The first table below looks at the demand for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Bedford region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 16 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category for the Bedford region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank - 7 3
Contract jobs citing QA 0 1 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedford - 4.35% 14.29%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category - 33.33% 66.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 1
Average daily rate - - £300
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £13.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £26.75 £13.50
% change year-on-year
-40.18% +98.14%
Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Bedford
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
3 3 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedford 7.69% 13.04% 21.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 2 1
Average daily rate £100 £168 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-40.29% -44.16%
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+11.53% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £15.38 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+17.07% -6.81%
QA
Bedfordshire

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Jobs Demand Trend in Bedford

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Bedford region as a proportion of the total demand within the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Bedford

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Daily Rate Trend in Bedford

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing QA across the Bedford region.

QA Daily Rate Trend in Bedford

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Hourly Rate Trend in Bedford

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Bedford

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Top 14 Related IT Skills in Bedford

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Bedford region citing QA also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited QA.

1 2 (66.67%) C#
1 2 (66.67%) C++
1 2 (66.67%) Java
1 2 (66.67%) .NET
1 2 (66.67%) Finance
1 2 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
1 2 (66.67%) TDD
1 2 (66.67%) OO
1 2 (66.67%) E-Commerce
1 2 (66.67%) User Stories
2 1 (33.33%) Microsoft
2 1 (33.33%) TestComplete
2 1 (33.33%) Test Automation
2 1 (33.33%) Windows

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Top Related IT Skills in Bedford by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Bedford region citing QA also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited QA. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Development Applications
1 1 (33.33%) TestComplete
General
1 2 (66.67%) Finance
Job Titles
1 2 (66.67%) Business Analyst
1 2 (66.67%) Analyst
1 2 (66.67%) Agile Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (66.67%) .NET
Operating Systems
1 1 (33.33%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
1 2 (66.67%) TDD
1 2 (66.67%) OO
1 2 (66.67%) E-Commerce
1 2 (66.67%) User Stories
2 1 (33.33%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 2 (66.67%) C#
1 2 (66.67%) C++
1 2 (66.67%) Java
Vendors
1 1 (33.33%) Microsoft