Period
to 17 November 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 17 November 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
17 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 60 64 56
Rank change year-on-year +4 -8 +8
Contract jobs citing QA 30 28 45
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 2.35% 2.08% 3.03%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 24.79% 17.95% 30.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 26 33
Cheshire median daily rate £405 £535 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -24.30% +25.88% +3.66%
10th Percentile £308 £306 £308
90th Percentile £505 £575 £493
North West median daily rate £450 £450 £400
% change year-on-year - +12.50% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Cheshire median hourly rate - - -
North West median hourly rate £45.00 £16.19 £44.00
% change year-on-year +177.95% -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 121 156 150
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 9.48% 11.62% 10.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 104 110
Cheshire median daily rate £395 £350 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.86% -17.65% -
10th Percentile £150 £225 £250
90th Percentile £513 £543 £650
North West median daily rate £413 £388 £400
% change year-on-year +6.45% -3.13% -3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 11 4
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.62% -48.00% +44.26%
10th Percentile £13.00 £8.38 £17.25
90th Percentile £67.50 £19.25 £35.90
North West median hourly rate £29.19 £13.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +116.22% -46.00% +11.11%

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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 17 November 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 17 November 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
Knutsford -2 8 £400 - 1
Crewe - 8 £500 - 3
Chester +2 5 £318 -9.29% 4
Warrington -13 3 £588 +9.81% 8
Macclesfield -5 1 - - 1
Wilmslow -6 1 £475 +5.56% 1
Runcorn - 1 - - 1
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 17 November 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 14 (46.67%) Test Automation
2 13 (43.33%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (33.33%) Selenium
4 9 (30.00%) Continuous Integration
4 9 (30.00%) Regression Testing
5 8 (26.67%) Non-Functional Testing
6 7 (23.33%) Cucumber
6 7 (23.33%) Jenkins
6 7 (23.33%) JMeter
6 7 (23.33%) SQL
6 7 (23.33%) DevOps
7 6 (20.00%) Project Management
7 6 (20.00%) Scrum
7 6 (20.00%) CSS
7 6 (20.00%) Test Strategy
8 5 (16.67%) BDD
8 5 (16.67%) Performance Testing
8 5 (16.67%) Integration Testing
8 5 (16.67%) Problem Management
8 5 (16.67%) Dynamics CRM
8 5 (16.67%) Finance
8 5 (16.67%) CRM
8 5 (16.67%) Microsoft
8 5 (16.67%) JUnit
8 5 (16.67%) Defect Management
9 4 (13.33%) Problem-Solving
9 4 (13.33%) QA Automation
9 4 (13.33%) Analytical Skills
9 4 (13.33%) SDLC
9 4 (13.33%) Java

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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 2 (6.67%) SharePoint
2 1 (3.33%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 1 (3.33%) CMS
2 1 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2013
2 1 (3.33%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 3 (10.00%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (3.33%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (16.67%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (13.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (10.00%) BrowserStack
3 2 (6.67%) Office 365
4 1 (3.33%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (3.33%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (3.33%) BlazeMeter
4 1 (3.33%) IaaS
