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 10 December 2016 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
10 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 64 34 62
Rank change year-on-year
-30 +28
Contract jobs citing QA 102 178 89
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 3.25% 4.29% 2.71%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 37.92% 45.99% 30.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 69 102 53
Median daily rate £395 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £231 £221
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £480 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £345
% change year-on-year
- +8.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Median hourly rate £44.00 - £16.84
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.06 £23.00 £33.00
% change year-on-year
-17.15% -30.30%
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
269 387 296
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 8.56% 9.33% 9.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 179 242 183
Median daily rate £425 £410 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.65% +17.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £298 £240 £132
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 12 18
Median hourly rate £45.75 £37.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+23.64% +146.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.26 £15.15 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £52.47 £31.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £25.00 £21.99
% change year-on-year
-14.00% +13.67%

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 10 December 2016.

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 10 December 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 -25 58 £400 +23.07% 22
Cheshire +6 17 £419 -1.47% 8
Lancashire -5 15 £375 -16.66% 6
Merseyside -7 8 £350 -33.33% 3
Cumbria +17 2 £290 -38.94%
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 10 December 2016, 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 76 (36.89%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (17.96%) Java
3 36 (17.48%) SQL
4 33 (16.02%) Jenkins
5 32 (15.53%) Analytical Skills
6 31 (15.05%) JIRA
6 31 (15.05%) Selenium
7 28 (13.59%) JavaScript
7 28 (13.59%) ITIL
8 27 (13.11%) Oracle
8 27 (13.11%) Finance
8 27 (13.11%) Scrum
8 27 (13.11%) BDD
8 27 (13.11%) SDLC
9 25 (12.14%) Stakeholder Management
10 22 (10.68%) Microsoft
11 21 (10.19%) Project Management
12 20 (9.71%) Test Scripting
13 19 (9.22%) TDD
14 18 (8.74%) .NET
14 18 (8.74%) XML
15 17 (8.25%) HTML
15 17 (8.25%) Configuration Management
15 17 (8.25%) DevOps
16 16 (7.77%) Network Security
16 16 (7.77%) Security Cleared
16 16 (7.77%) Test Automation
16 16 (7.77%) SQL Server
17 15 (7.28%) Business Intelligence
17 15 (7.28%) Cucumber

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 6 (2.91%) BizTalk Server
2 5 (2.43%) SAS
3 4 (1.94%) Confluence
3 4 (1.94%) IBM Domino
4 3 (1.46%) CMS
4 3 (1.46%) IIS
4 3 (1.46%) SharePoint
5 2 (0.97%) Drupal
5 2 (0.97%) JBoss
5 2 (0.97%) Oracle Application Server
5 2 (0.97%) Tomcat
5 2 (0.97%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.49%) Apache
6 1 (0.49%) ArcGIS
6 1 (0.49%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 13 (6.31%) MS Excel
2 4 (1.94%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (1.46%) MS Office
4 1 (0.49%) Mingle
4 1 (0.49%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (3.40%) Oracle EBS R12
