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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 64 39 48
Rank change year-on-year
-25 +9
Contract jobs citing QA 22 38 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Buckinghamshire 1.93% 3.73% 2.31%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 20.00% 40.00% 29.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 32 16
Average daily rate
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£313 £340 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.08% +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £325 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £368 £400 £323
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £19.00 £30.25
% change year-on-year
+73.68% -37.19%
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
110 95 62
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Buckinghamshire 9.65% 9.32% 7.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 47 29
Average daily rate £325 £325 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +1.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £185 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £419 £385 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+8.57% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 4
Average hourly rate £16.50 £11.25 £18.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+46.66% -40.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.75 £9.45 £15.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.10 £13.40 £30.95
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.08 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+11.27% -25.76%

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 30 January 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 30 January 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 -26 12 £300 -11.76% 7
High Wycombe +3 3 £313 +25.00% 1
Gerrards Cross - - - -
QA
South East

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Buckinghamshire

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 35 (46.05%) Finance
2 29 (38.16%) SQL
2 29 (38.16%) User Acceptance Testing
3 28 (36.84%) ISEB
4 25 (32.89%) Test Management
5 20 (26.32%) HP Quality Center
6 18 (23.68%) XML
6 18 (23.68%) Test Scripting
6 18 (23.68%) Agile Software Development
7 16 (21.05%) Waterfall
7 16 (21.05%) Java
8 15 (19.74%) SAP
9 14 (18.42%) V-Model
10 13 (17.11%) Relational Database
10 13 (17.11%) Software Testing
11 12 (15.79%) Validation
12 11 (14.47%) C
12 11 (14.47%) ISTQB
13 10 (13.16%) JIRA
13 10 (13.16%) .NET
14 9 (11.84%) Regression Testing
14 9 (11.84%) C#
14 9 (11.84%) C++
14 9 (11.84%) Perl
14 9 (11.84%) Python
14 9 (11.84%) Selenium
15 8 (10.53%) Manual Testing
15 8 (10.53%) Business Intelligence
16 7 (9.21%) Project Management
16 7 (9.21%) SAP BW

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Top Related IT Skills in Buckinghamshire by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 6 (7.89%) CMS
2 1 (1.32%) Apache
2 1 (1.32%) Joomla!
2 1 (1.32%) WordPress
2 1 (1.32%) Confluence
Applications
1 3 (3.95%) MS Excel
2 2 (2.63%) MS PowerPoint
2 2 (2.63%) MS Project
3 1 (1.32%) Fireworks
3 1 (1.32%) Adobe Illustrator
3 1 (1.32%) MS Office
3 1 (1.32%) Photoshop
3 1 (1.32%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.63%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (2.63%) Summit
1 2 (2.63%) Oracle Applications
1 2 (2.63%) SAP FI
1 2 (2.63%) SAP BCA
2 1 (1.32%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.32%) SaaS
1 1 (1.32%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.63%) Internet
2 1 (1.32%) Firewall
2 1 (1.32%) OSPF
2 1 (1.32%) EIGRP
2 1 (1.32%) LAN
2 1 (1.32%) WAN
2 1 (1.32%) TCP/IP
2 1 (1.32%) Cisco IOS
2 1 (1.32%) Network Security
2 1 (1.32%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (17.11%) Relational Database
2 7 (9.21%) SAP BW
3 4 (5.26%) BusinessObjects
4 2 (2.63%) Oracle Database
4 2 (2.63%) MS Access
5 1 (1.32%) MySQL
5 1 (1.32%) SQL Server
5 1 (1.32%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (1.32%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 10 (13.16%) JIRA
2 9 (11.84%) Selenium
3 5 (6.58%) QuickTest Pro
4 3 (3.95%) Visual Studio
4 3 (3.95%) Subversion
4 3 (3.95%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (3.95%) WatiN
4 3 (3.95%) WebDriver
5 2 (2.63%) Git (software)
5 2 (2.63%) Bugzilla
6 1 (1.32%) Oracle Forms
6 1 (1.32%) Ant
6 1 (1.32%) Maven
6 1 (1.32%) Jenkins
General
1 35 (46.05%) Finance
2 5 (6.58%) Telecoms
3 3 (3.95%) Publishing
3 3 (3.95%) Automotive
4 2 (2.63%) Banking
4 2 (2.63%) Advertising
5 1 (1.32%) Legal
5 1 (1.32%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.32%) Retail
5 1 (1.32%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 25 (32.89%) Analyst
2 20 (26.32%) Test Analyst
3 11 (14.47%) Test Manager
3 11 (14.47%) Tester
4 10 (13.16%) QA Tester
5 8 (10.53%) Test Leader
5 8 (10.53%) Developer
5 8 (10.53%) QA Engineer
6 5 (6.58%) QA Analyst
7 4 (5.26%) Software Engineer
8 3 (3.95%) Software Developer
8 3 (3.95%) Project Manager
8 3 (3.95%) Java Developer
8 3 (3.95%) Design Engineer
8 3 (3.95%) Test Engineer
8 3 (3.95%) Technical Editor
9 2 (2.63%) C++/Java Developer
9 2 (2.63%) Lead Test Analyst
9 2 (2.63%) C++ Developer
9 2 (2.63%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (23.68%) XML
2 10 (13.16%) .NET
3 3 (3.95%) HTML
3 3 (3.95%) Web Services
3 3 (3.95%) CSS
3 3 (3.95%) .NET Framework
3 3 (3.95%) jQuery
4 2 (2.63%) HTML5
4 2 (2.63%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
4 2 (2.63%) ASP.NET Web API
4 2 (2.63%) LINQ
4 2 (2.63%) WCF
4 2 (2.63%) Ajax
4 2 (2.63%) SOAP
4 2 (2.63%) ASP.NET
4 2 (2.63%) WinForms
5 1 (1.32%) Middleware
5 1 (1.32%) XML-RPC
5 1 (1.32%) Hibernate
5 1 (1.32%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 4 (5.26%) Open Source
2 3 (3.95%) Computer Science
3 2 (2.63%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (2.63%) User Experience
4 1 (1.32%) Client/Server
4 1 (1.32%) Cryptography
4 1 (1.32%) Graphic Design
4 1 (1.32%) Data Conversion
4 1 (1.32%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 4 (5.26%) UNIX
1 4 (5.26%) Windows
2 2 (2.63%) Apple iOS
2 2 (2.63%) Windows NT
3 1 (1.32%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (1.32%) Android
3 1 (1.32%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (38.16%) User Acceptance Testing
2 25 (32.89%) Test Management
3 18 (23.68%) Test Scripting
3 18 (23.68%) Agile Software Development
4 16 (21.05%) Waterfall
5 14 (18.42%) V-Model
6 13 (17.11%) Software Testing
7 12 (15.79%) Validation
8 9 (11.84%) Regression Testing
9 8 (10.53%) Manual Testing
9 8 (10.53%) Business Intelligence
10 7 (9.21%) Project Management
10 7 (9.21%) Test Automation
11 6 (7.89%) Test Strategy
11 6 (7.89%) Continuous Integration
11 6 (7.89%) Performance Testing
11 6 (7.89%) Software Engineering
12 5 (6.58%) System Testing
12 5 (6.58%) Stakeholder Engagement
12 5 (6.58%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 29 (38.16%) SQL
2 16 (21.05%) Java
3 11 (14.47%) C
4 9 (11.84%) C#
4 9 (11.84%) C++
4 9 (11.84%) Perl
4 9 (11.84%) Python
5 4 (5.26%) PL/SQL
6 3 (3.95%) JavaScript
7 2 (2.63%) VBScript
7 2 (2.63%) VB.NET
8 1 (1.32%) ActionScript
8 1 (1.32%) VB
8 1 (1.32%) PHP
8 1 (1.32%) PHP5
8 1 (1.32%) PHP4
Qualifications
1 28 (36.84%) ISEB
2 11 (14.47%) ISTQB
3 6 (7.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 5 (6.58%) Degree
5 3 (3.95%) HND
5 3 (3.95%) Security Cleared
6 2 (2.63%) SC Cleared
6 2 (2.63%) DV Cleared
7 1 (1.32%) CCNP
7 1 (1.32%) CCNA
7 1 (1.32%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (1.32%) PMP
7 1 (1.32%) ISEB Practitioner
7 1 (1.32%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 1 (1.32%) JSP 440
System Software
1 1 (1.32%) vSphere
1 1 (1.32%) VMware ESXi
1 1 (1.32%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 20 (26.32%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.32%) cPanel
Vendors
1 15 (19.74%) SAP
2 7 (9.21%) Oracle
3 6 (7.89%) Microsoft
4 4 (5.26%) Business Objects
5 3 (3.95%) Nokia
5 3 (3.95%) Telerik
6 1 (1.32%) McAfee
6 1 (1.32%) HP
6 1 (1.32%) Apple
6 1 (1.32%) Cisco
6 1 (1.32%) Rackspace
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