Period
to 23 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Leeds 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 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)
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 90 83 63
Rank change year-on-year -7 -20 -14
Contract jobs citing QA 46 68 103
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Leeds 2.03% 2.59% 3.18%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 17.16% 28.81% 28.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 39 93
Leeds median daily rate £425 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +14.29% +9.38%
10th Percentile £285 £275 £263
90th Percentile £615 £525 £498
West Yorkshire median daily rate £425 £380 £363
% change year-on-year +11.84% +4.83% +11.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 4
Leeds median hourly rate - - £92.00
West Yorkshire median hourly rate £8.10 £9.50 £12.00
% change year-on-year -14.79% -20.83% -71.08%

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 Leeds with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Leeds
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 268 236 361
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Leeds 11.82% 9.00% 11.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 184 162 279
Leeds median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +18.52%
10th Percentile £255 £263 £262
90th Percentile £575 £600 £575
West Yorkshire median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 4 9
Leeds median hourly rate £20.00 £12.25 £12.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +63.27% -0.81% -22.81%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.13 £8.50
90th Percentile £23.10 £12.38 £187.50
West Yorkshire median hourly rate £17.00 £14.50 £12.76
% change year-on-year +17.24% +13.68% -20.28%

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in Leeds

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

Job vacancy trend for QA in Leeds

QA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Leeds

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Leeds

QA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Leeds

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Leeds over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Leeds

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Leeds

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Leeds

For the 6 months to 23 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 Leeds region with a requirement for QA.

1 23 (50.00%) SQL
2 16 (34.78%) Scrum
3 14 (30.43%) Java
4 13 (28.26%) Agile Software Development
4 13 (28.26%) Test Automation
5 12 (26.09%) Shell Script
6 11 (23.91%) ETL
6 11 (23.91%) Data Management
7 10 (21.74%) Unix
7 10 (21.74%) Data Modelling
7 10 (21.74%) MongoDB
8 9 (19.57%) User Stories
8 9 (19.57%) Informatica
8 9 (19.57%) C#
8 9 (19.57%) Data Warehouse
8 9 (19.57%) Data Integration
8 9 (19.57%) Data Architecture
9 8 (17.39%) Test Scripting
9 8 (17.39%) Selenium
9 8 (17.39%) Data Analysis
9 8 (17.39%) NoSQL
9 8 (17.39%) Continuous Improvement
9 8 (17.39%) Coaching
9 8 (17.39%) Defect Tracking
9 8 (17.39%) Collaborative Working
10 7 (15.22%) Mentoring
10 7 (15.22%) Data Engineering
10 7 (15.22%) SoapUI
10 7 (15.22%) Open Source
10 7 (15.22%) Git (software)

