The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills 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 over the 3 months to 29 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 77 68 85
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +17
Contract jobs citing QA 66 66 58
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.11% 2.30% 1.76%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 33.00% 42.04% 27.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 35 35
Average daily rate
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£350 £319 £323
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.71% -1.08%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £299 £218 £176
10% offered a daily rate of more than £472 £433 £390
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
- +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 1
Average hourly rate £13.71 £20.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-31.45% -11.11%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.71 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-31.45% -
QA
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Quality Assurance & Compliance category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
200 157 213
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 6.40% 5.48% 6.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 107 69 104
Average daily rate £380 £350 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.57% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £149 £225 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £445 £434
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £360
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 22 12
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £28.64
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -38.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £12.75 £16.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £19.55 £47.24
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.75 £17.50 £21.25
% change year-on-year
+12.85% -17.64%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

QA Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

QA
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 across the North West region.

QA Daily Rate Trend in the North West

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the North West region over the 3 months to 29 August 2014.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

QA
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 across the North West region.

QA Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

QA
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 within the North West region over the 3 months to 29 August 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 25 £346 +41.32% 30
Cheshire -14 17 £369 +13.46% 11
Merseyside +7 12 £325 +4.00% 6
Lancashire -6 7 £350 +55.55% 5
Cumbria - - - -
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing QA also 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 that cited QA.

1 25 (18.12%) Project Management
2 23 (16.67%) Finance
3 21 (15.22%) Information Security
4 19 (13.77%) Firewall
4 19 (13.77%) Continuous Integration
5 18 (13.04%) CentOS
5 18 (13.04%) Amazon EC2
5 18 (13.04%) Amazon S3
5 18 (13.04%) Amazon AWS
5 18 (13.04%) Open Source
5 18 (13.04%) RightScale
5 18 (13.04%) Puppet
5 18 (13.04%) Hudson
5 18 (13.04%) Route 53
5 18 (13.04%) Jenkins
5 18 (13.04%) Amazon ELB
5 18 (13.04%) Vagrant
5 18 (13.04%) DevOps
5 18 (13.04%) Red Hat
5 18 (13.04%) Java
6 17 (12.32%) .NET
6 17 (12.32%) ISEB
6 17 (12.32%) SaaS
6 17 (12.32%) PaaS
7 16 (11.59%) Microsoft
7 16 (11.59%) SQL
8 15 (10.87%) C#
8 15 (10.87%) SharePoint
8 15 (10.87%) DHCP
8 15 (10.87%) DNS

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing QA also 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 that cited QA. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 15 (10.87%) SharePoint
2 7 (5.07%) WebSphere
3 6 (4.35%) Umbraco
3 6 (4.35%) CMS
3 6 (4.35%) Tomcat
4 5 (3.62%) MQSeries
4 5 (3.62%) WebLogic
4 5 (3.62%) Escenic
4 5 (3.62%) Adobe CQ
5 4 (2.90%) SharePoint 2010
6 2 (1.45%) Confluence
7 1 (0.72%) Apache
7 1 (0.72%) ArcGIS
7 1 (0.72%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.72%) Jetty
7 1 (0.72%) nginx
7 1 (0.72%) OpenStack
Applications
1 13 (9.42%) MS Project
2 12 (8.70%) MS Excel
3 11 (7.97%) MS Visio
4 8 (5.80%) MS Office
5 5 (3.62%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.72%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.72%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (1.45%) SAP HCM
1 2 (1.45%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.72%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (0.72%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.72%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 18 (13.04%) Amazon EC2
1 18 (13.04%) Amazon S3
1 18 (13.04%) Amazon AWS
1 18 (13.04%) Route 53
1 18 (13.04%) Amazon ELB
2 17 (12.32%) SaaS
2 17 (12.32%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 19 (13.77%) Firewall
2 15 (10.87%) DHCP
2 15 (10.87%) DNS
3 5 (3.62%) Internet
4 4 (2.90%) Network Security
5 3 (2.17%) Intrusion Detection
6 2 (1.45%) HTTP
6 2 (1.45%) VPN
7 1 (0.72%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (8.70%) SQL Server
2 7 (5.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 7 (5.07%) Big Data
3 6 (4.35%) QlikView
4 5 (3.62%) MySQL
4 5 (3.62%) Hadoop
4 5 (3.62%) Relational Database
5 4 (2.90%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.72%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.72%) SQL Server 2000
6 1 (0.72%) EDMS
6 1 (0.72%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.72%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.72%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 18 (13.04%) Hudson
1 18 (13.04%) Jenkins
2 15 (10.87%) Maven
2 15 (10.87%) Selenium
3 6 (4.35%) WebDriver
4 5 (3.62%) QuickTest Pro
4 5 (3.62%) JIRA
4 5 (3.62%) Cucumber
5 4 (2.90%) CaliberRM
5 4 (2.90%) TestComplete
5 4 (2.90%) JUnit
6 3 (2.17%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (1.45%) Metasploit
8 1 (0.72%) Eclipse
8 1 (0.72%) Subversion
8 1 (0.72%) JMeter
8 1 (0.72%) Xcode
8 1 (0.72%) TestNG
8 1 (0.72%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.72%) SoapUI
General
1 23 (16.67%) Finance
2 11 (7.97%) Banking
3 5 (3.62%) Retail
4 3 (2.17%) Retail Banking
5 2 (1.45%) Back Office
5 2 (1.45%) Legal
5 2 (1.45%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.45%) Advertising
5 2 (1.45%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.72%) Billing
6 1 (0.72%) Games
6 1 (0.72%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.72%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 32 (23.19%) Analyst
2 17 (12.32%) Project Manager
3 16 (11.59%) DevOps Engineer
3 16 (11.59%) Tester
4 13 (9.42%) Test Analyst
5 12 (8.70%) Developer
6 10 (7.25%) Consultant
7 7 (5.07%) Security Consultant
7 7 (5.07%) Senior Analyst
8 6 (4.35%) QA Tester
8 6 (4.35%) Programme Manager
8 6 (4.35%) Business Analyst
9 5 (3.62%) Senior Developer
9 5 (3.62%) Programmer
9 5 (3.62%) Solutions Consultant
9 5 (3.62%) Senior Programmer
9 5 (3.62%) Senior Java Programmer
9 5 (3.62%) Java Developer
9 5 (3.62%) Java Programmer
9 5 (3.62%) Senior Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (12.32%) .NET
2 14 (10.14%) HTML
3 13 (9.42%) HTML5
4 11 (7.97%) jQuery
5 8 (5.80%) Web Services
5 8 (5.80%) XML
6 7 (5.07%) EJB
7 6 (4.35%) Ajax
7 6 (4.35%) J2EE
8 5 (3.62%) Struts
8 5 (3.62%) CSS
8 5 (3.62%) Java RMI
8 5 (3.62%) Ruby on Rails
8 5 (3.62%) Spring
8 5 (3.62%) JSF
8 5 (3.62%) LAMP
8 5 (3.62%) Hibernate
8 5 (3.62%) CSS3
9 4 (2.90%) .NET Framework
10 3 (2.17%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 18 (13.04%) Open Source
2 7 (5.07%) Management Information System
3 5 (3.62%) NHS
4 3 (2.17%) PKI
4 3 (2.17%) Statistics
4 3 (2.17%) Video Conferencing
5 2 (1.45%) iPad
5 2 (1.45%) Mobile App
5 2 (1.45%) Blackberry
5 2 (1.45%) GIS
6 1 (0.72%) PMI
6 1 (0.72%) Mathematics
6 1 (0.72%) Life Science
6 1 (0.72%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 18 (13.04%) CentOS
2 13 (9.42%) Windows
3 10 (7.25%) UNIX
4 3 (2.17%) Linux
4 3 (2.17%) Android
4 3 (2.17%) Windows 7
5 2 (1.45%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (18.12%) Project Management
2 21 (15.22%) Information Security
3 19 (13.77%) Continuous Integration
4 18 (13.04%) DevOps
5 15 (10.87%) Configuration Management
6 13 (9.42%) Scrum
7 11 (7.97%) ITIL
7 11 (7.97%) Change Management
7 11 (7.97%) Automated Testing
7 11 (7.97%) User Acceptance Testing
8 10 (7.25%) TDD
9 9 (6.52%) Stakeholder Management
9 9 (6.52%) Test Scripting
9 9 (6.52%) Change Control
10 8 (5.80%) Security Testing
10 8 (5.80%) Test Automation
10 8 (5.80%) Agile Software Development
11 7 (5.07%) PRINCE2
11 7 (5.07%) Data Analysis
11 7 (5.07%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 18 (13.04%) Java
2 16 (11.59%) SQL
3 15 (10.87%) C#
4 14 (10.14%) JavaScript
5 6 (4.35%) Scala
6 4 (2.90%) VBScript
7 3 (2.17%) VBA
8 1 (0.72%) Python
8 1 (0.72%) VB
8 1 (0.72%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.72%) C
8 1 (0.72%) C++
8 1 (0.72%) PowerHouse
8 1 (0.72%) Ruby
8 1 (0.72%) Objective-C
8 1 (0.72%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 17 (12.32%) ISEB
2 9 (6.52%) Degree
2 9 (6.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 7 (5.07%) ISTQB
4 5 (3.62%) CISSP
4 5 (3.62%) CISMP
4 5 (3.62%) Security Cleared
5 4 (2.90%) SC Cleared
5 4 (2.90%) Security+ Certification
6 3 (2.17%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (1.45%) CEH
7 2 (1.45%) PMP
7 2 (1.45%) PMI Certification
8 1 (0.72%) CISA
8 1 (0.72%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.17%) SLA
2 2 (1.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (1.45%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.72%) GxP
3 1 (0.72%) ISO 14001
3 1 (0.72%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.72%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.72%) Data Quality
System Software
1 2 (1.45%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 18 (13.04%) Puppet
1 18 (13.04%) Vagrant
2 5 (3.62%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (1.45%) CORE IMPACT
4 1 (0.72%) SCCM
Vendors
1 18 (13.04%) RightScale
1 18 (13.04%) Red Hat
2 16 (11.59%) Microsoft
3 11 (7.97%) Oracle
4 6 (4.35%) Splunk
5 5 (3.62%) JBoss
5 5 (3.62%) SAP
5 5 (3.62%) HP
6 3 (2.17%) McAfee
6 3 (2.17%) CheckPoint
6 3 (2.17%) Curam
7 2 (1.45%) IronPort
7 2 (1.45%) Atlassian
7 2 (1.45%) Sourcefire
7 2 (1.45%) Sophos
7 2 (1.45%) Citrix
7 2 (1.45%) Siebel
8 1 (0.72%) IBM
8 1 (0.72%) Juniper
8 1 (0.72%) Ericsson
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