The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Staffordshire region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 29 September 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
29 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 24 25 21
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -4
Contract jobs citing QA 9 6 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Staffordshire 4.00% 3.97% 1.63%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 36.00% 66.67% 33.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 6 2
Median daily rate £350 £420 £240
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% +75.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £278 £398 £232
10% offered a daily rate of more than £468 £420 £248
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £23.00 £18.17
% change year-on-year
-39.13% +26.58%
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
25 9 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Staffordshire 11.11% 5.96% 4.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 7 5
Median daily rate £294 £420 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-30.05% +12.00%
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £375
% change year-on-year
-3.03% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Median hourly rate £30.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.50 £29.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+5.17% +45.00%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Staffordshire

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Staffordshire region citing QA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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
Daily Rate Histogram in Staffordshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Staffordshire region over the 3 months to 29 September 2016.

QA Daily Rate Histogram 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Staffordshire region over the 3 months to 29 September 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
Stoke-on-Trent -8 5 £465 +10.71%
Burton-upon-Trent - 1 £238 - 1
Stafford - 1 - -
QA
West Midlands

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Staffordshire

For the 6 months to 29 September 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 Staffordshire region with a requirement for QA.

1 9 (69.23%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (46.15%) Test Scripting
3 5 (38.46%) Functional Testing
4 4 (30.77%) Test Management
5 3 (23.08%) User Acceptance Testing
5 3 (23.08%) Data Migration
5 3 (23.08%) Migration
5 3 (23.08%) SQL
5 3 (23.08%) MS Project
5 3 (23.08%) MS Excel
5 3 (23.08%) Project Management
5 3 (23.08%) SDLC
6 2 (15.38%) BDD
6 2 (15.38%) Root Cause Analysis
6 2 (15.38%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (15.38%) Critical Success Factor
6 2 (15.38%) .NET
6 2 (15.38%) Regression Testing
6 2 (15.38%) Scrum
6 2 (15.38%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (15.38%) Test Automation
6 2 (15.38%) ISEB
6 2 (15.38%) Selenium
6 2 (15.38%) ISTQB
6 2 (15.38%) JIRA
7 1 (7.69%) .NET Framework
7 1 (7.69%) Retail
7 1 (7.69%) Ruby
7 1 (7.69%) MS PowerPoint
7 1 (7.69%) Online Games

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Staffordshire 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 (7.69%) SharePoint
1 1 (7.69%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 3 (23.08%) MS Excel
1 3 (23.08%) MS Project
2 1 (7.69%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (7.69%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (7.69%) Payment Gateway
Development Applications
1 2 (15.38%) JIRA
1 2 (15.38%) Selenium
1 2 (15.38%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (7.69%) Appium
2 1 (7.69%) Bugzilla
2 1 (7.69%) Cucumber
2 1 (7.69%) FogBugz
2 1 (7.69%) Git (software)
2 1 (7.69%) SpecFlow
General
1 1 (7.69%) Finance
1 1 (7.69%) Games
1 1 (7.69%) Retail
Job Titles
1 5 (38.46%) Analyst
2 4 (30.77%) Test Analyst
3 3 (23.08%) Test Manager
3 3 (23.08%) Tester
4 2 (15.38%) Manual Tester
4 2 (15.38%) Senior Analyst
4 2 (15.38%) UAT Manager
4 2 (15.38%) UAT Test Manager
5 1 (7.69%) Administrator
5 1 (7.69%) Agile Tester
5 1 (7.69%) Developer in Test
5 1 (7.69%) Development Manager
5 1 (7.69%) Programme Test Manager
5 1 (7.69%) Senior Automation Test Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) Senior PMO
5 1 (7.69%) Senior PMO Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) Senior Project Administrator
5 1 (7.69%) Senior Test Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) Software Tester
5 1 (7.69%) Test Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (15.38%) .NET
2 1 (7.69%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 2 (15.38%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (7.69%) Client/Server
2 1 (7.69%) Online Games
2 1 (7.69%) User Experience
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (69.23%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (46.15%) Test Scripting
3 5 (38.46%) Functional Testing
4 4 (30.77%) Test Management
5 3 (23.08%) Data Migration
5 3 (23.08%) Migration
5 3 (23.08%) Project Management
5 3 (23.08%) SDLC
5 3 (23.08%) User Acceptance Testing
6 2 (15.38%) BDD
6 2 (15.38%) Critical Success Factor
6 2 (15.38%) Regression Testing
6 2 (15.38%) Root Cause Analysis
6 2 (15.38%) Scrum
6 2 (15.38%) Test Automation
7 1 (7.69%) Continuous Improvement
7 1 (7.69%) Manual Testing
7 1 (7.69%) Project Governance
7 1 (7.69%) Stakeholder Engagement
7 1 (7.69%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (23.08%) SQL
2 1 (7.69%) C#
2 1 (7.69%) Java
2 1 (7.69%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 2 (15.38%) ISEB
1 2 (15.38%) ISTQB
Vendors
1 1 (7.69%) Microsoft
1 1 (7.69%) Oracle
1 1 (7.69%) SAP