Period
to 19 July 2018

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 19 July 2018 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
19 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 73 57 56
Rank change year-on-year -16 -1 -20
Contract jobs citing QA 88 89 107
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 2.74% 3.19% 2.92%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 27.85% 33.97% 27.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 71 53
Manchester median daily rate £425 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% - +15.38%
10th Percentile £320 £225 £265
90th Percentile £610 £475 £538
North West median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 0
Manchester median hourly rate £15.00 - -
North West median hourly rate £15.00 - £37.50

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 316 262 391
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 9.83% 9.40% 10.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 200 176 201
Manchester median daily rate £425 £371 £381
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.42% -2.39% +17.08%
10th Percentile £211 £220 £250
90th Percentile £614 £534 £538
North West median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 4 3
Manchester median hourly rate £15.13 £13.87 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.03% -66.16% +156.25%
10th Percentile £11.79 £9.34 £18.90
90th Percentile £32.55 £21.69 £47.30
North West median hourly rate £28.00 £15.25 £35.75
% change year-on-year +83.61% -57.34% +88.16%

QA
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 19 July 2018.

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 19 July 2018. 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
Salford +2 4 £413 -2.94% 1
Wigan - 1 £388 -
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 19 July 2018, 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 40 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (40.91%) Test Automation
3 24 (27.27%) Selenium
3 24 (27.27%) Analytical Skills
4 23 (26.14%) JIRA
5 22 (25.00%) Java
6 21 (23.86%) Finance
7 20 (22.73%) DevOps
8 19 (21.59%) BDD
9 16 (18.18%) TDD
9 16 (18.18%) Jenkins
9 16 (18.18%) Problem-Solving
10 15 (17.05%) Stakeholder Management
10 15 (17.05%) Scrum
10 15 (17.05%) ITIL
11 14 (15.91%) Linux
11 14 (15.91%) Management Information System
11 14 (15.91%) Analytics
12 13 (14.77%) Big Data
12 13 (14.77%) Windows
12 13 (14.77%) Business Intelligence
12 13 (14.77%) Continuous Integration
13 12 (13.64%) Performance Testing
13 12 (13.64%) Python
13 12 (13.64%) Web Services
13 12 (13.64%) SQL
13 12 (13.64%) Puppet
14 11 (12.50%) Opscode Chef
14 11 (12.50%) Ansible
14 11 (12.50%) .NET

