The median contractor rate for a QA Engineer was £260 per day in advertised job vacancies in Manchester during the 3 months to 30 April 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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 Engineer
North West / Manchester
3 months to
30 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 86 104 100
Rank change year-on-year +18 -4  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 7 2 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 0.51% 0.11% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.54% 0.12% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 1 2
Median daily rate £260 £313 £281
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -16.80% +11.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £313 £272
10% offered a daily rate of more than £292 £313 £290
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £369 £350
% change year-on-year -13.22% +5.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in Manchester. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
Manchester
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 1308 1719 1591
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 94.51% 94.71% 95.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 801 998 835
Median daily rate £375 £395 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.06% +12.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £396 £375
% change year-on-year +1.13% +5.46%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 27 61
Median hourly rate £15.50 £13.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.81% -3.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.03 £9.27 £10.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £20.00 £20.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.83
% change year-on-year - +4.01%  

QA Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Manchester that featured QA Engineer in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for QA Engineer in Manchester

QA Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Engineer in Manchester

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 30 April 2017, QA Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Manchester region featuring QA Engineer in the job title.

1 16 (100.00%) QA
2 15 (93.75%) Selenium
2 15 (93.75%) QA Automation
3 13 (81.25%) Java
4 12 (75.00%) SQL
5 11 (68.75%) JIRA
6 10 (62.50%) Test Scripting
7 9 (56.25%) XML
8 8 (50.00%) PL/SQL
8 8 (50.00%) WebDriver
9 7 (43.75%) Automated Testing
9 7 (43.75%) User Acceptance Testing
9 7 (43.75%) High Availability
10 6 (37.50%) Defect Management
10 6 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
11 5 (31.25%) Automation Testing
12 4 (25.00%) Cucumber
12 4 (25.00%) BDD
12 4 (25.00%) Finance
12 4 (25.00%) Regression Testing
12 4 (25.00%) .NET
13 3 (18.75%) Configuration Management
14 2 (12.50%) Games
14 2 (12.50%) TDD
14 2 (12.50%) Visual Studio
14 2 (12.50%) C#
14 2 (12.50%) Test Automation
14 2 (12.50%) Functional Testing
14 2 (12.50%) iPad
15 1 (6.25%) SDET

QA Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Manchester 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 (6.25%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 1 (6.25%) SaaS
Development Applications
1 15 (93.75%) Selenium
2 11 (68.75%) JIRA
3 8 (50.00%) WebDriver
4 4 (25.00%) Cucumber
5 2 (12.50%) Visual Studio
6 1 (6.25%) Bitbucket
6 1 (6.25%) Git (software)
6 1 (6.25%) IntelliJ
6 1 (6.25%) Jenkins
6 1 (6.25%) NUnit
6 1 (6.25%) SpecFlow
6 1 (6.25%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (6.25%) TestNG
General
1 4 (25.00%) Finance
2 2 (12.50%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (56.25%) XML
2 4 (25.00%) .NET
3 1 (6.25%) .NET Framework
3 1 (6.25%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 2 (12.50%) iPad
2 1 (6.25%) NHS
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (93.75%) QA Automation
2 10 (62.50%) Test Scripting
3 7 (43.75%) Automated Testing
3 7 (43.75%) High Availability
3 7 (43.75%) User Acceptance Testing
4 6 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (37.50%) Defect Management
5 5 (31.25%) Automation Testing
6 4 (25.00%) BDD
6 4 (25.00%) Regression Testing
7 3 (18.75%) Configuration Management
8 2 (12.50%) Functional Testing
8 2 (12.50%) TDD
8 2 (12.50%) Test Automation
9 1 (6.25%) API Testing
9 1 (6.25%) Build Automation
9 1 (6.25%) Integration Testing
9 1 (6.25%) Manual Testing
9 1 (6.25%) Performance Testing
9 1 (6.25%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 13 (81.25%) Java
2 12 (75.00%) SQL
3 8 (50.00%) PL/SQL
4 2 (12.50%) C#
5 1 (6.25%) JavaScript
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (6.25%) SDET