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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 2 July 2022 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
2 Jul 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 56 82 77
Rank change year-on-year +26 -5 0
Contract jobs citing QA 92 39 45
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the East of England 3.67% 1.94% 2.21%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 25.63% 14.61% 19.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 17 29
10th Percentile £327 £173 £385
25th Percentile £413 £250 £425
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £350 £490
Median % change year-on-year +28.57% -28.57% +15.29%
75th Percentile £498 £525 £544
90th Percentile £647 £630 £655
England median daily rate £525 £475 £473
% change year-on-year +10.53% +0.53% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 6 1
10th Percentile £23.73 £14.38 -
25th Percentile £40.00 £14.50 £21.25
Median hourly rate £45.20 £15.00 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year +201.33% -33.33% +129.59%
75th Percentile £65.42 £16.06 £23.75
90th Percentile £66.59 £25.00 -
England median hourly rate £32.50 £19.50 £21.25
% change year-on-year +66.67% -8.24% -4.95%

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 359 267 226
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 14.31% 13.28% 11.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 240 154 128
10th Percentile £163 £160 £260
25th Percentile £313 £219 £352
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £375 £419
Median % change year-on-year +13.33% -10.45% -1.47%
75th Percentile £562 £499 £511
90th Percentile £688 £571 £575
England median daily rate £525 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +10.53% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 37 13
10th Percentile £11.50 £10.60 £16.63
25th Percentile £13.06 £12.25 £19.00
Median hourly rate £27.00 £15.00 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year +80.00% -33.33% +40.63%
75th Percentile £44.87 £19.75 £27.75
90th Percentile £67.36 £48.35 £44.00
England median hourly rate £26.00 £21.00 £22.91
% change year-on-year +23.81% -8.34% +2.48%

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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 2 July 2022.

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 2 July 2022.

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 2 July 2022. 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
Jobs
Essex +18 33 £440 +22.07% 7
Hertfordshire +8 23 £480 +4.35% 17
Cambridgeshire -18 19 £375 +27.66% 17
Suffolk +4 11 £511 - 3
Bedfordshire - 4 - - 5
Norfolk - 2 £375 - 4
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England

For the 6 months to 2 July 2022, 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 40 (43.48%) Agile
2 34 (36.96%) JIRA
3 32 (34.78%) SQL
4 28 (30.43%) Social Skills
5 23 (25.00%) AWS
6 22 (23.91%) Confluence
6 22 (23.91%) Oracle
6 22 (23.91%) CI/CD
7 21 (22.83%) Migration
8 20 (21.74%) Scrum
8 20 (21.74%) Jenkins
9 19 (20.65%) Analytics
9 19 (20.65%) PL/SQL
10 18 (19.57%) Azure
11 16 (17.39%) Test Automation
11 16 (17.39%) Coaching
12 15 (16.30%) GCP
12 15 (16.30%) Power BI
12 15 (16.30%) Power Platform
12 15 (16.30%) Business Intelligence
12 15 (16.30%) ETL
13 14 (15.22%) Data Modelling
13 14 (15.22%) MySQL
13 14 (15.22%) Unix
13 14 (15.22%) Security Cleared
13 14 (15.22%) Data Analytics
14 13 (14.13%) Ansible
14 13 (14.13%) DevOps
14 13 (14.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 13 (14.13%) Public Sector

