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 19 September 2014 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 72 57 94
Rank change year-on-year
-15 +37
Contract jobs citing QA 66 79 49
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.08% 2.67% 1.46%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 33.85% 45.14% 24.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 40 32
Average daily rate
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£344 £319 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.75% -8.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £211 £145
10% offered a daily rate of more than £507 £455 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £336
% change year-on-year
- +4.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 1
Average hourly rate £34.36 £16.75 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+105.10% -25.55%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.55 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+0.25% -12.50%
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
195 175 201
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 6.13% 5.92% 6.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 107 77 92
Average daily rate £375 £350 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £225 £121
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £450 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £354 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.00% -2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 26 13
Average hourly rate £21.12 £17.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.65% -5.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.65 £13.75 £18.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.50 £21.25 £42.12
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -16.66%

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 19 September 2014.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the North West region over the 3 months to 19 September 2014.

QA Hourly Rate Histogram 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 19 September 2014. 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 -12 25 £325 +34.02% 33
Cheshire -16 16 £369 +13.02% 24
Merseyside +12 14 £350 +12.00% 9
Lancashire -18 5 £350 +55.55% 4
Cumbria - 1 - - 3
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, 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 31 (21.38%) Analytical Skills
2 29 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
3 26 (17.93%) Project Management
4 25 (17.24%) SQL
5 24 (16.55%) Finance
6 21 (14.48%) Information Security
7 20 (13.79%) Java
8 19 (13.10%) SQL Server
8 19 (13.10%) Microsoft
9 18 (12.41%) ISEB
9 18 (12.41%) .NET
10 17 (11.72%) C#
11 16 (11.03%) Red Hat
11 16 (11.03%) Firewall
11 16 (11.03%) Continuous Integration
11 16 (11.03%) Open Source
12 15 (10.34%) SaaS
12 15 (10.34%) PaaS
12 15 (10.34%) RightScale
12 15 (10.34%) Puppet
12 15 (10.34%) Hudson
12 15 (10.34%) CentOS
12 15 (10.34%) Amazon EC2
12 15 (10.34%) Amazon S3
12 15 (10.34%) Amazon AWS
12 15 (10.34%) Selenium
12 15 (10.34%) DevOps
12 15 (10.34%) Route 53
12 15 (10.34%) Jenkins
12 15 (10.34%) Amazon ELB

