Period
to 19 August 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 19 August 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
19 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 29 27 42
Rank change year-on-year -2 +15 -7
Contract jobs citing QA 8 10 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 3.36% 3.94% 2.92%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 40.00% 27.03% 36.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 8 8
Chester median daily rate £305 £341 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.56% -22.06% +16.67%
10th Percentile £289 £250 £348
90th Percentile £339 £578 £488
Cheshire median daily rate £325 £481 £425
% change year-on-year -32.47% +13.24% +6.92%
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 20 37 30
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 8.40% 14.57% 7.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 31 26
Chester median daily rate £344 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -16.16% +2.50% +9.44%
10th Percentile £295 £250 £260
90th Percentile £700 £488 £569
Cheshire median daily rate £350 £390 £400
% change year-on-year -10.26% -2.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 0
Chester median hourly rate £13.45 £13.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.46% - -
Cheshire median hourly rate £19.25 £13.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year +48.08% -50.00% +70.49%

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

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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 19 August 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 4 (50.00%) ISEB
1 4 (50.00%) Finance
1 4 (50.00%) ISTQB
1 4 (50.00%) Selenium
1 4 (50.00%) Test Automation
1 4 (50.00%) Test Scripting
2 2 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (25.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (25.00%) CRM
2 2 (25.00%) Digital Transformation Programme
2 2 (25.00%) SDLC
3 1 (12.50%) Defect Management
3 1 (12.50%) Exploratory Testing
3 1 (12.50%) Scorecard
3 1 (12.50%) Cucumber
3 1 (12.50%) BDD
3 1 (12.50%) Twitter
3 1 (12.50%) Mobile App
3 1 (12.50%) Manual Testing
3 1 (12.50%) ERP
3 1 (12.50%) Configuration Management
3 1 (12.50%) Java
3 1 (12.50%) JavaScript
3 1 (12.50%) SOAP
3 1 (12.50%) XML
3 1 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (12.50%) NUnit
3 1 (12.50%) Systems Analysis
3 1 (12.50%) Local Government
3 1 (12.50%) Google

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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 (25.00%) Dynamics CRM
Development Applications
1 4 (50.00%) Selenium
2 1 (12.50%) Cucumber
2 1 (12.50%) NUnit
General
1 4 (50.00%) Finance
2 1 (12.50%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 4 (50.00%) Analyst
1 4 (50.00%) Test Analyst
2 3 (37.50%) Automation Test Analyst
3 2 (25.00%) Project Manager
4 1 (12.50%) Consultant
4 1 (12.50%) Coordinator
4 1 (12.50%) Delivery Manager
4 1 (12.50%) Delivery Project Manager
4 1 (12.50%) QA Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) QA Test Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) QA Tester
4 1 (12.50%) Technical Tester
4 1 (12.50%) Tester
4 1 (12.50%) UAT Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (12.50%) JSON
1 1 (12.50%) SOAP
1 1 (12.50%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (12.50%) Mobile App
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (50.00%) Test Automation
1 4 (50.00%) Test Scripting
2 2 (25.00%) CRM
2 2 (25.00%) Digital Transformation Programme
2 2 (25.00%) SDLC
3 1 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (12.50%) BDD
3 1 (12.50%) Change Management
3 1 (12.50%) Configuration Management
3 1 (12.50%) Defect Management
3 1 (12.50%) ERP
3 1 (12.50%) Exploratory Testing
3 1 (12.50%) Performance Testing
3 1 (12.50%) Project Planning
3 1 (12.50%) Regression Testing
3 1 (12.50%) Release Management
3 1 (12.50%) Risk Management
3 1 (12.50%) Scorecard
3 1 (12.50%) Systems Analysis
3 1 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (12.50%) Java
1 1 (12.50%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 4 (50.00%) ISEB
1 4 (50.00%) ISTQB
Vendors
1 2 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (12.50%) Google
2 1 (12.50%) Twitter