The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Preston region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 16 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
16 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank - 15 25
Contract jobs citing QA 0 3 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Preston - 5.26% 3.13%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category - 75.00% 100.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 4
Average daily rate
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- £438 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +16.66%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
- +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.71 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-31.45% -
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Lancashire

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 Preston region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Preston
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
10 4 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Preston 9.80% 7.02% 3.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 4
Average daily rate - £438 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +16.66%
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £363
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 0 0
Average hourly rate £22.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+11.42% -18.60%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Preston

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

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Preston

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Preston

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in Preston

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Preston

For the 6 months to 16 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Preston 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 8 (100.00%) Scrum
1 8 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (62.50%) TDD
2 5 (62.50%) Spring
2 5 (62.50%) JSF
2 5 (62.50%) Ajax
2 5 (62.50%) Ruby on Rails
2 5 (62.50%) WebSphere
2 5 (62.50%) jQuery
2 5 (62.50%) HTML5
2 5 (62.50%) Escenic
2 5 (62.50%) BDD
2 5 (62.50%) CSS3
2 5 (62.50%) Adobe CQ
2 5 (62.50%) Big Data
2 5 (62.50%) Scala
2 5 (62.50%) Hadoop
2 5 (62.50%) Mentoring
2 5 (62.50%) C#
2 5 (62.50%) HTML
2 5 (62.50%) Java
2 5 (62.50%) JavaScript
2 5 (62.50%) .NET
2 5 (62.50%) J2EE
2 5 (62.50%) MySQL
2 5 (62.50%) Oracle
2 5 (62.50%) SQL Server
2 5 (62.50%) WebLogic
2 5 (62.50%) EJB
2 5 (62.50%) CSS

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Preston by Category

For the 6 months to 16 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Preston 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 5 (62.50%) WebLogic
1 5 (62.50%) Tomcat
1 5 (62.50%) MQSeries
1 5 (62.50%) CMS
1 5 (62.50%) WebSphere
1 5 (62.50%) Escenic
1 5 (62.50%) Adobe CQ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (62.50%) MySQL
1 5 (62.50%) SQL Server
1 5 (62.50%) Hadoop
1 5 (62.50%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 3 (37.50%) Selenium
1 3 (37.50%) WebDriver
General
1 5 (62.50%) Finance
Job Titles
1 5 (62.50%) Developer
1 5 (62.50%) Analyst
1 5 (62.50%) Senior Developer
1 5 (62.50%) Programmer
1 5 (62.50%) Senior Analyst
1 5 (62.50%) Java Developer
1 5 (62.50%) Java Programmer
1 5 (62.50%) Senior Java Developer
1 5 (62.50%) Developer Analyst
1 5 (62.50%) Senior Programmer
1 5 (62.50%) Senior Java Programmer
2 3 (37.50%) QA Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Senior QA Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Test Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Senior Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (62.50%) HTML
1 5 (62.50%) .NET
1 5 (62.50%) J2EE
1 5 (62.50%) EJB
1 5 (62.50%) CSS
1 5 (62.50%) Struts
1 5 (62.50%) XML
1 5 (62.50%) Java RMI
1 5 (62.50%) LAMP
1 5 (62.50%) Hibernate
1 5 (62.50%) Spring
1 5 (62.50%) JSF
1 5 (62.50%) Ajax
1 5 (62.50%) Ruby on Rails
1 5 (62.50%) jQuery
1 5 (62.50%) HTML5
1 5 (62.50%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 3 (37.50%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (12.50%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 3 (37.50%) UNIX
1 3 (37.50%) Windows
1 3 (37.50%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (100.00%) Scrum
1 8 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (62.50%) TDD
2 5 (62.50%) UML
2 5 (62.50%) OOP
2 5 (62.50%) OOA/OOD
2 5 (62.50%) RUP
2 5 (62.50%) OOD
2 5 (62.50%) BDD
2 5 (62.50%) Mentoring
3 2 (25.00%) OO
3 2 (25.00%) Performance Testing
3 2 (25.00%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (62.50%) C#
1 5 (62.50%) Java
1 5 (62.50%) JavaScript
1 5 (62.50%) Scala
Qualifications
1 2 (25.00%) ISEB
1 2 (25.00%) ISTQB
1 2 (25.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (12.50%) Degree
Vendors
1 5 (62.50%) Oracle
1 5 (62.50%) JBoss