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 28 July 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
28 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 58 56 66
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +10
Contract jobs citing QA 1761 1774 1435
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 3.09% 3.24% 2.81%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 38.63% 41.07% 37.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 1192 1139 920
Average daily rate
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£400 £380 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% -5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £254
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £565
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 23 20
Average hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -15.78%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.85 £12.61 £12.64
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £119.50 £49.50 £40.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.55 £19.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+72.05% -2.50%

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
4559 4319 3848
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.99% 7.89% 7.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 2942 2611 2285
Average daily rate £425 £400 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £231 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 173 195 153
Average hourly rate £21.15 £20.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.72% +5.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.14 £12.50 £9.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.17 £43.22 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.51 £20.21 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+6.47% +15.45%

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 28 July 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 28 July 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 28 July 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 0 1625 £400 +5.26% 748
London -4 844 £436 +9.06% 382
South East -14 244 £375 +11.94% 119
City of London 0 214 £445 -1.11% 101
North West +35 151 £388 +10.71% 71
South West +21 109 £350 -6.66% 36
Scotland +20 98 £385 +9.75% 31
Yorkshire -19 90 £350 +9.37% 37
West Yorkshire -13 76 £350 +9.37% 26
Berkshire -1 71 £350 +1.44% 25
Manchester +22 69 £339 -21.22% 45
Hampshire -5 65 £400 +19.40% 20
Edinburgh +17 58 £388 -8.39% 19
East of England -26 56 £325 -23.52% 35
Leeds -20 55 £325 +1.56% 17
East Midlands +2 54 £375 +11.11% 27
Nottinghamshire +13 41 £373 +12.45% 15
Nottingham +17 40 £373 +12.45% 15
West Midlands -23 40 £375 +6.99% 32
North East -28 35 £322 -10.55% 7
Tyne and Wear -17 34 £319 -14.93% 5
Newcastle upon Tyne -20 34 £319 -14.93% 5
Surrey +3 31 £400 +11.11% 37
Lancashire +27 30 £375 +7.14% 6
Wiltshire +16 28 £345 -1.42% 9
Glasgow +15 27 £356 +21.79% 5
Merseyside +5 25 £500 +53.84% 8
Blackpool +19 24 £385 +10.00%
Reading +10 24 £280 -34.11% 12
Liverpool +6 24 £500 - 3

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 July 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 1170 (33.52%) Agile Software Development
2 828 (23.72%) Finance
3 662 (18.97%) SQL
4 629 (18.02%) Java
5 499 (14.30%) Scrum
6 487 (13.95%) Project Management
7 470 (13.47%) Selenium
8 403 (11.55%) TDD
9 390 (11.17%) User Acceptance Testing
10 375 (10.74%) Microsoft
11 355 (10.17%) Banking
12 351 (10.06%) Test Scripting
13 340 (9.74%) Test Automation
14 332 (9.51%) BDD
