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 26 November 2014 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
26 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 62 43 61
Rank change year-on-year
-19 +18
Contract jobs citing QA 28 34 24
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 1.97% 3.03% 1.82%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 35.00% 42.50% 30.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 17 19
Average daily rate
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£330 £340 £238
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% +43.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £212 £178
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £374
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
Average hourly rate - £12.00 £185.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -93.51%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £32.50 £20.75
% change year-on-year
+1.53% +56.62%
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
80 80 79
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 5.62% 7.14% 5.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 37 35
Average daily rate £325 £315 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.17% +26.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £136 £182 £164
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £453 £406
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £365
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -4.10%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 9 5
Average hourly rate £11.50 £17.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-34.28% -5.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.55 £10.50 £16.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.80 £26.00 £68.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.99 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+25.62% -7.89%

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 26 November 2014.

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 26 November 2014. 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
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Altrincham - 1 - -
Bolton - - - - 2
Cheadle - - - - 1
Rochdale - - - - 1
Salford - - - - 1
Stockport - - - - 1
Wigan - - - - 1
QA
North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 26 November 2014, 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 12 (22.22%) SQL
1 12 (22.22%) Project Management
1 12 (22.22%) Finance
1 12 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (12.96%) Java
2 7 (12.96%) Microsoft
2 7 (12.96%) User Acceptance Testing
3 6 (11.11%) Performance Tuning
3 6 (11.11%) T-SQL
3 6 (11.11%) ITIL
3 6 (11.11%) Information Security
4 5 (9.26%) Retail
4 5 (9.26%) SQL Server
4 5 (9.26%) Web Services
5 4 (7.41%) MS Excel
5 4 (7.41%) JavaScript
5 4 (7.41%) Oracle
5 4 (7.41%) MS Office
5 4 (7.41%) Change Management
5 4 (7.41%) Security Management
5 4 (7.41%) Open Source
5 4 (7.41%) Test Strategy
5 4 (7.41%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (7.41%) Test Scripting
5 4 (7.41%) Performance Management
5 4 (7.41%) Data Analysis
5 4 (7.41%) Statistics
5 4 (7.41%) Selenium
6 3 (5.56%) Project Planning
6 3 (5.56%) JIRA

QA
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 26 November 2014, 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 2 (3.70%) Confluence
Applications
1 4 (7.41%) MS Excel
1 4 (7.41%) MS Office
2 3 (5.56%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (1.85%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (1.85%) AutoCAD
3 1 (1.85%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (5.56%) Oracle Retail
2 2 (3.70%) SAP HCM
2 2 (3.70%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (1.85%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (1.85%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.85%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.70%) VPN
1 2 (3.70%) Firewall
1 2 (3.70%) Intrusion Detection
2 1 (1.85%) Network Security
2 1 (1.85%) WAN
2 1 (1.85%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (9.26%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.70%) RDBMS
2 2 (3.70%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (3.70%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.85%) Hadoop
3 1 (1.85%) BigQuery
Development Applications
1 4 (7.41%) Selenium
2 3 (5.56%) JIRA
3 2 (3.70%) QuickTest Pro
3 2 (3.70%) JUnit
3 2 (3.70%) Metasploit
4 1 (1.85%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (1.85%) Talend Open Studio
4 1 (1.85%) Cucumber
4 1 (1.85%) SoapUI
4 1 (1.85%) Xcode
4 1 (1.85%) Subversion
4 1 (1.85%) Eclipse
General
1 12 (22.22%) Finance
2 5 (9.26%) Retail
3 2 (3.70%) Legal
3 2 (3.70%) Manufacturing
3 2 (3.70%) Advertising
3 2 (3.70%) Back Office
4 1 (1.85%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.85%) Billing
Job Titles
1 9 (16.67%) Analyst
2 7 (12.96%) Consultant
2 7 (12.96%) Tester
3 6 (11.11%) DBA
3 6 (11.11%) SQL DBA
3 6 (11.11%) Project Manager
4 5 (9.26%) Test Analyst
5 3 (5.56%) Solutions Consultant
5 3 (5.56%) Lead Security Consultant
5 3 (5.56%) Security Consultant
5 3 (5.56%) Senior Analyst
5 3 (5.56%) QA Tester
6 2 (3.70%) Security Specialist
6 2 (3.70%) Team Leader
6 2 (3.70%) Senior DBA
6 2 (3.70%) Administrator
6 2 (3.70%) Test Manager
6 2 (3.70%) Developer
6 2 (3.70%) Agile Test Analyst
6 2 (3.70%) Dynamics AX Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (9.26%) Web Services
2 2 (3.70%) JMS
2 2 (3.70%) EJB
2 2 (3.70%) SOAP
2 2 (3.70%) HTML
2 2 (3.70%) .NET
2 2 (3.70%) J2EE
2 2 (3.70%) HTML5
2 2 (3.70%) Gherkin
2 2 (3.70%) Java EE
3 1 (1.85%) Ajax
3 1 (1.85%) JSON
3 1 (1.85%) Django
3 1 (1.85%) Android SDK
3 1 (1.85%) Cocoa Touch
3 1 (1.85%) UIKit
3 1 (1.85%) iOS SDK
3 1 (1.85%) REST
3 1 (1.85%) Cocoa
3 1 (1.85%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (7.41%) Open Source
1 4 (7.41%) Analytical Skills
1 4 (7.41%) Statistics
2 2 (3.70%) Blackberry
2 2 (3.70%) iPad
2 2 (3.70%) Mobile App
2 2 (3.70%) Data Integration
2 2 (3.70%) PKI
3 1 (1.85%) Embedded Systems
3 1 (1.85%) Social Media
3 1 (1.85%) Mainframe
3 1 (1.85%) IVR
3 1 (1.85%) Biometrics
Operating Systems
1 2 (3.70%) Windows
1 2 (3.70%) Android
1 2 (3.70%) Windows 7
2 1 (1.85%) Apple iOS
2 1 (1.85%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (22.22%) Project Management
1 12 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (12.96%) User Acceptance Testing
3 6 (11.11%) Performance Tuning
3 6 (11.11%) ITIL
3 6 (11.11%) Information Security
4 4 (7.41%) Change Management
4 4 (7.41%) Security Management
4 4 (7.41%) Test Strategy
4 4 (7.41%) Test Scripting
4 4 (7.41%) Performance Management
4 4 (7.41%) Data Analysis
5 3 (5.56%) Project Planning
5 3 (5.56%) System Testing
5 3 (5.56%) Integration Testing
5 3 (5.56%) Continuous Improvement
5 3 (5.56%) Incident Management
5 3 (5.56%) Regression Testing
5 3 (5.56%) Scrum
5 3 (5.56%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 12 (22.22%) SQL
2 7 (12.96%) Java
3 6 (11.11%) T-SQL
4 4 (7.41%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.85%) Objective-C
5 1 (1.85%) C#
5 1 (1.85%) C++
5 1 (1.85%) VBScript
5 1 (1.85%) VB
5 1 (1.85%) Python
5 1 (1.85%) JCL
Qualifications
1 3 (5.56%) Security Cleared
1 3 (5.56%) CISSP
2 2 (3.70%) ISEB
2 2 (3.70%) ITIL Certification
2 2 (3.70%) CEH
2 2 (3.70%) SC Cleared
2 2 (3.70%) Degree
3 1 (1.85%) MCDST
3 1 (1.85%) MCTS
3 1 (1.85%) MCITP
3 1 (1.85%) ACSA
3 1 (1.85%) ACSP
3 1 (1.85%) RHCSA
3 1 (1.85%) MCSE
3 1 (1.85%) MCSA
3 1 (1.85%) CCNP
3 1 (1.85%) CCIP
3 1 (1.85%) CCNA
3 1 (1.85%) CCDP
3 1 (1.85%) IBM Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.70%) SLA
2 1 (1.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 2 (3.70%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.85%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 2 (3.70%) CORE IMPACT
2 1 (1.85%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 7 (12.96%) Microsoft
2 4 (7.41%) Oracle
3 2 (3.70%) Citrix
3 2 (3.70%) CheckPoint
3 2 (3.70%) Siebel
3 2 (3.70%) SAP
3 2 (3.70%) Sourcefire
3 2 (3.70%) McAfee
3 2 (3.70%) Sophos
3 2 (3.70%) Atlassian
3 2 (3.70%) IronPort
4 1 (1.85%) SolarWinds
4 1 (1.85%) Talend
4 1 (1.85%) hybris
4 1 (1.85%) HP
4 1 (1.85%) EMC
4 1 (1.85%) Cisco
4 1 (1.85%) IBM
4 1 (1.85%) Red Hat
4 1 (1.85%) Apple
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