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 3 months to 22 June 2017 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
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 53 81 60
Rank change year-on-year +28 -21  
Contract jobs citing QA 99 66 86
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 3.67% 2.20% 2.77%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 29.64% 18.97% 22.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 39 61
Median daily rate £375 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £252 £275 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £457 £500 £448
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year - +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 1 1
Median hourly rate £34.75 £50.50 £38.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -31.18% +31.16%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £15.50 £37.25
% change year-on-year +61.29% -58.38%  

QA is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next 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 and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 334 348 386
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 12.39% 11.60% 12.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 200 215 267
Median daily rate £375 £380 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.31% -5.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £178 £266 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £598 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 20 11
Median hourly rate £34.75 £40.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.12% -5.88%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £33.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £50.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £28.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -12.28% +14.00%  

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West citing QA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

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 3 months to 22 June 2017.

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

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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 3 months to 22 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
Devon +10 26 £400 - 4
Bristol +1 21 £284 -29.12% 8
Wiltshire +7 16 £350 +27.27% 6
Somerset - 9 £400 - 4
Gloucestershire +7 6 £285 -35.77% 4
Cornwall - 6 £173 - 1
Dorset -1 4 £435 +1.16% 8
QA
England

For the 6 months to 22 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the South West region with a requirement for QA.

1 107 (50.47%) Agile Software Development
2 100 (47.17%) Test Automation
3 51 (24.06%) Continuous Integration
3 51 (24.06%) Java
4 41 (19.34%) Security Cleared
5 39 (18.40%) SQL
6 36 (16.98%) Selenium
7 35 (16.51%) Cucumber
8 34 (16.04%) E-Commerce
9 33 (15.57%) JavaScript
10 31 (14.62%) .NET
10 31 (14.62%) HTML
10 31 (14.62%) Software Engineering
10 31 (14.62%) Jenkins
11 28 (13.21%) TDD
11 28 (13.21%) Finance
12 27 (12.74%) BDD
13 26 (12.26%) SOAP
13 26 (12.26%) Web Services
13 26 (12.26%) C#
14 25 (11.79%) Oracle
15 24 (11.32%) XML
15 24 (11.32%) CSS
15 24 (11.32%) Test Scripting
16 23 (10.85%) User Stories
16 23 (10.85%) Scrum
17 22 (10.38%) Spring
17 22 (10.38%) Software Testing
17 22 (10.38%) Project Management
17 22 (10.38%) SC Cleared

