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 26 March 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
England / South East
Rank 72 88 60
Rank change year-on-year +16 -28  
Contract jobs citing QA 217 210 301
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 2.81% 2.28% 3.07%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 24.08% 19.66% 23.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 128 134 174
Median daily rate £411 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.53% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £271 £230 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £537 £483 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £366 £350
% change year-on-year -0.27% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 7 1
Median hourly rate £27.00 £47.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -43.15% +18.75%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.50 £39.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year -32.05% +6.84%  

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 901 1068 1286
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 11.65% 11.58% 13.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 543 620 651
Median daily rate £425 £386 £381
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.24% +1.18%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £500 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 53 38
Median hourly rate £30.00 £35.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.28% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £61.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.90 £41.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -51.46% +41.37%  

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East citing QA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

Job vacancy trend for QA in the South East

QA
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

QA
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 26 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in the South East

QA
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 26 March 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
Hampshire +12 50 £400 +2.56% 15
Berkshire +14 43 £400 +3.89% 17
Surrey +30 40 £450 +5.88% 22
Buckinghamshire +10 36 £355 +18.33% 9
Oxfordshire +3 25 £450 +5.88% 11
West Sussex -17 14 £398 +9.86% 4
East Sussex +5 5 £213 -43.33% 3
Middlesex +5 3 £525 -
Home Counties - 1 - -
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 26 March 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.

1 154 (32.63%) Agile Software Development
2 109 (23.09%) Finance
3 104 (22.03%) Java
4 97 (20.55%) Selenium
5 69 (14.62%) SQL
6 67 (14.19%) Project Management
6 67 (14.19%) Degree
7 62 (13.14%) JIRA
8 58 (12.29%) Scrum
8 58 (12.29%) Microsoft
9 55 (11.65%) TDD
10 52 (11.02%) Cucumber
11 51 (10.81%) XML
12 49 (10.38%) JavaScript
12 49 (10.38%) Regression Testing
13 48 (10.17%) BDD
13 48 (10.17%) Security Cleared
14 46 (9.75%) HTML
15 45 (9.53%) Mentoring
16 43 (9.11%) PRINCE2
17 42 (8.90%) Analytical Skills
18 41 (8.69%) Jenkins
19 40 (8.47%) Windows
20 39 (8.26%) Stakeholder Management
20 39 (8.26%) Test Automation
21 38 (8.05%) User Acceptance Testing
22 37 (7.84%) Test Scripting
22 37 (7.84%) WebDriver
22 37 (7.84%) Publishing
23 36 (7.63%) Web Services

