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 3 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 52 36 46
Rank change year-on-year
-16 +10
Contract jobs citing QA 14 19 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Hertfordshire 1.75% 3.13% 2.52%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 22.95% 30.16% 43.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 6 10
Average daily rate
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£375 £400 £359
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +11.49%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £324 £325 £274
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £438 £657
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £36.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.25 £19.50 £16.75
% change year-on-year
+91.02% +16.41%
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
61 63 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Hertfordshire 7.61% 10.36% 5.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 29 18
Average daily rate £309 £325 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% -18.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £183 £240 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £425 £530
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.73% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 5 2
Average hourly rate £37.50 £21.00 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+78.57% +35.48%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.15 £20.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+3.14% +10.81%

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
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 3 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 - 6 - - 4
Stevenage - 4 £356 -
Hemel Hempstead -4 1 - - 3
QA
East of England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Hertfordshire

For the 6 months to 3 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 19 (51.35%) SQL
2 18 (48.65%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (40.54%) Analytical Skills
4 14 (37.84%) Coaching
4 14 (37.84%) Finance
5 13 (35.14%) UNIX
6 12 (32.43%) JavaScript
6 12 (32.43%) Retail
6 12 (32.43%) Subversion
7 11 (29.73%) HTML
7 11 (29.73%) Test Scripting
7 11 (29.73%) Continuous Integration
8 10 (27.03%) Selenium
8 10 (27.03%) System Testing
8 10 (27.03%) Test Automation
8 10 (27.03%) RESTful
8 10 (27.03%) WebDriver
8 10 (27.03%) DbVisualizer
8 10 (27.03%) DB2
8 10 (27.03%) XML
8 10 (27.03%) Flash
8 10 (27.03%) Automated Testing
8 10 (27.03%) TDD
8 10 (27.03%) Document Management
9 9 (24.32%) ETL
10 8 (21.62%) SAP
10 8 (21.62%) Gherkin
11 7 (18.92%) Java
12 6 (16.22%) Configuration Management
12 6 (16.22%) J2EE

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Top Related IT Skills in Hertfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 3 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 (16.22%) WebSphere
2 1 (2.70%) SharePoint
2 1 (2.70%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 6 (16.22%) MS Excel
2 2 (5.41%) MS Office
3 1 (2.70%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (10.81%) Oracle Financials
1 4 (10.81%) Magento
1 4 (10.81%) Oracle Payables
2 1 (2.70%) SAP BPC
2 1 (2.70%) Maximo
2 1 (2.70%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.41%) SaaS
2 1 (2.70%) PaaS
2 1 (2.70%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.41%) DNS
2 1 (2.70%) Intranet
2 1 (2.70%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (27.03%) DB2
1 10 (27.03%) DbVisualizer
2 5 (13.51%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (10.81%) Snowflake Schema
3 4 (10.81%) Star Schema
3 4 (10.81%) QlikView
4 2 (5.41%) SQL Server
5 1 (2.70%) Oracle Database
5 1 (2.70%) Relational Database
5 1 (2.70%) MaxDB
5 1 (2.70%) SAP BW
5 1 (2.70%) dBASE
5 1 (2.70%) RDBMS
5 1 (2.70%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 12 (32.43%) Subversion
2 10 (27.03%) Selenium
2 10 (27.03%) WebDriver
3 6 (16.22%) Cucumber
4 4 (10.81%) PHPUnit
5 3 (8.11%) LSMW
6 2 (5.41%) CruiseControl
6 2 (5.41%) SpecFlow
7 1 (2.70%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 1 (2.70%) Git (software)
7 1 (2.70%) Maven
7 1 (2.70%) JIRA
7 1 (2.70%) Visual Studio
7 1 (2.70%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 1 (2.70%) Oracle Forms
7 1 (2.70%) ClearCase
7 1 (2.70%) HP UFT
7 1 (2.70%) InstallShield
General
1 14 (37.84%) Finance
2 12 (32.43%) Retail
3 5 (13.51%) Manufacturing
4 3 (8.11%) Aerospace
5 2 (5.41%) Telecoms
6 1 (2.70%) Local Government
6 1 (2.70%) Publishing
6 1 (2.70%) Banking
Job Titles
1 11 (29.73%) Tester
2 10 (27.03%) Automation Tester
3 7 (18.92%) Analyst
4 6 (16.22%) Selenium Tester
5 4 (10.81%) SAP Analyst
5 4 (10.81%) Developer
5 4 (10.81%) Team Leader
6 3 (8.11%) SQL Developer
6 3 (8.11%) Data Analyst
6 3 (8.11%) Software Engineer
6 3 (8.11%) Lead Developer
6 3 (8.11%) Quality Engineer
6 3 (8.11%) SAP Data Analyst
6 3 (8.11%) Software Quality Engineer
7 2 (5.41%) QA Manager
7 2 (5.41%) Test Analyst
7 2 (5.41%) Consultant
7 2 (5.41%) Business Analyst
7 2 (5.41%) Release Manager
7 2 (5.41%) Deployment Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (29.73%) HTML
2 10 (27.03%) XML
2 10 (27.03%) Flash
2 10 (27.03%) RESTful
3 8 (21.62%) Gherkin
4 6 (16.22%) J2EE
5 2 (5.41%) REST
5 2 (5.41%) SOAP
6 1 (2.70%) Web Services
6 1 (2.70%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (2.70%) Entity Framework
6 1 (2.70%) ASP.NET MVC 3
6 1 (2.70%) AngularJS
6 1 (2.70%) ASP.NET MVC 4
6 1 (2.70%) ASP.NET
6 1 (2.70%) CSS
6 1 (2.70%) .NET
6 1 (2.70%) SAP Basis
6 1 (2.70%) NHibernate
6 1 (2.70%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 15 (40.54%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (10.81%) Visualisation
3 2 (5.41%) CMDB
3 2 (5.41%) Chip and PIN
4 1 (2.70%) GIS
4 1 (2.70%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.70%) Statistics
4 1 (2.70%) Data Protection Act
4 1 (2.70%) Data Integration
4 1 (2.70%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 13 (35.14%) UNIX
2 4 (10.81%) Windows
3 1 (2.70%) Solaris
3 1 (2.70%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (48.65%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (37.84%) Coaching
3 11 (29.73%) Test Scripting
3 11 (29.73%) Continuous Integration
4 10 (27.03%) TDD
4 10 (27.03%) Document Management
4 10 (27.03%) Automated Testing
4 10 (27.03%) System Testing
4 10 (27.03%) Test Automation
5 9 (24.32%) ETL
6 6 (16.22%) Configuration Management
7 5 (13.51%) ERP
7 5 (13.51%) User Acceptance Testing
7 5 (13.51%) Test Strategy
8 4 (10.81%) Analytics
8 4 (10.81%) Continuous Improvement
8 4 (10.81%) Performance Tuning
8 4 (10.81%) Requirements Analysis
8 4 (10.81%) Project Management
9 3 (8.11%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 19 (51.35%) SQL
2 12 (32.43%) JavaScript
3 7 (18.92%) Java
4 4 (10.81%) PHP
5 1 (2.70%) C#
5 1 (2.70%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 5 (13.51%) Security Cleared
2 4 (10.81%) Degree
2 4 (10.81%) SC Cleared
3 3 (8.11%) ISEB
3 3 (8.11%) ISTQB
4 2 (5.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.11%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 2 (5.41%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (2.70%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (5.41%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.70%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 8 (21.62%) SAP
2 6 (16.22%) Oracle
3 5 (13.51%) Microsoft
4 4 (10.81%) Tableau
5 3 (8.11%) JD Edwards
6 2 (5.41%) HP
7 1 (2.70%) Citrix
7 1 (2.70%) Nokia
7 1 (2.70%) Business Objects
7 1 (2.70%) IBM
7 1 (2.70%) ESRI
7 1 (2.70%) ReadSoft
7 1 (2.70%) VMware
7 1 (2.70%) Macrovision