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 3 months to 29 June 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
3 months to
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 59 89 75
Rank change year-on-year +30 -14  
Contract jobs citing QA 263 214 245
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 3.41% 2.40% 2.60%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 27.51% 20.08% 21.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 161 139 156
South East median daily rate £395 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.25% +6.66%  
10th Percentile £294 £254 £234
90th Percentile £545 £550 £488
England median daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +3.65% +2.50%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 5 4
South East median hourly rate £15.00 £22.50 £56.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.35% -59.82%  
10th Percentile £10.30 £14.80 £25.43
90th Percentile £24.88 £37.00 £58.00
England median hourly rate £18.00 £16.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +12.50% -54.28%  

QA is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next 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 and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
South East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 956 1066 1121
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 12.38% 11.97% 11.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 770 796 727
South East median daily rate £425 £410 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.65% +5.12%  
10th Percentile £260 £250 £255
90th Percentile £538 £550 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £408
% change year-on-year +5.88% +4.29%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 70 53
South East median hourly rate £16.00 £21.34 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.03% +15.36%  
10th Percentile £10.53 £12.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £49.00 £48.75 £40.15
England median hourly rate £22.50 £28.00 £21.55
% change year-on-year -19.64% +29.93%  

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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 3 months to 29 June 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

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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 3 months to 29 June 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 3 months to 29 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Berkshire +9 50 £313 -23.31% 13
Hampshire +20 43 £375 - 17
West Sussex +37 40 £398 +22.30% 3
Surrey +15 40 £433 -1.14% 28
Buckinghamshire +7 38 £350 +45.83% 8
Oxfordshire -14 24 £411 -3.23% 14
East Sussex -2 18 £425 +6.25% 6
Kent +2 7 £425 +112.50% 2
Middlesex +11 2 £616 +86.51%
Sussex +2 2 £450 -
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England

For the 6 months to 29 June 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.

1 184 (37.25%) Agile Software Development
2 128 (25.91%) Test Automation
3 120 (24.29%) Finance
4 119 (24.09%) Java
5 80 (16.19%) SQL
6 75 (15.18%) TDD
6 75 (15.18%) Degree
7 70 (14.17%) Selenium
8 67 (13.56%) Scrum
9 65 (13.16%) JIRA
10 62 (12.55%) Web Services
11 61 (12.35%) Continuous Integration
12 57 (11.54%) Git (software)
13 56 (11.34%) SDLC
14 55 (11.13%) Project Management
15 54 (10.93%) Mentoring
16 51 (10.32%) REST
17 50 (10.12%) Jenkins
18 49 (9.92%) PRINCE2
19 47 (9.51%) JavaScript
20 45 (9.11%) Microsoft
21 44 (8.91%) Security Cleared
22 43 (8.70%) ITIL
