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 27 March 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 81 73 75
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +2
Contract jobs citing QA 65 67 60
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 2.09% 2.32% 2.49%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 21.96% 26.48% 27.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 46 46 37
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £203 £180 £195
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £431 £459
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.50 £18.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+102.77% -34.54%
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
296 253 217
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 9.51% 8.76% 8.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 181 151 134
Average daily rate £490 £424 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.69% +14.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £181 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £698 £600 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £370 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.05% +12.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 15 10
Average hourly rate £40.00 £22.75 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+75.82% -39.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.10 £12.32 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.10 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.40 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+29.31% -5.94%

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 27 March 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 27 March 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
Wiltshire +14 22 £355 +75.30% 3
Bristol -6 16 £400 +17.64% 15
Dorset - 7 £450 - 1
Devon -14 6 £400 +23.07% 3
Somerset +1 5 £350 - 4
Gloucestershire - 5 £388 - 5
QA
England

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 25 (20.16%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (18.55%) Microsoft
3 21 (16.94%) Finance
4 20 (16.13%) ISEB
4 20 (16.13%) Project Management
5 18 (14.52%) Java
5 18 (14.52%) User Acceptance Testing
6 17 (13.71%) SQL
7 15 (12.10%) Security Cleared
8 14 (11.29%) Test Scripting
9 13 (10.48%) ISTQB
9 13 (10.48%) .NET
10 11 (8.87%) SQL Server
10 11 (8.87%) E-Commerce
11 10 (8.06%) Web Services
12 9 (7.26%) MS Office
12 9 (7.26%) Degree
12 9 (7.26%) Regression Testing
12 9 (7.26%) Migration
12 9 (7.26%) Stakeholder Management
12 9 (7.26%) TOGAF
12 9 (7.26%) User Experience
13 8 (6.45%) Analytical Skills
13 8 (6.45%) Test Strategy
13 8 (6.45%) SC Cleared
13 8 (6.45%) Banking
13 8 (6.45%) Retail
13 8 (6.45%) JIRA
13 8 (6.45%) Selenium
13 8 (6.45%) Software Testing

