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 1 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
1 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 39 24 36
Rank change year-on-year
-15 +12
Contract jobs citing QA 30 25 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 3.46% 4.76% 0.60%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 44.78% 75.76% 8.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 18 1
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£361 £358 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.04% +30.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £373 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+6.42% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Average hourly rate - £15.93 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.25 £19.50 £16.75
% change year-on-year
+91.02% +16.40%
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
67 33 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 7.73% 6.29% 6.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 24 11
Average daily rate £325 £358 £500
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% -28.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £244 £235 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £405 £461 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 2 0
Average hourly rate £16.50 £13.11 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.85% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.07 £20.21 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+4.29% +6.34%

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 1 July 2015.

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 1 July 2015. 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 -12 29 £350 -2.09% 7
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 1 July 2015, 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 22 (42.31%) Java
2 21 (40.38%) TDD
2 21 (40.38%) Test Automation
3 20 (38.46%) SQL
4 19 (36.54%) XML
4 19 (36.54%) Agile Software Development
4 19 (36.54%) Continuous Integration
4 19 (36.54%) BDD
5 18 (34.62%) Open Source
5 18 (34.62%) Web Services
6 17 (32.69%) Automated Testing
6 17 (32.69%) RESTful
7 16 (30.77%) NoSQL
8 15 (28.85%) MongoDB
9 14 (26.92%) Configuration Management
9 14 (26.92%) Project Management
10 11 (21.15%) Agile Project Management
11 10 (19.23%) Selenium
12 9 (17.31%) HP UFT
12 9 (17.31%) Security Cleared
13 8 (15.38%) Risk Management
14 7 (13.46%) Finance
14 7 (13.46%) Ruby
14 7 (13.46%) Problem Management
14 7 (13.46%) Change Control
14 7 (13.46%) Cucumber
15 6 (11.54%) Test Scripting
15 6 (11.54%) SC Cleared
15 6 (11.54%) Automation Testing
15 6 (11.54%) Regression Testing

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Top Related IT Skills in the North East by Category

