Period
to 21 July 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 21 July 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
21 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 61 69 64
Rank change year-on-year +8 -5 +39
Contract jobs citing QA 503 584 527
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 3.38% 3.40% 3.25%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 27.93% 26.00% 27.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 318 317 317
South East median daily rate £455 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.06% +6.25% +5.26%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £276
90th Percentile £644 £575 £575
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 6 10
South East median hourly rate £45.00 £39.75 £21.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.21% +87.06% +4.94%
10th Percentile £14.15 £18.38 £10.30
90th Percentile £71.74 £66.25 £32.50
England median hourly rate £22.63 £27.75 £18.00
% change year-on-year -18.47% +54.17% -14.29%

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 1,801 2,246 1,949
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 12.10% 13.08% 12.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,039 1,273 1,184
South East median daily rate £428 £425 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.59% +2.41% +5.00%
10th Percentile £219 £250 £250
90th Percentile £588 £624 £560
England median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 92 91 72
South East median hourly rate £41.95 £23.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +78.51% +23.68% +18.01%
10th Percentile £15.75 £11.50 £12.00
90th Percentile £82.25 £48.75 £60.87
England median hourly rate £22.63 £24.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year -7.65% +28.95% -15.56%

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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 21 July 2019.

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 21 July 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 21 July 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 +5 210 £444 -1.39% 110
Berkshire +1 141 £425 +6.25% 55
Surrey +34 114 £480 +9.71% 50
Hampshire +2 102 £463 +15.63% 49
Buckinghamshire +1 51 £462 +42.23% 31
West Sussex -9 41 £375 -6.25% 14
East Sussex -6 25 £375 -11.76% 14
Oxfordshire +9 18 £400 -12.57% 25
Kent -8 7 £340 -24.44% 19
QA
England

For the 6 months to 21 July 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.

1 196 (38.97%) Agile Software Development
2 165 (32.80%) Test Automation
3 95 (18.89%) Microsoft Azure
4 90 (17.89%) JIRA
5 83 (16.50%) Microsoft
6 82 (16.30%) C#
7 80 (15.90%) Finance
8 76 (15.11%) Windows
9 75 (14.91%) DevOps
10 74 (14.71%) SQL
10 74 (14.71%) Scrum
11 73 (14.51%) Selenium
12 68 (13.52%) Java
13 67 (13.32%) Degree
14 64 (12.72%) User Acceptance Testing
15 59 (11.73%) Oracle
16 56 (11.13%) JavaScript
16 56 (11.13%) SDLC
17 55 (10.93%) .NET
18 54 (10.74%) Project Management
19 50 (9.94%) Git (software)
19 50 (9.94%) BDD
20 49 (9.74%) Cucumber
20 49 (9.74%) Confluence
21 48 (9.54%) Manual Testing
21 48 (9.54%) Continuous Improvement
22 47 (9.34%) Test Strategy
23 46 (9.15%) Problem-Solving
24 45 (8.95%) Test Scripting
