Period
to 24 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a QA Analyst was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 November 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
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 752 711 657
Rank change year-on-year -41 -54 +33
Contract jobs requiring a QA Analyst 144 175 238
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.17% 0.21%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.15% 0.18% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 108 113 162
UK median daily rate £375 £375 £344
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +9.09% -1.79%
10th Percentile £246 £213 £213
90th Percentile £538 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £315 £344 £285
% change year-on-year -8.36% +20.61% -5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 4
UK median hourly rate £17.25 £22.50 £21.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.33% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £16.38 £14.66 £20.00
90th Percentile £18.13 £36.26 £24.98
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.25 £31.20 £21.25
% change year-on-year -44.70% +46.80% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 97695 99488 108685
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.75% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 64489 64865 69136
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £375
% change year-on-year +1.91% +4.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2905 3326 4142
UK median hourly rate £18.69 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.81% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.93 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.45 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 6 months to 24 November 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 14 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 6 months to 24 November 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
England -17 135 £375 +7.14% 49
London 0 82 £425 +4.29% 20
UK excluding London -5 60 £315 -8.36% 28
South East -7 18 £310 -9.82% 14
Midlands +30 13 £215 -14.00% 3
West Midlands +24 10 £215 -38.57% 1
North of England +46 8 £438 +36.72% 7
South West +2 8 £314 +25.50% 2
North West +23 7 £381 +103.33% 2
East of England -1 6 £341 -2.57% 2
Scotland -2 6 £375 +36.36%
East Midlands -6 3 - - 2
Yorkshire +24 1 £468 +33.57% 4
Northern Ireland -42 1 £288 -

QA Analyst Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 November 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.

1 144 (100.00%) QA
2 89 (61.81%) Agile Software Development
3 88 (61.11%) Test Automation
4 52 (36.11%) Selenium
5 44 (30.56%) SQL
6 40 (27.78%) JIRA
7 39 (27.08%) Finance
8 37 (25.69%) Java
8 37 (25.69%) BDD
9 33 (22.92%) Cucumber
10 30 (20.83%) TDD
11 26 (18.06%) Scrum
12 24 (16.67%) Banking
13 22 (15.28%) Jenkins
14 21 (14.58%) Test Scripting
15 20 (13.89%) Analytical Skills
16 19 (13.19%) Continuous Integration
16 19 (13.19%) Waterfall
16 19 (13.19%) Performance Testing
16 19 (13.19%) C#
17 18 (12.50%) .NET
17 18 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
17 18 (12.50%) SoapUI
18 17 (11.81%) Scenario Testing
19 16 (11.11%) SDLC
19 16 (11.11%) Functional Testing
19 16 (11.11%) Software Testing
20 15 (10.42%) ISTQB
20 15 (10.42%) SOAP
20 15 (10.42%) Regression Testing

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 10 (6.94%) Confluence
2 3 (2.08%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.39%) CMS
3 2 (1.39%) MS Project Server
4 1 (0.69%) Apache
4 1 (0.69%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.69%) JBoss
4 1 (0.69%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 1 (0.69%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 12 (8.33%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (2.08%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (1.39%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (1.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.69%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (4.17%) Markit EDM
2 2 (1.39%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (1.39%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (1.39%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.69%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.69%) IntelliMatch
3 1 (0.69%) thinkFolio
3 1 (0.69%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 8 (5.56%) Google Cloud Platform
2 3 (2.08%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (2.08%) BrowserStack
3 2 (1.39%) BlazeMeter
3 2 (1.39%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (1.39%) SaaS
4 1 (0.69%) GitHub
4 1 (0.69%) iPaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.08%) HTTP
2 2 (1.39%) LTE
3 1 (0.69%) SSL
3 1 (0.69%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (4.86%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.08%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (2.08%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (1.39%) Big Data
3 2 (1.39%) MySQL
4 1 (0.69%) Blockchain
4 1 (0.69%) Data Mining
4 1 (0.69%) Hadoop
4 1 (0.69%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.69%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 52 (36.11%) Selenium
2 40 (27.78%) JIRA
3 33 (22.92%) Cucumber
4 22 (15.28%) Jenkins
5 18 (12.50%) SoapUI
6 13 (9.03%) Git (software)
6 13 (9.03%) SpecFlow
7 11 (7.64%) JMeter
8 10 (6.94%) WebDriver
9 8 (5.56%) Team Foundation Server
10 7 (4.86%) JIRA Agile
11 6 (4.17%) Zephyr
12 5 (3.47%) JUnit
12 5 (3.47%) The Grinder
13 4 (2.78%) Appium
13 4 (2.78%) Gatling
13 4 (2.78%) RSpec
13 4 (2.78%) Visual Studio
14 3 (2.08%) Artifactory
14 3 (2.08%) Travis CI
General
1 39 (27.08%) Finance
2 24 (16.67%) Banking
3 12 (8.33%) Investment Banking
4 9 (6.25%) Retail
5 7 (4.86%) Games
6 6 (4.17%) Front Office
7 4 (2.78%) Marketing
7 4 (2.78%) Publishing
8 3 (2.08%) Back Office
8 3 (2.08%) Retail Banking
8 3 (2.08%) Telecoms
9 2 (1.39%) Billing
10 1 (0.69%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.69%) Legal
10 1 (0.69%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.69%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.69%) Russian Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (12.50%) .NET
2 15 (10.42%) SOAP
3 14 (9.72%) Gherkin
4 11 (7.64%) HTML
5 7 (4.86%) Web Services
6 6 (4.17%) REST
7 4 (2.78%) JSON
7 4 (2.78%) React
7 4 (2.78%) RESTful
7 4 (2.78%) XML
8 2 (1.39%) Ajax
8 2 (1.39%) Middleware
8 2 (1.39%) MSMQ
8 2 (1.39%) RabbitMQ
8 2 (1.39%) WebdriverIO
8 2 (1.39%) WebSphere MQ
9 1 (0.69%) AngularJS
9 1 (0.69%) Kafka
9 1 (0.69%) Node.js
9 1 (0.69%) WebSockets
Miscellaneous
1 20 (13.89%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (9.72%) Derivative
3 12 (8.33%) Equities
4 11 (7.64%) OTC Derivatives
5 10 (6.94%) Mobile App
6 7 (4.86%) Computer Science
6 7 (4.86%) Fixed Income
7 4 (2.78%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 3 (2.08%) User Experience
9 2 (1.39%) Greenfield Project
9 2 (1.39%) Wiki
10 1 (0.69%) Equity Derivative
10 1 (0.69%) Mainframe
10 1 (0.69%) N-Tier
10 1 (0.69%) Online Games
10 1 (0.69%) Reference Data
10 1 (0.69%) Smartphone
10 1 (0.69%) Video on Demand
10 1 (0.69%) Virtual Team
10 1 (0.69%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 14 (9.72%) Linux
2 9 (6.25%) Windows
3 3 (2.08%) Apple iOS
3 3 (2.08%) Unix
4 2 (1.39%) Android
5 1 (0.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.69%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 89 (61.81%) Agile Software Development
2 88 (61.11%) Test Automation
3 37 (25.69%) BDD
4 30 (20.83%) TDD
5 26 (18.06%) Scrum
6 21 (14.58%) Test Scripting
7 19 (13.19%) Continuous Integration
7 19 (13.19%) Performance Testing
7 19 (13.19%) Waterfall
8 18 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
9 17 (11.81%) Scenario Testing
10 16 (11.11%) Functional Testing
10 16 (11.11%) SDLC
10 16 (11.11%) Software Testing
11 15 (10.42%) Acceptance Criteria
11 15 (10.42%) Regression Testing
12 14 (9.72%) Kanban
12 14 (9.72%) Test Strategy
13 13 (9.03%) Manual Testing
13 13 (9.03%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 44 (30.56%) SQL
2 37 (25.69%) Java
3 19 (13.19%) C#
4 13 (9.03%) JavaScript
5 7 (4.86%) Python
5 7 (4.86%) Ruby
5 7 (4.86%) Scala
6 4 (2.78%) VB
7 3 (2.08%) Perl
8 2 (1.39%) C++
8 2 (1.39%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.69%) C
9 1 (0.69%) Groovy
9 1 (0.69%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.69%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.69%) VBA
Qualifications
1 15 (10.42%) ISTQB
2 14 (9.72%) ISEB
3 11 (7.64%) Degree
4 9 (6.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 9 (6.25%) Security Cleared
5 7 (4.86%) Computer Science Degree
6 4 (2.78%) SC Cleared
7 3 (2.08%) ISEB Practitioner
8 2 (1.39%) CSQA
9 1 (0.69%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.69%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 144 (100.00%) QA
2 10 (6.94%) MiFID
3 7 (4.86%) WCAG
4 6 (4.17%) EMIR
5 5 (3.47%) Data Quality
5 5 (3.47%) Dodd-Frank
6 1 (0.69%) AIFMD
6 1 (0.69%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 2 (1.39%) Docker
Systems Management
1 10 (6.94%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.39%) Netcool
2 2 (1.39%) Puppet
3 1 (0.69%) Ansible
3 1 (0.69%) Kibana
3 1 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.69%) Terraform
Vendors
1 10 (6.94%) Google
1 10 (6.94%) Microsoft
1 10 (6.94%) Murex
2 9 (6.25%) HP
2 9 (6.25%) Oracle
3 3 (2.08%) SAP
3 3 (2.08%) ServiceNow
4 2 (1.39%) Atlassian
4 2 (1.39%) Remedy
4 2 (1.39%) Salesforce.com
4 2 (1.39%) Talend
5 1 (0.69%) Apple
5 1 (0.69%) Ariba
5 1 (0.69%) Fidessa
5 1 (0.69%) Greenplum
5 1 (0.69%) ION Trading
5 1 (0.69%) Northgate
5 1 (0.69%) Serena
5 1 (0.69%) Sitecore
5 1 (0.69%) Yardi