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 1 September 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
1 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 45 69 57
Rank change year-on-year
+24 -12
Contract jobs citing QA 107 61 57
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 3.21% 2.18% 2.32%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 46.12% 35.06% 40.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 31 27
Average daily rate
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£375 £400 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £285 £272
10% offered a daily rate of more than £451 £475 £448
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £97.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.68 £13.71 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+36.25% -31.45%
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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
232 174 140
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 6.97% 6.23% 5.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 108 82 57
Average daily rate £383 £400 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.37% +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £224 £253 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £540 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 10
Average hourly rate £35.00 £15.77 £9.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+121.94% +70.48%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.43 £11.50 £8.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.70 £75.50 £35.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.64 £19.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+9.56% +12.85%

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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 1 September 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 1 September 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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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 +6 50 £375 -19.78% 12
Glasgow +22 42 £400 +24.03% 16
Stirling +14 5 £375 -
West Lothian -6 3 £298 -30.81%
Highlands - 2 - -
Renfrewshire +4 1 - -
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Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 1 September 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 78 (40.21%) Finance
2 51 (26.29%) Banking
3 44 (22.68%) Project Management
4 38 (19.59%) User Acceptance Testing
5 37 (19.07%) Agile Software Development
6 35 (18.04%) Microsoft
7 30 (15.46%) SQL
7 30 (15.46%) Test Scripting
8 29 (14.95%) MS Excel
8 29 (14.95%) Stakeholder Management
9 26 (13.40%) Retail
10 24 (12.37%) Analytical Skills
11 22 (11.34%) Non-Functional Testing
11 22 (11.34%) Migration
12 21 (10.82%) MS Office
12 21 (10.82%) SDLC
12 21 (10.82%) HP Quality Center
13 19 (9.79%) Data Warehouse
14 18 (9.28%) SharePoint
15 16 (8.25%) ITIL
16 15 (7.73%) PRINCE2
16 15 (7.73%) Java
16 15 (7.73%) ISEB
16 15 (7.73%) Change Management
16 15 (7.73%) Scrum
16 15 (7.73%) Analytics
17 14 (7.22%) .NET
17 14 (7.22%) SAS
18 13 (6.70%) Oracle
18 13 (6.70%) Risk Management

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Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 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 18 (9.28%) SharePoint
2 14 (7.22%) SAS
3 5 (2.58%) SharePoint 2013
4 4 (2.06%) Lync
4 4 (2.06%) CMS
4 4 (2.06%) IIS
5 3 (1.55%) Oracle Workflow
5 3 (1.55%) CICS
6 2 (1.03%) Tomcat
6 2 (1.03%) FileNet
7 1 (0.52%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.52%) MS Exchange
7 1 (0.52%) IBM Notes
7 1 (0.52%) Lotus Domino
7 1 (0.52%) Apache
7 1 (0.52%) ArcGIS
