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 28 November 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
28 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 50 57 62
Rank change year-on-year
+7 +5
Contract jobs citing QA 25 32 29
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 2.70% 2.96% 2.28%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 30.49% 34.78% 27.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 19 12
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£350 £275 £263
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+27.27% +4.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £274 £180 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £455 £344 £544
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 3
Average hourly rate - £10.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -69.23%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £32.50 £28.00
% change year-on-year
+1.53% +16.07%
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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
82 92 104
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 8.85% 8.52% 8.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 38 31
Average daily rate £350 £300 £274
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% +9.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £139 £180 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £550 £514
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £363
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 3 7
Average hourly rate £24.00 £13.00 £26.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+84.61% -50.47%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £10.60 £8.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.50 £13.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.99 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+19.95% -7.89%

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 28 November 2014.

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 28 November 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 11 (25.58%) Project Management
2 10 (23.26%) Telecoms
2 10 (23.26%) Finance
3 8 (18.60%) Wireless
3 8 (18.60%) User Acceptance Testing
4 7 (16.28%) GSM
5 6 (13.95%) Stakeholder Management
5 6 (13.95%) CMS
5 6 (13.95%) Agile Software Development
6 5 (11.63%) Java
6 5 (11.63%) Degree
7 4 (9.30%) Migration
7 4 (9.30%) Data Migration
7 4 (9.30%) HTML5
7 4 (9.30%) Analytical Skills
7 4 (9.30%) HTML
7 4 (9.30%) WCDMA
7 4 (9.30%) CDMA
7 4 (9.30%) GPRS
7 4 (9.30%) SQL
7 4 (9.30%) Microsoft
7 4 (9.30%) Business Analysis
7 4 (9.30%) Software Testing
7 4 (9.30%) 2G
7 4 (9.30%) Quality Management
8 3 (6.98%) CMMI
8 3 (6.98%) Risk Management
8 3 (6.98%) Scrum
8 3 (6.98%) TDD
8 3 (6.98%) Systems Analysis

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Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 28 November 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 (13.95%) CMS
2 3 (6.98%) Apache
2 3 (6.98%) Tomcat
3 2 (4.65%) Umbraco
4 1 (2.33%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (6.98%) MS Office
1 3 (6.98%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.33%) Photoshop
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.33%) Amazon EC2
1 1 (2.33%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 8 (18.60%) Wireless
2 7 (16.28%) GSM
3 4 (9.30%) WCDMA
3 4 (9.30%) CDMA
3 4 (9.30%) GPRS
3 4 (9.30%) 2G
4 3 (6.98%) 3G
4 3 (6.98%) UMTS
4 3 (6.98%) LTE
5 2 (4.65%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (2.33%) WiMAX
6 1 (2.33%) RNC
6 1 (2.33%) SSL
6 1 (2.33%) HTTP
6 1 (2.33%) SNMP
6 1 (2.33%) DNS
6 1 (2.33%) SMTP
6 1 (2.33%) LDAP
6 1 (2.33%) 4G
6 1 (2.33%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.65%) Relational Database
1 2 (4.65%) MySQL
1 2 (4.65%) RDBMS
2 1 (2.33%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (2.33%) BusinessObjects
2 1 (2.33%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (4.65%) Selenium
1 2 (4.65%) TeamCity
1 2 (4.65%) JBehave
1 2 (4.65%) WebDriver
1 2 (4.65%) Cucumber
1 2 (4.65%) Eclipse
2 1 (2.33%) Maven
2 1 (2.33%) Subversion
2 1 (2.33%) MSI
2 1 (2.33%) Ant
2 1 (2.33%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (2.33%) Trac
2 1 (2.33%) JIRA
General
1 10 (23.26%) Telecoms
1 10 (23.26%) Finance
2 3 (6.98%) Retail
3 1 (2.33%) Legal
3 1 (2.33%) Publishing
3 1 (2.33%) Games
Job Titles
1 13 (30.23%) Analyst
2 5 (11.63%) QA Engineer
3 4 (9.30%) Project Manager
3 4 (9.30%) Business Analyst
3 4 (9.30%) QA Analyst
3 4 (9.30%) Quality Engineer
4 3 (6.98%) Systems Analyst
4 3 (6.98%) Developer
4 3 (6.98%) Design Engineer
4 3 (6.98%) Senior Quality Engineer
4 3 (6.98%) Senior QA Engineer
5 2 (4.65%) Coordinator
5 2 (4.65%) Test Coordinator
5 2 (4.65%) Web Analyst
5 2 (4.65%) Test Analyst
6 1 (2.33%) Systems Administrator
6 1 (2.33%) Senior Developer
6 1 (2.33%) Applications Packager
6 1 (2.33%) Support Specialist
6 1 (2.33%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (9.30%) HTML5
1 4 (9.30%) HTML
2 3 (6.98%) CSS
2 3 (6.98%) jQuery
3 2 (4.65%) JSON
3 2 (4.65%) Spring Security
3 2 (4.65%) CSS3
3 2 (4.65%) RabbitMQ
3 2 (4.65%) JSP
3 2 (4.65%) Servlets
3 2 (4.65%) J2EE
3 2 (4.65%) Spring
4 1 (2.33%) NHibernate
4 1 (2.33%) ASP.NET
4 1 (2.33%) .NET
4 1 (2.33%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (2.33%) Kendo UI
4 1 (2.33%) KnockoutJS
4 1 (2.33%) ASP.NET Web API
4 1 (2.33%) ASP.NET MVC 3
Miscellaneous
1 4 (9.30%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (6.98%) User Experience
3 2 (4.65%) Digital Media
4 1 (2.33%) Replication
4 1 (2.33%) Inversion of Control
4 1 (2.33%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.33%) UNIX
1 1 (2.33%) Windows
1 1 (2.33%) Solaris
1 1 (2.33%) Linux
1 1 (2.33%) FreeBSD
1 1 (2.33%) Windows Server 2012
1 1 (2.33%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (25.58%) Project Management
2 8 (18.60%) User Acceptance Testing
3 6 (13.95%) Stakeholder Management
3 6 (13.95%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (9.30%) Migration
4 4 (9.30%) Data Migration
4 4 (9.30%) Business Analysis
4 4 (9.30%) Software Testing
4 4 (9.30%) Quality Management
5 3 (6.98%) CMMI
5 3 (6.98%) Risk Management
5 3 (6.98%) Scrum
5 3 (6.98%) TDD
5 3 (6.98%) Systems Analysis
5 3 (6.98%) DSDM
5 3 (6.98%) Web Accessibility
5 3 (6.98%) Software Architecture
5 3 (6.98%) Change Control
6 2 (4.65%) Project Planning
6 2 (4.65%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (11.63%) Java
2 4 (9.30%) SQL
3 3 (6.98%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.33%) AWK
4 1 (2.33%) Shell Script
4 1 (2.33%) PL/SQL
4 1 (2.33%) C#
4 1 (2.33%) Python
4 1 (2.33%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 5 (11.63%) Degree
2 2 (4.65%) Security Cleared
2 2 (4.65%) ISEB
3 1 (2.33%) ISTQB
3 1 (2.33%) PMP
3 1 (2.33%) PMI Certification
3 1 (2.33%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.98%) ISO 9001
1 3 (6.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (4.65%) SLA
3 1 (2.33%) Solvency II
System Software
1 1 (2.33%) Microsoft App-V
1 1 (2.33%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (2.33%) Nagios
1 1 (2.33%) SCCM
1 1 (2.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (9.30%) Microsoft
2 2 (4.65%) Oracle
2 2 (4.65%) Ericsson
2 2 (4.65%) Nokia
2 2 (4.65%) Huawei
3 1 (2.33%) AppSense
3 1 (2.33%) Telerik
3 1 (2.33%) Citrix
3 1 (2.33%) Alcatel-Lucent
3 1 (2.33%) HP
3 1 (2.33%) EMC
3 1 (2.33%) Nortel
3 1 (2.33%) Siemens
3 1 (2.33%) Informatica
3 1 (2.33%) Business Objects
3 1 (2.33%) SAP
3 1 (2.33%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
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