The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the South East region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 12 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
12 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 52 76 57
Rank change year-on-year
+24 -19
Contract jobs citing QA 301 209 290
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 3.23% 2.38% 2.93%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 37.44% 31.48% 32.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 183 120 136
Average daily rate
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£340 £360 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.55% +10.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £268 £224
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £453 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £333
% change year-on-year
- +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 3 9
Average hourly rate £13.04 £40.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-67.40% +100.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.45 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-32.75% -
QA
England

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 South East region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
804 664 882
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 8.63% 7.56% 8.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 436 297 349
Average daily rate £355 £350 £353
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.42% -0.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £263 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £505 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £353 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.38% -2.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 39 70
Average hourly rate £18.54 £19.50 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.94% -7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.00 £10.39
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.75 £17.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+12.85% -16.66%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

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

QA Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

QA
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in the South East

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the South East region over the 3 months to 12 September 2014.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

QA
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the South East region over the 3 months to 12 September 2014.

QA Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

QA
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the South East region over the 3 months to 12 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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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
Berkshire +19 88 £350 -2.77% 18
Hampshire 0 60 £335 -16.25% 20
Buckinghamshire +11 50 £280 -12.50% 6
Surrey +4 37 £360 -4.00% 32
East Sussex +7 26 £350 +5.66% 1
Oxfordshire +5 18 £315 -16.00% 6
West Sussex -4 9 £290 -27.50% 7
Middlesex +4 8 £398 +84.88% 1
Kent -3 5 £325 - 3
Sussex - - - -
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 12 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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.

1 129 (23.89%) SQL
2 128 (23.70%) Agile Software Development
3 101 (18.70%) Finance
4 88 (16.30%) C#
5 86 (15.93%) .NET
6 81 (15.00%) Microsoft
7 79 (14.63%) ISEB
8 78 (14.44%) Security Cleared
9 74 (13.70%) HP
10 73 (13.52%) ISTQB
11 70 (12.96%) Project Management
12 68 (12.59%) MS Excel
13 63 (11.67%) Scrum
14 58 (10.74%) MS Office
15 57 (10.56%) SQL Server
15 57 (10.56%) SC Cleared
16 54 (10.00%) Test Scripting
17 52 (9.63%) Selenium
18 51 (9.44%) Java
19 50 (9.26%) Web Services
20 49 (9.07%) Analytical Skills
21 48 (8.89%) Software Testing
22 46 (8.52%) HP Quality Center
23 45 (8.33%) Telecoms
24 44 (8.15%) Automated Testing
24 44 (8.15%) XML
24 44 (8.15%) Windows
25 43 (7.96%) Quality Management
26 42 (7.78%) Degree
26 42 (7.78%) User Acceptance Testing

