The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 27 June 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
27 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 55 60 45
Rank change year-on-year
+5 -15
Contract jobs citing QA 23 18 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 2.48% 1.89% 2.90%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 37.70% 19.78% 26.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 7 8
Median daily rate £440 £398 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.69% +9.65%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £359 £294
10% offered a daily rate of more than £499 £410 £408
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Median hourly rate - £35.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +125.80%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £37.25 £19.13
% change year-on-year
-58.38% +94.77%
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
61 91 86
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 6.58% 9.56% 10.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 44 48
Median daily rate £425 £393 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.28% +8.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £350 £137
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £475 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 16 8
Median hourly rate - £15.25 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +1.66%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £22.03 £20.75
% change year-on-year
+27.12% +6.14%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Cheshire region citing QA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 27 June 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 27 June 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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
Warrington -7 6 £438 +10.06% 2
Knutsford -3 3 - - 1
Chester -15 3 £475 +29.25% 1
Macclesfield -2 2 - -
Runcorn - 1 - -
QA
North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 27 June 2016, 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 Cheshire region with a requirement for QA.

1 22 (56.41%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (28.21%) Stakeholder Management
3 10 (25.64%) Configuration Management
4 8 (20.51%) Linux
4 8 (20.51%) Windows
4 8 (20.51%) Time Management
5 7 (17.95%) Degree
5 7 (17.95%) Scrum
5 7 (17.95%) VMware
5 7 (17.95%) Continuous Improvement
6 6 (15.38%) User Stories
6 6 (15.38%) Coaching
6 6 (15.38%) Change Management
6 6 (15.38%) SQL
6 6 (15.38%) SQL Server
6 6 (15.38%) Project Management
7 5 (12.82%) Oracle
7 5 (12.82%) AIX
7 5 (12.82%) Jenkins
8 4 (10.26%) Analytical Skills
8 4 (10.26%) Data Structures
8 4 (10.26%) Change Control
8 4 (10.26%) UML
8 4 (10.26%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (10.26%) MS Project
8 4 (10.26%) Business Intelligence
8 4 (10.26%) Quality Management
8 4 (10.26%) Risk Management
8 4 (10.26%) Banking
8 4 (10.26%) JIRA

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire 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 (5.13%) Adobe Experience Manager
1 2 (5.13%) Apache
1 2 (5.13%) IIS
1 2 (5.13%) Tomcat
2 1 (2.56%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (2.56%) WebSphere
2 1 (2.56%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 4 (10.26%) MS Project
2 3 (7.69%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (2.56%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 3 (7.69%) SaaS
2 2 (5.13%) IaaS
2 2 (5.13%) PaaS
3 1 (2.56%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.13%) Internet
1 2 (5.13%) Network Security
2 1 (2.56%) 802.15
2 1 (2.56%) DNS
2 1 (2.56%) Firewall
2 1 (2.56%) HTTP
2 1 (2.56%) IPv6
2 1 (2.56%) LAN
2 1 (2.56%) WAN
2 1 (2.56%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (15.38%) SQL Server
2 4 (10.26%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (7.69%) Big Data
4 1 (2.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (2.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 5 (12.82%) Jenkins
2 4 (10.26%) JIRA
3 1 (2.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (2.56%) Bitbucket
3 1 (2.56%) CMake
3 1 (2.56%) Git (software)
3 1 (2.56%) Gradle
3 1 (2.56%) InstallShield
3 1 (2.56%) Mercurial
3 1 (2.56%) MSTest
3 1 (2.56%) Selenium
3 1 (2.56%) SpecFlow
3 1 (2.56%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (2.56%) TestComplete
3 1 (2.56%) Visual Studio
3 1 (2.56%) WebDriver
3 1 (2.56%) WiX
General
1 4 (10.26%) Banking
2 3 (7.69%) Finance
3 2 (5.13%) Pharmaceutical
3 2 (5.13%) Retail
4 1 (2.56%) Back Office
4 1 (2.56%) Marketing
4 1 (2.56%) Retail Banking
4 1 (2.56%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 10 (25.64%) Analyst
2 6 (15.38%) Business Analyst
3 4 (10.26%) Programme Office Support
3 4 (10.26%) Test Analyst
4 3 (7.69%) Agile Business Analyst
4 3 (7.69%) Business Intelligence Lead
4 3 (7.69%) Business IT Analyst
4 3 (7.69%) Environment Manager
4 3 (7.69%) IT Analyst
4 3 (7.69%) IT Business Analyst
4 3 (7.69%) Technical Analyst
4 3 (7.69%) Test Manager
4 3 (7.69%) Tester
5 2 (5.13%) Consultant
5 2 (5.13%) Delivery Project Manager
5 2 (5.13%) IT Consultant
5 2 (5.13%) Lead Project Manager
5 2 (5.13%) Project Manager
5 2 (5.13%) Risk Consultant
5 2 (5.13%) Test Automation Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.13%) Web Services
2 1 (2.56%) .NET
2 1 (2.56%) 802.1X
2 1 (2.56%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 4 (10.26%) Analytical Skills
1 4 (10.26%) Data Structures
2 3 (7.69%) Mainframe
2 3 (7.69%) Performance Metrics
3 1 (2.56%) BYOD
3 1 (2.56%) CMDB
3 1 (2.56%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.56%) Data Centre
3 1 (2.56%) Digital Media
3 1 (2.56%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.56%) Mobile App
3 1 (2.56%) Public Cloud
3 1 (2.56%) Smart Meter
3 1 (2.56%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 8 (20.51%) Linux
1 8 (20.51%) Windows
2 5 (12.82%) AIX
3 3 (7.69%) Unix
4 2 (5.13%) CentOS
5 1 (2.56%) Android
5 1 (2.56%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (2.56%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (2.56%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (56.41%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (28.21%) Stakeholder Management
3 10 (25.64%) Configuration Management
4 8 (20.51%) Time Management
5 7 (17.95%) Continuous Improvement
5 7 (17.95%) Scrum
6 6 (15.38%) Change Management
6 6 (15.38%) Coaching
6 6 (15.38%) Project Management
6 6 (15.38%) User Stories
7 4 (10.26%) Business Intelligence
7 4 (10.26%) Change Control
7 4 (10.26%) Quality Management
7 4 (10.26%) Risk Management
7 4 (10.26%) Software Testing
7 4 (10.26%) Test Scripting
7 4 (10.26%) UML
7 4 (10.26%) Use Case
7 4 (10.26%) Web Development
8 3 (7.69%) Capacity Planning
Programming Languages
1 6 (15.38%) SQL
2 3 (7.69%) Java
3 1 (2.56%) C#
3 1 (2.56%) C++
3 1 (2.56%) JavaScript
3 1 (2.56%) PHP
3 1 (2.56%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 7 (17.95%) Degree
2 2 (5.13%) BPSS Clearance
2 2 (5.13%) Security Cleared
3 1 (2.56%) ISEB
3 1 (2.56%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (7.69%) ISO 9001
2 1 (2.56%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 2 (5.13%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (2.56%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 3 (7.69%) Puppet
2 2 (5.13%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (5.13%) vRealize
3 1 (2.56%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 7 (17.95%) VMware
2 5 (12.82%) Oracle
3 3 (7.69%) Ab Initio
3 3 (7.69%) ATG
3 3 (7.69%) CheckPoint
3 3 (7.69%) Salesforce.com
4 2 (5.13%) Adobe
4 2 (5.13%) Microsoft
5 1 (2.56%) Ericsson
5 1 (2.56%) HP
5 1 (2.56%) IBM
5 1 (2.56%) RightScale