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 4 May 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
4 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 74 56 76
Rank change year-on-year
-18 +20
Contract jobs citing QA 53 88 52
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 2.10% 3.14% 1.93%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 18.47% 36.82% 22.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 55 33
Median daily rate £400 £331 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.75% -5.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £289 £218 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £498 £425 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £360 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.30 £37.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-47.85% +15.62%
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
287 239 231
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 11.38% 8.54% 8.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 131 107 122
Median daily rate £380 £355 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.04% -5.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £225 £181
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £488 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £387 £368
% change year-on-year
+3.35% +5.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 8 6
Median hourly rate £12.50 £21.55 £13.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-41.99% +62.64%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.50 £29.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
-12.06% +38.09%

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 4 May 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 4 May 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 -10 21 £400 +12.67% 9
Slough +6 8 £400 +60.00% 2
Maidenhead +3 4 £383 +9.28% 2
Bracknell -15 2 £322 -17.96% 5
Newbury +5 1 - - 1
QA
South East

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 4 May 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 26 (23.85%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (21.10%) Telecoms
3 22 (20.18%) Project Management
4 20 (18.35%) Risk Management
5 17 (15.60%) Finance
6 16 (14.68%) HP Quality Center
7 15 (13.76%) Linux
7 15 (13.76%) MS Excel
7 15 (13.76%) Degree
8 14 (12.84%) Configuration Management
9 13 (11.93%) Microsoft
9 13 (11.93%) HP
10 12 (11.01%) SQL
11 11 (10.09%) PRINCE2
11 11 (10.09%) SharePoint
11 11 (10.09%) Programme Management
11 11 (10.09%) Automated Testing
12 10 (9.17%) Scrum
12 10 (9.17%) Python
12 10 (9.17%) Windows
12 10 (9.17%) MS Project
12 10 (9.17%) Analytical Skills
13 9 (8.26%) SAP
13 9 (8.26%) Web Services
13 9 (8.26%) XML
13 9 (8.26%) ITIL
13 9 (8.26%) Risk Assessment
14 8 (7.34%) Oracle
14 8 (7.34%) Business Intelligence
15 7 (6.42%) HTML

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 11 (10.09%) SharePoint
2 5 (4.59%) CMS
3 3 (2.75%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 2 (1.83%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.92%) GeoServer
5 1 (0.92%) JBoss
5 1 (0.92%) MTS
5 1 (0.92%) Oracle Spatial
5 1 (0.92%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 15 (13.76%) MS Excel
2 10 (9.17%) MS Project
3 5 (4.59%) MS Office
4 3 (2.75%) MS Visio
5 2 (1.83%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (3.67%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (1.83%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.92%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.92%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.92%) SAP Business ByDesign
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.83%) Cloud Computing
1 2 (1.83%) FinancialForce.com
1 2 (1.83%) SuccessFactors
2 1 (0.92%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 7 (6.42%) H.323
1 7 (6.42%) Telepresence
2 4 (3.67%) DNS
2 4 (3.67%) Value-Added Service
3 3 (2.75%) 802.15
3 3 (2.75%) IPv6
3 3 (2.75%) NAS
3 3 (2.75%) SAN
3 3 (2.75%) ZigBee
4 2 (1.83%) IP Telephony
4 2 (1.83%) LAN
4 2 (1.83%) MVNO
4 2 (1.83%) TCP/IP
4 2 (1.83%) VoIP
4 2 (1.83%) VoLTE
4 2 (1.83%) VoWiFi
4 2 (1.83%) WAN
4 2 (1.83%) WLAN
5 1 (0.92%) HTTP
5 1 (0.92%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.50%) SQL Server
2 5 (4.59%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (1.83%) Power BI
4 1 (0.92%) GIS
4 1 (0.92%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.92%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.92%) VoltDB
Development Applications
1 6 (5.50%) Selenium
2 4 (3.67%) Cucumber
3 3 (2.75%) Jenkins
3 3 (2.75%) JIRA
3 3 (2.75%) SoapUI
3 3 (2.75%) WebDriver
4 2 (1.83%) Maven
4 2 (1.83%) Oracle APEX
4 2 (1.83%) Ranorex
4 2 (1.83%) SpecFlow
5 1 (0.92%) Bugzilla
5 1 (0.92%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.92%) JBehave
5 1 (0.92%) JMeter
5 1 (0.92%) JUnit
5 1 (0.92%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.92%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.92%) Visual Studio
General
1 23 (21.10%) Telecoms
2 17 (15.60%) Finance
3 7 (6.42%) Marketing
4 6 (5.50%) Manufacturing
5 4 (3.67%) Electronics
6 3 (2.75%) Publishing
7 2 (1.83%) Billing
7 2 (1.83%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.92%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 14 (12.84%) Analyst
2 12 (11.01%) Project Manager
2 12 (11.01%) Test Manager
3 9 (8.26%) Developer
4 7 (6.42%) QA Engineer
5 6 (5.50%) Test Engineer
6 5 (4.59%) Administrator
6 5 (4.59%) IT Manager
6 5 (4.59%) Programme Manager
6 5 (4.59%) Tester
7 4 (3.67%) Consultant
7 4 (3.67%) Test Analyst
8 3 (2.75%) Applications Manager
8 3 (2.75%) Architect
8 3 (2.75%) IT Services Manager
8 3 (2.75%) PRINCE2 Project Manager
8 3 (2.75%) Quality Engineer
8 3 (2.75%) Senior Manager
8 3 (2.75%) Senior Project Manager
8 3 (2.75%) Service Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (8.26%) Web Services
1 9 (8.26%) XML
2 7 (6.42%) HTML
3 4 (3.67%) SOAP
4 3 (2.75%) .NET
4 3 (2.75%) 802.1X
4 3 (2.75%) CSS
5 2 (1.83%) Apache Flex
5 2 (1.83%) J2EE
5 2 (1.83%) REST
5 2 (1.83%) Visualforce
6 1 (0.92%) Gherkin
6 1 (0.92%) Java EE
6 1 (0.92%) JDBC
6 1 (0.92%) JSON
6 1 (0.92%) Middleware
6 1 (0.92%) Oracle Fusion
6 1 (0.92%) PostGIS
Miscellaneous
1 10 (9.17%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (5.50%) Management Information System
3 4 (3.67%) Computer Science
3 4 (3.67%) Data Centre
3 4 (3.67%) Mathematics
4 3 (2.75%) Economics
4 3 (2.75%) Smart Meter
5 2 (1.83%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (1.83%) Mainframe
5 2 (1.83%) Mobile App
5 2 (1.83%) Replication
5 2 (1.83%) User Experience
5 2 (1.83%) Visualisation
6 1 (0.92%) Chemistry
6 1 (0.92%) Clustering
6 1 (0.92%) e-Learning
6 1 (0.92%) PMI
6 1 (0.92%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 15 (13.76%) Linux
2 10 (9.17%) Windows
3 6 (5.50%) Unix
4 2 (1.83%) NetWare
5 1 (0.92%) Android
5 1 (0.92%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.92%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (23.85%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (20.18%) Project Management
3 20 (18.35%) Risk Management
4 14 (12.84%) Configuration Management
5 11 (10.09%) Automated Testing
5 11 (10.09%) PRINCE2
5 11 (10.09%) Programme Management
6 10 (9.17%) Scrum
7 9 (8.26%) ITIL
7 9 (8.26%) Risk Assessment
8 8 (7.34%) Business Intelligence
9 7 (6.42%) Stakeholder Management
9 7 (6.42%) User Acceptance Testing
10 6 (5.50%) Change Control
10 6 (5.50%) Time Management
10 6 (5.50%) Waterfall
11 5 (4.59%) Migration
11 5 (4.59%) Test Automation
11 5 (4.59%) Test Management
11 5 (4.59%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 12 (11.01%) SQL
2 10 (9.17%) Python
3 7 (6.42%) JavaScript
4 5 (4.59%) Java
5 2 (1.83%) Apex Code
5 2 (1.83%) C#
5 2 (1.83%) Groovy
5 2 (1.83%) Ruby
6 1 (0.92%) C
6 1 (0.92%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 15 (13.76%) Degree
2 7 (6.42%) Security Cleared
3 4 (3.67%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 2 (1.83%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (1.83%) CCNP
4 2 (1.83%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (1.83%) DV Cleared
4 2 (1.83%) ISEB
4 2 (1.83%) ISTQB
4 2 (1.83%) SC Cleared
5 1 (0.92%) HND
5 1 (0.92%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (0.92%) PMI Certification
5 1 (0.92%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 1 (0.92%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.50%) SLA
2 4 (3.67%) FedRAMP
3 2 (1.83%) GxP
4 1 (0.92%) Data Quality
System Software
1 2 (1.83%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.92%) Docker
2 1 (0.92%) Hyper-V
2 1 (0.92%) NFS
2 1 (0.92%) VMware ESX
2 1 (0.92%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.92%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 16 (14.68%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (2.75%) TeamSite
3 1 (0.92%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 13 (11.93%) HP
1 13 (11.93%) Microsoft
2 9 (8.26%) SAP
3 8 (7.34%) Oracle
4 4 (3.67%) Progress
4 4 (3.67%) Salesforce.com
5 3 (2.75%) Adobe
5 3 (2.75%) Cisco
5 3 (2.75%) Remedy
6 2 (1.83%) BMC
6 2 (1.83%) Dell
6 2 (1.83%) EMC
6 2 (1.83%) InterSystems
6 2 (1.83%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.92%) BT
7 1 (0.92%) CommVault
7 1 (0.92%) FatWire
7 1 (0.92%) Huawei
7 1 (0.92%) NetCracker
7 1 (0.92%) VMware
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