The table below looks at the statistics for the QA Analyst role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA Analyst in their job title over the 3 months to 24 October 2014 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
24 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance Analyst
Rank 539 489 493
Rank change year-on-year
-50 +4
Contract jobs requiring a QA Analyst 74 88 95
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.17% 0.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.14% 0.18% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 54 62
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +12.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £258 £216
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £300
% change year-on-year
- +16.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 8
Average hourly rate - £162.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +712.50%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £162.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
- +712.50%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
52969 48660 50794
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.75% 92.77% 93.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 33173 29376 28609
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £229 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2125 2122 2499
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £39.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.20 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-0.24% -7.42%

QA Analyst
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA Analyst in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

QA Analyst Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

QA Analyst
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing QA Analyst within the UK.

QA Analyst Daily Rate Trend in the UK

QA Analyst
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA Analyst within the UK over the 3 months to 24 October 2014.

QA Analyst Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

QA Analyst
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA Analyst within the UK.

QA Analyst Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

QA Analyst
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Analyst within the UK over the 3 months to 24 October 2014. 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
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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
England -36 71 £350 - 34
London -14 42 £375 -11.76% 18
South East -3 21 £350 +12.44% 3
City of London +8 8 £450 +5.88% 8
East of England -22 5 £380 +8.57% 2
Hampshire - 5 £300 - 1
Berkshire +14 4 £175 -33.33%
Brighton 0 4 £350 +16.66%
East Sussex -6 4 £350 +16.66%
Buckinghamshire - 4 £280 -
Reading +11 3 £175 -33.33%
Cambridge +4 3 £380 +8.57%
Cambridgeshire -2 3 £380 +8.57%
Surrey -8 3 £355 - 2
Hertfordshire -24 2 - -
Woking +2 1 £355 -6.57%
Yorkshire -4 1 - - 3
Birmingham -5 1 £145 -67.77% 1
North West -14 1 £300 -1.63% 5
West Midlands -17 1 £145 -67.77% 2
Scotland - 1 £285 - 1
Bracknell - 1 £190 -
Edinburgh - 1 £285 -
Manchester - 1 £300 - 2
Middlesbrough - - - - 1
Milton Keynes - - - -
Nuneaton - - - -
Peterborough - - - -
Camberley - - - -
Maidenhead - - - -

QA Analyst
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited QA Analyst in their job title 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 with QA Analyst in their job title.

1 162 (100.00%) QA
2 53 (32.72%) Agile Software Development
3 49 (30.25%) SQL
3 49 (30.25%) Selenium
4 46 (28.40%) Finance
5 34 (20.99%) ISEB
6 32 (19.75%) Test Scripting
7 30 (18.52%) Test Automation
7 30 (18.52%) C#
8 28 (17.28%) Java
8 28 (17.28%) BDD
9 27 (16.67%) TDD
9 27 (16.67%) Automated Testing
10 26 (16.05%) HP Quality Center
10 26 (16.05%) Automation Testing
11 24 (14.81%) HP
12 23 (14.20%) Team Foundation Server
12 23 (14.20%) Software Testing
13 22 (13.58%) .NET
14 21 (12.96%) XML
14 21 (12.96%) Microsoft
15 20 (12.35%) Web Services
15 20 (12.35%) Test Strategy
16 19 (11.73%) Analytical Skills
16 19 (11.73%) ISTQB
17 18 (11.11%) JIRA
17 18 (11.11%) Test Management
17 18 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
17 18 (11.11%) Manual Testing
17 18 (11.11%) Scrum

