Period
to 22 September 2018

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 22 September 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)
East of England > Hertfordshire
6 months to
22 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 58 63 53
Rank change year-on-year +5 -10 +18
Contract jobs citing QA 45 35 40
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 2.77% 2.48% 2.77%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 25.42% 17.50% 26.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 15 23
Hertfordshire median daily rate £433 £510 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.20% +13.33% +28.57%
10th Percentile £309 £179 £162
90th Percentile £556 £755 £488
East of England median daily rate £400 £375 £450
% change year-on-year +6.67% -16.67% +20.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Hertfordshire median hourly rate £11.00 £18.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -38.89% - -
East of England median hourly rate £11.00 £18.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year -38.89% -14.29% -40.00%

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 177 200 153
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 10.91% 14.18% 10.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 97 78 75
Hertfordshire median daily rate £413 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% - +23.08%
10th Percentile £175 £262 £186
90th Percentile £523 £591 £500
East of England median daily rate £420 £400 £415
% change year-on-year +5.00% -3.61% +18.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 16 6
Hertfordshire median hourly rate £17.00 £17.75 £44.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.23% -59.66% +70.87%
10th Percentile £10.45 £13.69 £14.00
90th Percentile £35.00 £42.50 £45.00
East of England median hourly rate £17.50 £20.09 £35.00
% change year-on-year -12.87% -42.61% -

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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 22 September 2018.

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 22 September 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
Welwyn Garden City 0 21 £538 +190.54% 1
Watford +4 8 £490 -6.67% 4
Hemel Hempstead - 7 £363 - 4
St Albans -1 3 £325 - 2
Potters Bar - 2 £400 -
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East of England

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 Hertfordshire region with a requirement for QA.

1 13 (28.89%) Microsoft
2 12 (26.67%) Business Intelligence
2 12 (26.67%) Data Warehouse
2 12 (26.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 12 (26.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 12 (26.67%) Project Planning
2 12 (26.67%) Release Management
2 12 (26.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 12 (26.67%) Data Quality
2 12 (26.67%) People Management
3 11 (24.44%) Test Automation
3 11 (24.44%) Agile Software Development
4 10 (22.22%) JavaScript
4 10 (22.22%) SQL
5 9 (20.00%) HTML
5 9 (20.00%) Git (software)
6 8 (17.78%) MongoDB
6 8 (17.78%) Management Information System
6 8 (17.78%) SQL Server
6 8 (17.78%) TDD
6 8 (17.78%) Retail
7 7 (15.56%) Law
7 7 (15.56%) Continuous Integration
7 7 (15.56%) Deployment Automation
7 7 (15.56%) Microservices
7 7 (15.56%) New Relic
8 6 (13.33%) Patch Management
8 6 (13.33%) Data Centre
8 6 (13.33%) GDPR
8 6 (13.33%) Programme Delivery

