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 2 March 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
2 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 44 51 45
Rank change year-on-year
+7 -6
Contract jobs citing QA 22 18 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 2.80% 2.24% 2.25%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 30.14% 25.71% 23.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 9 7
Average daily rate
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£450 £337 £265
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.53% +27.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £298 £153
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £365 £368
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £15.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.25 £16.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+120.31% -41.81%
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
73 70 69
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 9.30% 8.73% 9.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 35 15
Average daily rate £413 £363 £135
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.79% +168.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £256 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £556 £537 £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £368 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.40% +11.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 7
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.77 £47.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.88% -66.80%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £16.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+18.75% -20.00%

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 2 March 2015.

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 2 March 2015. 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
Warrington 0 8 £450 +45.16% 4
Knutsford -5 2 £425 +26.11%
Runcorn - 1 - -
Wilmslow - - - - 1
Macclesfield - - - - 1
Nantwich - - - - 1
Chester - - - - 1
Crewe - - - -
QA
North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 2 March 2015, 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 12 (23.08%) Red Hat
1 12 (23.08%) Continuous Integration
1 12 (23.08%) CentOS
1 12 (23.08%) Puppet
1 12 (23.08%) Jenkins
1 12 (23.08%) Vagrant
2 11 (21.15%) DevOps
2 11 (21.15%) Finance
3 10 (19.23%) Firewall
3 10 (19.23%) Configuration Management
3 10 (19.23%) Amazon ELB
3 10 (19.23%) Route 53
3 10 (19.23%) RightScale
3 10 (19.23%) Amazon EC2
3 10 (19.23%) Amazon S3
3 10 (19.23%) Amazon AWS
4 8 (15.38%) Linux
4 8 (15.38%) Banking
5 7 (13.46%) Agile Software Development
5 7 (13.46%) Enterprise Architecture
5 7 (13.46%) Informatics
5 7 (13.46%) Windows
6 6 (11.54%) CISSP
6 6 (11.54%) Microsoft
6 6 (11.54%) ITIL
6 6 (11.54%) UNIX
6 6 (11.54%) Oracle
6 6 (11.54%) Nessus
6 6 (11.54%) Use Case
6 6 (11.54%) Hudson

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 2 March 2015, 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 (7.69%) MQSeries
1 4 (7.69%) CICS
2 2 (3.85%) SugarCRM
3 1 (1.92%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (3.85%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.92%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (5.77%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (3.85%) BusinessWorks
3 1 (1.92%) SAP FI
3 1 (1.92%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (1.92%) SAP CO
Cloud Services
1 10 (19.23%) Amazon EC2
1 10 (19.23%) Amazon S3
1 10 (19.23%) Amazon AWS
1 10 (19.23%) Route 53
1 10 (19.23%) Amazon ELB
2 4 (7.69%) SaaS
2 4 (7.69%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (19.23%) Firewall
2 4 (7.69%) DHCP
2 4 (7.69%) DNS
3 3 (5.77%) TCP/IP
4 2 (3.85%) Network Security
5 1 (1.92%) iBeacon
5 1 (1.92%) Internet
5 1 (1.92%) RIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (7.69%) DB2
2 2 (3.85%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (3.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 2 (3.85%) MongoDB
2 2 (3.85%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.92%) Big Data
3 1 (1.92%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 12 (23.08%) Jenkins
2 6 (11.54%) Hudson
3 4 (7.69%) Maven
4 3 (5.77%) Selenium
4 3 (5.77%) WebDriver
5 2 (3.85%) Cucumber
6 1 (1.92%) Appium
6 1 (1.92%) MSTest
6 1 (1.92%) QuickTest Pro
6 1 (1.92%) LSMW
6 1 (1.92%) Git (software)
6 1 (1.92%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 11 (21.15%) Finance
2 8 (15.38%) Banking
3 4 (7.69%) Manufacturing
4 3 (5.77%) Advertising
5 1 (1.92%) Games
5 1 (1.92%) Retail
5 1 (1.92%) Local Government
5 1 (1.92%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (21.15%) Analyst
2 10 (19.23%) Consultant
2 10 (19.23%) DevOps Engineer
3 7 (13.46%) Architect
4 4 (7.69%) Business Analyst
4 4 (7.69%) Systems Engineer
4 4 (7.69%) Solutions Architect
4 4 (7.69%) Programmer
4 4 (7.69%) Operations Engineer
4 4 (7.69%) Test Leader
5 3 (5.77%) Mainframe Programmer
5 3 (5.77%) Dynamics AX Consultant
5 3 (5.77%) Developer
6 2 (3.85%) Test Analyst
6 2 (3.85%) Project Manager
6 2 (3.85%) Information Architect
6 2 (3.85%) Report Analyst
6 2 (3.85%) Data Analyst
6 2 (3.85%) QA Engineer
7 1 (1.92%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (7.69%) ISPF
2 2 (3.85%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 7 (13.46%) Informatics
2 6 (11.54%) Enterprise Software
3 5 (9.62%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (9.62%) Computer Science
4 4 (7.69%) IBM Mainframe
4 4 (7.69%) NHS
4 4 (7.69%) Mainframe
4 4 (7.69%) IVR
4 4 (7.69%) Open Source
5 3 (5.77%) Biometrics
6 1 (1.92%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.92%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 12 (23.08%) CentOS
2 8 (15.38%) Linux
3 7 (13.46%) Windows
4 6 (11.54%) UNIX
5 4 (7.69%) zOS
6 2 (3.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (23.08%) Continuous Integration
2 11 (21.15%) DevOps
3 10 (19.23%) Configuration Management
4 7 (13.46%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (13.46%) Enterprise Architecture
5 6 (11.54%) Use Case
5 6 (11.54%) ITIL
5 6 (11.54%) Kalman Filter
5 6 (11.54%) SIEM
5 6 (11.54%) Technical Analysis
6 5 (9.62%) Information Architecture
7 4 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
7 4 (7.69%) TOGAF
7 4 (7.69%) Information Security
8 3 (5.77%) Data Management
8 3 (5.77%) Information Management
8 3 (5.77%) ERP
8 3 (5.77%) Data Modelling
8 3 (5.77%) Manual Testing
8 3 (5.77%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 4 (7.69%) Assembly Language
1 4 (7.69%) REXX
1 4 (7.69%) JCL
1 4 (7.69%) COBOL
2 3 (5.77%) Ruby
2 3 (5.77%) SQL
3 2 (3.85%) Java
4 1 (1.92%) PHP
4 1 (1.92%) C#
4 1 (1.92%) VBScript
4 1 (1.92%) ABAP
4 1 (1.92%) Python
4 1 (1.92%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 6 (11.54%) CISSP
2 5 (9.62%) Degree
3 4 (7.69%) ISEB
4 3 (5.77%) Security Cleared
5 1 (1.92%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.92%) ISTQB
System Software
1 1 (1.92%) Active Directory
1 1 (1.92%) Microsoft App-V
1 1 (1.92%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (1.92%) XenApp
1 1 (1.92%) XenServer
1 1 (1.92%) XenDesktop
1 1 (1.92%) vSphere
1 1 (1.92%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 12 (23.08%) Puppet
1 12 (23.08%) Vagrant
2 6 (11.54%) Opscode Chef
2 6 (11.54%) Nessus
3 1 (1.92%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 12 (23.08%) Red Hat
2 10 (19.23%) RightScale
3 6 (11.54%) ArcSight
3 6 (11.54%) Oracle
3 6 (11.54%) Microsoft
4 4 (7.69%) IBM
5 2 (3.85%) SAP
5 2 (3.85%) TIBCO
6 1 (1.92%) VMware
6 1 (1.92%) Capita
6 1 (1.92%) Citrix
Warrington
Bluefire Consulting
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago