Period
to 8 August 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 8 August 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
8 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 75 60 70
Rank change year-on-year -15 +10 -3
Contract jobs citing QA 121 515 551
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 2.44% 3.49% 3.28%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 23.18% 29.24% 25.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 81 325 301
Median daily rate £400 £450 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.11% +9.09% +6.45%
10th Percentile £263 £300 £299
90th Percentile £625 £633 £575
England median daily rate £468 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +3.89% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 17 4
Median hourly rate £21.00 £43.91 £33.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -52.17% +32.06% +56.47%
10th Percentile £16.41 £13.35 £14.73
90th Percentile £40.56 £54.65 £42.33
England median hourly rate £27.18 £22.43 £30.00
% change year-on-year +21.15% -25.23% +66.67%

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 522 1,761 2,203
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 10.52% 11.94% 13.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 283 1,015 1,237
Median daily rate £400 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% - +3.66%
10th Percentile £230 £213 £239
90th Percentile £624 £588 £625
England median daily rate £465 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +3.33% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 97 86
Median hourly rate £20.00 £42.50 £24.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -52.94% +75.26% +25.97%
10th Percentile £11.25 £14.80 £10.88
90th Percentile £45.70 £82.50 £48.13
Median hourly rate £27.09 £22.00 £24.50
% change year-on-year +23.13% -10.20% +22.81%

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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 8 August 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 8 August 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 8 August 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 -19 40 £375 -11.76% 19
Hampshire +14 33 £475 +2.70% 8
Surrey +3 26 £451 -9.75% 5
Berkshire -10 23 £413 -2.94% 11
West Sussex +1 12 £600 +60.00% 12
Buckinghamshire +6 9 £342 -24.01% 3
Oxfordshire +36 8 £375 -6.25% 5
Kent +33 7 £289 -15.07%
East Sussex +18 1 £280 -25.33% 2
QA
England

For the 6 months to 8 August 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 51 (42.15%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (31.40%) Test Automation
3 22 (18.18%) JIRA
3 22 (18.18%) SQL
4 20 (16.53%) Azure
5 19 (15.70%) Test Scripting
5 19 (15.70%) Linux
6 18 (14.88%) Windows
6 18 (14.88%) DevOps
7 17 (14.05%) Selenium
7 17 (14.05%) Java
7 17 (14.05%) JavaScript
8 16 (13.22%) Finance
8 16 (13.22%) User Acceptance Testing
9 15 (12.40%) C#
10 14 (11.57%) Python
10 14 (11.57%) Microsoft
10 14 (11.57%) Continuous Integration
10 14 (11.57%) Git (software)
10 14 (11.57%) SDLC
11 13 (10.74%) SC Cleared
11 13 (10.74%) Security Cleared
11 13 (10.74%) Continuous Improvement
11 13 (10.74%) DNS
11 13 (10.74%) .NET
11 13 (10.74%) Scrum
12 12 (9.92%) Migration
12 12 (9.92%) ISTQB
12 12 (9.92%) Oracle
12 12 (9.92%) Functional Testing

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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 5 (4.13%) Confluence
2 4 (3.31%) Umbraco
3 3 (2.48%) Apache
3 3 (2.48%) nginx
4 2 (1.65%) Exchange Server 2013
4 2 (1.65%) JBoss
4 2 (1.65%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.65%) Skype for Business
4 2 (1.65%) WildFly
5 1 (0.83%) ArcGIS
5 1 (0.83%) CMS
5 1 (0.83%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (0.83%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (1.65%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (1.65%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.83%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (0.83%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (2.48%) Oracle ERP
