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 March 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 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 41 50 50
Rank change year-on-year
+9 0
Contract jobs citing QA 22 23 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Hertfordshire 3.33% 3.01% 1.85%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 47.83% 45.10% 33.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 12 7
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.12% -13.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £247 £323 £398
10% offered a daily rate of more than £443 £473 £620
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.42% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 2
Average hourly rate £35.25 £37.50 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.00% +167.85%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.50 £18.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+102.77% -34.54%
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
46 51 36
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Hertfordshire 6.97% 6.68% 5.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 30 13
Average daily rate £325 £375 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% -16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £240 £329
10% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £466 £640
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £370 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.05% +12.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 3
Average hourly rate £34.00 £32.50 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.61% +132.14%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.40 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+29.31% -5.94%

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 March 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 March 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 - - 2
St Albans +4 4 - -
Stevenage - 2 - -
Hemel Hempstead - 2 £310 -
Rickmansworth - 1 £220 -
Royston - - - - 1
Hitchin - - - -
Welwyn Garden City - - - -
QA
East of England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Hertfordshire

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 29 (47.54%) Finance
2 28 (45.90%) Agile Software Development
3 21 (34.43%) SQL
4 17 (27.87%) Project Management
5 16 (26.23%) SAP
6 15 (24.59%) Scrum
7 14 (22.95%) Microsoft
8 13 (21.31%) Data Warehouse
8 13 (21.31%) ETL
9 12 (19.67%) ERP
9 12 (19.67%) MS Excel
9 12 (19.67%) JavaScript
9 12 (19.67%) Requirements Analysis
9 12 (19.67%) BDD
9 12 (19.67%) Test Strategy
10 11 (18.03%) Coaching
10 11 (18.03%) Software Testing
11 10 (16.39%) Snowflake Schema
12 9 (14.75%) ISEB
12 9 (14.75%) Oracle
12 9 (14.75%) Tableau
12 9 (14.75%) Analytics
12 9 (14.75%) ISTQB
12 9 (14.75%) QlikView
12 9 (14.75%) User Acceptance Testing
13 8 (13.11%) Selenium
13 8 (13.11%) Continuous Integration
13 8 (13.11%) Manual Testing
13 8 (13.11%) Visualisation
13 8 (13.11%) Performance Tuning

