Period
to 22 October 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 22 October 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
22 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 74 53 62
Rank change year-on-year -21 +9 0
Contract jobs citing QA 101 554 598
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 2.85% 4.03% 3.63%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 23.38% 32.51% 28.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 343 366
Median daily rate £425 £425 £445
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -4.57% +14.93%
10th Percentile £300 £281 £300
90th Percentile £600 £625 £575
England median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 25 4
Median hourly rate £18.00 £45.00 £33.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -60.00% +35.34% +56.47%
10th Percentile £14.32 £16.25 £14.73
90th Percentile £45.71 £74.10 £39.88
England median hourly rate £24.17 £29.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year -16.67% -20.55% +66.67%

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 432 1,704 2,096
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 12.18% 12.38% 12.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 216 993 1,238
Median daily rate £450 £423 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.51% -0.59% +6.25%
10th Percentile £262 £200 £217
90th Percentile £634 £600 £600
England median daily rate £470 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +4.43% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 95 67
Median hourly rate £21.05 £47.50 £22.20
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -55.68% +114.01% -11.22%
10th Percentile £10.40 £14.65 £12.25
90th Percentile £52.50 £82.50 £47.42
Median hourly rate £26.22 £22.00 £22.20
% change year-on-year +19.18% -0.88% +10.98%

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Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing QA as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing QA in the South East.

Daily rate trend for QA in the South East

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Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing QA in the South East over the 6 months to 22 October 2020.

Daily rate histogram for QA in the South East

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing QA in the South East.

Hourly rate trend for QA in the South East

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Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing QA in the South East over the 6 months to 22 October 2020.

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 22 October 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 +2 35 £425 - 39
Hampshire +2 33 £475 +4.11% 12
Berkshire +1 25 £500 +11.11% 25
Surrey +9 15 £388 -22.50% 9
West Sussex +9 14 £425 +13.33% 9
Buckinghamshire +7 6 £349 -15.41% 5
Oxfordshire +32 4 £325 -13.33% 9
Kent +23 3 £308 -9.89% 4
East Sussex +12 1 £280 -13.85% 5
QA
England

For the 6 months to 22 October 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 40 (39.60%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (30.69%) JIRA
3 30 (29.70%) Test Automation
4 27 (26.73%) Java
5 23 (22.77%) Selenium
6 20 (19.80%) Python
7 18 (17.82%) C#
8 17 (16.83%) Security Testing
9 16 (15.84%) Security Cleared
10 15 (14.85%) Continuous Integration
10 15 (14.85%) Problem-Solving
10 15 (14.85%) SQL
10 15 (14.85%) .NET
10 15 (14.85%) Scrum
11 14 (13.86%) C
11 14 (13.86%) JavaScript
11 14 (13.86%) Test Planning
11 14 (13.86%) Analytical Skills
12 13 (12.87%) SC Cleared
12 13 (12.87%) Jenkins
12 13 (12.87%) PHP
12 13 (12.87%) Oracle
13 12 (11.88%) C++
13 12 (11.88%) Linux
13 12 (11.88%) HP
13 12 (11.88%) Information Security
13 12 (11.88%) Finance
13 12 (11.88%) BDD
13 12 (11.88%) Open Source
13 12 (11.88%) Confluence

