The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Staffordshire 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 27 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)
West Midlands / Staffordshire
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank - 21 26
Contract jobs citing QA 0 4 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire - 2.20% 1.72%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category - 13.79% 17.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 2 2
Median daily rate - £250 £288
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -13.04%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +1.33% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £20.00
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 Staffordshire with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Staffordshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 12 29 17
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Staffordshire 10.34% 15.93% 9.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 15 16
Median daily rate £450 £200 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +125.00% -50.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £20.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £28.00 £21.78
% change year-on-year -10.71% +28.58%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Staffordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Staffordshire 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 Staffordshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Staffordshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Staffordshire

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Staffordshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Staffordshire

For the 6 months to 27 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 Staffordshire region with a requirement for QA.

1 3 (60.00%) Test Scripting
1 3 (60.00%) ISEB
1 3 (60.00%) ISTQB
2 1 (20.00%) Degree
2 1 (20.00%) Resource Allocation
2 1 (20.00%) Programme Delivery
2 1 (20.00%) e-Learning
2 1 (20.00%) PRINCE2 Certification
2 1 (20.00%) ECDL
2 1 (20.00%) .NET
2 1 (20.00%) ASP.NET
2 1 (20.00%) PRINCE2
2 1 (20.00%) Business Intelligence
2 1 (20.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (20.00%) Test Automation
2 1 (20.00%) WebDriver
2 1 (20.00%) Functional Testing
2 1 (20.00%) Information Governance
2 1 (20.00%) SOASTA, Inc
2 1 (20.00%) Octopus Deploy
2 1 (20.00%) Line Management
2 1 (20.00%) Selenium
2 1 (20.00%) Release Management
2 1 (20.00%) Performance Testing
2 1 (20.00%) Business Analysis
2 1 (20.00%) Agile Software Development

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Staffordshire 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:

Development Applications
1 1 (20.00%) Octopus Deploy
1 1 (20.00%) Selenium
1 1 (20.00%) WebDriver
Job Titles
1 4 (80.00%) QA Engineer
2 3 (60.00%) Analyst
2 3 (60.00%) QA Analyst
2 3 (60.00%) QA Test Analyst
2 3 (60.00%) QA Test Engineer
2 3 (60.00%) QA Tester
2 3 (60.00%) Software Analyst
2 3 (60.00%) Software QA Engineer
2 3 (60.00%) Software QA Tester
2 3 (60.00%) Software Test Analyst
2 3 (60.00%) Software Test Engineer
2 3 (60.00%) Software Tester
2 3 (60.00%) Test Analyst
2 3 (60.00%) Test Engineer
2 3 (60.00%) Tester
3 1 (20.00%) IT Trainer
3 1 (20.00%) Senior QA Engineer
3 1 (20.00%) Trainer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (20.00%) .NET
1 1 (20.00%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 1 (20.00%) e-Learning
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (60.00%) Test Scripting
2 1 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (20.00%) Business Analysis
2 1 (20.00%) Business Intelligence
2 1 (20.00%) Functional Testing
2 1 (20.00%) Information Governance
2 1 (20.00%) Line Management
2 1 (20.00%) Performance Testing
2 1 (20.00%) PRINCE2
2 1 (20.00%) Programme Delivery
2 1 (20.00%) Release Management
2 1 (20.00%) Resource Allocation
2 1 (20.00%) Test Automation
Qualifications
1 3 (60.00%) ISEB
1 3 (60.00%) ISTQB
2 1 (20.00%) Degree
2 1 (20.00%) ECDL
2 1 (20.00%) PRINCE2 Certification
Vendors
1 1 (20.00%) Microsoft
1 1 (20.00%) SOASTA, Inc