The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Watford with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 3 months to 23 June 2017 with a comparison to the 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 (QA)
Hertfordshire / Watford
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 20 15 21
Rank change year-on-year -5 +6  
Contract jobs citing QA 7 6 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Watford 4.35% 4.32% 5.70%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 30.43% 42.86% 45.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 0
Median daily rate £525 - -
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +1.33% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £15.50 £37.25
% change year-on-year +38.70% -58.38%  

QA is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Watford with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Watford
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 23 14 20
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Watford 14.29% 10.07% 12.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 4 8
Median daily rate £413 £126 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +226.73% -54.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £272 £110 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £508 £157 £360
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
Median hourly rate £40.00 £13.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +207.69% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £28.25 £24.75
% change year-on-year -11.50% +14.14%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Watford

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Watford citing QA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Watford

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Watford

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Watford

For the 6 months to 23 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Watford region with a requirement for QA.

1 5 (62.50%) SuccessFactors
2 4 (50.00%) Data Migration
2 4 (50.00%) Migration
2 4 (50.00%) PMO
3 3 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (37.50%) Web Services
3 3 (37.50%) HTML
3 3 (37.50%) Java
3 3 (37.50%) JavaScript
3 3 (37.50%) Continuous Integration
3 3 (37.50%) Git (software)
3 3 (37.50%) Test Automation
3 3 (37.50%) BDD
4 2 (25.00%) System Testing
4 2 (25.00%) WebDriver
4 2 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (25.00%) Appium
4 2 (25.00%) SQL
4 2 (25.00%) J2EE
4 2 (25.00%) XML
4 2 (25.00%) Unix
4 2 (25.00%) TDD
4 2 (25.00%) JIRA
4 2 (25.00%) Selenium
4 2 (25.00%) CSS
4 2 (25.00%) Test Scripting
4 2 (25.00%) Retail
4 2 (25.00%) Cucumber
4 2 (25.00%) Scenario Testing
5 1 (12.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Watford 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 1 (12.50%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (12.50%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (12.50%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 5 (62.50%) SuccessFactors
2 1 (12.50%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (12.50%) DB2
1 1 (12.50%) DbVisualizer
1 1 (12.50%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 3 (37.50%) Git (software)
2 2 (25.00%) Appium
2 2 (25.00%) Cucumber
2 2 (25.00%) JIRA
2 2 (25.00%) Selenium
2 2 (25.00%) WebDriver
3 1 (12.50%) Gatling
3 1 (12.50%) Grunt
3 1 (12.50%) gulp
3 1 (12.50%) IntelliJ
3 1 (12.50%) Jenkins
3 1 (12.50%) SoapUI
General
1 2 (25.00%) Retail
2 1 (12.50%) Games
Job Titles
1 2 (25.00%) Automation Tester
1 2 (25.00%) Java Automation Tester
1 2 (25.00%) Selenium Automation Tester
1 2 (25.00%) Selenium Tester
1 2 (25.00%) Tester
2 1 (12.50%) Analyst
2 1 (12.50%) Business Analyst
2 1 (12.50%) Developer
2 1 (12.50%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (37.50%) HTML
1 3 (37.50%) Web Services
2 2 (25.00%) CSS
2 2 (25.00%) J2EE
2 2 (25.00%) XML
3 1 (12.50%) AngularJS
3 1 (12.50%) Dropwizard
3 1 (12.50%) Gherkin
3 1 (12.50%) HTML5
3 1 (12.50%) Hystrix
3 1 (12.50%) Play Framework
3 1 (12.50%) React
3 1 (12.50%) RESTful
3 1 (12.50%) Scalatra
Miscellaneous
1 2 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 2 (25.00%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (50.00%) Data Migration
1 4 (50.00%) Migration
2 3 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (37.50%) BDD
2 3 (37.50%) Continuous Integration
2 3 (37.50%) Test Automation
3 2 (25.00%) Scenario Testing
3 2 (25.00%) System Testing
3 2 (25.00%) TDD
3 2 (25.00%) Test Scripting
4 1 (12.50%) Coaching
4 1 (12.50%) Digital Transformation Programme
4 1 (12.50%) Domain-Driven Design
4 1 (12.50%) Front End Development
4 1 (12.50%) Kanban
4 1 (12.50%) Performance Testing
4 1 (12.50%) Refactoring
4 1 (12.50%) SOLID
4 1 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (12.50%) Web Application Development
Programming Languages
1 3 (37.50%) Java
1 3 (37.50%) JavaScript
2 2 (25.00%) SQL
3 1 (12.50%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 1 (12.50%) ISEB
1 1 (12.50%) ISTQB
1 1 (12.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (50.00%) PMO
Vendors
1 1 (12.50%) hybris
1 1 (12.50%) IBM
1 1 (12.50%) New Relic