Period
to 19 September 2019

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 19 September 2019 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
19 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 108 74 79
Rank change year-on-year -34 +5 -7
Contract jobs citing QA 101 176 145
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.89% 2.94% 2.49%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 20.00% 30.61% 24.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 120 125
North West median daily rate £441 £444 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.62% +10.94% +1.27%
10th Percentile £309 £288 £245
90th Percentile £528 £573 £615
England median daily rate £450 £450 £435
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +4.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 7 0
North West median hourly rate £39.52 £30.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +31.73% - -
England median hourly rate £21.45 £37.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year -42.04% +105.56% -15.29%

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 505 575 589
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 9.47% 9.60% 10.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 332 336 370
North West median daily rate £425 £409 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.98% +2.19% +3.23%
10th Percentile £183 £200 £225
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
England median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 53 23
North West median hourly rate £23.07 £28.38 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.71% +49.37% -35.59%
10th Percentile £15.53 £13.00 £9.22
90th Percentile £50.00 £67.50 £43.95
England median hourly rate £21.42 £22.20 £20.50
% change year-on-year -3.51% +8.27% -14.58%

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

QA
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 19 September 2019.

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 19 September 2019. 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 -20 50 £425 +6.25% 61
Cheshire +14 19 £450 +12.50% 30
Cumbria +2 8 £370 -36.95% 7
Merseyside -24 7 £473 +26.00% 1
Lancashire -17 4 £425 -15.42% 7
QA
England

For the 6 months to 19 September 2019, 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 38 (37.62%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (32.67%) Test Automation
3 27 (26.73%) Selenium
4 19 (18.81%) Security Cleared
4 19 (18.81%) BDD
5 18 (17.82%) JIRA
6 17 (16.83%) Java
7 15 (14.85%) Project Management
8 14 (13.86%) Scrum
8 14 (13.86%) SC Cleared
8 14 (13.86%) TDD
8 14 (13.86%) Problem-Solving
9 13 (12.87%) SQL
10 12 (11.88%) JMeter
10 12 (11.88%) Continuous Improvement
10 12 (11.88%) Analytical Skills
10 12 (11.88%) SDLC
11 11 (10.89%) Jenkins
11 11 (10.89%) Manufacturing
11 11 (10.89%) Test Scripting
12 10 (9.90%) Finance
12 10 (9.90%) Web Services
12 10 (9.90%) Windows
12 10 (9.90%) Business Intelligence
12 10 (9.90%) Test Strategy
13 9 (8.91%) Cucumber
13 9 (8.91%) Analytics
13 9 (8.91%) DevOps
13 9 (8.91%) Public Sector
13 9 (8.91%) C#

