The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Dorset region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 5 February 2016 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 24 15 24
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +9
Contract jobs citing QA 3 17 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Dorset 1.51% 7.59% 2.78%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 10.71% 54.84% 45.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 13 2
Average daily rate £313 £385 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-18.83% -0.64%
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £11.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £33.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+18.18% +78.37%
QA
South West

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 Dorset region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Dorset
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
28 31 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Dorset 14.07% 13.84% 6.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 15 3
Average daily rate £500 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £241 £170 £306
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £480 £403
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 2 2
Average hourly rate £42.00 £87.50 £11.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-52.00% +695.45%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.00 £25.00 £17.15
% change year-on-year
+68.00% +45.77%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Dorset

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Dorset region as a proportion of the total demand within the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Dorset

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Dorset

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing QA across the Dorset region.

QA Daily Rate Trend in Dorset

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in Dorset

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Dorset region.

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Dorset

QA
Contract Job Locations in Dorset

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Dorset region over the 3 months to 5 February 2016. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Bournemouth 0 3 £313 -30.55% 1
QA
South West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Dorset

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Dorset 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 9 (50.00%) Banking
2 7 (38.89%) Windows
3 6 (33.33%) SQL Server
3 6 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
4 5 (27.78%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (27.78%) vSphere
4 5 (27.78%) Change Management
4 5 (27.78%) ITSM
4 5 (27.78%) BMC
4 5 (27.78%) Symantec
4 5 (27.78%) C#
4 5 (27.78%) .NET
4 5 (27.78%) Agile Software Development
4 5 (27.78%) VMware
4 5 (27.78%) VMware ESX
5 4 (22.22%) VBScript
5 4 (22.22%) Perl
5 4 (22.22%) MS Office
5 4 (22.22%) Linux
5 4 (22.22%) Windows XP
5 4 (22.22%) Active Directory
5 4 (22.22%) Windows Server 2003
5 4 (22.22%) Citrix
5 4 (22.22%) Data Security
5 4 (22.22%) Bash Shell
5 4 (22.22%) Mentoring
5 4 (22.22%) Patch Management
5 4 (22.22%) PowerShell
5 4 (22.22%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (22.22%) Test Automation

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Dorset by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Dorset 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.

Applications
1 4 (22.22%) MS Office
2 3 (16.67%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (11.11%) MS Excel
4 1 (5.56%) MS Project
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (33.33%) SQL Server
2 2 (11.11%) MS Access
3 1 (5.56%) DTS
Development Applications
1 3 (16.67%) SpecFlow
2 2 (11.11%) JIRA
2 2 (11.11%) Selenium
2 2 (11.11%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (11.11%) TestComplete
2 2 (11.11%) WebDriver
General
1 9 (50.00%) Banking
2 3 (16.67%) Investment Banking
3 2 (11.11%) Law
4 1 (5.56%) Finance
4 1 (5.56%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 6 (33.33%) Architect
2 5 (27.78%) Analyst
2 5 (27.78%) Test Analyst
3 4 (22.22%) QA Leader
3 4 (22.22%) Test Leader
4 3 (16.67%) QA Analyst
4 3 (16.67%) QA Test Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) Automation Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) Automation Test Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) Automation Test Lead
5 2 (11.11%) Junior
5 2 (11.11%) Junior Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) Junior Test Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) Lead Test Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) Senior Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) Senior QA Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) Senior QA Test Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) Senior Test Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) Senior Test Automation Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (27.78%) .NET
2 3 (16.67%) WCF
2 3 (16.67%) Web Services
3 2 (11.11%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 2 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 7 (38.89%) Windows
2 4 (22.22%) Linux
2 4 (22.22%) Windows 7
2 4 (22.22%) Windows Server
2 4 (22.22%) Windows Server 2003
2 4 (22.22%) Windows Server 2008
2 4 (22.22%) Windows XP
3 1 (5.56%) Windows CE
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
2 5 (27.78%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (27.78%) Change Management
2 5 (27.78%) ITSM
3 4 (22.22%) Data Security
3 4 (22.22%) Mentoring
3 4 (22.22%) Patch Management
3 4 (22.22%) Test Automation
3 4 (22.22%) Unit Testing
4 3 (16.67%) Functional Testing
4 3 (16.67%) Manual Testing
4 3 (16.67%) Web Development
5 2 (11.11%) BDD
5 2 (11.11%) Issue Tracking
5 2 (11.11%) Line Management
5 2 (11.11%) Load Testing
5 2 (11.11%) Non-Functional Testing
5 2 (11.11%) Performance Testing
5 2 (11.11%) Root Cause Analysis
5 2 (11.11%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 5 (27.78%) C#
2 4 (22.22%) Bash Shell
2 4 (22.22%) Perl
2 4 (22.22%) PowerShell
2 4 (22.22%) VBScript
3 1 (5.56%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (11.11%) ISEB
1 2 (11.11%) ISTQB
System Software
1 5 (27.78%) VMware ESX
1 5 (27.78%) VMware Infrastructure
1 5 (27.78%) vSphere
2 4 (22.22%) Active Directory
2 4 (22.22%) XenApp
3 1 (5.56%) Firmware
3 1 (5.56%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (5.56%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 2 (11.11%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (5.56%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 5 (27.78%) BMC
1 5 (27.78%) Symantec
1 5 (27.78%) VMware
2 4 (22.22%) Citrix
3 3 (16.67%) Microsoft
4 1 (5.56%) SAP
4 1 (5.56%) Sun