7 1 (0.52%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.52%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.52%) Oracle Application Server
7 1 (0.52%) WebSphere
Applications
1 29 (14.95%) MS Excel
2 21 (10.82%) MS Office
3 12 (6.19%) MS PowerPoint
4 8 (4.12%) MS Visio
4 8 (4.12%) MS Project
5 2 (1.03%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.52%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 6 (3.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.52%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.52%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 5 (2.58%) Office 365
2 1 (0.52%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.52%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.52%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.52%) Adobe Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 6 (3.09%) WAN
2 5 (2.58%) LAN
2 5 (2.58%) Firewall
2 5 (2.58%) Cisco IOS
2 5 (2.58%) Network Security
2 5 (2.58%) Junos
3 4 (2.06%) ATM
4 2 (1.03%) SNMP
4 2 (1.03%) SAN
4 2 (1.03%) Intranet
5 1 (0.52%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.52%) DNS
5 1 (0.52%) DHCP
5 1 (0.52%) HTTP
5 1 (0.52%) OpenLDAP
5 1 (0.52%) Wireless
5 1 (0.52%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (9.79%) Data Warehouse
2 7 (3.61%) Relational Database
3 5 (2.58%) Oracle Database
4 4 (2.06%) NoSQL
4 4 (2.06%) SQL Server
4 4 (2.06%) BusinessObjects
4 4 (2.06%) Oracle Database 11g
5 3 (1.55%) QlikView
5 3 (1.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 3 (1.55%) DB2
6 2 (1.03%) MySQL
6 2 (1.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (1.03%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.52%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
7 1 (0.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.52%) Data Mart
7 1 (0.52%) SQL Server 2005
7 1 (0.52%) Crystal Reports
7 1 (0.52%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.52%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 10 (5.15%) Selenium
2 6 (3.09%) Maven
2 6 (3.09%) Cucumber
3 5 (2.58%) JIRA
3 5 (2.58%) HP UFT
4 3 (1.55%) PeopleTools
4 3 (1.55%) Jenkins
5 2 (1.03%) Hudson
5 2 (1.03%) SoapUI
5 2 (1.03%) Gradle
5 2 (1.03%) JBehave
5 2 (1.03%) Visual Studio
5 2 (1.03%) TestDirector
5 2 (1.03%) Git (software)
5 2 (1.03%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.52%) WatiN
6 1 (0.52%) FitNesse
6 1 (0.52%) Ant
6 1 (0.52%) StarTeam
6 1 (0.52%) ClearCase
General
1 78 (40.21%) Finance
2 51 (26.29%) Banking
3 26 (13.40%) Retail
4 10 (5.15%) Legal
5 9 (4.64%) Retail Banking
6 5 (2.58%) Investment Banking
7 4 (2.06%) Marketing
8 2 (1.03%) Publishing
8 2 (1.03%) Pharmaceutical
8 2 (1.03%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.52%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.52%) Advertising
9 1 (0.52%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 54 (27.84%) Analyst
2 26 (13.40%) Test Manager
3 25 (12.89%) Developer
4 21 (10.82%) Project Manager
5 20 (10.31%) Test Analyst
6 12 (6.19%) PMO Analyst
7 11 (5.67%) Test Leader
7 11 (5.67%) Business Analyst
7 11 (5.67%) Tester
8 7 (3.61%) Infrastructure Manager
8 7 (3.61%) QA Analyst
9 6 (3.09%) Network Engineer
9 6 (3.09%) Administrator
9 6 (3.09%) Senior Analyst
9 6 (3.09%) Designer
9 6 (3.09%) QA Tester
10 5 (2.58%) UAT Test Manager
10 5 (2.58%) UAT Manager
10 5 (2.58%) PMO Lead
10 5 (2.58%) Infrastructure Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (7.22%) .NET
2 9 (4.64%) HTML
2 9 (4.64%) Web Services
3 8 (4.12%) XML
4 6 (3.09%) SOAP
4 6 (3.09%) ASP.NET
5 5 (2.58%) CSS
5 5 (2.58%) J2EE
6 4 (2.06%) Ajax
6 4 (2.06%) RESTful
6 4 (2.06%) HTML5
6 4 (2.06%) REST
7 3 (1.55%) Spring
7 3 (1.55%) XML Schema
