Period
to 17 August 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 17 August 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
17 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 76 74 74
Rank change year-on-year -2 0 -28
Contract jobs citing QA 167 155 192
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.72% 2.70% 2.55%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 28.40% 28.44% 26.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 118 134 111
North West median daily rate £425 £394 £381
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.94% +3.48% +2.84%
10th Percentile £275 £231 £256
90th Percentile £591 £615 £513
England median daily rate £450 £438 £410
% change year-on-year +2.86% +6.71% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 0 1
North West median hourly rate £15.25 - £37.50
10th Percentile £15.00 - £33.75
90th Percentile £45.00 - £41.25
England median hourly rate £30.00 £18.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +66.67% -20.00% +4.65%

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 588 545 734
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 9.58% 9.48% 9.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 353 346 435
North West median daily rate £413 £390 £397
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.77% -1.64% +2.32%
10th Percentile £213 £225 £250
90th Percentile £606 £575 £575
England median daily rate £450 £450 £420
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 20 26
North West median hourly rate £28.19 £19.06 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +47.90% -43.94% +57.12%
10th Percentile £12.20 £8.77 £10.22
90th Percentile £67.50 £44.48 £84.38
England median hourly rate £23.25 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +16.25% -11.11% +5.52%

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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 17 August 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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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in the North West over the 6 months to 17 August 2018.

Contractor 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 17 August 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 -25 89 £406 +11.30% 73
Lancashire +5 29 £505 -17.21% 7
Cheshire -14 27 £325 -32.47% 20
Merseyside +16 17 £350 -6.67% 8
Cumbria - 3 £586 -
QA
England

For the 6 months to 17 August 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 83 (49.70%) Agile Software Development
2 67 (40.12%) Test Automation
3 55 (32.93%) Java
4 53 (31.74%) BDD
5 50 (29.94%) Selenium
6 42 (25.15%) TDD
7 41 (24.55%) JIRA
8 38 (22.75%) Scrum
9 33 (19.76%) Finance
10 24 (14.37%) DevOps
11 23 (13.77%) Analytical Skills
11 23 (13.77%) SQL
12 22 (13.17%) Web Services
12 22 (13.17%) Problem-Solving
13 21 (12.57%) C#
13 21 (12.57%) Jenkins
13 21 (12.57%) Performance Testing
14 20 (11.98%) Kanban
14 20 (11.98%) SDLC
14 20 (11.98%) .NET
14 20 (11.98%) Microsoft
15 19 (11.38%) JavaScript
15 19 (11.38%) PostgreSQL
16 17 (10.18%) Linux
16 17 (10.18%) Stakeholder Management
16 17 (10.18%) Management Information System
17 16 (9.58%) Pair Programming
17 16 (9.58%) JMeter
17 16 (9.58%) Python
17 16 (9.58%) ITIL

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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 8 (4.79%) CMS
2 6 (3.59%) SAS
2 6 (3.59%) SharePoint
3 5 (2.99%) Confluence
3 5 (2.99%) Drupal
4 3 (1.80%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 3 (1.80%) Tomcat
5 2 (1.20%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.60%) IIS
6 1 (0.60%) MS Exchange
6 1 (0.60%) MTS
6 1 (0.60%) Orchard CMS
Applications
1 5 (2.99%) Microsoft Excel
1 5 (2.99%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.20%) Microsoft Project
2 2 (1.20%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.60%) InDesign
3 1 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.60%) Photoshop
3 1 (0.60%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (2.40%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.80%) SAP FI
3 2 (1.20%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 11 (6.59%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (4.79%) GitHub
3 5 (2.99%) Google Analytics
4 4 (2.40%) BrowserStack
5 2 (1.20%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (1.20%) Office 365
6 1 (0.60%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.60%) BlazeMeter
6 1 (0.60%) IaaS
6 1 (0.60%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.20%) BGP
1 2 (1.20%) HTTP
1 2 (1.20%) IPFIX
1 2 (1.20%) Junos
1 2 (1.20%) MPLS
1 2 (1.20%) MRTG
1 2 (1.20%) OSPF
1 2 (1.20%) RTP
1 2 (1.20%) SMS
1 2 (1.20%) SNMP
1 2 (1.20%) TACACS
1 2 (1.20%) VPN
2 1 (0.60%) AMQP
2 1 (0.60%) FTP
2 1 (0.60%) MQTT
2 1 (0.60%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (11.38%) PostgreSQL
2 11 (6.59%) Big Data
3 7 (4.19%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (4.19%) Hadoop
3 7 (4.19%) HBase
3 7 (4.19%) MongoDB
4 6 (3.59%) Apache Hive
4 6 (3.59%) BusinessObjects
4 6 (3.59%) Data Lake
4 6 (3.59%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
4 6 (3.59%) Pentaho
5 5 (2.99%) SQL Server
6 4 (2.40%) Azure SQL Database
7 3 (1.80%) MySQL
7 3 (1.80%) RDBMS
7 3 (1.80%) Relational Database
8 2 (1.20%) NoSQL
8 2 (1.20%) SQLite
9 1 (0.60%) Apache Cassandra
9 1 (0.60%) Redis
Development Applications
1 50 (29.94%) Selenium
2 41 (24.55%) JIRA
3 21 (12.57%) Jenkins
4 16 (9.58%) Cucumber
4 16 (9.58%) Git (software)
4 16 (9.58%) JMeter
5 12 (7.19%) Gatling
6 8 (4.79%) Octopus Deploy
6 8 (4.79%) SpecFlow
6 8 (4.79%) TeamCity
6 8 (4.79%) The Grinder
7 7 (4.19%) WebDriver
8 6 (3.59%) ERwin
8 6 (3.59%) GitLab
9 5 (2.99%) PyCharm
10 4 (2.40%) Eclipse
10 4 (2.40%) Travis CI
11 3 (1.80%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 3 (1.80%) Jasmine
11 3 (1.80%) JUnit
General
1 33 (19.76%) Finance
2 9 (5.39%) Telecoms
3 7 (4.19%) Banking
4 6 (3.59%) Legal
4 6 (3.59%) Manufacturing
5 5 (2.99%) Retail Banking
6 4 (2.40%) Electronics
6 4 (2.40%) Marketing
6 4 (2.40%) Retail
7 3 (1.80%) Pharmaceutical
8 2 (1.20%) Multimedia
9 1 (0.60%) Automotive
9 1 (0.60%) Billing
9 1 (0.60%) Games
9 1 (0.60%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.60%) Law
9 1 (0.60%) Local Government
9 1 (0.60%) Military
Job Titles
1 31 (18.56%) Developer
2 28 (16.77%) Analyst
3 18 (10.78%) Tester
4 17 (10.18%) QA Engineer
5 14 (8.38%) Java Developer
5 14 (8.38%) Test Analyst
6 12 (7.19%) Project Manager
7 11 (6.59%) Architect
7 11 (6.59%) QA Tester
8 10 (5.99%) DevOps Engineer
9 8 (4.79%) .NET Developer
9 8 (4.79%) Automation Tester
9 8 (4.79%) Consultant
10 6 (3.59%) Automation Engineer
10 6 (3.59%) Data Architect
11 5 (2.99%) IT Analyst
11 5 (2.99%) Python Developer
12 4 (2.40%) Senior QA Engineer
12 4 (2.40%) Web Manager
12 4 (2.40%) Web Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (13.17%) Web Services
2 20 (11.98%) .NET
3 12 (7.19%) Spring Boot
4 7 (4.19%) RESTful
4 7 (4.19%) XML
5 6 (3.59%) REST
6 5 (2.99%) LDAP
6 5 (2.99%) Spring
6 5 (2.99%) Spring Security
7 4 (2.40%) CSS
7 4 (2.40%) Drools
7 4 (2.40%) J2EE
7 4 (2.40%) JSON
8 3 (1.80%) HTML
8 3 (1.80%) jQuery
8 3 (1.80%) SOAP
8 3 (1.80%) Thymeleaf
8 3 (1.80%) WebdriverIO
9 2 (1.20%) ASP.NET
9 2 (1.20%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 23 (13.77%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (10.18%) Management Information System
3 16 (9.58%) User Experience
4 12 (7.19%) Self-Motivation
5 11 (6.59%) Data Structures
6 8 (4.79%) Wiki
7 7 (4.19%) Algorithms
7 7 (4.19%) Linux Command Line
7 7 (4.19%) Mobile App
8 6 (3.59%) Enterprise Software
8 6 (3.59%) Web 2.0
9 4 (2.40%) Blog
9 4 (2.40%) CMDB
10 2 (1.20%) Virtual Team
11 1 (0.60%) Data Centre
11 1 (0.60%) IVR
11 1 (0.60%) Minimum Viable Product
11 1 (0.60%) Photography
11 1 (0.60%) RIA
11 1 (0.60%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 17 (10.18%) Linux
2 12 (7.19%) Windows
3 9 (5.39%) Unix
4 5 (2.99%) Android
4 5 (2.99%) Apple iOS
5 3 (1.80%) CentOS
6 2 (1.20%) Debian
6 2 (1.20%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.60%) Kali Linux
7 1 (0.60%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (49.70%) Agile Software Development
2 67 (40.12%) Test Automation
3 53 (31.74%) BDD
4 42 (25.15%) TDD
5 38 (22.75%) Scrum
6 24 (14.37%) DevOps
7 22 (13.17%) Problem-Solving
8 21 (12.57%) Performance Testing
9 20 (11.98%) Kanban
9 20 (11.98%) SDLC
10 17 (10.18%) Stakeholder Management
11 16 (9.58%) Continuous Integration
11 16 (9.58%) ITIL
11 16 (9.58%) Pair Programming
12 15 (8.98%) Refactoring
13 14 (8.38%) Software Engineering
14 13 (7.78%) Analytics
14 13 (7.78%) Business Intelligence
14 13 (7.78%) Decision-Making
14 13 (7.78%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 55 (32.93%) Java
2 23 (13.77%) SQL
3 21 (12.57%) C#
4 19 (11.38%) JavaScript
5 16 (9.58%) Python
6 10 (5.99%) Java 8
7 6 (3.59%) Shell Script
8 5 (2.99%) Go
9 4 (2.40%) PowerShell
9 4 (2.40%) Ruby
10 3 (1.80%) Java 9
10 3 (1.80%) PHP
10 3 (1.80%) Scala
11 2 (1.20%) Bourne shell
11 2 (1.20%) Perl
11 2 (1.20%) VBScript
11 2 (1.20%) XPath
12 1 (0.60%) STATISTICA Visual Basic
12 1 (0.60%) VB
12 1 (0.60%) VBA
Qualifications
1 7 (4.19%) ISEB
2 6 (3.59%) Security Cleared
3 5 (2.99%) SC Cleared
4 4 (2.40%) Degree
4 4 (2.40%) ISTQB
5 3 (1.80%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (1.80%) DBS Check
6 1 (0.60%) Chartered Engineer
6 1 (0.60%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (0.60%) PhD
6 1 (0.60%) Siebel Certification
6 1 (0.60%) Six Sigma Black Belt
6 1 (0.60%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.19%) Data Quality
2 5 (2.99%) SLA
3 3 (1.80%) PMO
3 3 (1.80%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 3 (1.80%) WCAG
4 1 (0.60%) COBIT
4 1 (0.60%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.60%) GLP
4 1 (0.60%) ISO 13485
4 1 (0.60%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.60%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.60%) TickIT
System Software
1 7 (4.19%) Docker
2 6 (3.59%) Active Directory
3 3 (1.80%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (1.20%) KVM
5 1 (0.60%) Apache Flume
5 1 (0.60%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.60%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.60%) Varnish
5 1 (0.60%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (0.60%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 11 (6.59%) Puppet
2 9 (5.39%) Ansible
3 8 (4.79%) Opscode Chef
4 6 (3.59%) Single Sign-On
5 5 (2.99%) Kubernetes
6 3 (1.80%) Kibana
7 2 (1.20%) Cacti
7 2 (1.20%) collectd
7 2 (1.20%) Grafana
7 2 (1.20%) Graphite
7 2 (1.20%) Icinga
7 2 (1.20%) logstash
7 2 (1.20%) Nagios
7 2 (1.20%) Netcool
7 2 (1.20%) Observium
7 2 (1.20%) OpenNMS
7 2 (1.20%) Prometheus
7 2 (1.20%) Salt
7 2 (1.20%) ZABBIX
8 1 (0.60%) Terraform
Vendors
1 20 (11.98%) Microsoft
2 9 (5.39%) Oracle
2 9 (5.39%) SAP
3 7 (4.19%) Informatica
4 6 (3.59%) Atlassian
4 6 (3.59%) CA
4 6 (3.59%) Google
4 6 (3.59%) Tableau
5 5 (2.99%) ServiceNow
6 4 (2.40%) Adobe
6 4 (2.40%) Siebel
6 4 (2.40%) VMware
6 4 (2.40%) Xamarin
7 3 (1.80%) Red Hat
7 3 (1.80%) Splunk
7 3 (1.80%) TIBCO
8 2 (1.20%) CheckPoint
8 2 (1.20%) Cisco
8 2 (1.20%) Ericsson
8 2 (1.20%) Juniper