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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 12 (11.88%) Confluence
2 4 (3.96%) CMS
2 4 (3.96%) Umbraco
3 3 (2.97%) Apache
3 3 (2.97%) nginx
3 3 (2.97%) WebLogic
4 1 (0.99%) ArcGIS
4 1 (0.99%) JBoss
4 1 (0.99%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.99%) SharePoint 2010
4 1 (0.99%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (0.99%) WildFly
Applications
1 4 (3.96%) Figma
1 4 (3.96%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.99%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.99%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (2.97%) Magento
1 3 (2.97%) Oracle ERP
2 2 (1.98%) Maximo
2 2 (1.98%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (1.98%) Oracle General Ledger
2 2 (1.98%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 1 (0.99%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.99%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 8 (7.92%) AWS
1 8 (7.92%) Azure
2 5 (4.95%) PaaS
3 4 (3.96%) Coveralls
3 4 (3.96%) Logic Apps
4 2 (1.98%) SaaS
5 1 (0.99%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 1 (0.99%) Amazon SQS
5 1 (0.99%) AWS IoT
5 1 (0.99%) AWS Lambda
5 1 (0.99%) AWS Step Functions
5 1 (0.99%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.99%) BrowserStack
5 1 (0.99%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.99%) Firebase
5 1 (0.99%) IaaS
5 1 (0.99%) Office 365
5 1 (0.99%) OpenShift
5 1 (0.99%) Route 53
5 1 (0.99%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 10 (9.90%) DNS
2 6 (5.94%) HTTP
3 5 (4.95%) Internet
4 4 (3.96%) SSL
4 4 (3.96%) TCP/IP
4 4 (3.96%) WAN
5 3 (2.97%) Firewall
5 3 (2.97%) MPLS
6 2 (1.98%) BGP
6 2 (1.98%) EIGRP
6 2 (1.98%) Extranet
6 2 (1.98%) IPsec
6 2 (1.98%) Network Security
6 2 (1.98%) OSPF
6 2 (1.98%) PPP
6 2 (1.98%) RIP
6 2 (1.98%) TACACS
6 2 (1.98%) Unified Communications
6 2 (1.98%) VoIP
6 2 (1.98%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (9.90%) Relational Database
2 7 (6.93%) Redis
3 4 (3.96%) NoSQL
3 4 (3.96%) RDBMS
3 4 (3.96%) SQL Server
4 3 (2.97%) MySQL
4 3 (2.97%) Oracle Database
5 2 (1.98%) Data Lake
5 2 (1.98%) Essbase
6 1 (0.99%) DB2
6 1 (0.99%) GIS
6 1 (0.99%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.99%) Oracle Database 12c
6 1 (0.99%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.99%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.99%) SAP BW
6 1 (0.99%) SAP Data Services
6 1 (0.99%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 31 (30.69%) JIRA
2 23 (22.77%) Selenium
3 13 (12.87%) Jenkins
4 8 (7.92%) TeamCity
5 7 (6.93%) Cucumber
5 7 (6.93%) Postman
5 7 (6.93%) SpecFlow
6 6 (5.94%) JMeter
6 6 (5.94%) JUnit
6 6 (5.94%) Maven
7 5 (4.95%) Git (software)
8 4 (3.96%) Bitbucket Server
8 4 (3.96%) Cypress.io
8 4 (3.96%) Gradle
8 4 (3.96%) Jasmine
8 4 (3.96%) Octopus Deploy
8 4 (3.96%) SoapUI
8 4 (3.96%) SonarQube
8 4 (3.96%) WebDriver
8 4 (3.96%) webpack
General
1 12 (11.88%) Finance
2 5 (4.95%) Public Sector
3 3 (2.97%) Legal
3 3 (2.97%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.98%) Marketing
5 1 (0.99%) Aerospace
5 1 (0.99%) Banking
5 1 (0.99%) Games
5 1 (0.99%) Local Government
5 1 (0.99%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.99%) Publishing
5 1 (0.99%) Retail
Job Titles
1 20 (19.80%) Developer
2 12 (11.88%) Analyst
3 11 (10.89%) Test Engineer
4 9 (8.91%) Security Engineer
4 9 (8.91%) Test Manager
5 5 (4.95%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
5 5 (4.95%) Tester
6 4 (3.96%) .NET Developer
6 4 (3.96%) C# .NET Developer
6 4 (3.96%) C# Developer
6 4 (3.96%) QA Engineer
6 4 (3.96%) React Developer
6 4 (3.96%) Senior .NET Developer
6 4 (3.96%) Senior C# .NET Developer
6 4 (3.96%) Senior C# Developer
6 4 (3.96%) Senior Developer
6 4 (3.96%) Test Analyst
7 3 (2.97%) Data Analyst
7 3 (2.97%) QA Tester
7 3 (2.97%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (14.85%) .NET
2 9 (8.91%) Node.js
3 8 (7.92%) HTML
4 7 (6.93%) React
4 7 (6.93%) REST
4 7 (6.93%) SOAP
5 6 (5.94%) CSS
6 5 (4.95%) Ajax
6 5 (4.95%) HTML5
6 5 (4.95%) Swagger
7 4 (3.96%) .NET Core
