The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Manchester region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 20 January 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
20 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
North West / Manchester
Rank 43 35 52
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +17
Contract jobs citing QA 49 93 43
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 3.56% 4.84% 3.00%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 43.75% 49.21% 32.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 49 32
Median daily rate £368 £320 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.84% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £237 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £405 £484
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £361 £350
% change year-on-year
+0.34% +3.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £28.00 £33.90
% change year-on-year
-7.14% -17.40%

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 Manchester region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
112 189 134
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 8.13% 9.84% 9.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 98 80
Median daily rate £400 £350 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £250 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £475 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £401 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
+0.12% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 6
Median hourly rate £47.50 £40.00 £16.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.75% +146.15%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.17 £42.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-44.83% +68.00%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Manchester region citing QA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

QA Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

QA
Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the Manchester region over the 3 months to 20 January 2017.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

QA
Contract Job Locations in Manchester

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Manchester region over the 3 months to 20 January 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
Salford -4 6 £400 +9.58%
QA
North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 20 January 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 Manchester region with a requirement for QA.

1 49 (45.37%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (24.07%) Selenium
3 23 (21.30%) JavaScript
4 22 (20.37%) Java
4 22 (20.37%) BDD
5 20 (18.52%) SQL
6 19 (17.59%) JIRA
7 18 (16.67%) Scrum
8 16 (14.81%) ITIL
8 16 (14.81%) TDD
8 16 (14.81%) Test Scripting
9 14 (12.96%) AngularJS
9 14 (12.96%) DevOps
10 13 (12.04%) ITIL V3
10 13 (12.04%) Web Services
11 12 (11.11%) HTML
11 12 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
11 12 (11.11%) WebDriver
11 12 (11.11%) Automated Testing
11 12 (11.11%) Jenkins
12 11 (10.19%) Test Automation
12 11 (10.19%) XML
12 11 (10.19%) Microsoft
13 10 (9.26%) Telecoms
13 10 (9.26%) Finance
13 10 (9.26%) Migration
13 10 (9.26%) ServiceNow
13 10 (9.26%) SoapUI
14 9 (8.33%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 9 (8.33%) Issue Tracking

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester 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 4 (3.70%) IBM Domino
1 4 (3.70%) SharePoint
2 3 (2.78%) BizTalk Server
2 3 (2.78%) IIS
3 2 (1.85%) Drupal
4 1 (0.93%) CMS
Applications
1 6 (5.56%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.93%) MS Office
2 1 (0.93%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (0.93%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.93%) Magento
1 1 (0.93%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 5 (4.63%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (2.78%) Azure Active Directory
2 3 (2.78%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (2.78%) PaaS
3 2 (1.85%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 7 (6.48%) Firewall
2 5 (4.63%) Network Security
3 4 (3.70%) LDAP
4 3 (2.78%) Cisco ASA
4 3 (2.78%) DHCP
4 3 (2.78%) DNS
4 3 (2.78%) PSTN
4 3 (2.78%) SSL
4 3 (2.78%) VoIP
5 2 (1.85%) WAN
6 1 (0.93%) Broadband
6 1 (0.93%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (6.48%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.70%) MySQL
3 3 (2.78%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (1.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.93%) Couchbase
5 1 (0.93%) GIS
5 1 (0.93%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.93%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.93%) QGIS
5 1 (0.93%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.93%) Spatial Data
5 1 (0.93%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 26 (24.07%) Selenium
2 19 (17.59%) JIRA
3 12 (11.11%) Jenkins
3 12 (11.11%) WebDriver
4 10 (9.26%) SoapUI
5 8 (7.41%) Cucumber
6 7 (6.48%) Git (software)
7 4 (3.70%) TestNG
8 3 (2.78%) Babel
8 3 (2.78%) IntelliJ
8 3 (2.78%) Visual Studio
8 3 (2.78%) webpack
9 2 (1.85%) GitLab
9 2 (1.85%) JMeter
9 2 (1.85%) Log4j
9 2 (1.85%) PhantomJS
9 2 (1.85%) SpecFlow
10 1 (0.93%) JUnit
10 1 (0.93%) Team Foundation Server
10 1 (0.93%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 10 (9.26%) Finance
1 10 (9.26%) Telecoms
2 5 (4.63%) Banking
3 4 (3.70%) Games
4 2 (1.85%) Advertising
4 2 (1.85%) Legal
4 2 (1.85%) Retail
5 1 (0.93%) Electronics
5 1 (0.93%) Financial Institution
5 1 (0.93%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.93%) Marketing
5 1 (0.93%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 30 (27.78%) Developer
2 10 (9.26%) Analyst
2 10 (9.26%) Project Manager
2 10 (9.26%) QA Engineer
2 10 (9.26%) Tester
3 9 (8.33%) QA Automation Engineer
4 8 (7.41%) Automation Engineer
5 7 (6.48%) Automation Tester
6 6 (5.56%) Java Engineer
6 6 (5.56%) QA Analyst
7 5 (4.63%) Architect
7 5 (4.63%) IT Manager
7 5 (4.63%) QA Tester
7 5 (4.63%) ServiceNow Developer
7 5 (4.63%) Test Manager
8 4 (3.70%) Android Developer
8 4 (3.70%) Consultant
8 4 (3.70%) Lead Developer
8 4 (3.70%) QA Manager
8 4 (3.70%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (12.96%) AngularJS
2 13 (12.04%) Web Services
3 12 (11.11%) HTML
4 11 (10.19%) XML
5 9 (8.33%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 8 (7.41%) Gherkin
7 7 (6.48%) .NET
8 6 (5.56%) CSS
8 6 (5.56%) REST
9 5 (4.63%) Apache Cordova
9 5 (4.63%) ASP.NET
9 5 (4.63%) React
9 5 (4.63%) React Native
9 5 (4.63%) SOAP
10 3 (2.78%) EDI
10 3 (2.78%) Ember.js
10 3 (2.78%) HTML5
10 3 (2.78%) JSON
11 2 (1.85%) .NET Framework
11 2 (1.85%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 8 (7.41%) Web 2.0
2 6 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (4.63%) User Experience
3 5 (4.63%) Virtual Team
4 4 (3.70%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (3.70%) Mobile App
5 3 (2.78%) PKI
6 2 (1.85%) Data Centre
6 2 (1.85%) Mobile Games
7 1 (0.93%) 3D Graphics
7 1 (0.93%) Blog
7 1 (0.93%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.93%) NHS
7 1 (0.93%) Podcast
7 1 (0.93%) Social Media
7 1 (0.93%) Streaming Video
Operating Systems
1 8 (7.41%) Android
2 6 (5.56%) Windows
3 5 (4.63%) Linux
4 3 (2.78%) Apple iOS
4 3 (2.78%) CentOS
4 3 (2.78%) Unix
4 3 (2.78%) Windows Server
4 3 (2.78%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (0.93%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (45.37%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (20.37%) BDD
3 18 (16.67%) Scrum
4 16 (14.81%) ITIL
4 16 (14.81%) TDD
4 16 (14.81%) Test Scripting
5 14 (12.96%) DevOps
6 13 (12.04%) ITIL V3
7 12 (11.11%) Automated Testing
7 12 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
8 11 (10.19%) Test Automation
9 10 (9.26%) Migration
10 9 (8.33%) Configuration Management
10 9 (8.33%) Continuous Integration
10 9 (8.33%) Defect Management
10 9 (8.33%) Issue Tracking
10 9 (8.33%) Project Management
10 9 (8.33%) Regression Testing
10 9 (8.33%) Release Management
10 9 (8.33%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 23 (21.30%) JavaScript
2 22 (20.37%) Java
3 20 (18.52%) SQL
4 9 (8.33%) PHP
5 7 (6.48%) C#
5 7 (6.48%) PL/SQL
6 5 (4.63%) Python
7 4 (3.70%) ES6
8 3 (2.78%) ECMAScript
8 3 (2.78%) Ruby
9 1 (0.93%) PHP 5
9 1 (0.93%) Scala
9 1 (0.93%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.93%) VBA
Qualifications
1 8 (7.41%) Security Cleared
2 7 (6.48%) ISEB
3 6 (5.56%) SC Cleared
4 4 (3.70%) CCNP
4 4 (3.70%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (1.85%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (0.93%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.93%) CCNA
6 1 (0.93%) CISSP
6 1 (0.93%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 3 (2.78%) SDET
2 1 (0.93%) Data Quality
System Software
1 3 (2.78%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (2.78%) Puppet
1 3 (2.78%) SmoothWall
2 1 (0.93%) Ansible
2 1 (0.93%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.93%) Nessus
Vendors
1 11 (10.19%) Microsoft
2 10 (9.26%) ServiceNow
3 5 (4.63%) Sitecore
4 4 (3.70%) CheckPoint
4 4 (3.70%) Cisco
5 3 (2.78%) Apigee
5 3 (2.78%) Avaya
5 3 (2.78%) Clearswift
5 3 (2.78%) ForgeRock
5 3 (2.78%) Red Hat
5 3 (2.78%) RightScale
6 2 (1.85%) Openreach
7 1 (0.93%) ArcSight
7 1 (0.93%) CA Agile Central
7 1 (0.93%) F5
7 1 (0.93%) Juniper
7 1 (0.93%) Oracle
7 1 (0.93%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (0.93%) SAP
7 1 (0.93%) WorldPay
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