Period
to 22 May 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Manchester 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 22 May 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 > Manchester
6 months to
22 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 73 69 45
Rank change year-on-year -4 -24 +14
Contract jobs citing QA 62 91 104
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 2.28% 2.98% 3.90%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 28.70% 27.25% 38.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 66 81
Manchester median daily rate £385 £406 £361
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.23% +12.69% -3.87%
10th Percentile £307 £275 £220
90th Percentile £487 £575 £463
North West median daily rate £425 £400 £368
% change year-on-year +6.25% +8.84% -2.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 0
Manchester median hourly rate - £15.00 -
North West median hourly rate £32.50 £15.00 -
% change year-on-year +116.67% - -

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 Manchester with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
Manchester
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 216 334 267
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 7.95% 10.95% 10.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 143 200 186
Manchester median daily rate £400 £413 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +10.00% -
10th Percentile £233 £259 £216
90th Percentile £575 £625 £575
North West median daily rate £425 £403 £375
% change year-on-year +5.59% +7.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 15 5
Manchester median hourly rate £16.75 £15.78 £22.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.18% -31.11% -42.75%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.19 £12.65
90th Percentile £25.50 £33.60 £48.75
North West median hourly rate £27.50 £28.00 £26.83
% change year-on-year -1.79% +4.36% -30.76%

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Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Manchester.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Manchester

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Manchester

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Manchester over the 6 months to 22 May 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Manchester

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA in Manchester.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Manchester

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Contract Job Locations in Manchester

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Manchester region over the 6 months to 22 May 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
Bolton - 1 £300 -
Stockport - 1 £350 - 1
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 Manchester region with a requirement for QA.

1 29 (46.77%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (37.10%) C#
3 22 (35.48%) Test Automation
4 18 (29.03%) Java
5 16 (25.81%) .NET
6 15 (24.19%) Jenkins
7 14 (22.58%) BDD
7 14 (22.58%) Selenium
8 13 (20.97%) Software Testing
8 13 (20.97%) Microsoft
8 13 (20.97%) JMeter
9 12 (19.35%) JavaScript
9 12 (19.35%) Continuous Improvement
10 11 (17.74%) Git (software)
10 11 (17.74%) WebDriver
10 11 (17.74%) User Acceptance Testing
11 10 (16.13%) Software Engineering
11 10 (16.13%) Windows
11 10 (16.13%) SDET
12 9 (14.52%) Non-Functional Testing
12 9 (14.52%) Integration Testing
12 9 (14.52%) Test Strategy
12 9 (14.52%) Jasmine
13 8 (12.90%) Windows 8
13 8 (12.90%) Wise Package Studio
13 8 (12.90%) SCCM
13 8 (12.90%) VMware Infrastructure
13 8 (12.90%) Windows 7
13 8 (12.90%) Visualisation
13 8 (12.90%) XenApp

