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 19 September 2014 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 57 64 54
Rank change year-on-year
+7 -10
Contract jobs citing QA 1673 1450 1651
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 3.20% 3.01% 3.12%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 40.77% 39.24% 39.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 1106 934 1060
Average daily rate
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£375 £400 £384
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +4.30%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £536 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £336
% change year-on-year
- +4.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 14 23
Average hourly rate £18.75 £37.00 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-49.32% +72.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.58 £12.91 £13.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.00 £67.50 £36.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.55 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+0.25% -12.50%
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
4104 3695 4205
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 7.85% 7.66% 7.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 2519 2218 2382
Average daily rate £400 £425 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.88% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £568 £625 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £354 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.00% -2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 203 146 204
Average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -18.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £37.50 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -16.66%

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 19 September 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 19 September 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 19 September 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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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 +1 910 £413 -2.94% 258
South East +28 292 £335 -4.28% 116
Yorkshire +23 76 £320 -8.57% 40
West Midlands +15 74 £275 -26.66% 38
East of England -25 72 £368 +4.85% 42
South West -6 68 £375 +15.38% 36
North West -15 66 £344 +7.75% 72
North East +8 54 £353 -17.05% 19
East Midlands +7 51 £367 +22.12% 15
Midlands -2 15 £275 -26.66% 1
South Coast - - - -
QA
UK

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 1176 (35.68%) Agile Software Development
2 800 (24.27%) SQL
3 713 (21.63%) Finance
4 605 (18.36%) Java
5 482 (14.62%) Scrum
6 461 (13.99%) Project Management
7 438 (13.29%) TDD
8 434 (13.17%) Selenium
9 424 (12.86%) Microsoft
10 401 (12.17%) Oracle
11 380 (11.53%) .NET
12 375 (11.38%) C#
13 356 (10.80%) JavaScript
14 344 (10.44%) User Acceptance Testing
15 342 (10.38%) Analytical Skills
16 331 (10.04%) Test Scripting
17 324 (9.83%) BDD
18 319 (9.68%) HTML
19 318 (9.65%) Banking
20 310 (9.41%) Web Services
21 306 (9.28%) MS Excel
22 304 (9.22%) Degree
23 301 (9.13%) Test Automation
24 295 (8.95%) XML
25 280 (8.50%) SQL Server
26 272 (8.25%) Cucumber
27 268 (8.13%) Windows
28 248 (7.52%) Continuous Integration
29 236 (7.16%) ISEB
30 232 (7.04%) Automated Testing

QA
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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
1 142 (4.31%) SharePoint
2 83 (2.52%) CMS
3 65 (1.97%) IIS
4 63 (1.91%) Apache
5 48 (1.46%) WebLogic
6 40 (1.21%) WebSphere
7 38 (1.15%) Node.js
8 37 (1.12%) Tomcat
9 22 (0.67%) Confluence
10 20 (0.61%) Oracle Workflow
10 20 (0.61%) IBM Notes
