Period
to 19 August 2019

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 6 months to 19 August 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)
East of England > Hertfordshire
6 months to
19 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 75 52 70
Rank change year-on-year -23 +18 -12
Contract jobs citing QA 31 51 26
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 2.15% 3.20% 1.99%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 17.92% 27.27% 16.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 31 10
Hertfordshire median daily rate £438 £430 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.74% +14.67% -16.67%
10th Percentile £309 £306 £178
90th Percentile £560 £538 £636
East of England median daily rate £413 £400 £370
% change year-on-year +3.13% +8.11% -12.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Hertfordshire median hourly rate - £11.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -38.89% -
East of England median hourly rate £9.80 £11.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year -10.91% -38.89% +14.29%

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 Hertfordshire with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Hertfordshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 173 187 158
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 12.02% 11.73% 12.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 79 105 64
Hertfordshire median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £125 £185 £243
90th Percentile £550 £500 £596
East of England median daily rate £400 £415 £400
% change year-on-year -3.61% +3.75% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 10 14
Hertfordshire median hourly rate £13.00 £17.25 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.64% +4.55% -61.63%
10th Percentile £10.58 £10.34 £13.61
90th Percentile £16.60 £35.00 £40.00
East of England median hourly rate £15.50 £18.38 £20.09
% change year-on-year -15.65% -8.51% -35.21%

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Job Vacancy Trend in Hertfordshire

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Hertfordshire.

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 6 months to 19 August 2019.

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 6 months to 19 August 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
Watford -18 18 £475 +1.06% 6
Hatfield - 2 £425 - 2
Borehamwood - 2 - - 2
Stevenage - 2 - - 1
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East of England

For the 6 months to 19 August 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 Hertfordshire region with a requirement for QA.

1 13 (41.94%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (32.26%) Oracle
2 10 (32.26%) ERP
3 9 (29.03%) User Acceptance Testing
3 9 (29.03%) Test Strategy
4 8 (25.81%) Test Automation
4 8 (25.81%) Business Intelligence
4 8 (25.81%) Finance
5 6 (19.35%) Amazon AWS
5 6 (19.35%) Test Management
5 6 (19.35%) Defect Management
6 5 (16.13%) Analytics
6 5 (16.13%) Jenkins
6 5 (16.13%) Validation
6 5 (16.13%) Microsoft
6 5 (16.13%) Oracle Reports
6 5 (16.13%) SQL Server
7 4 (12.90%) SAP
7 4 (12.90%) SQL
7 4 (12.90%) HP
7 4 (12.90%) Migration
7 4 (12.90%) Oracle ERP
7 4 (12.90%) Continuous Integration
7 4 (12.90%) Microsoft Azure
7 4 (12.90%) Data Migration
7 4 (12.90%) JIRA
7 4 (12.90%) DevOps
7 4 (12.90%) Non-Functional Testing
7 4 (12.90%) HP ALM
7 4 (12.90%) SDLC

