Period
to 23 June 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 23 June 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
23 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 353 331 334
Rank change year-on-year -22 +3 +35
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 28 26 56
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.17% 0.17% 0.31%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.18% 0.18% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 17 40
South East median daily rate £400 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% - -
10th Percentile £300 £294 £305
90th Percentile £476 £406 £450
England median daily rate £419 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +7.37% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
South East median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate - - £22.84

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 15,672 14,640 17,209
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.49% 94.49% 95.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,206 8,422 10,404
South East median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £260 £248 £231
90th Percentile £575 £550 £540
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 657 689 760
South East median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.86% -12.50% +16.14%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £51.00 £47.50 £51.00
England median hourly rate £18.52 £18.69 £19.50
% change year-on-year -0.92% -4.14% +11.43%

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 23 June 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 23 June 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 - 9 £450 - 6
Thames Valley -24 7 £313 -7.41% 10
West Sussex +10 6 £400 +6.67% 1
Hampshire -10 5 £359 +15.73% 3
Buckinghamshire -3 4 £300 +7.14%
Berkshire -9 3 £360 +10.77% 5
East Sussex -3 1 - - 1
QA Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 28 (100.00%) QA
2 27 (96.43%) Test Automation
3 19 (67.86%) Agile Software Development
4 16 (57.14%) Java
5 13 (46.43%) Selenium
6 12 (42.86%) Cucumber
7 10 (35.71%) Test Strategy
7 10 (35.71%) Scrum
7 10 (35.71%) SQL
8 9 (32.14%) BDD
9 8 (28.57%) JIRA
9 8 (28.57%) TDD
10 7 (25.00%) Regression Testing
10 7 (25.00%) Functional Testing
10 7 (25.00%) QA Automation
10 7 (25.00%) Acceptance Criteria
11 6 (21.43%) Non-Functional Testing
11 6 (21.43%) Finance
11 6 (21.43%) Ruby
11 6 (21.43%) Software Testing
12 5 (17.86%) ISTQB
12 5 (17.86%) Continuous Integration
12 5 (17.86%) Python
12 5 (17.86%) Waterfall
12 5 (17.86%) WebDriver
12 5 (17.86%) Git (software)
12 5 (17.86%) SoapUI
12 5 (17.86%) Defect Management
12 5 (17.86%) User Stories
12 5 (17.86%) Scenario 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 (3.57%) Apache Spark
1 1 (3.57%) Cloud Foundry
1 1 (3.57%) OpenStack
Applications
1 2 (7.14%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (3.57%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 2 (7.14%) GitHub
2 1 (3.57%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (7.14%) HTTP
2 1 (3.57%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (7.14%) Hadoop
1 2 (7.14%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.57%) Big Data
2 1 (3.57%) HBase
2 1 (3.57%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 13 (46.43%) Selenium
2 12 (42.86%) Cucumber
3 8 (28.57%) JIRA
4 5 (17.86%) Git (software)
4 5 (17.86%) SoapUI
4 5 (17.86%) WebDriver
5 4 (14.29%) JBehave
5 4 (14.29%) Jenkins
6 3 (10.71%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (7.14%) GitLab
7 2 (7.14%) JUnit
7 2 (7.14%) RSpec
7 2 (7.14%) Visual Studio
8 1 (3.57%) Bitbucket
8 1 (3.57%) Jasmine
8 1 (3.57%) Protractor
8 1 (3.57%) Zephyr
General
1 6 (21.43%) Finance
2 3 (10.71%) Games
3 1 (3.57%) Banking
3 1 (3.57%) Billing
3 1 (3.57%) Law
3 1 (3.57%) Publishing
3 1 (3.57%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (14.29%) JSON
2 3 (10.71%) XML
3 2 (7.14%) Gherkin
3 2 (7.14%) Kafka
3 2 (7.14%) REST
3 2 (7.14%) RESTful
3 2 (7.14%) SOAP
3 2 (7.14%) Web Services
4 1 (3.57%) .NET
4 1 (3.57%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 4 (14.29%) Greenfield Project
2 3 (10.71%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (7.14%) Computer Science
3 2 (7.14%) Fintech
4 1 (3.57%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.57%) Linux
1 1 (3.57%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (96.43%) Test Automation
2 19 (67.86%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (35.71%) Scrum
3 10 (35.71%) Test Strategy
4 9 (32.14%) BDD
5 8 (28.57%) TDD
6 7 (25.00%) Acceptance Criteria
6 7 (25.00%) Functional Testing
6 7 (25.00%) QA Automation
6 7 (25.00%) Regression Testing
7 6 (21.43%) Non-Functional Testing
7 6 (21.43%) Software Testing
8 5 (17.86%) Continuous Integration
8 5 (17.86%) Defect Management
8 5 (17.86%) Scenario Testing
8 5 (17.86%) User Stories
8 5 (17.86%) Waterfall
9 4 (14.29%) ATDD
9 4 (14.29%) Build Automation
9 4 (14.29%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 16 (57.14%) Java
2 10 (35.71%) SQL
3 6 (21.43%) Ruby
4 5 (17.86%) Python
5 3 (10.71%) T-SQL
6 2 (7.14%) Scala
7 1 (3.57%) Groovy
7 1 (3.57%) JavaScript
7 1 (3.57%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (17.86%) ISTQB
2 3 (10.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (7.14%) BPSS Clearance
3 2 (7.14%) Computer Science Degree
3 2 (7.14%) Degree
3 2 (7.14%) HND
3 2 (7.14%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (100.00%) QA
2 2 (7.14%) WCAG
System Software
1 1 (3.57%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 2 (7.14%) HP ALM
2 1 (3.57%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (3.57%) Netcool
Vendors
1 2 (7.14%) Microsoft
2 1 (3.57%) HP
2 1 (3.57%) Remedy
2 1 (3.57%) ServiceNow