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 20 October 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
20 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 58 61 59
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -2
Contract jobs citing QA 1775 1528 1644
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 3.05% 2.90% 2.94%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 39.66% 40.06% 37.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 1216 970 1074
Average daily rate
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£376 £385 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.27% -0.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £238 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 22 29
Average hourly rate £20.00 £36.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-45.20% +82.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £10.72 £11.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.00 £67.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.17 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+3.82% -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
4475 3814 4376
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.68% 7.24% 7.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 2803 2305 2519
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 £241
10% offered a daily rate of more than £590 £613 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £375
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 222 141 234
Average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £19.20
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -8.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £10.65 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £37.50 £41.99
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -7.89%

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 20 October 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 20 October 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 20 October 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 +3 1642 £379 -2.19% 672
London 0 905 £425 -2.63% 289
South East +22 290 £330 +1.53% 125
City of London -3 173 £438 -2.77% 89
East of England -30 80 £380 +4.82% 46
Berkshire +32 77 £330 +12.82% 31
Yorkshire +9 77 £320 -8.57% 52
North West -25 66 £350 +9.71% 56
West Midlands +5 65 £275 -26.66% 39
South West +4 65 £350 +7.69% 35
West Yorkshire -5 58 £323 -11.64% 31
Buckinghamshire +21 56 £300 +2.82% 12
Scotland +1 55 £400 +23.07% 13
Hampshire 0 54 £347 +19.82% 24
Surrey -6 48 £358 +2.14% 35
East Midlands +4 45 £370 +23.12% 11
Wales +10 41 £350 +98.58% 11
North East -2 41 £353 -17.05% 16
Leeds +2 40 £320 -14.66% 21
Hertfordshire +5 38 £388 +10.71% 11
Birmingham +13 33 £195 -44.28% 14
Tyne and Wear -16 33 £375 - 15
Newcastle upon Tyne -13 32 £375 - 14
Edinburgh +4 27 £473 +34.04% 4
Slough +20 26 £375 +25.00% 4
South Wales +10 26 £350 +133.33% 9
Milton Keynes +4 26 £290 +2.65% 9
Cheshire -15 24 £405 +26.95% 16
Reading -1 22 £318 +5.83% 11
Manchester -16 22 £303 +14.15% 27

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 October 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 1233 (35.08%) Agile Software Development
2 818 (23.27%) SQL
3 744 (21.17%) Finance
4 666 (18.95%) Java
5 496 (14.11%) Project Management
6 474 (13.49%) Scrum
7 449 (12.77%) Selenium
8 438 (12.46%) TDD
9 429 (12.20%) Microsoft
10 411 (11.69%) Oracle
11 394 (11.21%) JavaScript
12 389 (11.07%) .NET
13 358 (10.18%) User Acceptance Testing
14 354 (10.07%) Analytical Skills
15 352 (10.01%) C#
16 347 (9.87%) HTML
17 342 (9.73%) Test Scripting
18 327 (9.30%) XML
