Period
to 7 April 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 7 April 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
7 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 64 64 61
Rank change year-on-year 0 -3 +7
Contract jobs citing QA 282 567 615
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 2.96% 3.60% 3.66%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 27.59% 29.35% 27.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 171 356 366
Median daily rate £400 £461 £419
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.28% +10.15% +4.69%
10th Percentile £255 £313 £299
90th Percentile £563 £588 £550
England median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 5 6
Median hourly rate £19.50 £47.50 £50.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -58.95% -5.00% +85.19%
10th Percentile £16.25 £22.80 £41.56
90th Percentile £44.50 £78.57 £66.25
England median hourly rate £22.50 £35.00 £24.25
% change year-on-year -35.71% +44.33% -3.00%

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 1,022 1,932 2,201
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 10.72% 12.26% 13.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 582 1,093 1,250
Median daily rate £413 £435 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.17% +2.35% +1.19%
10th Percentile £225 £225 £256
90th Percentile £600 £588 £588
England median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 73 78
Median hourly rate £19.71 £26.42 £22.67
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.38% +16.51% +22.55%
10th Percentile £13.27 £11.65 £12.35
90th Percentile £52.25 £63.75 £49.13
Median hourly rate £25.68 £21.76 £21.90
% change year-on-year +18.01% -0.64% +6.83%

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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 7 April 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 7 April 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 7 April 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 +1 124 £375 -16.67% 53
Berkshire -11 69 £400 -11.11% 21
Hampshire +23 60 £419 -7.97% 22
Surrey +2 56 £425 -10.53% 19
Buckinghamshire +9 32 £333 -16.88% 15
West Sussex -7 25 £400 -20.00% 6
Oxfordshire +6 23 £375 -6.25% 17
Kent +24 9 £295 -33.71% 12
East Sussex +12 6 £375 -37.50% 9
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England

For the 6 months to 7 April 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.

1 121 (42.91%) Agile Software Development
2 63 (22.34%) Test Automation
3 62 (21.99%) DevOps
4 59 (20.92%) Azure
5 51 (18.09%) SQL
6 48 (17.02%) JIRA
7 47 (16.67%) Microsoft
7 47 (16.67%) SDLC
8 40 (14.18%) .NET
8 40 (14.18%) Test Scripting
9 39 (13.83%) Selenium
9 39 (13.83%) Finance
10 37 (13.12%) Java
11 32 (11.35%) C#
11 32 (11.35%) Git (software)
12 31 (10.99%) Telecoms
13 30 (10.64%) Scrum
13 30 (10.64%) JavaScript
14 29 (10.28%) Linux
14 29 (10.28%) Project Management
15 28 (9.93%) AWS
15 28 (9.93%) Continuous Integration
16 27 (9.57%) Security Cleared
17 26 (9.22%) ISTQB
17 26 (9.22%) Degree
17 26 (9.22%) Analytical Skills
18 25 (8.87%) Windows
19 24 (8.51%) ISEB
19 24 (8.51%) SC Cleared
20 22 (7.80%) Software Engineering

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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 16 (5.67%) Confluence
2 5 (1.77%) SharePoint
3 4 (1.42%) Elasticsearch
4 2 (0.71%) Apache
4 2 (0.71%) Drupal
4 2 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2013
4 2 (0.71%) IIS
4 2 (0.71%) JBoss
4 2 (0.71%) nginx
4 2 (0.71%) SAS
4 2 (0.71%) Skype for Business
4 2 (0.71%) Tomcat
4 2 (0.71%) Umbraco
4 2 (0.71%) WildFly
5 1 (0.35%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.35%) CMS
5 1 (0.35%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (0.35%) SugarCRM
5 1 (0.35%) WordPress
Applications
1 8 (2.84%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (2.13%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (2.13%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (1.06%) Adobe Captivate
3 3 (1.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (1.06%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (0.71%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 2 (0.71%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (2.13%) Oracle Retail
2 3 (1.06%) SAP Hybris
3 2 (0.71%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.71%) Oracle Assets
3 2 (0.71%) Oracle Payables
3 2 (0.71%) Oracle Receivables
3 2 (0.71%) SnowdropKCS
4 1 (0.35%) Maximo
4 1 (0.35%) Misys Midas
4 1 (0.35%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.35%) Oracle iProcurement
4 1 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.35%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.35%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.35%) SAP S/4HANA
4 1 (0.35%) SimCorp Dimension
4 1 (0.35%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 59 (20.92%) Azure
2 28 (9.93%) AWS
3 9 (3.19%) Office 365
3 9 (3.19%) Power Platform
4 8 (2.84%) BlazeMeter
5 7 (2.48%) AWS Lambda
5 7 (2.48%) PaaS
5 7 (2.48%) SaaS
5 7 (2.48%) Serverless
6 6 (2.13%) AWS Step Functions
6 6 (2.13%) Data Lake Analytics
6 6 (2.13%) GCP
7 5 (1.77%) Adobe Analytics
7 5 (1.77%) Google Analytics
7 5 (1.77%) IaaS
8 4 (1.42%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (1.06%) Amazon EC2
9 3 (1.06%) Amazon ECS
9 3 (1.06%) GitHub
9 3 (1.06%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 17 (6.03%) DNS
2 9 (3.19%) Internet
3 7 (2.48%) VPN
4 6 (2.13%) Firewall
4 6 (2.13%) TCP/IP
5 5 (1.77%) IPv6
5 5 (1.77%) LAN
5 5 (1.77%) Network Security
5 5 (1.77%) Unified Communications
5 5 (1.77%) WAN
6 4 (1.42%) ADSL
6 4 (1.42%) BGP
6 4 (1.42%) DSL
6 4 (1.42%) Ethernet
6 4 (1.42%) MPLS
6 4 (1.42%) OSPF
6 4 (1.42%) PPP
6 4 (1.42%) RIP
6 4 (1.42%) SNMP
6 4 (1.42%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (6.74%) SQL Server
2 14 (4.96%) Big Data
3 13 (4.61%) NoSQL
4 12 (4.26%) Data Lake
5 9 (3.19%) MySQL
5 9 (3.19%) Power BI
6 8 (2.84%) Redis
7 6 (2.13%) Apache Cassandra
7 6 (2.13%) Cosmos DB
7 6 (2.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 5 (1.77%) Data Warehouse
9 4 (1.42%) Oracle Reports
10 3 (1.06%) Hadoop
11 2 (0.71%) GIS
11 2 (0.71%) PostgreSQL
11 2 (0.71%) Relational Database
11 2 (0.71%) Snowflake Schema
12 1 (0.35%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
12 1 (0.35%) HBase
12 1 (0.35%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 48 (17.02%) JIRA
2 39 (13.83%) Selenium
3 32 (11.35%) Git (software)
4 12 (4.26%) Jenkins
5 10 (3.55%) Cucumber
5 10 (3.55%) Mocha
5 10 (3.55%) Octopus Deploy
5 10 (3.55%) Postman
5 10 (3.55%) Visual Studio
6 8 (2.84%) JMeter
6 8 (2.84%) SpecFlow
7 7 (2.48%) SoapUI
8 5 (1.77%) Bitbucket
8 5 (1.77%) Gatling
9 3 (1.06%) Appium
9 3 (1.06%) TeamCity
10 2 (0.71%) Cypress.io
10 2 (0.71%) TestNG
10 2 (0.71%) Visual Studio Team System
10 2 (0.71%) webpack
General
1 39 (13.83%) Finance
2 31 (10.99%) Telecoms
3 16 (5.67%) Retail
4 13 (4.61%) Marketing
5 11 (3.90%) Public Sector
6 8 (2.84%) Manufacturing
7 6 (2.13%) Electronics
7 6 (2.13%) Legal
8 4 (1.42%) Automotive
8 4 (1.42%) Back Office
9 3 (1.06%) Banking
9 3 (1.06%) Multimedia
10 2 (0.71%) General Ledger
10 2 (0.71%) Mandarin Language
10 2 (0.71%) Retail Banking
10 2 (0.71%) Social Science
11 1 (0.35%) Corporate Banking
11 1 (0.35%) Law
11 1 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 47 (16.67%) Analyst
2 40 (14.18%) Developer
3 24 (8.51%) Tester
4 23 (8.16%) Test Analyst
5 18 (6.38%) QA Engineer
6 17 (6.03%) QA Analyst
7 15 (5.32%) Test Manager
8 14 (4.96%) DevOps Engineer
8 14 (4.96%) QA Test Analyst
8 14 (4.96%) Test Engineer
9 12 (4.26%) Java Developer
10 11 (3.90%) Project Manager
10 11 (3.90%) QA Tester
11 10 (3.55%) .NET Developer
11 10 (3.55%) Architect
12 8 (2.84%) Automation Tester
13 7 (2.48%) C# Developer
13 7 (2.48%) DevOps Developer