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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 (1.61%) Confluence
1 1 (1.61%) Elasticsearch
1 1 (1.61%) SharePoint
1 1 (1.61%) Umbraco
Applications
1 3 (4.84%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (3.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 2 (3.23%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (1.61%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (1.61%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (1.61%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.61%) Oracle ERP
1 1 (1.61%) SAP MII
Cloud Services
1 4 (6.45%) Amazon AWS
1 4 (6.45%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (3.23%) Dynamics 365
3 1 (1.61%) SaaS
3 1 (1.61%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.23%) HTTP
2 1 (1.61%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.23%) MongoDB
2 1 (1.61%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (1.61%) Relational Database
2 1 (1.61%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 15 (24.19%) Jenkins
2 14 (22.58%) Selenium
3 13 (20.97%) JMeter
4 11 (17.74%) Git (software)
4 11 (17.74%) WebDriver
5 9 (14.52%) Jasmine
6 8 (12.90%) AdminStudio
6 8 (12.90%) MSI
6 8 (12.90%) Wise Package Studio
7 7 (11.29%) JIRA
8 4 (6.45%) Cucumber
9 2 (3.23%) Gatling
10 1 (1.61%) git-flow
10 1 (1.61%) gulp
10 1 (1.61%) JUnit
10 1 (1.61%) LoadRunner
10 1 (1.61%) Octopus Deploy
10 1 (1.61%) TeamCity
General
1 8 (12.90%) Billing
2 4 (6.45%) Games
3 3 (4.84%) Banking
3 3 (4.84%) Finance
4 2 (3.23%) Manufacturing
4 2 (3.23%) Retail
5 1 (1.61%) Automotive
5 1 (1.61%) Electronics
5 1 (1.61%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.61%) Law
5 1 (1.61%) Marketing
5 1 (1.61%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (1.61%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 12 (19.35%) Developer
2 8 (12.90%) Applications Packager
3 6 (9.68%) QA Tester
3 6 (9.68%) Tester
4 5 (8.06%) Analyst
4 5 (8.06%) QA Engineer
4 5 (8.06%) React Developer
5 3 (4.84%) C# Developer
5 3 (4.84%) Delivery Manager
5 3 (4.84%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
5 3 (4.84%) JavaScript Developer
5 3 (4.84%) Programme Manager
5 3 (4.84%) Web Developer
6 2 (3.23%) Automation Engineer
6 2 (3.23%) Full Stack Developer
6 2 (3.23%) HTML CSS Developer
6 2 (3.23%) Lead Tester
6 2 (3.23%) QA Automation Engineer
6 2 (3.23%) QA Leader
6 2 (3.23%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (25.81%) .NET
2 8 (12.90%) OCX
3 7 (11.29%) CSS
4 6 (9.68%) HTML
5 5 (8.06%) React
6 4 (6.45%) ASP.NET
6 4 (6.45%) Web Services
7 3 (4.84%) ASP.NET MVC
7 3 (4.84%) jQuery
7 3 (4.84%) Node.js
7 3 (4.84%) REST
7 3 (4.84%) Sass
8 2 (3.23%) .NET Core
8 2 (3.23%) ActiveMQ
8 2 (3.23%) AngularJS
8 2 (3.23%) RESTful
9 1 (1.61%) ASP.NET Core
9 1 (1.61%) Hibernate
9 1 (1.61%) Nightwatchjs
9 1 (1.61%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 4 (6.45%) Greenfield Project
1 4 (6.45%) Self-Motivation
2 3 (4.84%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (3.23%) Fintech
3 2 (3.23%) User Experience
4 1 (1.61%) Clustering
4 1 (1.61%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.61%) FMCG
4 1 (1.61%) Life Science
4 1 (1.61%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.61%) PMI
4 1 (1.61%) Replication
4 1 (1.61%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 10 (16.13%) Windows
2 8 (12.90%) Windows 10
2 8 (12.90%) Windows 7
2 8 (12.90%) Windows 8
2 8 (12.90%) Windows XP
3 2 (3.23%) Mac OS X
3 2 (3.23%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (46.77%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (35.48%) Test Automation
3 14 (22.58%) BDD
4 13 (20.97%) Software Testing
5 12 (19.35%) Continuous Improvement
6 11 (17.74%) User Acceptance Testing
7 10 (16.13%) SDET
7 10 (16.13%) Software Engineering
8 9 (14.52%) Integration Testing
8 9 (14.52%) Non-Functional Testing
8 9 (14.52%) Test Strategy
9 8 (12.90%) Application Packaging
9 8 (12.90%) Application Virtualisation
9 8 (12.90%) Personalization
9 8 (12.90%) Visualisation
9 8 (12.90%) Workflow
10 7 (11.29%) Problem-Solving
10 7 (11.29%) Project Management
10 7 (11.29%) TDD
11 6 (9.68%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 23 (37.10%) C#
2 18 (29.03%) Java
3 12 (19.35%) JavaScript
4 8 (12.90%) VB
4 8 (12.90%) VBScript
5 4 (6.45%) SQL
6 3 (4.84%) ES6
6 3 (4.84%) Groovy
7 2 (3.23%) Scala
7 2 (3.23%) Shell Script
7 2 (3.23%) TypeScript
8 1 (1.61%) C++
8 1 (1.61%) Java 8
8 1 (1.61%) PHP
8 1 (1.61%) PowerShell
8 1 (1.61%) Python
Qualifications
1 4 (6.45%) Degree
2 3 (4.84%) Computer Science Degree
3 1 (1.61%) AWS Certification
3 1 (1.61%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (1.61%) PMI Certification
3 1 (1.61%) SC Cleared
3 1 (1.61%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (12.90%) SLA
2 2 (3.23%) PMO
3 1 (1.61%) Actionable Recommendations
3 1 (1.61%) ISO 9001
3 1 (1.61%) ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE)
System Software
1 8 (12.90%) Microsoft App-V
1 8 (12.90%) Virtual Desktop
1 8 (12.90%) VMware Infrastructure
1 8 (12.90%) XenApp
2 2 (3.23%) Docker
Systems Management
1 8 (12.90%) SCCM
2 1 (1.61%) Failover Clustering
2 1 (1.61%) Kubernetes
2 1 (1.61%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 13 (20.97%) Microsoft
2 8 (12.90%) Citrix
2 8 (12.90%) Ivanti
2 8 (12.90%) VMware
2 8 (12.90%) Xerox
3 2 (3.23%) SAP
4 1 (1.61%) Oracle