The median contractor rate for a QA Analyst was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 23 March 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance Analyst
UK
Rank 528 551 517
Rank change year-on-year +23 -34  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Analyst 71 77 104
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.16% 0.15% 0.20%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.17% 0.15% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 61 55
Median daily rate £350 £360 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.77% +2.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £275 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £313 £300 £340
% change year-on-year +4.16% -11.76%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Median hourly rate - £22.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 42403 50275 49651
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.81% 95.18% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 27453 32530 30008
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £551
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1493 1573 1955
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.30 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

QA Analyst
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured QA Analyst in the job title.

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 23 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA Analyst.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA Analyst in the UK

QA Analyst
Top 30 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 23 March 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 +25 67 £350 -2.77% 44
London -1 26 £363 -9.37% 16
South East +28 15 £388 +31.35% 13
West Midlands +17 6 £223 -25.83% 1
East Midlands +1 5 £363 +14.62% 2
North West +23 4 £288 - 8
Nottingham +7 4 £364 +15.01% 1
Nottinghamshire +4 4 £364 +15.01% 1
City of London +1 4 £340 -5.55% 6
East of England -2 4 £275 +10.00% 1
Milton Keynes -4 4 £381 +29.23%
South West -5 4 £325 +8.78% 1
Buckinghamshire -8 4 £381 +29.23%
Hampshire - 4 £338 - 1
Manchester - 4 £288 - 7
Staffordshire +4 3 - -
Oxfordshire - 3 £375 - 1
Tamworth - 3 - -
Wiltshire 0 2 £325 +4.83%
Newcastle upon Tyne -5 2 £400 +33.33%
Corsham -9 2 £325 +4.83%
North East -9 2 £400 +33.33%
Tyne and Wear -15 2 £400 +33.33%
Surrey - 2 £525 - 5
Northern Ireland - 2 £261 -
County Antrim - 2 £261 -
Belfast - 2 £261 -
Hertfordshire - 2 - -
East Sussex +13 1 £165 -54.48%
Dorset +9 1 - -

QA Analyst Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 March 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.

1 158 (100.00%) QA
2 82 (51.90%) Agile Software Development
3 70 (44.30%) Selenium
4 50 (31.65%) Java
5 41 (25.95%) SQL
6 40 (25.32%) Cucumber
7 38 (24.05%) Test Scripting
8 33 (20.89%) JIRA
9 28 (17.72%) Manual Testing
9 28 (17.72%) BDD
9 28 (17.72%) Test Automation
10 25 (15.82%) Scrum
10 25 (15.82%) Regression Testing
10 25 (15.82%) Finance
11 24 (15.19%) Banking
12 23 (14.56%) ISEB
13 22 (13.92%) WebDriver
14 21 (13.29%) Automation Testing
14 21 (13.29%) .NET
15 20 (12.66%) JavaScript
16 19 (12.03%) Automated Testing
17 18 (11.39%) Performance Testing
17 18 (11.39%) Jenkins
17 18 (11.39%) Defect Management
17 18 (11.39%) Test Strategy
18 17 (10.76%) Non-Functional Testing
18 17 (10.76%) User Acceptance Testing
18 17 (10.76%) TDD
18 17 (10.76%) C#
19 16 (10.13%) Oracle

QA Analyst Skill Set
Top Related 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 8 (5.06%) CMS
2 7 (4.43%) Confluence
3 3 (1.90%) Drupal
3 3 (1.90%) Sitecore CMS
4 2 (1.27%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 2 (1.27%) JBoss
4 2 (1.27%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.27%) Umbraco
5 1 (0.63%) SAS
5 1 (0.63%) WebSphere
Applications
1 5 (3.16%) MS Excel
2 3 (1.90%) Spreadsheet
3 2 (1.27%) HipChat
3 2 (1.27%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.63%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (1.90%) Oracle Cash Management
1 3 (1.90%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.63%) Magento
2 1 (0.63%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.63%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.63%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.90%) Amazon AWS
1 3 (1.90%) GitHub
2 2 (1.27%) Google Cloud Platform
3 1 (0.63%) Google Analytics
3 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.63%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.63%) HTTP
1 1 (0.63%) Internet
1 1 (0.63%) PuTTY
1 1 (0.63%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (5.06%) Relational Database
2 6 (3.80%) Data Warehouse
2 6 (3.80%) SQL Server
3 5 (3.16%) RDBMS
4 4 (2.53%) Oracle Reports
5 3 (1.90%) Oracle Database
6 2 (1.27%) Big Data
6 2 (1.27%) DB2
6 2 (1.27%) Electronic Patient Records
6 2 (1.27%) Oracle Database 10g
6 2 (1.27%) Oracle Database 11g
6 2 (1.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.63%) MS Access
7 1 (0.63%) Oracle Database 12c
7 1 (0.63%) SQL Server 2005
7 1 (0.63%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (0.63%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.63%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 70 (44.30%) Selenium
2 40 (25.32%) Cucumber
3 33 (20.89%) JIRA
4 22 (13.92%) WebDriver
5 18 (11.39%) Jenkins
6 14 (8.86%) SoapUI
7 13 (8.23%) LoadRunner
8 12 (7.59%) Git (software)
9 8 (5.06%) JMeter
9 8 (5.06%) SpecFlow
9 8 (5.06%) TeamCity
10 6 (3.80%) Appium
10 6 (3.80%) HP UFT
10 6 (3.80%) Subversion
10 6 (3.80%) Team Foundation Server
11 4 (2.53%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 4 (2.53%) Bugzilla
11 4 (2.53%) Eclipse
12 3 (1.90%) NUnit
12 3 (1.90%) Visual Studio
General
1 25 (15.82%) Finance
2 24 (15.19%) Banking
3 8 (5.06%) Marketing
4 6 (3.80%) Back Office
5 5 (3.16%) Publishing
5 5 (3.16%) Retail
6 4 (2.53%) Investment Banking
7 3 (1.90%) Law
7 3 (1.90%) Legal
7 3 (1.90%) Telecoms
8 2 (1.27%) Games
9 1 (0.63%) Billing
9 1 (0.63%) Electronics
9 1 (0.63%) French Language
9 1 (0.63%) Front Office
9 1 (0.63%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.63%) Multimedia
9 1 (0.63%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (13.29%) .NET
2 13 (8.23%) Gherkin
2 13 (8.23%) HTML
2 13 (8.23%) XML
3 8 (5.06%) SOAP
4 7 (4.43%) CSS
4 7 (4.43%) HTML5
4 7 (4.43%) Web Services
5 5 (3.16%) RESTful
6 3 (1.90%) JSON
6 3 (1.90%) Node.js
6 3 (1.90%) REST
6 3 (1.90%) XML Messaging
7 2 (1.27%) AngularJS
7 2 (1.27%) Behat
7 2 (1.27%) WebSockets
8 1 (0.63%) Highcharts JS
8 1 (0.63%) Sass
8 1 (0.63%) Unity (Game Engine)
8 1 (0.63%) Unity DI Container
Miscellaneous
1 11 (6.96%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (4.43%) Mobile App
3 6 (3.80%) User Experience
4 5 (3.16%) Derivative
5 3 (1.90%) Fixed Income
5 3 (1.90%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 3 (1.90%) Hedge funds
5 3 (1.90%) NHS
6 2 (1.27%) Client/Server
6 2 (1.27%) Equities
6 2 (1.27%) Mainframe
6 2 (1.27%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.63%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.63%) Credit Derivative
7 1 (0.63%) e-Learning
7 1 (0.63%) HoloLens
7 1 (0.63%) IBM Mainframe
7 1 (0.63%) iSeries
7 1 (0.63%) Reinsurance
7 1 (0.63%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 15 (9.49%) Linux
2 14 (8.86%) Windows
3 13 (8.23%) Unix
4 8 (5.06%) Android
4 8 (5.06%) Apple iOS
5 3 (1.90%) Windows Vista
6 2 (1.27%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.63%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.63%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.63%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 82 (51.90%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (24.05%) Test Scripting
3 28 (17.72%) BDD
3 28 (17.72%) Manual Testing
3 28 (17.72%) Test Automation
4 25 (15.82%) Regression Testing
4 25 (15.82%) Scrum
5 21 (13.29%) Automation Testing
6 19 (12.03%) Automated Testing
7 18 (11.39%) Defect Management
7 18 (11.39%) Performance Testing
7 18 (11.39%) Test Strategy
8 17 (10.76%) Non-Functional Testing
8 17 (10.76%) TDD
8 17 (10.76%) User Acceptance Testing
9 15 (9.49%) API Testing
10 13 (8.23%) Exploratory Testing
11 12 (7.59%) SDLC
11 12 (7.59%) Waterfall
12 11 (6.96%) Defect Tracking
Programming Languages
1 50 (31.65%) Java
2 41 (25.95%) SQL
3 20 (12.66%) JavaScript
4 17 (10.76%) C#
5 7 (4.43%) VBA
6 5 (3.16%) Ruby
6 5 (3.16%) Shell Script
6 5 (3.16%) VBScript
7 3 (1.90%) Perl
7 3 (1.90%) PHP
7 3 (1.90%) Python
7 3 (1.90%) Scala
8 2 (1.27%) F#
8 2 (1.27%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.63%) C++
9 1 (0.63%) Groovy
9 1 (0.63%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 23 (14.56%) ISEB
2 15 (9.49%) ISTQB
3 8 (5.06%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 8 (5.06%) Security Cleared
4 7 (4.43%) SC Cleared
5 6 (3.80%) Degree
6 2 (1.27%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (1.27%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 158 (100.00%) QA
2 2 (1.27%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.27%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (1.27%) HL7
3 1 (0.63%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.63%) PMO
3 1 (0.63%) WAI
3 1 (0.63%) WCAG
System Software
1 1 (0.63%) Firmware
1 1 (0.63%) Oracle RAC
1 1 (0.63%) Virtual Machines
1 1 (0.63%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (3.16%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.63%) vRealize
Vendors
1 16 (10.13%) Oracle
2 13 (8.23%) Microsoft
3 7 (4.43%) HP
4 4 (2.53%) Sybase
5 3 (1.90%) Citrix
5 3 (1.90%) Compaq
5 3 (1.90%) Google
5 3 (1.90%) IBM
5 3 (1.90%) Sitecore
6 2 (1.27%) Adobe
6 2 (1.27%) Apple
6 2 (1.27%) Compuware
6 2 (1.27%) Empirix
6 2 (1.27%) New Relic
6 2 (1.27%) SAP
7 1 (0.63%) Red Hat
7 1 (0.63%) Remedy
7 1 (0.63%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (0.63%) Twitter
7 1 (0.63%) webMethods
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