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 29 July 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
29 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 47 67 70
Rank change year-on-year
+20 +3
Contract jobs citing QA 108 77 44
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 3.38% 2.53% 2.05%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 37.11% 22.71% 24.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 61 22
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£350 £375 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% -3.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £211 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £540 £473
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 4
Average hourly rate £45.00 - £12.58
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.40 - £12.22
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £89.00 - £17.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.55 £19.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+72.05% -2.50%
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
291 339 178
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 9.11% 11.13% 8.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 194 220 94
Average daily rate £400 £425 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.88% +3.65%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £298 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £540 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 32 14
Average hourly rate £19.98 £22.50 £17.23
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.21% +30.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £14.10 £11.66
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.40 £21.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +20.00%

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 29 July 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
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 29 July 2015.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the South West region over the 3 months to 29 July 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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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
Wiltshire +13 29 £345 -1.42% 8
Bristol -4 23 £373 -0.66% 17
Devon -3 16 £325 -31.57% 2
Dorset +6 15 £188 -50.00%
Gloucestershire -7 15 £450 +40.62% 4
Somerset +8 7 £344 +5.76%
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 32 (19.88%) C#
1 32 (19.88%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (18.01%) ISTQB
3 24 (14.91%) Windows
3 24 (14.91%) Selenium
3 24 (14.91%) Security Cleared
4 23 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
4 23 (14.29%) .NET
5 22 (13.66%) SQL Server
6 19 (11.80%) SQL
6 19 (11.80%) Degree
6 19 (11.80%) Banking
7 18 (11.18%) Web Services
7 18 (11.18%) Project Management
7 18 (11.18%) SC Cleared
8 17 (10.56%) Linux
8 17 (10.56%) Finance
9 16 (9.94%) HTML
10 15 (9.32%) User Experience
11 14 (8.70%) SpecFlow
11 14 (8.70%) Java
12 13 (8.07%) PRINCE2
12 13 (8.07%) Microsoft
12 13 (8.07%) Active Directory
12 13 (8.07%) WebDriver
13 12 (7.45%) ISEB
13 12 (7.45%) MS Excel
13 12 (7.45%) MS Office
14 11 (6.83%) Validation
14 11 (6.83%) VMware

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Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 10 (6.21%) IIS
2 7 (4.35%) SharePoint
3 5 (3.11%) Apache
3 5 (3.11%) SharePoint 2013
4 4 (2.48%) MS Exchange
5 3 (1.86%) CMS
5 3 (1.86%) Exchange Server 2013
5 3 (1.86%) Drupal
5 3 (1.86%) Liferay
6 2 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (1.24%) WebSphere
6 2 (1.24%) WebLogic
6 2 (1.24%) JBoss
7 1 (0.62%) Node.js
