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 3 months to 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
South West / Somerset
Rank 27 29 43
Rank change year-on-year +2 +14  
Contract jobs citing QA 10 13 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Somerset 4.72% 4.92% 1.47%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 55.56% 56.52% 6.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 7 3
Median daily rate £266 £310 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.35% -11.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £239 £229 £134
10% offered a daily rate of more than £442 £423 £410
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £366 £350
% change year-on-year -0.27% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.50 £39.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year -32.05% +6.84%  

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 Somerset with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Somerset
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 18 23 76
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Somerset 8.49% 8.71% 22.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 10 60
Median daily rate £325 £330 £625
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.51% -47.20%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £264 £326
10% offered a daily rate of more than £451 £539 £737
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 7 2
Median hourly rate - £25.50 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -12.06%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.45 £41.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year -52.56% +57.69%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Somerset

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Somerset 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 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 3 months to 24 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 24 March 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
Taunton -3 5 £241 -12.54% 2
QA
South West

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in Somerset

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 Somerset region with a requirement for QA.

1 22 (84.62%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (61.54%) .NET
3 15 (57.69%) C#
4 13 (50.00%) Security Cleared
5 12 (46.15%) SC Cleared
5 12 (46.15%) Team Foundation Server
5 12 (46.15%) TDD
5 12 (46.15%) Automated Testing
5 12 (46.15%) .NET Framework
6 11 (42.31%) Cucumber
6 11 (42.31%) BDD
7 10 (38.46%) Kanban
7 10 (38.46%) Scrum
8 9 (34.62%) Continuous Integration
8 9 (34.62%) Gherkin
9 8 (30.77%) Continuous Delivery
9 8 (30.77%) Software Engineering
9 8 (30.77%) Selenium
9 8 (30.77%) SQL
9 8 (30.77%) SpecFlow
10 7 (26.92%) Java
10 7 (26.92%) SQL Server
10 7 (26.92%) Unit Testing
11 6 (23.08%) WPF
11 6 (23.08%) Test Automation
12 5 (19.23%) Sahi
12 5 (19.23%) Open Source
12 5 (19.23%) Manual Testing
12 5 (19.23%) WATIR
12 5 (19.23%) Git (software)

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Top Related 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 4 (15.38%) NServiceBus
2 3 (11.54%) Apache Spark
3 2 (7.69%) CMS
4 1 (3.85%) IIS
4 1 (3.85%) K2 blackpearl
Cloud Services
1 3 (11.54%) IaaS
2 1 (3.85%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (3.85%) GitHub
2 1 (3.85%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (7.69%) Firewall
1 2 (7.69%) Kerberos
1 2 (7.69%) LDAP
1 2 (7.69%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (26.92%) SQL Server
2 3 (11.54%) Apache Hive
2 3 (11.54%) Hadoop
2 3 (11.54%) HBase
2 3 (11.54%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 12 (46.15%) Team Foundation Server
2 11 (42.31%) Cucumber
3 8 (30.77%) Selenium
3 8 (30.77%) SpecFlow
4 5 (19.23%) Git (software)
4 5 (19.23%) HP UFT
4 5 (19.23%) Sahi
4 5 (19.23%) WATIR
5 4 (15.38%) Jenkins
6 3 (11.54%) Visual Studio
7 2 (7.69%) Ant
7 2 (7.69%) Gradle
7 2 (7.69%) Maven
7 2 (7.69%) Sonatype Nexus
8 1 (3.85%) Bitbucket
8 1 (3.85%) JMeter
8 1 (3.85%) NUnit
8 1 (3.85%) SoapUI
8 1 (3.85%) TeamCity
8 1 (3.85%) Vagrant
General
1 1 (3.85%) Advertising
1 1 (3.85%) Finance
1 1 (3.85%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 13 (50.00%) Developer
2 5 (19.23%) .NET Developer
2 5 (19.23%) C# Developer
3 4 (15.38%) Tester
4 3 (11.54%) Developer in Test
4 3 (11.54%) SQL Developer
5 2 (7.69%) QA Tester
5 2 (7.69%) Senior C# Developer
5 2 (7.69%) Senior Developer
5 2 (7.69%) WPF Developer
6 1 (3.85%) Automation Tester
6 1 (3.85%) Cloud Consultant
6 1 (3.85%) Designer
6 1 (3.85%) Digital Designer
6 1 (3.85%) Hadoop Administrator
6 1 (3.85%) QA Leader
6 1 (3.85%) Senior Automation Tester
6 1 (3.85%) Sitecore Developer
6 1 (3.85%) Test Automation Engineer
6 1 (3.85%) Web Writer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (61.54%) .NET
2 12 (46.15%) .NET Framework
3 9 (34.62%) Gherkin
4 6 (23.08%) WPF
5 5 (19.23%) Web Services
5 5 (19.23%) XML
6 4 (15.38%) ASP.NET
6 4 (15.38%) ASP.NET MVC
7 3 (11.54%) CSS
7 3 (11.54%) HTML
8 1 (3.85%) ASP.NET Web API
8 1 (3.85%) jQuery
8 1 (3.85%) REST
8 1 (3.85%) SOAP
8 1 (3.85%) Spring
8 1 (3.85%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 1 (3.85%) Social Media
1 1 (3.85%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 3 (11.54%) Linux
2 1 (3.85%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (84.62%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (46.15%) Automated Testing
2 12 (46.15%) TDD
3 11 (42.31%) BDD
4 10 (38.46%) Kanban
4 10 (38.46%) Scrum
5 9 (34.62%) Continuous Integration
6 8 (30.77%) Continuous Delivery
6 8 (30.77%) Software Engineering
7 7 (26.92%) Unit Testing
8 6 (23.08%) Test Automation
9 5 (19.23%) Line Management
9 5 (19.23%) Manual Testing
9 5 (19.23%) Open Source
9 5 (19.23%) Pair Programming
9 5 (19.23%) Test Planning
10 4 (15.38%) Continuous Deployment
10 4 (15.38%) Integration Testing
10 4 (15.38%) MVC
10 4 (15.38%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 15 (57.69%) C#
2 8 (30.77%) SQL
3 7 (26.92%) Java
4 5 (19.23%) Ruby
5 3 (11.54%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 13 (50.00%) Security Cleared
2 12 (46.15%) SC Cleared
3 2 (7.69%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (3.85%) DV Cleared
System Software
1 3 (11.54%) HDFS
2 2 (7.69%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (11.54%) Ansible
Vendors
1 4 (15.38%) Microsoft
2 3 (11.54%) Cloudera
3 2 (7.69%) hybris
4 1 (3.85%) ATG
4 1 (3.85%) Reuters
4 1 (3.85%) Sitecore
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