The first table below looks at the demand 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 17 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category for the South West region.

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
17 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 81 62 64
Rank change year-on-year
-19 +2
Contract jobs citing QA 67 64 96
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 2.01% 2.72% 2.65%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 20.68% 29.77% 37.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 39 50
Average daily rate £325 £325 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -23.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £220 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £435 £446 £446
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 3
Average hourly rate - £157.50 £13.05
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +1106.89%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £27.50 £13.50
% change year-on-year
-41.81% +103.70%
Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
324 215 253
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 9.74% 9.14% 6.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 202 131 122
Average daily rate £400 £350 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -17.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £240 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £500 £498
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+12.30% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 7 26
Average hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £35.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +5.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.40 £25.10 £12.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.30 £162.50 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £15.50 £16.43
% change year-on-year
+16.12% -5.63%
QA
England

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 17 April 2014.

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 17 April 2014. 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 each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Devon +14 21 £325 +104.72% 1
Bristol -21 18 £350 +12.90% 19
Wiltshire -8 12 £250 -28.57% 10
Somerset -9 6 £450 - 10
Dorset -14 4 £425 +4.42% 1
Gloucestershire +1 2 £263 -19.23% 5
Cornwall - - - - 2
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 17 April 2014, 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 35 (24.48%) Finance
2 31 (21.68%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (19.58%) Scrum
4 25 (17.48%) Java
5 21 (14.69%) Project Management
6 20 (13.99%) SQL
7 19 (13.29%) Oracle
7 19 (13.29%) User Acceptance Testing
8 17 (11.89%) Migration
9 16 (11.19%) PRINCE2
10 15 (10.49%) SQL Server
10 15 (10.49%) ISEB
10 15 (10.49%) Degree
11 14 (9.79%) Selenium
11 14 (9.79%) Change Management
12 13 (9.09%) JavaScript
12 13 (9.09%) XML
13 12 (8.39%) HTML
13 12 (8.39%) .NET
13 12 (8.39%) Ruby
13 12 (8.39%) Stakeholder Management
13 12 (8.39%) Test Automation
14 11 (7.69%) Programme Management
14 11 (7.69%) Data Analysis
14 11 (7.69%) Data Modelling
14 11 (7.69%) Microsoft
15 10 (6.99%) UML
15 10 (6.99%) ISTQB
15 10 (6.99%) Time Management
15 10 (6.99%) BDD

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2014, 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 8 (5.59%) Alfresco
2 7 (4.90%) SharePoint
2 7 (4.90%) CMS
3 6 (4.20%) WebLogic
3 6 (4.20%) MS Project Server
4 5 (3.50%) Escenic
4 5 (3.50%) Adobe CQ
4 5 (3.50%) Tomcat
4 5 (3.50%) MQSeries
4 5 (3.50%) WebSphere
5 4 (2.80%) IIS
6 2 (1.40%) SAS
6 2 (1.40%) Content Management Server
6 2 (1.40%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (1.40%) Node.js
Applications
1 9 (6.29%) MS Excel
2 8 (5.59%) MS Project
3 3 (2.10%) MS Office
4 2 (1.40%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.70%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.70%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 2 (1.40%) Summit
2 1 (0.70%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.70%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.70%) Agresso
2 1 (0.70%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.80%) Microsoft Azure
1 4 (2.80%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.40%) Intranet
2 1 (0.70%) X.509
2 1 (0.70%) Wireless
2 1 (0.70%) Structured Cabling
2 1 (0.70%) LDAP
2 1 (0.70%) LAN
2 1 (0.70%) WAN
2 1 (0.70%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (10.49%) SQL Server
2 5 (3.50%) MySQL
2 5 (3.50%) Hadoop
2 5 (3.50%) Big Data
3 4 (2.80%) Relational Database
3 4 (2.80%) PostgreSQL
3 4 (2.80%) DB2
4 3 (2.10%) Data Mining
4 3 (2.10%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (1.40%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (1.40%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.70%) QlikView
6 1 (0.70%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.70%) ProClarity
6 1 (0.70%) Data Mart
6 1 (0.70%) MS Access
6 1 (0.70%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.70%) DTS
Development Applications
1 14 (9.79%) Selenium
2 9 (6.29%) Cucumber
3 8 (5.59%) JUnit
4 6 (4.20%) JBehave
5 5 (3.50%) JMeter
5 5 (3.50%) Git (software)
6 4 (2.80%) Subversion
6 4 (2.80%) QuickTest Pro
7 3 (2.10%) JIRA
8 2 (1.40%) WATIR
8 2 (1.40%) jMock
8 2 (1.40%) LoadRunner
8 2 (1.40%) Maven
8 2 (1.40%) WebDriver
8 2 (1.40%) Jenkins
9 1 (0.70%) eggPlant
9 1 (0.70%) Mockito
9 1 (0.70%) Axure RP
9 1 (0.70%) Hudson
9 1 (0.70%) SoapUI
General
1 35 (24.48%) Finance
2 8 (5.59%) Banking
3 7 (4.90%) Retail
4 6 (4.20%) Publishing
5 4 (2.80%) Pharmaceutical
5 4 (2.80%) Retail Banking
6 2 (1.40%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.40%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.70%) Wholesale Banking
7 1 (0.70%) Electronics
7 1 (0.70%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 31 (21.68%) Developer
2 24 (16.78%) Analyst
3 10 (6.99%) Architect
3 10 (6.99%) Tester
3 10 (6.99%) QA Engineer
4 9 (6.29%) Programme Manager
5 8 (5.59%) Test Engineer
6 7 (4.90%) Java Developer
6 7 (4.90%) Senior Analyst
6 7 (4.90%) Test Manager
6 7 (4.90%) Project Planner
7 5 (3.50%) Solutions Architect
7 5 (3.50%) Test Analyst
7 5 (3.50%) Data Analyst
7 5 (3.50%) Senior Developer
7 5 (3.50%) Programmer
7 5 (3.50%) QA Manager
7 5 (3.50%) Java Programmer
7 5 (3.50%) Senior Java Developer
7 5 (3.50%) Developer Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (9.09%) XML
2 12 (8.39%) HTML
2 12 (8.39%) .NET
3 9 (6.29%) Ajax
3 9 (6.29%) HTML5
4 8 (5.59%) jQuery
4 8 (5.59%) CSS
4 8 (5.59%) Spring
5 7 (4.90%) SOAP
5 7 (4.90%) Web Services
5 7 (4.90%) REST
6 6 (4.20%) Struts
7 5 (3.50%) J2EE
7 5 (3.50%) EJB
7 5 (3.50%) JSF
7 5 (3.50%) LAMP
7 5 (3.50%) Hibernate
7 5 (3.50%) Java RMI
7 5 (3.50%) CSS3
7 5 (3.50%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 7 (4.90%) Open Source
2 6 (4.20%) PMI
3 5 (3.50%) Mobile App
3 5 (3.50%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (2.80%) iPad
4 4 (2.80%) NHS
4 4 (2.80%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.40%) Statistics
6 1 (0.70%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.70%) Fat Client
6 1 (0.70%) Firmware
6 1 (0.70%) Thin Client
6 1 (0.70%) DTV
6 1 (0.70%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 6 (4.20%) Windows
2 5 (3.50%) Linux
2 5 (3.50%) Apple iOS
3 4 (2.80%) UNIX
4 1 (0.70%) Android
4 1 (0.70%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (0.70%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (21.68%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (19.58%) Scrum
3 21 (14.69%) Project Management
4 19 (13.29%) User Acceptance Testing
5 17 (11.89%) Migration
6 16 (11.19%) PRINCE2
7 14 (9.79%) Change Management
8 12 (8.39%) Stakeholder Management
8 12 (8.39%) Test Automation
9 11 (7.69%) Programme Management
9 11 (7.69%) Data Modelling
9 11 (7.69%) Data Analysis
10 10 (6.99%) UML
10 10 (6.99%) BDD
10 10 (6.99%) Time Management
10 10 (6.99%) Automation Testing
11 8 (5.59%) Test Scripting
11 8 (5.59%) Portfolio Management
11 8 (5.59%) TDD
11 8 (5.59%) Matrix Management
Programming Languages
1 25 (17.48%) Java
2 20 (13.99%) SQL
3 13 (9.09%) JavaScript
4 12 (8.39%) Ruby
5 8 (5.59%) C#
6 5 (3.50%) Scala
7 3 (2.10%) PowerShell
7 3 (2.10%) PHP
8 2 (1.40%) ABAP
8 2 (1.40%) Python
9 1 (0.70%) XQuery
9 1 (0.70%) PL/1
9 1 (0.70%) VBA
9 1 (0.70%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.70%) Delphi
9 1 (0.70%) VBScript
9 1 (0.70%) VB
Qualifications
1 15 (10.49%) ISEB
1 15 (10.49%) Degree
2 10 (6.99%) ISTQB
3 8 (5.59%) Security Cleared
4 6 (4.20%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 6 (4.20%) PMI Certification
5 5 (3.50%) SC Cleared
6 2 (1.40%) DV Cleared
6 2 (1.40%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 1 (0.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 1 (0.70%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.70%) HND
7 1 (0.70%) MCSE
7 1 (0.70%) BC Cleared
7 1 (0.70%) CTC Cleared
7 1 (0.70%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.20%) P3O
2 2 (1.40%) ISO 14001
2 2 (1.40%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.70%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (0.70%) VMware ESX
1 1 (0.70%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (0.70%) XenDesktop
1 1 (0.70%) vSphere
1 1 (0.70%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 5 (3.50%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 19 (13.29%) Oracle
2 11 (7.69%) Microsoft
3 9 (6.29%) JBoss
4 7 (4.90%) IBM
5 6 (4.20%) HP
6 5 (3.50%) SAP
6 5 (3.50%) MicroStrategy
7 4 (2.80%) Intalio
8 2 (1.40%) Citrix
9 1 (0.70%) BMC
9 1 (0.70%) Adobe
9 1 (0.70%) Sun
9 1 (0.70%) Sitecore
9 1 (0.70%) Talend
9 1 (0.70%) Pegasus
9 1 (0.70%) TIBCO
9 1 (0.70%) Symantec
9 1 (0.70%) Remedy
9 1 (0.70%) McAfee
9 1 (0.70%) VMware
South West
Sanderson
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Coal IT Services
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
South West
Venn Group - UK
Posted: 3 days ago
Yeovil
Huxley Associates
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Blue Personnel
Rate: From £550 to £600 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Bristol
Real Staffing
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Bristol
Venn Group - UK
Rate: 250-300 Per Day
Posted: 9 days ago
Somerset
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £400-£500pd
Posted: 15 days ago
South West England
Huxley Associates
Rate: £25 - £35 per hour
Posted: 16 days ago
Bristol
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £400 per annum
Posted: 19 days ago
Yeovil
Huxley Associates
Rate: £35 - £45 per hour
Posted: 20 days ago
SOUTH WEST
Provisio Solutions
Rate: EXCELLENT DAILY RATE
Posted: 26 days ago