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 28 June 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
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 41 42 59
Rank change year-on-year +1 +17  
Contract jobs citing QA 21 18 15
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 3.30% 2.71% 1.70%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 21.43% 24.32% 17.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 10 4
Median daily rate £375 £450 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -16.66% +20.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £335 £375 £319
10% offered a daily rate of more than £568 £475 £409
UK excluding London median daily rate £386 £380 £361
% change year-on-year +1.64% +5.19%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Median hourly rate £18.00 - £36.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £15.50 £37.25
% change year-on-year +16.12% -58.38%  

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 98 74 84
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Hertfordshire 15.38% 11.14% 9.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 45 47
Median daily rate £425 £425 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +30.76%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £270 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £475 £492
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 3 13
Median hourly rate £40.00 £43.00 £36.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.97% +17.80%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £28.00 £21.55
% change year-on-year -10.71% +29.93%  

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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 3 months to 28 June 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 28 June 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 -6 6 £525 -
Welwyn Garden City - 2 £600 - 1
Hatfield - 1 - -
Hitchin - 1 £350 -
St Albans - 1 - -
Stevenage - 1 £325 -
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East of England

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 9 (28.13%) HTML
1 9 (28.13%) JavaScript
1 9 (28.13%) Git (software)
1 9 (28.13%) Opscode Chef
2 8 (25.00%) Jenkins
2 8 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (25.00%) SQL
3 7 (21.88%) Java
3 7 (21.88%) SQL Server
3 7 (21.88%) Web Services
3 7 (21.88%) Microsoft
3 7 (21.88%) JIRA
3 7 (21.88%) BDD
4 6 (18.75%) TDD
4 6 (18.75%) Validation
4 6 (18.75%) XML
4 6 (18.75%) .NET
4 6 (18.75%) C#
4 6 (18.75%) CSS
5 5 (15.63%) Migration
5 5 (15.63%) Retail
5 5 (15.63%) RESTful
5 5 (15.63%) Data Migration
5 5 (15.63%) SuccessFactors
5 5 (15.63%) DevOps
5 5 (15.63%) PMO
5 5 (15.63%) Scenario Testing
6 4 (12.50%) Ansible
6 4 (12.50%) Data Structures
6 4 (12.50%) Rust

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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 4 (12.50%) SharePoint
2 2 (6.25%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (3.13%) IIS
3 1 (3.13%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 1 (3.13%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (3.13%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (3.13%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (3.13%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (12.50%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (6.25%) Maximo
3 1 (3.13%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (3.13%) JDE EnterpriseOne
3 1 (3.13%) Magento
3 1 (3.13%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 5 (15.63%) SuccessFactors
2 4 (12.50%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (3.13%) GitHub
3 1 (3.13%) IaaS
3 1 (3.13%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.13%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (21.88%) SQL Server
2 4 (12.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (6.25%) Electronic Patient Records
4 1 (3.13%) DB2
4 1 (3.13%) DbVisualizer
4 1 (3.13%) MongoDB
4 1 (3.13%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 9 (28.13%) Git (software)
2 8 (25.00%) Jenkins
3 7 (21.88%) JIRA
4 4 (12.50%) Ant
4 4 (12.50%) Gradle
4 4 (12.50%) Maven
4 4 (12.50%) Visual Studio
5 2 (6.25%) Appium
5 2 (6.25%) Cucumber
5 2 (6.25%) Octopus Deploy
5 2 (6.25%) Selenium
5 2 (6.25%) SpecFlow
5 2 (6.25%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (6.25%) WebDriver
6 1 (3.13%) Gatling
6 1 (3.13%) Grunt
6 1 (3.13%) gulp
6 1 (3.13%) IntelliJ
6 1 (3.13%) SoapUI
General
1 5 (15.63%) Retail
2 4 (12.50%) Advertising
3 1 (3.13%) Finance
3 1 (3.13%) Games
Job Titles
1 9 (28.13%) Developer
2 6 (18.75%) .NET Developer
3 5 (15.63%) Analyst
4 4 (12.50%) .NET Team Leader
4 4 (12.50%) CRM Developer
4 4 (12.50%) Dynamics CRM Developer
4 4 (12.50%) Lead .NET Developer
4 4 (12.50%) Lead Developer
4 4 (12.50%) SQL Developer
4 4 (12.50%) Team Leader
4 4 (12.50%) Tester
5 3 (9.38%) Coordinator
5 3 (9.38%) Java Developer
6 2 (6.25%) Automation Tester
6 2 (6.25%) Business Analyst
6 2 (6.25%) C# Developer
6 2 (6.25%) DevOps Engineer
6 2 (6.25%) QA Analyst
6 2 (6.25%) Test Analyst
6 2 (6.25%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (28.13%) HTML
2 7 (21.88%) Web Services
3 6 (18.75%) .NET
3 6 (18.75%) CSS
3 6 (18.75%) XML
4 5 (15.63%) RESTful
5 4 (12.50%) ASP.NET
5 4 (12.50%) CAML
5 4 (12.50%) jQuery
5 4 (12.50%) JSON
5 4 (12.50%) WCF
5 4 (12.50%) XSL
6 3 (9.38%) AngularJS
7 2 (6.25%) J2EE
7 2 (6.25%) KnockoutJS
7 2 (6.25%) Sass
8 1 (3.13%) Gherkin
8 1 (3.13%) HTML5
8 1 (3.13%) Middleware
8 1 (3.13%) Play Framework
Miscellaneous
1 4 (12.50%) Data Structures
2 3 (9.38%) Algorithms
3 2 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (6.25%) NHS
4 1 (3.13%) Clustering
4 1 (3.13%) Computer Science
4 1 (3.13%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (3.13%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 4 (12.50%) Windows
2 2 (6.25%) Unix
2 2 (6.25%) Windows Server
3 1 (3.13%) Linux
3 1 (3.13%) VMS
3 1 (3.13%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (21.88%) BDD
3 6 (18.75%) TDD
3 6 (18.75%) Validation
4 5 (15.63%) Data Migration
4 5 (15.63%) DevOps
4 5 (15.63%) Migration
4 5 (15.63%) Scenario Testing
5 4 (12.50%) ATDD
5 4 (12.50%) CRM
5 4 (12.50%) OO
5 4 (12.50%) OOD
5 4 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
6 3 (9.38%) Business Analysis
6 3 (9.38%) Complexity Analysis
6 3 (9.38%) Continuous Integration
6 3 (9.38%) MVC
6 3 (9.38%) Test Automation
6 3 (9.38%) Test Scripting
7 2 (6.25%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 9 (28.13%) JavaScript
2 8 (25.00%) SQL
3 7 (21.88%) Java
4 6 (18.75%) C#
5 4 (12.50%) Clojure
5 4 (12.50%) F#
5 4 (12.50%) Go
5 4 (12.50%) Rust
5 4 (12.50%) VB.NET
6 2 (6.25%) PowerShell
7 1 (3.13%) Groovy
7 1 (3.13%) Python
Qualifications
1 2 (6.25%) Degree
2 1 (3.13%) HND
2 1 (3.13%) ISEB
2 1 (3.13%) ISTQB
2 1 (3.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (3.13%) PMI Certification
2 1 (3.13%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (15.63%) PMO
2 2 (6.25%) HL7
System Software
1 1 (3.13%) Docker
1 1 (3.13%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 9 (28.13%) Opscode Chef
2 4 (12.50%) Ansible
2 4 (12.50%) Puppet
3 3 (9.38%) SCCM
4 1 (3.13%) Terraform
Vendors
1 7 (21.88%) Microsoft
2 3 (9.38%) IBM
2 3 (9.38%) Oracle
3 1 (3.13%) Cisco
3 1 (3.13%) Cognos
3 1 (3.13%) hybris
3 1 (3.13%) JD Edwards
3 1 (3.13%) MicroStrategy
3 1 (3.13%) New Relic
3 1 (3.13%) Splunk
3 1 (3.13%) VMware