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 27 March 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 46 80 72
Rank change year-on-year
+34 -8
Contract jobs citing QA 125 55 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 3.47% 1.94% 1.97%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 44.64% 25.23% 33.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 75 30 30
Average daily rate
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£340 £350 £243
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% +44.32%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £454 £453 £364
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £18.00 £9.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +89.47%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.50 £18.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+102.77% -34.54%
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
280 218 136
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 7.76% 7.69% 5.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 139 109 65
Average daily rate £375 £375 £243
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +54.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £264 £223 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £475 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £370 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.05% +12.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 18 8
Average hourly rate £15.75 £19.50 £12.79
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.23% +52.46%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.55 £11.63 £9.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £55.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.40 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+29.31% -5.94%

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 27 March 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 27 March 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 +25 70 £325 +4.00% 42
Cheshire +8 27 £450 +14.28% 14
Lancashire +2 10 £300 +20.00% 1
Merseyside -12 6 £248 - 4
Cumbria - - - -
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 39 (18.31%) SQL
2 36 (16.90%) Finance
2 36 (16.90%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (12.68%) Selenium
4 26 (12.21%) Jenkins
5 25 (11.74%) Windows
5 25 (11.74%) Microsoft
6 24 (11.27%) Project Management
7 23 (10.80%) User Acceptance Testing
8 22 (10.33%) ITIL
9 20 (9.39%) Firewall
9 20 (9.39%) Red Hat
10 19 (8.92%) SOAP
10 19 (8.92%) Oracle
10 19 (8.92%) SoapUI
11 18 (8.45%) Citrix
11 18 (8.45%) Stakeholder Management
11 18 (8.45%) TDD
11 18 (8.45%) Banking
12 17 (7.98%) Linux
12 17 (7.98%) Test Strategy
13 15 (7.04%) Unit Testing
13 15 (7.04%) Integration Testing
13 15 (7.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
13 15 (7.04%) Java
13 15 (7.04%) CISSP
14 14 (6.57%) Manufacturing
14 14 (6.57%) Regression Testing
14 14 (6.57%) ISEB
14 14 (6.57%) ITIL Certification

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 10 (4.69%) SharePoint
2 7 (3.29%) Apache
3 5 (2.35%) CICS
3 5 (2.35%) MQSeries
4 2 (0.94%) SugarCRM
4 2 (0.94%) IIS
4 2 (0.94%) JBoss
5 1 (0.47%) IBM Notes
5 1 (0.47%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.47%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (0.47%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.47%) MS Project Server
5 1 (0.47%) Jetty
5 1 (0.47%) nginx
5 1 (0.47%) OpenStack
Applications
1 13 (6.10%) MS Excel
2 9 (4.23%) MS Office
3 8 (3.76%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (1.88%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.94%) MS Project
6 1 (0.47%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.47%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 4 (1.88%) Oracle Retail
2 3 (1.41%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.94%) TRIRIGA
3 2 (0.94%) Oracle 11i
3 2 (0.94%) Agresso
3 2 (0.94%) BusinessWorks
4 1 (0.47%) SAP FI
4 1 (0.47%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.47%) SAP FI/CO
4 1 (0.47%) SAP CO
4 1 (0.47%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 10 (4.69%) Amazon EC2
1 10 (4.69%) Amazon S3
1 10 (4.69%) Amazon AWS
1 10 (4.69%) Route 53
1 10 (4.69%) Amazon ELB
2 4 (1.88%) Office 365
3 3 (1.41%) SaaS
3 3 (1.41%) PaaS
4 1 (0.47%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 20 (9.39%) Firewall
2 13 (6.10%) WAN
3 10 (4.69%) VPN
3 10 (4.69%) SSL
3 10 (4.69%) Network Security
4 9 (4.23%) Cisco ASA
5 8 (3.76%) LAN
6 4 (1.88%) TCP/IP
6 4 (1.88%) DNS
6 4 (1.88%) DHCP
6 4 (1.88%) SAN
7 2 (0.94%) Intranet
8 1 (0.47%) Internet
8 1 (0.47%) MPLS
8 1 (0.47%) OSPF
8 1 (0.47%) BGP
8 1 (0.47%) RSVP
8 1 (0.47%) HTTP
8 1 (0.47%) RIP
8 1 (0.47%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (5.63%) SQL Server
1 12 (5.63%) Data Warehouse
2 9 (4.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 8 (3.76%) RDBMS
3 8 (3.76%) Relational Database
4 7 (3.29%) Oracle Database
4 7 (3.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 5 (2.35%) PostgreSQL
5 5 (2.35%) SQL Server 2008
5 5 (2.35%) Oracle Database 10g
5 5 (2.35%) DB2
5 5 (2.35%) Oracle Reports
5 5 (2.35%) SQL Server 2012
6 4 (1.88%) Oracle Database 11g
6 4 (1.88%) SQLPlus
7 2 (0.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (0.94%) Oracle Discoverer
7 2 (0.94%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.94%) Oracle BI Publisher
7 2 (0.94%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 27 (12.68%) Selenium
2 26 (12.21%) Jenkins
3 19 (8.92%) SoapUI
4 10 (4.69%) Hudson
4 10 (4.69%) Subversion
5 6 (2.82%) QuickTest Pro
6 5 (2.35%) Oracle Forms
6 5 (2.35%) Git (software)
6 5 (2.35%) WebDriver
6 5 (2.35%) Cucumber
7 4 (1.88%) Team Foundation Server
7 4 (1.88%) Oracle APEX
7 4 (1.88%) TeamCity
7 4 (1.88%) Maven
7 4 (1.88%) Talend Open Studio
8 2 (0.94%) Toad
8 2 (0.94%) JUnit
8 2 (0.94%) Visual Studio
8 2 (0.94%) LoadRunner
8 2 (0.94%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 36 (16.90%) Finance
2 18 (8.45%) Banking
3 14 (6.57%) Manufacturing
4 11 (5.16%) Retail
5 9 (4.23%) Pharmaceutical
6 5 (2.35%) Advertising
7 4 (1.88%) Telecoms
7 4 (1.88%) Billing
8 2 (0.94%) Investment Banking
8 2 (0.94%) Games
9 1 (0.47%) Local Government
9 1 (0.47%) Marketing
9 1 (0.47%) Front Office
9 1 (0.47%) Electronics
9 1 (0.47%) Legal
Job Titles
1 71 (33.33%) Analyst
2 25 (11.74%) Tester
3 22 (10.33%) Developer
4 18 (8.45%) Test Analyst
5 15 (7.04%) Technical Analyst
6 14 (6.57%) QA Tester
7 12 (5.63%) Consultant
8 11 (5.16%) Project Manager
8 11 (5.16%) DevOps Engineer
9 10 (4.69%) Test Manager
10 9 (4.23%) QA Analyst
11 8 (3.76%) Citrix Analyst
11 8 (3.76%) Business Analyst
11 8 (3.76%) SQL Developer
12 7 (3.29%) Security Analyst
12 7 (3.29%) Architect
12 7 (3.29%) Automation Tester
12 7 (3.29%) PMO Analyst
12 7 (3.29%) Test Leader
13 6 (2.82%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (8.92%) SOAP
2 14 (6.57%) Web Services
3 10 (4.69%) JSON
4 8 (3.76%) .NET
5 7 (3.29%) J2EE
6 6 (2.82%) Gherkin
7 5 (2.35%) RESTful
7 5 (2.35%) ISPF
8 4 (1.88%) LAMP
8 4 (1.88%) Symfony
8 4 (1.88%) CodeIgniter
9 2 (0.94%) Ruby on Rails
9 2 (0.94%) XML
10 1 (0.47%) Servlets
10 1 (0.47%) Spring
10 1 (0.47%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 11 (5.16%) Open Source
2 8 (3.76%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (3.76%) NHS
2 8 (3.76%) PKI
2 8 (3.76%) Computer Science
3 7 (3.29%) Informatics
4 6 (2.82%) Mainframe
4 6 (2.82%) Management Information System
4 6 (2.82%) Enterprise Software
5 5 (2.35%) Data Integration
5 5 (2.35%) SCADA
5 5 (2.35%) IBM Mainframe
6 4 (1.88%) Biometrics
6 4 (1.88%) IVR
6 4 (1.88%) iSeries
7 3 (1.41%) PMI
8 2 (0.94%) Video Conferencing
8 2 (0.94%) Life Science
8 2 (0.94%) Freedom of Information
8 2 (0.94%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 25 (11.74%) Windows
2 17 (7.98%) Linux
3 12 (5.63%) UNIX
3 12 (5.63%) CentOS
4 10 (4.69%) Windows Server 2008
4 10 (4.69%) Windows Server 2012
5 8 (3.76%) Windows Server 2003
6 6 (2.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (2.35%) zOS
8 4 (1.88%) VMS
8 4 (1.88%) Solaris
9 2 (0.94%) HPUX
10 1 (0.47%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (16.90%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (11.27%) Project Management
3 23 (10.80%) User Acceptance Testing
4 22 (10.33%) ITIL
5 18 (8.45%) TDD
5 18 (8.45%) Stakeholder Management
6 17 (7.98%) Test Strategy
7 15 (7.04%) Unit Testing
7 15 (7.04%) Integration Testing
8 14 (6.57%) Regression Testing
8 14 (6.57%) Configuration Management
8 14 (6.57%) SIEM
8 14 (6.57%) Kalman Filter
9 13 (6.10%) ERP
9 13 (6.10%) ETL
9 13 (6.10%) Business Intelligence
9 13 (6.10%) Continuous Integration
9 13 (6.10%) Migration
10 12 (5.63%) Penetration Testing
10 12 (5.63%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 39 (18.31%) SQL
2 15 (7.04%) Java
3 12 (5.63%) Groovy
4 8 (3.76%) T-SQL
5 6 (2.82%) JCL
6 5 (2.35%) Assembly Language
6 5 (2.35%) REXX
6 5 (2.35%) PHP
6 5 (2.35%) PL/SQL
6 5 (2.35%) COBOL
7 4 (1.88%) C#
7 4 (1.88%) Ruby
8 3 (1.41%) JavaScript
9 2 (0.94%) C
9 2 (0.94%) VBScript
9 2 (0.94%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.47%) PowerShell
10 1 (0.47%) VB
10 1 (0.47%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.47%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 15 (7.04%) CISSP
2 14 (6.57%) ISEB
2 14 (6.57%) ITIL Certification
3 12 (5.63%) Degree
4 10 (4.69%) Security Cleared
5 9 (4.23%) CISMP
6 8 (3.76%) CCENT
6 8 (3.76%) CISM
7 6 (2.82%) ISTQB
8 5 (2.35%) CCIE
8 5 (2.35%) Cisco Certification
9 4 (1.88%) Microsoft Certification
9 4 (1.88%) CCA
9 4 (1.88%) Citrix Certification
9 4 (1.88%) MCSE
9 4 (1.88%) SC Cleared
9 4 (1.88%) CCEE
9 4 (1.88%) CCAA
10 3 (1.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 3 (1.41%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (7.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (3.76%) GMP
3 6 (2.82%) GAMP
4 1 (0.47%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 1 (0.47%) COBIT
4 1 (0.47%) P3O
4 1 (0.47%) GxP
4 1 (0.47%) SLA
4 1 (0.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 12 (5.63%) XenApp
2 9 (4.23%) Active Directory
3 8 (3.76%) MetaFrame
3 8 (3.76%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 3 (1.41%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.94%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.94%) XenServer
5 2 (0.94%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.47%) vSphere
6 1 (0.47%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.47%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
6 1 (0.47%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 12 (5.63%) Puppet
1 12 (5.63%) Vagrant
2 6 (2.82%) Opscode Chef
2 6 (2.82%) Nessus
3 1 (0.47%) SCCM
3 1 (0.47%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.47%) Tivoli
3 1 (0.47%) MIMEsweeper
Vendors
1 25 (11.74%) Microsoft
2 20 (9.39%) Red Hat
3 19 (8.92%) Oracle
4 18 (8.45%) Citrix
5 10 (4.69%) Cisco
5 10 (4.69%) CheckPoint
5 10 (4.69%) RightScale
6 9 (4.23%) Clearswift
7 8 (3.76%) AppSense
7 8 (3.76%) Kaspersky
8 7 (3.29%) VMware
8 7 (3.29%) IBM
9 6 (2.82%) SAP
9 6 (2.82%) ArcSight
10 5 (2.35%) Tableau
10 5 (2.35%) Wonderware
10 5 (2.35%) HP
10 5 (2.35%) CA
11 4 (1.88%) EMC
11 4 (1.88%) Talend
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