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 12 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 20 (3.70%) SharePoint
2 18 (3.33%) IIS
3 15 (2.78%) CMS
4 9 (1.67%) IBM Notes
5 6 (1.11%) SAS
6 5 (0.93%) Apache
6 5 (0.93%) WebSphere
7 4 (0.74%) Magnolia
7 4 (0.74%) MS Exchange
7 4 (0.74%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (0.56%) WebSphere Application Server
8 3 (0.56%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.37%) MQSeries
9 2 (0.37%) WebLogic
9 2 (0.37%) Umbraco
9 2 (0.37%) Adobe CQ
9 2 (0.37%) Escenic
10 1 (0.19%) Lync
10 1 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2010
10 1 (0.19%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 68 (12.59%) MS Excel
2 58 (10.74%) MS Office
3 9 (1.67%) MS Visio
3 9 (1.67%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (1.11%) MS Project
5 1 (0.19%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.19%) Blender
5 1 (0.19%) RoboHelp
5 1 (0.19%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 4 (0.74%) JDE OneWorld
1 4 (0.74%) Oracle EBS
1 4 (0.74%) Summit
2 2 (0.37%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (0.37%) SAP HR
2 2 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.19%) SAP PLM
3 1 (0.19%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.19%) Pivotal CRM
Cloud Services
1 16 (2.96%) Office 365
2 6 (1.11%) SaaS
3 1 (0.19%) SuccessFactors
3 1 (0.19%) Responsys
3 1 (0.19%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (0.19%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 19 (3.52%) TCP/IP
2 17 (3.15%) Wireless
3 13 (2.41%) WAN
4 12 (2.22%) LAN
4 12 (2.22%) SAN
4 12 (2.22%) Internet
4 12 (2.22%) LTE
5 9 (1.67%) Network Security
5 9 (1.67%) Cisco ASA
5 9 (1.67%) Cisco IOS
5 9 (1.67%) 3G
5 9 (1.67%) OSPF
5 9 (1.67%) Firewall
5 9 (1.67%) GPRS
6 8 (1.48%) GSM
6 8 (1.48%) 2G
7 7 (1.30%) WCDMA
7 7 (1.30%) VLAN
7 7 (1.30%) 4G
8 6 (1.11%) DAB
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (10.56%) SQL Server
2 15 (2.78%) Oracle Database
3 10 (1.85%) Relational Database
3 10 (1.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 7 (1.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (1.11%) MySQL
5 6 (1.11%) Big Data
6 5 (0.93%) NoSQL
6 5 (0.93%) Data Warehouse
6 5 (0.93%) Oracle Reports
6 5 (0.93%) QlikView
7 4 (0.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 4 (0.74%) SAP BW
7 4 (0.74%) Couchbase
8 3 (0.56%) DB2
9 2 (0.37%) RDBMS
9 2 (0.37%) PostgreSQL
9 2 (0.37%) SQL Server 2008
9 2 (0.37%) Hadoop
9 2 (0.37%) MarkLogic
Development Applications
1 52 (9.63%) Selenium
2 27 (5.00%) Team Foundation Server
3 26 (4.81%) Visual Studio
4 24 (4.44%) QuickTest Pro
5 19 (3.52%) Jenkins
6 16 (2.96%) JIRA
7 15 (2.78%) Cucumber
8 14 (2.59%) SpecFlow
9 13 (2.41%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 12 (2.22%) TeamCity
10 12 (2.22%) Git (software)
10 12 (2.22%) WebDriver
11 10 (1.85%) JUnit
11 10 (1.85%) MSBuild
12 9 (1.67%) TestDirector
12 9 (1.67%) Maven
13 8 (1.48%) Subversion
14 6 (1.11%) LoadRunner
14 6 (1.11%) Ant
15 5 (0.93%) Oracle Forms
General
1 101 (18.70%) Finance
2 45 (8.33%) Telecoms
3 18 (3.33%) Marketing
4 17 (3.15%) Retail
5 16 (2.96%) Publishing
6 14 (2.59%) Automotive
7 12 (2.22%) Pharmaceutical
8 10 (1.85%) Electronics
9 9 (1.67%) Legal
9 9 (1.67%) Banking
9 9 (1.67%) Billing
10 8 (1.48%) Manufacturing
11 6 (1.11%) Military
11 6 (1.11%) German Language
12 5 (0.93%) Multimedia
13 2 (0.37%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.37%) Polish Language
13 2 (0.37%) Dutch Language
14 1 (0.19%) Back Office
