The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Hertfordshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 5 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 29 28 51
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +23
Contract jobs citing QA 26 34 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Hertfordshire 4.51% 5.35% 1.89%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 44.83% 46.58% 20.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 15 12
Average daily rate £401 £375 £419
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.00% -10.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £365 £220 £375
10% offered a daily rate of more than £473 £495 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Average hourly rate £40.00 £36.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.58% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £33.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+18.18% +78.37%
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 Hertfordshire region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Hertfordshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
58 73 59
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Hertfordshire 10.07% 11.50% 9.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 44 43
Average daily rate £419 £335 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -16.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £352 £200 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £468 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 3 4
Average hourly rate £21.69 £36.50 £24.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-40.58% +50.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.76 £13.50 £15.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.50 £36.50 £33.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.00 £25.00 £17.15
% change year-on-year
+68.00% +45.77%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Hertfordshire

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

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Hertfordshire

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in Hertfordshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Hertfordshire region over the 3 months to 5 February 2016.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in Hertfordshire

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

QA
Contract Job Locations in Hertfordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Hertfordshire region over the 3 months to 5 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
Watford +3 10 £450 -14.28% 3
St Albans -3 4 £365 +4.28%
Stevenage -4 1 - -
Hemel Hempstead - 1 - -
QA
East of England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Hertfordshire

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Hertfordshire 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 17 (36.96%) SQL
1 17 (36.96%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (32.61%) Selenium
2 15 (32.61%) Test Scripting
3 14 (30.43%) Unix
4 13 (28.26%) XML
4 13 (28.26%) Continuous Integration
4 13 (28.26%) Retail
4 13 (28.26%) Test Automation
4 13 (28.26%) RESTful
4 13 (28.26%) WebDriver
4 13 (28.26%) Coaching
5 12 (26.09%) Analytical Skills
5 12 (26.09%) Magento
5 12 (26.09%) Subversion
5 12 (26.09%) TDD
5 12 (26.09%) Document Management
5 12 (26.09%) Automated Testing
5 12 (26.09%) HTML
5 12 (26.09%) JavaScript
6 11 (23.91%) DB2
7 10 (21.74%) PHP
7 10 (21.74%) PHPUnit
7 10 (21.74%) BDD
7 10 (21.74%) SDLC
8 7 (15.22%) DbVisualizer
8 7 (15.22%) Flash
8 7 (15.22%) Microsoft
8 7 (15.22%) System Testing
9 6 (13.04%) Test Management

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Hertfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Hertfordshire 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 2 (4.35%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 5 (10.87%) MS Visio
2 4 (8.70%) MS Excel
3 1 (2.17%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (2.17%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 12 (26.09%) Magento
2 3 (6.52%) Maximo
3 2 (4.35%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 4 (8.70%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (6.52%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.17%) LAN
1 1 (2.17%) VPN
1 1 (2.17%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (23.91%) DB2
2 7 (15.22%) DbVisualizer
3 4 (8.70%) SQL Server
4 3 (6.52%) Amazon RDS
4 3 (6.52%) Amazon Redshift
5 2 (4.35%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (4.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (4.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (2.17%) Big Data
6 1 (2.17%) Oracle Database
6 1 (2.17%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (2.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 15 (32.61%) Selenium
2 13 (28.26%) WebDriver
3 12 (26.09%) Subversion
4 10 (21.74%) PHPUnit
5 5 (10.87%) Appium
5 5 (10.87%) Git (software)
6 4 (8.70%) LoadRunner
7 3 (6.52%) Cucumber
7 3 (6.52%) JIRA
7 3 (6.52%) Protractor
8 1 (2.17%) Jenkins
8 1 (2.17%) Maven
8 1 (2.17%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 13 (28.26%) Retail
2 6 (13.04%) Advertising
3 5 (10.87%) Pharmaceutical
4 2 (4.35%) Back Office
4 2 (4.35%) Finance
4 2 (4.35%) Telecoms
5 1 (2.17%) Games
5 1 (2.17%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 13 (28.26%) Tester
2 12 (26.09%) Automation Tester
2 12 (26.09%) Selenium Tester
3 11 (23.91%) Analyst
3 11 (23.91%) Web Tester
4 4 (8.70%) Business Analyst
4 4 (8.70%) Consultant
4 4 (8.70%) Data Business Analyst
4 4 (8.70%) Test Analyst
5 3 (6.52%) Architect
5 3 (6.52%) Developer
5 3 (6.52%) IT Consultant
5 3 (6.52%) Solutions Architect
5 3 (6.52%) Technical Analyst
5 3 (6.52%) Technical Business Analyst
6 2 (4.35%) .NET Developer
6 2 (4.35%) C# Developer
6 2 (4.35%) Performance Analyst
6 2 (4.35%) Senior Quality Engineer
6 2 (4.35%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (28.26%) RESTful
1 13 (28.26%) XML
2 12 (26.09%) HTML
3 7 (15.22%) Flash
4 6 (13.04%) Behat
5 4 (8.70%) Web Services
6 3 (6.52%) .NET
6 3 (6.52%) Gherkin
6 3 (6.52%) J2EE
7 2 (4.35%) .NET Framework
7 2 (4.35%) ASP.NET Web API
7 2 (4.35%) JSON
7 2 (4.35%) XSLT
8 1 (2.17%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 12 (26.09%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (8.70%) Life Science
3 3 (6.52%) Data Integration
3 3 (6.52%) Data Protection Act
4 2 (4.35%) Computer Science
4 2 (4.35%) NHS
5 1 (2.17%) CMDB
5 1 (2.17%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 14 (30.43%) Unix
2 5 (10.87%) Windows
3 3 (6.52%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (36.96%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (32.61%) Test Scripting
3 13 (28.26%) Coaching
3 13 (28.26%) Continuous Integration
3 13 (28.26%) Test Automation
4 12 (26.09%) Automated Testing
4 12 (26.09%) Document Management
4 12 (26.09%) TDD
5 10 (21.74%) BDD
5 10 (21.74%) SDLC
6 7 (15.22%) System Testing
7 6 (13.04%) Data Modelling
7 6 (13.04%) Re-Platforming
7 6 (13.04%) Test Management
8 5 (10.87%) E-Commerce
8 5 (10.87%) User Stories
9 4 (8.70%) Defect Management
9 4 (8.70%) ITIL
9 4 (8.70%) Non-Functional Testing
10 3 (6.52%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 17 (36.96%) SQL
2 12 (26.09%) JavaScript
3 10 (21.74%) PHP
4 3 (6.52%) C#
4 3 (6.52%) Java
5 1 (2.17%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (6.52%) ISEB
1 3 (6.52%) Security Cleared
2 2 (4.35%) Degree
2 2 (4.35%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
2 2 (4.35%) SC Cleared
3 1 (2.17%) DV Cleared
3 1 (2.17%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.35%) COBIT
2 1 (2.17%) Data Quality
2 1 (2.17%) ISO 9001
2 1 (2.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
Vendors
1 7 (15.22%) Microsoft
2 4 (8.70%) HP
3 3 (6.52%) IBM
3 3 (6.52%) Oracle
4 2 (4.35%) Remedy
5 1 (2.17%) Citrix
5 1 (2.17%) Talend