Period
to 23 May 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for QA skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited QA over the 6 months to 23 May 2018 with a comparison to the 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 (QA)
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
23 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 72 50 85
Rank change year-on-year -22 +35 -25
Contract jobs citing QA 21 34 36
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 1.63% 3.11% 1.83%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 16.28% 36.17% 18.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 21 29
Cheshire median daily rate £290 £375 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -22.67% -11.76% -3.41%
10th Percentile £228 £250 £295
90th Percentile £389 £513 £538
North West median daily rate £400 £365 £375
% change year-on-year +9.59% -2.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Cheshire median hourly rate - - -
North West median hourly rate £15.00 - £37.50

QA is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Cheshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 129 94 191
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 9.98% 8.59% 9.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 85 66 139
Cheshire median daily rate £350 £365 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.11% -14.12% +6.25%
10th Percentile £214 £213 £191
90th Percentile £550 £513 £589
North West median daily rate £413 £385 £375
% change year-on-year +7.14% +2.67% +6.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 1 4
Cheshire median hourly rate £18.75 £44.95 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -58.29% +245.77% -14.75%
10th Percentile £10.33 £44.95 £10.90
90th Percentile £67.50 £44.95 £17.03
North West median hourly rate £28.00 £26.83 £38.75
% change year-on-year +4.36% -30.76% +103.95%

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Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Cheshire.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Cheshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Cheshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Cheshire over the 6 months to 23 May 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Cheshire

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA in Cheshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Cheshire

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Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Cheshire region over the 6 months to 23 May 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Macclesfield +6 7 £238 +46.15%
Chester -9 6 £300 -9.77% 4
Warrington -6 4 £675 +22.73% 15
Knutsford -7 2 £400 - 2
Alderley Edge - 1 £238 -
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North West

For the 6 months to 23 May 2018, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Cheshire region with a requirement for QA.

1 12 (57.14%) Test Automation
2 9 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (33.33%) Content Management
3 7 (33.33%) Finance
3 7 (33.33%) CMS
3 7 (33.33%) Adobe
3 7 (33.33%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 7 (33.33%) User Experience
3 7 (33.33%) Wireframes
3 7 (33.33%) Self-Motivation
4 5 (23.81%) HTML
4 5 (23.81%) JavaScript
4 5 (23.81%) CSS
5 4 (19.05%) Web 2.0
5 4 (19.05%) ISTQB
5 4 (19.05%) Ajax
5 4 (19.05%) XML
5 4 (19.05%) DOM
5 4 (19.05%) XHTML
5 4 (19.05%) Microsoft
5 4 (19.05%) ISEB
5 4 (19.05%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 4 (19.05%) Test Scripting
5 4 (19.05%) HTML5
5 4 (19.05%) CSS3
5 4 (19.05%) jQuery
6 3 (14.29%) Selenium
6 3 (14.29%) SDLC
6 3 (14.29%) Digital Transformation Programme
6 3 (14.29%) Pharmaceutical

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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:

Application Platforms
1 7 (33.33%) Adobe Experience Manager
1 7 (33.33%) CMS
2 1 (4.76%) Confluence
2 1 (4.76%) SharePoint
2 1 (4.76%) WordPress
Applications
1 2 (9.52%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (4.76%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (4.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (4.76%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (9.52%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.76%) Office 365
Development Applications
1 3 (14.29%) Selenium
2 2 (9.52%) NUnit
3 1 (4.76%) Codeception
3 1 (4.76%) Gatling
3 1 (4.76%) Git (software)
3 1 (4.76%) JIRA
3 1 (4.76%) JMeter
3 1 (4.76%) LoadRunner
General
1 7 (33.33%) Finance
2 3 (14.29%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (4.76%) Advertising
3 1 (4.76%) Banking
3 1 (4.76%) Retail
3 1 (4.76%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 5 (23.81%) Author
1 5 (23.81%) Web Author
2 3 (14.29%) Analyst
2 3 (14.29%) Project Manager
2 3 (14.29%) Test Analyst
3 2 (9.52%) Automation Test Analyst
3 2 (9.52%) Content Manager
3 2 (9.52%) Test Manager
3 2 (9.52%) Web Content Manager
3 2 (9.52%) Web Manager
4 1 (4.76%) Buyer
4 1 (4.76%) Digital Transformation
4 1 (4.76%) Domain Architect
4 1 (4.76%) IT Buyer
4 1 (4.76%) Programme Test Manager
4 1 (4.76%) QA Manual Tester
4 1 (4.76%) QA Test Manager
4 1 (4.76%) Resilience Manager
4 1 (4.76%) Test Programme Manager
4 1 (4.76%) Web Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (23.81%) CSS
1 5 (23.81%) HTML
2 4 (19.05%) Ajax
2 4 (19.05%) CSS3
2 4 (19.05%) DOM
2 4 (19.05%) HTML5
2 4 (19.05%) jQuery
2 4 (19.05%) Twitter Bootstrap
2 4 (19.05%) XHTML
2 4 (19.05%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (33.33%) Self-Motivation
1 7 (33.33%) User Experience
2 4 (19.05%) Web 2.0
3 1 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (4.76%) Client/Server
3 1 (4.76%) Computer Science
3 1 (4.76%) Data Centre
3 1 (4.76%) e-Learning
3 1 (4.76%) Mainframe
3 1 (4.76%) Management Information System
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (57.14%) Test Automation
2 9 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (33.33%) Content Management
3 7 (33.33%) Wireframes
4 4 (19.05%) Test Scripting
5 3 (14.29%) Digital Transformation Programme
5 3 (14.29%) SDLC
6 2 (9.52%) Change Management
6 2 (9.52%) Continuous Improvement
6 2 (9.52%) CRM
6 2 (9.52%) Manual Testing
6 2 (9.52%) Problem-Solving
6 2 (9.52%) Project Management
6 2 (9.52%) Project Planning
6 2 (9.52%) Risk Management
6 2 (9.52%) SEO
6 2 (9.52%) Stakeholder Management
6 2 (9.52%) Target Operating Model
6 2 (9.52%) User Stories
7 1 (4.76%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (23.81%) JavaScript
2 1 (4.76%) PHP
Qualifications
1 4 (19.05%) ISEB
1 4 (19.05%) ISTQB
2 1 (4.76%) Computer Science Degree
2 1 (4.76%) DBS Check
2 1 (4.76%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.76%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 1 (4.76%) SLA
Systems Management
1 1 (4.76%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 7 (33.33%) Adobe
2 4 (19.05%) Microsoft
3 1 (4.76%) HP
3 1 (4.76%) IBM