Period
to 4 August 2020

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 4 August 2020 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
4 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 32 88 76
Rank change year-on-year +56 -12 -21
Contract jobs citing QA 45 53 88
As % of all contract jobs advertised in Manchester 4.54% 1.88% 2.70%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 41.67% 24.65% 30.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 42 66
Median daily rate £525 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +23.53% +3.03% +13.01%
10th Percentile £296 £313 £281
90th Percentile £615 £523 £606
North West median daily rate £450 £450 £413
% change year-on-year - +9.09% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 4
Median hourly rate - - £15.00
North West median hourly rate £27.18 £32.50 £15.25
% change year-on-year -16.38% +113.11% -

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 108 215 291
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 10.90% 7.61% 8.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 151 186
Median daily rate £500 £425 £418
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.65% +1.80% +11.65%
10th Percentile £205 £200 £200
90th Percentile £615 £638 £600
North West median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +2.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 9 13
Median hourly rate £8.50 £16.50 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -48.48% -35.29% +148.90%
10th Percentile £8.25 £11.08 £12.32
90th Percentile £8.75 £18.15 £32.67
Median hourly rate £30.84 £23.34 £28.38
% change year-on-year +32.12% -17.76% +86.10%

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Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

Job postings citing QA as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in Manchester.

Job vacancy trend for QA in Manchester

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing QA in Manchester.

Daily rate trend for QA in Manchester

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Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing QA in Manchester over the 6 months to 4 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for QA in Manchester

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing QA in Manchester.

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 4 August 2020. 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
Altrincham - 2 - -
Ashton-under-Lyne - 1 £130 -
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 4 August 2020, 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 20 (44.44%) Git (software)
2 19 (42.22%) Scrum
3 14 (31.11%) MySQL
3 14 (31.11%) Oracle
3 14 (31.11%) Relational Database
4 13 (28.89%) Pentaho
4 13 (28.89%) Unit Testing
5 9 (20.00%) Public Sector
5 9 (20.00%) Jenkins
5 9 (20.00%) DevOps
5 9 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
5 9 (20.00%) AWS
5 9 (20.00%) SQL
6 8 (17.78%) Python
6 8 (17.78%) JIRA
7 7 (15.56%) Migration
7 7 (15.56%) Test Automation
7 7 (15.56%) Test Scripting
7 7 (15.56%) Continuous Integration
7 7 (15.56%) Windows
8 6 (13.33%) Active Directory
8 6 (13.33%) Performance Testing
8 6 (13.33%) Defect Management
8 6 (13.33%) Windows 10
8 6 (13.33%) BPSS Clearance
8 6 (13.33%) Zephyr
8 6 (13.33%) Continuous Deployment
9 5 (11.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 5 (11.11%) Kubernetes
9 5 (11.11%) SonarQube

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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 (6.67%) Apache
1 3 (6.67%) Confluence
1 3 (6.67%) WebSphere
1 3 (6.67%) WebSphere Application Server
2 2 (4.44%) OnBase
2 2 (4.44%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (2.22%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (8.89%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 9 (20.00%) AWS
2 4 (8.89%) Azure
3 3 (6.67%) AWS CloudFormation
3 3 (6.67%) BrowserStack
3 3 (6.67%) GCP
4 2 (4.44%) Amazon Cognito
4 2 (4.44%) Amazon S3
4 2 (4.44%) Office 365
4 2 (4.44%) Slack
5 1 (2.22%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (2.22%) Amazon SageMaker
5 1 (2.22%) AWS Lambda
5 1 (2.22%) BlazeMeter
5 1 (2.22%) Coveralls
5 1 (2.22%) Power Platform
5 1 (2.22%) Serverless
5 1 (2.22%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.44%) VPN
2 1 (2.22%) DNS
2 1 (2.22%) HTTP
2 1 (2.22%) MPLS
2 1 (2.22%) Skype
2 1 (2.22%) TCP/IP
2 1 (2.22%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (31.11%) MySQL
1 14 (31.11%) Relational Database
2 13 (28.89%) Pentaho
3 3 (6.67%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (4.44%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 2 (4.44%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (2.22%) Amazon Athena
5 1 (2.22%) Amazon Redshift
5 1 (2.22%) Big Data
5 1 (2.22%) Data Lake
5 1 (2.22%) NoSQL
5 1 (2.22%) Power BI
5 1 (2.22%) RDBMS
5 1 (2.22%) SQL Server
5 1 (2.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 20 (44.44%) Git (software)
2 9 (20.00%) Jenkins
3 8 (17.78%) JIRA
4 6 (13.33%) Zephyr
5 5 (11.11%) SonarQube
6 4 (8.89%) Cucumber
6 4 (8.89%) Gradle
6 4 (8.89%) Maven
6 4 (8.89%) Selenium
7 3 (6.67%) Ant
7 3 (6.67%) Bitbucket
7 3 (6.67%) JMeter
7 3 (6.67%) Sonatype Nexus
7 3 (6.67%) Subversion
8 2 (4.44%) Burp Suite
8 2 (4.44%) CircleCI
8 2 (4.44%) HP UFT
8 2 (4.44%) Hudson
8 2 (4.44%) SoapUI
8 2 (4.44%) Travis CI
General
1 9 (20.00%) Public Sector
2 3 (6.67%) Finance
3 2 (4.44%) Banking
4 1 (2.22%) Games
4 1 (2.22%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 15 (33.33%) Developer
2 12 (26.67%) Pentaho Developer
3 9 (20.00%) Analyst
4 5 (11.11%) Test Analyst
5 4 (8.89%) Workday Analyst
6 3 (6.67%) Administrator
6 3 (6.67%) DevOps Administrator
6 3 (6.67%) QA Tester
6 3 (6.67%) Tester
7 2 (4.44%) Architect
7 2 (4.44%) DBA
7 2 (4.44%) DevOps Engineer
7 2 (4.44%) QA Engineer
7 2 (4.44%) Senior DevOps
7 2 (4.44%) Senior DevOps Engineer
8 1 (2.22%) Automation Engineer
8 1 (2.22%) AWS DevOps
8 1 (2.22%) Azure Architect
8 1 (2.22%) Migration Analyst
8 1 (2.22%) SQL Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.67%) Middleware
2 2 (4.44%) REST
2 2 (4.44%) SOAP
3 1 (2.22%) .NET
3 1 (2.22%) .NET Core
3 1 (2.22%) Gherkin
3 1 (2.22%) JSON
3 1 (2.22%) RESTful
3 1 (2.22%) Serverless Framework
3 1 (2.22%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (8.89%) Video Conferencing
2 3 (6.67%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (4.44%) Algorithms
4 1 (2.22%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (2.22%) Blog
4 1 (2.22%) Data Centre
4 1 (2.22%) Life Science
4 1 (2.22%) NHS
4 1 (2.22%) Public Cloud
4 1 (2.22%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 7 (15.56%) Windows
2 6 (13.33%) Windows 10
3 5 (11.11%) Linux
4 4 (8.89%) Unix
5 3 (6.67%) Windows 7
6 2 (4.44%) VME
7 1 (2.22%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (42.22%) Scrum
2 13 (28.89%) Unit Testing
3 9 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (20.00%) DevOps
4 7 (15.56%) Continuous Integration
4 7 (15.56%) Migration
4 7 (15.56%) Test Automation
4 7 (15.56%) Test Scripting
5 6 (13.33%) Continuous Deployment
5 6 (13.33%) Defect Management
5 6 (13.33%) Performance Testing
6 5 (11.11%) ETL
6 5 (11.11%) Kanban
7 4 (8.89%) Data Migration
7 4 (8.89%) Problem-Solving
7 4 (8.89%) Service Management
8 3 (6.67%) Master Data Management
8 3 (6.67%) Mentoring
8 3 (6.67%) SDLC
8 3 (6.67%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 9 (20.00%) SQL
2 8 (17.78%) Python
3 5 (11.11%) Perl
4 4 (8.89%) Java
5 3 (6.67%) Bash Shell
5 3 (6.67%) Shell Script
6 2 (4.44%) C#
6 2 (4.44%) Go
6 2 (4.44%) Groovy
6 2 (4.44%) JavaScript
6 2 (4.44%) Ruby
7 1 (2.22%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 6 (13.33%) BPSS Clearance
2 5 (11.11%) ISTQB
2 5 (11.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (6.67%) ISEB
3 3 (6.67%) SC Cleared
3 3 (6.67%) Security Cleared
4 2 (4.44%) Degree
5 1 (2.22%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (2.22%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.44%) WCAG
2 1 (2.22%) GDPR
2 1 (2.22%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (13.33%) Active Directory
2 3 (6.67%) Docker
2 3 (6.67%) Virtual Desktop
3 1 (2.22%) Hyper-V
3 1 (2.22%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 5 (11.11%) Kubernetes
1 5 (11.11%) SCCM
2 4 (8.89%) Opscode Chef
3 3 (6.67%) Puppet
4 2 (4.44%) Ansible
4 2 (4.44%) Docker Swarm
4 2 (4.44%) Nessus
4 2 (4.44%) Rancher
4 2 (4.44%) Salt
4 2 (4.44%) Terraform
5 1 (2.22%) HP ALM
5 1 (2.22%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 14 (31.11%) Oracle
2 4 (8.89%) Workday
3 3 (6.67%) Google
3 3 (6.67%) IBM
3 3 (6.67%) Splunk
4 2 (4.44%) Citrix
4 2 (4.44%) ICL
4 2 (4.44%) Kofax
4 2 (4.44%) Microsoft
5 1 (2.22%) HP