Period
to 18 October 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 October 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 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 85 61 63
Rank change year-on-year -24 +2 -4
Contract jobs citing QA 159 185 175
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 2.63% 3.36% 3.00%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 25.44% 25.95% 23.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 102 122 119
South West median daily rate £391 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.33% -6.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £239 £250 £263
90th Percentile £561 £462 £500
England median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 10 4
South West median hourly rate £37.50 £34.75 £8.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.91% +308.82% -77.92%
10th Percentile £16.63 £13.40 £5.83
90th Percentile £42.75 £40.75 £27.45
England median hourly rate £36.50 £19.70 £19.23
% change year-on-year +85.28% +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 625 713 756
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 10.33% 12.93% 12.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 366 449 527
South West median daily rate £420 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.40% -1.43%
10th Percentile £250 £245 £213
90th Percentile £575 £575 £571
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 46 40
South West median hourly rate £40.75 £35.00 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.43% -10.26% +47.17%
10th Percentile £12.60 £13.88 £10.95
90th Percentile £50.68 £47.50 £58.30
England median hourly rate £22.10 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +10.49% -11.11% +4.41%

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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 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

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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 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 October 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 -25 57 £375 +7.14% 36
Wiltshire +1 42 £463 +32.14% 16
Somerset -2 17 £388 -10.40% 13
Devon -8 11 £325 -18.75% 7
Gloucestershire -7 8 £306 -2.00% 12
Dorset -3 7 £350 -19.54% 12
Cornwall -12 4 £323 +73.15% 3
QA
England

For the 6 months to 18 October 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 76 (47.80%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (36.48%) Test Automation
3 40 (25.16%) Selenium
3 40 (25.16%) Microsoft
4 35 (22.01%) Finance
5 26 (16.35%) C#
6 25 (15.72%) ISEB
6 25 (15.72%) Analytical Skills
7 21 (13.21%) Windows
7 21 (13.21%) Test Scripting
7 21 (13.21%) DevOps
7 21 (13.21%) REST
8 20 (12.58%) Git (software)
8 20 (12.58%) WebDriver
8 20 (12.58%) Problem-Solving
8 20 (12.58%) Java
8 20 (12.58%) SQL Server
9 19 (11.95%) SQL
9 19 (11.95%) Management Information System
9 19 (11.95%) Manual Testing
9 19 (11.95%) Scrum
9 19 (11.95%) Acceptance Criteria
9 19 (11.95%) Test Strategy
10 18 (11.32%) API Testing
10 18 (11.32%) Workflow
11 17 (10.69%) ISTQB
11 17 (10.69%) JIRA
11 17 (10.69%) PRINCE2
11 17 (10.69%) Jenkins
12 16 (10.06%) BDD

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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 (6.92%) CMS
2 8 (5.03%) Drupal
3 6 (3.77%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 6 (3.77%) Confluence
4 5 (3.14%) Apache Qpid
5 4 (2.52%) Skype for Business
6 3 (1.89%) Mule
7 1 (0.63%) Apache
7 1 (0.63%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.63%) MS Project Server
7 1 (0.63%) Tomcat
Applications
1 14 (8.81%) Microsoft Project
2 12 (7.55%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (5.66%) Microsoft Office
