The median contractor rate for a QA Tester was £300 per day in advertised job vacancies in Cheshire during the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Quality Assurance Tester
North West / Cheshire
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 57 - -
Rank change year-on-year - 0  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 1 0 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 0.16% - -
As % of the Job Titles category 0.17% - -
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 0
Median daily rate £300 - -
UK excluding London median daily rate £328 £300 £350
% change year-on-year +9.16% -14.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £20.00

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 601 867 952
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 94.50% 94.24% 94.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 410 626 574
Median daily rate £400 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £373
% change year-on-year - +7.38%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 27 48
Median hourly rate £30.00 £15.00 £15.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +100.00% -4.88%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £21.40 £33.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

QA Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheshire that featured QA Tester in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for QA Tester in Cheshire

QA Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing QA Tester in Cheshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Tester in Cheshire

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 19 Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 22 June 2017, QA Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Cheshire region featuring QA Tester in the job title.

1 2 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (50.00%) Talend Open Studio
2 1 (50.00%) Data Quality
2 1 (50.00%) Big Data
2 1 (50.00%) Talend
2 1 (50.00%) CryEngine
2 1 (50.00%) ANSI SQL
2 1 (50.00%) Games
2 1 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (50.00%) Google
2 1 (50.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (50.00%) JIRA
2 1 (50.00%) SQL
2 1 (50.00%) T-SQL
2 1 (50.00%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (50.00%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (50.00%) Data Modelling
2 1 (50.00%) ETL
2 1 (50.00%) Microsoft

QA Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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:

Applications
1 1 (50.00%) Microsoft Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (50.00%) Big Data
1 1 (50.00%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (50.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 1 (50.00%) JIRA
1 1 (50.00%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 1 (50.00%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (50.00%) CryEngine
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
1 1 (50.00%) Data Modelling
1 1 (50.00%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 1 (50.00%) ANSI SQL
1 1 (50.00%) SQL
1 1 (50.00%) T-SQL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (50.00%) Data Quality
Vendors
1 1 (50.00%) Google
1 1 (50.00%) Microsoft
1 1 (50.00%) Talend