Period
to 14 December 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 14 December 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
14 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 57 77 54
Rank change year-on-year +20 -23 +10
Contract jobs citing QA 56 18 27
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 5.21% 2.38% 3.20%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 43.75% 22.50% 26.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 14 19
Essex median daily rate £438 £346 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +26.63% -18.71% +6.25%
10th Percentile £344 £313 £255
90th Percentile £600 £493 £525
East of England median daily rate £410 £400 £413
% change year-on-year +2.50% -3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 5
Essex median hourly rate - £21.21 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -41.10% +56.52%
East of England median hourly rate £28.25 £38.50 £35.75
% change year-on-year -26.62% +7.69% +55.43%

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 128 80 102
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 11.92% 10.57% 12.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 48 70
Essex median daily rate £438 £356 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +22.81% +1.79% -12.50%
10th Percentile £116 £278 £210
90th Percentile £600 £538 £518
East of England median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 17 19
Essex median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £22.65 £11.52 £28.35
90th Percentile £46.75 £42.40 £46.15
East of England median hourly rate £17.50 £26.22 £37.50
% change year-on-year -33.26% -30.08% +50.00%

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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 14 December 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 14 December 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 +1 26 £438 +20.69% 5
Harlow - 2 £475 - 2
Brentwood +4 1 - - 1
Chelmsford - 1 £565 - 2
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East of England

For the 6 months to 14 December 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 46 (82.14%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (64.29%) Scrum
3 33 (58.93%) Test Automation
4 29 (51.79%) Kanban
5 28 (50.00%) Confluence
6 26 (46.43%) Test Strategy
7 25 (44.64%) User Stories
7 25 (44.64%) Selenium
7 25 (44.64%) JIRA
8 24 (42.86%) ISTQB
8 24 (42.86%) Oracle
8 24 (42.86%) SoapUI
9 23 (41.07%) Pentaho
9 23 (41.07%) Acceptance Criteria
9 23 (41.07%) SQL
9 23 (41.07%) ETL
9 23 (41.07%) ISEB
9 23 (41.07%) Integration Testing
10 22 (39.29%) JMeter
10 22 (39.29%) TDD
10 22 (39.29%) SDLC
11 21 (37.50%) Coaching
11 21 (37.50%) Software Testing
12 20 (35.71%) LoadRunner
12 20 (35.71%) Performance Testing
12 20 (35.71%) BDD
12 20 (35.71%) Data Engineering
13 19 (33.93%) Data Integration
13 19 (33.93%) Data Quality
13 19 (33.93%) User Acceptance Testing

