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 9 February 2016 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
9 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 66 56 61
Rank change year-on-year
-10 +5
Contract jobs citing QA 95 92 72
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.50% 2.84% 2.61%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 30.74% 30.87% 29.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 56 37
Average daily rate £331 £333 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.60% -1.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £493 £420
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 3
Average hourly rate - £16.84 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -6.47%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £32.22 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+21.04% +74.16%
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
309 298 247
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 8.13% 9.21% 8.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 183 172 118
Average daily rate £425 £359 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.46% +2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £176 £221
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £565 £554
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 11 24
Average hourly rate £38.75 £17.50 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+121.42% +6.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £15.00 £14.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.77 £25.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.25 £23.25 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+81.72% +36.76%

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 9 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the North West region over the 3 months to 9 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 +1 62 £313 -2.34% 26
Cheshire -12 15 £425 -10.52% 9
Merseyside -3 9 £345 +45.26% 2
Lancashire -6 2 £350 -12.50% 4
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, 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.

1 106 (39.26%) Agile Software Development
2 70 (25.93%) Selenium
3 57 (21.11%) Finance
4 55 (20.37%) Java
5 52 (19.26%) Scrum
5 52 (19.26%) JIRA
6 47 (17.41%) TDD
6 47 (17.41%) SQL
7 44 (16.30%) BDD
8 38 (14.07%) Test Scripting
9 35 (12.96%) Microsoft
10 33 (12.22%) Cucumber
11 30 (11.11%) SQL Server
11 30 (11.11%) Banking
12 29 (10.74%) SDLC
13 28 (10.37%) Automation Testing
14 26 (9.63%) User Acceptance Testing
14 26 (9.63%) .NET
14 26 (9.63%) Web Services
15 25 (9.26%) Automated Testing
15 25 (9.26%) Software Testing
16 24 (8.89%) Mobile App
16 24 (8.89%) JavaScript
17 23 (8.52%) Functional Testing
18 22 (8.15%) Performance Testing
18 22 (8.15%) Retail
19 21 (7.78%) Regression Testing
20 20 (7.41%) Migration
20 20 (7.41%) Kanban
20 20 (7.41%) User Stories

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, 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 13 (4.81%) CICS
2 9 (3.33%) WebSphere
3 8 (2.96%) Node.js
4 7 (2.59%) Confluence
4 7 (2.59%) WebSphere Application Server
5 6 (2.22%) SharePoint
5 6 (2.22%) Tomcat
6 4 (1.48%) NetWeaver
7 1 (0.37%) Apache
7 1 (0.37%) LiveLink
7 1 (0.37%) nginx
Applications
1 13 (4.81%) MS Excel
2 10 (3.70%) MS Office
3 8 (2.96%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (2.22%) MS Visio
5 3 (1.11%) MS Project
6 1 (0.37%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 11 (4.07%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.74%) CA PPM
2 2 (0.74%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.74%) Unit4 Business World
3 1 (0.37%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.37%) Magento
3 1 (0.37%) Oracle BPM
3 1 (0.37%) SAP SD
3 1 (0.37%) SAP WM
Cloud Services
1 4 (1.48%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 11 (4.07%) HTTP
2 5 (1.85%) Intranet
3 4 (1.48%) SNMP
4 3 (1.11%) Firewall
5 2 (0.74%) 3G
5 2 (0.74%) Cisco ASA
5 2 (0.74%) DHCP
5 2 (0.74%) Internet
5 2 (0.74%) TCP/IP
6 1 (0.37%) Junos
6 1 (0.37%) Network Security
6 1 (0.37%) PuTTY
6 1 (0.37%) SSL
6 1 (0.37%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (11.11%) SQL Server
2 13 (4.81%) Oracle Database
3 12 (4.44%) DB2
3 12 (4.44%) PostgreSQL
4 8 (2.96%) GIS
5 7 (2.59%) MySQL
6 6 (2.22%) NoSQL
6 6 (2.22%) Relational Database
7 4 (1.48%) Data Warehouse
7 4 (1.48%) RDBMS
7 4 (1.48%) SAP BW
7 4 (1.48%) SQL Server 2008
7 4 (1.48%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 4 (1.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (1.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 2 (0.74%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
9 2 (0.74%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 2 (0.74%) QGIS
9 2 (0.74%) SQL Server 2012
10 1 (0.37%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 70 (25.93%) Selenium
2 52 (19.26%) JIRA
3 33 (12.22%) Cucumber
4 19 (7.04%) WebDriver
5 18 (6.67%) Git (software)
6 16 (5.93%) Jenkins
7 13 (4.81%) Maven
8 12 (4.44%) Toad
9 11 (4.07%) Gradle
9 11 (4.07%) JBehave
10 10 (3.70%) Appium
10 10 (3.70%) SoapUI
10 10 (3.70%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 9 (3.33%) HP UFT
12 8 (2.96%) Team Foundation Server
12 8 (2.96%) Visual Studio
13 7 (2.59%) LoadRunner
14 5 (1.85%) JMeter
15 4 (1.48%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 4 (1.48%) WATIR
General
1 57 (21.11%) Finance
2 30 (11.11%) Banking
3 22 (8.15%) Retail
4 11 (4.07%) Games
5 7 (2.59%) Legal
6 3 (1.11%) Marketing
6 3 (1.11%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (0.74%) Electronics
7 2 (0.74%) Financial Institution
7 2 (0.74%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.74%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.37%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.37%) Private Banking
8 1 (0.37%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 93 (34.44%) Analyst
2 46 (17.04%) Test Analyst
3 36 (13.33%) Developer
4 29 (10.74%) Tester
5 26 (9.63%) Architect
6 25 (9.26%) QA Analyst
7 22 (8.15%) QA Engineer
8 21 (7.78%) Consultant
8 21 (7.78%) QA Test Analyst
9 20 (7.41%) Business Analyst
10 19 (7.04%) QA Tester
11 18 (6.67%) Project Manager
12 12 (4.44%) Test Engineer
13 11 (4.07%) CICS Analyst
14 10 (3.70%) Data Analyst
14 10 (3.70%) Test Manager
15 9 (3.33%) QA Manager
15 9 (3.33%) QA Test Engineer
15 9 (3.33%) SQL Analyst
16 8 (2.96%) Node.js Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (9.63%) .NET
1 26 (9.63%) Web Services
2 13 (4.81%) HTML
2 13 (4.81%) RESTful
3 10 (3.70%) AngularJS
3 10 (3.70%) Gherkin
3 10 (3.70%) Middleware
3 10 (3.70%) REST
3 10 (3.70%) XML
4 9 (3.33%) CSS
5 8 (2.96%) Express
5 8 (2.96%) PostGIS
5 8 (2.96%) SOAP
6 6 (2.22%) Django
6 6 (2.22%) Leaflet
6 6 (2.22%) Qt
6 6 (2.22%) RabbitMQ
7 4 (1.48%) SAP Basis
8 3 (1.11%) J2EE
8 3 (1.11%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 24 (8.89%) Mobile App
2 19 (7.04%) Mainframe
3 15 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (3.33%) Computer Science
5 6 (2.22%) User Experience
6 5 (1.85%) iPad
7 4 (1.48%) Clustering
8 3 (1.11%) Data Centre
8 3 (1.11%) Data Extraction
8 3 (1.11%) Data Structures
8 3 (1.11%) PKI
9 2 (0.74%) Algorithms
9 2 (0.74%) Contactless
9 2 (0.74%) Management Information System
9 2 (0.74%) Performance Metrics
9 2 (0.74%) Replication
10 1 (0.37%) BBC
10 1 (0.37%) Device Driver
10 1 (0.37%) Mathematics
10 1 (0.37%) Mobile Games
Operating Systems
1 15 (5.56%) Android
1 15 (5.56%) Apple iOS
1 15 (5.56%) Windows
2 13 (4.81%) Linux
3 11 (4.07%) zOS
4 8 (2.96%) Windows Server 2012
5 6 (2.22%) Unix
6 5 (1.85%) VME
7 2 (0.74%) Mac OS X
7 2 (0.74%) Windows Server
7 2 (0.74%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (0.74%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.37%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 106 (39.26%) Agile Software Development
2 52 (19.26%) Scrum
3 47 (17.41%) TDD
4 44 (16.30%) BDD
5 38 (14.07%) Test Scripting
6 29 (10.74%) SDLC
7 28 (10.37%) Automation Testing
8 26 (9.63%) User Acceptance Testing
9 25 (9.26%) Automated Testing
9 25 (9.26%) Software Testing
10 23 (8.52%) Functional Testing
11 22 (8.15%) Performance Testing
12 21 (7.78%) Regression Testing
13 20 (7.41%) Kanban
13 20 (7.41%) Migration
13 20 (7.41%) Test Automation
13 20 (7.41%) User Stories
14 19 (7.04%) Continuous Integration
15 18 (6.67%) Non-Functional Testing
16 17 (6.30%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 55 (20.37%) Java
2 47 (17.41%) SQL
3 24 (8.89%) JavaScript
4 18 (6.67%) C#
5 17 (6.30%) Python
6 16 (5.93%) T-SQL
7 11 (4.07%) JCL
8 10 (3.70%) C++
9 5 (1.85%) ABAP
9 5 (1.85%) Shell Script
10 4 (1.48%) COBOL
10 4 (1.48%) PL/SQL
10 4 (1.48%) Ruby
11 3 (1.11%) Scala
12 2 (0.74%) Groovy
12 2 (0.74%) Perl
12 2 (0.74%) PHP
12 2 (0.74%) R
13 1 (0.37%) ANSI SQL
13 1 (0.37%) C
Qualifications
1 15 (5.56%) Degree
2 10 (3.70%) ISTQB
3 9 (3.33%) ISEB
4 5 (1.85%) HND
4 5 (1.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 5 (1.85%) Security Cleared
5 4 (1.48%) BPSS Clearance
6 3 (1.11%) SC Cleared
7 2 (0.74%) DV Cleared
7 2 (0.74%) MCSA
7 2 (0.74%) MCSE
7 2 (0.74%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.37%) CESG Certified Professional
8 1 (0.37%) CISM
8 1 (0.37%) CISMP
8 1 (0.37%) CISSP
8 1 (0.37%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.37%) JNCIE
8 1 (0.37%) JNCIP
8 1 (0.37%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (1.11%) 21 CFR Part 11
1 3 (1.11%) GAMP
1 3 (1.11%) GMP
2 2 (0.74%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.37%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.37%) ISO26262
3 1 (0.37%) SLA
System Software
1 12 (4.44%) Docker
2 11 (4.07%) RACF
3 2 (0.74%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.74%) Hyper-V
3 2 (0.74%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 1 (0.37%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (0.37%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.37%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 11 (4.07%) CA Endevor
2 8 (2.96%) HP Quality Center
3 7 (2.59%) Tivoli
4 4 (1.48%) Opscode Chef
4 4 (1.48%) Puppet
5 3 (1.11%) AirWatch
6 2 (0.74%) Ansible
6 2 (0.74%) CA Service Virtualization
6 2 (0.74%) SmoothWall
6 2 (0.74%) WSUS
7 1 (0.37%) Graylog
Vendors
1 35 (12.96%) Microsoft
2 19 (7.04%) Oracle
3 16 (5.93%) HP
4 13 (4.81%) CA
5 10 (3.70%) SAP
6 8 (2.96%) Telerik
7 6 (2.22%) ESRI
8 4 (1.48%) Citrix
8 4 (1.48%) Micro Focus
9 3 (1.11%) Cisco
9 3 (1.11%) Vertica
10 2 (0.74%) Ab Initio
10 2 (0.74%) CheckPoint
10 2 (0.74%) Clearswift
10 2 (0.74%) IBM
10 2 (0.74%) Rally
10 2 (0.74%) Tableau
10 2 (0.74%) Talend
11 1 (0.37%) Red Hat
11 1 (0.37%) Syclo
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