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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 60 88 71
Rank change year-on-year
+28 -17
Contract jobs citing QA 74 55 45
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 2.48% 1.84% 2.18%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 28.35% 18.90% 23.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 42 27
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£350 £358 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.09% +5.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £253 £223
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £523 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 4
Average hourly rate £38.50 - £16.33
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £21.50 £26.75
% change year-on-year
+72.09% -19.62%
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
261 291 192
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 8.75% 9.71% 9.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 166 182 112
Average daily rate £398 £398 £383
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £275 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £548 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 26 11
Average hourly rate £42.00 £40.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% +23.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.58 £14.70 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £42.10 £157.50
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 22 May 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 22 May 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
Bristol +11 22 £360 -0.68% 15
Wiltshire +17 19 £355 -2.73% 7
Devon -1 12 £325 -23.52% 6
Dorset +1 9 £188 -42.30% 13
Gloucestershire -14 3 - - 1
Somerset +13 2 - - 2
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 29 (20.86%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (14.39%) SQL
3 19 (13.67%) Project Management
3 19 (13.67%) ISTQB
4 18 (12.95%) C#
4 18 (12.95%) Java
5 17 (12.23%) User Experience
6 16 (11.51%) Analytical Skills
6 16 (11.51%) User Acceptance Testing
6 16 (11.51%) Microsoft
6 16 (11.51%) Finance
7 15 (10.79%) ISEB
7 15 (10.79%) .NET
7 15 (10.79%) Selenium
8 14 (10.07%) Test Scripting
8 14 (10.07%) SQL Server
9 12 (8.63%) Web Services
9 12 (8.63%) E-Commerce
9 12 (8.63%) Security Cleared
9 12 (8.63%) Root Cause Analysis
10 10 (7.19%) Degree
10 10 (7.19%) Banking
11 9 (6.47%) Retail
11 9 (6.47%) Software Testing
11 9 (6.47%) Stakeholder Management
11 9 (6.47%) PRINCE2
11 9 (6.47%) MS Excel
11 9 (6.47%) REST
12 8 (5.76%) Test Strategy
12 8 (5.76%) WebDriver

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 (3.60%) IIS
2 4 (2.88%) Liferay
2 4 (2.88%) Drupal
2 4 (2.88%) WebLogic
2 4 (2.88%) SharePoint
3 3 (2.16%) CMS
4 2 (1.44%) ATG Dynamo
5 1 (0.72%) SugarCRM
5 1 (0.72%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.72%) Apache
5 1 (0.72%) Node.js
5 1 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.72%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 9 (6.47%) MS Excel
2 6 (4.32%) MS Office
3 4 (2.88%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (2.16%) MS Project
5 1 (0.72%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.72%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 2 (1.44%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.72%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.72%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.72%) BusinessWorks
2 1 (0.72%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (2.16%) SaaS
3 2 (1.44%) PaaS
3 2 (1.44%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.72%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 6 (4.32%) WAN
2 4 (2.88%) Firewall
3 2 (1.44%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 2 (1.44%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
3 2 (1.44%) DNS
3 2 (1.44%) HTTPS
3 2 (1.44%) LAN
3 2 (1.44%) Ethernet
4 1 (0.72%) Intrusion Detection
4 1 (0.72%) 2G
4 1 (0.72%) HTTP
4 1 (0.72%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.72%) UMTS
4 1 (0.72%) SMTP
4 1 (0.72%) GSM
4 1 (0.72%) 3G
4 1 (0.72%) Internet
4 1 (0.72%) NAS
4 1 (0.72%) LTE
4 1 (0.72%) 4G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (10.07%) SQL Server
2 7 (5.04%) MongoDB
3 5 (3.60%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (3.60%) MS Access
4 4 (2.88%) NoSQL
5 3 (2.16%) MySQL
5 3 (2.16%) OLTP
5 3 (2.16%) Relational Database
6 2 (1.44%) Oracle Database
6 2 (1.44%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (1.44%) RDBMS
6 2 (1.44%) SQL Server 2005
6 2 (1.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.72%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.72%) OLAP
7 1 (0.72%) Crystal Reports
7 1 (0.72%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.72%) PerformancePoint
7 1 (0.72%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 15 (10.79%) Selenium
2 8 (5.76%) WebDriver
3 6 (4.32%) SpecFlow
3 6 (4.32%) Git (software)
4 5 (3.60%) Subversion
4 5 (3.60%) JIRA
5 4 (2.88%) MSI
5 4 (2.88%) JUnit
6 3 (2.16%) QuickTest Pro
6 3 (2.16%) Cucumber
7 2 (1.44%) Selenium IDE
7 2 (1.44%) Grunt
7 2 (1.44%) Jenkins
7 2 (1.44%) MSTest
7 2 (1.44%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (1.44%) TestDirector
7 2 (1.44%) NUnit
8 1 (0.72%) Maven
8 1 (0.72%) Toad
8 1 (0.72%) Visual Studio
General
1 16 (11.51%) Finance
2 10 (7.19%) Banking
3 9 (6.47%) Retail
4 7 (5.04%) Telecoms
5 5 (3.60%) Marketing
6 4 (2.88%) Investment Banking
7 3 (2.16%) Manufacturing
8 2 (1.44%) Legal
8 2 (1.44%) Electronics
9 1 (0.72%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.72%) Back Office
9 1 (0.72%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 31 (22.30%) Analyst
2 25 (17.99%) Developer
3 16 (11.51%) Test Analyst
4 12 (8.63%) Test Manager
5 10 (7.19%) Architect
6 9 (6.47%) Solutions Architect
6 9 (6.47%) Project Manager
7 8 (5.76%) QA Analyst
8 7 (5.04%) QA Engineer
8 7 (5.04%) Business Analyst
9 5 (3.60%) Test Engineer
9 5 (3.60%) Agile Test Analyst
9 5 (3.60%) iOS Developer
10 4 (2.88%) Tester
10 4 (2.88%) Business Systems Analyst
10 4 (2.88%) Systems Analyst
10 4 (2.88%) Quality Manager
10 4 (2.88%) Java Developer
11 3 (2.16%) Quality Analyst
11 3 (2.16%) .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (10.79%) .NET
2 12 (8.63%) Web Services
3 9 (6.47%) REST
4 8 (5.76%) HTML
4 8 (5.76%) JSON
5 5 (3.60%) CSS
5 5 (3.60%) SOAP
6 4 (2.88%) OAuth
6 4 (2.88%) ASP.NET
6 4 (2.88%) Application Packaging
7 3 (2.16%) Spring
7 3 (2.16%) XML
8 2 (1.44%) Apache Cordova
8 2 (1.44%) JAX-RS
8 2 (1.44%) Sass
8 2 (1.44%) AngularJS
8 2 (1.44%) JPA
8 2 (1.44%) Middleware
8 2 (1.44%) XSD
8 2 (1.44%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 17 (12.23%) User Experience
2 16 (11.51%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (5.04%) Mobile App
4 5 (3.60%) Computer Science
5 3 (2.16%) Graphic Design
5 3 (2.16%) Video Editing
5 3 (2.16%) Management Information System
5 3 (2.16%) FMCG
6 2 (1.44%) Data Structures
6 2 (1.44%) Algorithms
6 2 (1.44%) Open Source
6 2 (1.44%) Data Extraction
6 2 (1.44%) DTV
7 1 (0.72%) Freedom of Information
7 1 (0.72%) GIS
7 1 (0.72%) Device Driver
7 1 (0.72%) NHS
7 1 (0.72%) Data Integration
7 1 (0.72%) Digital Media
7 1 (0.72%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 7 (5.04%) Apple iOS
2 6 (4.32%) Windows
3 3 (2.16%) Android
4 2 (1.44%) Windows Phone
4 2 (1.44%) Windows 7
4 2 (1.44%) Linux
4 2 (1.44%) UNIX
5 1 (0.72%) Windows XP
5 1 (0.72%) Solaris
5 1 (0.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (20.86%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (13.67%) Project Management
3 16 (11.51%) User Acceptance Testing
4 14 (10.07%) Test Scripting
5 12 (8.63%) E-Commerce
5 12 (8.63%) Root Cause Analysis
6 9 (6.47%) Software Testing
6 9 (6.47%) Stakeholder Management
6 9 (6.47%) PRINCE2
7 8 (5.76%) Test Strategy
7 8 (5.76%) CRM
7 8 (5.76%) TOGAF
8 7 (5.04%) Risk Management
8 7 (5.04%) Validation
8 7 (5.04%) B2B
8 7 (5.04%) Test Management
8 7 (5.04%) iOS Development
9 6 (4.32%) Automation Testing
9 6 (4.32%) Manual Testing
9 6 (4.32%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 20 (14.39%) SQL
2 18 (12.95%) C#
2 18 (12.95%) Java
3 6 (4.32%) VB
4 5 (3.60%) VBA
4 5 (3.60%) Apple Swift
5 4 (2.88%) JavaScript
5 4 (2.88%) Objective-C
5 4 (2.88%) Ruby
6 3 (2.16%) Python
6 3 (2.16%) PHP
6 3 (2.16%) VB.NET
7 2 (1.44%) Bash Shell
7 2 (1.44%) PowerShell
7 2 (1.44%) C
8 1 (0.72%) VBScript
8 1 (0.72%) Perl
Qualifications
1 19 (13.67%) ISTQB
2 15 (10.79%) ISEB
3 12 (8.63%) Security Cleared
4 10 (7.19%) Degree
5 6 (4.32%) SC Cleared
6 4 (2.88%) Microsoft Certification
7 3 (2.16%) CISM
7 3 (2.16%) MCSE
7 3 (2.16%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 3 (2.16%) CISSP
7 3 (2.16%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 2 (1.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 2 (1.44%) DV Cleared
8 2 (1.44%) GCIA
9 1 (0.72%) CISMP
9 1 (0.72%) ISEB Practitioner
9 1 (0.72%) Six Sigma Black Belt
9 1 (0.72%) PMP
9 1 (0.72%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.72%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.04%) SLA
2 2 (1.44%) COBIT
3 1 (0.72%) JSP 440
3 1 (0.72%) Solvency II
3 1 (0.72%) Data Quality
System Software
1 7 (5.04%) Active Directory
2 3 (2.16%) Microsoft App-V
2 3 (2.16%) XenApp
3 1 (0.72%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 5 (3.60%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.44%) SCCM
2 2 (1.44%) Nessus
3 1 (0.72%) yum
3 1 (0.72%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 16 (11.51%) Microsoft
2 5 (3.60%) TIBCO
3 4 (2.88%) ForgeRock
3 4 (2.88%) Sitecore
3 4 (2.88%) Atlassian
3 4 (2.88%) Salesforce.com
3 4 (2.88%) SAP
4 3 (2.16%) Oracle
4 3 (2.16%) HP
4 3 (2.16%) Adobe
4 3 (2.16%) Cisco
4 3 (2.16%) Nokia
4 3 (2.16%) Novell
5 2 (1.44%) F5
5 2 (1.44%) LogRhythm
5 2 (1.44%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 2 (1.44%) CheckPoint
5 2 (1.44%) IBM
5 2 (1.44%) ATG
5 2 (1.44%) Sourcefire
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