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 27 March 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 55 70 61
Rank change year-on-year
+15 -9
Contract jobs citing QA 299 209 228
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 3.04% 2.31% 2.85%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 35.30% 32.86% 38.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 173 132 137
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.87%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £224 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £480 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 8
Average hourly rate - £13.25 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -55.83%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.50 £18.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+102.77% -34.54%
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
847 636 595
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 8.60% 7.03% 7.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 433 339 289
Average daily rate £380 £365 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.10% +4.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £180 £201
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £370 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.05% +12.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 42 44
Average hourly rate £30.50 £25.50 £12.95
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.60% +96.91%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.49 £11.00 £10.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £40.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.40 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+29.31% -5.94%

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 27 March 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
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 27 March 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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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
Berkshire +17 99 £350 -0.84% 38
Buckinghamshire +15 61 £320 -8.57% 10
Surrey +11 43 £333 -6.99% 37
Hampshire -8 42 £350 +1.44% 10
West Sussex -16 17 £425 +37.09% 6
Oxfordshire -13 15 £300 +33.33% 15
East Sussex -2 8 £320 -1.53% 3
Kent -3 5 £360 - 6
Middlesex +4 4 £405 +20.53%
Isle of Wight - - - -
Thames Valley - - - -
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 27 March 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.

1 113 (22.11%) Agile Software Development
2 105 (20.55%) Finance
3 96 (18.79%) SQL
4 92 (18.00%) Project Management
5 88 (17.22%) User Acceptance Testing
6 67 (13.11%) Microsoft
7 60 (11.74%) XML
8 58 (11.35%) Test Management
8 58 (11.35%) Security Cleared
9 57 (11.15%) Test Scripting
10 56 (10.96%) Java
10 56 (10.96%) Telecoms
11 53 (10.37%) Selenium
12 50 (9.78%) ISEB
13 49 (9.59%) MS Excel
14 46 (9.00%) PRINCE2
15 43 (8.41%) Scrum
15 43 (8.41%) SC Cleared
16 42 (8.22%) HP Quality Center
16 42 (8.22%) Degree
16 42 (8.22%) MS Office
17 41 (8.02%) Waterfall
17 41 (8.02%) Test Strategy
18 40 (7.83%) Software Testing
19 39 (7.63%) SAP
20 38 (7.44%) Stakeholder Management
21 37 (7.24%) ITIL
22 36 (7.05%) .NET
22 36 (7.05%) WebDriver
23 34 (6.65%) Oracle

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 22 (4.31%) SharePoint
2 10 (1.96%) IIS
3 8 (1.57%) WebSphere
4 6 (1.17%) CMS
4 6 (1.17%) Tomcat
4 6 (1.17%) BizTalk Server
4 6 (1.17%) WebSphere Application Server
5 5 (0.98%) Apache
6 4 (0.78%) WebLogic
6 4 (0.78%) Jetty
6 4 (0.78%) SharePoint Server
7 3 (0.59%) Apache Solr
7 3 (0.59%) MS Exchange
8 2 (0.39%) SAS
8 2 (0.39%) ArcGIS
8 2 (0.39%) Oracle Workflow
8 2 (0.39%) MS Project Server
9 1 (0.20%) Drupal
9 1 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.20%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 49 (9.59%) MS Excel
2 42 (8.22%) MS Office
3 16 (3.13%) MS PowerPoint
3 16 (3.13%) MS Project
4 7 (1.37%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.39%) Photoshop
5 2 (0.39%) RoboHelp
6 1 (0.20%) Fireworks
6 1 (0.20%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.20%) FrameMaker
6 1 (0.20%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.20%) SPSS
6 1 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (1.17%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.59%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (0.59%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.59%) SAP FI
2 3 (0.59%) SAP BCA
2 3 (0.59%) Oracle Applications
2 3 (0.59%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.39%) SAP MDM
3 2 (0.39%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.39%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.20%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.20%) SAP QM
4 1 (0.20%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.98%) SaaS
2 2 (0.39%) Office 365
2 2 (0.39%) GitHub
3 1 (0.20%) IaaS
3 1 (0.20%) PaaS
3 1 (0.20%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 21 (4.11%) Internet
2 14 (2.74%) Firewall
3 12 (2.35%) Wireless
4 11 (2.15%) TCP/IP
5 10 (1.96%) SAN
5 10 (1.96%) LAN
6 9 (1.76%) RNC
6 9 (1.76%) NAS
7 8 (1.57%) WAN
8 7 (1.37%) Network Security
9 5 (0.98%) LTE
9 5 (0.98%) UMTS
9 5 (0.98%) GSM
10 4 (0.78%) Intranet
10 4 (0.78%) Cisco IOS
10 4 (0.78%) Wi-Fi
10 4 (0.78%) OSPF
10 4 (0.78%) EIGRP
10 4 (0.78%) Cisco ASA
11 3 (0.59%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (5.09%) Relational Database
2 19 (3.72%) SQL Server
3 16 (3.13%) MarkLogic
4 13 (2.54%) MySQL
4 13 (2.54%) SAP BW
5 9 (1.76%) BusinessObjects
6 7 (1.37%) DB2
6 7 (1.37%) Data Mining
7 6 (1.17%) RDBMS
7 6 (1.17%) Data Warehouse
7 6 (1.17%) InterSystems Cache
7 6 (1.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 6 (1.17%) Oracle Database
8 5 (0.98%) Oracle Reports
9 4 (0.78%) Crystal Reports
9 4 (0.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 4 (0.78%) SQL Server 2012
9 4 (0.78%) SAP Data Services
10 3 (0.59%) SQL Server 2008
11 2 (0.39%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 53 (10.37%) Selenium
2 36 (7.05%) WebDriver
3 32 (6.26%) Cucumber
4 20 (3.91%) Jenkins
5 19 (3.72%) Team Foundation Server
5 19 (3.72%) JUnit
6 18 (3.52%) Git (software)
7 15 (2.94%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 14 (2.74%) JIRA
9 9 (1.76%) SpecFlow
10 7 (1.37%) TeamCity
11 6 (1.17%) Subversion
11 6 (1.17%) Visual Studio
12 5 (0.98%) TestPartner
12 5 (0.98%) QuickTest Pro
13 4 (0.78%) Eclipse
14 3 (0.59%) WATIR
14 3 (0.59%) Talend Open Studio
14 3 (0.59%) RSpec
14 3 (0.59%) JBehave
General
1 105 (20.55%) Finance
2 56 (10.96%) Telecoms
3 25 (4.89%) Publishing
4 16 (3.13%) Legal
5 14 (2.74%) Banking
6 13 (2.54%) Manufacturing
7 12 (2.35%) Marketing
8 11 (2.15%) Retail
9 6 (1.17%) Billing
9 6 (1.17%) Pharmaceutical
10 4 (0.78%) Electronics
10 4 (0.78%) Advertising
10 4 (0.78%) Automotive
11 3 (0.59%) Games
12 2 (0.39%) Military
12 2 (0.39%) French Language
13 1 (0.20%) German Language
13 1 (0.20%) Italian Language
13 1 (0.20%) Dutch Language
13 1 (0.20%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 125 (24.46%) Analyst
2 70 (13.70%) Developer
3 56 (10.96%) Test Analyst
4 49 (9.59%) Tester
5 47 (9.20%) Project Manager
6 46 (9.00%) Test Manager
7 28 (5.48%) Test Leader
8 21 (4.11%) Consultant
9 18 (3.52%) Business Analyst
9 18 (3.52%) Architect
9 18 (3.52%) QA Analyst
10 17 (3.33%) QA Tester
11 15 (2.94%) PMO Analyst
12 14 (2.74%) Software Tester
13 13 (2.54%) QA Engineer
13 13 (2.54%) Automation Tester
14 12 (2.35%) QA Manager
15 11 (2.15%) Software Engineer
16 10 (1.96%) Infrastructure Project Manager
16 10 (1.96%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (11.74%) XML
2 36 (7.05%) .NET
3 29 (5.68%) HTML
4 22 (4.31%) Web Services
5 21 (4.11%) CSS
6 19 (3.72%) XSLT
7 15 (2.94%) JSON
8 14 (2.74%) Hibernate
8 14 (2.74%) jQuery
9 13 (2.54%) SOAP
10 11 (2.15%) Spring
10 11 (2.15%) HTML5
11 10 (1.96%) REST
12 9 (1.76%) CSS3
12 9 (1.76%) WPF
12 9 (1.76%) Ajax
13 8 (1.57%) ASP.NET
13 8 (1.57%) Servlets
13 8 (1.57%) Middleware
14 7 (1.37%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 32 (6.26%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (5.09%) Management Information System
3 13 (2.54%) User Experience
4 11 (2.15%) Computer Science
5 6 (1.17%) Inversion of Control
5 6 (1.17%) N-Tier
6 5 (0.98%) Open Source
6 5 (0.98%) iPad
6 5 (0.98%) Digital Media
6 5 (0.98%) Mobile App
7 4 (0.78%) iPhone
7 4 (0.78%) Semantic Web
7 4 (0.78%) Data Integration
7 4 (0.78%) Blackberry
7 4 (0.78%) Cryptography
8 3 (0.59%) DTV
8 3 (0.59%) Client/Server
8 3 (0.59%) Blog
8 3 (0.59%) Telematics
8 3 (0.59%) Performance Metrics
Operating Systems
1 34 (6.65%) Windows
2 28 (5.48%) Linux
2 28 (5.48%) UNIX
3 13 (2.54%) Apple iOS
4 12 (2.35%) Android
5 10 (1.96%) Windows Server 2008
6 7 (1.37%) AIX
7 5 (0.98%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (0.98%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (0.78%) Windows 7
9 3 (0.59%) CentOS
10 2 (0.39%) Windows Phone
10 2 (0.39%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.20%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.20%) HPUX
11 1 (0.20%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 113 (22.11%) Agile Software Development
2 92 (18.00%) Project Management
3 88 (17.22%) User Acceptance Testing
4 58 (11.35%) Test Management
5 57 (11.15%) Test Scripting
6 46 (9.00%) PRINCE2
7 43 (8.41%) Scrum
8 41 (8.02%) Waterfall
8 41 (8.02%) Test Strategy
9 40 (7.83%) Software Testing
10 38 (7.44%) Stakeholder Management
11 37 (7.24%) ITIL
12 32 (6.26%) Migration
13 30 (5.87%) Validation
13 30 (5.87%) Test Automation
14 26 (5.09%) V-Model
14 26 (5.09%) Continuous Integration
14 26 (5.09%) Risk Management
14 26 (5.09%) Change Management
15 25 (4.89%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 96 (18.79%) SQL
2 56 (10.96%) Java
3 33 (6.46%) Python
4 31 (6.07%) JavaScript
5 29 (5.68%) C#
6 19 (3.72%) XQuery
7 14 (2.74%) Ruby
8 12 (2.35%) C++
8 12 (2.35%) PHP
9 11 (2.15%) Perl
9 11 (2.15%) C
10 10 (1.96%) PL/SQL
11 7 (1.37%) Shell Script
12 6 (1.17%) MUMPS
12 6 (1.17%) VB.NET
13 5 (0.98%) Objective-C
13 5 (0.98%) Bash Shell
14 4 (0.78%) XPath
15 3 (0.59%) PowerShell
15 3 (0.59%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 58 (11.35%) Security Cleared
2 50 (9.78%) ISEB
3 43 (8.41%) SC Cleared
4 42 (8.22%) Degree
5 18 (3.52%) ISTQB
6 13 (2.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 12 (2.35%) PMP
7 12 (2.35%) PMI Certification
8 10 (1.96%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 10 (1.96%) DV Cleared
9 7 (1.37%) HNC
9 7 (1.37%) HND
10 6 (1.17%) Cisco Certification
10 6 (1.17%) CCNA
11 5 (0.98%) CCNP
12 3 (0.59%) Microsoft Certification
12 3 (0.59%) MCITP
12 3 (0.59%) ISEB Practitioner
13 2 (0.39%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 2 (0.39%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (1.76%) Data Quality
2 8 (1.57%) ISO 9001
3 6 (1.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 5 (0.98%) JSP 440
5 4 (0.78%) SLA
6 3 (0.59%) Solvency II
7 2 (0.39%) P3O
7 2 (0.39%) GxP
7 2 (0.39%) GAMP
7 2 (0.39%) GMP
8 1 (0.20%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 14 (2.74%) Active Directory
2 8 (1.57%) vSphere
3 7 (1.37%) VMware ESXi
4 6 (1.17%) Hyper-V
5 5 (0.98%) VMware Infrastructure
6 4 (0.78%) XenApp
7 3 (0.59%) XenDesktop
8 2 (0.39%) VMware ESX
8 2 (0.39%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.20%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 42 (8.22%) HP Quality Center
2 16 (3.13%) Puppet
3 13 (2.54%) Vagrant
4 4 (0.78%) SCCM
5 2 (0.39%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 1 (0.20%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.20%) FortiGate
6 1 (0.20%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.20%) Control-M
6 1 (0.20%) Nagios
6 1 (0.20%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.20%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 67 (13.11%) Microsoft
2 39 (7.63%) SAP
3 34 (6.65%) Oracle
4 21 (4.11%) HP
5 13 (2.54%) Ericsson
5 13 (2.54%) VMware
6 12 (2.35%) Cisco
7 9 (1.76%) Business Objects
7 9 (1.76%) Amdocs
8 8 (1.57%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
9 7 (1.37%) Citrix
10 6 (1.17%) Remedy
10 6 (1.17%) McAfee
10 6 (1.17%) InterSystems
11 5 (0.98%) Nokia
11 5 (0.98%) Hitachi
11 5 (0.98%) Juniper
12 4 (0.78%) NetApp
12 4 (0.78%) Apple
12 4 (0.78%) Huawei
Chertsey
Interquest - IQ Telecom
Rate: £240 - £250 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Integrity IT Solutions
Rate: From £35,000 to £38,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Berkshire
LA International
Rate: Market Rates Apply
Posted: 3 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 3 days ago
Surrey
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Market rate
Posted: 3 days ago
Woking, Surrey
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £270 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
IT Connections
Rate: 350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Intelligent Recruitment
Rate: From £200 to £240 per day 6 month renewable contract
Posted: 5 days ago
West Sussex
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 6 days ago
Oxfordshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £180 - £240 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
High Wycombe
Austin Fraser Limited
Rate: NEG
Posted: 13 days ago
Southampton
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £250.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 18 days ago
Slough
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 - £475.00 per day + ASAP
Posted: 24 days ago
South East England
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: £27 - £30 per hour + DOE
Posted: 26 days ago