8 2 (1.03%) SVG
8 2 (1.03%) jQuery
8 2 (1.03%) Middleware
8 2 (1.03%) Hibernate
8 2 (1.03%) JSON
8 2 (1.03%) FIX Protocol
Miscellaneous
1 24 (12.37%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (5.15%) User Experience
3 8 (4.12%) Data Centre
4 5 (2.58%) Management Information System
4 5 (2.58%) Cryptography
5 4 (2.06%) Mainframe
6 3 (1.55%) GIS
6 3 (1.55%) Derivative
6 3 (1.55%) Equity Derivative
7 2 (1.03%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.03%) PMI
7 2 (1.03%) Fixed Income
7 2 (1.03%) Equities
7 2 (1.03%) Visualisation
7 2 (1.03%) iPad
7 2 (1.03%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.52%) Freedom of Information
8 1 (0.52%) Statistics
8 1 (0.52%) Taxonomies
8 1 (0.52%) Photography
Operating Systems
1 12 (6.19%) Windows
2 10 (5.15%) UNIX
3 7 (3.61%) Linux
4 5 (2.58%) Windows 7
5 3 (1.55%) Apple iOS
5 3 (1.55%) zOS
6 2 (1.03%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (1.03%) Android
6 2 (1.03%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.52%) Mac OS
7 1 (0.52%) VME
7 1 (0.52%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (22.68%) Project Management
2 38 (19.59%) User Acceptance Testing
3 37 (19.07%) Agile Software Development
4 30 (15.46%) Test Scripting
5 29 (14.95%) Stakeholder Management
6 22 (11.34%) Migration
6 22 (11.34%) Non-Functional Testing
7 21 (10.82%) SDLC
8 16 (8.25%) ITIL
9 15 (7.73%) PRINCE2
9 15 (7.73%) Change Management
9 15 (7.73%) Scrum
9 15 (7.73%) Analytics
10 13 (6.70%) Test Planning
10 13 (6.70%) Test Management
10 13 (6.70%) Risk Management
11 12 (6.19%) Service Management
11 12 (6.19%) Risk Analysis
12 10 (5.15%) TDD
12 10 (5.15%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 30 (15.46%) SQL
2 15 (7.73%) Java
3 10 (5.15%) C#
4 7 (3.61%) JavaScript
5 5 (2.58%) PowerShell
6 4 (2.06%) PL/SQL
6 4 (2.06%) C++
6 4 (2.06%) Python
7 3 (1.55%) JCL
7 3 (1.55%) Perl
8 2 (1.03%) PeopleCode
8 2 (1.03%) SQR
8 2 (1.03%) Ruby
8 2 (1.03%) XPath
9 1 (0.52%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.52%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.52%) Objective-C
9 1 (0.52%) REXX
9 1 (0.52%) COBOL
9 1 (0.52%) PHP
Qualifications
1 15 (7.73%) ISEB
2 7 (3.61%) Security Cleared
3 5 (2.58%) SC Cleared
4 3 (1.55%) ISTQB
4 3 (1.55%) Degree
4 3 (1.55%) ITIL Certification
4 3 (1.55%) PMI Certification
5 2 (1.03%) CISA
5 2 (1.03%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (1.03%) CCNP
5 2 (1.03%) CCNA
5 2 (1.03%) APMP
6 1 (0.52%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 1 (0.52%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 1 (0.52%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (0.52%) QiCA
6 1 (0.52%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.03%) JSP 440
2 1 (0.52%) GxP
2 1 (0.52%) BS7799
2 1 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 4 (2.06%) Active Directory
2 3 (1.55%) RACF
3 2 (1.03%) Hyper-V
3 2 (1.03%) vSphere
3 2 (1.03%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.52%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 21 (10.82%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (2.58%) WhatsUp Gold
3 2 (1.03%) CA Endevor
4 1 (0.52%) Control-M
4 1 (0.52%) Puppet
4 1 (0.52%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 35 (18.04%) Microsoft
2 13 (6.70%) Oracle
3 8 (4.12%) CheckPoint
4 7 (3.61%) HP
4 7 (3.61%) Cisco
5 5 (2.58%) Juniper
5 5 (2.58%) Informatica
5 5 (2.58%) McAfee
5 5 (2.58%) Crossbeam
5 5 (2.58%) TippingPoint
5 5 (2.58%) Riverbed
5 5 (2.58%) F5
6 4 (2.06%) ServiceNow
6 4 (2.06%) Sybase
7 3 (1.55%) PeopleSoft
7 3 (1.55%) ESRI
8 2 (1.03%) 3PAR
8 2 (1.03%) Tableau
8 2 (1.03%) Twitter
8 2 (1.03%) EMC
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