Period
to 23 January 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 January 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 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 71 57 65
Rank change year-on-year -14 +8 +5
Contract jobs citing QA 15 25 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 2.25% 3.08% 1.99%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 19.48% 26.60% 15.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 19 13
Essex median daily rate £350 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.66% +3.75% -13.51%
10th Percentile £313 £255 £219
90th Percentile £525 £508 £431
East of England median daily rate £450 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +12.50% +6.67% -1.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 2
Essex median hourly rate £21.21 £40.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -46.99% +110.53% -
10th Percentile £20.60 £40.00 £15.80
90th Percentile £21.81 £40.00 £22.20
East of England median hourly rate £38.75 £40.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -3.13% +73.91% -36.99%

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 77 94 140
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 11.53% 11.58% 12.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 68 79
Essex median daily rate £375 £350 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -12.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £272 £207 £220
90th Percentile £545 £508 £558
East of England median daily rate £413 £375 £400
% change year-on-year +10.00% -6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 14 30
Essex median hourly rate £40.00 £38.75 £40.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.23% -3.73% +19.26%
10th Percentile £10.64 £20.63 £22.50
90th Percentile £42.85 £46.53 £62.50
East of England median hourly rate £26.22 £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year -30.08% +7.14% +20.17%

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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 January 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 January 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 -12 7 £350 -
Brentwood - 4 £338 -
Chelmsford - 2 £394 - 1
Witham - 1 £450 - 1
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East of England

For the 6 months to 23 January 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 11 (73.33%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (60.00%) Software Testing
3 8 (53.33%) Selenium
4 6 (40.00%) Kanban
4 6 (40.00%) BDD
4 6 (40.00%) SoapUI
4 6 (40.00%) SDLC
4 6 (40.00%) TDD
4 6 (40.00%) Scrum
4 6 (40.00%) ISEB
5 5 (33.33%) SOAP
5 5 (33.33%) Finance
5 5 (33.33%) Zephyr
5 5 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
5 5 (33.33%) Cucumber
5 5 (33.33%) Jenkins
5 5 (33.33%) User Stories
5 5 (33.33%) Test Management
5 5 (33.33%) Git (software)
5 5 (33.33%) Test Automation
5 5 (33.33%) ISEB Practitioner
6 4 (26.67%) Ruby
6 4 (26.67%) User Acceptance Testing
6 4 (26.67%) Performance Testing
6 4 (26.67%) Configuration Management
6 4 (26.67%) JMeter
6 4 (26.67%) Linux
6 4 (26.67%) Java
6 4 (26.67%) Perl
6 4 (26.67%) SQL

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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 2 (13.33%) Apache
1 2 (13.33%) JBoss
1 2 (13.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 1 (6.67%) Confluence
2 1 (6.67%) WebLogic
Communications & Networking
1 2 (13.33%) 802.11
1 2 (13.33%) ADSL
1 2 (13.33%) Bluetooth
1 2 (13.33%) Broadband
1 2 (13.33%) HTTP
1 2 (13.33%) IPv4
1 2 (13.33%) IPv6
1 2 (13.33%) NAS
1 2 (13.33%) SSL
1 2 (13.33%) TCP/IP
1 2 (13.33%) UPnP
1 2 (13.33%) VDSL
1 2 (13.33%) WAN
1 2 (13.33%) Wireless
1 2 (13.33%) Wireshark
2 1 (6.67%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (13.33%) Relational Database
2 1 (6.67%) DTS
Development Applications
1 8 (53.33%) Selenium
2 6 (40.00%) SoapUI
3 5 (33.33%) Cucumber
3 5 (33.33%) Git (software)
3 5 (33.33%) Jenkins
3 5 (33.33%) Zephyr
4 4 (26.67%) JMeter
5 3 (20.00%) Artifactory
5 3 (20.00%) JIRA
6 2 (13.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 2 (13.33%) Bugzilla
6 2 (13.33%) JUnit
6 2 (13.33%) LoadRunner
6 2 (13.33%) Redmine
6 2 (13.33%) Robot Framework
6 2 (13.33%) Subversion
6 2 (13.33%) The Grinder
6 2 (13.33%) Trac
General
1 5 (33.33%) Finance
2 2 (13.33%) Marketing
3 1 (6.67%) Banking
3 1 (6.67%) Retail
Job Titles
1 9 (60.00%) Analyst
2 6 (40.00%) Test Analyst
3 5 (33.33%) QA Analyst
3 5 (33.33%) QA Test Analyst
3 5 (33.33%) Tester
4 3 (20.00%) Business Analyst
4 3 (20.00%) Software Tester
5 2 (13.33%) Performance Tester
5 2 (13.33%) Senior Analyst
5 2 (13.33%) Senior QA Analyst
5 2 (13.33%) Senior QA Test Analyst
5 2 (13.33%) Senior Test Analyst
6 1 (6.67%) Agile Test Analyst
6 1 (6.67%) Coordinator
6 1 (6.67%) QA Tester
6 1 (6.67%) Software Analyst
6 1 (6.67%) Software QA Tester
6 1 (6.67%) Software Test Analyst
6 1 (6.67%) Technical Coordinator
6 1 (6.67%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (33.33%) SOAP
2 4 (26.67%) .NET
3 2 (13.33%) 802.1X
3 2 (13.33%) J2EE
3 2 (13.33%) Middleware
3 2 (13.33%) Web Services
3 2 (13.33%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (20.00%) Reinsurance
2 2 (13.33%) Management Information System
2 2 (13.33%) STB
3 1 (6.67%) Client/Server
3 1 (6.67%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 4 (26.67%) Linux
2 2 (13.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 2 (13.33%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (73.33%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (60.00%) Software Testing
3 6 (40.00%) BDD
3 6 (40.00%) Kanban
3 6 (40.00%) Scrum
3 6 (40.00%) SDLC
3 6 (40.00%) TDD
4 5 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
4 5 (33.33%) Test Automation
4 5 (33.33%) Test Management
4 5 (33.33%) User Stories
5 4 (26.67%) Configuration Management
5 4 (26.67%) Performance Testing
5 4 (26.67%) User Acceptance Testing
6 3 (20.00%) Business Analysis
6 3 (20.00%) Change Management
6 3 (20.00%) Data Mapping
6 3 (20.00%) ETL
6 3 (20.00%) Mentoring
6 3 (20.00%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 4 (26.67%) Java
1 4 (26.67%) Perl
1 4 (26.67%) Ruby
1 4 (26.67%) SQL
2 2 (13.33%) Bash Shell
2 2 (13.33%) JavaScript
2 2 (13.33%) PHP
2 2 (13.33%) PowerShell
2 2 (13.33%) Python
2 2 (13.33%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 6 (40.00%) ISEB
2 5 (33.33%) ISEB Practitioner
3 2 (13.33%) Degree
4 1 (6.67%) ISTQB
4 1 (6.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (6.67%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.67%) Disclosure Scotland
1 1 (6.67%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (13.33%) Docker
1 2 (13.33%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 2 (13.33%) Ansible
1 2 (13.33%) Opscode Chef
1 2 (13.33%) Puppet
Vendors
1 3 (20.00%) HP
1 3 (20.00%) Kofax
1 3 (20.00%) Oracle
2 2 (13.33%) AppDynamics
2 2 (13.33%) WSO2