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 22 February 2017 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
22 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
England / South West
Rank 45 48 82
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +34
Contract jobs citing QA 107 114 68
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 3.96% 3.81% 2.15%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 35.55% 28.86% 18.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 71 54
Median daily rate £325 £325 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- -13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £239 £175 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £433 £518
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
- +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 0
Median hourly rate £37.50 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £42.75 £34.00
% change year-on-year
-29.82% +25.73%

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
301 395 370
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 11.14% 13.19% 11.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 204 259 239
Median daily rate £400 £388 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -13.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £250 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £522 £500 £673
UK excluding London median daily rate £416 £400 £395
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +1.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 34 21
Median hourly rate £37.50 £42.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.71% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £20.00 £12.08
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.00 £50.00 £44.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £44.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-54.54% +87.23%

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 22 February 2017.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the South West region over the 3 months to 22 February 2017.

QA Hourly Rate Histogram 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 22 February 2017. 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 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 +14 29 £350 +12.00% 7
Bristol +8 27 £325 +12.06% 9
Somerset -6 14 £303 -4.72% 1
Devon -13 9 £378 +0.80% 2
Gloucestershire -9 8 £325 +91.17%
Dorset +2 5 £363 +16.00% 1
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 22 February 2017, 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 96 (49.23%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (24.10%) C#
3 46 (23.59%) .NET
4 45 (23.08%) Finance
5 36 (18.46%) Security Cleared
6 33 (16.92%) Scrum
7 32 (16.41%) Automated Testing
7 32 (16.41%) Project Management
8 26 (13.33%) Cucumber
8 26 (13.33%) BDD
9 25 (12.82%) Java
10 24 (12.31%) .NET Framework
10 24 (12.31%) SC Cleared
11 23 (11.79%) Test Scripting
11 23 (11.79%) TDD
12 22 (11.28%) MVC
12 22 (11.28%) Kanban
12 22 (11.28%) Unit Testing
12 22 (11.28%) Team Foundation Server
13 21 (10.77%) Selenium
13 21 (10.77%) SDLC
13 21 (10.77%) Software Testing
13 21 (10.77%) ASP.NET
14 20 (10.26%) Web Services
14 20 (10.26%) SQL Server
14 20 (10.26%) Windows
14 20 (10.26%) Business Intelligence
14 20 (10.26%) Software Engineering
14 20 (10.26%) Programme Management
14 20 (10.26%) ASP.NET MVC

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 12 (6.15%) CMS
2 11 (5.64%) WebLogic
3 8 (4.10%) Apache
3 8 (4.10%) JBoss
3 8 (4.10%) NServiceBus
3 8 (4.10%) WebSphere
3 8 (4.10%) WebSphere Application Server
4 4 (2.05%) Exchange Server 2013
4 4 (2.05%) SharePoint
5 3 (1.54%) Apache Spark
5 3 (1.54%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (1.03%) Confluence
7 1 (0.51%) ATG Dynamo
7 1 (0.51%) IIS
7 1 (0.51%) K2 blackpearl
7 1 (0.51%) SAS
Applications
1 7 (3.59%) MS Excel
2 6 (3.08%) Spreadsheet
3 3 (1.54%) MS Project
4 2 (1.03%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 12 (6.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 5 (2.56%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (1.54%) Primavera
4 2 (1.03%) SAP CO
4 2 (1.03%) SAP FI
4 2 (1.03%) SAP FI/CO
5 1 (0.51%) SAP CRM
5 1 (0.51%) SAP FSCM
Cloud Services
1 9 (4.62%) GitHub
2 7 (3.59%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (3.59%) Office 365
3 4 (2.05%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (1.54%) Amazon EC2
4 3 (1.54%) IaaS
5 2 (1.03%) Slack
6 1 (0.51%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 9 (4.62%) Internet
2 5 (2.56%) Network Security
3 4 (2.05%) Firewall
4 2 (1.03%) Cisco ISE
4 2 (1.03%) Kerberos
4 2 (1.03%) LDAP
4 2 (1.03%) NAS
4 2 (1.03%) SAN
4 2 (1.03%) VoIP
5 1 (0.51%) FTP
5 1 (0.51%) SNMP
5 1 (0.51%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (10.26%) SQL Server
2 8 (4.10%) Endeca
3 6 (3.08%) Hadoop
4 5 (2.56%) PostgreSQL
4 5 (2.56%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (2.05%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (2.05%) Redis
6 3 (1.54%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 3 (1.54%) Apache Hive
6 3 (1.54%) HBase
6 3 (1.54%) NoSQL
6 3 (1.54%) Relational Database
7 2 (1.03%) BusinessObjects
7 2 (1.03%) Electronic Patient Records
7 2 (1.03%) MySQL
8 1 (0.51%) DTS
8 1 (0.51%) GIS
8 1 (0.51%) SQL Server 2014
8 1 (0.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 26 (13.33%) Cucumber
2 22 (11.28%) Team Foundation Server
3 21 (10.77%) Selenium
4 13 (6.67%) SoapUI
5 10 (5.13%) Git (software)
5 10 (5.13%) WebDriver
6 9 (4.62%) JIRA
7 8 (4.10%) Jenkins
7 8 (4.10%) SpecFlow
7 8 (4.10%) Visual Studio
8 4 (2.05%) Rational DOORS
8 4 (2.05%) ReSharper
8 4 (2.05%) Subversion
9 3 (1.54%) HP UFT
9 3 (1.54%) Octopus Deploy
9 3 (1.54%) Sahi
9 3 (1.54%) TeamCity
9 3 (1.54%) Vagrant
9 3 (1.54%) WATIR
10 2 (1.03%) Bitbucket
General
1 45 (23.08%) Finance
2 16 (8.21%) Manufacturing
3 15 (7.69%) Marketing
4 14 (7.18%) Telecoms
5 12 (6.15%) Electronics
6 5 (2.56%) Banking
7 3 (1.54%) Military
8 2 (1.03%) Advertising
8 2 (1.03%) Aerospace
8 2 (1.03%) Automotive
8 2 (1.03%) Financial Institution
8 2 (1.03%) Multimedia
8 2 (1.03%) Pharmaceutical
8 2 (1.03%) Publishing
9 1 (0.51%) Billing
9 1 (0.51%) Games
9 1 (0.51%) German Language
9 1 (0.51%) Law
9 1 (0.51%) Legal
9 1 (0.51%) Retail
Job Titles
1 38 (19.49%) Tester
2 34 (17.44%) Developer
3 28 (14.36%) Analyst
4 22 (11.28%) QA Tester
5 15 (7.69%) Test Analyst
6 14 (7.18%) .NET Developer
7 13 (6.67%) C# Developer
7 13 (6.67%) Software Tester
8 12 (6.15%) Architect
8 12 (6.15%) Business Analyst
8 12 (6.15%) Coordinator
9 10 (5.13%) Project Coordinator
9 10 (5.13%) Software QA Tester
9 10 (5.13%) Test Engineer
10 7 (3.59%) Project Manager
10 7 (3.59%) Test Leader
10 7 (3.59%) Test Manager
11 6 (3.08%) C# .NET Developer
12 5 (2.56%) QA Engineer
12 5 (2.56%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (23.59%) .NET
2 24 (12.31%) .NET Framework
3 21 (10.77%) ASP.NET
4 20 (10.26%) ASP.NET MVC
4 20 (10.26%) Web Services
5 19 (9.74%) SOAP
6 15 (7.69%) XML
7 14 (7.18%) WPF
8 12 (6.15%) HTML
8 12 (6.15%) J2EE
9 11 (5.64%) Spring
10 10 (5.13%) CSS
11 9 (4.62%) Gherkin
12 8 (4.10%) JDBC
12 8 (4.10%) JMS
12 8 (4.10%) JMX
12 8 (4.10%) JSP
12 8 (4.10%) Servlets
12 8 (4.10%) Struts
12 8 (4.10%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 13 (6.67%) iPad
2 12 (6.15%) User Experience
3 10 (5.13%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (4.62%) Virtual Team
