Period
to 21 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a QA Engineer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 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 Engineer
UK
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 657 663 738
Rank change year-on-year +6 +75 -2
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 225 223 150
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.22% 0.21% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.23% 0.22% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 167 166 116
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +10.34% +3.57%
10th Percentile £291 £263 £209
90th Percentile £538 £538 £494
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 0
UK median hourly rate £34.50 £44.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.59% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.50 £38.25 -
% change year-on-year -9.80% - -

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 97749 99240 107788
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.76% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 64477 64699 68564
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 2920 3284 4118
UK median hourly rate £18.69 £18.03 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +0.17% +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 Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for QA Engineer in the UK

QA Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Engineer in the UK

QA Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA Engineer over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA Engineer in the UK

QA Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA Engineer in the UK

QA Engineer
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 21 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 +24 218 £425 +6.25% 72
London +4 132 £450 - 38
UK excluding London -1 93 £375 +7.14% 38
South East +11 43 £375 +18.11% 13
North of England +23 16 £363 +3.57% 5
Midlands +19 11 £375 - 5
South West 0 11 £375 +4.17% 5
East Midlands +6 10 £375 - 3
North East +49 7 £350 +2.94% 1
Yorkshire +15 7 £375 -6.25% 3
East of England -5 5 £338 -15.63% 6
Scotland -10 5 £265 +4.95% 2
North West +16 2 £451 +44.24% 1
Wales +9 2 £213 -50.00% 1
West Midlands +15 1 £213 -41.38% 2

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 November 2017, QA Engineer 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 Engineer in the job title.

1 225 (100.00%) QA
2 170 (75.56%) Test Automation
3 153 (68.00%) Agile Software Development
4 112 (49.78%) Selenium
5 98 (43.56%) Java
6 82 (36.44%) Cucumber
7 71 (31.56%) Scrum
8 67 (29.78%) BDD
9 58 (25.78%) QA Automation
10 52 (23.11%) Jenkins
11 47 (20.89%) JIRA
11 47 (20.89%) TDD
12 44 (19.56%) JavaScript
13 43 (19.11%) WebDriver
14 37 (16.44%) Python
15 36 (16.00%) Regression Testing
15 36 (16.00%) Test Scripting
15 36 (16.00%) Test Strategy
16 35 (15.56%) C#
17 34 (15.11%) Git (software)
18 30 (13.33%) Manual Testing
18 30 (13.33%) Web Services
19 29 (12.89%) E-Commerce
20 28 (12.44%) Kanban
20 28 (12.44%) User Stories
21 27 (12.00%) Amazon AWS
22 26 (11.56%) HTML
22 26 (11.56%) Mobile App
22 26 (11.56%) API Testing
23 25 (11.11%) SQL

QA Engineer 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 18 (8.00%) Confluence
2 4 (1.78%) CMS
3 2 (0.89%) Apache Spark
3 2 (0.89%) ColdFusion
3 2 (0.89%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 2 (0.89%) Sitecore CMS
4 1 (0.44%) Apache
4 1 (0.44%) Cloud Foundry
4 1 (0.44%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.44%) Tomcat
Applications
1 5 (2.22%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.44%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.44%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.44%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.89%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.44%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 27 (12.00%) Amazon AWS
2 13 (5.78%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (2.67%) GitHub
4 4 (1.78%) BrowserStack
5 3 (1.33%) BlazeMeter
5 3 (1.33%) Sauce Labs
6 1 (0.44%) AWS CloudFormation
6 1 (0.44%) Basecamp
6 1 (0.44%) FinancialForce
6 1 (0.44%) Force.com
6 1 (0.44%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.44%) PaaS
6 1 (0.44%) SaaS
6 1 (0.44%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 9 (4.00%) HTTP
2 7 (3.11%) Internet
3 2 (0.89%) LTE
3 2 (0.89%) SMS
4 1 (0.44%) Bluetooth
4 1 (0.44%) LDAP
4 1 (0.44%) MQTT
4 1 (0.44%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (3.11%) MarkLogic
2 5 (2.22%) MongoDB
3 4 (1.78%) Big Data
3 4 (1.78%) Hadoop
3 4 (1.78%) SQL Server
4 3 (1.33%) Relational Database
4 3 (1.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (0.89%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (0.44%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.44%) HBase
6 1 (0.44%) InfluxDB
6 1 (0.44%) MySQL
6 1 (0.44%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.44%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.44%) Redis
6 1 (0.44%) Spark SQL
Development Applications
1 112 (49.78%) Selenium
2 82 (36.44%) Cucumber
3 52 (23.11%) Jenkins
4 47 (20.89%) JIRA
5 43 (19.11%) WebDriver
6 34 (15.11%) Git (software)
7 23 (10.22%) JUnit
8 22 (9.78%) SoapUI
9 16 (7.11%) Appium
10 14 (6.22%) JMeter
11 12 (5.33%) Team Foundation Server
12 11 (4.89%) SpecFlow
13 9 (4.00%) Protractor
14 8 (3.56%) Maven
14 8 (3.56%) Mocha
15 6 (2.67%) RSpec
16 5 (2.22%) Calabash
16 5 (2.22%) Capybara
16 5 (2.22%) Gatling
16 5 (2.22%) Gradle
General
1 18 (8.00%) Banking
2 17 (7.56%) Finance
3 11 (4.89%) Publishing
4 8 (3.56%) Investment Banking
4 8 (3.56%) Retail
5 7 (3.11%) Games
6 6 (2.67%) Telecoms
7 5 (2.22%) Front Office
7 5 (2.22%) Marketing
8 2 (0.89%) Advertising
8 2 (0.89%) Automotive
8 2 (0.89%) Avionics
8 2 (0.89%) Billing
8 2 (0.89%) Legal
9 1 (0.44%) Back Office
9 1 (0.44%) Corporate Banking
9 1 (0.44%) Digital Economy
9 1 (0.44%) Electronics
9 1 (0.44%) Law
9 1 (0.44%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (13.33%) Web Services
2 26 (11.56%) HTML
3 22 (9.78%) .NET
4 16 (7.11%) XML
5 15 (6.67%) Node.js
5 15 (6.67%) RESTful
6 13 (5.78%) Gherkin
6 13 (5.78%) SOAP
7 11 (4.89%) CSS
7 11 (4.89%) REST
8 10 (4.44%) HTML5
9 7 (3.11%) AngularJS
9 7 (3.11%) XSLT
10 6 (2.67%) JSON
10 6 (2.67%) Nightwatchjs
10 6 (2.67%) React
11 4 (1.78%) Backbone.js
12 3 (1.33%) Chai
12 3 (1.33%) Spring
13 2 (0.89%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 26 (11.56%) Mobile App
2 16 (7.11%) Computer Science
3 13 (5.78%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (4.00%) Greenfield Project
5 5 (2.22%) Client/Server
5 5 (2.22%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 4 (1.78%) Fintech
6 4 (1.78%) Smartphone
6 4 (1.78%) User Experience
7 3 (1.33%) Derivative
7 3 (1.33%) Equities
7 3 (1.33%) Equity Derivative
7 3 (1.33%) Linux Command Line
7 3 (1.33%) Wiki
8 2 (0.89%) Life Science
8 2 (0.89%) Video\Live Streaming
9 1 (0.44%) CESG
9 1 (0.44%) Handset
9 1 (0.44%) iSeries
9 1 (0.44%) Social Network
Operating Systems
1 19 (8.44%) Linux
2 17 (7.56%) Apple iOS
3 14 (6.22%) Android
4 10 (4.44%) Unix
5 8 (3.56%) Windows
6 1 (0.44%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.44%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 170 (75.56%) Test Automation
2 153 (68.00%) Agile Software Development
3 71 (31.56%) Scrum
4 67 (29.78%) BDD
5 58 (25.78%) QA Automation
6 47 (20.89%) TDD
7 36 (16.00%) Regression Testing
7 36 (16.00%) Test Scripting
7 36 (16.00%) Test Strategy
8 30 (13.33%) Manual Testing
9 29 (12.89%) E-Commerce
10 28 (12.44%) Kanban
10 28 (12.44%) User Stories
11 26 (11.56%) API Testing
12 23 (10.22%) Continuous Integration
12 23 (10.22%) Performance Testing
13 22 (9.78%) Software Testing
14 20 (8.89%) DevOps
14 20 (8.89%) Functional Testing
14 20 (8.89%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 98 (43.56%) Java
2 44 (19.56%) JavaScript
3 37 (16.44%) Python
4 35 (15.56%) C#
5 25 (11.11%) SQL
6 18 (8.00%) Ruby
7 13 (5.78%) Scala
8 9 (4.00%) Bash Shell
9 7 (3.11%) XQuery
10 5 (2.22%) T-SQL
11 4 (1.78%) Apple Swift
11 4 (1.78%) C++
11 4 (1.78%) PHP
12 3 (1.33%) VB
13 2 (0.89%) Groovy
13 2 (0.89%) Objective-C
13 2 (0.89%) Perl
14 1 (0.44%) Korn
14 1 (0.44%) PL/SQL
14 1 (0.44%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 17 (7.56%) Degree
2 12 (5.33%) ISTQB
3 7 (3.11%) ISEB
4 6 (2.67%) Computer Science Degree
4 6 (2.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 4 (1.78%) SC Cleared
5 4 (1.78%) Security Cleared
6 2 (0.89%) Numerate Degree
7 1 (0.44%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 225 (100.00%) QA
2 7 (3.11%) WCAG
3 4 (1.78%) MiFID
4 2 (0.89%) ECSS
5 1 (0.44%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.44%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.44%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.44%) WAI
System Software
1 8 (3.56%) Docker
2 2 (0.89%) Firmware
3 1 (0.44%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 8 (3.56%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (2.67%) Kibana
2 6 (2.67%) Opscode Chef
2 6 (2.67%) Puppet
3 3 (1.33%) Ansible
4 2 (0.89%) CA Service Virtualization
4 2 (0.89%) Grafana
4 2 (0.89%) Netcool
5 1 (0.44%) Graphite
5 1 (0.44%) HAProxy
5 1 (0.44%) HP SiteScope
5 1 (0.44%) logstash
5 1 (0.44%) Marathon
5 1 (0.44%) Mesos
5 1 (0.44%) Nagios
5 1 (0.44%) Nessus
5 1 (0.44%) Terraform
5 1 (0.44%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 7 (3.11%) HP
1 7 (3.11%) Microsoft
2 5 (2.22%) hybris
3 4 (1.78%) ATG
3 4 (1.78%) New Relic
3 4 (1.78%) Oracle
3 4 (1.78%) Salesforce.com
3 4 (1.78%) Splunk
4 3 (1.33%) Atlassian
5 2 (0.89%) CA
5 2 (0.89%) CA Agile Central
5 2 (0.89%) Charles River
5 2 (0.89%) IBM
5 2 (0.89%) Perfecto Mobile
5 2 (0.89%) Perforce
5 2 (0.89%) Remedy
5 2 (0.89%) ServiceNow
5 2 (0.89%) Sitecore
5 2 (0.89%) Twitter
6 1 (0.44%) Neustar