Period
to 18 December 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 December 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 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 84 61 58
Rank change year-on-year -23 -3 +3
Contract jobs citing QA 172 186 188
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 2.63% 3.35% 3.37%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 25.94% 26.50% 24.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 110 135 130
South West median daily rate £425 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% +7.14% +1.45%
10th Percentile £261 £293 £224
90th Percentile £675 £506 £488
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 4 7
South West median hourly rate £37.50 £26.50 £33.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +41.51% -20.90% -8.22%
10th Percentile £17.55 £12.80 £6.65
90th Percentile £42.60 £42.85 £53.50
England median hourly rate £36.00 £21.55 £22.23
% change year-on-year +67.03% -3.03% +11.13%

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 663 702 753
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 10.12% 12.65% 13.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 416 447 547
South West median daily rate £440 £410 £396
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.32% +3.54% +5.60%
10th Percentile £231 £263 £208
90th Percentile £600 £575 £538
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 31 43
South West median hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £38.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -7.89% -6.17%
10th Percentile £15.25 £12.50 £10.60
90th Percentile £45.00 £47.50 £65.75
England median hourly rate £20.25 £21.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -3.60% -6.67% +2.27%

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 December 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 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for QA in the South West

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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 December 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
Bristol -37 56 £375 +5.63% 46
Wiltshire -20 41 £450 - 10
Somerset +12 37 £475 +18.01% 10
Devon +3 14 £325 -21.21% 7
Gloucestershire -21 8 £306 -2.78% 8
Dorset -1 6 £425 +13.33% 11
Cornwall -13 2 £310 -11.43% 4
QA
England

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 93 (54.07%) Agile Software Development
2 79 (45.93%) Test Automation
3 49 (28.49%) Selenium
4 38 (22.09%) Microsoft
5 37 (21.51%) C#
6 32 (18.60%) Scrum
7 31 (18.02%) Security Cleared
7 31 (18.02%) BDD
7 31 (18.02%) Acceptance Criteria
8 30 (17.44%) Test Strategy
8 30 (17.44%) Finance
9 29 (16.86%) Java
10 28 (16.28%) Git (software)
11 27 (15.70%) Manual Testing
12 26 (15.12%) Test Scripting
13 25 (14.53%) REST
14 24 (13.95%) Analytical Skills
14 24 (13.95%) ISEB
15 22 (12.79%) API Testing
16 21 (12.21%) WebDriver
16 21 (12.21%) Team Foundation Server
16 21 (12.21%) Cucumber
16 21 (12.21%) Jenkins
17 20 (11.63%) DevOps
17 20 (11.63%) Problem-Solving
17 20 (11.63%) JavaScript
17 20 (11.63%) Windows
17 20 (11.63%) JIRA
18 19 (11.05%) SQL
18 19 (11.05%) SQL Server

