The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Leeds region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 29 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 41 55 33
Rank change year-on-year
+14 -22
Contract jobs citing QA 38 23 60
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Leeds 3.68% 2.48% 5.27%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 49.35% 42.59% 68.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 11 38
Average daily rate
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£320 £413 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-22.42% +37.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £277 £300 £227
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £425 £421
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
- +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
Average hourly rate £50.00 £13.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+270.37% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.71 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-31.45% -
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West Yorkshire

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 Leeds region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Leeds
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
77 54 88
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Leeds 7.46% 5.81% 7.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 30 56
Average daily rate £360 £363 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.68% +11.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £276 £200 £229
10% offered a daily rate of more than £748 £450 £447
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £360
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 0
Average hourly rate £50.00 £13.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+270.37% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.75 £17.50 £21.25
% change year-on-year
+12.85% -17.64%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Leeds

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

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Leeds

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Leeds

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in Leeds

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in Leeds

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Leeds region over the 3 months to 29 August 2014.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in Leeds

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in Leeds

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Leeds

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Leeds

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Leeds 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 32 (31.07%) SQL
2 29 (28.16%) Scrum
3 26 (25.24%) TDD
4 25 (24.27%) Java
5 24 (23.30%) Test Scripting
6 22 (21.36%) C#
7 19 (18.45%) BDD
8 18 (17.48%) User Stories
9 17 (16.50%) Agile Software Development
10 16 (15.53%) Finance
11 15 (14.56%) Project Management
12 14 (13.59%) .NET
13 13 (12.62%) Oracle
13 13 (12.62%) Microsoft
13 13 (12.62%) ISEB
13 13 (12.62%) Test Automation
13 13 (12.62%) Selenium
14 12 (11.65%) SQL Server
14 12 (11.65%) PHP
14 12 (11.65%) Enterprise Software
15 11 (10.68%) Cucumber
15 11 (10.68%) HTML
15 11 (10.68%) Release Management
16 10 (9.71%) Project Planning
16 10 (9.71%) Retail
16 10 (9.71%) MS Office
16 10 (9.71%) Windows
17 9 (8.74%) JavaScript
17 9 (8.74%) Software Engineering
17 9 (8.74%) Ruby

