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 14 February 2016 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
14 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 50 52 52
Rank change year-on-year
+2 0
Contract jobs citing QA 26 20 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 2.63% 2.27% 2.67%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 21.14% 28.57% 31.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 11 16
Average daily rate £423 £410 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.04% -8.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £347 £233 £266
10% offered a daily rate of more than £591 £500 £528
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £33.97 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+17.75% +88.72%
QA
Berkshire

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
123 70 82
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 12.42% 7.95% 8.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 41 37
Average daily rate £400 £400 £431
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -7.24%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £191 £139 £254
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £570 £560
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £384 £363
% change year-on-year
+4.23% +5.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 1
Average hourly rate £45.00 £22.50 £127.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+100.00% -82.35%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.75 £22.50 £17.15
% change year-on-year
+90.00% +31.19%

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 14 February 2016.

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 14 February 2016, 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 14 (32.56%) SharePoint
2 13 (30.23%) Project Management
3 12 (27.91%) Agile Software Development
4 11 (25.58%) Risk Management
4 11 (25.58%) Linux
5 7 (16.28%) Web Services
5 7 (16.28%) Finance
5 7 (16.28%) Scrum
5 7 (16.28%) Security Cleared
5 7 (16.28%) HP Quality Center
6 6 (13.95%) Presales
6 6 (13.95%) Programme Management
6 6 (13.95%) Automated Testing
6 6 (13.95%) Business Development
6 6 (13.95%) PRINCE2
6 6 (13.95%) Python
6 6 (13.95%) HP
7 5 (11.63%) Configuration Management
7 5 (11.63%) H.323
7 5 (11.63%) MS Excel
7 5 (11.63%) Progress
7 5 (11.63%) Java
7 5 (11.63%) MS Project
7 5 (11.63%) Telecoms
7 5 (11.63%) Risk Assessment
7 5 (11.63%) Critical Success Factor
7 5 (11.63%) Telepresence
7 5 (11.63%) Data Centre
8 4 (9.30%) Dashboard Development
8 4 (9.30%) Change Control

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, 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 14 (32.56%) SharePoint
2 1 (2.33%) Drupal
2 1 (2.33%) IIS
2 1 (2.33%) JBoss
2 1 (2.33%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 5 (11.63%) MS Excel
1 5 (11.63%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (2.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 5 (11.63%) H.323
1 5 (11.63%) Telepresence
2 3 (6.98%) DNS
2 3 (6.98%) NAS
2 3 (6.98%) SAN
3 2 (4.65%) TCP/IP
3 2 (4.65%) Value-Added Service
3 2 (4.65%) WAN
4 1 (2.33%) DHCP
4 1 (2.33%) HTTP
4 1 (2.33%) iSCSI
4 1 (2.33%) SMTP
4 1 (2.33%) SS7
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.33%) Big Data
1 1 (2.33%) VoltDB
Development Applications
1 2 (4.65%) Cucumber
1 2 (4.65%) JIRA
1 2 (4.65%) Selenium
2 1 (2.33%) Eclipse
2 1 (2.33%) JBehave
2 1 (2.33%) Jenkins
2 1 (2.33%) JMeter
2 1 (2.33%) JUnit
2 1 (2.33%) Maven
2 1 (2.33%) SoapUI
2 1 (2.33%) SpecFlow
2 1 (2.33%) WebDriver
General
1 7 (16.28%) Finance
2 5 (11.63%) Telecoms
3 2 (4.65%) Manufacturing
4 1 (2.33%) Electronics
4 1 (2.33%) Marketing
4 1 (2.33%) Publishing
4 1 (2.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 6 (13.95%) Applications Architect
1 6 (13.95%) Architect
1 6 (13.95%) Test Manager
2 5 (11.63%) Project Manager
3 4 (9.30%) Analyst
3 4 (9.30%) QA Engineer
4 3 (6.98%) Administrator
4 3 (6.98%) Business Manager
4 3 (6.98%) Business Project Manager
4 3 (6.98%) Software QA Engineer
5 2 (4.65%) Automation Engineer
5 2 (4.65%) Enterprise Applications Architect
5 2 (4.65%) Enterprise Architect
5 2 (4.65%) PMO Administrator
5 2 (4.65%) PMO Officer
5 2 (4.65%) QA Manager
5 2 (4.65%) Quality Engineer
5 2 (4.65%) Software Quality Engineer
5 2 (4.65%) Technical Consultant
5 2 (4.65%) Telecoms Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (16.28%) Web Services
2 1 (2.33%) Java EE
2 1 (2.33%) JSON
2 1 (2.33%) SOAP
2 1 (2.33%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (11.63%) Data Centre
2 4 (9.30%) Enterprise Software
3 3 (6.98%) Management Information System
4 2 (4.65%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (2.33%) Client/Server
5 1 (2.33%) Clustering
5 1 (2.33%) Computer Science
5 1 (2.33%) Life Science
5 1 (2.33%) Mathematics
5 1 (2.33%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 11 (25.58%) Linux
2 4 (9.30%) Unix
2 4 (9.30%) Windows
3 2 (4.65%) NetWare
4 1 (2.33%) Android
4 1 (2.33%) Apple iOS
4 1 (2.33%) Solaris
4 1 (2.33%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (30.23%) Project Management
2 12 (27.91%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (25.58%) Risk Management
4 7 (16.28%) Scrum
5 6 (13.95%) Automated Testing
5 6 (13.95%) Business Development
5 6 (13.95%) Presales
5 6 (13.95%) PRINCE2
5 6 (13.95%) Programme Management
6 5 (11.63%) Configuration Management
6 5 (11.63%) Critical Success Factor
6 5 (11.63%) Risk Assessment
7 4 (9.30%) Change Control
7 4 (9.30%) Dashboard Development
7 4 (9.30%) Data Protection
7 4 (9.30%) Document Management
8 3 (6.98%) Mentoring
8 3 (6.98%) Stakeholder Management
8 3 (6.98%) Test Management
9 2 (4.65%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 6 (13.95%) Python
2 5 (11.63%) Java
3 3 (6.98%) SQL
4 1 (2.33%) C
4 1 (2.33%) C#
Qualifications
1 7 (16.28%) Security Cleared
2 4 (9.30%) Degree
2 4 (9.30%) PRINCE2 Certification
3 3 (6.98%) DV Cleared
3 3 (6.98%) ISEB
4 2 (4.65%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (4.65%) ISTQB
5 1 (2.33%) HND
5 1 (2.33%) PMI Certification
5 1 (2.33%) PMP
5 1 (2.33%) Postgraduate
5 1 (2.33%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.98%) FedRAMP
System Software
1 2 (4.65%) Active Directory
1 2 (4.65%) VMware ESX
1 2 (4.65%) VMware Infrastructure
1 2 (4.65%) VMware Workstation
2 1 (2.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
2 1 (2.33%) NFS
Systems Management
1 7 (16.28%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.33%) EMC NetWorker
2 1 (2.33%) vMotion
Vendors
1 6 (13.95%) HP
2 5 (11.63%) Progress
3 4 (9.30%) Microsoft
4 3 (6.98%) Oracle
4 3 (6.98%) SAP
5 2 (4.65%) EMC
5 2 (4.65%) VMware
6 1 (2.33%) Citrix
6 1 (2.33%) CommVault
6 1 (2.33%) Dell
6 1 (2.33%) PeopleSoft
6 1 (2.33%) Symantec