QA
Co-occurring IT Skills in Leeds 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 5 (10.87%) Confluence
1 5 (10.87%) SAS
2 3 (6.52%) nginx
3 2 (4.35%) Apache Spark
3 2 (4.35%) OpenStack
4 1 (2.17%) Apache
4 1 (2.17%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (2.17%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (2.17%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 4 (8.70%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (6.52%) Slack
3 2 (4.35%) IaaS
3 2 (4.35%) PaaS
3 2 (4.35%) SaaS
4 1 (2.17%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (6.52%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (21.74%) MongoDB
2 9 (19.57%) Data Warehouse
3 8 (17.39%) NoSQL
4 6 (13.04%) Apache Hive
4 6 (13.04%) Big Data
4 6 (13.04%) MySQL
4 6 (13.04%) PostgreSQL
4 6 (13.04%) Relational Database
5 5 (10.87%) Apache Cassandra
5 5 (10.87%) HBase
6 3 (6.52%) BusinessObjects
6 3 (6.52%) Data Lake
6 3 (6.52%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
6 3 (6.52%) Hadoop
6 3 (6.52%) Pentaho
7 2 (4.35%) SQL Server
8 1 (2.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (2.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (2.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 8 (17.39%) Selenium
2 7 (15.22%) Git (software)
2 7 (15.22%) SoapUI
3 6 (13.04%) JIRA
4 4 (8.70%) Jenkins
5 3 (6.52%) ERwin
5 3 (6.52%) SonarQube
6 1 (2.17%) Cucumber
6 1 (2.17%) JUnit
6 1 (2.17%) RSpec
6 1 (2.17%) SpecFlow
6 1 (2.17%) Vagrant
6 1 (2.17%) WebDriver
General
1 6 (13.04%) Finance
2 2 (4.35%) Retail Banking
3 1 (2.17%) Back Office
3 1 (2.17%) Banking
3 1 (2.17%) Games
3 1 (2.17%) Legal
3 1 (2.17%) Polish Language
Job Titles
1 9 (19.57%) Tester
2 7 (15.22%) Architect
2 7 (15.22%) Data Engineer
3 6 (13.04%) Senior Data Engineer
4 5 (10.87%) Analyst
4 5 (10.87%) Business Intelligence Lead
4 5 (10.87%) DevOps Engineer
4 5 (10.87%) Manual Tester
5 3 (6.52%) Business Intelligence Architect
5 3 (6.52%) Data Architect
5 3 (6.52%) Data Warehouse Architect
5 3 (6.52%) Lead Architect
5 3 (6.52%) Lead Data Architect
5 3 (6.52%) Senior DevOps
5 3 (6.52%) Senior DevOps Engineer
5 3 (6.52%) Test Leader
6 2 (4.35%) Automation Tester
6 2 (4.35%) AWS DevOps
6 2 (4.35%) Linux/Unix DevOps
6 2 (4.35%) QA Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (15.22%) SOAP
2 3 (6.52%) LEMP Stack
2 3 (6.52%) Node.js
2 3 (6.52%) React
3 2 (4.35%) CSS
3 2 (4.35%) CSS3
3 2 (4.35%) HTML
3 2 (4.35%) Web Services
4 1 (2.17%) .NET
4 1 (2.17%) AngularJS
4 1 (2.17%) JSON
4 1 (2.17%) Kafka
4 1 (2.17%) Spring
4 1 (2.17%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 6 (13.04%) Management Information System
2 4 (8.70%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (6.52%) Clustering
3 3 (6.52%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (4.35%) Computer Science
4 2 (4.35%) Video on Demand
5 1 (2.17%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (2.17%) Mainframe
5 1 (2.17%) Replication
5 1 (2.17%) Smartphone
5 1 (2.17%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 10 (21.74%) Unix
2 5 (10.87%) Linux
2 5 (10.87%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (34.78%) Scrum
2 13 (28.26%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (28.26%) Test Automation
3 11 (23.91%) Data Management
3 11 (23.91%) ETL
4 10 (21.74%) Data Modelling
5 9 (19.57%) Data Architecture
5 9 (19.57%) Data Integration
5 9 (19.57%) User Stories
6 8 (17.39%) Coaching
6 8 (17.39%) Collaborative Working
6 8 (17.39%) Continuous Improvement
6 8 (17.39%) Data Analysis
6 8 (17.39%) Defect Tracking
6 8 (17.39%) Test Scripting
7 7 (15.22%) Business Intelligence
7 7 (15.22%) Data Engineering
7 7 (15.22%) Mentoring
7 7 (15.22%) Open Source
7 7 (15.22%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 23 (50.00%) SQL
2 14 (30.43%) Java
3 12 (26.09%) Shell Script
4 9 (19.57%) C#
5 7 (15.22%) Python
6 6 (13.04%) PL/SQL
7 5 (10.87%) JavaScript
8 3 (6.52%) Bash Shell
9 2 (4.35%) R
9 2 (4.35%) Scala
10 1 (2.17%) Ruby
10 1 (2.17%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (6.52%) CISM
1 3 (6.52%) CISSP
1 3 (6.52%) ISTQB
2 2 (4.35%) AWS Certification
2 2 (4.35%) CCDP
2 2 (4.35%) CCNP
2 2 (4.35%) Chartered Engineer
2 2 (4.35%) Cisco Certification
2 2 (4.35%) Degree
2 2 (4.35%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (2.17%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.52%) Data Quality
1 3 (6.52%) PMO
2 1 (2.17%) GDPR
2 1 (2.17%) WCAG
System Software
1 4 (8.70%) Docker
2 3 (6.52%) Xen
3 2 (4.35%) Hyper-V
3 2 (4.35%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 6 (13.04%) Puppet
2 4 (8.70%) Opscode Chef
3 3 (6.52%) Kubernetes
3 3 (6.52%) Rancher
4 2 (4.35%) Terraform
5 1 (2.17%) Ansible
5 1 (2.17%) Cobbler
Vendors
1 9 (19.57%) Informatica
2 5 (10.87%) Microsoft
2 5 (10.87%) Oracle
3 3 (6.52%) CA
3 3 (6.52%) Tableau
4 2 (4.35%) Cisco
4 2 (4.35%) Red Hat
5 1 (2.17%) IBM