The table below looks at the statistics 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 1 September 2014 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
1 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 39 - 23
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing QA 5 0 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Kent 1.63% - 3.47%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 26.32% - 40.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 6
Average daily rate
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£325 - £308
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
- +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.19 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-34.05% -
QA
South East

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 Kent region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Kent
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
19 10 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Kent 6.19% 3.46% 8.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 7 9
Average daily rate £403 £500 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-19.50% +36.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £380 £216
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £446
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £360
% change year-on-year
+5.63% -1.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 4
Average hourly rate £47.00 - £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £21.25
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -17.64%

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 1 September 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
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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
Tunbridge Wells - 1 £325 -
West Malling - - - -
Dartford - - - -
Dover - - - -
Maidstone - - - -
QA
South East

QA
Top 28 Related IT Skills in Kent

For the 6 months to 1 September 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 (57.14%) GxP
1 4 (57.14%) Test Scripting
1 4 (57.14%) Test Strategy
2 3 (42.86%) Validation
3 2 (28.57%) Pharmaceutical
3 2 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (28.57%) German Language
3 2 (28.57%) E-Commerce
3 2 (28.57%) Test Management
3 2 (28.57%) Test Automation
4 1 (14.29%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (14.29%) Data Privacy
4 1 (14.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (14.29%) Manual Testing
4 1 (14.29%) QMS
4 1 (14.29%) Data Protection
4 1 (14.29%) Selenium
4 1 (14.29%) Web Testing
4 1 (14.29%) Asset Management
4 1 (14.29%) Automated Testing
4 1 (14.29%) ISTQB
4 1 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (14.29%) ISEB
4 1 (14.29%) Remedy
4 1 (14.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (14.29%) Regression Testing
4 1 (14.29%) Management Information System
4 1 (14.29%) Legal

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Kent by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 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.

Development Applications
1 1 (14.29%) Selenium
General
1 2 (28.57%) Pharmaceutical
1 2 (28.57%) German Language
2 1 (14.29%) Legal
Job Titles
1 3 (42.86%) Tester
1 3 (42.86%) QA Tester
2 1 (14.29%) Process Manager
2 1 (14.29%) QA Consultant
2 1 (14.29%) Project Manager
2 1 (14.29%) Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) Test Manager
2 1 (14.29%) Test Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) Consultant
2 1 (14.29%) Quality Manager
2 1 (14.29%) QA Manager
Miscellaneous
1 1 (14.29%) Management Information System
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (57.14%) Test Scripting
1 4 (57.14%) Test Strategy
2 3 (42.86%) Validation
3 2 (28.57%) E-Commerce
3 2 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (28.57%) Test Automation
3 2 (28.57%) Test Management
4 1 (14.29%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (14.29%) Data Privacy
4 1 (14.29%) Manual Testing
4 1 (14.29%) QMS
4 1 (14.29%) Data Protection
4 1 (14.29%) Asset Management
4 1 (14.29%) Automated Testing
4 1 (14.29%) Web Testing
4 1 (14.29%) Regression Testing
4 1 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
Qualifications
1 1 (14.29%) ISEB
1 1 (14.29%) ISTQB
1 1 (14.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (57.14%) GxP
2 1 (14.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
Vendors
1 1 (14.29%) Remedy