The first table below looks at the demand 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 31 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles currently tracked.

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
31 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance Lead
Rank 560 538 562
Rank change year-on-year
-22 +24
Contract jobs requiring a QA Leader 34 32 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.062% 0.063% 0.038%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.067% 0.068% 0.041%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 18 12
Average daily rate
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£400 £433 £438
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.51% -1.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £325 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £500 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £430 £250
% change year-on-year
-6.97% +72.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
50521 47308 53478
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.33% 92.54% 92.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 30608 27726 29859
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £231 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1993 2123 2716
Average hourly rate £16.58 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.25% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.80 £40.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%

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 31 July 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 31 July 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 -29 28 £400 -8.57% 8
London +15 14 £400 -9.09% 5
South East -9 7 £375 -12.79%
City of London +22 4 £465 +5.68% 1
Berkshire - 4 £375 -
East of England - 4 £450 -
East Midlands +3 2 £425 -
Nottingham +14 1 - -
Nottinghamshire +13 1 - -
South West -25 1 £275 -38.20%
Swindon - 1 £275 -
Wiltshire - 1 £275 -
Slough - 1 - -
St Neots - - - -
Reading - - - -
Sheffield - - - -
Luton - - - -
Maidenhead - - - -
Manchester - - - - 1
Birmingham - - - -
Borehamwood - - - -
Bristol - - - -
Coventry - - - -
Dagenham - - - - 1
Derby - - - -
Glasgow - - - -
Guildford - - - -
Harrow - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Leicester - - - -

QA Leader
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 62 (100.00%) QA
2 31 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 29 (46.77%) Selenium
4 22 (35.48%) Scrum
5 21 (33.87%) Finance
6 20 (32.26%) HP Quality Center
7 18 (29.03%) SQL
8 17 (27.42%) Java
8 17 (27.42%) Oracle
8 17 (27.42%) HP
9 16 (25.81%) Mobile App
10 15 (24.19%) Test Automation
10 15 (24.19%) Regression Testing
11 14 (22.58%) ISEB
12 13 (20.97%) Windows
12 13 (20.97%) Banking
12 13 (20.97%) Test Scripting
13 12 (19.35%) JIRA
13 12 (19.35%) LoadRunner
14 11 (17.74%) Manual Testing
14 11 (17.74%) WebDriver
14 11 (17.74%) BDD
15 10 (16.13%) SoapUI
15 10 (16.13%) SOAP
15 10 (16.13%) Web Services
15 10 (16.13%) TDD
16 9 (14.52%) 2G
16 9 (14.52%) Handset
16 9 (14.52%) Maven
16 9 (14.52%) User Acceptance Testing

