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 22 August 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 58 88 50
Rank change year-on-year
+30 -38
Contract jobs citing QA 275 192 298
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 2.96% 2.16% 3.01%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 35.95% 29.14% 34.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 158 110 135
Average daily rate
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£335 £375 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.66% +20.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £268 £228
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 2 12
Average hourly rate £13.12 £42.50 £28.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-69.14% +50.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.70 £40.50 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.00 £44.50 £37.35
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.61 £16.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-8.71% -36.00%
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
765 659 871
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 8.24% 7.43% 8.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 420 291 339
Average daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £263 £212
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £355
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -1.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 42 72
Average hourly rate £16.50 £20.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.50% -4.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.90 £11.15 £11.01
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.60 £37.75 £44.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+11.42% -22.22%

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 22 August 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 22 August 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 22 August 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
Berkshire +30 82 £375 - 26
Hampshire +7 63 £325 -18.75% 25
Buckinghamshire +7 46 £305 -4.68% 13
Surrey +3 26 £350 -12.50% 31
East Sussex +13 23 £350 +16.66% 4
Oxfordshire +12 13 £330 -2.22% 8
West Sussex -3 9 £280 -30.00% 6
Middlesex -1 8 £398 +87.05% 1
Kent -1 5 £325 - 3
Sussex - - - -
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 22 August 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.

1 114 (22.62%) SQL
2 100 (19.84%) Finance
3 85 (16.87%) Microsoft
4 81 (16.07%) C#
5 73 (14.48%) ISEB
5 73 (14.48%) Security Cleared
6 72 (14.29%) .NET
6 72 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
7 71 (14.09%) ISTQB
7 71 (14.09%) HP
8 68 (13.49%) MS Excel
9 66 (13.10%) Project Management
10 61 (12.10%) Scrum
11 59 (11.71%) MS Office
12 55 (10.91%) SQL Server
13 54 (10.71%) SC Cleared
14 52 (10.32%) Java
15 50 (9.92%) Web Services
15 50 (9.92%) Selenium
15 50 (9.92%) Test Scripting
16 46 (9.13%) Telecoms
17 45 (8.93%) Windows
18 43 (8.53%) Software Testing
19 40 (7.94%) XML
19 40 (7.94%) Quality Management
19 40 (7.94%) HP Quality Center
20 39 (7.74%) User Acceptance Testing
20 39 (7.74%) BDD
21 38 (7.54%) Degree
22 37 (7.34%) Test Automation

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 21 (4.17%) SharePoint
2 16 (3.17%) CMS
3 12 (2.38%) IIS
4 9 (1.79%) IBM Notes
5 6 (1.19%) WebSphere
5 6 (1.19%) SAS
6 5 (0.99%) Apache
6 5 (0.99%) MS Exchange
7 4 (0.79%) Magnolia
8 3 (0.60%) WebSphere Application Server
8 3 (0.60%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.40%) Umbraco
9 2 (0.40%) Escenic
9 2 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2010
9 2 (0.40%) Adobe CQ
9 2 (0.40%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2003
9 2 (0.40%) MQSeries
9 2 (0.40%) WebLogic
10 1 (0.20%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 68 (13.49%) MS Excel
2 59 (11.71%) MS Office
3 10 (1.98%) MS PowerPoint
4 9 (1.79%) MS Visio
5 7 (1.39%) MS Project
6 2 (0.40%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.20%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.20%) RoboHelp
7 1 (0.20%) Blender
Business Applications
1 4 (0.79%) JDE OneWorld
2 3 (0.60%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.40%) Oracle Applications
3 2 (0.40%) Summit
3 2 (0.40%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.40%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.20%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.20%) Pivotal CRM
4 1 (0.20%) Google Analytics
4 1 (0.20%) SAP PLM
Cloud Services
1 14 (2.78%) Office 365
2 7 (1.39%) SaaS
3 1 (0.20%) SuccessFactors
