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 18 December 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
18 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 86 65 68
Rank change year-on-year
-21 +3
Contract jobs citing QA 219 226 201
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 2.21% 2.65% 2.41%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 26.81% 36.45% 30.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 140 124 133
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £198 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £423 £485
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £338 £340
% change year-on-year
+2.80% -0.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 9
Average hourly rate £21.99 £35.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-37.18% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £34.00 £11.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.40 £131.00 £36.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £35.00 £30.25
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +15.70%
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
817 620 654
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 8.25% 7.28% 7.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 430 297 323
Average daily rate £360 £335 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.46% -10.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £196 £212
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £456 £504
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 23 70
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.10 £16.71
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.31% +8.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.00 £12.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £81.25 £39.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £18.70 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+1.60% -6.50%

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 18 December 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 18 December 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 18 December 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 +14 62 £318 +19.81% 28
Hampshire -10 48 £375 +38.88% 9
Buckinghamshire -11 45 £313 -3.84% 7
Surrey -31 31 £305 -12.85% 11
West Sussex -3 15 £290 -18.30% 12
Oxfordshire -28 12 £475 +42.85% 12
East Sussex -5 2 £235 -27.69% 4
Middlesex -2 1 £525 - 1
Kent -7 1 - - 2
M4 Corridor - - - -
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 18 December 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.

1 136 (26.31%) SQL
2 112 (21.66%) Finance
3 101 (19.54%) Agile Software Development
4 75 (14.51%) Project Management
5 72 (13.93%) User Acceptance Testing
6 70 (13.54%) ISEB
7 65 (12.57%) C#
8 64 (12.38%) Java
8 64 (12.38%) .NET
9 61 (11.80%) Test Scripting
10 57 (11.03%) Microsoft
11 52 (10.06%) HP Quality Center
12 51 (9.86%) Security Cleared
12 51 (9.86%) MS Excel
13 50 (9.67%) Selenium
14 48 (9.28%) Test Management
15 47 (9.09%) MS Office
16 45 (8.70%) XML
17 44 (8.51%) Oracle
17 44 (8.51%) HP
17 44 (8.51%) Scrum
18 42 (8.12%) Software Testing
18 42 (8.12%) ISTQB
19 41 (7.93%) Windows
20 39 (7.54%) Degree
21 38 (7.35%) SC Cleared
21 38 (7.35%) Continuous Integration
22 37 (7.16%) JavaScript
22 37 (7.16%) HTML
23 36 (6.96%) Telecoms

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 26 (5.03%) IIS
2 25 (4.84%) SharePoint
3 14 (2.71%) CMS
4 7 (1.35%) Apache
5 6 (1.16%) MS Exchange
5 6 (1.16%) SAS
6 5 (0.97%) IBM Notes
6 5 (0.97%) BizTalk Server
7 4 (0.77%) Tomcat
7 4 (0.77%) Magnolia
8 3 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2010
8 3 (0.58%) MS Project Server
8 3 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2003
9 2 (0.39%) JBoss
9 2 (0.39%) Umbraco
10 1 (0.19%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.19%) Confluence
10 1 (0.19%) WordPress
10 1 (0.19%) Joomla!
10 1 (0.19%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 51 (9.86%) MS Excel
2 47 (9.09%) MS Office
3 13 (2.51%) MS PowerPoint
4 10 (1.93%) MS Project
5 7 (1.35%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.39%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.19%) Blender
7 1 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.19%) RoboHelp
7 1 (0.19%) Fireworks
7 1 (0.19%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 4 (0.77%) Oracle EBS
1 4 (0.77%) Summit
2 3 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.39%) SAP FI
3 2 (0.39%) Oracle Applications
