Period
to 22 February 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 22 February 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
22 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 73 49 71
Rank change year-on-year -24 +22 -18
Contract jobs citing QA 19 38 40
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 1.44% 3.11% 2.04%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 13.77% 30.89% 16.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 26 33
Cheshire median daily rate £313 £419 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -25.37% -1.47% -5.56%
10th Percentile £219 £243 £271
90th Percentile £538 £503 £568
North West median daily rate £370 £400 £363
% change year-on-year -7.50% +10.34% +6.62%
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 138 123 237
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 10.49% 10.07% 12.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 92 86 184
Cheshire median daily rate £346 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.59% - +28.30%
10th Percentile £213 £198 £213
90th Percentile £550 £666 £575
North West median daily rate £393 £400 £400
% change year-on-year -1.88% - +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 4 7
Cheshire median hourly rate £13.00 £25.00 £17.33
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -48.00% +44.26% +15.53%
10th Percentile £11.50 £17.25 £11.80
90th Percentile £38.55 £39.72 £27.50
North West median hourly rate £24.56 £20.20 £36.26
% change year-on-year +21.58% -44.28% +107.17%

QA
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

QA
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

QA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Cheshire over the 6 months to 22 February 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Cheshire

QA
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

QA
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 22 February 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 +7 7 £238 +46.15%
Warrington +9 6 £438 +18.64% 4
Chester -10 2 £290 -31.76% 4
Knutsford -14 1 £400 - 3
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 22 February 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 (63.16%) Test Automation
2 10 (52.63%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (36.84%) Content Management
3 7 (36.84%) CMS
3 7 (36.84%) HTML
3 7 (36.84%) CSS
3 7 (36.84%) Adobe
3 7 (36.84%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 7 (36.84%) Wireframes
4 6 (31.58%) CSS3
4 6 (31.58%) User Experience
4 6 (31.58%) JavaScript
4 6 (31.58%) XML
4 6 (31.58%) XHTML
4 6 (31.58%) Ajax
4 6 (31.58%) Web 2.0
4 6 (31.58%) jQuery
5 5 (26.32%) HTML5
5 5 (26.32%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 5 (26.32%) User Stories
5 5 (26.32%) DOM
5 5 (26.32%) SEO
6 3 (15.79%) Finance
6 3 (15.79%) Stakeholder Management
6 3 (15.79%) Test Strategy
6 3 (15.79%) System Testing
6 3 (15.79%) Continuous Improvement
6 3 (15.79%) Target Operating Model
6 3 (15.79%) Mentoring
6 3 (15.79%) Coaching

