Period
to 16 January 2019

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 16 January 2019 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
16 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 68 58 80
Rank change year-on-year -10 +22 -22
Contract jobs citing QA 138 153 96
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 2.91% 3.23% 2.56%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 23.35% 21.13% 21.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 95 45
Scotland median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% - -3.45%
10th Percentile £248 £260 £190
90th Percentile £575 £484 £510
UK median daily rate £450 £435 £417
% change year-on-year +3.45% +4.38% +4.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 3
Scotland median hourly rate £25.25 £30.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.83% +20.00% -
10th Percentile £16.60 £29.00 £16.20
90th Percentile £29.28 £31.00 £32.00
UK median hourly rate £36.00 £21.90 £22.84
% change year-on-year +64.38% -4.09% -0.72%

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 591 724 446
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 12.45% 15.29% 11.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 322 431 246
Scotland median daily rate £388 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.47% - +10.29%
10th Percentile £200 £190 £149
90th Percentile £562 £563 £488
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 25 22
Scotland median hourly rate £23.00 £24.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.17% -4.00% -22.90%
10th Percentile £11.71 £13.00 £16.43
90th Percentile £34.40 £45.50 £40.50
UK median hourly rate £20.25 £20.60 £23.34
% change year-on-year -1.72% -11.74% -6.64%

QA
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 16 January 2019.

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 16 January 2019. 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 -3 75 £413 +3.13% 12
Glasgow -29 48 £375 +11.11% 20
Renfrewshire -11 8 £305 +12.96%
West Lothian +10 6 £288 - 1
Aberdeen - 1 - - 4
QA
UK

For the 6 months to 16 January 2019, 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 51 (36.96%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (28.26%) SQL
3 31 (22.46%) Test Automation
4 30 (21.74%) Finance
5 27 (19.57%) Oracle
6 26 (18.84%) Java
7 23 (16.67%) Business Intelligence
8 22 (15.94%) SQL Server
8 22 (15.94%) Project Management
8 22 (15.94%) User Acceptance Testing
9 21 (15.22%) Microsoft
10 19 (13.77%) Software Engineering
11 17 (12.32%) ETL
12 16 (11.59%) Data Warehouse
12 16 (11.59%) Microsoft Excel
12 16 (11.59%) Scrum
12 16 (11.59%) Data Integration
12 16 (11.59%) JIRA
13 15 (10.87%) Ab Initio
13 15 (10.87%) Retail
13 15 (10.87%) Risk Management
13 15 (10.87%) Problem-Solving
14 14 (10.14%) PMO
14 14 (10.14%) Shell Script
14 14 (10.14%) Unix
14 14 (10.14%) Teradata
15 13 (9.42%) Cucumber
15 13 (9.42%) DevOps
16 12 (8.70%) BDD
16 12 (8.70%) Spring

