Period
to 18 December 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Tyne and Wear 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 December 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)
North East > Tyne and Wear
6 months to
18 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 46 54 41
Rank change year-on-year +8 -13 -6
Contract jobs citing QA 44 117 77
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Tyne and Wear 4.77% 5.30% 4.91%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 28.39% 28.33% 35.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 78 62
Tyne and Wear median daily rate £425 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.43% - -3.45%
10th Percentile £304 £279 £229
90th Percentile £615 £513 £594
North East median daily rate £425 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +21.43% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Tyne and Wear median hourly rate - - £19.00
North East median hourly rate £14.50 - £19.00

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 Tyne and Wear with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Tyne and Wear
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 155 413 216
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Tyne and Wear 16.79% 18.70% 13.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 116 302 172
Tyne and Wear median daily rate £400 £340 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.65% -19.05% +10.89%
10th Percentile £263 £214 £266
90th Percentile £588 £513 £644
North East median daily rate £400 £350 £438
% change year-on-year +14.29% -20.00% +16.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 12 6
Tyne and Wear median hourly rate £23.75 £27.75 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.41% +42.31% +50.00%
10th Percentile £16.25 £10.03 £17.88
90th Percentile £98.25 £28.00 £22.13
North East median hourly rate £17.50 £27.50 £19.25
% change year-on-year -36.36% +42.86% +29.59%

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Job Vacancy Trend in Tyne and Wear

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Tyne and Wear.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Tyne and Wear

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Tyne and Wear

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Tyne and Wear

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Tyne and Wear

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Tyne and Wear over the 6 months to 18 December 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Tyne and Wear

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Tyne and Wear

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Tyne and Wear

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Contract Job Locations in Tyne and Wear

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Tyne and Wear region over the 6 months to 18 December 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
Newcastle upon Tyne +9 44 £425 +21.43% 5
QA
North East

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 Tyne and Wear region with a requirement for QA.

1 18 (40.91%) Test Automation
2 17 (38.64%) Open Source
3 16 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (36.36%) Continuous Integration
4 15 (34.09%) SQL
5 14 (31.82%) Java
5 14 (31.82%) Data Warehouse
5 14 (31.82%) Data Modelling
6 13 (29.55%) Unix
6 13 (29.55%) Data Management
7 12 (27.27%) Data Integration
7 12 (27.27%) Data Architecture
7 12 (27.27%) Informatica
7 12 (27.27%) Shell Script
7 12 (27.27%) BDD
7 12 (27.27%) Continuous Improvement
7 12 (27.27%) Jenkins
7 12 (27.27%) SFIA
8 11 (25.00%) Selenium
9 10 (22.73%) JIRA
9 10 (22.73%) TDD
9 10 (22.73%) Cucumber
10 9 (20.45%) Big Data
10 9 (20.45%) Test Strategy
10 9 (20.45%) WebDriver
11 8 (18.18%) Apache Hive
11 8 (18.18%) MongoDB
11 8 (18.18%) HBase
11 8 (18.18%) DevOps
11 8 (18.18%) Analytical Skills

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Tyne and Wear 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 (18.18%) SAS
2 6 (13.64%) Confluence
3 2 (4.55%) Apache Spark
4 1 (2.27%) Apache
4 1 (2.27%) Oracle 10gAS
Applications
1 2 (4.55%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (4.55%) MS Visio
2 1 (2.27%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (2.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (2.27%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (2.27%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (2.27%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (2.27%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (2.27%) SAP Payroll
Cloud Services
1 3 (6.82%) Slack
2 2 (4.55%) Mimecast
2 2 (4.55%) Office 365
3 1 (2.27%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.27%) Firewall
1 1 (2.27%) NetScaler
1 1 (2.27%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (31.82%) Data Warehouse
2 9 (20.45%) Big Data
3 8 (18.18%) Apache Hive
3 8 (18.18%) HBase
3 8 (18.18%) MongoDB
3 8 (18.18%) PostgreSQL
4 6 (13.64%) BusinessObjects
4 6 (13.64%) Data Lake
4 6 (13.64%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
4 6 (13.64%) Hadoop
4 6 (13.64%) NoSQL
4 6 (13.64%) Pentaho
4 6 (13.64%) Relational Database
5 1 (2.27%) Oracle Database
5 1 (2.27%) Oracle Database 10g
5 1 (2.27%) Oracle Discoverer
Development Applications
1 12 (27.27%) Jenkins
2 11 (25.00%) Selenium
3 10 (22.73%) Cucumber
3 10 (22.73%) JIRA
4 9 (20.45%) WebDriver
5 6 (13.64%) ERwin
6 5 (11.36%) HP UFT
7 4 (9.09%) Git (software)
8 3 (6.82%) Burp Suite
8 3 (6.82%) JIRA Agile
8 3 (6.82%) JMeter
8 3 (6.82%) JUnit
8 3 (6.82%) LoadRunner
8 3 (6.82%) RSpec
9 2 (4.55%) Sahi
9 2 (4.55%) WATIR
10 1 (2.27%) Bitbucket
10 1 (2.27%) Hudson
10 1 (2.27%) Jasmine
10 1 (2.27%) Protractor
General
1 7 (15.91%) Finance
2 3 (6.82%) Games
Job Titles
1 7 (15.91%) Tester
2 6 (13.64%) Architect
2 6 (13.64%) Data Architect
2 6 (13.64%) Data Engineer
2 6 (13.64%) Lead Architect
2 6 (13.64%) Lead Data Architect
2 6 (13.64%) Senior Data Engineer
2 6 (13.64%) Senior Test Engineer
2 6 (13.64%) Test Engineer
3 5 (11.36%) Automation Tester
3 5 (11.36%) QA Engineer
4 4 (9.09%) Analyst
4 4 (9.09%) Business Intelligence Architect
4 4 (9.09%) Business Intelligence Lead
4 4 (9.09%) Data Warehouse Architect
5 3 (6.82%) JIRA Engineer
5 3 (6.82%) Mobile Developer
5 3 (6.82%) QA Test Engineer
5 3 (6.82%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
5 3 (6.82%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (13.64%) Web Services
2 3 (6.82%) iOS SDK
2 3 (6.82%) REST
2 3 (6.82%) RESTful
2 3 (6.82%) XML
3 2 (4.55%) .NET
3 2 (4.55%) Gherkin
4 1 (2.27%) JSON
4 1 (2.27%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 8 (18.18%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (13.64%) Enterprise Software
2 6 (13.64%) Management Information System
3 3 (6.82%) Mobile App
4 2 (4.55%) Smartphone
5 1 (2.27%) Private Cloud
5 1 (2.27%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 13 (29.55%) Unix
2 3 (6.82%) Android
2 3 (6.82%) Apple iOS
2 3 (6.82%) Windows
2 3 (6.82%) Windows Server
2 3 (6.82%) Windows Server 2008
2 3 (6.82%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (2.27%) Debian
3 1 (2.27%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (40.91%) Test Automation
2 17 (38.64%) Open Source
3 16 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (36.36%) Continuous Integration
4 14 (31.82%) Data Modelling
5 13 (29.55%) Data Management
6 12 (27.27%) BDD
6 12 (27.27%) Continuous Improvement
6 12 (27.27%) Data Architecture
6 12 (27.27%) Data Integration
6 12 (27.27%) SFIA
7 10 (22.73%) TDD
8 9 (20.45%) Test Strategy
9 8 (18.18%) Data Analysis
9 8 (18.18%) DevOps
9 8 (18.18%) ITIL
10 7 (15.91%) Business Intelligence
10 7 (15.91%) ETL
10 7 (15.91%) Service Management
10 7 (15.91%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 15 (34.09%) SQL
2 14 (31.82%) Java
3 12 (27.27%) Shell Script
4 7 (15.91%) PL/SQL
5 5 (11.36%) Ruby
5 5 (11.36%) Scala
6 4 (9.09%) Python
7 3 (6.82%) Objective-C
8 2 (4.55%) C#
8 2 (4.55%) Groovy
8 2 (4.55%) R
9 1 (2.27%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 6 (13.64%) ISEB
2 3 (6.82%) ISTQB
3 1 (2.27%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (2.27%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (2.27%) SC Cleared
3 1 (2.27%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (13.64%) Data Quality
1 6 (13.64%) WCAG
2 3 (6.82%) PCI DSS
3 1 (2.27%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (2.27%) PMO
3 1 (2.27%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (4.55%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.27%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 3 (6.82%) Nessus
2 2 (4.55%) WSUS
3 1 (2.27%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 1 (2.27%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 1 (2.27%) Puppet
Vendors
1 12 (27.27%) Informatica
2 7 (15.91%) Oracle
3 6 (13.64%) CA
3 6 (13.64%) Tableau
4 2 (4.55%) Atlassian
4 2 (4.55%) Kaspersky
4 2 (4.55%) Microsoft
4 2 (4.55%) SAP
5 1 (2.27%) HP
5 1 (2.27%) Vyatta