Period
to 20 February 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 20 February 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
20 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 115 60 52
Rank change year-on-year -55 -8 +17
Contract jobs citing QA 93 186 254
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.73% 3.16% 3.11%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 15.76% 31.96% 27.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 125 147
North West median daily rate £365 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.75% +10.34% +6.62%
10th Percentile £265 £240 £223
90th Percentile £614 £513 £488
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +6.67%
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 £36.75 £22.90 £22.75
% change year-on-year +60.52% +0.64% -27.64%

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 590 582 927
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 10.97% 9.88% 11.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 355 381 575
North West median daily rate £390 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.50% - +14.29%
10th Percentile £213 £223 £213
90th Percentile £595 £588 £575
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 24 30
North West median hourly rate £23.45 £20.20 £34.51
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.10% -41.46% +97.17%
10th Percentile £13.00 £10.65 £13.90
90th Percentile £88.00 £48.75 £54.18
England median hourly rate £21.11 £21.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -1.83% -14.00% +16.28%

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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 20 February 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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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 20 February 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 -27 57 £363 -9.38% 84
Cheshire -20 19 £313 -25.37% 22
Lancashire -5 10 £610 +53.46% 5
Merseyside +5 4 £525 +44.83% 11
QA
England

For the 6 months to 20 February 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 47 (50.54%) Test Automation
2 46 (49.46%) Agile Software Development
3 23 (24.73%) Analytical Skills
4 18 (19.35%) Finance
5 17 (18.28%) SQL
5 17 (18.28%) JIRA
6 15 (16.13%) XML
6 15 (16.13%) Python
6 15 (16.13%) Waterfall
7 14 (15.05%) Java
7 14 (15.05%) JavaScript
8 13 (13.98%) Selenium
9 12 (12.90%) C#
9 12 (12.90%) CSS
9 12 (12.90%) User Experience
10 11 (11.83%) HTML
10 11 (11.83%) jQuery
11 10 (10.75%) Continuous Integration
11 10 (10.75%) Security Cleared
11 10 (10.75%) .NET
11 10 (10.75%) Business Intelligence
11 10 (10.75%) Adobe
11 10 (10.75%) Stakeholder Management
11 10 (10.75%) CMS
11 10 (10.75%) Test Strategy
11 10 (10.75%) Mentoring
11 10 (10.75%) Relational Database
12 9 (9.68%) Defect Management
12 9 (9.68%) Scrum
12 9 (9.68%) Migration

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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 10 (10.75%) CMS
2 7 (7.53%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 5 (5.38%) Confluence
4 4 (4.30%) SharePoint
5 2 (2.15%) SAS
5 2 (2.15%) Skype for Business
6 1 (1.08%) nginx
6 1 (1.08%) WordPress
Applications
1 6 (6.45%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (4.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (3.23%) Photoshop
4 2 (2.15%) Microsoft Office
5 1 (1.08%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.08%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 5 (5.38%) GitHub
1 5 (5.38%) Google Analytics
2 3 (3.23%) npm
3 2 (2.15%) Office 365
4 1 (1.08%) BrowserStack
4 1 (1.08%) SaaS
4 1 (1.08%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.15%) HTTP
1 2 (2.15%) Internet
1 2 (2.15%) Skype
2 1 (1.08%) DNS
2 1 (1.08%) FTP
2 1 (1.08%) RTSP
2 1 (1.08%) SMS
2 1 (1.08%) Structured Cabling
2 1 (1.08%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (10.75%) Relational Database
2 7 (7.53%) Big Data
2 7 (7.53%) SQL Server
3 4 (4.30%) NoSQL
3 4 (4.30%) RDBMS
4 3 (3.23%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (3.23%) MongoDB
4 3 (3.23%) Oracle Database
5 2 (2.15%) Apache Hive
5 2 (2.15%) BusinessObjects
5 2 (2.15%) Data Lake
5 2 (2.15%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
5 2 (2.15%) Hadoop
5 2 (2.15%) HBase
5 2 (2.15%) Pentaho
5 2 (2.15%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (1.08%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (1.08%) MySQL
6 1 (1.08%) QlikView
6 1 (1.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 17 (18.28%) JIRA
2 13 (13.98%) Selenium
3 9 (9.68%) Visual Studio
4 7 (7.53%) Git (software)
4 7 (7.53%) JMeter
5 6 (6.45%) Gatling
5 6 (6.45%) Jenkins
6 5 (5.38%) GitLab
6 5 (5.38%) PyCharm
6 5 (5.38%) Rational Team Concert
6 5 (5.38%) SonarQube
6 5 (5.38%) TeamCity
7 4 (4.30%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 4 (4.30%) Bitbucket
7 4 (4.30%) ClearQuest
7 4 (4.30%) ReSharper
7 4 (4.30%) TestDirector
8 3 (3.23%) Cucumber
8 3 (3.23%) Grunt
8 3 (3.23%) SoapUI
General
1 18 (19.35%) Finance
2 6 (6.45%) Legal
2 6 (6.45%) Telecoms
3 5 (5.38%) Electronics
3 5 (5.38%) Manufacturing
3 5 (5.38%) Marketing
4 4 (4.30%) Law
5 2 (2.15%) Local Government
5 2 (2.15%) Pharmaceutical
5 2 (2.15%) Retail
6 1 (1.08%) Advertising
6 1 (1.08%) Banking
6 1 (1.08%) Billing
6 1 (1.08%) Games
6 1 (1.08%) Private Banking
6 1 (1.08%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 20 (21.51%) Tester
2 15 (16.13%) QA Tester
3 12 (12.90%) Analyst
3 12 (12.90%) Developer
4 8 (8.60%) Architect
4 8 (8.60%) Automation Tester
5 6 (6.45%) Solutions Architect
6 5 (5.38%) DevOps Engineer
6 5 (5.38%) Digital Analytics Specialist
6 5 (5.38%) Test Manager
7 4 (4.30%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
7 4 (4.30%) Programme Manager
7 4 (4.30%) Programme Test Manager
7 4 (4.30%) QA Automation Tester
7 4 (4.30%) Systems Analyst
7 4 (4.30%) Test Engineer
7 4 (4.30%) Test Programme Manager
8 3 (3.23%) Python Developer
8 3 (3.23%) Technical Analyst
8 3 (3.23%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (16.13%) XML
2 12 (12.90%) CSS
3 11 (11.83%) HTML
3 11 (11.83%) jQuery
4 10 (10.75%) .NET
5 8 (8.60%) HTML5
5 8 (8.60%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 8 (8.60%) Web Services
6 7 (7.53%) Ajax
6 7 (7.53%) ASP.NET
6 7 (7.53%) REST
6 7 (7.53%) XHTML
7 6 (6.45%) CSS3
8 5 (5.38%) DOM
8 5 (5.38%) JSON
8 5 (5.38%) SOAP
9 4 (4.30%) ADO.NET
9 4 (4.30%) Middleware
9 4 (4.30%) XML Schema
9 4 (4.30%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 23 (24.73%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (12.90%) User Experience
3 8 (8.60%) Data Structures
4 6 (6.45%) Management Information System
4 6 (6.45%) Mobile App
4 6 (6.45%) Web 2.0
5 5 (5.38%) Linux Command Line
6 3 (3.23%) Data Protection Act
6 3 (3.23%) e-Learning
6 3 (3.23%) Equities
6 3 (3.23%) Fixed Income
7 2 (2.15%) Client/Server
7 2 (2.15%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (2.15%) Fintech
7 2 (2.15%) Freedom of Information
7 2 (2.15%) Freedom of Information Act
7 2 (2.15%) Mainframe
7 2 (2.15%) NHS
8 1 (1.08%) Learning Management System
8 1 (1.08%) Smart Home
Operating Systems
1 7 (7.53%) Windows
2 6 (6.45%) Linux
3 5 (5.38%) Android
3 5 (5.38%) Apple iOS
3 5 (5.38%) Unix
4 3 (3.23%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (1.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (1.08%) Windows 10
5 1 (1.08%) Windows 7
5 1 (1.08%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (50.54%) Test Automation
2 46 (49.46%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (16.13%) Waterfall
4 10 (10.75%) Business Intelligence
4 10 (10.75%) Continuous Integration
4 10 (10.75%) Mentoring
4 10 (10.75%) Stakeholder Management
4 10 (10.75%) Test Strategy
5 9 (9.68%) Defect Management
5 9 (9.68%) Migration
5 9 (9.68%) Project Management
5 9 (9.68%) Regression Testing
5 9 (9.68%) Scrum
6 8 (8.60%) Data Analysis
6 8 (8.60%) Kanban
6 8 (8.60%) SEO
7 7 (7.53%) Asset Management
7 7 (7.53%) Content Management
7 7 (7.53%) Programme Management
7 7 (7.53%) Quality Management
Programming Languages
1 17 (18.28%) SQL
2 15 (16.13%) Python
3 14 (15.05%) Java
3 14 (15.05%) JavaScript
4 12 (12.90%) C#
5 4 (4.30%) PHP
5 4 (4.30%) XPath
6 3 (3.23%) Shell Script
7 1 (1.08%) Apple Swift
7 1 (1.08%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.08%) PowerShell
7 1 (1.08%) Ruby
7 1 (1.08%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 10 (10.75%) Security Cleared
2 7 (7.53%) SC Cleared
3 5 (5.38%) Degree
4 4 (4.30%) ISEB
5 2 (2.15%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (2.15%) CIPD
5 2 (2.15%) ISTQB
6 1 (1.08%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (1.08%) ECDL
6 1 (1.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.08%) PgMP
6 1 (1.08%) PMI Certification
6 1 (1.08%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (6.45%) GDPR
2 5 (5.38%) Data Quality
3 2 (2.15%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (2.15%) PMO
4 1 (1.08%) BS7799
4 1 (1.08%) GMP
4 1 (1.08%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (6.45%) Docker
2 1 (1.08%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.08%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (1.08%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.08%) Xen
Systems Management
1 6 (6.45%) Kubernetes
1 6 (6.45%) Opscode Chef
1 6 (6.45%) Puppet
2 5 (5.38%) Ansible
3 2 (2.15%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (1.08%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (1.08%) Rancher
Vendors
1 10 (10.75%) Adobe
2 6 (6.45%) Microsoft
2 6 (6.45%) Oracle
2 6 (6.45%) SAP
3 5 (5.38%) Atlassian
3 5 (5.38%) Coremetrics
3 5 (5.38%) Google
4 4 (4.30%) Xamarin
5 3 (3.23%) Tableau
6 2 (2.15%) CA
6 2 (2.15%) Informatica
7 1 (1.08%) HP
7 1 (1.08%) IBM
7 1 (1.08%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (1.08%) VMware