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 16 September 2014 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
16 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 47 37 53
Rank change year-on-year
-10 +16
Contract jobs citing QA 22 41 43
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 2.54% 4.10% 3.16%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 29.73% 34.45% 30.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 24 15
Average daily rate
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£325 £365 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.95% +21.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £275 £241
10% offered a daily rate of more than £485 £418 £440
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
- +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 7
Average hourly rate - £10.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -50.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.71 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-31.45% -
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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
74 119 140
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 8.55% 11.90% 10.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 44 28
Average daily rate £425 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+30.76% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £215 £115
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £455 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £363
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 4 8
Average hourly rate £17.07 £12.25 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+39.34% -38.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.60 £10.45 £18.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.50 £16.89 £23.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+11.42% -18.60%

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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 16 September 2014.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in Reading

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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

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in Reading

For the 6 months to 16 September 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 10 (33.33%) Telecoms
2 8 (26.67%) Project Management
3 7 (23.33%) Wireless
4 6 (20.00%) CMS
5 5 (16.67%) WCDMA
5 5 (16.67%) GSM
5 5 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
6 4 (13.33%) Degree
6 4 (13.33%) CDMA
6 4 (13.33%) GPRS
6 4 (13.33%) MS Excel
6 4 (13.33%) Quality Management
7 3 (10.00%) CMMI
7 3 (10.00%) ISO 9001
7 3 (10.00%) HTML
7 3 (10.00%) Retail
7 3 (10.00%) Risk Management
7 3 (10.00%) Business Analysis
7 3 (10.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 3 (10.00%) Project Planning
7 3 (10.00%) HTML5
7 3 (10.00%) User Experience
7 3 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
8 2 (6.67%) LTE
8 2 (6.67%) Software Architecture
8 2 (6.67%) Change Control
8 2 (6.67%) Test Strategy
8 2 (6.67%) User Acceptance Testing
8 2 (6.67%) Umbraco
8 2 (6.67%) Software Testing

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Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 16 September 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 6 (20.00%) CMS
2 2 (6.67%) Umbraco
3 1 (3.33%) Apache
3 1 (3.33%) Tomcat
Applications
1 4 (13.33%) MS Excel
2 2 (6.67%) MS Visio
2 2 (6.67%) MS Project
2 2 (6.67%) MS Office
2 2 (6.67%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (3.33%) Photoshop
3 1 (3.33%) RoboHelp
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.33%) Amazon EC2
1 1 (3.33%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 7 (23.33%) Wireless
2 5 (16.67%) GSM
2 5 (16.67%) WCDMA
3 4 (13.33%) CDMA
3 4 (13.33%) GPRS
4 2 (6.67%) 2G
4 2 (6.67%) Internet
4 2 (6.67%) 3G
4 2 (6.67%) LTE
5 1 (3.33%) LDAP
5 1 (3.33%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (3.33%) Wireshark
5 1 (3.33%) NFC
5 1 (3.33%) HSPA
5 1 (3.33%) UMTS
5 1 (3.33%) VoIP
5 1 (3.33%) SMTP
5 1 (3.33%) HTTP
5 1 (3.33%) SNMP
5 1 (3.33%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.33%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 1 (3.33%) Ant
1 1 (3.33%) Subversion
1 1 (3.33%) Maven
1 1 (3.33%) Selenium
1 1 (3.33%) TeamCity
1 1 (3.33%) JBehave
1 1 (3.33%) WebDriver
1 1 (3.33%) Cucumber
1 1 (3.33%) Trac
General
1 10 (33.33%) Telecoms
2 3 (10.00%) Retail
3 2 (6.67%) Finance
4 1 (3.33%) Publishing
4 1 (3.33%) Games
4 1 (3.33%) Multimedia
4 1 (3.33%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 6 (20.00%) Analyst
2 4 (13.33%) QA Engineer
3 3 (10.00%) QA Analyst
3 3 (10.00%) Senior QA Engineer
3 3 (10.00%) Senior Quality Engineer
3 3 (10.00%) Project Manager
3 3 (10.00%) Quality Engineer
4 2 (6.67%) Coordinator
4 2 (6.67%) Design Engineer
4 2 (6.67%) Test Coordinator
4 2 (6.67%) Test Analyst
4 2 (6.67%) Systems Analyst
4 2 (6.67%) Web Analyst
5 1 (3.33%) Radio Engineer
5 1 (3.33%) Software Test Analyst
5 1 (3.33%) Junior Analyst
5 1 (3.33%) Digital Project Manager
5 1 (3.33%) QA Automation Engineer
5 1 (3.33%) Automation Engineer
5 1 (3.33%) PMO Lead
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (10.00%) HTML
1 3 (10.00%) HTML5
2 1 (3.33%) CSS
2 1 (3.33%) Flash
2 1 (3.33%) Java SE
2 1 (3.33%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 3 (10.00%) User Experience
1 3 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (3.33%) Client/Server
2 1 (3.33%) Blackberry
2 1 (3.33%) Device Driver
2 1 (3.33%) Handset
2 1 (3.33%) Computer Science
2 1 (3.33%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.33%) UNIX
1 1 (3.33%) Windows
1 1 (3.33%) Solaris
1 1 (3.33%) Linux
1 1 (3.33%) FreeBSD
1 1 (3.33%) Android
1 1 (3.33%) Apple iOS
1 1 (3.33%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (26.67%) Project Management
2 5 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
3 4 (13.33%) Quality Management
4 3 (10.00%) CMMI
4 3 (10.00%) Risk Management
4 3 (10.00%) Business Analysis
4 3 (10.00%) Project Planning
5 2 (6.67%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (6.67%) Software Testing
5 2 (6.67%) Software Architecture
5 2 (6.67%) Change Control
5 2 (6.67%) Test Strategy
5 2 (6.67%) QMS
5 2 (6.67%) Web Accessibility
5 2 (6.67%) DSDM
5 2 (6.67%) Service Delivery
5 2 (6.67%) Systems Analysis
5 2 (6.67%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (3.33%) TDD
6 1 (3.33%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 2 (6.67%) Java
2 1 (3.33%) ActionScript
2 1 (3.33%) Python
2 1 (3.33%) Shell Script
2 1 (3.33%) AWK
2 1 (3.33%) Lua
2 1 (3.33%) Bash Shell
2 1 (3.33%) C#
Qualifications
1 4 (13.33%) Degree
2 2 (6.67%) SC Cleared
2 2 (6.67%) Security Cleared
3 1 (3.33%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (10.00%) ISO 9001
1 3 (10.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (3.33%) SLA
Systems Management
1 1 (3.33%) Nagios
Vendors
1 2 (6.67%) Ericsson
1 2 (6.67%) Nokia
2 1 (3.33%) Siemens
2 1 (3.33%) Apple
2 1 (3.33%) Huawei
2 1 (3.33%) Business Objects
2 1 (3.33%) Cisco
2 1 (3.33%) Microsoft
2 1 (3.33%) Nortel
2 1 (3.33%) Alcatel-Lucent