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 5 February 2016 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 23 18 26
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +8
Contract jobs citing QA 4 2 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Staffordshire 2.80% 2.30% 0.71%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 40.00% 50.00% 33.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 2 1
Average daily rate £375 £370 £255
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% +45.09%
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £33.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+18.18% +78.37%
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
10 4 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Staffordshire 6.99% 4.60% 2.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 4 3
Average daily rate £390 £423 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% +12.66%
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £17.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.00 £25.00 £17.15
% change year-on-year
+68.00% +45.77%

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
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 5 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Staffordshire region over the 3 months to 5 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Burton-upon-Trent - 2 £300 -
QA
West Midlands

QA
Top 26 Related IT Skills in Staffordshire

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 (57.14%) ISTQB
1 4 (57.14%) EDI
1 4 (57.14%) ISEB
1 4 (57.14%) EPoS
1 4 (57.14%) Retail
2 3 (42.86%) Project Management
3 2 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
3 2 (28.57%) Data Migration
3 2 (28.57%) Progress
3 2 (28.57%) Migration
3 2 (28.57%) Programme Management
3 2 (28.57%) Re-Platforming
3 2 (28.57%) Project Governance
3 2 (28.57%) Office 365
3 2 (28.57%) Dependency Management
4 1 (14.29%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 1 (14.29%) Test Planning
4 1 (14.29%) SDLC
4 1 (14.29%) Risk Assessment
4 1 (14.29%) Quality Management
4 1 (14.29%) MKS
4 1 (14.29%) SQL Server
4 1 (14.29%) MS Office
4 1 (14.29%) MS Excel
4 1 (14.29%) Hazard Analysis
4 1 (14.29%) Software Testing

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Staffordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 1 (14.29%) MS Excel
1 1 (14.29%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (28.57%) Office 365
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (14.29%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (14.29%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 4 (57.14%) Retail
Job Titles
1 5 (71.43%) Analyst
1 5 (71.43%) QA Analyst
2 4 (57.14%) QA Test Analyst
2 4 (57.14%) Test Analyst
3 3 (42.86%) QA Tester
3 3 (42.86%) Tester
4 2 (28.57%) EPoS Tester
4 2 (28.57%) IT Manager
4 2 (28.57%) IT Project Manager
4 2 (28.57%) Lead Test Analyst
4 2 (28.57%) Project Manager
4 2 (28.57%) QA Leader
4 2 (28.57%) Senior Analyst
4 2 (28.57%) Senior QA Analyst
4 2 (28.57%) Senior QA Test Analyst
4 2 (28.57%) Senior Test Analyst
4 2 (28.57%) Test Leader
5 1 (14.29%) Project Office Manager
5 1 (14.29%) Software Analyst
5 1 (14.29%) Software Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (57.14%) EDI
Miscellaneous
1 4 (57.14%) EPoS
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (42.86%) Project Management
2 2 (28.57%) Data Migration
2 2 (28.57%) Dependency Management
2 2 (28.57%) Migration
2 2 (28.57%) Programme Management
2 2 (28.57%) Project Governance
2 2 (28.57%) Re-Platforming
2 2 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
3 1 (14.29%) Hazard Analysis
3 1 (14.29%) Quality Management
3 1 (14.29%) Risk Assessment
3 1 (14.29%) SDLC
3 1 (14.29%) Software Testing
3 1 (14.29%) Test Planning
Qualifications
1 4 (57.14%) ISEB
1 4 (57.14%) ISTQB
Vendors
1 2 (28.57%) Progress
2 1 (14.29%) MKS