Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 52 69 84
Rank change year-on-year +17 +15 -29
Contract jobs citing QA 16 39 13
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 2.50% 3.76% 1.59%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 28.57% 32.77% 15.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 20 11
Essex median daily rate £510 £463 £341
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.27% +35.63% -19.76%
10th Percentile £325 £343 £313
90th Percentile £551 £600 £375
East of England median daily rate £413 £411 £400
% change year-on-year +0.30% +2.81% -5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Essex median hourly rate - - -
East of England median hourly rate £9.80 £28.25 £38.75
% change year-on-year -65.31% -27.10% +84.52%

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 56 119 82
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 8.76% 11.46% 10.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 61 48
Essex median daily rate £335 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -25.56% +12.50% +14.29%
10th Percentile £100 £116 £296
90th Percentile £559 £600 £575
East of England median daily rate £400 £414 £400
% change year-on-year -3.32% +3.44% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 17
Essex median hourly rate £14.13 £32.70 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -56.79% +39.15% -37.33%
10th Percentile £12.50 £21.25 £10.40
90th Percentile £15.77 £45.63 £40.40
East of England median hourly rate £14.87 £18.00 £19.34
% change year-on-year -17.39% -6.90% -46.29%

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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 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 21 October 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 +8 11 £510 +2.00%
Basildon +1 1 £350 -22.22% 1
Harlow +1 1 £650 +13.04% 2
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East of England

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 13 (81.25%) Test Automation
2 12 (75.00%) BDD
3 11 (68.75%) Java
3 11 (68.75%) TDD
4 10 (62.50%) Performance Testing
4 10 (62.50%) Integration Testing
4 10 (62.50%) Microservices
5 9 (56.25%) Ansible
5 9 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
5 9 (56.25%) SQL
5 9 (56.25%) Oracle
5 9 (56.25%) ISEB
6 8 (50.00%) ISTQB
6 8 (50.00%) Java 8
6 8 (50.00%) Terraform
7 7 (43.75%) Spring
7 7 (43.75%) Unix
8 6 (37.50%) Oracle OWB
8 6 (37.50%) Project Planning
8 6 (37.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 5 (31.25%) Test Strategy
9 5 (31.25%) Kanban
9 5 (31.25%) Scrum
10 4 (25.00%) JMeter
10 4 (25.00%) Linux
10 4 (25.00%) User Stories
10 4 (25.00%) Confluence
10 4 (25.00%) SoapUI
11 3 (18.75%) Pentaho
11 3 (18.75%) 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 4 (25.00%) Confluence
2 1 (6.25%) Apache
2 1 (6.25%) JBoss
2 1 (6.25%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 1 (6.25%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (6.25%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (6.25%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 2 (12.50%) AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (12.50%) Internet
2 1 (6.25%) HTTP
2 1 (6.25%) SMTP
2 1 (6.25%) SSL
2 1 (6.25%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (37.50%) Oracle OWB
2 3 (18.75%) Pentaho
3 2 (12.50%) Impala
4 1 (6.25%) MySQL
4 1 (6.25%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 4 (25.00%) JMeter
1 4 (25.00%) SoapUI
2 3 (18.75%) JIRA
3 2 (12.50%) Bitbucket
3 2 (12.50%) Cucumber
3 2 (12.50%) LoadRunner
3 2 (12.50%) Selenium
3 2 (12.50%) Zephyr
4 1 (6.25%) Git (software)
4 1 (6.25%) Jenkins
4 1 (6.25%) LoadUI
4 1 (6.25%) Robot Framework
4 1 (6.25%) Subversion
General
1 3 (18.75%) Public Sector
2 1 (6.25%) Finance
Job Titles
1 8 (50.00%) Tester
2 7 (43.75%) QA Tester
3 4 (25.00%) Analyst
3 4 (25.00%) Test Analyst
4 3 (18.75%) Senior QA Tester
4 3 (18.75%) Senior Tester
5 2 (12.50%) Automation Test Analyst
5 2 (12.50%) Automation Tester
6 1 (6.25%) Agile Tester
6 1 (6.25%) ETL Tester
6 1 (6.25%) Performance Analyst
6 1 (6.25%) Performance Test Analyst
6 1 (6.25%) Programme Manager
6 1 (6.25%) QA Analyst
6 1 (6.25%) QA Automation Analyst
6 1 (6.25%) QA Automation Tester
6 1 (6.25%) QA Test Analyst
6 1 (6.25%) Senior Agile Tester
6 1 (6.25%) Test Automation Engineer
6 1 (6.25%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (43.75%) Spring
2 2 (12.50%) J2EE
2 2 (12.50%) SOAP
2 2 (12.50%) Web Services
3 1 (6.25%) Middleware
3 1 (6.25%) XML
3 1 (6.25%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 2 (12.50%) Client/Server
2 1 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (6.25%) Data Centre
2 1 (6.25%) Hybrid Cloud
2 1 (6.25%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 7 (43.75%) Unix
2 4 (25.00%) Linux
3 2 (12.50%) Windows
4 1 (6.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (6.25%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (81.25%) Test Automation
2 12 (75.00%) BDD
3 11 (68.75%) TDD
4 10 (62.50%) Integration Testing
4 10 (62.50%) Microservices
4 10 (62.50%) Performance Testing
5 9 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
6 6 (37.50%) Project Planning
7 5 (31.25%) Kanban
7 5 (31.25%) Scrum
7 5 (31.25%) Test Strategy
8 4 (25.00%) User Stories
9 3 (18.75%) Acceptance Criteria
9 3 (18.75%) Coaching
9 3 (18.75%) Data Integration
9 3 (18.75%) ETL
9 3 (18.75%) Mentoring
9 3 (18.75%) QA Automation
9 3 (18.75%) Software Testing
9 3 (18.75%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 11 (68.75%) Java
2 9 (56.25%) SQL
3 8 (50.00%) Java 8
4 1 (6.25%) C
4 1 (6.25%) C#
4 1 (6.25%) Perl
Qualifications
1 9 (56.25%) ISEB
2 8 (50.00%) ISTQB
3 6 (37.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (12.50%) SC Cleared
4 2 (12.50%) Security Cleared
5 1 (6.25%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.25%) Data Quality
System Software
1 2 (12.50%) Docker
Systems Management
1 9 (56.25%) Ansible
2 8 (50.00%) Terraform
3 1 (6.25%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (6.25%) Puppet
Vendors
1 9 (56.25%) Oracle
2 1 (6.25%) WSO2