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 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)
North West / Lancashire
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 24 48 37
Rank change year-on-year +24 -11  
Contract jobs citing QA 7 5 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 3.43% 1.17% 2.53%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 43.75% 14.71% 20.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 4 9
Median daily rate £400 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +23.07% +8.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £207 £274 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £460 £437 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £368 £365 £350
% change year-on-year +0.68% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £37.50 -
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 Lancashire with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Lancashire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 16 34 50
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 7.84% 7.93% 12.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 22 39
Median daily rate £400 £368 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.84% -8.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £231 £264 £296
10% offered a daily rate of more than £613 £472 £510
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 2
Median hourly rate £20.42 £37.50 £36.23
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -45.56% +3.51%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.28 £22.50 £27.34
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.55 £48.30 £45.11
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 Lancashire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Lancashire 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 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 3 months to 28 March 2017.

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 3 months to 28 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Fleetwood - 3 £450 -
Blackpool +17 2 £400 +52.38%
Preston -1 2 £203 -57.27%
QA
North West

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 Lancashire region with a requirement for QA.

1 10 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
1 10 (50.00%) Selenium
2 8 (40.00%) Java
3 7 (35.00%) Oracle
3 7 (35.00%) TDD
4 6 (30.00%) BDD
4 6 (30.00%) SQL
4 6 (30.00%) ISEB
5 5 (25.00%) HP UFT
5 5 (25.00%) .NET
5 5 (25.00%) Test Automation
6 4 (20.00%) Waterfall
6 4 (20.00%) Test Strategy
6 4 (20.00%) Functional Testing
6 4 (20.00%) Jenkins
6 4 (20.00%) Oracle Database
6 4 (20.00%) Automated Testing
6 4 (20.00%) Ruby
6 4 (20.00%) Software Testing
6 4 (20.00%) Integration Testing
6 4 (20.00%) Test Management
6 4 (20.00%) Security Cleared
6 4 (20.00%) C#
6 4 (20.00%) LoadRunner
6 4 (20.00%) Operational Acceptance Testing
7 3 (15.00%) Defect Management
7 3 (15.00%) BPSS Clearance
7 3 (15.00%) Virtual Team
7 3 (15.00%) User Acceptance Testing
7 3 (15.00%) Business Process Modelling

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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 (15.00%) SAS
2 1 (5.00%) Oracle Application Server
2 1 (5.00%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (5.00%) MS Excel
1 1 (5.00%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (15.00%) Oracle EBS
1 3 (15.00%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (5.00%) Oracle Cash Management
2 1 (5.00%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 2 (10.00%) IaaS
1 2 (10.00%) PaaS
1 2 (10.00%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (20.00%) Oracle Database
2 3 (15.00%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (10.00%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (5.00%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (5.00%) Oracle Database 12c
4 1 (5.00%) Relational Database
4 1 (5.00%) SQL Server
4 1 (5.00%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 10 (50.00%) Selenium
2 5 (25.00%) HP UFT
3 4 (20.00%) Jenkins
3 4 (20.00%) LoadRunner
4 3 (15.00%) WebDriver
5 1 (5.00%) ClearCase
5 1 (5.00%) ClearQuest
5 1 (5.00%) Cucumber
5 1 (5.00%) Git (software)
5 1 (5.00%) JIRA
5 1 (5.00%) Rational Robot
5 1 (5.00%) Sahi
5 1 (5.00%) Subversion
5 1 (5.00%) Visual Studio
5 1 (5.00%) WATIR
General
1 2 (10.00%) Finance
2 1 (5.00%) Automotive
2 1 (5.00%) General Ledger
2 1 (5.00%) Legal
2 1 (5.00%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 5 (25.00%) Analyst
2 4 (20.00%) Test Analyst
3 3 (15.00%) Developer
3 3 (15.00%) QA Analyst
3 3 (15.00%) QA Test Analyst
4 2 (10.00%) QA Engineer
4 2 (10.00%) Test Engineer
4 2 (10.00%) Tester
5 1 (5.00%) 2nd Line Support
5 1 (5.00%) Analyst Developer
5 1 (5.00%) Manual Tester
5 1 (5.00%) QA Tester
5 1 (5.00%) Senior Test Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) Senior Test Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) Service Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) Software Developer
5 1 (5.00%) Software Test Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) SQL Developer
5 1 (5.00%) Support Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (25.00%) .NET
2 2 (10.00%) XML
3 1 (5.00%) .NET Framework
3 1 (5.00%) ASP.NET
3 1 (5.00%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (5.00%) CSS
3 1 (5.00%) EDI
3 1 (5.00%) Gherkin
3 1 (5.00%) HTML
3 1 (5.00%) jQuery
3 1 (5.00%) REST
3 1 (5.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (15.00%) Virtual Team
2 2 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (5.00%) Linux Command Line
3 1 (5.00%) Management Information System
3 1 (5.00%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 2 (10.00%) Linux
1 2 (10.00%) Unix
1 2 (10.00%) Windows
2 1 (5.00%) AIX
2 1 (5.00%) Windows 2000
2 1 (5.00%) Windows Server
2 1 (5.00%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (35.00%) TDD
3 6 (30.00%) BDD
4 5 (25.00%) Test Automation
5 4 (20.00%) Automated Testing
5 4 (20.00%) Functional Testing
5 4 (20.00%) Integration Testing
5 4 (20.00%) Operational Acceptance Testing
5 4 (20.00%) Software Testing
5 4 (20.00%) Test Management
5 4 (20.00%) Test Strategy
5 4 (20.00%) Waterfall
6 3 (15.00%) Business Process Modelling
6 3 (15.00%) Defect Management
6 3 (15.00%) ERP
6 3 (15.00%) Open Source
6 3 (15.00%) Stakeholder Management
6 3 (15.00%) User Acceptance Testing
7 2 (10.00%) ITIL
7 2 (10.00%) Quality Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (40.00%) Java
2 6 (30.00%) SQL
3 4 (20.00%) C#
3 4 (20.00%) Ruby
4 3 (15.00%) C
4 3 (15.00%) JavaScript
4 3 (15.00%) Perl
4 3 (15.00%) Python
4 3 (15.00%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 6 (30.00%) ISEB
2 4 (20.00%) Security Cleared
3 3 (15.00%) BPSS Clearance
3 3 (15.00%) ISTQB
4 1 (5.00%) SC Cleared
4 1 (5.00%) Six Sigma Black Belt
4 1 (5.00%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.00%) 21 CFR Part 11
1 1 (5.00%) Disclosure Scotland
1 1 (5.00%) GMP
1 1 (5.00%) ISO13485
1 1 (5.00%) SDET
1 1 (5.00%) SLA
Vendors
1 7 (35.00%) Oracle
2 2 (10.00%) Microsoft
3 1 (5.00%) Minitab