Period
to 17 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Somerset 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 17 December 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)
South West > Somerset
6 months to
17 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 23 34 24
Rank change year-on-year +11 -10 +21
Contract jobs citing QA 37 17 26
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Somerset 7.49% 3.42% 5.63%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 53.62% 34.00% 57.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 12 23
Somerset median daily rate £475 £403 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.01% +15.00% +1.45%
10th Percentile £335 £338 £244
90th Percentile £700 £480 £460
South West median daily rate £425 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +13.33% +7.14% +1.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Somerset median hourly rate - £42.50 -
South West median hourly rate £37.50 £26.50 £33.50
% change year-on-year +41.51% -20.90% -8.22%

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 Somerset with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Somerset
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 69 50 45
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Somerset 13.97% 10.06% 9.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 33 34
Somerset median daily rate £479 £403 £352
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.94% +14.27% -11.94%
10th Percentile £313 £161 £247
90th Percentile £688 £500 £526
South West median daily rate £440 £410 £396
% change year-on-year +7.32% +3.54% +5.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 2
Somerset median hourly rate £41.83 £28.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +46.75% -28.75% +60.00%
10th Percentile £38.61 £16.95 £37.50
90th Percentile £44.58 £40.85 £42.50
South West median hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £38.00
% change year-on-year +7.14% -7.89% -6.17%

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Job Vacancy Trend in Somerset

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Somerset.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Somerset

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Somerset

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing QA in Somerset.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Somerset

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Somerset

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Somerset over the 6 months to 17 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Somerset

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Somerset

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA in Somerset.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Somerset

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Contract Job Locations in Somerset

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Somerset region over the 6 months to 17 December 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
Taunton +8 11 £675 +86.21% 6
Bath +2 10 £340 -2.86% 1
Wells - 3 £438 -
Clevedon - 1 £388 -
QA
South West

For the 6 months to 17 December 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 Somerset region with a requirement for QA.

1 25 (67.57%) Test Automation
2 21 (56.76%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (43.24%) BDD
4 15 (40.54%) Continuous Deployment
5 14 (37.84%) Scrum
6 13 (35.14%) C#
6 13 (35.14%) Test Strategy
6 13 (35.14%) Jenkins
6 13 (35.14%) Team Foundation Server
6 13 (35.14%) Acceptance Criteria
7 12 (32.43%) Git (software)
7 12 (32.43%) DV Cleared
7 12 (32.43%) Security Cleared
7 12 (32.43%) Selenium
7 12 (32.43%) Continuous Improvement
7 12 (32.43%) Java
8 10 (27.03%) JavaScript
8 10 (27.03%) E-Commerce
8 10 (27.03%) Cucumber
8 10 (27.03%) Maven
9 9 (24.32%) Security Testing
9 9 (24.32%) hybris
9 9 (24.32%) HTML
9 9 (24.32%) GIS
9 9 (24.32%) Continuous Delivery
10 8 (21.62%) CSS
10 8 (21.62%) Web Development
11 7 (18.92%) Continuous Integration
11 7 (18.92%) Manual Testing
11 7 (18.92%) DevOps

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Somerset 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 5 (13.51%) Mule
2 1 (2.70%) Apache
2 1 (2.70%) Tomcat
Applications
1 4 (10.81%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 4 (10.81%) GitHub
2 3 (8.11%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (8.11%) Amazon CloudWatch
2 3 (8.11%) Amazon EC2
2 3 (8.11%) Amazon S3
2 3 (8.11%) IaaS
2 3 (8.11%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (8.11%) PaaS
2 3 (8.11%) Route 53
2 3 (8.11%) Virtual Private Cloud
3 1 (2.70%) BrowserStack
3 1 (2.70%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.70%) OpenVPN
1 1 (2.70%) SMS
1 1 (2.70%) SSH
1 1 (2.70%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (24.32%) GIS
2 5 (13.51%) SQL Server
3 4 (10.81%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (10.81%) MySQL
3 4 (10.81%) OLAP
3 4 (10.81%) RDBMS
3 4 (10.81%) Relational Database
3 4 (10.81%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (8.11%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (5.41%) SQL Server 2016
5 2 (5.41%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (5.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (5.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (2.70%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (2.70%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 13 (35.14%) Jenkins
1 13 (35.14%) Team Foundation Server
2 12 (32.43%) Git (software)
2 12 (32.43%) Selenium
3 10 (27.03%) Cucumber
3 10 (27.03%) Maven
4 6 (16.22%) JIRA
5 5 (13.51%) JMeter
5 5 (13.51%) TeamCity
6 4 (10.81%) Ant
6 4 (10.81%) Bitbucket
6 4 (10.81%) Cobertura
6 4 (10.81%) Gradle
6 4 (10.81%) SoapUI
7 2 (5.41%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 1 (2.70%) Subversion
8 1 (2.70%) WebDriver
General
1 4 (10.81%) Back Office
1 4 (10.81%) Electronics
1 4 (10.81%) Finance
1 4 (10.81%) Manufacturing
1 4 (10.81%) Marketing
1 4 (10.81%) Telecoms
2 1 (2.70%) Games
2 1 (2.70%) Retail
Job Titles
1 13 (35.14%) Test Leader
2 5 (13.51%) DBA
2 5 (13.51%) Developer
2 5 (13.51%) QA Automation Engineer
2 5 (13.51%) QA Engineer
2 5 (13.51%) SQL DBA
3 4 (10.81%) Administrator
3 4 (10.81%) Hybris Developer
3 4 (10.81%) Java Developer
3 4 (10.81%) QA Test Engineer
3 4 (10.81%) QA Tester
3 4 (10.81%) Test Automation Engineer
3 4 (10.81%) Test Engineer
3 4 (10.81%) Tester
4 3 (8.11%) Automation Test Lead
4 3 (8.11%) DevOps Engineer
5 2 (5.41%) Analyst
5 2 (5.41%) Infrastructure Manager
5 2 (5.41%) Infrastructure Project Manager
5 2 (5.41%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (24.32%) HTML
2 8 (21.62%) CSS
3 5 (13.51%) REST
4 4 (10.81%) SOAP
4 4 (10.81%) Spring
5 3 (8.11%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (2.70%) Apache Cordova
6 1 (2.70%) Flash
6 1 (2.70%) HTML5
6 1 (2.70%) HTML5 Canvas
6 1 (2.70%) JSON
6 1 (2.70%) PhoneGap
6 1 (2.70%) Pixi.js
6 1 (2.70%) Unity (Game Engine)
6 1 (2.70%) WebGL
Miscellaneous
1 5 (13.51%) Data Structures
2 1 (2.70%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.70%) Digital Media
2 1 (2.70%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 3 (8.11%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (67.57%) Test Automation
2 21 (56.76%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (43.24%) BDD
4 15 (40.54%) Continuous Deployment
5 14 (37.84%) Scrum
6 13 (35.14%) Acceptance Criteria
6 13 (35.14%) Test Strategy
7 12 (32.43%) Continuous Improvement
8 10 (27.03%) E-Commerce
9 9 (24.32%) Continuous Delivery
9 9 (24.32%) Security Testing
10 8 (21.62%) Web Development
11 7 (18.92%) Continuous Integration
11 7 (18.92%) DevOps
11 7 (18.92%) Manual Testing
12 6 (16.22%) User Stories
13 5 (13.51%) Data Analysis
14 4 (10.81%) Data Management
14 4 (10.81%) Programme Management
14 4 (10.81%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 13 (35.14%) C#
2 12 (32.43%) Java
3 10 (27.03%) JavaScript
4 6 (16.22%) SQL
5 4 (10.81%) Bash Shell
5 4 (10.81%) T-SQL
6 3 (8.11%) Shell Script
7 2 (5.41%) PowerShell
8 1 (2.70%) C++
8 1 (2.70%) Python
Qualifications
1 12 (32.43%) DV Cleared
1 12 (32.43%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 1 (2.70%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (8.11%) Ansible
1 3 (8.11%) Terraform
2 1 (2.70%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 1 (2.70%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 9 (24.32%) hybris
2 5 (13.51%) Microsoft
3 4 (10.81%) SAP