The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England 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 24 June 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)
UK / England
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 69 77 62
Rank change year-on-year +8 -15  
Contract jobs citing QA 1368 1396 1582
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 3.22% 2.83% 3.10%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 27.83% 25.12% 27.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 894 930 1068
Median daily rate £425 £401 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.11% +0.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +2.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 24 24
Median hourly rate £18.00 £15.75 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.28% -55.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.77 £8.25 £18.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.50 £38.80 £137.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £15.50 £37.25
% change year-on-year +38.70% -58.38%  

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 England with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 4916 5557 5832
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 11.58% 11.26% 11.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 3190 3623 3818
Median daily rate £450 £425 £401
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +5.98%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £613 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 160 199 189
Median hourly rate £25.12 £28.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.28% +27.27%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £47.50 £48.92
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £28.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -10.71% +12.00%  

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England 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 England

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in England

QA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in England over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in England

QA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in England

QA
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in England over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for QA in England

QA
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 within the England region over the 3 months to 24 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 0 693 £475 +11.76% 329
South East +37 266 £395 -1.25% 100
South West +33 100 £375 -6.25% 35
North West +5 81 £375 - 61
Yorkshire +13 56 £420 +12.00% 22
East Midlands -2 53 £413 - 17
East of England -26 48 £375 -16.66% 43
West Midlands -14 32 £300 -9.77% 26
North East +56 28 £323 -11.03% 13
Midlands +15 8 £550 +83.33% 43
QA
UK

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 England region with a requirement for QA.

1 1280 (45.98%) Agile Software Development
2 900 (32.33%) Test Automation
3 669 (24.03%) Java
4 571 (20.51%) Finance
5 491 (17.64%) Selenium
6 490 (17.60%) TDD
7 483 (17.35%) SQL
8 470 (16.88%) Scrum
9 418 (15.01%) JIRA
10 401 (14.40%) JavaScript
11 383 (13.76%) BDD
12 367 (13.18%) Continuous Integration
13 326 (11.71%) Project Management
14 314 (11.28%) Git (software)
15 308 (11.06%) Jenkins
16 297 (10.67%) Cucumber
17 293 (10.52%) Web Services
18 287 (10.31%) C#
19 284 (10.20%) .NET
20 274 (9.84%) SDLC
21 262 (9.41%) HTML
22 247 (8.87%) Degree
23 246 (8.84%) Microsoft
23 246 (8.84%) Analytical Skills
24 233 (8.37%) Software Engineering
25 232 (8.33%) Banking
26 230 (8.26%) Linux
27 228 (8.19%) DevOps
28 221 (7.94%) Kanban
29 219 (7.87%) Test Scripting

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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
1 130 (4.67%) Confluence
2 57 (2.05%) CMS
3 55 (1.98%) SharePoint
4 38 (1.36%) Apache
5 37 (1.33%) JBoss
6 35 (1.26%) Tomcat
7 33 (1.19%) Apache Spark
7 33 (1.19%) Elasticsearch
8 28 (1.01%) WebSphere
9 23 (0.83%) IIS
10 21 (0.75%) WebLogic
10 21 (0.75%) WebSphere Application Server
11 16 (0.57%) Sitecore CMS
12 13 (0.47%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 13 (0.47%) NServiceBus
13 12 (0.43%) nginx
13 12 (0.43%) SAS
14 11 (0.40%) Documentum
14 11 (0.40%) Mule
14 11 (0.40%) WordPress
Applications
1 95 (3.41%) Microsoft Excel
2 86 (3.09%) Microsoft Office
3 63 (2.26%) Microsoft Project
4 54 (1.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 54 (1.94%) MS Visio
5 10 (0.36%) Photoshop
6 7 (0.25%) HipChat
6 7 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.14%) SPSS
7 4 (0.14%) Stata
8 3 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 3 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
9 2 (0.072%) Acrobat
9 2 (0.072%) InDesign
9 2 (0.072%) RoboHelp
10 1 (0.036%) GIMP
10 1 (0.036%) InfoPath
10 1 (0.036%) InVision
10 1 (0.036%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 37 (1.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 18 (0.65%) Dynamics AX
3 15 (0.54%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 11 (0.40%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 9 (0.32%) Loan IQ
5 9 (0.32%) Maximo
6 8 (0.29%) FLEXCUBE
7 7 (0.25%) SAP ERP
7 7 (0.25%) Unica
8 6 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
8 6 (0.22%) SAP WM
9 5 (0.18%) Dynamics NAV
9 5 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
9 5 (0.18%) Oracle EBS R12
9 5 (0.18%) SAP CRM
9 5 (0.18%) Workday HCM
10 4 (0.14%) Oracle Assets
10 4 (0.14%) Oracle BPM
10 4 (0.14%) Oracle Receivables
10 4 (0.14%) SimCorp Dimension
Cloud Services
1 150 (5.39%) Amazon AWS
2 90 (3.23%) Microsoft Azure
3 68 (2.44%) GitHub
4 32 (1.15%) Amazon EC2
5 31 (1.11%) Office 365
6 27 (0.97%) SaaS
7 21 (0.75%) PaaS
8 19 (0.68%) SuccessFactors
9 16 (0.57%) IaaS
10 15 (0.54%) AWS CloudFormation
11 14 (0.50%) Google Cloud Platform
12 13 (0.47%) Amazon S3
13 12 (0.43%) Basecamp
13 12 (0.43%) BrowserStack
14 11 (0.40%) OpenShift
15 10 (0.36%) Slack
16 8 (0.29%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 8 (0.29%) AWS Lambda
16 8 (0.29%) Google Analytics
17 7 (0.25%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 90 (3.23%) Internet
2 67 (2.41%) HTTP
3 51 (1.83%) Firewall
4 22 (0.79%) LDAP
5 21 (0.75%) DNS
5 21 (0.75%) LAN
6 20 (0.72%) LTE
7 19 (0.68%) Network Security
8 18 (0.65%) WAN
9 17 (0.61%) FTP
9 17 (0.61%) GSM
10 16 (0.57%) TCP/IP
11 13 (0.47%) HSPA
11 13 (0.47%) WCDMA
12 12 (0.43%) SNMP
13 10 (0.36%) NAS
13 10 (0.36%) Wireless
14 9 (0.32%) Kerberos
14 9 (0.32%) SAN
14 9 (0.32%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 166 (5.96%) SQL Server
2 103 (3.70%) MongoDB
3 84 (3.02%) Big Data
4 83 (2.98%) Relational Database
5 78 (2.80%) Data Warehouse
6 76 (2.73%) NoSQL
7 73 (2.62%) Hadoop
8 53 (1.90%) MySQL
8 53 (1.90%) Oracle Database
9 49 (1.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 46 (1.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 32 (1.15%) PostgreSQL
12 28 (1.01%) RDBMS
13 26 (0.93%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 26 (0.93%) DB2
14 22 (0.79%) Apache Cassandra
14 22 (0.79%) SQL Server 2008
15 20 (0.72%) Oracle Reports
15 20 (0.72%) RavenDB
16 18 (0.65%) Redis
Development Applications
1 491 (17.64%) Selenium
2 418 (15.01%) JIRA
3 314 (11.28%) Git (software)
4 308 (11.06%) Jenkins
5 297 (10.67%) Cucumber
6 173 (6.21%) WebDriver
7 133 (4.78%) TeamCity
8 112 (4.02%) SoapUI
9 91 (3.27%) SpecFlow
10 83 (2.98%) Team Foundation Server
11 77 (2.77%) JUnit
12 73 (2.62%) JMeter
13 70 (2.51%) Subversion
14 62 (2.23%) Octopus Deploy
15 58 (2.08%) Visual Studio
16 57 (2.05%) gulp
16 57 (2.05%) Maven
17 54 (1.94%) Grunt
18 45 (1.62%) IntelliJ
18 45 (1.62%) LoadRunner
General
1 571 (20.51%) Finance
2 232 (8.33%) Banking
3 136 (4.89%) Retail
4 78 (2.80%) Marketing
5 77 (2.77%) Investment Banking
6 61 (2.19%) Front Office
7 60 (2.16%) Telecoms
8 58 (2.08%) Games
9 53 (1.90%) Legal
10 49 (1.76%) Publishing
11 42 (1.51%) Financial Institution
11 42 (1.51%) Manufacturing
12 33 (1.19%) Back Office
13 32 (1.15%) Pharmaceutical
14 24 (0.86%) Electronics
15 17 (0.61%) Billing
16 15 (0.54%) Corporate Banking
17 14 (0.50%) Law
18 13 (0.47%) Advertising
18 13 (0.47%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 565 (20.29%) Developer
2 484 (17.39%) Analyst
3 339 (12.18%) Tester
4 214 (7.69%) QA Engineer
5 178 (6.39%) QA Tester
6 168 (6.03%) Business Analyst
7 167 (6.00%) Test Analyst
8 159 (5.71%) Project Manager
9 154 (5.53%) Architect
10 152 (5.46%) Automation Tester
11 132 (4.74%) QA Analyst
12 125 (4.49%) Java Developer
13 111 (3.99%) Test Engineer
14 101 (3.63%) Test Manager
15 88 (3.16%) Consultant
16 87 (3.13%) .NET Developer
17 82 (2.95%) QA Test Analyst
18 78 (2.80%) C# Developer
19 67 (2.41%) QA Automation Engineer
20 61 (2.19%) QA Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 293 (10.52%) Web Services
2 284 (10.20%) .NET
3 262 (9.41%) HTML
4 219 (7.87%) CSS
5 162 (5.82%) REST
6 161 (5.78%) AngularJS
7 160 (5.75%) XML
8 144 (5.17%) SOAP
9 123 (4.42%) RESTful
10 108 (3.88%) HTML5
11 104 (3.74%) JSON
12 93 (3.34%) Gherkin
12 93 (3.34%) Node.js
13 89 (3.20%) ASP.NET
14 88 (3.16%) Spring
15 75 (2.69%) React
16 67 (2.41%) jQuery
17 57 (2.05%) ASP.NET MVC
18 55 (1.98%) Sass
19 51 (1.83%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 246 (8.84%) Analytical Skills
2 174 (6.25%) User Experience
3 137 (4.92%) Mobile App
4 106 (3.81%) Management Information System
5 84 (3.02%) Computer Science
6 62 (2.23%) Greenfield Project
7 58 (2.08%) Virtual Team
8 53 (1.90%) Equities
9 48 (1.72%) Fixed Income
10 42 (1.51%) Data Centre
11 37 (1.33%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 34 (1.22%) Enterprise Software
12 34 (1.22%) iPad
13 32 (1.15%) Fintech
14 29 (1.04%) Derivative
15 28 (1.01%) Public Cloud
16 27 (0.97%) Data Structures
17 23 (0.83%) PMI
18 22 (0.79%) Blog
18 22 (0.79%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 230 (8.26%) Linux
2 181 (6.50%) Windows
3 113 (4.06%) Unix
4 95 (3.41%) Apple iOS
5 91 (3.27%) Android
6 25 (0.90%) Windows Server
7 22 (0.79%) Windows 10
8 21 (0.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 14 (0.50%) Windows Server 2012
10 13 (0.47%) Windows 7
10 13 (0.47%) Windows Server 2008
11 12 (0.43%) AIX
12 10 (0.36%) CentOS
12 10 (0.36%) Ubuntu
13 9 (0.32%) Mac OS X
13 9 (0.32%) Solaris
14 7 (0.25%) Mac OS
15 5 (0.18%) Windows Vista
16 4 (0.14%) VMS
17 3 (0.11%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 1280 (45.98%) Agile Software Development
2 900 (32.33%) Test Automation
3 490 (17.60%) TDD
4 470 (16.88%) Scrum
5 383 (13.76%) BDD
6 367 (13.18%) Continuous Integration
7 326 (11.71%) Project Management
8 274 (9.84%) SDLC
9 233 (8.37%) Software Engineering
10 228 (8.19%) DevOps
11 221 (7.94%) Kanban
12 219 (7.87%) Test Scripting
13 206 (7.40%) Test Strategy
14 199 (7.15%) User Stories
15 198 (7.11%) Unit Testing
16 196 (7.04%) Stakeholder Management
17 192 (6.90%) E-Commerce
18 187 (6.72%) User Acceptance Testing
19 171 (6.14%) Continuous Improvement
20 170 (6.11%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 669 (24.03%) Java
2 483 (17.35%) SQL
3 401 (14.40%) JavaScript
4 287 (10.31%) C#
5 194 (6.97%) Python
6 134 (4.81%) Scala
7 125 (4.49%) Ruby
8 100 (3.59%) Groovy
9 69 (2.48%) C++
10 50 (1.80%) PL/SQL
10 50 (1.80%) Shell Script
11 45 (1.62%) C
12 41 (1.47%) PowerShell
13 39 (1.40%) Perl
14 37 (1.33%) PHP
15 35 (1.26%) Apple Swift
16 34 (1.22%) T-SQL
17 32 (1.15%) ES6
18 29 (1.04%) Objective-C
19 28 (1.01%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 247 (8.87%) Degree
2 172 (6.18%) Security Cleared
3 120 (4.31%) ISEB
4 109 (3.92%) ISTQB
5 108 (3.88%) SC Cleared
6 47 (1.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 46 (1.65%) PMI Certification
8 38 (1.36%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 36 (1.29%) BPSS Clearance
10 33 (1.19%) PMP
11 26 (0.93%) Computer Science Degree
11 26 (0.93%) DV Cleared
12 21 (0.75%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 15 (0.54%) Cisco Certification
14 14 (0.50%) CISSP
15 13 (0.47%) CCNP
15 13 (0.47%) Master's Degree
15 13 (0.47%) Numerate Degree
16 12 (0.43%) ITIL Certification
17 9 (0.32%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 107 (3.84%) PMO
2 59 (2.12%) Data Quality
3 43 (1.54%) MiFID
4 25 (0.90%) SLA
5 21 (0.75%) WCAG
6 17 (0.61%) Disclosure Scotland
7 12 (0.43%) GxP
8 9 (0.32%) GMP
8 9 (0.32%) ISO 9001
9 8 (0.29%) PCI DSS
10 7 (0.25%) EMIR
10 7 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 6 (0.22%) Dodd-Frank
12 5 (0.18%) COBIT
12 5 (0.18%) EFQM
12 5 (0.18%) GDPR
12 5 (0.18%) ISO 14001
13 4 (0.14%) SEPA
14 3 (0.11%) IFRS
14 3 (0.11%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 61 (2.19%) Docker
2 34 (1.22%) Active Directory
3 23 (0.83%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (0.32%) Virtual Machines
5 7 (0.25%) Apache Flume
5 7 (0.25%) HDFS
5 7 (0.25%) VirtualBox
6 6 (0.22%) Firmware
6 6 (0.22%) vCloud
6 6 (0.22%) vSphere
7 5 (0.18%) Hyper-V
7 5 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
8 4 (0.14%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 4 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
8 4 (0.14%) Xen
9 3 (0.11%) NFS
10 2 (0.072%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 2 (0.072%) Microsoft App-V
10 2 (0.072%) XenApp
10 2 (0.072%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 55 (1.98%) Opscode Chef
2 46 (1.65%) Puppet
3 41 (1.47%) HP Quality Center
4 29 (1.04%) Ansible
5 21 (0.75%) Kubernetes
6 19 (0.68%) HockeyApp
7 17 (0.61%) Nagios
8 16 (0.57%) SCCM
9 14 (0.50%) Grafana
10 12 (0.43%) Graphite
10 12 (0.43%) HP SiteScope
10 12 (0.43%) Terraform
11 9 (0.32%) ZABBIX
12 8 (0.29%) Rancher
13 6 (0.22%) Kibana
13 6 (0.22%) OpenIDM
13 6 (0.22%) SCOM
14 5 (0.18%) Netcool
15 4 (0.14%) logstash
15 4 (0.14%) StatsD
Vendors
1 246 (8.84%) Microsoft
2 188 (6.75%) Oracle
3 126 (4.53%) SAP
4 72 (2.59%) HP
5 47 (1.69%) Atlassian
5 47 (1.69%) IBM
6 41 (1.47%) New Relic
7 38 (1.36%) Salesforce.com
8 33 (1.19%) Google
9 32 (1.15%) VMware
10 31 (1.11%) Apple
11 29 (1.04%) Red Hat
12 28 (1.01%) Cisco
13 27 (0.97%) ATG
14 23 (0.83%) Cloudera
14 23 (0.83%) Remedy
15 22 (0.79%) Informatica
15 22 (0.79%) Sitecore
15 22 (0.79%) Sybase
16 20 (0.72%) hybris
London
Venturi
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Hull, North Humberside
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Nuneaton, Warwickshire
X4 Group
Rate: £200 - 225 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Salt
Rate: £300 - £400 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
South West
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £320 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
East London
Careerwise UK Limited
Rate: £400 - £425 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Linkpoint Resources
Rate: From £500 to £600 per day 6 Months +
Posted: 16 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Rullion
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Understanding Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Martin & Conley
Rate: £700 - £900 per month
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Total Recruitment Specialists Limited / TRG / Total recruitment group
Rate: £325 - £400 Per Day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Careerwise UK Limited
Rate: £400 - £425 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
CPS Group UK
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Roc Search
Rate: £300 - £340 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucestershire
CPS Group UK
Rate: £300 - £325 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Linkpoint Resources
Rate: From £500 to £600 per day 6 Months +
Posted: 18 hours ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 4 days ago
London
TLP Consultancy Ltd.
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Hounslow, Middlesex
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £500 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Hampshire
Venturi
Rate: £450 - £530 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Austin Fraser
Rate: NEG
Posted: 3 days ago
London
IntaPeople
Rate: £380 - £420 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Tec Partners
Posted: Yesterday
London
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £600 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Warrington, Cheshire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £500 to £600 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Gloucestershire
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago