The first table below looks at the demand for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Reading 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 Reading 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 45 50 46
Rank change year-on-year
+5 -4
Contract jobs citing QA 28 20 32
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 2.61% 2.59% 2.93%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 30.43% 24.69% 28.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 14 16
Average daily rate £352 £338 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.14% -3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £272 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £475 £675
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £9.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £26.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year
-30.76% +92.59%
Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Reading
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
92 81 111
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 8.57% 10.49% 10.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 30 31
Average daily rate £375 £350 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £228 £250 £116
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £495 £623
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £330 £350
% change year-on-year
+10.60% -5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 9
Average hourly rate £13.00 - £14.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £15.25 £16.43
% change year-on-year
+18.03% -7.15%
QA
Berkshire

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

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

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Reading

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in Reading

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in Reading

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Reading region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in Reading

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Reading

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Reading 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 13 (25.00%) HTML
2 10 (19.23%) Java
2 10 (19.23%) JavaScript
2 10 (19.23%) CSS
2 10 (19.23%) Microsoft
2 10 (19.23%) Project Management
2 10 (19.23%) Publishing
2 10 (19.23%) Degree
3 9 (17.31%) jQuery
3 9 (17.31%) HTML5
3 9 (17.31%) Telecoms
3 9 (17.31%) Migration
3 9 (17.31%) XML
4 8 (15.38%) ITIL
4 8 (15.38%) Windows
4 8 (15.38%) Validation
4 8 (15.38%) Analytics
4 8 (15.38%) Content Management
4 8 (15.38%) Ajax
5 7 (13.46%) Smartphone
5 7 (13.46%) JSON
5 7 (13.46%) Unit Testing
5 7 (13.46%) Time Management
5 7 (13.46%) Sencha Touch
5 7 (13.46%) Sencha
5 7 (13.46%) Apple iOS
5 7 (13.46%) CSS3
5 7 (13.46%) CMS
5 7 (13.46%) Oracle
5 7 (13.46%) MS Excel

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Reading 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 7 (13.46%) CMS
2 3 (5.77%) BizTalk Server
3 2 (3.85%) WebSphere
4 1 (1.92%) ArchestrA
Applications
1 7 (13.46%) MS Excel
2 5 (9.62%) Spreadsheet
3 3 (5.77%) MS Office
4 2 (3.85%) Photoshop
5 1 (1.92%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (1.92%) RoboHelp
5 1 (1.92%) MS Project
5 1 (1.92%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.92%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 3 (5.77%) Internet
2 2 (3.85%) VoIP
2 2 (3.85%) WCDMA
2 2 (3.85%) Wireless
2 2 (3.85%) HSPA
2 2 (3.85%) LTE
2 2 (3.85%) Wireshark
3 1 (1.92%) RTP
3 1 (1.92%) DNS
3 1 (1.92%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (9.62%) SQL Server
1 5 (9.62%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (7.69%) BusinessObjects
3 2 (3.85%) DB2
4 1 (1.92%) PowerCenter
4 1 (1.92%) MySQL
4 1 (1.92%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 4 (7.69%) Eclipse
1 4 (7.69%) Subversion
2 3 (5.77%) Selenium
3 2 (3.85%) Bugzilla
3 2 (3.85%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (3.85%) WebDriver
3 2 (3.85%) Cucumber
3 2 (3.85%) SoapUI
4 1 (1.92%) JIRA
4 1 (1.92%) PhoneGap
4 1 (1.92%) Rational DOORS
4 1 (1.92%) FogBugz
4 1 (1.92%) ClearQuest
4 1 (1.92%) Xcode
4 1 (1.92%) Ant
4 1 (1.92%) ClearCase
General
1 10 (19.23%) Publishing
2 9 (17.31%) Telecoms
3 5 (9.62%) Marketing
3 5 (9.62%) Games
4 3 (5.77%) Finance
5 2 (3.85%) Retail
5 2 (3.85%) Multimedia
6 1 (1.92%) Billing
6 1 (1.92%) Banking
6 1 (1.92%) Investment Banking
6 1 (1.92%) Military
Job Titles
1 8 (15.38%) Developer
2 7 (13.46%) Analyst
2 7 (13.46%) Architect
3 6 (11.54%) Mobile Applications Developer
3 6 (11.54%) Mobile Developer
4 5 (9.62%) QA Engineer
4 5 (9.62%) Mobile Web Developer
4 5 (9.62%) Web Developer
5 4 (7.69%) Test Engineer
5 4 (7.69%) Technical Engineer
5 4 (7.69%) Consultant
5 4 (7.69%) Data Architect
5 4 (7.69%) Project Planner
6 3 (5.77%) Test Analyst
6 3 (5.77%) Systems Analyst
6 3 (5.77%) Applications Developer
6 3 (5.77%) Applications Consultant
6 3 (5.77%) Business Consultant
7 2 (3.85%) Web Applications Developer
7 2 (3.85%) Installations Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (25.00%) HTML
2 10 (19.23%) CSS
3 9 (17.31%) jQuery
3 9 (17.31%) HTML5
3 9 (17.31%) XML
4 8 (15.38%) Ajax
5 7 (13.46%) JSON
5 7 (13.46%) Sencha Touch
5 7 (13.46%) CSS3
6 5 (9.62%) Spring
6 5 (9.62%) Struts2
6 5 (9.62%) SOAP
6 5 (9.62%) Struts
6 5 (9.62%) Web Services
7 4 (7.69%) ODBC
7 4 (7.69%) REST
8 1 (1.92%) WebSphere MQ
8 1 (1.92%) .NET
8 1 (1.92%) XSLT
8 1 (1.92%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 7 (13.46%) Smartphone
2 6 (11.54%) Blackberry
3 5 (9.62%) Mobile App
4 4 (7.69%) Replication
5 3 (5.77%) Computer Science
5 3 (5.77%) Blog
6 2 (3.85%) Client/Server
6 2 (3.85%) Device Driver
6 2 (3.85%) Handset
7 1 (1.92%) SCADA
7 1 (1.92%) iSeries
7 1 (1.92%) Xbox
7 1 (1.92%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 8 (15.38%) Windows
2 7 (13.46%) Apple iOS
3 6 (11.54%) Android
4 3 (5.77%) Windows 8
4 3 (5.77%) Linux
5 2 (3.85%) Windows XP
5 2 (3.85%) UNIX
5 2 (3.85%) Windows Phone
6 1 (1.92%) CentOS
6 1 (1.92%) Windows Vista
6 1 (1.92%) Windows 7
6 1 (1.92%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (1.92%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (19.23%) Project Management
2 9 (17.31%) Migration
3 8 (15.38%) ITIL
3 8 (15.38%) Validation
3 8 (15.38%) Analytics
3 8 (15.38%) Content Management
4 7 (13.46%) Unit Testing
4 7 (13.46%) Time Management
5 6 (11.54%) Risk Management
5 6 (11.54%) Web Development
6 5 (9.62%) Use Case
6 5 (9.62%) Web Application Development
6 5 (9.62%) OO
6 5 (9.62%) ETL
6 5 (9.62%) Business Intelligence
7 4 (7.69%) Data Modelling
7 4 (7.69%) DSDM
7 4 (7.69%) Change Management
7 4 (7.69%) CMMI
7 4 (7.69%) Android Development
Programming Languages
1 10 (19.23%) Java
1 10 (19.23%) JavaScript
2 6 (11.54%) SQL
3 3 (5.77%) C#
4 2 (3.85%) Python
4 2 (3.85%) T-SQL
4 2 (3.85%) VBScript
4 2 (3.85%) VB
5 1 (1.92%) Lua
5 1 (1.92%) ActionScript
5 1 (1.92%) PHP
5 1 (1.92%) C++
Qualifications
1 10 (19.23%) Degree
2 2 (3.85%) ISEB
2 2 (3.85%) ITIL Certification
2 2 (3.85%) ISTQB
2 2 (3.85%) SC Cleared
2 2 (3.85%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (7.69%) TickIT
2 2 (3.85%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (1.92%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (1.92%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 10 (19.23%) Microsoft
2 7 (13.46%) Sencha
2 7 (13.46%) Oracle
3 5 (9.62%) Informatica
3 5 (9.62%) IBM
4 4 (7.69%) Cognos
4 4 (7.69%) SAP
4 4 (7.69%) Business Objects
5 3 (5.77%) ClickSoftware Technologies
5 3 (5.77%) Sybase
5 3 (5.77%) HP
6 2 (3.85%) Nortel
6 2 (3.85%) Cisco
6 2 (3.85%) Nokia
6 2 (3.85%) Ericsson
6 2 (3.85%) Apple
7 1 (1.92%) Endeca
7 1 (1.92%) Google
7 1 (1.92%) Coremetrics
7 1 (1.92%) Huawei