4 7 (4.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (1.89%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.63%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 4 (2.52%) Primavera
2 2 (1.26%) SAP CRM
2 2 (1.26%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.63%) Actimize
3 1 (0.63%) SAP CRM for Utilities
3 1 (0.63%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 10 (6.29%) Microsoft Azure
1 10 (6.29%) Sauce Labs
2 9 (5.66%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (4.40%) Office 365
4 5 (3.14%) IaaS
4 5 (3.14%) PaaS
5 4 (2.52%) SaaS
6 3 (1.89%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 3 (1.89%) Amazon EC2
6 3 (1.89%) Amazon S3
6 3 (1.89%) BrowserStack
6 3 (1.89%) Route 53
6 3 (1.89%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 2 (1.26%) GitHub
8 1 (0.63%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.63%) AWS Lambda
8 1 (0.63%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.63%) G Suite
8 1 (0.63%) Serverless
8 1 (0.63%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.52%) Skype
2 3 (1.89%) SSH
2 3 (1.89%) Wi-Fi
3 2 (1.26%) Firewall
4 1 (0.63%) Kerberos
4 1 (0.63%) LAN
4 1 (0.63%) Network Security
4 1 (0.63%) OpenVPN
4 1 (0.63%) SMS
4 1 (0.63%) VPN
4 1 (0.63%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (12.58%) SQL Server
2 8 (5.03%) Relational Database
3 5 (3.14%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (3.14%) MySQL
4 4 (2.52%) OLAP
4 4 (2.52%) RDBMS
4 4 (2.52%) SQL Server 2008
5 3 (1.89%) Oracle Reports
5 3 (1.89%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (1.26%) Power BI
6 2 (1.26%) SQL Server 2016
6 2 (1.26%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (1.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (1.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.63%) Geospatial Data
7 1 (0.63%) MarkLogic
7 1 (0.63%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.63%) Redis
7 1 (0.63%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.63%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 40 (25.16%) Selenium
2 20 (12.58%) Git (software)
2 20 (12.58%) WebDriver
3 17 (10.69%) Jenkins
3 17 (10.69%) JIRA
4 13 (8.18%) Cucumber
5 11 (6.92%) Team Foundation Server
6 10 (6.29%) Maven
7 9 (5.66%) Bitbucket
7 9 (5.66%) JMeter
7 9 (5.66%) SoapUI
8 8 (5.03%) SpecFlow
9 7 (4.40%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 6 (3.77%) Gatling
10 6 (3.77%) Visual Studio
11 3 (1.89%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 3 (1.89%) TeamCity
12 2 (1.26%) Ant
12 2 (1.26%) Cobertura
12 2 (1.26%) Gradle
General
1 35 (22.01%) Finance
2 12 (7.55%) Banking
3 10 (6.29%) Manufacturing
4 8 (5.03%) Telecoms
5 7 (4.40%) Marketing
6 5 (3.14%) Aerospace
6 5 (3.14%) Electronics
7 3 (1.89%) Law
7 3 (1.89%) Legal
7 3 (1.89%) Publishing
7 3 (1.89%) Retail
8 2 (1.26%) Automotive
8 2 (1.26%) Back Office
9 1 (0.63%) Billing
9 1 (0.63%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.63%) Games
9 1 (0.63%) General Ledger
9 1 (0.63%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 32 (20.13%) Analyst
2 24 (15.09%) Tester
3 12 (7.55%) Business Analyst
3 12 (7.55%) Test Leader
4 11 (6.92%) Project Manager
5 10 (6.29%) DevOps Engineer
6 9 (5.66%) Consultant
6 9 (5.66%) Software Tester
7 8 (5.03%) Developer
7 8 (5.03%) QA Engineer
7 8 (5.03%) Test Analyst
8 7 (4.40%) Automation Tester
8 7 (4.40%) QA Tester
8 7 (4.40%) Test Engineer
9 6 (3.77%) QA Analyst
9 6 (3.77%) Technical Analyst
9 6 (3.77%) Technical Business Analyst
10 5 (3.14%) DBA
10 5 (3.14%) SQL DBA
10 5 (3.14%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (13.21%) REST
2 16 (10.06%) .NET
3 14 (8.81%) HTML
4 7 (4.40%) SOAP
5 5 (3.14%) ASP.NET Web API
5 5 (3.14%) Gherkin
5 5 (3.14%) Kafka
5 5 (3.14%) RabbitMQ
5 5 (3.14%) Web Services
5 5 (3.14%) WebdriverIO
6 4 (2.52%) ASP.NET
6 4 (2.52%) CSS
6 4 (2.52%) Node.js
7 3 (1.89%) Elastic Stack
7 3 (1.89%) JSON
