The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Milton Keynes 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 23 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)
Buckinghamshire / Milton Keynes
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 43 53 57
Rank change year-on-year +10 +4  
Contract jobs citing QA 32 9 19
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Milton Keynes 4.32% 1.36% 2.26%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 33.33% 10.23% 12.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 6 13
Median daily rate £350 £265 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +32.07% -27.39%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £291 £230 £284
10% offered a daily rate of more than £389 £338 £425
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 Milton Keynes with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Milton Keynes
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 96 88 147
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Milton Keynes 12.96% 13.25% 17.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 53 74
Median daily rate £355 £450 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -21.11% +18.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £227 £279
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £529 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 2
Median hourly rate - £13.25 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -66.87%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £28.25 £24.75
% change year-on-year -11.50% +14.14%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Milton Keynes

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Milton Keynes 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 Milton Keynes

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Milton Keynes

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Milton Keynes

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Milton Keynes

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Milton Keynes over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Milton Keynes

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Milton Keynes

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Milton Keynes

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

1 35 (64.81%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (59.26%) Test Automation
3 25 (46.30%) Java
4 24 (44.44%) JIRA
5 22 (40.74%) Jenkins
6 21 (38.89%) Git (software)
6 21 (38.89%) Web Services
6 21 (38.89%) SQL
7 20 (37.04%) Continuous Integration
7 20 (37.04%) TDD
7 20 (37.04%) REST
8 18 (33.33%) SOAP
9 15 (27.78%) Finance
9 15 (27.78%) Mobile App
10 14 (25.93%) Internet
10 14 (25.93%) Banking
11 13 (24.07%) SDLC
12 12 (22.22%) Security Cleared
12 12 (22.22%) Selenium
13 11 (20.37%) SC Cleared
13 11 (20.37%) Node.js
13 11 (20.37%) Protractor
14 10 (18.52%) RESTful
14 10 (18.52%) Open Source
14 10 (18.52%) Scrum
15 9 (16.67%) Microsoft
15 9 (16.67%) VB
15 9 (16.67%) Python
15 9 (16.67%) Retail
15 9 (16.67%) Ruby

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Milton Keynes 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 1 (1.85%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 1 (1.85%) Cloud Foundry
1 1 (1.85%) Confluence
1 1 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2003
1 1 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2010
1 1 (1.85%) MS Exchange
1 1 (1.85%) OpenStack
1 1 (1.85%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (1.85%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (1.85%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (3.70%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (1.85%) Infor M3
2 1 (1.85%) Movex
2 1 (1.85%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 8 (14.81%) OpenShift
2 2 (3.70%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.85%) GitHub
3 1 (1.85%) Office 365
3 1 (1.85%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 14 (25.93%) Internet
2 1 (1.85%) Firewall
2 1 (1.85%) NAS
2 1 (1.85%) SAN
2 1 (1.85%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (12.96%) MongoDB
2 1 (1.85%) Big Data
2 1 (1.85%) GIS
2 1 (1.85%) Hadoop
2 1 (1.85%) Redis
Development Applications
1 24 (44.44%) JIRA
2 22 (40.74%) Jenkins
3 21 (38.89%) Git (software)
4 12 (22.22%) Selenium
5 11 (20.37%) Protractor
6 9 (16.67%) Calabash
6 9 (16.67%) Karma Test Runner
6 9 (16.67%) Mocha
7 8 (14.81%) GitLab
8 6 (11.11%) Cucumber
9 4 (7.41%) JUnit
9 4 (7.41%) Maven
9 4 (7.41%) Team Foundation Server
10 3 (5.56%) WebDriver
11 2 (3.70%) Appium
11 2 (3.70%) Jasmine
11 2 (3.70%) Mockito
11 2 (3.70%) MSTest
11 2 (3.70%) Octopus Deploy
11 2 (3.70%) TeamCity
General
1 15 (27.78%) Finance
2 14 (25.93%) Banking
3 9 (16.67%) Corporate Banking
3 9 (16.67%) Retail
4 2 (3.70%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.85%) Advertising
5 1 (1.85%) Electronics
5 1 (1.85%) Games
5 1 (1.85%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.85%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.85%) Marketing
5 1 (1.85%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 21 (38.89%) Tester
2 19 (35.19%) Automation Tester
3 13 (24.07%) QA Tester
4 12 (22.22%) QA Automation Tester
5 10 (18.52%) Analyst
6 4 (7.41%) QA Analyst
6 4 (7.41%) Test Analyst
7 3 (5.56%) Automation Engineer
7 3 (5.56%) Automation Test Analyst
7 3 (5.56%) Developer
7 3 (5.56%) Java Developer
7 3 (5.56%) QA Automation Engineer
7 3 (5.56%) QA Engineer
7 3 (5.56%) Senior Automation Tester
7 3 (5.56%) Senior Tester
7 3 (5.56%) Test Manager
8 2 (3.70%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
8 2 (3.70%) Salesforce Tester
8 2 (3.70%) Test Automation Manager
8 2 (3.70%) Test Strategy Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (38.89%) Web Services
2 20 (37.04%) REST
3 18 (33.33%) SOAP
4 11 (20.37%) Node.js
5 10 (18.52%) RESTful
6 9 (16.67%) AngularJS
6 9 (16.67%) Chai
7 5 (9.26%) XML
8 3 (5.56%) Spring
8 3 (5.56%) Spring Boot
9 2 (3.70%) Spring Integration
9 2 (3.70%) XSLT
10 1 (1.85%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 15 (27.78%) Mobile App
2 7 (12.96%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.85%) CESG
3 1 (1.85%) iPad
3 1 (1.85%) Mobile Banking
3 1 (1.85%) Public Cloud
3 1 (1.85%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 6 (11.11%) Windows
2 3 (5.56%) Android
2 3 (5.56%) Apple iOS
2 3 (5.56%) Windows Server
3 2 (3.70%) Windows 10
3 2 (3.70%) Windows Vista
4 1 (1.85%) Linux
4 1 (1.85%) Mac OS X
4 1 (1.85%) Unix
4 1 (1.85%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (1.85%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (64.81%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (59.26%) Test Automation
3 20 (37.04%) Continuous Integration
3 20 (37.04%) TDD
4 13 (24.07%) SDLC
5 10 (18.52%) Open Source
5 10 (18.52%) Scrum
6 9 (16.67%) Defect Management
6 9 (16.67%) QA Automation
7 8 (14.81%) Functional Testing
7 8 (14.81%) ITIL
8 7 (12.96%) Build Automation
8 7 (12.96%) Dependency Management
8 7 (12.96%) Test Strategy
8 7 (12.96%) Workflow
9 6 (11.11%) Regression Testing
10 5 (9.26%) Biometrics
10 5 (9.26%) Operational Acceptance Testing
10 5 (9.26%) Performance Testing
11 4 (7.41%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 25 (46.30%) Java
2 21 (38.89%) SQL
3 9 (16.67%) Python
3 9 (16.67%) Ruby
3 9 (16.67%) VB
4 2 (3.70%) JavaScript
4 2 (3.70%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.85%) Apple Swift
5 1 (1.85%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 12 (22.22%) Security Cleared
2 11 (20.37%) SC Cleared
3 5 (9.26%) DV Cleared
4 4 (7.41%) ISEB
4 4 (7.41%) ISTQB
4 4 (7.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (5.56%) Degree
6 2 (3.70%) Chartered Engineer
6 2 (3.70%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (1.85%) (ISC)2 CCSP
7 1 (1.85%) CESG Certified Professional
7 1 (1.85%) CGEIT
7 1 (1.85%) CISM
7 1 (1.85%) CISSP
7 1 (1.85%) CRISC
7 1 (1.85%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.70%) COBIT
1 2 (3.70%) EFQM
1 2 (3.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 2 (3.70%) PMO
2 1 (1.85%) HMG Security Policy Framework
2 1 (1.85%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 2 (3.70%) Active Directory
1 2 (3.70%) BitLocker
1 2 (3.70%) Docker
2 1 (1.85%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (3.70%) HP Quality Center
1 2 (3.70%) McAfee ePO
1 2 (3.70%) SCCM
Vendors
1 9 (16.67%) Microsoft
2 7 (12.96%) IBM
3 5 (9.26%) Citrix
4 4 (7.41%) HP
5 3 (5.56%) Compaq
5 3 (5.56%) Salesforce.com
6 2 (3.70%) Lumension
6 2 (3.70%) McAfee
6 2 (3.70%) SAP
7 1 (1.85%) AppDynamics
7 1 (1.85%) Infor
7 1 (1.85%) Splunk
7 1 (1.85%) VMware
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