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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 22 (23.91%) Confluence
2 12 (13.04%) SAS
3 5 (5.43%) Apache
4 4 (4.35%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 2 (2.17%) Apache Airflow
5 2 (2.17%) Apache Spark
5 2 (2.17%) IIS
6 1 (1.09%) SharePoint
6 1 (1.09%) WebLogic
Applications
1 5 (5.43%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (3.26%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (1.09%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 1 (1.09%) NetSuite
1 1 (1.09%) SAP FI-CA
1 1 (1.09%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 23 (25.00%) AWS
2 18 (19.57%) Azure
3 15 (16.30%) GCP
3 15 (16.30%) Power Platform
4 11 (11.96%) Tricentis Tosca
5 4 (4.35%) GitHub
6 3 (3.26%) Adobe Analytics
7 2 (2.17%) Amazon Kinesis
7 2 (2.17%) Amazon SageMaker
7 2 (2.17%) Azure DevOps
8 1 (1.09%) Azure Synapse Analytics
8 1 (1.09%) Figma
8 1 (1.09%) Microsoft 365
8 1 (1.09%) SaaS
8 1 (1.09%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 8 (8.70%) Mobile Backhaul
1 8 (8.70%) Radio Access Network
1 8 (8.70%) Value-Added Service
2 2 (2.17%) SSH
2 2 (2.17%) VoIP
2 2 (2.17%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (1.09%) Broadband
3 1 (1.09%) DHCP
3 1 (1.09%) Ethernet
3 1 (1.09%) ICMP
3 1 (1.09%) Internet
3 1 (1.09%) LTE
3 1 (1.09%) SD-WAN
3 1 (1.09%) TCP/IP
3 1 (1.09%) WAN
3 1 (1.09%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (16.30%) Power BI
2 14 (15.22%) MySQL
3 12 (13.04%) Amazon RDS
3 12 (13.04%) Amazon Redshift
3 12 (13.04%) BusinessObjects
3 12 (13.04%) Data Warehouse
3 12 (13.04%) Pentaho
4 9 (9.78%) Impala
5 4 (4.35%) Tableau
6 3 (3.26%) Big Data
6 3 (3.26%) SQL Server
7 2 (2.17%) Apache Arrow
7 2 (2.17%) Apache Hive
7 2 (2.17%) Data Lake
7 2 (2.17%) Flink
7 2 (2.17%) Looker
7 2 (2.17%) OLTP
7 2 (2.17%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (1.09%) MongoDB
8 1 (1.09%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 34 (36.96%) JIRA
2 20 (21.74%) Jenkins
3 12 (13.04%) Bitbucket
3 12 (13.04%) GitLab
4 11 (11.96%) Zephyr
5 6 (6.52%) Git (software)
6 5 (5.43%) Selenium
7 4 (4.35%) Cucumber
8 3 (3.26%) Gradle
8 3 (3.26%) Grunt
8 3 (3.26%) JUnit
8 3 (3.26%) Maven
8 3 (3.26%) Sonatype Nexus
8 3 (3.26%) webpack
9 2 (2.17%) Android Studio
9 2 (2.17%) GoogleTest
9 2 (2.17%) MLflow
9 2 (2.17%) Postman
9 2 (2.17%) RStudio
9 2 (2.17%) Toad
General
1 28 (30.43%) Social Skills
2 13 (14.13%) Public Sector
3 10 (10.87%) Marketing
4 9 (9.78%) Telecoms
5 4 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (3.26%) Manufacturing
6 3 (3.26%) Retail
7 2 (2.17%) Documentation Skills
7 2 (2.17%) Finance
7 2 (2.17%) Games
7 2 (2.17%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (1.09%) Aerospace
8 1 (1.09%) Avionics
8 1 (1.09%) Influencing Skills
8 1 (1.09%) Law
8 1 (1.09%) Local Government
8 1 (1.09%) Organisational Skills
Job Titles
1 20 (21.74%) Analyst
2 11 (11.96%) Test Analyst
3 10 (10.87%) Designer
4 9 (9.78%) Developer
4 9 (9.78%) QA Analyst
4 9 (9.78%) QA Test Analyst
5 8 (8.70%) IP Designer
6 7 (7.61%) Software Engineer
7 6 (6.52%) Implementation Manager
8 5 (5.43%) QA Leader
9 4 (4.35%) Architecture Manager
9 4 (4.35%) Test Leader
9 4 (4.35%) Tester
10 3 (3.26%) Business Analyst
10 3 (3.26%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
10 3 (3.26%) QA Engineer
10 3 (3.26%) QA Manager
10 3 (3.26%) Quality Engineer
