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 December 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 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 89 65 78
Rank change year-on-year
-24 +13
Contract jobs citing QA 57 60 49
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.73% 2.54% 1.82%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 19.39% 32.97% 25.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 46 31
Average daily rate
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£325 £323 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.77% -19.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £208 £180 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £425 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £344 £338 £340
% change year-on-year
+1.84% -0.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £11.00 £13.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -15.38%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £35.00 £30.25
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +15.70%
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
294 182 190
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 8.93% 7.71% 7.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 197 118 100
Average daily rate £425 £375 £401
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% -6.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £208 £180 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £476 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 10 20
Average hourly rate £44.50 £21.25 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+109.41% -43.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.92 £12.20 £13.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £62.50 £39.50 £39.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.75 £18.55 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+1.07% -7.25%

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 December 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 December 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 -19 16 £343 +7.03% 15
Wiltshire -11 14 £220 +22.22% 11
Dorset +1 8 £375 +7.14% 5
Somerset - 7 £350 - 6
Gloucestershire -19 3 £400 +2.56% 3
Devon - - - -
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 36 (28.80%) Microsoft
1 36 (28.80%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (24.00%) Finance
3 24 (19.20%) Windows
4 23 (18.40%) SQL
5 22 (17.60%) Security Cleared
6 20 (16.00%) Project Management
7 17 (13.60%) Java
7 17 (13.60%) Degree
8 16 (12.80%) Oracle
8 16 (12.80%) ISEB
8 16 (12.80%) Migration
9 15 (12.00%) .NET
9 15 (12.00%) Selenium
9 15 (12.00%) User Acceptance Testing
10 13 (10.40%) SC Cleared
11 12 (9.60%) Web Services
11 12 (9.60%) SharePoint
12 11 (8.80%) Internet
12 11 (8.80%) Active Directory
12 11 (8.80%) MS Office
12 11 (8.80%) Linux
12 11 (8.80%) C#
12 11 (8.80%) ISTQB
13 10 (8.00%) Regression Testing
13 10 (8.00%) SQL Server
13 10 (8.00%) Business Intelligence
13 10 (8.00%) Test Scripting
14 9 (7.20%) Test Automation
14 9 (7.20%) MS Excel

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 12 (9.60%) SharePoint
2 7 (5.60%) SharePoint 2013
3 6 (4.80%) WebLogic
4 5 (4.00%) IIS
5 4 (3.20%) Apache
5 4 (3.20%) CMS
6 3 (2.40%) SharePoint 2010
6 3 (2.40%) BizTalk Server
7 2 (1.60%) SAS
7 2 (1.60%) MS Project Server
7 2 (1.60%) Lync
8 1 (0.80%) Confluence
8 1 (0.80%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.80%) ATG Dynamo
8 1 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.80%) Oracle Application Server
8 1 (0.80%) JBoss
8 1 (0.80%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 11 (8.80%) MS Office
2 9 (7.20%) MS Excel
3 7 (5.60%) MS Project
4 1 (0.80%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.80%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (3.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (2.40%) Oracle BPM
2 3 (2.40%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (1.60%) SAP Business One
4 1 (0.80%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.80%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.20%) SaaS
