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 11 February 2016 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
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 40 49 31
Rank change year-on-year
+9 -18
Contract jobs citing QA 11 3 32
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 2.14% 0.67% 5.24%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 16.67% 7.14% 41.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 1 20
Average daily rate £325 £325 £438
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -25.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £226 £325 £317
10% offered a daily rate of more than £446 £325 £533
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Average hourly rate £15.00 - £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.50 £32.22 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+22.59% +74.16%
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
66 42 78
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 12.87% 9.35% 12.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 20 42
Average daily rate £413 £275 £414
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+50.00% -33.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £239 £178 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £469 £560
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 5 8
Average hourly rate £59.25 £37.50 £19.21
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+58.00% +95.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £25.00 £10.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £63.00 £45.50 £33.15
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.50 £23.25 £17.08
% change year-on-year
+82.79% +36.16%

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 11 February 2016.

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 11 February 2016. 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
Brentwood - 3 £308 -
Basildon - 2 £350 -
Chelmsford +1 1 - - 1
Colchester - 1 £200 -
Harlow - 1 £413 -
Southend-on-Sea - 1 £525 -
QA
East of England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Essex

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 14 (63.64%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (36.36%) Microsoft
3 7 (31.82%) ISEB
3 7 (31.82%) Security Cleared
3 7 (31.82%) Functional Testing
4 6 (27.27%) Scrum
4 6 (27.27%) Software Testing
4 6 (27.27%) Manual Testing
5 5 (22.73%) SQL
5 5 (22.73%) Waterfall
5 5 (22.73%) Test Scripting
5 5 (22.73%) SDLC
6 4 (18.18%) SC Cleared
6 4 (18.18%) V-Model
6 4 (18.18%) Project Management
6 4 (18.18%) Performance Testing
6 4 (18.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 4 (18.18%) ISTQB
6 4 (18.18%) JIRA
6 4 (18.18%) Automated Testing
7 3 (13.64%) Business Analysis
7 3 (13.64%) Finance
7 3 (13.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 3 (13.64%) User Acceptance Testing
7 3 (13.64%) SQL Server
7 3 (13.64%) XML
7 3 (13.64%) ETL
7 3 (13.64%) ISO 9001
7 3 (13.64%) Business Intelligence
7 3 (13.64%) Test Automation

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Essex by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 (4.55%) CMS
1 1 (4.55%) Confluence
Applications
1 2 (9.09%) MS Office
2 1 (4.55%) MS Excel
2 1 (4.55%) MS Project
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.55%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (18.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (13.64%) SQL Server
3 2 (9.09%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (9.09%) DB2
4 1 (4.55%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (4.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (18.18%) JIRA
2 2 (9.09%) HP UFT
3 1 (4.55%) TestDirector
General
1 3 (13.64%) Finance
2 2 (9.09%) Marketing
3 1 (4.55%) Banking
3 1 (4.55%) Games
3 1 (4.55%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 8 (36.36%) Tester
2 3 (13.64%) QA Tester
2 3 (13.64%) Quality Engineer
3 2 (9.09%) Analyst
3 2 (9.09%) Automation Specialist
3 2 (9.09%) Business Analyst
3 2 (9.09%) Manual Tester
3 2 (9.09%) QA Manual Tester
3 2 (9.09%) QA Specialist
3 2 (9.09%) Quality Manager
3 2 (9.09%) UAT Tester
4 1 (4.55%) Agile Coach
4 1 (4.55%) Developer
4 1 (4.55%) Functional Tester
4 1 (4.55%) Insurance Business Analyst
4 1 (4.55%) Life and Pensions Business Analyst
4 1 (4.55%) Pensions Business Analyst
4 1 (4.55%) Project Manager
4 1 (4.55%) Senior Quality Engineer
4 1 (4.55%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (13.64%) XML
2 2 (9.09%) HTML
2 2 (9.09%) RESTful
3 1 (4.55%) Middleware
3 1 (4.55%) Software Packaging
3 1 (4.55%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 2 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 2 (9.09%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (63.64%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (31.82%) Functional Testing
3 6 (27.27%) Manual Testing
3 6 (27.27%) Scrum
3 6 (27.27%) Software Testing
4 5 (22.73%) SDLC
4 5 (22.73%) Test Scripting
4 5 (22.73%) Waterfall
5 4 (18.18%) Automated Testing
5 4 (18.18%) Performance Testing
5 4 (18.18%) Project Management
5 4 (18.18%) V-Model
6 3 (13.64%) Business Analysis
6 3 (13.64%) Business Intelligence
6 3 (13.64%) Continuous Improvement
6 3 (13.64%) ETL
6 3 (13.64%) Internal Audit
6 3 (13.64%) Process Improvement
6 3 (13.64%) Test Automation
6 3 (13.64%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (22.73%) SQL
2 1 (4.55%) Java
Qualifications
1 7 (31.82%) ISEB
1 7 (31.82%) Security Cleared
2 4 (18.18%) ISTQB
2 4 (18.18%) SC Cleared
3 3 (13.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (9.09%) Degree
5 1 (4.55%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (13.64%) ISO 9001
1 3 (13.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (4.55%) Data Quality
Systems Management
1 1 (4.55%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (36.36%) Microsoft
2 2 (9.09%) HP
3 1 (4.55%) Oracle