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 30 April 2016 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.

3 months to
30 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 43 35 45
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +10
Contract jobs citing QA 5 16 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 1.11% 3.69% 1.83%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 12.82% 28.57% 16.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 14 3
Average daily rate £281 £352 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-20.09% +8.30%
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £37.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.30 £37.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-47.85% +15.62%
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
39 56 48
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 8.69% 12.90% 10.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 45 16
Average daily rate £450 £400 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% +33.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £296 £296 £224
10% offered a daily rate of more than £679 £600 £469
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £386 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.62% +4.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 6
Average hourly rate £37.50 £47.33 £19.06
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.76% +148.28%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £29.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+13.79% +52.63%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in Lancashire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Lancashire region over the 3 months to 30 April 2016.

QA Daily Rate Histogram 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 30 April 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Preston -1 2 £474 +68.50% 1
Blackpool -11 2 £263 -30.00% 1
Chorley - 1 £300 -
QA
North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, 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 2 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
1 2 (28.57%) Automated Testing
1 2 (28.57%) Knowledge Management
1 2 (28.57%) HP Quality Center
1 2 (28.57%) Test Scripting
1 2 (28.57%) SC Cleared
1 2 (28.57%) Security Cleared
2 1 (14.29%) CaliberRM
2 1 (14.29%) Android
2 1 (14.29%) TeamCity
2 1 (14.29%) Test Automation
2 1 (14.29%) DV Cleared
2 1 (14.29%) Manual Testing
2 1 (14.29%) Kanban
2 1 (14.29%) WebDriver
2 1 (14.29%) BDD
2 1 (14.29%) Apple iOS
2 1 (14.29%) SpecFlow
2 1 (14.29%) Analytics
2 1 (14.29%) Automation Testing
2 1 (14.29%) Transition Management
2 1 (14.29%) Continuous Delivery
2 1 (14.29%) Def Stans
2 1 (14.29%) Selenium
2 1 (14.29%) Integration Testing
2 1 (14.29%) TDD
2 1 (14.29%) Logistics
2 1 (14.29%) C#
2 1 (14.29%) SQL
2 1 (14.29%) .NET

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, 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 (14.29%) FrameMaker
Development Applications
1 1 (14.29%) CaliberRM
1 1 (14.29%) Selenium
1 1 (14.29%) SpecFlow
1 1 (14.29%) TeamCity
1 1 (14.29%) WebDriver
General
1 1 (14.29%) Aerospace
1 1 (14.29%) Finance
Job Titles
1 2 (28.57%) Tester
2 1 (14.29%) Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) Architect
2 1 (14.29%) Author
2 1 (14.29%) Designer
2 1 (14.29%) Developer
2 1 (14.29%) Developer in Test
2 1 (14.29%) Manual Tester
2 1 (14.29%) Mobility Architect
2 1 (14.29%) QA Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) QA Tester
2 1 (14.29%) Senior Tester
2 1 (14.29%) Service Manager
2 1 (14.29%) Service Transition Manager
2 1 (14.29%) Software Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) Software QA Tester
2 1 (14.29%) Software Tester
2 1 (14.29%) Technical Author
2 1 (14.29%) Test Manager
2 1 (14.29%) Transition Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (14.29%) .NET
1 1 (14.29%) Middleware
1 1 (14.29%) SGML
Operating Systems
1 1 (14.29%) Android
1 1 (14.29%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
1 2 (28.57%) Automated Testing
1 2 (28.57%) Knowledge Management
1 2 (28.57%) Test Scripting
2 1 (14.29%) Analytics
2 1 (14.29%) Automation Testing
2 1 (14.29%) BDD
2 1 (14.29%) Configuration Management
2 1 (14.29%) Continuous Delivery
2 1 (14.29%) Integration Testing
2 1 (14.29%) ITIL
2 1 (14.29%) Kanban
2 1 (14.29%) Logistics
2 1 (14.29%) Manual Testing
2 1 (14.29%) Regression Testing
2 1 (14.29%) Scrum
2 1 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
2 1 (14.29%) TDD
2 1 (14.29%) Test Automation
2 1 (14.29%) Transition Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (14.29%) C#
1 1 (14.29%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (28.57%) SC Cleared
1 2 (28.57%) Security Cleared
2 1 (14.29%) DV Cleared
2 1 (14.29%) ISEB
2 1 (14.29%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (14.29%) Def Stans
Systems Management
1 2 (28.57%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (14.29%) HP