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 3 June 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
3 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 37 64 68
Rank change year-on-year
+27 +4
Contract jobs citing QA 159 76 49
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 4.32% 2.41% 2.09%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 49.53% 37.25% 36.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 100 37 29
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £248
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +41.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £282 £299 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £506 £430 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Average hourly rate £35.00 £15.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+125.80% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £21.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+76.19% -8.70%
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
321 204 135
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 8.71% 6.47% 5.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 176 92 68
Average daily rate £354 £329 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.52% +19.54%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £282 £200 £127
10% offered a daily rate of more than £505 £485 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 21 15
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.75 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.76% -17.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.75 £11.05 £16.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.75 £39.25 £26.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.55 £21.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+2.61% +10.52%

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 3 June 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 3 June 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 +20 77 £325 -7.14% 33
Lancashire +20 25 £375 +15.38% 7
Merseyside +6 25 £500 - 7
Cheshire -12 24 £423 +12.66% 18
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 3 June 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 69 (26.34%) Agile Software Development
2 52 (19.85%) SQL
3 48 (18.32%) User Acceptance Testing
4 44 (16.79%) Migration
5 37 (14.12%) Test Strategy
6 35 (13.36%) Test Scripting
7 33 (12.60%) ISEB
8 32 (12.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 31 (11.83%) Selenium
9 31 (11.83%) Microsoft
9 31 (11.83%) Windows
10 29 (11.07%) Scrum
11 27 (10.31%) Finance
11 27 (10.31%) ITIL
12 25 (9.54%) SOAP
12 25 (9.54%) SoapUI
12 25 (9.54%) Security Cleared
13 23 (8.78%) Jenkins
13 23 (8.78%) Automated Testing
13 23 (8.78%) PRINCE2
13 23 (8.78%) Citrix
14 22 (8.40%) Firewall
14 22 (8.40%) Test Automation
15 21 (8.02%) Relational Database
15 21 (8.02%) TDD
16 20 (7.63%) ITIL Certification
16 20 (7.63%) RDBMS
16 20 (7.63%) WAN
16 20 (7.63%) Continuous Integration
17 19 (7.25%) Integration Testing

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Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 3 June 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 9 (3.44%) SharePoint
2 7 (2.67%) Apache
3 5 (1.91%) CICS
3 5 (1.91%) MQSeries
4 2 (0.76%) Tomcat
4 2 (0.76%) IIS
4 2 (0.76%) JBoss
4 2 (0.76%) CMS
4 2 (0.76%) SugarCRM
4 2 (0.76%) Umbraco
4 2 (0.76%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (0.38%) nginx
5 1 (0.38%) Node.js
5 1 (0.38%) OpenStack
5 1 (0.38%) MS Project Server
5 1 (0.38%) Jetty
5 1 (0.38%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.38%) IBM Notes
5 1 (0.38%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (0.38%) SAS
Applications
1 13 (4.96%) MS Office
2 10 (3.82%) MS Excel
3 4 (1.53%) MS Project
4 2 (0.76%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.38%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.38%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.38%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 2 (0.76%) Agresso
1 2 (0.76%) BusinessWorks
1 2 (0.76%) TRIRIGA
1 2 (0.76%) Temenos T24
2 1 (0.38%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.38%) Oracle 11i
2 1 (0.38%) Orchard Housing
2 1 (0.38%) Aareon QL
2 1 (0.38%) OPENHousing
2 1 (0.38%) MIS ActiveH
2 1 (0.38%) Northgate Housing
2 1 (0.38%) SAP FI
2 1 (0.38%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.38%) SAP FI/CO
2 1 (0.38%) Maximo
2 1 (0.38%) SAP CO
2 1 (0.38%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.38%) Academy Housing
2 1 (0.38%) arcHouse
2 1 (0.38%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 11 (4.20%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (2.29%) Amazon EC2
2 6 (2.29%) Amazon S3
2 6 (2.29%) Route 53
2 6 (2.29%) Amazon ELB
3 4 (1.53%) Office 365
4 2 (0.76%) SaaS
4 2 (0.76%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 22 (8.40%) Firewall
2 20 (7.63%) WAN
3 18 (6.87%) SSL
4 17 (6.49%) Network Security
4 17 (6.49%) Cisco ASA
5 10 (3.82%) VPN
6 8 (3.05%) LAN
7 4 (1.53%) TCP/IP
7 4 (1.53%) DNS
7 4 (1.53%) DHCP
7 4 (1.53%) SAN
8 2 (0.76%) Intranet
8 2 (0.76%) Wireless
9 1 (0.38%) Cisco IOS
9 1 (0.38%) Junos
9 1 (0.38%) Internet
9 1 (0.38%) MPLS
9 1 (0.38%) OSPF
9 1 (0.38%) BGP
9 1 (0.38%) RSVP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (8.02%) Relational Database
2 20 (7.63%) RDBMS
3 17 (6.49%) SQL Server
4 11 (4.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 10 (3.82%) Data Warehouse
6 8 (3.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 8 (3.05%) SQL Server 2012
7 6 (2.29%) Oracle Database
7 6 (2.29%) SQL Server 2008
7 6 (2.29%) MongoDB
8 5 (1.91%) DB2
9 4 (1.53%) Oracle Reports
9 4 (1.53%) Oracle Database 10g
9 4 (1.53%) PostgreSQL
10 3 (1.15%) SQLPlus
10 3 (1.15%) Oracle Database 11g
11 2 (0.76%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 2 (0.76%) NoSQL
11 2 (0.76%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
12 1 (0.38%) Oracle BI Publisher
Development Applications
1 31 (11.83%) Selenium
2 25 (9.54%) SoapUI
3 23 (8.78%) Jenkins
4 12 (4.58%) Subversion
5 10 (3.82%) Hudson
6 7 (2.67%) TeamCity
6 7 (2.67%) QuickTest Pro
7 6 (2.29%) Maven
7 6 (2.29%) Cucumber
7 6 (2.29%) WebDriver
8 5 (1.91%) Talend Open Studio
8 5 (1.91%) JIRA
8 5 (1.91%) Git (software)
8 5 (1.91%) LoadRunner
8 5 (1.91%) Visual Studio
9 4 (1.53%) Oracle Forms
9 4 (1.53%) Team Foundation Server
9 4 (1.53%) Appium
10 3 (1.15%) Calabash
10 3 (1.15%) Facilita Forecast
General
1 27 (10.31%) Finance
2 19 (7.25%) Banking
3 13 (4.96%) Retail
4 12 (4.58%) Manufacturing
5 8 (3.05%) Pharmaceutical
6 4 (1.53%) Billing
7 3 (1.15%) Telecoms
7 3 (1.15%) Marketing
8 2 (0.76%) Financial Institution
8 2 (0.76%) Advertising
9 1 (0.38%) Publishing
9 1 (0.38%) Games
9 1 (0.38%) Front Office
9 1 (0.38%) Back Office
9 1 (0.38%) Electronics
9 1 (0.38%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 86 (32.82%) Analyst
2 34 (12.98%) Test Manager
3 28 (10.69%) Tester
4 27 (10.31%) Technical Analyst
5 22 (8.40%) Test Analyst
5 22 (8.40%) Developer
6 14 (5.34%) QA Tester
6 14 (5.34%) Test Leader
7 13 (4.96%) Security Analyst
8 11 (4.20%) Project Manager
9 10 (3.82%) QA Analyst
10 9 (3.44%) Architect
10 9 (3.44%) SQL Developer
10 9 (3.44%) Test Engineer
11 8 (3.05%) Citrix Analyst
12 7 (2.67%) Automation Tester
12 7 (2.67%) Business Analyst
12 7 (2.67%) Consultant
13 6 (2.29%) Data Analyst
13 6 (2.29%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (9.54%) SOAP
2 14 (5.34%) Web Services
2 14 (5.34%) JSON
3 10 (3.82%) .NET
4 8 (3.05%) RESTful
5 7 (2.67%) Gherkin
5 7 (2.67%) J2EE
6 5 (1.91%) ISPF
7 4 (1.53%) Symfony
7 4 (1.53%) CodeIgniter
7 4 (1.53%) LAMP
8 3 (1.15%) XML
9 2 (0.76%) Spring
9 2 (0.76%) Ruby on Rails
9 2 (0.76%) Application Packaging
10 1 (0.38%) Servlets
10 1 (0.38%) OSGi
Miscellaneous
1 16 (6.11%) PKI
2 14 (5.34%) Data Conversion
2 14 (5.34%) Data Centre
3 10 (3.82%) Computer Science
4 9 (3.44%) Thin Client
4 9 (3.44%) Fat Client
5 8 (3.05%) Analytical Skills
5 8 (3.05%) NHS
6 7 (2.67%) Informatics
7 6 (2.29%) Mainframe
7 6 (2.29%) Management Information System
8 5 (1.91%) SCADA
8 5 (1.91%) IBM Mainframe
9 4 (1.53%) Data Integration
9 4 (1.53%) iSeries
9 4 (1.53%) Data Structures
9 4 (1.53%) Data Protection Act
9 4 (1.53%) Life Science
10 3 (1.15%) Performance Metrics
11 2 (0.76%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 31 (11.83%) Windows
2 14 (5.34%) VME
3 11 (4.20%) UNIX
3 11 (4.20%) Linux
4 10 (3.82%) Windows Server 2012
5 9 (3.44%) Windows 7
5 9 (3.44%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (3.05%) Windows Server 2003
7 6 (2.29%) CentOS
8 5 (1.91%) zOS
9 4 (1.53%) Solaris
10 3 (1.15%) VMS
10 3 (1.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.38%) Android
11 1 (0.38%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.38%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.38%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 69 (26.34%) Agile Software Development
2 48 (18.32%) User Acceptance Testing
3 44 (16.79%) Migration
4 37 (14.12%) Test Strategy
5 35 (13.36%) Test Scripting
6 29 (11.07%) Scrum
7 27 (10.31%) ITIL
8 23 (8.78%) PRINCE2
8 23 (8.78%) Automated Testing
9 22 (8.40%) Test Automation
10 21 (8.02%) TDD
11 20 (7.63%) Continuous Integration
12 19 (7.25%) Integration Testing
12 19 (7.25%) Supplier Management
12 19 (7.25%) Penetration Testing
12 19 (7.25%) Project Management
13 17 (6.49%) Waterfall
13 17 (6.49%) SDLC
14 16 (6.11%) Kalman Filter
14 16 (6.11%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 52 (19.85%) SQL
2 19 (7.25%) COBOL
3 15 (5.73%) Java
4 14 (5.34%) Groovy
5 9 (3.44%) T-SQL
6 6 (2.29%) PL/SQL
7 5 (1.91%) C#
7 5 (1.91%) Assembly Language
7 5 (1.91%) REXX
7 5 (1.91%) JCL
8 4 (1.53%) PHP
9 3 (1.15%) C
9 3 (1.15%) Ruby
10 2 (0.76%) VB
10 2 (0.76%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.38%) VBScript
11 1 (0.38%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.38%) ABAP
11 1 (0.38%) VBA
11 1 (0.38%) X++
Qualifications
1 33 (12.60%) ISEB
2 25 (9.54%) Security Cleared
3 20 (7.63%) ITIL Certification
4 17 (6.49%) Degree
5 15 (5.73%) CISMP
5 15 (5.73%) CISSP
5 15 (5.73%) SC Cleared
6 14 (5.34%) CISM
7 11 (4.20%) CCENT
8 9 (3.44%) ISTQB
9 5 (1.91%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (1.91%) CCIE
9 5 (1.91%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 4 (1.53%) CCEE
10 4 (1.53%) CCAA
10 4 (1.53%) CCA
10 4 (1.53%) Citrix Certification
10 4 (1.53%) Microsoft Certification
10 4 (1.53%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 4 (1.53%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (12.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 9 (3.44%) GMP
3 6 (2.29%) GAMP
4 2 (0.76%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.76%) SLA
5 1 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.38%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 1 (0.38%) COBIT
5 1 (0.38%) P3O
System Software
1 18 (6.87%) Active Directory
2 13 (4.96%) XenApp
3 9 (3.44%) BitLocker
4 8 (3.05%) MetaFrame
4 8 (3.05%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 3 (1.15%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (1.15%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.76%) XenServer
6 2 (0.76%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.38%) vSphere
7 1 (0.38%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.38%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 10 (3.82%) SCCM
2 6 (2.29%) Puppet
2 6 (2.29%) Vagrant
3 5 (1.91%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.38%) MIMEsweeper
Vendors
1 31 (11.83%) Microsoft
2 23 (8.78%) Citrix
3 18 (6.87%) CheckPoint
3 18 (6.87%) Cisco
4 17 (6.49%) AppSense
5 16 (6.11%) Clearswift
5 16 (6.11%) Kaspersky
6 13 (4.96%) Red Hat
7 12 (4.58%) VMware
8 11 (4.20%) Oracle
9 10 (3.82%) IBM
9 10 (3.82%) SAP
10 9 (3.44%) HP
10 9 (3.44%) Wyse
11 5 (1.91%) Wonderware
11 5 (1.91%) Talend
12 4 (1.53%) EMC
13 3 (1.15%) Business Objects
13 3 (1.15%) RightScale
14 2 (0.76%) Sitecore
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