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 4 September 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 42 42 34
Rank change year-on-year
0 -8
Contract jobs citing QA 14 8 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cambridge 2.84% 1.69% 2.19%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 38.89% 16.67% 36.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 7 4
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£380 £325 £356
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.92% -8.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £265 £338
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £425 £393
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.68 £13.45 £26.25
% change year-on-year
+38.88% -48.76%
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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
36 48 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cambridge 7.30% 10.13% 6.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 21 7
Average daily rate £325 £319 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.96% -15.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £214 £195
10% offered a daily rate of more than £543 £519 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £353
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +6.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 20 0
Average hourly rate £29.00 £27.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.45% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.64 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+8.20% +14.28%

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 4 September 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 4 September 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 12 (46.15%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (38.46%) Java
2 10 (38.46%) Selenium
3 9 (34.62%) Test Automation
4 8 (30.77%) JavaScript
5 7 (26.92%) CSS
5 7 (26.92%) HTML
5 7 (26.92%) jQuery
5 7 (26.92%) HTML5
6 6 (23.08%) SoapUI
6 6 (23.08%) CSS3
6 6 (23.08%) Change Management
6 6 (23.08%) Regression Testing
6 6 (23.08%) C#
7 5 (19.23%) JMeter
7 5 (19.23%) BDD
7 5 (19.23%) Appium
7 5 (19.23%) Performance Testing
7 5 (19.23%) Requirements Analysis
7 5 (19.23%) Mercurial
7 5 (19.23%) Git (software)
7 5 (19.23%) JBehave
8 4 (15.38%) Degree
8 4 (15.38%) TDD
8 4 (15.38%) Software Engineering
8 4 (15.38%) SOAP
8 4 (15.38%) Python
8 4 (15.38%) Project Management
9 3 (11.54%) SAP
9 3 (11.54%) ISEB

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Top Related IT Skills in Cambridge by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 1 (3.85%) Apache
1 1 (3.85%) Tomcat
1 1 (3.85%) Jetty
Applications
1 2 (7.69%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (3.85%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.85%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 2 (7.69%) Bluetooth
1 2 (7.69%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.85%) RDBMS
1 1 (3.85%) SAP BW
1 1 (3.85%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 10 (38.46%) Selenium
2 6 (23.08%) SoapUI
3 5 (19.23%) Git (software)
3 5 (19.23%) Appium
3 5 (19.23%) JMeter
3 5 (19.23%) Mercurial
3 5 (19.23%) JBehave
4 3 (11.54%) WebDriver
4 3 (11.54%) Cucumber
4 3 (11.54%) Xcode
4 3 (11.54%) eggPlant
5 1 (3.85%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (3.85%) SpecFlow
5 1 (3.85%) TestComplete
General
1 3 (11.54%) Legal
2 2 (7.69%) Finance
3 1 (3.85%) Banking
3 1 (3.85%) Investment Banking
3 1 (3.85%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 6 (23.08%) QA Engineer
2 4 (15.38%) Developer
3 3 (11.54%) Release Manager
3 3 (11.54%) Project Manager
4 2 (7.69%) Tester
4 2 (7.69%) Test Leader
4 2 (7.69%) PRINCE2 Project Manager
4 2 (7.69%) QA Leader
4 2 (7.69%) Mobile Tester
4 2 (7.69%) QA Tester
5 1 (3.85%) QA Specialist
5 1 (3.85%) AWS Developer
5 1 (3.85%) SAP Release Manager
5 1 (3.85%) QA Automation Engineer
5 1 (3.85%) Automation Engineer
5 1 (3.85%) UI Programmer
5 1 (3.85%) SAP Manager
5 1 (3.85%) UI Developer
5 1 (3.85%) Front-End Developer
5 1 (3.85%) SAP BPC Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (26.92%) CSS
1 7 (26.92%) HTML
1 7 (26.92%) jQuery
1 7 (26.92%) HTML5
2 6 (23.08%) CSS3
3 4 (15.38%) SOAP
4 3 (11.54%) .NET
5 1 (3.85%) ASP.NET
5 1 (3.85%) Boost C++ Libraries
5 1 (3.85%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (3.85%) STL
5 1 (3.85%) XML
5 1 (3.85%) NHibernate
5 1 (3.85%) WPF
5 1 (3.85%) KnockoutJS
5 1 (3.85%) AngularJS
5 1 (3.85%) Kendo UI
5 1 (3.85%) ASP.NET Web API
5 1 (3.85%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 2 (7.69%) Mobile App
1 2 (7.69%) User Experience
1 2 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (3.85%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 1 (3.85%) Fixed Income
2 1 (3.85%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 2 (7.69%) Apple iOS
2 1 (3.85%) Windows
2 1 (3.85%) Linux
2 1 (3.85%) Android
2 1 (3.85%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (46.15%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (34.62%) Test Automation
3 6 (23.08%) Change Management
3 6 (23.08%) Regression Testing
4 5 (19.23%) BDD
4 5 (19.23%) Requirements Analysis
4 5 (19.23%) Performance Testing
5 4 (15.38%) TDD
5 4 (15.38%) Software Engineering
5 4 (15.38%) Project Management
6 3 (11.54%) Service Management
6 3 (11.54%) Stakeholder Management
6 3 (11.54%) E-Commerce
6 3 (11.54%) ITSM
6 3 (11.54%) ITIL
6 3 (11.54%) PRINCE2
6 3 (11.54%) Release Management
6 3 (11.54%) Non-Functional Testing
7 2 (7.69%) Test Strategy
7 2 (7.69%) Mobile Development
Programming Languages
1 10 (38.46%) Java
2 8 (30.77%) JavaScript
3 6 (23.08%) C#
4 4 (15.38%) Python
5 3 (11.54%) PHP
6 2 (7.69%) C++
6 2 (7.69%) Ruby
7 1 (3.85%) PowerShell
7 1 (3.85%) Objective-C
7 1 (3.85%) SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (15.38%) Degree
2 3 (11.54%) ISEB
3 2 (7.69%) ISTQB
4 1 (3.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
System Software
1 1 (3.85%) Docker
Vendors
1 3 (11.54%) SAP
2 2 (7.69%) Perforce
2 2 (7.69%) Google