The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 4 September 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 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 58 55 64
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +9
Contract jobs citing QA 1707 1696 1393
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 3.22% 3.36% 2.92%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 40.12% 41.48% 38.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 1129 1112 901
Average daily rate
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£408 £380 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.30% -5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £245 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 33 15
Average hourly rate £18.68 £18.75 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.37% -53.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.00 £11.70 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £54.00 £67.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.68 £13.45 £26.25
% change year-on-year
+38.88% -48.76%
QA
UK

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 England region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
4255 4089 3607
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 8.02% 8.09% 7.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 2661 2508 2160
Average daily rate £425 £413 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% -2.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £230 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £582 £563 £625
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £353
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +6.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 180 191 148
Average hourly rate £21.51 £20.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.56% +14.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.74 £12.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £37.74
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.64 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+8.20% +14.28%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in England

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

QA Jobs Demand Trend in England

QA
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in England

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the England region over the 3 months to 4 September 2015.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in England

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in England

QA
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the England region over the 3 months to 4 September 2015.

QA Hourly Rate Histogram in England

QA
Contract Job Locations in 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 England region over the 3 months to 4 September 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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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
London -3 909 £440 +6.66% 279
South East -21 250 £375 +11.11% 119
North West +27 142 £388 +10.71% 65
South West +29 104 £350 -6.66% 36
Yorkshire -14 90 £375 +17.18% 28
East of England +1 69 £373 -1.65% 41
East Midlands -4 52 £413 +17.85% 26
West Midlands -14 48 £386 +40.45% 32
North East -25 47 £325 -9.72% 7
Midlands -7 6 - -
QA
UK

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the 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 1188 (35.79%) Agile Software Development
2 742 (22.36%) Finance
3 632 (19.04%) Java
4 597 (17.99%) SQL
5 516 (15.55%) Scrum
6 456 (13.74%) Project Management
7 428 (12.90%) Selenium
8 413 (12.44%) TDD
9 347 (10.45%) C#
10 338 (10.18%) Microsoft
10 338 (10.18%) User Acceptance Testing
11 336 (10.12%) Continuous Integration
12 334 (10.06%) Banking
13 323 (9.73%) BDD
14 318 (9.58%) Test Automation
15 317 (9.55%) Test Scripting
16 313 (9.43%) JavaScript
17 310 (9.34%) SDLC
18 307 (9.25%) Windows
19 297 (8.95%) Web Services
20 293 (8.83%) HTML
21 288 (8.68%) .NET
22 278 (8.38%) XML
22 278 (8.38%) Analytical Skills
23 271 (8.17%) Cucumber
24 260 (7.83%) Automated Testing
25 256 (7.71%) SQL Server
26 253 (7.62%) Test Strategy
27 252 (7.59%) JIRA
28 251 (7.56%) Linux

