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 22 September 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
22 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 26 24 29
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +5
Contract jobs citing QA 5 8 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Dorset 1.97% 4.44% 3.83%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 15.63% 61.54% 30.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 4 4
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£126 £500 £331
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-74.80% +50.94%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £12.66 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.75 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -12.50%
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
32 13 39
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Dorset 12.60% 7.22% 12.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 6 18
Average daily rate £425 £500 £475
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.00% +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £126 £281 £307
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £500 £700
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £353 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.38% -3.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 1
Average hourly rate £38.50 £21.00 £46.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+83.33% -54.34%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -16.66%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in Dorset

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Dorset region over the 3 months to 22 September 2014.

QA Daily Rate Histogram 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 22 September 2014. 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
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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
Poole - 4 £126 - 1
Bournemouth -4 1 £423 -15.50%
QA
South West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Dorset

For the 6 months to 22 September 2014, 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 5 (31.25%) SQL
1 5 (31.25%) Degree
2 4 (25.00%) Migration
2 4 (25.00%) Asset Management
2 4 (25.00%) VB
2 4 (25.00%) Internet
3 3 (18.75%) Project Management
3 3 (18.75%) VBA
3 3 (18.75%) .NET
3 3 (18.75%) Banking
4 2 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (12.50%) Open Source
4 2 (12.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (12.50%) Waterfall
4 2 (12.50%) Load Testing
4 2 (12.50%) Web Testing
4 2 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (12.50%) Automation Testing
4 2 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (12.50%) Software Testing
4 2 (12.50%) Test Scripting
4 2 (12.50%) Java
4 2 (12.50%) Finance
4 2 (12.50%) Legal
4 2 (12.50%) QuickTest Pro
4 2 (12.50%) HP
4 2 (12.50%) ISEB
4 2 (12.50%) SQL Server
5 1 (6.25%) IIS
5 1 (6.25%) UNIX

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Top Related IT Skills in Dorset by Category

For the 6 months to 22 September 2014, 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (6.25%) IIS
Business Applications
1 1 (6.25%) SunGard GMI
Communications & Networking
1 4 (25.00%) Internet
2 1 (6.25%) Structured Cabling
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 1 (6.25%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (6.25%) DTS
2 1 (6.25%) Oracle OWB
2 1 (6.25%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 2 (12.50%) QuickTest Pro
2 1 (6.25%) JMeter
General
1 3 (18.75%) Banking
2 2 (12.50%) Finance
2 2 (12.50%) Legal
3 1 (6.25%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 7 (43.75%) Analyst
2 3 (18.75%) Test Analyst
2 3 (18.75%) Developer
2 3 (18.75%) Analyst Developer
3 2 (12.50%) Tester
4 1 (6.25%) Architect
4 1 (6.25%) Performance Tester
4 1 (6.25%) Manual Tester
4 1 (6.25%) Technical Analyst
4 1 (6.25%) QA Tester
4 1 (6.25%) QA Analyst
4 1 (6.25%) Technical Leader
4 1 (6.25%) Excel Developer
4 1 (6.25%) Web Architect
4 1 (6.25%) Implementation Engineer
4 1 (6.25%) Test Leader
4 1 (6.25%) Automation Tester
4 1 (6.25%) Automation Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (18.75%) .NET
2 1 (6.25%) JSON
2 1 (6.25%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 2 (12.50%) Open Source
1 2 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (6.25%) Firmware
2 1 (6.25%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 1 (6.25%) UNIX
1 1 (6.25%) Windows
1 1 (6.25%) Linux
1 1 (6.25%) Android
1 1 (6.25%) Windows Server 2008
1 1 (6.25%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (25.00%) Migration
1 4 (25.00%) Asset Management
2 3 (18.75%) Project Management
3 2 (12.50%) Software Testing
3 2 (12.50%) Load Testing
3 2 (12.50%) Web Testing
3 2 (12.50%) Test Scripting
3 2 (12.50%) Waterfall
3 2 (12.50%) Automation Testing
3 2 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (6.25%) Coaching
4 1 (6.25%) Test Strategy
4 1 (6.25%) Kimball Methodology
4 1 (6.25%) Dimensional Modelling
4 1 (6.25%) Test Automation
4 1 (6.25%) Test Management
4 1 (6.25%) Business Analysis
4 1 (6.25%) Web Development
4 1 (6.25%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (6.25%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (31.25%) SQL
2 4 (25.00%) VB
3 3 (18.75%) VBA
4 2 (12.50%) Java
5 1 (6.25%) PowerShell
5 1 (6.25%) VB.NET
5 1 (6.25%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 5 (31.25%) Degree
2 2 (12.50%) ISEB
2 2 (12.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (6.25%) MCSE
3 1 (6.25%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (6.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 1 (6.25%) VCP5
System Software
1 1 (6.25%) VMware ESX
1 1 (6.25%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (6.25%) XenDesktop
1 1 (6.25%) vSphere
1 1 (6.25%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 2 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (12.50%) HP
2 1 (6.25%) Citrix
2 1 (6.25%) TIBCO
2 1 (6.25%) VMware
2 1 (6.25%) Sitecore
2 1 (6.25%) Oracle
2 1 (6.25%) Sun
2 1 (6.25%) SunGard