Period
to 18 June 2018

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 18 June 2018 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
18 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 79 50 71
Rank change year-on-year -29 +21 +9
Contract jobs citing QA 120 213 166
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 2.41% 4.07% 2.84%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 20.37% 31.09% 21.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 82 130 101
South West median daily rate £375 £362 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.73% -6.71% +9.15%
10th Percentile £300 £231 £240
90th Percentile £531 £467 £475
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 9 1
South West median hourly rate £108.75 £37.50 £50.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +190.00% -25.74% +31.17%
10th Percentile £53.38 £29.50 £49.25
90th Percentile £173.13 £40.75 £51.75
England median hourly rate £21.90 £25.50 £22.06
% change year-on-year -14.12% +15.61% -29.84%

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 589 685 761
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 11.83% 13.08% 13.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 341 422 489
South West median daily rate £415 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.67% - -6.25%
10th Percentile £270 £200 £230
90th Percentile £575 £538 £581
England median daily rate £450 £450 £413
% change year-on-year - +9.09% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 60 54
South West median hourly rate £42.50 £37.50 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -10.71% +5.00%
10th Percentile £12.75 £11.00 £22.58
90th Percentile £53.13 £77.50 £52.50
England median hourly rate £24.56 £19.70 £24.00
% change year-on-year +24.67% -17.92% +14.29%

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 18 June 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in the South West

QA
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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in the South West over the 6 months to 18 June 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 18 June 2018. 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
Wiltshire +1 29 £400 -5.88% 9
Bristol -31 23 £395 +22.48% 29
Somerset +6 20 £474 +26.33% 10
Gloucestershire +11 13 £300 - 9
Devon -25 13 £375 -3.85% 8
Dorset -10 7 £363 -16.67% 9
Cornwall -6 3 £338 +95.65%
QA
England

For the 6 months to 18 June 2018, 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 66 (55.00%) Agile Software Development
2 42 (35.00%) Test Automation
3 27 (22.50%) JIRA
4 25 (20.83%) C#
5 22 (18.33%) .NET
6 21 (17.50%) Stakeholder Management
7 20 (16.67%) Linux
7 20 (16.67%) Microsoft
7 20 (16.67%) DevOps
8 19 (15.83%) User Acceptance Testing
9 18 (15.00%) Finance
9 18 (15.00%) Problem-Solving
10 16 (13.33%) Docker
10 16 (13.33%) Selenium
11 15 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
11 15 (12.50%) SQL Server
11 15 (12.50%) Continuous Delivery
12 14 (11.67%) Microservices
12 14 (11.67%) Windows
12 14 (11.67%) Security Cleared
12 14 (11.67%) Atlassian
12 14 (11.67%) Business Analysis
13 13 (10.83%) Web Services
13 13 (10.83%) Continuous Improvement
14 12 (10.00%) REST
14 12 (10.00%) Ansible
15 11 (9.17%) User Stories
15 11 (9.17%) PRINCE2
15 11 (9.17%) SQL
15 11 (9.17%) ISEB

