The first table below looks at the demand 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 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 Preston 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 19 - 18
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing QA 6 0 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Preston 5.77% - 3.96%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 33.33% - 44.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 4
Average daily rate £313 - £399
90% offered a daily rate of more than £303 - £375
10% offered a daily rate of more than £323 - £424
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
Preston
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
18 1 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Preston 17.31% 1.96% 8.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 0 7
Average daily rate £300 - £423
90% offered a daily rate of more than £192 - £375
10% offered a daily rate of more than £320 - £486
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £330 £350
% change year-on-year
+10.60% -5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Average hourly rate - £19.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +26.66%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £15.25 £16.43
% change year-on-year
+18.03% -7.15%
QA
Lancashire

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 18 April 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
2 6 (75.00%) WebSphere
2 6 (75.00%) jQuery
2 6 (75.00%) TDD
2 6 (75.00%) Spring
2 6 (75.00%) JSF
2 6 (75.00%) Ajax
2 6 (75.00%) Ruby on Rails
2 6 (75.00%) HTML5
2 6 (75.00%) Escenic
2 6 (75.00%) BDD
2 6 (75.00%) CSS3
2 6 (75.00%) Adobe CQ
2 6 (75.00%) Big Data
2 6 (75.00%) Scala
2 6 (75.00%) Hadoop
2 6 (75.00%) C#
2 6 (75.00%) HTML
2 6 (75.00%) Java
2 6 (75.00%) JavaScript
2 6 (75.00%) .NET
2 6 (75.00%) J2EE
2 6 (75.00%) MySQL
2 6 (75.00%) Oracle
2 6 (75.00%) SQL Server
2 6 (75.00%) WebLogic
2 6 (75.00%) EJB
2 6 (75.00%) CSS
2 6 (75.00%) Struts
2 6 (75.00%) XML

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Preston by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 6 (75.00%) WebSphere
1 6 (75.00%) Escenic
1 6 (75.00%) Adobe CQ
1 6 (75.00%) WebLogic
1 6 (75.00%) Tomcat
1 6 (75.00%) MQSeries
1 6 (75.00%) CMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (75.00%) Big Data
1 6 (75.00%) Hadoop
1 6 (75.00%) MySQL
1 6 (75.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (25.00%) WebDriver
1 2 (25.00%) Selenium
General
1 6 (75.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 6 (75.00%) Senior Analyst
1 6 (75.00%) Java Developer
1 6 (75.00%) Java Programmer
1 6 (75.00%) Senior Java Developer
1 6 (75.00%) Developer Analyst
1 6 (75.00%) Senior Programmer
1 6 (75.00%) Senior Java Programmer
1 6 (75.00%) Developer
1 6 (75.00%) Analyst
1 6 (75.00%) Senior Developer
1 6 (75.00%) Programmer
2 2 (25.00%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (75.00%) jQuery
1 6 (75.00%) Spring
1 6 (75.00%) JSF
1 6 (75.00%) Ajax
1 6 (75.00%) Ruby on Rails
1 6 (75.00%) HTML5
1 6 (75.00%) CSS3
1 6 (75.00%) HTML
1 6 (75.00%) .NET
1 6 (75.00%) J2EE
1 6 (75.00%) EJB
1 6 (75.00%) CSS
1 6 (75.00%) Struts
1 6 (75.00%) XML
1 6 (75.00%) Java RMI
1 6 (75.00%) LAMP
1 6 (75.00%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 1 (12.50%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 2 (25.00%) UNIX
1 2 (25.00%) Windows
1 2 (25.00%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (100.00%) Scrum
2 6 (75.00%) TDD
2 6 (75.00%) BDD
2 6 (75.00%) UML
2 6 (75.00%) OOP
2 6 (75.00%) OOA/OOD
2 6 (75.00%) RUP
2 6 (75.00%) OOD
3 2 (25.00%) Performance Testing
3 2 (25.00%) Security Testing
4 1 (12.50%) OO
Programming Languages
1 6 (75.00%) Scala
1 6 (75.00%) C#
1 6 (75.00%) Java
1 6 (75.00%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 2 (25.00%) ISEB
1 2 (25.00%) ISTQB
2 1 (12.50%) Degree
Vendors
1 6 (75.00%) Oracle
1 6 (75.00%) JBoss