3 1 (0.20%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.20%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (0.20%) Amazon S3
3 1 (0.20%) Responsys
Communications & Networking
1 18 (3.57%) TCP/IP
2 16 (3.17%) Wireless
3 12 (2.38%) LTE
3 12 (2.38%) WAN
3 12 (2.38%) Internet
4 11 (2.18%) SAN
4 11 (2.18%) LAN
5 9 (1.79%) GPRS
6 8 (1.59%) Cisco ASA
6 8 (1.59%) Network Security
6 8 (1.59%) Cisco IOS
6 8 (1.59%) Firewall
6 8 (1.59%) GSM
6 8 (1.59%) 3G
6 8 (1.59%) OSPF
7 7 (1.39%) WCDMA
7 7 (1.39%) 2G
7 7 (1.39%) 4G
8 6 (1.19%) VLAN
8 6 (1.19%) DAB
Database & Business Intelligence
1 55 (10.91%) SQL Server
2 11 (2.18%) Oracle Database
3 10 (1.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 9 (1.79%) Relational Database
5 7 (1.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 6 (1.19%) Big Data
6 6 (1.19%) MySQL
7 5 (0.99%) NoSQL
7 5 (0.99%) QlikView
8 4 (0.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 4 (0.79%) Couchbase
8 4 (0.79%) Oracle Reports
8 4 (0.79%) DB2
9 3 (0.60%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (0.40%) Hadoop
10 2 (0.40%) SQL Server 2008
10 2 (0.40%) MarkLogic
10 2 (0.40%) PostgreSQL
10 2 (0.40%) RDBMS
11 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 50 (9.92%) Selenium
2 26 (5.16%) Team Foundation Server
3 24 (4.76%) Visual Studio
4 22 (4.37%) QuickTest Pro
5 14 (2.78%) Jenkins
6 13 (2.58%) SpecFlow
7 12 (2.38%) WebDriver
7 12 (2.38%) JIRA
8 10 (1.98%) TeamCity
8 10 (1.98%) Cucumber
8 10 (1.98%) Subversion
9 9 (1.79%) TestDirector
9 9 (1.79%) JUnit
9 9 (1.79%) Maven
10 8 (1.59%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 7 (1.39%) MSBuild
11 7 (1.39%) Git (software)
12 6 (1.19%) Eclipse
12 6 (1.19%) Ant
13 5 (0.99%) LoadRunner
General
1 100 (19.84%) Finance
2 46 (9.13%) Telecoms
3 18 (3.57%) Publishing
4 17 (3.37%) Retail
5 16 (3.17%) Marketing
6 15 (2.98%) Automotive
7 11 (2.18%) Pharmaceutical
8 10 (1.98%) Banking
9 9 (1.79%) Electronics
10 8 (1.59%) Legal
10 8 (1.59%) Manufacturing
11 7 (1.39%) Billing
12 6 (1.19%) German Language
13 5 (0.99%) Military
14 3 (0.60%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.60%) Back Office
15 2 (0.40%) Games
15 2 (0.40%) Multimedia
15 2 (0.40%) Retail Banking
16 1 (0.20%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 138 (27.38%) Analyst
2 67 (13.29%) Test Analyst
3 58 (11.51%) Tester
4 36 (7.14%) Test Engineer
5 35 (6.94%) Business Analyst
5 35 (6.94%) Developer
6 34 (6.75%) QA Analyst
7 31 (6.15%) QA Tester
7 31 (6.15%) QA Engineer
8 25 (4.96%) Architect
9 22 (4.37%) Project Manager
10 20 (3.97%) Consultant
11 17 (3.37%) Test Manager
12 16 (3.17%) Quality Engineer
13 14 (2.78%) Quality Manager
14 11 (2.18%) Systems Analyst
14 11 (2.18%) QA Test Analyst
15 10 (1.98%) Quality Analyst
15 10 (1.98%) QA Manager
16 9 (1.79%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 72 (14.29%) .NET
2 50 (9.92%) Web Services
3 40 (7.94%) XML
4 31 (6.15%) HTML
5 30 (5.95%) SOAP
6 27 (5.36%) REST
7 21 (4.17%) WCF
8 18 (3.57%) WPF
9 15 (2.98%) jQuery
10 14 (2.78%) J2EE
11 13 (2.58%) ASP.NET
12 12 (2.38%) HTML5
12 12 (2.38%) CSS
13 10 (1.98%) JSON
14 8 (1.59%) Ajax
14 8 (1.59%) JSP
15 7 (1.39%) Spring
15 7 (1.39%) Hibernate
16 6 (1.19%) CSS3
16 6 (1.19%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 18 (3.57%) Mobile App
2 14 (2.78%) Computer Science
3 13 (2.58%) Management Information System
4 8 (1.59%) NHS
5 7 (1.39%) Data Integration
6 6 (1.19%) Client/Server
7 5 (0.99%) Blackberry
7 5 (0.99%) E-Learning
7 5 (0.99%) iPad
8 4 (0.79%) Open Source
8 4 (0.79%) Visualisation
8 4 (0.79%) Handset
8 4 (0.79%) Smartphone
8 4 (0.79%) Firmware
9 3 (0.60%) DTV
9 3 (0.60%) Mathematics
9 3 (0.60%) Enterprise Software
9 3 (0.60%) Mobile Computing
10 2 (0.40%) Smart Meter
10 2 (0.40%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 45 (8.93%) Windows
2 23 (4.56%) UNIX
3 13 (2.58%) Android
4 12 (2.38%) Windows Server 2008
4 12 (2.38%) Windows 7
4 12 (2.38%) Apple iOS
5 10 (1.98%) Linux
5 10 (1.98%) Windows Server 2003
6 6 (1.19%) Windows NT
7 4 (0.79%) Windows XP
7 4 (0.79%) AIX
8 2 (0.40%) Windows 8
8 2 (0.40%) Windows Phone
8 2 (0.40%) OS/2
9 1 (0.20%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.20%) zOS
9 1 (0.20%) Solaris
9 1 (0.20%) Windows 2000
9 1 (0.20%) FreeBSD
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
2 66 (13.10%) Project Management
3 61 (12.10%) Scrum
4 50 (9.92%) Test Scripting
5 43 (8.53%) Software Testing
6 40 (7.94%) Quality Management
7 39 (7.74%) User Acceptance Testing
7 39 (7.74%) BDD
8 37 (7.34%) Test Automation
9 36 (7.14%) Automated Testing
10 31 (6.15%) Test Management
11 29 (5.75%) CRM
