The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Southampton 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 29 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)
Hampshire > Southampton
3 months to
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 22 29 29
Rank change year-on-year +7 0  
Contract jobs citing QA 3 3 19
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Southampton 1.49% 1.40% 5.18%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 13.64% 11.54% 36.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 14
Southampton median daily rate £285 £413 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -30.90% -2.94%  
10th Percentile £278 £401 £302
90th Percentile £293 £434 £446
Hampshire median daily rate £375 £375 £386
% change year-on-year - -2.91%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Southampton median hourly rate £11.30 - -
Hampshire median hourly rate £11.89 - -

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 Southampton with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Southampton
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 22 26 52
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Southampton 10.95% 12.09% 14.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 26 31
Southampton median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.22%  
10th Percentile £250 £350 £200
90th Percentile £650 £569 £450
Hampshire median daily rate £425 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +6.25% +3.22%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 9
Southampton median hourly rate £11.30 £13.75 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.85% +10.00%  
10th Percentile £10.30 £12.50 £11.34
90th Percentile £12.29 £15.00 £15.10
Hampshire median hourly rate £12.50 £15.00 £12.50
% change year-on-year -16.66% +20.00%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Southampton

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Southampton.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Southampton

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Southampton

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing QA in Southampton.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Southampton

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Southampton

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA in Southampton.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Southampton

For the 6 months to 29 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 Southampton region with a requirement for QA.

1 6 (66.67%) Test Automation
2 5 (55.56%) Java
3 4 (44.44%) Unix
3 4 (44.44%) JBoss
3 4 (44.44%) CISSP
3 4 (44.44%) RHCE
3 4 (44.44%) Red Hat
3 4 (44.44%) Security+ Certification
3 4 (44.44%) Firewall
3 4 (44.44%) PKI
3 4 (44.44%) DevOps
3 4 (44.44%) CompTIA Security+
4 3 (33.33%) Linux
5 2 (22.22%) Finance
5 2 (22.22%) JIRA
6 1 (11.11%) Selenium
6 1 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
6 1 (11.11%) Test Scripting
6 1 (11.11%) TeamCity
6 1 (11.11%) Git (software)
6 1 (11.11%) Defect Tracking
6 1 (11.11%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (11.11%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (11.11%) Windows 7
6 1 (11.11%) WebDriver
6 1 (11.11%) Cucumber
6 1 (11.11%) BDD
6 1 (11.11%) Test Strategy
6 1 (11.11%) Jenkins
6 1 (11.11%) Feasibility Study

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Southampton 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 4 (44.44%) JBoss
Applications
1 1 (11.11%) Microsoft Office
Communications & Networking
1 4 (44.44%) Firewall
Development Applications
1 2 (22.22%) JIRA
2 1 (11.11%) Cucumber
2 1 (11.11%) Git (software)
2 1 (11.11%) Jenkins
2 1 (11.11%) Selenium
2 1 (11.11%) Subversion
2 1 (11.11%) TeamCity
2 1 (11.11%) WebDriver
General
1 2 (22.22%) Finance
2 1 (11.11%) Back Office
2 1 (11.11%) Retail
Job Titles
1 3 (33.33%) Linux Engineer
2 2 (22.22%) Analyst
2 2 (22.22%) Project Manager
2 2 (22.22%) QA Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Administrator
3 1 (11.11%) Agile Test Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Build Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Desktop Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Desktop Support
3 1 (11.11%) DevOps Administrator
3 1 (11.11%) Java Automation Tester
3 1 (11.11%) QA Automation Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) QA Automation Tester
3 1 (11.11%) QA Test Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) QA Tester
3 1 (11.11%) Software Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Software Test Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Systems Administrator
3 1 (11.11%) Test Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Tester
Miscellaneous
1 4 (44.44%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 4 (44.44%) Unix
2 3 (33.33%) Linux
3 1 (11.11%) Windows
3 1 (11.11%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (66.67%) Test Automation
2 4 (44.44%) DevOps
3 1 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (11.11%) BDD
3 1 (11.11%) Business Analysis
3 1 (11.11%) Defect Tracking
3 1 (11.11%) E-Commerce
3 1 (11.11%) Feasibility Study
3 1 (11.11%) ITIL
3 1 (11.11%) Logistics
3 1 (11.11%) Project Planning
3 1 (11.11%) Regression Testing
3 1 (11.11%) Scenario Testing
3 1 (11.11%) Scrum
3 1 (11.11%) Test Scripting
3 1 (11.11%) Test Strategy
3 1 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (55.56%) Java
2 1 (11.11%) C++
Qualifications
1 4 (44.44%) CISSP
1 4 (44.44%) CompTIA Security+
1 4 (44.44%) RHCE
1 4 (44.44%) Security+ Certification
2 1 (11.11%) BPSS Clearance
2 1 (11.11%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (11.11%) Disclosure Scotland
Vendors
1 4 (44.44%) Red Hat