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 3 September 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
3 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 35 42 29
Rank change year-on-year
+7 -13
Contract jobs citing QA 5 9 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 1.33% 1.85% 2.60%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 12.82% 25.71% 43.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 5 6
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£225 £390 £306
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-42.30% +27.34%
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.68 £13.45 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+38.88% -58.61%
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
39 35 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 10.40% 7.20% 5.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 25 9
Average daily rate £425 £363 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.24% +26.08%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £260 £227
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £512 £360
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 1
Average hourly rate £37.50 £30.00 £42.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -29.41%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.64 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+8.20% +14.28%

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

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 3 September 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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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 +13 2 £225 -57.14%
QA
East of England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 3 September 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 5 (55.56%) Performance Management
2 4 (44.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 4 (44.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 4 (44.44%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (44.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 3 (33.33%) Information Management
3 3 (33.33%) Project Management
3 3 (33.33%) Finance
3 3 (33.33%) Data Modelling
3 3 (33.33%) Data Mining
3 3 (33.33%) ETL
3 3 (33.33%) Business Intelligence
3 3 (33.33%) SQL
3 3 (33.33%) SQL Server
3 3 (33.33%) OLAP
3 3 (33.33%) CRM
3 3 (33.33%) DTS
3 3 (33.33%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 3 (33.33%) Data Mining Extensions (DMX)
3 3 (33.33%) Data Structures
3 3 (33.33%) OLAP Cube
3 3 (33.33%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (33.33%) Business Analytics
3 3 (33.33%) Analytics
3 3 (33.33%) Data Transformation
4 2 (22.22%) Performance Monitoring
4 2 (22.22%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (22.22%) Microsoft
5 1 (11.11%) Local Government
5 1 (11.11%) Stakeholder Management

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Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 3 September 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.

Applications
1 1 (11.11%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (44.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
1 4 (44.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 4 (44.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 3 (33.33%) SQL Server 2008
2 3 (33.33%) OLAP Cube
2 3 (33.33%) SQL Server
2 3 (33.33%) OLAP
2 3 (33.33%) DTS
2 3 (33.33%) Data Mining
2 3 (33.33%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 2 (22.22%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (11.11%) BusinessObjects
General
1 3 (33.33%) Finance
2 1 (11.11%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 4 (44.44%) Analyst
2 3 (33.33%) MI Analyst
2 3 (33.33%) Developer
3 2 (22.22%) MI Developer
3 2 (22.22%) Telephony Analyst
3 2 (22.22%) Developer Analyst
3 2 (22.22%) Performance Analyst
3 2 (22.22%) Data Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) Senior Project Manager
4 1 (11.11%) SQL Developer
4 1 (11.11%) QA Tester
4 1 (11.11%) Data Manager
4 1 (11.11%) Contracts Manager
4 1 (11.11%) Senior Manager
4 1 (11.11%) QA Manager
4 1 (11.11%) Manual Tester
4 1 (11.11%) Project Manager
4 1 (11.11%) Tester
4 1 (11.11%) Report Manager
Miscellaneous
1 4 (44.44%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (33.33%) Data Structures
3 1 (11.11%) Computer Science
3 1 (11.11%) Telematics
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (55.56%) Performance Management
2 3 (33.33%) CRM
2 3 (33.33%) Business Analytics
2 3 (33.33%) Analytics
2 3 (33.33%) Data Transformation
2 3 (33.33%) Data Modelling
2 3 (33.33%) ETL
2 3 (33.33%) Business Intelligence
2 3 (33.33%) Project Management
2 3 (33.33%) Information Management
3 2 (22.22%) Performance Monitoring
4 1 (11.11%) E-Commerce
4 1 (11.11%) Data Governance
4 1 (11.11%) Test Strategy
4 1 (11.11%) Web Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Test Scripting
4 1 (11.11%) Manual Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Regression Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (33.33%) SQL
1 3 (33.33%) Data Mining Extensions (DMX)
2 1 (11.11%) T-SQL
2 1 (11.11%) VBA
Qualifications
1 1 (11.11%) Degree
Vendors
1 2 (22.22%) Microsoft
2 1 (11.11%) VMware