Period
to 20 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a QA Consultant was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 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 Consultant
UK
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 865 880 868
Rank change year-on-year +15 -12 +19
Contract jobs requiring a QA Consultant 14 8 18
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.014% 0.008% 0.016%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.014% 0.008% 0.017%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 1 13
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +3.23% +10.71%
10th Percentile £299 £388 £363
90th Percentile £555 £413 £510
UK excluding London median daily rate - - £388
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
UK median hourly rate - - £55.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 96939 98568 108531
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.76% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 63924 64295 69051
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 2896 3271 4142
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

QA Consultant
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA Consultant over the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 8 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 6 months to 20 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 +28 9 £425 +6.25% 3
UK excluding London +42 8 - -
London -14 6 £425 +6.25% 3
Scotland - 5 - -
North of England - 2 - -
North West - 1 - -
South West - 1 - -
Yorkshire - 1 - -

QA Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 6 (42.86%) Test Automation
2 6 (42.86%) Banking
3 5 (35.71%) Continuous Improvement
3 5 (35.71%) Performance Monitoring
4 4 (28.57%) Selenium
4 4 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (28.57%) Java
5 3 (21.43%) Cucumber
5 3 (21.43%) API Testing
6 2 (14.29%) SC Cleared
6 2 (14.29%) Security Cleared
6 2 (14.29%) Gherkin
6 2 (14.29%) Jenkins
6 2 (14.29%) JavaScript
7 1 (7.14%) Regulatory Compliance
7 1 (7.14%) DevOps
7 1 (7.14%) GitLab
7 1 (7.14%) C#
7 1 (7.14%) TDD
7 1 (7.14%) Pair Programming
7 1 (7.14%) Investment Banking
7 1 (7.14%) Business Analysis
7 1 (7.14%) Ruby
7 1 (7.14%) Ajax
7 1 (7.14%) JSON
7 1 (7.14%) MiFID
7 1 (7.14%) JIRA
7 1 (7.14%) SAP
7 1 (7.14%) SOAP

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 1 (7.14%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 1 (7.14%) SAP Hybris
Development Applications
1 4 (28.57%) Selenium
2 3 (21.43%) Cucumber
3 2 (14.29%) Jenkins
4 1 (7.14%) Git (software)
4 1 (7.14%) GitLab
4 1 (7.14%) Jasmine
4 1 (7.14%) JIRA
4 1 (7.14%) RSpec
4 1 (7.14%) WebDriver
General
1 6 (42.86%) Banking
2 1 (7.14%) Front Office
2 1 (7.14%) Investment Banking
2 1 (7.14%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (14.29%) Gherkin
2 1 (7.14%) Ajax
2 1 (7.14%) JSON
2 1 (7.14%) REST
2 1 (7.14%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 1 (7.14%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (42.86%) Test Automation
2 5 (35.71%) Continuous Improvement
2 5 (35.71%) Performance Monitoring
3 4 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (21.43%) API Testing
5 1 (7.14%) B2B
5 1 (7.14%) B2C
5 1 (7.14%) Business Analysis
5 1 (7.14%) Data Modelling
5 1 (7.14%) Defect Management
5 1 (7.14%) DevOps
5 1 (7.14%) E-Commerce
5 1 (7.14%) Non-Functional Testing
5 1 (7.14%) Pair Programming
5 1 (7.14%) Project Management
5 1 (7.14%) Regulatory Compliance
5 1 (7.14%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (7.14%) TDD
5 1 (7.14%) Test Strategy
5 1 (7.14%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 4 (28.57%) Java
2 2 (14.29%) JavaScript
3 1 (7.14%) C#
3 1 (7.14%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 2 (14.29%) SC Cleared
1 2 (14.29%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (7.14%) MiFID
Vendors
1 1 (7.14%) hybris
1 1 (7.14%) SAP