The median contractor rate for a QA Consultant was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 23 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 Consultant
UK
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 594 639 634
Rank change year-on-year +45 -5  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Consultant 8 4 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.017% 0.007% 0.009%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.018% 0.008% 0.009%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 3 2
Median daily rate £425 £600 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -29.16% +60.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 - £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £55.50
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 44357 51050 53273
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.75% 94.87% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 28704 33277 33414
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 £275 £260 £248
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1368 1510 2064
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 £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.14
% change year-on-year +0.28% +8.11%  

QA Consultant
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for QA Consultant in the UK

QA Consultant
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Consultant in the UK

QA Consultant
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA Consultant in the UK

QA Consultant
Top 11 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Consultant within the UK over the 3 months to 23 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 +34 6 £388 -35.41% 2
London +6 4 £388 -35.41% 2
Somerset - 1 - -
West Yorkshire - 1 - -
Yorkshire - 1 - -
South Wales - 1 £475 -
South West - 1 - -
Wales - 1 £475 -
Bradford - 1 - -
Cardiff - 1 £475 -
Leeds - 1 - -

QA Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 June 2017, QA Consultant 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 Consultant in the job title.

1 14 (100.00%) QA
2 8 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (50.00%) Test Automation
4 6 (42.86%) Selenium
4 6 (42.86%) Java
5 5 (35.71%) Software Engineering
5 5 (35.71%) Unit Testing
5 5 (35.71%) Defect Management
6 4 (28.57%) Test Strategy
6 4 (28.57%) Scala
6 4 (28.57%) Integration Testing
6 4 (28.57%) Test Scripting
7 3 (21.43%) Scrum
7 3 (21.43%) Usability Testing
7 3 (21.43%) Performance Testing
7 3 (21.43%) Security Testing
7 3 (21.43%) SoapUI
7 3 (21.43%) Gherkin
7 3 (21.43%) User Stories
8 2 (14.29%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 2 (14.29%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (14.29%) Cross-Browser Testing
8 2 (14.29%) JIRA
8 2 (14.29%) Manual Testing
8 2 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
8 2 (14.29%) Groovy
8 2 (14.29%) Confluence
8 2 (14.29%) C#
8 2 (14.29%) Visual Studio
8 2 (14.29%) SAP

QA Consultant 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 2 (14.29%) Adobe Experience Manager
1 2 (14.29%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 1 (7.14%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 1 (7.14%) Google Analytics
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (7.14%) Oracle Database
1 1 (7.14%) SQL Server
1 1 (7.14%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 1 (7.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 1 (7.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 6 (42.86%) Selenium
2 3 (21.43%) SoapUI
3 2 (14.29%) JIRA
3 2 (14.29%) Visual Studio
4 1 (7.14%) Cucumber
4 1 (7.14%) Jenkins
4 1 (7.14%) JUnit
4 1 (7.14%) TestRail
General
1 1 (7.14%) Finance
1 1 (7.14%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (21.43%) Gherkin
2 1 (7.14%) .NET
2 1 (7.14%) ASP.NET
2 1 (7.14%) RESTful
2 1 (7.14%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (7.14%) Equities
1 1 (7.14%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (50.00%) Test Automation
3 5 (35.71%) Defect Management
3 5 (35.71%) Software Engineering
3 5 (35.71%) Unit Testing
4 4 (28.57%) Integration Testing
4 4 (28.57%) Test Scripting
4 4 (28.57%) Test Strategy
5 3 (21.43%) Performance Testing
5 3 (21.43%) Scrum
5 3 (21.43%) Security Testing
5 3 (21.43%) Usability Testing
5 3 (21.43%) User Stories
6 2 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
6 2 (14.29%) Cross-Browser Testing
6 2 (14.29%) Manual Testing
7 1 (7.14%) Kanban
7 1 (7.14%) Migration
7 1 (7.14%) User Acceptance Testing
7 1 (7.14%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 6 (42.86%) Java
2 4 (28.57%) Scala
3 2 (14.29%) C#
3 2 (14.29%) Groovy
4 1 (7.14%) Clojure
4 1 (7.14%) JavaScript
4 1 (7.14%) Korn
4 1 (7.14%) Python
4 1 (7.14%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 2 (14.29%) BPSS Clearance
2 1 (7.14%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (7.14%) Data Quality
2 1 (7.14%) PCI DSS
Vendors
1 2 (14.29%) SAP
2 1 (7.14%) Atlassian
2 1 (7.14%) Google
2 1 (7.14%) hybris
2 1 (7.14%) Oracle