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 23 January 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
23 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 42 57 53
Rank change year-on-year
+15 -4
Contract jobs citing QA 44 26 24
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 3.15% 2.36% 2.34%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 39.29% 35.14% 44.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 16 13
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£320 £340 £180
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.88% +88.88%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Average hourly rate - £127.50 £9.84
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +1196.39%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £34.75 £27.50 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+26.36% -9.83%
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
112 74 54
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 8.01% 6.70% 5.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 36 30
Average daily rate £338 £320 £238
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.46% +34.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £198 £120 £138
10% offered a daily rate of more than £552 £383 £415
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 5 2
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.15 £9.84
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.04% +74.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.10 £13.46 £9.57
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.00 £120.50 £10.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.23 £22.75
% change year-on-year
+10.30% -24.28%

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 23 January 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 23 January 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
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 - - - -
Cheadle - - - -
Salford - - - - 1
Stockport - - - - 5
Wigan - - - - 1
QA
North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 23 January 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 22 (32.35%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (27.94%) SQL
3 13 (19.12%) User Acceptance Testing
4 12 (17.65%) Project Management
4 12 (17.65%) Finance
5 11 (16.18%) Web Services
5 11 (16.18%) Microsoft
6 10 (14.71%) SOAP
6 10 (14.71%) Oracle
6 10 (14.71%) Retail
7 9 (13.24%) Java
8 8 (11.76%) RDBMS
8 8 (11.76%) Test Scripting
8 8 (11.76%) SoapUI
8 8 (11.76%) Test Strategy
8 8 (11.76%) Relational Database
9 7 (10.29%) Integration Testing
9 7 (10.29%) Data Warehouse
9 7 (10.29%) MS Office
9 7 (10.29%) Windows
10 6 (8.82%) J2EE
10 6 (8.82%) SQL Server
10 6 (8.82%) T-SQL
10 6 (8.82%) ERP
10 6 (8.82%) TDD
10 6 (8.82%) Selenium
10 6 (8.82%) Oracle Database
10 6 (8.82%) Performance Tuning
11 5 (7.35%) Analytics
11 5 (7.35%) Security Cleared

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Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 23 January 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 2 (2.94%) IIS
1 2 (2.94%) JBoss
1 2 (2.94%) Apache
2 1 (1.47%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 7 (10.29%) MS Office
2 4 (5.88%) MS Excel
3 3 (4.41%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (1.47%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (1.47%) MS Project
4 1 (1.47%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 4 (5.88%) Oracle Retail
2 2 (2.94%) Oracle 11i
2 2 (2.94%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (2.94%) TRIRIGA
3 1 (1.47%) Agresso
3 1 (1.47%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.47%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 4 (5.88%) VPN
2 2 (2.94%) Firewall
2 2 (2.94%) SSL
2 2 (2.94%) Network Security
3 1 (1.47%) Cisco ASA
3 1 (1.47%) WAN
3 1 (1.47%) SMTP
3 1 (1.47%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (11.76%) RDBMS
1 8 (11.76%) Relational Database
2 7 (10.29%) Data Warehouse
3 6 (8.82%) SQL Server
3 6 (8.82%) Oracle Database
4 5 (7.35%) Oracle Database 10g
4 5 (7.35%) Oracle Reports
5 4 (5.88%) PostgreSQL
5 4 (5.88%) SQLPlus
5 4 (5.88%) Oracle Database 11g
6 2 (2.94%) Oracle Discoverer
6 2 (2.94%) Oracle BI Publisher
7 1 (1.47%) BigQuery
7 1 (1.47%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 8 (11.76%) SoapUI
2 6 (8.82%) Selenium
3 5 (7.35%) Oracle Forms
4 4 (5.88%) Oracle APEX
4 4 (5.88%) Subversion
5 3 (4.41%) Jenkins
5 3 (4.41%) QuickTest Pro
6 2 (2.94%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (2.94%) Talend Open Studio
7 1 (1.47%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 1 (1.47%) Eclipse
7 1 (1.47%) Toad
7 1 (1.47%) Visual Studio
