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 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 55 64 52
Rank change year-on-year
+9 -12
Contract jobs citing QA 1853 1475 1815
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 3.28% 2.80% 3.14%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 41.50% 38.17% 39.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 1207 953 1106
Average daily rate
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£379 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.25% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £244 £259 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £558 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
- +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 16 25
Average hourly rate £18.38 £37.50 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-51.00% +74.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.80 £13.08 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £67.50 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.71 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-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
4465 3864 4570
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.89% 7.33% 7.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 2707 2272 2485
Average daily rate £400 £425 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.88% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £263 £243
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £625 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £360
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 203 162 250
Average hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.42% -12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £37.50 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.75 £17.50 £21.25
% change year-on-year
+12.85% -17.64%

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 August 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 29 August 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 29 August 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 +13 1725 £380 -5.00% 577
London +2 938 £420 -1.17% 271
South East +23 292 £340 -6.84% 95
City of London 0 189 £450 +4.65% 75
Yorkshire +21 83 £320 -3.03% 30
West Midlands +28 81 £288 -24.83% 32
Berkshire +28 80 £375 +2.73% 22
East of England -14 74 £368 +8.88% 44
South West +2 67 £375 +20.96% 18
North West -9 66 £350 +9.71% 54
West Yorkshire +15 61 £325 +1.56% 14
Hampshire +2 61 £335 -16.25% 22
Scotland -13 61 £400 +14.28% 20
East Midlands +15 56 £350 +11.91% 15
North East +16 51 £360 +2.85% 18
Buckinghamshire +13 51 £280 -12.50% 11
Birmingham +25 41 £238 -43.28% 13
Leeds +14 38 £320 -22.42% 9
Newcastle upon Tyne +7 37 £379 - 15
Tyne and Wear +6 37 £379 - 15
Surrey +2 33 £355 -11.25% 25
Milton Keynes +12 29 £326 +17.04% 6
East Sussex +15 28 £350 +16.66% 4
Manchester -9 25 £346 +41.32% 30
Edinburgh -15 25 £468 +36.00% 13
Brighton +10 24 £350 +16.66% 3
Glasgow +3 24 £323 +29.00% 4
Hertfordshire -4 24 £365 -8.75% 11
Slough +17 22 £375 +82.92% 5
Wales +5 22 £350 +19.65% 8

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 August 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.

1 839 (23.68%) SQL
2 769 (21.70%) Finance
3 727 (20.52%) Agile Software Development
4 638 (18.01%) Java
5 518 (14.62%) Scrum
6 481 (13.58%) Microsoft
7 478 (13.49%) Project Management
8 472 (13.32%) Selenium
9 444 (12.53%) TDD
10 430 (12.14%) Oracle
11 395 (11.15%) C#
12 394 (11.12%) .NET
13 376 (10.61%) User Acceptance Testing
14 367 (10.36%) JavaScript
15 355 (10.02%) Test Scripting
16 347 (9.79%) Test Automation
17 345 (9.74%) Banking
18 341 (9.62%) Web Services
19 336 (9.48%) HTML
20 334 (9.43%) MS Excel
20 334 (9.43%) BDD
21 327 (9.23%) Degree
22 317 (8.95%) XML
23 302 (8.52%) Windows
24 300 (8.47%) SQL Server
25 299 (8.44%) Cucumber
26 265 (7.48%) Continuous Integration
27 252 (7.11%) Security Cleared
28 247 (6.97%) ISEB
29 244 (6.89%) Automated Testing

QA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 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
1 153 (4.32%) SharePoint
2 82 (2.31%) CMS
3 69 (1.95%) IIS
4 65 (1.83%) Apache
5 50 (1.41%) WebLogic
6 44 (1.24%) WebSphere
7 40 (1.13%) Node.js
8 37 (1.04%) Tomcat
9 25 (0.71%) Confluence
10 20 (0.56%) IBM Notes
11 18 (0.51%) Oracle Workflow
11 18 (0.51%) SharePoint 2013
12 17 (0.48%) MS Exchange
13 16 (0.45%) WebSphere Application Server
14 15 (0.42%) MS Project Server
14 15 (0.42%) SharePoint 2010
15 14 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2013
15 14 (0.40%) Lync
15 14 (0.40%) SAS
16 12 (0.34%) Umbraco
Applications
1 334 (9.43%) MS Excel
2 207 (5.84%) MS Office
3 115 (3.25%) MS Project
4 92 (2.60%) MS PowerPoint
5 78 (2.20%) MS Visio
6 23 (0.65%) Photoshop
7 16 (0.45%) Spreadsheet
8 5 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
8 5 (0.14%) Fireworks
8 5 (0.14%) AutoCAD
9 3 (0.085%) Windchill
9 3 (0.085%) Final Cut Pro
10 2 (0.056%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.028%) RoboHelp
11 1 (0.028%) Stata
11 1 (0.028%) PowerPivot
11 1 (0.028%) Adobe After Effects
11 1 (0.028%) Blender
Business Applications
1 41 (1.16%) Dynamics CRM
2 34 (0.96%) Oracle EBS
2 34 (0.96%) Oracle EBS R12
3 33 (0.93%) Oracle Applications
4 32 (0.90%) Oracle General Ledger
4 32 (0.90%) Oracle Payables
5 29 (0.82%) Oracle Receivables
6 24 (0.68%) Dynamics AX
7 18 (0.51%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 17 (0.48%) Oracle Assets
9 15 (0.42%) SAP HR
9 15 (0.42%) WebTrends
10 9 (0.25%) Oracle BPM
10 9 (0.25%) SAP HCM
11 8 (0.23%) Oracle Financials
12 6 (0.17%) Summit
12 6 (0.17%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
13 4 (0.11%) IntelliMatch
13 4 (0.11%) SAP ERP
13 4 (0.11%) SunGard GMI
Cloud Services
1 33 (0.93%) SaaS
2 29 (0.82%) Amazon AWS
3 28 (0.79%) Office 365
4 23 (0.65%) Amazon EC2
5 22 (0.62%) PaaS
6 20 (0.56%) Amazon S3
7 19 (0.54%) Route 53
8 18 (0.51%) GitHub
8 18 (0.51%) Amazon ELB
9 14 (0.40%) Microsoft Azure
10 6 (0.17%) Cloud Computing
11 3 (0.085%) Heroku
11 3 (0.085%) IaaS
11 3 (0.085%) OpenShift
12 2 (0.056%) Responsys
12 2 (0.056%) SuccessFactors
13 1 (0.028%) Basecamp
13 1 (0.028%) Amazon SQS
13 1 (0.028%) CloudFront
13 1 (0.028%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 98 (2.77%) Internet
2 64 (1.81%) TCP/IP
3 63 (1.78%) Firewall
4 57 (1.61%) HTTP
5 47 (1.33%) DNS
6 35 (0.99%) WAN
7 34 (0.96%) LAN
8 26 (0.73%) SSL
9 24 (0.68%) DHCP
10 23 (0.65%) SAN
11 22 (0.62%) Network Security
12 18 (0.51%) 3G
12 18 (0.51%) Wireless
13 17 (0.48%) 2G
13 17 (0.48%) LDAP
13 17 (0.48%) 4G
14 16 (0.45%) Cisco IOS
14 16 (0.45%) SNMP
14 16 (0.45%) Intranet
15 14 (0.40%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 300 (8.47%) SQL Server
2 132 (3.73%) Data Warehouse
3 103 (2.91%) Oracle Database
4 98 (2.77%) Relational Database
5 87 (2.46%) MySQL
6 85 (2.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 73 (2.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 57 (1.61%) SQL Server 2008
9 47 (1.33%) NoSQL
10 46 (1.30%) Oracle Reports
11 44 (1.24%) Oracle Database 11g
12 34 (0.96%) QlikView
12 34 (0.96%) MongoDB
13 30 (0.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 29 (0.82%) Oracle ODI
15 28 (0.79%) SQL Server 2005
16 25 (0.71%) DB2
17 20 (0.56%) Big Data
18 18 (0.51%) OLAP
18 18 (0.51%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 472 (13.32%) Selenium
2 299 (8.44%) Cucumber
3 195 (5.50%) JIRA
4 167 (4.71%) WebDriver
5 156 (4.40%) Jenkins
6 135 (3.81%) Team Foundation Server
7 122 (3.44%) Visual Studio
8 119 (3.36%) QuickTest Pro
9 109 (3.08%) Maven
10 107 (3.02%) Git (software)
11 103 (2.91%) JUnit
12 87 (2.46%) Subversion
13 72 (2.03%) SpecFlow
14 71 (2.00%) SoapUI
15 70 (1.98%) FitNesse
16 62 (1.75%) LoadRunner
17 53 (1.50%) Hudson
18 48 (1.35%) WATIR
19 46 (1.30%) TeamCity
20 42 (1.19%) JMeter
General
1 769 (21.70%) Finance
2 345 (9.74%) Banking
3 157 (4.43%) Investment Banking
4 151 (4.26%) Retail
5 100 (2.82%) Marketing
6 96 (2.71%) Telecoms
7 89 (2.51%) Publishing
8 71 (2.00%) Games
9 61 (1.72%) Legal
10 55 (1.55%) Front Office
11 54 (1.52%) Back Office
12 35 (0.99%) Retail Banking
13 33 (0.93%) Automotive
13 33 (0.93%) Advertising
14 32 (0.90%) Manufacturing
15 31 (0.87%) Billing
16 28 (0.79%) Pharmaceutical
17 22 (0.62%) Financial Institution
18 19 (0.54%) General Ledger
19 15 (0.42%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 847 (23.91%) Analyst
2 678 (19.14%) Developer
3 389 (10.98%) Tester
4 357 (10.08%) Test Analyst
5 210 (5.93%) Project Manager
6 205 (5.79%) Business Analyst
7 173 (4.88%) QA Tester
8 167 (4.71%) QA Analyst
9 157 (4.43%) QA Engineer
10 150 (4.23%) Consultant
11 119 (3.36%) Test Engineer
12 108 (3.05%) Test Manager
13 102 (2.88%) Architect
14 100 (2.82%) Senior Analyst
14 100 (2.82%) Java Developer
15 88 (2.48%) Senior Developer
16 81 (2.29%) Automation Tester
17 68 (1.92%) QA Manager
18 67 (1.89%) Test Leader
19 61 (1.72%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 394 (11.12%) .NET
2 341 (9.62%) Web Services
3 336 (9.48%) HTML
4 317 (8.95%) XML
5 221 (6.24%) CSS
6 149 (4.21%) jQuery
7 136 (3.84%) HTML5
8 134 (3.78%) ASP.NET
9 127 (3.58%) REST
10 124 (3.50%) SOAP
11 112 (3.16%) JSON
12 100 (2.82%) Spring
13 82 (2.31%) WCF
13 82 (2.31%) CSS3
14 79 (2.23%) Ajax
15 72 (2.03%) J2EE
16 70 (1.98%) Hibernate
17 69 (1.95%) XSLT
18 65 (1.83%) AngularJS
19 59 (1.67%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 171 (4.83%) Open Source
2 137 (3.87%) Management Information System
3 130 (3.67%) Computer Science
4 125 (3.53%) Mobile App
5 68 (1.92%) Enterprise Software
6 53 (1.50%) Derivative
7 52 (1.47%) Client/Server
8 44 (1.24%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 41 (1.16%) iPad
10 39 (1.10%) Data Integration
10 39 (1.10%) NHS
11 35 (0.99%) Online Games
12 33 (0.93%) Social Media
13 32 (0.90%) Fixed Income
14 27 (0.76%) PMI
15 24 (0.68%) Equities
16 23 (0.65%) Digital Media
17 22 (0.62%) iPhone
18 21 (0.59%) Market Risk
19 20 (0.56%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 302 (8.52%) Windows
2 204 (5.76%) UNIX
3 203 (5.73%) Linux
4 127 (3.58%) Android
5 107 (3.02%) Apple iOS
6 63 (1.78%) Windows 7
7 49 (1.38%) Windows Server 2008
8 34 (0.96%) Windows Server 2003
9 29 (0.82%) CentOS
10 27 (0.76%) Windows Server 2012
11 19 (0.54%) Windows XP
12 13 (0.37%) AIX
12 13 (0.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 13 (0.37%) Windows 8
13 10 (0.28%) Solaris
14 8 (0.23%) VMS
15 7 (0.20%) Windows Phone
16 6 (0.17%) Windows NT
16 6 (0.17%) Windows 2000
17 5 (0.14%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 727 (20.52%) Agile Software Development
2 518 (14.62%) Scrum
3 478 (13.49%) Project Management
4 444 (12.53%) TDD
5 376 (10.61%) User Acceptance Testing
6 355 (10.02%) Test Scripting
7 347 (9.79%) Test Automation
8 334 (9.43%) BDD
9 265 (7.48%) Continuous Integration
10 244 (6.89%) Automated Testing
11 225 (6.35%) Software Testing
11 225 (6.35%) E-Commerce
12 224 (6.32%) Migration
13 194 (5.48%) OO
14 189 (5.33%) Stakeholder Management
15 178 (5.02%) Unit Testing
16 172 (4.85%) PRINCE2
17 170 (4.80%) Regression Testing
18 169 (4.77%) Test Strategy
19 167 (4.71%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 839 (23.68%) SQL
2 638 (18.01%) Java
3 395 (11.15%) C#
4 367 (10.36%) JavaScript
5 195 (5.50%) Ruby
6 126 (3.56%) PHP
7 100 (2.82%) PL/SQL
8 93 (2.62%) Python
9 88 (2.48%) T-SQL
10 78 (2.20%) Shell Script
10 78 (2.20%) VBA
11 75 (2.12%) VB
12 68 (1.92%) PowerShell
13 60 (1.69%) VBScript
14 55 (1.55%) Perl
15 53 (1.50%) C++
16 42 (1.19%) C
17 29 (0.82%) Groovy
18 27 (0.76%) Scala
19 16 (0.45%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 327 (9.23%) Degree
2 252 (7.11%) Security Cleared
3 247 (6.97%) ISEB
4 198 (5.59%) ISTQB
5 176 (4.97%) SC Cleared
6 90 (2.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 63 (1.78%) DV Cleared
8 44 (1.24%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 38 (1.07%) PMI Certification
10 30 (0.85%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 30 (0.85%) ITIL Certification
11 29 (0.82%) Cisco Certification
12 23 (0.65%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 22 (0.62%) Microsoft Certification
13 22 (0.62%) MOS
14 21 (0.59%) CISSP
15 20 (0.56%) PMP
16 18 (0.51%) CCNP
17 17 (0.48%) CCNA
17 17 (0.48%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (0.96%) SLA
2 26 (0.73%) ISO 9001
3 24 (0.68%) Data Quality
4 20 (0.56%) P3O
4 20 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 18 (0.51%) ISO 9000
6 12 (0.34%) GxP
7 11 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 9 (0.25%) ISO 14001
8 9 (0.25%) Solvency II
9 8 (0.23%) Basel III
9 8 (0.23%) EMIR
10 7 (0.20%) PCI DSS
10 7 (0.20%) Dodd-Frank
11 6 (0.17%) CRD IV
11 6 (0.17%) JSP 440
11 6 (0.17%) 21 CFR Part 11
11 6 (0.17%) GMP
12 4 (0.11%) Basel II
12 4 (0.11%) FATCA
System Software
1 76 (2.15%) Active Directory
2 22 (0.62%) Microsoft App-V
3 20 (0.56%) VMware Infrastructure
4 19 (0.54%) vSphere
5 16 (0.45%) Hyper-V
6 12 (0.34%) VMware ESXi
7 9 (0.25%) XenDesktop
8 7 (0.20%) NFS
8 7 (0.20%) Squid
8 7 (0.20%) qmail
8 7 (0.20%) XenApp
9 4 (0.11%) Nmap
10 3 (0.085%) Oracle RAC
10 3 (0.085%) vCloud
11 2 (0.056%) Docker
11 2 (0.056%) VMware ESX
11 2 (0.056%) VMware Workstation
11 2 (0.056%) Oracle RMAN
11 2 (0.056%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
11 2 (0.056%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 209 (5.90%) HP Quality Center
2 41 (1.16%) Puppet
3 37 (1.04%) SCCM
4 24 (0.68%) Vagrant
5 16 (0.45%) Tivoli
6 13 (0.37%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 11 (0.31%) BMC PATROL
7 11 (0.31%) Opscode Chef
8 8 (0.23%) Nagios
9 7 (0.20%) WhatsUp Gold
10 6 (0.17%) Netcool/Webtop
10 6 (0.17%) Control-M
10 6 (0.17%) Netcool
10 6 (0.17%) Netcool/OMNIbus
10 6 (0.17%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 5 (0.14%) Nessus
11 5 (0.14%) CA LISA
11 5 (0.14%) Capistrano
12 4 (0.11%) SCOM
12 4 (0.11%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 481 (13.58%) Microsoft
2 430 (12.14%) Oracle
3 243 (6.86%) HP
4 169 (4.77%) SAP
5 55 (1.55%) JBoss
6 52 (1.47%) Cisco
7 45 (1.27%) IBM
8 40 (1.13%) Salesforce.com
9 39 (1.10%) Red Hat
10 37 (1.04%) Citrix
11 36 (1.02%) Zend
12 32 (0.90%) VMware
13 29 (0.82%) Business Objects
14 26 (0.73%) Sybase
15 25 (0.71%) Adobe
16 21 (0.59%) Juniper
16 21 (0.59%) Informatica
16 21 (0.59%) Lotus
16 21 (0.59%) CheckPoint
16 21 (0.59%) Teradata
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