2 4 (1.94%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (1.46%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.97%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.49%) Magento
5 1 (0.49%) Oracle Cash Management
5 1 (0.49%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.49%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 12 (5.83%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (3.88%) PaaS
3 5 (2.43%) Azure Active Directory
3 5 (2.43%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (1.46%) IaaS
4 3 (1.46%) SaaS
5 2 (0.97%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.49%) GitHub
6 1 (0.49%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 16 (7.77%) Network Security
2 12 (5.83%) Firewall
3 6 (2.91%) Cisco ASA
3 6 (2.91%) SSL
3 6 (2.91%) VoIP
4 5 (2.43%) DHCP
4 5 (2.43%) DNS
5 3 (1.46%) PSTN
5 3 (1.46%) WAN
6 2 (0.97%) FTP
6 2 (0.97%) HTTP
6 2 (0.97%) Internet
7 1 (0.49%) Broadband
7 1 (0.49%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (7.77%) SQL Server
2 9 (4.37%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (3.40%) Oracle Database
4 6 (2.91%) Oracle Reports
5 5 (2.43%) MySQL
6 4 (1.94%) SQL Server 2008
7 3 (1.46%) Big Data
7 3 (1.46%) MongoDB
7 3 (1.46%) Relational Database
7 3 (1.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 2 (0.97%) BusinessObjects
8 2 (0.97%) GIS
8 2 (0.97%) Oracle BI Publisher
8 2 (0.97%) Oracle Database 12c
8 2 (0.97%) SQL Server 2014
8 2 (0.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (0.49%) NoSQL
9 1 (0.49%) Oracle Database 11g
9 1 (0.49%) SQL Server 2000
9 1 (0.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 33 (16.02%) Jenkins
2 31 (15.05%) JIRA
2 31 (15.05%) Selenium
3 15 (7.28%) Cucumber
4 13 (6.31%) Git (software)
5 11 (5.34%) WebDriver
6 9 (4.37%) SoapUI
7 4 (1.94%) JMeter
7 4 (1.94%) JUnit
7 4 (1.94%) TestNG
8 3 (1.46%) Babel
8 3 (1.46%) HP UFT
8 3 (1.46%) Maven
8 3 (1.46%) Visual Studio
8 3 (1.46%) webpack
9 2 (0.97%) GitLab
9 2 (0.97%) IntelliJ
9 2 (0.97%) LoadRunner
9 2 (0.97%) PhantomJS
10 1 (0.49%) Ant
General
1 27 (13.11%) Finance
2 9 (4.37%) Telecoms
3 8 (3.88%) Banking
4 7 (3.40%) Retail
5 4 (1.94%) Games
6 3 (1.46%) Advertising
6 3 (1.46%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.46%) Marketing
7 2 (0.97%) Legal
8 1 (0.49%) Back Office
8 1 (0.49%) Electronics
8 1 (0.49%) General Ledger
8 1 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.49%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 38 (18.45%) Analyst
2 35 (16.99%) Developer
3 21 (10.19%) Tester
4 15 (7.28%) Business Analyst
5 14 (6.80%) Project Manager
6 13 (6.31%) Architect
6 13 (6.31%) QA Tester
7 12 (5.83%) Test Analyst
7 12 (5.83%) Test Manager
8 11 (5.34%) Automation Tester
9 10 (4.85%) QA Analyst
9 10 (4.85%) QA Engineer
10 9 (4.37%) DevOps Engineer
10 9 (4.37%) Test Engineer
11 7 (3.40%) Agile Business Analyst
11 7 (3.40%) Applications Architect
12 6 (2.91%) Environment Manager
12 6 (2.91%) Oracle Architect
12 6 (2.91%) QA Automation Engineer
12 6 (2.91%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (8.74%) .NET
1 18 (8.74%) XML
2 17 (8.25%) HTML
3 13 (6.31%) Web Services
4 12 (5.83%) Gherkin
5 11 (5.34%) AngularJS
6 8 (3.88%) CSS
7 6 (2.91%) React
8 5 (2.43%) Apache Cordova
8 5 (2.43%) ASP.NET
8 5 (2.43%) EDI
8 5 (2.43%) JSON
8 5 (2.43%) React Native
8 5 (2.43%) REST
8 5 (2.43%) SOAP
8 5 (2.43%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 4 (1.94%) HTML5
10 3 (1.46%) .NET Framework
10 3 (1.46%) Middleware
10 3 (1.46%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 32 (15.53%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (4.85%) User Experience
3 9 (4.37%) Virtual Team
4 7 (3.40%) Data Structures
5 6 (2.91%) Enterprise Software
5 6 (2.91%) Mainframe
5 6 (2.91%) PKI
6 5 (2.43%) Mobile App
7 4 (1.94%) Data Centre
7 4 (1.94%) Digital Media
7 4 (1.94%) Web 2.0
8 3 (1.46%) Mobile Games
9 2 (0.97%) Computer Science
9 2 (0.97%) Management Information System
9 2 (0.97%) Performance Metrics
10 1 (0.49%) 3D Graphics
10 1 (0.49%) Biometrics
10 1 (0.49%) Life Science
10 1 (0.49%) NHS
10 1 (0.49%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 14 (6.80%) Windows
2 11 (5.34%) Linux
3 10 (4.85%) Unix
4 8 (3.88%) Android
5 7 (3.40%) AIX
6 5 (2.43%) CentOS
7 3 (1.46%) Apple iOS
7 3 (1.46%) Windows Server
7 3 (1.46%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.49%) Solaris
8 1 (0.49%) Windows 2000
8 1 (0.49%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (36.89%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (13.59%) ITIL
3 27 (13.11%) BDD
3 27 (13.11%) Scrum
3 27 (13.11%) SDLC
4 25 (12.14%) Stakeholder Management
5 21 (10.19%) Project Management
6 20 (9.71%) Test Scripting
7 19 (9.22%) TDD
8 17 (8.25%) Configuration Management
8 17 (8.25%) DevOps
9 16 (7.77%) Test Automation
10 15 (7.28%) Business Intelligence
11 14 (6.80%) Continuous Integration
11 14 (6.80%) ERP
11 14 (6.80%) Migration
11 14 (6.80%) Software Testing
11 14 (6.80%) Test Strategy
11 14 (6.80%) Time Management
12 13 (6.31%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 37 (17.96%) Java
2 36 (17.48%) SQL
3 28 (13.59%) JavaScript
4 14 (6.80%) Ruby
5 12 (5.83%) PHP
6 11 (5.34%) C#
7 8 (3.88%) Python
8 6 (2.91%) T-SQL
9 5 (2.43%) C
10 4 (1.94%) ES6
10 4 (1.94%) Perl
10 4 (1.94%) PL/SQL
10 4 (1.94%) Shell Script
11 3 (1.46%) ECMAScript
12 2 (0.97%) STATISTICA Visual Basic
13 1 (0.49%) PHP 5
13 1 (0.49%) Scala
13 1 (0.49%) VB
13 1 (0.49%) X++
Qualifications
1 16 (7.77%) Security Cleared
2 13 (6.31%) ISEB
3 9 (4.37%) SC Cleared
4 7 (3.40%) CCNP
4 7 (3.40%) Cisco Certification
5 5 (2.43%) Degree
5 5 (2.43%) ISTQB
5 5 (2.43%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (1.46%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (0.97%) DBS Check
7 2 (0.97%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (0.97%) Siebel Certification
8 1 (0.49%) CCNA
8 1 (0.49%) CISSP
8 1 (0.49%) HND
8 1 (0.49%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (2.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (1.46%) ISO 9001
2 3 (1.46%) SDET
2 3 (1.46%) SLA
3 2 (0.97%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.49%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.49%) GxP
System Software
1 5 (2.43%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 9 (4.37%) Puppet
2 6 (2.91%) SmoothWall
3 3 (1.46%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.49%) Ansible
4 1 (0.49%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 1 (0.49%) Nessus
Vendors
1 27 (13.11%) Oracle
2 22 (10.68%) Microsoft
3 10 (4.85%) CheckPoint
4 9 (4.37%) RightScale
5 7 (3.40%) Avaya
5 7 (3.40%) Cisco
5 7 (3.40%) ServiceNow
5 7 (3.40%) Sitecore
6 6 (2.91%) Clearswift
7 5 (2.43%) ForgeRock
7 5 (2.43%) Red Hat
7 5 (2.43%) SAP
8 4 (1.94%) HP
8 4 (1.94%) Siebel
9 3 (1.46%) Apigee
10 2 (0.97%) Ab Initio
10 2 (0.97%) Atlassian
10 2 (0.97%) Informatica
10 2 (0.97%) Openreach
11 1 (0.49%) VMware
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