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 21 August 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
21 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance Analyst
Rank 519 475 462
Rank change year-on-year
-44 -13
Contract jobs requiring a QA Analyst 80 98 133
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.19% 0.23%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.15% 0.20% 0.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 71 84
Average daily rate
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£335 £350 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.28% +3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £250 £243
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £443
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
-15.38% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 7
Average hourly rate - - £20.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £20.00

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
52000 48616 53775
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.35% 92.66% 92.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 31509 28830 30178
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £233 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2002 2090 2663
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.08 £39.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.68
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.96%

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 21 August 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 21 August 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 74 £325 -12.16% 31
London -16 44 £388 -8.82% 13
South East +7 18 £208 -30.83% 9
City of London +16 8 £413 -2.94% 4
Buckinghamshire - 8 £208 - 2
Yorkshire +8 7 £280 +24.44% 3
West Yorkshire +9 5 £285 +26.66% 2
Wales -9 5 £345 -1.50% 1
Berkshire +3 4 £175 -33.33% 2
Hampshire - 4 £318 - 1
Leeds +10 3 £285 - 2
Reading +9 3 £175 -33.33% 2
East of England -34 3 £368 +11.36% 2
Swansea - 3 £351 - 1
West Wales - 3 £351 - 1
Brighton -3 2 £268 -10.83%
Ipswich -9 2 £368 +5.00%
South Wales -9 2 £345 -1.50%
East Sussex -10 2 £268 -10.83% 2
Suffolk -12 2 £368 +5.00%
Docklands, London - 2 £384 -
East Midlands +4 1 - - 1
Essex -5 1 £300 +14.28% 1
South West - 1 £275 -
West Midlands - - - - 1
Hammersmith - - - -
Scotland - - - - 1
Canary Wharf - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - -
Merseyside - - - -

QA Analyst
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 August 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.

1 167 (100.00%) QA
2 63 (37.72%) SQL
3 62 (37.13%) Selenium
4 49 (29.34%) C#
4 49 (29.34%) Finance
5 41 (24.55%) ISEB
6 40 (23.95%) Test Automation
7 39 (23.35%) Test Scripting
8 38 (22.75%) Automated Testing
9 36 (21.56%) Agile Software Development
9 36 (21.56%) Automation Testing
10 35 (20.96%) XML
10 35 (20.96%) BDD
11 34 (20.36%) Team Foundation Server
12 32 (19.16%) .NET
13 31 (18.56%) Web Services
13 31 (18.56%) Software Testing
13 31 (18.56%) FitNesse
14 29 (17.37%) Microsoft
15 27 (16.17%) Visual Studio
16 26 (15.57%) Java
16 26 (15.57%) Scrum
17 22 (13.17%) TDD
17 22 (13.17%) HP Quality Center
18 20 (11.98%) HP
18 20 (11.98%) QuickTest Pro
19 18 (10.78%) User Acceptance Testing
20 17 (10.18%) ISTQB
20 17 (10.18%) Test Strategy
21 16 (9.58%) Manual Testing

QA Analyst
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 August 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 8 (4.79%) SharePoint
2 7 (4.19%) Node.js
3 4 (2.40%) CMS
4 3 (1.80%) Umbraco
5 1 (0.60%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (0.60%) Orchard CMS
5 1 (0.60%) DNN
5 1 (0.60%) Content Management Server
5 1 (0.60%) Tomcat
Applications
1 10 (5.99%) MS Excel
2 7 (4.19%) MS Office
3 2 (1.20%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.60%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.60%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (2.40%) IntelliMatch
2 3 (1.80%) SunGard GMI
3 2 (1.20%) Oracle Financials
3 2 (1.20%) PeopleSoft Financials
3 2 (1.20%) Summit
4 1 (0.60%) MultiFonds
4 1 (0.60%) RMDS
4 1 (0.60%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 6 (3.59%) Office 365
2 1 (0.60%) Basecamp
2 1 (0.60%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.80%) HTTP
2 1 (0.60%) TCP/IP
2 1 (0.60%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (6.59%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.59%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (2.99%) Data Mining
4 4 (2.40%) QlikView
4 4 (2.40%) Relational Database
5 3 (1.80%) MySQL
5 3 (1.80%) Oracle Database
6 2 (1.20%) MongoDB
6 2 (1.20%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.60%) Big Data
7 1 (0.60%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.60%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 62 (37.13%) Selenium
2 34 (20.36%) Team Foundation Server
3 31 (18.56%) FitNesse
4 27 (16.17%) Visual Studio
5 20 (11.98%) QuickTest Pro
6 15 (8.98%) Cucumber
7 10 (5.99%) SpecFlow
7 10 (5.99%) JIRA
7 10 (5.99%) WATIR
8 8 (4.79%) Jenkins
8 8 (4.79%) Sahi
9 6 (3.59%) SoapUI
9 6 (3.59%) Git (software)
10 5 (2.99%) WebDriver
11 4 (2.40%) TestComplete
11 4 (2.40%) RIATest
12 3 (1.80%) Maven
12 3 (1.80%) JMeter
12 3 (1.80%) JUnit
13 2 (1.20%) Eclipse
General
1 49 (29.34%) Finance
2 14 (8.38%) Banking
3 7 (4.19%) Investment Banking
4 4 (2.40%) Retail
4 4 (2.40%) Front Office
5 3 (1.80%) Publishing
6 2 (1.20%) Games
7 1 (0.60%) Billing
7 1 (0.60%) Back Office
7 1 (0.60%) Advertising
7 1 (0.60%) Marketing
7 1 (0.60%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (20.96%) XML
2 32 (19.16%) .NET
3 31 (18.56%) Web Services
4 13 (7.78%) REST
4 13 (7.78%) SOAP
5 12 (7.19%) WCF
6 10 (5.99%) WPF
7 8 (4.79%) HTML
7 8 (4.79%) ASP.NET
8 7 (4.19%) Mustache
8 7 (4.19%) Sass
9 5 (2.99%) MDX
10 3 (1.80%) Gherkin
11 2 (1.20%) FIX Protocol
11 2 (1.20%) HTML5
11 2 (1.20%) CSS
11 2 (1.20%) Oracle Fusion
11 2 (1.20%) Middleware
11 2 (1.20%) Spring
11 2 (1.20%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 12 (7.19%) Client/Server
1 12 (7.19%) Derivative
1 12 (7.19%) Open Source
2 4 (2.40%) Enterprise Software
3 3 (1.80%) Equities
4 2 (1.20%) AS400
4 2 (1.20%) Fixed Income
4 2 (1.20%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 2 (1.20%) Statistics
4 2 (1.20%) Wiki
4 2 (1.20%) Online Games
4 2 (1.20%) Data Integration
4 2 (1.20%) iPhone
4 2 (1.20%) iSeries
4 2 (1.20%) iPad
4 2 (1.20%) Mobile App
5 1 (0.60%) Spread Betting
5 1 (0.60%) Computer Science
5 1 (0.60%) Mainframe
5 1 (0.60%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 10 (5.99%) UNIX
2 7 (4.19%) Linux
3 6 (3.59%) Windows
4 2 (1.20%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (0.60%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.60%) Windows 2000
5 1 (0.60%) Windows XP
5 1 (0.60%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (0.60%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (23.95%) Test Automation
2 39 (23.35%) Test Scripting
3 38 (22.75%) Automated Testing
4 36 (21.56%) Agile Software Development
4 36 (21.56%) Automation Testing
5 35 (20.96%) BDD
6 31 (18.56%) Software Testing
7 26 (15.57%) Scrum
8 22 (13.17%) TDD
9 18 (10.78%) User Acceptance Testing
10 17 (10.18%) Test Strategy
11 16 (9.58%) Manual Testing
12 15 (8.98%) Test Management
13 14 (8.38%) Continuous Integration
14 12 (7.19%) Performance Testing
15 11 (6.59%) Integration Testing
16 10 (5.99%) Web Development
16 10 (5.99%) Regression Testing
17 9 (5.39%) E-Commerce
17 9 (5.39%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 63 (37.72%) SQL
2 49 (29.34%) C#
3 26 (15.57%) Java
4 14 (8.38%) Ruby
5 9 (5.39%) VBA
6 7 (4.19%) JavaScript
7 3 (1.80%) Perl
7 3 (1.80%) Python
8 2 (1.20%) Shell Script
8 2 (1.20%) PHP
8 2 (1.20%) VBScript
8 2 (1.20%) VB
9 1 (0.60%) Delphi
9 1 (0.60%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.60%) Jython
9 1 (0.60%) Groovy
9 1 (0.60%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.60%) Scala
Qualifications
1 41 (24.55%) ISEB
2 17 (10.18%) ISTQB
3 12 (7.19%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 8 (4.79%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 6 (3.59%) Degree
6 5 (2.99%) Security Cleared
7 4 (2.40%) SC Cleared
7 4 (2.40%) MOS
8 2 (1.20%) ISEB Practitioner
8 2 (1.20%) DV Cleared
9 1 (0.60%) CSSLP
9 1 (0.60%) CEH
9 1 (0.60%) MCITP
9 1 (0.60%) CISSP
9 1 (0.60%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (0.60%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (0.60%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 167 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (0.60%) EMIR
2 1 (0.60%) Dodd-Frank
2 1 (0.60%) ISO 9000
2 1 (0.60%) ISO 9001
Systems Management
1 22 (13.17%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.60%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 29 (17.37%) Microsoft
2 20 (11.98%) HP
3 15 (8.98%) Oracle
4 4 (2.40%) Business Objects
4 4 (2.40%) PeopleSoft
5 3 (1.80%) SAP
5 3 (1.80%) Sybase
5 3 (1.80%) SunGard
6 2 (1.20%) IBM
7 1 (0.60%) TIBCO
7 1 (0.60%) Mercator
7 1 (0.60%) Sophis
7 1 (0.60%) Google
7 1 (0.60%) EPiServer
7 1 (0.60%) Sitecore
7 1 (0.60%) Progress
7 1 (0.60%) Cisco
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