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 29 January 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 60 57 66
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +9
Contract jobs citing QA 1483 1566 1258
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.96% 3.21% 2.77%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 37.92% 41.67% 38.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 949 1015 804
Average daily rate
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£385 £376 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.32% +0.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £245 £249
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 16 39
Average hourly rate £32.22 £25.00 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.88% -10.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £11.75 £11.23
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.25 £124.00 £43.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £19.00 £30.25
% change year-on-year
+73.68% -37.19%

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
3911 3758 3278
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.81% 7.69% 7.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 2326 2220 1845
Average daily rate £400 £408 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.84% +1.87%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £590 £600 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+8.57% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 157 138 221
Average hourly rate £19.00 £17.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.76% -24.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.81 £10.93 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £50.68 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.08 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+11.27% -25.76%

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 29 January 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 29 January 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 29 January 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 1399 £385 -0.64% 681
London -3 771 £413 -2.94% 304
South East -8 203 £325 - 128
City of London -15 151 £450 - 102
East of England +21 105 £383 -4.37% 34
North West +11 92 £350 +3.55% 64
South West -22 72 £375 +20.00% 47
Berkshire +22 69 £328 +11.01% 39
Yorkshire -13 62 £300 -7.69% 56
West Yorkshire -3 56 £288 -14.66% 41
West Midlands +2 50 £363 -3.33% 25
Scotland -5 47 £375 +15.38% 27
Cambridgeshire +18 46 £350 -12.60% 16
Manchester +13 43 £320 -1.53% 41
Hertfordshire +24 35 £375 -10.44% 11
Surrey +2 35 £325 -11.26% 21
Leeds -15 32 £275 -21.42% 26
Edinburgh 0 28 £358 +19.16% 12
Hampshire -27 28 £375 +38.88% 18
Cambridge +12 27 £363 -10.82% 10
East Midlands +4 24 £368 +5.00% 11
Cheshire -7 22 £475 +39.70% 9
Bristol -18 22 £330 +3.12% 19
Buckinghamshire -31 22 £313 -8.08% 9
Slough +13 21 £287 +8.30% 1
Birmingham -14 19 £350 -3.44% 11
West Sussex -4 18 £290 -17.14% 5
Dorset +9 17 £385 -0.64% 7
Bradford +6 17 £323 - 3
North East -2 16 £295 -41.00% 8

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 January 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 1147 (35.30%) Agile Software Development
2 783 (24.10%) SQL
3 738 (22.71%) Finance
4 644 (19.82%) Java
5 461 (14.19%) Selenium
6 444 (13.67%) Project Management
7 427 (13.14%) Scrum
8 389 (11.97%) TDD
9 374 (11.51%) User Acceptance Testing
10 365 (11.23%) Oracle
11 354 (10.90%) .NET
12 338 (10.40%) XML
13 329 (10.13%) Microsoft
14 323 (9.94%) JavaScript
15 316 (9.73%) Analytical Skills
16 299 (9.20%) Web Services
17 296 (9.11%) Banking
