Period
to 23 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a QA Engineer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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 Engineer
UK > England
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 642 659 719
Rank change year-on-year +17 +60 -1
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 217 215 152
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.23% 0.22% 0.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.24% 0.23% 0.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 163 160 117
England median daily rate £425 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +10.34% +1.40%
10th Percentile £300 £270 £210
90th Percentile £538 £538 £493
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £363
% change year-on-year +6.25% +10.34% +2.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
England median hourly rate £39.00 £44.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.36% - -
UK median hourly rate £34.50 £44.00 -
% change year-on-year -21.59% - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
England
Contract vacancies in England with a recognized job title 89884 92670 98656
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.76% 94.76% 95.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 59938 60988 63819
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2667 3006 3819
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.78% +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.97 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.90 £47.00 £45.00
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%

QA Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings that featured QA Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for QA Engineer in England

QA Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Engineer in England

QA Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA Engineer in England over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA Engineer in England

QA Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA Engineer in England

QA Engineer
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Engineer within the England region over the 6 months to 23 November 2017. 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
London +4 132 £450 - 40
South East +15 42 £375 +18.11% 12
North of England +26 16 £363 +3.57% 7
Midlands +25 11 £375 - 4
South West +2 11 £375 +4.17% 4
East Midlands -1 10 £375 - 2
North East +41 7 £350 +2.94% 1
Yorkshire +13 7 £375 -6.25% 2
East of England -18 5 £338 -15.63% 5
North West +15 2 £451 +44.24% 4
West Midlands +27 1 £213 -41.38% 2
QA Engineer
UK

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 23 November 2017, QA Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region featuring QA Engineer in the job title.

1 217 (100.00%) QA
2 163 (75.12%) Test Automation
3 148 (68.20%) Agile Software Development
4 109 (50.23%) Selenium
5 97 (44.70%) Java
6 79 (36.41%) Cucumber
7 69 (31.80%) Scrum
8 66 (30.41%) BDD
9 56 (25.81%) QA Automation
10 50 (23.04%) Jenkins
11 47 (21.66%) TDD
12 44 (20.28%) JIRA
13 43 (19.82%) WebDriver
13 43 (19.82%) JavaScript
14 37 (17.05%) Python
15 36 (16.59%) Test Scripting
16 35 (16.13%) C#
16 35 (16.13%) Regression Testing
17 34 (15.67%) Git (software)
18 32 (14.75%) Test Strategy
19 30 (13.82%) Manual Testing
20 29 (13.36%) Web Services
20 29 (13.36%) E-Commerce
21 28 (12.90%) Kanban
22 27 (12.44%) User Stories
22 27 (12.44%) Mobile App
23 26 (11.98%) API Testing
23 26 (11.98%) Amazon AWS
23 26 (11.98%) HTML
24 25 (11.52%) SQL

