Period
to 19 November 2017

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 19 November 2017 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
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 59 72 89
Rank change year-on-year +13 +17 -23
Contract jobs citing QA 603 485 473
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 3.64% 2.92% 2.43%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 27.80% 24.52% 19.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 366 315 283
South East median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +11.94%
10th Percentile £266 £261 £263
90th Percentile £538 £513 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +5.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 10 11
South East median hourly rate £33.65 £25.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.61% +11.11% +62.51%
10th Percentile £16.67 £8.50 £12.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £39.94 £50.00
England median hourly rate £21.90 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +9.50% - -

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 2169 1978 2451
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 13.08% 11.90% 12.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 1293 1143 1332
South East median daily rate £400 £400 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.90% +10.00%
10th Percentile £238 £220 £215
90th Percentile £562 £565 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 71 100 114
South East median hourly rate £25.00 £21.55 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.00% +0.01% +26.24%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.96 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £45.00 £58.64
England median hourly rate £20.00 £22.67 £21.64
% change year-on-year -11.77% +4.75% +10.97%

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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 19 November 2017.

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

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 19 November 2017.

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 19 November 2017. 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 +19 293 £400 +3.90% 40
Berkshire +7 127 £358 -4.67% 23
Hampshire +11 122 £375 +10.13% 13
Buckinghamshire +18 96 £323 +4.88% 7
Surrey +6 87 £363 -3.97% 13
Oxfordshire +17 70 £475 +18.75% 10
West Sussex +1 66 £400 +7.40% 3
East Sussex -9 15 £375 +8.15% 3
Kent -7 11 £388 +72.22% 3
Sussex -2 5 £450 +28.57%
Middlesex +1 1 £575 +32.95% 1
QA
England

For the 6 months to 19 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the South East region with a requirement for QA.

1 264 (43.78%) Agile Software Development
2 174 (28.86%) Test Automation
3 151 (25.04%) Java
4 118 (19.57%) Finance
5 112 (18.57%) SQL
5 112 (18.57%) Scrum
6 102 (16.92%) TDD
7 99 (16.42%) Degree
7 99 (16.42%) Git (software)
8 92 (15.26%) Jenkins
9 90 (14.93%) Continuous Integration
10 86 (14.26%) SDLC
11 82 (13.60%) JIRA
12 76 (12.60%) User Acceptance Testing
12 76 (12.60%) BDD
13 73 (12.11%) Selenium
14 71 (11.77%) Web Services
15 64 (10.61%) Project Management
16 62 (10.28%) Amazon AWS
17 59 (9.78%) ITIL
17 59 (9.78%) PRINCE2
17 59 (9.78%) JavaScript
18 58 (9.62%) Microsoft
19 56 (9.29%) Windows
19 56 (9.29%) Regression Testing
20 53 (8.79%) Stakeholder Management
21 52 (8.62%) JUnit
21 52 (8.62%) Security Cleared
22 44 (7.30%) Linux
23 43 (7.13%) SOAP

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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 34 (5.64%) Confluence
2 19 (3.15%) Cloud Foundry
3 18 (2.99%) Apache
4 15 (2.49%) WebSphere
5 14 (2.32%) Apache Spark
5 14 (2.32%) Tomcat
6 13 (2.16%) GemFire
7 12 (1.99%) JBoss
8 10 (1.66%) SharePoint
9 6 (1.00%) CMS
10 5 (0.83%) nginx
10 5 (0.83%) OpenStack
11 4 (0.66%) Documentum
12 3 (0.50%) Drupal
12 3 (0.50%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 3 (0.50%) SharePoint 2013
13 2 (0.33%) Alfresco
13 2 (0.33%) Apache Pig
13 2 (0.33%) Liferay
13 2 (0.33%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 18 (2.99%) Microsoft Excel
1 18 (2.99%) Microsoft Office
1 18 (2.99%) Microsoft Project
2 6 (1.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 5 (0.83%) Spreadsheet
4 3 (0.50%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.17%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.17%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.17%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 7 (1.16%) SAP BPC
2 5 (0.83%) Remedy ITSM
3 4 (0.66%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.66%) Maximo
3 4 (0.66%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 3 (0.50%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.50%) Lawson
5 2 (0.33%) SAP Business One
5 2 (0.33%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.33%) SAP Hybris
5 2 (0.33%) SAP PM
6 1 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.17%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.17%) Oracle Assets
6 1 (0.17%) Oracle Manufacturing
6 1 (0.17%) Oracle Payables
6 1 (0.17%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.17%) Remedy AR System
6 1 (0.17%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 62 (10.28%) Amazon AWS
2 32 (5.31%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (2.82%) PaaS
4 15 (2.49%) GitHub
5 12 (1.99%) Sauce Labs
6 9 (1.49%) OpenShift
7 8 (1.33%) Office 365
8 6 (1.00%) BlazeMeter
9 5 (0.83%) Dynamics 365
9 5 (0.83%) SaaS
10 4 (0.66%) IaaS
10 4 (0.66%) npm
11 3 (0.50%) BrowserStack
12 2 (0.33%) Google Cloud Platform
12 2 (0.33%) Slack
13 1 (0.17%) Amazon EMR
13 1 (0.17%) AWS CloudFormation
13 1 (0.17%) Datadog
13 1 (0.17%) SuccessFactors
13 1 (0.17%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 35 (5.80%) Internet
2 22 (3.65%) Firewall
3 17 (2.82%) LTE
4 12 (1.99%) GSM
4 12 (1.99%) HSPA
4 12 (1.99%) WCDMA
5 10 (1.66%) HTTP
6 9 (1.49%) VoLTE
6 9 (1.49%) VoWiFi
7 8 (1.33%) SAN
8 7 (1.16%) Wi-Fi
9 6 (1.00%) LAN
9 6 (1.00%) VPN
10 5 (0.83%) 3G
11 4 (0.66%) DNS
11 4 (0.66%) IPv4
11 4 (0.66%) IPv6
11 4 (0.66%) SMS
11 4 (0.66%) WLAN
12 3 (0.50%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (5.14%) Hadoop
2 29 (4.81%) Big Data
3 27 (4.48%) MongoDB
4 21 (3.48%) SQL Server
5 17 (2.82%) Redis
6 16 (2.65%) MarkLogic
7 15 (2.49%) Apache Hive
8 14 (2.32%) HBase
9 13 (2.16%) OLTP
10 9 (1.49%) Relational Database
11 8 (1.33%) Data Warehouse
11 8 (1.33%) MySQL
12 6 (1.00%) NoSQL
12 6 (1.00%) Oracle Database
13 5 (0.83%) Oracle Reports
14 4 (0.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 3 (0.50%) DB2
15 3 (0.50%) Power BI
15 3 (0.50%) RDBMS
15 3 (0.50%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 99 (16.42%) Git (software)
2 92 (15.26%) Jenkins
3 82 (13.60%) JIRA
4 73 (12.11%) Selenium
5 52 (8.62%) JUnit
6 41 (6.80%) Cucumber
7 33 (5.47%) Team Foundation Server
8 30 (4.98%) IntelliJ
9 28 (4.64%) SoapUI
10 26 (4.31%) WebDriver
11 24 (3.98%) Maven
12 20 (3.32%) Appium
13 17 (2.82%) Gradle
14 15 (2.49%) Grunt
14 15 (2.49%) JMeter
15 14 (2.32%) gulp
16 13 (2.16%) Bitbucket
16 13 (2.16%) LoadRunner
16 13 (2.16%) MSI
17 10 (1.66%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 118 (19.57%) Finance
2 43 (7.13%) Telecoms
3 37 (6.14%) Publishing
4 26 (4.31%) Banking
5 18 (2.99%) Retail
6 17 (2.82%) Billing
7 13 (2.16%) Legal
8 12 (1.99%) Manufacturing
9 10 (1.66%) Retail Banking
10 7 (1.16%) Corporate Banking
10 7 (1.16%) Pharmaceutical
11 6 (1.00%) Marketing
12 4 (0.66%) Advertising
12 4 (0.66%) Electronics
12 4 (0.66%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.50%) Games
13 3 (0.50%) General Ledger
14 2 (0.33%) Aerospace
14 2 (0.33%) Avionics
15 1 (0.17%) Law
Job Titles
1 92 (15.26%) Developer
2 85 (14.10%) Analyst
3 63 (10.45%) Project Manager
4 62 (10.28%) Tester
5 51 (8.46%) Architect
6 43 (7.13%) QA Engineer
7 37 (6.14%) QA Tester
8 36 (5.97%) Automation Tester
8 36 (5.97%) Java Developer
8 36 (5.97%) Test Analyst
9 31 (5.14%) IT Manager
10 24 (3.98%) IT Project Manager
11 23 (3.81%) Test Engineer
12 21 (3.48%) Test Manager
13 19 (3.15%) QA Analyst
13 19 (3.15%) Senior Manager
13 19 (3.15%) Senior Project Manager
14 18 (2.99%) QA Leader
14 18 (2.99%) Test Leader
15 16 (2.65%) QA Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 71 (11.77%) Web Services
2 43 (7.13%) SOAP
3 37 (6.14%) RESTful
4 36 (5.97%) XML
5 35 (5.80%) Spring
6 33 (5.47%) HTML
7 32 (5.31%) CSS
8 30 (4.98%) .NET
9 28 (4.64%) REST
10 26 (4.31%) XSLT
11 25 (4.15%) AngularJS
12 24 (3.98%) J2EE
13 22 (3.65%) Spring Boot
14 19 (3.15%) HTML5
14 19 (3.15%) JSON
15 18 (2.99%) Spring Integration
16 17 (2.82%) Kafka
17 15 (2.49%) Middleware
17 15 (2.49%) Node.js
17 15 (2.49%) React
Miscellaneous
1 40 (6.63%) Analytical Skills
2 33 (5.47%) Management Information System
3 27 (4.48%) Mobile App
4 21 (3.48%) Computer Science
5 19 (3.15%) Virtual Team
6 15 (2.49%) Replication
7 14 (2.32%) Data Centre
7 14 (2.32%) Enterprise Software
7 14 (2.32%) Greenfield Project
8 13 (2.16%) Linux Command Line
9 9 (1.49%) User Experience
10 7 (1.16%) Client/Server
10 7 (1.16%) CMDB
10 7 (1.16%) Public Cloud
11 5 (0.83%) Algorithms
11 5 (0.83%) PMI
11 5 (0.83%) Video\Live Streaming
12 4 (0.66%) CCTV
13 3 (0.50%) Fintech
13 3 (0.50%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 56 (9.29%) Windows
2 44 (7.30%) Linux
3 31 (5.14%) Unix
4 25 (4.15%) Android
5 24 (3.98%) Apple iOS
5 24 (3.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 16 (2.65%) Windows Server
7 12 (1.99%) Windows 10
8 11 (1.82%) Windows 7
9 9 (1.49%) Mac OS X
9 9 (1.49%) Solaris
10 6 (1.00%) AIX
10 6 (1.00%) Windows Server 2008
11 4 (0.66%) CentOS
12 3 (0.50%) Windows Server 2012
12 3 (0.50%) Windows Vista
13 2 (0.33%) Ubuntu
13 2 (0.33%) Windows Server 2003
14 1 (0.17%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
14 1 (0.17%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 264 (43.78%) Agile Software Development
2 174 (28.86%) Test Automation
3 112 (18.57%) Scrum
4 102 (16.92%) TDD
5 90 (14.93%) Continuous Integration
6 86 (14.26%) SDLC
7 76 (12.60%) BDD
7 76 (12.60%) User Acceptance Testing
8 64 (10.61%) Project Management
9 59 (9.78%) ITIL
9 59 (9.78%) PRINCE2
