Period
to 22 October 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 22 October 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
22 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 67 81 57
Rank change year-on-year +14 -24 -22
Contract jobs citing QA 83 59 119
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 2.65% 2.08% 3.28%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 35.02% 20.49% 34.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 43 61
Manchester median daily rate £400 £375 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -7.41% +15.71%
10th Percentile £263 £228 £263
90th Percentile £575 £494 £550
North West median daily rate £450 £448 £400
% change year-on-year +0.56% +11.88% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Manchester median hourly rate £15.25 - -
North West median hourly rate £31.25 - £44.00

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 237 288 349
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 7.57% 10.13% 9.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 143 182 187
Manchester median daily rate £413 £380 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.55% +1.33% +7.14%
10th Percentile £200 £206 £250
90th Percentile £588 £575 £539
North West median daily rate £405 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +1.25% - -3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 5 4
Manchester median hourly rate £28.00 £14.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +100.00% -49.09% +52.78%
10th Percentile £14.33 £9.45 £12.98
90th Percentile £32.88 £38.86 £46.58
North West median hourly rate £28.38 £13.00 £20.39
% change year-on-year +118.31% -36.24% +0.69%

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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 October 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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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Manchester

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Manchester over the 6 months to 22 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 October 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 +4 2 £313 +30.21%
Salford -1 1 £675 +68.75% 3
Sale - 1 £350 - 1
Altrincham - 1 - - 5
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 22 October 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 44 (53.01%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (40.96%) Test Automation
3 28 (33.73%) Selenium
4 27 (32.53%) BDD
5 25 (30.12%) JIRA
6 24 (28.92%) Java
7 21 (25.30%) .NET
8 18 (21.69%) Microsoft
9 17 (20.48%) Scrum
10 15 (18.07%) TDD
10 15 (18.07%) Jenkins
11 13 (15.66%) SQL
12 12 (14.46%) C#
13 11 (13.25%) Web Services
13 11 (13.25%) MVC
13 11 (13.25%) JMeter
13 11 (13.25%) Microsoft Azure
13 11 (13.25%) Test Strategy
14 10 (12.05%) Continuous Improvement
14 10 (12.05%) Octopus Deploy
14 10 (12.05%) Finance
15 9 (10.84%) Software Engineering
15 9 (10.84%) Integration Testing
15 9 (10.84%) Management Information System
15 9 (10.84%) Stakeholder Management
15 9 (10.84%) Analytics
15 9 (10.84%) SDLC
15 9 (10.84%) RESTful
16 8 (9.64%) WebDriver
16 8 (9.64%) Non-Functional Testing

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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 (4.82%) Drupal
2 3 (3.61%) CMS
3 2 (2.41%) Elasticsearch
3 2 (2.41%) IIS
3 2 (2.41%) SAS
