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 29 May 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
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 24 25 16
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -9
Contract jobs citing QA 4 2 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Staffordshire 2.20% 1.28% 4.71%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 66.67% 28.57% 57.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 1 3
Average daily rate
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£288 £187 £220
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+53.74% -15.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £20.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.00 £21.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+76.74% -6.53%
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 7 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Staffordshire 3.30% 4.49% 8.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 3 5
Average daily rate £288 £250 £220
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.00% +13.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £200 £217
10% offered a daily rate of more than £363 £250 £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Average hourly rate - £17.30 £17.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +0.28%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.55 £21.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+2.61% +13.51%

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 29 May 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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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
Stoke-on-Trent +7 2 £325 - 1
Burton-upon-Trent - 2 £250 -
QA
West Midlands

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Staffordshire

For the 6 months to 29 May 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 3 (42.86%) SQL Server
1 3 (42.86%) Project Management
1 3 (42.86%) MS Office
1 3 (42.86%) Automated Testing
1 3 (42.86%) SDLC
2 2 (28.57%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 2 (28.57%) Unit Testing
2 2 (28.57%) Test Management
2 2 (28.57%) Test Scripting
2 2 (28.57%) Test Automation
2 2 (28.57%) TestComplete
2 2 (28.57%) MKS
2 2 (28.57%) C#
2 2 (28.57%) JavaScript
2 2 (28.57%) SQL
2 2 (28.57%) Linux
2 2 (28.57%) MS Excel
2 2 (28.57%) E-Commerce
2 2 (28.57%) Microsoft
3 1 (14.29%) HP
3 1 (14.29%) ISEB
3 1 (14.29%) IBM Certification
3 1 (14.29%) zOS
3 1 (14.29%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (14.29%) WebSphere MQ
3 1 (14.29%) Middleware
3 1 (14.29%) Configuration Management
3 1 (14.29%) DB2
3 1 (14.29%) Service Management
3 1 (14.29%) Service Delivery

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Top Related IT Skills in Staffordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 29 May 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (14.29%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (42.86%) MS Office
2 2 (28.57%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 1 (14.29%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (42.86%) SQL Server
2 1 (14.29%) SQL Server 2000
2 1 (14.29%) DB2
2 1 (14.29%) RDBMS
2 1 (14.29%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (28.57%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
1 2 (28.57%) TestComplete
2 1 (14.29%) ClearCase
2 1 (14.29%) Selenium
2 1 (14.29%) TortoiseSVN
2 1 (14.29%) Subversion
General
1 1 (14.29%) Finance
Job Titles
1 4 (57.14%) Analyst
2 3 (42.86%) Software Tester
2 3 (42.86%) QA Analyst
2 3 (42.86%) Tester
3 2 (28.57%) QA Engineer
3 2 (28.57%) Automated Tester
4 1 (14.29%) Project Manager
4 1 (14.29%) Infrastructure Project Manager
4 1 (14.29%) Test Engineer
4 1 (14.29%) Software Test Engineer
4 1 (14.29%) Infrastructure Manager
4 1 (14.29%) Senior QA Engineer
4 1 (14.29%) Systems Integrator
4 1 (14.29%) PMO Analyst
4 1 (14.29%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (14.29%) WebSphere MQ
1 1 (14.29%) Middleware
1 1 (14.29%) .NET
1 1 (14.29%) WebSphere Message Broker
Miscellaneous
1 1 (14.29%) DataPower
1 1 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 2 (28.57%) Linux
2 1 (14.29%) zOS
2 1 (14.29%) Windows NT
2 1 (14.29%) UNIX
2 1 (14.29%) Windows
2 1 (14.29%) HPUX
2 1 (14.29%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (42.86%) Project Management
1 3 (42.86%) Automated Testing
1 3 (42.86%) SDLC
2 2 (28.57%) Unit Testing
2 2 (28.57%) Test Management
2 2 (28.57%) Test Scripting
2 2 (28.57%) Test Automation
2 2 (28.57%) E-Commerce
3 1 (14.29%) Configuration Management
3 1 (14.29%) Service Management
3 1 (14.29%) Service Delivery
3 1 (14.29%) EAI
3 1 (14.29%) SOA
3 1 (14.29%) Validation
3 1 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (14.29%) Software Engineering
3 1 (14.29%) Business Analysis
3 1 (14.29%) Software Testing
3 1 (14.29%) Project Planning
3 1 (14.29%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (28.57%) C#
1 2 (28.57%) JavaScript
1 2 (28.57%) SQL
2 1 (14.29%) Lingo
Qualifications
1 1 (14.29%) ISEB
1 1 (14.29%) IBM Certification
1 1 (14.29%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Vendors
1 2 (28.57%) MKS
1 2 (28.57%) Microsoft
2 1 (14.29%) HP
2 1 (14.29%) IBM
2 1 (14.29%) Oracle
2 1 (14.29%) SOASTA, Inc