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 30 January 2015 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 70 50 67
Rank change year-on-year
-20 +17
Contract jobs citing QA 73 83 57
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 2.29% 3.38% 2.29%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 23.55% 35.93% 30.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 61 41
Average daily rate
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£375 £313 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -3.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £258 £180 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £438 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Average hourly rate - £11.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £19.00 £30.25
% change year-on-year
+73.68% -37.19%
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
310 231 186
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 9.71% 9.42% 7.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 203 148 107
Average daily rate £450 £356 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+26.31% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £180 £246
10% offered a daily rate of more than £674 £541 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+8.57% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 10 23
Average hourly rate £40.00 £23.75 £37.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+68.42% -35.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.51 £11.00 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £62.50 £41.75 £43.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.08 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+11.27% -25.76%

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 30 January 2015.

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 30 January 2015. 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 -16 23 £335 +3.87% 22
Dorset +8 17 £385 -0.64% 7
Wiltshire -11 14 £395 +119.44% 4
Somerset +4 7 £350 - 6
Gloucestershire -14 4 £388 +29.16% 5
Devon -18 1 £490 +56.80% 2
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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 36 (26.28%) Microsoft
2 35 (25.55%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (20.44%) Finance
4 25 (18.25%) Project Management
5 24 (17.52%) Security Cleared
6 20 (14.60%) Migration
7 19 (13.87%) Java
7 19 (13.87%) SQL
8 18 (13.14%) .NET
8 18 (13.14%) Windows
8 18 (13.14%) ISEB
9 17 (12.41%) User Acceptance Testing
10 14 (10.22%) Web Services
10 14 (10.22%) Oracle
10 14 (10.22%) SC Cleared
11 13 (9.49%) SharePoint
11 13 (9.49%) Degree
12 12 (8.76%) Selenium
13 11 (8.03%) E-Commerce
13 11 (8.03%) Active Directory
13 11 (8.03%) Test Scripting
14 10 (7.30%) MS Office
14 10 (7.30%) ISTQB
15 9 (6.57%) Telecoms
15 9 (6.57%) SAP
15 9 (6.57%) ITIL
15 9 (6.57%) SQL Server
15 9 (6.57%) C#
15 9 (6.57%) Business Intelligence
15 9 (6.57%) HP

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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 13 (9.49%) SharePoint
2 7 (5.11%) SharePoint 2013
2 7 (5.11%) WebLogic
3 4 (2.92%) CMS
4 3 (2.19%) SharePoint 2010
4 3 (2.19%) BizTalk Server
5 2 (1.46%) IIS
5 2 (1.46%) MS Project Server
5 2 (1.46%) ATG Dynamo
5 2 (1.46%) Drupal
5 2 (1.46%) Liferay
5 2 (1.46%) Lync
6 1 (0.73%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.73%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 1 (0.73%) Confluence
6 1 (0.73%) SugarCRM
6 1 (0.73%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (0.73%) MS Exchange
6 1 (0.73%) Apache
6 1 (0.73%) SAS
Applications
1 10 (7.30%) MS Office
2 7 (5.11%) MS Project
3 5 (3.65%) MS Excel
4 1 (0.73%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (2.92%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (2.19%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (1.46%) SAP Business One
3 2 (1.46%) Oracle BPM
4 1 (0.73%) BusinessWorks
Cloud Services
1 5 (3.65%) SaaS
2 2 (1.46%) PaaS
2 2 (1.46%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (5.84%) Firewall
2 7 (5.11%) Intranet
2 7 (5.11%) Internet
3 6 (4.38%) DNS
4 3 (2.19%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
4 3 (2.19%) LDAP
4 3 (2.19%) LAN
4 3 (2.19%) WAN
4 3 (2.19%) SMTP
4 3 (2.19%) DHCP
5 2 (1.46%) SAN
5 2 (1.46%) Ethernet
5 2 (1.46%) FTP
5 2 (1.46%) TCP/IP
5 2 (1.46%) OpenLDAP
5 2 (1.46%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
6 1 (0.73%) FWSM
6 1 (0.73%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (0.73%) BIG-IP
6 1 (0.73%) PPP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (6.57%) SQL Server
2 5 (3.65%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (2.92%) Oracle Database
4 2 (1.46%) OLTP
4 2 (1.46%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.73%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.73%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.73%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.73%) Oracle ODI
5 1 (0.73%) Big Data
5 1 (0.73%) Oracle OWB
5 1 (0.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.73%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.73%) Oracle9i Database
5 1 (0.73%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.73%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 12 (8.76%) Selenium
2 8 (5.84%) JIRA
3 7 (5.11%) MSI
4 5 (3.65%) Jenkins
4 5 (3.65%) Team Foundation Server
4 5 (3.65%) Cucumber
4 5 (3.65%) WebDriver
5 3 (2.19%) SoapUI
5 3 (2.19%) SpecFlow
5 3 (2.19%) FitNesse
5 3 (2.19%) Visual Studio
6 2 (1.46%) QuickTest Pro
6 2 (1.46%) Subversion
6 2 (1.46%) WATIR
6 2 (1.46%) Git (software)
6 2 (1.46%) Hudson
7 1 (0.73%) Selenium IDE
7 1 (0.73%) Rational DOORS
7 1 (0.73%) Rhino Mocks
7 1 (0.73%) Moq
General
1 28 (20.44%) Finance
2 9 (6.57%) Telecoms
3 7 (5.11%) Banking
3 7 (5.11%) Retail
4 6 (4.38%) Manufacturing
4 6 (4.38%) Publishing
5 5 (3.65%) Marketing
6 4 (2.92%) Electronics
7 1 (0.73%) Legal
7 1 (0.73%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 16 (11.68%) Developer
2 15 (10.95%) Analyst
3 14 (10.22%) Test Manager
4 9 (6.57%) Test Analyst
4 9 (6.57%) Architect
4 9 (6.57%) Project Manager
5 8 (5.84%) Solutions Architect
5 8 (5.84%) Tester
6 5 (3.65%) QA Engineer
7 4 (2.92%) Trainer
7 4 (2.92%) Project Planner
7 4 (2.92%) Applications Specialist
7 4 (2.92%) Test Engineer
7 4 (2.92%) Quality Manager
7 4 (2.92%) Agile Test Analyst
7 4 (2.92%) Automation Tester
8 3 (2.19%) Communications Officer
8 3 (2.19%) QA Manager
8 3 (2.19%) Administrator
8 3 (2.19%) Senior Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (13.14%) .NET
2 14 (10.22%) Web Services
3 7 (5.11%) Application Packaging
4 6 (4.38%) SOAP
5 3 (2.19%) REST
5 3 (2.19%) WCF
5 3 (2.19%) XML
6 2 (1.46%) Middleware
6 2 (1.46%) SAML
6 2 (1.46%) HTML
6 2 (1.46%) XSD
6 2 (1.46%) WSDL
6 2 (1.46%) JSON
6 2 (1.46%) Java EE
6 2 (1.46%) WF
6 2 (1.46%) OpenID
7 1 (0.73%) RESTful
7 1 (0.73%) jQuery
7 1 (0.73%) Ajax
7 1 (0.73%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 7 (5.11%) Open Source
2 6 (4.38%) Management Information System
2 6 (4.38%) User Experience
3 5 (3.65%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (2.92%) DTV
4 4 (2.92%) Client/Server
