Period
to 19 September 2018

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 19 September 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)
North West > Lancashire
6 months to
19 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 34 42 45
Rank change year-on-year +8 +3 -5
Contract jobs citing QA 31 13 18
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 4.94% 2.25% 2.52%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 41.89% 36.11% 26.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 27 18
Lancashire median daily rate £503 £610 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.62% +54.43% +5.33%
10th Percentile £463 £335 £255
90th Percentile £600 £755 £591
North West median daily rate £444 £400 £395
% change year-on-year +10.94% +1.27% +5.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Lancashire median hourly rate £45.00 - -
North West median hourly rate £30.00 - -

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 74 36 68
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 11.80% 6.23% 9.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 19 52
Lancashire median daily rate £493 £425 £406
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.88% +4.62% -1.52%
10th Percentile £220 £264 £201
90th Percentile £595 £671 £686
North West median daily rate £410 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +2.50% +3.23% -3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 8 5
Lancashire median hourly rate £39.99 £38.50 £12.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.86% +220.83% -70.00%
10th Percentile £21.82 £21.31 £9.19
90th Percentile £65.30 £43.83 £12.65
North West median hourly rate £28.38 £19.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year +49.37% -35.59% +47.50%

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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

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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

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Lancashire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Lancashire over the 6 months to 19 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Lancashire

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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

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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Lancashire

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Lancashire over the 6 months to 19 September 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for QA in Lancashire

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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 19 September 2018. 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 -7 20 £530 -13.11% 1
Preston +24 7 £425 +183.33% 2
Chorley - 2 £475 - 5
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 Lancashire region with a requirement for QA.

1 23 (74.19%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (64.52%) Java
2 20 (64.52%) BDD
3 14 (45.16%) Test Automation
3 14 (45.16%) TDD
4 11 (35.48%) Cucumber
5 10 (32.26%) Selenium
6 9 (29.03%) Kanban
6 9 (29.03%) PostgreSQL
6 9 (29.03%) Scrum
6 9 (29.03%) C#
7 8 (25.81%) Spring Boot
7 8 (25.81%) Java 8
8 7 (22.58%) Pair Programming
8 7 (22.58%) JIRA
8 7 (22.58%) Refactoring
9 6 (19.35%) Wiki
9 6 (19.35%) User Experience
9 6 (19.35%) Git (software)
9 6 (19.35%) UX Design
9 6 (19.35%) Software Engineering
9 6 (19.35%) Web Operations
10 5 (16.13%) Gatling
10 5 (16.13%) The Grinder
10 5 (16.13%) Linux
10 5 (16.13%) SQL
10 5 (16.13%) Open Source
10 5 (16.13%) SpecFlow
10 5 (16.13%) Performance Testing
11 4 (12.90%) Spring Security

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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 1 (3.23%) SAS
Business Applications
1 2 (6.45%) SAP HR
2 1 (3.23%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.23%) Office 365
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (29.03%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (3.23%) Apache Hive
2 1 (3.23%) Big Data
2 1 (3.23%) BusinessObjects
2 1 (3.23%) Data Lake
2 1 (3.23%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (3.23%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
2 1 (3.23%) Hadoop
2 1 (3.23%) HBase
2 1 (3.23%) MongoDB
2 1 (3.23%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 11 (35.48%) Cucumber
2 10 (32.26%) Selenium
3 7 (22.58%) JIRA
4 6 (19.35%) Git (software)
5 5 (16.13%) Gatling
5 5 (16.13%) SpecFlow
5 5 (16.13%) The Grinder
6 3 (9.68%) JMeter
6 3 (9.68%) WebDriver
7 2 (6.45%) Jenkins
7 2 (6.45%) Travis CI
8 1 (3.23%) ERwin
8 1 (3.23%) GitLab
8 1 (3.23%) JUnit
8 1 (3.23%) Sonatype Nexus
8 1 (3.23%) Toad
General
1 1 (3.23%) Finance
1 1 (3.23%) Manufacturing
1 1 (3.23%) Pharmaceutical
1 1 (3.23%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (25.81%) QA Engineer
2 5 (16.13%) Analyst
3 4 (12.90%) Consultant
3 4 (12.90%) Test Analyst
4 3 (9.68%) Developer
4 3 (9.68%) Java Developer
4 3 (9.68%) Java Engineer
4 3 (9.68%) QA Analyst
4 3 (9.68%) QA Test Analyst
4 3 (9.68%) Senior Java Engineer
4 3 (9.68%) Senior QA Engineer
4 3 (9.68%) Tester
5 2 (6.45%) Automation Consultant
5 2 (6.45%) Automation Test Analyst
5 2 (6.45%) QA Automation Analyst
5 2 (6.45%) QA Consultant
5 2 (6.45%) Senior Consultant
6 1 (3.23%) Agile Developer
6 1 (3.23%) HR Analyst
6 1 (3.23%) HR Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (25.81%) Spring Boot
2 4 (12.90%) Spring
2 4 (12.90%) Spring Security
3 1 (3.23%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 6 (19.35%) User Experience
1 6 (19.35%) Wiki
2 2 (6.45%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (3.23%) IVR
3 1 (3.23%) Management Information System
3 1 (3.23%) RIA
3 1 (3.23%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 5 (16.13%) Linux
2 1 (3.23%) CentOS
2 1 (3.23%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (74.19%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (64.52%) BDD
3 14 (45.16%) TDD
3 14 (45.16%) Test Automation
4 9 (29.03%) Kanban
4 9 (29.03%) Scrum
5 7 (22.58%) Pair Programming
5 7 (22.58%) Refactoring
6 6 (19.35%) Software Engineering
6 6 (19.35%) UX Design
6 6 (19.35%) Web Operations
7 5 (16.13%) Open Source
7 5 (16.13%) Performance Testing
8 4 (12.90%) DevOps
8 4 (12.90%) QA Automation
8 4 (12.90%) SOA
9 3 (9.68%) Continuous Delivery
9 3 (9.68%) Decision-Making
10 2 (6.45%) Acceptance Criteria
10 2 (6.45%) Exploratory Testing
Programming Languages
1 20 (64.52%) Java
2 9 (29.03%) C#
3 8 (25.81%) Java 8
4 5 (16.13%) SQL
5 3 (9.68%) JavaScript
6 1 (3.23%) Scala
6 1 (3.23%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 3 (9.68%) BPSS Clearance
2 2 (6.45%) DBS Check
3 1 (3.23%) Degree
3 1 (3.23%) SC Cleared
3 1 (3.23%) Security Cleared
3 1 (3.23%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.23%) Data Quality
1 1 (3.23%) Disclosure Scotland
1 1 (3.23%) GLP
1 1 (3.23%) ISO 13485
1 1 (3.23%) ISO 9001
Systems Management
1 1 (3.23%) Ansible
1 1 (3.23%) Puppet
1 1 (3.23%) Terraform
Vendors
1 2 (6.45%) SAP
2 1 (3.23%) Atlassian
2 1 (3.23%) Black Duck
2 1 (3.23%) CA
2 1 (3.23%) Informatica
2 1 (3.23%) Microsoft
2 1 (3.23%) Oracle
2 1 (3.23%) Red Hat
2 1 (3.23%) Tableau