The first table below looks at the demand for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Buckinghamshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 17 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category for the Buckinghamshire region.

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
17 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 53 47 60
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +13
Contract jobs citing QA 36 21 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Buckinghamshire 3.02% 2.51% 1.66%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 33.96% 29.17% 19.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 11 15
Average daily rate £340 £250 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+36.00% -41.17%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £189 £175 £194
10% offered a daily rate of more than £443 £325 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £11.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £27.50 £13.50
% change year-on-year
-41.81% +103.70%
Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Buckinghamshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
106 72 102
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Buckinghamshire 8.89% 8.61% 8.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 25 36
Average daily rate £313 £300 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% -4.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £168 £195 £143
10% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+12.30% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 8 9
Average hourly rate £10.30 £11.42 £13.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.78% -15.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.34 £9.35 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.26 £13.57 £15.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £15.50 £16.43
% change year-on-year
+16.12% -5.63%
QA
South East

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Buckinghamshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Buckinghamshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Buckinghamshire

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Buckinghamshire

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in Buckinghamshire

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in Buckinghamshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Buckinghamshire region over the 3 months to 17 April 2014.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in Buckinghamshire

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in Buckinghamshire

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Buckinghamshire

QA
Contract Job Locations in Buckinghamshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Buckinghamshire region over the 3 months to 17 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Milton Keynes -7 24 £313 +25.00% 1
Aylesbury +3 4 £405 - 3
High Wycombe - 1 £250 -
Marlow - - - - 2
QA
South East

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Buckinghamshire

For the 6 months to 17 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Buckinghamshire 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 28 (35.90%) Finance
2 17 (21.79%) Banking
2 17 (21.79%) Business Analysis
3 16 (20.51%) Automotive
4 15 (19.23%) Scrum
4 15 (19.23%) Microsoft
5 13 (16.67%) Windows
6 12 (15.38%) Security Cleared
7 11 (14.10%) C#
7 11 (14.10%) SQL
8 9 (11.54%) Agile Software Development
8 9 (11.54%) TDD
8 9 (11.54%) C++
8 9 (11.54%) Java
8 9 (11.54%) SQL Server
9 8 (10.26%) Citrix
10 7 (8.97%) T-SQL
10 7 (8.97%) OO
10 7 (8.97%) MS Visio
10 7 (8.97%) MS Exchange
10 7 (8.97%) Stakeholder Management
10 7 (8.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 7 (8.97%) SC Cleared
10 7 (8.97%) Waterfall
11 6 (7.69%) Windows Server 2008
11 6 (7.69%) Continuous Integration
11 6 (7.69%) CESG
11 6 (7.69%) Project Planning
11 6 (7.69%) Migration
11 6 (7.69%) MS Project

