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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 24 22 22
Rank change year-on-year
-2 0
Contract jobs citing QA 15 5 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 4.46% 2.82% 5.58%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 51.72% 29.41% 75.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 0 12
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£493 - £243
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £21.50 £26.75
% change year-on-year
+72.09% -19.62%
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 17 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 8.63% 9.60% 7.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 9 15
Average daily rate £446 £351 £243
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+27.04% +44.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £78 £82
10% offered a daily rate of more than £509 £475 £248
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +20.00%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in Merseyside

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Merseyside region over the 3 months to 22 May 2015.

QA Daily Rate Histogram 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 22 May 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 15 £493 - 6
QA
North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 11 (45.83%) Scrum
1 11 (45.83%) Test Strategy
2 10 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (41.67%) Test Scripting
2 10 (41.67%) User Acceptance Testing
2 10 (41.67%) ISEB
3 9 (37.50%) Supplier Management
3 9 (37.50%) Waterfall
4 8 (33.33%) Test Automation
4 8 (33.33%) PRINCE2
5 7 (29.17%) Test Planning
6 6 (25.00%) Security Cleared
6 6 (25.00%) Finance
6 6 (25.00%) SC Cleared
7 5 (20.83%) SharePoint
7 5 (20.83%) Microsoft
7 5 (20.83%) Project Management
8 4 (16.67%) CA
8 4 (16.67%) MS Excel
8 4 (16.67%) MS PowerPoint
8 4 (16.67%) Portfolio Management
8 4 (16.67%) Tableau
9 3 (12.50%) MS Office
10 2 (8.33%) PMI
10 2 (8.33%) PMI Certification
10 2 (8.33%) Oracle
10 2 (8.33%) SQL
10 2 (8.33%) E-Commerce
10 2 (8.33%) ISTQB
10 2 (8.33%) Validation

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 5 (20.83%) SharePoint
2 1 (4.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 4 (16.67%) MS Excel
1 4 (16.67%) MS PowerPoint
2 3 (12.50%) MS Office
3 1 (4.17%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.17%) Amazon AWS
Development Applications
1 1 (4.17%) Selenium IDE
1 1 (4.17%) Selenium
General
1 6 (25.00%) Finance
2 2 (8.33%) Retail
3 1 (4.17%) Manufacturing
3 1 (4.17%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 10 (41.67%) Test Manager
2 8 (33.33%) Analyst
3 3 (12.50%) Test Analyst
4 2 (8.33%) PMO Analyst
4 2 (8.33%) Support Analyst
4 2 (8.33%) QA Analyst
4 2 (8.33%) Project Analyst
4 2 (8.33%) PMO Lead
5 1 (4.17%) UAT Manager
5 1 (4.17%) Validation Engineer
5 1 (4.17%) Server Support Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Project Support Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) QA Test Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Desktop Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Business Support Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Server Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Desktop Support Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) UAT Test Manager
5 1 (4.17%) Quality Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Technical Architect
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.33%) PMI
2 1 (4.17%) Biotechnology
2 1 (4.17%) Video Conferencing
2 1 (4.17%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.17%) Windows XP
1 1 (4.17%) UNIX
1 1 (4.17%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (45.83%) Scrum
1 11 (45.83%) Test Strategy
2 10 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (41.67%) Test Scripting
2 10 (41.67%) User Acceptance Testing
3 9 (37.50%) Supplier Management
3 9 (37.50%) Waterfall
4 8 (33.33%) Test Automation
4 8 (33.33%) PRINCE2
5 7 (29.17%) Test Planning
6 5 (20.83%) Project Management
7 4 (16.67%) Portfolio Management
8 2 (8.33%) E-Commerce
8 2 (8.33%) Validation
8 2 (8.33%) Continuous Improvement
9 1 (4.17%) Agile Testing
9 1 (4.17%) User Stories
9 1 (4.17%) Change Control
9 1 (4.17%) TDD
9 1 (4.17%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (8.33%) SQL
2 1 (4.17%) VB
2 1 (4.17%) Java
2 1 (4.17%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (41.67%) ISEB
2 6 (25.00%) Security Cleared
2 6 (25.00%) SC Cleared
3 2 (8.33%) PMI Certification
3 2 (8.33%) ISTQB
4 1 (4.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (4.17%) DV Cleared
4 1 (4.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
System Software
1 1 (4.17%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 1 (4.17%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (4.17%) SCCM
Vendors
1 5 (20.83%) Microsoft
2 4 (16.67%) CA
2 4 (16.67%) Tableau
3 2 (8.33%) Oracle
4 1 (4.17%) HP
4 1 (4.17%) Citrix
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