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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 62 56 65
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +9
Contract jobs citing QA 1420 1453 1143
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 3.06% 3.30% 2.82%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 38.66% 42.23% 38.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 922 952 743
Average daily rate
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£386 £390 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.96% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 16 39
Average hourly rate £31.44 £25.00 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.76% -10.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £11.75 £11.23
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.60 £124.00 £43.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £19.00 £30.25
% change year-on-year
+73.68% -37.19%
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
3673 3441 2964
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 7.91% 7.82% 7.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 2216 2057 1685
Average daily rate £413 £415 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.48% +3.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £246 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+8.57% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 148 131 212
Average hourly rate £20.00 £17.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.64% -26.08%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.75 £10.93 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £53.96 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.08 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+11.27% -25.76%

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 30 January 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 30 January 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 30 January 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
(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 -2 783 £413 -2.94% 303
South East -6 204 £325 - 128
East of England +27 107 £385 -3.75% 43
North West +6 95 £350 +3.55% 61
South West -20 73 £375 +20.00% 53
Yorkshire -12 62 £300 -7.69% 54
West Midlands +3 51 £350 -6.66% 24
East Midlands +3 24 £368 +5.00% 13
North East -2 16 £295 -41.00% 6
Midlands - - - - 1
QA
UK

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 1069 (35.22%) Agile Software Development
2 735 (24.22%) SQL
3 693 (22.83%) Finance
4 618 (20.36%) Java
5 428 (14.10%) Selenium
6 416 (13.71%) Project Management
7 389 (12.82%) Scrum
8 378 (12.45%) TDD
9 360 (11.86%) User Acceptance Testing
10 345 (11.37%) Oracle
11 339 (11.17%) .NET
12 313 (10.31%) JavaScript
12 313 (10.31%) XML
13 310 (10.21%) Microsoft
14 287 (9.46%) Web Services
15 281 (9.26%) Banking
16 278 (9.16%) Analytical Skills
17 269 (8.86%) HTML
18 268 (8.83%) Test Automation
19 266 (8.76%) BDD
20 258 (8.50%) C#
21 255 (8.40%) Continuous Integration
22 250 (8.24%) Cucumber
23 249 (8.20%) Test Scripting
24 245 (8.07%) Degree
25 230 (7.58%) Windows
26 227 (7.48%) MS Excel
27 221 (7.28%) Linux
28 220 (7.25%) ISEB
29 215 (7.08%) JIRA

QA
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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
1 136 (4.48%) SharePoint
2 61 (2.01%) CMS
3 60 (1.98%) Apache
4 53 (1.75%) IIS
5 43 (1.42%) WebSphere
6 37 (1.22%) WebLogic
7 36 (1.19%) JBoss
7 36 (1.19%) Tomcat
8 31 (1.02%) Confluence
9 24 (0.79%) BizTalk Server
10 23 (0.76%) Node.js
11 21 (0.69%) Cloud Foundry
12 18 (0.59%) Elasticsearch
13 16 (0.53%) SharePoint 2010
14 15 (0.49%) OpenStack
15 14 (0.46%) MS Exchange
15 14 (0.46%) SAS
16 13 (0.43%) Oracle Workflow
17 12 (0.40%) WebSphere Application Server
18 11 (0.36%) TIBCO EMS
