The median contractor rate for a QA Manager was £456 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 22 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 Manager
UK
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 590 604 609
Rank change year-on-year +14 +5  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Manager 25 41 34
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.053% 0.076% 0.060%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.056% 0.080% 0.064%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 21 23
Median daily rate £456 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.38% +5.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £350 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £589 £488 £495
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £450 £400
% change year-on-year -2.22% +12.50%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £43.50 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.50 - -

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 44408 51163 53304
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.74% 94.88% 94.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 28718 33369 33474
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 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £572
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £373
% change year-on-year - +7.38%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1380 1506 2056
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 £11.57 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

QA Manager
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for QA Manager in the UK

QA Manager
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Manager in the UK

QA Manager
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA Manager over the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA Manager in the UK

QA Manager
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA Manager in the UK

QA Manager
Top 22 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Manager within the UK over the 3 months to 22 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 +27 21 £456 +1.38% 10
London +6 12 £475 +5.55% 8
City of London -3 4 £575 +27.77% 1
South East +19 3 £450 -21.73% 1
Surrey +4 2 £445 -1.11%
East Midlands -9 2 £400 -3.03%
Glasgow - 2 £450 - 1
Nottinghamshire - 2 £400 -
Nottingham - 2 £400 -
Woking - 2 £445 -
Scotland - 2 £450 - 1
West Midlands +25 1 £400 -11.11%
South West +12 1 £435 +12.98%
North East - 1 £325 -
Poole - 1 £435 -
Yorkshire - 1 £500 - 1
West Yorkshire - 1 £500 - 1
West Sussex - 1 £463 -
Durham - 1 £325 -
Dorset - 1 £435 -
Leeds - 1 £500 -
Birmingham - 1 £400 -

QA Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 June 2017, QA Manager 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 Manager in the job title.

1 59 (100.00%) QA
2 30 (50.85%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (47.46%) Test Automation
4 18 (30.51%) Test Strategy
4 18 (30.51%) Finance
5 10 (16.95%) Banking
5 10 (16.95%) PRINCE2
6 8 (13.56%) Project Management
6 8 (13.56%) MiFID
6 8 (13.56%) JIRA
6 8 (13.56%) Investment Banking
6 8 (13.56%) BDD
7 7 (11.86%) Functional Testing
7 7 (11.86%) User Acceptance Testing
7 7 (11.86%) SC Cleared
7 7 (11.86%) Security Cleared
7 7 (11.86%) Service Design
7 7 (11.86%) Selenium
8 6 (10.17%) Test Management
8 6 (10.17%) Test Scripting
9 5 (8.47%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 5 (8.47%) SpecFlow
9 5 (8.47%) Release Management
9 5 (8.47%) ISTQB
9 5 (8.47%) Asset Management
9 5 (8.47%) HP UFT
9 5 (8.47%) ISEB
9 5 (8.47%) Quality Management
9 5 (8.47%) Regression Testing
9 5 (8.47%) SQL

QA Manager 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 2 (3.39%) Confluence
2 1 (1.69%) Documentum
2 1 (1.69%) Drupal
2 1 (1.69%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (1.69%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.69%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (1.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.69%) IntelliMatch
1 1 (1.69%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.69%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.69%) BrowserStack
1 1 (1.69%) GitHub
1 1 (1.69%) Google Play
1 1 (1.69%) SuccessFactors
1 1 (1.69%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.69%) Firewall
1 1 (1.69%) HTTP
1 1 (1.69%) LAN
1 1 (1.69%) PuTTY
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.69%) BusinessObjects
1 1 (1.69%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (1.69%) EDMS
1 1 (1.69%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 8 (13.56%) JIRA
2 7 (11.86%) Selenium
3 5 (8.47%) HP UFT
3 5 (8.47%) SpecFlow
4 4 (6.78%) Jenkins
5 3 (5.08%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (3.39%) Mocha
6 2 (3.39%) NUnit
6 2 (3.39%) PhantomJS
6 2 (3.39%) TeamCity
6 2 (3.39%) WebDriver
7 1 (1.69%) Bitbucket
7 1 (1.69%) Bugzilla
7 1 (1.69%) CasperJS
7 1 (1.69%) Cucumber
7 1 (1.69%) Git (software)
7 1 (1.69%) LoadRunner
7 1 (1.69%) Selenium IDE
7 1 (1.69%) SoapUI
7 1 (1.69%) TestLink
General
1 18 (30.51%) Finance
2 10 (16.95%) Banking
3 8 (13.56%) Investment Banking
4 4 (6.78%) Front Office
5 3 (5.08%) Retail
6 2 (3.39%) Back Office
6 2 (3.39%) Financial Institution
6 2 (3.39%) Marketing
6 2 (3.39%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (1.69%) Electronics
7 1 (1.69%) Legal
7 1 (1.69%) Manufacturing
7 1 (1.69%) Retail Banking
7 1 (1.69%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (3.39%) .NET
1 2 (3.39%) Chai
1 2 (3.39%) CSS
1 2 (3.39%) HTML
1 2 (3.39%) RESTful
1 2 (3.39%) Web Services
2 1 (1.69%) Ajax
2 1 (1.69%) Gherkin
2 1 (1.69%) HTML5
2 1 (1.69%) JSON
2 1 (1.69%) Middleware
2 1 (1.69%) Node.js
2 1 (1.69%) REST
2 1 (1.69%) SOAP
2 1 (1.69%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (5.08%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (5.08%) Fixed Income
2 2 (3.39%) Data Centre
2 2 (3.39%) Driving Licence
2 2 (3.39%) Fintech
2 2 (3.39%) Hedge funds
2 2 (3.39%) Life Science
2 2 (3.39%) Management Information System
2 2 (3.39%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.69%) Algorithms
3 1 (1.69%) Data Structures
3 1 (1.69%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 1 (1.69%) iPad
3 1 (1.69%) Learning Management System
3 1 (1.69%) Mobile Banking
3 1 (1.69%) NHS
3 1 (1.69%) OTC Derivatives
3 1 (1.69%) PMI
3 1 (1.69%) Reference Data
3 1 (1.69%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.69%) Android
1 1 (1.69%) Apple iOS
1 1 (1.69%) Linux
1 1 (1.69%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (50.85%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (47.46%) Test Automation
3 18 (30.51%) Test Strategy
4 10 (16.95%) PRINCE2
5 8 (13.56%) BDD
5 8 (13.56%) Project Management
6 7 (11.86%) Functional Testing
6 7 (11.86%) Service Design
6 7 (11.86%) User Acceptance Testing
7 6 (10.17%) Test Management
7 6 (10.17%) Test Scripting
8 5 (8.47%) Asset Management
8 5 (8.47%) ITIL
8 5 (8.47%) Quality Management
8 5 (8.47%) Regression Testing
8 5 (8.47%) Release Management
9 4 (6.78%) Data Management
9 4 (6.78%) Migration
9 4 (6.78%) Programme Management
9 4 (6.78%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (8.47%) SQL
2 3 (5.08%) C#
2 3 (5.08%) Java
2 3 (5.08%) JavaScript
3 1 (1.69%) C
3 1 (1.69%) Groovy
3 1 (1.69%) PHP
3 1 (1.69%) Scala
Qualifications
1 7 (11.86%) SC Cleared
1 7 (11.86%) Security Cleared
2 5 (8.47%) ISEB
2 5 (8.47%) ISTQB
2 5 (8.47%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
3 3 (5.08%) Degree
4 2 (3.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (3.39%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 2 (3.39%) PMI Certification
4 2 (3.39%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (100.00%) QA
2 8 (13.56%) MiFID
3 2 (3.39%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (1.69%) Data Quality
4 1 (1.69%) ISO 9001
4 1 (1.69%) SLA
Systems Management
1 3 (5.08%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (5.08%) Guidewire
1 3 (5.08%) Microsoft
1 3 (5.08%) Oracle
2 2 (3.39%) Citrix
2 2 (3.39%) HP
2 2 (3.39%) SAP
3 1 (1.69%) Atlassian
3 1 (1.69%) Computacenter
3 1 (1.69%) Google
3 1 (1.69%) Murex
3 1 (1.69%) Serena
3 1 (1.69%) TIBCO