The first table below looks at the demand 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 30 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category for the North West region.

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 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 65 72 88
Rank change year-on-year
+7 +16
Contract jobs citing QA 65 63 51
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.17% 2.33% 1.58%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 33.51% 40.38% 23.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 30 28
Average daily rate
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£359 £283 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+26.99% -5.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £318 £211 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £425 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 1
Average hourly rate £14.00 £20.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-30.00% -11.11%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.13 £13.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+34.25% -46.00%
Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
194 156 218
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 6.46% 5.76% 6.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 95 70 98
Average daily rate £375 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £211 £130
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £414 £377
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 19 10
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £28.64
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% -38.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £10.50 £16.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.50 £20.60 £49.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.50 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+17.14% -12.50%
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England

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 30 July 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 30 July 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 -5 27 £430 +66.99% 21
Cheshire -1 17 £350 +7.27% 8
Lancashire -8 10 £350 +55.55% 3
Merseyside +4 6 £325 +4.00% 2
Cumbria - - - - 1
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 29 (21.01%) Finance
2 26 (18.84%) Project Management
3 22 (15.94%) Continuous Integration
4 20 (14.49%) CentOS
4 20 (14.49%) Amazon EC2
4 20 (14.49%) Amazon S3
4 20 (14.49%) Amazon AWS
4 20 (14.49%) RightScale
4 20 (14.49%) Puppet
4 20 (14.49%) Hudson
4 20 (14.49%) Route 53
4 20 (14.49%) Vagrant
4 20 (14.49%) Jenkins
4 20 (14.49%) Amazon ELB
4 20 (14.49%) Red Hat
4 20 (14.49%) Information Security
5 19 (13.77%) Firewall
5 19 (13.77%) DevOps
6 17 (12.32%) Open Source
6 17 (12.32%) SaaS
6 17 (12.32%) PaaS
6 17 (12.32%) ISEB
7 16 (11.59%) Windows
8 15 (10.87%) Configuration Management
8 15 (10.87%) DNS
8 15 (10.87%) DHCP
8 15 (10.87%) Maven
8 15 (10.87%) Selenium
9 14 (10.14%) Java
10 13 (9.42%) MS Project

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 10 (7.25%) SharePoint
2 7 (5.07%) WebSphere
3 6 (4.35%) Tomcat
3 6 (4.35%) CMS
4 5 (3.62%) MQSeries
4 5 (3.62%) WebLogic
4 5 (3.62%) Adobe CQ
4 5 (3.62%) Escenic
5 2 (1.45%) Confluence
6 1 (0.72%) SharePoint Server
6 1 (0.72%) Apache
6 1 (0.72%) IIS
6 1 (0.72%) ArcGIS
6 1 (0.72%) NetWeaver
6 1 (0.72%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (0.72%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.72%) nginx
6 1 (0.72%) Jetty
Applications
1 13 (9.42%) MS Project
2 11 (7.97%) MS Visio
2 11 (7.97%) MS Excel
3 8 (5.80%) MS Office
4 5 (3.62%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.72%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.72%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (2.17%) Maximo
2 2 (1.45%) Oracle Financials
2 2 (1.45%) SAP HCM
2 2 (1.45%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.72%) CA Clarity
3 1 (0.72%) Oracle Retail
3 1 (0.72%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 20 (14.49%) Amazon EC2
1 20 (14.49%) Amazon S3
1 20 (14.49%) Amazon AWS
1 20 (14.49%) Route 53
1 20 (14.49%) Amazon ELB
2 17 (12.32%) SaaS
2 17 (12.32%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 19 (13.77%) Firewall
2 15 (10.87%) DNS
2 15 (10.87%) DHCP
3 6 (4.35%) Network Security
4 3 (2.17%) Intrusion Detection
4 3 (2.17%) Internet
5 2 (1.45%) HTTP
6 1 (0.72%) VPN
6 1 (0.72%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (6.52%) SQL Server
2 7 (5.07%) Big Data
3 6 (4.35%) QlikView
3 6 (4.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 5 (3.62%) MySQL
4 5 (3.62%) Hadoop
5 4 (2.90%) Relational Database
5 4 (2.90%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.72%) DB2
6 1 (0.72%) SAP BW
6 1 (0.72%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.72%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 20 (14.49%) Hudson
1 20 (14.49%) Jenkins
2 15 (10.87%) Maven
2 15 (10.87%) Selenium
3 6 (4.35%) Cucumber
3 6 (4.35%) WebDriver
4 5 (3.62%) JIRA
4 5 (3.62%) QuickTest Pro
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
7 2 (1.45%) SpecFlow
8 1 (0.72%) Toad
8 1 (0.72%) Visual Studio
8 1 (0.72%) JMeter
8 1 (0.72%) SoapUI
8 1 (0.72%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 1 (0.72%) TestNG
General
1 29 (21.01%) Finance
2 13 (9.42%) Banking
3 5 (3.62%) Retail
4 3 (2.17%) Retail Banking
5 2 (1.45%) Pharmaceutical
5 2 (1.45%) Legal
5 2 (1.45%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.45%) Advertising
5 2 (1.45%) Back Office
6 1 (0.72%) Russian Language
6 1 (0.72%) Games
6 1 (0.72%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 33 (23.91%) Analyst
2 17 (12.32%) Project Manager
3 16 (11.59%) Tester
3 16 (11.59%) DevOps Engineer
4 12 (8.70%) Test Analyst
5 11 (7.97%) Consultant
6 9 (6.52%) Business Analyst
7 7 (5.07%) Senior Analyst
7 7 (5.07%) Programme Manager
7 7 (5.07%) Developer
8 6 (4.35%) Security Consultant
8 6 (4.35%) QA Tester
9 5 (3.62%) Senior Programmer
9 5 (3.62%) Senior Java Programmer
9 5 (3.62%) QA Engineer
9 5 (3.62%) Java Developer
9 5 (3.62%) Senior Java Developer
9 5 (3.62%) Developer Analyst
9 5 (3.62%) Java Programmer
9 5 (3.62%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (6.52%) XML
1 9 (6.52%) .NET
2 8 (5.80%) HTML
3 7 (5.07%) EJB
4 6 (4.35%) HTML5
4 6 (4.35%) CSS
5 5 (3.62%) Ruby on Rails
5 5 (3.62%) Ajax
5 5 (3.62%) jQuery
5 5 (3.62%) Hibernate
5 5 (3.62%) LAMP
5 5 (3.62%) Spring
5 5 (3.62%) JSF
5 5 (3.62%) Java RMI
5 5 (3.62%) Struts
5 5 (3.62%) J2EE
5 5 (3.62%) CSS3
6 3 (2.17%) Web Services
7 2 (1.45%) JMS
7 2 (1.45%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 17 (12.32%) Open Source
2 7 (5.07%) Management Information System
3 4 (2.90%) NHS
4 3 (2.17%) PKI
4 3 (2.17%) Video Conferencing
5 2 (1.45%) GIS
5 2 (1.45%) Mathematics
6 1 (0.72%) Statistics
6 1 (0.72%) Life Science
6 1 (0.72%) Informatics
6 1 (0.72%) PMI
6 1 (0.72%) Blackberry
6 1 (0.72%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.72%) TRADACOMS
6 1 (0.72%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 20 (14.49%) CentOS
2 16 (11.59%) Windows
3 10 (7.25%) UNIX
4 4 (2.90%) Linux
5 3 (2.17%) Windows 7
6 2 (1.45%) Android
7 1 (0.72%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.72%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.72%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (18.84%) Project Management
2 22 (15.94%) Continuous Integration
3 20 (14.49%) Information Security
4 19 (13.77%) DevOps
5 15 (10.87%) Configuration Management
6 13 (9.42%) Scrum
7 12 (8.70%) Automated Testing
8 11 (7.97%) Change Management
8 11 (7.97%) Agile Software Development
9 10 (7.25%) TDD
9 10 (7.25%) User Acceptance Testing
9 10 (7.25%) ITIL
9 10 (7.25%) Risk Management
10 9 (6.52%) Change Control
10 9 (6.52%) Test Automation
11 8 (5.80%) Security Testing
11 8 (5.80%) Automation Testing
12 7 (5.07%) Software Testing
12 7 (5.07%) Data Analysis
12 7 (5.07%) Data Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (10.14%) Java
2 9 (6.52%) SQL
3 8 (5.80%) JavaScript
4 7 (5.07%) C#
5 6 (4.35%) Scala
6 2 (1.45%) PowerShell
6 2 (1.45%) VBA
7 1 (0.72%) Ruby
7 1 (0.72%) Python
7 1 (0.72%) C++
7 1 (0.72%) C
7 1 (0.72%) PowerHouse
Qualifications
1 17 (12.32%) ISEB
2 9 (6.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 8 (5.80%) ISTQB
4 7 (5.07%) Degree
5 6 (4.35%) Security Cleared
6 5 (3.62%) CISMP
6 5 (3.62%) CISSP
6 5 (3.62%) SC Cleared
7 4 (2.90%) Security+ Certification
8 2 (1.45%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (1.45%) PMP
8 2 (1.45%) PMI Certification
8 2 (1.45%) CEH
9 1 (0.72%) CISA
9 1 (0.72%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.17%) SLA
2 2 (1.45%) ISO 9001
2 2 (1.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.72%) GxP
3 1 (0.72%) ISO 14001
3 1 (0.72%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.72%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.72%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 2 (1.45%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 20 (14.49%) Puppet
1 20 (14.49%) Vagrant
2 5 (3.62%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (1.45%) CORE IMPACT
4 1 (0.72%) SCCM
Vendors
1 20 (14.49%) RightScale
1 20 (14.49%) Red Hat
2 10 (7.25%) Microsoft
2 10 (7.25%) Oracle
3 6 (4.35%) Splunk
3 6 (4.35%) SAP
4 5 (3.62%) JBoss
4 5 (3.62%) HP
5 3 (2.17%) Curam
5 3 (2.17%) CheckPoint
5 3 (2.17%) McAfee
6 2 (1.45%) Atlassian
6 2 (1.45%) Sophos
6 2 (1.45%) Sourcefire
6 2 (1.45%) IronPort
7 1 (0.72%) Huawei
7 1 (0.72%) Capita
7 1 (0.72%) Blue Coat
7 1 (0.72%) Citrix
7 1 (0.72%) IBM
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