Period
to 23 April 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Essex with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 6 months to 23 April 2018 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)
6 months to
23 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 68 69 61
Rank change year-on-year +1 -8 +12
Contract jobs citing QA 24 22 19
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 3.40% 2.67% 2.00%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 30.38% 28.21% 15.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 13 15
Essex median daily rate £413 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.86% - -3.45%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £219
90th Percentile £548 £433 £513
East of England median daily rate £450 £370 £390
% change year-on-year +21.62% -5.13% -2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 1
Essex median hourly rate £17.90 £47.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -61.91% +213.33% -
East of England median hourly rate £17.90 £18.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -0.54% -20.00% -38.36%

QA is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Essex with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Essex
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 79 78 121
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 11.21% 9.47% 12.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 57 73
Essex median daily rate £450 £350 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +28.57% -12.50% +25.98%
10th Percentile £234 £215 £210
90th Percentile £588 £507 £548
East of England median daily rate £425 £400 £413
% change year-on-year +6.25% -3.03% +9.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 6 24
Essex median hourly rate £35.52 £39.50 £46.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.09% -14.13% +2.22%
10th Percentile £14.24 £15.75 £20.00
90th Percentile £41.73 £46.75 £62.50
East of England median hourly rate £21.21 £19.90 £25.00
% change year-on-year +6.56% -20.40% -

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Job Vacancy Trend in Essex

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Essex.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Essex

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Essex

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Essex

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Essex

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Essex over the 6 months to 23 April 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Essex

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Essex

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Essex

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Contract Job Locations in Essex

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Essex region over the 6 months to 23 April 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Southend-on-Sea +2 12 £363 +7.41%
Brentwood - 4 £463 - 1
Chelmsford -4 2 £394 +14.96% 6
Witham - 1 £450 -
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East of England

For the 6 months to 23 April 2018, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Essex region with a requirement for QA.

1 16 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (41.67%) SoapUI
3 9 (37.50%) TDD
3 9 (37.50%) Java
4 8 (33.33%) Scrum
4 8 (33.33%) SQL
4 8 (33.33%) Jenkins
4 8 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
5 7 (29.17%) Kanban
5 7 (29.17%) Git (software)
5 7 (29.17%) Cucumber
5 7 (29.17%) BDD
5 7 (29.17%) Selenium
5 7 (29.17%) Test Management
5 7 (29.17%) SOAP
5 7 (29.17%) XML
5 7 (29.17%) ISEB
5 7 (29.17%) User Stories
5 7 (29.17%) Zephyr
6 6 (25.00%) Configuration Management
6 6 (25.00%) JMeter
6 6 (25.00%) Oracle
7 5 (20.83%) J2EE
7 5 (20.83%) SOA
7 5 (20.83%) Software Testing
7 5 (20.83%) ISEB Practitioner
7 5 (20.83%) SDLC
8 4 (16.67%) API Design
8 4 (16.67%) API Testing
8 4 (16.67%) Microservices

