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 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)
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 50 73 44
Rank change year-on-year +23 -29  
Contract jobs citing QA 35 35 67
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Leeds 3.20% 2.37% 4.35%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 23.97% 25.74% 31.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 26 58
Median daily rate £420 £380 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.52% +15.15%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £333 £325 £272
10% offered a daily rate of more than £528 £481 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +1.33% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £175.00
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 Leeds with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Leeds
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 146 136 214
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Leeds 13.36% 9.23% 13.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 96 171
Median daily rate £420 £400 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +21.21%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £299 £294 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £570 £505
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 7
Median hourly rate £12.00 £90.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -86.74% +546.42%  
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 Leeds

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Leeds 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 Leeds

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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

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Leeds

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Leeds over the 3 months to 26 June 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 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 Leeds region with a requirement for QA.

1 39 (62.90%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (43.55%) Java
3 26 (41.94%) Test Automation
4 19 (30.65%) Selenium
5 16 (25.81%) JIRA
5 16 (25.81%) Open Source
6 14 (22.58%) SQL
7 13 (20.97%) TDD
7 13 (20.97%) Scrum
7 13 (20.97%) Performance Testing
8 12 (19.35%) Continuous Improvement
8 12 (19.35%) Python
9 11 (17.74%) BDD
9 11 (17.74%) Jenkins
9 11 (17.74%) User Stories
9 11 (17.74%) Groovy
10 10 (16.13%) Continuous Integration
10 10 (16.13%) Kanban
10 10 (16.13%) Test Management
10 10 (16.13%) Waterfall
11 9 (14.52%) SoapUI
11 9 (14.52%) Integration Testing
11 9 (14.52%) Visual Studio
11 9 (14.52%) Web Services
11 9 (14.52%) Software Engineering
12 8 (12.90%) Migration
12 8 (12.90%) MySQL
12 8 (12.90%) Test Scripting
13 7 (11.29%) MongoDB
13 7 (11.29%) High Availability

