The first table below looks at the demand for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Southampton region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 17 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category for the Southampton region.

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
17 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 28 - 24
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing QA 12 0 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Southampton 3.13% - 3.11%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 44.44% - 24.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 0 5
Average daily rate £538 - £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £211 - £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £551 - £580
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £27.50 £13.50
% change year-on-year
-41.81% +103.70%
Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Southampton
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
27 13 29
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Southampton 7.03% 4.92% 12.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 6 15
Average daily rate £315 £288 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.56% -20.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £150 £291
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £459 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+12.30% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 6
Average hourly rate £26.00 £20.88 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.55% +19.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.20 £11.75 £15.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.20 £30.00 £18.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £15.50 £16.43
% change year-on-year
+16.12% -5.63%
QA
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QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Southampton

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Southampton region as a proportion of the total demand within the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Southampton

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Southampton

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing QA across the Southampton region.

QA Daily Rate Trend in Southampton

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in Southampton

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Southampton region over the 3 months to 17 April 2014.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in Southampton

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in Southampton

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Southampton region.

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Southampton

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Southampton

For the 6 months to 17 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Southampton 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 13 (54.17%) Finance
2 8 (33.33%) Stakeholder Management
2 8 (33.33%) Scrum
2 8 (33.33%) ISEB
3 7 (29.17%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (29.17%) Release Management
4 6 (25.00%) Performance Testing
5 5 (20.83%) Service Management
5 5 (20.83%) C#
5 5 (20.83%) SQL
5 5 (20.83%) Wealth Management
5 5 (20.83%) Test Scripting
6 4 (16.67%) Test Management
6 4 (16.67%) Time Management
6 4 (16.67%) Selenium
6 4 (16.67%) Portfolio Management
6 4 (16.67%) Dependency Management
6 4 (16.67%) Telecoms
6 4 (16.67%) Risk Management
6 4 (16.67%) Resource Management
7 3 (12.50%) Project Planning
7 3 (12.50%) Migration
7 3 (12.50%) C
7 3 (12.50%) Project Management
7 3 (12.50%) Root Cause Analysis
7 3 (12.50%) Network Security
7 3 (12.50%) Budget Control
7 3 (12.50%) Manual Testing
8 2 (8.33%) System Testing
8 2 (8.33%) Web Testing

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Top Related IT Skills in Southampton by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Southampton 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 1 (4.17%) Apache
1 1 (4.17%) SharePoint
1 1 (4.17%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 2 (8.33%) MS Project
1 2 (8.33%) MS Excel
1 2 (8.33%) MS Visio
2 1 (4.17%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.17%) Amazon EC2
1 1 (4.17%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (12.50%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.17%) MySQL
1 1 (4.17%) Oracle Reports
1 1 (4.17%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 4 (16.67%) Selenium
2 2 (8.33%) Jenkins
3 1 (4.17%) FitNesse
3 1 (4.17%) RSpec
3 1 (4.17%) Mockito
3 1 (4.17%) Cucumber
3 1 (4.17%) Hudson
3 1 (4.17%) JUnit
3 1 (4.17%) LoadRunner
3 1 (4.17%) JMeter
3 1 (4.17%) Maven
General
1 13 (54.17%) Finance
2 4 (16.67%) Telecoms
3 1 (4.17%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 7 (29.17%) Release Manager
2 6 (25.00%) Test Engineer
2 6 (25.00%) Portfolio Manager
3 4 (16.67%) Project Manager
4 3 (12.50%) Test Manager
5 2 (8.33%) Test Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) QA Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Platform Manager
6 1 (4.17%) Test Leader
6 1 (4.17%) Data Centre Project Manager
6 1 (4.17%) Data Migration Manager
6 1 (4.17%) Senior QA Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Migration Project Manager
6 1 (4.17%) Web Editor
6 1 (4.17%) Tester
6 1 (4.17%) Consultant
6 1 (4.17%) Infrastructure Project Manager
6 1 (4.17%) QA Tester
6 1 (4.17%) Infrastructure Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (8.33%) Web Services
2 1 (4.17%) Spring
2 1 (4.17%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.17%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 2 (8.33%) Linux
2 1 (4.17%) CentOS
2 1 (4.17%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (33.33%) Stakeholder Management
1 8 (33.33%) Scrum
2 7 (29.17%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (29.17%) Release Management
3 6 (25.00%) Performance Testing
4 5 (20.83%) Wealth Management
4 5 (20.83%) Test Scripting
4 5 (20.83%) Service Management
5 4 (16.67%) Risk Management
5 4 (16.67%) Resource Management
5 4 (16.67%) Time Management
5 4 (16.67%) Portfolio Management
5 4 (16.67%) Test Management
5 4 (16.67%) Dependency Management
6 3 (12.50%) Root Cause Analysis
6 3 (12.50%) Budget Control
6 3 (12.50%) Manual Testing
6 3 (12.50%) Project Planning
6 3 (12.50%) Project Management
6 3 (12.50%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 5 (20.83%) C#
1 5 (20.83%) SQL
2 3 (12.50%) C
3 2 (8.33%) Java
4 1 (4.17%) JavaScript
4 1 (4.17%) PHP
4 1 (4.17%) C++
4 1 (4.17%) Python
Qualifications
1 8 (33.33%) ISEB
2 2 (8.33%) Degree
3 1 (4.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
3 1 (4.17%) ISTQB
Systems Management
1 1 (4.17%) Puppet
Vendors
1 2 (8.33%) Oracle
2 1 (4.17%) Red Hat