Period
to 22 November 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Chester 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 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)
Cheshire > Chester
6 months to
22 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 28 27 25
Rank change year-on-year -1 -2 +6
Contract jobs citing QA 5 4 18
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 2.49% 1.90% 5.98%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 27.78% 14.81% 52.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 3 15
Chester median daily rate £318 £350 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.29% -17.65% +13.33%
10th Percentile £297 £328 £333
90th Percentile £342 £465 £488
Cheshire median daily rate £403 £535 £425
% change year-on-year -24.77% +25.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Chester median hourly rate - - -
Cheshire median hourly rate - - -

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 Chester with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Chester
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 18 27 34
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 8.96% 12.80% 11.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 15 27
Chester median daily rate £325 £420 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -22.62% -1.18% +32.81%
10th Percentile £254 £288 £291
90th Percentile £404 £475 £568
Cheshire median daily rate £385 £350 £425
% change year-on-year +9.93% -17.65% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 9 0
Chester median hourly rate £13.45 £13.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.46% - -
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +34.62% -48.00% +44.26%

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in Chester

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Chester.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Chester

QA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Chester

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing QA in Chester.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Chester

For the 6 months to 22 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 Chester region with a requirement for QA.

1 3 (60.00%) Selenium
2 2 (40.00%) Defect Management
2 2 (40.00%) ISEB
2 2 (40.00%) ISTQB
2 2 (40.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 2 (40.00%) Performance Testing
2 2 (40.00%) Test Scripting
2 2 (40.00%) Test Automation
2 2 (40.00%) SOAP
2 2 (40.00%) Finance
2 2 (40.00%) Exploratory Testing
3 1 (20.00%) Scorecard
3 1 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (20.00%) Local Government
3 1 (20.00%) Google
3 1 (20.00%) Regression Testing
3 1 (20.00%) JMeter
3 1 (20.00%) Web Services
3 1 (20.00%) XML
3 1 (20.00%) ERP
3 1 (20.00%) Java
3 1 (20.00%) SQL
3 1 (20.00%) Oracle
3 1 (20.00%) SQL Server
3 1 (20.00%) Cucumber
3 1 (20.00%) REST
3 1 (20.00%) Neo4j
3 1 (20.00%) Twitter
3 1 (20.00%) Mobile App
3 1 (20.00%) Analytical Skills

QA
Co-occurring IT Skills in Chester 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:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (20.00%) Neo4j
1 1 (20.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (60.00%) Selenium
2 1 (20.00%) Cucumber
2 1 (20.00%) JMeter
General
1 2 (40.00%) Finance
2 1 (20.00%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 2 (40.00%) Analyst
1 2 (40.00%) Automation Test Analyst
1 2 (40.00%) QA Tester
1 2 (40.00%) Test Analyst
1 2 (40.00%) Tester
2 1 (20.00%) Coordinator
2 1 (20.00%) Technical Tester
2 1 (20.00%) UAT Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (40.00%) SOAP
2 1 (20.00%) JSON
2 1 (20.00%) REST
2 1 (20.00%) Web Services
2 1 (20.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (20.00%) Mobile App
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (40.00%) Defect Management
1 2 (40.00%) Exploratory Testing
1 2 (40.00%) Performance Testing
1 2 (40.00%) Test Automation
1 2 (40.00%) Test Scripting
1 2 (40.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 1 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (20.00%) ERP
2 1 (20.00%) Regression Testing
2 1 (20.00%) Scorecard
2 1 (20.00%) SDLC
2 1 (20.00%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 1 (20.00%) Java
1 1 (20.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (40.00%) ISEB
1 2 (40.00%) ISTQB
Vendors
1 1 (20.00%) Google
1 1 (20.00%) Oracle
1 1 (20.00%) Twitter