The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Dorset with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 3 months to 30 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Quality Assurance (QA)
South West / Dorset
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 17 20 28
Rank change year-on-year +3 +8  
Contract jobs citing QA 5 8 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Dorset 5.38% 3.35% 3.10%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 41.67% 17.39% 23.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 2 3
Median daily rate - £371 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -17.50%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £366 £350
% change year-on-year -0.27% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £39.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year -30.76% +6.84%  

QA is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Dorset with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Dorset
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 12 46 30
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Dorset 12.90% 19.25% 13.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 24 12
Median daily rate £460 £440 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.54% -12.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £344 £196 £123
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £765 £534
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 8 1
Median hourly rate - £42.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +20.00%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £40.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -50.00% +37.93%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Dorset

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Dorset citing QA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Dorset

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Dorset

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing QA in Dorset.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Dorset

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Dorset

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA in Dorset.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Dorset

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Contract Job Locations in Dorset

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Dorset region over the 3 months to 30 March 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
Bournemouth +3 3 - -
Poole - 1 - - 1
Weymouth - 1 - -
QA
South West

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 Dorset region with a requirement for QA.

1 5 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (57.14%) Integration Testing
3 3 (42.86%) SOAP
3 3 (42.86%) SOA
3 3 (42.86%) SoapUI
3 3 (42.86%) Automation Testing
3 3 (42.86%) Microservices
3 3 (42.86%) API Testing
4 2 (28.57%) Defect Management
4 2 (28.57%) REST
4 2 (28.57%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (28.57%) Finance
5 1 (14.29%) Test Scripting
5 1 (14.29%) FMCG
5 1 (14.29%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (14.29%) iPad
5 1 (14.29%) Waterfall
5 1 (14.29%) Retail
5 1 (14.29%) Use Case
5 1 (14.29%) Performance Testing
5 1 (14.29%) Load Testing
5 1 (14.29%) Stress Testing
5 1 (14.29%) Unit Testing
5 1 (14.29%) Service Delivery
5 1 (14.29%) Change Management
5 1 (14.29%) Regression Testing
5 1 (14.29%) Workflow
5 1 (14.29%) PL/SQL
5 1 (14.29%) SQL
5 1 (14.29%) Oracle

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Dorset 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:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (14.29%) BusinessObjects
1 1 (14.29%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 3 (42.86%) SoapUI
2 1 (14.29%) Toad
General
1 2 (28.57%) Finance
2 1 (14.29%) Retail
Job Titles
1 3 (42.86%) Analyst
1 3 (42.86%) QA Tester
1 3 (42.86%) Tester
2 2 (28.57%) Test Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Applications Developer
3 1 (14.29%) Business Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Developer
3 1 (14.29%) Integration Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Integration Test Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Oracle Applications Developer
3 1 (14.29%) Oracle Developer
3 1 (14.29%) Oracle Financials Developer
3 1 (14.29%) QA Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) QA Test Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (42.86%) SOAP
2 2 (28.57%) REST
3 1 (14.29%) Web Services
3 1 (14.29%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (28.57%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (14.29%) FMCG
2 1 (14.29%) iPad
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (57.14%) Integration Testing
3 3 (42.86%) API Testing
3 3 (42.86%) Automation Testing
3 3 (42.86%) Microservices
3 3 (42.86%) SOA
4 2 (28.57%) Defect Management
5 1 (14.29%) Change Management
5 1 (14.29%) Continuous Improvement
5 1 (14.29%) Performance Testing
5 1 (14.29%) Process Improvement
5 1 (14.29%) Project Management
5 1 (14.29%) Regression Testing
5 1 (14.29%) Service Delivery
5 1 (14.29%) Test Planning
5 1 (14.29%) Test Scripting
5 1 (14.29%) Test Strategy
5 1 (14.29%) Use Case
5 1 (14.29%) Waterfall
5 1 (14.29%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 1 (14.29%) PL/SQL
1 1 (14.29%) SQL
Systems Management
1 1 (14.29%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (14.29%) Guidewire
1 1 (14.29%) HP
1 1 (14.29%) Oracle