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 21 November 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
21 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 33 21 52
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +31
Contract jobs citing QA 28 61 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 3.90% 6.25% 1.55%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 43.75% 58.10% 24.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 28 8
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+36.83% +0.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £356 £294 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £412 £406
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.44% -1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £42.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £32.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+1.53% +75.67%
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
64 105 53
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 8.91% 10.76% 6.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 47 25
Average daily rate £295 £340 £316
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.23% +7.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £294 £139
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £435 £419
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -5.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 8 3
Average hourly rate £15.00 £31.56 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-52.46% +66.07%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -7.89%

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 21 November 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 21 November 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 +3 13 £400 -2.43%
Warrington -17 5 £531 +71.37% 3
Widnes - - - -
Wilmslow - - - - 1
Crewe - - - - 3
Knutsford - - - - 1
Macclesfield - - - -
Nantwich - - - -
Runcorn - - - - 1
QA
North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 14 (31.11%) Red Hat
1 14 (31.11%) Continuous Integration
1 14 (31.11%) CentOS
1 14 (31.11%) Puppet
1 14 (31.11%) Jenkins
1 14 (31.11%) Vagrant
2 13 (28.89%) DevOps
3 12 (26.67%) Amazon ELB
3 12 (26.67%) RightScale
3 12 (26.67%) Route 53
3 12 (26.67%) Amazon EC2
3 12 (26.67%) Amazon S3
3 12 (26.67%) Amazon AWS
3 12 (26.67%) Configuration Management
4 10 (22.22%) Firewall
4 10 (22.22%) Analytical Skills
5 8 (17.78%) Hudson
5 8 (17.78%) Project Management
6 7 (15.56%) Finance
6 7 (15.56%) Stakeholder Management
7 6 (13.33%) Information Security
7 6 (13.33%) Maven
7 6 (13.33%) Windows
7 6 (13.33%) Linux
7 6 (13.33%) DNS
7 6 (13.33%) DHCP
7 6 (13.33%) Open Source
7 6 (13.33%) SaaS
7 6 (13.33%) PaaS
7 6 (13.33%) Opscode Chef

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 4 (8.89%) SharePoint
2 1 (2.22%) ArcGIS
2 1 (2.22%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (6.67%) MS Project
2 2 (4.44%) MS Visio
2 2 (4.44%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (2.22%) AutoCAD
3 1 (2.22%) MS Office
3 1 (2.22%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (6.67%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 12 (26.67%) Amazon EC2
1 12 (26.67%) Amazon S3
1 12 (26.67%) Amazon AWS
1 12 (26.67%) Route 53
1 12 (26.67%) Amazon ELB
2 6 (13.33%) SaaS
2 6 (13.33%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (22.22%) Firewall
2 6 (13.33%) DHCP
2 6 (13.33%) DNS
3 2 (4.44%) Network Security
4 1 (2.22%) iBeacon
4 1 (2.22%) Internet
4 1 (2.22%) FTP
4 1 (2.22%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.44%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.22%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.22%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 14 (31.11%) Jenkins
2 8 (17.78%) Hudson
3 6 (13.33%) Maven
4 2 (4.44%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (4.44%) QuickTest Pro
4 2 (4.44%) MSTest
5 1 (2.22%) Cucumber
5 1 (2.22%) WebDriver
5 1 (2.22%) Selenium
5 1 (2.22%) Git (software)
General
1 7 (15.56%) Finance
2 3 (6.67%) Manufacturing
2 3 (6.67%) Advertising
3 2 (4.44%) Banking
4 1 (2.22%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (2.22%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 12 (26.67%) DevOps Engineer
2 8 (17.78%) Consultant
2 8 (17.78%) Analyst
3 4 (8.89%) Systems Engineer
3 4 (8.89%) Developer
3 4 (8.89%) Operations Engineer
4 3 (6.67%) PMO Lead
4 3 (6.67%) Business Analyst
4 3 (6.67%) Test Analyst
4 3 (6.67%) Security Manager
4 3 (6.67%) Dynamics AX Consultant
4 3 (6.67%) Test Leader
5 2 (4.44%) Engagement Manager
5 2 (4.44%) Business Manager
5 2 (4.44%) Report Analyst
5 2 (4.44%) Programme Manager
5 2 (4.44%) Project Manager
5 2 (4.44%) Data Analyst
6 1 (2.22%) Senior Test Analyst
6 1 (2.22%) Project Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.22%) Web Services
1 1 (2.22%) XML
1 1 (2.22%) XML Schema
1 1 (2.22%) WebSphere Message Broker
Miscellaneous
1 10 (22.22%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (13.33%) Open Source
3 4 (8.89%) Enterprise Software
3 4 (8.89%) IVR
4 3 (6.67%) Biometrics
5 2 (4.44%) Management Information System
6 1 (2.22%) PMI
6 1 (2.22%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 14 (31.11%) CentOS
2 6 (13.33%) Windows
2 6 (13.33%) Linux
3 4 (8.89%) UNIX
4 2 (4.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (31.11%) Continuous Integration
2 13 (28.89%) DevOps
3 12 (26.67%) Configuration Management
4 8 (17.78%) Project Management
5 7 (15.56%) Stakeholder Management
6 6 (13.33%) Information Security
7 5 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
7 5 (11.11%) ITIL
8 4 (8.89%) Use Case
8 4 (8.89%) Kalman Filter
8 4 (8.89%) Technical Analysis
8 4 (8.89%) SIEM
9 3 (6.67%) Test Strategy
9 3 (6.67%) Manual Testing
9 3 (6.67%) ERP
10 2 (4.44%) Service Management
10 2 (4.44%) Quality Management
10 2 (4.44%) Change Management
10 2 (4.44%) Risk Management
10 2 (4.44%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (8.89%) SQL
2 2 (4.44%) VBA
3 1 (2.22%) C
3 1 (2.22%) Java
Qualifications
1 5 (11.11%) CISSP
2 2 (4.44%) ISEB
3 1 (2.22%) PMP
3 1 (2.22%) PMI Certification
3 1 (2.22%) CISA
3 1 (2.22%) Degree
3 1 (2.22%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.22%) ISO 9001
1 1 (2.22%) GxP
1 1 (2.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 1 (2.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 14 (31.11%) Puppet
1 14 (31.11%) Vagrant
2 6 (13.33%) Opscode Chef
3 4 (8.89%) Nessus
4 2 (4.44%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 14 (31.11%) Red Hat
2 12 (26.67%) RightScale
3 5 (11.11%) Microsoft
4 4 (8.89%) Oracle
4 4 (8.89%) ArcSight
5 2 (4.44%) SAP
6 1 (2.22%) IBM
6 1 (2.22%) Ericsson
6 1 (2.22%) Huawei