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 31 August 2016 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
31 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 50 55 84
Rank change year-on-year
+5 +29
Contract jobs citing QA 101 104 66
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 3.49% 3.11% 2.09%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 31.86% 31.14% 15.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 68 50
Median daily rate £400 £350 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £252 £272
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £456 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £378 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.96% +7.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 0
Median hourly rate £21.00 £36.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-42.46% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £18.68 £13.71
% change year-on-year
+33.83% +36.25%
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
317 334 422
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 10.96% 9.98% 13.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 218 221 288
Median daily rate £390 £414 £448
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.74% -7.54%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £275 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £516 £518 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £408 £380
% change year-on-year
-1.84% +7.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 17 29
Median hourly rate £33.50 £25.00 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+34.00% -1.96%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £13.00 £16.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.00 £56.00 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.15 £25.69 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+9.57% +28.45%

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 31 August 2016.

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 31 August 2016.

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 31 August 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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
Bristol +23 46 £400 +3.55% 11
Wiltshire -6 18 £400 +45.45% 5
Dorset -8 11 £428 +42.50%
Somerset +17 10 £338 -38.63% 3
Devon -3 6 £163 -53.57% 1
Gloucestershire -8 4 £325 -27.77% 3
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 31 August 2016, 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 89 (52.05%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (25.15%) Security Cleared
3 39 (22.81%) Finance
3 39 (22.81%) Scrum
4 37 (21.64%) C#
5 34 (19.88%) Java
6 29 (16.96%) Project Management
7 28 (16.37%) .NET
7 28 (16.37%) TDD
8 24 (14.04%) BDD
9 23 (13.45%) SC Cleared
9 23 (13.45%) Ruby
9 23 (13.45%) JavaScript
10 22 (12.87%) SQL Server
10 22 (12.87%) SQL
10 22 (12.87%) JIRA
11 21 (12.28%) Selenium
11 21 (12.28%) ASP.NET Web API
11 21 (12.28%) Automated Testing
12 20 (11.70%) E-Commerce
12 20 (11.70%) User Experience
12 20 (11.70%) Kanban
13 19 (11.11%) DevOps
13 19 (11.11%) MVC
14 17 (9.94%) Python
14 17 (9.94%) HTML
14 17 (9.94%) Amazon AWS
15 16 (9.36%) Test Automation
15 16 (9.36%) Microsoft Azure
15 16 (9.36%) Microsoft

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 11 (6.43%) Elasticsearch
2 6 (3.51%) NServiceBus
2 6 (3.51%) SAS
3 5 (2.92%) IIS
3 5 (2.92%) K2 blackpearl
4 4 (2.34%) Skype for Business
4 4 (2.34%) WebLogic
5 3 (1.75%) SharePoint
6 2 (1.17%) CMS
6 2 (1.17%) IBM Notes
7 1 (0.58%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.58%) Confluence
7 1 (0.58%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.58%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 12 (7.02%) MS Office
2 11 (6.43%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.17%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.58%) Adobe Illustrator
4 1 (0.58%) Fireworks
4 1 (0.58%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.58%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (2.34%) Primavera
2 2 (1.17%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (1.17%) SAP CRM
2 2 (1.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.58%) Maximo
3 1 (0.58%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 17 (9.94%) Amazon AWS
2 16 (9.36%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (6.43%) Amazon EC2
4 10 (5.85%) Amazon S3
4 10 (5.85%) GitHub
5 3 (1.75%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.34%) Skype
2 2 (1.17%) Firewall
2 2 (1.17%) Unified Communications
3 1 (0.58%) DHCP
3 1 (0.58%) DNS
3 1 (0.58%) Extranet
3 1 (0.58%) Internet
3 1 (0.58%) Intranet
3 1 (0.58%) LAN
3 1 (0.58%) NAS
3 1 (0.58%) Remote Desktop
3 1 (0.58%) SAN
3 1 (0.58%) VLAN
3 1 (0.58%) VPN
3 1 (0.58%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (12.87%) SQL Server
2 11 (6.43%) Amazon DynamoDB
2 11 (6.43%) Hadoop
3 10 (5.85%) NoSQL
4 6 (3.51%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (1.17%) Big Data
5 2 (1.17%) DTS
5 2 (1.17%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.58%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.58%) SQL Server 2000
6 1 (0.58%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.58%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.58%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (0.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 22 (12.87%) JIRA
2 21 (12.28%) Selenium
3 13 (7.60%) Team Foundation Server
4 12 (7.02%) TeamCity
5 11 (6.43%) Cucumber
5 11 (6.43%) Octopus Deploy
5 11 (6.43%) WebDriver
6 9 (5.26%) Git (software)
7 5 (2.92%) Gradle
7 5 (2.92%) SpecFlow
8 4 (2.34%) IntelliJ
9 3 (1.75%) ClearCase
9 3 (1.75%) HP UFT
9 3 (1.75%) Jenkins
9 3 (1.75%) Rational DOORS
9 3 (1.75%) Subversion
9 3 (1.75%) TestComplete
10 2 (1.17%) Appium
10 2 (1.17%) Robotium
10 2 (1.17%) Vagrant
General
1 39 (22.81%) Finance
2 5 (2.92%) Banking
3 4 (2.34%) Marketing
4 2 (1.17%) Electronics
4 2 (1.17%) Manufacturing
4 2 (1.17%) Retail
4 2 (1.17%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.58%) Advertising
5 1 (0.58%) Avionics
5 1 (0.58%) Back Office
5 1 (0.58%) Billing
5 1 (0.58%) Law
5 1 (0.58%) Military
5 1 (0.58%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 39 (22.81%) Developer
2 22 (12.87%) Analyst
3 21 (12.28%) Tester
4 15 (8.77%) Test Engineer
5 12 (7.02%) .NET Developer
6 11 (6.43%) Senior Developer
6 11 (6.43%) Test Leader
7 10 (5.85%) Software Test Engineer
7 10 (5.85%) Test Analyst
8 9 (5.26%) Java Developer
8 9 (5.26%) Selenium Tester
8 9 (5.26%) SQL Developer
9 8 (4.68%) Automation Tester
9 8 (4.68%) E-Commerce Developer
9 8 (4.68%) Software Developer
10 7 (4.09%) Agile Tester
10 7 (4.09%) AWS Engineer
10 7 (4.09%) Project Manager
10 7 (4.09%) QA Engineer
10 7 (4.09%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (16.37%) .NET
2 21 (12.28%) ASP.NET Web API
3 17 (9.94%) HTML
4 14 (8.19%) AngularJS
5 13 (7.60%) Node.js
5 13 (7.60%) RabbitMQ
6 12 (7.02%) ASP.NET
6 12 (7.02%) ASP.NET MVC
6 12 (7.02%) Web Services
7 11 (6.43%) .NET Framework
8 10 (5.85%) Ember.js
9 9 (5.26%) XML
10 8 (4.68%) CSS
11 6 (3.51%) RESTful
12 5 (2.92%) Hibernate
12 5 (2.92%) SOAP
12 5 (2.92%) Spring
12 5 (2.92%) Velocity
12 5 (2.92%) WF
13 4 (2.34%) JAXB
Miscellaneous
1 20 (11.70%) User Experience
2 11 (6.43%) Public Cloud
3 10 (5.85%) Blog
4 9 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (5.26%) Visualisation
5 6 (3.51%) Ergonomics
5 6 (3.51%) Mobile App
6 5 (2.92%) Statistics
