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 29 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.

Quality Assurance (QA)
West Midlands / Staffordshire
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 18 24 29
Rank change year-on-year +6 +5  
Contract jobs citing QA 4 2 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire 2.86% 1.35% 2.26%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 25.00% 15.38% 44.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 4
Median daily rate £275 £300 £288
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.33% +4.34%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £368 £366 £350
% change year-on-year +0.54% +4.42%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £39.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year -30.76% +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 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 16 13 9
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Staffordshire 11.43% 8.78% 5.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 10 8
Median daily rate £413 £363 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.79% -4.60%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £300 £194
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £399 £432
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £17.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £40.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -50.00% +37.93%  

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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

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Contract Job Locations in Staffordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Staffordshire region over the 3 months to 29 March 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
Tamworth - 2 - - 1
Stoke-on-Trent - 1 £275 -
QA
West Midlands

For the 6 months to 29 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 Staffordshire region with a requirement for QA.

1 6 (46.15%) .NET
1 6 (46.15%) ASP.NET
1 6 (46.15%) ISEB
1 6 (46.15%) ISTQB
1 6 (46.15%) Test Scripting
2 5 (38.46%) SOASTA, Inc
2 5 (38.46%) Octopus Deploy
2 5 (38.46%) Performance Testing
2 5 (38.46%) WebDriver
2 5 (38.46%) Functional Testing
2 5 (38.46%) Selenium
3 3 (23.08%) Microsoft
3 3 (23.08%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (15.38%) SQL Server
5 1 (7.69%) IIS
5 1 (7.69%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (7.69%) ECDL
5 1 (7.69%) PRINCE2
5 1 (7.69%) Windows
5 1 (7.69%) Business Intelligence
5 1 (7.69%) MySQL
5 1 (7.69%) JavaScript
5 1 (7.69%) PHP
5 1 (7.69%) VB
5 1 (7.69%) VB6
5 1 (7.69%) Finance
5 1 (7.69%) Scrum
5 1 (7.69%) e-Learning
5 1 (7.69%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (7.69%) SQL Server 2008

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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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (7.69%) IIS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (15.38%) SQL Server
2 1 (7.69%) MySQL
2 1 (7.69%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 5 (38.46%) Octopus Deploy
1 5 (38.46%) Selenium
1 5 (38.46%) WebDriver
2 1 (7.69%) Jenkins
General
1 1 (7.69%) Finance
Job Titles
1 11 (84.62%) QA Engineer
2 6 (46.15%) Analyst
2 6 (46.15%) QA Analyst
2 6 (46.15%) QA Test Analyst
2 6 (46.15%) QA Test Engineer
2 6 (46.15%) QA Tester
2 6 (46.15%) Software Analyst
2 6 (46.15%) Software QA Engineer
2 6 (46.15%) Software QA Tester
2 6 (46.15%) Software Test Analyst
2 6 (46.15%) Software Test Engineer
2 6 (46.15%) Software Tester
2 6 (46.15%) Test Analyst
2 6 (46.15%) Test Engineer
2 6 (46.15%) Tester
3 5 (38.46%) Senior QA Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) ASP.NET Developer
4 1 (7.69%) Developer
4 1 (7.69%) IT Trainer
4 1 (7.69%) PHP Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (46.15%) .NET
1 6 (46.15%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 1 (7.69%) e-Learning
Operating Systems
1 1 (7.69%) Windows
1 1 (7.69%) Windows Server
1 1 (7.69%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (46.15%) Test Scripting
2 5 (38.46%) Functional Testing
2 5 (38.46%) Performance Testing
3 3 (23.08%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (7.69%) Business Analysis
4 1 (7.69%) Business Intelligence
4 1 (7.69%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (7.69%) Information Governance
4 1 (7.69%) Line Management
4 1 (7.69%) PRINCE2
4 1 (7.69%) Process Improvement
4 1 (7.69%) Release Management
4 1 (7.69%) Resource Allocation
4 1 (7.69%) Scrum
4 1 (7.69%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (7.69%) JavaScript
1 1 (7.69%) PHP
1 1 (7.69%) VB
1 1 (7.69%) VB6
Qualifications
1 6 (46.15%) ISEB
1 6 (46.15%) ISTQB
2 1 (7.69%) Degree
2 1 (7.69%) ECDL
2 1 (7.69%) PRINCE2 Certification
Vendors
1 5 (38.46%) SOASTA, Inc
2 3 (23.08%) Microsoft