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 30 January 2015 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 73 69 59
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -10
Contract jobs citing QA 48 43 53
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 1.79% 1.92% 2.62%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 26.97% 34.96% 43.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 28 35
Average daily rate
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£375 £325 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% +18.18%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £214 £225 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £466 £383 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Average hourly rate £47.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £19.00 £30.25
% change year-on-year
+73.68% -37.19%
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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
178 123 123
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 6.64% 5.50% 6.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 91 63 72
Average daily rate £388 £330 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.42% +4.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £215 £231
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £488 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+8.57% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 2
Average hourly rate £15.77 £12.00 £11.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+31.41% +4.34%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.08 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+11.27% -25.76%

QA
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 30 January 2015.

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 30 January 2015. 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 +2 29 £340 +13.33% 14
Glasgow -6 8 £235 -21.66% 6
Renfrewshire -15 4 £450 +20.80% 1
West Lothian +5 2 - - 4
Aberdeen +5 1 - - 3
Fife - 1 £200 - 1
Argyll and Bute - - - -
Dundee - - - - 1
Stirling - - - -
QA
UK

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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 29 (31.18%) Finance
2 28 (30.11%) Agile Software Development
3 20 (21.51%) SQL
4 15 (16.13%) Microsoft
4 15 (16.13%) SC Cleared
4 15 (16.13%) Security Cleared
5 13 (13.98%) Project Management
5 13 (13.98%) Change Management
5 13 (13.98%) MS Excel
6 12 (12.90%) Banking
7 11 (11.83%) MS Office
7 11 (11.83%) XML
7 11 (11.83%) Scrum
8 10 (10.75%) Stakeholder Management
8 10 (10.75%) .NET
8 10 (10.75%) Automated Testing
8 10 (10.75%) MS PowerPoint
9 9 (9.68%) Incident Management
9 9 (9.68%) ITIL
9 9 (9.68%) Windows
9 9 (9.68%) SharePoint
10 8 (8.60%) Java
10 8 (8.60%) User Acceptance Testing
10 8 (8.60%) Analytical Skills
11 7 (7.53%) Test Scripting
11 7 (7.53%) Resource Management
11 7 (7.53%) Selenium
11 7 (7.53%) Retail
11 7 (7.53%) MS Project
11 7 (7.53%) Quality Management

