Period
to 27 May 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 27 May 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
27 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 87 60 93
Rank change year-on-year -27 +33 -48
Contract jobs citing QA 135 170 166
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.31% 3.10% 2.15%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 20.42% 33.53% 20.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 96 127 96
North West median daily rate £400 £365 £371
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.59% -1.48% +5.86%
10th Percentile £275 £220 £256
90th Percentile £575 £497 £500
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 1
North West median hourly rate £15.00 - £37.50
England median hourly rate £21.90 £26.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -15.77% +15.56% -35.71%

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 661 507 793
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 11.32% 9.26% 10.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 399 331 474
North West median daily rate £408 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.67% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £227 £213 £211
90th Percentile £608 £575 £575
England median daily rate £450 £450 £411
% change year-on-year - +9.42% +2.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 24 21
North West median hourly rate £30.21 £24.87 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.50% -33.69% +97.37%
10th Percentile £12.64 £10.65 £12.25
90th Percentile £96.78 £49.45 £85.00
England median hourly rate £22.67 £21.34 £23.81
% change year-on-year +6.27% -10.39% +17.03%

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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 27 May 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

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 27 May 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 -23 91 £413 +14.42% 73
Cheshire -28 23 £300 -18.64% 29
Lancashire -1 13 £427 +0.35% 6
Merseyside +7 5 £375 -3.29% 15
Cumbria - 1 - -
QA
England

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 69 (51.11%) Agile Software Development
2 68 (50.37%) Test Automation
3 35 (25.93%) Selenium
4 33 (24.44%) Finance
5 32 (23.70%) Analytical Skills
6 29 (21.48%) JIRA
7 28 (20.74%) Java
8 25 (18.52%) BDD
9 23 (17.04%) DevOps
9 23 (17.04%) Scrum
10 22 (16.30%) JavaScript
10 22 (16.30%) SQL
11 21 (15.56%) TDD
12 20 (14.81%) Web Services
12 20 (14.81%) Problem-Solving
13 19 (14.07%) Stakeholder Management
14 18 (13.33%) Python
14 18 (13.33%) Business Intelligence
15 16 (11.85%) JMeter
15 16 (11.85%) Self-Motivation
15 16 (11.85%) Continuous Integration
15 16 (11.85%) Jenkins
16 15 (11.11%) Management Information System
17 14 (10.37%) Windows
17 14 (10.37%) Linux
17 14 (10.37%) Big Data
17 14 (10.37%) Test Scripting
17 14 (10.37%) Kanban
17 14 (10.37%) Waterfall
18 13 (9.63%) Puppet

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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 12 (8.89%) CMS
2 8 (5.93%) Confluence
3 7 (5.19%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 6 (4.44%) SharePoint
5 5 (3.70%) SAS
6 3 (2.22%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.74%) Drupal
7 1 (0.74%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.74%) IIS
7 1 (0.74%) MTS
7 1 (0.74%) Orchard CMS
7 1 (0.74%) Skype for Business
7 1 (0.74%) WordPress
Applications
1 7 (5.19%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (2.96%) Photoshop
3 3 (2.22%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (2.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (1.48%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.74%) InDesign
5 1 (0.74%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (1.48%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (1.48%) SAP FI
2 1 (0.74%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 9 (6.67%) GitHub
2 6 (4.44%) Google Analytics
3 3 (2.22%) BrowserStack
3 3 (2.22%) npm
4 2 (1.48%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (1.48%) Office 365
5 1 (0.74%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.74%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.22%) SMS
2 2 (1.48%) HTTP
3 1 (0.74%) AMQP
3 1 (0.74%) BGP
3 1 (0.74%) FTP
3 1 (0.74%) Internet
3 1 (0.74%) IPFIX
3 1 (0.74%) Junos
3 1 (0.74%) MPLS
3 1 (0.74%) MQTT
3 1 (0.74%) MRTG
3 1 (0.74%) OSPF
3 1 (0.74%) RTP
3 1 (0.74%) RTSP
3 1 (0.74%) Skype
3 1 (0.74%) SNMP
3 1 (0.74%) TACACS
3 1 (0.74%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (10.37%) Big Data
2 12 (8.89%) Relational Database
3 8 (5.93%) PostgreSQL
4 6 (4.44%) Data Warehouse
4 6 (4.44%) RDBMS
4 6 (4.44%) SQL Server
5 5 (3.70%) Apache Hive
5 5 (3.70%) BusinessObjects
5 5 (3.70%) Data Lake
5 5 (3.70%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
5 5 (3.70%) Hadoop
5 5 (3.70%) HBase
5 5 (3.70%) MongoDB
5 5 (3.70%) NoSQL
5 5 (3.70%) Pentaho
6 1 (0.74%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (0.74%) MySQL
6 1 (0.74%) Oracle BI Publisher
6 1 (0.74%) Redis
6 1 (0.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 35 (25.93%) Selenium
2 29 (21.48%) JIRA
3 16 (11.85%) Jenkins
3 16 (11.85%) JMeter
4 12 (8.89%) Git (software)
5 11 (8.15%) TeamCity
6 10 (7.41%) GitLab
6 10 (7.41%) PyCharm
7 9 (6.67%) Gatling
8 7 (5.19%) Visual Studio
9 5 (3.70%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 5 (3.70%) ERwin
9 5 (3.70%) Rational Team Concert
10 4 (2.96%) ClearQuest
10 4 (2.96%) Cucumber
10 4 (2.96%) SpecFlow
10 4 (2.96%) TestDirector
10 4 (2.96%) WebDriver
11 3 (2.22%) NUnit
11 3 (2.22%) Subversion
General
1 33 (24.44%) Finance
2 13 (9.63%) Telecoms
3 10 (7.41%) Manufacturing
4 9 (6.67%) Electronics
4 9 (6.67%) Marketing
5 5 (3.70%) Banking
5 5 (3.70%) Legal
5 5 (3.70%) Retail Banking
6 3 (2.22%) Law
6 3 (2.22%) Pharmaceutical
6 3 (2.22%) Retail
7 1 (0.74%) Advertising
7 1 (0.74%) Automotive
7 1 (0.74%) Billing
7 1 (0.74%) Military
7 1 (0.74%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 28 (20.74%) Analyst
2 26 (19.26%) Tester
3 17 (12.59%) QA Tester
4 16 (11.85%) Developer
5 13 (9.63%) Automation Tester
6 12 (8.89%) DevOps Engineer
7 11 (8.15%) Architect
8 10 (7.41%) Test Analyst
9 7 (5.19%) Systems Analyst
10 6 (4.44%) QA Automation Tester
11 5 (3.70%) Author
11 5 (3.70%) Data Architect
11 5 (3.70%) Digital Analytics Specialist
11 5 (3.70%) IT Analyst
11 5 (3.70%) Project Manager
11 5 (3.70%) QA Engineer
11 5 (3.70%) Technical Analyst
11 5 (3.70%) Web Author
12 4 (2.96%) Consultant
12 4 (2.96%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (14.81%) Web Services
2 12 (8.89%) .NET
3 11 (8.15%) XML
4 9 (6.67%) CSS
4 9 (6.67%) HTML
4 9 (6.67%) REST
5 7 (5.19%) HTML5
5 7 (5.19%) jQuery
5 7 (5.19%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 5 (3.70%) JSON
6 5 (3.70%) LDAP
7 4 (2.96%) Ajax
7 4 (2.96%) CSS3
7 4 (2.96%) DOM
7 4 (2.96%) J2EE
7 4 (2.96%) XHTML
8 3 (2.22%) AngularJS
8 3 (2.22%) LESS
8 3 (2.22%) Sass
8 3 (2.22%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 32 (23.70%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (11.85%) Self-Motivation
3 15 (11.11%) Management Information System
4 13 (9.63%) User Experience
5 11 (8.15%) Data Structures
5 11 (8.15%) Linux Command Line
5 11 (8.15%) Mobile App
6 9 (6.67%) Web 2.0
7 6 (4.44%) Enterprise Software
8 4 (2.96%) CMDB
9 2 (1.48%) e-Learning
10 1 (0.74%) Client/Server
10 1 (0.74%) Computer Science
10 1 (0.74%) Data Centre
10 1 (0.74%) Mainframe
10 1 (0.74%) Minimum Viable Product
10 1 (0.74%) Virtual Team
10 1 (0.74%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 14 (10.37%) Linux
1 14 (10.37%) Windows
2 10 (7.41%) Android
2 10 (7.41%) Apple iOS
3 6 (4.44%) Unix
4 1 (0.74%) CentOS
4 1 (0.74%) Debian
4 1 (0.74%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 69 (51.11%) Agile Software Development
2 68 (50.37%) Test Automation
3 25 (18.52%) BDD
4 23 (17.04%) DevOps
4 23 (17.04%) Scrum
5 21 (15.56%) TDD
6 20 (14.81%) Problem-Solving
7 19 (14.07%) Stakeholder Management
8 18 (13.33%) Business Intelligence
9 16 (11.85%) Continuous Integration
10 14 (10.37%) Kanban
10 14 (10.37%) Test Scripting
10 14 (10.37%) Waterfall
11 12 (8.89%) Data Analysis
11 12 (8.89%) Data Management
11 12 (8.89%) ITIL
12 11 (8.15%) Analytics
12 11 (8.15%) Continuous Delivery
12 11 (8.15%) Migration
12 11 (8.15%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 28 (20.74%) Java
2 22 (16.30%) JavaScript
2 22 (16.30%) SQL
3 18 (13.33%) Python
4 13 (9.63%) C#
5 5 (3.70%) Go
5 5 (3.70%) PHP
5 5 (3.70%) Shell Script
6 4 (2.96%) Ruby
6 4 (2.96%) XPath
7 3 (2.22%) Java 9
7 3 (2.22%) Scala
8 2 (1.48%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.74%) Apple Swift
9 1 (0.74%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.74%) Bourne shell
9 1 (0.74%) C
9 1 (0.74%) C++
9 1 (0.74%) Perl
9 1 (0.74%) STATISTICA Visual Basic
Qualifications
1 9 (6.67%) Security Cleared
2 8 (5.93%) ISEB
3 7 (5.19%) SC Cleared
4 6 (4.44%) ISTQB
5 4 (2.96%) Degree
6 1 (0.74%) Chartered Engineer
6 1 (0.74%) CIPD
6 1 (0.74%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (0.74%) DBS Check
6 1 (0.74%) Siebel Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.70%) Data Quality
1 5 (3.70%) GDPR
2 3 (2.22%) SLA
3 2 (1.48%) PMO
3 2 (1.48%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.74%) COBIT
4 1 (0.74%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.74%) TickIT
System Software
1 11 (8.15%) Docker
2 5 (3.70%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.74%) KVM
3 1 (0.74%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 13 (9.63%) Puppet
2 12 (8.89%) Ansible
2 12 (8.89%) Opscode Chef
3 10 (7.41%) Kubernetes
4 6 (4.44%) Single Sign-On
5 2 (1.48%) Kibana
6 1 (0.74%) Cacti
6 1 (0.74%) collectd
6 1 (0.74%) Grafana
6 1 (0.74%) Graphite
6 1 (0.74%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.74%) Icinga
6 1 (0.74%) logstash
6 1 (0.74%) Nagios
6 1 (0.74%) Netcool
6 1 (0.74%) OpenNMS
6 1 (0.74%) Prometheus
6 1 (0.74%) Salt
6 1 (0.74%) WMI
6 1 (0.74%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 11 (8.15%) Adobe
1 11 (8.15%) SAP
2 10 (7.41%) Atlassian
2 10 (7.41%) Microsoft
3 8 (5.93%) Xamarin
4 7 (5.19%) Google
5 6 (4.44%) Oracle
5 6 (4.44%) Tableau
6 5 (3.70%) CA
6 5 (3.70%) Coremetrics
6 5 (3.70%) Informatica
6 5 (3.70%) ServiceNow
7 3 (2.22%) Siebel
8 2 (1.48%) CheckPoint
8 2 (1.48%) TIBCO
9 1 (0.74%) Ericsson
9 1 (0.74%) HP
9 1 (0.74%) Juniper
9 1 (0.74%) Red Hat
9 1 (0.74%) Salesforce.com