Period
to 10 December 2017

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 10 December 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
6 months to
10 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 66 50 61
Rank change year-on-year -16 +11 -13
Contract jobs citing QA 23 44 53
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 1.74% 3.20% 2.53%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 16.08% 30.34% 18.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 32 43
Cheshire median daily rate £535 £425 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +25.88% +0.59% -0.59%
10th Percentile £303 £301 £297
90th Percentile £575 £488 £567
North West median daily rate £450 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +12.50% +3.23% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Cheshire median hourly rate - - -
North West median hourly rate £16.19 £44.00 -
% change year-on-year -63.20% - -

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 143 145 280
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 10.82% 10.55% 13.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 95 106 220
Cheshire median daily rate £350 £420 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -16.67% -1.18% +14.86%
10th Percentile £252 £236 £256
90th Percentile £545 £650 £638
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £415
% change year-on-year - -3.50% +18.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 4 16
Cheshire median hourly rate £13.00 £25.00 £17.33
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -48.00% +44.26% +2.94%
10th Percentile £8.38 £17.25 £9.94
90th Percentile £19.25 £35.90 £27.50
North West median hourly rate £19.00 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -24.00% +11.11% +32.35%

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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 10 December 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 6 months to 10 December 2017. 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
Warrington +20 11 £535 +71.20% 2
Chester -8 4 £350 -17.65% 1
Macclesfield +8 3 £238 +2.70%
Wilmslow +5 1 £450 +2.86% 3
Knutsford -15 1 £400 - 3
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 10 December 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 13 (56.52%) Test Automation
2 12 (52.17%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (34.78%) Configuration Management
4 7 (30.43%) HTTP
4 7 (30.43%) Scrum
4 7 (30.43%) Continuous Integration
4 7 (30.43%) Mentoring
4 7 (30.43%) Coaching
5 6 (26.09%) Docker
5 6 (26.09%) DevOps
5 6 (26.09%) Microservices
5 6 (26.09%) Kubernetes
5 6 (26.09%) SonarQube
5 6 (26.09%) Continuous Delivery
5 6 (26.09%) LEMP Stack
5 6 (26.09%) Rancher
5 6 (26.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 6 (26.09%) Bash Shell
5 6 (26.09%) Confluence
5 6 (26.09%) Git (software)
5 6 (26.09%) Puppet
5 6 (26.09%) MongoDB
5 6 (26.09%) Apache Cassandra
5 6 (26.09%) Static Code Analysis
5 6 (26.09%) Jenkins
5 6 (26.09%) Opscode Chef
5 6 (26.09%) Slack
5 6 (26.09%) Kanban
5 6 (26.09%) nginx
5 6 (26.09%) Load Balancing

