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 6 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
6 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 59 55 62
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +7
Contract jobs citing QA 1769 1727 1357
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 3.17% 3.21% 2.90%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 40.92% 40.46% 38.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 1131 1132 843
Average daily rate
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£385 £380 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.31% +1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £243
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £512 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £358 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 13 20
Average hourly rate £35.75 £32.00 £26.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.71% +19.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.20 £14.70 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £91.20 £69.50 £43.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.75 £32.00 £26.75
% change year-on-year
+11.71% +19.62%

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
4323 4268 3533
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.74% 7.94% 7.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 2630 2585 2105
Average daily rate £400 £400 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £338
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +7.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 139 191 128
Average hourly rate £21.55 £21.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.61% +13.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.71 £11.00 £10.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.15 £46.61 £135.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.55 £21.00 £15.38
% change year-on-year
+2.61% +36.58%

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 6 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 6 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 6 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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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 -2 1631 £385 -0.32% 657
London -11 787 £425 +2.78% 296
South East +11 299 £350 +0.71% 111
City of London +2 197 £450 +6.76% 95
North West +26 146 £339 -8.13% 59
Yorkshire +4 106 £350 +15.70% 34
Scotland +16 91 £375 +7.14% 15
West Yorkshire +8 88 £350 +14.75% 20
Manchester +17 83 £325 - 32
Berkshire +17 80 £338 -5.19% 29
Buckinghamshire +17 67 £320 +2.40% 10
East of England -20 64 £400 - 47
East Midlands +9 62 £390 +20.00% 25
Hampshire -10 61 £375 +14.50% 22
Leeds -1 60 £350 +14.75% 13
Edinburgh +24 57 £400 -38.46% 6
South West -2 57 £353 +3.67% 37
West Midlands -16 51 £343 -8.05% 33
Surrey -3 42 £313 -13.19% 27
North East +12 34 £373 +6.42% 12
Tyne and Wear +14 33 £361 +3.21% 8
Milton Keynes +14 32 £300 - 6
Newcastle upon Tyne +16 31 £361 +3.21% 8
Cheshire -3 29 £425 +9.67% 17
Nottingham +11 28 £383 -3.47% 11
Nottinghamshire +8 28 £383 -3.47% 12
Reading +7 28 £355 +13.60% 14
Oxfordshire -7 25 £375 +15.38% 18
Cambridgeshire +14 24 £475 +58.33% 26
Lancashire +15 21 £375 +15.38% 4

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 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 1050 (32.09%) Agile Software Development
2 820 (25.06%) Finance
3 715 (21.85%) SQL
4 570 (17.42%) Java
5 456 (13.94%) Project Management
6 447 (13.66%) Selenium
7 416 (12.71%) User Acceptance Testing
8 379 (11.58%) Scrum
9 358 (10.94%) Microsoft
10 345 (10.54%) .NET
11 334 (10.21%) TDD
12 320 (9.78%) Banking
13 315 (9.63%) XML
14 292 (8.92%) Test Scripting
15 291 (8.89%) Test Automation
16 287 (8.77%) Web Services
17 286 (8.74%) Oracle
17 286 (8.74%) C#
18 284 (8.68%) Analytical Skills
19 282 (8.62%) BDD
20 279 (8.53%) JavaScript
21 275 (8.40%) Windows
22 260 (7.95%) HTML
22 260 (7.95%) Degree
