Period
to 22 October 2019

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 2019 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 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 53 62 62
Rank change year-on-year +9 0 +22
Contract jobs citing QA 554 598 553
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 4.03% 3.63% 3.40%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 32.51% 28.53% 27.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 341 362 331
South East median daily rate £429 £445 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.60% +14.84% +3.33%
10th Percentile £281 £300 £281
90th Percentile £625 £575 £538
England median daily rate £450 £450 £440
% change year-on-year - +2.27% +3.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 4 12
South East median hourly rate £45.00 £33.25 £21.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +35.34% +56.47% -1.16%
10th Percentile £16.25 £14.73 £10.47
90th Percentile £74.10 £39.88 £41.54
England median hourly rate £29.00 £36.50 £21.90
% change year-on-year -20.55% +66.67% +13.88%

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 1,704 2,096 2,048
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 12.38% 12.73% 12.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 993 1,238 1,242
South East median daily rate £423 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.59% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £200 £217 £231
90th Percentile £600 £600 £550
England median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 95 67 63
South East median hourly rate £47.50 £22.20 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +114.01% -11.22% +38.89%
10th Percentile £14.65 £12.25 £12.25
90th Percentile £82.50 £47.42 £50.00
England median hourly rate £22.00 £22.20 £20.00
% change year-on-year -0.88% +10.98% -11.77%

QA
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 22 October 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in the South East

QA
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

QA
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 22 October 2019.

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 22 October 2019. 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 +14 221 £425 +3.98% 82
Berkshire +21 152 £450 -5.26% 37
Hampshire +19 133 £463 +10.12% 35
Surrey +4 109 £500 - 42
West Sussex +1 52 £375 -6.25% 5
Buckinghamshire +5 51 £413 +25.00% 25
East Sussex +4 27 £325 -21.21% 9
Oxfordshire +11 18 £375 -16.67% 20
Kent +5 10 £341 -17.27% 12
QA
England

For the 6 months to 22 October 2019, 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.

1 224 (40.43%) Agile Software Development
2 151 (27.26%) Test Automation
3 109 (19.68%) Azure
4 101 (18.23%) Windows
4 101 (18.23%) Microsoft
5 95 (17.15%) Finance
6 88 (15.88%) SQL
7 84 (15.16%) JIRA
8 80 (14.44%) Java
8 80 (14.44%) C#
9 76 (13.72%) Degree
9 76 (13.72%) Selenium
9 76 (13.72%) DevOps
10 74 (13.36%) Project Management
11 70 (12.64%) Security Cleared
12 65 (11.73%) Scrum
13 64 (11.55%) Oracle
13 64 (11.55%) Continuous Improvement
14 63 (11.37%) .NET
15 61 (11.01%) JavaScript
16 59 (10.65%) Telecoms
16 59 (10.65%) Problem-Solving
17 53 (9.57%) Migration
18 52 (9.39%) Stakeholder Management
19 50 (9.03%) ITIL
19 50 (9.03%) User Acceptance Testing
19 50 (9.03%) Analytical Skills
20 46 (8.30%) SC Cleared
21 45 (8.12%) BDD
22 44 (7.94%) Test Strategy

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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 44 (7.94%) Confluence
2 21 (3.79%) SharePoint
3 14 (2.53%) Skype for Business
4 13 (2.35%) Umbraco
5 8 (1.44%) Apache Spark
6 7 (1.26%) Apache
6 7 (1.26%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 5 (0.90%) CMS
7 5 (0.90%) IIS
7 5 (0.90%) MS Exchange
8 4 (0.72%) WebLogic
9 3 (0.54%) ColdFusion
9 3 (0.54%) SharePoint 2013
9 3 (0.54%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.36%) JBoss
10 2 (0.36%) SharePoint 2010
11 1 (0.18%) Documentum
11 1 (0.18%) Mule
11 1 (0.18%) WebSphere
11 1 (0.18%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 30 (5.42%) Microsoft Excel
2 29 (5.23%) Microsoft Office
3 18 (3.25%) Microsoft Project
4 13 (2.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 11 (1.99%) Photoshop
6 9 (1.62%) Adobe Illustrator
7 3 (0.54%) MS Visio
8 1 (0.18%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 8 (1.44%) Oracle EBS
2 7 (1.26%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (1.08%) BusinessWorks
3 6 (1.08%) Oracle ERP
4 4 (0.72%) Oracle General Ledger
4 4 (0.72%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 4 (0.72%) SimCorp Dimension
4 4 (0.72%) thinkFolio
5 3 (0.54%) NetSuite
5 3 (0.54%) SAP Hybris
6 2 (0.36%) Oracle Assets
6 2 (0.36%) Oracle iProcurement
6 2 (0.36%) Oracle Payables
6 2 (0.36%) Primavera
6 2 (0.36%) SAP S/4HANA
7 1 (0.18%) Oracle EBS R12
7 1 (0.18%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 1 (0.18%) Oracle Receivables
7 1 (0.18%) SAP FSCM
7 1 (0.18%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 109 (19.68%) Azure
2 38 (6.86%) AWS
3 36 (6.50%) SaaS
4 32 (5.78%) PaaS
5 19 (3.43%) IaaS
5 19 (3.43%) Office 365
6 15 (2.71%) Power Platform
7 10 (1.81%) GitHub
8 9 (1.62%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 8 (1.44%) Serverless
10 7 (1.26%) Amazon EC2
10 7 (1.26%) AWS CloudFormation
10 7 (1.26%) Data Lake Analytics
11 6 (1.08%) AWS Lambda
11 6 (1.08%) IBM Blueworks
12 5 (0.90%) Apigee
12 5 (0.90%) BrowserStack
12 5 (0.90%) Lucidchart
12 5 (0.90%) NuGet
12 5 (0.90%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 18 (3.25%) DNS
1 18 (3.25%) Firewall
1 18 (3.25%) Internet
2 16 (2.89%) Unified Communications
3 15 (2.71%) WAN
4 14 (2.53%) Skype
5 13 (2.35%) TCP/IP
5 13 (2.35%) VPN
6 10 (1.81%) LAN
7 9 (1.62%) 4G
7 9 (1.62%) Ethernet
7 9 (1.62%) MPLS
7 9 (1.62%) NAS
7 9 (1.62%) Reverse Proxy
7 9 (1.62%) SAN
8 7 (1.26%) BGP
8 7 (1.26%) Radio Access Network
9 6 (1.08%) ADSL
9 6 (1.08%) EIGRP
9 6 (1.08%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (6.68%) SQL Server
2 21 (3.79%) Oracle Reports
3 19 (3.43%) Oracle Database
3 19 (3.43%) Redis
4 15 (2.71%) Power BI
5 10 (1.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 9 (1.62%) Big Data
6 9 (1.62%) Oracle Database 10g
6 9 (1.62%) Relational Database
7 8 (1.44%) MS Access
8 7 (1.26%) Data Lake
8 7 (1.26%) Data Warehouse
8 7 (1.26%) Hadoop
9 5 (0.90%) HDInsight
9 5 (0.90%) MySQL
10 4 (0.72%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 4 (0.72%) Amazon RDS
10 4 (0.72%) Essbase
10 4 (0.72%) MongoDB
10 4 (0.72%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 84 (15.16%) JIRA
2 76 (13.72%) Selenium
3 39 (7.04%) Cucumber
3 39 (7.04%) Jenkins
4 36 (6.50%) Git (software)
5 25 (4.51%) JMeter
5 25 (4.51%) SpecFlow
6 21 (3.79%) TeamCity
7 20 (3.61%) SoapUI
8 19 (3.43%) Jasmine
8 19 (3.43%) MSI
9 18 (3.25%) Visual Studio Team System
10 17 (3.07%) InstallShield
11 15 (2.71%) Octopus Deploy
12 14 (2.53%) Maven
12 14 (2.53%) Protractor
13 13 (2.35%) Babel
13 13 (2.35%) gulp
13 13 (2.35%) Visual Studio
13 13 (2.35%) webpack
General
1 95 (17.15%) Finance
2 59 (10.65%) Telecoms
3 22 (3.97%) Legal
4 21 (3.79%) Retail
5 11 (1.99%) Marketing
6 10 (1.81%) Manufacturing
6 10 (1.81%) Public Sector
7 9 (1.62%) Banking
8 6 (1.08%) Electronics
9 5 (0.90%) General Ledger
9 5 (0.90%) Local Government
10 4 (0.72%) Back Office
10 4 (0.72%) Military
11 3 (0.54%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.36%) Automotive
12 2 (0.36%) Billing
12 2 (0.36%) Publishing
13 1 (0.18%) Advertising
13 1 (0.18%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.18%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 107 (19.31%) Analyst
2 69 (12.45%) Developer
3 48 (8.66%) Tester
4 46 (8.30%) Test Analyst
5 38 (6.86%) Architect
6 31 (5.60%) Project Manager
7 25 (4.51%) .NET Developer
7 25 (4.51%) Automation Tester
7 25 (4.51%) Test Manager
8 24 (4.33%) C# Developer
9 23 (4.15%) QA Tester
10 21 (3.79%) Applications Packager
11 20 (3.61%) Business Analyst
11 20 (3.61%) Full Stack Developer
12 18 (3.25%) C# .NET Developer
12 18 (3.25%) Test Leader
13 17 (3.07%) Senior Developer
14 16 (2.89%) QA Analyst
14 16 (2.89%) Solutions Architect
15 15 (2.71%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (11.37%) .NET
2 43 (7.76%) HTML
3 39 (7.04%) CSS
4 38 (6.86%) AngularJS
5 31 (5.60%) Web Services
6 29 (5.23%) JSON
7 25 (4.51%) ASP.NET
8 24 (4.33%) .NET Core
8 24 (4.33%) XML
9 22 (3.97%) ASP.NET MVC
10 21 (3.79%) REST
11 19 (3.43%) Swagger
12 18 (3.25%) ASP.NET Web API
13 16 (2.89%) Node.js
13 16 (2.89%) RESTful
13 16 (2.89%) Sass
14 14 (2.53%) Gherkin
14 14 (2.53%) Oracle Fusion
14 14 (2.53%) SOAP
14 14 (2.53%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 50 (9.03%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (6.86%) User Experience
3 28 (5.05%) Self-Motivation
4 13 (2.35%) Enterprise Software
5 12 (2.17%) Management Information System
6 11 (1.99%) Public Cloud
7 9 (1.62%) Graphic Design
7 9 (1.62%) Microsoft Licensing
7 9 (1.62%) Mobile App
7 9 (1.62%) Replication
8 8 (1.44%) Data Centre
9 7 (1.26%) Hybrid Cloud
10 6 (1.08%) Client/Server
10 6 (1.08%) Data Structures
11 5 (0.90%) Greenfield Project
11 5 (0.90%) Virtual Team
12 4 (0.72%) Acoustics
12 4 (0.72%) Algorithms
12 4 (0.72%) e-Learning
12 4 (0.72%) Smart Home
Operating Systems
1 101 (18.23%) Windows
2 32 (5.78%) Windows 7
3 26 (4.69%) Linux
4 25 (4.51%) Windows Server
5 24 (4.33%) Windows 10
6 20 (3.61%) Unix
7 15 (2.71%) Windows 8
8 10 (1.81%) Windows Server 2008
9 9 (1.62%) Windows Server 2012
10 8 (1.44%) Android
10 8 (1.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 7 (1.26%) Apple iOS
12 4 (0.72%) VMS
13 3 (0.54%) Solaris
14 2 (0.36%) CentOS
14 2 (0.36%) Windows Vista
15 1 (0.18%) AIX
15 1 (0.18%) Mac OS X
15 1 (0.18%) pSOS