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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 16 (7.55%) CMS
2 15 (7.08%) WebLogic
3 14 (6.60%) Apache
4 13 (6.13%) JBoss
4 13 (6.13%) WebSphere
4 13 (6.13%) WebSphere Application Server
5 8 (3.77%) NServiceBus
6 4 (1.89%) Apache Spark
7 2 (0.94%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.47%) Apache Solr
8 1 (0.47%) ATG Dynamo
8 1 (0.47%) Drupal
8 1 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.47%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.47%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 3 (1.42%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.94%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.94%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.47%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.47%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 5 (2.36%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (1.89%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.47%) Maximo
3 1 (0.47%) Primavera
3 1 (0.47%) SAP CO
3 1 (0.47%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.47%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (0.47%) SAP Hybris
3 1 (0.47%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 15 (7.08%) GitHub
2 11 (5.19%) Office 365
3 8 (3.77%) IaaS
4 5 (2.36%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (2.36%) Microsoft Azure
5 4 (1.89%) PaaS
5 4 (1.89%) SaaS
6 3 (1.42%) Google Cloud Platform
7 2 (0.94%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.47%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.47%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 16 (7.55%) Internet
2 6 (2.83%) Wi-Fi
3 4 (1.89%) Firewall
3 4 (1.89%) Network Security
4 3 (1.42%) Kerberos
4 3 (1.42%) LDAP
4 3 (1.42%) PuTTY
4 3 (1.42%) SMS
4 3 (1.42%) WinSCP
5 1 (0.47%) BIG-IP
5 1 (0.47%) FTP
5 1 (0.47%) PPP
5 1 (0.47%) Radio Access Network
5 1 (0.47%) Skype
5 1 (0.47%) SNMP
5 1 (0.47%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.47%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (6.13%) Endeca
2 11 (5.19%) PostgreSQL
3 10 (4.72%) SQL Server
4 6 (2.83%) Hadoop
5 4 (1.89%) Apache Hive
5 4 (1.89%) HBase
5 4 (1.89%) SQL Server 2008
5 4 (1.89%) SQL Server 2012
6 3 (1.42%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (1.42%) Oracle Database
6 3 (1.42%) Oracle Database 10g
6 3 (1.42%) Oracle Database 11g
6 3 (1.42%) Oracle Reports
6 3 (1.42%) Relational Database
6 3 (1.42%) SQL Server 2005
6 3 (1.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (0.94%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 2 (0.94%) Electronic Patient Records
7 2 (0.94%) NoSQL
7 2 (0.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 36 (16.98%) Selenium
2 35 (16.51%) Cucumber
3 31 (14.62%) Jenkins
4 22 (10.38%) Git (software)
5 16 (7.55%) SoapUI
6 14 (6.60%) Ant
6 14 (6.60%) Team Foundation Server
7 11 (5.19%) Gradle
7 11 (5.19%) JIRA
7 11 (5.19%) Maven
7 11 (5.19%) TeamCity
8 10 (4.72%) Vagrant
8 10 (4.72%) WebDriver
9 9 (4.25%) HP UFT
9 9 (4.25%) SpecFlow
10 7 (3.30%) Bitbucket
10 7 (3.30%) JMeter
11 5 (2.36%) Sahi
11 5 (2.36%) WATIR
12 4 (1.89%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 28 (13.21%) Finance
2 9 (4.25%) Manufacturing
3 8 (3.77%) Marketing
4 7 (3.30%) Retail
4 7 (3.30%) Telecoms
5 5 (2.36%) Electronics
6 3 (1.42%) Banking
6 3 (1.42%) Military
6 3 (1.42%) Retail Banking
7 2 (0.94%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.47%) Advertising
8 1 (0.47%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.47%) Billing
8 1 (0.47%) Games
8 1 (0.47%) General Ledger
8 1 (0.47%) German Language
8 1 (0.47%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 48 (22.64%) Developer
2 38 (17.92%) Analyst
3 22 (10.38%) Tester
4 16 (7.55%) Architect
4 16 (7.55%) Test Analyst
5 14 (6.60%) Business Analyst
6 13 (6.13%) .NET Developer
6 13 (6.13%) QA Tester
7 11 (5.19%) Project Manager
8 10 (4.72%) Test Engineer
8 10 (4.72%) Test Leader
9 9 (4.25%) C# Developer
9 9 (4.25%) Python Developer
9 9 (4.25%) QA Analyst
9 9 (4.25%) Test Manager
10 8 (3.77%) Senior Developer
10 8 (3.77%) Software Developer
10 8 (3.77%) Software Tester
11 6 (2.83%) ASP.NET Developer
11 6 (2.83%) Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (14.62%) .NET
1 31 (14.62%) HTML
2 26 (12.26%) SOAP
