Period
to 15 August 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 15 August 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
15 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 64 94 72
Rank change year-on-year +30 -22 +28
Contract jobs citing QA 166 111 137
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 3.36% 2.38% 2.66%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 27.44% 18.50% 23.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 91 63 80
East of England median daily rate £400 £370 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.11% -12.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £241 £250
90th Percentile £550 £537 £526
England median daily rate £450 £435 £410
% change year-on-year +3.45% +6.10% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 10
East of England median hourly rate £11.00 £18.00 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -38.89% +14.29% -53.68%
10th Percentile £10.50 £18.00 £7.88
90th Percentile £13.98 £18.00 £36.00
England median hourly rate £30.00 £18.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +66.67% -20.00% +4.65%

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 605 600 586
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 12.23% 12.87% 11.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 324 344 299
East of England median daily rate £416 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.06% - +14.29%
10th Percentile £200 £190 £198
90th Percentile £559 £575 £538
England median daily rate £450 £450 £420
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 50 63
East of England median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £31.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.89% -38.71% +6.90%
10th Percentile £10.50 £11.78 £10.80
90th Percentile £41.75 £43.75 £46.95
England median hourly rate £23.50 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +17.50% -11.11% +6.77%

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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 15 August 2018.

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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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 15 August 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
Hertfordshire +18 51 £430 +14.67% 17
Cambridgeshire +18 47 £375 - 53
Essex +16 37 £450 +31.39% 6
Bedfordshire +1 16 £400 +6.67% 5
Suffolk -10 15 £338 -7.53% 12
QA
England

For the 6 months to 15 August 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 80 (48.19%) Agile Software Development
2 69 (41.57%) Test Automation
3 39 (23.49%) SQL
4 37 (22.29%) Test Scripting
5 35 (21.08%) Scrum
6 32 (19.28%) TDD
7 30 (18.07%) Microsoft
8 29 (17.47%) Selenium
9 27 (16.27%) Java
10 25 (15.06%) C#
11 24 (14.46%) JIRA
11 24 (14.46%) BDD
12 23 (13.86%) Oracle
13 22 (13.25%) SoapUI
14 21 (12.65%) Unit Testing
14 21 (12.65%) Regression Testing
15 20 (12.05%) Finance
15 20 (12.05%) HTML
15 20 (12.05%) .NET
15 20 (12.05%) User Stories
16 19 (11.45%) Data Quality
16 19 (11.45%) Kanban
16 19 (11.45%) SQL Server
16 19 (11.45%) JavaScript
16 19 (11.45%) Linux
17 18 (10.84%) Test Management
18 17 (10.24%) Integration Testing
18 17 (10.24%) Git (software)
18 17 (10.24%) Acceptance Criteria
19 16 (9.64%) User Acceptance 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 15 (9.04%) Confluence
2 5 (3.01%) Oracle Service Bus
3 3 (1.81%) Apache
3 3 (1.81%) CMS
3 3 (1.81%) Elasticsearch
3 3 (1.81%) JBoss
3 3 (1.81%) nginx
3 3 (1.81%) OpenStack
3 3 (1.81%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 3 (1.81%) WebLogic
4 2 (1.20%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 2 (1.20%) NServiceBus
