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 26 February 2017 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
26 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
North West / Manchester
Rank 48 56 41
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -15
Contract jobs citing QA 44 48 57
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 3.33% 2.65% 3.74%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 36.36% 25.00% 27.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 24 39
Median daily rate £375 £319 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.64% -0.39%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £428 £443 £455
UK excluding London median daily rate £368 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+0.68% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £39.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year
-23.07% +14.70%

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
121 192 208
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 9.15% 10.60% 13.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 78 97 107
Median daily rate £370 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £195 £195 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £528 £550 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £380
% change year-on-year
+2.56% +2.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 2 5
Median hourly rate £47.50 £40.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.75% +128.57%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.75 £42.25 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-50.88% +87.77%

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 26 February 2017.

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 26 February 2017. 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 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
Salford - 5 £400 - 2
Oldham +2 1 £400 +33.33% 1
Stockport - 1 - -
QA
North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 26 February 2017, 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 52 (51.49%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (27.72%) Selenium
3 24 (23.76%) JavaScript
4 23 (22.77%) Java
5 20 (19.80%) Scrum
5 20 (19.80%) BDD
6 18 (17.82%) JIRA
6 18 (17.82%) SQL
7 17 (16.83%) TDD
8 16 (15.84%) AngularJS
9 15 (14.85%) DevOps
9 15 (14.85%) Automated Testing
9 15 (14.85%) Web Services
10 14 (13.86%) Test Scripting
11 13 (12.87%) ITIL
12 12 (11.88%) WebDriver
13 11 (10.89%) User Acceptance Testing
14 10 (9.90%) Release Management
14 10 (9.90%) Finance
14 10 (9.90%) XML
14 10 (9.90%) ServiceNow
14 10 (9.90%) Jenkins
14 10 (9.90%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 10 (9.90%) ITIL V3
14 10 (9.90%) SDLC
14 10 (9.90%) Issue Tracking
15 9 (8.91%) Defect Management
15 9 (8.91%) QA Automation
15 9 (8.91%) Analytical Skills
15 9 (8.91%) C#

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 5 (4.95%) SharePoint
2 4 (3.96%) IBM Domino
3 3 (2.97%) IIS
4 2 (1.98%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (1.98%) Drupal
5 1 (0.99%) CMS
Applications
1 4 (3.96%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.99%) MS Office
2 1 (0.99%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (0.99%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.99%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.99%) Magento
1 1 (0.99%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.96%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (1.98%) Azure Active Directory
2 2 (1.98%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.98%) PaaS
3 1 (0.99%) AWS CloudFormation
3 1 (0.99%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
3 1 (0.99%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 5 (4.95%) LDAP
2 3 (2.97%) DHCP
2 3 (2.97%) DNS
2 3 (2.97%) Firewall
2 3 (2.97%) Network Security
2 3 (2.97%) PSTN
3 2 (1.98%) Internet
4 1 (0.99%) Broadband
4 1 (0.99%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.94%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.96%) MySQL
3 3 (2.97%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (2.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (0.99%) Couchbase
4 1 (0.99%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.99%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.99%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.99%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.99%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 28 (27.72%) Selenium
2 18 (17.82%) JIRA
3 12 (11.88%) WebDriver
4 10 (9.90%) Jenkins
5 8 (7.92%) SoapUI
6 7 (6.93%) Git (software)
7 5 (4.95%) Cucumber
8 3 (2.97%) Babel
8 3 (2.97%) IntelliJ
8 3 (2.97%) TestNG
8 3 (2.97%) Visual Studio
8 3 (2.97%) webpack
9 2 (1.98%) GitLab
9 2 (1.98%) gulp
9 2 (1.98%) JMeter
9 2 (1.98%) Log4j
9 2 (1.98%) SpecFlow
10 1 (0.99%) Mocha
10 1 (0.99%) Team Foundation Server
10 1 (0.99%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 10 (9.90%) Finance
2 9 (8.91%) Telecoms
3 4 (3.96%) Games
4 3 (2.97%) Banking
5 2 (1.98%) Advertising
5 2 (1.98%) Legal
5 2 (1.98%) Retail
6 1 (0.99%) Electronics
6 1 (0.99%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.99%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.99%) Marketing
6 1 (0.99%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 34 (33.66%) Developer
2 12 (11.88%) Analyst
3 10 (9.90%) Project Manager
3 10 (9.90%) QA Engineer
4 9 (8.91%) QA Automation Engineer
4 9 (8.91%) Tester
5 8 (7.92%) Automation Engineer
6 6 (5.94%) Automation Tester
6 6 (5.94%) Java Engineer
6 6 (5.94%) ServiceNow Developer
7 5 (4.95%) QA Analyst
8 4 (3.96%) Android Developer
8 4 (3.96%) Architect
8 4 (3.96%) Consultant
8 4 (3.96%) Delivery Manager
8 4 (3.96%) Domino Developer
8 4 (3.96%) QA Test Analyst
8 4 (3.96%) QA Tester
8 4 (3.96%) Test Analyst
8 4 (3.96%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (15.84%) AngularJS
2 15 (14.85%) Web Services
3 10 (9.90%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 10 (9.90%) XML
4 9 (8.91%) .NET
4 9 (8.91%) HTML
5 7 (6.93%) REST
6 6 (5.94%) ASP.NET
6 6 (5.94%) CSS
6 6 (5.94%) Gherkin
7 5 (4.95%) Apache Cordova
7 5 (4.95%) React
7 5 (4.95%) React Native
8 4 (3.96%) SOAP
9 3 (2.97%) .NET Framework
9 3 (2.97%) Ember.js
9 3 (2.97%) HTML5
9 3 (2.97%) jQuery
9 3 (2.97%) RESTful
10 2 (1.98%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 9 (8.91%) Analytical Skills
1 9 (8.91%) Web 2.0
2 6 (5.94%) Mobile App
3 5 (4.95%) User Experience
3 5 (4.95%) Virtual Team
4 4 (3.96%) Data Structures
5 2 (1.98%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (1.98%) Linux Command Line
5 2 (1.98%) Mobile Games
6 1 (0.99%) 3D Graphics
6 1 (0.99%) Blog
6 1 (0.99%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.99%) NHS
6 1 (0.99%) Podcast
6 1 (0.99%) Social Media
6 1 (0.99%) Streaming Video
Operating Systems
1 8 (7.92%) Android
2 5 (4.95%) Linux
3 4 (3.96%) Windows
4 3 (2.97%) Apple iOS
4 3 (2.97%) CentOS
4 3 (2.97%) Unix
4 3 (2.97%) Windows Server
4 3 (2.97%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (0.99%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (51.49%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (19.80%) BDD
2 20 (19.80%) Scrum
3 17 (16.83%) TDD
4 15 (14.85%) Automated Testing
4 15 (14.85%) DevOps
5 14 (13.86%) Test Scripting
6 13 (12.87%) ITIL
7 11 (10.89%) User Acceptance Testing
8 10 (9.90%) Issue Tracking
8 10 (9.90%) ITIL V3
8 10 (9.90%) Release Management
8 10 (9.90%) SDLC
9 9 (8.91%) Configuration Management
9 9 (8.91%) Defect Management
9 9 (8.91%) Project Management
9 9 (8.91%) QA Automation
9 9 (8.91%) Stakeholder Management
9 9 (8.91%) Test Automation
10 8 (7.92%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 24 (23.76%) JavaScript
2 23 (22.77%) Java
3 18 (17.82%) SQL
4 9 (8.91%) C#
5 7 (6.93%) PHP
5 7 (6.93%) PL/SQL
6 5 (4.95%) Python
7 4 (3.96%) ES6
8 3 (2.97%) ECMAScript
9 1 (0.99%) PHP 5
9 1 (0.99%) Ruby
9 1 (0.99%) Scala
9 1 (0.99%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.99%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.99%) VBA
9 1 (0.99%) X++
Qualifications
1 9 (8.91%) Security Cleared
2 7 (6.93%) SC Cleared
3 5 (4.95%) ISEB
4 1 (0.99%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (0.99%) CCNA
4 1 (0.99%) CCNP
4 1 (0.99%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.97%) SDET
2 1 (0.99%) PMO
System Software
1 2 (1.98%) Active Directory
1 2 (1.98%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (2.97%) Puppet
2 1 (0.99%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 10 (9.90%) ServiceNow
2 9 (8.91%) Microsoft
3 4 (3.96%) Sitecore
4 3 (2.97%) Apigee
4 3 (2.97%) Red Hat
4 3 (2.97%) RightScale
5 2 (1.98%) ForgeRock
5 2 (1.98%) Openreach
5 2 (1.98%) SAP
5 2 (1.98%) Snow
6 1 (0.99%) BT
6 1 (0.99%) CA Agile Central
6 1 (0.99%) CheckPoint
6 1 (0.99%) Cisco
6 1 (0.99%) F5
6 1 (0.99%) Juniper
6 1 (0.99%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (0.99%) WorldPay
6 1 (0.99%) Zend