The first table below looks at the demand 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 25 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category for the England region.

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
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 55 63 58
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -5
Contract jobs citing QA 1647 1350 1566
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 3.34% 2.90% 2.96%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 41.87% 37.79% 38.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 1058 878 984
Average daily rate
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£378 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.43% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £320
% change year-on-year
- +9.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 20 21
Average hourly rate £20.00 £23.75 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.78% -5.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.61 £12.64 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.25 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.50 £20.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-2.50% -33.33%
Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
3934 3572 4101
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 7.97% 7.68% 7.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 2395 2178 2234
Average daily rate £410 £425 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.52% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £275 £243
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 181 139 226
Average hourly rate £20.21 £19.75 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.30% +1.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.15 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.66 £42.50 £39.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.00 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+20.00% -7.89%
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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 25 July 2014.

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 25 July 2014.

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 25 July 2014. 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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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 +6 883 £400 -5.88% 308
South East +37 267 £335 -16.25% 110
Yorkshire +36 89 £320 -11.72% 37
East of England -7 84 £425 +23.63% 30
South West +4 77 £375 -3.28% 45
West Midlands +19 65 £351 +7.84% 20
North West -9 60 £353 +28.18% 35
East Midlands +9 50 £338 +3.84% 15
North East +22 42 £361 +31.36% 17
Midlands -6 9 £375 -
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UK

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, 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.

1 781 (24.02%) SQL
2 752 (23.13%) Finance
3 715 (21.99%) Agile Software Development
4 578 (17.78%) Java
5 492 (15.13%) Scrum
6 488 (15.01%) Selenium
7 441 (13.57%) Microsoft
8 424 (13.04%) Project Management
9 415 (12.77%) TDD
10 380 (11.69%) Oracle
11 375 (11.53%) C#
12 356 (10.95%) .NET
13 350 (10.77%) User Acceptance Testing
14 347 (10.67%) Test Automation
15 345 (10.61%) Test Scripting
16 339 (10.43%) BDD
17 332 (10.21%) Banking
18 328 (10.09%) JavaScript
19 305 (9.38%) HTML
19 305 (9.38%) Cucumber
20 299 (9.20%) Web Services
20 299 (9.20%) XML
21 295 (9.07%) Degree
22 288 (8.86%) MS Excel
23 286 (8.80%) Windows
24 278 (8.55%) SQL Server
25 269 (8.27%) ISEB
26 226 (6.95%) Security Cleared
27 225 (6.92%) Automated Testing
28 224 (6.89%) Software Testing

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Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, 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
1 135 (4.15%) SharePoint
