Period
to 18 November 2017

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 18 November 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)
South East > Kent
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 50 44 59
Rank change year-on-year -6 +15 +3
Contract jobs citing QA 11 7 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 2.13% 1.40% 0.71%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 16.92% 14.29% 6.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 11 3
Kent median daily rate £388 £225 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +72.22% -18.18% -15.38%
10th Percentile £350 £213 £183
90th Percentile £513 £388 £328
South East median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +11.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Kent median hourly rate - - -
South East median hourly rate £33.65 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +34.61% +11.11% +55.17%

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 65 49 58
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 12.57% 9.80% 10.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 34 37
Kent median daily rate £425 £443 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.95% +31.11% +12.50%
10th Percentile £248 £130 £170
90th Percentile £575 £575 £450
South East median daily rate £400 £400 £383
% change year-on-year - +4.58% +9.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Kent median hourly rate £45.00 - -
South East median hourly rate £25.00 £21.36 £21.55
% change year-on-year +17.07% -0.90% +26.24%

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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 18 November 2017.

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 18 November 2017. 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
West Malling -4 1 - -
Maidstone -11 1 - -
Tunbridge Wells - 1 £350 - 1
QA
South East

For the 6 months to 18 November 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 Kent region with a requirement for QA.

1 6 (54.55%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (45.45%) SOAP
2 5 (45.45%) XML
3 4 (36.36%) XSLT
3 4 (36.36%) Windows
3 4 (36.36%) Java
3 4 (36.36%) SQL
3 4 (36.36%) User Acceptance Testing
3 4 (36.36%) Scrum
3 4 (36.36%) MuleSoft
4 3 (27.27%) Test Automation
4 3 (27.27%) Client/Server
4 3 (27.27%) Finance
5 2 (18.18%) SOA
5 2 (18.18%) Microsoft
5 2 (18.18%) ISEB
5 2 (18.18%) Internet
5 2 (18.18%) .NET
5 2 (18.18%) Apache CXF
5 2 (18.18%) ISTQB
5 2 (18.18%) Banking
5 2 (18.18%) Document Management
5 2 (18.18%) Selenium
5 2 (18.18%) REST
5 2 (18.18%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (18.18%) Defect Management
6 1 (9.09%) Internal Audit
6 1 (9.09%) IT Audit
6 1 (9.09%) .NET Core
6 1 (9.09%) Acceptance Criteria

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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:

Applications
1 1 (9.09%) Microsoft Excel
Communications & Networking
1 2 (18.18%) Internet
2 1 (9.09%) HTTP
Development Applications
1 2 (18.18%) Selenium
2 1 (9.09%) Cucumber
2 1 (9.09%) Git (software)
2 1 (9.09%) SoapUI
2 1 (9.09%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 3 (27.27%) Finance
2 2 (18.18%) Banking
3 1 (9.09%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 4 (36.36%) QA Engineer
2 3 (27.27%) Developer
2 3 (27.27%) MuleSoft Developer
2 3 (27.27%) QA Automation Engineer
2 3 (27.27%) Tester
3 2 (18.18%) Automation Tester
3 2 (18.18%) Designer
3 2 (18.18%) QA Automation Tester
3 2 (18.18%) QA Tester
3 2 (18.18%) Senior QA Engineer
4 1 (9.09%) Auditor
4 1 (9.09%) Consultant
4 1 (9.09%) IT Auditor
4 1 (9.09%) IT Consultant
4 1 (9.09%) Senior Auditor
4 1 (9.09%) Senior Consultant
4 1 (9.09%) Senior IT Auditor
4 1 (9.09%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
4 1 (9.09%) Senior Test Engineer
4 1 (9.09%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (45.45%) SOAP
1 5 (45.45%) XML
2 4 (36.36%) XSLT
3 2 (18.18%) .NET
3 2 (18.18%) Apache CXF
3 2 (18.18%) REST
4 1 (9.09%) .NET Core
4 1 (9.09%) CSS
4 1 (9.09%) HTML
4 1 (9.09%) JSON
4 1 (9.09%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 3 (27.27%) Client/Server
2 2 (18.18%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (9.09%) Cybercrime
3 1 (9.09%) Fintech
3 1 (9.09%) iSeries
3 1 (9.09%) Management Information System
3 1 (9.09%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 4 (36.36%) Windows
2 1 (9.09%) Android
2 1 (9.09%) Apple iOS
2 1 (9.09%) Linux
2 1 (9.09%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (54.55%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (36.36%) Scrum
2 4 (36.36%) User Acceptance Testing
3 3 (27.27%) Test Automation
4 2 (18.18%) Defect Management
4 2 (18.18%) Document Management
4 2 (18.18%) SOA
5 1 (9.09%) Acceptance Criteria
5 1 (9.09%) Analytics
5 1 (9.09%) Cybersecurity
5 1 (9.09%) Data Analytics
5 1 (9.09%) E-Commerce
5 1 (9.09%) Functional Testing
5 1 (9.09%) Internal Audit
5 1 (9.09%) IT Audit
5 1 (9.09%) Mentoring
5 1 (9.09%) Non-Functional Testing
5 1 (9.09%) SDET
5 1 (9.09%) Test Planning
5 1 (9.09%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 4 (36.36%) Java
1 4 (36.36%) SQL
2 1 (9.09%) C#
2 1 (9.09%) T-SQL
2 1 (9.09%) VB
Qualifications
1 2 (18.18%) ISEB
1 2 (18.18%) ISTQB
2 1 (9.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Vendors
1 4 (36.36%) MuleSoft
2 2 (18.18%) Microsoft