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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 58 42 55
Rank change year-on-year
-16 +13
Contract jobs citing QA 15 25 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Milton Keynes 1.75% 2.78% 1.70%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 13.27% 30.12% 16.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 20 8
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£343 £314 £279
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.16% +12.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £278 £247 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £600 £433
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.00 £18.13 £14.75
% change year-on-year
+54.48% +22.88%
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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
113 83 72
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Milton Keynes 13.20% 9.22% 10.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 40 29
Average daily rate £350 £344 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.81% -1.78%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £202 £177 £234
10% offered a daily rate of more than £456 £485 £725
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Average hourly rate £14.20 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.55 £20.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+5.12% +17.14%

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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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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 31 July 2015.

QA Daily Rate Histogram 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 31 July 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 21 (38.89%) Finance
1 21 (38.89%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (25.93%) User Acceptance Testing
3 13 (24.07%) Microsoft
3 13 (24.07%) HP Quality Center
4 12 (22.22%) SQL
4 12 (22.22%) SAP
4 12 (22.22%) Test Management
5 11 (20.37%) ISEB
5 11 (20.37%) Waterfall
5 11 (20.37%) SDLC
6 10 (18.52%) V-Model
7 9 (16.67%) Relational Database
7 9 (16.67%) MS Excel
7 9 (16.67%) Test Scripting
7 9 (16.67%) Software Testing
8 8 (14.81%) Programme Management
8 8 (14.81%) XML
8 8 (14.81%) MS Office
9 7 (12.96%) Project Management
9 7 (12.96%) .NET
9 7 (12.96%) Validation
9 7 (12.96%) BDD
10 6 (11.11%) Migration
10 6 (11.11%) Stakeholder Management
10 6 (11.11%) UNIX
10 6 (11.11%) SharePoint
11 5 (9.26%) HP
11 5 (9.26%) SAP BW
11 5 (9.26%) Oracle

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Top Related IT Skills in Milton Keynes by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 6 (11.11%) SharePoint
2 4 (7.41%) SharePoint Server
3 2 (3.70%) ArcGIS
4 1 (1.85%) WebSphere Application Server
4 1 (1.85%) JBoss
4 1 (1.85%) WebSphere
4 1 (1.85%) MS Project Server
4 1 (1.85%) Mule
Applications
1 9 (16.67%) MS Excel
2 8 (14.81%) MS Office
3 1 (1.85%) MS Project
3 1 (1.85%) MS Visio
3 1 (1.85%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (1.85%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (3.70%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (1.85%) SAP FI
2 1 (1.85%) SAP BCA
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.85%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (5.56%) Intranet
2 2 (3.70%) SAN
3 1 (1.85%) SDH
3 1 (1.85%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (16.67%) Relational Database
2 5 (9.26%) SAP BW
3 4 (7.41%) Data Mining
4 2 (3.70%) BusinessObjects
4 2 (3.70%) SAP BI
5 1 (1.85%) Oracle Database
5 1 (1.85%) SQL Server
5 1 (1.85%) DB2
5 1 (1.85%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 3 (5.56%) Selenium
1 3 (5.56%) WebDriver
1 3 (5.56%) SpecFlow
2 2 (3.70%) Git (software)
2 2 (3.70%) HP UFT
3 1 (1.85%) LoadRunner
3 1 (1.85%) Subversion
3 1 (1.85%) JIRA
General
1 21 (38.89%) Finance
2 3 (5.56%) Telecoms
2 3 (5.56%) Manufacturing
2 3 (5.56%) Retail
3 2 (3.70%) Marketing
3 2 (3.70%) Banking
3 2 (3.70%) Electronics
4 1 (1.85%) Automotive
4 1 (1.85%) German Language
Job Titles
1 28 (51.85%) Analyst
2 15 (27.78%) Test Analyst
3 8 (14.81%) Developer
4 7 (12.96%) Test Leader
5 6 (11.11%) Tester
5 6 (11.11%) Test Manager
6 5 (9.26%) QA Analyst
6 5 (9.26%) Agile Test Analyst
7 3 (5.56%) Testing Manager
7 3 (5.56%) AWS Developer
7 3 (5.56%) Infrastructure Manager
7 3 (5.56%) Project Manager
7 3 (5.56%) Infrastructure Project Manager
7 3 (5.56%) QA Manager
8 2 (3.70%) Business Analyst
8 2 (3.70%) Web Analyst
8 2 (3.70%) Software Test Analyst
8 2 (3.70%) Web Test Analyst
8 2 (3.70%) Audit Analyst
8 2 (3.70%) Compliance Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (14.81%) XML
2 7 (12.96%) .NET
3 3 (5.56%) CSS
3 3 (5.56%) .NET Framework
3 3 (5.56%) HTML5
3 3 (5.56%) CSS3
3 3 (5.56%) AngularJS
3 3 (5.56%) HTML
4 1 (1.85%) Java EE
4 1 (1.85%) Spring MVC
4 1 (1.85%) jQuery
4 1 (1.85%) JSP
4 1 (1.85%) SOAP
4 1 (1.85%) ASP.NET
4 1 (1.85%) Hibernate
4 1 (1.85%) Spring
4 1 (1.85%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 4 (7.41%) Data Centre
2 3 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (3.70%) DTV
3 2 (3.70%) GIS
4 1 (1.85%) SCADA
4 1 (1.85%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 6 (11.11%) UNIX
2 4 (7.41%) Windows
3 3 (5.56%) AIX
4 2 (3.70%) Solaris
4 2 (3.70%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (38.89%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (25.93%) User Acceptance Testing
3 12 (22.22%) Test Management
4 11 (20.37%) Waterfall
4 11 (20.37%) SDLC
5 10 (18.52%) V-Model
6 9 (16.67%) Test Scripting
6 9 (16.67%) Software Testing
7 8 (14.81%) Programme Management
8 7 (12.96%) Validation
8 7 (12.96%) Project Management
8 7 (12.96%) BDD
9 6 (11.11%) Migration
9 6 (11.11%) Stakeholder Management
10 4 (7.41%) TDD
10 4 (7.41%) Business Intelligence
11 3 (5.56%) Change Management
11 3 (5.56%) Integration Testing
11 3 (5.56%) Test Strategy
12 2 (3.70%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (22.22%) SQL
2 5 (9.26%) C#
3 3 (5.56%) Ruby
4 2 (3.70%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.85%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.85%) Java
Qualifications
1 11 (20.37%) ISEB
2 1 (1.85%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.70%) Sarbanes-Oxley
Systems Management
1 13 (24.07%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 13 (24.07%) Microsoft
2 12 (22.22%) SAP
3 5 (9.26%) Oracle
3 5 (9.26%) HP
4 3 (5.56%) IBM
5 2 (3.70%) EMC
5 2 (3.70%) NetApp
5 2 (3.70%) ESRI
5 2 (3.70%) Brocade
5 2 (3.70%) 3PAR
6 1 (1.85%) Citrix
6 1 (1.85%) PeopleSoft