Applications
1 227 (7.48%) MS Excel
2 150 (4.94%) MS Office
3 71 (2.34%) MS Project
4 63 (2.08%) MS PowerPoint
5 51 (1.68%) MS Visio
6 19 (0.63%) Photoshop
7 12 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
8 8 (0.26%) Adobe Illustrator
9 7 (0.23%) Mingle
10 4 (0.13%) AutoCAD
11 3 (0.099%) SPSS
12 2 (0.066%) Final Cut Pro
12 2 (0.066%) RoboHelp
12 2 (0.066%) Fireworks
12 2 (0.066%) Stata
13 1 (0.033%) InfoPath
13 1 (0.033%) Windchill
13 1 (0.033%) Simulink
13 1 (0.033%) Acrobat
13 1 (0.033%) ProjectWise
Business Applications
1 39 (1.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 21 (0.69%) Oracle Payables
3 19 (0.63%) Dynamics AX
4 17 (0.56%) Oracle EBS
4 17 (0.56%) Oracle General Ledger
5 14 (0.46%) Oracle Receivables
5 14 (0.46%) Oracle EBS R12
6 13 (0.43%) Oracle Financials
7 12 (0.40%) Summit
8 10 (0.33%) Oracle Assets
8 10 (0.33%) Oracle BPM
8 10 (0.33%) SAP HR
8 10 (0.33%) Oracle Applications
9 7 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 6 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
11 5 (0.16%) Oracle 11i
11 5 (0.16%) SAP HCM
11 5 (0.16%) Oracle Internet Expenses
11 5 (0.16%) Oracle Cash Management
11 5 (0.16%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 42 (1.38%) Amazon AWS
2 25 (0.82%) SaaS
3 20 (0.66%) PaaS
4 19 (0.63%) Amazon S3
5 18 (0.59%) Amazon EC2
6 17 (0.56%) Amazon ELB
7 15 (0.49%) Route 53
8 13 (0.43%) Heroku
9 11 (0.36%) Engine Yard
10 9 (0.30%) Cloud Computing
10 9 (0.30%) GitHub
11 7 (0.23%) Microsoft Azure
11 7 (0.23%) Office 365
12 5 (0.16%) Force.com
13 3 (0.099%) OpenShift
14 2 (0.066%) IaaS
14 2 (0.066%) Trello
14 2 (0.066%) Google Cloud Platform
15 1 (0.033%) SuccessFactors
15 1 (0.033%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 86 (2.83%) Internet
2 67 (2.21%) Firewall
3 52 (1.71%) TCP/IP
4 43 (1.42%) DNS
5 37 (1.22%) LAN
6 33 (1.09%) WAN
7 28 (0.92%) SSL
7 28 (0.92%) HTTP
8 21 (0.69%) SAN
9 20 (0.66%) Network Security
9 20 (0.66%) Intranet
10 17 (0.56%) Cisco ASA
11 16 (0.53%) LDAP
11 16 (0.53%) VLAN
12 15 (0.49%) Wireless
12 15 (0.49%) SNMP
12 15 (0.49%) Cisco IOS
13 13 (0.43%) FTP
13 13 (0.43%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
14 12 (0.40%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 206 (6.79%) SQL Server
2 140 (4.61%) Data Warehouse
3 128 (4.22%) Relational Database
4 90 (2.97%) Oracle Database
5 75 (2.47%) MySQL
6 69 (2.27%) MongoDB
7 57 (1.88%) RDBMS
8 52 (1.71%) NoSQL
9 45 (1.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 43 (1.42%) DB2
11 38 (1.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 33 (1.09%) SQL Server 2008
13 31 (1.02%) Apache Cassandra
14 30 (0.99%) OLTP
15 29 (0.96%) Hadoop
16 26 (0.86%) Big Data
17 25 (0.82%) MS Access
18 24 (0.79%) Oracle Reports
18 24 (0.79%) Data Mining
18 24 (0.79%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 428 (14.10%) Selenium
2 250 (8.24%) Cucumber
3 215 (7.08%) JIRA
4 180 (5.93%) WebDriver
5 164 (5.40%) Jenkins
6 121 (3.99%) Git (software)
7 115 (3.79%) QuickTest Pro
8 113 (3.72%) Subversion
9 101 (3.33%) Team Foundation Server
10 94 (3.10%) JUnit
11 73 (2.41%) SpecFlow
12 66 (2.17%) Visual Studio
13 61 (2.01%) TeamCity
14 54 (1.78%) SoapUI
15 53 (1.75%) JMeter
16 51 (1.68%) Hudson
16 51 (1.68%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 48 (1.58%) Maven
17 48 (1.58%) WATIR
18 42 (1.38%) Eclipse
General
1 693 (22.83%) Finance
2 281 (9.26%) Banking
3 120 (3.95%) Investment Banking
4 119 (3.92%) Retail
5 91 (3.00%) Telecoms
6 76 (2.50%) Publishing
7 69 (2.27%) Games
8 60 (1.98%) Marketing
9 47 (1.55%) Front Office
10 44 (1.45%) Manufacturing
11 40 (1.32%) Legal
12 33 (1.09%) Back Office
13 30 (0.99%) Billing
14 26 (0.86%) Pharmaceutical
15 23 (0.76%) Retail Banking
16 22 (0.72%) Financial Institution
17 21 (0.69%) Automotive