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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 (9.68%) WebSphere
2 2 (6.45%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (3.23%) Confluence
3 1 (3.23%) Oracle SOA Suite
Business Applications
1 4 (12.90%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (3.23%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 6 (19.35%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (12.90%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (6.45%) Boomi
3 2 (6.45%) Data Lake Analytics
3 2 (6.45%) Power Platform
3 2 (6.45%) SuccessFactors
4 1 (3.23%) DigitalOcean
4 1 (3.23%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.45%) GPRS
1 2 (6.45%) GSM
1 2 (6.45%) LTE
1 2 (6.45%) SMS
1 2 (6.45%) UMTS
1 2 (6.45%) WCDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (16.13%) Oracle Reports
1 5 (16.13%) SQL Server
2 3 (9.68%) Big Data
2 3 (9.68%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (9.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (6.45%) Data Lake
3 2 (6.45%) Power BI
3 2 (6.45%) PowerCenter
4 1 (3.23%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 1 (3.23%) Microsoft Analysis Services
4 1 (3.23%) MongoDB
4 1 (3.23%) NoSQL
4 1 (3.23%) Oracle BI EE
4 1 (3.23%) Oracle ODI
4 1 (3.23%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (3.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (3.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 5 (16.13%) Jenkins
2 4 (12.90%) JIRA
3 3 (9.68%) Selenium
3 3 (9.68%) Visual Studio Team System
4 2 (6.45%) Cucumber
4 2 (6.45%) Git (software)
4 2 (6.45%) Visual Studio
5 1 (3.23%) Appium
5 1 (3.23%) Calabash
5 1 (3.23%) Gatling
5 1 (3.23%) GitLab
5 1 (3.23%) Gradle
5 1 (3.23%) JMeter
5 1 (3.23%) LoadRunner
5 1 (3.23%) Maven
5 1 (3.23%) TeamCity
5 1 (3.23%) WebDriver
5 1 (3.23%) webpack
5 1 (3.23%) Zephyr
General
1 8 (25.81%) Finance
2 2 (6.45%) Electronics
2 2 (6.45%) Telecoms
3 1 (3.23%) French Language
3 1 (3.23%) Games
3 1 (3.23%) German Language
3 1 (3.23%) Legal
3 1 (3.23%) Manufacturing
3 1 (3.23%) Retail
Job Titles
1 5 (16.13%) Analyst
1 5 (16.13%) Test Manager
2 4 (12.90%) DevOps Manager
2 4 (12.90%) Test Engineer
3 3 (9.68%) Business Analyst
3 3 (9.68%) Developer
4 2 (6.45%) Cloud Technical Analyst
4 2 (6.45%) Finance Business Analyst
4 2 (6.45%) Financial Analyst
4 2 (6.45%) Financial Business Analyst
4 2 (6.45%) Oracle Analyst
4 2 (6.45%) Oracle Business Analyst
4 2 (6.45%) Oracle Financials Analyst
4 2 (6.45%) Oracle Financials Business Analyst
4 2 (6.45%) QA Analyst
4 2 (6.45%) Technical Analyst
4 2 (6.45%) Technical Business Analyst
4 2 (6.45%) Test Leader
5 1 (3.23%) Data Warehouse Developer
5 1 (3.23%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (6.45%) AngularJS
1 2 (6.45%) CSS
1 2 (6.45%) HTML
1 2 (6.45%) jQuery
1 2 (6.45%) React
1 2 (6.45%) WebSphere MQ
2 1 (3.23%) .NET
2 1 (3.23%) Elastic Stack
2 1 (3.23%) Gherkin
2 1 (3.23%) J2EE
2 1 (3.23%) Node.js
2 1 (3.23%) Vue.js
2 1 (3.23%) Web Services
2 1 (3.23%) WebdriverIO
Miscellaneous
1 2 (6.45%) Mobile App
2 1 (3.23%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (3.23%) AS400
2 1 (3.23%) Greenfield Project
2 1 (3.23%) Mainframe
2 1 (3.23%) Management Information System
2 1 (3.23%) Self-Motivation
2 1 (3.23%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 3 (9.68%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (41.94%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (32.26%) ERP
3 9 (29.03%) Test Strategy
3 9 (29.03%) User Acceptance Testing
4 8 (25.81%) Business Intelligence
4 8 (25.81%) Test Automation
5 6 (19.35%) Defect Management
5 6 (19.35%) Test Management
6 5 (16.13%) Analytics
6 5 (16.13%) Validation
7 4 (12.90%) Continuous Integration
7 4 (12.90%) Data Migration
7 4 (12.90%) DevOps
7 4 (12.90%) Migration
7 4 (12.90%) Non-Functional Testing
7 4 (12.90%) SDLC
8 3 (9.68%) Data Integration
8 3 (9.68%) Infrastructure as Code
8 3 (9.68%) Project Delivery
8 3 (9.68%) Software Delivery
Programming Languages
1 4 (12.90%) SQL
2 3 (9.68%) C#
2 3 (9.68%) JavaScript
2 3 (9.68%) PowerShell
3 2 (6.45%) Java
4 1 (3.23%) C
4 1 (3.23%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (9.68%) Degree
2 2 (6.45%) ISTQB
3 1 (3.23%) HNC
3 1 (3.23%) HND
3 1 (3.23%) ISEB
System Software
1 2 (6.45%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (12.90%) HP ALM
2 2 (6.45%) Ansible
2 2 (6.45%) Kubernetes
2 2 (6.45%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (6.45%) Puppet
3 1 (3.23%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (3.23%) Nessus
Vendors
1 10 (32.26%) Oracle
2 5 (16.13%) Microsoft
3 4 (12.90%) HP
3 4 (12.90%) SAP
4 3 (9.68%) IBM
5 2 (6.45%) Informatica
5 2 (6.45%) MuleSoft
5 2 (6.45%) TIBCO