QA
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 3 (2.97%) Confluence
1 3 (2.97%) IIS
1 3 (2.97%) Oracle Workflow
2 2 (1.98%) Apache
2 2 (1.98%) JBoss
2 2 (1.98%) SAS
3 1 (0.99%) Apache Solr
3 1 (0.99%) Appian
3 1 (0.99%) CMS
3 1 (0.99%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (0.99%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 1 (0.99%) SilverStripe
3 1 (0.99%) Tomcat
Applications
1 5 (4.95%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (3.96%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (3.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (1.98%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (1.98%) MS Visio
3 2 (1.98%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (2.97%) SAP FI
2 1 (0.99%) SAP EHS
2 1 (0.99%) SAP IS-U
2 1 (0.99%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 8 (7.92%) AWS
2 4 (3.96%) Azure
3 3 (2.97%) BrowserStack
3 3 (2.97%) Sauce Labs
4 2 (1.98%) GitHub
5 1 (0.99%) AWS CloudFormation
5 1 (0.99%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.99%) GCP
5 1 (0.99%) Google Analytics
5 1 (0.99%) OpenShift
5 1 (0.99%) PaaS
5 1 (0.99%) SaaS
5 1 (0.99%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.97%) Internet
2 2 (1.98%) HTTP
3 1 (0.99%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (6.93%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.97%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (2.97%) MongoDB
3 2 (1.98%) BusinessObjects
3 2 (1.98%) Data Lake
3 2 (1.98%) MySQL
4 1 (0.99%) Crystal Reports
4 1 (0.99%) DB2
4 1 (0.99%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.99%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.99%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.99%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.99%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 27 (26.73%) Selenium
2 18 (17.82%) JIRA
3 12 (11.88%) JMeter
4 11 (10.89%) Jenkins
5 9 (8.91%) Cucumber
5 9 (8.91%) Git (software)
6 7 (6.93%) SoapUI
7 6 (5.94%) WebDriver
8 5 (4.95%) Gatling
8 5 (4.95%) Visual Studio Coded UI
9 4 (3.96%) MSI
10 3 (2.97%) Jasmine
10 3 (2.97%) Katalon Studio
10 3 (2.97%) SpecFlow
10 3 (2.97%) TeamCity
10 3 (2.97%) Visual Studio
11 2 (1.98%) ERwin
11 2 (1.98%) Octopus Deploy
12 1 (0.99%) Bugzilla
12 1 (0.99%) HP UFT
General
1 11 (10.89%) Manufacturing
2 10 (9.90%) Finance
3 9 (8.91%) Banking
3 9 (8.91%) Public Sector
4 8 (7.92%) Retail
5 6 (5.94%) Legal
6 4 (3.96%) Investment Banking
7 2 (1.98%) Law
8 1 (0.99%) Games
8 1 (0.99%) Local Government
8 1 (0.99%) Marketing
8 1 (0.99%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 32 (31.68%) Analyst
2 19 (18.81%) Test Analyst
3 13 (12.87%) QA Analyst
4 11 (10.89%) QA Test Analyst
5 9 (8.91%) Tester
6 6 (5.94%) Architect
6 6 (5.94%) Developer
6 6 (5.94%) QA Tester
7 5 (4.95%) Test Engineer
8 4 (3.96%) Business Analyst
9 3 (2.97%) .NET Developer
9 3 (2.97%) Business IT Analyst
9 3 (2.97%) C# .NET Developer
9 3 (2.97%) C# Developer
9 3 (2.97%) Consultant
9 3 (2.97%) DBA
9 3 (2.97%) IT Analyst
9 3 (2.97%) IT Business Analyst
9 3 (2.97%) QA Engineer
9 3 (2.97%) SQL Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (9.90%) Web Services
2 9 (8.91%) .NET
3 7 (6.93%) Gherkin
4 4 (3.96%) REST
5 3 (2.97%) AngularJS
5 3 (2.97%) ASP.NET Web API
5 3 (2.97%) Classic ASP
5 3 (2.97%) CSS
5 3 (2.97%) HTML
5 3 (2.97%) RabbitMQ
5 3 (2.97%) SOAP
6 2 (1.98%) .NET Core
6 2 (1.98%) .NET Framework
6 2 (1.98%) ActiveMQ
6 2 (1.98%) CSS3
6 2 (1.98%) HTML5
6 2 (1.98%) J2EE
6 2 (1.98%) Java EE
6 2 (1.98%) MSMQ
6 2 (1.98%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 12 (11.88%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (5.94%) Management Information System
3 4 (3.96%) Greenfield Project
3 4 (3.96%) User Experience
4 3 (2.97%) Mobile App
5 2 (1.98%) Clustering
5 2 (1.98%) Data Centre
5 2 (1.98%) Online Banking
5 2 (1.98%) Replication
5 2 (1.98%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (0.99%) Animation
6 1 (0.99%) CMDB
6 1 (0.99%) Driving Licence
6 1 (0.99%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.99%) Mobile Payment
6 1 (0.99%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 10 (9.90%) Windows
2 5 (4.95%) Windows 10
3 4 (3.96%) Unix
3 4 (3.96%) Windows 7
4 3 (2.97%) Linux
5 2 (1.98%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.99%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (37.62%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (32.67%) Test Automation
3 19 (18.81%) BDD
4 15 (14.85%) Project Management
5 14 (13.86%) Problem-Solving
5 14 (13.86%) Scrum
5 14 (13.86%) TDD
6 12 (11.88%) Continuous Improvement
6 12 (11.88%) SDLC
7 11 (10.89%) Test Scripting
8 10 (9.90%) Business Intelligence
8 10 (9.90%) Test Strategy
9 9 (8.91%) Analytics
9 9 (8.91%) DevOps
9 9 (8.91%) Stakeholder Management
10 8 (7.92%) Integration Testing
10 8 (7.92%) ITIL
10 8 (7.92%) Non-Functional Testing
10 8 (7.92%) Software Engineering
10 8 (7.92%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 17 (16.83%) Java
2 13 (12.87%) SQL
3 9 (8.91%) C#
4 7 (6.93%) JavaScript
5 6 (5.94%) PowerShell
6 3 (2.97%) Groovy
6 3 (2.97%) Scala
7 2 (1.98%) Shell Script
7 2 (1.98%) T-SQL
7 2 (1.98%) VB
8 1 (0.99%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.99%) C
8 1 (0.99%) ES6
8 1 (0.99%) Perl
8 1 (0.99%) Python
8 1 (0.99%) Ruby
8 1 (0.99%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.99%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 19 (18.81%) Security Cleared
2 14 (13.86%) SC Cleared
3 8 (7.92%) Degree
4 4 (3.96%) ISTQB
5 3 (2.97%) AWS Certification
5 3 (2.97%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (2.97%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (1.98%) HND
6 2 (1.98%) ISEB
6 2 (1.98%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (0.99%) CISMP
7 1 (0.99%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.99%) HNC
7 1 (0.99%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.99%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.98%) PMO
2 1 (0.99%) Actionable Recommendations
2 1 (0.99%) Data Quality
2 1 (0.99%) GxP
2 1 (0.99%) ISO 14001
2 1 (0.99%) ISO 9000
2 1 (0.99%) ISO 9001
2 1 (0.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.99%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.99%) PMBOK
2 1 (0.99%) SLA
2 1 (0.99%) TickIT
System Software
1 5 (4.95%) Docker
2 4 (3.96%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 4 (3.96%) AppDNA
1 4 (3.96%) SCCM
2 2 (1.98%) Failover Clustering
2 2 (1.98%) HP ALM
2 2 (1.98%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.98%) Kubernetes
2 2 (1.98%) Microsoft Clustering
3 1 (0.99%) Ansible
3 1 (0.99%) Docker Swarm
3 1 (0.99%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.99%) Puppet
3 1 (0.99%) Salt
3 1 (0.99%) Terraform
Vendors
1 8 (7.92%) Oracle
2 7 (6.93%) SAP
3 5 (4.95%) Microsoft
4 4 (3.96%) Citrix
5 3 (2.97%) HP
5 3 (2.97%) Siebel
5 3 (2.97%) TIBCO
6 2 (1.98%) Cloudera
6 2 (1.98%) Informatica
6 2 (1.98%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (0.99%) FatWire
7 1 (0.99%) Google
7 1 (0.99%) IBM
7 1 (0.99%) MuleSoft