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 2 July 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
2 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 66 47 65
Rank change year-on-year
-19 +18
Contract jobs citing QA 102 129 74
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.71% 3.47% 2.40%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 34.69% 35.44% 25.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 82 32
Median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £258 £277 £316
10% offered a daily rate of more than £532 £507 £430
UK excluding London median daily rate £378 £373 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.34% +6.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Median hourly rate - £35.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +150.00%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.75 £37.25 £19.50
% change year-on-year
-60.40% +91.02%
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
294 364 289
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 7.83% 9.79% 9.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 165 215 143
Median daily rate £400 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £274 £275 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £578 £700 £664
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £365
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +5.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 21 22
Median hourly rate £44.25 £15.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+185.48% -3.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.55 £12.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £21.55 £20.75
% change year-on-year
+29.93% +3.85%

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 2 July 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 2 July 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 +3 64 £375 +17.18% 22
Cheshire +6 22 £440 +10.69% 4
Lancashire -18 8 £263 -30.00% 3
Merseyside -23 3 £320 -36.00% 7
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 2 July 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 65 (38.92%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (23.35%) JIRA
3 36 (21.56%) Selenium
4 34 (20.36%) Finance
4 34 (20.36%) Java
5 32 (19.16%) Scrum
6 26 (15.57%) Oracle
7 25 (14.97%) Test Scripting
8 24 (14.37%) Project Management
8 24 (14.37%) Web Services
8 24 (14.37%) Stakeholder Management
9 22 (13.17%) BDD
9 22 (13.17%) Jenkins
10 20 (11.98%) SDLC
10 20 (11.98%) TDD
10 20 (11.98%) Configuration Management
11 19 (11.38%) SQL
11 19 (11.38%) Degree
12 17 (10.18%) .NET
12 17 (10.18%) Windows
13 16 (9.58%) ITIL
13 16 (9.58%) Change Management
13 16 (9.58%) Functional Testing
14 15 (8.98%) SQL Server
15 14 (8.38%) XML
15 14 (8.38%) Middleware
15 14 (8.38%) Microsoft
15 14 (8.38%) Cucumber
15 14 (8.38%) Automation Testing
16 13 (7.78%) User Stories

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 13 (7.78%) WebSphere
2 10 (5.99%) WebSphere Application Server
3 5 (2.99%) SharePoint
4 3 (1.80%) Apache
4 3 (1.80%) CMS
4 3 (1.80%) IIS
4 3 (1.80%) Tomcat
5 2 (1.20%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 2 (1.20%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.60%) CICS
6 1 (0.60%) Drupal
6 1 (0.60%) IBM Notes
6 1 (0.60%) Joomla!
6 1 (0.60%) WordPress
Applications
1 9 (5.39%) MS Project
2 4 (2.40%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.20%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.60%) FrameMaker
4 1 (0.60%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (1.20%) Dynamics AX
1 2 (1.20%) Magento
1 2 (1.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 2 (1.20%) SAP SD
2 1 (0.60%) OpenCart
2 1 (0.60%) Oracle Payables
2 1 (0.60%) SAP CO
2 1 (0.60%) SAP FI
2 1 (0.60%) SAP FI/CO
2 1 (0.60%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.80%) GitHub
1 3 (1.80%) SaaS
2 2 (1.20%) Amazon ElastiCache
2 2 (1.20%) IaaS
2 2 (1.20%) PaaS
3 1 (0.60%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (4.79%) Firewall
2 6 (3.59%) Network Security
3 5 (2.99%) Cisco ASA
3 5 (2.99%) SSL
4 3 (1.80%) HTTP
4 3 (1.80%) Internet
4 3 (1.80%) PuTTY
4 3 (1.80%) VoIP
4 3 (1.80%) WAN
4 3 (1.80%) WinSCP
5 1 (0.60%) 802.15
5 1 (0.60%) DHCP
5 1 (0.60%) DNS
5 1 (0.60%) IPv6
5 1 (0.60%) LAN
5 1 (0.60%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.60%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (8.98%) SQL Server
2 10 (5.99%) PostgreSQL
3 7 (4.19%) MongoDB
3 7 (4.19%) MySQL
4 6 (3.59%) Data Warehouse
5 5 (2.99%) Oracle Reports
6 3 (1.80%) Big Data
6 3 (1.80%) Oracle Database
7 2 (1.20%) BusinessObjects
7 2 (1.20%) NoSQL
7 2 (1.20%) Redis
7 2 (1.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.60%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.60%) SAP BW
8 1 (0.60%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 39 (23.35%) JIRA
2 36 (21.56%) Selenium
3 22 (13.17%) Jenkins
4 14 (8.38%) Cucumber
5 13 (7.78%) WebDriver
6 10 (5.99%) JUnit
6 10 (5.99%) Mocha
7 4 (2.40%) Git (software)
7 4 (2.40%) JMeter
7 4 (2.40%) SoapUI
8 3 (1.80%) Ant
8 3 (1.80%) Appium
8 3 (1.80%) CaliberRM
8 3 (1.80%) LoadRunner
8 3 (1.80%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (1.80%) TortoiseSVN
8 3 (1.80%) WATIR
9 2 (1.20%) ClearCase
9 2 (1.20%) Visual Studio
9 2 (1.20%) Zephyr
General
1 34 (20.36%) Finance
2 11 (6.59%) Retail
3 9 (5.39%) Banking
4 5 (2.99%) Manufacturing
5 4 (2.40%) Games
5 4 (2.40%) Marketing
6 3 (1.80%) Legal
6 3 (1.80%) Telecoms
7 2 (1.20%) Electronics
7 2 (1.20%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (1.20%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.60%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.60%) Back Office
8 1 (0.60%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 34 (20.36%) Analyst
2 25 (14.97%) Developer
3 19 (11.38%) Project Manager
3 19 (11.38%) Test Analyst
3 19 (11.38%) Tester
4 14 (8.38%) Test Manager
5 13 (7.78%) QA Tester
6 12 (7.19%) Business Analyst
7 10 (5.99%) Node.js Developer
8 8 (4.79%) QA Engineer
9 7 (4.19%) Environment Manager
9 7 (4.19%) Test Leader
10 6 (3.59%) Consultant
10 6 (3.59%) QA Analyst
10 6 (3.59%) Software QA Tester
10 6 (3.59%) Software Tester
11 5 (2.99%) QA Leader
11 5 (2.99%) QA Test Analyst
11 5 (2.99%) Security Manager
12 4 (2.40%) Agile Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (14.37%) Web Services
2 17 (10.18%) .NET
3 14 (8.38%) Middleware
3 14 (8.38%) XML
4 12 (7.19%) Node.js
4 12 (7.19%) RESTful
5 11 (6.59%) EJB
5 11 (6.59%) J2EE
6 10 (5.99%) Express
7 9 (5.39%) Hibernate
7 9 (5.39%) JAXB
7 9 (5.39%) VXML
7 9 (5.39%) XSLT
8 8 (4.79%) RabbitMQ
9 7 (4.19%) ASP.NET
9 7 (4.19%) ASP.NET MVC
9 7 (4.19%) HTML
10 4 (2.40%) Gherkin
11 3 (1.80%) HTML5
11 3 (1.80%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 13 (7.78%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (5.99%) Mainframe
3 9 (5.39%) Computer Science
3 9 (5.39%) IVR
4 5 (2.99%) Data Centre
4 5 (2.99%) Data Structures
4 5 (2.99%) PKI
5 4 (2.40%) Biometrics
5 4 (2.40%) Mobile App
6 3 (1.80%) Performance Metrics
7 2 (1.20%) Digital Media
7 2 (1.20%) Life Science
7 2 (1.20%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.20%) SWIFT
8 1 (0.60%) Clustering
8 1 (0.60%) CMDB
8 1 (0.60%) Mobile Games
8 1 (0.60%) PMI
8 1 (0.60%) Replication
8 1 (0.60%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 17 (10.18%) Windows
2 12 (7.19%) Linux
3 11 (6.59%) AIX
4 9 (5.39%) Unix
5 3 (1.80%) CentOS
5 3 (1.80%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (1.20%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (1.20%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.60%) Android
7 1 (0.60%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (38.92%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (19.16%) Scrum
3 25 (14.97%) Test Scripting
4 24 (14.37%) Project Management
4 24 (14.37%) Stakeholder Management
5 22 (13.17%) BDD
6 20 (11.98%) Configuration Management
6 20 (11.98%) SDLC
6 20 (11.98%) TDD
7 16 (9.58%) Change Management
7 16 (9.58%) Functional Testing
7 16 (9.58%) ITIL
8 14 (8.38%) Automation Testing
9 13 (7.78%) Regression Testing
9 13 (7.78%) User Acceptance Testing
9 13 (7.78%) User Stories
10 10 (5.99%) Automated Testing
10 10 (5.99%) MVC
10 10 (5.99%) Service Management
10 10 (5.99%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 34 (20.36%) Java
2 19 (11.38%) SQL
3 11 (6.59%) PHP
4 10 (5.99%) C#
5 9 (5.39%) Ruby
6 7 (4.19%) JavaScript
7 5 (2.99%) Python
8 4 (2.40%) C
9 3 (1.80%) C++
9 3 (1.80%) Go
10 2 (1.20%) PL/SQL
10 2 (1.20%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.60%) Groovy
11 1 (0.60%) PowerShell
11 1 (0.60%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.60%) VB
11 1 (0.60%) X++
Qualifications
1 19 (11.38%) Degree
2 9 (5.39%) ISEB
3 7 (4.19%) ISTQB
3 7 (4.19%) Security Cleared
4 6 (3.59%) ITIL Certification
5 5 (2.99%) BPSS Clearance
5 5 (2.99%) PMI Certification
5 5 (2.99%) PMP
5 5 (2.99%) SC Cleared
6 4 (2.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (1.80%) CCNP
7 3 (1.80%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (1.80%) DBS Check
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%) CLAS
8 2 (1.20%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (2.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (1.80%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.60%) AIFMD
3 1 (0.60%) COBIT
3 1 (0.60%) Def Stans
3 1 (0.60%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.60%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.60%) PMBOK
3 1 (0.60%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.60%) SDET
3 1 (0.60%) SLA
3 1 (0.60%) UCITS
System Software
1 10 (5.99%) Docker
2 3 (1.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.60%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.60%) Hyper-V
3 1 (0.60%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 11 (6.59%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (2.99%) SmoothWall
3 3 (1.80%) Puppet
3 3 (1.80%) vRealize
4 1 (0.60%) Microsoft Clustering
4 1 (0.60%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.60%) WSUS
Vendors
1 26 (15.57%) Oracle
2 14 (8.38%) Microsoft
3 10 (5.99%) HP
4 8 (4.79%) CheckPoint
4 8 (4.79%) VMware
5 7 (4.19%) Avaya
5 7 (4.19%) SAP
6 6 (3.59%) IBM
7 5 (2.99%) Cisco
7 5 (2.99%) Clearswift
7 5 (2.99%) PeopleSoft
8 4 (2.40%) Nortel
9 3 (1.80%) Ab Initio
9 3 (1.80%) ATG
9 3 (1.80%) Salesforce.com
10 2 (1.20%) Actimize
10 2 (1.20%) Adobe
10 2 (1.20%) Informatica
10 2 (1.20%) Siebel
10 2 (1.20%) Telerik
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