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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 71 70 82
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +12
Contract jobs citing QA 71 44 54
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 2.33% 2.05% 1.76%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 21.39% 24.04% 24.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 22 31
Average daily rate
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£375 £388 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.28% +10.78%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £298 £300 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £473 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 1
Average hourly rate - £12.58 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -64.05%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £13.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+22.22% -46.00%
Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
332 183 218
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 10.92% 8.54% 7.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 215 97 119
Average daily rate £425 £410 £418
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.65% -1.79%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £298 £264 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £499 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 14 19
Average hourly rate £22.50 £17.23 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.62% -54.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.35 £11.66 £12.64
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £21.60 £39.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.21 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+15.45% -12.50%
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 31 July 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 31 July 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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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
Gloucestershire -5 16 £323 -35.50% 8
Devon +2 15 £500 - 6
Bristol -21 14 £375 +18.11% 13
Wiltshire -6 12 £350 -15.15% 12
Dorset 0 8 £375 -10.07% 6
Somerset -13 3 £325 -18.75% 8
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 33 (23.91%) Finance
2 27 (19.57%) SQL
3 25 (18.12%) MS Excel
4 24 (17.39%) Agile Software Development
5 22 (15.94%) Change Management
5 22 (15.94%) PRINCE2
5 22 (15.94%) Microsoft
5 22 (15.94%) Degree
6 20 (14.49%) SQL Server
6 20 (14.49%) Scrum
7 19 (13.77%) Project Management
8 18 (13.04%) Programme Management
9 17 (12.32%) Java
10 16 (11.59%) ISEB
11 15 (10.87%) IIS
11 15 (10.87%) MS Project
12 14 (10.14%) ITIL
12 14 (10.14%) Windows
12 14 (10.14%) Linux
12 14 (10.14%) Stakeholder Management
12 14 (10.14%) ISTQB
12 14 (10.14%) Selenium
12 14 (10.14%) Test Automation
13 13 (9.42%) Ruby
13 13 (9.42%) Oracle
13 13 (9.42%) PMI Certification
14 12 (8.70%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 12 (8.70%) PMI
14 12 (8.70%) C#
14 12 (8.70%) CMMI

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 15 (10.87%) IIS
2 11 (7.97%) MS Project Server
3 10 (7.25%) SharePoint
4 8 (5.80%) Apache
5 6 (4.35%) MS Exchange
5 6 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2013
6 5 (3.62%) WebLogic
6 5 (3.62%) CMS
7 4 (2.90%) Alfresco
8 3 (2.17%) Node.js
9 2 (1.45%) Adobe CQ
9 2 (1.45%) Escenic
9 2 (1.45%) Content Management Server
9 2 (1.45%) Tomcat
9 2 (1.45%) MQSeries
9 2 (1.45%) WebSphere
10 1 (0.72%) SAS
10 1 (0.72%) BizTalk Server
10 1 (0.72%) Oracle Application Server
10 1 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 25 (18.12%) MS Excel
2 15 (10.87%) MS Project
3 5 (3.62%) MS Office
4 1 (0.72%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.72%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (2.90%) Oracle BPM
2 3 (2.17%) Summit
3 2 (1.45%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.72%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.72%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.72%) SunGard GMI
4 1 (0.72%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.72%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (0.72%) SaaS
1 1 (0.72%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 10 (7.25%) DNS
2 9 (6.52%) TCP/IP
3 8 (5.80%) LDAP
4 7 (5.07%) SNMP
4 7 (5.07%) SMTP
5 6 (4.35%) Internet
6 4 (2.90%) LAN
7 3 (2.17%) DHCP
7 3 (2.17%) HTTP
8 2 (1.45%) WAN
8 2 (1.45%) Broadband
8 2 (1.45%) Firewall
8 2 (1.45%) IPsec
8 2 (1.45%) Intranet
9 1 (0.72%) Structured Cabling
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (14.49%) SQL Server
2 7 (5.07%) Relational Database
3 6 (4.35%) SQL Server 2008
3 6 (4.35%) SQL Server 2005
4 5 (3.62%) Oracle Database
5 3 (2.17%) Oracle Database 11g
5 3 (2.17%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (1.45%) MySQL
6 2 (1.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (1.45%) Big Data
6 2 (1.45%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.72%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.72%) RavenDB
7 1 (0.72%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.72%) Couchbase
7 1 (0.72%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.72%) DTS
7 1 (0.72%) OLTP
7 1 (0.72%) Oracle Discoverer
7 1 (0.72%) ProClarity
Development Applications
1 14 (10.14%) Selenium
2 7 (5.07%) JMeter
3 6 (4.35%) JUnit
3 6 (4.35%) JIRA
4 5 (3.62%) QuickTest Pro
4 5 (3.62%) Cucumber
5 4 (2.90%) WebDriver
