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 21 November 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
21 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 23 22 35
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +13
Contract jobs citing QA 17 21 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cambridge 5.21% 6.33% 3.04%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 54.84% 70.00% 70.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 15 10
Average daily rate
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£380 £350 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.57% -15.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £325 £299
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £488 £439
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.44% -1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £17.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £32.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+1.53% +75.67%
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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
31 30 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cambridge 9.51% 9.04% 4.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 19 11
Average daily rate £380 £350 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.57% -17.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £268 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £488 £438
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -5.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 2 2
Average hourly rate £30.00 £28.28 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.10% +61.57%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -7.89%

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 21 November 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 21 November 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 12 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (45.83%) SQL
2 11 (45.83%) Linux
3 10 (41.67%) Python
3 10 (41.67%) Internet
4 9 (37.50%) JIRA
5 7 (29.17%) Selenium
5 7 (29.17%) Scrum
5 7 (29.17%) HTML
6 6 (25.00%) C
6 6 (25.00%) C++
6 6 (25.00%) Perforce
6 6 (25.00%) Software Testing
7 5 (20.83%) Test Scripting
7 5 (20.83%) Manual Testing
7 5 (20.83%) Cloud Computing
7 5 (20.83%) Change Management
7 5 (20.83%) Client/Server
8 4 (16.67%) ISEB
8 4 (16.67%) XML
8 4 (16.67%) Java
8 4 (16.67%) Streaming Media
9 3 (12.50%) Mingle
9 3 (12.50%) Product Management
9 3 (12.50%) Windows
9 3 (12.50%) SharePoint
9 3 (12.50%) E-Commerce
9 3 (12.50%) Workflow
9 3 (12.50%) TDD
9 3 (12.50%) MS Office

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Top Related IT Skills in Cambridge by Category

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 3 (12.50%) SharePoint
2 2 (8.33%) Apache
3 1 (4.17%) Tomcat
3 1 (4.17%) WebLogic
3 1 (4.17%) IIS
3 1 (4.17%) JBoss
3 1 (4.17%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 3 (12.50%) MS Office
1 3 (12.50%) MS Excel
1 3 (12.50%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 1 (4.17%) SAP CRM
1 1 (4.17%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 5 (20.83%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (4.17%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (4.17%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (4.17%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (41.67%) Internet
2 3 (12.50%) HTTP
3 1 (4.17%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.17%) SimpleDB
Development Applications
1 9 (37.50%) JIRA
2 7 (29.17%) Selenium
3 3 (12.50%) QuickTest Pro
4 1 (4.17%) JMeter
4 1 (4.17%) Maven
4 1 (4.17%) Cucumber
4 1 (4.17%) SoapUI
4 1 (4.17%) SpecFlow
4 1 (4.17%) Jenkins
General
1 1 (4.17%) Finance
1 1 (4.17%) Publishing
1 1 (4.17%) Games
Job Titles
1 6 (25.00%) Analyst
2 4 (16.67%) Tester
2 4 (16.67%) QA Engineer
2 4 (16.67%) QA Analyst
3 3 (12.50%) Senior Analyst
3 3 (12.50%) Developer
3 3 (12.50%) Senior QA Analyst
4 2 (8.33%) Senior QA Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) Automation Analyst
4 2 (8.33%) Programme Manager
4 2 (8.33%) Test Analyst
4 2 (8.33%) Software Tester
4 2 (8.33%) Test Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) Senior Tester
5 1 (4.17%) QA Tester
5 1 (4.17%) Senior Test Engineer
5 1 (4.17%) Test Consultant
5 1 (4.17%) Technical Leader
5 1 (4.17%) Software Consultant
5 1 (4.17%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (29.17%) HTML
2 4 (16.67%) XML
3 1 (4.17%) Web Dynpro
3 1 (4.17%) SAP Basis
3 1 (4.17%) Spring
3 1 (4.17%) .NET
3 1 (4.17%) SOAP
3 1 (4.17%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (20.83%) Client/Server
2 4 (16.67%) Streaming Media
3 2 (8.33%) IPTV
3 2 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (4.17%) Inversion of Control
Operating Systems
1 11 (45.83%) Linux
2 3 (12.50%) Windows
3 2 (8.33%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (29.17%) Scrum
3 6 (25.00%) Software Testing
4 5 (20.83%) Change Management
4 5 (20.83%) Manual Testing
4 5 (20.83%) Test Scripting
5 3 (12.50%) Product Management
5 3 (12.50%) Workflow
5 3 (12.50%) E-Commerce
5 3 (12.50%) TDD
6 2 (8.33%) Automated Testing
6 2 (8.33%) Unit Testing
6 2 (8.33%) Continuous Integration
6 2 (8.33%) System Testing
6 2 (8.33%) Line Management
6 2 (8.33%) Test Strategy
6 2 (8.33%) Automation Testing
7 1 (4.17%) Technical Analysis
7 1 (4.17%) ATDD
7 1 (4.17%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 11 (45.83%) SQL
2 10 (41.67%) Python
3 6 (25.00%) C
3 6 (25.00%) C++
4 4 (16.67%) Java
5 2 (8.33%) Perl
6 1 (4.17%) C#
6 1 (4.17%) Ruby
6 1 (4.17%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 4 (16.67%) ISEB
2 1 (4.17%) Degree
Systems Management
1 1 (4.17%) Puppet
Vendors
1 6 (25.00%) Perforce
2 2 (8.33%) SAP
3 1 (4.17%) Siebel
3 1 (4.17%) Microsoft