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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 27 February 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
27 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
England / North West
Rank 64 87 55
Rank change year-on-year
+23 -32
Contract jobs citing QA 78 72 106
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.97% 1.91% 3.10%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 32.37% 19.20% 23.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 41 66
Median daily rate £400 £340 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.64% +4.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £489 £475 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £368 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+0.68% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £37.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £39.00 £35.25
% change year-on-year
-23.07% +10.63%

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
241 375 443
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 9.18% 9.93% 12.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 148 221 235
Median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £198 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £550 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £380
% change year-on-year
+2.56% +2.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 11 17
Median hourly rate £17.00 £40.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-57.50% +110.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £14.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £85.59 £51.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.75 £42.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-51.17% +80.85%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing QA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 February 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the North West region over the 3 months to 27 February 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +10 44 £375 +15.38% 24
Cheshire +34 18 £350 -17.64% 8
Lancashire +18 9 £451 +38.84% 2
Merseyside -3 6 £495 +45.58% 4
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 February 2017, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for QA.

1 85 (46.70%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (25.82%) Selenium
3 41 (22.53%) Java
4 33 (18.13%) SQL
5 32 (17.58%) JavaScript
5 32 (17.58%) Finance
6 30 (16.48%) Scrum
6 30 (16.48%) BDD
7 28 (15.38%) Project Management
8 27 (14.84%) Analytical Skills
9 26 (14.29%) SDLC
9 26 (14.29%) JIRA
9 26 (14.29%) TDD
10 25 (13.74%) Automated Testing
10 25 (13.74%) Stakeholder Management
11 23 (12.64%) Test Scripting
11 23 (12.64%) Jenkins
12 20 (10.99%) Oracle
13 19 (10.44%) DevOps
14 18 (9.89%) User Acceptance Testing
14 18 (9.89%) Security Cleared
14 18 (9.89%) Test Automation
14 18 (9.89%) XML
14 18 (9.89%) Microsoft
15 17 (9.34%) ITIL
15 17 (9.34%) .NET
15 17 (9.34%) Web Services
16 16 (8.79%) C#
16 16 (8.79%) WebDriver
16 16 (8.79%) AngularJS

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 11 (6.04%) SharePoint
2 5 (2.75%) SAS
3 4 (2.20%) IBM Domino
4 3 (1.65%) IIS
5 2 (1.10%) BizTalk Server
5 2 (1.10%) Confluence
5 2 (1.10%) Drupal
5 2 (1.10%) Oracle Application Server
6 1 (0.55%) ArcGIS
6 1 (0.55%) CMS
6 1 (0.55%) WebSphere
Applications
1 13 (7.14%) MS Excel
2 9 (4.95%) MS Office
3 5 (2.75%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (2.20%) MS Project
5 1 (0.55%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 9 (4.95%) Oracle EBS R12
2 4 (2.20%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (1.10%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.55%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.55%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.55%) Magento
4 1 (0.55%) Oracle Cash Management
4 1 (0.55%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.55%) SAP Business One
4 1 (0.55%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 5 (2.75%) Amazon AWS
1 5 (2.75%) GitHub
1 5 (2.75%) PaaS
2 3 (1.65%) IaaS
2 3 (1.65%) SaaS
3 2 (1.10%) AWS CloudFormation
3 2 (1.10%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
3 2 (1.10%) Azure Active Directory
3 2 (1.10%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.55%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (2.75%) LDAP
1 5 (2.75%) Network Security
2 3 (1.65%) DHCP
2 3 (1.65%) DNS
2 3 (1.65%) Firewall
2 3 (1.65%) Internet
2 3 (1.65%) PSTN
3 1 (0.55%) Broadband
3 1 (0.55%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (4.95%) Data Warehouse
1 9 (4.95%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.85%) Oracle Database
3 4 (2.20%) MySQL
4 3 (1.65%) Big Data
4 3 (1.65%) Oracle Reports
4 3 (1.65%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (1.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (1.10%) MongoDB
5 2 (1.10%) Oracle Database 12c
5 2 (1.10%) Relational Database
5 2 (1.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.55%) Couchbase
6 1 (0.55%) EDMS
6 1 (0.55%) EDRMS
6 1 (0.55%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.55%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (0.55%) Power BI
6 1 (0.55%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.55%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 47 (25.82%) Selenium
2 26 (14.29%) JIRA
3 23 (12.64%) Jenkins
4 16 (8.79%) WebDriver
5 12 (6.59%) Git (software)
6 11 (6.04%) Cucumber
7 8 (4.40%) SoapUI
8 6 (3.30%) HP UFT
9 5 (2.75%) LoadRunner
9 5 (2.75%) Visual Studio
10 4 (2.20%) JMeter
11 3 (1.65%) Babel
11 3 (1.65%) gulp
11 3 (1.65%) IntelliJ
11 3 (1.65%) TestNG
11 3 (1.65%) webpack
12 2 (1.10%) GitLab
12 2 (1.10%) Log4j
12 2 (1.10%) SpecFlow
13 1 (0.55%) NUnit
General
1 32 (17.58%) Finance
2 9 (4.95%) Telecoms
3 8 (4.40%) Banking
4 4 (2.20%) Financial Institution
4 4 (2.20%) Games
4 4 (2.20%) Legal
4 4 (2.20%) Retail
5 3 (1.65%) Corporate Banking
6 2 (1.10%) Advertising
6 2 (1.10%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.55%) Automotive
7 1 (0.55%) Back Office
7 1 (0.55%) Electronics
7 1 (0.55%) General Ledger
7 1 (0.55%) Marketing
7 1 (0.55%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.55%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 41 (22.53%) Developer
2 29 (15.93%) Analyst
3 23 (12.64%) Tester
4 16 (8.79%) Project Manager
5 14 (7.69%) QA Engineer
5 14 (7.69%) QA Tester
6 12 (6.59%) Architect
6 12 (6.59%) Automation Tester
7 11 (6.04%) Test Analyst
8 9 (4.95%) Applications Architect
8 9 (4.95%) QA Analyst
8 9 (4.95%) QA Automation Engineer
9 8 (4.40%) Automation Engineer
9 8 (4.40%) Oracle Architect
10 7 (3.85%) QA Test Analyst
10 7 (3.85%) Test Manager
11 6 (3.30%) Business Analyst
11 6 (3.30%) Java Engineer
11 6 (3.30%) ServiceNow Developer
12 5 (2.75%) Agile Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (9.89%) XML
2 17 (9.34%) .NET
2 17 (9.34%) Web Services
3 16 (8.79%) AngularJS
4 13 (7.14%) HTML
5 11 (6.04%) CSS
5 11 (6.04%) Gherkin
6 10 (5.49%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 8 (4.40%) ASP.NET
8 7 (3.85%) REST
9 5 (2.75%) Apache Cordova
9 5 (2.75%) jQuery
9 5 (2.75%) React
9 5 (2.75%) React Native
10 4 (2.20%) .NET Framework
10 4 (2.20%) ASP.NET MVC
10 4 (2.20%) Ember.js
10 4 (2.20%) SOAP
11 3 (1.65%) EDI
11 3 (1.65%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 27 (14.84%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (4.95%) User Experience
2 9 (4.95%) Virtual Team
2 9 (4.95%) Web 2.0
3 7 (3.85%) Mobile App
4 5 (2.75%) Data Structures
5 2 (1.10%) Computer Science
5 2 (1.10%) Digital Media
5 2 (1.10%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (1.10%) Linux Command Line
5 2 (1.10%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.10%) Mobile Games
6 1 (0.55%) Blog
6 1 (0.55%) Freedom of Information
6 1 (0.55%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.55%) NHS
6 1 (0.55%) PMI
6 1 (0.55%) Podcast
6 1 (0.55%) Streaming Video
6 1 (0.55%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 9 (4.95%) Windows
2 8 (4.40%) Android
2 8 (4.40%) Linux
3 5 (2.75%) Unix
4 4 (2.20%) Windows Server
5 3 (1.65%) Apple iOS
5 3 (1.65%) CentOS
5 3 (1.65%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (1.10%) AIX
7 1 (0.55%) Windows 2000
7 1 (0.55%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 85 (46.70%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (16.48%) BDD
2 30 (16.48%) Scrum
3 28 (15.38%) Project Management
4 26 (14.29%) SDLC
4 26 (14.29%) TDD
5 25 (13.74%) Automated Testing
5 25 (13.74%) Stakeholder Management
6 23 (12.64%) Test Scripting
7 19 (10.44%) DevOps
8 18 (9.89%) Test Automation
8 18 (9.89%) User Acceptance Testing
9 17 (9.34%) ITIL
10 15 (8.24%) Defect Management
11 14 (7.69%) Business Intelligence
11 14 (7.69%) Continuous Integration
12 13 (7.14%) QA Automation
12 13 (7.14%) Regression Testing
13 12 (6.59%) Release Management
13 12 (6.59%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 41 (22.53%) Java
2 33 (18.13%) SQL
3 32 (17.58%) JavaScript
4 16 (8.79%) C#
5 11 (6.04%) Ruby
6 9 (4.95%) PHP
6 9 (4.95%) PL/SQL
6 9 (4.95%) Python
7 4 (2.20%) C
7 4 (2.20%) ES6
7 4 (2.20%) Perl
7 4 (2.20%) Shell Script
8 3 (1.65%) ECMAScript
9 2 (1.10%) Scala
9 2 (1.10%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.55%) ANSI SQL
10 1 (0.55%) PHP 5
10 1 (0.55%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.55%) VBA
10 1 (0.55%) X++
Qualifications
1 18 (9.89%) Security Cleared
2 14 (7.69%) ISEB
3 10 (5.49%) SC Cleared
4 5 (2.75%) ISTQB
5 4 (2.20%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (1.10%) Degree
6 2 (1.10%) HND
7 1 (0.55%) CCNA
7 1 (0.55%) CCNP
7 1 (0.55%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (0.55%) PMI Certification
7 1 (0.55%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (0.55%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.30%) SLA
2 5 (2.75%) PMO
3 4 (2.20%) SDET
4 2 (1.10%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.55%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.55%) GxP
System Software
1 3 (1.65%) Docker
2 2 (1.10%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (1.65%) Puppet
2 2 (1.10%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.55%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 20 (10.99%) Oracle
2 18 (9.89%) Microsoft
3 10 (5.49%) ServiceNow
4 9 (4.95%) SAP
5 4 (2.20%) Remedy
5 4 (2.20%) Sitecore
6 3 (1.65%) Apigee
6 3 (1.65%) Red Hat
6 3 (1.65%) RightScale
7 2 (1.10%) Atlassian
7 2 (1.10%) ForgeRock
7 2 (1.10%) Google
7 2 (1.10%) HP
7 2 (1.10%) Openreach
7 2 (1.10%) Snow
8 1 (0.55%) F5
8 1 (0.55%) Talend
8 1 (0.55%) Workday
8 1 (0.55%) WorldPay
8 1 (0.55%) Zend
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