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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 57 57 63
Rank change year-on-year
0 +6
Contract jobs citing QA 1567 1565 1242
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 3.19% 3.26% 2.93%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 39.69% 40.34% 38.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 1015 1041 793
Average daily rate
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£390 £391 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.25% +0.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £243
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 14 17
Average hourly rate £35.00 £21.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+62.79% -28.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £15.05 £12.44
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £95.00 £66.75 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £21.50 £26.75
% change year-on-year
+72.09% -19.62%
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
3948 3880 3267
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 8.03% 8.09% 7.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 2484 2401 2049
Average daily rate £414 £410 £430
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.91% -4.65%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 124 182 101
Average hourly rate £20.09 £21.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.54% +7.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.86 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £46.54 £116.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +20.00%

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 22 May 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 22 May 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 22 May 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
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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 -9 761 £425 +0.65% 317
South East +7 262 £355 +7.57% 110
North West +25 149 £350 -1.75% 61
Yorkshire -5 103 £350 +16.66% 34
South West +28 74 £350 -2.09% 45
East Midlands +12 58 £375 +12.35% 22
East of England -29 54 £400 -5.88% 51
West Midlands -19 51 £350 -8.19% 32
North East +7 32 £373 +6.42% 9
Midlands -6 4 - -
QA
UK

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 22 May 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.

1 998 (32.63%) Agile Software Development
2 769 (25.14%) Finance
3 652 (21.31%) SQL
4 545 (17.82%) Java
5 411 (13.44%) Selenium
6 407 (13.31%) Project Management
7 379 (12.39%) User Acceptance Testing
8 371 (12.13%) Scrum
9 325 (10.62%) Microsoft
10 313 (10.23%) TDD
11 298 (9.74%) .NET
12 293 (9.58%) Banking
13 289 (9.45%) Test Scripting
14 287 (9.38%) Test Automation
15 277 (9.06%) C#
16 275 (8.99%) XML
17 264 (8.63%) Web Services
17 264 (8.63%) BDD
18 262 (8.56%) JavaScript
19 260 (8.50%) Analytical Skills
20 259 (8.47%) Windows
21 256 (8.37%) Oracle
22 255 (8.34%) Degree
23 242 (7.91%) Cucumber
24 241 (7.88%) HTML
25 230 (7.52%) Continuous Integration
26 220 (7.19%) Test Strategy
27 218 (7.13%) JIRA
27 218 (7.13%) ISEB
28 212 (6.93%) Linux

QA
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 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
1 105 (3.43%) SharePoint
2 66 (2.16%) WebSphere
3 58 (1.90%) Apache
4 56 (1.83%) CMS
4 56 (1.83%) WebLogic
5 49 (1.60%) JBoss
6 45 (1.47%) Tomcat
7 35 (1.14%) Confluence
8 33 (1.08%) IIS
9 29 (0.95%) Cloud Foundry
10 26 (0.85%) Node.js
11 24 (0.78%) SAS
11 24 (0.78%) Drupal
12 21 (0.69%) BizTalk Server
13 20 (0.65%) OpenStack
14 19 (0.62%) WebSphere Application Server
15 17 (0.56%) Oracle Workflow
16 12 (0.39%) MQSeries
16 12 (0.39%) Elasticsearch
17 9 (0.29%) Adobe Experience Manager
Applications
1 210 (6.86%) MS Excel
2 138 (4.51%) MS Office
