The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Scotland region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 30 September 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
30 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 72 40 70
Rank change year-on-year
-32 +30
Contract jobs citing QA 50 112 61
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 2.30% 3.50% 2.21%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 24.27% 36.25% 22.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 59 33
Median daily rate £350 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £253 £244
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £475 £495
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 0
Median hourly rate £19.50 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £23.00 £18.17
% change year-on-year
-39.13% +26.58%
QA
UK

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
206 309 273
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 9.46% 9.66% 9.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 106 156 155
Median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £198 £195 £174
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £375
% change year-on-year
-3.03% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 6 8
Median hourly rate £35.25 £36.25 £15.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.75% +129.86%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.65 £28.85 £11.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.00 £46.70 £67.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £28.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% +40.00%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Scotland region citing QA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 September 2016.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram in Scotland

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Scotland region over the 3 months to 30 September 2016.

QA Hourly Rate Histogram in Scotland

QA
Contract Job Locations in Scotland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 30 September 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Edinburgh -16 18 £425 +41.66% 3
Glasgow -12 16 £265 -33.87% 13
Fife - 5 £275 -
West Lothian +4 4 £230 -38.66% 3
Renfrewshire - 2 £350 -
Aberdeen - 1 £275 -
Argyll and Bute - 1 - -
QA
UK

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 30 September 2016, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Scotland region with a requirement for QA.

1 54 (39.13%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (28.26%) JIRA
3 32 (23.19%) Scrum
4 31 (22.46%) Finance
4 31 (22.46%) Selenium
5 30 (21.74%) SDLC
6 28 (20.29%) Cucumber
6 28 (20.29%) Java
6 28 (20.29%) JavaScript
6 28 (20.29%) Web Services
7 27 (19.57%) GIS
8 25 (18.12%) Python
8 25 (18.12%) BDD
8 25 (18.12%) PostGIS
9 23 (16.67%) Open Source
10 22 (15.94%) REST
10 22 (15.94%) Spatial Data
10 22 (15.94%) Maven
11 21 (15.22%) Migration
11 21 (15.22%) GeoServer
11 21 (15.22%) JBehave
11 21 (15.22%) Gradle
12 20 (14.49%) Leaflet
12 20 (14.49%) OpenLayers
12 20 (14.49%) SQL
12 20 (14.49%) ESRI
13 19 (13.77%) Banking
13 19 (13.77%) User Acceptance Testing
13 19 (13.77%) Security Cleared
14 18 (13.04%) TDD