QA
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the 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
1 111 (3.34%) SharePoint
2 69 (2.08%) CMS
3 52 (1.57%) JBoss
3 52 (1.57%) Confluence
4 48 (1.45%) WebLogic
5 44 (1.33%) WebSphere
6 43 (1.30%) Apache
7 34 (1.02%) IIS
8 33 (0.99%) Node.js
9 30 (0.90%) Cloud Foundry
10 26 (0.78%) Drupal
11 24 (0.72%) Tomcat
12 23 (0.69%) OpenStack
13 20 (0.60%) MQSeries
14 18 (0.54%) SAS
15 16 (0.48%) Adobe Experience Manager
16 12 (0.36%) SharePoint 2013
16 12 (0.36%) CICS
17 10 (0.30%) WebSphere Application Server
17 10 (0.30%) nginx
Applications
1 206 (6.21%) MS Excel
2 152 (4.58%) MS Office
3 83 (2.50%) MS Project
4 67 (2.02%) MS PowerPoint
5 65 (1.96%) MS Visio
6 11 (0.33%) Spreadsheet
7 10 (0.30%) Photoshop
8 5 (0.15%) PowerPivot
9 4 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
10 3 (0.090%) FastStats
11 2 (0.060%) MODO
11 2 (0.060%) CINEMA 4D
11 2 (0.060%) Mingle
11 2 (0.060%) SPSS
11 2 (0.060%) AutoCAD
11 2 (0.060%) Maya
11 2 (0.060%) 3ds Max
12 1 (0.030%) OmniGraffle
12 1 (0.030%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 25 (0.75%) Magento
2 13 (0.39%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 13 (0.39%) Dynamics CRM
3 12 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
3 12 (0.36%) Cognos TM1
4 11 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 8 (0.24%) Primavera
5 8 (0.24%) Markit EDM
6 6 (0.18%) SAP ERP
6 6 (0.18%) WebTrends
6 6 (0.18%) MultiFonds
6 6 (0.18%) SAP SRM
7 5 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
7 5 (0.15%) Temenos T24
8 4 (0.12%) Oracle Retail
8 4 (0.12%) Northgate Housing
8 4 (0.12%) Maximo
8 4 (0.12%) Oracle EBS
8 4 (0.12%) SAP FI
8 4 (0.12%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 107 (3.22%) Amazon AWS
2 28 (0.84%) SaaS
3 22 (0.66%) Amazon S3
3 22 (0.66%) Microsoft Azure
4 21 (0.63%) Amazon ELB
5 19 (0.57%) Office 365
5 19 (0.57%) Amazon EC2
6 16 (0.48%) GitHub
7 15 (0.45%) Google Analytics
8 12 (0.36%) PaaS
9 10 (0.30%) Route 53
9 10 (0.30%) IaaS
10 8 (0.24%) Adobe Analytics
11 7 (0.21%) AWS CloudFormation
12 6 (0.18%) Amazon SQS
13 5 (0.15%) Basecamp
13 5 (0.15%) Cloud Computing
14 4 (0.12%) Google Cloud Platform
15 3 (0.090%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 3 (0.090%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 59 (1.78%) Internet
2 58 (1.75%) Firewall
3 50 (1.51%) WAN
4 45 (1.36%) SSL
5 42 (1.27%) DNS
6 35 (1.05%) LAN
7 33 (0.99%) Network Security
8 28 (0.84%) HTTP
9 26 (0.78%) VPN
10 25 (0.75%) SAN
10 25 (0.75%) Cisco ASA
11 23 (0.69%) TCP/IP
12 22 (0.66%) GSM
13 20 (0.60%) UMTS
14 19 (0.57%) LTE
15 16 (0.48%) Intrusion Detection
16 15 (0.45%) Wireless
16 15 (0.45%) LDAP
17 14 (0.42%) DHCP
17 14 (0.42%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 256 (7.71%) SQL Server
2 127 (3.83%) Data Warehouse
3 107 (3.22%) Relational Database
4 83 (2.50%) MongoDB
5 65 (1.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 63 (1.90%) MySQL
7 54 (1.63%) NoSQL
8 44 (1.33%) SQL Server 2008
8 44 (1.33%) DB2
9 43 (1.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 39 (1.18%) Oracle Database
11 35 (1.05%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 35 (1.05%) BusinessObjects
12 34 (1.02%) RDBMS
13 30 (0.90%) Big Data
14 29 (0.87%) SQL Server 2012
15 27 (0.81%) Apache Cassandra
15 27 (0.81%) QlikView
16 23 (0.69%) Data Mining
16 23 (0.69%) Redis
Development Applications
1 428 (12.90%) Selenium
2 271 (8.17%) Cucumber
3 252 (7.59%) JIRA
4 216 (6.51%) Git (software)
5 195 (5.88%) Jenkins
6 181 (5.45%) WebDriver
7 108 (3.25%) Team Foundation Server
8 104 (3.13%) Subversion
9 102 (3.07%) SpecFlow
10 98 (2.95%) JUnit
11 88 (2.65%) SoapUI
12 61 (1.84%) Maven
13 59 (1.78%) Visual Studio
14 53 (1.60%) HP UFT
15 51 (1.54%) LoadRunner
16 46 (1.39%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 41 (1.24%) JMeter
18 40 (1.21%) Gradle
18 40 (1.21%) Appium
19 39 (1.18%) TeamCity
General
1 742 (22.36%) Finance
2 334 (10.06%) Banking
3 192 (5.78%) Retail
