The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Merseyside region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 25 September 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
25 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 27 32 22
Rank change year-on-year
+5 -10
Contract jobs citing QA 10 11 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 3.22% 2.84% 5.43%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 29.41% 32.35% 46.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 4 9
Median daily rate £331 £210 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+57.73% -40.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £306 £104 £295
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £409 £355
UK excluding London median daily rate £386 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £13.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £23.00 £17.55
% change year-on-year
-39.13% +31.09%
QA
North West

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 Merseyside region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Merseyside
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
34 34 30
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 10.93% 8.76% 11.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 17 20
Median daily rate £350 £800 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-56.25% +113.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £293 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £514 £855 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £376
% change year-on-year
-3.03% +9.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 2
Median hourly rate £8.93 £22.50 £20.11
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-60.31% +11.91%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.41 £30.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +50.00%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Merseyside

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Merseyside region citing QA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Merseyside

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Merseyside

QA
Contract Job Locations in Merseyside

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Merseyside region over the 3 months to 25 September 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Southport -4 7 £350 +12.00% 1
Liverpool +3 3 £300 +179.06% 3
QA
North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 25 September 2016, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Merseyside region with a requirement for QA.

1 10 (71.43%) Software Testing
2 9 (64.29%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (57.14%) Cucumber
3 8 (57.14%) JIRA
3 8 (57.14%) Ruby
4 5 (35.71%) Continuous Integration
4 5 (35.71%) Git (software)
4 5 (35.71%) Finance
4 5 (35.71%) BDD
4 5 (35.71%) Gherkin
4 5 (35.71%) Continuous Delivery
4 5 (35.71%) Jenkins
5 4 (28.57%) SDLC
5 4 (28.57%) Functional Testing
5 4 (28.57%) Scrum
6 3 (21.43%) JMeter
6 3 (21.43%) Java
6 3 (21.43%) PHP
6 3 (21.43%) SQL
6 3 (21.43%) MySQL
6 3 (21.43%) Ant
6 3 (21.43%) XML
6 3 (21.43%) Siebel
6 3 (21.43%) Validation
6 3 (21.43%) Automated Testing
6 3 (21.43%) TortoiseSVN
6 3 (21.43%) WebDriver
6 3 (21.43%) Manual Testing
6 3 (21.43%) Performance Management
6 3 (21.43%) Degree

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Communications & Networking
1 3 (21.43%) PuTTY
1 3 (21.43%) WinSCP
2 2 (14.29%) FTP
2 2 (14.29%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (21.43%) MySQL
2 2 (14.29%) Oracle BI Publisher
2 2 (14.29%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (7.14%) DTS
3 1 (7.14%) SQL Server
3 1 (7.14%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (7.14%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (7.14%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (7.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (7.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 8 (57.14%) Cucumber
1 8 (57.14%) JIRA
2 5 (35.71%) Git (software)
2 5 (35.71%) Jenkins
3 3 (21.43%) Ant
3 3 (21.43%) JMeter
3 3 (21.43%) Selenium
3 3 (21.43%) TortoiseSVN
3 3 (21.43%) WATIR
3 3 (21.43%) WebDriver
General
1 5 (35.71%) Finance
2 1 (7.14%) Banking
2 1 (7.14%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 4 (28.57%) QA Engineer
2 3 (21.43%) Analyst
3 2 (14.29%) Automation Specialist
3 2 (14.29%) Business Analyst
3 2 (14.29%) Developer
3 2 (14.29%) QA Specialist
3 2 (14.29%) Software QA Engineer
3 2 (14.29%) Software Testing Engineer
3 2 (14.29%) Tester
3 2 (14.29%) Testing Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) Automation Developer
4 1 (7.14%) Automation Tester
4 1 (7.14%) Finance Business Analyst
4 1 (7.14%) QA Automation Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) QA Automation Tester
4 1 (7.14%) QA Tester
4 1 (7.14%) Service Analyst
4 1 (7.14%) SQL Developer
4 1 (7.14%) Test Analyst
4 1 (7.14%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (35.71%) Gherkin
2 3 (21.43%) XML
3 2 (14.29%) Web Services
4 1 (7.14%) .NET
4 1 (7.14%) WebCenter
Miscellaneous
1 9 (64.29%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (21.43%) Computer Science
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (71.43%) Software Testing
2 5 (35.71%) BDD
2 5 (35.71%) Continuous Delivery
2 5 (35.71%) Continuous Integration
3 4 (28.57%) Functional Testing
3 4 (28.57%) Scrum
3 4 (28.57%) SDLC
4 3 (21.43%) Automated Testing
4 3 (21.43%) Manual Testing
4 3 (21.43%) Performance Management
4 3 (21.43%) Validation
5 2 (14.29%) Analytics
5 2 (14.29%) Business Intelligence
5 2 (14.29%) EAI
5 2 (14.29%) Line Management
5 2 (14.29%) Systems Analysis
5 2 (14.29%) Unit Testing
5 2 (14.29%) Use Case
5 2 (14.29%) User Stories
5 2 (14.29%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 8 (57.14%) Ruby
2 3 (21.43%) Java
2 3 (21.43%) PHP
2 3 (21.43%) SQL
3 2 (14.29%) STATISTICA Visual Basic
4 1 (7.14%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (21.43%) Degree
1 3 (21.43%) SC Cleared
1 3 (21.43%) Security Cleared
2 2 (14.29%) Siebel Certification
Vendors
1 3 (21.43%) Siebel
2 2 (14.29%) Oracle
3 1 (7.14%) IBM