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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 59 46 77
Rank change year-on-year
-13 +31
Contract jobs citing QA 98 140 66
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.85% 3.29% 2.09%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 38.43% 32.63% 23.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 85 39
Median daily rate £425 £388 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.67% +10.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £275 £299
10% offered a daily rate of more than £546 £492 £472
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Median hourly rate - - £13.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £18.68 £14.61
% change year-on-year
+33.83% +27.90%
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
255 429 278
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 7.41% 10.07% 8.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 151 276 157
Median daily rate £409 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.16% +5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £300 £214
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £675 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £408 £382
% change year-on-year
-1.84% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 21 24
Median hourly rate £60.75 £17.33 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+250.54% -8.78%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.19 £14.00 £9.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £85.59 £25.12 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.15 £24.75 £19.75
% change year-on-year
+13.73% +25.31%

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 28 August 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 28 August 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 -21 54 £435 +16.77% 27
Cheshire +5 24 £425 +9.67% 9
Lancashire +13 10 £450 +14.64% 2
Merseyside +8 7 £316 +201.19% 3
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 69 (35.94%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (20.31%) JIRA
3 38 (19.79%) Java
4 35 (18.23%) Selenium
5 34 (17.71%) Jenkins
5 34 (17.71%) Scrum
6 31 (16.15%) Oracle
7 28 (14.58%) Finance
8 26 (13.54%) Stakeholder Management
9 25 (13.02%) Web Services
10 24 (12.50%) SQL
10 24 (12.50%) Test Scripting
10 24 (12.50%) SDLC
11 23 (11.98%) ITIL
12 22 (11.46%) SQL Server
12 22 (11.46%) Project Management
12 22 (11.46%) Microsoft
12 22 (11.46%) BDD
12 22 (11.46%) Analytical Skills
13 21 (10.94%) TDD
14 19 (9.90%) Configuration Management
14 19 (9.90%) .NET
15 17 (8.85%) XML
15 17 (8.85%) Change Management
15 17 (8.85%) Cucumber
15 17 (8.85%) Degree
16 16 (8.33%) Windows
17 15 (7.81%) Linux
17 15 (7.81%) Web Development
17 15 (7.81%) 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 11 (5.73%) WebSphere
2 9 (4.69%) WebSphere Application Server
3 6 (3.13%) CMS
4 5 (2.60%) Tomcat
5 4 (2.08%) Apache
5 4 (2.08%) BizTalk Server
6 3 (1.56%) IIS
7 2 (1.04%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 2 (1.04%) Confluence
7 2 (1.04%) JBoss
8 1 (0.52%) Drupal
8 1 (0.52%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.52%) Joomla!
8 1 (0.52%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.52%) WordPress
Applications
1 9 (4.69%) MS Excel
2 8 (4.17%) MS Project
3 2 (1.04%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.52%) Mingle
4 1 (0.52%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (2.08%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (1.04%) Magento
