The median contractor rate for a QA Engineer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 3 months to 28 June 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
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 497 516 569
Rank change year-on-year +19 +53  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 86 104 53
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.20% 0.21% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.21% 0.22% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 71 42
Median daily rate £400 £375 £356
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +5.26%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £294 £305 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £475 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £328 £350 £350
% change year-on-year -6.42% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 4
Median hourly rate - - £20.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in England. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
England
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 40967 46994 47631
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 94.77% 95.03% 94.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 91549 110551 112831
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £256 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £613 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £399 £365
% change year-on-year +0.25% +9.31%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4078 4763 6999
Median hourly rate £18.18 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.88% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.75 £44.50 £41.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year - +9.37%  

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 3 months to 28 June 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 3 months to 28 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +8 54 £450 +14.28% 50
South East +17 14 £319 -8.92% 16
North of England +61 13 £323 -7.85% 11
North East +81 7 £320 +10.34% 2
Yorkshire +17 5 £403 +7.33% 4
Midlands +20 3 £350 -6.66% 3
East Midlands - 3 £350 - 1
South West -5 2 £363 -9.37% 6
North West +19 1 £225 -28.00% 5
QA Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 28 June 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
2 177 (81.57%) Test Automation
3 150 (69.12%) Agile Software Development
4 125 (57.60%) Selenium
5 91 (41.94%) Java
6 77 (35.48%) Cucumber
7 64 (29.49%) BDD
8 59 (27.19%) TDD
9 56 (25.81%) WebDriver
10 52 (23.96%) Test Scripting
11 51 (23.50%) JIRA
12 48 (22.12%) Mobile App
12 48 (22.12%) Git (software)
13 46 (21.20%) Jenkins
14 43 (19.82%) QA Automation
15 42 (19.35%) JavaScript
16 40 (18.43%) Scrum
17 36 (16.59%) Continuous Integration
18 34 (15.67%) Apple iOS
19 33 (15.21%) E-Commerce
20 32 (14.75%) Regression Testing
20 32 (14.75%) Finance
21 30 (13.82%) Test Strategy
22 29 (13.36%) Manual Testing
23 28 (12.90%) User Stories
23 28 (12.90%) Functional Testing
23 28 (12.90%) Exploratory Testing
24 27 (12.44%) SQL
25 26 (11.98%) Kanban
26 25 (11.52%) JUnit

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 15 (6.91%) Confluence
2 2 (0.92%) Apache
2 2 (0.92%) ATG Dynamo
2 2 (0.92%) Tomcat
2 2 (0.92%) WebLogic
3 1 (0.46%) CMS
3 1 (0.46%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (0.46%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.46%) Sitecore CMS
Business Applications
1 3 (1.38%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 11 (5.07%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (3.69%) Basecamp
3 6 (2.76%) GitHub
3 6 (2.76%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (0.92%) SaaS
5 1 (0.46%) AWS CloudFormation
5 1 (0.46%) BrowserStack
5 1 (0.46%) Office 365
5 1 (0.46%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 12 (5.53%) HTTP
2 7 (3.23%) Internet
3 2 (0.92%) LDAP
4 1 (0.46%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (4.15%) MongoDB
2 7 (3.23%) RDBMS
2 7 (3.23%) Relational Database
3 6 (2.76%) DB2
4 3 (1.38%) Apache Cassandra
5 2 (0.92%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (0.92%) MySQL
5 2 (0.92%) SQL Server
5 2 (0.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.46%) Big Data
6 1 (0.46%) InfluxDB
6 1 (0.46%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.46%) Redis
6 1 (0.46%) Sybase IQ
Development Applications
1 125 (57.60%) Selenium
2 77 (35.48%) Cucumber
3 56 (25.81%) WebDriver
4 51 (23.50%) JIRA
5 48 (22.12%) Git (software)
6 46 (21.20%) Jenkins
7 25 (11.52%) JUnit
8 20 (9.22%) Xcode
9 15 (6.91%) JBehave
10 13 (5.99%) JMeter
10 13 (5.99%) SpecFlow
