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 December 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 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 50 45 72
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +27
Contract jobs citing QA 89 103 62
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.78% 3.64% 2.10%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 39.38% 47.03% 35.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 46 36
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£330 £338 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.29% +22.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £212 £227 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £412 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.55% -3.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 3
Average hourly rate £16.84 £42.50 £15.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-60.38% +178.68%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £33.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-2.22% +12.50%
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
226 219 173
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 7.06% 7.73% 5.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 117 99 78
Average daily rate £325 £338 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.84% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £178 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £373 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.42% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 19 9
Average hourly rate £15.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.28% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.20 £12.20 £15.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.60 £44.00 £55.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £18.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+5.55% -16.27%

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 December 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 December 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 -10 35 £298 -12.50% 19
Cheshire -7 32 £488 +44.23% 7
Merseyside +4 10 £225 +80.00% 1
Lancashire -17 7 £268 +46.84% 3
Cumbria - 1 £215 -
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 December 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 35 (22.15%) Finance
2 32 (20.25%) Project Management
2 32 (20.25%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (17.09%) SQL
4 26 (16.46%) Microsoft
5 22 (13.92%) Oracle
6 19 (12.03%) Java
6 19 (12.03%) Red Hat
7 17 (10.76%) Change Management
8 16 (10.13%) Stakeholder Management
8 16 (10.13%) SharePoint
8 16 (10.13%) User Acceptance Testing
9 15 (9.49%) SQL Server
10 14 (8.86%) C#
10 14 (8.86%) Web Services
10 14 (8.86%) ITIL
10 14 (8.86%) Continuous Integration
10 14 (8.86%) CentOS
10 14 (8.86%) Puppet
10 14 (8.86%) Test Strategy
10 14 (8.86%) Jenkins
10 14 (8.86%) Vagrant
11 13 (8.23%) DevOps
11 13 (8.23%) Analytical Skills
11 13 (8.23%) Selenium
11 13 (8.23%) Configuration Management
11 13 (8.23%) Linux
11 13 (8.23%) MS Excel
11 13 (8.23%) Firewall
12 12 (7.59%) Windows

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 29 December 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 16 (10.13%) SharePoint
2 7 (4.43%) Umbraco
3 4 (2.53%) SharePoint 2010
4 2 (1.27%) JBoss
4 2 (1.27%) Confluence
5 1 (0.63%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 13 (8.23%) MS Excel
2 10 (6.33%) MS PowerPoint
3 9 (5.70%) MS Office
4 4 (2.53%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (1.90%) MS Visio
6 2 (1.27%) MS Project
7 1 (0.63%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 5 (3.16%) Dynamics AX
2 4 (2.53%) Oracle Retail
3 2 (1.27%) TRIRIGA
3 2 (1.27%) SAP HCM
3 2 (1.27%) Oracle 11i
4 1 (0.63%) Agresso
4 1 (0.63%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.63%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.63%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 12 (7.59%) Amazon EC2
1 12 (7.59%) Amazon S3
1 12 (7.59%) Amazon AWS
1 12 (7.59%) Route 53
1 12 (7.59%) Amazon ELB
2 6 (3.80%) SaaS
2 6 (3.80%) PaaS
3 1 (0.63%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 13 (8.23%) Firewall
2 6 (3.80%) Internet
2 6 (3.80%) DHCP
2 6 (3.80%) DNS
3 3 (1.90%) Network Security
4 2 (1.27%) VPN
5 1 (0.63%) DMZ
5 1 (0.63%) Intranet
5 1 (0.63%) WAN
5 1 (0.63%) Intrusion Detection
5 1 (0.63%) iBeacon
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (9.49%) SQL Server
2 9 (5.70%) Data Warehouse
3 8 (5.06%) RDBMS
3 8 (5.06%) Relational Database
4 5 (3.16%) Oracle Database
4 5 (3.16%) Oracle Database 10g
4 5 (3.16%) Oracle Reports
5 4 (2.53%) SQLPlus
5 4 (2.53%) PostgreSQL
5 4 (2.53%) Oracle Database 11g
6 2 (1.27%) Oracle Discoverer
6 2 (1.27%) Oracle BI Publisher
7 1 (0.63%) BigQuery
7 1 (0.63%) EDMS
7 1 (0.63%) SQL Server 2000
7 1 (0.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.63%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (0.63%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.63%) Big Data
7 1 (0.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 14 (8.86%) Jenkins
2 13 (8.23%) Selenium
3 8 (5.06%) Hudson
4 6 (3.80%) SoapUI
4 6 (3.80%) Maven
5 5 (3.16%) Oracle Forms
5 5 (3.16%) QuickTest Pro
5 5 (3.16%) WebDriver
6 4 (2.53%) JUnit
6 4 (2.53%) Oracle APEX
7 3 (1.90%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (1.27%) MSTest
8 2 (1.27%) Cucumber
8 2 (1.27%) TestNG
8 2 (1.27%) JMeter
8 2 (1.27%) JIRA
9 1 (0.63%) Eclipse
9 1 (0.63%) Xcode
9 1 (0.63%) Subversion
9 1 (0.63%) Git (software)
General
1 35 (22.15%) Finance
2 10 (6.33%) Retail
3 8 (5.06%) Banking
4 6 (3.80%) Manufacturing
4 6 (3.80%) Advertising
5 3 (1.90%) Retail Banking
6 2 (1.27%) Games
6 2 (1.27%) Billing
6 2 (1.27%) Pharmaceutical
6 2 (1.27%) Back Office
7 1 (0.63%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.63%) Legal
7 1 (0.63%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.63%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 33 (20.89%) Analyst
2 17 (10.76%) Consultant
3 16 (10.13%) Tester
4 14 (8.86%) Project Manager
4 14 (8.86%) Developer
5 12 (7.59%) Test Analyst
5 12 (7.59%) DevOps Engineer
6 7 (4.43%) Automation Tester
6 7 (4.43%) QA Tester
7 6 (3.80%) SQL DBA
7 6 (3.80%) Business Analyst
7 6 (3.80%) Programme Manager
7 6 (3.80%) DBA
8 5 (3.16%) Systems Engineer
8 5 (3.16%) Dynamics AX Consultant
9 4 (2.53%) Test Leader
9 4 (2.53%) Operations Engineer
9 4 (2.53%) PMO Lead
9 4 (2.53%) Web Developer
9 4 (2.53%) Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (8.86%) Web Services
2 11 (6.96%) .NET
3 8 (5.06%) HTML
3 8 (5.06%) HTML5
4 7 (4.43%) jQuery
5 5 (3.16%) SOAP
5 5 (3.16%) .NET Framework
6 4 (2.53%) J2EE
7 3 (1.90%) ASP.NET
7 3 (1.90%) XML
7 3 (1.90%) WCF
7 3 (1.90%) Gherkin
8 2 (1.27%) Java EE
8 2 (1.27%) JMS
8 2 (1.27%) Middleware
8 2 (1.27%) EJB
9 1 (0.63%) Cocoa
9 1 (0.63%) Ajax
9 1 (0.63%) JSON
9 1 (0.63%) Django
Miscellaneous
1 13 (8.23%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (5.70%) Open Source
3 7 (4.43%) NHS
4 6 (3.80%) Enterprise Software
5 5 (3.16%) Management Information System
5 5 (3.16%) IVR
6 4 (2.53%) Biometrics
6 4 (2.53%) PMI
6 4 (2.53%) Statistics
6 4 (2.53%) Informatics
7 2 (1.27%) Data Integration
7 2 (1.27%) Blackberry
7 2 (1.27%) iPad
8 1 (0.63%) Embedded Systems
8 1 (0.63%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.63%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.63%) Freedom of Information
8 1 (0.63%) PKI
8 1 (0.63%) Social Media
8 1 (0.63%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 14 (8.86%) CentOS
2 13 (8.23%) Linux
3 12 (7.59%) Windows
4 9 (5.70%) UNIX
5 6 (3.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 4 (2.53%) VMS
7 2 (1.27%) Android
7 2 (1.27%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (1.27%) Windows 7
7 2 (1.27%) HPUX
8 1 (0.63%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (20.25%) Project Management
1 32 (20.25%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (10.76%) Change Management
3 16 (10.13%) Stakeholder Management
3 16 (10.13%) User Acceptance Testing
4 14 (8.86%) ITIL
4 14 (8.86%) Continuous Integration
4 14 (8.86%) Test Strategy
5 13 (8.23%) DevOps
5 13 (8.23%) Configuration Management
6 10 (6.33%) Information Security
6 10 (6.33%) Integration Testing
6 10 (6.33%) Test Scripting
7 9 (5.70%) ERP
8 8 (5.06%) Unit Testing
9 7 (4.43%) Manual Testing
9 7 (4.43%) Continuous Improvement
9 7 (4.43%) Mentoring
9 7 (4.43%) PRINCE2
9 7 (4.43%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 27 (17.09%) SQL
2 19 (12.03%) Java
3 14 (8.86%) C#
4 12 (7.59%) JavaScript
5 7 (4.43%) T-SQL
6 5 (3.16%) VBScript
6 5 (3.16%) PL/SQL
7 3 (1.90%) VBA
7 3 (1.90%) C++
8 2 (1.27%) VB
8 2 (1.27%) Python
8 2 (1.27%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.63%) JCL
9 1 (0.63%) Objective-C
9 1 (0.63%) Ruby
9 1 (0.63%) C
9 1 (0.63%) PHP
Qualifications
1 10 (6.33%) ISEB
2 8 (5.06%) CISSP
2 8 (5.06%) Security Cleared
3 6 (3.80%) Degree
4 5 (3.16%) ISTQB
4 5 (3.16%) SC Cleared
5 4 (2.53%) ITIL Certification
5 4 (2.53%) PMI Certification
6 1 (0.63%) IBM Certification
6 1 (0.63%) CISA
6 1 (0.63%) ACSA
6 1 (0.63%) MCDST
6 1 (0.63%) MCTS
6 1 (0.63%) MCITP
6 1 (0.63%) PMP
6 1 (0.63%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 1 (0.63%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.63%) RHCE
6 1 (0.63%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (1.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (1.27%) GxP
2 2 (1.27%) SLA
3 1 (0.63%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.63%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.63%) GMP
System Software
1 2 (1.27%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.63%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 14 (8.86%) Puppet
1 14 (8.86%) Vagrant
2 6 (3.80%) Opscode Chef
2 6 (3.80%) Nessus
3 3 (1.90%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.63%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 26 (16.46%) Microsoft
2 22 (13.92%) Oracle
3 19 (12.03%) Red Hat
4 12 (7.59%) RightScale
5 6 (3.80%) ArcSight
5 6 (3.80%) HP
6 5 (3.16%) SAP
6 5 (3.16%) Tableau
6 5 (3.16%) CA
7 3 (1.90%) Siebel
7 3 (1.90%) IBM
8 2 (1.27%) Atlassian
8 2 (1.27%) Citrix
9 1 (0.63%) Avaya
9 1 (0.63%) EMC
9 1 (0.63%) Cisco
9 1 (0.63%) MicroStrategy
9 1 (0.63%) Apple
9 1 (0.63%) Capita
9 1 (0.63%) Talend
Manchester
Hudson - London
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Chorley, Lancashire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day 2 Months + extension
Posted: 9 days ago
Manchester
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Posted: 10 days ago
Warrington
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 10 days ago
Cheshire
Explore Group
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
Warrington
Interquest - IQ Telecom
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 18 days ago
Manchester
Applause IT Innovation
Rate: £290 - £350 per day
Posted: 19 days ago