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 3 July 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 58 55 65
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +10
Contract jobs citing QA 1577 1628 1251
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 3.11% 3.40% 2.80%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 39.33% 42.10% 36.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 1072 1071 804
Average daily rate
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£400 £380 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% -5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £250 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £516 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 18 18
Average hourly rate £32.00 £19.13 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+67.32% -15.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.70 £12.20 £12.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £130.00 £25.12 £40.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.25 £19.50 £16.75
% change year-on-year
+91.02% +16.41%
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
4010 3867 3388
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 7.91% 8.08% 7.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 2583 2418 2100
Average daily rate £425 £410 £438
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.65% -6.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £252 £250 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £560 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.73% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 152 167 124
Average hourly rate £21.07 £20.06 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.03% +2.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £42.70
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.15 £20.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+3.14% +10.81%

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 3 July 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 3 July 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 3 July 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 -7 826 £450 +10.76% 377
South East -12 238 £375 +13.63% 118
North West +24 130 £375 +7.14% 64
Yorkshire -16 104 £350 +13.82% 38
South West +13 95 £350 -4.10% 44
East of England -26 57 £400 -5.88% 51
East Midlands -2 48 £356 +9.61% 21
West Midlands -13 43 £375 +6.99% 41
North East -19 30 £361 +0.34% 12
Midlands -3 4 - -
QA
UK

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 1088 (33.86%) Agile Software Development
2 770 (23.97%) Finance
3 638 (19.86%) SQL
4 598 (18.61%) Java
5 445 (13.85%) Selenium
6 439 (13.66%) Scrum
7 426 (13.26%) Project Management
8 380 (11.83%) User Acceptance Testing
9 362 (11.27%) TDD
10 344 (10.71%) Microsoft
11 327 (10.18%) Test Automation
12 309 (9.62%) BDD
13 307 (9.55%) Banking
14 303 (9.43%) Test Scripting
15 295 (9.18%) C#
16 293 (9.12%) XML
17 291 (9.06%) Continuous Integration
18 290 (9.03%) Web Services
19 283 (8.81%) .NET
20 280 (8.71%) SDLC
21 279 (8.68%) Windows
22 267 (8.31%) Cucumber
23 266 (8.28%) Analytical Skills
24 259 (8.06%) JavaScript
24 259 (8.06%) Degree
25 255 (7.94%) HTML
26 249 (7.75%) Oracle
27 238 (7.41%) Test Strategy
28 235 (7.31%) Linux
29 229 (7.13%) JIRA

QA
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 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
1 106 (3.30%) SharePoint
2 62 (1.93%) CMS
3 61 (1.90%) WebSphere
4 57 (1.77%) Apache
5 55 (1.71%) WebLogic
6 53 (1.65%) JBoss
7 51 (1.59%) Confluence
8 43 (1.34%) Tomcat
9 34 (1.06%) Cloud Foundry
10 30 (0.93%) IIS
11 29 (0.90%) Node.js
12 28 (0.87%) Drupal
13 24 (0.75%) SAS
14 19 (0.59%) MQSeries
15 18 (0.56%) OpenStack
16 15 (0.47%) Oracle Workflow
17 13 (0.40%) WebSphere Application Server
18 11 (0.34%) BizTalk Server
18 11 (0.34%) Adobe Experience Manager
19 10 (0.31%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 205 (6.38%) MS Excel
2 139 (4.33%) MS Office
3 78 (2.43%) MS Project
4 61 (1.90%) MS Visio
5 55 (1.71%) MS PowerPoint
6 11 (0.34%) Photoshop
7 7 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
8 6 (0.19%) SPSS
9 5 (0.16%) PowerPivot
10 4 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
11 2 (0.062%) CINEMA 4D
11 2 (0.062%) MODO
11 2 (0.062%) FastStats
11 2 (0.062%) Mingle
11 2 (0.062%) Maya
11 2 (0.062%) 3ds Max
12 1 (0.031%) RoboHelp
12 1 (0.031%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.031%) FrameMaker
12 1 (0.031%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 21 (0.65%) Dynamics AX
2 17 (0.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (0.53%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 16 (0.50%) Cognos TM1
4 12 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 9 (0.28%) WebTrends
5 9 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
5 9 (0.28%) Magento
6 8 (0.25%) Oracle Payables
6 8 (0.25%) Oracle Applications
6 8 (0.25%) Agresso
7 7 (0.22%) Markit EDM
8 6 (0.19%) Oracle Retail
9 5 (0.16%) Oracle General Ledger
9 5 (0.16%) Oracle EBS R12
9 5 (0.16%) SAP ERP
9 5 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
9 5 (0.16%) Oracle BPM
9 5 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
9 5 (0.16%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 85 (2.65%) Amazon AWS
2 29 (0.90%) SaaS
3 21 (0.65%) Amazon S3
4 19 (0.59%) Amazon EC2
4 19 (0.59%) Amazon ELB
5 16 (0.50%) GitHub
6 15 (0.47%) Microsoft Azure
7 12 (0.37%) Office 365
8 11 (0.34%) Route 53
9 9 (0.28%) Google Analytics
9 9 (0.28%) PaaS
10 6 (0.19%) AWS CloudFormation
11 5 (0.16%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 5 (0.16%) Google Cloud Platform
11 5 (0.16%) Heroku
12 4 (0.12%) Amazon SQS
13 3 (0.093%) Adobe Analytics
13 3 (0.093%) Engine Yard
13 3 (0.093%) Cloud Computing
13 3 (0.093%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 72 (2.24%) Firewall
2 71 (2.21%) Internet
3 56 (1.74%) WAN
4 47 (1.46%) TCP/IP
5 43 (1.34%) SSL
6 41 (1.28%) LAN
7 39 (1.21%) DNS
8 34 (1.06%) Network Security
9 31 (0.96%) HTTP
10 25 (0.78%) Cisco ASA
11 22 (0.68%) SAN
12 20 (0.62%) VPN
13 18 (0.56%) GSM
14 17 (0.53%) Wireless
15 16 (0.50%) UMTS
16 15 (0.47%) LDAP
16 15 (0.47%) LTE
17 14 (0.44%) VLAN
18 12 (0.37%) Intrusion Detection
18 12 (0.37%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 203 (6.32%) SQL Server
2 117 (3.64%) Data Warehouse
3 113 (3.52%) Relational Database
4 92 (2.86%) MongoDB
5 70 (2.18%) NoSQL
6 67 (2.09%) MySQL
7 60 (1.87%) Oracle Database
8 54 (1.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 48 (1.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 43 (1.34%) SQL Server 2008
11 42 (1.31%) DB2
12 41 (1.28%) RDBMS
13 33 (1.03%) Big Data
14 28 (0.87%) SQL Server 2012
15 25 (0.78%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 24 (0.75%) Data Mining
17 23 (0.72%) Oracle Reports
17 23 (0.72%) QlikView
17 23 (0.72%) Hadoop
18 21 (0.65%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 445 (13.85%) Selenium
2 267 (8.31%) Cucumber
3 229 (7.13%) JIRA
4 210 (6.54%) WebDriver
5 183 (5.70%) Git (software)
6 180 (5.60%) Jenkins
7 107 (3.33%) SpecFlow
8 106 (3.30%) Team Foundation Server
8 106 (3.30%) Subversion
9 92 (2.86%) JUnit
9 92 (2.86%) HP UFT
10 76 (2.37%) SoapUI
11 66 (2.05%) TeamCity
12 53 (1.65%) Maven
13 52 (1.62%) Visual Studio
14 51 (1.59%) LoadRunner
15 50 (1.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 39 (1.21%) Capybara
17 36 (1.12%) JMeter
18 35 (1.09%) Hudson
General
1 770 (23.97%) Finance
2 307 (9.55%) Banking
3 185 (5.76%) Retail
4 168 (5.23%) Telecoms
5 130 (4.05%) Investment Banking
6 86 (2.68%) Marketing
7 62 (1.93%) Front Office
8 56 (1.74%) Manufacturing
9 50 (1.56%) Publishing
10 47 (1.46%) Games
11 46 (1.43%) Legal
12 37 (1.15%) Billing
13 35 (1.09%) Financial Institution
14 34 (1.06%) Law
15 28 (0.87%) Pharmaceutical
16 27 (0.84%) Back Office
17 24 (0.75%) Advertising
18 17 (0.53%) Electronics
19 14 (0.44%) Automotive
19 14 (0.44%) German Language
Job Titles
1 829 (25.80%) Analyst
2 537 (16.71%) Developer
3 306 (9.52%) Test Analyst
4 299 (9.31%) Tester
5 215 (6.69%) Business Analyst
6 198 (6.16%) Project Manager
7 179 (5.57%) QA Analyst
8 174 (5.42%) Test Manager
9 152 (4.73%) Architect
10 125 (3.89%) QA Engineer
11 113 (3.52%) Consultant
12 98 (3.05%) Test Leader
13 96 (2.99%) QA Tester
14 93 (2.89%) Java Developer
15 82 (2.55%) Test Engineer
16 75 (2.33%) QA Test Analyst
17 64 (1.99%) Senior Analyst
17 64 (1.99%) Automation Tester
18 60 (1.87%) DevOps Engineer
19 53 (1.65%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 293 (9.12%) XML
2 290 (9.03%) Web Services
3 283 (8.81%) .NET
4 255 (7.94%) HTML
5 188 (5.85%) CSS
6 142 (4.42%) SOAP
7 141 (4.39%) JSON
8 103 (3.21%) RESTful
9 102 (3.17%) HTML5
10 97 (3.02%) REST
11 77 (2.40%) jQuery
11 77 (2.40%) Gherkin
12 73 (2.27%) CSS3
13 70 (2.18%) Spring
14 67 (2.09%) AngularJS
15 65 (2.02%) J2EE
16 55 (1.71%) Hibernate
17 54 (1.68%) JMS
18 51 (1.59%) ASP.NET
18 51 (1.59%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 266 (8.28%) Analytical Skills
2 129 (4.01%) User Experience
3 92 (2.86%) Mobile App
4 87 (2.71%) Management Information System
5 72 (2.24%) Computer Science
6 61 (1.90%) Data Centre
7 50 (1.56%) Derivative
8 46 (1.43%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 42 (1.31%) Fixed Income
10 35 (1.09%) Client/Server
10 35 (1.09%) SWIFT
10 35 (1.09%) Data Integration
11 29 (0.90%) NHS
11 29 (0.90%) Equities
12 23 (0.72%) PKI
13 22 (0.68%) Data Structures
14 19 (0.59%) Enterprise Software
15 18 (0.56%) Online Games
15 18 (0.56%) Data Conversion
15 18 (0.56%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 279 (8.68%) Windows
2 235 (7.31%) Linux
3 200 (6.22%) UNIX
4 112 (3.49%) Apple iOS
5 85 (2.65%) Android
6 44 (1.37%) Windows 7
7 37 (1.15%) CentOS
8 36 (1.12%) Windows Server 2008
9 32 (1.00%) Windows Server 2003
10 31 (0.96%) Windows Server 2012
11 26 (0.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 26 (0.81%) Solaris
12 23 (0.72%) AIX
13 18 (0.56%) Ubuntu
13 18 (0.56%) VME
14 13 (0.40%) Windows 8
15 11 (0.34%) Windows Phone
16 10 (0.31%) Windows XP
17 8 (0.25%) zOS
18 5 (0.16%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 1088 (33.86%) Agile Software Development
2 439 (13.66%) Scrum
3 426 (13.26%) Project Management
4 380 (11.83%) User Acceptance Testing
5 362 (11.27%) TDD
6 327 (10.18%) Test Automation
7 309 (9.62%) BDD
8 303 (9.43%) Test Scripting
9 291 (9.06%) Continuous Integration
10 280 (8.71%) SDLC
11 238 (7.41%) Test Strategy
12 221 (6.88%) Stakeholder Management
13 218 (6.78%) E-Commerce
14 216 (6.72%) PRINCE2
15 213 (6.63%) Automated Testing
16 210 (6.54%) ITIL
17 205 (6.38%) Migration
18 162 (5.04%) Regression Testing
18 162 (5.04%) Configuration Management
19 156 (4.86%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 638 (19.86%) SQL
2 598 (18.61%) Java
3 295 (9.18%) C#
4 259 (8.06%) JavaScript
5 184 (5.73%) Ruby
6 169 (5.26%) Python
7 98 (3.05%) PHP
8 77 (2.40%) Perl
9 76 (2.37%) C++
10 69 (2.15%) C
11 64 (1.99%) Shell Script
12 55 (1.71%) Groovy
13 49 (1.53%) T-SQL
14 48 (1.49%) PL/SQL
15 46 (1.43%) PowerShell
16 41 (1.28%) Scala
17 37 (1.15%) Bash Shell
18 32 (1.00%) VB
19 29 (0.90%) VBA
19 29 (0.90%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 259 (8.06%) Degree
2 209 (6.50%) ISEB
3 186 (5.79%) Security Cleared
4 144 (4.48%) ISTQB
5 107 (3.33%) SC Cleared
6 60 (1.87%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 40 (1.24%) ITIL Certification
8 32 (1.00%) DV Cleared
9 31 (0.96%) PMI Certification
10 28 (0.87%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 27 (0.84%) Cisco Certification
12 24 (0.75%) PMP
12 24 (0.75%) CISSP
13 21 (0.65%) Microsoft Certification
13 21 (0.65%) HNC
14 20 (0.62%) CISM
15 17 (0.53%) CISMP
16 16 (0.50%) CCNA
