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 1 May 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.

3 months to
1 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 33 34 28
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -6
Contract jobs citing QA 3 16 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Southampton 1.05% 3.76% 2.75%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 14.29% 27.59% 40.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 12 8
Average daily rate £400 £385 £538
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.89% -28.37%
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.30 £37.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-47.85% +15.62%
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
21 58 25
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Southampton 7.32% 13.65% 6.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 42 20
Average daily rate £400 £525 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-23.80% +66.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £375 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £705 £575 £545
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £388 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +4.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 3 2
Average hourly rate £15.00 £12.50 £38.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -67.10%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £29.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+13.79% +38.09%

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

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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

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in Southampton

For the 6 months to 1 May 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 4 (30.77%) SDLC
1 4 (30.77%) ISO 9001
1 4 (30.77%) Law
2 3 (23.08%) Microsoft
2 3 (23.08%) HP
2 3 (23.08%) ISEB
2 3 (23.08%) LoadRunner
2 3 (23.08%) VB
2 3 (23.08%) .NET
2 3 (23.08%) ITIL
2 3 (23.08%) PRINCE2
2 3 (23.08%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (23.08%) MS Visio
2 3 (23.08%) Non-Functional Testing
3 2 (15.38%) Finance
3 2 (15.38%) Performance Testing
3 2 (15.38%) SAP
4 1 (7.69%) Java
4 1 (7.69%) SharePoint
4 1 (7.69%) Oracle
4 1 (7.69%) VB.NET
4 1 (7.69%) Red Hat
4 1 (7.69%) Middleware
4 1 (7.69%) Configuration Management
4 1 (7.69%) Project Management
4 1 (7.69%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (7.69%) Software Engineering
4 1 (7.69%) Business Analysis
4 1 (7.69%) Capita
4 1 (7.69%) Project Planning

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Top Related IT Skills in Southampton by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 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 1 (7.69%) Drupal
1 1 (7.69%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (23.08%) MS Visio
Development Applications
1 3 (23.08%) LoadRunner
General
1 4 (30.77%) Law
2 2 (15.38%) Finance
3 1 (7.69%) Automotive
3 1 (7.69%) Electronics
3 1 (7.69%) Legal
3 1 (7.69%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 7 (53.85%) Test Manager
2 4 (30.77%) Contracts Manager
3 2 (15.38%) Performance Test Leader
3 2 (15.38%) Test Leader
4 1 (7.69%) Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Business Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Designer
4 1 (7.69%) Insurance Business Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Lead Tester
4 1 (7.69%) LoadRunner Performance Tester
4 1 (7.69%) LoadRunner Tester
4 1 (7.69%) Performance Tester
4 1 (7.69%) Quality Manager
4 1 (7.69%) SAP Manager
4 1 (7.69%) SAP Test Manager
4 1 (7.69%) Senior Performance Tester
4 1 (7.69%) Senior Tester
4 1 (7.69%) Senior Web Tester
4 1 (7.69%) Tester
4 1 (7.69%) Web Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (23.08%) .NET
2 1 (7.69%) Middleware
2 1 (7.69%) WebCenter
Miscellaneous
1 1 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (30.77%) SDLC
2 3 (23.08%) ITIL
2 3 (23.08%) Non-Functional Testing
2 3 (23.08%) PRINCE2
3 2 (15.38%) Performance Testing
4 1 (7.69%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (7.69%) Coaching
4 1 (7.69%) Configuration Management
4 1 (7.69%) Continuous Integration
4 1 (7.69%) Information Security
4 1 (7.69%) Internal Audit
4 1 (7.69%) Line Management
4 1 (7.69%) Mentoring
4 1 (7.69%) Presales
4 1 (7.69%) Project Management
4 1 (7.69%) Root Cause Analysis
4 1 (7.69%) Service Design
4 1 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (7.69%) Test Planning
4 1 (7.69%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 3 (23.08%) VB
2 1 (7.69%) Java
2 1 (7.69%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 3 (23.08%) ISEB
2 1 (7.69%) Degree
2 1 (7.69%) SC Cleared
2 1 (7.69%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (30.77%) ISO 9001
Systems Management
1 3 (23.08%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (23.08%) HP
1 3 (23.08%) Microsoft
2 2 (15.38%) SAP
3 1 (7.69%) Capita
3 1 (7.69%) Oracle
3 1 (7.69%) Red Hat