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 21 October 2014 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
21 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 58 74 58
Rank change year-on-year
+16 -16
Contract jobs citing QA 287 201 264
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 2.99% 2.33% 2.76%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 33.92% 32.26% 31.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 176 114 135
Average daily rate
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£335 £325 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.07% -13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £231 £200 £247
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £435 £515
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 2 10
Average hourly rate £13.19 £22.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-41.37% +12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £12.50 £16.03
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.20 £32.50 £31.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.34 £25.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-34.64% +25.00%
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
846 623 837
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 8.80% 7.21% 8.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 460 293 372
Average daily rate £365 £350 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.28% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £204 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £484 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £375
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 77 27 78
Average hourly rate £17.04 £15.88 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.30% -20.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.93 £11.00 £10.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £31.15 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £19.25
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -9.09%

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 21 October 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 21 October 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 21 October 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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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 +30 78 £330 +12.82% 24
Hampshire +8 56 £349 +20.25% 23
Buckinghamshire +20 54 £300 +2.82% 11
Surrey -9 45 £360 +2.85% 31
East Sussex +1 18 £350 -4.76% 2
West Sussex +9 15 £290 -29.69% 5
Oxfordshire +3 15 £315 -21.25% 4
Middlesex -3 3 £460 +53.33% 1
Kent -2 1 - - 7
Sussex - - - -
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 21 October 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.

1 137 (24.82%) SQL
2 117 (21.20%) Agile Software Development
3 107 (19.38%) Finance
4 82 (14.86%) ISEB
5 75 (13.59%) .NET
6 73 (13.22%) Project Management
6 73 (13.22%) Security Cleared
7 72 (13.04%) C#
7 72 (13.04%) HP
7 72 (13.04%) ISTQB
8 71 (12.86%) Microsoft
9 63 (11.41%) Java
10 61 (11.05%) HP Quality Center
10 61 (11.05%) Test Scripting
11 58 (10.51%) MS Excel
12 57 (10.33%) User Acceptance Testing
13 56 (10.14%) MS Office
14 51 (9.24%) Scrum
14 51 (9.24%) SC Cleared
15 50 (9.06%) Selenium
15 50 (9.06%) Software Testing
16 49 (8.88%) Telecoms
17 45 (8.15%) Windows
17 45 (8.15%) Test Management
18 42 (7.61%) Oracle
19 40 (7.25%) JavaScript
19 40 (7.25%) XML
20 39 (7.07%) Degree
21 38 (6.88%) Web Services
22 37 (6.70%) HTML

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 23 (4.17%) IIS
2 22 (3.99%) SharePoint
3 14 (2.54%) CMS
4 9 (1.63%) IBM Notes
5 8 (1.45%) Apache
6 7 (1.27%) MS Exchange
7 5 (0.91%) SAS
7 5 (0.91%) BizTalk Server
8 4 (0.72%) Tomcat
8 4 (0.72%) JBoss
8 4 (0.72%) Magnolia
9 3 (0.54%) WebSphere Application Server
9 3 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2010
9 3 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2003
9 3 (0.54%) WebSphere
10 2 (0.36%) MS Project Server
10 2 (0.36%) Umbraco
11 1 (0.18%) WordPress
11 1 (0.18%) Confluence
11 1 (0.18%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 58 (10.51%) MS Excel
2 56 (10.14%) MS Office
3 9 (1.63%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (0.91%) MS Project
4 5 (0.91%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.18%) Fireworks
5 1 (0.18%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.18%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.18%) Blender
Business Applications
1 5 (0.91%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (0.72%) JDE OneWorld
2 4 (0.72%) Summit
3 2 (0.36%) SAP HR
3 2 (0.36%) SAP FI
3 2 (0.36%) Oracle Applications
3 2 (0.36%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.18%) SAP PLM
4 1 (0.18%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.18%) SAP QM
4 1 (0.18%) Pivotal CRM
Cloud Services
1 10 (1.81%) Office 365
2 5 (0.91%) SaaS
3 1 (0.18%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.18%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (0.18%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 20 (3.62%) Wireless
2 16 (2.90%) TCP/IP
3 13 (2.36%) SAN
4 12 (2.17%) LAN
4 12 (2.17%) LTE
5 11 (1.99%) WAN
6 10 (1.81%) GSM
6 10 (1.81%) Internet
6 10 (1.81%) 3G
6 10 (1.81%) 2G
7 9 (1.63%) GPRS
8 8 (1.45%) Firewall
8 8 (1.45%) 4G
9 7 (1.27%) Cisco IOS
9 7 (1.27%) Network Security
9 7 (1.27%) Cisco ASA
9 7 (1.27%) OSPF
10 6 (1.09%) VLAN
11 5 (0.91%) NAS
11 5 (0.91%) CDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (6.52%) SQL Server
2 18 (3.26%) Relational Database
3 17 (3.08%) Oracle Database
4 9 (1.63%) MySQL
5 8 (1.45%) SAP BW
6 6 (1.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 5 (0.91%) DB2
7 5 (0.91%) Oracle Reports
7 5 (0.91%) Data Warehouse
7 5 (0.91%) QlikView
8 4 (0.72%) Big Data
8 4 (0.72%) RDBMS
8 4 (0.72%) BusinessObjects
9 3 (0.54%) SQL Server 2005
9 3 (0.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 3 (0.54%) NoSQL
9 3 (0.54%) Couchbase
10 2 (0.36%) MarkLogic
10 2 (0.36%) SQL Server 2008
10 2 (0.36%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 50 (9.06%) Selenium
2 27 (4.89%) Jenkins
3 23 (4.17%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 23 (4.17%) QuickTest Pro
3 23 (4.17%) Cucumber
4 21 (3.80%) Visual Studio
5 20 (3.62%) Team Foundation Server
6 19 (3.44%) Git (software)
7 16 (2.90%) WebDriver
8 13 (2.36%) JIRA
9 12 (2.17%) TeamCity
10 10 (1.81%) MSBuild
10 10 (1.81%) JUnit
11 8 (1.45%) SpecFlow
11 8 (1.45%) TestDirector
12 7 (1.27%) Subversion
12 7 (1.27%) Maven
13 6 (1.09%) LoadRunner
13 6 (1.09%) Eclipse
14 5 (0.91%) Oracle Forms
General
1 107 (19.38%) Finance
2 49 (8.88%) Telecoms
3 15 (2.72%) Publishing
3 15 (2.72%) Retail
4 14 (2.54%) Marketing
5 13 (2.36%) Pharmaceutical
5 13 (2.36%) Automotive
6 11 (1.99%) Electronics
6 11 (1.99%) Banking
7 10 (1.81%) Legal
7 10 (1.81%) Manufacturing
8 9 (1.63%) Billing
9 6 (1.09%) German Language
10 5 (0.91%) Military
11 3 (0.54%) Multimedia
11 3 (0.54%) Dutch Language
12 2 (0.36%) Polish Language
12 2 (0.36%) Advertising
13 1 (0.18%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.18%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 155 (28.08%) Analyst
2 69 (12.50%) Test Analyst
3 67 (12.14%) Tester
4 56 (10.14%) Developer
5 41 (7.43%) QA Tester
6 39 (7.07%) QA Analyst
7 33 (5.98%) Business Analyst
8 32 (5.80%) Test Manager
9 31 (5.62%) QA Engineer
10 24 (4.35%) Test Engineer
11 23 (4.17%) Project Manager
12 21 (3.80%) Architect
13 19 (3.44%) Quality Engineer
14 16 (2.90%) Quality Manager
15 14 (2.54%) Consultant
15 14 (2.54%) Quality Analyst
16 12 (2.17%) Test Leader
16 12 (2.17%) Data Analyst
16 12 (2.17%) .NET Developer
17 11 (1.99%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 75 (13.59%) .NET
2 40 (7.25%) XML
3 38 (6.88%) Web Services
4 37 (6.70%) HTML
5 23 (4.17%) SOAP
5 23 (4.17%) REST
6 18 (3.26%) WCF
6 18 (3.26%) ASP.NET
7 17 (3.08%) J2EE
8 14 (2.54%) WPF
8 14 (2.54%) jQuery
9 13 (2.36%) CSS
9 13 (2.36%) Hibernate
10 11 (1.99%) JSON
11 10 (1.81%) JSP
12 9 (1.63%) Middleware
12 9 (1.63%) HTML5
13 6 (1.09%) Java EE
14 5 (0.91%) Spring
14 5 (0.91%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 37 (6.70%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (3.44%) Computer Science
3 17 (3.08%) User Experience
4 16 (2.90%) Management Information System
5 15 (2.72%) Mobile App
6 8 (1.45%) Enterprise Software
6 8 (1.45%) iPad
6 8 (1.45%) NHS
6 8 (1.45%) Data Integration
7 5 (0.91%) Performance Metrics
8 4 (0.72%) Visualisation
8 4 (0.72%) Open Source
8 4 (0.72%) Mathematics
8 4 (0.72%) CMDB
8 4 (0.72%) DTV
9 3 (0.54%) Client/Server
9 3 (0.54%) Life Science
9 3 (0.54%) Blackberry
9 3 (0.54%) Data Conversion
9 3 (0.54%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 45 (8.15%) Windows
2 25 (4.53%) UNIX
3 17 (3.08%) Linux
4 15 (2.72%) Windows 7
4 15 (2.72%) Windows Server 2008
5 10 (1.81%) Windows Server 2003
6 7 (1.27%) Android
7 6 (1.09%) Windows NT
8 5 (0.91%) Windows XP
8 5 (0.91%) Apple iOS
9 4 (0.72%) Mac OS X
9 4 (0.72%) AIX
10 2 (0.36%) OS/2
10 2 (0.36%) CentOS
11 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (0.18%) zOS
11 1 (0.18%) Solaris
11 1 (0.18%) Windows 2000
11 1 (0.18%) FreeBSD
Processes & Methodologies
1 117 (21.20%) Agile Software Development
2 73 (13.22%) Project Management
3 61 (11.05%) Test Scripting
4 57 (10.33%) User Acceptance Testing
5 51 (9.24%) Scrum
6 50 (9.06%) Software Testing
7 45 (8.15%) Test Management
8 37 (6.70%) Quality Management
9 34 (6.16%) Continuous Integration
10 33 (5.98%) Test Automation
10 33 (5.98%) Automated Testing
10 33 (5.98%) Test Strategy
11 31 (5.62%) ITIL
12 28 (5.07%) Migration
13 27 (4.89%) CRM
13 27 (4.89%) Configuration Management
13 27 (4.89%) Waterfall
14 26 (4.71%) BDD
14 26 (4.71%) Service Delivery
15 25 (4.53%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 137 (24.82%) SQL
2 72 (13.04%) C#
3 63 (11.41%) Java
4 40 (7.25%) JavaScript
5 23 (4.17%) VBA
6 20 (3.62%) Python
6 20 (3.62%) VBScript
6 20 (3.62%) VB
7 19 (3.44%) C++
7 19 (3.44%) PowerShell
8 17 (3.08%) PL/SQL
8 17 (3.08%) Perl
9 15 (2.72%) C
10 10 (1.81%) PHP
11 8 (1.45%) Ruby
12 7 (1.27%) VB.NET
13 6 (1.09%) T-SQL
13 6 (1.09%) Shell Script
14 5 (0.91%) Bash Shell
15 2 (0.36%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 82 (14.86%) ISEB
2 73 (13.22%) Security Cleared
3 72 (13.04%) ISTQB
4 51 (9.24%) SC Cleared
5 39 (7.07%) Degree
6 27 (4.89%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 24 (4.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 22 (3.99%) DV Cleared
9 16 (2.90%) Cisco Certification
10 15 (2.72%) MOS
11 12 (2.17%) CCNA
12 11 (1.99%) PMI Certification
13 10 (1.81%) PMP
14 9 (1.63%) CCNP
14 9 (1.63%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 8 (1.45%) HND
16 7 (1.27%) MCITP
17 3 (0.54%) ISEB Practitioner
18 2 (0.36%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
18 2 (0.36%) IRCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (2.36%) ISO 9001
2 8 (1.45%) ISO 9000
2 8 (1.45%) Data Quality
3 7 (1.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (1.09%) SLA
5 5 (0.91%) GxP
6 4 (0.72%) GMP
6 4 (0.72%) Solvency II
7 2 (0.36%) P3O
7 2 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.36%) ISO 14001
8 1 (0.18%) JSP 440
8 1 (0.18%) GAMP
System Software
1 13 (2.36%) Active Directory
2 7 (1.27%) Hyper-V
3 6 (1.09%) vSphere
3 6 (1.09%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (0.36%) Firmware
5 1 (0.18%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
5 1 (0.18%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 61 (11.05%) HP Quality Center
2 21 (3.80%) Puppet
3 14 (2.54%) Vagrant
4 7 (1.27%) SCCM
4 7 (1.27%) Tivoli
5 6 (1.09%) Netcool
5 6 (1.09%) Netcool/OMNIbus
5 6 (1.09%) Netcool/Webtop
6 5 (0.91%) Norton AntiVirus
7 4 (0.72%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 3 (0.54%) Backup Exec
9 2 (0.36%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 2 (0.36%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 1 (0.18%) Control-M
10 1 (0.18%) Nagios
10 1 (0.18%) Tivoli Monitoring
10 1 (0.18%) Opscode Chef
10 1 (0.18%) YUM
Vendors
1 72 (13.04%) HP
2 71 (12.86%) Microsoft
3 42 (7.61%) Oracle
4 36 (6.52%) SAP
5 20 (3.62%) Cisco
6 18 (3.26%) Salesforce.com
7 9 (1.63%) Symantec
7 9 (1.63%) Lotus
8 8 (1.45%) Nokia
8 8 (1.45%) Metastorm
9 6 (1.09%) Business Objects
9 6 (1.09%) Juniper
10 5 (0.91%) Citrix
10 5 (0.91%) Brocade
10 5 (0.91%) 3PAR
11 4 (0.72%) Ericsson
11 4 (0.72%) Hitachi
11 4 (0.72%) Cognos
11 4 (0.72%) McAfee
11 4 (0.72%) Telerik
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