Period
to 18 October 2017

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 October 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
6 months to
18 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 61 63 59
Rank change year-on-year +2 -4 +30
Contract jobs citing QA 185 175 199
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 3.36% 3.00% 3.11%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 25.98% 23.12% 24.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 122 119 138
South West median daily rate £375 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +14.29% -4.11%
10th Percentile £250 £263 £209
90th Percentile £462 £500 £475
England median daily rate £440 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +3.53% +6.25% +3.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 4 5
South West median hourly rate £34.75 £8.50 £38.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +308.82% -77.92% -
10th Percentile £13.40 £5.83 £25.70
90th Percentile £40.75 £27.45 £81.00
England median hourly rate £19.70 £19.23 £20.00
% change year-on-year +2.44% -3.85% -

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 712 757 803
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 12.92% 12.96% 12.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 448 528 571
South West median daily rate £400 £379 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.68% -1.69% -2.78%
10th Percentile £243 £213 £220
90th Percentile £575 £571 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 40 30
South West median hourly rate £35.00 £39.00 £26.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.26% +47.17% +3.92%
10th Percentile £13.88 £10.95 £12.50
90th Percentile £47.50 £58.30 £45.00
England median hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £21.55
% change year-on-year -11.11% +4.41% +10.51%

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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 18 October 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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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 October 2017.

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 October 2017. 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 +2 72 £350 -12.50% 22
Wiltshire -20 28 £350 +7.69% 3
Devon +12 21 £400 +12.68% 3
Somerset +1 18 £433 +28.15% 12
Gloucestershire +13 17 £313 -10.71% 3
Dorset +2 8 £435 +1.16% 4
Cornwall -2 8 £186 -37.92%
QA
England

For the 6 months to 18 October 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 82 (44.32%) Test Automation
2 73 (39.46%) Agile Software Development
3 40 (21.62%) Selenium
4 37 (20.00%) Finance
5 33 (17.84%) Java
6 32 (17.30%) Cucumber
7 30 (16.22%) Continuous Integration
8 29 (15.68%) JavaScript
9 28 (15.14%) Jenkins
10 27 (14.59%) Security Cleared
10 27 (14.59%) SDLC
10 27 (14.59%) SQL
10 27 (14.59%) C#
10 27 (14.59%) HTML
11 25 (13.51%) CSS
11 25 (13.51%) Git (software)
12 24 (12.97%) BDD
12 24 (12.97%) .NET
13 23 (12.43%) E-Commerce
13 23 (12.43%) Software Engineering
13 23 (12.43%) Analytical Skills
14 22 (11.89%) User Stories
14 22 (11.89%) User Acceptance Testing
14 22 (11.89%) Project Management
15 21 (11.35%) TDD
16 20 (10.81%) Scrum
16 20 (10.81%) Business Intelligence
16 20 (10.81%) SOAP
16 20 (10.81%) hybris
17 19 (10.27%) SoapUI

