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 30 July 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
30 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 75 59 92
Rank change year-on-year
-16 +33
Contract jobs citing QA 247 268 175
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 2.59% 2.91% 2.06%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 29.37% 35.83% 28.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 161 145 97
Average daily rate
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£375 £333 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.78% -16.87%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £210 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 13 2
Average hourly rate £18.68 £20.00 £42.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.60% -52.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.57 £13.04 £40.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £21.50 £44.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.78 £18.13 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+69.79% +0.69%
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
841 748 610
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 8.81% 8.13% 7.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 470 401 284
Average daily rate £398 £360 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.67% -4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £259 £200 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £511 £484 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 33 37
Average hourly rate £18.68 £20.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.87% +2.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.04 £12.86
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £42.10 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £20.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.73% +18.57%

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 30 July 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 30 July 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 30 July 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 +3 73 £350 +5.26% 27
Hampshire -4 67 £375 +11.94% 19
Surrey -5 31 £413 +14.58% 37
Buckinghamshire -22 23 £323 +20.56% 4
Oxfordshire -9 22 £413 -2.94% 16
East Sussex -2 14 £375 +7.14% 6
West Sussex -10 7 £350 +21.73% 2
Middlesex -4 4 £462 -4.54%
Kent -6 3 £275 -15.38% 7
Sussex - 2 - - 1
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 30 July 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.

1 151 (27.86%) Agile Software Development
2 93 (17.16%) Finance
3 88 (16.24%) Project Management
4 69 (12.73%) Scrum
5 66 (12.18%) Microsoft
6 65 (11.99%) SQL
6 65 (11.99%) User Acceptance Testing
7 62 (11.44%) Test Scripting
8 61 (11.25%) Analytical Skills
8 61 (11.25%) PRINCE2
8 61 (11.25%) Selenium
9 59 (10.89%) Security Cleared
10 56 (10.33%) XML
10 56 (10.33%) ITIL
11 55 (10.15%) Java
12 53 (9.78%) MS Excel
13 51 (9.41%) Continuous Integration
14 50 (9.23%) Test Strategy
14 50 (9.23%) Telecoms
15 48 (8.86%) Stakeholder Management
16 44 (8.12%) Windows
17 43 (7.93%) C#
18 42 (7.75%) Test Management
18 42 (7.75%) SC Cleared
19 41 (7.56%) Web Services
19 41 (7.56%) Linux
20 39 (7.20%) SAP
20 39 (7.20%) MS Office
21 38 (7.01%) HP
22 35 (6.46%) ISEB

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 20 (3.69%) SharePoint
2 18 (3.32%) WebLogic
3 17 (3.14%) WebSphere
4 16 (2.95%) JBoss
5 11 (2.03%) CMS
6 9 (1.66%) WebSphere Application Server
6 9 (1.66%) Drupal
7 7 (1.29%) Apache
8 4 (0.74%) SAS
8 4 (0.74%) SharePoint Server
8 4 (0.74%) Node.js
9 3 (0.55%) BizTalk Server
9 3 (0.55%) IIS
10 2 (0.37%) ArcGIS
10 2 (0.37%) Oracle Workflow
11 1 (0.18%) OpenStack
11 1 (0.18%) MS Project Server
11 1 (0.18%) NetWeaver
11 1 (0.18%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.18%) GlassFish
Applications
1 53 (9.78%) MS Excel
2 39 (7.20%) MS Office
3 15 (2.77%) MS Project
4 12 (2.21%) MS PowerPoint
5 5 (0.92%) Spreadsheet
6 4 (0.74%) MS Visio
7 2 (0.37%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.18%) FrameMaker
Business Applications
1 10 (1.85%) Magento
2 7 (1.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 6 (1.11%) Dynamics CRM
4 4 (0.74%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.55%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.37%) SAP FI
6 2 (0.37%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.37%) SAP MDM
7 1 (0.18%) Maximo
7 1 (0.18%) SAP CO
7 1 (0.18%) HFM
7 1 (0.18%) SAP FI/CO
7 1 (0.18%) SAP BCA
7 1 (0.18%) Oracle ERP
7 1 (0.18%) SAP SRM
7 1 (0.18%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 1 (0.18%) Remedy AR System
7 1 (0.18%) SAP GRC
7 1 (0.18%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.55%) Google Analytics
1 3 (0.55%) SaaS
2 2 (0.37%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.18%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Communications & Networking
1 12 (2.21%) LAN
1 12 (2.21%) WAN
1 12 (2.21%) Internet
2 10 (1.85%) Firewall
3 8 (1.48%) Wireless
3 8 (1.48%) TCP/IP
4 7 (1.29%) Network Security
5 6 (1.11%) SAN
6 5 (0.92%) DNS
6 5 (0.92%) Ethernet
6 5 (0.92%) NAS
7 4 (0.74%) Cisco ASA
7 4 (0.74%) RNC
7 4 (0.74%) UMTS
7 4 (0.74%) VoIP
7 4 (0.74%) OSPF
7 4 (0.74%) EIGRP
7 4 (0.74%) Wi-Fi
8 3 (0.55%) BIG-IP
8 3 (0.55%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (4.80%) SQL Server
2 21 (3.87%) Relational Database
3 15 (2.77%) DB2
4 11 (2.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 10 (1.85%) MarkLogic
6 8 (1.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 8 (1.48%) BusinessObjects
7 7 (1.29%) MySQL
8 6 (1.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 6 (1.11%) SAP BW
8 6 (1.11%) Data Warehouse
8 6 (1.11%) SQL Server 2012
9 5 (0.92%) Oracle Database
9 5 (0.92%) Data Mining
10 4 (0.74%) Crystal Reports
10 4 (0.74%) InterSystems Cache
10 4 (0.74%) SQL Server 2008
11 3 (0.55%) SAP Data Services
11 3 (0.55%) DbVisualizer
11 3 (0.55%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 61 (11.25%) Selenium
2 35 (6.46%) Cucumber
3 32 (5.90%) WebDriver
4 29 (5.35%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 29 (5.35%) Git (software)
5 27 (4.98%) JUnit
6 26 (4.80%) Jenkins
7 20 (3.69%) JIRA
8 15 (2.77%) Team Foundation Server
8 15 (2.77%) Maven
8 15 (2.77%) Subversion
9 11 (2.03%) Checkstyle
9 11 (2.03%) FindBugs
9 11 (2.03%) Gradle
10 9 (1.66%) SoapUI
11 7 (1.29%) HP UFT
12 6 (1.11%) LoadRunner
12 6 (1.11%) TeamCity
13 5 (0.92%) TestComplete
14 4 (0.74%) JBehave
General
1 93 (17.16%) Finance
2 50 (9.23%) Telecoms
3 23 (4.24%) Retail
4 22 (4.06%) Manufacturing
5 18 (3.32%) Marketing
6 15 (2.77%) Banking
6 15 (2.77%) Publishing
7 14 (2.58%) Legal
8 13 (2.40%) Electronics
9 10 (1.85%) Automotive
10 9 (1.66%) Billing
11 8 (1.48%) Pharmaceutical
12 6 (1.11%) Games
13 3 (0.55%) Local Government
13 3 (0.55%) Retail Banking
14 2 (0.37%) Back Office
15 1 (0.18%) Private Banking
15 1 (0.18%) German Language
Job Titles
1 122 (22.51%) Analyst
2 70 (12.92%) Developer
3 58 (10.70%) Test Analyst
4 56 (10.33%) Tester
5 54 (9.96%) Project Manager
6 37 (6.83%) Architect
7 33 (6.09%) Test Manager
8 26 (4.80%) Test Leader
9 20 (3.69%) QA Analyst
10 19 (3.51%) Consultant
10 19 (3.51%) Business Analyst
11 16 (2.95%) Web Developer
11 16 (2.95%) Test Engineer
12 15 (2.77%) Software Tester
12 15 (2.77%) QA Leader
13 14 (2.58%) Programme Manager
14 13 (2.40%) Network Engineer
14 13 (2.40%) Solutions Architect
14 13 (2.40%) QA Tester
14 13 (2.40%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (10.33%) XML
2 41 (7.56%) Web Services
3 32 (5.90%) .NET
4 31 (5.72%) HTML
5 30 (5.54%) SOAP
6 24 (4.43%) JSON
7 20 (3.69%) REST
8 18 (3.32%) CSS
9 16 (2.95%) JMS
10 15 (2.77%) WSDL
10 15 (2.77%) ActiveMQ
11 14 (2.58%) Apache Camel
12 12 (2.21%) HTML5
13 11 (2.03%) XSD
14 10 (1.85%) XSLT
15 8 (1.48%) CSS3
15 8 (1.48%) RESTful
15 8 (1.48%) jQuery
16 7 (1.29%) .NET Framework
17 6 (1.11%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 61 (11.25%) Analytical Skills
2 25 (4.61%) User Experience
3 18 (3.32%) Management Information System
4 16 (2.95%) Data Centre
5 14 (2.58%) Mobile App
6 8 (1.48%) Smart Meter
7 7 (1.29%) DTV
8 5 (0.92%) Freedom of Information
8 5 (0.92%) Online Banking
8 5 (0.92%) Data Integration
9 4 (0.74%) Mainframe
9 4 (0.74%) NHS
9 4 (0.74%) Digital Media
10 3 (0.55%) Cryptography
10 3 (0.55%) Enterprise Software
10 3 (0.55%) AS400
10 3 (0.55%) Data Protection Act
10 3 (0.55%) Graphic Design
10 3 (0.55%) iSeries
10 3 (0.55%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 44 (8.12%) Windows
2 41 (7.56%) Linux
3 28 (5.17%) UNIX
4 18 (3.32%) Apple iOS
5 15 (2.77%) Android
6 11 (2.03%) AIX
7 8 (1.48%) Windows Server 2012
8 7 (1.29%) Windows Server 2008
9 5 (0.92%) Windows Server 2003
10 4 (0.74%) CentOS
11 3 (0.55%) Solaris
12 1 (0.18%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 151 (27.86%) Agile Software Development
2 88 (16.24%) Project Management
3 69 (12.73%) Scrum
4 65 (11.99%) User Acceptance Testing
5 62 (11.44%) Test Scripting
6 61 (11.25%) PRINCE2
7 56 (10.33%) ITIL
8 51 (9.41%) Continuous Integration
9 50 (9.23%) Test Strategy
10 48 (8.86%) Stakeholder Management
11 42 (7.75%) Test Management
12 35 (6.46%) E-Commerce
13 34 (6.27%) Test Automation
14 32 (5.90%) Waterfall
15 29 (5.35%) Change Management
15 29 (5.35%) Programme Management
16 28 (5.17%) Configuration Management
16 28 (5.17%) SDLC
17 27 (4.98%) Service Management
17 27 (4.98%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 65 (11.99%) SQL
2 55 (10.15%) Java
3 43 (7.93%) C#
4 27 (4.98%) Python
5 22 (4.06%) JavaScript
6 16 (2.95%) PHP
7 14 (2.58%) C
8 10 (1.85%) XQuery
9 9 (1.66%) C++
9 9 (1.66%) Ruby
10 6 (1.11%) Shell Script
11 5 (0.92%) Objective-C
11 5 (0.92%) Perl
12 4 (0.74%) MUMPS
13 3 (0.55%) ABAP
13 3 (0.55%) T-SQL
13 3 (0.55%) PowerShell
14 2 (0.37%) R
14 2 (0.37%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 2 (0.37%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 59 (10.89%) Security Cleared
2 42 (7.75%) SC Cleared
3 35 (6.46%) ISEB
4 32 (5.90%) Degree
5 21 (3.87%) ISTQB
6 18 (3.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 12 (2.21%) DV Cleared
8 8 (1.48%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 8 (1.48%) PMI Certification
9 7 (1.29%) ITIL Certification
9 7 (1.29%) PMP
9 7 (1.29%) Cisco Certification
9 7 (1.29%) CCNA
10 6 (1.11%) CCNP
10 6 (1.11%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 5 (0.92%) HNC
11 5 (0.92%) HND
12 2 (0.37%) GNVQ
12 2 (0.37%) ISEB Practitioner
12 2 (0.37%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (2.21%) ISO 9001
2 11 (2.03%) Data Quality
3 7 (1.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 6 (1.11%) SLA
5 5 (0.92%) JSP 440
6 4 (0.74%) GxP
7 2 (0.37%) ISO 14001
7 2 (0.37%) Solvency II
8 1 (0.18%) GCP
8 1 (0.18%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.18%) COBIT
8 1 (0.18%) BS15000
8 1 (0.18%) BS7799
System Software
1 10 (1.85%) Active Directory
2 6 (1.11%) VMware ESXi
3 5 (0.92%) vSphere
4 4 (0.74%) Firmware
4 4 (0.74%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.74%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.18%) Oracle RAC
5 1 (0.18%) Shibboleth
5 1 (0.18%) Varnish
5 1 (0.18%) vCloud
5 1 (0.18%) Docker
Systems Management
1 26 (4.80%) HP Quality Center
2 23 (4.24%) Puppet
3 22 (4.06%) Vagrant
4 5 (0.92%) Netcool
5 3 (0.55%) EMC VPLEX
6 2 (0.37%) FortiGate
6 2 (0.37%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.18%) Nagios
7 1 (0.18%) Oracle RMAN
7 1 (0.18%) WebInspect
7 1 (0.18%) Data Guard
7 1 (0.18%) ZABBIX
7 1 (0.18%) TeamSite
7 1 (0.18%) Kibana
7 1 (0.18%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 66 (12.18%) Microsoft
2 39 (7.20%) SAP
3 38 (7.01%) HP
4 35 (6.46%) Oracle
5 16 (2.95%) Cisco
6 11 (2.03%) Remedy
7 9 (1.66%) VMware
7 9 (1.66%) Amdocs
8 8 (1.48%) Capita
9 7 (1.29%) Ericsson
10 6 (1.11%) McAfee
10 6 (1.11%) IBM
10 6 (1.11%) ServiceNow
11 5 (0.92%) Brocade
11 5 (0.92%) Adobe
12 4 (0.74%) Juniper
12 4 (0.74%) BMC
12 4 (0.74%) InterSystems
12 4 (0.74%) Salesforce.com
13 3 (0.55%) Apple
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Berkshire
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@ITS
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Bracknell
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Fareham
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Surrey
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Chertsey
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Eastleigh
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Reading
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Rate: £201 per annum + Market Rate DOE
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