The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Scotland 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)
UK / Scotland
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 60 59 64
Rank change year-on-year -1 +5  
Contract jobs citing QA 50 74 66
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 2.81% 2.83% 2.25%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 23.81% 20.85% 18.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 24 39
Median daily rate £308 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -25.45% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £350 £277
10% offered a daily rate of more than £448 £543 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £366 £350
% change year-on-year -0.27% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Median hourly rate - £13.50 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -71.57%  
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 Scotland with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Scotland
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 210 355 365
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Scotland 11.79% 13.59% 12.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 126 186 219
Median daily rate £350 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.66% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £184 £186 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 6
Median hourly rate £22.75 £13.50 £33.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +68.51% -60.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.55 £9.18 £20.08
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.95 £22.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £40.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -50.00% +37.93%  

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in Scotland

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Scotland 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 Scotland

QA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Scotland

QA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Scotland

QA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Scotland

QA
Contract Job Locations in Scotland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 30 March 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
Edinburgh -8 26 £296 -33.48% 3
Glasgow +8 13 £350 -0.70%
West Lothian - 6 - -
Stirling - 1 £350 -
QA
UK

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 Scotland region with a requirement for QA.

1 59 (60.20%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (34.69%) Java
3 32 (32.65%) Selenium
4 30 (30.61%) Cucumber
5 29 (29.59%) SQL
6 27 (27.55%) Scrum
7 21 (21.43%) TDD
8 20 (20.41%) Finance
8 20 (20.41%) SDLC
9 19 (19.39%) BDD
10 18 (18.37%) JavaScript
10 18 (18.37%) JIRA
11 17 (17.35%) User Acceptance Testing
12 15 (15.31%) Python
13 14 (14.29%) Spatial Data
14 13 (13.27%) Test Strategy
14 13 (13.27%) AngularJS
15 12 (12.24%) GIS
15 12 (12.24%) Microsoft
15 12 (12.24%) Web Services
15 12 (12.24%) PostGIS
16 11 (11.22%) Automation Testing
16 11 (11.22%) NoSQL
16 11 (11.22%) Microservices
16 11 (11.22%) MS Excel
16 11 (11.22%) Open Source
16 11 (11.22%) Software Engineering
17 10 (10.20%) Test Automation
17 10 (10.20%) Test Scripting
17 10 (10.20%) Git (software)