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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 (6.67%) Elasticsearch
1 3 (6.67%) nginx
1 3 (6.67%) OpenStack
2 2 (4.44%) NServiceBus
3 1 (2.22%) Confluence
Applications
1 2 (4.44%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (4.44%) Cognos TM1
Cloud Services
1 4 (8.89%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (6.67%) Google Cloud Platform
2 3 (6.67%) Stackdriver
Communications & Networking
1 3 (6.67%) DNS
1 3 (6.67%) Firewall
1 3 (6.67%) HTTP
1 3 (6.67%) HTTPS
1 3 (6.67%) SSL
1 3 (6.67%) TCP/IP
1 3 (6.67%) Wireless
2 2 (4.44%) LAN
2 2 (4.44%) WAN
2 2 (4.44%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (26.67%) Data Warehouse
1 12 (26.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 12 (26.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 12 (26.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 8 (17.78%) MongoDB
2 8 (17.78%) SQL Server
3 3 (6.67%) Big Data
4 1 (2.22%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 9 (20.00%) Git (software)
2 4 (8.89%) Grunt
2 4 (8.89%) gulp
2 4 (8.89%) IntelliJ
3 3 (6.67%) Artifactory
3 3 (6.67%) Jenkins
3 3 (6.67%) JIRA
3 3 (6.67%) Sonatype Nexus
4 2 (4.44%) Subversion
5 1 (2.22%) Jasmine
5 1 (2.22%) Zephyr
General
1 8 (17.78%) Retail
2 7 (15.56%) Law
3 3 (6.67%) Finance
4 2 (4.44%) Telecoms
5 1 (2.22%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 11 (24.44%) Business Intelligence Lead
1 11 (24.44%) Team Leader
2 9 (20.00%) Developer
3 6 (13.33%) Architect
3 6 (13.33%) Security Architect
3 6 (13.33%) Security Technical Architect
3 6 (13.33%) Technical Architect
4 4 (8.89%) Analyst
4 4 (8.89%) Java Developer
5 3 (6.67%) .NET Developer
5 3 (6.67%) C# Developer
5 3 (6.67%) DevOps Engineer
5 3 (6.67%) Senior .NET Developer
5 3 (6.67%) Senior ASP.NET Developer
5 3 (6.67%) Senior C# Developer
5 3 (6.67%) Senior Developer
5 3 (6.67%) Service Manager
5 3 (6.67%) Service Transition Manager
5 3 (6.67%) SQL Developer
5 3 (6.67%) Transition Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (20.00%) HTML
2 6 (13.33%) AngularJS
3 5 (11.11%) .NET
3 5 (11.11%) ASP.NET
3 5 (11.11%) CSS
3 5 (11.11%) HTML5
3 5 (11.11%) React
3 5 (11.11%) Spring
4 4 (8.89%) Dropwizard
4 4 (8.89%) Hystrix
4 4 (8.89%) Node.js
4 4 (8.89%) Scalatra
4 4 (8.89%) Spring Boot
4 4 (8.89%) Web Services
5 3 (6.67%) Elastic Stack
5 3 (6.67%) jQuery
5 3 (6.67%) Play Framework
6 2 (4.44%) Entity Framework
6 2 (4.44%) NHibernate
6 2 (4.44%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 8 (17.78%) Management Information System
2 6 (13.33%) Data Centre
3 3 (6.67%) Replication
4 2 (4.44%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (2.22%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 3 (6.67%) CentOS
1 3 (6.67%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (26.67%) Business Intelligence
1 12 (26.67%) People Management
1 12 (26.67%) Project Planning
1 12 (26.67%) Release Management
2 11 (24.44%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (24.44%) Test Automation
3 8 (17.78%) TDD
4 7 (15.56%) Continuous Integration
4 7 (15.56%) Deployment Automation
4 7 (15.56%) Microservices
5 6 (13.33%) BDD
5 6 (13.33%) Change Management
5 6 (13.33%) Domain-Driven Design
5 6 (13.33%) OWASP
5 6 (13.33%) Patch Management
5 6 (13.33%) Programme Delivery
5 6 (13.33%) SABSA
5 6 (13.33%) Security Architecture
5 6 (13.33%) Strategic Planning
5 6 (13.33%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 10 (22.22%) JavaScript
1 10 (22.22%) SQL
2 5 (11.11%) C#
3 4 (8.89%) Java
3 4 (8.89%) Java 8
4 3 (6.67%) Bash Shell
4 3 (6.67%) Groovy
4 3 (6.67%) Perl
4 3 (6.67%) PHP
4 3 (6.67%) Python
4 3 (6.67%) Ruby
5 2 (4.44%) T-SQL
6 1 (2.22%) ES6
Qualifications
1 3 (6.67%) Security Cleared
2 2 (4.44%) Degree
3 1 (2.22%) CCDP
3 1 (2.22%) CCIE
3 1 (2.22%) CCNP
3 1 (2.22%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (2.22%) Computer Science Degree
3 1 (2.22%) ISTQB
3 1 (2.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (2.22%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (26.67%) Data Quality
2 6 (13.33%) COBIT
2 6 (13.33%) COSO
2 6 (13.33%) GDPR
2 6 (13.33%) PCI DSS
3 1 (2.22%) PMO
Systems Management
1 3 (6.67%) Ansible
1 3 (6.67%) HAProxy
1 3 (6.67%) Kibana
1 3 (6.67%) logstash
1 3 (6.67%) Opscode Chef
1 3 (6.67%) Puppet
Vendors
1 13 (28.89%) Microsoft
2 7 (15.56%) New Relic
3 3 (6.67%) F5
3 3 (6.67%) Google
3 3 (6.67%) Percona
3 3 (6.67%) SolarWinds
3 3 (6.67%) Splunk
4 2 (4.44%) Cognos
4 2 (4.44%) Concur
4 2 (4.44%) IBM
4 2 (4.44%) SAP
5 1 (2.22%) Aerohive Networks
5 1 (2.22%) Atlassian
5 1 (2.22%) Cisco
5 1 (2.22%) MikroTik
5 1 (2.22%) Sony