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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 48 54 66
Rank change year-on-year
+6 +12
Contract jobs citing QA 95 74 56
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 3.02% 2.77% 2.18%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 39.75% 35.24% 38.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 37 28
Average daily rate
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£350 £338 £235
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.55% +43.82%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £200 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £408 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 3
Average hourly rate £16.84 £30.25 £10.17
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-44.34% +197.44%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £19.00 £30.25
% change year-on-year
+73.68% -37.19%
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
239 210 147
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 7.60% 7.87% 5.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 119 98 60
Average daily rate £350 £340 £270
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% +25.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £159 £200 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £510 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+8.57% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 17 11
Average hourly rate £16.67 £19.50 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.52% +18.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.73 £14.50 £10.17
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.00 £42.50 £55.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.08 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+11.27% -25.76%

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 30 January 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 30 January 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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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 +15 44 £320 -1.53% 38
Cheshire -5 23 £475 +39.70% 10
Merseyside -2 11 £238 +90.00% 9
Lancashire -14 9 £400 +100.00% 5
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 34 (20.99%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (18.52%) Finance
3 29 (17.90%) SQL
4 26 (16.05%) Microsoft
5 24 (14.81%) Project Management
6 22 (13.58%) Oracle
7 19 (11.73%) Red Hat
7 19 (11.73%) User Acceptance Testing
8 18 (11.11%) Java
9 17 (10.49%) SharePoint
9 17 (10.49%) Jenkins
10 16 (9.88%) SQL Server
11 15 (9.26%) .NET
11 15 (9.26%) Web Services
11 15 (9.26%) Test Strategy
12 14 (8.64%) Puppet
12 14 (8.64%) CentOS
12 14 (8.64%) Continuous Integration
12 14 (8.64%) Vagrant
12 14 (8.64%) Firewall
12 14 (8.64%) C#
13 13 (8.02%) Windows
13 13 (8.02%) Linux
13 13 (8.02%) Configuration Management
13 13 (8.02%) DevOps
13 13 (8.02%) Selenium
14 12 (7.41%) Amazon EC2
14 12 (7.41%) Amazon S3
14 12 (7.41%) Amazon AWS
14 12 (7.41%) RightScale

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 17 (10.49%) SharePoint
2 7 (4.32%) Umbraco
3 4 (2.47%) SharePoint 2010
4 2 (1.23%) IIS
4 2 (1.23%) JBoss
4 2 (1.23%) Apache
5 1 (0.62%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.62%) CICS
5 1 (0.62%) MQSeries
5 1 (0.62%) IBM Notes
5 1 (0.62%) SugarCRM
Applications
1 12 (7.41%) MS Excel
2 9 (5.56%) MS Office
