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 17 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
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 69 63 71
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +8
Contract jobs citing QA 65 51 45
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 2.36% 2.07% 1.68%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 36.31% 34.46% 27.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 24 21
Average daily rate
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£400 £350 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.20% +9.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £259 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £444 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Average hourly rate - £17.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.75 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -12.50%
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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
179 148 164
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 6.49% 5.99% 6.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 60 60
Average daily rate £400 £350 £323
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +8.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £358 £365
% change year-on-year
+4.89% -2.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 11 24
Average hourly rate £15.77 £9.25 £12.42
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+70.48% -25.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.60 £8.95 £9.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £63.60 £18.00 £20.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -16.66%

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 17 September 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 17 September 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 -4 27 £475 +34.75% 14
Glasgow 0 24 £320 +113.33% 5
Renfrewshire - 6 £390 -
West Dunbartonshire - 1 - - 1
Stirling - 1 - -
Fife - - - -
Midlothian - - - -
Aberdeen - - - - 1
Dundee - - - - 1
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UK

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 17 September 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 34 (27.42%) Finance
2 27 (21.77%) Microsoft
3 25 (20.16%) Security Cleared
4 23 (18.55%) SC Cleared
5 21 (16.94%) SQL
6 19 (15.32%) Oracle
7 18 (14.52%) MS Excel
8 17 (13.71%) Java
9 16 (12.90%) SharePoint
9 16 (12.90%) Banking
10 15 (12.10%) Active Directory
10 15 (12.10%) Project Management
11 14 (11.29%) .NET
11 14 (11.29%) Agile Software Development
11 14 (11.29%) PowerShell
12 13 (10.48%) Java EE
13 12 (9.68%) XML
13 12 (9.68%) Windows
13 12 (9.68%) Coaching
13 12 (9.68%) User Experience
14 11 (8.87%) Analytical Skills
14 11 (8.87%) SharePoint 2013
14 11 (8.87%) ITIL
14 11 (8.87%) JavaScript
14 11 (8.87%) Automated Testing
15 10 (8.06%) Test Scripting
15 10 (8.06%) ASP.NET
15 10 (8.06%) HP
16 9 (7.26%) Quality Management
16 9 (7.26%) Service Delivery