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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 (6.40%) CMS
2 8 (4.65%) Drupal
3 7 (4.07%) Confluence
4 6 (3.49%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 5 (2.91%) Mule
6 4 (2.33%) Apache Qpid
6 4 (2.33%) Skype for Business
7 2 (1.16%) MS Project Server
7 2 (1.16%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.58%) Apache
8 1 (0.58%) Tomcat
Applications
1 13 (7.56%) Microsoft Excel
2 12 (6.98%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (6.98%) Microsoft Project
3 7 (4.07%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (2.33%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.58%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 4 (2.33%) Primavera
2 2 (1.16%) SAP CRM
2 2 (1.16%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.58%) Actimize
3 1 (0.58%) SAP CRM for Utilities
3 1 (0.58%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 9 (5.23%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (4.65%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (4.65%) Sauce Labs
3 5 (2.91%) Office 365
4 4 (2.33%) GitHub
4 4 (2.33%) IaaS
5 3 (1.74%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 3 (1.74%) Amazon EC2
5 3 (1.74%) Amazon S3
5 3 (1.74%) PaaS
5 3 (1.74%) Route 53
5 3 (1.74%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 2 (1.16%) BrowserStack
6 2 (1.16%) SaaS
7 1 (0.58%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.58%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.58%) Boomi
7 1 (0.58%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.58%) G Suite
7 1 (0.58%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.33%) Skype
2 3 (1.74%) SSH
3 1 (0.58%) Firewall
3 1 (0.58%) LAN
3 1 (0.58%) OpenVPN
3 1 (0.58%) SMS
3 1 (0.58%) VPN
3 1 (0.58%) WAN
3 1 (0.58%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (11.05%) SQL Server
2 10 (5.81%) GIS
3 7 (4.07%) Relational Database
4 5 (2.91%) Data Warehouse
4 5 (2.91%) MySQL
5 4 (2.33%) OLAP
5 4 (2.33%) RDBMS
5 4 (2.33%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (1.74%) Oracle Reports
6 3 (1.74%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (1.16%) SQL Server 2016
7 2 (1.16%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (1.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (1.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.58%) Geospatial Data
8 1 (0.58%) MarkLogic
8 1 (0.58%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.58%) Redis
8 1 (0.58%) SAP BW
8 1 (0.58%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 49 (28.49%) Selenium
2 28 (16.28%) Git (software)
3 21 (12.21%) Cucumber
3 21 (12.21%) Jenkins
3 21 (12.21%) Team Foundation Server
3 21 (12.21%) WebDriver
4 20 (11.63%) JIRA
5 15 (8.72%) Maven
6 14 (8.14%) SoapUI
7 12 (6.98%) JMeter
8 11 (6.40%) Bitbucket
9 7 (4.07%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 5 (2.91%) SpecFlow
10 5 (2.91%) TeamCity
10 5 (2.91%) Visual Studio
11 4 (2.33%) Ant
11 4 (2.33%) Cobertura
11 4 (2.33%) Gatling
11 4 (2.33%) Gradle
12 3 (1.74%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 30 (17.44%) Finance
2 10 (5.81%) Banking
2 10 (5.81%) Manufacturing
3 9 (5.23%) Telecoms
4 8 (4.65%) Marketing
5 6 (3.49%) Aerospace
6 5 (2.91%) Electronics
6 5 (2.91%) Retail
7 4 (2.33%) Back Office
7 4 (2.33%) Legal
8 3 (1.74%) Law
8 3 (1.74%) Publishing
9 2 (1.16%) Automotive
10 1 (0.58%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.58%) Games
10 1 (0.58%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 29 (16.86%) Analyst
2 27 (15.70%) Tester
3 23 (13.37%) Test Leader
4 11 (6.40%) QA Tester
5 10 (5.81%) Consultant
5 10 (5.81%) Developer
5 10 (5.81%) Test Analyst
6 9 (5.23%) QA Engineer
6 9 (5.23%) Software Tester
7 8 (4.65%) Business Analyst
7 8 (4.65%) DevOps Engineer
7 8 (4.65%) Project Manager
7 8 (4.65%) Test Engineer
8 7 (4.07%) Automation Tester
9 6 (3.49%) Automation Test Lead
9 6 (3.49%) QA Test Engineer
9 6 (3.49%) Test Automation Engineer
9 6 (3.49%) Test Manager
10 5 (2.91%) Architect
10 5 (2.91%) DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (14.53%) REST
