Period
to 17 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 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 17 November 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)
North West > Lancashire
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 38 40 45
Rank change year-on-year +2 +5 +16
Contract jobs citing QA 13 27 35
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 2.84% 4.07% 3.82%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 36.11% 37.50% 27.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 25 24
Lancashire median daily rate £610 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +62.67% -6.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £393 £259 £230
90th Percentile £755 £583 £480
North West median daily rate £450 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +12.50% +3.23% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Lancashire median hourly rate - £44.00 -
North West median hourly rate £16.19 £44.00 -
% change year-on-year -63.20% - -

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 Lancashire with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Lancashire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 36 72 126
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 7.86% 10.84% 13.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 54 89
Lancashire median daily rate £425 £375 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -11.76% +11.84%
10th Percentile £275 £258 £246
90th Percentile £648 £562 £675
North West median daily rate £388 £400 £413
% change year-on-year -3.13% -3.03% +13.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 8 9
Lancashire median hourly rate £35.00 £12.09 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +189.62% -64.46% +54.55%
10th Percentile £17.50 £9.19 £23.36
90th Percentile £43.90 £32.29 £56.97
North West median hourly rate £13.50 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -46.00% +11.11% +42.86%

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in Lancashire

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

Job vacancy trend for QA in Lancashire

QA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Lancashire

QA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Lancashire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Lancashire over the 6 months to 17 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Lancashire

QA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Lancashire

QA
Contract Job Locations in Lancashire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Lancashire region over the 6 months to 17 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Blackpool +8 9 £610 +55.91%
Preston -11 1 £150 -53.85%
Blackburn - 1 £400 -
Darwen - 1 £400 -
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 17 November 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 Lancashire region with a requirement for QA.

1 8 (61.54%) Shell Script
1 8 (61.54%) MongoDB
2 7 (53.85%) Open Source
2 7 (53.85%) SFIA
2 7 (53.85%) SQL
2 7 (53.85%) Business Intelligence
3 6 (46.15%) BusinessObjects
3 6 (46.15%) Data Warehouse
3 6 (46.15%) Data Modelling
3 6 (46.15%) SAS
3 6 (46.15%) Oracle
3 6 (46.15%) Unix
3 6 (46.15%) ERwin
3 6 (46.15%) CA
3 6 (46.15%) Informatica
3 6 (46.15%) Data Security
3 6 (46.15%) Management Information System
3 6 (46.15%) Finance
3 6 (46.15%) PostgreSQL
3 6 (46.15%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (46.15%) Data Management
3 6 (46.15%) Enterprise Architecture
3 6 (46.15%) Data Integration
3 6 (46.15%) Data Architecture
3 6 (46.15%) Information Assurance
3 6 (46.15%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
3 6 (46.15%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (46.15%) Data Lake
3 6 (46.15%) Data Strategy
3 6 (46.15%) Apache Hive

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Lancashire 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 6 (46.15%) SAS
2 2 (15.38%) Confluence
2 2 (15.38%) nginx
Cloud Services
1 2 (15.38%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 2 (15.38%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (61.54%) MongoDB
2 6 (46.15%) Apache Hive
2 6 (46.15%) Big Data
2 6 (46.15%) BusinessObjects
2 6 (46.15%) Data Lake
2 6 (46.15%) Data Warehouse
2 6 (46.15%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
2 6 (46.15%) Hadoop
2 6 (46.15%) HBase
2 6 (46.15%) Pentaho
2 6 (46.15%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (15.38%) Apache Cassandra
3 2 (15.38%) MySQL
4 1 (7.69%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 6 (46.15%) ERwin
2 3 (23.08%) JIRA
3 2 (15.38%) Git (software)
3 2 (15.38%) Jenkins
3 2 (15.38%) SonarQube
4 1 (7.69%) TestDirector
General
1 6 (46.15%) Finance
2 2 (15.38%) Manufacturing
3 1 (7.69%) Legal
3 1 (7.69%) Retail
Job Titles
1 6 (46.15%) Architect
1 6 (46.15%) Data Architect
1 6 (46.15%) Lead Architect
1 6 (46.15%) Lead Data Architect
2 4 (30.77%) Business Intelligence Architect
2 4 (30.77%) Business Intelligence Lead
2 4 (30.77%) Data Warehouse Architect
3 2 (15.38%) DevOps Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) Functional Tester
3 2 (15.38%) Non-Functional Tester
3 2 (15.38%) QA Tester
3 2 (15.38%) Senior DevOps
3 2 (15.38%) Senior DevOps Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) Tester
4 1 (7.69%) Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Business Intelligence Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) QA Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) QA Technician
4 1 (7.69%) QA Test Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (15.38%) LEMP Stack
2 1 (7.69%) EDI
Miscellaneous
1 6 (46.15%) Analytical Skills
1 6 (46.15%) Enterprise Software
1 6 (46.15%) Management Information System
2 2 (15.38%) Clustering
3 1 (7.69%) NHS
3 1 (7.69%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 6 (46.15%) Unix
2 2 (15.38%) Linux
2 2 (15.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (7.69%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (53.85%) Business Intelligence
1 7 (53.85%) Open Source
1 7 (53.85%) SFIA
2 6 (46.15%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (46.15%) Analytics
2 6 (46.15%) Data Architecture
2 6 (46.15%) Data Governance
2 6 (46.15%) Data Integration
2 6 (46.15%) Data Management
2 6 (46.15%) Data Modelling
2 6 (46.15%) Data Security
2 6 (46.15%) Data Strategy
2 6 (46.15%) Data Visualisation
2 6 (46.15%) Enterprise Architecture
2 6 (46.15%) Information Assurance
2 6 (46.15%) Metadata Management
2 6 (46.15%) Reverse Engineering
2 6 (46.15%) Visualisation
3 4 (30.77%) Test Automation
4 3 (23.08%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 8 (61.54%) Shell Script
2 7 (53.85%) SQL
3 2 (15.38%) Bash Shell
3 2 (15.38%) Python
Qualifications
1 1 (7.69%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (46.15%) Data Quality
System Software
1 2 (15.38%) Docker
1 2 (15.38%) Xen
Systems Management
1 2 (15.38%) Kubernetes
1 2 (15.38%) Opscode Chef
1 2 (15.38%) Puppet
1 2 (15.38%) Rancher
Vendors
1 6 (46.15%) CA
1 6 (46.15%) Informatica
1 6 (46.15%) Oracle
1 6 (46.15%) Tableau