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 2 September 2015 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
2 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 26 18 21
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +3
Contract jobs citing QA 6 1 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Staffordshire 3.68% 0.87% 2.56%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 100.00% 16.67% 33.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 1 2
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£420 £230 £185
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+82.60% +24.32%
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.68 £13.19 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+41.62% -34.05%
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
6 6 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Staffordshire 3.68% 5.22% 7.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 4 5
Average daily rate £420 £303 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+38.84% -24.37%
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £8.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.64 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+8.20% +14.28%

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 2 September 2015. 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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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
Stoke-on-Trent - 6 £420 - 4
QA
West Midlands

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Staffordshire

For the 6 months to 2 September 2015, 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 8 (72.73%) SQL Server
2 7 (63.64%) JavaScript
3 6 (54.55%) E-Commerce
3 6 (54.55%) .NET
4 5 (45.45%) N-Tier
4 5 (45.45%) HTML
4 5 (45.45%) ASP.NET
4 5 (45.45%) CSS
4 5 (45.45%) Finance
4 5 (45.45%) Continuous Integration
4 5 (45.45%) Enterprise Software
4 5 (45.45%) Line Management
4 5 (45.45%) Mentoring
4 5 (45.45%) Coaching
5 4 (36.36%) MS Office
5 4 (36.36%) Project Management
6 3 (27.27%) Microsoft
6 3 (27.27%) Automated Testing
6 3 (27.27%) SDLC
7 2 (18.18%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (18.18%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 2 (18.18%) Agile Software Development
7 2 (18.18%) Business Analysis
7 2 (18.18%) Time Management
7 2 (18.18%) Test Management
7 2 (18.18%) Test Scripting
7 2 (18.18%) TestComplete
7 2 (18.18%) Test Automation
7 2 (18.18%) Service Management
7 2 (18.18%) Service Delivery

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Top Related IT Skills in Staffordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 2015, 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.

Applications
1 4 (36.36%) MS Office
2 2 (18.18%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (72.73%) SQL Server
2 1 (9.09%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 2 (18.18%) TestComplete
1 2 (18.18%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 1 (9.09%) Selenium
General
1 5 (45.45%) Finance
2 1 (9.09%) Legal
2 1 (9.09%) Games
Job Titles
1 5 (45.45%) Team Leader
1 5 (45.45%) Development Team Leader
2 4 (36.36%) Software Development Team Leader
2 4 (36.36%) Software Team Leader
3 3 (27.27%) QA Analyst
3 3 (27.27%) Tester
3 3 (27.27%) Analyst
3 3 (27.27%) Software Tester
4 2 (18.18%) Project Manager
4 2 (18.18%) Infrastructure Project Manager
4 2 (18.18%) Infrastructure Manager
4 2 (18.18%) Automated Tester
5 1 (9.09%) Senior QA Engineer
5 1 (9.09%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (54.55%) .NET
2 5 (45.45%) ASP.NET
2 5 (45.45%) CSS
2 5 (45.45%) HTML
3 1 (9.09%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 5 (45.45%) N-Tier
1 5 (45.45%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (18.18%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 1 (9.09%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (54.55%) E-Commerce
2 5 (45.45%) Continuous Integration
2 5 (45.45%) Line Management
2 5 (45.45%) Mentoring
2 5 (45.45%) Coaching
3 4 (36.36%) Project Management
4 3 (27.27%) Automated Testing
4 3 (27.27%) SDLC
5 2 (18.18%) Time Management
5 2 (18.18%) Test Automation
5 2 (18.18%) Business Analysis
5 2 (18.18%) Service Management
5 2 (18.18%) Service Delivery
5 2 (18.18%) Test Management
5 2 (18.18%) Test Scripting
5 2 (18.18%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (9.09%) Information Security
6 1 (9.09%) Software Testing
6 1 (9.09%) Unit Testing
6 1 (9.09%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 7 (63.64%) JavaScript
2 2 (18.18%) SQL
2 2 (18.18%) C#
3 1 (9.09%) Lingo
Qualifications
1 1 (9.09%) ISEB
1 1 (9.09%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (9.09%) PCI DSS
Vendors
1 3 (27.27%) Microsoft
2 2 (18.18%) MKS
3 1 (9.09%) SOASTA, Inc
3 1 (9.09%) CheckPoint