The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Luton 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 27 April 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)
Bedfordshire / Luton
3 months to
27 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 16 22 25
Rank change year-on-year +6 +3  
Contract jobs citing QA 4 5 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Luton 3.67% 2.89% 1.24%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 40.00% 25.00% 10.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 4 2
Median daily rate £488 £338 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +44.44% -28.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £478 £325 £455
10% offered a daily rate of more than £498 £473 £495
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £355
% change year-on-year - +5.63%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £19.30 £35.00
% change year-on-year +34.74% -44.87%  

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 Luton with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Luton
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 10 20 20
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Luton 9.17% 11.56% 12.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 13 17
Median daily rate £475 £438 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.57% -2.77%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £332 £123 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £543 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 3
Median hourly rate - £30.04 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -24.91%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £33.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -24.24% +13.79%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Luton

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Luton 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 Luton

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Luton

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Luton

For the 6 months to 27 April 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 Luton region with a requirement for QA.

1 9 (81.82%) C#
1 9 (81.82%) Agile Software Development
1 9 (81.82%) TDD
1 9 (81.82%) TeamCity
1 9 (81.82%) Test Automation
1 9 (81.82%) Feature Driven Development
1 9 (81.82%) BDD
1 9 (81.82%) ATDD
1 9 (81.82%) Continuous Delivery
1 9 (81.82%) SDET
2 8 (72.73%) SpecFlow
2 8 (72.73%) API Testing
2 8 (72.73%) E-Commerce
3 4 (36.36%) Defect Management
3 4 (36.36%) Python
3 4 (36.36%) Continuous Integration
3 4 (36.36%) TestNG
3 4 (36.36%) Ruby
3 4 (36.36%) JIRA
3 4 (36.36%) Perl
3 4 (36.36%) JUnit
4 3 (27.27%) Cucumber
4 3 (27.27%) REST
5 2 (18.18%) SoapUI
5 2 (18.18%) JBehave
5 2 (18.18%) WebDriver
5 2 (18.18%) Selenium
6 1 (9.09%) FTP
6 1 (9.09%) Active Directory
6 1 (9.09%) EPoS

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Luton 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:

Communications & Networking
1 1 (9.09%) FTP
1 1 (9.09%) Internet
Development Applications
1 9 (81.82%) TeamCity
2 8 (72.73%) SpecFlow
3 4 (36.36%) JIRA
3 4 (36.36%) JUnit
3 4 (36.36%) TestNG
4 3 (27.27%) Cucumber
5 2 (18.18%) JBehave
5 2 (18.18%) Selenium
5 2 (18.18%) SoapUI
5 2 (18.18%) WebDriver
6 1 (9.09%) Ant
6 1 (9.09%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 1 (9.09%) Jenkins
6 1 (9.09%) Maven
Job Titles
1 6 (54.55%) Test Automation Engineer
1 6 (54.55%) Test Engineer
2 3 (27.27%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
2 3 (27.27%) Senior Test Engineer
3 2 (18.18%) Architect
3 2 (18.18%) Test Automation Architect
4 1 (9.09%) Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Applications Support
4 1 (9.09%) Applications Support Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Automation Test Expert
4 1 (9.09%) C# Architect
4 1 (9.09%) Developer
4 1 (9.09%) Developer in Test
4 1 (9.09%) EPoS Engineer
4 1 (9.09%) Field Engineer
4 1 (9.09%) Senior Architect
4 1 (9.09%) Senior Test Automation Architect
4 1 (9.09%) Software Developer
4 1 (9.09%) Support Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Test Automation Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (27.27%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 1 (9.09%) EFT
1 1 (9.09%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 1 (9.09%) Linux
1 1 (9.09%) Unix
1 1 (9.09%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (81.82%) Agile Software Development
1 9 (81.82%) ATDD
1 9 (81.82%) BDD
1 9 (81.82%) Continuous Delivery
1 9 (81.82%) Feature Driven Development
1 9 (81.82%) TDD
1 9 (81.82%) Test Automation
2 8 (72.73%) API Testing
2 8 (72.73%) E-Commerce
3 4 (36.36%) Continuous Integration
3 4 (36.36%) Defect Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (81.82%) C#
2 4 (36.36%) Perl
2 4 (36.36%) Python
2 4 (36.36%) Ruby
3 1 (9.09%) Java
3 1 (9.09%) SQL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (81.82%) SDET
System Software
1 1 (9.09%) Active Directory