The first table below looks at the demand for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Kent region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category for the Kent region.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 33 23 26
Rank change year-on-year
-10 +3
Contract jobs citing QA 4 21 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Kent 1.84% 6.05% 4.38%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 26.67% 84.00% 59.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 17 10
Average daily rate £500 £275 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+81.81% -1.78%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £26.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year
-30.76% +92.59%
Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Kent
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
15 25 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Kent 6.91% 7.20% 7.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 20 17
Average daily rate £400 £275 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+45.45% -15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £367 £263 £189
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £325 £385
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £330 £350
% change year-on-year
+10.60% -5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £22.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £15.25 £16.43
% change year-on-year
+18.03% -7.15%
QA
South East

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Kent

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Kent region as a proportion of the total demand within the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Kent

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Kent

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing QA across the Kent region.

QA Daily Rate Trend in Kent

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in Kent

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Kent region.

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Kent

QA
Contract Job Locations in Kent

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Kent region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014. 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 each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Chatham - - - -
Dartford - - - -
Dover - - - -
Folkestone - - - -
Maidstone - - - -
Tunbridge Wells - - - -
West Malling - - - -
QA
South East

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Kent

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Kent 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 4 (66.67%) Selenium
2 2 (33.33%) DSDM
2 2 (33.33%) Advertising
2 2 (33.33%) Automated Testing
2 2 (33.33%) C
2 2 (33.33%) Java
2 2 (33.33%) JavaScript
2 2 (33.33%) SQL
2 2 (33.33%) VBScript
2 2 (33.33%) VB
2 2 (33.33%) SQL Server
2 2 (33.33%) MS Office
2 2 (33.33%) Visual Studio
2 2 (33.33%) Microsoft
2 2 (33.33%) ISEB
2 2 (33.33%) Software Testing
2 2 (33.33%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (33.33%) ISTQB
2 2 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
2 2 (33.33%) TestComplete
2 2 (33.33%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (16.67%) Test Automation
3 1 (16.67%) SoapUI
3 1 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
3 1 (16.67%) Test Strategy
3 1 (16.67%) Automation Testing
3 1 (16.67%) LoadUI
3 1 (16.67%) Manual Testing
3 1 (16.67%) QMS
3 1 (16.67%) Data Protection

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Kent by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Kent 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.

Applications
1 2 (33.33%) MS Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (33.33%) SQL Server
1 2 (33.33%) SQL Server 2005
1 2 (33.33%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 4 (66.67%) Selenium
2 2 (33.33%) Visual Studio
2 2 (33.33%) TestComplete
3 1 (16.67%) SoapUI
3 1 (16.67%) LoadUI
General
1 2 (33.33%) Advertising
2 1 (16.67%) Pharmaceutical
2 1 (16.67%) Legal
Job Titles
1 3 (50.00%) Analyst
1 3 (50.00%) Test Analyst
2 2 (33.33%) Project Manager
2 2 (33.33%) Software Test Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) QA Consultant
3 1 (16.67%) Business Intelligence Project Manager
3 1 (16.67%) NHS Project Manager
3 1 (16.67%) Process Manager
3 1 (16.67%) Business Intelligence Manager
3 1 (16.67%) Consultant
3 1 (16.67%) Quality Manager
3 1 (16.67%) QA Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (16.67%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 1 (16.67%) NHS
1 1 (16.67%) Management Information System
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (33.33%) DSDM
1 2 (33.33%) Automated Testing
1 2 (33.33%) Software Testing
1 2 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
2 1 (16.67%) Test Automation
2 1 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
2 1 (16.67%) Test Strategy
2 1 (16.67%) Automation Testing
2 1 (16.67%) Manual Testing
2 1 (16.67%) QMS
2 1 (16.67%) Data Protection
2 1 (16.67%) Configuration Management
2 1 (16.67%) Project Management
2 1 (16.67%) PRINCE2
2 1 (16.67%) Supplier Management
2 1 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
2 1 (16.67%) Asset Management
2 1 (16.67%) E-Commerce
2 1 (16.67%) Business Intelligence
2 1 (16.67%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (33.33%) C
1 2 (33.33%) Java
1 2 (33.33%) JavaScript
1 2 (33.33%) SQL
1 2 (33.33%) VBScript
1 2 (33.33%) VB
Qualifications
1 2 (33.33%) ISEB
1 2 (33.33%) ISTQB
2 1 (16.67%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (16.67%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 1 (16.67%) GxP
Vendors
1 2 (33.33%) Microsoft
2 1 (16.67%) Remedy