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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 6 (4.35%) Confluence
1 6 (4.35%) SharePoint
2 5 (3.62%) JBoss
2 5 (3.62%) WebSphere
3 4 (2.90%) CMS
4 3 (2.17%) Apache
5 2 (1.45%) Alfresco
5 2 (1.45%) Jetty
5 2 (1.45%) Tomcat
5 2 (1.45%) WebLogic
6 1 (0.72%) Apache Qpid
6 1 (0.72%) Drupal
6 1 (0.72%) EPiServer
6 1 (0.72%) IIS
6 1 (0.72%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 16 (11.59%) Microsoft Excel
2 11 (7.97%) Microsoft Office
3 10 (7.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (2.17%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (1.45%) MS Visio
5 2 (1.45%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 1 (0.72%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 8 (5.80%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (3.62%) IaaS
3 3 (2.17%) Office 365
4 2 (1.45%) AWS CloudFormation
4 2 (1.45%) GitHub
5 1 (0.72%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.72%) Amazon ELB
5 1 (0.72%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.72%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.72%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (0.72%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (0.72%) Route 53
5 1 (0.72%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.45%) AMQP
1 2 (1.45%) Internet
1 2 (1.45%) WAN
2 1 (0.72%) ADSL
2 1 (0.72%) Cisco IOS
2 1 (0.72%) Ethernet
2 1 (0.72%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
2 1 (0.72%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
2 1 (0.72%) Firewall
2 1 (0.72%) LAN
2 1 (0.72%) MPLS
2 1 (0.72%) MQTT
2 1 (0.72%) NAS
2 1 (0.72%) Network Security
2 1 (0.72%) PSTN
2 1 (0.72%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (15.94%) SQL Server
2 16 (11.59%) Data Warehouse
3 10 (7.25%) Oracle Database
4 5 (3.62%) BusinessObjects
4 5 (3.62%) QlikView
4 5 (3.62%) Relational Database
5 4 (2.90%) MariaDB
5 4 (2.90%) MongoDB
6 3 (2.17%) DB2
6 3 (2.17%) OLAP
6 3 (2.17%) Oracle Database 11g
6 3 (2.17%) Oracle Database 12c
6 3 (2.17%) Power BI
7 2 (1.45%) Couchbase
7 2 (1.45%) MySQL
7 2 (1.45%) NoSQL
7 2 (1.45%) Oracle OLAP
7 2 (1.45%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (1.45%) Redis
7 2 (1.45%) Riak
Development Applications
1 16 (11.59%) JIRA
2 13 (9.42%) Cucumber
3 12 (8.70%) Selenium
4 11 (7.97%) Git (software)
5 9 (6.52%) Jenkins
6 5 (3.62%) JUnit
7 4 (2.90%) DbUnit
7 4 (2.90%) Maven
7 4 (2.90%) Mockito
8 3 (2.17%) Eclipse
8 3 (2.17%) HP UFT
8 3 (2.17%) Subversion
8 3 (2.17%) TeamCity
8 3 (2.17%) WebDriver
9 2 (1.45%) FitNesse
9 2 (1.45%) Gradle
9 2 (1.45%) LabVIEW
9 2 (1.45%) Toad
9 2 (1.45%) Vagrant
9 2 (1.45%) Visual Studio
General
1 30 (21.74%) Finance
2 15 (10.87%) Retail
3 11 (7.97%) Banking
4 3 (2.17%) Law
4 3 (2.17%) Marketing
5 2 (1.45%) Investment Banking
5 2 (1.45%) Legal
5 2 (1.45%) Local Government
5 2 (1.45%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.72%) Automotive
6 1 (0.72%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 36 (26.09%) Analyst
2 30 (21.74%) Developer
3 15 (10.87%) Ab Initio Developer
4 10 (7.25%) Business Analyst
5 9 (6.52%) Architect
6 8 (5.80%) QA Analyst
7 7 (5.07%) Java Developer
7 7 (5.07%) QA Engineer
7 7 (5.07%) Technical Architect
8 6 (4.35%) PMO Analyst
8 6 (4.35%) Test Leader
8 6 (4.35%) Tester
9 5 (3.62%) Agile Business Analyst
9 5 (3.62%) Data Analyst
9 5 (3.62%) Project Manager
9 5 (3.62%) Risk Analyst
9 5 (3.62%) Test Engineer
10 4 (2.90%) Delivery Manager
10 4 (2.90%) QA Tester
10 4 (2.90%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (8.70%) Spring
2 7 (5.07%) AngularJS
2 7 (5.07%) HTML
