The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category for the Milton Keynes region.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 45 42 62
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +20
Contract jobs citing QA 23 10 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Milton Keynes 2.61% 1.90% 0.96%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 27.38% 24.39% 15.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 3 4
Average daily rate £306 £250 £230
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.50% +8.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £168 £230 £191
10% offered a daily rate of more than £414 £280 £373
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £11.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £26.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year
-30.76% +92.59%
Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Milton Keynes
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
84 41 51
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Milton Keynes 9.55% 7.78% 6.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 12 13
Average daily rate £300 £313 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% +25.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £168 £228 £211
10% offered a daily rate of more than £428 £498 £391
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £330 £350
% change year-on-year
+10.60% -5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 7
Average hourly rate £10.30 £9.50 £13.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.42% -29.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.34 £9.15 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.26 £13.35 £15.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £15.25 £16.43
% change year-on-year
+18.03% -7.15%
QA
Buckinghamshire

QA
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

QA
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

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in Milton Keynes

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Milton Keynes region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in Milton Keynes

QA
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

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Milton Keynes

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, 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 21 (37.50%) Finance
2 17 (30.36%) Banking
2 17 (30.36%) Business Analysis
3 16 (28.57%) Automotive
4 12 (21.43%) Microsoft
5 10 (17.86%) Windows
6 9 (16.07%) Security Cleared
7 7 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
7 7 (12.50%) Scrum
7 7 (12.50%) MS Visio
8 6 (10.71%) MS Project
8 6 (10.71%) Project Planning
9 5 (8.93%) Windows 7
9 5 (8.93%) Agile Software Development
9 5 (8.93%) TDD
9 5 (8.93%) SharePoint
9 5 (8.93%) Citrix
9 5 (8.93%) Migration
10 4 (7.14%) Change Management
10 4 (7.14%) Project Management
10 4 (7.14%) MS Exchange
10 4 (7.14%) MS Excel
10 4 (7.14%) SQL
10 4 (7.14%) SQL Server
10 4 (7.14%) Business Continuity
10 4 (7.14%) SC Cleared
10 4 (7.14%) Waterfall
11 3 (5.36%) Business Continuity Planning
11 3 (5.36%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 3 (5.36%) Windows Server 2008

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Milton Keynes by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, 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 (8.93%) SharePoint
2 4 (7.14%) MS Exchange
3 2 (3.57%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 2 (3.57%) Exchange Server 2003
3 2 (3.57%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (1.79%) Lync
4 1 (1.79%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (1.79%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (1.79%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 7 (12.50%) MS Visio
2 6 (10.71%) MS Project
3 4 (7.14%) MS Excel
4 1 (1.79%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (1.79%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.79%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.57%) Firewall
1 2 (3.57%) ICMP
1 2 (3.57%) Internet
1 2 (3.57%) DAB
1 2 (3.57%) SMTP
1 2 (3.57%) SAN
1 2 (3.57%) NAS
1 2 (3.57%) iSCSI
2 1 (1.79%) Unified Communications
2 1 (1.79%) TCP/IP
2 1 (1.79%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (7.14%) SQL Server
2 3 (5.36%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 3 (5.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (5.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (1.79%) TestComplete
1 1 (1.79%) Selenium
1 1 (1.79%) Visual Studio
General
1 21 (37.50%) Finance
2 17 (30.36%) Banking
3 16 (28.57%) Automotive
4 1 (1.79%) Retail
Job Titles
1 26 (46.43%) Analyst
2 19 (33.93%) Business Analyst
3 12 (21.43%) Financial Business Analyst
3 12 (21.43%) Financial Services Business Analyst
4 6 (10.71%) Programme Planner
5 4 (7.14%) Developer
5 4 (7.14%) Coordinator
5 4 (7.14%) Insurance Business Analyst
6 3 (5.36%) Project Coordinator
6 3 (5.36%) SQL Developer
6 3 (5.36%) Architect
7 2 (3.57%) Support Specialist
7 2 (3.57%) Service Analyst
7 2 (3.57%) Test Analyst
7 2 (3.57%) Blackberry Support
7 2 (3.57%) Senior Test Analyst
7 2 (3.57%) Communications Manager
7 2 (3.57%) Senior Analyst
7 2 (3.57%) Service Continuity Analyst
7 2 (3.57%) Agile Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (3.57%) .NET
2 1 (1.79%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 3 (5.36%) CESG
2 2 (3.57%) Blackberry
2 2 (3.57%) Cryptography
2 2 (3.57%) PKI
3 1 (1.79%) Social Media
3 1 (1.79%) APACS
3 1 (1.79%) EFT
3 1 (1.79%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 10 (17.86%) Windows
2 5 (8.93%) Windows 7
3 3 (5.36%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (3.57%) Windows Server 2003
4 2 (3.57%) UNIX
4 2 (3.57%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (30.36%) Business Analysis
2 7 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
2 7 (12.50%) Scrum
3 6 (10.71%) Project Planning
4 5 (8.93%) Agile Software Development
4 5 (8.93%) TDD
4 5 (8.93%) Migration
5 4 (7.14%) Change Management
5 4 (7.14%) Project Management
5 4 (7.14%) Business Continuity
5 4 (7.14%) Waterfall
6 3 (5.36%) Business Continuity Planning
6 3 (5.36%) Resource Management
6 3 (5.36%) Data Analysis
6 3 (5.36%) Document Management
6 3 (5.36%) E-Commerce
6 3 (5.36%) BCP
7 2 (3.57%) Validation
7 2 (3.57%) Disaster Recovery
7 2 (3.57%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 4 (7.14%) SQL
2 3 (5.36%) T-SQL
2 3 (5.36%) C++
2 3 (5.36%) Java
3 2 (3.57%) C#
4 1 (1.79%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 9 (16.07%) Security Cleared
2 4 (7.14%) SC Cleared
3 1 (1.79%) DV Cleared
3 1 (1.79%) CITP
3 1 (1.79%) MCITP
3 1 (1.79%) MCSE
3 1 (1.79%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.36%) ISO 9000
2 1 (1.79%) BS25999
2 1 (1.79%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 2 (3.57%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.79%) Hyper-V
2 1 (1.79%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (1.79%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
1 1 (1.79%) SCCM
Vendors
1 12 (21.43%) Microsoft
2 5 (8.93%) Citrix
3 3 (5.36%) Dundas
3 3 (5.36%) HP
4 2 (3.57%) Sun
4 2 (3.57%) StorageTek
4 2 (3.57%) VMware
4 2 (3.57%) Lumension
5 1 (1.79%) Fujitsu
5 1 (1.79%) Symantec