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 27 March 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 57 56 62
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +6
Contract jobs citing QA 1589 1542 1271
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 3.27% 3.26% 3.04%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 40.31% 40.90% 40.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 1000 1034 806
Average daily rate
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£375 £390 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.84% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 14 27
Average hourly rate £31.44 £30.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.80% +9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.20 £14.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.89 £120.50 £43.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.50 £18.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+102.77% -34.54%
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
3942 3770 3142
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 8.11% 7.97% 7.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 2365 2272 1838
Average daily rate £400 £412 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% +0.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £242 £250 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £370 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.05% +12.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 118 161 152
Average hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £20.08
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.57% -12.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.59 £10.56 £10.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.80 £45.00 £49.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.40 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+29.31% -5.94%

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 27 March 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 27 March 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 27 March 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 -11 758 £400 -4.76% 320
South East +15 299 £350 - 130
North West +34 125 £340 -2.85% 62
Yorkshire +6 100 £350 +22.80% 39
East of England -5 91 £445 +11.25% 27
South West -8 65 £400 +23.07% 32
East Midlands +12 57 £390 +20.00% 26
West Midlands -16 48 £338 -15.62% 27
North East +15 22 £325 -27.77% 7
Midlands -12 3 £410 -21.90% 1
QA
UK

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 1046 (33.94%) Agile Software Development
2 771 (25.02%) Finance
3 716 (23.23%) SQL
4 598 (19.40%) Java
5 460 (14.93%) Selenium
6 422 (13.69%) Project Management
7 378 (12.26%) User Acceptance Testing
8 366 (11.88%) Scrum
9 348 (11.29%) TDD
10 330 (10.71%) .NET
11 315 (10.22%) XML
12 306 (9.93%) Microsoft
13 298 (9.67%) Banking
14 296 (9.60%) Test Automation
15 291 (9.44%) Web Services
16 289 (9.38%) JavaScript
17 280 (9.09%) Oracle
18 275 (8.92%) Analytical Skills
19 273 (8.86%) HTML
20 272 (8.83%) BDD
21 261 (8.47%) Test Scripting
22 256 (8.31%) Cucumber
23 253 (8.21%) ISEB
24 252 (8.18%) Degree
25 250 (8.11%) C#
26 233 (7.56%) Windows
27 227 (7.37%) JIRA
28 223 (7.24%) Ruby
29 222 (7.20%) MS Excel
30 220 (7.14%) Continuous Integration

QA
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 97 (3.15%) SharePoint
2 62 (2.01%) Apache
3 59 (1.91%) WebSphere
4 48 (1.56%) CMS
4 48 (1.56%) WebLogic
5 43 (1.40%) Tomcat
5 43 (1.40%) Confluence
6 39 (1.27%) JBoss
7 33 (1.07%) IIS
8 31 (1.01%) Cloud Foundry
9 25 (0.81%) Node.js
10 22 (0.71%) Elasticsearch
11 21 (0.68%) OpenStack
12 19 (0.62%) BizTalk Server
13 18 (0.58%) Oracle Workflow
14 17 (0.55%) TIBCO EMS
14 17 (0.55%) SAS
15 16 (0.52%) WebSphere Application Server
16 12 (0.39%) Drupal
17 11 (0.36%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 222 (7.20%) MS Excel
2 149 (4.83%) MS Office
3 76 (2.47%) MS Project
4 52 (1.69%) MS PowerPoint
5 45 (1.46%) MS Visio
6 18 (0.58%) Photoshop
7 11 (0.36%) Spreadsheet
8 9 (0.29%) Adobe Illustrator
9 6 (0.19%) Mingle
10 4 (0.13%) SPSS
11 3 (0.097%) AutoCAD
12 2 (0.065%) RoboHelp
13 1 (0.032%) Fireworks
13 1 (0.032%) Simulink
13 1 (0.032%) FrameMaker
13 1 (0.032%) Open Workbench
13 1 (0.032%) ProjectWise
13 1 (0.032%) FastStats
13 1 (0.032%) Final Cut Pro
Business Applications
1 27 (0.88%) Dynamics CRM
2 23 (0.75%) Dynamics AX
3 17 (0.55%) Oracle Payables
4 13 (0.42%) Oracle EBS
5 11 (0.36%) Oracle General Ledger
6 10 (0.32%) Oracle Applications
6 10 (0.32%) Oracle Financials
6 10 (0.32%) Summit
7 9 (0.29%) Agresso
8 8 (0.26%) WebTrends
8 8 (0.26%) Cognos TM1
8 8 (0.26%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 8 (0.26%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 8 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
8 8 (0.26%) Oracle Retail
8 8 (0.26%) Oracle Receivables
8 8 (0.26%) Oracle BPM
9 7 (0.23%) Markit EDM
9 7 (0.23%) Oracle EBS R12
10 5 (0.16%) Google Analytics
Cloud Services
1 44 (1.43%) Amazon AWS
2 27 (0.88%) SaaS
3 21 (0.68%) PaaS
4 18 (0.58%) Amazon S3
5 16 (0.52%) Amazon ELB
5 16 (0.52%) Amazon EC2
6 14 (0.45%) Heroku
6 14 (0.45%) Engine Yard
7 13 (0.42%) Route 53
8 10 (0.32%) GitHub
9 7 (0.23%) Office 365
10 6 (0.19%) Cloud Computing
10 6 (0.19%) Force.com
11 5 (0.16%) Microsoft Azure
12 4 (0.13%) Google Cloud Platform
13 3 (0.097%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 2 (0.065%) OpenShift
14 2 (0.065%) Trello
15 1 (0.032%) IaaS
15 1 (0.032%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 101 (3.28%) Internet
2 76 (2.47%) Firewall
3 55 (1.78%) TCP/IP
4 46 (1.49%) WAN
5 43 (1.40%) LAN
6 39 (1.27%) SSL
7 37 (1.20%) DNS
8 25 (0.81%) Network Security
9 24 (0.78%) HTTP
10 22 (0.71%) SAN
10 22 (0.71%) Wireless
11 21 (0.68%) GSM
12 19 (0.62%) VLAN
12 19 (0.62%) Cisco ASA
13 18 (0.58%) LDAP
13 18 (0.58%) UMTS
14 16 (0.52%) FTP
14 16 (0.52%) LTE
15 14 (0.45%) Intranet
15 14 (0.45%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 179 (5.81%) SQL Server
2 143 (4.64%) Data Warehouse
3 139 (4.51%) Relational Database
4 86 (2.79%) MongoDB
5 66 (2.14%) NoSQL
6 65 (2.11%) Oracle Database
7 63 (2.04%) MySQL
8 62 (2.01%) RDBMS
9 55 (1.78%) DB2
10 46 (1.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 38 (1.23%) SQL Server 2008
12 37 (1.20%) Big Data
13 35 (1.14%) Hadoop
13 35 (1.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 33 (1.07%) Oracle Reports
14 33 (1.07%) Apache Cassandra
15 27 (0.88%) QlikView
16 26 (0.84%) OLTP
17 25 (0.81%) MarkLogic
18 22 (0.71%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 460 (14.93%) Selenium
2 256 (8.31%) Cucumber
3 227 (7.37%) JIRA
4 206 (6.68%) WebDriver
5 153 (4.96%) Jenkins
6 124 (4.02%) Git (software)
7 120 (3.89%) QuickTest Pro
8 108 (3.50%) Subversion
9 95 (3.08%) Team Foundation Server
10 91 (2.95%) JUnit
11 87 (2.82%) SpecFlow
12 69 (2.24%) TeamCity
13 68 (2.21%) SoapUI
14 55 (1.78%) Visual Studio
15 51 (1.65%) JMeter
16 44 (1.43%) WATIR
16 44 (1.43%) Hudson
17 42 (1.36%) Eclipse
18 41 (1.33%) Maven
19 40 (1.30%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 771 (25.02%) Finance
2 298 (9.67%) Banking
3 155 (5.03%) Retail
4 134 (4.35%) Telecoms
5 127 (4.12%) Investment Banking
6 74 (2.40%) Games
7 63 (2.04%) Publishing
8 60 (1.95%) Manufacturing
9 54 (1.75%) Marketing
10 44 (1.43%) Front Office
11 42 (1.36%) Legal
12 36 (1.17%) Billing
13 35 (1.14%) Back Office
14 30 (0.97%) Pharmaceutical
15 29 (0.94%) Financial Institution
16 27 (0.88%) Law
17 21 (0.68%) Advertising
18 18 (0.58%) Retail Banking
19 15 (0.49%) Electronics
20 14 (0.45%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 798 (25.89%) Analyst
2 526 (17.07%) Developer
3 301 (9.77%) Test Analyst
4 290 (9.41%) Tester
5 210 (6.81%) Business Analyst
6 180 (5.84%) Project Manager
7 145 (4.70%) Test Manager
8 141 (4.57%) QA Analyst
9 132 (4.28%) QA Engineer
10 122 (3.96%) Consultant
11 115 (3.73%) QA Tester
12 105 (3.41%) Architect
13 98 (3.18%) Test Leader
14 85 (2.76%) Test Engineer
15 81 (2.63%) Java Developer
16 64 (2.08%) Senior Developer
17 61 (1.98%) Senior Analyst
18 60 (1.95%) Automation Tester
19 58 (1.88%) QA Test Analyst
20 57 (1.85%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 330 (10.71%) .NET
2 315 (10.22%) XML
3 291 (9.44%) Web Services
4 273 (8.86%) HTML
5 201 (6.52%) CSS
6 122 (3.96%) JSON
7 109 (3.54%) SOAP
8 98 (3.18%) REST
9 89 (2.89%) HTML5
10 86 (2.79%) jQuery
11 75 (2.43%) J2EE
12 74 (2.40%) Spring
13 65 (2.11%) CSS3
14 64 (2.08%) XSLT
15 61 (1.98%) Hibernate
16 59 (1.91%) Middleware
17 58 (1.88%) RESTful
18 57 (1.85%) .NET Framework
19 51 (1.65%) ASP.NET
20 49 (1.59%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 275 (8.92%) Analytical Skills
2 153 (4.96%) Open Source
3 106 (3.44%) User Experience
4 86 (2.79%) Computer Science
5 76 (2.47%) Mobile App
6 75 (2.43%) Management Information System
7 57 (1.85%) Derivative
8 46 (1.49%) Data Integration
9 45 (1.46%) Client/Server
10 34 (1.10%) Fixed Income
11 32 (1.04%) Online Games
12 31 (1.01%) Enterprise Software
12 31 (1.01%) Equities
13 28 (0.91%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 26 (0.84%) Digital Media
15 25 (0.81%) SWIFT
16 24 (0.78%) NHS
17 23 (0.75%) Clustering
18 21 (0.68%) Data Conversion
18 21 (0.68%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 233 (7.56%) Windows
2 202 (6.55%) Linux
3 194 (6.29%) UNIX
4 99 (3.21%) Android
5 96 (3.11%) Apple iOS
6 47 (1.52%) CentOS
7 46 (1.49%) Windows Server 2008
8 34 (1.10%) Windows Server 2003
9 29 (0.94%) Windows Server 2012
10 25 (0.81%) Windows 7
11 21 (0.68%) Ubuntu
11 21 (0.68%) Windows XP
12 20 (0.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 16 (0.52%) Solaris
13 16 (0.52%) AIX
14 14 (0.45%) Windows Vista
15 12 (0.39%) zOS
16 10 (0.32%) Windows Phone
17 7 (0.23%) HPUX
18 6 (0.19%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1046 (33.94%) Agile Software Development
2 422 (13.69%) Project Management
3 378 (12.26%) User Acceptance Testing
4 366 (11.88%) Scrum
5 348 (11.29%) TDD
6 296 (9.60%) Test Automation
7 272 (8.83%) BDD
8 261 (8.47%) Test Scripting
9 220 (7.14%) Continuous Integration
10 209 (6.78%) Test Strategy
10 209 (6.78%) Stakeholder Management
11 186 (6.04%) E-Commerce
12 180 (5.84%) Migration
13 175 (5.68%) PRINCE2
14 171 (5.55%) Manual Testing
15 168 (5.45%) Software Testing
16 166 (5.39%) ITIL
17 152 (4.93%) Regression Testing
18 149 (4.83%) Waterfall
19 143 (4.64%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 716 (23.23%) SQL
2 598 (19.40%) Java
3 289 (9.38%) JavaScript
4 250 (8.11%) C#
5 223 (7.24%) Ruby
6 181 (5.87%) Python
7 93 (3.02%) PHP
8 71 (2.30%) Shell Script
9 69 (2.24%) PL/SQL
9 69 (2.24%) Perl
10 62 (2.01%) C++
10 62 (2.01%) C
11 56 (1.82%) VBA
12 49 (1.59%) Bash Shell
13 38 (1.23%) T-SQL
14 34 (1.10%) VB
15 30 (0.97%) Groovy
16 29 (0.94%) Scala
17 23 (0.75%) XQuery
18 22 (0.71%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 253 (8.21%) ISEB
2 252 (8.18%) Degree
3 157 (5.09%) Security Cleared
4 142 (4.61%) ISTQB
5 95 (3.08%) SC Cleared
6 56 (1.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 39 (1.27%) PMI Certification
8 38 (1.23%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 31 (1.01%) ITIL Certification
10 30 (0.97%) PMP
11 25 (0.81%) CISSP
12 22 (0.71%) Cisco Certification
12 22 (0.71%) DV Cleared
13 21 (0.68%) Microsoft Certification
14 20 (0.65%) HNC
15 13 (0.42%) CCNP
15 13 (0.42%) ISEB Practitioner
16 11 (0.36%) CISM
16 11 (0.36%) MCSE
17 10 (0.32%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (1.46%) SLA
2 26 (0.84%) Data Quality
3 20 (0.65%) EMIR
4 19 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 15 (0.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 15 (0.49%) GMP
6 14 (0.45%) ISO 9001
7 9 (0.29%) GAMP
7 9 (0.29%) JSP 440
8 8 (0.26%) MiFID
9 7 (0.23%) 21 CFR Part 11
9 7 (0.23%) Basel III
9 7 (0.23%) Solvency II
10 6 (0.19%) P3O
10 6 (0.19%) PCI DSS
10 6 (0.19%) COBIT
11 5 (0.16%) Basel II
12 4 (0.13%) GxP
12 4 (0.13%) HL7
12 4 (0.13%) FATCA
System Software
1 47 (1.52%) Active Directory
2 39 (1.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (0.78%) XenApp
4 18 (0.58%) vSphere
5 13 (0.42%) Microsoft App-V
6 12 (0.39%) Oracle RAC
6 12 (0.39%) VMware ESXi
7 10 (0.32%) Hyper-V
8 8 (0.26%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 8 (0.26%) MetaFrame
8 8 (0.26%) XenDesktop
9 7 (0.23%) vCloud
9 7 (0.23%) Firmware
10 5 (0.16%) Oracle Clusterware
11 4 (0.13%) Docker
12 3 (0.097%) Squid
13 2 (0.065%) XenServer
13 2 (0.065%) VMware ESX
13 2 (0.065%) VMware Workstation
13 2 (0.065%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 146 (4.74%) HP Quality Center
2 71 (2.30%) Puppet
3 29 (0.94%) Vagrant
4 25 (0.81%) Opscode Chef
5 20 (0.65%) Cobbler
6 18 (0.58%) SCCM
6 18 (0.58%) Nagios
7 16 (0.52%) Graylog
8 11 (0.36%) collectd
9 9 (0.29%) Kibana
9 9 (0.29%) Control-M
10 8 (0.26%) Nessus
11 6 (0.19%) Tivoli
11 6 (0.19%) ZABBIX
12 5 (0.16%) WhatsUp Gold
12 5 (0.16%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 5 (0.16%) Oracle RMAN
12 5 (0.16%) Data Guard
12 5 (0.16%) logstash
12 5 (0.16%) Oracle Flashback
Vendors
1 306 (9.93%) Microsoft
2 280 (9.09%) Oracle
3 137 (4.45%) SAP
4 104 (3.37%) HP
5 83 (2.69%) IBM
6 79 (2.56%) VMware
7 58 (1.88%) Red Hat
8 53 (1.72%) Cisco
9 36 (1.17%) Citrix
10 34 (1.10%) Business Objects
11 30 (0.97%) Salesforce.com
12 28 (0.91%) TIBCO
12 28 (0.91%) CheckPoint
13 26 (0.84%) Remedy
14 25 (0.81%) Nokia
14 25 (0.81%) Sybase
14 25 (0.81%) New Relic
15 23 (0.75%) Perforce
16 22 (0.71%) Google
16 22 (0.71%) Tableau
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Evolution Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Salary: Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Integrity IT Solutions
Rate: From £35,000 to £38,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Aston Carter
Rate: £400 - £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
East London
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Central London / West End
Eaglecliff
Rate: From £30,000 to £50,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £350 - £380 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £350 - £380 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Premier Media
Rate: £300 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Northamptonshire
Aston Carter
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Berkshire
LA International
Rate: Market Rates Apply
Posted: 2 days ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Burns Sheehan
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
Surrey
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Market rate
Posted: 2 days ago
Woking, Surrey
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £270 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Involved Solutions Ltd
Rate: £525 - £575 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Eaglecliff
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago