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 31 August 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
31 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 47 79 77
Rank change year-on-year
+32 -2
Contract jobs citing QA 108 66 31
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 3.19% 2.09% 1.40%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 37.11% 18.86% 21.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 50 15
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£350 £375 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +20.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £261 £272 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £455 £550 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 1
Average hourly rate £36.50 - £12.66
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.68 £13.71 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+36.25% -31.45%
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
291 350 146
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 8.59% 11.06% 6.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 187 233 76
Average daily rate £418 £425 £420
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.76% +1.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £550 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 28 14
Average hourly rate £22.50 £25.50 £17.23
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% +48.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £15.00 £8.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.10 £43.00 £27.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.55 £19.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+10.51% +11.42%

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 31 August 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the South West region over the 3 months to 31 August 2015.

QA Hourly Rate Histogram 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 31 August 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
Wiltshire +17 32 £275 -21.42% 3
Dorset +4 18 £300 -20.00% 4
Devon +7 17 £350 -26.31% 3
Bristol -5 17 £380 -5.00% 12
Gloucestershire +2 16 £450 +28.57% 5
Somerset +2 5 £550 +60.00% 4
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 31 August 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 43 (23.37%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (18.48%) Security Cleared
3 32 (17.39%) C#
4 31 (16.85%) Windows
4 31 (16.85%) ISTQB
5 25 (13.59%) Selenium
6 24 (13.04%) SC Cleared
6 24 (13.04%) SQL
6 24 (13.04%) Project Management
7 23 (12.50%) .NET
7 23 (12.50%) SQL Server
7 23 (12.50%) Finance
8 22 (11.96%) Banking
9 21 (11.41%) Linux
9 21 (11.41%) Analytical Skills
10 20 (10.87%) Degree
10 20 (10.87%) Microsoft
11 19 (10.33%) HTML
12 18 (9.78%) User Experience
13 17 (9.24%) Java
13 17 (9.24%) Web Services
14 16 (8.70%) MS Office
15 15 (8.15%) Active Directory
15 15 (8.15%) SpecFlow
16 14 (7.61%) SDLC
16 14 (7.61%) User Acceptance Testing
16 14 (7.61%) ISEB
16 14 (7.61%) MS Excel
17 13 (7.07%) E-Commerce
17 13 (7.07%) PRINCE2

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 31 August 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 9 (4.89%) IIS
2 7 (3.80%) SharePoint
3 6 (3.26%) MS Exchange
4 5 (2.72%) SharePoint 2013
4 5 (2.72%) Exchange Server 2013
5 4 (2.17%) WebLogic
5 4 (2.17%) JBoss
5 4 (2.17%) Apache
5 4 (2.17%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (1.63%) CMS
7 2 (1.09%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.54%) Confluence
8 1 (0.54%) Node.js
Applications
1 16 (8.70%) MS Office
2 14 (7.61%) MS Excel
3 6 (3.26%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (2.17%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.54%) PowerPivot
5 1 (0.54%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (1.09%) BusinessWorks
1 2 (1.09%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.54%) Primavera
2 1 (0.54%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.17%) Microsoft Azure
1 4 (2.17%) Office 365
2 2 (1.09%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.54%) SaaS
3 1 (0.54%) IaaS
3 1 (0.54%) Symantec.cloud
3 1 (0.54%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 8 (4.35%) DNS
2 7 (3.80%) TCP/IP
2 7 (3.80%) Intrusion Detection
2 7 (3.80%) Firewall
3 6 (3.26%) IPsec
3 6 (3.26%) VLAN
3 6 (3.26%) Wireshark
3 6 (3.26%) Network Security
3 6 (3.26%) SSL
3 6 (3.26%) VPN
4 4 (2.17%) WAN
5 3 (1.63%) HTTPS
6 2 (1.09%) LDAP
6 2 (1.09%) Internet
7 1 (0.54%) 3G
7 1 (0.54%) SAN
7 1 (0.54%) LTE
7 1 (0.54%) NAS
7 1 (0.54%) 4G
7 1 (0.54%) GSM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 10 (5.43%) Relational Database
3 9 (4.89%) Data Warehouse
4 7 (3.80%) MS Access
5 5 (2.72%) SQL Server 2005
5 5 (2.72%) SQL Server 2008
5 5 (2.72%) MongoDB
6 3 (1.63%) NoSQL
6 3 (1.63%) SQL Server 2000
7 2 (1.09%) Oracle OWB
7 2 (1.09%) RDBMS
7 2 (1.09%) Hadoop
7 2 (1.09%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (1.09%) Oracle ODI
8 1 (0.54%) Big Data
8 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Power View
8 1 (0.54%) PerformancePoint
8 1 (0.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.54%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.54%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 25 (13.59%) Selenium
2 15 (8.15%) SpecFlow
3 13 (7.07%) WebDriver
4 8 (4.35%) JIRA
5 7 (3.80%) Jenkins
6 6 (3.26%) Cucumber
6 6 (3.26%) Team Foundation Server
6 6 (3.26%) Subversion
6 6 (3.26%) JUnit
6 6 (3.26%) Talend Open Studio
6 6 (3.26%) Metasploit
7 4 (2.17%) Behat
7 4 (2.17%) PhpStorm
7 4 (2.17%) GitLab
8 3 (1.63%) Git (software)
9 2 (1.09%) TestComplete
9 2 (1.09%) MSTest
9 2 (1.09%) Visual Studio
9 2 (1.09%) Eclipse
9 2 (1.09%) NUnit
General
1 23 (12.50%) Finance
2 22 (11.96%) Banking
3 10 (5.43%) Retail
4 6 (3.26%) Telecoms
5 5 (2.72%) Investment Banking
6 4 (2.17%) Electronics
6 4 (2.17%) Marketing
7 2 (1.09%) Legal
7 2 (1.09%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.54%) Back Office
8 1 (0.54%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.54%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 53 (28.80%) Analyst
2 39 (21.20%) Developer
3 26 (14.13%) Test Analyst
4 17 (9.24%) QA Analyst
5 9 (4.89%) Project Manager
6 7 (3.80%) Business Analyst
6 7 (3.80%) Architect
7 6 (3.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 6 (3.26%) C# Developer
7 6 (3.26%) Quality Analyst
7 6 (3.26%) PMO Analyst
7 6 (3.26%) Test Leader
8 5 (2.72%) iOS Developer
8 5 (2.72%) Test Engineer
8 5 (2.72%) QA Test Analyst
8 5 (2.72%) ETL Developer
8 5 (2.72%) QA Engineer
8 5 (2.72%) Tester
8 5 (2.72%) Project Planner
8 5 (2.72%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (12.50%) .NET
2 19 (10.33%) HTML
3 17 (9.24%) Web Services
4 8 (4.35%) XML
4 8 (4.35%) REST
5 7 (3.80%) WCF
5 7 (3.80%) ASP.NET
6 6 (3.26%) SOAP
6 6 (3.26%) CSS
6 6 (3.26%) LAMP
6 6 (3.26%) Spring
7 5 (2.72%) Hibernate
7 5 (2.72%) JSON
8 3 (1.63%) Ajax
8 3 (1.63%) .NET Framework
8 3 (1.63%) WSDL
8 3 (1.63%) ADO.NET
8 3 (1.63%) COM+
8 3 (1.63%) JPA
8 3 (1.63%) JAX-RS
Miscellaneous
1 21 (11.41%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (9.78%) User Experience
3 6 (3.26%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 5 (2.72%) Linked Data
4 5 (2.72%) Mobile App
4 5 (2.72%) Management Information System
5 4 (2.17%) Graphic Design
5 4 (2.17%) Computer Science
5 4 (2.17%) Wiki
5 4 (2.17%) GIS
6 3 (1.63%) FMCG
6 3 (1.63%) Video Editing
6 3 (1.63%) iPad
6 3 (1.63%) Data Structures
6 3 (1.63%) Data Centre
7 2 (1.09%) Algorithms
7 2 (1.09%) DTV
7 2 (1.09%) Visualisation
7 2 (1.09%) Data Extraction
8 1 (0.54%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 31 (16.85%) Windows
2 21 (11.41%) Linux
3 9 (4.89%) UNIX
3 9 (4.89%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (3.80%) Apple iOS
5 6 (3.26%) Windows 7
5 6 (3.26%) Windows Server 2003
5 6 (3.26%) Windows XP
6 4 (2.17%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (1.63%) Android
8 2 (1.09%) Embedded Linux
8 2 (1.09%) Windows Phone
9 1 (0.54%) Windows CE
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (23.37%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (13.04%) Project Management
3 14 (7.61%) User Acceptance Testing
3 14 (7.61%) SDLC
4 13 (7.07%) Test Automation
4 13 (7.07%) E-Commerce
4 13 (7.07%) PRINCE2
5 12 (6.52%) Validation
5 12 (6.52%) Software Testing
6 11 (5.98%) Stakeholder Management
7 10 (5.43%) Test Scripting
7 10 (5.43%) Continuous Delivery
8 9 (4.89%) Scrum
8 9 (4.89%) Change Management
9 8 (4.35%) ETL
9 8 (4.35%) Continuous Integration
9 8 (4.35%) Unit Testing
9 8 (4.35%) Automated Testing
9 8 (4.35%) Business Analysis
10 7 (3.80%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 32 (17.39%) C#
2 24 (13.04%) SQL
3 17 (9.24%) Java
4 8 (4.35%) PowerShell
5 7 (3.80%) Perl
5 7 (3.80%) VBScript
5 7 (3.80%) Python
6 6 (3.26%) VB
6 6 (3.26%) PHP
6 6 (3.26%) JavaScript
6 6 (3.26%) C++
6 6 (3.26%) Bash Shell
7 5 (2.72%) Apple Swift
7 5 (2.72%) Ruby
8 4 (2.17%) C
8 4 (2.17%) Shell Script
8 4 (2.17%) Objective-C
9 3 (1.63%) VB6
10 2 (1.09%) MATLAB
10 2 (1.09%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 34 (18.48%) Security Cleared
2 31 (16.85%) ISTQB
3 24 (13.04%) SC Cleared
4 20 (10.87%) Degree
5 14 (7.61%) ISEB
6 6 (3.26%) CCNA
6 6 (3.26%) Cisco Certification
6 6 (3.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 6 (3.26%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 5 (2.72%) DV Cleared
8 3 (1.63%) APMP
9 2 (1.09%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 2 (1.09%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 1 (0.54%) CISM
10 1 (0.54%) ISEB Practitioner
10 1 (0.54%) CISMP
10 1 (0.54%) HNC
10 1 (0.54%) CISSP
10 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.54%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.09%) SLA
2 1 (0.54%) ISO 14001
2 1 (0.54%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 15 (8.15%) Active Directory
2 10 (5.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (3.80%) Hyper-V
3 7 (3.80%) vSphere
4 6 (3.26%) VMware ESXi
4 6 (3.26%) VirtualBox
5 5 (2.72%) VMware ESX
6 3 (1.63%) XenApp
7 2 (1.09%) VMware Workstation
8 1 (0.54%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 6 (3.26%) Nmap
2 1 (0.54%) WSUS
2 1 (0.54%) SCCM
2 1 (0.54%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.54%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 20 (10.87%) Microsoft
2 12 (6.52%) Atlassian
3 11 (5.98%) VMware
4 7 (3.80%) Symantec
4 7 (3.80%) Oracle
5 6 (3.26%) Talend
6 5 (2.72%) SAP
7 4 (2.17%) Salesforce.com
7 4 (2.17%) TIBCO
7 4 (2.17%) Citrix
7 4 (2.17%) BMC
8 3 (1.63%) Adobe
8 3 (1.63%) HP
9 2 (1.09%) Sitecore
9 2 (1.09%) hybris
10 1 (0.54%) Tableau
10 1 (0.54%) EMC
10 1 (0.54%) NetApp
10 1 (0.54%) Mapinfo
10 1 (0.54%) Nimble Storage
Bournemouth, Dorset
Hydrogen Group
Posted: 3 days ago
Dorset
Square One Resources
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
Gloucestershire
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: £26 - £31 per hour + DOE
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Bournemouth, Dorset
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Chippenham
Computer Futures
Rate: £200 - £300 per day + competitive
Posted: 10 days ago
Bristol
Orgtel
Rate: £350 - £435 per day
Posted: 24 days ago
Wiltshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £200 - £300 per day + competitive
Posted: 27 days ago