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 5 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 78 76 78
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +2
Contract jobs citing QA 221 217 191
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 2.58% 2.33% 2.28%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 25.76% 24.89% 27.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 135 123 117
Average daily rate £363 £340 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.61% +4.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £237 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 2 3
Average hourly rate £46.50 £23.49 £33.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+97.93% -30.39%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £22.29 £16.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £58.95 £24.70 £130.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £33.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+18.18% +78.37%
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
858 872 688
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 10.03% 9.38% 8.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 469 425 331
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £204 £176
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £510
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 45 27
Average hourly rate £47.50 £35.00 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+35.71% +32.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.10 £12.48 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.50 £55.00 £113.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.00 £25.00 £17.15
% change year-on-year
+68.00% +45.77%

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 5 February 2016.

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 5 February 2016.

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 5 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
Berkshire -8 62 £364 +11.92% 28
Hampshire +23 40 £325 -13.33% 19
West Sussex +15 28 £338 -2.17% 3
Buckinghamshire +6 21 £300 -7.69% 6
Surrey -18 21 £469 +40.44% 22
East Sussex +16 15 £450 +45.16% 1
Oxfordshire -1 13 £343 -11.61% 13
Kent -2 8 £350 -2.77% 6
Middlesex -3 2 £550 +74.60%
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 (30.36%) Agile Software Development
2 102 (22.77%) Finance
3 94 (20.98%) SQL
4 72 (16.07%) Project Management
5 71 (15.85%) SDLC
6 59 (13.17%) Microsoft
7 48 (10.71%) Degree
8 47 (10.49%) Security Cleared
9 45 (10.04%) Automated Testing
9 45 (10.04%) Scrum
9 45 (10.04%) C#
10 43 (9.60%) Waterfall
11 42 (9.38%) ITIL
12 41 (9.15%) XML
12 41 (9.15%) Selenium
13 39 (8.71%) JavaScript
14 37 (8.26%) .NET
14 37 (8.26%) HP Quality Center
15 36 (8.04%) Mobile App
15 36 (8.04%) SAP
16 35 (7.81%) HTML
16 35 (7.81%) REST
16 35 (7.81%) Test Automation
17 34 (7.59%) SC Cleared
17 34 (7.59%) User Acceptance Testing
17 34 (7.59%) Java
17 34 (7.59%) Stakeholder Management
18 33 (7.37%) Android
19 31 (6.92%) Telecoms
19 31 (6.92%) Software Testing

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 25 (5.58%) SharePoint
2 20 (4.46%) Apache
3 10 (2.23%) CICS
3 10 (2.23%) Node.js
4 7 (1.56%) CMS
4 7 (1.56%) Confluence
4 7 (1.56%) WebSphere
5 6 (1.34%) IIS
6 5 (1.12%) Commerce Server
7 4 (0.89%) Apache Pig
7 4 (0.89%) Apache Spark
7 4 (0.89%) IBM HTTP Server
7 4 (0.89%) MS Exchange
8 3 (0.67%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (0.67%) Drupal
8 3 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2010
8 3 (0.67%) SAS
8 3 (0.67%) WebSphere Application Server
9 2 (0.45%) Joomla!
9 2 (0.45%) WordPress
Applications
1 25 (5.58%) MS Excel
2 24 (5.36%) MS Office
3 15 (3.35%) MS Project
4 13 (2.90%) MS PowerPoint
4 13 (2.90%) MS Visio
5 5 (1.12%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.45%) 3ds Max
6 2 (0.45%) Acrobat
6 2 (0.45%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.45%) GIMP
6 2 (0.45%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.22%) Pro/ENGINEER
7 1 (0.22%) PTC Creo
7 1 (0.22%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 12 (2.68%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (0.89%) Magento
3 3 (0.67%) Fredhopper
3 3 (0.67%) SAP FI
4 2 (0.45%) BusinessWorks
4 2 (0.45%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.45%) Primavera
5 1 (0.22%) Adobe Campaign
5 1 (0.22%) CA PPM
5 1 (0.22%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.22%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.22%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.22%) SAP BPC
5 1 (0.22%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.22%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 6 (1.34%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (1.12%) SaaS
3 4 (0.89%) GitHub
4 3 (0.67%) Microsoft Azure
5 2 (0.45%) Google Analytics
5 2 (0.45%) MailChimp
6 1 (0.22%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.22%) Office 365
6 1 (0.22%) PaaS
6 1 (0.22%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 11 (2.46%) FTP
2 9 (2.01%) Firewall
3 8 (1.79%) SAN
3 8 (1.79%) SNMP
4 7 (1.56%) DNS
4 7 (1.56%) Internet
4 7 (1.56%) WAN
5 6 (1.34%) HTTP
5 6 (1.34%) IPsec
5 6 (1.34%) SSL
5 6 (1.34%) TCP/IP
5 6 (1.34%) VPN
6 5 (1.12%) LAN
7 4 (0.89%) EIGRP
7 4 (0.89%) H.323
7 4 (0.89%) OSPF
7 4 (0.89%) Telepresence
7 4 (0.89%) Value-Added Service
7 4 (0.89%) Wi-Fi
7 4 (0.89%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (4.46%) SQL Server
2 15 (3.35%) Big Data
2 15 (3.35%) Oracle Database
3 14 (3.13%) DB2
3 14 (3.13%) MySQL
4 12 (2.68%) Hadoop
5 11 (2.46%) Data Mining
5 11 (2.46%) Relational Database
6 9 (2.01%) Crystal Reports
7 8 (1.79%) MongoDB
7 8 (1.79%) NoSQL
8 6 (1.34%) Oracle Reports
8 6 (1.34%) SAP BI
9 5 (1.12%) SAP BW
9 5 (1.12%) SQL Server 2008
10 4 (0.89%) Apache Hive
10 4 (0.89%) HBase
10 4 (0.89%) Impala
10 4 (0.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 3 (0.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 41 (9.15%) Selenium
2 25 (5.58%) Cucumber
3 19 (4.24%) Team Foundation Server
4 18 (4.02%) JIRA
5 15 (3.35%) Jenkins
5 15 (3.35%) SpecFlow
6 14 (3.13%) Git (software)
6 14 (3.13%) Subversion
7 12 (2.68%) SoapUI
8 10 (2.23%) WebDriver
9 9 (2.01%) HP UFT
9 9 (2.01%) StarTeam
10 8 (1.79%) Jasmine
10 8 (1.79%) Karma Test Runner
10 8 (1.79%) PHPUnit
10 8 (1.79%) Rational DOORS
11 7 (1.56%) Eclipse
11 7 (1.56%) TeamCity
11 7 (1.56%) Visual Studio
12 6 (1.34%) JMeter
General
1 102 (22.77%) Finance
2 31 (6.92%) Telecoms
3 25 (5.58%) Marketing
4 21 (4.69%) Manufacturing
5 15 (3.35%) Electronics
5 15 (3.35%) Retail
6 10 (2.23%) Pharmaceutical
7 8 (1.79%) Automotive
7 8 (1.79%) Billing
8 6 (1.34%) Banking
9 5 (1.12%) Advertising
10 4 (0.89%) Law
11 3 (0.67%) Publishing
12 2 (0.45%) Back Office
12 2 (0.45%) Legal
13 1 (0.22%) Aerospace
13 1 (0.22%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.22%) Front Office
13 1 (0.22%) Military
13 1 (0.22%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 112 (25.00%) Analyst
2 51 (11.38%) QA Engineer
2 51 (11.38%) Test Analyst
3 44 (9.82%) Developer
4 40 (8.93%) Test Manager
5 36 (8.04%) Tester
6 30 (6.70%) Test Engineer
7 29 (6.47%) Architect
8 25 (5.58%) Project Manager
9 24 (5.36%) QA Tester
10 22 (4.91%) QA Test Engineer
11 21 (4.69%) Consultant
12 20 (4.46%) QA Analyst
13 17 (3.79%) IT Manager
13 17 (3.79%) QA Test Analyst
14 15 (3.35%) Applications Engineer
14 15 (3.35%) Network Engineer
15 14 (3.13%) Applications Tester
16 13 (2.90%) Automation Analyst
16 13 (2.90%) Automation Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (9.15%) XML
2 37 (8.26%) .NET
3 35 (7.81%) HTML
3 35 (7.81%) REST
4 30 (6.70%) Web Services
5 29 (6.47%) SOAP
6 25 (5.58%) jQuery
6 25 (5.58%) JSON
7 20 (4.46%) CSS
8 16 (3.57%) ASP.NET
9 12 (2.68%) HTML5
9 12 (2.68%) LAMP
10 11 (2.46%) .NET Framework
11 10 (2.23%) Ajax
12 9 (2.01%) AngularJS
12 9 (2.01%) Gherkin
13 8 (1.79%) Apache Avro
13 8 (1.79%) ASP.NET Web API
13 8 (1.79%) CakePHP
14 6 (1.34%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 36 (8.04%) Mobile App
2 23 (5.13%) Analytical Skills
3 16 (3.57%) Data Centre
3 16 (3.57%) User Experience
4 11 (2.46%) Mainframe
4 11 (2.46%) Management Information System
5 10 (2.23%) Computer Science
6 8 (1.79%) Enterprise Software
6 8 (1.79%) Smart Meter
7 5 (1.12%) PMI
7 5 (1.12%) Replication
8 4 (0.89%) CMDB
8 4 (0.89%) Cryptography
8 4 (0.89%) Statistics
9 3 (0.67%) Client/Server
9 3 (0.67%) Clustering
9 3 (0.67%) Mobile Computing
9 3 (0.67%) Performance Metrics
10 2 (0.45%) FMCG
