Period
to 20 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a QA Leader was £450 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 Lead
UK
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 802 815 810
Rank change year-on-year +13 -5 +22
Contract jobs requiring a QA Leader 77 73 76
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.075% 0.070% 0.066%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.079% 0.074% 0.070%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 48 51
UK median daily rate £450 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.09% +3.13% -6.98%
10th Percentile £363 £313 £263
90th Percentile £530 £556 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +3.13% - +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
UK median hourly rate - £55.00 -
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 Leader
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for QA Leader in the UK

QA Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Leader in the UK

QA Leader
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA Leader in the UK

QA Leader
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA Leader in the UK

QA Leader
Top 12 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Leader 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 +30 73 £450 +9.09% 11
London -18 47 £475 +2.70% 1
UK excluding London +46 31 £413 +3.13% 12
South East +11 18 £413 +3.13% 2
Midlands +21 5 £375 - 3
East Midlands +5 5 £375 - 2
Scotland -11 3 £350 - 1
North of England +60 2 £450 - 2
South West +11 2 £433 +23.57%
North West +21 1 £475 - 2
Yorkshire - 1 £425 -
Wales - 1 £375 - 1

QA Leader Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 November 2017, QA Leader 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 Leader in the job title.

1 77 (100.00%) QA
2 48 (62.34%) Test Automation
3 37 (48.05%) Agile Software Development
4 28 (36.36%) Selenium
5 21 (27.27%) Test Strategy
5 21 (27.27%) User Acceptance Testing
6 20 (25.97%) BDD
6 20 (25.97%) TDD
7 18 (23.38%) Jenkins
8 17 (22.08%) JIRA
9 16 (20.78%) Java
9 16 (20.78%) Cucumber
10 15 (19.48%) SDLC
11 14 (18.18%) Continuous Integration
11 14 (18.18%) Manual Testing
12 13 (16.88%) E-Commerce
12 13 (16.88%) Stakeholder Management
13 12 (15.58%) Banking
13 12 (15.58%) Scenario Testing
14 11 (14.29%) Scrum
14 11 (14.29%) Finance
14 11 (14.29%) JavaScript
14 11 (14.29%) Defect Management
15 10 (12.99%) AngularJS
15 10 (12.99%) SoapUI
16 9 (11.69%) MiFID
16 9 (11.69%) Degree
16 9 (11.69%) C#
16 9 (11.69%) SOAP
16 9 (11.69%) WebDriver

QA Leader 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 5 (6.49%) JBoss
1 5 (6.49%) WebSphere
2 2 (2.60%) Confluence
3 1 (1.30%) Mule
Applications
1 1 (1.30%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (1.30%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 9 (11.69%) Amazon AWS
1 9 (11.69%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (2.60%) iPaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (7.79%) HTTP
2 3 (3.90%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.90%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.60%) Big Data
2 2 (2.60%) Hadoop
3 1 (1.30%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 28 (36.36%) Selenium
2 18 (23.38%) Jenkins
3 17 (22.08%) JIRA
4 16 (20.78%) Cucumber
5 10 (12.99%) SoapUI
6 9 (11.69%) Git (software)
6 9 (11.69%) WebDriver
7 8 (10.39%) JMeter
8 7 (9.09%) Protractor
9 5 (6.49%) Calabash
9 5 (6.49%) Jasmine
9 5 (6.49%) Mocha
9 5 (6.49%) SpecFlow
10 3 (3.90%) Team Foundation Server
10 3 (3.90%) TeamCity
11 2 (2.60%) Appium
11 2 (2.60%) Maven
11 2 (2.60%) TestRail
12 1 (1.30%) NUnit
12 1 (1.30%) Travis CI
General
1 12 (15.58%) Banking
2 11 (14.29%) Finance
3 8 (10.39%) Investment Banking
4 3 (3.90%) Publishing
5 2 (2.60%) Back Office
5 2 (2.60%) Retail
5 2 (2.60%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.30%) Front Office
6 1 (1.30%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (12.99%) AngularJS
2 9 (11.69%) SOAP
3 8 (10.39%) React
4 7 (9.09%) HTML
5 6 (7.79%) CSS
5 6 (7.79%) Gherkin
5 6 (7.79%) Nightwatchjs
6 4 (5.19%) .NET
6 4 (5.19%) Backbone.js
6 4 (5.19%) REST
6 4 (5.19%) RESTful
7 3 (3.90%) JSON
8 2 (2.60%) Swagger
9 1 (1.30%) Hibernate
9 1 (1.30%) HTML5
9 1 (1.30%) J2EE
9 1 (1.30%) JPA
9 1 (1.30%) Spring
9 1 (1.30%) Spring Cloud
9 1 (1.30%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 7 (9.09%) Derivative
2 5 (6.49%) Computer Science
3 4 (5.19%) Data Centre
3 4 (5.19%) Greenfield Project
3 4 (5.19%) Mobile App
4 2 (2.60%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 2 (2.60%) Hedge funds
5 1 (1.30%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (1.30%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.30%) Equities
5 1 (1.30%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (1.30%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.30%) OTC Derivatives
5 1 (1.30%) Spread Betting
Operating Systems
1 4 (5.19%) Linux
2 2 (2.60%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (62.34%) Test Automation
2 37 (48.05%) Agile Software Development
3 21 (27.27%) Test Strategy
3 21 (27.27%) User Acceptance Testing
4 20 (25.97%) BDD
4 20 (25.97%) TDD
5 15 (19.48%) SDLC
6 14 (18.18%) Continuous Integration
6 14 (18.18%) Manual Testing
7 13 (16.88%) E-Commerce
7 13 (16.88%) Stakeholder Management
8 12 (15.58%) Scenario Testing
9 11 (14.29%) Defect Management
9 11 (14.29%) Scrum
10 8 (10.39%) DevOps
10 8 (10.39%) Performance Testing
11 7 (9.09%) Cross-Browser Testing
11 7 (9.09%) Load Testing
11 7 (9.09%) Non-Functional Testing
12 6 (7.79%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 16 (20.78%) Java
2 11 (14.29%) JavaScript
3 9 (11.69%) C#
4 5 (6.49%) SQL
5 3 (3.90%) VB
6 2 (2.60%) Python
6 2 (2.60%) Ruby
7 1 (1.30%) PowerShell
7 1 (1.30%) Scala
7 1 (1.30%) VBA
Qualifications
1 9 (11.69%) Degree
2 6 (7.79%) SC Cleared
2 6 (7.79%) Security Cleared
3 4 (5.19%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (2.60%) ISTQB
5 1 (1.30%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 77 (100.00%) QA
2 9 (11.69%) MiFID
3 8 (10.39%) EMIR
4 7 (9.09%) Dodd-Frank
5 4 (5.19%) Data Quality
6 1 (1.30%) AIFMD
System Software
1 3 (3.90%) Docker
Systems Management
1 9 (11.69%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.30%) Puppet
Vendors
1 4 (5.19%) HP
2 3 (3.90%) Microsoft
3 2 (2.60%) ATG
3 2 (2.60%) Google
3 2 (2.60%) hybris
3 2 (2.60%) Oracle
3 2 (2.60%) SAP
4 1 (1.30%) Atlassian
4 1 (1.30%) Charles River
4 1 (1.30%) Genesys
4 1 (1.30%) IBM
4 1 (1.30%) ServiceNow