Period
to 19 August 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 19 August 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
19 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 88 56 66
Rank change year-on-year -32 +10 +6
Contract jobs citing QA 138 206 170
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 2.52% 3.76% 2.90%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 21.90% 28.77% 22.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 119 107
South West median daily rate £369 £375 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.67% -8.54% +17.14%
10th Percentile £213 £250 £263
90th Percentile £550 £468 £518
England median daily rate £450 £438 £410
% change year-on-year +2.86% +6.71% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 10 3
South West median hourly rate £45.00 £34.75 £33.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.50% +3.73% -19.76%
10th Percentile £38.00 £13.40 £12.55
90th Percentile £159.00 £40.75 £48.45
England median hourly rate £30.00 £18.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +66.67% -20.00% +8.43%

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 630 716 753
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 11.52% 13.07% 12.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 375 425 495
South West median daily rate £415 £375 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.67% -3.23% +0.65%
10th Percentile £250 £213 £225
90th Percentile £575 £571 £575
England median daily rate £450 £450 £420
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 58 47
South West median hourly rate £42.50 £35.00 £41.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.43% -15.66% +7.79%
10th Percentile £13.20 £13.85 £19.40
90th Percentile £52.88 £49.00 £55.20
England median hourly rate £23.50 £20.25 £22.50
% change year-on-year +16.05% -10.00% +6.77%

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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 19 August 2018.

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
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 19 August 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 19 August 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 -31 41 £325 -6.47% 41
Wiltshire +1 31 £450 +22.87% 16
Somerset +5 16 £398 -0.93% 6
Devon -15 14 £375 -6.25% 8
Gloucestershire -3 12 £338 +12.50% 11
Dorset -8 7 £350 -19.54% 14
Cornwall -11 3 £325 +74.50% 1
QA
England

For the 6 months to 19 August 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 63 (45.65%) Agile Software Development
2 54 (39.13%) Test Automation
3 38 (27.54%) Microsoft
4 26 (18.84%) Selenium
5 25 (18.12%) Finance
5 25 (18.12%) Windows
6 24 (17.39%) ISEB
7 21 (15.22%) C#
7 21 (15.22%) SQL Server
7 21 (15.22%) JIRA
8 20 (14.49%) Stakeholder Management
9 19 (13.77%) Analytical Skills
10 18 (13.04%) Problem-Solving
11 17 (12.32%) Acceptance Criteria
11 17 (12.32%) DevOps
11 17 (12.32%) .NET
12 16 (11.59%) SQL
12 16 (11.59%) HTML
12 16 (11.59%) Test Scripting
13 15 (10.87%) Linux
13 15 (10.87%) Oracle
13 15 (10.87%) WebDriver
14 14 (10.14%) Security Cleared
14 14 (10.14%) REST
14 14 (10.14%) PRINCE2
14 14 (10.14%) Management Information System
14 14 (10.14%) ISTQB
15 13 (9.42%) Business Analysis
15 13 (9.42%) Continuous Integration
15 13 (9.42%) Workflow

