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 28 July 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
28 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 67 38 73
Rank change year-on-year
-29 +35
Contract jobs citing QA 97 151 62
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.65% 3.94% 2.03%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 35.79% 37.66% 22.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 101 31
Median daily rate £365 £388 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.80% +10.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £243 £275 £315
10% offered a daily rate of more than £499 £508 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £14.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £10.50 £33.55 £19.50
% change year-on-year
-68.70% +72.05%
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
271 401 277
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 7.41% 10.48% 9.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 156 258 145
Median daily rate £375 £425 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% -5.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £243 £277 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £521 £690 £645
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 18 21
Median hourly rate £41.00 £15.64 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+162.23% +0.87%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.38 £13.55 £9.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £27.15 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £22.50 £20.21
% change year-on-year
+24.44% +11.35%

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 28 July 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 28 July 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 -11 55 £375 +10.70% 19
Cheshire +7 23 £385 -3.14% 5
Lancashire -28 9 £275 -26.66% 1
Merseyside -21 6 £343 -31.50% 1
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 July 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 67 (37.02%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (22.10%) JIRA
3 38 (20.99%) Java
4 37 (20.44%) Scrum
5 35 (19.34%) Selenium
6 31 (17.13%) Finance
6 31 (17.13%) Oracle
7 27 (14.92%) Web Services
8 25 (13.81%) Stakeholder Management
8 25 (13.81%) Jenkins
9 24 (13.26%) Test Scripting
9 24 (13.26%) SQL
9 24 (13.26%) Project Management
9 24 (13.26%) SDLC
10 21 (11.60%) SQL Server
10 21 (11.60%) BDD
11 20 (11.05%) Degree
11 20 (11.05%) TDD
11 20 (11.05%) Analytical Skills
12 19 (10.50%) .NET
13 18 (9.94%) Configuration Management
13 18 (9.94%) Microsoft
14 17 (9.39%) XML
14 17 (9.39%) ITIL
14 17 (9.39%) Change Management
14 17 (9.39%) Cucumber
15 16 (8.84%) User Stories
15 16 (8.84%) Windows
16 15 (8.29%) User Acceptance Testing
17 14 (7.73%) Middleware

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 12 (6.63%) WebSphere
2 9 (4.97%) WebSphere Application Server
3 6 (3.31%) CMS
4 5 (2.76%) Tomcat
5 4 (2.21%) Apache
5 4 (2.21%) BizTalk Server
6 3 (1.66%) IIS
7 2 (1.10%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 2 (1.10%) Confluence
7 2 (1.10%) JBoss
8 1 (0.55%) CICS
8 1 (0.55%) Drupal
8 1 (0.55%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.55%) Joomla!
8 1 (0.55%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.55%) WordPress
Applications
1 9 (4.97%) MS Project
2 8 (4.42%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.10%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.55%) FrameMaker
4 1 (0.55%) Mingle
4 1 (0.55%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (2.21%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (1.10%) Magento
2 2 (1.10%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (1.10%) SAP SD
3 1 (0.55%) OpenCart
3 1 (0.55%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.55%) SAP CO
3 1 (0.55%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.55%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (0.55%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.21%) GitHub
1 4 (2.21%) PaaS
2 3 (1.66%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (1.66%) SaaS
3 2 (1.10%) Amazon ElastiCache
3 2 (1.10%) Azure Active Directory
3 2 (1.10%) IaaS
3 2 (1.10%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 8 (4.42%) Firewall
2 7 (3.87%) Network Security
3 5 (2.76%) Cisco ASA
3 5 (2.76%) SSL
4 4 (2.21%) HTTP
5 3 (1.66%) Internet
5 3 (1.66%) PuTTY
5 3 (1.66%) VoIP
5 3 (1.66%) WAN
5 3 (1.66%) WinSCP
6 2 (1.10%) FTP
7 1 (0.55%) 802.15
7 1 (0.55%) DHCP
7 1 (0.55%) DNS
7 1 (0.55%) IPv6
7 1 (0.55%) LAN
7 1 (0.55%) TCP/IP
7 1 (0.55%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (11.60%) SQL Server
2 10 (5.52%) PostgreSQL
3 9 (4.97%) MongoDB
4 8 (4.42%) MySQL
4 8 (4.42%) Oracle Reports
5 6 (3.31%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (1.66%) Big Data
7 2 (1.10%) BusinessObjects
7 2 (1.10%) NoSQL
7 2 (1.10%) Oracle BI Publisher
7 2 (1.10%) Oracle Database
7 2 (1.10%) Redis
7 2 (1.10%) SQL Server 2014
7 2 (1.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.55%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.55%) SAP BW
8 1 (0.55%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 40 (22.10%) JIRA
2 35 (19.34%) Selenium
3 25 (13.81%) Jenkins
4 17 (9.39%) Cucumber
5 11 (6.08%) Mocha
6 10 (5.52%) JUnit
6 10 (5.52%) WebDriver
7 6 (3.31%) Git (software)
8 5 (2.76%) JMeter
9 4 (2.21%) Ant
10 3 (1.66%) Appium
10 3 (1.66%) CaliberRM
10 3 (1.66%) LoadRunner
10 3 (1.66%) SoapUI
10 3 (1.66%) TortoiseSVN
10 3 (1.66%) WATIR
11 2 (1.10%) Gradle
11 2 (1.10%) HP UFT
11 2 (1.10%) Team Foundation Server
11 2 (1.10%) Zephyr
General
1 31 (17.13%) Finance
2 11 (6.08%) Retail
3 10 (5.52%) Banking
4 5 (2.76%) Games
4 5 (2.76%) Manufacturing
5 4 (2.21%) Marketing
6 3 (1.66%) Legal
6 3 (1.66%) Telecoms
7 2 (1.10%) Electronics
7 2 (1.10%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (1.10%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.55%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.55%) Back Office
8 1 (0.55%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 44 (24.31%) Analyst
2 26 (14.36%) Developer
3 19 (10.50%) Test Analyst
4 18 (9.94%) Business Analyst
5 17 (9.39%) Project Manager
5 17 (9.39%) Tester
6 14 (7.73%) Test Manager
7 11 (6.08%) QA Tester
8 10 (5.52%) Node.js Developer
9 9 (4.97%) QA Engineer
10 7 (3.87%) Environment Manager
10 7 (3.87%) QA Analyst
10 7 (3.87%) Software Tester
10 7 (3.87%) SQL Analyst
10 7 (3.87%) Test Leader
11 6 (3.31%) Agile Business Analyst
11 6 (3.31%) Consultant
11 6 (3.31%) QA Test Analyst
11 6 (3.31%) Software QA Tester
12 5 (2.76%) Delivery Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (14.92%) Web Services
2 19 (10.50%) .NET
3 17 (9.39%) XML
4 14 (7.73%) Middleware
5 13 (7.18%) Node.js
5 13 (7.18%) RESTful
6 11 (6.08%) EJB
6 11 (6.08%) Express
6 11 (6.08%) J2EE
7 9 (4.97%) Hibernate
7 9 (4.97%) HTML
7 9 (4.97%) JAXB
7 9 (4.97%) VXML
7 9 (4.97%) XSLT
8 8 (4.42%) RabbitMQ
9 7 (3.87%) ASP.NET
9 7 (3.87%) ASP.NET MVC
10 4 (2.21%) CSS
10 4 (2.21%) Gherkin
10 4 (2.21%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 20 (11.05%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (5.52%) Computer Science
2 10 (5.52%) Mainframe
3 9 (4.97%) IVR
4 8 (4.42%) Data Structures
5 5 (2.76%) Data Centre
