The first table below looks at the demand 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 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category for the Merseyside region.

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 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 24 29 29
Rank change year-on-year
+5 0
Contract jobs citing QA 5 3 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 2.28% 1.24% 2.40%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 33.33% 75.00% 41.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 4
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£325 £313 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% +4.16%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £13.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+22.22% -46.00%
Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Merseyside
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
15 4 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 6.85% 1.66% 5.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 2 6
Average daily rate £425 £313 £247
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+36.00% +26.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £360 £243 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £383 £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 2
Average hourly rate £28.00 - £16.32
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.80 - £16.17
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.20 - £16.46
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.10 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+14.87% -12.50%
QA
North West

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

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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

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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

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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 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
Liverpool 0 4 - - 2
Southport - - - -
Birkenhead - - - - 1
QA
North West

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, 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 5 (62.50%) Selenium
1 5 (62.50%) Automation Testing
2 4 (50.00%) Relational Database
2 4 (50.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 4 (50.00%) Test Automation
2 4 (50.00%) QuickTest Pro
2 4 (50.00%) SQL
2 4 (50.00%) ISEB
2 4 (50.00%) TDD
2 4 (50.00%) Automated Testing
2 4 (50.00%) Software Testing
2 4 (50.00%) Load Testing
2 4 (50.00%) Security Testing
2 4 (50.00%) TestComplete
3 2 (25.00%) Project Planning
3 2 (25.00%) MS Excel
3 2 (25.00%) Project Management
4 1 (12.50%) PowerHouse
4 1 (12.50%) Change Management
4 1 (12.50%) Finance
4 1 (12.50%) Games
4 1 (12.50%) MS Visio
4 1 (12.50%) Business Intelligence
4 1 (12.50%) Microsoft
4 1 (12.50%) PMP
4 1 (12.50%) PMI Certification
4 1 (12.50%) .NET
4 1 (12.50%) PRINCE2
4 1 (12.50%) Degree
4 1 (12.50%) Russian Language

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Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, 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.

Applications
1 2 (25.00%) MS Excel
2 1 (12.50%) MS Visio
2 1 (12.50%) MS PowerPoint
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (50.00%) Relational Database
2 1 (12.50%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 5 (62.50%) Selenium
2 4 (50.00%) QuickTest Pro
2 4 (50.00%) TestComplete
3 1 (12.50%) WebDriver
General
1 1 (12.50%) Finance
1 1 (12.50%) Games
1 1 (12.50%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 5 (62.50%) Tester
1 5 (62.50%) Analyst
2 4 (50.00%) Test Analyst
2 4 (50.00%) QA Tester
2 4 (50.00%) QA Test Analyst
2 4 (50.00%) QA Analyst
2 4 (50.00%) Software Test Analyst
3 2 (25.00%) Project Manager
4 1 (12.50%) Business Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) Project Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) Financial Services Business Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) Financial Business Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) Business Intelligence Project Manager
4 1 (12.50%) Business Intelligence Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (12.50%) .NET
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (62.50%) Automation Testing
2 4 (50.00%) Test Automation
2 4 (50.00%) TDD
2 4 (50.00%) Automated Testing
2 4 (50.00%) Software Testing
2 4 (50.00%) Load Testing
2 4 (50.00%) Security Testing
3 2 (25.00%) Project Planning
3 2 (25.00%) Project Management
4 1 (12.50%) Change Management
4 1 (12.50%) Business Intelligence
4 1 (12.50%) PRINCE2
4 1 (12.50%) Business Analysis
4 1 (12.50%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (12.50%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 4 (50.00%) SQL
2 1 (12.50%) PowerHouse
2 1 (12.50%) PowerShell
2 1 (12.50%) C#
Qualifications
1 4 (50.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
1 4 (50.00%) ISEB
2 1 (12.50%) PMP
2 1 (12.50%) PMI Certification
2 1 (12.50%) Degree
Vendors
1 1 (12.50%) Microsoft