16 16 (0.50%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 13 (0.40%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (1.65%) SLA
2 35 (1.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 29 (0.90%) Data Quality
4 19 (0.59%) ISO 9001
5 14 (0.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 14 (0.44%) GMP
6 13 (0.40%) GAMP
7 9 (0.28%) JSP 440
8 8 (0.25%) EMIR
8 8 (0.25%) GxP
9 7 (0.22%) HL7
10 6 (0.19%) Solvency II
11 5 (0.16%) FATCA
11 5 (0.16%) P3O
12 4 (0.12%) 21 CFR Part 11
12 4 (0.12%) COBIT
13 3 (0.093%) ISO 14001
13 3 (0.093%) PCI DSS
13 3 (0.093%) DICOM
14 1 (0.031%) BS25999
System Software
1 61 (1.90%) VMware Infrastructure
2 56 (1.74%) Active Directory
3 24 (0.75%) XenApp
4 21 (0.65%) vSphere
5 16 (0.50%) VMware ESXi
6 14 (0.44%) Docker
7 12 (0.37%) Oracle RAC
8 11 (0.34%) Hyper-V
8 11 (0.34%) Microsoft App-V
9 10 (0.31%) MetaFrame
9 10 (0.31%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 10 (0.31%) VirtualBox
9 10 (0.31%) vCloud
10 9 (0.28%) BitLocker
11 8 (0.25%) XenDesktop
12 6 (0.19%) Varnish
13 4 (0.12%) Firmware
14 3 (0.093%) VMware ESX
14 3 (0.093%) Oracle Clusterware
15 2 (0.062%) LXC
Systems Management
1 130 (4.05%) HP Quality Center
2 84 (2.61%) Puppet
3 46 (1.43%) Vagrant
4 37 (1.15%) Opscode Chef
5 26 (0.81%) SCCM
6 25 (0.78%) Graylog
7 9 (0.28%) Data Guard
8 8 (0.25%) Cobbler
9 7 (0.22%) Nagios
9 7 (0.22%) Oracle RMAN
9 7 (0.22%) Ansible
10 6 (0.19%) Kibana
10 6 (0.19%) Rundeck
10 6 (0.19%) CA LISA
10 6 (0.19%) ZABBIX
11 5 (0.16%) McAfee ePO
11 5 (0.16%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 5 (0.16%) OpenView
12 4 (0.12%) Nmap
12 4 (0.12%) Netcool
Vendors
1 344 (10.71%) Microsoft
2 249 (7.75%) Oracle
3 136 (4.23%) HP
4 128 (3.98%) SAP
5 98 (3.05%) VMware
6 93 (2.89%) IBM
7 63 (1.96%) Cisco
8 51 (1.59%) Red Hat
9 45 (1.40%) Citrix
10 41 (1.28%) New Relic
11 36 (1.12%) Salesforce.com
12 32 (1.00%) CheckPoint
13 31 (0.96%) Remedy
14 29 (0.90%) Business Objects
15 26 (0.81%) Sybase
15 26 (0.81%) Atlassian
16 25 (0.78%) Adobe
16 25 (0.78%) TIBCO
17 24 (0.75%) Google
18 23 (0.72%) Akamai
City, London
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £200 - £400 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
EMBS- People Transfer
Rate: up to £500 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Computer People
Rate: Negotiable Depandant on Skills
Posted: 12 hours ago
London
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £350 - 500 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
West London
PCR
Rate: £400 - £500 per annum
Posted: 12 hours ago
Oxfordshire
Arrows Group
Rate: £400 - £425 per annum
Posted: 12 hours ago
City, London
Aston Carter
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Brighton, East Sussex
Connectus
Rate: £18.68 per hour
Posted: 13 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £200.00 - £350.00 per day + Dependant on Experience
Posted: 14 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Computer People
Rate: £320 - £340 per day + Good depandant on skills
Posted: 14 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £150 - £200 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
GB Solutions
Posted: 14 hours ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
West London
Optima Connections
Rate: Up to £620 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
West Midlands
Tata Technologies Europe Limited
Posted: 15 hours ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Talent International
Rate: £350 - £410 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 15 hours ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £250.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Hudson IT
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
Oxfordshire
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £440 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
London
Mercator IT Solutions
Posted: 18 hours ago