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Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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 9 (9.68%) SharePoint
2 4 (4.30%) CMS
2 4 (4.30%) TWiki
3 3 (3.23%) SAS
4 2 (2.15%) WebLogic
4 2 (2.15%) IIS
4 2 (2.15%) WebSphere
5 1 (1.08%) Lync
5 1 (1.08%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (1.08%) JBoss
5 1 (1.08%) Tomcat
5 1 (1.08%) WebSphere Application Server
5 1 (1.08%) CICS
5 1 (1.08%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 13 (13.98%) MS Excel
2 11 (11.83%) MS Office
3 10 (10.75%) MS PowerPoint
4 7 (7.53%) MS Project
5 3 (3.23%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (1.08%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.08%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 1 (1.08%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.08%) SAP MM
2 1 (1.08%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.23%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 4 (4.30%) SAN
1 4 (4.30%) Firewall
1 4 (4.30%) LAN
1 4 (4.30%) WAN
1 4 (4.30%) Cisco IOS
1 4 (4.30%) Network Security
1 4 (4.30%) Junos
2 2 (2.15%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (6.45%) SQL Server
2 4 (4.30%) Relational Database
3 3 (3.23%) SQL Server 2005
3 3 (3.23%) Crystal Reports
4 2 (2.15%) DB2
4 2 (2.15%) RDBMS
4 2 (2.15%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (2.15%) QlikView
4 2 (2.15%) SAS Data Integration Studio
5 1 (1.08%) Cognos Query Studio
5 1 (1.08%) Cognos Report Studio
5 1 (1.08%) Cognos Framework Manager
5 1 (1.08%) Data Mart
5 1 (1.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (1.08%) DataStage
Development Applications
1 7 (7.53%) Selenium
2 5 (5.38%) Cucumber
2 5 (5.38%) JIRA
3 4 (4.30%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (3.23%) Jenkins
4 3 (3.23%) JBehave
4 3 (3.23%) WebDriver
4 3 (3.23%) JUnit
4 3 (3.23%) PeopleTools
5 2 (2.15%) QuickTest Pro
5 2 (2.15%) Ant
5 2 (2.15%) Eclipse
5 2 (2.15%) Maven
5 2 (2.15%) FitNesse
5 2 (2.15%) MSTest
6 1 (1.08%) Git (software)
6 1 (1.08%) Checkstyle
6 1 (1.08%) JDeveloper
6 1 (1.08%) WebSphere Studio Application Developer
6 1 (1.08%) Log4j
General
1 29 (31.18%) Finance
2 12 (12.90%) Banking
3 7 (7.53%) Retail
4 6 (6.45%) Retail Banking
5 5 (5.38%) Telecoms
6 2 (2.15%) Publishing
6 2 (2.15%) Investment Banking
7 1 (1.08%) Marketing
7 1 (1.08%) Manufacturing
7 1 (1.08%) Front Office
7 1 (1.08%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 16 (17.20%) Analyst
2 14 (15.05%) Developer
3 11 (11.83%) Tester
4 9 (9.68%) Project Manager
5 5 (5.38%) QA Tester
6 4 (4.30%) Business Analyst
6 4 (4.30%) Test Analyst
6 4 (4.30%) Consultant
6 4 (4.30%) Network Engineer
6 4 (4.30%) Test Engineer
7 3 (3.23%) PMO Analyst
7 3 (3.23%) Java/J2EE Developer
7 3 (3.23%) PeopleSoft Developer
7 3 (3.23%) Project Coordinator
7 3 (3.23%) J2EE Developer
7 3 (3.23%) QA Analyst
7 3 (3.23%) Java Developer
7 3 (3.23%) Performance Tester
7 3 (3.23%) Quality Engineer
7 3 (3.23%) Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (11.83%) XML
2 10 (10.75%) .NET
3 3 (3.23%) RESTful
3 3 (3.23%) JSON
3 3 (3.23%) XML Schema
3 3 (3.23%) JAXB
3 3 (3.23%) HTML
3 3 (3.23%) J2EE
4 2 (2.15%) ASP.NET
4 2 (2.15%) CSS
4 2 (2.15%) SOAP
4 2 (2.15%) XSD
4 2 (2.15%) XSLT
5 1 (1.08%) AppFabric
5 1 (1.08%) jQuery
5 1 (1.08%) WCF
5 1 (1.08%) .NET Framework
5 1 (1.08%) MSMQ
5 1 (1.08%) DOM
5 1 (1.08%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 8 (8.60%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (5.38%) Management Information System
3 4 (4.30%) Cryptography
3 4 (4.30%) Open Source
3 4 (4.30%) Social Media
4 2 (2.15%) Statistics
4 2 (2.15%) Taxonomies
4 2 (2.15%) Copywriting
5 1 (1.08%) User Experience
5 1 (1.08%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.08%) Life Science
5 1 (1.08%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 9 (9.68%) Windows
2 4 (4.30%) Windows Server 2003
2 4 (4.30%) UNIX
2 4 (4.30%) Linux
2 4 (4.30%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (1.08%) Apple iOS
3 1 (1.08%) Android
3 1 (1.08%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (30.11%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (13.98%) Project Management
2 13 (13.98%) Change Management
3 11 (11.83%) Scrum
4 10 (10.75%) Stakeholder Management
4 10 (10.75%) Automated Testing
5 9 (9.68%) Incident Management
5 9 (9.68%) ITIL
6 8 (8.60%) User Acceptance Testing
7 7 (7.53%) Test Scripting
7 7 (7.53%) Resource Management
7 7 (7.53%) Quality Management
8 6 (6.45%) Service Management
8 6 (6.45%) Project Planning
8 6 (6.45%) Integration Testing
8 6 (6.45%) Release Management
8 6 (6.45%) Time Management
8 6 (6.45%) BDD
8 6 (6.45%) Automation Testing
9 5 (5.38%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 20 (21.51%) SQL
2 8 (8.60%) Java
3 4 (4.30%) C#
4 3 (3.23%) T-SQL
4 3 (3.23%) JavaScript
4 3 (3.23%) VB.NET
4 3 (3.23%) PeopleCode
4 3 (3.23%) SQR
5 2 (2.15%) C
5 2 (2.15%) VB
5 2 (2.15%) XPath
6 1 (1.08%) PowerShell
6 1 (1.08%) Ruby
6 1 (1.08%) Python
6 1 (1.08%) Perl
6 1 (1.08%) PL/SQL
6 1 (1.08%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 15 (16.13%) SC Cleared
1 15 (16.13%) Security Cleared
2 4 (4.30%) Degree
3 3 (3.23%) ISTQB
4 2 (2.15%) PMP
4 2 (2.15%) ISEB
5 1 (1.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (1.08%) DV Cleared
5 1 (1.08%) HND
5 1 (1.08%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (1.08%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.30%) JSP 440
2 1 (1.08%) ISO 9000
2 1 (1.08%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 4 (4.30%) Hyper-V
1 4 (4.30%) vSphere
1 4 (4.30%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (1.08%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (4.30%) WhatsUp Gold
2 3 (3.23%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 15 (16.13%) Microsoft
2 6 (6.45%) Oracle
3 5 (5.38%) CheckPoint
4 4 (4.30%) HP
4 4 (4.30%) EMC
4 4 (4.30%) Juniper
4 4 (4.30%) McAfee
4 4 (4.30%) Cisco
4 4 (4.30%) Crossbeam
4 4 (4.30%) TippingPoint
4 4 (4.30%) Riverbed
4 4 (4.30%) F5
4 4 (4.30%) 3PAR
5 3 (3.23%) PeopleSoft
6 2 (2.15%) IBM
6 2 (2.15%) Teradata
7 1 (1.08%) Guidewire
7 1 (1.08%) Coverity
7 1 (1.08%) Cognos
7 1 (1.08%) SAP
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