Period
to 23 January 2018

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 6 months to 23 January 2018 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
6 months to
23 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 46 48 49
Rank change year-on-year +2 +1 +1
Contract jobs citing QA 55 117 78
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 4.49% 5.03% 4.00%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 27.50% 30.79% 34.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 69 75 57
North East median daily rate £425 £350 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.43% -12.50% +14.94%
10th Percentile £273 £285 £280
90th Percentile £615 £517 £700
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
North East median hourly rate - - £19.00
England median hourly rate £21.90 £23.34 £22.50
% change year-on-year -6.17% +3.73% +2.27%

QA is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following 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 or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
North East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 200 380 227
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 16.33% 16.34% 11.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 149 267 169
North East median daily rate £400 £363 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.34% -19.44% +20.00%
10th Percentile £250 £220 £300
90th Percentile £558 £525 £650
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 8 7
North East median hourly rate £44.75 £14.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +219.64% -26.32% +46.15%
10th Percentile £33.38 £9.55 £10.31
90th Percentile £103.65 £29.54 £20.25
England median hourly rate £20.60 £22.84 £24.23
% change year-on-year -9.79% -5.76% +21.15%

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Job Vacancy Trend in the North East

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North East.

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 6 months to 23 January 2018.

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 6 months to 23 January 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Tyne and Wear +3 53 £425 +21.43% 23
QA
England

For the 6 months to 23 January 2018, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the North East region with a requirement for QA.

1 23 (41.82%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (32.73%) Data Management
2 18 (32.73%) SQL
2 18 (32.73%) Continuous Improvement
3 17 (30.91%) Test Automation
3 17 (30.91%) Data Warehouse
4 16 (29.09%) Continuous Integration
5 15 (27.27%) Open Source
6 14 (25.45%) Java
7 13 (23.64%) Oracle
7 13 (23.64%) Data Modelling
7 13 (23.64%) NoSQL
7 13 (23.64%) Relational Database
7 13 (23.64%) Data Engineering
7 13 (23.64%) Collaborative Working
8 12 (21.82%) Mentoring
8 12 (21.82%) Coaching
8 12 (21.82%) Waterfall
8 12 (21.82%) Unix
8 12 (21.82%) Informatica
9 11 (20.00%) Project Management
9 11 (20.00%) Shell Script
9 11 (20.00%) BDD
9 11 (20.00%) Jenkins
10 10 (18.18%) SFIA
10 10 (18.18%) Data Integration
10 10 (18.18%) Data Architecture
10 10 (18.18%) ETL
10 10 (18.18%) JIRA
10 10 (18.18%) Selenium