4 1 (1.20%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (1.20%) Confluence
4 1 (1.20%) MTS
4 1 (1.20%) SharePoint
Applications
1 5 (6.02%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (3.61%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (2.41%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.41%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (2.41%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 11 (13.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (4.82%) Google Analytics
3 3 (3.61%) GitHub
4 2 (2.41%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (2.41%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (1.20%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (1.20%) Amazon ELB
5 1 (1.20%) Amazon S3
5 1 (1.20%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (1.20%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (1.20%) Route 53
5 1 (1.20%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.41%) BGP
1 2 (2.41%) IPFIX
1 2 (2.41%) Junos
1 2 (2.41%) MPLS
1 2 (2.41%) MRTG
1 2 (2.41%) OSPF
1 2 (2.41%) SNMP
1 2 (2.41%) TACACS
1 2 (2.41%) VPN
2 1 (1.20%) AMQP
2 1 (1.20%) MQTT
2 1 (1.20%) RTP
2 1 (1.20%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (6.02%) PostgreSQL
2 4 (4.82%) Azure SQL Database
2 4 (4.82%) MySQL
2 4 (4.82%) SQL Server
3 3 (3.61%) Big Data
3 3 (3.61%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (3.61%) Hadoop
3 3 (3.61%) HBase
3 3 (3.61%) MongoDB
3 3 (3.61%) RDBMS
3 3 (3.61%) Relational Database
4 2 (2.41%) Apache Hive
4 2 (2.41%) BusinessObjects
4 2 (2.41%) Data Lake
4 2 (2.41%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
4 2 (2.41%) Pentaho
4 2 (2.41%) SQLite
5 1 (1.20%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (1.20%) Redis
5 1 (1.20%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 28 (33.73%) Selenium
2 25 (30.12%) JIRA
3 15 (18.07%) Jenkins
4 11 (13.25%) JMeter
5 10 (12.05%) Octopus Deploy
6 8 (9.64%) WebDriver
7 6 (7.23%) Jasmine
8 4 (4.82%) Cucumber
8 4 (4.82%) Git (software)
9 3 (3.61%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (3.61%) Eclipse
9 3 (3.61%) Gatling
9 3 (3.61%) The Grinder
10 2 (2.41%) ERwin
10 2 (2.41%) HP UFT
10 2 (2.41%) MSI
10 2 (2.41%) PyUnit
10 2 (2.41%) TeamCity
10 2 (2.41%) Travis CI
10 2 (2.41%) Visual Studio
General
1 10 (12.05%) Finance
2 7 (8.43%) Banking
3 4 (4.82%) Retail
4 3 (3.61%) Legal
5 2 (2.41%) Billing
5 2 (2.41%) Multimedia
5 2 (2.41%) Retail Banking
5 2 (2.41%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.20%) Law
6 1 (1.20%) Military
Job Titles
1 18 (21.69%) Developer
2 16 (19.28%) Analyst
3 10 (12.05%) .NET Developer
4 7 (8.43%) QA Engineer
5 6 (7.23%) Architect
5 6 (7.23%) Software Developer
5 6 (7.23%) Tester
6 5 (6.02%) .NET Software Developer
6 5 (6.02%) Automation Engineer
6 5 (6.02%) Project Manager
6 5 (6.02%) QA Analyst
6 5 (6.02%) QA Test Analyst
6 5 (6.02%) QA Tester
6 5 (6.02%) Test Analyst
7 4 (4.82%) Java Developer
7 4 (4.82%) Test Leader
7 4 (4.82%) Web Content Manager
7 4 (4.82%) Web Content Project Manager
7 4 (4.82%) Web Manager
7 4 (4.82%) Web Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (25.30%) .NET
2 11 (13.25%) Web Services
3 9 (10.84%) RESTful
4 4 (4.82%) REST
4 4 (4.82%) WebdriverIO
5 3 (3.61%) Drools
5 3 (3.61%) Gherkin
5 3 (3.61%) Node.js
5 3 (3.61%) XML
6 2 (2.41%) ASP.NET
6 2 (2.41%) ASP.NET Web API
6 2 (2.41%) CSS
6 2 (2.41%) Elastic Stack
6 2 (2.41%) jQuery
