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 30 July 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
30 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 58 39 45
Rank change year-on-year
-19 +6
Contract jobs citing QA 13 21 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Hertfordshire 1.53% 3.14% 2.62%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 19.40% 30.00% 44.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 7 9
Average daily rate
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£363 £365 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.68% -8.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £333 £325 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £435 £663
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.78 £18.13 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+69.79% +0.69%
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
67 70 36
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Hertfordshire 7.89% 10.48% 5.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 29 16
Average daily rate £275 £350 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-21.42% -12.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £144 £190 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £450 £560
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 4 2
Average hourly rate £37.50 £21.00 £14.28
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+78.57% +47.11%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £20.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.73% +18.57%

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 30 July 2015.

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 30 July 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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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 - 8 £475 -
Hemel Hempstead -3 1 - -
Welwyn Garden City -12 1 - -
Stevenage - 1 £375 - 1
QA
East of England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Hertfordshire

For the 6 months to 30 July 2015, 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 18 (54.55%) SQL
2 16 (48.48%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
4 13 (39.39%) UNIX
4 13 (39.39%) Coaching
5 12 (36.36%) HTML
5 12 (36.36%) JavaScript
5 12 (36.36%) Retail
5 12 (36.36%) Subversion
6 11 (33.33%) TDD
6 11 (33.33%) Automated Testing
6 11 (33.33%) Document Management
6 11 (33.33%) DB2
6 11 (33.33%) XML
6 11 (33.33%) Flash
6 11 (33.33%) Selenium
6 11 (33.33%) Test Scripting
6 11 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
6 11 (33.33%) System Testing
6 11 (33.33%) Test Automation
6 11 (33.33%) RESTful
6 11 (33.33%) WebDriver
6 11 (33.33%) DbVisualizer
7 8 (24.24%) Finance
8 7 (21.21%) Java
8 7 (21.21%) ETL
8 7 (21.21%) Gherkin
9 6 (18.18%) Cucumber
9 6 (18.18%) WebSphere
9 6 (18.18%) PHP

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Top Related IT Skills in Hertfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 2015, 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 6 (18.18%) WebSphere
2 1 (3.03%) Drupal
2 1 (3.03%) Tomcat
2 1 (3.03%) SharePoint
2 1 (3.03%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 4 (12.12%) MS Excel
2 2 (6.06%) MS Office
3 1 (3.03%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (15.15%) Magento
2 2 (6.06%) Oracle Financials
2 2 (6.06%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (3.03%) Maximo
3 1 (3.03%) SAP ERP
3 1 (3.03%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.03%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (3.03%) SaaS
1 1 (3.03%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.06%) FTP
1 2 (6.06%) DNS
2 1 (3.03%) Intranet
2 1 (3.03%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (33.33%) DB2
1 11 (33.33%) DbVisualizer
2 4 (12.12%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (6.06%) QlikView
3 2 (6.06%) Oracle Database
3 2 (6.06%) Oracle Reports
3 2 (6.06%) SQL Server
3 2 (6.06%) Snowflake Schema
3 2 (6.06%) Star Schema
4 1 (3.03%) BusinessObjects
4 1 (3.03%) SAP BW
4 1 (3.03%) dBASE
4 1 (3.03%) MySQL
4 1 (3.03%) Relational Database
4 1 (3.03%) MaxDB
4 1 (3.03%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 12 (36.36%) Subversion
2 11 (33.33%) Selenium
2 11 (33.33%) WebDriver
3 6 (18.18%) Cucumber
4 5 (15.15%) PHPUnit
5 2 (6.06%) LSMW
5 2 (6.06%) JIRA
6 1 (3.03%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 1 (3.03%) Git (software)
6 1 (3.03%) Ant
6 1 (3.03%) Visual Studio
6 1 (3.03%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 1 (3.03%) Oracle Forms
6 1 (3.03%) ClearCase
6 1 (3.03%) CruiseControl
6 1 (3.03%) SpecFlow
General
1 12 (36.36%) Retail
2 8 (24.24%) Finance
3 4 (12.12%) Manufacturing
4 2 (6.06%) Telecoms
4 2 (6.06%) Aerospace
5 1 (3.03%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 12 (36.36%) Tester
2 11 (33.33%) Automation Tester
3 7 (21.21%) Analyst
3 7 (21.21%) Selenium Tester
4 3 (9.09%) Developer
4 3 (9.09%) SAP Analyst
5 2 (6.06%) SAP Data Analyst
5 2 (6.06%) Software Quality Engineer
5 2 (6.06%) Software Engineer
5 2 (6.06%) Architect
5 2 (6.06%) Business Analyst
5 2 (6.06%) Test Analyst
5 2 (6.06%) Lead Developer
5 2 (6.06%) QA Manager
5 2 (6.06%) Quality Engineer
5 2 (6.06%) Data Analyst
5 2 (6.06%) Team Leader
5 2 (6.06%) SQL Developer
6 1 (3.03%) Infrastructure Architect
6 1 (3.03%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (36.36%) HTML
2 11 (33.33%) XML
2 11 (33.33%) Flash
2 11 (33.33%) RESTful
3 7 (21.21%) Gherkin
4 6 (18.18%) J2EE
5 2 (6.06%) REST
5 2 (6.06%) SOAP
6 1 (3.03%) Web Services
6 1 (3.03%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (3.03%) Entity Framework
6 1 (3.03%) ASP.NET MVC 3
6 1 (3.03%) AngularJS
6 1 (3.03%) ASP.NET MVC 4
6 1 (3.03%) ASP.NET
6 1 (3.03%) CSS
6 1 (3.03%) .NET
6 1 (3.03%) SAP Basis
6 1 (3.03%) NHibernate
6 1 (3.03%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 16 (48.48%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (6.06%) Visualisation
2 2 (6.06%) Management Information System
3 1 (3.03%) Statistics
3 1 (3.03%) Data Protection Act
3 1 (3.03%) CMDB
3 1 (3.03%) Data Integration
3 1 (3.03%) Chip and PIN
3 1 (3.03%) EFT
3 1 (3.03%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 13 (39.39%) UNIX
2 4 (12.12%) Windows
3 1 (3.03%) Solaris
3 1 (3.03%) Linux
3 1 (3.03%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (39.39%) Coaching
3 11 (33.33%) Test Automation
3 11 (33.33%) TDD
3 11 (33.33%) Document Management
3 11 (33.33%) Automated Testing
3 11 (33.33%) Test Scripting
3 11 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
3 11 (33.33%) System Testing
4 7 (21.21%) ETL
5 3 (9.09%) Business Intelligence
5 3 (9.09%) Configuration Management
5 3 (9.09%) Project Management
5 3 (9.09%) ERP
5 3 (9.09%) User Acceptance Testing
5 3 (9.09%) Continuous Improvement
5 3 (9.09%) Test Strategy
6 2 (6.06%) BDD
6 2 (6.06%) Data Migration
6 2 (6.06%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 18 (54.55%) SQL
2 12 (36.36%) JavaScript
3 7 (21.21%) Java
4 6 (18.18%) PHP
5 1 (3.03%) PL/SQL
5 1 (3.03%) C#
5 1 (3.03%) Python
5 1 (3.03%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 5 (15.15%) Security Cleared
2 4 (12.12%) SC Cleared
3 3 (9.09%) Degree
4 2 (6.06%) ISEB
4 2 (6.06%) ISTQB
5 1 (3.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (6.06%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 2 (6.06%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (3.03%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (3.03%) ServiceCenter
1 1 (3.03%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (3.03%) Puppet
1 1 (3.03%) Opscode Chef
1 1 (3.03%) Ansible
Vendors
1 5 (15.15%) Oracle
1 5 (15.15%) SAP
2 3 (9.09%) Microsoft
3 2 (6.06%) JD Edwards
3 2 (6.06%) IBM
3 2 (6.06%) Tableau
4 1 (3.03%) ESRI
4 1 (3.03%) ReadSoft
4 1 (3.03%) VMware
4 1 (3.03%) hybris
4 1 (3.03%) HP
4 1 (3.03%) Citrix
4 1 (3.03%) Nokia