12 28 (5.56%) Service Delivery
12 28 (5.56%) Continuous Improvement
12 28 (5.56%) Test Strategy
13 25 (4.96%) Continuous Integration
14 23 (4.56%) ITIL
15 22 (4.37%) Migration
15 22 (4.37%) Time Management
15 22 (4.37%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 114 (22.62%) SQL
2 81 (16.07%) C#
3 52 (10.32%) Java
4 29 (5.75%) JavaScript
5 25 (4.96%) VB
6 20 (3.97%) VBA
7 18 (3.57%) PowerShell
8 17 (3.37%) VBScript
9 12 (2.38%) T-SQL
10 11 (2.18%) Python
11 10 (1.98%) PHP
11 10 (1.98%) C++
12 9 (1.79%) Perl
13 6 (1.19%) VB6
13 6 (1.19%) Ruby
14 5 (0.99%) Shell Script
15 4 (0.79%) C
15 4 (0.79%) PL/SQL
16 3 (0.60%) VB.NET
16 3 (0.60%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 73 (14.48%) ISEB
1 73 (14.48%) Security Cleared
2 71 (14.09%) ISTQB
3 54 (10.71%) SC Cleared
4 38 (7.54%) Degree
5 28 (5.56%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 27 (5.36%) DV Cleared
7 19 (3.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 16 (3.17%) Cisco Certification
9 15 (2.98%) MOS
10 12 (2.38%) CCNA
11 9 (1.79%) CCNP
12 8 (1.59%) MCITP
13 6 (1.19%) HND
14 3 (0.60%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 3 (0.60%) PMP
14 3 (0.60%) PMI Certification
15 2 (0.40%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 2 (0.40%) IRCA
15 2 (0.40%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (2.38%) ISO 9001
2 10 (1.98%) ISO 9000
3 7 (1.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.79%) Data Quality
4 4 (0.79%) Solvency II
4 4 (0.79%) GxP
5 3 (0.60%) SLA
5 3 (0.60%) GMP
6 2 (0.40%) P3O
6 2 (0.40%) ISO 14001
6 2 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.20%) ISO 8583
7 1 (0.20%) JSP 440
System Software
1 9 (1.79%) Hyper-V
2 8 (1.59%) Active Directory
3 6 (1.19%) vSphere
3 6 (1.19%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.20%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 40 (7.94%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (1.39%) Tivoli
2 7 (1.39%) SCCM
3 6 (1.19%) Puppet
3 6 (1.19%) Netcool/Webtop
3 6 (1.19%) Netcool
3 6 (1.19%) Netcool/OMNIbus
4 4 (0.79%) Vagrant
4 4 (0.79%) Norton AntiVirus
5 3 (0.60%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 2 (0.40%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 2 (0.40%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.20%) Nagios
7 1 (0.20%) Tivoli Monitoring
7 1 (0.20%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.20%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 1 (0.20%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 85 (16.87%) Microsoft
2 71 (14.09%) HP
3 32 (6.35%) Oracle
4 26 (5.16%) SAP
5 21 (4.17%) Cisco
6 20 (3.97%) Salesforce.com
7 9 (1.79%) Lotus
8 8 (1.59%) Metastorm
9 7 (1.39%) Citrix
10 6 (1.19%) JBoss
10 6 (1.19%) Juniper
11 5 (0.99%) Symantec
11 5 (0.99%) Brocade
11 5 (0.99%) 3PAR
12 4 (0.79%) Sencha
12 4 (0.79%) Cognos
12 4 (0.79%) Nokia
12 4 (0.79%) Ericsson
12 4 (0.79%) Remedy
12 4 (0.79%) McAfee
Slough, Berkshire
TD Group
Posted: Yesterday
East Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £350 Per Day
Posted: Yesterday
East Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £350 per day (DOE)
Posted: Yesterday
Oxford, Oxfordshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: Yesterday
Middlesex
Proteus Europe
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: Yesterday
Woking, Surrey
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £260 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Guildford, Surrey
LSCS Ltd
Rate: MARKET
Posted: 2 days ago
Gosport, Hampshire
LA International
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £300 Per Day
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
Buckinghamshire
Volt
Rate: £200.00 - £215.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Berkshire
Roc Search
Posted: 4 days ago
West Sussex
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Rate: Based on experience
Posted: 4 days ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £500 - £700 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Buckinghamshire
83Zero
Rate: From £350 to £375 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
South East England
Real Staffing
Rate: £275 - £300 per day + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Reading
Deerfoot IT
Rate: £150 - £175 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
Reading
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £450 per day + competitive
Posted: 15 days ago
Sutton, Surrey
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day direct - no agency margin.
Posted: 17 days ago
Havant
QA Apprenticeships
Rate: £10,000 per year
Posted: 23 days ago