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 3 July 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 15 18 27
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +9
Contract jobs citing QA 25 8 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 6.78% 4.32% 1.96%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 56.82% 66.67% 100.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 1 3
Average daily rate
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£500 £325 £248
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+53.84% +31.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £435 £325 £244
10% offered a daily rate of more than £680 £325 £298
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.25 £19.50 £16.75
% change year-on-year
+91.02% +16.41%
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
44 12 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 11.92% 6.49% 1.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 3 3
Average daily rate £500 £438 £248
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +76.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £351 £355 £244
10% offered a daily rate of more than £855 £450 £298
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.73% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £29.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.15 £20.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+3.14% +10.81%

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 3 July 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 3 July 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 +7 24 £500 - 3
Southport - 1 - - 4
QA
North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 21 (67.74%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (61.29%) Scrum
3 18 (58.06%) User Acceptance Testing
4 17 (54.84%) ISEB
4 17 (54.84%) Test Strategy
5 16 (51.61%) Waterfall
5 16 (51.61%) Supplier Management
6 15 (48.39%) Test Automation
7 14 (45.16%) Test Scripting
8 12 (38.71%) PRINCE2
9 10 (32.26%) Test Planning
10 9 (29.03%) Security Cleared
11 8 (25.81%) SC Cleared
12 5 (16.13%) Continuous Improvement
13 3 (9.68%) Selenium
13 3 (9.68%) Retail
13 3 (9.68%) Oracle
13 3 (9.68%) MS Office
13 3 (9.68%) SQL
13 3 (9.68%) E-Commerce
14 2 (6.45%) Windows
14 2 (6.45%) CRM
14 2 (6.45%) SOA
14 2 (6.45%) PL/SQL
14 2 (6.45%) Finance
14 2 (6.45%) Validation
14 2 (6.45%) Agile Testing
14 2 (6.45%) System Integration Testing
14 2 (6.45%) User Stories
14 2 (6.45%) Integration Testing

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Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 (3.23%) SharePoint
1 1 (3.23%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 3 (9.68%) MS Office
2 1 (3.23%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.23%) Amazon AWS
Development Applications
1 3 (9.68%) Selenium
2 1 (3.23%) JBehave
2 1 (3.23%) WebDriver
2 1 (3.23%) Cucumber
2 1 (3.23%) Calabash
2 1 (3.23%) Selenium IDE
2 1 (3.23%) Appium
2 1 (3.23%) Visual Studio
2 1 (3.23%) JIRA
General
1 3 (9.68%) Retail
2 2 (6.45%) Finance
3 1 (3.23%) Manufacturing
3 1 (3.23%) Publishing
3 1 (3.23%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (3.23%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 10 (32.26%) Test Manager
2 8 (25.81%) Test Leader
3 5 (16.13%) Analyst
4 2 (6.45%) Support Analyst
4 2 (6.45%) Project Analyst
4 2 (6.45%) Test Analyst
4 2 (6.45%) Architect
4 2 (6.45%) Tester
4 2 (6.45%) QA Tester
5 1 (3.23%) Project Support Analyst
5 1 (3.23%) Desktop Analyst
5 1 (3.23%) Business Support Analyst
5 1 (3.23%) QA Analyst
5 1 (3.23%) Server Analyst
5 1 (3.23%) Senior QA Tester
5 1 (3.23%) Quality Analyst
5 1 (3.23%) UAT Test Manager
5 1 (3.23%) Desktop Support
5 1 (3.23%) Developer
5 1 (3.23%) Integration Architect
Miscellaneous
1 1 (3.23%) NHS
1 1 (3.23%) Biotechnology
1 1 (3.23%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 2 (6.45%) Windows
2 1 (3.23%) Windows XP
2 1 (3.23%) Windows 8
2 1 (3.23%) Windows Phone
2 1 (3.23%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (67.74%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (61.29%) Scrum
3 18 (58.06%) User Acceptance Testing
4 17 (54.84%) Test Strategy
5 16 (51.61%) Waterfall
5 16 (51.61%) Supplier Management
6 15 (48.39%) Test Automation
7 14 (45.16%) Test Scripting
8 12 (38.71%) PRINCE2
9 10 (32.26%) Test Planning
10 5 (16.13%) Continuous Improvement
11 3 (9.68%) E-Commerce
12 2 (6.45%) SOA
12 2 (6.45%) CRM
12 2 (6.45%) Validation
12 2 (6.45%) Integration Testing
12 2 (6.45%) System Integration Testing
12 2 (6.45%) SDLC
12 2 (6.45%) Agile Testing
12 2 (6.45%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 3 (9.68%) SQL
2 2 (6.45%) PL/SQL
3 1 (3.23%) VB
3 1 (3.23%) C
3 1 (3.23%) Java
Qualifications
1 17 (54.84%) ISEB
2 9 (29.03%) Security Cleared
3 8 (25.81%) SC Cleared
4 1 (3.23%) DV Cleared
4 1 (3.23%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 1 (3.23%) ISTQB
System Software
1 1 (3.23%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 1 (3.23%) SCCM
Vendors
1 3 (9.68%) Oracle
2 1 (3.23%) Microsoft
2 1 (3.23%) HP
2 1 (3.23%) Citrix