5 5 (2.76%) PKI
6 4 (2.21%) Biometrics
6 4 (2.21%) Mobile App
7 3 (1.66%) Management Information System
7 3 (1.66%) Performance Metrics
8 2 (1.10%) Digital Media
8 2 (1.10%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (1.10%) Life Science
8 2 (1.10%) Mobile Games
8 2 (1.10%) SWIFT
8 2 (1.10%) User Experience
9 1 (0.55%) CMDB
9 1 (0.55%) Data Integration
9 1 (0.55%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 16 (8.84%) Windows
2 13 (7.18%) Linux
3 11 (6.08%) AIX
4 10 (5.52%) Unix
5 3 (1.66%) CentOS
6 2 (1.10%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (1.10%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (1.10%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.55%) Android
7 1 (0.55%) Solaris
7 1 (0.55%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (37.02%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (20.44%) Scrum
3 25 (13.81%) Stakeholder Management
4 24 (13.26%) Project Management
4 24 (13.26%) SDLC
4 24 (13.26%) Test Scripting
5 21 (11.60%) BDD
6 20 (11.05%) TDD
7 18 (9.94%) Configuration Management
8 17 (9.39%) Change Management
8 17 (9.39%) ITIL
9 16 (8.84%) User Stories
10 15 (8.29%) User Acceptance Testing
11 13 (7.18%) Automation Testing
12 12 (6.63%) CRM
12 12 (6.63%) E-Commerce
12 12 (6.63%) Functional Testing
12 12 (6.63%) Regression Testing
12 12 (6.63%) Software Testing
12 12 (6.63%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 38 (20.99%) Java
2 24 (13.26%) SQL
3 11 (6.08%) PHP
3 11 (6.08%) Ruby
4 9 (4.97%) C#
4 9 (4.97%) JavaScript
5 5 (2.76%) Python
6 4 (2.21%) T-SQL
7 3 (1.66%) C
7 3 (1.66%) C++
7 3 (1.66%) Go
8 2 (1.10%) PL/SQL
8 2 (1.10%) Shell Script
8 2 (1.10%) STATISTICA Visual Basic
9 1 (0.55%) Groovy
9 1 (0.55%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.55%) VB
9 1 (0.55%) X++
Qualifications
1 20 (11.05%) Degree
2 9 (4.97%) ISEB
2 9 (4.97%) Security Cleared
3 7 (3.87%) SC Cleared
4 6 (3.31%) ISTQB
4 6 (3.31%) ITIL Certification
5 5 (2.76%) PMI Certification
5 5 (2.76%) PMP
6 4 (2.21%) BPSS Clearance
7 3 (1.66%) CCNP
7 3 (1.66%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (1.66%) DBS Check
7 3 (1.66%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 2 (1.10%) CCENT
8 2 (1.10%) CESG Certified Professional
8 2 (1.10%) CISM
8 2 (1.10%) CISMP
8 2 (1.10%) CISSP
8 2 (1.10%) PhD
8 2 (1.10%) Siebel Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (2.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (1.66%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.55%) AIFMD
3 1 (0.55%) COBIT
3 1 (0.55%) Def Stans
3 1 (0.55%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.55%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.55%) PMBOK
3 1 (0.55%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.55%) SDET
3 1 (0.55%) SLA
3 1 (0.55%) UCITS
System Software
1 10 (5.52%) Docker
2 3 (1.66%) Active Directory
2 3 (1.66%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.55%) Hyper-V
3 1 (0.55%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 11 (6.08%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (2.76%) SmoothWall
3 4 (2.21%) Puppet
4 3 (1.66%) vRealize
5 1 (0.55%) Microsoft Clustering
5 1 (0.55%) WSUS
Vendors
1 31 (17.13%) Oracle
2 18 (9.94%) Microsoft
3 10 (5.52%) HP
4 8 (4.42%) CheckPoint
4 8 (4.42%) VMware
5 7 (3.87%) Avaya
5 7 (3.87%) SAP
6 6 (3.31%) IBM
7 5 (2.76%) Cisco
7 5 (2.76%) Clearswift
7 5 (2.76%) PeopleSoft
7 5 (2.76%) Siebel
8 4 (2.21%) Ab Initio
8 4 (2.21%) Nortel
9 3 (1.66%) ATG
9 3 (1.66%) Salesforce.com
10 2 (1.10%) Adobe
10 2 (1.10%) ForgeRock
10 2 (1.10%) Informatica
10 2 (1.10%) Sitecore
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