The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Edinburgh with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 3 months to 29 March 2017 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)
Scotland / Edinburgh
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 47 39 36
Rank change year-on-year -8 -3  
Contract jobs citing QA 24 54 52
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Edinburgh 2.64% 3.58% 3.62%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 20.87% 23.38% 23.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 21 34
Median daily rate £283 £445 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -36.40% +11.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £207 £355 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £550 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £368 £366 £350
% change year-on-year +0.54% +4.42%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Median hourly rate - £13.50 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -71.57%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £39.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year -30.76% +6.84%  

QA is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Edinburgh with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Edinburgh
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 115 231 219
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Edinburgh 12.64% 15.32% 15.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 74 124 135
Median daily rate £375 £400 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +15.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £194 £197 £208
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £503 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 2
Median hourly rate £22.50 £13.50 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +66.66% -71.57%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £40.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -50.00% +37.93%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Edinburgh

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Edinburgh citing QA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Edinburgh

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Edinburgh

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing QA in Edinburgh.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Edinburgh

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Edinburgh

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Edinburgh over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Edinburgh

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Edinburgh

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA in Edinburgh.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Edinburgh

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Edinburgh region with a requirement for QA.

1 27 (55.10%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (42.86%) Java
3 20 (40.82%) Cucumber
4 17 (34.69%) BDD
4 17 (34.69%) Selenium
5 15 (30.61%) Scrum
6 13 (26.53%) SQL
7 12 (24.49%) JIRA
7 12 (24.49%) Spatial Data
8 11 (22.45%) SDLC
8 11 (22.45%) JavaScript
8 11 (22.45%) Python
8 11 (22.45%) Finance
9 10 (20.41%) GIS
9 10 (20.41%) TDD
9 10 (20.41%) Open Source
9 10 (20.41%) NoSQL
9 10 (20.41%) PostGIS
10 9 (18.37%) AngularJS
10 9 (18.37%) Test Strategy
10 9 (18.37%) Microservices
10 9 (18.37%) Open Source Development
10 9 (18.37%) OpenLayers
10 9 (18.37%) Software Engineering
10 9 (18.37%) Web Services
11 8 (16.33%) Gradle
11 8 (16.33%) Test Automation
12 7 (14.29%) JBehave
12 7 (14.29%) Leaflet
12 7 (14.29%) User Stories