QA
Top Related 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 18 (3.81%) CMS
2 15 (3.18%) JBoss
3 14 (2.97%) Confluence
4 8 (1.69%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 8 (1.69%) WordPress
5 7 (1.48%) Tomcat
6 6 (1.27%) SharePoint
6 6 (1.27%) WebSphere
7 5 (1.06%) Apache
7 5 (1.06%) Cloud Foundry
8 4 (0.85%) Commerce Server
8 4 (0.85%) Joomla!
9 3 (0.64%) Apache Spark
9 3 (0.64%) ArcGIS
9 3 (0.64%) IBM HTTP Server
9 3 (0.64%) WebSphere Application Server
10 2 (0.42%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.42%) GemFire
10 2 (0.42%) Sitecore CMS
10 2 (0.42%) Umbraco
Applications
1 34 (7.20%) MS Excel
2 19 (4.03%) MS Office
3 16 (3.39%) MS Project
4 11 (2.33%) MS PowerPoint
5 8 (1.69%) Fireworks
5 8 (1.69%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.42%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 2 (0.42%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.21%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 5 (1.06%) Dynamics CRM
1 5 (1.06%) Oracle Applications
1 5 (1.06%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (0.85%) SAP GRC
3 3 (0.64%) Fredhopper
3 3 (0.64%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.42%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.42%) HFM
4 2 (0.42%) Magento
4 2 (0.42%) Maximo
5 1 (0.21%) Infor M3
5 1 (0.21%) Movex
5 1 (0.21%) Oracle BPM
5 1 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.21%) Oracle Receivables
5 1 (0.21%) SAP GTS
5 1 (0.21%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 21 (4.45%) Amazon AWS
2 12 (2.54%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (0.85%) Office 365
4 3 (0.64%) GitHub
4 3 (0.64%) Google Analytics
5 2 (0.42%) Adobe Analytics
5 2 (0.42%) OpenShift
5 2 (0.42%) Oracle CX
5 2 (0.42%) PaaS
5 2 (0.42%) SaaS
6 1 (0.21%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.21%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.21%) Amazon ElastiCache
6 1 (0.21%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.21%) Amazon SQS
6 1 (0.21%) AWS Lambda
6 1 (0.21%) CloudFront
6 1 (0.21%) CloudSense
6 1 (0.21%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 24 (5.08%) Internet
2 15 (3.18%) DNS
3 14 (2.97%) SMTP
4 12 (2.54%) GSM
4 12 (2.54%) LTE
5 11 (2.33%) Firewall
5 11 (2.33%) HSPA
5 11 (2.33%) WCDMA
6 10 (2.12%) HTTP
7 8 (1.69%) SSL
8 7 (1.48%) FTP
8 7 (1.48%) LDAP
9 6 (1.27%) Intranet
9 6 (1.27%) SNMP
9 6 (1.27%) TCP/IP
9 6 (1.27%) VPN
10 5 (1.06%) Network Security
11 3 (0.64%) IMAP
11 3 (0.64%) NAS
11 3 (0.64%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (5.30%) SQL Server
2 14 (2.97%) Relational Database
3 12 (2.54%) Data Warehouse
3 12 (2.54%) RDBMS
4 10 (2.12%) Oracle Database
5 9 (1.91%) MarkLogic
5 9 (1.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 8 (1.69%) MongoDB
7 6 (1.27%) Big Data
7 6 (1.27%) GIS
7 6 (1.27%) Hadoop
7 6 (1.27%) HBase
7 6 (1.27%) MySQL
8 5 (1.06%) DB2
8 5 (1.06%) NoSQL
8 5 (1.06%) Oracle Reports
8 5 (1.06%) PostgreSQL
8 5 (1.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 4 (0.85%) Apache Hive
9 4 (0.85%) SAP Data Services
Development Applications
1 97 (20.55%) Selenium
2 62 (13.14%) JIRA
3 52 (11.02%) Cucumber
4 41 (8.69%) Jenkins
5 37 (7.84%) WebDriver
6 30 (6.36%) Git (software)
7 25 (5.30%) JUnit
8 21 (4.45%) Team Foundation Server
9 18 (3.81%) SoapUI
10 12 (2.54%) Xcode
11 11 (2.33%) Android Studio
12 10 (2.12%) Subversion
13 9 (1.91%) SpecFlow
14 8 (1.69%) Axure RP
15 6 (1.27%) Calabash
15 6 (1.27%) Gradle
15 6 (1.27%) LoadRunner
16 5 (1.06%) IntelliJ
16 5 (1.06%) MSI
16 5 (1.06%) Visual Studio
General
1 109 (23.09%) Finance
2 37 (7.84%) Publishing
