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 28 August 2015 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 45 41 34
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -7
Contract jobs citing QA 14 7 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 2.94% 1.75% 1.78%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 45.16% 22.58% 33.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 4 3
Average daily rate
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£400 £350 £225
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +55.55%
UK excluding London average daily rate £378 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.68 £13.71 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+36.25% -31.45%
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 31 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 6.50% 7.75% 5.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 15 5
Average daily rate £413 £365 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.01% +4.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £316 £325 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £520 £403
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 4
Average hourly rate £25.12 £22.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.18% +46.66%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.55 £19.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+10.51% +11.42%

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 28 August 2015.

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 28 August 2015. 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
Blackpool -19 9 £400 +14.28%
Preston - 4 £250 - 1
Lytham St Annes - 1 - -
QA
North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 18 (46.15%) COBOL
1 18 (46.15%) VME
2 17 (43.59%) Automated Testing
3 16 (41.03%) Test Scripting
3 16 (41.03%) Relational Database
4 15 (38.46%) Migration
5 14 (35.90%) RDBMS
5 14 (35.90%) Data Conversion
6 13 (33.33%) Configuration Management
7 12 (30.77%) Test Strategy
8 11 (28.21%) UNIX
9 10 (25.64%) Continuous Integration
9 10 (25.64%) Performance Testing
10 9 (23.08%) Integration Testing
10 9 (23.08%) Software Testing
11 8 (20.51%) Windows
11 8 (20.51%) Linux
11 8 (20.51%) Visual Studio
11 8 (20.51%) HP UFT
11 8 (20.51%) LoadRunner
11 8 (20.51%) Facilita Forecast
11 8 (20.51%) Performance Monitoring
11 8 (20.51%) Performance Metrics
12 7 (17.95%) Security Cleared
12 7 (17.95%) Java
12 7 (17.95%) Regression Testing
13 6 (15.38%) Problem Management
13 6 (15.38%) Data Structures
14 5 (12.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 5 (12.82%) SQL

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 2 (5.13%) WebLogic
2 1 (2.56%) SharePoint
2 1 (2.56%) nginx
2 1 (2.56%) Confluence
Applications
1 2 (5.13%) MS Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (41.03%) Relational Database
2 14 (35.90%) RDBMS
3 1 (2.56%) MongoDB
3 1 (2.56%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 8 (20.51%) Visual Studio
1 8 (20.51%) HP UFT
1 8 (20.51%) LoadRunner
1 8 (20.51%) Facilita Forecast
2 4 (10.26%) Cucumber
3 3 (7.69%) SoapUI
3 3 (7.69%) JMeter
3 3 (7.69%) LoadUI
4 2 (5.13%) WebDriver
4 2 (5.13%) Jenkins
4 2 (5.13%) Selenium
5 1 (2.56%) Git (software)
5 1 (2.56%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (2.56%) JIRA
General
1 2 (5.13%) Finance
Job Titles
1 14 (35.90%) Test Manager
2 8 (20.51%) Analyst
3 7 (17.95%) Tester
4 5 (12.82%) Test Analyst
4 5 (12.82%) Performance Tester
5 4 (10.26%) Delivery Manager
6 3 (7.69%) QA Test Analyst
6 3 (7.69%) QA Analyst
6 3 (7.69%) LoadRunner Performance Tester
7 2 (5.13%) Test Engineer
7 2 (5.13%) PMO Analyst
7 2 (5.13%) Performance Engineer
8 1 (2.56%) Java Technical Architect
8 1 (2.56%) Quality Analyst
8 1 (2.56%) Java Architect
8 1 (2.56%) Programme Office Support
8 1 (2.56%) SAP Tester
8 1 (2.56%) Technical Architect
8 1 (2.56%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 1 (2.56%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (10.26%) Web Services
2 2 (5.13%) HTML
3 1 (2.56%) XML
3 1 (2.56%) RESTful
3 1 (2.56%) RabbitMQ
3 1 (2.56%) Gherkin
3 1 (2.56%) Play Framework
Miscellaneous
1 14 (35.90%) Data Conversion
2 8 (20.51%) Performance Metrics
3 6 (15.38%) Data Structures
4 3 (7.69%) Mainframe
5 2 (5.13%) Client/Server
6 1 (2.56%) Wiki
6 1 (2.56%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 18 (46.15%) VME
2 11 (28.21%) UNIX
3 8 (20.51%) Windows
3 8 (20.51%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (43.59%) Automated Testing
2 16 (41.03%) Test Scripting
3 15 (38.46%) Migration
4 13 (33.33%) Configuration Management
5 12 (30.77%) Test Strategy
6 10 (25.64%) Continuous Integration
6 10 (25.64%) Performance Testing
7 9 (23.08%) Software Testing
7 9 (23.08%) Integration Testing
8 8 (20.51%) Performance Monitoring
9 7 (17.95%) Regression Testing
10 6 (15.38%) Problem Management
11 5 (12.82%) Project Management
12 4 (10.26%) Risk Management
12 4 (10.26%) Agile Software Development
12 4 (10.26%) Data Modelling
12 4 (10.26%) Supplier Management
12 4 (10.26%) Change Control
13 3 (7.69%) User Stories
13 3 (7.69%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 18 (46.15%) COBOL
2 7 (17.95%) Java
3 5 (12.82%) SQL
4 4 (10.26%) Ruby
5 2 (5.13%) Scala
5 2 (5.13%) VB
Qualifications
1 7 (17.95%) Security Cleared
2 5 (12.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 5 (12.82%) ISEB
3 4 (10.26%) ISTQB
3 4 (10.26%) SC Cleared
4 1 (2.56%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 1 (2.56%) ITIL Certification
Systems Management
1 3 (7.69%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.56%) Graylog
Vendors
1 4 (10.26%) Micro Focus
2 3 (7.69%) Microsoft
2 3 (7.69%) HP
3 2 (5.13%) Oracle
3 2 (5.13%) IBM
4 1 (2.56%) SaltStack
4 1 (2.56%) SAP
4 1 (2.56%) Red Hat
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