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 18 December 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
18 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 23 25 35
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +10
Contract jobs citing QA 21 19 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cambridge 6.29% 5.69% 3.08%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 60.00% 61.29% 66.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 14 11
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£380 £425 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.58% +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £333 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £488 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £338 £340
% change year-on-year
+2.80% -0.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £17.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £35.00 £30.25
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +15.70%
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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 31 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cambridge 10.48% 9.28% 4.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 18 14
Average daily rate £390 £413 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.45% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £288 £293
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £488 £495
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 1
Average hourly rate £60.00 £28.28 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+112.20% +61.57%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £18.70 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+1.60% -6.50%

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 December 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 December 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 17 (54.84%) SQL
2 16 (51.61%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (38.71%) Linux
4 11 (35.48%) Python
4 11 (35.48%) Internet
4 11 (35.48%) JIRA
5 9 (29.03%) HTML
6 8 (25.81%) Perforce
7 7 (22.58%) Scrum
7 7 (22.58%) Change Management
7 7 (22.58%) E-Commerce
7 7 (22.58%) Selenium
7 7 (22.58%) Manual Testing
8 6 (19.35%) Software Testing
8 6 (19.35%) Test Scripting
8 6 (19.35%) XML
8 6 (19.35%) C++
8 6 (19.35%) C
8 6 (19.35%) ISEB
9 5 (16.13%) Windows
9 5 (16.13%) SharePoint
9 5 (16.13%) Workflow
9 5 (16.13%) MS Office
9 5 (16.13%) Client/Server
9 5 (16.13%) MS Excel
9 5 (16.13%) Cloud Computing
9 5 (16.13%) Mingle
10 4 (12.90%) BDD
10 4 (12.90%) Streaming Media
10 4 (12.90%) Ruby

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Top Related IT Skills in Cambridge by Category

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 5 (16.13%) SharePoint
2 2 (6.45%) Apache
3 1 (3.23%) NetWeaver
3 1 (3.23%) Tomcat
3 1 (3.23%) JBoss
3 1 (3.23%) WebLogic
3 1 (3.23%) IIS
Applications
1 5 (16.13%) MS Office
1 5 (16.13%) MS Excel
1 5 (16.13%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 1 (3.23%) SAP CRM
1 1 (3.23%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 5 (16.13%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (3.23%) Amazon SQS
2 1 (3.23%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (3.23%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (35.48%) Internet
2 2 (6.45%) HTTP
3 1 (3.23%) TCP/IP
3 1 (3.23%) LAN
3 1 (3.23%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.23%) Oracle Database 11g
1 1 (3.23%) Oracle Database 12c
1 1 (3.23%) Oracle Database
1 1 (3.23%) SimpleDB
Development Applications
1 11 (35.48%) JIRA
2 7 (22.58%) Selenium
3 4 (12.90%) QuickTest Pro
4 3 (9.68%) SpecFlow
5 1 (3.23%) JMeter
5 1 (3.23%) Maven
5 1 (3.23%) SoapUI
5 1 (3.23%) WebDriver
5 1 (3.23%) Cucumber
General
1 1 (3.23%) Finance
1 1 (3.23%) Publishing
1 1 (3.23%) Games
Job Titles
1 13 (41.94%) Analyst
2 7 (22.58%) QA Analyst
3 6 (19.35%) Test Analyst
4 5 (16.13%) Senior Analyst
5 4 (12.90%) Senior QA Analyst
5 4 (12.90%) Tester
6 3 (9.68%) Developer
6 3 (9.68%) QA Engineer
7 2 (6.45%) Automation Analyst
7 2 (6.45%) Senior Tester
7 2 (6.45%) Software Tester
7 2 (6.45%) Test Engineer
7 2 (6.45%) Programme Manager
8 1 (3.23%) Software Developer
8 1 (3.23%) Consultant
8 1 (3.23%) DBA
8 1 (3.23%) Senior Developer
8 1 (3.23%) Administrator
8 1 (3.23%) Senior Test Analyst
8 1 (3.23%) Oracle DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (29.03%) HTML
2 6 (19.35%) XML
3 4 (12.90%) .NET
4 2 (6.45%) .NET Framework
5 1 (3.23%) SAP Basis
5 1 (3.23%) Web Dynpro
5 1 (3.23%) SOAP
5 1 (3.23%) Web Services
5 1 (3.23%) Application Packaging
5 1 (3.23%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 5 (16.13%) Client/Server
2 4 (12.90%) Streaming Media
3 2 (6.45%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (6.45%) IPTV
4 1 (3.23%) Inversion of Control
Operating Systems
1 12 (38.71%) Linux
2 5 (16.13%) Windows
3 2 (6.45%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (51.61%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (22.58%) Scrum
2 7 (22.58%) Change Management
2 7 (22.58%) E-Commerce
2 7 (22.58%) Manual Testing
3 6 (19.35%) Software Testing
3 6 (19.35%) Test Scripting
4 5 (16.13%) Workflow
5 4 (12.90%) BDD
6 3 (9.68%) Product Management
7 2 (6.45%) Line Management
7 2 (6.45%) Test Strategy
7 2 (6.45%) Automation Testing
7 2 (6.45%) Automated Testing
7 2 (6.45%) TDD
7 2 (6.45%) System Testing
7 2 (6.45%) Unit Testing
8 1 (3.23%) PRINCE
8 1 (3.23%) OO
8 1 (3.23%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 17 (54.84%) SQL
2 11 (35.48%) Python
3 6 (19.35%) C++
3 6 (19.35%) C
4 4 (12.90%) Ruby
4 4 (12.90%) Java
5 3 (9.68%) C#
6 2 (6.45%) Perl
7 1 (3.23%) Shell Script
7 1 (3.23%) PL/SQL
7 1 (3.23%) VB
7 1 (3.23%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 6 (19.35%) ISEB
2 1 (3.23%) Degree
Systems Management
1 1 (3.23%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (25.81%) Perforce
2 4 (12.90%) Microsoft
3 2 (6.45%) SAP
4 1 (3.23%) Siebel
4 1 (3.23%) Oracle
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