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 22 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance Lead
Rank 561 540 582
Rank change year-on-year
-21 +42
Contract jobs requiring a QA Leader 34 38 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.060% 0.071% 0.026%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.065% 0.077% 0.028%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 24 7
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£425 £428 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.58% +0.58%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £309 £329 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £489 £485 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £428 £250
% change year-on-year
-9.35% +71.00%
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
52042 49402 53772
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.34% 92.67% 92.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 31512 29330 30174
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 2126 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 £40.00 £40.00 £41.41
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 22 August 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 22 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 -31 31 £443 +2.31% 10
London +13 19 £465 +8.77% 7
City of London +30 7 £465 +8.77% 3
South East -3 5 £375 -12.79%
Berkshire - 4 £375 -
East Midlands +4 3 £425 -
East of England -29 3 £450 +33.33%
Nottingham +14 2 - -
Nottinghamshire +11 2 - -
South West -34 1 £275 -38.20% 1
Wiltshire - 1 £275 -
Slough - 1 - -
Swindon - 1 £275 -
Wembley - - - -
Bedfordshire - - - -
Reading - - - -
Sheffield - - - -
Luton - - - -
Manchester - - - - 1
Birmingham - - - -
Borehamwood - - - -
Bristol - - - - 1
Coventry - - - -
Dagenham - - - - 1
Derby - - - -
Edinburgh - - - -
Glasgow - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Leicester - - - -
Worcestershire - - - -

QA Leader
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 56 (100.00%) QA
2 24 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (39.29%) Selenium
4 19 (33.93%) HP Quality Center
5 18 (32.14%) Finance
5 18 (32.14%) Scrum
5 18 (32.14%) SQL
6 16 (28.57%) Oracle
6 16 (28.57%) Windows
7 15 (26.79%) Java
8 14 (25.00%) ISEB
9 13 (23.21%) HP
9 13 (23.21%) Regression Testing
9 13 (23.21%) Banking
10 11 (19.64%) Test Automation
10 11 (19.64%) BDD
10 11 (19.64%) Mobile App
11 10 (17.86%) Test Scripting
11 10 (17.86%) Manual Testing
11 10 (17.86%) TDD
11 10 (17.86%) JUnit
12 9 (16.07%) LoadRunner
12 9 (16.07%) Investment Banking
12 9 (16.07%) User Acceptance Testing
12 9 (16.07%) Software Testing
13 8 (14.29%) ISTQB
13 8 (14.29%) .NET
13 8 (14.29%) E-Commerce
13 8 (14.29%) WebDriver
14 7 (12.50%) Test Management

QA Leader
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 6 (10.71%) Apache
2 3 (5.36%) Sitecore CMS
2 3 (5.36%) CMS
Applications
1 5 (8.93%) MS Excel
2 3 (5.36%) MS Office
3 2 (3.57%) MS Visio
3 2 (3.57%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (3.57%) PeopleSoft Financials
1 2 (3.57%) Oracle General Ledger
1 2 (3.57%) Oracle Payables
1 2 (3.57%) Oracle FAH
2 1 (1.79%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.79%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (1.79%) SaaS
1 1 (1.79%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 6 (10.71%) 2G
1 6 (10.71%) 3G
1 6 (10.71%) 4G
2 1 (1.79%) tcpdump
2 1 (1.79%) Internet
2 1 (1.79%) HTTP
2 1 (1.79%) SSL
