The median contractor rate for a QA Analyst was £313 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 29 June 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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 Analyst
UK
3 months to
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 545 551 533
Rank change year-on-year +6 -18  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Analyst 69 98 111
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.18% 0.20%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.15% 0.19% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 71 84
Median daily rate £313 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.71% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £208 £263 £243
10% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £500 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £330 £340
% change year-on-year -9.09% -2.94%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 2
Median hourly rate £22.00 £15.00 £16.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +46.66% -10.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.50 £12.50 £13.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.50 £17.50 £19.43
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £16.75

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 44648 50928 53153
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 94.82% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 98440 117183 122955
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £396 £365
% change year-on-year +1.01% +8.49%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4470 5127 7601
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.75 £45.00 £41.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year - +9.37%  

QA Analyst
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured QA Analyst in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for QA Analyst in the UK

QA Analyst
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Analyst in the UK

QA Analyst
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA Analyst over the 3 months to 29 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA Analyst in the UK

QA Analyst
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA Analyst in the UK

QA Analyst
Top 10 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Analyst within the UK over the 3 months to 29 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -5 64 £310 -11.42% 26
UK excluding London +59 39 £300 -9.09% 19
London -21 28 £363 -3.33% 9
South East +9 17 £300 -14.28% 7
Midlands +17 10 £215 -28.33% 2
South West - 6 £306 - 4
North of England +51 3 - - 2
Northern Ireland -44 1 £288 -
Scotland - 1 £331 - 2
Wales - 1 £310 -

QA Analyst Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 June 2017, QA Analyst contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring QA Analyst in the job title.

1 142 (100.00%) QA
2 83 (58.45%) Test Automation
3 81 (57.04%) Agile Software Development
4 50 (35.21%) Java
5 45 (31.69%) Selenium
6 39 (27.46%) SQL
7 30 (21.13%) JIRA
7 30 (21.13%) Cucumber
8 28 (19.72%) Scrum
9 25 (17.61%) Test Scripting
10 22 (15.49%) Finance
10 22 (15.49%) .NET
11 21 (14.79%) SDLC
11 21 (14.79%) Manual Testing
12 20 (14.08%) Banking
12 20 (14.08%) Analytical Skills
13 19 (13.38%) Performance Testing
14 17 (11.97%) User Acceptance Testing
14 17 (11.97%) Waterfall
15 16 (11.27%) WebDriver
15 16 (11.27%) Regression Testing
15 16 (11.27%) Gherkin
15 16 (11.27%) Non-Functional Testing
16 15 (10.56%) Jenkins
16 15 (10.56%) C#
16 15 (10.56%) BDD
17 14 (9.86%) Google
17 14 (9.86%) SoapUI
17 14 (9.86%) Test Strategy
17 14 (9.86%) ISEB

QA Analyst Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 (2.82%) Confluence
1 4 (2.82%) MS Project Server
2 3 (2.11%) CMS
2 3 (2.11%) Sitecore CMS
3 2 (1.41%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 2 (1.41%) Umbraco
4 1 (0.70%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.70%) JBoss
4 1 (0.70%) SAS
Applications
1 7 (4.93%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (2.82%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.70%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 4 (2.82%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.70%) Magento
2 1 (0.70%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.70%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 11 (7.75%) Google Cloud Platform
2 4 (2.82%) GitHub
3 3 (2.11%) SaaS
4 2 (1.41%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (0.70%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.70%) BrowserStack
5 1 (0.70%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.41%) Internet
1 2 (1.41%) PuTTY
1 2 (1.41%) WinSCP
2 1 (0.70%) HTTP
2 1 (0.70%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (4.93%) Data Warehouse
2 6 (4.23%) SQL Server
3 5 (3.52%) Oracle Reports
4 4 (2.82%) Oracle Database
5 3 (2.11%) Hadoop
5 3 (2.11%) Oracle Database 10g
5 3 (2.11%) Oracle Database 11g
6 2 (1.41%) DB2
6 2 (1.41%) Electronic Patient Records
6 2 (1.41%) RDBMS
6 2 (1.41%) Relational Database
6 2 (1.41%) SQL Server 2005
6 2 (1.41%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (1.41%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.70%) Amazon Redshift
7 1 (0.70%) Big Data
7 1 (0.70%) Oracle Database 12c
7 1 (0.70%) SAS Data Integration Studio
7 1 (0.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 45 (31.69%) Selenium
2 30 (21.13%) Cucumber
2 30 (21.13%) JIRA
3 16 (11.27%) WebDriver
4 15 (10.56%) Jenkins
5 14 (9.86%) SoapUI
5 14 (9.86%) SpecFlow
6 8 (5.63%) Git (software)
7 7 (4.93%) JIRA Agile
7 7 (4.93%) LoadRunner
7 7 (4.93%) Team Foundation Server
8 6 (4.23%) TeamCity
9 4 (2.82%) Eclipse
9 4 (2.82%) HP UFT
9 4 (2.82%) TestNG
9 4 (2.82%) Visual Studio
10 3 (2.11%) JMeter
11 2 (1.41%) Bugzilla
11 2 (1.41%) Maven
11 2 (1.41%) Subversion
General
1 22 (15.49%) Finance
2 20 (14.08%) Banking
3 8 (5.63%) Retail
4 5 (3.52%) Investment Banking
5 3 (2.11%) Back Office
5 3 (2.11%) Marketing
6 2 (1.41%) Billing
6 2 (1.41%) Law
6 2 (1.41%) Publishing
6 2 (1.41%) Retail Banking
6 2 (1.41%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.70%) French Language
7 1 (0.70%) Legal
7 1 (0.70%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.70%) Russian Language
7 1 (0.70%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (15.49%) .NET
2 16 (11.27%) Gherkin
3 10 (7.04%) HTML
3 10 (7.04%) Web Services
4 7 (4.93%) SOAP
5 5 (3.52%) XML
6 4 (2.82%) REST
6 4 (2.82%) RESTful
7 3 (2.11%) Behat
7 3 (2.11%) JSON
8 2 (1.41%) ASP.NET
8 2 (1.41%) CSS
8 2 (1.41%) HTML5
8 2 (1.41%) React
9 1 (0.70%) .NET Framework
9 1 (0.70%) Ajax
9 1 (0.70%) Unity (Game Engine)
9 1 (0.70%) Unity DI Container
9 1 (0.70%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 20 (14.08%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (6.34%) Mobile App
3 6 (4.23%) User Experience
4 4 (2.82%) Derivative
4 4 (2.82%) Greenfield Project
5 3 (2.11%) Equities
5 3 (2.11%) Fixed Income
5 3 (2.11%) Hedge funds
5 3 (2.11%) NHS
5 3 (2.11%) OTC Derivatives
6 1 (0.70%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.70%) HoloLens
6 1 (0.70%) iPhone
6 1 (0.70%) iSeries
6 1 (0.70%) Life Science
6 1 (0.70%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.70%) Smart Meter
6 1 (0.70%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 11 (7.75%) Linux
2 9 (6.34%) Windows
3 6 (4.23%) Android
3 6 (4.23%) Apple iOS
4 3 (2.11%) Unix
5 2 (1.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (1.41%) Windows 10
5 2 (1.41%) Windows Server
5 2 (1.41%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (1.41%) Windows Vista
6 1 (0.70%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (58.45%) Test Automation
2 81 (57.04%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (19.72%) Scrum
4 25 (17.61%) Test Scripting
5 21 (14.79%) Manual Testing
5 21 (14.79%) SDLC
6 19 (13.38%) Performance Testing
7 17 (11.97%) User Acceptance Testing
7 17 (11.97%) Waterfall
8 16 (11.27%) Non-Functional Testing
8 16 (11.27%) Regression Testing
9 15 (10.56%) BDD
10 14 (9.86%) Defect Management
10 14 (9.86%) Functional Testing
10 14 (9.86%) Test Strategy
11 13 (9.15%) Software Testing
12 12 (8.45%) Exploratory Testing
12 12 (8.45%) Scenario Testing
13 11 (7.75%) E-Commerce
13 11 (7.75%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 50 (35.21%) Java
2 39 (27.46%) SQL
3 15 (10.56%) C#
4 11 (7.75%) JavaScript
5 7 (4.93%) Python
5 7 (4.93%) VBA
6 5 (3.52%) Ruby
6 5 (3.52%) Scala
7 3 (2.11%) PHP
7 3 (2.11%) Shell Script
7 3 (2.11%) VBScript
8 2 (1.41%) C++
8 2 (1.41%) Clojure
8 2 (1.41%) F#
8 2 (1.41%) Groovy
9 1 (0.70%) Perl
9 1 (0.70%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 14 (9.86%) ISEB
2 11 (7.75%) ISTQB
3 6 (4.23%) SC Cleared
3 6 (4.23%) Security Cleared
4 5 (3.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 4 (2.82%) CSQA
5 4 (2.82%) Degree
6 3 (2.11%) ISEB Practitioner
7 2 (1.41%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.70%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (0.70%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 142 (100.00%) QA
2 2 (1.41%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.41%) HL7
3 1 (0.70%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 2 (1.41%) Virtual Machines
1 2 (1.41%) vSphere
2 1 (0.70%) Firmware
2 1 (0.70%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 9 (6.34%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.41%) vRealize
3 1 (0.70%) Netcool
Vendors
1 14 (9.86%) Google
2 12 (8.45%) HP
3 10 (7.04%) Oracle
4 7 (4.93%) Microsoft
5 5 (3.52%) SAP
6 3 (2.11%) Citrix
6 3 (2.11%) Compaq
6 3 (2.11%) Sitecore
6 3 (2.11%) Sybase
7 2 (1.41%) Adobe
7 2 (1.41%) Atlassian
7 2 (1.41%) New Relic
7 2 (1.41%) Red Hat
7 2 (1.41%) Remedy
7 2 (1.41%) Twitter
7 2 (1.41%) VMware
8 1 (0.70%) CA Agile Central
8 1 (0.70%) Cloudera
8 1 (0.70%) Hortonworks
8 1 (0.70%) ServiceNow
South East London
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Rate: £350 - £400 per day
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X4 Group
Rate: £200 - 225 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Gloucestershire
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £300 - £325 per day
Posted: 10 days ago