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 21 January 2017 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
21 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance Tester
England / North West
Rank 123 146 134
Rank change year-on-year
+23 -12
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 8 14 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.31% 0.36% 0.25%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.33% 0.38% 0.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 10 8
Median daily rate £300 £280 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -9.67%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £248 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £317 £312 £340
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £300 £275
% change year-on-year
+16.66% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £20.00 -

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
2439 3669 2992
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 95.24% 94.71% 94.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 1554 2179 1733
Median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £235 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £545 £523
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 104 170 184
Median hourly rate £18.00 £23.35 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.91% +33.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £10.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £51.97 £37.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
- +9.37%

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 21 January 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
Manchester +18 4 £275 -1.78% 1
Cheshire +21 2 £306 +17.78% 2
Merseyside - 2 - -
QA Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 21 January 2017, 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 10 (62.50%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (37.50%) JIRA
3 6 (37.50%) Selenium
3 6 (37.50%) Test Scripting
4 5 (31.25%) Jenkins
4 5 (31.25%) SQL
5 4 (25.00%) Java
5 4 (25.00%) Regression Testing
5 4 (25.00%) Performance Testing
5 4 (25.00%) Test Strategy
5 4 (25.00%) Manual Testing
6 3 (18.75%) Web Testing
6 3 (18.75%) Test Automation
6 3 (18.75%) Gherkin
6 3 (18.75%) Cucumber
6 3 (18.75%) BDD
6 3 (18.75%) QA Automation
6 3 (18.75%) Automation Testing
6 3 (18.75%) Automated Testing
6 3 (18.75%) JMeter
7 2 (12.50%) SLA
7 2 (12.50%) .NET
7 2 (12.50%) Visual Studio
7 2 (12.50%) XML
7 2 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
7 2 (12.50%) C#
7 2 (12.50%) Mentoring
7 2 (12.50%) SDLC
7 2 (12.50%) Continuous Integration

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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (6.25%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 1 (6.25%) Dynamics CRM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (6.25%) Big Data
1 1 (6.25%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (6.25%) GIS
1 1 (6.25%) Oracle Reports
1 1 (6.25%) QGIS
1 1 (6.25%) Relational Database
1 1 (6.25%) Spatial Data
1 1 (6.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 1 (6.25%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 6 (37.50%) JIRA
1 6 (37.50%) Selenium
2 5 (31.25%) Jenkins
3 3 (18.75%) Cucumber
3 3 (18.75%) JMeter
4 2 (12.50%) Git (software)
4 2 (12.50%) Visual Studio
4 2 (12.50%) WebDriver
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%) IntelliJ
5 1 (6.25%) JUnit
5 1 (6.25%) NUnit
5 1 (6.25%) Rational Robot
5 1 (6.25%) SpecFlow
5 1 (6.25%) Talend Open Studio
5 1 (6.25%) TestNG
5 1 (6.25%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 1 (6.25%) Finance
1 1 (6.25%) Games
1 1 (6.25%) Legal
1 1 (6.25%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (18.75%) Gherkin
2 2 (12.50%) .NET
2 2 (12.50%) XML
3 1 (6.25%) PostGIS
3 1 (6.25%) REST
3 1 (6.25%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.25%) NHS
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (62.50%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (37.50%) Test Scripting
3 4 (25.00%) Manual Testing
3 4 (25.00%) Performance Testing
3 4 (25.00%) Regression Testing
3 4 (25.00%) Test Strategy
4 3 (18.75%) Automated Testing
4 3 (18.75%) Automation Testing
4 3 (18.75%) BDD
4 3 (18.75%) QA Automation
4 3 (18.75%) Test Automation
4 3 (18.75%) Web Testing
5 2 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
5 2 (12.50%) Functional Testing
5 2 (12.50%) Mentoring
5 2 (12.50%) Open Source
5 2 (12.50%) SDLC
5 2 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
6 1 (6.25%) Integration Testing
6 1 (6.25%) Refactoring
Programming Languages
1 5 (31.25%) SQL
2 4 (25.00%) Java
3 2 (12.50%) C#
4 1 (6.25%) ANSI SQL
4 1 (6.25%) JavaScript
4 1 (6.25%) PHP
4 1 (6.25%) Ruby
4 1 (6.25%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (6.25%) SC Cleared
1 1 (6.25%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (100.00%) QA
2 2 (12.50%) Data Quality
2 2 (12.50%) SLA
Systems Management
1 2 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (6.25%) Ansible
Vendors
1 1 (6.25%) Google
1 1 (6.25%) HP
1 1 (6.25%) Microsoft
1 1 (6.25%) Oracle
1 1 (6.25%) Talend