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 3 months to 26 June 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
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 78 71 45
Rank change year-on-year -7 -26  
Contract jobs citing QA 39 82 103
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 1.79% 2.83% 3.42%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 13.22% 17.83% 24.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 39 60
Median daily rate £375 £350 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £278 £260 £287
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £475 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +1.33% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £15.50 £37.25
% change year-on-year +38.70% -58.38%  

QA is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next 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 and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Scotland
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 295 460 422
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Scotland 13.51% 15.89% 14.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 158 253 217
Median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £124 £202 £198
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 3 3
Median hourly rate £25.00 £19.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.20% -2.50%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.75 £15.30 £18.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £19.50 £38.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £28.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -10.71% +24.44%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Scotland

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Scotland citing QA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

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 3 months to 26 June 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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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 3 months to 26 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Edinburgh -4 20 £375 - 3
Glasgow +12 18 £400 +10.34% 7
Scottish Borders +1 1 £350 -
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UK

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 40 (45.98%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (32.18%) Test Automation
3 25 (28.74%) Java
4 21 (24.14%) Finance
4 21 (24.14%) Selenium
5 18 (20.69%) Cucumber
6 17 (19.54%) Test Strategy
7 16 (18.39%) SQL
8 15 (17.24%) User Acceptance Testing
8 15 (17.24%) SDLC
9 14 (16.09%) Scrum
10 13 (14.94%) Stakeholder Management
10 13 (14.94%) Software Engineering
11 12 (13.79%) Banking
12 11 (12.64%) Project Management
13 10 (11.49%) PRINCE2
13 10 (11.49%) JIRA
13 10 (11.49%) WebDriver
14 9 (10.34%) Test Scripting
14 9 (10.34%) TDD
15 8 (9.20%) Management Information System
15 8 (9.20%) JavaScript
15 8 (9.20%) Performance Testing
15 8 (9.20%) Defect Management
16 7 (8.05%) Feasibility Study
16 7 (8.05%) Use Case
16 7 (8.05%) Release Management
16 7 (8.05%) Unit Testing
16 7 (8.05%) BDD
16 7 (8.05%) Mockito

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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 3 (3.45%) Apache Spark
1 3 (3.45%) SharePoint
1 3 (3.45%) Umbraco
2 1 (1.15%) ArcGIS
2 1 (1.15%) CMS
2 1 (1.15%) Drupal
2 1 (1.15%) GeoServer
2 1 (1.15%) MQSeries
2 1 (1.15%) SAS
2 1 (1.15%) WebSphere
2 1 (1.15%) WebSphere Portal
Applications
1 6 (6.90%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.15%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (3.45%) CA PPM
Cloud Services
1 5 (5.75%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (2.30%) IaaS
2 2 (2.30%) SaaS
2 2 (2.30%) Sauce Labs
3 1 (1.15%) Azure Active Directory
3 1 (1.15%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.45%) DNS
1 3 (3.45%) Firewall
2 2 (2.30%) SAN
2 2 (2.30%) VoIP
3 1 (1.15%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (8.05%) SQL Server
2 5 (5.75%) Oracle Database
2 5 (5.75%) Oracle Database 11g
2 5 (5.75%) Oracle Database 12c
3 4 (4.60%) Data Mining
4 3 (3.45%) Big Data
4 3 (3.45%) Parquet
5 2 (2.30%) GIS
5 2 (2.30%) MySQL
5 2 (2.30%) Redis
5 2 (2.30%) Spatial Data
6 1 (1.15%) BusinessObjects
6 1 (1.15%) DB2
6 1 (1.15%) Geospatial Data
6 1 (1.15%) NoSQL
6 1 (1.15%) QlikView
6 1 (1.15%) RDBMS
6 1 (1.15%) Relational Database
6 1 (1.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 21 (24.14%) Selenium
2 18 (20.69%) Cucumber
3 10 (11.49%) JIRA
3 10 (11.49%) WebDriver
4 7 (8.05%) JUnit
4 7 (8.05%) Mockito
5 6 (6.90%) DbUnit
6 4 (4.60%) Git (software)
6 4 (4.60%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (2.30%) Appium
7 2 (2.30%) Jenkins
7 2 (2.30%) SoapUI
8 1 (1.15%) Fiddler
8 1 (1.15%) Gradle
8 1 (1.15%) JBehave
8 1 (1.15%) jMock
8 1 (1.15%) Maven
8 1 (1.15%) Protractor
8 1 (1.15%) TestComplete
8 1 (1.15%) Visual Studio
General
1 21 (24.14%) Finance
2 12 (13.79%) Banking
3 6 (6.90%) Marketing
4 4 (4.60%) Retail
4 4 (4.60%) Retail Banking
4 4 (4.60%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.15%) Games
5 1 (1.15%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.15%) Legal
5 1 (1.15%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 16 (18.39%) Developer
2 10 (11.49%) Analyst
3 9 (10.34%) Tester
4 7 (8.05%) Project Manager
4 7 (8.05%) QA Tester
5 6 (6.90%) Automation Tester
5 6 (6.90%) Test Engineer
6 5 (5.75%) Coordinator
6 5 (5.75%) QA Coordinator
6 5 (5.75%) QA Engineer
6 5 (5.75%) Selenium Tester
7 4 (4.60%) .NET Developer
7 4 (4.60%) C# Developer
7 4 (4.60%) Operations Manager
7 4 (4.60%) Senior Developer
7 4 (4.60%) Senior Software Developer
7 4 (4.60%) Software Developer
7 4 (4.60%) Software Engineer
7 4 (4.60%) Test Analyst
7 4 (4.60%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (6.90%) .NET
2 5 (5.75%) HTML
2 5 (5.75%) JSON
2 5 (5.75%) XML
3 4 (4.60%) CSS
3 4 (4.60%) RESTful
3 4 (4.60%) SOAP
3 4 (4.60%) Web Services
4 3 (3.45%) ADO.NET
4 3 (3.45%) Grok
4 3 (3.45%) Kafka
4 3 (3.45%) Node.js
4 3 (3.45%) Spring
5 2 (2.30%) .NET Core
5 2 (2.30%) .NET Framework
5 2 (2.30%) Entity Framework
5 2 (2.30%) Gherkin
5 2 (2.30%) RabbitMQ
5 2 (2.30%) Regular Expression
5 2 (2.30%) SignalR
Miscellaneous
1 8 (9.20%) Management Information System
2 5 (5.75%) Computer Science
3 4 (4.60%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (4.60%) Credit Risk
3 4 (4.60%) Enterprise Software
3 4 (4.60%) N-Tier
4 3 (3.45%) e-Learning
5 2 (2.30%) Replication
5 2 (2.30%) User Experience
6 1 (1.15%) AS400
6 1 (1.15%) Cyberthreat
6 1 (1.15%) Data Centre
6 1 (1.15%) Freedom of Information
6 1 (1.15%) Freedom of Information Act
6 1 (1.15%) Graphic Design
6 1 (1.15%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (1.15%) iSeries
6 1 (1.15%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.15%) Mobile Payment
6 1 (1.15%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 7 (8.05%) Unix
2 5 (5.75%) Linux
3 4 (4.60%) Windows
4 2 (2.30%) Android
4 2 (2.30%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.15%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (45.98%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (32.18%) Test Automation
3 17 (19.54%) Test Strategy
4 15 (17.24%) SDLC
4 15 (17.24%) User Acceptance Testing
5 14 (16.09%) Scrum
6 13 (14.94%) Software Engineering
6 13 (14.94%) Stakeholder Management
7 11 (12.64%) Project Management
8 10 (11.49%) PRINCE2
9 9 (10.34%) TDD
9 9 (10.34%) Test Scripting
10 8 (9.20%) Defect Management
10 8 (9.20%) Performance Testing
11 7 (8.05%) BDD
11 7 (8.05%) Feasibility Study
11 7 (8.05%) MVC
11 7 (8.05%) Release Management
11 7 (8.05%) Unit Testing
11 7 (8.05%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 25 (28.74%) Java
2 16 (18.39%) SQL
3 8 (9.20%) JavaScript
4 7 (8.05%) C#
5 4 (4.60%) Python
6 3 (3.45%) Bash Shell
6 3 (3.45%) Delphi
6 3 (3.45%) Perl
7 2 (2.30%) Groovy
7 2 (2.30%) Scala
8 1 (1.15%) PHP
8 1 (1.15%) RPG
8 1 (1.15%) RPG IV
8 1 (1.15%) Ruby
8 1 (1.15%) T-SQL
8 1 (1.15%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 7 (8.05%) CISSP
2 6 (6.90%) Degree
3 3 (3.45%) CCNA
3 3 (3.45%) CEH
3 3 (3.45%) CISA
3 3 (3.45%) Cisco Certification
3 3 (3.45%) CRISC
3 3 (3.45%) PRINCE2 Certification
3 3 (3.45%) SANS
4 2 (2.30%) CISM
4 2 (2.30%) DBS Check
4 2 (2.30%) ISTQB
4 2 (2.30%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 1 (1.15%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (1.15%) ISEB
5 1 (1.15%) PMI Certification
5 1 (1.15%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (5.75%) Disclosure Scotland
2 3 (3.45%) Data Quality
2 3 (3.45%) PMO
3 2 (2.30%) COBIT
3 2 (2.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (1.15%) Active Directory
1 1 (1.15%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 4 (4.60%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.30%) CA Service Virtualization
3 1 (1.15%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
3 1 (1.15%) RSA Archer
Vendors
1 5 (5.75%) CA
1 5 (5.75%) Microsoft
1 5 (5.75%) Oracle
2 3 (3.45%) HP
2 3 (3.45%) SAP
2 3 (3.45%) Splunk
3 2 (2.30%) ESRI
3 2 (2.30%) IBM
3 2 (2.30%) Sitecore
4 1 (1.15%) Avaya
4 1 (1.15%) Citrix
4 1 (1.15%) FatWire
4 1 (1.15%) ServiceNow
4 1 (1.15%) Tableau
4 1 (1.15%) Teradata