7 4 (3.96%) ASP.NET MVC
7 4 (3.96%) ASP.NET Web API
7 4 (3.96%) CSS3
7 4 (3.96%) Ember.js
7 4 (3.96%) RESTful
7 4 (3.96%) Sass
7 4 (3.96%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 4 (3.96%) Web Services
7 4 (3.96%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 14 (13.86%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (5.94%) User Experience
3 4 (3.96%) Acoustics
3 4 (3.96%) Management Information System
4 3 (2.97%) Data Centre
4 3 (2.97%) Embedded Systems
4 3 (2.97%) Enterprise Software
4 3 (2.97%) Linux Command Line
5 2 (1.98%) Client/Server
5 2 (1.98%) Greenfield Project
5 2 (1.98%) Mobile App
5 2 (1.98%) NHS
6 1 (0.99%) CMDB
6 1 (0.99%) Cyberthreat
6 1 (0.99%) Data Structures
6 1 (0.99%) e-Learning
6 1 (0.99%) Life Science
6 1 (0.99%) Machine to Machine
6 1 (0.99%) Private Cloud
6 1 (0.99%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 12 (11.88%) Linux
2 9 (8.91%) Windows
3 5 (4.95%) Unix
4 4 (3.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (2.97%) Android
5 3 (2.97%) SUSE
6 2 (1.98%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.99%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.99%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.99%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.99%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (39.60%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (29.70%) Test Automation
3 17 (16.83%) Security Testing
4 15 (14.85%) Continuous Integration
4 15 (14.85%) Problem-Solving
4 15 (14.85%) Scrum
5 14 (13.86%) Test Planning
6 12 (11.88%) BDD
6 12 (11.88%) Information Security
6 12 (11.88%) Open Source
7 11 (10.89%) SDLC
7 11 (10.89%) TDD
7 11 (10.89%) Test Strategy
7 11 (10.89%) User Acceptance Testing
8 10 (9.90%) Continuous Improvement
8 10 (9.90%) Cybersecurity
8 10 (9.90%) DevOps
8 10 (9.90%) OWASP
8 10 (9.90%) Security Architecture
8 10 (9.90%) Threat Management
Programming Languages
1 27 (26.73%) Java
2 20 (19.80%) Python
3 18 (17.82%) C#
4 15 (14.85%) SQL
5 14 (13.86%) C
5 14 (13.86%) JavaScript
6 13 (12.87%) PHP
7 12 (11.88%) C++
8 9 (8.91%) VB.NET
9 4 (3.96%) Bash Shell
9 4 (3.96%) Perl
10 3 (2.97%) TypeScript
11 2 (1.98%) VBA
12 1 (0.99%) ANSI SQL
12 1 (0.99%) Java 8
12 1 (0.99%) PowerShell
12 1 (0.99%) Scala
12 1 (0.99%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 16 (15.84%) Security Cleared
2 13 (12.87%) SC Cleared
3 8 (7.92%) ISTQB
4 7 (6.93%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (2.97%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (2.97%) ISEB
6 2 (1.98%) BC Cleared
6 2 (1.98%) CCDP
6 2 (1.98%) CCIP
6 2 (1.98%) CCNA
6 2 (1.98%) CCNP
6 2 (1.98%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (1.98%) DBS Check
6 2 (1.98%) Degree
7 1 (0.99%) ISEB Practitioner
7 1 (0.99%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.99%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (10.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 10 (9.90%) NIST
3 6 (5.94%) SLA
4 2 (1.98%) Data Quality
4 2 (1.98%) GDPR
4 2 (1.98%) PMO
5 1 (0.99%) COBIT
5 1 (0.99%) P3O
5 1 (0.99%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 5 (4.95%) Docker
2 3 (2.97%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.99%) VMware NSX
3 1 (0.99%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 11 (10.89%) HP ALM
2 10 (9.90%) HP Fortify
3 4 (3.96%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (2.97%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.99%) EMC NetWorker
5 1 (0.99%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 1 (0.99%) SCCM
5 1 (0.99%) Single Sign-On
5 1 (0.99%) Terraform
5 1 (0.99%) vRealize
5 1 (0.99%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 13 (12.87%) Oracle
2 12 (11.88%) HP
3 10 (9.90%) Black Duck
3 10 (9.90%) Micro Focus
3 10 (9.90%) Qualys
3 10 (9.90%) Sonatype
4 7 (6.93%) ArcSight
4 7 (6.93%) Microsoft
5 3 (2.97%) Cisco
5 3 (2.97%) Ingenico
5 3 (2.97%) Intel
5 3 (2.97%) Red Hat
5 3 (2.97%) SAP
5 3 (2.97%) Talend
6 2 (1.98%) Juniper
6 2 (1.98%) VMware
7 1 (0.99%) Alcatel-Lucent
7 1 (0.99%) Capita
7 1 (0.99%) Fujitsu
7 1 (0.99%) Tripwire