7 1 (1.47%) Xcode
General
1 12 (17.65%) Finance
2 10 (14.71%) Retail
3 4 (5.88%) Billing
4 3 (4.41%) Advertising
5 2 (2.94%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.47%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (1.47%) Games
6 1 (1.47%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.47%) Legal
Job Titles
1 14 (20.59%) Analyst
2 10 (14.71%) Tester
3 7 (10.29%) QA Tester
3 7 (10.29%) Test Analyst
4 6 (8.82%) DBA
4 6 (8.82%) Developer
4 6 (8.82%) SQL DBA
5 5 (7.35%) Consultant
6 4 (5.88%) Systems Analyst
7 3 (4.41%) Systems Test Analyst
7 3 (4.41%) Systems Developer
7 3 (4.41%) Senior Analyst
7 3 (4.41%) Oracle Developer
7 3 (4.41%) Systems Integrator
7 3 (4.41%) Test Manager
7 3 (4.41%) Project Manager
8 2 (2.94%) Administrator
8 2 (2.94%) Dynamics AX Consultant
8 2 (2.94%) Senior SQL DBA
8 2 (2.94%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (16.18%) Web Services
2 10 (14.71%) SOAP
3 6 (8.82%) J2EE
4 4 (5.88%) JSON
4 4 (5.88%) Gherkin
5 3 (4.41%) XML
6 2 (2.94%) .NET
7 1 (1.47%) Android SDK
7 1 (1.47%) HTML5
7 1 (1.47%) iOS SDK
7 1 (1.47%) REST
7 1 (1.47%) Cocoa Touch
7 1 (1.47%) UIKit
7 1 (1.47%) RESTful
7 1 (1.47%) Ajax
7 1 (1.47%) Spring
7 1 (1.47%) Django
7 1 (1.47%) HTML
7 1 (1.47%) Cocoa
Miscellaneous
1 4 (5.88%) Management Information System
1 4 (5.88%) Statistics
1 4 (5.88%) Open Source
1 4 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (4.41%) Data Integration
3 2 (2.94%) Blackberry
3 2 (2.94%) iPad
4 1 (1.47%) Social Media
4 1 (1.47%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (1.47%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.47%) Online Games
4 1 (1.47%) IVR
4 1 (1.47%) Biometrics
4 1 (1.47%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 7 (10.29%) Windows
2 5 (7.35%) Linux
3 4 (5.88%) VMS
3 4 (5.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (2.94%) HPUX
4 2 (2.94%) Windows 7
4 2 (2.94%) Android
4 2 (2.94%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (1.47%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.47%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (32.35%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (19.12%) User Acceptance Testing
3 12 (17.65%) Project Management
4 8 (11.76%) Test Scripting
4 8 (11.76%) Test Strategy
5 7 (10.29%) Integration Testing
6 6 (8.82%) ERP
6 6 (8.82%) TDD
6 6 (8.82%) Performance Tuning
7 5 (7.35%) Analytics
7 5 (7.35%) Unit Testing
7 5 (7.35%) Project Planning
7 5 (7.35%) Data Analysis
7 5 (7.35%) E-Commerce
7 5 (7.35%) Business Intelligence
7 5 (7.35%) ITIL
7 5 (7.35%) Regression Testing
8 4 (5.88%) Change Management
8 4 (5.88%) Validation
8 4 (5.88%) RAD
Programming Languages
1 19 (27.94%) SQL
2 9 (13.24%) Java
3 6 (8.82%) T-SQL
4 5 (7.35%) JavaScript
4 5 (7.35%) PL/SQL
5 4 (5.88%) Groovy
6 3 (4.41%) C#
7 2 (2.94%) Shell Script
8 1 (1.47%) Python
8 1 (1.47%) C++
8 1 (1.47%) VBScript
8 1 (1.47%) VB
8 1 (1.47%) JCL
8 1 (1.47%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 5 (7.35%) Security Cleared
2 3 (4.41%) ISEB
3 2 (2.94%) ITIL Certification
3 2 (2.94%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.47%) RHCSA
4 1 (1.47%) ISACA
4 1 (1.47%) ACSP
4 1 (1.47%) MCDST
4 1 (1.47%) MCTS
4 1 (1.47%) CISMP
4 1 (1.47%) ACSA
4 1 (1.47%) MCITP
4 1 (1.47%) Degree
4 1 (1.47%) CCNP
4 1 (1.47%) CCIP
4 1 (1.47%) CCNA
4 1 (1.47%) CCDP
4 1 (1.47%) MCSE
4 1 (1.47%) MCSA
4 1 (1.47%) IBM Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.94%) SLA
2 1 (1.47%) P3O
2 1 (1.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (1.47%) COBIT
2 1 (1.47%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 1 (1.47%) GAMP
2 1 (1.47%) GMP
System Software
1 2 (2.94%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.47%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
2 1 (1.47%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 1 (1.47%) MIMEsweeper
1 1 (1.47%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 11 (16.18%) Microsoft
2 10 (14.71%) Oracle
3 5 (7.35%) HP
3 5 (7.35%) Red Hat
4 4 (5.88%) Citrix
5 3 (4.41%) IBM
6 2 (2.94%) CheckPoint
6 2 (2.94%) Cisco
6 2 (2.94%) Siebel
6 2 (2.94%) Talend
7 1 (1.47%) SolarWinds
7 1 (1.47%) EMC
7 1 (1.47%) Clearswift
7 1 (1.47%) Apple
7 1 (1.47%) Avaya
7 1 (1.47%) Lotus
7 1 (1.47%) SurfControl
Salford, Lancashire
Robert Walters
Rate: Very Competitive daily rates
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester
Real Staffing
Rate: £400 - £600 per day + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Hudson IT
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester
Applause IT Innovation
Rate: £290 - £350 per day
Posted: 15 days ago
Manchester
Real Staffing
Rate: £450 - £550 per day + competitive
Posted: 19 days ago