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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 11 (9.17%) Confluence
2 5 (4.17%) Apache Spark
2 5 (4.17%) Skype for Business
3 2 (1.67%) CMS
3 2 (1.67%) IIS
4 1 (0.83%) Apache Pig
4 1 (0.83%) Apache Qpid
4 1 (0.83%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.83%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (2.50%) Microsoft Office
1 3 (2.50%) Microsoft Project
2 2 (1.67%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.67%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.83%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.83%) Oracle Financials
1 1 (0.83%) Oracle General Ledger
Cloud Services
1 10 (8.33%) Amazon AWS
2 9 (7.50%) Office 365
3 5 (4.17%) IaaS
3 5 (4.17%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (3.33%) Sauce Labs
5 3 (2.50%) SaaS
6 2 (1.67%) PaaS
7 1 (0.83%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 11 (9.17%) Firewall
2 10 (8.33%) Kerberos
2 10 (8.33%) Network Security
3 5 (4.17%) Skype
4 4 (3.33%) Wi-Fi
5 3 (2.50%) DHCP
5 3 (2.50%) DNS
6 2 (1.67%) Cisco Nexus
7 1 (0.83%) BGP
7 1 (0.83%) Cisco ASA
7 1 (0.83%) Cisco IOS
7 1 (0.83%) EIGRP
7 1 (0.83%) MPLS
7 1 (0.83%) NAS
7 1 (0.83%) OSPF
7 1 (0.83%) SAN
7 1 (0.83%) SNMP
7 1 (0.83%) Spanning Tree
7 1 (0.83%) TACACS
7 1 (0.83%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 10 (8.33%) Hadoop
3 5 (4.17%) Apache Hive
3 5 (4.17%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (4.17%) Relational Database
4 4 (3.33%) HBase
5 2 (1.67%) Big Data
6 1 (0.83%) Oracle BI EE
6 1 (0.83%) Oracle BI Publisher
6 1 (0.83%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 27 (22.50%) JIRA
2 16 (13.33%) Selenium
3 10 (8.33%) SpecFlow
4 8 (6.67%) Jenkins
4 8 (6.67%) JMeter
5 7 (5.83%) WebDriver
6 6 (5.00%) Gatling
6 6 (5.00%) Maven
7 5 (4.17%) Git (software)
7 5 (4.17%) JIRA Agile
7 5 (4.17%) Sonatype Nexus
7 5 (4.17%) Vagrant
7 5 (4.17%) Visual Studio
8 4 (3.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 4 (3.33%) Bitbucket
8 4 (3.33%) NUnit
9 3 (2.50%) MSI
9 3 (2.50%) Team Foundation Server
9 3 (2.50%) Visual Studio Team System
10 2 (1.67%) LoadRunner
General
1 18 (15.00%) Finance
2 10 (8.33%) Banking
2 10 (8.33%) Manufacturing
3 8 (6.67%) Automotive
4 6 (5.00%) Retail
5 2 (1.67%) Electronics
5 2 (1.67%) General Ledger
5 2 (1.67%) Marketing
5 2 (1.67%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.83%) Billing
6 1 (0.83%) Military
Job Titles
1 44 (36.67%) Analyst
2 19 (15.83%) Business Analyst
3 16 (13.33%) Test Analyst
4 10 (8.33%) .NET Architect
4 10 (8.33%) Architect
4 10 (8.33%) Developer
5 9 (7.50%) Project Manager
6 8 (6.67%) DevOps Engineer
6 8 (6.67%) QA Analyst
7 7 (5.83%) Technical Architect
7 7 (5.83%) Tester
8 6 (5.00%) Automotive Business Analyst
8 6 (5.00%) Operations Engineer
8 6 (5.00%) QA Engineer
9 5 (4.17%) QA Test Analyst
9 5 (4.17%) Technical Leader
9 5 (4.17%) Test Leader
10 4 (3.33%) Consultant
10 4 (3.33%) ETL Developer
10 4 (3.33%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (18.33%) .NET
2 13 (10.83%) Web Services
3 12 (10.00%) REST
4 10 (8.33%) .NET Core
4 10 (8.33%) LDAP
5 9 (7.50%) .NET Framework
5 9 (7.50%) ASP.NET
5 9 (7.50%) ASP.NET Web API
6 7 (5.83%) Gherkin
7 5 (4.17%) HTML
8 4 (3.33%) JSON
9 1 (0.83%) Ajax
9 1 (0.83%) CSS
9 1 (0.83%) Kafka
9 1 (0.83%) Mason
9 1 (0.83%) RabbitMQ
9 1 (0.83%) SOAP
9 1 (0.83%) WebCenter
9 1 (0.83%) XHTML
