The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category for the Northamptonshire region.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 33 18 38
Rank change year-on-year
-15 +20
Contract jobs citing QA 7 11 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Northamptonshire 1.94% 4.76% 1.38%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 31.82% 50.00% 31.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 8 2
Average daily rate £400 £513 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-21.95% +41.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £468 £353
10% offered a daily rate of more than £460 £525 £373
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £26.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year
-30.76% +92.59%
Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Northamptonshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
22 22 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Northamptonshire 6.09% 9.52% 4.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 16 7
Average daily rate £425 £425 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £363 £350 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £525 £420
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £330 £350
% change year-on-year
+10.60% -5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Average hourly rate £16.00 - £18.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £15.25 £16.43
% change year-on-year
+18.03% -7.15%
QA
East Midlands

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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

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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

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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 18 April 2014.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in Northamptonshire

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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

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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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Northampton -9 5 £325 -35.00% 4
QA
East Midlands

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in Northamptonshire

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, 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 (50.00%) Test Automation
2 5 (41.67%) QuickTest Pro
2 5 (41.67%) Automated Testing
3 4 (33.33%) Regression Testing
3 4 (33.33%) Finance
3 4 (33.33%) Selenium
4 3 (25.00%) Cucumber
4 3 (25.00%) BDD
4 3 (25.00%) SpecFlow
4 3 (25.00%) Project Management
4 3 (25.00%) E-Commerce
4 3 (25.00%) Scrum
4 3 (25.00%) TDD
4 3 (25.00%) Banking
4 3 (25.00%) Retail
5 2 (16.67%) Business Analysis
5 2 (16.67%) Ruby
5 2 (16.67%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (16.67%) Ruby on Rails
5 2 (16.67%) MS Project
5 2 (16.67%) MS Office
5 2 (16.67%) SQL
5 2 (16.67%) VB
5 2 (16.67%) Change Control
5 2 (16.67%) ATDD
5 2 (16.67%) Mobile App
5 2 (16.67%) Open Source
5 2 (16.67%) Apple iOS
5 2 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
5 2 (16.67%) FitNesse

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Top Related IT Skills in Northamptonshire by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, 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 1 (8.33%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (16.67%) MS PowerPoint
1 2 (16.67%) MS Project
1 2 (16.67%) MS Office
2 1 (8.33%) MS Excel
2 1 (8.33%) MS Visio
Development Applications
1 5 (41.67%) QuickTest Pro
2 4 (33.33%) Selenium
3 3 (25.00%) Cucumber
3 3 (25.00%) SpecFlow
4 2 (16.67%) FitNesse
5 1 (8.33%) JIRA
General
1 4 (33.33%) Finance
2 3 (25.00%) Banking
2 3 (25.00%) Retail
3 1 (8.33%) Retail Banking
3 1 (8.33%) Legal
Job Titles
1 6 (50.00%) Analyst
2 4 (33.33%) Automation Test Analyst
2 4 (33.33%) Test Analyst
2 4 (33.33%) Automation Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) PMO Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) Business Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) QA Leader
4 1 (8.33%) Automation Tester
4 1 (8.33%) PMO Lead
4 1 (8.33%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (16.67%) Ruby on Rails
2 1 (8.33%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 2 (16.67%) Mobile App
1 2 (16.67%) Open Source
2 1 (8.33%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 2 (16.67%) Apple iOS
1 2 (16.67%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (50.00%) Test Automation
2 5 (41.67%) Automated Testing
3 4 (33.33%) Regression Testing
4 3 (25.00%) BDD
4 3 (25.00%) Project Management
4 3 (25.00%) E-Commerce
4 3 (25.00%) Scrum
4 3 (25.00%) TDD
5 2 (16.67%) Business Analysis
5 2 (16.67%) Change Control
5 2 (16.67%) ATDD
5 2 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
5 2 (16.67%) Test Management
5 2 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
6 1 (8.33%) System Testing
6 1 (8.33%) Test Scripting
6 1 (8.33%) Process Improvement
6 1 (8.33%) Automation Testing
6 1 (8.33%) PRINCE
6 1 (8.33%) Six Sigma
Programming Languages
1 2 (16.67%) Ruby
1 2 (16.67%) SQL
1 2 (16.67%) VB
2 1 (8.33%) Java
Qualifications
1 1 (8.33%) ISEB
1 1 (8.33%) PMI Certification
1 1 (8.33%) ISTQB
Vendors
1 1 (8.33%) Oracle
1 1 (8.33%) Microsoft
1 1 (8.33%) HP