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 January 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 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 82 72 62
Rank change year-on-year
-10 -10
Contract jobs citing QA 205 191 205
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 2.22% 2.27% 2.66%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 28.16% 31.36% 35.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 119 109 120
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £325
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £220 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £425 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 13
Average hourly rate £23.49 £94.38 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-75.10% +169.64%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.29 £45.88 £28.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.70 £142.88 £50.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £34.75 £27.50 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+26.36% -9.83%
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
728 609 578
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 7.88% 7.24% 7.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 361 286 269
Average daily rate £373 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.42% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £195 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £548
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 30 52
Average hourly rate £25.00 £21.25 £16.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.64% +30.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.00 £13.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £113.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.15 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+16.61% -25.43%

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 January 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 26 January 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 +24 72 £328 +19.09% 36
Surrey -1 34 £325 -5.45% 23
Hampshire -23 30 £375 +30.43% 21
Buckinghamshire -33 22 £313 -8.08% 6
West Sussex +4 18 £290 -18.30% 5
Oxfordshire -23 13 £388 +19.23% 10
East Sussex -3 8 £300 -7.69% 2
Kent -9 3 £388 - 8
Middlesex +1 1 £225 - 1
Isle of Wight - - - -
M4 Corridor - - - -
Thames Valley - - - -
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 26 January 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 (24.54%) SQL
2 104 (21.27%) Agile Software Development
3 98 (20.04%) Finance
4 85 (17.38%) User Acceptance Testing
5 80 (16.36%) Project Management
6 63 (12.88%) Java
7 58 (11.86%) .NET
8 53 (10.84%) ISEB
9 51 (10.43%) XML
10 50 (10.22%) Test Management
11 48 (9.82%) Selenium
12 47 (9.61%) Microsoft
13 45 (9.20%) HP Quality Center
14 43 (8.79%) Scrum
15 42 (8.59%) C#
15 42 (8.59%) Test Scripting
15 42 (8.59%) Security Cleared
16 40 (8.18%) Software Testing
17 39 (7.98%) Degree
17 39 (7.98%) Telecoms
17 39 (7.98%) MS Excel
18 38 (7.77%) ITIL
19 37 (7.57%) Continuous Integration
20 36 (7.36%) MS Office
21 35 (7.16%) Oracle
21 35 (7.16%) JavaScript
22 34 (6.95%) Test Strategy
23 33 (6.75%) Waterfall
24 32 (6.54%) Cucumber
24 32 (6.54%) Analytical Skills

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 26 January 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 25 (5.11%) IIS
2 23 (4.70%) SharePoint
3 11 (2.25%) CMS
4 7 (1.43%) BizTalk Server
5 6 (1.23%) Apache
5 6 (1.23%) Tomcat
5 6 (1.23%) MS Exchange
6 5 (1.02%) SAS
7 3 (0.61%) Jetty
7 3 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2003
7 3 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2010
8 2 (0.41%) Umbraco
8 2 (0.41%) Apache Solr
8 2 (0.41%) Confluence
8 2 (0.41%) MS Project Server
9 1 (0.20%) Joomla!
9 1 (0.20%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.20%) WordPress
9 1 (0.20%) SharePoint Server
9 1 (0.20%) WebSphere
Applications
1 39 (7.98%) MS Excel
2 36 (7.36%) MS Office
3 12 (2.45%) MS PowerPoint
4 11 (2.25%) MS Project
5 6 (1.23%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.41%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.41%) RoboHelp
7 1 (0.20%) Fireworks
7 1 (0.20%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.20%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.20%) SPSS
7 1 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.82%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (0.61%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.41%) SAP FI
3 2 (0.41%) SAP BCA
3 2 (0.41%) Oracle Applications
3 2 (0.41%) Summit
3 2 (0.41%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.20%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.20%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.20%) SAP QM
4 1 (0.20%) Pivotal CRM
4 1 (0.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.20%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 6 (1.23%) SaaS
2 5 (1.02%) Office 365
3 2 (0.41%) GitHub
4 1 (0.20%) IaaS
4 1 (0.20%) PaaS
4 1 (0.20%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 17 (3.48%) Internet
2 11 (2.25%) SAN
3 10 (2.04%) LAN
3 10 (2.04%) Firewall
3 10 (2.04%) Wireless
4 9 (1.84%) TCP/IP
5 8 (1.64%) WAN
5 8 (1.64%) NAS
6 6 (1.23%) RNC
6 6 (1.23%) 2G
6 6 (1.23%) GSM
6 6 (1.23%) LTE
7 5 (1.02%) 3G
7 5 (1.02%) OSPF
7 5 (1.02%) Cisco IOS
7 5 (1.02%) Network Security
7 5 (1.02%) Cisco ASA
8 4 (0.82%) 4G
8 4 (0.82%) UMTS
9 3 (0.61%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (6.13%) SQL Server
2 20 (4.09%) Relational Database
3 13 (2.66%) MySQL
3 13 (2.66%) Oracle Database
4 11 (2.25%) MarkLogic
4 11 (2.25%) SAP BW
5 8 (1.64%) Data Warehouse
6 7 (1.43%) BusinessObjects
6 7 (1.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 4 (0.82%) RDBMS
8 3 (0.61%) Data Mining
8 3 (0.61%) Oracle Reports
8 3 (0.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (0.61%) MongoDB
9 2 (0.41%) NoSQL
9 2 (0.41%) SQL Server 2008
9 2 (0.41%) SQL Server 2005
9 2 (0.41%) PostgreSQL
9 2 (0.41%) InterSystems Cache
9 2 (0.41%) DB2
Development Applications
1 48 (9.82%) Selenium
2 32 (6.54%) Cucumber
3 26 (5.32%) Jenkins
4 24 (4.91%) WebDriver
4 24 (4.91%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 24 (4.91%) Git (software)
5 22 (4.50%) JIRA
6 20 (4.09%) Team Foundation Server
7 15 (3.07%) TeamCity
8 13 (2.66%) Visual Studio
9 12 (2.45%) JUnit
10 11 (2.25%) MSBuild
11 8 (1.64%) QuickTest Pro
11 8 (1.64%) SpecFlow
12 7 (1.43%) Subversion
13 4 (0.82%) LoadRunner
13 4 (0.82%) Oracle Forms
13 4 (0.82%) Eclipse
14 3 (0.61%) TestPartner
14 3 (0.61%) RSpec
General
1 98 (20.04%) Finance
2 39 (7.98%) Telecoms
3 20 (4.09%) Publishing
4 14 (2.86%) Legal
5 11 (2.25%) Manufacturing
5 11 (2.25%) Banking
5 11 (2.25%) Marketing
6 8 (1.64%) Retail
7 7 (1.43%) Billing
8 6 (1.23%) Pharmaceutical
9 5 (1.02%) Automotive
10 4 (0.82%) Advertising
10 4 (0.82%) Electronics
11 3 (0.61%) Multimedia
11 3 (0.61%) Dutch Language
11 3 (0.61%) Military
12 2 (0.41%) Polish Language
12 2 (0.41%) French Language
12 2 (0.41%) Games
13 1 (0.20%) German Language
Job Titles
1 126 (25.77%) Analyst
2 64 (13.09%) Developer
3 51 (10.43%) Test Analyst
4 46 (9.41%) Test Manager
4 46 (9.41%) Tester
5 30 (6.13%) QA Analyst
6 27 (5.52%) Project Manager
7 26 (5.32%) QA Tester
8 24 (4.91%) Business Analyst
9 21 (4.29%) QA Engineer
10 18 (3.68%) Test Leader
11 17 (3.48%) Architect
12 13 (2.66%) Software Engineer
13 12 (2.45%) Test Engineer
13 12 (2.45%) DevOps Engineer
14 11 (2.25%) PMO Analyst
14 11 (2.25%) Consultant
14 11 (2.25%) Data Analyst
14 11 (2.25%) Java Developer
14 11 (2.25%) .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 58 (11.86%) .NET
2 51 (10.43%) XML
3 30 (6.13%) HTML
4 23 (4.70%) Web Services
5 20 (4.09%) Hibernate
6 19 (3.89%) WCF
7 17 (3.48%) SOAP
7 17 (3.48%) CSS
7 17 (3.48%) REST
8 15 (3.07%) XSLT
9 14 (2.86%) Middleware
9 14 (2.86%) J2EE
9 14 (2.86%) ASP.NET
10 13 (2.66%) WPF
11 12 (2.45%) JSON
11 12 (2.45%) jQuery
12 9 (1.84%) Spring
12 9 (1.84%) Ajax
13 8 (1.64%) Servlets
14 7 (1.43%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 32 (6.54%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (5.32%) Management Information System
3 21 (4.29%) Computer Science
4 20 (4.09%) User Experience
5 8 (1.64%) Enterprise Software
6 6 (1.23%) Performance Metrics
6 6 (1.23%) Inversion of Control
6 6 (1.23%) N-Tier
7 5 (1.02%) Open Source
8 4 (0.82%) Visualisation
8 4 (0.82%) Digital Media
8 4 (0.82%) Mobile App
8 4 (0.82%) Client/Server
8 4 (0.82%) Semantic Web
9 3 (0.61%) iPhone
9 3 (0.61%) Learning Management System
9 3 (0.61%) CMDB
9 3 (0.61%) Blackberry
9 3 (0.61%) iPad
10 2 (0.41%) VUI
Operating Systems
1 31 (6.34%) Windows
2 21 (4.29%) Linux
3 17 (3.48%) UNIX
4 14 (2.86%) Windows Server 2008
5 9 (1.84%) Android
5 9 (1.84%) Windows 7
6 8 (1.64%) Apple iOS
6 8 (1.64%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (0.82%) Windows XP
7 4 (0.82%) CentOS
8 3 (0.61%) Mac OS X
9 2 (0.41%) Windows NT
9 2 (0.41%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (0.41%) Windows Phone
10 1 (0.20%) AIX
10 1 (0.20%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 104 (21.27%) Agile Software Development
2 85 (17.38%) User Acceptance Testing
3 80 (16.36%) Project Management
4 50 (10.22%) Test Management
5 43 (8.79%) Scrum
