Period
to 19 June 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 19 June 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
19 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 58 75 64
Rank change year-on-year +17 -11 +4
Contract jobs citing QA 26 24 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 3.59% 2.82% 1.51%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 35.14% 24.49% 13.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 15 11
Essex median daily rate £450 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +28.57% - -12.50%
10th Percentile £338 £313 £250
90th Percentile £600 £424 £509
East of England median daily rate £413 £373 £413
% change year-on-year +10.74% -9.70% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Essex median hourly rate £14.60 £47.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -68.94% +213.33% -
East of England median hourly rate £14.60 £18.00 £8.63
% change year-on-year -18.89% +108.70% -75.87%

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 74 98 107
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 10.22% 11.50% 11.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 65 63
Essex median daily rate £450 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +6.67% +3.45%
10th Percentile £247 £268 £190
90th Percentile £588 £560 £505
East of England median daily rate £420 £420 £400
% change year-on-year - +5.00% +10.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 11 25
Essex median hourly rate £26.00 £14.40 £46.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +80.56% -68.70% +22.67%
10th Percentile £13.16 £10.40 £20.50
90th Percentile £34.72 £46.50 £62.50
East of England median hourly rate £17.50 £18.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year -5.41% -40.32% +6.90%

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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 19 June 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 19 June 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 +17 12 £431 +23.21%
Brentwood - 3 £463 -
Chelmsford -7 2 £394 +14.96% 3
Basildon +2 1 £450 - 1
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East of England

For the 6 months to 19 June 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 (61.54%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (46.15%) TDD
2 12 (46.15%) SoapUI
3 11 (42.31%) Scrum
4 10 (38.46%) SQL
4 10 (38.46%) Oracle
4 10 (38.46%) Test Automation
5 9 (34.62%) Kanban
5 9 (34.62%) BDD
5 9 (34.62%) Selenium
5 9 (34.62%) User Stories
6 8 (30.77%) Mentoring
6 8 (30.77%) JIRA
6 8 (30.77%) Integration Testing
6 8 (30.77%) Java
6 8 (30.77%) Linux
6 8 (30.77%) JMeter
6 8 (30.77%) ISEB
7 7 (26.92%) Internet
7 7 (26.92%) ETL
7 7 (26.92%) Client/Server
7 7 (26.92%) XML
7 7 (26.92%) Confluence
7 7 (26.92%) User Acceptance Testing
7 7 (26.92%) Test Scripting
7 7 (26.92%) ISTQB
8 6 (23.08%) Continuous Integration
8 6 (23.08%) Coaching
8 6 (23.08%) Acceptance Criteria
9 5 (19.23%) Impala

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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 7 (26.92%) Confluence
2 3 (11.54%) Apache
2 3 (11.54%) JBoss
2 3 (11.54%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 2 (7.69%) WebLogic
4 1 (3.85%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 1 (3.85%) CMS
Applications
1 1 (3.85%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (3.85%) Cerner Millennium
1 1 (3.85%) Lorenzo
Cloud Services
1 3 (11.54%) GitHub
2 2 (7.69%) Azure Active Directory
2 2 (7.69%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (3.85%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 7 (26.92%) Internet
2 3 (11.54%) HTTP
2 3 (11.54%) SMS
2 3 (11.54%) SSL
2 3 (11.54%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (19.23%) Impala
1 5 (19.23%) Pentaho
2 3 (11.54%) Geospatial Data
2 3 (11.54%) GIS
2 3 (11.54%) Relational Database
2 3 (11.54%) Spatial Data
2 3 (11.54%) SQL Server
3 1 (3.85%) Electronic Patient Records
Development Applications
1 12 (46.15%) SoapUI
2 9 (34.62%) Selenium
3 8 (30.77%) JIRA
3 8 (30.77%) JMeter
4 5 (19.23%) Cucumber
4 5 (19.23%) Jenkins
4 5 (19.23%) LoadRunner
5 4 (15.38%) Git (software)
5 4 (15.38%) Zephyr
6 3 (11.54%) Bitbucket
6 3 (11.54%) Subversion
7 2 (7.69%) CocoaPods
7 2 (7.69%) Toad
7 2 (7.69%) Xcode
8 1 (3.85%) HP UFT
8 1 (3.85%) Maven
8 1 (3.85%) Rational Rhapsody
8 1 (3.85%) Robot Framework
8 1 (3.85%) Sahi
8 1 (3.85%) WATIR
General
1 1 (3.85%) Finance
1 1 (3.85%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 8 (30.77%) Analyst
2 5 (19.23%) Tester
3 4 (15.38%) QA Engineer
3 4 (15.38%) QA Tester
4 3 (11.54%) Developer
4 3 (11.54%) GIS Officer
4 3 (11.54%) Test Analyst
5 2 (7.69%) Business Analyst
5 2 (7.69%) iOS Developer
5 2 (7.69%) Systems Analyst
6 1 (3.85%) Designer
6 1 (3.85%) Digital Analyst
6 1 (3.85%) ETL Analyst
6 1 (3.85%) Graduate
6 1 (3.85%) Graduate Tester
6 1 (3.85%) JIRA Engineer
6 1 (3.85%) Lead Designer
6 1 (3.85%) Senior Quality Analyst
6 1 (3.85%) Systems Designer
6 1 (3.85%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (26.92%) XML
2 5 (19.23%) J2EE
3 4 (15.38%) SOAP
4 3 (11.54%) Middleware
4 3 (11.54%) XML Messaging
5 2 (7.69%) Core Data
5 2 (7.69%) Web Services
6 1 (3.85%) .NET
6 1 (3.85%) Ajax
6 1 (3.85%) AngularJS
6 1 (3.85%) CSS
6 1 (3.85%) HTML
6 1 (3.85%) HTML5
6 1 (3.85%) JSP
6 1 (3.85%) Sass
6 1 (3.85%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (26.92%) Client/Server
2 3 (11.54%) Freedom of Information
2 3 (11.54%) Management Information System
2 3 (11.54%) NHS
3 2 (7.69%) Data Centre
3 2 (7.69%) Reinsurance
3 2 (7.69%) User Experience
4 1 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (3.85%) iPad
4 1 (3.85%) SystemC
4 1 (3.85%) Virtual Team
4 1 (3.85%) Web 2.0
Operating Systems
1 8 (30.77%) Linux
2 4 (15.38%) Windows
3 3 (11.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (7.69%) Apple iOS
4 2 (7.69%) Unix
5 1 (3.85%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (61.54%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (46.15%) TDD
3 11 (42.31%) Scrum
4 10 (38.46%) Test Automation
5 9 (34.62%) BDD
5 9 (34.62%) Kanban
5 9 (34.62%) User Stories
6 8 (30.77%) Integration Testing
6 8 (30.77%) Mentoring
7 7 (26.92%) ETL
7 7 (26.92%) Test Scripting
7 7 (26.92%) User Acceptance Testing
8 6 (23.08%) Acceptance Criteria
8 6 (23.08%) Coaching
8 6 (23.08%) Continuous Integration
9 5 (19.23%) Data Integration
9 5 (19.23%) Functional Testing
9 5 (19.23%) Performance Testing
9 5 (19.23%) SDLC
9 5 (19.23%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 10 (38.46%) SQL
2 8 (30.77%) Java
3 3 (11.54%) Perl
4 2 (7.69%) Apple Swift
4 2 (7.69%) C
4 2 (7.69%) Objective-C
5 1 (3.85%) C++
5 1 (3.85%) JavaScript
5 1 (3.85%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 8 (30.77%) ISEB
2 7 (26.92%) ISTQB
3 3 (11.54%) BPSS Clearance
3 3 (11.54%) DBS Check
4 2 (7.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (7.69%) Security Cleared
5 1 (3.85%) ISEB Practitioner
5 1 (3.85%) MCSA
5 1 (3.85%) MCSE
5 1 (3.85%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (3.85%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (19.23%) Data Quality
2 1 (3.85%) HL7
System Software
1 3 (11.54%) Docker
2 2 (7.69%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (11.54%) Ansible
1 3 (11.54%) Opscode Chef
1 3 (11.54%) Puppet
2 1 (3.85%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 10 (38.46%) Oracle
2 3 (11.54%) Microsoft
2 3 (11.54%) WSO2
3 2 (7.69%) Kofax
3 2 (7.69%) webMethods
4 1 (3.85%) Adobe
4 1 (3.85%) Cerner
4 1 (3.85%) Civica
4 1 (3.85%) Dell
4 1 (3.85%) Google
4 1 (3.85%) HP
4 1 (3.85%) MEDITECH
4 1 (3.85%) Omniture