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 28 November 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
28 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 44 25 22
Rank change year-on-year
-19 -3
Contract jobs citing QA 4 13 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 0.95% 4.66% 4.19%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 9.52% 37.14% 30.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 11 7
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£500 £425 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.64% +9.67%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £32.50 £28.00
% change year-on-year
+1.53% +16.07%
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
42 35 43
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 10.00% 12.54% 13.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 25 25
Average daily rate £408 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.16% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £268 £255 £228
10% offered a daily rate of more than £675 £460 £435
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £363
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 6
Average hourly rate - £28.50 £47.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -40.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.99 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+19.95% -7.89%

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 November 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
Luton -20 2 £500 +17.64%
Dunstable - - - -
QA
East of England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 28 November 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 (61.54%) PRINCE2
1 8 (61.54%) Project Management
1 8 (61.54%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (53.85%) Waterfall
3 4 (30.77%) Finance
3 4 (30.77%) Scrum
4 3 (23.08%) Service Delivery
4 3 (23.08%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 3 (23.08%) E-Commerce
5 2 (15.38%) Oracle
5 2 (15.38%) .NET
5 2 (15.38%) MS Project
5 2 (15.38%) Internet
5 2 (15.38%) Microsoft
5 2 (15.38%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 2 (15.38%) Banking
5 2 (15.38%) Retail
5 2 (15.38%) Use Case
5 2 (15.38%) Atlassian
5 2 (15.38%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (15.38%) Change Management
5 2 (15.38%) Risk Management
5 2 (15.38%) Mobile App
5 2 (15.38%) Mobile Application Development
5 2 (15.38%) JIRA
5 2 (15.38%) Confluence
5 2 (15.38%) User Experience
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 28 November 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 (15.38%) Confluence
2 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 2 (15.38%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (7.69%) Relational Database
1 1 (7.69%) SQL Server 2005
1 1 (7.69%) SQL Server 2008
1 1 (7.69%) MySQL
1 1 (7.69%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (15.38%) JIRA
2 1 (7.69%) Visual Studio
General
1 4 (30.77%) Finance
2 2 (15.38%) Banking
2 2 (15.38%) Retail
Job Titles
1 6 (46.15%) Project Manager
2 2 (15.38%) Analyst
2 2 (15.38%) Integration Manager
2 2 (15.38%) Integration Project Manager
3 1 (7.69%) PMO Manager
3 1 (7.69%) Senior Digital Project Manager
3 1 (7.69%) Solutions Analyst
3 1 (7.69%) Senior Project Coordinator
3 1 (7.69%) Senior Project Manager
3 1 (7.69%) Project Coordinator
3 1 (7.69%) Junior Project Manager
3 1 (7.69%) IT Audit 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%) Coordinator
3 1 (7.69%) Software Developer
3 1 (7.69%) Architect
3 1 (7.69%) Test Analyst
3 1 (7.69%) Audit Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (15.38%) .NET
2 1 (7.69%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (15.38%) Mobile App
1 2 (15.38%) User Experience
2 1 (7.69%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (7.69%) EMV
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (61.54%) PRINCE2
1 8 (61.54%) Project Management
1 8 (61.54%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (53.85%) Waterfall
3 4 (30.77%) Scrum
4 3 (23.08%) Service Delivery
4 3 (23.08%) E-Commerce
5 2 (15.38%) Use Case
5 2 (15.38%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (15.38%) Change Management
5 2 (15.38%) Risk Management
5 2 (15.38%) Mobile Application Development
6 1 (7.69%) Line Management
6 1 (7.69%) BDD
6 1 (7.69%) Continuous Improvement
6 1 (7.69%) Test Strategy
6 1 (7.69%) Analytics
6 1 (7.69%) Supplier Management
6 1 (7.69%) Project Planning
6 1 (7.69%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 1 (7.69%) C
1 1 (7.69%) C#
1 1 (7.69%) Java
Qualifications
1 3 (23.08%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
2 2 (15.38%) PRINCE2 Certification
3 1 (7.69%) SC Cleared
3 1 (7.69%) Security Cleared
3 1 (7.69%) CISA
Vendors
1 2 (15.38%) Oracle
1 2 (15.38%) Microsoft
1 2 (15.38%) Atlassian
2 1 (7.69%) TSYS
2 1 (7.69%) Primavera
2 1 (7.69%) SAP