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 19 September 2014 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 81 75 82
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +7
Contract jobs citing QA 68 29 54
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 2.04% 1.30% 1.76%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 18.63% 20.28% 26.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 18 32
Average daily rate
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£375 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £252 £250 £211
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £336
% change year-on-year
- +4.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £12.66 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.55 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+0.25% -12.50%
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
365 143 207
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 10.97% 6.40% 6.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 254 85 104
Average daily rate £425 £423 £405
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.59% +4.32%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £275 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £354 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.00% -2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 17 28
Average hourly rate £25.50 £17.23 £38.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+48.04% -54.67%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.80 £8.00 £17.27
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £24.85 £39.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -16.66%

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 19 September 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 19 September 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
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statistics and historical trends)
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 18 £388 +29.16% 13
Wiltshire -2 12 £350 -16.66% 10
Gloucestershire -7 12 £363 +11.53% 4
Somerset -5 11 £338 +28.57% 3
Devon -16 7 £475 - 3
Dorset -4 5 £126 -74.80% 1
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 40 (28.99%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (28.26%) Finance
3 31 (22.46%) Microsoft
4 26 (18.84%) Project Management
5 25 (18.12%) SQL
6 24 (17.39%) Degree
7 23 (16.67%) MS Excel
8 21 (15.22%) SQL Server
9 19 (13.77%) Java
10 18 (13.04%) .NET
10 18 (13.04%) Oracle
11 17 (12.32%) Security Cleared
12 16 (11.59%) IIS
12 16 (11.59%) C#
12 16 (11.59%) Windows
13 15 (10.87%) Linux
13 15 (10.87%) Programme Management
14 14 (10.14%) Migration
14 14 (10.14%) Scrum
14 14 (10.14%) PRINCE2
15 13 (9.42%) SharePoint
16 12 (8.70%) Stakeholder Management
16 12 (8.70%) Change Management
16 12 (8.70%) Selenium
16 12 (8.70%) Coaching
17 11 (7.97%) Open Source
17 11 (7.97%) Ruby
17 11 (7.97%) Business Analysis
17 11 (7.97%) ITIL
17 11 (7.97%) MS Project

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Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 16 (11.59%) IIS
2 13 (9.42%) SharePoint
3 8 (5.80%) Apache
4 7 (5.07%) WebLogic
5 6 (4.35%) MS Exchange
5 6 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2013
5 6 (4.35%) MS Project Server
6 3 (2.17%) SharePoint 2010
6 3 (2.17%) Node.js
6 3 (2.17%) BizTalk Server
6 3 (2.17%) CMS
7 2 (1.45%) Tomcat
7 2 (1.45%) MQSeries
7 2 (1.45%) Adobe CQ
7 2 (1.45%) WebSphere
7 2 (1.45%) Escenic
8 1 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.72%) SAS
8 1 (0.72%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 23 (16.67%) MS Excel
2 11 (7.97%) MS Project
3 4 (2.90%) MS Office
4 1 (0.72%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (4.35%) Oracle BPM