3 1 (0.52%) OpenCart
3 1 (0.52%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.52%) SAP CO
3 1 (0.52%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.52%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (0.52%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.52%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 9 (4.69%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (2.60%) PaaS
3 4 (2.08%) GitHub
4 3 (1.56%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (1.56%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (1.56%) SaaS
5 2 (1.04%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (1.04%) IaaS
6 1 (0.52%) Amazon ElastiCache
Communications & Networking
1 14 (7.29%) Firewall
1 14 (7.29%) Network Security
2 8 (4.17%) Cisco ASA
2 8 (4.17%) SSL
3 6 (3.13%) VoIP
4 5 (2.60%) WAN
5 3 (1.56%) DNS
5 3 (1.56%) HTTP
5 3 (1.56%) Internet
5 3 (1.56%) PuTTY
5 3 (1.56%) WinSCP
6 2 (1.04%) DHCP
6 2 (1.04%) FTP
7 1 (0.52%) 802.15
7 1 (0.52%) IPv6
7 1 (0.52%) LAN
7 1 (0.52%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (11.46%) SQL Server
2 10 (5.21%) PostgreSQL
3 9 (4.69%) MongoDB
4 7 (3.65%) MySQL
4 7 (3.65%) Oracle Reports
5 6 (3.13%) Data Warehouse
6 4 (2.08%) Big Data
7 2 (1.04%) BusinessObjects
7 2 (1.04%) Oracle BI Publisher
7 2 (1.04%) Oracle Database
7 2 (1.04%) SQL Server 2014
7 2 (1.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.52%) DTS
8 1 (0.52%) GIS
8 1 (0.52%) SAP BW
8 1 (0.52%) SQL Server 2000
8 1 (0.52%) SQL Server 2005
8 1 (0.52%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 39 (20.31%) JIRA
2 35 (18.23%) Selenium
3 34 (17.71%) Jenkins
4 17 (8.85%) Cucumber
5 11 (5.73%) JUnit
5 11 (5.73%) Mocha
6 9 (4.69%) Git (software)
7 8 (4.17%) WebDriver
8 4 (2.08%) Ant
8 4 (2.08%) JMeter
8 4 (2.08%) SoapUI
9 3 (1.56%) Appium
9 3 (1.56%) CaliberRM
9 3 (1.56%) LoadRunner
9 3 (1.56%) Maven
9 3 (1.56%) TortoiseSVN
9 3 (1.56%) WATIR
10 2 (1.04%) Gradle
10 2 (1.04%) HP UFT
10 2 (1.04%) TestNG
General
1 28 (14.58%) Finance
2 11 (5.73%) Banking
3 7 (3.65%) Retail
4 5 (2.60%) Games
5 4 (2.08%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.56%) Legal
6 3 (1.56%) Marketing
6 3 (1.56%) Telecoms
7 2 (1.04%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.52%) Advertising
8 1 (0.52%) Electronics
8 1 (0.52%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 43 (22.40%) Analyst
2 27 (14.06%) Developer
3 19 (9.90%) Test Analyst
4 16 (8.33%) Business Analyst
4 16 (8.33%) Project Manager
4 16 (8.33%) Tester
5 12 (6.25%) Test Manager
6 10 (5.21%) Node.js Developer
6 10 (5.21%) QA Tester
7 9 (4.69%) QA Analyst
8 7 (3.65%) Environment Manager
8 7 (3.65%) QA Engineer
8 7 (3.65%) QA Test Analyst
8 7 (3.65%) Security Manager
9 6 (3.13%) Consultant
9 6 (3.13%) DevOps Engineer
9 6 (3.13%) IT Manager
9 6 (3.13%) Network Security Manager
10 5 (2.60%) SQL Analyst
10 5 (2.60%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (13.02%) Web Services
2 19 (9.90%) .NET
3 17 (8.85%) XML
4 13 (6.77%) Middleware
5 12 (6.25%) Node.js
5 12 (6.25%) RESTful
6 11 (5.73%) Express
7 10 (5.21%) EJB
7 10 (5.21%) HTML
7 10 (5.21%) J2EE
8 9 (4.69%) Hibernate
8 9 (4.69%) JAXB
8 9 (4.69%) VXML
8 9 (4.69%) XSLT
9 8 (4.17%) ASP.NET
9 8 (4.17%) RabbitMQ
10 7 (3.65%) ASP.NET MVC
11 5 (2.60%) CSS
11 5 (2.60%) Gherkin
11 5 (2.60%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 22 (11.46%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (4.69%) Computer Science
2 9 (4.69%) IVR
2 9 (4.69%) Mainframe
3 8 (4.17%) Data Structures
3 8 (4.17%) PKI
4 7 (3.65%) Data Centre
5 4 (2.08%) Biometrics
5 4 (2.08%) Digital Media
5 4 (2.08%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (1.56%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.56%) Mobile App
6 3 (1.56%) Performance Metrics
6 3 (1.56%) User Experience
7 2 (1.04%) Life Science
7 2 (1.04%) Mobile Games
7 2 (1.04%) SWIFT
8 1 (0.52%) CMDB
8 1 (0.52%) Data Integration
8 1 (0.52%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 16 (8.33%) Windows
2 15 (7.81%) Linux
3 11 (5.73%) AIX
3 11 (5.73%) Unix
4 5 (2.60%) CentOS
5 1 (0.52%) Android
5 1 (0.52%) Solaris
5 1 (0.52%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (0.52%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (0.52%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 69 (35.94%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (17.71%) Scrum
3 26 (13.54%) Stakeholder Management
4 24 (12.50%) SDLC
4 24 (12.50%) Test Scripting
5 23 (11.98%) ITIL
6 22 (11.46%) BDD
6 22 (11.46%) Project Management
7 21 (10.94%) TDD
8 19 (9.90%) Configuration Management
9 17 (8.85%) Change Management
10 15 (7.81%) User Stories
10 15 (7.81%) Web Development
11 14 (7.29%) Automation Testing
11 14 (7.29%) CRM
12 13 (6.77%) Migration
12 13 (6.77%) Time Management
12 13 (6.77%) User Acceptance Testing
13 12 (6.25%) Coaching
13 12 (6.25%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 38 (19.79%) Java
2 24 (12.50%) SQL
3 14 (7.29%) PHP
4 11 (5.73%) Ruby
5 10 (5.21%) JavaScript
6 9 (4.69%) C#
7 5 (2.60%) T-SQL
8 4 (2.08%) Python
9 2 (1.04%) C
9 2 (1.04%) C++
9 2 (1.04%) Go
9 2 (1.04%) PL/SQL
9 2 (1.04%) Shell Script
9 2 (1.04%) STATISTICA Visual Basic
10 1 (0.52%) PowerShell
10 1 (0.52%) VB
10 1 (0.52%) X++
Qualifications
1 17 (8.85%) Degree
2 9 (4.69%) ISEB
2 9 (4.69%) Security Cleared
3 8 (4.17%) ITIL Certification
4 7 (3.65%) SC Cleared
5 6 (3.13%) CCNP
5 6 (3.13%) Cisco Certification
6 4 (2.08%) BPSS Clearance
6 4 (2.08%) ISTQB
6 4 (2.08%) PMI Certification
6 4 (2.08%) PMP
7 3 (1.56%) CISSP
7 3 (1.56%) DBS Check
7 3 (1.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 2 (1.04%) CCENT
8 2 (1.04%) CESG Certified Professional
8 2 (1.04%) CISM
8 2 (1.04%) CISMP
8 2 (1.04%) CLAS
8 2 (1.04%) Siebel Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (4.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (1.56%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.52%) AIFMD
3 1 (0.52%) COBIT
3 1 (0.52%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.52%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.52%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.52%) PMBOK
3 1 (0.52%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.52%) SDET
3 1 (0.52%) SLA
3 1 (0.52%) UCITS
System Software
1 10 (5.21%) Docker
2 3 (1.56%) Active Directory
2 3 (1.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.52%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 10 (5.21%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (4.17%) Puppet
2 8 (4.17%) SmoothWall
3 3 (1.56%) vRealize
4 1 (0.52%) Ansible
4 1 (0.52%) Nessus
Vendors
1 31 (16.15%) Oracle
2 22 (11.46%) Microsoft
3 11 (5.73%) CheckPoint
4 10 (5.21%) Avaya
5 9 (4.69%) HP
6 8 (4.17%) Cisco
6 8 (4.17%) Clearswift
6 8 (4.17%) VMware
7 6 (3.13%) IBM
7 6 (3.13%) RightScale
8 5 (2.60%) SAP
8 5 (2.60%) Siebel
9 4 (2.08%) Ab Initio
9 4 (2.08%) Nortel
9 4 (2.08%) PeopleSoft
10 3 (1.56%) ATG
10 3 (1.56%) ForgeRock
10 3 (1.56%) Salesforce.com
10 3 (1.56%) Sitecore
11 2 (1.04%) Kaspersky
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