2 7 (5.07%) RESTful
3 5 (3.62%) .NET
3 5 (3.62%) JMS
3 5 (3.62%) React
3 5 (3.62%) Spring Boot
4 4 (2.90%) ActiveMQ
4 4 (2.90%) Hibernate
5 3 (2.17%) Apache Camel
5 3 (2.17%) JSON
5 3 (2.17%) Kafka
5 3 (2.17%) RabbitMQ
5 3 (2.17%) WCF
5 3 (2.17%) XML
5 3 (2.17%) XSD
6 2 (1.45%) HTML5
6 2 (1.45%) JPA
6 2 (1.45%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 9 (6.52%) User Experience
2 6 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (4.35%) Self-Motivation
3 3 (2.17%) Management Information System
4 2 (1.45%) e-Health
4 2 (1.45%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (0.72%) AS400
5 1 (0.72%) Blog
5 1 (0.72%) Equities
5 1 (0.72%) Fixed Income
5 1 (0.72%) Handset
5 1 (0.72%) Hybrid Cloud
5 1 (0.72%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 14 (10.14%) Unix
2 6 (4.35%) Linux
3 4 (2.90%) Windows
4 2 (1.45%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.72%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (36.96%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (22.46%) Test Automation
3 23 (16.67%) Business Intelligence
4 22 (15.94%) Project Management
4 22 (15.94%) User Acceptance Testing
5 19 (13.77%) Software Engineering
6 17 (12.32%) ETL
7 16 (11.59%) Data Integration
7 16 (11.59%) Scrum
8 15 (10.87%) Problem-Solving
8 15 (10.87%) Risk Management
9 13 (9.42%) DevOps
10 12 (8.70%) BDD
10 12 (8.70%) Migration
11 11 (7.97%) Change Management
11 11 (7.97%) SDLC
11 11 (7.97%) Stakeholder Management
11 11 (7.97%) User Stories
12 10 (7.25%) Data Migration
12 10 (7.25%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 39 (28.26%) SQL
2 26 (18.84%) Java
3 14 (10.14%) Shell Script
4 7 (5.07%) C#
5 5 (3.62%) JavaScript
6 4 (2.90%) Python
7 2 (1.45%) Bash Shell
7 2 (1.45%) Java 8
7 2 (1.45%) Ruby
7 2 (1.45%) TypeScript
8 1 (0.72%) Perl
8 1 (0.72%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.72%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.72%) VBA
Qualifications
1 10 (7.25%) Degree
2 8 (5.80%) Security Cleared
3 4 (2.90%) SC Cleared
4 3 (2.17%) Computer Science Degree
4 3 (2.17%) PMP
5 2 (1.45%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (1.45%) Master's Degree
5 2 (1.45%) PMI Certification
5 2 (1.45%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (0.72%) BC Cleared
6 1 (0.72%) ISTQB
6 1 (0.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.72%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 1 (0.72%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (10.14%) PMO
2 11 (7.97%) Data Quality
3 4 (2.90%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (1.45%) IFRS
5 1 (0.72%) GDPR
5 1 (0.72%) JSP 440
5 1 (0.72%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.72%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (6.52%) Docker
2 2 (1.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.72%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.72%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 7 (5.07%) Ansible
2 5 (3.62%) Puppet
3 4 (2.90%) Kubernetes
4 3 (2.17%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (1.45%) Cobbler
5 2 (1.45%) Terraform
6 1 (0.72%) CA Service Virtualization
6 1 (0.72%) Control-M
6 1 (0.72%) Nagios
6 1 (0.72%) Oracle Flashback
Vendors
1 27 (19.57%) Oracle
2 21 (15.22%) Microsoft
3 15 (10.87%) Ab Initio
4 14 (10.14%) Teradata
5 7 (5.07%) IBM
6 5 (3.62%) SAP
6 5 (3.62%) Tableau
7 4 (2.90%) Ariba
8 3 (2.17%) CA
9 2 (1.45%) CA Agile Central
9 2 (1.45%) Informatica
9 2 (1.45%) TIBCO
9 2 (1.45%) VMware
10 1 (0.72%) F5
10 1 (0.72%) FatWire
10 1 (0.72%) McAfee
10 1 (0.72%) Openreach
10 1 (0.72%) OutSystems
10 1 (0.72%) Remedy
10 1 (0.72%) Twitter