10 2 (0.45%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 33 (7.37%) Android
2 29 (6.47%) Linux
2 29 (6.47%) Windows
3 27 (6.03%) Apple iOS
4 20 (4.46%) Unix
5 11 (2.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 10 (2.23%) CentOS
6 10 (2.23%) Windows Server 2008
6 10 (2.23%) zOS
7 9 (2.01%) Windows Server
8 8 (1.79%) Windows Server 2003
9 5 (1.12%) AIX
9 5 (1.12%) Windows Vista
10 4 (0.89%) Solaris
10 4 (0.89%) Windows Server 2012
11 2 (0.45%) NetWare
11 2 (0.45%) Ubuntu
11 2 (0.45%) Windows 7
12 1 (0.22%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.22%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 136 (30.36%) Agile Software Development
2 72 (16.07%) Project Management
3 71 (15.85%) SDLC
4 45 (10.04%) Automated Testing
4 45 (10.04%) Scrum
5 43 (9.60%) Waterfall
6 42 (9.38%) ITIL
7 35 (7.81%) Test Automation
8 34 (7.59%) Stakeholder Management
8 34 (7.59%) User Acceptance Testing
9 31 (6.92%) Software Testing
10 30 (6.70%) Test Management
11 29 (6.47%) Configuration Management
12 28 (6.25%) PRINCE2
12 28 (6.25%) Risk Management
13 27 (6.03%) Test Scripting
14 26 (5.80%) BDD
14 26 (5.80%) Mentoring
14 26 (5.80%) Regression Testing
15 25 (5.58%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 94 (20.98%) SQL
2 45 (10.04%) C#
3 39 (8.71%) JavaScript
4 34 (7.59%) Java
5 17 (3.79%) C
5 17 (3.79%) PL/SQL
6 16 (3.57%) PHP
6 16 (3.57%) Python
7 10 (2.23%) JCL
8 9 (2.01%) Ruby
8 9 (2.01%) Shell Script
9 7 (1.56%) C++
10 6 (1.34%) PowerShell
11 4 (0.89%) Bash Shell
12 3 (0.67%) Groovy
12 3 (0.67%) T-SQL
12 3 (0.67%) VB
12 3 (0.67%) VB.NET
13 2 (0.45%) ActionScript
13 2 (0.45%) Perl
Qualifications
1 48 (10.71%) Degree
2 47 (10.49%) Security Cleared
3 34 (7.59%) SC Cleared
4 28 (6.25%) ISEB
5 20 (4.46%) CCNP
5 20 (4.46%) Cisco Certification
6 18 (4.02%) ISTQB
7 12 (2.68%) CCNA
8 9 (2.01%) PMI Certification
9 8 (1.79%) DV Cleared
9 8 (1.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 6 (1.34%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 5 (1.12%) ISEB Practitioner
12 4 (0.89%) HND
12 4 (0.89%) ITIL Certification
12 4 (0.89%) Microsoft Certification
12 4 (0.89%) PMP
12 4 (0.89%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 3 (0.67%) CISSP
13 3 (0.67%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (2.46%) SLA
2 7 (1.56%) ISO 9001
2 7 (1.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (1.12%) TickIT
4 4 (0.89%) GxP
5 3 (0.67%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 3 (0.67%) FedRAMP
6 2 (0.45%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.45%) GAMP
6 2 (0.45%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 2 (0.45%) JSP 440
6 2 (0.45%) P3O
6 2 (0.45%) RMADS
7 1 (0.22%) CDISC
7 1 (0.22%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.22%) ISO 8583
7 1 (0.22%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.22%) PMBOK
7 1 (0.22%) SDET
System Software
1 14 (3.13%) VMware Infrastructure
2 10 (2.23%) RACF
3 6 (1.34%) Active Directory
4 5 (1.12%) Hyper-V
5 4 (0.89%) Apache Flume
6 3 (0.67%) Firmware
7 2 (0.45%) Oracle RAC
7 2 (0.45%) VMware ESX
7 2 (0.45%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.45%) VMware Server
7 2 (0.45%) VMware Workstation
7 2 (0.45%) vSphere
7 2 (0.45%) XenApp
7 2 (0.45%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.22%) KVM
8 1 (0.22%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.22%) NFS
Systems Management
1 37 (8.26%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (2.23%) CA Endevor
3 2 (0.45%) AirWatch
3 2 (0.45%) Ansible
3 2 (0.45%) Data Guard
3 2 (0.45%) Oracle RMAN
4 1 (0.22%) CA LISA
4 1 (0.22%) EMC NetWorker
4 1 (0.22%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 1 (0.22%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.22%) Puppet
4 1 (0.22%) SCCM
4 1 (0.22%) SCOM
4 1 (0.22%) vMotion
Vendors
1 59 (13.17%) Microsoft
2 36 (8.04%) SAP
3 28 (6.25%) HP
3 28 (6.25%) Oracle
4 20 (4.46%) Cisco
5 15 (3.35%) VMware
6 13 (2.90%) CA
7 7 (1.56%) Remedy
8 6 (1.34%) IBM
9 5 (1.12%) McAfee
9 5 (1.12%) Progress
9 5 (1.12%) Red Hat
9 5 (1.12%) Salesforce.com
10 4 (0.89%) Cloudera
10 4 (0.89%) IronPort
11 3 (0.67%) AppDynamics
11 3 (0.67%) Citrix
11 3 (0.67%) EMC
11 3 (0.67%) NetApp
11 3 (0.67%) TIBCO
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