The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Sheffield 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 23 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)
South Yorkshire / Sheffield
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 33 43 36
Rank change year-on-year +10 -7  
Contract jobs citing QA 5 7 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Sheffield 2.15% 1.84% 0.37%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 13.51% 26.92% 5.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 5 0
Median daily rate £413 £488 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.38% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +1.33% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £15.50 £37.25
% change year-on-year +38.70% -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 Sheffield with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Sheffield
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 37 26 20
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Sheffield 15.88% 6.84% 7.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 17 16
Median daily rate £100 £375 £334
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -73.33% +12.35%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £83 £350 £291
10% offered a daily rate of more than £434 £497 £494
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Median hourly rate £11.18 £20.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -44.12% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £28.25 £24.75
% change year-on-year -11.50% +14.14%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Sheffield

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Sheffield 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 Sheffield

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Sheffield

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Sheffield

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Sheffield

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Sheffield over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Sheffield

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Sheffield

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Sheffield

For the 6 months to 23 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 Sheffield region with a requirement for QA.

1 7 (70.00%) Test Automation
2 6 (60.00%) BDD
2 6 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (50.00%) TDD
3 5 (50.00%) Java
4 4 (40.00%) JUnit
4 4 (40.00%) Web Services
4 4 (40.00%) Finance
4 4 (40.00%) Open Source
4 4 (40.00%) Selenium
4 4 (40.00%) User Stories
4 4 (40.00%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (40.00%) DevOps
5 3 (30.00%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (30.00%) Test Strategy
5 3 (30.00%) Integration Testing
5 3 (30.00%) Security Cleared
5 3 (30.00%) NUnit
5 3 (30.00%) SOAP
6 2 (20.00%) Project Management
6 2 (20.00%) Windows
6 2 (20.00%) Service Management
6 2 (20.00%) Data Protection
6 2 (20.00%) SC Cleared
6 2 (20.00%) SaaS
6 2 (20.00%) Compatibility Testing
6 2 (20.00%) FitNesse
6 2 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
6 2 (20.00%) Business Analysis
6 2 (20.00%) Degree

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Sheffield 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 (10.00%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 2 (20.00%) SaaS
2 1 (10.00%) GitHub
2 1 (10.00%) IaaS
2 1 (10.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (10.00%) Office 365
2 1 (10.00%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (10.00%) Firewall
1 1 (10.00%) Internet
1 1 (10.00%) Intranet
1 1 (10.00%) LAN
1 1 (10.00%) VPN
1 1 (10.00%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (20.00%) Big Data
2 1 (10.00%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 4 (40.00%) JUnit
1 4 (40.00%) Selenium
2 3 (30.00%) NUnit
3 2 (20.00%) Cucumber
3 2 (20.00%) FitNesse
3 2 (20.00%) JIRA
3 2 (20.00%) Zephyr
4 1 (10.00%) HP UFT
4 1 (10.00%) Hudson
4 1 (10.00%) Jenkins
4 1 (10.00%) JMeter
4 1 (10.00%) LoadRunner
4 1 (10.00%) Sahi
4 1 (10.00%) SoapUI
4 1 (10.00%) SpecFlow
4 1 (10.00%) WATIR
General
1 4 (40.00%) Finance
2 1 (10.00%) Back Office
2 1 (10.00%) Banking
2 1 (10.00%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 3 (30.00%) Developer
2 2 (20.00%) Developer in Test
2 2 (20.00%) Java Developer
2 2 (20.00%) Project Manager
2 2 (20.00%) Tester
3 1 (10.00%) Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Automation Tester
3 1 (10.00%) Azure Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) QA Specialist
3 1 (10.00%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Senior Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Senior Test Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Software Developer
3 1 (10.00%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (40.00%) Web Services
2 3 (30.00%) SOAP
3 2 (20.00%) Apache CXF
3 2 (20.00%) REST
4 1 (10.00%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 4 (40.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (10.00%) Data Centre
2 1 (10.00%) Mobile App
2 1 (10.00%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 2 (20.00%) Windows
2 1 (10.00%) Linux
2 1 (10.00%) Unix
2 1 (10.00%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (70.00%) Test Automation
2 6 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (60.00%) BDD
3 5 (50.00%) TDD
4 4 (40.00%) DevOps
4 4 (40.00%) Open Source
4 4 (40.00%) User Stories
5 3 (30.00%) Integration Testing
5 3 (30.00%) Test Strategy
6 2 (20.00%) Build Automation
6 2 (20.00%) Business Analysis
6 2 (20.00%) Compatibility Testing
6 2 (20.00%) Continuous Improvement
6 2 (20.00%) Cybersecurity
6 2 (20.00%) Data Protection
6 2 (20.00%) Project Management
6 2 (20.00%) Refactoring
6 2 (20.00%) Service Management
6 2 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
6 2 (20.00%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 5 (50.00%) Java
2 1 (10.00%) PowerShell
2 1 (10.00%) Ruby
2 1 (10.00%) Scala
2 1 (10.00%) Shell Script
2 1 (10.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (30.00%) BPSS Clearance
1 3 (30.00%) Security Cleared
2 2 (20.00%) Degree
2 2 (20.00%) SC Cleared
3 1 (10.00%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (20.00%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (10.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (10.00%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (10.00%) SCOM
Vendors
1 1 (10.00%) HP