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 1 April 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
1 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 19 34 36
Rank change year-on-year
+15 +2
Contract jobs citing QA 17 7 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cambridge 5.01% 2.05% 3.50%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 48.57% 46.67% 53.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 7 5
Average daily rate
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£406 £325 £270
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% +20.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £319 £275 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £481 £408 £371
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.42% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.50 £18.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+102.77% -34.54%
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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
35 15 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cambridge 10.32% 4.40% 6.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 9 7
Average daily rate £338 £325 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.84% +18.18%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £430 £369
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £370 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.05% +12.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 2
Average hourly rate £17.00 £45.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-62.22% +20.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.75 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+26.76% -6.57%

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 1 April 2015.

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 1 April 2015, 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 19 (47.50%) SQL
2 18 (45.00%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (32.50%) BDD
3 13 (32.50%) E-Commerce
4 12 (30.00%) Linux
4 12 (30.00%) Python
4 12 (30.00%) HTML
4 12 (30.00%) JIRA
5 11 (27.50%) Selenium
5 11 (27.50%) Perforce
6 10 (25.00%) Internet
6 10 (25.00%) C#
6 10 (25.00%) SpecFlow
7 9 (22.50%) Manual Testing
7 9 (22.50%) Microsoft
8 8 (20.00%) .NET
8 8 (20.00%) Ruby
8 8 (20.00%) WebDriver
9 7 (17.50%) Software Testing
9 7 (17.50%) .NET Framework
9 7 (17.50%) XML
9 7 (17.50%) C++
9 7 (17.50%) C
10 5 (12.50%) Cloud Computing
10 5 (12.50%) Client/Server
11 4 (10.00%) LAN
11 4 (10.00%) WAN
11 4 (10.00%) MS Excel
11 4 (10.00%) UNIX
11 4 (10.00%) PL/SQL

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Top Related IT Skills in Cambridge by Category

For the 6 months to 1 April 2015, 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 (7.50%) SharePoint
2 1 (2.50%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 4 (10.00%) MS Excel
1 4 (10.00%) MS Office
2 3 (7.50%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 1 (2.50%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (2.50%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 5 (12.50%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 10 (25.00%) Internet
2 4 (10.00%) LAN
2 4 (10.00%) WAN
3 2 (5.00%) Bluetooth
3 2 (5.00%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (10.00%) Oracle Database 11g
1 4 (10.00%) Oracle Database 12c
1 4 (10.00%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.50%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 12 (30.00%) JIRA
2 11 (27.50%) Selenium
3 10 (25.00%) SpecFlow
4 8 (20.00%) WebDriver
5 2 (5.00%) QuickTest Pro
5 2 (5.00%) JMeter
5 2 (5.00%) Git (software)
5 2 (5.00%) Mercurial
5 2 (5.00%) JBehave
5 2 (5.00%) Appium
General
1 1 (2.50%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 18 (45.00%) Analyst
2 11 (27.50%) Test Analyst
3 6 (15.00%) Senior Analyst
3 6 (15.00%) QA Analyst
4 5 (12.50%) Tester
4 5 (12.50%) Developer
5 4 (10.00%) DBA
5 4 (10.00%) Senior Developer
5 4 (10.00%) Administrator
5 4 (10.00%) Senior Test Analyst
5 4 (10.00%) Oracle DBA
5 4 (10.00%) Agile Test Analyst
6 3 (7.50%) QA Engineer
6 3 (7.50%) Senior Analyst Developer
6 3 (7.50%) Analyst Developer
7 2 (5.00%) Senior Tester
7 2 (5.00%) QA Tester
7 2 (5.00%) Senior QA Analyst
7 2 (5.00%) Mobile Tester
8 1 (2.50%) QA Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (30.00%) HTML
2 8 (20.00%) .NET
3 7 (17.50%) .NET Framework
3 7 (17.50%) XML
4 4 (10.00%) Application Packaging
5 3 (7.50%) Oracle GoldenGate
6 2 (5.00%) CSS
6 2 (5.00%) jQuery
6 2 (5.00%) CSS3
6 2 (5.00%) HTML5
7 1 (2.50%) SAP Basis
7 1 (2.50%) Web Dynpro
Miscellaneous
1 5 (12.50%) Client/Server
2 4 (10.00%) Streaming Media
2 4 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (5.00%) IPTV
3 2 (5.00%) Mobile App
4 1 (2.50%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (2.50%) Data Extraction
4 1 (2.50%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 12 (30.00%) Linux
2 4 (10.00%) UNIX
3 3 (7.50%) Windows
4 1 (2.50%) Apple iOS
4 1 (2.50%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (45.00%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (32.50%) BDD
2 13 (32.50%) E-Commerce
3 9 (22.50%) Manual Testing
4 7 (17.50%) Software Testing
5 3 (7.50%) Mentoring
5 3 (7.50%) Coaching
5 3 (7.50%) Continuous Delivery
5 3 (7.50%) Test Scripting
5 3 (7.50%) Product Management
5 3 (7.50%) TDD
5 3 (7.50%) Scrum
5 3 (7.50%) Change Management
5 3 (7.50%) Workflow
6 2 (5.00%) PRINCE2
6 2 (5.00%) Regression Testing
6 2 (5.00%) Project Management
6 2 (5.00%) Performance Testing
6 2 (5.00%) Test Automation
6 2 (5.00%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 19 (47.50%) SQL
2 12 (30.00%) Python
3 10 (25.00%) C#
4 8 (20.00%) Ruby
5 7 (17.50%) C++
5 7 (17.50%) C
6 4 (10.00%) PL/SQL
6 4 (10.00%) Java
6 4 (10.00%) Shell Script
7 2 (5.00%) JavaScript
7 2 (5.00%) Perl
8 1 (2.50%) Objective-C
8 1 (2.50%) VB
8 1 (2.50%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 3 (7.50%) ISEB
2 1 (2.50%) Degree
System Software
1 3 (7.50%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 1 (2.50%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (27.50%) Perforce
2 9 (22.50%) Microsoft
3 4 (10.00%) Oracle
4 2 (5.00%) SAP
5 1 (2.50%) Google
5 1 (2.50%) Business Objects
5 1 (2.50%) Siebel