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 26 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
26 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 61 70 87
Rank change year-on-year
+9 +17
Contract jobs citing QA 258 229 175
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 2.77% 2.55% 2.18%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 31.54% 32.21% 32.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 157 119 100
Average daily rate
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£375 £330 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.63% +1.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £182 £252
10% offered a daily rate of more than £451 £482 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 8 2
Average hourly rate £56.00 £20.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+173.17% -31.66%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.00 £21.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year
+76.74% -17.30%
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
818 711 535
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 8.78% 7.93% 6.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 444 369 272
Average daily rate £397 £360 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.19% -4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £169 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £491 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 41 19
Average hourly rate £20.19 £26.00 £14.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.36% +79.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.07 £12.40 £11.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £47.50 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.55 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+2.61% +20.00%

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 26 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 26 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 26 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 +14 62 £353 -5.36% 20
Hampshire -1 56 £385 +24.19% 16
Buckinghamshire +14 54 £360 +24.67% 11
Surrey -3 43 £313 -13.19% 20
Oxfordshire -12 21 £375 +15.38% 9
West Sussex -21 9 £375 +31.57% 3
East Sussex -13 8 £350 +7.69% 11
Sussex +1 2 - -
Kent -3 2 £513 +2.50% 2
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 26 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.

1 120 (23.30%) Agile Software Development
2 94 (18.25%) Finance
3 82 (15.92%) Project Management
4 76 (14.76%) User Acceptance Testing
5 72 (13.98%) SQL
6 66 (12.82%) Microsoft
7 60 (11.65%) Telecoms
8 58 (11.26%) XML
8 58 (11.26%) Test Scripting
9 56 (10.87%) PRINCE2
10 55 (10.68%) Selenium
11 53 (10.29%) Scrum
12 52 (10.10%) Security Cleared
13 51 (9.90%) Java
14 48 (9.32%) MS Excel
14 48 (9.32%) Test Strategy
15 47 (9.13%) Test Management
16 45 (8.74%) Analytical Skills
17 42 (8.16%) Stakeholder Management
17 42 (8.16%) ITIL
18 41 (7.96%) ISEB
19 40 (7.77%) Windows
19 40 (7.77%) Linux
19 40 (7.77%) C#
20 38 (7.38%) Degree
20 38 (7.38%) SDLC
21 37 (7.18%) WebDriver
22 36 (6.99%) SC Cleared
23 35 (6.80%) MS Office
24 34 (6.60%) SAP

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 26 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 (3.11%) WebLogic
1 16 (3.11%) WebSphere
2 15 (2.91%) SharePoint
3 10 (1.94%) CMS
4 9 (1.75%) WebSphere Application Server
5 8 (1.55%) Drupal
6 7 (1.36%) Apache
7 6 (1.17%) BizTalk Server
8 5 (0.97%) IIS
9 4 (0.78%) Tomcat
9 4 (0.78%) SharePoint Server
9 4 (0.78%) Jetty
10 3 (0.58%) Apache Solr
10 3 (0.58%) Node.js
10 3 (0.58%) JBoss
10 3 (0.58%) SAS
11 2 (0.39%) ArcGIS
11 2 (0.39%) Oracle Workflow
12 1 (0.19%) GlassFish
12 1 (0.19%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 48 (9.32%) MS Excel
2 35 (6.80%) MS Office
3 17 (3.30%) MS Project
4 12 (2.33%) MS PowerPoint
5 5 (0.97%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.78%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.39%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.19%) SPSS
8 1 (0.19%) RoboHelp
8 1 (0.19%) FrameMaker
Business Applications
1 6 (1.17%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.97%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (0.58%) SAP BCA