2 1 (1.79%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (7.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 3 (5.36%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.79%) Big Data
3 1 (1.79%) Data Mining
3 1 (1.79%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 22 (39.29%) Selenium
2 10 (17.86%) JUnit
3 9 (16.07%) LoadRunner
4 8 (14.29%) WebDriver
5 7 (12.50%) JIRA
6 6 (10.71%) Maven
6 6 (10.71%) Ant
6 6 (10.71%) Toad
6 6 (10.71%) SoapUI
6 6 (10.71%) Apache Ivy
6 6 (10.71%) eggPlant
6 6 (10.71%) Team Foundation Server
7 4 (7.14%) Cucumber
8 3 (5.36%) TestNG
8 3 (5.36%) TestComplete
9 2 (3.57%) JMeter
9 2 (3.57%) QuickTest Pro
9 2 (3.57%) Jenkins
9 2 (3.57%) SpecFlow
9 2 (3.57%) JBehave
General
1 18 (32.14%) Finance
2 13 (23.21%) Banking
3 9 (16.07%) Investment Banking
4 2 (3.57%) Retail
5 1 (1.79%) General Ledger
5 1 (1.79%) Games
5 1 (1.79%) Electronics
5 1 (1.79%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.79%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.79%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (14.29%) .NET
2 7 (12.50%) SOAP
3 6 (10.71%) Web Services
3 6 (10.71%) J2ME
3 6 (10.71%) WAP
3 6 (10.71%) REST
4 3 (5.36%) .NET Framework
5 2 (3.57%) Google Maps API
5 2 (3.57%) XML
6 1 (1.79%) CSS3
6 1 (1.79%) RESTful
6 1 (1.79%) OpenID
6 1 (1.79%) HTML5
6 1 (1.79%) OAuth
6 1 (1.79%) CSS
6 1 (1.79%) HTML
6 1 (1.79%) XML Messaging
6 1 (1.79%) JSON
6 1 (1.79%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 11 (19.64%) Mobile App
2 6 (10.71%) Handset
3 3 (5.36%) Enterprise Software
3 3 (5.36%) Mobile Banking
4 2 (3.57%) E-Learning
5 1 (1.79%) Internet of Things
5 1 (1.79%) Open Source
5 1 (1.79%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.79%) DTV
5 1 (1.79%) Economics
5 1 (1.79%) Statistics
5 1 (1.79%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (1.79%) Mathematics
5 1 (1.79%) Credit Risk
5 1 (1.79%) Market Risk
5 1 (1.79%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 16 (28.57%) Windows
2 7 (12.50%) Linux
3 2 (3.57%) UNIX
4 1 (1.79%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.79%) Android
4 1 (1.79%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (32.14%) Scrum
3 13 (23.21%) Regression Testing
4 11 (19.64%) Test Automation
4 11 (19.64%) BDD
5 10 (17.86%) Test Scripting
5 10 (17.86%) Manual Testing
5 10 (17.86%) TDD
6 9 (16.07%) User Acceptance Testing
6 9 (16.07%) Software Testing
7 8 (14.29%) E-Commerce
8 7 (12.50%) Test Management
8 7 (12.50%) Test Strategy
9 6 (10.71%) Automation Testing
10 5 (8.93%) Kanban
11 4 (7.14%) Automated Testing
11 4 (7.14%) Service Delivery
11 4 (7.14%) Time Management
11 4 (7.14%) Continuous Integration
11 4 (7.14%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 18 (32.14%) SQL
2 15 (26.79%) Java
3 5 (8.93%) Ruby
4 4 (7.14%) C#
5 3 (5.36%) Perl
5 3 (5.36%) VB
5 3 (5.36%) Python
6 1 (1.79%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.79%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 14 (25.00%) ISEB
2 8 (14.29%) ISTQB
3 4 (7.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (3.57%) ISEB Practitioner
4 2 (3.57%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (1.79%) Security Cleared
5 1 (1.79%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 56 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (1.79%) COREP
Systems Management
1 19 (33.93%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 16 (28.57%) Oracle
2 13 (23.21%) HP
3 6 (10.71%) Apple
3 6 (10.71%) Sun
4 5 (8.93%) Microsoft
5 3 (5.36%) Sitecore
5 3 (5.36%) Google
6 2 (3.57%) PeopleSoft
6 2 (3.57%) SAP
6 2 (3.57%) Business Objects
7 1 (1.79%) WSO2
7 1 (1.79%) Sybase