Period
to 22 November 2017

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 22 November 2017 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
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 106 64 39
Rank change year-on-year -42 -25 +41
Contract jobs citing QA 102 205 324
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.79% 2.99% 3.82%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 17.53% 31.64% 31.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 130 194
North West median daily rate £450 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +3.23% +10.71%
10th Percentile £298 £263 £225
90th Percentile £615 £540 £509
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +6.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
North West median hourly rate £16.19 £44.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -63.20% - -
England median hourly rate £21.90 £20.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +6.83% +2.50% -

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 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 582 648 1018
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 10.19% 9.45% 11.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 348 408 644
North West median daily rate £384 £400 £416
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.06% -3.73% +18.71%
10th Percentile £213 £250 £250
90th Percentile £591 £575 £625
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 24 44
North West median hourly rate £16.19 £22.70 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -28.66% +0.87% +45.16%
10th Percentile £9.90 £9.19 £15.00
90th Percentile £58.75 £47.33 £52.47
England median hourly rate £20.00 £22.84 £21.67
% change year-on-year -12.42% +5.40% +11.10%

QA
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

QA
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 22 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in the North West

QA
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

QA
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 22 November 2017. 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 -35 51 £375 -8.26% 44
Cheshire -9 27 £535 +25.88% 13
Lancashire +3 13 £610 +62.67%
Merseyside -2 10 £388 +21.09% 6
QA
England

For the 6 months to 22 November 2017, 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 North West region with a requirement for QA.

1 47 (46.08%) Test Automation
2 43 (42.16%) Agile Software Development
3 24 (23.53%) JIRA
4 21 (20.59%) SQL
5 20 (19.61%) .NET
6 19 (18.63%) Continuous Integration
7 17 (16.67%) JavaScript
7 17 (16.67%) TDD
8 16 (15.69%) Finance
8 16 (15.69%) Analytical Skills
9 15 (14.71%) Git (software)
9 15 (14.71%) Project Management
9 15 (14.71%) Oracle
10 14 (13.73%) C#
10 14 (13.73%) Java
10 14 (13.73%) CSS
10 14 (13.73%) Shell Script
10 14 (13.73%) Scrum
11 13 (12.75%) ASP.NET
11 13 (12.75%) MongoDB
12 12 (11.76%) MVC
12 12 (11.76%) Selenium
12 12 (11.76%) jQuery
13 11 (10.78%) Degree
13 11 (10.78%) XML
13 11 (10.78%) Python
13 11 (10.78%) Data Modelling
13 11 (10.78%) HTTP
13 11 (10.78%) Coaching
14 10 (9.80%) User Experience

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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 8 (7.84%) Confluence
2 7 (6.86%) nginx
3 6 (5.88%) SAS
4 4 (3.92%) CMS
5 3 (2.94%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 3 (2.94%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.98%) Sitecore CMS
6 1 (0.98%) Skype for Business
6 1 (0.98%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (1.96%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (1.96%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (1.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.98%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (2.94%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.98%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 7 (6.86%) Slack
2 2 (1.96%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (1.96%) GitHub
3 1 (0.98%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.98%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.98%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 11 (10.78%) HTTP
2 3 (2.94%) DNS
2 3 (2.94%) PuTTY
2 3 (2.94%) RTSP
2 3 (2.94%) WinSCP
3 2 (1.96%) Internet
3 2 (1.96%) SMS
4 1 (0.98%) FTP
4 1 (0.98%) Skype
4 1 (0.98%) Structured Cabling
4 1 (0.98%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (12.75%) MongoDB
2 10 (9.80%) MySQL
3 9 (8.82%) SQL Server
4 7 (6.86%) Apache Cassandra
5 6 (5.88%) Apache Hive
5 6 (5.88%) Big Data
5 6 (5.88%) BusinessObjects
5 6 (5.88%) Data Lake
5 6 (5.88%) Data Warehouse
5 6 (5.88%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
5 6 (5.88%) Hadoop
5 6 (5.88%) HBase
5 6 (5.88%) Pentaho
5 6 (5.88%) PostgreSQL
6 4 (3.92%) Oracle Database
7 3 (2.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.98%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 24 (23.53%) JIRA
2 15 (14.71%) Git (software)
3 12 (11.76%) Selenium
4 9 (8.82%) SonarQube
5 7 (6.86%) gulp
5 7 (6.86%) Jenkins
6 6 (5.88%) Cucumber
6 6 (5.88%) ERwin
6 6 (5.88%) WebDriver
7 5 (4.90%) Visual Studio
8 4 (3.92%) SoapUI
8 4 (3.92%) Team Foundation Server
9 3 (2.94%) Ant
9 3 (2.94%) JMeter
9 3 (2.94%) SpecFlow
9 3 (2.94%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 3 (2.94%) Toad
9 3 (2.94%) TortoiseSVN
9 3 (2.94%) WATIR
10 2 (1.96%) ReSharper
General
1 16 (15.69%) Finance
2 5 (4.90%) Manufacturing
2 5 (4.90%) Retail
3 4 (3.92%) Banking
3 4 (3.92%) Legal
3 4 (3.92%) Marketing
3 4 (3.92%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.96%) Games
4 2 (1.96%) Law
4 2 (1.96%) Local Government
5 1 (0.98%) Back Office
5 1 (0.98%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.98%) Retail Banking
5 1 (0.98%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 20 (19.61%) Developer
2 18 (17.65%) Analyst
3 13 (12.75%) Architect
4 12 (11.76%) Test Analyst
5 11 (10.78%) Tester
6 9 (8.82%) QA Tester
7 8 (7.84%) .NET Developer
7 8 (7.84%) .NET Web Developer
7 8 (7.84%) C# .NET Developer
7 8 (7.84%) C# Developer
7 8 (7.84%) C# Web Developer
7 8 (7.84%) Web Developer
8 7 (6.86%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
8 7 (6.86%) DevOps Engineer
8 7 (6.86%) QA Analyst
8 7 (6.86%) Senior DevOps
8 7 (6.86%) Senior DevOps Engineer
9 6 (5.88%) Data Architect
9 6 (5.88%) Lead Architect
9 6 (5.88%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (19.61%) .NET
2 14 (13.73%) CSS
3 13 (12.75%) ASP.NET
4 12 (11.76%) jQuery
5 11 (10.78%) XML
6 9 (8.82%) Web Services
7 8 (7.84%) ASP.NET MVC
8 7 (6.86%) .NET Core
8 7 (6.86%) LEMP Stack
8 7 (6.86%) Sass
8 7 (6.86%) SOAP
9 6 (5.88%) HTML
9 6 (5.88%) JSON
10 4 (3.92%) Ajax
10 4 (3.92%) REST
10 4 (3.92%) Spring
10 4 (3.92%) XHTML
11 3 (2.94%) CSS3
11 3 (2.94%) FIX Protocol
11 3 (2.94%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 16 (15.69%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (9.80%) User Experience
3 9 (8.82%) Management Information System
4 7 (6.86%) Clustering
4 7 (6.86%) Enterprise Software
5 5 (4.90%) Computer Science
5 5 (4.90%) Data Structures
6 3 (2.94%) Credit Risk
6 3 (2.94%) Data Protection Act
6 3 (2.94%) Equities
6 3 (2.94%) Fintech
6 3 (2.94%) Fixed Income
6 3 (2.94%) Web 2.0
7 2 (1.96%) Freedom of Information
7 2 (1.96%) Freedom of Information Act
7 2 (1.96%) Mainframe
7 2 (1.96%) NHS
7 2 (1.96%) PMI
8 1 (0.98%) Online Games
8 1 (0.98%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 9 (8.82%) Unix
2 8 (7.84%) Linux
3 7 (6.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 6 (5.88%) Windows
5 4 (3.92%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (2.94%) Android
7 1 (0.98%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.98%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.98%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (46.08%) Test Automation
2 43 (42.16%) Agile Software Development
3 19 (18.63%) Continuous Integration
4 17 (16.67%) TDD
5 15 (14.71%) Project Management
6 14 (13.73%) Scrum
7 12 (11.76%) MVC
8 11 (10.78%) Coaching
8 11 (10.78%) Data Modelling
9 10 (9.80%) Continuous Delivery
9 10 (9.80%) Mentoring
9 10 (9.80%) Software Engineering
9 10 (9.80%) Test Strategy
9 10 (9.80%) Web Development
10 9 (8.82%) Configuration Management
10 9 (8.82%) Open Source
10 9 (8.82%) Unit Testing
10 9 (8.82%) Waterfall
11 8 (7.84%) Data Security
11 8 (7.84%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 21 (20.59%) SQL
2 17 (16.67%) JavaScript
3 14 (13.73%) C#
3 14 (13.73%) Java
3 14 (13.73%) Shell Script
4 11 (10.78%) Python
5 7 (6.86%) Bash Shell
6 4 (3.92%) PHP
6 4 (3.92%) T-SQL
7 3 (2.94%) Ruby
8 2 (1.96%) PowerShell
8 2 (1.96%) XPath
9 1 (0.98%) C++
9 1 (0.98%) Scala
9 1 (0.98%) TypeScript
9 1 (0.98%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 11 (10.78%) Degree
2 5 (4.90%) Computer Science Degree
3 4 (3.92%) ISEB
3 4 (3.92%) Security Cleared
4 2 (1.96%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (1.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (1.96%) PMI Certification
4 2 (1.96%) SC Cleared
5 1 (0.98%) CIPD
5 1 (0.98%) ECDL
5 1 (0.98%) ISTQB
5 1 (0.98%) PgMP
5 1 (0.98%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (8.82%) Data Quality
2 3 (2.94%) ISO 9001
3 2 (1.96%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (1.96%) GDPR
4 1 (0.98%) BS7799
4 1 (0.98%) GMP
4 1 (0.98%) MiFID
4 1 (0.98%) PMO
System Software
1 8 (7.84%) Docker
2 7 (6.86%) Xen
3 1 (0.98%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.98%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (0.98%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (6.86%) Kubernetes
1 7 (6.86%) Opscode Chef
1 7 (6.86%) Puppet
1 7 (6.86%) Rancher
2 2 (1.96%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.96%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 15 (14.71%) Oracle
2 10 (9.80%) Microsoft
3 6 (5.88%) CA
3 6 (5.88%) Informatica
3 6 (5.88%) Tableau
4 3 (2.94%) Adobe
4 3 (2.94%) CheckPoint
4 3 (2.94%) Ericsson
4 3 (2.94%) SAP
5 1 (0.98%) Atlassian
5 1 (0.98%) HP
5 1 (0.98%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (0.98%) Sitecore
5 1 (0.98%) VMware