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 27 February 2017 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
27 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
West Midlands / Staffordshire
Rank 17 18 27
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +9
Contract jobs citing QA 11 4 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Staffordshire 6.25% 2.86% 2.22%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 55.00% 26.67% 50.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 4 3
Median daily rate £281 £375 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% +17.18%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £256 £300 £224
10% offered a daily rate of more than £306 £450 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £368 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+0.68% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £39.00 £35.25
% change year-on-year
-23.07% +10.63%

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
20 15 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Staffordshire 11.36% 10.71% 4.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 11 5
Median daily rate £393 £390 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.64% +5.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £223 £300 £181
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £443 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £380
% change year-on-year
+2.56% +2.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Median hourly rate £25.00 £17.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+47.05% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.75 £42.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-51.17% +80.85%

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
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 27 February 2017. 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 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
Tamworth - 6 - -
Stoke-on-Trent - 3 £281 -
QA
West Midlands

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Staffordshire

For the 6 months to 27 February 2017, 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 8 (50.00%) ISTQB
1 8 (50.00%) ISEB
2 7 (43.75%) .NET
2 7 (43.75%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (43.75%) Test Scripting
2 7 (43.75%) Functional Testing
3 6 (37.50%) Selenium
3 6 (37.50%) ASP.NET
4 5 (31.25%) SOASTA, Inc
4 5 (31.25%) Octopus Deploy
4 5 (31.25%) Performance Testing
4 5 (31.25%) WebDriver
5 3 (18.75%) Microsoft
6 2 (12.50%) SQL Server
7 1 (6.25%) IIS
7 1 (6.25%) MS Project
7 1 (6.25%) MySQL
7 1 (6.25%) Java
7 1 (6.25%) JavaScript
7 1 (6.25%) PHP
7 1 (6.25%) SQL
7 1 (6.25%) VB
7 1 (6.25%) Windows
7 1 (6.25%) OOP
7 1 (6.25%) MS Excel
7 1 (6.25%) Project Management
7 1 (6.25%) Regression Testing
7 1 (6.25%) Finance
7 1 (6.25%) Migration
7 1 (6.25%) Bugzilla

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 (6.25%) IIS
Applications
1 1 (6.25%) MS Excel
1 1 (6.25%) MS Project
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 1 (6.25%) MySQL
2 1 (6.25%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 6 (37.50%) Selenium
2 5 (31.25%) Octopus Deploy
2 5 (31.25%) WebDriver
3 1 (6.25%) Appium
3 1 (6.25%) Bugzilla
3 1 (6.25%) Cucumber
3 1 (6.25%) FogBugz
3 1 (6.25%) Git (software)
3 1 (6.25%) Jenkins
3 1 (6.25%) JIRA
3 1 (6.25%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 1 (6.25%) Finance
1 1 (6.25%) Games
Job Titles
1 11 (68.75%) QA Engineer
2 7 (43.75%) Analyst
2 7 (43.75%) Test Analyst
3 6 (37.50%) QA Analyst
3 6 (37.50%) QA Test Analyst
3 6 (37.50%) QA Test Engineer
3 6 (37.50%) QA Tester
3 6 (37.50%) Software Analyst
3 6 (37.50%) Software QA Engineer
3 6 (37.50%) Software QA Tester
3 6 (37.50%) Software Test Analyst
3 6 (37.50%) Software Test Engineer
3 6 (37.50%) Software Tester
3 6 (37.50%) Test Engineer
3 6 (37.50%) Tester
4 5 (31.25%) Senior QA Engineer
5 2 (12.50%) Developer
6 1 (6.25%) Developer in Test
6 1 (6.25%) Programme Test Manager
6 1 (6.25%) Test Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (43.75%) .NET
2 6 (37.50%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.25%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 1 (6.25%) Windows
1 1 (6.25%) Windows Server
1 1 (6.25%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (43.75%) Agile Software Development
1 7 (43.75%) Functional Testing
1 7 (43.75%) Test Scripting
2 5 (31.25%) Performance Testing
3 1 (6.25%) BDD
3 1 (6.25%) Continuous Improvement
3 1 (6.25%) Data Migration
3 1 (6.25%) Migration
3 1 (6.25%) OOP
3 1 (6.25%) Process Improvement
3 1 (6.25%) Project Management
3 1 (6.25%) Regression Testing
3 1 (6.25%) Scrum
3 1 (6.25%) Software Testing
3 1 (6.25%) Test Automation
3 1 (6.25%) Test Management
3 1 (6.25%) Time Management
3 1 (6.25%) User Acceptance Testing
3 1 (6.25%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (6.25%) Java
1 1 (6.25%) JavaScript
1 1 (6.25%) PHP
1 1 (6.25%) Ruby
1 1 (6.25%) SQL
1 1 (6.25%) VB
1 1 (6.25%) VB6
Qualifications
1 8 (50.00%) ISEB
1 8 (50.00%) ISTQB
Vendors
1 5 (31.25%) SOASTA, Inc
2 3 (18.75%) Microsoft