Period
to 19 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a QA Test Analyst was £388 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 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 Test Analyst
UK
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 787 791 724
Rank change year-on-year +4 -67 +28
Contract jobs requiring a QA Test Analyst 88 105 168
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.087% 0.10% 0.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.092% 0.11% 0.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 64 109
UK median daily rate £388 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.71% +7.69% -7.14%
10th Percentile £261 £213 £213
90th Percentile £529 £510 £452
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £300 £285
% change year-on-year +8.33% +5.26% -5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 2
UK median hourly rate - £29.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +31.11% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £44.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year - +95.56% -

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 96141 99356 108750
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.76% 94.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 63392 64835 69190
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 £392 £375
% change year-on-year +2.17% +4.41% +3.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2869 3292 4137
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 £47.38 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

QA Test Analyst
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for QA Test Analyst in the UK

QA Test Analyst
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Test Analyst in the UK

QA Test Analyst
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA Test Analyst over the 6 months to 19 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA Test Analyst in the UK

QA Test Analyst
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA Test Analyst in the UK

QA Test Analyst
Top 13 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Test Analyst within the UK over the 6 months to 19 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 +17 85 £400 +14.29% 21
London -19 50 £431 +15.00% 9
UK excluding London -1 37 £325 +8.33% 12
South East -3 12 £310 +3.33% 6
North of England +53 7 £396 +76.11% 3
South West +12 7 £315 -13.10%
Midlands +27 6 £381 +17.31% 1
North West +21 6 £325 +73.33% 1
West Midlands +27 3 £381 +8.93%
East Midlands +10 3 - - 1
East of England -14 3 £341 +13.67% 2
Scotland -12 2 £388 +40.91%
Yorkshire +22 1 £468 +78.10% 2

QA Test Analyst Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 November 2017, QA Test Analyst 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 Test Analyst in the job title.

1 88 (100.00%) QA
2 59 (67.05%) Agile Software Development
3 53 (60.23%) Test Automation
4 33 (37.50%) Selenium
5 27 (30.68%) BDD
6 23 (26.14%) Finance
7 22 (25.00%) TDD
7 22 (25.00%) Java
8 21 (23.86%) Cucumber
9 19 (21.59%) JIRA
9 19 (21.59%) SQL
10 18 (20.45%) Scrum
11 16 (18.18%) Banking
11 16 (18.18%) .NET
12 15 (17.05%) Functional Testing
12 15 (17.05%) Jenkins
13 14 (15.91%) Test Scripting
14 12 (13.64%) C#
15 11 (12.50%) Manual Testing
15 11 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
15 11 (12.50%) Kanban
15 11 (12.50%) Software Testing
15 11 (12.50%) QA Automation
15 11 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
16 10 (11.36%) Scenario Testing
16 10 (11.36%) Acceptance Criteria
16 10 (11.36%) Git (software)
16 10 (11.36%) SoapUI
16 10 (11.36%) Derivative
16 10 (11.36%) MiFID

QA Test Analyst 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 7 (7.95%) Confluence
2 2 (2.27%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.14%) Apache
3 1 (1.14%) Apache Spark
3 1 (1.14%) CMS
3 1 (1.14%) JBoss
3 1 (1.14%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 1 (1.14%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 4 (4.55%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (2.27%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (1.14%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (1.14%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.27%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (1.14%) IntelliMatch
2 1 (1.14%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.41%) Google Cloud Platform
2 2 (2.27%) BrowserStack
2 2 (2.27%) SaaS
3 1 (1.14%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.14%) BlazeMeter
3 1 (1.14%) GitHub
3 1 (1.14%) iPaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.27%) HTTP
1 2 (2.27%) LTE
2 1 (1.14%) SSL
2 1 (1.14%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.55%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.14%) Big Data
2 1 (1.14%) Blockchain
2 1 (1.14%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.14%) Hadoop
2 1 (1.14%) MySQL
2 1 (1.14%) Oracle Database
2 1 (1.14%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (1.14%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 33 (37.50%) Selenium
2 21 (23.86%) Cucumber
3 19 (21.59%) JIRA
4 15 (17.05%) Jenkins
5 10 (11.36%) Git (software)
5 10 (11.36%) SoapUI
6 8 (9.09%) JMeter
7 6 (6.82%) Team Foundation Server
7 6 (6.82%) WebDriver
8 4 (4.55%) Gatling
8 4 (4.55%) The Grinder
8 4 (4.55%) Zephyr
9 3 (3.41%) JUnit
9 3 (3.41%) Travis CI
9 3 (3.41%) Visual Studio
10 2 (2.27%) Artifactory
10 2 (2.27%) RSpec
10 2 (2.27%) SpecFlow
10 2 (2.27%) Visual Studio Team System
11 1 (1.14%) Capybara
General
1 23 (26.14%) Finance
2 16 (18.18%) Banking
3 9 (10.23%) Investment Banking
4 4 (4.55%) Front Office
5 3 (3.41%) Games
5 3 (3.41%) Marketing
6 2 (2.27%) Back Office
6 2 (2.27%) Billing
6 2 (2.27%) Publishing
6 2 (2.27%) Retail
6 2 (2.27%) Telecoms
7 1 (1.14%) Financial Institution
7 1 (1.14%) Retail Banking
7 1 (1.14%) Russian Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (18.18%) .NET
2 6 (6.82%) Gherkin
3 5 (5.68%) SOAP
4 4 (4.55%) React
4 4 (4.55%) Web Services
5 3 (3.41%) XML
6 2 (2.27%) HTML
6 2 (2.27%) JSON
6 2 (2.27%) Middleware
6 2 (2.27%) REST
6 2 (2.27%) RESTful
7 1 (1.14%) .NET Framework
7 1 (1.14%) AngularJS
7 1 (1.14%) FIX Protocol
7 1 (1.14%) HTML5
7 1 (1.14%) Kafka
7 1 (1.14%) Node.js
7 1 (1.14%) RabbitMQ
7 1 (1.14%) WebSockets
7 1 (1.14%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 11 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (11.36%) Derivative
3 8 (9.09%) Equities
3 8 (9.09%) OTC Derivatives
4 6 (6.82%) Mobile App
5 5 (5.68%) Computer Science
5 5 (5.68%) Fixed Income
6 2 (2.27%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 2 (2.27%) User Experience
6 2 (2.27%) Wiki
7 1 (1.14%) N-Tier
7 1 (1.14%) Online Games
7 1 (1.14%) Reference Data
7 1 (1.14%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 6 (6.82%) Linux
2 4 (4.55%) Windows
3 2 (2.27%) Unix
4 1 (1.14%) Android
4 1 (1.14%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (1.14%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (67.05%) Agile Software Development
2 53 (60.23%) Test Automation
3 27 (30.68%) BDD
4 22 (25.00%) TDD
5 18 (20.45%) Scrum
6 15 (17.05%) Functional Testing
7 14 (15.91%) Test Scripting
8 11 (12.50%) Kanban
8 11 (12.50%) Manual Testing
8 11 (12.50%) QA Automation
8 11 (12.50%) Software Testing
8 11 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
9 10 (11.36%) Acceptance Criteria
9 10 (11.36%) Scenario Testing
10 9 (10.23%) Waterfall
11 8 (9.09%) Test Management
11 8 (9.09%) Validation
12 7 (7.95%) Continuous Integration
12 7 (7.95%) Performance Testing
12 7 (7.95%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 22 (25.00%) Java
2 19 (21.59%) SQL
3 12 (13.64%) C#
4 9 (10.23%) JavaScript
5 6 (6.82%) Scala
6 5 (5.68%) Python
7 4 (4.55%) Ruby
8 3 (3.41%) VB
9 1 (1.14%) C
9 1 (1.14%) C++
9 1 (1.14%) Groovy
9 1 (1.14%) Perl
9 1 (1.14%) PL/SQL
9 1 (1.14%) PowerShell
9 1 (1.14%) Shell Script
9 1 (1.14%) VBA
Qualifications
1 8 (9.09%) Degree
1 8 (9.09%) ISEB
2 7 (7.95%) ISTQB
3 5 (5.68%) Computer Science Degree
4 3 (3.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (3.41%) Security Cleared
5 2 (2.27%) ISEB Practitioner
5 2 (2.27%) SC Cleared
6 1 (1.14%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 88 (100.00%) QA
2 10 (11.36%) MiFID
3 6 (6.82%) EMIR
4 5 (5.68%) Dodd-Frank
5 2 (2.27%) WCAG
6 1 (1.14%) AIFMD
6 1 (1.14%) Data Quality
6 1 (1.14%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (1.14%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (4.55%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.27%) Netcool
2 2 (2.27%) Puppet
3 1 (1.14%) Ansible
3 1 (1.14%) Kibana
3 1 (1.14%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.14%) Terraform
Vendors
1 8 (9.09%) HP
2 6 (6.82%) Oracle
3 5 (5.68%) Google
3 5 (5.68%) Microsoft
3 5 (5.68%) Murex
4 3 (3.41%) ServiceNow
5 2 (2.27%) Remedy
6 1 (1.14%) Atlassian
6 1 (1.14%) Cloudera
6 1 (1.14%) Fidessa
6 1 (1.14%) Greenplum
6 1 (1.14%) Hortonworks
6 1 (1.14%) hybris
6 1 (1.14%) ION Trading
6 1 (1.14%) Serena
6 1 (1.14%) Sitecore
6 1 (1.14%) Sybase
6 1 (1.14%) Tableau
6 1 (1.14%) Twitter
6 1 (1.14%) WSO2