The table below looks at the statistics 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 7 July 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
7 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 49 62 46
Rank change year-on-year
+13 -16
Contract jobs citing QA 20 10 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 2.42% 1.09% 2.83%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 28.57% 16.13% 30.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 6 16
Average daily rate
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£299 £377 £356
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-20.65% +5.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £211 £300 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £453 £425 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.25 £20.00 £16.75
% change year-on-year
+86.25% +19.40%
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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 Reading region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Reading
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
70 62 84
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 8.45% 6.78% 9.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 24 31
Average daily rate £350 £425 £463
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-17.64% -8.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £237 £282 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £425 £509
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.10% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 4 1
Average hourly rate £21.55 £16.29 £23.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+32.33% -30.70%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.55 £20.21 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+6.65% +6.34%

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 7 July 2015.

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 7 July 2015, 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 15 (33.33%) Test Scripting
2 14 (31.11%) Selenium
3 13 (28.89%) Test Automation
4 12 (26.67%) Agile Software Development
5 11 (24.44%) Security Cleared
5 11 (24.44%) WebDriver
6 10 (22.22%) SC Cleared
7 9 (20.00%) BDD
7 9 (20.00%) Project Management
8 8 (17.78%) Scrum
8 8 (17.78%) Finance
8 8 (17.78%) C#
9 7 (15.56%) HP
9 7 (15.56%) Telecoms
9 7 (15.56%) Cucumber
9 7 (15.56%) Test Strategy
10 6 (13.33%) Integration Testing
10 6 (13.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 6 (13.33%) System Integration Testing
10 6 (13.33%) ISTQB
10 6 (13.33%) ISEB
10 6 (13.33%) Web Services
10 6 (13.33%) MS Office
10 6 (13.33%) SAP
11 5 (11.11%) SharePoint
11 5 (11.11%) Java
11 5 (11.11%) Business Development
12 4 (8.89%) Degree
12 4 (8.89%) HTML
12 4 (8.89%) Operational Acceptance Testing

