The median contractor rate for a QA Engineer was £319 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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 Engineer
England / South East
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 224 248 269
Rank change year-on-year +24 +21  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 15 22 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.20% 0.25% 0.063%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.21% 0.26% 0.067%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 15 6
Median daily rate £319 £350 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.92% +1.44%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £312 £310 £331
10% offered a daily rate of more than £391 £425 £364
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £350 £350
% change year-on-year -5.71% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the South East. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
South East
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 7221 8475 8976
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 94.54% 94.99% 94.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 4232 5056 5117
Median daily rate £410 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 307 385 431
Median hourly rate £17.77 £20.00 £16.14
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.15% +23.91%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.00 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £46.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.48 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.14% +9.21%  

QA Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East that featured QA Engineer in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for QA Engineer in the South East

QA Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Engineer in the South East

QA Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA Engineer in the South East

QA Engineer
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Engineer within the South East region over the 3 months to 24 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
East Sussex -4 5 £425 +21.42% 2
Oxfordshire -4 4 £350 -17.64% 3
Buckinghamshire -13 3 - - 3
Berkshire - 3 £313 - 7
West Sussex +10 1 £375 +15.38%
Hampshire - 1 £310 - 3
QA Engineer
England

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, QA Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the South East region featuring QA Engineer in the job title.

1 26 (100.00%) QA
2 23 (88.46%) Test Automation
3 21 (80.77%) Agile Software Development
4 18 (69.23%) Selenium
5 14 (53.85%) Java
6 12 (46.15%) Cucumber
7 11 (42.31%) Mobile App
8 10 (38.46%) Functional Testing
9 9 (34.62%) TDD
9 9 (34.62%) Finance
9 9 (34.62%) Regression Testing
10 8 (30.77%) Git (software)
11 7 (26.92%) Jenkins
11 7 (26.92%) JIRA
11 7 (26.92%) Scrum
12 6 (23.08%) BDD
13 5 (19.23%) Continuous Integration
13 5 (19.23%) Internet
13 5 (19.23%) SOAP
13 5 (19.23%) Web Services
13 5 (19.23%) REST
13 5 (19.23%) QA Automation
14 4 (15.38%) Non-Functional Testing
14 4 (15.38%) PHP
14 4 (15.38%) SQL
14 4 (15.38%) JMeter
14 4 (15.38%) Manual Testing
14 4 (15.38%) Open Source
14 4 (15.38%) WebDriver
14 4 (15.38%) Software Testing

QA Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 1 (3.85%) Elasticsearch
Business Applications
1 1 (3.85%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.85%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (3.85%) AWS CloudFormation
1 1 (3.85%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 5 (19.23%) Internet
2 1 (3.85%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.85%) Apache Cassandra
1 1 (3.85%) InfluxDB
1 1 (3.85%) Redis
Development Applications
1 18 (69.23%) Selenium
2 12 (46.15%) Cucumber
3 8 (30.77%) Git (software)
4 7 (26.92%) Jenkins
4 7 (26.92%) JIRA
5 4 (15.38%) JMeter
5 4 (15.38%) WebDriver
6 2 (7.69%) Jasmine
6 2 (7.69%) Protractor
7 1 (3.85%) Calabash
7 1 (3.85%) CircleCI
7 1 (3.85%) git-flow
7 1 (3.85%) Grunt
General
1 9 (34.62%) Finance
2 3 (11.54%) Banking
3 1 (3.85%) Billing
3 1 (3.85%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (19.23%) REST
1 5 (19.23%) SOAP
1 5 (19.23%) Web Services
2 3 (11.54%) Behat
2 3 (11.54%) XML
3 2 (7.69%) Node.js
4 1 (3.85%) Backbone.js
4 1 (3.85%) Elastic Stack
4 1 (3.85%) Ext JS
Miscellaneous
1 11 (42.31%) Mobile App
2 1 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (3.85%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.85%) Android
1 1 (3.85%) Apple iOS
1 1 (3.85%) Linux
1 1 (3.85%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (88.46%) Test Automation
2 21 (80.77%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (38.46%) Functional Testing
4 9 (34.62%) Regression Testing
4 9 (34.62%) TDD
5 7 (26.92%) Scrum
6 6 (23.08%) BDD
7 5 (19.23%) Continuous Integration
7 5 (19.23%) QA Automation
8 4 (15.38%) Manual Testing
8 4 (15.38%) Non-Functional Testing
8 4 (15.38%) Open Source
8 4 (15.38%) Software Testing
9 3 (11.54%) API Testing
10 2 (7.69%) Agile Testing
10 2 (7.69%) SDLC
11 1 (3.85%) Build Automation
11 1 (3.85%) ITSM
11 1 (3.85%) SDET
11 1 (3.85%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 14 (53.85%) Java
2 4 (15.38%) PHP
2 4 (15.38%) SQL
3 3 (11.54%) JavaScript
4 2 (7.69%) C#
5 1 (3.85%) Go
5 1 (3.85%) Perl
5 1 (3.85%) PL/SQL
5 1 (3.85%) Python
5 1 (3.85%) Ruby
5 1 (3.85%) VB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (100.00%) QA
System Software
1 1 (3.85%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (3.85%) Grafana
1 1 (3.85%) HAProxy
1 1 (3.85%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (3.85%) Kibana
1 1 (3.85%) logstash
1 1 (3.85%) Marathon
1 1 (3.85%) Mesos
1 1 (3.85%) Netcool
1 1 (3.85%) Terraform
Vendors
1 1 (3.85%) HP
1 1 (3.85%) Remedy
1 1 (3.85%) ServiceNow