7 3 (1.89%) RESTful
7 3 (1.89%) Spring
8 2 (1.26%) .NET Core
8 2 (1.26%) ASP.NET MVC 5
8 2 (1.26%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 25 (15.72%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (11.95%) Management Information System
3 8 (5.03%) Computer Science
4 7 (4.40%) Data Structures
5 3 (1.89%) Blog
5 3 (1.89%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (1.89%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (1.89%) Wiki
6 2 (1.26%) IVR
6 2 (1.26%) PKI
6 2 (1.26%) PMI
6 2 (1.26%) Robotics
6 2 (1.26%) Smart Meter
6 2 (1.26%) User Experience
7 1 (0.63%) Algorithms
7 1 (0.63%) Cyberthreat
7 1 (0.63%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.63%) Digital Media
7 1 (0.63%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.63%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 21 (13.21%) Windows
2 12 (7.55%) Linux
3 4 (2.52%) Windows 10
3 4 (2.52%) Windows 7
4 3 (1.89%) Windows XP
5 2 (1.26%) Android
5 2 (1.26%) Apple iOS
5 2 (1.26%) Unix
5 2 (1.26%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.63%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (47.80%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (36.48%) Test Automation
3 21 (13.21%) DevOps
3 21 (13.21%) Test Scripting
4 20 (12.58%) Problem-Solving
5 19 (11.95%) Acceptance Criteria
5 19 (11.95%) Manual Testing
5 19 (11.95%) Scrum
5 19 (11.95%) Test Strategy
6 18 (11.32%) API Testing
6 18 (11.32%) Workflow
7 17 (10.69%) PRINCE2
8 16 (10.06%) BDD
8 16 (10.06%) Project Management
8 16 (10.06%) Stakeholder Management
9 14 (8.81%) Continuous Integration
10 13 (8.18%) Process Improvement
11 12 (7.55%) Business Analysis
11 12 (7.55%) Data Analysis
11 12 (7.55%) QA Automation
Programming Languages
1 26 (16.35%) C#
2 20 (12.58%) Java
3 19 (11.95%) SQL
4 13 (8.18%) JavaScript
5 11 (6.92%) PowerShell
6 8 (5.03%) C
6 8 (5.03%) VBScript
7 6 (3.77%) Python
8 5 (3.14%) Perl
9 4 (2.52%) Bash Shell
9 4 (2.52%) T-SQL
10 3 (1.89%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.63%) C++
11 1 (0.63%) ES6
11 1 (0.63%) ES7
11 1 (0.63%) PHP
11 1 (0.63%) PHP 7
11 1 (0.63%) TypeScript
11 1 (0.63%) VB
11 1 (0.63%) VBA
Qualifications
1 25 (15.72%) ISEB
2 17 (10.69%) ISTQB
3 16 (10.06%) Security Cleared
4 15 (9.43%) Degree
5 9 (5.66%) SC Cleared
6 7 (4.40%) Computer Science Degree
6 7 (4.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 6 (3.77%) BPSS Clearance
7 6 (3.77%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 5 (3.14%) Master's Degree
9 4 (2.52%) DV Cleared
9 4 (2.52%) PMP
10 2 (1.26%) CESG Certified Professional
10 2 (1.26%) CISSP
10 2 (1.26%) Numerate Degree
10 2 (1.26%) PMI Certification
11 1 (0.63%) APMP
11 1 (0.63%) MCP
11 1 (0.63%) MCSE
11 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.03%) WCAG
2 6 (3.77%) PMO
3 3 (1.89%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.63%) JSP 440
System Software
1 5 (3.14%) Docker
2 4 (2.52%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.26%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 11 (6.92%) Ansible
2 8 (5.03%) Puppet
2 8 (5.03%) WMI
3 6 (3.77%) Kubernetes
4 5 (3.14%) Nagios
4 5 (3.14%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (2.52%) SCCM
6 3 (1.89%) Terraform
7 2 (1.26%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.63%) Business Desktop Deployment
8 1 (0.63%) Grafana
8 1 (0.63%) Graphite
8 1 (0.63%) Graylog
8 1 (0.63%) Icinga
8 1 (0.63%) Kibana
8 1 (0.63%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 1 (0.63%) vMotion
Vendors
1 40 (25.16%) Microsoft
2 12 (7.55%) SAP
3 11 (6.92%) Oracle
4 6 (3.77%) Atlassian
5 5 (3.14%) Veracode
6 4 (2.52%) hybris
6 4 (2.52%) Symantec
7 2 (1.26%) Cadence
7 2 (1.26%) HP
7 2 (1.26%) VMware
8 1 (0.63%) CA
8 1 (0.63%) Cisco
8 1 (0.63%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.63%) Siemens
8 1 (0.63%) Unisys