3 8 (4.94%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (3.09%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.62%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.62%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.62%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (2.47%) Oracle Retail
1 4 (2.47%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (1.23%) TRIRIGA
2 2 (1.23%) Oracle 11i
3 1 (0.62%) BusinessWorks
3 1 (0.62%) Agresso
3 1 (0.62%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.62%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 12 (7.41%) Amazon EC2
1 12 (7.41%) Amazon S3
1 12 (7.41%) Amazon AWS
1 12 (7.41%) Amazon ELB
1 12 (7.41%) Route 53
2 6 (3.70%) SaaS
2 6 (3.70%) PaaS
3 1 (0.62%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 14 (8.64%) Firewall
2 6 (3.70%) DHCP
2 6 (3.70%) DNS
2 6 (3.70%) Internet
3 4 (2.47%) Network Security
4 3 (1.85%) VPN
5 2 (1.23%) SSL
5 2 (1.23%) Intranet
6 1 (0.62%) DMZ
6 1 (0.62%) WAN
6 1 (0.62%) SMTP
6 1 (0.62%) RIP
6 1 (0.62%) iBeacon
6 1 (0.62%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (9.88%) SQL Server
2 10 (6.17%) Data Warehouse
3 8 (4.94%) Relational Database
3 8 (4.94%) RDBMS
4 6 (3.70%) Oracle Database
5 5 (3.09%) Oracle Database 10g
5 5 (3.09%) Oracle Reports
6 4 (2.47%) Oracle Database 11g
6 4 (2.47%) PostgreSQL
6 4 (2.47%) SQLPlus
7 2 (1.23%) Oracle BI Publisher
7 2 (1.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (1.23%) Oracle Discoverer
8 1 (0.62%) SQL Server 2000
8 1 (0.62%) EDMS
8 1 (0.62%) DB2
8 1 (0.62%) SQL Server 2005
8 1 (0.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.62%) Big Data
8 1 (0.62%) BigQuery
Development Applications
1 17 (10.49%) Jenkins
2 13 (8.02%) Selenium
3 9 (5.56%) SoapUI
4 8 (4.94%) Hudson
5 6 (3.70%) Maven
6 5 (3.09%) Oracle Forms
7 4 (2.47%) WebDriver
7 4 (2.47%) Oracle APEX
7 4 (2.47%) Subversion
7 4 (2.47%) QuickTest Pro
8 3 (1.85%) Team Foundation Server
9 2 (1.23%) Cucumber
9 2 (1.23%) Talend Open Studio
10 1 (0.62%) Eclipse
10 1 (0.62%) Toad
10 1 (0.62%) JUnit
10 1 (0.62%) Visual Studio
10 1 (0.62%) Xcode
10 1 (0.62%) JMeter
10 1 (0.62%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 30 (18.52%) Finance
2 10 (6.17%) Retail
3 6 (3.70%) Manufacturing
3 6 (3.70%) Banking
4 5 (3.09%) Advertising
5 4 (2.47%) Billing
6 3 (1.85%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (1.23%) Games
8 1 (0.62%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.62%) Local Government
8 1 (0.62%) Legal
8 1 (0.62%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 38 (23.46%) Analyst
2 17 (10.49%) Tester
3 15 (9.26%) Developer
4 13 (8.02%) Consultant
5 12 (7.41%) DevOps Engineer
5 12 (7.41%) Test Analyst
6 9 (5.56%) Test Manager
7 8 (4.94%) QA Tester
8 7 (4.32%) Project Manager
9 6 (3.70%) Automation Tester
9 6 (3.70%) Business Analyst
9 6 (3.70%) DBA
9 6 (3.70%) SQL DBA
9 6 (3.70%) Architect
10 5 (3.09%) Systems Developer
10 5 (3.09%) Systems Engineer
10 5 (3.09%) Test Leader
11 4 (2.47%) Operations Engineer
11 4 (2.47%) Dynamics AX Consultant
11 4 (2.47%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (9.26%) .NET
1 15 (9.26%) Web Services
2 10 (6.17%) SOAP
3 8 (4.94%) HTML5
3 8 (4.94%) HTML
4 7 (4.32%) jQuery
5 6 (3.70%) J2EE
6 5 (3.09%) .NET Framework
7 4 (2.47%) Gherkin
7 4 (2.47%) JSON
8 3 (1.85%) ASP.NET
8 3 (1.85%) XML
8 3 (1.85%) WCF
9 2 (1.23%) Middleware
10 1 (0.62%) Spring
10 1 (0.62%) Ajax
10 1 (0.62%) Ruby on Rails
10 1 (0.62%) Cocoa
10 1 (0.62%) Android SDK
10 1 (0.62%) Cocoa Touch
Miscellaneous
1 12 (7.41%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (6.17%) Open Source
3 9 (5.56%) NHS
4 7 (4.32%) Informatics
5 6 (3.70%) Enterprise Software
6 5 (3.09%) IVR
6 5 (3.09%) Management Information System
7 4 (2.47%) iSeries
7 4 (2.47%) Biometrics
8 3 (1.85%) PMI
8 3 (1.85%) Statistics
8 3 (1.85%) Data Integration
9 2 (1.23%) Video Conferencing
9 2 (1.23%) Data Protection Act
9 2 (1.23%) Freedom of Information Act
9 2 (1.23%) Computer Science
9 2 (1.23%) Freedom of Information
9 2 (1.23%) Mainframe
10 1 (0.62%) Blackberry
10 1 (0.62%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 14 (8.64%) CentOS
2 13 (8.02%) Windows
2 13 (8.02%) Linux
3 9 (5.56%) UNIX
4 6 (3.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 4 (2.47%) VMS
6 2 (1.23%) Android
6 2 (1.23%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (1.23%) HPUX
7 1 (0.62%) zOS
7 1 (0.62%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.62%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.62%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (20.99%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (14.81%) Project Management
3 19 (11.73%) User Acceptance Testing
4 15 (9.26%) Test Strategy
5 14 (8.64%) Continuous Integration
6 13 (8.02%) Configuration Management
6 13 (8.02%) DevOps
7 12 (7.41%) Stakeholder Management
8 11 (6.79%) ITIL
8 11 (6.79%) Regression Testing
8 11 (6.79%) Mentoring
8 11 (6.79%) Test Scripting
9 10 (6.17%) Unit Testing
9 10 (6.17%) Integration Testing
10 9 (5.56%) Change Management
11 8 (4.94%) Manual Testing
11 8 (4.94%) System Testing
11 8 (4.94%) TDD
11 8 (4.94%) ERP
11 8 (4.94%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 29 (17.90%) SQL
2 18 (11.11%) Java
3 14 (8.64%) C#
4 11 (6.79%) JavaScript
5 7 (4.32%) T-SQL
6 5 (3.09%) PL/SQL
6 5 (3.09%) VBScript
7 4 (2.47%) Groovy
8 2 (1.23%) Ruby
8 2 (1.23%) VB
8 2 (1.23%) VBA
8 2 (1.23%) C++
8 2 (1.23%) Shell Script
8 2 (1.23%) JCL
9 1 (0.62%) Assembly Language
9 1 (0.62%) REXX
9 1 (0.62%) Python
9 1 (0.62%) COBOL
9 1 (0.62%) PHP
9 1 (0.62%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 10 (6.17%) ISEB
2 7 (4.32%) CISSP
2 7 (4.32%) Security Cleared
3 5 (3.09%) ISTQB
3 5 (3.09%) Degree
4 3 (1.85%) PMI Certification
4 3 (1.85%) SC Cleared
5 2 (1.23%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (0.62%) CCNP
6 1 (0.62%) CCIP
6 1 (0.62%) CCNA
6 1 (0.62%) CCDP
6 1 (0.62%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.62%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.62%) RHCE
6 1 (0.62%) IBM Certification
6 1 (0.62%) MCSE
6 1 (0.62%) MCSA
6 1 (0.62%) ACSA
6 1 (0.62%) CISMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (1.85%) GMP
2 1 (0.62%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (0.62%) SLA
2 1 (0.62%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 1 (0.62%) GAMP
2 1 (0.62%) GxP
2 1 (0.62%) P3O
2 1 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.62%) COBIT
System Software
1 1 (0.62%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
1 1 (0.62%) ISA Server
1 1 (0.62%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 14 (8.64%) Puppet
1 14 (8.64%) Vagrant
2 6 (3.70%) Opscode Chef
2 6 (3.70%) Nessus
3 2 (1.23%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.62%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.62%) MIMEsweeper
Vendors
1 26 (16.05%) Microsoft
2 22 (13.58%) Oracle
3 19 (11.73%) Red Hat
4 12 (7.41%) RightScale
5 6 (3.70%) ArcSight
5 6 (3.70%) HP
6 5 (3.09%) CA
6 5 (3.09%) Tableau
7 4 (2.47%) SAP
7 4 (2.47%) IBM
8 3 (1.85%) Citrix
8 3 (1.85%) Siebel
9 2 (1.23%) Talend
9 2 (1.23%) Cisco
9 2 (1.23%) CheckPoint
10 1 (0.62%) TIBCO
10 1 (0.62%) Clearswift
10 1 (0.62%) EMC
10 1 (0.62%) Avaya
10 1 (0.62%) MicroStrategy
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