3 2 (0.39%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.19%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.19%) SAP PLM
4 1 (0.19%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.19%) Pivotal CRM
4 1 (0.19%) SAP QM
4 1 (0.19%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.97%) Office 365
2 4 (0.77%) SaaS
3 1 (0.19%) IaaS
3 1 (0.19%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.19%) PaaS
3 1 (0.19%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (0.19%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 16 (3.09%) Wireless
1 16 (3.09%) Internet
2 13 (2.51%) SAN
3 12 (2.32%) LAN
3 12 (2.32%) TCP/IP
4 11 (2.13%) GSM
5 10 (1.93%) WAN
6 9 (1.74%) Firewall
6 9 (1.74%) 2G
7 8 (1.55%) 3G
7 8 (1.55%) GPRS
7 8 (1.55%) LTE
7 8 (1.55%) NAS
8 7 (1.35%) Cisco ASA
8 7 (1.35%) Network Security
8 7 (1.35%) Cisco IOS
8 7 (1.35%) OSPF
9 6 (1.16%) VLAN
10 5 (0.97%) CDMA
10 5 (0.97%) WCDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (6.77%) SQL Server
2 18 (3.48%) Oracle Database
2 18 (3.48%) Relational Database
3 9 (1.74%) MarkLogic
3 9 (1.74%) MySQL
3 9 (1.74%) SAP BW
4 8 (1.55%) Data Warehouse
5 7 (1.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 6 (1.16%) Oracle Reports
6 6 (1.16%) BusinessObjects
7 4 (0.77%) RDBMS
8 3 (0.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (0.58%) MS Access
9 2 (0.39%) DB2
9 2 (0.39%) Data Mining
9 2 (0.39%) SQL Server 2005
9 2 (0.39%) QlikView
9 2 (0.39%) SQL Server 2008
9 2 (0.39%) SQL Server 2012
10 1 (0.19%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 50 (9.67%) Selenium
2 30 (5.80%) Cucumber
3 27 (5.22%) Jenkins
4 25 (4.84%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 22 (4.26%) Git (software)
6 21 (4.06%) Team Foundation Server
7 20 (3.87%) WebDriver
8 19 (3.68%) QuickTest Pro
9 17 (3.29%) Visual Studio
9 17 (3.29%) JIRA
10 16 (3.09%) TeamCity
11 12 (2.32%) JUnit
12 11 (2.13%) MSBuild
13 8 (1.55%) SpecFlow
14 6 (1.16%) Oracle Forms
15 4 (0.77%) LoadRunner
15 4 (0.77%) TestDirector
15 4 (0.77%) Eclipse
15 4 (0.77%) Subversion
15 4 (0.77%) Maven
General
1 112 (21.66%) Finance
2 36 (6.96%) Telecoms
3 17 (3.29%) Publishing
4 13 (2.51%) Legal
5 12 (2.32%) Automotive
6 11 (2.13%) Manufacturing
6 11 (2.13%) Retail
7 10 (1.93%) Marketing
8 9 (1.74%) Banking
8 9 (1.74%) Pharmaceutical
9 8 (1.55%) Electronics
10 6 (1.16%) Billing
10 6 (1.16%) German Language
11 4 (0.77%) Military
12 3 (0.58%) Dutch Language
12 3 (0.58%) Multimedia
12 3 (0.58%) Advertising
13 2 (0.39%) Games
13 2 (0.39%) Polish Language
14 1 (0.19%) French Language
Job Titles
1 143 (27.66%) Analyst
2 59 (11.41%) Tester
3 58 (11.22%) Developer
3 58 (11.22%) Test Analyst
4 38 (7.35%) QA Analyst
5 36 (6.96%) QA Tester
6 35 (6.77%) Test Manager
7 26 (5.03%) QA Engineer
7 26 (5.03%) Business Analyst
8 22 (4.26%) Project Manager
9 19 (3.68%) Test Engineer
10 14 (2.71%) Architect
10 14 (2.71%) Quality Analyst
11 13 (2.51%) Data Analyst
11 13 (2.51%) Software Engineer
12 12 (2.32%) Test Leader
12 12 (2.32%) DevOps Engineer
13 11 (2.13%) PMO Analyst
13 11 (2.13%) Quality Manager
13 11 (2.13%) .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (12.38%) .NET
2 45 (8.70%) XML
3 37 (7.16%) HTML
4 28 (5.42%) Web Services
5 19 (3.68%) WCF
5 19 (3.68%) REST
5 19 (3.68%) ASP.NET
5 19 (3.68%) J2EE
5 19 (3.68%) Hibernate
6 18 (3.48%) SOAP
7 15 (2.90%) CSS
8 14 (2.71%) Middleware
8 14 (2.71%) WPF
9 13 (2.51%) jQuery
9 13 (2.51%) JSON
10 9 (1.74%) HTML5
10 9 (1.74%) Ajax
10 9 (1.74%) XSLT
11 7 (1.35%) JSP
12 6 (1.16%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 32 (6.19%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (4.64%) Computer Science
3 22 (4.26%) Management Information System
4 21 (4.06%) User Experience
5 12 (2.32%) Mobile App
6 8 (1.55%) Enterprise Software
7 6 (1.16%) Visualisation
7 6 (1.16%) Performance Metrics
8 4 (0.77%) Client/Server
8 4 (0.77%) Mathematics
8 4 (0.77%) Open Source
8 4 (0.77%) iPad
8 4 (0.77%) Digital Media
9 3 (0.58%) Semantic Web
9 3 (0.58%) iPhone
9 3 (0.58%) Learning Management System
9 3 (0.58%) CMDB
9 3 (0.58%) Life Science
9 3 (0.58%) E-Learning
9 3 (0.58%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 41 (7.93%) Windows
2 21 (4.06%) UNIX
3 20 (3.87%) Linux
4 16 (3.09%) Windows Server 2008
5 10 (1.93%) Windows Server 2003
5 10 (1.93%) Windows 7
6 9 (1.74%) Android
7 7 (1.35%) Apple iOS
8 6 (1.16%) Windows NT
9 5 (0.97%) Windows XP
10 4 (0.77%) CentOS
11 3 (0.58%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.39%) OS/2
12 2 (0.39%) AIX
12 2 (0.39%) Windows Server 2012
12 2 (0.39%) Windows Phone
