Period
to 23 June 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 23 June 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
23 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 53 78 73
Rank change year-on-year +25 -5 -19
Contract jobs citing QA 188 88 158
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 3.55% 2.26% 2.86%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 25.23% 18.11% 19.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 118 48 69
Scotland median daily rate £389 £350 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.07% -6.67% -
10th Percentile £297 £205 £263
90th Percentile £516 £479 £488
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Scotland median hourly rate £11.00 - £13.50
10th Percentile £10.50 - £12.75
90th Percentile £11.50 - £14.25
UK median hourly rate £23.00 £25.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year -8.00% +13.64% -37.14%

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 745 486 819
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 14.07% 12.46% 14.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 456 267 441
Scotland median daily rate £375 £363 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.45% +3.57% -
10th Percentile £200 £141 £188
90th Percentile £556 £488 £500
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £403
% change year-on-year +2.86% +8.56% +0.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 11 7
Scotland median hourly rate £21.62 £23.00 £14.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.02% +61.46% -56.17%
10th Percentile £10.69 £13.75 £9.27
90th Percentile £68.13 £43.75 £21.35
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £20.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year +17.50% -16.67% +11.37%

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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 23 June 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 23 June 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 +22 94 £400 +35.14% 7
Glasgow +15 78 £363 -2.03% 15
Renfrewshire - 10 £290 - 7
West Lothian -4 2 £273 - 1
Stirling -6 1 £325 -7.14% 1
Fife - 1 - - 1
North Lanarkshire - 1 - -
QA
UK

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 92 (48.94%) Agile Software Development
2 61 (32.45%) Test Automation
3 47 (25.00%) Java
3 47 (25.00%) Finance
4 43 (22.87%) SQL
4 43 (22.87%) BDD
5 38 (20.21%) Scrum
5 38 (20.21%) Selenium
6 26 (13.83%) Project Management
7 25 (13.30%) Microsoft
7 25 (13.30%) Kanban
8 24 (12.77%) Cucumber
8 24 (12.77%) C#
9 23 (12.23%) SDLC
10 22 (11.70%) Software Testing
11 21 (11.17%) TDD
11 21 (11.17%) JavaScript
11 21 (11.17%) Microsoft Office
12 20 (10.64%) Risk Management
12 20 (10.64%) Degree
12 20 (10.64%) Waterfall
13 19 (10.11%) Release Management
13 19 (10.11%) Microsoft Excel
14 18 (9.57%) Oracle
14 18 (9.57%) SQL Server
14 18 (9.57%) JIRA
14 18 (9.57%) Banking
14 18 (9.57%) Problem-Solving
15 17 (9.04%) Data Analysis
15 17 (9.04%) User Acceptance Testing

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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 (5.32%) SharePoint
2 6 (3.19%) WebLogic
3 5 (2.66%) JBoss
3 5 (2.66%) Jetty
3 5 (2.66%) Tomcat
3 5 (2.66%) WebSphere
4 4 (2.13%) CMS
4 4 (2.13%) Confluence
5 3 (1.60%) Alfresco
5 3 (1.60%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 3 (1.60%) SAS
6 1 (0.53%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 1 (0.53%) ColdFusion
