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 19 December 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 55 27 56
Rank change year-on-year
-28 +29
Contract jobs citing QA 18 34 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Milton Keynes 2.00% 4.68% 0.52%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 16.07% 43.59% 5.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 29 2
Average daily rate
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£290 £325 £258
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.76% +26.21%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £320 £232
10% offered a daily rate of more than £354 £402 £284
UK excluding London average daily rate £344 £338 £340
% change year-on-year
+1.84% -0.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £35.00 £30.25
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +15.70%
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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
112 78 54
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Milton Keynes 12.43% 10.73% 9.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 39 17
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 £249 £280 £164
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £400 £650
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 1 3
Average hourly rate £15.00 £9.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+66.66% -40.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £9.00 £11.46
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £9.00 £20.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.75 £18.55 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+1.07% -7.25%

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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

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 19 December 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 19 December 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 25 (56.82%) Finance
2 21 (47.73%) SQL
3 19 (43.18%) SAP
3 19 (43.18%) ISEB
4 16 (36.36%) User Acceptance Testing
4 16 (36.36%) Waterfall
5 14 (31.82%) XML
5 14 (31.82%) Software Testing
5 14 (31.82%) HP Quality Center
6 13 (29.55%) Test Scripting
6 13 (29.55%) Agile Software Development
6 13 (29.55%) Java
7 12 (27.27%) V-Model
8 11 (25.00%) .NET
9 10 (22.73%) C#
9 10 (22.73%) Automotive
10 9 (20.45%) Validation
10 9 (20.45%) Business Intelligence
10 9 (20.45%) Test Management
10 9 (20.45%) Relational Database
11 8 (18.18%) Oracle
12 7 (15.91%) Document Management
12 7 (15.91%) Selenium
13 6 (13.64%) Microsoft
13 6 (13.64%) Project Management
14 5 (11.36%) SAP BW
14 5 (11.36%) Web Services
14 5 (11.36%) UNIX
14 5 (11.36%) Java EE
14 5 (11.36%) Degree

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Top Related IT Skills in Milton Keynes by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 (11.36%) CMS
2 2 (4.55%) SharePoint
3 1 (2.27%) WebSphere Application Server
3 1 (2.27%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (4.55%) MS PowerPoint
1 2 (4.55%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.27%) Fireworks
2 1 (2.27%) Photoshop
2 1 (2.27%) MS Project
2 1 (2.27%) MS Office
2 1 (2.27%) MS Visio
2 1 (2.27%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 2 (4.55%) Oracle Applications
1 2 (4.55%) SAP FI
2 1 (2.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (2.27%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (2.27%) SAP ERP
Communications & Networking
1 3 (6.82%) Internet
2 2 (4.55%) DAB
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (20.45%) Relational Database
2 5 (11.36%) SAP BW
3 4 (9.09%) Oracle Database
3 4 (9.09%) BusinessObjects
4 2 (4.55%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 7 (15.91%) Selenium
2 4 (9.09%) Team Foundation Server
2 4 (9.09%) Visual Studio
3 3 (6.82%) Oracle Forms
3 3 (6.82%) JIRA
3 3 (6.82%) WatiN
4 1 (2.27%) QuickTest Pro
4 1 (2.27%) LoadRunner
4 1 (2.27%) Facilita Forecast
4 1 (2.27%) Git (software)
General
1 25 (56.82%) Finance
2 10 (22.73%) Automotive
3 4 (9.09%) Publishing
4 3 (6.82%) Banking
5 2 (4.55%) Manufacturing
5 2 (4.55%) Advertising
5 2 (4.55%) Telecoms
6 1 (2.27%) Marketing
6 1 (2.27%) Electronics
6 1 (2.27%) Legal
6 1 (2.27%) Retail
Job Titles
1 19 (43.18%) Analyst
2 15 (34.09%) Test Analyst
3 5 (11.36%) Tester
3 5 (11.36%) Test Leader
4 4 (9.09%) Technical Editor
4 4 (9.09%) Quality Manager
5 3 (6.82%) Project Manager
5 3 (6.82%) Lead Test Analyst
5 3 (6.82%) Test Engineer
6 2 (4.55%) SAP Analyst
6 2 (4.55%) QA Tester
6 2 (4.55%) Test Manager
6 2 (4.55%) PMO Analyst
6 2 (4.55%) SAP Test Analyst
6 2 (4.55%) Architect
6 2 (4.55%) QA Manager
7 1 (2.27%) Technical Architect
7 1 (2.27%) Infrastructure Project Manager
7 1 (2.27%) Solutions Architect
7 1 (2.27%) Lead Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (31.82%) XML
2 11 (25.00%) .NET
3 5 (11.36%) Web Services
3 5 (11.36%) Java EE
4 3 (6.82%) J2EE
5 1 (2.27%) Middleware
5 1 (2.27%) HTML
5 1 (2.27%) CSS
5 1 (2.27%) SOAP
5 1 (2.27%) jBPM
5 1 (2.27%) Spring
5 1 (2.27%) jQuery
5 1 (2.27%) Hibernate
5 1 (2.27%) Sass
5 1 (2.27%) LESS
5 1 (2.27%) HTML5
5 1 (2.27%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 3 (6.82%) Computer Science
2 2 (4.55%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (2.27%) DTV
3 1 (2.27%) Graphic Design
3 1 (2.27%) User Experience
3 1 (2.27%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.27%) Data Conversion
Operating Systems
1 5 (11.36%) UNIX
2 4 (9.09%) Windows
2 4 (9.09%) Windows NT
3 1 (2.27%) AIX
3 1 (2.27%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (36.36%) User Acceptance Testing
1 16 (36.36%) Waterfall
2 14 (31.82%) Software Testing
3 13 (29.55%) Test Scripting
3 13 (29.55%) Agile Software Development
4 12 (27.27%) V-Model
5 9 (20.45%) Validation
5 9 (20.45%) Business Intelligence
5 9 (20.45%) Test Management
6 7 (15.91%) Document Management
7 6 (13.64%) Project Management
8 5 (11.36%) Migration
8 5 (11.36%) Continuous Integration
8 5 (11.36%) Manual Testing
9 4 (9.09%) Service Delivery
9 4 (9.09%) Automated Testing
10 3 (6.82%) Business Analysis
10 3 (6.82%) Regression Testing
10 3 (6.82%) Workflow
10 3 (6.82%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 21 (47.73%) SQL
2 13 (29.55%) Java
3 10 (22.73%) C#
4 4 (9.09%) VBScript
5 3 (6.82%) PL/SQL
6 2 (4.55%) C
7 1 (2.27%) VB
7 1 (2.27%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 19 (43.18%) ISEB
2 5 (11.36%) Degree
2 5 (11.36%) ISTQB
2 5 (11.36%) Security Cleared
3 3 (6.82%) HND
3 3 (6.82%) SC Cleared
4 1 (2.27%) ISEB Practitioner
4 1 (2.27%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (2.27%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.55%) ISO 9000
2 1 (2.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
Systems Management
1 14 (31.82%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 19 (43.18%) SAP
2 8 (18.18%) Oracle
3 6 (13.64%) Microsoft
4 4 (9.09%) Business Objects
4 4 (9.09%) HP
5 3 (6.82%) Telerik
6 1 (2.27%) Apple