13 7 (2.48%) Full Stack Developer
13 7 (2.48%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (14.18%) .NET
2 19 (6.74%) .NET Framework
3 17 (6.03%) ASP.NET
3 17 (6.03%) HTML
4 16 (5.67%) XML
5 14 (4.96%) Node.js
6 12 (4.26%) AngularJS
7 10 (3.55%) ASP.NET MVC
7 10 (3.55%) CSS
7 10 (3.55%) RESTful
8 9 (3.19%) JSON
8 9 (3.19%) Kafka
8 9 (3.19%) Web Services
9 8 (2.84%) React
10 6 (2.13%) Entity Framework
10 6 (2.13%) jQuery
10 6 (2.13%) Redux
10 6 (2.13%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 6 (2.13%) XSLT
11 5 (1.77%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 26 (9.22%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (2.84%) Greenfield Project
2 8 (2.84%) Self-Motivation
3 7 (2.48%) Enterprise Cloud
3 7 (2.48%) Enterprise Software
3 7 (2.48%) Public Cloud
4 6 (2.13%) Driving Licence
4 6 (2.13%) e-Learning
4 6 (2.13%) Management Information System
4 6 (2.13%) Mobile App
5 5 (1.77%) Analytical Mindset
5 5 (1.77%) Virtual Team
6 4 (1.42%) Data Centre
6 4 (1.42%) Life Science
6 4 (1.42%) NHS
7 2 (0.71%) Blog
7 2 (0.71%) Learning Management System
7 2 (0.71%) Reinsurance
7 2 (0.71%) Smart Meter
8 1 (0.35%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 29 (10.28%) Linux
2 25 (8.87%) Windows
3 9 (3.19%) Unix
4 7 (2.48%) Windows Server
5 4 (1.42%) Ubuntu
6 2 (0.71%) Android
6 2 (0.71%) Apple iOS
6 2 (0.71%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.35%) AIX
7 1 (0.35%) Embedded Linux
7 1 (0.35%) pSOS
7 1 (0.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.35%) VMS
7 1 (0.35%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 121 (42.91%) Agile Software Development
2 63 (22.34%) Test Automation
3 62 (21.99%) DevOps
4 47 (16.67%) SDLC
5 40 (14.18%) Test Scripting
6 30 (10.64%) Scrum
7 29 (10.28%) Project Management
8 28 (9.93%) Continuous Integration
9 22 (7.80%) Software Engineering
10 21 (7.45%) Stakeholder Management
10 21 (7.45%) Waterfall
11 20 (7.09%) Manual Testing
12 19 (6.74%) BDD
12 19 (6.74%) Business Intelligence
12 19 (6.74%) Problem-Solving
12 19 (6.74%) Unit Testing
13 17 (6.03%) Continuous Improvement
13 17 (6.03%) Service Delivery
13 17 (6.03%) User Acceptance Testing
14 16 (5.67%) Line Management
Programming Languages
1 51 (18.09%) SQL
2 37 (13.12%) Java
3 32 (11.35%) C#
4 30 (10.64%) JavaScript
5 21 (7.45%) Python
6 16 (5.67%) PowerShell
7 14 (4.96%) Bash Shell
8 8 (2.84%) Ruby
8 8 (2.84%) T-SQL
8 8 (2.84%) TypeScript
9 6 (2.13%) XAML
10 5 (1.77%) C
11 3 (1.06%) C++
11 3 (1.06%) Groovy
12 2 (0.71%) ES6
12 2 (0.71%) Go
12 2 (0.71%) Java 8
13 1 (0.35%) F#
13 1 (0.35%) PHP
13 1 (0.35%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 27 (9.57%) Security Cleared
2 26 (9.22%) Degree
2 26 (9.22%) ISTQB
3 24 (8.51%) ISEB
3 24 (8.51%) SC Cleared
4 12 (4.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 7 (2.48%) CCNA
5 7 (2.48%) Cisco Certification
6 5 (1.77%) CCNP
6 5 (1.77%) Computer Science Degree
6 5 (1.77%) PMI Certification
7 4 (1.42%) BPSS Clearance
7 4 (1.42%) CCDP
7 4 (1.42%) CCIP
7 4 (1.42%) DV Cleared
7 4 (1.42%) PMP
7 4 (1.42%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 3 (1.06%) BC Cleared
8 3 (1.06%) ISEB Practitioner
8 3 (1.06%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (2.48%) PMO
2 5 (1.77%) GDPR
3 4 (1.42%) GxP
3 4 (1.42%) SLA
4 3 (1.06%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.71%) P3O
6 1 (0.35%) Def Stans
6 1 (0.35%) FATCA
6 1 (0.35%) HIPAA
6 1 (0.35%) NIST
6 1 (0.35%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 19 (6.74%) Docker
2 5 (1.77%) Hyper-V
3 3 (1.06%) Virtual Machines
3 3 (1.06%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.71%) Active Directory
4 2 (0.71%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (0.71%) vSphere
5 1 (0.35%) HDFS
5 1 (0.35%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.35%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 18 (6.38%) Kubernetes
1 18 (6.38%) Terraform
2 13 (4.61%) Ansible
3 11 (3.90%) HP ALM
4 9 (3.19%) Puppet
5 4 (1.42%) Docker Swarm
5 4 (1.42%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (1.06%) Consul
6 3 (1.06%) Packer
6 3 (1.06%) Single Sign-On
7 2 (0.71%) HAProxy
7 2 (0.71%) Microsoft Intune
7 2 (0.71%) ZABBIX
8 1 (0.35%) HP Fortify
8 1 (0.35%) SCCM
8 1 (0.35%) ThinApp
Vendors
1 47 (16.67%) Microsoft
2 19 (6.74%) Oracle
3 13 (4.61%) HP
4 11 (3.90%) SAP
5 10 (3.55%) Salesforce.com
6 9 (3.19%) Cisco
6 9 (3.19%) Google
7 8 (2.84%) Adobe
8 6 (2.13%) Xamarin
9 5 (1.77%) Ensighten
9 5 (1.77%) Tealium
9 5 (1.77%) VMware
10 4 (1.42%) Alcatel-Lucent
10 4 (1.42%) hybris
10 4 (1.42%) Juniper
10 4 (1.42%) Remedy
11 3 (1.06%) Capita
11 3 (1.06%) Sitecore
12 2 (0.71%) Samsung
12 2 (0.71%) Yealink