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 5 February 2016 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 43 77 55
Rank change year-on-year
+34 -22
Contract jobs citing QA 113 71 79
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 3.76% 2.22% 3.17%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 28.68% 19.72% 32.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 69 55 58
Average daily rate £325 £385 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.58% +23.20%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £174 £257 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £411 £525 £429
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £11.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £33.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+18.18% +78.37%
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
394 360 245
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 13.10% 11.27% 9.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 260 237 149
Average daily rate £390 £450 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% +20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £245 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £673 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 23 14
Average hourly rate £42.00 £38.00 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.52% +60.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.35 £10.13 £10.22
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £53.75 £40.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.00 £25.00 £17.15
% change year-on-year
+68.00% +45.77%

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 5 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the South West region over the 3 months to 5 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 +6 31 £320 -20.00% 20
Somerset +17 21 £325 -7.14% 4
Devon +14 20 £375 -23.46% 5
Gloucestershire +21 19 £198 -49.03% 8
Wiltshire -2 13 £316 -19.93% 10
Dorset -9 3 £313 -18.83% 2
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 85 (40.87%) Agile Software Development
2 62 (29.81%) Security Cleared
3 57 (27.40%) Software Testing
4 40 (19.23%) Test Automation
5 39 (18.75%) SQL
6 36 (17.31%) SC Cleared
7 35 (16.83%) Microsoft
7 35 (16.83%) Finance
8 34 (16.35%) Project Management
8 34 (16.35%) Analytical Skills
9 30 (14.42%) ISEB
9 30 (14.42%) HTML
10 29 (13.94%) MS Excel
10 29 (13.94%) ISTQB
10 29 (13.94%) Coaching
11 27 (12.98%) OO
11 27 (12.98%) MS Office
12 26 (12.50%) Mentoring
13 25 (12.02%) Java
14 24 (11.54%) Requirements Analysis
14 24 (11.54%) TDD
14 24 (11.54%) Git (software)
15 23 (11.06%) Test Scripting
15 23 (11.06%) Selenium
16 22 (10.58%) User Acceptance Testing
16 22 (10.58%) Waterfall
17 21 (10.10%) Python
18 20 (9.62%) OOD
18 20 (9.62%) Windows
18 20 (9.62%) Subversion

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 15 (7.21%) Elasticsearch
2 6 (2.88%) Confluence
3 4 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2013
3 4 (1.92%) MS Exchange
4 3 (1.44%) WebLogic
5 2 (0.96%) IBM Notes
5 2 (0.96%) JBoss
5 2 (0.96%) Node.js
5 2 (0.96%) SAS
6 1 (0.48%) IIS
6 1 (0.48%) Oracle Application Server
6 1 (0.48%) SharePoint
Applications
1 29 (13.94%) MS Excel
2 27 (12.98%) MS Office
3 5 (2.40%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (1.92%) MS Project
5 1 (0.48%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.48%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 9 (4.33%) Primavera
2 8 (3.85%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.96%) BusinessWorks
3 2 (0.96%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.48%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 6 (2.88%) Office 365
2 3 (1.44%) SaaS
3 2 (0.96%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.48%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.48%) IaaS
4 1 (0.48%) Symantec.cloud
Communications & Networking
1 2 (0.96%) Firewall
1 2 (0.96%) HTTP
1 2 (0.96%) Skype
2 1 (0.48%) Broadband
2 1 (0.48%) Cisco Nexus
2 1 (0.48%) HbbTV
2 1 (0.48%) Internet
2 1 (0.48%) Intrusion Detection
2 1 (0.48%) IPsec
2 1 (0.48%) SSL
2 1 (0.48%) TCP/IP
2 1 (0.48%) VLAN
2 1 (0.48%) VPN
2 1 (0.48%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (8.17%) NoSQL
2 9 (4.33%) Data Warehouse
2 9 (4.33%) SQL Server
3 5 (2.40%) Relational Database
3 5 (2.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 5 (2.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (1.92%) BusinessObjects
4 4 (1.92%) MS Access
4 4 (1.92%) Oracle Database
4 4 (1.92%) SAP HANA
5 2 (0.96%) Big Data
5 2 (0.96%) Oracle Database 11g
5 2 (0.96%) Oracle OWB
5 2 (0.96%) Snowflake Schema
6 1 (0.48%) GIS
6 1 (0.48%) OLTP
6 1 (0.48%) Oracle BI EE
6 1 (0.48%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.48%) QGIS
6 1 (0.48%) TKPROF
Development Applications
1 24 (11.54%) Git (software)
2 23 (11.06%) Selenium
3 20 (9.62%) Subversion
4 16 (7.69%) SpecFlow
5 15 (7.21%) JIRA
6 12 (5.77%) Jenkins
7 8 (3.85%) WebDriver
8 7 (3.37%) Eclipse
9 6 (2.88%) Talend Open Studio
9 6 (2.88%) Team Foundation Server
10 5 (2.40%) Android Studio
10 5 (2.40%) Bitbucket
10 5 (2.40%) Cucumber
10 5 (2.40%) IntelliJ
10 5 (2.40%) Rational DOORS
11 3 (1.44%) Capybara
12 2 (0.96%) gulp
12 2 (0.96%) JUnit
12 2 (0.96%) TestComplete
12 2 (0.96%) WATIR
General
1 35 (16.83%) Finance
2 15 (7.21%) Banking
3 10 (4.81%) Manufacturing
3 10 (4.81%) Telecoms
4 9 (4.33%) Marketing
4 9 (4.33%) Retail
5 8 (3.85%) Electronics
6 3 (1.44%) Investment Banking
7 2 (0.96%) Law
8 1 (0.48%) French Language
8 1 (0.48%) General Ledger
8 1 (0.48%) Legal
8 1 (0.48%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 62 (29.81%) Analyst
2 45 (21.63%) Developer
3 39 (18.75%) Test Analyst
4 21 (10.10%) Test Leader
5 19 (9.13%) QA Analyst
6 16 (7.69%) Senior Analyst
7 15 (7.21%) QA Test Analyst
8 13 (6.25%) Senior Test Analyst
9 12 (5.77%) Python Developer
10 11 (5.29%) Project Manager
10 11 (5.29%) Team Leader
10 11 (5.29%) Test Team Leader
11 10 (4.81%) Business Analyst
11 10 (4.81%) Project Planner
11 10 (4.81%) Test Engineer
11 10 (4.81%) Tester
12 9 (4.33%) Programme Planner
13 8 (3.85%) Architect
13 8 (3.85%) Software Team Leader
14 7 (3.37%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (14.42%) HTML
2 11 (5.29%) .NET
3 10 (4.81%) CSS
3 10 (4.81%) Web Services
4 6 (2.88%) HTML5
4 6 (2.88%) J2EE
5 5 (2.40%) Android SDK
5 5 (2.40%) Gherkin
5 5 (2.40%) J2ME
5 5 (2.40%) J2SE
5 5 (2.40%) JSON
5 5 (2.40%) WCF
6 4 (1.92%) iOS SDK
7 2 (0.96%) .NET Framework
7 2 (0.96%) Entity Framework
7 2 (0.96%) Express
7 2 (0.96%) hapi
7 2 (0.96%) jQuery
7 2 (0.96%) RESTful
7 2 (0.96%) TIBCO EMS
Miscellaneous
1 34 (16.35%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (5.29%) Mobile App
2 11 (5.29%) User Experience
3 7 (3.37%) Data Structures
3 7 (3.37%) Visualisation
4 6 (2.88%) Ergonomics
5 5 (2.40%) iPad
5 5 (2.40%) Linked Data
5 5 (2.40%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.44%) NHS
7 2 (0.96%) Algorithms
7 2 (0.96%) Computer Science
7 2 (0.96%) Mathematics
7 2 (0.96%) PMI
7 2 (0.96%) Video Conferencing
7 2 (0.96%) W3C
8 1 (0.48%) Data Centre
