Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 68 83 54
Rank change year-on-year +15 -29 +16
Contract jobs citing QA 39 13 27
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 3.76% 1.59% 3.17%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 32.77% 15.85% 23.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 11 20
Essex median daily rate £463 £341 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +35.63% -19.76% +6.25%
10th Percentile £343 £313 £255
90th Percentile £600 £375 £525
East of England median daily rate £411 £400 £425
% change year-on-year +2.81% -5.88% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 5
Essex median hourly rate - - £36.00
East of England median hourly rate £28.25 £38.75 £21.00
% change year-on-year -27.10% +84.52% -40.00%

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 119 82 114
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 11.46% 10.01% 13.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 48 78
Essex median daily rate £450 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +14.29% -6.67%
10th Percentile £116 £296 £201
90th Percentile £600 £575 £525
East of England median daily rate £415 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +3.75% - +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 17 23
Essex median hourly rate £32.70 £23.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +39.15% -37.33% -
10th Percentile £21.25 £10.40 £30.70
90th Percentile £45.63 £40.40 £46.95
East of England median hourly rate £18.00 £19.34 £36.00
% change year-on-year -6.90% -46.29% +2.86%

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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 21 October 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 21 October 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 +18 18 £500 +46.63% 1
Brentwood +6 1 - - 2
Chelmsford - 1 £565 - 5
Harlow - 1 £575 -
Basildon - 1 £450 -
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East of England

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 31 (79.49%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (64.10%) Scrum
3 21 (53.85%) Test Automation
4 20 (51.28%) Kanban
5 16 (41.03%) Java
5 16 (41.03%) Confluence
6 15 (38.46%) SoapUI
6 15 (38.46%) Test Strategy
6 15 (38.46%) User Stories
6 15 (38.46%) Selenium
6 15 (38.46%) TDD
7 14 (35.90%) JIRA
8 13 (33.33%) ISTQB
8 13 (33.33%) Ansible
8 13 (33.33%) BDD
8 13 (33.33%) Acceptance Criteria
9 12 (30.77%) JMeter
9 12 (30.77%) J2EE
9 12 (30.77%) ISEB
10 11 (28.21%) SQL
10 11 (28.21%) Software Testing
10 11 (28.21%) Terraform
10 11 (28.21%) Mentoring
10 11 (28.21%) Microservices
11 10 (25.64%) Data Quality
11 10 (25.64%) SDLC
11 10 (25.64%) Performance Testing
11 10 (25.64%) Oracle
11 10 (25.64%) LoadRunner
12 9 (23.08%) Linux

