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 19 September 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 57 64 55
Rank change year-on-year
+7 -9
Contract jobs citing QA 1811 1548 1742
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 3.14% 2.93% 3.02%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 40.69% 38.99% 38.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 1187 983 1101
Average daily rate
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£375 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £243 £246 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £336
% change year-on-year
- +4.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 17 24
Average hourly rate £18.75 £34.00 £20.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-44.85% +63.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.58 £11.60 £13.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.00 £105.50 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.55 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+0.25% -12.50%

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
4451 3970 4497
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.73% 7.52% 7.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 2693 2338 2482
Average daily rate £400 £425 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.88% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £620 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £354 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.00% -2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 220 161 237
Average hourly rate £19.75 £17.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.85% -12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £37.50 £41.94
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -16.66%

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 19 September 2014.

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 19 September 2014.

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 19 September 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 +7 1673 £375 -6.25% 640
London +1 910 £413 -2.94% 260
South East +28 292 £335 -4.28% 115
City of London -7 170 £438 +1.74% 80
Berkshire +22 80 £350 +6.06% 20
Yorkshire +23 76 £320 -8.57% 40
West Midlands +15 74 £275 -26.66% 38
East of England -25 72 £368 +4.85% 43
South West -6 68 £375 +15.38% 35
North West -15 66 £344 +7.75% 74
Scotland 0 64 £400 +14.12% 21
Hampshire +6 57 £335 -16.25% 20
North East +8 54 £353 -17.05% 19
West Yorkshire +19 53 £323 -7.85% 21
East Midlands +7 51 £367 +22.12% 15
Buckinghamshire +15 50 £275 -14.06% 11
Surrey -2 40 £358 -1.71% 36
Tyne and Wear +1 39 £363 - 16
Newcastle upon Tyne -3 39 £363 - 14
Birmingham +18 37 £198 -43.57% 11
Wales +8 35 £350 +72.83% 10
Leeds +14 34 £320 -20.00% 14
Hertfordshire -3 30 £365 -29.29% 14
Edinburgh -3 27 £475 +29.69% 13
Milton Keynes +8 26 £314 +13.06% 4
East Sussex +5 26 £350 -3.44% 8
Manchester -12 25 £325 +34.02% 36
Brighton +7 23 £350 +5.66% 8
Glasgow +4 23 £310 +106.66% 2
Reading -2 23 £325 -10.95% 9

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, 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 1244 (34.98%) Agile Software Development
2 834 (23.45%) SQL
3 763 (21.46%) Finance
4 641 (18.03%) Java
5 521 (14.65%) Scrum
6 492 (13.84%) Project Management
7 472 (13.27%) Microsoft
8 460 (12.94%) Selenium
9 447 (12.57%) TDD
10 435 (12.23%) Oracle
11 404 (11.36%) .NET
12 390 (10.97%) C#
13 381 (10.71%) JavaScript
14 369 (10.38%) Analytical Skills
15 359 (10.10%) Test Scripting
16 358 (10.07%) User Acceptance Testing
17 344 (9.67%) HTML