QA
Co-occurring IT Skills in Scotland 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 8 (8.16%) GeoServer
2 4 (4.08%) SharePoint
2 4 (4.08%) Umbraco
3 1 (1.02%) CMS
3 1 (1.02%) Drupal
Applications
1 11 (11.22%) MS Excel
2 2 (2.04%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (1.02%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (3.06%) CA PPM
2 1 (1.02%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.06%) IaaS
1 3 (3.06%) Microsoft Azure
1 3 (3.06%) SaaS
2 2 (2.04%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.02%) Azure Active Directory
3 1 (1.02%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.06%) Internet
2 2 (2.04%) VoIP
3 1 (1.02%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (14.29%) Spatial Data
2 12 (12.24%) GIS
3 11 (11.22%) NoSQL
4 9 (9.18%) SQL Server
5 6 (6.12%) Oracle Database
6 5 (5.10%) Oracle Database 11g
6 5 (5.10%) Oracle Database 12c
7 4 (4.08%) QGIS
7 4 (4.08%) Relational Database
8 3 (3.06%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (3.06%) QlikView
9 2 (2.04%) Geospatial Data
9 2 (2.04%) MySQL
10 1 (1.02%) BusinessObjects
10 1 (1.02%) Oracle Database 10g
10 1 (1.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 32 (32.65%) Selenium
2 30 (30.61%) Cucumber
3 18 (18.37%) JIRA
4 10 (10.20%) Git (software)
5 9 (9.18%) Gradle
5 9 (9.18%) WebDriver
6 8 (8.16%) JBehave
6 8 (8.16%) Maven
7 6 (6.12%) DbUnit
7 6 (6.12%) Jenkins
7 6 (6.12%) JUnit
7 6 (6.12%) Mockito
7 6 (6.12%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (3.06%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 3 (3.06%) Moq
8 3 (3.06%) NUnit
9 1 (1.02%) HP UFT
9 1 (1.02%) JMeter
9 1 (1.02%) LoadRunner
9 1 (1.02%) YouTrack
General
1 20 (20.41%) Finance
2 6 (6.12%) Marketing
3 5 (5.10%) Telecoms
4 3 (3.06%) Banking
4 3 (3.06%) Retail
4 3 (3.06%) Retail Banking
5 2 (2.04%) Games
5 2 (2.04%) Publishing
6 1 (1.02%) Corporate Banking
6 1 (1.02%) Electronics
6 1 (1.02%) Law
6 1 (1.02%) Legal
6 1 (1.02%) Local Government
6 1 (1.02%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 27 (27.55%) Developer
2 20 (20.41%) Analyst
3 13 (13.27%) Java Developer
3 13 (13.27%) Tester
4 12 (12.24%) Test Analyst
5 11 (11.22%) QA Tester
6 10 (10.20%) Automation Tester
7 9 (9.18%) QA Automation Tester
8 8 (8.16%) Angular Developer
8 8 (8.16%) JavaScript Developer
8 8 (8.16%) Open Source Developer
8 8 (8.16%) Python Developer
9 6 (6.12%) Java Automation Tester
9 6 (6.12%) QA Analyst
9 6 (6.12%) Selenium Automation Tester
9 6 (6.12%) Selenium Tester
10 5 (5.10%) C# .NET Developer
10 5 (5.10%) QA Coordinator
10 5 (5.10%) QA Engineer
10 5 (5.10%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (13.27%) AngularJS
2 12 (12.24%) PostGIS
2 12 (12.24%) Web Services
3 10 (10.20%) OpenLayers
4 8 (8.16%) Leaflet
4 8 (8.16%) REST
5 7 (7.14%) .NET
6 6 (6.12%) HTML
7 5 (5.10%) ASP.NET
7 5 (5.10%) jQuery
8 4 (4.08%) CSS
8 4 (4.08%) Node.js
8 4 (4.08%) RESTful
8 4 (4.08%) Spring
9 3 (3.06%) .NET Framework
9 3 (3.06%) ASP.NET MVC
9 3 (3.06%) Entity Framework
9 3 (3.06%) Gherkin
9 3 (3.06%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 3 (3.06%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (7.14%) Management Information System
2 5 (5.10%) Computer Science
3 4 (4.08%) User Experience
4 3 (3.06%) Credit Risk
4 3 (3.06%) Data Centre
4 3 (3.06%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (2.04%) Clustering
5 2 (2.04%) e-Learning
5 2 (2.04%) N-Tier
5 2 (2.04%) Replication
6 1 (1.02%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (1.02%) Digital Media
6 1 (1.02%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (1.02%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (1.02%) Graphic Design
6 1 (1.02%) IPTV
6 1 (1.02%) Mobile Payment
6 1 (1.02%) New Media
6 1 (1.02%) Social Network
6 1 (1.02%) Streaming Media
Operating Systems
1 8 (8.16%) Unix
2 6 (6.12%) Windows
3 5 (5.10%) Linux
4 3 (3.06%) Android
5 2 (2.04%) Apple iOS
6 1 (1.02%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (60.20%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (27.55%) Scrum
3 21 (21.43%) TDD
4 20 (20.41%) SDLC
5 19 (19.39%) BDD
6 17 (17.35%) User Acceptance Testing
7 13 (13.27%) Test Strategy
8 11 (11.22%) Automation Testing
8 11 (11.22%) Microservices
8 11 (11.22%) Open Source
8 11 (11.22%) Software Engineering
9 10 (10.20%) Open Source Development
9 10 (10.20%) Stakeholder Management
9 10 (10.20%) Test Automation
9 10 (10.20%) Test Scripting
10 8 (8.16%) Continuous Integration
10 8 (8.16%) MVC
10 8 (8.16%) Project Management
11 7 (7.14%) Performance Testing
11 7 (7.14%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 34 (34.69%) Java
2 29 (29.59%) SQL
3 18 (18.37%) JavaScript
4 15 (15.31%) Python
5 8 (8.16%) C#
6 3 (3.06%) Perl
7 2 (2.04%) Delphi
7 2 (2.04%) PHP
8 1 (1.02%) Bash Shell
8 1 (1.02%) C++
8 1 (1.02%) Ruby
8 1 (1.02%) T-SQL
8 1 (1.02%) VB.NET
8 1 (1.02%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 10 (10.20%) Degree
2 3 (3.06%) ISTQB
2 3 (3.06%) MCAD
2 3 (3.06%) MCSD
2 3 (3.06%) MCTS
2 3 (3.06%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (3.06%) PRINCE2 Certification
3 2 (2.04%) DBS Check
4 1 (1.02%) ISEB
4 1 (1.02%) PMI Certification
4 1 (1.02%) PMP
4 1 (1.02%) Postgraduate
4 1 (1.02%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.08%) Data Quality
1 4 (4.08%) Disclosure Scotland
1 4 (4.08%) PMO
2 1 (1.02%) BS7666
2 1 (1.02%) GDPR
2 1 (1.02%) MiFID
2 1 (1.02%) SDET
System Software
1 3 (3.06%) Docker
2 1 (1.02%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.02%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 6 (6.12%) Ansible
2 3 (3.06%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.02%) Puppet
Vendors
1 12 (12.24%) Microsoft
2 8 (8.16%) ESRI
2 8 (8.16%) Oracle
3 3 (3.06%) CA
3 3 (3.06%) HP
3 3 (3.06%) SAP
3 3 (3.06%) Sitecore
4 2 (2.04%) Cognos
5 1 (1.02%) Avaya
5 1 (1.02%) Citrix
5 1 (1.02%) Facebook
5 1 (1.02%) FatWire
5 1 (1.02%) Splunk
5 1 (1.02%) Tableau
5 1 (1.02%) Twitter