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 22 October 2014 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
22 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 49 22 27
Rank change year-on-year
-27 +5
Contract jobs citing QA 5 13 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 1.09% 4.48% 4.63%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 10.42% 50.00% 33.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 11 9
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£525 £425 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.52% +9.67%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £355
% change year-on-year
- -1.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £6.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.34 £25.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-34.64% +25.00%
QA
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
48 26 54
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 10.48% 8.97% 13.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 20 31
Average daily rate £369 £381 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.27% +1.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £218 £195
10% offered a daily rate of more than £673 £465 £443
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £375
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 5
Average hourly rate £30.00 - £22.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £19.75
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -11.39%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in Bedfordshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Bedfordshire region over the 3 months to 22 October 2014.

QA Daily Rate Histogram 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

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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 22 October 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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statistics and historical trends)
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
Luton -23 4 £525 +13.51%
Bedford - - - -
Dunstable - - - -
QA
East of England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 22 October 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 7 (53.85%) Project Management
2 5 (38.46%) PRINCE2
2 5 (38.46%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (30.77%) Waterfall
4 3 (23.08%) Service Delivery
4 3 (23.08%) Finance
4 3 (23.08%) Programme Management
4 3 (23.08%) Internet
5 2 (15.38%) Oracle
5 2 (15.38%) Microsoft
5 2 (15.38%) E-Commerce
5 2 (15.38%) .NET
5 2 (15.38%) MS Project
5 2 (15.38%) Change Management
5 2 (15.38%) Banking
5 2 (15.38%) Retail
5 2 (15.38%) Use Case
5 2 (15.38%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (15.38%) Coaching
5 2 (15.38%) User Experience
6 1 (7.69%) Selenium
6 1 (7.69%) BDD
6 1 (7.69%) TSYS
6 1 (7.69%) Apple iOS
6 1 (7.69%) Continuous Improvement
6 1 (7.69%) Test Strategy
6 1 (7.69%) Mobile App
6 1 (7.69%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (7.69%) Workday HCM
6 1 (7.69%) Relational Database

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Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 22 October 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 1 (7.69%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (15.38%) MS Project
2 1 (7.69%) MS Visio
2 1 (7.69%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (7.69%) Workday HCM
1 1 (7.69%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (7.69%) Retail-J
1 1 (7.69%) Agresso
Communications & Networking
1 3 (23.08%) Internet
2 1 (7.69%) SNMP
2 1 (7.69%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (7.69%) Relational Database
1 1 (7.69%) SQL Server 2008
1 1 (7.69%) SQL Server 2005
1 1 (7.69%) MySQL
1 1 (7.69%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (7.69%) Selenium
1 1 (7.69%) Visual Studio
General
1 3 (23.08%) Finance
2 2 (15.38%) Banking
2 2 (15.38%) Retail
Job Titles
1 3 (23.08%) PMO Manager
1 3 (23.08%) Analyst
1 3 (23.08%) Project Manager
2 2 (15.38%) Test Analyst
2 2 (15.38%) Quality Manager
2 2 (15.38%) QA Manager
3 1 (7.69%) Automation Tester
3 1 (7.69%) Senior Digital Project Manager
3 1 (7.69%) Digital Project Manager
3 1 (7.69%) Head of Development
3 1 (7.69%) Assistant Project Manager
3 1 (7.69%) Solutions Analyst
3 1 (7.69%) Senior Project Coordinator
3 1 (7.69%) Solutions Architect
3 1 (7.69%) Senior Manager
3 1 (7.69%) Senior Project Manager
3 1 (7.69%) Project Coordinator
3 1 (7.69%) Junior Project Manager
3 1 (7.69%) Tester
3 1 (7.69%) Junior
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (15.38%) .NET
2 1 (7.69%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (15.38%) User Experience
2 1 (7.69%) Mobile App
2 1 (7.69%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (7.69%) EMV
Operating Systems
1 1 (7.69%) Apple iOS
1 1 (7.69%) Android
1 1 (7.69%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (53.85%) Project Management
2 5 (38.46%) PRINCE2
2 5 (38.46%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (30.77%) Waterfall
4 3 (23.08%) Service Delivery
4 3 (23.08%) Programme Management
5 2 (15.38%) E-Commerce
5 2 (15.38%) Change Management
5 2 (15.38%) Use Case
5 2 (15.38%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (15.38%) Coaching
6 1 (7.69%) BDD
6 1 (7.69%) Continuous Improvement
6 1 (7.69%) Test Strategy
6 1 (7.69%) Line Management
6 1 (7.69%) Unit Testing
6 1 (7.69%) Test Scripting
6 1 (7.69%) Continuous Integration
6 1 (7.69%) Data Cleansing
6 1 (7.69%) Content Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (7.69%) Bash Shell
1 1 (7.69%) C
1 1 (7.69%) C#
1 1 (7.69%) Java
1 1 (7.69%) Python
Qualifications
1 1 (7.69%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
1 1 (7.69%) SC Cleared
1 1 (7.69%) Security Cleared
Vendors
1 2 (15.38%) Oracle
1 2 (15.38%) Microsoft
2 1 (7.69%) TSYS
2 1 (7.69%) SAP
2 1 (7.69%) Primavera