7 1 (0.62%) Confluence
Applications
1 12 (7.45%) MS Office
1 12 (7.45%) MS Excel
2 5 (3.11%) MS PowerPoint
3 4 (2.48%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.62%) PowerPivot
4 1 (0.62%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (1.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.62%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.62%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.62%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.48%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.24%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (1.24%) Office 365
3 1 (0.62%) Symantec.cloud
3 1 (0.62%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 8 (4.97%) DNS
2 7 (4.35%) TCP/IP
2 7 (4.35%) Intrusion Detection
2 7 (4.35%) Firewall
3 6 (3.73%) IPsec
3 6 (3.73%) VLAN
3 6 (3.73%) Wireshark
3 6 (3.73%) Network Security
3 6 (3.73%) SSL
3 6 (3.73%) VPN
3 6 (3.73%) WAN
4 3 (1.86%) HTTPS
5 2 (1.24%) LDAP
6 1 (0.62%) GSM
6 1 (0.62%) UMTS
6 1 (0.62%) HTTP
6 1 (0.62%) SAN
6 1 (0.62%) Internet
6 1 (0.62%) 3G
6 1 (0.62%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (13.66%) SQL Server
2 7 (4.35%) MS Access
2 7 (4.35%) MongoDB
3 5 (3.11%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (3.11%) SQL Server 2005
3 5 (3.11%) Relational Database
4 4 (2.48%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (1.86%) SQL Server 2000
5 3 (1.86%) NoSQL
6 2 (1.24%) MySQL
6 2 (1.24%) RDBMS
6 2 (1.24%) Oracle OWB
6 2 (1.24%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (1.24%) Oracle ODI
6 2 (1.24%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.62%) Microsoft Power View
7 1 (0.62%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.62%) OLTP
7 1 (0.62%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 24 (14.91%) Selenium
2 14 (8.70%) SpecFlow
3 13 (8.07%) WebDriver
4 6 (3.73%) Metasploit
4 6 (3.73%) JIRA
5 5 (3.11%) Subversion
5 5 (3.11%) JUnit
6 4 (2.48%) Git (software)
6 4 (2.48%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (2.48%) Behat
6 4 (2.48%) Jenkins
6 4 (2.48%) Cucumber
6 4 (2.48%) PhpStorm
6 4 (2.48%) GitLab
7 2 (1.24%) gulp
7 2 (1.24%) Grunt
7 2 (1.24%) Selenium IDE
7 2 (1.24%) MSTest
7 2 (1.24%) Visual Studio
7 2 (1.24%) TestDirector
General
1 19 (11.80%) Banking
2 17 (10.56%) Finance
3 8 (4.97%) Retail
4 5 (3.11%) Investment Banking
5 4 (2.48%) Electronics
5 4 (2.48%) Telecoms
5 4 (2.48%) Marketing
6 2 (1.24%) Legal
6 2 (1.24%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.62%) Back Office
7 1 (0.62%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.62%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 47 (29.19%) Analyst
2 33 (20.50%) Developer
3 23 (14.29%) Test Analyst
4 14 (8.70%) QA Analyst
5 7 (4.35%) Business Analyst
6 6 (3.73%) Architect
6 6 (3.73%) Project Manager
6 6 (3.73%) Test Manager
6 6 (3.73%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 6 (3.73%) C# Developer
7 5 (3.11%) Java Developer
7 5 (3.11%) Quality Analyst
7 5 (3.11%) QA Engineer
7 5 (3.11%) Project Planner
7 5 (3.11%) PMO Analyst
7 5 (3.11%) iOS Developer
8 4 (2.48%) Business Systems Analyst
8 4 (2.48%) Systems Analyst
8 4 (2.48%) Tester
8 4 (2.48%) Author
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (14.29%) .NET
2 18 (11.18%) Web Services
3 16 (9.94%) HTML
4 9 (5.59%) XML
5 8 (4.97%) REST
6 7 (4.35%) ASP.NET
6 7 (4.35%) CSS
6 7 (4.35%) JSON
6 7 (4.35%) WCF
7 6 (3.73%) Spring
7 6 (3.73%) LAMP
7 6 (3.73%) SOAP
8 5 (3.11%) Hibernate
9 4 (2.48%) OAuth
10 3 (1.86%) JPA
10 3 (1.86%) JAX-RS
10 3 (1.86%) WSDL
10 3 (1.86%) Ajax
10 3 (1.86%) .NET Framework
10 3 (1.86%) COM+
Miscellaneous
1 23 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (9.32%) User Experience
