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 10 February 2016 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
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 63 61 61
Rank change year-on-year
-2 0
Contract jobs citing QA 1429 1441 1472
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 3.03% 3.06% 3.25%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 31.28% 32.63% 36.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 891 918 970
Average daily rate £400 £375 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -0.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £253 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 18 16
Average hourly rate £39.00 £31.44 £20.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.04% +51.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.04 £14.00 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.40 £40.90 £124.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.50 £32.22 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+22.59% +74.16%
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
4568 4416 4069
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 9.68% 9.38% 8.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 2864 2741 2391
Average daily rate £425 £400 £415
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.18% -3.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £225 £243
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 190 162 158
Average hourly rate £42.00 £22.50 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+86.66% +32.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.04 £11.00 £10.96
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £56.00 £48.30 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.50 £23.25 £17.08
% change year-on-year
+82.79% +36.16%

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 10 February 2016.

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 10 February 2016.

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 10 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 -10 715 £425 +6.25% 330
South East 0 224 £363 +11.53% 90
South West +39 120 £325 -15.58% 45
North West -13 95 £325 - 41
Yorkshire -7 77 £450 +47.54% 36
East of England -23 67 £380 -1.29% 22
West Midlands -9 55 £398 +6.00% 35
East Midlands +8 45 £340 -2.85% 21
North East -11 26 £350 +13.97% 11
Midlands 0 1 - -
QA
UK

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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 1159 (37.28%) Agile Software Development
2 752 (24.19%) Finance
3 617 (19.85%) SQL
4 532 (17.11%) Java
5 429 (13.80%) Selenium
6 416 (13.38%) Scrum
7 382 (12.29%) Banking
8 343 (11.03%) Test Automation
9 338 (10.87%) TDD
10 336 (10.81%) Project Management
11 327 (10.52%) SDLC
12 321 (10.32%) Microsoft
13 315 (10.13%) Test Scripting
14 312 (10.04%) User Acceptance Testing
15 309 (9.94%) BDD
16 287 (9.23%) .NET
17 278 (8.94%) Degree
17 278 (8.94%) JIRA
18 271 (8.72%) Analytical Skills
19 262 (8.43%) JavaScript
20 258 (8.30%) Linux
21 256 (8.23%) C#
22 254 (8.17%) SQL Server
23 251 (8.07%) Windows
24 249 (8.01%) HTML
25 237 (7.62%) Cucumber
26 233 (7.49%) Software Testing
27 232 (7.46%) Web Services
28 225 (7.24%) Security Cleared
29 223 (7.17%) Oracle

QA
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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 81 (2.61%) Confluence
2 73 (2.35%) SharePoint
3 51 (1.64%) CMS
4 46 (1.48%) Apache
5 45 (1.45%) CICS
6 43 (1.38%) Tomcat
7 42 (1.35%) IIS
7 42 (1.35%) Node.js
8 32 (1.03%) WebSphere
9 26 (0.84%) JBoss
10 23 (0.74%) SAS
11 22 (0.71%) Elasticsearch
12 17 (0.55%) Apache Spark
13 15 (0.48%) OpenStack
14 13 (0.42%) nginx
15 11 (0.35%) WebSphere Application Server
16 10 (0.32%) Adobe Experience Manager
17 9 (0.29%) MS Exchange
17 9 (0.29%) WebLogic
18 8 (0.26%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 198 (6.37%) MS Excel
2 133 (4.28%) MS Office
3 70 (2.25%) MS PowerPoint
3 70 (2.25%) MS Project
4 65 (2.09%) MS Visio
5 21 (0.68%) Photoshop
6 18 (0.58%) Adobe Illustrator
7 5 (0.16%) AutoCAD
7 5 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.064%) 3ds Max
8 2 (0.064%) Acrobat
8 2 (0.064%) GIMP
9 1 (0.032%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.032%) OmniGraffle
9 1 (0.032%) Pro/ENGINEER
9 1 (0.032%) PTC Creo
9 1 (0.032%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 36 (1.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 22 (0.71%) Dynamics AX
3 19 (0.61%) Magento
4 14 (0.45%) Primavera
5 9 (0.29%) Markit EDM
5 9 (0.29%) SAP BPC
6 7 (0.23%) SAP FI
6 7 (0.23%) WebTrends
7 6 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
8 5 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
8 5 (0.16%) SAP ERP
9 4 (0.13%) BusinessWorks
9 4 (0.13%) SAP CO
9 4 (0.13%) SAP FI/CO
9 4 (0.13%) Unica
10 3 (0.096%) Fredhopper
10 3 (0.096%) Oracle General Ledger
10 3 (0.096%) Oracle Retail
10 3 (0.096%) Sonata
10 3 (0.096%) Tercero
Cloud Services
1 64 (2.06%) Amazon AWS
2 34 (1.09%) GitHub
2 34 (1.09%) Microsoft Azure
3 29 (0.93%) SaaS
4 19 (0.61%) Office 365
5 16 (0.51%) PaaS
6 13 (0.42%) Amazon EC2
6 13 (0.42%) Google Analytics
7 12 (0.39%) Amazon S3
7 12 (0.39%) AWS CloudFormation
8 11 (0.35%) IaaS
9 10 (0.32%) Force.com
10 9 (0.29%) Amazon Glacier
10 9 (0.29%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 6 (0.19%) Google Cloud Platform
12 5 (0.16%) Cloud Computing
13 3 (0.096%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 3 (0.096%) Basecamp
13 3 (0.096%) SuccessFactors
14 2 (0.064%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 52 (1.67%) Internet
2 40 (1.29%) SNMP
3 33 (1.06%) HTTP
4 25 (0.80%) Firewall
5 24 (0.77%) TCP/IP
6 17 (0.55%) Intranet
7 16 (0.51%) FTP
7 16 (0.51%) SSL
8 14 (0.45%) DNS
9 13 (0.42%) SAN
10 12 (0.39%) WAN
10 12 (0.39%) Wi-Fi
11 11 (0.35%) 3G
12 10 (0.32%) IPsec
12 10 (0.32%) VPN
13 9 (0.29%) Cisco ASA
13 9 (0.29%) Cisco Nexus
13 9 (0.29%) LAN
14 8 (0.26%) LTE
14 8 (0.26%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 254 (8.17%) SQL Server
2 98 (3.15%) Oracle Database
3 84 (2.70%) Data Warehouse
4 68 (2.19%) MySQL
5 67 (2.16%) Big Data
6 64 (2.06%) MongoDB
6 64 (2.06%) NoSQL
7 62 (1.99%) DB2
8 60 (1.93%) Relational Database
9 52 (1.67%) SQL Server 2008
10 51 (1.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 44 (1.42%) Hadoop
12 43 (1.38%) Oracle Reports
13 39 (1.25%) PostgreSQL
14 38 (1.22%) Oracle Database 11g
14 38 (1.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 34 (1.09%) BusinessObjects
15 34 (1.09%) MS Access
16 29 (0.93%) Apache Cassandra
16 29 (0.93%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 429 (13.80%) Selenium
2 278 (8.94%) JIRA
3 237 (7.62%) Cucumber
4 205 (6.59%) Git (software)
5 182 (5.85%) Jenkins
6 155 (4.99%) WebDriver
7 107 (3.44%) Team Foundation Server
8 97 (3.12%) Subversion
9 96 (3.09%) SpecFlow
10 94 (3.02%) HP UFT
11 75 (2.41%) SoapUI
12 63 (2.03%) JMeter
12 63 (2.03%) Visual Studio
13 62 (1.99%) Maven
14 60 (1.93%) Appium
15 57 (1.83%) JUnit
16 54 (1.74%) LoadRunner
17 51 (1.64%) Eclipse
18 40 (1.29%) Gradle
19 33 (1.06%) JBehave
General
1 752 (24.19%) Finance
2 382 (12.29%) Banking
3 177 (5.69%) Retail
4 148 (4.76%) Investment Banking
5 105 (3.38%) Marketing
6 92 (2.96%) Front Office
7 84 (2.70%) Telecoms
8 55 (1.77%) Back Office
8 55 (1.77%) Legal
8 55 (1.77%) Manufacturing
9 42 (1.35%) Financial Institution
9 42 (1.35%) Games
10 36 (1.16%) Electronics
11 24 (0.77%) Pharmaceutical
11 24 (0.77%) Publishing
12 23 (0.74%) Advertising
13 21 (0.68%) Law
14 18 (0.58%) Billing
15 15 (0.48%) Retail Banking
16 12 (0.39%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 846 (27.21%) Analyst
2 463 (14.89%) Developer
3 362 (11.64%) Test Analyst
4 279 (8.97%) Tester
5 230 (7.40%) Business Analyst
6 193 (6.21%) QA Analyst
7 184 (5.92%) QA Engineer
8 172 (5.53%) Test Manager
9 170 (5.47%) Project Manager
10 154 (4.95%) Architect
11 136 (4.37%) QA Test Analyst
12 135 (4.34%) Consultant
