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 August 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 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 17 39 25
Rank change year-on-year
+22 -14
Contract jobs citing QA 51 4 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 8.46% 1.04% 4.17%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 78.46% 15.38% 52.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 1 15
Average daily rate
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£363 £275 £259
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+31.81% +6.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £275 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £469 £275 £388
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Average hourly rate £18.75 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.71 £13.50 £28.25
% change year-on-year
+1.55% -52.21%
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
65 26 40
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 10.78% 6.75% 7.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 11 19
Average daily rate £400 £490 £243
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-18.36% +102.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £300 £95
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £525 £410
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £360
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 2
Average hourly rate £17.68 - £22.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+11.42% -20.45%

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 August 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 August 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 +8 37 £379 - 14
Durham +11 13 £325 +18.18% 2
Northumberland - - - -
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 19 August 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 29 (46.03%) Security Cleared
2 26 (41.27%) HP
3 22 (34.92%) Automated Testing
4 21 (33.33%) Test Scripting
5 20 (31.75%) Problem Management
6 19 (30.16%) SC Cleared
6 19 (30.16%) SQL
7 17 (26.98%) Configuration Management
7 17 (26.98%) Regression Testing
8 15 (23.81%) Software Testing
9 13 (20.63%) Disaster Recovery
9 13 (20.63%) HP Quality Center
10 12 (19.05%) Continuous Improvement
10 12 (19.05%) Oracle EBS
10 12 (19.05%) Finance
10 12 (19.05%) Oracle Applications
10 12 (19.05%) Oracle
11 11 (17.46%) Migration
12 10 (15.87%) Java
12 10 (15.87%) ITIL
12 10 (15.87%) SharePoint
12 10 (15.87%) SLA
13 9 (14.29%) UNIX
13 9 (14.29%) Oracle Workflow
13 9 (14.29%) Workflow
13 9 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
13 9 (14.29%) Data Management
13 9 (14.29%) Automation Testing
13 9 (14.29%) Oracle EBS R12
13 9 (14.29%) Oracle Payables

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Top Related IT Skills in the North East by Category

For the 6 months to 19 August 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 10 (15.87%) SharePoint
2 9 (14.29%) Oracle Workflow
3 2 (3.17%) Oracle 10gAS
3 2 (3.17%) Apache
4 1 (1.59%) Oracle UPK
Applications
1 8 (12.70%) MS Office
2 7 (11.11%) MS Excel
2 7 (11.11%) MS Visio
3 1 (1.59%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (1.59%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 12 (19.05%) Oracle EBS
1 12 (19.05%) Oracle Applications
2 9 (14.29%) Oracle EBS R12
2 9 (14.29%) Oracle Payables
3 8 (12.70%) Oracle Receivables
3 8 (12.70%) Oracle General Ledger
4 2 (3.17%) Oracle CRM
5 1 (1.59%) Oracle Payroll
5 1 (1.59%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 1 (1.59%) Oracle iProcurement
5 1 (1.59%) Oracle Cash Management
5 1 (1.59%) Oracle Internet Expenses
Communications & Networking
1 7 (11.11%) WAN
1 7 (11.11%) LAN
1 7 (11.11%) Firewall
2 6 (9.52%) Cisco IOS
3 5 (7.94%) Network Security
3 5 (7.94%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 5 (7.94%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
3 5 (7.94%) DNS
3 5 (7.94%) SSL
4 4 (6.35%) SAN
4 4 (6.35%) Junos
5 2 (3.17%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (1.59%) RTSP
6 1 (1.59%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (11.11%) Oracle Reports
2 4 (6.35%) Oracle Database
2 4 (6.35%) Oracle BI Publisher
3 3 (4.76%) Oracle Discoverer
3 3 (4.76%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 8 (12.70%) JUnit
1 8 (12.70%) Oracle Forms
1 8 (12.70%) LoadRunner
1 8 (12.70%) Selenium
1 8 (12.70%) WebDriver
1 8 (12.70%) Jenkins
2 7 (11.11%) Cucumber
2 7 (11.11%) RSpec
2 7 (11.11%) QuickTest Pro
3 6 (9.52%) Facilita Forecast
4 1 (1.59%) Visual Studio
4 1 (1.59%) CaliberRM
4 1 (1.59%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 12 (19.05%) Finance
2 8 (12.70%) General Ledger
3 5 (7.94%) Games
4 2 (3.17%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 11 (17.46%) Test Engineer
2 8 (12.70%) Technical Writer
2 8 (12.70%) Analyst
3 6 (9.52%) Network Engineer
4 5 (7.94%) Performance Engineer
4 5 (7.94%) Performance Test Engineer
5 4 (6.35%) Automation Engineer
5 4 (6.35%) Applications Support
5 4 (6.35%) Test Analyst
5 4 (6.35%) Tester
5 4 (6.35%) Author
5 4 (6.35%) Technical Author
5 4 (6.35%) Developer
6 3 (4.76%) Project Manager
6 3 (4.76%) Support Analyst
6 3 (4.76%) DBA
6 3 (4.76%) Oracle DBA
6 3 (4.76%) Oracle Developer
6 3 (4.76%) Applications Support Analyst
6 3 (4.76%) Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (7.94%) XML
2 1 (1.59%) Flash
2 1 (1.59%) .NET Framework
2 1 (1.59%) JSON
2 1 (1.59%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
2 1 (1.59%) Android SDK
2 1 (1.59%) .NET
2 1 (1.59%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (7.94%) Cryptography
2 2 (3.17%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.59%) NHS
3 1 (1.59%) Graphic Design
3 1 (1.59%) Data Conversion
Operating Systems
1 9 (14.29%) UNIX
2 4 (6.35%) Windows
2 4 (6.35%) Windows Server 2003
2 4 (6.35%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (1.59%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (34.92%) Automated Testing
2 21 (33.33%) Test Scripting
3 20 (31.75%) Problem Management
4 17 (26.98%) Configuration Management
4 17 (26.98%) Regression Testing
5 15 (23.81%) Software Testing
6 13 (20.63%) Disaster Recovery
7 12 (19.05%) Continuous Improvement
8 11 (17.46%) Migration
9 10 (15.87%) ITIL
10 9 (14.29%) Workflow
10 9 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
10 9 (14.29%) Data Management
10 9 (14.29%) Automation Testing
11 8 (12.70%) Test Automation
12 7 (11.11%) Web Testing
12 7 (11.11%) Network Monitoring
12 7 (11.11%) Network Management
12 7 (11.11%) TDD
12 7 (11.11%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 19 (30.16%) SQL
2 10 (15.87%) Java
3 7 (11.11%) PL/SQL
3 7 (11.11%) Ruby
4 2 (3.17%) Scala
4 2 (3.17%) C#
4 2 (3.17%) VB
4 2 (3.17%) Python
Qualifications
1 29 (46.03%) Security Cleared
2 19 (30.16%) SC Cleared
3 8 (12.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 8 (12.70%) ISTQB
4 6 (9.52%) ISEB
4 6 (9.52%) ITIL Certification
5 4 (6.35%) BC Cleared
6 3 (4.76%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (15.87%) SLA
2 4 (6.35%) JSP 440
3 3 (4.76%) ISO 14001
4 2 (3.17%) ISO 9000
4 2 (3.17%) ISO 9001
5 1 (1.59%) P3O
System Software
1 4 (6.35%) Hyper-V
1 4 (6.35%) vSphere
1 4 (6.35%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 13 (20.63%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (11.11%) WhatsUp Gold
3 2 (3.17%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 1 (1.59%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 26 (41.27%) HP
2 12 (19.05%) Oracle
3 7 (11.11%) Cisco
3 7 (11.11%) Juniper
3 7 (11.11%) CheckPoint
3 7 (11.11%) F5
4 6 (9.52%) McAfee
5 4 (6.35%) EMC
5 4 (6.35%) TippingPoint
5 4 (6.35%) 3PAR
6 3 (4.76%) Crossbeam
6 3 (4.76%) Riverbed
7 2 (3.17%) Microsoft
8 1 (1.59%) Curam
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