6 3 (2.17%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (1.45%) TestNG
7 2 (1.45%) WATIR
7 2 (1.45%) LoadRunner
7 2 (1.45%) Subversion
7 2 (1.45%) Git (software)
7 2 (1.45%) JBehave
7 2 (1.45%) SoapUI
7 2 (1.45%) Jenkins
7 2 (1.45%) Selenium IDE
8 1 (0.72%) eggPlant
8 1 (0.72%) Concordion
8 1 (0.72%) Hudson
General
1 33 (23.91%) Finance
2 10 (7.25%) Banking
3 4 (2.90%) Retail
3 4 (2.90%) Retail Banking
4 3 (2.17%) Legal
5 2 (1.45%) Marketing
5 2 (1.45%) Publishing
6 1 (0.72%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.72%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.72%) Electronics
6 1 (0.72%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.72%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.72%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 30 (21.74%) Analyst
2 22 (15.94%) Developer
3 17 (12.32%) Tester
4 14 (10.14%) QA Engineer
5 11 (7.97%) Test Analyst
6 9 (6.52%) Programme Manager
7 7 (5.07%) Architect
7 7 (5.07%) Project Manager
7 7 (5.07%) Test Engineer
7 7 (5.07%) PMO Analyst
8 6 (4.35%) Consultant
8 6 (4.35%) Solutions Architect
9 5 (3.62%) QA Tester
9 5 (3.62%) QA Analyst
10 4 (2.90%) Linux Administrator
10 4 (2.90%) C# Developer
10 4 (2.90%) Senior Analyst
10 4 (2.90%) Test Manager
10 4 (2.90%) Business Analyst
11 3 (2.17%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (7.97%) .NET
2 10 (7.25%) XML
3 6 (4.35%) HTML
4 5 (3.62%) MSMQ
4 5 (3.62%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
5 4 (2.90%) Web Services
6 3 (2.17%) HTML5
6 3 (2.17%) jQuery
6 3 (2.17%) REST
6 3 (2.17%) Spring
6 3 (2.17%) CSS
7 2 (1.45%) SOAP
7 2 (1.45%) Struts
7 2 (1.45%) EJB
7 2 (1.45%) J2EE
7 2 (1.45%) JSF
7 2 (1.45%) LAMP
7 2 (1.45%) Hibernate
7 2 (1.45%) WinForms
7 2 (1.45%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 12 (8.70%) PMI
2 7 (5.07%) Open Source
3 4 (2.90%) Computer Science
3 4 (2.90%) Enterprise Software
4 3 (2.17%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.72%) AS400
5 1 (0.72%) Replication
5 1 (0.72%) Clustering
5 1 (0.72%) STB
5 1 (0.72%) W3C
5 1 (0.72%) Firmware
5 1 (0.72%) DTV
5 1 (0.72%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 14 (10.14%) Windows
1 14 (10.14%) Linux
2 8 (5.80%) CentOS
3 7 (5.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 4 (2.90%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (2.17%) UNIX
6 2 (1.45%) Windows 7
6 2 (1.45%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.72%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.72%) Android
7 1 (0.72%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.72%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (17.39%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (15.94%) Change Management
2 22 (15.94%) PRINCE2
3 20 (14.49%) Scrum
4 19 (13.77%) Project Management
5 18 (13.04%) Programme Management
6 14 (10.14%) Stakeholder Management
6 14 (10.14%) ITIL
6 14 (10.14%) Test Automation
7 12 (8.70%) Portfolio Management
7 12 (8.70%) CMMI
7 12 (8.70%) Test Scripting
8 11 (7.97%) Business Analysis
9 10 (7.25%) Software Testing
9 10 (7.25%) User Acceptance Testing
9 10 (7.25%) Migration
9 10 (7.25%) Automation Testing
10 9 (6.52%) OO
10 9 (6.52%) Time Management
11 8 (5.80%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 27 (19.57%) SQL
2 17 (12.32%) Java
3 13 (9.42%) Ruby
4 12 (8.70%) C#
5 10 (7.25%) Perl
6 7 (5.07%) Shell Script
6 7 (5.07%) PowerShell
7 5 (3.62%) VB
7 5 (3.62%) PHP
7 5 (3.62%) JavaScript
8 3 (2.17%) VBA
9 2 (1.45%) Python
9 2 (1.45%) ABAP
9 2 (1.45%) Delphi
9 2 (1.45%) PL/SQL
9 2 (1.45%) VBScript
9 2 (1.45%) Scala
10 1 (0.72%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.72%) XPath
10 1 (0.72%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 22 (15.94%) Degree
2 16 (11.59%) ISEB
3 14 (10.14%) ISTQB
4 13 (9.42%) PMI Certification
5 12 (8.70%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 11 (7.97%) Security Cleared
7 5 (3.62%) DV Cleared
7 5 (3.62%) SC Cleared
7 5 (3.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 2 (1.45%) ISEB Practitioner
8 2 (1.45%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (0.72%) HND
9 1 (0.72%) MCSE
9 1 (0.72%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (0.72%) PMP
9 1 (0.72%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.72%) CTC Cleared
9 1 (0.72%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 1 (0.72%) VCP5
9 1 (0.72%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (7.97%) P3O
2 3 (2.17%) ISO 9001
2 3 (2.17%) ISO 14001
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%) NFS
2 7 (5.07%) qmail
3 2 (1.45%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.72%) VMware ESX
4 1 (0.72%) Oracle RMAN
4 1 (0.72%) Oracle RAC
4 1 (0.72%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.72%) XenDesktop
4 1 (0.72%) vSphere
4 1 (0.72%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 6 (4.35%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.72%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
2 1 (0.72%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 22 (15.94%) Microsoft
2 13 (9.42%) Oracle
3 10 (7.25%) VMware
4 8 (5.80%) NetApp
4 8 (5.80%) Red Hat
5 7 (5.07%) Cisco
5 7 (5.07%) HP
6 5 (3.62%) SAP
7 2 (1.45%) JBoss
8 1 (0.72%) Sun
8 1 (0.72%) SunGard
8 1 (0.72%) Citrix
8 1 (0.72%) Pegasus
8 1 (0.72%) Telerik
8 1 (0.72%) Alterian
8 1 (0.72%) Casewise
8 1 (0.72%) Sitecore
8 1 (0.72%) Akamai
8 1 (0.72%) SmartFocus
8 1 (0.72%) ExactTarget
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