10 3 (3.26%) Software Developer
10 3 (3.26%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (9.78%) .NET
2 7 (7.61%) ASP.NET
2 7 (7.61%) ASP.NET Core
2 7 (7.61%) Web Services
3 6 (6.52%) XML
4 5 (5.43%) CSS
4 5 (5.43%) HTML
5 4 (4.35%) AngularJS
5 4 (4.35%) HTML5
5 4 (4.35%) React
5 4 (4.35%) REST
5 4 (4.35%) RESTful
5 4 (4.35%) Spring
5 4 (4.35%) Vue.js
6 3 (3.26%) JSR 170
6 3 (3.26%) Kafka
6 3 (3.26%) OSGi
6 3 (3.26%) RabbitMQ
6 3 (3.26%) Vert.x
6 3 (3.26%) WebGL
Miscellaneous
1 7 (7.61%) User Experience
2 6 (6.52%) Self-Motivation
3 5 (5.43%) Virtual Team
4 3 (3.26%) Cloud Native
5 2 (2.17%) Data Protection Act
5 2 (2.17%) Management Information System
5 2 (2.17%) STB
6 1 (1.09%) ASIC
6 1 (1.09%) Driving Licence
6 1 (1.09%) FMCG
6 1 (1.09%) FPGA
6 1 (1.09%) IoT
6 1 (1.09%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 14 (15.22%) Unix
2 10 (10.87%) Linux
3 7 (7.61%) Windows
4 4 (4.35%) Android
5 2 (2.17%) Debian
5 2 (2.17%) Tizen
6 1 (1.09%) CentOS
6 1 (1.09%) Mac OS
6 1 (1.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (1.09%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (43.48%) Agile
2 22 (23.91%) CI/CD
3 21 (22.83%) Migration
4 20 (21.74%) Scrum
5 19 (20.65%) Analytics
6 16 (17.39%) Coaching
6 16 (17.39%) Test Automation
7 15 (16.30%) Business Intelligence
7 15 (16.30%) ETL
8 14 (15.22%) Data Analytics
8 14 (15.22%) Data Modelling
9 13 (14.13%) Data Migration
9 13 (14.13%) DevOps
9 13 (14.13%) Test Scripting
10 12 (13.04%) Data Virtualisation
10 12 (13.04%) Software Engineering
11 11 (11.96%) Data Reconciliation
12 10 (10.87%) Matrix Organization
12 10 (10.87%) Project Management
12 10 (10.87%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 32 (34.78%) SQL
2 19 (20.65%) PL/SQL
3 9 (9.78%) Python
4 6 (6.52%) Java
5 5 (5.43%) JavaScript
6 4 (4.35%) C++
7 3 (3.26%) Bash
7 3 (3.26%) C
7 3 (3.26%) Groovy
8 2 (2.17%) AWK
8 2 (2.17%) C#
8 2 (2.17%) R
8 2 (2.17%) sed
8 2 (2.17%) T-SQL
9 1 (1.09%) PowerShell
9 1 (1.09%) Scala
9 1 (1.09%) Shell Script
9 1 (1.09%) VBScript
9 1 (1.09%) XAML
Qualifications
1 14 (15.22%) Security Cleared
2 13 (14.13%) ISTQB
2 13 (14.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 11 (11.96%) SC Cleared
4 6 (6.52%) Degree
5 1 (1.09%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (1.09%) ISEB
5 1 (1.09%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.26%) GDPR
2 2 (2.17%) Accessibility
2 2 (2.17%) SLA
3 1 (1.09%) AQAP
3 1 (1.09%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.09%) Def Stans
3 1 (1.09%) ECSS
3 1 (1.09%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 4 (4.35%) Docker
2 3 (3.26%) Active Directory
3 1 (1.09%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (1.09%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 13 (14.13%) Ansible
2 2 (2.17%) Control-M
2 2 (2.17%) Kubernetes
2 2 (2.17%) Terraform
3 1 (1.09%) Grafana
3 1 (1.09%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.09%) Puppet
3 1 (1.09%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 22 (23.91%) Oracle
2 12 (13.04%) Informatica
2 12 (13.04%) Talend
3 9 (9.78%) Microsoft
4 6 (6.52%) CheckPoint
5 5 (5.43%) SAP
6 4 (4.35%) Adobe
6 4 (4.35%) Google
7 3 (3.26%) Red Hat
7 3 (3.26%) VMware
8 2 (2.17%) Alteryx
8 2 (2.17%) Ingenico
8 2 (2.17%) MapR
8 2 (2.17%) Splunk
9 1 (1.09%) AppDynamics
9 1 (1.09%) Atlassian
9 1 (1.09%) Cisco
9 1 (1.09%) Juniper
9 1 (1.09%) Palo Alto
9 1 (1.09%) webMethods