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Edinburgh 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 7 (14.29%) GeoServer
2 1 (2.04%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (8.16%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.04%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (2.04%) CA PPM
1 1 (2.04%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.08%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (2.04%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.08%) Internet
1 2 (4.08%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (24.49%) Spatial Data
2 10 (20.41%) GIS
2 10 (20.41%) NoSQL
3 3 (6.12%) Oracle Database
3 3 (6.12%) Oracle Database 11g
3 3 (6.12%) Oracle Database 12c
3 3 (6.12%) QGIS
4 2 (4.08%) QlikView
5 1 (2.04%) MySQL
5 1 (2.04%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 20 (40.82%) Cucumber
2 17 (34.69%) Selenium
3 12 (24.49%) JIRA
4 8 (16.33%) Gradle
5 7 (14.29%) JBehave
5 7 (14.29%) Maven
6 6 (12.24%) Git (software)
6 6 (12.24%) Jenkins
6 6 (12.24%) WebDriver
7 4 (8.16%) DbUnit
7 4 (8.16%) JUnit
7 4 (8.16%) Mockito
8 3 (6.12%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (2.04%) GoCD
9 1 (2.04%) gulp
9 1 (2.04%) HP UFT
9 1 (2.04%) JMeter
9 1 (2.04%) LoadRunner
9 1 (2.04%) Protractor
9 1 (2.04%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 11 (22.45%) Finance
2 3 (6.12%) Banking
2 3 (6.12%) Retail
2 3 (6.12%) Retail Banking
2 3 (6.12%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.04%) Corporate Banking
3 1 (2.04%) Electronics
3 1 (2.04%) Local Government
3 1 (2.04%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.04%) Marketing
3 1 (2.04%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 16 (32.65%) Developer
2 11 (22.45%) Java Developer
3 9 (18.37%) Analyst
4 7 (14.29%) Angular Developer
4 7 (14.29%) JavaScript Developer
4 7 (14.29%) Open Source Developer
4 7 (14.29%) Python Developer
5 6 (12.24%) Test Analyst
6 5 (10.20%) Tester
7 4 (8.16%) Automation Tester
7 4 (8.16%) QA Analyst
7 4 (8.16%) QA Test Analyst
7 4 (8.16%) QA Tester
7 4 (8.16%) Software Engineer
8 3 (6.12%) Architect
8 3 (6.12%) QA Automation Tester
8 3 (6.12%) QA Engineer
8 3 (6.12%) Senior Analyst
9 2 (4.08%) Project Manager
9 2 (4.08%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (20.41%) PostGIS
2 9 (18.37%) AngularJS
2 9 (18.37%) OpenLayers
2 9 (18.37%) Web Services
3 7 (14.29%) Leaflet
3 7 (14.29%) REST
4 4 (8.16%) Node.js
4 4 (8.16%) Spring
5 3 (6.12%) Gherkin
5 3 (6.12%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 2 (4.08%) RESTful
6 2 (4.08%) Spring Boot
7 1 (2.04%) Browserify
7 1 (2.04%) CSS
7 1 (2.04%) HTML
7 1 (2.04%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 5 (10.20%) Management Information System
2 4 (8.16%) Computer Science
3 3 (6.12%) Credit Risk
3 3 (6.12%) Data Centre
4 2 (4.08%) Clustering
4 2 (4.08%) Replication
5 1 (2.04%) Mobile Payment
5 1 (2.04%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 7 (14.29%) Unix
2 4 (8.16%) Windows
3 3 (6.12%) Linux
4 2 (4.08%) Android
4 2 (4.08%) Apple iOS
5 1 (2.04%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (55.10%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (34.69%) BDD
3 15 (30.61%) Scrum
4 11 (22.45%) SDLC
5 10 (20.41%) Open Source
5 10 (20.41%) TDD
6 9 (18.37%) Microservices
6 9 (18.37%) Open Source Development
6 9 (18.37%) Software Engineering
6 9 (18.37%) Test Strategy
7 8 (16.33%) Test Automation
8 7 (14.29%) Automation Testing
8 7 (14.29%) Feasibility Study
8 7 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
8 7 (14.29%) User Stories
9 6 (12.24%) Continuous Integration
10 5 (10.20%) Manual Testing
10 5 (10.20%) Performance Testing
11 4 (8.16%) Incident Management
11 4 (8.16%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 21 (42.86%) Java
2 13 (26.53%) SQL
3 11 (22.45%) JavaScript
3 11 (22.45%) Python
4 2 (4.08%) Delphi
4 2 (4.08%) Perl
5 1 (2.04%) Bash Shell
5 1 (2.04%) PHP
5 1 (2.04%) Ruby
5 1 (2.04%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 5 (10.20%) Degree
2 2 (4.08%) DBS Check
2 2 (4.08%) ISTQB
3 1 (2.04%) ISEB
3 1 (2.04%) PRINCE2 Certification
3 1 (2.04%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.12%) Data Quality
1 3 (6.12%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (4.08%) PMO
3 1 (2.04%) GDPR
3 1 (2.04%) MiFID
3 1 (2.04%) SDET
System Software
1 3 (6.12%) Docker
2 1 (2.04%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 6 (12.24%) Ansible
2 1 (2.04%) Puppet
Vendors
1 7 (14.29%) ESRI
2 5 (10.20%) Oracle
3 4 (8.16%) Microsoft
4 2 (4.08%) Cognos
5 1 (2.04%) CA
5 1 (2.04%) Citrix
5 1 (2.04%) SAP
5 1 (2.04%) Splunk