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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 16 (41.03%) Confluence
2 2 (5.13%) Apache
2 2 (5.13%) JBoss
2 2 (5.13%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 2 (5.13%) SharePoint
2 2 (5.13%) WebLogic
3 1 (2.56%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 1 (2.56%) CMS
Applications
1 4 (10.26%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (7.69%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (5.13%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (2.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (2.56%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (2.56%) Cerner Millennium
1 1 (2.56%) Lorenzo
Cloud Services
1 8 (20.51%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (5.13%) Azure Active Directory
2 2 (5.13%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (2.56%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 7 (17.95%) Internet
2 2 (5.13%) HTTP
2 2 (5.13%) SSL
2 2 (5.13%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (20.51%) Pentaho
2 6 (15.38%) MySQL
3 5 (12.82%) Impala
4 2 (5.13%) Relational Database
5 1 (2.56%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (2.56%) Electronic Patient Records
Development Applications
1 15 (38.46%) Selenium
1 15 (38.46%) SoapUI
2 14 (35.90%) JIRA
3 12 (30.77%) JMeter
4 10 (25.64%) LoadRunner
5 7 (17.95%) Robot Framework
6 6 (15.38%) Jenkins
7 4 (10.26%) Zephyr
8 3 (7.69%) Bitbucket
8 3 (7.69%) Cucumber
8 3 (7.69%) GitLab
9 2 (5.13%) Git (software)
9 2 (5.13%) Subversion
10 1 (2.56%) HP UFT
10 1 (2.56%) Maven
10 1 (2.56%) Rational Rhapsody
10 1 (2.56%) Sahi
10 1 (2.56%) WATIR
General
1 5 (12.82%) Finance
Job Titles
1 12 (30.77%) Analyst
1 12 (30.77%) Tester
2 9 (23.08%) QA Tester
3 6 (15.38%) QA Analyst
3 6 (15.38%) Senior QA Tester
3 6 (15.38%) Senior Tester
4 5 (12.82%) Test Analyst
5 4 (10.26%) QA Test Analyst
6 3 (7.69%) QA Engineer
6 3 (7.69%) Release Manager
7 2 (5.13%) Architect
7 2 (5.13%) Financial Analyst
7 2 (5.13%) Lead Tester
7 2 (5.13%) Performance Tester
7 2 (5.13%) PMO Analyst
7 2 (5.13%) QA Leader
7 2 (5.13%) Senior Analyst
7 2 (5.13%) Systems Analyst
7 2 (5.13%) Test Leader
8 1 (2.56%) Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (30.77%) J2EE
2 5 (12.82%) Web Services
3 4 (10.26%) XML
4 3 (7.69%) Gherkin
4 3 (7.69%) RESTful
5 2 (5.13%) Middleware
5 2 (5.13%) SOAP
5 2 (5.13%) Spring
5 2 (5.13%) Spring Boot
5 2 (5.13%) XML Messaging
6 1 (2.56%) .NET
6 1 (2.56%) Ajax
6 1 (2.56%) AngularJS
6 1 (2.56%) CSS
6 1 (2.56%) HTML
6 1 (2.56%) HTML5
6 1 (2.56%) JSP
6 1 (2.56%) Sass
6 1 (2.56%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (23.08%) Client/Server
2 6 (15.38%) Hybrid Cloud
3 3 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (7.69%) Management Information System
3 3 (7.69%) NHS
4 2 (5.13%) Data Centre
4 2 (5.13%) Virtual Team
5 1 (2.56%) PMI
5 1 (2.56%) SystemC
5 1 (2.56%) Tandem
5 1 (2.56%) Web 2.0
Operating Systems
1 9 (23.08%) Linux
2 4 (10.26%) Windows
3 2 (5.13%) CentOS
3 2 (5.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (2.56%) Unix
4 1 (2.56%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (79.49%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (64.10%) Scrum
3 21 (53.85%) Test Automation
4 20 (51.28%) Kanban
5 15 (38.46%) TDD
5 15 (38.46%) Test Strategy
5 15 (38.46%) User Stories
6 13 (33.33%) Acceptance Criteria
6 13 (33.33%) BDD
7 11 (28.21%) Mentoring
7 11 (28.21%) Microservices
7 11 (28.21%) Software Testing
8 10 (25.64%) Performance Testing
8 10 (25.64%) SDLC
9 9 (23.08%) Integration Testing
10 8 (20.51%) Coaching
10 8 (20.51%) Data Integration
10 8 (20.51%) ETL
10 8 (20.51%) Test Planning
10 8 (20.51%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 16 (41.03%) Java
2 11 (28.21%) SQL
3 3 (7.69%) Groovy
3 3 (7.69%) Scala
4 2 (5.13%) Perl
5 1 (2.56%) C
5 1 (2.56%) Java 8
5 1 (2.56%) JavaScript
5 1 (2.56%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 13 (33.33%) ISTQB
2 12 (30.77%) ISEB
3 6 (15.38%) Security Cleared
4 5 (12.82%) BPSS Clearance
4 5 (12.82%) SC Cleared
5 3 (7.69%) DBS Check
6 2 (5.13%) IRCA
6 2 (5.13%) Six Sigma Black Belt
7 1 (2.56%) MCSA
7 1 (2.56%) MCSE
7 1 (2.56%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (2.56%) PMI Certification
7 1 (2.56%) PMP
7 1 (2.56%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (25.64%) Data Quality
2 3 (7.69%) PMO
3 2 (5.13%) ISO 9001
3 2 (5.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (2.56%) HL7
System Software
1 8 (20.51%) Docker
2 2 (5.13%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 13 (33.33%) Ansible
2 11 (28.21%) Terraform
3 2 (5.13%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (5.13%) Puppet
Vendors
1 10 (25.64%) Oracle
2 5 (12.82%) Microsoft
3 3 (7.69%) Atlassian
4 2 (5.13%) Red Hat
4 2 (5.13%) WSO2
5 1 (2.56%) Adobe
5 1 (2.56%) Cerner
5 1 (2.56%) Civica
5 1 (2.56%) Dell
5 1 (2.56%) Google
5 1 (2.56%) Informatica
5 1 (2.56%) MEDITECH
5 1 (2.56%) Omniture