The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Somerset region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 11 February 2016 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
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 21 36 39
Rank change year-on-year
+15 +3
Contract jobs citing QA 21 7 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Somerset 6.93% 2.29% 1.30%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 56.76% 12.73% 16.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 5 0
Average daily rate £325 £350 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.50 £32.22 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+22.59% +74.16%
QA
South West

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 Somerset region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Somerset
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
37 55 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Somerset 12.21% 17.97% 7.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 46 8
Average daily rate £410 £625 £298
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-34.40% +110.08%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £335 £183
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £737 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 1 1
Average hourly rate £25.50 £29.00 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.06% +107.14%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.50 £23.25 £17.08
% change year-on-year
+82.79% +36.16%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Somerset

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

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Somerset

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Somerset

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in Somerset

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in Somerset

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Somerset region over the 3 months to 11 February 2016.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in Somerset

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in Somerset

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Somerset

QA
Contract Job Locations in Somerset

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Somerset region over the 3 months to 11 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Bath +6 9 - -
Street +10 4 £331 -22.05% 1
Taunton +13 3 £275 -
Yeovil - 1 £310 - 2
QA
South West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Somerset

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Somerset 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 24 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (50.00%) Software Testing
3 16 (38.10%) Test Automation
4 14 (33.33%) Selenium
4 14 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
5 13 (30.95%) ISTQB
5 13 (30.95%) Test Management
5 13 (30.95%) ISEB
6 12 (28.57%) Security Cleared
6 12 (28.57%) Waterfall
7 11 (26.19%) SC Cleared
7 11 (26.19%) Non-Functional Testing
7 11 (26.19%) Test Scripting
7 11 (26.19%) Java
8 10 (23.81%) SpecFlow
8 10 (23.81%) Functional Testing
9 9 (21.43%) Performance Testing
9 9 (21.43%) User Experience
9 9 (21.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 8 (19.05%) Load Testing
10 8 (19.05%) Security Testing
10 8 (19.05%) HTML
10 8 (19.05%) E-Commerce
11 7 (16.67%) JavaScript
11 7 (16.67%) SAP
12 6 (14.29%) CSS
12 6 (14.29%) OO
12 6 (14.29%) Scrum
12 6 (14.29%) Finance
12 6 (14.29%) Android

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Somerset by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Somerset 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 4 (9.52%) Confluence
2 2 (4.76%) Node.js
Applications
1 1 (2.38%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (4.76%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (2.38%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.38%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.76%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (9.52%) BusinessObjects
1 4 (9.52%) SAP HANA
2 1 (2.38%) GIS
2 1 (2.38%) QGIS
Development Applications
1 14 (33.33%) Selenium
2 10 (23.81%) SpecFlow
3 6 (14.29%) Git (software)
4 5 (11.90%) Jenkins
4 5 (11.90%) JIRA
5 4 (9.52%) Android Studio
5 4 (9.52%) Bitbucket
5 4 (9.52%) Eclipse
5 4 (9.52%) IntelliJ
6 3 (7.14%) Rational DOORS
7 2 (4.76%) gulp
8 1 (2.38%) Cucumber
8 1 (2.38%) eggPlant
8 1 (2.38%) FitNesse
8 1 (2.38%) GitLab
8 1 (2.38%) Gradle
8 1 (2.38%) JBehave
8 1 (2.38%) JProfiler
8 1 (2.38%) Maven
8 1 (2.38%) WebDriver
General
1 6 (14.29%) Finance
2 5 (11.90%) Retail
3 1 (2.38%) Banking
3 1 (2.38%) Electronics
3 1 (2.38%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.38%) Marketing
3 1 (2.38%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 16 (38.10%) Analyst
2 15 (35.71%) Test Analyst
3 8 (19.05%) Senior Analyst
3 8 (19.05%) Senior Test Analyst
3 8 (19.05%) Test Leader
4 7 (16.67%) Developer
5 4 (9.52%) Android Developer
5 4 (9.52%) iOS Android Developer
5 4 (9.52%) iOS Developer
5 4 (9.52%) Team Leader
5 4 (9.52%) Test Team Leader
6 3 (7.14%) Consultant
6 3 (7.14%) QA Analyst
6 3 (7.14%) Software Team Leader
7 2 (4.76%) Dynamics AX Consultant
7 2 (4.76%) Java Developer
7 2 (4.76%) Microsoft Consultant
7 2 (4.76%) Project Manager
7 2 (4.76%) QA Test Analyst
7 2 (4.76%) Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (19.05%) HTML
2 6 (14.29%) CSS
3 5 (11.90%) J2EE
4 4 (9.52%) Android SDK
4 4 (9.52%) HTML5
4 4 (9.52%) iOS SDK
4 4 (9.52%) J2ME
4 4 (9.52%) J2SE
4 4 (9.52%) JSON
4 4 (9.52%) Web Services
5 2 (4.76%) Express
5 2 (4.76%) hapi
5 2 (4.76%) RESTful
6 1 (2.38%) .NET
6 1 (2.38%) AngularJS
6 1 (2.38%) Backbone.js
6 1 (2.38%) PostGIS
6 1 (2.38%) REST
6 1 (2.38%) Spring
6 1 (2.38%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 14 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (21.43%) User Experience
3 6 (14.29%) Data Structures
4 5 (11.90%) iPad
4 5 (11.90%) Mobile App
5 2 (4.76%) Algorithms
5 2 (4.76%) Computer Science
5 2 (4.76%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 6 (14.29%) Android
2 4 (9.52%) Apple iOS
3 2 (4.76%) Windows
3 2 (4.76%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (50.00%) Software Testing
3 16 (38.10%) Test Automation
4 13 (30.95%) Test Management
5 12 (28.57%) Waterfall
6 11 (26.19%) Non-Functional Testing
6 11 (26.19%) Test Scripting
7 10 (23.81%) Functional Testing
8 9 (21.43%) Performance Testing
9 8 (19.05%) E-Commerce
9 8 (19.05%) Load Testing
9 8 (19.05%) Security Testing
10 6 (14.29%) OO
10 6 (14.29%) Scrum
10 6 (14.29%) Test Strategy
10 6 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
11 5 (11.90%) Stakeholder Management
12 4 (9.52%) Analytics
12 4 (9.52%) Android Development
12 4 (9.52%) Data Analytics
Programming Languages
1 11 (26.19%) Java
2 7 (16.67%) JavaScript
3 1 (2.38%) C#
3 1 (2.38%) Python
3 1 (2.38%) Shell Script
3 1 (2.38%) SQL
Qualifications
1 13 (30.95%) ISEB
1 13 (30.95%) ISTQB
2 12 (28.57%) Security Cleared
3 11 (26.19%) SC Cleared
4 9 (21.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (2.38%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
System Software
1 1 (2.38%) Docker
Vendors
1 7 (16.67%) SAP
2 3 (7.14%) IBM
3 2 (4.76%) Microsoft
3 2 (4.76%) Rally
4 1 (2.38%) ATG
4 1 (2.38%) hybris