Period
to 11 December 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 11 December 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
11 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 42 49 60
Rank change year-on-year +7 +11 -9
Contract jobs citing QA 64 50 118
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 4.88% 4.11% 4.57%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 39.75% 25.91% 26.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 65 78
North East median daily rate £400 £425 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +21.43% -
10th Percentile £310 £300 £279
90th Percentile £543 £615 £515
England median daily rate £450 £450 £420
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
North East median hourly rate - £14.50 -
England median hourly rate £36.00 £21.90 £22.23
% change year-on-year +64.38% -1.46% +3.37%

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 161 193 449
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 12.28% 15.86% 17.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 109 135 318
North East median daily rate £400 £400 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +17.65% -24.44%
10th Percentile £280 £232 £212
90th Percentile £650 £588 £525
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 8 16
North East median hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £27.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.57% -36.94% +44.16%
10th Percentile £14.77 £13.60 £8.50
90th Percentile £38.65 £68.88 £30.86
England median hourly rate £20.08 £20.60 £22.50
% change year-on-year -2.55% -8.44% +2.27%

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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 11 December 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

QA
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 11 December 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 +9 52 £400 -5.88% 30
Durham -6 9 £350 +7.69% 5
QA
England

For the 6 months to 11 December 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 43 (67.19%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (29.69%) ITIL
2 19 (29.69%) Linux
2 19 (29.69%) Test Automation
3 18 (28.13%) SQL
4 17 (26.56%) Continuous Integration
4 17 (26.56%) Selenium
4 17 (26.56%) Jenkins
5 16 (25.00%) CSS
5 16 (25.00%) Maven
5 16 (25.00%) DevOps
6 15 (23.44%) Continuous Delivery
7 14 (21.88%) Unix
7 14 (21.88%) Test Strategy
8 13 (20.31%) Configuration Management
8 13 (20.31%) Docker
8 13 (20.31%) GitLab
9 12 (18.75%) JavaScript
9 12 (18.75%) Scrum
9 12 (18.75%) Cucumber
9 12 (18.75%) BDD
9 12 (18.75%) Git (software)
9 12 (18.75%) Amazon AWS
10 11 (17.19%) Puppet
11 10 (15.63%) jQuery
11 10 (15.63%) HTML
11 10 (15.63%) Oracle
11 10 (15.63%) SharePoint
11 10 (15.63%) HP
11 10 (15.63%) Ansible

