The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Watford region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 11 February 2016 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
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 13 15 -
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -
Contract jobs citing QA 10 6 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Watford 10.64% 5.56% -
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 90.91% 50.00% -
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 0
Average daily rate £450 £525 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.28% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.50 £32.22 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+22.59% +74.16%
QA
Hertfordshire

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Quality Assurance & Compliance category in contract jobs advertised in the Watford region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Watford
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
11 12 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Watford 11.70% 11.11% 0.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 4 0
Average daily rate £450 £400 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Average hourly rate £14.50 £13.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.40% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.50 £23.25 £17.08
% change year-on-year
+82.79% +36.16%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Watford

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Watford region as a proportion of the total demand within the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Watford

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Watford

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing QA across the Watford region.

QA Daily Rate Trend in Watford

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in Watford

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Watford region.

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Watford

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Watford

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Watford region 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 14 (93.33%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (80.00%) SQL
2 12 (80.00%) XML
2 12 (80.00%) Retail
2 12 (80.00%) Continuous Integration
2 12 (80.00%) Selenium
2 12 (80.00%) Test Automation
2 12 (80.00%) RESTful
2 12 (80.00%) Coaching
3 11 (73.33%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (73.33%) WebDriver
3 11 (73.33%) Magento
3 11 (73.33%) Subversion
3 11 (73.33%) HTML
3 11 (73.33%) JavaScript
3 11 (73.33%) TDD
4 10 (66.67%) Unix
4 10 (66.67%) DB2
4 10 (66.67%) Document Management
4 10 (66.67%) Automated Testing
4 10 (66.67%) Test Scripting
5 9 (60.00%) PHPUnit
5 9 (60.00%) BDD
5 9 (60.00%) PHP
6 6 (40.00%) Flash
6 6 (40.00%) DbVisualizer
6 6 (40.00%) Behat
6 6 (40.00%) System Testing
7 5 (33.33%) User Stories
7 5 (33.33%) Git (software)

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Watford by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Watford region 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.

Business Applications
1 11 (73.33%) Magento
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (66.67%) DB2
2 6 (40.00%) DbVisualizer
3 2 (13.33%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 12 (80.00%) Selenium
2 11 (73.33%) Subversion
2 11 (73.33%) WebDriver
3 9 (60.00%) PHPUnit
4 5 (33.33%) Appium
4 5 (33.33%) Git (software)
5 3 (20.00%) Cucumber
5 3 (20.00%) JIRA
5 3 (20.00%) Protractor
6 1 (6.67%) Jenkins
6 1 (6.67%) Maven
General
1 12 (80.00%) Retail
2 2 (13.33%) Back Office
3 1 (6.67%) Finance
Job Titles
1 11 (73.33%) Automation Tester
1 11 (73.33%) Selenium Tester
1 11 (73.33%) Tester
2 10 (66.67%) Web Tester
3 2 (13.33%) .NET Developer
3 2 (13.33%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
3 2 (13.33%) C# .NET Developer
3 2 (13.33%) C# Developer
3 2 (13.33%) Developer
3 2 (13.33%) SQL Developer
4 1 (6.67%) Automation Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) E-Commerce Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Governance Manager
4 1 (6.67%) PMO Manager
4 1 (6.67%) Professional Services Manager
4 1 (6.67%) QA Automation Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) QA Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Services Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (80.00%) RESTful
1 12 (80.00%) XML
2 11 (73.33%) HTML
3 6 (40.00%) Behat
3 6 (40.00%) Flash
4 3 (20.00%) Gherkin
4 3 (20.00%) J2EE
5 2 (13.33%) .NET
5 2 (13.33%) .NET Framework
5 2 (13.33%) ASP.NET Web API
5 2 (13.33%) JSON
5 2 (13.33%) Web Services
5 2 (13.33%) XSLT
6 1 (6.67%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 11 (73.33%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (13.33%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 10 (66.67%) Unix
2 2 (13.33%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (93.33%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (80.00%) Coaching
2 12 (80.00%) Continuous Integration
2 12 (80.00%) Test Automation
3 11 (73.33%) TDD
4 10 (66.67%) Automated Testing
4 10 (66.67%) Document Management
4 10 (66.67%) Test Scripting
5 9 (60.00%) BDD
6 6 (40.00%) System Testing
7 5 (33.33%) Re-Platforming
7 5 (33.33%) User Stories
8 3 (20.00%) E-Commerce
9 2 (13.33%) MVC
9 2 (13.33%) Scrum
9 2 (13.33%) SDLC
9 2 (13.33%) User Acceptance Testing
10 1 (6.67%) Mentoring
10 1 (6.67%) Project Management
10 1 (6.67%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 12 (80.00%) SQL
2 11 (73.33%) JavaScript
3 9 (60.00%) PHP
4 3 (20.00%) Java
5 2 (13.33%) C#
Qualifications
1 1 (6.67%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Vendors
1 2 (13.33%) Microsoft