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 3 months to 30 March 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
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 39 70 33
Rank change year-on-year +31 -37  
Contract jobs citing QA 50 32 70
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 3.78% 1.78% 4.31%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 41.32% 20.00% 29.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 18 43
Median daily rate £331 £385 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.01% +18.53%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £247 £300 £277
10% offered a daily rate of more than £433 £500 £435
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £366 £350
% change year-on-year -0.27% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £39.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year -30.76% +6.84%  

QA is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next 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 and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Manchester
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 121 160 235
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 9.14% 8.90% 14.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 88 110
Median daily rate £346 £425 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.52% +21.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £241 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £550 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 3
Median hourly rate £17.50 - £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.90 - £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.82 - £143.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £40.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -50.00% +37.93%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Manchester citing QA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

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 3 months to 30 March 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 3 months to 30 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Salford - 2 £400 - 1
Oldham 0 1 £400 +33.33% 2
Stockport - 1 - - 1
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 61 (57.01%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (37.38%) Selenium
3 33 (30.84%) Java
4 32 (29.91%) JavaScript
5 27 (25.23%) JIRA
6 26 (24.30%) BDD
7 22 (20.56%) WebDriver
8 21 (19.63%) TDD
9 20 (18.69%) SQL
9 20 (18.69%) Scrum
9 20 (18.69%) QA Automation
10 19 (17.76%) .NET
10 19 (17.76%) Test Scripting
11 18 (16.82%) Automated Testing
11 18 (16.82%) DevOps
12 16 (14.95%) Finance
12 16 (14.95%) User Acceptance Testing
13 15 (14.02%) AngularJS
14 14 (13.08%) Web Services
15 13 (12.15%) Jenkins
16 12 (11.21%) SDLC
16 12 (11.21%) CSS
16 12 (11.21%) ITIL
16 12 (11.21%) Regression Testing
16 12 (11.21%) Continuous Integration
16 12 (11.21%) Git (software)
17 11 (10.28%) Cucumber
17 11 (10.28%) XML
17 11 (10.28%) C#
17 11 (10.28%) Automation 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 5 (4.67%) CMS
1 5 (4.67%) SharePoint
2 4 (3.74%) IBM Domino
3 3 (2.80%) Confluence
3 3 (2.80%) Drupal
3 3 (2.80%) IIS
4 2 (1.87%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (0.93%) SAS
Applications
1 2 (1.87%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.93%) MS Office
2 1 (0.93%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (0.93%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.93%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.93%) Magento
1 1 (0.93%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 6 (5.61%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (2.80%) GitHub
3 2 (1.87%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.93%) AWS CloudFormation
4 1 (0.93%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
4 1 (0.93%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (4.67%) LDAP
2 3 (2.80%) DHCP
2 3 (2.80%) DNS
2 3 (2.80%) Firewall
2 3 (2.80%) Network Security
3 2 (1.87%) Internet
4 1 (0.93%) Broadband
4 1 (0.93%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (3.74%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.80%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (1.87%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 2 (1.87%) MySQL
3 2 (1.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (0.93%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.93%) SAS Enterprise Guide
Development Applications
1 40 (37.38%) Selenium
2 27 (25.23%) JIRA
3 22 (20.56%) WebDriver
4 13 (12.15%) Jenkins
5 12 (11.21%) Git (software)
6 11 (10.28%) Cucumber
7 5 (4.67%) SoapUI
7 5 (4.67%) SpecFlow
8 4 (3.74%) gulp
8 4 (3.74%) Visual Studio
9 3 (2.80%) Babel
9 3 (2.80%) IntelliJ
9 3 (2.80%) TestNG
9 3 (2.80%) webpack
10 2 (1.87%) Bitbucket
10 2 (1.87%) GitLab
10 2 (1.87%) Grunt
10 2 (1.87%) Octopus Deploy
10 2 (1.87%) PhantomJS
10 2 (1.87%) TeamCity
General
1 16 (14.95%) Finance
2 8 (7.48%) Games
3 5 (4.67%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.87%) Advertising
4 2 (1.87%) Banking
4 2 (1.87%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.93%) Electronics
5 1 (0.93%) Financial Institution
5 1 (0.93%) Legal
5 1 (0.93%) Marketing
5 1 (0.93%) Publishing
5 1 (0.93%) Retail
Job Titles
1 37 (34.58%) Developer
2 17 (15.89%) QA Engineer
3 16 (14.95%) Tester
4 15 (14.02%) QA Automation Engineer
5 12 (11.21%) Automation Engineer
6 11 (10.28%) Analyst
7 10 (9.35%) Automation Tester
8 7 (6.54%) Java Engineer
8 7 (6.54%) Project Manager
8 7 (6.54%) QA Tester
9 6 (5.61%) ServiceNow Developer
10 5 (4.67%) Selenium Tester
11 4 (3.74%) Consultant
11 4 (3.74%) Domino Developer
11 4 (3.74%) Lead Developer
11 4 (3.74%) QA Analyst
11 4 (3.74%) Selenium Automation Tester
11 4 (3.74%) Software Developer
11 4 (3.74%) Test Analyst
12 3 (2.80%) Android Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (17.76%) .NET
2 15 (14.02%) AngularJS
3 14 (13.08%) Web Services
4 12 (11.21%) CSS
5 11 (10.28%) XML
6 10 (9.35%) HTML
6 10 (9.35%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 8 (7.48%) ASP.NET
7 8 (7.48%) Sass
8 7 (6.54%) Gherkin
9 5 (4.67%) .NET Framework
9 5 (4.67%) Apache Cordova
9 5 (4.67%) HTML5
9 5 (4.67%) Node.js
9 5 (4.67%) React Native
9 5 (4.67%) REST
10 4 (3.74%) .NET Core
10 4 (3.74%) ASP.NET MVC
10 4 (3.74%) jQuery
10 4 (3.74%) React
Miscellaneous
1 9 (8.41%) Analytical Skills
1 9 (8.41%) Web 2.0
2 6 (5.61%) Mobile App
2 6 (5.61%) User Experience
3 4 (3.74%) Data Structures
4 3 (2.80%) iPad
5 2 (1.87%) Mobile Games
5 2 (1.87%) Smartphone
6 1 (0.93%) 3D Graphics
6 1 (0.93%) Blog
6 1 (0.93%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.93%) Credit Risk
6 1 (0.93%) Linux Command Line
6 1 (0.93%) NHS
6 1 (0.93%) Podcast
6 1 (0.93%) Social Media
6 1 (0.93%) Streaming Video
Operating Systems
1 8 (7.48%) Android
2 4 (3.74%) Apple iOS
2 4 (3.74%) Linux
3 3 (2.80%) CentOS
3 3 (2.80%) Windows
3 3 (2.80%) Windows Server
3 3 (2.80%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (0.93%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (57.01%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (24.30%) BDD
3 21 (19.63%) TDD
4 20 (18.69%) QA Automation
4 20 (18.69%) Scrum
5 19 (17.76%) Test Scripting
6 18 (16.82%) Automated Testing
6 18 (16.82%) DevOps
7 16 (14.95%) User Acceptance Testing
8 12 (11.21%) Continuous Integration
8 12 (11.21%) ITIL
8 12 (11.21%) Regression Testing
8 12 (11.21%) SDLC
9 11 (10.28%) Automation Testing
10 10 (9.35%) Issue Tracking
10 10 (9.35%) ITIL V3
10 10 (9.35%) Release Management
11 9 (8.41%) Defect Management
11 9 (8.41%) Project Management
12 8 (7.48%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 33 (30.84%) Java
2 32 (29.91%) JavaScript
3 20 (18.69%) SQL
4 11 (10.28%) C#
5 9 (8.41%) PL/SQL
6 7 (6.54%) PHP
7 5 (4.67%) Python
8 4 (3.74%) ES6
9 3 (2.80%) ECMAScript
9 3 (2.80%) Ruby
10 2 (1.87%) VBA
11 1 (0.93%) PHP 5
11 1 (0.93%) Scala
11 1 (0.93%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.93%) X++
Qualifications
1 6 (5.61%) SC Cleared
1 6 (5.61%) Security Cleared
2 5 (4.67%) ISEB
3 1 (0.93%) CCNA
3 1 (0.93%) CCNP
3 1 (0.93%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (0.93%) CISSP
3 1 (0.93%) Degree
3 1 (0.93%) ISSAP
3 1 (0.93%) SAS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.87%) SDET
2 1 (0.93%) PMO
System Software
1 2 (1.87%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (2.80%) Puppet
2 2 (1.87%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 10 (9.35%) ServiceNow
2 6 (5.61%) Microsoft
3 4 (3.74%) Sitecore
4 3 (2.80%) Red Hat
4 3 (2.80%) RightScale
5 2 (1.87%) Apigee
5 2 (1.87%) PayPal
5 2 (1.87%) SAP
5 2 (1.87%) Snow
6 1 (0.93%) CA Agile Central
6 1 (0.93%) CheckPoint
6 1 (0.93%) Cisco
6 1 (0.93%) F5
6 1 (0.93%) HP
6 1 (0.93%) Juniper
6 1 (0.93%) Kofax
6 1 (0.93%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (0.93%) WorldPay
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
Greater Manchester
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £301 per day + competitive
Posted: 7 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £120 - £140 per day
Posted: 6 days ago