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 October 2014 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 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 25 32 22
Rank change year-on-year
+7 -10
Contract jobs citing QA 13 2 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 4.89% 0.83% 2.87%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 48.15% 33.33% 60.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 2 4
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£350 £313 £339
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.00% -7.74%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £243 £272
10% offered a daily rate of more than £355 £383 £457
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £13.71 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.34 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-6.62% -12.50%
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
27 6 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 10.15% 2.48% 4.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 4 8
Average daily rate £350 £325 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -23.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £233 £326
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £453 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £375
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Average hourly rate £20.11 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -12.50%

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 October 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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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 +3 10 £350 +12.00%
Wirral - 3 - -
Birkenhead - - - -
Southport - - - -
QA
North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 1 October 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 10 (47.62%) C#
1 10 (47.62%) SQL
1 10 (47.62%) .NET
2 8 (38.10%) SharePoint
2 8 (38.10%) Microsoft
2 8 (38.10%) SQL Server
3 7 (33.33%) HTML
3 7 (33.33%) JavaScript
3 7 (33.33%) jQuery
3 7 (33.33%) Umbraco
3 7 (33.33%) HTML5
4 5 (23.81%) Automation Testing
4 5 (23.81%) .NET Framework
4 5 (23.81%) Selenium
4 5 (23.81%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (23.81%) Oracle
4 5 (23.81%) Internet
5 4 (19.05%) QuickTest Pro
5 4 (19.05%) ISEB
5 4 (19.05%) VBScript
5 4 (19.05%) Java
5 4 (19.05%) TDD
5 4 (19.05%) Automated Testing
5 4 (19.05%) Software Testing
5 4 (19.05%) Degree
5 4 (19.05%) TestComplete
5 4 (19.05%) Load Testing
5 4 (19.05%) Security Testing
5 4 (19.05%) Relational Database
5 4 (19.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification

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Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 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.

Application Platforms
1 8 (38.10%) SharePoint
2 7 (33.33%) Umbraco
3 4 (19.05%) SharePoint 2010
4 1 (4.76%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 2 (9.52%) MS Excel
2 1 (4.76%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (4.76%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 5 (23.81%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (38.10%) SQL Server
2 4 (19.05%) Relational Database
3 2 (9.52%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (4.76%) Big Data
4 1 (4.76%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (4.76%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (4.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (4.76%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (4.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (4.76%) EDMS
4 1 (4.76%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 5 (23.81%) Selenium
2 4 (19.05%) QuickTest Pro
2 4 (19.05%) TestComplete
3 1 (4.76%) WebDriver
General
1 1 (4.76%) Russian Language
1 1 (4.76%) Finance
1 1 (4.76%) Games
Job Titles
1 9 (42.86%) Analyst
2 5 (23.81%) Tester
2 5 (23.81%) Developer
3 4 (19.05%) Test Analyst
3 4 (19.05%) Web Developer
3 4 (19.05%) QA Tester
3 4 (19.05%) QA Test Analyst
3 4 (19.05%) QA Analyst
3 4 (19.05%) Software Test Analyst
4 2 (9.52%) Project Manager
4 2 (9.52%) Service Analyst
4 2 (9.52%) Service Continuity Analyst
5 1 (4.76%) Data Warehouse Manager
5 1 (4.76%) Business Intelligence Project Manager
5 1 (4.76%) Siebel Analyst
5 1 (4.76%) Financial Services Business Analyst
5 1 (4.76%) Business Intelligence Manager
5 1 (4.76%) Financial Business Analyst
5 1 (4.76%) Systems Support
5 1 (4.76%) Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (47.62%) .NET
2 7 (33.33%) HTML
2 7 (33.33%) jQuery
2 7 (33.33%) HTML5
3 5 (23.81%) .NET Framework
4 3 (14.29%) WCF
4 3 (14.29%) ASP.NET
4 3 (14.29%) Web Services
5 2 (9.52%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 5 (23.81%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (9.52%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 2 (9.52%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (23.81%) Automation Testing
2 4 (19.05%) TDD
2 4 (19.05%) Automated Testing
2 4 (19.05%) Software Testing
2 4 (19.05%) Load Testing
2 4 (19.05%) Security Testing
2 4 (19.05%) Line Management
2 4 (19.05%) Test Automation
3 3 (14.29%) Web Development
3 3 (14.29%) Software Engineering
3 3 (14.29%) Systems Analysis
3 3 (14.29%) Content Management
3 3 (14.29%) Change Management
3 3 (14.29%) MVC
4 2 (9.52%) PRINCE2
4 2 (9.52%) Project Management
4 2 (9.52%) Disaster Recovery
4 2 (9.52%) Project Planning
5 1 (4.76%) Mentoring
5 1 (4.76%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 10 (47.62%) C#
1 10 (47.62%) SQL
2 7 (33.33%) JavaScript
3 4 (19.05%) VBScript
3 4 (19.05%) Java
4 1 (4.76%) PowerShell
4 1 (4.76%) PowerHouse
4 1 (4.76%) T-SQL
4 1 (4.76%) VB
4 1 (4.76%) VBA
Qualifications
1 4 (19.05%) ISEB
1 4 (19.05%) Degree
1 4 (19.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (4.76%) PMP
2 1 (4.76%) PMI Certification
Vendors
1 8 (38.10%) Microsoft
2 5 (23.81%) Oracle
3 2 (9.52%) SAP
4 1 (4.76%) MicroStrategy
4 1 (4.76%) Siebel