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 August 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 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 56 55 67
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +12
Contract jobs citing QA 1825 1834 1476
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 3.12% 3.30% 2.80%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 39.61% 41.41% 37.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 1181 1191 954
Average daily rate
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£400 £379 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.54% -5.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £243 £259
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £556
UK excluding London average daily rate £378 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 33 16
Average hourly rate £18.68 £18.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.77% -52.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.30 £11.70 £13.08
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.00 £48.60 £67.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.68 £13.71 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+36.25% -31.45%

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
4608 4429 3890
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.87% 7.96% 7.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 2838 2684 2283
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 £260 £225 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £625
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 196 198 163
Average hourly rate £21.55 £19.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.42% +8.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.97 £12.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.17 £43.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.55 £19.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+10.51% +11.42%

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 August 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 August 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 August 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 -6 1680 £405 +6.57% 625
London -2 894 £439 +6.36% 283
South East -16 256 £380 +11.76% 109
City of London +7 201 £450 - 60
North West +21 139 £388 +10.71% 60
South West +23 104 £350 -6.66% 32
Scotland +24 103 £375 -6.25% 29
Yorkshire -20 87 £375 +17.18% 43
Berkshire -3 84 £378 +0.66% 28
Manchester +26 81 £373 +7.58% 33
West Yorkshire -7 74 £385 +18.46% 23
Hampshire 0 69 £375 +11.94% 21
East of England 0 68 £375 +2.04% 40
East Midlands -6 53 £413 +17.85% 16
Leeds -16 49 £359 +12.10% 15
Edinburgh +9 48 £375 -20.21% 15
West Midlands -26 44 £375 +36.36% 31
Glasgow +19 41 £400 +24.03% 11
North East -30 40 £325 -10.03% 11
Tyne and Wear -20 38 £325 -14.24% 11
Newcastle upon Tyne -23 38 £325 -14.24% 11
Nottinghamshire +13 37 £400 +20.75% 10
Nottingham +10 36 £400 +20.75% 10
Wiltshire +20 32 £275 -21.42% 3
Buckinghamshire -26 31 £300 +6.19% 6
Reading +3 29 £413 -2.94% 11
Cheshire +3 28 £388 +5.08% 13
Surrey -11 24 £413 +16.19% 23
Milton Keynes -12 23 £300 -10.44% 3
Hertfordshire -2 21 £325 -10.95% 18

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 1217 (34.35%) Agile Software Development
2 816 (23.03%) Finance
3 648 (18.29%) Java
4 640 (18.06%) SQL
5 526 (14.85%) Scrum
6 506 (14.28%) Project Management
7 434 (12.25%) Selenium
8 421 (11.88%) TDD
9 392 (11.06%) Banking
10 379 (10.70%) User Acceptance Testing
11 371 (10.47%) Microsoft
12 352 (9.94%) Test Scripting
13 348 (9.82%) C#
14 336 (9.48%) SDLC
15 332 (9.37%) Continuous Integration
16 324 (9.14%) BDD
16 324 (9.14%) Windows
17 320 (9.03%) JavaScript
18 314 (8.86%) Test Automation
19 306 (8.64%) .NET
19 306 (8.64%) Web Services
20 299 (8.44%) HTML
20 299 (8.44%) Analytical Skills
21 288 (8.13%) XML
22 272 (7.68%) Cucumber
22 272 (7.68%) Test Strategy
23 267 (7.54%) Linux
24 264 (7.45%) Automated Testing
25 262 (7.39%) SQL Server
26 252 (7.11%) Stakeholder Management

QA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 (3.50%) SharePoint
2 74 (2.09%) CMS
3 53 (1.50%) WebLogic
4 51 (1.44%) JBoss
4 51 (1.44%) Confluence
5 48 (1.35%) Apache
6 46 (1.30%) WebSphere
7 39 (1.10%) IIS
8 33 (0.93%) SAS
8 33 (0.93%) Node.js
9 30 (0.85%) Cloud Foundry
10 27 (0.76%) Tomcat
10 27 (0.76%) Drupal
11 24 (0.68%) OpenStack
12 19 (0.54%) CICS
12 19 (0.54%) MQSeries
13 17 (0.48%) SharePoint 2013
14 16 (0.45%) Adobe Experience Manager
15 10 (0.28%) nginx
15 10 (0.28%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 235 (6.63%) MS Excel
2 172 (4.85%) MS Office
3 94 (2.65%) MS Project
4 81 (2.29%) MS PowerPoint
5 79 (2.23%) MS Visio
6 12 (0.34%) Photoshop
7 11 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
8 5 (0.14%) PowerPivot
9 4 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
10 3 (0.085%) FastStats
11 2 (0.056%) CINEMA 4D
11 2 (0.056%) Maya
11 2 (0.056%) 3ds Max
11 2 (0.056%) SPSS
11 2 (0.056%) MODO
11 2 (0.056%) Mingle
12 1 (0.028%) Acrobat
12 1 (0.028%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.028%) FrameMaker
12 1 (0.028%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 25 (0.71%) Magento
2 20 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
3 13 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
3 13 (0.37%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 13 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 12 (0.34%) Cognos TM1
5 10 (0.28%) Markit EDM
6 7 (0.20%) Primavera
7 6 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
7 6 (0.17%) WebTrends
7 6 (0.17%) MultiFonds
7 6 (0.17%) SAP ERP
7 6 (0.17%) SAP SRM
8 5 (0.14%) Temenos T24
8 5 (0.14%) SAP BPC
8 5 (0.14%) Oracle Applications
9 4 (0.11%) SAP FI
9 4 (0.11%) Maximo
9 4 (0.11%) Summit
9 4 (0.11%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 106 (2.99%) Amazon AWS
2 29 (0.82%) SaaS
3 23 (0.65%) Microsoft Azure
4 22 (0.62%) Amazon S3
5 21 (0.59%) Office 365
5 21 (0.59%) Amazon ELB
6 19 (0.54%) Amazon EC2
7 15 (0.42%) Google Analytics
7 15 (0.42%) GitHub
8 11 (0.31%) PaaS
9 10 (0.28%) Route 53
9 10 (0.28%) IaaS
10 9 (0.25%) Adobe Analytics
11 7 (0.20%) Cloud Computing
11 7 (0.20%) AWS CloudFormation
12 6 (0.17%) Amazon SQS
13 4 (0.11%) Basecamp
13 4 (0.11%) Google Cloud Platform
14 3 (0.085%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 3 (0.085%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 64 (1.81%) Firewall
2 59 (1.67%) WAN
2 59 (1.67%) Internet
3 45 (1.27%) SSL
4 44 (1.24%) DNS
5 42 (1.19%) LAN
6 40 (1.13%) Network Security
7 30 (0.85%) HTTP
8 27 (0.76%) SAN
9 26 (0.73%) VPN
10 25 (0.71%) TCP/IP
10 25 (0.71%) Cisco ASA
11 23 (0.65%) GSM
12 20 (0.56%) UMTS
12 20 (0.56%) LTE
13 17 (0.48%) Intranet
13 17 (0.48%) Wireless
14 16 (0.45%) Intrusion Detection
14 16 (0.45%) LDAP
15 15 (0.42%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 262 (7.39%) SQL Server
2 146 (4.12%) Data Warehouse
3 114 (3.22%) Relational Database
4 86 (2.43%) MongoDB
5 68 (1.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 67 (1.89%) MySQL
7 58 (1.64%) NoSQL
8 54 (1.52%) DB2
9 50 (1.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 48 (1.35%) Oracle Database
11 45 (1.27%) SQL Server 2008
12 37 (1.04%) BusinessObjects