2 3 (2.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (1.45%) Summit
3 2 (1.45%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (1.45%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.72%) SunGard GMI
4 1 (0.72%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.72%) SaaS
1 1 (0.72%) CloudFront
1 1 (0.72%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 11 (7.97%) DNS
2 10 (7.25%) TCP/IP
3 9 (6.52%) Internet
4 8 (5.80%) SMTP
4 8 (5.80%) LDAP
5 7 (5.07%) SNMP
6 5 (3.62%) Firewall
7 4 (2.90%) LAN
8 3 (2.17%) DHCP
8 3 (2.17%) HTTP
9 2 (1.45%) IPsec
9 2 (1.45%) WAN
9 2 (1.45%) Broadband
10 1 (0.72%) Cisco ASA
10 1 (0.72%) Structured Cabling
10 1 (0.72%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 1 (0.72%) FWSM
10 1 (0.72%) BIG-IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (15.22%) SQL Server
2 7 (5.07%) Relational Database
3 6 (4.35%) SQL Server 2008
3 6 (4.35%) SQL Server 2005
4 4 (2.90%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (2.90%) Oracle Database
5 3 (2.17%) Oracle Database 11g
6 2 (1.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (1.45%) MySQL
6 2 (1.45%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (1.45%) Big Data
6 2 (1.45%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.72%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.72%) TKPROF
7 1 (0.72%) Oracle ODI
7 1 (0.72%) Couchbase
7 1 (0.72%) RavenDB
7 1 (0.72%) DTS
7 1 (0.72%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.72%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 12 (8.70%) Selenium
2 6 (4.35%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (2.90%) JMeter
3 4 (2.90%) Jenkins
3 4 (2.90%) JIRA
3 4 (2.90%) WebDriver
4 3 (2.17%) WATIR
4 3 (2.17%) FitNesse
4 3 (2.17%) Selenium IDE
4 3 (2.17%) Cucumber
4 3 (2.17%) JUnit
5 2 (1.45%) Maven
5 2 (1.45%) Subversion
5 2 (1.45%) QuickTest Pro
5 2 (1.45%) Visual Studio
5 2 (1.45%) Git (software)
5 2 (1.45%) TestNG
5 2 (1.45%) Hudson
6 1 (0.72%) Mockito
6 1 (0.72%) MSTest
General
1 39 (28.26%) Finance
2 7 (5.07%) Banking
3 4 (2.90%) Telecoms
3 4 (2.90%) Marketing
4 3 (2.17%) Electronics
4 3 (2.17%) Legal
4 3 (2.17%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.45%) Retail
5 2 (1.45%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.72%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.72%) Local Government
6 1 (0.72%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 27 (19.57%) Analyst
2 20 (14.49%) Developer
3 16 (11.59%) Tester
4 12 (8.70%) QA Engineer
5 10 (7.25%) Project Manager
5 10 (7.25%) Test Analyst
6 8 (5.80%) Architect
7 7 (5.07%) PMO Analyst
7 7 (5.07%) Programme Manager
7 7 (5.07%) Solutions Architect
8 6 (4.35%) Consultant
8 6 (4.35%) QA Tester
9 5 (3.62%) Java Developer
10 4 (2.90%) Business Analyst
10 4 (2.90%) Programmer
10 4 (2.90%) C# Developer
10 4 (2.90%) Senior Analyst
10 4 (2.90%) SharePoint Developer
10 4 (2.90%) Linux Administrator
11 3 (2.17%) Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (13.04%) .NET
2 10 (7.25%) XML
3 8 (5.80%) Web Services
4 7 (5.07%) HTML
5 5 (3.62%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
5 5 (3.62%) MSMQ
6 4 (2.90%) Spring
6 4 (2.90%) jQuery
7 3 (2.17%) HTML5
7 3 (2.17%) REST
7 3 (2.17%) CSS
7 3 (2.17%) SOAP
7 3 (2.17%) Ajax
8 2 (1.45%) Hibernate
8 2 (1.45%) LAMP
8 2 (1.45%) WinForms
8 2 (1.45%) JSF
8 2 (1.45%) SAML
8 2 (1.45%) XHTML
8 2 (1.45%) Java RMI
Miscellaneous
1 11 (7.97%) Open Source
2 7 (5.07%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (4.35%) PMI
4 5 (3.62%) Management Information System
5 4 (2.90%) Client/Server
5 4 (2.90%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (2.17%) Computer Science
6 3 (2.17%) User Experience
6 3 (2.17%) DTV
7 2 (1.45%) Clustering
