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 18 September 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
18 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 63 54 69
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +15
Contract jobs citing QA 25 26 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 1.83% 2.19% 1.48%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 36.23% 33.33% 20.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 16 13
Average daily rate
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£325 £243 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+34.02% -21.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £214 £200 £126
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £525 £367
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £335
% change year-on-year
- +4.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
Average hourly rate - £16.75 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -25.55%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.55 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+0.25% -12.50%
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
69 78 109
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 5.06% 6.57% 7.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 34 42
Average daily rate £400 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £133 £191 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £363
% change year-on-year
+5.63% -2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 20 8
Average hourly rate £9.50 £17.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-45.71% -5.40%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -16.66%

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 18 September 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 18 September 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 - - - -
Cheadle - - - -
Stockport - - - - 5
Wigan - - - -
QA
North West

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 18 (29.03%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (25.81%) Finance
3 12 (19.35%) Information Security
4 11 (17.74%) Java
5 10 (16.13%) SQL
5 10 (16.13%) User Acceptance Testing
6 9 (14.52%) SQL Server
6 9 (14.52%) ITIL
6 9 (14.52%) Scrum
7 8 (12.90%) Project Management
7 8 (12.90%) MS Project
7 8 (12.90%) .NET
7 8 (12.90%) JavaScript
7 8 (12.90%) HTML
7 8 (12.90%) MS Excel
7 8 (12.90%) Microsoft
8 7 (11.29%) EJB
8 7 (11.29%) Oracle
8 7 (11.29%) HTML5
9 6 (9.68%) Scala
9 6 (9.68%) BDD
9 6 (9.68%) TDD
9 6 (9.68%) Data Analysis
9 6 (9.68%) Ajax
9 6 (9.68%) Security Management
9 6 (9.68%) CMS
9 6 (9.68%) C#
9 6 (9.68%) J2EE
9 6 (9.68%) Windows
9 6 (9.68%) OOP

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Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 6 (9.68%) CMS
2 5 (8.06%) WebSphere
2 5 (8.06%) WebLogic
2 5 (8.06%) Tomcat
2 5 (8.06%) MQSeries
2 5 (8.06%) Escenic
2 5 (8.06%) Adobe CQ
3 2 (3.23%) Confluence
Applications
1 8 (12.90%) MS Excel
1 8 (12.90%) MS Project
2 5 (8.06%) MS Visio
3 4 (6.45%) MS Office
4 1 (1.61%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (1.61%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (3.23%) Dynamics AX
1 2 (3.23%) SAP HCM
2 1 (1.61%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (1.61%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (1.61%) Oracle Financials
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.23%) VPN
1 2 (3.23%) Firewall
1 2 (3.23%) Intrusion Detection
2 1 (1.61%) Network Security
2 1 (1.61%) DMZ
2 1 (1.61%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (14.52%) SQL Server
2 5 (8.06%) Hadoop
2 5 (8.06%) Big Data
2 5 (8.06%) MySQL
3 4 (6.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 4 (6.45%) QlikView
4 1 (1.61%) RDBMS
4 1 (1.61%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 5 (8.06%) JIRA
2 4 (6.45%) Selenium
3 3 (4.84%) Cucumber
4 2 (3.23%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (3.23%) Metasploit
4 2 (3.23%) JUnit
5 1 (1.61%) Eclipse
5 1 (1.61%) Xcode
5 1 (1.61%) Subversion
5 1 (1.61%) TeamCity
5 1 (1.61%) WebDriver
5 1 (1.61%) SpecFlow
General
1 16 (25.81%) Finance
2 5 (8.06%) Banking
3 3 (4.84%) Retail
4 2 (3.23%) Back Office
4 2 (3.23%) Legal
4 2 (3.23%) Manufacturing
4 2 (3.23%) Advertising
5 1 (1.61%) Billing
Job Titles
1 17 (27.42%) Analyst
2 9 (14.52%) Consultant
3 7 (11.29%) Test Analyst
3 7 (11.29%) Developer
3 7 (11.29%) Project Manager
4 6 (9.68%) Senior Analyst
5 5 (8.06%) Java Developer
5 5 (8.06%) SQL DBA
5 5 (8.06%) Java Programmer
5 5 (8.06%) Senior Java Developer
5 5 (8.06%) Tester
5 5 (8.06%) DBA
5 5 (8.06%) Senior Developer
5 5 (8.06%) Programmer
5 5 (8.06%) Security Consultant
5 5 (8.06%) Developer Analyst
5 5 (8.06%) Senior Programmer
5 5 (8.06%) Solutions Consultant
5 5 (8.06%) Lead Security Consultant
5 5 (8.06%) Senior Java Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (12.90%) HTML
1 8 (12.90%) .NET
2 7 (11.29%) EJB
2 7 (11.29%) HTML5
3 6 (9.68%) J2EE
3 6 (9.68%) XML
3 6 (9.68%) Ajax
4 5 (8.06%) Ruby on Rails
4 5 (8.06%) Java RMI
4 5 (8.06%) LAMP
4 5 (8.06%) Hibernate
4 5 (8.06%) Struts
4 5 (8.06%) CSS
4 5 (8.06%) Spring
4 5 (8.06%) JSF
4 5 (8.06%) CSS3
4 5 (8.06%) jQuery
5 4 (6.45%) Web Services
6 2 (3.23%) JMS
6 2 (3.23%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 4 (6.45%) Statistics
1 4 (6.45%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (4.84%) Open Source
3 2 (3.23%) iPad
3 2 (3.23%) Mobile App
3 2 (3.23%) Blackberry
3 2 (3.23%) PKI
4 1 (1.61%) NHS
4 1 (1.61%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.61%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 6 (9.68%) Windows
2 4 (6.45%) Android
2 4 (6.45%) UNIX
3 2 (3.23%) Windows 7
3 2 (3.23%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (29.03%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (19.35%) Information Security
3 10 (16.13%) User Acceptance Testing
4 9 (14.52%) Scrum
4 9 (14.52%) ITIL
5 8 (12.90%) Project Management
6 6 (9.68%) OOP
6 6 (9.68%) Security Management
6 6 (9.68%) TDD
6 6 (9.68%) Data Analysis
6 6 (9.68%) BDD
7 5 (8.06%) Performance Tuning
7 5 (8.06%) Line Management
7 5 (8.06%) Mentoring
7 5 (8.06%) OOA/OOD
7 5 (8.06%) RUP
7 5 (8.06%) UML
7 5 (8.06%) OOD
8 4 (6.45%) PRINCE2
8 4 (6.45%) Data Management
Programming Languages
1 11 (17.74%) Java
2 10 (16.13%) SQL
3 8 (12.90%) JavaScript
4 6 (9.68%) C#
4 6 (9.68%) Scala
5 5 (8.06%) T-SQL
6 1 (1.61%) Python
6 1 (1.61%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 3 (4.84%) CISSP
1 3 (4.84%) Security+ Certification
1 3 (4.84%) CISMP
1 3 (4.84%) Degree
2 2 (3.23%) SC Cleared
2 2 (3.23%) Security Cleared
2 2 (3.23%) ISEB
2 2 (3.23%) CEH
2 2 (3.23%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (1.61%) IBM Certification
3 1 (1.61%) ACSA
3 1 (1.61%) MCDST
3 1 (1.61%) MCTS
3 1 (1.61%) MCITP
3 1 (1.61%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (1.61%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (1.61%) RHCE
3 1 (1.61%) MCSE
3 1 (1.61%) MCSA
3 1 (1.61%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.23%) SLA
2 1 (1.61%) ISO 14001
2 1 (1.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (1.61%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 2 (3.23%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (3.23%) CORE IMPACT
Vendors
1 8 (12.90%) Microsoft
2 7 (11.29%) Oracle
3 5 (8.06%) JBoss
4 4 (6.45%) Splunk
5 2 (3.23%) Citrix
5 2 (3.23%) Siebel
5 2 (3.23%) SAP
5 2 (3.23%) CheckPoint
5 2 (3.23%) McAfee
5 2 (3.23%) Sophos
5 2 (3.23%) Sourcefire
5 2 (3.23%) IronPort
5 2 (3.23%) Atlassian
6 1 (1.61%) SolarWinds
6 1 (1.61%) hybris
6 1 (1.61%) HP
6 1 (1.61%) EMC
6 1 (1.61%) Cisco
6 1 (1.61%) IBM
6 1 (1.61%) Avaya
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