14 332 (9.51%) C#
15 316 (9.05%) Web Services
16 315 (9.03%) .NET
16 315 (9.03%) Continuous Integration
17 314 (9.00%) Windows
18 312 (8.94%) XML
19 311 (8.91%) Analytical Skills
20 297 (8.51%) SDLC
21 295 (8.45%) Cucumber
22 294 (8.42%) JavaScript
23 287 (8.22%) HTML
24 264 (7.56%) Linux
25 262 (7.51%) Oracle
25 262 (7.51%) Degree
26 260 (7.45%) Test Strategy
27 259 (7.42%) Stakeholder Management

QA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 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
1 120 (3.44%) SharePoint
2 73 (2.09%) CMS
3 60 (1.72%) Apache
4 57 (1.63%) WebLogic
5 53 (1.52%) Confluence
6 51 (1.46%) JBoss
6 51 (1.46%) WebSphere
7 42 (1.20%) Tomcat
8 39 (1.12%) SAS
8 39 (1.12%) IIS
9 37 (1.06%) Cloud Foundry
10 31 (0.89%) Node.js
11 29 (0.83%) Drupal
12 25 (0.72%) MQSeries
13 20 (0.57%) OpenStack
14 16 (0.46%) Oracle Workflow
15 15 (0.43%) Adobe Experience Manager
16 14 (0.40%) SharePoint 2013
16 14 (0.40%) CICS
17 11 (0.32%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 249 (7.13%) MS Excel
2 165 (4.73%) MS Office
3 95 (2.72%) MS Project
4 74 (2.12%) MS PowerPoint
5 72 (2.06%) MS Visio
6 12 (0.34%) Photoshop
6 12 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.14%) SPSS
7 5 (0.14%) PowerPivot
8 4 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
9 2 (0.057%) FastStats
9 2 (0.057%) Mingle
9 2 (0.057%) CINEMA 4D
9 2 (0.057%) Maya
9 2 (0.057%) 3ds Max
9 2 (0.057%) MODO
10 1 (0.029%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.029%) FrameMaker
10 1 (0.029%) Open Workbench
10 1 (0.029%) PrintSoft PReS
Business Applications
1 23 (0.66%) Dynamics CRM
2 21 (0.60%) Magento
3 20 (0.57%) Dynamics AX
4 18 (0.52%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 16 (0.46%) Cognos TM1
6 12 (0.34%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 9 (0.26%) WebTrends
7 9 (0.26%) Oracle EBS
7 9 (0.26%) Markit EDM
8 8 (0.23%) Agresso
8 8 (0.23%) Oracle Applications
9 7 (0.20%) Oracle Payables
10 6 (0.17%) Oracle Retail
10 6 (0.17%) SAP SRM
10 6 (0.17%) Oracle General Ledger
10 6 (0.17%) MultiFonds
11 5 (0.14%) Primavera
11 5 (0.14%) Oracle EBS R12
11 5 (0.14%) Temenos T24
11 5 (0.14%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 98 (2.81%) Amazon AWS
2 25 (0.72%) SaaS
3 22 (0.63%) Amazon S3
4 21 (0.60%) Amazon ELB
5 20 (0.57%) Office 365
5 20 (0.57%) Amazon EC2
6 16 (0.46%) GitHub
7 14 (0.40%) Microsoft Azure
8 11 (0.32%) Route 53
8 11 (0.32%) Google Analytics
9 8 (0.23%) PaaS
9 8 (0.23%) Adobe Analytics
10 7 (0.20%) AWS CloudFormation
11 6 (0.17%) Google Cloud Platform
12 5 (0.14%) Amazon SQS
12 5 (0.14%) Heroku
12 5 (0.14%) Cloud Computing
13 4 (0.11%) Force.com
14 3 (0.086%) Taleo
14 3 (0.086%) Engine Yard
Communications & Networking
1 70 (2.01%) Firewall
2 62 (1.78%) WAN
2 62 (1.78%) Internet
3 46 (1.32%) TCP/IP
3 46 (1.32%) LAN
4 44 (1.26%) DNS
5 42 (1.20%) Network Security
6 41 (1.17%) SSL
7 32 (0.92%) HTTP
8 27 (0.77%) SAN
9 22 (0.63%) Cisco ASA
10 21 (0.60%) VPN
11 20 (0.57%) GSM
11 20 (0.57%) Intranet
12 17 (0.49%) UMTS
12 17 (0.49%) LTE
13 16 (0.46%) Wireless
13 16 (0.46%) VLAN
14 15 (0.43%) Cisco IOS
14 15 (0.43%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 231 (6.62%) SQL Server
2 140 (4.01%) Data Warehouse
3 127 (3.64%) Relational Database
4 96 (2.75%) MongoDB
5 74 (2.12%) MySQL
6 68 (1.95%) NoSQL
7 56 (1.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 55 (1.58%) Oracle Database
9 51 (1.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 48 (1.38%) DB2
11 46 (1.32%) SQL Server 2008
12 44 (1.26%) BusinessObjects
13 40 (1.15%) RDBMS
