The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 27 May 2015 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
27 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 59 56 62
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +6
Contract jobs citing QA 1740 1701 1336
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 3.15% 3.23% 2.88%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 39.70% 40.27% 37.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 1130 1116 829
Average daily rate
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£390 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.64% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £248
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £500 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 14 18
Average hourly rate £37.00 £31.50 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.46% +12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £18.40 £12.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £143.75 £66.75 £40.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.00 £21.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year
+76.74% -17.30%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Quality Assurance & Compliance category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
4383 4224 3533
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.94% 8.01% 7.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 2740 2576 2151
Average daily rate £407 £400 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.75% -5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £243 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 147 204 111
Average hourly rate £20.50 £21.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.38% +10.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.86 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.12 £59.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.55 £21.00 £17.75
% change year-on-year
+2.61% +18.30%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

QA Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

QA
Daily Rate Trend

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in the UK

QA
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA within the UK over the 3 months to 27 May 2015.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

QA
Hourly Rate Trend

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

QA
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA within the UK over the 3 months to 27 May 2015.

QA Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

QA
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 within the UK over the 3 months to 27 May 2015. 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 +1 1608 £400 +3.22% 623
London -7 781 £425 +1.85% 267
South East +4 266 £375 +14.85% 96
City of London -11 187 £460 +5.14% 92
North West +30 158 £350 - 65
Yorkshire -10 106 £325 +8.33% 29
Scotland +10 93 £375 +7.14% 40
West Yorkshire -5 89 £335 +10.74% 19
South West +28 76 £350 -4.10% 41
Manchester +23 75 £325 - 32
Berkshire +18 65 £353 -4.72% 18
Leeds -8 64 £325 +6.55% 10
East Midlands +10 63 £375 +15.38% 32
Hampshire +2 59 £385 +26.22% 19
East of England -33 59 £350 -17.64% 43
Edinburgh +22 56 £390 -7.80% 26
Buckinghamshire +21 56 £353 +22.07% 12
West Midlands -13 49 £350 -9.67% 33
Surrey -3 43 £313 -13.19% 20
Nottinghamshire +11 33 £370 -6.62% 22
Nottingham +11 33 £370 -6.62% 19
North East +2 28 £373 +6.42% 9
Tyne and Wear +2 27 £373 +6.42% 7
Cheshire -9 26 £425 +9.67% 15
Milton Keynes +13 25 £344 +19.04% 5
Merseyside +7 25 £500 - 7
Liverpool +5 25 £500 - 5
Newcastle upon Tyne +1 25 £373 +6.42% 6
Lancashire +22 24 £375 +15.38% 8
Cambridgeshire +8 23 £338 +3.84% 22

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 May 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing QA also 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 that cited QA.

1 1091 (32.85%) Agile Software Development
2 806 (24.27%) Finance
3 701 (21.11%) SQL
4 575 (17.31%) Java
5 451 (13.58%) Project Management
6 450 (13.55%) Selenium
7 430 (12.95%) User Acceptance Testing
8 419 (12.62%) Scrum
9 354 (10.66%) Microsoft
10 337 (10.15%) TDD
11 334 (10.06%) Test Scripting
12 330 (9.94%) Banking
13 317 (9.55%) .NET
14 305 (9.18%) XML
15 302 (9.09%) Test Automation
16 290 (8.73%) C#
17 286 (8.61%) Analytical Skills
18 285 (8.58%) BDD
19 281 (8.46%) Oracle
19 281 (8.46%) SDLC
20 278 (8.37%) Web Services
21 276 (8.31%) Windows
22 274 (8.25%) Degree
23 269 (8.10%) JavaScript
24 264 (7.95%) Cucumber
25 255 (7.68%) HTML
26 252 (7.59%) Continuous Integration
27 251 (7.56%) MS Excel
28 244 (7.35%) ISEB
29 242 (7.29%) Test Strategy

