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 18 December 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
18 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 62 60 65
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +5
Contract jobs citing QA 1612 1541 1362
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.91% 2.98% 2.74%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 38.33% 40.82% 37.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 1098 992 929
Average daily rate
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£375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £338 £340
% change year-on-year
+2.80% -0.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 17 34
Average hourly rate £32.22 £35.00 £30.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.94% +15.70%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.13 £14.15 £12.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £58.00 £82.69 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £35.00 £30.25
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +15.70%

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
4206 3775 3662
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.60% 7.30% 7.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 2620 2277 2115
Average daily rate £400 £413 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.03% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £244 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 185 126 241
Average hourly rate £19.00 £18.70 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.60% -8.78%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.75 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.30 £44.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £18.70 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+1.60% -6.50%

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 18 December 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 18 December 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 18 December 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 0 1519 £375 - 541
London +2 877 £425 - 267
South East -21 219 £325 - 91
City of London -9 167 £450 -5.26% 97
East of England +18 105 £415 +10.66% 38
North West -16 87 £328 -2.81% 26
Yorkshire -4 71 £325 -4.41% 39
Berkshire +14 62 £318 +19.81% 29
West Yorkshire +1 61 £325 -10.95% 29
South West -33 57 £325 - 39
Hampshire -10 48 £375 +38.88% 9
West Midlands -3 45 £223 -40.66% 26
Buckinghamshire -11 45 £313 -3.84% 7
Hertfordshire +35 43 £415 -6.47% 13
Scotland -9 42 £375 +15.38% 29
Leeds -3 35 £288 -23.20% 19
Manchester -9 34 £295 -7.81% 15
Cheshire -13 33 £488 +44.44% 8
Cambridgeshire -2 32 £380 -5.00% 9
Surrey -31 31 £305 -12.85% 11
East Midlands -4 28 £350 - 12
Edinburgh -2 24 £375 +25.00% 11
North East -12 22 £325 -24.85% 2
Cambridge +2 21 £380 -10.58% 6
Wales -7 21 £403 +46.36% 16
Reading +8 20 £350 +30.84% 7
Bradford +6 19 £325 - 6
Birmingham -5 19 £170 -54.66% 12
Slough +5 18 £290 +9.43% 6
Milton Keynes -30 18 £290 -10.76% 1

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 1219 (35.48%) Agile Software Development
2 844 (24.56%) SQL
3 775 (22.56%) Finance
4 679 (19.76%) Java
5 482 (14.03%) Project Management
6 469 (13.65%) Selenium
7 452 (13.15%) Scrum
8 425 (12.37%) TDD
9 411 (11.96%) Oracle
10 381 (11.09%) Microsoft
11 377 (10.97%) .NET
12 370 (10.77%) User Acceptance Testing
13 364 (10.59%) JavaScript
14 353 (10.27%) XML
15 339 (9.87%) Analytical Skills
16 336 (9.78%) Web Services
17 328 (9.55%) HTML
18 320 (9.31%) C#
19 308 (8.96%) Test Scripting
20 304 (8.85%) Banking
