The median contractor rate for a QA Test Analyst was £345 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 29 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 Test Analyst
UK
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 557 603 565
Rank change year-on-year +46 -38  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Test Analyst 48 45 60
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.11% 0.084% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.088% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 38 25
Median daily rate £345 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.15% -7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £251 £241 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £423 £433 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £313 £300 £265
% change year-on-year +4.16% +13.20%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 42875 51263 50687
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.79% 95.24% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27839 33245 30600
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 £555
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1489 1590 2025
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 £11.30 £11.30 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.83 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.25% +14.70%  

QA Test Analyst
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 3 months to 29 March 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 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 Test Analyst within the UK over the 3 months to 29 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 +48 44 £350 +7.69% 19
London +29 16 £368 -6.66% 12
South East +21 8 £350 +17.64% 4
West Midlands +17 5 £223 -25.83%
East of England +1 5 £313 +25.00%
East Midlands -1 5 £363 +16.00% 1
Nottinghamshire +13 4 £364 +16.40% 1
Nottingham +10 4 £364 +16.40% 1
North West +32 3 £275 - 2
Manchester - 3 £275 - 2
Oxfordshire - 3 £350 -
Staffordshire +5 2 - -
City of London -5 2 £340 -8.10% 6
Tamworth - 2 - -
Belfast - 2 £261 -
Hampshire - 2 £275 - 1
Hertfordshire - 2 - -
County Antrim - 2 £261 -
Northern Ireland - 2 £261 -
Cambridgeshire - 2 £313 -
West Yorkshire +16 1 - -
Yorkshire +15 1 - -
Leeds +6 1 - -
Bournemouth +6 1 - -
Dorset +5 1 - -
Surrey 0 1 £525 +75.00% 2
Milton Keynes -3 1 - -
Buckinghamshire -7 1 - -
North East -10 1 - -
South West -13 1 - -

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

For the 6 months to 29 March 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.

1 111 (100.00%) QA
2 61 (54.95%) Agile Software Development
3 59 (53.15%) Selenium
4 37 (33.33%) Java
5 33 (29.73%) Cucumber
6 29 (26.13%) Test Scripting
6 29 (26.13%) SQL
7 25 (22.52%) BDD
8 24 (21.62%) JIRA
9 22 (19.82%) Test Automation
10 21 (18.92%) Banking
11 20 (18.02%) Manual Testing
12 19 (17.12%) Automation Testing
12 19 (17.12%) Finance
12 19 (17.12%) ISEB
13 18 (16.22%) .NET
13 18 (16.22%) Scrum
13 18 (16.22%) WebDriver
14 17 (15.32%) TDD
15 16 (14.41%) C#
15 16 (14.41%) Performance Testing
16 15 (13.51%) JavaScript
17 13 (11.71%) Regression Testing
17 13 (11.71%) ISTQB
17 13 (11.71%) Jenkins
17 13 (11.71%) Defect Management
18 11 (9.91%) API Testing
18 11 (9.91%) User Acceptance Testing
18 11 (9.91%) Automated Testing
18 11 (9.91%) LoadRunner

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 (6.31%) CMS
2 5 (4.50%) Confluence
3 3 (2.70%) Drupal
3 3 (2.70%) Sitecore CMS
4 2 (1.80%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 2 (1.80%) JBoss
4 2 (1.80%) Umbraco
5 1 (0.90%) SAS
5 1 (0.90%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (2.70%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.90%) HipChat
2 1 (0.90%) MS Office
2 1 (0.90%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.90%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.80%) GitHub
1 2 (1.80%) Google Cloud Platform
2 1 (0.90%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.90%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.41%) Relational Database
2 4 (3.60%) RDBMS
2 4 (3.60%) SQL Server
3 2 (1.80%) Electronic Patient Records
4 1 (0.90%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.90%) DB2
4 1 (0.90%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.90%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.90%) Pentaho
4 1 (0.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 59 (53.15%) Selenium
2 33 (29.73%) Cucumber
3 24 (21.62%) JIRA
4 18 (16.22%) WebDriver
5 13 (11.71%) Jenkins
6 11 (9.91%) LoadRunner
7 10 (9.01%) SoapUI
8 8 (7.21%) Git (software)
9 6 (5.41%) Appium
9 6 (5.41%) JMeter
9 6 (5.41%) SpecFlow
10 5 (4.50%) HP UFT
11 4 (3.60%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 4 (3.60%) TeamCity
12 3 (2.70%) Bugzilla
12 3 (2.70%) JBehave
12 3 (2.70%) NUnit
12 3 (2.70%) Protractor
12 3 (2.70%) Subversion
12 3 (2.70%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 21 (18.92%) Banking
2 19 (17.12%) Finance
3 6 (5.41%) Marketing
4 5 (4.50%) Publishing
5 3 (2.70%) Back Office
5 3 (2.70%) Investment Banking
6 2 (1.80%) Law
6 2 (1.80%) Legal
6 2 (1.80%) Retail
7 1 (0.90%) Billing
7 1 (0.90%) Electronics
7 1 (0.90%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.90%) Multimedia
7 1 (0.90%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (16.22%) .NET
2 10 (9.01%) HTML
3 9 (8.11%) Gherkin
3 9 (8.11%) XML
4 6 (5.41%) CSS
4 6 (5.41%) SOAP
5 5 (4.50%) HTML5
5 5 (4.50%) RESTful
5 5 (4.50%) Web Services
6 3 (2.70%) Behat
6 3 (2.70%) XML Messaging
7 2 (1.80%) AngularJS
7 2 (1.80%) Node.js
7 2 (1.80%) WebSockets
8 1 (0.90%) CSS3
8 1 (0.90%) JSON
8 1 (0.90%) REST
8 1 (0.90%) Spring
8 1 (0.90%) Unity (Game Engine)
8 1 (0.90%) Unity DI Container
Miscellaneous
1 6 (5.41%) Mobile App
2 5 (4.50%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (3.60%) Derivative
3 4 (3.60%) User Experience
4 3 (2.70%) Fixed Income
4 3 (2.70%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 3 (2.70%) Hedge funds
5 2 (1.80%) Client/Server
5 2 (1.80%) Equities
5 2 (1.80%) Mainframe
5 2 (1.80%) NHS
5 2 (1.80%) Smart Meter
6 1 (0.90%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.90%) Credit Derivative
6 1 (0.90%) e-Learning
6 1 (0.90%) HoloLens
6 1 (0.90%) IBM Mainframe
6 1 (0.90%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 9 (8.11%) Linux
1 9 (8.11%) Unix
2 7 (6.31%) Windows
3 6 (5.41%) Android
3 6 (5.41%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.90%) Windows Vista
4 1 (0.90%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (54.95%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (26.13%) Test Scripting
3 25 (22.52%) BDD
4 22 (19.82%) Test Automation
5 20 (18.02%) Manual Testing
6 19 (17.12%) Automation Testing
7 18 (16.22%) Scrum
8 17 (15.32%) TDD
9 16 (14.41%) Performance Testing
10 13 (11.71%) Defect Management
10 13 (11.71%) Regression Testing
11 11 (9.91%) API Testing
11 11 (9.91%) Automated Testing
11 11 (9.91%) User Acceptance Testing
12 10 (9.01%) Non-Functional Testing
12 10 (9.01%) User Stories
12 10 (9.01%) Waterfall
13 9 (8.11%) Exploratory Testing
13 9 (8.11%) SDLC
14 8 (7.21%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 37 (33.33%) Java
2 29 (26.13%) SQL
3 16 (14.41%) C#
4 15 (13.51%) JavaScript
5 7 (6.31%) VBA
6 5 (4.50%) VBScript
7 4 (3.60%) PHP
7 4 (3.60%) Ruby
7 4 (3.60%) Shell Script
8 3 (2.70%) Perl
8 3 (2.70%) Scala
9 1 (0.90%) Groovy
9 1 (0.90%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.90%) Python
9 1 (0.90%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 19 (17.12%) ISEB
2 13 (11.71%) ISTQB
3 6 (5.41%) Degree
4 5 (4.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (1.80%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (1.80%) Security Cleared
6 1 (0.90%) ISEB Practitioner
6 1 (0.90%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 111 (100.00%) QA
2 2 (1.80%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (1.80%) HL7
3 1 (0.90%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.90%) WAI
3 1 (0.90%) WCAG
System Software
1 1 (0.90%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 4 (3.60%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (6.31%) Microsoft
2 6 (5.41%) Oracle
3 3 (2.70%) HP
3 3 (2.70%) IBM
3 3 (2.70%) Sitecore
3 3 (2.70%) Sybase
4 2 (1.80%) Adobe
4 2 (1.80%) Google
4 2 (1.80%) New Relic
4 2 (1.80%) SAP
5 1 (0.90%) Ab Initio
5 1 (0.90%) Apple
5 1 (0.90%) Atlassian
5 1 (0.90%) Citrix
5 1 (0.90%) Informatica
5 1 (0.90%) OpenText
5 1 (0.90%) Remedy
5 1 (0.90%) Twitter