7 2 (1.45%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.72%) Social Media
8 1 (0.72%) W3C
8 1 (0.72%) Firmware
8 1 (0.72%) STB
8 1 (0.72%) Replication
8 1 (0.72%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 16 (11.59%) Windows
2 15 (10.87%) Linux
3 8 (5.80%) CentOS
3 8 (5.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 6 (4.35%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (2.90%) Windows Server 2003
5 4 (2.90%) UNIX
6 3 (2.17%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (1.45%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.72%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.72%) Android
8 1 (0.72%) Windows XP
8 1 (0.72%) Windows 2000
8 1 (0.72%) Solaris
8 1 (0.72%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (28.99%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (18.84%) Project Management
3 15 (10.87%) Programme Management
4 14 (10.14%) Migration
4 14 (10.14%) Scrum
4 14 (10.14%) PRINCE2
5 12 (8.70%) Stakeholder Management
5 12 (8.70%) Change Management
5 12 (8.70%) Coaching
6 11 (7.97%) Business Analysis
6 11 (7.97%) ITIL
7 9 (6.52%) Test Scripting
7 9 (6.52%) Test Automation
7 9 (6.52%) Mentoring
7 9 (6.52%) Systems Analysis
8 8 (5.80%) Business Intelligence
8 8 (5.80%) OO
9 7 (5.07%) Software Engineering
9 7 (5.07%) Waterfall
9 7 (5.07%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 25 (18.12%) SQL
2 19 (13.77%) Java
3 16 (11.59%) C#
4 11 (7.97%) Ruby
5 10 (7.25%) Perl
6 8 (5.80%) PowerShell
7 7 (5.07%) Shell Script
8 6 (4.35%) JavaScript
9 4 (2.90%) PHP
9 4 (2.90%) VB
10 3 (2.17%) VBA
11 2 (1.45%) ABAP
11 2 (1.45%) Delphi
11 2 (1.45%) Scala
11 2 (1.45%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.72%) Groovy
12 1 (0.72%) XPath
12 1 (0.72%) C
12 1 (0.72%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.72%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 24 (17.39%) Degree
2 17 (12.32%) Security Cleared
3 11 (7.97%) ISEB
4 10 (7.25%) SC Cleared
5 8 (5.80%) ISTQB
6 7 (5.07%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 7 (5.07%) PMI Certification
7 4 (2.90%) Microsoft Certification
7 4 (2.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 4 (2.90%) DV Cleared
8 3 (2.17%) MCSE
8 3 (2.17%) ISEB Practitioner
9 1 (0.72%) APMP
9 1 (0.72%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.72%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 1 (0.72%) MCITP
9 1 (0.72%) VCP5
9 1 (0.72%) HND
9 1 (0.72%) PMP
9 1 (0.72%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.35%) P3O
2 2 (1.45%) ISO 14001
2 2 (1.45%) ISO 9001
2 2 (1.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.72%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.72%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (7.25%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (5.07%) Squid
2 7 (5.07%) qmail
2 7 (5.07%) NFS
3 5 (3.62%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.72%) vSphere
4 1 (0.72%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.72%) Postfix
4 1 (0.72%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.72%) XenDesktop
4 1 (0.72%) Oracle RAC
4 1 (0.72%) ProxySG
4 1 (0.72%) Oracle RMAN
4 1 (0.72%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 4 (2.90%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.72%) YUM
2 1 (0.72%) Data Guard
2 1 (0.72%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 31 (22.46%) Microsoft
2 18 (13.04%) Oracle
3 10 (7.25%) Red Hat
3 10 (7.25%) VMware
4 9 (6.52%) Cisco
5 8 (5.80%) NetApp
6 7 (5.07%) SAP
6 7 (5.07%) HP
7 3 (2.17%) JBoss
7 3 (2.17%) Remedy
8 2 (1.45%) BMC
8 2 (1.45%) F5
9 1 (0.72%) Akamai
9 1 (0.72%) SmartFocus
9 1 (0.72%) Sitecore
9 1 (0.72%) ExactTarget
9 1 (0.72%) CheckPoint
9 1 (0.72%) McAfee
9 1 (0.72%) Sophos
9 1 (0.72%) TIBCO
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