Period
to 18 October 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 18 October 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
18 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 58 74 74
Rank change year-on-year +16 0 -27
Contract jobs citing QA 178 122 143
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 3.33% 2.52% 2.94%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 25.25% 18.46% 20.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 92 74 74
Scotland median daily rate £379 £338 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.22% -3.57% -6.67%
10th Percentile £281 £258 £215
90th Percentile £575 £450 £488
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £414
% change year-on-year +4.65% +3.86% +3.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 4
Scotland median hourly rate £27.50 £17.25 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +59.42% -11.54% -54.12%
10th Percentile £16.85 £16.38 £14.00
90th Percentile £29.35 £18.13 £31.13
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £21.90 £18.47
% change year-on-year +59.82% +18.59% -14.10%

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 705 661 707
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 13.17% 13.63% 14.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 390 357 397
Scotland median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14% -
10th Percentile £199 £150 £181
90th Percentile £538 £530 £488
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £413
% change year-on-year +2.86% +6.06% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 28 20
Scotland median hourly rate £17.38 £17.13 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.46% -31.50% -22.90%
10th Percentile £11.42 £13.00 £16.03
90th Percentile £35.00 £37.25 £40.70
UK median hourly rate £21.76 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +8.80% -11.11% +4.41%

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 18 October 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 18 October 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 +13 86 £438 +23.24% 25
Glasgow +2 73 £350 - 21
Renfrewshire -22 10 £300 +11.11% 1
West Lothian - 7 £286 - 1
QA
UK

For the 6 months to 18 October 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 79 (44.38%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (32.58%) Test Automation
3 44 (24.72%) SQL
4 38 (21.35%) Java
5 37 (20.79%) Selenium
6 32 (17.98%) Finance
6 32 (17.98%) Cucumber
7 30 (16.85%) BDD
8 28 (15.73%) User Acceptance Testing
8 28 (15.73%) Scrum
9 24 (13.48%) Project Management
10 22 (12.36%) Microsoft
11 21 (11.80%) Microsoft Excel
11 21 (11.80%) Oracle
11 21 (11.80%) JIRA
11 21 (11.80%) Software Engineering
12 20 (11.24%) Kanban
13 19 (10.67%) Problem-Solving
13 19 (10.67%) Software Testing
13 19 (10.67%) Integration Testing
13 19 (10.67%) Release Management
13 19 (10.67%) Business Intelligence
13 19 (10.67%) Risk Management
14 18 (10.11%) Microsoft Office
14 18 (10.11%) Continuous Integration
14 18 (10.11%) DevOps
14 18 (10.11%) System Testing
15 16 (8.99%) SQL Server
15 16 (8.99%) Python
16 15 (8.43%) JavaScript

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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 (6.74%) WebSphere
2 10 (5.62%) JBoss
2 10 (5.62%) WebLogic
3 9 (5.06%) Jetty
3 9 (5.06%) Tomcat
4 8 (4.49%) SharePoint
5 3 (1.69%) CMS
5 3 (1.69%) Confluence
6 2 (1.12%) Alfresco
6 2 (1.12%) MS Project Server
6 2 (1.12%) Oracle Workflow
