Period
to 13 November 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 13 November 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)
England > North West
6 months to
13 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 66 104 64
Rank change year-on-year +38 -40 -23
Contract jobs citing QA 185 105 208
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 3.11% 1.84% 3.00%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 32.01% 18.17% 31.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 119 93 131
North West median daily rate £450 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +12.50% +3.23%
10th Percentile £283 £300 £263
90th Percentile £590 £615 £540
England median daily rate £450 £450 £423
% change year-on-year - +6.51% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 1
North West median hourly rate £45.00 £16.19 £44.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +177.95% -63.20% -
England median hourly rate £37.00 £21.90 £19.23
% change year-on-year +68.95% +13.88% -3.85%

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 the North West with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 578 578 659
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 9.72% 10.12% 9.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 328 351 411
North West median daily rate £413 £388 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.45% -3.13% -3.03%
10th Percentile £197 £213 £250
90th Percentile £596 £575 £575
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 24 25
North West median hourly rate £29.19 £13.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +116.22% -46.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £11.56 £9.34 £9.19
90th Percentile £67.50 £41.13 £46.85
England median hourly rate £22.40 £20.00 £22.84
% change year-on-year +11.99% -12.42% +5.96%

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Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing QA as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for QA in the North West

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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 in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in the North West

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in the North West over the 6 months to 13 November 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in the North West

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in the North West

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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in the North West over the 6 months to 13 November 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for QA in the North West

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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 within the North West region over the 6 months to 13 November 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
Manchester +17 83 £400 +6.67% 76
Lancashire +8 43 £500 -18.03% 9
Cheshire 0 29 £405 -24.30% 26
Merseyside +15 23 £450 +16.13% 11
Cumbria - 5 £586 -
QA
England

For the 6 months to 13 November 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 North West region with a requirement for QA.

1 98 (52.97%) Agile Software Development
2 69 (37.30%) Test Automation
3 56 (30.27%) BDD
3 56 (30.27%) Java
4 52 (28.11%) Selenium
5 36 (19.46%) JIRA
6 32 (17.30%) Microsoft
6 32 (17.30%) Scrum
7 30 (16.22%) C#
8 29 (15.68%) TDD
9 28 (15.14%) .NET
10 27 (14.59%) SQL
11 26 (14.05%) Jenkins
12 23 (12.43%) JMeter
12 23 (12.43%) Finance
12 23 (12.43%) Cucumber
13 22 (11.89%) Test Strategy
14 20 (10.81%) DevOps
14 20 (10.81%) Analytical Skills
14 20 (10.81%) Continuous Integration
15 18 (9.73%) SDLC
15 18 (9.73%) Software Engineering
16 17 (9.19%) Stakeholder Management
16 17 (9.19%) SAP
16 17 (9.19%) User Experience
16 17 (9.19%) Non-Functional Testing
16 17 (9.19%) Performance Testing
17 16 (8.65%) Integration Testing
17 16 (8.65%) WebDriver
17 16 (8.65%) Defect Management

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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 9 (4.86%) CMS
2 4 (2.16%) Drupal
3 3 (1.62%) Confluence
3 3 (1.62%) SAS
3 3 (1.62%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.08%) Elasticsearch
4 2 (1.08%) IIS
5 1 (0.54%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 1 (0.54%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.54%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.54%) MTS
Applications
1 9 (4.86%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (3.24%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (1.08%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.54%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 13 (7.03%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (4.86%) SAP HR
3 6 (3.24%) SAP ERP
4 2 (1.08%) Magento
5 1 (0.54%) Primavera
5 1 (0.54%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 14 (7.57%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (3.24%) Dynamics 365
3 4 (2.16%) Google Analytics
3 4 (2.16%) Office 365
4 3 (1.62%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (1.62%) BrowserStack
4 3 (1.62%) GitHub
5 2 (1.08%) Google Cloud Platform
5 2 (1.08%) Slack
6 1 (0.54%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.54%) Amazon ELB
6 1 (0.54%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.54%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.54%) BlazeMeter
6 1 (0.54%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.54%) IaaS
6 1 (0.54%) Route 53
6 1 (0.54%) SaaS
6 1 (0.54%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.08%) BGP
1 2 (1.08%) IPFIX
1 2 (1.08%) Junos
1 2 (1.08%) MPLS
1 2 (1.08%) MRTG
1 2 (1.08%) OSPF
1 2 (1.08%) SNMP
1 2 (1.08%) TACACS
1 2 (1.08%) VPN
1 2 (1.08%) Wi-Fi
2 1 (0.54%) AMQP
2 1 (0.54%) MQTT
2 1 (0.54%) RTP
2 1 (0.54%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (7.57%) PostgreSQL
2 5 (2.70%) RDBMS
2 5 (2.70%) Relational Database
2 5 (2.70%) SQL Server
3 4 (2.16%) Big Data
3 4 (2.16%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (2.16%) Hadoop
3 4 (2.16%) HBase
3 4 (2.16%) MongoDB
3 4 (2.16%) MySQL
4 3 (1.62%) Apache Hive
4 3 (1.62%) Azure SQL Database
4 3 (1.62%) BusinessObjects
4 3 (1.62%) Data Lake
4 3 (1.62%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
4 3 (1.62%) Pentaho
5 2 (1.08%) SQLite
5 2 (1.08%) ZAP BI
6 1 (0.54%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (0.54%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 52 (28.11%) Selenium
2 36 (19.46%) JIRA
3 26 (14.05%) Jenkins
4 23 (12.43%) Cucumber
4 23 (12.43%) JMeter
5 16 (8.65%) WebDriver
6 14 (7.57%) Git (software)
7 11 (5.95%) JUnit
8 10 (5.41%) SpecFlow
9 9 (4.86%) Octopus Deploy
10 8 (4.32%) Gatling
10 8 (4.32%) The Grinder
11 7 (3.78%) Jasmine
12 5 (2.70%) HP UFT
12 5 (2.70%) Maven
13 4 (2.16%) LoadRunner
13 4 (2.16%) MSI
13 4 (2.16%) NUnit
13 4 (2.16%) Wise Package Studio
13 4 (2.16%) Zephyr
General
1 23 (12.43%) Finance
2 10 (5.41%) Banking
3 9 (4.86%) Retail
4 6 (3.24%) Law
5 5 (2.70%) Legal
6 4 (2.16%) Billing
7 3 (1.62%) Retail Banking
8 2 (1.08%) Manufacturing
8 2 (1.08%) Multimedia
9 1 (0.54%) Games
9 1 (0.54%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.54%) Local Government
9 1 (0.54%) Marketing
9 1 (0.54%) Military
9 1 (0.54%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.54%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 27 (14.59%) Developer
2 26 (14.05%) Tester
3 25 (13.51%) Analyst
4 16 (8.65%) Consultant
5 15 (8.11%) QA Engineer
5 15 (8.11%) QA Tester
5 15 (8.11%) Test Analyst
6 12 (6.49%) Automation Tester
6 12 (6.49%) Java Developer
7 11 (5.95%) Project Manager
8 9 (4.86%) .NET Developer
8 9 (4.86%) Architect
8 9 (4.86%) QA Analyst
8 9 (4.86%) QA Test Analyst
9 8 (4.32%) SAP Consultant
10 7 (3.78%) HR Consultant
10 7 (3.78%) SAP HR Consultant
10 7 (3.78%) Test Leader
11 6 (3.24%) Functional Consultant
11 6 (3.24%) QA Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (15.14%) .NET
2 12 (6.49%) Web Services
3 9 (4.86%) CSS
3 9 (4.86%) Spring Boot
4 8 (4.32%) RESTful
5 7 (3.78%) Gherkin
5 7 (3.78%) REST
6 6 (3.24%) XML
7 5 (2.70%) Spring
7 5 (2.70%) Spring Security
8 4 (2.16%) .NET Framework
8 4 (2.16%) JSON
8 4 (2.16%) Node.js
8 4 (2.16%) OCX
8 4 (2.16%) SOAP
8 4 (2.16%) WebdriverIO
9 3 (1.62%) ASP.NET
9 3 (1.62%) Drools
9 3 (1.62%) HTML
9 3 (1.62%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 20 (10.81%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (9.19%) User Experience
3 15 (8.11%) Management Information System
4 7 (3.78%) Algorithms
4 7 (3.78%) Data Structures
4 7 (3.78%) Wiki
5 5 (2.70%) Mobile App
5 5 (2.70%) Self-Motivation
6 4 (2.16%) Blog
7 3 (1.62%) e-Learning
8 2 (1.08%) Linux Command Line
8 2 (1.08%) SCADA
9 1 (0.54%) Acoustics
9 1 (0.54%) Computer Science
9 1 (0.54%) Data Centre
9 1 (0.54%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.54%) Hybrid Cloud
9 1 (0.54%) IVR
9 1 (0.54%) Virtual Team
9 1 (0.54%) Web 2.0
Operating Systems
1 9 (4.86%) Linux
2 6 (3.24%) Unix
3 5 (2.70%) Windows
4 4 (2.16%) Windows XP
5 3 (1.62%) CentOS
6 2 (1.08%) Debian
6 2 (1.08%) Ubuntu
6 2 (1.08%) Windows 10
6 2 (1.08%) Windows 7
6 2 (1.08%) Windows 8
7 1 (0.54%) Android
7 1 (0.54%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 98 (52.97%) Agile Software Development
2 69 (37.30%) Test Automation
3 56 (30.27%) BDD
4 32 (17.30%) Scrum
5 29 (15.68%) TDD
6 22 (11.89%) Test Strategy
7 20 (10.81%) Continuous Integration
7 20 (10.81%) DevOps
8 18 (9.73%) SDLC
8 18 (9.73%) Software Engineering
9 17 (9.19%) Non-Functional Testing
9 17 (9.19%) Performance Testing
9 17 (9.19%) Stakeholder Management
10 16 (8.65%) Defect Management
10 16 (8.65%) Integration Testing
11 15 (8.11%) Problem-Solving
11 15 (8.11%) Regression Testing
12 14 (7.57%) CRM
12 14 (7.57%) SDET
12 14 (7.57%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 56 (30.27%) Java
2 30 (16.22%) C#
3 27 (14.59%) SQL
4 14 (7.57%) JavaScript
5 11 (5.95%) Python
6 9 (4.86%) Java 8
7 8 (4.32%) PHP
8 4 (2.16%) VB
8 4 (2.16%) VBScript
9 3 (1.62%) PowerShell
9 3 (1.62%) Shell Script
9 3 (1.62%) T-SQL
10 2 (1.08%) ABAP
10 2 (1.08%) Bourne shell
10 2 (1.08%) C
10 2 (1.08%) Perl
10 2 (1.08%) Ruby
10 2 (1.08%) XPath
11 1 (0.54%) R
11 1 (0.54%) VBA
Qualifications
1 11 (5.95%) Security Cleared
2 10 (5.41%) SC Cleared
3 9 (4.86%) Degree
4 4 (2.16%) ISEB
5 3 (1.62%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (1.62%) DBS Check
5 3 (1.62%) ISTQB
6 2 (1.08%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.54%) APMP
7 1 (0.54%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (0.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (0.54%) PhD
7 1 (0.54%) PMP
7 1 (0.54%) Six Sigma Black Belt
7 1 (0.54%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (4.32%) SLA
2 5 (2.70%) Actionable Recommendations
3 4 (2.16%) Data Quality
3 4 (2.16%) WCAG
4 3 (1.62%) PMO
4 3 (1.62%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (1.08%) GDPR
5 2 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.54%) COBIT
6 1 (0.54%) Def Stans
6 1 (0.54%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.54%) GLP
6 1 (0.54%) ISO 13485
6 1 (0.54%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 7 (3.78%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (2.16%) Microsoft App-V
2 4 (2.16%) Virtual Desktop
2 4 (2.16%) XenApp
3 2 (1.08%) Docker
3 2 (1.08%) KVM
4 1 (0.54%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.54%) Apache Flume
4 1 (0.54%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 4 (2.16%) Puppet
1 4 (2.16%) SCCM
2 3 (1.62%) Ansible
2 3 (1.62%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (1.08%) Cacti
3 2 (1.08%) collectd
3 2 (1.08%) Grafana
3 2 (1.08%) Graphite
3 2 (1.08%) Icinga
3 2 (1.08%) Kibana
3 2 (1.08%) logstash
3 2 (1.08%) Nagios
3 2 (1.08%) Nessus
3 2 (1.08%) Netcool
3 2 (1.08%) Observium
3 2 (1.08%) OpenNMS
3 2 (1.08%) Prometheus
3 2 (1.08%) Salt
3 2 (1.08%) ZABBIX
4 1 (0.54%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 32 (17.30%) Microsoft
2 17 (9.19%) SAP
3 8 (4.32%) VMware
4 7 (3.78%) Oracle
5 6 (3.24%) Google
6 4 (2.16%) Citrix
6 4 (2.16%) Informatica
6 4 (2.16%) Ivanti
6 4 (2.16%) Xerox
7 3 (1.62%) CA
7 3 (1.62%) Red Hat
7 3 (1.62%) Splunk
7 3 (1.62%) Tableau
8 2 (1.08%) Cisco
8 2 (1.08%) Ericsson
8 2 (1.08%) HP
8 2 (1.08%) Huawei
8 2 (1.08%) Juniper
8 2 (1.08%) Remedy
8 2 (1.08%) TIBCO