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 28 January 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
28 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 28 52 60
Rank change year-on-year
+24 +8
Contract jobs citing QA 35 12 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Hertfordshire 5.36% 1.93% 1.16%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 46.67% 27.27% 17.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 12 7
Average daily rate
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£375 £419 £308
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.44% +36.17%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £375 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £450 £435
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
Average hourly rate £36.50 - £28.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £19.00 £30.25
% change year-on-year
+73.68% -37.19%
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
75 44 52
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Hertfordshire 11.49% 7.06% 6.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 46 35 26
Average daily rate £325 £390 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% +11.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £197 £275 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £468 £450 £468
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+8.57% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 6
Average hourly rate £25.00 £15.50 £21.63
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+61.29% -28.32%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £15.10 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.50 £15.90 £28.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.08 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+11.27% -25.76%

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 28 January 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 28 January 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
St Albans - 7 £350 - 4
Watford - 6 £525 - 2
Rickmansworth - 3 £220 -
Welwyn Garden City -2 1 £385 -3.75% 1
Stevenage - 1 - -
Royston - 1 £650 -
Hemel Hempstead - - - - 3
Hitchin - - - -
QA
East of England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Hertfordshire

For the 6 months to 28 January 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 33 (44.00%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (42.67%) Finance
3 23 (30.67%) SQL
4 21 (28.00%) Scrum
5 20 (26.67%) JavaScript
6 19 (25.33%) Microsoft
7 18 (24.00%) Project Management
8 17 (22.67%) XML
9 16 (21.33%) SAP
10 15 (20.00%) CSS
10 15 (20.00%) MS Excel
10 15 (20.00%) Data Warehouse
11 14 (18.67%) .NET
11 14 (18.67%) BDD
12 12 (16.00%) .NET Framework
12 12 (16.00%) JIRA
12 12 (16.00%) Oracle
12 12 (16.00%) ASP.NET
12 12 (16.00%) ERP
13 11 (14.67%) ETL
13 11 (14.67%) UNIX
13 11 (14.67%) Windows
13 11 (14.67%) Regression Testing
13 11 (14.67%) WCF
14 10 (13.33%) LINQ
14 10 (13.33%) Continuous Integration
14 10 (13.33%) Requirements Analysis
14 10 (13.33%) Software Testing
14 10 (13.33%) POCO
14 10 (13.33%) Test Strategy

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Top Related IT Skills in Hertfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 28 January 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 10 (13.33%) IIS
2 2 (2.67%) CMS
3 1 (1.33%) Joomla!
3 1 (1.33%) WordPress
3 1 (1.33%) Drupal
Applications
1 15 (20.00%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.33%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 6 (8.00%) Oracle Financials
1 6 (8.00%) Oracle Payables
2 3 (4.00%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (2.67%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.67%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (10.67%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (20.00%) Data Warehouse
2 8 (10.67%) Snowflake Schema
3 7 (9.33%) QlikView
4 6 (8.00%) Star Schema
5 5 (6.67%) MS Access
5 5 (6.67%) MySQL
5 5 (6.67%) SQL Server
6 4 (5.33%) DataStage
6 4 (5.33%) OLAP
6 4 (5.33%) OLTP
6 4 (5.33%) BusinessObjects
6 4 (5.33%) Oracle OLAP
6 4 (5.33%) Oracle BI EE
6 4 (5.33%) Data Mart
6 4 (5.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 4 (5.33%) Oracle ODI
6 4 (5.33%) SAP Data Services
7 1 (1.33%) Oracle Database
7 1 (1.33%) Spotfire
7 1 (1.33%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 12 (16.00%) JIRA
2 7 (9.33%) SpecFlow
2 7 (9.33%) FxCop
2 7 (9.33%) StyleCop
3 6 (8.00%) Selenium
4 4 (5.33%) QuickTest Pro
4 4 (5.33%) Subversion
5 3 (4.00%) Git (software)
5 3 (4.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 3 (4.00%) Maven
6 2 (2.67%) Ant
6 2 (2.67%) CruiseControl
6 2 (2.67%) Jenkins
6 2 (2.67%) Cucumber
6 2 (2.67%) SoapUI
7 1 (1.33%) LSMW
7 1 (1.33%) Visual Studio
7 1 (1.33%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 1 (1.33%) InstallShield
General
1 32 (42.67%) Finance
2 7 (9.33%) Retail
3 3 (4.00%) Banking
3 3 (4.00%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.67%) Aerospace
4 2 (2.67%) Legal
4 2 (2.67%) Marketing
5 1 (1.33%) Financial Institution
5 1 (1.33%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.33%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 22 (29.33%) Developer
2 14 (18.67%) Analyst
3 11 (14.67%) Consultant
4 10 (13.33%) .NET Developer
5 7 (9.33%) Team Leader
5 7 (9.33%) Test Consultant
6 6 (8.00%) Business Analyst
7 5 (6.67%) SAP Manager
8 4 (5.33%) Oracle Developer
8 4 (5.33%) Tester
8 4 (5.33%) Test Analyst
9 3 (4.00%) SAP Implementation Manager
9 3 (4.00%) Software Engineer
9 3 (4.00%) Deployment Manager
9 3 (4.00%) Delivery Manager
9 3 (4.00%) Implementation Manager
10 2 (2.67%) Senior Systems Analyst
10 2 (2.67%) Configuration Management Engineer
10 2 (2.67%) Development Team Leader
10 2 (2.67%) Junior Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (22.67%) XML
2 15 (20.00%) CSS
3 14 (18.67%) .NET
4 12 (16.00%) .NET Framework
4 12 (16.00%) ASP.NET
5 11 (14.67%) WCF
6 10 (13.33%) LINQ
6 10 (13.33%) POCO
6 10 (13.33%) XSL
6 10 (13.33%) XSLT
7 8 (10.67%) HTML
8 7 (9.33%) Gherkin
9 4 (5.33%) ADO.NET
10 3 (4.00%) HTML5
10 3 (4.00%) CSS3
10 3 (4.00%) jQuery
10 3 (4.00%) SOAP
11 2 (2.67%) COM
11 2 (2.67%) XHTML
11 2 (2.67%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 10 (13.33%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (8.00%) Visualisation
3 4 (5.33%) Data Integration
4 3 (4.00%) SWIFT
5 2 (2.67%) CMDB
5 2 (2.67%) User Experience
5 2 (2.67%) Open Source
6 1 (1.33%) Digital Media
6 1 (1.33%) Data Structures
6 1 (1.33%) Algorithms
6 1 (1.33%) Chip and PIN
6 1 (1.33%) W3C
6 1 (1.33%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 11 (14.67%) UNIX
1 11 (14.67%) Windows
2 2 (2.67%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (44.00%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (28.00%) Scrum
3 18 (24.00%) Project Management
4 14 (18.67%) BDD
5 12 (16.00%) ERP
6 11 (14.67%) ETL
6 11 (14.67%) Regression Testing
7 10 (13.33%) Continuous Integration
7 10 (13.33%) Requirements Analysis
7 10 (13.33%) Software Testing
7 10 (13.33%) Test Strategy
7 10 (13.33%) Performance Tuning
7 10 (13.33%) Code Coverage
8 8 (10.67%) Analytics
9 7 (9.33%) TDD
9 7 (9.33%) Manual Testing
9 7 (9.33%) User Acceptance Testing
10 6 (8.00%) Configuration Management
10 6 (8.00%) Change Management
10 6 (8.00%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 23 (30.67%) SQL
2 20 (26.67%) JavaScript
3 10 (13.33%) VBScript
4 7 (9.33%) C#
5 6 (8.00%) PL/SQL
6 5 (6.67%) Shell Script
7 4 (5.33%) Java
8 3 (4.00%) C
9 2 (2.67%) Perl
9 2 (2.67%) C++
10 1 (1.33%) VB
Qualifications
1 9 (12.00%) ISEB
2 7 (9.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 7 (9.33%) ISTQB
3 2 (2.67%) CIMA
3 2 (2.67%) ACCA
3 2 (2.67%) AAT
4 1 (1.33%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.33%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.33%) ISO 9001
Systems Management
1 4 (5.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 19 (25.33%) Microsoft
2 16 (21.33%) SAP
3 12 (16.00%) Oracle
4 7 (9.33%) Tableau
5 4 (5.33%) Teradata
5 4 (5.33%) Business Objects
5 4 (5.33%) Cognos
5 4 (5.33%) IBM
5 4 (5.33%) Informatica
5 4 (5.33%) MicroStrategy
6 3 (4.00%) HP
7 2 (2.67%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (1.33%) Venda
8 1 (1.33%) Adobe
8 1 (1.33%) NCR
8 1 (1.33%) Apple
8 1 (1.33%) JD Edwards
8 1 (1.33%) Macrovision
8 1 (1.33%) ATG