23 42 (8.50%) SOAP
23 42 (8.50%) Analytical Skills
24 41 (8.30%) BDD
24 41 (8.30%) Regression Testing
25 39 (7.89%) Cucumber
25 39 (7.89%) Test Scripting
25 39 (7.89%) Mobile App

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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 15 (3.04%) SharePoint
2 12 (2.43%) Confluence
2 12 (2.43%) JBoss
3 9 (1.82%) Tomcat
4 7 (1.42%) ArcGIS
4 7 (1.42%) CMS
5 6 (1.21%) Documentum
5 6 (1.21%) IIS
6 5 (1.01%) Mule
6 5 (1.01%) Mule ESB
6 5 (1.01%) SharePoint 2013
6 5 (1.01%) WordPress
7 4 (0.81%) MS Project Server
7 4 (0.81%) SharePoint 2010
8 3 (0.61%) Cloud Foundry
8 3 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2010
8 3 (0.61%) MS Exchange
8 3 (0.61%) WebSphere
9 2 (0.40%) Apache
9 2 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 22 (4.45%) Microsoft Project
2 20 (4.05%) Microsoft Office
3 14 (2.83%) Microsoft Excel
4 10 (2.02%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (1.01%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.40%) Acrobat
6 2 (0.40%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 2 (0.40%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.40%) InDesign
6 2 (0.40%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.40%) RoboHelp
7 1 (0.20%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 6 (1.21%) Maximo
2 4 (0.81%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.81%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (0.81%) SAP ERP
3 3 (0.61%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.40%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.20%) Infor M3
5 1 (0.20%) Movex
5 1 (0.20%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.20%) Oracle BPM
5 1 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.20%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.20%) Pega PRPC
5 1 (0.20%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.20%) SAP Business One
5 1 (0.20%) SAP HCM
5 1 (0.20%) SAP MM
5 1 (0.20%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 31 (6.28%) Amazon AWS
2 9 (1.82%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (1.82%) OpenShift
3 8 (1.62%) GitHub
3 8 (1.62%) Office 365
4 6 (1.21%) SaaS
5 3 (0.61%) Google Analytics
6 2 (0.40%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 2 (0.40%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (0.40%) Amazon ElastiCache
6 2 (0.40%) Amazon S3
6 2 (0.40%) Amazon SQS
6 2 (0.40%) AWS Lambda
6 2 (0.40%) CloudFront
6 2 (0.40%) Oracle CX
6 2 (0.40%) Oracle Service Cloud
6 2 (0.40%) Taleo
7 1 (0.20%) CloudSense
7 1 (0.20%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.20%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 31 (6.28%) Internet
2 19 (3.85%) Firewall
3 17 (3.44%) LTE
4 14 (2.83%) GSM
5 12 (2.43%) DNS
6 11 (2.23%) HSPA
6 11 (2.23%) WCDMA
7 9 (1.82%) SMTP
8 7 (1.42%) HTTP
8 7 (1.42%) Network Security
9 6 (1.21%) LAN
9 6 (1.21%) SNMP
9 6 (1.21%) TCP/IP
10 5 (1.01%) DHCP
10 5 (1.01%) Radio Access Network
10 5 (1.01%) Wireless
11 4 (0.81%) 802.11
11 4 (0.81%) IPsec
11 4 (0.81%) MPLS
11 4 (0.81%) Telepresence
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (6.07%) SQL Server
2 16 (3.24%) Data Warehouse
2 16 (3.24%) MongoDB
3 14 (2.83%) Oracle Database
4 11 (2.23%) Relational Database
5 10 (2.02%) GIS
6 9 (1.82%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
7 7 (1.42%) Geospatial Data
7 7 (1.42%) Oracle Database 11g
7 7 (1.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 5 (1.01%) Big Data
8 5 (1.01%) Oracle Reports
9 4 (0.81%) BusinessObjects
9 4 (0.81%) DB2
9 4 (0.81%) RDBMS
9 4 (0.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 3 (0.61%) Power BI
10 3 (0.61%) Redis
10 3 (0.61%) SQL Server 2008
10 3 (0.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 70 (14.17%) Selenium
2 65 (13.16%) JIRA
3 57 (11.54%) Git (software)
4 50 (10.12%) Jenkins
5 39 (7.89%) Cucumber
6 22 (4.45%) WebDriver
7 20 (4.05%) JUnit
8 18 (3.64%) Maven
9 17 (3.44%) Team Foundation Server
10 14 (2.83%) Protractor
11 13 (2.63%) Calabash
11 13 (2.63%) IntelliJ
12 12 (2.43%) LoadRunner
13 10 (2.02%) Mocha
13 10 (2.02%) Subversion
14 9 (1.82%) Android Studio
14 9 (1.82%) Gradle
14 9 (1.82%) Karma Test Runner
14 9 (1.82%) SoapUI
14 9 (1.82%) Xcode
General
1 120 (24.29%) Finance
2 26 (5.26%) Banking
3 23 (4.66%) Publishing
4 22 (4.45%) Pharmaceutical
4 22 (4.45%) Telecoms
5 21 (4.25%) Marketing
6 18 (3.64%) Retail
7 11 (2.23%) Law
8 10 (2.02%) Corporate Banking
9 9 (1.82%) Manufacturing
10 7 (1.42%) Electronics
10 7 (1.42%) Legal
11 4 (0.81%) Billing
11 4 (0.81%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.61%) Advertising
12 3 (0.61%) Investment Banking
13 2 (0.40%) Back Office
13 2 (0.40%) Games
14 1 (0.20%) Military
14 1 (0.20%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 87 (17.61%) Analyst
2 57 (11.54%) Developer
2 57 (11.54%) Project Manager
3 55 (11.13%) Tester
4 39 (7.89%) Automation Tester
5 36 (7.29%) Architect
6 35 (7.09%) QA Analyst
6 35 (7.09%) Test Analyst
7 32 (6.48%) QA Tester
8 26 (5.26%) QA Engineer
9 24 (4.86%) Test Manager
10 23 (4.66%) Test Engineer
11 21 (4.25%) QA Automation Tester
12 20 (4.05%) QA Test Analyst
13 19 (3.85%) Java Developer
14 18 (3.64%) IT Manager
15 16 (3.24%) Consultant
15 16 (3.24%) QA Automation Engineer
16 15 (3.04%) Senior Manager
17 14 (2.83%) Senior Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 62 (12.55%) Web Services
2 51 (10.32%) REST
3 42 (8.50%) SOAP
4 36 (7.29%) HTML
5 31 (6.28%) .NET
6 26 (5.26%) CSS
7 25 (5.06%) XML
8 24 (4.86%) AngularJS
9 18 (3.64%) Node.js
10 17 (3.44%) RESTful
11 14 (2.83%) Spring
12 12 (2.43%) React
13 11 (2.23%) HTML5
13 11 (2.23%) OAuth
14 9 (1.82%) Chai
14 9 (1.82%) JSF
15 8 (1.62%) JMS
15 8 (1.62%) jQuery
15 8 (1.62%) SAML
16 7 (1.42%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 42 (8.50%) Analytical Skills
2 39 (7.89%) Mobile App
3 35 (7.09%) Management Information System
4 19 (3.85%) Life Science
5 17 (3.44%) User Experience
6 10 (2.02%) Data Centre
6 10 (2.02%) Enterprise Software
7 8 (1.62%) Greenfield Project
7 8 (1.62%) Virtual Team
8 7 (1.42%) PMI
9 6 (1.21%) Computer Science
10 5 (1.01%) Algorithms
10 5 (1.01%) CMDB
10 5 (1.01%) Linux Command Line
11 4 (0.81%) PKI
11 4 (0.81%) Public Cloud
12 3 (0.61%) iPad
12 3 (0.61%) Mainframe
12 3 (0.61%) Photography
12 3 (0.61%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 35 (7.09%) Windows
2 29 (5.87%) Linux
3 20 (4.05%) Android
4 14 (2.83%) Unix
5 11 (2.23%) Apple iOS
6 9 (1.82%) AIX
6 9 (1.82%) Solaris
6 9 (1.82%) Windows Server
6 9 (1.82%) Windows Server 2008
7 8 (1.62%) Windows 7
8 7 (1.42%) Windows 10
9 6 (1.21%) Windows Server 2012
10 5 (1.01%) Windows Vista
11 4 (0.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 4 (0.81%) Ubuntu
12 2 (0.40%) Windows Server 2003
13 1 (0.20%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 184 (37.25%) Agile Software Development
2 128 (25.91%) Test Automation
3 75 (15.18%) TDD
4 67 (13.56%) Scrum
5 61 (12.35%) Continuous Integration
6 56 (11.34%) SDLC
7 55 (11.13%) Project Management
8 54 (10.93%) Mentoring
9 49 (9.92%) PRINCE2
10 43 (8.70%) ITIL