15 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 224 (40.43%) Agile Software Development
2 151 (27.26%) Test Automation
3 76 (13.72%) DevOps
4 74 (13.36%) Project Management
5 65 (11.73%) Scrum
6 64 (11.55%) Continuous Improvement
7 59 (10.65%) Problem-Solving
8 53 (9.57%) Migration
9 52 (9.39%) Stakeholder Management
10 50 (9.03%) ITIL
10 50 (9.03%) User Acceptance Testing
11 45 (8.12%) BDD
12 44 (7.94%) Project Delivery
12 44 (7.94%) Test Scripting
12 44 (7.94%) Test Strategy
13 41 (7.40%) Continuous Delivery
14 38 (6.86%) Computer Science
15 37 (6.68%) PRINCE2
15 37 (6.68%) SDLC
16 36 (6.50%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 88 (15.88%) SQL
2 80 (14.44%) C#
2 80 (14.44%) Java
3 61 (11.01%) JavaScript
4 40 (7.22%) PowerShell
5 26 (4.69%) Python
6 22 (3.97%) C
7 19 (3.43%) TypeScript
8 13 (2.35%) Java 8
9 10 (1.81%) Shell Script
10 9 (1.62%) PL/SQL
11 8 (1.44%) R
12 7 (1.26%) Groovy
13 6 (1.08%) Scala
13 6 (1.08%) XPath
13 6 (1.08%) XQuery
14 5 (0.90%) Ruby
15 4 (0.72%) Bash Shell
16 3 (0.54%) F#
17 2 (0.36%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 76 (13.72%) Degree
2 70 (12.64%) Security Cleared
3 46 (8.30%) SC Cleared
4 32 (5.78%) ISEB
5 31 (5.60%) ISTQB
6 28 (5.05%) DV Cleared
7 22 (3.97%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 16 (2.89%) Microsoft Certification
9 15 (2.71%) PMI Certification
10 13 (2.35%) Computer Science Degree
10 13 (2.35%) PMP
11 11 (1.99%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 10 (1.81%) MCSE
13 7 (1.26%) ISEB Practitioner
14 6 (1.08%) BPSS Clearance
14 6 (1.08%) CCNP
14 6 (1.08%) Cisco Certification
15 5 (0.90%) CCNA
15 5 (0.90%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 4 (0.72%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (5.96%) PMO
2 24 (4.33%) SLA
3 15 (2.71%) Data Quality
4 5 (0.90%) GDPR
5 4 (0.72%) Def Stans
5 4 (0.72%) GxP
5 4 (0.72%) ISO 9001
5 4 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 2 (0.36%) P3O
6 2 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.18%) FedRAMP
System Software
1 26 (4.69%) Active Directory
2 25 (4.51%) Docker
2 25 (4.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (3.07%) Microsoft App-V
4 13 (2.35%) Hyper-V
4 13 (2.35%) vSphere
5 9 (1.62%) VMware Workstation
6 8 (1.44%) XenApp
7 6 (1.08%) LXC
8 3 (0.54%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.18%) Firmware
9 1 (0.18%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 20 (3.61%) SCCM
2 11 (1.99%) HP ALM
3 10 (1.81%) Kubernetes
3 10 (1.81%) Terraform
4 7 (1.26%) Ansible
5 5 (0.90%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (0.90%) Puppet
6 4 (0.72%) HP Quality Center
6 4 (0.72%) WSUS
7 2 (0.36%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 2 (0.36%) Single Sign-On
7 2 (0.36%) ThinApp
8 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 101 (18.23%) Microsoft
2 64 (11.55%) Oracle
3 39 (7.04%) VMware
4 32 (5.78%) SAP
5 23 (4.15%) Salesforce.com
6 21 (3.79%) HP
7 19 (3.43%) Cisco
8 13 (2.35%) Atlassian
8 13 (2.35%) Google
9 12 (2.17%) Citrix
10 11 (1.99%) Workday
11 10 (1.81%) NetApp
12 9 (1.62%) Huawei
12 9 (1.62%) Ivanti
12 9 (1.62%) Samsung
13 8 (1.44%) Dell
13 8 (1.44%) EMC
13 8 (1.44%) IBM
13 8 (1.44%) Xamarin
14 7 (1.26%) Novell