6 1 (0.53%) IIS
6 1 (0.53%) MS Project Server
6 1 (0.53%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 21 (11.17%) Microsoft Office
2 19 (10.11%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (6.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (3.19%) MS Visio
5 4 (2.13%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (1.06%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.53%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.53%) PaintShop Pro
Business Applications
1 1 (0.53%) Primavera
1 1 (0.53%) SunGard GMI
Cloud Services
1 15 (7.98%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (5.32%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (2.66%) IaaS
4 3 (1.60%) AWS CloudFormation
5 2 (1.06%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (0.53%) Lucidchart
6 1 (0.53%) PaaS
6 1 (0.53%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (2.66%) AMQP
2 4 (2.13%) MPLS
2 4 (2.13%) WAN
3 3 (1.60%) Internet
4 2 (1.06%) Firewall
5 1 (0.53%) ADSL
5 1 (0.53%) Ethernet
5 1 (0.53%) PSTN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (9.57%) SQL Server
2 14 (7.45%) QlikView
3 12 (6.38%) Data Warehouse
4 8 (4.26%) Hadoop
4 8 (4.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 7 (3.72%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 7 (3.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 5 (2.66%) Couchbase
6 5 (2.66%) MongoDB
6 5 (2.66%) NoSQL
6 5 (2.66%) Redis
6 5 (2.66%) Riak
7 4 (2.13%) BusinessObjects
7 4 (2.13%) Oracle Database
7 4 (2.13%) Pentaho
8 3 (1.60%) Apache Cassandra
8 3 (1.60%) Big Data
8 3 (1.60%) MariaDB
8 3 (1.60%) Power BI
9 2 (1.06%) SAS Enterprise Guide
Development Applications
1 38 (20.21%) Selenium
2 24 (12.77%) Cucumber
3 18 (9.57%) JIRA
4 14 (7.45%) Team Foundation Server
5 10 (5.32%) Jenkins
6 9 (4.79%) SpecFlow
6 9 (4.79%) WebDriver
7 6 (3.19%) FitNesse
8 5 (2.66%) Git (software)
8 5 (2.66%) Protractor
8 5 (2.66%) Vagrant
9 4 (2.13%) TeamCity
10 3 (1.60%) DbUnit
11 2 (1.06%) Octopus Deploy
12 1 (0.53%) FogBugz
12 1 (0.53%) Gatling
12 1 (0.53%) MSBuild
12 1 (0.53%) QAComplete
12 1 (0.53%) Subversion
12 1 (0.53%) Zephyr
General
1 47 (25.00%) Finance
2 18 (9.57%) Banking
3 3 (1.60%) Legal
3 3 (1.60%) Manufacturing
3 3 (1.60%) Publishing
4 2 (1.06%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.53%) Billing
5 1 (0.53%) General Ledger
5 1 (0.53%) Marketing
5 1 (0.53%) Retail Banking
5 1 (0.53%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 38 (20.21%) Analyst
2 29 (15.43%) Developer
3 16 (8.51%) Project Manager
4 14 (7.45%) Architect
5 13 (6.91%) Tester
6 12 (6.38%) Automation Tester
6 12 (6.38%) Test Engineer
7 11 (5.85%) Technical Architect
8 10 (5.32%) QA Analyst
9 9 (4.79%) Java Developer
9 9 (4.79%) QA Engineer
9 9 (4.79%) Test Automation Engineer
10 8 (4.26%) Data Analyst
10 8 (4.26%) SQL Developer
10 8 (4.26%) Test Analyst
11 7 (3.72%) Author
11 7 (3.72%) Technical Author
11 7 (3.72%) Test Manager
12 6 (3.19%) Business Analyst
12 6 (3.19%) ETL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (9.04%) .NET
2 13 (6.91%) Spring
3 10 (5.32%) React
4 9 (4.79%) AngularJS
4 9 (4.79%) HTML
5 8 (4.26%) Hibernate
5 8 (4.26%) Kafka
5 8 (4.26%) RESTful
5 8 (4.26%) Spring Boot
6 6 (3.19%) HTML5
6 6 (3.19%) SOAP
7 5 (2.66%) JMS
7 5 (2.66%) JPA
7 5 (2.66%) RabbitMQ
7 5 (2.66%) TIBCO EMS
7 5 (2.66%) Web Services
7 5 (2.66%) WebSphere MQ
8 4 (2.13%) J2EE
9 3 (1.60%) CSS
9 3 (1.60%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 9 (4.79%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (3.72%) User Experience
3 4 (2.13%) Enterprise Software
3 4 (2.13%) Management Information System
4 3 (1.60%) iPad
4 3 (1.60%) Self-Motivation
4 3 (1.60%) Social Media
5 2 (1.06%) Data Centre
5 2 (1.06%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 1 (0.53%) AS400
6 1 (0.53%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.53%) Credit Risk
6 1 (0.53%) Derivative
6 1 (0.53%) e-Learning
6 1 (0.53%) Graphic Design
6 1 (0.53%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (0.53%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.53%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 7 (3.72%) Linux
2 3 (1.60%) Unix
3 2 (1.06%) Android
3 2 (1.06%) Apple iOS
3 2 (1.06%) CentOS
3 2 (1.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 2 (1.06%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 92 (48.94%) Agile Software Development
2 61 (32.45%) Test Automation
3 43 (22.87%) BDD
4 38 (20.21%) Scrum
5 26 (13.83%) Project Management
6 25 (13.30%) Kanban
7 23 (12.23%) SDLC
8 22 (11.70%) Software Testing
9 21 (11.17%) TDD
10 20 (10.64%) Risk Management
10 20 (10.64%) Waterfall
11 19 (10.11%) Release Management
12 18 (9.57%) Problem-Solving
13 17 (9.04%) Data Analysis
13 17 (9.04%) DevOps
13 17 (9.04%) User Acceptance Testing
14 16 (8.51%) Workflow
15 15 (7.98%) Business Intelligence
15 15 (7.98%) Integration Testing
15 15 (7.98%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 47 (25.00%) Java
2 43 (22.87%) SQL
3 24 (12.77%) C#
4 21 (11.17%) JavaScript
5 17 (9.04%) Python
6 7 (3.72%) Bash Shell
6 7 (3.72%) Ruby
7 6 (3.19%) PL/SQL
7 6 (3.19%) T-SQL
8 2 (1.06%) C++
8 2 (1.06%) PowerShell
8 2 (1.06%) TypeScript
9 1 (0.53%) BeanShell
9 1 (0.53%) Scala
9 1 (0.53%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.53%) VBA
Qualifications
1 20 (10.64%) Degree
2 11 (5.85%) Security Cleared
3 9 (4.79%) SC Cleared
4 8 (4.26%) ISEB
4 8 (4.26%) ISTQB
5 7 (3.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 5 (2.66%) CISA
6 5 (2.66%) CISSP
6 5 (2.66%) PMP
7 4 (2.13%) ISACA
7 4 (2.13%) MCAD
7 4 (2.13%) MCSD
7 4 (2.13%) MCTS
7 4 (2.13%) Microsoft Certification
7 4 (2.13%) PMI Certification
7 4 (2.13%) TOGAF Certification
8 2 (1.06%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (1.06%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.53%) Computer Science Degree
9 1 (0.53%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (8.51%) Data Quality
2 10 (5.32%) PMO
3 4 (2.13%) SSAE 16
4 2 (1.06%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.53%) GDPR
5 1 (0.53%) ISO 13485
5 1 (0.53%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.53%) PMBOK
5 1 (0.53%) SLA
System Software
1 7 (3.72%) Docker
Systems Management
1 10 (5.32%) Ansible
1 10 (5.32%) Puppet
2 7 (3.72%) Cobbler
2 7 (3.72%) Opscode Chef
3 5 (2.66%) Terraform
4 4 (2.13%) Oracle Flashback
5 3 (1.60%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.53%) CA Wily
6 1 (0.53%) WMI
Vendors
1 25 (13.30%) Microsoft
2 18 (9.57%) Oracle
3 7 (3.72%) IBM
3 7 (3.72%) Tableau
3 7 (3.72%) TIBCO
4 5 (2.66%) HP
5 4 (2.13%) Atlassian
5 4 (2.13%) Informatica
6 2 (1.06%) Adobe
6 2 (1.06%) Red Hat
7 1 (0.53%) BT
7 1 (0.53%) CA
7 1 (0.53%) Cadence
7 1 (0.53%) Capita
7 1 (0.53%) Charles River
7 1 (0.53%) FatWire
7 1 (0.53%) Google
7 1 (0.53%) SunGard
7 1 (0.53%) Sybase
7 1 (0.53%) Xamarin