5 8 (4.10%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.54%) Blog
6 3 (1.54%) Data Protection Act
6 3 (1.54%) Public Cloud
7 2 (1.03%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.03%) NHS
7 2 (1.03%) Replication
7 2 (1.03%) Streaming Video
7 2 (1.03%) Video Editing
8 1 (0.51%) e-Learning
8 1 (0.51%) Graphic Design
8 1 (0.51%) Mobile Games
8 1 (0.51%) PMI
8 1 (0.51%) SCORM
8 1 (0.51%) Taxonomies
8 1 (0.51%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 20 (10.26%) Windows
2 9 (4.62%) Linux
3 3 (1.54%) Android
3 3 (1.54%) Apple iOS
3 3 (1.54%) Windows Server
4 2 (1.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (1.03%) Solaris
5 1 (0.51%) Unix
5 1 (0.51%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (49.23%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (16.92%) Scrum
3 32 (16.41%) Automated Testing
3 32 (16.41%) Project Management
4 26 (13.33%) BDD
5 23 (11.79%) TDD
5 23 (11.79%) Test Scripting
6 22 (11.28%) Kanban
6 22 (11.28%) MVC
6 22 (11.28%) Unit Testing
7 21 (10.77%) SDLC
7 21 (10.77%) Software Testing
8 20 (10.26%) Business Intelligence
8 20 (10.26%) Programme Management
8 20 (10.26%) Software Engineering
9 17 (8.72%) Continuous Improvement
9 17 (8.72%) Continuous Integration
9 17 (8.72%) Test Automation
10 15 (7.69%) E-Commerce
10 15 (7.69%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 47 (24.10%) C#
2 25 (12.82%) Java
3 19 (9.74%) SQL
4 13 (6.67%) JavaScript
4 13 (6.67%) Ruby
5 6 (3.08%) C++
6 5 (2.56%) Python
7 4 (2.05%) C
7 4 (2.05%) TypeScript
8 3 (1.54%) Scala
9 2 (1.03%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.51%) ABAP
10 1 (0.51%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.51%) Perl
10 1 (0.51%) PowerShell
10 1 (0.51%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.51%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.51%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.51%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 36 (18.46%) Security Cleared
2 24 (12.31%) SC Cleared
3 16 (8.21%) ISEB
4 12 (6.15%) ISTQB
5 7 (3.59%) Degree
5 7 (3.59%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 6 (3.08%) BPSS Clearance
6 6 (3.08%) DV Cleared
7 4 (2.05%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 3 (1.54%) PMI Certification
8 3 (1.54%) PMP
9 2 (1.03%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 2 (1.03%) MCITP
9 2 (1.03%) MCSE
9 2 (1.03%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (1.03%) RHCE
9 2 (1.03%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 1 (0.51%) APMP
10 1 (0.51%) JNCIA
10 1 (0.51%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.08%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (1.03%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.03%) ISO 9000
2 2 (1.03%) WCAG
3 1 (0.51%) JSP 440
3 1 (0.51%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.51%) SLA
3 1 (0.51%) TickIT
System Software
1 8 (4.10%) Active Directory
2 4 (2.05%) Docker
3 3 (1.54%) HDFS
4 2 (1.03%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (1.03%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.51%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 3 (1.54%) Ansible
1 3 (1.54%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (1.03%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.51%) SCCM
Vendors
1 18 (9.23%) Microsoft
2 16 (8.21%) SAP
3 10 (5.13%) Oracle
4 9 (4.62%) ATG
5 3 (1.54%) Cloudera
5 3 (1.54%) IBM
6 2 (1.03%) Atlassian
6 2 (1.03%) CA
6 2 (1.03%) Cisco
6 2 (1.03%) HP
6 2 (1.03%) Red Hat
6 2 (1.03%) Sencha
6 2 (1.03%) VMware
7 1 (0.51%) Capita
7 1 (0.51%) IBM Sterling
7 1 (0.51%) Kofax
7 1 (0.51%) Northgate
7 1 (0.51%) Reuters
7 1 (0.51%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (0.51%) Teradata
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