Period
to 30 May 2020

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 30 May 2020 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
30 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 49 85 91
Rank change year-on-year +36 +6 -30
Contract jobs citing QA 104 125 135
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 3.54% 2.42% 2.30%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 28.18% 25.56% 21.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 92 95
Median daily rate £375 £439 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.53% +9.69% +8.84%
10th Percentile £258 £313 £275
90th Percentile £563 £634 £575
England median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 4
Median hourly rate £34.59 £32.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.42% +116.67% -
England median hourly rate £22.50 £29.00 £21.90
% change year-on-year -22.41% +32.42% -15.77%

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 369 489 637
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 12.55% 9.47% 10.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 180 319 385
Median daily rate £400 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £193 £200 £225
90th Percentile £638 £625 £588
England median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 28 40
Median hourly rate £50.50 £26.96 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +87.33% -3.72% +22.27%
10th Percentile £19.93 £15.53 £12.64
90th Percentile £53.15 £50.00 £96.78
Median hourly rate £27.50 £22.75 £23.25
% change year-on-year +20.88% -2.15% +16.25%

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Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing QA as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing QA in the North West.

Daily rate trend for QA in the North West

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Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing QA in the North West over the 6 months to 30 May 2020.

Daily rate histogram for QA in the North West

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing QA in the North West.

Hourly rate trend for QA in the North West

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Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing QA in the North West over the 6 months to 30 May 2020.

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 30 May 2020. 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 +43 49 £425 - 23
Cheshire +22 16 £517 +14.89% 11
Cumbria +2 15 £308 -5.38% 1
Merseyside +13 12 £400 +3.23% 2
Lancashire +13 6 £488 +8.33% 1
QA
England

For the 6 months to 30 May 2020, 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 29 (27.88%) DevOps
2 28 (26.92%) Python
3 27 (25.96%) Windows
3 27 (25.96%) AWS
4 25 (24.04%) Agile Software Development
4 25 (24.04%) Jenkins
5 24 (23.08%) Docker
6 22 (21.15%) Windows 10
7 21 (20.19%) Security Cleared
8 20 (19.23%) Bash Shell
8 20 (19.23%) SCCM
9 19 (18.27%) SC Cleared
9 19 (18.27%) Test Automation
9 19 (18.27%) Terraform
9 19 (18.27%) Opscode Chef
10 18 (17.31%) AWS CloudFormation
10 18 (17.31%) Infrastructure as Code
10 18 (17.31%) Windows 7
10 18 (17.31%) Puppet
10 18 (17.31%) SQL
11 17 (16.35%) Java
11 17 (16.35%) Migration
11 17 (16.35%) Analytical Skills
11 17 (16.35%) Ansible
12 16 (15.38%) Citrix
13 15 (14.42%) Perl
13 15 (14.42%) ITIL
13 15 (14.42%) MSI
13 15 (14.42%) Microsoft App-V
13 15 (14.42%) ITIL V3

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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 7 (6.73%) Apache
2 5 (4.81%) SharePoint
3 4 (3.85%) OnBase
4 3 (2.88%) WebSphere
4 3 (2.88%) WebSphere Application Server
5 1 (0.96%) Appian
5 1 (0.96%) IIS
5 1 (0.96%) JBoss
5 1 (0.96%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.96%) WordPress
Applications
1 6 (5.77%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (4.81%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (4.81%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.96%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 4 (3.85%) Workday HCM
2 1 (0.96%) SAP MII
Cloud Services
1 27 (25.96%) AWS
2 18 (17.31%) AWS CloudFormation
3 13 (12.50%) Azure
4 6 (5.77%) Coveralls
5 5 (4.81%) Power Platform
6 4 (3.85%) Amazon Cognito
6 4 (3.85%) AWS Lambda
6 4 (3.85%) Serverless
6 4 (3.85%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 3 (2.88%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 3 (2.88%) Amazon S3
7 3 (2.88%) AWS CloudTrail
7 3 (2.88%) Cloud Computing
7 3 (2.88%) GCP
7 3 (2.88%) IaaS
7 3 (2.88%) PaaS
8 2 (1.92%) Amazon SageMaker
8 2 (1.92%) BrowserStack
8 2 (1.92%) Office 365
9 1 (0.96%) Google Docs
Communications & Networking
1 9 (8.65%) DNS
2 6 (5.77%) HTTP
3 5 (4.81%) VPN
4 2 (1.92%) Skype
5 1 (0.96%) MPLS
5 1 (0.96%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.96%) WAN
5 1 (0.96%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (7.69%) Amazon RDS
2 7 (6.73%) Data Warehouse
2 7 (6.73%) Relational Database
3 6 (5.77%) MySQL
3 6 (5.77%) NoSQL
3 6 (5.77%) RDBMS
4 5 (4.81%) Azure SQL Database
4 5 (4.81%) Data Lake
4 5 (4.81%) Power BI
5 4 (3.85%) Amazon Athena
5 4 (3.85%) Amazon Redshift
6 3 (2.88%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 2 (1.92%) Big Data
7 2 (1.92%) Oracle Reports
7 2 (1.92%) SQL Server
7 2 (1.92%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (1.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (1.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.96%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (0.96%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 25 (24.04%) Jenkins
2 15 (14.42%) Git (software)
2 15 (14.42%) MSI
3 12 (11.54%) CircleCI
3 12 (11.54%) Travis CI
4 9 (8.65%) Gradle
4 9 (8.65%) JIRA
4 9 (8.65%) JUnit
4 9 (8.65%) Maven
4 9 (8.65%) SonarQube
5 8 (7.69%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 8 (7.69%) Selenium
6 6 (5.77%) Bitbucket Server
6 6 (5.77%) TeamCity
7 5 (4.81%) Cucumber
7 5 (4.81%) SoapUI
8 4 (3.85%) Hudson
8 4 (3.85%) Postman
8 4 (3.85%) Zephyr
9 3 (2.88%) Bitbucket
General
1 14 (13.46%) Public Sector
2 12 (11.54%) Finance
3 7 (6.73%) Manufacturing
4 3 (2.88%) Banking
5 2 (1.92%) Advertising
5 2 (1.92%) Games
5 2 (1.92%) Legal
5 2 (1.92%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.96%) Avionics
6 1 (0.96%) Local Government
6 1 (0.96%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 17 (16.35%) Analyst
2 15 (14.42%) Applications Packager
3 13 (12.50%) DevOps Engineer
4 12 (11.54%) Senior DevOps
4 12 (11.54%) Senior DevOps Engineer
5 11 (10.58%) Developer
6 8 (7.69%) QA Engineer
6 8 (7.69%) SC Cleared Application Packager
6 8 (7.69%) Test Analyst
7 6 (5.77%) QA Automation Engineer
8 5 (4.81%) Automation Engineer
8 5 (4.81%) AWS Engineer
9 4 (3.85%) Architect
9 4 (3.85%) Tester
9 4 (3.85%) Workday Analyst
10 3 (2.88%) Administrator
10 3 (2.88%) Automation Tester
10 3 (2.88%) DBA
10 3 (2.88%) Java Developer
10 3 (2.88%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (6.73%) SOAP
2 5 (4.81%) Middleware
2 5 (4.81%) Web Services
3 4 (3.85%) .NET
3 4 (3.85%) Gherkin
3 4 (3.85%) Node.js
4 3 (2.88%) Dropwizard
4 3 (2.88%) REST
4 3 (2.88%) RESTful
4 3 (2.88%) Spring Boot
4 3 (2.88%) XML
5 2 (1.92%) .NET Core
5 2 (1.92%) hapi
5 2 (1.92%) HTML
6 1 (0.96%) Classic ASP
6 1 (0.96%) CSS
6 1 (0.96%) J2EE
6 1 (0.96%) Struts
6 1 (0.96%) XSD
6 1 (0.96%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 17 (16.35%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (3.85%) Algorithms
2 4 (3.85%) Self-Motivation
3 3 (2.88%) Management Information System
4 2 (1.92%) Blog
4 2 (1.92%) Data Centre
4 2 (1.92%) Life Science
4 2 (1.92%) Replication
4 2 (1.92%) User Experience
5 1 (0.96%) FMCG
5 1 (0.96%) NHS
5 1 (0.96%) Pharmacovigilance
5 1 (0.96%) Photography
5 1 (0.96%) Public Cloud
5 1 (0.96%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 27 (25.96%) Windows
2 22 (21.15%) Windows 10
3 18 (17.31%) Windows 7
4 11 (10.58%) Linux
4 11 (10.58%) Unix
5 4 (3.85%) Windows Server
6 3 (2.88%) VME
7 1 (0.96%) AIX
7 1 (0.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.96%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (27.88%) DevOps
2 25 (24.04%) Agile Software Development
3 19 (18.27%) Test Automation
4 18 (17.31%) Infrastructure as Code
5 17 (16.35%) Migration
6 15 (14.42%) Application Packaging
6 15 (14.42%) ITIL
6 15 (14.42%) ITIL V3
7 14 (13.46%) Configuration Management
8 13 (12.50%) Collaborative Working
8 13 (12.50%) Scrum
9 11 (10.58%) QA Automation
10 10 (9.62%) Continuous Integration
10 10 (9.62%) ETL
10 10 (9.62%) Kanban
11 9 (8.65%) Load Balancing
12 8 (7.69%) API Testing
12 8 (7.69%) Problem-Solving
12 8 (7.69%) Task Automation
12 8 (7.69%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 28 (26.92%) Python
2 20 (19.23%) Bash Shell
3 18 (17.31%) SQL
4 17 (16.35%) Java
5 15 (14.42%) Perl
5 15 (14.42%) PowerShell
6 12 (11.54%) Ruby
7 10 (9.62%) JavaScript
8 7 (6.73%) Groovy
9 6 (5.77%) C#
10 4 (3.85%) Go
11 3 (2.88%) Shell Script
12 2 (1.92%) Ada
12 2 (1.92%) C
12 2 (1.92%) COBOL
12 2 (1.92%) PL/SQL
12 2 (1.92%) T-SQL
13 1 (0.96%) PHP
13 1 (0.96%) PHP 7
13 1 (0.96%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 21 (20.19%) Security Cleared
2 19 (18.27%) SC Cleared
3 6 (5.77%) Degree
4 5 (4.81%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (2.88%) Computer Science Degree
5 3 (2.88%) ISEB
5 3 (2.88%) ISTQB
5 3 (2.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (1.92%) AWS Certification
7 1 (0.96%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.96%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.92%) GDPR
1 2 (1.92%) ISAE 3402
1 2 (1.92%) PMO
1 2 (1.92%) SLA
2 1 (0.96%) GxP
2 1 (0.96%) ISO 14001
2 1 (0.96%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 24 (23.08%) Docker
2 15 (14.42%) Microsoft App-V
3 9 (8.65%) Active Directory
4 3 (2.88%) Virtual Desktop
4 3 (2.88%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.96%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 20 (19.23%) SCCM
2 19 (18.27%) Opscode Chef
2 19 (18.27%) Terraform
3 18 (17.31%) Puppet
4 17 (16.35%) Ansible
5 15 (14.42%) Kubernetes
6 14 (13.46%) AppDNA
7 12 (11.54%) Docker Swarm
7 12 (11.54%) Salt
8 4 (3.85%) Rancher
9 1 (0.96%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 16 (15.38%) Citrix
2 12 (11.54%) Microsoft
3 6 (5.77%) Oracle
4 4 (3.85%) Google
4 4 (3.85%) IBM
4 4 (3.85%) Kofax
4 4 (3.85%) Workday
5 3 (2.88%) ICL
5 3 (2.88%) Splunk
5 3 (2.88%) VMware
6 1 (0.96%) Adobe
6 1 (0.96%) Facebook
6 1 (0.96%) Instagram
6 1 (0.96%) MuleSoft
6 1 (0.96%) Progress
6 1 (0.96%) Red Hat
6 1 (0.96%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (0.96%) SAP
6 1 (0.96%) Twitter
6 1 (0.96%) YouTube