17 21 (0.69%) Advertising
18 19 (0.63%) Law
19 16 (0.53%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 708 (23.33%) Analyst
2 542 (17.86%) Developer
3 274 (9.03%) Tester
4 259 (8.53%) Test Analyst
5 202 (6.66%) Business Analyst
6 160 (5.27%) Project Manager
7 134 (4.42%) Test Manager
8 128 (4.22%) QA Tester
9 124 (4.09%) QA Engineer
10 120 (3.95%) QA Analyst
10 120 (3.95%) Consultant
11 110 (3.62%) Architect
12 90 (2.97%) Test Leader
13 88 (2.90%) Java Developer
14 82 (2.70%) Test Engineer
15 70 (2.31%) Senior Developer
16 69 (2.27%) Senior Analyst
17 59 (1.94%) Data Analyst
17 59 (1.94%) Automation Tester
18 55 (1.81%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 339 (11.17%) .NET
2 313 (10.31%) XML
3 287 (9.46%) Web Services
4 269 (8.86%) HTML
5 186 (6.13%) CSS
6 115 (3.79%) JSON
7 108 (3.56%) REST
8 104 (3.43%) SOAP
9 99 (3.26%) jQuery
10 93 (3.06%) HTML5
11 89 (2.93%) Spring
12 83 (2.73%) J2EE
13 73 (2.41%) Hibernate
14 70 (2.31%) XSLT
15 69 (2.27%) WCF
16 68 (2.24%) Ajax
17 64 (2.11%) ASP.NET
18 62 (2.04%) .NET Framework
19 56 (1.85%) Middleware
20 52 (1.71%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 278 (9.16%) Analytical Skills
2 163 (5.37%) Open Source
3 111 (3.66%) User Experience
4 88 (2.90%) Management Information System
4 88 (2.90%) Computer Science
5 70 (2.31%) Mobile App
6 54 (1.78%) Derivative
7 46 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
8 43 (1.42%) Data Integration
9 40 (1.32%) Client/Server
9 40 (1.32%) Data Structures
10 32 (1.05%) Online Games
11 30 (0.99%) Fixed Income
12 28 (0.92%) NHS
13 26 (0.86%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 25 (0.82%) Equities
15 24 (0.79%) Digital Media
16 23 (0.76%) Data Conversion
17 22 (0.72%) iPad
18 19 (0.63%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 230 (7.58%) Windows
2 221 (7.28%) Linux
3 185 (6.10%) UNIX
4 94 (3.10%) Android
5 81 (2.67%) Apple iOS
6 50 (1.65%) Windows Server 2008
7 43 (1.42%) CentOS
8 38 (1.25%) Windows Server 2003
9 36 (1.19%) Windows 7
10 30 (0.99%) Windows XP
11 18 (0.59%) Windows Server 2012
12 17 (0.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 16 (0.53%) Windows Vista
14 15 (0.49%) Ubuntu
15 13 (0.43%) AIX
16 9 (0.30%) Solaris
17 8 (0.26%) Windows Phone
18 7 (0.23%) zOS
18 7 (0.23%) Mac OS X
19 6 (0.20%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 1069 (35.22%) Agile Software Development
2 416 (13.71%) Project Management
3 389 (12.82%) Scrum
4 378 (12.45%) TDD
5 360 (11.86%) User Acceptance Testing
6 268 (8.83%) Test Automation
7 266 (8.76%) BDD
8 255 (8.40%) Continuous Integration
9 249 (8.20%) Test Scripting
10 188 (6.19%) OO
11 185 (6.10%) Test Strategy
12 180 (5.93%) E-Commerce
13 175 (5.77%) Migration
14 168 (5.54%) Stakeholder Management
15 157 (5.17%) Regression Testing
15 157 (5.17%) Software Testing
16 150 (4.94%) Automated Testing
16 150 (4.94%) PRINCE2
17 147 (4.84%) Manual Testing
18 144 (4.74%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 735 (24.22%) SQL
2 618 (20.36%) Java
3 313 (10.31%) JavaScript
4 258 (8.50%) C#
5 192 (6.33%) Ruby
6 168 (5.54%) Python
7 97 (3.20%) PL/SQL
8 84 (2.77%) PHP
9 82 (2.70%) Shell Script
10 81 (2.67%) C++
11 69 (2.27%) Perl
12 64 (2.11%) VBA
13 57 (1.88%) C
14 46 (1.52%) Bash Shell
15 44 (1.45%) Scala
16 41 (1.35%) T-SQL
17 37 (1.22%) VBScript
18 36 (1.19%) VB
19 26 (0.86%) PowerShell
20 21 (0.69%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 245 (8.07%) Degree
2 220 (7.25%) ISEB
3 150 (4.94%) Security Cleared
4 109 (3.59%) ISTQB
5 87 (2.87%) SC Cleared
6 47 (1.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 40 (1.32%) PMI Certification
8 35 (1.15%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 26 (0.86%) PMP
10 23 (0.76%) DV Cleared
11 20 (0.66%) Cisco Certification
12 18 (0.59%) Microsoft Certification
12 18 (0.59%) ITIL Certification
13 16 (0.53%) CCNP
14 15 (0.49%) CISSP
15 14 (0.46%) ISEB Practitioner
16 11 (0.36%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 10 (0.33%) CCNA
17 10 (0.33%) MCSE
18 9 (0.30%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (1.02%) SLA
2 27 (0.89%) Data Quality
3 21 (0.69%) EMIR
4 15 (0.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 12 (0.40%) ISO 9001
6 10 (0.33%) GMP
7 9 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 9 (0.30%) JSP 440
7 9 (0.30%) P3O
8 8 (0.26%) MiFID
9 7 (0.23%) Solvency II
10 6 (0.20%) Basel III
10 6 (0.20%) 21 CFR Part 11
10 6 (0.20%) COBIT
11 5 (0.16%) Basel II
11 5 (0.16%) GAMP
12 4 (0.13%) PCI DSS
12 4 (0.13%) GxP
12 4 (0.13%) GAAP
13 3 (0.099%) HL7
System Software
1 45 (1.48%) Active Directory
2 22 (0.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (0.56%) vSphere
4 14 (0.46%) Hyper-V
5 12 (0.40%) VMware ESXi
6 11 (0.36%) Microsoft App-V
6 11 (0.36%) XenApp
7 9 (0.30%) Firmware
8 8 (0.26%) Oracle RAC
9 5 (0.16%) XenDesktop
10 3 (0.099%) Squid
10 3 (0.099%) Oracle RMAN
10 3 (0.099%) ISA Server
11 2 (0.066%) vCloud
11 2 (0.066%) KVM
11 2 (0.066%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 2 (0.066%) Kerio MailServer
11 2 (0.066%) Postfix
11 2 (0.066%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
11 2 (0.066%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 161 (5.30%) HP Quality Center
2 65 (2.14%) Puppet
3 36 (1.19%) Vagrant
4 19 (0.63%) Nagios
4 19 (0.63%) Opscode Chef
5 18 (0.59%) SCCM
6 15 (0.49%) Cobbler
7 11 (0.36%) Tivoli
8 10 (0.33%) Control-M
9 9 (0.30%) Nessus
9 9 (0.30%) WhatsUp Gold
9 9 (0.30%) collectd
9 9 (0.30%) Graylog2
10 7 (0.23%) Kibana
11 6 (0.20%) logstash
12 5 (0.16%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 5 (0.16%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
13 4 (0.13%) Cisco CUCM
13 4 (0.13%) OPNET
14 3 (0.099%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 345 (11.37%) Oracle
2 310 (10.21%) Microsoft
3 144 (4.74%) SAP
4 120 (3.95%) HP
5 67 (2.21%) IBM
6 51 (1.68%) Red Hat
6 51 (1.68%) VMware
7 47 (1.55%) Cisco
8 39 (1.29%) Salesforce.com
9 32 (1.05%) Business Objects
10 26 (0.86%) CheckPoint
11 23 (0.76%) Adobe
12 22 (0.72%) Citrix
13 21 (0.69%) Perforce
13 21 (0.69%) F5
14 19 (0.63%) New Relic
15 18 (0.59%) Sybase
15 18 (0.59%) Calypso
15 18 (0.59%) Juniper
15 18 (0.59%) TIBCO
Andover, Hampshire
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £200 per day + .
Posted: 2 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £450 - £525 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £550 - £750 Per Day
Posted: 2 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 2 days ago
Crewe, Cheshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £10 - £12 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £200.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Montagu Black
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
South East
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Rate: Market related
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Circle Recruitment
Rate: £350 - £390 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
North London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Aston Carter
Rate: £400 - £600 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Hays London City Projects
Rate: £450.00 - £550.00 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Connectus
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Networking People
Rate: Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Energon People
Rate: From £500 to £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Premier Media
Posted: 4 days ago
South East
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Rate: Market related
Posted: 4 days ago