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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 48 72 68
Rank change year-on-year
+24 -4
Contract jobs citing QA 128 72 53
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 3.31% 2.27% 2.16%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 46.89% 30.64% 36.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 36 36
Average daily rate
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£325 £369 £243
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.86% +52.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £268 £133
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £369
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.42% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Average hourly rate £35.00 £18.00 £9.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+94.44% +89.47%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £16.00 £26.75
% change year-on-year
+96.50% -40.18%
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
273 235 146
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 7.07% 7.42% 5.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 127 114 77
Average daily rate £350 £364 £243
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.78% +50.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £222 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £468 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £365 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.10% +10.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 21 12
Average hourly rate £15.50 £17.75 £24.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.67% -26.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £11.05 £10.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £51.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.03 £18.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+22.36% +5.88%

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 17 April 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 17 April 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 +21 77 £325 -7.14% 26
Cheshire -2 30 £440 +13.54% 16
Lancashire +3 8 £296 -5.28% 2
Merseyside -16 4 £220 - 2
Cumbria - - - - 1
QA
England

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 43 (19.20%) Agile Software Development
2 41 (18.30%) SQL
3 38 (16.96%) Finance
4 34 (15.18%) Microsoft
5 30 (13.39%) Selenium
5 30 (13.39%) User Acceptance Testing
6 27 (12.05%) Windows
6 27 (12.05%) Project Management
7 25 (11.16%) ITIL
8 24 (10.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 23 (10.27%) Migration
10 21 (9.38%) Stakeholder Management
11 20 (8.93%) Firewall
11 20 (8.93%) Citrix
12 19 (8.48%) SOAP
12 19 (8.48%) TDD
12 19 (8.48%) Banking
12 19 (8.48%) SoapUI
12 19 (8.48%) Jenkins
13 18 (8.04%) ITIL Certification
14 17 (7.59%) WAN
14 17 (7.59%) Penetration Testing
15 16 (7.14%) Test Strategy
15 16 (7.14%) MS Excel
15 16 (7.14%) Java
15 16 (7.14%) ISEB
15 16 (7.14%) CISSP
16 15 (6.70%) Oracle
16 15 (6.70%) Manufacturing
16 15 (6.70%) SIEM

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Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 12 (5.36%) SharePoint
2 7 (3.13%) Apache
3 5 (2.23%) CICS
3 5 (2.23%) MQSeries
4 3 (1.34%) JBoss
5 2 (0.89%) Tomcat
5 2 (0.89%) IIS
5 2 (0.89%) CMS
5 2 (0.89%) SugarCRM
5 2 (0.89%) Umbraco
5 2 (0.89%) Sitecore CMS
6 1 (0.45%) nginx
6 1 (0.45%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.45%) MS Project Server
6 1 (0.45%) Jetty
6 1 (0.45%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.45%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 1 (0.45%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 16 (7.14%) MS Excel
2 13 (5.80%) MS Office
3 9 (4.02%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (1.79%) Spreadsheet
4 4 (1.79%) MS Project
5 2 (0.89%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.45%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 3 (1.34%) Dynamics AX
1 3 (1.34%) Oracle Retail
2 2 (0.89%) TRIRIGA
2 2 (0.89%) Oracle 11i
2 2 (0.89%) Agresso
2 2 (0.89%) BusinessWorks
3 1 (0.45%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.45%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.45%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (0.45%) SAP CO
3 1 (0.45%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 8 (3.57%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (1.79%) Amazon EC2
2 4 (1.79%) Amazon S3
2 4 (1.79%) Office 365
2 4 (1.79%) Route 53
2 4 (1.79%) Amazon ELB
3 2 (0.89%) SaaS
3 2 (0.89%) PaaS
4 1 (0.45%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 20 (8.93%) Firewall
2 17 (7.59%) WAN
3 14 (6.25%) SSL
4 13 (5.80%) Network Security
4 13 (5.80%) Cisco ASA
5 10 (4.46%) VPN
6 8 (3.57%) LAN
7 4 (1.79%) TCP/IP
7 4 (1.79%) SAN
8 3 (1.34%) DNS
8 3 (1.34%) DHCP
9 2 (0.89%) Intranet
9 2 (0.89%) Internet
9 2 (0.89%) Wireless
10 1 (0.45%) Cisco IOS
10 1 (0.45%) Junos
10 1 (0.45%) iBeacon
10 1 (0.45%) MPLS
10 1 (0.45%) OSPF
10 1 (0.45%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (5.36%) SQL Server
1 12 (5.36%) Data Warehouse
2 9 (4.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 9 (4.02%) Relational Database
3 8 (3.57%) RDBMS
4 7 (3.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 7 (3.13%) Oracle Database
5 5 (2.23%) PostgreSQL
5 5 (2.23%) SQL Server 2012
5 5 (2.23%) SQL Server 2008
5 5 (2.23%) Oracle Database 10g
5 5 (2.23%) DB2
5 5 (2.23%) Oracle Reports
6 4 (1.79%) Oracle Database 11g
6 4 (1.79%) SQLPlus
7 3 (1.34%) MongoDB
8 2 (0.89%) Big Data
8 2 (0.89%) Oracle BI Publisher
8 2 (0.89%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
8 2 (0.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 30 (13.39%) Selenium
2 19 (8.48%) SoapUI
2 19 (8.48%) Jenkins
3 10 (4.46%) Subversion
4 8 (3.57%) Hudson
5 7 (3.13%) WebDriver
6 6 (2.68%) TeamCity
6 6 (2.68%) Git (software)
6 6 (2.68%) QuickTest Pro
7 5 (2.23%) Oracle Forms
7 5 (2.23%) Cucumber
8 4 (1.79%) Talend Open Studio
8 4 (1.79%) Team Foundation Server
8 4 (1.79%) Maven
8 4 (1.79%) JIRA
8 4 (1.79%) Oracle APEX
9 3 (1.34%) SpecFlow
10 2 (0.89%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 2 (0.89%) Appium
10 2 (0.89%) Toad
General
1 38 (16.96%) Finance
2 19 (8.48%) Banking
3 15 (6.70%) Manufacturing
4 12 (5.36%) Retail
5 8 (3.57%) Pharmaceutical
6 5 (2.23%) Advertising
7 4 (1.79%) Billing
7 4 (1.79%) Telecoms
8 2 (0.89%) Marketing
8 2 (0.89%) Investment Banking
8 2 (0.89%) Games
8 2 (0.89%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.45%) Front Office
9 1 (0.45%) Back Office
9 1 (0.45%) Electronics
9 1 (0.45%) Legal
9 1 (0.45%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 84 (37.50%) Analyst
2 27 (12.05%) Tester
3 23 (10.27%) Technical Analyst
4 19 (8.48%) Developer
4 19 (8.48%) Test Analyst
5 14 (6.25%) QA Tester
6 13 (5.80%) Project Manager
7 11 (4.91%) Security Analyst
8 10 (4.46%) Test Manager
9 9 (4.02%) Business Analyst
9 9 (4.02%) Consultant
9 9 (4.02%) QA Analyst
10 8 (3.57%) PMO Analyst
10 8 (3.57%) Citrix Analyst
10 8 (3.57%) SQL Developer
11 7 (3.13%) Architect
11 7 (3.13%) Automation Tester
11 7 (3.13%) Test Leader
12 6 (2.68%) QA Engineer
12 6 (2.68%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (8.48%) SOAP
2 14 (6.25%) Web Services
3 11 (4.91%) .NET
3 11 (4.91%) JSON
4 7 (3.13%) J2EE
4 7 (3.13%) Gherkin
5 6 (2.68%) RESTful
6 5 (2.23%) ISPF
7 4 (1.79%) Symfony
7 4 (1.79%) CodeIgniter
7 4 (1.79%) LAMP
8 3 (1.34%) XML
9 2 (0.89%) Spring
9 2 (0.89%) Ruby on Rails
10 1 (0.45%) Application Packaging
10 1 (0.45%) Servlets
10 1 (0.45%) OSGi
Miscellaneous
1 12 (5.36%) PKI
2 10 (4.46%) Open Source
3 9 (4.02%) Analytical Skills
4 8 (3.57%) Computer Science
4 8 (3.57%) NHS
5 7 (3.13%) Informatics
6 6 (2.68%) Mainframe
6 6 (2.68%) Management Information System
7 5 (2.23%) Thin Client
7 5 (2.23%) SCADA
7 5 (2.23%) Data Integration
7 5 (2.23%) Fat Client
7 5 (2.23%) IBM Mainframe
8 4 (1.79%) iSeries
8 4 (1.79%) Biometrics
8 4 (1.79%) IVR
9 3 (1.34%) PMI
9 3 (1.34%) Life Science
9 3 (1.34%) Enterprise Software
10 2 (0.89%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 27 (12.05%) Windows
2 13 (5.80%) Linux
3 11 (4.91%) UNIX
4 10 (4.46%) Windows Server 2008
4 10 (4.46%) Windows Server 2012
5 8 (3.57%) Windows Server 2003
6 5 (2.23%) CentOS
6 5 (2.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 5 (2.23%) Windows 7
6 5 (2.23%) zOS
7 4 (1.79%) VMS
7 4 (1.79%) Solaris
8 2 (0.89%) HPUX
9 1 (0.45%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (19.20%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (13.39%) User Acceptance Testing
3 27 (12.05%) Project Management
4 25 (11.16%) ITIL
5 23 (10.27%) Migration
6 21 (9.38%) Stakeholder Management
7 19 (8.48%) TDD
8 17 (7.59%) Penetration Testing
9 16 (7.14%) Test Strategy
10 15 (6.70%) SIEM
10 15 (6.70%) Kalman Filter
10 15 (6.70%) Unit Testing
11 14 (6.25%) Integration Testing
11 14 (6.25%) Test Scripting
12 13 (5.80%) Regression Testing
12 13 (5.80%) ERP
12 13 (5.80%) ETL
12 13 (5.80%) Business Intelligence
12 13 (5.80%) Mentoring
12 13 (5.80%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 41 (18.30%) SQL
2 16 (7.14%) Java
3 12 (5.36%) Groovy
4 9 (4.02%) T-SQL
5 7 (3.13%) C#
6 6 (2.68%) JCL
7 5 (2.23%) Assembly Language
7 5 (2.23%) REXX
7 5 (2.23%) COBOL
7 5 (2.23%) PHP
7 5 (2.23%) PL/SQL
8 4 (1.79%) Ruby
9 3 (1.34%) JavaScript
10 2 (0.89%) C
10 2 (0.89%) VBScript
10 2 (0.89%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.45%) PowerShell
11 1 (0.45%) VB
11 1 (0.45%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.45%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 18 (8.04%) ITIL Certification
2 16 (7.14%) ISEB
2 16 (7.14%) CISSP
3 13 (5.80%) CISMP
3 13 (5.80%) Degree
4 12 (5.36%) CISM
4 12 (5.36%) Security Cleared
5 10 (4.46%) CCENT
6 8 (3.57%) ISTQB
7 6 (2.68%) SC Cleared
8 5 (2.23%) Cisco Certification
8 5 (2.23%) CCIE
9 4 (1.79%) CCA
9 4 (1.79%) Citrix Certification
9 4 (1.79%) Microsoft Certification
9 4 (1.79%) MCSE
9 4 (1.79%) CCEE
9 4 (1.79%) CCAA
10 3 (1.34%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 3 (1.34%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (10.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (3.57%) GMP
3 6 (2.68%) GAMP
4 1 (0.45%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 1 (0.45%) SLA
4 1 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.45%) COBIT
4 1 (0.45%) P3O
System Software
1 14 (6.25%) Active Directory
2 12 (5.36%) XenApp
3 8 (3.57%) MetaFrame
3 8 (3.57%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 5 (2.23%) BitLocker
5 3 (1.34%) VMware Infrastructure
6 2 (0.89%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.89%) XenServer
6 2 (0.89%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.45%) vSphere
7 1 (0.45%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.45%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
7 1 (0.45%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 6 (2.68%) SCCM
2 5 (2.23%) Puppet
2 5 (2.23%) Vagrant
3 3 (1.34%) Nessus
3 3 (1.34%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.45%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.45%) MIMEsweeper
4 1 (0.45%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 34 (15.18%) Microsoft
2 20 (8.93%) Citrix
3 15 (6.70%) Oracle
4 14 (6.25%) Cisco
4 14 (6.25%) CheckPoint
5 13 (5.80%) Clearswift
5 13 (5.80%) Red Hat
5 13 (5.80%) AppSense
6 12 (5.36%) Kaspersky
7 9 (4.02%) VMware
7 9 (4.02%) SAP
8 8 (3.57%) IBM
9 7 (3.13%) HP
10 5 (2.23%) CA
10 5 (2.23%) Wyse
10 5 (2.23%) Wonderware
10 5 (2.23%) Tableau
11 4 (1.79%) Talend
11 4 (1.79%) RightScale
11 4 (1.79%) EMC
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