The table below looks at the statistics 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 30 July 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

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
30 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 35 44 23
Rank change year-on-year
+9 -21
Contract jobs citing QA 6 7 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 1.60% 1.37% 2.94%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 15.38% 29.17% 38.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 3 3
Average daily rate
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- £338 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.84%
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.78 £18.13 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+69.79% +0.69%
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East of England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Quality Assurance & Compliance category in contract jobs advertised in the Bedfordshire region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Bedfordshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
39 24 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 10.40% 4.71% 7.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 11 7
Average daily rate £469 £390 £293
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.19% +33.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £346 £300 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £343
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 2
Average hourly rate £51.30 £42.00 £42.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.14% -1.17%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £20.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.73% +18.57%

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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

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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

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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

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 30 July 2015, 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 (57.14%) Finance
2 5 (35.71%) Project Management
2 5 (35.71%) SQL
3 4 (28.57%) Business Intelligence
3 4 (28.57%) ETL
3 4 (28.57%) Banking
3 4 (28.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 4 (28.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 4 (28.57%) Degree
3 4 (28.57%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 4 (28.57%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (21.43%) Data Structures
4 3 (21.43%) OLAP Cube
4 3 (21.43%) Business Analytics
4 3 (21.43%) Analytics
4 3 (21.43%) Data Transformation
4 3 (21.43%) Data Mining Extensions (DMX)
4 3 (21.43%) Microsoft Analysis Services
4 3 (21.43%) Performance Management
4 3 (21.43%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (21.43%) Computer Science
4 3 (21.43%) Information Management
4 3 (21.43%) Data Mining
4 3 (21.43%) TCP/IP
4 3 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (21.43%) CRM
4 3 (21.43%) DTS
4 3 (21.43%) E-Commerce
4 3 (21.43%) Data Modelling
4 3 (21.43%) Oracle

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Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 2015, 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 (14.29%) MQSeries
1 2 (14.29%) CICS
2 1 (7.14%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (7.14%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (7.14%) Oracle Retail
Communications & Networking
1 3 (21.43%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (28.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
1 4 (28.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 4 (28.57%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 3 (21.43%) SQL Server 2008
2 3 (21.43%) OLAP Cube
2 3 (21.43%) SQL Server
2 3 (21.43%) OLAP
2 3 (21.43%) DTS
2 3 (21.43%) Data Mining
2 3 (21.43%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 2 (14.29%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (14.29%) DB2
4 1 (7.14%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (7.14%) InterSystems Cache
4 1 (7.14%) Oracle BI Publisher
4 1 (7.14%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 1 (7.14%) HP UFT
General
1 8 (57.14%) Finance
2 4 (28.57%) Banking
3 2 (14.29%) Retail
4 1 (7.14%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 6 (42.86%) Analyst
2 4 (28.57%) Developer
3 2 (14.29%) MI Analyst
3 2 (14.29%) MI Developer
3 2 (14.29%) Telephony Analyst
3 2 (14.29%) Programmer
3 2 (14.29%) Data Analyst
3 2 (14.29%) Project Manager
3 2 (14.29%) Developer Analyst
4 1 (7.14%) QA Analyst
4 1 (7.14%) Integration Project Manager
4 1 (7.14%) Tester
4 1 (7.14%) Senior Project Manager
4 1 (7.14%) SQL Developer
4 1 (7.14%) QA Tester
4 1 (7.14%) Data Manager
4 1 (7.14%) Contracts Manager
4 1 (7.14%) QA Manager
4 1 (7.14%) Integration Manager
4 1 (7.14%) Manual Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (14.29%) ISPF
2 1 (7.14%) JSON
2 1 (7.14%) HTML
2 1 (7.14%) J2EE
2 1 (7.14%) CSS
2 1 (7.14%) SOAP
2 1 (7.14%) Web Services
2 1 (7.14%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (28.57%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (21.43%) Data Structures
2 3 (21.43%) Computer Science
3 2 (14.29%) IBM Mainframe
3 2 (14.29%) Mainframe
4 1 (7.14%) Telematics
4 1 (7.14%) Mobile Payment
4 1 (7.14%) EPoS
4 1 (7.14%) EMV
4 1 (7.14%) EFT
Operating Systems
1 2 (14.29%) zOS
2 1 (7.14%) UNIX
2 1 (7.14%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (35.71%) Project Management
2 4 (28.57%) ETL
2 4 (28.57%) Business Intelligence
3 3 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (21.43%) Information Management
3 3 (21.43%) CRM
3 3 (21.43%) E-Commerce
3 3 (21.43%) Data Modelling
3 3 (21.43%) Performance Management
3 3 (21.43%) Business Analytics
3 3 (21.43%) Analytics
3 3 (21.43%) Data Transformation
4 2 (14.29%) Test Strategy
4 2 (14.29%) SDLC
4 2 (14.29%) Regression Testing
4 2 (14.29%) Software Testing
4 2 (14.29%) Test Scripting
5 1 (7.14%) Multithreading
5 1 (7.14%) Manual Testing
5 1 (7.14%) Project Planning
Programming Languages
1 5 (35.71%) SQL
2 3 (21.43%) Data Mining Extensions (DMX)
3 2 (14.29%) CLIST
3 2 (14.29%) Assembly Language
3 2 (14.29%) REXX
3 2 (14.29%) JCL
3 2 (14.29%) COBOL
4 1 (7.14%) Java
4 1 (7.14%) JavaScript
4 1 (7.14%) PL/SQL
4 1 (7.14%) T-SQL
4 1 (7.14%) MUMPS
Qualifications
1 4 (28.57%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (7.14%) ISO 8583
Vendors
1 3 (21.43%) Oracle
2 2 (14.29%) IBM
2 2 (14.29%) Microsoft
2 2 (14.29%) VMware
3 1 (7.14%) TIBCO
3 1 (7.14%) webMethods
3 1 (7.14%) InterSystems