3 30 (6.36%) Marketing
4 17 (3.60%) Telecoms
5 15 (3.18%) Banking
6 14 (2.97%) Legal
7 13 (2.75%) Pharmaceutical
8 9 (1.91%) Local Government
9 8 (1.69%) Games
9 8 (1.69%) Manufacturing
9 8 (1.69%) Retail
10 5 (1.06%) Law
11 4 (0.85%) Electronics
11 4 (0.85%) Military
12 3 (0.64%) Advertising
13 2 (0.42%) Investment Banking
14 1 (0.21%) Arabic Language
14 1 (0.21%) Automotive
14 1 (0.21%) Billing
14 1 (0.21%) German Language
Job Titles
1 96 (20.34%) Analyst
2 55 (11.65%) Project Manager
3 46 (9.75%) Developer
4 42 (8.90%) Tester
5 36 (7.63%) QA Analyst
6 33 (6.99%) Test Analyst
7 31 (6.57%) QA Tester
8 27 (5.72%) QA Engineer
9 26 (5.51%) Architect
10 24 (5.08%) IT Manager
11 23 (4.87%) Automation Tester
12 22 (4.66%) QA Test Analyst
13 19 (4.03%) IT Project Manager
14 18 (3.81%) Automation Test Analyst
14 18 (3.81%) QA Automation Engineer
14 18 (3.81%) QA Automation Tester
14 18 (3.81%) Test Engineer
15 17 (3.60%) Java Developer
16 16 (3.39%) Consultant
16 16 (3.39%) Quality Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (10.81%) XML
2 46 (9.75%) HTML
3 36 (7.63%) Web Services
4 35 (7.42%) CSS
5 28 (5.93%) .NET
6 20 (4.24%) REST
7 17 (3.60%) SOAP
8 15 (3.18%) JSON
9 13 (2.75%) RESTful
9 13 (2.75%) Spring
9 13 (2.75%) XSLT
10 11 (2.33%) JSF
11 10 (2.12%) AngularJS
11 10 (2.12%) Gherkin
12 9 (1.91%) Node.js
13 8 (1.69%) Ajax
13 8 (1.69%) Middleware
14 7 (1.48%) ASP.NET
14 7 (1.48%) OAuth
14 7 (1.48%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 42 (8.90%) Analytical Skills
2 32 (6.78%) Management Information System
3 28 (5.93%) User Experience
4 22 (4.66%) Mobile App
5 11 (2.33%) Data Centre
5 11 (2.33%) Life Science
6 9 (1.91%) Virtual Team
7 8 (1.69%) Enterprise Software
7 8 (1.69%) Public Cloud
8 6 (1.27%) Linux Command Line
8 6 (1.27%) PMI
9 5 (1.06%) iPad
9 5 (1.06%) NHS
10 4 (0.85%) Client/Server
10 4 (0.85%) Computer Science
10 4 (0.85%) Driving Licence
10 4 (0.85%) PKI
11 3 (0.64%) CCTV
11 3 (0.64%) FMCG
11 3 (0.64%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 40 (8.47%) Windows
2 29 (6.14%) Linux
3 25 (5.30%) Android
4 21 (4.45%) Unix
5 13 (2.75%) Apple iOS
6 9 (1.91%) Windows Server
6 9 (1.91%) Windows Server 2008
7 4 (0.85%) Ubuntu
8 3 (0.64%) AIX
8 3 (0.64%) Solaris
8 3 (0.64%) Windows 10
9 2 (0.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.42%) VMS
9 2 (0.42%) Windows Server 2003
9 2 (0.42%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (0.42%) Windows Vista
10 1 (0.21%) MVS
10 1 (0.21%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 154 (32.63%) Agile Software Development
2 67 (14.19%) Project Management
3 58 (12.29%) Scrum
4 55 (11.65%) TDD
5 49 (10.38%) Regression Testing
6 48 (10.17%) BDD
7 45 (9.53%) Mentoring
8 43 (9.11%) PRINCE2
9 39 (8.26%) Stakeholder Management
9 39 (8.26%) Test Automation
10 38 (8.05%) User Acceptance Testing
11 37 (7.84%) Test Scripting
12 36 (7.63%) Automated Testing
13 34 (7.20%) Unit Testing
13 34 (7.20%) User Stories
14 33 (6.99%) Defect Management
15 32 (6.78%) ITIL
15 32 (6.78%) SDLC
15 32 (6.78%) Test Strategy
16 31 (6.57%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 104 (22.03%) Java
2 69 (14.62%) SQL
3 49 (10.38%) JavaScript
4 31 (6.57%) C#
5 27 (5.72%) Python
6 17 (3.60%) C
6 17 (3.60%) Scala
7 15 (3.18%) PL/SQL
8 12 (2.54%) Objective-C
9 11 (2.33%) Apple Swift
9 11 (2.33%) PHP
9 11 (2.33%) Shell Script
10 10 (2.12%) Ruby
11 9 (1.91%) XQuery
12 8 (1.69%) PowerShell
13 7 (1.48%) T-SQL
14 6 (1.27%) VB
15 4 (0.85%) C++
15 4 (0.85%) Groovy
15 4 (0.85%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 67 (14.19%) Degree
2 48 (10.17%) Security Cleared
3 34 (7.20%) SC Cleared
