Period
to 19 February 2019

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 February 2019 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 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 43 44 43
Rank change year-on-year +1 -1 +10
Contract jobs citing QA 32 10 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 4.37% 2.35% 4.32%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 38.55% 21.74% 34.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 11 26
Lancashire median daily rate £465 £610 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -23.77% +53.46% -11.67%
10th Percentile £313 £340 £279
90th Percentile £750 £615 £488
North West median daily rate £400 £370 £400
% change year-on-year +8.11% -7.50% +9.97%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Lancashire median hourly rate - - £44.00
North West median hourly rate £32.50 £16.19 £44.00
% change year-on-year +100.74% -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 83 46 72
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 11.32% 10.82% 12.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 27 56
Lancashire median daily rate £400 £350 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% -15.15% -7.46%
10th Percentile £250 £213 £250
90th Percentile £713 £564 £575
North West median daily rate £413 £385 £400
% change year-on-year +7.14% -3.75% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 6 10
Lancashire median hourly rate £36.23 £39.75 £35.37
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.87% +12.38% -8.72%
10th Percentile £22.47 £31.39 £10.37
90th Percentile £38.92 £58.55 £50.28
North West median hourly rate £28.38 £24.56 £20.20
% change year-on-year +15.55% +21.58% -42.30%

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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 February 2019.

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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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 February 2019. 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
Chorley - 8 £475 - 4
Blackpool -3 6 £463 -24.18%
Preston - 5 £425 - 1
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 19 February 2019, 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 9 (28.13%) SAP
2 8 (25.00%) ERP
2 8 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (21.88%) SAP HR
3 7 (21.88%) Test Automation
4 6 (18.75%) SAP ERP
4 6 (18.75%) SC Cleared
4 6 (18.75%) Security Cleared
4 6 (18.75%) JMeter
5 5 (15.63%) SDLC
5 5 (15.63%) Coaching
5 5 (15.63%) Jenkins
5 5 (15.63%) User Stories
5 5 (15.63%) HP UFT
5 5 (15.63%) LoadRunner
5 5 (15.63%) SQL
5 5 (15.63%) Data Architecture
5 5 (15.63%) Selenium
5 5 (15.63%) Cucumber
6 4 (12.50%) BDD
6 4 (12.50%) Git (software)
6 4 (12.50%) JIRA
6 4 (12.50%) Integration Testing
6 4 (12.50%) Test Scripting
6 4 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
6 4 (12.50%) Migration
6 4 (12.50%) Finance
6 4 (12.50%) Data Management
6 4 (12.50%) Hortonworks

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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 3 (9.38%) Confluence
2 1 (3.13%) SAS
Applications
1 3 (9.38%) Microsoft Office
1 3 (9.38%) Microsoft Project
2 2 (6.25%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (3.13%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (21.88%) SAP HR
2 6 (18.75%) SAP ERP
3 1 (3.13%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (3.13%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 3 (9.38%) Slack
2 2 (6.25%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (6.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (6.25%) Office 365
3 1 (3.13%) Dynamics 365
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.13%) Apache Hive
1 1 (3.13%) Big Data
1 1 (3.13%) BusinessObjects
1 1 (3.13%) Data Lake
1 1 (3.13%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (3.13%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
1 1 (3.13%) Hadoop
1 1 (3.13%) HBase
1 1 (3.13%) MongoDB
1 1 (3.13%) Pentaho
1 1 (3.13%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 6 (18.75%) JMeter
2 5 (15.63%) Cucumber
2 5 (15.63%) HP UFT
2 5 (15.63%) Jenkins
2 5 (15.63%) LoadRunner
2 5 (15.63%) Selenium
3 4 (12.50%) Git (software)
3 4 (12.50%) JIRA
4 3 (9.38%) Burp Suite
5 1 (3.13%) ERwin
5 1 (3.13%) Toad
5 1 (3.13%) WebDriver
General
1 4 (12.50%) Finance
2 1 (3.13%) Legal
2 1 (3.13%) Marketing
2 1 (3.13%) Retail
Job Titles
1 7 (21.88%) Consultant
1 7 (21.88%) SAP Consultant
1 7 (21.88%) Tester
2 6 (18.75%) Analyst
2 6 (18.75%) HR Consultant
2 6 (18.75%) QA Tester
2 6 (18.75%) SAP HR Consultant
3 5 (15.63%) Functional Consultant
3 5 (15.63%) SAP Functional Consultant
3 5 (15.63%) SAP HR Functional Consultant
4 3 (9.38%) Architect
4 3 (9.38%) Automation Tester
4 3 (9.38%) Data Architect
4 3 (9.38%) Lead Architect
4 3 (9.38%) Lead Data Architect
4 3 (9.38%) Selenium Tester
5 2 (6.25%) AWS Architect
5 2 (6.25%) Cloud Architect
5 2 (6.25%) HR Analyst
5 2 (6.25%) QA Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (9.38%) REST
2 1 (3.13%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 8 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (9.38%) Management Information System
3 1 (3.13%) e-Learning
3 1 (3.13%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.13%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
1 8 (25.00%) ERP
2 7 (21.88%) Test Automation
3 5 (15.63%) Coaching
3 5 (15.63%) Data Architecture
3 5 (15.63%) SDLC
3 5 (15.63%) User Stories
4 4 (12.50%) BDD
4 4 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
4 4 (12.50%) Data Management
4 4 (12.50%) DevOps
4 4 (12.50%) Integration Testing
4 4 (12.50%) Migration
4 4 (12.50%) Test Scripting
5 3 (9.38%) Data Modelling
5 3 (9.38%) Data Security
5 3 (9.38%) Project Management
5 3 (9.38%) Risk Management
5 3 (9.38%) Test Management
5 3 (9.38%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (15.63%) SQL
2 2 (6.25%) Java
3 1 (3.13%) C#
3 1 (3.13%) Python
3 1 (3.13%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 6 (18.75%) SC Cleared
1 6 (18.75%) Security Cleared
2 3 (9.38%) Degree
3 1 (3.13%) APMP
3 1 (3.13%) DBS Check
3 1 (3.13%) ISEB
3 1 (3.13%) ISTQB
3 1 (3.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (3.13%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (9.38%) Data Quality
2 2 (6.25%) PMO
3 1 (3.13%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 3 (9.38%) Nessus
Vendors
1 9 (28.13%) SAP
2 4 (12.50%) Cloudera
2 4 (12.50%) Hortonworks
3 3 (9.38%) Microsoft
4 1 (3.13%) CA
4 1 (3.13%) Informatica
4 1 (3.13%) Oracle
4 1 (3.13%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (3.13%) Tableau