2 71 (2.18%) CMS
3 53 (1.63%) WebSphere
4 51 (1.57%) WebLogic
5 46 (1.41%) Apache
6 43 (1.32%) IIS
7 37 (1.14%) Tomcat
8 34 (1.05%) Node.js
9 31 (0.95%) Confluence
10 22 (0.68%) IBM Notes
11 20 (0.62%) Oracle Workflow
12 16 (0.49%) MS Exchange
13 14 (0.43%) MS Project Server
14 13 (0.40%) WebSphere Application Server
14 13 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2013
15 11 (0.34%) SAS
16 10 (0.31%) MQSeries
16 10 (0.31%) Drupal
17 9 (0.28%) Sitecore CMS
17 9 (0.28%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 288 (8.86%) MS Excel
2 186 (5.72%) MS Office
3 111 (3.41%) MS Project
4 91 (2.80%) MS PowerPoint
5 79 (2.43%) MS Visio
6 21 (0.65%) Photoshop
7 13 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
8 6 (0.18%) AutoCAD
9 4 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
9 4 (0.12%) Fireworks
10 2 (0.062%) Final Cut Pro
11 1 (0.031%) PowerPivot
11 1 (0.031%) Blender
11 1 (0.031%) Windchill
11 1 (0.031%) Adobe After Effects
11 1 (0.031%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.031%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 38 (1.17%) Oracle EBS
2 33 (1.02%) Oracle Payables
3 29 (0.89%) Oracle EBS R12
4 28 (0.86%) Oracle Applications
5 27 (0.83%) Oracle General Ledger
6 25 (0.77%) Dynamics CRM
7 21 (0.65%) Oracle Receivables
8 19 (0.58%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 15 (0.46%) Dynamics AX
10 14 (0.43%) WebTrends
11 12 (0.37%) Oracle Assets
12 8 (0.25%) Oracle BPM
12 8 (0.25%) Oracle Financials
13 7 (0.22%) SAP HR
14 6 (0.18%) Maximo
14 6 (0.18%) SAP ERP
14 6 (0.18%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
15 5 (0.15%) Summit
16 4 (0.12%) JDE OneWorld
16 4 (0.12%) PeopleSoft Financials
Cloud Services
1 33 (1.02%) SaaS
2 30 (0.92%) Amazon AWS
3 24 (0.74%) Amazon EC2
4 22 (0.68%) PaaS
5 21 (0.65%) Amazon S3
5 21 (0.65%) Office 365
6 20 (0.62%) Route 53
6 20 (0.62%) Amazon ELB
7 13 (0.40%) GitHub
8 11 (0.34%) Microsoft Azure
9 4 (0.12%) Cloud Computing
10 3 (0.092%) IaaS
11 2 (0.062%) OpenShift
11 2 (0.062%) Responsys
12 1 (0.031%) CheetahMail
12 1 (0.031%) SuccessFactors
12 1 (0.031%) Basecamp
12 1 (0.031%) Force.com
12 1 (0.031%) Heroku
12 1 (0.031%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 89 (2.74%) Internet
2 61 (1.88%) Firewall
3 57 (1.75%) TCP/IP
4 49 (1.51%) HTTP
5 46 (1.41%) DNS
6 34 (1.05%) LAN
7 31 (0.95%) WAN
7 31 (0.95%) SAN
8 26 (0.80%) SSL
9 24 (0.74%) DHCP
10 20 (0.62%) LDAP
11 18 (0.55%) Network Security
12 17 (0.52%) Wireless
13 16 (0.49%) Intranet
14 15 (0.46%) HTTPS
14 15 (0.46%) SMTP
15 13 (0.40%) VLAN
16 12 (0.37%) 3G
17 11 (0.34%) OSPF
17 11 (0.34%) 2G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 278 (8.55%) SQL Server
2 133 (4.09%) Data Warehouse
3 93 (2.86%) Relational Database
4 86 (2.65%) Oracle Database
5 84 (2.58%) MySQL
6 81 (2.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 66 (2.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 53 (1.63%) SQL Server 2008
9 52 (1.60%) Oracle Reports
10 41 (1.26%) Oracle Database 11g
11 38 (1.17%) NoSQL
12 36 (1.11%) QlikView
13 30 (0.92%) MongoDB
14 29 (0.89%) DB2
15 27 (0.83%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 27 (0.83%) SQL Server 2005
16 23 (0.71%) Big Data
17 18 (0.55%) Oracle ODI
17 18 (0.55%) DataStage
18 16 (0.49%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 488 (15.01%) Selenium
2 305 (9.38%) Cucumber
3 182 (5.60%) JIRA
4 165 (5.08%) WebDriver
5 141 (4.34%) Team Foundation Server
6 136 (4.18%) Jenkins
7 134 (4.12%) Visual Studio
8 112 (3.45%) QuickTest Pro
9 101 (3.11%) JUnit
9 101 (3.11%) Maven
10 91 (2.80%) Git (software)
11 89 (2.74%) FitNesse
12 88 (2.71%) SoapUI
13 74 (2.28%) SpecFlow
13 74 (2.28%) Subversion
14 50 (1.54%) WATIR
15 49 (1.51%) Hudson
16 48 (1.48%) JMeter
17 45 (1.38%) LoadRunner
18 42 (1.29%) TeamCity
General
1 752 (23.13%) Finance
2 332 (10.21%) Banking
3 148 (4.55%) Retail
4 146 (4.49%) Investment Banking
5 106 (3.26%) Telecoms
6 101 (3.11%) Marketing
7 82 (2.52%) Publishing
8 64 (1.97%) Games
8 64 (1.97%) Legal
9 57 (1.75%) Front Office
10 55 (1.69%) Back Office
11 39 (1.20%) Advertising
12 32 (0.98%) Billing
13 30 (0.92%) Retail Banking
14 26 (0.80%) Pharmaceutical
15 25 (0.77%) Manufacturing
16 23 (0.71%) Automotive
17 18 (0.55%) Financial Institution
17 18 (0.55%) General Ledger
18 12 (0.37%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 831 (25.56%) Analyst
2 562 (17.29%) Developer
3 371 (11.41%) Tester
4 349 (10.74%) Test Analyst
5 207 (6.37%) Business Analyst
6 180 (5.54%) QA Analyst
7 177 (5.44%) Project Manager
8 170 (5.23%) QA Engineer
9 161 (4.95%) QA Tester
10 139 (4.28%) Consultant
11 126 (3.88%) Test Engineer
12 118 (3.63%) Test Manager
13 91 (2.80%) Java Developer
14 84 (2.58%) Architect
15 80 (2.46%) Senior Analyst
15 80 (2.46%) Automation Tester
16 76 (2.34%) Senior Developer
17 63 (1.94%) QA Manager
18 62 (1.91%) QA Test Analyst
19 60 (1.85%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 356 (10.95%) .NET
2 305 (9.38%) HTML
3 299 (9.20%) Web Services
3 299 (9.20%) XML
4 205 (6.31%) CSS
5 131 (4.03%) jQuery
6 114 (3.51%) HTML5
6 114 (3.51%) ASP.NET
7 113 (3.48%) REST
8 97 (2.98%) SOAP
9 94 (2.89%) JSON
10 91 (2.80%) Spring
11 76 (2.34%) CSS3
12 74 (2.28%) WCF
12 74 (2.28%) Ajax
13 63 (1.94%) Hibernate
14 62 (1.91%) XSLT
15 60 (1.85%) J2EE
16 53 (1.63%) AngularJS
17 51 (1.57%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 168 (5.17%) Open Source
2 126 (3.88%) Management Information System
3 119 (3.66%) Mobile App
4 118 (3.63%) Computer Science
5 65 (2.00%) Enterprise Software
6 61 (1.88%) Derivative
7 41 (1.26%) Client/Server
7 41 (1.26%) NHS
8 40 (1.23%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 33 (1.02%) Fixed Income
9 33 (1.02%) Online Games
10 30 (0.92%) Equities
11 29 (0.89%) Data Integration
12 28 (0.86%) Social Media
13 26 (0.80%) iPad
14 23 (0.71%) Digital Media
14 23 (0.71%) PMI
15 21 (0.65%) Mathematics
16 20 (0.62%) N-Tier
17 18 (0.55%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 286 (8.80%) Windows
2 209 (6.43%) UNIX
3 179 (5.51%) Linux
4 113 (3.48%) Android
5 105 (3.23%) Apple iOS
6 58 (1.78%) Windows 7
7 55 (1.69%) Windows Server 2008
8 38 (1.17%) Windows Server 2003
9 32 (0.98%) Windows Server 2012
10 29 (0.89%) CentOS
11 15 (0.46%) Windows XP
12 12 (0.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 10 (0.31%) VMS
14 9 (0.28%) AIX
14 9 (0.28%) Windows 8
15 7 (0.22%) Solaris
16 6 (0.18%) Windows 2000
17 5 (0.15%) Mac OS X
17 5 (0.15%) Windows Phone
18 4 (0.12%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 715 (21.99%) Agile Software Development
2 492 (15.13%) Scrum
3 424 (13.04%) Project Management
4 415 (12.77%) TDD
5 350 (10.77%) User Acceptance Testing
6 347 (10.67%) Test Automation
7 345 (10.61%) Test Scripting
8 339 (10.43%) BDD
9 225 (6.92%) Automated Testing
10 224 (6.89%) Software Testing
10 224 (6.89%) E-Commerce
11 223 (6.86%) Continuous Integration
12 196 (6.03%) Migration
13 189 (5.81%) Stakeholder Management
14 175 (5.38%) Automation Testing
15 173 (5.32%) Test Strategy
16 163 (5.01%) PRINCE2
17 159 (4.89%) OO
18 158 (4.86%) Continuous Improvement
19 156 (4.80%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 781 (24.02%) SQL
2 578 (17.78%) Java
3 375 (11.53%) C#
4 328 (10.09%) JavaScript
5 197 (6.06%) Ruby
6 114 (3.51%) PHP
7 89 (2.74%) PL/SQL
8 86 (2.65%) T-SQL
9 79 (2.43%) VB
10 76 (2.34%) Python
11 72 (2.21%) VBA
12 64 (1.97%) Shell Script
13 48 (1.48%) Perl
14 47 (1.45%) PowerShell
15 44 (1.35%) VBScript
16 36 (1.11%) C++
16 36 (1.11%) C
17 34 (1.05%) Groovy
18 18 (0.55%) VB6
19 15 (0.46%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 295 (9.07%) Degree
2 269 (8.27%) ISEB
3 226 (6.95%) Security Cleared
4 206 (6.34%) ISTQB
5 158 (4.86%) SC Cleared