11 12 (5.53%) RSpec
11 12 (5.53%) Subversion
12 9 (4.15%) Appium
12 9 (4.15%) Protractor
12 9 (4.15%) Visual Studio
13 8 (3.69%) Bugzilla
13 8 (3.69%) Gatling
13 8 (3.69%) TestNG
14 7 (3.23%) SoapUI
General
1 32 (14.75%) Finance
2 16 (7.37%) Games
3 13 (5.99%) Banking
4 5 (2.30%) Retail
5 4 (1.84%) Marketing
5 4 (1.84%) Telecoms
6 3 (1.38%) Electronics
6 3 (1.38%) Investment Banking
6 3 (1.38%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.92%) Front Office
8 1 (0.46%) Advertising
8 1 (0.46%) Automotive
8 1 (0.46%) Billing
8 1 (0.46%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (9.68%) .NET
2 18 (8.29%) Web Services
3 16 (7.37%) JSON
4 12 (5.53%) HTML
5 11 (5.07%) CSS
5 11 (5.07%) REST
5 11 (5.07%) RESTful
6 10 (4.61%) XML
7 8 (3.69%) SOAP
8 7 (3.23%) Gherkin
9 6 (2.76%) Ajax
9 6 (2.76%) Node.js
10 5 (2.30%) .NET Framework
11 3 (1.38%) AngularJS
11 3 (1.38%) ASP.NET
11 3 (1.38%) Behat
11 3 (1.38%) React
12 2 (0.92%) Backbone.js
12 2 (0.92%) JDBC
12 2 (0.92%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 48 (22.12%) Mobile App
2 12 (5.53%) Greenfield Project
3 7 (3.23%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (3.23%) Computer Science
4 4 (1.84%) Equities
5 3 (1.38%) Fintech
5 3 (1.38%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 3 (1.38%) User Experience
6 2 (0.92%) Client/Server
6 2 (0.92%) iPad
6 2 (0.92%) Video on Demand
6 2 (0.92%) W3C
7 1 (0.46%) Digital Media
7 1 (0.46%) Replication
7 1 (0.46%) Smartphone
7 1 (0.46%) Streaming Video
7 1 (0.46%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 34 (15.67%) Apple iOS
2 17 (7.83%) Linux
3 13 (5.99%) Android
4 3 (1.38%) Unix
5 2 (0.92%) Windows
6 1 (0.46%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 177 (81.57%) Test Automation
2 150 (69.12%) Agile Software Development
3 64 (29.49%) BDD
4 59 (27.19%) TDD
5 52 (23.96%) Test Scripting
6 43 (19.82%) QA Automation
7 40 (18.43%) Scrum
8 36 (16.59%) Continuous Integration
9 33 (15.21%) E-Commerce
10 32 (14.75%) Regression Testing
11 30 (13.82%) Test Strategy
12 29 (13.36%) Manual Testing
13 28 (12.90%) Exploratory Testing
13 28 (12.90%) Functional Testing
13 28 (12.90%) User Stories
14 26 (11.98%) Kanban
15 22 (10.14%) Performance Testing
16 19 (8.76%) OOP
17 18 (8.29%) API Testing
18 17 (7.83%) Defect Management
Programming Languages
1 91 (41.94%) Java
2 42 (19.35%) JavaScript
3 27 (12.44%) SQL
4 24 (11.06%) C#
5 19 (8.76%) Scala
6 18 (8.29%) Python
7 16 (7.37%) Ruby
8 15 (6.91%) Apple Swift
9 9 (4.15%) Perl
10 6 (2.76%) PHP
11 5 (2.30%) Groovy
11 5 (2.30%) PL/SQL
12 3 (1.38%) Objective-C
13 2 (0.92%) Bash Shell
13 2 (0.92%) C++
13 2 (0.92%) VB
14 1 (0.46%) Go
14 1 (0.46%) Shell Script
14 1 (0.46%) VBScript
14 1 (0.46%) XPath
Qualifications
1 20 (9.22%) ISEB
2 13 (5.99%) Degree
3 6 (2.76%) ISTQB
4 3 (1.38%) Computer Science Degree
4 3 (1.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (0.46%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (0.46%) CSQA
5 1 (0.46%) SC Cleared
5 1 (0.46%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 217 (100.00%) QA
2 14 (6.45%) WCAG
3 3 (1.38%) MiFID
4 1 (0.46%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 1 (0.46%) Docker
1 1 (0.46%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 17 (7.83%) HockeyApp
2 5 (2.30%) Grafana
3 4 (1.84%) Graphite
3 4 (1.84%) ZABBIX
4 2 (0.92%) HP SiteScope
4 2 (0.92%) Kibana
4 2 (0.92%) Nagios
5 1 (0.46%) CA Service Virtualization
5 1 (0.46%) HAProxy
5 1 (0.46%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.46%) logstash
5 1 (0.46%) Marathon
5 1 (0.46%) Mesos
5 1 (0.46%) Netcool
5 1 (0.46%) Terraform
Vendors
1 15 (6.91%) Apple
2 8 (3.69%) Sybase
3 5 (2.30%) Microsoft
3 5 (2.30%) Splunk
4 4 (1.84%) Dynatrace
4 4 (1.84%) HP
4 4 (1.84%) SAP
5 3 (1.38%) Charles River
5 3 (1.38%) SOASTA, Inc
6 2 (0.92%) AppDynamics
6 2 (0.92%) ATG
6 2 (0.92%) BMC
6 2 (0.92%) Fidessa
6 2 (0.92%) New Relic
7 1 (0.46%) CA
7 1 (0.46%) Google
7 1 (0.46%) Remedy
7 1 (0.46%) ServiceNow
7 1 (0.46%) Sitecore
7 1 (0.46%) Xamarin
London
Venturi
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Cambridge
OHO Group Ltd.
Rate: £400 - £600 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
Nuneaton, Warwickshire
X4 Group
Rate: £200 - 225 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Salt
Rate: £300 - £400 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
London
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
York
Piksel
Rate: Highly Competitive
Posted: 9 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Tec Partners
Posted: 5 days ago
Cambridge
OHO Group Ltd.
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 8 days ago