6 2 (2.41%) JSON
6 2 (2.41%) Kafka
6 2 (2.41%) OCX
6 2 (2.41%) WCF
7 1 (1.20%) Natural Language Processing
7 1 (1.20%) React
Miscellaneous
1 9 (10.84%) Management Information System
2 7 (8.43%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (6.02%) User Experience
4 4 (4.82%) Blog
5 2 (2.41%) CMDB
5 2 (2.41%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (2.41%) Linux Command Line
6 1 (1.20%) Algorithms
6 1 (1.20%) Computer Science
6 1 (1.20%) Data Structures
6 1 (1.20%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (1.20%) SCADA
6 1 (1.20%) Smartcard
6 1 (1.20%) Virtual Team
6 1 (1.20%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 5 (6.02%) Unix
2 4 (4.82%) Windows
3 3 (3.61%) Linux
4 2 (2.41%) CentOS
4 2 (2.41%) Debian
4 2 (2.41%) Ubuntu
4 2 (2.41%) Windows XP
5 1 (1.20%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (53.01%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (40.96%) Test Automation
3 27 (32.53%) BDD
4 17 (20.48%) Scrum
5 15 (18.07%) TDD
6 11 (13.25%) MVC
6 11 (13.25%) Test Strategy
7 10 (12.05%) Continuous Improvement
8 9 (10.84%) Analytics
8 9 (10.84%) Integration Testing
8 9 (10.84%) SDLC
8 9 (10.84%) Software Engineering
8 9 (10.84%) Stakeholder Management
9 8 (9.64%) Non-Functional Testing
9 8 (9.64%) Performance Testing
9 8 (9.64%) Problem-Solving
10 7 (8.43%) Continuous Integration
10 7 (8.43%) E-Commerce
10 7 (8.43%) ITIL
10 7 (8.43%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 24 (28.92%) Java
2 13 (15.66%) SQL
3 12 (14.46%) C#
4 8 (9.64%) JavaScript
5 6 (7.23%) PHP
6 4 (4.82%) Python
7 2 (2.41%) ABAP
7 2 (2.41%) Bourne shell
7 2 (2.41%) Perl
7 2 (2.41%) Ruby
7 2 (2.41%) Shell Script
7 2 (2.41%) T-SQL
7 2 (2.41%) VB
7 2 (2.41%) VBScript
7 2 (2.41%) XPath
8 1 (1.20%) Java 8
8 1 (1.20%) MATLAB
8 1 (1.20%) R
8 1 (1.20%) VBA
Qualifications
1 3 (3.61%) Degree
2 2 (2.41%) ISEB
2 2 (2.41%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (1.20%) Computer Science Degree
3 1 (1.20%) DBS Check
3 1 (1.20%) PhD
3 1 (1.20%) SC Cleared
3 1 (1.20%) Security Cleared
3 1 (1.20%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.61%) Data Quality
1 3 (3.61%) SLA
1 3 (3.61%) WCAG
2 2 (2.41%) GDPR
2 2 (2.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.20%) COBIT
3 1 (1.20%) PMO
System Software
1 4 (4.82%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (2.41%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.41%) Docker
2 2 (2.41%) KVM
2 2 (2.41%) Microsoft App-V
2 2 (2.41%) Virtual Desktop
2 2 (2.41%) XenApp
3 1 (1.20%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 2 (2.41%) Ansible
1 2 (2.41%) Cacti
1 2 (2.41%) collectd
1 2 (2.41%) Grafana
1 2 (2.41%) Graphite
1 2 (2.41%) Icinga
1 2 (2.41%) Kibana
1 2 (2.41%) logstash
1 2 (2.41%) Nagios
1 2 (2.41%) Netcool
1 2 (2.41%) Observium
1 2 (2.41%) OpenNMS
1 2 (2.41%) Opscode Chef
1 2 (2.41%) Prometheus
1 2 (2.41%) Puppet
1 2 (2.41%) Salt
1 2 (2.41%) SCCM
1 2 (2.41%) ZABBIX
2 1 (1.20%) BladeLogic
2 1 (1.20%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 18 (21.69%) Microsoft
2 5 (6.02%) Google
2 5 (6.02%) Oracle
2 5 (6.02%) VMware
3 3 (3.61%) Informatica
3 3 (3.61%) SAP
4 2 (2.41%) CA
4 2 (2.41%) CheckPoint
4 2 (2.41%) Cisco
4 2 (2.41%) Citrix
4 2 (2.41%) Ericsson
4 2 (2.41%) Huawei
4 2 (2.41%) Ivanti
4 2 (2.41%) Juniper
4 2 (2.41%) Red Hat
4 2 (2.41%) Remedy
4 2 (2.41%) Splunk
4 2 (2.41%) Tableau
4 2 (2.41%) Xerox
5 1 (1.20%) ForeScout