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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 10 (15.63%) SharePoint
2 4 (6.25%) CMS
2 4 (6.25%) Confluence
2 4 (6.25%) Elasticsearch
3 3 (4.69%) Apache Solr
3 3 (4.69%) MS Exchange
4 2 (3.13%) Apache Spark
5 1 (1.56%) Apache Pig
5 1 (1.56%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (1.56%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 7 (10.94%) MS Visio
2 4 (6.25%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (6.25%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 6 (9.38%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 12 (18.75%) Amazon AWS
2 9 (14.06%) Amazon EC2
2 9 (14.06%) Amazon S3
3 8 (12.50%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 8 (12.50%) AWS CloudFormation
4 5 (7.81%) Microsoft Azure
5 4 (6.25%) Office 365
5 4 (6.25%) PaaS
6 3 (4.69%) BrowserStack
6 3 (4.69%) IaaS
7 2 (3.13%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (1.56%) Amazon EMR
8 1 (1.56%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 5 (7.81%) Firewall
1 5 (7.81%) LAN
1 5 (7.81%) WAN
2 4 (6.25%) Cisco IOS
2 4 (6.25%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
2 4 (6.25%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
2 4 (6.25%) Network Security
3 1 (1.56%) FTP
3 1 (1.56%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (10.94%) PostgreSQL
2 6 (9.38%) NoSQL
3 4 (6.25%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (6.25%) MongoDB
4 3 (4.69%) Big Data
4 3 (4.69%) Redis
4 3 (4.69%) Relational Database
4 3 (4.69%) SQL Server
4 3 (4.69%) Sqoop
4 3 (4.69%) ZAP BI
5 2 (3.13%) Apache Hive
5 2 (3.13%) HBase
6 1 (1.56%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (1.56%) BusinessObjects
6 1 (1.56%) Data Mart
6 1 (1.56%) Hadoop
6 1 (1.56%) OLAP
6 1 (1.56%) Oracle OLAP
6 1 (1.56%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (1.56%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 17 (26.56%) Jenkins
1 17 (26.56%) Selenium
2 16 (25.00%) Maven
3 13 (20.31%) GitLab
4 12 (18.75%) Cucumber
4 12 (18.75%) Git (software)
5 10 (15.63%) Sonatype Nexus
6 9 (14.06%) JUnit
7 7 (10.94%) JIRA
7 7 (10.94%) JMeter
8 5 (7.81%) Visual Studio Team System
9 4 (6.25%) Bugzilla
9 4 (6.25%) OpenSTA
10 3 (4.69%) Bower
10 3 (4.69%) Gatling
10 3 (4.69%) Grunt
10 3 (4.69%) Visual Studio
11 2 (3.13%) Bitbucket
11 2 (3.13%) Gradle
11 2 (3.13%) Subversion
General
1 7 (10.94%) Finance
2 2 (3.13%) Legal
2 2 (3.13%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.56%) Banking
3 1 (1.56%) Electronics
3 1 (1.56%) Marketing
3 1 (1.56%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 14 (21.88%) Developer
2 10 (15.63%) Analyst
3 8 (12.50%) DevOps Engineer
4 6 (9.38%) Full Stack Developer
5 5 (7.81%) QA Tester
5 5 (7.81%) Tester
6 4 (6.25%) Automation Tester
6 4 (6.25%) Python Developer
6 4 (6.25%) QA Automation Tester
6 4 (6.25%) Test Analyst
6 4 (6.25%) Test Engineer
6 4 (6.25%) Test Leader
7 3 (4.69%) 2nd Line Support
7 3 (4.69%) Data Engineer
7 3 (4.69%) Django Developer
7 3 (4.69%) Java Developer
7 3 (4.69%) Network Engineer
7 3 (4.69%) Network Support
7 3 (4.69%) Python/Django Developer
7 3 (4.69%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (25.00%) CSS
2 10 (15.63%) HTML
2 10 (15.63%) jQuery
3 9 (14.06%) Spring Boot
4 7 (10.94%) Elastic Stack
4 7 (10.94%) Node.js
4 7 (10.94%) RabbitMQ
4 7 (10.94%) Sass
4 7 (10.94%) Zuul
5 5 (7.81%) .NET
5 5 (7.81%) HTML5
5 5 (7.81%) Spring
6 4 (6.25%) Django
6 4 (6.25%) Web Services
6 4 (6.25%) XML
7 3 (4.69%) .NET Framework
7 3 (4.69%) CSS3
7 3 (4.69%) JSON
7 3 (4.69%) OAuth
7 3 (4.69%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 8 (12.50%) Private Cloud
2 5 (7.81%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (6.25%) Linux Command Line
4 3 (4.69%) Self-Motivation
5 2 (3.13%) Data Centre
5 2 (3.13%) Management Information System
5 2 (3.13%) NHS
5 2 (3.13%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 19 (29.69%) Linux
2 14 (21.88%) Unix
3 9 (14.06%) CentOS
4 8 (12.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 4 (6.25%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (67.19%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (29.69%) ITIL
2 19 (29.69%) Test Automation
3 17 (26.56%) Continuous Integration
4 16 (25.00%) DevOps
5 15 (23.44%) Continuous Delivery
6 14 (21.88%) Test Strategy
7 13 (20.31%) Configuration Management
8 12 (18.75%) BDD
8 12 (18.75%) Scrum
9 9 (14.06%) Microservices
9 9 (14.06%) Non-Functional Testing
9 9 (14.06%) Problem Management
9 9 (14.06%) Software Delivery
10 8 (12.50%) Business Analysis
10 8 (12.50%) Coaching
10 8 (12.50%) Continuous Improvement
10 8 (12.50%) Incident Management
10 8 (12.50%) Regression Testing
10 8 (12.50%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 18 (28.13%) SQL
2 12 (18.75%) JavaScript
3 9 (14.06%) Java
4 7 (10.94%) Python
5 6 (9.38%) Shell Script
6 4 (6.25%) C#
7 2 (3.13%) Scala
8 1 (1.56%) Groovy
8 1 (1.56%) Java 8
8 1 (1.56%) PL/SQL
8 1 (1.56%) Ruby
8 1 (1.56%) STATISTICA Visual Basic
8 1 (1.56%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 8 (12.50%) ISEB
1 8 (12.50%) Security Cleared
2 6 (9.38%) ISTQB
3 5 (7.81%) SC Cleared
4 4 (6.25%) DBS Check
5 2 (3.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.56%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (1.56%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (6.25%) JSP 440
2 3 (4.69%) SLA
2 3 (4.69%) WCAG
System Software
1 13 (20.31%) Docker
2 3 (4.69%) Apache Flume
2 3 (4.69%) HDFS
3 2 (3.13%) Active Directory
3 2 (3.13%) Oracle RAC
3 2 (3.13%) XenApp
3 2 (3.13%) XenDesktop
4 1 (1.56%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 1 (1.56%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (1.56%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 11 (17.19%) Puppet
2 10 (15.63%) Ansible
2 10 (15.63%) Terraform
3 7 (10.94%) Consul
4 5 (7.81%) HP ALM
5 4 (6.25%) HP Quality Center
6 3 (4.69%) SCCM
7 2 (3.13%) SCOM
7 2 (3.13%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 2 (3.13%) vCenter Server
8 1 (1.56%) Oozie
8 1 (1.56%) vMotion
Vendors
1 10 (15.63%) HP
1 10 (15.63%) Oracle
2 8 (12.50%) Dynatrace
3 4 (6.25%) CheckPoint
3 4 (6.25%) Cisco
3 4 (6.25%) Cloudera
3 4 (6.25%) F5
3 4 (6.25%) Juniper
3 4 (6.25%) McAfee
3 4 (6.25%) Remedy
4 3 (4.69%) Hortonworks
4 3 (4.69%) Red Hat
5 2 (3.13%) 3PAR
5 2 (3.13%) Black Duck
5 2 (3.13%) BMC
5 2 (3.13%) EMC
5 2 (3.13%) SAP
6 1 (1.56%) Google
6 1 (1.56%) Tableau
6 1 (1.56%) Talend