The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Berkshire region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 25 June 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
25 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 63 54 71
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +17
Contract jobs citing QA 57 63 56
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 2.45% 2.56% 2.23%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 22.09% 29.72% 23.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 37 21
Median daily rate £425 £350 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.42% -2.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £231 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £485 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £364 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.09% +3.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £25.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £37.25 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-58.38% +86.25%
QA
South East

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 Berkshire region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Berkshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
258 212 243
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 11.10% 8.62% 9.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 120 79 112
Median daily rate £380 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £230 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £508 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 16 7
Median hourly rate £12.50 £21.55 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-41.99% +59.62%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £24.75 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+15.15% +17.85%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Berkshire region citing QA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing QA across the Berkshire region.

QA Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 25 June 2016.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Berkshire region.

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

QA
Contract Job Locations in Berkshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 25 June 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Reading -3 20 £400 +18.08% 3
Maidenhead +5 7 £425 +13.33% 1
Slough -3 5 £425 +46.55% 3
Bracknell -4 4 £506 +22.72% 4
Wokingham - 4 £396 -
Newbury -2 2 - -
Windsor - 1 £400 -
QA
South East

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 25 June 2016, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Berkshire region with a requirement for QA.

1 35 (31.25%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (16.96%) Telecoms
3 18 (16.07%) Degree
4 15 (13.39%) Configuration Management
4 15 (13.39%) Project Management
4 15 (13.39%) SDLC
5 13 (11.61%) Scrum
5 13 (11.61%) Microsoft
5 13 (11.61%) User Acceptance Testing
6 12 (10.71%) Waterfall
6 12 (10.71%) Windows
6 12 (10.71%) Linux
6 12 (10.71%) Analytical Skills
7 11 (9.82%) ITIL
7 11 (9.82%) Automated Testing
8 10 (8.93%) Programme Management
8 10 (8.93%) Open Source
8 10 (8.93%) Python
8 10 (8.93%) SharePoint
8 10 (8.93%) MS Project
8 10 (8.93%) SAP
9 9 (8.04%) ERP
9 9 (8.04%) HP Quality Center
9 9 (8.04%) Test Scripting
10 8 (7.14%) Mathematics
10 8 (7.14%) Selenium
10 8 (7.14%) TDD
10 8 (7.14%) PRINCE2
10 8 (7.14%) HTML
10 8 (7.14%) JavaScript

