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 1 May 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.

3 months to
1 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 60 47 50
Rank change year-on-year
-13 +3
Contract jobs citing QA 21 29 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 2.04% 2.92% 2.23%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 17.50% 31.18% 21.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 24 13
Average daily rate £400 £355 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.67% +13.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £278 £241 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £425 £395
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.30 £37.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-47.85% +15.62%
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
120 93 105
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 11.64% 9.37% 10.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 47 56
Average daily rate £380 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £145 £233 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £491 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £388 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +4.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 6 2
Average hourly rate £21.33 £21.55 £14.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.02% +51.22%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £29.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+13.79% +38.09%

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 1 May 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 1 May 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 11 (26.19%) Linux
1 11 (26.19%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (21.43%) Risk Management
3 8 (19.05%) HP Quality Center
4 7 (16.67%) Scrum
4 7 (16.67%) Automated Testing
4 7 (16.67%) Python
4 7 (16.67%) MS Excel
4 7 (16.67%) SharePoint
4 7 (16.67%) Configuration Management
5 6 (14.29%) H.323
5 6 (14.29%) HP
5 6 (14.29%) Programme Management
5 6 (14.29%) Security Cleared
5 6 (14.29%) Telepresence
6 5 (11.90%) Risk Assessment
6 5 (11.90%) Finance
6 5 (11.90%) Microsoft
6 5 (11.90%) Project Management
6 5 (11.90%) Windows
6 5 (11.90%) XML
7 4 (9.52%) MS Project
7 4 (9.52%) SAP
7 4 (9.52%) HTML
7 4 (9.52%) JavaScript
7 4 (9.52%) SQL
7 4 (9.52%) Oracle
7 4 (9.52%) PRINCE2
7 4 (9.52%) Unix
7 4 (9.52%) Progress

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Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 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 7 (16.67%) SharePoint
2 4 (9.52%) CMS
3 3 (7.14%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 1 (2.38%) JBoss
4 1 (2.38%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 7 (16.67%) MS Excel
2 4 (9.52%) MS Project
3 1 (2.38%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (2.38%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (2.38%) SAP Business ByDesign
1 1 (2.38%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.38%) Boomi
1 1 (2.38%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 6 (14.29%) H.323
1 6 (14.29%) Telepresence
2 3 (7.14%) NAS
2 3 (7.14%) SAN
3 2 (4.76%) LAN
3 2 (4.76%) TCP/IP
3 2 (4.76%) Value-Added Service
3 2 (4.76%) WAN
3 2 (4.76%) WLAN
4 1 (2.38%) DNS
4 1 (2.38%) HTTP
4 1 (2.38%) HTTPS
4 1 (2.38%) SS7
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.76%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.38%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.38%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.38%) VoltDB
Development Applications
1 4 (9.52%) Selenium
2 2 (4.76%) Cucumber
2 2 (4.76%) JIRA
2 2 (4.76%) Ranorex
2 2 (4.76%) SoapUI
3 1 (2.38%) Eclipse
3 1 (2.38%) JBehave
3 1 (2.38%) Jenkins
3 1 (2.38%) JMeter
3 1 (2.38%) JUnit
3 1 (2.38%) Maven
3 1 (2.38%) SpecFlow
3 1 (2.38%) WebDriver
General
1 5 (11.90%) Finance
2 4 (9.52%) Marketing
2 4 (9.52%) Telecoms
3 3 (7.14%) Publishing
4 2 (4.76%) Billing
5 1 (2.38%) Electronics
5 1 (2.38%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 7 (16.67%) Test Manager
2 5 (11.90%) QA Engineer
3 4 (9.52%) Project Manager
4 3 (7.14%) Administrator
4 3 (7.14%) Business Manager
4 3 (7.14%) Business Project Manager
4 3 (7.14%) Developer
4 3 (7.14%) Quality Engineer
4 3 (7.14%) Software QA Engineer
4 3 (7.14%) Software Quality Engineer
4 3 (7.14%) Web Producer
5 2 (4.76%) Content Manager
5 2 (4.76%) Network Manager
5 2 (4.76%) PMO Administrator
5 2 (4.76%) PMO Officer
5 2 (4.76%) Programme Manager
5 2 (4.76%) Test Engineer
5 2 (4.76%) Test Leader
5 2 (4.76%) Tester
5 2 (4.76%) Web Editor
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (11.90%) XML
2 4 (9.52%) HTML
3 3 (7.14%) CSS
4 2 (4.76%) SOAP
4 2 (4.76%) Web Services
5 1 (2.38%) Java EE
5 1 (2.38%) JDBC
5 1 (2.38%) JSON
5 1 (2.38%) Middleware
5 1 (2.38%) Oracle Fusion
5 1 (2.38%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 4 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (7.14%) Management Information System
2 3 (7.14%) Mathematics
3 2 (4.76%) Data Centre
3 2 (4.76%) Economics
3 2 (4.76%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (2.38%) Clustering
4 1 (2.38%) Computer Science
4 1 (2.38%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 11 (26.19%) Linux
2 5 (11.90%) Windows
3 4 (9.52%) Unix
4 2 (4.76%) NetWare
5 1 (2.38%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (26.19%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (21.43%) Risk Management
3 7 (16.67%) Automated Testing
3 7 (16.67%) Configuration Management
3 7 (16.67%) Scrum
4 6 (14.29%) Programme Management
5 5 (11.90%) Project Management
5 5 (11.90%) Risk Assessment
6 4 (9.52%) Change Control
6 4 (9.52%) Critical Success Factor
6 4 (9.52%) Dashboard Development
6 4 (9.52%) Document Management
6 4 (9.52%) PRINCE2
6 4 (9.52%) Test Management
7 3 (7.14%) Content Management
7 3 (7.14%) Data Protection
7 3 (7.14%) Responsive Web Design
7 3 (7.14%) Stakeholder Engagement
7 3 (7.14%) User Acceptance Testing
8 2 (4.76%) Data Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (16.67%) Python
2 4 (9.52%) JavaScript
2 4 (9.52%) SQL
3 3 (7.14%) Java
4 1 (2.38%) C
4 1 (2.38%) C#
4 1 (2.38%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 6 (14.29%) Security Cleared
2 4 (9.52%) PRINCE2 Certification
3 3 (7.14%) Degree
4 2 (4.76%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (4.76%) CCNP
4 2 (4.76%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (4.76%) DV Cleared
4 2 (4.76%) ISEB
4 2 (4.76%) ISTQB
5 1 (2.38%) HND
5 1 (2.38%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (7.14%) FedRAMP
2 2 (4.76%) SLA
3 1 (2.38%) Data Quality
System Software
1 2 (4.76%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.38%) NFS
2 1 (2.38%) VMware ESX
2 1 (2.38%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (2.38%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 8 (19.05%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (7.14%) TeamSite
3 1 (2.38%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 6 (14.29%) HP
2 5 (11.90%) Microsoft
3 4 (9.52%) Oracle
3 4 (9.52%) Progress
3 4 (9.52%) SAP
4 3 (7.14%) Adobe
5 2 (4.76%) Cisco
5 2 (4.76%) Dell
5 2 (4.76%) EMC
6 1 (2.38%) Citrix
6 1 (2.38%) CommVault
6 1 (2.38%) Concur
6 1 (2.38%) PeopleSoft
6 1 (2.38%) Sitecore
6 1 (2.38%) Symantec
6 1 (2.38%) VMware