The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Oxford 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 27 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)
Oxfordshire / Oxford
3 months to
27 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 39 33 35
Rank change year-on-year -6 +2  
Contract jobs citing QA 5 5 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Oxford 1.73% 1.92% 2.71%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 20.83% 26.32% 18.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 5 5
Median daily rate £325 £450 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -27.77% +50.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £408 £227
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £490 £380
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 £26.00 £19.30 £35.00
% change year-on-year +34.74% -44.87%  

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 Oxford with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Oxford
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 24 19 54
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Oxford 8.30% 7.28% 14.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 18 32
Median daily rate £500 £296 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +68.77% -15.35%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £228 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £548 £464 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £30.00
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 Oxford

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Oxford 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 Oxford

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Oxford

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Oxford

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Oxford

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Oxford over the 3 months to 27 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Oxford

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Oxford

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Oxford

For the 6 months to 27 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 Oxford region with a requirement for QA.

1 5 (55.56%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (44.44%) TDD
2 4 (44.44%) Java
2 4 (44.44%) Selenium
2 4 (44.44%) Cucumber
3 3 (33.33%) BDD
3 3 (33.33%) MongoDB
3 3 (33.33%) JavaScript
3 3 (33.33%) PHP
3 3 (33.33%) Web Services
3 3 (33.33%) Finance
3 3 (33.33%) Web Development
3 3 (33.33%) JSON
3 3 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
4 2 (22.22%) Manual Testing
4 2 (22.22%) Kanban
4 2 (22.22%) Pair Programming
4 2 (22.22%) Banking
4 2 (22.22%) Automated Testing
4 2 (22.22%) Scrum
4 2 (22.22%) E-Commerce
4 2 (22.22%) NoSQL
4 2 (22.22%) Magento
4 2 (22.22%) Node.js
4 2 (22.22%) Jenkins
5 1 (11.11%) User Stories
5 1 (11.11%) Automation Testing
5 1 (11.11%) Performance Tuning
5 1 (11.11%) REST
5 1 (11.11%) Change Control

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Oxford 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 (11.11%) WordPress
Business Applications
1 2 (22.22%) Magento
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (33.33%) MongoDB
2 2 (22.22%) NoSQL
3 1 (11.11%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 4 (44.44%) Cucumber
1 4 (44.44%) Selenium
2 2 (22.22%) Jenkins
3 1 (11.11%) Git (software)
3 1 (11.11%) Jasmine
3 1 (11.11%) JIRA
3 1 (11.11%) JUnit
3 1 (11.11%) Protractor
3 1 (11.11%) WebDriver
General
1 3 (33.33%) Finance
2 2 (22.22%) Banking
Job Titles
1 2 (22.22%) Automation Engineer
1 2 (22.22%) Developer
1 2 (22.22%) JavaScript Developer
1 2 (22.22%) Magento Developer
1 2 (22.22%) MongoDB Developer
1 2 (22.22%) PHP Developer
1 2 (22.22%) PHP Magento Developer
1 2 (22.22%) QA Automation Engineer
1 2 (22.22%) QA Engineer
1 2 (22.22%) Quality Engineer
2 1 (11.11%) Analyst
2 1 (11.11%) Digital Analyst
2 1 (11.11%) Project Manager
2 1 (11.11%) QA Tester
2 1 (11.11%) Software Engineer
2 1 (11.11%) Software QA Tester
2 1 (11.11%) Software Test Engineer
2 1 (11.11%) Software Tester
2 1 (11.11%) Test Engineer
2 1 (11.11%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (33.33%) JSON
1 3 (33.33%) Web Services
2 2 (22.22%) Node.js
3 1 (11.11%) HTML
3 1 (11.11%) REST
3 1 (11.11%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (11.11%) Data Centre
1 1 (11.11%) PMI
1 1 (11.11%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 1 (11.11%) Android
1 1 (11.11%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (55.56%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (44.44%) TDD
3 3 (33.33%) BDD
3 3 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
3 3 (33.33%) Web Development
4 2 (22.22%) Automated Testing
4 2 (22.22%) E-Commerce
4 2 (22.22%) Kanban
4 2 (22.22%) Manual Testing
4 2 (22.22%) Pair Programming
4 2 (22.22%) Scrum
5 1 (11.11%) API Testing
5 1 (11.11%) Automation Testing
5 1 (11.11%) Change Control
5 1 (11.11%) Migration
5 1 (11.11%) Performance Tuning
5 1 (11.11%) PRINCE2
5 1 (11.11%) Software Engineering
5 1 (11.11%) Unit Testing
5 1 (11.11%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 4 (44.44%) Java
2 3 (33.33%) JavaScript
2 3 (33.33%) PHP
3 1 (11.11%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1 (11.11%) PMI Certification
1 1 (11.11%) PMP
Vendors
1 1 (11.11%) Oracle