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 29 May 2015 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
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 18 20 -
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -
Contract jobs citing QA 4 8 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Preston 3.92% 6.56% -
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 66.67% 34.78% -
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 0
Average daily rate
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£281 £325 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.46% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.00 £21.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+76.74% -6.53%
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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
6 23 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Preston 5.88% 18.85% 10.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 4 0
Average daily rate £300 £313 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Average hourly rate - £20.13 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +5.92%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.55 £21.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+2.61% +13.51%

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 27 Related IT Skills in Preston

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, 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 3 (75.00%) UNIX
1 3 (75.00%) HP
1 3 (75.00%) Test Scripting
1 3 (75.00%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (50.00%) SC Cleared
2 2 (50.00%) Security Cleared
2 2 (50.00%) ISEB
2 2 (50.00%) ISTQB
2 2 (50.00%) IBM
2 2 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (50.00%) SQL
2 2 (50.00%) MS Office
2 2 (50.00%) Test Management
2 2 (50.00%) SDLC
3 1 (25.00%) Regression Testing
3 1 (25.00%) Risk Management
3 1 (25.00%) Migration
3 1 (25.00%) Software Engineering
3 1 (25.00%) SAP
3 1 (25.00%) PRINCE2
3 1 (25.00%) SharePoint
3 1 (25.00%) Selenium
3 1 (25.00%) Configuration Management
3 1 (25.00%) Mainframe
3 1 (25.00%) Budget Control
3 1 (25.00%) Change Control
3 1 (25.00%) Non-Functional Testing

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Top Related IT Skills in Preston by Category

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, 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 1 (25.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (50.00%) MS Office
Development Applications
1 1 (25.00%) Selenium
Job Titles
1 2 (50.00%) Tester
1 2 (50.00%) Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Test Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Infrastructure Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Software Tester
2 1 (25.00%) SAP Tester
2 1 (25.00%) Software Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Software Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 1 (25.00%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 3 (75.00%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (75.00%) Test Scripting
2 2 (50.00%) Test Management
2 2 (50.00%) SDLC
3 1 (25.00%) Regression Testing
3 1 (25.00%) Risk Management
3 1 (25.00%) Migration
3 1 (25.00%) Software Engineering
3 1 (25.00%) PRINCE2
3 1 (25.00%) Configuration Management
3 1 (25.00%) Budget Control
3 1 (25.00%) Change Control
3 1 (25.00%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (50.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (50.00%) SC Cleared
1 2 (50.00%) Security Cleared
1 2 (50.00%) ISEB
1 2 (50.00%) ISTQB
Systems Management
1 3 (75.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (75.00%) HP
2 2 (50.00%) IBM
2 2 (50.00%) Microsoft
3 1 (25.00%) SAP