The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Berkshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 31 October 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
31 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 52 80 65
Rank change year-on-year
+28 -15
Contract jobs citing QA 81 55 77
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 3.22% 2.10% 2.67%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 33.75% 27.50% 36.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 34 31
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£330 £281 £393
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.33% -28.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £218 £180 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £485 £393 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 7
Average hourly rate £42.50 £10.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+325.00% -50.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £33.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-40.74% +68.75%
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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
240 200 210
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 9.55% 7.65% 7.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 119 76 70
Average daily rate £388 £328 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.14% -12.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £147 £203 £147
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 11 15
Average hourly rate £24.00 £14.50 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+65.51% -14.70%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.30 £11.50 £9.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.50 £18.70 £20.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.89%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Berkshire region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 31 October 2014.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 31 October 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
Reading -2 27 £325 +8.33% 9
Slough +21 26 £375 - 5
Bracknell +11 11 £330 +46.66% 2
Maidenhead - 4 - -
Newbury - - - - 3
Hungerford - - - -
Windsor - - - - 1
Wokingham - - - -
QA
South East

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 31 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire 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 37 (23.87%) SQL
2 34 (21.94%) Telecoms
3 33 (21.29%) Agile Software Development
4 32 (20.65%) Finance
5 29 (18.71%) .NET
6 28 (18.06%) Project Management
7 26 (16.77%) Java
8 23 (14.84%) JavaScript
9 22 (14.19%) HTML
10 21 (13.55%) Degree
11 19 (12.26%) SQL Server
12 18 (11.61%) IIS
13 16 (10.32%) Wireless
13 16 (10.32%) Software Testing
14 15 (9.68%) MVC
14 15 (9.68%) C#
14 15 (9.68%) J2EE
14 15 (9.68%) Oracle
14 15 (9.68%) OO
14 15 (9.68%) Computer Science
14 15 (9.68%) Selenium
14 15 (9.68%) User Experience
15 14 (9.03%) Hibernate
16 13 (8.39%) HP
16 13 (8.39%) Analytical Skills
16 13 (8.39%) Release Management
17 12 (7.74%) User Acceptance Testing
17 12 (7.74%) TeamCity
17 12 (7.74%) CRM
17 12 (7.74%) Scrum

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Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 31 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire 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 18 (11.61%) IIS
2 9 (5.81%) CMS
2 9 (5.81%) IBM Notes
3 5 (3.23%) Apache
4 4 (2.58%) Tomcat
4 4 (2.58%) Magnolia
5 2 (1.29%) Umbraco
5 2 (1.29%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.65%) SharePoint Server
6 1 (0.65%) Joomla!
6 1 (0.65%) JBoss
6 1 (0.65%) WordPress
6 1 (0.65%) Confluence
6 1 (0.65%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 10 (6.45%) MS Office
2 8 (5.16%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.29%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.65%) Blender
4 1 (0.65%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 4 (2.58%) JDE OneWorld
2 2 (1.29%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.65%) Pivotal CRM
3 1 (0.65%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.29%) SaaS
2 1 (0.65%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (0.65%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 16 (10.32%) Wireless
2 10 (6.45%) LTE
3 8 (5.16%) 2G
3 8 (5.16%) GSM
4 7 (4.52%) 3G
5 6 (3.87%) NAS
5 6 (3.87%) GPRS
6 5 (3.23%) 4G
6 5 (3.23%) SAN
6 5 (3.23%) CDMA
6 5 (3.23%) WCDMA
7 4 (2.58%) UMTS
8 3 (1.94%) Internet
9 2 (1.29%) Wi-Fi
9 2 (1.29%) DNS
9 2 (1.29%) ZigBee
10 1 (0.65%) NFC
10 1 (0.65%) HSPA
10 1 (0.65%) Radio Access Network
10 1 (0.65%) WiMAX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (12.26%) SQL Server
2 7 (4.52%) Oracle Database
2 7 (4.52%) Relational Database
3 5 (3.23%) MySQL
4 4 (2.58%) RDBMS
5 2 (1.29%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (1.29%) DB2
6 1 (0.65%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.65%) DataStage
6 1 (0.65%) SQL Server 2000
6 1 (0.65%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.65%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.65%) QlikView
6 1 (0.65%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.65%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.65%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 15 (9.68%) Selenium
2 12 (7.74%) TeamCity
3 11 (7.10%) WebDriver
4 10 (6.45%) MSBuild
5 4 (2.58%) TestDirector
5 4 (2.58%) JUnit
5 4 (2.58%) Eclipse
6 3 (1.94%) TestNG
6 3 (1.94%) JBehave
6 3 (1.94%) TestLink
7 2 (1.29%) Ant
7 2 (1.29%) Cucumber
7 2 (1.29%) Subversion
7 2 (1.29%) Maven
7 2 (1.29%) JIRA
7 2 (1.29%) QuickTest Pro
8 1 (0.65%) JMeter
8 1 (0.65%) LabVIEW
8 1 (0.65%) WinRunner
8 1 (0.65%) SoapUI
General
1 34 (21.94%) Telecoms
2 32 (20.65%) Finance
3 12 (7.74%) Retail
4 7 (4.52%) Marketing
5 5 (3.23%) Manufacturing
6 4 (2.58%) Billing
6 4 (2.58%) Pharmaceutical
6 4 (2.58%) German Language
7 2 (1.29%) Electronics
7 2 (1.29%) Legal
7 2 (1.29%) Publishing
8 1 (0.65%) Games
8 1 (0.65%) Local Government
8 1 (0.65%) Dutch Language
8 1 (0.65%) French Language
Job Titles
1 35 (22.58%) Analyst
2 20 (12.90%) Developer
3 11 (7.10%) Project Manager
4 10 (6.45%) Test Analyst
5 9 (5.81%) Business Analyst
5 9 (5.81%) .NET Developer
6 7 (4.52%) Architect
6 7 (4.52%) Applications Developer
6 7 (4.52%) Quality Manager
7 6 (3.87%) QA Manager
7 6 (3.87%) Solutions Architect
7 6 (3.87%) Systems Analyst
7 6 (3.87%) Test Manager
7 6 (3.87%) QA Engineer
7 6 (3.87%) .NET Applications Developer
7 6 (3.87%) Designer
8 5 (3.23%) QA Analyst
8 5 (3.23%) QA Leader
8 5 (3.23%) UX Designer
8 5 (3.23%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (18.71%) .NET
2 22 (14.19%) HTML
3 15 (9.68%) J2EE
4 14 (9.03%) Hibernate
5 11 (7.10%) Web Services
6 10 (6.45%) ASP.NET
6 10 (6.45%) SOAP
7 9 (5.81%) JSON
7 9 (5.81%) WCF
7 9 (5.81%) REST
7 9 (5.81%) jQuery
8 8 (5.16%) WPF
9 6 (3.87%) Ajax
9 6 (3.87%) XML
9 6 (3.87%) HTML5
10 5 (3.23%) Middleware
10 5 (3.23%) CSS
11 4 (2.58%) Spring
12 3 (1.94%) JSP
12 3 (1.94%) Servlets
Miscellaneous
1 15 (9.68%) Computer Science
1 15 (9.68%) User Experience
2 13 (8.39%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (5.81%) Mobile App
4 8 (5.16%) Management Information System
5 6 (3.87%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (1.94%) FMCG
6 3 (1.94%) Digital Media
6 3 (1.94%) Mobile Computing
7 2 (1.29%) Open Source
7 2 (1.29%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.65%) Inversion of Control
8 1 (0.65%) iPad
8 1 (0.65%) Kindle
8 1 (0.65%) Smart Meter
8 1 (0.65%) Mathematics
8 1 (0.65%) NHS
8 1 (0.65%) Thin Client
8 1 (0.65%) DTV
8 1 (0.65%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 8 (5.16%) Linux
2 6 (3.87%) Windows
3 3 (1.94%) Android
3 3 (1.94%) Apple iOS
3 3 (1.94%) UNIX
4 1 (0.65%) AIX
4 1 (0.65%) Solaris
4 1 (0.65%) FreeBSD
4 1 (0.65%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (21.29%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (18.06%) Project Management
3 16 (10.32%) Software Testing
4 15 (9.68%) MVC
4 15 (9.68%) OO
5 13 (8.39%) Release Management
6 12 (7.74%) User Acceptance Testing
6 12 (7.74%) Scrum
6 12 (7.74%) CRM
7 11 (7.10%) E-Commerce
7 11 (7.10%) Test Automation
8 10 (6.45%) Stakeholder Management
9 9 (5.81%) Workflow
9 9 (5.81%) Test Scripting
9 9 (5.81%) Mentoring
10 8 (5.16%) Test Management
10 8 (5.16%) Continuous Improvement
10 8 (5.16%) Service Management
10 8 (5.16%) Service Delivery
10 8 (5.16%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 37 (23.87%) SQL
2 26 (16.77%) Java
3 23 (14.84%) JavaScript
4 15 (9.68%) C#
5 11 (7.10%) PowerShell
6 10 (6.45%) Python
7 9 (5.81%) Perl
8 8 (5.16%) PL/SQL
8 8 (5.16%) VBScript
8 8 (5.16%) VB.NET
8 8 (5.16%) Ruby
9 7 (4.52%) Shell Script
10 6 (3.87%) Bash Shell
11 5 (3.23%) C++
12 4 (2.58%) VB
13 1 (0.65%) ActionScript
13 1 (0.65%) Objective-C
13 1 (0.65%) AWK
13 1 (0.65%) C
13 1 (0.65%) PHP
Qualifications
1 21 (13.55%) Degree
2 9 (5.81%) ISEB
3 8 (5.16%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 7 (4.52%) Security Cleared
5 5 (3.23%) ISTQB
5 5 (3.23%) DV Cleared
6 2 (1.29%) HND
6 2 (1.29%) PMP
6 2 (1.29%) PMI Certification
7 1 (0.65%) ACCA
7 1 (0.65%) CIMA
7 1 (0.65%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (0.65%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (0.65%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.65%) CCNA
7 1 (0.65%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 1 (0.65%) AAT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.52%) ISO 9001
2 3 (1.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.29%) GMP
3 2 (1.29%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (0.65%) Active Directory
1 1 (0.65%) Firmware
1 1 (0.65%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 10 (6.45%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (4.52%) Tivoli
3 6 (3.87%) Netcool/Webtop
3 6 (3.87%) Netcool
3 6 (3.87%) Netcool/OMNIbus
4 1 (0.65%) Control-M
4 1 (0.65%) Nagios
4 1 (0.65%) Tivoli Monitoring
Vendors
1 15 (9.68%) Oracle
2 13 (8.39%) HP
3 11 (7.10%) Salesforce.com
4 9 (5.81%) Lotus
5 8 (5.16%) Metastorm
5 8 (5.16%) Microsoft
6 5 (3.23%) Hitachi
7 4 (2.58%) Nokia
7 4 (2.58%) Ericsson
8 3 (1.94%) Remedy
8 3 (1.94%) Nortel
8 3 (1.94%) Cisco
9 2 (1.29%) Business Objects
9 2 (1.29%) Huawei
10 1 (0.65%) Agilent
10 1 (0.65%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
10 1 (0.65%) Appcelerator
10 1 (0.65%) Rackspace
10 1 (0.65%) webMethods
10 1 (0.65%) Ab Initio
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