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 4 August 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
4 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 37 52 36
Rank change year-on-year
+15 -16
Contract jobs citing QA 56 36 33
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Edinburgh 3.49% 2.85% 3.22%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 46.28% 37.89% 54.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 20 14
Average daily rate
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£388 £450 £344
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.88% +30.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £244 £259
10% offered a daily rate of more than £451 £483 £388
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Average hourly rate £42.50 - £5.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.00 £16.50 £13.50
% change year-on-year
+69.69% +22.22%
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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
121 95 61
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Edinburgh 7.54% 7.52% 5.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 53 28
Average daily rate £385 £425 £351
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.41% +20.99%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £300 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £503
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 2
Average hourly rate £30.50 £21.00 £8.64
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+45.23% +142.98%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.90 £13.00 £5.73
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.10 £21.00 £11.56
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.55 £20.21 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+6.65% +15.45%

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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 4 August 2015.

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

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in Edinburgh

For the 6 months to 4 August 2015, 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 46 (40.35%) Banking
2 35 (30.70%) Finance
3 30 (26.32%) Retail
4 27 (23.68%) Project Management
5 26 (22.81%) Agile Software Development
6 23 (20.18%) Non-Functional Testing
7 21 (18.42%) Migration
8 19 (16.67%) Data Warehouse
8 19 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
9 17 (14.91%) Stakeholder Management
10 16 (14.04%) SQL
11 15 (13.16%) SAS
11 15 (13.16%) Analytics
12 13 (11.40%) Analytical Skills
12 13 (11.40%) Test Scripting
13 12 (10.53%) PRINCE2
14 11 (9.65%) ITIL
14 11 (9.65%) Retail Banking
15 10 (8.77%) Release Management
15 10 (8.77%) Test Planning
15 10 (8.77%) SharePoint
16 9 (7.89%) Scrum
16 9 (7.89%) Selenium
17 8 (7.02%) Supplier Management
17 8 (7.02%) Jenkins
17 8 (7.02%) Maven
17 8 (7.02%) MS PowerPoint
17 8 (7.02%) MS Excel
17 8 (7.02%) Windows
17 8 (7.02%) XML

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Top Related IT Skills in Edinburgh by Category

For the 6 months to 4 August 2015, 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 15 (13.16%) SAS
2 10 (8.77%) SharePoint
3 5 (4.39%) SharePoint 2013
4 4 (3.51%) Lync
4 4 (3.51%) IIS
5 2 (1.75%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.88%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.88%) Apache
6 1 (0.88%) MS Exchange
6 1 (0.88%) CICS
6 1 (0.88%) ArcGIS
6 1 (0.88%) CMS
6 1 (0.88%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.88%) Confluence
Applications
1 8 (7.02%) MS Excel
1 8 (7.02%) MS PowerPoint
2 7 (6.14%) MS Project
2 7 (6.14%) MS Office
3 4 (3.51%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.88%) CA PPM
Cloud Services
1 5 (4.39%) Office 365
2 1 (0.88%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.51%) ATM
2 2 (1.75%) Intranet
3 1 (0.88%) SSH
3 1 (0.88%) OpenLDAP
3 1 (0.88%) WAN
3 1 (0.88%) DHCP
3 1 (0.88%) HTTP
3 1 (0.88%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (16.67%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (3.51%) Relational Database
3 2 (1.75%) MongoDB
3 2 (1.75%) MySQL
3 2 (1.75%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.88%) DB2
4 1 (0.88%) Crystal Reports
4 1 (0.88%) Data Mining
4 1 (0.88%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (0.88%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (0.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (0.88%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.88%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.88%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 9 (7.89%) Selenium
2 8 (7.02%) Maven
2 8 (7.02%) Jenkins
3 5 (4.39%) Cucumber
4 3 (2.63%) PeopleTools
4 3 (2.63%) Subversion
4 3 (2.63%) HP UFT
5 2 (1.75%) Ant
5 2 (1.75%) Eclipse
5 2 (1.75%) JIRA
5 2 (1.75%) WebDriver
5 2 (1.75%) FitNesse
5 2 (1.75%) Artifactory
6 1 (0.88%) Calabash
6 1 (0.88%) Appium
6 1 (0.88%) Git (software)
6 1 (0.88%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.88%) JBehave
6 1 (0.88%) MSTest
6 1 (0.88%) Hudson
General
1 46 (40.35%) Banking
2 35 (30.70%) Finance
3 30 (26.32%) Retail
4 11 (9.65%) Retail Banking
5 4 (3.51%) Marketing
6 2 (1.75%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.88%) Corporate Banking
7 1 (0.88%) Legal
7 1 (0.88%) Publishing
7 1 (0.88%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.88%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 30 (26.32%) Analyst
2 19 (16.67%) Test Manager
3 10 (8.77%) Developer
3 10 (8.77%) PMO Analyst
4 9 (7.89%) Test Leader
5 8 (7.02%) Project Manager
6 6 (5.26%) Tester
6 6 (5.26%) Test Analyst
6 6 (5.26%) Release Manager
7 5 (4.39%) Senior Analyst
7 5 (4.39%) Business Analyst
7 5 (4.39%) Administrator
7 5 (4.39%) UAT Manager
7 5 (4.39%) UAT Test Manager
8 4 (3.51%) QA Tester
9 3 (2.63%) QA Engineer
9 3 (2.63%) Senior Test Analyst
9 3 (2.63%) Consultant
9 3 (2.63%) Data Manager
9 3 (2.63%) Data Warehouse Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (7.02%) XML
2 7 (6.14%) .NET
3 5 (4.39%) J2EE
4 4 (3.51%) ASP.NET
4 4 (3.51%) RESTful
4 4 (3.51%) Web Services
5 3 (2.63%) HTML5
5 3 (2.63%) HTML
5 3 (2.63%) SOAP
5 3 (2.63%) XML Schema
5 3 (2.63%) JSON
6 2 (1.75%) Middleware
6 2 (1.75%) Hibernate
6 2 (1.75%) Spring
6 2 (1.75%) Ajax
6 2 (1.75%) REST
7 1 (0.88%) Gherkin
7 1 (0.88%) Ruby on Rails
7 1 (0.88%) ISPF
7 1 (0.88%) WebSphere Message Broker
Miscellaneous
1 13 (11.40%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (6.14%) User Experience
3 6 (5.26%) Data Centre
4 3 (2.63%) Credit Risk
5 2 (1.75%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.75%) Mobile App
5 2 (1.75%) PMI
5 2 (1.75%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.88%) GIS
6 1 (0.88%) E-Learning
6 1 (0.88%) Freedom of Information
6 1 (0.88%) Photography
6 1 (0.88%) Freedom of Information Act
6 1 (0.88%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.88%) Data Integration
6 1 (0.88%) DataPower
6 1 (0.88%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 8 (7.02%) Windows
2 6 (5.26%) Linux
3 3 (2.63%) UNIX
4 1 (0.88%) zOS
4 1 (0.88%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (23.68%) Project Management
2 26 (22.81%) Agile Software Development
3 23 (20.18%) Non-Functional Testing
4 21 (18.42%) Migration
5 19 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
6 17 (14.91%) Stakeholder Management
7 15 (13.16%) Analytics
8 13 (11.40%) Test Scripting
9 12 (10.53%) PRINCE2
10 11 (9.65%) ITIL
11 10 (8.77%) Release Management
11 10 (8.77%) Test Planning
12 9 (7.89%) Scrum
13 8 (7.02%) Supplier Management
14 7 (6.14%) BDD
15 6 (5.26%) Test Management
15 6 (5.26%) Automated Testing
15 6 (5.26%) SOA
15 6 (5.26%) ETL
15 6 (5.26%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 16 (14.04%) SQL
2 6 (5.26%) Java
3 5 (4.39%) PowerShell
4 3 (2.63%) JavaScript
5 2 (1.75%) Perl
5 2 (1.75%) Ruby
5 2 (1.75%) XPath
5 2 (1.75%) PeopleCode
5 2 (1.75%) SQR
6 1 (0.88%) JCL
6 1 (0.88%) C
6 1 (0.88%) C#
6 1 (0.88%) C++
6 1 (0.88%) Bash Shell
6 1 (0.88%) PHP
6 1 (0.88%) T-SQL
6 1 (0.88%) VB.NET
6 1 (0.88%) REXX
Qualifications
1 7 (6.14%) ITIL Certification
2 3 (2.63%) Degree
3 2 (1.75%) PRINCE2 Certification
3 2 (1.75%) PMI Certification
3 2 (1.75%) CISA
3 2 (1.75%) APMP
4 1 (0.88%) QiCA
4 1 (0.88%) ISTQB
4 1 (0.88%) ISEB
4 1 (0.88%) SC Cleared
4 1 (0.88%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (0.88%) BS7799
1 1 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (0.88%) P3O
System Software
1 4 (3.51%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.88%) RACF
2 1 (0.88%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 7 (6.14%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.88%) Puppet
2 1 (0.88%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (0.88%) Control-M
Vendors
1 6 (5.26%) Oracle
1 6 (5.26%) Microsoft
2 4 (3.51%) CheckPoint
3 3 (2.63%) PeopleSoft
4 2 (1.75%) HP
4 2 (1.75%) Teradata
5 1 (0.88%) ServiceNow
5 1 (0.88%) Remedy
5 1 (0.88%) ESRI
5 1 (0.88%) Dell
5 1 (0.88%) CA
5 1 (0.88%) Informatica
5 1 (0.88%) IBM
5 1 (0.88%) Sybase