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 7 July 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
7 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 44 62 88
Rank change year-on-year
+18 +26
Contract jobs citing QA 136 70 45
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 3.75% 2.32% 1.78%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 42.90% 36.65% 32.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 29 23
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£375 £350 £290
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +20.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £294 £315 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £434 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 1
Average hourly rate £35.00 £14.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+150.00% -30.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.25 £20.00 £16.75
% change year-on-year
+86.25% +19.40%
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
317 191 139
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 8.73% 6.32% 5.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 183 83 63
Average daily rate £375 £340 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.29% +4.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £200 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £652 £520 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.10% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 19 18
Average hourly rate £15.50 £15.25 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.63% -21.79%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.20 £10.85 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.31 £40.00 £23.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.55 £20.21 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+6.65% +6.34%

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 7 July 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 7 July 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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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 +13 61 £325 -13.04% 39
Lancashire +18 27 £380 +8.57% 5
Merseyside +5 25 £500 +53.84% 5
Cheshire -5 16 £398 +19.54% 9
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 7 July 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 64 (23.97%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (18.73%) SQL
3 45 (16.85%) Migration
4 41 (15.36%) User Acceptance Testing
5 39 (14.61%) Windows
6 37 (13.86%) Test Strategy
7 36 (13.48%) Test Scripting
8 32 (11.99%) Microsoft
8 32 (11.99%) ISEB
8 32 (11.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 30 (11.24%) Scrum
10 28 (10.49%) Security Cleared
11 27 (10.11%) Jenkins
11 27 (10.11%) Automated Testing
11 27 (10.11%) PRINCE2
11 27 (10.11%) ITIL
12 26 (9.74%) Continuous Integration
13 25 (9.36%) Selenium
13 25 (9.36%) Finance
14 23 (8.61%) COBOL
14 23 (8.61%) Citrix
14 23 (8.61%) Test Automation
15 22 (8.24%) SoapUI
15 22 (8.24%) Supplier Management
15 22 (8.24%) SOAP
15 22 (8.24%) Firewall
16 21 (7.87%) TDD
17 20 (7.49%) Project Management
17 20 (7.49%) Stakeholder Management
17 20 (7.49%) WAN

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Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 7 July 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 7 (2.62%) Apache
1 7 (2.62%) SharePoint
2 5 (1.87%) CICS
2 5 (1.87%) MQSeries
3 3 (1.12%) CMS
3 3 (1.12%) Umbraco
3 3 (1.12%) Sitecore CMS
4 2 (0.75%) Tomcat
4 2 (0.75%) WebLogic
4 2 (0.75%) IIS
4 2 (0.75%) SugarCRM
5 1 (0.37%) MS Project Server
5 1 (0.37%) Jetty
5 1 (0.37%) JBoss
5 1 (0.37%) IBM Notes
5 1 (0.37%) SAS
5 1 (0.37%) nginx
5 1 (0.37%) Node.js
5 1 (0.37%) OpenStack
5 1 (0.37%) WebSphere
Applications
1 12 (4.49%) MS Excel
2 11 (4.12%) MS Office
3 4 (1.50%) MS Project
4 3 (1.12%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.75%) CINEMA 4D
5 2 (0.75%) Maya
5 2 (0.75%) 3ds Max
5 2 (0.75%) Adobe Illustrator
5 2 (0.75%) Photoshop
5 2 (0.75%) MODO
6 1 (0.37%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.37%) SPSS
6 1 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (1.12%) Temenos T24
2 2 (0.75%) BusinessWorks
3 1 (0.37%) SAP R/3
3 1 (0.37%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.37%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (0.37%) Maximo
3 1 (0.37%) SAP CO
3 1 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.37%) Academy Housing
3 1 (0.37%) arcHouse
3 1 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.37%) SAP BPC
3 1 (0.37%) Orchard Housing
3 1 (0.37%) Aareon QL
3 1 (0.37%) OPENHousing
3 1 (0.37%) MIS ActiveH
3 1 (0.37%) Northgate Housing
3 1 (0.37%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 15 (5.62%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (3.75%) Amazon EC2
2 10 (3.75%) Amazon S3
2 10 (3.75%) Route 53
2 10 (3.75%) Amazon ELB
3 4 (1.50%) Office 365
4 2 (0.75%) SaaS
4 2 (0.75%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 22 (8.24%) Firewall
2 20 (7.49%) WAN
3 18 (6.74%) SSL
4 17 (6.37%) Network Security
4 17 (6.37%) Cisco ASA
5 10 (3.75%) VPN
6 9 (3.37%) LAN
7 4 (1.50%) TCP/IP
7 4 (1.50%) DNS
7 4 (1.50%) DHCP
7 4 (1.50%) SAN
8 2 (0.75%) Wireless
9 1 (0.37%) Cisco IOS
9 1 (0.37%) Junos
9 1 (0.37%) Intranet
9 1 (0.37%) Internet
9 1 (0.37%) MPLS
9 1 (0.37%) OSPF
9 1 (0.37%) BGP
9 1 (0.37%) RSVP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (7.12%) SQL Server
2 18 (6.74%) Relational Database
3 15 (5.62%) RDBMS
4 14 (5.24%) Data Warehouse
5 12 (4.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 9 (3.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 8 (3.00%) SQL Server 2012
8 6 (2.25%) SQL Server 2008
8 6 (2.25%) MongoDB
9 5 (1.87%) DB2
10 3 (1.12%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 2 (0.75%) Oracle Database
11 2 (0.75%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
11 2 (0.75%) NoSQL
12 1 (0.37%) Redis
12 1 (0.37%) Big Data
12 1 (0.37%) Apache Cassandra
12 1 (0.37%) QlikView
12 1 (0.37%) MySQL
12 1 (0.37%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 27 (10.11%) Jenkins
2 25 (9.36%) Selenium
3 22 (8.24%) SoapUI
4 14 (5.24%) Hudson
5 12 (4.49%) Subversion
6 10 (3.75%) Maven
6 10 (3.75%) Visual Studio
6 10 (3.75%) HP UFT
7 9 (3.37%) LoadRunner
8 8 (3.00%) TeamCity
9 7 (2.62%) Facilita Forecast
10 6 (2.25%) Cucumber
10 6 (2.25%) WebDriver
10 6 (2.25%) JIRA
11 5 (1.87%) Git (software)
11 5 (1.87%) Talend Open Studio
12 4 (1.50%) SpecFlow
12 4 (1.50%) Team Foundation Server
13 3 (1.12%) Calabash
13 3 (1.12%) Appium
General
1 25 (9.36%) Finance
2 17 (6.37%) Banking
3 14 (5.24%) Manufacturing
4 12 (4.49%) Retail
5 7 (2.62%) Pharmaceutical
6 4 (1.50%) Marketing
7 3 (1.12%) Telecoms
7 3 (1.12%) Billing
8 2 (0.75%) Financial Institution
8 2 (0.75%) Back Office
8 2 (0.75%) Automotive
9 1 (0.37%) Advertising
9 1 (0.37%) Publishing
9 1 (0.37%) Electronics
9 1 (0.37%) Front Office
9 1 (0.37%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 82 (30.71%) Analyst
2 34 (12.73%) Test Manager
3 27 (10.11%) Technical Analyst
4 24 (8.99%) Tester
5 22 (8.24%) Developer
6 19 (7.12%) Test Analyst
7 14 (5.24%) Test Leader
8 13 (4.87%) Consultant
8 13 (4.87%) Security Analyst
9 12 (4.49%) Project Manager
9 12 (4.49%) QA Tester
10 10 (3.75%) QA Analyst
10 10 (3.75%) DevOps Engineer
11 9 (3.37%) SQL Developer
12 8 (3.00%) Citrix Analyst
13 7 (2.62%) SAP Manager
13 7 (2.62%) Test Engineer
14 6 (2.25%) Data Analyst
14 6 (2.25%) Software Developer
14 6 (2.25%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (8.24%) SOAP
2 16 (5.99%) JSON
3 11 (4.12%) Web Services
3 11 (4.12%) .NET
4 8 (3.00%) RESTful
5 6 (2.25%) Gherkin
6 5 (1.87%) J2EE
6 5 (1.87%) ISPF
7 4 (1.50%) HTML
7 4 (1.50%) LAMP
7 4 (1.50%) XML
7 4 (1.50%) Symfony
7 4 (1.50%) CodeIgniter
8 2 (0.75%) jQuery
8 2 (0.75%) HTML5
8 2 (0.75%) Ember.js
8 2 (0.75%) AngularJS
8 2 (0.75%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 2 (0.75%) CSS3
8 2 (0.75%) Backbone.js
Miscellaneous
1 16 (5.99%) PKI
2 14 (5.24%) Data Conversion
2 14 (5.24%) Data Centre
3 10 (3.75%) Computer Science
4 9 (3.37%) Thin Client
4 9 (3.37%) Fat Client
5 8 (3.00%) Analytical Skills
5 8 (3.00%) Mainframe
6 7 (2.62%) Data Structures
6 7 (2.62%) Performance Metrics
7 5 (1.87%) IBM Mainframe
7 5 (1.87%) NHS
7 5 (1.87%) SCADA
7 5 (1.87%) Data Integration
8 4 (1.50%) iSeries
8 4 (1.50%) Life Science
8 4 (1.50%) Client/Server
8 4 (1.50%) Management Information System
9 3 (1.12%) Informatics
9 3 (1.12%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 39 (14.61%) Windows
2 18 (6.74%) VME
3 15 (5.62%) UNIX
4 13 (4.87%) Linux
5 10 (3.75%) CentOS
5 10 (3.75%) Windows Server 2012
6 9 (3.37%) Windows 7
7 8 (3.00%) Windows Server 2003
7 8 (3.00%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (1.87%) zOS
9 4 (1.50%) Solaris
10 3 (1.12%) Apple iOS
10 3 (1.12%) Android
11 2 (0.75%) Windows Mobile
12 1 (0.37%) Windows XP
12 1 (0.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.37%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.37%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (23.97%) Agile Software Development
2 45 (16.85%) Migration
3 41 (15.36%) User Acceptance Testing
4 37 (13.86%) Test Strategy
5 36 (13.48%) Test Scripting
6 30 (11.24%) Scrum
7 27 (10.11%) ITIL
7 27 (10.11%) PRINCE2
7 27 (10.11%) Automated Testing
8 26 (9.74%) Continuous Integration
9 23 (8.61%) Test Automation
10 22 (8.24%) Supplier Management
11 21 (7.87%) TDD
12 20 (7.49%) Stakeholder Management
12 20 (7.49%) Project Management
13 17 (6.37%) Regression Testing
13 17 (6.37%) Configuration Management
13 17 (6.37%) Waterfall
13 17 (6.37%) Integration Testing
14 16 (5.99%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 50 (18.73%) SQL
2 23 (8.61%) COBOL
3 15 (5.62%) Java
4 14 (5.24%) Groovy
5 9 (3.37%) T-SQL
6 6 (2.25%) C#
7 5 (1.87%) Assembly Language
7 5 (1.87%) REXX
7 5 (1.87%) JCL
8 4 (1.50%) VB
8 4 (1.50%) PHP
8 4 (1.50%) Ruby
9 3 (1.12%) C
9 3 (1.12%) JavaScript
10 2 (0.75%) PL/SQL
10 2 (0.75%) Objective-C
10 2 (0.75%) Python
11 1 (0.37%) X++
11 1 (0.37%) PowerShell
11 1 (0.37%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 32 (11.99%) ISEB
2 28 (10.49%) Security Cleared
3 20 (7.49%) ITIL Certification
4 18 (6.74%) Degree
5 16 (5.99%) SC Cleared
6 15 (5.62%) CISMP
6 15 (5.62%) CISSP
7 14 (5.24%) CISM
8 11 (4.12%) CCENT
9 8 (3.00%) ISTQB
9 8 (3.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 6 (2.25%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 6 (2.25%) Cisco Certification
11 5 (1.87%) CCIE
12 4 (1.50%) Microsoft Certification
12 4 (1.50%) CCA
12 4 (1.50%) Citrix Certification
12 4 (1.50%) MCSE
12 4 (1.50%) CCEE
12 4 (1.50%) CCAA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (11.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (2.62%) GMP
3 5 (1.87%) GAMP
4 3 (1.12%) ISO 9001
4 3 (1.12%) SLA
5 1 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.37%) P3O
System Software
1 19 (7.12%) Active Directory
2 13 (4.87%) XenApp
3 9 (3.37%) BitLocker
4 8 (3.00%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 8 (3.00%) MetaFrame
5 4 (1.50%) VMware Infrastructure
6 3 (1.12%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.75%) XenServer
7 2 (0.75%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.37%) vSphere
8 1 (0.37%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.37%) NFS
8 1 (0.37%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 10 (3.75%) SCCM
1 10 (3.75%) Puppet
1 10 (3.75%) Vagrant
2 5 (1.87%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.37%) MIMEsweeper
Vendors
1 32 (11.99%) Microsoft
2 23 (8.61%) Citrix
3 19 (7.12%) Cisco
4 18 (6.74%) CheckPoint
5 17 (6.37%) AppSense
6 16 (5.99%) Clearswift
6 16 (5.99%) Kaspersky
7 15 (5.62%) Red Hat
8 13 (4.87%) SAP
8 13 (4.87%) VMware
9 9 (3.37%) Wyse
10 8 (3.00%) IBM
10 8 (3.00%) Oracle
10 8 (3.00%) Business Objects
11 5 (1.87%) HP
11 5 (1.87%) Talend
11 5 (1.87%) Wonderware
12 4 (1.50%) Micro Focus
12 4 (1.50%) EMC
13 3 (1.12%) Temenos
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