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 2 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
2 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 53 64 52
Rank change year-on-year
+11 -12
Contract jobs citing QA 1717 1420 1706
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 3.36% 2.91% 3.22%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 41.87% 38.68% 40.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 1128 924 1067
Average daily rate
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£381 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.68% +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £249 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £543 £558 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
- +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 15 24
Average hourly rate £18.38 £35.00 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-47.50% +62.79%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.60 £14.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £66.50 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.19 £26.25 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-49.75% +31.25%
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
4101 3671 4230
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 8.03% 7.52% 7.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 2525 2201 2382
Average daily rate £413 £425 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £265 £249
10% offered a daily rate of more than £568 £625 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £360
% change year-on-year
+5.63% -1.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 191 150 215
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 £12.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £37.50 £40.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £21.25
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -17.64%

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 2 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 2 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 2 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 +2 933 £420 -1.17% 300
South East +32 294 £340 -6.84% 101
Yorkshire +20 83 £320 -3.03% 33
West Midlands +21 80 £288 -24.34% 33
East of England -17 72 £368 +8.88% 50
South West +2 67 £375 +18.11% 20
North West -9 66 £350 +9.54% 60
East Midlands +12 53 £350 +16.47% 14
North East +18 52 £360 +2.85% 18
Midlands +1 16 £375 - 3
QA
UK

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 2 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.

1 807 (24.42%) SQL
2 726 (21.97%) Finance
3 689 (20.85%) Agile Software Development
4 602 (18.21%) Java
5 483 (14.61%) Scrum
6 460 (13.92%) Project Management
7 451 (13.65%) Selenium
8 435 (13.16%) TDD
9 431 (13.04%) Microsoft
10 395 (11.95%) Oracle
11 381 (11.53%) C#
12 368 (11.13%) .NET
13 365 (11.04%) User Acceptance Testing
14 341 (10.32%) JavaScript
15 336 (10.17%) Test Scripting
16 331 (10.02%) BDD
17 330 (9.98%) Banking
18 328 (9.92%) Test Automation
19 317 (9.59%) Web Services
20 315 (9.53%) HTML
21 310 (9.38%) Degree
22 304 (9.20%) MS Excel
23 298 (9.02%) XML
24 289 (8.74%) Cucumber
25 285 (8.62%) SQL Server
26 278 (8.41%) Windows
27 253 (7.66%) Continuous Integration
28 241 (7.29%) ISEB
29 224 (6.78%) Automated Testing
30 218 (6.60%) HP

QA
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 2 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
1 138 (4.18%) SharePoint
2 81 (2.45%) CMS
3 60 (1.82%) Apache
3 60 (1.82%) IIS
4 50 (1.51%) WebLogic
5 43 (1.30%) WebSphere
6 42 (1.27%) Node.js
7 37 (1.12%) Tomcat
8 25 (0.76%) Confluence
9 20 (0.61%) IBM Notes
10 18 (0.54%) Oracle Workflow
11 16 (0.48%) WebSphere Application Server
12 14 (0.42%) MS Exchange
12 14 (0.42%) SharePoint 2010
12 14 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2013
13 13 (0.39%) SAS
14 12 (0.36%) Drupal
15 11 (0.33%) Umbraco
16 10 (0.30%) Sitecore CMS
16 10 (0.30%) MQSeries
Applications
1 304 (9.20%) MS Excel
2 190 (5.75%) MS Office
3 104 (3.15%) MS Project
4 84 (2.54%) MS PowerPoint
5 75 (2.27%) MS Visio
6 22 (0.67%) Photoshop
7 15 (0.45%) Spreadsheet
8 5 (0.15%) Fireworks
8 5 (0.15%) AutoCAD
9 4 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
10 3 (0.091%) Windchill
10 3 (0.091%) Final Cut Pro
11 2 (0.061%) Acrobat
12 1 (0.030%) RoboHelp
12 1 (0.030%) Stata
12 1 (0.030%) PowerPivot
12 1 (0.030%) Adobe After Effects
12 1 (0.030%) Blender
Business Applications
1 36 (1.09%) Oracle EBS R12
2 35 (1.06%) Oracle EBS
3 34 (1.03%) Oracle General Ledger
3 34 (1.03%) Oracle Payables
4 33 (1.00%) Oracle Applications
5 32 (0.97%) Dynamics CRM
6 28 (0.85%) Oracle Receivables
7 19 (0.57%) Oracle Assets
8 18 (0.54%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 14 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
9 14 (0.42%) SAP HR
9 14 (0.42%) WebTrends
10 10 (0.30%) Oracle Financials
11 9 (0.27%) Oracle BPM
12 8 (0.24%) SAP HCM
13 6 (0.18%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
13 6 (0.18%) Summit
14 4 (0.12%) SunGard GMI
14 4 (0.12%) PeopleSoft Financials
14 4 (0.12%) JDE OneWorld
Cloud Services
1 32 (0.97%) SaaS
2 30 (0.91%) Amazon AWS
3 25 (0.76%) Office 365
4 23 (0.70%) Amazon EC2
5 22 (0.67%) PaaS
6 21 (0.64%) Amazon S3
7 19 (0.57%) Route 53
7 19 (0.57%) GitHub
7 19 (0.57%) Amazon ELB
8 13 (0.39%) Microsoft Azure
9 3 (0.091%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (0.091%) Heroku
9 3 (0.091%) IaaS
9 3 (0.091%) OpenShift
10 2 (0.061%) Responsys
10 2 (0.061%) SuccessFactors
11 1 (0.030%) Basecamp
11 1 (0.030%) Amazon SQS
11 1 (0.030%) CloudFront
11 1 (0.030%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 95 (2.87%) Internet
2 61 (1.85%) TCP/IP
3 58 (1.75%) Firewall
4 53 (1.60%) HTTP
5 46 (1.39%) DNS
6 33 (1.00%) WAN
7 32 (0.97%) LAN
8 25 (0.76%) SSL
9 23 (0.70%) DHCP
10 21 (0.64%) SAN
11 19 (0.57%) Wireless
11 19 (0.57%) Network Security
12 17 (0.51%) LDAP
13 15 (0.45%) SNMP
14 14 (0.42%) VLAN
14 14 (0.42%) Intranet
14 14 (0.42%) Cisco ASA
14 14 (0.42%) Cisco IOS
15 13 (0.39%) 3G
15 13 (0.39%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 285 (8.62%) SQL Server
2 126 (3.81%) Data Warehouse
3 99 (3.00%) Oracle Database
4 95 (2.87%) Relational Database
5 86 (2.60%) MySQL
6 85 (2.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 72 (2.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 53 (1.60%) SQL Server 2008
9 47 (1.42%) NoSQL
10 46 (1.39%) Oracle Reports
11 42 (1.27%) Oracle Database 11g
12 34 (1.03%) QlikView
12 34 (1.03%) MongoDB
13 29 (0.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 29 (0.88%) Oracle ODI
14 27 (0.82%) SQL Server 2005
15 25 (0.76%) DB2
16 20 (0.61%) Big Data
17 19 (0.57%) Data Mining
18 18 (0.54%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 451 (13.65%) Selenium
2 289 (8.74%) Cucumber
3 181 (5.48%) JIRA
4 162 (4.90%) WebDriver
5 149 (4.51%) Jenkins
6 132 (3.99%) Team Foundation Server
7 119 (3.60%) Visual Studio
8 115 (3.48%) QuickTest Pro
9 103 (3.12%) Git (software)
10 99 (3.00%) Maven
10 99 (3.00%) JUnit
11 87 (2.63%) Subversion
12 72 (2.18%) SpecFlow
13 70 (2.12%) FitNesse
14 63 (1.91%) SoapUI
15 51 (1.54%) Hudson
16 48 (1.45%) LoadRunner
17 47 (1.42%) WATIR
18 46 (1.39%) TeamCity
19 40 (1.21%) JMeter
General
1 726 (21.97%) Finance
2 330 (9.98%) Banking
3 156 (4.72%) Investment Banking
4 141 (4.27%) Retail
5 92 (2.78%) Marketing
6 89 (2.69%) Telecoms
7 83 (2.51%) Publishing
8 64 (1.94%) Games
9 62 (1.88%) Legal
10 54 (1.63%) Front Office
11 53 (1.60%) Back Office
12 33 (1.00%) Automotive
12 33 (1.00%) Advertising
13 31 (0.94%) Billing
13 31 (0.94%) Retail Banking
14 28 (0.85%) Manufacturing
15 26 (0.79%) Pharmaceutical
16 23 (0.70%) Financial Institution
17 22 (0.67%) General Ledger
18 15 (0.45%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 806 (24.39%) Analyst
2 618 (18.70%) Developer
3 368 (11.13%) Tester
4 340 (10.29%) Test Analyst
5 194 (5.87%) Business Analyst
6 183 (5.54%) Project Manager
7 162 (4.90%) QA Tester
8 159 (4.81%) QA Analyst
9 151 (4.57%) QA Engineer
10 147 (4.45%) Consultant
11 109 (3.30%) Test Engineer
12 105 (3.18%) Test Manager
13 98 (2.97%) Architect
14 92 (2.78%) Java Developer
14 92 (2.78%) Senior Analyst
15 83 (2.51%) Senior Developer
16 77 (2.33%) Automation Tester
17 63 (1.91%) QA Manager
17 63 (1.91%) Data Analyst
18 62 (1.88%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 368 (11.13%) .NET
2 317 (9.59%) Web Services
3 315 (9.53%) HTML
4 298 (9.02%) XML
5 200 (6.05%) CSS
6 140 (4.24%) jQuery
7 126 (3.81%) HTML5
8 122 (3.69%) ASP.NET
9 119 (3.60%) REST
10 101 (3.06%) JSON
11 98 (2.97%) SOAP
11 98 (2.97%) Spring
12 78 (2.36%) Ajax
12 78 (2.36%) CSS3
13 75 (2.27%) WCF
14 72 (2.18%) J2EE
15 69 (2.09%) Hibernate
16 66 (2.00%) XSLT
17 62 (1.88%) AngularJS
18 58 (1.75%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 172 (5.20%) Open Source
2 129 (3.90%) Management Information System
3 127 (3.84%) Computer Science
4 114 (3.45%) Mobile App
5 66 (2.00%) Enterprise Software
6 53 (1.60%) Derivative
7 44 (1.33%) Client/Server
8 43 (1.30%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 40 (1.21%) iPad
10 37 (1.12%) Data Integration
10 37 (1.12%) NHS
11 34 (1.03%) Online Games
12 32 (0.97%) Social Media
12 32 (0.97%) Fixed Income
13 24 (0.73%) Equities
14 23 (0.70%) Digital Media
15 21 (0.64%) iPhone
16 20 (0.61%) Market Risk
17 19 (0.57%) N-Tier
18 18 (0.54%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 278 (8.41%) Windows
2 200 (6.05%) UNIX
3 197 (5.96%) Linux
4 119 (3.60%) Android
5 106 (3.21%) Apple iOS
6 54 (1.63%) Windows 7
7 48 (1.45%) Windows Server 2008
8 33 (1.00%) Windows Server 2003
9 30 (0.91%) CentOS
10 27 (0.82%) Windows Server 2012
11 19 (0.57%) Windows XP
12 13 (0.39%) AIX
12 13 (0.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 11 (0.33%) Windows 8
14 10 (0.30%) Solaris
15 8 (0.24%) VMS
16 7 (0.21%) Windows Phone
17 6 (0.18%) Windows 2000
17 6 (0.18%) Windows NT
18 5 (0.15%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 689 (20.85%) Agile Software Development
2 483 (14.61%) Scrum
3 460 (13.92%) Project Management
4 435 (13.16%) TDD
5 365 (11.04%) User Acceptance Testing
6 336 (10.17%) Test Scripting
7 331 (10.02%) BDD
8 328 (9.92%) Test Automation
9 253 (7.66%) Continuous Integration
10 224 (6.78%) Automated Testing
11 217 (6.57%) E-Commerce
12 209 (6.32%) Migration
12 209 (6.32%) Software Testing
13 193 (5.84%) OO
14 180 (5.45%) Stakeholder Management
15 170 (5.14%) Unit Testing
16 164 (4.96%) Test Strategy
17 156 (4.72%) PRINCE2
18 155 (4.69%) Continuous Improvement
19 154 (4.66%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 807 (24.42%) SQL
2 602 (18.21%) Java
3 381 (11.53%) C#
4 341 (10.32%) JavaScript
5 186 (5.63%) Ruby
6 124 (3.75%) PHP
7 101 (3.06%) PL/SQL
8 91 (2.75%) Python
9 87 (2.63%) T-SQL
10 75 (2.27%) Shell Script
11 73 (2.21%) VBA
11 73 (2.21%) VB
12 55 (1.66%) PowerShell
13 54 (1.63%) VBScript
14 51 (1.54%) Perl
15 48 (1.45%) C++
16 34 (1.03%) C
17 27 (0.82%) Groovy
18 22 (0.67%) Scala
19 16 (0.48%) VB6
Qualifications
1 310 (9.38%) Degree
2 241 (7.29%) ISEB
3 213 (6.44%) Security Cleared
4 187 (5.66%) ISTQB
5 146 (4.42%) SC Cleared
6 86 (2.60%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 55 (1.66%) DV Cleared
8 40 (1.21%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 29 (0.88%) ITIL Certification
9 29 (0.88%) PMI Certification
10 25 (0.76%) Cisco Certification
11 24 (0.73%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 21 (0.64%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 20 (0.61%) CISSP
14 19 (0.57%) MOS
15 17 (0.51%) PMP
15 17 (0.51%) MCITP
16 16 (0.48%) Microsoft Certification
17 15 (0.45%) CCNP
17 15 (0.45%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (0.88%) SLA
2 26 (0.79%) ISO 9001
3 24 (0.73%) Data Quality
4 20 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 17 (0.51%) ISO 9000
6 13 (0.39%) P3O
7 11 (0.33%) GxP
7 11 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 9 (0.27%) ISO 14001
8 9 (0.27%) Solvency II
9 8 (0.24%) Basel III
9 8 (0.24%) EMIR
10 7 (0.21%) PCI DSS
10 7 (0.21%) Dodd-Frank
11 6 (0.18%) CRD IV
11 6 (0.18%) GMP
12 5 (0.15%) 21 CFR Part 11
12 5 (0.15%) JSP 440
13 4 (0.12%) Basel II
13 4 (0.12%) FATCA
System Software
1 56 (1.69%) Active Directory
2 19 (0.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (0.54%) vSphere
4 15 (0.45%) Hyper-V
5 12 (0.36%) Microsoft App-V
6 11 (0.33%) VMware ESXi
7 9 (0.27%) XenDesktop
8 7 (0.21%) Squid
8 7 (0.21%) qmail
8 7 (0.21%) XenApp
8 7 (0.21%) NFS
9 4 (0.12%) Nmap
10 3 (0.091%) Oracle RAC
10 3 (0.091%) vCloud
11 2 (0.061%) Docker
11 2 (0.061%) Oracle RMAN
11 2 (0.061%) VMware ESX
11 2 (0.061%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
11 2 (0.061%) ISA Server
12 1 (0.030%) RACF
Systems Management
1 194 (5.87%) HP Quality Center
2 42 (1.27%) Puppet
3 30 (0.91%) SCCM
4 26 (0.79%) Vagrant
5 15 (0.45%) Tivoli
6 12 (0.36%) Opscode Chef
7 11 (0.33%) BMC PATROL
8 8 (0.24%) Nagios
9 7 (0.21%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 7 (0.21%) WhatsUp Gold
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%) Nessus
11 5 (0.15%) Capistrano
11 5 (0.15%) CA LISA
12 4 (0.12%) SCOM
12 4 (0.12%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 431 (13.04%) Microsoft
2 395 (11.95%) Oracle
3 218 (6.60%) HP
4 163 (4.93%) SAP
5 52 (1.57%) JBoss
6 48 (1.45%) Cisco
7 45 (1.36%) IBM
8 40 (1.21%) Salesforce.com
9 39 (1.18%) Red Hat
10 36 (1.09%) Citrix
10 36 (1.09%) Zend
11 30 (0.91%) VMware
12 28 (0.85%) Business Objects
13 23 (0.70%) Adobe
14 22 (0.67%) Sybase
15 21 (0.64%) Lotus
15 21 (0.64%) CheckPoint
16 20 (0.61%) Teradata
17 19 (0.57%) Juniper
17 19 (0.57%) Informatica
South West London
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 Per Day Ltd Co Basis
Posted: 1 hour ago
South East
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Posted: 1 hour ago
South West London
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 Per Day Ltd Co Basis
Posted: 1 hour ago
East London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £250 to £300 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
City, London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £350 - £450 per annum + benefits
Posted: 4 hours ago
City, London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: From £550 to £600 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Posted: 18 hours ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £600.00 - £650.00 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
City, London
Senitor Associates
Rate: £8.00 - £10.00 per hour
Posted: 23 hours ago
Richmond, Surrey
Aston Carter
Rate: £100 - £145 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Exeter, Devon
Circle Recruitment
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Brighton, East Sussex
Cyber Team
Rate: From £8 to £11 per hour 6 Month Contract
Posted: Yesterday
Central London / West End
Bite Consulting
Rate: From £250 to £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Bracknell, Berkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £500 - £700 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Essex
Aquent
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Slough, Berkshire
TD Group
Posted: 3 days ago
Midlands
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Posted: 3 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £350 - £400 Per Day
Posted: 3 days ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £320 - £378 per day
Posted: 3 days ago