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 30 October 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
30 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance Tester
Rank 141 124 -
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 2 6 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.061% 0.22% -
As % of the Job Titles category 0.067% 0.24% -
Number of daily rates quoted 2 4 0
Average daily rate
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£315 £310 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.61% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £310 £300
% change year-on-year
+0.80% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £162.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
- +712.50%
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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
2977 2518 2824
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 91.24% 91.03% 92.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 1768 1242 1418
Average daily rate £356 £335 £336
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.34% -0.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £225 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 173 198 188
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.00 £11.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £41.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-3.03% -5.71%

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 30 October 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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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 -9 2 £315 -1.56% 2
Cheshire - - - -
Lancashire - - - -
Merseyside - - - - 1
QA Tester
England

QA Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, 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 6 (100.00%) QA
2 5 (83.33%) ISEB
3 4 (66.67%) Selenium
4 3 (50.00%) TDD
4 3 (50.00%) QuickTest Pro
4 3 (50.00%) Java
4 3 (50.00%) Relational Database
5 2 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (33.33%) Line Management
5 2 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (33.33%) SQL
5 2 (33.33%) Automation Testing
5 2 (33.33%) TestComplete
5 2 (33.33%) Test Automation
5 2 (33.33%) Automated Testing
5 2 (33.33%) Software Testing
5 2 (33.33%) Load Testing
5 2 (33.33%) Security Testing
6 1 (16.67%) Integration Testing
6 1 (16.67%) Test Scripting
6 1 (16.67%) ISTQB
6 1 (16.67%) Open Source
6 1 (16.67%) Cucumber
6 1 (16.67%) SoapUI
6 1 (16.67%) Gherkin
6 1 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (16.67%) J2EE
6 1 (16.67%) SOAP
6 1 (16.67%) Web Services
6 1 (16.67%) ITIL

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

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, 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.

Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (50.00%) Relational Database
2 1 (16.67%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 4 (66.67%) Selenium
2 3 (50.00%) QuickTest Pro
3 2 (33.33%) TestComplete
4 1 (16.67%) Cucumber
4 1 (16.67%) SoapUI
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (16.67%) Gherkin
1 1 (16.67%) J2EE
1 1 (16.67%) SOAP
1 1 (16.67%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (16.67%) Open Source
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (50.00%) TDD
2 2 (33.33%) Line Management
2 2 (33.33%) Automation Testing
2 2 (33.33%) Test Automation
2 2 (33.33%) Automated Testing
2 2 (33.33%) Software Testing
2 2 (33.33%) Load Testing
2 2 (33.33%) Security Testing
3 1 (16.67%) Integration Testing
3 1 (16.67%) Test Scripting
3 1 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (16.67%) ITIL
3 1 (16.67%) E-Commerce
3 1 (16.67%) SOA
3 1 (16.67%) Quality Management
3 1 (16.67%) Regression Testing
3 1 (16.67%) Risk Assessment
3 1 (16.67%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 3 (50.00%) Java
2 2 (33.33%) SQL
3 1 (16.67%) C++
Qualifications
1 5 (83.33%) ISEB
2 2 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (16.67%) ISTQB
3 1 (16.67%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (100.00%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (16.67%) Microsoft