The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Milton Keynes region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 28 January 2015 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
28 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 58 33 54
Rank change year-on-year
-25 +21
Contract jobs citing QA 12 31 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Milton Keynes 1.56% 4.20% 0.58%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 16.90% 39.24% 7.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 28 2
Average daily rate
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£300 £333 £294
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.77% +13.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £325 £289
10% offered a daily rate of more than £351 £403 £299
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £19.00 £30.25
% change year-on-year
+73.68% -37.19%
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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 Milton Keynes region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Milton Keynes
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
71 79 40
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Milton Keynes 9.23% 10.70% 7.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 36 12
Average daily rate £350 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £291 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £388 £434
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+8.57% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 2
Average hourly rate £16.50 £10.50 £18.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+57.14% -42.46%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.08 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+11.27% -25.76%

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Jobs Demand Trend in Milton Keynes

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

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Milton Keynes

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Daily Rate Trend in Milton Keynes

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in Milton Keynes

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Hourly Rate Trend in Milton Keynes

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Milton Keynes

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in Milton Keynes

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Milton Keynes 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 19 (51.35%) Finance
2 18 (48.65%) SQL
3 16 (43.24%) XML
3 16 (43.24%) ISEB
3 16 (43.24%) User Acceptance Testing
3 16 (43.24%) Waterfall
4 15 (40.54%) Test Scripting
4 15 (40.54%) SAP
5 14 (37.84%) V-Model
6 13 (35.14%) HP Quality Center
6 13 (35.14%) Test Management
6 13 (35.14%) Software Testing
7 12 (32.43%) Validation
7 12 (32.43%) Relational Database
8 11 (29.73%) Agile Software Development
9 8 (21.62%) Business Intelligence
10 7 (18.92%) SAP BW
10 7 (18.92%) .NET
10 7 (18.92%) Java
11 6 (16.22%) C#
11 6 (16.22%) Oracle
11 6 (16.22%) Manual Testing
12 5 (13.51%) Microsoft
12 5 (13.51%) Project Management
12 5 (13.51%) Degree
12 5 (13.51%) Selenium
12 5 (13.51%) CMS
13 4 (10.81%) Document Management
13 4 (10.81%) Business Objects
13 4 (10.81%) BusinessObjects

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Top Related IT Skills in Milton Keynes by Category

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Milton Keynes 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 (13.51%) CMS
Applications
1 2 (5.41%) MS PowerPoint
1 2 (5.41%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.70%) Fireworks
2 1 (2.70%) MS Project
2 1 (2.70%) MS Office
2 1 (2.70%) Photoshop
2 1 (2.70%) MS Visio
2 1 (2.70%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 2 (5.41%) Oracle Applications
1 2 (5.41%) SAP FI
1 2 (5.41%) SAP BCA
2 1 (2.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (2.70%) SAP ERP
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.41%) Internet
2 1 (2.70%) OSPF
2 1 (2.70%) EIGRP
2 1 (2.70%) LAN
2 1 (2.70%) WAN
2 1 (2.70%) TCP/IP
2 1 (2.70%) Cisco IOS
2 1 (2.70%) Firewall
2 1 (2.70%) Cisco ASA
2 1 (2.70%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (32.43%) Relational Database
2 7 (18.92%) SAP BW
3 4 (10.81%) BusinessObjects
4 2 (5.41%) Oracle Database
4 2 (5.41%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 5 (13.51%) Selenium
2 3 (8.11%) JIRA
2 3 (8.11%) WatiN
3 2 (5.41%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (5.41%) Visual Studio
4 1 (2.70%) QuickTest Pro
4 1 (2.70%) Oracle Forms
4 1 (2.70%) Git (software)
General
1 19 (51.35%) Finance
2 3 (8.11%) Automotive
2 3 (8.11%) Publishing
3 2 (5.41%) Advertising
4 1 (2.70%) Retail
4 1 (2.70%) Legal
4 1 (2.70%) Manufacturing
4 1 (2.70%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 15 (40.54%) Analyst
2 13 (35.14%) Test Analyst
3 8 (21.62%) Test Leader
4 3 (8.11%) Test Manager
4 3 (8.11%) Project Manager
4 3 (8.11%) Tester
4 3 (8.11%) Technical Editor
5 2 (5.41%) QA Tester
5 2 (5.41%) Test Engineer
5 2 (5.41%) Lead Test Analyst
6 1 (2.70%) Architect
6 1 (2.70%) Network Engineer
6 1 (2.70%) Infrastructure Project Manager
6 1 (2.70%) Solutions Architect
6 1 (2.70%) Lead Developer
6 1 (2.70%) Quality Manager
6 1 (2.70%) Portfolio Manager
6 1 (2.70%) Lead Java Developer
6 1 (2.70%) Solutions Analyst
6 1 (2.70%) SAP Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (43.24%) XML
2 7 (18.92%) .NET
3 1 (2.70%) Middleware
3 1 (2.70%) HTML
3 1 (2.70%) J2EE
3 1 (2.70%) CSS
3 1 (2.70%) SOAP
3 1 (2.70%) Web Services
3 1 (2.70%) jBPM
3 1 (2.70%) Spring
3 1 (2.70%) Java EE
3 1 (2.70%) jQuery
3 1 (2.70%) Hibernate
3 1 (2.70%) CSS3
3 1 (2.70%) HTML5
3 1 (2.70%) Sass
3 1 (2.70%) LESS
Miscellaneous
1 3 (8.11%) Computer Science
2 2 (5.41%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (2.70%) Graphic Design
3 1 (2.70%) Cryptography
3 1 (2.70%) Data Conversion
3 1 (2.70%) User Experience
3 1 (2.70%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 3 (8.11%) Windows
2 2 (5.41%) UNIX
2 2 (5.41%) Windows NT
3 1 (2.70%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (2.70%) Apple iOS
3 1 (2.70%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (43.24%) User Acceptance Testing
1 16 (43.24%) Waterfall
2 15 (40.54%) Test Scripting
3 14 (37.84%) V-Model
4 13 (35.14%) Test Management
4 13 (35.14%) Software Testing
5 12 (32.43%) Validation
6 11 (29.73%) Agile Software Development
7 8 (21.62%) Business Intelligence
8 6 (16.22%) Manual Testing
9 5 (13.51%) Project Management
10 4 (10.81%) Document Management
11 3 (8.11%) ITIL
11 3 (8.11%) Automated Testing
11 3 (8.11%) Migration
11 3 (8.11%) Regression Testing
11 3 (8.11%) Workflow
11 3 (8.11%) Continuous Integration
11 3 (8.11%) Data Migration
11 3 (8.11%) Performance Improvement
Programming Languages
1 18 (48.65%) SQL
2 7 (18.92%) Java
3 6 (16.22%) C#
4 3 (8.11%) PL/SQL
5 2 (5.41%) C
5 2 (5.41%) VBScript
6 1 (2.70%) VB
6 1 (2.70%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 16 (43.24%) ISEB
2 5 (13.51%) Degree
3 3 (8.11%) HND
3 3 (8.11%) Security Cleared
4 2 (5.41%) SC Cleared
4 2 (5.41%) DV Cleared
4 2 (5.41%) ISTQB
5 1 (2.70%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (2.70%) CCNP
5 1 (2.70%) CCNA
5 1 (2.70%) ISEB Practitioner
5 1 (2.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.70%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 1 (2.70%) JSP 440
System Software
1 1 (2.70%) Hyper-V
1 1 (2.70%) VMware ESXi
1 1 (2.70%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 13 (35.14%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 15 (40.54%) SAP
2 6 (16.22%) Oracle
3 5 (13.51%) Microsoft
4 4 (10.81%) Business Objects
5 3 (8.11%) Telerik
6 1 (2.70%) McAfee
6 1 (2.70%) Apple
6 1 (2.70%) Cisco
6 1 (2.70%) HP