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Top Related IT Skills in Buckinghamshire by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Buckinghamshire 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 7 (8.97%) MS Exchange
2 5 (6.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 5 (6.41%) Exchange Server 2003
2 5 (6.41%) Exchange Server 2010
2 5 (6.41%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.28%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (1.28%) Office Communications Server
3 1 (1.28%) Lync
Applications
1 7 (8.97%) MS Visio
2 6 (7.69%) MS Project
3 4 (5.13%) MS Excel
4 1 (1.28%) MS Office
4 1 (1.28%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.28%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (6.41%) SMTP
1 5 (6.41%) SAN
1 5 (6.41%) Firewall
1 5 (6.41%) iSCSI
1 5 (6.41%) NAS
1 5 (6.41%) Internet
1 5 (6.41%) ICMP
2 2 (2.56%) DAB
3 1 (1.28%) Unified Communications
3 1 (1.28%) Intranet
3 1 (1.28%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (11.54%) SQL Server
2 7 (8.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 5 (6.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 5 (6.41%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 2 (2.56%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (2.56%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (2.56%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (2.56%) RDBMS
4 2 (2.56%) Relational Database
5 1 (1.28%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 4 (5.13%) Selenium
2 3 (3.85%) QuickTest Pro
3 2 (2.56%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (1.28%) Cucumber
4 1 (1.28%) SpecFlow
4 1 (1.28%) TestComplete
4 1 (1.28%) TeamCity
4 1 (1.28%) Subversion
4 1 (1.28%) JIRA
4 1 (1.28%) Visual Studio
4 1 (1.28%) TestDirector
General
1 28 (35.90%) Finance
2 17 (21.79%) Banking
3 16 (20.51%) Automotive
4 2 (2.56%) Retail
Job Titles
1 32 (41.03%) Analyst
2 20 (25.64%) Business Analyst
3 12 (15.38%) Financial Business Analyst
3 12 (15.38%) Financial Services Business Analyst
4 10 (12.82%) Developer
5 7 (8.97%) SQL Developer
5 7 (8.97%) Test Analyst
6 6 (7.69%) Programme Planner
6 6 (7.69%) QA Engineer
7 4 (5.13%) Insurance Business Analyst
7 4 (5.13%) Support Specialist
7 4 (5.13%) Coordinator
7 4 (5.13%) Blackberry Support
8 3 (3.85%) Agile Business Analyst
8 3 (3.85%) Architect
8 3 (3.85%) Project Coordinator
8 3 (3.85%) Test Engineer
9 2 (2.56%) Senior Test Analyst
9 2 (2.56%) SQL Server Developer
9 2 (2.56%) Communications Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.41%) .NET
2 2 (2.56%) ASP.NET
2 2 (2.56%) MDX
3 1 (1.28%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 6 (7.69%) CESG
2 5 (6.41%) Cryptography
2 5 (6.41%) PKI
2 5 (6.41%) Blackberry
3 1 (1.28%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.28%) APACS
3 1 (1.28%) EFT
3 1 (1.28%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 13 (16.67%) Windows
2 6 (7.69%) Windows Server 2008
3 5 (6.41%) Windows 7
3 5 (6.41%) Linux
3 5 (6.41%) Windows Server 2003
3 5 (6.41%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (21.79%) Business Analysis
2 15 (19.23%) Scrum
3 9 (11.54%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (11.54%) TDD
4 7 (8.97%) Stakeholder Management
4 7 (8.97%) OO
4 7 (8.97%) Waterfall
5 6 (7.69%) Continuous Integration
5 6 (7.69%) Migration
5 6 (7.69%) Project Planning
6 5 (6.41%) Penetration Testing
6 5 (6.41%) Data Analysis
6 5 (6.41%) E-Commerce
6 5 (6.41%) OOP
6 5 (6.41%) User Acceptance Testing
7 4 (5.13%) Project Management
7 4 (5.13%) Change Management
7 4 (5.13%) Regression Testing
7 4 (5.13%) Business Continuity
8 3 (3.85%) Document Management
Programming Languages
1 11 (14.10%) C#
1 11 (14.10%) SQL
2 9 (11.54%) C++
2 9 (11.54%) Java
3 7 (8.97%) T-SQL
4 4 (5.13%) Perl
4 4 (5.13%) Python
5 1 (1.28%) Delphi
5 1 (1.28%) VBScript
5 1 (1.28%) VBA
Qualifications
1 12 (15.38%) Security Cleared
2 7 (8.97%) SC Cleared
3 4 (5.13%) DV Cleared
3 4 (5.13%) ISTQB
4 3 (3.85%) ISEB
5 1 (1.28%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (1.28%) MCITP
5 1 (1.28%) CITP
5 1 (1.28%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.85%) ISO 9000
2 1 (1.28%) ISO 8583
2 1 (1.28%) BS25999
System Software
1 5 (6.41%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.28%) Hyper-V
2 1 (1.28%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (5.13%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.28%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
2 1 (1.28%) SCCM
Vendors
1 15 (19.23%) Microsoft
2 8 (10.26%) Citrix
3 6 (7.69%) HP
4 5 (6.41%) Sun
4 5 (6.41%) StorageTek
4 5 (6.41%) VMware
4 5 (6.41%) Lumension
5 3 (3.85%) Dundas
6 1 (1.28%) Fujitsu
6 1 (1.28%) Symantec
6 1 (1.28%) Oracle