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 2 September 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
2 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 76 54 84
Rank change year-on-year
-22 +30
Contract jobs citing QA 253 296 200
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 2.52% 3.18% 2.26%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 29.35% 36.82% 29.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 152 176 114
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£378 £340 £366
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.02% -7.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £210 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £471
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 15 2
Average hourly rate £18.68 £13.04 £42.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+43.25% -69.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £9.66 £40.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £34.20 £44.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.68 £13.19 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+41.62% -34.05%
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
862 804 674
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 8.60% 8.65% 7.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 465 445 304
Average daily rate £400 £350 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -5.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £258 £200 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 43 40
Average hourly rate £21.15 £20.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.72% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.10 £11.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £45.00 £39.13
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.64 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+8.20% +14.28%

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 2 September 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 2 September 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 2 September 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 +1 85 £378 +0.66% 26
Hampshire +10 68 £375 +11.94% 22
Buckinghamshire -27 30 £300 +7.14% 4
Surrey -18 24 £433 +21.83% 19
East Sussex -12 14 £410 +17.14% 2
West Sussex -10 13 £500 +76.99% 4
Oxfordshire -21 12 £413 +30.95% 14
Middlesex 0 5 £462 +16.22%
Kent 0 3 £225 -30.76% 5
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 2 September 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.

1 156 (30.89%) Agile Software Development
2 91 (18.02%) Project Management
3 85 (16.83%) Finance
4 68 (13.47%) Scrum
5 61 (12.08%) Java
6 60 (11.88%) SQL
7 55 (10.89%) Selenium
8 54 (10.69%) ITIL
9 51 (10.10%) User Acceptance Testing
10 49 (9.70%) PRINCE2
10 49 (9.70%) C#
10 49 (9.70%) Microsoft
11 48 (9.50%) Continuous Integration
11 48 (9.50%) Analytical Skills
12 47 (9.31%) XML
13 46 (9.11%) Test Scripting
13 46 (9.11%) Security Cleared
13 46 (9.11%) Test Strategy
14 45 (8.91%) Windows
15 44 (8.71%) Telecoms
16 43 (8.51%) Web Services
17 42 (8.32%) HP
17 42 (8.32%) Stakeholder Management
18 39 (7.72%) Linux
18 39 (7.72%) MS Excel
19 38 (7.52%) E-Commerce
20 37 (7.33%) Waterfall
21 33 (6.53%) Test Management
22 32 (6.34%) Cucumber
22 32 (6.34%) .NET

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 23 (4.55%) SharePoint
2 19 (3.76%) WebSphere
3 18 (3.56%) WebLogic
4 16 (3.17%) JBoss
5 11 (2.18%) CMS
6 8 (1.58%) Drupal
6 8 (1.58%) Apache
7 7 (1.39%) WebSphere Application Server
8 5 (0.99%) IIS
9 4 (0.79%) SAS
9 4 (0.79%) Node.js
10 3 (0.59%) Commerce Server
11 2 (0.40%) IBM HTTP Server
11 2 (0.40%) CICS
12 1 (0.20%) BizTalk Server
12 1 (0.20%) MS Exchange
12 1 (0.20%) Tomcat
12 1 (0.20%) GlassFish
12 1 (0.20%) Jetty
12 1 (0.20%) Mule
Applications
1 39 (7.72%) MS Excel
2 29 (5.74%) MS Office
3 11 (2.18%) MS Project
4 8 (1.58%) MS PowerPoint
5 6 (1.19%) Spreadsheet
6 4 (0.79%) MS Visio
7 2 (0.40%) AutoCAD
7 2 (0.40%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 10 (1.98%) Magento
2 7 (1.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (0.59%) SAP FI
4 2 (0.40%) Oracle ERP
4 2 (0.40%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.40%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.40%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.20%) Remedy AR System
5 1 (0.20%) SAP GRC
5 1 (0.20%) Oracle EBS R12
5 1 (0.20%) Fredhopper
5 1 (0.20%) Adobe Campaign
5 1 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.20%) SAP SRM
5 1 (0.20%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.20%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.20%) SAP FI/CO
5 1 (0.20%) Maximo
5 1 (0.20%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.20%) HFM
Cloud Services
1 4 (0.79%) Google Analytics
2 3 (0.59%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (0.59%) SaaS
3 1 (0.20%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
3 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 13 (2.57%) Internet
2 9 (1.78%) Wireless
3 8 (1.58%) LAN
3 8 (1.58%) WAN
3 8 (1.58%) DNS
4 7 (1.39%) Firewall
4 7 (1.39%) Cisco Nexus
5 6 (1.19%) UMTS
5 6 (1.19%) SSL
6 5 (0.99%) HTTP
6 5 (0.99%) GSM
6 5 (0.99%) SAN
6 5 (0.99%) LTE
6 5 (0.99%) IPsec
7 4 (0.79%) Wi-Fi
7 4 (0.79%) VPN
7 4 (0.79%) VoIP
8 3 (0.59%) SNMP
8 3 (0.59%) HTTPS
8 3 (0.59%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (5.74%) SQL Server
2 16 (3.17%) DB2
2 16 (3.17%) Relational Database
3 10 (1.98%) MarkLogic
4 9 (1.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 7 (1.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 7 (1.39%) Crystal Reports
6 6 (1.19%) Data Warehouse
6 6 (1.19%) BusinessObjects
6 6 (1.19%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 6 (1.19%) MySQL
6 6 (1.19%) SQL Server 2012
7 4 (0.79%) SQL Server 2008
7 4 (0.79%) Oracle Database
7 4 (0.79%) Data Mining
8 3 (0.59%) Oracle Reports
8 3 (0.59%) SAP HANA
8 3 (0.59%) DbVisualizer
8 3 (0.59%) Big Data
9 2 (0.40%) SAP BI
Development Applications
1 55 (10.89%) Selenium
2 32 (6.34%) Cucumber
3 29 (5.74%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 29 (5.74%) Git (software)
4 27 (5.35%) JUnit
5 26 (5.15%) WebDriver
6 24 (4.75%) Jenkins
7 22 (4.36%) JIRA
8 16 (3.17%) Subversion
8 16 (3.17%) Team Foundation Server
9 14 (2.77%) Maven
10 11 (2.18%) Checkstyle
10 11 (2.18%) FindBugs
10 11 (2.18%) Gradle
11 9 (1.78%) SoapUI
12 7 (1.39%) HP UFT
13 6 (1.19%) TestComplete
13 6 (1.19%) TeamCity
14 5 (0.99%) LoadRunner
15 4 (0.79%) JMeter
General
1 85 (16.83%) Finance
2 44 (8.71%) Telecoms
3 25 (4.95%) Retail
4 20 (3.96%) Manufacturing
5 17 (3.37%) Marketing
6 15 (2.97%) Publishing
6 15 (2.97%) Electronics
7 14 (2.77%) Legal
8 13 (2.57%) Banking
9 10 (1.98%) Automotive
10 8 (1.58%) Billing
11 7 (1.39%) Pharmaceutical
12 6 (1.19%) Games
13 3 (0.59%) Local Government
13 3 (0.59%) Retail Banking
14 2 (0.40%) Back Office
15 1 (0.20%) Military
15 1 (0.20%) Private Banking
15 1 (0.20%) German Language
Job Titles
1 112 (22.18%) Analyst
2 54 (10.69%) Developer
2 54 (10.69%) Tester
2 54 (10.69%) Test Analyst
3 45 (8.91%) Architect
3 45 (8.91%) Project Manager
4 30 (5.94%) Test Manager
5 22 (4.36%) QA Analyst
6 19 (3.76%) Test Leader
7 18 (3.56%) QA Leader
7 18 (3.56%) Business Analyst
8 17 (3.37%) Test Engineer
9 15 (2.97%) QA Tester
10 14 (2.77%) Applications Architect
11 13 (2.57%) Programme Manager
11 13 (2.57%) Solutions Architect
12 12 (2.38%) Web Developer
12 12 (2.38%) Network Engineer
12 12 (2.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 12 (2.38%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (9.31%) XML
2 43 (8.51%) Web Services
3 32 (6.34%) .NET
4 28 (5.54%) SOAP
5 27 (5.35%) HTML
6 22 (4.36%) JSON
6 22 (4.36%) REST
7 16 (3.17%) CSS
7 16 (3.17%) JMS
8 15 (2.97%) WSDL
8 15 (2.97%) ActiveMQ
9 14 (2.77%) Apache Camel
10 11 (2.18%) XSD
11 10 (1.98%) XSLT
12 9 (1.78%) ASP.NET
12 9 (1.78%) RESTful
13 7 (1.39%) Ajax
14 6 (1.19%) jQuery
14 6 (1.19%) HTML5
14 6 (1.19%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 48 (9.50%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (4.36%) User Experience
3 18 (3.56%) Data Centre
4 15 (2.97%) Management Information System
5 11 (2.18%) Smart Meter
6 9 (1.78%) Enterprise Software
7 7 (1.39%) DTV
7 7 (1.39%) Mainframe
8 6 (1.19%) Mobile App
9 5 (0.99%) Freedom of Information
9 5 (0.99%) Online Banking
10 4 (0.79%) Handset
10 4 (0.79%) AS400
10 4 (0.79%) NHS
10 4 (0.79%) Digital Media
10 4 (0.79%) iSeries
11 3 (0.59%) Data Protection Act
11 3 (0.59%) Pharmacovigilance
11 3 (0.59%) Blog
11 3 (0.59%) Graphic Design
Operating Systems
1 45 (8.91%) Windows
2 39 (7.72%) Linux
3 20 (3.96%) UNIX
4 13 (2.57%) Apple iOS
5 11 (2.18%) AIX
5 11 (2.18%) Android
6 8 (1.58%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (1.39%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (0.99%) Windows Server 2003
9 4 (0.79%) CentOS
9 4 (0.79%) Solaris
10 2 (0.40%) zOS
10 2 (0.40%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 156 (30.89%) Agile Software Development
2 91 (18.02%) Project Management
3 68 (13.47%) Scrum
4 54 (10.69%) ITIL
5 51 (10.10%) User Acceptance Testing
6 49 (9.70%) PRINCE2
7 48 (9.50%) Continuous Integration
8 46 (9.11%) Test Scripting
8 46 (9.11%) Test Strategy
9 42 (8.32%) Stakeholder Management
10 38 (7.52%) E-Commerce
11 37 (7.33%) Waterfall
12 33 (6.53%) Test Management
13 31 (6.14%) Programme Management
13 31 (6.14%) SDLC
14 30 (5.94%) Test Automation
15 29 (5.74%) Migration
16 28 (5.54%) Change Management
17 26 (5.15%) Configuration Management
17 26 (5.15%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 61 (12.08%) Java
2 60 (11.88%) SQL
3 49 (9.70%) C#
4 24 (4.75%) Python
5 20 (3.96%) JavaScript
6 14 (2.77%) PHP
7 12 (2.38%) C
8 10 (1.98%) XQuery
9 8 (1.58%) Ruby
10 7 (1.39%) Shell Script
11 6 (1.19%) Perl
11 6 (1.19%) C++
12 4 (0.79%) PL/SQL
13 3 (0.59%) T-SQL
13 3 (0.59%) Objective-C
13 3 (0.59%) PowerShell
14 2 (0.40%) R
14 2 (0.40%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 2 (0.40%) JCL
14 2 (0.40%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 46 (9.11%) Security Cleared
2 31 (6.14%) SC Cleared
3 29 (5.74%) ISEB
4 28 (5.54%) Degree
5 23 (4.55%) ISTQB
6 21 (4.16%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 8 (1.58%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 8 (1.58%) ITIL Certification
8 7 (1.39%) PMI Certification
8 7 (1.39%) DV Cleared
9 5 (0.99%) PMP
9 5 (0.99%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (0.99%) CCNA
10 4 (0.79%) CCNP
11 3 (0.59%) HNC
11 3 (0.59%) HND
11 3 (0.59%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 3 (0.59%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 2 (0.40%) Microsoft Certification
12 2 (0.40%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (1.78%) ISO 9001
2 8 (1.58%) SLA
3 7 (1.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 6 (1.19%) Data Quality
5 5 (0.99%) GxP
6 2 (0.40%) ISO 14001
6 2 (0.40%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.20%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.20%) COBIT
7 1 (0.20%) PMBOK
7 1 (0.20%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 1 (0.20%) GCP
7 1 (0.20%) BS15000
7 1 (0.20%) BS7799
System Software
1 11 (2.18%) Active Directory
2 9 (1.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (0.79%) Firmware
3 4 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (0.40%) RACF
4 2 (0.40%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.40%) vSphere
5 1 (0.20%) Shibboleth
5 1 (0.20%) VMware ESX
5 1 (0.20%) VMware Workstation
5 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 1 (0.20%) Oracle RAC
5 1 (0.20%) vCloud
5 1 (0.20%) Docker
Systems Management
1 26 (5.15%) HP Quality Center
2 23 (4.55%) Puppet
3 22 (4.36%) Vagrant
4 5 (0.99%) Netcool
5 3 (0.59%) EMC VPLEX
6 2 (0.40%) CA LISA
6 2 (0.40%) CA Endevor
7 1 (0.20%) Data Guard
7 1 (0.20%) ZABBIX
7 1 (0.20%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.20%) Nagios
7 1 (0.20%) Oracle RMAN
7 1 (0.20%) WebInspect
7 1 (0.20%) Kibana
7 1 (0.20%) vMotion
7 1 (0.20%) Rundeck
7 1 (0.20%) TeamSite
7 1 (0.20%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 49 (9.70%) Microsoft
2 42 (8.32%) HP
3 31 (6.14%) SAP
4 29 (5.74%) Oracle
5 18 (3.56%) Cisco
6 14 (2.77%) VMware
7 10 (1.98%) IBM
7 10 (1.98%) Remedy
8 8 (1.58%) Capita
9 6 (1.19%) Brocade
9 6 (1.19%) ServiceNow
9 6 (1.19%) CA
10 5 (0.99%) Adobe
11 4 (0.79%) Ericsson
11 4 (0.79%) IronPort
11 4 (0.79%) 3PAR
11 4 (0.79%) Endeca
11 4 (0.79%) Google
11 4 (0.79%) Coremetrics
12 3 (0.59%) Kronos
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Thebes IT
Posted: 1 hour ago
Newbury, Berkshire
Preferred Choice
Rate: £180 - £220 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
Portsmouth, Hampshire
VIQU
Rate: £300 - 360 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Berkshire
CK Group
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Berkshire
Austin Fraser Limited
Rate: £100 - £150 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
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Austin Fraser Limited
Rate: £200 - £240 per annum
Posted: 21 days ago
Berkshire
Austin Fraser Limited
Rate: £200 - £240 per day
Posted: 21 days ago
Winchester
ABRS
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 26 days ago