Period
to 24 May 2019

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 24 May 2019 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
24 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 79 81 73
Rank change year-on-year +2 -8 +6
Contract jobs citing QA 113 117 126
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 2.75% 2.66% 2.93%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 26.22% 22.33% 25.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 64 76
East of England median daily rate £420 £413 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.82% +10.00% -3.85%
10th Percentile £275 £302 £273
90th Percentile £540 £522 £540
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 3
East of England median hourly rate £9.80 £12.80 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.44% -28.89% +118.18%
England median hourly rate £30.75 £21.90 £25.50
% change year-on-year +40.41% -14.12% +13.33%

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 431 524 485
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 10.47% 11.91% 11.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 198 304 289
East of England median daily rate £420 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.18% - +3.03%
10th Percentile £124 £213 £170
90th Percentile £577 £550 £575
England median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 27 33
East of England median hourly rate £15.50 £17.00 £21.17
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.82% -19.70% -31.71%
10th Percentile £9.84 £10.40 £14.00
90th Percentile £41.99 £52.00 £46.40
England median hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £21.07
% change year-on-year - +6.79% -7.05%

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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

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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

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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 24 May 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in the East of England

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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

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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 24 May 2019.

Contractor 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 24 May 2019. 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 +12 56 £426 -5.28% 3
Cambridgeshire -8 20 £300 -20.00% 14
Hertfordshire -18 15 £438 +6.06% 13
Bedfordshire +16 10 £420 -6.67% 1
Suffolk +9 8 £325 +4.00% 1
Norfolk +3 3 £325 -31.58% 1
East Anglia - 1 £450 - 1
QA
England

For the 6 months to 24 May 2019, 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 51 (45.13%) Test Automation
2 49 (43.36%) Agile Software Development
3 46 (40.71%) SQL
4 45 (39.82%) Oracle
5 38 (33.63%) ETL
5 38 (33.63%) Test Strategy
6 35 (30.97%) Scrum
6 35 (30.97%) Integration Testing
7 30 (26.55%) User Stories
8 28 (24.78%) TDD
9 27 (23.89%) ISEB
9 27 (23.89%) ISTQB
9 27 (23.89%) Pentaho
10 26 (23.01%) Kanban
10 26 (23.01%) JIRA
10 26 (23.01%) User Acceptance Testing
10 26 (23.01%) Acceptance Criteria
11 25 (22.12%) Performance Testing
11 25 (22.12%) Confluence
11 25 (22.12%) BDD
11 25 (22.12%) Linux
12 24 (21.24%) Java
12 24 (21.24%) Coaching
13 23 (20.35%) Data Engineering
13 23 (20.35%) Data Integration
13 23 (20.35%) Selenium
14 21 (18.58%) Software Testing
14 21 (18.58%) Test Scripting
14 21 (18.58%) SoapUI
14 21 (18.58%) JMeter

