The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Lancashire region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 24 February 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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
24 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
North West / Lancashire
Rank 33 49 39
Rank change year-on-year
+16 -10
Contract jobs citing QA 9 4 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 3.49% 0.90% 2.24%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 42.86% 11.43% 24.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 2 6
Median daily rate £451 £325 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+38.84% -18.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £221 £305 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £478 £345 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £372 £350
% change year-on-year
-0.47% +6.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £37.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £40.00 £32.72
% change year-on-year
-25.00% +22.24%

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
21 35 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 8.14% 7.88% 9.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 25 25
Median daily rate £475 £435 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.19% +8.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £300 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £495 £524
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £400 £395
% change year-on-year
+5.00% +1.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 1
Median hourly rate £14.00 £37.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-62.66% +50.00%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £42.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year
-49.41% +84.78%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Lancashire

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Lancashire region citing QA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 24 February 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Lancashire region over the 3 months to 24 February 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Blackpool - 5 £475 -
Fleetwood - 3 £450 -
Preston 0 2 £203 -
QA
North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 24 February 2017, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Lancashire region with a requirement for QA.

1 11 (45.83%) Agile Software Development
1 11 (45.83%) Selenium
2 10 (41.67%) Oracle
3 9 (37.50%) SQL
3 9 (37.50%) Java
4 8 (33.33%) ISEB
4 8 (33.33%) TDD
4 8 (33.33%) Test Automation
5 7 (29.17%) BDD
5 7 (29.17%) Oracle Database
6 6 (25.00%) HP UFT
7 5 (20.83%) C#
7 5 (20.83%) .NET
7 5 (20.83%) Data Warehouse
7 5 (20.83%) SAS
7 5 (20.83%) Test Strategy
7 5 (20.83%) Security Cleared
7 5 (20.83%) ISTQB
7 5 (20.83%) Automated Testing
7 5 (20.83%) Software Testing
7 5 (20.83%) Jenkins
7 5 (20.83%) Defect Management
8 4 (16.67%) Operational Acceptance Testing
8 4 (16.67%) Waterfall
8 4 (16.67%) Functional Testing
8 4 (16.67%) Virtual Team
8 4 (16.67%) Ruby
8 4 (16.67%) Oracle EBS R12
8 4 (16.67%) Integration Testing
8 4 (16.67%) Test Management

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 5 (20.83%) SAS
2 2 (8.33%) Oracle Application Server
3 1 (4.17%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (4.17%) MS Excel
1 1 (4.17%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (16.67%) Oracle EBS
1 4 (16.67%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (4.17%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (4.17%) Oracle Cash Management
2 1 (4.17%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 3 (12.50%) IaaS
1 3 (12.50%) PaaS
1 3 (12.50%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (29.17%) Oracle Database
2 5 (20.83%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (8.33%) Oracle Database 12c
3 2 (8.33%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (4.17%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (4.17%) Relational Database
4 1 (4.17%) SQL Server
4 1 (4.17%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 11 (45.83%) Selenium
2 6 (25.00%) HP UFT
3 5 (20.83%) Jenkins
4 4 (16.67%) LoadRunner
4 4 (16.67%) WebDriver
5 2 (8.33%) Git (software)
5 2 (8.33%) JIRA
5 2 (8.33%) Visual Studio
6 1 (4.17%) ClearCase
6 1 (4.17%) ClearQuest
6 1 (4.17%) JUnit
6 1 (4.17%) NUnit
6 1 (4.17%) Rational Robot
6 1 (4.17%) Sahi
6 1 (4.17%) Subversion
6 1 (4.17%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (4.17%) WATIR
General
1 2 (8.33%) Finance
2 1 (4.17%) Automotive
2 1 (4.17%) General Ledger
2 1 (4.17%) Legal
Job Titles
1 7 (29.17%) Analyst
2 5 (20.83%) Test Analyst
3 4 (16.67%) Developer
3 4 (16.67%) QA Analyst
4 3 (12.50%) QA Test Analyst
4 3 (12.50%) QA Tester
4 3 (12.50%) Test Engineer
4 3 (12.50%) Tester
5 2 (8.33%) Developer in Test
5 2 (8.33%) Java Developer
5 2 (8.33%) QA Engineer
5 2 (8.33%) Senior Test Engineer
5 2 (8.33%) SQL Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Test Automation Developer
6 1 (4.17%) Analyst Developer
6 1 (4.17%) Lead Test Analyst
6 1 (4.17%) Senior Test Analyst
6 1 (4.17%) Software Test Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) SQL Developer
6 1 (4.17%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (20.83%) .NET
2 2 (8.33%) REST
2 2 (8.33%) XML
3 1 (4.17%) .NET Framework
3 1 (4.17%) ASP.NET
3 1 (4.17%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (4.17%) CSS
3 1 (4.17%) EDI
3 1 (4.17%) HTML
3 1 (4.17%) jQuery
3 1 (4.17%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 4 (16.67%) Virtual Team
2 2 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (8.33%) Linux Command Line
3 1 (4.17%) Management Information System
3 1 (4.17%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 3 (12.50%) Linux
1 3 (12.50%) Unix
2 2 (8.33%) Windows
3 1 (4.17%) AIX
3 1 (4.17%) Windows 2000
3 1 (4.17%) Windows Server
3 1 (4.17%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (45.83%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (33.33%) TDD
2 8 (33.33%) Test Automation
3 7 (29.17%) BDD
4 5 (20.83%) Automated Testing
4 5 (20.83%) Defect Management
4 5 (20.83%) Software Testing
4 5 (20.83%) Test Strategy
5 4 (16.67%) Functional Testing
5 4 (16.67%) Integration Testing
5 4 (16.67%) Open Source
5 4 (16.67%) Operational Acceptance Testing
5 4 (16.67%) Test Management
5 4 (16.67%) Test Scripting
5 4 (16.67%) Waterfall
6 3 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
6 3 (12.50%) ERP
6 3 (12.50%) Manual Testing
6 3 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
6 3 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 9 (37.50%) Java
1 9 (37.50%) SQL
2 5 (20.83%) C#
3 4 (16.67%) JavaScript
3 4 (16.67%) Perl
3 4 (16.67%) Python
3 4 (16.67%) Ruby
3 4 (16.67%) Shell Script
4 3 (12.50%) C
Qualifications
1 8 (33.33%) ISEB
2 5 (20.83%) ISTQB
2 5 (20.83%) Security Cleared
3 3 (12.50%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (4.17%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (8.33%) Disclosure Scotland
1 2 (8.33%) SDET
2 1 (4.17%) SLA
Systems Management
1 1 (4.17%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 10 (41.67%) Oracle
2 3 (12.50%) Microsoft
3 1 (4.17%) HP