Period
to 19 December 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 December 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 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 67 94 59
Rank change year-on-year +27 -35 -29
Contract jobs citing QA 99 52 111
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 3.08% 1.79% 3.28%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 35.11% 16.88% 37.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 78 37 63
Manchester median daily rate £379 £375 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.00% -7.41% +15.71%
10th Percentile £263 £275 £235
90th Percentile £515 £491 £548
North West median daily rate £415 £449 £400
% change year-on-year -7.52% +12.19% +3.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Manchester median hourly rate £32.50 £16.19 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +100.74% - -
North West median hourly rate £45.00 £16.19 £44.00
% change year-on-year +177.95% -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 282 308 294
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 8.78% 10.58% 8.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 182 192 171
Manchester median daily rate £388 £388 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -3.13% +8.25%
10th Percentile £200 £201 £240
90th Percentile £573 £627 £556
North West median daily rate £410 £388 £400
% change year-on-year +5.81% -3.13% -3.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 10 3
Manchester median hourly rate £21.76 £16.60 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +31.12% -65.06% +160.27%
10th Percentile £15.60 £10.01 £19.45
90th Percentile £32.67 £55.98 £48.75
North West median hourly rate £28.38 £20.00 £25.87
% change year-on-year +41.90% -22.70% +14.99%

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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 19 December 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 December 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
Bolton +3 2 £313 +4.17%
Salford -3 2 £404 +1.00% 5
Altrincham - 1 - - 1
Sale - 1 £350 -
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 56 (56.57%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (43.43%) Test Automation
3 33 (33.33%) BDD
4 30 (30.30%) Selenium
4 30 (30.30%) Java
4 30 (30.30%) .NET
5 27 (27.27%) JIRA
6 24 (24.24%) C#
7 23 (23.23%) Microsoft
8 18 (18.18%) JavaScript
9 16 (16.16%) Scrum
9 16 (16.16%) TDD
10 15 (15.15%) SQL
11 14 (14.14%) Jenkins
12 13 (13.13%) Integration Testing
13 12 (12.12%) Software Engineering
13 12 (12.12%) MVC
13 12 (12.12%) JMeter
13 12 (12.12%) Continuous Improvement
14 11 (11.11%) Non-Functional Testing
14 11 (11.11%) Defect Management
14 11 (11.11%) E-Commerce
14 11 (11.11%) WebDriver
15 10 (10.10%) Visualisation
15 10 (10.10%) Microsoft Azure
15 10 (10.10%) VMware Infrastructure
15 10 (10.10%) User Acceptance Testing
15 10 (10.10%) Software Testing
15 10 (10.10%) SLA
15 10 (10.10%) VMware

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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 4 (4.04%) Drupal
2 3 (3.03%) CMS
3 2 (2.02%) IIS
4 1 (1.01%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (1.01%) Confluence
4 1 (1.01%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (1.01%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (4.04%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (3.03%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.02%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (2.02%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 10 (10.10%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (4.04%) Google Analytics
3 3 (3.03%) GitHub
4 2 (2.02%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (2.02%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (1.01%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (1.01%) Amazon ELB
5 1 (1.01%) Amazon S3
5 1 (1.01%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (1.01%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (1.01%) Route 53
5 1 (1.01%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.02%) Wi-Fi
2 1 (1.01%) Internet
2 1 (1.01%) RTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.05%) RDBMS
1 5 (5.05%) Relational Database
2 4 (4.04%) SQL Server
3 3 (3.03%) Azure SQL Database
4 2 (2.02%) MySQL
5 1 (1.01%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (1.01%) Apache Cassandra
5 1 (1.01%) Big Data
5 1 (1.01%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.01%) Hadoop
5 1 (1.01%) HBase
5 1 (1.01%) MongoDB
5 1 (1.01%) NoSQL
5 1 (1.01%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (1.01%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 30 (30.30%) Selenium
