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 18 April 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 56 59 56
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -3
Contract jobs citing QA 1664 1326 1644
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 3.24% 3.08% 2.95%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 40.74% 40.05% 38.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 1128 846 974
Average daily rate £380 £375 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.33% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £511 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 22 53
Average hourly rate £31.00 £27.50 £13.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.72% +100.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.10 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £120.50 £37.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £26.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year
-30.76% +92.59%
Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
4084 3311 4283
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 7.96% 7.68% 7.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 2513 1990 2369
Average daily rate £400 £415 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.61% -2.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £608
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £330 £350
% change year-on-year
+10.60% -5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 173 134 233
Average hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +11.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.58 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.20 £55.00 £36.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £15.25 £16.43
% change year-on-year
+18.03% -7.15%
QA
UK

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 18 April 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 18 April 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
London +10 940 £413 -1.78% 364
South East -3 253 £350 +7.69% 144
East of England +5 117 £403 +15.00% 57
Yorkshire -3 78 £281 -10.79% 57
North West +1 73 £363 +49.48% 38
South West -14 66 £325 - 50
West Midlands -10 60 £383 +47.11% 15
East Midlands -5 37 £325 -27.77% 30
Midlands +11 17 £550 +11.11%
North East -18 11 £350 +16.66% 9
South Coast -3 2 £538 -
QA
UK

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 18 April 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.

1 786 (25.47%) Finance
2 675 (21.87%) SQL
3 637 (20.64%) Agile Software Development
4 522 (16.92%) Java
5 452 (14.65%) Selenium
6 448 (14.52%) Scrum
7 398 (12.90%) Banking
8 390 (12.64%) Microsoft
9 364 (11.80%) Project Management
10 361 (11.70%) Oracle
11 347 (11.24%) TDD
12 333 (10.79%) User Acceptance Testing
13 310 (10.05%) C#
14 297 (9.62%) Test Automation
15 290 (9.40%) .NET
16 284 (9.20%) Test Scripting
17 283 (9.17%) JavaScript
18 274 (8.88%) Degree
19 273 (8.85%) Cucumber
20 271 (8.78%) BDD
21 265 (8.59%) SQL Server
22 258 (8.36%) HTML
22 258 (8.36%) XML
22 258 (8.36%) Windows
23 249 (8.07%) ISEB
24 245 (7.94%) MS Excel
25 239 (7.74%) Migration
26 229 (7.42%) Web Services
27 221 (7.16%) E-Commerce
28 219 (7.10%) Continuous Integration

QA
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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
1 122 (3.95%) SharePoint
2 65 (2.11%) CMS
3 47 (1.52%) Tomcat
4 46 (1.49%) WebSphere
5 41 (1.33%) WebLogic
6 29 (0.94%) Apache
7 28 (0.91%) IIS
8 25 (0.81%) Confluence
9 24 (0.78%) MS Exchange
10 19 (0.62%) Node.js
11 17 (0.55%) SharePoint 2010
12 16 (0.52%) Adobe CQ
13 15 (0.49%) Oracle Workflow
13 15 (0.49%) MQSeries
14 14 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2010
15 13 (0.42%) Alfresco
15 13 (0.42%) MS Project Server
16 11 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2013
16 11 (0.36%) Escenic
16 11 (0.36%) SAS
Applications
1 245 (7.94%) MS Excel
2 155 (5.02%) MS Office
3 107 (3.47%) MS Project
4 86 (2.79%) MS PowerPoint
5 68 (2.20%) MS Visio
6 21 (0.68%) Photoshop
7 15 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
8 8 (0.26%) Adobe Illustrator
9 7 (0.23%) AutoCAD
10 3 (0.097%) Fireworks
11 2 (0.065%) SPSS
11 2 (0.065%) Mingle
12 1 (0.032%) OmniGraffle
12 1 (0.032%) RoboHelp
12 1 (0.032%) Acrobat
12 1 (0.032%) InfoPath
12 1 (0.032%) Adobe After Effects
Business Applications
1 26 (0.84%) Oracle Payables
2 24 (0.78%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 22 (0.71%) Oracle General Ledger
4 21 (0.68%) Oracle EBS R12
5 20 (0.65%) Oracle EBS
6 18 (0.58%) Oracle Applications
7 15 (0.49%) Oracle Receivables
8 14 (0.45%) Oracle Assets
9 13 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
10 11 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
11 10 (0.32%) SAP Retail
12 8 (0.26%) Cognos TM1
13 7 (0.23%) Google Analytics
13 7 (0.23%) Oracle BPM
14 6 (0.19%) FLEXCUBE
14 6 (0.19%) SAP ERP
15 5 (0.16%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
15 5 (0.16%) SunGard GMI
16 4 (0.13%) Maximo
16 4 (0.13%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 34 (1.10%) SaaS
2 26 (0.84%) Amazon AWS
3 21 (0.68%) Amazon EC2
4 19 (0.62%) PaaS
5 18 (0.58%) Microsoft Azure
6 16 (0.52%) Amazon S3
6 16 (0.52%) Amazon ELB
6 16 (0.52%) Office 365
6 16 (0.52%) Route 53
7 13 (0.42%) Cloud Computing
8 6 (0.19%) GitHub
9 5 (0.16%) IaaS
9 5 (0.16%) Force.com
10 2 (0.065%) SuccessFactors
10 2 (0.065%) OpenShift
11 1 (0.032%) Basecamp
11 1 (0.032%) Heroku
11 1 (0.032%) Engine Yard
Communications & Networking
1 86 (2.79%) Internet
2 48 (1.56%) Firewall
3 38 (1.23%) TCP/IP
4 35 (1.13%) DNS
4 35 (1.13%) HTTP
4 35 (1.13%) SAN
5 22 (0.71%) Intranet
5 22 (0.71%) DHCP
6 21 (0.68%) LAN
7 16 (0.52%) WAN
8 15 (0.49%) NAS
8 15 (0.49%) VoIP
9 14 (0.45%) VPN
9 14 (0.45%) SSL
9 14 (0.45%) Network Security
10 13 (0.42%) FTP
11 12 (0.39%) LDAP
12 9 (0.29%) 3G
12 9 (0.29%) ATM
12 9 (0.29%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 265 (8.59%) SQL Server
2 134 (4.34%) Data Warehouse
3 98 (3.18%) Oracle Database
4 97 (3.14%) Relational Database
5 84 (2.72%) MySQL
6 68 (2.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 51 (1.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 49 (1.59%) Oracle Database 11g
9 38 (1.23%) DB2
10 36 (1.17%) SQL Server 2008
10 36 (1.17%) Oracle Reports
11 33 (1.07%) OLAP
12 32 (1.04%) Big Data
13 28 (0.91%) RDBMS
14 23 (0.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 23 (0.75%) Oracle OLAP
14 23 (0.75%) Essbase
15 22 (0.71%) SQL Server 2005
15 22 (0.71%) Hadoop
16 19 (0.62%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 452 (14.65%) Selenium
2 273 (8.85%) Cucumber
3 181 (5.87%) JIRA
4 163 (5.28%) WebDriver
5 133 (4.31%) Jenkins
6 128 (4.15%) Team Foundation Server
7 117 (3.79%) Visual Studio
8 94 (3.05%) Subversion
9 93 (3.01%) Maven
10 87 (2.82%) Git (software)
11 84 (2.72%) FitNesse
12 80 (2.59%) QuickTest Pro
13 77 (2.50%) SoapUI
14 73 (2.37%) SpecFlow
15 69 (2.24%) JUnit
16 51 (1.65%) WATIR
17 49 (1.59%) TeamCity
18 45 (1.46%) Calabash
19 43 (1.39%) Hudson
19 43 (1.39%) JMeter
General
1 786 (25.47%) Finance
2 398 (12.90%) Banking
3 159 (5.15%) Investment Banking
4 158 (5.12%) Retail
5 101 (3.27%) Telecoms
6 87 (2.82%) Marketing
7 74 (2.40%) Publishing
8 64 (2.07%) Games
9 63 (2.04%) Front Office
10 58 (1.88%) Back Office
11 44 (1.43%) Billing
12 43 (1.39%) Advertising
13 41 (1.33%) Legal
14 31 (1.00%) Manufacturing
15 29 (0.94%) Automotive
16 25 (0.81%) Retail Banking
17 21 (0.68%) Pharmaceutical
18 19 (0.62%) Financial Institution
19 16 (0.52%) Law
20 15 (0.49%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 809 (26.22%) Analyst
2 476 (15.42%) Developer
3 276 (8.94%) Test Analyst
4 273 (8.85%) Tester
5 238 (7.71%) Business Analyst
6 174 (5.64%) QA Analyst
7 166 (5.38%) Project Manager
8 165 (5.35%) QA Engineer
9 149 (4.83%) Test Manager
10 132 (4.28%) QA Tester
11 114 (3.69%) Consultant
12 110 (3.56%) Test Engineer
13 103 (3.34%) Architect
14 86 (2.79%) QA Manager
15 69 (2.24%) Senior Analyst
16 61 (1.98%) Automation Tester
17 60 (1.94%) Java Developer
18 50 (1.62%) Test Leader
18 50 (1.62%) QA Test Analyst
19 47 (1.52%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 290 (9.40%) .NET
2 258 (8.36%) HTML
2 258 (8.36%) XML
3 229 (7.42%) Web Services
4 182 (5.90%) CSS
5 114 (3.69%) jQuery
6 100 (3.24%) REST
7 97 (3.14%) HTML5
8 96 (3.11%) SOAP
9 88 (2.85%) Spring
10 86 (2.79%) JSON
11 74 (2.40%) Ajax
12 66 (2.14%) WCF
13 63 (2.04%) J2EE
14 61 (1.98%) ASP.NET
15 57 (1.85%) Hibernate
16 55 (1.78%) CSS3
17 52 (1.69%) XSLT
18 46 (1.49%) Gherkin
19 41 (1.33%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 134 (4.34%) Open Source
2 115 (3.73%) Mobile App
3 98 (3.18%) Management Information System
4 84 (2.72%) Computer Science
5 71 (2.30%) Derivative
6 61 (1.98%) Enterprise Software
7 52 (1.69%) NHS
8 46 (1.49%) Equities
9 44 (1.43%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 34 (1.10%) Client/Server
11 29 (0.94%) Mathematics
12 27 (0.87%) Digital Media
13 26 (0.84%) N-Tier
14 25 (0.81%) Credit Risk
15 24 (0.78%) Fixed Income
16 22 (0.71%) Blackberry
17 19 (0.62%) Online Games
17 19 (0.62%) PMI
18 18 (0.58%) Social Media
19 17 (0.55%) IPTV
Operating Systems
1 258 (8.36%) Windows
2 208 (6.74%) UNIX
3 187 (6.06%) Linux
4 100 (3.24%) Apple iOS
5 97 (3.14%) Android
6 58 (1.88%) Windows 7
7 48 (1.56%) Windows Server 2008
8 28 (0.91%) Windows Server 2003
9 25 (0.81%) Windows Server 2012
10 24 (0.78%) CentOS
11 16 (0.52%) Solaris
12 15 (0.49%) AIX
12 15 (0.49%) Windows XP
13 12 (0.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 10 (0.32%) Windows Phone
15 8 (0.26%) Windows 8
16 6 (0.19%) Ubuntu
16 6 (0.19%) VMS
17 5 (0.16%) Mac OS X
17 5 (0.16%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 637 (20.64%) Agile Software Development
2 448 (14.52%) Scrum
3 364 (11.80%) Project Management
4 347 (11.24%) TDD
5 333 (10.79%) User Acceptance Testing
6 297 (9.62%) Test Automation
7 284 (9.20%) Test Scripting
8 271 (8.78%) BDD
9 239 (7.74%) Migration
10 221 (7.16%) E-Commerce
11 219 (7.10%) Continuous Integration
12 216 (7.00%) Software Testing
13 214 (6.93%) Stakeholder Management
14 192 (6.22%) Automated Testing
15 187 (6.06%) PRINCE2
16 175 (5.67%) Business Analysis
17 170 (5.51%) Automation Testing
