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 2 December 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
2 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 59 48 85
Rank change year-on-year
-11 +37
Contract jobs citing QA 85 119 65
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 3.08% 3.70% 1.94%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 27.33% 29.17% 16.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 78 48
Median daily rate £350 £345 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.44% +6.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £293 £229 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £458 £441
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Median hourly rate £8.50 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.39 £22.75 £33.00
% change year-on-year
-19.16% -31.06%
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 West region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
311 408 404
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 11.28% 12.70% 12.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 232 297 292
Median daily rate £400 £390 £416
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -6.13%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £250 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £553 £545 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 19 14
Median hourly rate £37.50 £41.50 £44.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.63% -6.74%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.50 £28.30 £19.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.50 £44.15 £62.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £23.75
% change year-on-year
- +5.26%

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 2 December 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
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 2 December 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the South West region over the 3 months to 2 December 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 +10 29 £420 +26.79% 15
Wiltshire -1 23 £325 +1.96% 3
Gloucestershire +5 11 £350 +7.69% 7
Somerset +8 9 £350 +1.44% 2
Devon -9 6 £355 +1.42% 3
Dorset -7 2 £431 -4.16% 3
Cornwall - 2 £300 -
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 2 December 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 92 (49.20%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (25.13%) .NET
3 46 (24.60%) C#
4 45 (24.06%) Finance
5 43 (22.99%) Scrum
6 34 (18.18%) Project Management
7 31 (16.58%) BDD
8 30 (16.04%) TDD
9 29 (15.51%) Security Cleared
10 28 (14.97%) Kanban
10 28 (14.97%) SQL Server
11 26 (13.90%) MVC
12 25 (13.37%) Automated Testing
12 25 (13.37%) User Experience
13 24 (12.83%) JavaScript
14 23 (12.30%) ASP.NET Web API
15 21 (11.23%) SDLC
15 21 (11.23%) Windows
15 21 (11.23%) E-Commerce
16 20 (10.70%) Test Scripting
17 19 (10.16%) Unit Testing
17 19 (10.16%) .NET Framework
17 19 (10.16%) Microsoft
17 19 (10.16%) ASP.NET
18 18 (9.63%) Java
18 18 (9.63%) SQL
18 18 (9.63%) SC Cleared
18 18 (9.63%) Team Foundation Server
18 18 (9.63%) ASP.NET MVC
18 18 (9.63%) Continuous Improvement

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 12 (6.42%) Elasticsearch
2 8 (4.28%) NServiceBus
3 6 (3.21%) WebLogic
4 5 (2.67%) K2 blackpearl
4 5 (2.67%) SharePoint
5 4 (2.14%) CMS
5 4 (2.14%) IIS
5 4 (2.14%) Skype for Business
6 3 (1.60%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (1.07%) Confluence
7 2 (1.07%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.53%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.53%) SAS
Applications
1 9 (4.81%) MS Excel
2 6 (3.21%) Spreadsheet
3 3 (1.60%) MS Office
4 2 (1.07%) MS Project
5 1 (0.53%) Fireworks
5 1 (0.53%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 7 (3.74%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (2.14%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (1.07%) Primavera
3 2 (1.07%) SAP CO
3 2 (1.07%) SAP CRM
3 2 (1.07%) SAP FI
3 2 (1.07%) SAP FI/CO
4 1 (0.53%) Maximo
4 1 (0.53%) SAP FSCM
Cloud Services
1 17 (9.09%) Amazon AWS
1 17 (9.09%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (6.42%) Amazon EC2
3 11 (5.88%) GitHub
4 10 (5.35%) Amazon S3
5 4 (2.14%) Office 365
6 2 (1.07%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.14%) Firewall
1 4 (2.14%) Skype
2 3 (1.60%) NAS
2 3 (1.60%) SAN
3 2 (1.07%) Cisco ISE
3 2 (1.07%) Network Security
3 2 (1.07%) Unified Communications
3 2 (1.07%) VoIP
4 1 (0.53%) DHCP
4 1 (0.53%) DNS
4 1 (0.53%) Extranet
4 1 (0.53%) Internet
4 1 (0.53%) Intranet
4 1 (0.53%) LAN
4 1 (0.53%) VPN
4 1 (0.53%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (14.97%) SQL Server
2 12 (6.42%) Amazon DynamoDB
2 12 (6.42%) Hadoop
3 11 (5.88%) NoSQL
4 7 (3.74%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (1.60%) Redis
5 3 (1.60%) Relational Database
6 2 (1.07%) BusinessObjects
6 2 (1.07%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (1.07%) DTS
6 2 (1.07%) MySQL
6 2 (1.07%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.53%) GIS
7 1 (0.53%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.53%) SAP HANA
7 1 (0.53%) SQL Server 2000
7 1 (0.53%) SQL Server 2005
7 1 (0.53%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (0.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 18 (9.63%) Team Foundation Server
2 16 (8.56%) Cucumber
2 16 (8.56%) Selenium
3 15 (8.02%) JIRA
4 13 (6.95%) Git (software)
5 12 (6.42%) Octopus Deploy
5 12 (6.42%) TeamCity
6 8 (4.28%) SpecFlow
6 8 (4.28%) Visual Studio
6 8 (4.28%) WebDriver
7 5 (2.67%) Gradle
7 5 (2.67%) SoapUI
7 5 (2.67%) TestComplete
8 4 (2.14%) IntelliJ
9 3 (1.60%) ReSharper
10 2 (1.07%) Bitbucket
10 2 (1.07%) Jenkins
10 2 (1.07%) Rational DOORS
10 2 (1.07%) Sahi
10 2 (1.07%) WATIR
General
1 45 (24.06%) Finance
2 10 (5.35%) Marketing
3 8 (4.28%) Manufacturing
3 8 (4.28%) Telecoms
4 7 (3.74%) Banking
4 7 (3.74%) Electronics
5 3 (1.60%) Publishing
6 2 (1.07%) Advertising
7 1 (0.53%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.53%) Automotive
7 1 (0.53%) Back Office
7 1 (0.53%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.53%) Law
7 1 (0.53%) Legal
7 1 (0.53%) Multimedia
7 1 (0.53%) Retail
Job Titles
1 34 (18.18%) Developer
2 33 (17.65%) Tester
3 24 (12.83%) Analyst
4 17 (9.09%) .NET Developer
5 12 (6.42%) QA Tester
5 12 (6.42%) Test Analyst
6 10 (5.35%) C# .NET Developer
6 10 (5.35%) C# Developer
6 10 (5.35%) Test Leader
7 9 (4.81%) Software Tester
7 9 (4.81%) SQL Developer
8 8 (4.28%) E-Commerce Developer
8 8 (4.28%) Project Manager
8 8 (4.28%) Test Engineer
9 7 (3.74%) Automation Tester
9 7 (3.74%) AWS Engineer
9 7 (3.74%) Coordinator
9 7 (3.74%) Java Developer
10 6 (3.21%) Business Analyst
10 6 (3.21%) Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (25.13%) .NET
2 23 (12.30%) ASP.NET Web API
3 19 (10.16%) .NET Framework
3 19 (10.16%) ASP.NET
4 18 (9.63%) ASP.NET MVC
5 15 (8.02%) AngularJS
5 15 (8.02%) Node.js
6 14 (7.49%) HTML
6 14 (7.49%) RabbitMQ
7 11 (5.88%) Ember.js
8 10 (5.35%) Web Services
8 10 (5.35%) XML
9 8 (4.28%) SOAP
10 7 (3.74%) CSS
10 7 (3.74%) Spring
11 6 (3.21%) WPF
12 5 (2.67%) Gherkin
12 5 (2.67%) Hibernate
12 5 (2.67%) Velocity
12 5 (2.67%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 25 (13.37%) User Experience
2 13 (6.95%) Analytical Skills
3 12 (6.42%) Public Cloud
4 11 (5.88%) Blog
5 6 (3.21%) iPad
5 6 (3.21%) Management Information System
5 6 (3.21%) Statistics
6 4 (2.14%) Data Protection Act
