The median contractor rate for a QA Engineer was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 3 months to 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance Engineer
England / South East
Rank 230 234 257
Rank change year-on-year +4 +23  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 11 34 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.14% 0.37% 0.072%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.15% 0.39% 0.076%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 24 4
Median daily rate £350 £363 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.44% +3.57%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £363 £350
% change year-on-year -11.72% +3.57%  
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 7384 8741 9195
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 94.04% 95.02% 94.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 4172 5330 4925
Median daily rate £400 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 381 376 447
Median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.89% +2.70%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.50 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.30 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.38
% change year-on-year -12.50% +15.10%  

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 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
Buckinghamshire - 6 £280 - 1
Oxfordshire - 5 £350 -
Berkshire +20 1 £350 -3.44% 3
QA Engineer
England

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 27 (100.00%) QA
2 25 (92.59%) Selenium
3 20 (74.07%) Agile Software Development
4 17 (62.96%) Java
5 14 (51.85%) Cucumber
6 13 (48.15%) WebDriver
7 12 (44.44%) Regression Testing
8 11 (40.74%) Finance
8 11 (40.74%) Test Scripting
8 11 (40.74%) Jenkins
9 10 (37.04%) Automation Testing
9 10 (37.04%) QA Automation
9 10 (37.04%) Web Testing
9 10 (37.04%) TDD
9 10 (37.04%) SQL
10 9 (33.33%) JIRA
10 9 (33.33%) Test Automation
10 9 (33.33%) Automated Testing
11 8 (29.63%) BDD
11 8 (29.63%) XML
12 7 (25.93%) Functional Testing
13 6 (22.22%) Test Strategy
13 6 (22.22%) User Stories
13 6 (22.22%) PL/SQL
14 5 (18.52%) Games
14 5 (18.52%) JUnit
14 5 (18.52%) WCAG
14 5 (18.52%) JSON
14 5 (18.52%) Performance Testing
14 5 (18.52%) Git (software)

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top Related 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 (3.70%) JBoss
1 1 (3.70%) WebSphere
Communications & Networking
1 3 (11.11%) Internet
Development Applications
1 25 (92.59%) Selenium
2 14 (51.85%) Cucumber
3 13 (48.15%) WebDriver
4 11 (40.74%) Jenkins
5 9 (33.33%) JIRA
6 5 (18.52%) Git (software)
6 5 (18.52%) JUnit
6 5 (18.52%) RSpec
7 2 (7.41%) JMeter
8 1 (3.70%) Appium
8 1 (3.70%) Bitbucket
8 1 (3.70%) Calabash
8 1 (3.70%) Genymotion
8 1 (3.70%) IntelliJ
8 1 (3.70%) Jasmine
8 1 (3.70%) Mocha
8 1 (3.70%) Protractor
8 1 (3.70%) SoapUI
8 1 (3.70%) SpecFlow
8 1 (3.70%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 11 (40.74%) Finance
2 5 (18.52%) Games
3 3 (11.11%) Banking
4 1 (3.70%) Legal
4 1 (3.70%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (29.63%) XML
2 5 (18.52%) JSON
3 4 (14.81%) SOAP
4 3 (11.11%) REST
4 3 (11.11%) Web Services
5 1 (3.70%) AngularJS
5 1 (3.70%) Behat
5 1 (3.70%) Chai
5 1 (3.70%) Hibernate
5 1 (3.70%) J2EE
5 1 (3.70%) Node.js
5 1 (3.70%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 5 (18.52%) Mobile App
2 1 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (3.70%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.70%) Android
1 1 (3.70%) Linux
1 1 (3.70%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (74.07%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (44.44%) Regression Testing
3 11 (40.74%) Test Scripting
4 10 (37.04%) Automation Testing
4 10 (37.04%) QA Automation
4 10 (37.04%) TDD
4 10 (37.04%) Web Testing
5 9 (33.33%) Automated Testing
5 9 (33.33%) Test Automation
6 8 (29.63%) BDD
7 7 (25.93%) Functional Testing
8 6 (22.22%) Test Strategy
8 6 (22.22%) User Stories
9 5 (18.52%) API Testing
9 5 (18.52%) Continuous Integration
9 5 (18.52%) Defect Tracking
9 5 (18.52%) Integration Testing
9 5 (18.52%) Performance Testing
10 4 (14.81%) Manual Testing
11 3 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 17 (62.96%) Java
2 10 (37.04%) SQL
3 6 (22.22%) PL/SQL
4 5 (18.52%) Scala
5 2 (7.41%) C#
5 2 (7.41%) PHP
6 1 (3.70%) JavaScript
6 1 (3.70%) Python
6 1 (3.70%) Ruby
6 1 (3.70%) VB
Qualifications
1 1 (3.70%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (100.00%) QA
2 5 (18.52%) WCAG
3 4 (14.81%) SDET
4 1 (3.70%) Data Quality
Vendors
1 1 (3.70%) Microsoft
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