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 1 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
1 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 57 55 66
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +11
Contract jobs citing QA 1718 1770 1362
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 3.07% 3.29% 2.76%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 39.25% 41.32% 36.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 1141 1148 862
Average daily rate
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£400 £388 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £373 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+6.42% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 21 19
Average hourly rate £35.00 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+75.00% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.76 £12.50 £12.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £123.00 £32.00 £43.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.25 £19.50 £16.75
% change year-on-year
+91.02% +16.40%

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
4377 4284 3736
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.82% 7.96% 7.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 2766 2656 2265
Average daily rate £420 £400 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £240 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 165 190 136
Average hourly rate £21.07 £20.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.79% +7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.18 £12.50 £9.82
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.17 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.07 £20.21 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+4.29% +6.34%

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 1 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 1 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 1 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 -4 1574 £400 +3.22% 716
London -9 818 £435 +5.45% 347
South East -14 243 £375 +9.48% 105
City of London +5 208 £460 +8.23% 113
North West +15 129 £375 +7.14% 63
Scotland +19 104 £375 +5.03% 30
Yorkshire -13 104 £350 +13.82% 43
South West +17 94 £350 -6.66% 38
West Yorkshire -10 88 £350 +14.75% 32
Berkshire +2 65 £350 -5.40% 25
Leeds -13 64 £325 +6.55% 16
Hampshire -6 62 £394 +21.62% 18
Edinburgh +21 60 £388 -5.83% 12
East of England -26 58 £400 -5.88% 47
Manchester +9 55 £320 -16.88% 40
East Midlands -5 48 £353 +8.46% 18
West Midlands -15 44 £363 +3.42% 44
Surrey -11 36 £400 +11.11% 25
Buckinghamshire -3 32 £331 +14.71% 4
Nottinghamshire +3 30 £350 +3.70% 6
North East -15 30 £361 +1.04% 8
Nottingham +9 29 £350 +3.70% 6
Tyne and Wear -12 29 £350 -2.09% 7
Bristol +10 28 £375 +3.44% 18
Lancashire +18 27 £375 +7.14% 5
Newcastle upon Tyne -12 27 £350 -2.77% 6
Wiltshire +18 25 £345 -3.49% 2
Liverpool +4 24 £500 - 2
Merseyside +2 24 £500 +53.84% 6
Glasgow +14 22 £369 +22.91% 8

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 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 1128 (32.59%) Agile Software Development
2 836 (24.15%) Finance
3 685 (19.79%) SQL
4 615 (17.77%) Java
5 482 (13.93%) Project Management
6 457 (13.20%) Selenium
7 454 (13.12%) Scrum
8 417 (12.05%) User Acceptance Testing
9 377 (10.89%) Microsoft
10 368 (10.63%) TDD
11 357 (10.31%) Banking
12 337 (9.74%) Test Scripting
13 328 (9.48%) Test Automation
14 317 (9.16%) XML
14 317 (9.16%) BDD
15 305 (8.81%) Analytical Skills
16 301 (8.70%) Windows