QA Analyst
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited QA Analyst in their job title 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 with QA Analyst in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 6 (3.70%) SharePoint
2 4 (2.47%) CMS
2 4 (2.47%) Node.js
3 3 (1.85%) Umbraco
4 2 (1.23%) Confluence
5 1 (0.62%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.62%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (0.62%) DNN
5 1 (0.62%) Drupal
5 1 (0.62%) Content Management Server
5 1 (0.62%) Orchard CMS
5 1 (0.62%) OpenStack
Applications
1 14 (8.64%) MS Excel
2 11 (6.79%) MS Office
3 3 (1.85%) Mingle
4 1 (0.62%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.62%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.62%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (2.47%) Summit
1 4 (2.47%) IntelliMatch
2 3 (1.85%) SunGard GMI
3 1 (0.62%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.62%) MultiFonds
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.47%) Force.com
2 1 (0.62%) Google Apps
2 1 (0.62%) Office 365
2 1 (0.62%) Basecamp
2 1 (0.62%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.62%) HTTP
1 1 (0.62%) TCP/IP
1 1 (0.62%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (3.70%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (1.85%) Data Mining
2 3 (1.85%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.85%) Oracle Database
2 3 (1.85%) Relational Database
3 2 (1.23%) MySQL
3 2 (1.23%) QlikView
3 2 (1.23%) MongoDB
3 2 (1.23%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.62%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.62%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.62%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 49 (30.25%) Selenium
2 23 (14.20%) Team Foundation Server
3 18 (11.11%) JIRA
4 17 (10.49%) FitNesse
4 17 (10.49%) QuickTest Pro
5 14 (8.64%) Visual Studio
6 9 (5.56%) Cucumber
6 9 (5.56%) SpecFlow
7 8 (4.94%) WebDriver
8 7 (4.32%) WATIR
8 7 (4.32%) SoapUI
9 6 (3.70%) Sahi
10 5 (3.09%) JUnit
11 4 (2.47%) JMeter
11 4 (2.47%) TestNG
11 4 (2.47%) Jenkins
12 3 (1.85%) Maven
12 3 (1.85%) Git (software)
12 3 (1.85%) Visual Studio Team System
12 3 (1.85%) NUnit
General
1 46 (28.40%) Finance
2 13 (8.02%) Banking
3 5 (3.09%) Investment Banking
4 4 (2.47%) Retail
5 3 (1.85%) Games
6 2 (1.23%) Advertising
6 2 (1.23%) Front Office
6 2 (1.23%) Marketing
7 1 (0.62%) Billing
7 1 (0.62%) Back Office
7 1 (0.62%) Electronics
7 1 (0.62%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.62%) Publishing
7 1 (0.62%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (13.58%) .NET
2 21 (12.96%) XML
3 20 (12.35%) Web Services
4 6 (3.70%) REST
4 6 (3.70%) SOAP
4 6 (3.70%) WCF
5 5 (3.09%) ASP.NET
6 4 (2.47%) HTML
6 4 (2.47%) Mustache
6 4 (2.47%) Sass
7 3 (1.85%) Gherkin
7 3 (1.85%) Middleware
8 2 (1.23%) WPF
8 2 (1.23%) Oracle Fusion
8 2 (1.23%) MDX
8 2 (1.23%) FIX Protocol
9 1 (0.62%) RESTful
9 1 (0.62%) Visualforce
9 1 (0.62%) HTML5
9 1 (0.62%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 19 (11.73%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (6.79%) Open Source
3 10 (6.17%) Derivative
4 6 (3.70%) Client/Server
5 5 (3.09%) Enterprise Software
6 4 (2.47%) Data Integration
6 4 (2.47%) iPhone
6 4 (2.47%) iPad
7 2 (1.23%) Statistics
7 2 (1.23%) AS400
7 2 (1.23%) iSeries
7 2 (1.23%) Online Games
7 2 (1.23%) Mobile App
7 2 (1.23%) User Experience
8 1 (0.62%) Fixed Income
8 1 (0.62%) Equities
8 1 (0.62%) Cryptography
8 1 (0.62%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 1 (0.62%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.62%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 10 (6.17%) UNIX
1 10 (6.17%) Windows
2 4 (2.47%) Linux
3 2 (1.23%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (0.62%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.62%) Windows 2000
4 1 (0.62%) Windows XP
4 1 (0.62%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (0.62%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (32.72%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (19.75%) Test Scripting
3 30 (18.52%) Test Automation
4 28 (17.28%) BDD
5 27 (16.67%) TDD
5 27 (16.67%) Automated Testing
6 26 (16.05%) Automation Testing
7 23 (14.20%) Software Testing
8 20 (12.35%) Test Strategy
9 18 (11.11%) Manual Testing
9 18 (11.11%) Test Management
9 18 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
9 18 (11.11%) Scrum
10 15 (9.26%) E-Commerce
11 13 (8.02%) Regression Testing
12 11 (6.79%) Integration Testing
12 11 (6.79%) User Stories
13 10 (6.17%) Functional Testing
13 10 (6.17%) Continuous Integration
14 9 (5.56%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 49 (30.25%) SQL
2 30 (18.52%) C#
3 28 (17.28%) Java
4 11 (6.79%) VBA
5 8 (4.94%) Ruby
6 6 (3.70%) JavaScript
7 3 (1.85%) Perl
7 3 (1.85%) Scala
8 2 (1.23%) Python
9 1 (0.62%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.62%) Jython
9 1 (0.62%) C++
9 1 (0.62%) Apex Code
9 1 (0.62%) C
9 1 (0.62%) Groovy
9 1 (0.62%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.62%) VBScript
9 1 (0.62%) VB
Qualifications
1 34 (20.99%) ISEB
2 19 (11.73%) ISTQB
3 9 (5.56%) Security Cleared
3 9 (5.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 9 (5.56%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 8 (4.94%) SC Cleared
5 6 (3.70%) MOS
6 4 (2.47%) Degree
7 2 (1.23%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.62%) CSSLP
8 1 (0.62%) CEH
8 1 (0.62%) MCITP
8 1 (0.62%) CISSP
8 1 (0.62%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (0.62%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.62%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 162 (100.00%) QA
2 2 (1.23%) EMIR
2 2 (1.23%) Dodd-Frank
3 1 (0.62%) Basel II
System Software
1 1 (0.62%) KVM
Systems Management
1 26 (16.05%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.62%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 24 (14.81%) HP
2 21 (12.96%) Microsoft
3 14 (8.64%) Oracle
4 6 (3.70%) Salesforce.com
5 3 (1.85%) SunGard
5 3 (1.85%) Business Objects
6 2 (1.23%) PeopleSoft
6 2 (1.23%) Sybase
6 2 (1.23%) Vermilion
7 1 (0.62%) Red Hat
7 1 (0.62%) Google
7 1 (0.62%) Atlassian
7 1 (0.62%) EPiServer
7 1 (0.62%) Sitecore
7 1 (0.62%) SAP
7 1 (0.62%) Cognos
7 1 (0.62%) Progress
7 1 (0.62%) Cisco
7 1 (0.62%) IBM
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