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 May 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 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 73 64 91
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +27
Contract jobs citing QA 71 76 56
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 2.39% 2.48% 1.89%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 23.20% 24.92% 15.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 49 43
Median daily rate £438 £350 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -4.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £188 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £428 £520
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £360 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Median hourly rate £50.50 £38.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+31.16% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £38.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year
-63.15% +76.74%
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
306 305 357
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 10.29% 9.93% 12.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 182 204 228
Median daily rate £400 £398 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.62% +1.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £220 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £364
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +3.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 15 33
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +54.54%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.70 £16.87 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.30 £45.00 £41.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.25 £22.75 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+24.17% +8.33%

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 May 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 May 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
Wiltshire -5 19 £275 -22.53% 4
Gloucestershire +16 15 £444 -1.38% 4
Devon +4 14 £450 +38.46% 5
Bristol -8 14 £413 +14.58% 16
Dorset -10 6 £549 +192.66% 1
Somerset +7 1 - - 1
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 28 May 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 88 (49.16%) Agile Software Development
2 72 (40.22%) Security Cleared
3 41 (22.91%) Project Management
4 38 (21.23%) Software Testing
5 35 (19.55%) SC Cleared
6 34 (18.99%) SQL
7 33 (18.44%) Java
7 33 (18.44%) Python
8 31 (17.32%) Finance
9 30 (16.76%) OO
9 30 (16.76%) HTML
10 29 (16.20%) Requirements Analysis
11 27 (15.08%) Mentoring
11 27 (15.08%) Coaching
12 25 (13.97%) TDD
12 25 (13.97%) Scrum
13 24 (13.41%) C
13 24 (13.41%) Microsoft
14 22 (12.29%) DV Cleared
15 21 (11.73%) MS Office
15 21 (11.73%) JIRA
16 19 (10.61%) Selenium
16 19 (10.61%) Subversion
16 19 (10.61%) MS Excel
17 18 (10.06%) OOA/OOD
17 18 (10.06%) C#
18 17 (9.50%) Risk Analysis
18 17 (9.50%) Git (software)
18 17 (9.50%) Analytical Skills
19 16 (8.94%) Test Automation

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 14 (7.82%) Elasticsearch
2 9 (5.03%) SAS
3 3 (1.68%) Confluence
4 2 (1.12%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.56%) CMS
5 1 (0.56%) GeoServer
5 1 (0.56%) IIS
5 1 (0.56%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (0.56%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 21 (11.73%) MS Office
2 19 (10.61%) MS Excel
3 4 (2.23%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (1.68%) MS Project
5 1 (0.56%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.56%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.56%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 11 (6.15%) Primavera
2 4 (2.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (1.68%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.56%) Lorenzo
4 1 (0.56%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.12%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (1.12%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.23%) DNS
2 1 (0.56%) Broadband
2 1 (0.56%) HbbTV
2 1 (0.56%) Remote Desktop
2 1 (0.56%) TCP/IP
2 1 (0.56%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (8.94%) NoSQL
2 4 (2.23%) Big Data
3 3 (1.68%) Electronic Patient Records
4 2 (1.12%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.12%) DTS
4 2 (1.12%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.56%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (0.56%) GIS
5 1 (0.56%) QGIS
5 1 (0.56%) SAP HANA
5 1 (0.56%) SQL Server
5 1 (0.56%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.56%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (0.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 21 (11.73%) JIRA
2 19 (10.61%) Selenium
2 19 (10.61%) Subversion
3 17 (9.50%) Git (software)
4 10 (5.59%) WebDriver
5 5 (2.79%) Cucumber
5 5 (2.79%) Jenkins
5 5 (2.79%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (1.68%) ClearCase
6 3 (1.68%) Rational DOORS
6 3 (1.68%) SpecFlow
7 2 (1.12%) JIRA Agile
7 2 (1.12%) Maven
7 2 (1.12%) Vagrant
8 1 (0.56%) Android Studio
8 1 (0.56%) Apache Ivy
8 1 (0.56%) eggPlant
8 1 (0.56%) Ranorex
8 1 (0.56%) TestLink
8 1 (0.56%) Zephyr
General
1 31 (17.32%) Finance
2 6 (3.35%) Banking
3 5 (2.79%) Marketing
4 4 (2.23%) Electronics
4 4 (2.23%) Manufacturing
