The first table below looks at the demand for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Essex region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 1 August 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 Essex 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
1 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 43 46 44
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -2
Contract jobs citing QA 11 5 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 2.29% 1.08% 1.84%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 27.50% 11.11% 25.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 2 8
Average daily rate
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£350 £319 £294
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.80% +8.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £274 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £384 £364 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £13.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+22.22% -46.00%
Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Essex
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
40 45 36
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 8.32% 9.76% 7.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 22 20
Average daily rate £325 £295 £231
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.16% +27.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £138 £90 £99
10% offered a daily rate of more than £395 £374 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 9
Average hourly rate £16.25 £16.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.56% -50.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.30 £11.60 £18.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £21.20 £37.95
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.10 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+14.87% -12.50%
QA
East of England

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Essex

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Essex region as a proportion of the total demand within the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Essex

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Essex

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing QA across the Essex region.

QA Daily Rate Trend in Essex

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in Essex

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Essex region.

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Essex

QA
Contract Job Locations in Essex

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Essex region over the 3 months to 1 August 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
Colchester +1 2 £343 -8.66%
Basildon - 1 - -
Brentwood - 1 - -
Chelmsford - 1 - -
Stanford-le-Hope - - - - 1
Thurrock - - - -
QA
East of England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Essex

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Essex 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 15 (46.88%) SQL
2 12 (37.50%) Test Scripting
3 10 (31.25%) HP
3 10 (31.25%) Finance
4 9 (28.13%) ETL
4 9 (28.13%) Oracle
5 8 (25.00%) Data Warehouse
6 7 (21.88%) Project Management
6 7 (21.88%) Validation
6 7 (21.88%) HP Quality Center
7 6 (18.75%) Data Mapping
7 6 (18.75%) Test Automation
7 6 (18.75%) Oracle Database
7 6 (18.75%) Relational Database
7 6 (18.75%) Migration
7 6 (18.75%) Data Analysis
7 6 (18.75%) ISTQB
7 6 (18.75%) XSD
8 5 (15.63%) XML
8 5 (15.63%) UML
8 5 (15.63%) SAP
8 5 (15.63%) EAI
8 5 (15.63%) Data Modelling
8 5 (15.63%) Configuration Management
8 5 (15.63%) Time Management
8 5 (15.63%) Data Migration
8 5 (15.63%) User Acceptance Testing
9 4 (12.50%) Use Case
9 4 (12.50%) Dependency Management
9 4 (12.50%) User Stories

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Essex by Category

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Essex 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 1 (3.13%) WebSphere
1 1 (3.13%) CMS
1 1 (3.13%) Adobe CQ
1 1 (3.13%) Lync
1 1 (3.13%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 3 (9.38%) MS Project
1 3 (9.38%) MS Excel
2 2 (6.25%) MS PowerPoint
2 2 (6.25%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (3.13%) SAP FI
1 1 (3.13%) SAP CO
1 1 (3.13%) SAP FI/CO
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.13%) SAN
1 1 (3.13%) Intranet
1 1 (3.13%) IPv4
1 1 (3.13%) IPv6
1 1 (3.13%) Firewall
1 1 (3.13%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (25.00%) Data Warehouse
2 6 (18.75%) Oracle Database
2 6 (18.75%) Relational Database
3 3 (9.38%) DTS
4 2 (6.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (6.25%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (3.13%) SQL Server
5 1 (3.13%) Data Mining
5 1 (3.13%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (6.25%) JIRA
1 2 (6.25%) SoapUI
1 2 (6.25%) TestDirector
1 2 (6.25%) QuickTest Pro
2 1 (3.13%) Ant
2 1 (3.13%) Eclipse
2 1 (3.13%) QADirector
General
1 10 (31.25%) Finance
2 1 (3.13%) Marketing
2 1 (3.13%) Electronics
2 1 (3.13%) Games
2 1 (3.13%) Automotive
2 1 (3.13%) Legal
2 1 (3.13%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 16 (50.00%) Analyst
2 6 (18.75%) Test Analyst
3 5 (15.63%) Tester
4 4 (12.50%) Technical Analyst
4 4 (12.50%) QA Tester
5 3 (9.38%) QA Analyst
5 3 (9.38%) Systems Analyst
6 2 (6.25%) Designer
6 2 (6.25%) Test Leader
6 2 (6.25%) Systems Designer
6 2 (6.25%) Project Manager
6 2 (6.25%) Developer
6 2 (6.25%) Data Analyst
7 1 (3.13%) Coordinator
7 1 (3.13%) Architect
7 1 (3.13%) Quality Analyst
7 1 (3.13%) Applications Manager
7 1 (3.13%) Security Manager
7 1 (3.13%) Senior Desktop Support
7 1 (3.13%) Desktop Support Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (18.75%) XSD
2 5 (15.63%) XML
3 3 (9.38%) Web Services
4 2 (6.25%) XML Schema
4 2 (6.25%) .NET
5 1 (3.13%) XHTML
5 1 (3.13%) CSS
5 1 (3.13%) JSP
5 1 (3.13%) SOAP
5 1 (3.13%) J2EE
5 1 (3.13%) HTML
5 1 (3.13%) MDX
5 1 (3.13%) Ajax
5 1 (3.13%) REST
5 1 (3.13%) Gherkin
5 1 (3.13%) WebCenter
5 1 (3.13%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 2 (6.25%) AS400
1 2 (6.25%) E-Learning
2 1 (3.13%) N-Tier
2 1 (3.13%) Mainframe
2 1 (3.13%) Cryptography
2 1 (3.13%) Device Driver
2 1 (3.13%) Digital Media
2 1 (3.13%) Visualisation
2 1 (3.13%) Data Protection Act
2 1 (3.13%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 4 (12.50%) Windows
2 2 (6.25%) Linux
3 1 (3.13%) UNIX
3 1 (3.13%) Solaris
3 1 (3.13%) Windows XP
3 1 (3.13%) Apple iOS
3 1 (3.13%) Windows 7
3 1 (3.13%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (37.50%) Test Scripting
2 9 (28.13%) ETL
3 7 (21.88%) Project Management
3 7 (21.88%) Validation
4 6 (18.75%) Data Mapping
4 6 (18.75%) Test Automation
4 6 (18.75%) Migration
4 6 (18.75%) Data Analysis
5 5 (15.63%) UML
5 5 (15.63%) EAI
5 5 (15.63%) Data Modelling
5 5 (15.63%) Configuration Management
5 5 (15.63%) Time Management
5 5 (15.63%) Data Migration
5 5 (15.63%) User Acceptance Testing
6 4 (12.50%) Use Case
6 4 (12.50%) Dependency Management
6 4 (12.50%) User Stories
6 4 (12.50%) Waterfall
6 4 (12.50%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 15 (46.88%) SQL
2 3 (9.38%) Java
3 1 (3.13%) JavaScript
3 1 (3.13%) C
3 1 (3.13%) Assembly Language
3 1 (3.13%) FQL
Qualifications
1 6 (18.75%) ISTQB
2 4 (12.50%) Degree
3 2 (6.25%) PMP
3 2 (6.25%) PMI Certification
4 1 (3.13%) ISEB
4 1 (3.13%) CISSP
4 1 (3.13%) CEH
4 1 (3.13%) CISM
4 1 (3.13%) CSSLP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.13%) SLA
1 1 (3.13%) Data Quality
System Software
1 1 (3.13%) Active Directory
1 1 (3.13%) VMware ESXi
1 1 (3.13%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (21.88%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (3.13%) WebInspect
2 1 (3.13%) SCCM
Vendors
1 10 (31.25%) HP
2 9 (28.13%) Oracle
3 5 (15.63%) SAP
4 4 (12.50%) Microsoft
5 2 (6.25%) Business Objects
6 1 (3.13%) Vignette
6 1 (3.13%) Software AG
6 1 (3.13%) webMethods
6 1 (3.13%) IBM
6 1 (3.13%) Adobe
6 1 (3.13%) Progress
6 1 (3.13%) VMware
6 1 (3.13%) FatWire
6 1 (3.13%) Facebook
6 1 (3.13%) Twitter
6 1 (3.13%) Terracotta