Period
to 23 July 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 23 July 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
23 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 52 74 67
Rank change year-on-year +22 -7 -5
Contract jobs citing QA 36 41 46
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 2.92% 2.19% 2.40%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 27.07% 23.70% 17.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 26 23
Cheshire median daily rate £481 £413 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.67% -1.79% +12.00%
10th Percentile £273 £288 £303
90th Percentile £575 £507 £568
North West median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Cheshire median hourly rate - - £35.00
North West median hourly rate - £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +125.81%

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 133 173 263
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 10.78% 9.26% 13.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 96 121 155
Cheshire median daily rate £390 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.50% - +11.50%
10th Percentile £238 £210 £250
90th Percentile £521 £588 £588
North West median daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +3.33% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 3 24
Cheshire median hourly rate £13.00 £13.00 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -14.75% -8.96%
10th Percentile £8.38 £13.00 £13.15
90th Percentile £25.78 £17.60 £38.50
North West median hourly rate £15.25 £35.75 £21.07
% change year-on-year -57.34% +69.67% +27.70%

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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 23 July 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 23 July 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 +42 13 £535 +46.17% 1
Chester +20 10 £341 -18.57% 4
Macclesfield +8 2 £435 - 1
Knutsford +8 1 - - 4
Wilmslow -4 1 £450 -
Crewe - 1 £400 -
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North West

For the 6 months to 23 July 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 22 (61.11%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (38.89%) Test Automation
3 13 (36.11%) Scrum
4 12 (33.33%) Configuration Management
5 11 (30.56%) Kanban
5 11 (30.56%) Jenkins
6 10 (27.78%) MongoDB
7 9 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
7 9 (25.00%) Coaching
7 9 (25.00%) Finance
7 9 (25.00%) Java
7 9 (25.00%) Linux
7 9 (25.00%) JIRA
8 8 (22.22%) Software Engineering
8 8 (22.22%) Python
8 8 (22.22%) DevOps
8 8 (22.22%) Mentoring
8 8 (22.22%) Git (software)
9 7 (19.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 7 (19.44%) Bash Shell
9 7 (19.44%) Confluence
9 7 (19.44%) Apache Cassandra
9 7 (19.44%) Puppet
9 7 (19.44%) nginx
9 7 (19.44%) Microservices
9 7 (19.44%) Kubernetes
9 7 (19.44%) SonarQube
9 7 (19.44%) Continuous Delivery
9 7 (19.44%) Docker
9 7 (19.44%) Opscode Chef