14 31 (0.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 29 (0.83%) SQL Server 2012
16 28 (0.80%) Big Data
17 26 (0.74%) QlikView
18 25 (0.72%) Apache Cassandra
19 24 (0.69%) Redis
19 24 (0.69%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 470 (13.47%) Selenium
2 295 (8.45%) Cucumber
3 244 (6.99%) JIRA
4 210 (6.02%) WebDriver
5 196 (5.62%) Jenkins
6 194 (5.56%) Git (software)
7 111 (3.18%) Team Foundation Server
8 107 (3.07%) Subversion
9 102 (2.92%) SpecFlow
10 93 (2.66%) JUnit
11 92 (2.64%) SoapUI
12 91 (2.61%) HP UFT
13 66 (1.89%) Maven
14 62 (1.78%) Visual Studio
15 57 (1.63%) TeamCity
16 52 (1.49%) LoadRunner
17 50 (1.43%) Atlassian Bamboo
18 42 (1.20%) Capybara
19 40 (1.15%) JMeter
20 36 (1.03%) Hudson
General
1 828 (23.72%) Finance
2 355 (10.17%) Banking
3 218 (6.25%) Retail
4 158 (4.53%) Telecoms
5 133 (3.81%) Investment Banking
6 95 (2.72%) Marketing
7 67 (1.92%) Manufacturing
8 61 (1.75%) Front Office
9 54 (1.55%) Publishing
10 50 (1.43%) Legal
11 48 (1.38%) Games
12 42 (1.20%) Billing
13 35 (1.00%) Law
14 29 (0.83%) Financial Institution
15 28 (0.80%) Retail Banking
16 27 (0.77%) Pharmaceutical
16 27 (0.77%) Back Office
17 23 (0.66%) Advertising
18 21 (0.60%) Electronics
18 21 (0.60%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 906 (25.96%) Analyst
2 606 (17.36%) Developer
3 343 (9.83%) Test Analyst
4 313 (8.97%) Tester
5 220 (6.30%) Business Analyst
6 218 (6.25%) Project Manager
7 198 (5.67%) QA Analyst
8 188 (5.39%) Test Manager
9 147 (4.21%) Architect
10 121 (3.47%) Consultant
11 116 (3.32%) QA Engineer
12 104 (2.98%) Java Developer
13 103 (2.95%) QA Tester
14 99 (2.84%) Test Leader
15 87 (2.49%) Test Engineer
16 84 (2.41%) QA Test Analyst
17 75 (2.15%) Senior Analyst
18 70 (2.01%) Automation Tester
19 62 (1.78%) DevOps Engineer
20 52 (1.49%) Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 316 (9.05%) Web Services
2 315 (9.03%) .NET
3 312 (8.94%) XML
4 287 (8.22%) HTML
5 212 (6.07%) CSS
6 158 (4.53%) SOAP
7 143 (4.10%) JSON
8 135 (3.87%) HTML5
9 111 (3.18%) RESTful
10 105 (3.01%) REST
11 94 (2.69%) jQuery
12 89 (2.55%) CSS3
13 82 (2.35%) AngularJS
14 81 (2.32%) Gherkin
15 73 (2.09%) ASP.NET
15 73 (2.09%) Spring
16 69 (1.98%) J2EE
17 62 (1.78%) JMS
18 61 (1.75%) Ajax
19 59 (1.69%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 311 (8.91%) Analytical Skills
2 148 (4.24%) User Experience
3 99 (2.84%) Mobile App
4 97 (2.78%) Management Information System
5 77 (2.21%) Computer Science
6 65 (1.86%) Data Centre
7 54 (1.55%) Derivative
8 45 (1.29%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 42 (1.20%) Fixed Income
10 38 (1.09%) Client/Server
11 35 (1.00%) Data Integration
12 34 (0.97%) Equities
13 29 (0.83%) SWIFT
14 27 (0.77%) Data Structures
14 27 (0.77%) Mainframe
14 27 (0.77%) NHS
15 26 (0.74%) Enterprise Software
16 24 (0.69%) PKI
17 21 (0.60%) Credit Risk
17 21 (0.60%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 314 (9.00%) Windows
2 264 (7.56%) Linux
3 197 (5.64%) UNIX
4 115 (3.30%) Apple iOS
5 91 (2.61%) Android
6 48 (1.38%) Windows 7
7 40 (1.15%) Windows Server 2008
8 37 (1.06%) CentOS
9 36 (1.03%) Windows Server 2003
10 34 (0.97%) Windows Server 2012
11 28 (0.80%) Solaris
12 26 (0.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 23 (0.66%) AIX
14 20 (0.57%) VME
15 17 (0.49%) Ubuntu
16 15 (0.43%) Windows 8
17 14 (0.40%) zOS
18 12 (0.34%) Windows XP
18 12 (0.34%) Windows Phone
19 5 (0.14%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1170 (33.52%) Agile Software Development
2 499 (14.30%) Scrum
3 487 (13.95%) Project Management
4 403 (11.55%) TDD
