The first table below looks at the demand 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 24 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category for the South East region.

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
24 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 58 86 54
Rank change year-on-year
+28 -32
Contract jobs citing QA 265 175 293
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 2.89% 2.08% 2.97%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 35.67% 29.66% 33.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 142 98 146
Average daily rate
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£335 £394 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.92% +25.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £250 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £485
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £320
% change year-on-year
- +9.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 2 8
Average hourly rate £20.50 £42.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-51.76% +21.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.04 £40.50 £11.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.90 £44.50 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.50 £20.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-2.50% -33.33%
Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
743 590 887
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 8.09% 7.00% 8.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 397 271 336
Average daily rate £360 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £259 £204
10% offered a daily rate of more than £486 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 38 61
Average hourly rate £20.75 £20.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.02 £12.35 £11.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.25 £40.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.21 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+15.45% -7.89%
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England

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 24 July 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 24 July 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 24 July 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
Hampshire +18 73 £335 -16.25% 15
Berkshire +20 72 £345 -8.00% 34
Buckinghamshire +9 46 £268 -16.40% 12
Surrey -3 31 £360 -10.00% 32
East Sussex +3 11 £350 +33.33% 2
Middlesex 0 11 £484 +125.11%
Oxfordshire -3 9 £425 +13.33% 7
West Sussex -7 7 £288 -28.12% 4
Kent -3 5 £325 -3.70% 3
Sussex - - - -
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England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 24 July 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.

1 101 (19.39%) SQL
2 97 (18.62%) Finance
3 96 (18.43%) Microsoft
4 89 (17.08%) ISEB
5 87 (16.70%) C#
6 85 (16.31%) ISTQB
7 83 (15.93%) Security Cleared
8 77 (14.78%) Scrum
9 70 (13.44%) .NET
9 70 (13.44%) MS Excel
10 68 (13.05%) Project Management
10 68 (13.05%) HP
11 67 (12.86%) Agile Software Development
12 60 (11.52%) MS Office
12 60 (11.52%) SC Cleared
13 55 (10.56%) Web Services
14 54 (10.36%) SQL Server
15 53 (10.17%) Software Testing
16 51 (9.79%) Telecoms
16 51 (9.79%) XML
17 48 (9.21%) Java
17 48 (9.21%) Test Scripting
18 47 (9.02%) Windows
19 46 (8.83%) BDD
20 45 (8.64%) Selenium
21 44 (8.45%) Automated Testing
22 43 (8.25%) Degree
23 41 (7.87%) HP Quality Center
24 39 (7.49%) Quality Management
24 39 (7.49%) SOAP

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 24 July 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 18 (3.45%) SharePoint
2 14 (2.69%) CMS
3 13 (2.50%) WebSphere
4 10 (1.92%) MS Exchange
4 10 (1.92%) IBM Notes
5 7 (1.34%) Exchange Server 2003
5 7 (1.34%) Exchange Server 2010
6 6 (1.15%) Lotus Domino
7 5 (0.96%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 4 (0.77%) Magnolia
8 4 (0.77%) SAS
8 4 (0.77%) BizTalk Server
9 3 (0.58%) Tomcat
9 3 (0.58%) WebSphere Application Server
10 2 (0.38%) Adobe CQ
10 2 (0.38%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (0.38%) Escenic
10 2 (0.38%) MQSeries
10 2 (0.38%) WebLogic
10 2 (0.38%) IIS
Applications
1 70 (13.44%) MS Excel
2 60 (11.52%) MS Office
3 15 (2.88%) MS PowerPoint
4 13 (2.50%) MS Visio
5 9 (1.73%) MS Project
6 3 (0.58%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.19%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.19%) RoboHelp
7 1 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.19%) Blender
Business Applications
1 4 (0.77%) Oracle EBS
1 4 (0.77%) JDE OneWorld
2 2 (0.38%) Summit
2 2 (0.38%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.38%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (0.38%) SAP HR
3 1 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.19%) SAP PLM
3 1 (0.19%) Google Analytics
Cloud Services
1 14 (2.69%) Office 365
2 7 (1.34%) SaaS
3 2 (0.38%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.19%) Responsys
4 1 (0.19%) SuccessFactors
4 1 (0.19%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (0.19%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 17 (3.26%) Internet
2 16 (3.07%) TCP/IP
3 15 (2.88%) Wireless
4 14 (2.69%) SAN
5 11 (2.11%) Firewall
6 9 (1.73%) VoIP
6 9 (1.73%) LTE
7 8 (1.54%) NAS
7 8 (1.54%) WAN
7 8 (1.54%) LAN
8 7 (1.34%) GPRS
8 7 (1.34%) WCDMA
9 6 (1.15%) Network Security
9 6 (1.15%) Cisco ASA
9 6 (1.15%) Cisco IOS
9 6 (1.15%) SMTP
9 6 (1.15%) DNS
9 6 (1.15%) 3G
9 6 (1.15%) OSPF
9 6 (1.15%) DAB
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (10.36%) SQL Server
2 8 (1.54%) Relational Database
3 6 (1.15%) Big Data
3 6 (1.15%) Oracle Database
3 6 (1.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 6 (1.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 5 (0.96%) MySQL
4 5 (0.96%) QlikView
4 5 (0.96%) NoSQL
5 4 (0.77%) Couchbase
5 4 (0.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 4 (0.77%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (0.77%) DB2
5 4 (0.77%) Oracle Reports
6 3 (0.58%) RDBMS
7 2 (0.38%) Hadoop
7 2 (0.38%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (0.38%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.19%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (0.19%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 45 (8.64%) Selenium
2 37 (7.10%) Team Foundation Server
3 32 (6.14%) Visual Studio
4 23 (4.41%) QuickTest Pro
5 13 (2.50%) SpecFlow
6 12 (2.30%) Jenkins
7 10 (1.92%) TestDirector
8 9 (1.73%) Subversion
9 8 (1.54%) WebDriver
9 8 (1.54%) Maven
9 8 (1.54%) JUnit
10 7 (1.34%) Ant
10 7 (1.34%) Cucumber
11 6 (1.15%) SoapUI
11 6 (1.15%) JIRA
11 6 (1.15%) Eclipse
12 5 (0.96%) TeamCity
13 4 (0.77%) TestComplete
13 4 (0.77%) Ranorex
13 4 (0.77%) JMeter
General
1 97 (18.62%) Finance
2 51 (9.79%) Telecoms
3 21 (4.03%) Publishing
4 17 (3.26%) Retail
5 16 (3.07%) Marketing
6 11 (2.11%) Automotive
6 11 (2.11%) Banking
7 10 (1.92%) Pharmaceutical
8 8 (1.54%) Legal
8 8 (1.54%) Electronics
9 6 (1.15%) German Language
9 6 (1.15%) Manufacturing
10 5 (0.96%) Military
10 5 (0.96%) Billing
11 4 (0.77%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.58%) Back Office
13 2 (0.38%) Multimedia
13 2 (0.38%) Games
14 1 (0.19%) Advertising
14 1 (0.19%) Law
Job Titles
1 140 (26.87%) Analyst
2 74 (14.20%) Test Analyst
3 57 (10.94%) Tester
4 47 (9.02%) Test Engineer
5 38 (7.29%) QA Analyst
6 32 (6.14%) Business Analyst
7 31 (5.95%) Developer
8 29 (5.57%) QA Tester
8 29 (5.57%) QA Engineer
9 26 (4.99%) Architect
10 24 (4.61%) Test Manager
10 24 (4.61%) Consultant
11 22 (4.22%) Project Manager
12 15 (2.88%) Release Manager
13 14 (2.69%) Quality Engineer
14 13 (2.50%) Systems Analyst
15 12 (2.30%) Coordinator
16 11 (2.11%) Quality Manager
16 11 (2.11%) Senior Analyst
16 11 (2.11%) QA Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (13.44%) .NET
2 55 (10.56%) Web Services
3 51 (9.79%) XML
4 39 (7.49%) SOAP
5 35 (6.72%) REST
6 33 (6.33%) WCF
7 30 (5.76%) HTML
8 24 (4.61%) WPF
9 15 (2.88%) jQuery
10 13 (2.50%) ASP.NET
11 12 (2.30%) CSS
12 11 (2.11%) HTML5
13 10 (1.92%) JSON
13 10 (1.92%) J2EE
14 9 (1.73%) JSP
15 8 (1.54%) Spring
16 7 (1.34%) Ajax
16 7 (1.34%) CSS3
17 6 (1.15%) Struts
18 5 (0.96%) Sencha Touch
Miscellaneous
1 23 (4.41%) Mobile App
2 19 (3.65%) Management Information System
3 10 (1.92%) Computer Science
3 10 (1.92%) Blackberry
4 8 (1.54%) NHS
5 7 (1.34%) Client/Server
5 7 (1.34%) Cryptography
5 7 (1.34%) Data Integration
6 5 (0.96%) CESG
6 5 (0.96%) E-Learning
6 5 (0.96%) Smartphone
6 5 (0.96%) PKI
6 5 (0.96%) iPad
7 4 (0.77%) Handset
7 4 (0.77%) Firmware
8 3 (0.58%) DTV
8 3 (0.58%) Open Source
8 3 (0.58%) Mobile Computing
9 2 (0.38%) Enterprise Software
9 2 (0.38%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 47 (9.02%) Windows
2 27 (5.18%) UNIX
3 17 (3.26%) Apple iOS
4 16 (3.07%) Windows Server 2008
5 15 (2.88%) Linux
6 14 (2.69%) Windows Server 2003
7 12 (2.30%) Windows 7
8 11 (2.11%) Android
9 4 (0.77%) Windows XP
9 4 (0.77%) Windows NT
10 3 (0.58%) AIX
10 3 (0.58%) Windows 8
11 2 (0.38%) Windows Phone
11 2 (0.38%) Solaris
11 2 (0.38%) Windows 2000
11 2 (0.38%) OS/2
12 1 (0.19%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.19%) FreeBSD
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (14.78%) Scrum
2 68 (13.05%) Project Management
3 67 (12.86%) Agile Software Development
4 53 (10.17%) Software Testing
5 48 (9.21%) Test Scripting
6 46 (8.83%) BDD
7 44 (8.45%) Automated Testing
8 39 (7.49%) Quality Management
9 37 (7.10%) Test Management
10 33 (6.33%) Test Strategy
10 33 (6.33%) User Acceptance Testing
11 30 (5.76%) ITIL
11 30 (5.76%) Release Management
11 30 (5.76%) Test Automation
12 29 (5.57%) Continuous Improvement
13 28 (5.37%) CRM
14 27 (5.18%) PRINCE2
15 26 (4.99%) Stakeholder Management
16 25 (4.80%) Migration
17 24 (4.61%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 101 (19.39%) SQL
2 87 (16.70%) C#
3 48 (9.21%) Java
4 29 (5.57%) JavaScript
5 26 (4.99%) VB
6 21 (4.03%) VBA
7 14 (2.69%) T-SQL
8 13 (2.50%) VBScript
8 13 (2.50%) Python
9 11 (2.11%) PowerShell
10 9 (1.73%) Perl
10 9 (1.73%) C++
11 6 (1.15%) VB6
11 6 (1.15%) Ruby
12 5 (0.96%) PHP
12 5 (0.96%) C
13 4 (0.77%) Shell Script
14 2 (0.38%) Bash Shell
14 2 (0.38%) Scala
14 2 (0.38%) Apex Code
Qualifications
1 89 (17.08%) ISEB
2 85 (16.31%) ISTQB
3 83 (15.93%) Security Cleared
4 60 (11.52%) SC Cleared
5 43 (8.25%) Degree
6 35 (6.72%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 29 (5.57%) DV Cleared
8 19 (3.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 16 (3.07%) MOS
10 13 (2.50%) Cisco Certification
11 9 (1.73%) CCNA
11 9 (1.73%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 9 (1.73%) PMP
11 9 (1.73%) PMI Certification
12 8 (1.54%) MCITP
13 6 (1.15%) CCNP
14 5 (0.96%) HND
15 4 (0.77%) ITIL Certification
16 2 (0.38%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 2 (0.38%) IRCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (2.30%) ISO 9001
2 10 (1.92%) ISO 9000
3 7 (1.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.77%) Solvency II
4 4 (0.77%) GxP
4 4 (0.77%) GMP
4 4 (0.77%) SLA
5 3 (0.58%) P3O
5 3 (0.58%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.38%) ISO 14001
6 2 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.19%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 1 (0.19%) ISO 8583
7 1 (0.19%) TickIT
7 1 (0.19%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.19%) BS25999
System Software
1 10 (1.92%) Active Directory
2 8 (1.54%) Hyper-V
3 6 (1.15%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.96%) vSphere
5 4 (0.77%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.19%) VMware ESX
6 1 (0.19%) Nmap
6 1 (0.19%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 41 (7.87%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (1.34%) SCCM
3 6 (1.15%) Netcool/Webtop
3 6 (1.15%) Tivoli
3 6 (1.15%) Netcool
3 6 (1.15%) Netcool/OMNIbus
4 4 (0.77%) Norton AntiVirus
5 3 (0.58%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 2 (0.38%) Puppet
6 2 (0.38%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 2 (0.38%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.19%) Nagios
7 1 (0.19%) Tivoli Monitoring
7 1 (0.19%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.19%) Nessus
7 1 (0.19%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 1 (0.19%) Vagrant
7 1 (0.19%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 96 (18.43%) Microsoft
2 68 (13.05%) HP
3 31 (5.95%) Oracle
4 24 (4.61%) SAP
5 21 (4.03%) Salesforce.com
6 16 (3.07%) Cisco
7 14 (2.69%) Citrix
8 10 (1.92%) VMware
8 10 (1.92%) Lotus
9 8 (1.54%) Metastorm
9 8 (1.54%) Apple
10 6 (1.15%) Lumension
11 5 (0.96%) Symantec
11 5 (0.96%) StorageTek
11 5 (0.96%) JBoss
11 5 (0.96%) Cognos
11 5 (0.96%) Sun
11 5 (0.96%) Sencha
12 4 (0.77%) McAfee
12 4 (0.77%) Juniper
Surrey
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £250 to £300 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
Sutton, Surrey
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day direct - no agency margin.
Posted: Yesterday
Brighton, East Sussex
Connectus
Rate: £13.19 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Brighton, East Sussex
Cyber Team
Rate: From £13 to £13 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
South East
Roc Search
Posted: 2 days ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
South East
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Rate: £Neg
Posted: 3 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Reading
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: £700 - £800 per day + competitive
Posted: 7 days ago
Reading
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: £600 - £700 per day + competitive
Posted: 7 days ago
Berkshire
People Source
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Milton Keynes
Austin Fraser Limited
Posted: 17 days ago