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 3 months to 22 June 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)
Cheshire / Chester
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 19 40 21
Rank change year-on-year +21 -19  
Contract jobs citing QA 6 3 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 4.44% 1.39% 5.29%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 22.22% 21.43% 48.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 1 4
Median daily rate £481 £475 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.31% +18.75%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £381 £475 £355
10% offered a daily rate of more than £671 £475 £444
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year - +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £15.50 £37.25
% change year-on-year +61.29% -58.38%  

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 Chester with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Chester
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 27 14 25
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Chester 20.00% 6.48% 11.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 11 9
Median daily rate £420 £375 £378
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.00% -0.79%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £269 £327
10% offered a daily rate of more than £478 £438 £406
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 4
Median hourly rate £13.00 - £15.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £28.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -12.28% +14.00%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Chester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Chester citing QA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

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

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Chester

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Chester over the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Chester

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Chester

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA in Chester.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Chester

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

1 7 (70.00%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (60.00%) Java
3 5 (50.00%) Test Automation
4 4 (40.00%) Selenium
4 4 (40.00%) Web Services
4 4 (40.00%) Exploratory Testing
5 3 (30.00%) Manual Testing
5 3 (30.00%) Kanban
5 3 (30.00%) Gatling
5 3 (30.00%) Scrum
5 3 (30.00%) ISEB
5 3 (30.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 3 (30.00%) Banking
5 3 (30.00%) Cucumber
5 3 (30.00%) MongoDB
5 3 (30.00%) GitHub
5 3 (30.00%) Jenkins
6 2 (20.00%) XML
6 2 (20.00%) Finance
6 2 (20.00%) SOAP
7 1 (10.00%) OTC Derivatives
7 1 (10.00%) Matrix Organization
7 1 (10.00%) PowerShell
7 1 (10.00%) GDPR
7 1 (10.00%) Scenario Testing
7 1 (10.00%) Work Breakdown Structure
7 1 (10.00%) Quality Management
7 1 (10.00%) Change Management
7 1 (10.00%) Front Office
7 1 (10.00%) Risk Management

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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:

Cloud Services
1 3 (30.00%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (30.00%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 4 (40.00%) Selenium
2 3 (30.00%) Cucumber
2 3 (30.00%) Gatling
2 3 (30.00%) Jenkins
3 1 (10.00%) SoapUI
3 1 (10.00%) WebDriver
General
1 3 (30.00%) Banking
2 2 (20.00%) Finance
3 1 (10.00%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 4 (40.00%) QA Engineer
2 2 (20.00%) Analyst
2 2 (20.00%) Developer
2 2 (20.00%) Java Developer
2 2 (20.00%) Test Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Banking Project Manager
3 1 (10.00%) Business Developer
3 1 (10.00%) Head of QA
3 1 (10.00%) Head of Testing
3 1 (10.00%) Project Manager
3 1 (10.00%) QA Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) QA Test Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Senior Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Senior Developer
3 1 (10.00%) Senior Java Developer
3 1 (10.00%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (40.00%) Web Services
2 2 (20.00%) SOAP
2 2 (20.00%) XML
3 1 (10.00%) J2EE
3 1 (10.00%) JAXB
3 1 (10.00%) JAX-WS
3 1 (10.00%) JDBC
3 1 (10.00%) JiBX
3 1 (10.00%) JSON
3 1 (10.00%) POJO
3 1 (10.00%) RESTful
3 1 (10.00%) Spring
3 1 (10.00%) WSDL
3 1 (10.00%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 1 (10.00%) Derivative
1 1 (10.00%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
1 1 (10.00%) OTC Derivatives
1 1 (10.00%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 1 (10.00%) Linux
1 1 (10.00%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (70.00%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (50.00%) Test Automation
3 4 (40.00%) Exploratory Testing
4 3 (30.00%) Kanban
4 3 (30.00%) Manual Testing
4 3 (30.00%) Scrum
4 3 (30.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 1 (10.00%) Change Management
5 1 (10.00%) Configuration Management
5 1 (10.00%) E-Commerce
5 1 (10.00%) Load Testing
5 1 (10.00%) Migration
5 1 (10.00%) OO
5 1 (10.00%) OOP
5 1 (10.00%) Performance Testing
5 1 (10.00%) Project Management
5 1 (10.00%) Quality Management
5 1 (10.00%) Risk Management
5 1 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (10.00%) Stress Testing
Programming Languages
1 6 (60.00%) Java
2 1 (10.00%) JavaScript
2 1 (10.00%) PowerShell
2 1 (10.00%) Python
2 1 (10.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (30.00%) ISEB
2 1 (10.00%) Degree
2 1 (10.00%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (10.00%) Dodd-Frank
1 1 (10.00%) EMIR
1 1 (10.00%) GDPR