Period
to 23 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a QA Engineer was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in Newcastle upon Tyne during the 6 months to 23 November 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
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 82 128 104
Rank change year-on-year +46 -24 -
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 7 28 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Newcastle upon Tyne 0.80% 1.26% 0.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.85% 1.39% 0.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 20 1
Newcastle upon Tyne median daily rate £350 £340 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +1.49% -
10th Percentile £310 £300 £328
90th Percentile £476 £458 £343
Tyne and Wear median daily rate £350 £340 £335
% change year-on-year +2.94% +1.49% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Newcastle upon Tyne median hourly rate - - -
Tyne and Wear median hourly rate - - -

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

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
Newcastle upon Tyne
Contract vacancies in Newcastle upon Tyne with a recognized job title 824 2020 1333
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.50% 90.99% 94.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 581 1475 878
Newcastle upon Tyne median daily rate £400 £350 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% -13.58% +8.00%
10th Percentile £250 £225 £254
90th Percentile £550 £518 £592
Tyne and Wear median daily rate £390 £350 £400
% change year-on-year +11.43% -12.50% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 92 72
Newcastle upon Tyne median hourly rate £17.48 £27.25 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -35.85% +23.86% +33.33%
10th Percentile £9.80 £10.37 £11.78
90th Percentile £48.70 £33.55 £36.93
Tyne and Wear median hourly rate £16.30 £27.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -39.63% +35.00% +31.15%

QA Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in Newcastle upon Tyne

Job postings that featured QA Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Newcastle upon Tyne.

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 6 months to 23 November 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 23 November 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 7 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 7 (100.00%) QA
2 6 (85.71%) WCAG
2 6 (85.71%) Test Automation
2 6 (85.71%) TDD
3 5 (71.43%) Games
3 5 (71.43%) Selenium
3 5 (71.43%) WebDriver
3 5 (71.43%) Open Source
3 5 (71.43%) Test Strategy
3 5 (71.43%) Scala
4 4 (57.14%) Defect Tracking
4 4 (57.14%) Acceptance Criteria
4 4 (57.14%) Jenkins
4 4 (57.14%) User Stories
4 4 (57.14%) Test Scripting
5 3 (42.86%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (42.86%) Web Testing
5 3 (42.86%) Ruby
5 3 (42.86%) Java
5 3 (42.86%) JUnit
5 3 (42.86%) Cucumber
5 3 (42.86%) BDD
5 3 (42.86%) RSpec
6 2 (28.57%) Web Operations
6 2 (28.57%) Front End Development
6 2 (28.57%) DevOps
6 2 (28.57%) C#
6 2 (28.57%) ITIL
6 2 (28.57%) Python

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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (14.29%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 1 (14.29%) Slack
Development Applications
1 5 (71.43%) Selenium
1 5 (71.43%) WebDriver
2 4 (57.14%) Jenkins
3 3 (42.86%) Cucumber
3 3 (42.86%) JUnit
3 3 (42.86%) RSpec
4 2 (28.57%) JIRA
5 1 (14.29%) Burp Suite
5 1 (14.29%) Git (software)
5 1 (14.29%) HP UFT
5 1 (14.29%) JIRA Agile
5 1 (14.29%) JMeter
5 1 (14.29%) LoadRunner
General
1 5 (71.43%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (14.29%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 2 (28.57%) Smartphone
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (85.71%) TDD
2 6 (85.71%) Test Automation
3 5 (71.43%) Open Source
3 5 (71.43%) Test Strategy
4 4 (57.14%) Acceptance Criteria
4 4 (57.14%) Defect Tracking
4 4 (57.14%) Test Scripting
4 4 (57.14%) User Stories
5 3 (42.86%) BDD
5 3 (42.86%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (42.86%) Web Testing
6 2 (28.57%) DevOps
6 2 (28.57%) Front End Development
6 2 (28.57%) ITIL
6 2 (28.57%) Scrum
6 2 (28.57%) Service Management
6 2 (28.57%) Test Management
6 2 (28.57%) Web Operations
7 1 (14.29%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (71.43%) Scala
2 3 (42.86%) Java
2 3 (42.86%) Ruby
3 2 (28.57%) C#
3 2 (28.57%) Python
Qualifications
1 1 (14.29%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (100.00%) QA
2 6 (85.71%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 1 (14.29%) Nessus