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Essex 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 4 (16.67%) Apache
1 4 (16.67%) JBoss
1 4 (16.67%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 2 (8.33%) WebLogic
3 1 (4.17%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 1 (4.17%) CMS
3 1 (4.17%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (4.17%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 3 (12.50%) GitHub
2 1 (4.17%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 4 (16.67%) HTTP
1 4 (16.67%) SSL
1 4 (16.67%) TCP/IP
2 3 (12.50%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (16.67%) Relational Database
2 3 (12.50%) Geospatial Data
2 3 (12.50%) GIS
2 3 (12.50%) Spatial Data
2 3 (12.50%) SQL Server
3 1 (4.17%) DTS
Development Applications
1 10 (41.67%) SoapUI
2 8 (33.33%) Jenkins
3 7 (29.17%) Cucumber
3 7 (29.17%) Git (software)
3 7 (29.17%) Selenium
3 7 (29.17%) Zephyr
4 6 (25.00%) JMeter
5 4 (16.67%) Subversion
6 3 (12.50%) Artifactory
7 2 (8.33%) CocoaPods
7 2 (8.33%) JIRA
7 2 (8.33%) LoadRunner
7 2 (8.33%) Robot Framework
7 2 (8.33%) The Grinder
7 2 (8.33%) Toad
7 2 (8.33%) Xcode
8 1 (4.17%) Maven
General
1 2 (8.33%) Finance
2 1 (4.17%) Manufacturing
2 1 (4.17%) Retail
Job Titles
1 9 (37.50%) Analyst
2 6 (25.00%) Test Analyst
2 6 (25.00%) Tester
3 5 (20.83%) QA Analyst
3 5 (20.83%) QA Test Analyst
4 3 (12.50%) Business Analyst
4 3 (12.50%) Developer
4 3 (12.50%) GIS Officer
4 3 (12.50%) QA Tester
5 2 (8.33%) iOS Developer
5 2 (8.33%) Performance Tester
5 2 (8.33%) QA Engineer
5 2 (8.33%) Senior Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Senior QA Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Senior QA Test Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Senior Test Analyst
6 1 (4.17%) Java Web Developer
6 1 (4.17%) Linux Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Software Test Analyst
6 1 (4.17%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (29.17%) SOAP
1 7 (29.17%) XML
2 5 (20.83%) J2EE
3 4 (16.67%) Middleware
4 3 (12.50%) Web Services
5 2 (8.33%) .NET
5 2 (8.33%) Core Data
5 2 (8.33%) XML Messaging
6 1 (4.17%) Ajax
6 1 (4.17%) AngularJS
6 1 (4.17%) CSS
6 1 (4.17%) HTML
6 1 (4.17%) HTML5
6 1 (4.17%) JSP
6 1 (4.17%) Sass
6 1 (4.17%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (12.50%) Freedom of Information
1 3 (12.50%) Management Information System
1 3 (12.50%) Reinsurance
2 2 (8.33%) User Experience
3 1 (4.17%) iPad
3 1 (4.17%) Virtual Team
3 1 (4.17%) Web 2.0
Operating Systems
1 4 (16.67%) Linux
1 4 (16.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 3 (12.50%) Windows
3 2 (8.33%) Apple iOS
3 2 (8.33%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (37.50%) TDD
3 8 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
3 8 (33.33%) Scrum
4 7 (29.17%) BDD
4 7 (29.17%) Kanban
4 7 (29.17%) Test Management
4 7 (29.17%) User Stories
5 6 (25.00%) Configuration Management
6 5 (20.83%) SDLC
6 5 (20.83%) SOA
6 5 (20.83%) Software Testing
7 4 (16.67%) API Design
7 4 (16.67%) API Testing
7 4 (16.67%) Coaching
7 4 (16.67%) Deployment Automation
7 4 (16.67%) Mentoring
7 4 (16.67%) Microservices
7 4 (16.67%) Performance Testing
7 4 (16.67%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 9 (37.50%) Java
2 8 (33.33%) SQL
3 4 (16.67%) Perl
4 2 (8.33%) Apple Swift
4 2 (8.33%) Objective-C
4 2 (8.33%) Python
4 2 (8.33%) Ruby
5 1 (4.17%) C
5 1 (4.17%) C++
5 1 (4.17%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 7 (29.17%) ISEB
2 5 (20.83%) ISEB Practitioner
3 2 (8.33%) ISTQB
3 2 (8.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (4.17%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.17%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (16.67%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (16.67%) Ansible
1 4 (16.67%) Opscode Chef
1 4 (16.67%) Puppet
2 3 (12.50%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 6 (25.00%) Oracle
2 4 (16.67%) WSO2
3 3 (12.50%) HP
3 3 (12.50%) Kofax
4 2 (8.33%) AppDynamics
4 2 (8.33%) webMethods
5 1 (4.17%) Adobe
5 1 (4.17%) Google
5 1 (4.17%) Microsoft
5 1 (4.17%) Omniture