2 2 (1.65%) Magento
2 2 (1.65%) Maximo
2 2 (1.65%) Oracle Assets
2 2 (1.65%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (1.65%) Oracle General Ledger
2 2 (1.65%) Oracle Payables
2 2 (1.65%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 2 (1.65%) Oracle Receivables
3 1 (0.83%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.83%) Misys Midas
3 1 (0.83%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.83%) SAP HR
3 1 (0.83%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (0.83%) SimCorp Dimension
3 1 (0.83%) thinkFolio
3 1 (0.83%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 20 (16.53%) Azure
2 11 (9.09%) AWS
3 5 (4.13%) Office 365
4 4 (3.31%) Coveralls
4 4 (3.31%) Logic Apps
4 4 (3.31%) PaaS
5 3 (2.48%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (1.65%) AWS Lambda
6 2 (1.65%) AWS Step Functions
6 2 (1.65%) BlazeMeter
6 2 (1.65%) Power Platform
6 2 (1.65%) Serverless
6 2 (1.65%) SuccessFactors
7 1 (0.83%) Amazon ElastiCache
7 1 (0.83%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.83%) AWS CodeBuild
7 1 (0.83%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.83%) GCP
7 1 (0.83%) OpenShift
7 1 (0.83%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 13 (10.74%) DNS
2 6 (4.96%) HTTP
2 6 (4.96%) Internet
2 6 (4.96%) WAN
3 5 (4.13%) MPLS
3 5 (4.13%) Network Security
3 5 (4.13%) VPN
4 4 (3.31%) BGP
4 4 (3.31%) EIGRP
4 4 (3.31%) Ethernet
4 4 (3.31%) Firewall
4 4 (3.31%) IPsec
4 4 (3.31%) OSPF
4 4 (3.31%) PPP
4 4 (3.31%) RIP
4 4 (3.31%) SNMP
4 4 (3.31%) TACACS
4 4 (3.31%) TCP/IP
4 4 (3.31%) Unified Communications
4 4 (3.31%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (8.26%) SQL Server
2 9 (7.44%) NoSQL
3 7 (5.79%) Redis
3 7 (5.79%) Relational Database
4 5 (4.13%) Apache Cassandra
4 5 (4.13%) Big Data
4 5 (4.13%) Cosmos DB
4 5 (4.13%) Data Lake
5 4 (3.31%) MySQL
5 4 (3.31%) RDBMS
6 3 (2.48%) Oracle Reports
7 2 (1.65%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (1.65%) Essbase
7 2 (1.65%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (1.65%) Power BI
7 2 (1.65%) Snowflake Schema
8 1 (0.83%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.83%) Oracle Database 12c
8 1 (0.83%) SAP BW
8 1 (0.83%) SAP Data Services
Development Applications
1 22 (18.18%) JIRA
2 17 (14.05%) Selenium
3 14 (11.57%) Git (software)
4 11 (9.09%) Jenkins
5 8 (6.61%) TeamCity
6 7 (5.79%) SpecFlow
7 5 (4.13%) JUnit
8 4 (3.31%) Babel
8 4 (3.31%) Bitbucket Server
8 4 (3.31%) Cucumber
8 4 (3.31%) Gatling
8 4 (3.31%) Gradle
8 4 (3.31%) gulp
8 4 (3.31%) Jasmine
8 4 (3.31%) Maven
8 4 (3.31%) Mocha
8 4 (3.31%) Octopus Deploy
8 4 (3.31%) SoapUI
8 4 (3.31%) SonarQube
8 4 (3.31%) webpack
General
1 16 (13.22%) Finance
2 7 (5.79%) Telecoms
3 4 (3.31%) Back Office
3 4 (3.31%) Public Sector
4 3 (2.48%) Legal
5 2 (1.65%) Automotive
5 2 (1.65%) General Ledger
5 2 (1.65%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.65%) Marketing
6 1 (0.83%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.83%) Banking
6 1 (0.83%) Electronics
6 1 (0.83%) Publishing
6 1 (0.83%) Retail
Job Titles
1 18 (14.88%) Developer
1 18 (14.88%) Tester
2 15 (12.40%) Analyst
3 9 (7.44%) .NET Developer
3 9 (7.44%) QA Tester
4 8 (6.61%) Test Analyst
5 6 (4.96%) QA Engineer
6 5 (4.13%) C# Developer
6 5 (4.13%) DevOps Developer
6 5 (4.13%) DevOps Engineer
6 5 (4.13%) Network Engineer
6 5 (4.13%) QA Analyst
6 5 (4.13%) Test Manager
7 4 (3.31%) Architect
7 4 (3.31%) Automation Tester
7 4 (3.31%) C# .NET Developer
7 4 (3.31%) QA Test Analyst
7 4 (3.31%) Senior .NET Developer
7 4 (3.31%) Senior C# .NET Developer
7 4 (3.31%) Senior C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (10.74%) .NET
2 10 (8.26%) XML
3 9 (7.44%) ASP.NET
3 9 (7.44%) ASP.NET MVC
4 7 (5.79%) HTML
5 6 (4.96%) CSS
5 6 (4.96%) SOAP
6 5 (4.13%) .NET Core
6 5 (4.13%) .NET Framework
6 5 (4.13%) Entity Framework
6 5 (4.13%) jQuery
6 5 (4.13%) Kafka
6 5 (4.13%) Redux
6 5 (4.13%) SAML
6 5 (4.13%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 5 (4.13%) XSLT
