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 3 months to 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance (QA)
England / North West
Rank 57 98 50
Rank change year-on-year +41 -48  
Contract jobs citing QA 76 62 118
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.92% 1.62% 3.36%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 32.62% 18.08% 24.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 40 72
Median daily rate £375 £350 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +2.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £254 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £487 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £366 £350
% change year-on-year -0.27% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £37.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.50 £39.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year -32.05% +6.84%  

QA is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next 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 and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 233 343 474
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 8.96% 8.97% 13.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 147 208 243
Median daily rate £363 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.37% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £194 £200 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 12 17
Median hourly rate £15.00 £80.00 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -81.25% +332.43%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.65 £13.00 £14.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.51 £85.59 £75.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.45 £41.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year -52.56% +57.69%  

QA
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing QA as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

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 3 months to 24 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 24 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +26 49 £365 -4.07% 30
Cheshire +30 15 £338 -7.78% 11
Lancashire +19 6 £400 +23.07% 2
Merseyside 0 5 £495 +45.58% 1
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 82 (46.86%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (33.14%) Selenium
3 49 (28.00%) Java
4 34 (19.43%) JavaScript
4 34 (19.43%) SQL
5 33 (18.86%) Finance
6 30 (17.14%) BDD
7 29 (16.57%) SDLC
7 29 (16.57%) Scrum
8 28 (16.00%) Project Management
9 27 (15.43%) JIRA
10 26 (14.86%) .NET
10 26 (14.86%) TDD
10 26 (14.86%) Automated Testing
11 24 (13.71%) Test Scripting
11 24 (13.71%) WebDriver
11 24 (13.71%) Jenkins
12 23 (13.14%) QA Automation
13 22 (12.57%) DevOps
13 22 (12.57%) Analytical Skills
13 22 (12.57%) User Acceptance Testing
13 22 (12.57%) Stakeholder Management
14 18 (10.29%) Web Services
15 17 (9.71%) XML
15 17 (9.71%) ITIL
15 17 (9.71%) Oracle
15 17 (9.71%) C#
16 16 (9.14%) Regression Testing
17 15 (8.57%) Business Intelligence
17 15 (8.57%) Microsoft

QA
Top Related 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 (5.71%) SharePoint
2 5 (2.86%) CMS
3 4 (2.29%) IBM Domino
3 4 (2.29%) SAS
4 3 (1.71%) Drupal
4 3 (1.71%) IIS
5 2 (1.14%) Confluence
5 2 (1.14%) Oracle Application Server
5 2 (1.14%) Sitecore CMS
6 1 (0.57%) ArcGIS
6 1 (0.57%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.57%) Documentum
6 1 (0.57%) WebSphere
Applications
1 11 (6.29%) MS Excel
2 8 (4.57%) MS Office
3 4 (2.29%) MS PowerPoint
3 4 (2.29%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 9 (5.14%) Oracle EBS R12
2 4 (2.29%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (1.14%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.57%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.57%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.57%) Magento
4 1 (0.57%) Oracle Cash Management
4 1 (0.57%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.57%) SAP Business One
4 1 (0.57%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 9 (5.14%) GitHub
2 7 (4.00%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (2.29%) PaaS
4 3 (1.71%) IaaS
4 3 (1.71%) SaaS
5 2 (1.14%) AWS CloudFormation
5 2 (1.14%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
6 1 (0.57%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.57%) Microsoft Azure
6 1 (0.57%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 5 (2.86%) LDAP
2 4 (2.29%) DHCP
2 4 (2.29%) DNS
2 4 (2.29%) Firewall
2 4 (2.29%) Network Security
3 2 (1.14%) Internet
4 1 (0.57%) Broadband
4 1 (0.57%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (4.57%) SQL Server
2 7 (4.00%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (2.86%) Oracle Database
4 3 (1.71%) Big Data
4 3 (1.71%) MongoDB
4 3 (1.71%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (1.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (1.14%) EDMS
5 2 (1.14%) MySQL
5 2 (1.14%) Oracle Database 12c
5 2 (1.14%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (1.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.57%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 1 (0.57%) EDRMS
6 1 (0.57%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (0.57%) Power BI
6 1 (0.57%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.57%) SAS Enterprise Guide
6 1 (0.57%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.57%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 58 (33.14%) Selenium
2 27 (15.43%) JIRA
3 24 (13.71%) Jenkins
3 24 (13.71%) WebDriver
4 13 (7.43%) Cucumber
5 10 (5.71%) Git (software)
6 5 (2.86%) HP UFT
6 5 (2.86%) LoadRunner
6 5 (2.86%) SoapUI
6 5 (2.86%) SpecFlow
6 5 (2.86%) Visual Studio
7 4 (2.29%) gulp
7 4 (2.29%) JMeter
8 3 (1.71%) Babel
8 3 (1.71%) Gatling
8 3 (1.71%) IntelliJ
8 3 (1.71%) TestNG
8 3 (1.71%) webpack
9 2 (1.14%) Log4j
9 2 (1.14%) Subversion
General
1 33 (18.86%) Finance
2 7 (4.00%) Banking
2 7 (4.00%) Games
3 6 (3.43%) Telecoms
4 4 (2.29%) Financial Institution
4 4 (2.29%) Legal
4 4 (2.29%) Retail
5 3 (1.71%) Corporate Banking
5 3 (1.71%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.14%) Advertising
6 2 (1.14%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.57%) Automotive
7 1 (0.57%) Electronics
7 1 (0.57%) General Ledger
7 1 (0.57%) Marketing
7 1 (0.57%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 40 (22.86%) Developer
2 27 (15.43%) Analyst
3 24 (13.71%) Tester
4 21 (12.00%) QA Engineer
5 15 (8.57%) QA Automation Engineer
6 14 (8.00%) Automation Tester
6 14 (8.00%) Project Manager
7 12 (6.86%) Automation Engineer
7 12 (6.86%) QA Tester
8 10 (5.71%) Architect
8 10 (5.71%) Test Analyst
9 8 (4.57%) Applications Architect
9 8 (4.57%) Oracle Architect
9 8 (4.57%) QA Analyst
10 7 (4.00%) Java Engineer
11 6 (3.43%) QA Test Analyst
11 6 (3.43%) ServiceNow Developer
11 6 (3.43%) Software Developer
12 5 (2.86%) Lead Developer
12 5 (2.86%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (14.86%) .NET
2 18 (10.29%) Web Services
3 17 (9.71%) XML
4 15 (8.57%) AngularJS
5 12 (6.86%) CSS
6 10 (5.71%) HTML
6 10 (5.71%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 9 (5.14%) ASP.NET
8 8 (4.57%) Gherkin
9 6 (3.43%) .NET Framework
9 6 (3.43%) Sass
10 5 (2.86%) Apache Cordova
10 5 (2.86%) ASP.NET MVC
10 5 (2.86%) jQuery
10 5 (2.86%) React Native
10 5 (2.86%) REST
11 4 (2.29%) Ember.js
11 4 (2.29%) HTML5
11 4 (2.29%) Node.js
11 4 (2.29%) React
Miscellaneous
1 22 (12.57%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (5.14%) Web 2.0
3 6 (3.43%) Mobile App
4 5 (2.86%) User Experience
4 5 (2.86%) Virtual Team
5 4 (2.29%) Data Structures
6 2 (1.14%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.14%) iPad
6 2 (1.14%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.14%) Mobile Games
7 1 (0.57%) 3D Graphics
7 1 (0.57%) Blog
7 1 (0.57%) CMDB
7 1 (0.57%) Freedom of Information
7 1 (0.57%) NHS
7 1 (0.57%) PMI
7 1 (0.57%) Podcast
7 1 (0.57%) Smartphone
7 1 (0.57%) Streaming Video
7 1 (0.57%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 8 (4.57%) Android
1 8 (4.57%) Linux
1 8 (4.57%) Windows
2 4 (2.29%) Apple iOS
2 4 (2.29%) CentOS
2 4 (2.29%) Windows Server
3 3 (1.71%) Unix
3 3 (1.71%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (0.57%) AIX
4 1 (0.57%) Windows 2000
4 1 (0.57%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 82 (46.86%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (17.14%) BDD
3 29 (16.57%) Scrum
3 29 (16.57%) SDLC
4 28 (16.00%) Project Management
5 26 (14.86%) Automated Testing
5 26 (14.86%) TDD
6 24 (13.71%) Test Scripting
7 23 (13.14%) QA Automation
8 22 (12.57%) DevOps
8 22 (12.57%) Stakeholder Management
8 22 (12.57%) User Acceptance Testing
9 17 (9.71%) ITIL
10 16 (9.14%) Regression Testing
11 15 (8.57%) Business Intelligence
12 13 (7.43%) Defect Management
13 12 (6.86%) Automation Testing
13 12 (6.86%) Continuous Integration
13 12 (6.86%) Manual Testing
13 12 (6.86%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 49 (28.00%) Java
2 34 (19.43%) JavaScript
2 34 (19.43%) SQL
3 17 (9.71%) C#
4 11 (6.29%) PL/SQL
5 9 (5.14%) Python
5 9 (5.14%) Ruby
6 7 (4.00%) PHP
7 4 (2.29%) C
7 4 (2.29%) ES6
7 4 (2.29%) Perl
7 4 (2.29%) Shell Script
8 3 (1.71%) ECMAScript
9 2 (1.14%) T-SQL
9 2 (1.14%) VBA
10 1 (0.57%) ANSI SQL
10 1 (0.57%) PHP 5
10 1 (0.57%) Scala
10 1 (0.57%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.57%) X++
Qualifications
1 14 (8.00%) ISEB
2 13 (7.43%) Security Cleared
3 9 (5.14%) SC Cleared
4 3 (1.71%) BPSS Clearance
4 3 (1.71%) ISTQB
5 2 (1.14%) Degree
5 2 (1.14%) HND
6 1 (0.57%) CCNA
6 1 (0.57%) CCNP
6 1 (0.57%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.57%) CISSP
6 1 (0.57%) ISSAP
6 1 (0.57%) PMI Certification
6 1 (0.57%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (0.57%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 1 (0.57%) SAS Certification
6 1 (0.57%) Six Sigma Black Belt
6 1 (0.57%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.43%) SLA
2 4 (2.29%) PMO
3 2 (1.14%) SDET
4 1 (0.57%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 1 (0.57%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.57%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.57%) GMP
4 1 (0.57%) GxP
4 1 (0.57%) ISO13485
System Software
1 3 (1.71%) Docker
2 1 (0.57%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (2.29%) Puppet
2 1 (0.57%) Forefront Identity Manager
2 1 (0.57%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 17 (9.71%) Oracle
2 15 (8.57%) Microsoft
3 10 (5.71%) ServiceNow
4 7 (4.00%) SAP
5 5 (2.86%) Sitecore
6 4 (2.29%) Red Hat
6 4 (2.29%) Remedy
6 4 (2.29%) RightScale
7 2 (1.14%) Apigee
7 2 (1.14%) Google
7 2 (1.14%) Snow
8 1 (0.57%) CA Agile Central
8 1 (0.57%) F5
8 1 (0.57%) ForgeRock
8 1 (0.57%) Kofax
8 1 (0.57%) Minitab
8 1 (0.57%) PayPal
8 1 (0.57%) Talend
8 1 (0.57%) Telerik
8 1 (0.57%) WorldPay
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