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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 4 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
4 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 71 32 49
Rank change year-on-year
-39 +17
Contract jobs citing QA 26 33 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 2.26% 4.29% 1.81%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 16.99% 47.14% 35.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 24 8
Median daily rate £308 £363 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.17% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £292 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £385 £418 £398
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £360 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.30 £37.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-47.85% +15.62%
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
153 70 34
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 13.28% 9.09% 5.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 104 52 22
Median daily rate £287 £350 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-18.14% +4.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £223 £281 £228
10% offered a daily rate of more than £504 £534 £429
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £387 £368
% change year-on-year
+3.35% +5.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 3 0
Median hourly rate £26.50 £40.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-33.75% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.50 £29.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
-12.06% +38.09%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in the North East

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North East region citing QA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 4 May 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the North East region over the 3 months to 4 May 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Tyne and Wear -40 25 £308 -12.14% 7
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 4 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North East region with a requirement for QA.

1 15 (28.30%) Java
2 14 (26.42%) Windows
2 14 (26.42%) LoadRunner
2 14 (26.42%) Automated Testing
3 13 (24.53%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (24.53%) HP UFT
3 13 (24.53%) Linux
4 12 (22.64%) Test Scripting
4 12 (22.64%) Functional Testing
5 11 (20.75%) Unix
6 10 (18.87%) Visual Studio
6 10 (18.87%) Software Testing
6 10 (18.87%) Facilita Forecast
6 10 (18.87%) Performance Monitoring
6 10 (18.87%) Test Automation
6 10 (18.87%) Performance Metrics
7 9 (16.98%) Defect Tracking
7 9 (16.98%) Performance Testing
7 9 (16.98%) HP SiteScope
7 9 (16.98%) Cucumber
7 9 (16.98%) Selenium
7 9 (16.98%) SQL
8 8 (15.09%) Oracle
9 7 (13.21%) Configuration Management
9 7 (13.21%) ISTQB
9 7 (13.21%) Penetration Testing
9 7 (13.21%) Integration Testing
9 7 (13.21%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 7 (13.21%) Continuous Delivery
10 6 (11.32%) Operational Acceptance Testing

