The median contractor rate for a QA Engineer was £390 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 25 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 Engineer
UK
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 497 548 582
Rank change year-on-year +51 +34  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 90 104 54
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.20% 0.096%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.21% 0.21% 0.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 72 44
Median daily rate £390 £375 £356
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.00% +5.26%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £312 £300 £272
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £350 £350
% change year-on-year -5.71% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 4
Median hourly rate - - £20.00
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 43855 50329 53147
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.75% 94.86% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 28363 32827 33406
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 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1353 1495 2037
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 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

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 25 June 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 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 25 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 +31 84 £400 +6.66% 102
London +3 51 £450 +16.12% 50
South East +32 15 £319 -8.92% 21
City of London -5 10 £450 +12.50% 10
Newcastle upon Tyne +84 7 £320 +10.34% 1
Tyne and Wear +80 7 £320 +10.34% 2
North East +72 7 £320 +10.34% 2
Brighton +2 5 £425 - 2
East Sussex -3 5 £425 +21.42% 2
West Yorkshire +21 4 £403 -8.00% 1
Yorkshire +20 4 £403 +7.33% 4
Oxfordshire -5 4 £350 -17.64% 3
Leeds +18 3 £403 -15.26% 1
Buckinghamshire -12 3 - - 3
South Wales - 3 £330 - 3
Berkshire - 3 £313 - 7
Cardiff - 3 £330 - 2
East Midlands - 3 £350 - 1
Nottinghamshire - 3 £350 - 1
Nottingham - 3 £350 - 1
Wales - 3 £330 - 3
Scotland +42 2 £265 -3.63%
North West +23 2 £283 -9.60% 8
South West -1 2 £363 -9.37% 5
Edinburgh - 2 £265 -
Manchester +12 1 £225 - 5
West Sussex +12 1 £375 +15.38%
Gatwick +1 1 £375 -14.28%
Somerset - 1 £400 - 2
Wiltshire - 1 £325 -

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 June 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.

1 228 (100.00%) QA
2 187 (82.02%) Test Automation
3 159 (69.74%) Agile Software Development
4 136 (59.65%) Selenium
5 91 (39.91%) Java
6 84 (36.84%) Cucumber
7 65 (28.51%) BDD
8 60 (26.32%) TDD
9 59 (25.88%) WebDriver
10 58 (25.44%) JIRA
11 56 (24.56%) Test Scripting
12 52 (22.81%) Git (software)
13 49 (21.49%) Jenkins
14 47 (20.61%) Mobile App
15 42 (18.42%) QA Automation
15 42 (18.42%) JavaScript
16 41 (17.98%) Scrum
17 40 (17.54%) Continuous Integration
18 36 (15.79%) Regression Testing
19 33 (14.47%) Manual Testing
19 33 (14.47%) Apple iOS
19 33 (14.47%) Test Strategy
20 32 (14.04%) Finance
20 32 (14.04%) E-Commerce
21 31 (13.60%) User Stories
22 30 (13.16%) SQL
23 29 (12.72%) Exploratory Testing
24 28 (12.28%) Functional Testing
24 28 (12.28%) Kanban
25 27 (11.84%) JUnit

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 15 (6.58%) Confluence
2 2 (0.88%) Apache
2 2 (0.88%) ATG Dynamo
2 2 (0.88%) Tomcat
2 2 (0.88%) WebLogic
3 1 (0.44%) CMS
3 1 (0.44%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (0.44%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.44%) Sitecore CMS
Business Applications
1 3 (1.32%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.44%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 10 (4.39%) Amazon AWS
1 10 (4.39%) Basecamp
2 6 (2.63%) GitHub
2 6 (2.63%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (1.32%) Sauce Labs
4 1 (0.44%) AWS CloudFormation
4 1 (0.44%) BrowserStack
4 1 (0.44%) Office 365
4 1 (0.44%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (4.82%) HTTP
2 7 (3.07%) Internet
3 2 (0.88%) LDAP
4 1 (0.44%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (3.95%) MongoDB
2 7 (3.07%) RDBMS
2 7 (3.07%) Relational Database
3 6 (2.63%) DB2
4 4 (1.75%) MySQL
4 4 (1.75%) SQL Server
5 3 (1.32%) Apache Cassandra
6 2 (0.88%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.44%) Big Data
7 1 (0.44%) Geospatial Data
7 1 (0.44%) InfluxDB
7 1 (0.44%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.44%) Redis
7 1 (0.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.44%) Sybase IQ
Development Applications
1 136 (59.65%) Selenium
2 84 (36.84%) Cucumber
3 59 (25.88%) WebDriver
4 58 (25.44%) JIRA
5 52 (22.81%) Git (software)
6 49 (21.49%) Jenkins
7 27 (11.84%) JUnit
8 19 (8.33%) Xcode
9 17 (7.46%) JBehave
10 16 (7.02%) Subversion
11 13 (5.70%) JMeter
11 13 (5.70%) RSpec
12 12 (5.26%) SpecFlow
13 11 (4.82%) Appium
14 10 (4.39%) Bugzilla
14 10 (4.39%) Protractor
14 10 (4.39%) TestNG
14 10 (4.39%) Visual Studio
15 8 (3.51%) Gatling
15 8 (3.51%) SoapUI
General
1 32 (14.04%) Finance
2 18 (7.89%) Games
3 14 (6.14%) Banking
4 4 (1.75%) Marketing
4 4 (1.75%) Retail
4 4 (1.75%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.32%) Electronics
5 3 (1.32%) Investment Banking
5 3 (1.32%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.88%) Front Office
7 1 (0.44%) Advertising
7 1 (0.44%) Automotive
7 1 (0.44%) Billing
7 1 (0.44%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (10.09%) .NET
2 17 (7.46%) Web Services
3 16 (7.02%) JSON
4 12 (5.26%) HTML
5 11 (4.82%) CSS
5 11 (4.82%) RESTful
6 10 (4.39%) REST
6 10 (4.39%) XML
7 8 (3.51%) Gherkin
7 8 (3.51%) SOAP
8 7 (3.07%) .NET Framework
9 6 (2.63%) Ajax
9 6 (2.63%) Node.js
10 3 (1.32%) AngularJS
10 3 (1.32%) ASP.NET
10 3 (1.32%) Behat
10 3 (1.32%) React
11 2 (0.88%) Backbone.js
11 2 (0.88%) JDBC
11 2 (0.88%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 47 (20.61%) Mobile App
2 12 (5.26%) Greenfield Project
3 9 (3.95%) Computer Science
4 8 (3.51%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (1.75%) Equities
6 3 (1.32%) Fintech
6 3 (1.32%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 3 (1.32%) User Experience
7 2 (0.88%) Client/Server
7 2 (0.88%) EMV
7 2 (0.88%) iPad
7 2 (0.88%) Smartcard
7 2 (0.88%) Video on Demand
7 2 (0.88%) W3C
8 1 (0.44%) Digital Media
8 1 (0.44%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.44%) Replication
8 1 (0.44%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.44%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 33 (14.47%) Apple iOS
2 17 (7.46%) Linux
3 12 (5.26%) Android
4 3 (1.32%) Unix
5 2 (0.88%) Windows
6 1 (0.44%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 187 (82.02%) Test Automation
2 159 (69.74%) Agile Software Development
3 65 (28.51%) BDD
4 60 (26.32%) TDD
5 56 (24.56%) Test Scripting
6 42 (18.42%) QA Automation
7 41 (17.98%) Scrum
8 40 (17.54%) Continuous Integration
9 36 (15.79%) Regression Testing
10 33 (14.47%) Manual Testing
10 33 (14.47%) Test Strategy
11 32 (14.04%) E-Commerce
12 31 (13.60%) User Stories
13 29 (12.72%) Exploratory Testing
14 28 (12.28%) Functional Testing
14 28 (12.28%) Kanban
15 22 (9.65%) Performance Testing
16 18 (7.89%) API Testing
16 18 (7.89%) Defect Management
16 18 (7.89%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 91 (39.91%) Java
2 42 (18.42%) JavaScript
3 30 (13.16%) SQL
4 25 (10.96%) C#
5 20 (8.77%) Scala
6 18 (7.89%) Python
7 15 (6.58%) Apple Swift
7 15 (6.58%) Ruby
8 9 (3.95%) Perl
9 6 (2.63%) PHP
10 5 (2.19%) Groovy
10 5 (2.19%) PL/SQL
11 3 (1.32%) Objective-C
12 2 (0.88%) Bash Shell
12 2 (0.88%) C++
12 2 (0.88%) VB
13 1 (0.44%) Go
13 1 (0.44%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.44%) VBScript
13 1 (0.44%) XPath
Qualifications
1 21 (9.21%) ISEB
2 16 (7.02%) Degree
3 7 (3.07%) ISTQB
4 3 (1.32%) Computer Science Degree
4 3 (1.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (0.44%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (0.44%) CSQA
5 1 (0.44%) SC Cleared
5 1 (0.44%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 228 (100.00%) QA
2 15 (6.58%) WCAG
3 3 (1.32%) MiFID
4 1 (0.44%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 1 (0.44%) Docker
1 1 (0.44%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 17 (7.46%) HockeyApp
2 5 (2.19%) Grafana
3 4 (1.75%) Graphite
3 4 (1.75%) ZABBIX
4 3 (1.32%) CA Service Virtualization
5 2 (0.88%) HP SiteScope
5 2 (0.88%) Kibana
5 2 (0.88%) Nagios
6 1 (0.44%) HAProxy
6 1 (0.44%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.44%) logstash
6 1 (0.44%) Marathon
6 1 (0.44%) Mesos
6 1 (0.44%) Netcool
6 1 (0.44%) Terraform
Vendors
1 15 (6.58%) Apple
2 8 (3.51%) Sybase
3 5 (2.19%) Microsoft
3 5 (2.19%) Splunk
4 4 (1.75%) Dynatrace
4 4 (1.75%) HP
4 4 (1.75%) SAP
5 3 (1.32%) CA
5 3 (1.32%) Charles River
5 3 (1.32%) SOASTA, Inc
6 2 (0.88%) AppDynamics
6 2 (0.88%) ATG
6 2 (0.88%) BMC
6 2 (0.88%) Fidessa
6 2 (0.88%) New Relic
6 2 (0.88%) Oracle
7 1 (0.44%) Apiary
7 1 (0.44%) Google
7 1 (0.44%) Remedy
7 1 (0.44%) Sitecore
London
Venturi
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Nuneaton, Warwickshire
X4 Group
Rate: £200 - 225 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Salt
Rate: £300 - £400 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Oho Group Ltd.
Rate: £400 - £600 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
South Wales
CPS Group UK
Rate: £200 - £225 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
CPS Group UK
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Tec Partners
Posted: 2 days ago
York
Piksel
Rate: Highly Competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 6 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Oho Group Ltd.
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago