The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Staffordshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 19 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 19 23 25
Rank change year-on-year
+4 +2
Contract jobs citing QA 3 1 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Staffordshire 3.03% 0.65% 6.73%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 60.00% 11.11% 82.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 1 4
Average daily rate
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£250 £255 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.96% -15.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £344 £338 £340
% change year-on-year
+1.84% -0.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £35.00 £30.25
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +15.70%
QA
West Midlands

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 Staffordshire region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Staffordshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
5 9 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Staffordshire 5.05% 5.88% 8.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 4 5
Average daily rate £375 £228 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+64.83% -24.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £200 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £259 £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £13.00 £10.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +20.93%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.75 £18.55 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+1.07% -7.25%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Staffordshire

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

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Staffordshire

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Staffordshire

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in Staffordshire

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in Staffordshire

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Staffordshire

QA
Contract Job Locations in Staffordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Staffordshire region over the 3 months to 19 December 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
Lichfield - 1 £250 -
Stoke-on-Trent - 1 £325 - 3
Cannock - - - -
Stafford - - - - 2
QA
West Midlands

QA
Top 29 Related IT Skills in Staffordshire

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Staffordshire 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 4 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (75.00%) PHP
2 3 (75.00%) MySQL
3 2 (50.00%) ISEB
3 2 (50.00%) Test Scripting
3 2 (50.00%) Manual Testing
4 1 (25.00%) WatiN
4 1 (25.00%) ActionScript 3.0
4 1 (25.00%) HTML5
4 1 (25.00%) BDD
4 1 (25.00%) SoapUI
4 1 (25.00%) Mentoring
4 1 (25.00%) JMeter
4 1 (25.00%) Project Management
4 1 (25.00%) CSS
4 1 (25.00%) Web Services
4 1 (25.00%) Flash
4 1 (25.00%) E-Commerce
4 1 (25.00%) Adobe
4 1 (25.00%) ActionScript
4 1 (25.00%) HTML
4 1 (25.00%) JavaScript
4 1 (25.00%) Web Development
4 1 (25.00%) Apache Flex
4 1 (25.00%) Selenium
4 1 (25.00%) Adobe AIR
4 1 (25.00%) jQuery
4 1 (25.00%) Performance Testing
4 1 (25.00%) Load Testing

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Top Related IT Skills in Staffordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Staffordshire 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.

Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (75.00%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 1 (25.00%) WatiN
1 1 (25.00%) SoapUI
1 1 (25.00%) JMeter
1 1 (25.00%) Selenium
Job Titles
1 3 (75.00%) QA Engineer
2 2 (50.00%) Test Engineer
2 2 (50.00%) Quality Engineer
3 1 (25.00%) Front-End Developer
3 1 (25.00%) CSS Developer
3 1 (25.00%) Developer
3 1 (25.00%) JavaScript Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (25.00%) HTML5
1 1 (25.00%) CSS
1 1 (25.00%) Web Services
1 1 (25.00%) Flash
1 1 (25.00%) HTML
1 1 (25.00%) Apache Flex
1 1 (25.00%) Adobe AIR
1 1 (25.00%) jQuery
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (50.00%) Test Scripting
2 2 (50.00%) Manual Testing
3 1 (25.00%) BDD
3 1 (25.00%) Mentoring
3 1 (25.00%) Project Management
3 1 (25.00%) E-Commerce
3 1 (25.00%) Web Development
3 1 (25.00%) Performance Testing
3 1 (25.00%) Load Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (75.00%) PHP
2 1 (25.00%) ActionScript 3.0
2 1 (25.00%) ActionScript
2 1 (25.00%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 2 (50.00%) ISEB
Vendors
1 1 (25.00%) Adobe