Period
to 25 January 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 6 months to 25 January 2020 with a comparison to the 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 (QA)
England > South East
6 months to
25 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 48 58 62
Rank change year-on-year +10 +4 +5
Contract jobs citing QA 437 638 593
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 3.82% 4.00% 3.59%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 33.08% 32.03% 26.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 263 413 362
South East median daily rate £413 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.33% +12.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £311 £281
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
England median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 1 10
South East median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £40.96
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% -2.34% +75.48%
10th Percentile £16.25 £39.00 £16.67
90th Percentile £82.50 £41.00 £52.50
England median hourly rate £19.12 £36.75 £21.90
% change year-on-year -47.97% +67.81% -9.39%

QA is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
South East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 1,321 1,992 2,198
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 11.56% 12.49% 13.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 771 1,154 1,334
South East median daily rate £415 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.35% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £200 £227 £232
90th Percentile £588 £588 £575
England median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 66 60 65
South East median hourly rate £36.25 £20.54 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +76.51% -17.85% +43.43%
10th Percentile £13.63 £11.50 £12.76
90th Percentile £78.75 £55.00 £50.00
England median hourly rate £24.05 £21.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +14.54% +4.99% -11.11%

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Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for QA in the South East

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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 in the South East.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in the South East

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in the South East over the 6 months to 25 January 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in the South East

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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 in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in the South East

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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in the South East over the 6 months to 25 January 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for QA in the South East

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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 within the South East region over the 6 months to 25 January 2020. 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 +9 190 £400 -2.14% 75
Berkshire +6 125 £425 -5.56% 42
Hampshire +35 110 £450 +6.51% 54
Surrey -15 73 £425 -11.46% 36
Buckinghamshire +19 43 £362 -9.47% 18
West Sussex +3 39 £425 -5.56% 16
Oxfordshire -2 22 £400 -3.61% 15
East Sussex +6 16 £275 -40.86% 8
Kent +10 7 £488 +20.00% 8
QA
England

For the 6 months to 25 January 2020, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following 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 with a requirement for QA.

1 186 (42.56%) Agile Software Development
2 101 (23.11%) Test Automation
3 100 (22.88%) Azure
4 84 (19.22%) DevOps
5 78 (17.85%) Finance
6 76 (17.39%) Microsoft
7 71 (16.25%) SQL
8 68 (15.56%) Java
9 63 (14.42%) Project Management
9 63 (14.42%) JIRA
10 61 (13.96%) Telecoms
10 61 (13.96%) C#
11 59 (13.50%) .NET
12 57 (13.04%) Selenium
13 50 (11.44%) Windows
13 50 (11.44%) Degree
13 50 (11.44%) Security Cleared
14 45 (10.30%) JavaScript
14 45 (10.30%) Scrum
14 45 (10.30%) Analytical Skills
15 43 (9.84%) BDD
15 43 (9.84%) SDLC
15 43 (9.84%) ITIL
16 41 (9.38%) Problem-Solving
16 41 (9.38%) Continuous Improvement
17 40 (9.15%) Oracle
17 40 (9.15%) SC Cleared
17 40 (9.15%) PowerShell
18 38 (8.70%) Linux
18 38 (8.70%) Continuous Delivery