4 1 (3.33%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.67%) SQL Server
1 2 (6.67%) ZAP BI
2 1 (3.33%) Azure SQL Database
2 1 (3.33%) Neo4j
2 1 (3.33%) SQL CLR
2 1 (3.33%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (3.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (3.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (3.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 10 (33.33%) Selenium
2 7 (23.33%) Cucumber
2 7 (23.33%) Jenkins
2 7 (23.33%) JMeter
3 5 (16.67%) JUnit
4 4 (13.33%) Maven
4 4 (13.33%) Visual Studio Team System
5 3 (10.00%) Zephyr
6 1 (3.33%) Git (software)
6 1 (3.33%) LoadRunner
General
1 5 (16.67%) Finance
2 3 (10.00%) Banking
2 3 (10.00%) Retail Banking
3 1 (3.33%) Games
3 1 (3.33%) Legal
3 1 (3.33%) Local Government
3 1 (3.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 11 (36.67%) Tester
2 7 (23.33%) QA Tester
3 6 (20.00%) Automation Tester
4 5 (16.67%) QA Automation Tester
5 3 (10.00%) Administrator
5 3 (10.00%) Analyst
5 3 (10.00%) Manual Tester
5 3 (10.00%) Test Analyst
5 3 (10.00%) Test Leader
6 2 (6.67%) Automation Test Analyst
6 2 (6.67%) DevOps Engineer
7 1 (3.33%) Agile Test Analyst
7 1 (3.33%) Azure Engineer
7 1 (3.33%) Messaging Engineer
7 1 (3.33%) Payments Tester
7 1 (3.33%) Performance Test Leader
7 1 (3.33%) Selenium Automation Tester
7 1 (3.33%) Selenium Tester
7 1 (3.33%) UAT Coordinator
7 1 (3.33%) XML Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (20.00%) CSS
2 3 (10.00%) Gherkin
2 3 (10.00%) SOAP
2 3 (10.00%) XML
3 2 (6.67%) .NET
3 2 (6.67%) HTML
3 2 (6.67%) JSON
4 1 (3.33%) Ajax
4 1 (3.33%) ASP.NET
4 1 (3.33%) CSS3
4 1 (3.33%) DOM
4 1 (3.33%) HTML5
4 1 (3.33%) jQuery
4 1 (3.33%) REST
4 1 (3.33%) Taurus
4 1 (3.33%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 1 (3.33%) Web Services
4 1 (3.33%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (13.33%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (6.67%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (3.33%) Data Centre
3 1 (3.33%) Mobile App
3 1 (3.33%) Photography
3 1 (3.33%) User Experience
3 1 (3.33%) Web 2.0
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.33%) Kali Linux
1 1 (3.33%) Linux
1 1 (3.33%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (46.67%) Test Automation
2 13 (43.33%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (30.00%) Continuous Integration
3 9 (30.00%) Regression Testing
4 8 (26.67%) Non-Functional Testing
5 7 (23.33%) DevOps
6 6 (20.00%) Project Management
6 6 (20.00%) Scrum
6 6 (20.00%) Test Strategy
7 5 (16.67%) BDD
7 5 (16.67%) CRM
7 5 (16.67%) Defect Management
7 5 (16.67%) Integration Testing
7 5 (16.67%) Performance Testing
7 5 (16.67%) Problem Management
8 4 (13.33%) Problem-Solving
8 4 (13.33%) QA Automation
8 4 (13.33%) SDLC
8 4 (13.33%) System Testing
9 3 (10.00%) OWASP
Programming Languages
1 7 (23.33%) SQL
2 4 (13.33%) Java
2 4 (13.33%) PowerShell
3 2 (6.67%) C#
3 2 (6.67%) JavaScript
3 2 (6.67%) T-SQL
4 1 (3.33%) ANSI SQL
4 1 (3.33%) Assembly Language
4 1 (3.33%) C
Qualifications
1 3 (10.00%) ISEB
2 2 (6.67%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (10.00%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 3 (10.00%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (3.33%) Active Directory
1 1 (3.33%) Hyper-V
1 1 (3.33%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (3.33%) Forefront Identity Manager
1 1 (3.33%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
1 1 (3.33%) Opscode Chef
1 1 (3.33%) Puppet
1 1 (3.33%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 5 (16.67%) Microsoft
2 1 (3.33%) Adobe
2 1 (3.33%) Dell
2 1 (3.33%) Google
2 1 (3.33%) HP
2 1 (3.33%) McAfee
2 1 (3.33%) Oracle
2 1 (3.33%) Splunk
2 1 (3.33%) Symantec
2 1 (3.33%) Trustwave
2 1 (3.33%) Twitter
2 1 (3.33%) VMware