Period
to 5 December 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 5 December 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
5 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 77 72 88
Rank change year-on-year -5 +16 -26
Contract jobs citing QA 57 95 49
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 2.08% 2.98% 1.68%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 23.55% 35.71% 16.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 75 33
Manchester median daily rate £400 £383 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.58% +2.00% -8.54%
10th Percentile £200 £263 £275
90th Percentile £517 £542 £494
North West median daily rate £401 £450 £450
% change year-on-year -11.00% - +12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Manchester median hourly rate - £32.50 £16.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +100.74% -
North West median hourly rate £42.69 £45.00 £16.19
% change year-on-year -5.13% +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 242 266 298
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 8.83% 8.35% 10.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 168 172 181
Manchester median daily rate £378 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.63% +3.23% -3.13%
10th Percentile £169 £200 £205
90th Percentile £588 £586 £600
North West median daily rate £425 £411 £388
% change year-on-year +3.34% +6.13% -3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 17 8
Manchester median hourly rate £19.00 £21.76 £16.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.68% +34.40% -47.35%
10th Percentile £12.65 £15.60 £9.79
90th Percentile £89.00 £32.67 £31.44
North West median hourly rate £47.50 £28.38 £19.00
% change year-on-year +67.37% +49.37% -24.00%

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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 5 December 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 5 December 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 3 £300 -4.00%
Salford +18 2 £80 -80.20% 2
Bury - 1 £313 -
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 5 December 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 21 (36.84%) Agile Software Development
1 21 (36.84%) Test Automation
2 14 (24.56%) Selenium
2 14 (24.56%) Test Scripting
3 13 (22.81%) SQL
4 12 (21.05%) Test Strategy
5 11 (19.30%) Java
5 11 (19.30%) Project Management
6 9 (15.79%) JIRA
6 9 (15.79%) Finance
6 9 (15.79%) DevOps
7 8 (14.04%) SoapUI
7 8 (14.04%) Waterfall
7 8 (14.04%) Gherkin
7 8 (14.04%) BDD
7 8 (14.04%) Software Testing
7 8 (14.04%) Problem-Solving
8 7 (12.28%) C#
9 6 (10.53%) SQL Server
9 6 (10.53%) Windows
9 6 (10.53%) Business Intelligence
9 6 (10.53%) Regression Testing
9 6 (10.53%) Migration
9 6 (10.53%) Unit Testing
9 6 (10.53%) Scrum
9 6 (10.53%) TDD
9 6 (10.53%) Banking
9 6 (10.53%) Cross-Browser Testing
10 5 (8.77%) Mobile App
10 5 (8.77%) Azure

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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 3 (5.26%) Oracle Workflow
2 2 (3.51%) Confluence
3 1 (1.75%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 5 (8.77%) Microsoft Office
1 5 (8.77%) MS Visio
2 2 (3.51%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (1.75%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (1.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (1.75%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (1.75%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 5 (8.77%) Azure
2 4 (7.02%) Cloud Computing
3 3 (5.26%) AWS
3 3 (5.26%) BrowserStack
3 3 (5.26%) IaaS
3 3 (5.26%) PaaS
4 2 (3.51%) GitHub
5 1 (1.75%) AWS CloudFormation
5 1 (1.75%) BlazeMeter
5 1 (1.75%) GCP
5 1 (1.75%) OpenShift
5 1 (1.75%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 3 (5.26%) DNS
1 3 (5.26%) VPN
2 2 (3.51%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (10.53%) SQL Server
2 3 (5.26%) MongoDB
2 3 (5.26%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.75%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.75%) MySQL
3 1 (1.75%) Power BI
3 1 (1.75%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.75%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.75%) SQL Server 2017
3 1 (1.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 14 (24.56%) Selenium
2 9 (15.79%) JIRA
3 8 (14.04%) SoapUI
4 5 (8.77%) JMeter
4 5 (8.77%) Visual Studio Coded UI
5 4 (7.02%) Cucumber
5 4 (7.02%) Git (software)
5 4 (7.02%) SpecFlow
6 3 (5.26%) Katalon Studio
6 3 (5.26%) Visual Studio Team System
7 2 (3.51%) Jenkins
7 2 (3.51%) Visual Studio
8 1 (1.75%) Appium
8 1 (1.75%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 1 (1.75%) CircleCI
8 1 (1.75%) git-flow
8 1 (1.75%) HP UFT
8 1 (1.75%) SonarQube
8 1 (1.75%) Travis CI
General
1 9 (15.79%) Finance
2 6 (10.53%) Banking
3 4 (7.02%) Legal
4 3 (5.26%) Games
4 3 (5.26%) Public Sector
5 2 (3.51%) Investment Banking
5 2 (3.51%) Publishing
5 2 (3.51%) Retail
6 1 (1.75%) Local Government
6 1 (1.75%) Social Housing
Job Titles
1 17 (29.82%) Analyst
2 6 (10.53%) QA Engineer
2 6 (10.53%) Test Analyst
3 4 (7.02%) Environment Manager
3 4 (7.02%) IT Manager
3 4 (7.02%) Tester
4 3 (5.26%) Architect
4 3 (5.26%) Business Analyst
4 3 (5.26%) Migration Manager
4 3 (5.26%) QA Analyst
4 3 (5.26%) QA Tester
5 2 (3.51%) Automation Tester
5 2 (3.51%) Business IT Analyst
5 2 (3.51%) Developer
5 2 (3.51%) IT Analyst
5 2 (3.51%) IT Business Analyst
5 2 (3.51%) Project Manager
5 2 (3.51%) QA Automation Tester
5 2 (3.51%) Quality Analyst
5 2 (3.51%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (14.04%) Gherkin
2 4 (7.02%) .NET
3 3 (5.26%) Classic ASP
4 2 (3.51%) .NET Framework
4 2 (3.51%) RESTful
4 2 (3.51%) SOAP
5 1 (1.75%) AngularJS
5 1 (1.75%) Backbone.js
5 1 (1.75%) Ember.js
5 1 (1.75%) J2EE
5 1 (1.75%) Kafka
5 1 (1.75%) Node.js
5 1 (1.75%) RabbitMQ
5 1 (1.75%) React
5 1 (1.75%) Spring
5 1 (1.75%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 5 (8.77%) Mobile App
2 3 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (5.26%) Data Centre
2 3 (5.26%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (3.51%) Management Information System
3 2 (3.51%) Online Banking
3 2 (3.51%) User Experience
4 1 (1.75%) Clustering
4 1 (1.75%) CMDB
4 1 (1.75%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.75%) Mobile Payment
4 1 (1.75%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 6 (10.53%) Windows
2 3 (5.26%) Windows Server
3 2 (3.51%) Windows 10
4 1 (1.75%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (36.84%) Agile Software Development
1 21 (36.84%) Test Automation
2 14 (24.56%) Test Scripting
3 12 (21.05%) Test Strategy
4 11 (19.30%) Project Management
5 9 (15.79%) DevOps
6 8 (14.04%) BDD
6 8 (14.04%) Problem-Solving
6 8 (14.04%) Software Testing
6 8 (14.04%) Waterfall
7 6 (10.53%) Business Intelligence
7 6 (10.53%) Cross-Browser Testing
7 6 (10.53%) Migration
7 6 (10.53%) Regression Testing
7 6 (10.53%) Scrum
7 6 (10.53%) TDD
7 6 (10.53%) Unit Testing
8 5 (8.77%) Continuous Integration
8 5 (8.77%) Integration Testing
8 5 (8.77%) Sprint Planning
Programming Languages
1 13 (22.81%) SQL
2 11 (19.30%) Java
3 7 (12.28%) C#
4 5 (8.77%) JavaScript
5 3 (5.26%) VBA
6 2 (3.51%) C
6 2 (3.51%) T-SQL
7 1 (1.75%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.75%) ES6
7 1 (1.75%) Perl
7 1 (1.75%) PowerShell
7 1 (1.75%) Python
7 1 (1.75%) Ruby
7 1 (1.75%) Scala
7 1 (1.75%) VB
7 1 (1.75%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 3 (5.26%) Degree
2 2 (3.51%) ISTQB
2 2 (3.51%) Security Cleared
3 1 (1.75%) ISEB
3 1 (1.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (1.75%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (1.75%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.51%) PMO
2 1 (1.75%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (1.75%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 3 (5.26%) Active Directory
1 3 (5.26%) Docker
1 3 (5.26%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (7.02%) Ansible
1 4 (7.02%) Terraform
2 2 (3.51%) Kubernetes
3 1 (1.75%) Docker Swarm
3 1 (1.75%) Failover Clustering
3 1 (1.75%) HP ALM
3 1 (1.75%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.75%) Microsoft Clustering
3 1 (1.75%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.75%) Puppet
3 1 (1.75%) Salt
Vendors
1 3 (5.26%) Microsoft
1 3 (5.26%) Oracle
1 3 (5.26%) VMware
2 2 (3.51%) HP
2 2 (3.51%) Salesforce.com
2 2 (3.51%) SAP
3 1 (1.75%) MuleSoft