Period
to 19 January 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 January 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 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 92 55 31
Rank change year-on-year -37 -24 +32
Contract jobs citing QA 53 108 183
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 1.88% 3.40% 4.72%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 17.79% 37.50% 40.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 64 96
Manchester median daily rate £363 £400 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.38% +17.65% +8.80%
10th Percentile £275 £226 £223
90th Percentile £489 £546 £475
North West median daily rate £375 £400 £375
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Manchester median hourly rate £16.19 - -
North West median hourly rate £16.19 £44.00 -
% change year-on-year -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 298 288 453
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 10.56% 9.08% 11.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 179 177 242
Manchester median daily rate £400 £400 £371
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.74% +10.82%
10th Percentile £200 £246 £213
90th Percentile £638 £580 £495
North West median daily rate £388 £400 £413
% change year-on-year -3.13% -3.03% +17.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 4 5
Manchester median hourly rate £17.00 £30.50 £35.01
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -44.26% -12.88% +169.31%
10th Percentile £14.00 £11.00 £17.45
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £40.00
North West median hourly rate £21.68 £20.50 £25.12
% change year-on-year +5.74% -18.39% +43.54%

QA
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 January 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 January 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 £300 - 2
Salford -2 2 £400 - 2
Rochdale - 2 - - 1
Stockport -1 1 - - 13
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 19 January 2018, 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 31 (58.49%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (49.06%) Test Automation
3 14 (26.42%) Waterfall
3 14 (26.42%) JIRA
3 14 (26.42%) .NET
4 13 (24.53%) C#
4 13 (24.53%) JavaScript
5 11 (20.75%) ASP.NET
5 11 (20.75%) TDD
5 11 (20.75%) Selenium
6 10 (18.87%) Regression Testing
7 9 (16.98%) Project Management
7 9 (16.98%) CSS
7 9 (16.98%) SQL Server
7 9 (16.98%) Visual Studio
7 9 (16.98%) MVC
7 9 (16.98%) Finance
8 8 (15.09%) Scrum
8 8 (15.09%) SQL
9 7 (13.21%) Java
9 7 (13.21%) Refactoring
9 7 (13.21%) jQuery
9 7 (13.21%) Continuous Integration
9 7 (13.21%) REST
10 6 (11.32%) Test Strategy
10 6 (11.32%) Sass
10 6 (11.32%) Data Structures
10 6 (11.32%) Kanban
10 6 (11.32%) Git (software)
10 6 (11.32%) JSON

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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 (5.66%) Confluence
2 2 (3.77%) CMS
3 1 (1.89%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (3.77%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (3.77%) Photoshop
2 1 (1.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.89%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.89%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 5 (9.43%) GitHub
2 2 (3.77%) npm
3 1 (1.89%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.89%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.77%) DNS
1 2 (3.77%) HTTP
1 2 (3.77%) SMS
2 1 (1.89%) RTSP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (16.98%) SQL Server
2 4 (7.55%) NoSQL
2 4 (7.55%) Oracle Database
2 4 (7.55%) RDBMS
2 4 (7.55%) Relational Database
3 2 (3.77%) Big Data
4 1 (1.89%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (1.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 14 (26.42%) JIRA
2 11 (20.75%) Selenium
3 9 (16.98%) Visual Studio
4 6 (11.32%) Git (software)
5 5 (9.43%) JMeter
6 4 (7.55%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 4 (7.55%) Bitbucket
6 4 (7.55%) Gatling
6 4 (7.55%) gulp
6 4 (7.55%) Jenkins
6 4 (7.55%) ReSharper
6 4 (7.55%) SonarQube
6 4 (7.55%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (5.66%) NUnit
7 3 (5.66%) SoapUI
7 3 (5.66%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 3 (5.66%) Toad
8 2 (3.77%) GitLab
8 2 (3.77%) Subversion
8 2 (3.77%) WebDriver
General
1 9 (16.98%) Finance
2 4 (7.55%) Law
2 4 (7.55%) Legal
3 3 (5.66%) Telecoms
4 2 (3.77%) Electronics
4 2 (3.77%) Local Government
4 2 (3.77%) Manufacturing
4 2 (3.77%) Marketing
4 2 (3.77%) Retail
5 1 (1.89%) Banking
5 1 (1.89%) Billing
5 1 (1.89%) Games
5 1 (1.89%) Private Banking
5 1 (1.89%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 14 (26.42%) Tester
2 12 (22.64%) Developer
3 9 (16.98%) QA Tester
4 7 (13.21%) Analyst
4 7 (13.21%) Architect
5 6 (11.32%) Solutions Architect
6 5 (9.43%) Automation Tester
7 4 (7.55%) .NET Developer
7 4 (7.55%) .NET Web Developer
7 4 (7.55%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
7 4 (7.55%) C# .NET Developer
7 4 (7.55%) C# Developer
7 4 (7.55%) C# Web Developer
7 4 (7.55%) Web Developer
8 3 (5.66%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
8 3 (5.66%) Test Analyst
8 3 (5.66%) Test Engineer
9 2 (3.77%) DevOps Engineer
9 2 (3.77%) Systems Analyst
9 2 (3.77%) Web Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (26.42%) .NET
2 11 (20.75%) ASP.NET
3 9 (16.98%) CSS
4 7 (13.21%) jQuery
4 7 (13.21%) REST
5 6 (11.32%) JSON
5 6 (11.32%) Sass
5 6 (11.32%) Web Services
6 5 (9.43%) HTML
6 5 (9.43%) XML
7 4 (7.55%) .NET Core
7 4 (7.55%) ADO.NET
7 4 (7.55%) ASP.NET MVC
7 4 (7.55%) ASP.NET Web API
7 4 (7.55%) LINQ
7 4 (7.55%) Middleware
7 4 (7.55%) WCF
7 4 (7.55%) XML Schema
7 4 (7.55%) XSLT
8 3 (5.66%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 6 (11.32%) Data Structures
2 5 (9.43%) User Experience
3 4 (7.55%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (7.55%) Mobile App
4 3 (5.66%) Fintech
4 3 (5.66%) Management Information System
5 2 (3.77%) Data Protection Act
5 2 (3.77%) Freedom of Information
5 2 (3.77%) Freedom of Information Act
5 2 (3.77%) Linux Command Line
6 1 (1.89%) Computer Science
6 1 (1.89%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.89%) RIA
6 1 (1.89%) Smart Home
Operating Systems
1 6 (11.32%) Windows
2 3 (5.66%) Android
2 3 (5.66%) Apple iOS
2 3 (5.66%) Windows Server 2012
3 2 (3.77%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (58.49%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (49.06%) Test Automation
3 14 (26.42%) Waterfall
4 11 (20.75%) TDD
5 10 (18.87%) Regression Testing
6 9 (16.98%) MVC
6 9 (16.98%) Project Management
7 8 (15.09%) Scrum
8 7 (13.21%) Continuous Integration
8 7 (13.21%) Refactoring
9 6 (11.32%) Asset Management
9 6 (11.32%) Data Analysis
9 6 (11.32%) Kanban
9 6 (11.32%) Migration
9 6 (11.32%) Test Strategy
9 6 (11.32%) TOGAF
10 5 (9.43%) Data Migration
10 5 (9.43%) Defect Management
10 5 (9.43%) Unit Testing
10 5 (9.43%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 13 (24.53%) C#
1 13 (24.53%) JavaScript
2 8 (15.09%) SQL
3 7 (13.21%) Java
4 4 (7.55%) XPath
5 3 (5.66%) PHP
6 2 (3.77%) Python
7 1 (1.89%) Apple Swift
7 1 (1.89%) C++
7 1 (1.89%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (7.55%) Degree
2 2 (3.77%) ISEB
3 1 (1.89%) Computer Science Degree
3 1 (1.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (1.89%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.66%) Data Quality
2 2 (3.77%) PMO
3 1 (1.89%) GMP
3 1 (1.89%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (3.77%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (3.77%) Ansible
1 2 (3.77%) Kubernetes
1 2 (3.77%) Opscode Chef
1 2 (3.77%) Puppet
1 2 (3.77%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 5 (9.43%) Oracle
2 3 (5.66%) SAP
3 2 (3.77%) Adobe
3 2 (3.77%) Atlassian
3 2 (3.77%) Microsoft
3 2 (3.77%) Xamarin