The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 17 September 2014 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
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 50 30 60
Rank change year-on-year
-20 +30
Contract jobs citing QA 16 42 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 2.07% 4.59% 1.09%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 28.07% 62.69% 22.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 16 5
Average daily rate
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£369 £326 £318
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.02% +2.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £307 £285 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £448 £425 £346
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.75 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -12.50%
QA
North West

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 Cheshire region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
57 67 45
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 7.37% 7.32% 4.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 27 26
Average daily rate £375 £363 £314
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +15.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £100 £319 £109
10% offered a daily rate of more than £551 £430 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £358 £365
% change year-on-year
+4.89% -2.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 2 2
Average hourly rate £17.00 £27.03 £49.80
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-37.10% -45.72%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -16.66%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

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

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 17 September 2014.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

QA
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 17 September 2014. 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
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Chester -4 7 £338 +3.05% 6
Knutsford +11 2 £369 +12.16% 2
Warrington -7 2 - - 5
Wilmslow - - - - 2
Crewe - - - - 2
Macclesfield - - - - 4
Nantwich - - - - 1
Northwich - - - - 1
QA
North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 17 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire 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 19 (46.34%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (36.59%) Vagrant
2 15 (36.59%) DevOps
2 15 (36.59%) RightScale
2 15 (36.59%) Puppet
2 15 (36.59%) Hudson
2 15 (36.59%) Route 53
2 15 (36.59%) Jenkins
2 15 (36.59%) Amazon ELB
2 15 (36.59%) Red Hat
2 15 (36.59%) Continuous Integration
2 15 (36.59%) CentOS
2 15 (36.59%) Amazon EC2
2 15 (36.59%) Amazon S3
2 15 (36.59%) Amazon AWS
2 15 (36.59%) SaaS
2 15 (36.59%) PaaS
3 13 (31.71%) Open Source
3 13 (31.71%) Maven
3 13 (31.71%) Configuration Management
3 13 (31.71%) Firewall
3 13 (31.71%) DHCP
3 13 (31.71%) DNS
4 11 (26.83%) Project Management
5 7 (17.07%) SharePoint
5 7 (17.07%) Information Security
6 6 (14.63%) Finance
7 5 (12.20%) Management Information System
7 5 (12.20%) ISEB
7 5 (12.20%) SQL

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 17 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire 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.

Application Platforms
1 7 (17.07%) SharePoint
2 2 (4.88%) WebSphere
3 1 (2.44%) Apache
3 1 (2.44%) Tomcat
3 1 (2.44%) ArcGIS
3 1 (2.44%) Jetty
3 1 (2.44%) nginx
3 1 (2.44%) OpenStack
Applications
1 4 (9.76%) MS Project
1 4 (9.76%) MS Office
1 4 (9.76%) MS Visio
2 3 (7.32%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (4.88%) MS Excel
4 1 (2.44%) AutoCAD
Cloud Services
1 15 (36.59%) Route 53
1 15 (36.59%) Amazon ELB
1 15 (36.59%) Amazon EC2
1 15 (36.59%) Amazon S3
1 15 (36.59%) Amazon AWS
1 15 (36.59%) SaaS
1 15 (36.59%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 13 (31.71%) Firewall
1 13 (31.71%) DHCP
1 13 (31.71%) DNS
2 2 (4.88%) Network Security
2 2 (4.88%) HTTP
3 1 (2.44%) FTP
3 1 (2.44%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.88%) SQL Server
1 2 (4.88%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (2.44%) QlikView
2 1 (2.44%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 15 (36.59%) Hudson
1 15 (36.59%) Jenkins
2 13 (31.71%) Maven
3 2 (4.88%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (4.88%) MSTest
3 2 (4.88%) QuickTest Pro
4 1 (2.44%) JUnit
4 1 (2.44%) Selenium
4 1 (2.44%) Cucumber
General
1 6 (14.63%) Finance
2 2 (4.88%) Pharmaceutical
2 2 (4.88%) Banking
3 1 (2.44%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 14 (34.15%) DevOps Engineer
2 10 (24.39%) Analyst
3 3 (7.32%) Test Analyst
3 3 (7.32%) Project Manager
3 3 (7.32%) Programme Manager
3 3 (7.32%) Security Manager
3 3 (7.32%) Project Analyst
3 3 (7.32%) PMO Lead
4 2 (4.88%) Report Analyst
4 2 (4.88%) Data Analyst
4 2 (4.88%) Engagement Manager
4 2 (4.88%) Business Manager
4 2 (4.88%) Business Analyst
5 1 (2.44%) Quality Manager
5 1 (2.44%) Developer
5 1 (2.44%) Consultant
5 1 (2.44%) Security Consultant
5 1 (2.44%) Administrator
5 1 (2.44%) Compliance Manager
5 1 (2.44%) Automation Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.44%) XML Schema
1 1 (2.44%) Servlets
1 1 (2.44%) Web Services
1 1 (2.44%) XML
1 1 (2.44%) WebSphere Message Broker
Miscellaneous
1 19 (46.34%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (31.71%) Open Source
3 5 (12.20%) Management Information System
4 3 (7.32%) Video Conferencing
5 2 (4.88%) GIS
6 1 (2.44%) PMI
6 1 (2.44%) IVR
6 1 (2.44%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 15 (36.59%) CentOS
2 3 (7.32%) Windows
3 1 (2.44%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (36.59%) DevOps
1 15 (36.59%) Continuous Integration
2 13 (31.71%) Configuration Management
3 11 (26.83%) Project Management
4 7 (17.07%) Information Security
5 5 (12.20%) Stakeholder Management
6 4 (9.76%) Agile Software Development
7 3 (7.32%) Software Testing
7 3 (7.32%) Automated Testing
7 3 (7.32%) Performance Testing
8 2 (4.88%) Transition Management
8 2 (4.88%) Change Control
8 2 (4.88%) Time Management
8 2 (4.88%) Capacity Planning
8 2 (4.88%) Stakeholder Engagement
8 2 (4.88%) Test Scripting
8 2 (4.88%) Matrix Management
8 2 (4.88%) Release Management
8 2 (4.88%) Web Development
8 2 (4.88%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 5 (12.20%) SQL
2 2 (4.88%) Java
2 2 (4.88%) VBA
3 1 (2.44%) C
3 1 (2.44%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 5 (12.20%) ISEB
2 1 (2.44%) CISSP
2 1 (2.44%) PMP
2 1 (2.44%) PMI Certification
2 1 (2.44%) CISA
2 1 (2.44%) ISTQB
2 1 (2.44%) Degree
2 1 (2.44%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.44%) ISO 9001
1 1 (2.44%) GxP
1 1 (2.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 1 (2.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (2.44%) Data Quality
Systems Management
1 15 (36.59%) Vagrant
1 15 (36.59%) Puppet
2 2 (4.88%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 15 (36.59%) RightScale
1 15 (36.59%) Red Hat
2 2 (4.88%) Microsoft
2 2 (4.88%) SAP
3 1 (2.44%) Ericsson
3 1 (2.44%) IBM
3 1 (2.44%) Huawei
3 1 (2.44%) Splunk
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