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Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 5 (4.03%) WebLogic
1 5 (4.03%) IIS
2 4 (3.23%) CMS
2 4 (3.23%) Drupal
2 4 (3.23%) Liferay
3 3 (2.42%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.61%) ATG Dynamo
4 2 (1.61%) Lync
5 1 (0.81%) Node.js
5 1 (0.81%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.81%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.81%) Confluence
5 1 (0.81%) SugarCRM
5 1 (0.81%) MS Project Server
5 1 (0.81%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.81%) SAS
5 1 (0.81%) Apache
Applications
1 9 (7.26%) MS Office
2 4 (3.23%) MS Excel
2 4 (3.23%) MS Project
3 1 (0.81%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (1.61%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.81%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.81%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.81%) SAP Business One
2 1 (0.81%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.81%) BusinessWorks
Cloud Services
1 5 (4.03%) SaaS
2 2 (1.61%) PaaS
3 1 (0.81%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (4.84%) WAN
2 4 (3.23%) Firewall
3 3 (2.42%) Internet
4 2 (1.61%) DNS
4 2 (1.61%) LAN
4 2 (1.61%) Ethernet
4 2 (1.61%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
4 2 (1.61%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
5 1 (0.81%) 2G
5 1 (0.81%) LTE
5 1 (0.81%) OpenLDAP
5 1 (0.81%) 4G
5 1 (0.81%) FTP
5 1 (0.81%) HTTP
5 1 (0.81%) PPP
5 1 (0.81%) UMTS
5 1 (0.81%) LDAP
5 1 (0.81%) GSM
5 1 (0.81%) HTTPS
5 1 (0.81%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (8.87%) SQL Server
2 6 (4.84%) MongoDB
3 4 (3.23%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (2.42%) NoSQL
4 3 (2.42%) Oracle Database
4 3 (2.42%) Relational Database
5 2 (1.61%) OLTP
5 2 (1.61%) RDBMS
5 2 (1.61%) MySQL
6 1 (0.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.81%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.81%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.81%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 8 (6.45%) JIRA
1 8 (6.45%) Selenium
2 7 (5.65%) MSI
3 4 (3.23%) WebDriver
4 3 (2.42%) Git (software)
4 3 (2.42%) Subversion
4 3 (2.42%) JUnit
4 3 (2.42%) Cucumber
4 3 (2.42%) SoapUI
4 3 (2.42%) SpecFlow
4 3 (2.42%) Jenkins
5 2 (1.61%) TestDirector
5 2 (1.61%) QuickTest Pro
5 2 (1.61%) InstallShield
6 1 (0.81%) NUnit
6 1 (0.81%) Maven
6 1 (0.81%) LoadRunner
6 1 (0.81%) Visual Studio
6 1 (0.81%) Eclipse
6 1 (0.81%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 21 (16.94%) Finance
2 8 (6.45%) Banking
2 8 (6.45%) Retail
3 7 (5.65%) Telecoms
4 4 (3.23%) Manufacturing
5 3 (2.42%) Marketing
6 2 (1.61%) Retail Banking
6 2 (1.61%) Electronics
7 1 (0.81%) Back Office
7 1 (0.81%) Legal
7 1 (0.81%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 24 (19.35%) Analyst
2 18 (14.52%) Test Analyst
3 17 (13.71%) Developer
4 14 (11.29%) Test Manager
5 11 (8.87%) Architect
6 10 (8.06%) Solutions Architect
7 8 (6.45%) Project Manager
8 6 (4.84%) Tester
9 5 (4.03%) Test Engineer
9 5 (4.03%) Agile Test Analyst
10 4 (3.23%) Applications Specialist
10 4 (3.23%) Quality Manager
11 3 (2.42%) QA Manager
11 3 (2.42%) Java Developer
11 3 (2.42%) Applications Packager
11 3 (2.42%) QA Engineer
11 3 (2.42%) Excel Developer
11 3 (2.42%) Automation Tester
11 3 (2.42%) AWS Developer
12 2 (1.61%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (10.48%) .NET
2 10 (8.06%) Web Services
3 7 (5.65%) JSON
3 7 (5.65%) Application Packaging
4 5 (4.03%) HTML
4 5 (4.03%) SOAP
4 5 (4.03%) REST
5 4 (3.23%) OAuth
5 4 (3.23%) XML
6 3 (2.42%) ASP.NET
7 2 (1.61%) CSS
7 2 (1.61%) XSD
7 2 (1.61%) WSDL
7 2 (1.61%) Middleware
7 2 (1.61%) Spring
7 2 (1.61%) Java EE
8 1 (0.81%) JAX-RS
8 1 (0.81%) Android SDK
8 1 (0.81%) Ruby on Rails
8 1 (0.81%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 9 (7.26%) User Experience
2 8 (6.45%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (3.23%) Management Information System
4 3 (2.42%) Mathematics
4 3 (2.42%) Computer Science
4 3 (2.42%) Mobile App
5 2 (1.61%) Replication
5 2 (1.61%) Open Source
5 2 (1.61%) DTV
6 1 (0.81%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.81%) GIS
6 1 (0.81%) Streaming Video
6 1 (0.81%) Digital Media
6 1 (0.81%) Data Integration
6 1 (0.81%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 8 (6.45%) Windows
2 4 (3.23%) Linux
3 3 (2.42%) Windows 7
3 3 (2.42%) UNIX
4 2 (1.61%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (1.61%) Android
5 1 (0.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.81%) Solaris
5 1 (0.81%) Windows XP
5 1 (0.81%) Mac OS X
5 1 (0.81%) zOS
5 1 (0.81%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (0.81%) Windows Vista
5 1 (0.81%) Mac OS X Server
5 1 (0.81%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (20.16%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (16.13%) Project Management
3 18 (14.52%) User Acceptance Testing
4 14 (11.29%) Test Scripting
5 11 (8.87%) E-Commerce
6 9 (7.26%) TOGAF
6 9 (7.26%) Regression Testing
6 9 (7.26%) Migration
6 9 (7.26%) Stakeholder Management
7 8 (6.45%) Software Testing
7 8 (6.45%) Test Strategy
8 7 (5.65%) Root Cause Analysis
8 7 (5.65%) Automation Testing
8 7 (5.65%) Test Management
8 7 (5.65%) PRINCE2
9 6 (4.84%) ITIL
9 6 (4.84%) Risk Management
9 6 (4.84%) Programme Management
9 6 (4.84%) Zachman Framework
9 6 (4.84%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 18 (14.52%) Java
2 17 (13.71%) SQL
3 8 (6.45%) VBA
4 7 (5.65%) VB
4 7 (5.65%) C#
5 3 (2.42%) Ruby
5 3 (2.42%) PHP
6 2 (1.61%) PowerShell
6 2 (1.61%) C
6 2 (1.61%) VB.NET
7 1 (0.81%) VBScript
7 1 (0.81%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.81%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.81%) Python
7 1 (0.81%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 20 (16.13%) ISEB
2 15 (12.10%) Security Cleared
3 13 (10.48%) ISTQB
4 9 (7.26%) Degree
5 8 (6.45%) SC Cleared
6 6 (4.84%) Microsoft Certification
7 5 (4.03%) MCSE
8 4 (3.23%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 2 (1.61%) CISSP
9 2 (1.61%) PMP
9 2 (1.61%) PMI Certification
9 2 (1.61%) CISM
9 2 (1.61%) GCIA
9 2 (1.61%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.81%) Six Sigma Black Belt
10 1 (0.81%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 1 (0.81%) ISEB Practitioner
10 1 (0.81%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (6.45%) SLA
2 2 (1.61%) COBIT
3 1 (0.81%) JSP 440
3 1 (0.81%) Solvency II
3 1 (0.81%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.81%) COREP
System Software
1 7 (5.65%) Active Directory
2 6 (4.84%) Microsoft App-V
3 5 (4.03%) XenApp
4 2 (1.61%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.81%) Postfix
5 1 (0.81%) Kerio MailServer
Systems Management
1 7 (5.65%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.61%) Nessus
2 2 (1.61%) SCCM
3 1 (0.81%) yum
3 1 (0.81%) Nagios
Vendors
1 23 (18.55%) Microsoft
2 7 (5.65%) SAP
3 5 (4.03%) Novell
3 5 (4.03%) TIBCO
4 4 (3.23%) Oracle
4 4 (3.23%) HP
4 4 (3.23%) Sitecore
4 4 (3.23%) ForgeRock
5 3 (2.42%) Nokia
5 3 (2.42%) Cisco
5 3 (2.42%) IBM
6 2 (1.61%) Dell
6 2 (1.61%) ATG
6 2 (1.61%) VMware
6 2 (1.61%) CheckPoint
6 2 (1.61%) LogRhythm
6 2 (1.61%) F5
6 2 (1.61%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
6 2 (1.61%) Sourcefire
7 1 (0.81%) Huawei
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