The median contractor rate for a QA Engineer was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 3 months to 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance Engineer
UK / England
Rank 453 531 525
Rank change year-on-year +78 -6  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 130 86 78
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.31% 0.18% 0.16%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.33% 0.18% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 62 62
Median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £325 £253
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £363 £350
% change year-on-year -11.72% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £22.84 -
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 39640 46520 45346
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 94.83% 95.21% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 25778 30491 27853
Median daily rate £431 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.29% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £263 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1372 1455 1828
Median hourly rate £18.50 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.06% +3.88%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.33 £11.32 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £47.83 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.38
% change year-on-year -12.50% +15.10%  

QA Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England that featured QA Engineer in the job title.

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 24 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 24 March 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 +66 83 £450 +20.00% 30
North West +39 12 £275 -12.00% 5
South East +4 11 £350 -3.44% 7
North East - 8 £320 - 1
West Midlands +13 7 £475 - 3
South West -1 4 - - 3
Yorkshire +14 3 - - 2
East of England - 3 £350 - 6
QA Engineer
UK

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 24 March 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.

1 259 (100.00%) QA
2 182 (70.27%) Selenium
3 171 (66.02%) Agile Software Development
4 103 (39.77%) Java
5 101 (39.00%) Test Automation
5 101 (39.00%) Cucumber
6 85 (32.82%) WebDriver
7 82 (31.66%) Test Scripting
8 80 (30.89%) Automated Testing
9 72 (27.80%) TDD
10 66 (25.48%) BDD
11 60 (23.17%) Automation Testing
12 59 (22.78%) Jenkins
12 59 (22.78%) QA Automation
13 58 (22.39%) JIRA
14 52 (20.08%) SQL
15 45 (17.37%) Scrum
16 44 (16.99%) Mobile App
16 44 (16.99%) Test Strategy
17 41 (15.83%) User Stories
18 40 (15.44%) Finance
18 40 (15.44%) JUnit
19 39 (15.06%) JavaScript
19 39 (15.06%) Regression Testing
20 38 (14.67%) Git (software)
21 37 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
21 37 (14.29%) Manual Testing
22 36 (13.90%) Web Testing
23 35 (13.51%) Scala
24 34 (13.13%) JSON

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top Related 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 13 (5.02%) Confluence
2 4 (1.54%) CMS
2 4 (1.54%) Jetty
3 2 (0.77%) Apache Spark
3 2 (0.77%) ATG Dynamo
3 2 (0.77%) WebLogic
4 1 (0.39%) Apache
4 1 (0.39%) JBoss
4 1 (0.39%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.39%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (1.16%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.39%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (0.39%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 8 (3.09%) Basecamp
1 8 (3.09%) GitHub
2 7 (2.70%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (1.16%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (2.32%) HTTP
2 4 (1.54%) Internet
3 1 (0.39%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (6.56%) Data Warehouse
2 14 (5.41%) Big Data
3 11 (4.25%) Relational Database
4 9 (3.47%) RDBMS
5 6 (2.32%) DB2
5 6 (2.32%) SQL Server
6 5 (1.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 5 (1.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (1.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 4 (1.54%) MongoDB
7 4 (1.54%) NoSQL
8 3 (1.16%) Hadoop
9 2 (0.77%) Apache Cassandra
9 2 (0.77%) Azure SQL Database
10 1 (0.39%) MySQL
10 1 (0.39%) Oracle Reports
10 1 (0.39%) SQLPlus
10 1 (0.39%) Sqoop
10 1 (0.39%) Sybase IQ
Development Applications
1 182 (70.27%) Selenium
2 101 (39.00%) Cucumber
3 85 (32.82%) WebDriver
4 59 (22.78%) Jenkins
5 58 (22.39%) JIRA
6 40 (15.44%) JUnit
7 38 (14.67%) Git (software)
8 30 (11.58%) RSpec
9 16 (6.18%) JBehave
9 16 (6.18%) Xcode
10 12 (4.63%) Appium
11 11 (4.25%) DbUnit
11 11 (4.25%) Robot Framework
11 11 (4.25%) Subversion
12 10 (3.86%) SoapUI
12 10 (3.86%) Visual Studio
13 9 (3.47%) HP UFT
13 9 (3.47%) SpecFlow
13 9 (3.47%) TestNG
14 8 (3.09%) Sahi
General
1 40 (15.44%) Finance
2 33 (12.74%) Games
3 14 (5.41%) Banking
4 7 (2.70%) Marketing
5 5 (1.93%) Publishing
5 5 (1.93%) Retail
6 3 (1.16%) Investment Banking
7 2 (0.77%) Advertising
7 2 (0.77%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.39%) Automotive
8 1 (0.39%) Back Office
8 1 (0.39%) Electronics
8 1 (0.39%) Legal
8 1 (0.39%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.39%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (13.13%) JSON
2 32 (12.36%) .NET
3 28 (10.81%) XML
4 18 (6.95%) HTML
4 18 (6.95%) Node.js
5 17 (6.56%) Web Services
6 15 (5.79%) Gherkin
7 11 (4.25%) AngularJS
7 11 (4.25%) HTML5
8 10 (3.86%) CSS
9 8 (3.09%) ASP.NET
10 6 (2.32%) .NET Framework
10 6 (2.32%) RESTful
11 5 (1.93%) Ajax
11 5 (1.93%) REST
11 5 (1.93%) SOAP
12 4 (1.54%) J2EE
12 4 (1.54%) RabbitMQ
13 3 (1.16%) Express
14 2 (0.77%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 44 (16.99%) Mobile App
2 11 (4.25%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (1.93%) Computer Science
4 4 (1.54%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 3 (1.16%) Equities
5 3 (1.16%) NHS
5 3 (1.16%) User Experience
6 2 (0.77%) Client/Server
6 2 (0.77%) iPad
6 2 (0.77%) W3C
7 1 (0.39%) BBC
7 1 (0.39%) Credit Derivative
7 1 (0.39%) Credit Risk
7 1 (0.39%) Derivative
7 1 (0.39%) Fixed Income
7 1 (0.39%) IBM Mainframe
7 1 (0.39%) Interest Rate Derivative
7 1 (0.39%) Replication
7 1 (0.39%) Smartphone
7 1 (0.39%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 26 (10.04%) Apple iOS
2 20 (7.72%) Linux
3 15 (5.79%) Android
4 10 (3.86%) Unix
5 3 (1.16%) Windows
6 1 (0.39%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.39%) Windows Vista
6 1 (0.39%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 171 (66.02%) Agile Software Development
2 101 (39.00%) Test Automation
3 82 (31.66%) Test Scripting
4 80 (30.89%) Automated Testing
5 72 (27.80%) TDD
6 66 (25.48%) BDD
7 60 (23.17%) Automation Testing
8 59 (22.78%) QA Automation
9 45 (17.37%) Scrum
10 44 (16.99%) Test Strategy
11 41 (15.83%) User Stories
12 39 (15.06%) Regression Testing
13 37 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
13 37 (14.29%) Manual Testing
14 36 (13.90%) Web Testing
15 31 (11.97%) E-Commerce
15 31 (11.97%) Exploratory Testing
15 31 (11.97%) Functional Testing
16 30 (11.58%) Performance Testing
17 29 (11.20%) Defect Tracking
Programming Languages
1 103 (39.77%) Java
2 52 (20.08%) SQL
3 39 (15.06%) JavaScript
4 35 (13.51%) Scala
5 29 (11.20%) C#
6 26 (10.04%) Ruby
7 22 (8.49%) Python
8 14 (5.41%) PL/SQL
9 11 (4.25%) Perl
10 10 (3.86%) Apple Swift
11 6 (2.32%) PHP
12 5 (1.93%) Shell Script
12 5 (1.93%) T-SQL
13 4 (1.54%) VB
14 3 (1.16%) Groovy
14 3 (1.16%) Objective-C
14 3 (1.16%) VBScript
15 2 (0.77%) VB6
16 1 (0.39%) VBA
16 1 (0.39%) XPath
Qualifications
1 20 (7.72%) ISEB
2 14 (5.41%) Degree
3 6 (2.32%) ISTQB
4 3 (1.16%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (0.77%) Security Cleared
6 1 (0.39%) CSQA
6 1 (0.39%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 259 (100.00%) QA
2 27 (10.42%) WCAG
3 7 (2.70%) SDET
4 3 (1.16%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (1.16%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.39%) Data Quality
System Software
1 1 (0.39%) Apache Flume
1 1 (0.39%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 14 (5.41%) HockeyApp
2 3 (1.16%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.39%) Ambari
3 1 (0.39%) Grafana
3 1 (0.39%) Graphite
3 1 (0.39%) Hadoop YARN
3 1 (0.39%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.39%) Puppet
3 1 (0.39%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 12 (4.63%) Apple
2 9 (3.47%) Microsoft
3 8 (3.09%) Sybase
4 6 (2.32%) SOASTA, Inc
5 4 (1.54%) HP
5 4 (1.54%) Oracle
6 3 (1.16%) Charles River
6 3 (1.16%) Google
7 2 (0.77%) ATG
7 2 (0.77%) IBM
7 2 (0.77%) SAP
8 1 (0.39%) Apiary
8 1 (0.39%) AppDynamics
8 1 (0.39%) Atlassian
8 1 (0.39%) BMC
8 1 (0.39%) Dynatrace
8 1 (0.39%) New Relic
8 1 (0.39%) Splunk
8 1 (0.39%) Xamarin
Milton Keynes
VASSIT
Rate: £0 - £85,000 per year
Posted: 3 days ago
York
Piksel
Rate: Highly Competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Chester
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Havant, Hampshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Rate: £45 - £55 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
York, North Yorkshire
TJ Peel
Rate: Up to £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago