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 15 September 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
15 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 23 28 25
Rank change year-on-year
+5 -3
Contract jobs citing QA 54 7 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 8.26% 1.99% 4.53%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 73.97% 28.00% 61.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 2 16
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£355 £350 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.42% +27.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £318 £290 £223
10% offered a daily rate of more than £464 £410 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £336
% change year-on-year
- +4.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Average hourly rate £18.75 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.71 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-31.45% -
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
73 25 36
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 11.16% 7.10% 7.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 11 23
Average daily rate £377 £475 £259
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-20.63% +83.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £528 £500 £393
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £363
% change year-on-year
+5.63% -2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 0 0
Average hourly rate £17.68 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+11.42% -16.66%

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 15 September 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 15 September 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 +2 37 £375 - 18
Durham +7 16 £325 -7.14% 2
Northumberland - - - -
Cleveland - - - -
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 15 September 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 30 (40.54%) Automated Testing
1 30 (40.54%) Security Cleared
2 29 (39.19%) Test Scripting
3 27 (36.49%) HP
4 25 (33.78%) Problem Management
5 23 (31.08%) Configuration Management
5 23 (31.08%) Regression Testing
6 22 (29.73%) Software Testing
6 22 (29.73%) SQL
7 19 (25.68%) SC Cleared
8 17 (22.97%) HP Quality Center
9 13 (17.57%) Disaster Recovery
9 13 (17.57%) SharePoint
10 12 (16.22%) Java
10 12 (16.22%) Oracle
10 12 (16.22%) QuickTest Pro
10 12 (16.22%) LoadRunner
10 12 (16.22%) Oracle EBS
10 12 (16.22%) Finance
10 12 (16.22%) Oracle Applications
10 12 (16.22%) Agile Software Development
10 12 (16.22%) Continuous Improvement
11 11 (14.86%) Automation Testing
11 11 (14.86%) Facilita Forecast
11 11 (14.86%) Migration
12 10 (13.51%) ISTQB
12 10 (13.51%) JUnit
12 10 (13.51%) ITIL
12 10 (13.51%) SLA
12 10 (13.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North East by Category

For the 6 months to 15 September 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 13 (17.57%) SharePoint
2 9 (12.16%) Oracle Workflow
3 2 (2.70%) Oracle 10gAS
3 2 (2.70%) Apache
4 1 (1.35%) Oracle UPK
Applications
1 9 (12.16%) MS Visio
2 8 (10.81%) MS Office
2 8 (10.81%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.35%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (1.35%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 12 (16.22%) Oracle EBS
1 12 (16.22%) Oracle Applications
2 9 (12.16%) Oracle EBS R12
2 9 (12.16%) Oracle Payables
3 8 (10.81%) Oracle Receivables
3 8 (10.81%) Oracle General Ledger
4 2 (2.70%) Oracle CRM
5 1 (1.35%) Oracle Payroll
5 1 (1.35%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 1 (1.35%) Oracle iProcurement
5 1 (1.35%) Oracle Cash Management
5 1 (1.35%) Oracle Internet Expenses
Communications & Networking
1 7 (9.46%) WAN
1 7 (9.46%) LAN
1 7 (9.46%) Firewall
2 6 (8.11%) Cisco IOS
3 5 (6.76%) Network Security
3 5 (6.76%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 5 (6.76%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
3 5 (6.76%) DNS
3 5 (6.76%) SSL
4 4 (5.41%) SAN
4 4 (5.41%) Junos
5 2 (2.70%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (1.35%) RTSP
6 1 (1.35%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (9.46%) Oracle Reports
2 4 (5.41%) Oracle Database
2 4 (5.41%) Oracle BI Publisher
3 3 (4.05%) Oracle Discoverer
3 3 (4.05%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 12 (16.22%) QuickTest Pro
1 12 (16.22%) LoadRunner
2 11 (14.86%) Facilita Forecast
3 10 (13.51%) Jenkins
3 10 (13.51%) WebDriver
3 10 (13.51%) Selenium
3 10 (13.51%) JUnit
4 9 (12.16%) RSpec
4 9 (12.16%) Cucumber
5 8 (10.81%) Oracle Forms
6 1 (1.35%) Visual Studio
6 1 (1.35%) CaliberRM
6 1 (1.35%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 12 (16.22%) Finance
2 8 (10.81%) General Ledger
3 5 (6.76%) Games
4 4 (5.41%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 14 (18.92%) Test Engineer
2 9 (12.16%) Technical Writer
3 8 (10.81%) Performance Engineer
3 8 (10.81%) Analyst
3 8 (10.81%) Performance Test Engineer
4 7 (9.46%) Tester
4 7 (9.46%) Author
4 7 (9.46%) Technical Author
5 6 (8.11%) Network Engineer
6 4 (5.41%) Test Analyst
6 4 (5.41%) Developer
6 4 (5.41%) Applications Support
6 4 (5.41%) Performance Tester
6 4 (5.41%) Automation Engineer
7 3 (4.05%) Automation Tester
7 3 (4.05%) Head of Testing
7 3 (4.05%) Oracle Analyst
7 3 (4.05%) Oracle Support Analyst
7 3 (4.05%) Oracle Applications Support Analyst
7 3 (4.05%) Oracle Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.76%) XML
2 1 (1.35%) Flash
2 1 (1.35%) .NET Framework
2 1 (1.35%) JSON
2 1 (1.35%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
2 1 (1.35%) Android SDK
2 1 (1.35%) .NET
2 1 (1.35%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.76%) Cryptography
2 4 (5.41%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.70%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.35%) NHS
4 1 (1.35%) Graphic Design
4 1 (1.35%) Data Conversion
4 1 (1.35%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 9 (12.16%) UNIX
2 4 (5.41%) Windows
2 4 (5.41%) Windows Server 2003
2 4 (5.41%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (1.35%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (40.54%) Automated Testing
2 29 (39.19%) Test Scripting
3 25 (33.78%) Problem Management
4 23 (31.08%) Configuration Management
4 23 (31.08%) Regression Testing
5 22 (29.73%) Software Testing
6 13 (17.57%) Disaster Recovery
7 12 (16.22%) Agile Software Development
7 12 (16.22%) Continuous Improvement
8 11 (14.86%) Automation Testing
8 11 (14.86%) Migration
9 10 (13.51%) ITIL
9 10 (13.51%) Test Automation
9 10 (13.51%) Performance Testing
10 9 (12.16%) Web Testing
10 9 (12.16%) Test Strategy
10 9 (12.16%) Workflow
10 9 (12.16%) TDD
10 9 (12.16%) Data Management
11 7 (9.46%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (29.73%) SQL
2 12 (16.22%) Java
3 9 (12.16%) Ruby
4 7 (9.46%) PL/SQL
5 3 (4.05%) Scala
5 3 (4.05%) C#
5 3 (4.05%) Python
6 2 (2.70%) VB
Qualifications
1 30 (40.54%) Security Cleared
2 19 (25.68%) SC Cleared
3 10 (13.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 10 (13.51%) ISTQB
4 6 (8.11%) ISEB
4 6 (8.11%) ITIL Certification
5 5 (6.76%) BC Cleared
6 3 (4.05%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (13.51%) SLA
2 4 (5.41%) JSP 440
3 3 (4.05%) ISO 14001
4 2 (2.70%) ISO 9000
4 2 (2.70%) ISO 9001
5 1 (1.35%) P3O
System Software
1 4 (5.41%) Hyper-V
1 4 (5.41%) vSphere
1 4 (5.41%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 17 (22.97%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (9.46%) WhatsUp Gold
3 2 (2.70%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 1 (1.35%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 27 (36.49%) HP
2 12 (16.22%) Oracle
3 7 (9.46%) Cisco
3 7 (9.46%) Juniper
3 7 (9.46%) CheckPoint
3 7 (9.46%) F5
4 6 (8.11%) McAfee
5 4 (5.41%) EMC
5 4 (5.41%) TippingPoint
5 4 (5.41%) 3PAR
6 3 (4.05%) Crossbeam
6 3 (4.05%) Riverbed
7 2 (2.70%) Microsoft
8 1 (1.35%) Curam
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