The median contractor rate for a QA Engineer was £320 per day in advertised job vacancies in Newcastle upon Tyne during the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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 Engineer
Tyne and Wear / Newcastle upon Tyne
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 36 123 55
Rank change year-on-year +87 -68  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 7 1 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Newcastle upon Tyne 2.05% 0.075% 0.35%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.18% 0.085% 0.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 1 2
Median daily rate £320 £290 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.34% -18.30%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £350 £350
% change year-on-year -5.71% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in Newcastle upon Tyne. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
Newcastle upon Tyne
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 321 1176 539
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Newcastle upon Tyne 94.13% 88.22% 95.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 223 773 333
Median daily rate £350 £320 £373
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.37% -14.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £225 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 68 61
Median hourly rate £18.00 £28.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -35.71% +86.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.24 £15.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.50 £35.00 £18.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.48 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.14% +9.21%  

QA Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in Newcastle upon Tyne

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Newcastle upon Tyne that featured QA Engineer in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for QA Engineer in Newcastle upon Tyne

QA Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Newcastle upon Tyne

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing QA Engineer in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Engineer in Newcastle upon Tyne

QA Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Newcastle upon Tyne

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA Engineer in Newcastle upon Tyne over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA Engineer in Newcastle upon Tyne

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Newcastle upon Tyne

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, QA Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Newcastle upon Tyne region featuring QA Engineer in the job title.

1 15 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 15 (100.00%) TDD
1 15 (100.00%) QA
1 15 (100.00%) Selenium
1 15 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 13 (86.67%) Scala
2 13 (86.67%) WebDriver
2 13 (86.67%) WCAG
2 13 (86.67%) Games
3 12 (80.00%) Cucumber
3 12 (80.00%) Test Scripting
3 12 (80.00%) Jenkins
4 11 (73.33%) RSpec
4 11 (73.33%) Web Testing
4 11 (73.33%) JUnit
5 10 (66.67%) Defect Tracking
5 10 (66.67%) User Stories
5 10 (66.67%) Test Strategy
6 7 (46.67%) JSON
7 5 (33.33%) Ruby
7 5 (33.33%) Java
7 5 (33.33%) BDD
7 5 (33.33%) Open Source
8 4 (26.67%) Continuous Integration
9 3 (20.00%) Performance Testing
9 3 (20.00%) Exploratory Testing
9 3 (20.00%) Penetration Testing
10 2 (13.33%) JIRA
10 2 (13.33%) User Acceptance Testing
10 2 (13.33%) HP UFT

QA Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Newcastle upon Tyne 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:

Development Applications
1 15 (100.00%) Selenium
2 13 (86.67%) WebDriver
3 12 (80.00%) Cucumber
3 12 (80.00%) Jenkins
4 11 (73.33%) JUnit
4 11 (73.33%) RSpec
5 2 (13.33%) HP UFT
5 2 (13.33%) JIRA
6 1 (6.67%) Git (software)
6 1 (6.67%) JIRA Agile
General
1 13 (86.67%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (46.67%) JSON
2 1 (6.67%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.67%) Smartphone
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 15 (100.00%) TDD
1 15 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 12 (80.00%) Test Scripting
3 11 (73.33%) Web Testing
4 10 (66.67%) Defect Tracking
4 10 (66.67%) Test Strategy
4 10 (66.67%) User Stories
5 5 (33.33%) BDD
5 5 (33.33%) Open Source
6 4 (26.67%) Continuous Integration
7 3 (20.00%) Exploratory Testing
7 3 (20.00%) Penetration Testing
7 3 (20.00%) Performance Testing
8 2 (13.33%) API Testing
8 2 (13.33%) User Acceptance Testing
8 2 (13.33%) Waterfall
9 1 (6.67%) Front End Development
9 1 (6.67%) Functional Testing
9 1 (6.67%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (86.67%) Scala
2 5 (33.33%) Java
2 5 (33.33%) Ruby
3 1 (6.67%) C#
3 1 (6.67%) Perl
3 1 (6.67%) Python
3 1 (6.67%) VB
3 1 (6.67%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 1 (6.67%) ISEB
1 1 (6.67%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (100.00%) QA
2 13 (86.67%) WCAG