Period
to 24 April 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 24 April 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
24 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 67 44 41
Rank change year-on-year -23 -3 +1
Contract jobs citing QA 89 100 133
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 2.96% 3.62% 3.61%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 24.86% 36.90% 33.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 76 70
Manchester median daily rate £400 £368 £328
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.84% +12.13% +0.85%
10th Percentile £275 £220 £225
90th Percentile £575 £475 £488
North West median daily rate £389 £373 £350
% change year-on-year +4.36% +6.43% +6.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 0
Manchester median hourly rate £15.60 - -
North West median hourly rate £15.60 - £37.50

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 358 271 400
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 11.92% 9.80% 10.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 216 185 216
Manchester median daily rate £425 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% - +10.29%
10th Percentile £228 £219 £213
90th Percentile £625 £575 £510
North West median daily rate £420 £375 £381
% change year-on-year +12.00% -1.45% +8.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 5 3
Manchester median hourly rate £16.19 £22.90 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -29.30% -42.75% +128.57%
North West median hourly rate £34.98 £26.75 £37.50
% change year-on-year +30.79% -28.68% +82.93%

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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 24 April 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 24 April 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
Salford -1 4 £413 +3.13% 1
Rochdale - 2 - - 1
Stockport -6 1 - - 2
Wigan - 1 £388 -
Bolton - 1 £300 - 1
QA
North West

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 47 (52.81%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (48.31%) Test Automation
3 27 (30.34%) JIRA
4 24 (26.97%) Selenium
5 23 (25.84%) Finance
6 22 (24.72%) Analytical Skills
7 19 (21.35%) Scrum
8 17 (19.10%) DevOps
9 16 (17.98%) Waterfall
9 16 (17.98%) BDD
10 15 (16.85%) TDD
10 15 (16.85%) Java
10 15 (16.85%) JavaScript
10 15 (16.85%) Web Services
10 15 (16.85%) Business Intelligence
11 14 (15.73%) C#
11 14 (15.73%) Stakeholder Management
11 14 (15.73%) Problem-Solving
12 13 (14.61%) Jenkins
12 13 (14.61%) Big Data
12 13 (14.61%) Data Structures
12 13 (14.61%) Linux
12 13 (14.61%) Continuous Integration
12 13 (14.61%) Data Analysis
13 12 (13.48%) Kanban
13 12 (13.48%) Puppet
13 12 (13.48%) Windows
13 12 (13.48%) .NET
13 12 (13.48%) JMeter
14 11 (12.36%) Telecoms

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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 7 (7.87%) Confluence
2 5 (5.62%) CMS
3 4 (4.49%) SAS
3 4 (4.49%) SharePoint
4 3 (3.37%) Tomcat
5 1 (1.12%) Drupal
5 1 (1.12%) IIS
5 1 (1.12%) Orchard CMS
Applications
1 5 (5.62%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (4.49%) Photoshop
3 2 (2.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (1.12%) InDesign
4 1 (1.12%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.12%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 9 (10.11%) GitHub
2 6 (6.74%) Google Analytics
3 3 (3.37%) BrowserStack
3 3 (3.37%) npm
4 1 (1.12%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.12%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (1.12%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.37%) SMS
2 1 (1.12%) HTTP
2 1 (1.12%) RTP
2 1 (1.12%) RTSP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (14.61%) Big Data
2 8 (8.99%) SQL Server
3 6 (6.74%) PostgreSQL
3 6 (6.74%) RDBMS
3 6 (6.74%) Relational Database
4 5 (5.62%) Data Warehouse
4 5 (5.62%) NoSQL
5 4 (4.49%) Apache Hive
5 4 (4.49%) BusinessObjects
5 4 (4.49%) Data Lake
5 4 (4.49%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
5 4 (4.49%) Hadoop
5 4 (4.49%) HBase
5 4 (4.49%) MongoDB
5 4 (4.49%) Pentaho
6 1 (1.12%) QlikView
6 1 (1.12%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (1.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (1.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 27 (30.34%) JIRA
2 24 (26.97%) Selenium
3 13 (14.61%) Jenkins
4 12 (13.48%) JMeter
5 11 (12.36%) TeamCity
6 10 (11.24%) Git (software)
6 10 (11.24%) GitLab
6 10 (11.24%) PyCharm
7 9 (10.11%) Visual Studio
8 8 (8.99%) Gatling
9 6 (6.74%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 5 (5.62%) Bitbucket
10 5 (5.62%) ReSharper
10 5 (5.62%) SonarQube
11 4 (4.49%) Cucumber
11 4 (4.49%) ERwin
12 3 (3.37%) SoapUI
12 3 (3.37%) SpecFlow
12 3 (3.37%) Subversion
12 3 (3.37%) WebDriver
General
1 23 (25.84%) Finance
2 11 (12.36%) Telecoms
3 9 (10.11%) Electronics
3 9 (10.11%) Manufacturing
3 9 (10.11%) Marketing
4 7 (7.87%) Legal
5 5 (5.62%) Law
6 2 (2.25%) Local Government
7 1 (1.12%) Automotive
7 1 (1.12%) Banking
7 1 (1.12%) Billing
7 1 (1.12%) Games
7 1 (1.12%) Military
7 1 (1.12%) Private Banking
7 1 (1.12%) Retail
7 1 (1.12%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 17 (19.10%) Analyst
2 15 (16.85%) Tester
3 13 (14.61%) Developer
4 11 (12.36%) Architect
4 11 (12.36%) Automation Tester
4 11 (12.36%) DevOps Engineer
5 7 (7.87%) QA Tester
6 5 (5.62%) Digital Analytics Specialist
6 5 (5.62%) Solutions Architect
6 5 (5.62%) Systems Analyst
6 5 (5.62%) Technical Analyst
7 4 (4.49%) Data Architect
7 4 (4.49%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
7 4 (4.49%) QA Automation Tester
7 4 (4.49%) Test Analyst
8 3 (3.37%) Designer
8 3 (3.37%) IT Analyst
8 3 (3.37%) QA Engineer
8 3 (3.37%) QA Leader
9 2 (2.25%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (16.85%) Web Services
2 12 (13.48%) .NET
3 10 (11.24%) REST
4 6 (6.74%) JSON
4 6 (6.74%) XML
5 5 (5.62%) ADO.NET
5 5 (5.62%) ASP.NET
5 5 (5.62%) ASP.NET Web API
5 5 (5.62%) CSS
5 5 (5.62%) HTML
5 5 (5.62%) LINQ
5 5 (5.62%) Middleware
5 5 (5.62%) WCF
5 5 (5.62%) XML Schema
5 5 (5.62%) XSLT
6 4 (4.49%) AngularJS
6 4 (4.49%) J2EE
6 4 (4.49%) jQuery
6 4 (4.49%) LDAP
7 3 (3.37%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 22 (24.72%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (14.61%) Data Structures
3 11 (12.36%) Mobile App
4 10 (11.24%) Linux Command Line
4 10 (11.24%) Management Information System
5 8 (8.99%) Self-Motivation
6 7 (7.87%) User Experience
7 5 (5.62%) Enterprise Software
8 4 (4.49%) Web 2.0
9 2 (2.25%) CMDB
9 2 (2.25%) Data Protection Act
9 2 (2.25%) Freedom of Information
9 2 (2.25%) Freedom of Information Act
10 1 (1.12%) Minimum Viable Product
10 1 (1.12%) Smart Home
10 1 (1.12%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 13 (14.61%) Linux
2 12 (13.48%) Windows
3 10 (11.24%) Android
3 10 (11.24%) Apple iOS
4 4 (4.49%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (52.81%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (48.31%) Test Automation
3 19 (21.35%) Scrum
4 17 (19.10%) DevOps
5 16 (17.98%) BDD
5 16 (17.98%) Waterfall
6 15 (16.85%) Business Intelligence
6 15 (16.85%) TDD
7 14 (15.73%) Problem-Solving
7 14 (15.73%) Stakeholder Management
8 13 (14.61%) Continuous Integration
8 13 (14.61%) Data Analysis
9 12 (13.48%) Kanban
10 11 (12.36%) Continuous Delivery
10 11 (12.36%) Migration
11 10 (11.24%) Analytics
11 10 (11.24%) Data Management
11 10 (11.24%) Data Science
11 10 (11.24%) Pair Programming
11 10 (11.24%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 15 (16.85%) Java
1 15 (16.85%) JavaScript
2 14 (15.73%) C#
3 11 (12.36%) Python
3 11 (12.36%) SQL
4 5 (5.62%) Go
4 5 (5.62%) XPath
5 4 (4.49%) Shell Script
6 3 (3.37%) Java 9
6 3 (3.37%) PHP
7 2 (2.25%) PowerShell
7 2 (2.25%) Ruby
8 1 (1.12%) Apple Swift
8 1 (1.12%) Bash Shell
8 1 (1.12%) C++
8 1 (1.12%) Java 8
8 1 (1.12%) Scala
8 1 (1.12%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 3 (3.37%) Security Cleared
2 2 (2.25%) Degree
2 2 (2.25%) ISEB
3 1 (1.12%) ISTQB
3 1 (1.12%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (7.87%) Data Quality
2 5 (5.62%) GDPR
3 3 (3.37%) PMO
4 1 (1.12%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (11.24%) Docker
2 3 (3.37%) Active Directory
3 1 (1.12%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 12 (13.48%) Puppet
2 11 (12.36%) Ansible
2 11 (12.36%) Opscode Chef
3 10 (11.24%) Kubernetes
4 4 (4.49%) Single Sign-On
5 2 (2.25%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (1.12%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (1.12%) Kibana
6 1 (1.12%) WMI
Vendors
1 10 (11.24%) Atlassian
1 10 (11.24%) SAP
2 8 (8.99%) Xamarin
3 6 (6.74%) Google
4 5 (5.62%) Coremetrics
4 5 (5.62%) Tableau
5 4 (4.49%) Adobe
5 4 (4.49%) CA
5 4 (4.49%) Informatica
5 4 (4.49%) Microsoft
5 4 (4.49%) Oracle
5 4 (4.49%) ServiceNow
6 1 (1.12%) Hotjar
6 1 (1.12%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (1.12%) WorldPay