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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 9 (6.52%) CMS
2 8 (5.80%) Drupal
2 8 (5.80%) Skype for Business
3 7 (5.07%) Confluence
4 6 (4.35%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 4 (2.90%) Apache Qpid
6 2 (1.45%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.72%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.72%) Mule
7 1 (0.72%) SharePoint
Applications
1 9 (6.52%) Microsoft Excel
1 9 (6.52%) Microsoft Project
2 6 (4.35%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (4.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (2.90%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.72%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 2 (1.45%) Primavera
2 1 (0.72%) Actimize
2 1 (0.72%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (0.72%) Oracle General Ledger
2 1 (0.72%) SAP CRM
2 1 (0.72%) SAP CRM for Utilities
2 1 (0.72%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.72%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 13 (9.42%) Office 365
2 9 (6.52%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (5.07%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (3.62%) IaaS
4 5 (3.62%) Sauce Labs
5 4 (2.90%) SaaS
6 3 (2.17%) PaaS
7 1 (0.72%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.72%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.72%) BrowserStack
7 1 (0.72%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.72%) GitHub
7 1 (0.72%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 8 (5.80%) Skype
2 5 (3.62%) Firewall
2 5 (3.62%) Wi-Fi
3 3 (2.17%) Kerberos
3 3 (2.17%) Network Security
4 2 (1.45%) LAN
4 2 (1.45%) SMS
4 2 (1.45%) WAN
5 1 (0.72%) BGP
5 1 (0.72%) Cisco ASA
5 1 (0.72%) DHCP
5 1 (0.72%) DNS
5 1 (0.72%) EIGRP
5 1 (0.72%) MPLS
5 1 (0.72%) OSPF
5 1 (0.72%) SNMP
5 1 (0.72%) Spanning Tree
5 1 (0.72%) TACACS
5 1 (0.72%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.72%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (15.22%) SQL Server
2 8 (5.80%) Relational Database
3 7 (5.07%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.45%) Apache Hive
4 2 (1.45%) Hadoop
4 2 (1.45%) HBase
4 2 (1.45%) MySQL
4 2 (1.45%) OLAP
4 2 (1.45%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (1.45%) Power BI
5 1 (0.72%) MarkLogic
5 1 (0.72%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.72%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.72%) Redis
5 1 (0.72%) SAP BW
5 1 (0.72%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.72%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (0.72%) SQL Server 2016
5 1 (0.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 26 (18.84%) Selenium
2 21 (15.22%) JIRA
3 15 (10.87%) WebDriver
4 9 (6.52%) Jenkins
5 8 (5.80%) SoapUI
5 8 (5.80%) SpecFlow
6 6 (4.35%) Bitbucket
6 6 (4.35%) JMeter
6 6 (4.35%) Maven
6 6 (4.35%) Team Foundation Server
6 6 (4.35%) Visual Studio
7 5 (3.62%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 5 (3.62%) Gatling
7 5 (3.62%) Git (software)
7 5 (3.62%) JIRA Agile
7 5 (3.62%) MSI
8 4 (2.90%) Cucumber
9 3 (2.17%) Visual Studio Team System
10 2 (1.45%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 2 (1.45%) Subversion
General
1 25 (18.12%) Finance
2 8 (5.80%) Banking
2 8 (5.80%) Manufacturing
3 5 (3.62%) Aerospace
4 4 (2.90%) Marketing
4 4 (2.90%) Retail
4 4 (2.90%) Telecoms
5 3 (2.17%) Electronics
5 3 (2.17%) Legal
6 2 (1.45%) Automotive
6 2 (1.45%) General Ledger
7 1 (0.72%) Back Office
7 1 (0.72%) Billing
7 1 (0.72%) Games
7 1 (0.72%) Law
7 1 (0.72%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 36 (26.09%) Analyst
2 17 (12.32%) Tester
3 14 (10.14%) Project Manager
3 14 (10.14%) Test Analyst
4 11 (7.97%) Business Analyst
5 10 (7.25%) QA Analyst
6 9 (6.52%) Developer
6 9 (6.52%) Test Leader
7 8 (5.80%) Architect
7 8 (5.80%) Software Tester
8 6 (4.35%) .NET Architect
8 6 (4.35%) DevOps Engineer
8 6 (4.35%) QA Engineer
9 5 (3.62%) Desktop Support
9 5 (3.62%) QA Test Analyst
9 5 (3.62%) Technical Architect
10 4 (2.90%) Administrator
10 4 (2.90%) Applications Packager
10 4 (2.90%) Consultant
10 4 (2.90%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (12.32%) .NET
2 16 (11.59%) HTML
3 14 (10.14%) REST
4 10 (7.25%) Web Services
5 8 (5.80%) Gherkin
6 6 (4.35%) ASP.NET Web API
7 5 (3.62%) .NET Core
7 5 (3.62%) .NET Framework
7 5 (3.62%) ASP.NET
7 5 (3.62%) SOAP
8 4 (2.90%) JSON
8 4 (2.90%) Kafka
8 4 (2.90%) RabbitMQ
9 3 (2.17%) CSS
9 3 (2.17%) LDAP
10 2 (1.45%) HTML5
10 2 (1.45%) Node.js
10 2 (1.45%) Spring
10 2 (1.45%) XML
11 1 (0.72%) WebdriverIO
Miscellaneous
1 19 (13.77%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (10.14%) Management Information System
3 6 (4.35%) Computer Science
3 6 (4.35%) Enterprise Software
4 5 (3.62%) iPad
4 5 (3.62%) Self-Motivation
5 4 (2.90%) Data Structures
5 4 (2.90%) Linked Data
6 2 (1.45%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.45%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.72%) Algorithms
7 1 (0.72%) Cyberthreat
7 1 (0.72%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.72%) Digital Media
7 1 (0.72%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (0.72%) IVR
7 1 (0.72%) Robotics
7 1 (0.72%) Smartphone
7 1 (0.72%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 25 (18.12%) Windows
2 15 (10.87%) Linux
3 8 (5.80%) Windows 7
4 7 (5.07%) Windows 10
5 6 (4.35%) Windows XP
6 4 (2.90%) Unix
7 2 (1.45%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.72%) Android
8 1 (0.72%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.72%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (45.65%) Agile Software Development
2 54 (39.13%) Test Automation
3 20 (14.49%) Stakeholder Management
4 18 (13.04%) Problem-Solving
5 17 (12.32%) Acceptance Criteria
5 17 (12.32%) DevOps
6 16 (11.59%) Test Scripting
7 14 (10.14%) PRINCE2
8 13 (9.42%) Business Analysis
8 13 (9.42%) Continuous Integration
8 13 (9.42%) Project Management
8 13 (9.42%) SDLC
8 13 (9.42%) Workflow
9 12 (8.70%) Process Improvement
9 12 (8.70%) Test Strategy
9 12 (8.70%) Validation
10 11 (7.97%) Manual Testing
10 11 (7.97%) Microservices
11 10 (7.25%) Coaching
11 10 (7.25%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 21 (15.22%) C#
2 16 (11.59%) SQL
3 11 (7.97%) Java
3 11 (7.97%) PowerShell
4 8 (5.80%) VBScript
5 5 (3.62%) JavaScript
5 5 (3.62%) Python
6 4 (2.90%) C
6 4 (2.90%) Perl
7 3 (2.17%) T-SQL
8 2 (1.45%) VB
9 1 (0.72%) C++
9 1 (0.72%) PHP
9 1 (0.72%) PHP 7
9 1 (0.72%) VBA
Qualifications
1 24 (17.39%) ISEB
2 14 (10.14%) ISTQB
2 14 (10.14%) Security Cleared
3 9 (6.52%) Degree
3 9 (6.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 7 (5.07%) BPSS Clearance
4 7 (5.07%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 7 (5.07%) SC Cleared
5 4 (2.90%) Computer Science Degree
5 4 (2.90%) Master's Degree
6 3 (2.17%) PMP
7 2 (1.45%) DV Cleared
7 2 (1.45%) MCDST
7 2 (1.45%) MCP
7 2 (1.45%) MCSE
7 2 (1.45%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.72%) APMP
8 1 (0.72%) HNC
8 1 (0.72%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.80%) WCAG
2 3 (2.17%) PMO
3 1 (0.72%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.72%) JSP 440
3 1 (0.72%) SLA
System Software
1 8 (5.80%) Active Directory
2 7 (5.07%) Docker
3 3 (2.17%) Microsoft App-V
4 2 (1.45%) HDFS
5 1 (0.72%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 8 (5.80%) SCCM
1 8 (5.80%) WMI
2 7 (5.07%) Ansible
3 5 (3.62%) Kubernetes
3 5 (3.62%) Puppet
4 4 (2.90%) Nagios
4 4 (2.90%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (1.45%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 1 (0.72%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 1 (0.72%) Grafana
6 1 (0.72%) Graphite
6 1 (0.72%) Graylog
6 1 (0.72%) Icinga
6 1 (0.72%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (0.72%) vMotion
Vendors
1 38 (27.54%) Microsoft
2 15 (10.87%) Oracle
3 10 (7.25%) Atlassian
4 8 (5.80%) SAP
4 8 (5.80%) Symantec
5 4 (2.90%) Talend
6 3 (2.17%) HP
6 3 (2.17%) Veracode
7 2 (1.45%) Cisco
7 2 (1.45%) Cloudera
7 2 (1.45%) VMware
8 1 (0.72%) Aruba
8 1 (0.72%) CA
8 1 (0.72%) GoldenSource
8 1 (0.72%) hybris
8 1 (0.72%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.72%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.72%) Siemens
8 1 (0.72%) Sitecore
8 1 (0.72%) SolarWinds