The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Bolton region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 22 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 8 3 -
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -
Contract jobs citing QA 6 5 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bolton 17.65% 38.46% -
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 100.00% 62.50% -
Number of daily rates quoted 5 0 0
Average daily rate
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£238 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £21.50 £26.75
% change year-on-year
+72.09% -19.62%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Quality Assurance & Compliance category in contract jobs advertised in the Bolton region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Bolton
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
6 8 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bolton 17.65% 61.54% -
Number of daily rates quoted 5 1 0
Average daily rate £238 £375 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-36.66% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Average hourly rate - £12.25 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +20.00%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Bolton

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Bolton region as a proportion of the total demand within the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Bolton

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Bolton

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing QA across the Bolton region.

QA Daily Rate Trend in Bolton

QA
Top 25 Related IT Skills in Bolton

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Bolton region citing QA also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited QA.

1 3 (50.00%) ISEB
1 3 (50.00%) Test Scripting
1 3 (50.00%) Manual Testing
1 3 (50.00%) Automated Testing
2 2 (33.33%) Selenium
2 2 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (33.33%) SQL
3 1 (16.67%) SOAP
3 1 (16.67%) ITIL
3 1 (16.67%) PRINCE2
3 1 (16.67%) MS Excel
3 1 (16.67%) Microsoft
3 1 (16.67%) Risk Management
3 1 (16.67%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (16.67%) Configuration Management
3 1 (16.67%) System Testing
3 1 (16.67%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (16.67%) Budget Control
3 1 (16.67%) SoapUI
3 1 (16.67%) Change Control
3 1 (16.67%) Test Strategy
3 1 (16.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (16.67%) Software Testing
3 1 (16.67%) ISTQB

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Bolton by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Bolton region citing QA also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited QA. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 1 (16.67%) MS Excel
Development Applications
1 2 (33.33%) Selenium
2 1 (16.67%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (16.67%) SoapUI
Job Titles
1 3 (50.00%) Analyst
1 3 (50.00%) Test Analyst
2 2 (33.33%) Test Engineer
3 1 (16.67%) Test Leader
3 1 (16.67%) QA Test Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) QA Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (16.67%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 2 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (50.00%) Test Scripting
1 3 (50.00%) Manual Testing
1 3 (50.00%) Automated Testing
2 1 (16.67%) ITIL
2 1 (16.67%) PRINCE2
2 1 (16.67%) Risk Management
2 1 (16.67%) Configuration Management
2 1 (16.67%) System Testing
2 1 (16.67%) Budget Control
2 1 (16.67%) Change Control
2 1 (16.67%) Test Strategy
2 1 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (16.67%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (33.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (50.00%) ISEB
2 1 (16.67%) ITIL Certification
2 1 (16.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (16.67%) ISTQB
Vendors
1 1 (16.67%) Microsoft