Period
to 21 November 2017

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 21 November 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
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 66 77 45
Rank change year-on-year +11 -32 +45
Contract jobs citing QA 144 115 204
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 2.87% 2.67% 3.31%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 19.78% 20.80% 25.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 69 104
Scotland median daily rate £345 £350 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.43% -6.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £260 £168 £250
90th Percentile £464 £488 £475
UK median daily rate £435 £421 £400
% change year-on-year +3.26% +5.31% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 0
Scotland median hourly rate £23.63 £19.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.15% - -
UK median hourly rate £21.90 £19.81 £20.00
% change year-on-year +10.58% -0.98% -

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 728 553 803
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 14.48% 12.83% 13.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 418 315 403
Scotland median daily rate £375 £360 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.17% +6.67% -10.00%
10th Percentile £170 £153 £180
90th Percentile £546 £492 £488
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £405
% change year-on-year +2.94% +4.94% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 23 13
Scotland median hourly rate £18.63 £25.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.50% -23.08% +54.76%
10th Percentile £13.00 £16.25 £16.45
90th Percentile £45.05 £40.50 £40.00
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £22.84 £22.50
% change year-on-year -12.42% +1.49% +15.38%

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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 21 November 2017.

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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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Scotland

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Scotland over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 21 November 2017. 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 +18 67 £375 -11.76% 11
Glasgow +7 64 £350 -6.67% 6
Renfrewshire +34 10 £270 -22.86%
West Lothian -5 2 - -
Highlands - 1 - -
QA
UK

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 66 (45.83%) Agile Software Development
2 46 (31.94%) Finance
3 35 (24.31%) Test Automation
4 32 (22.22%) User Acceptance Testing
5 31 (21.53%) Java
6 29 (20.14%) Python
7 27 (18.75%) JIRA
7 27 (18.75%) SDLC
8 23 (15.97%) Stakeholder Management
9 21 (14.58%) SQL
10 20 (13.89%) Selenium
11 19 (13.19%) Microsoft
11 19 (13.19%) Bash Shell
12 18 (12.50%) Kafka
12 18 (12.50%) .NET
12 18 (12.50%) Linux
12 18 (12.50%) Banking
13 17 (11.81%) Scrum
13 17 (11.81%) Software Engineering
13 17 (11.81%) C#
13 17 (11.81%) Project Management
13 17 (11.81%) Big Data
13 17 (11.81%) Cucumber
13 17 (11.81%) Git (software)
13 17 (11.81%) Opscode Chef
14 16 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
14 16 (11.11%) Process Management
14 16 (11.11%) SQL Server
14 16 (11.11%) TDD
15 15 (10.42%) Firewall

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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 12 (8.33%) Apache Spark
2 11 (7.64%) SharePoint
3 10 (6.94%) Tomcat
4 7 (4.86%) WebSphere
5 6 (4.17%) JBoss
5 6 (4.17%) Jetty
5 6 (4.17%) WebLogic
6 4 (2.78%) Umbraco
7 3 (2.08%) Apache
7 3 (2.08%) Confluence
8 2 (1.39%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (1.39%) CMS
8 2 (1.39%) SAS
9 1 (0.69%) Drupal
9 1 (0.69%) IBM Domino
9 1 (0.69%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.69%) MQSeries
9 1 (0.69%) WebSphere Portal
Applications
1 12 (8.33%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (3.47%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (1.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (1.39%) MS Visio
3 2 (1.39%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.69%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (1.39%) Markit EDM
2 1 (0.69%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 12 (8.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (5.56%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (5.56%) IaaS
3 4 (2.78%) PaaS
3 4 (2.78%) SaaS
4 2 (1.39%) Azure Active Directory
4 2 (1.39%) BlazeMeter
4 2 (1.39%) Sauce Labs
5 1 (0.69%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 15 (10.42%) Firewall
2 13 (9.03%) DNS
3 6 (4.17%) AMQP
4 3 (2.08%) Internet
5 2 (1.39%) CTI
5 2 (1.39%) HTTP
6 1 (0.69%) Bluetooth
6 1 (0.69%) FTP
6 1 (0.69%) LDAP
6 1 (0.69%) MQTT
6 1 (0.69%) TCP/IP
6 1 (0.69%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (11.81%) Big Data
2 16 (11.11%) SQL Server
3 13 (9.03%) Redis
4 12 (8.33%) Parquet
5 6 (4.17%) Couchbase
5 6 (4.17%) Hadoop
5 6 (4.17%) MongoDB
5 6 (4.17%) NoSQL
5 6 (4.17%) Relational Database
5 6 (4.17%) Riak
6 4 (2.78%) DB2
7 3 (2.08%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (2.08%) SQL Server 2012
7 3 (2.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 2 (1.39%) GIS
8 2 (1.39%) Spatial Data
9 1 (0.69%) Data Mining
9 1 (0.69%) PostgreSQL
9 1 (0.69%) QGIS
9 1 (0.69%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 27 (18.75%) JIRA
2 20 (13.89%) Selenium
3 17 (11.81%) Cucumber
3 17 (11.81%) Git (software)
4 8 (5.56%) Jenkins
4 8 (5.56%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (4.17%) FitNesse
5 6 (4.17%) Vagrant
5 6 (4.17%) Visual Studio
6 4 (2.78%) Appium
7 3 (2.08%) FishEye
7 3 (2.08%) TeamCity
7 3 (2.08%) Zephyr
8 2 (1.39%) Bitbucket
8 2 (1.39%) HP UFT
8 2 (1.39%) JUnit
8 2 (1.39%) Octopus Deploy
8 2 (1.39%) Subversion
8 2 (1.39%) Visual Studio Team System
8 2 (1.39%) WebDriver
General
1 46 (31.94%) Finance
2 18 (12.50%) Banking
3 4 (2.78%) Law
4 3 (2.08%) Retail Banking
5 1 (0.69%) Automotive
5 1 (0.69%) Electronics
5 1 (0.69%) Legal
5 1 (0.69%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.69%) Retail
Job Titles
1 28 (19.44%) Analyst
2 19 (13.19%) Developer
3 17 (11.81%) Test Analyst
4 13 (9.03%) Tester
5 12 (8.33%) Splunk Engineer
6 11 (7.64%) Security Engineer
7 9 (6.25%) Project Manager
8 8 (5.56%) Author
8 8 (5.56%) Full Stack Developer
8 8 (5.56%) Java Engineer
8 8 (5.56%) Technical Author
9 7 (4.86%) Consultant
9 7 (4.86%) Software Tester
10 6 (4.17%) C# Developer
10 6 (4.17%) Coordinator
10 6 (4.17%) QA Analyst
10 6 (4.17%) Senior Analyst
10 6 (4.17%) Senior Developer
10 6 (4.17%) Senior Software Developer
10 6 (4.17%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (12.50%) .NET
1 18 (12.50%) Kafka
2 13 (9.03%) RabbitMQ
3 12 (8.33%) Grok
4 11 (7.64%) HTML
4 11 (7.64%) Regular Expression
5 9 (6.25%) .NET Core
5 9 (6.25%) .NET Framework
5 9 (6.25%) Entity Framework
5 9 (6.25%) JSON
5 9 (6.25%) SignalR
6 8 (5.56%) SOAP
6 8 (5.56%) Spring
7 7 (4.86%) Hibernate
7 7 (4.86%) XML
8 6 (4.17%) HTML5
8 6 (4.17%) JMS
8 6 (4.17%) JPA
8 6 (4.17%) TIBCO EMS
8 6 (4.17%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 16 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (6.25%) N-Tier
3 8 (5.56%) Enterprise Software
3 8 (5.56%) Management Information System
3 8 (5.56%) User Experience
4 4 (2.78%) Blog
4 4 (2.78%) Mobile App
5 3 (2.08%) PKI
5 3 (2.08%) Video Conferencing
6 2 (1.39%) Algorithms
6 2 (1.39%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.39%) Virtual Team
7 1 (0.69%) AS400
7 1 (0.69%) CMDB
7 1 (0.69%) Credit Risk
7 1 (0.69%) Data Structures
7 1 (0.69%) e-Learning
7 1 (0.69%) iSeries
7 1 (0.69%) Reference Data
7 1 (0.69%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 18 (12.50%) Linux
2 14 (9.72%) Unix
3 5 (3.47%) Windows
4 3 (2.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 3 (2.08%) Solaris
5 1 (0.69%) AIX
5 1 (0.69%) Windows 10
5 1 (0.69%) Windows 7
5 1 (0.69%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (0.69%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (45.83%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (24.31%) Test Automation
3 32 (22.22%) User Acceptance Testing
4 27 (18.75%) SDLC
5 23 (15.97%) Stakeholder Management
6 17 (11.81%) Project Management
6 17 (11.81%) Scrum
6 17 (11.81%) Software Engineering
7 16 (11.11%) Process Management
7 16 (11.11%) TDD
8 15 (10.42%) Analytics
8 15 (10.42%) BDD
8 15 (10.42%) Configuration Management
9 14 (9.72%) Data Modelling
10 13 (9.03%) Cybersecurity
10 13 (9.03%) User Stories
11 12 (8.33%) Anomaly Detection
11 12 (8.33%) SIEM
11 12 (8.33%) Test Scripting
11 12 (8.33%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 31 (21.53%) Java
2 29 (20.14%) Python
3 21 (14.58%) SQL
4 19 (13.19%) Bash Shell
5 17 (11.81%) C#
6 13 (9.03%) JavaScript
7 12 (8.33%) Perl
8 8 (5.56%) Ruby
9 5 (3.47%) PowerShell
10 4 (2.78%) C++
11 2 (1.39%) ES6
11 2 (1.39%) R
11 2 (1.39%) TypeScript
11 2 (1.39%) XPath
12 1 (0.69%) PHP
12 1 (0.69%) RPG
12 1 (0.69%) RPG IV
12 1 (0.69%) Scala
12 1 (0.69%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.69%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 12 (8.33%) CEH
1 12 (8.33%) CISSP
1 12 (8.33%) SANS
1 12 (8.33%) Security Cleared
2 10 (6.94%) Degree
3 9 (6.25%) SC Cleared
4 4 (2.78%) ISEB
4 4 (2.78%) ISTQB
4 4 (2.78%) MCSD
4 4 (2.78%) Microsoft Certification
4 4 (2.78%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 3 (2.08%) BC Cleared
5 3 (2.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (1.39%) Postgraduate
7 1 (0.69%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.69%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (0.69%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 1 (0.69%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.86%) PMO
2 5 (3.47%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.69%) BS7666
3 1 (0.69%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.69%) FINREP
3 1 (0.69%) MiFID
System Software
1 7 (4.86%) Active Directory
1 7 (4.86%) Docker
2 3 (2.08%) Apache ZooKeeper
2 3 (2.08%) NFS
3 2 (1.39%) Firmware
4 1 (0.69%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.69%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 17 (11.81%) Opscode Chef
2 15 (10.42%) Ansible
3 14 (9.72%) Puppet
4 6 (4.17%) Cobbler
5 4 (2.78%) HP Quality Center
6 3 (2.08%) Netcool
6 3 (2.08%) SCOM
6 3 (2.08%) WMI
7 2 (1.39%) CA Service Virtualization
7 2 (1.39%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
Vendors
1 19 (13.19%) Microsoft
2 12 (8.33%) Splunk
3 7 (4.86%) IBM
4 6 (4.17%) TIBCO
5 5 (3.47%) Oracle
6 4 (2.78%) HP
6 4 (2.78%) Sitecore
7 3 (2.08%) CyberArk
7 3 (2.08%) Perfecto Mobile
7 3 (2.08%) Perforce
7 3 (2.08%) Red Hat
7 3 (2.08%) Sybase
8 2 (1.39%) Adobe
8 2 (1.39%) Avaya
8 2 (1.39%) CA
8 2 (1.39%) FatWire
8 2 (1.39%) SAP
8 2 (1.39%) Telerik
9 1 (0.69%) Lotus
9 1 (0.69%) Sun