The table below looks at the statistics 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 4 May 2015 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
4 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 28 50 48
Rank change year-on-year
+22 -2
Contract jobs citing QA 74 34 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Buckinghamshire 5.74% 2.89% 2.28%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 41.11% 31.48% 27.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 21 11
Average daily rate
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£331 £340 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.57% +36.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £271 £168 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £418 £450 £360
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 0
Average hourly rate £57.00 £11.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+395.65% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.50 £32.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+14.06% +39.11%
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 Buckinghamshire region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Buckinghamshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
180 108 65
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Buckinghamshire 13.96% 9.19% 8.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 85 48 22
Average daily rate £353 £313 £319
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.80% -1.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £168 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £364 £338
% change year-on-year
+3.09% +7.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 2 8
Average hourly rate £40.00 £10.30 £9.69
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+288.34% +6.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.45 £9.34 £8.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £11.26 £12.95
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.03 £20.56 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+7.11% +37.08%

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 4 May 2015.

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 4 May 2015. 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
Milton Keynes +10 39 £344 +14.58% 5
High Wycombe +7 9 £388 +55.00%
Aylesbury +2 4 £219 -45.92% 1
Marlow - 1 £225 -
QA
South East

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Buckinghamshire

For the 6 months to 4 May 2015, 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 33 (34.38%) Finance
2 24 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
3 21 (21.88%) User Acceptance Testing
4 19 (19.79%) Test Management
4 19 (19.79%) SQL
5 16 (16.67%) Microsoft
5 16 (16.67%) HP Quality Center
5 16 (16.67%) Waterfall
6 15 (15.63%) Test Scripting
6 15 (15.63%) ISEB
6 15 (15.63%) SAP
7 14 (14.58%) XML
7 14 (14.58%) V-Model
8 13 (13.54%) UNIX
9 12 (12.50%) MS Excel
9 12 (12.50%) Validation
9 12 (12.50%) Software Testing
9 12 (12.50%) Relational Database
10 11 (11.46%) AIX
11 10 (10.42%) Project Management
12 9 (9.38%) Change Management
12 9 (9.38%) Windows
12 9 (9.38%) DB2
12 9 (9.38%) WebSphere Application Server
12 9 (9.38%) WebSphere
12 9 (9.38%) Test Strategy
12 9 (9.38%) Mentoring
13 8 (8.33%) Manual Testing
13 8 (8.33%) MS PowerPoint
13 8 (8.33%) .NET

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Top Related IT Skills in Buckinghamshire by Category

