The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category for the Cambridge region.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 39 30 19
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -11
Contract jobs citing QA 4 15 34
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cambridge 1.10% 3.89% 7.11%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 28.57% 55.56% 70.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 7 27
Average daily rate £300 £275 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% -26.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £235 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £381 £414 £435
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £16.44
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £26.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year
-30.76% +92.59%
Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Cambridge
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
14 27 48
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cambridge 3.84% 6.99% 10.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 9 37
Average daily rate £315 £275 £406
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.54% -32.30%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £247 £236 £222
10% offered a daily rate of more than £443 £407 £800
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £330 £350
% change year-on-year
+10.60% -5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 2 3
Average hourly rate £45.00 £37.50 £24.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% +56.25%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £15.25 £16.43
% change year-on-year
+18.03% -7.15%
QA
Cambridgeshire

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 18 April 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 18 April 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 14 (66.67%) SQL
2 12 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (52.38%) Subversion
4 10 (47.62%) Java
4 10 (47.62%) UNIX
4 10 (47.62%) Linux
5 9 (42.86%) Tomcat
5 9 (42.86%) Finance
6 8 (38.10%) Perl
6 8 (38.10%) Sybase
7 7 (33.33%) Solaris
7 7 (33.33%) OO
8 6 (28.57%) CGI
9 5 (23.81%) Advertising
9 5 (23.81%) Internet
10 4 (19.05%) Sun
10 4 (19.05%) Apache
10 4 (19.05%) .NET
10 4 (19.05%) J2EE
10 4 (19.05%) C++
11 3 (14.29%) MySQL
11 3 (14.29%) Oracle
11 3 (14.29%) SQL Server
11 3 (14.29%) Python
11 3 (14.29%) E-Commerce
11 3 (14.29%) OOD
11 3 (14.29%) JIRA
11 3 (14.29%) Test Scripting
12 2 (9.52%) Network Management
12 2 (9.52%) NoSQL

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Cambridge by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 9 (42.86%) Tomcat
2 4 (19.05%) Apache
3 2 (9.52%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (9.52%) Mingle
1 2 (9.52%) MS Excel
1 2 (9.52%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (4.76%) Dynamics AX
Communications & Networking
1 5 (23.81%) Internet
2 2 (9.52%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (14.29%) MySQL
1 3 (14.29%) SQL Server
2 2 (9.52%) NoSQL
2 2 (9.52%) Relational Database
2 2 (9.52%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 11 (52.38%) Subversion
2 3 (14.29%) JIRA
3 2 (9.52%) Selenium
3 2 (9.52%) JMeter
4 1 (4.76%) Bugzilla
General
1 9 (42.86%) Finance
2 5 (23.81%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 7 (33.33%) Java Engineer
2 6 (28.57%) Developer
3 4 (19.05%) Analyst
4 3 (14.29%) Software Tester
4 3 (14.29%) Java Developer
4 3 (14.29%) Tester
4 3 (14.29%) Programmer
5 2 (9.52%) Senior Java Engineer
5 2 (9.52%) Lead Tester
5 2 (9.52%) Senior Developer
5 2 (9.52%) QA Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Senior QA Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Senior Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Java Programmer
5 2 (9.52%) Senior Java Developer
5 2 (9.52%) Senior Programmer
5 2 (9.52%) Python Developer
5 2 (9.52%) Senior Java Programmer
6 1 (4.76%) Senior Java/J2EE Developer
6 1 (4.76%) Senior QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (28.57%) CGI
2 4 (19.05%) .NET
2 4 (19.05%) J2EE
3 1 (4.76%) HTML
3 1 (4.76%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.76%) IPTV
1 1 (4.76%) MPEG
1 1 (4.76%) Embedded Systems
1 1 (4.76%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 10 (47.62%) UNIX
1 10 (47.62%) Linux
2 7 (33.33%) Solaris
3 2 (9.52%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (33.33%) OO
3 3 (14.29%) E-Commerce
3 3 (14.29%) OOD
3 3 (14.29%) Test Scripting
4 2 (9.52%) Network Management
4 2 (9.52%) Test Strategy
4 2 (9.52%) Change Management
4 2 (9.52%) Workflow
5 1 (4.76%) Business Analysis
5 1 (4.76%) Project Management
5 1 (4.76%) User Stories
5 1 (4.76%) TDD
5 1 (4.76%) Product Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (66.67%) SQL
2 10 (47.62%) Java
3 8 (38.10%) Perl
4 4 (19.05%) C++
5 3 (14.29%) Python
6 2 (9.52%) C
6 2 (9.52%) C#
7 1 (4.76%) JavaScript
7 1 (4.76%) VB
7 1 (4.76%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 2 (9.52%) ISEB
2 1 (4.76%) Degree
2 1 (4.76%) SC Cleared
2 1 (4.76%) Security Cleared
Vendors
1 8 (38.10%) Sybase
2 4 (19.05%) Sun
3 3 (14.29%) Oracle
4 2 (9.52%) Perforce
5 1 (4.76%) Microsoft