The median contractor rate for a QA Engineer was £363 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South West during the 3 months to 29 June 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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 Engineer
England / South West
3 months to
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 138 136 135
Rank change year-on-year -2 -1  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 2 5 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.073% 0.17% 0.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.076% 0.17% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 6
Median daily rate £363 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.37% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £319 £315 £331
10% offered a daily rate of more than £394 £505 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £350 £350
% change year-on-year -7.14% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the South West. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
South West
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 2617 2872 3003
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 95.72% 95.38% 95.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 5318 6450 6581
Median daily rate £375 £375 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.44%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £213 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £563 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £396 £365
% change year-on-year +1.01% +8.49%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 377 432 794
Median hourly rate £37.50 £27.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.36% +57.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.63 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.75 £44.75 £43.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year - +9.37%  

QA Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

Job postings that featured QA Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South West.

Job vacancy trend for QA Engineer in the South West

QA Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing QA Engineer in the South West.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Engineer in the South West

QA Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Engineer in the South West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA Engineer in the South West

QA Engineer
Contract Job Locations in the South West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Engineer within the South West 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
Somerset - 1 £400 - 2
Wiltshire - 1 £325 -
QA Engineer
England

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 29 June 2017, QA Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the South West region featuring QA Engineer in the job title.

1 6 (100.00%) Java
1 6 (100.00%) QA
1 6 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 5 (83.33%) Selenium
3 3 (50.00%) BDD
3 3 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (33.33%) TDD
4 2 (33.33%) Scrum
4 2 (33.33%) Git (software)
4 2 (33.33%) Jenkins
5 1 (16.67%) User Stories
5 1 (16.67%) Continuous Delivery
5 1 (16.67%) SDET
5 1 (16.67%) ATDD
5 1 (16.67%) Continuous Deployment
5 1 (16.67%) C#
5 1 (16.67%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (16.67%) WebDriver
5 1 (16.67%) SC Cleared
5 1 (16.67%) Security Cleared
5 1 (16.67%) OWASP
5 1 (16.67%) Programme Management
5 1 (16.67%) Pair Programming
5 1 (16.67%) Subversion
5 1 (16.67%) JavaScript
5 1 (16.67%) SQL
5 1 (16.67%) J2EE
5 1 (16.67%) WebLogic
5 1 (16.67%) Visual Studio
5 1 (16.67%) Web Services

QA Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West 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 1 (16.67%) ATG Dynamo
1 1 (16.67%) WebLogic
Development Applications
1 5 (83.33%) Selenium
2 2 (33.33%) Git (software)
2 2 (33.33%) Jenkins
3 1 (16.67%) Eclipse
3 1 (16.67%) IntelliJ
3 1 (16.67%) Subversion
3 1 (16.67%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (16.67%) Visual Studio
3 1 (16.67%) WebDriver
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (16.67%) J2EE
1 1 (16.67%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (16.67%) W3C
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 3 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (50.00%) BDD
3 2 (33.33%) Scrum
3 2 (33.33%) TDD
4 1 (16.67%) ATDD
4 1 (16.67%) Continuous Delivery
4 1 (16.67%) Continuous Deployment
4 1 (16.67%) E-Commerce
4 1 (16.67%) OWASP
4 1 (16.67%) Pair Programming
4 1 (16.67%) Programme Management
4 1 (16.67%) Regression Testing
4 1 (16.67%) SDET
4 1 (16.67%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 6 (100.00%) Java
2 1 (16.67%) C#
2 1 (16.67%) JavaScript
2 1 (16.67%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (16.67%) ISEB
1 1 (16.67%) SC Cleared
1 1 (16.67%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (100.00%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (16.67%) ATG