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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 (8.06%) Confluence
2 2 (3.23%) nginx
3 1 (1.61%) OpenStack
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.23%) SaaS
1 2 (3.23%) Slack
2 1 (1.61%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.61%) GitHub
2 1 (1.61%) IaaS
2 1 (1.61%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (8.06%) Firewall
2 2 (3.23%) HTTP
3 1 (1.61%) Network Security
3 1 (1.61%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (12.90%) MySQL
2 7 (11.29%) CouchDB
2 7 (11.29%) MongoDB
3 4 (6.45%) Couchbase
3 4 (6.45%) Relational Database
4 3 (4.84%) Apache Cassandra
4 3 (4.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (3.23%) Big Data
5 2 (3.23%) NoSQL
5 2 (3.23%) RDBMS
5 2 (3.23%) SQL Server
5 2 (3.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (3.23%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 19 (30.65%) Selenium
2 16 (25.81%) JIRA
3 11 (17.74%) Jenkins
4 9 (14.52%) SoapUI
4 9 (14.52%) Visual Studio
5 6 (9.68%) Cucumber
5 6 (9.68%) Git (software)
5 6 (9.68%) WebDriver
6 4 (6.45%) Appium
6 4 (6.45%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (4.84%) Hudson
8 2 (3.23%) FitNesse
8 2 (3.23%) JMeter
8 2 (3.23%) JUnit
8 2 (3.23%) LoadRunner
8 2 (3.23%) Mercurial
8 2 (3.23%) SonarQube
8 2 (3.23%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 2 (3.23%) TeamCity
8 2 (3.23%) Toad
General
1 7 (11.29%) Finance
2 3 (4.84%) Games
3 2 (3.23%) Banking
3 2 (3.23%) Retail
3 2 (3.23%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.61%) Polish Language
4 1 (1.61%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 15 (24.19%) Tester
2 14 (22.58%) Analyst
3 8 (12.90%) Automation Tester
3 8 (12.90%) Developer
3 8 (12.90%) Java Developer
4 7 (11.29%) Test Analyst
5 5 (8.06%) PMO Analyst
6 4 (6.45%) Architect
6 4 (6.45%) MongoDB Developer
6 4 (6.45%) QA Engineer
6 4 (6.45%) SAP Manager
7 3 (4.84%) Consultant
7 3 (4.84%) Manual Tester
7 3 (4.84%) QA Tester
7 3 (4.84%) Quality Manager
7 3 (4.84%) Report Analyst
7 3 (4.84%) SAP Test Manager
7 3 (4.84%) Selenium Tester
7 3 (4.84%) SQL Analyst
7 3 (4.84%) Test Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (14.52%) Web Services
2 7 (11.29%) Grails
2 7 (11.29%) Hibernate
2 7 (11.29%) Spring
3 6 (9.68%) Gherkin
3 6 (9.68%) HTML
4 4 (6.45%) Node.js
4 4 (6.45%) RESTful
4 4 (6.45%) SOAP
5 2 (3.23%) Apache CXF
5 2 (3.23%) REST
5 2 (3.23%) XML
6 1 (1.61%) AngularJS
6 1 (1.61%) React
Miscellaneous
1 3 (4.84%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (4.84%) Management Information System
1 3 (4.84%) User Experience
2 2 (3.23%) Clustering
2 2 (3.23%) iPad
2 2 (3.23%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.61%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 3 (4.84%) Android
1 3 (4.84%) Apple iOS
1 3 (4.84%) Linux
1 3 (4.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 2 (3.23%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (62.90%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (41.94%) Test Automation
3 16 (25.81%) Open Source
4 13 (20.97%) Performance Testing
4 13 (20.97%) Scrum
4 13 (20.97%) TDD
5 12 (19.35%) Continuous Improvement
6 11 (17.74%) BDD
6 11 (17.74%) User Stories
7 10 (16.13%) Continuous Integration
7 10 (16.13%) Kanban
7 10 (16.13%) Test Management
7 10 (16.13%) Waterfall
8 9 (14.52%) Integration Testing
8 9 (14.52%) Software Engineering
9 8 (12.90%) Migration
9 8 (12.90%) Test Scripting
10 7 (11.29%) DevOps
10 7 (11.29%) High Availability
10 7 (11.29%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 27 (43.55%) Java
2 14 (22.58%) SQL
3 12 (19.35%) Python
4 11 (17.74%) Groovy
5 7 (11.29%) Perl
6 6 (9.68%) Scala
7 4 (6.45%) Shell Script
7 4 (6.45%) T-SQL
8 3 (4.84%) JavaScript
9 2 (3.23%) Bash Shell
9 2 (3.23%) PHP
9 2 (3.23%) Progress 4GL
10 1 (1.61%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 3 (4.84%) ISEB
1 3 (4.84%) ISTQB
2 2 (3.23%) Security Cleared
3 1 (1.61%) AWS Certification
3 1 (1.61%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (1.61%) CCDP
3 1 (1.61%) CCNP
3 1 (1.61%) Chartered Engineer
3 1 (1.61%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (1.61%) CISM
3 1 (1.61%) CISSP
3 1 (1.61%) CTC Cleared
3 1 (1.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (1.61%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (8.06%) PMO
2 2 (3.23%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.61%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.61%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 3 (4.84%) Docker
2 1 (1.61%) Hyper-V
2 1 (1.61%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 4 (6.45%) Puppet
2 3 (4.84%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (4.84%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (3.23%) Kubernetes
3 2 (3.23%) Rancher
4 1 (1.61%) Ansible
4 1 (1.61%) Cobbler
4 1 (1.61%) Terraform
Vendors
1 6 (9.68%) Microsoft
2 4 (6.45%) SAP
3 3 (4.84%) HP
3 3 (4.84%) Oracle
3 3 (4.84%) Progress
4 2 (3.23%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.61%) Cisco
5 1 (1.61%) Red Hat
5 1 (1.61%) Splunk
5 1 (1.61%) VMware