18 340 (9.56%) MS Excel
19 338 (9.51%) Banking
20 330 (9.28%) Web Services
21 329 (9.25%) BDD
22 324 (9.11%) Degree
23 315 (8.86%) XML
24 314 (8.83%) Test Automation
25 289 (8.13%) SQL Server
25 289 (8.13%) Windows
26 285 (8.01%) Cucumber
27 266 (7.48%) Continuous Integration
28 265 (7.45%) Security Cleared
29 254 (7.14%) Automated Testing

QA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, 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
1 159 (4.47%) SharePoint
2 84 (2.36%) CMS
3 76 (2.14%) IIS
4 69 (1.94%) Apache
5 49 (1.38%) WebLogic
6 41 (1.15%) WebSphere
7 38 (1.07%) Node.js
8 37 (1.04%) Tomcat
9 22 (0.62%) Confluence
10 20 (0.56%) IBM Notes
10 20 (0.56%) Oracle Workflow
11 18 (0.51%) SharePoint 2010
12 17 (0.48%) SharePoint 2013
13 16 (0.45%) BizTalk Server
13 16 (0.45%) SAS
13 16 (0.45%) WebSphere Application Server
14 14 (0.39%) MS Project Server
15 13 (0.37%) MS Exchange
15 13 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2013
15 13 (0.37%) Umbraco
Applications
1 340 (9.56%) MS Excel
2 204 (5.74%) MS Office
3 118 (3.32%) MS Project
4 95 (2.67%) MS PowerPoint
5 81 (2.28%) MS Visio
6 22 (0.62%) Photoshop
7 16 (0.45%) Spreadsheet
8 5 (0.14%) Fireworks
9 3 (0.084%) Adobe Illustrator
9 3 (0.084%) Windchill
9 3 (0.084%) AutoCAD
9 3 (0.084%) Final Cut Pro
10 2 (0.056%) Acrobat
10 2 (0.056%) Stata
11 1 (0.028%) InfoPath
11 1 (0.028%) RoboHelp
11 1 (0.028%) SPSS
11 1 (0.028%) Blender
11 1 (0.028%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 44 (1.24%) Dynamics CRM
2 39 (1.10%) Oracle EBS
3 38 (1.07%) Oracle EBS R12
4 34 (0.96%) Oracle General Ledger
4 34 (0.96%) Oracle Payables
5 33 (0.93%) Oracle Applications
5 33 (0.93%) Oracle Receivables
6 21 (0.59%) Dynamics AX
6 21 (0.59%) Oracle Assets
7 18 (0.51%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 15 (0.42%) SAP HR
8 15 (0.42%) WebTrends
9 13 (0.37%) Oracle Financials
10 10 (0.28%) Oracle BPM
11 9 (0.25%) SAP HCM
12 6 (0.17%) SAP ERP
12 6 (0.17%) Oracle Cash Management
12 6 (0.17%) Oracle Internet Expenses
12 6 (0.17%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
12 6 (0.17%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 28 (0.79%) SaaS
2 27 (0.76%) Amazon AWS
3 24 (0.67%) Office 365
4 20 (0.56%) Amazon EC2
5 19 (0.53%) PaaS
5 19 (0.53%) Amazon S3
6 18 (0.51%) GitHub
7 17 (0.48%) Amazon ELB
8 16 (0.45%) Route 53
9 15 (0.42%) Microsoft Azure
10 6 (0.17%) Cloud Computing
11 4 (0.11%) IaaS
12 3 (0.084%) Heroku
12 3 (0.084%) OpenShift
13 1 (0.028%) Amazon SQS
13 1 (0.028%) CloudFront
13 1 (0.028%) Google Apps
13 1 (0.028%) Responsys
13 1 (0.028%) CheetahMail
13 1 (0.028%) Basecamp
Communications & Networking
1 94 (2.64%) Internet
2 66 (1.86%) TCP/IP
2 66 (1.86%) Firewall
3 57 (1.60%) HTTP
4 51 (1.43%) DNS
5 41 (1.15%) WAN
6 40 (1.12%) LAN
7 29 (0.82%) SSL
8 24 (0.67%) Network Security
8 24 (0.67%) SAN
9 21 (0.59%) DHCP
10 20 (0.56%) Cisco IOS
10 20 (0.56%) SNMP
11 19 (0.53%) Wireless
11 19 (0.53%) Cisco ASA
12 18 (0.51%) LDAP
13 15 (0.42%) VLAN
13 15 (0.42%) 3G
14 14 (0.39%) 2G
14 14 (0.39%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 289 (8.13%) SQL Server
2 130 (3.66%) Data Warehouse
3 107 (3.01%) Oracle Database
4 97 (2.73%) Relational Database
5 89 (2.50%) MySQL
6 81 (2.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 64 (1.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 57 (1.60%) SQL Server 2008
9 45 (1.27%) Oracle Reports
10 43 (1.21%) NoSQL
11 38 (1.07%) Oracle Database 11g
12 34 (0.96%) QlikView
13 31 (0.87%) MongoDB
14 30 (0.84%) Oracle ODI
15 29 (0.82%) SQL Server 2005
16 26 (0.73%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 26 (0.73%) DB2
17 20 (0.56%) OLAP
18 18 (0.51%) Big Data
18 18 (0.51%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 460 (12.94%) Selenium
2 285 (8.01%) Cucumber
3 186 (5.23%) JIRA
4 155 (4.36%) WebDriver
5 147 (4.13%) Jenkins
6 133 (3.74%) Team Foundation Server
7 126 (3.54%) QuickTest Pro
8 116 (3.26%) Visual Studio
9 106 (2.98%) Git (software)
10 105 (2.95%) JUnit
11 103 (2.90%) Maven
12 88 (2.47%) Subversion
13 73 (2.05%) SpecFlow
14 65 (1.83%) FitNesse
15 61 (1.72%) LoadRunner
16 60 (1.69%) SoapUI
17 48 (1.35%) WATIR
18 47 (1.32%) Hudson
19 46 (1.29%) TeamCity
20 38 (1.07%) Calabash
General
1 763 (21.46%) Finance
2 338 (9.51%) Banking
3 149 (4.19%) Retail
4 148 (4.16%) Investment Banking
5 100 (2.81%) Telecoms
6 98 (2.76%) Marketing
7 80 (2.25%) Publishing
8 69 (1.94%) Games
9 58 (1.63%) Legal
10 52 (1.46%) Back Office
11 50 (1.41%) Front Office
12 36 (1.01%) Retail Banking
13 31 (0.87%) Advertising
14 30 (0.84%) Automotive
15 28 (0.79%) Manufacturing
15 28 (0.79%) Billing
16 27 (0.76%) Pharmaceutical
17 26 (0.73%) General Ledger
18 22 (0.62%) Financial Institution
19 16 (0.45%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 845 (23.76%) Analyst
2 704 (19.80%) Developer
3 363 (10.21%) Tester
4 359 (10.10%) Test Analyst
5 197 (5.54%) Business Analyst
5 197 (5.54%) Project Manager
6 175 (4.92%) QA Tester
7 162 (4.56%) QA Analyst
8 159 (4.47%) Consultant
9 143 (4.02%) QA Engineer
10 113 (3.18%) Test Engineer
11 112 (3.15%) Java Developer
12 108 (3.04%) Test Manager
13 103 (2.90%) Senior Analyst
13 103 (2.90%) Architect
14 95 (2.67%) Senior Developer
15 77 (2.17%) Automation Tester
16 67 (1.88%) Data Analyst
17 62 (1.74%) QA Manager
17 62 (1.74%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 404 (11.36%) .NET
2 344 (9.67%) HTML
3 330 (9.28%) Web Services
4 315 (8.86%) XML
5 227 (6.38%) CSS
6 142 (3.99%) jQuery
7 139 (3.91%) HTML5
8 134 (3.77%) ASP.NET
9 120 (3.37%) REST
10 114 (3.21%) SOAP
11 105 (2.95%) JSON
11 105 (2.95%) Spring
12 84 (2.36%) WCF
12 84 (2.36%) J2EE
13 81 (2.28%) CSS3
13 81 (2.28%) Ajax
14 80 (2.25%) Hibernate
15 66 (1.86%) XSLT
15 66 (1.86%) AngularJS
16 65 (1.83%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 369 (10.38%) Analytical Skills
2 188 (5.29%) Open Source
3 143 (4.02%) Management Information System
4 131 (3.68%) User Experience
5 125 (3.52%) Computer Science
6 111 (3.12%) Mobile App
7 70 (1.97%) Enterprise Software
8 47 (1.32%) Derivative
9 43 (1.21%) NHS
10 42 (1.18%) Client/Server
11 41 (1.15%) iPad
12 40 (1.12%) Data Integration
13 39 (1.10%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 37 (1.04%) Social Media
15 33 (0.93%) Online Games
16 32 (0.90%) Fixed Income
17 28 (0.79%) PMI
18 23 (0.65%) Equities
18 23 (0.65%) iPhone
19 21 (0.59%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 289 (8.13%) Windows
2 219 (6.16%) UNIX
3 212 (5.96%) Linux
4 116 (3.26%) Android
5 98 (2.76%) Apple iOS
6 51 (1.43%) Windows 7
7 46 (1.29%) Windows Server 2008
8 34 (0.96%) Windows Server 2003
9 28 (0.79%) CentOS
10 25 (0.70%) Windows Server 2012
11 16 (0.45%) Windows XP
12 15 (0.42%) AIX
13 14 (0.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 12 (0.34%) Windows 8
15 11 (0.31%) Solaris
16 8 (0.22%) VMS
17 6 (0.17%) Windows Phone
17 6 (0.17%) Windows NT
17 6 (0.17%) Windows 2000
18 5 (0.14%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1244 (34.98%) Agile Software Development
2 521 (14.65%) Scrum
3 492 (13.84%) Project Management
4 447 (12.57%) TDD
5 359 (10.10%) Test Scripting
6 358 (10.07%) User Acceptance Testing
7 329 (9.25%) BDD
8 314 (8.83%) Test Automation
