The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Reading region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 21 January 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
21 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
Berkshire / Reading
Rank 43 59 54
Rank change year-on-year
+16 -5
Contract jobs citing QA 24 19 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 3.43% 2.01% 2.10%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 33.80% 19.00% 23.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 11 12
Median daily rate £350 £450 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-22.22% +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £350 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £615 £523
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £359 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.11% +2.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £30.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £36.00 £33.90
% change year-on-year
-27.77% +6.19%

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
71 100 76
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 10.14% 10.58% 8.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 49 57
Median daily rate £430 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.38% +5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £225 £139
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 5 0
Median hourly rate £25.00 £45.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-44.44% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.75 £42.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year
-45.83% +75.00%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Reading region citing QA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 21 January 2017.

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 21 January 2017, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Reading region with a requirement for QA.

1 13 (36.11%) Project Management
2 11 (30.56%) Publishing
3 10 (27.78%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (27.78%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (25.00%) Finance
4 9 (25.00%) HTML
4 9 (25.00%) Microsoft
5 8 (22.22%) MS Excel
5 8 (22.22%) JavaScript
5 8 (22.22%) CSS
5 8 (22.22%) XML
5 8 (22.22%) CMS
5 8 (22.22%) Problem Management
5 8 (22.22%) Mentoring
6 7 (19.44%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 7 (19.44%) Content Management
6 7 (19.44%) Marketing
6 7 (19.44%) TeamSite
6 7 (19.44%) Java
6 7 (19.44%) Adobe
7 6 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
7 6 (16.67%) Management Information System
7 6 (16.67%) Responsive Web Design
7 6 (16.67%) User Experience
8 5 (13.89%) Mobile Development
8 5 (13.89%) Service Design
8 5 (13.89%) Xcode
8 5 (13.89%) Objective-C
8 5 (13.89%) Security Cleared
8 5 (13.89%) Android

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 8 (22.22%) CMS
2 7 (19.44%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 1 (2.78%) K2 blackpearl
3 1 (2.78%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 8 (22.22%) MS Excel
2 5 (13.89%) MS Office
3 4 (11.11%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 4 (11.11%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (2.78%) Office 365
2 1 (2.78%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (11.11%) DNS
1 4 (11.11%) GSM
1 4 (11.11%) HSPA
1 4 (11.11%) HTTP
1 4 (11.11%) LTE
1 4 (11.11%) SMTP
1 4 (11.11%) WCDMA
2 1 (2.78%) LAN
2 1 (2.78%) WAN
2 1 (2.78%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.78%) Big Data
1 1 (2.78%) RDBMS
1 1 (2.78%) Relational Database
1 1 (2.78%) SQL Server
1 1 (2.78%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 5 (13.89%) Xcode
2 4 (11.11%) Android Studio
2 4 (11.11%) Selenium
3 3 (8.33%) JIRA
4 2 (5.56%) Capybara
4 2 (5.56%) Cucumber
4 2 (5.56%) Git (software)
4 2 (5.56%) Hudson
4 2 (5.56%) Jenkins
4 2 (5.56%) JUnit
4 2 (5.56%) TeamCity
4 2 (5.56%) TestLink
4 2 (5.56%) WebDriver
5 1 (2.78%) FitNesse
5 1 (2.78%) NUnit
5 1 (2.78%) SoapUI
General
1 11 (30.56%) Publishing
2 9 (25.00%) Finance
3 7 (19.44%) Marketing
4 2 (5.56%) Retail
5 1 (2.78%) Banking
5 1 (2.78%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 6 (16.67%) Web Producer
2 5 (13.89%) Content Manager
3 4 (11.11%) Analyst
3 4 (11.11%) Architect
3 4 (11.11%) AWS Engineer
3 4 (11.11%) Cloud Engineer
3 4 (11.11%) Data Analyst
3 4 (11.11%) Developer
3 4 (11.11%) Web Content Manager
3 4 (11.11%) Web Content Producer
3 4 (11.11%) Web Manager
3 4 (11.11%) Windows Engineer
4 3 (8.33%) SAP Analyst
4 3 (8.33%) SAP Data Analyst
5 2 (5.56%) AWS DevOps
5 2 (5.56%) HTML CSS Developer
5 2 (5.56%) HTML Developer
5 2 (5.56%) Java Developer
5 2 (5.56%) Systems Engineer
5 2 (5.56%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (25.00%) HTML
2 8 (22.22%) CSS
2 8 (22.22%) XML
3 4 (11.11%) Web Services
4 2 (5.56%) .NET
4 2 (5.56%) REST
4 2 (5.56%) SOAP
5 1 (2.78%) .NET Framework
5 1 (2.78%) Apache CXF
5 1 (2.78%) ASP.NET Web API
5 1 (2.78%) DAO
5 1 (2.78%) Entity Framework
5 1 (2.78%) GWT
5 1 (2.78%) JSF
5 1 (2.78%) Middleware
5 1 (2.78%) RESTful
5 1 (2.78%) RichFaces
Miscellaneous
1 10 (27.78%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (16.67%) Management Information System
2 6 (16.67%) User Experience
3 4 (11.11%) Client/Server
3 4 (11.11%) Public Cloud
4 1 (2.78%) Computer Science
4 1 (2.78%) Data Centre
4 1 (2.78%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (2.78%) FMCG
4 1 (2.78%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 5 (13.89%) Android
1 5 (13.89%) Windows
2 4 (11.11%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (2.78%) Apple iOS
3 1 (2.78%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (2.78%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (36.11%) Project Management
2 10 (27.78%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (22.22%) Mentoring
3 8 (22.22%) Problem Management
4 7 (19.44%) Content Management
5 6 (16.67%) Responsive Web Design
5 6 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
6 5 (13.89%) Mobile Development
6 5 (13.89%) Service Design
6 5 (13.89%) Service Management
7 4 (11.11%) Coaching
7 4 (11.11%) ERP
7 4 (11.11%) Load Balancing
7 4 (11.11%) Migration
7 4 (11.11%) Patch Management
7 4 (11.11%) Product Management
8 3 (8.33%) DevOps
8 3 (8.33%) Open Source
8 3 (8.33%) SDLC
8 3 (8.33%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 8 (22.22%) JavaScript
2 7 (19.44%) Java
3 5 (13.89%) Objective-C
4 4 (11.11%) Apple Swift
5 3 (8.33%) SQL
6 2 (5.56%) C
7 1 (2.78%) C#
7 1 (2.78%) C++
Qualifications
1 5 (13.89%) Security Cleared
2 4 (11.11%) Degree
2 4 (11.11%) SC Cleared
3 3 (8.33%) ISTQB
3 3 (8.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (2.78%) CCNP
4 1 (2.78%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (2.78%) ISEB
4 1 (2.78%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.33%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (2.78%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 7 (19.44%) TeamSite
Vendors
1 9 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 7 (19.44%) Adobe
3 5 (13.89%) SAP
4 4 (11.11%) Apple
5 1 (2.78%) Ariba
5 1 (2.78%) Cisco
5 1 (2.78%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (2.78%) Sitecore
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