The median contractor rate for a QA Analyst was £288 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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 Analyst
England / North West
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 128 158 146
Rank change year-on-year +30 -12  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Analyst 4 2 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.15% 0.052% 0.27%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.16% 0.055% 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 2 8
Median daily rate £288 £288 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -15.44%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £278 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £346 £298 £358
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £300 £340
% change year-on-year +16.66% -11.76%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the North West. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
North West
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 2453 3629 3440
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 94.93% 94.33% 94.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 1533 2172 1806
Median daily rate £375 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 148 171 206
Median hourly rate £16.50 £24.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -31.25% +26.31%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £11.52
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.23 £48.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.63 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.82% +15.44%  

QA Analyst
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West that featured QA Analyst in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for QA Analyst in the North West

QA Analyst
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing QA Analyst in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Analyst in the North West

QA Analyst
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Analyst within the North West region over the 3 months to 28 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
Manchester - 4 £288 - 6
QA Analyst
England

QA Analyst Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, QA Analyst contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region featuring QA Analyst in the job title.

1 7 (100.00%) QA
2 6 (85.71%) Selenium
2 6 (85.71%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (42.86%) User Acceptance Testing
3 3 (42.86%) Test Management
4 2 (28.57%) TDD
4 2 (28.57%) Regression Testing
4 2 (28.57%) HP UFT
4 2 (28.57%) LoadRunner
4 2 (28.57%) Security Cleared
4 2 (28.57%) Test Automation
4 2 (28.57%) Jenkins
4 2 (28.57%) Automation Testing
4 2 (28.57%) Waterfall
4 2 (28.57%) BDD
4 2 (28.57%) Manual Testing
4 2 (28.57%) JIRA
5 1 (14.29%) SC Cleared
5 1 (14.29%) Apple iOS
5 1 (14.29%) Root Cause Analysis
5 1 (14.29%) SpecFlow
5 1 (14.29%) Functional Testing
5 1 (14.29%) GitHub
5 1 (14.29%) Relational Database
5 1 (14.29%) Octopus Deploy
5 1 (14.29%) Operational Acceptance Testing
5 1 (14.29%) Issue Tracking
5 1 (14.29%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (14.29%) Exploratory Testing
5 1 (14.29%) WebDriver

QA Analyst Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 1 (14.29%) CMS
1 1 (14.29%) Sitecore CMS
Business Applications
1 1 (14.29%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 1 (14.29%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (14.29%) Oracle Reports
1 1 (14.29%) Relational Database
1 1 (14.29%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 6 (85.71%) Selenium
2 2 (28.57%) HP UFT
2 2 (28.57%) Jenkins
2 2 (28.57%) JIRA
2 2 (28.57%) LoadRunner
3 1 (14.29%) ClearCase
3 1 (14.29%) ClearQuest
3 1 (14.29%) Octopus Deploy
3 1 (14.29%) Rational Robot
3 1 (14.29%) SpecFlow
3 1 (14.29%) TeamCity
3 1 (14.29%) WebDriver
Operating Systems
1 1 (14.29%) Android
1 1 (14.29%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (85.71%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (42.86%) Test Management
2 3 (42.86%) User Acceptance Testing
3 2 (28.57%) Automation Testing
3 2 (28.57%) BDD
3 2 (28.57%) Manual Testing
3 2 (28.57%) Regression Testing
3 2 (28.57%) TDD
3 2 (28.57%) Test Automation
3 2 (28.57%) Waterfall
4 1 (14.29%) Automated Testing
4 1 (14.29%) E-Commerce
4 1 (14.29%) Exploratory Testing
4 1 (14.29%) Functional Testing
4 1 (14.29%) Integration Testing
4 1 (14.29%) Issue Tracking
4 1 (14.29%) Operational Acceptance Testing
4 1 (14.29%) Root Cause Analysis
4 1 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (14.29%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (14.29%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (28.57%) Security Cleared
2 1 (14.29%) BPSS Clearance
2 1 (14.29%) ISEB
2 1 (14.29%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (100.00%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (14.29%) Oracle
1 1 (14.29%) Sitecore