13 1 (0.19%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
13 1 (0.19%) FreeBSD
13 1 (0.19%) Windows 2000
13 1 (0.19%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 101 (19.54%) Agile Software Development
2 75 (14.51%) Project Management
3 72 (13.93%) User Acceptance Testing
4 61 (11.80%) Test Scripting
5 48 (9.28%) Test Management
6 44 (8.51%) Scrum
7 42 (8.12%) Software Testing
8 38 (7.35%) Continuous Integration
9 34 (6.58%) Test Automation
10 30 (5.80%) Configuration Management
11 29 (5.61%) Test Strategy
12 28 (5.42%) Business Intelligence
12 28 (5.42%) ITIL
12 28 (5.42%) Migration
12 28 (5.42%) Waterfall
13 26 (5.03%) PRINCE2
14 25 (4.84%) MVC
15 24 (4.64%) DevOps
15 24 (4.64%) Validation
15 24 (4.64%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 136 (26.31%) SQL
2 65 (12.57%) C#
3 64 (12.38%) Java
4 37 (7.16%) JavaScript
5 29 (5.61%) Python
6 20 (3.87%) C++
6 20 (3.87%) Perl
7 19 (3.68%) PL/SQL
8 15 (2.90%) VBScript
9 14 (2.71%) VB
9 14 (2.71%) C
9 14 (2.71%) PowerShell
10 12 (2.32%) Ruby
11 11 (2.13%) VB.NET
11 11 (2.13%) VBA
12 9 (1.74%) PHP
13 8 (1.55%) Shell Script
13 8 (1.55%) XQuery
13 8 (1.55%) Bash Shell
14 5 (0.97%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 70 (13.54%) ISEB
2 51 (9.86%) Security Cleared
3 42 (8.12%) ISTQB
4 39 (7.54%) Degree
5 38 (7.35%) SC Cleared
6 15 (2.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 13 (2.51%) Cisco Certification
8 10 (1.93%) PMP
8 10 (1.93%) PMI Certification
9 9 (1.74%) CCNP
9 9 (1.74%) CCNA
10 8 (1.55%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 8 (1.55%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 7 (1.35%) DV Cleared
11 7 (1.35%) MCITP
12 6 (1.16%) MOS
13 4 (0.77%) HND
13 4 (0.77%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 3 (0.58%) ISEB Practitioner
15 1 (0.19%) AAT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (2.32%) ISO 9001
2 6 (1.16%) SLA
2 6 (1.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 6 (1.16%) Data Quality
3 5 (0.97%) Solvency II
3 5 (0.97%) GxP
4 4 (0.77%) GMP
5 3 (0.58%) P3O
5 3 (0.58%) ISO 9000
5 3 (0.58%) GAMP
6 2 (0.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.19%) JSP 440
System Software
1 12 (2.32%) Active Directory
2 7 (1.35%) Hyper-V
3 6 (1.16%) vSphere
3 6 (1.16%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (0.39%) VMware ESX
5 1 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.19%) Firmware
5 1 (0.19%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 52 (10.06%) HP Quality Center
2 25 (4.84%) Puppet
3 18 (3.48%) Vagrant
4 5 (0.97%) SCCM
5 3 (0.58%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 3 (0.58%) Backup Exec
5 3 (0.58%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.19%) cPanel
6 1 (0.19%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.19%) yum
6 1 (0.19%) Nagios
6 1 (0.19%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.19%) Control-M
Vendors
1 57 (11.03%) Microsoft
2 44 (8.51%) Oracle
2 44 (8.51%) HP
3 32 (6.19%) SAP
4 17 (3.29%) Cisco
5 7 (1.35%) Business Objects
5 7 (1.35%) Hitachi
5 7 (1.35%) Nokia
6 6 (1.16%) Symantec
6 6 (1.16%) Juniper
7 5 (0.97%) 3PAR
7 5 (0.97%) Brocade
7 5 (0.97%) Lotus
7 5 (0.97%) Salesforce.com
8 4 (0.77%) McAfee
8 4 (0.77%) Ericsson
8 4 (0.77%) Citrix
8 4 (0.77%) Telerik
9 3 (0.58%) Becrypt
9 3 (0.58%) Talend
Brighton, East Sussex
Initi8 Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £500 Per Day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Slough
Streamline Connections
Rate: £200 - £210 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Portsmouth
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Kent
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £400 - £430 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
South East England
Interquest - ITQ Financial - Tunbridge Wells
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
83Zero
Rate: From £300 to £350 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Buckinghamshire
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: Up to £250 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading
NFP Group Ltd
Rate: £250 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Newbury
Quantica Technology - London
Rate: £325 - £400 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Oxfordshire
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: competitive
Posted: 10 days ago
Berkshire
Austin Fraser Limited
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
Hampshire
Spectrum IT
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 23 days ago