Period
to 24 July 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West 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 24 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 West
6 months to
24 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 87 88 52
Rank change year-on-year +1 -36 +16
Contract jobs citing QA 166 129 216
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 2.67% 2.42% 3.93%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 25.74% 21.72% 29.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 116 81 130
South West median daily rate £421 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.33% - -6.25%
10th Percentile £263 £225 £247
90th Percentile £600 £550 £466
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 9
South West median hourly rate £35.00 £108.75 £34.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -67.82% +212.95% +17.80%
England median hourly rate £25.88 £30.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year -13.75% +66.67% -18.18%

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 West with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
South West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 645 594 724
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 10.37% 11.16% 13.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 386 352 444
South West median daily rate £420 £408 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.07% +8.67% -
10th Percentile £256 £258 £201
90th Percentile £606 £586 £555
England median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 35 64
South West median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +21.43% -16.67%
10th Percentile £14.06 £13.00 £12.80
90th Percentile £54.13 £53.25 £53.38
England median hourly rate £22.43 £25.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -10.28% +31.58% -15.56%

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South West.

Job vacancy trend for QA in the South West

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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 in the South West.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in the South West

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in the South West over the 6 months to 24 July 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in the South West

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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 in the South West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in the South West

QA
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 within the South West region over the 6 months to 24 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
Bristol +17 59 £375 +11.94% 33
Wiltshire -21 41 £350 -21.79% 15
Somerset +8 27 £438 +7.69% 18
Devon -15 11 £450 +20.00% 14
Gloucestershire -19 11 £450 +38.46% 14
Dorset +3 9 £375 +5.26% 9
Cornwall +9 2 - - 5
QA
England

For the 6 months to 24 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 West region with a requirement for QA.

1 86 (51.81%) Agile Software Development
2 70 (42.17%) Test Automation
3 37 (22.29%) Java
4 36 (21.69%) Security Cleared
5 34 (20.48%) Selenium
6 31 (18.67%) Scrum
7 30 (18.07%) Cucumber
8 28 (16.87%) DevOps
9 25 (15.06%) Problem-Solving
9 25 (15.06%) Test Scripting
9 25 (15.06%) Continuous Integration
9 25 (15.06%) Microsoft
10 23 (13.86%) Integration Testing
11 22 (13.25%) TDD
11 22 (13.25%) SC Cleared
12 21 (12.65%) Acceptance Criteria
12 21 (12.65%) Mentoring
12 21 (12.65%) Finance
13 20 (12.05%) Computer Science
13 20 (12.05%) Continuous Improvement
14 19 (11.45%) Test Strategy
14 19 (11.45%) Jenkins
14 19 (11.45%) Manual Testing
14 19 (11.45%) Software Testing
15 18 (10.84%) SQL
15 18 (10.84%) JIRA
16 17 (10.24%) Degree
16 17 (10.24%) C#
16 17 (10.24%) BDD
17 16 (9.64%) JavaScript

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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 7 (4.22%) SharePoint
2 4 (2.41%) SharePoint 2013
2 4 (2.41%) Tomcat
3 3 (1.81%) Apache
3 3 (1.81%) CMS
3 3 (1.81%) Confluence
3 3 (1.81%) JBoss
4 2 (1.20%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (1.20%) IIS
4 2 (1.20%) NetWeaver
4 2 (1.20%) Skype for Business
4 2 (1.20%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.60%) Apache Solr
5 1 (0.60%) Drupal
5 1 (0.60%) Liferay
5 1 (0.60%) LiveCycle
5 1 (0.60%) MS Project Server
5 1 (0.60%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.60%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (0.60%) Umbraco
Applications
1 13 (7.83%) Microsoft Excel
2 11 (6.63%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (3.61%) Spreadsheet
4 3 (1.81%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (1.20%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 4 (2.41%) Teamcenter
2 2 (1.20%) Magento
2 2 (1.20%) SAP ERP
2 2 (1.20%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (0.60%) Primavera
3 1 (0.60%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 14 (8.43%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (7.23%) Office 365
3 10 (6.02%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (2.41%) Power Platform
4 4 (2.41%) SaaS
5 3 (1.81%) PaaS
6 2 (1.20%) Google Analytics
6 2 (1.20%) Google Cloud Platform
6 2 (1.20%) Sauce Labs
7 1 (0.60%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.60%) Amazon SQS
7 1 (0.60%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.60%) BrowserStack
7 1 (0.60%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.60%) Google Sheets
7 1 (0.60%) IaaS
7 1 (0.60%) Mailgun
7 1 (0.60%) Qubole
7 1 (0.60%) Serverless
7 1 (0.60%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.41%) RS-232
1 4 (2.41%) RS-485
2 2 (1.20%) Ethernet
2 2 (1.20%) Internet
2 2 (1.20%) Skype
3 1 (0.60%) GPRS
3 1 (0.60%) GSM
3 1 (0.60%) HTTP
3 1 (0.60%) Intranet
3 1 (0.60%) LTE
3 1 (0.60%) Network Security
3 1 (0.60%) PBX
3 1 (0.60%) SMS
3 1 (0.60%) SSL
3 1 (0.60%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.60%) UMTS
3 1 (0.60%) WCDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.01%) EDRMS
2 4 (2.41%) GIS
2 4 (2.41%) Oracle Database
2 4 (2.41%) Power BI
2 4 (2.41%) SQL Server
3 3 (1.81%) NoSQL
3 3 (1.81%) Oracle Database 12c
3 3 (1.81%) Oracle Reports
3 3 (1.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (1.20%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.20%) MongoDB
4 2 (1.20%) QlikView
5 1 (0.60%) Amazon Redshift
5 1 (0.60%) BigQuery
5 1 (0.60%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (0.60%) Data Mining
5 1 (0.60%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.60%) MySQL
5 1 (0.60%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.60%) WhereScape RED
Development Applications
1 34 (20.48%) Selenium
2 30 (18.07%) Cucumber
3 19 (11.45%) Jenkins
4 18 (10.84%) JIRA
5 12 (7.23%) Team Foundation Server
6 8 (4.82%) Git (software)
7 7 (4.22%) JMeter
7 7 (4.22%) Visual Studio
8 6 (3.61%) Maven
8 6 (3.61%) SpecFlow
9 5 (3.01%) SoapUI
10 4 (2.41%) JUnit
10 4 (2.41%) WebDriver
11 3 (1.81%) Eclipse
11 3 (1.81%) Visual Studio Team System
12 2 (1.20%) eggPlant
12 2 (1.20%) Subversion
12 2 (1.20%) TeamCity
13 1 (0.60%) Robot Framework
13 1 (0.60%) Zephyr
General
1 21 (12.65%) Finance
2 13 (7.83%) Retail
3 7 (4.22%) Manufacturing
4 4 (2.41%) Banking
4 4 (2.41%) Marketing
5 3 (1.81%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.20%) Electronics
6 2 (1.20%) Legal
6 2 (1.20%) Military
6 2 (1.20%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.60%) Automotive
7 1 (0.60%) Billing
7 1 (0.60%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.60%) Law
Job Titles
1 35 (21.08%) Analyst
2 20 (12.05%) Test Analyst
2 20 (12.05%) Tester
3 19 (11.45%) Developer
3 19 (11.45%) Test Engineer
4 15 (9.04%) QA Tester
5 14 (8.43%) QA Analyst
6 13 (7.83%) Test Leader
7 12 (7.23%) QA Engineer
8 11 (6.63%) Software Engineer
8 11 (6.63%) Test Manager
9 10 (6.02%) Test Automation Engineer
10 8 (4.82%) QA Test Analyst
11 6 (3.61%) Administrator
11 6 (3.61%) QA Test Engineer
12 5 (3.01%) Consultant
12 5 (3.01%) Coordinator
12 5 (3.01%) Embedded Software Engineer
12 5 (3.01%) Project Coordinator
12 5 (3.01%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (6.02%) XML
2 9 (5.42%) Node.js
3 8 (4.82%) Web Services
4 7 (4.22%) AngularJS
4 7 (4.22%) CSS
4 7 (4.22%) HTML
4 7 (4.22%) Ruby on Rails
5 6 (3.61%) Gherkin
5 6 (3.61%) Jest
5 6 (3.61%) RESTful
6 5 (3.01%) .NET
6 5 (3.01%) WinForms
6 5 (3.01%) WPF
7 4 (2.41%) SOAP
7 4 (2.41%) Spring
8 3 (1.81%) J2EE
8 3 (1.81%) JSON
8 3 (1.81%) REST
9 2 (1.20%) JSP
9 2 (1.20%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 11 (6.63%) Analytical Skills
1 11 (6.63%) Self-Motivation
2 9 (5.42%) Management Information System
3 4 (2.41%) Embedded Systems
3 4 (2.41%) Greenfield Project
4 3 (1.81%) User Experience
5 2 (1.20%) Algorithms
5 2 (1.20%) Device Driver
5 2 (1.20%) Life Science
5 2 (1.20%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.60%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.60%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.60%) Taxonomies
6 1 (0.60%) Video\Live Streaming
6 1 (0.60%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 9 (5.42%) Windows
2 5 (3.01%) Linux
3 3 (1.81%) Unix
4 2 (1.20%) Embedded Linux
4 2 (1.20%) Windows 7
4 2 (1.20%) Windows XP
5 1 (0.60%) Solaris
5 1 (0.60%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 86 (51.81%) Agile Software Development
2 70 (42.17%) Test Automation
3 31 (18.67%) Scrum
4 28 (16.87%) DevOps
5 25 (15.06%) Continuous Integration
5 25 (15.06%) Problem-Solving
5 25 (15.06%) Test Scripting
6 23 (13.86%) Integration Testing
7 22 (13.25%) TDD
8 21 (12.65%) Acceptance Criteria
8 21 (12.65%) Mentoring
9 20 (12.05%) Computer Science
9 20 (12.05%) Continuous Improvement
10 19 (11.45%) Manual Testing
10 19 (11.45%) Software Testing
10 19 (11.45%) Test Strategy
11 17 (10.24%) BDD
12 16 (9.64%) Project Management
12 16 (9.64%) Risk Management
12 16 (9.64%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 37 (22.29%) Java
2 18 (10.84%) SQL
3 17 (10.24%) C#
4 16 (9.64%) JavaScript
5 11 (6.63%) C++
5 11 (6.63%) Python
6 7 (4.22%) Ruby
7 6 (3.61%) C
8 4 (2.41%) PowerShell
9 3 (1.81%) PL/SQL
10 2 (1.20%) Assembly Language
10 2 (1.20%) Embedded C++
10 2 (1.20%) Shell Script
10 2 (1.20%) T-SQL
10 2 (1.20%) VBA
11 1 (0.60%) R
Qualifications
1 36 (21.69%) Security Cleared
2 22 (13.25%) SC Cleared
3 17 (10.24%) Degree
4 14 (8.43%) ISTQB
5 13 (7.83%) ISEB
6 8 (4.82%) Computer Science Degree
7 6 (3.61%) BPSS Clearance
7 6 (3.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 4 (2.41%) BC Cleared
9 3 (1.81%) DV Cleared
10 2 (1.20%) DBS Check
10 2 (1.20%) PMP
11 1 (0.60%) APMP
11 1 (0.60%) HNC
11 1 (0.60%) HND
11 1 (0.60%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (5.42%) Data Quality
2 4 (2.41%) PMO
3 3 (1.81%) SLA
4 1 (0.60%) Def Stans
4 1 (0.60%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.60%) GDPR
4 1 (0.60%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 7 (4.22%) Docker
2 2 (1.20%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.20%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 5 (3.01%) Kubernetes
2 2 (1.20%) SCCM
3 1 (0.60%) Ansible
3 1 (0.60%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.60%) Puppet
Vendors
1 25 (15.06%) Microsoft
2 13 (7.83%) Oracle
3 11 (6.63%) hybris
4 8 (4.82%) SAP
5 4 (2.41%) Siemens
6 3 (1.81%) Google
7 2 (1.20%) Atlassian
7 2 (1.20%) Cadence
7 2 (1.20%) Lumesse
7 2 (1.20%) NGA Human Resources
7 2 (1.20%) Northgate
7 2 (1.20%) Symantec
7 2 (1.20%) Tableau
8 1 (0.60%) ATG
8 1 (0.60%) Concur
8 1 (0.60%) CyberSource
8 1 (0.60%) Demandware
8 1 (0.60%) FatWire
8 1 (0.60%) Ingenico
8 1 (0.60%) Salesforce.com