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Top Related IT Skills in Hertfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 4 (6.56%) IIS
2 1 (1.64%) SharePoint
Applications
1 12 (19.67%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.64%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 8 (13.11%) Oracle Financials
1 8 (13.11%) Oracle Payables
2 3 (4.92%) Magento
3 2 (3.28%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (1.64%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 3 (4.92%) SaaS
2 1 (1.64%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.28%) TCP/IP
2 1 (1.64%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (21.31%) Data Warehouse
2 10 (16.39%) Snowflake Schema
3 9 (14.75%) QlikView
4 8 (13.11%) Star Schema
5 3 (4.92%) DB2
5 3 (4.92%) DbVisualizer
6 2 (3.28%) SQL Server
7 1 (1.64%) RDBMS
7 1 (1.64%) dBASE
7 1 (1.64%) Spotfire
7 1 (1.64%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 8 (13.11%) Selenium
1 8 (13.11%) SpecFlow
2 5 (8.20%) JIRA
2 5 (8.20%) Subversion
3 3 (4.92%) LSMW
3 3 (4.92%) QuickTest Pro
3 3 (4.92%) PHPUnit
3 3 (4.92%) WebDriver
4 2 (3.28%) SoapUI
4 2 (3.28%) CruiseControl
5 1 (1.64%) Maven
5 1 (1.64%) InstallShield
5 1 (1.64%) Visual Studio
5 1 (1.64%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (1.64%) Cucumber
5 1 (1.64%) FxCop
5 1 (1.64%) StyleCop
5 1 (1.64%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 1 (1.64%) Git (software)
General
1 29 (47.54%) Finance
2 8 (13.11%) Retail
3 4 (6.56%) Telecoms
3 4 (6.56%) Manufacturing
4 3 (4.92%) Aerospace
4 3 (4.92%) Banking
5 1 (1.64%) Marketing
5 1 (1.64%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 11 (18.03%) Analyst
2 10 (16.39%) Developer
3 9 (14.75%) Team Leader
3 9 (14.75%) Consultant
4 8 (13.11%) Test Consultant
5 6 (9.84%) Tester
6 5 (8.20%) SAP Manager
7 4 (6.56%) Test Analyst
7 4 (6.56%) .NET Developer
8 3 (4.92%) Deployment Manager
8 3 (4.92%) Delivery Manager
8 3 (4.92%) SQL Developer
8 3 (4.92%) Lead Developer
8 3 (4.92%) Quality Engineer
8 3 (4.92%) Data Analyst
8 3 (4.92%) SAP Data Analyst
8 3 (4.92%) SAP Analyst
8 3 (4.92%) Automation Tester
8 3 (4.92%) Implementation Manager
8 3 (4.92%) SAP Implementation Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (13.11%) Gherkin
2 7 (11.48%) .NET
2 7 (11.48%) XML
3 6 (9.84%) CSS
3 6 (9.84%) HTML
4 5 (8.20%) .NET Framework
4 5 (8.20%) WCF
4 5 (8.20%) ASP.NET
5 4 (6.56%) XSL
5 4 (6.56%) XSLT
5 4 (6.56%) LINQ
5 4 (6.56%) SOAP
5 4 (6.56%) POCO
6 3 (4.92%) RESTful
6 3 (4.92%) Flash
7 2 (3.28%) COM
7 2 (3.28%) REST
8 1 (1.64%) ASP.NET MVC 3
8 1 (1.64%) AngularJS
8 1 (1.64%) ASP.NET MVC 4
Miscellaneous
1 8 (13.11%) Visualisation
1 8 (13.11%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (4.92%) SWIFT
3 2 (3.28%) Open Source
3 2 (3.28%) CMDB
3 2 (3.28%) Chip and PIN
4 1 (1.64%) GIS
4 1 (1.64%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.64%) Data Protection Act
4 1 (1.64%) Data Integration
4 1 (1.64%) Digital Media
4 1 (1.64%) User Experience
4 1 (1.64%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 7 (11.48%) UNIX
2 4 (6.56%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (45.90%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (27.87%) Project Management
3 15 (24.59%) Scrum
4 13 (21.31%) ETL
5 12 (19.67%) ERP
5 12 (19.67%) Requirements Analysis
5 12 (19.67%) Test Strategy
5 12 (19.67%) BDD
6 11 (18.03%) Coaching
6 11 (18.03%) Software Testing
7 9 (14.75%) User Acceptance Testing
7 9 (14.75%) Analytics
8 8 (13.11%) Continuous Integration
8 8 (13.11%) Manual Testing
8 8 (13.11%) Performance Tuning
9 7 (11.48%) Continuous Improvement
9 7 (11.48%) Test Automation
9 7 (11.48%) TDD
10 5 (8.20%) Configuration Management
10 5 (8.20%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 21 (34.43%) SQL
2 12 (19.67%) JavaScript
3 4 (6.56%) C#
3 4 (6.56%) VBScript
4 3 (4.92%) Shell Script
4 3 (4.92%) PHP
5 1 (1.64%) Java
5 1 (1.64%) C
Qualifications
1 9 (14.75%) ISEB
1 9 (14.75%) ISTQB
2 8 (13.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (3.28%) Degree
4 1 (1.64%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.64%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.28%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 1 (1.64%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (4.92%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 16 (26.23%) SAP
2 14 (22.95%) Microsoft
3 9 (14.75%) Oracle
3 9 (14.75%) Tableau
4 3 (4.92%) JD Edwards
4 3 (4.92%) HP
5 2 (3.28%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (1.64%) ESRI
6 1 (1.64%) VMware
6 1 (1.64%) Macrovision
6 1 (1.64%) Citrix
6 1 (1.64%) NCR
6 1 (1.64%) Nokia
6 1 (1.64%) Business Objects
6 1 (1.64%) IBM