The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North East 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 25 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)
England / North East
3 months to
25 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 38 69 40
Rank change year-on-year +31 -29  
Contract jobs citing QA 37 22 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 5.50% 2.01% 2.82%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 48.68% 14.47% 28.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 16 14
Median daily rate £320 £290 £324
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.34% -10.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £302 £259 £292
10% offered a daily rate of more than £361 £369 £489
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 £28.00 £19.77 £35.00
% change year-on-year +41.64% -43.52%  

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 the North East with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
North East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 76 152 74
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North East 11.29% 13.89% 9.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 89 49
Median daily rate £320 £300 £332
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -9.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £201 £218 £291
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £495 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £375
% change year-on-year +1.91% +4.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 2
Median hourly rate £10.02 £20.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -49.90% -50.00%  
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 the North East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North East 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 the North East

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in the North East

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in the North East over the 3 months to 25 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in the North East

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in the North East

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Contract Job Locations in the North East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the North East region over the 3 months to 25 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Tyne and Wear +26 33 £320 +10.34% 9
Durham - 1 - -
QA
England

For the 6 months to 25 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 North East region with a requirement for QA.

1 69 (81.18%) Selenium
2 62 (72.94%) Test Automation
3 57 (67.06%) Agile Software Development
4 51 (60.00%) Java
5 43 (50.59%) Scala
6 42 (49.41%) BDD
6 42 (49.41%) User Stories
7 38 (44.71%) Jenkins
8 37 (43.53%) Web Services
9 35 (41.18%) Automated Testing
10 34 (40.00%) TDD
10 34 (40.00%) Automation Testing
11 32 (37.65%) API Testing
12 31 (36.47%) Continuous Improvement
12 31 (36.47%) Cucumber
12 31 (36.47%) RESTful
12 31 (36.47%) Software Engineering
12 31 (36.47%) Scrum
13 30 (35.29%) Kanban
13 30 (35.29%) Groovy
13 30 (35.29%) Gherkin
14 25 (29.41%) WebDriver
15 24 (28.24%) Exploratory Testing
16 23 (27.06%) Performance Testing
17 22 (25.88%) Usability Testing
18 21 (24.71%) Security Testing
18 21 (24.71%) Unit Testing
18 21 (24.71%) Atlassian
18 21 (24.71%) Defect Management
18 21 (24.71%) Continuous Delivery

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Co-occurring IT Skills in the North East 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 20 (23.53%) Confluence
2 1 (1.18%) IIS
2 1 (1.18%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.18%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (2.35%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (2.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.18%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.18%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (1.18%) Infor CloudSuite Industrial (formerly SyteLine)
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.35%) Office 365
2 1 (1.18%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.18%) Google Cloud Platform
2 1 (1.18%) IaaS
2 1 (1.18%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.18%) PaaS
2 1 (1.18%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.18%) RTSP
1 1 (1.18%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.53%) Data Warehouse
1 3 (3.53%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.18%) DataStage
2 1 (1.18%) Oracle Database
2 1 (1.18%) RDBMS
2 1 (1.18%) Relational Database
2 1 (1.18%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (1.18%) SQL Server 2014
2 1 (1.18%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (1.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (1.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 69 (81.18%) Selenium
2 38 (44.71%) Jenkins
3 31 (36.47%) Cucumber
4 25 (29.41%) WebDriver
5 21 (24.71%) SoapUI
6 20 (23.53%) HP UFT
6 20 (23.53%) JIRA
7 13 (15.29%) JUnit
7 13 (15.29%) RSpec
7 13 (15.29%) Sahi
7 13 (15.29%) WATIR
8 7 (8.24%) LoadRunner
9 2 (2.35%) SpecFlow
10 1 (1.18%) Eclipse
10 1 (1.18%) Git (software)
10 1 (1.18%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 13 (15.29%) Games
2 2 (2.35%) Finance
3 1 (1.18%) Legal
3 1 (1.18%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 38 (44.71%) Tester
2 31 (36.47%) Automation Tester
3 20 (23.53%) QA Engineer
4 15 (17.65%) QA Tester
4 15 (17.65%) Test Engineer
5 13 (15.29%) Java Automation Tester
5 13 (15.29%) QA Test Engineer
6 12 (14.12%) Quality Engineer
7 11 (12.94%) Selenium Automation Tester
7 11 (12.94%) Selenium Tester
8 8 (9.41%) QA Automation Tester
9 7 (8.24%) Developer
10 4 (4.71%) Analyst
10 4 (4.71%) QA Automation Engineer
11 3 (3.53%) QA Analyst
11 3 (3.53%) Test Manager
12 2 (2.35%) Security Manager
12 2 (2.35%) Senior Performance Tester
12 2 (2.35%) Senior Test Manager
12 2 (2.35%) UAT Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (43.53%) Web Services
2 31 (36.47%) RESTful
3 30 (35.29%) Gherkin
4 16 (18.82%) .NET
5 14 (16.47%) XML
6 13 (15.29%) JSON
7 1 (1.18%) Android SDK
7 1 (1.18%) AngularJS
7 1 (1.18%) ASP.NET
7 1 (1.18%) CSS
7 1 (1.18%) Flash
7 1 (1.18%) Hibernate
7 1 (1.18%) HTML
7 1 (1.18%) REST
7 1 (1.18%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 4 (4.71%) NHS
2 2 (2.35%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (2.35%) CMDB
3 1 (1.18%) Hybrid Cloud
3 1 (1.18%) Private Cloud
3 1 (1.18%) Public Cloud
3 1 (1.18%) Smartphone
3 1 (1.18%) Tandem
3 1 (1.18%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 5 (5.88%) Windows
2 4 (4.71%) Linux
3 2 (2.35%) Unix
4 1 (1.18%) AIX
4 1 (1.18%) Android
4 1 (1.18%) Windows 2000
4 1 (1.18%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (72.94%) Test Automation
2 57 (67.06%) Agile Software Development
3 42 (49.41%) BDD
3 42 (49.41%) User Stories
4 35 (41.18%) Automated Testing
5 34 (40.00%) Automation Testing
5 34 (40.00%) TDD
6 32 (37.65%) API Testing
7 31 (36.47%) Continuous Improvement
7 31 (36.47%) Scrum
7 31 (36.47%) Software Engineering
8 30 (35.29%) Kanban
9 24 (28.24%) Exploratory Testing
10 23 (27.06%) Performance Testing
11 22 (25.88%) Usability Testing
12 21 (24.71%) Continuous Delivery
12 21 (24.71%) Defect Management
12 21 (24.71%) Security Testing
12 21 (24.71%) Unit Testing
13 18 (21.18%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 51 (60.00%) Java
2 43 (50.59%) Scala
3 30 (35.29%) Groovy
4 15 (17.65%) Ruby
5 14 (16.47%) SQL
6 3 (3.53%) C#
7 1 (1.18%) JavaScript
7 1 (1.18%) PHP
7 1 (1.18%) Python
7 1 (1.18%) VB
7 1 (1.18%) VB6
Qualifications
1 8 (9.41%) BPSS Clearance
2 6 (7.06%) Security Cleared
3 5 (5.88%) ISEB
4 3 (3.53%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (15.29%) WCAG
2 6 (7.06%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (2.35%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (1.18%) Active Directory
1 1 (1.18%) Hyper-V
1 1 (1.18%) XenApp
1 1 (1.18%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 1 (1.18%) SCCM
1 1 (1.18%) SCOM
Vendors
1 21 (24.71%) Atlassian
2 3 (3.53%) Microsoft
3 2 (2.35%) ServiceNow
3 2 (2.35%) Sitecore
4 1 (1.18%) Citrix
4 1 (1.18%) Google
4 1 (1.18%) Infor
4 1 (1.18%) Oracle
4 1 (1.18%) SOASTA, Inc
4 1 (1.18%) VMware
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