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 29 May 2016 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
29 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 68 36 66
Rank change year-on-year
-32 +30
Contract jobs citing QA 93 162 73
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.38% 4.28% 2.33%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 29.90% 41.01% 25.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 102 35
Median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £283 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £514 £428
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £360 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £35.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.75 £38.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year
-61.18% +76.74%
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
311 395 287
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 7.97% 10.43% 9.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 189 225 143
Median daily rate £400 £375 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £278 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £525 £627
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 23 26
Median hourly rate £47.50 £15.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+206.45% -3.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.15 £12.60 £11.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £80.00 £60.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.25 £24.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+17.70% +14.28%

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 29 May 2016.

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 29 May 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 -19 55 £375 +15.38% 31
Cheshire -11 21 £413 -2.94% 8
Lancashire -14 6 £291 -19.87% 5
Merseyside -24 3 £313 -37.50% 3
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 May 2016, 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 71 (42.77%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (23.49%) Finance
2 39 (23.49%) Selenium
3 38 (22.89%) Scrum
4 37 (22.29%) JIRA
5 35 (21.08%) Java
6 27 (16.27%) Project Management
6 27 (16.27%) BDD
7 26 (15.66%) Test Scripting
7 26 (15.66%) TDD
8 24 (14.46%) Stakeholder Management
8 24 (14.46%) Web Services
9 23 (13.86%) SQL
10 22 (13.25%) SDLC
11 20 (12.05%) .NET
11 20 (12.05%) Oracle
12 19 (11.45%) Degree
12 19 (11.45%) Cucumber
13 18 (10.84%) Microsoft
14 17 (10.24%) Change Management
15 16 (9.64%) Regression Testing
15 16 (9.64%) SQL Server
15 16 (9.64%) Functional Testing
16 15 (9.04%) Jenkins
16 15 (9.04%) Software Testing
16 15 (9.04%) User Acceptance Testing
16 15 (9.04%) Retail
17 14 (8.43%) Configuration Management
18 13 (7.83%) Windows
18 13 (7.83%) Open Source

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 12 (7.23%) Node.js
2 9 (5.42%) WebSphere
3 6 (3.61%) SharePoint
3 6 (3.61%) WebSphere Application Server
4 4 (2.41%) GeoServer
5 3 (1.81%) Apache
5 3 (1.81%) CMS
5 3 (1.81%) IIS
5 3 (1.81%) Tomcat
6 2 (1.20%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 1 (0.60%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.60%) CICS
7 1 (0.60%) Confluence
7 1 (0.60%) Drupal
7 1 (0.60%) IBM Notes
7 1 (0.60%) Joomla!
7 1 (0.60%) WordPress
Applications
1 10 (6.02%) MS Project
2 6 (3.61%) MS Excel
3 3 (1.81%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (1.20%) MS Office
5 1 (0.60%) FrameMaker
5 1 (0.60%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (2.41%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (1.81%) Magento
2 3 (1.81%) SAP SD
3 2 (1.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.60%) OpenCart
4 1 (0.60%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.60%) SAP CO
4 1 (0.60%) SAP FI
4 1 (0.60%) SAP FI/CO
4 1 (0.60%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.81%) GitHub
1 3 (1.81%) SaaS
2 2 (1.20%) Amazon ElastiCache
2 2 (1.20%) IaaS
2 2 (1.20%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (3.61%) Firewall
2 3 (1.81%) HTTP
2 3 (1.81%) Internet
2 3 (1.81%) Network Security
3 2 (1.20%) Cisco ASA
3 2 (1.20%) DHCP
3 2 (1.20%) PuTTY
3 2 (1.20%) SSL
3 2 (1.20%) TCP/IP
3 2 (1.20%) WAN
3 2 (1.20%) WinSCP
4 1 (0.60%) Junos
4 1 (0.60%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (9.64%) SQL Server
2 10 (6.02%) PostgreSQL
3 7 (4.22%) MongoDB
4 6 (3.61%) Data Warehouse
5 5 (3.01%) MySQL
5 5 (3.01%) Oracle Database
5 5 (3.01%) Oracle Reports
6 4 (2.41%) GIS
6 4 (2.41%) NoSQL
7 3 (1.81%) Big Data
8 2 (1.20%) QGIS
8 2 (1.20%) Redis
9 1 (0.60%) Relational Database
9 1 (0.60%) SAP BW
9 1 (0.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (0.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 39 (23.49%) Selenium
2 37 (22.29%) JIRA
3 19 (11.45%) Cucumber
4 15 (9.04%) Jenkins
5 13 (7.83%) WebDriver
6 10 (6.02%) Mocha
7 6 (3.61%) JUnit
8 5 (3.01%) Gradle
8 5 (3.01%) JBehave
9 4 (2.41%) Git (software)
9 4 (2.41%) Maven
9 4 (2.41%) Team Foundation Server
10 3 (1.81%) JMeter
10 3 (1.81%) SoapUI
10 3 (1.81%) Toad
10 3 (1.81%) Visual Studio
11 2 (1.20%) Appium
11 2 (1.20%) GitLab
11 2 (1.20%) SpecFlow
11 2 (1.20%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 39 (23.49%) Finance
2 15 (9.04%) Retail
3 12 (7.23%) Banking
4 5 (3.01%) Games
5 3 (1.81%) Legal
5 3 (1.81%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.81%) Marketing
6 2 (1.20%) Electronics
6 2 (1.20%) Pharmaceutical
6 2 (1.20%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.60%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.60%) Back Office
7 1 (0.60%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.60%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 40 (24.10%) Analyst
2 27 (16.27%) Developer
3 24 (14.46%) Test Analyst
4 19 (11.45%) Project Manager
5 17 (10.24%) Tester
6 14 (8.43%) Test Manager
7 13 (7.83%) Business Analyst
8 10 (6.02%) Node.js Developer
8 10 (6.02%) QA Analyst
8 10 (6.02%) QA Tester
9 8 (4.82%) Architect
9 8 (4.82%) QA Manager
9 8 (4.82%) QA Test Analyst
10 7 (4.22%) Consultant
10 7 (4.22%) QA Engineer
11 6 (3.61%) Java Developer
11 6 (3.61%) QA Test Manager
12 5 (3.01%) Developer in Test
12 5 (3.01%) Test Engineer
12 5 (3.01%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (14.46%) Web Services
2 20 (12.05%) .NET
3 12 (7.23%) RESTful
4 11 (6.63%) XML
5 10 (6.02%) Express
6 8 (4.82%) Middleware
6 8 (4.82%) RabbitMQ
7 7 (4.22%) ASP.NET
7 7 (4.22%) ASP.NET MVC
7 7 (4.22%) EJB
7 7 (4.22%) HTML
7 7 (4.22%) J2EE
7 7 (4.22%) REST
8 6 (3.61%) AngularJS
9 5 (3.01%) Hibernate
9 5 (3.01%) JAXB
9 5 (3.01%) VXML
9 5 (3.01%) XSLT
10 4 (2.41%) CSS
10 4 (2.41%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 11 (6.63%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (5.42%) Computer Science
3 5 (3.01%) IVR
4 4 (2.41%) Data Centre
4 4 (2.41%) Mainframe
5 3 (1.81%) Data Structures
5 3 (1.81%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.20%) Clustering
6 2 (1.20%) Data Extraction
6 2 (1.20%) Digital Media
6 2 (1.20%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.20%) Performance Metrics
6 2 (1.20%) PKI
6 2 (1.20%) SWIFT
7 1 (0.60%) CMDB
7 1 (0.60%) Life Science
7 1 (0.60%) Mobile Games
7 1 (0.60%) PMI
7 1 (0.60%) Replication
7 1 (0.60%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 13 (7.83%) Windows
2 10 (6.02%) Linux
3 5 (3.01%) AIX
3 5 (3.01%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (1.81%) Android
4 3 (1.81%) CentOS
4 3 (1.81%) Unix
4 3 (1.81%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (1.81%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (1.20%) Apple iOS
5 2 (1.20%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (42.77%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (22.89%) Scrum
3 27 (16.27%) BDD
3 27 (16.27%) Project Management
4 26 (15.66%) TDD
4 26 (15.66%) Test Scripting
5 24 (14.46%) Stakeholder Management
6 22 (13.25%) SDLC
7 17 (10.24%) Change Management
8 16 (9.64%) Functional Testing
8 16 (9.64%) Regression Testing
9 15 (9.04%) Software Testing
9 15 (9.04%) User Acceptance Testing
10 14 (8.43%) Configuration Management
11 13 (7.83%) Automation Testing
11 13 (7.83%) Open Source
11 13 (7.83%) User Stories
12 12 (7.23%) Automated Testing
13 10 (6.02%) Coaching
13 10 (6.02%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 35 (21.08%) Java
2 23 (13.86%) SQL
3 12 (7.23%) C#
3 12 (7.23%) JavaScript
4 10 (6.02%) PHP
5 9 (5.42%) Python
6 8 (4.82%) Ruby
7 4 (2.41%) T-SQL
8 3 (1.81%) C
8 3 (1.81%) C++
8 3 (1.81%) Go
8 3 (1.81%) PL/SQL
9 2 (1.20%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.60%) Groovy
10 1 (0.60%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 19 (11.45%) Degree
2 9 (5.42%) ISEB
3 8 (4.82%) ISTQB
4 6 (3.61%) Security Cleared
5 5 (3.01%) PMI Certification
5 5 (3.01%) PMP
6 4 (2.41%) BPSS Clearance
6 4 (2.41%) SC Cleared
7 3 (1.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (1.81%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (1.20%) CCENT
8 2 (1.20%) CESG Certified Professional
8 2 (1.20%) CISM
8 2 (1.20%) CISMP
8 2 (1.20%) CISSP
8 2 (1.20%) HND
8 2 (1.20%) MCSA
8 2 (1.20%) MCSE
8 2 (1.20%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (1.20%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.60%) AIFMD
2 1 (0.60%) COBIT
2 1 (0.60%) Def Stans
2 1 (0.60%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.60%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.60%) PMBOK
2 1 (0.60%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (0.60%) SDET
2 1 (0.60%) SLA
2 1 (0.60%) UCITS
System Software
1 12 (7.23%) Docker
2 3 (1.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (1.20%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.20%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.60%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 1 (0.60%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 9 (5.42%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (1.81%) vRealize
3 2 (1.20%) Puppet
3 2 (1.20%) SmoothWall
3 2 (1.20%) WSUS
4 1 (0.60%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 20 (12.05%) Oracle
2 18 (10.84%) Microsoft
3 9 (5.42%) SAP
4 8 (4.82%) HP
5 6 (3.61%) IBM
5 6 (3.61%) VMware
6 5 (3.01%) PeopleSoft
7 3 (1.81%) Cisco
7 3 (1.81%) Telerik
8 2 (1.20%) Actimize
8 2 (1.20%) Adobe
8 2 (1.20%) CheckPoint
8 2 (1.20%) Citrix
8 2 (1.20%) Clearswift
8 2 (1.20%) ESRI
8 2 (1.20%) Kaspersky
9 1 (0.60%) hybris
9 1 (0.60%) Juniper
9 1 (0.60%) Salesforce.com
9 1 (0.60%) Zend
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