The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Newcastle upon Tyne 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 30 March 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)
Tyne and Wear / Newcastle upon Tyne
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 44 51 28
Rank change year-on-year +7 -23  
Contract jobs citing QA 32 17 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Newcastle upon Tyne 6.04% 2.62% 5.38%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 59.26% 26.98% 42.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 9 15
Median daily rate £320 £300 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -7.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £184 £264 £292
10% offered a daily rate of more than £395 £405 £455
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £366 £350
% change year-on-year -0.27% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £39.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year -30.76% +6.84%  

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 Newcastle upon Tyne with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Newcastle upon Tyne
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 54 63 49
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Newcastle upon Tyne 10.19% 9.72% 12.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 40 39
Median daily rate £336 £330 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.89% +1.53%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £149 £251 £295
10% offered a daily rate of more than £522 £505 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 1
Median hourly rate £13.65 - £11.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £40.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -50.00% +37.93%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Newcastle upon Tyne

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Newcastle upon Tyne 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 Newcastle upon Tyne

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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 in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Newcastle upon Tyne

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Newcastle upon Tyne

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Newcastle upon Tyne over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Newcastle upon Tyne

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Newcastle upon Tyne

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Newcastle upon Tyne

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 Newcastle upon Tyne region with a requirement for QA.

1 65 (86.67%) Selenium
2 62 (82.67%) Test Automation
3 56 (74.67%) Agile Software Development
4 44 (58.67%) Scala
4 44 (58.67%) User Stories
5 43 (57.33%) Java
6 38 (50.67%) Jenkins
7 37 (49.33%) TDD
7 37 (49.33%) Automated Testing
8 36 (48.00%) BDD
9 34 (45.33%) Automation Testing
10 33 (44.00%) Web Services
11 31 (41.33%) Cucumber
12 30 (40.00%) API Testing
13 29 (38.67%) Scrum
14 28 (37.33%) RESTful
14 28 (37.33%) Software Engineering
14 28 (37.33%) Continuous Improvement
15 27 (36.00%) Gherkin
15 27 (36.00%) Kanban
15 27 (36.00%) Groovy
15 27 (36.00%) WebDriver
16 22 (29.33%) Exploratory Testing
17 20 (26.67%) Usability Testing
17 20 (26.67%) Performance Testing
17 20 (26.67%) Atlassian
18 19 (25.33%) HP UFT
18 19 (25.33%) JIRA
18 19 (25.33%) Security Testing
18 19 (25.33%) Unit Testing

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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 19 (25.33%) Confluence
2 1 (1.33%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (1.33%) MS Excel
1 1 (1.33%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.67%) Office 365
2 1 (1.33%) IaaS
2 1 (1.33%) PaaS
2 1 (1.33%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.67%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.33%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (1.33%) Oracle Database
1 1 (1.33%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 65 (86.67%) Selenium
2 38 (50.67%) Jenkins
3 31 (41.33%) Cucumber
4 27 (36.00%) WebDriver
5 19 (25.33%) HP UFT
5 19 (25.33%) JIRA
5 19 (25.33%) SoapUI
6 17 (22.67%) JUnit
6 17 (22.67%) RSpec
7 13 (17.33%) Sahi
7 13 (17.33%) WATIR
8 6 (8.00%) LoadRunner
9 1 (1.33%) Eclipse
9 1 (1.33%) Git (software)
9 1 (1.33%) Octopus Deploy
9 1 (1.33%) SpecFlow
General
1 17 (22.67%) Games
2 2 (2.67%) Finance
3 1 (1.33%) Legal
Job Titles
1 30 (40.00%) Tester
2 24 (32.00%) QA Engineer
3 23 (30.67%) Automation Tester
4 20 (26.67%) Test Engineer
5 17 (22.67%) QA Test Engineer
6 16 (21.33%) Quality Engineer
7 12 (16.00%) QA Tester
8 11 (14.67%) Java Automation Tester
9 9 (12.00%) Selenium Automation Tester
9 9 (12.00%) Selenium Tester
10 5 (6.67%) QA Automation Engineer
10 5 (6.67%) QA Automation Tester
11 4 (5.33%) Developer
12 3 (4.00%) Analyst
12 3 (4.00%) QA Analyst
12 3 (4.00%) Test Automation Engineer
12 3 (4.00%) Test Manager
13 2 (2.67%) Hardware Test Engineer
13 2 (2.67%) OAT Manager
13 2 (2.67%) OAT Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (44.00%) Web Services
2 28 (37.33%) RESTful
3 27 (36.00%) Gherkin
4 17 (22.67%) JSON
5 15 (20.00%) .NET
6 13 (17.33%) XML
7 1 (1.33%) AngularJS
7 1 (1.33%) ASP.NET
7 1 (1.33%) CSS
7 1 (1.33%) Hibernate
7 1 (1.33%) HTML
7 1 (1.33%) REST
7 1 (1.33%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 3 (4.00%) NHS
2 1 (1.33%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (1.33%) Mobile App
2 1 (1.33%) Smartphone
2 1 (1.33%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 5 (6.67%) Linux
2 2 (2.67%) Unix
3 1 (1.33%) AIX
3 1 (1.33%) Windows
3 1 (1.33%) Windows 2000
3 1 (1.33%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (82.67%) Test Automation
2 56 (74.67%) Agile Software Development
3 44 (58.67%) User Stories
4 37 (49.33%) Automated Testing
4 37 (49.33%) TDD
5 36 (48.00%) BDD
6 34 (45.33%) Automation Testing
7 30 (40.00%) API Testing
8 29 (38.67%) Scrum
9 28 (37.33%) Continuous Improvement
9 28 (37.33%) Software Engineering
10 27 (36.00%) Kanban
11 22 (29.33%) Exploratory Testing
12 20 (26.67%) Performance Testing
12 20 (26.67%) Usability Testing
13 19 (25.33%) Continuous Delivery
13 19 (25.33%) Defect Management
13 19 (25.33%) Security Testing
13 19 (25.33%) Unit Testing
14 18 (24.00%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 44 (58.67%) Scala
2 43 (57.33%) Java
3 27 (36.00%) Groovy
4 14 (18.67%) Ruby
5 13 (17.33%) SQL
6 2 (2.67%) C#
7 1 (1.33%) JavaScript
7 1 (1.33%) PHP
7 1 (1.33%) Python
7 1 (1.33%) VB
7 1 (1.33%) VB6
Qualifications
1 8 (10.67%) BPSS Clearance
2 6 (8.00%) Security Cleared
3 4 (5.33%) ISEB
4 3 (4.00%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (22.67%) WCAG
2 6 (8.00%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (2.67%) SLA
Vendors
1 20 (26.67%) Atlassian
2 1 (1.33%) Microsoft
2 1 (1.33%) Oracle
2 1 (1.33%) Sitecore
2 1 (1.33%) SOASTA, Inc