QA
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 (36.84%) Adobe Experience Manager
1 7 (36.84%) CMS
2 1 (5.26%) Confluence
2 1 (5.26%) nginx
2 1 (5.26%) SharePoint
2 1 (5.26%) Skype for Business
2 1 (5.26%) WordPress
Applications
1 1 (5.26%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (5.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.26%) Office 365
1 1 (5.26%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 2 (10.53%) HTTP
2 1 (5.26%) DNS
2 1 (5.26%) FTP
2 1 (5.26%) Internet
2 1 (5.26%) Skype
2 1 (5.26%) Structured Cabling
2 1 (5.26%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.26%) Apache Cassandra
1 1 (5.26%) MongoDB
1 1 (5.26%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 2 (10.53%) Git (software)
2 1 (5.26%) Codeception
2 1 (5.26%) Gatling
2 1 (5.26%) Jenkins
2 1 (5.26%) JIRA
2 1 (5.26%) JMeter
2 1 (5.26%) LoadRunner
2 1 (5.26%) NUnit
2 1 (5.26%) Selenium
2 1 (5.26%) SonarQube
General
1 3 (15.79%) Finance
2 2 (10.53%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (5.26%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 4 (21.05%) Test Manager
2 3 (15.79%) Programme Manager
2 3 (15.79%) Programme Test Manager
2 3 (15.79%) Test Programme Manager
3 2 (10.53%) Author
3 2 (10.53%) Consultant
3 2 (10.53%) Content Manager
3 2 (10.53%) Web Author
3 2 (10.53%) Web Content Manager
3 2 (10.53%) Web Engineer
3 2 (10.53%) Web Manager
4 1 (5.26%) Infrastructure Manager
4 1 (5.26%) Infrastructure Project Manager
4 1 (5.26%) IT Project Manager
4 1 (5.26%) J2EE Developer
4 1 (5.26%) Java Developer
4 1 (5.26%) Manual Tester
4 1 (5.26%) QA Manager
4 1 (5.26%) QA Tester
4 1 (5.26%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (36.84%) CSS
1 7 (36.84%) HTML
2 6 (31.58%) Ajax
2 6 (31.58%) CSS3
2 6 (31.58%) jQuery
2 6 (31.58%) XHTML
2 6 (31.58%) XML
3 5 (26.32%) DOM
3 5 (26.32%) HTML5
3 5 (26.32%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 1 (5.26%) .NET
4 1 (5.26%) Hibernate
4 1 (5.26%) J2EE
4 1 (5.26%) LEMP Stack
4 1 (5.26%) Spring
4 1 (5.26%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (31.58%) User Experience
1 6 (31.58%) Web 2.0
2 2 (10.53%) Client/Server
2 2 (10.53%) e-Learning
2 2 (10.53%) Mainframe
3 1 (5.26%) Clustering
3 1 (5.26%) Computer Science
3 1 (5.26%) Data Protection Act
3 1 (5.26%) Learning Management System
Operating Systems
1 1 (5.26%) Linux
1 1 (5.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 1 (5.26%) Windows
1 1 (5.26%) Windows 10
1 1 (5.26%) Windows 7
1 1 (5.26%) Windows Server 2008
1 1 (5.26%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (63.16%) Test Automation
2 10 (52.63%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (36.84%) Content Management
3 7 (36.84%) Wireframes
4 5 (26.32%) SEO
4 5 (26.32%) User Stories
5 3 (15.79%) Coaching
5 3 (15.79%) Continuous Improvement
5 3 (15.79%) Mentoring
5 3 (15.79%) Stakeholder Management
5 3 (15.79%) System Testing
5 3 (15.79%) Target Operating Model
5 3 (15.79%) Test Strategy
6 2 (10.53%) Continuous Integration
6 2 (10.53%) SDLC
6 2 (10.53%) Test Management
6 2 (10.53%) Web Development
7 1 (5.26%) Load Balancing
7 1 (5.26%) Manual Testing
7 1 (5.26%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 6 (31.58%) JavaScript
2 1 (5.26%) Bash Shell
2 1 (5.26%) C#
2 1 (5.26%) Java
2 1 (5.26%) PHP
2 1 (5.26%) PowerShell
2 1 (5.26%) Python
2 1 (5.26%) Shell Script
2 1 (5.26%) SQL
2 1 (5.26%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 1 (5.26%) BPSS Clearance
1 1 (5.26%) CIPD
1 1 (5.26%) Computer Science Degree
1 1 (5.26%) Degree
1 1 (5.26%) ISEB
1 1 (5.26%) ISTQB
1 1 (5.26%) SC Cleared
1 1 (5.26%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.26%) BS7799
1 1 (5.26%) Disclosure Scotland
1 1 (5.26%) GDPR
System Software
1 1 (5.26%) Active Directory
1 1 (5.26%) Docker
1 1 (5.26%) VMware ESXi
1 1 (5.26%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (5.26%) Xen
Systems Management
1 1 (5.26%) Kubernetes
1 1 (5.26%) Opscode Chef
1 1 (5.26%) Puppet
1 1 (5.26%) Rancher
Vendors
1 7 (36.84%) Adobe
2 2 (10.53%) Microsoft
3 1 (5.26%) HP
3 1 (5.26%) IBM
3 1 (5.26%) VMware