13 36 (1.02%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 35 (0.99%) RDBMS
15 31 (0.87%) Big Data
16 30 (0.85%) SQL Server 2012
16 30 (0.85%) QlikView
17 25 (0.71%) Redis
17 25 (0.71%) Apache Cassandra
18 24 (0.68%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 434 (12.25%) Selenium
2 272 (7.68%) Cucumber
3 249 (7.03%) JIRA
4 210 (5.93%) Git (software)
5 195 (5.50%) Jenkins
6 184 (5.19%) WebDriver
7 107 (3.02%) Team Foundation Server
8 102 (2.88%) SpecFlow
9 95 (2.68%) Subversion
9 95 (2.68%) JUnit
10 88 (2.48%) SoapUI
11 67 (1.89%) Maven
12 63 (1.78%) HP UFT
13 58 (1.64%) Visual Studio
14 51 (1.44%) LoadRunner
15 47 (1.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 42 (1.19%) TeamCity
16 42 (1.19%) Gradle
17 40 (1.13%) JMeter
18 37 (1.04%) Appium
General
1 816 (23.03%) Finance
2 392 (11.06%) Banking
3 218 (6.15%) Retail
4 160 (4.52%) Telecoms
5 154 (4.35%) Investment Banking
6 97 (2.74%) Marketing
7 71 (2.00%) Legal
8 69 (1.95%) Front Office
9 65 (1.83%) Manufacturing
10 50 (1.41%) Publishing
11 45 (1.27%) Billing
12 39 (1.10%) Games
13 32 (0.90%) Law
14 30 (0.85%) Pharmaceutical
14 30 (0.85%) Retail Banking
15 29 (0.82%) Back Office
16 27 (0.76%) Financial Institution
16 27 (0.76%) Advertising
17 22 (0.62%) Electronics
18 20 (0.56%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 897 (25.32%) Analyst
2 605 (17.08%) Developer
3 342 (9.65%) Test Analyst
4 317 (8.95%) Tester
5 239 (6.75%) Business Analyst
6 223 (6.29%) Project Manager
7 209 (5.90%) Test Manager
8 179 (5.05%) QA Analyst
9 169 (4.77%) Architect
10 120 (3.39%) Consultant
11 108 (3.05%) Java Developer
12 106 (2.99%) Test Leader
13 101 (2.85%) QA Tester
14 97 (2.74%) QA Engineer
15 86 (2.43%) Test Engineer
16 78 (2.20%) Senior Analyst
16 78 (2.20%) QA Test Analyst
17 74 (2.09%) Automation Tester
18 54 (1.52%) DevOps Engineer
19 51 (1.44%) Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 306 (8.64%) .NET
1 306 (8.64%) Web Services
2 299 (8.44%) HTML
3 288 (8.13%) XML
4 226 (6.38%) CSS
5 142 (4.01%) SOAP
5 142 (4.01%) HTML5
6 135 (3.81%) JSON
7 121 (3.42%) RESTful
8 96 (2.71%) REST
9 95 (2.68%) jQuery
10 89 (2.51%) AngularJS
11 82 (2.31%) Gherkin
12 80 (2.26%) ASP.NET
13 79 (2.23%) CSS3
14 75 (2.12%) Spring
15 70 (1.98%) Ajax
16 67 (1.89%) JMS
17 63 (1.78%) J2EE
18 59 (1.67%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 299 (8.44%) Analytical Skills
2 165 (4.66%) User Experience
3 105 (2.96%) Management Information System
4 87 (2.46%) Mobile App
5 76 (2.15%) Data Centre
6 71 (2.00%) Computer Science
7 66 (1.86%) Derivative
8 47 (1.33%) Fixed Income
9 45 (1.27%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 40 (1.13%) Equities
11 37 (1.04%) Enterprise Software
12 35 (0.99%) Client/Server
13 34 (0.96%) Mainframe
14 33 (0.93%) Data Structures
15 30 (0.85%) Data Integration
16 28 (0.79%) PKI
17 27 (0.76%) NHS
18 25 (0.71%) Credit Risk
19 24 (0.68%) SWIFT
20 23 (0.65%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 324 (9.14%) Windows
2 267 (7.54%) Linux
3 199 (5.62%) UNIX
4 117 (3.30%) Apple iOS
5 94 (2.65%) Android
6 55 (1.55%) Windows 7
7 40 (1.13%) Windows Server 2008
8 37 (1.04%) Windows Server 2003
9 34 (0.96%) CentOS
10 32 (0.90%) Windows Server 2012
11 29 (0.82%) Solaris
12 26 (0.73%) AIX
12 26 (0.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 20 (0.56%) VME
14 19 (0.54%) zOS
15 15 (0.42%) Windows 8
16 13 (0.37%) Ubuntu
17 11 (0.31%) Windows XP
17 11 (0.31%) Windows Phone
18 6 (0.17%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 1217 (34.35%) Agile Software Development
2 526 (14.85%) Scrum
3 506 (14.28%) Project Management
4 421 (11.88%) TDD
5 379 (10.70%) User Acceptance Testing
6 352 (9.94%) Test Scripting
7 336 (9.48%) SDLC
8 332 (9.37%) Continuous Integration
9 324 (9.14%) BDD
10 314 (8.86%) Test Automation
11 272 (7.68%) Test Strategy
12 264 (7.45%) Automated Testing
13 252 (7.11%) Stakeholder Management
14 242 (6.83%) E-Commerce
15 231 (6.52%) ITIL
16 229 (6.46%) Migration
17 223 (6.29%) PRINCE2
18 199 (5.62%) Change Management
19 177 (5.00%) Software Testing
20 168 (4.74%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 648 (18.29%) Java
2 640 (18.06%) SQL
3 348 (9.82%) C#
4 320 (9.03%) JavaScript
5 173 (4.88%) Python
6 155 (4.37%) Ruby
7 97 (2.74%) C++
8 96 (2.71%) PHP
9 83 (2.34%) Perl
10 65 (1.83%) Groovy
11 64 (1.81%) C
12 61 (1.72%) T-SQL
13 60 (1.69%) Shell Script
14 59 (1.67%) PowerShell
15 55 (1.55%) Scala
16 43 (1.21%) PL/SQL
17 38 (1.07%) Bash Shell
18 33 (0.93%) Objective-C
19 31 (0.87%) VBA
20 29 (0.82%) VB
Qualifications
1 236 (6.66%) Degree
2 213 (6.01%) Security Cleared
3 202 (5.70%) ISEB
4 164 (4.63%) ISTQB
5 122 (3.44%) SC Cleared
6 70 (1.98%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 51 (1.44%) ITIL Certification
8 34 (0.96%) PMI Certification
9 29 (0.82%) DV Cleared
10 26 (0.73%) CISM
10 26 (0.73%) CISSP
10 26 (0.73%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 24 (0.68%) Cisco Certification
12 20 (0.56%) HNC
12 20 (0.56%) CISMP
12 20 (0.56%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 19 (0.54%) PMP
14 16 (0.45%) CCNA
15 14 (0.40%) Microsoft Certification
15 14 (0.40%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (1.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 38 (1.07%) SLA
3 23 (0.65%) ISO 9001
4 22 (0.62%) Data Quality
5 12 (0.34%) GAMP
5 12 (0.34%) GMP
6 11 (0.31%) GxP
6 11 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 11 (0.31%) EMIR
7 8 (0.23%) JSP 440
8 7 (0.20%) Dodd-Frank
8 7 (0.20%) COBIT
9 6 (0.17%) MiFID
9 6 (0.17%) P3O
10 5 (0.14%) FATCA
10 5 (0.14%) ISO 14001
11 4 (0.11%) HL7
12 3 (0.085%) 21 CFR Part 11
12 3 (0.085%) ISO 9000
12 3 (0.085%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 64 (1.81%) Active Directory
2 58 (1.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (0.62%) Docker
4 20 (0.56%) vSphere
5 19 (0.54%) XenApp
5 19 (0.54%) RACF
6 18 (0.51%) VMware ESXi
7 16 (0.45%) Hyper-V
8 13 (0.37%) VirtualBox
9 10 (0.28%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 10 (0.28%) MetaFrame
10 9 (0.25%) Microsoft App-V
10 9 (0.25%) BitLocker
10 9 (0.25%) Time Sharing Option
11 8 (0.23%) Oracle RAC
12 7 (0.20%) vCloud
13 6 (0.17%) Varnish
13 6 (0.17%) VMware ESX
13 6 (0.17%) Firmware
14 3 (0.085%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 154 (4.35%) HP Quality Center
2 82 (2.31%) Puppet
3 49 (1.38%) Vagrant
4 46 (1.30%) Opscode Chef
5 28 (0.79%) SCCM
6 16 (0.45%) Graylog
7 11 (0.31%) Ansible
8 10 (0.28%) CA LISA
8 10 (0.28%) WhatsUp Gold
8 10 (0.28%) CA Endevor
9 9 (0.25%) Control-M
10 8 (0.23%) Data Guard
11 7 (0.20%) Nagios
12 6 (0.17%) Oracle RMAN
12 6 (0.17%) Nmap
13 5 (0.14%) ZABBIX
13 5 (0.14%) Netcool
13 5 (0.14%) OpenView
13 5 (0.14%) McAfee ePO
13 5 (0.14%) Jitterbit
Vendors
1 371 (10.47%) Microsoft
2 243 (6.86%) Oracle
3 174 (4.91%) HP
4 132 (3.73%) SAP
5 88 (2.48%) VMware
6 77 (2.17%) IBM
7 70 (1.98%) Cisco
8 46 (1.30%) Red Hat
8 46 (1.30%) New Relic
9 44 (1.24%) Citrix
10 41 (1.16%) CheckPoint
11 37 (1.04%) Salesforce.com
12 30 (0.85%) Sybase
13 28 (0.79%) CA
14 27 (0.76%) Informatica
14 27 (0.76%) Adobe
14 27 (0.76%) Google
15 26 (0.73%) Atlassian
16 23 (0.65%) hybris
16 23 (0.65%) Remedy
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