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 26 July 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
26 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 81 48 69
Rank change year-on-year
-33 +21
Contract jobs citing QA 68 111 76
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 2.23% 3.46% 2.55%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 22.74% 32.27% 19.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 72 60
Median daily rate £400 £350 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -5.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £203 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £541
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Median hourly rate £8.50 £72.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-88.27% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £10.50 £34.28 £19.50
% change year-on-year
-69.36% +75.76%
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
299 344 397
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 9.81% 10.73% 13.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 201 234 268
Median daily rate £383 £400 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.37% -8.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £227 £225 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £526 £526
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 14 30
Median hourly rate £36.50 £21.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+69.76% -4.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.30 £13.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.00 £100.00 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £22.50 £20.21
% change year-on-year
+24.44% +11.35%

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 26 July 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
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 26 July 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 +4 29 £400 +7.38% 7
Dorset -5 13 £430 +129.33% 5
Wiltshire -24 10 £400 +15.94% 9
Devon +3 8 £188 -42.30% 1
Gloucestershire -8 7 £438 -2.77% 2
Somerset +9 1 £325 -5.45% 1
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 26 July 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 76 (44.97%) Agile Software Development
2 55 (32.54%) Security Cleared
3 42 (24.85%) Finance
4 39 (23.08%) Java
5 36 (21.30%) Project Management
6 29 (17.16%) SC Cleared
7 24 (14.20%) Scrum
8 22 (13.02%) C#
9 21 (12.43%) Microsoft
10 19 (11.24%) Selenium
10 19 (11.24%) BDD
11 18 (10.65%) DV Cleared
11 18 (10.65%) C
11 18 (10.65%) TDD
12 17 (10.06%) Ruby
12 17 (10.06%) Software Testing
12 17 (10.06%) JIRA
12 17 (10.06%) SQL
12 17 (10.06%) Python
12 17 (10.06%) SDLC
13 16 (9.47%) MS Excel
13 16 (9.47%) E-Commerce
13 16 (9.47%) HTML
13 16 (9.47%) MS Office
14 14 (8.28%) Degree
14 14 (8.28%) Programme Management
14 14 (8.28%) DevOps
14 14 (8.28%) Test Strategy
15 13 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
15 13 (7.69%) Automated Testing

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 7 (4.14%) SAS
2 6 (3.55%) Elasticsearch
3 4 (2.37%) WebLogic
4 3 (1.78%) CMS
5 2 (1.18%) Confluence
5 2 (1.18%) IBM Notes
5 2 (1.18%) SharePoint
5 2 (1.18%) Skype for Business
6 1 (0.59%) GeoServer
6 1 (0.59%) IIS
6 1 (0.59%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (0.59%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 16 (9.47%) MS Excel
1 16 (9.47%) MS Office
2 4 (2.37%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (1.78%) MS Project
4 2 (1.18%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.59%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.59%) Fireworks
5 1 (0.59%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (4.14%) Primavera
2 5 (2.96%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (1.18%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.59%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.59%) Lorenzo
4 1 (0.59%) Maximo
4 1 (0.59%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 7 (4.14%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (2.96%) Amazon EC2
2 5 (2.96%) Amazon S3
2 5 (2.96%) GitHub
2 5 (2.96%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (1.18%) Office 365
3 2 (1.18%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.37%) DNS
2 2 (1.18%) Skype
3 1 (0.59%) Internet
3 1 (0.59%) Remote Desktop
3 1 (0.59%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (3.55%) NoSQL
1 6 (3.55%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.96%) Amazon DynamoDB
2 5 (2.96%) Hadoop
3 3 (1.78%) Big Data
3 3 (1.78%) Electronic Patient Records
4 2 (1.18%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.18%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.59%) DTS
5 1 (0.59%) GIS
5 1 (0.59%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.59%) QGIS
5 1 (0.59%) Spatial Data
5 1 (0.59%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.59%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 19 (11.24%) Selenium
2 17 (10.06%) JIRA
3 10 (5.92%) WebDriver
4 7 (4.14%) Cucumber
5 6 (3.55%) Git (software)
5 6 (3.55%) Gradle
5 6 (3.55%) TeamCity
6 5 (2.96%) Octopus Deploy
6 5 (2.96%) Team Foundation Server
7 4 (2.37%) IntelliJ
7 4 (2.37%) Jenkins
7 4 (2.37%) Subversion
8 3 (1.78%) ClearCase
8 3 (1.78%) SpecFlow
9 2 (1.18%) Appium
9 2 (1.18%) JIRA Agile
9 2 (1.18%) Protractor
9 2 (1.18%) Rational DOORS
9 2 (1.18%) Robotium
9 2 (1.18%) Vagrant
General
1 42 (24.85%) Finance
2 6 (3.55%) Marketing
3 5 (2.96%) Banking
3 5 (2.96%) Electronics
3 5 (2.96%) Manufacturing
3 5 (2.96%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.78%) Retail
5 2 (1.18%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.59%) Avionics
6 1 (0.59%) Billing
6 1 (0.59%) Corporate Banking
6 1 (0.59%) Law
6 1 (0.59%) Military
Job Titles
1 35 (20.71%) Developer
2 32 (18.93%) Analyst
3 21 (12.43%) Tester
4 16 (9.47%) Test Analyst
5 13 (7.69%) Test Engineer
6 12 (7.10%) QA Analyst
6 12 (7.10%) Senior Developer
7 11 (6.51%) Java Developer
8 10 (5.92%) Project Manager
8 10 (5.92%) Project Planner
9 9 (5.33%) Software Test Engineer
10 8 (4.73%) Coordinator
10 8 (4.73%) QA Engineer
10 8 (4.73%) Selenium Tester
10 8 (4.73%) Software Developer
11 7 (4.14%) E-Commerce Developer
11 7 (4.14%) Programme Manager
11 7 (4.14%) Project Coordinator
11 7 (4.14%) QA Test Analyst
11 7 (4.14%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (9.47%) HTML
2 12 (7.10%) Web Services
3 10 (5.92%) .NET
4 8 (4.73%) CSS
5 7 (4.14%) AngularJS
5 7 (4.14%) RabbitMQ
6 6 (3.55%) RESTful
6 6 (3.55%) SOAP
6 6 (3.55%) Spring
6 6 (3.55%) XML
7 5 (2.96%) ASP.NET
7 5 (2.96%) ASP.NET MVC
7 5 (2.96%) ASP.NET Web API
7 5 (2.96%) Ember.js
7 5 (2.96%) Hibernate
7 5 (2.96%) Node.js
8 4 (2.37%) JAXB
8 4 (2.37%) XSD
9 2 (1.18%) J2EE
9 2 (1.18%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 12 (7.10%) User Experience
2 10 (5.92%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (5.92%) Visualisation
3 9 (5.33%) Management Information System
4 8 (4.73%) Mobile App
5 7 (4.14%) Ergonomics
6 5 (2.96%) Blog
6 5 (2.96%) Public Cloud
7 4 (2.37%) NHS
8 3 (1.78%) Virtual Team
9 1 (0.59%) Data Centre
9 1 (0.59%) Data Protection Act
9 1 (0.59%) iPad
9 1 (0.59%) Mainframe
9 1 (0.59%) PMI
9 1 (0.59%) Psychology
9 1 (0.59%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 5 (2.96%) Android
1 5 (2.96%) Windows
2 4 (2.37%) Unix
3 3 (1.78%) Linux
4 2 (1.18%) Apple iOS
4 2 (1.18%) Windows 10
4 2 (1.18%) Windows Server
4 2 (1.18%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (0.59%) CentOS
5 1 (0.59%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (44.97%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (21.30%) Project Management
3 24 (14.20%) Scrum
4 19 (11.24%) BDD
5 18 (10.65%) TDD
6 17 (10.06%) SDLC
6 17 (10.06%) Software Testing
7 16 (9.47%) E-Commerce
8 14 (8.28%) DevOps
8 14 (8.28%) Programme Management
8 14 (8.28%) Test Strategy
9 13 (7.69%) Automated Testing
9 13 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
10 12 (7.10%) Exploratory Testing
10 12 (7.10%) Line Management
10 12 (7.10%) Manual Testing
10 12 (7.10%) OO
10 12 (7.10%) Test Automation
11 11 (6.51%) Mentoring
11 11 (6.51%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 39 (23.08%) Java
2 22 (13.02%) C#
3 18 (10.65%) C
4 17 (10.06%) Python
4 17 (10.06%) Ruby
4 17 (10.06%) SQL
5 11 (6.51%) JavaScript
6 10 (5.92%) C++
7 8 (4.73%) R
8 7 (4.14%) MATLAB
8 7 (4.14%) Objective-C
9 5 (2.96%) Scala
10 4 (2.37%) Groovy
10 4 (2.37%) Perl
11 3 (1.78%) Delphi
11 3 (1.78%) PL/1
12 2 (1.18%) PHP
12 2 (1.18%) PL/SQL
13 1 (0.59%) Lua
13 1 (0.59%) VB
Qualifications
1 55 (32.54%) Security Cleared
2 29 (17.16%) SC Cleared
3 18 (10.65%) DV Cleared
4 14 (8.28%) Degree
5 11 (6.51%) ISTQB
6 10 (5.92%) ISEB
7 6 (3.55%) BPSS Clearance
8 3 (1.78%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 2 (1.18%) APMP
9 2 (1.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 2 (1.18%) PMI Certification
9 2 (1.18%) RHCE
10 1 (0.59%) CISSP
10 1 (0.59%) IISP
10 1 (0.59%) ISEB Practitioner
10 1 (0.59%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 1 (0.59%) NVQ Level 3
10 1 (0.59%) PCI QSA
10 1 (0.59%) PMP
10 1 (0.59%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (1.78%) Disclosure Scotland
1 3 (1.78%) ISO 9001
2 2 (1.18%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.18%) DO-178B
2 2 (1.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (1.18%) PCI DSS
2 2 (1.18%) TickIT
3 1 (0.59%) Def Stans
3 1 (0.59%) DO-254
3 1 (0.59%) ISO 14001
3 1 (0.59%) NEBOSH
3 1 (0.59%) SDET
3 1 (0.59%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (1.78%) Docker
2 2 (1.18%) VMware ESX
2 2 (1.18%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (1.18%) vSphere
3 1 (0.59%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.59%) Firmware
3 1 (0.59%) Virtual Desktop
3 1 (0.59%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (0.59%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 7 (4.14%) Opscode Chef
2 3 (1.78%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (1.18%) Capistrano
3 2 (1.18%) Puppet
4 1 (0.59%) Nagios
4 1 (0.59%) SCCM
4 1 (0.59%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.59%) WSUS
Vendors
1 21 (12.43%) Microsoft
2 10 (5.92%) Oracle
3 6 (3.55%) Apple
4 5 (2.96%) HP
4 5 (2.96%) SAP
5 3 (1.78%) Red Hat
5 3 (1.78%) VMware
6 2 (1.18%) hybris
6 2 (1.18%) IBM
6 2 (1.18%) Lotus
7 1 (0.59%) ATG
7 1 (0.59%) Atlassian
7 1 (0.59%) BMC
7 1 (0.59%) EMC
7 1 (0.59%) Planview
7 1 (0.59%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (0.59%) Sun
7 1 (0.59%) Symantec
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