The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the East of England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 27 May 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
27 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 79 46 51
Rank change year-on-year
-33 +5
Contract jobs citing QA 59 105 76
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the East of England 2.09% 3.59% 3.55%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 29.95% 43.93% 47.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 61 39
Average daily rate
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£350 £425 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-17.64% +21.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £308 £262
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £490
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 1
Average hourly rate £35.75 £37.50 £42.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.66% -11.76%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.00 £21.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year
+76.74% -17.30%
QA
England

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 East of England region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
East of England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
197 239 161
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the East of England 6.98% 8.18% 7.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 101 122 86
Average daily rate £325 £358 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% +10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £210 £186
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £462
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 33 7
Average hourly rate £37.50 £30.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% +100.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £12.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £44.50 £54.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.55 £21.00 £17.75
% change year-on-year
+2.61% +18.30%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in the East of England

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

QA Jobs Demand Trend in the East of England

QA
Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the East of England region over the 3 months to 27 May 2015.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

QA
Contract Job Locations in the East of England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the East of England region over the 3 months to 27 May 2015. 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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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
Cambridgeshire +8 23 £338 +3.84% 24
Hertfordshire -7 20 £400 - 5
Essex -10 9 £260 -34.38% 5
Norfolk +3 4 £425 +21.42% 2
Bedfordshire -5 3 £475 +52.00% 2
QA
England

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in the East of England

For the 6 months to 27 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the East of England 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 77 (48.13%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (26.88%) Selenium
3 42 (26.25%) C#
4 40 (25.00%) Finance
5 39 (24.38%) BDD
6 38 (23.75%) SpecFlow
6 38 (23.75%) SQL
6 38 (23.75%) E-Commerce
7 33 (20.63%) WebDriver
8 32 (20.00%) .NET
9 27 (16.88%) Microsoft
10 22 (13.75%) Scrum
10 22 (13.75%) Manual Testing
11 21 (13.13%) Coaching
12 19 (11.88%) Analytical Skills
12 19 (11.88%) JavaScript
13 18 (11.25%) HTML
13 18 (11.25%) Ruby
13 18 (11.25%) Retail
13 18 (11.25%) User Acceptance Testing
14 17 (10.63%) Project Management
15 16 (10.00%) Oracle
15 16 (10.00%) UNIX
15 16 (10.00%) TDD
15 16 (10.00%) .NET Framework
15 16 (10.00%) Test Scripting
16 15 (9.38%) Test Automation
16 15 (9.38%) Analytics
16 15 (9.38%) Degree
16 15 (9.38%) Software Testing

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Top Related IT Skills in the East of England by Category

For the 6 months to 27 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the East of England 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 (3.13%) WebSphere
2 3 (1.88%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.25%) CICS
3 2 (1.25%) MQSeries
4 1 (0.63%) IIS
4 1 (0.63%) Tomcat
Applications
1 13 (8.13%) MS Excel
2 8 (5.00%) MS Office
3 2 (1.25%) Mingle
4 1 (0.63%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (3.75%) Oracle Financials
1 6 (3.75%) Oracle Payables
2 4 (2.50%) Magento
3 3 (1.88%) MultiFonds
4 1 (0.63%) AWD
4 1 (0.63%) Maximo
4 1 (0.63%) SAP BPC
4 1 (0.63%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.88%) SaaS
2 1 (0.63%) PaaS
2 1 (0.63%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.50%) LAN
1 4 (2.50%) WAN
2 3 (1.88%) TCP/IP
2 3 (1.88%) Internet
3 2 (1.25%) Wireless
3 2 (1.25%) Bluetooth
3 2 (1.25%) DNS
4 1 (0.63%) HTTPS
4 1 (0.63%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (5.63%) DB2
2 7 (4.38%) Data Warehouse
2 7 (4.38%) DbVisualizer
3 6 (3.75%) QlikView
3 6 (3.75%) Snowflake Schema
3 6 (3.75%) Star Schema
4 5 (3.13%) SQL Server
5 4 (2.50%) Oracle Database 12c
5 4 (2.50%) Oracle Database
5 4 (2.50%) Oracle Database 11g
5 4 (2.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 3 (1.88%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 3 (1.88%) OLAP
6 3 (1.88%) Spotfire
7 2 (1.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.63%) Oracle BI Publisher
8 1 (0.63%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.63%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.63%) MS Access
8 1 (0.63%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 43 (26.88%) Selenium
2 38 (23.75%) SpecFlow
3 33 (20.63%) WebDriver
4 9 (5.63%) Cucumber
4 9 (5.63%) Subversion
4 9 (5.63%) QuickTest Pro
5 7 (4.38%) JIRA
6 6 (3.75%) SoapUI
7 4 (2.50%) PHPUnit
7 4 (2.50%) Git (software)
8 3 (1.88%) Mercurial
8 3 (1.88%) JBehave
8 3 (1.88%) LSMW
8 3 (1.88%) JMeter
8 3 (1.88%) Appium
9 2 (1.25%) LoadRunner
9 2 (1.25%) CruiseControl
10 1 (0.63%) Maven
10 1 (0.63%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 1 (0.63%) InstallShield
General
1 40 (25.00%) Finance
2 18 (11.25%) Retail
3 8 (5.00%) Banking
4 6 (3.75%) Manufacturing
5 5 (3.13%) Telecoms
6 3 (1.88%) Aerospace
6 3 (1.88%) Automotive
7 2 (1.25%) Legal
8 1 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.63%) Publishing
8 1 (0.63%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 66 (41.25%) Analyst
2 37 (23.13%) Test Analyst
3 23 (14.38%) Tester
4 19 (11.88%) Developer
5 12 (7.50%) QA Analyst
6 11 (6.88%) Automation Tester
7 10 (6.25%) Project Manager
8 8 (5.00%) Business Analyst
8 8 (5.00%) Senior Analyst
9 7 (4.38%) Analyst Developer
9 7 (4.38%) Agile Test Analyst
10 6 (3.75%) Quality Analyst
10 6 (3.75%) Senior Test Analyst
10 6 (3.75%) Team Leader
10 6 (3.75%) QA Tester
11 5 (3.13%) QA Engineer
11 5 (3.13%) Consultant
11 5 (3.13%) Selenium Tester
12 4 (2.50%) Lead Business Analyst
12 4 (2.50%) Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (20.00%) .NET
2 18 (11.25%) HTML
3 16 (10.00%) .NET Framework
4 14 (8.75%) XML
5 9 (5.63%) CSS
6 8 (5.00%) SOAP
7 7 (4.38%) Flash
7 7 (4.38%) RESTful
7 7 (4.38%) Gherkin
8 5 (3.13%) jQuery
8 5 (3.13%) J2EE
9 4 (2.50%) Web Services
9 4 (2.50%) Application Packaging
9 4 (2.50%) HTML5
10 3 (1.88%) CSS3
10 3 (1.88%) Oracle GoldenGate
11 2 (1.25%) ISPF
11 2 (1.25%) REST
11 2 (1.25%) WCF
11 2 (1.25%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 19 (11.88%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (3.75%) Visualisation
3 4 (2.50%) Data Centre
4 3 (1.88%) SWIFT
4 3 (1.88%) Computer Science
4 3 (1.88%) CMDB
4 3 (1.88%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.25%) Chip and PIN
5 2 (1.25%) IBM Mainframe
5 2 (1.25%) Mobile App
5 2 (1.25%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.63%) GIS
6 1 (0.63%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.63%) Mobile Payment
6 1 (0.63%) User Experience
6 1 (0.63%) Data Extraction
6 1 (0.63%) Data Integration
6 1 (0.63%) Telematics
6 1 (0.63%) EFT
6 1 (0.63%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 16 (10.00%) UNIX
2 7 (4.38%) Windows
3 5 (3.13%) Linux
4 2 (1.25%) zOS
4 2 (1.25%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.63%) Android
5 1 (0.63%) Mac OS
5 1 (0.63%) Windows 7
5 1 (0.63%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (48.13%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (24.38%) BDD
3 38 (23.75%) E-Commerce
4 22 (13.75%) Scrum
4 22 (13.75%) Manual Testing
5 21 (13.13%) Coaching
6 18 (11.25%) User Acceptance Testing
7 17 (10.63%) Project Management
8 16 (10.00%) TDD
8 16 (10.00%) Test Scripting
9 15 (9.38%) Software Testing
9 15 (9.38%) Test Automation
9 15 (9.38%) Analytics
10 14 (8.75%) ETL
11 12 (7.50%) Automated Testing
11 12 (7.50%) Mentoring
12 10 (6.25%) Continuous Integration
13 9 (5.63%) Business Analysis
13 9 (5.63%) Requirements Analysis
13 9 (5.63%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 42 (26.25%) C#
2 38 (23.75%) SQL
3 19 (11.88%) JavaScript
4 18 (11.25%) Ruby
5 15 (9.38%) Java
6 7 (4.38%) Shell Script
7 5 (3.13%) Python
7 5 (3.13%) PHP
7 5 (3.13%) PL/SQL
8 2 (1.25%) C++
8 2 (1.25%) COBOL
8 2 (1.25%) JCL
8 2 (1.25%) VB
8 2 (1.25%) Assembly Language
8 2 (1.25%) REXX
9 1 (0.63%) Objective-C
9 1 (0.63%) Jython
9 1 (0.63%) MUMPS
9 1 (0.63%) VBScript
9 1 (0.63%) C
Qualifications
1 15 (9.38%) Degree
2 10 (6.25%) ISEB
3 7 (4.38%) ISTQB
4 5 (3.13%) Security Cleared
5 4 (2.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 4 (2.50%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.63%) MCSE
6 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.63%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.50%) ISO 9001
2 1 (0.63%) SLA
2 1 (0.63%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 3 (1.88%) Oracle RAC
2 2 (1.25%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (0.63%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.63%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 9 (5.63%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.63%) SCCM
Vendors
1 27 (16.88%) Microsoft
2 16 (10.00%) Oracle
3 12 (7.50%) SAP
4 6 (3.75%) HP
4 6 (3.75%) Tableau
5 5 (3.13%) Perforce
6 4 (2.50%) WorldPay
7 3 (1.88%) JD Edwards
7 3 (1.88%) VMware
7 3 (1.88%) webMethods
7 3 (1.88%) IBM
7 3 (1.88%) Business Objects
8 2 (1.25%) TIBCO
9 1 (0.63%) Citrix
9 1 (0.63%) Software AG
9 1 (0.63%) Cognizant
9 1 (0.63%) Nokia
9 1 (0.63%) Remedy
9 1 (0.63%) ESRI
9 1 (0.63%) InterSystems
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