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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 6 (26.09%) Confluence
1 6 (26.09%) nginx
2 3 (13.04%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 3 (13.04%) CMS
3 1 (4.35%) SharePoint
3 1 (4.35%) Skype for Business
3 1 (4.35%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (4.35%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (4.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 6 (26.09%) Slack
2 1 (4.35%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (4.35%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (30.43%) HTTP
2 1 (4.35%) DNS
2 1 (4.35%) FTP
2 1 (4.35%) Internet
2 1 (4.35%) Skype
2 1 (4.35%) Structured Cabling
2 1 (4.35%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (26.09%) Apache Cassandra
1 6 (26.09%) MongoDB
1 6 (26.09%) MySQL
2 1 (4.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 6 (26.09%) Git (software)
1 6 (26.09%) Jenkins
1 6 (26.09%) JIRA
1 6 (26.09%) SonarQube
2 1 (4.35%) Selenium
2 1 (4.35%) SoapUI
2 1 (4.35%) SpecFlow
2 1 (4.35%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (4.35%) WebDriver
General
1 4 (17.39%) Finance
2 2 (8.70%) Banking
3 1 (4.35%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (4.35%) Retail Banking
3 1 (4.35%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 6 (26.09%) DevOps Engineer
1 6 (26.09%) Senior DevOps
1 6 (26.09%) Senior DevOps Engineer
2 3 (13.04%) Analyst
3 2 (8.70%) Consultant
3 2 (8.70%) Developer
3 2 (8.70%) Linux DevOps Engineer
3 2 (8.70%) Linux Engineer
3 2 (8.70%) Linux/Unix DevOps
3 2 (8.70%) Programme Manager
3 2 (8.70%) Programme Test Manager
3 2 (8.70%) Project Manager
3 2 (8.70%) Senior Linux Engineer
3 2 (8.70%) Test Analyst
3 2 (8.70%) Test Manager
3 2 (8.70%) Test Programme Manager
3 2 (8.70%) Web Engineer
4 1 (4.35%) IT Infrastructure Manager
4 1 (4.35%) Test Automation Engineer
4 1 (4.35%) VMware Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (26.09%) LEMP Stack
2 3 (13.04%) Ajax
2 3 (13.04%) CSS
2 3 (13.04%) CSS3
2 3 (13.04%) HTML
2 3 (13.04%) jQuery
2 3 (13.04%) XHTML
2 3 (13.04%) XML
3 2 (8.70%) DOM
3 2 (8.70%) HTML5
3 2 (8.70%) Spring
3 2 (8.70%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 1 (4.35%) .NET
4 1 (4.35%) AngularJS
4 1 (4.35%) Ehcache
4 1 (4.35%) MyBatis
4 1 (4.35%) REST
4 1 (4.35%) SOAP
4 1 (4.35%) Spring Boot
4 1 (4.35%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (26.09%) Clustering
2 3 (13.04%) Web 2.0
3 2 (8.70%) User Experience
4 1 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (4.35%) Client/Server
4 1 (4.35%) Data Protection Act
4 1 (4.35%) e-Learning
4 1 (4.35%) Learning Management System
4 1 (4.35%) Mainframe
4 1 (4.35%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 6 (26.09%) Linux
1 6 (26.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (4.35%) Windows
2 1 (4.35%) Windows 10
2 1 (4.35%) Windows 7
2 1 (4.35%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (4.35%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (56.52%) Test Automation
2 12 (52.17%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (34.78%) Configuration Management
4 7 (30.43%) Coaching
4 7 (30.43%) Continuous Integration
4 7 (30.43%) Mentoring
4 7 (30.43%) Scrum
5 6 (26.09%) Continuous Delivery
5 6 (26.09%) DevOps
5 6 (26.09%) Kanban
5 6 (26.09%) Load Balancing
5 6 (26.09%) Microservices
5 6 (26.09%) Software Engineering
5 6 (26.09%) Static Code Analysis
6 3 (13.04%) Change Control
6 3 (13.04%) Change Management
6 3 (13.04%) Content Management
6 3 (13.04%) SEO
6 3 (13.04%) Stakeholder Management
6 3 (13.04%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 6 (26.09%) Bash Shell
1 6 (26.09%) Python
1 6 (26.09%) Shell Script
2 5 (21.74%) JavaScript
3 3 (13.04%) Java
3 3 (13.04%) SQL
4 2 (8.70%) C#
4 2 (8.70%) PowerShell
5 1 (4.35%) TypeScript
5 1 (4.35%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 1 (4.35%) BPSS Clearance
1 1 (4.35%) CIPD
1 1 (4.35%) Degree
1 1 (4.35%) PMI Certification
1 1 (4.35%) SC Cleared
1 1 (4.35%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (8.70%) GDPR
2 1 (4.35%) BS7799
2 1 (4.35%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (4.35%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 6 (26.09%) Docker
1 6 (26.09%) Xen
2 1 (4.35%) Active Directory
2 1 (4.35%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (4.35%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (26.09%) Kubernetes
1 6 (26.09%) Opscode Chef
1 6 (26.09%) Puppet
1 6 (26.09%) Rancher
Vendors
1 3 (13.04%) Adobe
1 3 (13.04%) Microsoft
2 1 (4.35%) CheckPoint
2 1 (4.35%) Ericsson
2 1 (4.35%) Oracle
2 1 (4.35%) VMware