13 134 (4.31%) Test Leader
14 121 (3.89%) QA Tester
15 111 (3.57%) Test Engineer
16 108 (3.47%) Java Developer
17 83 (2.67%) Banking Analyst
18 75 (2.41%) QA Leader
19 70 (2.25%) Senior Analyst
20 68 (2.19%) Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 287 (9.23%) .NET
2 249 (8.01%) HTML
3 232 (7.46%) Web Services
4 204 (6.56%) XML
5 152 (4.89%) CSS
6 104 (3.35%) SOAP
7 101 (3.25%) REST
8 87 (2.80%) AngularJS
9 86 (2.77%) HTML5
10 83 (2.67%) Spring
11 82 (2.64%) JSON
12 81 (2.61%) jQuery
12 81 (2.61%) RESTful
13 69 (2.22%) Gherkin
14 61 (1.96%) .NET Framework
15 55 (1.77%) Ajax
16 54 (1.74%) ASP.NET
16 54 (1.74%) Hibernate
17 33 (1.06%) JMS
18 31 (1.00%) Flash
Miscellaneous
1 271 (8.72%) Analytical Skills
2 123 (3.96%) User Experience
3 121 (3.89%) Mobile App
4 89 (2.86%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 88 (2.83%) Management Information System
6 78 (2.51%) Computer Science
7 75 (2.41%) Derivative
8 72 (2.32%) Mainframe
9 66 (2.12%) Fixed Income
10 62 (1.99%) Equities
11 46 (1.48%) NHS
12 43 (1.38%) Data Centre
13 35 (1.13%) Mathematics
14 32 (1.03%) Enterprise Software
15 29 (0.93%) Data Structures
16 27 (0.87%) Client/Server
16 27 (0.87%) Market Risk
17 26 (0.84%) Performance Metrics
18 24 (0.77%) Algorithms
18 24 (0.77%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 258 (8.30%) Linux
2 251 (8.07%) Windows
3 161 (5.18%) Unix
4 113 (3.63%) Android
5 95 (3.06%) Apple iOS
6 57 (1.83%) Windows Server
7 44 (1.42%) zOS
8 33 (1.06%) Windows Server 2008
9 28 (0.90%) Windows Server 2012
10 22 (0.71%) Windows 7
10 22 (0.71%) Windows Server 2003
11 21 (0.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 20 (0.64%) Mac OS X
13 18 (0.58%) CentOS
14 16 (0.51%) Solaris
15 10 (0.32%) AIX
15 10 (0.32%) VME
16 9 (0.29%) Debian
17 7 (0.23%) Windows Vista
17 7 (0.23%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1159 (37.28%) Agile Software Development
2 416 (13.38%) Scrum
3 343 (11.03%) Test Automation
4 338 (10.87%) TDD
5 336 (10.81%) Project Management
6 327 (10.52%) SDLC
7 315 (10.13%) Test Scripting
8 312 (10.04%) User Acceptance Testing
9 309 (9.94%) BDD
10 233 (7.49%) Software Testing
11 216 (6.95%) Automated Testing
12 214 (6.88%) Stakeholder Management
13 210 (6.75%) Continuous Integration
14 183 (5.89%) E-Commerce
15 179 (5.76%) Functional Testing
16 173 (5.56%) Test Strategy
17 166 (5.34%) Change Management
17 166 (5.34%) Waterfall
18 161 (5.18%) Analytics
19 155 (4.99%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 617 (19.85%) SQL
2 532 (17.11%) Java
3 262 (8.43%) JavaScript
4 256 (8.23%) C#
5 164 (5.28%) Python
6 112 (3.60%) Ruby
7 91 (2.93%) C++
8 84 (2.70%) C
9 75 (2.41%) PHP
10 65 (2.09%) Shell Script
11 61 (1.96%) Perl
11 61 (1.96%) T-SQL
12 48 (1.54%) VBA
13 45 (1.45%) Scala
14 44 (1.42%) JCL
15 41 (1.32%) Bash Shell
16 40 (1.29%) PL/SQL
17 33 (1.06%) Groovy
18 32 (1.03%) PowerShell
19 31 (1.00%) VB
Qualifications
1 278 (8.94%) Degree
2 225 (7.24%) Security Cleared
3 192 (6.18%) ISEB
4 175 (5.63%) ISTQB
5 134 (4.31%) SC Cleared
6 65 (2.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 44 (1.42%) DV Cleared
8 33 (1.06%) BPSS Clearance
8 33 (1.06%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 32 (1.03%) Cisco Certification
10 29 (0.93%) CCNP
11 24 (0.77%) CCNA
11 24 (0.77%) ITIL Certification
11 24 (0.77%) PMI Certification
12 19 (0.61%) PhD
13 17 (0.55%) CISSP
14 13 (0.42%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 12 (0.39%) HND
16 11 (0.35%) PMP
17 9 (0.29%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (1.29%) Data Quality
2 33 (1.06%) SLA
3 29 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 28 (0.90%) Disclosure Scotland
5 26 (0.84%) MiFID
6 19 (0.61%) ISO 9001
7 16 (0.51%) SDET
8 13 (0.42%) COBIT
8 13 (0.42%) RMADS
8 13 (0.42%) SEPA
9 11 (0.35%) Dodd-Frank
9 11 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 10 (0.32%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 10 (0.32%) WCAG
11 9 (0.29%) EMIR
11 9 (0.29%) FATCA
12 8 (0.26%) CRD IV
12 8 (0.26%) Solvency II
13 7 (0.23%) Basel II
13 7 (0.23%) GxP
System Software
1 42 (1.35%) RACF
2 34 (1.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 31 (1.00%) Active Directory
4 24 (0.77%) Docker
5 13 (0.42%) XenApp
6 11 (0.35%) Apache Flume
6 11 (0.35%) Oracle RAC
7 9 (0.29%) Firmware
7 9 (0.29%) vSphere
8 8 (0.26%) Hyper-V
8 8 (0.26%) VMware ESX
9 5 (0.16%) KVM
9 5 (0.16%) XenDesktop
10 4 (0.13%) Job Entry Subsystem
10 4 (0.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 4 (0.13%) VMware ESXi
11 3 (0.096%) Microsoft App-V
11 3 (0.096%) Time Sharing Option
12 2 (0.064%) VMware Server
12 2 (0.064%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 98 (3.15%) HP Quality Center
2 41 (1.32%) CA Endevor
3 27 (0.87%) Opscode Chef
3 27 (0.87%) Puppet
4 14 (0.45%) Ansible
5 10 (0.32%) Tivoli
6 9 (0.29%) Nagios
6 9 (0.29%) SCCM
7 8 (0.26%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 7 (0.23%) HP SiteScope
9 5 (0.16%) AirWatch
9 5 (0.16%) Opsview
10 4 (0.13%) CA Service Virtualization
11 3 (0.096%) Control-M
11 3 (0.096%) Data Guard
11 3 (0.096%) Oracle RMAN
11 3 (0.096%) SCOM
11 3 (0.096%) Simpana
12 2 (0.064%) OpenView
12 2 (0.064%) WSUS
Vendors
1 321 (10.32%) Microsoft
2 223 (7.17%) Oracle
3 136 (4.37%) SAP
4 129 (4.15%) HP
5 48 (1.54%) CA
6 47 (1.51%) IBM
7 46 (1.48%) VMware
8 45 (1.45%) Cisco
9 35 (1.13%) Citrix
10 32 (1.03%) Google
11 28 (0.90%) Informatica
12 27 (0.87%) Adobe
13 25 (0.80%) Red Hat
14 22 (0.71%) Tableau
15 21 (0.68%) Murex
16 19 (0.61%) Atlassian
17 18 (0.58%) Salesforce.com
18 16 (0.51%) Sybase
19 15 (0.48%) New Relic
20 14 (0.45%) Rally
London
Wenham Carter
Rate: From £400 to £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Croydon, Surrey
Circle Recruitment
Rate: £305 - £390 per day
Posted: Yesterday
North East
Venn Group
Rate: £150 - £350 Per Day
Posted: Yesterday
Havant, Hampshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Rate: £45 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Joseph Harry Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive Rates
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive Rates
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Broster Buchanan
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Oxfordshire
Logic Engagements Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
East London
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £380 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Sogeti
Rate: From £100 to £120 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Oldham, Lancashire
Logix Resourcing
Posted: 5 days ago
Haverhill, Suffolk
Experis IT
Posted: 5 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
LA International
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Pioneer Search
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Computer People
Rate: £300.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Pioneer Search
Rate: £400 - £500 per day + Excellent depending on experience
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Arrows Group
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £350 to £425 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Bristol, Avon
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Posted: 5 days ago
Central London / West End
Digital Pursuit Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £430 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Understanding Recruitment
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
ninesharp
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Salt
Rate: £350 - £351 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
South West
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Oxfordshire
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £425 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Elevate Direct
Posted: 6 days ago
North London
Intelletec
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago