The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Sheffield region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 17 December 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
17 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 31 24 28
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +4
Contract jobs citing QA 2 7 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Sheffield 0.83% 3.78% 4.45%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 15.38% 38.89% 22.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 1 7
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£463 £491 £415
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.80% +18.31%
UK excluding London average daily rate £348 £338 £345
% change year-on-year
+3.03% -2.10%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £16.34 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £35.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +16.66%
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South Yorkshire

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 Sheffield region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Sheffield
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
13 18 48
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Sheffield 5.39% 9.73% 19.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 11 28
Average daily rate £335 £368 £213
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.84% +72.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £168 £181 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £487 £418
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Average hourly rate £16.34 £28.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-41.64% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £18.70 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+1.60% -6.50%

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Jobs Demand Trend in Sheffield

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Sheffield region as a proportion of the total demand within the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Sheffield

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Sheffield

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing QA across the Sheffield region.

QA Daily Rate Trend in Sheffield

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Hourly Rate Trend in Sheffield

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Sheffield region.

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Sheffield

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in Sheffield

For the 6 months to 17 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Sheffield 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 7 (58.33%) SQL
2 5 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (33.33%) Finance
3 4 (33.33%) Oracle
4 3 (25.00%) HP
4 3 (25.00%) Scrum
4 3 (25.00%) Oracle Database 11g
4 3 (25.00%) JIRA
4 3 (25.00%) HP Quality Center
4 3 (25.00%) Gherkin
4 3 (25.00%) Cucumber
4 3 (25.00%) Oracle Database
4 3 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (16.67%) Mentoring
5 2 (16.67%) Data Integration
5 2 (16.67%) Test Management
5 2 (16.67%) Test Scripting
5 2 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
5 2 (16.67%) Business Analysis
5 2 (16.67%) Degree
5 2 (16.67%) Ab Initio
5 2 (16.67%) TDD
5 2 (16.67%) Banking
5 2 (16.67%) Data Management
5 2 (16.67%) Data Analysis
5 2 (16.67%) MySQL
5 2 (16.67%) BMC
5 2 (16.67%) QuickTest Pro
5 2 (16.67%) Control-M
5 2 (16.67%) Shell Script

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Top Related IT Skills in Sheffield by Category

For the 6 months to 17 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Sheffield 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 (8.33%) SAS
1 1 (8.33%) CMS
Applications
1 1 (8.33%) SPSS
1 1 (8.33%) Stata
Business Applications
1 1 (8.33%) Dynamics AX
Communications & Networking
1 1 (8.33%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (25.00%) Oracle Database 11g
1 3 (25.00%) Oracle Database
2 2 (16.67%) MySQL
3 1 (8.33%) RDBMS
3 1 (8.33%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (8.33%) SQL Server
3 1 (8.33%) Crystal Reports
3 1 (8.33%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (25.00%) JIRA
1 3 (25.00%) Cucumber
2 2 (16.67%) QuickTest Pro
3 1 (8.33%) Oracle Forms
General
1 4 (33.33%) Finance
2 2 (16.67%) Banking
3 1 (8.33%) Manufacturing
3 1 (8.33%) Advertising
3 1 (8.33%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 7 (58.33%) Analyst
2 4 (33.33%) Test Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) Agile Business Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) Ab Initio Developer
3 2 (16.67%) Developer
3 2 (16.67%) Business Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Tester
4 1 (8.33%) Software Engineer
4 1 (8.33%) Consultant
4 1 (8.33%) UML Business Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Senior Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Data Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Senior Test Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Java Software Engineer
4 1 (8.33%) Applications Tester
4 1 (8.33%) Dynamics AX Consultant
4 1 (8.33%) Agile Test Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Mobile Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (25.00%) Gherkin
2 1 (8.33%) Web Services
2 1 (8.33%) HTML
2 1 (8.33%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 3 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (16.67%) Data Integration
3 1 (8.33%) Mobile App
3 1 (8.33%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 2 (16.67%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (25.00%) Scrum
3 2 (16.67%) Mentoring
3 2 (16.67%) Test Management
3 2 (16.67%) Test Scripting
3 2 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
3 2 (16.67%) Business Analysis
3 2 (16.67%) TDD
3 2 (16.67%) Data Management
3 2 (16.67%) Data Analysis
3 2 (16.67%) Data Modelling
3 2 (16.67%) ETL
4 1 (8.33%) UML
4 1 (8.33%) OOP
4 1 (8.33%) OO
4 1 (8.33%) ERP
4 1 (8.33%) Project Management
4 1 (8.33%) Service Delivery
4 1 (8.33%) Workflow
4 1 (8.33%) Logistics
Programming Languages
1 7 (58.33%) SQL
2 2 (16.67%) Shell Script
2 2 (16.67%) Java
3 1 (8.33%) JavaScript
3 1 (8.33%) PHP
3 1 (8.33%) VBA
Qualifications
1 2 (16.67%) Degree
2 1 (8.33%) ISEB
2 1 (8.33%) ISTQB
Systems Management
1 3 (25.00%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (16.67%) Control-M
Vendors
1 4 (33.33%) Oracle
2 3 (25.00%) HP
3 2 (16.67%) Ab Initio
3 2 (16.67%) BMC
4 1 (8.33%) Microsoft
4 1 (8.33%) Business Objects
4 1 (8.33%) Capita