Period
to 20 August 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 20 August 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
20 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 72 51 69
Rank change year-on-year -21 +18 -4
Contract jobs citing QA 27 34 45
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 2.04% 2.79% 2.51%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 22.13% 26.77% 27.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 28 32
Cheshire median daily rate £325 £481 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -32.47% +13.24% +6.92%
10th Percentile £231 £268 £301
90th Percentile £503 £575 £488
North West median daily rate £425 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +6.25% +0.63% +6.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Cheshire median hourly rate - - -
North West median hourly rate £15.25 - £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 122 127 162
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 9.22% 10.44% 9.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 74 92 117
Cheshire median daily rate £350 £390 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.26% -2.50% -
10th Percentile £231 £250 £261
90th Percentile £550 £515 £588
North West median daily rate £413 £390 £400
% change year-on-year +5.77% -2.50% +2.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 6 2
Cheshire median hourly rate £19.25 £13.00 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +48.08% -50.00% +70.49%
10th Percentile £12.83 £8.38 £15.55
90th Percentile £67.50 £13.00 £36.85
North West median hourly rate £28.38 £19.06 £34.00
% change year-on-year +48.90% -43.94% +57.12%

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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 20 August 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 20 August 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
Chester -1 8 £305 -10.56% 2
Knutsford -1 5 £400 -
Crewe -13 5 £500 +25.00%
Warrington -7 4 £588 +9.81% 7
Macclesfield 0 2 £236 -45.69% 1
Runcorn - 1 - - 1
Alderley Edge - 1 £238 -
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 11 (40.74%) Test Automation
2 8 (29.63%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (25.93%) Finance
3 7 (25.93%) Microsoft
3 7 (25.93%) Selenium
4 5 (18.52%) ISEB
5 4 (14.81%) Microsoft Office
5 4 (14.81%) ISTQB
5 4 (14.81%) Test Scripting
5 4 (14.81%) Continuous Integration
5 4 (14.81%) Non-Functional Testing
5 4 (14.81%) Digital Transformation Programme
5 4 (14.81%) Self-Motivation
6 3 (11.11%) Line Management
6 3 (11.11%) User Experience
6 3 (11.11%) Wireframes
6 3 (11.11%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 3 (11.11%) Cucumber
6 3 (11.11%) BDD
6 3 (11.11%) SDLC
6 3 (11.11%) SLA
6 3 (11.11%) Retail Banking
6 3 (11.11%) Dynamics CRM
6 3 (11.11%) Java
6 3 (11.11%) XML
6 3 (11.11%) CRM
6 3 (11.11%) Project Management
6 3 (11.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (11.11%) Adobe
6 3 (11.11%) CMS

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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 (11.11%) Adobe Experience Manager
1 3 (11.11%) CMS
2 2 (7.41%) SharePoint
3 1 (3.70%) Confluence
3 1 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (3.70%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 4 (14.81%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (3.70%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (3.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (3.70%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (3.70%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (11.11%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (7.41%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (7.41%) Office 365
2 1 (3.70%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (3.70%) Azure Active Directory
2 1 (3.70%) BlazeMeter
2 1 (3.70%) BrowserStack
2 1 (3.70%) IaaS
2 1 (3.70%) SaaS
Development Applications
1 7 (25.93%) Selenium
2 3 (11.11%) Cucumber
3 2 (7.41%) Jenkins
3 2 (7.41%) JMeter
4 1 (3.70%) Git (software)
4 1 (3.70%) JIRA
4 1 (3.70%) JUnit
4 1 (3.70%) LoadRunner
4 1 (3.70%) Maven
4 1 (3.70%) NUnit
4 1 (3.70%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 7 (25.93%) Finance
2 3 (11.11%) Banking
2 3 (11.11%) Retail Banking
3 2 (7.41%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (3.70%) Games
4 1 (3.70%) Legal
4 1 (3.70%) Local Government
4 1 (3.70%) Retail
Job Titles
1 5 (18.52%) Analyst
1 5 (18.52%) Test Analyst
2 3 (11.11%) Administrator
2 3 (11.11%) Author
2 3 (11.11%) Automation Test Analyst
2 3 (11.11%) Project Manager
2 3 (11.11%) Test Leader
2 3 (11.11%) Tester
2 3 (11.11%) Web Author
3 2 (7.41%) QA Tester
4 1 (3.70%) Buyer
4 1 (3.70%) Delivery Manager
4 1 (3.70%) Games Tester
4 1 (3.70%) Lead Test Analyst
4 1 (3.70%) Project Officer
4 1 (3.70%) Project Support Officer
4 1 (3.70%) QA Analyst
4 1 (3.70%) QA Test Analyst
4 1 (3.70%) Technical Manager
4 1 (3.70%) Technical Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (11.11%) XML
2 2 (7.41%) CSS
2 2 (7.41%) JSON
2 2 (7.41%) SOAP
3 1 (3.70%) .NET
3 1 (3.70%) Ajax
3 1 (3.70%) CSS3
3 1 (3.70%) DOM
3 1 (3.70%) HTML
3 1 (3.70%) HTML5
3 1 (3.70%) jQuery
3 1 (3.70%) Taurus
3 1 (3.70%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 1 (3.70%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (14.81%) Self-Motivation
2 3 (11.11%) User Experience
3 1 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (3.70%) Data Centre
3 1 (3.70%) Management Information System
3 1 (3.70%) Mobile App
3 1 (3.70%) Photography
3 1 (3.70%) Web 2.0
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.70%) Kali Linux
1 1 (3.70%) Linux
1 1 (3.70%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (40.74%) Test Automation
2 8 (29.63%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (14.81%) Continuous Integration
3 4 (14.81%) Digital Transformation Programme
3 4 (14.81%) Non-Functional Testing
3 4 (14.81%) Test Scripting
4 3 (11.11%) BDD
4 3 (11.11%) Content Management
4 3 (11.11%) CRM
4 3 (11.11%) Line Management
4 3 (11.11%) Project Management
4 3 (11.11%) SDLC
4 3 (11.11%) Wireframes
5 2 (7.41%) Change Management
5 2 (7.41%) Migration
5 2 (7.41%) Project Planning
5 2 (7.41%) Regression Testing
5 2 (7.41%) Release Management
5 2 (7.41%) Risk Management
5 2 (7.41%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 3 (11.11%) Java
2 2 (7.41%) JavaScript
2 2 (7.41%) PowerShell
3 1 (3.70%) ANSI SQL
3 1 (3.70%) C#
3 1 (3.70%) SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (18.52%) ISEB
2 4 (14.81%) ISTQB
3 1 (3.70%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (11.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 3 (11.11%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (3.70%) Active Directory
1 1 (3.70%) Hyper-V
1 1 (3.70%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (3.70%) Forefront Identity Manager
1 1 (3.70%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
1 1 (3.70%) Puppet
1 1 (3.70%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 7 (25.93%) Microsoft
2 3 (11.11%) Adobe
3 1 (3.70%) Dell
3 1 (3.70%) Google
3 1 (3.70%) McAfee
3 1 (3.70%) Splunk
3 1 (3.70%) Symantec
3 1 (3.70%) Trustwave
3 1 (3.70%) Twitter
3 1 (3.70%) VMware