The first table below looks at the demand 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 1 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category for the Cheshire region.

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
1 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 51 47 61
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +14
Contract jobs citing QA 16 23 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 2.00% 2.95% 1.07%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 25.40% 54.76% 14.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 7 6
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£350 £325 £317
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% +2.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £286 £241 £234
10% offered a daily rate of more than £455 £413 £355
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £15.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £13.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+22.22% -46.00%
Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
63 42 64
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 7.87% 5.39% 7.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 18 39
Average daily rate £306 £326 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.13% +8.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £100 £233 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £521 £384 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 1 2
Average hourly rate £15.50 £22.50 £49.80
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-31.11% -54.81%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.10 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+14.87% -12.50%
QA
North West

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 1 August 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 1 August 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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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 0 5 £333 +1.52% 1
Knutsford +6 2 £369 - 1
Warrington - 2 £245 - 4
Wilmslow - - - - 1
Macclesfield - - - - 1
Nantwich - - - -
Northwich - - - - 2
QA
North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 1 August 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 20 (45.45%) Red Hat
1 20 (45.45%) Continuous Integration
1 20 (45.45%) CentOS
1 20 (45.45%) Amazon EC2
1 20 (45.45%) Amazon S3
1 20 (45.45%) Amazon AWS
1 20 (45.45%) RightScale
1 20 (45.45%) Puppet
1 20 (45.45%) Hudson
1 20 (45.45%) Route 53
1 20 (45.45%) Jenkins
1 20 (45.45%) Amazon ELB
1 20 (45.45%) Vagrant
2 19 (43.18%) DevOps
3 17 (38.64%) SaaS
3 17 (38.64%) PaaS
4 15 (34.09%) Open Source
4 15 (34.09%) Maven
4 15 (34.09%) DNS
4 15 (34.09%) Configuration Management
4 15 (34.09%) Firewall
4 15 (34.09%) DHCP
5 12 (27.27%) Project Management
6 7 (15.91%) SharePoint
6 7 (15.91%) Information Security
7 5 (11.36%) Management Information System
7 5 (11.36%) Finance
7 5 (11.36%) Load Balancing
7 5 (11.36%) Network Security
7 5 (11.36%) MS Office

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 1 August 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 (15.91%) SharePoint
2 2 (4.55%) WebSphere
3 1 (2.27%) Jetty
3 1 (2.27%) nginx
3 1 (2.27%) ArcGIS
3 1 (2.27%) NetWeaver
3 1 (2.27%) Apache
3 1 (2.27%) Tomcat
3 1 (2.27%) OpenStack
Applications
1 5 (11.36%) MS Office
2 4 (9.09%) MS Project
2 4 (9.09%) MS Visio
3 3 (6.82%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (4.55%) MS Excel
5 1 (2.27%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 1 (2.27%) CA Clarity
Cloud Services
1 20 (45.45%) Amazon EC2
1 20 (45.45%) Amazon S3
1 20 (45.45%) Amazon AWS
1 20 (45.45%) Route 53
1 20 (45.45%) Amazon ELB
2 17 (38.64%) SaaS
2 17 (38.64%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (34.09%) DNS
1 15 (34.09%) Firewall
1 15 (34.09%) DHCP
2 5 (11.36%) Network Security
3 2 (4.55%) HTTP
4 1 (2.27%) Internet
4 1 (2.27%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.55%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (2.27%) QlikView
2 1 (2.27%) SAP BW
2 1 (2.27%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.27%) DB2
2 1 (2.27%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 20 (45.45%) Hudson
1 20 (45.45%) Jenkins
2 15 (34.09%) Maven
3 1 (2.27%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (2.27%) Selenium
3 1 (2.27%) QuickTest Pro
3 1 (2.27%) JUnit
3 1 (2.27%) MSTest
3 1 (2.27%) Cucumber
General
1 5 (11.36%) Finance
2 2 (4.55%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (2.27%) Banking
3 1 (2.27%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 16 (36.36%) DevOps Engineer
2 8 (18.18%) Analyst
3 4 (9.09%) Programme Manager
4 3 (6.82%) Project Analyst
4 3 (6.82%) Security Manager
4 3 (6.82%) Project Manager
4 3 (6.82%) PMO Lead
5 2 (4.55%) Business Analyst
5 2 (4.55%) Test Analyst
5 2 (4.55%) Administrator
5 2 (4.55%) Engagement Manager
5 2 (4.55%) Business Manager
6 1 (2.27%) Linux Administrator
6 1 (2.27%) Automation Test Analyst
6 1 (2.27%) Project Engineer
6 1 (2.27%) GIS Technician
6 1 (2.27%) IT Programme Manager
6 1 (2.27%) Information Manager
6 1 (2.27%) Information Security Manager
6 1 (2.27%) Security Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.27%) SAP XI
1 1 (2.27%) WebSphere Message Broker
1 1 (2.27%) XML Schema
1 1 (2.27%) Servlets
1 1 (2.27%) Web Services
1 1 (2.27%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 15 (34.09%) Open Source
2 5 (11.36%) Management Information System
3 3 (6.82%) Video Conferencing
4 2 (4.55%) GIS
5 1 (2.27%) Life Science
5 1 (2.27%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 20 (45.45%) CentOS
2 3 (6.82%) Windows
3 2 (4.55%) UNIX
4 1 (2.27%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (45.45%) Continuous Integration
2 19 (43.18%) DevOps
3 15 (34.09%) Configuration Management
4 12 (27.27%) Project Management
5 7 (15.91%) Information Security
6 5 (11.36%) Load Balancing
7 4 (9.09%) Stakeholder Management
8 3 (6.82%) Agile Software Development
8 3 (6.82%) Time Management
8 3 (6.82%) Resource Management
9 2 (4.55%) Software Testing
9 2 (4.55%) Change Control
9 2 (4.55%) Capacity Planning
9 2 (4.55%) Stakeholder Engagement
9 2 (4.55%) E-Commerce
9 2 (4.55%) Service Management
9 2 (4.55%) Quality Management
9 2 (4.55%) Change Management
9 2 (4.55%) Web Development
9 2 (4.55%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (6.82%) Java
2 2 (4.55%) SQL
2 2 (4.55%) VBA
3 1 (2.27%) Ruby
3 1 (2.27%) C
Qualifications
1 4 (9.09%) ISEB
2 1 (2.27%) ISTQB
2 1 (2.27%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
2 1 (2.27%) Degree
2 1 (2.27%) CISA
2 1 (2.27%) CISSP
2 1 (2.27%) PMP
2 1 (2.27%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (2.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 1 (2.27%) SLA
1 1 (2.27%) ISO 9001
1 1 (2.27%) GxP
1 1 (2.27%) Data Quality
Systems Management
1 20 (45.45%) Puppet
1 20 (45.45%) Vagrant
2 1 (2.27%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 20 (45.45%) Red Hat
1 20 (45.45%) RightScale
2 4 (9.09%) SAP
3 2 (4.55%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.27%) Huawei
4 1 (2.27%) IBM
4 1 (2.27%) CA
4 1 (2.27%) Ericsson
4 1 (2.27%) Oracle
4 1 (2.27%) Splunk
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