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 3 months to 26 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)
South East / Kent
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 33 38 42
Rank change year-on-year +5 +4  
Contract jobs citing QA 9 3 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 3.56% 0.93% 1.09%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 23.08% 7.32% 15.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 3 3
Median daily rate £425 £200 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +112.50% -27.27%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £365 £200 £195
10% offered a daily rate of more than £467 £208 £515
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +1.33% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £15.50 £37.25
% change year-on-year +38.70% -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 Kent with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Kent
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 39 41 19
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Kent 15.42% 12.65% 6.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 34 13
Median daily rate £425 £475 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.52% +15.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £338 £215 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £573 £518
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Median hourly rate £27.83 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £28.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -10.71% +24.44%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Kent

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Kent citing QA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

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 3 months to 26 June 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 3 months to 26 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
Dartford - 4 £425 -
Maidstone - 1 - -
West Malling - 1 £350 -
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South East

For the 6 months to 26 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 Kent region with a requirement for QA.

1 6 (66.67%) .NET
2 4 (44.44%) IIS
2 4 (44.44%) Tomcat
2 4 (44.44%) LAN
2 4 (44.44%) WLAN
2 4 (44.44%) SNMP
2 4 (44.44%) DNS
2 4 (44.44%) Cisco
2 4 (44.44%) Microsoft
2 4 (44.44%) CCNP
2 4 (44.44%) HP
2 4 (44.44%) CISSP
2 4 (44.44%) Cisco Certification
2 4 (44.44%) DHCP
2 4 (44.44%) CheckPoint
2 4 (44.44%) 802.11
2 4 (44.44%) QSIG
2 4 (44.44%) MPLS
2 4 (44.44%) DPNSS
2 4 (44.44%) Firewall
2 4 (44.44%) Wireless
2 4 (44.44%) IPsec
2 4 (44.44%) VMware
2 4 (44.44%) Mitel
2 4 (44.44%) IP Telephony
2 4 (44.44%) Cisco IPT
2 4 (44.44%) Microsoft Virtual Server
2 4 (44.44%) Network Security
2 4 (44.44%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (44.44%) Riverbed

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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 4 (44.44%) IIS
1 4 (44.44%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (22.22%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (11.11%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (11.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 4 (44.44%) 802.11
1 4 (44.44%) Cisco IPT
1 4 (44.44%) DHCP
1 4 (44.44%) DNS
1 4 (44.44%) DPNSS
1 4 (44.44%) Firewall
1 4 (44.44%) IP Telephony
1 4 (44.44%) IPsec
1 4 (44.44%) LAN
1 4 (44.44%) MPLS
1 4 (44.44%) Network Security
1 4 (44.44%) QSIG
1 4 (44.44%) SNMP
1 4 (44.44%) Telepresence
1 4 (44.44%) Wireless
1 4 (44.44%) WLAN
2 3 (33.33%) WAN
3 1 (11.11%) HTTP
3 1 (11.11%) Internet
Development Applications
1 3 (33.33%) Selenium
2 2 (22.22%) WebDriver
3 1 (11.11%) Cucumber
3 1 (11.11%) Git (software)
3 1 (11.11%) JIRA
3 1 (11.11%) TestRail
General
1 1 (11.11%) Advertising
1 1 (11.11%) Banking
1 1 (11.11%) Military
Job Titles
1 2 (22.22%) Analyst
1 2 (22.22%) Consultant
1 2 (22.22%) Designer
1 2 (22.22%) Network Designer
1 2 (22.22%) QA Analyst
1 2 (22.22%) Security Designer
1 2 (22.22%) Solutions Designer
1 2 (22.22%) Tester
2 1 (11.11%) IT Auditor
2 1 (11.11%) IT Consultant
2 1 (11.11%) Network Consultant
2 1 (11.11%) Network Support
2 1 (11.11%) QA Tester
2 1 (11.11%) Security Consultant
2 1 (11.11%) Security Specialist
2 1 (11.11%) Senior Consultant
2 1 (11.11%) Senior IT Auditor
2 1 (11.11%) Software Tester
2 1 (11.11%) Support Consultant
2 1 (11.11%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (66.67%) .NET
2 4 (44.44%) 802.1X
3 1 (11.11%) .NET Core
3 1 (11.11%) .NET Framework
3 1 (11.11%) CSS
3 1 (11.11%) HTML
3 1 (11.11%) JSON
3 1 (11.11%) RESTful
3 1 (11.11%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (22.22%) Management Information System
2 1 (11.11%) Cybercrime
2 1 (11.11%) Fintech
2 1 (11.11%) iSeries
2 1 (11.11%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 1 (11.11%) Android
1 1 (11.11%) Apple iOS
1 1 (11.11%) Linux
1 1 (11.11%) Unix
1 1 (11.11%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (44.44%) Mentoring
2 1 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (11.11%) Analytics
2 1 (11.11%) Communications Security
2 1 (11.11%) Data Analytics
2 1 (11.11%) Data Management
2 1 (11.11%) Data Protection
2 1 (11.11%) E-Commerce
2 1 (11.11%) Information Management
2 1 (11.11%) Internal Audit
2 1 (11.11%) IT Audit
2 1 (11.11%) Manual Testing
2 1 (11.11%) Migration
2 1 (11.11%) OO
2 1 (11.11%) Risk Assessment
2 1 (11.11%) Risk Management
2 1 (11.11%) SDET
2 1 (11.11%) Security Testing
2 1 (11.11%) TDD
2 1 (11.11%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 3 (33.33%) C#
2 2 (22.22%) Java
3 1 (11.11%) C
3 1 (11.11%) SQL
3 1 (11.11%) VB
Qualifications
1 4 (44.44%) CCNP
1 4 (44.44%) Cisco Certification
1 4 (44.44%) CISSP
2 3 (33.33%) CCNA
3 1 (11.11%) CNA
3 1 (11.11%) Novell Certification
3 1 (11.11%) SC Cleared
3 1 (11.11%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (33.33%) PMO
System Software
1 4 (44.44%) Microsoft Virtual Server
1 4 (44.44%) Virtual Servers
1 4 (44.44%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 4 (44.44%) CheckPoint
1 4 (44.44%) Cisco
1 4 (44.44%) HP
1 4 (44.44%) Microsoft
1 4 (44.44%) Mitel
1 4 (44.44%) Riverbed
1 4 (44.44%) VMware
2 3 (33.33%) Siemens