9 266 (7.48%) Continuous Integration
10 254 (7.14%) Automated Testing
11 222 (6.24%) Migration
12 221 (6.21%) Software Testing
13 215 (6.05%) E-Commerce
14 210 (5.91%) OO
15 192 (5.40%) Stakeholder Management
16 176 (4.95%) Unit Testing
16 176 (4.95%) Test Strategy
17 165 (4.64%) User Stories
18 163 (4.58%) PRINCE2
19 161 (4.53%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 834 (23.45%) SQL
2 641 (18.03%) Java
3 390 (10.97%) C#
4 381 (10.71%) JavaScript
5 176 (4.95%) Ruby
6 121 (3.40%) PHP
7 109 (3.07%) PL/SQL
8 87 (2.45%) T-SQL
8 87 (2.45%) Python
9 80 (2.25%) VBA
9 80 (2.25%) Shell Script
10 74 (2.08%) VB
11 71 (2.00%) PowerShell
12 61 (1.72%) VBScript
13 51 (1.43%) Perl
13 51 (1.43%) C++
14 48 (1.35%) C
15 37 (1.04%) Scala
16 22 (0.62%) Groovy
17 18 (0.51%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 324 (9.11%) Degree
2 265 (7.45%) Security Cleared
3 248 (6.97%) ISEB
4 198 (5.57%) ISTQB
5 184 (5.17%) SC Cleared
6 90 (2.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 61 (1.72%) DV Cleared
8 46 (1.29%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 43 (1.21%) PMI Certification
10 31 (0.87%) Cisco Certification
11 30 (0.84%) ITIL Certification
12 28 (0.79%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 24 (0.67%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 23 (0.65%) MOS
14 23 (0.65%) PMP
15 22 (0.62%) Microsoft Certification
16 20 (0.56%) CCNP
17 18 (0.51%) CCNA
17 18 (0.51%) CISSP
18 17 (0.48%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (0.96%) SLA
2 28 (0.79%) ISO 9001
3 26 (0.73%) Data Quality
4 22 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 17 (0.48%) ISO 9000
5 17 (0.48%) P3O
6 10 (0.28%) GxP
7 9 (0.25%) ISO 14001
7 9 (0.25%) Solvency II
7 9 (0.25%) JSP 440
8 8 (0.22%) EMIR
8 8 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 7 (0.20%) Dodd-Frank
9 7 (0.20%) PCI DSS
10 6 (0.17%) 21 CFR Part 11
10 6 (0.17%) GMP
11 5 (0.14%) GAAP
12 4 (0.11%) COREP
13 3 (0.084%) Basel III
13 3 (0.084%) FATCA
System Software
1 67 (1.88%) Active Directory
2 23 (0.65%) vSphere
3 22 (0.62%) VMware Infrastructure
4 17 (0.48%) Hyper-V
5 16 (0.45%) VMware ESXi
6 13 (0.37%) Microsoft App-V
7 9 (0.25%) XenDesktop
8 7 (0.20%) Squid
8 7 (0.20%) NFS
8 7 (0.20%) qmail
9 4 (0.11%) XenApp
9 4 (0.11%) Nmap
10 3 (0.084%) Oracle RAC
11 2 (0.056%) Docker
11 2 (0.056%) vCloud
11 2 (0.056%) ISA Server
11 2 (0.056%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
11 2 (0.056%) Oracle RMAN
11 2 (0.056%) VMware ESX
11 2 (0.056%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 217 (6.10%) HP Quality Center
2 43 (1.21%) Puppet
3 28 (0.79%) SCCM
3 28 (0.79%) Vagrant
4 16 (0.45%) Tivoli
5 12 (0.34%) Opscode Chef
6 11 (0.31%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 11 (0.31%) BMC PATROL
7 10 (0.28%) WhatsUp Gold
8 7 (0.20%) Nagios
8 7 (0.20%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 6 (0.17%) Netcool/Webtop
9 6 (0.17%) Netcool
9 6 (0.17%) Netcool/OMNIbus
9 6 (0.17%) Control-M
9 6 (0.17%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
10 5 (0.14%) Nessus
10 5 (0.14%) Capistrano
10 5 (0.14%) CA LISA
11 4 (0.11%) SCOM
Vendors
1 472 (13.27%) Microsoft
2 435 (12.23%) Oracle
3 247 (6.95%) HP
4 171 (4.81%) SAP
5 60 (1.69%) JBoss
6 56 (1.57%) Cisco
7 53 (1.49%) IBM
8 42 (1.18%) Salesforce.com
9 40 (1.12%) Red Hat
10 35 (0.98%) Business Objects
10 35 (0.98%) Zend
11 34 (0.96%) VMware
12 31 (0.87%) Citrix
13 26 (0.73%) CheckPoint
13 26 (0.73%) Teradata
14 24 (0.67%) Juniper
15 23 (0.65%) F5
16 22 (0.62%) Siebel
16 22 (0.62%) Informatica
16 22 (0.62%) Adobe
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