The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Manchester region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 4 May 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
4 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 32 52 62
Rank change year-on-year
+20 +10
Contract jobs citing QA 79 37 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 4.80% 2.68% 1.24%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 57.66% 42.53% 30.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 19 6
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£325 £375 £125
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% +200.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.50 £32.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+14.06% +39.11%
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 Manchester region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
137 87 39
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 8.32% 6.29% 4.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 42 23
Average daily rate £325 £375 £260
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% +44.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £264 £205 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £383 £473 £446
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £364 £338
% change year-on-year
+3.09% +7.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 6 2
Average hourly rate - £13.60 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -35.26%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.03 £20.56 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+7.11% +37.08%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Manchester region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 4 May 2015.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Manchester region over the 3 months to 4 May 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
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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
Bolton -3 4 £244 - 1
Wigan - 1 £300 - 2
QA
North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 4 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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 39 (30.95%) SQL
2 28 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
3 26 (20.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 24 (19.05%) Migration
5 20 (15.87%) ITIL
5 20 (15.87%) WAN
6 19 (15.08%) Windows
6 19 (15.08%) Citrix
6 19 (15.08%) Penetration Testing
6 19 (15.08%) Selenium
7 18 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
7 18 (14.29%) ITIL Certification
7 18 (14.29%) SOAP
8 17 (13.49%) Firewall
8 17 (13.49%) Finance
8 17 (13.49%) SoapUI
9 16 (12.70%) SSL
9 16 (12.70%) CheckPoint
10 15 (11.90%) Clearswift
10 15 (11.90%) Cisco
10 15 (11.90%) Microsoft
10 15 (11.90%) SQL Server
10 15 (11.90%) Jenkins
10 15 (11.90%) Cisco ASA
11 14 (11.11%) Kaspersky
11 14 (11.11%) SIEM
11 14 (11.11%) Kalman Filter
11 14 (11.11%) CISSP
11 14 (11.11%) TDD
11 14 (11.11%) Network Security

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 4 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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 6 (4.76%) Apache
2 2 (1.59%) JBoss
2 2 (1.59%) IIS
2 2 (1.59%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.59%) CMS
2 2 (1.59%) Umbraco
2 2 (1.59%) Sitecore CMS
3 1 (0.79%) MS Project Server
3 1 (0.79%) MQSeries
3 1 (0.79%) IBM Notes
3 1 (0.79%) CICS
Applications
1 5 (3.97%) MS Office
2 4 (3.17%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.59%) MS Project
3 2 (1.59%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.79%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.79%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 2 (1.59%) Agresso
1 2 (1.59%) Oracle 11i
1 2 (1.59%) TRIRIGA
1 2 (1.59%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.79%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.79%) Maximo
2 1 (0.79%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 6 (4.76%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (3.17%) Office 365
3 1 (0.79%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (0.79%) Amazon S3
3 1 (0.79%) Amazon ELB
3 1 (0.79%) Route 53
3 1 (0.79%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 20 (15.87%) WAN
2 17 (13.49%) Firewall
3 16 (12.70%) SSL
4 15 (11.90%) Cisco ASA
5 14 (11.11%) Network Security
6 10 (7.94%) VPN
7 8 (6.35%) LAN
8 4 (3.17%) SAN
9 1 (0.79%) DNS
9 1 (0.79%) SMTP
9 1 (0.79%) DHCP
9 1 (0.79%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (11.90%) SQL Server
2 10 (7.94%) Data Warehouse
3 9 (7.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 8 (6.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 7 (5.56%) Relational Database
5 7 (5.56%) Oracle Database
5 7 (5.56%) SQL Server 2012
5 7 (5.56%) RDBMS
6 6 (4.76%) SQL Server 2008
7 5 (3.97%) PostgreSQL
7 5 (3.97%) Oracle Reports
7 5 (3.97%) Oracle Database 10g
8 4 (3.17%) SQLPlus
8 4 (3.17%) Oracle Database 11g
9 2 (1.59%) Oracle Discoverer
9 2 (1.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 2 (1.59%) Oracle BI Publisher
9 2 (1.59%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
10 1 (0.79%) Hadoop
10 1 (0.79%) BigQuery
Development Applications
1 19 (15.08%) Selenium
2 17 (13.49%) SoapUI
3 15 (11.90%) Jenkins
4 10 (7.94%) Subversion
5 6 (4.76%) TeamCity
6 5 (3.97%) Talend Open Studio
6 5 (3.97%) Hudson
6 5 (3.97%) Oracle Forms
7 4 (3.17%) Oracle APEX
7 4 (3.17%) JIRA
7 4 (3.17%) Git (software)
8 3 (2.38%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (2.38%) WebDriver
8 3 (2.38%) SpecFlow
8 3 (2.38%) QuickTest Pro
9 2 (1.59%) Visual Studio
9 2 (1.59%) Toad
9 2 (1.59%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 1 (0.79%) JBehave
10 1 (0.79%) Cucumber
General
1 17 (13.49%) Finance
2 8 (6.35%) Retail
3 5 (3.97%) Banking
4 4 (3.17%) Billing
5 3 (2.38%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.59%) Pharmaceutical
6 2 (1.59%) Advertising
7 1 (0.79%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.79%) Games
7 1 (0.79%) Front Office
7 1 (0.79%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.79%) Legal
Job Titles
1 53 (42.06%) Analyst
2 25 (19.84%) Technical Analyst
3 18 (14.29%) Developer
4 14 (11.11%) Tester
5 12 (9.52%) Security Analyst
6 11 (8.73%) Test Analyst
7 10 (7.94%) QA Tester
8 9 (7.14%) SQL Developer
9 8 (6.35%) Citrix Analyst
10 6 (4.76%) Technical Security Analyst
11 5 (3.97%) QA Analyst
11 5 (3.97%) Data Analyst
11 5 (3.97%) Test Engineer
11 5 (3.97%) Project Manager
12 4 (3.17%) Systems Analyst
12 4 (3.17%) PHP Developer
12 4 (3.17%) QA Engineer
12 4 (3.17%) Software Developer
12 4 (3.17%) Senior Analyst
12 4 (3.17%) SAP Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (14.29%) SOAP
2 13 (10.32%) Web Services
3 10 (7.94%) JSON
4 7 (5.56%) J2EE
5 6 (4.76%) .NET
5 6 (4.76%) Gherkin
6 5 (3.97%) RESTful
7 4 (3.17%) LAMP
7 4 (3.17%) Symfony
7 4 (3.17%) CodeIgniter
8 2 (1.59%) XML
9 1 (0.79%) Spring
9 1 (0.79%) ISPF
Miscellaneous
1 14 (11.11%) PKI
2 6 (4.76%) Open Source
2 6 (4.76%) Data Integration
3 5 (3.97%) Fat Client
3 5 (3.97%) Management Information System
3 5 (3.97%) Thin Client
4 4 (3.17%) Computer Science
5 3 (2.38%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (2.38%) Life Science
6 2 (1.59%) Mainframe
6 2 (1.59%) Clustering
7 1 (0.79%) Embedded Systems
7 1 (0.79%) IBM Mainframe
7 1 (0.79%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 19 (15.08%) Windows
2 10 (7.94%) Windows Server 2008
2 10 (7.94%) Windows Server 2012
3 9 (7.14%) Linux
4 8 (6.35%) Windows Server 2003
5 5 (3.97%) Windows 7
6 4 (3.17%) UNIX
6 4 (3.17%) Solaris
6 4 (3.17%) VMS
6 4 (3.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (1.59%) HPUX
8 1 (0.79%) CentOS
8 1 (0.79%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (19.05%) Migration
3 20 (15.87%) ITIL
4 19 (15.08%) Penetration Testing
5 18 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
6 14 (11.11%) SIEM
6 14 (11.11%) Kalman Filter
6 14 (11.11%) TDD
6 14 (11.11%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 13 (10.32%) Project Management
7 13 (10.32%) ETL
8 12 (9.52%) Service Delivery
9 11 (8.73%) Unit Testing
10 10 (7.94%) Business Intelligence
10 10 (7.94%) Capacity Planning
11 9 (7.14%) Test Scripting
12 8 (6.35%) Data Analysis
12 8 (6.35%) Validation
12 8 (6.35%) Analytics
13 7 (5.56%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 39 (30.95%) SQL
2 12 (9.52%) Groovy
3 9 (7.14%) T-SQL
3 9 (7.14%) Java
4 6 (4.76%) C#
5 5 (3.97%) PL/SQL
6 4 (3.17%) PHP
7 3 (2.38%) JavaScript
8 2 (1.59%) Shell Script
8 2 (1.59%) JCL
9 1 (0.79%) X++
9 1 (0.79%) C++
9 1 (0.79%) COBOL
9 1 (0.79%) VBScript
9 1 (0.79%) VB
9 1 (0.79%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.79%) C
9 1 (0.79%) REXX
9 1 (0.79%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 18 (14.29%) ITIL Certification
2 14 (11.11%) CISSP
2 14 (11.11%) CISMP
3 13 (10.32%) CISM
4 10 (7.94%) CCENT
5 9 (7.14%) Degree
6 5 (3.97%) Security Cleared
7 4 (3.17%) Cisco Certification
7 4 (3.17%) Microsoft Certification
7 4 (3.17%) CCA
7 4 (3.17%) Citrix Certification
7 4 (3.17%) ISEB
7 4 (3.17%) CCIE
7 4 (3.17%) MCSE
7 4 (3.17%) CCEE
7 4 (3.17%) CCAA
8 2 (1.59%) SC Cleared
9 1 (0.79%) ISACA
9 1 (0.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (20.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.79%) P3O
2 1 (0.79%) COBIT
2 1 (0.79%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 1 (0.79%) GAMP
2 1 (0.79%) GMP
System Software
1 13 (10.32%) Active Directory
2 8 (6.35%) MetaFrame
2 8 (6.35%) Citrix Presentation Server
2 8 (6.35%) XenApp
3 5 (3.97%) BitLocker
4 1 (0.79%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.79%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
4 1 (0.79%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 5 (3.97%) SCCM
2 1 (0.79%) Puppet
2 1 (0.79%) Vagrant
2 1 (0.79%) Tivoli
2 1 (0.79%) MIMEsweeper
Vendors
1 19 (15.08%) Citrix
2 16 (12.70%) CheckPoint
3 15 (11.90%) Clearswift
3 15 (11.90%) Cisco
3 15 (11.90%) Microsoft
4 14 (11.11%) Kaspersky
5 13 (10.32%) AppSense
6 9 (7.14%) VMware
6 9 (7.14%) Oracle
6 9 (7.14%) Red Hat
7 5 (3.97%) Talend
7 5 (3.97%) Wyse
8 4 (3.17%) HP
8 4 (3.17%) EMC
8 4 (3.17%) SAP
8 4 (3.17%) IBM
9 2 (1.59%) Business Objects
9 2 (1.59%) Sitecore
10 1 (0.79%) SurfControl
10 1 (0.79%) Telerik
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