3 72 (2.35%) MS Project
4 49 (1.60%) MS PowerPoint
5 48 (1.57%) MS Visio
6 8 (0.26%) Photoshop
7 7 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
8 6 (0.20%) SPSS
8 6 (0.20%) Mingle
9 3 (0.098%) PowerPivot
10 2 (0.065%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.033%) Open Workbench
11 1 (0.033%) FrameMaker
11 1 (0.033%) RoboHelp
11 1 (0.033%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 27 (0.88%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (0.56%) Dynamics AX
3 14 (0.46%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 13 (0.42%) Cognos TM1
5 11 (0.36%) Oracle Payables
6 9 (0.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 9 (0.29%) Agresso
6 9 (0.29%) WebTrends
7 8 (0.26%) Oracle EBS
7 8 (0.26%) Oracle BPM
8 7 (0.23%) Markit EDM
8 7 (0.23%) Oracle Retail
8 7 (0.23%) Magento
8 7 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
8 7 (0.23%) Oracle Financials
8 7 (0.23%) Oracle Applications
9 5 (0.16%) Oracle Receivables
10 4 (0.13%) SAP FI
10 4 (0.13%) Summit
10 4 (0.13%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 62 (2.03%) Amazon AWS
2 28 (0.92%) SaaS
3 15 (0.49%) PaaS
4 14 (0.46%) Amazon S3
5 13 (0.42%) GitHub
5 13 (0.42%) Microsoft Azure
6 11 (0.36%) Amazon EC2
7 9 (0.29%) Amazon ELB
7 9 (0.29%) Heroku
8 7 (0.23%) Route 53
8 7 (0.23%) Engine Yard
8 7 (0.23%) Google Analytics
9 6 (0.20%) Office 365
9 6 (0.20%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 5 (0.16%) Google Cloud Platform
11 4 (0.13%) AWS CloudFormation
12 3 (0.098%) IaaS
12 3 (0.098%) Cloud Computing
12 3 (0.098%) Force.com
13 2 (0.065%) Adobe Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 78 (2.55%) Internet
2 74 (2.42%) Firewall
3 59 (1.93%) WAN
4 47 (1.54%) LAN
5 45 (1.47%) TCP/IP
6 40 (1.31%) SSL
7 35 (1.14%) DNS
8 32 (1.05%) Network Security
9 30 (0.98%) HTTP
10 26 (0.85%) Cisco ASA
11 22 (0.72%) SAN
12 20 (0.65%) Wireless
13 19 (0.62%) LDAP
14 18 (0.59%) GSM
15 16 (0.52%) FTP
16 15 (0.49%) UMTS
16 15 (0.49%) VPN
17 14 (0.46%) VLAN
17 14 (0.46%) LTE
18 12 (0.39%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 192 (6.28%) SQL Server
2 127 (4.15%) Relational Database
3 117 (3.82%) Data Warehouse
4 84 (2.75%) MongoDB
5 71 (2.32%) Oracle Database
6 65 (2.12%) MySQL
7 62 (2.03%) RDBMS
7 62 (2.03%) NoSQL
8 51 (1.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 44 (1.44%) DB2
10 41 (1.34%) SQL Server 2008
10 41 (1.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 30 (0.98%) Big Data
12 29 (0.95%) Oracle Reports
13 25 (0.82%) QlikView
14 24 (0.78%) SQL Server 2012
15 22 (0.72%) Apache Cassandra
16 21 (0.69%) MS Access
17 20 (0.65%) Hadoop
18 18 (0.59%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 411 (13.44%) Selenium
2 242 (7.91%) Cucumber
3 218 (7.13%) JIRA
4 200 (6.54%) WebDriver
5 161 (5.26%) Jenkins
6 155 (5.07%) Git (software)
7 101 (3.30%) Subversion
8 93 (3.04%) Team Foundation Server
9 90 (2.94%) SpecFlow
10 87 (2.84%) QuickTest Pro
11 74 (2.42%) JUnit
12 70 (2.29%) SoapUI
13 65 (2.12%) TeamCity
14 44 (1.44%) LoadRunner
14 44 (1.44%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 43 (1.41%) Visual Studio
15 43 (1.41%) JMeter
16 39 (1.27%) Maven
17 36 (1.18%) Hudson
18 34 (1.11%) JBehave
General
1 769 (25.14%) Finance
2 293 (9.58%) Banking
3 165 (5.39%) Retail
4 161 (5.26%) Telecoms
5 123 (4.02%) Investment Banking
6 66 (2.16%) Marketing
7 57 (1.86%) Manufacturing
8 56 (1.83%) Front Office
9 55 (1.80%) Games
10 47 (1.54%) Billing
11 45 (1.47%) Publishing
12 38 (1.24%) Legal
13 37 (1.21%) Back Office
13 37 (1.21%) Financial Institution
14 35 (1.14%) Law
15 33 (1.08%) Pharmaceutical
16 22 (0.72%) Advertising
17 16 (0.52%) Electronics
18 12 (0.39%) Automotive
19 11 (0.36%) German Language
Job Titles
1 789 (25.79%) Analyst
2 479 (15.66%) Developer
3 299 (9.77%) Tester
4 291 (9.51%) Test Analyst
5 199 (6.51%) Business Analyst
6 189 (6.18%) Project Manager
7 168 (5.49%) Test Manager
8 153 (5.00%) QA Analyst
9 134 (4.38%) Architect
10 124 (4.05%) QA Engineer
11 119 (3.89%) Consultant
12 104 (3.40%) Test Leader
13 100 (3.27%) QA Tester
14 76 (2.48%) Test Engineer
15 66 (2.16%) Java Developer
16 64 (2.09%) Automation Tester
17 59 (1.93%) Senior Analyst
18 57 (1.86%) QA Test Analyst
19 53 (1.73%) DevOps Engineer
20 52 (1.70%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 298 (9.74%) .NET
2 275 (8.99%) XML
3 264 (8.63%) Web Services
4 241 (7.88%) HTML
5 174 (5.69%) CSS
6 127 (4.15%) JSON
7 119 (3.89%) SOAP
8 86 (2.81%) HTML5
9 83 (2.71%) REST
10 79 (2.58%) RESTful
11 77 (2.52%) jQuery
12 68 (2.22%) J2EE
13 65 (2.12%) CSS3
14 64 (2.09%) Gherkin
15 57 (1.86%) ASP.NET
16 56 (1.83%) AngularJS
17 55 (1.80%) Spring
18 49 (1.60%) .NET Framework
19 46 (1.50%) Ajax
19 46 (1.50%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 260 (8.50%) Analytical Skills
2 131 (4.28%) Open Source
3 119 (3.89%) User Experience
4 81 (2.65%) Management Information System
5 80 (2.62%) Computer Science
6 79 (2.58%) Mobile App
7 52 (1.70%) Derivative
8 43 (1.41%) Fixed Income
9 40 (1.31%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 35 (1.14%) Client/Server
11 34 (1.11%) Data Integration
11 34 (1.11%) SWIFT
12 29 (0.95%) NHS
12 29 (0.95%) Equities
13 23 (0.75%) Digital Media
14 22 (0.72%) PKI
15 21 (0.69%) Enterprise Software
15 21 (0.69%) Data Conversion
16 20 (0.65%) Online Games
17 16 (0.52%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 259 (8.47%) Windows
2 212 (6.93%) Linux
3 195 (6.37%) UNIX
4 112 (3.66%) Apple iOS
5 89 (2.91%) Android
6 44 (1.44%) Windows Server 2008
7 37 (1.21%) Windows Server 2003
8 33 (1.08%) Windows 7
9 32 (1.05%) CentOS
10 28 (0.92%) Windows Server 2012
11 24 (0.78%) Solaris
11 24 (0.78%) AIX
11 24 (0.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 20 (0.65%) Windows XP
12 20 (0.65%) Ubuntu
13 13 (0.42%) VME
14 12 (0.39%) Windows Vista
15 11 (0.36%) Windows Phone
15 11 (0.36%) zOS
16 9 (0.29%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 998 (32.63%) Agile Software Development
2 407 (13.31%) Project Management
3 379 (12.39%) User Acceptance Testing
4 371 (12.13%) Scrum
5 313 (10.23%) TDD
6 289 (9.45%) Test Scripting
7 287 (9.38%) Test Automation
8 264 (8.63%) BDD
9 230 (7.52%) Continuous Integration
10 220 (7.19%) Test Strategy
11 205 (6.70%) Stakeholder Management
12 203 (6.64%) ITIL
13 197 (6.44%) Migration
14 196 (6.41%) E-Commerce
15 195 (6.37%) PRINCE2
16 167 (5.46%) Automated Testing
17 155 (5.07%) Manual Testing
18 148 (4.84%) Risk Management
19 147 (4.81%) Software Testing
20 143 (4.67%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 652 (21.31%) SQL
2 545 (17.82%) Java
3 277 (9.06%) C#
4 262 (8.56%) JavaScript
5 190 (6.21%) Ruby
6 158 (5.17%) Python
7 91 (2.97%) PHP
8 70 (2.29%) Perl
9 68 (2.22%) Shell Script
10 56 (1.83%) C++
11 54 (1.77%) C
12 53 (1.73%) PL/SQL
13 42 (1.37%) Groovy
14 41 (1.34%) T-SQL
15 39 (1.27%) Bash Shell
16 34 (1.11%) Scala
17 32 (1.05%) VBA
17 32 (1.05%) PowerShell
18 31 (1.01%) Objective-C
19 29 (0.95%) VB
Qualifications
1 255 (8.34%) Degree
2 218 (7.13%) ISEB
3 158 (5.17%) Security Cleared
4 140 (4.58%) ISTQB
5 94 (3.07%) SC Cleared
6 51 (1.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 41 (1.34%) ITIL Certification
8 34 (1.11%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 32 (1.05%) PMI Certification
10 27 (0.88%) DV Cleared
10 27 (0.88%) PMP
11 26 (0.85%) CISSP
12 22 (0.72%) Cisco Certification
12 22 (0.72%) Microsoft Certification
13 20 (0.65%) HNC
14 19 (0.62%) CISM
15 16 (0.52%) CISMP
16 12 (0.39%) CCNP
16 12 (0.39%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 11 (0.36%) CCENT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (1.60%) SLA
