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 August 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 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 40 72 71
Rank change year-on-year
+32 -1
Contract jobs citing QA 146 63 63
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 3.77% 2.08% 2.33%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 44.24% 32.64% 40.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 96 34 30
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£388 £359 £283
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.01% +26.99%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £318 £211
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £518 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
Average hourly rate - £14.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -30.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.78 £16.50 £13.50
% change year-on-year
+86.51% +22.22%
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
330 193 156
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 8.53% 6.38% 5.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 200 96 70
Average daily rate £400 £375 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £200 £211
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £525 £414
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 22 19
Average hourly rate £15.64 £16.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.24% -5.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.95 £9.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.64 £53.50 £20.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.55 £20.21 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+6.65% +15.45%

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 August 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 August 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 +27 70 £350 -18.60% 46
Merseyside +7 26 £500 +53.84% 7
Cheshire 0 23 £388 +10.71% 14
Lancashire +17 17 £375 +7.14% 8
Cumbria - 2 - -
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 3 August 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 82 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (17.42%) SQL
3 45 (15.68%) Migration
4 43 (14.98%) Test Strategy
5 41 (14.29%) Test Scripting
5 41 (14.29%) Scrum
6 39 (13.59%) Windows
7 37 (12.89%) User Acceptance Testing
8 33 (11.50%) Selenium
8 33 (11.50%) Automated Testing
8 33 (11.50%) ITIL
9 32 (11.15%) Finance
9 32 (11.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 31 (10.80%) Security Cleared
10 31 (10.80%) ISEB
11 30 (10.45%) Continuous Integration
12 29 (10.10%) TDD
12 29 (10.10%) PRINCE2
13 28 (9.76%) Microsoft
14 26 (9.06%) Stakeholder Management
15 25 (8.71%) Project Management
15 25 (8.71%) Jenkins
16 23 (8.01%) SoapUI
16 23 (8.01%) Performance Testing
17 22 (7.67%) Supplier Management
17 22 (7.67%) Waterfall
17 22 (7.67%) COBOL
17 22 (7.67%) Java
18 21 (7.32%) Citrix
18 21 (7.32%) SC Cleared

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 3 August 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 5 (1.74%) Apache
1 5 (1.74%) SharePoint
2 4 (1.39%) CICS
2 4 (1.39%) Node.js
2 4 (1.39%) MQSeries
3 3 (1.05%) Umbraco
3 3 (1.05%) Sitecore CMS
3 3 (1.05%) CMS
3 3 (1.05%) WebLogic
4 2 (0.70%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.35%) JBoss
5 1 (0.35%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (0.35%) SAS
5 1 (0.35%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.35%) SugarCRM
5 1 (0.35%) MS Project Server
5 1 (0.35%) Jetty
5 1 (0.35%) nginx
5 1 (0.35%) OpenStack
Applications
1 14 (4.88%) MS Excel
2 11 (3.83%) MS Office
3 5 (1.74%) MS Project
3 5 (1.74%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (1.05%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.70%) Photoshop
5 2 (0.70%) CINEMA 4D
5 2 (0.70%) MODO
5 2 (0.70%) Maya
5 2 (0.70%) 3ds Max