6 88 (2.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 53 (1.63%) DV Cleared
8 47 (1.45%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 41 (1.26%) PMI Certification
10 30 (0.92%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 27 (0.83%) ITIL Certification
12 24 (0.74%) PMP
13 22 (0.68%) CISSP
14 20 (0.62%) Cisco Certification
15 19 (0.58%) MOS
16 18 (0.55%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 15 (0.46%) MCITP
17 15 (0.46%) CISA
18 12 (0.37%) Microsoft Certification
18 12 (0.37%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (0.92%) SLA
2 26 (0.80%) ISO 9001
3 20 (0.62%) P3O
4 19 (0.58%) ISO 9000
5 18 (0.55%) Data Quality
6 16 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 13 (0.40%) Basel III
8 11 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 10 (0.31%) GxP
9 10 (0.31%) CRD IV
10 9 (0.28%) EMIR
10 9 (0.28%) ISO 14001
11 8 (0.25%) GMP
11 8 (0.25%) Dodd-Frank
11 8 (0.25%) COREP
12 7 (0.22%) FINREP
12 7 (0.22%) 21 CFR Part 11
13 6 (0.18%) PCI DSS
14 5 (0.15%) Solvency II
14 5 (0.15%) JSP 440
System Software
1 54 (1.66%) Active Directory
2 26 (0.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (0.52%) vSphere
3 17 (0.52%) Microsoft App-V
4 13 (0.40%) Hyper-V
5 11 (0.34%) VMware ESXi
6 9 (0.28%) XenDesktop
7 7 (0.22%) XenApp
8 6 (0.18%) qmail
8 6 (0.18%) Squid
8 6 (0.18%) NFS
9 5 (0.15%) Nmap
9 5 (0.15%) vCloud
10 3 (0.092%) VMware ESX
10 3 (0.092%) Oracle RAC
11 2 (0.062%) Oracle RMAN
11 2 (0.062%) Docker
12 1 (0.031%) LiteSpeed
12 1 (0.031%) VMware Workstation
12 1 (0.031%) RACF
Systems Management
1 188 (5.78%) HP Quality Center
2 39 (1.20%) Puppet
3 36 (1.11%) SCCM
4 23 (0.71%) Vagrant
5 12 (0.37%) Tivoli
6 11 (0.34%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 11 (0.34%) BMC PATROL
7 10 (0.31%) Control-M
7 10 (0.31%) Opscode Chef
8 7 (0.22%) Nagios
9 6 (0.18%) Netcool
9 6 (0.18%) Netcool/OMNIbus
9 6 (0.18%) Netcool/Webtop
9 6 (0.18%) WhatsUp Gold
10 5 (0.15%) Nessus
10 5 (0.15%) CA LISA
11 4 (0.12%) SCOM
11 4 (0.12%) Capistrano
11 4 (0.12%) Norton AntiVirus
11 4 (0.12%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 441 (13.57%) Microsoft
2 380 (11.69%) Oracle
3 219 (6.74%) HP
4 155 (4.77%) SAP
5 56 (1.72%) IBM
6 44 (1.35%) JBoss
7 41 (1.26%) Citrix
8 40 (1.23%) VMware
9 39 (1.20%) Cisco
10 37 (1.14%) Zend
11 36 (1.11%) Red Hat
12 33 (1.02%) Salesforce.com
13 32 (0.98%) Business Objects
14 24 (0.74%) Cognos
14 24 (0.74%) Siebel
15 23 (0.71%) Sybase
15 23 (0.71%) Lotus
16 22 (0.68%) Adobe
17 21 (0.65%) Apple
18 20 (0.62%) RightScale
City, London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Posted: 8 hours ago
London
Explore Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £300 - £375 per annum
Posted: 8 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Posted: 9 hours ago
London
Burns Sheehan
Rate: £375 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
City, London
Aston Carter
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Yoh Company
Rate: £425 - £475 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £250 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Posted: 11 hours ago
Cumbria
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £200 to £250 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
London
SmartSourcing plc
Posted: 13 hours ago
Hertfordshire
Volt
Posted: 14 hours ago
London
Montash
Rate: £600 per day + DOE
Posted: 14 hours ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Candidate Source
Rate: Up to £8 per hour dependent upon quality of work
Posted: 16 hours ago
London
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Derby, Derbyshire
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Aston Carter
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Surrey
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £250 to £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday