Period
to 11 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Kent 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 11 December 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)
South East > Kent
6 months to
11 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 49 48 47
Rank change year-on-year -1 -1 +10
Contract jobs citing QA 8 12 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 2.00% 2.21% 1.65%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 19.51% 17.91% 18.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 4 12
Kent median daily rate £413 £440 £281
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +56.44% +2.27%
10th Percentile £383 £350 £213
90th Percentile £505 £566 £388
South East median daily rate £450 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +12.50% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Kent median hourly rate - - -
South East median hourly rate £33.25 £33.65 £24.17
% change year-on-year -1.20% +39.23% +5.09%

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 Kent with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Kent
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 41 67 43
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 10.22% 12.32% 8.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 51 25
Kent median daily rate £400 £450 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.11% +28.57% +3.70%
10th Percentile £167 £231 £130
90th Percentile £653 £575 £538
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 2
Kent median hourly rate £25.00 £45.00 £9.61
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -44.44% +368.26% -
South East median hourly rate £18.00 £25.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -28.00% +42.86% -18.79%

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Job Vacancy Trend in Kent

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

Job vacancy trend for QA in Kent

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Kent

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Kent

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Kent

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Kent over the 6 months to 11 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Kent

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Kent

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Kent

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Contract Job Locations in Kent

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Kent region over the 6 months to 11 December 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
Maidstone +16 2 £500 - 3
Tunbridge Wells -5 2 £400 +14.29%
West Malling -7 1 £413 - 2
Tonbridge - 1 £400 -
Dover - 1 £450 -
QA
South East

For the 6 months to 11 December 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 Kent region with a requirement for QA.

1 4 (50.00%) SQL
1 4 (50.00%) C#
1 4 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (50.00%) Selenium
1 4 (50.00%) Test Automation
1 4 (50.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 4 (50.00%) QA Automation
2 2 (25.00%) Data Transformation
2 2 (25.00%) REST
2 2 (25.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 2 (25.00%) Dynamics 365
2 2 (25.00%) TeamCity
2 2 (25.00%) Power BI
2 2 (25.00%) General Ledger
2 2 (25.00%) Publishing
2 2 (25.00%) ETL
2 2 (25.00%) Business Intelligence
2 2 (25.00%) Finance
2 2 (25.00%) Java
2 2 (25.00%) JavaScript
2 2 (25.00%) Web Services
2 2 (25.00%) .NET
2 2 (25.00%) SQL Server
3 1 (12.50%) ASP.NET
3 1 (12.50%) SOAP
3 1 (12.50%) PRINCE2
3 1 (12.50%) Law
3 1 (12.50%) MVC
3 1 (12.50%) Internet
3 1 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Kent 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 1 (12.50%) CMS
Business Applications
1 1 (12.50%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 4 (50.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (25.00%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (12.50%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (25.00%) Power BI
1 2 (25.00%) SQL Server
1 2 (25.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (12.50%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 4 (50.00%) Selenium
2 2 (25.00%) TeamCity
3 1 (12.50%) SpecFlow
3 1 (12.50%) WebDriver
General
1 2 (25.00%) Finance
1 2 (25.00%) General Ledger
1 2 (25.00%) Publishing
2 1 (12.50%) Law
Job Titles
1 4 (50.00%) Developer
1 4 (50.00%) Selenium Tester
1 4 (50.00%) Tester
2 3 (37.50%) Automation Tester
2 3 (37.50%) Selenium Automation Tester
3 2 (25.00%) .NET Developer
3 2 (25.00%) Business Intelligence Developer
3 2 (25.00%) Power BI Developer
3 2 (25.00%) QA Tester
3 2 (25.00%) Senior .NET Developer
3 2 (25.00%) Senior Developer
4 1 (12.50%) Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) Analyst Developer
4 1 (12.50%) Business Intelligence Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) Full Stack Developer
4 1 (12.50%) QA Automation Tester
4 1 (12.50%) Report Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) Report Developer
4 1 (12.50%) Senior Full Stack Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (25.00%) .NET
1 2 (25.00%) REST
1 2 (25.00%) Web Services
2 1 (12.50%) .NET Core
2 1 (12.50%) .NET Framework
2 1 (12.50%) ASP.NET
2 1 (12.50%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (12.50%) Entity Framework
2 1 (12.50%) RESTful
2 1 (12.50%) ServiceStack
2 1 (12.50%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 1 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (50.00%) QA Automation
1 4 (50.00%) Test Automation
2 2 (25.00%) Business Intelligence
2 2 (25.00%) Data Transformation
2 2 (25.00%) ETL
3 1 (12.50%) Analytics
3 1 (12.50%) API Testing
3 1 (12.50%) Business Analysis
3 1 (12.50%) Computer Science
3 1 (12.50%) Cybersecurity
3 1 (12.50%) Data Protection
3 1 (12.50%) MVC
3 1 (12.50%) PRINCE2
3 1 (12.50%) Prototyping
3 1 (12.50%) Scrum
3 1 (12.50%) SDLC
3 1 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (12.50%) TDD
3 1 (12.50%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (50.00%) C#
1 4 (50.00%) SQL
2 2 (25.00%) Java
2 2 (25.00%) JavaScript
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (12.50%) GDPR