The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Luton region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 5 February 2016 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 25 22 17
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -5
Contract jobs citing QA 8 7 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Luton 4.23% 4.29% 2.73%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 19.51% 36.84% 15.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 7 3
Average daily rate £413 £500 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-17.50% +81.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £500 £195
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £525 £395
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £33.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+18.18% +78.37%
QA
Bedfordshire

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 Luton region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Luton
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
41 19 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Luton 21.69% 11.66% 18.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 14 14
Average daily rate £425 £450 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.55% +50.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £410 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £515 £436
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 2
Average hourly rate £13.50 £22.50 £14.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-40.00% +55.17%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.00 £25.00 £17.15
% change year-on-year
+68.00% +45.77%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Luton

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

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Luton

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Luton

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in Luton

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in Luton

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Luton region over the 3 months to 5 February 2016.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in Luton

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Luton

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Luton 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 5 (41.67%) SQL
1 5 (41.67%) Test Automation
1 5 (41.67%) Test Planning
2 4 (33.33%) Web Services
3 3 (25.00%) ETL
3 3 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (25.00%) Test Scripting
4 2 (16.67%) SpecFlow
4 2 (16.67%) FogBugz
4 2 (16.67%) Data Transformation
4 2 (16.67%) Performance Monitoring
4 2 (16.67%) SoapUI
4 2 (16.67%) Defect Management
4 2 (16.67%) Performance Management
4 2 (16.67%) ISEB
4 2 (16.67%) Test Management
4 2 (16.67%) Bugzilla
4 2 (16.67%) Automated Testing
4 2 (16.67%) Ruby
4 2 (16.67%) FTP
4 2 (16.67%) SQL Server
4 2 (16.67%) C#
4 2 (16.67%) Java
5 1 (8.33%) VBA
5 1 (8.33%) Oracle
5 1 (8.33%) SAP
5 1 (8.33%) E-Commerce
5 1 (8.33%) Business Intelligence
5 1 (8.33%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (8.33%) Local Government

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Luton by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Luton 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.

Communications & Networking
1 2 (16.67%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 1 (8.33%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 2 (16.67%) Bugzilla
1 2 (16.67%) FogBugz
1 2 (16.67%) SoapUI
1 2 (16.67%) SpecFlow
General
1 1 (8.33%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 6 (50.00%) Analyst
2 5 (41.67%) Architect
2 5 (41.67%) Test Architect
3 3 (25.00%) ETL Analyst
3 3 (25.00%) Lead Architect
3 3 (25.00%) Test Analyst
3 3 (25.00%) Test Leader
3 3 (25.00%) Test Manager
4 2 (16.67%) Performance Analyst
4 2 (16.67%) QA Analyst
4 2 (16.67%) QA Test Analyst
4 2 (16.67%) SQL Analyst
5 1 (8.33%) Automation Test Lead
5 1 (8.33%) Business Intelligence Analyst
5 1 (8.33%) Business Intelligence Business Analyst
5 1 (8.33%) E-Commerce Architect
5 1 (8.33%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 1 (8.33%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
5 1 (8.33%) Test Automation Architect
5 1 (8.33%) Test Automation Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (33.33%) Web Services
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (41.67%) Test Automation
1 5 (41.67%) Test Planning
2 3 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (25.00%) ETL
2 3 (25.00%) Test Scripting
3 2 (16.67%) Automated Testing
3 2 (16.67%) Data Transformation
3 2 (16.67%) Defect Management
3 2 (16.67%) Performance Management
3 2 (16.67%) Performance Monitoring
3 2 (16.67%) Test Management
4 1 (8.33%) Business Intelligence
4 1 (8.33%) E-Commerce
4 1 (8.33%) Operational Acceptance Testing
4 1 (8.33%) Test Strategy
4 1 (8.33%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (41.67%) SQL
2 2 (16.67%) C#
2 2 (16.67%) Java
2 2 (16.67%) Ruby
3 1 (8.33%) VBA
Qualifications
1 2 (16.67%) ISEB
Vendors
1 1 (8.33%) Oracle
1 1 (8.33%) SAP