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 28 March 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
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 64 77 59
Rank change year-on-year +13 -18  
Contract jobs citing QA 1398 1325 1591
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 3.36% 2.68% 3.24%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 28.77% 24.49% 27.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 917 840 998
Median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £368 £365 £350
% change year-on-year +0.68% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 27 13
Median hourly rate £26.00 £23.62 £31.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.09% -24.88%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £16.66 £13.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £70.00 £51.50 £46.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.50 £39.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year -32.05% +6.84%  

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 4859 5410 5853
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 11.68% 10.95% 11.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 3209 3504 3587
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 £275 £250 £236
10% offered a daily rate of more than £620 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 147 182 168
Median hourly rate £19.00 £35.50 £26.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -46.47% +32.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.83 £11.84
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.00 £58.20 £50.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.90 £40.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -50.25% +37.93%  

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

QA
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 28 March 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 28 March 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 28 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 +9 716 £463 +8.82% 255
South East +12 222 £414 +10.33% 97
South West +2 112 £350 - 31
North West +41 75 £375 +7.14% 44
West Midlands +22 63 £368 +13.07% 27
East of England +15 62 £375 +4.89% 31
Yorkshire +25 54 £363 +3.57% 32
East Midlands -3 53 £365 -2.66% 22
North East +5 34 £335 +3.87% 11
Midlands +5 3 - -
South Coast - 1 - -
QA
UK

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 1302 (45.15%) Agile Software Development
2 698 (24.20%) Java
3 638 (22.12%) Finance
4 637 (22.09%) Selenium
5 499 (17.30%) SQL
6 462 (16.02%) TDD
7 458 (15.88%) Scrum
8 431 (14.94%) BDD
9 404 (14.01%) JavaScript
10 399 (13.83%) Test Automation
11 388 (13.45%) JIRA
12 370 (12.83%) Cucumber
13 357 (12.38%) Project Management
14 325 (11.27%) C#
15 315 (10.92%) Jenkins
16 309 (10.71%) .NET
17 288 (9.99%) Automated Testing
18 287 (9.95%) HTML
19 282 (9.78%) Continuous Integration
19 282 (9.78%) Test Scripting
20 270 (9.36%) SDLC
21 269 (9.33%) Microsoft
22 266 (9.22%) DevOps
23 259 (8.98%) Analytical Skills
24 252 (8.74%) WebDriver
25 251 (8.70%) Web Services
26 248 (8.60%) Git (software)
27 241 (8.36%) Degree
28 239 (8.29%) Banking
29 234 (8.11%) CSS

QA
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
1 140 (4.85%) Confluence
2 72 (2.50%) CMS
3 42 (1.46%) SharePoint
4 41 (1.42%) Apache
5 36 (1.25%) JBoss
6 32 (1.11%) Elasticsearch
7 30 (1.04%) Tomcat
7 30 (1.04%) WebSphere
8 26 (0.90%) IIS
9 24 (0.83%) Drupal
10 22 (0.76%) WebLogic
11 19 (0.66%) Apache Spark
12 17 (0.59%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 16 (0.55%) WordPress
14 15 (0.52%) WebSphere Application Server
15 12 (0.42%) OpenStack
16 11 (0.38%) Apache Pig
17 10 (0.35%) nginx
17 10 (0.35%) NServiceBus
18 9 (0.31%) SAS
Applications
1 155 (5.37%) MS Excel
2 74 (2.57%) MS Office
3 55 (1.91%) MS Project
4 54 (1.87%) MS PowerPoint
5 21 (0.73%) MS Visio
6 19 (0.66%) Photoshop
7 18 (0.62%) Spreadsheet
