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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 33 61 53
Rank change year-on-year
+28 -8
Contract jobs citing QA 70 27 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 4.33% 2.19% 2.28%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 50.00% 37.50% 37.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 46 15 13
Average daily rate
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£345 £430 £258
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-19.76% +66.99%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £325 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £464 £370
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £12.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -37.50%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.00 £18.13 £14.75
% change year-on-year
+54.48% +22.88%
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
140 72 70
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 8.66% 5.85% 6.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 37 30
Average daily rate £334 £430 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-22.38% +32.30%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £290 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £525 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 7 11
Average hourly rate £15.50 £9.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+63.15% -45.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.90 £9.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.90 £31.00 £19.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.55 £20.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+5.12% +17.14%

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 31 July 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 31 July 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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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
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IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
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Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
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North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 37 (24.34%) SQL
1 37 (24.34%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (20.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 28 (18.42%) Migration
4 27 (17.76%) Selenium
5 25 (16.45%) ITIL
6 23 (15.13%) Windows
7 21 (13.82%) TDD
7 21 (13.82%) SoapUI
8 20 (13.16%) WAN
9 19 (12.50%) SOAP
10 18 (11.84%) Active Directory
10 18 (11.84%) Citrix
10 18 (11.84%) ITIL Certification
11 17 (11.18%) AppSense
12 16 (10.53%) Firewall
12 16 (10.53%) Finance
12 16 (10.53%) Cisco
12 16 (10.53%) SQL Server
13 15 (9.87%) SSL
13 15 (9.87%) Microsoft
13 15 (9.87%) CheckPoint
13 15 (9.87%) Stakeholder Management
13 15 (9.87%) Penetration Testing
13 15 (9.87%) PKI
13 15 (9.87%) Jenkins
13 15 (9.87%) Kalman Filter
13 15 (9.87%) User Acceptance Testing
13 15 (9.87%) Cisco ASA
13 15 (9.87%) Kaspersky

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 4 (2.63%) Apache
2 3 (1.97%) CMS
2 3 (1.97%) Umbraco
2 3 (1.97%) Sitecore CMS
3 2 (1.32%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.66%) SAS
4 1 (0.66%) CICS
4 1 (0.66%) MQSeries
4 1 (0.66%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 8 (5.26%) MS Excel
2 3 (1.97%) MS Office
3 2 (1.32%) Photoshop
3 2 (1.32%) MS Project
3 2 (1.32%) Maya
3 2 (1.32%) 3ds Max
3 2 (1.32%) Adobe Illustrator
3 2 (1.32%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (1.32%) CINEMA 4D
3 2 (1.32%) MODO
4 1 (0.66%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.66%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 5 (3.29%) Temenos T24
2 1 (0.66%) SAP HCM
2 1 (0.66%) Agresso
2 1 (0.66%) SAP R/3
2 1 (0.66%) Maximo
2 1 (0.66%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.63%) Amazon AWS
1 4 (2.63%) Office 365
2 1 (0.66%) Route 53
2 1 (0.66%) Amazon ELB
2 1 (0.66%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (0.66%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 20 (13.16%) WAN
2 16 (10.53%) Firewall
3 15 (9.87%) SSL
3 15 (9.87%) Cisco ASA
4 14 (9.21%) Network Security
5 9 (5.92%) LAN
6 8 (5.26%) VPN
7 4 (2.63%) SAN
8 1 (0.66%) DNS
8 1 (0.66%) DHCP
8 1 (0.66%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (10.53%) SQL Server
2 13 (8.55%) Data Warehouse
3 10 (6.58%) BusinessObjects
3 10 (6.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 9 (5.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 8 (5.26%) SQL Server 2012
6 6 (3.95%) SQL Server 2008
7 3 (1.97%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 2 (1.32%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.66%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.66%) Relational Database
9 1 (0.66%) MySQL
9 1 (0.66%) QlikView
9 1 (0.66%) PostgreSQL
9 1 (0.66%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.66%) DB2
9 1 (0.66%) Crystal Reports
9 1 (0.66%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 27 (17.76%) Selenium
2 21 (13.82%) SoapUI
3 15 (9.87%) Jenkins
4 9 (5.92%) Subversion
5 7 (4.61%) TeamCity
6 5 (3.29%) JIRA
6 5 (3.29%) LoadRunner
6 5 (3.29%) Hudson
7 4 (2.63%) SpecFlow
7 4 (2.63%) WebDriver
7 4 (2.63%) Git (software)
8 3 (1.97%) Cucumber
8 3 (1.97%) Talend Open Studio
8 3 (1.97%) HP UFT
9 2 (1.32%) Visual Studio
9 2 (1.32%) Team Foundation Server
10 1 (0.66%) JBehave
10 1 (0.66%) Eclipse
10 1 (0.66%) Toad
10 1 (0.66%) Maven
General
1 16 (10.53%) Finance
2 8 (5.26%) Banking
3 6 (3.95%) Manufacturing
4 3 (1.97%) Retail
4 3 (1.97%) Billing
5 2 (1.32%) Automotive
5 2 (1.32%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.32%) Marketing
6 1 (0.66%) Advertising
6 1 (0.66%) Law
6 1 (0.66%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.66%) Front Office
6 1 (0.66%) Back Office
6 1 (0.66%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 61 (40.13%) Analyst
2 26 (17.11%) Technical Analyst
3 19 (12.50%) Developer
4 15 (9.87%) Tester
5 14 (9.21%) Test Analyst
6 12 (7.89%) Security Analyst
6 12 (7.89%) QA Tester
7 9 (5.92%) Support Manager
7 9 (5.92%) SQL Developer
7 9 (5.92%) Applications Support Manager
7 9 (5.92%) Applications Manager
7 9 (5.92%) Applications Support
8 8 (5.26%) Citrix Analyst
9 7 (4.61%) Consultant
9 7 (4.61%) QA Analyst
10 6 (3.95%) QA Engineer
10 6 (3.95%) Software Developer
10 6 (3.95%) Project Manager
10 6 (3.95%) SAP Manager
10 6 (3.95%) Technical Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (12.50%) SOAP
2 12 (7.89%) JSON
3 11 (7.24%) Gherkin
4 9 (5.92%) .NET
5 6 (3.95%) Web Services
6 4 (2.63%) J2EE
6 4 (2.63%) LAMP
6 4 (2.63%) Symfony
6 4 (2.63%) CodeIgniter
6 4 (2.63%) RESTful
7 3 (1.97%) HTML5
7 3 (1.97%) CSS3
7 3 (1.97%) jQuery
7 3 (1.97%) Ajax
7 3 (1.97%) CSS
7 3 (1.97%) XML
7 3 (1.97%) XSL
7 3 (1.97%) Ember.js
7 3 (1.97%) AngularJS
7 3 (1.97%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 15 (9.87%) PKI
2 14 (9.21%) Data Centre
3 9 (5.92%) Thin Client
3 9 (5.92%) Fat Client
4 5 (3.29%) Computer Science
4 5 (3.29%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (2.63%) Life Science
5 4 (2.63%) Data Integration
5 4 (2.63%) Client/Server
6 3 (1.97%) Mobile App
6 3 (1.97%) Data Protection Act
7 2 (1.32%) NHS
7 2 (1.32%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.32%) Clustering
8 1 (0.66%) IPTV
8 1 (0.66%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.66%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.66%) New Media
8 1 (0.66%) Embedded Systems
8 1 (0.66%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 23 (15.13%) Windows
2 9 (5.92%) Windows 7
2 9 (5.92%) Windows Server 2012
3 8 (5.26%) Windows Server 2003
3 8 (5.26%) Windows Server 2008
4 5 (3.29%) Linux
5 4 (2.63%) Solaris
5 4 (2.63%) UNIX
6 3 (1.97%) Apple iOS
6 3 (1.97%) Windows Mobile
6 3 (1.97%) Android
7 1 (0.66%) CentOS
7 1 (0.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.66%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (24.34%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (18.42%) Migration
3 25 (16.45%) ITIL
4 21 (13.82%) TDD
5 15 (9.87%) Penetration Testing
5 15 (9.87%) Stakeholder Management
5 15 (9.87%) User Acceptance Testing
5 15 (9.87%) Kalman Filter
6 14 (9.21%) SIEM
6 14 (9.21%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 14 (9.21%) Project Management
7 13 (8.55%) Scrum
7 13 (8.55%) Automated Testing
8 12 (7.89%) BDD
8 12 (7.89%) Service Delivery
8 12 (7.89%) Test Strategy
9 11 (7.24%) Automation Testing
9 11 (7.24%) ETL
9 11 (7.24%) Capacity Planning
10 10 (6.58%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 37 (24.34%) SQL
2 12 (7.89%) C#
3 11 (7.24%) Java
4 10 (6.58%) Groovy
5 8 (5.26%) T-SQL
6 4 (2.63%) PHP
7 3 (1.97%) Objective-C
7 3 (1.97%) JavaScript
8 2 (1.32%) Python
9 1 (0.66%) Assembly Language
9 1 (0.66%) REXX
9 1 (0.66%) JCL
9 1 (0.66%) X++
9 1 (0.66%) C
9 1 (0.66%) COBOL
9 1 (0.66%) VB
9 1 (0.66%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.66%) VBA
9 1 (0.66%) CLIST
Qualifications
1 18 (11.84%) ITIL Certification
2 13 (8.55%) CISM
2 13 (8.55%) CISMP
2 13 (8.55%) CISSP
3 12 (7.89%) Degree
4 10 (6.58%) CCENT
5 7 (4.61%) Security Cleared
6 6 (3.95%) SC Cleared
6 6 (3.95%) ISEB
7 5 (3.29%) Cisco Certification
8 4 (2.63%) Microsoft Certification
8 4 (2.63%) CCA
8 4 (2.63%) Citrix Certification
8 4 (2.63%) MCSE
8 4 (2.63%) CCIE
8 4 (2.63%) CCEE
8 4 (2.63%) CCAA
9 3 (1.97%) ISTQB
10 2 (1.32%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 2 (1.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (20.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (1.97%) ISO 9001
3 2 (1.32%) GMP
4 1 (0.66%) SLA
System Software
1 18 (11.84%) Active Directory
2 9 (5.92%) BitLocker
3 8 (5.26%) XenApp
3 8 (5.26%) MetaFrame
3 8 (5.26%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 2 (1.32%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.66%) NFS
Systems Management
1 9 (5.92%) SCCM
2 1 (0.66%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.66%) Puppet
2 1 (0.66%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 18 (11.84%) Citrix
2 17 (11.18%) AppSense
3 16 (10.53%) Cisco
4 15 (9.87%) Microsoft
4 15 (9.87%) CheckPoint
4 15 (9.87%) Kaspersky
5 14 (9.21%) Clearswift
6 11 (7.24%) VMware
7 9 (5.92%) Wyse
8 7 (4.61%) SAP
9 6 (3.95%) Red Hat
10 5 (3.29%) Temenos
10 5 (3.29%) Telerik
11 4 (2.63%) EMC
12 3 (1.97%) Sitecore
12 3 (1.97%) Talend
13 2 (1.32%) Oracle
13 2 (1.32%) IBM
14 1 (0.66%) HP
14 1 (0.66%) Facebook
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