Period
to 20 August 2018

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 6 months to 20 August 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)
UK > Scotland
6 months to
20 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 62 77 75
Rank change year-on-year +15 -2 -22
Contract jobs citing QA 189 100 145
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 3.44% 2.32% 2.76%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 25.37% 17.67% 19.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 106 65 68
Scotland median daily rate £388 £350 £359
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.71% -2.37% -4.40%
10th Percentile £295 £256 £248
90th Percentile £553 £477 £484
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £401
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.12% +0.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 4
Scotland median hourly rate £11.00 £17.25 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -36.23% +23.21% -67.06%
10th Percentile £10.50 £16.38 £13.13
90th Percentile £11.50 £18.13 £21.78
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £19.25 £22.00
% change year-on-year +55.84% -12.50% -8.33%

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 Scotland with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Scotland
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 745 566 762
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 13.55% 13.14% 14.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 430 318 422
Scotland median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14% -
10th Percentile £199 £149 £157
90th Percentile £550 £513 £488
UK median daily rate £450 £445 £413
% change year-on-year +1.12% +7.88% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 21 15
Scotland median hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -12.82% -42.22%
10th Percentile £10.50 £13.00 £14.00
90th Percentile £35.00 £42.50 £40.50
UK median hourly rate £22.20 £22.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +0.89% -2.22% +4.53%

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Job Vacancy Trend in Scotland

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Scotland.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Scotland

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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

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Scotland over the 6 months to 20 August 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Scotland

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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

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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 6 months to 20 August 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
Edinburgh +19 87 £400 +14.29% 16
Glasgow +14 86 £369 -0.34% 22
Renfrewshire -40 8 £300 +11.11% 2
West Lothian +5 3 £273 - 2
Stirling -1 1 £325 -7.14% 2
Fife - 1 - - 2
North Lanarkshire - 1 - -
QA
UK

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 Scotland region with a requirement for QA.

1 98 (51.85%) Agile Software Development
2 60 (31.75%) Test Automation
3 46 (24.34%) Java
4 44 (23.28%) Finance
5 41 (21.69%) Selenium
6 39 (20.63%) BDD
7 37 (19.58%) SQL
8 36 (19.05%) Scrum
9 33 (17.46%) Project Management
10 30 (15.87%) Cucumber
11 24 (12.70%) Kanban
11 24 (12.70%) Microsoft
12 23 (12.17%) Software Engineering
12 23 (12.17%) SDLC
13 22 (11.64%) JIRA
13 22 (11.64%) Problem-Solving
14 21 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
15 20 (10.58%) Release Management
15 20 (10.58%) Software Testing
15 20 (10.58%) TDD
15 20 (10.58%) Banking
15 20 (10.58%) Microsoft Excel
15 20 (10.58%) Oracle
15 20 (10.58%) Microsoft Office
15 20 (10.58%) Risk Management
15 20 (10.58%) DevOps
16 19 (10.05%) System Testing
16 19 (10.05%) Waterfall
17 18 (9.52%) Integration Testing
17 18 (9.52%) .NET