23 255 (7.79%) MS Excel
24 253 (7.73%) Cucumber
25 230 (7.03%) Continuous Integration
25 230 (7.03%) ISEB
26 221 (6.75%) Stakeholder Management
27 218 (6.66%) Linux

QA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 6 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
1 115 (3.51%) SharePoint
2 66 (2.02%) WebSphere
3 60 (1.83%) CMS
4 59 (1.80%) Apache
5 57 (1.74%) WebLogic
6 47 (1.44%) JBoss
7 44 (1.34%) Tomcat
8 43 (1.31%) Confluence
9 38 (1.16%) IIS
10 33 (1.01%) Cloud Foundry
11 32 (0.98%) SAS
12 28 (0.86%) OpenStack
13 25 (0.76%) Node.js
14 22 (0.67%) BizTalk Server
15 21 (0.64%) Drupal
16 20 (0.61%) WebSphere Application Server
17 17 (0.52%) Oracle Workflow
18 16 (0.49%) Elasticsearch
19 12 (0.37%) Lync
20 11 (0.34%) Adobe Experience Manager
Applications
1 255 (7.79%) MS Excel
2 153 (4.68%) MS Office
3 75 (2.29%) MS Project
4 58 (1.77%) MS PowerPoint
5 51 (1.56%) MS Visio
6 14 (0.43%) Spreadsheet
7 12 (0.37%) Photoshop
8 6 (0.18%) Mingle
8 6 (0.18%) Adobe Illustrator
9 4 (0.12%) SPSS
10 3 (0.092%) AutoCAD
11 2 (0.061%) RoboHelp
11 2 (0.061%) PowerPivot
12 1 (0.031%) ProjectWise
12 1 (0.031%) FastStats
12 1 (0.031%) Open Workbench
12 1 (0.031%) FrameMaker
Business Applications
1 38 (1.16%) Dynamics CRM
2 25 (0.76%) Dynamics AX
3 16 (0.49%) Oracle Payables
4 15 (0.46%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 14 (0.43%) Oracle EBS
6 13 (0.40%) Cognos TM1
7 10 (0.31%) Agresso
8 9 (0.28%) Oracle Financials
8 9 (0.28%) WebTrends
8 9 (0.28%) Oracle Applications
8 9 (0.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 9 (0.28%) Markit EDM
9 8 (0.24%) Oracle BPM
9 8 (0.24%) Oracle Receivables
10 7 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
10 7 (0.21%) Oracle General Ledger
11 6 (0.18%) Magento
11 6 (0.18%) Oracle Retail
12 5 (0.15%) Oracle EBS R12
12 5 (0.15%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 63 (1.93%) Amazon AWS
2 29 (0.89%) SaaS
3 22 (0.67%) PaaS
4 16 (0.49%) Heroku
5 14 (0.43%) Engine Yard
6 13 (0.40%) Microsoft Azure
7 12 (0.37%) Amazon S3
7 12 (0.37%) GitHub
8 11 (0.34%) Amazon EC2
9 9 (0.28%) Office 365
10 8 (0.24%) Google Analytics
11 7 (0.21%) Cloud Computing
11 7 (0.21%) Amazon ELB
12 6 (0.18%) Route 53
12 6 (0.18%) Google Cloud Platform
12 6 (0.18%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 4 (0.12%) AWS CloudFormation
14 3 (0.092%) IaaS
14 3 (0.092%) Force.com
14 3 (0.092%) Adobe Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 89 (2.72%) Internet
2 88 (2.69%) Firewall
3 68 (2.08%) WAN
4 55 (1.68%) LAN
5 52 (1.59%) TCP/IP
6 43 (1.31%) SSL
7 41 (1.25%) Network Security
8 37 (1.13%) DNS
9 30 (0.92%) SAN
10 28 (0.86%) HTTP
11 25 (0.76%) Cisco ASA
12 21 (0.64%) Cisco IOS
12 21 (0.64%) VLAN
12 21 (0.64%) Wireless
13 18 (0.55%) GSM
14 17 (0.52%) LDAP
15 16 (0.49%) UMTS
15 16 (0.49%) FTP
15 16 (0.49%) Junos
16 15 (0.46%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 210 (6.42%) SQL Server
2 149 (4.55%) Data Warehouse
3 143 (4.37%) Relational Database
4 94 (2.87%) MongoDB
5 73 (2.23%) NoSQL
5 73 (2.23%) Oracle Database
6 70 (2.14%) RDBMS
7 69 (2.11%) MySQL
8 56 (1.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 48 (1.47%) DB2
10 42 (1.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 42 (1.28%) SQL Server 2008
11 34 (1.04%) Big Data
12 31 (0.95%) Oracle Reports
13 30 (0.92%) QlikView
14 27 (0.83%) Apache Cassandra
15 26 (0.79%) MarkLogic
16 25 (0.76%) SQL Server 2012
16 25 (0.76%) Hadoop
17 22 (0.67%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 447 (13.66%) Selenium
2 253 (7.73%) Cucumber
3 215 (6.57%) JIRA
4 211 (6.45%) WebDriver
5 167 (5.10%) Jenkins
6 146 (4.46%) Git (software)
7 118 (3.61%) Subversion
8 100 (3.06%) QuickTest Pro
9 98 (3.00%) Team Foundation Server
10 88 (2.69%) SpecFlow
11 81 (2.48%) JUnit
12 69 (2.11%) TeamCity
13 64 (1.96%) SoapUI
14 48 (1.47%) Maven
15 46 (1.41%) JMeter
16 44 (1.34%) Visual Studio
17 40 (1.22%) LoadRunner
17 40 (1.22%) WATIR
17 40 (1.22%) Atlassian Bamboo
