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 5 May 2016 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
5 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 57 32 52
Rank change year-on-year
-25 +20
Contract jobs citing QA 53 79 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 2.87% 4.80% 2.67%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 32.72% 56.03% 39.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 44 19
Median daily rate £381 £325 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.07% -13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £277 £256
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £390 £480
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £360 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.09 £36.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-55.91% +14.06%
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
162 141 94
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 8.79% 8.56% 6.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 65 45
Median daily rate £390 £325 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £278 £252 £223
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £398 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £365
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +6.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 7
Median hourly rate - - £15.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £29.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
-22.41% +38.09%

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 5 May 2016.

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 5 May 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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
Oldham - 2 £300 -
Bolton +6 1 £300 +23.07% 1
Stockport - 1 £221 - 4
QA
North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 5 May 2016, 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 46 (38.33%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (27.50%) Selenium
3 31 (25.83%) JIRA
4 30 (25.00%) Java
5 26 (21.67%) Finance
5 26 (21.67%) Scrum
6 23 (19.17%) TDD
6 23 (19.17%) Test Scripting
7 22 (18.33%) BDD
8 20 (16.67%) SQL
9 19 (15.83%) Cucumber
10 18 (15.00%) SDLC
10 18 (15.00%) Oracle
10 18 (15.00%) SQL Server
10 18 (15.00%) Web Services
10 18 (15.00%) Regression Testing
10 18 (15.00%) Project Management
10 18 (15.00%) Retail
11 17 (14.17%) Software Testing
12 15 (12.50%) Degree
12 15 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
12 15 (12.50%) Microsoft
12 15 (12.50%) .NET
13 14 (11.67%) Automation Testing
13 14 (11.67%) Waterfall
14 12 (10.00%) Jenkins
15 11 (9.17%) JavaScript
15 11 (9.17%) Docker
16 10 (8.33%) Oracle Database
16 10 (8.33%) Open Source

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 9 (7.50%) Node.js
2 6 (5.00%) WebSphere
3 4 (3.33%) GeoServer
4 3 (2.50%) CICS
4 3 (2.50%) Tomcat
5 2 (1.67%) WebSphere Application Server
6 1 (0.83%) Apache
6 1 (0.83%) IBM Notes
6 1 (0.83%) SharePoint
Applications
1 6 (5.00%) MS Project
2 3 (2.50%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (1.67%) MS Excel
4 1 (0.83%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 6 (5.00%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (2.50%) SAP SD
3 2 (1.67%) Magento
4 1 (0.83%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.83%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.33%) GitHub
2 2 (1.67%) Amazon ElastiCache
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.33%) Firewall
2 3 (2.50%) HTTP
3 2 (1.67%) Cisco ASA
3 2 (1.67%) DHCP
3 2 (1.67%) SSL
3 2 (1.67%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.83%) Junos
4 1 (0.83%) Network Security
4 1 (0.83%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (15.00%) SQL Server
2 10 (8.33%) Oracle Database
3 9 (7.50%) PostgreSQL
4 5 (4.17%) Oracle Reports
5 4 (3.33%) GIS
5 4 (3.33%) MongoDB
5 4 (3.33%) NoSQL
6 3 (2.50%) MySQL
6 3 (2.50%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (1.67%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 2 (1.67%) QGIS
7 2 (1.67%) RDBMS
7 2 (1.67%) Redis
7 2 (1.67%) Relational Database
7 2 (1.67%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (1.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (1.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.83%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.83%) DB2
8 1 (0.83%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 33 (27.50%) Selenium
2 31 (25.83%) JIRA
3 19 (15.83%) Cucumber
4 12 (10.00%) Jenkins
5 9 (7.50%) WebDriver
6 8 (6.67%) Mocha
6 8 (6.67%) Toad
7 7 (5.83%) Maven
7 7 (5.83%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 6 (5.00%) Gradle
8 6 (5.00%) JBehave
9 5 (4.17%) Team Foundation Server
9 5 (4.17%) Visual Studio
10 4 (3.33%) SoapUI
11 3 (2.50%) eggPlant
11 3 (2.50%) Git (software)
11 3 (2.50%) HP UFT
11 3 (2.50%) JUnit
12 2 (1.67%) ClearCase
12 2 (1.67%) GitLab
General
1 26 (21.67%) Finance
2 18 (15.00%) Retail
3 6 (5.00%) Banking
3 6 (5.00%) Legal
4 5 (4.17%) Games
5 2 (1.67%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.83%) Electronics
6 1 (0.83%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.83%) Marketing
6 1 (0.83%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 32 (26.67%) Analyst
2 23 (19.17%) Test Analyst
3 22 (18.33%) Developer
4 14 (11.67%) Tester
5 12 (10.00%) QA Engineer
6 11 (9.17%) Project Manager
6 11 (9.17%) Test Manager
7 10 (8.33%) Architect
7 10 (8.33%) QA Analyst
7 10 (8.33%) QA Manager
7 10 (8.33%) QA Test Analyst
7 10 (8.33%) QA Tester
8 8 (6.67%) QA Test Manager
9 7 (5.83%) Business Analyst
9 7 (5.83%) Node.js Developer
10 6 (5.00%) Performance Manager
10 6 (5.00%) Performance Test Manager
10 6 (5.00%) Test Engineer
11 5 (4.17%) Test Architect
11 5 (4.17%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (15.00%) Web Services
2 15 (12.50%) .NET
3 10 (8.33%) RESTful
4 9 (7.50%) XML
5 7 (5.83%) AngularJS
5 7 (5.83%) Express
5 7 (5.83%) HTML
5 7 (5.83%) REST
6 5 (4.17%) ASP.NET
6 5 (4.17%) ASP.NET MVC
6 5 (4.17%) CSS
6 5 (4.17%) J2EE
6 5 (4.17%) RabbitMQ
7 4 (3.33%) EJB
7 4 (3.33%) Middleware
7 4 (3.33%) PostGIS
7 4 (3.33%) Spring
7 4 (3.33%) Spring Boot
8 3 (2.50%) Backbone.js
8 3 (2.50%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 8 (6.67%) Computer Science
2 6 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (3.33%) Clustering
3 4 (3.33%) Mainframe
4 3 (2.50%) Data Centre
4 3 (2.50%) Data Extraction
5 2 (1.67%) IVR
5 2 (1.67%) Mobile App
5 2 (1.67%) PKI
5 2 (1.67%) Replication
6 1 (0.83%) BBC
6 1 (0.83%) Contactless
6 1 (0.83%) Life Science
6 1 (0.83%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.83%) Mobile Games
6 1 (0.83%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 8 (6.67%) Windows
2 6 (5.00%) Linux
2 6 (5.00%) Windows Server 2012
3 2 (1.67%) Android
3 2 (1.67%) Apple iOS
3 2 (1.67%) Windows Server
3 2 (1.67%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (1.67%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (0.83%) AIX
4 1 (0.83%) Unix
4 1 (0.83%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (38.33%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (21.67%) Scrum
3 23 (19.17%) TDD
3 23 (19.17%) Test Scripting
4 22 (18.33%) BDD
5 18 (15.00%) Project Management
5 18 (15.00%) Regression Testing
5 18 (15.00%) SDLC
6 17 (14.17%) Software Testing
7 15 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
8 14 (11.67%) Automation Testing
8 14 (11.67%) Waterfall
9 10 (8.33%) Automated Testing
9 10 (8.33%) Open Source
9 10 (8.33%) Test Automation
10 9 (7.50%) Test Management
11 8 (6.67%) Defect Management
11 8 (6.67%) E-Commerce
11 8 (6.67%) ERP
11 8 (6.67%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 30 (25.00%) Java
2 20 (16.67%) SQL
3 11 (9.17%) JavaScript
4 9 (7.50%) C#
4 9 (7.50%) Python
5 8 (6.67%) T-SQL
6 5 (4.17%) Ruby
7 4 (3.33%) PHP
7 4 (3.33%) PL/SQL
8 3 (2.50%) C++
8 3 (2.50%) Shell Script
9 2 (1.67%) C
9 2 (1.67%) Go
9 2 (1.67%) Groovy
10 1 (0.83%) ANSI SQL
10 1 (0.83%) JCL
10 1 (0.83%) R
Qualifications
1 15 (12.50%) Degree
2 6 (5.00%) ISEB
2 6 (5.00%) ISTQB
3 5 (4.17%) PMI Certification
3 5 (4.17%) PMP
4 3 (2.50%) HND
5 2 (1.67%) CCENT
5 2 (1.67%) CESG Certified Professional
5 2 (1.67%) CISM
5 2 (1.67%) CISMP
5 2 (1.67%) CISSP
5 2 (1.67%) CLAS
5 2 (1.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (1.67%) ITIL Certification
5 2 (1.67%) MCSA
5 2 (1.67%) MCSE
5 2 (1.67%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (1.67%) PhD
6 1 (0.83%) DBS Check
6 1 (0.83%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.83%) AIFMD
2 1 (0.83%) COBIT
2 1 (0.83%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.83%) PMBOK
2 1 (0.83%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (0.83%) SDET
2 1 (0.83%) SLA
2 1 (0.83%) UCITS
System Software
1 11 (9.17%) Docker
2 2 (1.67%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.67%) Hyper-V
2 2 (1.67%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 1 (0.83%) RACF
3 1 (0.83%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (5.83%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.67%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (1.67%) Puppet
2 2 (1.67%) SmoothWall
2 2 (1.67%) WSUS
3 1 (0.83%) Ansible
3 1 (0.83%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 18 (15.00%) Oracle
2 15 (12.50%) Microsoft
3 7 (5.83%) HP
4 6 (5.00%) SAP
5 5 (4.17%) PeopleSoft
6 4 (3.33%) Citrix
6 4 (3.33%) Telerik
7 3 (2.50%) Cisco
7 3 (2.50%) IBM
8 2 (1.67%) Actimize
8 2 (1.67%) CheckPoint
8 2 (1.67%) Clearswift
8 2 (1.67%) ESRI
8 2 (1.67%) Kaspersky
9 1 (0.83%) hybris
9 1 (0.83%) Juniper
9 1 (0.83%) Redback
9 1 (0.83%) RedGate
9 1 (0.83%) VMware
9 1 (0.83%) Zend
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