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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 28 (50.00%) Confluence
2 3 (5.36%) SharePoint
3 2 (3.57%) WebLogic
4 1 (1.79%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 1 (1.79%) Apache
4 1 (1.79%) CMS
4 1 (1.79%) JBoss
4 1 (1.79%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 11 (19.64%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (8.93%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (8.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (5.36%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (1.79%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.79%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 10 (17.86%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.79%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 15 (26.79%) Internet
2 1 (1.79%) HTTP
2 1 (1.79%) PuTTY
2 1 (1.79%) SSL
2 1 (1.79%) TCP/IP
2 1 (1.79%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (41.07%) Pentaho
2 14 (25.00%) Impala
3 10 (17.86%) MySQL
4 6 (10.71%) BusinessObjects
5 5 (8.93%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (1.79%) Oracle Database
6 1 (1.79%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 25 (44.64%) JIRA
1 25 (44.64%) Selenium
2 24 (42.86%) SoapUI
3 22 (39.29%) JMeter
4 20 (35.71%) LoadRunner
5 11 (19.64%) Bitbucket
6 9 (16.07%) Robot Framework
7 7 (12.50%) Jenkins
8 5 (8.93%) GitLab
9 3 (5.36%) Cucumber
9 3 (5.36%) Zephyr
10 1 (1.79%) Git (software)
10 1 (1.79%) HP UFT
10 1 (1.79%) JUnit
10 1 (1.79%) Maven
10 1 (1.79%) Sahi
10 1 (1.79%) Subversion
10 1 (1.79%) WATIR
10 1 (1.79%) WebDriver
General
1 6 (10.71%) Finance
2 1 (1.79%) Retail
Job Titles
1 21 (37.50%) Tester
2 19 (33.93%) Analyst
3 17 (30.36%) QA Tester
4 10 (17.86%) Test Analyst
5 7 (12.50%) Senior QA Tester
5 7 (12.50%) Senior Tester
6 6 (10.71%) QA Analyst
7 5 (8.93%) Release Manager
8 4 (7.14%) QA Test Analyst
9 3 (5.36%) Automation Tester
9 3 (5.36%) Financial Analyst
9 3 (5.36%) Lead Tester
9 3 (5.36%) PMO Analyst
9 3 (5.36%) QA Automation Tester
9 3 (5.36%) QA Leader
10 2 (3.57%) Change Analyst
10 2 (3.57%) ETL Analyst
10 2 (3.57%) Performance Tester
10 2 (3.57%) QA Engineer
10 2 (3.57%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (21.43%) J2EE
2 5 (8.93%) Web Services
3 4 (7.14%) XML
4 3 (5.36%) Gherkin
4 3 (5.36%) RESTful
5 2 (3.57%) CSS
5 2 (3.57%) HTML
5 2 (3.57%) SOAP
5 2 (3.57%) Spring
5 2 (3.57%) Spring Boot
6 1 (1.79%) .NET
6 1 (1.79%) Ajax
6 1 (1.79%) HTML5
6 1 (1.79%) JSP
6 1 (1.79%) Middleware
6 1 (1.79%) RabbitMQ
6 1 (1.79%) REST
6 1 (1.79%) Sass
6 1 (1.79%) XHTML
6 1 (1.79%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 17 (30.36%) Client/Server
2 8 (14.29%) Hybrid Cloud
3 7 (12.50%) Management Information System
4 5 (8.93%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (7.14%) Data Structures
6 2 (3.57%) Virtual Team
7 1 (1.79%) PMI
7 1 (1.79%) Tandem
7 1 (1.79%) User Experience
7 1 (1.79%) Web 2.0
Operating Systems
1 16 (28.57%) Linux
2 6 (10.71%) Windows
3 4 (7.14%) Unix
4 2 (3.57%) CentOS
5 1 (1.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (82.14%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (64.29%) Scrum
3 33 (58.93%) Test Automation
4 29 (51.79%) Kanban
5 26 (46.43%) Test Strategy
6 25 (44.64%) User Stories
7 23 (41.07%) Acceptance Criteria
7 23 (41.07%) ETL
7 23 (41.07%) Integration Testing
8 22 (39.29%) SDLC
8 22 (39.29%) TDD
9 21 (37.50%) Coaching
9 21 (37.50%) Software Testing
10 20 (35.71%) BDD
10 20 (35.71%) Data Engineering
10 20 (35.71%) Performance Testing
11 19 (33.93%) Data Integration
11 19 (33.93%) User Acceptance Testing
12 18 (32.14%) Functional Testing
13 17 (30.36%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 23 (41.07%) SQL
2 17 (30.36%) Java
3 3 (5.36%) Groovy
3 3 (5.36%) Scala
4 2 (3.57%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.79%) Java 8
5 1 (1.79%) Perl
5 1 (1.79%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 24 (42.86%) ISTQB
2 23 (41.07%) ISEB
3 9 (16.07%) Security Cleared
4 8 (14.29%) SC Cleared
5 3 (5.36%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (3.57%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (3.57%) Degree
6 2 (3.57%) IRCA
6 2 (3.57%) Six Sigma Black Belt
7 1 (1.79%) DBS Check
7 1 (1.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (1.79%) PMI Certification
7 1 (1.79%) PMP
7 1 (1.79%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (33.93%) Data Quality
2 4 (7.14%) PMO
3 2 (3.57%) ISO 9001
3 2 (3.57%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 9 (16.07%) Docker
Systems Management
1 16 (28.57%) Ansible
2 15 (26.79%) Terraform
3 1 (1.79%) Kibana
3 1 (1.79%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.79%) Puppet
Vendors
1 24 (42.86%) Oracle
2 6 (10.71%) Microsoft
3 4 (7.14%) SAP
4 3 (5.36%) Atlassian
5 2 (3.57%) Red Hat
6 1 (1.79%) Adobe
6 1 (1.79%) Google
6 1 (1.79%) Informatica
6 1 (1.79%) Omniture
6 1 (1.79%) WSO2