2 36 (1.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 28 (0.92%) Data Quality
4 19 (0.62%) GMP
5 17 (0.56%) EMIR
6 15 (0.49%) ISO 9001
7 13 (0.42%) GAMP
7 13 (0.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 10 (0.33%) JSP 440
9 7 (0.23%) P3O
9 7 (0.23%) Solvency II
9 7 (0.23%) MiFID
10 6 (0.20%) 21 CFR Part 11
10 6 (0.20%) COBIT
10 6 (0.20%) PCI DSS
11 5 (0.16%) Basel III
11 5 (0.16%) HL7
11 5 (0.16%) GxP
12 4 (0.13%) FATCA
13 3 (0.098%) DICOM
System Software
1 52 (1.70%) Active Directory
2 49 (1.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (0.82%) XenApp
4 19 (0.62%) vSphere
5 13 (0.42%) VMware ESXi
5 13 (0.42%) Microsoft App-V
6 12 (0.39%) Oracle RAC
7 10 (0.33%) MetaFrame
7 10 (0.33%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 9 (0.29%) BitLocker
8 9 (0.29%) Docker
8 9 (0.29%) vCloud
8 9 (0.29%) XenDesktop
9 8 (0.26%) Hyper-V
10 6 (0.20%) Varnish
11 5 (0.16%) Oracle Clusterware
12 4 (0.13%) Firmware
13 2 (0.065%) VMware Workstation
13 2 (0.065%) Squid
13 2 (0.065%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 126 (4.12%) HP Quality Center
2 78 (2.55%) Puppet
3 35 (1.14%) Vagrant
4 31 (1.01%) Opscode Chef
5 26 (0.85%) SCCM
6 22 (0.72%) Graylog
7 13 (0.42%) Cobbler
8 10 (0.33%) Nagios
9 9 (0.29%) Tivoli
10 7 (0.23%) Data Guard
11 6 (0.20%) OpenView
11 6 (0.20%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 6 (0.20%) Ansible
11 6 (0.20%) CA LISA
12 5 (0.16%) Oracle Flashback
12 5 (0.16%) Rundeck
12 5 (0.16%) Kibana
12 5 (0.16%) collectd
12 5 (0.16%) ZABBIX
12 5 (0.16%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 325 (10.62%) Microsoft
2 256 (8.37%) Oracle
3 126 (4.12%) HP
4 119 (3.89%) SAP
5 100 (3.27%) IBM
6 90 (2.94%) VMware
7 66 (2.16%) Cisco
8 49 (1.60%) Red Hat
9 43 (1.41%) Citrix
10 36 (1.18%) CheckPoint
11 31 (1.01%) New Relic
11 31 (1.01%) Remedy
12 29 (0.95%) Business Objects
13 27 (0.88%) Salesforce.com
13 27 (0.88%) Sybase
14 25 (0.82%) TIBCO
15 24 (0.78%) Adobe
16 23 (0.75%) Google
16 23 (0.75%) Nokia
17 21 (0.69%) Akamai
City, London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: From £550 to £600 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
Norfolk
Oliver James Associates
Rate: £400 - £420 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
Buckinghamshire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £275 - £300 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
North West
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: Competitive Rate
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Salt
Rate: Negotiable rates
Posted: Yesterday
London
Adroit People Limited
Rate: From £250 to £380 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £450 - £550 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: From £550 to £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £270.00 - £330.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Liverpool, Merseyside
Ping IT Recruitment ltd
Rate: Up to £700 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Liverpool, Merseyside
Oliver Bernard
Rate: From £600 to £700 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £200 per day + .
Posted: Yesterday
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
PCR
Rate: £340 - £395 per day + extensions
Posted: Yesterday
Wigan, Lancashire
Logic Engagements Ltd
Rate: £45 - £50 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £300 per day + .
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Understanding Recruitment
Rate: £410 - £450 per day + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Bedfordshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: Yesterday
Woking, Surrey
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £270 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Quant Capital
Rate: Up to £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday