The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Merseyside region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 3 December 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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
3 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 31 25 26
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +1
Contract jobs citing QA 8 16 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 2.68% 4.46% 3.94%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 34.78% 66.67% 36.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 6 6
Median daily rate £350 £525 £238
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-33.33% +121.05%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £262 £381 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £430 £666 £301
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £349
% change year-on-year
- +7.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.39 £22.75 £33.00
% change year-on-year
-19.16% -31.06%
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
23 24 30
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 7.69% 6.69% 10.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 10 15
Median daily rate £475 £450 £295
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.55% +52.54%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £258 £391 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £613 £653 £440
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 2
Median hourly rate - £18.75 £14.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +31.57%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-10.00% +11.11%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Merseyside

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Merseyside region citing QA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 December 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Merseyside region over the 3 months to 3 December 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Liverpool +4 5 £345 -34.28% 7
Southport -11 2 £350 +12.00%
Wirral -6 1 - -
QA
North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 3 December 2016, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Merseyside region with a requirement for QA.

1 9 (52.94%) Software Testing
2 8 (47.06%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (41.18%) SDLC
3 7 (41.18%) Jenkins
4 6 (35.29%) Cucumber
4 6 (35.29%) JIRA
4 6 (35.29%) Ruby
5 5 (29.41%) Gherkin
5 5 (29.41%) Continuous Delivery
5 5 (29.41%) Continuous Integration
5 5 (29.41%) BDD
5 5 (29.41%) Git (software)
5 5 (29.41%) XML
6 4 (23.53%) Java
6 4 (23.53%) SQL
7 3 (17.65%) Microsoft
7 3 (17.65%) .NET
7 3 (17.65%) JMeter
7 3 (17.65%) Finance
7 3 (17.65%) Selenium
7 3 (17.65%) Mentoring
8 2 (11.76%) QA Automation
8 2 (11.76%) Analytics
8 2 (11.76%) Line Management
8 2 (11.76%) Use Case
8 2 (11.76%) Manual Testing
8 2 (11.76%) Performance Testing
8 2 (11.76%) Unit Testing
8 2 (11.76%) Test Scripting
8 2 (11.76%) SC Cleared

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 1 (5.88%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (5.88%) MS Excel
1 1 (5.88%) MS Office
1 1 (5.88%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 2 (11.76%) FTP
1 2 (11.76%) HTTP
2 1 (5.88%) PuTTY
2 1 (5.88%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (11.76%) Oracle BI Publisher
1 2 (11.76%) Oracle Reports
1 2 (11.76%) SQL Server
2 1 (5.88%) DTS
2 1 (5.88%) MySQL
2 1 (5.88%) SQL Server 2000
2 1 (5.88%) SQL Server 2005
2 1 (5.88%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (5.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (5.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 7 (41.18%) Jenkins
2 6 (35.29%) Cucumber
2 6 (35.29%) JIRA
3 5 (29.41%) Git (software)
4 3 (17.65%) JMeter
4 3 (17.65%) Selenium
5 1 (5.88%) Ant
5 1 (5.88%) TortoiseSVN
5 1 (5.88%) WATIR
5 1 (5.88%) WebDriver
General
1 3 (17.65%) Finance
2 1 (5.88%) Banking
2 1 (5.88%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 4 (23.53%) Tester
2 3 (17.65%) Analyst
2 3 (17.65%) Automation Tester
2 3 (17.65%) QA Automation Tester
2 3 (17.65%) QA Tester
3 2 (11.76%) Automation Specialist
3 2 (11.76%) Business Analyst
3 2 (11.76%) Developer
3 2 (11.76%) QA Engineer
3 2 (11.76%) QA Specialist
3 2 (11.76%) Senior Automation Tester
3 2 (11.76%) Senior QA Tester
3 2 (11.76%) Senior Tester
4 1 (5.88%) Manual Tester
4 1 (5.88%) Programme Manager
4 1 (5.88%) QA Manager
4 1 (5.88%) Service Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) Software Tester
4 1 (5.88%) Test Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (29.41%) Gherkin
1 5 (29.41%) XML
2 3 (17.65%) .NET
3 2 (11.76%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 8 (47.06%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (5.88%) Computer Science
2 1 (5.88%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 2 (11.76%) Windows
2 1 (5.88%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (52.94%) Software Testing
2 7 (41.18%) SDLC
3 5 (29.41%) BDD
3 5 (29.41%) Continuous Delivery
3 5 (29.41%) Continuous Integration
4 3 (17.65%) Mentoring
5 2 (11.76%) Analytics
5 2 (11.76%) Automation Testing
5 2 (11.76%) EAI
5 2 (11.76%) Line Management
5 2 (11.76%) Manual Testing
5 2 (11.76%) Open Source
5 2 (11.76%) Performance Testing
5 2 (11.76%) QA Automation
5 2 (11.76%) Systems Analysis
5 2 (11.76%) Test Scripting
5 2 (11.76%) Unit Testing
5 2 (11.76%) Use Case
5 2 (11.76%) User Stories
5 2 (11.76%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 6 (35.29%) Ruby
2 4 (23.53%) Java
2 4 (23.53%) SQL
3 2 (11.76%) STATISTICA Visual Basic
4 1 (5.88%) C
4 1 (5.88%) PHP
4 1 (5.88%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (11.76%) SC Cleared
1 2 (11.76%) Security Cleared
1 2 (11.76%) Siebel Certification
2 1 (5.88%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (11.76%) SLA
Systems Management
1 1 (5.88%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 3 (17.65%) Microsoft
2 2 (11.76%) Oracle
2 2 (11.76%) Siebel
3 1 (5.88%) Google
3 1 (5.88%) HP
3 1 (5.88%) Remedy