2 26 (12.26%) Web Services
3 24 (11.32%) CSS
3 24 (11.32%) XML
4 22 (10.38%) Spring
5 21 (9.91%) .NET Framework
6 16 (7.55%) J2EE
7 15 (7.08%) ASP.NET
7 15 (7.08%) REST
8 14 (6.60%) ASP.NET MVC
9 13 (6.13%) Hibernate
9 13 (6.13%) JDBC
9 13 (6.13%) JMS
9 13 (6.13%) JMX
9 13 (6.13%) JSP
9 13 (6.13%) Servlets
9 13 (6.13%) Struts
9 13 (6.13%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 19 (8.96%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (6.13%) iPad
2 13 (6.13%) Virtual Team
3 10 (4.72%) User Experience
4 5 (2.36%) Greenfield Project
4 5 (2.36%) Management Information System
5 4 (1.89%) Linked Data
5 4 (1.89%) NHS
6 2 (0.94%) Blog
6 2 (0.94%) Computer Science
6 2 (0.94%) Public Cloud
7 1 (0.47%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.47%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (0.47%) Driving Licence
7 1 (0.47%) FMCG
7 1 (0.47%) Graphic Design
7 1 (0.47%) Mobile Games
7 1 (0.47%) PMI
7 1 (0.47%) RIA
7 1 (0.47%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 20 (9.43%) Linux
1 20 (9.43%) Windows
2 13 (6.13%) Unix
3 7 (3.30%) Mac OS
4 6 (2.83%) Windows 10
5 5 (2.36%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (1.42%) Android
6 3 (1.42%) Apple iOS
6 3 (1.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (1.42%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 107 (50.47%) Agile Software Development
2 100 (47.17%) Test Automation
3 51 (24.06%) Continuous Integration
4 34 (16.04%) E-Commerce
5 31 (14.62%) Software Engineering
6 28 (13.21%) TDD
7 27 (12.74%) BDD
8 24 (11.32%) Test Scripting
9 23 (10.85%) Scrum
9 23 (10.85%) User Stories
10 22 (10.38%) Project Management
10 22 (10.38%) Software Testing
11 21 (9.91%) SDLC
12 20 (9.43%) Continuous Deployment
13 19 (8.96%) Translating Business Requirements
14 18 (8.49%) Continuous Improvement
15 17 (8.02%) Stakeholder Management
15 17 (8.02%) Unit Testing
16 16 (7.55%) DevOps
16 16 (7.55%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 51 (24.06%) Java
2 39 (18.40%) SQL
3 33 (15.57%) JavaScript
4 26 (12.26%) C#
5 17 (8.02%) Ruby
6 15 (7.08%) Python
7 4 (1.89%) C
8 3 (1.42%) F#
9 2 (0.94%) Scala
9 2 (0.94%) TypeScript
10 1 (0.47%) Groovy
10 1 (0.47%) PHP
10 1 (0.47%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.47%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 41 (19.34%) Security Cleared
2 22 (10.38%) SC Cleared
3 20 (9.43%) ISEB
4 12 (5.66%) ISTQB
5 11 (5.19%) BPSS Clearance
5 11 (5.19%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 8 (3.77%) Degree
7 5 (2.36%) DV Cleared
8 4 (1.89%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 2 (0.94%) Cisco Certification
9 2 (0.94%) IIBA
9 2 (0.94%) ISEB Practitioner
9 2 (0.94%) PMP
10 1 (0.47%) CCNA
10 1 (0.47%) CCNP
10 1 (0.47%) JNCIA
10 1 (0.47%) MBA
10 1 (0.47%) Network+ Certification
10 1 (0.47%) PhD
10 1 (0.47%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (3.30%) Disclosure Scotland
2 3 (1.42%) ISO 14001
2 3 (1.42%) ISO 9001
2 3 (1.42%) PMO
3 2 (0.94%) SLA
3 2 (0.94%) WCAG
4 1 (0.47%) NEBOSH
System Software
1 10 (4.72%) Docker
2 7 (3.30%) VirtualBox
3 5 (2.36%) Virtual Machines
4 4 (1.89%) HDFS
5 3 (1.42%) vSphere
6 1 (0.47%) Active Directory
6 1 (0.47%) Varnish
6 1 (0.47%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (1.89%) Ansible
2 3 (1.42%) vRealize
3 2 (0.94%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.47%) BMC PATROL
4 1 (0.47%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 1 (0.47%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.47%) Netcool
Vendors
1 25 (11.79%) Oracle
2 19 (8.96%) ATG
3 14 (6.60%) hybris
4 10 (4.72%) Microsoft
5 9 (4.25%) SAP
6 4 (1.89%) Cloudera
6 4 (1.89%) Talend
6 4 (1.89%) VMware
7 3 (1.42%) Google
7 3 (1.42%) HP
7 3 (1.42%) Red Hat
8 2 (0.94%) Capita
8 2 (0.94%) IBM
8 2 (0.94%) IBM Sterling
9 1 (0.47%) BMC
9 1 (0.47%) CA
9 1 (0.47%) Cisco
9 1 (0.47%) EMC
9 1 (0.47%) Kofax
9 1 (0.47%) Northgate
South West
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £320 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucestershire
CPS Group UK
Rate: £300 - £325 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Gloucestershire
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Somerset
CBS butler
Posted: 6 days ago
Bournemouth, Dorset
Stonewater
Rate: c. £35,000 (subject to experience)
Posted: 13 days ago