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 29 April 2016 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.

3 months to
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 38 38 24
Rank change year-on-year
0 -14
Contract jobs citing QA 2 5 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 0.63% 1.31% 1.63%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 13.33% 23.81% 11.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 0
Average daily rate £313 £220 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+42.04% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £358 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.89% +2.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £18.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.30 £36.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-47.13% +14.06%
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
15 21 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 4.76% 5.50% 14.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 10 20
Average daily rate £319 £283 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.83% -24.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £195 £164
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £380 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £385 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +4.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £21.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £29.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
+13.79% +48.71%

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 29 April 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Southport - 2 £313 -
QA
North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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 9 (64.29%) Finance
2 5 (35.71%) Stakeholder Management
3 4 (28.57%) Configuration Management
3 4 (28.57%) SharePoint
4 3 (21.43%) Project Management
4 3 (21.43%) Functional Testing
5 2 (14.29%) PuTTY
5 2 (14.29%) WinSCP
5 2 (14.29%) Manual Testing
5 2 (14.29%) Performance Management
5 2 (14.29%) TortoiseSVN
5 2 (14.29%) WebDriver
5 2 (14.29%) Cucumber
5 2 (14.29%) Automated Testing
5 2 (14.29%) Ruby
5 2 (14.29%) Software Testing
5 2 (14.29%) Degree
5 2 (14.29%) JIRA
5 2 (14.29%) CA PPM
5 2 (14.29%) Computer Science
5 2 (14.29%) WATIR
5 2 (14.29%) Selenium
5 2 (14.29%) Business Intelligence
5 2 (14.29%) Java
5 2 (14.29%) PHP
5 2 (14.29%) MySQL
5 2 (14.29%) Ant
5 2 (14.29%) MS Office
5 2 (14.29%) UML
5 2 (14.29%) Validation

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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 4 (28.57%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (14.29%) MS Office
2 1 (7.14%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 2 (14.29%) CA PPM
Communications & Networking
1 2 (14.29%) PuTTY
1 2 (14.29%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (14.29%) MySQL
2 1 (7.14%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (14.29%) Ant
1 2 (14.29%) Cucumber
1 2 (14.29%) JIRA
1 2 (14.29%) JMeter
1 2 (14.29%) Selenium
1 2 (14.29%) TortoiseSVN
1 2 (14.29%) WATIR
1 2 (14.29%) WebDriver
General
1 9 (64.29%) Finance
2 1 (7.14%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 6 (42.86%) Project Manager
2 4 (28.57%) Infrastructure Manager
2 4 (28.57%) Infrastructure Project Manager
3 2 (14.29%) Analyst
3 2 (14.29%) Architect
3 2 (14.29%) Business Intelligence Manager
3 2 (14.29%) Business Intelligence Project Manager
3 2 (14.29%) Chief Architect
3 2 (14.29%) Chief Solutions Architect
3 2 (14.29%) Lead Architect
3 2 (14.29%) Lead Solutions Architect
3 2 (14.29%) QA Engineer
3 2 (14.29%) Senior Architect
3 2 (14.29%) Senior Solutions Architect
3 2 (14.29%) Software QA Engineer
3 2 (14.29%) Software Testing Engineer
3 2 (14.29%) Solutions Architect
3 2 (14.29%) Testing Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) Email Analyst
4 1 (7.14%) SQL Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (7.14%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (14.29%) Computer Science
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (35.71%) Stakeholder Management
2 4 (28.57%) Configuration Management
3 3 (21.43%) Functional Testing
3 3 (21.43%) Project Management
4 2 (14.29%) Automated Testing
4 2 (14.29%) Business Intelligence
4 2 (14.29%) Manual Testing
4 2 (14.29%) Performance Management
4 2 (14.29%) Scrum
4 2 (14.29%) Software Testing
4 2 (14.29%) TOGAF
4 2 (14.29%) UML
4 2 (14.29%) Validation
5 1 (7.14%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (7.14%) Analytics
5 1 (7.14%) Change Control
5 1 (7.14%) Change Management
5 1 (7.14%) Continuous Improvement
5 1 (7.14%) Email Marketing
5 1 (7.14%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (14.29%) Java
1 2 (14.29%) PHP
1 2 (14.29%) Ruby
2 1 (7.14%) C
2 1 (7.14%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (14.29%) Degree
2 1 (7.14%) ISEB
2 1 (7.14%) ISTQB
2 1 (7.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Systems Management
1 1 (7.14%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (14.29%) CA
2 1 (7.14%) HP