Period
to 24 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Merseyside with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 6 months to 24 November 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)
North West > Merseyside
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 41 39 29
Rank change year-on-year -2 -10 -1
Contract jobs citing QA 10 16 34
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Merseyside 2.06% 2.73% 4.44%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 19.61% 26.67% 46.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 11 17
Merseyside median daily rate £388 £320 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.09% -39.05% +75.00%
10th Percentile £359 £300 £223
90th Percentile £538 £400 £699
North West median daily rate £450 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +12.50% +3.23% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Merseyside median hourly rate - - -
North West median hourly rate £16.19 £44.00 -
% change year-on-year -63.20% - -

QA is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Merseyside with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Merseyside
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 51 60 73
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Merseyside 10.52% 10.24% 9.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 39 38
Merseyside median daily rate £381 £350 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.93% -22.22% +20.00%
10th Percentile £289 £235 £237
90th Percentile £544 £556 £855
North West median daily rate £380 £400 £416
% change year-on-year -5.00% -3.85% +17.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 3
Merseyside median hourly rate - £8.93 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -60.31% +28.57%
North West median hourly rate £16.60 £20.39 £22.50
% change year-on-year -18.61% -9.38% +40.63%

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Job Vacancy Trend in Merseyside

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Merseyside.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Merseyside

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Merseyside

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Merseyside

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Merseyside over the 6 months to 24 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Merseyside

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Merseyside

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Contract Job Locations in Merseyside

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Merseyside region over the 6 months to 24 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Liverpool -3 7 £388 +29.17% 3
Southport +2 3 £363 +8.21%
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 24 November 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 Merseyside region with a requirement for QA.

1 8 (80.00%) Test Automation
2 6 (60.00%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (50.00%) JIRA
4 4 (40.00%) Software Testing
4 4 (40.00%) Java
4 4 (40.00%) Test Strategy
5 3 (30.00%) PuTTY
5 3 (30.00%) WinSCP
5 3 (30.00%) Cucumber
5 3 (30.00%) Computer Science Degree
5 3 (30.00%) TortoiseSVN
5 3 (30.00%) WebDriver
5 3 (30.00%) Manual Testing
5 3 (30.00%) Performance Management
5 3 (30.00%) WATIR
5 3 (30.00%) Selenium
5 3 (30.00%) Credit Risk
5 3 (30.00%) PHP
5 3 (30.00%) MySQL
5 3 (30.00%) Ant
5 3 (30.00%) SOAP
5 3 (30.00%) XML
5 3 (30.00%) Unix
5 3 (30.00%) Python
5 3 (30.00%) JMeter
5 3 (30.00%) Validation
5 3 (30.00%) Scrum
5 3 (30.00%) Fixed Income
5 3 (30.00%) Equities
5 3 (30.00%) TDD

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Merseyside 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:

Communications & Networking
1 3 (30.00%) PuTTY
1 3 (30.00%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (30.00%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 5 (50.00%) JIRA
2 3 (30.00%) Ant
2 3 (30.00%) Cucumber
2 3 (30.00%) JMeter
2 3 (30.00%) Selenium
2 3 (30.00%) TortoiseSVN
2 3 (30.00%) WATIR
2 3 (30.00%) WebDriver
General
1 3 (30.00%) Marketing
2 1 (10.00%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 4 (40.00%) Analyst
1 4 (40.00%) Test Analyst
2 3 (30.00%) Developer
2 3 (30.00%) Python Developer
3 1 (10.00%) Consultant
3 1 (10.00%) Java Consultant
3 1 (10.00%) Product Manager
3 1 (10.00%) Product Owner
3 1 (10.00%) QA Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) QA Consultant
3 1 (10.00%) QA Test Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (30.00%) FIX Protocol
1 3 (30.00%) SOAP
1 3 (30.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 6 (60.00%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (30.00%) Computer Science
2 3 (30.00%) Credit Risk
2 3 (30.00%) Equities
2 3 (30.00%) Fixed Income
3 1 (10.00%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 3 (30.00%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (80.00%) Test Automation
2 4 (40.00%) Software Testing
2 4 (40.00%) Test Strategy
3 3 (30.00%) Manual Testing
3 3 (30.00%) Performance Management
3 3 (30.00%) Scrum
3 3 (30.00%) TDD
3 3 (30.00%) Validation
4 2 (20.00%) Functional Testing
4 2 (20.00%) Regression Testing
5 1 (10.00%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (10.00%) Defect Tracking
5 1 (10.00%) E-Commerce
5 1 (10.00%) Front End Development
5 1 (10.00%) Non-Functional Testing
5 1 (10.00%) Smoke Testing
5 1 (10.00%) System Testing
5 1 (10.00%) Technical Analysis
5 1 (10.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 1 (10.00%) Wireframes
Programming Languages
1 4 (40.00%) Java
2 3 (30.00%) PHP
2 3 (30.00%) Python
2 3 (30.00%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 3 (30.00%) Computer Science Degree
1 3 (30.00%) Degree
2 1 (10.00%) ISEB
2 1 (10.00%) ISTQB
2 1 (10.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (10.00%) SC Cleared
2 1 (10.00%) Security Cleared