Period
to 13 December 2018

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 6 months to 13 December 2018 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
6 months to
13 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 24 28 36
Rank change year-on-year +4 +8 -2
Contract jobs citing QA 26 7 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire 8.84% 2.65% 2.57%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 42.62% 22.58% 15.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 11 6
Staffordshire median daily rate £375 £325 £344
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% -5.45% -18.15%
10th Percentile £220 £298 £272
90th Percentile £461 £340 £484
West Midlands median daily rate £389 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +11.07% -6.67% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Staffordshire median hourly rate - - -
West Midlands median hourly rate - £10.00 £30.41
% change year-on-year - -67.11% +52.03%

QA is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following 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 or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Staffordshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 61 31 69
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire 20.75% 11.74% 16.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 24 34
Staffordshire median daily rate £390 £375 £235
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.00% +59.57% -37.33%
10th Percentile £220 £201 £158
90th Percentile £460 £440 £426
West Midlands median daily rate £390 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +0.65% +3.33% -3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 10
Staffordshire median hourly rate - £11.18 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -55.30% +25.00%
West Midlands median hourly rate £13.00 £21.79 £25.00
% change year-on-year -40.34% -12.84% -20.48%

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Job Vacancy Trend in Staffordshire

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire.

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 Daily Rate Histogram in Staffordshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Staffordshire over the 6 months to 13 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 6 months to 13 December 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Tamworth -6 9 £425 +30.77% 1
Stoke-on-Trent +2 5 £375 -16.67% 2
Burton-upon-Trent - 5 £220 -
Lichfield - 2 - -
Stafford - 2 - -
Cannock - 1 £388 -
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West Midlands

For the 6 months to 13 December 2018, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Staffordshire region with a requirement for QA.

1 10 (38.46%) Windows
2 8 (30.77%) User Acceptance Testing
3 6 (23.08%) Business Analysis
3 6 (23.08%) Stakeholder Management
3 6 (23.08%) E-Commerce
3 6 (23.08%) Project Management
4 5 (19.23%) Migration
5 4 (15.38%) PostgreSQL
5 4 (15.38%) Clustering
5 4 (15.38%) Retail
5 4 (15.38%) .NET
5 4 (15.38%) MySQL
5 4 (15.38%) Oracle
5 4 (15.38%) SQL Server
5 4 (15.38%) Failover Clustering
5 4 (15.38%) Microsoft Clustering
5 4 (15.38%) Oracle Database
5 4 (15.38%) Riak
5 4 (15.38%) PowerShell
6 3 (11.54%) Windows Server
6 3 (11.54%) Stakeholder Engagement
6 3 (11.54%) WiX
6 3 (11.54%) Project Governance
6 3 (11.54%) Change Control
6 3 (11.54%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (11.54%) GDPR
6 3 (11.54%) Re-Platforming
6 3 (11.54%) XML
6 3 (11.54%) PRINCE2
6 3 (11.54%) Business Intelligence

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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 2 (7.69%) BizTalk Server
1 2 (7.69%) ColdFusion
Applications
1 2 (7.69%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (7.69%) Microsoft Project
Communications & Networking
1 3 (11.54%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (15.38%) MySQL
1 4 (15.38%) Oracle Database
1 4 (15.38%) PostgreSQL
1 4 (15.38%) Riak
1 4 (15.38%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (11.54%) InstallShield
1 3 (11.54%) MSI
1 3 (11.54%) WiX
General
1 4 (15.38%) Retail
Job Titles
1 6 (23.08%) Analyst
1 6 (23.08%) Business Analyst
1 6 (23.08%) E-Commerce Analyst
1 6 (23.08%) E-Commerce Business Analyst
2 5 (19.23%) Service Desk Manager
2 5 (19.23%) Service Manager
3 4 (15.38%) DBA
3 4 (15.38%) Production DBA
4 3 (11.54%) Applications Packager
4 3 (11.54%) Infrastructure Manager
4 3 (11.54%) Infrastructure Project Manager
4 3 (11.54%) IT Infrastructure Manager
4 3 (11.54%) IT Infrastructure Project Manager
4 3 (11.54%) IT Manager
4 3 (11.54%) IT Project Manager
4 3 (11.54%) IT Security Manager
4 3 (11.54%) IT Security Project Manager
4 3 (11.54%) Project Manager
4 3 (11.54%) Security Manager
4 3 (11.54%) Security Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (15.38%) .NET
2 3 (11.54%) XML
3 2 (7.69%) Ajax
3 2 (7.69%) ASP.NET Web Forms
3 2 (7.69%) jQuery
3 2 (7.69%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 4 (15.38%) Clustering
2 3 (11.54%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (11.54%) FMCG
2 3 (11.54%) PMI
3 1 (3.85%) EPoS
3 1 (3.85%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 10 (38.46%) Windows
2 3 (11.54%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (30.77%) User Acceptance Testing
2 6 (23.08%) Business Analysis
2 6 (23.08%) E-Commerce
2 6 (23.08%) Project Management
2 6 (23.08%) Stakeholder Management
3 5 (19.23%) Migration
4 3 (11.54%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (11.54%) Application Packaging
4 3 (11.54%) Business Intelligence
4 3 (11.54%) Change Control
4 3 (11.54%) Logistics
4 3 (11.54%) PRINCE2
4 3 (11.54%) Project Governance
4 3 (11.54%) Project Planning
4 3 (11.54%) Re-Platforming
4 3 (11.54%) Stakeholder Engagement
5 2 (7.69%) Database Security
5 2 (7.69%) Deployment Automation
6 1 (3.85%) Problem-Solving
6 1 (3.85%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (15.38%) PowerShell
2 3 (11.54%) SQL
3 2 (7.69%) C#
3 2 (7.69%) Java
3 2 (7.69%) PHP
Qualifications
1 3 (11.54%) PMI Certification
1 3 (11.54%) PMP
2 1 (3.85%) ISEB
2 1 (3.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (11.54%) GDPR
1 3 (11.54%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 3 (11.54%) Active Directory
1 3 (11.54%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 4 (15.38%) Failover Clustering
1 4 (15.38%) Microsoft Clustering
2 3 (11.54%) SCCM
Vendors
1 4 (15.38%) Oracle
2 1 (3.85%) IBM
2 1 (3.85%) IBM Sterling