The first table below looks at the demand for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Bedfordshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 28 July 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 Bedfordshire 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
28 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 43 24 32
Rank change year-on-year
-19 +8
Contract jobs citing QA 7 7 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 1.37% 2.94% 3.42%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 29.17% 38.89% 34.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 3 9
Average daily rate
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£338 £325 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.84% -14.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £316 £325 £277
10% offered a daily rate of more than £380 £345 £454
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £318
% change year-on-year
- +10.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £42.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +21.42%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.13 £18.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+0.69% -40.00%
Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Bedfordshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
24 18 29
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 4.71% 7.56% 9.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 7 22
Average daily rate £390 £293 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% -23.02%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £290 £216
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £343 £583
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 2
Average hourly rate £42.00 £42.50 £35.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.17% +20.56%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+17.14% -7.89%
QA
East of England

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Bedfordshire

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

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Bedfordshire

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

QA
Contract Job Locations in Bedfordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Bedfordshire region over the 3 months to 28 July 2014. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Bedford - 1 £310 -
Dunstable - - - - 1
Luton - - - - 1
QA
East of England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 28 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Bedfordshire 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 8 (34.78%) Project Management
2 7 (30.43%) Finance
3 5 (21.74%) Change Management
3 5 (21.74%) User Acceptance Testing
4 4 (17.39%) Unit Testing
4 4 (17.39%) Validation
4 4 (17.39%) C#
4 4 (17.39%) .NET
4 4 (17.39%) PRINCE2
4 4 (17.39%) Selenium
4 4 (17.39%) BDD
5 3 (13.04%) SpecFlow
5 3 (13.04%) Cucumber
5 3 (13.04%) FitNesse
5 3 (13.04%) Test Automation
5 3 (13.04%) RSpec
5 3 (13.04%) MSTest
5 3 (13.04%) JUnit
5 3 (13.04%) MS Project
5 3 (13.04%) Visual Studio
5 3 (13.04%) Programme Management
5 3 (13.04%) NUnit
5 3 (13.04%) Test Scripting
5 3 (13.04%) Automated Testing
6 2 (8.70%) Project Planning
6 2 (8.70%) Supplier Management
6 2 (8.70%) Software Testing
6 2 (8.70%) Manual Testing
6 2 (8.70%) Data Cleansing
6 2 (8.70%) Data Validation

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Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Bedfordshire 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.

Application Platforms
1 2 (8.70%) CMS
Applications
1 3 (13.04%) MS Project
2 2 (8.70%) MS Excel
2 2 (8.70%) MS Visio
3 1 (4.35%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (4.35%) Agresso
Communications & Networking
1 2 (8.70%) Internet
2 1 (4.35%) SNMP
2 1 (4.35%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.35%) MySQL
1 1 (4.35%) SQL Server
1 1 (4.35%) SQL Server 2005
1 1 (4.35%) SQL Server 2008
1 1 (4.35%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 4 (17.39%) Selenium
2 3 (13.04%) FitNesse
2 3 (13.04%) JUnit
2 3 (13.04%) Visual Studio
2 3 (13.04%) RSpec
2 3 (13.04%) MSTest
2 3 (13.04%) Cucumber
2 3 (13.04%) SpecFlow
2 3 (13.04%) NUnit
3 2 (8.70%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (4.35%) TestDirector
General
1 7 (30.43%) Finance
2 2 (8.70%) Banking
3 1 (4.35%) Retail
Job Titles
1 8 (34.78%) Analyst
2 6 (26.09%) Test Analyst
2 6 (26.09%) Quality Manager
2 6 (26.09%) QA Manager
3 3 (13.04%) Test Engineer
3 3 (13.04%) PMO Manager
4 2 (8.70%) Configuration Manager
4 2 (8.70%) Configuration Analyst
4 2 (8.70%) Project Manager
4 2 (8.70%) Automation Analyst
4 2 (8.70%) Automation Engineer
4 2 (8.70%) Test Automation Engineer
4 2 (8.70%) Test Automation Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Automation Tester
5 1 (4.35%) PMO Lead
5 1 (4.35%) Tester
5 1 (4.35%) Junior
5 1 (4.35%) Software Engineer
5 1 (4.35%) Software Test Engineer
5 1 (4.35%) Junior Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (17.39%) .NET
2 1 (4.35%) Web Services
2 1 (4.35%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.70%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.35%) Linux
1 1 (4.35%) Android
1 1 (4.35%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (34.78%) Project Management
2 5 (21.74%) Change Management
2 5 (21.74%) User Acceptance Testing
3 4 (17.39%) Unit Testing
3 4 (17.39%) BDD
3 4 (17.39%) Validation
3 4 (17.39%) PRINCE2
4 3 (13.04%) Automated Testing
4 3 (13.04%) Test Automation
4 3 (13.04%) Test Scripting
4 3 (13.04%) Programme Management
5 2 (8.70%) Project Planning
5 2 (8.70%) Manual Testing
5 2 (8.70%) Data Cleansing
5 2 (8.70%) Data Validation
5 2 (8.70%) Service Delivery
5 2 (8.70%) Waterfall
5 2 (8.70%) Continuous Improvement
5 2 (8.70%) Data Governance
5 2 (8.70%) Supplier Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (17.39%) C#
2 1 (4.35%) Python
2 1 (4.35%) Bash Shell
2 1 (4.35%) C
Qualifications
1 2 (8.70%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (8.70%) Data Quality
Vendors
1 2 (8.70%) Oracle
1 2 (8.70%) Microsoft
1 2 (8.70%) TSYS
2 1 (4.35%) Primavera
2 1 (4.35%) SAP