2 2 (1.60%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.80%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (8.80%) Internet
2 8 (6.40%) DNS
3 7 (5.60%) Intranet
4 6 (4.80%) TCP/IP
4 6 (4.80%) LDAP
4 6 (4.80%) Firewall
5 5 (4.00%) SMTP
6 3 (2.40%) LAN
6 3 (2.40%) WAN
6 3 (2.40%) DHCP
6 3 (2.40%) SNMP
7 2 (1.60%) SAN
7 2 (1.60%) FTP
7 2 (1.60%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 2 (1.60%) OpenLDAP
8 1 (0.80%) FWSM
8 1 (0.80%) Cisco ASA
8 1 (0.80%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
8 1 (0.80%) BIG-IP
8 1 (0.80%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (8.00%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.20%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (3.20%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.60%) OLTP
3 2 (1.60%) SQL Server 2005
3 2 (1.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (1.60%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.80%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.80%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.80%) Big Data
4 1 (0.80%) Oracle ODI
4 1 (0.80%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.80%) TKPROF
4 1 (0.80%) Oracle OWB
4 1 (0.80%) MySQL
4 1 (0.80%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.80%) Oracle9i Database
4 1 (0.80%) Oracle Discoverer
4 1 (0.80%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 15 (12.00%) Selenium
2 7 (5.60%) WebDriver
2 7 (5.60%) JIRA
2 7 (5.60%) MSI
3 6 (4.80%) Team Foundation Server
4 5 (4.00%) Cucumber
4 5 (4.00%) Jenkins
5 4 (3.20%) SoapUI
6 3 (2.40%) FitNesse
6 3 (2.40%) SpecFlow
6 3 (2.40%) Subversion
6 3 (2.40%) JUnit
6 3 (2.40%) Visual Studio
7 2 (1.60%) NUnit
7 2 (1.60%) JMeter
7 2 (1.60%) Selenium IDE
7 2 (1.60%) WATIR
7 2 (1.60%) TestNG
7 2 (1.60%) Hudson
7 2 (1.60%) Git (software)
General
1 30 (24.00%) Finance
2 6 (4.80%) Banking
2 6 (4.80%) Manufacturing
2 6 (4.80%) Publishing
3 5 (4.00%) Telecoms
4 4 (3.20%) Marketing
4 4 (3.20%) Retail
4 4 (3.20%) Electronics
5 2 (1.60%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.80%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 21 (16.80%) Analyst
2 12 (9.60%) Tester
3 11 (8.80%) Developer
4 10 (8.00%) Test Analyst
5 8 (6.40%) Project Manager
6 7 (5.60%) PMO Analyst
7 6 (4.80%) Test Manager
7 6 (4.80%) QA Engineer
8 5 (4.00%) Automation Tester
8 5 (4.00%) Administrator
8 5 (4.00%) Architect
9 4 (3.20%) Trainer
9 4 (3.20%) Programme Manager
9 4 (3.20%) Applications Specialist
9 4 (3.20%) Solutions Architect
9 4 (3.20%) Software Tester
10 3 (2.40%) Communications Officer
10 3 (2.40%) Agile Test Analyst
10 3 (2.40%) QA Leader
10 3 (2.40%) Programme Office Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (12.00%) .NET
2 12 (9.60%) Web Services
3 7 (5.60%) Application Packaging
4 6 (4.80%) XML
5 5 (4.00%) SOAP
6 4 (3.20%) HTML
7 3 (2.40%) WCF
8 2 (1.60%) Middleware
8 2 (1.60%) SAML
8 2 (1.60%) XHTML
8 2 (1.60%) XSD
8 2 (1.60%) WinForms
8 2 (1.60%) WF
8 2 (1.60%) REST
8 2 (1.60%) OpenID
9 1 (0.80%) RESTful
9 1 (0.80%) Oracle Fusion
9 1 (0.80%) JPA
9 1 (0.80%) WPF
9 1 (0.80%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 8 (6.40%) Open Source
2 7 (5.60%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (4.80%) Management Information System
4 5 (4.00%) User Experience
5 4 (3.20%) DTV
5 4 (3.20%) Client/Server
5 4 (3.20%) Mobile App
6 3 (2.40%) Mathematics
6 3 (2.40%) Replication
7 2 (1.60%) Streaming Video
7 2 (1.60%) Clustering
7 2 (1.60%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.80%) Social Media
8 1 (0.80%) Mobile Banking
8 1 (0.80%) STB
8 1 (0.80%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.80%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 24 (19.20%) Windows
2 11 (8.80%) Linux
3 6 (4.80%) Windows Server 2003
3 6 (4.80%) Windows Server 2012
4 5 (4.00%) Windows 7
4 5 (4.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 5 (4.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 5 (4.00%) UNIX
5 4 (3.20%) CentOS
6 3 (2.40%) Windows XP
7 2 (1.60%) Mac OS X
7 2 (1.60%) Solaris
7 2 (1.60%) Mac OS X Server
7 2 (1.60%) Android