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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 6 (10.91%) Confluence
1 6 (10.91%) SAS
2 3 (5.45%) SharePoint
3 2 (3.64%) Apache Spark
4 1 (1.82%) Apache
4 1 (1.82%) Oracle 10gAS
4 1 (1.82%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 4 (7.27%) Microsoft Excel
1 4 (7.27%) Microsoft Office
1 4 (7.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 3 (5.45%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (3.64%) MS Visio
4 1 (1.82%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (1.82%) iTrent
1 1 (1.82%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (1.82%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (1.82%) Salesforce.com CRM
1 1 (1.82%) SAP Payroll
Cloud Services
1 3 (5.45%) Office 365
1 3 (5.45%) Slack
2 2 (3.64%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (3.64%) Mimecast
3 1 (1.82%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.82%) Firewall
1 1 (1.82%) Internet
1 1 (1.82%) NetScaler
1 1 (1.82%) Skype
1 1 (1.82%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (30.91%) Data Warehouse
2 13 (23.64%) NoSQL
2 13 (23.64%) Relational Database
3 7 (12.73%) Big Data
4 6 (10.91%) Apache Hive
4 6 (10.91%) HBase
4 6 (10.91%) MongoDB
4 6 (10.91%) PostgreSQL
5 5 (9.09%) BusinessObjects
5 5 (9.09%) Data Lake
6 4 (7.27%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
6 4 (7.27%) Hadoop
6 4 (7.27%) Pentaho
7 3 (5.45%) OLAP
7 3 (5.45%) Oracle OLAP
8 1 (1.82%) Microsoft Power View
8 1 (1.82%) Oracle Database 10g
8 1 (1.82%) Oracle Discoverer
8 1 (1.82%) SQL Server
8 1 (1.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 11 (20.00%) Jenkins
2 10 (18.18%) JIRA
2 10 (18.18%) Selenium
3 9 (16.36%) Cucumber
4 8 (14.55%) WebDriver
5 5 (9.09%) ERwin
5 5 (9.09%) HP UFT
6 3 (5.45%) Burp Suite
6 3 (5.45%) Git (software)
6 3 (5.45%) JIRA Agile
6 3 (5.45%) JMeter
6 3 (5.45%) JUnit
6 3 (5.45%) LoadRunner
6 3 (5.45%) RSpec
7 2 (3.64%) Sahi
7 2 (3.64%) WATIR
8 1 (1.82%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 1 (1.82%) Bitbucket
General
1 8 (14.55%) Finance
2 3 (5.45%) Games
Job Titles
1 13 (23.64%) Data Engineer
2 10 (18.18%) Developer
3 8 (14.55%) Tester
4 6 (10.91%) Senior Data Engineer
4 6 (10.91%) Senior Test Engineer
4 6 (10.91%) Test Engineer
5 5 (9.09%) Analyst
5 5 (9.09%) Automation Tester
5 5 (9.09%) QA Engineer
6 4 (7.27%) Architect
6 4 (7.27%) Data Architect
6 4 (7.27%) Lead Architect
6 4 (7.27%) Lead Data Architect
7 3 (5.45%) Business Intelligence Architect
7 3 (5.45%) Data Warehouse Architect
7 3 (5.45%) ETL Developer
7 3 (5.45%) Mobile Developer
7 3 (5.45%) QA Tester
7 3 (5.45%) Senior QA Engineer
7 3 (5.45%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (9.09%) Web Services
2 3 (5.45%) iOS SDK
2 3 (5.45%) REST
3 2 (3.64%) .NET
3 2 (3.64%) Gherkin
3 2 (3.64%) RESTful
3 2 (3.64%) XML
4 1 (1.82%) MFC
4 1 (1.82%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 9 (16.36%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (14.55%) Management Information System
3 5 (9.09%) Enterprise Software
4 3 (5.45%) Mobile App
5 2 (3.64%) Smartphone
6 1 (1.82%) e-Learning
6 1 (1.82%) Private Cloud
6 1 (1.82%) Public Cloud
6 1 (1.82%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 12 (21.82%) Unix
2 3 (5.45%) Android
2 3 (5.45%) Apple iOS
2 3 (5.45%) Windows
2 3 (5.45%) Windows Server
2 3 (5.45%) Windows Server 2008
2 3 (5.45%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (1.82%) Debian
3 1 (1.82%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (41.82%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (32.73%) Continuous Improvement
2 18 (32.73%) Data Management
3 17 (30.91%) Test Automation
4 16 (29.09%) Continuous Integration
5 15 (27.27%) Open Source
6 13 (23.64%) Collaborative Working
6 13 (23.64%) Data Engineering
6 13 (23.64%) Data Modelling
7 12 (21.82%) Coaching
7 12 (21.82%) Mentoring
7 12 (21.82%) Waterfall
8 11 (20.00%) BDD
8 11 (20.00%) Project Management
9 10 (18.18%) Data Architecture
9 10 (18.18%) Data Integration
9 10 (18.18%) ETL
9 10 (18.18%) SFIA
10 9 (16.36%) Business Intelligence
10 9 (16.36%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 18 (32.73%) SQL
2 14 (25.45%) Java
3 11 (20.00%) Shell Script
4 7 (12.73%) PL/SQL
5 5 (9.09%) Ruby
5 5 (9.09%) Scala
6 3 (5.45%) Objective-C
6 3 (5.45%) Python
7 2 (3.64%) C#
7 2 (3.64%) Groovy
8 1 (1.82%) PowerShell
8 1 (1.82%) R
8 1 (1.82%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (10.91%) ISEB
2 3 (5.45%) ISTQB
3 1 (1.82%) CIPD
3 1 (1.82%) Degree
3 1 (1.82%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (1.82%) SC Cleared
3 1 (1.82%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (12.73%) Data Quality
2 6 (10.91%) WCAG
3 3 (5.45%) PCI DSS
4 2 (3.64%) SLA
5 1 (1.82%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (1.82%) PMO
System Software
1 2 (3.64%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.82%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 3 (5.45%) Nessus
2 2 (3.64%) WSUS
3 1 (1.82%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 1 (1.82%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 1 (1.82%) Puppet
Vendors
1 13 (23.64%) Oracle
2 12 (21.82%) Informatica
3 8 (14.55%) Cloudera
3 8 (14.55%) Hortonworks
4 7 (12.73%) Tableau
5 6 (10.91%) Microsoft
6 5 (9.09%) CA
6 5 (9.09%) SAP
7 2 (3.64%) Atlassian
7 2 (3.64%) Kaspersky
8 1 (1.82%) HP
8 1 (1.82%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (1.82%) Vyatta