Period
to 23 January 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 23 January 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
23 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 50 43 51
Rank change year-on-year -7 +8 +7
Contract jobs citing QA 18 12 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 3.34% 2.56% 1.32%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 21.95% 36.36% 16.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 14 6
Kent median daily rate £375 £344 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.09% -1.79% -15.66%
10th Percentile £340 £213 £288
90th Percentile £506 £438 £419
South East median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.67% +3.45% +9.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Kent median hourly rate - - -
South East median hourly rate £40.31 £23.34 £39.00
% change year-on-year +72.69% -40.15% +168.97%

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 82 33 43
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 15.21% 7.04% 8.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 20 30
Kent median daily rate £330 £344 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.00% -1.79% +16.67%
10th Percentile £250 £130 £198
90th Percentile £563 £481 £512
South East median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +4.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 0
Kent median hourly rate £37.50 £9.61 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +290.22% - -
South East median hourly rate £25.90 £17.43 £30.25
% change year-on-year +48.59% -42.38% +63.51%

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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 23 January 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 23 January 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
West Malling -4 3 £425 -
Tunbridge Wells +7 2 £350 -
Dartford 0 1 £330 +46.67% 1
Maidstone -15 1 - - 9
QA
South East

For the 6 months to 23 January 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 14 (77.78%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (55.56%) SOAP
3 8 (44.44%) Microsoft
3 8 (44.44%) SQL
3 8 (44.44%) Scrum
3 8 (44.44%) Test Automation
4 7 (38.89%) XML
5 6 (33.33%) .NET
5 6 (33.33%) Defect Management
6 5 (27.78%) MuleSoft
6 5 (27.78%) User Acceptance Testing
6 5 (27.78%) Microsoft Azure
6 5 (27.78%) Selenium
6 5 (27.78%) Finance
6 5 (27.78%) Java
6 5 (27.78%) XSLT
6 5 (27.78%) Windows
7 4 (22.22%) SOA
7 4 (22.22%) C#
7 4 (22.22%) HTML
7 4 (22.22%) ISEB
7 4 (22.22%) CSS
7 4 (22.22%) ISTQB
7 4 (22.22%) SoapUI
7 4 (22.22%) Test Management
7 4 (22.22%) Test Scripting
7 4 (22.22%) Team Foundation Server
7 4 (22.22%) Acceptance Criteria
8 3 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
8 3 (16.67%) Microservices

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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:

Cloud Services
1 5 (27.78%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (16.67%) Internet
2 2 (11.11%) HTTP
2 2 (11.11%) SMTP
2 2 (11.11%) SSL
3 1 (5.56%) AMQP
3 1 (5.56%) Softphone
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (11.11%) SQL Server
2 1 (5.56%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 5 (27.78%) Selenium
2 4 (22.22%) SoapUI
2 4 (22.22%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (16.67%) SpecFlow
4 2 (11.11%) Fiddler
4 2 (11.11%) ReSharper
4 2 (11.11%) Visual Studio
5 1 (5.56%) Appium
5 1 (5.56%) HP UFT
5 1 (5.56%) JIRA
5 1 (5.56%) JMeter
5 1 (5.56%) LoadRunner
5 1 (5.56%) Sahi
5 1 (5.56%) Subversion
5 1 (5.56%) WebDriver
General
1 5 (27.78%) Finance
2 1 (5.56%) Banking
2 1 (5.56%) Retail
Job Titles
1 8 (44.44%) QA Engineer
2 6 (33.33%) Senior QA Engineer
3 5 (27.78%) QA Automation Engineer
4 4 (22.22%) Developer
4 4 (22.22%) MuleSoft Developer
5 2 (11.11%) Architect
5 2 (11.11%) Automation Engineer
5 2 (11.11%) Automation Tester
5 2 (11.11%) Designer
5 2 (11.11%) Java Developer
5 2 (11.11%) QA Automation Tester
5 2 (11.11%) QA Tester
5 2 (11.11%) Senior Automation Engineer
5 2 (11.11%) Solutions Architect
5 2 (11.11%) Tester
6 1 (5.56%) C# Architect
6 1 (5.56%) Integration Developer
6 1 (5.56%) Telephony Manager
6 1 (5.56%) Test Automation Engineer
6 1 (5.56%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (55.56%) SOAP
2 7 (38.89%) XML
3 6 (33.33%) .NET
4 5 (27.78%) XSLT
5 4 (22.22%) CSS
5 4 (22.22%) HTML
6 3 (16.67%) CSS3
6 3 (16.67%) HTML5
6 3 (16.67%) REST
7 2 (11.11%) AngularJS
7 2 (11.11%) Apache CXF
7 2 (11.11%) EDI
7 2 (11.11%) Gherkin
7 2 (11.11%) JSON
7 2 (11.11%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 1 (5.56%) CGI
8 1 (5.56%) SGML
8 1 (5.56%) VRML
8 1 (5.56%) WCF
8 1 (5.56%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (16.67%) Client/Server
1 3 (16.67%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (5.56%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 5 (27.78%) Windows
2 2 (11.11%) Windows 8
2 2 (11.11%) Windows Server
3 1 (5.56%) Apple iOS
3 1 (5.56%) Windows 10
3 1 (5.56%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (77.78%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (44.44%) Scrum
2 8 (44.44%) Test Automation
3 6 (33.33%) Defect Management
4 5 (27.78%) User Acceptance Testing
5 4 (22.22%) Acceptance Criteria
5 4 (22.22%) SOA
5 4 (22.22%) Test Management
5 4 (22.22%) Test Scripting
6 3 (16.67%) Document Management
6 3 (16.67%) Functional Testing
6 3 (16.67%) Microservices
6 3 (16.67%) Non-Functional Testing
6 3 (16.67%) Software Testing
6 3 (16.67%) UML
7 2 (11.11%) Continuous Improvement
7 2 (11.11%) Cybersecurity
7 2 (11.11%) Performance Testing
7 2 (11.11%) Test Planning
7 2 (11.11%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 8 (44.44%) SQL
2 5 (27.78%) Java
3 4 (22.22%) C#
4 3 (16.67%) T-SQL
4 3 (16.67%) VB.NET
5 2 (11.11%) JavaScript
5 2 (11.11%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 4 (22.22%) ISEB
1 4 (22.22%) ISTQB
2 2 (11.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Systems Management
1 1 (5.56%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (44.44%) Microsoft
2 5 (27.78%) MuleSoft