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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 25 (22.12%) Confluence
2 3 (2.65%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.77%) Apache Spark
3 2 (1.77%) SAS
4 1 (0.88%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (0.88%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 1 (0.88%) WebSphere
Applications
1 7 (6.19%) Microsoft Excel
1 7 (6.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 5 (4.42%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (1.77%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (1.77%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.88%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (3.54%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.88%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.88%) Magento
2 1 (0.88%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (0.88%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 14 (12.39%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (3.54%) Google Cloud Platform
2 4 (3.54%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (1.77%) Azure Active Directory
3 2 (1.77%) Azure ExpressRoute
3 2 (1.77%) PaaS
3 2 (1.77%) Power Platform
3 2 (1.77%) Serverless
4 1 (0.88%) Boomi
4 1 (0.88%) GitHub
4 1 (0.88%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 19 (16.81%) Internet
2 2 (1.77%) Cisco Nexus
2 2 (1.77%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (23.89%) Pentaho
2 17 (15.04%) MySQL
3 16 (14.16%) Impala
4 13 (11.50%) BusinessObjects
5 11 (9.73%) Data Warehouse
6 8 (7.08%) Oracle OWB
7 7 (6.19%) SQL Server
8 4 (3.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 3 (2.65%) Big Data
9 3 (2.65%) Data Mining
9 3 (2.65%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 3 (2.65%) MongoDB
9 3 (2.65%) NoSQL
9 3 (2.65%) Oracle Reports
9 3 (2.65%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 3 (2.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 2 (1.77%) Apache Hive
10 2 (1.77%) Azure SQL Database
10 2 (1.77%) HBase
10 2 (1.77%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 26 (23.01%) JIRA
2 23 (20.35%) Selenium
3 21 (18.58%) JMeter
3 21 (18.58%) SoapUI
4 19 (16.81%) LoadRunner
5 10 (8.85%) Bitbucket
6 8 (7.08%) Robot Framework
7 3 (2.65%) Cucumber
8 2 (1.77%) ERwin
8 2 (1.77%) Git (software)
8 2 (1.77%) Jenkins
8 2 (1.77%) Visual Studio Team System
8 2 (1.77%) Zephyr
9 1 (0.88%) JUnit
9 1 (0.88%) Mercurial
9 1 (0.88%) Mockito
9 1 (0.88%) Protractor
9 1 (0.88%) Team Foundation Server
9 1 (0.88%) Visual Studio
9 1 (0.88%) WebDriver
General
1 15 (13.27%) Finance
2 6 (5.31%) Marketing
3 2 (1.77%) Electronics
3 2 (1.77%) French Language
3 2 (1.77%) German Language
3 2 (1.77%) Retail
4 1 (0.88%) Banking
4 1 (0.88%) Legal
4 1 (0.88%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.88%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 36 (31.86%) Analyst
2 31 (27.43%) Tester
3 29 (25.66%) QA Tester
4 13 (11.50%) Test Analyst
5 8 (7.08%) Data Analyst
6 7 (6.19%) Business Analyst
6 7 (6.19%) QA Analyst
6 7 (6.19%) Senior Analyst
6 7 (6.19%) Senior QA Tester
6 7 (6.19%) Senior Tester
7 6 (5.31%) QA Engineer
7 6 (5.31%) QA Leader
7 6 (5.31%) QA Test Analyst
8 5 (4.42%) Developer
8 5 (4.42%) Senior Business Analyst
9 4 (3.54%) ETL Analyst
9 4 (3.54%) Test Leader
10 3 (2.65%) Digital Analyst
10 3 (2.65%) Digital Business Analyst
10 3 (2.65%) Senior PMO
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (8.85%) Spring
2 9 (7.96%) J2EE
3 3 (2.65%) Web Services
4 2 (1.77%) .NET
4 2 (1.77%) AngularJS
4 2 (1.77%) Kafka
4 2 (1.77%) Natural Language Processing
4 2 (1.77%) REST
4 2 (1.77%) SOAP
5 1 (0.88%) Apache Cordova
5 1 (0.88%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.88%) CSS
5 1 (0.88%) HTML
5 1 (0.88%) Ionic Framework
5 1 (0.88%) MyBatis
5 1 (0.88%) Pandas
5 1 (0.88%) PrimeFaces
5 1 (0.88%) scikit-learn
5 1 (0.88%) Spring Boot
5 1 (0.88%) TensorFlow
Miscellaneous
1 19 (16.81%) Client/Server
2 9 (7.96%) Hybrid Cloud
3 7 (6.19%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (5.31%) Data Structures
5 5 (4.42%) Management Information System
6 4 (3.54%) Algorithms
6 4 (3.54%) Data Centre
7 3 (2.65%) Public Cloud
7 3 (2.65%) User Experience
8 2 (1.77%) Linux Command Line
8 2 (1.77%) NHS
8 2 (1.77%) PACS
8 2 (1.77%) Self-Motivation
9 1 (0.88%) e-Health
9 1 (0.88%) Greenfield Project
9 1 (0.88%) LIMS
9 1 (0.88%) Mobile App
9 1 (0.88%) STB
9 1 (0.88%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 25 (22.12%) Linux
2 15 (13.27%) Unix
3 6 (5.31%) Windows
4 4 (3.54%) Embedded Linux
5 2 (1.77%) Solaris
6 1 (0.88%) Android
6 1 (0.88%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.88%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (45.13%) Test Automation
2 49 (43.36%) Agile Software Development
3 38 (33.63%) ETL
3 38 (33.63%) Test Strategy
4 35 (30.97%) Integration Testing
4 35 (30.97%) Scrum
5 30 (26.55%) User Stories
6 28 (24.78%) TDD
7 26 (23.01%) Acceptance Criteria
7 26 (23.01%) Kanban
7 26 (23.01%) User Acceptance Testing
8 25 (22.12%) BDD
8 25 (22.12%) Performance Testing
9 24 (21.24%) Coaching
10 23 (20.35%) Data Engineering
10 23 (20.35%) Data Integration
11 21 (18.58%) SDLC
11 21 (18.58%) Software Testing
11 21 (18.58%) Test Scripting
12 19 (16.81%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 46 (40.71%) SQL
2 24 (21.24%) Java
3 16 (14.16%) Java 8
4 4 (3.54%) C
4 4 (3.54%) Perl
4 4 (3.54%) T-SQL
5 3 (2.65%) Python
5 3 (2.65%) R
6 2 (1.77%) Bash Shell
6 2 (1.77%) C++
6 2 (1.77%) MATLAB
6 2 (1.77%) PowerShell
7 1 (0.88%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.88%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 27 (23.89%) ISEB
1 27 (23.89%) ISTQB
2 12 (10.62%) SC Cleared
2 12 (10.62%) Security Cleared
3 9 (7.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 6 (5.31%) Degree
5 5 (4.42%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (1.77%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (1.77%) PhD
7 1 (0.88%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (16.81%) Data Quality
2 5 (4.42%) PMO
3 2 (1.77%) GDPR
4 1 (0.88%) HL7
System Software
1 11 (9.73%) Docker
2 4 (3.54%) Firmware
3 2 (1.77%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.77%) Apache Flume
3 2 (1.77%) Hyper-V
3 2 (1.77%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (1.77%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 19 (16.81%) Terraform
2 17 (15.04%) Ansible
3 2 (1.77%) Kubernetes
3 2 (1.77%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (1.77%) Puppet
Vendors
1 45 (39.82%) Oracle
2 14 (12.39%) SAP
3 8 (7.08%) Microsoft
4 4 (3.54%) IBM
5 3 (2.65%) Tableau
5 3 (2.65%) VMware
6 2 (1.77%) Cisco
6 2 (1.77%) Fortinet
6 2 (1.77%) Hortonworks
7 1 (0.88%) Atlassian
7 1 (0.88%) Capita
7 1 (0.88%) Citrix
7 1 (0.88%) Informatica
7 1 (0.88%) MuleSoft
7 1 (0.88%) TIBCO