2 27 (27.27%) JIRA
3 14 (14.14%) Jenkins
4 12 (12.12%) JMeter
5 11 (11.11%) WebDriver
6 9 (9.09%) Jasmine
6 9 (9.09%) MSI
6 9 (9.09%) Octopus Deploy
6 9 (9.09%) Wise Package Studio
7 7 (7.07%) AdminStudio
7 7 (7.07%) Git (software)
8 4 (4.04%) Cucumber
9 3 (3.03%) Gatling
9 3 (3.03%) The Grinder
9 3 (3.03%) Visual Studio Coded UI
10 2 (2.02%) Eclipse
10 2 (2.02%) HP UFT
10 2 (2.02%) SoapUI
10 2 (2.02%) TeamCity
10 2 (2.02%) Travis CI
General
1 9 (9.09%) Billing
2 8 (8.08%) Retail
3 6 (6.06%) Finance
4 5 (5.05%) Banking
5 4 (4.04%) Games
6 3 (3.03%) Legal
7 2 (2.02%) Multimedia
8 1 (1.01%) Electronics
8 1 (1.01%) Law
8 1 (1.01%) Manufacturing
8 1 (1.01%) Marketing
8 1 (1.01%) Military
8 1 (1.01%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 22 (22.22%) Developer
2 15 (15.15%) Analyst
3 10 (10.10%) .NET Developer
4 9 (9.09%) Applications Packager
5 8 (8.08%) Tester
6 7 (7.07%) Project Manager
6 7 (7.07%) QA Analyst
6 7 (7.07%) QA Engineer
6 7 (7.07%) QA Test Analyst
6 7 (7.07%) QA Tester
6 7 (7.07%) Test Analyst
7 6 (6.06%) Software Developer
8 5 (5.05%) .NET Software Developer
8 5 (5.05%) Architect
8 5 (5.05%) Consultant
9 4 (4.04%) Automation Test Lead
9 4 (4.04%) E-Commerce Test Analyst
9 4 (4.04%) QA Consultant
9 4 (4.04%) Test Leader
9 4 (4.04%) Web Content Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (30.30%) .NET
2 9 (9.09%) OCX
2 9 (9.09%) Web Services
3 8 (8.08%) CSS
3 8 (8.08%) RESTful
4 7 (7.07%) Node.js
4 7 (7.07%) React
5 6 (6.06%) HTML
6 5 (5.05%) Gherkin
6 5 (5.05%) REST
7 4 (4.04%) ASP.NET
7 4 (4.04%) Sass
7 4 (4.04%) WebdriverIO
8 3 (3.03%) jQuery
9 2 (2.02%) ASP.NET MVC
9 2 (2.02%) ASP.NET Web API
9 2 (2.02%) Drools
9 2 (2.02%) Spring
9 2 (2.02%) Spring Boot
9 2 (2.02%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 6 (6.06%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (5.05%) User Experience
3 4 (4.04%) Blog
4 3 (3.03%) Greenfield Project
4 3 (3.03%) Management Information System
5 2 (2.02%) SCADA
6 1 (1.01%) Algorithms
6 1 (1.01%) Data Structures
6 1 (1.01%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.01%) EPoS
6 1 (1.01%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (1.01%) RIA
6 1 (1.01%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.01%) Smartcard
6 1 (1.01%) Virtual Team
6 1 (1.01%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 9 (9.09%) Windows
1 9 (9.09%) Windows XP
2 7 (7.07%) Windows 10
2 7 (7.07%) Windows 7
2 7 (7.07%) Windows 8
3 1 (1.01%) Android
3 1 (1.01%) Linux
3 1 (1.01%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 56 (56.57%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (43.43%) Test Automation
3 33 (33.33%) BDD
4 16 (16.16%) Scrum
4 16 (16.16%) TDD
5 13 (13.13%) Integration Testing
6 12 (12.12%) Continuous Improvement
6 12 (12.12%) MVC
6 12 (12.12%) Software Engineering
7 11 (11.11%) Defect Management
7 11 (11.11%) E-Commerce
7 11 (11.11%) Non-Functional Testing
8 10 (10.10%) Software Testing
8 10 (10.10%) User Acceptance Testing
8 10 (10.10%) Visualisation
9 9 (9.09%) Application Packaging
9 9 (9.09%) Application Virtualisation
9 9 (9.09%) SDET
9 9 (9.09%) Test Strategy
9 9 (9.09%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 30 (30.30%) Java
2 24 (24.24%) C#
3 18 (18.18%) JavaScript
4 15 (15.15%) SQL
5 9 (9.09%) VB
5 9 (9.09%) VBScript
6 8 (8.08%) PHP
7 3 (3.03%) ES6
8 2 (2.02%) ABAP
8 2 (2.02%) Java 8
8 2 (2.02%) Python
8 2 (2.02%) T-SQL
9 1 (1.01%) MATLAB
9 1 (1.01%) R
9 1 (1.01%) TypeScript
9 1 (1.01%) VBA
9 1 (1.01%) XPath
Qualifications
1 2 (2.02%) ITIL Certification
2 1 (1.01%) Computer Science Degree
2 1 (1.01%) DBS Check
2 1 (1.01%) Degree
2 1 (1.01%) PhD
2 1 (1.01%) SC Cleared
2 1 (1.01%) Security Cleared
2 1 (1.01%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (10.10%) SLA
2 3 (3.03%) WCAG
3 2 (2.02%) GDPR
3 2 (2.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (1.01%) Data Quality
4 1 (1.01%) PMO
System Software
1 10 (10.10%) VMware Infrastructure
2 9 (9.09%) Microsoft App-V
2 9 (9.09%) Virtual Desktop
2 9 (9.09%) XenApp
3 1 (1.01%) Apache Flume
3 1 (1.01%) Docker
Systems Management
1 9 (9.09%) SCCM
2 1 (1.01%) BladeLogic
2 1 (1.01%) HP ALM
2 1 (1.01%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 23 (23.23%) Microsoft
2 10 (10.10%) VMware
3 9 (9.09%) Citrix
3 9 (9.09%) Ivanti
3 9 (9.09%) Xerox
4 5 (5.05%) Google
5 4 (4.04%) SAP
6 3 (3.03%) Oracle
6 3 (3.03%) Remedy
7 1 (1.01%) Ab Initio
7 1 (1.01%) BMC
7 1 (1.01%) ForeScout
7 1 (1.01%) Hortonworks
7 1 (1.01%) HP
7 1 (1.01%) Informatica
7 1 (1.01%) Perforce
7 1 (1.01%) ServiceNow
7 1 (1.01%) Teradata
7 1 (1.01%) TIBCO