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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 22 January 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
22 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
England / North West
Rank 59 46 55
Rank change year-on-year
-13 +9
Contract jobs citing QA 80 137 95
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 3.12% 3.55% 3.03%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 37.74% 39.60% 31.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 84 62
Median daily rate £375 £325 £328
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -0.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £227 £221
10% offered a daily rate of more than £498 £475 £561
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £16.84
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £33.00 £33.90
% change year-on-year
-21.21% -2.65%

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
212 346 305
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 8.28% 8.95% 9.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 125 213 183
Median daily rate £400 £400 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +8.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £246 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 11 16
Median hourly rate £36.25 £40.00 £16.67
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.37% +139.98%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £15.00 £10.63
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.75 £52.47 £22.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.75 £42.00 £22.25
% change year-on-year
-45.83% +88.76%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing QA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 22 January 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the North West region over the 3 months to 22 January 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -7 49 £368 +17.60% 22
Cheshire +22 15 £319 -25.00% 6
Lancashire +9 9 £400 +42.85% 1
Merseyside -9 4 £413 +17.85% 3
Cumbria - 2 £290 -
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 January 2017, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for QA.

1 84 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (21.94%) Selenium
3 42 (21.43%) Java
4 35 (17.86%) SQL
5 34 (17.35%) BDD
6 33 (16.84%) JavaScript
6 33 (16.84%) Finance
7 31 (15.82%) Scrum
8 30 (15.31%) Jenkins
9 28 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
9 28 (14.29%) JIRA
10 25 (12.76%) Test Scripting
10 25 (12.76%) TDD
11 24 (12.24%) Stakeholder Management
11 24 (12.24%) Project Management
11 24 (12.24%) SDLC
12 23 (11.73%) ITIL
13 22 (11.22%) DevOps
13 22 (11.22%) Test Automation
14 21 (10.71%) XML
14 21 (10.71%) Automated Testing
15 20 (10.20%) Oracle
15 20 (10.20%) Microsoft
16 19 (9.69%) User Acceptance Testing
17 18 (9.18%) HTML
18 17 (8.67%) Security Cleared
19 16 (8.16%) Continuous Integration
19 16 (8.16%) ISEB
20 15 (7.65%) Regression Testing
20 15 (7.65%) Business Intelligence

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 9 (4.59%) SharePoint
2 5 (2.55%) SAS
3 4 (2.04%) IBM Domino
4 3 (1.53%) BizTalk Server
4 3 (1.53%) Confluence
4 3 (1.53%) IIS
5 2 (1.02%) CMS
5 2 (1.02%) Drupal
5 2 (1.02%) Oracle Application Server
6 1 (0.51%) ArcGIS
6 1 (0.51%) JBoss
6 1 (0.51%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.51%) WebSphere
Applications
1 12 (6.12%) MS Excel
2 7 (3.57%) MS Office
3 4 (2.04%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.51%) Mingle
4 1 (0.51%) MS Project
4 1 (0.51%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 9 (4.59%) Oracle EBS R12
2 4 (2.04%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (1.02%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.51%) Magento
4 1 (0.51%) Oracle Cash Management
4 1 (0.51%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.51%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 10 (5.10%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (3.06%) PaaS
3 3 (1.53%) Azure Active Directory
3 3 (1.53%) IaaS
3 3 (1.53%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (1.53%) SaaS
4 2 (1.02%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (1.02%) GitHub
5 1 (0.51%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 13 (6.63%) Network Security
2 9 (4.59%) Firewall
3 5 (2.55%) DHCP
3 5 (2.55%) DNS
4 4 (2.04%) LDAP
5 3 (1.53%) Cisco ASA
5 3 (1.53%) PSTN
5 3 (1.53%) SSL
5 3 (1.53%) VoIP
6 2 (1.02%) Internet
6 2 (1.02%) WAN
7 1 (0.51%) Broadband
7 1 (0.51%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (5.61%) SQL Server
2 10 (5.10%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (3.57%) Oracle Database
4 4 (2.04%) Big Data
4 4 (2.04%) MySQL
4 4 (2.04%) SQL Server 2008
5 3 (1.53%) Oracle Reports
5 3 (1.53%) Relational Database
5 3 (1.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (1.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (1.02%) GIS
6 2 (1.02%) MongoDB
6 2 (1.02%) Oracle Database 12c
7 1 (0.51%) Couchbase
7 1 (0.51%) DTS
7 1 (0.51%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.51%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.51%) SQL Server 2000
7 1 (0.51%) SQL Server 2005
7 1 (0.51%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 43 (21.94%) Selenium
2 30 (15.31%) Jenkins
3 28 (14.29%) JIRA
4 15 (7.65%) Cucumber
5 14 (7.14%) WebDriver
6 13 (6.63%) Git (software)
7 10 (5.10%) SoapUI
8 6 (3.06%) HP UFT
9 5 (2.55%) LoadRunner
9 5 (2.55%) TestNG
9 5 (2.55%) Visual Studio
10 4 (2.04%) JMeter
11 3 (1.53%) Babel
11 3 (1.53%) IntelliJ
11 3 (1.53%) JUnit
11 3 (1.53%) Maven
11 3 (1.53%) webpack
12 2 (1.02%) GitLab
12 2 (1.02%) PhantomJS
12 2 (1.02%) SpecFlow
General
1 33 (16.84%) Finance
2 10 (5.10%) Banking
2 10 (5.10%) Telecoms
3 4 (2.04%) Financial Institution
3 4 (2.04%) Games
3 4 (2.04%) Retail
4 3 (1.53%) Advertising
4 3 (1.53%) Corporate Banking
4 3 (1.53%) Legal
5 2 (1.02%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.02%) Marketing
6 1 (0.51%) Back Office
6 1 (0.51%) Electronics
6 1 (0.51%) General Ledger
6 1 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.51%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 35 (17.86%) Developer
2 30 (15.31%) Analyst
3 25 (12.76%) Tester
4 16 (8.16%) QA Tester
5 14 (7.14%) QA Engineer
6 13 (6.63%) Architect
6 13 (6.63%) Automation Tester
7 12 (6.12%) Project Manager
8 11 (5.61%) Test Analyst
9 10 (5.10%) QA Analyst
9 10 (5.10%) QA Automation Engineer
10 9 (4.59%) Applications Architect
10 9 (4.59%) Business Analyst
11 8 (4.08%) Automation Engineer
11 8 (4.08%) DevOps Engineer
11 8 (4.08%) Oracle Architect
11 8 (4.08%) Test Engineer
11 8 (4.08%) Test Manager
12 6 (3.06%) Java Engineer
12 6 (3.06%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (10.71%) XML
2 18 (9.18%) HTML
3 15 (7.65%) .NET
4 14 (7.14%) AngularJS
4 14 (7.14%) Gherkin
4 14 (7.14%) Web Services
5 11 (5.61%) CSS
6 9 (4.59%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 6 (3.06%) ASP.NET
7 6 (3.06%) REST
8 5 (2.55%) Apache Cordova
8 5 (2.55%) React
8 5 (2.55%) React Native
8 5 (2.55%) SOAP
9 4 (2.04%) Ember.js
9 4 (2.04%) HTML5
9 4 (2.04%) JSON
10 3 (1.53%) .NET Framework
10 3 (1.53%) EDI
10 3 (1.53%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 28 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (4.59%) User Experience
2 9 (4.59%) Virtual Team
3 8 (4.08%) Web 2.0
4 5 (2.55%) Mobile App
5 4 (2.04%) Digital Media
5 4 (2.04%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (1.53%) Data Structures
6 3 (1.53%) PKI
7 2 (1.02%) Computer Science
7 2 (1.02%) Data Centre
7 2 (1.02%) Mobile Games
8 1 (0.51%) Blog
8 1 (0.51%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.51%) NHS
8 1 (0.51%) Podcast
8 1 (0.51%) Social Media
8 1 (0.51%) Streaming Video
8 1 (0.51%) Tandem
8 1 (0.51%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 10 (5.10%) Windows
2 9 (4.59%) Linux
3 8 (4.08%) Android
4 5 (2.55%) CentOS
5 4 (2.04%) Unix
5 4 (2.04%) Windows Server
6 3 (1.53%) Apple iOS
6 3 (1.53%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (1.02%) AIX
8 1 (0.51%) Windows 2000
8 1 (0.51%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (17.35%) BDD
3 31 (15.82%) Scrum
4 25 (12.76%) TDD
4 25 (12.76%) Test Scripting
5 24 (12.24%) Project Management
5 24 (12.24%) SDLC
5 24 (12.24%) Stakeholder Management
6 23 (11.73%) ITIL
7 22 (11.22%) DevOps
7 22 (11.22%) Test Automation
8 21 (10.71%) Automated Testing
9 19 (9.69%) User Acceptance Testing
10 16 (8.16%) Continuous Integration
11 15 (7.65%) Business Intelligence
11 15 (7.65%) Defect Management
11 15 (7.65%) Regression Testing
12 14 (7.14%) Configuration Management
13 13 (6.63%) Migration
13 13 (6.63%) QA Automation
Programming Languages
1 42 (21.43%) Java
2 35 (17.86%) SQL
3 33 (16.84%) JavaScript
4 14 (7.14%) Ruby
5 13 (6.63%) C#
5 13 (6.63%) PHP
6 9 (4.59%) PL/SQL
6 9 (4.59%) Python
7 4 (2.04%) C
7 4 (2.04%) ES6
7 4 (2.04%) Perl
7 4 (2.04%) Shell Script
7 4 (2.04%) T-SQL
8 3 (1.53%) ECMAScript
9 2 (1.02%) Scala
10 1 (0.51%) ANSI SQL
10 1 (0.51%) PHP 5
10 1 (0.51%) VBA
Qualifications
1 17 (8.67%) Security Cleared
2 16 (8.16%) ISEB
3 9 (4.59%) SC Cleared
4 5 (2.55%) ISTQB
5 4 (2.04%) BPSS Clearance
5 4 (2.04%) CCNP
5 4 (2.04%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (1.53%) Degree
7 2 (1.02%) HND
7 2 (1.02%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (1.02%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.51%) CCNA
8 1 (0.51%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.06%) SLA
2 4 (2.04%) SDET
3 3 (1.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (1.02%) Data Quality
4 2 (1.02%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.51%) GxP
System Software
1 3 (1.53%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 8 (4.08%) Puppet
2 3 (1.53%) SmoothWall
3 2 (1.02%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.51%) Ansible
4 1 (0.51%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 1 (0.51%) Nessus
Vendors
1 20 (10.20%) Microsoft
1 20 (10.20%) Oracle
2 11 (5.61%) ServiceNow
3 8 (4.08%) RightScale
4 7 (3.57%) SAP
5 5 (2.55%) Red Hat
5 5 (2.55%) Sitecore
6 4 (2.04%) CheckPoint
6 4 (2.04%) Cisco
6 4 (2.04%) Remedy
7 3 (1.53%) Apigee
7 3 (1.53%) Avaya
7 3 (1.53%) Clearswift
7 3 (1.53%) ForgeRock
8 2 (1.02%) Atlassian
8 2 (1.02%) Google
8 2 (1.02%) HP
8 2 (1.02%) Openreach
9 1 (0.51%) ESRI
9 1 (0.51%) Juniper
Fleetwood, Lancashire
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £450 - £500 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Stockport, Cheshire
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar
Rate: £400 - £425 per day
Posted: 4 days ago