Period
to 21 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a QA Engineer was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 21 November 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
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 335 346 368
Rank change year-on-year +11 +22 -15
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 43 32 26
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.26% 0.19% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.27% 0.20% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 22 19
South East median daily rate £375 £318 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.11% -12.41% +2.11%
10th Percentile £281 £246 £309
90th Percentile £448 £437 £428
England median daily rate £425 £400 £363
% change year-on-year +6.25% +10.34% +2.84%
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 15904 15621 18300
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.50% 93.95% 94.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 9440 9298 10742
South East median daily rate £415 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% +3.23% +6.90%
10th Percentile £238 £225 £230
90th Percentile £575 £550 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 646 772 917
South East median hourly rate £18.00 £19.61 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.21% +6.00% +15.63%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.25 £10.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £47.50
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - +2.78% +9.09%

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 21 November 2017.

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 21 November 2017. 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
Thames Valley -1 16 £388 +14.39% 8
Surrey -4 13 £300 - 1
Oxfordshire +13 7 £425 -0.58% 2
Berkshire +5 5 £400 +3.23% 4
East Sussex +5 4 £425 +49.12%
Buckinghamshire -24 4 £300 +3.45% 2
Kent - 4 - - 1
Hampshire +6 3 £310 +5.08% 4
West Sussex -16 3 £425 +30.77%
QA Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 43 (100.00%) QA
2 29 (67.44%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (62.79%) Test Automation
4 16 (37.21%) Scrum
4 16 (37.21%) Java
5 15 (34.88%) Selenium
6 14 (32.56%) Regression Testing
7 12 (27.91%) User Acceptance Testing
8 10 (23.26%) SQL
8 10 (23.26%) XML
9 9 (20.93%) Publishing
10 8 (18.60%) Manual Testing
10 8 (18.60%) Team Foundation Server
10 8 (18.60%) Cucumber
10 8 (18.60%) Non-Functional Testing
10 8 (18.60%) Software Testing
10 8 (18.60%) Python
10 8 (18.60%) JUnit
11 7 (16.28%) XSLT
11 7 (16.28%) XQuery
11 7 (16.28%) Internet
11 7 (16.28%) JIRA
11 7 (16.28%) User Stories
11 7 (16.28%) MarkLogic
11 7 (16.28%) BDD
11 7 (16.28%) Content Analysis
11 7 (16.28%) QA Automation
12 6 (13.95%) Functional Testing
12 6 (13.95%) Git (software)
12 6 (13.95%) ISTQB

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 5 (11.63%) Confluence
2 1 (2.33%) Apache Spark
2 1 (2.33%) Cloud Foundry
2 1 (2.33%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 4 (9.30%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (4.65%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 5 (11.63%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (6.98%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (2.33%) AWS CloudFormation
3 1 (2.33%) BrowserStack
3 1 (2.33%) GitHub
3 1 (2.33%) Google Cloud Platform
3 1 (2.33%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (16.28%) Internet
2 2 (4.65%) LTE
3 1 (2.33%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (16.28%) MarkLogic
2 1 (2.33%) Apache Cassandra
2 1 (2.33%) Hadoop
2 1 (2.33%) HBase
2 1 (2.33%) InfluxDB
2 1 (2.33%) Redis
2 1 (2.33%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 15 (34.88%) Selenium
2 8 (18.60%) Cucumber
2 8 (18.60%) JUnit
2 8 (18.60%) Team Foundation Server
3 7 (16.28%) JIRA
4 6 (13.95%) Git (software)
5 5 (11.63%) SoapUI
6 3 (6.98%) Jenkins
6 3 (6.98%) WebDriver
7 1 (2.33%) Appium
7 1 (2.33%) Bitbucket
7 1 (2.33%) Calabash
7 1 (2.33%) Gatling
7 1 (2.33%) git-flow
7 1 (2.33%) Grunt
7 1 (2.33%) Maven
7 1 (2.33%) Protractor
7 1 (2.33%) SonarQube
7 1 (2.33%) Talend Open Studio
7 1 (2.33%) Toad
General
1 9 (20.93%) Publishing
2 4 (9.30%) Finance
3 2 (4.65%) Avionics
3 2 (4.65%) Billing
3 2 (4.65%) Legal
3 2 (4.65%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (23.26%) XML
2 7 (16.28%) XSLT
3 5 (11.63%) Web Services
4 4 (9.30%) SOAP
5 3 (6.98%) .NET
5 3 (6.98%) Gherkin
6 2 (4.65%) RESTful
7 1 (2.33%) Backbone.js
7 1 (2.33%) Elastic Stack
7 1 (2.33%) Ext JS
7 1 (2.33%) JSON
7 1 (2.33%) Kafka
7 1 (2.33%) Node.js
7 1 (2.33%) RabbitMQ
7 1 (2.33%) REST
7 1 (2.33%) Swagger
7 1 (2.33%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 4 (9.30%) Mobile App
2 3 (6.98%) Client/Server
3 1 (2.33%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.33%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.33%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (2.33%) User Experience
3 1 (2.33%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 4 (9.30%) Windows
2 2 (4.65%) Apple iOS
2 2 (4.65%) Linux
2 2 (4.65%) Unix
3 1 (2.33%) Android
3 1 (2.33%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (67.44%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (62.79%) Test Automation
3 16 (37.21%) Scrum
4 14 (32.56%) Regression Testing
5 12 (27.91%) User Acceptance Testing
6 8 (18.60%) Manual Testing
6 8 (18.60%) Non-Functional Testing
6 8 (18.60%) Software Testing
7 7 (16.28%) BDD
7 7 (16.28%) Content Analysis
7 7 (16.28%) QA Automation
7 7 (16.28%) User Stories
8 6 (13.95%) Functional Testing
9 5 (11.63%) API Testing
9 5 (11.63%) Content Development
9 5 (11.63%) Continuous Integration
9 5 (11.63%) Defect Management
9 5 (11.63%) DevOps
9 5 (11.63%) Kanban
10 4 (9.30%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 16 (37.21%) Java
2 10 (23.26%) SQL
3 8 (18.60%) Python
4 7 (16.28%) XQuery
5 5 (11.63%) T-SQL
6 4 (9.30%) C#
7 2 (4.65%) Scala
8 1 (2.33%) Go
8 1 (2.33%) Groovy
8 1 (2.33%) JavaScript
8 1 (2.33%) Perl
8 1 (2.33%) PHP
8 1 (2.33%) PL/SQL
8 1 (2.33%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 6 (13.95%) ISTQB
2 5 (11.63%) Degree
3 4 (9.30%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (2.33%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (2.33%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (100.00%) QA
2 2 (4.65%) ECSS
System Software
1 1 (2.33%) Docker
1 1 (2.33%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 3 (6.98%) Ansible
1 3 (6.98%) Opscode Chef
1 3 (6.98%) Puppet
2 2 (4.65%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (4.65%) Netcool
3 1 (2.33%) Grafana
3 1 (2.33%) HAProxy
3 1 (2.33%) Kibana
3 1 (2.33%) logstash
3 1 (2.33%) Marathon
3 1 (2.33%) Mesos
3 1 (2.33%) Terraform
Vendors
1 2 (4.65%) HP
1 2 (4.65%) Microsoft
1 2 (4.65%) Remedy
1 2 (4.65%) Salesforce.com
1 2 (4.65%) ServiceNow
2 1 (2.33%) Atlassian
2 1 (2.33%) Talend