3 3 (0.58%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.58%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.39%) Adobe Campaign
4 2 (0.39%) SAP FI
4 2 (0.39%) SAP MDM
5 1 (0.19%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.19%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.19%) SAP FI/CO
5 1 (0.19%) 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
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 16 (3.11%) Internet
2 14 (2.72%) Firewall
3 13 (2.52%) LAN
3 13 (2.52%) WAN
4 11 (2.14%) TCP/IP
5 8 (1.55%) Wireless
5 8 (1.55%) RNC
6 7 (1.36%) Network Security
7 6 (1.17%) SAN
8 5 (0.97%) OSPF
8 5 (0.97%) EIGRP
8 5 (0.97%) Cisco ASA
8 5 (0.97%) NAS
9 4 (0.78%) Cisco IOS
9 4 (0.78%) Wi-Fi
9 4 (0.78%) DNS
9 4 (0.78%) Ethernet
10 3 (0.58%) FTP
10 3 (0.58%) HTTP
10 3 (0.58%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (4.85%) SQL Server
2 17 (3.30%) Relational Database
3 14 (2.72%) DB2
4 13 (2.52%) MarkLogic
5 10 (1.94%) MySQL
6 8 (1.55%) SAP BW
6 8 (1.55%) Data Warehouse
7 7 (1.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 6 (1.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 6 (1.17%) InterSystems Cache
8 6 (1.17%) SQL Server 2012
9 5 (0.97%) Oracle Database
9 5 (0.97%) Data Mining
10 4 (0.78%) Crystal Reports
10 4 (0.78%) Oracle Reports
10 4 (0.78%) SAP Data Services
11 3 (0.58%) DbVisualizer
11 3 (0.58%) SQL Server 2008
11 3 (0.58%) RDBMS
11 3 (0.58%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 55 (10.68%) Selenium
2 37 (7.18%) WebDriver
3 31 (6.02%) Cucumber
4 25 (4.85%) Git (software)
4 25 (4.85%) JIRA
5 20 (3.88%) JUnit
5 20 (3.88%) Jenkins
6 19 (3.69%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 17 (3.30%) Team Foundation Server
8 14 (2.72%) Subversion
9 7 (1.36%) QuickTest Pro
10 6 (1.17%) LoadRunner
10 6 (1.17%) SoapUI
11 5 (0.97%) SpecFlow
11 5 (0.97%) TeamCity
11 5 (0.97%) TestPartner
11 5 (0.97%) JBehave
12 4 (0.78%) TestComplete
13 3 (0.58%) Axure RP
13 3 (0.58%) Maven
General
1 94 (18.25%) Finance
2 60 (11.65%) Telecoms
3 19 (3.69%) Publishing
4 17 (3.30%) Banking
4 17 (3.30%) Retail
5 15 (2.91%) Legal
6 14 (2.72%) Manufacturing
7 13 (2.52%) Marketing
8 10 (1.94%) Billing
9 7 (1.36%) Pharmaceutical
9 7 (1.36%) Electronics
10 5 (0.97%) Automotive
10 5 (0.97%) Games
11 3 (0.58%) Local Government
11 3 (0.58%) Back Office
12 2 (0.39%) Advertising
12 2 (0.39%) German Language
13 1 (0.19%) Italian Language
13 1 (0.19%) French Language
13 1 (0.19%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 114 (22.14%) Analyst
2 69 (13.40%) Developer
3 58 (11.26%) Test Analyst
4 56 (10.87%) Project Manager
5 54 (10.49%) Tester
6 43 (8.35%) Test Manager
7 33 (6.41%) Test Leader
8 28 (5.44%) Architect
9 25 (4.85%) Consultant
10 18 (3.50%) QA Analyst
11 16 (3.11%) QA Tester
12 15 (2.91%) Software Tester
13 14 (2.72%) QA Manager
13 14 (2.72%) QA Engineer
13 14 (2.72%) PMO Analyst
14 13 (2.52%) Business Analyst
15 12 (2.33%) Web Developer
15 12 (2.33%) Automation Tester
16 11 (2.14%) Programme Manager
16 11 (2.14%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 58 (11.26%) XML
2 34 (6.60%) .NET
3 28 (5.44%) HTML
4 27 (5.24%) Web Services
5 18 (3.50%) CSS
6 16 (3.11%) SOAP
6 16 (3.11%) XSLT
7 15 (2.91%) JSON
8 9 (1.75%) .NET Framework
9 8 (1.55%) Spring
9 8 (1.55%) Hibernate
9 8 (1.55%) WPF
9 8 (1.55%) jQuery
9 8 (1.55%) HTML5
10 7 (1.36%) RESTful
10 7 (1.36%) Gherkin
10 7 (1.36%) ASP.NET
11 6 (1.17%) J2EE
11 6 (1.17%) Ajax
11 6 (1.17%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 45 (8.74%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (5.05%) Management Information System
3 22 (4.27%) User Experience
4 14 (2.72%) Data Centre
5 12 (2.33%) Mobile App
6 5 (0.97%) N-Tier
6 5 (0.97%) DTV
6 5 (0.97%) Data Integration
6 5 (0.97%) Inversion of Control
6 5 (0.97%) Digital Media
7 4 (0.78%) Computer Science
7 4 (0.78%) Cryptography
8 3 (0.58%) Freedom of Information
8 3 (0.58%) Online Banking
8 3 (0.58%) Graphic Design
8 3 (0.58%) AS400
8 3 (0.58%) Handset
8 3 (0.58%) Pharmacovigilance
8 3 (0.58%) Blog
8 3 (0.58%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 40 (7.77%) Windows
1 40 (7.77%) Linux
2 33 (6.41%) UNIX
3 21 (4.08%) Apple iOS
4 17 (3.30%) Android
5 11 (2.14%) AIX
6 5 (0.97%) Windows Server 2008
6 5 (0.97%) CentOS
6 5 (0.97%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (0.78%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (0.39%) Windows Phone
8 2 (0.39%) Solaris
9 1 (0.19%) HPUX
9 1 (0.19%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 120 (23.30%) Agile Software Development
2 82 (15.92%) Project Management
3 76 (14.76%) User Acceptance Testing
4 58 (11.26%) Test Scripting
5 56 (10.87%) PRINCE2
6 53 (10.29%) Scrum
7 48 (9.32%) Test Strategy
8 47 (9.13%) Test Management
9 42 (8.16%) Stakeholder Management
9 42 (8.16%) ITIL
10 38 (7.38%) SDLC
11 33 (6.41%) Test Automation
12 31 (6.02%) Continuous Integration
13 30 (5.83%) Waterfall
13 30 (5.83%) Software Testing
14 29 (5.63%) Migration
14 29 (5.63%) Change Management
15 25 (4.85%) E-Commerce
15 25 (4.85%) Risk Management
15 25 (4.85%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 72 (13.98%) SQL
2 51 (9.90%) Java
3 40 (7.77%) C#
4 29 (5.63%) Python
5 24 (4.66%) JavaScript
6 16 (3.11%) XQuery
7 15 (2.91%) PHP
8 14 (2.72%) C
9 11 (2.14%) Ruby
10 8 (1.55%) Objective-C
11 6 (1.17%) C++
11 6 (1.17%) MUMPS
12 5 (0.97%) VB.NET
13 4 (0.78%) XPath
13 4 (0.78%) Shell Script
14 3 (0.58%) PowerShell
14 3 (0.58%) ABAP
14 3 (0.58%) VBScript
14 3 (0.58%) Perl
14 3 (0.58%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 52 (10.10%) Security Cleared
2 41 (7.96%) ISEB
3 38 (7.38%) Degree
4 36 (6.99%) SC Cleared
5 21 (4.08%) ISTQB
6 17 (3.30%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 13 (2.52%) DV Cleared
8 9 (1.75%) PMP
8 9 (1.75%) PMI Certification
9 8 (1.55%) CCNA
9 8 (1.55%) Cisco Certification
9 8 (1.55%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 7 (1.36%) HNC
10 7 (1.36%) HND
10 7 (1.36%) CCNP
11 6 (1.17%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 4 (0.78%) ITIL Certification
13 3 (0.58%) Microsoft Certification
13 3 (0.58%) MCITP
14 2 (0.39%) GNVQ
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (2.33%) Data Quality
2 6 (1.17%) ISO 9001
2 6 (1.17%) JSP 440
3 5 (0.97%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (0.58%) GxP
5 2 (0.39%) SLA
5 2 (0.39%) GAMP
5 2 (0.39%) GMP
5 2 (0.39%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.19%) P3O
6 1 (0.19%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.19%) GCP
System Software
1 12 (2.33%) Active Directory
2 8 (1.55%) vSphere
3 7 (1.36%) VMware ESXi
4 6 (1.17%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (0.97%) Hyper-V
6 4 (0.78%) XenApp
7 3 (0.58%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.19%) Shibboleth
8 1 (0.19%) Varnish
8 1 (0.19%) Firmware
8 1 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 28 (5.44%) HP Quality Center
2 21 (4.08%) Puppet
2 21 (4.08%) Vagrant
3 4 (0.78%) Netcool
4 2 (0.39%) FortiGate
4 2 (0.39%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (0.19%) Nagios
5 1 (0.19%) WebInspect
5 1 (0.19%) SCCM
5 1 (0.19%) TeamSite
Vendors
1 66 (12.82%) Microsoft
2 34 (6.60%) SAP
3 33 (6.41%) HP
4 27 (5.24%) Oracle
5 19 (3.69%) Cisco
6 13 (2.52%) Ericsson
7 12 (2.33%) VMware
8 10 (1.94%) Remedy
9 9 (1.75%) Amdocs
10 8 (1.55%) Capita
11 7 (1.36%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
11 7 (1.36%) McAfee
11 7 (1.36%) Adobe
11 7 (1.36%) Juniper
12 6 (1.17%) IBM
12 6 (1.17%) InterSystems
13 5 (0.97%) Citrix
13 5 (0.97%) Brocade
13 5 (0.97%) ServiceNow
13 5 (0.97%) NetApp
Buckinghamshire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £275 - £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Woking, Surrey
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £270 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Brighton
Deerfoot IT
Rate: £325 - £375 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Reading
Pertemps ERP
Rate: £45-£55k DOE + Excellent benefits package
Posted: 12 days ago
Berkshire
Austin Fraser Limited
Rate: £0.00 per day + DOE
Posted: 14 days ago
South East England
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 18 days ago
Sutton, Surrey
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day direct - no agency margin
Posted: 19 days ago
High Wycombe
Brightred Resourcing
Rate: £125 - £275 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
Bracknell
Anantha
Posted: 27 days ago