The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Cambridge region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 19 September 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 38 33 30
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -3
Contract jobs citing QA 10 10 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cambridge 2.22% 2.69% 4.61%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 19.61% 43.48% 47.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 6 14
Average daily rate
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£363 £344 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.45% -19.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £311 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £388 £434
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £336
% change year-on-year
- +4.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Average hourly rate - - £17.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.55 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+0.25% -12.50%
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Cambridgeshire

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 Cambridge region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Cambridge
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
51 23 40
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cambridge 11.33% 6.18% 9.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 9 22
Average daily rate £338 £350 £420
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.57% -16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £186 £200 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £506 £400 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £354 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.00% -2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 0 8
Average hourly rate £27.50 - £18.25
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.00 - £10.47
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 - £28.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -16.66%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Cambridge

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

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Cambridge

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Cambridge

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in Cambridge

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in Cambridge

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Cambridge region over the 3 months to 19 September 2014.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in Cambridge

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in Cambridge

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Cambridge

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cambridge

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cambridge 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 10 (62.50%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (43.75%) Selenium
3 6 (37.50%) Java
3 6 (37.50%) Linux
3 6 (37.50%) Internet
3 6 (37.50%) Scrum
4 5 (31.25%) Python
4 5 (31.25%) Test Scripting
5 4 (25.00%) OO
5 4 (25.00%) UNIX
5 4 (25.00%) Ruby
6 3 (18.75%) TDD
6 3 (18.75%) Data Management
6 3 (18.75%) Manual Testing
6 3 (18.75%) Open Source
6 3 (18.75%) HTTP
6 3 (18.75%) C
6 3 (18.75%) PHP
6 3 (18.75%) Internet of Things
7 2 (12.50%) Machine to Machine
7 2 (12.50%) Line Management
7 2 (12.50%) Automation Testing
7 2 (12.50%) DevOps
7 2 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
7 2 (12.50%) Functional Testing
7 2 (12.50%) QuickTest Pro
7 2 (12.50%) Apache
7 2 (12.50%) Change Management
7 2 (12.50%) JMeter
7 2 (12.50%) SQL

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Top Related IT Skills in Cambridge by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cambridge 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 2 (12.50%) Apache
2 1 (6.25%) WebLogic
2 1 (6.25%) IIS
2 1 (6.25%) Tomcat
Cloud Services
1 1 (6.25%) Amazon SQS
1 1 (6.25%) Amazon EC2
1 1 (6.25%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (37.50%) Internet
2 3 (18.75%) HTTP
3 2 (12.50%) TCP/IP
4 1 (6.25%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (6.25%) SimpleDB
Development Applications
1 7 (43.75%) Selenium
2 2 (12.50%) QuickTest Pro
2 2 (12.50%) JMeter
2 2 (12.50%) JIRA
3 1 (6.25%) Maven
3 1 (6.25%) SoapUI
3 1 (6.25%) SpecFlow
3 1 (6.25%) Cucumber
3 1 (6.25%) Jenkins
General
1 1 (6.25%) Finance
1 1 (6.25%) Games
Job Titles
1 3 (18.75%) Programme Manager
1 3 (18.75%) QA Engineer
2 2 (12.50%) Tester
2 2 (12.50%) Test Engineer
2 2 (12.50%) Analyst
2 2 (12.50%) Test Analyst
2 2 (12.50%) Automation Analyst
2 2 (12.50%) Senior QA Engineer
3 1 (6.25%) Automation Test Analyst
3 1 (6.25%) Test Automation Analyst
3 1 (6.25%) Test Leader
3 1 (6.25%) Development Engineer
3 1 (6.25%) Operations Engineer
3 1 (6.25%) Java Engineer
3 1 (6.25%) Software Test Engineer
3 1 (6.25%) QA Tester
3 1 (6.25%) Software Tester
3 1 (6.25%) Software Engineer
3 1 (6.25%) Developer
3 1 (6.25%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (12.50%) .NET
2 1 (6.25%) Spring
2 1 (6.25%) SOAP
2 1 (6.25%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (18.75%) Open Source
1 3 (18.75%) Internet of Things
2 2 (12.50%) Machine to Machine
3 1 (6.25%) Inversion of Control
Operating Systems
1 6 (37.50%) Linux
2 4 (25.00%) UNIX
3 2 (12.50%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (62.50%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (37.50%) Scrum
3 5 (31.25%) Test Scripting
4 4 (25.00%) OO
5 3 (18.75%) TDD
5 3 (18.75%) Data Management
5 3 (18.75%) Manual Testing
6 2 (12.50%) Line Management
6 2 (12.50%) Automation Testing
6 2 (12.50%) DevOps
6 2 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
6 2 (12.50%) Functional Testing
6 2 (12.50%) Change Management
6 2 (12.50%) Automated Testing
6 2 (12.50%) Unit Testing
7 1 (6.25%) Integration Testing
7 1 (6.25%) Problem Management
7 1 (6.25%) Performance Testing
7 1 (6.25%) Load Testing
7 1 (6.25%) ATDD
Programming Languages
1 6 (37.50%) Java
2 5 (31.25%) Python
3 4 (25.00%) Ruby
4 3 (18.75%) C
4 3 (18.75%) PHP
5 2 (12.50%) SQL
6 1 (6.25%) C#
6 1 (6.25%) Perl
Qualifications
1 1 (6.25%) Degree
1 1 (6.25%) ISEB
Systems Management
1 1 (6.25%) Puppet
Vendors
1 1 (6.25%) JBoss
1 1 (6.25%) Microsoft