17 300 (8.67%) Web Services
18 299 (8.64%) C#
19 296 (8.55%) .NET
19 296 (8.55%) SDLC
20 291 (8.41%) Continuous Integration
21 278 (8.03%) Cucumber
22 275 (7.95%) Oracle
23 273 (7.89%) Degree
24 271 (7.83%) JavaScript
25 263 (7.60%) HTML
26 249 (7.19%) Linux
27 246 (7.11%) MS Excel
27 246 (7.11%) Test Strategy

QA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 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
1 124 (3.58%) SharePoint
2 68 (1.96%) CMS
3 62 (1.79%) WebSphere
4 58 (1.68%) Apache
5 54 (1.56%) Confluence
6 53 (1.53%) WebLogic
7 49 (1.42%) JBoss
8 48 (1.39%) Tomcat
9 39 (1.13%) SAS
10 33 (0.95%) IIS
11 31 (0.90%) Cloud Foundry
12 28 (0.81%) Node.js
12 28 (0.81%) Drupal
13 19 (0.55%) OpenStack
14 18 (0.52%) Oracle Workflow
15 16 (0.46%) MQSeries
16 14 (0.40%) WebSphere Application Server
17 12 (0.35%) CICS
17 12 (0.35%) SharePoint 2013
18 11 (0.32%) Adobe Experience Manager
Applications
1 246 (7.11%) MS Excel
2 161 (4.65%) MS Office
3 93 (2.69%) MS Project
4 72 (2.08%) MS PowerPoint
5 70 (2.02%) MS Visio
6 13 (0.38%) Photoshop
7 10 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
8 6 (0.17%) SPSS
9 5 (0.14%) PowerPivot
10 4 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
11 2 (0.058%) CINEMA 4D
11 2 (0.058%) Mingle
11 2 (0.058%) Maya
11 2 (0.058%) 3ds Max
11 2 (0.058%) MODO
12 1 (0.029%) Acrobat
12 1 (0.029%) RoboHelp
12 1 (0.029%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.029%) FrameMaker
12 1 (0.029%) FastStats
Business Applications
1 26 (0.75%) Dynamics CRM
2 24 (0.69%) Dynamics AX
3 18 (0.52%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 16 (0.46%) Cognos TM1
5 11 (0.32%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 9 (0.26%) WebTrends
6 9 (0.26%) Oracle EBS
6 9 (0.26%) Magento
6 9 (0.26%) Markit EDM
6 9 (0.26%) Oracle Payables
7 8 (0.23%) Oracle Applications
7 8 (0.23%) Agresso
8 6 (0.17%) Oracle Financials
8 6 (0.17%) Oracle Retail
8 6 (0.17%) Oracle General Ledger
9 5 (0.14%) Oracle EBS R12
9 5 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
9 5 (0.14%) SAP ERP
9 5 (0.14%) Oracle Receivables
9 5 (0.14%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 84 (2.43%) Amazon AWS
2 28 (0.81%) SaaS
3 21 (0.61%) Amazon S3
4 18 (0.52%) Amazon ELB
4 18 (0.52%) Amazon EC2
5 17 (0.49%) Office 365
6 15 (0.43%) Microsoft Azure
7 14 (0.40%) GitHub
8 11 (0.32%) Route 53
9 9 (0.26%) Google Analytics
9 9 (0.26%) PaaS
10 5 (0.14%) Heroku
10 5 (0.14%) Cloud Computing
10 5 (0.14%) Google Cloud Platform
10 5 (0.14%) AWS CloudFormation
10 5 (0.14%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 4 (0.12%) Adobe Analytics
12 3 (0.087%) Force.com
12 3 (0.087%) Taleo
12 3 (0.087%) Engine Yard
Communications & Networking
1 75 (2.17%) Firewall
2 72 (2.08%) Internet
3 64 (1.85%) WAN
4 49 (1.42%) TCP/IP
5 48 (1.39%) LAN
6 42 (1.21%) SSL
7 40 (1.16%) DNS
7 40 (1.16%) Network Security
8 32 (0.92%) HTTP
9 25 (0.72%) Cisco ASA
10 24 (0.69%) SAN
11 20 (0.58%) VPN
12 19 (0.55%) GSM
13 18 (0.52%) Wireless
14 16 (0.46%) UMTS
14 16 (0.46%) LTE
15 15 (0.43%) Cisco IOS
15 15 (0.43%) LDAP
15 15 (0.43%) VLAN
16 14 (0.40%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 214 (6.18%) SQL Server
2 139 (4.02%) Data Warehouse
3 123 (3.55%) Relational Database
4 93 (2.69%) MongoDB
5 76 (2.20%) MySQL
6 70 (2.02%) NoSQL
7 66 (1.91%) Oracle Database
8 53 (1.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 49 (1.42%) DB2
10 48 (1.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 42 (1.21%) RDBMS
12 41 (1.18%) SQL Server 2008
13 31 (0.90%) Big Data
14 29 (0.84%) SQL Server 2012
15 26 (0.75%) QlikView
16 24 (0.69%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 24 (0.69%) Data Mining
17 23 (0.66%) Oracle Reports
18 22 (0.64%) Hadoop
19 21 (0.61%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 457 (13.20%) Selenium
2 278 (8.03%) Cucumber
3 236 (6.82%) JIRA
4 217 (6.27%) WebDriver
5 187 (5.40%) Jenkins
6 182 (5.26%) Git (software)
7 109 (3.15%) Team Foundation Server
7 109 (3.15%) Subversion
7 109 (3.15%) SpecFlow
8 97 (2.80%) HP UFT
9 90 (2.60%) JUnit
10 79 (2.28%) SoapUI
11 65 (1.88%) TeamCity
12 61 (1.76%) Maven
13 53 (1.53%) Visual Studio
14 52 (1.50%) LoadRunner
15 47 (1.36%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 39 (1.13%) JMeter
16 39 (1.13%) Capybara
17 37 (1.07%) Hudson
General
1 836 (24.15%) Finance
2 357 (10.31%) Banking
3 216 (6.24%) Retail
4 172 (4.97%) Telecoms
5 135 (3.90%) Investment Banking
6 90 (2.60%) Marketing
7 63 (1.82%) Front Office
8 60 (1.73%) Manufacturing
9 56 (1.62%) Publishing
10 49 (1.42%) Games
10 49 (1.42%) Legal
11 38 (1.10%) Financial Institution
11 38 (1.10%) Billing
12 36 (1.04%) Law
13 31 (0.90%) Pharmaceutical
14 27 (0.78%) Back Office
14 27 (0.78%) Retail Banking
15 25 (0.72%) Advertising
16 17 (0.49%) Electronics
17 14 (0.40%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 904 (26.12%) Analyst
2 560 (16.18%) Developer
3 328 (9.48%) Test Analyst
4 314 (9.07%) Tester
5 228 (6.59%) Business Analyst
6 210 (6.07%) Project Manager
7 194 (5.61%) Test Manager
8 183 (5.29%) QA Analyst
9 160 (4.62%) Architect
10 133 (3.84%) QA Engineer
11 128 (3.70%) Consultant
12 109 (3.15%) Test Leader
13 100 (2.89%) QA Tester
14 95 (2.74%) Java Developer
15 83 (2.40%) Test Engineer
16 73 (2.11%) QA Test Analyst
17 72 (2.08%) Senior Analyst
18 67 (1.94%) Automation Tester
19 62 (1.79%) DevOps Engineer
20 55 (1.59%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 317 (9.16%) XML
2 300 (8.67%) Web Services
3 296 (8.55%) .NET
4 263 (7.60%) HTML
5 191 (5.52%) CSS
6 144 (4.16%) SOAP
6 144 (4.16%) JSON
7 109 (3.15%) HTML5
8 105 (3.03%) RESTful
9 98 (2.83%) REST
10 85 (2.46%) jQuery
11 78 (2.25%) Gherkin
12 76 (2.20%) CSS3
13 71 (2.05%) J2EE
14 69 (1.99%) Spring
14 69 (1.99%) AngularJS
15 57 (1.65%) ASP.NET
16 53 (1.53%) Ajax
17 52 (1.50%) Hibernate
18 48 (1.39%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 305 (8.81%) Analytical Skills
2 137 (3.96%) User Experience
3 95 (2.74%) Management Information System
4 93 (2.69%) Mobile App
5 75 (2.17%) Computer Science
6 66 (1.91%) Data Centre
7 53 (1.53%) Derivative
8 46 (1.33%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 46 (1.33%) Fixed Income
9 36 (1.04%) Client/Server
9 36 (1.04%) Data Integration
10 35 (1.01%) SWIFT
11 34 (0.98%) Equities
12 30 (0.87%) NHS
13 25 (0.72%) Mainframe
14 23 (0.66%) PKI
15 21 (0.61%) Data Structures
16 20 (0.58%) Digital Media
17 19 (0.55%) Enterprise Software
17 19 (0.55%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 301 (8.70%) Windows
2 249 (7.19%) Linux
3 209 (6.04%) UNIX
4 110 (3.18%) Apple iOS
5 83 (2.40%) Android
6 44 (1.27%) Windows 7
7 38 (1.10%) Windows Server 2008
8 36 (1.04%) CentOS
9 35 (1.01%) Windows Server 2003
10 33 (0.95%) Windows Server 2012
11 28 (0.81%) Solaris
12 25 (0.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 24 (0.69%) AIX
14 20 (0.58%) VME
15 17 (0.49%) Ubuntu
16 13 (0.38%) zOS
16 13 (0.38%) Windows 8
17 11 (0.32%) Windows Phone
18 10 (0.29%) Windows XP
19 5 (0.14%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 1128 (32.59%) Agile Software Development
2 482 (13.93%) Project Management