4 4 (2.23%) Retail
4 4 (2.23%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.68%) Law
6 2 (1.12%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.56%) Avionics
7 1 (0.56%) Billing
7 1 (0.56%) Corporate Banking
7 1 (0.56%) French Language
7 1 (0.56%) Legal
7 1 (0.56%) Military
Job Titles
1 43 (24.02%) Developer
2 40 (22.35%) Analyst
3 22 (12.29%) Test Analyst
4 17 (9.50%) Tester
5 14 (7.82%) Python Developer
6 13 (7.26%) Project Planner
6 13 (7.26%) QA Analyst
6 13 (7.26%) Test Engineer
7 12 (6.70%) Software Developer
8 11 (6.15%) Business Analyst
8 11 (6.15%) Programme Planner
8 11 (6.15%) Project Manager
8 11 (6.15%) Senior Developer
8 11 (6.15%) Software Test Engineer
9 10 (5.59%) QA Test Analyst
9 10 (5.59%) Senior Software Developer
10 9 (5.03%) Test Leader
11 8 (4.47%) Coordinator
11 8 (4.47%) Project Coordinator
12 7 (3.91%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (16.76%) HTML
2 10 (5.59%) CSS
3 8 (4.47%) Web Services
4 5 (2.79%) .NET
4 5 (2.79%) RESTful
5 3 (1.68%) Gherkin
5 3 (1.68%) J2EE
6 2 (1.12%) AngularJS
6 2 (1.12%) HTML5
6 2 (1.12%) JSON
6 2 (1.12%) REST
6 2 (1.12%) SOAP
6 2 (1.12%) XML
6 2 (1.12%) XSL
7 1 (0.56%) Drools
7 1 (0.56%) iOS SDK
7 1 (0.56%) J2ME
7 1 (0.56%) J2SE
7 1 (0.56%) Spring
7 1 (0.56%) Symfony
Miscellaneous
1 17 (9.50%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (6.70%) Visualisation
3 11 (6.15%) Mobile App
4 10 (5.59%) Management Information System
5 9 (5.03%) Ergonomics
6 6 (3.35%) User Experience
7 4 (2.23%) NHS
8 2 (1.12%) Video Conferencing
9 1 (0.56%) Data Centre
9 1 (0.56%) Data Structures
9 1 (0.56%) Driving Licence
9 1 (0.56%) DTV
9 1 (0.56%) Mainframe
9 1 (0.56%) MPEG
9 1 (0.56%) PMI
9 1 (0.56%) Psychology
9 1 (0.56%) Taxonomies
9 1 (0.56%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 4 (2.23%) Android
1 4 (2.23%) Linux
1 4 (2.23%) Unix
2 2 (1.12%) Windows
2 2 (1.12%) Windows Server
2 2 (1.12%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (0.56%) Apple iOS
3 1 (0.56%) CentOS
3 1 (0.56%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 88 (49.16%) Agile Software Development
2 41 (22.91%) Project Management
3 38 (21.23%) Software Testing
4 30 (16.76%) OO
5 29 (16.20%) Requirements Analysis
6 27 (15.08%) Coaching
6 27 (15.08%) Mentoring
7 25 (13.97%) Scrum
7 25 (13.97%) TDD
8 18 (10.06%) OOA/OOD
9 17 (9.50%) Risk Analysis
10 16 (8.94%) OOD
10 16 (8.94%) Test Automation
11 15 (8.38%) BDD
11 15 (8.38%) SDLC
12 14 (7.82%) Stakeholder Management
13 13 (7.26%) Line Management
13 13 (7.26%) Test Strategy
14 11 (6.15%) Test Scripting
14 11 (6.15%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 34 (18.99%) SQL
2 33 (18.44%) Java
2 33 (18.44%) Python
3 24 (13.41%) C
4 18 (10.06%) C#
5 12 (6.70%) Ruby
6 11 (6.15%) C++
7 9 (5.03%) MATLAB
7 9 (5.03%) Objective-C
7 9 (5.03%) R
8 8 (4.47%) JavaScript
9 4 (2.23%) Groovy
9 4 (2.23%) Perl
10 3 (1.68%) Delphi
10 3 (1.68%) PL/1
11 2 (1.12%) PHP
12 1 (0.56%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.56%) PowerShell
12 1 (0.56%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.56%) VB
Qualifications
1 72 (40.22%) Security Cleared
2 35 (19.55%) SC Cleared
3 22 (12.29%) DV Cleared
4 14 (7.82%) Degree
5 13 (7.26%) ISEB
6 11 (6.15%) ISTQB
7 9 (5.03%) BPSS Clearance
8 3 (1.68%) RHCE
9 2 (1.12%) APMP
9 2 (1.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 2 (1.12%) PMI Certification
9 2 (1.12%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 1 (0.56%) CISSP
10 1 (0.56%) HND
10 1 (0.56%) ISEB Practitioner
10 1 (0.56%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 1 (0.56%) NVQ Level 3
10 1 (0.56%) PCI QSA
10 1 (0.56%) PMP
10 1 (0.56%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.35%) Disclosure Scotland
2 5 (2.79%) ISO 9001
3 3 (1.68%) ISO 14001
4 2 (1.12%) DO-178B
4 2 (1.12%) TickIT
5 1 (0.56%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.56%) Def Stans
5 1 (0.56%) DO-254
5 1 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.56%) OIPF
5 1 (0.56%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.56%) SDET
System Software
1 3 (1.68%) Docker
1 3 (1.68%) VMware ESX
1 3 (1.68%) VMware Infrastructure
1 3 (1.68%) vSphere
2 2 (1.12%) Firmware
2 2 (1.12%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (1.12%) XenDesktop
3 1 (0.56%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (1.68%) Capistrano
1 3 (1.68%) HP Quality Center
1 3 (1.68%) Opscode Chef
1 3 (1.68%) Puppet
2 2 (1.12%) Tivoli
3 1 (0.56%) Nagios
3 1 (0.56%) SCCM
3 1 (0.56%) WSUS
Vendors
1 24 (13.41%) Microsoft
2 8 (4.47%) Apple
3 5 (2.79%) HP
3 5 (2.79%) SAP
4 4 (2.23%) Oracle
4 4 (2.23%) Red Hat
4 4 (2.23%) VMware
5 3 (1.68%) IBM
6 2 (1.12%) EMC
6 2 (1.12%) hybris
6 2 (1.12%) Sun
6 2 (1.12%) Symantec
7 1 (0.56%) ATG
7 1 (0.56%) Atlassian
7 1 (0.56%) BMC
7 1 (0.56%) Planview
7 1 (0.56%) Rally
7 1 (0.56%) Salesforce.com
Dorset
Initi8 Recruitment
Rate: £425 Per Day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £300.00 - £301 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £300.00 - £301 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Gloucestershire
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Bristol
Computer Futures
Rate: £200 - £270 per day
Posted: 24 days ago
Wiltshire
G2 Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £100 - £300 per day
Posted: 10 days ago