6 2 (1.12%) SAS
7 1 (0.56%) Apache
7 1 (0.56%) ColdFusion
7 1 (0.56%) EPiServer
Applications
1 21 (11.80%) Microsoft Excel
2 18 (10.11%) Microsoft Office
3 8 (4.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (1.69%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (1.69%) MS Visio
4 3 (1.69%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.56%) Markit EDM
1 1 (0.56%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 14 (7.87%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (5.62%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (2.81%) IaaS
4 2 (1.12%) Amazon EC2
4 2 (1.12%) Amazon ELB
4 2 (1.12%) Amazon S3
4 2 (1.12%) AWS CloudFormation
4 2 (1.12%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (1.12%) Google Cloud Platform
4 2 (1.12%) Route 53
5 1 (0.56%) Lucidchart
5 1 (0.56%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 9 (5.06%) AMQP
2 4 (2.25%) WAN
3 2 (1.12%) Cisco IOS
3 2 (1.12%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
3 2 (1.12%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 2 (1.12%) Firewall
3 2 (1.12%) LAN
3 2 (1.12%) MPLS
3 2 (1.12%) Network Security
4 1 (0.56%) ADSL
4 1 (0.56%) Ethernet
4 1 (0.56%) Internet
4 1 (0.56%) MQTT
4 1 (0.56%) PSTN
4 1 (0.56%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (8.99%) SQL Server
2 10 (5.62%) Data Warehouse
2 10 (5.62%) Oracle Database
3 9 (5.06%) Couchbase
3 9 (5.06%) Hadoop
3 9 (5.06%) MongoDB
3 9 (5.06%) NoSQL
3 9 (5.06%) Redis
3 9 (5.06%) Riak
4 5 (2.81%) BusinessObjects
4 5 (2.81%) QlikView
5 4 (2.25%) MariaDB
5 4 (2.25%) Oracle Database 11g
5 4 (2.25%) Oracle Database 12c
6 3 (1.69%) DB2
6 3 (1.69%) OLAP
6 3 (1.69%) Power BI
7 2 (1.12%) Amazon RDS
7 2 (1.12%) Oracle OLAP
8 1 (0.56%) SAS Enterprise Guide
Development Applications
1 37 (20.79%) Selenium
2 32 (17.98%) Cucumber
3 21 (11.80%) JIRA
4 12 (6.74%) Jenkins
5 11 (6.18%) WebDriver
6 10 (5.62%) FitNesse
7 9 (5.06%) Vagrant
8 7 (3.93%) DbUnit
9 6 (3.37%) SpecFlow
9 6 (3.37%) Team Foundation Server
10 5 (2.81%) Git (software)
11 4 (2.25%) JUnit
11 4 (2.25%) Protractor
11 4 (2.25%) TeamCity
12 3 (1.69%) HP UFT
12 3 (1.69%) Mockito
12 3 (1.69%) Subversion
12 3 (1.69%) Toad
13 2 (1.12%) Gradle
13 2 (1.12%) JIRA Agile
General
1 32 (17.98%) Finance
2 15 (8.43%) Banking
3 10 (5.62%) Retail
4 4 (2.25%) Legal
5 3 (1.69%) Law
6 2 (1.12%) Local Government
6 2 (1.12%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.56%) Automotive
7 1 (0.56%) Billing
7 1 (0.56%) Electronics
7 1 (0.56%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.56%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 42 (23.60%) Analyst
2 28 (15.73%) Developer
3 17 (9.55%) Tester
4 14 (7.87%) QA Engineer
5 13 (7.30%) Automation Tester
6 12 (6.74%) QA Analyst
7 11 (6.18%) Java Developer
8 10 (5.62%) Ab Initio Developer
8 10 (5.62%) Test Analyst
8 10 (5.62%) Test Engineer
8 10 (5.62%) Test Manager
9 9 (5.06%) Business Analyst
9 9 (5.06%) Project Manager
10 8 (4.49%) Architect
10 8 (4.49%) QA Test Engineer
11 7 (3.93%) Technical Architect
11 7 (3.93%) Technical Manager
12 6 (3.37%) QA Tester
13 5 (2.81%) Delivery Manager
13 5 (2.81%) Risk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (7.87%) Spring
2 12 (6.74%) .NET
2 12 (6.74%) HTML
3 10 (5.62%) JMS
4 9 (5.06%) Hibernate
4 9 (5.06%) HTML5
4 9 (5.06%) JPA
4 9 (5.06%) Kafka
4 9 (5.06%) RabbitMQ
4 9 (5.06%) TIBCO EMS
4 9 (5.06%) WebSphere MQ
5 6 (3.37%) AngularJS
6 5 (2.81%) React
6 5 (2.81%) RESTful
6 5 (2.81%) Spring Boot
7 3 (1.69%) LDAP