25 43 (8.55%) Stakeholder Management

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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 49 (9.74%) Confluence
2 20 (3.98%) SharePoint
3 13 (2.58%) CMS
3 13 (2.58%) Skype for Business
4 12 (2.39%) Umbraco
5 11 (2.19%) Apache
6 9 (1.79%) Apache Spark
6 9 (1.79%) WebSphere
7 8 (1.59%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 7 (1.39%) IIS
9 6 (1.19%) MS Exchange
9 6 (1.19%) WebLogic
10 4 (0.80%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 4 (0.80%) JBoss
10 4 (0.80%) Tomcat
10 4 (0.80%) WebSphere Application Server
11 3 (0.60%) ColdFusion
12 2 (0.40%) IBM Domino
12 2 (0.40%) SharePoint 2010
12 2 (0.40%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 25 (4.97%) Microsoft Excel
2 23 (4.57%) Microsoft Office
3 12 (2.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 12 (2.39%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (0.80%) Adobe Illustrator
4 4 (0.80%) Photoshop
5 3 (0.60%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.20%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 7 (1.39%) Oracle ERP
2 6 (1.19%) BusinessWorks
3 5 (0.99%) Oracle EBS
3 5 (0.99%) Oracle General Ledger
4 4 (0.80%) Dynamics CRM
4 4 (0.80%) SAP S/4HANA
5 2 (0.40%) Oracle Assets
5 2 (0.40%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.40%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 2 (0.40%) Oracle Receivables
5 2 (0.40%) Primavera
5 2 (0.40%) SAP IS-U
6 1 (0.20%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.20%) SAP FI-CA
6 1 (0.20%) SAP FSCM
6 1 (0.20%) SAP HR
6 1 (0.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 1 (0.20%) SAP Payroll
6 1 (0.20%) SAP PP
Cloud Services
1 95 (18.89%) Microsoft Azure
2 34 (6.76%) PaaS
3 29 (5.77%) Amazon AWS
4 22 (4.37%) IaaS
5 16 (3.18%) SaaS
6 13 (2.58%) Office 365
6 13 (2.58%) Power Platform
7 11 (2.19%) Loggly
8 8 (1.59%) BrowserStack
8 8 (1.59%) Cloud Computing
8 8 (1.59%) Google Cloud Platform
9 7 (1.39%) Lucidchart
9 7 (1.39%) OpenShift
10 6 (1.19%) G Suite
10 6 (1.19%) IBM Blueworks
11 5 (0.99%) Apigee
11 5 (0.99%) Dynamics 365
12 4 (0.80%) Data Lake Analytics
12 4 (0.80%) GitHub
12 4 (0.80%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 15 (2.98%) Unified Communications
2 13 (2.58%) Skype
3 12 (2.39%) Firewall
4 11 (2.19%) Internet
5 10 (1.99%) DNS
6 9 (1.79%) VPN
6 9 (1.79%) WAN
7 6 (1.19%) MPLS
7 6 (1.19%) TCP/IP
8 5 (0.99%) Ethernet
8 5 (0.99%) LAN
8 5 (0.99%) Network Security
9 4 (0.80%) ADSL
9 4 (0.80%) BGP
9 4 (0.80%) OSPF
9 4 (0.80%) Radio Access Network
9 4 (0.80%) SMTP
9 4 (0.80%) SNMP
9 4 (0.80%) VoIP
9 4 (0.80%) X.400
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (7.55%) SQL Server
2 30 (5.96%) Redis
3 12 (2.39%) Oracle Database
3 12 (2.39%) Power BI
4 9 (1.79%) Data Warehouse
5 7 (1.39%) MySQL
5 7 (1.39%) Oracle Reports
5 7 (1.39%) Relational Database
5 7 (1.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 6 (1.19%) Big Data
6 6 (1.19%) Data Lake
6 6 (1.19%) Hadoop
6 6 (1.19%) MS Access
6 6 (1.19%) Oracle Database 10g
7 5 (0.99%) Essbase
7 5 (0.99%) HDInsight
8 4 (0.80%) SQL Server 2012
8 4 (0.80%) SQL Server 2016
9 2 (0.40%) Amazon RDS
9 2 (0.40%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 90 (17.89%) JIRA
