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 27 March 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
England / South West
Rank 40 51 84
Rank change year-on-year +11 +33  
Contract jobs citing QA 113 103 65
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 4.39% 3.55% 2.07%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 31.83% 25.12% 15.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 57 46
Median daily rate £339 £350 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.21% -12.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £211 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £481 £450 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £366 £350
% change year-on-year -0.13% +4.42%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Median hourly rate £37.50 £50.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.74% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.50 £39.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year -32.05% +6.84%  

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 355 410 414
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 13.79% 14.13% 13.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 230 266 261
Median daily rate £375 £381 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.63% -12.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £250 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £516 £541 £673
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 35 21
Median hourly rate £27.88 £42.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.63% +20.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £23.10 £12.08
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £50.00 £43.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.90 £41.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -51.46% +41.37%  

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

QA
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 27 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 27 March 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
Bristol +16 33 £325 -7.14% 13
Wiltshire +9 26 £425 +37.09% 3
Devon -8 14 £376 -14.78% 2
Somerset -2 10 £266 -14.35% 7
Gloucestershire -9 6 £300 +100.00% 1
Dorset +2 5 - - 2
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 27 March 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.

1 112 (52.34%) Agile Software Development
2 46 (21.50%) .NET
3 44 (20.56%) C#
4 43 (20.09%) Finance
5 41 (19.16%) Security Cleared
6 40 (18.69%) Java
7 35 (16.36%) Cucumber
8 34 (15.89%) Project Management
8 34 (15.89%) Automated Testing
9 33 (15.42%) BDD
10 32 (14.95%) Selenium
11 30 (14.02%) Test Scripting
11 30 (14.02%) Scrum
12 29 (13.55%) SC Cleared
13 27 (12.62%) Test Automation
14 26 (12.15%) TDD
14 26 (12.15%) SQL
14 26 (12.15%) Web Services
14 26 (12.15%) SOAP
15 25 (11.68%) Windows
15 25 (11.68%) E-Commerce
16 24 (11.21%) Continuous Integration
16 24 (11.21%) .NET Framework
17 23 (10.75%) SDLC
18 22 (10.28%) XML
18 22 (10.28%) JavaScript
18 22 (10.28%) Unit Testing
19 21 (9.81%) Programme Management
20 20 (9.35%) Software Engineering
20 20 (9.35%) HTML