18 281 (8.65%) HTML
19 279 (8.59%) Test Automation
20 274 (8.43%) Test Scripting
21 273 (8.40%) Continuous Integration
21 273 (8.40%) BDD
22 270 (8.31%) C#
23 265 (8.16%) Cucumber
24 264 (8.13%) Degree
25 251 (7.73%) MS Excel
26 243 (7.48%) Windows
27 240 (7.39%) ISEB
28 237 (7.29%) Linux
29 223 (6.86%) JIRA

QA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 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
1 146 (4.49%) SharePoint
2 67 (2.06%) CMS
3 63 (1.94%) Apache
4 60 (1.85%) IIS
5 46 (1.42%) WebSphere
6 40 (1.23%) JBoss
6 40 (1.23%) WebLogic
7 37 (1.14%) Tomcat
8 31 (0.95%) Confluence
9 26 (0.80%) BizTalk Server
10 23 (0.71%) Node.js
11 20 (0.62%) Cloud Foundry
12 18 (0.55%) Elasticsearch
13 17 (0.52%) SAS
14 16 (0.49%) SharePoint 2010
15 15 (0.46%) OpenStack
15 15 (0.46%) WebSphere Application Server
16 14 (0.43%) MS Exchange
17 13 (0.40%) Oracle Workflow
18 12 (0.37%) Umbraco
Applications
1 251 (7.73%) MS Excel
2 163 (5.02%) MS Office
3 81 (2.49%) MS Project
4 74 (2.28%) MS PowerPoint
5 53 (1.63%) MS Visio
6 19 (0.58%) Photoshop
7 18 (0.55%) Spreadsheet
8 8 (0.25%) Adobe Illustrator
9 7 (0.22%) Mingle
10 4 (0.12%) AutoCAD
11 3 (0.092%) SPSS
12 2 (0.062%) Stata
12 2 (0.062%) Windchill
12 2 (0.062%) RoboHelp
12 2 (0.062%) Fireworks
12 2 (0.062%) Final Cut Pro
13 1 (0.031%) FastStats
13 1 (0.031%) ProjectWise
13 1 (0.031%) Acrobat
13 1 (0.031%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 42 (1.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 24 (0.74%) Oracle Payables
3 22 (0.68%) Dynamics AX
4 21 (0.65%) Oracle EBS
5 20 (0.62%) Oracle General Ledger
6 18 (0.55%) Oracle Receivables
7 14 (0.43%) Oracle EBS R12
8 13 (0.40%) Oracle Assets
8 13 (0.40%) Oracle Financials
9 12 (0.37%) Summit
9 12 (0.37%) Oracle BPM
10 11 (0.34%) SAP HR
11 10 (0.31%) Oracle Applications
12 8 (0.25%) Oracle Cash Management
13 7 (0.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
14 6 (0.18%) SAP HCM
14 6 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
14 6 (0.18%) Oracle Retail
15 5 (0.15%) Oracle Internet Expenses
15 5 (0.15%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 42 (1.29%) Amazon AWS
2 25 (0.77%) SaaS
3 20 (0.62%) PaaS
4 19 (0.58%) Amazon S3
5 18 (0.55%) Amazon EC2
6 17 (0.52%) Amazon ELB
7 15 (0.46%) Route 53
8 13 (0.40%) Heroku
9 12 (0.37%) Cloud Computing
10 11 (0.34%) Engine Yard
11 9 (0.28%) GitHub
12 7 (0.22%) Office 365
12 7 (0.22%) Microsoft Azure
13 5 (0.15%) Force.com
14 3 (0.092%) OpenShift
15 2 (0.062%) Trello
15 2 (0.062%) Google Cloud Platform
15 2 (0.062%) IaaS
16 1 (0.031%) Amazon SQS
16 1 (0.031%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 95 (2.92%) Internet
2 73 (2.25%) Firewall
3 53 (1.63%) TCP/IP
4 45 (1.39%) DNS
5 42 (1.29%) LAN
6 40 (1.23%) WAN
7 29 (0.89%) HTTP
8 28 (0.86%) SSL
9 25 (0.77%) SAN
10 24 (0.74%) Network Security
11 20 (0.62%) Intranet
12 19 (0.58%) Cisco IOS
13 17 (0.52%) Cisco ASA
14 16 (0.49%) LDAP
15 15 (0.46%) SNMP
15 15 (0.46%) Wireless
15 15 (0.46%) VLAN
16 13 (0.40%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
16 13 (0.40%) FTP
17 12 (0.37%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 220 (6.77%) SQL Server
2 152 (4.68%) Data Warehouse
3 137 (4.22%) Relational Database
4 92 (2.83%) Oracle Database
5 81 (2.49%) MySQL
6 68 (2.09%) MongoDB
7 60 (1.85%) RDBMS
8 51 (1.57%) NoSQL
9 50 (1.54%) DB2
10 46 (1.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 40 (1.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 33 (1.02%) SQL Server 2008
12 33 (1.02%) OLTP
13 30 (0.92%) Apache Cassandra
14 29 (0.89%) Hadoop
15 27 (0.83%) SAP BW
16 26 (0.80%) SQL Server 2005
16 26 (0.80%) MS Access
16 26 (0.80%) Big Data
17 24 (0.74%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 461 (14.19%) Selenium
2 265 (8.16%) Cucumber
3 223 (6.86%) JIRA
4 192 (5.91%) WebDriver
5 171 (5.26%) Jenkins
6 127 (3.91%) Git (software)
7 118 (3.63%) QuickTest Pro
7 118 (3.63%) Subversion
8 108 (3.32%) Team Foundation Server
9 103 (3.17%) JUnit
10 72 (2.22%) SpecFlow
11 66 (2.03%) Visual Studio
12 62 (1.91%) SoapUI
13 61 (1.88%) TeamCity
13 61 (1.88%) Maven
14 56 (1.72%) JMeter
15 52 (1.60%) Hudson
16 51 (1.57%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 48 (1.48%) WATIR
18 46 (1.42%) Eclipse
General
1 738 (22.71%) Finance
2 296 (9.11%) Banking
3 128 (3.94%) Retail
4 124 (3.82%) Investment Banking
5 99 (3.05%) Telecoms
6 81 (2.49%) Publishing
7 73 (2.25%) Games
8 63 (1.94%) Marketing
9 48 (1.48%) Front Office
10 47 (1.45%) Manufacturing
11 41 (1.26%) Legal
12 34 (1.05%) Back Office
13 31 (0.95%) Billing
14 29 (0.89%) Retail Banking
15 28 (0.86%) Pharmaceutical
16 23 (0.71%) Financial Institution
17 22 (0.68%) Advertising
18 21 (0.65%) Automotive
19 19 (0.58%) Law
20 16 (0.49%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 757 (23.30%) Analyst
2 566 (17.42%) Developer
3 298 (9.17%) Tester
4 286 (8.80%) Test Analyst
5 210 (6.46%) Business Analyst
6 179 (5.51%) Project Manager
7 145 (4.46%) Test Manager
8 144 (4.43%) QA Tester
9 140 (4.31%) Consultant
10 134 (4.12%) QA Engineer
11 126 (3.88%) QA Analyst
12 118 (3.63%) Architect
13 92 (2.83%) Test Leader
14 91 (2.80%) Java Developer
15 89 (2.74%) Test Engineer
16 78 (2.40%) Senior Analyst
17 73 (2.25%) Senior Developer
18 65 (2.00%) Automation Tester
19 61 (1.88%) Data Analyst
20 58 (1.79%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 354 (10.90%) .NET
2 338 (10.40%) XML
3 299 (9.20%) Web Services
4 281 (8.65%) HTML
5 193 (5.94%) CSS
6 122 (3.76%) JSON
7 115 (3.54%) SOAP
8 113 (3.48%) REST
9 99 (3.05%) jQuery
10 93 (2.86%) HTML5
11 91 (2.80%) J2EE
12 90 (2.77%) Spring
13 76 (2.34%) XSLT
14 75 (2.31%) Hibernate
15 73 (2.25%) WCF
16 69 (2.12%) Ajax
17 68 (2.09%) ASP.NET
18 63 (1.94%) .NET Framework
19 60 (1.85%) Middleware
20 53 (1.63%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 316 (9.73%) Analytical Skills
2 174 (5.36%) Open Source
3 116 (3.57%) User Experience
4 101 (3.11%) Management Information System
5 98 (3.02%) Computer Science
6 73 (2.25%) Mobile App
7 53 (1.63%) Derivative
8 47 (1.45%) Enterprise Software
9 45 (1.39%) Data Structures
10 44 (1.35%) Data Integration
11 41 (1.26%) Client/Server
12 34 (1.05%) Online Games
13 30 (0.92%) Fixed Income
13 30 (0.92%) NHS
14 25 (0.77%) Digital Media
14 25 (0.77%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 25 (0.77%) Equities
15 23 (0.71%) iPad
15 23 (0.71%) Data Conversion
16 21 (0.65%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 243 (7.48%) Windows
2 237 (7.29%) Linux
3 193 (5.94%) UNIX
4 95 (2.92%) Android
5 81 (2.49%) Apple iOS
6 55 (1.69%) Windows Server 2008
7 43 (1.32%) CentOS
7 43 (1.32%) Windows Server 2003
8 36 (1.11%) Windows 7
9 31 (0.95%) Windows XP
10 18 (0.55%) Windows Server 2012
11 17 (0.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 17 (0.52%) Windows Vista
12 15 (0.46%) Ubuntu
13 14 (0.43%) AIX
14 10 (0.31%) Solaris
15 8 (0.25%) Windows Phone
16 7 (0.22%) zOS
16 7 (0.22%) Mac OS X
17 6 (0.18%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 1147 (35.30%) Agile Software Development
2 444 (13.67%) Project Management
3 427 (13.14%) Scrum
4 389 (11.97%) TDD
5 374 (11.51%) User Acceptance Testing
6 279 (8.59%) Test Automation
7 274 (8.43%) Test Scripting
8 273 (8.40%) Continuous Integration
8 273 (8.40%) BDD
9 204 (6.28%) Test Strategy
10 194 (5.97%) OO
11 190 (5.85%) Migration
12 182 (5.60%) E-Commerce
13 181 (5.57%) Stakeholder Management
14 177 (5.45%) Software Testing
15 176 (5.42%) Automated Testing
16 161 (4.96%) PRINCE2
16 161 (4.96%) Regression Testing
16 161 (4.96%) Waterfall
17 160 (4.92%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 783 (24.10%) SQL
2 644 (19.82%) Java
3 323 (9.94%) JavaScript
4 270 (8.31%) C#
5 191 (5.88%) Ruby
6 172 (5.29%) Python
7 101 (3.11%) PL/SQL
8 85 (2.62%) PHP
9 81 (2.49%) C++
9 81 (2.49%) Shell Script
10 70 (2.15%) Perl
11 67 (2.06%) VBA
12 61 (1.88%) C
13 49 (1.51%) Scala
14 45 (1.39%) Bash Shell
15 44 (1.35%) T-SQL
16 39 (1.20%) VBScript
16 39 (1.20%) VB
17 28 (0.86%) PowerShell
18 25 (0.77%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 264 (8.13%) Degree
2 240 (7.39%) ISEB
3 178 (5.48%) Security Cleared
4 124 (3.82%) ISTQB
5 112 (3.45%) SC Cleared
6 54 (1.66%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 48 (1.48%) PMI Certification
8 37 (1.14%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 30 (0.92%) PMP
10 24 (0.74%) DV Cleared
11 20 (0.62%) Cisco Certification
12 19 (0.58%) ISEB Practitioner
13 18 (0.55%) Microsoft Certification
13 18 (0.55%) ITIL Certification
14 16 (0.49%) CISSP
14 16 (0.49%) CCNP
15 14 (0.43%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 11 (0.34%) HND
17 10 (0.31%) MCSE
17 10 (0.31%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (1.02%) SLA
2 29 (0.89%) Data Quality
3 21 (0.65%) EMIR
4 17 (0.52%) ISO 9001
5 15 (0.46%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 13 (0.40%) JSP 440
7 10 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 10 (0.31%) GMP
8 9 (0.28%) P3O
9 8 (0.25%) ISO 9000
9 8 (0.25%) MiFID
10 7 (0.22%) Solvency II
10 7 (0.22%) 21 CFR Part 11
11 6 (0.18%) COBIT
11 6 (0.18%) Basel III
12 5 (0.15%) HL7
12 5 (0.15%) GAMP
12 5 (0.15%) GxP
12 5 (0.15%) Basel II
13 4 (0.12%) GAAP
System Software
1 46 (1.42%) Active Directory
2 22 (0.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 21 (0.65%) vSphere
4 18 (0.55%) Hyper-V
5 16 (0.49%) VMware ESXi
6 11 (0.34%) XenApp
6 11 (0.34%) Microsoft App-V
7 9 (0.28%) Firmware
8 8 (0.25%) Oracle RAC
9 5 (0.15%) XenDesktop
10 3 (0.092%) ISA Server
10 3 (0.092%) Squid
10 3 (0.092%) Oracle RMAN
11 2 (0.062%) VMware ESX
11 2 (0.062%) ProxySG
11 2 (0.062%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
11 2 (0.062%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 2 (0.062%) Kerio MailServer
11 2 (0.062%) Postfix
11 2 (0.062%) KVM
Systems Management
1 174 (5.36%) HP Quality Center
2 65 (2.00%) Puppet
3 36 (1.11%) Vagrant
4 20 (0.62%) Opscode Chef
5 19 (0.58%) Nagios
6 18 (0.55%) SCCM
7 14 (0.43%) Cobbler
8 13 (0.40%) WhatsUp Gold
9 11 (0.34%) Tivoli
10 10 (0.31%) Control-M
11 9 (0.28%) collectd
11 9 (0.28%) Nessus
12 8 (0.25%) Graylog2
13 7 (0.22%) Kibana
14 6 (0.18%) logstash
15 5 (0.15%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
15 5 (0.15%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
16 4 (0.12%) OPNET
16 4 (0.12%) Cisco CUCM
17 3 (0.092%) Oracle Identity Manager
Vendors
1 365 (11.23%) Oracle
2 329 (10.13%) Microsoft
3 152 (4.68%) SAP
4 136 (4.19%) HP
5 78 (2.40%) IBM
6 54 (1.66%) Cisco
7 51 (1.57%) Red Hat
8 50 (1.54%) VMware
9 39 (1.20%) Salesforce.com
10 32 (0.98%) Business Objects
11 31 (0.95%) CheckPoint
12 25 (0.77%) F5
13 23 (0.71%) Adobe
14 22 (0.68%) Juniper
14 22 (0.68%) Citrix
15 21 (0.65%) McAfee
15 21 (0.65%) Perforce
15 21 (0.65%) Teradata
16 19 (0.58%) Sybase
17 18 (0.55%) Calypso
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