The median contractor rate for a QA Engineer was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 28 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.

Quality Assurance Engineer
UK
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 468 549 560
Rank change year-on-year +81 +11  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 140 90 82
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.31% 0.17% 0.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.33% 0.18% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 91 66 64
Median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £277 £324 £251
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £363 £350
% change year-on-year -11.72% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £22.84 -
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 42733 51025 51236
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 95.23% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27760 33065 30937
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 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1481 1587 2052
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 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.63 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.82% +15.44%  

QA Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 3 months to 28 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA Engineer.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA Engineer in the UK

QA Engineer
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 Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 28 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 +73 131 £375 - 65
London +60 83 £450 +16.12% 35
City of London -5 18 £373 -6.87% 11
North West +38 13 £275 -12.00% 6
South East -8 12 £350 -3.44% 7
Manchester +19 9 £260 -16.80% 5
Tyne and Wear - 8 £320 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - 8 £320 -
North East - 8 £320 - 1
Buckinghamshire - 7 £280 - 1
West Midlands +19 6 £475 - 3
Oxfordshire - 5 £350 -
South West -2 4 - - 2
Cheshire - 4 £275 - 1
Chester - 4 £275 - 1
Scotland +25 3 £275 -38.88% 1
Yorkshire +19 3 - - 1
Wiltshire - 3 - -
East of England - 3 £350 - 7
Staffordshire - 3 - - 1
Milton Keynes - 3 £300 - 1
Swindon - 3 - -
Canary Wharf - 3 £500 -
Edinburgh +23 2 £200 -55.55% 1
Shropshire - 2 £475 -
West Yorkshire - 2 - -
Oxford - 2 - -
Telford - 2 £475 -
Tamworth - 2 - -
Bedfordshire - 2 £349 -

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 March 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.

1 272 (100.00%) QA
2 193 (70.96%) Selenium
3 180 (66.18%) Agile Software Development
4 107 (39.34%) Cucumber
5 104 (38.24%) Java
6 102 (37.50%) Test Automation
7 89 (32.72%) WebDriver
8 88 (32.35%) Automated Testing
9 84 (30.88%) Test Scripting
10 74 (27.21%) TDD
11 65 (23.90%) BDD
12 62 (22.79%) QA Automation
13 61 (22.43%) Automation Testing
13 61 (22.43%) JIRA
14 59 (21.69%) Jenkins
15 57 (20.96%) SQL
16 48 (17.65%) Scrum
17 47 (17.28%) Test Strategy
18 45 (16.54%) User Stories
19 44 (16.18%) Mobile App
20 43 (15.81%) Regression Testing
20 43 (15.81%) JUnit
21 41 (15.07%) Finance
21 41 (15.07%) Manual Testing
22 40 (14.71%) Continuous Integration
22 40 (14.71%) Git (software)
23 38 (13.97%) JavaScript
24 37 (13.60%) Web Testing
25 35 (12.87%) Scala
25 35 (12.87%) JSON

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 13 (4.78%) Confluence
2 4 (1.47%) CMS
2 4 (1.47%) Jetty
3 2 (0.74%) ATG Dynamo
3 2 (0.74%) WebLogic
4 1 (0.37%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.37%) JBoss
4 1 (0.37%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.37%) WebSphere
Applications
1 4 (1.47%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.37%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (0.37%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 10 (3.68%) Basecamp
2 8 (2.94%) GitHub
3 7 (2.57%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (1.10%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (2.21%) HTTP
2 4 (1.47%) Internet
3 1 (0.37%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (6.25%) Data Warehouse
2 14 (5.15%) Big Data
3 11 (4.04%) Relational Database
4 9 (3.31%) RDBMS
5 6 (2.21%) DB2
5 6 (2.21%) SQL Server
6 5 (1.84%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 5 (1.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (1.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 4 (1.47%) MongoDB
7 4 (1.47%) NoSQL
8 3 (1.10%) Hadoop
9 2 (0.74%) Apache Cassandra
9 2 (0.74%) Azure SQL Database
10 1 (0.37%) Geospatial Data
10 1 (0.37%) MySQL
10 1 (0.37%) Oracle Reports
10 1 (0.37%) SQLPlus
10 1 (0.37%) Sqoop
10 1 (0.37%) Sybase IQ
Development Applications
1 193 (70.96%) Selenium
2 107 (39.34%) Cucumber
3 89 (32.72%) WebDriver
4 61 (22.43%) JIRA
5 59 (21.69%) Jenkins
6 43 (15.81%) JUnit
7 40 (14.71%) Git (software)
8 31 (11.40%) RSpec
9 18 (6.62%) JBehave
10 16 (5.88%) Xcode
11 13 (4.78%) Subversion
12 12 (4.41%) Visual Studio
13 11 (4.04%) Appium
13 11 (4.04%) DbUnit
13 11 (4.04%) HP UFT
13 11 (4.04%) Robot Framework
13 11 (4.04%) SoapUI
13 11 (4.04%) TestNG
14 10 (3.68%) Bugzilla
15 9 (3.31%) SpecFlow
General
1 41 (15.07%) Finance
2 35 (12.87%) Games
3 14 (5.15%) Banking
4 7 (2.57%) Marketing
5 5 (1.84%) Publishing
5 5 (1.84%) Retail
6 3 (1.10%) Investment Banking
7 2 (0.74%) Advertising
7 2 (0.74%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.37%) Automotive
8 1 (0.37%) Back Office
8 1 (0.37%) Electronics
8 1 (0.37%) Legal
8 1 (0.37%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.37%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (12.87%) .NET
1 35 (12.87%) JSON
2 29 (10.66%) XML
3 17 (6.25%) HTML
3 17 (6.25%) Web Services
4 16 (5.88%) Gherkin
4 16 (5.88%) Node.js
5 11 (4.04%) AngularJS
6 10 (3.68%) CSS
6 10 (3.68%) HTML5
7 9 (3.31%) ASP.NET
8 8 (2.94%) .NET Framework
9 6 (2.21%) RESTful
10 5 (1.84%) Ajax
10 5 (1.84%) REST
10 5 (1.84%) SOAP
11 4 (1.47%) J2EE
11 4 (1.47%) RabbitMQ
12 3 (1.10%) Express
13 2 (0.74%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 44 (16.18%) Mobile App
2 12 (4.41%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (2.57%) Computer Science
4 4 (1.47%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 3 (1.10%) Equities
5 3 (1.10%) NHS
5 3 (1.10%) User Experience
6 2 (0.74%) Client/Server
6 2 (0.74%) EMV
6 2 (0.74%) iPad
6 2 (0.74%) Smartcard
6 2 (0.74%) W3C
7 1 (0.37%) Credit Derivative
7 1 (0.37%) Credit Risk
7 1 (0.37%) Derivative
7 1 (0.37%) IBM Mainframe
7 1 (0.37%) Interest Rate Derivative
7 1 (0.37%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.37%) Smartphone
7 1 (0.37%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 26 (9.56%) Apple iOS
2 20 (7.35%) Linux
3 15 (5.51%) Android
4 10 (3.68%) Unix
5 3 (1.10%) Windows
6 1 (0.37%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.37%) Windows Vista
6 1 (0.37%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 180 (66.18%) Agile Software Development
2 102 (37.50%) Test Automation
3 88 (32.35%) Automated Testing
4 84 (30.88%) Test Scripting
5 74 (27.21%) TDD
6 65 (23.90%) BDD
7 62 (22.79%) QA Automation
8 61 (22.43%) Automation Testing
9 48 (17.65%) Scrum
10 47 (17.28%) Test Strategy
11 45 (16.54%) User Stories
12 43 (15.81%) Regression Testing
13 41 (15.07%) Manual Testing
14 40 (14.71%) Continuous Integration
15 37 (13.60%) Web Testing
16 33 (12.13%) Exploratory Testing
17 32 (11.76%) E-Commerce
17 32 (11.76%) Functional Testing
18 31 (11.40%) Performance Testing
19 30 (11.03%) Defect Tracking
Programming Languages
1 104 (38.24%) Java
2 57 (20.96%) SQL
3 38 (13.97%) JavaScript
4 35 (12.87%) Scala
5 30 (11.03%) C#
6 25 (9.19%) Ruby
7 21 (7.72%) Python
8 14 (5.15%) PL/SQL
9 11 (4.04%) Perl
10 10 (3.68%) Apple Swift
11 6 (2.21%) PHP
12 5 (1.84%) Shell Script
12 5 (1.84%) T-SQL
13 4 (1.47%) VB
14 3 (1.10%) Groovy
14 3 (1.10%) Objective-C
14 3 (1.10%) VBScript
15 2 (0.74%) VB6
16 1 (0.37%) VBA
16 1 (0.37%) XPath
Qualifications
1 20 (7.35%) ISEB
2 18 (6.62%) Degree
3 7 (2.57%) ISTQB
4 3 (1.10%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (0.74%) Security Cleared
6 1 (0.37%) CSQA
6 1 (0.37%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 272 (100.00%) QA
2 27 (9.93%) WCAG
3 7 (2.57%) SDET
4 3 (1.10%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (1.10%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.37%) Data Quality
System Software
1 1 (0.37%) Apache Flume
1 1 (0.37%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 14 (5.15%) HockeyApp
2 3 (1.10%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.37%) Ambari
3 1 (0.37%) Grafana
3 1 (0.37%) Graphite
3 1 (0.37%) Hadoop YARN
3 1 (0.37%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.37%) Puppet
3 1 (0.37%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 12 (4.41%) Apple
2 10 (3.68%) Microsoft
3 8 (2.94%) Sybase
4 6 (2.21%) SOASTA, Inc
5 4 (1.47%) HP
5 4 (1.47%) Oracle
6 3 (1.10%) Charles River
6 3 (1.10%) Google
7 2 (0.74%) ATG
7 2 (0.74%) IBM
7 2 (0.74%) SAP
8 1 (0.37%) Apiary
8 1 (0.37%) AppDynamics
8 1 (0.37%) Atlassian
8 1 (0.37%) BMC
8 1 (0.37%) Dynatrace
8 1 (0.37%) New Relic
8 1 (0.37%) Splunk
8 1 (0.37%) Xamarin
Milton Keynes
VASSIT
Rate: £0 - £85,000 per year
Posted: 7 days ago
York
Piksel
Rate: Highly Competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Chester
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 7 days ago