Period
to 27 January 2022

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 27 January 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
27 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 58 68 99
Rank change year-on-year +10 +31 -21
Contract jobs citing QA 86 30 66
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the East of England 3.45% 2.06% 1.85%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 22.87% 21.74% 14.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 14 36
10th Percentile £327 £278 £254
25th Percentile £400 £428 £323
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £400
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% +12.50% -4.76%
75th Percentile £581 £519 £479
90th Percentile £651 £546 £544
England median daily rate £500 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +11.11% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 3 11
10th Percentile £12.63 £18.93 -
25th Percentile £45.20 £20.46 £9.50
Median hourly rate £48.50 £23.00 £11.00
Median % change year-on-year +110.87% +109.09% -75.82%
75th Percentile £49.25 £42.00 £15.36
90th Percentile £49.30 £53.40 £19.11
England median hourly rate £30.00 £19.09 £19.18
% change year-on-year +57.17% -0.48% -46.72%

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 376 138 457
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 15.08% 9.48% 12.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 236 64 257
10th Percentile £135 £161 £127
25th Percentile £255 £291 £263
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £400 £400
Median % change year-on-year +12.50% - -5.88%
75th Percentile £550 £500 £488
90th Percentile £650 £575 £595
England median daily rate £509 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +7.05% +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 26 44
10th Percentile £11.09 £11.16 £10.50
25th Percentile £12.53 £12.34 £12.84
Median hourly rate £15.50 £16.00 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -3.13% -8.57% +1.08%
75th Percentile £49.25 £45.00 £30.28
90th Percentile - - £47.50
England median hourly rate £25.50 £21.05 £20.21
% change year-on-year +21.14% +4.18% -0.20%

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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 27 January 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 27 January 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 27 January 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
Hertfordshire +1 38 £480 +1.05% 22
Essex +1 19 £494 +9.72% 8
Cambridgeshire -20 19 £450 +38.46% 31
Bedfordshire -13 6 £550 - 2
Suffolk -9 4 £578 - 4
QA
England

For the 6 months to 27 January 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 38 (44.19%) Social Skills
2 32 (37.21%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (31.40%) SQL
4 23 (26.74%) Project Management
5 18 (20.93%) Test Automation
6 17 (19.77%) XML
7 16 (18.60%) Software Engineering
8 15 (17.44%) Windows
9 14 (16.28%) .NET
9 14 (16.28%) Problem-Solving
10 13 (15.12%) Public Sector
10 13 (15.12%) JIRA
11 12 (13.95%) Computer Science
11 12 (13.95%) User Acceptance Testing
11 12 (13.95%) Degree
11 12 (13.95%) C#
11 12 (13.95%) ITIL
11 12 (13.95%) Change Management
11 12 (13.95%) Requirements Gathering
11 12 (13.95%) Analytical Skills
12 11 (12.79%) Decision-Making
12 11 (12.79%) Scrum
12 11 (12.79%) C
12 11 (12.79%) C++
12 11 (12.79%) Microsoft
12 11 (12.79%) CRM
12 11 (12.79%) Marketing
12 11 (12.79%) Data Analysis
12 11 (12.79%) Release Management
12 11 (12.79%) Visualisation

