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 3 months to 28 June 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
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 35 39 16
Rank change year-on-year +4 -23  
Contract jobs citing QA 11 3 23
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Merseyside 3.24% 0.90% 6.08%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 31.43% 18.75% 40.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 3 19
Median daily rate £351 £320 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.82% -36.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £323 £307 £428
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £364 £690
UK excluding London median daily rate £386 £380 £361
% change year-on-year +1.64% +5.19%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £15.50 £37.25
% change year-on-year +16.12% -58.38%  

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 Merseyside with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Merseyside
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 35 16 57
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Merseyside 10.32% 4.82% 15.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 11 47
Median daily rate £488 £320 £508
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +52.34% -36.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £309 £263 £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £525 £855
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £28.00 £21.55
% change year-on-year -10.71% +29.93%  

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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 3 months to 28 June 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 3 months to 28 June 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
Liverpool +4 6 £369 +1.22% 6
Wirral - 5 £350 -
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 9 (52.94%) Migration
2 7 (41.18%) SQL
3 6 (35.29%) SQL Server
3 6 (35.29%) PL/SQL
3 6 (35.29%) Data Integration
3 6 (35.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 5 (29.41%) MongoDB
5 4 (23.53%) Microsoft
5 4 (23.53%) Linux
6 3 (17.65%) Microsoft Office
6 3 (17.65%) Project Management
6 3 (17.65%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (11.76%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (11.76%) Identity Access Management
7 2 (11.76%) IaaS
7 2 (11.76%) Amazon RDS
7 2 (11.76%) Microsoft Azure
7 2 (11.76%) Amazon AWS
7 2 (11.76%) Programme Governance
7 2 (11.76%) EDMS
7 2 (11.76%) Management Information System
7 2 (11.76%) Agile Software Development
7 2 (11.76%) JIRA
7 2 (11.76%) Active Directory
7 2 (11.76%) Microsoft Project
7 2 (11.76%) PRINCE2
7 2 (11.76%) JavaScript
8 1 (5.88%) C#
8 1 (5.88%) HTML
8 1 (5.88%) DB2

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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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (5.88%) Documentum
1 1 (5.88%) OpenROAD
1 1 (5.88%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (17.65%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (11.76%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (5.88%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (5.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 2 (11.76%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (11.76%) Azure Active Directory
1 2 (11.76%) IaaS
1 2 (11.76%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (5.88%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 1 (5.88%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (35.29%) SQL Server
1 6 (35.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 5 (29.41%) MongoDB
3 3 (17.65%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (11.76%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (11.76%) EDMS
5 1 (5.88%) DB2
5 1 (5.88%) EDRMS
5 1 (5.88%) Ingres
5 1 (5.88%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 2 (11.76%) JIRA
2 1 (5.88%) Selenium
2 1 (5.88%) WebDriver
General
1 1 (5.88%) Legal
1 1 (5.88%) Pharmaceutical
1 1 (5.88%) Retail
1 1 (5.88%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 6 (35.29%) DBA
2 5 (29.41%) SQL DBA
2 5 (29.41%) SQL Server DBA
3 3 (17.65%) MongoDB DBA
3 3 (17.65%) Project Manager
4 2 (11.76%) Analyst
4 2 (11.76%) Azure Consultant
4 2 (11.76%) Consultant
4 2 (11.76%) Senior DBA
4 2 (11.76%) Senior SQL DBA
4 2 (11.76%) Senior SQL Server DBA
5 1 (5.88%) Active Directory Consultant
5 1 (5.88%) Cloud Consultant
5 1 (5.88%) DB2 DBA
5 1 (5.88%) Product Manager
5 1 (5.88%) Product Owner
5 1 (5.88%) QA Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) QA Tester
5 1 (5.88%) Software Manager
5 1 (5.88%) Transformation Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.88%) .NET
1 1 (5.88%) CSS
1 1 (5.88%) HTML
1 1 (5.88%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 2 (11.76%) Management Information System
2 1 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (5.88%) Biotechnology
2 1 (5.88%) Freedom of Information
2 1 (5.88%) Learning Management System
2 1 (5.88%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 4 (23.53%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (52.94%) Migration
2 6 (35.29%) Data Integration
3 3 (17.65%) Project Management
4 2 (11.76%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (11.76%) Identity Access Management
4 2 (11.76%) PRINCE2
4 2 (11.76%) Programme Governance
5 1 (5.88%) Data Migration
5 1 (5.88%) E-Commerce
5 1 (5.88%) Enterprise Architecture
5 1 (5.88%) Information Management
5 1 (5.88%) Integration Testing
5 1 (5.88%) ITIL
5 1 (5.88%) Software Testing
5 1 (5.88%) System Testing
5 1 (5.88%) Test Automation
5 1 (5.88%) Test Management
5 1 (5.88%) Time Management
5 1 (5.88%) Usability Testing
5 1 (5.88%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (41.18%) SQL
2 6 (35.29%) PL/SQL
3 2 (11.76%) JavaScript
4 1 (5.88%) C#
Qualifications
1 1 (5.88%) ISEB
1 1 (5.88%) ISTQB
1 1 (5.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
1 1 (5.88%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.88%) PMO
System Software
1 2 (11.76%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 4 (23.53%) Microsoft
2 1 (5.88%) Cognos