The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the South West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 4 May 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
4 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 83 79 73
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -6
Contract jobs citing QA 55 67 52
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.80% 2.07% 2.33%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 21.83% 20.43% 25.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 48 27
Average daily rate
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£363 £328 £318
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.68% +3.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £211 £218 £212
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £473 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
Average hourly rate £38.50 - £88.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.50 £32.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+14.06% +39.11%
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 West region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
252 328 201
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 8.25% 10.16% 8.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 152 201 117
Average daily rate £423 £400 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.62% +5.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £270 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £364 £338
% change year-on-year
+3.09% +7.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 25 8
Average hourly rate £41.25 £40.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% +14.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.60 £13.85 £18.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.15 £161.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.03 £20.56 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+7.11% +37.08%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA across the South West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

QA Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

QA
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing QA across the South West region.

QA Daily Rate Trend in the South West

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the South West region over the 3 months to 4 May 2015.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA across the South West region.

QA Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

QA
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 3 months to 4 May 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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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
Bristol 0 19 £375 +3.44% 18
Wiltshire +9 16 £323 +12.17% 3
Devon -4 6 £400 +23.07% 3
Dorset +4 5 £188 -55.88% 2
Gloucestershire -11 3 - - 4
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 4 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 24 (18.90%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (15.75%) Project Management
2 20 (15.75%) User Acceptance Testing
3 19 (14.96%) Finance
3 19 (14.96%) Java
3 19 (14.96%) Microsoft
4 18 (14.17%) ISEB
5 17 (13.39%) SQL
6 15 (11.81%) .NET
7 13 (10.24%) SQL Server
7 13 (10.24%) C#
7 13 (10.24%) Web Services
7 13 (10.24%) ISTQB
7 13 (10.24%) Security Cleared
7 13 (10.24%) User Experience
8 12 (9.45%) Test Scripting
9 11 (8.66%) E-Commerce
10 10 (7.87%) Software Testing
10 10 (7.87%) Retail
11 9 (7.09%) TOGAF
11 9 (7.09%) Stakeholder Management
11 9 (7.09%) Telecoms
11 9 (7.09%) Selenium
11 9 (7.09%) Analytical Skills
11 9 (7.09%) REST
11 9 (7.09%) Root Cause Analysis
12 8 (6.30%) JSON
12 8 (6.30%) Degree
12 8 (6.30%) Active Directory
12 8 (6.30%) VBA

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Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 4 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 5 (3.94%) WebLogic
1 5 (3.94%) IIS
2 4 (3.15%) Liferay
2 4 (3.15%) Drupal
3 3 (2.36%) CMS
4 2 (1.57%) Lync
4 2 (1.57%) ATG Dynamo
4 2 (1.57%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.79%) Apache
5 1 (0.79%) SAS
5 1 (0.79%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.79%) SugarCRM
5 1 (0.79%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.79%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.79%) Node.js
Applications
1 7 (5.51%) MS Office
2 5 (3.94%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.57%) MS Project
4 1 (0.79%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (3.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.79%) BusinessWorks
2 1 (0.79%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.79%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.79%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.15%) SaaS
2 2 (1.57%) PaaS
2 2 (1.57%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.79%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 6 (4.72%) WAN
2 3 (2.36%) Firewall
3 2 (1.57%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 2 (1.57%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
3 2 (1.57%) Ethernet
3 2 (1.57%) HTTPS
3 2 (1.57%) LAN
4 1 (0.79%) UMTS
4 1 (0.79%) GSM
4 1 (0.79%) HTTP
4 1 (0.79%) SMTP
4 1 (0.79%) DNS
4 1 (0.79%) Internet
4 1 (0.79%) 3G
4 1 (0.79%) 2G
4 1 (0.79%) LTE
4 1 (0.79%) 4G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (10.24%) SQL Server
2 7 (5.51%) MongoDB
3 4 (3.15%) NoSQL
3 4 (3.15%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (2.36%) Oracle Database
4 3 (2.36%) Relational Database
5 2 (1.57%) OLTP
5 2 (1.57%) RDBMS
5 2 (1.57%) MySQL
6 1 (0.79%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.79%) MS Access
6 1 (0.79%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.79%) Big Data
6 1 (0.79%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 9 (7.09%) Selenium
2 6 (4.72%) JIRA
2 6 (4.72%) MSI
3 5 (3.94%) WebDriver
4 4 (3.15%) Cucumber
4 4 (3.15%) JUnit
5 3 (2.36%) QuickTest Pro
5 3 (2.36%) Subversion
5 3 (2.36%) Git (software)
6 2 (1.57%) MSTest
6 2 (1.57%) Selenium IDE
6 2 (1.57%) Jenkins
6 2 (1.57%) NUnit
6 2 (1.57%) TestDirector
6 2 (1.57%) InstallShield
7 1 (0.79%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.79%) Toad
7 1 (0.79%) LoadRunner
7 1 (0.79%) FitNesse
7 1 (0.79%) Maven
General
1 19 (14.96%) Finance
2 10 (7.87%) Retail
3 9 (7.09%) Telecoms
4 7 (5.51%) Marketing
5 6 (4.72%) Banking
6 5 (3.94%) Manufacturing
7 4 (3.15%) Electronics
8 1 (0.79%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.79%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.79%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.79%) Legal
8 1 (0.79%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 24 (18.90%) Developer
2 22 (17.32%) Analyst
3 16 (12.60%) Test Analyst
4 15 (11.81%) Test Manager
5 11 (8.66%) Architect
6 10 (7.87%) Solutions Architect
7 7 (5.51%) Project Manager
8 6 (4.72%) QA Engineer
9 5 (3.94%) Test Engineer
9 5 (3.94%) iOS Developer
9 5 (3.94%) Agile Test Analyst
10 4 (3.15%) Quality Manager
10 4 (3.15%) Java Developer
10 4 (3.15%) Business Analyst
10 4 (3.15%) Tester
10 4 (3.15%) Applications Specialist
11 3 (2.36%) Excel Developer
11 3 (2.36%) Automation Engineer
11 3 (2.36%) AWS Developer
12 2 (1.57%) Test Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (11.81%) .NET
2 13 (10.24%) Web Services
3 9 (7.09%) REST
4 8 (6.30%) JSON
5 6 (4.72%) Application Packaging
6 5 (3.94%) SOAP
6 5 (3.94%) HTML
7 4 (3.15%) OAuth
8 3 (2.36%) XML
8 3 (2.36%) ASP.NET
8 3 (2.36%) Spring
9 2 (1.57%) JPA
9 2 (1.57%) JAX-RS
9 2 (1.57%) Hibernate
9 2 (1.57%) Java EE
9 2 (1.57%) Middleware
9 2 (1.57%) WSDL
9 2 (1.57%) CSS
9 2 (1.57%) XSD
10 1 (0.79%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 13 (10.24%) User Experience
2 9 (7.09%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (3.94%) Computer Science
3 5 (3.94%) Management Information System
4 4 (3.15%) DTV
5 3 (2.36%) FMCG
6 2 (1.57%) Open Source
6 2 (1.57%) Data Structures
6 2 (1.57%) Algorithms
6 2 (1.57%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.57%) Mathematics
7 1 (0.79%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.79%) Freedom of Information
7 1 (0.79%) GIS
7 1 (0.79%) Digital Media
7 1 (0.79%) Private Cloud
7 1 (0.79%) Enterprise Cloud
7 1 (0.79%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 5 (3.94%) Windows
1 5 (3.94%) Apple iOS
2 3 (2.36%) Linux
2 3 (2.36%) UNIX
2 3 (2.36%) Windows 7
3 2 (1.57%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (0.79%) Solaris
4 1 (0.79%) Windows XP
4 1 (0.79%) zOS
4 1 (0.79%) Windows Vista
4 1 (0.79%) Android
4 1 (0.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (18.90%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (15.75%) Project Management
2 20 (15.75%) User Acceptance Testing
3 12 (9.45%) Test Scripting
4 11 (8.66%) E-Commerce
5 10 (7.87%) Software Testing
6 9 (7.09%) TOGAF
6 9 (7.09%) Stakeholder Management
6 9 (7.09%) Root Cause Analysis
7 7 (5.51%) B2B
7 7 (5.51%) CRM
7 7 (5.51%) Test Management
7 7 (5.51%) Risk Management
7 7 (5.51%) Regression Testing
7 7 (5.51%) Programme Management
7 7 (5.51%) Test Strategy
8 6 (4.72%) Automation Testing
8 6 (4.72%) Zachman Framework
8 6 (4.72%) Migration
8 6 (4.72%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 19 (14.96%) Java
2 17 (13.39%) SQL
3 13 (10.24%) C#
4 8 (6.30%) VBA
5 7 (5.51%) VB
6 5 (3.94%) Ruby
6 5 (3.94%) Apple Swift
7 4 (3.15%) Objective-C
8 3 (2.36%) PHP
9 2 (1.57%) Bash Shell
9 2 (1.57%) Python
9 2 (1.57%) C
9 2 (1.57%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.79%) JavaScript
10 1 (0.79%) Perl
10 1 (0.79%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 18 (14.17%) ISEB
2 13 (10.24%) ISTQB
2 13 (10.24%) Security Cleared
3 8 (6.30%) Degree
4 6 (4.72%) SC Cleared
4 6 (4.72%) Microsoft Certification
5 5 (3.94%) MCSE
6 3 (2.36%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 2 (1.57%) DV Cleared
7 2 (1.57%) GCIA
7 2 (1.57%) CISM
7 2 (1.57%) CISSP
8 1 (0.79%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.79%) PMP
8 1 (0.79%) PMI Certification
8 1 (0.79%) Six Sigma Black Belt
8 1 (0.79%) ISEB Practitioner
8 1 (0.79%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (0.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 1 (0.79%) APMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.51%) SLA
2 2 (1.57%) COBIT
3 1 (0.79%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.79%) JSP 440
3 1 (0.79%) Solvency II
System Software
1 8 (6.30%) Active Directory
2 5 (3.94%) Microsoft App-V
2 5 (3.94%) XenApp
3 2 (1.57%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.79%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 7 (5.51%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.57%) Nessus
2 2 (1.57%) SCCM
3 1 (0.79%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 1 (0.79%) yum
Vendors
1 19 (14.96%) Microsoft
2 6 (4.72%) SAP
3 5 (3.94%) TIBCO
3 5 (3.94%) Novell
4 4 (3.15%) Sitecore
4 4 (3.15%) ForgeRock
4 4 (3.15%) Salesforce.com
4 4 (3.15%) Oracle
5 3 (2.36%) Cisco
5 3 (2.36%) IBM
5 3 (2.36%) HP
5 3 (2.36%) Nokia
6 2 (1.57%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
6 2 (1.57%) F5
6 2 (1.57%) LogRhythm
6 2 (1.57%) ATG
6 2 (1.57%) VMware
6 2 (1.57%) Sourcefire
6 2 (1.57%) CheckPoint
6 2 (1.57%) Dell
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