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 25 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
South Yorkshire / Sheffield
Rank 45 45 22
Rank change year-on-year 0 -23  
Contract jobs citing QA 5 7 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Sheffield 1.33% 1.62% 3.17%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 11.90% 18.42% 33.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 6 2
Median daily rate £344 £338 £281
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.85% +20.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £313 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £371 £350 £336
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 £26.50 £39.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year -32.05% +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 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 42 38 24
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Sheffield 11.14% 8.78% 9.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 27 14
Median daily rate £425 £410 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.65% +24.24%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £325 £164
10% offered a daily rate of more than £640 £510 £515
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 1
Median hourly rate £11.50 £20.00 £20.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -42.50% -3.61%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.45 £41.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year -52.56% +57.69%  

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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 Hourly Rate Trend in Sheffield

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Sheffield

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in Sheffield

For the 6 months to 25 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 Sheffield region with a requirement for QA.

1 10 (83.33%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (75.00%) Web Services
3 8 (66.67%) Java
4 7 (58.33%) SOAP
4 7 (58.33%) REST
5 6 (50.00%) Open Source
6 5 (41.67%) XML
6 5 (41.67%) XSD
6 5 (41.67%) UML
6 5 (41.67%) WSDL
6 5 (41.67%) Java EE
7 3 (25.00%) TDD
7 3 (25.00%) Service Management
7 3 (25.00%) Finance
7 3 (25.00%) Waterfall
7 3 (25.00%) BDD
7 3 (25.00%) Selenium
7 3 (25.00%) Project Management
7 3 (25.00%) BPSS Clearance
7 3 (25.00%) Feasibility Study
8 2 (16.67%) DevOps
8 2 (16.67%) Cybersecurity
8 2 (16.67%) Disclosure Scotland
8 2 (16.67%) Service Design
8 2 (16.67%) Security Cleared
8 2 (16.67%) Apache CXF
8 2 (16.67%) Test Automation
8 2 (16.67%) Business Analysis
8 2 (16.67%) Data Protection
8 2 (16.67%) FitNesse

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Top Related 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:

Cloud Services
1 1 (8.33%) GitHub
1 1 (8.33%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (8.33%) Internet
1 1 (8.33%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (16.67%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 3 (25.00%) Selenium
2 2 (16.67%) FitNesse
2 2 (16.67%) JUnit
2 2 (16.67%) NUnit
3 1 (8.33%) Cucumber
3 1 (8.33%) HP UFT
3 1 (8.33%) Hudson
3 1 (8.33%) Jenkins
General
1 3 (25.00%) Finance
2 1 (8.33%) Banking
2 1 (8.33%) Multimedia
2 1 (8.33%) Retail
2 1 (8.33%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 5 (41.67%) Architect
2 3 (25.00%) Digital Architect
2 3 (25.00%) Digital Technical Architect
2 3 (25.00%) Project Manager
2 3 (25.00%) Senior Architect
2 3 (25.00%) Technical Architect
3 2 (16.67%) Developer
3 2 (16.67%) Java Architect
3 2 (16.67%) Java Developer
3 2 (16.67%) Senior Java Architect
3 2 (16.67%) Tester
4 1 (8.33%) Applications Architect
4 1 (8.33%) Automation Tester
4 1 (8.33%) IT Manager
4 1 (8.33%) IT Project Manager
4 1 (8.33%) Java Applications Architect
4 1 (8.33%) Senior Digital Architect
4 1 (8.33%) Senior Digital Technical Architect
4 1 (8.33%) Senior Technical Architect
4 1 (8.33%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (75.00%) Web Services
2 7 (58.33%) REST
2 7 (58.33%) SOAP
3 5 (41.67%) Java EE
3 5 (41.67%) WSDL
3 5 (41.67%) XML
3 5 (41.67%) XSD
4 2 (16.67%) Apache CXF
5 1 (8.33%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 1 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (8.33%) Mobile App
1 1 (8.33%) User Experience
1 1 (8.33%) Virtual Team
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (83.33%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (50.00%) Open Source
3 5 (41.67%) UML
4 3 (25.00%) BDD
4 3 (25.00%) Feasibility Study
4 3 (25.00%) Project Management
4 3 (25.00%) Service Management
4 3 (25.00%) TDD
4 3 (25.00%) Waterfall
5 2 (16.67%) Build Automation
5 2 (16.67%) Business Analysis
5 2 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
5 2 (16.67%) Cybersecurity
5 2 (16.67%) Data Protection
5 2 (16.67%) DevOps
5 2 (16.67%) Migration
5 2 (16.67%) Refactoring
5 2 (16.67%) Service Design
5 2 (16.67%) Test Automation
5 2 (16.67%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 8 (66.67%) Java
2 1 (8.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (25.00%) BPSS Clearance
2 2 (16.67%) Degree
2 2 (16.67%) Security Cleared
3 1 (8.33%) CTC Cleared
3 1 (8.33%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (16.67%) Disclosure Scotland
Vendors
1 1 (8.33%) Microsoft