The first table below looks at the demand 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 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

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 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 56 60 57
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -3
Contract jobs citing QA 1785 1428 1733
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 3.17% 2.99% 2.86%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 40.44% 39.68% 38.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 1189 896 1013
Average daily rate £375 £363 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% -9.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £233 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £517 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 23 54
Average hourly rate £31.50 £27.50 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.54% +96.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £120.50 £37.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £26.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year
-30.76% +92.59%
Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
4414 3599 4540
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.84% 7.54% 7.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 2669 2121 2478
Average daily rate £400 £400 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £246 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £330 £350
% change year-on-year
+10.60% -5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 189 144 240
Average hourly rate £19.00 £18.70 £16.86
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.60% +10.91%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.86 £10.50 £11.08
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.86 £55.00 £35.70
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £15.25 £16.43
% change year-on-year
+18.03% -7.15%

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 April 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 April 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 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England +3 1664 £380 +1.33% 669
London +10 940 £413 -1.78% 303
South East -3 253 £350 +7.69% 130
City of London +8 231 £400 - 93
East of England +5 117 £403 +15.00% 58
Yorkshire -3 78 £281 -10.79% 50
North West +1 73 £363 +49.48% 31
South West -14 66 £325 - 47
West Yorkshire +1 65 £290 -10.76% 33
West Midlands -10 60 £383 +47.11% 16
Hampshire +19 59 £325 -1.51% 21
Scotland -1 58 £325 +5.00% 19
Berkshire -15 57 £353 +8.61% 29
Surrey 0 55 £360 -0.68% 33
Leeds -5 47 £280 -17.64% 18
Essex 0 42 £433 +30.56% 10
East Midlands -5 37 £325 -27.77% 28
Manchester +10 36 £325 +160.00% 14
Buckinghamshire -3 35 £340 +43.15% 9
Reading +5 28 £352 +4.14% 8
Cheshire -1 27 £388 +26.01% 11
Birmingham -4 25 £436 +117.75% 6
Suffolk +4 23 £425 +9.67% 8
Milton Keynes -3 23 £306 +22.50% 2
Wales -4 22 £238 -24.60% 5
Devon +13 21 £325 +104.72% 1
Hertfordshire +1 21 £400 -20.98% 5
South Wales -1 21 £238 -19.49% 5
Leicestershire +3 19 £313 -3.84% 6
Ipswich 0 18 £425 +13.33% 3

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 April 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.

1 828 (25.06%) Finance
2 718 (21.73%) SQL
3 655 (19.82%) Agile Software Development
4 549 (16.62%) Java
5 463 (14.01%) Selenium
6 461 (13.95%) Scrum
7 437 (13.23%) Microsoft
8 415 (12.56%) Banking
9 400 (12.11%) Oracle
10 378 (11.44%) Project Management
11 357 (10.81%) User Acceptance Testing
12 353 (10.68%) TDD
13 320 (9.69%) C#
14 305 (9.23%) Test Scripting
14 305 (9.23%) Test Automation
15 303 (9.17%) .NET
16 292 (8.84%) JavaScript
17 289 (8.75%) SQL Server
18 288 (8.72%) Windows
19 287 (8.69%) Degree
20 278 (8.41%) Cucumber
21 273 (8.26%) BDD
22 269 (8.14%) HTML
23 268 (8.11%) XML
24 263 (7.96%) MS Excel
24 263 (7.96%) ISEB
25 260 (7.87%) Migration
26 236 (7.14%) Web Services
27 231 (6.99%) Software Testing
28 227 (6.87%) Continuous Integration

QA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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
1 129 (3.90%) SharePoint
2 67 (2.03%) CMS
3 48 (1.45%) Tomcat
3 48 (1.45%) WebSphere
4 44 (1.33%) WebLogic
5 35 (1.06%) Apache
6 31 (0.94%) IIS
7 26 (0.79%) MS Exchange
8 25 (0.76%) Confluence
9 19 (0.58%) Node.js
9 19 (0.58%) SharePoint 2010
9 19 (0.58%) MS Project Server
10 16 (0.48%) Oracle Workflow
10 16 (0.48%) Adobe CQ
11 15 (0.45%) MQSeries
12 14 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2010
13 13 (0.39%) Alfresco
14 11 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2013
14 11 (0.33%) Escenic
14 11 (0.33%) SAS
Applications
1 263 (7.96%) MS Excel
2 166 (5.02%) MS Office
3 116 (3.51%) MS Project
4 98 (2.97%) MS PowerPoint
5 70 (2.12%) MS Visio
6 21 (0.64%) Photoshop
7 16 (0.48%) Spreadsheet
8 8 (0.24%) Adobe Illustrator
9 7 (0.21%) AutoCAD
10 3 (0.091%) Fireworks
11 2 (0.061%) SPSS
11 2 (0.061%) Mingle
12 1 (0.030%) OmniGraffle
12 1 (0.030%) RoboHelp
12 1 (0.030%) Acrobat
12 1 (0.030%) InfoPath
12 1 (0.030%) Adobe After Effects
Business Applications
1 27 (0.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 26 (0.79%) Oracle Payables
3 25 (0.76%) Dynamics AX
4 24 (0.73%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 22 (0.67%) Oracle General Ledger
6 21 (0.64%) Oracle EBS R12
7 20 (0.61%) Oracle EBS
8 18 (0.54%) Oracle Applications
9 15 (0.45%) Oracle Receivables
10 14 (0.42%) Oracle Assets
11 10 (0.30%) SAP Retail
12 8 (0.24%) Cognos TM1
12 8 (0.24%) Oracle BPM
13 7 (0.21%) Google Analytics
14 6 (0.18%) FLEXCUBE
14 6 (0.18%) SAP ERP
15 5 (0.15%) Markit EDM
15 5 (0.15%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
15 5 (0.15%) SunGard GMI
16 4 (0.12%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 36 (1.09%) SaaS
2 26 (0.79%) Amazon AWS
3 21 (0.64%) Amazon EC2
4 19 (0.58%) PaaS
5 18 (0.54%) Microsoft Azure
5 18 (0.54%) Office 365
6 16 (0.48%) Amazon S3
6 16 (0.48%) Amazon ELB
6 16 (0.48%) Route 53
7 13 (0.39%) Cloud Computing
8 6 (0.18%) GitHub
9 5 (0.15%) IaaS
9 5 (0.15%) Force.com
10 2 (0.061%) OpenShift
10 2 (0.061%) SuccessFactors
11 1 (0.030%) Basecamp
11 1 (0.030%) Heroku
11 1 (0.030%) Engine Yard
Communications & Networking
1 89 (2.69%) Internet
2 57 (1.73%) Firewall
3 41 (1.24%) TCP/IP
4 37 (1.12%) SAN
5 35 (1.06%) DNS
5 35 (1.06%) HTTP
6 25 (0.76%) Intranet
7 23 (0.70%) LAN
8 22 (0.67%) DHCP
9 18 (0.54%) WAN
10 15 (0.45%) NAS
10 15 (0.45%) Network Security
10 15 (0.45%) VoIP
11 14 (0.42%) FTP
11 14 (0.42%) VPN
11 14 (0.42%) SSL
12 13 (0.39%) 3G
12 13 (0.39%) LDAP
13 11 (0.33%) Wireless
14 10 (0.30%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 289 (8.75%) SQL Server
2 142 (4.30%) Data Warehouse
3 108 (3.27%) Oracle Database
4 105 (3.18%) Relational Database
5 85 (2.57%) MySQL
6 68 (2.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 53 (1.60%) Oracle Database 11g
8 51 (1.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 41 (1.24%) SQL Server 2008
10 39 (1.18%) DB2
10 39 (1.18%) Oracle Reports
11 33 (1.00%) OLAP
12 32 (0.97%) Big Data
12 32 (0.97%) RDBMS
13 24 (0.73%) SQL Server 2005
14 23 (0.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 23 (0.70%) Oracle OLAP
14 23 (0.70%) Essbase
15 22 (0.67%) Hadoop
16 19 (0.58%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 463 (14.01%) Selenium
2 278 (8.41%) Cucumber
3 190 (5.75%) JIRA
4 164 (4.96%) WebDriver
5 141 (4.27%) Jenkins
6 135 (4.09%) Team Foundation Server
7 120 (3.63%) Visual Studio
8 105 (3.18%) Maven
9 98 (2.97%) Subversion
10 89 (2.69%) Git (software)
11 87 (2.63%) FitNesse
12 86 (2.60%) QuickTest Pro
13 82 (2.48%) SoapUI
14 73 (2.21%) SpecFlow
15 71 (2.15%) JUnit
16 51 (1.54%) WATIR
17 49 (1.48%) TeamCity
18 48 (1.45%) Ant
19 45 (1.36%) Calabash
20 44 (1.33%) JMeter
General
1 828 (25.06%) Finance
2 415 (12.56%) Banking
3 165 (4.99%) Retail
4 164 (4.96%) Investment Banking
5 117 (3.54%) Telecoms
6 92 (2.78%) Marketing
7 76 (2.30%) Publishing
8 65 (1.97%) Games
9 63 (1.91%) Front Office
10 59 (1.79%) Back Office
11 44 (1.33%) Billing
12 43 (1.30%) Advertising
13 41 (1.24%) Legal
14 36 (1.09%) Manufacturing
15 29 (0.88%) Retail Banking
15 29 (0.88%) Automotive
16 21 (0.64%) Pharmaceutical
17 20 (0.61%) Financial Institution
18 16 (0.48%) Law
19 15 (0.45%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 855 (25.88%) Analyst
2 507 (15.35%) Developer
3 294 (8.90%) Test Analyst
4 293 (8.87%) Tester
5 250 (7.57%) Business Analyst
6 183 (5.54%) Project Manager
7 178 (5.39%) QA Analyst
8 170 (5.15%) QA Engineer
9 155 (4.69%) Test Manager
10 145 (4.39%) QA Tester
11 126 (3.81%) Consultant
12 119 (3.60%) Test Engineer
13 106 (3.21%) Architect
14 89 (2.69%) QA Manager
15 76 (2.30%) Senior Analyst
16 65 (1.97%) Java Developer
17 63 (1.91%) Automation Tester
18 53 (1.60%) QA Test Analyst
19 51 (1.54%) Test Leader
20 49 (1.48%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 303 (9.17%) .NET
2 269 (8.14%) HTML
3 268 (8.11%) XML
4 236 (7.14%) Web Services
5 188 (5.69%) CSS
6 117 (3.54%) jQuery
7 105 (3.18%) SOAP
7 105 (3.18%) REST
8 100 (3.03%) HTML5
9 91 (2.75%) JSON
10 89 (2.69%) Spring
11 76 (2.30%) Ajax
12 72 (2.18%) J2EE
13 66 (2.00%) WCF
14 64 (1.94%) ASP.NET
15 58 (1.76%) Hibernate
16 56 (1.69%) CSS3
17 52 (1.57%) XSLT
18 46 (1.39%) Gherkin
19 41 (1.24%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 140 (4.24%) Open Source
2 128 (3.87%) Mobile App
3 103 (3.12%) Management Information System
4 85 (2.57%) Computer Science
5 71 (2.15%) Derivative
6 63 (1.91%) Enterprise Software
7 53 (1.60%) NHS
8 46 (1.39%) Equities
9 44 (1.33%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 38 (1.15%) Client/Server
11 29 (0.88%) Mathematics
12 28 (0.85%) Digital Media
13 27 (0.82%) PMI
14 26 (0.79%) N-Tier
14 26 (0.79%) Credit Risk
15 24 (0.73%) Fixed Income
16 22 (0.67%) Blackberry
17 19 (0.58%) Online Games
18 18 (0.54%) Social Media
19 17 (0.51%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 288 (8.72%) Windows
2 220 (6.66%) UNIX
3 195 (5.90%) Linux
4 103 (3.12%) Apple iOS
4 103 (3.12%) Android
5 63 (1.91%) Windows 7
6 51 (1.54%) Windows Server 2008
7 38 (1.15%) Windows Server 2003
8 25 (0.76%) Windows Server 2012
8 25 (0.76%) Windows XP
9 24 (0.73%) CentOS
10 17 (0.51%) AIX
11 16 (0.48%) Solaris
12 15 (0.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 11 (0.33%) Windows Phone
14 9 (0.27%) Windows 8
15 6 (0.18%) Ubuntu
15 6 (0.18%) VMS
15 6 (0.18%) Mac OS X
16 5 (0.15%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 655 (19.82%) Agile Software Development
2 461 (13.95%) Scrum
3 378 (11.44%) Project Management
4 357 (10.81%) User Acceptance Testing
5 353 (10.68%) TDD
6 305 (9.23%) Test Scripting
6 305 (9.23%) Test Automation
7 273 (8.26%) BDD
8 260 (7.87%) Migration
9 231 (6.99%) Software Testing
10 227 (6.87%) Continuous Integration
11 224 (6.78%) Stakeholder Management
12 222 (6.72%) E-Commerce
13 205 (6.20%) Automated Testing
14 201 (6.08%) PRINCE2
15 183 (5.54%) Business Analysis
16 175 (5.30%) Automation Testing
17 166 (5.02%) Risk Management
18 165 (4.99%) Change Management
19 163 (4.93%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 718 (21.73%) SQL
2 549 (16.62%) Java
3 320 (9.69%) C#
4 292 (8.84%) JavaScript
5 196 (5.93%) Ruby
6 103 (3.12%) PL/SQL
6 103 (3.12%) Python
7 93 (2.81%) PHP
8 91 (2.75%) T-SQL
9 81 (2.45%) C++
10 61 (1.85%) Perl
11 50 (1.51%) C
12 47 (1.42%) VB
12 47 (1.42%) Shell Script
13 41 (1.24%) VBA
14 30 (0.91%) VBScript
15 29 (0.88%) Groovy
16 24 (0.73%) PowerShell
17 17 (0.51%) Scala
18 14 (0.42%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 287 (8.69%) Degree
2 263 (7.96%) ISEB
3 160 (4.84%) Security Cleared
4 145 (4.39%) ISTQB
5 118 (3.57%) SC Cleared
6 58 (1.76%) PMI Certification
7 37 (1.12%) PMP
8 36 (1.09%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 25 (0.76%) DV Cleared
10 22 (0.67%) ITIL Certification
10 22 (0.67%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 14 (0.42%) Microsoft Certification
11 14 (0.42%) CISA
12 13 (0.39%) CISSP
13 11 (0.33%) APMP
14 10 (0.30%) Cisco Certification
15 8 (0.24%) ISEB Practitioner
15 8 (0.24%) CCNA
16 6 (0.18%) MCITP
17 5 (0.15%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (1.27%) SLA
2 30 (0.91%) ISO 9000
3 24 (0.73%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 22 (0.67%) P3O
5 21 (0.64%) Basel III
6 19 (0.58%) CRD IV
7 18 (0.54%) ISO 9001
8 15 (0.45%) COREP
9 14 (0.42%) FINREP
9 14 (0.42%) Data Quality
10 7 (0.21%) GxP
11 6 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 6 (0.18%) TickIT
11 6 (0.18%) EMIR
12 5 (0.15%) FATCA
12 5 (0.15%) Dodd-Frank
12 5 (0.15%) GAAP
12 5 (0.15%) 21 CFR Part 11
12 5 (0.15%) GMP
13 3 (0.091%) Solvency II
System Software
1 59 (1.79%) Active Directory
2 29 (0.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (0.67%) Microsoft App-V
4 13 (0.39%) Hyper-V
5 11 (0.33%) vSphere
6 10 (0.30%) NFS
7 8 (0.24%) vCloud
8 6 (0.18%) XenApp
9 5 (0.15%) XenDesktop
9 5 (0.15%) VMware ESXi
10 3 (0.091%) XenServer
11 2 (0.061%) VMware ESX
11 2 (0.061%) Squid
11 2 (0.061%) Docker
11 2 (0.061%) VirtualBox
12 1 (0.030%) qmail
12 1 (0.030%) Tivoli Directory Server
12 1 (0.030%) Oracle RAC
12 1 (0.030%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 1 (0.030%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 159 (4.81%) HP Quality Center
2 44 (1.33%) Puppet
3 36 (1.09%) SCCM
4 20 (0.61%) Vagrant
5 16 (0.48%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 15 (0.45%) Opscode Chef
7 12 (0.36%) Nagios
8 8 (0.24%) Netcool
9 7 (0.21%) Control-M
10 5 (0.15%) SAP Afaria
11 4 (0.12%) Backup Exec
11 4 (0.12%) Tivoli
11 4 (0.12%) Ansible
12 3 (0.091%) Norton AntiVirus
12 3 (0.091%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 2 (0.061%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
13 2 (0.061%) Ganglia
14 1 (0.030%) Cobbler
14 1 (0.030%) FortiGate
14 1 (0.030%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 437 (13.23%) Microsoft
2 400 (12.11%) Oracle
3 162 (4.90%) SAP
4 160 (4.84%) HP
5 73 (2.21%) IBM
6 51 (1.54%) VMware
7 48 (1.45%) Citrix
8 37 (1.12%) Sybase
9 36 (1.09%) JBoss
10 34 (1.03%) Sun
10 34 (1.03%) Informatica
11 33 (1.00%) Business Objects
12 32 (0.97%) Cognos
13 30 (0.91%) Apple
14 29 (0.88%) Red Hat
15 28 (0.85%) Adobe
16 26 (0.79%) Cisco
16 26 (0.79%) Zend
17 25 (0.76%) Salesforce.com
18 23 (0.70%) Hyperion
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