The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Hertfordshire region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 26 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
26 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 42 49 35
Rank change year-on-year
+7 -14
Contract jobs citing QA 16 20 25
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Hertfordshire 2.40% 2.68% 3.61%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 24.62% 31.75% 39.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 5 8
Median daily rate £450 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £431 £328 £316
10% offered a daily rate of more than £556 £415 £458
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £360 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Median hourly rate - £36.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -2.66%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £37.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year
-62.16% +72.09%
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
65 63 63
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Hertfordshire 9.73% 8.45% 9.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 29 32
Median daily rate £413 £318 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+29.60% -2.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £225 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £423 £456
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 8 5
Median hourly rate £29.00 £36.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.54% +73.80%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £23.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+17.39% +9.52%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Hertfordshire

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Hertfordshire region citing QA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 26 May 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Hertfordshire region over the 3 months to 26 May 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Watford +6 7 - - 2
Hemel Hempstead +2 4 £450 - 1
St Albans 0 1 - -
QA
East of England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Hertfordshire

For the 6 months to 26 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Hertfordshire region with a requirement for QA.

1 17 (48.57%) Retail
2 15 (42.86%) SQL
3 13 (37.14%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (37.14%) Selenium
4 12 (34.29%) Continuous Integration
4 12 (34.29%) Subversion
4 12 (34.29%) HTML
4 12 (34.29%) JavaScript
4 12 (34.29%) Test Automation
4 12 (34.29%) Coaching
4 12 (34.29%) Analytical Skills
5 11 (31.43%) WebDriver
5 11 (31.43%) Magento
5 11 (31.43%) Unix
5 11 (31.43%) Automated Testing
5 11 (31.43%) Document Management
6 10 (28.57%) Test Scripting
6 10 (28.57%) XML
6 10 (28.57%) DB2
6 10 (28.57%) RESTful
7 8 (22.86%) Git (software)
7 8 (22.86%) PHPUnit
7 8 (22.86%) BDD
7 8 (22.86%) Behat
7 8 (22.86%) PHP
7 8 (22.86%) JIRA
7 8 (22.86%) TDD
8 7 (20.00%) Microsoft
8 7 (20.00%) User Stories
8 7 (20.00%) Appium

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Hertfordshire by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 4 (11.43%) Confluence
2 1 (2.86%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 1 (2.86%) WebSphere
Applications
1 5 (14.29%) MS Excel
2 4 (11.43%) MS Visio
3 1 (2.86%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (2.86%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 11 (31.43%) Magento
2 3 (8.57%) Oracle Retail
3 2 (5.71%) Maximo
4 1 (2.86%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 3 (8.57%) Amazon AWS
1 3 (8.57%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (5.71%) Office 365
2 2 (5.71%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.71%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (28.57%) DB2
2 5 (14.29%) SQL Server
3 4 (11.43%) DbVisualizer
3 4 (11.43%) Oracle Database
4 1 (2.86%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (2.86%) Amazon Redshift
4 1 (2.86%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 13 (37.14%) Selenium
2 12 (34.29%) Subversion
3 11 (31.43%) WebDriver
4 8 (22.86%) Git (software)
4 8 (22.86%) JIRA
4 8 (22.86%) PHPUnit
5 7 (20.00%) Appium
6 4 (11.43%) Cucumber
6 4 (11.43%) Protractor
6 4 (11.43%) Zephyr
7 1 (2.86%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 1 (2.86%) CruiseControl
7 1 (2.86%) Jenkins
7 1 (2.86%) JMeter
7 1 (2.86%) LoadRunner
7 1 (2.86%) Maven
7 1 (2.86%) MSBuild
7 1 (2.86%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (2.86%) Visual Studio
7 1 (2.86%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 17 (48.57%) Retail
2 4 (11.43%) Advertising
3 2 (5.71%) Finance
4 1 (2.86%) Manufacturing
4 1 (2.86%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (2.86%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (31.43%) Automation Tester
1 11 (31.43%) Selenium Automation Tester
1 11 (31.43%) Selenium Tester
1 11 (31.43%) Tester
2 6 (17.14%) Analyst
2 6 (17.14%) Web Automation Tester
2 6 (17.14%) Web Tester
3 4 (11.43%) Business Analyst
3 4 (11.43%) Data Business Analyst
3 4 (11.43%) Java Automation Tester
3 4 (11.43%) QA Engineer
3 4 (11.43%) Test Manager
4 3 (8.57%) Architect
4 3 (8.57%) Functional QA Engineer
4 3 (8.57%) Integration Engineer
4 3 (8.57%) Solutions Architect
4 3 (8.57%) Systems Integration Engineer
4 3 (8.57%) Technical Analyst
4 3 (8.57%) Technical Business Analyst
5 2 (5.71%) Quality Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (34.29%) HTML
2 10 (28.57%) RESTful
2 10 (28.57%) XML
3 8 (22.86%) Behat
4 4 (11.43%) Flash
4 4 (11.43%) Gherkin
4 4 (11.43%) J2EE
5 2 (5.71%) .NET
6 1 (2.86%) .NET Framework
6 1 (2.86%) AngularJS
6 1 (2.86%) ASP.NET
6 1 (2.86%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (2.86%) ASP.NET MVC 4
6 1 (2.86%) CSS
6 1 (2.86%) Entity Framework
6 1 (2.86%) jQuery
6 1 (2.86%) NHibernate
6 1 (2.86%) REST
6 1 (2.86%) SOAP
6 1 (2.86%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 12 (34.29%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.86%) Computer Science
2 1 (2.86%) Data Protection Act
2 1 (2.86%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 11 (31.43%) Unix
2 3 (8.57%) Windows
3 2 (5.71%) Windows Server
3 2 (5.71%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (5.71%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (2.86%) Linux
4 1 (2.86%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (37.14%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (34.29%) Coaching
2 12 (34.29%) Continuous Integration
2 12 (34.29%) Test Automation
3 11 (31.43%) Automated Testing
3 11 (31.43%) Document Management
4 10 (28.57%) Test Scripting
5 8 (22.86%) BDD
5 8 (22.86%) TDD
6 7 (20.00%) Re-Platforming
6 7 (20.00%) User Stories
7 5 (14.29%) Integration Testing
7 5 (14.29%) SDLC
8 4 (11.43%) Data Modelling
8 4 (11.43%) Performance Testing
8 4 (11.43%) System Integration Testing
8 4 (11.43%) System Testing
8 4 (11.43%) V-Model
9 3 (8.57%) Automation Testing
9 3 (8.57%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 15 (42.86%) SQL
2 12 (34.29%) JavaScript
3 8 (22.86%) PHP
4 4 (11.43%) Java
5 2 (5.71%) C#
Qualifications
1 3 (8.57%) ISEB
2 2 (5.71%) Degree
2 2 (5.71%) Security Cleared
3 1 (2.86%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
3 1 (2.86%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.86%) COBIT
1 1 (2.86%) ISO 9001
1 1 (2.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (2.86%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (5.71%) Active Directory
1 2 (5.71%) DFS Replication
1 2 (5.71%) Microsoft App-V
1 2 (5.71%) Xen
Systems Management
1 2 (5.71%) SCCM
Vendors
1 7 (20.00%) Microsoft
2 6 (17.14%) Oracle
3 3 (8.57%) Citrix
3 3 (8.57%) IBM
3 3 (8.57%) JDA
4 2 (5.71%) SAP
5 1 (2.86%) hybris
5 1 (2.86%) IFS
5 1 (2.86%) Remedy
5 1 (2.86%) VMware