5 2 (0.70%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.35%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 5 (1.74%) Temenos T24
2 2 (0.70%) Primavera
2 2 (0.70%) SAP PLM
3 1 (0.35%) Agresso
3 1 (0.35%) BusinessWorks
3 1 (0.35%) SAP R/3
3 1 (0.35%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.35%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (0.35%) Maximo
3 1 (0.35%) SAP CO
3 1 (0.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.35%) Academy Housing
3 1 (0.35%) arcHouse
3 1 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.35%) SAP HCM
3 1 (0.35%) SAP BPC
3 1 (0.35%) Orchard Housing
3 1 (0.35%) Aareon QL
3 1 (0.35%) OPENHousing
3 1 (0.35%) MIS ActiveH
Cloud Services
1 15 (5.23%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (3.48%) Amazon EC2
2 10 (3.48%) Amazon S3
2 10 (3.48%) Route 53
2 10 (3.48%) Amazon ELB
3 4 (1.39%) Office 365
4 3 (1.05%) PaaS
5 2 (0.70%) SaaS
6 1 (0.35%) Microsoft Azure
6 1 (0.35%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 20 (6.97%) WAN
1 20 (6.97%) Firewall
2 16 (5.57%) SSL
2 16 (5.57%) Network Security
2 16 (5.57%) Cisco ASA
3 9 (3.14%) LAN
4 8 (2.79%) VPN
5 4 (1.39%) DNS
5 4 (1.39%) TCP/IP
5 4 (1.39%) DHCP
5 4 (1.39%) SAN
6 2 (0.70%) Wireless
7 1 (0.35%) Cisco IOS
7 1 (0.35%) HTTP
7 1 (0.35%) Intranet
7 1 (0.35%) Internet
7 1 (0.35%) MPLS
7 1 (0.35%) OSPF
7 1 (0.35%) BGP
7 1 (0.35%) RSVP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (6.62%) Relational Database
2 18 (6.27%) SQL Server
3 15 (5.23%) Data Warehouse
3 15 (5.23%) RDBMS
4 11 (3.83%) BusinessObjects
4 11 (3.83%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 9 (3.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 8 (2.79%) SQL Server 2012
7 7 (2.44%) MongoDB
8 6 (2.09%) SQL Server 2008
9 4 (1.39%) DB2
10 3 (1.05%) Apache Cassandra
10 3 (1.05%) Redis
10 3 (1.05%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 2 (0.70%) NoSQL
11 2 (0.70%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
12 1 (0.35%) Oracle Database
12 1 (0.35%) Big Data
12 1 (0.35%) MySQL
12 1 (0.35%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 33 (11.50%) Selenium
2 25 (8.71%) Jenkins
3 23 (8.01%) SoapUI
4 15 (5.23%) LoadRunner
5 14 (4.88%) HP UFT
5 14 (4.88%) Hudson
6 12 (4.18%) Cucumber
6 12 (4.18%) Visual Studio
7 10 (3.48%) Maven
7 10 (3.48%) TeamCity
8 9 (3.14%) Facilita Forecast
9 7 (2.44%) WebDriver
9 7 (2.44%) Subversion
10 6 (2.09%) JIRA
10 6 (2.09%) Git (software)
11 5 (1.74%) Calabash
11 5 (1.74%) Appium
12 4 (1.39%) SpecFlow
12 4 (1.39%) Talend Open Studio
13 3 (1.05%) JMeter
General
1 32 (11.15%) Finance
2 21 (7.32%) Banking
3 13 (4.53%) Manufacturing
4 11 (3.83%) Retail
5 6 (2.09%) Telecoms
5 6 (2.09%) Pharmaceutical
6 4 (1.39%) Marketing
6 4 (1.39%) Billing
7 3 (1.05%) Back Office
8 2 (0.70%) Financial Institution
8 2 (0.70%) Automotive
9 1 (0.35%) Law
9 1 (0.35%) Advertising
9 1 (0.35%) Publishing
9 1 (0.35%) Front Office
9 1 (0.35%) Electronics
9 1 (0.35%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 90 (31.36%) Analyst
2 30 (10.45%) Test Manager
3 26 (9.06%) Tester
3 26 (9.06%) Technical Analyst
3 26 (9.06%) Developer
4 24 (8.36%) Test Analyst
5 19 (6.62%) Project Manager
6 17 (5.92%) Consultant
7 14 (4.88%) QA Tester
8 13 (4.53%) Security Analyst
8 13 (4.53%) Test Leader
9 12 (4.18%) QA Analyst
10 10 (3.48%) Business Analyst
10 10 (3.48%) DevOps Engineer
11 9 (3.14%) Applications Support
11 9 (3.14%) SQL Developer
11 9 (3.14%) Applications Manager
11 9 (3.14%) Support Manager
11 9 (3.14%) Applications Support Manager
12 8 (2.79%) Citrix Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (6.27%) SOAP
2 15 (5.23%) JSON
3 11 (3.83%) Gherkin
4 10 (3.48%) RESTful
4 10 (3.48%) Web Services
4 10 (3.48%) .NET
5 7 (2.44%) HTML
6 5 (1.74%) XML
7 4 (1.39%) J2EE
7 4 (1.39%) ISPF
7 4 (1.39%) LAMP
7 4 (1.39%) Symfony
7 4 (1.39%) CodeIgniter
8 3 (1.05%) jQuery
8 3 (1.05%) HTML5
8 3 (1.05%) CSS3
8 3 (1.05%) Backbone.js
8 3 (1.05%) Ember.js
8 3 (1.05%) AngularJS
8 3 (1.05%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 16 (5.57%) PKI
2 14 (4.88%) Data Conversion
2 14 (4.88%) Data Centre
3 11 (3.83%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (3.14%) Fat Client
4 9 (3.14%) Performance Metrics
4 9 (3.14%) Computer Science
4 9 (3.14%) Thin Client
5 8 (2.79%) Data Structures
6 7 (2.44%) Mobile App
6 7 (2.44%) Client/Server
6 7 (2.44%) Mainframe
7 5 (1.74%) SCADA
8 4 (1.39%) Life Science
8 4 (1.39%) Data Integration
8 4 (1.39%) IBM Mainframe
9 3 (1.05%) Data Protection Act
9 3 (1.05%) NHS
10 2 (0.70%) Management Information System
10 2 (0.70%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 39 (13.59%) Windows
2 18 (6.27%) VME
3 17 (5.92%) UNIX
4 15 (5.23%) Linux
5 10 (3.48%) CentOS
6 9 (3.14%) Windows 7
6 9 (3.14%) Windows Server 2012
7 8 (2.79%) Windows Server 2003
7 8 (2.79%) Windows Server 2008
8 7 (2.44%) Apple iOS
9 6 (2.09%) Android
10 4 (1.39%) zOS
10 4 (1.39%) Solaris
11 3 (1.05%) Windows Mobile
12 1 (0.35%) Windows XP
12 1 (0.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.35%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.35%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 82 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
2 45 (15.68%) Migration
3 43 (14.98%) Test Strategy
4 41 (14.29%) Test Scripting
4 41 (14.29%) Scrum
5 37 (12.89%) User Acceptance Testing
6 33 (11.50%) Automated Testing
6 33 (11.50%) ITIL
7 30 (10.45%) Continuous Integration
8 29 (10.10%) PRINCE2
8 29 (10.10%) TDD
9 26 (9.06%) Stakeholder Management
10 25 (8.71%) Project Management
11 23 (8.01%) Performance Testing
12 22 (7.67%) Supplier Management
12 22 (7.67%) Waterfall
13 21 (7.32%) Test Automation
14 20 (6.97%) Configuration Management
15 19 (6.62%) SDLC
16 17 (5.92%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 50 (17.42%) SQL
2 22 (7.67%) COBOL
2 22 (7.67%) Java
3 12 (4.18%) C#
4 9 (3.14%) T-SQL
5 7 (2.44%) JavaScript
5 7 (2.44%) Groovy
6 5 (1.74%) VB
7 4 (1.39%) Assembly Language
7 4 (1.39%) REXX
7 4 (1.39%) JCL
7 4 (1.39%) PHP
7 4 (1.39%) Ruby
7 4 (1.39%) CLIST
8 3 (1.05%) C
8 3 (1.05%) Objective-C
9 2 (0.70%) PL/SQL
9 2 (0.70%) Python
10 1 (0.35%) X++
10 1 (0.35%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 31 (10.80%) ISEB
1 31 (10.80%) Security Cleared
2 21 (7.32%) SC Cleared
3 20 (6.97%) ITIL Certification
4 17 (5.92%) Degree
5 14 (4.88%) CISM
5 14 (4.88%) CISMP
5 14 (4.88%) CISSP
6 11 (3.83%) CCENT
6 11 (3.83%) ISTQB
7 10 (3.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 6 (2.09%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (2.09%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 5 (1.74%) CCIE
10 4 (1.39%) Microsoft Certification
10 4 (1.39%) CCA
10 4 (1.39%) Citrix Certification
10 4 (1.39%) MCSE
10 4 (1.39%) CCEE
10 4 (1.39%) CCAA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (11.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (2.44%) GMP
3 5 (1.74%) GAMP
4 3 (1.05%) ISO 9001
4 3 (1.05%) SLA
System Software
1 19 (6.62%) Active Directory
2 13 (4.53%) XenApp
3 9 (3.14%) BitLocker
4 8 (2.79%) MetaFrame
4 8 (2.79%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 4 (1.39%) VMware Infrastructure
6 3 (1.05%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.70%) XenServer
7 2 (0.70%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.35%) vSphere
8 1 (0.35%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.35%) NFS
Systems Management
1 10 (3.48%) SCCM
1 10 (3.48%) Puppet
1 10 (3.48%) Vagrant
2 5 (1.74%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 28 (9.76%) Microsoft
2 21 (7.32%) Citrix
3 18 (6.27%) Cisco
4 17 (5.92%) AppSense
5 16 (5.57%) Kaspersky
5 16 (5.57%) CheckPoint
6 15 (5.23%) Red Hat
6 15 (5.23%) Clearswift
7 14 (4.88%) VMware
7 14 (4.88%) SAP
8 9 (3.14%) IBM
8 9 (3.14%) Wyse
9 8 (2.79%) Oracle
10 6 (2.09%) Telerik
11 5 (1.74%) Temenos
11 5 (1.74%) HP
11 5 (1.74%) Wonderware
12 4 (1.39%) EMC
12 4 (1.39%) Micro Focus
12 4 (1.39%) Talend
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