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 29 April 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.

3 months to
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 85 48 73
Rank change year-on-year
-37 +25
Contract jobs citing QA 84 130 73
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.09% 3.35% 2.36%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 26.75% 38.12% 28.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 71 36
Average daily rate £378 £330 £369
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.46% -10.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £277 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £523 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £358 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.89% +2.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +94.44%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.30 £36.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-47.13% +14.06%
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
314 341 260
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 7.81% 8.78% 8.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 195 176 126
Average daily rate £400 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £275 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £579 £525 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £385 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +4.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 21 28
Average hourly rate £82.50 £35.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+135.71% +112.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.15 £14.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £85.59 £60.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £29.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
+13.79% +48.71%

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 29 April 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 29 April 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 -24 50 £378 +16.23% 39
Cheshire -14 21 £433 +1.76% 8
Lancashire -4 5 £281 -4.98% 4
Merseyside 0 2 £313 +42.04%
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 April 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 78 (39.80%) Agile Software Development
2 46 (23.47%) Finance
3 44 (22.45%) Selenium
4 42 (21.43%) Java
5 41 (20.92%) JIRA
6 36 (18.37%) Test Scripting
7 35 (17.86%) Scrum
8 31 (15.82%) SQL
9 29 (14.80%) BDD
10 27 (13.78%) Project Management
11 26 (13.27%) TDD
12 23 (11.73%) Stakeholder Management
12 23 (11.73%) Cucumber
12 23 (11.73%) Software Testing
12 23 (11.73%) Degree
13 22 (11.22%) Retail
13 22 (11.22%) SQL Server
14 21 (10.71%) Web Services
14 21 (10.71%) Oracle
14 21 (10.71%) Microsoft
14 21 (10.71%) Regression Testing
15 20 (10.20%) Automated Testing
15 20 (10.20%) User Acceptance Testing
16 19 (9.69%) Automation Testing
16 19 (9.69%) SDLC
17 18 (9.18%) Functional Testing
17 18 (9.18%) Banking
17 18 (9.18%) .NET
18 16 (8.16%) WebDriver
19 15 (7.65%) Waterfall

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 29 April 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 11 (5.61%) WebSphere
2 9 (4.59%) Node.js
3 7 (3.57%) Tomcat
4 6 (3.06%) WebSphere Application Server
5 5 (2.55%) GeoServer
5 5 (2.55%) SharePoint
6 4 (2.04%) Apache
6 4 (2.04%) CICS
7 3 (1.53%) IIS
8 2 (1.02%) Confluence
9 1 (0.51%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 10 (5.10%) MS Project
2 8 (4.08%) MS Excel
3 6 (3.06%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (2.55%) MS Office
5 3 (1.53%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.51%) FrameMaker
6 1 (0.51%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 7 (3.57%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (1.53%) Magento
2 3 (1.53%) SAP SD
3 2 (1.02%) CA PPM
3 2 (1.02%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.51%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.51%) SAP CO
4 1 (0.51%) SAP FI
4 1 (0.51%) SAP FI/CO
4 1 (0.51%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.04%) GitHub
2 3 (1.53%) SaaS
3 2 (1.02%) Amazon ElastiCache
3 2 (1.02%) IaaS
3 2 (1.02%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (4.08%) HTTP
2 4 (2.04%) Firewall
2 4 (2.04%) Internet
3 2 (1.02%) DHCP
3 2 (1.02%) PuTTY
3 2 (1.02%) TCP/IP
3 2 (1.02%) WinSCP
4 1 (0.51%) Intranet
4 1 (0.51%) Junos
4 1 (0.51%) LAN
4 1 (0.51%) Network Security
4 1 (0.51%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (11.22%) SQL Server
2 10 (5.10%) Oracle Database
3 9 (4.59%) PostgreSQL
4 6 (3.06%) Data Warehouse
5 5 (2.55%) GIS
5 5 (2.55%) MySQL
5 5 (2.55%) NoSQL
5 5 (2.55%) Oracle Reports
6 3 (1.53%) Big Data
6 3 (1.53%) MongoDB
6 3 (1.53%) Relational Database
6 3 (1.53%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (1.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (1.02%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 2 (1.02%) QGIS
7 2 (1.02%) RDBMS
7 2 (1.02%) Redis
7 2 (1.02%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (1.02%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (1.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 44 (22.45%) Selenium
2 41 (20.92%) JIRA
3 23 (11.73%) Cucumber
4 16 (8.16%) WebDriver
5 13 (6.63%) Jenkins
6 9 (4.59%) Gradle
6 9 (4.59%) Maven
7 8 (4.08%) Toad
8 7 (3.57%) JBehave
8 7 (3.57%) Mocha
8 7 (3.57%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 6 (3.06%) Team Foundation Server
9 6 (3.06%) Visual Studio
10 5 (2.55%) Git (software)
10 5 (2.55%) SoapUI
11 4 (2.04%) eggPlant
11 4 (2.04%) HP UFT
12 3 (1.53%) Ant
12 3 (1.53%) JMeter
12 3 (1.53%) JUnit
General
1 46 (23.47%) Finance
2 22 (11.22%) Retail
3 18 (9.18%) Banking
4 7 (3.57%) Games
4 7 (3.57%) Legal
5 5 (2.55%) Pharmaceutical
6 4 (2.04%) Marketing
7 2 (1.02%) Electronics
7 2 (1.02%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.02%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.51%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.51%) Back Office
8 1 (0.51%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.51%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 51 (26.02%) Analyst
2 32 (16.33%) Test Analyst
3 25 (12.76%) Developer
4 22 (11.22%) Tester
5 18 (9.18%) Project Manager
6 17 (8.67%) QA Analyst
6 17 (8.67%) QA Engineer
7 16 (8.16%) Architect
7 16 (8.16%) Test Manager
8 15 (7.65%) QA Test Analyst
8 15 (7.65%) QA Tester
9 13 (6.63%) Business Analyst
10 10 (5.10%) Consultant
10 10 (5.10%) QA Manager
11 8 (4.08%) QA Test Manager
11 8 (4.08%) Test Engineer
12 7 (3.57%) Node.js Developer
12 7 (3.57%) SQL Analyst
13 6 (3.06%) Performance Test Manager
13 6 (3.06%) Test Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (10.71%) Web Services
2 18 (9.18%) .NET
3 10 (5.10%) Middleware
3 10 (5.10%) RESTful
3 10 (5.10%) XML
4 9 (4.59%) AngularJS
5 8 (4.08%) HTML
5 8 (4.08%) REST
6 7 (3.57%) Express
7 5 (2.55%) CSS
7 5 (2.55%) J2EE
7 5 (2.55%) PostGIS
7 5 (2.55%) RabbitMQ
8 4 (2.04%) ASP.NET
8 4 (2.04%) ASP.NET MVC
8 4 (2.04%) EJB
8 4 (2.04%) SOAP
8 4 (2.04%) Spring
8 4 (2.04%) Spring Boot
9 3 (1.53%) OpenLayers
Miscellaneous
1 12 (6.12%) Computer Science
2 11 (5.61%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (3.06%) Mainframe
4 4 (2.04%) Clustering
4 4 (2.04%) Mobile App
5 3 (1.53%) Data Centre
5 3 (1.53%) Data Extraction
5 3 (1.53%) Data Structures
6 2 (1.02%) Contactless
6 2 (1.02%) IVR
6 2 (1.02%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.02%) Performance Metrics
6 2 (1.02%) Replication
6 2 (1.02%) SWIFT
7 1 (0.51%) BBC
7 1 (0.51%) Digital Media
7 1 (0.51%) Mobile Games
7 1 (0.51%) Public Cloud
7 1 (0.51%) User Experience
7 1 (0.51%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 14 (7.14%) Linux
1 14 (7.14%) Windows
2 7 (3.57%) Windows Server 2012
3 4 (2.04%) AIX
4 3 (1.53%) Android
4 3 (1.53%) Apple iOS
4 3 (1.53%) CentOS
4 3 (1.53%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (1.53%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (1.02%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.51%) MVS
6 1 (0.51%) Unix
6 1 (0.51%) VME
6 1 (0.51%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 78 (39.80%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (18.37%) Test Scripting
3 35 (17.86%) Scrum
4 29 (14.80%) BDD
5 27 (13.78%) Project Management
6 26 (13.27%) TDD
7 23 (11.73%) Software Testing
7 23 (11.73%) Stakeholder Management
8 21 (10.71%) Regression Testing
9 20 (10.20%) Automated Testing
9 20 (10.20%) User Acceptance Testing
10 19 (9.69%) Automation Testing
10 19 (9.69%) SDLC
11 18 (9.18%) Functional Testing
12 15 (7.65%) Waterfall
13 14 (7.14%) Change Management
13 14 (7.14%) Open Source
13 14 (7.14%) Test Automation
14 13 (6.63%) Configuration Management
14 13 (6.63%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 42 (21.43%) Java
2 31 (15.82%) SQL
3 15 (7.65%) JavaScript
4 11 (5.61%) C#
5 10 (5.10%) Python
6 9 (4.59%) T-SQL
7 8 (4.08%) PHP
8 7 (3.57%) C++
8 7 (3.57%) Ruby
9 5 (2.55%) PL/SQL
10 3 (1.53%) C
10 3 (1.53%) Shell Script
11 2 (1.02%) Go
11 2 (1.02%) Groovy
12 1 (0.51%) ANSI SQL
12 1 (0.51%) JCL
12 1 (0.51%) PowerShell
12 1 (0.51%) R
Qualifications
1 23 (11.73%) Degree
2 10 (5.10%) ISEB
3 8 (4.08%) ISTQB
4 7 (3.57%) Security Cleared
5 6 (3.06%) BPSS Clearance
6 5 (2.55%) PMI Certification
6 5 (2.55%) PMP
7 4 (2.04%) HND
7 4 (2.04%) SC Cleared
8 3 (1.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 2 (1.02%) MCSA
9 2 (1.02%) MCSE
9 2 (1.02%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (1.02%) PhD
10 1 (0.51%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.51%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.51%) JNCIE
10 1 (0.51%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (1.53%) 21 CFR Part 11
1 3 (1.53%) GAMP
1 3 (1.53%) GMP
2 1 (0.51%) AIFMD
2 1 (0.51%) COBIT
2 1 (0.51%) Def Stans
2 1 (0.51%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.51%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.51%) PMBOK
2 1 (0.51%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (0.51%) SDET
2 1 (0.51%) SLA
2 1 (0.51%) UCITS
System Software
1 12 (6.12%) Docker
2 2 (1.02%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.02%) Hyper-V
2 2 (1.02%) Microsoft Virtual Server
2 2 (1.02%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.51%) RACF
3 1 (0.51%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 11 (5.61%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (2.55%) Puppet
3 4 (2.04%) Tivoli
4 3 (1.53%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (1.53%) vRealize
5 2 (1.02%) Ansible
5 2 (1.02%) WSUS
6 1 (0.51%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 21 (10.71%) Microsoft
1 21 (10.71%) Oracle
2 11 (5.61%) HP
3 8 (4.08%) SAP
4 6 (3.06%) Telerik
5 5 (2.55%) IBM
5 5 (2.55%) PeopleSoft
6 4 (2.04%) VMware
7 3 (1.53%) CA
7 3 (1.53%) Citrix
7 3 (1.53%) ESRI
8 2 (1.02%) Actimize
9 1 (0.51%) Cisco
9 1 (0.51%) Fujitsu
9 1 (0.51%) hybris
9 1 (0.51%) Juniper
9 1 (0.51%) Progress
9 1 (0.51%) Redback
9 1 (0.51%) RedGate
9 1 (0.51%) Zend
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