3 454 (13.12%) Scrum
4 417 (12.05%) User Acceptance Testing
5 368 (10.63%) TDD
6 337 (9.74%) Test Scripting
7 328 (9.48%) Test Automation
8 317 (9.16%) BDD
9 296 (8.55%) SDLC
10 291 (8.41%) Continuous Integration
11 246 (7.11%) Test Strategy
12 240 (6.93%) Stakeholder Management
13 239 (6.91%) PRINCE2
14 232 (6.70%) ITIL
15 230 (6.65%) Migration
16 222 (6.41%) Automated Testing
17 220 (6.36%) E-Commerce
18 173 (5.00%) Change Management
19 168 (4.85%) Configuration Management
20 161 (4.65%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 685 (19.79%) SQL
2 615 (17.77%) Java
3 299 (8.64%) C#
4 271 (7.83%) JavaScript
5 186 (5.37%) Ruby
6 183 (5.29%) Python
7 104 (3.00%) PHP
8 83 (2.40%) Perl
9 77 (2.22%) C++
10 75 (2.17%) C
11 67 (1.94%) Shell Script
12 54 (1.56%) T-SQL
13 52 (1.50%) PL/SQL
14 51 (1.47%) Groovy
14 51 (1.47%) PowerShell
15 39 (1.13%) Scala
16 38 (1.10%) Bash Shell
17 32 (0.92%) VBA
18 31 (0.90%) VB
19 29 (0.84%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 273 (7.89%) Degree
2 227 (6.56%) ISEB
3 203 (5.87%) Security Cleared
4 149 (4.31%) ISTQB
5 122 (3.52%) SC Cleared
6 58 (1.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 47 (1.36%) ITIL Certification
8 38 (1.10%) PMI Certification
9 34 (0.98%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 31 (0.90%) DV Cleared
11 30 (0.87%) Cisco Certification
12 27 (0.78%) PMP
13 24 (0.69%) CISSP
14 21 (0.61%) Microsoft Certification
14 21 (0.61%) HNC
15 20 (0.58%) CISM
16 18 (0.52%) CCNA
17 17 (0.49%) CISMP
18 16 (0.46%) CCNP
18 16 (0.46%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 52 (1.50%) SLA
2 36 (1.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 28 (0.81%) Data Quality
4 19 (0.55%) ISO 9001
5 14 (0.40%) GMP
5 14 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 13 (0.38%) GAMP
7 11 (0.32%) JSP 440
8 8 (0.23%) GxP
9 7 (0.20%) HL7
9 7 (0.20%) EMIR
10 6 (0.17%) Solvency II
10 6 (0.17%) P3O
11 5 (0.14%) FATCA
12 4 (0.12%) 21 CFR Part 11
12 4 (0.12%) COBIT
13 3 (0.087%) ISO 14001
13 3 (0.087%) PCI DSS
13 3 (0.087%) DICOM
14 1 (0.029%) BS25999
System Software
1 61 (1.76%) Active Directory
1 61 (1.76%) VMware Infrastructure
2 24 (0.69%) XenApp
3 23 (0.66%) vSphere
4 18 (0.52%) VMware ESXi
5 14 (0.40%) Docker
6 13 (0.38%) Hyper-V
7 12 (0.35%) Oracle RAC
8 11 (0.32%) Microsoft App-V
9 10 (0.29%) MetaFrame
9 10 (0.29%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 10 (0.29%) vCloud
10 9 (0.26%) VirtualBox
10 9 (0.26%) BitLocker
11 8 (0.23%) XenDesktop
12 6 (0.17%) Varnish
13 5 (0.14%) RACF
14 4 (0.12%) Firmware
15 3 (0.087%) VMware ESX
15 3 (0.087%) Oracle Clusterware
Systems Management
1 154 (4.45%) HP Quality Center
2 85 (2.46%) Puppet
3 44 (1.27%) Vagrant
4 37 (1.07%) Opscode Chef
5 27 (0.78%) SCCM
6 25 (0.72%) Graylog
7 8 (0.23%) Ansible
7 8 (0.23%) Data Guard
7 8 (0.23%) Cobbler
8 7 (0.20%) WhatsUp Gold
8 7 (0.20%) Control-M
8 7 (0.20%) Nagios
9 6 (0.17%) Oracle RMAN
9 6 (0.17%) ZABBIX
9 6 (0.17%) CA LISA
9 6 (0.17%) Rundeck
9 6 (0.17%) Kibana
10 5 (0.14%) McAfee ePO
10 5 (0.14%) OpenView
11 4 (0.12%) Netcool
Vendors
1 377 (10.89%) Microsoft
2 275 (7.95%) Oracle
3 142 (4.10%) SAP
3 142 (4.10%) HP
4 100 (2.89%) VMware
5 96 (2.77%) IBM
6 72 (2.08%) Cisco
7 50 (1.44%) Red Hat
8 46 (1.33%) Citrix
9 41 (1.18%) CheckPoint
9 41 (1.18%) New Relic
10 36 (1.04%) Salesforce.com
11 33 (0.95%) Business Objects
12 32 (0.92%) Sybase
12 32 (0.92%) Remedy
13 27 (0.78%) Adobe
14 26 (0.75%) Atlassian
15 25 (0.72%) Juniper
15 25 (0.72%) TIBCO
16 24 (0.69%) Google
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