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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 5 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
5 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 102 54 70
Rank change year-on-year
-48 +16
Contract jobs citing QA 209 316 246
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 2.17% 3.18% 2.64%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 25.06% 31.70% 30.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 142 192 143
Median daily rate £380 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.57% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £233 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £498 £446 £477
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £360 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 3
Median hourly rate £16.09 £56.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-71.26% +300.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.42 £25.95 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.22 £57.00 £40.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.09 £36.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-55.91% +14.06%
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
834 997 798
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 8.65% 10.04% 8.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 466 525 413
Median daily rate £400 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +10.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £550 £507
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £365
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +6.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 32 41
Median hourly rate £15.00 £21.55 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-30.39% -15.49%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.78 £12.90 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.50 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £29.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
-22.41% +38.09%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

The demand trend of contract jobs across the South East region citing QA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 5 May 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the South East region over the 3 months to 5 May 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Berkshire -27 49 £400 +23.07% 23
Hampshire -17 40 £400 +6.66% 19
West Sussex -10 28 £418 +11.33% 3
Surrey -22 28 £316 +1.20% 16
Oxfordshire +9 21 £438 +16.66% 12
Buckinghamshire -34 17 £285 -13.96% 8
East Sussex +11 13 £375 +3.44% 5
Kent -10 10 £210 -46.83% 2
Sussex - 1 - -
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 5 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the South East region with a requirement for QA.

1 141 (33.18%) Agile Software Development
2 104 (24.47%) Finance
3 100 (23.53%) SQL
4 58 (13.65%) Degree
5 55 (12.94%) Selenium
5 55 (12.94%) Automated Testing
5 55 (12.94%) SDLC
6 53 (12.47%) Project Management
7 52 (12.24%) Microsoft
8 51 (12.00%) Java
9 50 (11.76%) Scrum
10 47 (11.06%) XML
11 42 (9.88%) JavaScript
11 42 (9.88%) Security Cleared
12 41 (9.65%) Linux
13 40 (9.41%) ISEB
14 39 (9.18%) Oracle
15 38 (8.94%) SAP
15 38 (8.94%) HP Quality Center
16 37 (8.71%) Telecoms
16 37 (8.71%) .NET
16 37 (8.71%) C#
17 36 (8.47%) JIRA
17 36 (8.47%) User Acceptance Testing
17 36 (8.47%) REST
18 34 (8.00%) Android
18 34 (8.00%) HTML
18 34 (8.00%) Web Services
19 33 (7.76%) Software Testing
19 33 (7.76%) SC Cleared

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 22 (5.18%) SharePoint
2 19 (4.47%) Confluence
3 15 (3.53%) Apache
3 15 (3.53%) Node.js
4 11 (2.59%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 11 (2.59%) IIS
5 10 (2.35%) CMS
6 9 (2.12%) Tomcat
7 6 (1.41%) BizTalk Server
7 6 (1.41%) Oracle Service Bus
8 5 (1.18%) Apache Pig
8 5 (1.18%) Apache Spark
9 3 (0.71%) Apache Solr
9 3 (0.71%) Drupal
9 3 (0.71%) JBoss
9 3 (0.71%) SharePoint 2013
9 3 (0.71%) Sitecore CMS
9 3 (0.71%) WebSphere
10 2 (0.47%) ExpressionEngine
10 2 (0.47%) WebLogic
Applications
1 24 (5.65%) MS Excel
2 16 (3.76%) MS Office
3 13 (3.06%) MS Project
4 10 (2.35%) MS Visio
5 7 (1.65%) MS PowerPoint
6 2 (0.47%) 3ds Max
6 2 (0.47%) Acrobat
6 2 (0.47%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.47%) GIMP
6 2 (0.47%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.24%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.24%) Pro/ENGINEER
7 1 (0.24%) PTC Creo
7 1 (0.24%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 14 (3.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (0.94%) Magento
3 3 (0.71%) Adobe Campaign
4 2 (0.47%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.47%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.47%) Primavera
4 2 (0.47%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.47%) SAP ERP
4 2 (0.47%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.24%) Maximo
5 1 (0.24%) SAP Business ByDesign
5 1 (0.24%) SAP Payroll
5 1 (0.24%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 8 (1.88%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (1.41%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (1.41%) SaaS
3 4 (0.94%) PaaS
4 3 (0.71%) GitHub
4 3 (0.71%) Google Analytics
4 3 (0.71%) IaaS
4 3 (0.71%) SuccessFactors
5 2 (0.47%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (0.47%) FinancialForce.com
5 2 (0.47%) MailChimp
6 1 (0.24%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.24%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.24%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.24%) Amazon SQS
6 1 (0.24%) AWS CloudFormation
6 1 (0.24%) Boomi
6 1 (0.24%) Office 365
6 1 (0.24%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 14 (3.29%) FTP
2 11 (2.59%) SNMP
3 7 (1.65%) H.323
3 7 (1.65%) Telepresence
4 6 (1.41%) DNS
4 6 (1.41%) HTTP
5 5 (1.18%) Firewall
5 5 (1.18%) SAN
6 4 (0.94%) Value-Added Service
6 4 (0.94%) Wi-Fi
7 3 (0.71%) 802.15
7 3 (0.71%) IP Telephony
7 3 (0.71%) IPv6
7 3 (0.71%) LAN
7 3 (0.71%) NAS
7 3 (0.71%) VoIP
7 3 (0.71%) VoLTE
7 3 (0.71%) WAN
7 3 (0.71%) ZigBee
8 2 (0.47%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (3.76%) Oracle Database
2 14 (3.29%) SQL Server
3 13 (3.06%) Big Data
3 13 (3.06%) Hadoop
4 12 (2.82%) MySQL
5 10 (2.35%) Relational Database
6 9 (2.12%) MongoDB
7 8 (1.88%) Data Mining
8 7 (1.65%) Data Warehouse
9 6 (1.41%) SAP BI
10 5 (1.18%) Apache Hive
10 5 (1.18%) NoSQL
10 5 (1.18%) PostgreSQL
10 5 (1.18%) SAP BW
11 4 (0.94%) BusinessObjects
11 4 (0.94%) HBase
11 4 (0.94%) Impala
12 3 (0.71%) Oracle Reports
12 3 (0.71%) QlikView
12 3 (0.71%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 55 (12.94%) Selenium
2 36 (8.47%) JIRA
3 31 (7.29%) Cucumber
4 27 (6.35%) Jenkins
5 20 (4.71%) Git (software)
5 20 (4.71%) SoapUI
5 20 (4.71%) WebDriver
6 18 (4.24%) Maven
7 17 (4.00%) JUnit
7 17 (4.00%) Team Foundation Server
8 14 (3.29%) SpecFlow
9 13 (3.06%) HP UFT
10 12 (2.82%) Jasmine
10 12 (2.82%) Subversion
11 11 (2.59%) Ant
11 11 (2.59%) Rational DOORS
11 11 (2.59%) StarTeam
12 10 (2.35%) JMeter
12 10 (2.35%) Karma Test Runner
13 9 (2.12%) Gradle
General
1 104 (24.47%) Finance
2 37 (8.71%) Telecoms
3 27 (6.35%) Marketing
4 23 (5.41%) Manufacturing
5 16 (3.76%) Electronics
6 9 (2.12%) Publishing
7 7 (1.65%) Billing
8 5 (1.18%) Banking
8 5 (1.18%) Pharmaceutical
8 5 (1.18%) Retail
9 4 (0.94%) Automotive
9 4 (0.94%) Law
10 3 (0.71%) Legal
11 2 (0.47%) Back Office
11 2 (0.47%) Front Office
11 2 (0.47%) Spanish Language
12 1 (0.24%) Games
12 1 (0.24%) Investment Banking
12 1 (0.24%) Korean Language
12 1 (0.24%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 94 (22.12%) Analyst
2 60 (14.12%) QA Engineer
3 58 (13.65%) Test Analyst
4 51 (12.00%) Developer
5 38 (8.94%) Tester
6 37 (8.71%) Test Engineer
7 32 (7.53%) Test Manager
8 28 (6.59%) Project Manager
9 25 (5.88%) QA Tester
10 24 (5.65%) QA Test Engineer
11 22 (5.18%) Consultant
11 22 (5.18%) QA Analyst
12 21 (4.94%) Architect
13 18 (4.24%) Applications Engineer
13 18 (4.24%) Automation Test Analyst
13 18 (4.24%) Developer in Test
14 17 (4.00%) Automation Tester
14 17 (4.00%) QA Test Analyst
15 15 (3.53%) Android Engineer
16 14 (3.29%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (11.06%) XML
2 37 (8.71%) .NET
3 36 (8.47%) REST
4 34 (8.00%) HTML
4 34 (8.00%) Web Services
5 29 (6.82%) SOAP
6 25 (5.88%) jQuery
7 17 (4.00%) JSON
8 16 (3.76%) ASP.NET
9 14 (3.29%) CSS
10 13 (3.06%) .NET Framework
10 13 (3.06%) HTML5
10 13 (3.06%) JMS
10 13 (3.06%) Spring
11 11 (2.59%) Middleware
12 10 (2.35%) Ajax
12 10 (2.35%) ASP.NET Web API
13 9 (2.12%) Java EE
13 9 (2.12%) LAMP
14 8 (1.88%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 32 (7.53%) Analytical Skills
2 30 (7.06%) Mobile App
3 18 (4.24%) Computer Science
4 14 (3.29%) Data Centre
5 12 (2.82%) User Experience
