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 December 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 60 58 62
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +4
Contract jobs citing QA 1517 1430 1255
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 3.06% 3.05% 2.83%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 39.63% 41.00% 38.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 1041 917 861
Average daily rate
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£376 £375 £393
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.33% -4.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £255 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.55% -3.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 18 36
Average hourly rate £33.00 £30.63 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.75% +5.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.70 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.00 £75.22 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £33.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-2.22% +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
3828 3488 3301
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 7.72% 7.45% 7.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 2428 2123 1932
Average daily rate £400 £420 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.76% +5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £625 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £371 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.07% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 167 125 221
Average hourly rate £19.00 £18.70 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.60% -15.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.75 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £44.90 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.75 £18.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -16.27%

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 December 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 24 December 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 24 December 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
(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 +2 875 £420 -1.17% 217
South East -14 215 £325 - 94
East of England +15 104 £398 +6.00% 27
North West -9 89 £330 -2.29% 36
Yorkshire -8 69 £325 -10.34% 42
South West -28 63 £335 +4.68% 42
West Midlands -6 44 £250 -37.50% 30
East Midlands -7 28 £350 - 17
North East -13 21 £325 -24.85% 6
Midlands -3 2 £400 - 1
QA
UK

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 1120 (35.63%) Agile Software Development
2 787 (25.04%) SQL
3 721 (22.94%) Finance
4 629 (20.01%) Java
5 439 (13.97%) Project Management
6 432 (13.74%) Selenium
7 410 (13.04%) Scrum
8 402 (12.79%) TDD
9 367 (11.68%) Oracle
10 358 (11.39%) User Acceptance Testing
11 357 (11.36%) .NET
12 341 (10.85%) JavaScript
13 338 (10.75%) Microsoft
14 322 (10.24%) XML
15 312 (9.93%) Web Services
16 299 (9.51%) HTML
17 297 (9.45%) Analytical Skills
18 296 (9.42%) C#
19 290 (9.23%) Banking
20 280 (8.91%) Test Scripting
21 279 (8.88%) Test Automation
22 278 (8.85%) BDD
23 266 (8.46%) Continuous Integration
23 266 (8.46%) Degree
24 256 (8.15%) MS Excel
25 253 (8.05%) Cucumber
26 246 (7.83%) Windows
27 241 (7.67%) ISEB
28 223 (7.10%) JIRA
29 222 (7.06%) SQL Server

QA
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 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
1 146 (4.65%) SharePoint
2 75 (2.39%) CMS
3 73 (2.32%) Apache
4 59 (1.88%) IIS
5 42 (1.34%) WebLogic
6 40 (1.27%) JBoss
7 34 (1.08%) Tomcat
8 33 (1.05%) WebSphere
9 28 (0.89%) Confluence
10 25 (0.80%) Node.js
11 22 (0.70%) BizTalk Server
12 18 (0.57%) Cloud Foundry
13 17 (0.54%) Elasticsearch
14 16 (0.51%) SharePoint 2010
14 16 (0.51%) WebSphere Application Server
15 15 (0.48%) OpenStack
16 14 (0.45%) SAS
17 13 (0.41%) MS Exchange
17 13 (0.41%) Oracle Workflow
17 13 (0.41%) Umbraco
Applications
1 256 (8.15%) MS Excel
2 166 (5.28%) MS Office
3 78 (2.48%) MS Project
4 72 (2.29%) MS PowerPoint
5 58 (1.85%) MS Visio
6 22 (0.70%) Photoshop
7 18 (0.57%) Spreadsheet
8 10 (0.32%) Adobe Illustrator
9 7 (0.22%) Mingle
10 4 (0.13%) Final Cut Pro
11 3 (0.095%) Windchill
11 3 (0.095%) Fireworks
11 3 (0.095%) AutoCAD
12 2 (0.064%) Acrobat
12 2 (0.064%) Stata
13 1 (0.032%) ProjectWise
13 1 (0.032%) FastStats
13 1 (0.032%) Blender
13 1 (0.032%) RoboHelp
13 1 (0.032%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 47 (1.50%) Dynamics CRM
2 24 (0.76%) Oracle Payables
3 22 (0.70%) Oracle EBS
4 21 (0.67%) Oracle General Ledger
4 21 (0.67%) Oracle EBS R12
5 19 (0.60%) Oracle Receivables
6 15 (0.48%) Dynamics AX
7 14 (0.45%) Oracle Applications
7 14 (0.45%) Summit
7 14 (0.45%) Oracle Financials
8 11 (0.35%) SAP HR
8 11 (0.35%) Oracle Assets
9 9 (0.29%) WebTrends
10 8 (0.25%) Oracle BPM
10 8 (0.25%) SAP HCM
11 6 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
12 5 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
12 5 (0.16%) Oracle 11i
12 5 (0.16%) Oracle Retail
12 5 (0.16%) Oracle Cash Management
Cloud Services
1 40 (1.27%) Amazon AWS
2 19 (0.60%) SaaS
2 19 (0.60%) PaaS
2 19 (0.60%) Amazon S3
3 18 (0.57%) Amazon EC2
4 17 (0.54%) Amazon ELB
5 15 (0.48%) Route 53
6 13 (0.41%) Heroku
7 11 (0.35%) Engine Yard
7 11 (0.35%) GitHub
8 9 (0.29%) Cloud Computing
9 7 (0.22%) Office 365
10 6 (0.19%) Microsoft Azure
11 5 (0.16%) Force.com
12 3 (0.095%) OpenShift
13 2 (0.064%) Trello
13 2 (0.064%) IaaS
14 1 (0.032%) Google Cloud Platform
14 1 (0.032%) SuccessFactors
14 1 (0.032%) Basecamp
Communications & Networking
1 92 (2.93%) Internet
2 63 (2.00%) Firewall
3 55 (1.75%) TCP/IP
4 50 (1.59%) DNS
5 38 (1.21%) HTTP
5 38 (1.21%) LAN
6 36 (1.15%) WAN
7 27 (0.86%) SSL
8 25 (0.80%) SAN
9 22 (0.70%) Wireless
10 20 (0.64%) Network Security
10 20 (0.64%) Intranet
10 20 (0.64%) LDAP
11 19 (0.60%) SNMP
11 19 (0.60%) Cisco ASA
11 19 (0.60%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
12 17 (0.54%) VLAN
13 16 (0.51%) Cisco IOS
14 15 (0.48%) GSM
14 15 (0.48%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 222 (7.06%) SQL Server
2 133 (4.23%) Data Warehouse
3 113 (3.60%) Relational Database
4 88 (2.80%) MySQL
5 84 (2.67%) Oracle Database
6 60 (1.91%) MongoDB
7 58 (1.85%) NoSQL
8 49 (1.56%) RDBMS
9 46 (1.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 40 (1.27%) DB2
11 37 (1.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 33 (1.05%) SQL Server 2008
13 31 (0.99%) OLTP
14 29 (0.92%) Apache Cassandra
15 28 (0.89%) MS Access
16 27 (0.86%) Oracle Reports
17 26 (0.83%) Hadoop
18 25 (0.80%) SQL Server 2005
19 23 (0.73%) QlikView
20 22 (0.70%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 432 (13.74%) Selenium
2 253 (8.05%) Cucumber
3 223 (7.10%) JIRA
4 167 (5.31%) WebDriver
5 154 (4.90%) Jenkins
6 123 (3.91%) Git (software)
7 119 (3.79%) QuickTest Pro
8 110 (3.50%) Team Foundation Server
9 103 (3.28%) JUnit
10 102 (3.25%) Subversion
11 77 (2.45%) Visual Studio
12 71 (2.26%) SpecFlow
13 57 (1.81%) Maven
14 54 (1.72%) TeamCity
15 53 (1.69%) WATIR
16 51 (1.62%) JMeter
17 49 (1.56%) Hudson
17 49 (1.56%) SoapUI
18 48 (1.53%) Atlassian Bamboo
19 41 (1.30%) Eclipse
General
1 721 (22.94%) Finance
2 290 (9.23%) Banking
3 125 (3.98%) Retail
4 122 (3.88%) Investment Banking
5 76 (2.42%) Telecoms
5 76 (2.42%) Publishing
6 75 (2.39%) Games
7 58 (1.85%) Marketing
8 51 (1.62%) Front Office
9 47 (1.50%) Legal
10 37 (1.18%) Manufacturing
10 37 (1.18%) Back Office
11 31 (0.99%) Automotive
11 31 (0.99%) Retail Banking
12 27 (0.86%) Billing
13 25 (0.80%) Advertising
13 25 (0.80%) Pharmaceutical
14 20 (0.64%) General Ledger
15 18 (0.57%) Electronics
16 17 (0.54%) Law
Job Titles
1 713 (22.69%) Analyst
2 600 (19.09%) Developer
3 291 (9.26%) Tester
4 280 (8.91%) Test Analyst
5 177 (5.63%) Business Analyst
6 160 (5.09%) Project Manager
7 144 (4.58%) QA Tester
8 137 (4.36%) QA Analyst
9 124 (3.95%) QA Engineer
10 119 (3.79%) Consultant
11 114 (3.63%) Test Manager
12 95 (3.02%) Architect
13 93 (2.96%) Java Developer
14 91 (2.90%) Test Engineer
15 78 (2.48%) Test Leader
16 76 (2.42%) Senior Analyst
17 73 (2.32%) Senior Developer
18 64 (2.04%) Automation Tester
19 61 (1.94%) Data Analyst
20 56 (1.78%) .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 357 (11.36%) .NET
2 322 (10.24%) XML
3 312 (9.93%) Web Services
4 299 (9.51%) HTML
5 199 (6.33%) CSS
6 111 (3.53%) REST
7 107 (3.40%) HTML5
7 107 (3.40%) JSON
8 103 (3.28%) jQuery
9 96 (3.05%) SOAP
10 92 (2.93%) J2EE
10 92 (2.93%) Spring
11 85 (2.70%) ASP.NET
12 78 (2.48%) Hibernate
13 72 (2.29%) WCF
14 71 (2.26%) Ajax
15 66 (2.10%) JSP
16 65 (2.07%) XSLT
17 60 (1.91%) .NET Framework
18 57 (1.81%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 297 (9.45%) Analytical Skills
2 182 (5.79%) Open Source
3 123 (3.91%) User Experience
4 109 (3.47%) Computer Science
5 106 (3.37%) Management Information System
6 83 (2.64%) Mobile App
7 52 (1.65%) Enterprise Software
8 50 (1.59%) Data Structures
9 47 (1.50%) Derivative
10 45 (1.43%) Data Integration
11 37 (1.18%) iPad
12 34 (1.08%) Online Games
13 32 (1.02%) Client/Server
14 30 (0.95%) Fixed Income
15 29 (0.92%) NHS
16 24 (0.76%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
17 23 (0.73%) Digital Media
17 23 (0.73%) Social Media
18 21 (0.67%) PMI
19 20 (0.64%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 246 (7.83%) Windows
2 221 (7.03%) Linux
3 184 (5.85%) UNIX
4 112 (3.56%) Android
5 95 (3.02%) Apple iOS
6 52 (1.65%) Windows Server 2008
7 44 (1.40%) CentOS
8 42 (1.34%) Windows 7
9 40 (1.27%) Windows Server 2003
10 33 (1.05%) Windows XP
11 18 (0.57%) Windows Server 2012
12 16 (0.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 16 (0.51%) Windows Vista
13 13 (0.41%) Ubuntu
13 13 (0.41%) AIX
14 10 (0.32%) Solaris
15 9 (0.29%) Windows Phone
16 7 (0.22%) Windows 8
16 7 (0.22%) Mac OS X
17 6 (0.19%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 1120 (35.63%) Agile Software Development
2 439 (13.97%) Project Management
3 410 (13.04%) Scrum
4 402 (12.79%) TDD
5 358 (11.39%) User Acceptance Testing
6 280 (8.91%) Test Scripting
7 279 (8.88%) Test Automation
8 278 (8.85%) BDD
9 266 (8.46%) Continuous Integration
10 206 (6.55%) OO
11 190 (6.05%) Test Strategy
12 181 (5.76%) Automated Testing
13 177 (5.63%) E-Commerce
14 175 (5.57%) Migration
15 171 (5.44%) Software Testing
16 166 (5.28%) Stakeholder Management
17 155 (4.93%) Regression Testing
17 155 (4.93%) PRINCE2
18 149 (4.74%) Manual Testing
19 140 (4.45%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 787 (25.04%) SQL
2 629 (20.01%) Java
3 341 (10.85%) JavaScript
4 296 (9.42%) C#
5 179 (5.70%) Ruby
6 150 (4.77%) Python
7 107 (3.40%) PL/SQL
8 97 (3.09%) PHP
9 80 (2.55%) C++
10 79 (2.51%) Shell Script
11 75 (2.39%) VBA
12 69 (2.20%) Perl
13 52 (1.65%) C
14 43 (1.37%) T-SQL
