The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Edinburgh region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 30 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
30 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 48 48 49
Rank change year-on-year
0 +1
Contract jobs citing QA 30 31 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Edinburgh 2.46% 2.65% 1.23%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 31.25% 45.59% 20.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 13 7
Average daily rate
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£468 £353 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+32.62% +17.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £282 £278 £195
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £430 £416
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £5.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.34 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-6.62% -12.50%
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Scotland

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 Edinburgh region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Edinburgh
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
96 68 63
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Edinburgh 7.88% 5.81% 5.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 23 33
Average daily rate £425 £380 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.84% +11.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £280 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £375
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 8
Average hourly rate £13.89 £5.00 £12.42
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+177.70% -59.74%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.30 £5.00 £9.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.77 £5.00 £18.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -12.50%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Edinburgh

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

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Edinburgh

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Edinburgh

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in Edinburgh

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in Edinburgh

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Edinburgh region over the 3 months to 30 September 2014.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in Edinburgh

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in Edinburgh

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Edinburgh

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Edinburgh

For the 6 months to 30 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Edinburgh 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 (27.42%) Finance
2 14 (22.58%) Java
2 14 (22.58%) SQL
3 13 (20.97%) .NET
3 13 (20.97%) Oracle
4 12 (19.35%) Java EE
4 12 (19.35%) User Experience
5 11 (17.74%) SharePoint 2013
5 11 (17.74%) PowerShell
5 11 (17.74%) SharePoint
5 11 (17.74%) Microsoft
6 10 (16.13%) XML
6 10 (16.13%) Coaching
7 9 (14.52%) Active Directory
7 9 (14.52%) ASP.NET
7 9 (14.52%) JavaScript
7 9 (14.52%) Agile Software Development
7 9 (14.52%) Banking
8 8 (12.90%) JSON
8 8 (12.90%) RESTful
8 8 (12.90%) IIS
8 8 (12.90%) SOAP
8 8 (12.90%) Web Services
8 8 (12.90%) Lync
9 6 (9.68%) Retail
9 6 (9.68%) Retail Banking
10 5 (8.06%) Stakeholder Management
10 5 (8.06%) Project Management
11 4 (6.45%) MS Excel
11 4 (6.45%) Migration

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Top Related IT Skills in Edinburgh by Category

For the 6 months to 30 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Edinburgh 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 11 (17.74%) SharePoint
1 11 (17.74%) SharePoint 2013
2 8 (12.90%) IIS
2 8 (12.90%) Lync
3 3 (4.84%) MS Exchange
4 2 (3.23%) SAS
5 1 (1.61%) CICS
5 1 (1.61%) WebSphere
5 1 (1.61%) WebSphere Application Server
5 1 (1.61%) WebLogic
Applications
1 4 (6.45%) MS Project
1 4 (6.45%) MS Excel
2 2 (3.23%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 3 (4.84%) Office 365
2 1 (1.61%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.61%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.23%) QlikView
1 2 (3.23%) SAS Data Integration Studio
2 1 (1.61%) Oracle Database
2 1 (1.61%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.61%) DB2
2 1 (1.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 1 (1.61%) MSI
1 1 (1.61%) Xcode
1 1 (1.61%) CruiseControl
1 1 (1.61%) Maven
1 1 (1.61%) Selenium
1 1 (1.61%) JBehave
1 1 (1.61%) WebDriver
1 1 (1.61%) MSTest
1 1 (1.61%) Cucumber
General
1 17 (27.42%) Finance
2 9 (14.52%) Banking
3 6 (9.68%) Retail
3 6 (9.68%) Retail Banking
4 1 (1.61%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 27 (43.55%) Developer
2 11 (17.74%) SharePoint Developer
3 10 (16.13%) Analyst
4 8 (12.90%) Lead Developer
5 5 (8.06%) Java Developer
6 4 (6.45%) Tester
7 3 (4.84%) Senior Analyst
8 2 (3.23%) Consultant
8 2 (3.23%) Senior Developer
8 2 (3.23%) Architect
8 2 (3.23%) QA Tester
8 2 (3.23%) Implementation Manager
8 2 (3.23%) Technical Analyst
8 2 (3.23%) Programme Analyst
8 2 (3.23%) Senior Programme Analyst
8 2 (3.23%) Web Tester
8 2 (3.23%) Business Analyst
9 1 (1.61%) Senior SharePoint Developer
9 1 (1.61%) Teradata DBA
9 1 (1.61%) UX Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (20.97%) .NET
2 12 (19.35%) Java EE
3 10 (16.13%) XML
4 9 (14.52%) ASP.NET
5 8 (12.90%) SOAP
5 8 (12.90%) Web Services
5 8 (12.90%) JSON
5 8 (12.90%) RESTful
6 4 (6.45%) HTML
6 4 (6.45%) CSS
7 3 (4.84%) HTML5
8 1 (1.61%) WPF
8 1 (1.61%) jQuery
8 1 (1.61%) J2EE
8 1 (1.61%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 12 (19.35%) User Experience
2 4 (6.45%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (3.23%) Social Media
4 1 (1.61%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.61%) Client/Server
4 1 (1.61%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.61%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.61%) UNIX
1 1 (1.61%) Windows
1 1 (1.61%) AIX
1 1 (1.61%) Linux
1 1 (1.61%) Android
1 1 (1.61%) Windows 7
1 1 (1.61%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (16.13%) Coaching
2 9 (14.52%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (8.06%) Project Management
3 5 (8.06%) Stakeholder Management
4 4 (6.45%) Migration
4 4 (6.45%) Programme Management
4 4 (6.45%) Project Planning
4 4 (6.45%) Customer Engagement
5 3 (4.84%) Test Scripting
5 3 (4.84%) Change Control
5 3 (4.84%) Scrum
5 3 (4.84%) Automated Testing
6 2 (3.23%) Systems Analysis
6 2 (3.23%) Change Management
6 2 (3.23%) Six Sigma
6 2 (3.23%) Validation
6 2 (3.23%) BDD
6 2 (3.23%) Resource Management
6 2 (3.23%) Lean Six Sigma
6 2 (3.23%) Matrix Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (22.58%) Java
1 14 (22.58%) SQL
2 11 (17.74%) PowerShell
3 9 (14.52%) JavaScript
4 3 (4.84%) C#
5 1 (1.61%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.61%) VB
5 1 (1.61%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 4 (6.45%) Degree
2 2 (3.23%) ISTQB
3 1 (1.61%) Six Sigma Black Belt
3 1 (1.61%) Six Sigma Green Belt
System Software
1 9 (14.52%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.61%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 1 (1.61%) SCCM
Vendors
1 13 (20.97%) Oracle
2 11 (17.74%) Microsoft
3 3 (4.84%) Teradata
4 1 (1.61%) Altiris
4 1 (1.61%) LANDesk
4 1 (1.61%) IBM
4 1 (1.61%) CA
4 1 (1.61%) Informatica
4 1 (1.61%) VMware