The table below looks at the statistics 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 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 30 - 26
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing QA 8 0 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Southampton 3.19% - 3.28%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 29.63% - 40.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 0 9
Average daily rate £325 - £288
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £47.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £33.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+18.18% +78.37%
QA
Hampshire

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 Southampton region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Southampton
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
27 43 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Southampton 10.76% 12.08% 8.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 29 13
Average daily rate £488 £550 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.36% +71.87%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £525 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £600 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 4 3
Average hourly rate £17.50 £12.50 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.00% -16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.20 £12.44 £13.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £13.55 £19.00
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 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
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 5 February 2016, 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 5 (31.25%) C#
1 5 (31.25%) HTML
1 5 (31.25%) SDLC
2 4 (25.00%) .NET
2 4 (25.00%) SQL Server
2 4 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 4 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (25.00%) Law
2 4 (25.00%) Project Planning
3 3 (18.75%) Web Development
3 3 (18.75%) Ajax
3 3 (18.75%) Refactoring
3 3 (18.75%) Performance Testing
3 3 (18.75%) Scrum
3 3 (18.75%) TDD
3 3 (18.75%) OO
3 3 (18.75%) Microsoft Certification
3 3 (18.75%) Internet
3 3 (18.75%) IIS
3 3 (18.75%) JavaScript
3 3 (18.75%) ASP.NET
3 3 (18.75%) CSS
3 3 (18.75%) OOD
3 3 (18.75%) jQuery
3 3 (18.75%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (12.50%) Gherkin
4 2 (12.50%) Test Planning
4 2 (12.50%) TeamCity
4 2 (12.50%) Confluence
4 2 (12.50%) Cucumber

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Southampton by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 3 (18.75%) IIS
2 2 (12.50%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (6.25%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (6.25%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 3 (18.75%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (25.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (12.50%) Cucumber
1 2 (12.50%) Jenkins
1 2 (12.50%) JIRA
1 2 (12.50%) JMeter
1 2 (12.50%) JUnit
1 2 (12.50%) TeamCity
2 1 (6.25%) LoadRunner
2 1 (6.25%) WATIR
General
1 4 (25.00%) Law
2 1 (6.25%) Automotive
2 1 (6.25%) Electronics
2 1 (6.25%) Legal
2 1 (6.25%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 7 (43.75%) Test Manager
2 4 (25.00%) Contracts Manager
3 3 (18.75%) Developer
3 3 (18.75%) QA Engineer
3 3 (18.75%) Software Developer
4 2 (12.50%) Quality Engineer
5 1 (6.25%) Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) Business Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) Insurance Business Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) LoadRunner Performance Tester
5 1 (6.25%) Performance Tester
5 1 (6.25%) Quality Manager
5 1 (6.25%) SAP Manager
5 1 (6.25%) SAP Test Manager
5 1 (6.25%) Senior Penetration Tester
5 1 (6.25%) Senior Performance Tester
5 1 (6.25%) Senior Tester
5 1 (6.25%) Test Engineer
5 1 (6.25%) Tester
5 1 (6.25%) Web Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (31.25%) HTML
2 4 (25.00%) .NET
3 3 (18.75%) Ajax
3 3 (18.75%) ASP.NET
3 3 (18.75%) CSS
3 3 (18.75%) jQuery
4 2 (12.50%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 3 (18.75%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (6.25%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 1 (6.25%) Windows
1 1 (6.25%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (31.25%) SDLC
2 4 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (25.00%) Project Planning
3 3 (18.75%) OO
3 3 (18.75%) OOD
3 3 (18.75%) Performance Testing
3 3 (18.75%) Refactoring
3 3 (18.75%) Scrum
3 3 (18.75%) TDD
3 3 (18.75%) Web Development
4 2 (12.50%) Automated Testing
4 2 (12.50%) B2B
4 2 (12.50%) B2C
4 2 (12.50%) Load Testing
4 2 (12.50%) Manual Testing
4 2 (12.50%) Test Planning
5 1 (6.25%) Business Analysis
5 1 (6.25%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (6.25%) User Acceptance Testing
5 1 (6.25%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 5 (31.25%) C#
2 3 (18.75%) JavaScript
3 2 (12.50%) Java
3 2 (12.50%) Ruby
4 1 (6.25%) SQL
4 1 (6.25%) VB
Qualifications
1 3 (18.75%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (12.50%) ISEB
3 1 (6.25%) Degree
3 1 (6.25%) ISTQB
3 1 (6.25%) SC Cleared
3 1 (6.25%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (12.50%) ISO 9001
Systems Management
1 1 (6.25%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (12.50%) SAP
3 1 (6.25%) HP