The median contractor rate for a QA Tester was £300 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 3 months to 23 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance Tester
England / North West
Rank 133 153 137
Rank change year-on-year +20 -16  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 4 5 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.16% 0.13% 0.29%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.16% 0.14% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 2 8
Median daily rate £300 £313 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.00% -2.34%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £303 £314
10% offered a daily rate of more than £370 £323 £340
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £310 £320
% change year-on-year +12.90% -3.12%  
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 2433 3598 3306
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 95.04% 94.26% 94.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 1517 2142 1745
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 147 176 196
Median hourly rate £16.50 £26.92 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -38.69% +41.65%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.50 £11.36
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.98 £49.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

QA Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for QA Tester in the North West

QA Tester
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 Tester in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Tester in the North West

QA Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA Tester in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA Tester in the North West

QA Tester
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 Tester within the North West region over the 3 months to 23 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 +19 3 £331 - 7
Cheshire +30 1 £300 -7.69% 1
QA Tester
England

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 23 March 2017, QA Tester 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 Tester in the job title.

1 12 (100.00%) QA
2 8 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (58.33%) Selenium
4 6 (50.00%) JIRA
5 5 (41.67%) Test Scripting
5 5 (41.67%) Regression Testing
6 4 (33.33%) Java
6 4 (33.33%) SQL
6 4 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
6 4 (33.33%) WebDriver
6 4 (33.33%) Jenkins
6 4 (33.33%) QA Automation
7 3 (25.00%) Automation Testing
7 3 (25.00%) SpecFlow
7 3 (25.00%) Performance Testing
7 3 (25.00%) Test Management
7 3 (25.00%) Manual Testing
7 3 (25.00%) Automated Testing
7 3 (25.00%) JMeter
8 2 (16.67%) SLA
8 2 (16.67%) .NET
8 2 (16.67%) XML
8 2 (16.67%) Web Testing
8 2 (16.67%) Functional Testing
8 2 (16.67%) Open Source
8 2 (16.67%) Mentoring
8 2 (16.67%) SDLC
9 1 (8.33%) ANSI SQL
9 1 (8.33%) Issue Tracking
9 1 (8.33%) Waterfall

QA Tester Skill Set
Top Related 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 (8.33%) CMS
1 1 (8.33%) SharePoint
1 1 (8.33%) Sitecore CMS
Business Applications
1 1 (8.33%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (8.33%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (8.33%) Big Data
1 1 (8.33%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (8.33%) Oracle Reports
1 1 (8.33%) Relational Database
1 1 (8.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 1 (8.33%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 7 (58.33%) Selenium
2 6 (50.00%) JIRA
3 4 (33.33%) Jenkins
3 4 (33.33%) WebDriver
4 3 (25.00%) JMeter
4 3 (25.00%) SpecFlow
5 1 (8.33%) ClearCase
5 1 (8.33%) ClearQuest
5 1 (8.33%) Cucumber
5 1 (8.33%) IntelliJ
5 1 (8.33%) Log4j
5 1 (8.33%) Octopus Deploy
5 1 (8.33%) Rational Robot
5 1 (8.33%) Talend Open Studio
5 1 (8.33%) TeamCity
5 1 (8.33%) TestNG
5 1 (8.33%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (8.33%) Games
1 1 (8.33%) Legal
1 1 (8.33%) Manufacturing
1 1 (8.33%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (16.67%) .NET
1 2 (16.67%) XML
2 1 (8.33%) Gherkin
2 1 (8.33%) REST
2 1 (8.33%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (8.33%) NHS
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (41.67%) Regression Testing
2 5 (41.67%) Test Scripting
3 4 (33.33%) QA Automation
3 4 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
4 3 (25.00%) Automated Testing
4 3 (25.00%) Automation Testing
4 3 (25.00%) Manual Testing
4 3 (25.00%) Performance Testing
4 3 (25.00%) Test Management
5 2 (16.67%) Functional Testing
5 2 (16.67%) Mentoring
5 2 (16.67%) Open Source
5 2 (16.67%) SDLC
5 2 (16.67%) Web Testing
6 1 (8.33%) BDD
6 1 (8.33%) Issue Tracking
6 1 (8.33%) Test Automation
6 1 (8.33%) Test Strategy
6 1 (8.33%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 4 (33.33%) Java
1 4 (33.33%) SQL
2 1 (8.33%) ANSI SQL
2 1 (8.33%) C#
2 1 (8.33%) JavaScript
2 1 (8.33%) PHP
2 1 (8.33%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (8.33%) SC Cleared
1 1 (8.33%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (100.00%) QA
2 2 (16.67%) SLA
3 1 (8.33%) Data Quality
Systems Management
1 1 (8.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (8.33%) Google
1 1 (8.33%) Oracle
1 1 (8.33%) Sitecore
1 1 (8.33%) Talend
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