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 22 July 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
22 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 41 53 50
Rank change year-on-year
+12 -3
Contract jobs citing QA 23 12 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Milton Keynes 2.64% 1.80% 1.66%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 29.11% 18.75% 28.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 8 6
Average daily rate
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£294 £279 £328
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.38% -14.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £232 £239 £248
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £433 £410
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £320
% change year-on-year
- +9.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.13 £20.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-4.37% -20.00%
Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Milton Keynes
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
79 64 39
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Milton Keynes 9.08% 9.58% 5.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 25 12
Average daily rate £313 £400 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-21.87% +19.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £177 £225 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £460 £725 £389
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £12.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.06 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+14.64% -2.77%
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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 22 July 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

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in Milton Keynes

For the 6 months to 22 July 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 13 (27.66%) Security Cleared
2 12 (25.53%) Finance
2 12 (25.53%) SQL
3 11 (23.40%) Microsoft
4 10 (21.28%) ISEB
4 10 (21.28%) Windows
4 10 (21.28%) Migration
5 8 (17.02%) Document Management
5 8 (17.02%) Software Testing
5 8 (17.02%) SharePoint
5 8 (17.02%) SAP
6 7 (14.89%) Change Management
6 7 (14.89%) HP
6 7 (14.89%) UNIX
6 7 (14.89%) ISO 9000
6 7 (14.89%) Resource Management
6 7 (14.89%) Automotive
6 7 (14.89%) Agile Software Development
6 7 (14.89%) HP Quality Center
6 7 (14.89%) Waterfall
7 6 (12.77%) User Acceptance Testing
7 6 (12.77%) DAB
8 5 (10.64%) Java
8 5 (10.64%) SC Cleared
8 5 (10.64%) ISTQB
8 5 (10.64%) Service Delivery
8 5 (10.64%) Banking
8 5 (10.64%) Windows 7
9 4 (8.51%) SCCM
9 4 (8.51%) VBScript

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Top Related IT Skills in Milton Keynes by Category

For the 6 months to 22 July 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 8 (17.02%) SharePoint
2 4 (8.51%) MS Exchange
3 3 (6.38%) WebSphere Application Server
3 3 (6.38%) WebSphere
4 2 (4.26%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (4.26%) Exchange Server 2003
4 2 (4.26%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (2.13%) Office Communications Server
5 1 (2.13%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (2.13%) Lync
Applications
1 4 (8.51%) MS Visio
1 4 (8.51%) MS Excel
2 3 (6.38%) MS Project
2 3 (6.38%) MS Office
3 1 (2.13%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.13%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (12.77%) DAB
2 3 (6.38%) Internet
3 2 (4.26%) iSCSI
3 2 (4.26%) NAS
3 2 (4.26%) SMTP
3 2 (4.26%) ICMP
3 2 (4.26%) SAN
3 2 (4.26%) Firewall
4 1 (2.13%) TCP/IP
4 1 (2.13%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.38%) SQL Server
1 3 (6.38%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 3 (6.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 3 (6.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 2 (4.26%) Oracle Database
2 2 (4.26%) Relational Database
2 2 (4.26%) DB2
Development Applications
1 2 (4.26%) Team Foundation Server
1 2 (4.26%) Selenium
1 2 (4.26%) Visual Studio
1 2 (4.26%) Oracle Forms
2 1 (2.13%) LoadRunner
2 1 (2.13%) Facilita Forecast
General
1 12 (25.53%) Finance
2 7 (14.89%) Automotive
3 5 (10.64%) Banking
4 2 (4.26%) Retail
5 1 (2.13%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 14 (29.79%) Analyst
2 8 (17.02%) Test Analyst
3 5 (10.64%) Coordinator
4 4 (8.51%) Project Coordinator
4 4 (8.51%) Technical Specialist
4 4 (8.51%) Architect
4 4 (8.51%) Developer
4 4 (8.51%) Technical Architect
5 3 (6.38%) Consultant
5 3 (6.38%) PMO Analyst
5 3 (6.38%) Programme Planner
5 3 (6.38%) SQL Developer
6 2 (4.26%) SCCM Specialist
6 2 (4.26%) Service Continuity Analyst
6 2 (4.26%) Blackberry Support
6 2 (4.26%) Tester
6 2 (4.26%) Support Specialist
6 2 (4.26%) Service Analyst
7 1 (2.13%) Quality Manager
7 1 (2.13%) QA Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.38%) XML
1 3 (6.38%) .NET
2 2 (4.26%) Java EE
2 2 (4.26%) Application Packaging
2 2 (4.26%) Web Services
3 1 (2.13%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 2 (4.26%) Cryptography
1 2 (4.26%) CESG
1 2 (4.26%) PKI
1 2 (4.26%) Blackberry
2 1 (2.13%) EFT
2 1 (2.13%) APACS
Operating Systems
1 10 (21.28%) Windows
2 7 (14.89%) UNIX
3 5 (10.64%) Windows 7
4 3 (6.38%) AIX
4 3 (6.38%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (4.26%) Linux
5 2 (4.26%) Windows NT
5 2 (4.26%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (21.28%) Migration
2 8 (17.02%) Document Management
2 8 (17.02%) Software Testing
3 7 (14.89%) Change Management
3 7 (14.89%) Resource Management
3 7 (14.89%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (14.89%) Waterfall
4 6 (12.77%) User Acceptance Testing
5 5 (10.64%) Service Delivery
6 3 (6.38%) BCP
6 3 (6.38%) Web Testing
6 3 (6.38%) Project Planning
6 3 (6.38%) TDD
6 3 (6.38%) Data Analysis
6 3 (6.38%) Scrum
6 3 (6.38%) Business Continuity
6 3 (6.38%) V-Model
6 3 (6.38%) Business Continuity Planning
7 2 (4.26%) Stakeholder Management
7 2 (4.26%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (25.53%) SQL
2 5 (10.64%) Java
3 4 (8.51%) VBScript
4 3 (6.38%) T-SQL
4 3 (6.38%) C#
5 2 (4.26%) PowerShell
6 1 (2.13%) C++
Qualifications
1 13 (27.66%) Security Cleared
2 10 (21.28%) ISEB
3 5 (10.64%) SC Cleared
3 5 (10.64%) ISTQB
4 1 (2.13%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (2.13%) MCSE
4 1 (2.13%) DV Cleared
4 1 (2.13%) CITP
4 1 (2.13%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (14.89%) ISO 9000
2 1 (2.13%) BS25999
2 1 (2.13%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 3 (6.38%) Active Directory
2 2 (4.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (2.13%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 7 (14.89%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (8.51%) SCCM
3 2 (4.26%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 2 (4.26%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 11 (23.40%) Microsoft
2 8 (17.02%) SAP
3 7 (14.89%) HP
4 3 (6.38%) Citrix
4 3 (6.38%) Dundas
5 2 (4.26%) Lumension
5 2 (4.26%) VMware
5 2 (4.26%) Oracle
5 2 (4.26%) StorageTek
5 2 (4.26%) Sun
5 2 (4.26%) Symantec
6 1 (2.13%) Fujitsu
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