15 42 (1.34%) Bash Shell
16 41 (1.30%) VBScript
17 40 (1.27%) VB
18 34 (1.08%) Scala
19 32 (1.02%) PowerShell
20 27 (0.86%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 266 (8.46%) Degree
2 241 (7.67%) ISEB
3 169 (5.38%) Security Cleared
4 135 (4.30%) ISTQB
5 105 (3.34%) SC Cleared
6 56 (1.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 40 (1.27%) PMI Certification
8 33 (1.05%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 26 (0.83%) PMP
10 23 (0.73%) Cisco Certification
11 21 (0.67%) ITIL Certification
12 20 (0.64%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 20 (0.64%) DV Cleared
13 17 (0.54%) CCNP
14 16 (0.51%) ISEB Practitioner
15 15 (0.48%) Microsoft Certification
15 15 (0.48%) CISSP
16 14 (0.45%) MCITP
17 13 (0.41%) MCSE
18 9 (0.29%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (0.83%) SLA
1 26 (0.83%) Data Quality
2 18 (0.57%) EMIR
3 17 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 16 (0.51%) ISO 9001
5 13 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 9 (0.29%) JSP 440
6 9 (0.29%) Solvency II
7 8 (0.25%) P3O
7 8 (0.25%) GxP
8 7 (0.22%) MiFID
8 7 (0.22%) GMP
9 6 (0.19%) PCI DSS
10 5 (0.16%) Basel III
10 5 (0.16%) Basel II
10 5 (0.16%) GAAP
11 4 (0.13%) ISO 14001
11 4 (0.13%) 21 CFR Part 11
11 4 (0.13%) GAMP
11 4 (0.13%) COBIT
System Software
1 43 (1.37%) Active Directory
2 20 (0.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (0.51%) Hyper-V
4 15 (0.48%) vSphere
5 13 (0.41%) VMware ESXi
6 12 (0.38%) Microsoft App-V
7 10 (0.32%) Firmware
8 7 (0.22%) XenApp
9 6 (0.19%) Oracle RAC
10 5 (0.16%) Squid
11 4 (0.13%) Oracle RMAN
12 3 (0.095%) NFS
12 3 (0.095%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
12 3 (0.095%) qmail
13 2 (0.064%) Postfix
13 2 (0.064%) ISA Server
13 2 (0.064%) VMware ESX
13 2 (0.064%) Kerio MailServer
13 2 (0.064%) vCloud
13 2 (0.064%) KVM
Systems Management
1 183 (5.82%) HP Quality Center
2 68 (2.16%) Puppet
3 36 (1.15%) Vagrant
4 21 (0.67%) Opscode Chef
4 21 (0.67%) SCCM
5 19 (0.60%) Nagios
6 15 (0.48%) Tivoli
7 13 (0.41%) WhatsUp Gold
8 12 (0.38%) Cobbler
9 11 (0.35%) Control-M
10 9 (0.29%) collectd
11 7 (0.22%) Kibana
11 7 (0.22%) Nessus
12 6 (0.19%) OPNET
12 6 (0.19%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 6 (0.19%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 6 (0.19%) Cisco CUCM
12 6 (0.19%) logstash
13 5 (0.16%) Graylog2
13 5 (0.16%) BMC PATROL
Vendors
1 367 (11.68%) Oracle
2 338 (10.75%) Microsoft
3 156 (4.96%) HP
4 154 (4.90%) SAP
5 57 (1.81%) IBM
6 52 (1.65%) Cisco
7 51 (1.62%) Red Hat
8 42 (1.34%) VMware
9 37 (1.18%) Salesforce.com
10 31 (0.99%) Business Objects
11 28 (0.89%) F5
12 26 (0.83%) Adobe
13 24 (0.76%) Zend
14 23 (0.73%) CheckPoint
15 22 (0.70%) Perforce
16 21 (0.67%) Teradata
17 20 (0.64%) Juniper
18 19 (0.60%) Citrix
18 19 (0.60%) McAfee
18 19 (0.60%) Informatica
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West Midlands
TEKsystems
Rate: £400 - £470 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
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Rate: £20 per hour
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Bradford, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £market rates per day
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
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Rate: £200 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
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City, London
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West London
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Berkshire
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