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 24 April 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 59 57 62
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +5
Contract jobs citing QA 1592 1639 1326
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 3.15% 3.26% 3.03%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 40.83% 40.59% 39.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 994 1112 852
Average daily rate
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£375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £231
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £506 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.42% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 15 19
Average hourly rate £34.50 £31.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.29% +12.72%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.40 £13.10 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £68.40 £120.50 £40.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+40.00% +8.69%
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
3899 4038 3387
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 7.72% 8.03% 7.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 2335 2491 2056
Average daily rate £401 £400 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.12% -5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £368 £338
% change year-on-year
+2.04% +8.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 120 169 130
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% +2.70%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.63 £11.00 £10.62
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £46.85 £55.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £15.13
% change year-on-year
+25.00% +19.00%

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 24 April 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 24 April 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 24 April 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 -9 783 £405 -1.21% 318
South East +4 293 £350 - 126
North West +19 128 £330 -10.50% 61
Yorkshire +9 111 £350 +22.59% 37
East of England -16 67 £400 -1.53% 38
East Midlands +22 58 £390 +20.00% 24
South West -5 53 £375 +15.38% 27
West Midlands -20 47 £325 -15.03% 30
North East +9 25 £350 - 6
Midlands -9 6 £410 -25.45%
QA
UK

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 1000 (33.39%) Agile Software Development
2 758 (25.31%) Finance
3 650 (21.70%) SQL
4 547 (18.26%) Java
5 428 (14.29%) Selenium
6 415 (13.86%) Project Management
7 369 (12.32%) User Acceptance Testing
8 361 (12.05%) Scrum
9 332 (11.09%) .NET
10 322 (10.75%) Microsoft
11 318 (10.62%) TDD
12 290 (9.68%) XML
13 289 (9.65%) Test Automation
14 288 (9.62%) Banking
15 277 (9.25%) Web Services
16 268 (8.95%) Oracle
17 267 (8.91%) C#
18 264 (8.81%) JavaScript
18 264 (8.81%) BDD
19 256 (8.55%) HTML
20 255 (8.51%) Test Scripting
21 243 (8.11%) Cucumber
22 241 (8.05%) Windows
22 241 (8.05%) Degree
23 238 (7.95%) Analytical Skills
24 219 (7.31%) MS Excel
25 217 (7.25%) Stakeholder Management
26 215 (7.18%) Ruby
27 212 (7.08%) Continuous Integration
27 212 (7.08%) JIRA

QA
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 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
1 100 (3.34%) SharePoint
2 65 (2.17%) WebSphere
3 58 (1.94%) Apache
4 50 (1.67%) CMS
5 49 (1.64%) WebLogic
6 45 (1.50%) JBoss
7 42 (1.40%) Confluence
8 41 (1.37%) Tomcat
9 32 (1.07%) Cloud Foundry
10 31 (1.04%) IIS
11 28 (0.93%) OpenStack
12 23 (0.77%) Node.js
13 21 (0.70%) BizTalk Server
14 20 (0.67%) WebSphere Application Server
15 19 (0.63%) Elasticsearch
16 17 (0.57%) Drupal
16 17 (0.57%) Oracle Workflow
17 16 (0.53%) SAS
18 10 (0.33%) MQSeries
18 10 (0.33%) Adobe Experience Manager
Applications
1 219 (7.31%) MS Excel