19 319 (9.08%) Degree
20 316 (8.99%) Web Services
20 316 (8.99%) Banking
21 309 (8.79%) BDD
22 305 (8.68%) Test Automation
23 303 (8.62%) MS Excel
24 286 (8.14%) Cucumber
25 276 (7.85%) Continuous Integration
26 271 (7.71%) Windows
27 260 (7.40%) ISEB
28 246 (7.00%) Security Cleared
29 245 (6.97%) SQL Server

QA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 20 October 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
1 173 (4.92%) SharePoint
2 86 (2.45%) CMS
3 77 (2.19%) Apache
4 76 (2.16%) IIS
5 50 (1.42%) JBoss
6 45 (1.28%) WebLogic
7 36 (1.02%) WebSphere
7 36 (1.02%) Node.js
8 35 (1.00%) Tomcat
9 24 (0.68%) SharePoint 2013
10 21 (0.60%) Confluence
10 21 (0.60%) SharePoint 2010
11 20 (0.57%) IBM Notes
12 18 (0.51%) MS Exchange
13 17 (0.48%) Oracle Workflow
14 16 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
14 16 (0.46%) WebSphere Application Server
15 15 (0.43%) SAS
15 15 (0.43%) MS Project Server
16 13 (0.37%) Umbraco
Applications
1 303 (8.62%) MS Excel
2 204 (5.80%) MS Office
3 108 (3.07%) MS Project
4 92 (2.62%) MS PowerPoint
5 72 (2.05%) MS Visio
6 23 (0.65%) Photoshop
6 23 (0.65%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.14%) Fireworks
8 4 (0.11%) Final Cut Pro
8 4 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
9 3 (0.085%) Windchill
9 3 (0.085%) Mingle
10 2 (0.057%) AutoCAD
10 2 (0.057%) Stata
10 2 (0.057%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.028%) SPSS
11 1 (0.028%) PowerPivot
11 1 (0.028%) Blender
11 1 (0.028%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 41 (1.17%) Dynamics CRM
2 36 (1.02%) Oracle EBS
3 27 (0.77%) Oracle EBS R12
4 26 (0.74%) Oracle Receivables
5 25 (0.71%) Oracle Payables
6 23 (0.65%) Oracle General Ledger
7 22 (0.63%) Oracle Applications
8 15 (0.43%) SAP HR
8 15 (0.43%) WebTrends
8 15 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
9 13 (0.37%) Oracle Financials
9 13 (0.37%) Oracle Assets
10 12 (0.34%) Summit
11 11 (0.31%) Oracle BPM
12 10 (0.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
13 9 (0.26%) SAP HCM
14 6 (0.17%) Oracle Cash Management
15 5 (0.14%) Oracle Internet Expenses
15 5 (0.14%) SAP BPC
15 5 (0.14%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 29 (0.83%) Amazon AWS
2 22 (0.63%) Amazon EC2
2 22 (0.63%) Amazon S3
3 20 (0.57%) SaaS
3 20 (0.57%) Amazon ELB
4 19 (0.54%) Office 365
5 18 (0.51%) Route 53
6 15 (0.43%) GitHub
7 14 (0.40%) Microsoft Azure
8 11 (0.31%) PaaS
9 8 (0.23%) Cloud Computing
10 5 (0.14%) Force.com
11 3 (0.085%) Heroku
11 3 (0.085%) IaaS
12 1 (0.028%) Amazon SQS
12 1 (0.028%) CloudFront
12 1 (0.028%) Google Apps
12 1 (0.028%) Basecamp
12 1 (0.028%) SuccessFactors
12 1 (0.028%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 86 (2.45%) Internet
2 69 (1.96%) Firewall
3 67 (1.91%) TCP/IP
4 56 (1.59%) HTTP
5 51 (1.45%) DNS
6 43 (1.22%) WAN
7 42 (1.19%) LAN
8 33 (0.94%) SSL
9 27 (0.77%) SAN
10 25 (0.71%) Network Security
11 23 (0.65%) SNMP
12 22 (0.63%) Wireless
13 21 (0.60%) Intranet
13 21 (0.60%) Cisco ASA
14 20 (0.57%) Cisco IOS
14 20 (0.57%) LDAP
15 18 (0.51%) DHCP
16 15 (0.43%) VLAN
16 15 (0.43%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
17 14 (0.40%) 2G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 245 (6.97%) SQL Server
2 120 (3.41%) Data Warehouse
3 95 (2.70%) Oracle Database
4 93 (2.65%) Relational Database
5 83 (2.36%) MySQL
6 54 (1.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 53 (1.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 52 (1.48%) SQL Server 2008
9 46 (1.31%) NoSQL
10 42 (1.19%) DB2
11 39 (1.11%) Oracle Reports
12 36 (1.02%) MongoDB
13 30 (0.85%) QlikView
13 30 (0.85%) SQL Server 2005
14 27 (0.77%) Oracle Database 11g
