The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Northamptonshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 9 February 2016 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
9 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 32 40 30
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -10
Contract jobs citing QA 5 5 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Northamptonshire 1.69% 1.17% 2.18%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 17.86% 17.24% 28.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 6
Average daily rate £513 £385 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.11% +23.20%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £423 £317 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £603 £385 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £32.22 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+21.04% +74.16%
QA
East Midlands

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 Northamptonshire region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Northamptonshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
28 29 25
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Northamptonshire 9.49% 6.81% 7.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 17 19
Average daily rate £450 £353 £423
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+27.65% -16.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £368 £230 £274
10% offered a daily rate of more than £554 £605 £505
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 2
Average hourly rate £9.75 £10.50 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% -34.37%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.25 £23.25 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+81.72% +36.76%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Northamptonshire

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

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Northamptonshire

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Northamptonshire

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in Northamptonshire

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in Northamptonshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Northamptonshire region over the 3 months to 9 February 2016.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in Northamptonshire

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in Northamptonshire

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Northamptonshire

QA
Contract Job Locations in Northamptonshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Northamptonshire region over the 3 months to 9 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Northampton +12 3 £513 +33.11% 1
QA
East Midlands

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Northamptonshire

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Northamptonshire 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 6 (31.58%) CRM
1 6 (31.58%) Finance
1 6 (31.58%) Scrum
1 6 (31.58%) Agile Software Development
1 6 (31.58%) Banking
1 6 (31.58%) User Acceptance Testing
1 6 (31.58%) Test Scripting
1 6 (31.58%) Issue Tracking
2 5 (26.32%) SDLC
2 5 (26.32%) Software Testing
3 4 (21.05%) WSDL
3 4 (21.05%) SSL
3 4 (21.05%) XML
3 4 (21.05%) .NET
3 4 (21.05%) SQL Server
3 4 (21.05%) Visual Studio
3 4 (21.05%) ASP.NET
3 4 (21.05%) SOAP
3 4 (21.05%) .NET Framework
3 4 (21.05%) MVC
3 4 (21.05%) Change Management
3 4 (21.05%) Continuous Integration
3 4 (21.05%) jQuery
3 4 (21.05%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (21.05%) RESTful
3 4 (21.05%) Open Source
3 4 (21.05%) ASP.NET MVC
3 4 (21.05%) Test Strategy
3 4 (21.05%) SQL Server 2012
3 4 (21.05%) ASP.NET MVC 4

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Northamptonshire by Category

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Northamptonshire 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 2 (10.53%) Confluence
1 2 (10.53%) OpenStack
Applications
1 1 (5.26%) MS Excel
1 1 (5.26%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 4 (21.05%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (21.05%) SQL Server
1 4 (21.05%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (5.26%) Big Data
2 1 (5.26%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 4 (21.05%) Team Foundation Server
1 4 (21.05%) Visual Studio
2 3 (15.79%) Jenkins
3 2 (10.53%) Git (software)
3 2 (10.53%) JIRA
3 2 (10.53%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (5.26%) Selenium
General
1 6 (31.58%) Banking
1 6 (31.58%) Finance
Job Titles
1 6 (31.58%) Project Manager
2 5 (26.32%) Analyst
3 4 (21.05%) Test Analyst
4 3 (15.79%) DevOps Engineer
5 2 (10.53%) Linux DevOps Engineer
5 2 (10.53%) Linux Engineer
5 2 (10.53%) Linux/Unix DevOps
5 2 (10.53%) Ruby Engineer
5 2 (10.53%) Software Analyst
5 2 (10.53%) Software Test Analyst
5 2 (10.53%) Technical Manager
5 2 (10.53%) Technical Project Manager
5 2 (10.53%) Test Manager
6 1 (5.26%) Business Manager
6 1 (5.26%) Business Systems Manager
6 1 (5.26%) QA Analyst
6 1 (5.26%) QA Manager
6 1 (5.26%) QA Test Analyst
6 1 (5.26%) Quality Manager
6 1 (5.26%) Systems Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (21.05%) .NET
1 4 (21.05%) .NET Framework
1 4 (21.05%) ASP.NET
1 4 (21.05%) ASP.NET MVC
1 4 (21.05%) ASP.NET MVC 4
1 4 (21.05%) jQuery
1 4 (21.05%) RESTful
1 4 (21.05%) SOAP
1 4 (21.05%) WSDL
1 4 (21.05%) XML
2 1 (5.26%) Gherkin
2 1 (5.26%) Web Services
2 1 (5.26%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 2 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (5.26%) Data Structures
2 1 (5.26%) Management Information System
2 1 (5.26%) Reference Data
2 1 (5.26%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 2 (10.53%) Linux
2 1 (5.26%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (31.58%) Agile Software Development
1 6 (31.58%) CRM
1 6 (31.58%) Issue Tracking
1 6 (31.58%) Scrum
1 6 (31.58%) Test Scripting
1 6 (31.58%) User Acceptance Testing
2 5 (26.32%) SDLC
2 5 (26.32%) Software Testing
3 4 (21.05%) Change Management
3 4 (21.05%) Continuous Integration
3 4 (21.05%) DevOps
3 4 (21.05%) MVC
3 4 (21.05%) Open Source
3 4 (21.05%) Test Strategy
4 3 (15.79%) Continuous Delivery
5 2 (10.53%) Automated Testing
5 2 (10.53%) BDD
5 2 (10.53%) Workflow
6 1 (5.26%) Business Analysis
6 1 (5.26%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (15.79%) Ruby
2 1 (5.26%) Clojure
2 1 (5.26%) Haskell
2 1 (5.26%) Java
2 1 (5.26%) Perl
2 1 (5.26%) Python
2 1 (5.26%) Scala
Qualifications
1 2 (10.53%) Degree
1 2 (10.53%) ISEB
2 1 (5.26%) ISTQB
2 1 (5.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
System Software
1 2 (10.53%) Docker
2 1 (5.26%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (15.79%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (5.26%) Puppet
Vendors
1 2 (10.53%) Atlassian
1 2 (10.53%) Rackspace
2 1 (5.26%) JDA
2 1 (5.26%) Kronos
2 1 (5.26%) Microsoft
2 1 (5.26%) RedPrairie