The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Middlesex region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 22 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 21 20 27
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +7
Contract jobs citing QA 8 7 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Middlesex 3.27% 2.81% 1.43%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 32.00% 63.64% 19.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 2 1
Average daily rate
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£398 £213 £420
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+87.05% -49.40%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.61 £16.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-8.71% -36.00%
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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 Middlesex region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Middlesex
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
25 11 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Middlesex 10.20% 4.42% 7.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 2 8
Average daily rate £398 £213 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+87.05% -52.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £257 £211 £334
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £215 £530
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £355
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -1.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £27.11
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+11.42% -22.22%

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Jobs Demand Trend in Middlesex

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

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Middlesex

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Daily Rate Trend in Middlesex

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in Middlesex

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Hourly Rate Trend in Middlesex

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Middlesex

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in Middlesex

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Middlesex 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 6 (42.86%) Microsoft
2 4 (28.57%) ISO 9001
2 4 (28.57%) MS Office
2 4 (28.57%) MS Excel
2 4 (28.57%) Data Analysis
2 4 (28.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (28.57%) QMS
3 3 (21.43%) Degree
3 3 (21.43%) SharePoint
3 3 (21.43%) Project Management
3 3 (21.43%) Quality Management
3 3 (21.43%) CMMI
3 3 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (14.29%) Document Management
4 2 (14.29%) Handset
4 2 (14.29%) Telecoms
4 2 (14.29%) Finance
4 2 (14.29%) Symbian
4 2 (14.29%) OS/2
4 2 (14.29%) SAP HR
4 2 (14.29%) SAP
4 2 (14.29%) Integration Testing
4 2 (14.29%) Continuous Improvement
4 2 (14.29%) Mobile App
4 2 (14.29%) Data Integration
4 2 (14.29%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (7.14%) V-Model
5 1 (7.14%) HSPA
5 1 (7.14%) Information Assurance
5 1 (7.14%) Team Foundation Server

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Top Related IT Skills in Middlesex by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Middlesex 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 3 (21.43%) SharePoint
2 1 (7.14%) SAS
Applications
1 4 (28.57%) MS Office
1 4 (28.57%) MS Excel
2 2 (14.29%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (14.29%) SAP HR
Communications & Networking
1 1 (7.14%) HSPA
1 1 (7.14%) Wireshark
1 1 (7.14%) ZigBee
1 1 (7.14%) 802.15
1 1 (7.14%) IPv6
1 1 (7.14%) 3GPP
1 1 (7.14%) UMTS
1 1 (7.14%) GPRS
1 1 (7.14%) DNS
1 1 (7.14%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (7.14%) InterSystems Cache
Development Applications
1 1 (7.14%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (7.14%) SoapUI
1 1 (7.14%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (14.29%) Telecoms
1 2 (14.29%) Finance
2 1 (7.14%) Pharmaceutical
2 1 (7.14%) Financial Institution
2 1 (7.14%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 3 (21.43%) QA Engineer
1 3 (21.43%) Senior QA Engineer
1 3 (21.43%) Senior Quality Engineer
1 3 (21.43%) Quality Engineer
1 3 (21.43%) Analyst
2 2 (14.29%) Technical Business Analyst
2 2 (14.29%) Technical Analyst
2 2 (14.29%) Business Analyst
3 1 (7.14%) Compliance Manager
3 1 (7.14%) Auditor
3 1 (7.14%) Risk Manager
3 1 (7.14%) Technical Leader
3 1 (7.14%) Integration Tester
3 1 (7.14%) Lead Business Analyst
3 1 (7.14%) Tester
3 1 (7.14%) Programme Manager
3 1 (7.14%) Junior
3 1 (7.14%) Coordinator
3 1 (7.14%) Test Analyst
3 1 (7.14%) Quality Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (7.14%) ASP.NET Web API
1 1 (7.14%) ASP.NET
1 1 (7.14%) CSS
1 1 (7.14%) SOAP
1 1 (7.14%) Web Services
1 1 (7.14%) XML
1 1 (7.14%) DHTML
1 1 (7.14%) HTML
1 1 (7.14%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 2 (14.29%) Handset
1 2 (14.29%) Mobile App
1 2 (14.29%) Data Integration
2 1 (7.14%) Smart Meter
2 1 (7.14%) Firmware
2 1 (7.14%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 2 (14.29%) OS/2
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (28.57%) Data Analysis
1 4 (28.57%) QMS
2 3 (21.43%) Project Management
2 3 (21.43%) Quality Management
2 3 (21.43%) CMMI
2 3 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (14.29%) Document Management
3 2 (14.29%) Integration Testing
3 2 (14.29%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (7.14%) V-Model
4 1 (7.14%) Information Assurance
4 1 (7.14%) Product Management
4 1 (7.14%) Stakeholder Engagement
4 1 (7.14%) Waterfall
4 1 (7.14%) Test Scripting
4 1 (7.14%) Data Protection
4 1 (7.14%) Performance Testing
4 1 (7.14%) Security Testing
4 1 (7.14%) ITIL
4 1 (7.14%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 1 (7.14%) C#
1 1 (7.14%) VBScript
1 1 (7.14%) VB
Qualifications
1 3 (21.43%) Degree
2 1 (7.14%) CRISC
2 1 (7.14%) CISSP
2 1 (7.14%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (28.57%) ISO 9001
1 4 (28.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (7.14%) GMP
2 1 (7.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
Systems Management
1 1 (7.14%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (42.86%) Microsoft
2 2 (14.29%) Symbian
2 2 (14.29%) SAP
3 1 (7.14%) HP