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Top Related IT Skills in Leeds by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Leeds 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 5 (4.85%) WebLogic
2 2 (1.94%) WebSphere
2 2 (1.94%) Node.js
3 1 (0.97%) GlassFish
3 1 (0.97%) Office Communications Server
3 1 (0.97%) nginx
3 1 (0.97%) Lync
3 1 (0.97%) Apache
3 1 (0.97%) Tomcat
3 1 (0.97%) MS Exchange
3 1 (0.97%) OpenEdge
3 1 (0.97%) CMS
Applications
1 10 (9.71%) MS Office
2 6 (5.83%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.94%) MS Project
3 2 (1.94%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.97%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (4.85%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.97%) Amazon EC2
1 1 (0.97%) Amazon S3
1 1 (0.97%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (0.97%) Office 365
1 1 (0.97%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 6 (5.83%) TCP/IP
2 4 (3.88%) Ethernet
2 4 (3.88%) DVB
2 4 (3.88%) VLAN
3 3 (2.91%) Cisco ASA
3 3 (2.91%) EIGRP
3 3 (2.91%) DMVPN
3 3 (2.91%) Cisco Nexus
3 3 (2.91%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
3 3 (2.91%) DMZ
3 3 (2.91%) WLAN
3 3 (2.91%) BGP
4 2 (1.94%) SAN
5 1 (0.97%) Intranet
5 1 (0.97%) DHCP
5 1 (0.97%) DNS
5 1 (0.97%) SSL
5 1 (0.97%) PuTTY
5 1 (0.97%) Intrusion Detection
5 1 (0.97%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (11.65%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.88%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (3.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 4 (3.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 4 (3.88%) Relational Database
3 2 (1.94%) RDBMS
3 2 (1.94%) DB2
4 1 (0.97%) Crystal Reports
4 1 (0.97%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.97%) Star Schema
4 1 (0.97%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (0.97%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (0.97%) SimpleDB
4 1 (0.97%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.97%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.97%) Redis
4 1 (0.97%) Couchbase
4 1 (0.97%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (0.97%) Oracle ODI
4 1 (0.97%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 13 (12.62%) Selenium
2 11 (10.68%) Cucumber
3 9 (8.74%) WebDriver
4 8 (7.77%) SoapUI
4 8 (7.77%) JBehave
5 3 (2.91%) JUnit
6 2 (1.94%) Visual Studio
6 2 (1.94%) TestDirector
6 2 (1.94%) QuickTest Pro
6 2 (1.94%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (0.97%) WebSpeed
7 1 (0.97%) NUnit
7 1 (0.97%) JIRA
7 1 (0.97%) Toad
7 1 (0.97%) Git (software)
General
1 16 (15.53%) Finance
2 10 (9.71%) Retail
3 8 (7.77%) Banking
4 4 (3.88%) Retail Banking
4 4 (3.88%) Legal
5 2 (1.94%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.97%) Publishing
6 1 (0.97%) Billing
6 1 (0.97%) Back Office
6 1 (0.97%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.97%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 23 (22.33%) Analyst
2 20 (19.42%) Tester
2 20 (19.42%) Developer
3 13 (12.62%) Test Analyst
4 9 (8.74%) Manual Tester
4 9 (8.74%) Functional Tester
5 8 (7.77%) Automation Tester
5 8 (7.77%) Web Developer
6 5 (4.85%) DBA
6 5 (4.85%) Test Engineer
6 5 (4.85%) Services Delivery Manager
6 5 (4.85%) PMO Analyst
6 5 (4.85%) SQL DBA
6 5 (4.85%) Service Manager
6 5 (4.85%) Delivery Manager
7 4 (3.88%) ScrumMaster
8 3 (2.91%) JavaScript Developer
8 3 (2.91%) Head of Testing
8 3 (2.91%) Service Management Analyst
8 3 (2.91%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (13.59%) .NET
2 11 (10.68%) HTML
3 6 (5.83%) CSS
4 5 (4.85%) HTML5
5 4 (3.88%) XML
6 3 (2.91%) jQuery
6 3 (2.91%) Web Services
7 2 (1.94%) REST
7 2 (1.94%) Middleware
7 2 (1.94%) Oracle Fusion
7 2 (1.94%) XSLT
7 2 (1.94%) ASP.NET
8 1 (0.97%) J2EE
8 1 (0.97%) ADO
8 1 (0.97%) POSIX
8 1 (0.97%) SOAP
8 1 (0.97%) ASP.NET MVC
8 1 (0.97%) RabbitMQ
8 1 (0.97%) WCF
8 1 (0.97%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 12 (11.65%) Enterprise Software
2 7 (6.80%) Computer Science
2 7 (6.80%) Management Information System
3 6 (5.83%) Client/Server
4 5 (4.85%) NHS
5 4 (3.88%) Video on Demand
5 4 (3.88%) MPEG
5 4 (3.88%) IPTV
6 2 (1.94%) Graphic Design
6 2 (1.94%) AS400
6 2 (1.94%) Clustering
6 2 (1.94%) STB
6 2 (1.94%) Reference Data
6 2 (1.94%) iSeries
7 1 (0.97%) Open Source
7 1 (0.97%) Blog
7 1 (0.97%) Social Media
7 1 (0.97%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 10 (9.71%) Windows
2 5 (4.85%) Linux
3 3 (2.91%) Windows 7
3 3 (2.91%) UNIX
4 1 (0.97%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (0.97%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (28.16%) Scrum
2 26 (25.24%) TDD
3 24 (23.30%) Test Scripting
4 19 (18.45%) BDD
5 18 (17.48%) User Stories
6 17 (16.50%) Agile Software Development
7 15 (14.56%) Project Management
8 13 (12.62%) Test Automation
9 11 (10.68%) Release Management
10 10 (9.71%) Project Planning
11 9 (8.74%) Resource Management
11 9 (8.74%) Software Engineering
12 8 (7.77%) Service Management
13 7 (6.80%) Service Delivery
13 7 (6.80%) Disaster Recovery
13 7 (6.80%) MVC
13 7 (6.80%) Software Testing
13 7 (6.80%) Performance Testing
13 7 (6.80%) Unit Testing
13 7 (6.80%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 32 (31.07%) SQL
2 25 (24.27%) Java
3 22 (21.36%) C#
4 12 (11.65%) PHP
5 9 (8.74%) Ruby
5 9 (8.74%) JavaScript
6 5 (4.85%) C++
6 5 (4.85%) X++
7 4 (3.88%) C
7 4 (3.88%) Tcl
7 4 (3.88%) Perl
8 3 (2.91%) T-SQL
8 3 (2.91%) VB
8 3 (2.91%) VB.NET
8 3 (2.91%) Python
8 3 (2.91%) Lisp
9 2 (1.94%) VB6
10 1 (0.97%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.97%) Progress 4GL
Qualifications
1 13 (12.62%) ISEB
2 7 (6.80%) Degree
3 5 (4.85%) ISTQB
4 4 (3.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (2.91%) Security Cleared
5 3 (2.91%) CCNP
5 3 (2.91%) CCDP
5 3 (2.91%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (1.94%) SC Cleared
7 1 (0.97%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.97%) PMI Certification
7 1 (0.97%) MCITP
7 1 (0.97%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.88%) SLA
2 2 (1.94%) BS25999
3 1 (0.97%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.97%) ISO 14001
3 1 (0.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (0.97%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 5 (4.85%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (2.91%) OPNET
2 3 (2.91%) Cisco CUCM
3 1 (0.97%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.97%) HAProxy
3 1 (0.97%) Oracle EDQ
3 1 (0.97%) Salt
3 1 (0.97%) Puppet
Vendors
1 13 (12.62%) Oracle
1 13 (12.62%) Microsoft
2 3 (2.91%) HP
2 3 (2.91%) BMC
2 3 (2.91%) SAP
2 3 (2.91%) Cisco
2 3 (2.91%) Motorola
2 3 (2.91%) Blue Coat
2 3 (2.91%) TippingPoint
2 3 (2.91%) F5
3 2 (1.94%) LexisNexis
3 2 (1.94%) Capita
3 2 (1.94%) IBM
3 2 (1.94%) JBoss
4 1 (0.97%) Progress
4 1 (0.97%) Sybase
4 1 (0.97%) Informatica
4 1 (0.97%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (0.97%) Unica
4 1 (0.97%) EPiServer