3 6 (3.73%) Mobile App
3 6 (3.73%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 4 (2.48%) GIS
4 4 (2.48%) Graphic Design
4 4 (2.48%) Computer Science
4 4 (2.48%) Wiki
5 3 (1.86%) FMCG
5 3 (1.86%) Video Editing
5 3 (1.86%) Management Information System
5 3 (1.86%) Data Structures
6 2 (1.24%) Algorithms
6 2 (1.24%) Data Centre
6 2 (1.24%) DTV
6 2 (1.24%) Data Extraction
7 1 (0.62%) Data Integration
7 1 (0.62%) DataPower
7 1 (0.62%) Visualisation
7 1 (0.62%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 24 (14.91%) Windows
2 17 (10.56%) Linux
3 7 (4.35%) Windows 7
3 7 (4.35%) Apple iOS
4 6 (3.73%) Windows XP
4 6 (3.73%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (3.11%) Windows Server 2003
6 3 (1.86%) UNIX
6 3 (1.86%) Android
7 2 (1.24%) Embedded Linux
7 2 (1.24%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (1.24%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (19.88%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (11.18%) Project Management
3 13 (8.07%) PRINCE2
4 11 (6.83%) Validation
5 10 (6.21%) Stakeholder Management
5 10 (6.21%) E-Commerce
5 10 (6.21%) Test Scripting
5 10 (6.21%) Continuous Delivery
6 9 (5.59%) SDLC
6 9 (5.59%) Scrum
6 9 (5.59%) User Acceptance Testing
6 9 (5.59%) Unit Testing
7 8 (4.97%) Business Analysis
7 8 (4.97%) Software Testing
7 8 (4.97%) Test Automation
8 7 (4.35%) Web Development
8 7 (4.35%) iOS Development
8 7 (4.35%) Root Cause Analysis
9 6 (3.73%) Cyber Security
9 6 (3.73%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 32 (19.88%) C#
2 19 (11.80%) SQL
3 14 (8.70%) Java
4 8 (4.97%) PowerShell
5 7 (4.35%) JavaScript
5 7 (4.35%) Perl
5 7 (4.35%) PHP
5 7 (4.35%) VBScript
5 7 (4.35%) Python
6 6 (3.73%) VB
6 6 (3.73%) C++
6 6 (3.73%) Bash Shell
7 5 (3.11%) Apple Swift
8 4 (2.48%) Ruby
8 4 (2.48%) Objective-C
9 3 (1.86%) VB6
9 3 (1.86%) C
10 2 (1.24%) Shell Script
10 2 (1.24%) MATLAB
10 2 (1.24%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 29 (18.01%) ISTQB
2 24 (14.91%) Security Cleared
3 19 (11.80%) Degree
4 18 (11.18%) SC Cleared
5 12 (7.45%) ISEB
6 6 (3.73%) Cisco Certification
6 6 (3.73%) CCNA
6 6 (3.73%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 4 (2.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 3 (1.86%) DV Cleared
8 3 (1.86%) APMP
8 3 (1.86%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 2 (1.24%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 1 (0.62%) Six Sigma Black Belt
10 1 (0.62%) CISM
10 1 (0.62%) ISEB Practitioner
10 1 (0.62%) CISMP
10 1 (0.62%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.62%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.24%) SLA
2 1 (0.62%) ISO 14001
2 1 (0.62%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 13 (8.07%) Active Directory
2 10 (6.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (4.35%) Hyper-V
3 7 (4.35%) vSphere
4 6 (3.73%) VMware ESXi
4 6 (3.73%) VirtualBox
5 5 (3.11%) VMware ESX
6 3 (1.86%) XenApp
7 2 (1.24%) VMware Workstation
8 1 (0.62%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 6 (3.73%) Nmap
2 2 (1.24%) SCCM
3 1 (0.62%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.62%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 1 (0.62%) WSUS
Vendors
1 13 (8.07%) Microsoft
2 11 (6.83%) VMware
3 10 (6.21%) Atlassian
4 7 (4.35%) Symantec
5 5 (3.11%) SAP
6 4 (2.48%) Citrix
6 4 (2.48%) Salesforce.com
6 4 (2.48%) TIBCO
6 4 (2.48%) Sitecore
7 3 (1.86%) ForgeRock
7 3 (1.86%) Adobe
8 2 (1.24%) HP
8 2 (1.24%) Oracle
8 2 (1.24%) hybris
9 1 (0.62%) Tableau
9 1 (0.62%) Nimble Storage
9 1 (0.62%) Capita
9 1 (0.62%) LANDesk
9 1 (0.62%) NetApp
9 1 (0.62%) Mapinfo
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