11 17 (0.52%) SharePoint 2010
12 15 (0.46%) WebSphere Application Server
12 15 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
13 13 (0.39%) SAS
13 13 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2013
14 12 (0.36%) Umbraco
14 12 (0.36%) Drupal
15 11 (0.33%) MS Project Server
16 10 (0.30%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 306 (9.28%) MS Excel
2 186 (5.64%) MS Office
3 106 (3.22%) MS Project
4 81 (2.46%) MS PowerPoint
5 74 (2.25%) MS Visio
6 22 (0.67%) Photoshop
7 14 (0.42%) Spreadsheet
8 5 (0.15%) Fireworks
9 3 (0.091%) AutoCAD
9 3 (0.091%) Adobe Illustrator
9 3 (0.091%) Windchill
9 3 (0.091%) Final Cut Pro
10 2 (0.061%) Stata
10 2 (0.061%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.030%) SPSS
11 1 (0.030%) RoboHelp
11 1 (0.030%) InfoPath
11 1 (0.030%) PowerPivot
11 1 (0.030%) Blender
Business Applications
1 38 (1.15%) Oracle EBS R12
1 38 (1.15%) Oracle EBS
2 37 (1.12%) Dynamics CRM
3 34 (1.03%) Oracle General Ledger
3 34 (1.03%) Oracle Payables
4 33 (1.00%) Oracle Applications
5 30 (0.91%) Oracle Receivables
6 21 (0.64%) Oracle Assets
7 18 (0.55%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 14 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
8 14 (0.42%) WebTrends
8 14 (0.42%) SAP HR
9 13 (0.39%) Oracle Financials
10 8 (0.24%) Oracle BPM
10 8 (0.24%) SAP HCM
11 6 (0.18%) SAP ERP
11 6 (0.18%) Oracle Internet Expenses
11 6 (0.18%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
11 6 (0.18%) Oracle Cash Management
11 6 (0.18%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 27 (0.82%) SaaS
1 27 (0.82%) Amazon AWS
2 21 (0.64%) Office 365
3 20 (0.61%) Amazon EC2
4 19 (0.58%) Amazon S3
4 19 (0.58%) PaaS
5 18 (0.55%) GitHub
6 17 (0.52%) Amazon ELB
7 16 (0.49%) Route 53
8 13 (0.39%) Microsoft Azure
9 4 (0.12%) IaaS
10 3 (0.091%) OpenShift
10 3 (0.091%) Heroku
10 3 (0.091%) Cloud Computing
11 1 (0.030%) Responsys
11 1 (0.030%) CheetahMail
11 1 (0.030%) SuccessFactors
11 1 (0.030%) Amazon SQS
11 1 (0.030%) CloudFront
11 1 (0.030%) Basecamp
Communications & Networking
1 91 (2.76%) Internet
2 65 (1.97%) TCP/IP
3 60 (1.82%) Firewall
4 53 (1.61%) HTTP
5 51 (1.55%) DNS
6 39 (1.18%) WAN
7 38 (1.15%) LAN
8 28 (0.85%) SSL
9 23 (0.70%) SAN
10 21 (0.64%) DHCP
10 21 (0.64%) Network Security
11 20 (0.61%) SNMP
12 19 (0.58%) Wireless
12 19 (0.58%) Cisco ASA
13 18 (0.55%) Cisco IOS
13 18 (0.55%) LDAP
14 15 (0.46%) VLAN
15 14 (0.42%) OSPF
16 13 (0.39%) SMTP
17 12 (0.36%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 280 (8.50%) SQL Server
2 124 (3.76%) Data Warehouse
3 102 (3.09%) Oracle Database
4 95 (2.88%) Relational Database
5 87 (2.64%) MySQL
6 80 (2.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 64 (1.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 53 (1.61%) SQL Server 2008
9 45 (1.37%) Oracle Reports
10 43 (1.30%) NoSQL
11 37 (1.12%) Oracle Database 11g
12 32 (0.97%) QlikView
13 31 (0.94%) MongoDB
14 30 (0.91%) Oracle ODI
15 29 (0.88%) SQL Server 2005
16 26 (0.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 25 (0.76%) DB2
18 20 (0.61%) OLAP
19 18 (0.55%) Big Data
19 18 (0.55%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 434 (13.17%) Selenium
2 272 (8.25%) Cucumber
3 176 (5.34%) JIRA
4 150 (4.55%) WebDriver
5 141 (4.28%) Jenkins
6 129 (3.91%) Team Foundation Server
7 120 (3.64%) QuickTest Pro
8 113 (3.43%) Visual Studio
9 101 (3.06%) Git (software)
10 100 (3.03%) JUnit
11 89 (2.70%) Maven
12 87 (2.64%) Subversion
13 72 (2.18%) SpecFlow
14 65 (1.97%) FitNesse
15 50 (1.52%) SoapUI
16 49 (1.49%) LoadRunner
17 48 (1.46%) WATIR
18 46 (1.40%) Hudson
19 45 (1.37%) TeamCity
20 36 (1.09%) JMeter
General
1 713 (21.63%) Finance
2 318 (9.65%) Banking
3 145 (4.40%) Investment Banking
4 137 (4.16%) Retail
5 90 (2.73%) Telecoms
