The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Chester region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 30 October 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
30 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 9 17 30
Rank change year-on-year
+8 +13
Contract jobs citing QA 15 18 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Chester 11.36% 8.33% 0.48%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 88.24% 81.82% 50.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 3 1
Average daily rate
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£400 £350 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +27.27%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £33.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-40.74% +68.75%
QA
Cheshire

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 Chester region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Chester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
17 22 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Chester 12.88% 10.19% 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 4 1
Average daily rate £400 £338 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.51% +22.72%
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Average hourly rate £40.00 £31.56 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.76% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.89%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Chester

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

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Chester

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Chester

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in Chester

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in Chester

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Chester region over the 3 months to 30 October 2014.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in Chester

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in Chester

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Chester

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in Chester

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Chester 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 13 (61.90%) Red Hat
1 13 (61.90%) Continuous Integration
1 13 (61.90%) Amazon EC2
1 13 (61.90%) Amazon S3
1 13 (61.90%) Amazon AWS
1 13 (61.90%) CentOS
1 13 (61.90%) Route 53
1 13 (61.90%) Jenkins
1 13 (61.90%) Amazon ELB
1 13 (61.90%) Puppet
1 13 (61.90%) Vagrant
2 12 (57.14%) DevOps
3 11 (52.38%) RightScale
3 11 (52.38%) Configuration Management
4 9 (42.86%) Hudson
5 8 (38.10%) Analytical Skills
6 7 (33.33%) Open Source
6 7 (33.33%) SaaS
6 7 (33.33%) PaaS
6 7 (33.33%) DHCP
6 7 (33.33%) DNS
6 7 (33.33%) Maven
6 7 (33.33%) Firewall
7 4 (19.05%) Finance
7 4 (19.05%) Opscode Chef
8 3 (14.29%) Project Management
8 3 (14.29%) SQL
9 2 (9.52%) SQL Server
9 2 (9.52%) SAP
9 2 (9.52%) SharePoint

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Top Related IT Skills in Chester by Category

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Chester 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 2 (9.52%) SharePoint
Cloud Services
1 13 (61.90%) Amazon EC2
1 13 (61.90%) Amazon S3
1 13 (61.90%) Amazon AWS
1 13 (61.90%) Route 53
1 13 (61.90%) Amazon ELB
2 7 (33.33%) SaaS
2 7 (33.33%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (33.33%) DHCP
1 7 (33.33%) DNS
1 7 (33.33%) Firewall
2 2 (9.52%) Network Security
3 1 (4.76%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (9.52%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 13 (61.90%) Jenkins
2 9 (42.86%) Hudson
3 7 (33.33%) Maven
4 1 (4.76%) Selenium
General
1 4 (19.05%) Finance
2 1 (4.76%) Banking
Job Titles
1 11 (52.38%) DevOps Engineer
2 5 (23.81%) Analyst
3 4 (19.05%) Systems Engineer
3 4 (19.05%) Operations Engineer
4 3 (14.29%) Developer
5 2 (9.52%) Business Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Report Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Data Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) PMO Lead
6 1 (4.76%) Development Engineer
6 1 (4.76%) Automation Analyst
6 1 (4.76%) Automation Test Analyst
6 1 (4.76%) Test Analyst
6 1 (4.76%) Project Manager
Miscellaneous
1 8 (38.10%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (33.33%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 13 (61.90%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (61.90%) Continuous Integration
2 12 (57.14%) DevOps
3 11 (52.38%) Configuration Management
4 3 (14.29%) Project Management
5 2 (9.52%) Quality Management
5 2 (9.52%) Stakeholder Management
5 2 (9.52%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (9.52%) Time Management
5 2 (9.52%) Web Development
5 2 (9.52%) Load Balancing
5 2 (9.52%) Change Control
5 2 (9.52%) Stakeholder Engagement
6 1 (4.76%) Test Automation
6 1 (4.76%) User Stories
6 1 (4.76%) Automated Testing
6 1 (4.76%) Business Analysis
6 1 (4.76%) Software Testing
6 1 (4.76%) Requirements Management
6 1 (4.76%) Scrum
6 1 (4.76%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (14.29%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (4.76%) ISTQB
1 1 (4.76%) ISEB
Systems Management
1 13 (61.90%) Puppet
1 13 (61.90%) Vagrant
2 4 (19.05%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 13 (61.90%) Red Hat
2 11 (52.38%) RightScale
3 2 (9.52%) SAP