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 31 August 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
31 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 45 70 70
Rank change year-on-year
+25 0
Contract jobs citing QA 140 65 66
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 3.19% 2.11% 2.30%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 38.57% 32.99% 41.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 38 35
Average daily rate
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£388 £350 £319
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.71% +9.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £298 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £494 £476 £433
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 1
Average hourly rate - £13.71 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -31.45%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.68 £13.71 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+36.25% -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
363 197 158
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 8.27% 6.38% 5.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 212 106 69
Average daily rate £425 £385 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.38% +10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £299 £148 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £445
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 22 22
Average hourly rate £17.33 £19.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.78% +8.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.62 £9.50 £12.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £40.00 £19.55
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.55 £19.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+10.51% +11.42%

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 31 August 2015.

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 31 August 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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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 +30 81 £373 +7.58% 33
Cheshire +3 28 £388 +5.08% 12
Lancashire 0 15 £400 +14.28% 6
Merseyside -12 8 £105 -66.40% 7
Cumbria - 2 - -
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 31 August 2015, 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 99 (33.11%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (16.72%) Migration
2 50 (16.72%) SQL
3 49 (16.39%) Scrum
4 44 (14.72%) Test Strategy
5 43 (14.38%) Windows
6 41 (13.71%) Test Scripting
7 38 (12.71%) ITIL
8 36 (12.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 35 (11.71%) Automated Testing
9 35 (11.71%) Selenium
9 35 (11.71%) User Acceptance Testing
10 34 (11.37%) Continuous Integration
11 32 (10.70%) Java
12 31 (10.37%) TDD
13 30 (10.03%) PRINCE2
13 30 (10.03%) Finance
14 29 (9.70%) ISEB
14 29 (9.70%) Security Cleared
15 27 (9.03%) Project Management
16 26 (8.70%) Microsoft
16 26 (8.70%) Performance Testing
17 24 (8.03%) SoapUI
17 24 (8.03%) ITIL Certification
17 24 (8.03%) Stakeholder Management
17 24 (8.03%) Firewall
18 23 (7.69%) Cisco
18 23 (7.69%) Waterfall
18 23 (7.69%) Supplier Management
19 22 (7.36%) Test Automation

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 31 August 2015, 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 5 (1.67%) Node.js
2 4 (1.34%) SharePoint
2 4 (1.34%) NetWeaver
3 3 (1.00%) WebLogic
3 3 (1.00%) Tomcat
3 3 (1.00%) CMS
3 3 (1.00%) Umbraco
3 3 (1.00%) Sitecore CMS
4 2 (0.67%) nginx
4 2 (0.67%) Apache
4 2 (0.67%) CICS
5 1 (0.33%) JBoss
5 1 (0.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (0.33%) SAS
5 1 (0.33%) Confluence
5 1 (0.33%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.33%) Jetty
5 1 (0.33%) OpenStack
Applications
1 13 (4.35%) MS Excel
2 11 (3.68%) MS Office
3 4 (1.34%) MS Project
3 4 (1.34%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (1.00%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.67%) Photoshop
5 2 (0.67%) CINEMA 4D
5 2 (0.67%) MODO
5 2 (0.67%) Maya
5 2 (0.67%) 3ds Max
5 2 (0.67%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.33%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 5 (1.67%) Temenos T24
2 2 (0.67%) Primavera
2 2 (0.67%) SAP PLM
3 1 (0.33%) SAP R/3
3 1 (0.33%) SAP WM
3 1 (0.33%) Maximo
3 1 (0.33%) Academy Housing
3 1 (0.33%) arcHouse
3 1 (0.33%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.33%) SAP HCM
3 1 (0.33%) SAP BPC
3 1 (0.33%) Oracle BPM
3 1 (0.33%) Orchard Housing
3 1 (0.33%) Aareon QL
3 1 (0.33%) OPENHousing
3 1 (0.33%) MIS ActiveH
3 1 (0.33%) Northgate Housing
Cloud Services
1 14 (4.68%) Amazon AWS
2 9 (3.01%) Amazon EC2
2 9 (3.01%) Amazon S3
2 9 (3.01%) Route 53
2 9 (3.01%) Amazon ELB
3 4 (1.34%) Office 365
4 3 (1.00%) PaaS
5 2 (0.67%) SaaS
6 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Azure
6 1 (0.33%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 24 (8.03%) Firewall
2 22 (7.36%) WAN
3 21 (7.02%) Cisco ASA
4 20 (6.69%) SSL
5 18 (6.02%) Network Security
6 9 (3.01%) LAN
7 8 (2.68%) VPN
8 4 (1.34%) SAN
9 3 (1.00%) DNS
9 3 (1.00%) DHCP
10 2 (0.67%) Wireless
11 1 (0.33%) Cisco IOS
11 1 (0.33%) HTTP
11 1 (0.33%) Intranet
11 1 (0.33%) Internet
11 1 (0.33%) MPLS
11 1 (0.33%) OSPF
11 1 (0.33%) BGP
11 1 (0.33%) RSVP
11 1 (0.33%) Junos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (7.02%) SQL Server
2 20 (6.69%) Relational Database
3 16 (5.35%) RDBMS
4 15 (5.02%) Data Warehouse
5 10 (3.34%) BusinessObjects
6 8 (2.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 7 (2.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 7 (2.34%) SQL Server 2012
8 6 (2.01%) MongoDB
9 5 (1.67%) SQL Server 2008
10 4 (1.34%) SAP BW
11 3 (1.00%) DB2
11 3 (1.00%) Apache Cassandra
11 3 (1.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 3 (1.00%) Redis
12 2 (0.67%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
12 2 (0.67%) NoSQL
13 1 (0.33%) Data Mart
13 1 (0.33%) MySQL
13 1 (0.33%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 35 (11.71%) Selenium
2 24 (8.03%) SoapUI
3 20 (6.69%) Jenkins
4 15 (5.02%) LoadRunner
5 14 (4.68%) Cucumber
6 12 (4.01%) Visual Studio
6 12 (4.01%) HP UFT
7 10 (3.34%) Hudson
7 10 (3.34%) Git (software)
8 9 (3.01%) Facilita Forecast
8 9 (3.01%) Maven
8 9 (3.01%) JIRA
9 7 (2.34%) WebDriver
9 7 (2.34%) TeamCity
9 7 (2.34%) Appium
10 5 (1.67%) SpecFlow
10 5 (1.67%) Subversion
11 4 (1.34%) Talend Open Studio
11 4 (1.34%) Calabash
12 3 (1.00%) LoadUI
General
1 30 (10.03%) Finance
2 14 (4.68%) Banking
3 11 (3.68%) Manufacturing
4 10 (3.34%) Retail
5 6 (2.01%) Pharmaceutical
6 5 (1.67%) Telecoms
7 4 (1.34%) Billing
8 3 (1.00%) Marketing
8 3 (1.00%) Back Office
9 2 (0.67%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.67%) Automotive
9 2 (0.67%) Law
10 1 (0.33%) Publishing
10 1 (0.33%) Games
10 1 (0.33%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.33%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 95 (31.77%) Analyst
2 30 (10.03%) Test Manager
3 29 (9.70%) Developer
4 26 (8.70%) Tester
4 26 (8.70%) Technical Analyst
5 24 (8.03%) Test Analyst
6 23 (7.69%) Consultant
7 20 (6.69%) Project Manager
8 18 (6.02%) Security Analyst
9 14 (4.68%) QA Tester
10 13 (4.35%) Business Analyst
11 11 (3.68%) Test Leader
12 10 (3.34%) QA Analyst
13 9 (3.01%) Applications Manager
13 9 (3.01%) Support Manager
13 9 (3.01%) Applications Support Manager
13 9 (3.01%) Applications Support
13 9 (3.01%) Test Engineer
13 9 (3.01%) DevOps Engineer
14 8 (2.68%) Citrix Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (6.02%) SOAP
2 16 (5.35%) Gherkin
3 14 (4.68%) HTML
4 13 (4.35%) JSON
5 11 (3.68%) .NET
5 11 (3.68%) Web Services
6 10 (3.34%) XML
7 8 (2.68%) CSS
7 8 (2.68%) RESTful
8 6 (2.01%) Django
8 6 (2.01%) Qt
9 5 (1.67%) J2EE
10 4 (1.34%) SAP Basis
11 3 (1.00%) Servlets
11 3 (1.00%) Ajax
11 3 (1.00%) XSL
11 3 (1.00%) jQuery
11 3 (1.00%) Ember.js
11 3 (1.00%) AngularJS
11 3 (1.00%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 20 (6.69%) PKI
2 16 (5.35%) Data Centre
3 14 (4.68%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (4.68%) Data Conversion
4 10 (3.34%) Mobile App
4 10 (3.34%) Performance Metrics
5 9 (3.01%) Fat Client
5 9 (3.01%) Thin Client
6 8 (2.68%) Data Structures
7 7 (2.34%) Client/Server
8 6 (2.01%) Mainframe
9 5 (1.67%) SCADA
10 4 (1.34%) Data Integration
10 4 (1.34%) User Experience
10 4 (1.34%) Life Science
11 3 (1.00%) iPad
11 3 (1.00%) Data Protection Act
11 3 (1.00%) Computer Science
12 2 (0.67%) NHS
13 1 (0.33%) IPTV
Operating Systems
1 43 (14.38%) Windows
2 22 (7.36%) UNIX
3 18 (6.02%) VME
4 17 (5.69%) Linux
5 9 (3.01%) CentOS
5 9 (3.01%) Windows 7
5 9 (3.01%) Apple iOS
5 9 (3.01%) Windows Server 2012
6 8 (2.68%) Android
6 8 (2.68%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (2.68%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (1.34%) Solaris
8 3 (1.00%) Windows Mobile
9 2 (0.67%) zOS
10 1 (0.33%) Windows XP
10 1 (0.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.33%) Windows Phone
10 1 (0.33%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 99 (33.11%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (16.72%) Migration
3 49 (16.39%) Scrum
4 44 (14.72%) Test Strategy
5 41 (13.71%) Test Scripting
6 38 (12.71%) ITIL
7 35 (11.71%) Automated Testing
7 35 (11.71%) User Acceptance Testing
8 34 (11.37%) Continuous Integration
9 31 (10.37%) TDD
10 30 (10.03%) PRINCE2
11 27 (9.03%) Project Management
12 26 (8.70%) Performance Testing
13 24 (8.03%) Stakeholder Management
14 23 (7.69%) Supplier Management
14 23 (7.69%) Waterfall
15 22 (7.36%) Test Automation
15 22 (7.36%) Configuration Management
16 21 (7.02%) Penetration Testing
16 21 (7.02%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 50 (16.72%) SQL
2 32 (10.70%) Java
3 18 (6.02%) COBOL
4 14 (4.68%) C#
5 13 (4.35%) JavaScript
6 8 (2.68%) Python
6 8 (2.68%) T-SQL
7 5 (1.67%) VB
7 5 (1.67%) C++
7 5 (1.67%) ABAP
7 5 (1.67%) Ruby
8 4 (1.34%) Groovy
9 3 (1.00%) Objective-C
10 2 (0.67%) PL/SQL
10 2 (0.67%) JCL
10 2 (0.67%) C
10 2 (0.67%) Scala
11 1 (0.33%) X++
11 1 (0.33%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.33%) VBA
Qualifications
1 29 (9.70%) ISEB
1 29 (9.70%) Security Cleared
2 24 (8.03%) ITIL Certification
3 20 (6.69%) SC Cleared
4 18 (6.02%) CISM
4 18 (6.02%) CISMP
4 18 (6.02%) CISSP
5 11 (3.68%) ISTQB
5 11 (3.68%) CCENT
6 10 (3.34%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 9 (3.01%) Degree
8 6 (2.01%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (2.01%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 5 (1.67%) CCIE
10 4 (1.34%) Microsoft Certification
10 4 (1.34%) CCA
10 4 (1.34%) Citrix Certification
10 4 (1.34%) MCSE
10 4 (1.34%) DV Cleared
10 4 (1.34%) CCEE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (12.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (2.34%) GMP
3 5 (1.67%) GAMP
4 3 (1.00%) ISO 9001
4 3 (1.00%) SLA
5 1 (0.33%) P3O
System Software
1 18 (6.02%) Active Directory
2 11 (3.68%) XenApp
3 9 (3.01%) BitLocker
4 8 (2.68%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 8 (2.68%) MetaFrame
5 4 (1.34%) VMware Infrastructure
6 2 (0.67%) RACF
6 2 (0.67%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.33%) NFS
Systems Management
1 10 (3.34%) SCCM
2 9 (3.01%) Puppet
2 9 (3.01%) Vagrant
3 6 (2.01%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (0.67%) CA Endevor
4 2 (0.67%) CA LISA
5 1 (0.33%) Graylog
Vendors
1 26 (8.70%) Microsoft
2 23 (7.69%) Cisco
3 21 (7.02%) Citrix
3 21 (7.02%) CheckPoint
4 20 (6.69%) Clearswift
4 20 (6.69%) Kaspersky
5 17 (5.69%) AppSense
5 17 (5.69%) SAP
6 15 (5.02%) Red Hat
7 14 (4.68%) VMware
8 9 (3.01%) Oracle
8 9 (3.01%) Wyse
9 7 (2.34%) HP
10 6 (2.01%) IBM
10 6 (2.01%) Telerik
11 5 (1.67%) Temenos
11 5 (1.67%) Wonderware
12 4 (1.34%) Micro Focus
12 4 (1.34%) Talend
12 4 (1.34%) EMC
Greater Manchester
Venn Group
Rate: £200 - £250 Per Day
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Twist IT
Posted: 2 days ago
Preston
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £300 per day + DOE
Posted: 3 days ago
Chester
Computer Futures
Rate: £450 - £600 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
North West
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £35 - 45 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Cheshire
SYSTEM RECRUITMENT LTD
Rate: £20 - £25 per hour + flexible
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Hotfoot Recruitment
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day c£400-£500 p/day
Posted: 5 days ago
Bury
Interquest - IQ Tech
Rate: £150 - £185 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Hudson IT
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Cheshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £200.00 - £300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Cheshire
Experis Engineering
Posted: 6 days ago
Oldham
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + DOE
Posted: 13 days ago
Warrington
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + DOE
Posted: 16 days ago
Cheshire
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £450.00 per day
Posted: 25 days ago
Warrington
Bluefire Consulting
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 27 days ago