18 38 (1.16%) Hudson
General
1 820 (25.06%) Finance
2 320 (9.78%) Banking
3 182 (5.56%) Retail
4 155 (4.74%) Telecoms
5 123 (3.76%) Investment Banking
6 67 (2.05%) Marketing
7 64 (1.96%) Publishing
8 61 (1.86%) Games
9 60 (1.83%) Manufacturing
10 48 (1.47%) Front Office
11 47 (1.44%) Billing
12 45 (1.38%) Legal
13 40 (1.22%) Financial Institution
14 38 (1.16%) Back Office
15 35 (1.07%) Pharmaceutical
16 31 (0.95%) Law
17 25 (0.76%) Retail Banking
18 21 (0.64%) Advertising
19 16 (0.49%) Electronics
20 12 (0.37%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 859 (26.25%) Analyst
2 511 (15.62%) Developer
3 316 (9.66%) Test Analyst
4 311 (9.50%) Tester
5 218 (6.66%) Business Analyst
6 196 (5.99%) Project Manager
7 173 (5.29%) Test Manager
8 152 (4.65%) QA Analyst
9 137 (4.19%) Architect
10 134 (4.10%) Consultant
11 127 (3.88%) QA Engineer
12 108 (3.30%) QA Tester
13 101 (3.09%) Test Leader
14 79 (2.41%) Test Engineer
15 70 (2.14%) Java Developer
16 66 (2.02%) Senior Analyst
17 64 (1.96%) Automation Tester
18 62 (1.89%) QA Test Analyst
19 60 (1.83%) DevOps Engineer
20 53 (1.62%) Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 345 (10.54%) .NET
2 315 (9.63%) XML
3 287 (8.77%) Web Services
4 260 (7.95%) HTML
5 191 (5.84%) CSS
6 137 (4.19%) JSON
7 118 (3.61%) SOAP
8 91 (2.78%) HTML5
9 89 (2.72%) REST
10 84 (2.57%) jQuery
11 81 (2.48%) RESTful
12 70 (2.14%) CSS3
13 67 (2.05%) J2EE
14 65 (1.99%) XSLT
15 64 (1.96%) ASP.NET
16 61 (1.86%) Gherkin
17 56 (1.71%) Spring
18 54 (1.65%) .NET Framework
19 52 (1.59%) AngularJS
20 49 (1.50%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 284 (8.68%) Analytical Skills
2 150 (4.58%) Open Source
3 121 (3.70%) User Experience
4 90 (2.75%) Management Information System
5 80 (2.44%) Computer Science
6 69 (2.11%) Mobile App
7 51 (1.56%) Derivative
8 43 (1.31%) Data Integration
9 37 (1.13%) Fixed Income
10 36 (1.10%) Client/Server
11 32 (0.98%) SWIFT
12 31 (0.95%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 30 (0.92%) Equities
14 29 (0.89%) NHS
15 27 (0.83%) Online Games
15 27 (0.83%) Digital Media
15 27 (0.83%) Data Conversion
16 22 (0.67%) PKI
17 21 (0.64%) Clustering
17 21 (0.64%) Device Driver
Operating Systems
1 275 (8.40%) Windows
2 218 (6.66%) Linux
3 191 (5.84%) UNIX
4 109 (3.33%) Apple iOS
5 93 (2.84%) Android
6 50 (1.53%) Windows Server 2008
7 43 (1.31%) Windows Server 2003
8 37 (1.13%) CentOS
9 32 (0.98%) Windows Server 2012
10 27 (0.83%) Windows 7
11 25 (0.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 25 (0.76%) Ubuntu
12 21 (0.64%) AIX
13 20 (0.61%) Solaris
13 20 (0.61%) Windows XP
14 14 (0.43%) Windows Vista
15 12 (0.37%) VME
15 12 (0.37%) zOS
16 11 (0.34%) Windows Phone
17 7 (0.21%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1050 (32.09%) Agile Software Development
2 456 (13.94%) Project Management
3 416 (12.71%) User Acceptance Testing
4 379 (11.58%) Scrum
5 334 (10.21%) TDD
6 292 (8.92%) Test Scripting
7 291 (8.89%) Test Automation
8 282 (8.62%) BDD
9 230 (7.03%) Continuous Integration
10 221 (6.75%) Stakeholder Management
11 215 (6.57%) Migration
11 215 (6.57%) Test Strategy
12 203 (6.20%) ITIL
13 200 (6.11%) PRINCE2
14 189 (5.78%) E-Commerce
15 164 (5.01%) Manual Testing
16 155 (4.74%) Software Testing
17 154 (4.71%) Automated Testing
18 149 (4.55%) Continuous Improvement
19 148 (4.52%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 715 (21.85%) SQL
2 570 (17.42%) Java
3 286 (8.74%) C#
4 279 (8.53%) JavaScript
5 208 (6.36%) Ruby
6 186 (5.68%) Python
7 98 (3.00%) PHP
8 71 (2.17%) Perl
9 70 (2.14%) Shell Script
10 62 (1.89%) C
11 55 (1.68%) C++
11 55 (1.68%) PL/SQL
12 51 (1.56%) VBA
13 47 (1.44%) T-SQL
14 45 (1.38%) Bash Shell
15 37 (1.13%) Groovy
16 36 (1.10%) PowerShell
17 30 (0.92%) VB
17 30 (0.92%) Objective-C
18 29 (0.89%) Scala
Qualifications
1 260 (7.95%) Degree
2 230 (7.03%) ISEB
3 169 (5.17%) Security Cleared
4 139 (4.25%) ISTQB
5 103 (3.15%) SC Cleared
6 48 (1.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 43 (1.31%) ITIL Certification