For the 6 months to 1 July 2015, 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 3 (5.77%) Oracle Workflow
2 2 (3.85%) Node.js
3 1 (1.92%) Apache
3 1 (1.92%) Oracle 10gAS
Applications
1 2 (3.85%) MS Office
1 2 (3.85%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (7.69%) Oracle EBS
1 4 (7.69%) Oracle Applications
2 3 (5.77%) Oracle General Ledger
2 3 (5.77%) Oracle EBS R12
2 3 (5.77%) Oracle Payables
2 3 (5.77%) Oracle Receivables
3 1 (1.92%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.85%) LAN
1 2 (3.85%) WAN
1 2 (3.85%) SAN
1 2 (3.85%) Firewall
1 2 (3.85%) Cisco IOS
1 2 (3.85%) Network Security
1 2 (3.85%) Junos
2 1 (1.92%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
2 1 (1.92%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
2 1 (1.92%) Cisco ASA
2 1 (1.92%) DNS
2 1 (1.92%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (30.77%) NoSQL
2 15 (28.85%) MongoDB
3 3 (5.77%) Oracle BI Publisher
3 3 (5.77%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (1.92%) Oracle Database 10g
4 1 (1.92%) Redis
4 1 (1.92%) Big Data
4 1 (1.92%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 10 (19.23%) Selenium
2 9 (17.31%) HP UFT
3 7 (13.46%) Cucumber
4 5 (9.62%) Sahi
4 5 (9.62%) WATIR
5 4 (7.69%) LoadRunner
5 4 (7.69%) WebDriver
6 3 (5.77%) Jenkins
6 3 (5.77%) Oracle Forms
7 2 (3.85%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (3.85%) JUnit
7 2 (3.85%) Visual Studio
7 2 (3.85%) RSpec
8 1 (1.92%) JBehave
8 1 (1.92%) Facilita Forecast
8 1 (1.92%) JIRA
General
1 7 (13.46%) Finance
2 3 (5.77%) General Ledger
3 2 (3.85%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.92%) Games
4 1 (1.92%) Retail
4 1 (1.92%) Local Government
4 1 (1.92%) Marketing
4 1 (1.92%) Back Office
4 1 (1.92%) Electronics
4 1 (1.92%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 17 (32.69%) Analyst
2 10 (19.23%) Test Analyst
3 9 (17.31%) QA Analyst
4 7 (13.46%) QA Test Analyst
4 7 (13.46%) Developer
5 5 (9.62%) Test Engineer
5 5 (9.62%) Quality Analyst
6 4 (7.69%) Programme Office Support
6 4 (7.69%) Tester
7 3 (5.77%) QA Engineer
7 3 (5.77%) Automation Engineer
7 3 (5.77%) Test Automation Engineer
8 2 (3.85%) PMO Analyst
8 2 (3.85%) Functional Test Analyst
8 2 (3.85%) Oracle Developer
8 2 (3.85%) Functional Analyst
8 2 (3.85%) Network Engineer
8 2 (3.85%) Oracle Applications Developer
8 2 (3.85%) QA Tester
8 2 (3.85%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (36.54%) XML
2 18 (34.62%) Web Services
3 17 (32.69%) RESTful
4 6 (11.54%) .NET
5 4 (7.69%) .NET Framework
6 2 (3.85%) ASP.NET
6 2 (3.85%) SOAP
6 2 (3.85%) WCF
7 1 (1.92%) Application Packaging
7 1 (1.92%) Mustache
7 1 (1.92%) Sass
7 1 (1.92%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 2 (3.85%) Cryptography
2 1 (1.92%) Informatics
2 1 (1.92%) Health Informatics
2 1 (1.92%) User Experience
2 1 (1.92%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (1.92%) Data Structures
2 1 (1.92%) Performance Metrics
2 1 (1.92%) Data Centre
2 1 (1.92%) DTV
2 1 (1.92%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 5 (9.62%) UNIX
1 5 (9.62%) Windows
2 2 (3.85%) Windows Server 2003
2 2 (3.85%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (1.92%) Windows 7
3 1 (1.92%) Windows 8
3 1 (1.92%) Windows Phone
3 1 (1.92%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (40.38%) TDD
1 21 (40.38%) Test Automation
2 19 (36.54%) Continuous Integration
2 19 (36.54%) BDD
2 19 (36.54%) Agile Software Development
3 18 (34.62%) Open Source
4 17 (32.69%) Automated Testing
5 14 (26.92%) Configuration Management
5 14 (26.92%) Project Management
6 11 (21.15%) Agile Project Management
7 8 (15.38%) Risk Management
8 7 (13.46%) Change Control
8 7 (13.46%) Problem Management
9 6 (11.54%) Test Scripting
9 6 (11.54%) Automation Testing
9 6 (11.54%) Regression Testing
10 5 (9.62%) ITIL
10 5 (9.62%) Software Testing
10 5 (9.62%) Mentoring
11 4 (7.69%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 22 (42.31%) Java
2 20 (38.46%) SQL
3 7 (13.46%) Ruby
4 4 (7.69%) C#
5 3 (5.77%) Scala
5 3 (5.77%) VB
5 3 (5.77%) PL/SQL
6 2 (3.85%) Python
7 1 (1.92%) Clojure
7 1 (1.92%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 9 (17.31%) Security Cleared
2 6 (11.54%) SC Cleared
3 3 (5.77%) ITIL Certification
4 2 (3.85%) ISTQB
4 2 (3.85%) Degree
4 2 (3.85%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 2 (3.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.77%) SLA
2 2 (3.85%) JSP 440
System Software
1 2 (3.85%) Hyper-V
1 2 (3.85%) vSphere
1 2 (3.85%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (1.92%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (5.77%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (3.85%) WhatsUp Gold
3 1 (1.92%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 1 (1.92%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 1 (1.92%) Puppet
3 1 (1.92%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.92%) Salt
Vendors
1 5 (9.62%) Oracle
2 2 (3.85%) CheckPoint
2 2 (3.85%) McAfee
2 2 (3.85%) Cisco
2 2 (3.85%) HP
2 2 (3.85%) EMC
2 2 (3.85%) Juniper
2 2 (3.85%) TippingPoint
2 2 (3.85%) 3PAR
2 2 (3.85%) F5
3 1 (1.92%) SaltStack
3 1 (1.92%) Riverbed
3 1 (1.92%) Informatica
3 1 (1.92%) Crossbeam
3 1 (1.92%) SAP
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