4 152 (4.58%) Telecoms
5 138 (4.16%) Investment Banking
6 87 (2.62%) Marketing
7 68 (2.05%) Front Office
8 63 (1.90%) Legal
9 59 (1.78%) Manufacturing
10 49 (1.48%) Publishing
11 44 (1.33%) Billing
12 40 (1.21%) Games
13 31 (0.93%) Law
13 31 (0.93%) Back Office
14 28 (0.84%) Advertising
15 27 (0.81%) Financial Institution
16 26 (0.78%) Pharmaceutical
17 21 (0.63%) Electronics
18 20 (0.60%) Automotive
18 20 (0.60%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 843 (25.40%) Analyst
2 570 (17.17%) Developer
3 318 (9.58%) Test Analyst
4 310 (9.34%) Tester
5 235 (7.08%) Business Analyst
6 205 (6.18%) Project Manager
7 171 (5.15%) Test Manager
8 167 (5.03%) QA Analyst
9 166 (5.00%) Architect
10 107 (3.22%) Consultant
10 107 (3.22%) Java Developer
11 98 (2.95%) QA Engineer
12 97 (2.92%) QA Tester
13 95 (2.86%) Test Leader
14 87 (2.62%) Test Engineer
15 77 (2.32%) Automation Tester
16 72 (2.17%) QA Test Analyst
17 71 (2.14%) Senior Analyst
18 51 (1.54%) DevOps Engineer
19 49 (1.48%) QA Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 297 (8.95%) Web Services
2 293 (8.83%) HTML
3 288 (8.68%) .NET
4 278 (8.38%) XML
5 227 (6.84%) CSS
6 141 (4.25%) HTML5
7 136 (4.10%) SOAP
8 128 (3.86%) JSON
9 118 (3.56%) RESTful
10 96 (2.89%) jQuery
11 90 (2.71%) REST
12 83 (2.50%) Gherkin
13 82 (2.47%) AngularJS
14 80 (2.41%) CSS3
15 75 (2.26%) ASP.NET
16 74 (2.23%) Spring
17 69 (2.08%) Ajax
17 69 (2.08%) JMS
18 59 (1.78%) Hibernate
19 53 (1.60%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 278 (8.38%) Analytical Skills
2 157 (4.73%) User Experience
3 102 (3.07%) Management Information System
4 87 (2.62%) Mobile App
5 69 (2.08%) Data Centre
6 65 (1.96%) Computer Science
7 60 (1.81%) Derivative
8 48 (1.45%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 45 (1.36%) Fixed Income
10 36 (1.08%) Data Structures
11 35 (1.05%) Enterprise Software
11 35 (1.05%) Client/Server
12 34 (1.02%) Equities
13 30 (0.90%) Data Integration
14 29 (0.87%) NHS
15 28 (0.84%) Mainframe
15 28 (0.84%) PKI
16 24 (0.72%) Credit Risk
17 22 (0.66%) SWIFT
18 20 (0.60%) Blog
Operating Systems
1 307 (9.25%) Windows
2 251 (7.56%) Linux
3 180 (5.42%) UNIX
4 116 (3.50%) Apple iOS
5 97 (2.92%) Android
6 50 (1.51%) Windows 7
7 41 (1.24%) Windows Server 2008
8 35 (1.05%) Windows Server 2003
9 34 (1.02%) CentOS
9 34 (1.02%) Windows Server 2012
10 26 (0.78%) Solaris
11 25 (0.75%) AIX
11 25 (0.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 19 (0.57%) VME
13 15 (0.45%) Windows 8
14 13 (0.39%) Ubuntu
15 12 (0.36%) zOS
16 11 (0.33%) Windows XP
16 11 (0.33%) Windows Phone
17 7 (0.21%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 1188 (35.79%) Agile Software Development
2 516 (15.55%) Scrum
3 456 (13.74%) Project Management
4 413 (12.44%) TDD
5 338 (10.18%) User Acceptance Testing
6 336 (10.12%) Continuous Integration
7 323 (9.73%) BDD
8 318 (9.58%) Test Automation
9 317 (9.55%) Test Scripting
10 310 (9.34%) SDLC
11 260 (7.83%) Automated Testing
12 253 (7.62%) Test Strategy
13 244 (7.35%) E-Commerce
14 229 (6.90%) Stakeholder Management
15 207 (6.24%) ITIL
16 205 (6.18%) PRINCE2
17 204 (6.15%) Migration
18 185 (5.57%) Change Management
19 177 (5.33%) Software Testing
20 162 (4.88%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 632 (19.04%) Java
2 597 (17.99%) SQL
3 347 (10.45%) C#
4 313 (9.43%) JavaScript
5 169 (5.09%) Python
6 157 (4.73%) Ruby
7 94 (2.83%) C++
8 93 (2.80%) PHP
9 76 (2.29%) Perl
10 64 (1.93%) C
10 64 (1.93%) Groovy
11 58 (1.75%) Shell Script
11 58 (1.75%) T-SQL
12 54 (1.63%) Scala
13 52 (1.57%) PowerShell
14 36 (1.08%) Bash Shell
15 35 (1.05%) PL/SQL
16 31 (0.93%) Objective-C
17 29 (0.87%) VBA
18 28 (0.84%) VB
Qualifications
1 228 (6.87%) Degree
2 201 (6.06%) Security Cleared
3 177 (5.33%) ISEB
4 148 (4.46%) ISTQB
5 114 (3.43%) SC Cleared
6 64 (1.93%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 44 (1.33%) ITIL Certification
8 30 (0.90%) DV Cleared
9 29 (0.87%) PMI Certification
10 27 (0.81%) CISM
10 27 (0.81%) CISSP
11 25 (0.75%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 21 (0.63%) Cisco Certification
12 21 (0.63%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 20 (0.60%) CISMP
14 18 (0.54%) PMP
15 17 (0.51%) HNC
16 15 (0.45%) Microsoft Certification
17 14 (0.42%) CCNA
18 13 (0.39%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (1.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 38 (1.14%) SLA
3 22 (0.66%) Data Quality
4 19 (0.57%) ISO 9001
5 12 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 12 (0.36%) EMIR
6 11 (0.33%) GAMP
6 11 (0.33%) GMP
7 10 (0.30%) GxP
8 8 (0.24%) COBIT
8 8 (0.24%) Dodd-Frank
9 7 (0.21%) MiFID
10 6 (0.18%) P3O
10 6 (0.18%) JSP 440
11 5 (0.15%) FATCA
11 5 (0.15%) ISO 14001
12 4 (0.12%) HL7
12 4 (0.12%) WCAG
12 4 (0.12%) COSO
13 3 (0.090%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 62 (1.87%) Active Directory
2 57 (1.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (0.57%) XenApp
3 19 (0.57%) Docker
4 18 (0.54%) vSphere
5 16 (0.48%) VMware ESXi
6 14 (0.42%) Hyper-V
7 13 (0.39%) VirtualBox
8 12 (0.36%) RACF
9 10 (0.30%) MetaFrame
9 10 (0.30%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 9 (0.27%) BitLocker
10 9 (0.27%) Microsoft App-V
11 7 (0.21%) Oracle RAC
11 7 (0.21%) vCloud
12 6 (0.18%) Varnish
12 6 (0.18%) VMware ESX
12 6 (0.18%) Firmware
13 3 (0.090%) VMware Workstation
13 3 (0.090%) LXC
Systems Management
1 134 (4.04%) HP Quality Center
2 75 (2.26%) Puppet
3 49 (1.48%) Vagrant
4 41 (1.24%) Opscode Chef
5 27 (0.81%) SCCM
6 15 (0.45%) Graylog
7 12 (0.36%) CA Endevor
8 10 (0.30%) CA LISA
8 10 (0.30%) Ansible
9 7 (0.21%) Data Guard
9 7 (0.21%) Nagios
10 6 (0.18%) Nmap
11 5 (0.15%) Oracle RMAN
11 5 (0.15%) Netcool
11 5 (0.15%) OpenView
11 5 (0.15%) ZABBIX
11 5 (0.15%) WhatsUp Gold
11 5 (0.15%) McAfee ePO
11 5 (0.15%) Kibana
11 5 (0.15%) Jitterbit
Vendors
1 338 (10.18%) Microsoft
2 212 (6.39%) Oracle
3 160 (4.82%) HP
4 122 (3.68%) SAP
5 86 (2.59%) VMware
6 71 (2.14%) IBM
7 59 (1.78%) Cisco
8 45 (1.36%) Red Hat
8 45 (1.36%) New Relic
9 43 (1.30%) Citrix
10 35 (1.05%) Salesforce.com
11 33 (0.99%) CheckPoint
12 30 (0.90%) CA
13 27 (0.81%) Atlassian
14 26 (0.78%) Adobe
15 24 (0.72%) Google
16 22 (0.66%) hybris
16 22 (0.66%) Sybase
16 22 (0.66%) Informatica
17 20 (0.60%) Remedy
Faringdon, Oxfordshire
RecruitmentRevolution.com Limited
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
Yorkshire
Graham Matthews
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £290 - £325 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Reading, Berkshire
Intelletec
Rate: From £170 to £200 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Total Recruitment Specialists Limited / TRG / Total recruitment group
Rate: £300 - £400 Per Day
Posted: Yesterday
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Fusion Experience
Rate: £580 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Experis Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
South West London
Davanti Solutions
Rate: From £300 to £375 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
PCR
Rate: £300 - £400 per day + likely extensions
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridgeshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £250 - £320 per day + competitive
Posted: Yesterday
East Midlands
Graham Matthews
Rate: Up to £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
South West London
LA International
Rate: £300 - £340 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £500.00 - £550.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Total Recruitment Specialists Limited / TRG / Total recruitment group
Rate: £300 - £375 Per Day call for details
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £150 - £210 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Spectrum IT
Rate: £350 - £425 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Montash
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Montash
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago