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 28 June 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.

Quality Assurance (QA)
England / North West
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 62 67 48
Rank change year-on-year +5 -19  
Contract jobs citing QA 78 104 123
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.64% 2.76% 3.38%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 29.00% 26.40% 27.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 56 75
Median daily rate £394 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £256 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £535 £524
UK excluding London median daily rate £386 £380 £361
% change year-on-year +1.64% +5.19%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £15.50 £37.25
% change year-on-year +16.12% -58.38%  

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 269 394 441
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 9.11% 10.45% 12.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 226 262 313
Median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £258 £260 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £594 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 9 25
Median hourly rate £13.00 £37.50 £15.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -65.33% +137.79%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £28.00 £21.55
% change year-on-year -10.71% +29.93%  

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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 3 months to 28 June 2017.

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 3 months to 28 June 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 -5 40 £353 -6.00% 35
Cheshire +10 22 £535 +21.59% 10
Merseyside +4 11 £351 +9.82% 8
Lancashire +2 4 £535 +103.80% 2
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England

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 (53.59%) Agile Software Development
2 61 (39.87%) Test Automation
3 37 (24.18%) Java
4 36 (23.53%) Selenium
5 34 (22.22%) JavaScript
5 34 (22.22%) Continuous Integration
6 33 (21.57%) .NET
7 32 (20.92%) SQL
8 30 (19.61%) CSS
8 30 (19.61%) Git (software)
9 29 (18.95%) JIRA
10 28 (18.30%) TDD
11 24 (15.69%) C#
11 24 (15.69%) Jenkins
12 22 (14.38%) Unit Testing
12 22 (14.38%) Scrum
13 21 (13.73%) ASP.NET
13 21 (13.73%) MVC
13 21 (13.73%) jQuery
13 21 (13.73%) Sass
14 20 (13.07%) Finance
15 19 (12.42%) Project Management
15 19 (12.42%) WebDriver
15 19 (12.42%) ASP.NET MVC
16 18 (11.76%) DevOps
17 16 (10.46%) SMACSS
17 16 (10.46%) Progressive Enhancement
17 16 (10.46%) Configuration Management
17 16 (10.46%) Linux
17 16 (10.46%) 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 (6.54%) Confluence
2 6 (3.92%) CMS
2 6 (3.92%) nginx
3 4 (2.61%) SharePoint
4 3 (1.96%) Sitecore CMS
5 2 (1.31%) SAS
5 2 (1.31%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.65%) CICS
6 1 (0.65%) Documentum
6 1 (0.65%) Drupal
6 1 (0.65%) EPiServer
6 1 (0.65%) OpenROAD
Applications
1 6 (3.92%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (2.61%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (2.61%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.65%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.65%) Magento
1 1 (0.65%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 13 (8.50%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (6.54%) GitHub
3 6 (3.92%) Slack
4 4 (2.61%) AWS CloudFormation
5 2 (1.31%) Amazon CloudSearch
5 2 (1.31%) Amazon EC2
5 2 (1.31%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
5 2 (1.31%) AWS Lambda
5 2 (1.31%) Azure Active Directory
5 2 (1.31%) BrowserStack
5 2 (1.31%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (1.31%) IaaS
5 2 (1.31%) Microsoft Azure
5 2 (1.31%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 1 (0.65%) Office 365
6 1 (0.65%) SaaS
6 1 (0.65%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 6 (3.92%) HTTP
2 3 (1.96%) DHCP
2 3 (1.96%) DNS
2 3 (1.96%) Firewall
2 3 (1.96%) Internet
2 3 (1.96%) Network Security
2 3 (1.96%) RTSP
3 2 (1.31%) NAS
3 2 (1.31%) SAN
4 1 (0.65%) FTP
4 1 (0.65%) LDAP
4 1 (0.65%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (9.80%) MongoDB
2 8 (5.23%) MySQL
2 8 (5.23%) SQL Server
2 8 (5.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 6 (3.92%) Apache Cassandra
4 5 (3.27%) PostgreSQL
5 4 (2.61%) Amazon RDS
5 4 (2.61%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (1.96%) Big Data
7 2 (1.31%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 2 (1.31%) EDMS
7 2 (1.31%) Redis
7 2 (1.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.65%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (0.65%) Data Lake
8 1 (0.65%) DB2
8 1 (0.65%) EDRMS
8 1 (0.65%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.65%) Ingres
8 1 (0.65%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 36 (23.53%) Selenium
2 30 (19.61%) Git (software)
3 29 (18.95%) JIRA
4 24 (15.69%) Jenkins
5 19 (12.42%) WebDriver
6 14 (9.15%) gulp
7 11 (7.19%) Cucumber
8 7 (4.58%) Grunt
9 6 (3.92%) SonarQube
9 6 (3.92%) Subversion
10 5 (3.27%) Gatling
11 4 (2.61%) SpecFlow
12 3 (1.96%) Mocha
12 3 (1.96%) Octopus Deploy
12 3 (1.96%) SoapUI
12 3 (1.96%) TeamCity
12 3 (1.96%) Visual Studio
13 2 (1.31%) Bitbucket
13 2 (1.31%) Karma Test Runner
13 2 (1.31%) PhantomJS
General
1 20 (13.07%) Finance
2 7 (4.58%) Banking
3 6 (3.92%) Games
3 6 (3.92%) Manufacturing
4 4 (2.61%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.96%) Financial Institution
6 2 (1.31%) Corporate Banking
6 2 (1.31%) Retail
7 1 (0.65%) Automotive
7 1 (0.65%) Front Office
7 1 (0.65%) Legal
7 1 (0.65%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.65%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 41 (26.80%) Developer
2 20 (13.07%) Analyst
3 19 (12.42%) Tester
4 14 (9.15%) QA Engineer
5 12 (7.84%) Project Manager
6 10 (6.54%) .NET Developer
6 10 (6.54%) QA Tester
7 9 (5.88%) C# Developer
7 9 (5.88%) DevOps Engineer
7 9 (5.88%) QA Automation Engineer
7 9 (5.88%) Test Analyst
8 8 (5.23%) C# .NET Developer
8 8 (5.23%) Software Developer
9 7 (4.58%) Automation Engineer
10 6 (3.92%) Automation Tester
10 6 (3.92%) DBA
10 6 (3.92%) QA Analyst
10 6 (3.92%) Senior DevOps
10 6 (3.92%) Senior DevOps Engineer
10 6 (3.92%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (21.57%) .NET
2 30 (19.61%) CSS
3 21 (13.73%) ASP.NET
3 21 (13.73%) jQuery
3 21 (13.73%) Sass
4 19 (12.42%) ASP.NET MVC
5 14 (9.15%) .NET Core
6 12 (7.84%) Web Services
6 12 (7.84%) XML
7 11 (7.19%) HTML
8 9 (5.88%) Node.js
9 8 (5.23%) HTML5
10 6 (3.92%) JSON
10 6 (3.92%) LEMP Stack
11 5 (3.27%) AngularJS
11 5 (3.27%) LESS
11 5 (3.27%) RESTful
12 4 (2.61%) .NET Framework
12 4 (2.61%) REST
13 3 (1.96%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 10 (6.54%) User Experience
2 7 (4.58%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (3.92%) Clustering
4 5 (3.27%) Mobile App
4 5 (3.27%) Smartphone
5 4 (2.61%) Data Structures
6 3 (1.96%) iPad
6 3 (1.96%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.31%) Computer Science
7 2 (1.31%) Mainframe
7 2 (1.31%) PMI
8 1 (0.65%) CMDB
8 1 (0.65%) Credit Risk
8 1 (0.65%) Digital Media
8 1 (0.65%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.65%) FMCG
8 1 (0.65%) Learning Management System
8 1 (0.65%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (0.65%) OTC Derivatives
8 1 (0.65%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 16 (10.46%) Linux
2 6 (3.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 4 (2.61%) Android
3 4 (2.61%) Unix
4 3 (1.96%) CentOS
4 3 (1.96%) Windows
5 1 (0.65%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.65%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 82 (53.59%) Agile Software Development
2 61 (39.87%) Test Automation
3 34 (22.22%) Continuous Integration
4 28 (18.30%) TDD
5 22 (14.38%) Scrum
5 22 (14.38%) Unit Testing
6 21 (13.73%) MVC
7 19 (12.42%) Project Management
8 18 (11.76%) DevOps
9 16 (10.46%) Configuration Management
9 16 (10.46%) Migration
9 16 (10.46%) Progressive Enhancement
9 16 (10.46%) SMACSS
10 15 (9.80%) BDD
10 15 (9.80%) QA Automation
10 15 (9.80%) User Acceptance Testing
11 14 (9.15%) Refactoring
12 13 (8.50%) Kanban
12 13 (8.50%) Stakeholder Management
13 12 (7.84%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 37 (24.18%) Java
2 34 (22.22%) JavaScript
3 32 (20.92%) SQL
4 24 (15.69%) C#
5 11 (7.19%) PL/SQL
6 9 (5.88%) Python
7 7 (4.58%) Shell Script
8 6 (3.92%) Bash Shell
9 5 (3.27%) Ruby
10 2 (1.31%) PHP
10 2 (1.31%) PowerShell
10 2 (1.31%) TypeScript
11 1 (0.65%) ANSI SQL
11 1 (0.65%) COBOL
11 1 (0.65%) ES6
11 1 (0.65%) Scala
11 1 (0.65%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.65%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.65%) VBA
11 1 (0.65%) X++
Qualifications
1 5 (3.27%) ISEB
2 3 (1.96%) Degree
2 3 (1.96%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
3 2 (1.31%) Computer Science Degree
3 2 (1.31%) PMI Certification
3 2 (1.31%) SC Cleared
3 2 (1.31%) Security Cleared
4 1 (0.65%) CISSP
4 1 (0.65%) ISSAP
4 1 (0.65%) ISTQB
4 1 (0.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (0.65%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 1 (0.65%) SAS Certification
4 1 (0.65%) Six Sigma Black Belt
4 1 (0.65%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.61%) ISO 9001
2 2 (1.31%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.31%) PMO
2 2 (1.31%) SLA
3 1 (0.65%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 1 (0.65%) Dodd-Frank
3 1 (0.65%) EMIR
3 1 (0.65%) GDPR
3 1 (0.65%) GMP
3 1 (0.65%) ISO 13485
3 1 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 9 (5.88%) Docker
2 6 (3.92%) Xen
3 2 (1.31%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.65%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 9 (5.88%) Puppet
2 6 (3.92%) Kubernetes
2 6 (3.92%) Opscode Chef
2 6 (3.92%) Rancher
3 3 (1.96%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.65%) SCCM
Vendors
1 9 (5.88%) Microsoft
2 5 (3.27%) PayPal
2 5 (3.27%) SAP
3 4 (2.61%) CheckPoint
3 4 (2.61%) Ericsson
3 4 (2.61%) Oracle
4 3 (1.96%) HP
4 3 (1.96%) Red Hat
4 3 (1.96%) RightScale
4 3 (1.96%) Sitecore
5 2 (1.31%) Remedy
6 1 (0.65%) CA
6 1 (0.65%) Cognos
6 1 (0.65%) Google
6 1 (0.65%) Informatica
6 1 (0.65%) Kofax
6 1 (0.65%) Minitab
6 1 (0.65%) Tableau
6 1 (0.65%) Talend
6 1 (0.65%) Xamarin
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