6 42 (8.59%) Test Scripting
7 40 (8.18%) Software Testing
8 38 (7.77%) ITIL
9 37 (7.57%) Continuous Integration
10 34 (6.95%) Test Strategy
11 33 (6.75%) Waterfall
12 31 (6.34%) PRINCE2
13 29 (5.93%) Configuration Management
13 29 (5.93%) Test Automation
14 27 (5.52%) Migration
15 26 (5.32%) OO
16 25 (5.11%) Stakeholder Management
17 24 (4.91%) Business Intelligence
17 24 (4.91%) Validation
18 23 (4.70%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 120 (24.54%) SQL
2 63 (12.88%) Java
3 42 (8.59%) C#
4 35 (7.16%) JavaScript
5 31 (6.34%) Python
6 19 (3.89%) C++
7 18 (3.68%) PL/SQL
7 18 (3.68%) Perl
8 15 (3.07%) C
9 14 (2.86%) XQuery
10 12 (2.45%) Ruby
10 12 (2.45%) PHP
11 11 (2.25%) VB.NET
11 11 (2.25%) VBScript
11 11 (2.25%) PowerShell
12 8 (1.64%) VBA
13 7 (1.43%) Bash Shell
13 7 (1.43%) Shell Script
14 3 (0.61%) XPath
14 3 (0.61%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 53 (10.84%) ISEB
2 42 (8.59%) Security Cleared
3 39 (7.98%) Degree
4 28 (5.73%) SC Cleared
5 23 (4.70%) ISTQB
6 15 (3.07%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 13 (2.66%) PMP
7 13 (2.66%) PMI Certification
8 10 (2.04%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 8 (1.64%) DV Cleared
10 7 (1.43%) Cisco Certification
10 7 (1.43%) CCNP
10 7 (1.43%) CCNA
11 6 (1.23%) HND
12 4 (0.82%) MOS
12 4 (0.82%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 3 (0.61%) MCITP
13 3 (0.61%) ISEB Practitioner
13 3 (0.61%) HNC
13 3 (0.61%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (1.23%) ISO 9001
1 6 (1.23%) Data Quality
2 5 (1.02%) SLA
2 5 (1.02%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 3 (0.61%) GAMP
3 3 (0.61%) GMP
3 3 (0.61%) Solvency II
4 2 (0.41%) P3O
4 2 (0.41%) GxP
4 2 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.41%) JSP 440
5 1 (0.20%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 16 (3.27%) Active Directory
2 7 (1.43%) vSphere
3 6 (1.23%) Hyper-V
4 5 (1.02%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (0.82%) XenApp
6 3 (0.61%) XenDesktop
7 2 (0.41%) VMware ESX
7 2 (0.41%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.41%) VMware Infrastructure
8 1 (0.20%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 45 (9.20%) HP Quality Center
2 24 (4.91%) Puppet
3 18 (3.68%) Vagrant
4 5 (1.02%) SCCM
5 3 (0.61%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 3 (0.61%) Norton AntiVirus
5 3 (0.61%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.20%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.20%) Control-M
6 1 (0.20%) yum
6 1 (0.20%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.20%) cPanel
Vendors
1 47 (9.61%) Microsoft
2 35 (7.16%) Oracle
3 31 (6.34%) SAP
4 27 (5.52%) HP
5 11 (2.25%) Cisco
6 9 (1.84%) Ericsson
7 8 (1.64%) Business Objects
8 7 (1.43%) Hitachi
8 7 (1.43%) Citrix
8 7 (1.43%) Nokia
9 6 (1.23%) Symantec
9 6 (1.23%) Juniper
9 6 (1.23%) VMware
10 5 (1.02%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
10 5 (1.02%) McAfee
11 4 (0.82%) Telerik
12 3 (0.61%) Huawei
12 3 (0.61%) Brocade
12 3 (0.61%) 3PAR
12 3 (0.61%) Talend
Maidenhead
Capita - ITPS
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Staines, Middlesex
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 4 days ago
Hampshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £380 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Hampshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £280 - £320 per day + competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Oxfordshire
X4 Group
Rate: £150 - 175 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Sutton, Surrey
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day direct - no agency margin
Posted: 5 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Advanced Resource Managers
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 6 days ago
Crawley, West Sussex
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Surrey
Stott & May
Posted: 6 days ago
Maidstone
Pearson Whiffin
Rate: £340 - £380 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Crawley, West Sussex
Experis Ltd
Rate: £70000.00 - £80000.00 per annum + benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
South East England
Austin Fraser Limited
Rate: £0.00 per day + Market Rates
Posted: 7 days ago
Crawley
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £20000 - £24000 per annum
Posted: 19 days ago
South East England
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: competitive
Posted: 19 days ago
Newbury
The People Network
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 20 days ago
Guildford
Computer Futures
Rate: £35 - £40 per hour + competitive
Posted: 24 days ago