The median contractor rate for a QA Leader was £426 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 3 months to 27 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
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance Lead
UK / England
Rank 542 573 582
Rank change year-on-year +31 +9  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Leader 24 42 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.058% 0.086% 0.045%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.061% 0.090% 0.047%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 17 15
Median daily rate £426 £425 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.29% -15.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £320 £308
10% offered a daily rate of more than £496 £500 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £388 £450
% change year-on-year -3.22% -13.88%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 39295 46721 46527
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 94.81% 95.22% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 25610 30627 28567
Median daily rate £435 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £268 £263 £248
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 1355 1460 1889
Median hourly rate £18.50 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.33% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.30 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £47.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

QA Leader
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for QA Leader in England

QA Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Leader in England

QA Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA Leader in England over the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA Leader in England

QA Leader
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA Leader in England

QA Leader
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 Leader within the England region over the 3 months to 27 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 +19 14 £475 +5.55% 12
East Midlands -3 4 £388 - 1
South East +11 2 £400 -11.11%
South West +5 2 £440 +40.80% 1
Yorkshire +16 1 £375 -
West Midlands +15 1 £310 - 2
QA Leader
UK

QA Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 March 2017, QA Leader 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 Leader in the job title.

1 49 (100.00%) QA
2 32 (65.31%) Agile Software Development
3 19 (38.78%) Selenium
4 17 (34.69%) TDD
5 15 (30.61%) JIRA
5 15 (30.61%) BDD
6 14 (28.57%) Automated Testing
7 12 (24.49%) Cucumber
7 12 (24.49%) Jenkins
8 10 (20.41%) SoapUI
8 10 (20.41%) Test Automation
8 10 (20.41%) Finance
9 9 (18.37%) Java
9 9 (18.37%) SQL
9 9 (18.37%) User Acceptance Testing
9 9 (18.37%) Test Strategy
10 8 (16.33%) Analytics
10 8 (16.33%) API Testing
10 8 (16.33%) Test Management
10 8 (16.33%) JMeter
11 7 (14.29%) Regression Testing
11 7 (14.29%) HTML
11 7 (14.29%) CSS
11 7 (14.29%) E-Commerce
11 7 (14.29%) Performance Testing
11 7 (14.29%) Defect Management
11 7 (14.29%) Non-Functional Testing
11 7 (14.29%) Manual Testing
11 7 (14.29%) WebDriver
12 6 (12.24%) Waterfall

QA Leader 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 5 (10.20%) JBoss
2 3 (6.12%) WebSphere
3 2 (4.08%) Drupal
4 1 (2.04%) CMS
4 1 (2.04%) Confluence
4 1 (2.04%) WordPress
Applications
1 1 (2.04%) Fireworks
1 1 (2.04%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 1 (2.04%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 3 (6.12%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (4.08%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (2.04%) Amazon EC2
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.08%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.04%) Big Data
2 1 (2.04%) Hadoop
2 1 (2.04%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 19 (38.78%) Selenium
2 15 (30.61%) JIRA
3 12 (24.49%) Cucumber
3 12 (24.49%) Jenkins
4 10 (20.41%) SoapUI
5 8 (16.33%) JMeter
6 7 (14.29%) WebDriver
7 6 (12.24%) HP UFT
8 4 (8.16%) LoadRunner
8 4 (8.16%) SpecFlow
9 3 (6.12%) Git (software)
9 3 (6.12%) Protractor
9 3 (6.12%) TeamCity
10 2 (4.08%) Ant
10 2 (4.08%) Gradle
10 2 (4.08%) Maven
10 2 (4.08%) NUnit
10 2 (4.08%) TestComplete
10 2 (4.08%) Visual Studio
11 1 (2.04%) Subversion
General
1 10 (20.41%) Finance
2 6 (12.24%) Banking
3 3 (6.12%) Investment Banking
3 3 (6.12%) Publishing
4 2 (4.08%) Financial Institution
4 2 (4.08%) Local Government
4 2 (4.08%) Manufacturing
5 1 (2.04%) Advertising
5 1 (2.04%) Automotive
5 1 (2.04%) Electronics
5 1 (2.04%) French Language
5 1 (2.04%) Front Office
5 1 (2.04%) Games
5 1 (2.04%) Marketing
5 1 (2.04%) Retail
5 1 (2.04%) Spanish Language
5 1 (2.04%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (14.29%) CSS
1 7 (14.29%) HTML
2 5 (10.20%) SOAP
2 5 (10.20%) Web Services
3 3 (6.12%) .NET
3 3 (6.12%) JSON
4 2 (4.08%) RESTful
5 1 (2.04%) Chai
5 1 (2.04%) Gherkin
5 1 (2.04%) J2EE
5 1 (2.04%) Spring
5 1 (2.04%) Unity (Game Engine)
5 1 (2.04%) Unity DI Container
5 1 (2.04%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (6.12%) Mainframe
2 2 (4.08%) Fixed Income
2 2 (4.08%) Mobile App
2 2 (4.08%) NHS
3 1 (2.04%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.04%) Fintech
3 1 (2.04%) HoloLens
3 1 (2.04%) Reference Data
3 1 (2.04%) User Experience
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (65.31%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (34.69%) TDD
3 15 (30.61%) BDD
4 14 (28.57%) Automated Testing
5 10 (20.41%) Test Automation
6 9 (18.37%) Test Strategy
6 9 (18.37%) User Acceptance Testing
7 8 (16.33%) Analytics
7 8 (16.33%) API Testing
7 8 (16.33%) Test Management
8 7 (14.29%) Defect Management
8 7 (14.29%) E-Commerce
8 7 (14.29%) Manual Testing
8 7 (14.29%) Non-Functional Testing
8 7 (14.29%) Performance Testing
8 7 (14.29%) Regression Testing
9 6 (12.24%) Coaching
9 6 (12.24%) Load Testing
9 6 (12.24%) Test Scripting
9 6 (12.24%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 9 (18.37%) Java
1 9 (18.37%) SQL
2 6 (12.24%) JavaScript
3 5 (10.20%) C#
4 2 (4.08%) C
4 2 (4.08%) VB
4 2 (4.08%) VBA
5 1 (2.04%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 5 (10.20%) Degree
1 5 (10.20%) ISEB
1 5 (10.20%) ISTQB
2 2 (4.08%) SC Cleared
2 2 (4.08%) Security Cleared
3 1 (2.04%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (2.04%) DV Cleared
3 1 (2.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (100.00%) QA
2 6 (12.24%) Data Quality
3 1 (2.04%) Dodd-Frank
3 1 (2.04%) EMIR
3 1 (2.04%) SDET
System Software
1 1 (2.04%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 1 (2.04%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (6.12%) Microsoft
2 2 (4.08%) ATG
2 2 (4.08%) HP
2 2 (4.08%) hybris
3 1 (2.04%) Salesforce.com
3 1 (2.04%) SAP
3 1 (2.04%) Sony
3 1 (2.04%) Sybase
3 1 (2.04%) TIBCO