7 3 (1.69%) SOAP
7 3 (1.69%) Web Services
7 3 (1.69%) XML
8 1 (0.56%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 9 (5.06%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (3.93%) User Experience
3 5 (2.81%) Self-Motivation
4 2 (1.12%) Blog
4 2 (1.12%) Greenfield Project
4 2 (1.12%) Hybrid Cloud
5 1 (0.56%) Data Centre
5 1 (0.56%) e-Learning
5 1 (0.56%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (0.56%) Handset
5 1 (0.56%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.56%) Mobile App
5 1 (0.56%) Social Media
5 1 (0.56%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 12 (6.74%) Unix
2 7 (3.93%) Linux
3 2 (1.12%) Android
3 2 (1.12%) Apple iOS
3 2 (1.12%) CentOS
3 2 (1.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 2 (1.12%) Windows
4 1 (0.56%) Windows 7
4 1 (0.56%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 79 (44.38%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (32.58%) Test Automation
3 30 (16.85%) BDD
4 28 (15.73%) Scrum
4 28 (15.73%) User Acceptance Testing
5 24 (13.48%) Project Management
6 21 (11.80%) Software Engineering
7 20 (11.24%) Kanban
8 19 (10.67%) Business Intelligence
8 19 (10.67%) Integration Testing
8 19 (10.67%) Problem-Solving
8 19 (10.67%) Release Management
8 19 (10.67%) Risk Management
8 19 (10.67%) Software Testing
9 18 (10.11%) Continuous Integration
9 18 (10.11%) DevOps
9 18 (10.11%) System Testing
10 15 (8.43%) TDD
11 14 (7.87%) Migration
11 14 (7.87%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 44 (24.72%) SQL
2 38 (21.35%) Java
3 16 (8.99%) Python
4 15 (8.43%) JavaScript
5 11 (6.18%) Bash Shell
5 11 (6.18%) C#
5 11 (6.18%) Ruby
6 10 (5.62%) Shell Script
7 2 (1.12%) TypeScript
8 1 (0.56%) BeanShell
8 1 (0.56%) C
8 1 (0.56%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.56%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.56%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.56%) VBA
Qualifications
1 15 (8.43%) Degree
2 10 (5.62%) Security Cleared
3 7 (3.93%) ISTQB
3 7 (3.93%) SC Cleared
4 6 (3.37%) ISEB
4 6 (3.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 5 (2.81%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 4 (2.25%) CISA
6 4 (2.25%) CISSP
6 4 (2.25%) ISACA
6 4 (2.25%) PMP
7 3 (1.69%) BPSS Clearance
7 3 (1.69%) PMI Certification
8 1 (0.56%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (7.30%) PMO
2 11 (6.18%) Data Quality
3 4 (2.25%) Disclosure Scotland
3 4 (2.25%) SSAE 16
4 2 (1.12%) GDPR
4 2 (1.12%) JSP 440
5 1 (0.56%) IFRS
5 1 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.56%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.56%) SLA
System Software
1 13 (7.30%) Docker
2 3 (1.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.56%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.56%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 15 (8.43%) Ansible
2 13 (7.30%) Puppet
3 11 (6.18%) Cobbler
3 11 (6.18%) Opscode Chef
4 4 (2.25%) HP Quality Center
4 4 (2.25%) Terraform
5 2 (1.12%) Kubernetes
6 1 (0.56%) CA Service Virtualization
6 1 (0.56%) CA Wily
6 1 (0.56%) Control-M
Vendors
1 22 (12.36%) Microsoft
2 21 (11.80%) Oracle
3 12 (6.74%) IBM
4 10 (5.62%) Ab Initio
5 9 (5.06%) Informatica
5 9 (5.06%) Teradata
5 9 (5.06%) TIBCO
6 7 (3.93%) HP
7 5 (2.81%) Tableau
8 4 (2.25%) CA
8 4 (2.25%) SAP
9 3 (1.69%) VMware
10 2 (1.12%) Ariba
10 2 (1.12%) CheckPoint
10 2 (1.12%) Cisco
10 2 (1.12%) FatWire
10 2 (1.12%) Juniper
10 2 (1.12%) McAfee
10 2 (1.12%) Red Hat
10 2 (1.12%) Remedy