QA Leader
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 9 (14.52%) Apache
2 2 (3.23%) CMS
2 2 (3.23%) Sitecore CMS
3 1 (1.61%) WebSphere
Applications
1 7 (11.29%) MS Excel
2 4 (6.45%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (3.23%) PeopleSoft Financials
1 2 (3.23%) Oracle General Ledger
1 2 (3.23%) Oracle Payables
1 2 (3.23%) Oracle FAH
2 1 (1.61%) FLEXCUBE
2 1 (1.61%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.61%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (1.61%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (1.61%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (14.52%) 3G
1 9 (14.52%) 2G
1 9 (14.52%) 4G
2 1 (1.61%) Wireshark
2 1 (1.61%) tcpdump
2 1 (1.61%) HTTP
2 1 (1.61%) SSL
2 1 (1.61%) SAN
2 1 (1.61%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (6.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 3 (4.84%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.61%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.61%) Data Mining
3 1 (1.61%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 29 (46.77%) Selenium
2 12 (19.35%) LoadRunner
2 12 (19.35%) JIRA
3 11 (17.74%) WebDriver
4 10 (16.13%) SoapUI
5 9 (14.52%) Maven
5 9 (14.52%) Ant
5 9 (14.52%) Toad
5 9 (14.52%) Apache Ivy
5 9 (14.52%) eggPlant
6 7 (11.29%) JUnit
7 5 (8.06%) Cucumber
7 5 (8.06%) Team Foundation Server
8 4 (6.45%) SpecFlow
9 3 (4.84%) JBehave
9 3 (4.84%) TestComplete
9 3 (4.84%) TestNG
10 2 (3.23%) Jenkins
10 2 (3.23%) JMeter
11 1 (1.61%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 21 (33.87%) Finance
2 13 (20.97%) Banking
3 5 (8.06%) Investment Banking
4 2 (3.23%) Marketing
4 2 (3.23%) Retail
5 1 (1.61%) Electronics
5 1 (1.61%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.61%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.61%) Advertising
5 1 (1.61%) Games
5 1 (1.61%) General Ledger
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (16.13%) SOAP
1 10 (16.13%) Web Services
2 9 (14.52%) J2ME
2 9 (14.52%) WAP
2 9 (14.52%) REST
3 8 (12.90%) .NET
4 2 (3.23%) XML
4 2 (3.23%) .NET Framework
5 1 (1.61%) JSON
5 1 (1.61%) Apache Flex
5 1 (1.61%) WCF
5 1 (1.61%) Google Maps API
5 1 (1.61%) OAuth
5 1 (1.61%) RESTful
5 1 (1.61%) OpenID
5 1 (1.61%) HTML5
5 1 (1.61%) CSS
5 1 (1.61%) CSS3
5 1 (1.61%) Gherkin
5 1 (1.61%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 16 (25.81%) Mobile App
2 9 (14.52%) Handset
3 5 (8.06%) Mobile Banking
4 3 (4.84%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (3.23%) E-Learning
6 1 (1.61%) Economics
6 1 (1.61%) Statistics
6 1 (1.61%) Mathematics
6 1 (1.61%) Credit Risk
6 1 (1.61%) Market Risk
6 1 (1.61%) Online Games
6 1 (1.61%) DTV
6 1 (1.61%) Mainframe
6 1 (1.61%) Internet of Things
Operating Systems
1 13 (20.97%) Windows
2 4 (6.45%) Linux
3 2 (3.23%) UNIX
4 1 (1.61%) Android
4 1 (1.61%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (1.61%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (35.48%) Scrum
3 15 (24.19%) Regression Testing
3 15 (24.19%) Test Automation
4 13 (20.97%) Test Scripting
5 11 (17.74%) Manual Testing
5 11 (17.74%) BDD
6 10 (16.13%) TDD
7 9 (14.52%) Software Testing
7 9 (14.52%) E-Commerce
7 9 (14.52%) User Acceptance Testing
7 9 (14.52%) Automation Testing
8 7 (11.29%) Test Management
8 7 (11.29%) Test Strategy
9 6 (9.68%) Kanban
10 4 (6.45%) Automated Testing
11 3 (4.84%) Service Delivery
11 3 (4.84%) Time Management
11 3 (4.84%) Continuous Integration
11 3 (4.84%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 18 (29.03%) SQL
2 17 (27.42%) Java
3 6 (9.68%) Ruby
4 5 (8.06%) C#
5 3 (4.84%) Perl
5 3 (4.84%) VB
5 3 (4.84%) Python
6 1 (1.61%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.61%) VBA
6 1 (1.61%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 14 (22.58%) ISEB
2 8 (12.90%) ISTQB
3 4 (6.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (4.84%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 2 (3.23%) Degree
6 1 (1.61%) SC Cleared
6 1 (1.61%) Security Cleared
6 1 (1.61%) MOS
6 1 (1.61%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 62 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (1.61%) COREP
Systems Management
1 20 (32.26%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 17 (27.42%) Oracle
1 17 (27.42%) HP
2 9 (14.52%) Sun
2 9 (14.52%) Apple
3 6 (9.68%) Microsoft
4 2 (3.23%) Google
4 2 (3.23%) Sitecore
4 2 (3.23%) Murex
4 2 (3.23%) Business Objects
4 2 (3.23%) PeopleSoft
4 2 (3.23%) SAP
5 1 (1.61%) Sybase
5 1 (1.61%) Citrix
5 1 (1.61%) WSO2
5 1 (1.61%) Salesforce.com