The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Scotland region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 24 October 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
24 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 69 75 69
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -6
Contract jobs citing QA 53 41 44
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 1.92% 1.62% 1.80%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 33.97% 28.08% 28.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 17 22
Average daily rate
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£400 £325 £305
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% +6.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £262
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £520 £360
UK excluding London average daily rate £348 £350 £359
% change year-on-year
-0.64% -2.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Average hourly rate - £17.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.34 £25.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-34.64% +25.00%
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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 Scotland region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Scotland
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
156 146 152
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 5.66% 5.78% 6.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 76 57 67
Average daily rate £400 £350 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.20% +9.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £281 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 10 14
Average hourly rate £15.77 £13.38 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.90% -16.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.89 £8.56 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £75.50 £45.25 £31.29
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £19.50
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -10.25%

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Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Scotland region as a proportion of the total demand within the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing QA across the Scotland region.

QA Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Scotland region over the 3 months to 24 October 2014.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Scotland region.

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

QA
Contract Job Locations in Scotland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 24 October 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Edinburgh +5 27 £473 +34.04% 6
Glasgow +3 14 £375 +150.00% 6
Renfrewshire - 7 £310 -
West Dunbartonshire - 1 - -
Stirling - 1 - -
Fife - - - - 1
Argyll and Bute - - - -
Aberdeen - - - - 1
Dundee - - - -
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Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland 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 33 (28.45%) Finance
2 22 (18.97%) Microsoft
3 20 (17.24%) Oracle
3 20 (17.24%) SC Cleared
3 20 (17.24%) Security Cleared
4 19 (16.38%) Java
5 18 (15.52%) SQL
6 17 (14.66%) MS Excel
7 16 (13.79%) SharePoint
7 16 (13.79%) Agile Software Development
7 16 (13.79%) Banking
8 14 (12.07%) PowerShell
8 14 (12.07%) .NET
9 13 (11.21%) XML
9 13 (11.21%) Java EE
10 12 (10.34%) Change Management
10 12 (10.34%) Active Directory
10 12 (10.34%) Project Management
10 12 (10.34%) Coaching
10 12 (10.34%) User Experience
11 11 (9.48%) Analytical Skills
11 11 (9.48%) SharePoint 2013
11 11 (9.48%) Windows
12 10 (8.62%) ITIL
12 10 (8.62%) ASP.NET
12 10 (8.62%) JavaScript
13 9 (7.76%) IIS
13 9 (7.76%) SOAP
13 9 (7.76%) MS Office
13 9 (7.76%) Web Services

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Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland 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 16 (13.79%) SharePoint
2 11 (9.48%) SharePoint 2013
3 9 (7.76%) IIS
4 8 (6.90%) Lync
5 4 (3.45%) TWiki
6 3 (2.59%) MS Exchange
6 3 (2.59%) SAS
7 2 (1.72%) CMS
8 1 (0.86%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.86%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.86%) Adobe CQ
8 1 (0.86%) CICS
8 1 (0.86%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.86%) JBoss
8 1 (0.86%) WebSphere Application Server
8 1 (0.86%) WebLogic
Applications
1 17 (14.66%) MS Excel
2 9 (7.76%) MS Office
3 7 (6.03%) MS Project
4 3 (2.59%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (1.72%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (1.72%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.86%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.86%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.59%) Office 365
2 2 (1.72%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.45%) Firewall
2 3 (2.59%) Network Security
3 2 (1.72%) Junos
3 2 (1.72%) Cisco IOS
3 2 (1.72%) LAN
3 2 (1.72%) WAN
4 1 (0.86%) HTTP
4 1 (0.86%) SAN
4 1 (0.86%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.31%) Oracle Database
2 4 (3.45%) SQL Server
3 2 (1.72%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (1.72%) QlikView
3 2 (1.72%) SAS Data Integration Studio
4 1 (0.86%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (0.86%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.86%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
4 1 (0.86%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.86%) Oracle Database 12c
4 1 (0.86%) DB2
4 1 (0.86%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.86%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 5 (4.31%) JIRA
2 4 (3.45%) MSI
3 2 (1.72%) Xcode
3 2 (1.72%) JUnit
3 2 (1.72%) QuickTest Pro
3 2 (1.72%) Selenium
3 2 (1.72%) JBehave
3 2 (1.72%) WebDriver
3 2 (1.72%) Cucumber
3 2 (1.72%) Maven
4 1 (0.86%) Hudson
4 1 (0.86%) CodeRush
4 1 (0.86%) GoogleTest
4 1 (0.86%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.86%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 1 (0.86%) MSTest
4 1 (0.86%) CppUnit
4 1 (0.86%) LoadRunner
4 1 (0.86%) PeopleTools
4 1 (0.86%) Visual Studio
General
1 33 (28.45%) Finance
2 16 (13.79%) Banking
3 6 (5.17%) Retail
4 5 (4.31%) Retail Banking
5 3 (2.59%) Investment Banking
6 2 (1.72%) Publishing
6 2 (1.72%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.86%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 34 (29.31%) Developer
2 13 (11.21%) Analyst
3 12 (10.34%) SharePoint Developer
4 10 (8.62%) Project Manager
5 8 (6.90%) Lead Developer
6 6 (5.17%) Java Developer
6 6 (5.17%) Tester
7 5 (4.31%) Senior Developer
8 4 (3.45%) Test Manager
8 4 (3.45%) Test Specialist
9 3 (2.59%) QA Tester
9 3 (2.59%) PMO Analyst
9 3 (2.59%) Consultant
9 3 (2.59%) Applications Packager
9 3 (2.59%) Quality Engineer
9 3 (2.59%) Senior Analyst
9 3 (2.59%) Test Engineer
9 3 (2.59%) QA Specialist
10 2 (1.72%) Software Tester
10 2 (1.72%) Programme Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (12.07%) .NET
2 13 (11.21%) XML
2 13 (11.21%) Java EE
3 10 (8.62%) ASP.NET
4 9 (7.76%) SOAP
4 9 (7.76%) Web Services
5 8 (6.90%) JSON
5 8 (6.90%) RESTful
6 5 (4.31%) CSS
7 4 (3.45%) HTML
8 3 (2.59%) J2EE
8 3 (2.59%) Software Packaging
8 3 (2.59%) Application Packaging
8 3 (2.59%) Middleware
8 3 (2.59%) HTML5
9 2 (1.72%) jQuery
10 1 (0.86%) Ext JS
10 1 (0.86%) JPA
10 1 (0.86%) Apache CXF
10 1 (0.86%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 12 (10.34%) User Experience
2 11 (9.48%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (3.45%) Management Information System
4 3 (2.59%) Social Media
5 2 (1.72%) Mobile App
5 2 (1.72%) Client/Server
5 2 (1.72%) Open Source
5 2 (1.72%) Cryptography
5 2 (1.72%) Taxonomies
6 1 (0.86%) CMDB
6 1 (0.86%) Copywriting
6 1 (0.86%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 11 (9.48%) Windows
2 3 (2.59%) UNIX
3 2 (1.72%) Apple iOS
3 2 (1.72%) Android
3 2 (1.72%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (0.86%) Windows 7
4 1 (0.86%) AIX
4 1 (0.86%) Linux
4 1 (0.86%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (13.79%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (10.34%) Project Management
2 12 (10.34%) Change Management
2 12 (10.34%) Coaching
3 10 (8.62%) ITIL
4 8 (6.90%) Quality Management
4 8 (6.90%) Stakeholder Management
5 7 (6.03%) Automated Testing
5 7 (6.03%) Service Management
5 7 (6.03%) Project Planning
6 6 (5.17%) Programme Management
6 6 (5.17%) Test Scripting
6 6 (5.17%) SOA
6 6 (5.17%) Mentoring
7 5 (4.31%) Scrum
7 5 (4.31%) Software Testing
7 5 (4.31%) Incident Management
7 5 (4.31%) Service Delivery
7 5 (4.31%) Migration
7 5 (4.31%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 19 (16.38%) Java
2 18 (15.52%) SQL
3 14 (12.07%) PowerShell
4 10 (8.62%) JavaScript
5 4 (3.45%) C#
5 4 (3.45%) VBA
6 3 (2.59%) VBScript
7 2 (1.72%) VB
7 2 (1.72%) Objective-C
7 2 (1.72%) T-SQL
7 2 (1.72%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.86%) C
8 1 (0.86%) C++
8 1 (0.86%) Perl
8 1 (0.86%) PeopleCode
8 1 (0.86%) SQR
Qualifications
1 20 (17.24%) SC Cleared
1 20 (17.24%) Security Cleared
2 6 (5.17%) ISTQB
2 6 (5.17%) Degree
3 4 (3.45%) DV Cleared
4 3 (2.59%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 3 (2.59%) Cisco Certification
4 3 (2.59%) MOS
5 2 (1.72%) CCNP
6 1 (0.86%) CCNA
6 1 (0.86%) ISEB
6 1 (0.86%) MCSA
6 1 (0.86%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.86%) PMP
6 1 (0.86%) GIAC
6 1 (0.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (0.86%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 1 (0.86%) JSP 440
System Software
1 12 (10.34%) Active Directory
2 3 (2.59%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (0.86%) Hyper-V
3 1 (0.86%) vSphere
3 1 (0.86%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (0.86%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 4 (3.45%) SCCM
2 3 (2.59%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 2 (1.72%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 2 (1.72%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 22 (18.97%) Microsoft
2 20 (17.24%) Oracle
3 7 (6.03%) HP
4 3 (2.59%) Cisco
4 3 (2.59%) AppSense
4 3 (2.59%) Teradata
4 3 (2.59%) Altiris
5 2 (1.72%) Juniper
5 2 (1.72%) CheckPoint
5 2 (1.72%) McAfee
5 2 (1.72%) Crossbeam
5 2 (1.72%) TippingPoint
5 2 (1.72%) Riverbed
5 2 (1.72%) F5
6 1 (0.86%) ClickSoftware Technologies
6 1 (0.86%) Nintex
6 1 (0.86%) 3PAR
6 1 (0.86%) LANDesk
6 1 (0.86%) VMware
6 1 (0.86%) CA
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