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 26 June 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
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 40 39 22
Rank change year-on-year -1 -17  
Contract jobs citing QA 3 8 23
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 0.89% 1.83% 5.88%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 23.08% 17.78% 41.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 7 19
Median daily rate £400 £263 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +52.38% -30.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +1.33% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £15.50 £37.25
% change year-on-year +38.70% -58.38%  

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 13 45 56
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 3.86% 10.27% 14.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 36 39
Median daily rate £425 £424 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.29% +13.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £368 £238 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £693 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 5
Median hourly rate £38.50 £12.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +208.00% -68.75%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.83 £12.50 £24.58
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.85 £12.50 £47.33
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £28.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -10.71% +24.44%  

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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 26 June 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 26 June 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
Blackburn - 1 £400 -
Darwen - 1 £400 -
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 4 (44.44%) Java
1 4 (44.44%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (44.44%) Selenium
1 4 (44.44%) Test Automation
2 3 (33.33%) WebDriver
2 3 (33.33%) BDD
2 3 (33.33%) Manufacturing
3 2 (22.22%) SQL
3 2 (22.22%) Exploratory Testing
3 2 (22.22%) Functional Testing
3 2 (22.22%) Non-Functional Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Six Sigma Black Belt
4 1 (11.11%) Jenkins
4 1 (11.11%) Test Planning
4 1 (11.11%) Line Management
4 1 (11.11%) Mentoring
4 1 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (11.11%) Microservices
4 1 (11.11%) SDLC
4 1 (11.11%) API Testing
4 1 (11.11%) SDET
4 1 (11.11%) ISO 13485
4 1 (11.11%) Windows Server
4 1 (11.11%) Guerrilla Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Linux Command Line
4 1 (11.11%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (11.11%) Digital Transformation Programme
4 1 (11.11%) Scenario Testing
4 1 (11.11%) REST
4 1 (11.11%) Process Improvement

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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:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (11.11%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (44.44%) Selenium
2 3 (33.33%) WebDriver
3 1 (11.11%) Cucumber
3 1 (11.11%) Git (software)
3 1 (11.11%) Jenkins
3 1 (11.11%) Subversion
3 1 (11.11%) Visual Studio
General
1 3 (33.33%) Manufacturing
2 1 (11.11%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 3 (33.33%) Tester
2 2 (22.22%) Developer
2 2 (22.22%) Functional Tester
2 2 (22.22%) Non-Functional Tester
2 2 (22.22%) QA Tester
3 1 (11.11%) Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Analyst Developer
3 1 (11.11%) Developer Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Developer in Test
3 1 (11.11%) Java Developer
3 1 (11.11%) Manual Tester
3 1 (11.11%) SQL Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) SQL Developer
3 1 (11.11%) Test Automation Developer
3 1 (11.11%) Test Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Validation Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) XML Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) XML Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (11.11%) .NET
1 1 (11.11%) ASP.NET
1 1 (11.11%) ASP.NET MVC
1 1 (11.11%) CSS
1 1 (11.11%) EDI
1 1 (11.11%) Gherkin
1 1 (11.11%) HTML
1 1 (11.11%) jQuery
1 1 (11.11%) REST
1 1 (11.11%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (11.11%) Greenfield Project
1 1 (11.11%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 1 (11.11%) Linux
1 1 (11.11%) Unix
1 1 (11.11%) Windows
1 1 (11.11%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (44.44%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (44.44%) Test Automation
2 3 (33.33%) BDD
3 2 (22.22%) Exploratory Testing
3 2 (22.22%) Functional Testing
3 2 (22.22%) Non-Functional Testing
4 1 (11.11%) API Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Change Control
4 1 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
4 1 (11.11%) Digital Transformation Programme
4 1 (11.11%) Guerrilla Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Line Management
4 1 (11.11%) Mentoring
4 1 (11.11%) Microservices
4 1 (11.11%) Process Improvement
4 1 (11.11%) Scenario Testing
4 1 (11.11%) SDET
4 1 (11.11%) SDLC
4 1 (11.11%) Test Planning
4 1 (11.11%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 4 (44.44%) Java
2 2 (22.22%) SQL
3 1 (11.11%) C#
Qualifications
1 1 (11.11%) Six Sigma Black Belt
1 1 (11.11%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (11.11%) 21 CFR Part 11
1 1 (11.11%) GMP
1 1 (11.11%) ISO 13485
Vendors
1 1 (11.11%) Microsoft
1 1 (11.11%) Minitab