Period
to 20 July 2017

The median contractor rate for a QA Engineer was £260 per day in advertised job vacancies in Manchester during the 6 months to 20 July 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
6 months to
20 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 127 145 135
Rank change year-on-year +18 -10 -7
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 7 6 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 0.25% 0.16% 0.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.27% 0.17% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 1 6
Manchester median daily rate £260 £313 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -16.80% +13.64% -
10th Percentile £218 £306 £249
90th Percentile £305 £319 £339
North West median daily rate £275 £313 £275
% change year-on-year -12.00% +13.64% -15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Manchester median hourly rate - - -
North West 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 2618 3484 3088
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 94.07% 94.93% 95.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 1582 2056 1736
Manchester median daily rate £375 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +14.29% +6.06%
10th Percentile £213 £225 £213
90th Percentile £545 £538 £525
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 82 119
Manchester median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +7.14% -6.67%
10th Percentile £10.55 £10.25 £10.00
90th Percentile £43.75 £39.60 £36.50
North West median hourly rate £22.25 £18.99 £18.48
% change year-on-year +17.20% +2.73% +8.71%

QA Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

Job postings that featured QA Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Manchester.

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 20 July 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 7 (100.00%) QA
1 7 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 6 (85.71%) QA Automation
2 6 (85.71%) Selenium
3 5 (71.43%) JIRA
3 5 (71.43%) Java
3 5 (71.43%) SQL
4 4 (57.14%) .NET
4 4 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (57.14%) WebDriver
5 3 (42.86%) Test Scripting
5 3 (42.86%) Cucumber
5 3 (42.86%) Finance
6 2 (28.57%) Games
6 2 (28.57%) XML
6 2 (28.57%) Scenario Testing
6 2 (28.57%) iPad
7 1 (14.29%) High Availability
7 1 (14.29%) Build Automation
7 1 (14.29%) Functional Testing
7 1 (14.29%) Bitbucket
7 1 (14.29%) SDLC
7 1 (14.29%) BDD
7 1 (14.29%) Manual Testing
7 1 (14.29%) Git (software)
7 1 (14.29%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (14.29%) SaaS
7 1 (14.29%) Confluence
7 1 (14.29%) Regression Testing
7 1 (14.29%) Visual Studio

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 (14.29%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 1 (14.29%) SaaS
Development Applications
1 6 (85.71%) Selenium
2 5 (71.43%) JIRA
3 4 (57.14%) WebDriver
4 3 (42.86%) Cucumber
5 1 (14.29%) Bitbucket
5 1 (14.29%) Git (software)
5 1 (14.29%) NUnit
5 1 (14.29%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (14.29%) Visual Studio
General
1 3 (42.86%) Finance
2 2 (28.57%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (57.14%) .NET
2 2 (28.57%) XML
3 1 (14.29%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 2 (28.57%) iPad
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 6 (85.71%) QA Automation
3 4 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (42.86%) Test Scripting
5 2 (28.57%) Scenario Testing
6 1 (14.29%) BDD
6 1 (14.29%) Build Automation
6 1 (14.29%) Functional Testing
6 1 (14.29%) High Availability
6 1 (14.29%) Manual Testing
6 1 (14.29%) Regression Testing
6 1 (14.29%) SDLC
6 1 (14.29%) Software Testing
6 1 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (71.43%) Java
1 5 (71.43%) SQL
2 1 (14.29%) C#
2 1 (14.29%) JavaScript
2 1 (14.29%) PL/SQL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (100.00%) QA