For the 6 months to 4 May 2015, 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 9 (9.38%) WebSphere Application Server
1 9 (9.38%) WebSphere
2 5 (5.21%) SharePoint
3 4 (4.17%) SharePoint Server
4 2 (2.08%) CMS
4 2 (2.08%) ArcGIS
4 2 (2.08%) Drupal
4 2 (2.08%) Node.js
5 1 (1.04%) Mule
5 1 (1.04%) JBoss
Applications
1 12 (12.50%) MS Excel
2 8 (8.33%) MS PowerPoint
3 7 (7.29%) MS Office
4 2 (2.08%) MS Visio
5 1 (1.04%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (3.13%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (3.13%) SAP BCA
2 2 (2.08%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (2.08%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (1.04%) SAP FI
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.13%) Intranet
1 3 (3.13%) DWDM
1 3 (3.13%) Cisco Nexus
2 2 (2.08%) SAN
3 1 (1.04%) Cisco ASA
3 1 (1.04%) Network Security
3 1 (1.04%) Cisco IOS
3 1 (1.04%) TCP/IP
3 1 (1.04%) LAN
3 1 (1.04%) WAN
3 1 (1.04%) Firewall
3 1 (1.04%) EIGRP
3 1 (1.04%) OSPF
3 1 (1.04%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (12.50%) Relational Database
2 9 (9.38%) DB2
3 7 (7.29%) SAP BW
4 5 (5.21%) SQL Server
5 4 (4.17%) Data Mining
5 4 (4.17%) SQL Server 2012
6 3 (3.13%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (2.08%) SAP BI
7 2 (2.08%) MS Access
8 1 (1.04%) Big Data
8 1 (1.04%) QlikView
8 1 (1.04%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (1.04%) Crystal Reports
8 1 (1.04%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 6 (6.25%) JIRA
1 6 (6.25%) Selenium
1 6 (6.25%) WebDriver
2 4 (4.17%) QuickTest Pro
3 3 (3.13%) SpecFlow
4 2 (2.08%) Git (software)
4 2 (2.08%) Axure RP
5 1 (1.04%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (1.04%) Subversion
5 1 (1.04%) WinRunner
5 1 (1.04%) LoadRunner
5 1 (1.04%) Visual Studio
General
1 33 (34.38%) Finance
2 4 (4.17%) Pharmaceutical
2 4 (4.17%) Automotive
2 4 (4.17%) Telecoms
2 4 (4.17%) Banking
3 3 (3.13%) Manufacturing
4 2 (2.08%) Electronics
4 2 (2.08%) Marketing
4 2 (2.08%) Retail
5 1 (1.04%) Local Government
5 1 (1.04%) German Language
5 1 (1.04%) Advertising
5 1 (1.04%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 39 (40.63%) Analyst
2 19 (19.79%) Test Analyst
3 15 (15.63%) Developer
4 12 (12.50%) Test Leader
5 9 (9.38%) Test Manager
6 7 (7.29%) Tester
7 6 (6.25%) QA Analyst
8 5 (5.21%) WebSphere Developer
8 5 (5.21%) Programme Manager
9 4 (4.17%) Business Analyst
9 4 (4.17%) Architect
9 4 (4.17%) QA Manager
9 4 (4.17%) QA Tester
9 4 (4.17%) Governance Analyst
10 3 (3.13%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
10 3 (3.13%) Testing Manager
10 3 (3.13%) Infrastructure Manager
10 3 (3.13%) Infrastructure Architect
10 3 (3.13%) Process Manager
10 3 (3.13%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (14.58%) XML
2 8 (8.33%) .NET
3 5 (5.21%) .NET Framework
4 2 (2.08%) ASP.NET Web API
4 2 (2.08%) WinForms
4 2 (2.08%) HTML
4 2 (2.08%) Web Services
4 2 (2.08%) ASP.NET
4 2 (2.08%) CSS
4 2 (2.08%) LINQ
4 2 (2.08%) jQuery
4 2 (2.08%) WCF
4 2 (2.08%) Ajax
4 2 (2.08%) Entity Framework
4 2 (2.08%) PhoneGap
4 2 (2.08%) AngularJS
5 1 (1.04%) HTML5
5 1 (1.04%) CSS3
5 1 (1.04%) Spring
5 1 (1.04%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 3 (3.13%) Blog
1 3 (3.13%) Pharmacovigilance
1 3 (3.13%) Management Information System
1 3 (3.13%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (2.08%) User Experience
2 2 (2.08%) DTV
2 2 (2.08%) GIS
2 2 (2.08%) Thin Client
2 2 (2.08%) Fat Client
2 2 (2.08%) Online Banking
2 2 (2.08%) Data Integration
2 2 (2.08%) Open Source
3 1 (1.04%) iPad
3 1 (1.04%) Cryptography
3 1 (1.04%) Graphic Design
3 1 (1.04%) NHS
3 1 (1.04%) Client/Server
3 1 (1.04%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 13 (13.54%) UNIX
2 11 (11.46%) AIX
3 9 (9.38%) Windows
4 3 (3.13%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (3.13%) Apple iOS
5 2 (2.08%) Solaris
5 2 (2.08%) Linux
6 1 (1.04%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (1.04%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (21.88%) User Acceptance Testing
3 19 (19.79%) Test Management
4 16 (16.67%) Waterfall
5 15 (15.63%) Test Scripting
6 14 (14.58%) V-Model
7 12 (12.50%) Validation
7 12 (12.50%) Software Testing
8 10 (10.42%) Project Management
9 9 (9.38%) Change Management
9 9 (9.38%) Test Strategy
9 9 (9.38%) Mentoring
10 8 (8.33%) Manual Testing
10 8 (8.33%) Programme Management
11 7 (7.29%) Migration
11 7 (7.29%) Stakeholder Management
11 7 (7.29%) CRM
12 5 (5.21%) BDD
12 5 (5.21%) Integration Testing
12 5 (5.21%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 19 (19.79%) SQL
2 6 (6.25%) C#
3 5 (5.21%) Ruby
4 3 (3.13%) C
5 2 (2.08%) PL/SQL
5 2 (2.08%) VB.NET
5 2 (2.08%) Objective-C
6 1 (1.04%) Bourne shell
6 1 (1.04%) Python
6 1 (1.04%) Java
6 1 (1.04%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 15 (15.63%) ISEB
2 6 (6.25%) Degree
3 4 (4.17%) DV Cleared
3 4 (4.17%) Security Cleared
4 3 (3.13%) SC Cleared
5 2 (2.08%) HNC
5 2 (2.08%) HND
5 2 (2.08%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 2 (2.08%) GNVQ
5 2 (2.08%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
6 1 (1.04%) CCNP
6 1 (1.04%) CCNA
6 1 (1.04%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (1.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.13%) GxP
2 2 (2.08%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (1.04%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.04%) JSP 440
3 1 (1.04%) GCP
System Software
1 4 (4.17%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (1.04%) vSphere
2 1 (1.04%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 16 (16.67%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 16 (16.67%) Microsoft
2 15 (15.63%) SAP
3 7 (7.29%) Oracle
4 6 (6.25%) HP
5 5 (5.21%) Brocade
6 4 (4.17%) Cisco
7 3 (3.13%) VMware
8 2 (2.08%) Xamarin
8 2 (2.08%) ServiceNow
8 2 (2.08%) Remedy
8 2 (2.08%) ESRI
8 2 (2.08%) IBM
8 2 (2.08%) NetApp
8 2 (2.08%) EMC
8 2 (2.08%) Adobe
8 2 (2.08%) 3PAR
9 1 (1.04%) Apple
9 1 (1.04%) Cognos
9 1 (1.04%) McAfee
9 1 (1.04%) Salesforce.com