QA
Top Related 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 17 (7.94%) CMS
2 15 (7.01%) WebLogic
3 12 (5.61%) Apache
3 12 (5.61%) JBoss
3 12 (5.61%) WebSphere
3 12 (5.61%) WebSphere Application Server
4 6 (2.80%) NServiceBus
5 4 (1.87%) Exchange Server 2013
5 4 (1.87%) SharePoint
6 3 (1.40%) Apache Spark
6 3 (1.40%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.93%) Confluence
8 1 (0.47%) ATG Dynamo
8 1 (0.47%) IIS
8 1 (0.47%) K2 blackpearl
Applications
1 10 (4.67%) MS Excel
2 6 (2.80%) Spreadsheet
3 3 (1.40%) MS Office
3 3 (1.40%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 12 (5.61%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 5 (2.34%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (1.40%) Primavera
3 3 (1.40%) SAP CO
3 3 (1.40%) SAP FI
3 3 (1.40%) SAP FI/CO
4 1 (0.47%) SAP FSCM
Cloud Services
1 12 (5.61%) GitHub
2 8 (3.74%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (3.74%) Office 365
3 6 (2.80%) IaaS
3 6 (2.80%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (1.40%) Amazon EC2
4 3 (1.40%) PaaS
4 3 (1.40%) SaaS
5 2 (0.93%) Slack
6 1 (0.47%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.47%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 15 (7.01%) Internet
2 5 (2.34%) Firewall
2 5 (2.34%) Network Security
3 2 (0.93%) Cisco ISE
3 2 (0.93%) Kerberos
3 2 (0.93%) LDAP
3 2 (0.93%) NAS
3 2 (0.93%) PuTTY
3 2 (0.93%) SAN
3 2 (0.93%) VoIP
3 2 (0.93%) WinSCP
4 1 (0.47%) BIG-IP
4 1 (0.47%) FTP
4 1 (0.47%) Radio Access Network
4 1 (0.47%) SNMP
4 1 (0.47%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.47%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (7.94%) SQL Server
2 12 (5.61%) Endeca
3 8 (3.74%) PostgreSQL
4 6 (2.80%) Hadoop
4 6 (2.80%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (1.87%) Redis
6 3 (1.40%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 3 (1.40%) Apache Hive
6 3 (1.40%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (1.40%) HBase
6 3 (1.40%) NoSQL
6 3 (1.40%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (0.93%) MySQL
7 2 (0.93%) Oracle Database
7 2 (0.93%) Oracle Database 10g
7 2 (0.93%) Oracle Database 11g
7 2 (0.93%) Oracle Reports
7 2 (0.93%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.93%) SQL Server 2005
7 2 (0.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 35 (16.36%) Cucumber
2 32 (14.95%) Selenium
3 20 (9.35%) Team Foundation Server
4 18 (8.41%) SoapUI
5 17 (7.94%) Jenkins
6 13 (6.07%) Git (software)
7 11 (5.14%) JIRA
7 11 (5.14%) SpecFlow
7 11 (5.14%) WebDriver
8 8 (3.74%) Ant
8 8 (3.74%) TeamCity
9 7 (3.27%) HP UFT
9 7 (3.27%) Visual Studio
10 6 (2.80%) Gradle
10 6 (2.80%) Maven
11 5 (2.34%) Bitbucket
11 5 (2.34%) JMeter
11 5 (2.34%) Sahi
11 5 (2.34%) WATIR
12 4 (1.87%) ReSharper
General
1 43 (20.09%) Finance
2 16 (7.48%) Manufacturing
3 15 (7.01%) Marketing
4 14 (6.54%) Telecoms
5 12 (5.61%) Electronics
6 3 (1.40%) Banking
6 3 (1.40%) Military
6 3 (1.40%) Retail
7 2 (0.93%) Advertising
7 2 (0.93%) Aerospace
7 2 (0.93%) Automotive
7 2 (0.93%) Financial Institution
7 2 (0.93%) Multimedia
7 2 (0.93%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (0.93%) Publishing
8 1 (0.47%) Billing
8 1 (0.47%) Games
8 1 (0.47%) German Language
8 1 (0.47%) Law
8 1 (0.47%) Legal
Job Titles
1 41 (19.16%) Tester
2 35 (16.36%) Developer
3 34 (15.89%) Analyst
4 23 (10.75%) QA Tester
5 18 (8.41%) Architect
5 18 (8.41%) Test Analyst
6 15 (7.01%) .NET Developer
7 14 (6.54%) C# Developer
8 13 (6.07%) Business Analyst
9 11 (5.14%) Coordinator
9 11 (5.14%) Software Tester
10 10 (4.67%) Software QA Tester
11 9 (4.21%) Project Coordinator
11 9 (4.21%) Test Engineer
11 9 (4.21%) Test Leader
11 9 (4.21%) Test Manager
12 8 (3.74%) Project Manager
13 7 (3.27%) Quality Manager
14 6 (2.80%) C# .NET Developer
14 6 (2.80%) QA Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (21.50%) .NET
2 26 (12.15%) SOAP
2 26 (12.15%) Web Services
3 24 (11.21%) .NET Framework
4 22 (10.28%) XML
5 20 (9.35%) HTML
6 18 (8.41%) ASP.NET
6 18 (8.41%) ASP.NET MVC
6 18 (8.41%) Spring
7 16 (7.48%) CSS
7 16 (7.48%) J2EE
8 12 (5.61%) Hibernate
8 12 (5.61%) JDBC
8 12 (5.61%) JMS
8 12 (5.61%) JMX
8 12 (5.61%) JSP
8 12 (5.61%) Servlets
8 12 (5.61%) Struts
8 12 (5.61%) WPF
8 12 (5.61%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 17 (7.94%) iPad
2 14 (6.54%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (6.07%) Virtual Team
4 12 (5.61%) User Experience
5 8 (3.74%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.40%) Blog
6 3 (1.40%) NHS
6 3 (1.40%) Public Cloud
7 2 (0.93%) Client/Server
7 2 (0.93%) Replication
7 2 (0.93%) Streaming Video
7 2 (0.93%) Video Editing
8 1 (0.47%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.47%) Data Centre
8 1 (0.47%) FMCG
8 1 (0.47%) Graphic Design
8 1 (0.47%) Mobile Games
8 1 (0.47%) PMI
8 1 (0.47%) Taxonomies
8 1 (0.47%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 25 (11.68%) Windows
2 11 (5.14%) Linux
3 5 (2.34%) Windows Server
4 4 (1.87%) Android
4 4 (1.87%) Apple iOS
4 4 (1.87%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (1.40%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (0.93%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 112 (52.34%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (15.89%) Automated Testing
2 34 (15.89%) Project Management
3 33 (15.42%) BDD
4 30 (14.02%) Scrum
4 30 (14.02%) Test Scripting
5 27 (12.62%) Test Automation
6 26 (12.15%) TDD
7 25 (11.68%) E-Commerce
8 24 (11.21%) Continuous Integration
9 23 (10.75%) SDLC
10 22 (10.28%) Unit Testing
11 21 (9.81%) Programme Management
12 20 (9.35%) Continuous Improvement
12 20 (9.35%) Kanban
12 20 (9.35%) Software Engineering
13 19 (8.88%) Business Intelligence
13 19 (8.88%) Software Testing
14 18 (8.41%) MVC
15 16 (7.48%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 44 (20.56%) C#
2 40 (18.69%) Java
3 26 (12.15%) SQL
4 22 (10.28%) JavaScript
5 17 (7.94%) Ruby
6 6 (2.80%) C++
7 5 (2.34%) Python
8 4 (1.87%) C
8 4 (1.87%) TypeScript
9 3 (1.40%) Scala
10 2 (0.93%) F#
11 1 (0.47%) ABAP
11 1 (0.47%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.47%) Groovy
11 1 (0.47%) Perl
11 1 (0.47%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.47%) PowerShell
11 1 (0.47%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.47%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 41 (19.16%) Security Cleared
2 29 (13.55%) SC Cleared
3 17 (7.94%) ISEB
4 11 (5.14%) ISTQB
5 8 (3.74%) BPSS Clearance
6 7 (3.27%) Degree
6 7 (3.27%) DV Cleared
6 7 (3.27%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 4 (1.87%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 4 (1.87%) PMP
8 3 (1.40%) PMI Certification
9 2 (0.93%) APMP
9 2 (0.93%) Cisco Certification
9 2 (0.93%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 2 (0.93%) MCITP
9 2 (0.93%) MCSE
9 2 (0.93%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (0.93%) RHCE
9 2 (0.93%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 1 (0.47%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (6.54%) PMO
2 5 (2.34%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (0.93%) SLA
3 2 (0.93%) WCAG
4 1 (0.47%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.47%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.47%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.47%) TickIT
System Software
1 8 (3.74%) Active Directory
2 4 (1.87%) Docker
2 4 (1.87%) Virtual Machines
3 3 (1.40%) HDFS
4 2 (0.93%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.93%) vSphere
5 1 (0.47%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 3 (1.40%) Ansible
1 3 (1.40%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (0.93%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.93%) vRealize
3 1 (0.47%) BMC PATROL
3 1 (0.47%) Netcool
3 1 (0.47%) SCCM
Vendors
1 18 (8.41%) Oracle
2 17 (7.94%) Microsoft
3 16 (7.48%) ATG
4 15 (7.01%) SAP
5 6 (2.80%) hybris
6 4 (1.87%) HP
6 4 (1.87%) IBM
6 4 (1.87%) Red Hat
6 4 (1.87%) VMware
7 3 (1.40%) CA
7 3 (1.40%) Cisco
7 3 (1.40%) Cloudera
8 2 (0.93%) Atlassian
8 2 (0.93%) IBM Sterling
9 1 (0.47%) BMC
9 1 (0.47%) Capita
9 1 (0.47%) EMC
9 1 (0.47%) Kofax
9 1 (0.47%) Northgate
9 1 (0.47%) Salesforce.com
South West
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £320 per day + working inside IR35
Posted: 5 days ago
Taunton, Somerset
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
South West
Staffworx Ltd
Rate: excellent rates, 6-12 months initial contract, long term program
Posted: 6 days ago
Wiltshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 13 days ago