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 28 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.

Quality Assurance (QA)
Hampshire / Southampton
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 30 34 49
Rank change year-on-year +4 +15  
Contract jobs citing QA 6 4 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Southampton 2.32% 1.41% 1.40%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 26.09% 13.33% 8.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 3 6
Median daily rate £450 £325 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +38.46% -13.33%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £368 £365 £350
% change year-on-year +0.68% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 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 23 30 73
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Southampton 8.88% 10.60% 17.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 19 59
Median daily rate £450 £325 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +38.46% -40.90%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £200 £234
10% offered a daily rate of more than £651 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 9 5
Median hourly rate - £15.00 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +20.00%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.90 £40.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -50.25% +37.93%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Southampton

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Southampton 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 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 Daily Rate Histogram in Southampton

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Southampton over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 28 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 Southampton region with a requirement for QA.

1 8 (47.06%) Java
2 5 (29.41%) Intranet
2 5 (29.41%) Service Delivery
2 5 (29.41%) Management Information System
2 5 (29.41%) Legal
2 5 (29.41%) CMS
2 5 (29.41%) Content Management
2 5 (29.41%) Statistics
2 5 (29.41%) Marketing
2 5 (29.41%) Degree
2 5 (29.41%) Selenium
2 5 (29.41%) Rackspace
3 4 (23.53%) DevOps
3 4 (23.53%) Driving Licence
3 4 (23.53%) Joomla!
3 4 (23.53%) BDD
3 4 (23.53%) CompTIA Security+
3 4 (23.53%) PMO
3 4 (23.53%) IT Strategy
3 4 (23.53%) Data Protection
3 4 (23.53%) WordPress
3 4 (23.53%) PKI
3 4 (23.53%) Document Management
3 4 (23.53%) Firewall
3 4 (23.53%) Security+ Certification
3 4 (23.53%) SLA
3 4 (23.53%) CISSP
3 4 (23.53%) RHCE
3 4 (23.53%) Red Hat
3 4 (23.53%) Unix

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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 5 (29.41%) CMS
2 4 (23.53%) JBoss
2 4 (23.53%) Joomla!
2 4 (23.53%) WordPress
3 1 (5.88%) Apache Spark
3 1 (5.88%) Cloud Foundry
3 1 (5.88%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (5.88%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (5.88%) MS Office
1 1 (5.88%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 2 (11.76%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (5.88%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (5.88%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (29.41%) Intranet
2 4 (23.53%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.88%) Apache Cassandra
1 1 (5.88%) Big Data
1 1 (5.88%) Hadoop
1 1 (5.88%) HBase
1 1 (5.88%) MongoDB
1 1 (5.88%) NoSQL
1 1 (5.88%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 5 (29.41%) Selenium
2 3 (17.65%) Cucumber
2 3 (17.65%) JIRA
3 2 (11.76%) Git (software)
3 2 (11.76%) Jenkins
3 2 (11.76%) Subversion
3 2 (11.76%) TeamCity
3 2 (11.76%) WebDriver
4 1 (5.88%) Bugzilla
4 1 (5.88%) SoapUI
General
1 5 (29.41%) Legal
1 5 (29.41%) Marketing
2 2 (11.76%) Finance
Job Titles
1 9 (52.94%) Analyst
2 5 (29.41%) Web Analyst
2 5 (29.41%) Web Content Analyst
3 4 (23.53%) QA Analyst
3 4 (23.53%) QA Automation Analyst
4 3 (17.65%) Automation Test Analyst
4 3 (17.65%) Designer
4 3 (17.65%) Linux Engineer
4 3 (17.65%) QA Test Analyst
4 3 (17.65%) Support Assistant
4 3 (17.65%) Technical Analyst
4 3 (17.65%) Technical Assistant
4 3 (17.65%) Technical Designer
4 3 (17.65%) Technical Support Assistant
4 3 (17.65%) Test Analyst
4 3 (17.65%) Web Content Assistant
4 3 (17.65%) Web Content Designer
4 3 (17.65%) Web Designer
4 3 (17.65%) Web Support Analyst
4 3 (17.65%) Website Designer
Miscellaneous
1 5 (29.41%) Management Information System
2 4 (23.53%) Driving Licence
2 4 (23.53%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 4 (23.53%) Unix
2 3 (17.65%) Linux
3 2 (11.76%) Android
3 2 (11.76%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (29.41%) Content Management
1 5 (29.41%) Service Delivery
1 5 (29.41%) Statistics
2 4 (23.53%) BDD
2 4 (23.53%) Data Protection
2 4 (23.53%) DevOps
2 4 (23.53%) Document Management
2 4 (23.53%) IT Strategy
3 3 (17.65%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (17.65%) Content Writing
3 3 (17.65%) TDD
3 3 (17.65%) Test Strategy
4 2 (11.76%) Manual Testing
4 2 (11.76%) SDLC
4 2 (11.76%) Test Automation
5 1 (5.88%) API Testing
5 1 (5.88%) Defect Management
5 1 (5.88%) Defect Tracking
5 1 (5.88%) Feasibility Study
5 1 (5.88%) QA Automation
Programming Languages
1 8 (47.06%) Java
2 1 (5.88%) C#
2 1 (5.88%) C++
2 1 (5.88%) Go
2 1 (5.88%) PowerShell
2 1 (5.88%) Python
2 1 (5.88%) Ruby
2 1 (5.88%) Scala
Qualifications
1 5 (29.41%) Degree
2 4 (23.53%) CISSP
2 4 (23.53%) CompTIA Security+
2 4 (23.53%) RHCE
2 4 (23.53%) Security+ Certification
3 1 (5.88%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (5.88%) SC Cleared
3 1 (5.88%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (23.53%) PMO
1 4 (23.53%) SLA
2 1 (5.88%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (5.88%) Active Directory
1 1 (5.88%) HDFS
Vendors
1 5 (29.41%) Rackspace
2 4 (23.53%) Red Hat
3 2 (11.76%) Microsoft
4 1 (5.88%) Cloudera
4 1 (5.88%) Hortonworks
4 1 (5.88%) VMware