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 21 (15.22%) GeoServer
2 1 (0.72%) Apache
2 1 (0.72%) Apache Spark
2 1 (0.72%) nginx
2 1 (0.72%) Tomcat
Applications
1 3 (2.17%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.45%) MS Office
2 2 (1.45%) Photoshop
3 1 (0.72%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.72%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (1.45%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (1.45%) Global One
2 1 (0.72%) Infor CloudSuite Industrial (formerly SyteLine)
2 1 (0.72%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 15 (10.87%) Office 365
2 3 (2.17%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (1.45%) CheetahMail
4 1 (0.72%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (0.72%) Amazon S3
4 1 (0.72%) GitHub
4 1 (0.72%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 7 (5.07%) Firewall
2 5 (3.62%) Network Security
2 5 (3.62%) TCP/IP
3 4 (2.90%) Cisco ASA
3 4 (2.90%) Cisco IOS
3 4 (2.90%) EIGRP
3 4 (2.90%) HTTP
3 4 (2.90%) LAN
3 4 (2.90%) OSPF
3 4 (2.90%) WAN
4 3 (2.17%) Wireless
5 2 (1.45%) DNS
6 1 (0.72%) DHCP
6 1 (0.72%) FTP
6 1 (0.72%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (19.57%) GIS
2 22 (15.94%) Spatial Data
3 17 (12.32%) NoSQL
4 5 (3.62%) QGIS
5 4 (2.90%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (2.90%) Relational Database
5 4 (2.90%) SQL Server
6 3 (2.17%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
7 2 (1.45%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.72%) Amazon RDS
8 1 (0.72%) Apache Hive
8 1 (0.72%) Big Data
8 1 (0.72%) Biml
8 1 (0.72%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.72%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.72%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.72%) PowerCenter
8 1 (0.72%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.72%) UniData
Development Applications
1 39 (28.26%) JIRA
2 31 (22.46%) Selenium
3 28 (20.29%) Cucumber
4 22 (15.94%) Maven
5 21 (15.22%) Gradle
5 21 (15.22%) JBehave
6 12 (8.70%) Jenkins
7 9 (6.52%) Git (software)
8 5 (3.62%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 5 (3.62%) WebDriver
9 4 (2.90%) Artifactory
9 4 (2.90%) HP UFT
10 3 (2.17%) gulp
11 2 (1.45%) Dreamweaver
11 2 (1.45%) Subversion
12 1 (0.72%) Ant
12 1 (0.72%) Hudson
12 1 (0.72%) Mockito
12 1 (0.72%) Team Foundation Server
12 1 (0.72%) TeamCity
General
1 31 (22.46%) Finance
2 19 (13.77%) Banking
3 4 (2.90%) Electronics
3 4 (2.90%) Retail
4 3 (2.17%) Investment Banking
4 3 (2.17%) Retail Banking
5 2 (1.45%) Local Government
5 2 (1.45%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.45%) Marketing
6 1 (0.72%) Games
6 1 (0.72%) Law
6 1 (0.72%) Military
6 1 (0.72%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 31 (22.46%) Developer
2 25 (18.12%) Analyst
3 21 (15.22%) GIS Developer
4 15 (10.87%) Test Analyst
5 14 (10.14%) Project Manager
6 9 (6.52%) Java Developer
6 9 (6.52%) Tester
7 8 (5.80%) JavaScript Developer
7 8 (5.80%) QA Engineer
8 7 (5.07%) PMO Planner
8 7 (5.07%) QA Analyst
8 7 (5.07%) Senior PMO
8 7 (5.07%) Test Engineer
9 6 (4.35%) QA Test Analyst
9 6 (4.35%) QA Tester
10 5 (3.62%) Angular Developer
10 5 (3.62%) Data Centre Manager
10 5 (3.62%) Data Centre Project Manager
10 5 (3.62%) Open Source Developer
10 5 (3.62%) Python Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (20.29%) Web Services
2 25 (18.12%) PostGIS
3 22 (15.94%) REST
4 20 (14.49%) Leaflet
4 20 (14.49%) OpenLayers
5 17 (12.32%) AngularJS
6 7 (5.07%) HTML
7 6 (4.35%) Gherkin
8 5 (3.62%) XML
9 4 (2.90%) CSS
10 3 (2.17%) Express
10 3 (2.17%) hapi
10 3 (2.17%) Node.js
10 3 (2.17%) RESTful
10 3 (2.17%) SOAP
11 2 (1.45%) .NET
11 2 (1.45%) Spring
11 2 (1.45%) Spring Boot
12 1 (0.72%) Ajax
12 1 (0.72%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 8 (5.80%) User Experience
2 6 (4.35%) Data Centre
3 4 (2.90%) Computer Science
3 4 (2.90%) Cryptography
3 4 (2.90%) Data Structures
4 3 (2.17%) Algorithms
4 3 (2.17%) Digital Media
4 3 (2.17%) iPad
5 2 (1.45%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.72%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (0.72%) Credit Risk
6 1 (0.72%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.72%) Informatics
6 1 (0.72%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.72%) N-Tier
6 1 (0.72%) PMI
6 1 (0.72%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 9 (6.52%) Windows
2 5 (3.62%) Linux
2 5 (3.62%) Unix
3 3 (2.17%) Windows 7
4 1 (0.72%) Android
4 1 (0.72%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.72%) CentOS
4 1 (0.72%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 54 (39.13%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (23.19%) Scrum
3 30 (21.74%) SDLC
4 25 (18.12%) BDD
5 23 (16.67%) Open Source
6 21 (15.22%) Migration
7 19 (13.77%) User Acceptance Testing
8 18 (13.04%) TDD
9 17 (12.32%) Microservices
9 17 (12.32%) Stakeholder Management
10 15 (10.87%) Continuous Integration
10 15 (10.87%) Dependency Management
11 14 (10.14%) Validation
12 13 (9.42%) Performance Testing
12 13 (9.42%) Test Automation
13 11 (7.97%) Project Management
14 9 (6.52%) Risk Management
14 9 (6.52%) User Stories
15 8 (5.80%) People Management
15 8 (5.80%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 28 (20.29%) Java
1 28 (20.29%) JavaScript
2 25 (18.12%) Python
3 20 (14.49%) SQL
4 4 (2.90%) C
4 4 (2.90%) Perl
5 3 (2.17%) C++
5 3 (2.17%) PL/SQL
6 1 (0.72%) Embedded C
6 1 (0.72%) PHP
6 1 (0.72%) Scala
6 1 (0.72%) T-SQL
6 1 (0.72%) VBA
Qualifications
1 19 (13.77%) Security Cleared
2 16 (11.59%) SC Cleared
3 11 (7.97%) Degree
3 11 (7.97%) ISTQB
4 7 (5.07%) ISEB
5 5 (3.62%) CCNA
5 5 (3.62%) CCNP
5 5 (3.62%) Cisco Certification
6 4 (2.90%) PMP
7 3 (2.17%) CISSP
8 2 (1.45%) PMI Certification
8 2 (1.45%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.72%) CISA
9 1 (0.72%) HND
9 1 (0.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 1 (0.72%) MBA
9 1 (0.72%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.90%) Data Quality
1 4 (2.90%) WCAG
2 3 (2.17%) Disclosure Scotland
2 3 (2.17%) ISO 9000
3 1 (0.72%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.72%) ISO13485
3 1 (0.72%) SDET
System Software
1 4 (2.90%) XenApp
2 1 (0.72%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.72%) Docker
Systems Management
1 10 (7.25%) Ansible
2 7 (5.07%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.72%) ArcSight ESM
3 1 (0.72%) Puppet
3 1 (0.72%) QRadar
3 1 (0.72%) RSA Archer
Vendors
1 20 (14.49%) ESRI
2 7 (5.07%) HP
2 7 (5.07%) Microsoft
3 5 (3.62%) Cisco
4 4 (2.90%) Citrix
4 4 (2.90%) Intel Security
5 3 (2.17%) Oracle
6 2 (1.45%) SunGard
6 2 (1.45%) Teradata
7 1 (0.72%) ArcSight
7 1 (0.72%) Infor
7 1 (0.72%) Informatica
7 1 (0.72%) MapR
7 1 (0.72%) Pega
7 1 (0.72%) Perforce
7 1 (0.72%) Red Hat
7 1 (0.72%) RightScale
7 1 (0.72%) Splunk
7 1 (0.72%) Telerik
7 1 (0.72%) Twitter
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