5 390 (11.17%) User Acceptance Testing
6 351 (10.06%) Test Scripting
7 340 (9.74%) Test Automation
8 332 (9.51%) BDD
9 315 (9.03%) Continuous Integration
10 297 (8.51%) SDLC
11 260 (7.45%) Test Strategy
12 259 (7.42%) Stakeholder Management
13 252 (7.22%) Automated Testing
14 237 (6.79%) ITIL
15 234 (6.70%) PRINCE2
16 229 (6.56%) Migration
17 221 (6.33%) E-Commerce
18 178 (5.10%) Configuration Management
19 175 (5.01%) Change Management
20 169 (4.84%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 662 (18.97%) SQL
2 629 (18.02%) Java
3 332 (9.51%) C#
4 294 (8.42%) JavaScript
5 189 (5.42%) Ruby
6 174 (4.99%) Python
7 103 (2.95%) PHP
8 84 (2.41%) Perl
9 82 (2.35%) C++
10 72 (2.06%) C
11 60 (1.72%) Groovy
12 58 (1.66%) PowerShell
13 56 (1.60%) Shell Script
14 52 (1.49%) PL/SQL
15 49 (1.40%) T-SQL
16 47 (1.35%) Scala
17 40 (1.15%) Bash Shell
18 31 (0.89%) VB
18 31 (0.89%) Objective-C
19 29 (0.83%) VBA
Qualifications
1 262 (7.51%) Degree
2 216 (6.19%) ISEB
3 208 (5.96%) Security Cleared
4 157 (4.50%) ISTQB
5 126 (3.61%) SC Cleared
6 67 (1.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 47 (1.35%) ITIL Certification
8 35 (1.00%) PMI Certification
9 33 (0.95%) DV Cleared
10 32 (0.92%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 25 (0.72%) Cisco Certification
12 24 (0.69%) PMP
13 20 (0.57%) CISSP
14 19 (0.54%) CISM
15 18 (0.52%) HNC
15 18 (0.52%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 17 (0.49%) CCNA
17 16 (0.46%) CISMP
18 15 (0.43%) Microsoft Certification
19 13 (0.37%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (1.32%) SLA
2 37 (1.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 26 (0.74%) Data Quality
4 23 (0.66%) ISO 9001
5 12 (0.34%) GAMP
5 12 (0.34%) GMP
6 10 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 10 (0.29%) JSP 440
7 8 (0.23%) EMIR
7 8 (0.23%) GxP
8 5 (0.14%) ISO 14001
8 5 (0.14%) Dodd-Frank
8 5 (0.14%) Solvency II
8 5 (0.14%) HL7
8 5 (0.14%) P3O
9 4 (0.11%) FATCA
10 3 (0.086%) COBIT
10 3 (0.086%) PCI DSS
11 2 (0.057%) MiFID
11 2 (0.057%) 21 CFR Part 11
System Software
1 64 (1.83%) Active Directory
2 62 (1.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (0.72%) vSphere
4 20 (0.57%) VMware ESXi
4 20 (0.57%) XenApp
5 19 (0.54%) Docker
6 17 (0.49%) Hyper-V
7 13 (0.37%) VirtualBox
8 11 (0.32%) Oracle RAC
9 10 (0.29%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 10 (0.29%) MetaFrame
9 10 (0.29%) Microsoft App-V
9 10 (0.29%) vCloud
10 9 (0.26%) BitLocker
11 8 (0.23%) Time Sharing Option
11 8 (0.23%) RACF
12 6 (0.17%) Firmware
12 6 (0.17%) Varnish
13 5 (0.14%) VMware ESX
14 4 (0.11%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 146 (4.18%) HP Quality Center
2 88 (2.52%) Puppet
3 49 (1.40%) Vagrant
4 43 (1.23%) Opscode Chef
5 27 (0.77%) SCCM
6 22 (0.63%) Graylog
7 10 (0.29%) Ansible
8 9 (0.26%) Data Guard
8 9 (0.26%) WhatsUp Gold
8 9 (0.26%) Control-M
9 7 (0.20%) Nagios
9 7 (0.20%) Oracle RMAN
10 6 (0.17%) Nmap
10 6 (0.17%) ZABBIX
10 6 (0.17%) McAfee ePO
10 6 (0.17%) Cobbler
10 6 (0.17%) CA LISA
10 6 (0.17%) Rundeck
10 6 (0.17%) Kibana
11 5 (0.14%) Netcool
Vendors
1 375 (10.74%) Microsoft
2 262 (7.51%) Oracle
3 152 (4.36%) HP
4 137 (3.93%) SAP
5 96 (2.75%) VMware
6 88 (2.52%) IBM
7 62 (1.78%) Cisco
8 47 (1.35%) Red Hat
8 47 (1.35%) New Relic
9 43 (1.23%) Salesforce.com
10 40 (1.15%) Citrix
11 35 (1.00%) CheckPoint
12 30 (0.86%) Remedy
13 28 (0.80%) Sybase
13 28 (0.80%) Adobe
14 26 (0.74%) Google
14 26 (0.74%) Atlassian
15 22 (0.63%) PeopleSoft
15 22 (0.63%) Juniper
15 22 (0.63%) Informatica
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