7 2 (1.60%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.80%) Windows Vista
8 1 (0.80%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.80%) Windows 2000
8 1 (0.80%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (28.80%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (16.00%) Project Management
3 16 (12.80%) Migration
4 15 (12.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 10 (8.00%) Regression Testing
5 10 (8.00%) Business Intelligence
5 10 (8.00%) Test Scripting
6 9 (7.20%) Test Automation
7 8 (6.40%) ITIL
7 8 (6.40%) PRINCE2
7 8 (6.40%) Service Delivery
7 8 (6.40%) Programme Management
8 7 (5.60%) BDD
8 7 (5.60%) Software Deployment
8 7 (5.60%) Scrum
8 7 (5.60%) Software Testing
8 7 (5.60%) Content Management
9 6 (4.80%) E-Commerce
9 6 (4.80%) TDD
9 6 (4.80%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 23 (18.40%) SQL
2 17 (13.60%) Java
3 11 (8.80%) C#
4 7 (5.60%) Ruby
5 4 (3.20%) Perl
6 3 (2.40%) Bash Shell
6 3 (2.40%) JavaScript
6 3 (2.40%) VB
6 3 (2.40%) VBA
6 3 (2.40%) Shell Script
7 2 (1.60%) C
7 2 (1.60%) PHP
7 2 (1.60%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.80%) Groovy
8 1 (0.80%) XPath
8 1 (0.80%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.80%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 22 (17.60%) Security Cleared
2 17 (13.60%) Degree
3 16 (12.80%) ISEB
4 13 (10.40%) SC Cleared
5 11 (8.80%) ISTQB
6 7 (5.60%) MCSE
6 7 (5.60%) Microsoft Certification
7 3 (2.40%) ISEB Practitioner
8 2 (1.60%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 2 (1.60%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 2 (1.60%) DV Cleared
9 1 (0.80%) APMP
9 1 (0.80%) CCSE
9 1 (0.80%) MCITP
9 1 (0.80%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (0.80%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.80%) PMP
9 1 (0.80%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.80%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.60%) SLA
1 2 (1.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.80%) Data Quality
2 1 (0.80%) COBIT
2 1 (0.80%) P3O
2 1 (0.80%) COREP
2 1 (0.80%) ISO 14001
2 1 (0.80%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 11 (8.80%) Active Directory
2 7 (5.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (4.80%) Microsoft App-V
4 5 (4.00%) XenApp
5 3 (2.40%) qmail
5 3 (2.40%) Squid
5 3 (2.40%) NFS
6 2 (1.60%) Postfix
6 2 (1.60%) Kerio MailServer
7 1 (0.80%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.80%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.80%) Oracle RMAN
7 1 (0.80%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 2 (1.60%) Nagios
1 2 (1.60%) SCCM
1 2 (1.60%) yum
1 2 (1.60%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.80%) Data Guard
2 1 (0.80%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 36 (28.80%) Microsoft
2 16 (12.80%) Oracle
3 8 (6.40%) SAP
4 7 (5.60%) VMware
4 7 (5.60%) Red Hat
4 7 (5.60%) HP
5 6 (4.80%) Cisco
6 5 (4.00%) Novell
7 4 (3.20%) NetApp
8 3 (2.40%) F5
8 3 (2.40%) BMC
8 3 (2.40%) Remedy
9 2 (1.60%) CheckPoint
9 2 (1.60%) Apple
9 2 (1.60%) IBM
9 2 (1.60%) Dell
9 2 (1.60%) Mitel
9 2 (1.60%) NEC
9 2 (1.60%) SonicWALL
9 2 (1.60%) Infor
Dorset
Spring Technology
Rate: £370.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Taunton, Somerset
TribePost.co.uk
Rate: Up to £30k+
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £200 - £240 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £20 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £20 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Bournemouth, Dorset
Circle Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Poole, Dorset
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 2 days ago
Somerset
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: £30 - £35 per hour + DOE
Posted: 5 days ago
South West England
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + competitive
Posted: 8 days ago
South West England
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: £31 - £37 per hour + DOE
Posted: 10 days ago
Swindon
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: competitive
Posted: 17 days ago