2 73 (14.51%) Selenium
3 50 (9.94%) Git (software)
4 49 (9.74%) Cucumber
5 40 (7.95%) Jenkins
6 36 (7.16%) SpecFlow
7 35 (6.96%) JMeter
8 25 (4.97%) Jasmine
9 24 (4.77%) Visual Studio
10 22 (4.37%) SoapUI
11 20 (3.98%) Protractor
12 19 (3.78%) TeamCity
12 19 (3.78%) WebDriver
13 17 (3.38%) Maven
14 16 (3.18%) LoadRunner
15 15 (2.98%) Visual Studio Team System
16 14 (2.78%) Subversion
17 12 (2.39%) Babel
17 12 (2.39%) Sonatype Nexus
17 12 (2.39%) webpack
General
1 80 (15.90%) Finance
2 42 (8.35%) Telecoms
3 15 (2.98%) Legal
3 15 (2.98%) Retail
4 11 (2.19%) Marketing
5 8 (1.59%) Banking
5 8 (1.59%) Manufacturing
6 6 (1.19%) Billing
6 6 (1.19%) Electronics
6 6 (1.19%) Pharmaceutical
7 4 (0.80%) Military
8 3 (0.60%) General Ledger
8 3 (0.60%) Publishing
9 2 (0.40%) Advertising
9 2 (0.40%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.40%) German Language
10 1 (0.20%) Games
10 1 (0.20%) Local Government
10 1 (0.20%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.20%) Retail Finance
Job Titles
1 95 (18.89%) Analyst
2 81 (16.10%) Developer
3 44 (8.75%) Tester
4 41 (8.15%) Test Analyst
5 27 (5.37%) Project Manager
5 27 (5.37%) Test Manager
6 26 (5.17%) Architect
7 23 (4.57%) QA Engineer
8 20 (3.98%) Business Analyst
8 20 (3.98%) Full Stack Developer
9 19 (3.78%) Automation Tester
9 19 (3.78%) QA Tester
9 19 (3.78%) Test Leader
10 18 (3.58%) QA Analyst
11 17 (3.38%) DevOps Engineer
11 17 (3.38%) Senior Developer
12 16 (3.18%) .NET Developer
12 16 (3.18%) Applications Packager
12 16 (3.18%) IT Manager
13 13 (2.58%) IT Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (10.93%) .NET
2 41 (8.15%) CSS
3 39 (7.75%) AngularJS
4 35 (6.96%) HTML
5 30 (5.96%) Node.js
6 29 (5.77%) .NET Core
7 28 (5.57%) Web Services
8 27 (5.37%) JSON
8 27 (5.37%) Swagger
9 25 (4.97%) ASP.NET
9 25 (4.97%) Sass
10 23 (4.57%) XML
11 18 (3.58%) .NET Framework
11 18 (3.58%) REST
11 18 (3.58%) RESTful
12 17 (3.38%) jQuery
13 15 (2.98%) ASP.NET Web API
14 14 (2.78%) SOAP
15 13 (2.58%) OAuth
16 12 (2.39%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 36 (7.16%) User Experience
2 34 (6.76%) Analytical Skills
3 23 (4.57%) Self-Motivation
4 19 (3.78%) Management Information System
5 18 (3.58%) Enterprise Software
6 8 (1.59%) Mobile App
6 8 (1.59%) Public Cloud
7 7 (1.39%) Virtual Team
8 5 (0.99%) Data Centre
8 5 (0.99%) Data Structures
9 4 (0.80%) Clustering
9 4 (0.80%) Driving Licence
9 4 (0.80%) Graphic Design
9 4 (0.80%) Greenfield Project
9 4 (0.80%) Smart Home
10 3 (0.60%) Algorithms
10 3 (0.60%) CMDB
10 3 (0.60%) Freedom of Information
10 3 (0.60%) Life Science
10 3 (0.60%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 76 (15.11%) Windows
2 29 (5.77%) Linux
3 26 (5.17%) Windows 7
4 21 (4.17%) Windows 10
5 18 (3.58%) Unix
6 17 (3.38%) Windows Server
7 11 (2.19%) VMS
8 10 (1.99%) Windows 8
9 5 (0.99%) Android
9 5 (0.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 5 (0.99%) Windows Server 2008
9 5 (0.99%) Windows Server 2012
10 4 (0.80%) Apple iOS
11 3 (0.60%) Solaris
11 3 (0.60%) zOS
12 2 (0.40%) Windows Server 2003
12 2 (0.40%) Windows Vista
13 1 (0.20%) AIX
13 1 (0.20%) CentOS
13 1 (0.20%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 196 (38.97%) Agile Software Development
2 165 (32.80%) Test Automation
3 75 (14.91%) DevOps
4 74 (14.71%) Scrum
5 64 (12.72%) User Acceptance Testing
6 56 (11.13%) SDLC
7 54 (10.74%) Project Management
8 50 (9.94%) BDD
9 48 (9.54%) Continuous Improvement
9 48 (9.54%) Manual Testing
10 47 (9.34%) Test Strategy
11 46 (9.15%) Problem-Solving
12 45 (8.95%) Test Scripting
13 43 (8.55%) Stakeholder Management
14 42 (8.35%) Migration
15 40 (7.95%) Configuration Management
16 37 (7.36%) Continuous Delivery
17 36 (7.16%) Mentoring
18 34 (6.76%) Continuous Integration
18 34 (6.76%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 82 (16.30%) C#
2 74 (14.71%) SQL
3 68 (13.52%) Java
4 56 (11.13%) JavaScript
5 20 (3.98%) PowerShell
5 20 (3.98%) Python
6 14 (2.78%) TypeScript
7 12 (2.39%) C
8 11 (2.19%) Java 8
9 10 (1.99%) PL/SQL
10 6 (1.19%) Groovy
10 6 (1.19%) Shell Script
10 6 (1.19%) XPath
10 6 (1.19%) XQuery
11 4 (0.80%) R
11 4 (0.80%) Ruby
12 3 (0.60%) ABAP
12 3 (0.60%) ES6
12 3 (0.60%) Scala
12 3 (0.60%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 67 (13.32%) Degree
2 43 (8.55%) ISTQB
3 40 (7.95%) Security Cleared
4 35 (6.96%) ISEB
5 24 (4.77%) DV Cleared
6 23 (4.57%) SC Cleared
7 22 (4.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 12 (2.39%) Microsoft Certification
8 12 (2.39%) PMI Certification
9 11 (2.19%) PMP
10 9 (1.79%) MCSE
11 8 (1.59%) Computer Science Degree
11 8 (1.59%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 5 (0.99%) BPSS Clearance
12 5 (0.99%) DBS Check
12 5 (0.99%) HND
13 4 (0.80%) CCNP
13 4 (0.80%) Cisco Certification
14 3 (0.60%) CCIP
14 3 (0.60%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (5.77%) PMO
2 13 (2.58%) Data Quality
3 9 (1.79%) SLA
4 8 (1.59%) WCAG
5 4 (0.80%) GDPR
6 3 (0.60%) GxP
7 1 (0.20%) FedRAMP
7 1 (0.20%) GMP
7 1 (0.20%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.20%) P3O
7 1 (0.20%) PMBOK
7 1 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 30 (5.96%) Docker
2 23 (4.57%) Active Directory
3 16 (3.18%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (2.19%) Microsoft App-V
5 9 (1.79%) Hyper-V
6 7 (1.39%) vSphere
7 5 (0.99%) VMware Workstation
7 5 (0.99%) XenApp
8 4 (0.80%) LXC
9 3 (0.60%) Firmware
10 1 (0.20%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 15 (2.98%) SCCM
2 12 (2.39%) HP ALM
3 10 (1.99%) Kubernetes
4 8 (1.59%) Ansible
5 7 (1.39%) HP Quality Center
6 5 (0.99%) Single Sign-On
7 3 (0.60%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.60%) WSUS
8 2 (0.40%) AirWatch
8 2 (0.40%) Docker Swarm
8 2 (0.40%) Microsoft Clustering
8 2 (0.40%) Nagios
8 2 (0.40%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 2 (0.40%) Puppet
8 2 (0.40%) SCOM
9 1 (0.20%) Terraform
9 1 (0.20%) ThinApp
9 1 (0.20%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 83 (16.50%) Microsoft
2 59 (11.73%) Oracle
3 28 (5.57%) HP
4 22 (4.37%) Xamarin
5 21 (4.17%) SAP
6 20 (3.98%) VMware
7 19 (3.78%) Atlassian
8 16 (3.18%) IBM
9 11 (2.19%) Google
9 11 (2.19%) New Relic
9 11 (2.19%) Salesforce.com
10 9 (1.79%) Cisco
10 9 (1.79%) Citrix
11 7 (1.39%) Adobe
12 6 (1.19%) TIBCO
13 5 (0.99%) Cypress Semiconductor
13 5 (0.99%) Informatica
13 5 (0.99%) Ivanti
13 5 (0.99%) Novell
13 5 (0.99%) webMethods