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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 7 (19.44%) Confluence
1 7 (19.44%) nginx
2 2 (5.56%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (2.78%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (2.78%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 7 (19.44%) Slack
2 4 (11.11%) GitHub
3 1 (2.78%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (2.78%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (19.44%) HTTP
2 1 (2.78%) FTP
2 1 (2.78%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (27.78%) MongoDB
2 7 (19.44%) Apache Cassandra
2 7 (19.44%) MySQL
3 2 (5.56%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (5.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (2.78%) Big Data
4 1 (2.78%) SQL Server
4 1 (2.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 11 (30.56%) Jenkins
2 9 (25.00%) JIRA
3 8 (22.22%) Git (software)
4 7 (19.44%) SonarQube
5 4 (11.11%) Selenium
6 3 (8.33%) Cucumber
6 3 (8.33%) Gatling
7 2 (5.56%) SoapUI
8 1 (2.78%) AdminStudio
8 1 (2.78%) MSI
8 1 (2.78%) SpecFlow
8 1 (2.78%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 1 (2.78%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (2.78%) WebDriver
General
1 9 (25.00%) Finance
2 4 (11.11%) Telecoms
3 3 (8.33%) Banking
4 1 (2.78%) Front Office
4 1 (2.78%) Games
4 1 (2.78%) Retail
Job Titles
1 7 (19.44%) DevOps Engineer
1 7 (19.44%) Senior DevOps
1 7 (19.44%) Senior DevOps Engineer
2 6 (16.67%) Analyst
3 4 (11.11%) Developer
3 4 (11.11%) QA Engineer
3 4 (11.11%) Test Analyst
4 3 (8.33%) Coordinator
4 3 (8.33%) Linux DevOps Engineer
4 3 (8.33%) Linux Engineer
4 3 (8.33%) Linux/Unix DevOps
4 3 (8.33%) Project Manager
4 3 (8.33%) Senior Linux Engineer
5 2 (5.56%) Java Developer
5 2 (5.56%) Release Manager
5 2 (5.56%) Tester
6 1 (2.78%) Banking Analyst
6 1 (2.78%) QA Analyst
6 1 (2.78%) Security Technical Consultant
6 1 (2.78%) Technical Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (19.44%) LEMP Stack
2 5 (13.89%) Web Services
3 3 (8.33%) REST
3 3 (8.33%) SOAP
3 3 (8.33%) Spring
4 2 (5.56%) AngularJS
4 2 (5.56%) Ehcache
4 2 (5.56%) MyBatis
4 2 (5.56%) Spring Boot
4 2 (5.56%) Spring MVC
4 2 (5.56%) Spring Security
4 2 (5.56%) XML
5 1 (2.78%) Angular 2
5 1 (2.78%) J2EE
5 1 (2.78%) JAXB
5 1 (2.78%) JDBC
5 1 (2.78%) JSON
5 1 (2.78%) RESTful
5 1 (2.78%) WSDL
5 1 (2.78%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 7 (19.44%) Clustering
2 2 (5.56%) PMI
3 1 (2.78%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.78%) CMDB
3 1 (2.78%) Derivative
3 1 (2.78%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 1 (2.78%) Mobile App
3 1 (2.78%) OTC Derivatives
3 1 (2.78%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 9 (25.00%) Linux
2 7 (19.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 2 (5.56%) Unix
3 2 (5.56%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (61.11%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (38.89%) Test Automation
3 13 (36.11%) Scrum
4 12 (33.33%) Configuration Management
5 11 (30.56%) Kanban
6 9 (25.00%) Coaching
6 9 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
7 8 (22.22%) DevOps
7 8 (22.22%) Mentoring
7 8 (22.22%) Software Engineering
8 7 (19.44%) Continuous Delivery
8 7 (19.44%) Load Balancing
8 7 (19.44%) Microservices
8 7 (19.44%) Stakeholder Management
8 7 (19.44%) Static Code Analysis
9 5 (13.89%) Change Management
9 5 (13.89%) Project Management
10 4 (11.11%) Exploratory Testing
10 4 (11.11%) Logistics
10 4 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 9 (25.00%) Java
2 8 (22.22%) Python
3 7 (19.44%) Bash Shell
3 7 (19.44%) Shell Script
4 5 (13.89%) SQL
5 3 (8.33%) JavaScript
6 2 (5.56%) PowerShell
6 2 (5.56%) TypeScript
7 1 (2.78%) C#
Qualifications
1 4 (11.11%) ISEB
2 2 (5.56%) PMI Certification
3 1 (2.78%) Degree
3 1 (2.78%) PRINCE2 Certification
3 1 (2.78%) SC Cleared
3 1 (2.78%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (11.11%) ISO 9001
2 1 (2.78%) Dodd-Frank
2 1 (2.78%) EMIR
2 1 (2.78%) GDPR
2 1 (2.78%) PMO
System Software
1 7 (19.44%) Docker
1 7 (19.44%) Xen
2 1 (2.78%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 7 (19.44%) Kubernetes
1 7 (19.44%) Opscode Chef
1 7 (19.44%) Puppet
1 7 (19.44%) Rancher
2 1 (2.78%) SCCM
Vendors
1 4 (11.11%) CheckPoint
1 4 (11.11%) Ericsson
1 4 (11.11%) Microsoft
2 3 (8.33%) Oracle