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 19 September 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 47 29 38
Rank change year-on-year
-18 +9
Contract jobs citing QA 5 5 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 1.15% 1.85% 1.72%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 16.13% 35.71% 41.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 3 6
Average daily rate
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£350 £225 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+55.55% -40.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £336
% change year-on-year
- +4.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.55 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+0.25% -12.50%
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
31 14 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 7.16% 5.17% 4.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 5 9
Average daily rate £375 £350 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £225 £154
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £403 £426
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £354 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.00% -2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 3 3
Average hourly rate £22.00 £15.00 £36.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+46.66% -58.90%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.12 £15.00 £34.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £73.50 £15.00 £36.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -16.66%

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 19 September 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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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
Blackpool - - - -
Chorley - - - - 2
Preston - - - - 1
QA
North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 11 (57.89%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (42.11%) Scrum
3 6 (31.58%) Java
3 6 (31.58%) ISEB
3 6 (31.58%) ISTQB
3 6 (31.58%) BDD
4 5 (26.32%) HTML5
4 5 (26.32%) Escenic
4 5 (26.32%) Scala
4 5 (26.32%) Hadoop
4 5 (26.32%) Adobe CQ
4 5 (26.32%) Big Data
4 5 (26.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 5 (26.32%) Mentoring
4 5 (26.32%) CSS3
4 5 (26.32%) WebSphere
4 5 (26.32%) Ruby on Rails
4 5 (26.32%) Selenium
4 5 (26.32%) jQuery
4 5 (26.32%) Integration Testing
4 5 (26.32%) Test Scripting
4 5 (26.32%) Java RMI
4 5 (26.32%) OOD
4 5 (26.32%) HP
4 5 (26.32%) UML
4 5 (26.32%) OOP
4 5 (26.32%) OOA/OOD
4 5 (26.32%) JBoss
4 5 (26.32%) RUP
4 5 (26.32%) Tomcat

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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.

Application Platforms
1 5 (26.32%) Escenic
1 5 (26.32%) Adobe CQ
1 5 (26.32%) WebSphere
1 5 (26.32%) Tomcat
1 5 (26.32%) MQSeries
1 5 (26.32%) WebLogic
1 5 (26.32%) CMS
Business Applications
1 1 (5.26%) Dynamics CRM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (26.32%) Hadoop
1 5 (26.32%) Big Data
1 5 (26.32%) MySQL
1 5 (26.32%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 5 (26.32%) Selenium
2 4 (21.05%) CaliberRM
2 4 (21.05%) WebDriver
3 1 (5.26%) TestNG
3 1 (5.26%) Cucumber
3 1 (5.26%) SoapUI
3 1 (5.26%) JUnit
3 1 (5.26%) JMeter
General
1 5 (26.32%) Finance
Job Titles
1 5 (26.32%) Senior Analyst
1 5 (26.32%) Java Developer
1 5 (26.32%) Senior Developer
1 5 (26.32%) Programmer
1 5 (26.32%) Developer
1 5 (26.32%) Analyst
1 5 (26.32%) Senior Java Developer
1 5 (26.32%) Developer Analyst
1 5 (26.32%) Java Programmer
1 5 (26.32%) Senior Programmer
1 5 (26.32%) Senior Java Programmer
2 4 (21.05%) QA Engineer
2 4 (21.05%) Project Manager
2 4 (21.05%) Tester
3 3 (15.79%) Test Engineer
4 2 (10.53%) Senior Manager
4 2 (10.53%) Senior Project Manager
4 2 (10.53%) Integration Engineer
4 2 (10.53%) Integration Tester
5 1 (5.26%) Agile Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (26.32%) HTML5
1 5 (26.32%) CSS3
1 5 (26.32%) Ruby on Rails
1 5 (26.32%) jQuery
1 5 (26.32%) Java RMI
1 5 (26.32%) .NET
1 5 (26.32%) J2EE
1 5 (26.32%) EJB
1 5 (26.32%) CSS
1 5 (26.32%) Struts
1 5 (26.32%) HTML
1 5 (26.32%) XML
1 5 (26.32%) LAMP
1 5 (26.32%) Hibernate
1 5 (26.32%) Spring
1 5 (26.32%) JSF
1 5 (26.32%) Ajax
2 1 (5.26%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (15.79%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (10.53%) NHS
3 1 (5.26%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 3 (15.79%) UNIX
1 3 (15.79%) Windows
1 3 (15.79%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (57.89%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (42.11%) Scrum
3 6 (31.58%) BDD
4 5 (26.32%) Mentoring
4 5 (26.32%) Integration Testing
4 5 (26.32%) Test Scripting
4 5 (26.32%) OOD
4 5 (26.32%) UML
4 5 (26.32%) OOP
4 5 (26.32%) OOA/OOD
4 5 (26.32%) RUP
4 5 (26.32%) TDD
5 4 (21.05%) Knowledge Management
5 4 (21.05%) Automated Testing
5 4 (21.05%) Project Management
6 3 (15.79%) Cost-Benefit Analysis
6 3 (15.79%) Change Management
7 2 (10.53%) OO
7 2 (10.53%) Performance Testing
7 2 (10.53%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 6 (31.58%) Java
2 5 (26.32%) Scala
2 5 (26.32%) JavaScript
2 5 (26.32%) C#
Qualifications
1 6 (31.58%) ISEB
1 6 (31.58%) ISTQB
2 5 (26.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (15.79%) Security Cleared
4 2 (10.53%) SC Cleared
5 1 (5.26%) Degree
Systems Management
1 4 (21.05%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (26.32%) HP
1 5 (26.32%) JBoss
1 5 (26.32%) Oracle
2 3 (15.79%) Curam