Period
to 19 November 2017

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 November 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 > Manchester
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 88 62 28
Rank change year-on-year -26 -34 +47
Contract jobs citing QA 50 111 187
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 1.71% 3.14% 4.92%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 17.48% 35.81% 42.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 62 105
Manchester median daily rate £375 £409 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.26% +16.79% +6.06%
10th Percentile £275 £278 £218
90th Percentile £486 £549 £477
North West median daily rate £450 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +12.50% +3.23% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Manchester median hourly rate £16.19 - -
North West median hourly rate £16.19 £44.00 -
% change year-on-year -63.20% - -

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 286 310 435
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 9.81% 8.78% 11.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 175 172 240
Manchester median daily rate £388 £400 £367
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.13% +8.92% +13.00%
10th Percentile £202 £250 £225
90th Percentile £600 £540 £525
North West median daily rate £388 £400 £414
% change year-on-year -3.13% -3.38% +14.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 3 5
Manchester median hourly rate £16.19 £14.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.64% -15.15% +55.29%
10th Percentile £9.67 £12.90 £15.45
90th Percentile £33.91 £41.90 £30.51
North West median hourly rate £13.50 £22.70 £22.50
% change year-on-year -40.52% +0.87% +45.16%

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 November 2017.

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 November 2017. 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 3 £300 +17.65%
Stockport +4 2 £325 -35.65% 2
Salford -1 2 £400 - 2
Rochdale - 1 - -
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 19 November 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 Manchester region with a requirement for QA.

1 24 (48.00%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (44.00%) Test Automation
3 19 (38.00%) .NET
4 13 (26.00%) ASP.NET
5 12 (24.00%) C#
5 12 (24.00%) JavaScript
5 12 (24.00%) TDD
6 11 (22.00%) CSS
6 11 (22.00%) MVC
7 10 (20.00%) Project Management
7 10 (20.00%) SQL
7 10 (20.00%) JIRA
8 9 (18.00%) jQuery
8 9 (18.00%) Unit Testing
8 9 (18.00%) Continuous Integration
8 9 (18.00%) SQL Server
8 9 (18.00%) Web Development
9 8 (16.00%) Oracle
9 8 (16.00%) Git (software)
9 8 (16.00%) Selenium
9 8 (16.00%) ASP.NET MVC
9 8 (16.00%) SMACSS
10 7 (14.00%) .NET Core
10 7 (14.00%) gulp
10 7 (14.00%) Agile Project Management
10 7 (14.00%) Sass
10 7 (14.00%) Progressive Enhancement
10 7 (14.00%) Java
10 7 (14.00%) Web Services
10 7 (14.00%) Refactoring