18 164 (5.31%) Risk Management
19 157 (5.09%) Test Strategy
20 146 (4.73%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 675 (21.87%) SQL
2 522 (16.92%) Java
3 310 (10.05%) C#
4 283 (9.17%) JavaScript
5 195 (6.32%) Ruby
6 100 (3.24%) Python
7 97 (3.14%) PL/SQL
8 93 (3.01%) PHP
9 89 (2.88%) T-SQL
10 72 (2.33%) C++
11 56 (1.81%) Perl
12 46 (1.49%) VB
13 45 (1.46%) Shell Script
14 41 (1.33%) C
15 40 (1.30%) VBA
16 27 (0.87%) Groovy
16 27 (0.87%) VBScript
17 22 (0.71%) PowerShell
18 15 (0.49%) Scala
19 13 (0.42%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 274 (8.88%) Degree
2 249 (8.07%) ISEB
3 136 (4.41%) ISTQB
4 133 (4.31%) Security Cleared
5 97 (3.14%) SC Cleared
6 48 (1.56%) PMI Certification
7 33 (1.07%) PMP
8 29 (0.94%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 22 (0.71%) ITIL Certification
10 19 (0.62%) DV Cleared
11 18 (0.58%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 14 (0.45%) CISA
13 13 (0.42%) Microsoft Certification
13 13 (0.42%) CISSP
14 11 (0.36%) APMP
15 9 (0.29%) Cisco Certification
16 8 (0.26%) ISEB Practitioner
17 7 (0.23%) CCNA
18 6 (0.19%) MCITP
19 5 (0.16%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (1.17%) SLA
2 30 (0.97%) ISO 9000
3 24 (0.78%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 21 (0.68%) Basel III
5 19 (0.62%) CRD IV
6 17 (0.55%) ISO 9001
7 16 (0.52%) P3O
8 15 (0.49%) COREP
9 14 (0.45%) FINREP
10 13 (0.42%) Data Quality
11 7 (0.23%) GxP
12 6 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
12 6 (0.19%) TickIT
12 6 (0.19%) EMIR
13 5 (0.16%) Dodd-Frank
13 5 (0.16%) FATCA
13 5 (0.16%) GAAP
13 5 (0.16%) 21 CFR Part 11
13 5 (0.16%) GMP
14 3 (0.097%) Solvency II
System Software
1 49 (1.59%) Active Directory
2 28 (0.91%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (0.49%) Microsoft App-V
4 12 (0.39%) Hyper-V
5 10 (0.32%) NFS
6 9 (0.29%) vSphere
7 8 (0.26%) vCloud
8 6 (0.19%) XenApp
9 5 (0.16%) XenDesktop
10 4 (0.13%) VMware ESXi
11 3 (0.097%) XenServer
12 2 (0.065%) VMware ESX
12 2 (0.065%) Squid
12 2 (0.065%) VirtualBox
12 2 (0.065%) Docker
13 1 (0.032%) Oracle RAC
13 1 (0.032%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 1 (0.032%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 1 (0.032%) Tivoli Directory Server
13 1 (0.032%) qmail
Systems Management
1 133 (4.31%) HP Quality Center
2 44 (1.43%) Puppet
3 32 (1.04%) SCCM
4 20 (0.65%) Vagrant
5 15 (0.49%) Opscode Chef
6 12 (0.39%) Nagios
7 10 (0.32%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 6 (0.19%) Control-M
9 5 (0.16%) SAP Afaria
10 4 (0.13%) Backup Exec
10 4 (0.13%) Ansible
11 3 (0.097%) Norton AntiVirus
11 3 (0.097%) Tivoli
12 2 (0.065%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 2 (0.065%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 2 (0.065%) Ganglia
13 1 (0.032%) HAProxy
13 1 (0.032%) CA LISA
13 1 (0.032%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 1 (0.032%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 390 (12.64%) Microsoft
2 361 (11.70%) Oracle
3 146 (4.73%) SAP
4 133 (4.31%) HP
5 67 (2.17%) IBM
6 50 (1.62%) VMware
7 46 (1.49%) Citrix
8 33 (1.07%) JBoss
9 32 (1.04%) Sybase
10 31 (1.00%) Business Objects
10 31 (1.00%) Informatica
11 29 (0.94%) Sun
11 29 (0.94%) Cognos
12 28 (0.91%) Red Hat
12 28 (0.91%) Adobe
13 26 (0.84%) Apple
13 26 (0.84%) Zend
14 24 (0.78%) Salesforce.com
15 23 (0.75%) Hyperion
16 20 (0.65%) Cisco
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