2 135 (4.51%) MS Office
3 76 (2.54%) MS Project
4 48 (1.60%) MS PowerPoint
5 44 (1.47%) MS Visio
6 15 (0.50%) Photoshop
7 8 (0.27%) Adobe Illustrator
8 5 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
9 4 (0.13%) SPSS
9 4 (0.13%) Mingle
10 3 (0.10%) AutoCAD
11 2 (0.067%) RoboHelp
12 1 (0.033%) FastStats
12 1 (0.033%) ProjectWise
12 1 (0.033%) Open Workbench
12 1 (0.033%) PowerPivot
12 1 (0.033%) Simulink
12 1 (0.033%) FrameMaker
Business Applications
1 30 (1.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 22 (0.73%) Dynamics AX
3 13 (0.43%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 13 (0.43%) Oracle Payables
3 13 (0.43%) Cognos TM1
4 11 (0.37%) Oracle EBS
5 10 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 9 (0.30%) Oracle Financials
6 9 (0.30%) Agresso
7 8 (0.27%) Oracle Applications
7 8 (0.27%) WebTrends
7 8 (0.27%) Oracle BPM
8 7 (0.23%) Oracle General Ledger
8 7 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
8 7 (0.23%) Markit EDM
8 7 (0.23%) Oracle Retail
9 5 (0.17%) Magento
9 5 (0.17%) Oracle EBS R12
9 5 (0.17%) Oracle Receivables
9 5 (0.17%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 60 (2.00%) Amazon AWS
2 29 (0.97%) SaaS
3 22 (0.73%) PaaS
4 16 (0.53%) Heroku
5 14 (0.47%) Engine Yard
6 12 (0.40%) GitHub
6 12 (0.40%) Amazon EC2
6 12 (0.40%) Amazon S3
7 9 (0.30%) Microsoft Azure
8 7 (0.23%) Amazon ELB
9 6 (0.20%) Google Cloud Platform
9 6 (0.20%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 6 (0.20%) Route 53
9 6 (0.20%) Google Analytics
10 5 (0.17%) Cloud Computing
10 5 (0.17%) Office 365
11 4 (0.13%) AWS CloudFormation
12 3 (0.10%) Force.com
12 3 (0.10%) IaaS
13 2 (0.067%) Google Compute Engine
Communications & Networking
1 94 (3.14%) Internet
2 77 (2.57%) Firewall
3 56 (1.87%) WAN
4 50 (1.67%) TCP/IP
5 44 (1.47%) LAN
6 43 (1.44%) SSL
7 34 (1.14%) DNS
8 31 (1.04%) Network Security
9 26 (0.87%) SAN
10 24 (0.80%) HTTP
11 23 (0.77%) Cisco ASA
12 20 (0.67%) Wireless
12 20 (0.67%) VLAN
13 18 (0.60%) GSM
14 17 (0.57%) LDAP
15 16 (0.53%) UMTS
15 16 (0.53%) FTP
16 15 (0.50%) VPN
17 14 (0.47%) LTE
18 13 (0.43%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 187 (6.24%) SQL Server
2 134 (4.47%) Data Warehouse
3 119 (3.97%) Relational Database
4 89 (2.97%) MongoDB
5 69 (2.30%) Oracle Database
6 67 (2.24%) NoSQL
7 59 (1.97%) MySQL
8 55 (1.84%) RDBMS
9 49 (1.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 47 (1.57%) DB2
11 39 (1.30%) SQL Server 2008
12 38 (1.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 36 (1.20%) Big Data
14 32 (1.07%) Oracle Reports
15 29 (0.97%) Hadoop
16 28 (0.93%) QlikView
17 26 (0.87%) MarkLogic
17 26 (0.87%) Apache Cassandra
18 24 (0.80%) OLTP
19 21 (0.70%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 428 (14.29%) Selenium
2 243 (8.11%) Cucumber
3 212 (7.08%) JIRA
4 204 (6.81%) WebDriver
5 146 (4.87%) Jenkins
6 132 (4.41%) Git (software)
7 106 (3.54%) QuickTest Pro
7 106 (3.54%) Subversion
8 91 (3.04%) Team Foundation Server
9 86 (2.87%) SpecFlow
10 81 (2.70%) JUnit
11 68 (2.27%) TeamCity
12 57 (1.90%) SoapUI
13 45 (1.50%) Visual Studio
14 44 (1.47%) JMeter
14 44 (1.47%) WATIR
15 39 (1.30%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 39 (1.30%) LoadRunner
16 38 (1.27%) Hudson
17 37 (1.24%) Maven
General
1 758 (25.31%) Finance
2 288 (9.62%) Banking
3 165 (5.51%) Retail
4 144 (4.81%) Telecoms
5 120 (4.01%) Investment Banking
6 67 (2.24%) Games
7 66 (2.20%) Marketing
8 60 (2.00%) Manufacturing
9 59 (1.97%) Publishing
10 43 (1.44%) Billing
11 41 (1.37%) Front Office
12 39 (1.30%) Legal
13 37 (1.24%) Back Office
14 34 (1.14%) Financial Institution
15 32 (1.07%) Pharmaceutical
16 24 (0.80%) Law
17 22 (0.73%) Advertising
18 18 (0.60%) Retail Banking
19 17 (0.57%) Electronics
20 15 (0.50%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 785 (26.21%) Analyst
2 483 (16.13%) Developer
3 288 (9.62%) Test Analyst
4 282 (9.42%) Tester
5 213 (7.11%) Business Analyst
6 186 (6.21%) Project Manager
7 140 (4.67%) Test Manager
8 137 (4.57%) QA Analyst
9 126 (4.21%) QA Engineer
10 123 (4.11%) Architect
11 119 (3.97%) Consultant
12 98 (3.27%) QA Tester
13 89 (2.97%) Test Leader
14 78 (2.60%) Test Engineer
15 66 (2.20%) Java Developer
16 60 (2.00%) Senior Analyst
17 57 (1.90%) DevOps Engineer
18 56 (1.87%) QA Test Analyst
19 55 (1.84%) Automation Tester
20 52 (1.74%) Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 332 (11.09%) .NET
2 290 (9.68%) XML
3 277 (9.25%) Web Services
4 256 (8.55%) HTML
5 183 (6.11%) CSS
6 123 (4.11%) JSON
7 113 (3.77%) SOAP
8 92 (3.07%) REST
9 85 (2.84%) HTML5
10 81 (2.70%) jQuery
11 65 (2.17%) RESTful
12 64 (2.14%) CSS3
13 63 (2.10%) J2EE
14 58 (1.94%) XSLT
15 57 (1.90%) Spring
15 57 (1.90%) ASP.NET
16 55 (1.84%) Gherkin
17 53 (1.77%) .NET Framework
18 52 (1.74%) AngularJS
19 50 (1.67%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 238 (7.95%) Analytical Skills
2 140 (4.67%) Open Source
3 113 (3.77%) User Experience
4 85 (2.84%) Management Information System
5 81 (2.70%) Computer Science
6 64 (2.14%) Mobile App
7 51 (1.70%) Derivative
8 43 (1.44%) Data Integration
9 40 (1.34%) Client/Server
10 36 (1.20%) Fixed Income
11 30 (1.00%) Equities
11 30 (1.00%) Online Games
12 29 (0.97%) SWIFT
13 28 (0.93%) NHS
14 27 (0.90%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 26 (0.87%) Digital Media
16 23 (0.77%) PKI
17 22 (0.73%) Clustering
18 19 (0.63%) Enterprise Software
18 19 (0.63%) Device Driver
Operating Systems
1 241 (8.05%) Windows
2 199 (6.64%) Linux
3 183 (6.11%) UNIX
4 100 (3.34%) Apple iOS
5 89 (2.97%) Android
6 43 (1.44%) Windows Server 2008
7 36 (1.20%) CentOS
8 34 (1.14%) Windows Server 2003
9 30 (1.00%) Windows Server 2012
10 25 (0.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 25 (0.83%) Windows 7
10 25 (0.83%) Ubuntu
11 21 (0.70%) AIX
12 20 (0.67%) Solaris
13 18 (0.60%) Windows XP
14 12 (0.40%) zOS
14 12 (0.40%) Windows Vista
15 10 (0.33%) Windows Phone
16 7 (0.23%) HPUX
17 6 (0.20%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1000 (33.39%) Agile Software Development
2 415 (13.86%) Project Management
3 369 (12.32%) User Acceptance Testing
4 361 (12.05%) Scrum
5 318 (10.62%) TDD
6 289 (9.65%) Test Automation
7 264 (8.81%) BDD
8 255 (8.51%) Test Scripting
9 217 (7.25%) Stakeholder Management
10 212 (7.08%) Continuous Integration
11 199 (6.64%) Test Strategy
12 183 (6.11%) ITIL
13 179 (5.98%) Migration
14 178 (5.94%) PRINCE2
15 173 (5.78%) E-Commerce
16 160 (5.34%) Manual Testing
17 148 (4.94%) Software Testing
18 137 (4.57%) Regression Testing
19 136 (4.54%) Risk Management
19 136 (4.54%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 650 (21.70%) SQL
2 547 (18.26%) Java
3 267 (8.91%) C#
4 264 (8.81%) JavaScript
5 215 (7.18%) Ruby
6 173 (5.78%) Python
7 92 (3.07%) PHP
8 69 (2.30%) Perl
9 64 (2.14%) Shell Script
10 62 (2.07%) C
11 56 (1.87%) PL/SQL
12 53 (1.77%) C++
13 47 (1.57%) VBA
14 45 (1.50%) Bash Shell
15 41 (1.37%) T-SQL
16 34 (1.14%) Groovy
17 30 (1.00%) VB
18 29 (0.97%) Objective-C
19 28 (0.93%) Scala
19 28 (0.93%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 241 (8.05%) Degree
2 210 (7.01%) ISEB
3 151 (5.04%) Security Cleared
4 131 (4.37%) ISTQB
5 87 (2.90%) SC Cleared
6 42 (1.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 40 (1.34%) ITIL Certification
8 34 (1.14%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 33 (1.10%) PMI Certification
10 27 (0.90%) CISSP
11 25 (0.83%) DV Cleared
11 25 (0.83%) PMP
12 23 (0.77%) Microsoft Certification
13 20 (0.67%) HNC
14 19 (0.63%) Cisco Certification
15 18 (0.60%) CISM
16 15 (0.50%) CISMP
17 11 (0.37%) CCENT
17 11 (0.37%) MCSE
18 10 (0.33%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (1.34%) SLA
2 31 (1.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 27 (0.90%) Data Quality
4 17 (0.57%) EMIR
4 17 (0.57%) GMP
5 16 (0.53%) ISO 9001
6 12 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 11 (0.37%) JSP 440
7 11 (0.37%) GAMP
8 7 (0.23%) Solvency II
8 7 (0.23%) MiFID
9 6 (0.20%) 21 CFR Part 11
9 6 (0.20%) COBIT
9 6 (0.20%) PCI DSS
9 6 (0.20%) Basel III
10 5 (0.17%) HL7
10 5 (0.17%) P3O
11 4 (0.13%) GxP
12 3 (0.10%) DICOM
12 3 (0.10%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 51 (1.70%) Active Directory
2 48 (1.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 26 (0.87%) XenApp
4 21 (0.70%) vSphere
5 14 (0.47%) Microsoft App-V
6 13 (0.43%) VMware ESXi
7 12 (0.40%) Oracle RAC
8 11 (0.37%) vCloud
9 10 (0.33%) MetaFrame
9 10 (0.33%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 9 (0.30%) Hyper-V
11 8 (0.27%) Docker
11 8 (0.27%) XenDesktop
12 5 (0.17%) Oracle Clusterware
12 5 (0.17%) BitLocker
12 5 (0.17%) Firmware
13 4 (0.13%) Varnish
14 3 (0.10%) Squid
15 2 (0.067%) VMware Workstation
15 2 (0.067%) LXC
Systems Management
1 120 (4.01%) HP Quality Center
2 74 (2.47%) Puppet
3 25 (0.83%) Opscode Chef
3 25 (0.83%) Vagrant
4 21 (0.70%) SCCM
5 20 (0.67%) Cobbler
6 18 (0.60%) Graylog
7 17 (0.57%) Nagios
8 11 (0.37%) collectd
9 9 (0.30%) Kibana
10 8 (0.27%) Tivoli
11 7 (0.23%) ZABBIX
12 6 (0.20%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 6 (0.20%) WhatsUp Gold
13 5 (0.17%) Data Guard
13 5 (0.17%) Oracle Flashback
13 5 (0.17%) Nessus
13 5 (0.17%) Oracle RMAN
13 5 (0.17%) OpenView
14 4 (0.13%) Salt
Vendors
1 322 (10.75%) Microsoft
2 268 (8.95%) Oracle
3 121 (4.04%) SAP
4 104 (3.47%) HP
5 96 (3.21%) IBM
6 94 (3.14%) VMware
7 61 (2.04%) Cisco
8 55 (1.84%) Red Hat
9 42 (1.40%) Citrix
10 35 (1.17%) CheckPoint
11 31 (1.04%) New Relic
12 30 (1.00%) Salesforce.com
13 28 (0.93%) Business Objects
14 26 (0.87%) TIBCO
14 26 (0.87%) Remedy
15 24 (0.80%) Google
16 23 (0.77%) Tableau
16 23 (0.77%) Nokia
17 22 (0.73%) Perforce
17 22 (0.73%) Adobe
London
Hatstand Limited
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol Area
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Reading, Berkshire
Capita IT Professional Services
Posted: Yesterday
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £200.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Reading, Berkshire
Capita IT Professional Services
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear
Mercator IT Solutions
Posted: Yesterday
Hounslow, Middlesex
Square One Resources
Rate: Up to £340 per day 1 week only duration
Posted: Yesterday
London
Spencer Rose
Rate: From £500 to £550 per day Initial 6 Month Contract
Posted: Yesterday
London
Spencer Rose
Rate: From £400 to £425 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Crawley, West Sussex
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £300 - £350 Per Day
Posted: Yesterday
Woking, Surrey
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 2 days ago
Stevenage, Hertfordshire
LA International
Rate: £300 - £325 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Blackpool, Lancashire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Northamptonshire
Talent International
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Blackpool, Lancashire
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 Per Day Limited Company Basis
Posted: 2 days ago
Blackpool, Lancashire
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £300 - 400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
East Grinstead, West Sussex
Gold Group
Rate: £350 - £400 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
West Midlands
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £350.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 3 days ago