Period
to 24 July 2017

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 24 July 2017 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
24 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 82 59 73
Rank change year-on-year -23 +14 -32
Contract jobs citing QA 20 20 18
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 2.31% 2.24% 1.57%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 21.74% 20.83% 14.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 14 11
Essex median daily rate £350 £303 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.70% -24.38% -3.61%
10th Percentile £313 £250 £210
90th Percentile £386 £522 £488
East of England median daily rate £375 £425 £396
% change year-on-year -11.76% +7.46% -5.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 0
Essex median hourly rate £47.00 £35.75 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +31.47% - -
East of England median hourly rate £32.50 £15.75 £35.00
% change year-on-year +106.35% -55.00% -6.67%

QA is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next 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 and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Essex
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 92 96 122
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Essex 10.65% 10.76% 10.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 57 70
Essex median daily rate £423 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.67% - -5.06%
10th Percentile £298 £202 £212
90th Percentile £576 £511 £564
East of England median daily rate £420 £400 £360
% change year-on-year +5.00% +11.11% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 19 11
Essex median hourly rate £23.50 £40.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -41.98% +8.00% -0.66%
10th Percentile £10.69 £21.00 £25.69
90th Percentile £46.40 £49.97 £43.75
East of England median hourly rate £18.00 £27.55 £27.75
% change year-on-year -34.66% -0.72% +4.72%

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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 24 July 2017.

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 24 July 2017. 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 -41 7 £358 -28.04% 1
Brentwood -3 3 £325 -
Chelmsford +11 2 £343 +37.00%
Basildon - 1 - -
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East of England

For the 6 months to 24 July 2017, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Essex region with a requirement for QA.

1 13 (65.00%) Test Automation
2 9 (45.00%) Scrum
3 8 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (40.00%) Software Testing
4 7 (35.00%) TDD
4 7 (35.00%) Coaching
5 6 (30.00%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (30.00%) Continuous Integration
5 6 (30.00%) Change Management
6 5 (25.00%) Finance
6 5 (25.00%) JIRA
6 5 (25.00%) Continuous Delivery
6 5 (25.00%) QA Automation
6 5 (25.00%) Continuous Improvement
7 4 (20.00%) Mentoring
7 4 (20.00%) Selenium
7 4 (20.00%) Release Management
7 4 (20.00%) ISEB
7 4 (20.00%) Firmware
7 4 (20.00%) Wireless
7 4 (20.00%) Linux
7 4 (20.00%) Broadband
8 3 (15.00%) WAN
8 3 (15.00%) Business Intelligence
8 3 (15.00%) SLA
8 3 (15.00%) ETL
8 3 (15.00%) ADSL
8 3 (15.00%) Bluetooth
8 3 (15.00%) JavaScript
8 3 (15.00%) Perl

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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 (10.00%) Confluence
2 1 (5.00%) Oracle Coherence
2 1 (5.00%) SAS
2 1 (5.00%) WebLogic
Business Applications
1 1 (5.00%) Oracle BPM
1 1 (5.00%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (5.00%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.00%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 4 (20.00%) Broadband
1 4 (20.00%) Wireless
2 3 (15.00%) 802.11
2 3 (15.00%) ADSL
2 3 (15.00%) Bluetooth
2 3 (15.00%) IPv4
2 3 (15.00%) IPv6
2 3 (15.00%) NAS
2 3 (15.00%) UPnP
2 3 (15.00%) VDSL
2 3 (15.00%) WAN
2 3 (15.00%) Wireshark
3 1 (5.00%) 2G
3 1 (5.00%) 3G
3 1 (5.00%) 4G
3 1 (5.00%) GSM
3 1 (5.00%) LTE
3 1 (5.00%) Radio Access Network
3 1 (5.00%) UTRAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (10.00%) Oracle Database
1 2 (10.00%) Pentaho
2 1 (5.00%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (5.00%) MySQL
2 1 (5.00%) Oracle BI EE
2 1 (5.00%) Oracle Database 10g
2 1 (5.00%) Oracle Database 11g
2 1 (5.00%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (5.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (5.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 5 (25.00%) JIRA
2 4 (20.00%) Selenium
3 3 (15.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 3 (15.00%) Bugzilla
3 3 (15.00%) JUnit
3 3 (15.00%) Redmine
3 3 (15.00%) Trac
4 2 (10.00%) Git (software)
4 2 (10.00%) SoapUI
5 1 (5.00%) Artifactory
5 1 (5.00%) Cucumber
5 1 (5.00%) Jenkins
5 1 (5.00%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (5.00%) Zephyr
General
1 5 (25.00%) Finance
2 3 (15.00%) Marketing
3 1 (5.00%) Legal
3 1 (5.00%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 5 (25.00%) Agile Coach
1 5 (25.00%) Analyst
2 4 (20.00%) Test Analyst
2 4 (20.00%) Tester
3 3 (15.00%) Software Tester
4 2 (10.00%) Test Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) Database Architect
5 1 (5.00%) Ericsson Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) IT Project Manager
5 1 (5.00%) Lead Architect
5 1 (5.00%) QA Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) QA Test Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) QA Tester
5 1 (5.00%) RAN Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) Senior Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) Senior DBA
5 1 (5.00%) Senior Test Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) Service Control Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) Software Test Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) Wireless Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (15.00%) .NET
1 3 (15.00%) 802.1X
2 2 (10.00%) SOAP
3 1 (5.00%) JSON
3 1 (5.00%) WebCenter
3 1 (5.00%) WSDL
3 1 (5.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 6 (30.00%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (15.00%) Management Information System
2 3 (15.00%) STB
3 1 (5.00%) Driving Licence
3 1 (5.00%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 4 (20.00%) Linux
2 3 (15.00%) Windows
3 1 (5.00%) Solaris
3 1 (5.00%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (65.00%) Test Automation
2 9 (45.00%) Scrum
3 8 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (40.00%) Software Testing
4 7 (35.00%) Coaching
4 7 (35.00%) TDD
5 6 (30.00%) Change Management
5 6 (30.00%) Continuous Integration
6 5 (25.00%) Continuous Delivery
6 5 (25.00%) Continuous Improvement
6 5 (25.00%) QA Automation
7 4 (20.00%) Mentoring
7 4 (20.00%) Release Management
8 3 (15.00%) Business Intelligence
8 3 (15.00%) Defect Management
8 3 (15.00%) Defect Tracking
8 3 (15.00%) ETL
8 3 (15.00%) Issue Tracking
8 3 (15.00%) Non-Functional Testing
8 3 (15.00%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 3 (15.00%) Bash Shell
1 3 (15.00%) JavaScript
1 3 (15.00%) Perl
1 3 (15.00%) PHP
1 3 (15.00%) PowerShell
1 3 (15.00%) Ruby
1 3 (15.00%) VB.NET
2 2 (10.00%) SQL
3 1 (5.00%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 4 (20.00%) ISEB
2 3 (15.00%) Degree
2 3 (15.00%) ISTQB
3 1 (5.00%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (5.00%) ISEB Practitioner
3 1 (5.00%) MAPM
3 1 (5.00%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (15.00%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (20.00%) Firmware
2 1 (5.00%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 2 (10.00%) Data Guard
2 1 (5.00%) Nagios
2 1 (5.00%) NSN NetAct
2 1 (5.00%) OpenView
2 1 (5.00%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
2 1 (5.00%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 2 (10.00%) HP
1 2 (10.00%) Oracle
2 1 (5.00%) Ericsson
2 1 (5.00%) Hyperion
2 1 (5.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (5.00%) Nokia
2 1 (5.00%) Nokia Networks
2 1 (5.00%) Tableau