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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 10 (5.29%) WebLogic
2 9 (4.76%) JBoss
2 9 (4.76%) Jetty
2 9 (4.76%) Tomcat
2 9 (4.76%) WebSphere
3 8 (4.23%) SharePoint
4 6 (3.17%) Confluence
5 3 (1.59%) Alfresco
5 3 (1.59%) CMS
5 3 (1.59%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 2 (1.06%) MS Project Server
6 2 (1.06%) Oracle Workflow
6 2 (1.06%) SAS
7 1 (0.53%) ColdFusion
7 1 (0.53%) IIS
Applications
1 20 (10.58%) Microsoft Excel
1 20 (10.58%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (6.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 6 (3.17%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (2.12%) MS Visio
5 3 (1.59%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.53%) Primavera
1 1 (0.53%) SunGard GMI
Cloud Services
1 16 (8.47%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (5.82%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (3.17%) IaaS
4 3 (1.59%) AWS CloudFormation
5 2 (1.06%) Amazon EC2
5 2 (1.06%) Amazon ELB
5 2 (1.06%) Amazon S3
5 2 (1.06%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (1.06%) Dynamics 365
5 2 (1.06%) Google Cloud Platform
5 2 (1.06%) Route 53
6 1 (0.53%) Lucidchart
6 1 (0.53%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 9 (4.76%) AMQP
2 6 (3.17%) WAN
3 4 (2.12%) Firewall
3 4 (2.12%) MPLS
4 3 (1.59%) Internet
5 2 (1.06%) Cisco IOS
5 2 (1.06%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
5 2 (1.06%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 2 (1.06%) LAN
5 2 (1.06%) Network Security
6 1 (0.53%) ADSL
6 1 (0.53%) Ethernet
6 1 (0.53%) PSTN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (6.35%) Hadoop
1 12 (6.35%) SQL Server
2 9 (4.76%) Couchbase
2 9 (4.76%) MongoDB
2 9 (4.76%) NoSQL
2 9 (4.76%) Redis
2 9 (4.76%) Riak
3 5 (2.65%) BusinessObjects
3 5 (2.65%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (2.65%) MariaDB
3 5 (2.65%) Oracle Database
3 5 (2.65%) QlikView
4 4 (2.12%) Pentaho
5 3 (1.59%) Apache Cassandra
5 3 (1.59%) Big Data
6 2 (1.06%) Amazon RDS
6 2 (1.06%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.53%) Data Mart
7 1 (0.53%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.53%) SAS Enterprise Guide
Development Applications
1 41 (21.69%) Selenium
2 30 (15.87%) Cucumber
3 22 (11.64%) JIRA
4 11 (5.82%) Jenkins
5 10 (5.29%) FitNesse
6 9 (4.76%) SpecFlow
6 9 (4.76%) Vagrant
6 9 (4.76%) WebDriver
7 7 (3.70%) Team Foundation Server
8 4 (2.12%) Git (software)
8 4 (2.12%) TeamCity
9 3 (1.59%) DbUnit
9 3 (1.59%) Protractor
10 2 (1.06%) Gradle
10 2 (1.06%) Octopus Deploy
10 2 (1.06%) Toad
11 1 (0.53%) Introscope
11 1 (0.53%) JIRA Agile
11 1 (0.53%) QAComplete
11 1 (0.53%) Zephyr
General
1 44 (23.28%) Finance
2 20 (10.58%) Banking
3 4 (2.12%) Legal
4 3 (1.59%) Manufacturing
4 3 (1.59%) Publishing
5 2 (1.06%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.53%) Billing
6 1 (0.53%) General Ledger
6 1 (0.53%) Law
6 1 (0.53%) Marketing
6 1 (0.53%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.53%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 41 (21.69%) Analyst
2 24 (12.70%) Developer
3 17 (8.99%) Project Manager
4 16 (8.47%) Architect
5 14 (7.41%) Technical Architect
5 14 (7.41%) Tester
6 13 (6.88%) Automation Tester
7 12 (6.35%) Business Analyst
8 11 (5.82%) Java Developer
8 11 (5.82%) Test Analyst
8 11 (5.82%) Test Engineer
9 10 (5.29%) Test Manager
10 8 (4.23%) QA Analyst
10 8 (4.23%) Test Automation Engineer
11 7 (3.70%) QA Engineer
11 7 (3.70%) Technical Manager
12 6 (3.17%) Data Analyst
13 5 (2.65%) Delivery Manager
13 5 (2.65%) QA Test Analyst
13 5 (2.65%) Service Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (9.52%) .NET
1 18 (9.52%) Spring
2 12 (6.35%) Hibernate
2 12 (6.35%) HTML
2 12 (6.35%) Kafka
3 11 (5.82%) React
4 9 (4.76%) AngularJS