4 20 (4.24%) ISEB
5 19 (4.03%) PMI Certification
6 16 (3.39%) ISTQB
6 16 (3.39%) PMP
6 16 (3.39%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 14 (2.97%) DV Cleared
8 11 (2.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 10 (2.12%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 9 (1.91%) CCNA
10 9 (1.91%) CCNP
10 9 (1.91%) Cisco Certification
11 4 (0.85%) CISSP
11 4 (0.85%) CompTIA Security+
11 4 (0.85%) RHCE
11 4 (0.85%) Security+ Certification
12 3 (0.64%) APMP
12 3 (0.64%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (6.36%) PMO
2 10 (2.12%) Data Quality
3 7 (1.48%) SDET
4 6 (1.27%) WCAG
5 5 (1.06%) PCI DSS
5 5 (1.06%) SLA
6 4 (0.85%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.64%) COBIT
7 3 (0.64%) GMP
7 3 (0.64%) GxP
8 2 (0.42%) Disclosure Scotland
8 2 (0.42%) EFQM
9 1 (0.21%) ISO 9000
9 1 (0.21%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 1 (0.21%) WAI
System Software
1 11 (2.33%) Active Directory
2 5 (1.06%) HDFS
3 2 (0.42%) BitLocker
3 2 (0.42%) Oracle RAC
3 2 (0.42%) Virtual Desktop
3 2 (0.42%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.21%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 1 (0.21%) Docker
4 1 (0.21%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.21%) Time Sharing Option
4 1 (0.21%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 7 (1.48%) HP Quality Center
1 7 (1.48%) TeamSite
2 5 (1.06%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 5 (1.06%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 4 (0.85%) SCCM
4 3 (0.64%) Ansible
5 2 (0.42%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (0.42%) Netcool
5 2 (0.42%) WSUS
6 1 (0.21%) Amdocs OSS
6 1 (0.21%) Data Guard
6 1 (0.21%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 1 (0.21%) Netcool/OMNIbus
6 1 (0.21%) Netcool/Webtop
6 1 (0.21%) SCOM
6 1 (0.21%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.21%) Tivoli Monitoring
6 1 (0.21%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 58 (12.29%) Microsoft
2 35 (7.42%) Oracle
3 30 (6.36%) SAP
4 12 (2.54%) Apple
5 11 (2.33%) Cisco
6 10 (2.12%) Adobe
6 10 (2.12%) HP
7 8 (1.69%) Informatica
8 7 (1.48%) Citrix
8 7 (1.48%) Red Hat
9 6 (1.27%) Pega
9 6 (1.27%) Remedy
9 6 (1.27%) Splunk
10 5 (1.06%) BMC
10 5 (1.06%) IBM
10 5 (1.06%) Rackspace
10 5 (1.06%) Salesforce.com
10 5 (1.06%) VMware
11 4 (0.85%) Intel Security
11 4 (0.85%) OpenText
Fareham, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £250 - £270 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Maidstone, Kent
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 4 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Rullion
Posted: 4 days ago
Worthing, West Sussex
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450 - £500 per day + DOE
Posted: 2 days ago
Milton Keynes
VASSIT
Rate: £0 - £85,000 per year
Posted: 5 days ago
Berkshire
Premier Media
Rate: £80 - £100 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Maidenhead, Berkshire
Difrent
Rate: Up to £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Brighton, East Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Brighton, East Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Hook, Hampshire
Rullion
Rate: £320 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Ampersand Consulting
Rate: £300 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Havant, Hampshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Rate: £45 - £55 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Hook, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
Woking, Surrey
Experis Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago