The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Halifax 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 28 March 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)
West Yorkshire / Halifax
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 10 20 22
Rank change year-on-year +10 +2  
Contract jobs citing QA 8 1 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Halifax 10.67% 1.06% 1.75%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 53.33% 6.25% 27.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 1 1
Median daily rate £295 £405 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -27.16% -5.81%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £368 £365 £350
% change year-on-year +0.68% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.50 £39.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year -32.05% +6.84%  

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 Halifax with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Halifax
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 15 16 11
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Halifax 20.00% 17.02% 6.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 14 9
Median daily rate £295 £426 £288
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -30.79% +48.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £271 £375 £196
10% offered a daily rate of more than £448 £500 £342
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £11.25 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.90 £40.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -50.25% +37.93%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Halifax

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Halifax 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 Halifax

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Halifax

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Halifax

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Halifax

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Halifax over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Halifax

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 Halifax region with a requirement for QA.

1 10 (62.50%) User Acceptance Testing
2 9 (56.25%) Test Scripting
2 9 (56.25%) SOAP
2 9 (56.25%) SoapUI
3 8 (50.00%) Groovy
4 7 (43.75%) Manual Testing
5 5 (31.25%) Finance
6 4 (25.00%) Banking
7 3 (18.75%) Migration
7 3 (18.75%) Business Analysis
7 3 (18.75%) Defect Management
8 2 (12.50%) PMO
8 2 (12.50%) Test Strategy
8 2 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
8 2 (12.50%) Retail
8 2 (12.50%) Data Management
8 2 (12.50%) MS Project
8 2 (12.50%) MS Excel
9 1 (6.25%) SharePoint
9 1 (6.25%) E-Commerce
9 1 (6.25%) ETL
9 1 (6.25%) SAS
9 1 (6.25%) ISEB
9 1 (6.25%) Project Management
9 1 (6.25%) MS Office
9 1 (6.25%) C#
9 1 (6.25%) Java
9 1 (6.25%) XML
9 1 (6.25%) Unix
9 1 (6.25%) Change Management

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Halifax 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 1 (6.25%) SAS
1 1 (6.25%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (12.50%) MS Excel
1 2 (12.50%) MS Project
2 1 (6.25%) MS Office
2 1 (6.25%) MS PowerPoint
Development Applications
1 9 (56.25%) SoapUI
2 1 (6.25%) Selenium
2 1 (6.25%) WebDriver
General
1 5 (31.25%) Finance
2 4 (25.00%) Banking
3 2 (12.50%) Retail
4 1 (6.25%) Legal
Job Titles
1 11 (68.75%) Analyst
2 8 (50.00%) Automation Test Analyst
2 8 (50.00%) Test Analyst
3 3 (18.75%) Manual Test Analyst
4 2 (12.50%) Business Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) Automation Tester
5 1 (6.25%) Business IT Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) Data Quality Specialist
5 1 (6.25%) Defect Manager
5 1 (6.25%) HR Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) IT Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) IT Business Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) PMO Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) PMO Manager
5 1 (6.25%) Test Manager
5 1 (6.25%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (56.25%) SOAP
2 1 (6.25%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (6.25%) Credit Risk
1 1 (6.25%) Data Structures
1 1 (6.25%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (6.25%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (62.50%) User Acceptance Testing
2 9 (56.25%) Test Scripting
3 7 (43.75%) Manual Testing
4 3 (18.75%) Business Analysis
4 3 (18.75%) Defect Management
4 3 (18.75%) Migration
5 2 (12.50%) Data Management
5 2 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
5 2 (12.50%) Test Strategy
6 1 (6.25%) Automated Testing
6 1 (6.25%) Business Process Mapping
6 1 (6.25%) Data Analysis
6 1 (6.25%) Data Entry
6 1 (6.25%) Functional Testing
6 1 (6.25%) Mentoring
6 1 (6.25%) Project Governance
6 1 (6.25%) Release Management
6 1 (6.25%) Stakeholder Engagement
6 1 (6.25%) System Integration Testing
6 1 (6.25%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 8 (50.00%) Groovy
2 1 (6.25%) C#
2 1 (6.25%) Java
Qualifications
1 1 (6.25%) ISEB
1 1 (6.25%) ISTQB
1 1 (6.25%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (12.50%) PMO
2 1 (6.25%) Data Quality