4 4 (2.92%) Mobile App
5 3 (2.19%) Mathematics
6 2 (1.46%) Streaming Video
6 2 (1.46%) Replication
7 1 (0.73%) Mobile Banking
7 1 (0.73%) Data Integration
7 1 (0.73%) Clustering
7 1 (0.73%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.73%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 18 (13.14%) Windows
2 8 (5.84%) Linux
3 5 (3.65%) Windows Server 2012
3 5 (3.65%) Windows 7
3 5 (3.65%) UNIX
3 5 (3.65%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (2.19%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (2.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 3 (2.19%) Windows XP
5 2 (1.46%) Mac OS X
5 2 (1.46%) Solaris
5 2 (1.46%) Mac OS X Server
5 2 (1.46%) Android
5 2 (1.46%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.73%) CentOS
6 1 (0.73%) Windows Vista
6 1 (0.73%) Windows 2000
6 1 (0.73%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (25.55%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (18.25%) Project Management
3 20 (14.60%) Migration
4 17 (12.41%) User Acceptance Testing
5 11 (8.03%) E-Commerce
5 11 (8.03%) Test Scripting
6 9 (6.57%) ITIL
6 9 (6.57%) Business Intelligence
7 8 (5.84%) Stakeholder Management
7 8 (5.84%) Service Delivery
7 8 (5.84%) Regression Testing
7 8 (5.84%) Test Strategy
7 8 (5.84%) Root Cause Analysis
8 7 (5.11%) Test Management
8 7 (5.11%) Test Automation
8 7 (5.11%) Software Testing
8 7 (5.11%) Content Management
8 7 (5.11%) Scrum
8 7 (5.11%) TDD
8 7 (5.11%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 19 (13.87%) Java
1 19 (13.87%) SQL
2 9 (6.57%) C#
3 8 (5.84%) VBA
4 7 (5.11%) VB
5 5 (3.65%) Ruby
6 3 (2.19%) C
6 3 (2.19%) PHP
7 2 (1.46%) VB.NET
7 2 (1.46%) PowerShell
7 2 (1.46%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.73%) Python
8 1 (0.73%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.73%) Perl
8 1 (0.73%) VBScript
8 1 (0.73%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 24 (17.52%) Security Cleared
2 18 (13.14%) ISEB
3 14 (10.22%) SC Cleared
4 13 (9.49%) Degree
5 10 (7.30%) ISTQB
6 7 (5.11%) MCSE
6 7 (5.11%) Microsoft Certification
7 3 (2.19%) DV Cleared
8 2 (1.46%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 2 (1.46%) CISSP
8 2 (1.46%) PMP
8 2 (1.46%) PMI Certification
8 2 (1.46%) ISEB Practitioner
8 2 (1.46%) CISM
8 2 (1.46%) GCIA
9 1 (0.73%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 1 (0.73%) APMP
9 1 (0.73%) CCSE
9 1 (0.73%) MCITP
9 1 (0.73%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.84%) SLA
2 2 (1.46%) COBIT
2 2 (1.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.73%) P3O
3 1 (0.73%) COREP
3 1 (0.73%) Solvency II
3 1 (0.73%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.73%) JSP 440
System Software
1 11 (8.03%) Active Directory
2 6 (4.38%) Microsoft App-V
3 5 (3.65%) XenApp
4 4 (2.92%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (1.46%) Postfix
5 2 (1.46%) Kerio MailServer
6 1 (0.73%) qmail
6 1 (0.73%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.73%) ProxySG
6 1 (0.73%) Squid
6 1 (0.73%) NFS
Systems Management
1 7 (5.11%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.46%) Nagios
2 2 (1.46%) Nessus
2 2 (1.46%) SCCM
2 2 (1.46%) yum
Vendors
1 36 (26.28%) Microsoft
2 14 (10.22%) Oracle
3 9 (6.57%) SAP
3 9 (6.57%) HP
4 6 (4.38%) Cisco
5 5 (3.65%) Novell
6 4 (2.92%) Red Hat
6 4 (2.92%) VMware
6 4 (2.92%) F5
7 3 (2.19%) CheckPoint
7 3 (2.19%) IBM
7 3 (2.19%) BMC
7 3 (2.19%) Remedy
7 3 (2.19%) Nokia
8 2 (1.46%) Dell
8 2 (1.46%) Apple
8 2 (1.46%) Sourcefire
8 2 (1.46%) Mitel
8 2 (1.46%) NEC
8 2 (1.46%) ATG
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