7 4 (2.34%) Management Information System
8 3 (1.75%) Data Protection Act
8 3 (1.75%) Virtual Team
9 2 (1.17%) Data Structures
9 2 (1.17%) e-Learning
9 2 (1.17%) iPad
9 2 (1.17%) Learning Management System
9 2 (1.17%) NHS
9 2 (1.17%) SCORM
10 1 (0.58%) Enterprise Software
10 1 (0.58%) Mainframe
10 1 (0.58%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 11 (6.43%) Windows
2 4 (2.34%) Unix
3 2 (1.17%) Android
3 2 (1.17%) Apple iOS
3 2 (1.17%) Linux
3 2 (1.17%) Windows 10
3 2 (1.17%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (0.58%) Windows 7
4 1 (0.58%) Windows Server
4 1 (0.58%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (0.58%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 89 (52.05%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (22.81%) Scrum
3 29 (16.96%) Project Management
4 28 (16.37%) TDD
5 24 (14.04%) BDD
6 21 (12.28%) Automated Testing
7 20 (11.70%) E-Commerce
7 20 (11.70%) Kanban
8 19 (11.11%) DevOps
8 19 (11.11%) MVC
9 16 (9.36%) Software Testing
9 16 (9.36%) Test Automation
10 15 (8.77%) Line Management
10 15 (8.77%) Unit Testing
11 14 (8.19%) Manual Testing
11 14 (8.19%) SDLC
11 14 (8.19%) Test Strategy
12 13 (7.60%) Continuous Improvement
12 13 (7.60%) Microservices
13 12 (7.02%) Exploratory Testing
Programming Languages
1 37 (21.64%) C#
2 34 (19.88%) Java
3 23 (13.45%) JavaScript
3 23 (13.45%) Ruby
4 22 (12.87%) SQL
5 17 (9.94%) Python
6 12 (7.02%) C
7 11 (6.43%) Scala
8 9 (5.26%) C++
9 7 (4.09%) R
10 6 (3.51%) MATLAB
10 6 (3.51%) Objective-C
11 4 (2.34%) Groovy
11 4 (2.34%) Perl
12 3 (1.75%) Delphi
12 3 (1.75%) PL/1
13 2 (1.17%) PHP
13 2 (1.17%) PL/SQL
13 2 (1.17%) PowerShell
13 2 (1.17%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 43 (25.15%) Security Cleared
2 23 (13.45%) SC Cleared
3 14 (8.19%) DV Cleared
4 13 (7.60%) Degree
5 12 (7.02%) ISTQB
6 9 (5.26%) ISEB
7 6 (3.51%) BPSS Clearance
8 4 (2.34%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 3 (1.75%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 2 (1.17%) PMI Certification
10 2 (1.17%) RHCE
11 1 (0.58%) APMP
11 1 (0.58%) CISSP
11 1 (0.58%) IISP
11 1 (0.58%) ISEB Practitioner
11 1 (0.58%) PCI QSA
11 1 (0.58%) PMP
11 1 (0.58%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.51%) Disclosure Scotland
2 3 (1.75%) TickIT
3 2 (1.17%) DO-178B
3 2 (1.17%) ISO 9001
3 2 (1.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.17%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.17%) SLA
4 1 (0.58%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.58%) Def Stans
4 1 (0.58%) DO-254
4 1 (0.58%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.58%) NEBOSH
4 1 (0.58%) SDET
System Software
1 3 (1.75%) Active Directory
1 3 (1.75%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (1.17%) Docker
2 2 (1.17%) Firmware
2 2 (1.17%) vSphere
3 1 (0.58%) ISA Server
3 1 (0.58%) Virtual Desktop
3 1 (0.58%) VMware ESX
3 1 (0.58%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (0.58%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 13 (7.60%) Opscode Chef
2 4 (2.34%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (1.17%) Capistrano
3 2 (1.17%) Puppet
3 2 (1.17%) SCCM
4 1 (0.58%) AirWatch
4 1 (0.58%) Backup Exec
4 1 (0.58%) MOM
4 1 (0.58%) Nagios
4 1 (0.58%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (0.58%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.58%) WSUS
Vendors
1 16 (9.36%) Microsoft
2 9 (5.26%) Oracle
3 5 (2.92%) Apple
3 5 (2.92%) Rally
4 4 (2.34%) SAP
5 3 (1.75%) IBM
5 3 (1.75%) VMware
6 2 (1.17%) HP
6 2 (1.17%) Lotus
6 2 (1.17%) Red Hat
6 2 (1.17%) Sencha
6 2 (1.17%) Symantec
7 1 (0.58%) Atlassian
7 1 (0.58%) Citrix
7 1 (0.58%) Dell
7 1 (0.58%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (0.58%) Sun
7 1 (0.58%) Veritas