21 297 (8.64%) MS Excel
22 294 (8.56%) Degree
23 293 (8.53%) BDD
24 291 (8.47%) Test Automation
25 283 (8.24%) Continuous Integration
26 271 (7.89%) Cucumber
27 265 (7.71%) Windows
28 252 (7.33%) ISEB
29 243 (7.07%) Linux
30 237 (6.90%) SQL Server

QA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 December 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
1 162 (4.71%) SharePoint
2 84 (2.44%) CMS
3 75 (2.18%) Apache
4 66 (1.92%) IIS
5 50 (1.46%) JBoss
6 49 (1.43%) WebLogic
7 39 (1.14%) Tomcat
8 38 (1.11%) WebSphere
9 27 (0.79%) Confluence
10 25 (0.73%) Node.js
11 24 (0.70%) BizTalk Server
12 18 (0.52%) WebSphere Application Server
12 18 (0.52%) SAS
12 18 (0.52%) Cloud Foundry
13 17 (0.49%) Elasticsearch
13 17 (0.49%) SharePoint 2010
14 15 (0.44%) SharePoint 2013
14 15 (0.44%) OpenStack
14 15 (0.44%) MS Exchange
15 14 (0.41%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 297 (8.64%) MS Excel
2 193 (5.62%) MS Office
3 96 (2.79%) MS Project
4 84 (2.44%) MS PowerPoint
5 67 (1.95%) MS Visio
6 24 (0.70%) Spreadsheet
7 22 (0.64%) Photoshop
8 10 (0.29%) Adobe Illustrator
9 7 (0.20%) Mingle
10 4 (0.12%) Final Cut Pro
11 3 (0.087%) Windchill
11 3 (0.087%) Fireworks
11 3 (0.087%) AutoCAD
12 2 (0.058%) Acrobat
12 2 (0.058%) Stata
13 1 (0.029%) ProjectWise
13 1 (0.029%) FastStats
13 1 (0.029%) Blender
13 1 (0.029%) InfoPath
13 1 (0.029%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 52 (1.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 28 (0.81%) Oracle Payables
3 27 (0.79%) Oracle EBS
4 25 (0.73%) Oracle Receivables
5 24 (0.70%) Oracle General Ledger
6 21 (0.61%) Oracle EBS R12
7 18 (0.52%) Dynamics AX
8 14 (0.41%) Oracle Applications
8 14 (0.41%) Oracle Financials
8 14 (0.41%) Summit
8 14 (0.41%) Oracle Assets
9 13 (0.38%) SAP HR
10 11 (0.32%) Oracle BPM
11 10 (0.29%) SAP HCM
12 9 (0.26%) WebTrends
13 8 (0.23%) Oracle Cash Management
14 6 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
14 6 (0.17%) Oracle Retail
15 5 (0.15%) Oracle Internet Expenses
15 5 (0.15%) IntelliMatch
Cloud Services
1 41 (1.19%) Amazon AWS
2 20 (0.58%) Amazon EC2
2 20 (0.58%) Amazon S3
3 19 (0.55%) PaaS
4 17 (0.49%) Amazon ELB
4 17 (0.49%) SaaS
5 15 (0.44%) Route 53
6 14 (0.41%) Heroku
7 13 (0.38%) GitHub
7 13 (0.38%) Cloud Computing
8 11 (0.32%) Engine Yard
9 8 (0.23%) Office 365
10 7 (0.20%) Microsoft Azure
11 5 (0.15%) Force.com
12 3 (0.087%) IaaS
12 3 (0.087%) OpenShift
13 2 (0.058%) Trello
14 1 (0.029%) Basecamp
14 1 (0.029%) SuccessFactors
14 1 (0.029%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 100 (2.91%) Internet
2 76 (2.21%) Firewall
3 58 (1.69%) TCP/IP
4 55 (1.60%) DNS
5 48 (1.40%) LAN
5 48 (1.40%) WAN
6 44 (1.28%) HTTP
7 32 (0.93%) SAN
8 30 (0.87%) Network Security
9 28 (0.81%) SSL
10 25 (0.73%) Cisco IOS
11 22 (0.64%) Cisco ASA
12 21 (0.61%) LDAP
12 21 (0.61%) Wireless
13 20 (0.58%) SNMP
13 20 (0.58%) VLAN
14 19 (0.55%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
14 19 (0.55%) Intranet
15 15 (0.44%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
16 14 (0.41%) GSM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 237 (6.90%) SQL Server
2 142 (4.13%) Data Warehouse
3 119 (3.46%) Relational Database
4 95 (2.76%) Oracle Database
5 94 (2.74%) MySQL
6 61 (1.78%) MongoDB
7 59 (1.72%) NoSQL
8 53 (1.54%) RDBMS
9 48 (1.40%) DB2
9 48 (1.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 40 (1.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 39 (1.14%) SQL Server 2008
12 36 (1.05%) OLTP
13 32 (0.93%) Oracle Reports
14 30 (0.87%) MS Access
15 28 (0.81%) QlikView
15 28 (0.81%) Apache Cassandra
16 27 (0.79%) Hadoop
17 26 (0.76%) SQL Server 2005
18 24 (0.70%) DataStage
Development Applications
1 469 (13.65%) Selenium
2 271 (7.89%) Cucumber
3 220 (6.40%) JIRA
4 175 (5.09%) WebDriver
5 165 (4.80%) Jenkins
6 130 (3.78%) Git (software)
7 123 (3.58%) QuickTest Pro
8 118 (3.43%) Team Foundation Server
9 116 (3.38%) JUnit
10 110 (3.20%) Subversion
11 82 (2.39%) Visual Studio
12 78 (2.27%) Maven
13 73 (2.12%) SpecFlow
14 57 (1.66%) SoapUI
15 56 (1.63%) TeamCity
16 54 (1.57%) WATIR
16 54 (1.57%) JMeter
17 50 (1.46%) Hudson
18 48 (1.40%) Atlassian Bamboo
19 46 (1.34%) Eclipse
General
1 775 (22.56%) Finance
2 304 (8.85%) Banking
3 135 (3.93%) Retail
4 126 (3.67%) Investment Banking
5 81 (2.36%) Telecoms
6 80 (2.33%) Publishing
7 78 (2.27%) Games
8 66 (1.92%) Marketing
9 52 (1.51%) Front Office
10 46 (1.34%) Legal
11 43 (1.25%) Manufacturing
12 40 (1.16%) Back Office
13 36 (1.05%) Retail Banking
14 33 (0.96%) Automotive
15 32 (0.93%) Pharmaceutical
16 28 (0.81%) Billing
17 27 (0.79%) Advertising
18 20 (0.58%) General Ledger
19 18 (0.52%) Financial Institution
19 18 (0.52%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 767 (22.32%) Analyst
2 643 (18.71%) Developer
3 318 (9.25%) Tester
4 306 (8.91%) Test Analyst
5 191 (5.56%) Project Manager
6 186 (5.41%) Business Analyst
7 160 (4.66%) QA Tester
8 148 (4.31%) Consultant
9 143 (4.16%) QA Analyst
10 133 (3.87%) QA Engineer
11 124 (3.61%) Test Manager
12 105 (3.06%) Java Developer
13 102 (2.97%) Architect
14 99 (2.88%) Test Engineer
15 89 (2.59%) Senior Analyst
16 81 (2.36%) Senior Developer
17 80 (2.33%) Test Leader
18 73 (2.12%) Automation Tester
19 63 (1.83%) Data Analyst
20 61 (1.78%) QA Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 377 (10.97%) .NET
2 353 (10.27%) XML
3 336 (9.78%) Web Services
4 328 (9.55%) HTML
5 216 (6.29%) CSS
6 119 (3.46%) JSON
7 116 (3.38%) REST
7 116 (3.38%) HTML5
8 115 (3.35%) SOAP
9 105 (3.06%) jQuery
10 101 (2.94%) J2EE
10 101 (2.94%) Spring
11 96 (2.79%) ASP.NET
12 87 (2.53%) Hibernate
13 75 (2.18%) Ajax
14 73 (2.12%) WCF
15 70 (2.04%) JSP
16 69 (2.01%) XSLT
17 62 (1.80%) .NET Framework
18 59 (1.72%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 339 (9.87%) Analytical Skills
2 200 (5.82%) Open Source
3 139 (4.05%) User Experience
4 116 (3.38%) Computer Science
5 114 (3.32%) Management Information System
6 92 (2.68%) Mobile App
7 58 (1.69%) Data Structures
8 55 (1.60%) Enterprise Software
9 46 (1.34%) Data Integration
10 44 (1.28%) Derivative
11 39 (1.14%) Client/Server
12 38 (1.11%) iPad
13 35 (1.02%) Online Games
14 28 (0.81%) NHS
14 28 (0.81%) Fixed Income
14 28 (0.81%) Social Media
15 27 (0.79%) Digital Media
16 26 (0.76%) PMI
17 23 (0.67%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
18 21 (0.61%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 265 (7.71%) Windows
2 243 (7.07%) Linux
3 200 (5.82%) UNIX
4 118 (3.43%) Android
5 91 (2.65%) Apple iOS
6 60 (1.75%) Windows Server 2008
7 48 (1.40%) Windows Server 2003
8 44 (1.28%) CentOS
8 44 (1.28%) Windows 7
9 33 (0.96%) Windows XP
10 19 (0.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 18 (0.52%) Windows Server 2012
12 17 (0.49%) Windows Vista
13 15 (0.44%) AIX
14 14 (0.41%) Solaris
14 14 (0.41%) Ubuntu
15 9 (0.26%) Windows Phone
15 9 (0.26%) Windows 8
16 8 (0.23%) VMS
17 7 (0.20%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 1219 (35.48%) Agile Software Development
2 482 (14.03%) Project Management
3 452 (13.15%) Scrum
4 425 (12.37%) TDD
5 370 (10.77%) User Acceptance Testing
6 308 (8.96%) Test Scripting
7 293 (8.53%) BDD
8 291 (8.47%) Test Automation
9 283 (8.24%) Continuous Integration
10 213 (6.20%) OO
11 210 (6.11%) Automated Testing
12 201 (5.85%) Test Strategy
13 198 (5.76%) E-Commerce
13 198 (5.76%) Migration
14 188 (5.47%) Software Testing
15 172 (5.01%) Stakeholder Management
16 167 (4.86%) PRINCE2
17 163 (4.74%) Regression Testing
18 158 (4.60%) ITIL
19 157 (4.57%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 844 (24.56%) SQL
2 679 (19.76%) Java
3 364 (10.59%) JavaScript
4 320 (9.31%) C#
5 184 (5.36%) Ruby
6 154 (4.48%) Python
7 117 (3.41%) PL/SQL
8 99 (2.88%) PHP
9 82 (2.39%) C++
10 81 (2.36%) Shell Script
11 78 (2.27%) VBA
12 71 (2.07%) Perl
13 57 (1.66%) C
14 49 (1.43%) T-SQL
15 43 (1.25%) VBScript
15 43 (1.25%) VB
15 43 (1.25%) Bash Shell
16 41 (1.19%) PowerShell
17 38 (1.11%) Scala
18 24 (0.70%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 294 (8.56%) Degree
2 252 (7.33%) ISEB
3 208 (6.05%) Security Cleared
4 149 (4.34%) ISTQB
5 139 (4.05%) SC Cleared
6 62 (1.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 44 (1.28%) PMI Certification
8 31 (0.90%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 28 (0.81%) Cisco Certification
10 27 (0.79%) DV Cleared
11 26 (0.76%) PMP
12 24 (0.70%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 22 (0.64%) CCNP
13 22 (0.64%) ITIL Certification
14 21 (0.61%) ISEB Practitioner
15 16 (0.47%) CISSP
15 16 (0.47%) Microsoft Certification
15 16 (0.47%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
16 14 (0.41%) MCITP
17 13 (0.38%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (0.90%) Data Quality
2 29 (0.84%) SLA
3 23 (0.67%) ISO 9001
4 19 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 18 (0.52%) EMIR
6 14 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 14 (0.41%) JSP 440
7 12 (0.35%) ISO 9000
8 10 (0.29%) GMP
9 9 (0.26%) P3O
9 9 (0.26%) Solvency II
9 9 (0.26%) PCI DSS
9 9 (0.26%) GxP
10 8 (0.23%) 21 CFR Part 11
11 6 (0.17%) MiFID
12 5 (0.15%) Basel II
12 5 (0.15%) GAAP
12 5 (0.15%) ISO 14001
13 4 (0.12%) GAMP
13 4 (0.12%) COBIT
System Software
1 50 (1.46%) Active Directory
2 23 (0.67%) Hyper-V
3 21 (0.61%) vSphere
4 20 (0.58%) VMware Infrastructure
4 20 (0.58%) VMware ESXi
5 12 (0.35%) Microsoft App-V
6 10 (0.29%) Firmware
7 7 (0.20%) Oracle RAC
8 5 (0.15%) XenApp
8 5 (0.15%) Oracle RMAN
8 5 (0.15%) Squid
9 3 (0.087%) qmail
9 3 (0.087%) NFS
9 3 (0.087%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
10 2 (0.058%) ISA Server
10 2 (0.058%) VMware ESX
10 2 (0.058%) VMware Workstation
10 2 (0.058%) Kerio MailServer
10 2 (0.058%) Postfix
10 2 (0.058%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 193 (5.62%) HP Quality Center
2 70 (2.04%) Puppet
3 36 (1.05%) Vagrant
4 24 (0.70%) Opscode Chef
5 21 (0.61%) SCCM
5 21 (0.61%) Nagios
6 17 (0.49%) WhatsUp Gold
7 15 (0.44%) Tivoli
8 12 (0.35%) Control-M
8 12 (0.35%) Cobbler
9 9 (0.26%) collectd
10 7 (0.20%) Kibana
10 7 (0.20%) Nessus
10 7 (0.20%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 6 (0.17%) OPNET
11 6 (0.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 6 (0.17%) Cisco CUCM
11 6 (0.17%) logstash
12 5 (0.15%) Graylog2
12 5 (0.15%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 411 (11.96%) Oracle
2 381 (11.09%) Microsoft
3 180 (5.24%) HP
4 166 (4.83%) SAP
5 66 (1.92%) IBM
6 63 (1.83%) Cisco
7 54 (1.57%) Red Hat
8 43 (1.25%) VMware
9 39 (1.14%) Salesforce.com
10 34 (0.99%) F5
11 33 (0.96%) Business Objects
12 29 (0.84%) CheckPoint
12 29 (0.84%) Juniper
13 27 (0.79%) Adobe
14 26 (0.76%) Teradata
15 25 (0.73%) McAfee
16 23 (0.67%) Zend
17 21 (0.61%) Informatica
17 21 (0.61%) Perforce
18 20 (0.58%) TippingPoint
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