10 56 (9.29%) Regression Testing
11 53 (8.79%) Stakeholder Management
12 43 (7.13%) Validation
13 40 (6.63%) Unit Testing
14 39 (6.47%) Mentoring
14 39 (6.47%) Test Scripting
15 38 (6.30%) Acceptance Criteria
16 37 (6.14%) Change Management
17 35 (5.80%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 151 (25.04%) Java
2 112 (18.57%) SQL
3 59 (9.78%) JavaScript
4 39 (6.47%) C#
5 27 (4.48%) Python
6 26 (4.31%) Groovy
6 26 (4.31%) Shell Script
7 19 (3.15%) Apple Swift
8 17 (2.82%) PowerShell
9 16 (2.65%) XQuery
10 13 (2.16%) C
11 12 (1.99%) Scala
12 11 (1.82%) Apex Code
12 11 (1.82%) Ruby
13 10 (1.66%) T-SQL
14 9 (1.49%) Objective-C
15 8 (1.33%) PHP
16 7 (1.16%) C++
17 5 (0.83%) Perl
17 5 (0.83%) VB
Qualifications
1 99 (16.42%) Degree
2 52 (8.62%) Security Cleared
3 37 (6.14%) SC Cleared
4 36 (5.97%) ISTQB
5 32 (5.31%) PMI Certification
6 30 (4.98%) PMP
7 24 (3.98%) ISEB
8 20 (3.32%) DV Cleared
8 20 (3.32%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 20 (3.32%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 17 (2.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 11 (1.82%) Numerate Degree
11 10 (1.66%) Computer Science Degree
12 8 (1.33%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 6 (1.00%) BPSS Clearance
14 3 (0.50%) Microsoft Certification
15 2 (0.33%) CSQA
15 2 (0.33%) HND
15 2 (0.33%) MySQL Certification
16 1 (0.17%) Chartered Engineer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (7.13%) PMO
2 12 (1.99%) Data Quality
3 4 (0.66%) ECSS
3 4 (0.66%) GDPR
3 4 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.50%) GMP
4 3 (0.50%) SLA
4 3 (0.50%) WAI
4 3 (0.50%) WCAG
5 2 (0.33%) COBIT
5 2 (0.33%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 2 (0.33%) TickIT
6 1 (0.17%) GAAP
6 1 (0.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 1 (0.17%) JSP 440
6 1 (0.17%) P3O
System Software
1 25 (4.15%) Docker
2 20 (3.32%) Active Directory
3 14 (2.32%) HDFS
4 13 (2.16%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 10 (1.66%) Microsoft App-V
6 5 (0.83%) BitLocker
6 5 (0.83%) Oracle Clusterware
6 5 (0.83%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
6 5 (0.83%) VMware Infrastructure
7 3 (0.50%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.33%) Apache Flume
8 2 (0.33%) XenApp
9 1 (0.17%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.17%) ProxySG
9 1 (0.17%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 23 (3.81%) HP Quality Center
2 17 (2.82%) SCCM
3 11 (1.82%) Ansible
4 9 (1.49%) Puppet
5 7 (1.16%) McAfee ePO
5 7 (1.16%) Opscode Chef
6 6 (1.00%) Tivoli
6 6 (1.00%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 5 (0.83%) Host Intrusion Detection System
8 3 (0.50%) Netcool
8 3 (0.50%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 3 (0.50%) WSUS
9 2 (0.33%) HAProxy
9 2 (0.33%) Kibana
9 2 (0.33%) logstash
9 2 (0.33%) Oozie
9 2 (0.33%) Red Hat Satellite
9 2 (0.33%) Terraform
10 1 (0.17%) Grafana
10 1 (0.17%) Salt
Vendors
1 58 (9.62%) Microsoft
2 38 (6.30%) HP
3 35 (5.80%) Salesforce.com
4 31 (5.14%) Oracle
5 27 (4.48%) SAP
6 25 (4.15%) Red Hat
7 14 (2.32%) IBM
7 14 (2.32%) McAfee
7 14 (2.32%) New Relic
8 10 (1.66%) Talend
9 9 (1.49%) MuleSoft
10 8 (1.33%) Apple
10 8 (1.33%) Lumension
11 7 (1.16%) Cisco
12 6 (1.00%) OpenText
12 6 (1.00%) VMware
13 5 (0.83%) Atlassian
13 5 (0.83%) Huawei
13 5 (0.83%) Remedy
14 4 (0.66%) JD Edwards