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 10 (8.93%) SharePoint
2 6 (5.36%) CMS
3 4 (3.57%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 2 (1.79%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.89%) GeoServer
5 1 (0.89%) Oracle Spatial
5 1 (0.89%) SAS
5 1 (0.89%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 10 (8.93%) MS Project
2 7 (6.25%) MS Excel
3 3 (2.68%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (2.68%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.79%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (2.68%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (1.79%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.89%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.89%) SAP Business ByDesign
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.79%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (1.79%) Cloud Computing
1 2 (1.79%) FinancialForce.com
1 2 (1.79%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (1.79%) SuccessFactors
2 1 (0.89%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 7 (6.25%) H.323
1 7 (6.25%) Telepresence
2 4 (3.57%) DNS
2 4 (3.57%) LAN
2 4 (3.57%) WLAN
3 3 (2.68%) 802.15
3 3 (2.68%) IPv6
3 3 (2.68%) ZigBee
4 2 (1.79%) IP Telephony
4 2 (1.79%) Value-Added Service
4 2 (1.79%) VoIP
5 1 (0.89%) 3G
5 1 (0.89%) HTTP
5 1 (0.89%) HTTPS
5 1 (0.89%) MVNO
5 1 (0.89%) NAS
5 1 (0.89%) SAN
5 1 (0.89%) VoLTE
5 1 (0.89%) VoWiFi
5 1 (0.89%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.46%) Data Warehouse
1 5 (4.46%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.79%) Power BI
3 1 (0.89%) GIS
3 1 (0.89%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.89%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (0.89%) RDBMS
3 1 (0.89%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 8 (7.14%) Selenium
2 6 (5.36%) Jenkins
2 6 (5.36%) WebDriver
3 4 (3.57%) JIRA
4 3 (2.68%) TeamCity
5 2 (1.79%) Cucumber
5 2 (1.79%) Git (software)
5 2 (1.79%) Oracle APEX
5 2 (1.79%) Ranorex
6 1 (0.89%) HP UFT
6 1 (0.89%) Maven
6 1 (0.89%) MSTest
6 1 (0.89%) SoapUI
General
1 19 (16.96%) Telecoms
2 8 (7.14%) Pharmaceutical
3 7 (6.25%) Finance
3 7 (6.25%) Marketing
4 5 (4.46%) Publishing
5 4 (3.57%) Manufacturing
6 3 (2.68%) Electronics
7 2 (1.79%) Billing
7 2 (1.79%) Retail
Job Titles
1 16 (14.29%) Analyst
2 10 (8.93%) Developer
2 10 (8.93%) Project Manager
3 9 (8.04%) Programme Manager
4 8 (7.14%) IT Manager
5 7 (6.25%) Test Manager
6 6 (5.36%) QA Engineer
7 5 (4.46%) IT Project Manager
8 4 (3.57%) Administrator
8 4 (3.57%) Network Engineer
8 4 (3.57%) Tester
8 4 (3.57%) Web Producer
9 3 (2.68%) Architect
9 3 (2.68%) Business Analyst
9 3 (2.68%) Consultant
9 3 (2.68%) IT Services Manager
9 3 (2.68%) Quality Engineer
9 3 (2.68%) Test Analyst
9 3 (2.68%) Trainer
9 3 (2.68%) Transition Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (7.14%) HTML
1 8 (7.14%) XML
2 6 (5.36%) Web Services
3 5 (4.46%) REST
4 4 (3.57%) CSS
5 3 (2.68%) 802.1X
6 2 (1.79%) .NET
6 2 (1.79%) Apache Flex
6 2 (1.79%) J2EE
6 2 (1.79%) SOAP
6 2 (1.79%) Visualforce
7 1 (0.89%) JDBC
7 1 (0.89%) Middleware
7 1 (0.89%) Oracle Fusion
7 1 (0.89%) PostGIS
Miscellaneous
1 12 (10.71%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (7.14%) Mathematics
3 7 (6.25%) Economics
3 7 (6.25%) Management Information System
4 4 (3.57%) Computer Science
5 3 (2.68%) Data Centre
5 3 (2.68%) e-Learning
5 3 (2.68%) Mainframe
5 3 (2.68%) Smart Meter
5 3 (2.68%) User Experience
6 2 (1.79%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.79%) Replication
6 2 (1.79%) Visualisation
7 1 (0.89%) Chemistry
7 1 (0.89%) Clustering
7 1 (0.89%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 12 (10.71%) Linux
1 12 (10.71%) Windows
2 3 (2.68%) Unix
3 1 (0.89%) Android
3 1 (0.89%) Apple iOS
3 1 (0.89%) Solaris
3 1 (0.89%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (31.25%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (13.39%) Configuration Management
2 15 (13.39%) Project Management
2 15 (13.39%) SDLC
3 13 (11.61%) Scrum
3 13 (11.61%) User Acceptance Testing
4 12 (10.71%) Waterfall
5 11 (9.82%) Automated Testing
5 11 (9.82%) ITIL
6 10 (8.93%) Open Source
6 10 (8.93%) Programme Management
7 9 (8.04%) ERP
7 9 (8.04%) Test Scripting
8 8 (7.14%) Change Control
8 8 (7.14%) PRINCE2
8 8 (7.14%) TDD
8 8 (7.14%) Validation
9 7 (6.25%) Risk Assessment
9 7 (6.25%) Risk Management
9 7 (6.25%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 10 (8.93%) Python
2 8 (7.14%) JavaScript
2 8 (7.14%) SQL
3 7 (6.25%) Java
4 2 (1.79%) Apex Code
4 2 (1.79%) Groovy
4 2 (1.79%) Ruby
5 1 (0.89%) C
5 1 (0.89%) C++
5 1 (0.89%) VB
Qualifications
1 18 (16.07%) Degree
2 7 (6.25%) ISEB
3 5 (4.46%) Security Cleared
4 4 (3.57%) CCNP
4 4 (3.57%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (3.57%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 3 (2.68%) SC Cleared
6 2 (1.79%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.89%) ISTQB
7 1 (0.89%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.89%) PMI Certification
7 1 (0.89%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.46%) SLA
2 4 (3.57%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 4 (3.57%) FedRAMP
3 2 (1.79%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.89%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.89%) GxP
System Software
1 4 (3.57%) Docker
2 2 (1.79%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.89%) GeoWebCache
3 1 (0.89%) NFS
3 1 (0.89%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.89%) Virtual Servers
3 1 (0.89%) VMware ESX
3 1 (0.89%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.89%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 9 (8.04%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (3.57%) TeamSite
3 3 (2.68%) Nagios
4 1 (0.89%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 13 (11.61%) Microsoft
2 10 (8.93%) SAP
3 7 (6.25%) HP
4 5 (4.46%) Salesforce.com
5 4 (3.57%) Adobe
5 4 (3.57%) Cisco
5 4 (3.57%) Oracle
6 3 (2.68%) NetSuite
6 3 (2.68%) Remedy
7 2 (1.79%) BMC
7 2 (1.79%) Dell
7 2 (1.79%) EMC
7 2 (1.79%) Greenplum
7 2 (1.79%) InterSystems
8 1 (0.89%) Alcatel-Lucent
8 1 (0.89%) BT
8 1 (0.89%) Citrix
8 1 (0.89%) Ericsson
8 1 (0.89%) FatWire
8 1 (0.89%) VMware
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