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 23 January 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
23 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 39 28 10
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -18
Contract jobs citing QA 8 7 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 2.10% 2.54% 8.87%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 19.51% 17.50% 56.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 6 10
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£500 £350 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+42.85% -6.66%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £34.75 £27.50 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+26.36% -9.83%
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
41 40 32
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 10.76% 14.49% 15.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 26 20
Average daily rate £428 £350 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.14% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £173 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £460 £518
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 2
Average hourly rate - £27.25 £47.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -42.63%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.23 £22.75
% change year-on-year
+10.30% -24.28%

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

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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 23 January 2015. 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
Luton -3 6 £500 +66.66%
Bedford - - - -
Dunstable - - - -
QA
East of England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 23 January 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 10 (76.92%) Project Management
2 8 (61.54%) Scrum
2 8 (61.54%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (53.85%) E-Commerce
4 6 (46.15%) PRINCE2
4 6 (46.15%) Waterfall
5 3 (23.08%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 2 (15.38%) JIRA
6 2 (15.38%) Use Case
6 2 (15.38%) Atlassian
6 2 (15.38%) Mobile App
6 2 (15.38%) Mobile Application Development
6 2 (15.38%) Retail
6 2 (15.38%) Confluence
6 2 (15.38%) User Experience
6 2 (15.38%) Risk Management
6 2 (15.38%) Finance
6 2 (15.38%) Service Delivery
6 2 (15.38%) SOA
6 2 (15.38%) Microsoft
6 2 (15.38%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (7.69%) EMV
7 1 (7.69%) Internet
7 1 (7.69%) TIBCO
7 1 (7.69%) webMethods
7 1 (7.69%) UML
7 1 (7.69%) MS Excel
7 1 (7.69%) CRM
7 1 (7.69%) SharePoint
7 1 (7.69%) Java

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Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 23 January 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 (15.38%) Confluence
2 1 (7.69%) SharePoint
2 1 (7.69%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (7.69%) MS Excel
1 1 (7.69%) MS Project
1 1 (7.69%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (7.69%) Workday HCM
1 1 (7.69%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (7.69%) Retail-J
Communications & Networking
1 1 (7.69%) Internet
Development Applications
1 2 (15.38%) JIRA
General
1 2 (15.38%) Retail
1 2 (15.38%) Finance
2 1 (7.69%) Banking
Job Titles
1 9 (69.23%) Project Manager
2 4 (30.77%) Integration Project Manager
2 4 (30.77%) Integration Manager
3 1 (7.69%) Coordinator
3 1 (7.69%) Software Developer
3 1 (7.69%) Architect
3 1 (7.69%) Developer
3 1 (7.69%) Analyst
3 1 (7.69%) Audit Manager
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%) IT Audit Manager
3 1 (7.69%) Senior Digital Project Manager
3 1 (7.69%) Digital Project Manager
3 1 (7.69%) Solutions Analyst
3 1 (7.69%) Senior Project Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (7.69%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 2 (15.38%) Mobile App
1 2 (15.38%) User Experience
2 1 (7.69%) EMV
2 1 (7.69%) Enterprise Software
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (76.92%) Project Management
2 8 (61.54%) Scrum
2 8 (61.54%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (53.85%) E-Commerce
4 6 (46.15%) PRINCE2
4 6 (46.15%) Waterfall
5 2 (15.38%) Use Case
5 2 (15.38%) Mobile Application Development
5 2 (15.38%) Risk Management
5 2 (15.38%) Service Delivery
5 2 (15.38%) SOA
6 1 (7.69%) UML
6 1 (7.69%) CRM
6 1 (7.69%) ITIL
6 1 (7.69%) Change Management
6 1 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
6 1 (7.69%) Programme Management
6 1 (7.69%) Content Management
6 1 (7.69%) BDD
6 1 (7.69%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 1 (7.69%) Java
Qualifications
1 3 (23.08%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
2 2 (15.38%) PRINCE2 Certification
3 1 (7.69%) CISA
3 1 (7.69%) SC Cleared
3 1 (7.69%) Security Cleared
Vendors
1 2 (15.38%) Atlassian
1 2 (15.38%) Microsoft
2 1 (7.69%) TIBCO
2 1 (7.69%) webMethods
2 1 (7.69%) Oracle