The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the North East 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 49 38 43
Rank change year-on-year
-11 +5
Contract jobs citing QA 21 6 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 2.63% 1.61% 1.30%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 51.22% 46.15% 25.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 2 3
Average daily rate
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£325 £433 £270
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-24.85% +60.18%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £273 £379 £254
10% offered a daily rate of more than £494 £487 £334
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%
QA
England

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 North East region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
North East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
41 13 24
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 5.14% 3.49% 5.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 4 11
Average daily rate £354 £365 £270
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.13% +35.18%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £280 £100
10% offered a daily rate of more than £496 £500 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 2
Average hourly rate £11.00 £25.50 £12.46
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-56.86% +104.65%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.75 £18.55 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+1.07% -7.25%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in the North East

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

QA Jobs Demand Trend in the North East

QA
Daily Rate Trend in the North East

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in the North East

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the North East region over the 3 months to 19 December 2014.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

QA
Contract Job Locations in the North East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the North East region over the 3 months to 19 December 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Tyne and Wear -14 16 £353 - 3
Durham -12 4 £325 -10.95%
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North East 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 (33.33%) Security Cleared
2 24 (32.00%) HP
3 23 (30.67%) SQL
4 22 (29.33%) Automated Testing
4 22 (29.33%) Test Scripting
5 18 (24.00%) Problem Management
5 18 (24.00%) SC Cleared
5 18 (24.00%) Configuration Management
6 17 (22.67%) SharePoint
7 16 (21.33%) Regression Testing
8 15 (20.00%) HP Quality Center
9 14 (18.67%) Software Testing
10 13 (17.33%) Incident Management
10 13 (17.33%) Service Delivery
10 13 (17.33%) Service Management
10 13 (17.33%) Firewall
10 13 (17.33%) LAN
10 13 (17.33%) WAN
10 13 (17.33%) CheckPoint
10 13 (17.33%) Juniper
10 13 (17.33%) Cisco
10 13 (17.33%) WhatsUp Gold
10 13 (17.33%) Network Management
10 13 (17.33%) Network Monitoring
11 12 (16.00%) Cisco IOS
11 12 (16.00%) MS Excel
11 12 (16.00%) McAfee
11 12 (16.00%) MS Office
12 11 (14.67%) Network Design
12 11 (14.67%) ITIL