QA Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in 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 19 (8.76%) Confluence
2 4 (1.84%) CMS
3 2 (0.92%) Apache Spark
3 2 (0.92%) ColdFusion
3 2 (0.92%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 2 (0.92%) Sitecore CMS
4 1 (0.46%) Apache
4 1 (0.46%) Cloud Foundry
4 1 (0.46%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.46%) Tomcat
Applications
1 5 (2.30%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.92%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.46%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.46%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (0.92%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.46%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 26 (11.98%) Amazon AWS
2 13 (5.99%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (2.76%) GitHub
4 4 (1.84%) BrowserStack
5 1 (0.46%) Basecamp
5 1 (0.46%) BlazeMeter
5 1 (0.46%) FinancialForce
5 1 (0.46%) Force.com
5 1 (0.46%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (0.46%) PaaS
5 1 (0.46%) SaaS
5 1 (0.46%) Sauce Labs
5 1 (0.46%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 9 (4.15%) HTTP
2 7 (3.23%) Internet
3 2 (0.92%) LTE
3 2 (0.92%) SMS
4 1 (0.46%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (3.23%) MarkLogic
2 5 (2.30%) MongoDB
3 4 (1.84%) Big Data
3 4 (1.84%) Hadoop
3 4 (1.84%) SQL Server
4 3 (1.38%) Relational Database
4 3 (1.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (0.92%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (0.46%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.46%) HBase
6 1 (0.46%) InfluxDB
6 1 (0.46%) MySQL
6 1 (0.46%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.46%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.46%) Redis
6 1 (0.46%) Spark SQL
Development Applications
1 109 (50.23%) Selenium
2 79 (36.41%) Cucumber
3 50 (23.04%) Jenkins
4 44 (20.28%) JIRA
5 43 (19.82%) WebDriver
6 34 (15.67%) Git (software)
7 23 (10.60%) JUnit
8 20 (9.22%) SoapUI
9 14 (6.45%) Appium
9 14 (6.45%) JMeter
10 12 (5.53%) Team Foundation Server
11 11 (5.07%) SpecFlow
12 9 (4.15%) Protractor
13 8 (3.69%) Maven
13 8 (3.69%) Mocha
14 7 (3.23%) RSpec
15 6 (2.76%) Capybara
16 5 (2.30%) Calabash
16 5 (2.30%) Gatling
16 5 (2.30%) Gradle
General
1 17 (7.83%) Banking
1 17 (7.83%) Finance
2 11 (5.07%) Publishing
3 8 (3.69%) Investment Banking
3 8 (3.69%) Retail
4 7 (3.23%) Games
5 6 (2.76%) Telecoms
6 5 (2.30%) Front Office
6 5 (2.30%) Marketing
7 2 (0.92%) Advertising
7 2 (0.92%) Automotive
7 2 (0.92%) Avionics
7 2 (0.92%) Billing
7 2 (0.92%) Legal
8 1 (0.46%) Back Office
8 1 (0.46%) Corporate Banking
8 1 (0.46%) Digital Economy
8 1 (0.46%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (13.36%) Web Services
2 26 (11.98%) HTML
3 21 (9.68%) .NET
4 15 (6.91%) Node.js
4 15 (6.91%) RESTful
4 15 (6.91%) XML
5 13 (5.99%) Gherkin
6 12 (5.53%) SOAP
7 11 (5.07%) CSS
7 11 (5.07%) REST
8 10 (4.61%) HTML5
9 7 (3.23%) AngularJS
9 7 (3.23%) XSLT
10 6 (2.76%) JSON
10 6 (2.76%) Nightwatchjs
10 6 (2.76%) React
11 4 (1.84%) Backbone.js
12 3 (1.38%) Chai
12 3 (1.38%) Spring
13 2 (0.92%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 27 (12.44%) Mobile App
2 16 (7.37%) Computer Science
3 12 (5.53%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (4.15%) Greenfield Project
5 5 (2.30%) Client/Server
5 5 (2.30%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 4 (1.84%) Fintech
6 4 (1.84%) Smartphone
6 4 (1.84%) User Experience
7 3 (1.38%) Derivative
7 3 (1.38%) Equities
7 3 (1.38%) Equity Derivative
7 3 (1.38%) Linux Command Line
7 3 (1.38%) Wiki
8 2 (0.92%) Life Science
8 2 (0.92%) Video\Live Streaming
9 1 (0.46%) CESG
9 1 (0.46%) Handset
9 1 (0.46%) Management Information System
9 1 (0.46%) Social Network
Operating Systems
1 19 (8.76%) Linux
2 18 (8.29%) Apple iOS
3 15 (6.91%) Android
4 10 (4.61%) Unix
5 8 (3.69%) Windows
6 1 (0.46%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.46%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 163 (75.12%) Test Automation
2 148 (68.20%) Agile Software Development
3 69 (31.80%) Scrum
4 66 (30.41%) BDD
5 56 (25.81%) QA Automation
6 47 (21.66%) TDD
7 36 (16.59%) Test Scripting
8 35 (16.13%) Regression Testing
9 32 (14.75%) Test Strategy
10 30 (13.82%) Manual Testing
11 29 (13.36%) E-Commerce
12 28 (12.90%) Kanban
13 27 (12.44%) User Stories
14 26 (11.98%) API Testing
15 23 (10.60%) Performance Testing
16 22 (10.14%) Continuous Integration
16 22 (10.14%) Software Testing
17 20 (9.22%) DevOps
17 20 (9.22%) User Acceptance Testing
18 19 (8.76%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 97 (44.70%) Java
2 43 (19.82%) JavaScript
3 37 (17.05%) Python
4 35 (16.13%) C#
5 25 (11.52%) SQL
6 18 (8.29%) Ruby
7 13 (5.99%) Scala
8 9 (4.15%) Bash Shell
9 7 (3.23%) XQuery
10 5 (2.30%) T-SQL
11 4 (1.84%) Apple Swift
11 4 (1.84%) C++
11 4 (1.84%) PHP
12 3 (1.38%) VB
13 2 (0.92%) Groovy
13 2 (0.92%) Objective-C
13 2 (0.92%) Perl
14 1 (0.46%) Korn
14 1 (0.46%) PL/SQL
14 1 (0.46%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 17 (7.83%) Degree
2 12 (5.53%) ISTQB
3 7 (3.23%) ISEB
4 6 (2.76%) Computer Science Degree
4 6 (2.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 4 (1.84%) SC Cleared
5 4 (1.84%) Security Cleared
6 2 (0.92%) Numerate Degree
7 1 (0.46%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 217 (100.00%) QA
2 7 (3.23%) WCAG
3 4 (1.84%) MiFID
4 2 (0.92%) ECSS
4 2 (0.92%) WAI
5 1 (0.46%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.46%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.46%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 8 (3.69%) Docker
2 1 (0.46%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 8 (3.69%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (2.76%) Kibana
2 6 (2.76%) Opscode Chef
2 6 (2.76%) Puppet
3 3 (1.38%) Ansible
4 2 (0.92%) Grafana
4 2 (0.92%) Netcool
5 1 (0.46%) Graphite
5 1 (0.46%) HAProxy
5 1 (0.46%) HP SiteScope
5 1 (0.46%) logstash
5 1 (0.46%) Marathon
5 1 (0.46%) Mesos
5 1 (0.46%) Nagios
5 1 (0.46%) Nessus
5 1 (0.46%) Terraform
5 1 (0.46%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 7 (3.23%) HP
1 7 (3.23%) Microsoft
2 5 (2.30%) hybris
3 4 (1.84%) ATG
3 4 (1.84%) New Relic
3 4 (1.84%) Oracle
3 4 (1.84%) Salesforce.com
3 4 (1.84%) Splunk
4 3 (1.38%) Atlassian
5 2 (0.92%) CA Agile Central
5 2 (0.92%) Charles River
5 2 (0.92%) Perforce
5 2 (0.92%) Remedy
5 2 (0.92%) ServiceNow
5 2 (0.92%) Sitecore
5 2 (0.92%) Twitter
6 1 (0.46%) Dynatrace
6 1 (0.46%) Neustar
6 1 (0.46%) Samsung
6 1 (0.46%) Talend