8 39 (1.19%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 36 (1.10%) PMI Certification
10 28 (0.86%) PMP
11 27 (0.83%) CISSP
12 25 (0.76%) Microsoft Certification
12 25 (0.76%) DV Cleared
13 23 (0.70%) Cisco Certification
14 20 (0.61%) HNC
15 18 (0.55%) CISM
16 15 (0.46%) CISMP
17 14 (0.43%) CCNP
18 13 (0.40%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
19 11 (0.34%) CCENT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (1.28%) SLA
2 33 (1.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 27 (0.83%) Data Quality
4 18 (0.55%) EMIR
4 18 (0.55%) GMP
5 16 (0.49%) JSP 440
6 14 (0.43%) ISO 9001
7 12 (0.37%) GAMP
7 12 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 7 (0.21%) MiFID
8 7 (0.21%) Solvency II
8 7 (0.21%) P3O
9 6 (0.18%) HL7
9 6 (0.18%) PCI DSS
9 6 (0.18%) Basel III
9 6 (0.18%) 21 CFR Part 11
9 6 (0.18%) COBIT
10 4 (0.12%) GxP
11 3 (0.092%) FATCA
11 3 (0.092%) DICOM
System Software
1 57 (1.74%) Active Directory
2 49 (1.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (0.83%) XenApp
4 26 (0.79%) vSphere
5 20 (0.61%) VMware ESXi
6 14 (0.43%) Hyper-V
6 14 (0.43%) Microsoft App-V
7 12 (0.37%) Oracle RAC
8 11 (0.34%) vCloud
9 10 (0.31%) Docker
9 10 (0.31%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 10 (0.31%) MetaFrame
10 9 (0.28%) XenDesktop
11 6 (0.18%) BitLocker
12 5 (0.15%) Oracle Clusterware
13 4 (0.12%) Varnish
13 4 (0.12%) Firmware
14 2 (0.061%) VMware Workstation
14 2 (0.061%) Squid
14 2 (0.061%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 144 (4.40%) HP Quality Center
2 79 (2.41%) Puppet
3 29 (0.89%) Vagrant
4 27 (0.83%) Opscode Chef
5 23 (0.70%) SCCM
6 20 (0.61%) Cobbler
6 20 (0.61%) Graylog
7 17 (0.52%) Nagios
8 13 (0.40%) WhatsUp Gold
9 11 (0.34%) collectd
10 8 (0.24%) Tivoli
10 8 (0.24%) Kibana
11 7 (0.21%) ZABBIX
12 6 (0.18%) Data Guard
12 6 (0.18%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 6 (0.18%) OpenView
13 5 (0.15%) Oracle RMAN
13 5 (0.15%) Nessus
13 5 (0.15%) Oracle Flashback
13 5 (0.15%) Ansible
Vendors
1 358 (10.94%) Microsoft
2 286 (8.74%) Oracle
3 132 (4.03%) SAP
4 125 (3.82%) HP
5 98 (3.00%) IBM
6 97 (2.96%) VMware
7 75 (2.29%) Cisco
8 56 (1.71%) Red Hat
9 50 (1.53%) CheckPoint
10 45 (1.38%) Citrix
11 32 (0.98%) Business Objects
11 32 (0.98%) Salesforce.com
11 32 (0.98%) New Relic
12 29 (0.89%) Juniper
13 27 (0.83%) Remedy
14 26 (0.79%) TIBCO
14 26 (0.79%) Sybase
15 25 (0.76%) Google
16 24 (0.73%) F5
17 23 (0.70%) Tableau
North West
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Rate: Market related
Posted: 43 minutes ago
Chester, Cheshire
Vertical IT
Rate: £1 - £2 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Uniting Ambition
Rate: £150 - 250 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Reed Professional Services
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Cititec
Rate: £400 - 500 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
Oxfordshire
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
West Yorkshire
Total Recruitment Specialists Limited / TRG / Total recruitment group
Rate: £250 - £325 Per Day
Posted: Yesterday
York, North Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: Yesterday
Wiltshire
Austin Fraser
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
West London
Eaglecliff
Rate: From £40,000 to £50,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Southampton, Hampshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Understanding Recruitment
Rate: £275 - £360 per day + benefits - extension
Posted: 2 days ago
South West London
FIRST POINT IT RESOURCING
Rate: £400 - £450 per day + 6 month rolling
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Aston Carter
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £250.00 - £275.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
North West London
asos
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Ability Resourcing
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: 5 days ago