9 1 (0.83%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (5.83%) Enterprise Software
2 7 (5.83%) iPad
2 7 (5.83%) Self-Motivation
3 5 (4.17%) Management Information System
4 4 (3.33%) Linked Data
4 4 (3.33%) User Experience
5 3 (2.50%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.67%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.67%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (0.83%) Data Structures
7 1 (0.83%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 20 (16.67%) Linux
2 14 (11.67%) Windows
3 9 (7.50%) Unix
4 7 (5.83%) Windows 10
5 6 (5.00%) Windows 7
6 5 (4.17%) CentOS
7 4 (3.33%) Windows XP
8 2 (1.67%) Windows Server
9 1 (0.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (55.00%) Agile Software Development
2 42 (35.00%) Test Automation
3 21 (17.50%) Stakeholder Management
4 20 (16.67%) DevOps
5 19 (15.83%) User Acceptance Testing
6 18 (15.00%) Problem-Solving
7 15 (12.50%) Continuous Delivery
7 15 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
8 14 (11.67%) Business Analysis
8 14 (11.67%) Microservices
9 13 (10.83%) Continuous Improvement
10 11 (9.17%) PRINCE2
10 11 (9.17%) User Stories
10 11 (9.17%) Validation
11 10 (8.33%) People Management
11 10 (8.33%) Process Improvement
12 9 (7.50%) E-Commerce
12 9 (7.50%) Open Source
12 9 (7.50%) Test Strategy
13 8 (6.67%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 25 (20.83%) C#
2 11 (9.17%) SQL
3 9 (7.50%) Java
4 3 (2.50%) C
5 2 (1.67%) JavaScript
5 2 (1.67%) T-SQL
5 2 (1.67%) VB
6 1 (0.83%) C++
6 1 (0.83%) Java 8
6 1 (0.83%) Perl
6 1 (0.83%) PowerShell
6 1 (0.83%) Python
6 1 (0.83%) Ruby
6 1 (0.83%) Scala
Qualifications
1 14 (11.67%) Security Cleared
2 11 (9.17%) ISEB
3 9 (7.50%) ISTQB
3 9 (7.50%) SC Cleared
4 6 (5.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 6 (5.00%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 3 (2.50%) PMP
6 2 (1.67%) Degree
7 1 (0.83%) APMP
7 1 (0.83%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.83%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (0.83%) Master's Degree
7 1 (0.83%) MCDST
7 1 (0.83%) MCP
7 1 (0.83%) MCSE
7 1 (0.83%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.83%) PMI Certification
7 1 (0.83%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.67%) Data Quality
2 1 (0.83%) GDPR
2 1 (0.83%) IFRS
2 1 (0.83%) PMO
2 1 (0.83%) SLA
System Software
1 16 (13.33%) Docker
2 7 (5.83%) Active Directory
3 4 (3.33%) HDFS
4 2 (1.67%) Hyper-V
4 2 (1.67%) Microsoft App-V
4 2 (1.67%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (1.67%) XenApp
4 2 (1.67%) XenServer
5 1 (0.83%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 12 (10.00%) Ansible
2 9 (7.50%) Kubernetes
3 5 (4.17%) SCCM
4 2 (1.67%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.83%) Grafana
5 1 (0.83%) Graphite
5 1 (0.83%) Graylog
5 1 (0.83%) Icinga
5 1 (0.83%) Nagios
5 1 (0.83%) Oozie
5 1 (0.83%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.83%) Puppet
5 1 (0.83%) Single Sign-On
5 1 (0.83%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 20 (16.67%) Microsoft
2 14 (11.67%) Atlassian
3 6 (5.00%) Oracle
4 5 (4.17%) Red Hat
4 5 (4.17%) Symantec
5 4 (3.33%) Cloudera
5 4 (3.33%) Talend
6 3 (2.50%) Cisco
6 3 (2.50%) HP
6 3 (2.50%) Veracode
6 3 (2.50%) VMware
7 2 (1.67%) Citrix
7 2 (1.67%) Palo Alto
7 2 (1.67%) SAP
8 1 (0.83%) Aruba
8 1 (0.83%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.83%) Siebel
8 1 (0.83%) Sitecore
8 1 (0.83%) SolarWinds
8 1 (0.83%) Tableau