The table below looks at the statistics for the QA Leader 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 Leader in their job title over the 3 months to 16 September 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
16 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance Lead
Rank 578 555 598
Rank change year-on-year
-23 +43
Contract jobs requiring a QA Leader 28 37 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.049% 0.070% 0.019%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.053% 0.076% 0.020%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 23 4
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£450 £415 £406
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.43% +2.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £307 £328 £305
10% offered a daily rate of more than £502 £495 £516
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

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
52339 48993 54685
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.05% 92.75% 92.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 31928 29282 30681
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £234 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £551
UK excluding London average daily rate £358 £350 £342
% change year-on-year
+2.14% +2.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2049 2106 2649
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -8.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
- -8.33%

QA Leader
Jobs Demand Trend

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

QA Leader Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

QA Leader
Daily Rate Trend

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

QA Leader Daily Rate Trend in the UK

QA Leader
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA Leader within the UK over the 3 months to 16 September 2014.

QA Leader Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

QA Leader
Hourly Rate Trend

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

QA Leader Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

QA Leader
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 Leader within the UK over the 3 months to 16 September 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -12 26 £450 +6.50% 9
London +14 19 £458 +3.97% 5
City of London +21 7 £465 +8.77% 2
East Midlands - 3 £425 -
South East -11 2 £375 -12.79% 1
Berkshire - 2 £375 -
East of England -38 1 £450 +33.33%
South West - 1 £275 -
Swindon - 1 £275 -
Wiltshire - 1 £275 -
Worcestershire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
Wembley - - - -
Bedfordshire - - - -
West Midlands - - - - 1
North West - - - - 2
Scotland - - - -
Ealing - - - -
Essex - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - -
Leicestershire - - - -
Northamptonshire - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - - 1
South Yorkshire - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Manchester - - - - 2
Northampton - - - -
Oxford - - - - 1
Reading - - - -
Sheffield - - - -

QA Leader
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited QA Leader 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 Leader in their job title.

1 55 (100.00%) QA
2 39 (70.91%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (40.00%) Selenium
4 19 (34.55%) Scrum
5 18 (32.73%) Java
5 18 (32.73%) SQL
6 17 (30.91%) HP Quality Center
7 16 (29.09%) Windows
7 16 (29.09%) Finance
8 13 (23.64%) ISEB
8 13 (23.64%) BDD
9 12 (21.82%) Oracle
9 12 (21.82%) TDD
9 12 (21.82%) Banking
10 11 (20.00%) Manual Testing
10 11 (20.00%) HP
10 11 (20.00%) Test Automation
11 10 (18.18%) JUnit
11 10 (18.18%) .NET
11 10 (18.18%) Test Scripting
12 9 (16.36%) Investment Banking
12 9 (16.36%) Regression Testing
12 9 (16.36%) Mobile App
13 8 (14.55%) WebDriver
13 8 (14.55%) E-Commerce
13 8 (14.55%) Kanban
13 8 (14.55%) Software Testing
13 8 (14.55%) ISTQB
14 7 (12.73%) Test Management
14 7 (12.73%) Automated Testing

QA Leader
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 16 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited QA Leader 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 Leader in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (7.27%) Apache
2 3 (5.45%) CMS
2 3 (5.45%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 5 (9.09%) MS Excel
2 3 (5.45%) MS Office
3 2 (3.64%) MS Project
3 2 (3.64%) MS Visio
4 1 (1.82%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.82%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.82%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (1.82%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (1.82%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (7.27%) 3G
1 4 (7.27%) 2G
1 4 (7.27%) 4G
2 1 (1.82%) HTTP
2 1 (1.82%) SSL
2 1 (1.82%) Internet
2 1 (1.82%) Wireshark
2 1 (1.82%) tcpdump
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (7.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 3 (5.45%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.82%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.82%) Data Mining
3 1 (1.82%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 22 (40.00%) Selenium
2 10 (18.18%) JUnit
3 8 (14.55%) WebDriver
4 7 (12.73%) LoadRunner
5 6 (10.91%) Cucumber
5 6 (10.91%) Team Foundation Server
6 5 (9.09%) JIRA
7 4 (7.27%) Ant
7 4 (7.27%) Maven
7 4 (7.27%) Toad
7 4 (7.27%) QuickTest Pro
7 4 (7.27%) SoapUI
7 4 (7.27%) Apache Ivy
7 4 (7.27%) eggPlant
8 3 (5.45%) Sahi
8 3 (5.45%) TestComplete
8 3 (5.45%) TestNG
8 3 (5.45%) WATIR
9 2 (3.64%) JMeter
9 2 (3.64%) JBehave
General
1 16 (29.09%) Finance
2 12 (21.82%) Banking
3 9 (16.36%) Investment Banking
4 2 (3.64%) Retail
5 1 (1.82%) General Ledger
5 1 (1.82%) Marketing
5 1 (1.82%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.82%) Games
5 1 (1.82%) Electronics
5 1 (1.82%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (18.18%) .NET
2 6 (10.91%) Web Services
3 5 (9.09%) SOAP
4 4 (7.27%) XML
4 4 (7.27%) J2ME
4 4 (7.27%) WAP
4 4 (7.27%) REST
5 3 (5.45%) .NET Framework
6 2 (3.64%) Google Maps API
7 1 (1.82%) OAuth
7 1 (1.82%) RESTful
7 1 (1.82%) OpenID
7 1 (1.82%) HTML5
7 1 (1.82%) JSON
7 1 (1.82%) WCF
7 1 (1.82%) CSS3
7 1 (1.82%) XML Messaging
7 1 (1.82%) HTML
7 1 (1.82%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 9 (16.36%) Mobile App
2 4 (7.27%) Handset
3 3 (5.45%) Enterprise Software
3 3 (5.45%) Open Source
3 3 (5.45%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (3.64%) Mobile Banking
4 2 (3.64%) E-Learning
5 1 (1.82%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (1.82%) Online Games
5 1 (1.82%) Internet of Things
5 1 (1.82%) DTV
5 1 (1.82%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 16 (29.09%) Windows
2 7 (12.73%) Linux
3 2 (3.64%) UNIX
4 1 (1.82%) Android
4 1 (1.82%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (1.82%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (70.91%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (34.55%) Scrum
3 13 (23.64%) BDD
4 12 (21.82%) TDD
5 11 (20.00%) Manual Testing
5 11 (20.00%) Test Automation
6 10 (18.18%) Test Scripting
7 9 (16.36%) Regression Testing
8 8 (14.55%) E-Commerce
8 8 (14.55%) Kanban
8 8 (14.55%) Software Testing
9 7 (12.73%) Test Management
9 7 (12.73%) Automated Testing
10 6 (10.91%) Continuous Integration
10 6 (10.91%) User Acceptance Testing
10 6 (10.91%) Test Strategy
11 5 (9.09%) User Stories
11 5 (9.09%) Automation Testing
12 4 (7.27%) Test Planning
12 4 (7.27%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 18 (32.73%) Java
1 18 (32.73%) SQL
2 7 (12.73%) Ruby
3 4 (7.27%) C#
4 3 (5.45%) Perl
4 3 (5.45%) VB
4 3 (5.45%) Python
4 3 (5.45%) Scala
5 1 (1.82%) Shell Script
5 1 (1.82%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 13 (23.64%) ISEB
2 8 (14.55%) ISTQB
3 4 (7.27%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (3.64%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 2 (3.64%) ISEB Practitioner
5 1 (1.82%) Degree
5 1 (1.82%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (1.82%) COREP
Systems Management
1 17 (30.91%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 12 (21.82%) Oracle
2 11 (20.00%) HP
3 4 (7.27%) Apple
3 4 (7.27%) Microsoft
3 4 (7.27%) Sun
4 3 (5.45%) Google
4 3 (5.45%) Sitecore
5 2 (3.64%) Business Objects
5 2 (3.64%) SAP
6 1 (1.82%) Sybase
6 1 (1.82%) WSO2