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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 6 (6.98%) Confluence
2 2 (2.33%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 2 (2.33%) Apache
3 1 (1.16%) IIS
3 1 (1.16%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.16%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 6 (6.98%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (4.65%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (1.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (1.16%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (3.49%) SAP HCM
2 1 (1.16%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 10 (11.63%) Azure
2 9 (10.47%) AWS
3 3 (3.49%) SaaS
3 3 (3.49%) SuccessFactors
4 2 (2.33%) Adobe Analytics
4 2 (2.33%) Amazon EC2
4 2 (2.33%) Amazon EKS
4 2 (2.33%) Amazon S3
4 2 (2.33%) AWS Lambda
4 2 (2.33%) GCP
4 2 (2.33%) GitHub
4 2 (2.33%) Serverless
5 1 (1.16%) IaaS
5 1 (1.16%) iPaaS
5 1 (1.16%) PaaS
5 1 (1.16%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 6 (6.98%) Radio Access Network
1 6 (6.98%) Value-Added Service
2 3 (3.49%) LTE
2 3 (3.49%) SSH
2 3 (3.49%) VoIP
2 3 (3.49%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (1.16%) Firewall
3 1 (1.16%) Intranet
3 1 (1.16%) LAN
3 1 (1.16%) Skype
3 1 (1.16%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.81%) Big Data
1 5 (5.81%) Tableau
2 4 (4.65%) MySQL
3 3 (3.49%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (3.49%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (2.33%) Pentaho
4 2 (2.33%) SQL Server
5 1 (1.16%) Electronic Patient Records
5 1 (1.16%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 1 (1.16%) Relational Database
5 1 (1.16%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (1.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (1.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 13 (15.12%) JIRA
2 6 (6.98%) Selenium
3 5 (5.81%) Cucumber
4 4 (4.65%) Jenkins
5 3 (3.49%) Gatling
6 2 (2.33%) Artifactory
6 2 (2.33%) Git (software)
6 2 (2.33%) GitLab
6 2 (2.33%) Gradle
6 2 (2.33%) Grunt
6 2 (2.33%) Maven
6 2 (2.33%) Ranorex
6 2 (2.33%) SonarQube
6 2 (2.33%) Sonatype Nexus
6 2 (2.33%) Visual Studio
6 2 (2.33%) webpack
7 1 (1.16%) JMeter
7 1 (1.16%) MSTest
7 1 (1.16%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 1 (1.16%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 38 (44.19%) Social Skills
2 13 (15.12%) Public Sector
3 12 (13.95%) Analytical Skills
4 11 (12.79%) Marketing
5 10 (11.63%) Retail
6 9 (10.47%) Pharmaceutical
6 9 (10.47%) Telecoms
7 5 (5.81%) Finance
8 4 (4.65%) Influencing Skills
9 3 (3.49%) Documentation Skills
10 2 (2.33%) Manufacturing
11 1 (1.16%) Aerospace
11 1 (1.16%) Avionics
11 1 (1.16%) Organisational Skills
11 1 (1.16%) Presentation Skills
Job Titles
1 10 (11.63%) Software Engineer
1 10 (11.63%) Tester
2 9 (10.47%) Analyst
3 8 (9.30%) .NET Software Engineer
3 8 (9.30%) C# Software Engineer
4 6 (6.98%) Designer
4 6 (6.98%) IP Designer
4 6 (6.98%) QA Tester
5 5 (5.81%) Developer
5 5 (5.81%) Release Manager
5 5 (5.81%) Test Engineer
6 4 (4.65%) Consulting Manager
7 3 (3.49%) Administrator
7 3 (3.49%) Architect
7 3 (3.49%) Azure Engineer
7 3 (3.49%) Consultant
7 3 (3.49%) QA Manager
7 3 (3.49%) Senior Integration Engineer
7 3 (3.49%) Senior Test and Integration Engineer
7 3 (3.49%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (19.77%) XML
2 14 (16.28%) .NET
3 9 (10.47%) WCF
3 9 (10.47%) WinForms
3 9 (10.47%) WPF
4 8 (9.30%) .NET Framework
4 8 (9.30%) Web Services
5 4 (4.65%) REST
6 3 (3.49%) ASP.NET
6 3 (3.49%) React
7 2 (2.33%) .NET Core
7 2 (2.33%) ASP.NET Core
7 2 (2.33%) CSS
7 2 (2.33%) Elastic Stack
7 2 (2.33%) JSON
7 2 (2.33%) JSP
7 2 (2.33%) JSR 170
7 2 (2.33%) SailPoint
7 2 (2.33%) Vert.x
7 2 (2.33%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 6 (6.98%) Biotechnology
1 6 (6.98%) Self-Motivation
2 3 (3.49%) Data Structures
3 2 (2.33%) Cloud Native
3 2 (2.33%) Management Information System
3 2 (2.33%) Social Media
3 2 (2.33%) Virtual Team
4 1 (1.16%) Analytical Mindset
4 1 (1.16%) ASIC
4 1 (1.16%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.16%) FMCG
4 1 (1.16%) FPGA
4 1 (1.16%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.16%) Legacy Applications
4 1 (1.16%) NHS
4 1 (1.16%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 15 (17.44%) Windows
2 9 (10.47%) Linux
3 3 (3.49%) Debian
3 3 (3.49%) Unix
4 2 (2.33%) Android
4 2 (2.33%) Tizen
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (37.21%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (26.74%) Project Management
3 18 (20.93%) Test Automation
4 16 (18.60%) Software Engineering
5 14 (16.28%) Problem-Solving
6 12 (13.95%) Change Management
6 12 (13.95%) Computer Science
6 12 (13.95%) ITIL
6 12 (13.95%) Requirements Gathering
6 12 (13.95%) User Acceptance Testing
7 11 (12.79%) Continuous Improvement
7 11 (12.79%) CRM
7 11 (12.79%) Data Analysis
7 11 (12.79%) Decision-Making
7 11 (12.79%) Release Management
7 11 (12.79%) Scrum
7 11 (12.79%) Visualisation
8 10 (11.63%) OO
9 9 (10.47%) Parallel Programming
9 9 (10.47%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 27 (31.40%) SQL
2 12 (13.95%) C#
3 11 (12.79%) C
3 11 (12.79%) C++
4 7 (8.14%) Java
5 6 (6.98%) JavaScript
6 4 (4.65%) Python
7 3 (3.49%) AWK
7 3 (3.49%) Bash
7 3 (3.49%) sed
8 2 (2.33%) Groovy
8 2 (2.33%) Perl
8 2 (2.33%) PL/SQL
9 1 (1.16%) T-SQL
9 1 (1.16%) VB.NET
9 1 (1.16%) VBA
9 1 (1.16%) XAML
Qualifications
1 12 (13.95%) Degree
2 9 (10.47%) Computer Science Degree
3 8 (9.30%) Master's Degree
4 6 (6.98%) Security Cleared
5 5 (5.81%) ISEB
5 5 (5.81%) ISTQB
6 4 (4.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 4 (4.65%) SC Cleared
7 1 (1.16%) APMP
7 1 (1.16%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (1.16%) PhD
7 1 (1.16%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (5.81%) Data Quality
2 4 (4.65%) PMO
3 3 (3.49%) SLA
4 1 (1.16%) Accessibility
4 1 (1.16%) ECSS
System Software
1 4 (4.65%) Docker
2 2 (2.33%) Active Directory
3 1 (1.16%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (2.33%) Ansible
1 2 (2.33%) Kubernetes
1 2 (2.33%) Packer
1 2 (2.33%) Terraform
2 1 (1.16%) HP ALM
2 1 (1.16%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (12.79%) Microsoft
2 9 (10.47%) Oracle
3 8 (9.30%) ServiceNow
4 6 (6.98%) SAP
5 5 (5.81%) Alteryx
5 5 (5.81%) CheckPoint
6 3 (3.49%) Red Hat
6 3 (3.49%) VMware
7 2 (2.33%) Adobe
7 2 (2.33%) AppDynamics
7 2 (2.33%) Atlassian
7 2 (2.33%) Google
7 2 (2.33%) IBM
8 1 (1.16%) Guidewire
8 1 (1.16%) HP
8 1 (1.16%) Palo Alto
8 1 (1.16%) Siemens