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Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 7 July 2015, 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 5 (11.11%) SharePoint
2 1 (2.22%) NetWeaver
2 1 (2.22%) WebSphere
2 1 (2.22%) Confluence
Applications
1 6 (13.33%) MS Office
2 1 (2.22%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (2.22%) Oracle ERP
1 1 (2.22%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (2.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 1 (2.22%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (2.22%) Cognos Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.22%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.22%) Google Analytics
1 1 (2.22%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (6.67%) RNC
2 1 (2.22%) Network Security
2 1 (2.22%) LTE
2 1 (2.22%) ATM
2 1 (2.22%) GSM
2 1 (2.22%) UMTS
2 1 (2.22%) 3G
2 1 (2.22%) Wireless
2 1 (2.22%) 2G
2 1 (2.22%) WiMAX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.44%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.22%) DB2
2 1 (2.22%) SAP BW
2 1 (2.22%) Oracle BI EE
2 1 (2.22%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.22%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 14 (31.11%) Selenium
2 11 (24.44%) WebDriver
3 7 (15.56%) Cucumber
4 2 (4.44%) TestComplete
4 2 (4.44%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (4.44%) Xcode
4 2 (4.44%) JIRA
5 1 (2.22%) LoadRunner
5 1 (2.22%) JBehave
5 1 (2.22%) SoapUI
5 1 (2.22%) SpecFlow
General
1 8 (17.78%) Finance
2 7 (15.56%) Telecoms
3 2 (4.44%) Manufacturing
3 2 (4.44%) Banking
3 2 (4.44%) Retail
3 2 (4.44%) Billing
4 1 (2.22%) Marketing
4 1 (2.22%) Games
4 1 (2.22%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 14 (31.11%) Analyst
2 11 (24.44%) Test Analyst
2 11 (24.44%) Tester
3 9 (20.00%) Software Tester
4 6 (13.33%) Architect
4 6 (13.33%) Test Leader
5 4 (8.89%) QA Engineer
5 4 (8.89%) Applications Architect
5 4 (8.89%) Test Engineer
6 3 (6.67%) Web Developer
6 3 (6.67%) Developer
6 3 (6.67%) Mobile Developer
6 3 (6.67%) Mobile Web Developer
7 2 (4.44%) Mobile Applications Developer
7 2 (4.44%) Service Transition Manager
7 2 (4.44%) Automation Engineer
7 2 (4.44%) Test Automation Engineer
7 2 (4.44%) Service Manager
7 2 (4.44%) Web Applications Developer
7 2 (4.44%) Agile Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (13.33%) Web Services
2 4 (8.89%) HTML
3 3 (6.67%) CSS
3 3 (6.67%) XML
3 3 (6.67%) jQuery
3 3 (6.67%) Sencha Touch
3 3 (6.67%) HTML5
3 3 (6.67%) CSS3
4 2 (4.44%) PhoneGap
4 2 (4.44%) JSON
4 2 (4.44%) Ajax
4 2 (4.44%) SOAP
4 2 (4.44%) .NET
5 1 (2.22%) ASP.NET
5 1 (2.22%) .NET Framework
5 1 (2.22%) WebSphere MQ
5 1 (2.22%) WebSphere Message Broker
5 1 (2.22%) RESTful
5 1 (2.22%) Gherkin
5 1 (2.22%) Kendo UI
Miscellaneous
1 2 (4.44%) Blackberry
1 2 (4.44%) iPhone
1 2 (4.44%) iPad
1 2 (4.44%) Mobile App
1 2 (4.44%) User Experience
1 2 (4.44%) Private Cloud
2 1 (2.22%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.22%) Digital Media
2 1 (2.22%) iSeries
2 1 (2.22%) DTV
2 1 (2.22%) AS400
2 1 (2.22%) Wiki
2 1 (2.22%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 4 (8.89%) Apple iOS
2 3 (6.67%) Android
3 1 (2.22%) UNIX
3 1 (2.22%) HPUX
3 1 (2.22%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (33.33%) Test Scripting
2 13 (28.89%) Test Automation
3 12 (26.67%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (20.00%) Project Management
4 9 (20.00%) BDD
5 8 (17.78%) Scrum
6 7 (15.56%) Test Strategy
7 6 (13.33%) System Integration Testing
7 6 (13.33%) Integration Testing
8 5 (11.11%) Business Development
9 4 (8.89%) User Acceptance Testing
9 4 (8.89%) Test Planning
9 4 (8.89%) Operational Acceptance Testing
10 3 (6.67%) Unit Testing
10 3 (6.67%) Regression Testing
10 3 (6.67%) Disaster Recovery
10 3 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
10 3 (6.67%) ITIL
10 3 (6.67%) PRINCE2
11 2 (4.44%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (17.78%) C#
2 5 (11.11%) Java
3 3 (6.67%) JavaScript
4 2 (4.44%) SQL
4 2 (4.44%) Python
5 1 (2.22%) Ruby
5 1 (2.22%) ABAP
5 1 (2.22%) PHP
5 1 (2.22%) C
Qualifications
1 11 (24.44%) Security Cleared
2 10 (22.22%) SC Cleared
3 6 (13.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 6 (13.33%) ISEB
3 6 (13.33%) ISTQB
4 4 (8.89%) Degree
5 2 (4.44%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 2 (4.44%) ITIL Certification
5 2 (4.44%) PMP
5 2 (4.44%) PMI Certification
6 1 (2.22%) CISM
6 1 (2.22%) CISMP
6 1 (2.22%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.22%) SLA
Vendors
1 7 (15.56%) HP
2 6 (13.33%) SAP
3 3 (6.67%) Oracle
3 3 (6.67%) Microsoft
3 3 (6.67%) Ericsson
3 3 (6.67%) Apple
3 3 (6.67%) Sencha
4 2 (4.44%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 2 (4.44%) Capita
5 1 (2.22%) Endeca
5 1 (2.22%) Google
5 1 (2.22%) Coremetrics
5 1 (2.22%) BT
5 1 (2.22%) Hyperion
5 1 (2.22%) Nokia
5 1 (2.22%) Nortel
5 1 (2.22%) Cognos
5 1 (2.22%) IBM