Period
to 27 May 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 27 May 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
27 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 31 23 48
Rank change year-on-year -8 +25 -11
Contract jobs citing QA 7 9 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 2.93% 3.95% 1.52%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 31.82% 30.00% 22.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 8 3
Chester median daily rate £300 £333 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.77% -8.28% -9.38%
10th Percentile £251 £250 £239
90th Percentile £330 £578 £464
Cheshire median daily rate £300 £369 £425
% change year-on-year -18.64% -13.24% -3.41%
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 22 30 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 9.21% 13.16% 6.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 28 20
Chester median daily rate £350 £313 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.91% -16.60% +9.65%
10th Percentile £285 £213 £210
90th Percentile £670 £481 £496
Cheshire median daily rate £350 £356 £400
% change year-on-year -1.75% -10.94% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Chester median hourly rate - £13.00 -
Cheshire median hourly rate £20.00 £28.98 £13.00
% change year-on-year -30.97% +122.88% -13.33%

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 27 May 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 5 (71.43%) ISEB
1 5 (71.43%) Finance
1 5 (71.43%) ISTQB
1 5 (71.43%) Test Automation
2 4 (57.14%) Test Scripting
3 3 (42.86%) Selenium
4 2 (28.57%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (28.57%) Manual Testing
4 2 (28.57%) Digital Transformation Programme
4 2 (28.57%) CRM
4 2 (28.57%) Microsoft
4 2 (28.57%) NUnit
5 1 (14.29%) Systems Analysis
5 1 (14.29%) Google
5 1 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (14.29%) Configuration Management
5 1 (14.29%) Change Management
5 1 (14.29%) Risk Management
5 1 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
5 1 (14.29%) BDD
5 1 (14.29%) Twitter
5 1 (14.29%) SDLC
5 1 (14.29%) JavaScript
5 1 (14.29%) Release Management
5 1 (14.29%) Project Planning

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:

Business Applications
1 2 (28.57%) Dynamics CRM
Development Applications
1 3 (42.86%) Selenium
2 2 (28.57%) NUnit
General
1 5 (71.43%) Finance
Job Titles
1 4 (57.14%) Analyst
1 4 (57.14%) Test Analyst
2 3 (42.86%) Automation Test Analyst
3 2 (28.57%) Project Manager
4 1 (14.29%) Consultant
4 1 (14.29%) Delivery Manager
4 1 (14.29%) Delivery Project Manager
4 1 (14.29%) Manual Tester
4 1 (14.29%) QA Analyst
4 1 (14.29%) QA Manual Tester
4 1 (14.29%) QA Test Analyst
4 1 (14.29%) QA Tester
4 1 (14.29%) Tester
4 1 (14.29%) Web Tester
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (71.43%) Test Automation
2 4 (57.14%) Test Scripting
3 2 (28.57%) CRM
3 2 (28.57%) Digital Transformation Programme
3 2 (28.57%) Manual Testing
4 1 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (14.29%) BDD
4 1 (14.29%) Change Management
4 1 (14.29%) Configuration Management
4 1 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
4 1 (14.29%) Project Planning
4 1 (14.29%) Release Management
4 1 (14.29%) Risk Management
4 1 (14.29%) SDLC
4 1 (14.29%) Systems Analysis
Programming Languages
1 1 (14.29%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 5 (71.43%) ISEB
1 5 (71.43%) ISTQB
Vendors
1 2 (28.57%) Microsoft
2 1 (14.29%) Google
2 1 (14.29%) Twitter