7 3 (1.60%) Replication
8 2 (1.07%) Client/Server
8 2 (1.07%) Data Structures
8 2 (1.07%) e-Learning
8 2 (1.07%) Learning Management System
8 2 (1.07%) NHS
8 2 (1.07%) SCORM
9 1 (0.53%) Copywriting
9 1 (0.53%) Data Conversion
9 1 (0.53%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.53%) FMCG
9 1 (0.53%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 21 (11.23%) Windows
2 5 (2.67%) Linux
3 3 (1.60%) Android
3 3 (1.60%) Apple iOS
3 3 (1.60%) Windows Server
4 2 (1.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (1.07%) Solaris
4 2 (1.07%) Windows 10
4 2 (1.07%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (0.53%) Unix
5 1 (0.53%) Windows 7
5 1 (0.53%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (0.53%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 92 (49.20%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (22.99%) Scrum
3 34 (18.18%) Project Management
4 31 (16.58%) BDD
5 30 (16.04%) TDD
6 28 (14.97%) Kanban
7 26 (13.90%) MVC
8 25 (13.37%) Automated Testing
9 21 (11.23%) E-Commerce
9 21 (11.23%) SDLC
10 20 (10.70%) Test Scripting
11 19 (10.16%) Unit Testing
12 18 (9.63%) Continuous Improvement
13 15 (8.02%) Manual Testing
13 15 (8.02%) Programme Management
14 14 (7.49%) Business Intelligence
15 13 (6.95%) DevOps
15 13 (6.95%) PRINCE2
15 13 (6.95%) Test Automation
16 12 (6.42%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 46 (24.60%) C#
2 24 (12.83%) JavaScript
3 18 (9.63%) Java
3 18 (9.63%) SQL
4 16 (8.56%) Ruby
5 12 (6.42%) Scala
6 7 (3.74%) Python
7 5 (2.67%) C++
8 4 (2.14%) PL/SQL
9 3 (1.60%) C
9 3 (1.60%) TypeScript
10 2 (1.07%) PowerShell
10 2 (1.07%) T-SQL
10 2 (1.07%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.53%) ABAP
11 1 (0.53%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.53%) Perl
11 1 (0.53%) R
11 1 (0.53%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.53%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 29 (15.51%) Security Cleared
2 18 (9.63%) SC Cleared
3 9 (4.81%) ISTQB
4 8 (4.28%) Degree
5 7 (3.74%) ISEB
6 4 (2.14%) DV Cleared
6 4 (2.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (1.60%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (1.07%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 2 (1.07%) MCITP
8 2 (1.07%) MCSE
8 2 (1.07%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (1.07%) PMI Certification
8 2 (1.07%) PMP
8 2 (1.07%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 2 (1.07%) RHCE
8 2 (1.07%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (0.53%) APMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (3.74%) Disclosure Scotland
2 3 (1.60%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.07%) ISO 9000
3 2 (1.07%) SLA
4 1 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.53%) JSP 440
4 1 (0.53%) NEBOSH
4 1 (0.53%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.53%) TickIT
System Software
1 9 (4.81%) Active Directory
2 3 (1.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.53%) Firmware
3 1 (0.53%) ISA Server
3 1 (0.53%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 12 (6.42%) Opscode Chef
2 5 (2.67%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (1.07%) SCCM
4 1 (0.53%) AirWatch
4 1 (0.53%) Backup Exec
4 1 (0.53%) MOM
4 1 (0.53%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 19 (10.16%) Microsoft
2 12 (6.42%) SAP
3 9 (4.81%) Oracle
4 5 (2.67%) CA Agile Central
5 4 (2.14%) HP
6 3 (1.60%) Sencha
6 3 (1.60%) VMware
7 2 (1.07%) Atlassian
7 2 (1.07%) CA
7 2 (1.07%) Cisco
7 2 (1.07%) IBM
7 2 (1.07%) Lotus
7 2 (1.07%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.53%) Citrix
8 1 (0.53%) Dell
8 1 (0.53%) Guidewire
8 1 (0.53%) Symantec
8 1 (0.53%) Teradata
8 1 (0.53%) Veritas
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