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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 5 (5.68%) SAS
2 4 (4.55%) Confluence
3 3 (3.41%) CMS
3 3 (3.41%) SharePoint
3 3 (3.41%) Tomcat
4 2 (2.27%) Drupal
4 2 (2.27%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (1.14%) IIS
5 1 (1.14%) MTS
5 1 (1.14%) Orchard CMS
Applications
1 6 (6.82%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (2.27%) MS Visio
2 2 (2.27%) Photoshop
3 1 (1.14%) InDesign
3 1 (1.14%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 7 (7.95%) Google Analytics
2 6 (6.82%) GitHub
3 3 (3.41%) BrowserStack
4 2 (2.27%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (1.14%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (1.14%) npm
5 1 (1.14%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.41%) SMS
2 2 (2.27%) BGP
2 2 (2.27%) IPFIX
2 2 (2.27%) Junos
2 2 (2.27%) MPLS
2 2 (2.27%) MRTG
2 2 (2.27%) OSPF
2 2 (2.27%) RTP
2 2 (2.27%) SNMP
2 2 (2.27%) TACACS
2 2 (2.27%) VPN
3 1 (1.14%) AMQP
3 1 (1.14%) HTTP
3 1 (1.14%) MQTT
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (14.77%) Big Data
2 10 (11.36%) PostgreSQL
3 6 (6.82%) Data Warehouse
3 6 (6.82%) Hadoop
3 6 (6.82%) HBase
3 6 (6.82%) MongoDB
4 5 (5.68%) Apache Hive
4 5 (5.68%) BusinessObjects
4 5 (5.68%) Data Lake
4 5 (5.68%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
4 5 (5.68%) Pentaho
4 5 (5.68%) SQL Server
5 3 (3.41%) RDBMS
5 3 (3.41%) Relational Database
6 2 (2.27%) MySQL
6 2 (2.27%) NoSQL
6 2 (2.27%) SQLite
7 1 (1.14%) Apache Cassandra
7 1 (1.14%) Azure SQL Database
7 1 (1.14%) Redis
Development Applications
1 24 (27.27%) Selenium
2 23 (26.14%) JIRA
3 16 (18.18%) Jenkins
4 11 (12.50%) Git (software)
4 11 (12.50%) TeamCity
5 10 (11.36%) JMeter
6 8 (9.09%) GitLab
6 8 (9.09%) PyCharm
7 6 (6.82%) Gatling
8 5 (5.68%) ERwin
9 4 (4.55%) Cucumber
9 4 (4.55%) Eclipse
9 4 (4.55%) WebDriver
10 3 (3.41%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 3 (3.41%) Jasmine
10 3 (3.41%) SpecFlow
10 3 (3.41%) Visual Studio
11 2 (2.27%) Octopus Deploy
11 2 (2.27%) Robot Framework
11 2 (2.27%) The Grinder
General
1 21 (23.86%) Finance
2 11 (12.50%) Telecoms
3 7 (7.95%) Electronics
3 7 (7.95%) Manufacturing
3 7 (7.95%) Marketing
4 4 (4.55%) Legal
5 3 (3.41%) Banking
6 2 (2.27%) Retail Banking
7 1 (1.14%) Automotive
7 1 (1.14%) Billing
7 1 (1.14%) Law
7 1 (1.14%) Military
Job Titles
1 19 (21.59%) Analyst
2 13 (14.77%) Developer
3 11 (12.50%) DevOps Engineer
4 9 (10.23%) Architect
5 8 (9.09%) Tester
6 6 (6.82%) Automation Tester
6 6 (6.82%) Java Developer
6 6 (6.82%) QA Engineer
7 5 (5.68%) Data Architect
7 5 (5.68%) Digital Analytics Specialist
7 5 (5.68%) Systems Analyst
8 4 (4.55%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
8 4 (4.55%) Automation Engineer
8 4 (4.55%) IT Analyst
8 4 (4.55%) QA Tester
8 4 (4.55%) Service Analyst
8 4 (4.55%) Service Desk Analyst
8 4 (4.55%) Test Analyst
9 3 (3.41%) QA Automation Tester
9 3 (3.41%) QA Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (13.64%) Web Services
2 11 (12.50%) .NET
3 5 (5.68%) REST
4 4 (4.55%) Drools
4 4 (4.55%) J2EE
4 4 (4.55%) LDAP
4 4 (4.55%) Spring Boot
5 3 (3.41%) Thymeleaf
5 3 (3.41%) XML
6 2 (2.27%) ASP.NET Web API
6 2 (2.27%) CSS
6 2 (2.27%) Elastic Stack
6 2 (2.27%) HTML
6 2 (2.27%) JSON
6 2 (2.27%) Kafka
6 2 (2.27%) WCF
7 1 (1.14%) ADO.NET
7 1 (1.14%) ASP.NET
7 1 (1.14%) SOAP
7 1 (1.14%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 24 (27.27%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (15.91%) Management Information System
3 10 (11.36%) Linux Command Line
4 7 (7.95%) Data Structures
4 7 (7.95%) Mobile App
5 6 (6.82%) Enterprise Software
5 6 (6.82%) Self-Motivation
6 5 (5.68%) User Experience
7 4 (4.55%) CMDB
7 4 (4.55%) Web 2.0
8 2 (2.27%) Wiki
9 1 (1.14%) Algorithms
9 1 (1.14%) Blog
9 1 (1.14%) Minimum Viable Product
9 1 (1.14%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 14 (15.91%) Linux
2 13 (14.77%) Windows
3 8 (9.09%) Unix
4 7 (7.95%) Android
4 7 (7.95%) Apple iOS
5 2 (2.27%) CentOS
5 2 (2.27%) Debian
5 2 (2.27%) Ubuntu
6 1 (1.14%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (40.91%) Test Automation
3 20 (22.73%) DevOps
4 19 (21.59%) BDD
5 16 (18.18%) Problem-Solving
5 16 (18.18%) TDD
6 15 (17.05%) ITIL
6 15 (17.05%) Scrum
6 15 (17.05%) Stakeholder Management
7 14 (15.91%) Analytics
8 13 (14.77%) Business Intelligence
8 13 (14.77%) Continuous Integration
9 12 (13.64%) Performance Testing
10 11 (12.50%) Data Management
11 10 (11.36%) Coaching
12 9 (10.23%) Continuous Delivery
12 9 (10.23%) Data Science
13 8 (9.09%) Machine Learning
13 8 (9.09%) Pair Programming
13 8 (9.09%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 22 (25.00%) Java
2 12 (13.64%) Python
2 12 (13.64%) SQL
3 9 (10.23%) C#
3 9 (10.23%) JavaScript
4 5 (5.68%) Go
4 5 (5.68%) Shell Script
5 4 (4.55%) Ruby
6 3 (3.41%) Java 9
6 3 (3.41%) PHP
7 2 (2.27%) Bourne shell
7 2 (2.27%) Java 8
7 2 (2.27%) Perl
7 2 (2.27%) PowerShell
7 2 (2.27%) VBScript
7 2 (2.27%) XPath
8 1 (1.14%) Bash Shell
8 1 (1.14%) C++
8 1 (1.14%) VB
8 1 (1.14%) VBA
Qualifications
1 3 (3.41%) ISEB
1 3 (3.41%) Security Cleared
2 2 (2.27%) Degree
3 1 (1.14%) ISTQB
3 1 (1.14%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (1.14%) PhD
3 1 (1.14%) SC Cleared
3 1 (1.14%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (6.82%) Data Quality
2 5 (5.68%) GDPR
3 2 (2.27%) SLA
4 1 (1.14%) COBIT
4 1 (1.14%) PMO
System Software
1 10 (11.36%) Docker
2 5 (5.68%) Active Directory
3 2 (2.27%) KVM
3 2 (2.27%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (1.14%) Apache Flume
4 1 (1.14%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (1.14%) Varnish
4 1 (1.14%) Virtual Desktop
4 1 (1.14%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 12 (13.64%) Puppet
2 11 (12.50%) Ansible
2 11 (12.50%) Opscode Chef
3 8 (9.09%) Kubernetes
4 4 (4.55%) Single Sign-On
5 3 (3.41%) Kibana
6 2 (2.27%) Cacti
6 2 (2.27%) collectd
6 2 (2.27%) Grafana
6 2 (2.27%) Graphite
6 2 (2.27%) Icinga
6 2 (2.27%) logstash
6 2 (2.27%) Nagios
6 2 (2.27%) Netcool
6 2 (2.27%) Observium
6 2 (2.27%) OpenNMS
6 2 (2.27%) Prometheus
6 2 (2.27%) Salt
6 2 (2.27%) ZABBIX
7 1 (1.14%) WMI
Vendors
1 8 (9.09%) Atlassian
2 7 (7.95%) Google
2 7 (7.95%) Oracle
2 7 (7.95%) SAP
3 6 (6.82%) Informatica
3 6 (6.82%) Microsoft
3 6 (6.82%) Tableau
3 6 (6.82%) Xamarin
4 5 (5.68%) CA
4 5 (5.68%) Coremetrics
5 4 (4.55%) ServiceNow
6 3 (3.41%) VMware
7 2 (2.27%) Adobe
7 2 (2.27%) CheckPoint
7 2 (2.27%) Cisco
7 2 (2.27%) Ericsson
7 2 (2.27%) Huawei
7 2 (2.27%) Juniper
7 2 (2.27%) Red Hat
7 2 (2.27%) Splunk