14 1 (0.19%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 158 (29.26%) Analyst
2 72 (13.33%) Test Analyst
3 63 (11.67%) Tester
4 43 (7.96%) QA Analyst
5 42 (7.78%) Business Analyst
6 41 (7.59%) Developer
7 35 (6.48%) QA Tester
8 33 (6.11%) Test Engineer
9 29 (5.37%) QA Engineer
10 28 (5.19%) Architect
11 23 (4.26%) Test Manager
12 22 (4.07%) Project Manager
13 17 (3.15%) Consultant
14 16 (2.96%) Quality Manager
14 16 (2.96%) Quality Engineer
15 13 (2.41%) Systems Analyst
15 13 (2.41%) Quality Analyst
16 11 (2.04%) QA Test Analyst
17 9 (1.67%) Senior Analyst
17 9 (1.67%) QA Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 86 (15.93%) .NET
2 50 (9.26%) Web Services
3 44 (8.15%) XML
4 32 (5.93%) SOAP
5 30 (5.56%) HTML
6 28 (5.19%) REST
7 27 (5.00%) WCF
8 23 (4.26%) WPF
9 16 (2.96%) J2EE
10 15 (2.78%) ASP.NET
11 12 (2.22%) jQuery
12 10 (1.85%) HTML5
12 10 (1.85%) CSS
12 10 (1.85%) Hibernate
13 8 (1.48%) JSP
14 7 (1.30%) JSON
15 6 (1.11%) Spring
15 6 (1.11%) Java EE
15 6 (1.11%) Ajax
16 5 (0.93%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 49 (9.07%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (3.15%) Mobile App
2 17 (3.15%) Computer Science
3 15 (2.78%) Management Information System
4 14 (2.59%) User Experience
5 7 (1.30%) Data Integration
5 7 (1.30%) NHS
6 6 (1.11%) Client/Server
7 5 (0.93%) E-Learning
7 5 (0.93%) Enterprise Software
7 5 (0.93%) iPad
8 4 (0.74%) Visualisation
8 4 (0.74%) Open Source
8 4 (0.74%) Mathematics
8 4 (0.74%) Firmware
8 4 (0.74%) DTV
8 4 (0.74%) Handset
9 3 (0.56%) Blackberry
9 3 (0.56%) Life Science
9 3 (0.56%) Mobile Computing
Operating Systems
1 44 (8.15%) Windows
2 25 (4.63%) UNIX
3 12 (2.22%) Android
3 12 (2.22%) Windows Server 2008
3 12 (2.22%) Linux
4 11 (2.04%) Windows 7
4 11 (2.04%) Apple iOS
5 10 (1.85%) Windows Server 2003
6 6 (1.11%) Windows NT
7 4 (0.74%) AIX
8 3 (0.56%) Windows XP
9 2 (0.37%) OS/2
9 2 (0.37%) Windows Phone
10 1 (0.19%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.19%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.19%) zOS
10 1 (0.19%) Solaris
10 1 (0.19%) Windows 2000
10 1 (0.19%) FreeBSD
Processes & Methodologies
1 128 (23.70%) Agile Software Development
2 70 (12.96%) Project Management
3 63 (11.67%) Scrum
4 54 (10.00%) Test Scripting
5 48 (8.89%) Software Testing
6 44 (8.15%) Automated Testing
7 43 (7.96%) Quality Management
8 42 (7.78%) User Acceptance Testing
9 41 (7.59%) BDD
10 37 (6.85%) Test Automation
11 35 (6.48%) Test Management
12 34 (6.30%) Test Strategy
13 29 (5.37%) CRM
14 28 (5.19%) Service Delivery
15 26 (4.81%) Migration
15 26 (4.81%) Continuous Improvement
16 25 (4.63%) Continuous Integration
16 25 (4.63%) ITIL
17 24 (4.44%) Document Management
18 22 (4.07%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 129 (23.89%) SQL
2 88 (16.30%) C#
3 51 (9.44%) Java
4 31 (5.74%) JavaScript
5 25 (4.63%) VB
6 23 (4.26%) VBA
7 20 (3.70%) VBScript
7 20 (3.70%) PowerShell
8 11 (2.04%) T-SQL
9 10 (1.85%) PHP
10 9 (1.67%) PL/SQL
10 9 (1.67%) Python
11 7 (1.30%) C++
12 6 (1.11%) Perl
12 6 (1.11%) C
12 6 (1.11%) VB.NET
12 6 (1.11%) Ruby
13 5 (0.93%) Shell Script
13 5 (0.93%) VB6
14 3 (0.56%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 79 (14.63%) ISEB
2 78 (14.44%) Security Cleared
3 73 (13.52%) ISTQB
4 57 (10.56%) SC Cleared
5 42 (7.78%) Degree
6 30 (5.56%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 29 (5.37%) DV Cleared
8 20 (3.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 17 (3.15%) Cisco Certification
9 17 (3.15%) MOS
10 13 (2.41%) CCNA
11 10 (1.85%) CCNP
12 8 (1.48%) MCITP
12 8 (1.48%) HND
13 6 (1.11%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 6 (1.11%) PMP
13 6 (1.11%) PMI Certification
14 2 (0.37%) ISEB Practitioner
14 2 (0.37%) IRCA
14 2 (0.37%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (2.59%) ISO 9001
2 10 (1.85%) ISO 9000
3 8 (1.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (0.93%) GxP
5 4 (0.74%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.56%) Solvency II
6 3 (0.56%) SLA
6 3 (0.56%) GMP
7 2 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.37%) ISO 14001
8 1 (0.19%) ISO 8583
8 1 (0.19%) JSP 440
8 1 (0.19%) P3O
System Software
1 9 (1.67%) Hyper-V
2 7 (1.30%) vSphere
2 7 (1.30%) VMware ESXi
2 7 (1.30%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.19%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 46 (8.52%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (2.04%) Puppet
3 8 (1.48%) Vagrant
4 7 (1.30%) Tivoli
5 6 (1.11%) Netcool
5 6 (1.11%) Netcool/OMNIbus
5 6 (1.11%) Netcool/Webtop
5 6 (1.11%) SCCM
6 3 (0.56%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 3 (0.56%) Norton AntiVirus
7 2 (0.37%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 1 (0.19%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 1 (0.19%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 1 (0.19%) Backup Exec
8 1 (0.19%) Tivoli Monitoring
8 1 (0.19%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.19%) Nagios
Vendors
1 81 (15.00%) Microsoft
2 74 (13.70%) HP
3 37 (6.85%) Oracle
4 29 (5.37%) SAP
5 22 (4.07%) Cisco
6 19 (3.52%) Salesforce.com
7 9 (1.67%) Lotus
8 8 (1.48%) Metastorm
9 7 (1.30%) Juniper
10 6 (1.11%) Citrix
10 6 (1.11%) JBoss
10 6 (1.11%) Brocade
10 6 (1.11%) 3PAR
11 4 (0.74%) Cognos
11 4 (0.74%) Symantec
11 4 (0.74%) Ericsson
11 4 (0.74%) Nokia
12 3 (0.56%) Remedy
12 3 (0.56%) McAfee
12 3 (0.56%) Perforce
Oxfordshire
Huxley Associates
Rate: £24 - £29 per hour + competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Woking, Surrey
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £260 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Berkshire
Roc Search
Posted: 2 days ago
Surrey
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
Horsham, West Sussex
TribePost.co.uk
Rate: Up to £30k+
Posted: 3 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
TribePost.co.uk
Rate: Up to £30k+
Posted: 3 days ago
Waterlooville, Hampshire
TribePost.co.uk
Rate: Up to £30k+
Posted: 3 days ago
Crawley, West Sussex
TribePost.co.uk
Rate: Up to £30k+
Posted: 3 days ago
Aldershot, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: Market Rate Value
Posted: 4 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 5 days ago
Gosport, Hampshire
LA International
Posted: 5 days ago
Maidenhead
Deerfoot IT
Rate: £30000 - £40000 per annum + bens
Posted: 5 days ago
Berkshire
Austin Fraser Limited
Rate: £0.00 per day + Market Rates
Posted: 10 days ago
Oxford
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £200 - £225 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
Bracknell
Computer Futures
Rate: £40 - £45 per hour + competitive
Posted: 12 days ago
Milton Keynes
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 16 days ago
Surrey
Venn Group - UK
Rate: high profile release
Posted: 16 days ago
Maidenhead
Deerfoot IT
Rate: £25000 - £33000 per annum + normal employment bens
Posted: 16 days ago
Milton Keynes
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £45000 per annum
Posted: 18 days ago
Chertsey, Surrey (commutable from London)
Rushworths Associates
Rate: 1 year FTC - competitive package to include bonus, car / car allowance & benefits
Posted: 18 days ago