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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 27 (6.18%) Confluence
2 16 (3.66%) SharePoint
3 11 (2.52%) Umbraco
4 5 (1.14%) Apache
4 5 (1.14%) Apache Spark
5 4 (0.92%) Elasticsearch
5 4 (0.92%) IIS
6 3 (0.69%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (0.46%) CMS
7 2 (0.46%) JBoss
7 2 (0.46%) SharePoint 2010
7 2 (0.46%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.23%) Documentum
8 1 (0.23%) Drupal
8 1 (0.23%) MS Exchange
8 1 (0.23%) Mule
8 1 (0.23%) nginx
8 1 (0.23%) Sitecore CMS
8 1 (0.23%) SugarCRM
8 1 (0.23%) WordPress
Applications
1 21 (4.81%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (3.66%) Microsoft Project
3 14 (3.20%) Microsoft Excel
4 8 (1.83%) Photoshop
5 7 (1.60%) Adobe Illustrator
6 5 (1.14%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 3 (0.69%) Adobe Captivate
7 3 (0.69%) MS Visio
8 2 (0.46%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 2 (0.46%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (1.37%) Dynamics CRM
1 6 (1.37%) Oracle Retail
1 6 (1.37%) SAP Hybris
2 4 (0.92%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (0.92%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 4 (0.92%) SimCorp Dimension
2 4 (0.92%) thinkFolio
3 3 (0.69%) NetSuite
4 2 (0.46%) Oracle iProcurement
4 2 (0.46%) SnowdropKCS
5 1 (0.23%) Maximo
5 1 (0.23%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.23%) Oracle Assets
5 1 (0.23%) Oracle EBS R12
5 1 (0.23%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.23%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 100 (22.88%) Azure
2 34 (7.78%) AWS
3 32 (7.32%) SaaS
4 28 (6.41%) PaaS
5 16 (3.66%) IaaS
6 15 (3.43%) Office 365
6 15 (3.43%) Power Platform
7 13 (2.97%) Data Lake Analytics
8 8 (1.83%) GitHub
8 8 (1.83%) Serverless
9 7 (1.60%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 7 (1.60%) Google Analytics
10 6 (1.37%) Adobe Analytics
10 6 (1.37%) Amazon EC2
10 6 (1.37%) AWS CloudFormation
10 6 (1.37%) AWS Lambda
10 6 (1.37%) GCP
11 4 (0.92%) Basecamp
11 4 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
11 4 (0.92%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 25 (5.72%) DNS
2 16 (3.66%) Firewall
2 16 (3.66%) Internet
3 12 (2.75%) TCP/IP
3 12 (2.75%) VPN
3 12 (2.75%) WAN
4 11 (2.52%) 4G
5 10 (2.29%) LAN
6 8 (1.83%) MPLS
7 7 (1.60%) Ethernet
7 7 (1.60%) HTTP
7 7 (1.60%) NAS
7 7 (1.60%) Radio Access Network
7 7 (1.60%) Reverse Proxy
7 7 (1.60%) SAN
8 6 (1.37%) BGP
8 6 (1.37%) EIGRP
9 5 (1.14%) ADSL
9 5 (1.14%) IPv6
9 5 (1.14%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (5.26%) SQL Server
2 21 (4.81%) Redis
3 17 (3.89%) Big Data
4 16 (3.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 15 (3.43%) Power BI
6 13 (2.97%) Data Lake
6 13 (2.97%) Oracle Reports
7 10 (2.29%) NoSQL
7 10 (2.29%) Oracle Database
8 7 (1.60%) MySQL
9 4 (0.92%) Hadoop
9 4 (0.92%) MS Access
9 4 (0.92%) Relational Database
10 3 (0.69%) Data Mining
10 3 (0.69%) Data Warehouse
10 3 (0.69%) MongoDB
10 3 (0.69%) Oracle Database 10g
10 3 (0.69%) Oracle Database 11g
10 3 (0.69%) SQL Server 2012
10 3 (0.69%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 63 (14.42%) JIRA
2 57 (13.04%) Selenium
3 34 (7.78%) Git (software)
4 24 (5.49%) SpecFlow
5 23 (5.26%) Cucumber