4 2 (1.20%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.60%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 6 (3.61%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.20%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 2 (1.20%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.60%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.60%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 10 (6.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.20%) Cognos TM1
2 2 (1.20%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.60%) Cerner Millennium
3 1 (0.60%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.60%) Lorenzo
3 1 (0.60%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.60%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 13 (7.83%) Amazon AWS
2 9 (5.42%) Dynamics 365
3 6 (3.61%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (2.41%) GitHub
4 4 (2.41%) Google Cloud Platform
5 3 (1.81%) Stackdriver
6 2 (1.20%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (1.20%) Google Analytics
6 2 (1.20%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
7 1 (0.60%) SaaS
7 1 (0.60%) Slack
7 1 (0.60%) vREST
Communications & Networking
1 7 (4.22%) Internet
2 6 (3.61%) HTTP
2 6 (3.61%) SSL
2 6 (3.61%) TCP/IP
3 5 (3.01%) Wi-Fi
3 5 (3.01%) Wireless
4 4 (2.41%) SMS
5 3 (1.81%) DNS
5 3 (1.81%) Firewall
5 3 (1.81%) HTTPS
5 3 (1.81%) LAN
6 2 (1.20%) Bluetooth
6 2 (1.20%) WAN
6 2 (1.20%) WLAN
7 1 (0.60%) 802.11
7 1 (0.60%) BGP
7 1 (0.60%) MPLS
7 1 (0.60%) OSPF
7 1 (0.60%) RIP
7 1 (0.60%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (11.45%) SQL Server
2 16 (9.64%) Data Warehouse
3 12 (7.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 12 (7.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 12 (7.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 8 (4.82%) Pentaho
5 7 (4.22%) MongoDB
6 5 (3.01%) Big Data
6 5 (3.01%) Impala
6 5 (3.01%) Oracle Reports
7 3 (1.81%) Amazon Redshift
7 3 (1.81%) Geospatial Data
7 3 (1.81%) GIS
7 3 (1.81%) MySQL
7 3 (1.81%) Relational Database
7 3 (1.81%) Spatial Data
8 1 (0.60%) Electronic Patient Records
8 1 (0.60%) Oracle BI Publisher
8 1 (0.60%) Power BI
8 1 (0.60%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 29 (17.47%) Selenium
2 24 (14.46%) JIRA
3 22 (13.25%) SoapUI
4 17 (10.24%) Git (software)
5 15 (9.04%) JMeter
6 11 (6.63%) Jenkins
7 10 (6.02%) Cucumber
7 10 (6.02%) LoadRunner
7 10 (6.02%) Visual Studio Team System
8 7 (4.22%) Zephyr
9 6 (3.61%) Subversion
10 5 (3.01%) Robot Framework
11 4 (2.41%) SpecFlow
11 4 (2.41%) WebDriver
12 3 (1.81%) Artifactory
12 3 (1.81%) Bitbucket
12 3 (1.81%) Grunt
12 3 (1.81%) gulp
12 3 (1.81%) IntelliJ
12 3 (1.81%) Maven
General
1 20 (12.05%) Finance
2 11 (6.63%) Retail
3 8 (4.82%) Law
4 5 (3.01%) Back Office
5 4 (2.41%) Marketing
6 3 (1.81%) Banking
7 2 (1.20%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.20%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.60%) Electronics
8 1 (0.60%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.60%) Legal
8 1 (0.60%) Military
8 1 (0.60%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 33 (19.88%) Analyst
1 33 (19.88%) Tester
2 25 (15.06%) Developer
3 20 (12.05%) Test Analyst
4 15 (9.04%) QA Tester
5 10 (6.02%) Automation Tester
6 9 (5.42%) Architect
6 9 (5.42%) Business Intelligence Lead
6 9 (5.42%) Microsoft Developer
6 9 (5.42%) QA Analyst
6 9 (5.42%) Team Leader
6 9 (5.42%) Test Engineer
7 8 (4.82%) CRM Developer
7 8 (4.82%) Dynamics CRM Developer
7 8 (4.82%) QA Test Analyst
8 7 (4.22%) Consultant
8 7 (4.22%) Security Architect
8 7 (4.22%) Security Technical Architect
8 7 (4.22%) Technical Architect
9 6 (3.61%) Senior QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (12.05%) .NET
1 20 (12.05%) HTML
2 16 (9.64%) CSS
2 16 (9.64%) Web Services
