The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Merseyside region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 1 September 2015 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
1 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 34 24 32
Rank change year-on-year
-10 +8
Contract jobs citing QA 8 12 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 2.07% 4.90% 1.22%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 27.59% 50.00% 60.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 9 2
Average daily rate
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£105 £325 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-67.69% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £103 £295 £243
10% offered a daily rate of more than £107 £355 £383
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £13.71 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.68 £13.71 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+36.25% -31.45%
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
29 24 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 7.51% 9.80% 2.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 16 3
Average daily rate £613 £363 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+68.96% -9.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £128 £300 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £855 £475 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 0
Average hourly rate £22.50 £26.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.09% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.64 £19.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+9.56% +12.85%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Merseyside

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Merseyside region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Merseyside region over the 3 months to 1 September 2015. 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
Liverpool -8 6 £105 -67.69% 7
Southport - 1 - -
QA
North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Merseyside 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 25 (75.76%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (54.55%) Scrum
3 17 (51.52%) User Acceptance Testing
4 16 (48.48%) Test Automation
4 16 (48.48%) Waterfall
4 16 (48.48%) Test Strategy
4 16 (48.48%) Supplier Management
4 16 (48.48%) ISEB
5 13 (39.39%) Test Scripting
6 12 (36.36%) PRINCE2
7 9 (27.27%) Security Cleared
7 9 (27.27%) Test Planning
8 8 (24.24%) SC Cleared
9 6 (18.18%) E-Commerce
10 5 (15.15%) HTML
10 5 (15.15%) Finance
11 4 (12.12%) SQL
11 4 (12.12%) Continuous Improvement
11 4 (12.12%) Selenium
12 3 (9.09%) iPad
12 3 (9.09%) User Experience
12 3 (9.09%) Oracle
12 3 (9.09%) Project Management
12 3 (9.09%) Retail
13 2 (6.06%) Microsoft
13 2 (6.06%) SOA
13 2 (6.06%) ETL
13 2 (6.06%) Windows
13 2 (6.06%) XML
13 2 (6.06%) CRM

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Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Merseyside 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (3.03%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 2 (6.06%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (6.06%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (3.03%) PaaS
2 1 (3.03%) IaaS
2 1 (3.03%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.03%) MySQL
1 1 (3.03%) SQL Server
1 1 (3.03%) DB2
1 1 (3.03%) Oracle Reports
1 1 (3.03%) RDBMS
1 1 (3.03%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 4 (12.12%) Selenium
2 2 (6.06%) SoapUI
3 1 (3.03%) Calabash
3 1 (3.03%) Selenium IDE
3 1 (3.03%) Appium
3 1 (3.03%) JBehave
3 1 (3.03%) WebDriver
3 1 (3.03%) Cucumber
3 1 (3.03%) Visual Studio
3 1 (3.03%) Bugzilla
3 1 (3.03%) JIRA
General
1 5 (15.15%) Finance
2 3 (9.09%) Retail
3 1 (3.03%) Back Office
3 1 (3.03%) Publishing
3 1 (3.03%) Games
Job Titles
1 9 (27.27%) Test Manager
2 8 (24.24%) Test Leader
3 3 (9.09%) Project Manager
3 3 (9.09%) Analyst
3 3 (9.09%) Agile Project Manager
3 3 (9.09%) Interactive Project Manager
4 2 (6.06%) Architect
4 2 (6.06%) Tester
4 2 (6.06%) Test Engineer
4 2 (6.06%) Support Analyst
4 2 (6.06%) QA Tester
4 2 (6.06%) QA Engineer
5 1 (3.03%) Desktop Analyst
5 1 (3.03%) Business Support Analyst
5 1 (3.03%) QA Analyst
5 1 (3.03%) Server Analyst
5 1 (3.03%) Senior QA Tester
5 1 (3.03%) Quality Analyst
5 1 (3.03%) UAT Test Manager
5 1 (3.03%) Project Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (15.15%) HTML
2 2 (6.06%) .NET
2 2 (6.06%) XML
3 1 (3.03%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (9.09%) iPad
1 3 (9.09%) User Experience
2 1 (3.03%) Hybrid Cloud
2 1 (3.03%) Public Cloud
2 1 (3.03%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2 (6.06%) Windows
2 1 (3.03%) Windows XP
2 1 (3.03%) Windows 8
2 1 (3.03%) Windows Phone
2 1 (3.03%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (75.76%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (54.55%) Scrum
3 17 (51.52%) User Acceptance Testing
4 16 (48.48%) Supplier Management
4 16 (48.48%) Waterfall
4 16 (48.48%) Test Automation
4 16 (48.48%) Test Strategy
5 13 (39.39%) Test Scripting
6 12 (36.36%) PRINCE2
7 9 (27.27%) Test Planning
8 6 (18.18%) E-Commerce
9 4 (12.12%) Continuous Improvement
10 3 (9.09%) Project Management
11 2 (6.06%) CRM
11 2 (6.06%) SOA
11 2 (6.06%) ETL
11 2 (6.06%) Performance Testing
11 2 (6.06%) Load Testing
11 2 (6.06%) Integration Testing
11 2 (6.06%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 4 (12.12%) SQL
2 2 (6.06%) T-SQL
2 2 (6.06%) PL/SQL
3 1 (3.03%) VB
3 1 (3.03%) C
3 1 (3.03%) C#
Qualifications
1 16 (48.48%) ISEB
2 9 (27.27%) Security Cleared
3 8 (24.24%) SC Cleared
4 1 (3.03%) DV Cleared
4 1 (3.03%) PRINCE2 Certification
System Software
1 1 (3.03%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 1 (3.03%) SCCM
Vendors
1 3 (9.09%) Oracle
2 2 (6.06%) Microsoft
3 1 (3.03%) HP
3 1 (3.03%) Citrix
3 1 (3.03%) VMware
3 1 (3.03%) Google
3 1 (3.03%) Rackspace
3 1 (3.03%) Sybase