Period
to 14 December 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 14 December 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
14 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 344 331 342
Rank change year-on-year -13 +11 +21
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 38 44 33
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.22% 0.26% 0.20%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.24% 0.28% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 27 20
South East median daily rate £400 £375 £315
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +19.05% -13.10%
10th Percentile £310 £267 £237
90th Percentile £489 £451 £441
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +9.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
South East median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate - £39.00 £44.00
% change year-on-year - -11.36% -

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 15,937 15,872 15,299
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.32% 94.39% 93.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,616 9,460 9,085
South East median daily rate £425 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% +3.23%
10th Percentile £255 £240 £225
90th Percentile £588 £575 £551
England median daily rate £460 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.22% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 603 624 778
South East median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £18.96
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -5.08% +7.53%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.29
90th Percentile £51.00 £49.16 £48.75
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.70 £18.00
% change year-on-year -1.07% +3.89% -

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 14 December 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 14 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
Surrey -21 15 £450 +50.00% 5
Thames Valley +16 7 £400 - 17
Hampshire -15 7 £415 +16.90% 3
East Sussex - 6 £320 - 1
Oxfordshire +14 4 £400 -5.88% 11
West Sussex -14 3 £400 -5.88%
Buckinghamshire +20 2 £401 +33.75%
Berkshire -14 1 - - 6
QA Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 14 December 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 38 (100.00%) QA
2 32 (84.21%) Test Automation
3 28 (73.68%) Agile Software Development
4 16 (42.11%) Scrum
5 12 (31.58%) SQL
6 10 (26.32%) Test Strategy
6 10 (26.32%) Manual Testing
6 10 (26.32%) Selenium
7 9 (23.68%) Finance
7 9 (23.68%) Scenario Testing
8 8 (21.05%) User Acceptance Testing
8 8 (21.05%) Java
9 7 (18.42%) C#
9 7 (18.42%) Python
9 7 (18.42%) Salesforce.com
9 7 (18.42%) JIRA
9 7 (18.42%) Cucumber
9 7 (18.42%) SoapUI
9 7 (18.42%) SDLC
10 6 (15.79%) QA Automation
10 6 (15.79%) User Stories
10 6 (15.79%) Regression Testing
10 6 (15.79%) JavaScript
10 6 (15.79%) T-SQL
11 5 (13.16%) Microsoft Office
11 5 (13.16%) Software Testing
11 5 (13.16%) API Testing
11 5 (13.16%) Protractor
11 5 (13.16%) Node.js
11 5 (13.16%) Team Foundation 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 (2.63%) Confluence
Applications
1 5 (13.16%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (2.63%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 4 (10.53%) BrowserStack
1 4 (10.53%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (5.26%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.63%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (7.89%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.63%) Azure SQL Database
2 1 (2.63%) Hadoop
2 1 (2.63%) MySQL
2 1 (2.63%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (2.63%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 10 (26.32%) Selenium
2 7 (18.42%) Cucumber
2 7 (18.42%) JIRA
2 7 (18.42%) SoapUI
3 5 (13.16%) Protractor
3 5 (13.16%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (10.53%) Visual Studio
5 3 (7.89%) WebDriver
6 2 (5.26%) Git (software)
6 2 (5.26%) JMeter
6 2 (5.26%) SpecFlow
6 2 (5.26%) Travis CI
7 1 (2.63%) JBehave
7 1 (2.63%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 9 (23.68%) Finance
2 1 (2.63%) Advertising
2 1 (2.63%) Billing
2 1 (2.63%) Marketing
2 1 (2.63%) Publishing
2 1 (2.63%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (13.16%) Node.js
2 3 (7.89%) .NET
2 3 (7.89%) Gherkin
3 2 (5.26%) AngularJS
3 2 (5.26%) SOAP
3 2 (5.26%) Swagger
4 1 (2.63%) .NET Core
4 1 (2.63%) .NET Framework
4 1 (2.63%) ASP.NET Web API
4 1 (2.63%) CSS
4 1 (2.63%) HTML
4 1 (2.63%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 5 (13.16%) Fintech
2 3 (7.89%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (5.26%) User Experience
4 1 (2.63%) Algorithms
4 1 (2.63%) Data Structures
4 1 (2.63%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.63%) Linux
1 1 (2.63%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (84.21%) Test Automation
2 28 (73.68%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (42.11%) Scrum
4 10 (26.32%) Manual Testing
4 10 (26.32%) Test Strategy
5 9 (23.68%) Scenario Testing
6 8 (21.05%) User Acceptance Testing
7 7 (18.42%) SDLC
8 6 (15.79%) QA Automation
8 6 (15.79%) Regression Testing
8 6 (15.79%) User Stories
9 5 (13.16%) API Testing
9 5 (13.16%) BDD
9 5 (13.16%) Continuous Integration
9 5 (13.16%) Kanban
9 5 (13.16%) Software Testing
9 5 (13.16%) Test Scripting
9 5 (13.16%) Waterfall
10 4 (10.53%) Load Testing
10 4 (10.53%) OO
Programming Languages
1 12 (31.58%) SQL
2 8 (21.05%) Java
3 7 (18.42%) C#
3 7 (18.42%) Python
4 6 (15.79%) JavaScript
4 6 (15.79%) T-SQL
5 1 (2.63%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 4 (10.53%) ISTQB
2 3 (7.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (2.63%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (100.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (2.63%) HP ALM
1 1 (2.63%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (2.63%) Netcool
Vendors
1 7 (18.42%) Salesforce.com
2 4 (10.53%) Microsoft
3 1 (2.63%) HP
3 1 (2.63%) Remedy
3 1 (2.63%) ServiceNow