The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Hertfordshire with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 3 months to 30 March 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)
East of England / Hertfordshire
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 47 48 44
Rank change year-on-year +1 -4  
Contract jobs citing QA 11 11 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 1.87% 1.58% 3.16%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 27.50% 16.42% 32.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 6 4
Median daily rate £553 £370 £368
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +49.32% +0.68%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £512 £365 £247
10% offered a daily rate of more than £587 £631 £443
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £366 £350
% change year-on-year -0.27% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 2
Median hourly rate £18.00 £40.00 £35.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -55.00% +13.47%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £39.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year -30.76% +6.84%  

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 Hertfordshire with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Hertfordshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 40 67 68
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Hertfordshire 6.81% 9.60% 9.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 37 28
Median daily rate £463 £425 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.82% +18.05%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £168 £350 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £606 £565 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 9
Median hourly rate £18.00 £37.50 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -52.00% +13.63%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £40.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -50.00% +37.93%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Hertfordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Hertfordshire citing QA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Hertfordshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing QA in Hertfordshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Hertfordshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Hertfordshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Hertfordshire over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Hertfordshire

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA in Hertfordshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Hertfordshire

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Contract Job Locations in Hertfordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Hertfordshire region over the 3 months to 30 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Watford -2 2 - - 2
Hatfield - 2 - - 2
Hemel Hempstead - 1 - - 2
Welwyn Garden City - 1 £555 -
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East of England

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 Hertfordshire region with a requirement for QA.

1 26 (65.00%) Agile Software Development
1 26 (65.00%) BDD
2 24 (60.00%) TDD
3 21 (52.50%) Java
4 18 (45.00%) Git (software)
4 18 (45.00%) ATDD
5 17 (42.50%) JIRA
6 15 (37.50%) Maven
7 14 (35.00%) Jenkins
8 12 (30.00%) Gradle
8 12 (30.00%) Puppet
8 12 (30.00%) Opscode Chef
8 12 (30.00%) Ansible
8 12 (30.00%) DevOps
8 12 (30.00%) Data Structures
8 12 (30.00%) Ant
8 12 (30.00%) OO
8 12 (30.00%) OOD
9 11 (27.50%) Software Engineering
9 11 (27.50%) Amazon AWS
9 11 (27.50%) Algorithms
9 11 (27.50%) Complexity Analysis
10 10 (25.00%) Rust
10 10 (25.00%) Continuous Delivery
10 10 (25.00%) Go
10 10 (25.00%) Clojure
11 9 (22.50%) Cucumber
11 9 (22.50%) Gherkin
12 8 (20.00%) WebDriver
12 8 (20.00%) F#

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Hertfordshire 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 3 (7.50%) Confluence
1 3 (7.50%) Tomcat
2 2 (5.00%) WebSphere
3 1 (2.50%) Apache
Applications
1 6 (15.00%) MS Excel
2 2 (5.00%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (5.00%) Magento
2 1 (2.50%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (2.50%) JDE EnterpriseOne
2 1 (2.50%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (2.50%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 11 (27.50%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (2.50%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 4 (10.00%) FTP
1 4 (10.00%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.00%) DB2
1 2 (5.00%) DbVisualizer
1 2 (5.00%) Electronic Patient Records
2 1 (2.50%) BusinessObjects
2 1 (2.50%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
2 1 (2.50%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (2.50%) SAP HANA
2 1 (2.50%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 18 (45.00%) Git (software)
2 17 (42.50%) JIRA
3 15 (37.50%) Maven
4 14 (35.00%) Jenkins
5 12 (30.00%) Ant
5 12 (30.00%) Gradle
6 9 (22.50%) Cucumber
7 8 (20.00%) Selenium
7 8 (20.00%) WebDriver
8 6 (15.00%) JBehave
9 5 (12.50%) SoapUI
10 3 (7.50%) JUnit
11 2 (5.00%) Appium
11 2 (5.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 2 (5.00%) Mockito
11 2 (5.00%) Moq
11 2 (5.00%) TeamCity
12 1 (2.50%) Subversion
12 1 (2.50%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 8 (20.00%) Retail
2 5 (12.50%) Finance
3 4 (10.00%) Advertising
4 2 (5.00%) Banking
5 1 (2.50%) Games
Job Titles
1 15 (37.50%) Developer
2 10 (25.00%) Java Developer
3 7 (17.50%) Tester
4 6 (15.00%) Analyst
4 6 (15.00%) Software Engineer
5 5 (12.50%) Automation Tester
5 5 (12.50%) Java Engineer
6 4 (10.00%) Coordinator
6 4 (10.00%) Developer/Software Engineer
6 4 (10.00%) Java Automation Tester
6 4 (10.00%) Node.js Developer
6 4 (10.00%) Selenium Automation Tester
6 4 (10.00%) Selenium Tester
6 4 (10.00%) Software Developer
7 3 (7.50%) Developer in Test
7 3 (7.50%) QA Analyst
7 3 (7.50%) QA Test Analyst
7 3 (7.50%) Service Desk Engineer
7 3 (7.50%) Test Analyst
8 2 (5.00%) Lead Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (22.50%) Gherkin
2 5 (12.50%) Node.js
3 4 (10.00%) RESTful
4 3 (7.50%) Hibernate
4 3 (7.50%) Spring
4 3 (7.50%) Web Services
5 2 (5.00%) HTML
5 2 (5.00%) J2EE
5 2 (5.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 12 (30.00%) Data Structures
2 11 (27.50%) Algorithms
3 5 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (10.00%) EFT
5 2 (5.00%) FMCG
5 2 (5.00%) NHS
6 1 (2.50%) Computer Science
6 1 (2.50%) Enterprise Cloud
6 1 (2.50%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 8 (20.00%) Unix
2 6 (15.00%) Linux
3 4 (10.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (65.00%) Agile Software Development
1 26 (65.00%) BDD
2 24 (60.00%) TDD
3 18 (45.00%) ATDD
4 12 (30.00%) DevOps
4 12 (30.00%) OO
4 12 (30.00%) OOD
5 11 (27.50%) Complexity Analysis
5 11 (27.50%) Software Engineering
6 10 (25.00%) Continuous Delivery
7 6 (15.00%) Software Testing
7 6 (15.00%) Validation
8 5 (12.50%) Regression Testing
8 5 (12.50%) Test Automation
9 4 (10.00%) Continuous Integration
9 4 (10.00%) SDLC
9 4 (10.00%) Test Strategy
9 4 (10.00%) User Acceptance Testing
10 3 (7.50%) Automation Testing
10 3 (7.50%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 21 (52.50%) Java
2 10 (25.00%) Clojure
2 10 (25.00%) Go
2 10 (25.00%) Rust
3 8 (20.00%) F#
4 7 (17.50%) SQL
5 4 (10.00%) JavaScript
6 2 (5.00%) C#
6 2 (5.00%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 1 (2.50%) Degree
1 1 (2.50%) PMI Certification
1 1 (2.50%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.00%) HL7
1 2 (5.00%) PMO
1 2 (5.00%) SDET
System Software
1 1 (2.50%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 12 (30.00%) Ansible
1 12 (30.00%) Opscode Chef
1 12 (30.00%) Puppet
2 4 (10.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 6 (15.00%) IBM
1 6 (15.00%) Microsoft
2 5 (12.50%) Oracle
3 3 (7.50%) Atlassian
4 2 (5.00%) hybris
5 1 (2.50%) Cognos
5 1 (2.50%) JD Edwards
5 1 (2.50%) SAP
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