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 26 November 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
26 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 61 60 61
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +1
Contract jobs citing QA 1596 1561 1465
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.85% 3.02% 2.82%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 38.48% 40.93% 37.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 1100 998 986
Average daily rate
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£376 £375 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.33% -3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £559 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 19 34
Average hourly rate £25.00 £32.50 £24.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-23.07% +31.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.10 £12.90 £11.33
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £46.56 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £32.50 £20.75
% change year-on-year
+1.53% +56.62%

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
4148 3814 3896
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.40% 7.38% 7.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 2594 2319 2264
Average daily rate £400 £420 £412
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.76% +2.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £365
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -4.10%
Number of hourly rates quoted 207 138 231
Average hourly rate £21.99 £17.75 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+23.90% -8.97%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.87
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £41.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.99 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+25.62% -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 26 November 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 26 November 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 26 November 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 -2 1492 £378 +0.66% 584
London +1 856 £423 -0.39% 282
South East -1 240 £330 +1.53% 91
City of London -8 159 £425 -5.60% 91
East of England -1 90 £425 +17.24% 34
North West -27 73 £360 +6.50% 43
Berkshire +11 70 £330 +25.71% 30
South West -15 65 £325 - 31
Yorkshire -8 63 £325 -7.14% 48
Hampshire -2 54 £375 +20.00% 8
West Yorkshire -1 52 £325 -7.14% 30
Scotland -1 44 £375 +5.26% 14
Buckinghamshire -7 44 £313 -3.84% 6
Hertfordshire +22 41 £388 -11.42% 8
Surrey -23 41 £328 -6.42% 21
West Midlands -13 40 £195 -47.29% 32
East Midlands -9 34 £350 - 17
Wales -1 32 £400 +166.66% 7
Leeds -6 32 £288 -23.20% 15
Cheshire -15 30 £500 +47.92% 10
Manchester -19 28 £330 -2.94% 24
Edinburgh +5 27 £388 +20.15% 5
Reading +9 24 £340 +23.63% 8
North East -14 23 £341 -19.70% 5
South Wales -1 22 £400 +166.66% 7
Cambridgeshire -17 22 £380 +8.57% 18
Birmingham +3 20 £170 -51.42% 14
Milton Keynes -22 20 £290 -10.76% 2
Slough +6 19 £290 +9.43% 2
Cambridge +1 17 £380 +4.82% 11

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 November 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 1211 (35.08%) Agile Software Development
2 821 (23.78%) SQL
3 777 (22.51%) Finance
4 666 (19.29%) Java
5 484 (14.02%) Project Management
6 456 (13.21%) Selenium
7 455 (13.18%) Scrum
8 423 (12.25%) TDD
9 407 (11.79%) Oracle
10 394 (11.41%) Microsoft
11 380 (11.01%) .NET
12 373 (10.81%) JavaScript
13 357 (10.34%) User Acceptance Testing
14 345 (9.99%) HTML
15 343 (9.94%) Analytical Skills
16 342 (9.91%) XML
17 340 (9.85%) Web Services
18 322 (9.33%) Banking
19 321 (9.30%) C#
20 316 (9.15%) Test Scripting
21 295 (8.55%) Degree
22 293 (8.49%) Test Automation
23 292 (8.46%) BDD
24 285 (8.26%) Cucumber
24 285 (8.26%) MS Excel
25 272 (7.88%) Continuous Integration
26 257 (7.44%) Windows
27 249 (7.21%) ISEB
28 233 (6.75%) Linux
29 229 (6.63%) CSS

QA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 26 November 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
1 159 (4.61%) SharePoint
2 86 (2.49%) CMS
3 72 (2.09%) Apache
4 63 (1.83%) IIS
5 48 (1.39%) WebLogic
5 48 (1.39%) JBoss
6 38 (1.10%) WebSphere
7 36 (1.04%) Tomcat
8 28 (0.81%) Confluence
9 24 (0.70%) Node.js
10 22 (0.64%) SharePoint 2010
10 22 (0.64%) BizTalk Server
11 19 (0.55%) SharePoint 2013
12 18 (0.52%) IBM Notes
13 16 (0.46%) Cloud Foundry
13 16 (0.46%) WebSphere Application Server
13 16 (0.46%) SAS
14 15 (0.43%) Oracle Workflow
14 15 (0.43%) MS Exchange
14 15 (0.43%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 285 (8.26%) MS Excel
2 193 (5.59%) MS Office
3 105 (3.04%) MS Project
4 83 (2.40%) MS PowerPoint
5 74 (2.14%) MS Visio
6 24 (0.70%) Photoshop
7 23 (0.67%) Spreadsheet
8 10 (0.29%) Adobe Illustrator
9 4 (0.12%) Final Cut Pro
9 4 (0.12%) AutoCAD
9 4 (0.12%) Fireworks
10 3 (0.087%) Windchill
10 3 (0.087%) Mingle
11 2 (0.058%) Acrobat
11 2 (0.058%) Stata
12 1 (0.029%) InfoPath
12 1 (0.029%) RoboHelp
12 1 (0.029%) Simulink
12 1 (0.029%) SPSS
12 1 (0.029%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 49 (1.42%) Dynamics CRM
2 31 (0.90%) Oracle EBS
3 24 (0.70%) Oracle Payables
4 23 (0.67%) Oracle Receivables
4 23 (0.67%) Oracle General Ledger
4 23 (0.67%) Oracle EBS R12
5 18 (0.52%) Dynamics AX
6 17 (0.49%) Oracle Applications
7 14 (0.41%) Summit
8 13 (0.38%) WebTrends
8 13 (0.38%) SAP HR
9 12 (0.35%) Oracle Financials
10 11 (0.32%) Oracle BPM
10 11 (0.32%) Oracle Assets
11 10 (0.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
12 9 (0.26%) SAP HCM
13 5 (0.14%) Oracle Retail
13 5 (0.14%) SAP BPC
13 5 (0.14%) IntelliMatch
13 5 (0.14%) Oracle Cash Management
Cloud Services
1 37 (1.07%) Amazon AWS
2 20 (0.58%) Amazon EC2
3 19 (0.55%) Amazon S3
4 18 (0.52%) SaaS
5 17 (0.49%) Amazon ELB
6 15 (0.43%) PaaS
6 15 (0.43%) GitHub
7 14 (0.41%) Route 53
8 13 (0.38%) Cloud Computing
9 11 (0.32%) Office 365
9 11 (0.32%) Heroku
10 9 (0.26%) Microsoft Azure
11 8 (0.23%) Engine Yard
12 5 (0.14%) Force.com
13 3 (0.087%) IaaS
14 1 (0.029%) Google Cloud Platform
14 1 (0.029%) Amazon SQS
14 1 (0.029%) Google Apps
14 1 (0.029%) Responsys
14 1 (0.029%) CheetahMail
Communications & Networking
1 100 (2.90%) Internet
2 69 (2.00%) Firewall
3 59 (1.71%) TCP/IP
4 50 (1.45%) DNS
5 48 (1.39%) HTTP
6 42 (1.22%) WAN
7 40 (1.16%) LAN
8 28 (0.81%) SAN
9 27 (0.78%) SSL
10 24 (0.70%) Network Security
11 21 (0.61%) Wireless
11 21 (0.61%) Cisco ASA
12 20 (0.58%) SNMP
13 19 (0.55%) Intranet
13 19 (0.55%) Cisco IOS
14 18 (0.52%) VLAN
15 16 (0.46%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
15 16 (0.46%) LDAP
16 13 (0.38%) RTSP
16 13 (0.38%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 228 (6.60%) SQL Server
2 144 (4.17%) Data Warehouse
3 106 (3.07%) Relational Database
4 93 (2.69%) Oracle Database
5 89 (2.58%) MySQL
6 54 (1.56%) NoSQL
7 52 (1.51%) DB2
8 51 (1.48%) MongoDB
9 49 (1.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 41 (1.19%) SQL Server 2008
11 40 (1.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 39 (1.13%) RDBMS
13 33 (0.96%) OLTP
14 30 (0.87%) Oracle Reports
15 28 (0.81%) QlikView
16 26 (0.75%) SQL Server 2005
17 25 (0.72%) Data Mining
18 24 (0.70%) Hadoop
18 24 (0.70%) Oracle Database 11g
18 24 (0.70%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 456 (13.21%) Selenium
2 285 (8.26%) Cucumber
3 205 (5.94%) JIRA
4 157 (4.55%) WebDriver
5 155 (4.49%) Jenkins
6 133 (3.85%) Git (software)
7 131 (3.79%) QuickTest Pro
8 120 (3.48%) JUnit
8 120 (3.48%) Team Foundation Server
9 106 (3.07%) Subversion
10 94 (2.72%) Visual Studio
11 85 (2.46%) Maven
12 72 (2.09%) SpecFlow
13 56 (1.62%) TeamCity
14 54 (1.56%) WATIR
15 53 (1.54%) SoapUI
16 50 (1.45%) FitNesse
17 47 (1.36%) Hudson
18 46 (1.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
18 46 (1.33%) LoadRunner
General
1 777 (22.51%) Finance
2 322 (9.33%) Banking
3 146 (4.23%) Retail
4 139 (4.03%) Investment Banking
5 96 (2.78%) Telecoms
6 83 (2.40%) Publishing
7 81 (2.35%) Games
8 80 (2.32%) Marketing
9 50 (1.45%) Legal
10 49 (1.42%) Front Office
11 45 (1.30%) Manufacturing
12 37 (1.07%) Retail Banking
13 36 (1.04%) Back Office
14 35 (1.01%) Automotive
15 29 (0.84%) Advertising
16 27 (0.78%) Pharmaceutical
17 25 (0.72%) Billing
18 23 (0.67%) General Ledger
19 20 (0.58%) Electronics
20 19 (0.55%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 760 (22.02%) Analyst
2 680 (19.70%) Developer
3 318 (9.21%) Tester
4 300 (8.69%) Test Analyst
5 206 (5.97%) Project Manager
6 188 (5.45%) Business Analyst
7 163 (4.72%) QA Tester
8 148 (4.29%) QA Analyst
9 144 (4.17%) Consultant
10 134 (3.88%) QA Engineer
11 129 (3.74%) Test Manager
12 108 (3.13%) Java Developer
13 104 (3.01%) Architect
14 96 (2.78%) Test Engineer
15 90 (2.61%) Senior Analyst
16 88 (2.55%) Senior Developer
17 69 (2.00%) Automation Tester
18 63 (1.83%) Data Analyst
18 63 (1.83%) Test Leader
19 62 (1.80%) QA Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 380 (11.01%) .NET
2 345 (9.99%) HTML
3 342 (9.91%) XML
4 340 (9.85%) Web Services
5 229 (6.63%) CSS
6 130 (3.77%) HTML5
7 120 (3.48%) jQuery
8 119 (3.45%) JSON
9 117 (3.39%) REST
10 114 (3.30%) SOAP
11 104 (3.01%) Spring
12 103 (2.98%) ASP.NET
13 92 (2.67%) J2EE
14 87 (2.52%) Hibernate
15 80 (2.32%) Ajax
16 77 (2.23%) JSP
17 72 (2.09%) CSS3
18 71 (2.06%) WCF
19 69 (2.00%) XSLT
20 61 (1.77%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 343 (9.94%) Analytical Skills
2 196 (5.68%) Open Source
3 134 (3.88%) User Experience
4 117 (3.39%) Computer Science
5 116 (3.36%) Management Information System
6 96 (2.78%) Mobile App
7 64 (1.85%) Data Structures
8 57 (1.65%) Enterprise Software
9 54 (1.56%) Data Integration
10 43 (1.25%) Online Games
11 41 (1.19%) iPad
12 40 (1.16%) Derivative
13 39 (1.13%) Client/Server
14 34 (0.98%) Social Media
15 31 (0.90%) Fixed Income
16 30 (0.87%) NHS
16 30 (0.87%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
17 24 (0.70%) iPhone
17 24 (0.70%) PMI
18 23 (0.67%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 257 (7.44%) Windows
2 233 (6.75%) Linux
3 213 (6.17%) UNIX
4 113 (3.27%) Android
5 88 (2.55%) Apple iOS
6 49 (1.42%) Windows Server 2008
7 47 (1.36%) Windows 7
8 39 (1.13%) Windows Server 2003
9 38 (1.10%) CentOS
10 28 (0.81%) Windows XP
11 17 (0.49%) Windows Server 2012
12 14 (0.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 13 (0.38%) AIX
13 13 (0.38%) Windows Vista
14 12 (0.35%) Solaris
15 10 (0.29%) Ubuntu
16 9 (0.26%) Windows 8
17 8 (0.23%) Mac OS X
18 6 (0.17%) Windows Phone
18 6 (0.17%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 1211 (35.08%) Agile Software Development
2 484 (14.02%) Project Management
3 455 (13.18%) Scrum
4 423 (12.25%) TDD
5 357 (10.34%) User Acceptance Testing
6 316 (9.15%) Test Scripting
7 293 (8.49%) Test Automation
8 292 (8.46%) BDD
9 272 (7.88%) Continuous Integration
10 216 (6.26%) OO
11 212 (6.14%) Migration
12 211 (6.11%) Automated Testing
13 201 (5.82%) Software Testing
14 198 (5.74%) E-Commerce
15 187 (5.42%) Stakeholder Management
16 186 (5.39%) Test Strategy
17 167 (4.84%) Regression Testing
18 166 (4.81%) PRINCE2
19 157 (4.55%) Configuration Management
20 154 (4.46%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 821 (23.78%) SQL
2 666 (19.29%) Java
3 373 (10.81%) JavaScript
4 321 (9.30%) C#
5 176 (5.10%) Ruby
6 137 (3.97%) Python
7 114 (3.30%) PL/SQL
8 94 (2.72%) PHP
9 86 (2.49%) Shell Script
10 81 (2.35%) VBA
10 81 (2.35%) C++
11 73 (2.11%) Perl
12 62 (1.80%) C
13 56 (1.62%) VB
14 54 (1.56%) PowerShell
15 49 (1.42%) T-SQL
16 48 (1.39%) VBScript
17 35 (1.01%) Bash Shell
18 34 (0.98%) Scala
19 23 (0.67%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 295 (8.55%) Degree
2 249 (7.21%) ISEB
3 214 (6.20%) Security Cleared
4 157 (4.55%) ISTQB
5 149 (4.32%) SC Cleared
6 71 (2.06%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 41 (1.19%) PMI Certification
8 32 (0.93%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 29 (0.84%) DV Cleared
10 28 (0.81%) Cisco Certification
11 26 (0.75%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 25 (0.72%) ITIL Certification
12 25 (0.72%) PMP
13 22 (0.64%) CCNP
14 21 (0.61%) ISEB Practitioner
15 20 (0.58%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
16 17 (0.49%) CISSP
17 16 (0.46%) Microsoft Certification
18 14 (0.41%) MCITP
19 12 (0.35%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (0.96%) Data Quality
2 30 (0.87%) SLA
3 27 (0.78%) ISO 9001
4 23 (0.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 14 (0.41%) ISO 9000
6 13 (0.38%) EMIR
7 12 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 10 (0.29%) Solvency II
9 9 (0.26%) GxP
9 9 (0.26%) JSP 440
10 8 (0.23%) PCI DSS
10 8 (0.23%) P3O
11 6 (0.17%) GMP
11 6 (0.17%) ISO 14001
12 5 (0.14%) Basel II
12 5 (0.14%) GAAP
12 5 (0.14%) 21 CFR Part 11
12 5 (0.14%) FATCA
12 5 (0.14%) Dodd-Frank
13 2 (0.058%) HL7
System Software
1 52 (1.51%) Active Directory
2 20 (0.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (0.52%) Hyper-V
4 16 (0.46%) vSphere
5 15 (0.43%) VMware ESXi
6 11 (0.32%) Microsoft App-V
6 11 (0.32%) Firmware
7 5 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
8 4 (0.12%) XenApp
8 4 (0.12%) Squid
9 3 (0.087%) Oracle RMAN
9 3 (0.087%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
9 3 (0.087%) NFS
9 3 (0.087%) qmail
10 2 (0.058%) Kerio MailServer
10 2 (0.058%) KVM
10 2 (0.058%) vCloud
10 2 (0.058%) ISA Server
10 2 (0.058%) VMware ESX
10 2 (0.058%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 205 (5.94%) HP Quality Center
2 65 (1.88%) Puppet
3 35 (1.01%) Vagrant
4 23 (0.67%) Opscode Chef
4 23 (0.67%) SCCM
5 18 (0.52%) Nagios
6 12 (0.35%) Control-M
7 11 (0.32%) Tivoli
7 11 (0.32%) WhatsUp Gold
8 8 (0.23%) Cobbler
8 8 (0.23%) BMC PATROL
9 7 (0.20%) collectd
9 7 (0.20%) Kibana
10 6 (0.17%) logstash
10 6 (0.17%) Capistrano
10 6 (0.17%) Cisco CUCM
10 6 (0.17%) OPNET
10 6 (0.17%) Nessus
11 5 (0.14%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 5 (0.14%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 407 (11.79%) Oracle
2 394 (11.41%) Microsoft
3 195 (5.65%) HP
4 166 (4.81%) SAP
5 59 (1.71%) IBM
6 55 (1.59%) Cisco
7 45 (1.30%) Red Hat
8 43 (1.25%) Salesforce.com
9 39 (1.13%) VMware
10 36 (1.04%) Business Objects
11 31 (0.90%) Teradata
12 27 (0.78%) Adobe
13 26 (0.75%) F5
13 26 (0.75%) Zend
14 24 (0.70%) CheckPoint
15 23 (0.67%) Juniper
15 23 (0.67%) Informatica
16 20 (0.58%) Perforce
16 20 (0.58%) McAfee
17 19 (0.55%) Citrix
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