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Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 17 September 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 (12.90%) SharePoint
2 11 (8.87%) SharePoint 2013
3 9 (7.26%) IIS
4 8 (6.45%) Lync
5 4 (3.23%) TWiki
6 3 (2.42%) SAS
6 3 (2.42%) MS Exchange
7 1 (0.81%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.81%) Adobe CQ
7 1 (0.81%) WebSphere Application Server
7 1 (0.81%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.81%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.81%) CICS
7 1 (0.81%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.81%) CMS
Applications
1 18 (14.52%) MS Excel
2 9 (7.26%) MS Office
3 2 (1.61%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (1.61%) MS Visio
3 2 (1.61%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 6 (4.84%) Dynamics CRM
1 6 (4.84%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.81%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.42%) Office 365
2 2 (1.61%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.23%) Firewall
2 3 (2.42%) Network Security
3 2 (1.61%) Cisco IOS
3 2 (1.61%) LAN
3 2 (1.61%) SMS
3 2 (1.61%) WAN
3 2 (1.61%) Junos
4 1 (0.81%) HTTP
4 1 (0.81%) SAN
4 1 (0.81%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.03%) Oracle Database
2 4 (3.23%) SQL Server
3 2 (1.61%) QlikView
3 2 (1.61%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (1.61%) SAS Data Integration Studio
4 1 (0.81%) Oracle Database 12c
4 1 (0.81%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.81%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
4 1 (0.81%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.81%) DB2
4 1 (0.81%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.81%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.81%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (0.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 7 (5.65%) MSI
2 5 (4.03%) JIRA
3 4 (3.23%) QuickTest Pro
3 4 (3.23%) LoadRunner
3 4 (3.23%) Facilita Forecast
4 2 (1.61%) Maven
5 1 (0.81%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 1 (0.81%) CppUnit
5 1 (0.81%) JBehave
5 1 (0.81%) WebDriver
5 1 (0.81%) MSTest
5 1 (0.81%) Cucumber
5 1 (0.81%) Hudson
5 1 (0.81%) CodeRush
5 1 (0.81%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.81%) GoogleTest
5 1 (0.81%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.81%) JUnit
5 1 (0.81%) PeopleTools
5 1 (0.81%) TestDirector
General
1 34 (27.42%) Finance
2 16 (12.90%) Banking
3 7 (5.65%) Retail
4 6 (4.84%) Retail Banking
5 3 (2.42%) Investment Banking
6 2 (1.61%) Publishing
6 2 (1.61%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.81%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 35 (28.23%) Developer
2 16 (12.90%) Analyst
3 12 (9.68%) SharePoint Developer
4 9 (7.26%) Project Manager
5 8 (6.45%) Lead Developer
6 6 (4.84%) Test Engineer
6 6 (4.84%) Applications Packager
7 5 (4.03%) Senior Developer
7 5 (4.03%) Tester
7 5 (4.03%) Java Developer
8 4 (3.23%) Performance Engineer
8 4 (3.23%) Test Specialist
8 4 (3.23%) Consultant
9 3 (2.42%) QA Specialist
9 3 (2.42%) Performance Test Engineer
9 3 (2.42%) PMO Analyst
9 3 (2.42%) PMO Manager
9 3 (2.42%) QA Tester
9 3 (2.42%) Senior Analyst
10 2 (1.61%) Infrastructure Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (11.29%) .NET
2 13 (10.48%) Java EE
3 12 (9.68%) XML
4 10 (8.06%) ASP.NET
5 9 (7.26%) SOAP
5 9 (7.26%) Web Services
6 8 (6.45%) JSON
6 8 (6.45%) RESTful
7 6 (4.84%) Application Packaging
7 6 (4.84%) CSS
8 5 (4.03%) HTML
9 4 (3.23%) Software Packaging
10 3 (2.42%) HTML5
10 3 (2.42%) Middleware
10 3 (2.42%) jQuery
11 2 (1.61%) J2EE
12 1 (0.81%) Apache CXF
12 1 (0.81%) OSGi
12 1 (0.81%) Boost C++ Libraries
12 1 (0.81%) AppFabric
Miscellaneous
1 12 (9.68%) User Experience
2 11 (8.87%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (4.03%) Management Information System
4 3 (2.42%) Social Media
5 2 (1.61%) Cryptography
5 2 (1.61%) Taxonomies
5 2 (1.61%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.81%) Open Source
6 1 (0.81%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.81%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.81%) Copywriting
6 1 (0.81%) Data Integration
6 1 (0.81%) CMDB
6 1 (0.81%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 12 (9.68%) Windows
2 4 (3.23%) UNIX
3 2 (1.61%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (1.61%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (0.81%) Windows 7
4 1 (0.81%) Android
4 1 (0.81%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.81%) AIX
4 1 (0.81%) Linux
4 1 (0.81%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (12.10%) Project Management
2 14 (11.29%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (9.68%) Coaching
4 11 (8.87%) ITIL
4 11 (8.87%) Automated Testing
5 10 (8.06%) Test Scripting
6 9 (7.26%) Quality Management
6 9 (7.26%) Service Delivery
6 9 (7.26%) Change Management
6 9 (7.26%) Problem Management
6 9 (7.26%) Software Testing
6 9 (7.26%) Stakeholder Management
7 8 (6.45%) Migration
7 8 (6.45%) Service Management
7 8 (6.45%) Configuration Management
7 8 (6.45%) Mentoring
8 6 (4.84%) Incident Management
8 6 (4.84%) Regression Testing
8 6 (4.84%) CRM
8 6 (4.84%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 21 (16.94%) SQL
2 17 (13.71%) Java
3 14 (11.29%) PowerShell
4 11 (8.87%) JavaScript
5 6 (4.84%) VBScript
6 4 (3.23%) C#
6 4 (3.23%) VBA
7 2 (1.61%) PL/SQL
7 2 (1.61%) VB
7 2 (1.61%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.81%) Perl
8 1 (0.81%) C++
8 1 (0.81%) C
8 1 (0.81%) PeopleCode
8 1 (0.81%) SQR
8 1 (0.81%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.81%) JCL
8 1 (0.81%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 25 (20.16%) Security Cleared
2 23 (18.55%) SC Cleared
3 8 (6.45%) ISTQB
4 5 (4.03%) Degree
5 4 (3.23%) DV Cleared
6 3 (2.42%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (2.42%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 3 (2.42%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (2.42%) MOS
7 2 (1.61%) CCNP
8 1 (0.81%) Six Sigma Green Belt
8 1 (0.81%) CCNA
8 1 (0.81%) MCSA
8 1 (0.81%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.81%) PMP
8 1 (0.81%) ISEB
8 1 (0.81%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.81%) Six Sigma Black Belt
8 1 (0.81%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (0.81%) SLA
1 1 (0.81%) JSP 440
System Software
1 15 (12.10%) Active Directory
2 6 (4.84%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (0.81%) Hyper-V
3 1 (0.81%) vSphere
3 1 (0.81%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (0.81%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 6 (4.84%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 4 (3.23%) SCCM
2 4 (3.23%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (1.61%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 27 (21.77%) Microsoft
2 19 (15.32%) Oracle
3 10 (8.06%) HP
4 5 (4.03%) Altiris
5 3 (2.42%) Cisco
5 3 (2.42%) AppSense
5 3 (2.42%) Teradata
6 2 (1.61%) Crossbeam
6 2 (1.61%) TippingPoint
6 2 (1.61%) CA
6 2 (1.61%) McAfee
6 2 (1.61%) Juniper
6 2 (1.61%) CheckPoint
6 2 (1.61%) Riverbed
6 2 (1.61%) F5
7 1 (0.81%) ClickSoftware Technologies
7 1 (0.81%) Nintex
7 1 (0.81%) 3PAR
7 1 (0.81%) PeopleSoft
7 1 (0.81%) Adobe
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