8 8 (0.28%) Fireworks
9 6 (0.21%) Adobe Illustrator
10 5 (0.17%) HipChat
11 4 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 2 (0.069%) InVision
13 1 (0.035%) AutoCAD
13 1 (0.035%) InfoPath
13 1 (0.035%) Weka
Business Applications
1 34 (1.18%) Dynamics CRM
2 23 (0.80%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 14 (0.49%) Dynamics AX
4 9 (0.31%) Loan IQ
4 9 (0.31%) Oracle EBS
4 9 (0.31%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 9 (0.31%) SAP CRM
5 8 (0.28%) FLEXCUBE
5 8 (0.28%) Oracle Applications
5 8 (0.28%) Oracle EBS R12
6 6 (0.21%) FastStats
6 6 (0.21%) Magento
6 6 (0.21%) Primavera
6 6 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
7 5 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
7 5 (0.17%) NetSuite
7 5 (0.17%) Oracle ERP
7 5 (0.17%) SAP Hybris
8 4 (0.14%) Oracle BPM
8 4 (0.14%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 136 (4.72%) Amazon AWS
2 91 (3.16%) Microsoft Azure
3 62 (2.15%) GitHub
4 33 (1.14%) Amazon EC2
5 25 (0.87%) PaaS
5 25 (0.87%) SaaS
6 22 (0.76%) Office 365
7 17 (0.59%) Amazon S3
8 16 (0.55%) AWS CloudFormation
9 13 (0.45%) SuccessFactors
10 12 (0.42%) Basecamp
10 12 (0.42%) IaaS
11 11 (0.38%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 11 (0.38%) Google Analytics
12 9 (0.31%) Force.com
13 6 (0.21%) Amazon SQS
13 6 (0.21%) Azure Active Directory
14 5 (0.17%) Slack
15 4 (0.14%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
15 4 (0.14%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 73 (2.53%) Internet
2 48 (1.66%) HTTP
3 31 (1.07%) Firewall
4 26 (0.90%) LDAP
5 25 (0.87%) DNS
6 18 (0.62%) Network Security
6 18 (0.62%) TCP/IP
7 17 (0.59%) FTP
8 16 (0.55%) SMTP
9 15 (0.52%) Kerberos
10 14 (0.49%) SSL
11 12 (0.42%) GSM
11 12 (0.42%) LTE
11 12 (0.42%) SAN
11 12 (0.42%) VPN
12 11 (0.38%) HSPA
12 11 (0.38%) Intranet
12 11 (0.38%) WCDMA
13 10 (0.35%) SNMP
13 10 (0.35%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 182 (6.31%) SQL Server
2 111 (3.85%) Data Warehouse
3 102 (3.54%) Big Data
4 85 (2.95%) Relational Database
5 76 (2.64%) Hadoop
6 61 (2.12%) Oracle Database
7 59 (2.05%) MongoDB
8 55 (1.91%) NoSQL
9 51 (1.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 50 (1.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 44 (1.53%) MySQL
11 44 (1.53%) RDBMS
12 32 (1.11%) Oracle Reports
13 30 (1.04%) SQL Server 2012
14 25 (0.87%) SQL Server 2008
14 25 (0.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 24 (0.83%) PostgreSQL
16 23 (0.80%) Apache Hive
16 23 (0.80%) DB2
17 21 (0.73%) Amazon DynamoDB
Development Applications
1 637 (22.09%) Selenium
2 388 (13.45%) JIRA
3 370 (12.83%) Cucumber
4 315 (10.92%) Jenkins
5 252 (8.74%) WebDriver
6 248 (8.60%) Git (software)
7 150 (5.20%) SoapUI
8 127 (4.40%) TeamCity
9 105 (3.64%) JUnit
10 91 (3.16%) Team Foundation Server
11 87 (3.02%) Subversion
12 78 (2.70%) SpecFlow
13 66 (2.29%) HP UFT
14 64 (2.22%) JMeter
15 58 (2.01%) Maven
16 52 (1.80%) Appium
16 52 (1.80%) Visual Studio
17 51 (1.77%) LoadRunner
18 45 (1.56%) JBehave
19 44 (1.53%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 638 (22.12%) Finance
2 239 (8.29%) Banking
3 115 (3.99%) Retail
4 113 (3.92%) Marketing
5 82 (2.84%) Games
6 78 (2.70%) Publishing
7 73 (2.53%) Investment Banking
8 69 (2.39%) Front Office
9 64 (2.22%) Telecoms
10 47 (1.63%) Manufacturing
11 44 (1.53%) Legal
12 30 (1.04%) Back Office
13 27 (0.94%) Electronics
13 27 (0.94%) Financial Institution
14 20 (0.69%) Advertising
15 19 (0.66%) Pharmaceutical
16 17 (0.59%) Automotive
17 14 (0.49%) Local Government
18 12 (0.42%) Billing
18 12 (0.42%) Law
Job Titles
1 558 (19.35%) Developer
2 498 (17.27%) Analyst
3 355 (12.31%) Tester
4 257 (8.91%) QA Engineer
5 197 (6.83%) Test Analyst
6 190 (6.59%) QA Tester
7 172 (5.96%) Test Engineer
8 169 (5.86%) Architect
8 169 (5.86%) Project Manager
9 148 (5.13%) Automation Tester
10 143 (4.96%) QA Analyst
11 138 (4.79%) Business Analyst
12 107 (3.71%) Java Developer
