The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the North West region that had QA Tester featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 30 September 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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
30 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance Tester
Rank 152 164 137
Rank change year-on-year
+12 -27
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 8 10 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.23% 0.22% 0.062%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.24% 0.23% 0.067%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 4 2
Median daily rate £413 £363 £323
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.79% +12.40%
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £353 £320
% change year-on-year
-0.70% +10.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £44.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.00 - -
QA Tester
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
3322 4256 3007
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 94.16% 95.06% 93.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 2111 2603 1713
Median daily rate £400 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £255 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.63% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 132 217 198
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.33 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.98% +8.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.50 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.33 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-4.78% +5.03%

QA Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of IT contracts across the North West region that featured QA Tester in the job title.

QA Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

QA Tester
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 Tester across the North West region.

QA Tester Daily Rate Trend in the North West

QA Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA Tester across the North West region.

QA Tester Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

QA Tester
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Tester within the North West region over the 3 months to 30 September 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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
Cheshire - 3 £413 -
Lancashire - 3 - - 1
Merseyside +5 1 - - 1
Manchester -17 1 - - 3
QA Tester
England

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 September 2016, QA Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region featuring QA Tester in the job title.

1 16 (100.00%) QA
2 8 (50.00%) JIRA
2 8 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (43.75%) Test Scripting
4 6 (37.50%) Manual Testing
4 6 (37.50%) SQL
5 5 (31.25%) Selenium
6 4 (25.00%) Automation Testing
7 3 (18.75%) Continuous Integration
7 3 (18.75%) Cucumber
7 3 (18.75%) BDD
7 3 (18.75%) WebDriver
7 3 (18.75%) Web Testing
7 3 (18.75%) Regression Testing
7 3 (18.75%) Finance
7 3 (18.75%) .NET
7 3 (18.75%) Test Strategy
7 3 (18.75%) Gherkin
8 2 (12.50%) Jenkins
8 2 (12.50%) QA Automation
8 2 (12.50%) MySQL
8 2 (12.50%) Oracle
8 2 (12.50%) Java
8 2 (12.50%) E-Commerce
8 2 (12.50%) Microsoft
8 2 (12.50%) HP
8 2 (12.50%) Automated Testing
8 2 (12.50%) Git (software)
8 2 (12.50%) Test Automation
8 2 (12.50%) HP Quality Center

QA Tester Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in the North West 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:

Business Applications
1 1 (6.25%) Dynamics CRM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (12.50%) MySQL
2 1 (6.25%) Data Mining
2 1 (6.25%) GIS
2 1 (6.25%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (6.25%) QGIS
2 1 (6.25%) Relational Database
2 1 (6.25%) Spatial Data
2 1 (6.25%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 8 (50.00%) JIRA
2 5 (31.25%) Selenium
3 3 (18.75%) Cucumber
3 3 (18.75%) WebDriver
4 2 (12.50%) Git (software)
4 2 (12.50%) Jenkins
4 2 (12.50%) SoapUI
5 1 (6.25%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 1 (6.25%) ClearCase
5 1 (6.25%) ClearQuest
5 1 (6.25%) HP UFT
5 1 (6.25%) JUnit
5 1 (6.25%) LoadRunner
5 1 (6.25%) NUnit
5 1 (6.25%) Rational Robot
5 1 (6.25%) Visual Studio
5 1 (6.25%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 3 (18.75%) Finance
2 1 (6.25%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (18.75%) .NET
1 3 (18.75%) Gherkin
2 1 (6.25%) PostGIS
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (43.75%) Test Scripting
3 6 (37.50%) Manual Testing
4 4 (25.00%) Automation Testing
5 3 (18.75%) BDD
5 3 (18.75%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (18.75%) Regression Testing
5 3 (18.75%) Test Strategy
5 3 (18.75%) Web Testing
6 2 (12.50%) Automated Testing
6 2 (12.50%) E-Commerce
6 2 (12.50%) QA Automation
6 2 (12.50%) Test Automation
7 1 (6.25%) Data Migration
7 1 (6.25%) Data Validation
7 1 (6.25%) Functional Testing
7 1 (6.25%) Integration Testing
7 1 (6.25%) Performance Testing
7 1 (6.25%) Software Testing
7 1 (6.25%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (37.50%) SQL
2 2 (12.50%) Java
3 1 (6.25%) C#
3 1 (6.25%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 1 (6.25%) SC Cleared
1 1 (6.25%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (6.25%) Data Quality
Systems Management
1 2 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (6.25%) Ansible
Vendors
1 2 (12.50%) HP
1 2 (12.50%) Microsoft
1 2 (12.50%) Oracle
2 1 (6.25%) hybris
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