Period
to 19 September 2018

The median contractor rate for a QA Engineer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 19 September 2018.

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
6 months to
19 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 354 343 351
Rank change year-on-year -11 +8 +34
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 27 28 38
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.16% 0.17% 0.22%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.17% 0.18% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 25 26
South East median daily rate £400 £350 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% +1.45% -1.78%
10th Percentile £310 £294 £216
90th Percentile £488 £433 £444
England median daily rate £430 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +7.50% +3.23% +6.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
South East median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate - - -

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

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
South East
Contract vacancies in the South East with a recognized job title 15,718 15,555 16,452
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.75% 94.73% 94.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,414 9,153 9,928
South East median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £261 £241 £235
90th Percentile £575 £556 £550
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 688 634 742
South East median hourly rate £19.19 £18.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.63% -10.00% +14.29%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.39
90th Percentile £51.00 £48.75 £48.75
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.70 £19.00
% change year-on-year -1.07% -1.58% +5.67%

QA Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings that featured QA Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

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 Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA Engineer in the South East over the 6 months to 19 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 6 months to 19 September 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
Surrey -25 9 £450 +50.00% 3
Thames Valley 0 6 £400 +14.29% 12
West Sussex -1 5 £400 - 4
East Sussex -4 4 £320 -24.71%
Oxfordshire +1 3 £400 +14.29% 6
Hampshire -16 3 £393 +26.61% 4
Buckinghamshire +13 2 £401 - 3
Berkshire -10 1 - - 3
QA Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 19 September 2018, QA Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the South East region featuring QA Engineer in the job title.

1 27 (100.00%) QA
2 22 (81.48%) Test Automation
3 21 (77.78%) Agile Software Development
4 12 (44.44%) Selenium
5 10 (37.04%) Cucumber
6 9 (33.33%) Scrum
7 7 (25.93%) Java
7 7 (25.93%) Finance
7 7 (25.93%) Team Foundation Server
8 6 (22.22%) BDD
8 6 (22.22%) SoapUI
8 6 (22.22%) Waterfall
8 6 (22.22%) QA Automation
8 6 (22.22%) SQL
8 6 (22.22%) Kanban
9 5 (18.52%) Manual Testing
9 5 (18.52%) User Acceptance Testing
9 5 (18.52%) Load Testing
9 5 (18.52%) Salesforce.com
9 5 (18.52%) Test Strategy
9 5 (18.52%) Node.js
10 4 (14.81%) Gherkin
10 4 (14.81%) Defect Management
10 4 (14.81%) Software Delivery
10 4 (14.81%) BrowserStack
10 4 (14.81%) Scenario Testing
10 4 (14.81%) Self-Motivation
10 4 (14.81%) OO
10 4 (14.81%) DSDM
10 4 (14.81%) SQL Server

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 (3.70%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 4 (14.81%) BrowserStack
2 2 (7.41%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (7.41%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.70%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (14.81%) SQL Server
2 2 (7.41%) Hadoop
3 1 (3.70%) Big Data
3 1 (3.70%) MySQL
3 1 (3.70%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (3.70%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 12 (44.44%) Selenium
2 10 (37.04%) Cucumber
3 7 (25.93%) Team Foundation Server
4 6 (22.22%) SoapUI
5 4 (14.81%) JIRA
5 4 (14.81%) Visual Studio
6 3 (11.11%) Protractor
6 3 (11.11%) WebDriver
7 2 (7.41%) Git (software)
7 2 (7.41%) JMeter
7 2 (7.41%) SpecFlow
7 2 (7.41%) Travis CI
8 1 (3.70%) Jasmine
8 1 (3.70%) JBehave
8 1 (3.70%) Jenkins
8 1 (3.70%) JUnit
8 1 (3.70%) RSpec
General
1 7 (25.93%) Finance
2 1 (3.70%) Advertising
2 1 (3.70%) Games
2 1 (3.70%) Marketing
2 1 (3.70%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (18.52%) Node.js
2 4 (14.81%) Gherkin
3 2 (7.41%) .NET
3 2 (7.41%) AngularJS
3 2 (7.41%) JSON
3 2 (7.41%) RESTful
3 2 (7.41%) SOAP
3 2 (7.41%) Swagger
4 1 (3.70%) CSS
4 1 (3.70%) HTML
4 1 (3.70%) Kafka
4 1 (3.70%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (14.81%) Self-Motivation
2 3 (11.11%) Fintech
3 2 (7.41%) User Experience
4 1 (3.70%) Algorithms
4 1 (3.70%) Data Structures
4 1 (3.70%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.70%) Linux
1 1 (3.70%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (81.48%) Test Automation
2 21 (77.78%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (33.33%) Scrum
4 6 (22.22%) BDD
4 6 (22.22%) Kanban
4 6 (22.22%) QA Automation
4 6 (22.22%) Waterfall
5 5 (18.52%) Load Testing
5 5 (18.52%) Manual Testing
5 5 (18.52%) Test Strategy
5 5 (18.52%) User Acceptance Testing
6 4 (14.81%) Continuous Integration
6 4 (14.81%) Defect Management
6 4 (14.81%) DSDM
6 4 (14.81%) OO
6 4 (14.81%) Scenario Testing
6 4 (14.81%) Software Delivery
6 4 (14.81%) Test Scripting
7 3 (11.11%) Non-Functional Testing
7 3 (11.11%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 7 (25.93%) Java
2 6 (22.22%) SQL
3 3 (11.11%) C#
3 3 (11.11%) JavaScript
4 2 (7.41%) Python
5 1 (3.70%) Ruby
5 1 (3.70%) Scala
5 1 (3.70%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (7.41%) ISTQB
2 1 (3.70%) BPSS Clearance
2 1 (3.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (3.70%) WCAG
Vendors
1 5 (18.52%) Salesforce.com
2 4 (14.81%) Microsoft