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North East by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 6 (11.32%) WebLogic
2 3 (5.66%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.77%) IaaS
1 2 (3.77%) PaaS
2 1 (1.89%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.77%) HTTPS
1 2 (3.77%) SNMP
1 2 (3.77%) TCP/IP
2 1 (1.89%) Ethernet
2 1 (1.89%) Fibre Channel
2 1 (1.89%) Firewall
2 1 (1.89%) LAN
2 1 (1.89%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (7.55%) Relational Database
2 2 (3.77%) MongoDB
3 1 (1.89%) Big Data
3 1 (1.89%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.89%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (1.89%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 14 (26.42%) LoadRunner
2 13 (24.53%) HP UFT
3 10 (18.87%) Facilita Forecast
3 10 (18.87%) Visual Studio
4 9 (16.98%) Cucumber
4 9 (16.98%) Selenium
5 6 (11.32%) Jenkins
6 3 (5.66%) Git (software)
6 3 (5.66%) JIRA
6 3 (5.66%) JMeter
6 3 (5.66%) WebDriver
7 1 (1.89%) Bugzilla
7 1 (1.89%) Burp Suite
7 1 (1.89%) eggPlant
7 1 (1.89%) MSI
7 1 (1.89%) Subversion
7 1 (1.89%) Testopia
General
1 2 (3.77%) Finance
2 1 (1.89%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 14 (26.42%) Tester
2 12 (22.64%) Analyst
3 10 (18.87%) Test Analyst
4 9 (16.98%) Test Engineer
5 7 (13.21%) QA Analyst
6 6 (11.32%) QA Tester
7 5 (9.43%) Performance Engineer
7 5 (9.43%) Performance Test Engineer
7 5 (9.43%) QA Test Analyst
8 4 (7.55%) Coordinator
8 4 (7.55%) Functional Tester
8 4 (7.55%) Performance Tester
9 3 (5.66%) Project Coordinator
9 3 (5.66%) Test Manager
10 2 (3.77%) Architect
10 2 (3.77%) Functional Analyst
10 2 (3.77%) Functional Test Analyst
10 2 (3.77%) Performance Manager
10 2 (3.77%) Performance Test Manager
10 2 (3.77%) Quality Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (9.43%) HTML
2 3 (5.66%) .NET
2 3 (5.66%) Spring
2 3 (5.66%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 10 (18.87%) Performance Metrics
2 6 (11.32%) CESG
3 5 (9.43%) Data Structures
4 4 (7.55%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (7.55%) Client/Server
5 2 (3.77%) Management Information System
5 2 (3.77%) NHS
5 2 (3.77%) PKI
6 1 (1.89%) Clustering
6 1 (1.89%) Computer Science
6 1 (1.89%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 14 (26.42%) Windows
2 13 (24.53%) Linux
3 11 (20.75%) Unix
4 2 (3.77%) Mac OS X
4 2 (3.77%) Windows Server
5 1 (1.89%) Debian
5 1 (1.89%) SUSE
5 1 (1.89%) Windows 7
5 1 (1.89%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (1.89%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (1.89%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (26.42%) Automated Testing
2 13 (24.53%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (22.64%) Functional Testing
3 12 (22.64%) Test Scripting
4 10 (18.87%) Performance Monitoring
4 10 (18.87%) Software Testing
4 10 (18.87%) Test Automation
5 9 (16.98%) Defect Tracking
5 9 (16.98%) Performance Testing
6 7 (13.21%) Configuration Management
6 7 (13.21%) Continuous Delivery
6 7 (13.21%) Integration Testing
6 7 (13.21%) Penetration Testing
7 6 (11.32%) Operational Acceptance Testing
7 6 (11.32%) OWASP
7 6 (11.32%) Problem Management
7 6 (11.32%) Regression Testing
7 6 (11.32%) Test Strategy
8 5 (9.43%) Continuous Integration
8 5 (9.43%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 15 (28.30%) Java
2 9 (16.98%) SQL
3 6 (11.32%) VB
4 5 (9.43%) C
4 5 (9.43%) Ruby
5 4 (7.55%) Perl
5 4 (7.55%) Python
6 3 (5.66%) C#
6 3 (5.66%) JavaScript
6 3 (5.66%) Shell Script
7 2 (3.77%) PL/SQL
8 1 (1.89%) Bash Shell
8 1 (1.89%) PowerShell
8 1 (1.89%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 7 (13.21%) ISTQB
1 7 (13.21%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 6 (11.32%) Security Cleared
3 5 (9.43%) BPSS Clearance
3 5 (9.43%) SC Cleared
4 3 (5.66%) ISEB
5 2 (3.77%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (1.89%) BC Cleared
6 1 (1.89%) CCNA
6 1 (1.89%) CCNP
6 1 (1.89%) MCSE
6 1 (1.89%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (1.89%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (11.32%) WAI
1 6 (11.32%) WCAG
2 5 (9.43%) GPG13
3 2 (3.77%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (1.89%) GxP
System Software
1 1 (1.89%) Oracle RAC
1 1 (1.89%) Terminal Server
1 1 (1.89%) VMware ESX
1 1 (1.89%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (1.89%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 9 (16.98%) HP SiteScope
2 5 (9.43%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.89%) SCCM
Vendors
1 8 (15.09%) Oracle
2 5 (9.43%) HP
3 2 (3.77%) IBM
3 2 (3.77%) Microsoft
4 1 (1.89%) Cisco
4 1 (1.89%) Citrix
4 1 (1.89%) Informatica
4 1 (1.89%) Rally
4 1 (1.89%) Red Hat
4 1 (1.89%) VMware