Period
to 16 October 2021

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 16 October 2021 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
16 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 79 49 93
Rank change year-on-year -30 +44 -17
Contract jobs citing QA 56 40 97
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the East of England 2.28% 3.40% 2.42%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 18.60% 23.95% 19.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 20 47
10th Percentile £268 £410 £290
25th Percentile £363 £425 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £430 £493 £413
Median % change year-on-year -12.69% +19.39% -
75th Percentile £500 £541 £534
90th Percentile £545 £646 £583
England median daily rate £488 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +8.33% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 13
10th Percentile " £18.42 "
25th Percentile £12.63 £19.18 £9.50
Median hourly rate £30.63 £21.09 £9.80
Median % change year-on-year +45.23% +115.18% -65.31%
75th Percentile £49.25 £22.36 £12.25
90th Percentile " £22.74 £17.74
England median hourly rate £20.50 £18.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year +13.89% -37.93% -20.55%

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 301 167 493
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 12.24% 14.21% 12.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 186 86 260
10th Percentile £141 £259 £125
25th Percentile £213 £318 £263
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £395 £413 £411
Median % change year-on-year -4.24% +0.30% -0.30%
75th Percentile £525 £521 £525
90th Percentile £625 £606 £625
England median daily rate £500 £473 £450
% change year-on-year +5.82% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 22 44
10th Percentile £10.60 £10.75 £9.65
25th Percentile £12.47 £18.91 £10.58
Median hourly rate £21.39 £38.00 £14.87
Median % change year-on-year -43.71% +155.55% -17.39%
75th Percentile £49.25 £45.00 £17.00
90th Percentile £62.63 " £41.88
England median hourly rate £20.15 £22.25 £20.75
% change year-on-year -9.45% +7.23% -1.19%

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Job Vacancy Trend in the East of England

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

Job vacancy trend for QA in the East of England

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing QA in the East of England.

Daily rate trend for QA in the East of England

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Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing QA in the East of England over the 6 months to 16 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for QA in the East of England

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing QA in the East of England.

Hourly rate trend for QA in the East of England

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Hourly Rate Histogram in the East of England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing QA in the East of England over the 6 months to 16 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for QA in the East of England

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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 16 October 2021. 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 -11 21 £427 -13.74% 1
Cambridgeshire -18 19 £400 -15.79% 26
Hertfordshire -30 15 £530 +17.78% 21
Suffolk -3 1 - - 3
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England

For the 6 months to 16 October 2021, 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 22 (39.29%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (32.14%) Social Skills
3 17 (30.36%) Public Sector
4 14 (25.00%) Test Automation
5 13 (23.21%) User Acceptance Testing
6 12 (21.43%) C#
6 12 (21.43%) Windows
7 11 (19.64%) Project Management
7 11 (19.64%) SQL
7 11 (19.64%) .NET
8 10 (17.86%) Business Intelligence
8 10 (17.86%) Degree
9 9 (16.07%) Release Management
9 9 (16.07%) Continuous Improvement
9 9 (16.07%) Analytical Skills
9 9 (16.07%) Microsoft
9 9 (16.07%) ITIL
9 9 (16.07%) ISTQB
9 9 (16.07%) Scrum
10 8 (14.29%) Change Management
10 8 (14.29%) Microsoft Excel
11 7 (12.50%) XML
11 7 (12.50%) OO
11 7 (12.50%) Data Analysis
11 7 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
11 7 (12.50%) DevOps
11 7 (12.50%) Test Management
11 7 (12.50%) Requirements Gathering
11 7 (12.50%) Workshop Facilitation
12 6 (10.71%) Problem-Solving

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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 2 (3.57%) Confluence
1 2 (3.57%) IIS
Applications
1 8 (14.29%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (5.36%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (3.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (1.79%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (5.36%) SAP HCM
2 1 (1.79%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 6 (10.71%) Azure
2 4 (7.14%) SuccessFactors
3 3 (5.36%) AWS
4 1 (1.79%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (1.79%) Amazon EKS
4 1 (1.79%) Amazon S3
4 1 (1.79%) AWS Lambda
4 1 (1.79%) Google Analytics
4 1 (1.79%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 4 (7.14%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (8.93%) SQL Server
2 4 (7.14%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (5.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (5.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (3.57%) Electronic Patient Records
4 2 (3.57%) Microsoft Analysis Services
4 2 (3.57%) MySQL
4 2 (3.57%) Pentaho
4 2 (3.57%) Relational Database
4 2 (3.57%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (1.79%) MongoDB
5 1 (1.79%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 6 (10.71%) Selenium
2 5 (8.93%) Cucumber
2 5 (8.93%) Ranorex
3 4 (7.14%) Gatling
3 4 (7.14%) JIRA
4 3 (5.36%) MSTest
5 2 (3.57%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 2 (3.57%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (3.57%) Visual Studio
6 1 (1.79%) Artifactory
6 1 (1.79%) Cypress.io
6 1 (1.79%) GitLab
6 1 (1.79%) Jenkins
6 1 (1.79%) JMeter
6 1 (1.79%) Moq
6 1 (1.79%) NUnit
6 1 (1.79%) Rational Rhapsody
6 1 (1.79%) SonarQube
6 1 (1.79%) SpecFlow
6 1 (1.79%) xUnit.net
General
1 18 (32.14%) Social Skills
2 17 (30.36%) Public Sector
3 9 (16.07%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (10.71%) Retail
5 4 (7.14%) Pharmaceutical
6 3 (5.36%) Influencing Skills
6 3 (5.36%) Presentation Skills
7 2 (3.57%) Automotive
7 2 (3.57%) Marketing
8 1 (1.79%) Finance
8 1 (1.79%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 12 (21.43%) Analyst
2 8 (14.29%) QA Tester
2 8 (14.29%) Tester
3 7 (12.50%) Business Analyst
3 7 (12.50%) Consultant
4 6 (10.71%) Test Engineer
5 5 (8.93%) Business Intelligence Analyst
5 5 (8.93%) Software Test Engineer
6 4 (7.14%) Business Intelligence Business Analyst
6 4 (7.14%) Developer
6 4 (7.14%) Firewall Consultant
6 4 (7.14%) Senior QA Tester
6 4 (7.14%) Senior Tester
7 3 (5.36%) .NET Software Engineer
7 3 (5.36%) Architect
7 3 (5.36%) C# Software Engineer
7 3 (5.36%) Consulting Manager
7 3 (5.36%) Software Engineer
8 2 (3.57%) Service Analyst
8 2 (3.57%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (19.64%) .NET
2 7 (12.50%) XML
3 4 (7.14%) .NET Framework
3 4 (7.14%) WCF
3 4 (7.14%) WinForms
3 4 (7.14%) WPF
4 3 (5.36%) ASP.NET
5 2 (3.57%) CSS
5 2 (3.57%) HTML
5 2 (3.57%) RabbitMQ
5 2 (3.57%) Web Services
6 1 (1.79%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (1.79%) ASP.NET Web API
6 1 (1.79%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (1.79%) Entity Framework
6 1 (1.79%) Gherkin
6 1 (1.79%) jQuery
6 1 (1.79%) React
6 1 (1.79%) REST
6 1 (1.79%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 6 (10.71%) NHS
2 4 (7.14%) Data Centre
2 4 (7.14%) Data Structures
3 3 (5.36%) Management Information System
4 2 (3.57%) Biotechnology
5 1 (1.79%) Blog
5 1 (1.79%) Embedded Systems
5 1 (1.79%) Freedom of Information
5 1 (1.79%) iPad
5 1 (1.79%) Linux Command Line
5 1 (1.79%) N-Tier
5 1 (1.79%) Social Media
5 1 (1.79%) Taxonomies
5 1 (1.79%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 12 (21.43%) Windows
2 3 (5.36%) Unix
3 2 (3.57%) Linux
4 1 (1.79%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (39.29%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (25.00%) Test Automation
3 13 (23.21%) User Acceptance Testing
4 11 (19.64%) Project Management
5 10 (17.86%) Business Intelligence
6 9 (16.07%) Continuous Improvement
6 9 (16.07%) ITIL
6 9 (16.07%) Release Management
6 9 (16.07%) Scrum
7 8 (14.29%) Change Management
8 7 (12.50%) Data Analysis
8 7 (12.50%) DevOps
8 7 (12.50%) OO
8 7 (12.50%) Requirements Gathering
8 7 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
8 7 (12.50%) Test Management
8 7 (12.50%) Workshop Facilitation
9 6 (10.71%) Migration
9 6 (10.71%) Problem-Solving
9 6 (10.71%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (21.43%) C#
2 11 (19.64%) SQL
3 6 (10.71%) JavaScript
4 4 (7.14%) C
4 4 (7.14%) C++
5 3 (5.36%) T-SQL
5 3 (5.36%) VBA
6 2 (3.57%) VB.NET
7 1 (1.79%) Groovy
7 1 (1.79%) Java
7 1 (1.79%) Perl
7 1 (1.79%) Python
7 1 (1.79%) TypeScript
7 1 (1.79%) VB
7 1 (1.79%) VB6
Qualifications
1 10 (17.86%) Degree
2 9 (16.07%) ISTQB
3 5 (8.93%) Computer Science Degree
3 5 (8.93%) ISEB
3 5 (8.93%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 4 (7.14%) Master's Degree
5 2 (3.57%) Security Cleared
6 1 (1.79%) Numerate Degree
6 1 (1.79%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.36%) Accessibility
1 3 (5.36%) PMO
1 3 (5.36%) SLA
2 1 (1.79%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.79%) ISO 13485
System Software
1 2 (3.57%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (3.57%) HP ALM
1 2 (3.57%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.79%) Ansible
2 1 (1.79%) Kubernetes
2 1 (1.79%) Packer
2 1 (1.79%) Terraform
Vendors
1 9 (16.07%) Microsoft
2 5 (8.93%) ServiceNow
3 4 (7.14%) Oracle
3 4 (7.14%) Palo Alto
3 4 (7.14%) SAP
3 4 (7.14%) Siemens
4 2 (3.57%) CheckPoint
4 2 (3.57%) HP
5 1 (1.79%) Adobe
5 1 (1.79%) AppDynamics
5 1 (1.79%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.79%) BT
5 1 (1.79%) Google
5 1 (1.79%) hybris
5 1 (1.79%) IBM
5 1 (1.79%) Mapinfo
5 1 (1.79%) Salesforce.com