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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 (2.00%) CMS
1 1 (2.00%) Confluence
1 1 (2.00%) SharePoint
1 1 (2.00%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 1 (2.00%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (2.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (2.00%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (6.00%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.00%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (4.00%) GitHub
2 1 (2.00%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (6.00%) HTTP
1 3 (6.00%) RTSP
2 2 (4.00%) DNS
2 2 (4.00%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (18.00%) SQL Server
2 4 (8.00%) Oracle Database
3 3 (6.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 10 (20.00%) JIRA
2 8 (16.00%) Git (software)
2 8 (16.00%) Selenium
3 7 (14.00%) gulp
4 5 (10.00%) Visual Studio
5 3 (6.00%) Cucumber
5 3 (6.00%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 3 (6.00%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (6.00%) Toad
6 2 (4.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 2 (4.00%) Bitbucket
6 2 (4.00%) NUnit
6 2 (4.00%) ReSharper
6 2 (4.00%) SoapUI
6 2 (4.00%) SonarQube
6 2 (4.00%) SpecFlow
6 2 (4.00%) TeamCity
6 2 (4.00%) WebDriver
7 1 (2.00%) GitLab
7 1 (2.00%) IntelliJ
General
1 6 (12.00%) Finance
2 4 (8.00%) Retail
3 3 (6.00%) Manufacturing
4 2 (4.00%) Banking
4 2 (4.00%) Games
4 2 (4.00%) Law
4 2 (4.00%) Legal
5 1 (2.00%) Back Office
5 1 (2.00%) Local Government
5 1 (2.00%) Marketing
5 1 (2.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 15 (30.00%) Developer
2 8 (16.00%) .NET Developer
2 8 (16.00%) .NET Web Developer
2 8 (16.00%) C# .NET Developer
2 8 (16.00%) C# Developer
2 8 (16.00%) C# Web Developer
2 8 (16.00%) Tester
2 8 (16.00%) Web Developer
3 7 (14.00%) Analyst
3 7 (14.00%) Architect
3 7 (14.00%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
3 7 (14.00%) QA Tester
4 5 (10.00%) QA Analyst
4 5 (10.00%) Test Analyst
5 4 (8.00%) QA Test Analyst
5 4 (8.00%) Solutions Architect
6 3 (6.00%) Android Developer
6 3 (6.00%) Test Engineer
7 2 (4.00%) Automation Engineer
7 2 (4.00%) Senior Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (38.00%) .NET
2 13 (26.00%) ASP.NET
3 11 (22.00%) CSS
4 9 (18.00%) jQuery
5 8 (16.00%) ASP.NET MVC
6 7 (14.00%) .NET Core
6 7 (14.00%) Sass
6 7 (14.00%) Web Services
7 6 (12.00%) JSON
8 5 (10.00%) XML
9 3 (6.00%) Android SDK
9 3 (6.00%) Flash
9 3 (6.00%) HTML
9 3 (6.00%) Node.js
10 2 (4.00%) ASP.NET Web API
10 2 (4.00%) REST
10 2 (4.00%) SOAP
10 2 (4.00%) Spring Boot
10 2 (4.00%) XML Schema
10 2 (4.00%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 5 (10.00%) Data Structures
1 5 (10.00%) User Experience
2 3 (6.00%) Fintech
3 2 (4.00%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (4.00%) Computer Science
4 1 (2.00%) Data Protection Act
4 1 (2.00%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (2.00%) Freedom of Information
4 1 (2.00%) Freedom of Information Act
4 1 (2.00%) Mainframe
4 1 (2.00%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.00%) Online Games
4 1 (2.00%) RIA
4 1 (2.00%) Smart Home
Operating Systems
1 4 (8.00%) Windows
2 3 (6.00%) Android
2 3 (6.00%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (2.00%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (48.00%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (44.00%) Test Automation
3 12 (24.00%) TDD
4 11 (22.00%) MVC
5 10 (20.00%) Project Management
6 9 (18.00%) Continuous Integration
6 9 (18.00%) Unit Testing
6 9 (18.00%) Web Development
7 8 (16.00%) SMACSS
8 7 (14.00%) Agile Project Management
8 7 (14.00%) Progressive Enhancement
8 7 (14.00%) Refactoring
9 6 (12.00%) Regression Testing
9 6 (12.00%) Waterfall
10 5 (10.00%) Data Modelling
11 4 (8.00%) SDLC
11 4 (8.00%) Test Scripting
11 4 (8.00%) TOGAF
11 4 (8.00%) User Acceptance Testing
11 4 (8.00%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 12 (24.00%) C#
1 12 (24.00%) JavaScript
2 10 (20.00%) SQL
3 7 (14.00%) Java
4 4 (8.00%) T-SQL
5 2 (4.00%) XPath
6 1 (2.00%) C++
6 1 (2.00%) PHP
6 1 (2.00%) Python
6 1 (2.00%) Scala
6 1 (2.00%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 5 (10.00%) Degree
2 2 (4.00%) Computer Science Degree
2 2 (4.00%) ISEB
3 1 (2.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (2.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.00%) Data Quality
2 1 (2.00%) GMP
2 1 (2.00%) MiFID
2 1 (2.00%) PMO
System Software
1 1 (2.00%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (4.00%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 8 (16.00%) Oracle
2 4 (8.00%) Microsoft
3 3 (6.00%) SAP
4 1 (2.00%) Atlassian
4 1 (2.00%) HP
4 1 (2.00%) Sitecore