15 21 (0.60%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 21 (0.60%) RDBMS
16 19 (0.54%) Data Mining
16 19 (0.54%) SAP BW
17 18 (0.51%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 449 (12.77%) Selenium
2 286 (8.14%) Cucumber
3 187 (5.32%) JIRA
4 148 (4.21%) WebDriver
5 143 (4.07%) Jenkins
6 128 (3.64%) Team Foundation Server
7 125 (3.56%) QuickTest Pro
8 119 (3.39%) Git (software)
9 113 (3.21%) JUnit
10 112 (3.19%) Visual Studio
11 95 (2.70%) Subversion
12 90 (2.56%) Maven
13 69 (1.96%) SpecFlow
14 60 (1.71%) FitNesse
15 59 (1.68%) SoapUI
16 57 (1.62%) LoadRunner
17 46 (1.31%) TeamCity
17 46 (1.31%) Hudson
18 45 (1.28%) WATIR
18 45 (1.28%) JMeter
General
1 744 (21.17%) Finance
2 316 (8.99%) Banking
3 148 (4.21%) Retail
3 148 (4.21%) Investment Banking
4 92 (2.62%) Telecoms
5 89 (2.53%) Marketing
6 82 (2.33%) Publishing
7 65 (1.85%) Games
8 55 (1.56%) Legal
9 53 (1.51%) Front Office
10 36 (1.02%) Manufacturing
11 35 (1.00%) Back Office
12 34 (0.97%) Retail Banking
13 32 (0.91%) Advertising
13 32 (0.91%) Automotive
14 29 (0.83%) Pharmaceutical
15 21 (0.60%) General Ledger
16 20 (0.57%) Billing
17 17 (0.48%) Electronics
18 16 (0.46%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 802 (22.82%) Analyst
2 717 (20.40%) Developer
3 353 (10.04%) Tester
4 341 (9.70%) Test Analyst
5 196 (5.58%) Project Manager
6 178 (5.06%) Business Analyst
7 177 (5.04%) QA Tester
8 161 (4.58%) QA Analyst
9 143 (4.07%) QA Engineer
9 143 (4.07%) Consultant
10 126 (3.58%) Test Manager
11 118 (3.36%) Java Developer
12 104 (2.96%) Architect
13 103 (2.93%) Test Engineer
14 100 (2.84%) Senior Analyst
15 92 (2.62%) Senior Developer
16 80 (2.28%) Automation Tester
17 68 (1.93%) Data Analyst
18 64 (1.82%) QA Manager
19 63 (1.79%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 389 (11.07%) .NET
2 347 (9.87%) HTML
3 327 (9.30%) XML
4 316 (8.99%) Web Services
5 236 (6.71%) CSS
6 137 (3.90%) HTML5
7 135 (3.84%) jQuery
8 133 (3.78%) ASP.NET
9 117 (3.33%) REST
10 112 (3.19%) JSON
11 106 (3.02%) Spring
12 100 (2.84%) SOAP
13 87 (2.48%) J2EE
14 85 (2.42%) Ajax
15 83 (2.36%) Hibernate
16 82 (2.33%) JSP
16 82 (2.33%) CSS3
17 74 (2.11%) WCF
18 69 (1.96%) AngularJS
19 64 (1.82%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 354 (10.07%) Analytical Skills
2 189 (5.38%) Open Source
3 131 (3.73%) User Experience
4 129 (3.67%) Management Information System
5 121 (3.44%) Computer Science
6 106 (3.02%) Mobile App
7 66 (1.88%) Data Structures
8 59 (1.68%) Enterprise Software
9 45 (1.28%) iPad
10 44 (1.25%) Data Integration
11 41 (1.17%) Derivative
12 40 (1.14%) Social Media
13 39 (1.11%) NHS
14 37 (1.05%) Client/Server
14 37 (1.05%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 31 (0.88%) Online Games
16 29 (0.83%) Fixed Income
17 28 (0.80%) PMI
18 24 (0.68%) iPhone
19 18 (0.51%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 271 (7.71%) Windows
2 221 (6.29%) Linux
3 207 (5.89%) UNIX
4 112 (3.19%) Android
5 90 (2.56%) Apple iOS
6 52 (1.48%) Windows 7
7 49 (1.39%) Windows Server 2008
8 39 (1.11%) Windows Server 2003
9 33 (0.94%) CentOS
10 24 (0.68%) Windows XP
11 21 (0.60%) Windows Server 2012
12 16 (0.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 15 (0.43%) AIX
14 12 (0.34%) Solaris
15 11 (0.31%) Windows 8
16 8 (0.23%) Mac OS X
17 6 (0.17%) Windows 2000
17 6 (0.17%) Windows NT
18 4 (0.11%) Windows Phone
18 4 (0.11%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1233 (35.08%) Agile Software Development
2 496 (14.11%) Project Management
3 474 (13.49%) Scrum
4 438 (12.46%) TDD
5 358 (10.18%) User Acceptance Testing
6 342 (9.73%) Test Scripting
7 309 (8.79%) BDD
8 305 (8.68%) Test Automation
9 276 (7.85%) Continuous Integration
10 232 (6.60%) OO
11 229 (6.51%) Automated Testing
12 220 (6.26%) Software Testing
13 216 (6.15%) Migration
14 214 (6.09%) E-Commerce
15 194 (5.52%) Test Strategy
16 178 (5.06%) Stakeholder Management
17 167 (4.75%) PRINCE2
18 164 (4.67%) Regression Testing
18 164 (4.67%) Unit Testing
19 161 (4.58%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 818 (23.27%) SQL
2 666 (18.95%) Java
3 394 (11.21%) JavaScript
4 352 (10.01%) C#
5 158 (4.50%) Ruby
6 106 (3.02%) PHP
6 106 (3.02%) PL/SQL
7 94 (2.67%) Python
8 84 (2.39%) VBA
9 80 (2.28%) Shell Script
10 71 (2.02%) C++
11 69 (1.96%) PowerShell
12 67 (1.91%) VB
13 61 (1.74%) Perl
14 59 (1.68%) C
15 57 (1.62%) T-SQL
16 53 (1.51%) VBScript
17 36 (1.02%) Scala
18 22 (0.63%) VB.NET
19 20 (0.57%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 319 (9.08%) Degree
2 260 (7.40%) ISEB
3 246 (7.00%) Security Cleared
4 187 (5.32%) ISTQB
5 169 (4.81%) SC Cleared
6 92 (2.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 51 (1.45%) DV Cleared
8 44 (1.25%) PMI Certification
9 42 (1.19%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 37 (1.05%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 34 (0.97%) Cisco Certification
12 25 (0.71%) ITIL Certification
12 25 (0.71%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 23 (0.65%) PMP
13 23 (0.65%) CCNP
14 21 (0.60%) MOS
14 21 (0.60%) ISEB Practitioner
15 19 (0.54%) Microsoft Certification
16 18 (0.51%) CISSP
16 18 (0.51%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (0.83%) SLA
2 28 (0.80%) ISO 9001
3 27 (0.77%) Data Quality
4 22 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 18 (0.51%) P3O
6 17 (0.48%) ISO 9000
7 11 (0.31%) GxP
7 11 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 10 (0.28%) EMIR
9 9 (0.26%) JSP 440
9 9 (0.26%) Solvency II
9 9 (0.26%) ISO 14001
10 7 (0.20%) GMP
10 7 (0.20%) 21 CFR Part 11
10 7 (0.20%) Dodd-Frank
10 7 (0.20%) PCI DSS
11 5 (0.14%) GAAP
12 4 (0.11%) Basel II
12 4 (0.11%) FATCA
13 2 (0.057%) BS25999
System Software
1 65 (1.85%) Active Directory
2 19 (0.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (0.51%) Hyper-V
3 18 (0.51%) vSphere
4 15 (0.43%) VMware ESXi
5 8 (0.23%) Microsoft App-V
6 6 (0.17%) Firmware
6 6 (0.17%) qmail
6 6 (0.17%) Squid
6 6 (0.17%) NFS
7 4 (0.11%) XenDesktop
7 4 (0.11%) Nmap
8 2 (0.057%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
8 2 (0.057%) ISA Server
8 2 (0.057%) VMware Workstation
8 2 (0.057%) Oracle RMAN
8 2 (0.057%) Kerio MailServer
8 2 (0.057%) Oracle RAC
9 1 (0.028%) KVM
9 1 (0.028%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 232 (6.60%) HP Quality Center
2 53 (1.51%) Puppet
3 34 (0.97%) Vagrant
4 30 (0.85%) SCCM
5 20 (0.57%) Opscode Chef
6 18 (0.51%) Tivoli
7 13 (0.37%) Control-M
8 11 (0.31%) BMC PATROL
8 11 (0.31%) WhatsUp Gold
9 8 (0.23%) Nagios
9 8 (0.23%) Nessus
10 6 (0.17%) OPNET
10 6 (0.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 6 (0.17%) Netcool
10 6 (0.17%) Netcool/OMNIbus
10 6 (0.17%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 6 (0.17%) Cisco CUCM
10 6 (0.17%) Netcool/Webtop
10 6 (0.17%) Capistrano
11 5 (0.14%) CA LISA
Vendors
1 429 (12.20%) Microsoft
2 411 (11.69%) Oracle
3 241 (6.86%) HP
4 168 (4.78%) SAP
5 61 (1.74%) Cisco
6 53 (1.51%) IBM
7 47 (1.34%) Salesforce.com
8 43 (1.22%) Red Hat
9 41 (1.17%) Business Objects
10 27 (0.77%) VMware
10 27 (0.77%) Teradata
10 27 (0.77%) Zend
10 27 (0.77%) F5
11 25 (0.71%) Adobe
11 25 (0.71%) Juniper
12 24 (0.68%) CheckPoint
13 21 (0.60%) Informatica
13 21 (0.60%) Citrix
14 20 (0.57%) Siebel
14 20 (0.57%) Lotus
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