4 9 (4.76%) HTML5
4 9 (4.76%) JMS
4 9 (4.76%) JPA
4 9 (4.76%) RabbitMQ
4 9 (4.76%) Spring Boot
4 9 (4.76%) TIBCO EMS
4 9 (4.76%) WebSphere MQ
5 8 (4.23%) RESTful
6 6 (3.17%) SOAP
7 4 (2.12%) J2EE
8 3 (1.59%) ActiveMQ
8 3 (1.59%) Middleware
8 3 (1.59%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 9 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (3.70%) User Experience
3 5 (2.65%) Self-Motivation
4 4 (2.12%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (1.59%) Data Centre
5 3 (1.59%) iPad
5 3 (1.59%) Management Information System
5 3 (1.59%) Social Media
6 2 (1.06%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 2 (1.06%) Greenfield Project
6 2 (1.06%) Hybrid Cloud
7 1 (0.53%) AS400
7 1 (0.53%) Blog
7 1 (0.53%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.53%) Derivative
7 1 (0.53%) e-Learning
7 1 (0.53%) Graphic Design
7 1 (0.53%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.53%) Tandem
7 1 (0.53%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 8 (4.23%) Linux
2 3 (1.59%) Unix
2 3 (1.59%) Windows
3 2 (1.06%) Android
3 2 (1.06%) Apple iOS
3 2 (1.06%) CentOS
3 2 (1.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (0.53%) Windows 7
4 1 (0.53%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 98 (51.85%) Agile Software Development
2 60 (31.75%) Test Automation
3 39 (20.63%) BDD
4 36 (19.05%) Scrum
5 33 (17.46%) Project Management
6 24 (12.70%) Kanban
7 23 (12.17%) SDLC
7 23 (12.17%) Software Engineering
8 22 (11.64%) Problem-Solving
9 21 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
10 20 (10.58%) DevOps
10 20 (10.58%) Release Management
10 20 (10.58%) Risk Management
10 20 (10.58%) Software Testing
10 20 (10.58%) TDD
11 19 (10.05%) System Testing
11 19 (10.05%) Waterfall
12 18 (9.52%) Integration Testing
12 18 (9.52%) Migration
13 15 (7.94%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 46 (24.34%) Java
2 37 (19.58%) SQL
3 18 (9.52%) Python
4 17 (8.99%) JavaScript
5 14 (7.41%) C#
6 11 (5.82%) Bash Shell
6 11 (5.82%) Ruby
7 6 (3.17%) PL/SQL
8 5 (2.65%) T-SQL
9 2 (1.06%) C++
9 2 (1.06%) PowerShell
10 1 (0.53%) BeanShell
10 1 (0.53%) C
10 1 (0.53%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 16 (8.47%) Degree
2 9 (4.76%) ISTQB
2 9 (4.76%) Security Cleared
3 8 (4.23%) ISEB
3 8 (4.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 8 (4.23%) PMP
4 6 (3.17%) PMI Certification
4 6 (3.17%) SC Cleared
5 5 (2.65%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 4 (2.12%) CISA
6 4 (2.12%) CISSP
6 4 (2.12%) ISACA
6 4 (2.12%) TOGAF Certification
7 3 (1.59%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.53%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (0.53%) MBA
8 1 (0.53%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (8.99%) Data Quality
2 14 (7.41%) PMO
3 4 (2.12%) SSAE 16
4 3 (1.59%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (1.06%) GCP
5 2 (1.06%) GDPR
5 2 (1.06%) JSP 440
6 1 (0.53%) ISO 13485
6 1 (0.53%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.53%) PMBOK
6 1 (0.53%) SLA
System Software
1 14 (7.41%) Docker
2 3 (1.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.53%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 15 (7.94%) Ansible
2 14 (7.41%) Puppet
3 11 (5.82%) Cobbler
3 11 (5.82%) Opscode Chef
4 5 (2.65%) Terraform
5 4 (2.12%) HP Quality Center
5 4 (2.12%) Oracle Flashback
6 1 (0.53%) CA Wily
6 1 (0.53%) Control-M
6 1 (0.53%) Kubernetes
6 1 (0.53%) WMI
Vendors
1 24 (12.70%) Microsoft
2 20 (10.58%) Oracle
3 11 (5.82%) IBM
3 11 (5.82%) TIBCO
4 9 (4.76%) Informatica
5 7 (3.70%) HP
6 5 (2.65%) Tableau
7 4 (2.12%) Atlassian
8 3 (1.59%) VMware
9 2 (1.06%) CheckPoint
9 2 (1.06%) Cisco
9 2 (1.06%) F5
9 2 (1.06%) Juniper
9 2 (1.06%) McAfee
9 2 (1.06%) Red Hat
9 2 (1.06%) Remedy
9 2 (1.06%) SAP
10 1 (0.53%) BMC
10 1 (0.53%) CA
10 1 (0.53%) Sybase