
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 52 43
East of England median hourly rate £17.50 £26.22 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.26% -30.08% +50.00%
10th Percentile £10.56 £10.41 £12.10
90th Percentile £47.65 £47.50 £47.40
England median hourly rate £20.25 £21.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -3.60% -6.67% +2.27%

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in the East of England

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the East of England.

Job vacancy trend for QA in the East of England

QA
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 in the East of England.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in the East of England

QA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in the East of England

QA
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 in the East of England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in the East of England

QA
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the East of England

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

Contractor hourly rate histogram for QA in the East of England

QA
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 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 +20 56 £438 +26.63% 15
Bedfordshire +8 31 £420 - 3
Hertfordshire +1 29 £463 -11.90% 20
Cambridgeshire -1 29 £350 -6.67% 45
Suffolk -14 14 £375 -9.09% 4
Norfolk +12 2 £325 -39.53% 3
QA
England

For the 6 months to 14 December 2018, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following 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 with a requirement for QA.

1 84 (51.85%) Agile Software Development
2 64 (39.51%) Test Automation
3 49 (30.25%) Scrum
4 40 (24.69%) Selenium
5 38 (23.46%) Data Quality
6 37 (22.84%) JIRA
7 33 (20.37%) User Acceptance Testing
8 32 (19.75%) Test Scripting
8 32 (19.75%) Oracle
8 32 (19.75%) Kanban
9 31 (19.14%) TDD
10 30 (18.52%) Software Testing
10 30 (18.52%) SQL
10 30 (18.52%) ETL
11 29 (17.90%) Integration Testing
11 29 (17.90%) SoapUI
11 29 (17.90%) Test Strategy
11 29 (17.90%) User Stories
12 28 (17.28%) Confluence
13 26 (16.05%) Functional Testing
13 26 (16.05%) ISTQB
13 26 (16.05%) Microsoft
14 25 (15.43%) Java
14 25 (15.43%) Regression Testing
14 25 (15.43%) SDLC
14 25 (15.43%) Acceptance Criteria
15 24 (14.81%) BDD
15 24 (14.81%) JMeter
15 24 (14.81%) ISEB
15 24 (14.81%) Performance Testing

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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 28 (17.28%) Confluence
2 6 (3.70%) SharePoint
3 5 (3.09%) Oracle Service Bus
4 3 (1.85%) NServiceBus
5 2 (1.23%) WebLogic
6 1 (0.62%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 1 (0.62%) Apache
6 1 (0.62%) Apache Pig
6 1 (0.62%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.62%) CMS
6 1 (0.62%) JBoss
6 1 (0.62%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 19 (11.73%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (6.17%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (6.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 5 (3.09%) MS Visio
4 4 (2.47%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.62%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.62%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 9 (5.56%) SAP S/4HANA
2 2 (1.23%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.62%) Magento
3 1 (0.62%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.62%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.62%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 16 (9.88%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (1.23%) Dynamics 365
3 1 (0.62%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 16 (9.88%) Internet
2 5 (3.09%) LAN
3 3 (1.85%) Bluetooth
3 3 (1.85%) Wi-Fi
3 3 (1.85%) Wireless
3 3 (1.85%) WLAN
4 2 (1.23%) HTTP
4 2 (1.23%) WAN
5 1 (0.62%) FlexRay
5 1 (0.62%) PuTTY
5 1 (0.62%) SSL
5 1 (0.62%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.62%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (14.20%) Pentaho
2 17 (10.49%) Data Warehouse
3 14 (8.64%) Impala
4 11 (6.79%) MySQL
4 11 (6.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 11 (6.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 11 (6.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 6 (3.70%) BusinessObjects
5 6 (3.70%) SQL Server
6 4 (2.47%) Big Data
6 4 (2.47%) DTS
7 3 (1.85%) MongoDB
7 3 (1.85%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.62%) Apache Hive
8 1 (0.62%) Microsoft Power View
8 1 (0.62%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.62%) Oracle BI Publisher
8 1 (0.62%) Power BI
8 1 (0.62%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.62%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 40 (24.69%) Selenium
2 37 (22.84%) JIRA
3 29 (17.90%) SoapUI
4 24 (14.81%) JMeter
5 21 (12.96%) LoadRunner
6 15 (9.26%) Git (software)
6 15 (9.26%) Jenkins
7 11 (6.79%) Bitbucket
8 9 (5.56%) Robot Framework
9 5 (3.09%) GitLab
9 5 (3.09%) WebDriver
10 4 (2.47%) Cucumber
10 4 (2.47%) Subversion
11 3 (1.85%) Grunt
11 3 (1.85%) gulp
11 3 (1.85%) IntelliJ
11 3 (1.85%) Zephyr
12 2 (1.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 2 (1.23%) Team Foundation Server
12 2 (1.23%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 21 (12.96%) Finance
2 10 (6.17%) Retail
3 6 (3.70%) Marketing
4 5 (3.09%) Manufacturing
5 4 (2.47%) Local Government
6 3 (1.85%) Banking
6 3 (1.85%) Law
7 2 (1.23%) Back Office
7 2 (1.23%) Electronics
8 1 (0.62%) Automotive
8 1 (0.62%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 39 (24.07%) Tester
2 36 (22.22%) Analyst
3 22 (13.58%) QA Tester
4 21 (12.96%) Test Analyst
5 14 (8.64%) Automation Tester
6 13 (8.02%) Developer
7 11 (6.79%) QA Analyst
8 9 (5.56%) Business Intelligence Lead
8 9 (5.56%) Project Manager
8 9 (5.56%) Team Leader
9 7 (4.32%) QA Test Analyst
9 7 (4.32%) Release Manager
9 7 (4.32%) Senior QA Tester
9 7 (4.32%) Senior Tester
9 7 (4.32%) Test Engineer
10 6 (3.70%) Senior Analyst
11 5 (3.09%) Agile Tester
11 5 (3.09%) QA Automation Tester
11 5 (3.09%) Selenium Tester
12 4 (2.47%) Resourcer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (7.41%) .NET
1 12 (7.41%) J2EE
1 12 (7.41%) Web Services
2 11 (6.79%) HTML
3 9 (5.56%) HTML5
3 9 (5.56%) RESTful
4 8 (4.94%) CSS
5 7 (4.32%) AngularJS
6 6 (3.70%) Spring
6 6 (3.70%) XML
7 5 (3.09%) Spring Boot
8 4 (2.47%) jQuery
8 4 (2.47%) RabbitMQ
8 4 (2.47%) React
8 4 (2.47%) SOAP
9 3 (1.85%) .NET Framework
9 3 (1.85%) ASP.NET
9 3 (1.85%) CSS3
9 3 (1.85%) Entity Framework
9 3 (1.85%) NHibernate
Miscellaneous
1 17 (10.49%) Client/Server
2 11 (6.79%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (6.79%) Management Information System
3 8 (4.94%) Hybrid Cloud
4 6 (3.70%) Data Structures
4 6 (3.70%) User Experience
5 4 (2.47%) Social Media
6 3 (1.85%) Data Centre
6 3 (1.85%) Enterprise Cloud
6 3 (1.85%) SWIFT
6 3 (1.85%) Virtual Team
7 2 (1.23%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.62%) Cyberattack
8 1 (0.62%) Device Driver
8 1 (0.62%) Embedded Systems
8 1 (0.62%) Fintech
8 1 (0.62%) FMCG
8 1 (0.62%) NHS
8 1 (0.62%) PMI
8 1 (0.62%) Web 2.0
Operating Systems
1 23 (14.20%) Linux
2 6 (3.70%) Windows
3 5 (3.09%) Unix
4 2 (1.23%) Android
4 2 (1.23%) Apple iOS
4 2 (1.23%) CentOS
5 1 (0.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (51.85%) Agile Software Development
2 64 (39.51%) Test Automation
3 49 (30.25%) Scrum
4 33 (20.37%) User Acceptance Testing
5 32 (19.75%) Kanban
5 32 (19.75%) Test Scripting
6 31 (19.14%) TDD
7 30 (18.52%) ETL
7 30 (18.52%) Software Testing
8 29 (17.90%) Integration Testing
8 29 (17.90%) Test Strategy
8 29 (17.90%) User Stories
9 26 (16.05%) Functional Testing
10 25 (15.43%) Acceptance Criteria
10 25 (15.43%) Regression Testing
10 25 (15.43%) SDLC
11 24 (14.81%) BDD
11 24 (14.81%) Performance Testing
12 22 (13.58%) Project Management
13 21 (12.96%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 30 (18.52%) SQL
2 25 (15.43%) Java
3 13 (8.02%) Groovy
4 12 (7.41%) C#
5 10 (6.17%) JavaScript
6 4 (2.47%) Java 8
6 4 (2.47%) Perl
6 4 (2.47%) Python
7 3 (1.85%) Scala
7 3 (1.85%) T-SQL
8 2 (1.23%) C
8 2 (1.23%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.62%) Embedded C
9 1 (0.62%) ES6
9 1 (0.62%) RPG
9 1 (0.62%) Ruby
9 1 (0.62%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 26 (16.05%) ISTQB
2 24 (14.81%) ISEB
3 11 (6.79%) Security Cleared
4 9 (5.56%) Degree
5 8 (4.94%) SC Cleared
6 4 (2.47%) Computer Science Degree
7 3 (1.85%) BPSS Clearance
7 3 (1.85%) DBS Check
8 2 (1.23%) IRCA
8 2 (1.23%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (1.23%) Six Sigma Black Belt
9 1 (0.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 1 (0.62%) Numerate Degree
9 1 (0.62%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.62%) PMP
9 1 (0.62%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.62%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (23.46%) Data Quality
2 9 (5.56%) PMO
3 6 (3.70%) ISO 9001
4 2 (1.23%) COBIT
4 2 (1.23%) COSO
4 2 (1.23%) GDPR
4 2 (1.23%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 2 (1.23%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 9 (5.56%) Docker
2 1 (0.62%) Apache Flume
2 1 (0.62%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 16 (9.88%) Ansible
2 15 (9.26%) Terraform
3 1 (0.62%) Ganglia
3 1 (0.62%) Hadoop YARN
3 1 (0.62%) Kibana
3 1 (0.62%) Nagios
3 1 (0.62%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.62%) Puppet
Vendors
1 32 (19.75%) Oracle
2 26 (16.05%) Microsoft
3 20 (12.35%) SAP
4 5 (3.09%) MuleSoft
5 3 (1.85%) Atlassian
5 3 (1.85%) New Relic
6 2 (1.23%) CA Agile Central
6 2 (1.23%) IBM
6 2 (1.23%) Informatica
6 2 (1.23%) Red Hat
6 2 (1.23%) Tableau
7 1 (0.62%) Adobe
7 1 (0.62%) Dynatrace
7 1 (0.62%) Google
7 1 (0.62%) JD Edwards
7 1 (0.62%) Omniture
7 1 (0.62%) Sony
7 1 (0.62%) Splunk
7 1 (0.62%) Talend
7 1 (0.62%) WSO2