13 101 (3.50%) QA Test Analyst
14 99 (3.43%) Test Manager
15 94 (3.26%) Consultant
16 91 (3.16%) QA Automation Engineer
17 87 (3.02%) QA Test Engineer
18 76 (2.64%) C# Developer
19 70 (2.43%) Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 309 (10.71%) .NET
2 287 (9.95%) HTML
3 251 (8.70%) Web Services
4 234 (8.11%) CSS
5 217 (7.52%) XML
6 145 (5.03%) AngularJS
7 126 (4.37%) SOAP
8 121 (4.20%) Gherkin
9 120 (4.16%) RESTful
10 118 (4.09%) HTML5
11 117 (4.06%) Node.js
12 111 (3.85%) REST
13 106 (3.68%) JSON
14 89 (3.09%) ASP.NET
15 71 (2.46%) Spring
16 64 (2.22%) .NET Framework
17 53 (1.84%) jQuery
18 52 (1.80%) React
19 51 (1.77%) CSS3
19 51 (1.77%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 259 (8.98%) Analytical Skills
2 167 (5.79%) User Experience
3 122 (4.23%) Mobile App
4 106 (3.68%) Management Information System
5 89 (3.09%) Computer Science
6 59 (2.05%) Virtual Team
7 55 (1.91%) Fixed Income
8 49 (1.70%) Equities
9 41 (1.42%) Data Centre
10 40 (1.39%) Data Structures
11 38 (1.32%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 34 (1.18%) Fintech
13 32 (1.11%) Derivative
14 30 (1.04%) NHS
15 28 (0.97%) Algorithms
15 28 (0.97%) iPad
16 27 (0.94%) Enterprise Software
16 27 (0.94%) Public Cloud
17 25 (0.87%) Mainframe
18 20 (0.69%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 232 (8.04%) Linux
2 211 (7.32%) Windows
3 123 (4.26%) Unix
4 99 (3.43%) Android
5 98 (3.40%) Apple iOS
6 31 (1.07%) Windows Server
7 18 (0.62%) Windows Server 2008
8 17 (0.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 16 (0.55%) CentOS
10 13 (0.45%) Windows Server 2012
11 12 (0.42%) Ubuntu
12 8 (0.28%) AIX
12 8 (0.28%) Solaris
13 6 (0.21%) Windows 10
14 5 (0.17%) Windows 7
15 4 (0.14%) Mac OS X
15 4 (0.14%) Windows Server 2003
16 3 (0.10%) VMS
16 3 (0.10%) Windows Vista
16 3 (0.10%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1302 (45.15%) Agile Software Development
2 462 (16.02%) TDD
3 458 (15.88%) Scrum
4 431 (14.94%) BDD
5 399 (13.83%) Test Automation
6 357 (12.38%) Project Management
7 288 (9.99%) Automated Testing
8 282 (9.78%) Continuous Integration
8 282 (9.78%) Test Scripting
9 270 (9.36%) SDLC
10 266 (9.22%) DevOps
11 224 (7.77%) Automation Testing
12 220 (7.63%) Test Strategy
13 209 (7.25%) Software Engineering
14 207 (7.18%) User Acceptance Testing
15 198 (6.87%) Regression Testing
16 197 (6.83%) Stakeholder Management
17 196 (6.80%) Kanban
18 193 (6.69%) Unit Testing
18 193 (6.69%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 698 (24.20%) Java
2 499 (17.30%) SQL
3 404 (14.01%) JavaScript
4 325 (11.27%) C#
5 213 (7.39%) Python
6 152 (5.27%) Ruby
7 151 (5.24%) Scala
8 106 (3.68%) C++
9 69 (2.39%) Groovy
10 63 (2.18%) PL/SQL
11 62 (2.15%) PHP
12 59 (2.05%) C
13 49 (1.70%) Shell Script
14 47 (1.63%) T-SQL
15 44 (1.53%) Perl
16 36 (1.25%) ES6
17 32 (1.11%) Bash Shell
18 30 (1.04%) Apple Swift
19 29 (1.01%) PowerShell
20 23 (0.80%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 241 (8.36%) Degree
2 186 (6.45%) Security Cleared
3 129 (4.47%) SC Cleared
4 128 (4.44%) ISEB
5 91 (3.16%) ISTQB
6 46 (1.60%) PMI Certification
7 40 (1.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 38 (1.32%) PMP
9 33 (1.14%) BPSS Clearance
10 28 (0.97%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 27 (0.94%) DV Cleared
12 23 (0.80%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 19 (0.66%) CISSP
14 15 (0.52%) Microsoft Certification
15 14 (0.49%) CISA
15 14 (0.49%) Cisco Certification
15 14 (0.49%) CISM
16 13 (0.45%) CCNA
17 12 (0.42%) CCNP
17 12 (0.42%) PCI QSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 113 (3.92%) PMO
2 67 (2.32%) SDET
3 50 (1.73%) Data Quality
4 37 (1.28%) WCAG
5 26 (0.90%) PCI DSS
6 23 (0.80%) SLA
7 21 (0.73%) Disclosure Scotland
8 19 (0.66%) MiFID
9 9 (0.31%) EMIR
10 6 (0.21%) Dodd-Frank
10 6 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 5 (0.17%) EFQM
12 4 (0.14%) GMP
12 4 (0.14%) GxP
12 4 (0.14%) SEPA