2 18 (10.47%) HTML
3 16 (9.30%) .NET
4 9 (5.23%) CSS
5 8 (4.65%) SOAP
6 7 (4.07%) Web Services
7 6 (3.49%) ASP.NET Web API
7 6 (3.49%) WebdriverIO
8 5 (2.91%) ASP.NET
8 5 (2.91%) Spring
9 4 (2.33%) Gherkin
9 4 (2.33%) Kafka
9 4 (2.33%) Node.js
9 4 (2.33%) RabbitMQ
9 4 (2.33%) RESTful
10 3 (1.74%) ASP.NET MVC
10 3 (1.74%) ASP.NET MVC 4
10 3 (1.74%) ASP.NET MVC 5
10 3 (1.74%) Elastic Stack
10 3 (1.74%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 24 (13.95%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (8.72%) Management Information System
3 6 (3.49%) Data Structures
4 4 (2.33%) Self-Motivation
4 4 (2.33%) User Experience
5 3 (1.74%) Blog
5 3 (1.74%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (1.74%) PMI
5 3 (1.74%) Wiki
6 2 (1.16%) Cyberthreat
6 2 (1.16%) IVR
6 2 (1.16%) PKI
6 2 (1.16%) Robotics
7 1 (0.58%) Algorithms
7 1 (0.58%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.58%) Digital Media
7 1 (0.58%) NHS
7 1 (0.58%) Renewable Energy
7 1 (0.58%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.58%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 20 (11.63%) Windows
2 12 (6.98%) Linux
3 4 (2.33%) Windows 7
4 3 (1.74%) Windows XP
5 2 (1.16%) Android
5 2 (1.16%) Apple iOS
5 2 (1.16%) Unix
5 2 (1.16%) Windows 10
5 2 (1.16%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.58%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 93 (54.07%) Agile Software Development
2 79 (45.93%) Test Automation
3 32 (18.60%) Scrum
4 31 (18.02%) Acceptance Criteria
4 31 (18.02%) BDD
5 30 (17.44%) Test Strategy
6 27 (15.70%) Manual Testing
7 26 (15.12%) Test Scripting
8 22 (12.79%) API Testing
9 20 (11.63%) DevOps
9 20 (11.63%) Problem-Solving
10 19 (11.05%) Continuous Deployment
11 18 (10.47%) Continuous Improvement
12 17 (9.88%) Continuous Integration
12 17 (9.88%) Workflow
13 16 (9.30%) Project Management
14 14 (8.14%) User Acceptance Testing
14 14 (8.14%) User Stories
15 13 (7.56%) PRINCE2
15 13 (7.56%) QA Automation
Programming Languages
1 37 (21.51%) C#
2 29 (16.86%) Java
3 20 (11.63%) JavaScript
4 19 (11.05%) SQL
5 11 (6.40%) PowerShell
6 8 (4.65%) VBScript
7 7 (4.07%) C
8 6 (3.49%) Python
9 4 (2.33%) Bash Shell
9 4 (2.33%) Perl
9 4 (2.33%) PHP
9 4 (2.33%) T-SQL
10 3 (1.74%) Shell Script
11 2 (1.16%) VB
12 1 (0.58%) C++
12 1 (0.58%) ES6
12 1 (0.58%) ES7
12 1 (0.58%) PHP 7
12 1 (0.58%) TypeScript
12 1 (0.58%) VBA
Qualifications
1 31 (18.02%) Security Cleared
2 24 (13.95%) ISEB
3 16 (9.30%) DV Cleared
4 15 (8.72%) Degree
4 15 (8.72%) ISTQB
5 13 (7.56%) SC Cleared
6 7 (4.07%) BPSS Clearance
6 7 (4.07%) Computer Science Degree
7 6 (3.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 4 (2.33%) Master's Degree
8 4 (2.33%) PMP
9 3 (1.74%) Numerate Degree
9 3 (1.74%) PMI Certification
10 2 (1.16%) CESG Certified Professional
10 2 (1.16%) CISSP
11 1 (0.58%) HNC
11 1 (0.58%) MCDST
11 1 (0.58%) MCP
11 1 (0.58%) Microsoft Certification
11 1 (0.58%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (4.65%) WCAG
2 7 (4.07%) PMO
3 2 (1.16%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.58%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.58%) JSP 440
System Software
1 5 (2.91%) Docker
2 4 (2.33%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.16%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 9 (5.23%) Ansible
2 8 (4.65%) WMI
3 7 (4.07%) Puppet
4 6 (3.49%) Kubernetes
5 4 (2.33%) Nagios
5 4 (2.33%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (2.33%) SCCM
6 3 (1.74%) Terraform
7 2 (1.16%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.58%) Business Desktop Deployment
8 1 (0.58%) Kibana
8 1 (0.58%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 1 (0.58%) vMotion
Vendors
1 38 (22.09%) Microsoft
2 13 (7.56%) SAP
3 11 (6.40%) Oracle
4 10 (5.81%) hybris
5 6 (3.49%) Atlassian
6 4 (2.33%) Symantec
6 4 (2.33%) Veracode
7 2 (1.16%) Cadence
7 2 (1.16%) HP
8 1 (0.58%) CA
8 1 (0.58%) Cisco
8 1 (0.58%) Dell
8 1 (0.58%) ILOG
8 1 (0.58%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.58%) Siemens
8 1 (0.58%) Unisys
8 1 (0.58%) VMware