6 21 (4.81%) Jenkins
7 20 (4.58%) Octopus Deploy
8 19 (4.35%) Visual Studio
9 15 (3.43%) TeamCity
10 14 (3.20%) JMeter
10 14 (3.20%) Postman
11 12 (2.75%) Visual Studio Team System
12 11 (2.52%) Babel
12 11 (2.52%) gulp
12 11 (2.52%) Jasmine
12 11 (2.52%) SoapUI
12 11 (2.52%) webpack
13 9 (2.06%) REST Assured
14 7 (1.60%) Gatling
14 7 (1.60%) MSI
General
1 78 (17.85%) Finance
2 61 (13.96%) Telecoms
3 27 (6.18%) Retail
4 15 (3.43%) Public Sector
5 14 (3.20%) Legal
5 14 (3.20%) Marketing
6 13 (2.97%) Manufacturing
7 8 (1.83%) Electronics
8 6 (1.37%) Banking
9 4 (0.92%) Automotive
9 4 (0.92%) Back Office
9 4 (0.92%) Multimedia
10 3 (0.69%) General Ledger
10 3 (0.69%) Local Government
10 3 (0.69%) Mandarin Language
11 2 (0.46%) Retail Banking
12 1 (0.23%) Corporate Banking
12 1 (0.23%) Investment Banking
12 1 (0.23%) Law
12 1 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 76 (17.39%) Analyst
2 53 (12.13%) Developer
3 33 (7.55%) Test Analyst
4 27 (6.18%) Architect
4 27 (6.18%) Test Manager
5 26 (5.95%) Project Manager
6 25 (5.72%) Tester
7 22 (5.03%) QA Analyst
8 21 (4.81%) .NET Developer
8 21 (4.81%) QA Engineer
9 19 (4.35%) C# Developer
10 18 (4.12%) QA Test Analyst
11 17 (3.89%) Operations Manager
12 16 (3.66%) Automation Tester
12 16 (3.66%) C# .NET Developer
13 15 (3.43%) Test Engineer
14 14 (3.20%) DevOps Engineer
15 13 (2.97%) Solutions Architect
16 12 (2.75%) Full Stack Developer
16 12 (2.75%) Telecoms Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (13.50%) .NET
2 31 (7.09%) HTML
3 28 (6.41%) ASP.NET
3 28 (6.41%) Web Services
4 23 (5.26%) AngularJS
5 20 (4.58%) ASP.NET MVC
5 20 (4.58%) CSS
6 16 (3.66%) REST
7 15 (3.43%) .NET Core
7 15 (3.43%) .NET Framework
8 14 (3.20%) JSON
8 14 (3.20%) Node.js
9 13 (2.97%) RESTful
10 12 (2.75%) ASP.NET Web API
10 12 (2.75%) Gherkin
11 11 (2.52%) Swagger
12 10 (2.29%) Oracle Fusion
12 10 (2.29%) XML
13 9 (2.06%) Spring
14 8 (1.83%) React
Miscellaneous
1 45 (10.30%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (4.12%) User Experience
3 15 (3.43%) Self-Motivation
4 12 (2.75%) Management Information System
5 11 (2.52%) Public Cloud
6 9 (2.06%) Mobile App
7 8 (1.83%) e-Learning
7 8 (1.83%) Enterprise Software
7 8 (1.83%) Greenfield Project
8 7 (1.60%) Enterprise Cloud
8 7 (1.60%) Graphic Design
8 7 (1.60%) Microsoft Licensing
8 7 (1.60%) Replication
9 6 (1.37%) Data Centre
9 6 (1.37%) Driving Licence
9 6 (1.37%) Hybrid Cloud
9 6 (1.37%) Life Science
10 5 (1.14%) Algorithms
10 5 (1.14%) Analytical Mindset
11 4 (0.92%) Blog
Operating Systems
1 50 (11.44%) Windows
2 38 (8.70%) Linux
3 16 (3.66%) Windows Server
4 14 (3.20%) Unix
5 8 (1.83%) Android
5 8 (1.83%) Apple iOS
5 8 (1.83%) Windows 10
6 6 (1.37%) Windows 7
6 6 (1.37%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (1.14%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (0.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (0.92%) Windows 8
9 3 (0.69%) Ubuntu
9 3 (0.69%) VMS
10 2 (0.46%) AIX
10 2 (0.46%) CentOS
10 2 (0.46%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.23%) Embedded Linux
11 1 (0.23%) pSOS
11 1 (0.23%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 186 (42.56%) Agile Software Development
2 101 (23.11%) Test Automation
3 84 (19.22%) DevOps
4 63 (14.42%) Project Management
5 45 (10.30%) Scrum
6 43 (9.84%) BDD
6 43 (9.84%) ITIL
6 43 (9.84%) SDLC
7 41 (9.38%) Continuous Improvement
7 41 (9.38%) Problem-Solving
8 38 (8.70%) Continuous Delivery
9 37 (8.47%) Stakeholder Management
10 34 (7.78%) Waterfall
11 33 (7.55%) Change Management
12 32 (7.32%) Analytics
12 32 (7.32%) Continuous Integration
13 31 (7.09%) Test Scripting
14 30 (6.86%) Service Delivery
15 29 (6.64%) Business Intelligence
15 29 (6.64%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 71 (16.25%) SQL
2 68 (15.56%) Java
3 61 (13.96%) C#
4 45 (10.30%) JavaScript
5 40 (9.15%) PowerShell
6 27 (6.18%) Python
7 20 (4.58%) C
8 15 (3.43%) Bash Shell
8 15 (3.43%) TypeScript
9 7 (1.60%) Groovy
10 6 (1.37%) Ruby
10 6 (1.37%) Scala
11 5 (1.14%) Java 8
12 4 (0.92%) R
13 3 (0.69%) C++
13 3 (0.69%) F#
13 3 (0.69%) Shell Script
14 2 (0.46%) PHP
14 2 (0.46%) PL/SQL
14 2 (0.46%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 50 (11.44%) Degree
1 50 (11.44%) Security Cleared
2 40 (9.15%) SC Cleared
3 29 (6.64%) ISEB
4 25 (5.72%) ISTQB
5 14 (3.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 11 (2.52%) PMI Certification
7 10 (2.29%) DV Cleared
7 10 (2.29%) PMP
7 10 (2.29%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 9 (2.06%) ISEB Practitioner
8 9 (2.06%) Microsoft Certification
9 8 (1.83%) Computer Science Degree
10 6 (1.37%) CCNA
10 6 (1.37%) CCNP
10 6 (1.37%) Cisco Certification
11 5 (1.14%) BPSS Clearance
12 4 (0.92%) BC Cleared
12 4 (0.92%) CCDP
12 4 (0.92%) CCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (3.66%) SLA
2 15 (3.43%) PMO
3 9 (2.06%) GDPR
4 5 (1.14%) GxP
5 4 (0.92%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.92%) Def Stans
5 4 (0.92%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (0.69%) ISO 9001
6 3 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 3 (0.69%) P3O
7 2 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.23%) FATCA
8 1 (0.23%) HIPAA
8 1 (0.23%) NIST
8 1 (0.23%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 19 (4.35%) Docker
2 16 (3.66%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (2.29%) Active Directory
4 7 (1.60%) Hyper-V
4 7 (1.60%) vSphere
5 5 (1.14%) Microsoft App-V
6 4 (0.92%) VMware Workstation
7 3 (0.69%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.46%) LXC
8 2 (0.46%) XenApp
9 1 (0.23%) HDFS
9 1 (0.23%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 19 (4.35%) Terraform
2 15 (3.43%) HP ALM
3 14 (3.20%) Ansible
3 14 (3.20%) Kubernetes
4 12 (2.75%) Puppet
5 6 (1.37%) Opscode Chef
5 6 (1.37%) SCCM
6 3 (0.69%) Docker Swarm
7 2 (0.46%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 1 (0.23%) Consul
8 1 (0.23%) HAProxy
8 1 (0.23%) HP Fortify
8 1 (0.23%) HP Quality Center
8 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (0.23%) Packer
8 1 (0.23%) ThinApp
8 1 (0.23%) WSUS
8 1 (0.23%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 76 (17.39%) Microsoft
2 40 (9.15%) Oracle
3 26 (5.95%) VMware
4 21 (4.81%) SAP
5 19 (4.35%) Salesforce.com
6 18 (4.12%) HP
7 16 (3.66%) Cisco
8 13 (2.97%) Google
9 11 (2.52%) Huawei
9 11 (2.52%) Samsung
10 10 (2.29%) Workday
11 9 (2.06%) Adobe
12 8 (1.83%) Citrix
12 8 (1.83%) hybris
13 7 (1.60%) NetApp
14 6 (1.37%) Ensighten
14 6 (1.37%) Remedy
14 6 (1.37%) Tealium
15 5 (1.14%) Dell
15 5 (1.14%) Xamarin