QA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 May 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing QA also 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 that cited QA. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 122 (3.67%) SharePoint
2 67 (2.02%) WebSphere
3 63 (1.90%) CMS
4 58 (1.75%) Apache
5 55 (1.66%) WebLogic
6 48 (1.45%) JBoss
6 48 (1.45%) Tomcat
7 41 (1.23%) Confluence
8 39 (1.17%) SAS
9 38 (1.14%) IIS
10 30 (0.90%) Cloud Foundry
11 27 (0.81%) Node.js
12 24 (0.72%) Drupal
13 20 (0.60%) WebSphere Application Server
14 19 (0.57%) OpenStack
15 17 (0.51%) Oracle Workflow
16 15 (0.45%) BizTalk Server
17 13 (0.39%) MQSeries
18 12 (0.36%) Elasticsearch
19 11 (0.33%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 251 (7.56%) MS Excel
2 160 (4.82%) MS Office
3 84 (2.53%) MS Project
4 64 (1.93%) MS PowerPoint
5 53 (1.60%) MS Visio
6 13 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
7 8 (0.24%) Photoshop
8 6 (0.18%) SPSS
8 6 (0.18%) Mingle
9 3 (0.090%) PowerPivot
10 2 (0.060%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.030%) PrintSoft PReS
11 1 (0.030%) RoboHelp
11 1 (0.030%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.030%) FrameMaker
11 1 (0.030%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 31 (0.93%) Dynamics CRM
2 19 (0.57%) Dynamics AX
3 15 (0.45%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 15 (0.45%) Oracle Payables
4 13 (0.39%) Cognos TM1
5 11 (0.33%) Oracle EBS
6 10 (0.30%) Agresso
7 9 (0.27%) WebTrends
7 9 (0.27%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 9 (0.27%) Markit EDM
7 9 (0.27%) Oracle Receivables
8 8 (0.24%) Oracle General Ledger
8 8 (0.24%) Oracle Financials
9 7 (0.21%) Oracle Applications
9 7 (0.21%) Oracle Retail
9 7 (0.21%) Magento
9 7 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
9 7 (0.21%) Oracle BPM
10 5 (0.15%) Summit
11 4 (0.12%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 64 (1.93%) Amazon AWS
2 28 (0.84%) SaaS
3 15 (0.45%) Amazon S3
4 14 (0.42%) PaaS
5 13 (0.39%) Microsoft Azure
5 13 (0.39%) GitHub
6 11 (0.33%) Office 365
6 11 (0.33%) Amazon EC2
7 10 (0.30%) Amazon ELB
8 8 (0.24%) Heroku
9 7 (0.21%) Google Analytics
9 7 (0.21%) Route 53
10 6 (0.18%) Engine Yard
10 6 (0.18%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 5 (0.15%) Google Cloud Platform
12 4 (0.12%) AWS CloudFormation
12 4 (0.12%) Cloud Computing
13 3 (0.090%) Force.com
13 3 (0.090%) Adobe Analytics
13 3 (0.090%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 80 (2.41%) Firewall
2 77 (2.32%) Internet
3 68 (2.05%) WAN
4 55 (1.66%) LAN
5 45 (1.36%) TCP/IP
6 42 (1.26%) Network Security
7 40 (1.20%) SSL
8 36 (1.08%) DNS
9 28 (0.84%) SAN
10 27 (0.81%) HTTP
11 26 (0.78%) Cisco ASA
12 21 (0.63%) Cisco IOS
13 20 (0.60%) GSM
13 20 (0.60%) Wireless
14 17 (0.51%) LDAP
15 16 (0.48%) UMTS
15 16 (0.48%) LTE
15 16 (0.48%) Junos
16 15 (0.45%) VPN
16 15 (0.45%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 206 (6.20%) SQL Server
2 135 (4.07%) Data Warehouse
3 131 (3.94%) Relational Database
4 88 (2.65%) MongoDB
5 73 (2.20%) MySQL
6 72 (2.17%) Oracle Database
7 62 (1.87%) NoSQL
8 59 (1.78%) RDBMS
9 47 (1.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 46 (1.39%) DB2
11 43 (1.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 34 (1.02%) SQL Server 2008
13 30 (0.90%) Big Data
14 29 (0.87%) QlikView
14 29 (0.87%) Oracle Reports
15 25 (0.75%) SQL Server 2012
16 22 (0.66%) SAP BW
17 21 (0.63%) Apache Cassandra
18 20 (0.60%) Hadoop
19 19 (0.57%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 450 (13.55%) Selenium
2 264 (7.95%) Cucumber
3 224 (6.74%) JIRA
4 219 (6.59%) WebDriver
5 172 (5.18%) Jenkins
6 164 (4.94%) Git (software)
7 107 (3.22%) Subversion
8 101 (3.04%) Team Foundation Server
9 99 (2.98%) SpecFlow
10 95 (2.86%) QuickTest Pro
11 79 (2.38%) SoapUI
12 78 (2.35%) JUnit
13 67 (2.02%) TeamCity
14 47 (1.42%) LoadRunner
15 46 (1.39%) Visual Studio
16 45 (1.36%) Maven
16 45 (1.36%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 44 (1.32%) JMeter
18 38 (1.14%) JBehave
18 38 (1.14%) Hudson
General
1 806 (24.27%) Finance
2 330 (9.94%) Banking
3 191 (5.75%) Retail
4 163 (4.91%) Telecoms
5 125 (3.76%) Investment Banking
6 70 (2.11%) Marketing
7 59 (1.78%) Manufacturing
8 57 (1.72%) Front Office
9 56 (1.69%) Games
10 51 (1.54%) Publishing
11 44 (1.32%) Legal
12 42 (1.26%) Billing
13 36 (1.08%) Financial Institution
14 35 (1.05%) Back Office
14 35 (1.05%) Law
15 34 (1.02%) Pharmaceutical
16 23 (0.69%) Advertising
16 23 (0.69%) Retail Banking
17 15 (0.45%) Electronics
18 12 (0.36%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 857 (25.81%) Analyst
2 509 (15.33%) Developer
3 324 (9.76%) Tester
4 322 (9.70%) Test Analyst
5 210 (6.32%) Business Analyst
6 193 (5.81%) Project Manager
7 185 (5.57%) Test Manager
8 162 (4.88%) QA Analyst
9 148 (4.46%) Architect
10 132 (3.97%) Consultant
11 130 (3.91%) QA Engineer
12 124 (3.73%) Test Leader
13 110 (3.31%) QA Tester
14 77 (2.32%) Test Engineer
15 73 (2.20%) Java Developer
16 71 (2.14%) Automation Tester
17 63 (1.90%) Senior Analyst
18 61 (1.84%) QA Test Analyst
19 56 (1.69%) DevOps Engineer
20 52 (1.57%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 317 (9.55%) .NET
2 305 (9.18%) XML
3 278 (8.37%) Web Services
4 255 (7.68%) HTML
5 185 (5.57%) CSS
6 134 (4.03%) JSON
7 127 (3.82%) SOAP
8 95 (2.86%) HTML5
9 87 (2.62%) RESTful
10 85 (2.56%) REST
10 85 (2.56%) jQuery
11 73 (2.20%) Gherkin
12 70 (2.11%) J2EE
13 69 (2.08%) CSS3
14 65 (1.96%) ASP.NET
15 61 (1.84%) AngularJS
16 55 (1.66%) Spring
17 52 (1.57%) XSLT
18 49 (1.48%) .NET Framework
19 47 (1.42%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 286 (8.61%) Analytical Skills
2 126 (3.79%) User Experience
3 88 (2.65%) Management Information System
4 84 (2.53%) Computer Science
5 80 (2.41%) Mobile App
6 70 (2.11%) Data Centre
7 52 (1.57%) Derivative
8 45 (1.36%) Fixed Income
9 41 (1.23%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 35 (1.05%) SWIFT
11 34 (1.02%) Data Integration
11 34 (1.02%) Client/Server
12 33 (0.99%) NHS
13 30 (0.90%) Equities
14 24 (0.72%) Digital Media
15 22 (0.66%) Enterprise Software
15 22 (0.66%) PKI
16 21 (0.63%) Online Games
16 21 (0.63%) Data Conversion
17 18 (0.54%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 276 (8.31%) Windows
2 223 (6.71%) Linux
3 201 (6.05%) UNIX
4 111 (3.34%) Apple iOS
5 89 (2.68%) Android
6 43 (1.29%) Windows Server 2008
7 37 (1.11%) Windows Server 2003
8 32 (0.96%) CentOS
8 32 (0.96%) Windows 7
9 30 (0.90%) Windows Server 2012
10 25 (0.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 25 (0.75%) AIX
11 24 (0.72%) Solaris
12 19 (0.57%) Ubuntu
13 14 (0.42%) VME
14 13 (0.39%) Windows XP
15 12 (0.36%) zOS
16 10 (0.30%) Windows Phone
17 9 (0.27%) Windows 8
18 7 (0.21%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1091 (32.85%) Agile Software Development
2 451 (13.58%) Project Management
3 430 (12.95%) User Acceptance Testing
4 419 (12.62%) Scrum
5 337 (10.15%) TDD
6 334 (10.06%) Test Scripting
7 302 (9.09%) Test Automation
8 285 (8.58%) BDD
9 281 (8.46%) SDLC
10 252 (7.59%) Continuous Integration
11 242 (7.29%) Test Strategy
12 221 (6.65%) Migration
13 216 (6.50%) Stakeholder Management
13 216 (6.50%) PRINCE2
14 209 (6.29%) ITIL
15 201 (6.05%) E-Commerce
16 191 (5.75%) Automated Testing
17 173 (5.21%) Manual Testing
18 158 (4.76%) Software Testing
19 151 (4.55%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 701 (21.11%) SQL
2 575 (17.31%) Java
3 290 (8.73%) C#
4 269 (8.10%) JavaScript
5 193 (5.81%) Ruby
6 171 (5.15%) Python
7 97 (2.92%) PHP
8 70 (2.11%) Perl
9 68 (2.05%) Shell Script
10 59 (1.78%) C
11 56 (1.69%) C++
11 56 (1.69%) PL/SQL
12 48 (1.45%) T-SQL
13 47 (1.42%) Groovy
14 38 (1.14%) Bash Shell
15 37 (1.11%) VBA
16 36 (1.08%) PowerShell
16 36 (1.08%) Scala
17 31 (0.93%) Objective-C
18 29 (0.87%) VB
Qualifications
1 274 (8.25%) Degree
2 244 (7.35%) ISEB
3 181 (5.45%) Security Cleared
4 147 (4.43%) ISTQB
5 114 (3.43%) SC Cleared
6 52 (1.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 44 (1.32%) ITIL Certification
8 39 (1.17%) PMI Certification
9 37 (1.11%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 30 (0.90%) PMP
11 26 (0.78%) DV Cleared
12 25 (0.75%) CISSP
12 25 (0.75%) Cisco Certification
13 21 (0.63%) Microsoft Certification
14 20 (0.60%) HNC
15 19 (0.57%) CISM
16 16 (0.48%) CISMP
17 14 (0.42%) CCNP
18 13 (0.39%) CCNA
19 11 (0.33%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (1.54%) SLA
2 36 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 26 (0.78%) Data Quality
4 19 (0.57%) GMP
5 16 (0.48%) JSP 440
6 15 (0.45%) EMIR
6 15 (0.45%) GAMP
6 15 (0.45%) ISO 9001
7 12 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 8 (0.24%) P3O
9 6 (0.18%) Solvency II
9 6 (0.18%) MiFID
9 6 (0.18%) HL7
9 6 (0.18%) 21 CFR Part 11
10 5 (0.15%) COBIT
10 5 (0.15%) GxP
10 5 (0.15%) PCI DSS
10 5 (0.15%) Basel III
11 4 (0.12%) FATCA
12 3 (0.090%) DICOM
System Software
1 55 (1.66%) Active Directory
2 50 (1.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (0.75%) XenApp
3 25 (0.75%) vSphere
4 20 (0.60%) VMware ESXi
5 15 (0.45%) Hyper-V
6 13 (0.39%) Microsoft App-V
7 11 (0.33%) Oracle RAC
8 10 (0.30%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 10 (0.30%) MetaFrame
8 10 (0.30%) Docker
9 9 (0.27%) BitLocker
9 9 (0.27%) vCloud
9 9 (0.27%) XenDesktop
10 6 (0.18%) Varnish
11 4 (0.12%) Oracle Clusterware
12 3 (0.090%) VirtualBox
13 2 (0.060%) Apache Flume
13 2 (0.060%) LXC
13 2 (0.060%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 152 (4.58%) HP Quality Center
2 78 (2.35%) Puppet
3 36 (1.08%) Vagrant
4 32 (0.96%) Opscode Chef
5 26 (0.78%) SCCM
6 23 (0.69%) Graylog
7 13 (0.39%) WhatsUp Gold
8 12 (0.36%) Cobbler
9 9 (0.27%) Nagios
10 8 (0.24%) Tivoli
11 7 (0.21%) Ansible
12 6 (0.18%) OpenView
12 6 (0.18%) CA LISA
12 6 (0.18%) Data Guard
13 5 (0.15%) ZABBIX
13 5 (0.15%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
13 5 (0.15%) Kibana
13 5 (0.15%) Rundeck
14 4 (0.12%) Oracle Flashback
14 4 (0.12%) Salt
Vendors
1 354 (10.66%) Microsoft
2 281 (8.46%) Oracle
3 139 (4.19%) HP
4 128 (3.85%) SAP
5 103 (3.10%) IBM
6 91 (2.74%) VMware
7 76 (2.29%) Cisco
8 49 (1.48%) Red Hat
9 48 (1.45%) CheckPoint
10 43 (1.29%) Citrix
11 34 (1.02%) New Relic
12 33 (0.99%) Business Objects
13 31 (0.93%) Remedy
14 30 (0.90%) Sybase
15 29 (0.87%) Juniper
16 26 (0.78%) TIBCO
17 25 (0.75%) Salesforce.com
18 24 (0.72%) Nokia
18 24 (0.72%) Adobe
18 24 (0.72%) F5
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