The table below looks at the statistics for the QA Tester 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 Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 3 March 2015 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
3 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance Tester
Rank 139 129 -
Rank change year-on-year
-10 -
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 8 1 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.23% 0.036% -
As % of the Job Titles category 0.25% 0.039% -
Number of daily rates quoted 6 1 0
Average daily rate
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£320 £310 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £263 £300 £306
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -2.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
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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
3165 2585 2209
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 92.06% 93.66% 91.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 1715 1324 1081
Average daily rate £375 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £215 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 189 203 182
Average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £17.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -1.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.49 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.72 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-1.64% -2.85%

QA Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

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
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 Tester within the North West region over the 3 months to 3 March 2015. 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
Manchester - 6 £320 - 1
Cheshire - - - -
Merseyside - - - -
QA Tester
England

QA Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 3 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region that cited QA Tester 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 Tester in their job title.

1 11 (100.00%) QA
2 6 (54.55%) Selenium
2 6 (54.55%) TDD
2 6 (54.55%) E-Commerce
2 6 (54.55%) Open Source
3 5 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (45.45%) Gherkin
3 5 (45.45%) SoapUI
3 5 (45.45%) SOA
3 5 (45.45%) SOAP
3 5 (45.45%) Web Services
4 4 (36.36%) SQL
4 4 (36.36%) Test Scripting
5 3 (27.27%) JSON
5 3 (27.27%) Groovy
5 3 (27.27%) Agile Testing
5 3 (27.27%) Jenkins
5 3 (27.27%) C#
5 3 (27.27%) QuickTest Pro
5 3 (27.27%) Subversion
6 2 (18.18%) RDBMS
6 2 (18.18%) Java
6 2 (18.18%) J2EE
6 2 (18.18%) Relational Database
7 1 (9.09%) Test Strategy
7 1 (9.09%) Test Automation
7 1 (9.09%) hybris
7 1 (9.09%) BDD
7 1 (9.09%) Continuous Integration
7 1 (9.09%) SAP

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

For the 6 months to 3 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region that cited QA Tester 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 Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Business Applications
1 1 (9.09%) SAP Oil and Gas
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (18.18%) RDBMS
1 2 (18.18%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 6 (54.55%) Selenium
2 5 (45.45%) SoapUI
3 3 (27.27%) Jenkins
3 3 (27.27%) QuickTest Pro
3 3 (27.27%) Subversion
General
1 1 (9.09%) Electronics
1 1 (9.09%) Telecoms
1 1 (9.09%) Finance
1 1 (9.09%) Manufacturing
1 1 (9.09%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (45.45%) SOAP
1 5 (45.45%) Web Services
1 5 (45.45%) Gherkin
2 3 (27.27%) JSON
3 2 (18.18%) J2EE
4 1 (9.09%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 6 (54.55%) Open Source
2 1 (9.09%) DTV
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (54.55%) E-Commerce
1 6 (54.55%) TDD
2 5 (45.45%) SOA
2 5 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (36.36%) Test Scripting
4 3 (27.27%) Agile Testing
5 1 (9.09%) Continuous Integration
5 1 (9.09%) Test Automation
5 1 (9.09%) BDD
5 1 (9.09%) Test Strategy
5 1 (9.09%) Business Intelligence
5 1 (9.09%) Regression Testing
5 1 (9.09%) Programme Management
5 1 (9.09%) Digital Marketing
5 1 (9.09%) User Acceptance Testing
5 1 (9.09%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (36.36%) SQL
2 3 (27.27%) C#
2 3 (27.27%) Groovy
3 2 (18.18%) Java
4 1 (9.09%) VBScript
4 1 (9.09%) VB
Qualifications
1 1 (9.09%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (100.00%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (9.09%) SAP
1 1 (9.09%) hybris
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