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North East by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North East 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 17 (22.67%) SharePoint
2 6 (8.00%) Apache
3 5 (6.67%) Oracle Workflow
4 4 (5.33%) JBoss
4 4 (5.33%) WebSphere Application Server
4 4 (5.33%) WebSphere
5 2 (2.67%) Oracle 10gAS
Applications
1 12 (16.00%) MS Excel
1 12 (16.00%) MS Office
2 9 (12.00%) MS Visio
3 1 (1.33%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (1.33%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 8 (10.67%) Oracle EBS
1 8 (10.67%) Oracle Applications
2 6 (8.00%) Oracle General Ledger
2 6 (8.00%) Oracle Payables
2 6 (8.00%) Oracle Receivables
3 5 (6.67%) Oracle EBS R12
Communications & Networking
1 13 (17.33%) Firewall
1 13 (17.33%) LAN
1 13 (17.33%) WAN
2 12 (16.00%) Cisco IOS
3 11 (14.67%) DNS
3 11 (14.67%) SSL
3 11 (14.67%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 11 (14.67%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
4 9 (12.00%) Network Security
5 8 (10.67%) SAN
6 7 (9.33%) Junos
6 7 (9.33%) Cisco ASA
7 4 (5.33%) LDAP
8 1 (1.33%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.33%) Oracle BI Publisher
1 4 (5.33%) Oracle Reports
2 2 (2.67%) Oracle Database
2 2 (2.67%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (1.33%) Adabas
Development Applications
1 9 (12.00%) QuickTest Pro
1 9 (12.00%) LoadRunner
2 8 (10.67%) Facilita Forecast
3 5 (6.67%) Oracle Forms
4 4 (5.33%) RSpec
4 4 (5.33%) WebDriver
4 4 (5.33%) Selenium
4 4 (5.33%) Jenkins
4 4 (5.33%) Cucumber
4 4 (5.33%) JUnit
5 1 (1.33%) Visual Studio
5 1 (1.33%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 9 (12.00%) Finance
2 6 (8.00%) General Ledger
3 5 (6.67%) Publishing
4 1 (1.33%) Local Government
4 1 (1.33%) Games
Job Titles
1 12 (16.00%) Network Engineer
2 11 (14.67%) Technical Writer
3 10 (13.33%) Author
3 10 (13.33%) Technical Author
4 8 (10.67%) Analyst
5 7 (9.33%) Test Engineer
6 6 (8.00%) Tester
6 6 (8.00%) Test Analyst
6 6 (8.00%) Consultant
7 5 (6.67%) Performance Engineer
7 5 (6.67%) Performance Test Engineer
8 4 (5.33%) Performance Tester
9 3 (4.00%) Head of Testing
10 2 (2.67%) Automation Tester
10 2 (2.67%) Coordinator
10 2 (2.67%) Project Manager
10 2 (2.67%) Developer
10 2 (2.67%) Applications Support
10 2 (2.67%) DBA
10 2 (2.67%) Test Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.33%) XML
2 1 (1.33%) .NET Framework
2 1 (1.33%) .NET
2 1 (1.33%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 9 (12.00%) Cryptography
2 8 (10.67%) Data Structures
3 4 (5.33%) Open Source
4 3 (4.00%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.33%) Graphic Design
5 1 (1.33%) NHS
5 1 (1.33%) Data Conversion
5 1 (1.33%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 8 (10.67%) Windows Server 2008
1 8 (10.67%) Windows
1 8 (10.67%) Windows Server 2003
2 6 (8.00%) UNIX
3 4 (5.33%) AIX
3 4 (5.33%) Linux
4 1 (1.33%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (29.33%) Automated Testing
1 22 (29.33%) Test Scripting
2 18 (24.00%) Problem Management
2 18 (24.00%) Configuration Management
3 16 (21.33%) Regression Testing
4 14 (18.67%) Software Testing
5 13 (17.33%) Incident Management
5 13 (17.33%) Service Delivery
5 13 (17.33%) Service Management
5 13 (17.33%) Network Management
5 13 (17.33%) Network Monitoring
6 11 (14.67%) Network Design
6 11 (14.67%) ITIL
7 10 (13.33%) Load Balancing
8 9 (12.00%) Disaster Recovery
9 8 (10.67%) Continuous Improvement
9 8 (10.67%) Migration
10 7 (9.33%) Agile Software Development
10 7 (9.33%) Knowledge Management
10 7 (9.33%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 23 (30.67%) SQL
2 6 (8.00%) Java
3 4 (5.33%) PL/SQL
3 4 (5.33%) Ruby
4 2 (2.67%) VB
5 1 (1.33%) C#
5 1 (1.33%) COBOL
5 1 (1.33%) Python
5 1 (1.33%) NATURAL
5 1 (1.33%) Scala
Qualifications
1 25 (33.33%) Security Cleared
2 18 (24.00%) SC Cleared
3 10 (13.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 10 (13.33%) ISTQB
4 7 (9.33%) ISEB
5 3 (4.00%) ITIL Certification
6 2 (2.67%) BC Cleared
6 2 (2.67%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (10.67%) JSP 440
2 7 (9.33%) SLA
3 2 (2.67%) ISO 14001
4 1 (1.33%) ISO 9000
4 1 (1.33%) ISO 9001
4 1 (1.33%) P3O
System Software
1 8 (10.67%) Hyper-V
1 8 (10.67%) VMware ESXi
1 8 (10.67%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 15 (20.00%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (17.33%) WhatsUp Gold
3 6 (8.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 4 (5.33%) Tivoli
5 2 (2.67%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 24 (32.00%) HP
2 13 (17.33%) CheckPoint
2 13 (17.33%) Juniper
2 13 (17.33%) Cisco
3 12 (16.00%) McAfee
4 11 (14.67%) F5
5 8 (10.67%) TippingPoint
5 8 (10.67%) 3PAR
5 8 (10.67%) Oracle
5 8 (10.67%) EMC
6 4 (5.33%) IBM
7 2 (2.67%) Riverbed
7 2 (2.67%) Crossbeam
7 2 (2.67%) Microsoft
8 1 (1.33%) Micro Focus