6 89 (2.70%) Marketing
7 75 (2.28%) Publishing
8 62 (1.88%) Games
9 58 (1.76%) Legal
10 51 (1.55%) Back Office
11 49 (1.49%) Front Office
12 31 (0.94%) Advertising
13 30 (0.91%) Retail Banking
13 30 (0.91%) Automotive
14 28 (0.85%) Billing
15 26 (0.79%) General Ledger
15 26 (0.79%) Manufacturing
15 26 (0.79%) Pharmaceutical
16 22 (0.67%) Financial Institution
17 16 (0.49%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 795 (24.12%) Analyst
2 650 (19.72%) Developer
3 342 (10.38%) Tester
4 337 (10.22%) Test Analyst
5 187 (5.67%) Business Analyst
6 172 (5.22%) Project Manager
7 159 (4.82%) QA Tester
8 154 (4.67%) QA Analyst
9 151 (4.58%) Consultant
10 138 (4.19%) QA Engineer
11 104 (3.16%) Java Developer
12 102 (3.09%) Test Engineer
13 101 (3.06%) Test Manager
14 98 (2.97%) Architect
15 91 (2.76%) Senior Analyst
16 90 (2.73%) Senior Developer
17 73 (2.21%) Automation Tester
18 66 (2.00%) Data Analyst
19 57 (1.73%) QA Test Analyst
19 57 (1.73%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 380 (11.53%) .NET
2 319 (9.68%) HTML
3 310 (9.41%) Web Services
4 295 (8.95%) XML
5 206 (6.25%) CSS
6 134 (4.07%) jQuery
7 127 (3.85%) HTML5
8 122 (3.70%) ASP.NET
9 112 (3.40%) REST
10 104 (3.16%) Spring
11 93 (2.82%) SOAP
12 92 (2.79%) JSON
13 81 (2.46%) Ajax
14 80 (2.43%) J2EE
15 79 (2.40%) Hibernate
16 78 (2.37%) WCF
17 77 (2.34%) CSS3
18 65 (1.97%) XSLT
19 64 (1.94%) JSP
20 62 (1.88%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 342 (10.38%) Analytical Skills
2 183 (5.55%) Open Source
3 129 (3.91%) Management Information System
4 118 (3.58%) Computer Science
5 114 (3.46%) User Experience
6 103 (3.13%) Mobile App
7 69 (2.09%) Enterprise Software
8 47 (1.43%) Derivative
9 42 (1.27%) NHS
10 41 (1.24%) iPad
11 39 (1.18%) Data Integration
12 37 (1.12%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 37 (1.12%) Client/Server
13 33 (1.00%) Social Media
13 33 (1.00%) Online Games
14 32 (0.97%) Fixed Income
15 23 (0.70%) Equities
15 23 (0.70%) iPhone
16 20 (0.61%) Digital Media
16 20 (0.61%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 268 (8.13%) Windows
2 213 (6.46%) UNIX
3 205 (6.22%) Linux
4 112 (3.40%) Android
5 97 (2.94%) Apple iOS
6 45 (1.37%) Windows 7
7 44 (1.33%) Windows Server 2008
8 32 (0.97%) Windows Server 2003
9 28 (0.85%) CentOS
10 25 (0.76%) Windows Server 2012
11 16 (0.49%) Windows XP
12 14 (0.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 14 (0.42%) AIX
13 11 (0.33%) Solaris
14 9 (0.27%) Windows 8
15 8 (0.24%) VMS
16 6 (0.18%) Windows Phone
16 6 (0.18%) Windows NT
16 6 (0.18%) Windows 2000
17 5 (0.15%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1176 (35.68%) Agile Software Development
2 482 (14.62%) Scrum
3 461 (13.99%) Project Management
4 438 (13.29%) TDD
5 344 (10.44%) User Acceptance Testing
6 331 (10.04%) Test Scripting
7 324 (9.83%) BDD
8 301 (9.13%) Test Automation
9 248 (7.52%) Continuous Integration
10 232 (7.04%) Automated Testing
11 208 (6.31%) Migration
12 207 (6.28%) E-Commerce
13 206 (6.25%) OO
14 202 (6.13%) Software Testing
15 180 (5.46%) Stakeholder Management
16 167 (5.07%) Unit Testing
17 161 (4.88%) Test Strategy
18 150 (4.55%) PRINCE2
18 150 (4.55%) User Stories
19 148 (4.49%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 800 (24.27%) SQL
2 605 (18.36%) Java
3 375 (11.38%) C#
4 356 (10.80%) JavaScript
5 172 (5.22%) Ruby
6 119 (3.61%) PHP
7 107 (3.25%) PL/SQL
8 85 (2.58%) T-SQL
9 84 (2.55%) Python
10 78 (2.37%) Shell Script
11 76 (2.31%) VBA
12 71 (2.15%) VB
13 57 (1.73%) PowerShell
14 55 (1.67%) VBScript
15 50 (1.52%) Perl
15 50 (1.52%) C++
16 42 (1.27%) C
17 31 (0.94%) Scala
18 21 (0.64%) Groovy
19 18 (0.55%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 304 (9.22%) Degree
2 236 (7.16%) ISEB
3 226 (6.86%) Security Cleared
4 179 (5.43%) ISTQB
5 153 (4.64%) SC Cleared
6 85 (2.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 55 (1.67%) DV Cleared
8 40 (1.21%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 33 (1.00%) PMI Certification
10 29 (0.88%) ITIL Certification
11 28 (0.85%) Cisco Certification
12 24 (0.73%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 21 (0.64%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 20 (0.61%) MOS
15 18 (0.55%) PMP
15 18 (0.55%) CISSP
15 18 (0.55%) CCNP
16 17 (0.52%) CCNA
16 17 (0.52%) MCITP
17 16 (0.49%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (0.85%) SLA
2 26 (0.79%) Data Quality
3 25 (0.76%) ISO 9001
4 22 (0.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 14 (0.42%) P3O
6 13 (0.39%) ISO 9000
7 9 (0.27%) GxP
7 9 (0.27%) ISO 14001
7 9 (0.27%) Solvency II
8 8 (0.24%) JSP 440
8 8 (0.24%) EMIR
8 8 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 7 (0.21%) Dodd-Frank
9 7 (0.21%) PCI DSS
10 6 (0.18%) GMP
11 5 (0.15%) 21 CFR Part 11
11 5 (0.15%) GAAP
12 4 (0.12%) COREP
13 3 (0.091%) FINREP
13 3 (0.091%) CRD IV
System Software
1 49 (1.49%) Active Directory
2 22 (0.67%) VMware Infrastructure
2 22 (0.67%) vSphere
3 16 (0.49%) Hyper-V
4 15 (0.46%) VMware ESXi
5 9 (0.27%) XenDesktop
6 7 (0.21%) NFS
6 7 (0.21%) Squid
6 7 (0.21%) Microsoft App-V
6 7 (0.21%) qmail
7 4 (0.12%) XenApp
7 4 (0.12%) Nmap
8 3 (0.091%) Oracle RAC
9 2 (0.061%) vCloud
9 2 (0.061%) Docker
9 2 (0.061%) Oracle RMAN
9 2 (0.061%) VMware ESX
9 2 (0.061%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
9 2 (0.061%) ISA Server
10 1 (0.030%) RACF
Systems Management
1 200 (6.07%) HP Quality Center
2 43 (1.30%) Puppet
3 28 (0.85%) Vagrant
4 24 (0.73%) SCCM
5 15 (0.46%) Tivoli
6 12 (0.36%) Opscode Chef
7 11 (0.33%) BMC PATROL
8 10 (0.30%) WhatsUp Gold
9 7 (0.21%) Nagios
10 6 (0.18%) Netcool/Webtop
10 6 (0.18%) Control-M
10 6 (0.18%) Netcool
10 6 (0.18%) Netcool/OMNIbus
10 6 (0.18%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 5 (0.15%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 5 (0.15%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 5 (0.15%) Nessus
11 5 (0.15%) CA LISA
11 5 (0.15%) Capistrano
12 4 (0.12%) SCOM
Vendors
1 424 (12.86%) Microsoft
2 401 (12.17%) Oracle
3 221 (6.71%) HP
4 165 (5.01%) SAP
5 55 (1.67%) JBoss
6 53 (1.61%) Cisco
7 49 (1.49%) IBM
8 41 (1.24%) Salesforce.com
9 40 (1.21%) Red Hat
10 35 (1.06%) Zend
11 34 (1.03%) Business Objects
12 33 (1.00%) VMware
13 31 (0.94%) Citrix
14 24 (0.73%) CheckPoint
15 23 (0.70%) Teradata
16 22 (0.67%) Juniper
17 21 (0.64%) Lotus
17 21 (0.64%) Adobe
17 21 (0.64%) F5
18 20 (0.61%) Informatica
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £420.00 - £477.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Intelligent Recruitment
Rate: From £250 to £350 per annum Rate is for an 8 hr day and 3 month renewa
Posted: Yesterday
Cumbria
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Surrey
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Hertfordshire
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Intelligent Recruitment
Rate: From £250 to £350 per annum Rate is for an 8 hr day and 3 month renewa
Posted: Yesterday
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Uniting Ambition
Rate: 320pd
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: Yesterday
London
PwC Careers in the UK
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear
PwC Careers in the UK
Posted: Yesterday
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £405 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £405 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
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Vivid Resourcing Ltd
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