6 10 (2.35%) Management Information System
7 8 (1.88%) Smart Meter
8 6 (1.41%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 5 (1.18%) Mathematics
9 5 (1.18%) PMI
10 4 (0.94%) Client/Server
11 3 (0.71%) Economics
11 3 (0.71%) NHS
11 3 (0.71%) Replication
12 2 (0.47%) e-Learning
12 2 (0.47%) Enterprise Software
12 2 (0.47%) FlexPod
12 2 (0.47%) Life Science
12 2 (0.47%) Mainframe
12 2 (0.47%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 41 (9.65%) Linux
2 34 (8.00%) Android
3 29 (6.82%) Apple iOS
4 24 (5.65%) Unix
5 22 (5.18%) Windows
6 9 (2.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 7 (1.65%) CentOS
8 3 (0.71%) Solaris
8 3 (0.71%) SUSE
8 3 (0.71%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
9 2 (0.47%) NetWare
9 2 (0.47%) Ubuntu
9 2 (0.47%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.24%) AIX
10 1 (0.24%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.24%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.24%) Windows NT
10 1 (0.24%) Windows Server
10 1 (0.24%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 141 (33.18%) Agile Software Development
2 55 (12.94%) Automated Testing
2 55 (12.94%) SDLC
3 53 (12.47%) Project Management
4 50 (11.76%) Scrum
5 36 (8.47%) User Acceptance Testing
6 33 (7.76%) Software Testing
7 32 (7.53%) Functional Testing
7 32 (7.53%) Regression Testing
7 32 (7.53%) Test Automation
8 31 (7.29%) Configuration Management
9 30 (7.06%) BDD
10 29 (6.82%) Risk Management
11 28 (6.59%) PRINCE2
12 26 (6.12%) Programme Management
12 26 (6.12%) Test Management
13 24 (5.65%) Business Intelligence
13 24 (5.65%) ITIL
13 24 (5.65%) Test Scripting
14 23 (5.41%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 100 (23.53%) SQL
2 51 (12.00%) Java
3 42 (9.88%) JavaScript
4 37 (8.71%) C#
5 28 (6.59%) Python
6 19 (4.47%) C
7 14 (3.29%) PHP
7 14 (3.29%) PL/SQL
8 11 (2.59%) Bash Shell
8 11 (2.59%) Ruby
9 10 (2.35%) Groovy
10 6 (1.41%) C++
10 6 (1.41%) Shell Script
11 5 (1.18%) VB
11 5 (1.18%) VB.NET
12 4 (0.94%) PowerShell
13 3 (0.71%) Perl
14 2 (0.47%) Apex Code
14 2 (0.47%) Scala
14 2 (0.47%) sed
Qualifications
1 58 (13.65%) Degree
2 42 (9.88%) Security Cleared
3 40 (9.41%) ISEB
4 33 (7.76%) SC Cleared
5 32 (7.53%) ISTQB
6 19 (4.47%) Cisco Certification
7 18 (4.24%) CCNP
8 12 (2.82%) CCNA
8 12 (2.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 7 (1.65%) PMI Certification
10 6 (1.41%) PMP
11 4 (0.94%) Microsoft Certification
11 4 (0.94%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 3 (0.71%) CISSP
12 3 (0.71%) ISEB Practitioner
12 3 (0.71%) ITIL Certification
12 3 (0.71%) MCITP
12 3 (0.71%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 3 (0.71%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 2 (0.47%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (1.88%) ISO 9001
2 7 (1.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (1.65%) SLA
3 5 (1.18%) TickIT
4 4 (0.94%) FedRAMP
5 3 (0.71%) GxP
6 2 (0.47%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.24%) GAMP
7 1 (0.24%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 1 (0.24%) ISO 8583
7 1 (0.24%) RMADS
7 1 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.24%) SDET
System Software
1 9 (2.12%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (1.41%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.94%) Apache Flume
4 3 (0.71%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 3 (0.71%) Docker
4 3 (0.71%) Firmware
4 3 (0.71%) Hyper-V
4 3 (0.71%) XenApp
4 3 (0.71%) XenDesktop
5 2 (0.47%) VMware Server
6 1 (0.24%) HDFS
6 1 (0.24%) KVM
6 1 (0.24%) NFS
6 1 (0.24%) Oracle RAC
6 1 (0.24%) VMware ESX
6 1 (0.24%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 38 (8.94%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (0.94%) Ansible
3 3 (0.71%) Opscode Chef
3 3 (0.71%) Puppet
3 3 (0.71%) TeamSite
4 2 (0.47%) vRealize
5 1 (0.24%) EMC NetWorker
5 1 (0.24%) Oozie
5 1 (0.24%) SCCM
5 1 (0.24%) SCOM
5 1 (0.24%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 52 (12.24%) Microsoft
2 39 (9.18%) Oracle
3 38 (8.94%) SAP
4 27 (6.35%) HP
5 18 (4.24%) Cisco
6 13 (3.06%) VMware
7 12 (2.82%) Adobe
8 7 (1.65%) Atlassian
8 7 (1.65%) Rally
9 6 (1.41%) Red Hat
10 5 (1.18%) Citrix
10 5 (1.18%) IBM
10 5 (1.18%) Talend
11 4 (0.94%) Cloudera
11 4 (0.94%) NetApp
11 4 (0.94%) Progress
11 4 (0.94%) Salesforce.com
12 3 (0.71%) Google
12 3 (0.71%) Remedy
12 3 (0.71%) Sitecore
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