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 3 months to 28 April 2017 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
3 months to
28 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 44 70 49
Rank change year-on-year +26 -21  
Contract jobs citing QA 15 21 30
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 2.64% 1.90% 3.00%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 34.88% 20.00% 22.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 16 15
Median daily rate £358 £433 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.34% +1.76%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £331 £356
10% offered a daily rate of more than £499 £513 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £358
% change year-on-year - +4.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.00 £19.30 £35.75
% change year-on-year +14.01% -46.02%  

QA is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next 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 and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 43 105 136
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 7.57% 9.50% 13.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 76 73
Median daily rate £365 £400 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.75% -4.76%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £221 £222
10% offered a daily rate of more than £496 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 13
Median hourly rate £44.95 £13.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +245.76% -13.33%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £33.00 £25.56
% change year-on-year -27.27% +29.10%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheshire citing QA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

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 3 months to 28 April 2017.

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 3 months to 28 April 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
Chester +17 7 £308 -26.56% 3
Knutsford +9 1 - -
Macclesfield +6 1 £425 -
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North West

For the 6 months to 28 April 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 Cheshire region with a requirement for QA.

1 15 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (43.33%) Finance
3 8 (26.67%) Project Management
3 8 (26.67%) Java
4 7 (23.33%) Stakeholder Management
4 7 (23.33%) SDLC
5 6 (20.00%) Jenkins
5 6 (20.00%) GitHub
5 6 (20.00%) Oracle
6 5 (16.67%) Business Intelligence
6 5 (16.67%) Scrum
6 5 (16.67%) Configuration Management
6 5 (16.67%) Banking
6 5 (16.67%) Workflow
6 5 (16.67%) Selenium
6 5 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
6 5 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
6 5 (16.67%) Coaching
7 4 (13.33%) Analytical Skills
7 4 (13.33%) Exploratory Testing
7 4 (13.33%) Oracle EBS R12
7 4 (13.33%) Kanban
7 4 (13.33%) Migration
7 4 (13.33%) Web Services
7 4 (13.33%) XML
7 4 (13.33%) SQL
7 4 (13.33%) Microsoft Office
8 3 (10.00%) SAP
8 3 (10.00%) SLA
8 3 (10.00%) Microsoft

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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 3 (10.00%) SharePoint
2 1 (3.33%) Tomcat
Applications
1 4 (13.33%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (10.00%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (3.33%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 4 (13.33%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 6 (20.00%) GitHub
2 1 (3.33%) Office 365
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (10.00%) MongoDB
2 2 (6.67%) Big Data
2 2 (6.67%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (3.33%) SQL Server
3 1 (3.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 6 (20.00%) Jenkins
2 5 (16.67%) Selenium
3 3 (10.00%) Cucumber
3 3 (10.00%) Gatling
4 1 (3.33%) Git (software)
4 1 (3.33%) JIRA
4 1 (3.33%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 13 (43.33%) Finance
2 5 (16.67%) Banking
3 3 (10.00%) Corporate Banking
3 3 (10.00%) Financial Institution
4 1 (3.33%) Front Office
4 1 (3.33%) Games
4 1 (3.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 5 (16.67%) Analyst
1 5 (16.67%) Tester
2 4 (13.33%) Applications Architect
2 4 (13.33%) Architect
2 4 (13.33%) Developer
2 4 (13.33%) Oracle Architect
2 4 (13.33%) QA Engineer
3 3 (10.00%) Operations Analyst
3 3 (10.00%) QA Tester
3 3 (10.00%) Release Manager
3 3 (10.00%) Software Manager
3 3 (10.00%) Software Release Manager
4 2 (6.67%) Automation Tester
4 2 (6.67%) Java Developer
4 2 (6.67%) Junior
4 2 (6.67%) Junior Automation Tester
4 2 (6.67%) Junior Tester
4 2 (6.67%) Project Manager
5 1 (3.33%) Head of Testing
5 1 (3.33%) Information Security Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (13.33%) Web Services
1 4 (13.33%) XML
2 2 (6.67%) Spring
3 1 (3.33%) Angular 2
3 1 (3.33%) AngularJS
3 1 (3.33%) CryEngine
3 1 (3.33%) Ehcache
3 1 (3.33%) Ember.js
3 1 (3.33%) HTML
3 1 (3.33%) JAX-WS
3 1 (3.33%) JiBX
3 1 (3.33%) JSON
3 1 (3.33%) MyBatis
3 1 (3.33%) Node.js
3 1 (3.33%) POJO
3 1 (3.33%) REST
3 1 (3.33%) RESTful
3 1 (3.33%) Spring Boot
3 1 (3.33%) Spring MVC
3 1 (3.33%) Spring Security
Miscellaneous
1 4 (13.33%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (6.67%) Computer Science
3 1 (3.33%) CMDB
3 1 (3.33%) Derivative
3 1 (3.33%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 1 (3.33%) OTC Derivatives
3 1 (3.33%) PMI
3 1 (3.33%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 2 (6.67%) Linux
1 2 (6.67%) Unix
2 1 (3.33%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (26.67%) Project Management
3 7 (23.33%) SDLC
3 7 (23.33%) Stakeholder Management
4 5 (16.67%) Business Intelligence
4 5 (16.67%) Coaching
4 5 (16.67%) Configuration Management
4 5 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
4 5 (16.67%) Scrum
4 5 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
4 5 (16.67%) Workflow
5 4 (13.33%) Exploratory Testing
5 4 (13.33%) Kanban
5 4 (13.33%) Migration
6 3 (10.00%) Automated Testing
6 3 (10.00%) DevOps
6 3 (10.00%) Manual Testing
6 3 (10.00%) QA Automation
6 3 (10.00%) Resource Management
6 3 (10.00%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (26.67%) Java
2 4 (13.33%) SQL
3 2 (6.67%) JavaScript
3 2 (6.67%) PL/SQL
3 2 (6.67%) Ruby
4 1 (3.33%) ANSI SQL
4 1 (3.33%) Python
4 1 (3.33%) T-SQL
4 1 (3.33%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 3 (10.00%) ISEB
2 2 (6.67%) Degree
2 2 (6.67%) HND
3 1 (3.33%) PMI Certification
3 1 (3.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (10.00%) SLA
2 1 (3.33%) Data Quality
2 1 (3.33%) Dodd-Frank
2 1 (3.33%) EMIR
2 1 (3.33%) PMO
Vendors
1 6 (20.00%) Oracle
2 3 (10.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (10.00%) Remedy
2 3 (10.00%) SAP
3 1 (3.33%) Google
3 1 (3.33%) Talend