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Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, 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 15 (10.34%) SharePoint
2 7 (4.83%) Umbraco
2 7 (4.83%) WebSphere
3 6 (4.14%) CMS
3 6 (4.14%) Tomcat
4 5 (3.45%) WebLogic
4 5 (3.45%) MQSeries
4 5 (3.45%) Escenic
4 5 (3.45%) Adobe CQ
5 4 (2.76%) SharePoint 2010
6 2 (1.38%) Confluence
7 1 (0.69%) Apache
7 1 (0.69%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.69%) ArcGIS
7 1 (0.69%) nginx
7 1 (0.69%) Jetty
7 1 (0.69%) OpenStack
Applications
1 13 (8.97%) MS Excel
1 13 (8.97%) MS Project
2 11 (7.59%) MS Visio
3 8 (5.52%) MS Office
4 5 (3.45%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.69%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.69%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (1.38%) Dynamics AX
1 2 (1.38%) SAP HCM
2 1 (0.69%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (0.69%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.69%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.69%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 15 (10.34%) SaaS
1 15 (10.34%) PaaS
1 15 (10.34%) Amazon EC2
1 15 (10.34%) Amazon S3
1 15 (10.34%) Amazon AWS
1 15 (10.34%) Route 53
1 15 (10.34%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 16 (11.03%) Firewall
2 13 (8.97%) DHCP
2 13 (8.97%) DNS
3 6 (4.14%) Internet
4 3 (2.07%) Intrusion Detection
4 3 (2.07%) Network Security
5 2 (1.38%) HTTP
5 2 (1.38%) VPN
6 1 (0.69%) FTP
6 1 (0.69%) WAN
6 1 (0.69%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (13.10%) SQL Server
2 7 (4.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 7 (4.83%) Big Data
3 6 (4.14%) QlikView
4 5 (3.45%) MySQL
4 5 (3.45%) Hadoop
4 5 (3.45%) Relational Database
5 4 (2.76%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.69%) EDMS
6 1 (0.69%) SQL Server 2000
6 1 (0.69%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.69%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.69%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.69%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 15 (10.34%) Hudson
1 15 (10.34%) Selenium
1 15 (10.34%) Jenkins
2 13 (8.97%) Maven
3 6 (4.14%) WebDriver
3 6 (4.14%) QuickTest Pro
4 5 (3.45%) Cucumber
4 5 (3.45%) JIRA
5 4 (2.76%) CaliberRM
5 4 (2.76%) TestComplete
5 4 (2.76%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (2.76%) JUnit
6 2 (1.38%) MSTest
6 2 (1.38%) Metasploit
7 1 (0.69%) Eclipse
7 1 (0.69%) Subversion
7 1 (0.69%) Xcode
7 1 (0.69%) JMeter
7 1 (0.69%) TestNG
7 1 (0.69%) TeamCity
General
1 24 (16.55%) Finance
2 11 (7.59%) Banking
3 6 (4.14%) Retail
4 3 (2.07%) Retail Banking
5 2 (1.38%) Back Office
5 2 (1.38%) Legal
5 2 (1.38%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.38%) Advertising
5 2 (1.38%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.69%) Billing
6 1 (0.69%) Games
6 1 (0.69%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.69%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 36 (24.83%) Analyst
2 17 (11.72%) Project Manager
3 15 (10.34%) Tester
4 14 (9.66%) Test Analyst
4 14 (9.66%) DevOps Engineer
5 13 (8.97%) Developer
6 11 (7.59%) Consultant
7 7 (4.83%) Senior Analyst
7 7 (4.83%) Security Consultant
8 6 (4.14%) QA Tester
8 6 (4.14%) Programme Manager
8 6 (4.14%) Business Analyst
9 5 (3.45%) DBA
9 5 (3.45%) Senior Developer
9 5 (3.45%) Developer Analyst
9 5 (3.45%) Senior Java Developer
9 5 (3.45%) Java Programmer
9 5 (3.45%) Senior Java Programmer
9 5 (3.45%) Security Manager
9 5 (3.45%) Senior Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (12.41%) .NET
2 15 (10.34%) HTML
3 14 (9.66%) HTML5
4 12 (8.28%) jQuery
5 9 (6.21%) Web Services
6 7 (4.83%) EJB
6 7 (4.83%) XML
7 6 (4.14%) Ajax
7 6 (4.14%) J2EE
8 5 (3.45%) Java RMI
8 5 (3.45%) CSS
8 5 (3.45%) Struts
8 5 (3.45%) Spring
8 5 (3.45%) JSF
8 5 (3.45%) Ruby on Rails
8 5 (3.45%) LAMP
8 5 (3.45%) Hibernate
8 5 (3.45%) .NET Framework
8 5 (3.45%) CSS3
9 3 (2.07%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 31 (21.38%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (11.03%) Open Source
3 7 (4.83%) Management Information System
4 5 (3.45%) NHS
5 4 (2.76%) Statistics
6 3 (2.07%) Video Conferencing
6 3 (2.07%) PKI
7 2 (1.38%) Mobile App
7 2 (1.38%) iPad
7 2 (1.38%) GIS
7 2 (1.38%) Blackberry
8 1 (0.69%) PMI
8 1 (0.69%) IVR
8 1 (0.69%) Social Media
8 1 (0.69%) Mathematics
8 1 (0.69%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 15 (10.34%) CentOS
2 13 (8.97%) Windows
3 11 (7.59%) UNIX
4 4 (2.76%) Android
5 3 (2.07%) Linux
6 2 (1.38%) Apple iOS
6 2 (1.38%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (17.93%) Project Management
3 21 (14.48%) Information Security
4 16 (11.03%) Continuous Integration
5 15 (10.34%) DevOps
6 14 (9.66%) Configuration Management
7 13 (8.97%) Scrum
7 13 (8.97%) Automated Testing
8 12 (8.28%) Change Management
9 11 (7.59%) User Acceptance Testing
9 11 (7.59%) ITIL
10 10 (6.90%) TDD
10 10 (6.90%) Stakeholder Management
11 9 (6.21%) Data Analysis
11 9 (6.21%) Test Scripting
11 9 (6.21%) Line Management
12 8 (5.52%) Change Control
12 8 (5.52%) Security Testing
12 8 (5.52%) Test Automation
12 8 (5.52%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 25 (17.24%) SQL
2 20 (13.79%) Java
3 17 (11.72%) C#
4 15 (10.34%) JavaScript
5 6 (4.14%) Scala
5 6 (4.14%) T-SQL
6 4 (2.76%) VBScript
7 3 (2.07%) VBA
8 2 (1.38%) C++
9 1 (0.69%) C
9 1 (0.69%) VB
9 1 (0.69%) Python
9 1 (0.69%) PowerHouse
9 1 (0.69%) Ruby
9 1 (0.69%) Objective-C
9 1 (0.69%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 18 (12.41%) ISEB
2 9 (6.21%) Degree
2 9 (6.21%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 7 (4.83%) ISTQB
4 5 (3.45%) CISSP
4 5 (3.45%) Security Cleared
5 4 (2.76%) SC Cleared
6 3 (2.07%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (2.07%) CISMP
6 3 (2.07%) Security+ Certification
7 2 (1.38%) CEH
7 2 (1.38%) PMP
7 2 (1.38%) PMI Certification
8 1 (0.69%) MCSE
8 1 (0.69%) MCSA
8 1 (0.69%) CCNP
8 1 (0.69%) CCIP
8 1 (0.69%) CCNA
8 1 (0.69%) CCDP
8 1 (0.69%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (1.38%) SLA
2 2 (1.38%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.69%) GxP
3 1 (0.69%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.69%) ISO 14001
3 1 (0.69%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.69%) Data Quality
System Software
1 2 (1.38%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 15 (10.34%) Puppet
1 15 (10.34%) Vagrant
2 6 (4.14%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (1.38%) CORE IMPACT
Vendors
1 19 (13.10%) Microsoft
2 16 (11.03%) Red Hat
3 15 (10.34%) RightScale
4 12 (8.28%) Oracle
5 6 (4.14%) Splunk
5 6 (4.14%) SAP
5 6 (4.14%) HP
6 5 (3.45%) JBoss
7 3 (2.07%) Siebel
7 3 (2.07%) McAfee
7 3 (2.07%) Curam
8 2 (1.38%) IronPort
8 2 (1.38%) Atlassian
8 2 (1.38%) Sourcefire
8 2 (1.38%) Citrix
8 2 (1.38%) CheckPoint
8 2 (1.38%) IBM
8 2 (1.38%) Sophos
9 1 (0.69%) Cisco
9 1 (0.69%) EMC
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