The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Lancashire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 18 December 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
18 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 41 22 31
Rank change year-on-year
-19 +9
Contract jobs citing QA 6 4 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 1.31% 2.41% 2.03%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 23.08% 28.57% 70.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 4
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£350 £266 £438
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+31.45% -39.14%
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £338 £340
% change year-on-year
+2.80% -0.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £35.00 £30.25
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +15.70%
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 Lancashire region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Lancashire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
26 14 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 5.68% 8.43% 2.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 7 4
Average daily rate £350 £285 £475
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.80% -40.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £25.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £18.70 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+1.60% -6.50%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Lancashire

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

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Lancashire

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

QA
Contract Job Locations in Lancashire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Lancashire region over the 3 months to 18 December 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
Preston -9 1 - - 1
Chorley - 1 - - 1
QA
North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 18 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Lancashire 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 7 (63.64%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (45.45%) Selenium
3 4 (36.36%) Project Management
4 3 (27.27%) Change Management
4 3 (27.27%) Cost-Benefit Analysis
4 3 (27.27%) Automation Testing
5 2 (18.18%) SoapUI
5 2 (18.18%) Performance Testing
5 2 (18.18%) Security Cleared
5 2 (18.18%) TestNG
5 2 (18.18%) WebDriver
5 2 (18.18%) BDD
5 2 (18.18%) Test Strategy
5 2 (18.18%) ISTQB
5 2 (18.18%) Software Engineering
5 2 (18.18%) Stakeholder Management
5 2 (18.18%) JMeter
5 2 (18.18%) NHS
5 2 (18.18%) JUnit
5 2 (18.18%) ISEB
6 1 (9.09%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (9.09%) Java
6 1 (9.09%) VBA
6 1 (9.09%) Web Services
6 1 (9.09%) ITIL
6 1 (9.09%) PRINCE2
6 1 (9.09%) MS Excel
6 1 (9.09%) CRM
6 1 (9.09%) Risk Management
6 1 (9.09%) Finance

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 18 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Lancashire 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.

Applications
1 1 (9.09%) MS Excel
1 1 (9.09%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (9.09%) Dynamics CRM
Development Applications
1 5 (45.45%) Selenium
2 2 (18.18%) SoapUI
2 2 (18.18%) TestNG
2 2 (18.18%) WebDriver
2 2 (18.18%) JMeter
2 2 (18.18%) JUnit
General
1 1 (9.09%) Finance
Job Titles
1 5 (45.45%) Tester
1 5 (45.45%) Automation Tester
2 4 (36.36%) Project Manager
3 2 (18.18%) Automation Engineer
3 2 (18.18%) Agile Tester
3 2 (18.18%) Senior Project Manager
3 2 (18.18%) Test Engineer
3 2 (18.18%) Senior Manager
4 1 (9.09%) Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Report Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Service Manager
4 1 (9.09%) Transition Manager
4 1 (9.09%) Service Transition Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (9.09%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (18.18%) NHS
2 1 (9.09%) Computer Science
2 1 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (63.64%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (36.36%) Project Management
3 3 (27.27%) Change Management
3 3 (27.27%) Cost-Benefit Analysis
3 3 (27.27%) Automation Testing
4 2 (18.18%) Performance Testing
4 2 (18.18%) BDD
4 2 (18.18%) Test Strategy
4 2 (18.18%) Software Engineering
4 2 (18.18%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (9.09%) ITIL
5 1 (9.09%) PRINCE2
5 1 (9.09%) CRM
5 1 (9.09%) Risk Management
5 1 (9.09%) Programme Management
5 1 (9.09%) Strategic Management
5 1 (9.09%) Data Entry
5 1 (9.09%) Continuous Improvement
5 1 (9.09%) Transition Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (9.09%) Java
1 1 (9.09%) VBA
Qualifications
1 2 (18.18%) Security Cleared
1 2 (18.18%) ISTQB
1 2 (18.18%) ISEB
2 1 (9.09%) ITIL Certification
2 1 (9.09%) Degree
2 1 (9.09%) SC Cleared