The table below looks at the statistics for the QA Analyst role in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA Analyst in their job title over the 3 months to 10 February 2016 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
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance Analyst
Rank 147 137 124
Rank change year-on-year
-10 -13
Contract jobs requiring a QA Analyst 11 4 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.29% 0.12% 0.32%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.31% 0.13% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 2 5
Average daily rate £275 £345 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-20.28% +1.47%
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £313 £300
% change year-on-year
-7.20% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 - £27.50
QA Analyst
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
3564 3084 2661
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 94.04% 94.28% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 2143 1714 1351
Average daily rate £386 £363 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.55% +6.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £526 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 183 186 201
Average hourly rate £22.50 £18.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+21.62% +5.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.50 £12.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.00 £42.50 £41.43
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

QA Analyst
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA Analyst in the job title across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

QA Analyst Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

QA Analyst
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing QA Analyst across the North West region.

QA Analyst Daily Rate Trend in the North West

QA Analyst
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Analyst within the North West region over the 3 months to 10 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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
Manchester -8 9 £275 -20.28%
Merseyside -1 1 £275 - 1
QA Analyst
England

QA Analyst
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West region that cited QA Analyst in their job title 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 with QA Analyst in their job title.

1 25 (100.00%) QA
2 12 (48.00%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (44.00%) SQL
4 8 (32.00%) Test Scripting
5 7 (28.00%) Waterfall
5 7 (28.00%) SQL Server
5 7 (28.00%) HP UFT
5 7 (28.00%) Automated Testing
6 6 (24.00%) Retail
6 6 (24.00%) Selenium
6 6 (24.00%) Java
6 6 (24.00%) Functional Testing
7 5 (20.00%) Test Management
7 5 (20.00%) HP Quality Center
7 5 (20.00%) JavaScript
7 5 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
7 5 (20.00%) Performance Testing
7 5 (20.00%) Manual Testing
7 5 (20.00%) Software Testing
8 4 (16.00%) JIRA
8 4 (16.00%) Oracle
8 4 (16.00%) LoadRunner
8 4 (16.00%) Regression Testing
8 4 (16.00%) C++
8 4 (16.00%) Toad
8 4 (16.00%) Microsoft
8 4 (16.00%) HP
8 4 (16.00%) Test Automation
8 4 (16.00%) Cucumber
8 4 (16.00%) Automation Testing

QA Analyst
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West region that cited QA Analyst in their job title 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 with QA Analyst in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 3 (12.00%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 2 (8.00%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (4.00%) Magento
Communications & Networking
1 3 (12.00%) SNMP
2 1 (4.00%) 3G
2 1 (4.00%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (28.00%) SQL Server
2 4 (16.00%) Oracle Database
3 1 (4.00%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 7 (28.00%) HP UFT
2 6 (24.00%) Selenium
3 4 (16.00%) Cucumber
3 4 (16.00%) JIRA
3 4 (16.00%) LoadRunner
3 4 (16.00%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 4 (16.00%) Toad
4 3 (12.00%) Jenkins
4 3 (12.00%) JMeter
5 2 (8.00%) Visual Studio
6 1 (4.00%) Git (software)
6 1 (4.00%) Maven
6 1 (4.00%) PhantomJS
6 1 (4.00%) SoapUI
6 1 (4.00%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (4.00%) WATIR
6 1 (4.00%) WebDriver
General
1 6 (24.00%) Retail
2 1 (4.00%) Banking
2 1 (4.00%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (8.00%) .NET
2 1 (4.00%) Gherkin
2 1 (4.00%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.00%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 2 (8.00%) Windows
2 1 (4.00%) Linux
2 1 (4.00%) Mac OS X
2 1 (4.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (48.00%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (32.00%) Test Scripting
3 7 (28.00%) Automated Testing
3 7 (28.00%) Waterfall
4 6 (24.00%) Functional Testing
5 5 (20.00%) Manual Testing
5 5 (20.00%) Performance Testing
5 5 (20.00%) Software Testing
5 5 (20.00%) Test Management
5 5 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
6 4 (16.00%) Automation Testing
6 4 (16.00%) Regression Testing
6 4 (16.00%) Test Automation
7 3 (12.00%) Network Monitoring
7 3 (12.00%) Non-Functional Testing
7 3 (12.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 2 (8.00%) Defect Management
8 2 (8.00%) Scrum
8 2 (8.00%) TDD
9 1 (4.00%) Defect Tracking
Programming Languages
1 11 (44.00%) SQL
2 6 (24.00%) Java
3 5 (20.00%) JavaScript
4 4 (16.00%) C++
5 2 (8.00%) C#
6 1 (4.00%) Perl
6 1 (4.00%) Python
6 1 (4.00%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 1 (4.00%) ISEB
1 1 (4.00%) ISTQB
1 1 (4.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (100.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 5 (20.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (16.00%) HP
1 4 (16.00%) Microsoft
1 4 (16.00%) Oracle
2 3 (12.00%) Citrix
3 1 (4.00%) Telerik