8 1 (0.48%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.48%) Fat Client
8 1 (0.48%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 20 (9.62%) Windows
2 12 (5.77%) Linux
2 12 (5.77%) Windows Server
3 9 (4.33%) Windows Server 2008
4 6 (2.88%) Android
4 6 (2.88%) Unix
5 5 (2.40%) Windows Server 2003
6 4 (1.92%) Apple iOS
6 4 (1.92%) Windows 7
6 4 (1.92%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (1.92%) Windows XP
7 2 (0.96%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.48%) CentOS
8 1 (0.48%) Windows CE
Processes & Methodologies
1 85 (40.87%) Agile Software Development
2 57 (27.40%) Software Testing
3 40 (19.23%) Test Automation
4 34 (16.35%) Project Management
5 29 (13.94%) Coaching
6 27 (12.98%) OO
7 26 (12.50%) Mentoring
8 24 (11.54%) Requirements Analysis
8 24 (11.54%) TDD
9 23 (11.06%) Test Scripting
10 22 (10.58%) User Acceptance Testing
10 22 (10.58%) Waterfall
11 20 (9.62%) OOD
12 19 (9.13%) Stakeholder Management
13 18 (8.65%) Risk Analysis
13 18 (8.65%) Scrum
13 18 (8.65%) Test Management
14 17 (8.17%) Functional Testing
14 17 (8.17%) OOA/OOD
15 16 (7.69%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 39 (18.75%) SQL
2 25 (12.02%) Java
3 21 (10.10%) Python
4 13 (6.25%) C
4 13 (6.25%) C#
5 10 (4.81%) JavaScript
6 5 (2.40%) Bash Shell
6 5 (2.40%) C++
6 5 (2.40%) Ruby
6 5 (2.40%) T-SQL
7 4 (1.92%) Perl
7 4 (1.92%) PowerShell
7 4 (1.92%) VBScript
8 3 (1.44%) PL/SQL
8 3 (1.44%) Shell Script
9 2 (0.96%) MATLAB
9 2 (0.96%) Objective-C
9 2 (0.96%) R
9 2 (0.96%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.48%) XPath
Qualifications
1 62 (29.81%) Security Cleared
2 36 (17.31%) SC Cleared
3 30 (14.42%) ISEB
4 29 (13.94%) ISTQB
5 18 (8.65%) DV Cleared
5 18 (8.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 12 (5.77%) Degree
7 6 (2.88%) BPSS Clearance
8 3 (1.44%) APMP
8 3 (1.44%) HND
8 3 (1.44%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 2 (0.96%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 2 (0.96%) PMI Certification
9 2 (0.96%) RHCE
10 1 (0.48%) CCNA
10 1 (0.48%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (0.48%) HNC
10 1 (0.48%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (2.88%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (0.96%) ISO 14001
2 2 (0.96%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.48%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.48%) OIPF
System Software
1 9 (4.33%) Active Directory
2 6 (2.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (2.40%) VMware ESX
3 5 (2.40%) vSphere
4 4 (1.92%) XenApp
5 1 (0.48%) Docker
5 1 (0.48%) Firmware
5 1 (0.48%) Oracle RAC
5 1 (0.48%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.48%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 5 (2.40%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.96%) Capistrano
2 2 (0.96%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (0.96%) Puppet
3 1 (0.48%) Data Guard
3 1 (0.48%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 1 (0.48%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 1 (0.48%) Oracle Flashback
3 1 (0.48%) Oracle RMAN
3 1 (0.48%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 35 (16.83%) Microsoft
2 17 (8.17%) SAP
3 11 (5.29%) Oracle
4 6 (2.88%) IBM
4 6 (2.88%) Symantec
4 6 (2.88%) Talend
4 6 (2.88%) VMware
5 5 (2.40%) Atlassian
5 5 (2.40%) BMC
6 4 (1.92%) Citrix
7 3 (1.44%) Informatica
7 3 (1.44%) Rally
7 3 (1.44%) Red Hat
8 2 (0.96%) Apple
8 2 (0.96%) EMC
8 2 (0.96%) HP
8 2 (0.96%) hybris
8 2 (0.96%) Lotus
8 2 (0.96%) TIBCO
9 1 (0.48%) Cisco
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