3 14 (8.43%) HTML5
3 14 (8.43%) XML
4 11 (6.63%) J2EE
5 9 (5.42%) AngularJS
5 9 (5.42%) CSS3
6 8 (4.82%) RESTful
7 6 (3.61%) SOAP
8 5 (3.01%) ASP.NET
8 5 (3.01%) Spring
8 5 (3.01%) Spring Boot
9 4 (2.41%) .NET Framework
9 4 (2.41%) Ajax
9 4 (2.41%) Entity Framework
9 4 (2.41%) jQuery
10 3 (1.81%) Middleware
10 3 (1.81%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 13 (7.83%) Analytical Skills
1 13 (7.83%) Management Information System
2 11 (6.63%) Enterprise Software
3 9 (5.42%) Data Centre
4 8 (4.82%) Client/Server
5 6 (3.61%) User Experience
6 4 (2.41%) Computer Science
6 4 (2.41%) Freedom of Information
6 4 (2.41%) Mobile App
7 3 (1.81%) Hybrid Cloud
7 3 (1.81%) NHS
7 3 (1.81%) Replication
7 3 (1.81%) SWIFT
8 2 (1.20%) Virtual Team
8 2 (1.20%) Web 2.0
9 1 (0.60%) Cyberattack
9 1 (0.60%) Fintech
9 1 (0.60%) FMCG
9 1 (0.60%) Greenfield Project
9 1 (0.60%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 19 (11.45%) Linux
2 6 (3.61%) Windows
3 5 (3.01%) CentOS
4 4 (2.41%) Unix
5 3 (1.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (1.20%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.60%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 80 (48.19%) Agile Software Development
2 69 (41.57%) Test Automation
3 37 (22.29%) Test Scripting
4 35 (21.08%) Scrum
5 32 (19.28%) TDD
6 24 (14.46%) BDD
7 21 (12.65%) Regression Testing
7 21 (12.65%) Unit Testing
8 20 (12.05%) User Stories
9 19 (11.45%) Kanban
10 18 (10.84%) Test Management
11 17 (10.24%) Acceptance Criteria
11 17 (10.24%) Integration Testing
12 16 (9.64%) ETL
12 16 (9.64%) SDLC
12 16 (9.64%) User Acceptance Testing
13 15 (9.04%) CRM
13 15 (9.04%) Functional Testing
13 15 (9.04%) Microservices
13 15 (9.04%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 39 (23.49%) SQL
2 27 (16.27%) Java
3 25 (15.06%) C#
4 19 (11.45%) JavaScript
5 7 (4.22%) Groovy
5 7 (4.22%) Perl
5 7 (4.22%) PL/SQL
6 5 (3.01%) Python
6 5 (3.01%) Ruby
7 4 (2.41%) Java 8
8 3 (1.81%) Bash Shell
8 3 (1.81%) PHP
8 3 (1.81%) T-SQL
9 2 (1.20%) Apple Swift
9 2 (1.20%) C
9 2 (1.20%) Objective-C
10 1 (0.60%) C++
10 1 (0.60%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.60%) VBA
Qualifications
1 15 (9.04%) ISTQB
2 13 (7.83%) ISEB
3 10 (6.02%) Microsoft Certification
4 8 (4.82%) Degree
4 8 (4.82%) Security Cleared
5 5 (3.01%) SC Cleared
6 4 (2.41%) Computer Science Degree
6 4 (2.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (1.81%) BPSS Clearance
7 3 (1.81%) DBS Check
8 2 (1.20%) CCDP
8 2 (1.20%) CCIE
8 2 (1.20%) CCNP
8 2 (1.20%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (1.20%) Numerate Degree
9 1 (0.60%) IRCA
9 1 (0.60%) MCSA
9 1 (0.60%) MCSE
9 1 (0.60%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (11.45%) Data Quality
2 7 (4.22%) COBIT
2 7 (4.22%) COSO
2 7 (4.22%) GDPR
2 7 (4.22%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.20%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.60%) GAMP
4 1 (0.60%) GxP
4 1 (0.60%) HL7
4 1 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.60%) PMO
4 1 (0.60%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.60%) SLA
System Software
1 7 (4.22%) Docker
2 2 (1.20%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 11 (6.63%) Ansible
2 6 (3.61%) Opscode Chef
2 6 (3.61%) Puppet
3 5 (3.01%) Terraform
4 3 (1.81%) HAProxy
4 3 (1.81%) Kibana
4 3 (1.81%) logstash
Vendors
1 30 (18.07%) Microsoft
2 23 (13.86%) Oracle
3 6 (3.61%) Google
3 6 (3.61%) MuleSoft
3 6 (3.61%) New Relic
3 6 (3.61%) SAP
4 4 (2.41%) Concur
5 3 (1.81%) CA Agile Central
5 3 (1.81%) Cisco
5 3 (1.81%) F5
5 3 (1.81%) MikroTik
5 3 (1.81%) Percona
5 3 (1.81%) Salesforce.com
5 3 (1.81%) SolarWinds
5 3 (1.81%) Splunk
5 3 (1.81%) WSO2
6 2 (1.20%) Adobe
6 2 (1.20%) IBM
6 2 (1.20%) Red Hat
6 2 (1.20%) webMethods