Period
to 18 June 2019

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 18 June 2019 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
18 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 56 55 75
Rank change year-on-year -1 +20 -9
Contract jobs citing QA 44 26 24
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 5.21% 3.58% 2.82%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 61.97% 35.14% 24.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 16 15
Essex median daily rate £476 £450 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.78% +28.57% -
10th Percentile £326 £338 £313
90th Percentile £540 £600 £424
East of England median daily rate £425 £413 £375
% change year-on-year +3.03% +10.00% -9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Essex median hourly rate - £14.60 £47.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -68.94% +213.33%
East of England median hourly rate £9.80 £14.60 £18.00
% change year-on-year -32.88% -18.89% +108.70%

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 71 74 98
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 8.41% 10.18% 11.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 44 65
Essex median daily rate £344 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -23.61% +12.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £108 £232 £268
90th Percentile £538 £588 £560
East of England median daily rate £425 £416 £425
% change year-on-year +2.10% -2.06% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 7 11
Essex median hourly rate £30.00 £26.00 £14.40
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.38% +80.56% -68.70%
10th Percentile £17.58 £13.16 £10.40
90th Percentile £45.75 £34.72 £46.50
East of England median hourly rate £15.50 £17.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year -11.43% -5.41% -40.32%

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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 18 June 2019.

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 18 June 2019. 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 28 £489 +13.28%
Basildon -1 1 £350 -22.22%
Harlow - 1 £650 -
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East of England

For the 6 months to 18 June 2019, 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 36 (81.82%) Test Automation
2 27 (61.36%) Agile Software Development
3 26 (59.09%) Scrum
4 25 (56.82%) SQL
5 22 (50.00%) Oracle
5 22 (50.00%) Java
6 21 (47.73%) TDD
6 21 (47.73%) Test Strategy
7 20 (45.45%) Integration Testing
7 20 (45.45%) ETL
8 19 (43.18%) ISEB
8 19 (43.18%) Kanban
8 19 (43.18%) BDD
8 19 (43.18%) Performance Testing
8 19 (43.18%) Microservices
9 18 (40.91%) User Stories
9 18 (40.91%) Terraform
9 18 (40.91%) Ansible
9 18 (40.91%) ISTQB
10 17 (38.64%) Confluence
10 17 (38.64%) Java 8
11 16 (36.36%) Acceptance Criteria
11 16 (36.36%) JIRA
12 14 (31.82%) JMeter
12 14 (31.82%) Pentaho
12 14 (31.82%) SoapUI
13 13 (29.55%) Selenium
13 13 (29.55%) Unix
14 12 (27.27%) Test Scripting
14 12 (27.27%) Data Integration

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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 17 (38.64%) Confluence
Applications
1 2 (4.55%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (4.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (2.27%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (2.27%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (2.27%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 11 (25.00%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (25.00%) Internet
2 1 (2.27%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (31.82%) Pentaho
2 11 (25.00%) MySQL
3 9 (20.45%) Impala
3 9 (20.45%) Oracle OWB
4 7 (15.91%) BusinessObjects
5 2 (4.55%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 16 (36.36%) JIRA
2 14 (31.82%) JMeter
2 14 (31.82%) SoapUI
3 13 (29.55%) Selenium
4 11 (25.00%) LoadRunner
5 8 (18.18%) Robot Framework
6 4 (9.09%) Bitbucket
7 3 (6.82%) Zephyr
8 2 (4.55%) Cucumber
9 1 (2.27%) LoadUI
General
1 4 (9.09%) Finance
Job Titles
1 20 (45.45%) Tester
2 19 (43.18%) QA Tester
3 13 (29.55%) Analyst
4 10 (22.73%) Test Analyst
5 7 (15.91%) QA Analyst
5 7 (15.91%) Senior QA Tester
5 7 (15.91%) Senior Tester
6 6 (13.64%) QA Test Analyst
7 4 (9.09%) QA Leader
8 3 (6.82%) Agile Tester
8 3 (6.82%) ETL Analyst
9 2 (4.55%) Automation Test Analyst
9 2 (4.55%) Automation Tester
9 2 (4.55%) ETL Tester
9 2 (4.55%) Lead Tester
9 2 (4.55%) QA Automation Analyst
9 2 (4.55%) QA Automation Tester
9 2 (4.55%) Senior Agile Tester
9 2 (4.55%) Senior QA Manager
9 2 (4.55%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (22.73%) Spring
2 9 (20.45%) J2EE
3 3 (6.82%) SOAP
3 3 (6.82%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 11 (25.00%) Client/Server
2 9 (20.45%) Hybrid Cloud
3 3 (6.82%) Management Information System
4 2 (4.55%) Data Structures
5 1 (2.27%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (2.27%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 13 (29.55%) Unix
2 10 (22.73%) Linux
3 2 (4.55%) Windows
4 1 (2.27%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (81.82%) Test Automation
2 27 (61.36%) Agile Software Development
3 26 (59.09%) Scrum
4 21 (47.73%) TDD
4 21 (47.73%) Test Strategy
5 20 (45.45%) ETL
5 20 (45.45%) Integration Testing
6 19 (43.18%) BDD
6 19 (43.18%) Kanban
6 19 (43.18%) Microservices
6 19 (43.18%) Performance Testing
7 18 (40.91%) User Stories
8 16 (36.36%) Acceptance Criteria
9 12 (27.27%) Data Integration
9 12 (27.27%) Test Scripting
10 11 (25.00%) Coaching
10 11 (25.00%) Data Engineering
11 10 (22.73%) Software Testing
11 10 (22.73%) Test Planning
12 9 (20.45%) Project Planning
Programming Languages
1 25 (56.82%) SQL
2 22 (50.00%) Java
3 17 (38.64%) Java 8
4 3 (6.82%) C
5 2 (4.55%) Perl
6 1 (2.27%) C#
Qualifications
1 19 (43.18%) ISEB
2 18 (40.91%) ISTQB
3 9 (20.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 9 (20.45%) SC Cleared
3 9 (20.45%) Security Cleared
4 2 (4.55%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (4.55%) Degree
5 1 (2.27%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (20.45%) Data Quality
System Software
1 9 (20.45%) Docker
Systems Management
1 18 (40.91%) Ansible
1 18 (40.91%) Terraform
Vendors
1 22 (50.00%) Oracle
2 2 (4.55%) SAP