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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 28 June 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
28 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 79 57 74
Rank change year-on-year
-22 +17
Contract jobs citing QA 62 93 73
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 2.07% 3.02% 2.45%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 22.14% 29.25% 18.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 66 56
Median daily rate £400 £350 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £196 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £502 £450 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £38.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £37.25 £19.13
% change year-on-year
-58.38% +94.77%
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
280 318 405
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 9.35% 10.33% 13.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 178 222 272
Median daily rate £385 £400 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.75% +0.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £225 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £565 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 13 33
Median hourly rate £40.00 £28.98 £37.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+38.03% -23.23%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.00 £13.00 £13.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.95 £45.00 £42.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £22.03 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+27.12% +4.88%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the South West 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 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 28 June 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the South West region over the 3 months to 28 June 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
Bristol -9 18 £400 +6.66% 12
Wiltshire -12 14 £300 +9.09% 4
Dorset -7 13 £430 +129.33% 3
Gloucestershire 0 8 £444 -1.38% 5
Devon -5 7 £450 +38.46% 1
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 West region with a requirement for QA.

1 73 (44.24%) Agile Software Development
2 61 (36.97%) Security Cleared
3 43 (26.06%) Project Management
4 40 (24.24%) Java
5 37 (22.42%) Finance
6 32 (19.39%) SC Cleared
7 23 (13.94%) C
8 21 (12.73%) SQL
8 21 (12.73%) Microsoft
8 21 (12.73%) Scrum
9 20 (12.12%) C#
10 19 (11.52%) MS Office
10 19 (11.52%) Python
10 19 (11.52%) Software Testing
10 19 (11.52%) JIRA
10 19 (11.52%) Selenium
10 19 (11.52%) DV Cleared
11 16 (9.70%) Stakeholder Management
11 16 (9.70%) SDLC
12 15 (9.09%) BDD
12 15 (9.09%) MS Excel
13 14 (8.48%) Ruby
13 14 (8.48%) OO
13 14 (8.48%) Test Automation
13 14 (8.48%) Line Management
13 14 (8.48%) Mentoring
14 13 (7.88%) Coaching
14 13 (7.88%) Test Strategy
14 13 (7.88%) HTML
14 13 (7.88%) Programme Management

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the South West 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 9 (5.45%) SAS
2 4 (2.42%) WebLogic
3 2 (1.21%) CMS
3 2 (1.21%) Confluence
3 2 (1.21%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.61%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.61%) GeoServer
4 1 (0.61%) IBM Notes
4 1 (0.61%) IIS
4 1 (0.61%) SharePoint 2010
4 1 (0.61%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (0.61%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 19 (11.52%) MS Office
2 15 (9.09%) MS Excel
3 4 (2.42%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (1.82%) MS Project
5 1 (0.61%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.61%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.61%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 10 (6.06%) Primavera
2 4 (2.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (1.21%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.61%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.61%) Lorenzo
4 1 (0.61%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.21%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (1.21%) SaaS
2 1 (0.61%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.42%) DNS
2 1 (0.61%) Internet
2 1 (0.61%) Remote Desktop
2 1 (0.61%) Skype
2 1 (0.61%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (1.82%) Big Data
1 3 (1.82%) Electronic Patient Records
2 2 (1.21%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (1.21%) DTS
2 2 (1.21%) Oracle Database
2 2 (1.21%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (0.61%) GIS
3 1 (0.61%) NoSQL
3 1 (0.61%) QGIS
3 1 (0.61%) Spatial Data
3 1 (0.61%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.61%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.61%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 19 (11.52%) JIRA
1 19 (11.52%) Selenium
2 10 (6.06%) WebDriver
3 7 (4.24%) Cucumber
4 6 (3.64%) Git (software)
4 6 (3.64%) Gradle
5 4 (2.42%) IntelliJ
5 4 (2.42%) Jenkins
5 4 (2.42%) SpecFlow
5 4 (2.42%) Subversion
5 4 (2.42%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (1.82%) ClearCase
7 2 (1.21%) Appium
7 2 (1.21%) Maven
7 2 (1.21%) Oracle Forms
7 2 (1.21%) Protractor
7 2 (1.21%) Rational DOORS
7 2 (1.21%) Robotium
7 2 (1.21%) Vagrant
7 2 (1.21%) Xcode
General
1 37 (22.42%) Finance
2 6 (3.64%) Banking
3 4 (2.42%) Electronics
3 4 (2.42%) Manufacturing
3 4 (2.42%) Marketing
3 4 (2.42%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.82%) Retail
5 2 (1.21%) Investment Banking
5 2 (1.21%) Law
6 1 (0.61%) Avionics
6 1 (0.61%) Billing
6 1 (0.61%) Corporate Banking
6 1 (0.61%) French Language
6 1 (0.61%) Legal
6 1 (0.61%) Military
Job Titles
1 34 (20.61%) Developer
2 33 (20.00%) Analyst
3 18 (10.91%) Test Analyst
3 18 (10.91%) Tester
4 15 (9.09%) Test Engineer
5 14 (8.48%) Senior Developer
6 13 (7.88%) Project Planner
7 12 (7.27%) Project Manager
8 11 (6.67%) Java Developer
8 11 (6.67%) QA Analyst
8 11 (6.67%) Software Test Engineer
9 10 (6.06%) Programme Planner
9 10 (6.06%) Software Developer
10 9 (5.45%) Senior Software Developer
11 8 (4.85%) Coordinator
11 8 (4.85%) Project Coordinator
11 8 (4.85%) QA Engineer
11 8 (4.85%) QA Test Analyst
11 8 (4.85%) Senior DevOps
12 7 (4.24%) Selenium Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (7.88%) HTML
2 12 (7.27%) Web Services
3 9 (5.45%) CSS
4 6 (3.64%) .NET
4 6 (3.64%) RESTful
4 6 (3.64%) SOAP
4 6 (3.64%) Spring
4 6 (3.64%) XML
5 5 (3.03%) Hibernate
6 4 (2.42%) JAXB
6 4 (2.42%) XSD
7 2 (1.21%) AngularJS
7 2 (1.21%) Gherkin
7 2 (1.21%) J2EE
7 2 (1.21%) RabbitMQ
7 2 (1.21%) REST
7 2 (1.21%) XSL
8 1 (0.61%) HTML5
8 1 (0.61%) PostGIS
8 1 (0.61%) Spring Batch
Miscellaneous
1 10 (6.06%) Mobile App
1 10 (6.06%) Visualisation
2 9 (5.45%) Management Information System
3 7 (4.24%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (4.24%) Ergonomics
3 7 (4.24%) User Experience
4 4 (2.42%) NHS
5 3 (1.82%) Virtual Team
6 2 (1.21%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (0.61%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.61%) iPad
7 1 (0.61%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.61%) PMI
7 1 (0.61%) Psychology
7 1 (0.61%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 5 (3.03%) Android
2 4 (2.42%) Unix
2 4 (2.42%) Windows
3 3 (1.82%) Linux
4 2 (1.21%) Apple iOS
4 2 (1.21%) Windows Server
4 2 (1.21%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (0.61%) CentOS
5 1 (0.61%) Windows 10
5 1 (0.61%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (44.24%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (26.06%) Project Management
3 21 (12.73%) Scrum
4 19 (11.52%) Software Testing
5 16 (9.70%) SDLC
5 16 (9.70%) Stakeholder Management
6 15 (9.09%) BDD
7 14 (8.48%) Line Management
7 14 (8.48%) Mentoring
7 14 (8.48%) OO
7 14 (8.48%) Test Automation
8 13 (7.88%) Coaching
8 13 (7.88%) Programme Management
8 13 (7.88%) TDD
8 13 (7.88%) Test Strategy
9 12 (7.27%) Requirements Analysis
10 11 (6.67%) Automated Testing
10 11 (6.67%) E-Commerce
10 11 (6.67%) PRINCE2
11 10 (6.06%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 40 (24.24%) Java
2 23 (13.94%) C
3 21 (12.73%) SQL
4 20 (12.12%) C#
5 19 (11.52%) Python
6 14 (8.48%) Ruby
7 12 (7.27%) C++
8 10 (6.06%) R
9 9 (5.45%) MATLAB
9 9 (5.45%) Objective-C
10 6 (3.64%) JavaScript
11 4 (2.42%) Groovy
11 4 (2.42%) Perl
12 3 (1.82%) Delphi
12 3 (1.82%) PL/1
13 2 (1.21%) PHP
13 2 (1.21%) PL/SQL
14 1 (0.61%) Lua
14 1 (0.61%) PowerShell
14 1 (0.61%) VB
Qualifications
1 61 (36.97%) Security Cleared
2 32 (19.39%) SC Cleared
3 19 (11.52%) DV Cleared
4 12 (7.27%) Degree
5 10 (6.06%) ISEB
5 10 (6.06%) ISTQB
6 6 (3.64%) BPSS Clearance
7 3 (1.82%) APMP
7 3 (1.82%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 2 (1.21%) PMI Certification
8 2 (1.21%) RHCE
9 1 (0.61%) CISSP
9 1 (0.61%) IISP
9 1 (0.61%) ISEB Practitioner
9 1 (0.61%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 1 (0.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 1 (0.61%) NVQ Level 3
9 1 (0.61%) PCI QSA
9 1 (0.61%) PMP
9 1 (0.61%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (1.82%) Disclosure Scotland
1 3 (1.82%) ISO 9001
2 2 (1.21%) DO-178B
2 2 (1.21%) TickIT
3 1 (0.61%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.61%) Def Stans
3 1 (0.61%) DO-254
3 1 (0.61%) ISO 14001
3 1 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.61%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.61%) SDET
System Software
1 3 (1.82%) Docker
1 3 (1.82%) VMware ESX
1 3 (1.82%) VMware Infrastructure
1 3 (1.82%) vSphere
2 2 (1.21%) Firmware
2 2 (1.21%) Virtual Desktop
2 2 (1.21%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (1.21%) XenDesktop
3 1 (0.61%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (1.82%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.21%) Capistrano
2 2 (1.21%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (1.21%) Puppet
2 2 (1.21%) Tivoli
3 1 (0.61%) Nagios
3 1 (0.61%) SCCM
3 1 (0.61%) WSUS
Vendors
1 21 (12.73%) Microsoft
2 11 (6.67%) Oracle
3 8 (4.85%) Apple
4 5 (3.03%) HP
5 4 (2.42%) SAP
5 4 (2.42%) VMware
6 3 (1.82%) Red Hat
7 2 (1.21%) hybris
7 2 (1.21%) IBM
7 2 (1.21%) Sun
7 2 (1.21%) Symantec
8 1 (0.61%) ATG
8 1 (0.61%) Atlassian
8 1 (0.61%) BMC
8 1 (0.61%) EMC
8 1 (0.61%) Lotus
8 1 (0.61%) Planview
8 1 (0.61%) Salesforce.com
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