11 41 (8.30%) BDD
11 41 (8.30%) Regression Testing
12 39 (7.89%) Test Scripting
13 37 (7.49%) Stakeholder Management
14 36 (7.29%) Migration
15 33 (6.68%) User Acceptance Testing
16 31 (6.28%) Test Management
17 30 (6.07%) Software Engineering
18 29 (5.87%) Change Management
18 29 (5.87%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 119 (24.09%) Java
2 80 (16.19%) SQL
3 47 (9.51%) JavaScript
4 29 (5.87%) C#
5 28 (5.67%) Python
6 15 (3.04%) VB
7 14 (2.83%) C
7 14 (2.83%) PowerShell
7 14 (2.83%) Ruby
8 13 (2.63%) PHP
9 10 (2.02%) Apple Swift
10 9 (1.82%) Objective-C
11 8 (1.62%) Groovy
11 8 (1.62%) PL/SQL
12 7 (1.42%) Shell Script
13 6 (1.21%) Korn
14 5 (1.01%) Scala
14 5 (1.01%) T-SQL
15 4 (0.81%) VB.NET
16 3 (0.61%) C++
Qualifications
1 75 (15.18%) Degree
2 44 (8.91%) Security Cleared
3 32 (6.48%) SC Cleared
4 26 (5.26%) ISEB
5 24 (4.86%) ISTQB
5 24 (4.86%) PMI Certification
6 22 (4.45%) PMP
7 15 (3.04%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 14 (2.83%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 13 (2.63%) DV Cleared
10 11 (2.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 11 (2.23%) Numerate Degree
11 9 (1.82%) CISSP
12 8 (1.62%) IRCA
13 6 (1.21%) CCNP
13 6 (1.21%) Cisco Certification
14 5 (1.01%) CCNA
14 5 (1.01%) Computer Science Degree
14 5 (1.01%) ITIL Certification
15 4 (0.81%) CompTIA Security+
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (6.48%) PMO
2 9 (1.82%) GxP
3 8 (1.62%) SLA
4 5 (1.01%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.81%) GMP
6 3 (0.61%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.40%) COBIT
7 2 (0.40%) EFQM
7 2 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.20%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.20%) GDPR
8 1 (0.20%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.20%) ISO 9000
8 1 (0.20%) JSP 440
System Software
1 12 (2.43%) Active Directory
1 12 (2.43%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (0.81%) Docker
2 4 (0.81%) Microsoft Virtual Server
2 4 (0.81%) Virtual Servers
3 2 (0.40%) BitLocker
3 2 (0.40%) Oracle RAC
3 2 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.20%) Apache Flume
4 1 (0.20%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 1 (0.20%) HDFS
4 1 (0.20%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.20%) Oracle Clusterware
4 1 (0.20%) ProxySG
4 1 (0.20%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
4 1 (0.20%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 15 (3.04%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (1.01%) SCCM
3 4 (0.81%) McAfee ePO
4 3 (0.61%) Ansible
4 3 (0.61%) Netcool
4 3 (0.61%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 2 (0.40%) Host Intrusion Detection System
5 2 (0.40%) NSN NetAct
5 2 (0.40%) Red Hat Satellite
5 2 (0.40%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.20%) Amdocs OSS
6 1 (0.20%) Data Guard
6 1 (0.20%) Grafana
6 1 (0.20%) Marathon
6 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 1 (0.20%) Netcool/Webtop
6 1 (0.20%) Puppet
6 1 (0.20%) SCOM
6 1 (0.20%) Terraform
6 1 (0.20%) vRealize
Vendors
1 45 (9.11%) Microsoft
2 37 (7.49%) Oracle
3 35 (7.09%) SAP
4 31 (6.28%) HP
5 15 (3.04%) IBM
6 14 (2.83%) Remedy
6 14 (2.83%) VMware
7 12 (2.43%) Cisco
8 11 (2.23%) Red Hat
9 9 (1.82%) Apple
9 9 (1.82%) Informatica
9 9 (1.82%) New Relic
9 9 (1.82%) Salesforce.com
10 8 (1.62%) Citrix
10 8 (1.62%) McAfee
10 8 (1.62%) OpenText
10 8 (1.62%) Pega
11 6 (1.21%) Adobe
11 6 (1.21%) Cognos
11 6 (1.21%) Mapinfo
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