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 6 May 2015 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
6 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 54 65 74
Rank change year-on-year
+11 +9
Contract jobs citing QA 299 246 206
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 3.02% 2.67% 2.49%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 35.55% 34.02% 35.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 181 140 134
Average daily rate
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£350 £348 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.71% +6.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £225 £249
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £480 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £358 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 2
Average hourly rate £56.00 £15.75 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+255.55% -47.50%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.75 £32.00 £26.75
% change year-on-year
+11.71% +19.62%
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
841 723 576
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 8.49% 7.85% 6.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 447 372 305
Average daily rate £387 £363 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.75% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £180 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £500 £477
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £338
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +7.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 40 26
Average hourly rate £20.50 £26.00 £12.95
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-21.15% +100.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.00 £9.73
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £47.50 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.55 £21.00 £15.38
% change year-on-year
+2.61% +36.58%

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 6 May 2015.

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 6 May 2015.

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 6 May 2015. 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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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 +17 80 £338 -5.19% 26
Buckinghamshire +17 67 £320 +2.40% 10
Hampshire -10 61 £375 +14.50% 25
Surrey -3 42 £313 -13.19% 26
Oxfordshire -7 25 £375 +15.38% 17
West Sussex -19 13 £375 +36.36% 2
East Sussex -12 6 £375 +15.38% 2
Middlesex +1 1 £405 +20.53%
Sussex -3 1 - -
Kent -6 1 £450 -10.00% 1
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 6 May 2015, 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.

1 125 (24.22%) Agile Software Development
2 94 (18.22%) Finance
3 90 (17.44%) Project Management
4 82 (15.89%) User Acceptance Testing
5 77 (14.92%) SQL
6 72 (13.95%) Microsoft
7 63 (12.21%) XML
8 58 (11.24%) Selenium
8 58 (11.24%) Test Scripting
9 57 (11.05%) Java
10 55 (10.66%) Telecoms
11 54 (10.47%) PRINCE2
12 52 (10.08%) Security Cleared
13 49 (9.50%) MS Excel
14 47 (9.11%) Scrum
15 46 (8.91%) Test Strategy
16 45 (8.72%) Test Management
17 41 (7.95%) ISEB
17 41 (7.95%) Stakeholder Management
18 40 (7.75%) C#
19 39 (7.56%) Linux
19 39 (7.56%) ITIL
19 39 (7.56%) Degree
20 38 (7.36%) Windows
20 38 (7.36%) WebDriver
21 37 (7.17%) Analytical Skills
22 36 (6.98%) SC Cleared
22 36 (6.98%) Python
22 36 (6.98%) MS Office
23 35 (6.78%) .NET

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 6 May 2015, 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 16 (3.10%) SharePoint
1 16 (3.10%) WebSphere
2 14 (2.71%) WebLogic
3 9 (1.74%) CMS
3 9 (1.74%) WebSphere Application Server
4 7 (1.36%) Drupal
4 7 (1.36%) Apache
5 6 (1.16%) BizTalk Server
6 5 (0.97%) IIS
7 4 (0.78%) Tomcat
7 4 (0.78%) SharePoint Server
7 4 (0.78%) Jetty
8 3 (0.58%) Apache Solr
8 3 (0.58%) JBoss
9 2 (0.39%) ArcGIS
9 2 (0.39%) SAS
9 2 (0.39%) Oracle Workflow
9 2 (0.39%) Node.js
10 1 (0.19%) Moodle
10 1 (0.19%) Confluence
Applications
1 49 (9.50%) MS Excel
2 36 (6.98%) MS Office
3 16 (3.10%) MS Project
4 14 (2.71%) MS PowerPoint
5 6 (1.16%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.39%) PowerPivot
6 2 (0.39%) RoboHelp
7 1 (0.19%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.19%) FrameMaker
7 1 (0.19%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 6 (1.16%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.78%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (0.58%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.58%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.58%) SAP BCA
3 3 (0.58%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.39%) SAP MDM
4 2 (0.39%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.39%) SAP FI
4 2 (0.39%) Adobe Campaign
4 2 (0.39%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.19%) Oracle Receivables
5 1 (0.19%) Magento
5 1 (0.19%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.19%) Unica
5 1 (0.19%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.19%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.19%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.97%) SaaS
2 2 (0.39%) GitHub
2 2 (0.39%) Google Analytics
3 1 (0.19%) IaaS
3 1 (0.19%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 19 (3.68%) Internet
2 14 (2.71%) Firewall
3 12 (2.33%) TCP/IP
4 11 (2.13%) LAN
4 11 (2.13%) WAN
5 8 (1.55%) SAN
5 8 (1.55%) Wireless
5 8 (1.55%) RNC
6 7 (1.36%) Network Security
7 5 (0.97%) Cisco ASA
7 5 (0.97%) NAS
7 5 (0.97%) OSPF
7 5 (0.97%) EIGRP
8 4 (0.78%) Cisco IOS
9 3 (0.58%) DWDM
9 3 (0.58%) LTE
9 3 (0.58%) Cisco Nexus
9 3 (0.58%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
9 3 (0.58%) Intranet
9 3 (0.58%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (5.23%) SQL Server
2 17 (3.29%) MarkLogic
2 17 (3.29%) Relational Database
3 14 (2.71%) DB2
4 10 (1.94%) MySQL
5 8 (1.55%) SAP BW
5 8 (1.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 6 (1.16%) InterSystems Cache
6 6 (1.16%) SQL Server 2012
6 6 (1.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 6 (1.16%) Data Warehouse
6 6 (1.16%) Data Mining
7 5 (0.97%) Oracle Reports
7 5 (0.97%) Oracle Database
8 4 (0.78%) SAP Data Services
8 4 (0.78%) Crystal Reports
8 4 (0.78%) BusinessObjects
9 3 (0.58%) RDBMS
9 3 (0.58%) DbVisualizer
9 3 (0.58%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 58 (11.24%) Selenium
2 38 (7.36%) WebDriver
3 31 (6.01%) Cucumber
4 24 (4.65%) JIRA
5 22 (4.26%) JUnit
6 21 (4.07%) Git (software)
7 18 (3.49%) Team Foundation Server
7 18 (3.49%) Jenkins
8 17 (3.29%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 13 (2.52%) Subversion
10 7 (1.36%) TeamCity
11 6 (1.16%) QuickTest Pro
12 5 (0.97%) LoadRunner
12 5 (0.97%) TestPartner
12 5 (0.97%) SpecFlow
12 5 (0.97%) SoapUI
12 5 (0.97%) JBehave
13 4 (0.78%) TestComplete
14 3 (0.58%) RSpec
14 3 (0.58%) Maven
General
1 94 (18.22%) Finance
2 55 (10.66%) Telecoms
3 23 (4.46%) Publishing
4 17 (3.29%) Retail
4 17 (3.29%) Legal
5 15 (2.91%) Banking
6 12 (2.33%) Manufacturing
6 12 (2.33%) Marketing
7 9 (1.74%) Billing
8 7 (1.36%) Pharmaceutical
9 6 (1.16%) Electronics
10 5 (0.97%) Automotive
11 3 (0.58%) Advertising
11 3 (0.58%) Back Office
11 3 (0.58%) Games
12 2 (0.39%) German Language
13 1 (0.19%) Italian Language
13 1 (0.19%) French Language
13 1 (0.19%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.19%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 115 (22.29%) Analyst
2 65 (12.60%) Developer
3 55 (10.66%) Test Analyst
3 55 (10.66%) Project Manager
3 55 (10.66%) Tester
4 42 (8.14%) Test Manager
5 28 (5.43%) Test Leader
6 26 (5.04%) Architect
7 25 (4.84%) Consultant
8 18 (3.49%) QA Analyst
9 17 (3.29%) QA Tester
10 16 (3.10%) PMO Analyst
11 15 (2.91%) Automation Tester
12 14 (2.71%) QA Engineer
12 14 (2.71%) QA Manager
12 14 (2.71%) Software Tester
13 13 (2.52%) Business Analyst
14 11 (2.13%) Test Engineer
15 10 (1.94%) Network Engineer
15 10 (1.94%) Infrastructure Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (12.21%) XML
2 35 (6.78%) .NET
3 29 (5.62%) HTML
4 26 (5.04%) Web Services
5 20 (3.88%) XSLT
6 17 (3.29%) CSS
7 16 (3.10%) SOAP
8 15 (2.91%) JSON
9 9 (1.74%) .NET Framework
9 9 (1.74%) Hibernate
10 8 (1.55%) Spring
10 8 (1.55%) ASP.NET
10 8 (1.55%) WPF
10 8 (1.55%) HTML5
10 8 (1.55%) Gherkin
11 7 (1.36%) jQuery
11 7 (1.36%) Ajax
12 6 (1.16%) J2EE
12 6 (1.16%) RESTful
12 6 (1.16%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 37 (7.17%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (5.23%) Management Information System
3 18 (3.49%) User Experience
4 9 (1.74%) Mobile App
5 7 (1.36%) Open Source
6 6 (1.16%) Computer Science
7 5 (0.97%) Inversion of Control
7 5 (0.97%) N-Tier
7 5 (0.97%) Digital Media
8 4 (0.78%) DTV
8 4 (0.78%) Cryptography
8 4 (0.78%) Semantic Web
8 4 (0.78%) Data Integration
9 3 (0.58%) Pharmacovigilance
9 3 (0.58%) Blog
9 3 (0.58%) Telematics
9 3 (0.58%) iPad
9 3 (0.58%) Freedom of Information
9 3 (0.58%) AS400
9 3 (0.58%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 39 (7.56%) Linux
2 38 (7.36%) Windows
3 33 (6.40%) UNIX
4 20 (3.88%) Apple iOS
5 17 (3.29%) Android
6 11 (2.13%) AIX
7 6 (1.16%) Windows Server 2008
7 6 (1.16%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (0.97%) CentOS
9 4 (0.78%) Windows Server 2003
10 2 (0.39%) Windows Phone
10 2 (0.39%) Solaris
11 1 (0.19%) HPUX
11 1 (0.19%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 125 (24.22%) Agile Software Development
2 90 (17.44%) Project Management
3 82 (15.89%) User Acceptance Testing
4 58 (11.24%) Test Scripting
5 54 (10.47%) PRINCE2
6 47 (9.11%) Scrum
7 46 (8.91%) Test Strategy
8 45 (8.72%) Test Management
9 41 (7.95%) Stakeholder Management
10 39 (7.56%) ITIL
11 35 (6.78%) Test Automation
12 32 (6.20%) Waterfall
13 30 (5.81%) Software Testing
14 29 (5.62%) Continuous Integration
15 28 (5.43%) Migration
15 28 (5.43%) Change Management
16 25 (4.84%) Validation
16 25 (4.84%) Risk Management
17 24 (4.65%) E-Commerce
18 23 (4.46%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 77 (14.92%) SQL
2 57 (11.05%) Java
3 40 (7.75%) C#
4 36 (6.98%) Python
5 25 (4.84%) JavaScript
6 20 (3.88%) XQuery
7 14 (2.71%) PHP
8 13 (2.52%) Ruby
9 11 (2.13%) C
10 7 (1.36%) Objective-C
11 6 (1.16%) C++
11 6 (1.16%) MUMPS
12 5 (0.97%) VB.NET
12 5 (0.97%) Perl
13 4 (0.78%) XPath
14 3 (0.58%) PowerShell
14 3 (0.58%) Shell Script
14 3 (0.58%) PL/SQL
14 3 (0.58%) ABAP
14 3 (0.58%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 52 (10.08%) Security Cleared
2 41 (7.95%) ISEB
3 39 (7.56%) Degree
4 36 (6.98%) SC Cleared
5 21 (4.07%) ISTQB
6 16 (3.10%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 13 (2.52%) DV Cleared
8 9 (1.74%) PMP
8 9 (1.74%) PMI Certification
9 8 (1.55%) CCNA
9 8 (1.55%) Cisco Certification
10 7 (1.36%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 7 (1.36%) HNC
10 7 (1.36%) HND
10 7 (1.36%) CCNP
11 6 (1.16%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 3 (0.58%) MCITP
12 3 (0.58%) ITIL Certification
12 3 (0.58%) Microsoft Certification
13 2 (0.39%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (2.13%) Data Quality
2 7 (1.36%) ISO 9001
3 6 (1.16%) JSP 440
4 5 (0.97%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 3 (0.58%) GxP
5 3 (0.58%) Solvency II
6 2 (0.39%) GMP
6 2 (0.39%) GAMP
7 1 (0.19%) GCP
7 1 (0.19%) SLA
7 1 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.19%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.19%) P3O
System Software
1 12 (2.33%) Active Directory
2 8 (1.55%) vSphere
3 7 (1.36%) VMware ESXi
4 6 (1.16%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (0.97%) Hyper-V
6 4 (0.78%) XenApp
7 3 (0.58%) XenDesktop
8 2 (0.39%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.19%) Shibboleth
9 1 (0.19%) Varnish
9 1 (0.19%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 28 (5.43%) HP Quality Center
2 19 (3.68%) Puppet
2 19 (3.68%) Vagrant
3 3 (0.58%) Netcool
4 2 (0.39%) SCCM
4 2 (0.39%) FortiGate
4 2 (0.39%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (0.19%) TeamSite
5 1 (0.19%) Nagios
5 1 (0.19%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 72 (13.95%) Microsoft
2 34 (6.59%) SAP
3 30 (5.81%) Oracle
3 30 (5.81%) HP
4 19 (3.68%) Cisco
5 12 (2.33%) Ericsson
5 12 (2.33%) VMware
6 9 (1.74%) Amdocs
7 7 (1.36%) Capita
7 7 (1.36%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
7 7 (1.36%) Remedy
7 7 (1.36%) McAfee
7 7 (1.36%) Juniper
8 6 (1.16%) Citrix
8 6 (1.16%) InterSystems
9 5 (0.97%) Brocade
9 5 (0.97%) IBM
9 5 (0.97%) NetApp
10 4 (0.78%) Apple
10 4 (0.78%) Business Objects
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Brightred Resourcing Limited
Rate: From £100 to £250 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Woking, Surrey
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £270 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Oxfordshire
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
Southampton, Hampshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Slough
People Source
Rate: £280 - £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Staines, Middlesex
Samsung
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Bracknell
Anantha
Posted: 8 days ago
Surrey
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: competitive
Posted: 14 days ago
Oxfordshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £170 - £250 per hour + competitive
Posted: 15 days ago
Hook
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £200.00 - £500 per day
Posted: 27 days ago