7 4 (3.31%) ASP.NET Web API
7 4 (3.31%) Node.js
7 4 (3.31%) Oracle Fusion
7 4 (3.31%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 10 (8.26%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (3.31%) Data Centre
2 4 (3.31%) Management Information System
3 3 (2.48%) Enterprise Software
3 3 (2.48%) Greenfield Project
3 3 (2.48%) Linux Command Line
3 3 (2.48%) NHS
3 3 (2.48%) Public Cloud
3 3 (2.48%) Self-Motivation
3 3 (2.48%) User Experience
4 2 (1.65%) Mobile App
5 1 (0.83%) CMDB
5 1 (0.83%) Data Structures
5 1 (0.83%) e-Learning
5 1 (0.83%) Life Science
5 1 (0.83%) Machine to Machine
5 1 (0.83%) Podcast
5 1 (0.83%) Private Cloud
5 1 (0.83%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 19 (15.70%) Linux
2 18 (14.88%) Windows
3 8 (6.61%) Unix
4 5 (4.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 4 (3.31%) Windows Server
6 3 (2.48%) SUSE
7 2 (1.65%) Ubuntu
7 2 (1.65%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.83%) Android
8 1 (0.83%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.83%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (42.15%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (31.40%) Test Automation
3 19 (15.70%) Test Scripting
4 18 (14.88%) DevOps
5 16 (13.22%) User Acceptance Testing
6 14 (11.57%) Continuous Integration
6 14 (11.57%) SDLC
7 13 (10.74%) Continuous Improvement
7 13 (10.74%) Scrum
8 12 (9.92%) Functional Testing
8 12 (9.92%) Migration
9 10 (8.26%) MVC
10 9 (7.44%) BDD
10 9 (7.44%) Test Strategy
10 9 (7.44%) Unit Testing
11 8 (6.61%) ERP
11 8 (6.61%) Project Delivery
11 8 (6.61%) Software Engineering
12 7 (5.79%) Service Delivery
12 7 (5.79%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (18.18%) SQL
2 17 (14.05%) Java
2 17 (14.05%) JavaScript
3 15 (12.40%) C#
4 14 (11.57%) Python
5 6 (4.96%) Bash Shell
5 6 (4.96%) T-SQL
6 5 (4.13%) XAML
7 3 (2.48%) Groovy
7 3 (2.48%) PHP
7 3 (2.48%) TypeScript
8 2 (1.65%) Perl
8 2 (1.65%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.83%) C++
9 1 (0.83%) F#
9 1 (0.83%) Ruby
9 1 (0.83%) Scala
9 1 (0.83%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.83%) VBA
Qualifications
1 13 (10.74%) SC Cleared
1 13 (10.74%) Security Cleared
2 12 (9.92%) ISTQB
3 10 (8.26%) ISEB
4 8 (6.61%) Degree
4 8 (6.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 6 (4.96%) CCNA
5 6 (4.96%) Cisco Certification
6 4 (3.31%) BC Cleared
6 4 (3.31%) BPSS Clearance
6 4 (3.31%) CCDP
6 4 (3.31%) CCIP
6 4 (3.31%) CCNP
7 2 (1.65%) MCP
7 2 (1.65%) MCSA
7 2 (1.65%) MCSE
7 2 (1.65%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.83%) ISEB Practitioner
8 1 (0.83%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.83%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.13%) PMO
1 5 (4.13%) SLA
2 1 (0.83%) COBIT
2 1 (0.83%) Data Quality
2 1 (0.83%) GDPR
2 1 (0.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.83%) P3O
2 1 (0.83%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 11 (9.09%) Docker
2 4 (3.31%) Active Directory
3 3 (2.48%) Hyper-V
4 2 (1.65%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (1.65%) vSphere
5 1 (0.83%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.83%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.83%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 6 (4.96%) Kubernetes
2 5 (4.13%) Opscode Chef
3 4 (3.31%) Single Sign-On
4 3 (2.48%) Ansible
5 2 (1.65%) Microsoft Intune
5 2 (1.65%) Terraform
6 1 (0.83%) Consul
6 1 (0.83%) Docker Swarm
6 1 (0.83%) EMC NetWorker
6 1 (0.83%) HAProxy
6 1 (0.83%) Packer
6 1 (0.83%) SCCM
6 1 (0.83%) vRealize
6 1 (0.83%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 14 (11.57%) Microsoft
2 12 (9.92%) Oracle
3 8 (6.61%) Cisco
4 7 (5.79%) SAP
5 6 (4.96%) Salesforce.com
6 5 (4.13%) Xamarin
7 4 (3.31%) Intel
7 4 (3.31%) Juniper
7 4 (3.31%) Red Hat
8 3 (2.48%) Alcatel-Lucent
8 3 (2.48%) Remedy
8 3 (2.48%) VMware
9 2 (1.65%) CheckPoint
9 2 (1.65%) Polycom
9 2 (1.65%) Sitecore
9 2 (1.65%) Software AG
9 2 (1.65%) Yealink
10 1 (0.83%) EMC
10 1 (0.83%) HP
10 1 (0.83%) webMethods