The table below looks at the statistics 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 26 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
26 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 46 30 32
Rank change year-on-year
-16 +2
Contract jobs citing QA 8 21 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 1.48% 3.47% 4.03%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 25.81% 38.18% 37.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 8 5
Average daily rate
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£260 £396 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-34.38% +26.80%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £298 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £443 £610
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.00 £21.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year
+76.74% -17.30%
QA
East of England

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 Essex region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Essex
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
31 55 43
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 5.74% 9.09% 10.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 23 24
Average daily rate £268 £325 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-17.69% +30.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £201 £114 £85
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £448 £470
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 9 2
Average hourly rate £32.00 £39.25 £11.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-18.47% +256.81%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.55 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+2.61% +20.00%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in Essex

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Essex region over the 3 months to 26 May 2015.

QA Daily Rate Histogram 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 26 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
Basildon -11 2 £400 -
Chelmsford - 2 £210 -
QA
East of England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Essex

For the 6 months to 26 May 2015, 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 5 (38.46%) Software Testing
2 4 (30.77%) Selenium
2 4 (30.77%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (30.77%) SoapUI
2 4 (30.77%) Java
2 4 (30.77%) Mentoring
3 3 (23.08%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (23.08%) SDLC
3 3 (23.08%) Test Automation
3 3 (23.08%) SOAP
3 3 (23.08%) HP
3 3 (23.08%) QuickTest Pro
3 3 (23.08%) Wealth Management
3 3 (23.08%) MultiFonds
3 3 (23.08%) Automated Testing
3 3 (23.08%) Automotive
3 3 (23.08%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (15.38%) Scrum
4 2 (15.38%) Manual Testing
4 2 (15.38%) Automation Testing
4 2 (15.38%) Cucumber
4 2 (15.38%) BDD
4 2 (15.38%) LoadRunner
4 2 (15.38%) Microsoft
4 2 (15.38%) Web Services
4 2 (15.38%) XML
4 2 (15.38%) XSD
5 1 (7.69%) XSL
5 1 (7.69%) XSLT
5 1 (7.69%) PRINCE2

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Essex by Category

For the 6 months to 26 May 2015, 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 (7.69%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (7.69%) MS Excel
1 1 (7.69%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (23.08%) MultiFonds
2 1 (7.69%) AWD
Communications & Networking
1 1 (7.69%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (7.69%) BusinessObjects
1 1 (7.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 4 (30.77%) Selenium
1 4 (30.77%) SoapUI
2 3 (23.08%) QuickTest Pro
3 2 (15.38%) Cucumber
3 2 (15.38%) LoadRunner
4 1 (7.69%) TestDirector
General
1 3 (23.08%) Automotive
2 1 (7.69%) Finance
2 1 (7.69%) Banking
Job Titles
1 5 (38.46%) Tester
2 3 (23.08%) Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) Developer
3 2 (15.38%) Test Leader
3 2 (15.38%) QA Tester
3 2 (15.38%) Lead Tester
3 2 (15.38%) Selenium Tester
3 2 (15.38%) Automation Tester
3 2 (15.38%) Test Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Head of Testing
4 1 (7.69%) Analyst Developer
4 1 (7.69%) webMethods Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (23.08%) SOAP
2 2 (15.38%) Web Services
2 2 (15.38%) XML
2 2 (15.38%) XSD
3 1 (7.69%) XSL
3 1 (7.69%) XSLT
3 1 (7.69%) J2EE
3 1 (7.69%) CSS
3 1 (7.69%) JSP
3 1 (7.69%) HTML
3 1 (7.69%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 3 (23.08%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (7.69%) AS400
2 1 (7.69%) E-Learning
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (38.46%) Software Testing
2 4 (30.77%) Mentoring
3 3 (23.08%) SDLC
3 3 (23.08%) Test Automation
3 3 (23.08%) Wealth Management
3 3 (23.08%) Automated Testing
3 3 (23.08%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (15.38%) Scrum
4 2 (15.38%) Manual Testing
4 2 (15.38%) Automation Testing
4 2 (15.38%) BDD
5 1 (7.69%) PRINCE2
5 1 (7.69%) SOA
5 1 (7.69%) ETL
5 1 (7.69%) Business Intelligence
5 1 (7.69%) Project Management
5 1 (7.69%) Regression Testing
5 1 (7.69%) Web Application Development
5 1 (7.69%) Performance Testing
5 1 (7.69%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (30.77%) Java
2 1 (7.69%) JavaScript
2 1 (7.69%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (7.69%) ISEB
1 1 (7.69%) Degree
1 1 (7.69%) ISEB Practitioner
Systems Management
1 4 (30.77%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (7.69%) SCCM
Vendors
1 3 (23.08%) HP
2 2 (15.38%) Microsoft
3 1 (7.69%) Oracle
3 1 (7.69%) Business Objects
3 1 (7.69%) SAP
3 1 (7.69%) Software AG
3 1 (7.69%) webMethods
3 1 (7.69%) Terracotta