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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 8 (4.32%) WebLogic
2 6 (3.24%) NServiceBus
3 5 (2.70%) Mule
4 2 (1.08%) Apache
5 1 (0.54%) Apache Solr
5 1 (0.54%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.54%) Drupal
5 1 (0.54%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.54%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.54%) Tomcat
Applications
1 5 (2.70%) Microsoft Project
2 3 (1.62%) MS Visio
3 2 (1.08%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.54%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.54%) Siemens NX
4 1 (0.54%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (2.70%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (2.16%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.54%) Maximo
3 1 (0.54%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.54%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.54%) SAP Hybris
3 1 (0.54%) Teamcenter
3 1 (0.54%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 12 (6.49%) GitHub
2 6 (3.24%) PaaS
3 5 (2.70%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (2.70%) IaaS
4 4 (2.16%) Google Cloud Platform
4 4 (2.16%) Office 365
5 2 (1.08%) Basecamp
5 2 (1.08%) SaaS
5 2 (1.08%) Trello
6 1 (0.54%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 11 (5.95%) SMS
2 6 (3.24%) Firewall
2 6 (3.24%) HTTP
2 6 (3.24%) Wi-Fi
3 2 (1.08%) 2G
3 2 (1.08%) 3G
3 2 (1.08%) 4G
3 2 (1.08%) Broadband
4 1 (0.54%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (5.41%) SQL Server
2 8 (4.32%) Relational Database
3 7 (3.78%) Oracle Database
4 6 (3.24%) MySQL
4 6 (3.24%) RDBMS
5 5 (2.70%) Oracle BI EE
5 5 (2.70%) PostgreSQL
6 4 (2.16%) Amazon Redshift
7 3 (1.62%) Big Data
8 2 (1.08%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (1.08%) Hadoop
8 2 (1.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 2 (1.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 1 (0.54%) Apache Hive
9 1 (0.54%) Firebird
9 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 1 (0.54%) MS Access
9 1 (0.54%) NoSQL
9 1 (0.54%) Oracle OWB
9 1 (0.54%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 40 (21.62%) Selenium
2 32 (17.30%) Cucumber
3 28 (15.14%) Jenkins
4 25 (13.51%) Git (software)
5 19 (10.27%) Maven
5 19 (10.27%) SoapUI
6 18 (9.73%) Gradle
7 17 (9.19%) Ant
8 12 (6.49%) Bitbucket
8 12 (6.49%) WebDriver
9 10 (5.41%) Team Foundation Server
10 8 (4.32%) TeamCity
11 7 (3.78%) Vagrant
12 6 (3.24%) Hudson
12 6 (3.24%) JIRA
12 6 (3.24%) JMeter
12 6 (3.24%) SpecFlow
13 5 (2.70%) Artifactory
13 5 (2.70%) Cobertura
14 3 (1.62%) Balsamiq Mockups
General
1 37 (20.00%) Finance
2 12 (6.49%) Telecoms
3 11 (5.95%) Manufacturing
3 11 (5.95%) Marketing
3 11 (5.95%) Retail
4 10 (5.41%) Banking
5 9 (4.86%) Electronics
6 7 (3.78%) Back Office
7 5 (2.70%) Retail Banking
8 2 (1.08%) Billing
8 2 (1.08%) Legal
8 2 (1.08%) Military
9 1 (0.54%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.54%) General Ledger
9 1 (0.54%) Law
9 1 (0.54%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 44 (23.78%) Developer
2 35 (18.92%) Analyst
3 27 (14.59%) Tester
4 18 (9.73%) QA Tester
5 15 (8.11%) Software Tester
6 14 (7.57%) Test Analyst
7 11 (5.95%) Senior Developer
8 10 (5.41%) Architect
9 9 (4.86%) .NET Developer
9 9 (4.86%) Business Analyst
9 9 (4.86%) Python Developer
9 9 (4.86%) Software QA Tester
9 9 (4.86%) Technical Architect
10 8 (4.32%) Coordinator
10 8 (4.32%) Hybris Developer
11 7 (3.78%) Automation Test Analyst
11 7 (3.78%) QA Engineer
11 7 (3.78%) Test Engineer
12 6 (3.24%) QA Analyst
12 6 (3.24%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (14.59%) HTML
2 25 (13.51%) CSS
3 24 (12.97%) .NET
4 20 (10.81%) SOAP
5 16 (8.65%) REST
6 14 (7.57%) Spring
7 11 (5.95%) .NET Framework
8 9 (4.86%) ASP.NET
9 7 (3.78%) JSON
9 7 (3.78%) Web Services
10 6 (3.24%) ASP.NET MVC
10 6 (3.24%) RabbitMQ
10 6 (3.24%) SQLAlchemy
10 6 (3.24%) WPF
11 5 (2.70%) jQuery
11 5 (2.70%) XML
12 4 (2.16%) Entity Framework
13 3 (1.62%) RESTful
14 2 (1.08%) HTML5
14 2 (1.08%) Visualforce
Miscellaneous
1 23 (12.43%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (7.03%) User Experience
3 9 (4.86%) Greenfield Project
4 7 (3.78%) Virtual Team
5 6 (3.24%) Computer Science
5 6 (3.24%) Public Cloud
6 2 (1.08%) Algorithms
6 2 (1.08%) e-Learning
6 2 (1.08%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.54%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (0.54%) Driving Licence
7 1 (0.54%) iPad
7 1 (0.54%) Linked Data
7 1 (0.54%) NHS
7 1 (0.54%) N-Tier
7 1 (0.54%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 16 (8.65%) Unix
2 15 (8.11%) Linux
3 9 (4.86%) Windows
4 7 (3.78%) Mac OS
5 6 (3.24%) Windows 10
6 2 (1.08%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.54%) Android
7 1 (0.54%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 82 (44.32%) Test Automation
2 73 (39.46%) Agile Software Development
3 30 (16.22%) Continuous Integration
4 27 (14.59%) SDLC
5 24 (12.97%) BDD
6 23 (12.43%) E-Commerce
6 23 (12.43%) Software Engineering
7 22 (11.89%) Project Management
7 22 (11.89%) User Acceptance Testing
7 22 (11.89%) User Stories
8 21 (11.35%) TDD
9 20 (10.81%) Business Intelligence
9 20 (10.81%) Scrum
10 19 (10.27%) Stakeholder Management
10 19 (10.27%) Web Development
11 18 (9.73%) Open Source
12 16 (8.65%) Test Scripting
13 15 (8.11%) DevOps
14 14 (7.57%) Translating Business Requirements
15 13 (7.03%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 33 (17.84%) Java
2 29 (15.68%) JavaScript
3 27 (14.59%) C#
3 27 (14.59%) SQL
4 14 (7.57%) Python
5 6 (3.24%) C
5 6 (3.24%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
6 5 (2.70%) C++
7 4 (2.16%) PHP
8 2 (1.08%) Apex Code
8 2 (1.08%) Ruby
8 2 (1.08%) SOQL
8 2 (1.08%) SOSL
8 2 (1.08%) T-SQL
8 2 (1.08%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.54%) Delphi
9 1 (0.54%) ES6
9 1 (0.54%) Perl
9 1 (0.54%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 27 (14.59%) Security Cleared
2 10 (5.41%) Degree
3 9 (4.86%) ISEB
3 9 (4.86%) SC Cleared
4 7 (3.78%) ISTQB
5 6 (3.24%) BPSS Clearance
5 6 (3.24%) DV Cleared
6 5 (2.70%) MySQL Certification
7 4 (2.16%) PMI Certification
7 4 (2.16%) PMP
7 4 (2.16%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 2 (1.08%) Computer Science Degree
8 2 (1.08%) IIBA
9 1 (0.54%) Chartered Engineer
9 1 (0.54%) HND
9 1 (0.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 1 (0.54%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (5.41%) ISO 9001
2 6 (3.24%) PMO
3 5 (2.70%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (1.08%) ISO 14001
5 1 (0.54%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.54%) FINREP
5 1 (0.54%) JSP 440
System Software
1 7 (3.78%) VirtualBox
2 6 (3.24%) Docker
3 1 (0.54%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.54%) Varnish
3 1 (0.54%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (3.24%) Business Desktop Deployment
1 6 (3.24%) Kibana
1 6 (3.24%) logstash
2 4 (2.16%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 2 (1.08%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 20 (10.81%) hybris
2 15 (8.11%) Microsoft
2 15 (8.11%) Oracle
3 12 (6.49%) SAP
4 6 (3.24%) ATG
5 5 (2.70%) Tableau
6 4 (2.16%) Google
7 3 (1.62%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.54%) Atlassian
8 1 (0.54%) Guidewire
8 1 (0.54%) HP
8 1 (0.54%) NEC
8 1 (0.54%) PeopleSoft
8 1 (0.54%) Remedy
8 1 (0.54%) Siemens
8 1 (0.54%) Talend
8 1 (0.54%) VMware