13 3 (0.10%) CRD IV
13 3 (0.10%) HL7
13 3 (0.10%) ISO 9000
13 3 (0.10%) ISO 9001
13 3 (0.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 56 (1.94%) Docker
2 44 (1.53%) Active Directory
3 20 (0.69%) VMware Infrastructure
4 16 (0.55%) HDFS
5 8 (0.28%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (0.21%) Firmware
6 6 (0.21%) vCloud
7 5 (0.17%) Oracle RAC
7 5 (0.17%) vSphere
8 4 (0.14%) Apache Flume
8 4 (0.14%) Hyper-V
8 4 (0.14%) KVM
9 2 (0.069%) BitLocker
9 2 (0.069%) LXC
9 2 (0.069%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (0.069%) NFS
9 2 (0.069%) Virtual Desktop
9 2 (0.069%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.035%) Time Sharing Option
10 1 (0.035%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 60 (2.08%) Puppet
2 58 (2.01%) Opscode Chef
3 56 (1.94%) Ansible
4 40 (1.39%) HP Quality Center
5 15 (0.52%) HockeyApp
6 14 (0.49%) SCCM
7 10 (0.35%) Kubernetes
8 9 (0.31%) Oozie
8 9 (0.31%) Terraform
9 7 (0.24%) TeamSite
10 6 (0.21%) Nagios
10 6 (0.21%) OpenIDM
11 5 (0.17%) Data Guard
11 5 (0.17%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 5 (0.17%) SELinux
11 5 (0.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 4 (0.14%) Rancher
12 4 (0.14%) Rundeck
12 4 (0.14%) ZABBIX
13 3 (0.10%) vRealize
Vendors
1 269 (9.33%) Microsoft
2 189 (6.55%) Oracle
3 116 (4.02%) SAP
4 66 (2.29%) Atlassian
5 45 (1.56%) HP
6 44 (1.53%) IBM
7 38 (1.32%) Salesforce.com
8 35 (1.21%) Google
9 34 (1.18%) Red Hat
10 32 (1.11%) Apple
11 31 (1.07%) New Relic
12 29 (1.01%) Informatica
13 28 (0.97%) VMware
14 25 (0.87%) Cisco
15 24 (0.83%) Adobe
16 23 (0.80%) Pega
17 19 (0.66%) Sybase
18 18 (0.62%) ServiceNow
19 17 (0.59%) hybris
19 17 (0.59%) WorldPay
Buckinghamshire
Rullion
Posted: 14 hours ago
London
CPS Group UK
Rate: £520 - £540 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 3 hours ago
Croydon, Surrey
Talent International
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
AMS contingency
Posted: 8 hours ago
Havant, Hampshire
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Rate: £Negotiable/Flexible
Posted: Yesterday
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
IntaPeople
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
London
Pioneer Search
Rate: £600 - £650 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
Derbyshire
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Berkshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Taunton, Somerset
Spring Technology
Posted: 11 hours ago
City, London
Thebes IT
Posted: 6 hours ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £500 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
City, London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per annum + 6 month contract
Posted: 13 hours ago
West London
Franklin Bates
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
South West
Staffworx Ltd
Rate: excellent rates, 6-12 months initial contract, long term program
Posted: 14 hours ago
Fareham, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £250 - £270 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
South East London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £700 - £800 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Client Server
Rate: £500 to £550 p/day
Posted: 4 days ago
Maidstone, Kent
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 6 days ago
East London
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Highly competitive salary plus bonus and benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Derby, Derbyshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £555.00 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
South West London
Understanding Recruitment
Rate: £550.00 - £600.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 4 days ago
West Midlands
Oscar
Rate: £275 - £375 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Salt
Rate: £200.00 - £250.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago