Period
to 16 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a QA Tester was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 16 January 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 Tester
England > South East
6 months to
16 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 334 325 369
Rank change year-on-year -9 +44 -32
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 38 28 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.23% 0.18% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.24% 0.19% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 15 20
South East median daily rate £400 £350 £339
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% +3.32% +18.86%
10th Percentile £272 £274 £299
90th Percentile £447 £438 £375
England median daily rate £363 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +3.57% +7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
South East median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £12.00 £44.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -72.73% +120.00% +37.93%

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 15,593 14,402 17,215
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.09% 93.71% 94.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,367 8,521 10,170
South East median daily rate £424 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.00% +2.56% +4.00%
10th Percentile £240 £225 £231
90th Percentile £575 £556 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 574 736 889
South East median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.86% -7.89% +18.75%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.30 £10.10
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.25 £49.00
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.29 £18.25
% change year-on-year +1.15% +0.22% +10.61%

QA Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

Job vacancy trend for QA Tester in the South East

QA Tester
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 Tester in the South East.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Tester in the South East

QA Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA Tester in the South East over the 6 months to 16 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA Tester in the South East

QA Tester
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 Tester in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA Tester in the South East

QA Tester
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 Tester within the South East region over the 6 months to 16 January 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
Thames Valley -4 25 £413 +10.00% 6
Buckinghamshire - 16 £300 - 4
Oxfordshire +3 7 £425 +6.25% 1
West Sussex -2 5 £425 -
Surrey -24 4 £325 -
Hampshire +1 2 - - 2
Berkshire -10 2 £225 -35.71% 1
Kent -13 2 - -
QA Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 16 January 2018, QA Tester 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 Tester in the job title.

1 38 (100.00%) QA
2 34 (89.47%) Test Automation
3 29 (76.32%) Agile Software Development
4 26 (68.42%) Java
5 25 (65.79%) JIRA
6 21 (55.26%) Selenium
6 21 (55.26%) Web Services
7 18 (47.37%) SOAP
7 18 (47.37%) SQL
7 18 (47.37%) Confluence
7 18 (47.37%) Continuous Integration
7 18 (47.37%) Jenkins
8 15 (39.47%) Cucumber
8 15 (39.47%) Amazon AWS
9 14 (36.84%) Git (software)
9 14 (36.84%) TDD
10 12 (31.58%) WebDriver
10 12 (31.58%) SoapUI
11 11 (28.95%) Bitbucket
11 11 (28.95%) Docker
11 11 (28.95%) Scrum
11 11 (28.95%) Windows
11 11 (28.95%) API Testing
12 10 (26.32%) Apple Swift
12 10 (26.32%) Appium
12 10 (26.32%) REST
12 10 (26.32%) Apple iOS
12 10 (26.32%) Android
12 10 (26.32%) Kanban
13 9 (23.68%) Atlassian Bamboo

QA Tester 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 18 (47.37%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (2.63%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 15 (39.47%) Amazon AWS
2 9 (23.68%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (18.42%) Sauce Labs
4 2 (5.26%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 9 (23.68%) Internet
2 2 (5.26%) Firewall
2 2 (5.26%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (21.05%) Redis
2 5 (13.16%) Big Data
2 5 (13.16%) Hadoop
3 2 (5.26%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 25 (65.79%) JIRA
2 21 (55.26%) Selenium
3 18 (47.37%) Jenkins
4 15 (39.47%) Cucumber
5 14 (36.84%) Git (software)
6 12 (31.58%) SoapUI
6 12 (31.58%) WebDriver
7 11 (28.95%) Bitbucket
8 10 (26.32%) Appium
9 9 (23.68%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 6 (15.79%) JUnit
11 5 (13.16%) Maven
12 4 (10.53%) Calabash
12 4 (10.53%) NUnit
12 4 (10.53%) SpecFlow
13 3 (7.89%) Eclipse
13 3 (7.89%) IntelliJ
13 3 (7.89%) PhantomJS
13 3 (7.89%) Team Foundation Server
13 3 (7.89%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (15.79%) Finance
2 5 (13.16%) Banking
3 4 (10.53%) Corporate Banking
3 4 (10.53%) Retail
3 4 (10.53%) Retail Banking
3 4 (10.53%) Telecoms
4 1 (2.63%) Games
4 1 (2.63%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (55.26%) Web Services
2 18 (47.37%) SOAP
3 10 (26.32%) REST
4 7 (18.42%) RESTful
5 5 (13.16%) Gherkin
6 4 (10.53%) .NET
7 3 (7.89%) JSON
8 1 (2.63%) Behat
8 1 (2.63%) React Native
Miscellaneous
1 7 (18.42%) Mobile App
2 3 (7.89%) Computer Science
3 2 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (5.26%) Client/Server
3 2 (5.26%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (2.63%) Fintech
4 1 (2.63%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 11 (28.95%) Windows
2 10 (26.32%) Android
2 10 (26.32%) Apple iOS
3 9 (23.68%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (89.47%) Test Automation
2 29 (76.32%) Agile Software Development
3 18 (47.37%) Continuous Integration
4 14 (36.84%) TDD
5 11 (28.95%) API Testing
5 11 (28.95%) Scrum
6 10 (26.32%) Kanban
7 9 (23.68%) BDD
7 9 (23.68%) Continuous Delivery
7 9 (23.68%) Open Source
8 7 (18.42%) Acceptance Criteria
8 7 (18.42%) Cross-Browser Testing
8 7 (18.42%) SDLC
9 6 (15.79%) Continuous Improvement
9 6 (15.79%) Defect Management
9 6 (15.79%) E-Commerce
9 6 (15.79%) Unit Testing
10 5 (13.16%) Change Management
10 5 (13.16%) Test Planning
10 5 (13.16%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 26 (68.42%) Java
2 18 (47.37%) SQL
3 10 (26.32%) Apple Swift
4 6 (15.79%) JavaScript
5 5 (13.16%) C#
5 5 (13.16%) Ruby
6 4 (10.53%) Groovy
6 4 (10.53%) Scala
7 3 (7.89%) VB
8 2 (5.26%) PowerShell
9 1 (2.63%) Python
9 1 (2.63%) TypeScript
9 1 (2.63%) VBA
Qualifications
1 3 (7.89%) Degree
2 2 (5.26%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (2.63%) WCAG
System Software
1 11 (28.95%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (10.53%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (15.79%) Salesforce.com
2 5 (13.16%) Talend
3 4 (10.53%) Atlassian
3 4 (10.53%) HP
4 2 (5.26%) Microsoft