The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Northamptonshire 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 23 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)
East Midlands / Northamptonshire
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 37 29 33
Rank change year-on-year -8 +4  
Contract jobs citing QA 6 15 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northamptonshire 1.64% 3.87% 2.76%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 13.04% 28.30% 23.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 11 10
Median daily rate £413 £425 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.94% -15.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £390 £400 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £425 £508
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +1.33% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £15.50 £37.25
% change year-on-year +38.70% -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 Northamptonshire with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Northamptonshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 46 53 43
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Northamptonshire 12.57% 13.66% 11.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 32 32
Median daily rate £425 £425 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -5.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £340 £340 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £486 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 2
Median hourly rate - £54.50 £16.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +223.92%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £28.25 £24.75
% change year-on-year -11.50% +14.14%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Northamptonshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Northamptonshire 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 Northamptonshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Northamptonshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing QA in Northamptonshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Northamptonshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Northamptonshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in Northamptonshire over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in Northamptonshire

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Northamptonshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA in Northamptonshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in Northamptonshire

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Contract Job Locations in Northamptonshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the Northamptonshire region over the 3 months to 23 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
Northampton +5 4 £413 - 1
QA
East Midlands

For the 6 months to 23 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 Northamptonshire region with a requirement for QA.

1 4 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (30.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (30.00%) Mentoring
3 2 (20.00%) PMO
3 2 (20.00%) E-Commerce
3 2 (20.00%) PRINCE2
3 2 (20.00%) Internet
3 2 (20.00%) Project Management
3 2 (20.00%) Data Analysis
3 2 (20.00%) Waterfall
3 2 (20.00%) Software Testing
4 1 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (10.00%) Data Protection Act
4 1 (10.00%) Selenium
4 1 (10.00%) Use Case
4 1 (10.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (10.00%) Performance Testing
4 1 (10.00%) Test Scripting
4 1 (10.00%) Continuous Integration
4 1 (10.00%) Data Protection
4 1 (10.00%) SC Cleared
4 1 (10.00%) DV Cleared
4 1 (10.00%) Security Cleared
4 1 (10.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (10.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (10.00%) NAS
4 1 (10.00%) Test Automation
4 1 (10.00%) MongoDB
4 1 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (10.00%) Test Strategy

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Northamptonshire 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 1 (10.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 1 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2003
1 1 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2010
1 1 (10.00%) MS Exchange
Communications & Networking
1 2 (20.00%) Internet
2 1 (10.00%) Firewall
2 1 (10.00%) NAS
2 1 (10.00%) SAN
2 1 (10.00%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (10.00%) MongoDB
1 1 (10.00%) MySQL
1 1 (10.00%) Oracle Database
1 1 (10.00%) SQL Server
1 1 (10.00%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 1 (10.00%) Jenkins
1 1 (10.00%) Selenium
General
1 1 (10.00%) Finance
1 1 (10.00%) Publishing
1 1 (10.00%) Retail
Job Titles
1 2 (20.00%) Build Manager
1 2 (20.00%) Deployment Manager
1 2 (20.00%) Environment Manager
1 2 (20.00%) IT Manager
1 2 (20.00%) Tester
2 1 (10.00%) Architect
2 1 (10.00%) Automation Architect
2 1 (10.00%) DBA
2 1 (10.00%) Exchange Specialist
2 1 (10.00%) Functional Tester
2 1 (10.00%) Messaging Specialist
2 1 (10.00%) Performance Tester
2 1 (10.00%) PMO Manager
2 1 (10.00%) PMO Officer
2 1 (10.00%) Senior PMO
2 1 (10.00%) SQL DBA
2 1 (10.00%) Support Officer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (10.00%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 1 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (10.00%) CESG
1 1 (10.00%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 1 (10.00%) Linux
1 1 (10.00%) Unix
1 1 (10.00%) Windows
1 1 (10.00%) Windows Server
1 1 (10.00%) Windows Server 2003
1 1 (10.00%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (30.00%) Mentoring
3 2 (20.00%) Data Analysis
3 2 (20.00%) E-Commerce
3 2 (20.00%) PRINCE2
3 2 (20.00%) Project Management
3 2 (20.00%) Software Testing
3 2 (20.00%) Waterfall
4 1 (10.00%) Bug Management
4 1 (10.00%) Continuous Integration
4 1 (10.00%) Cryptography
4 1 (10.00%) Data Protection
4 1 (10.00%) Functional Testing
4 1 (10.00%) Performance Testing
4 1 (10.00%) Scrum
4 1 (10.00%) Software Engineering
4 1 (10.00%) Test Scripting
4 1 (10.00%) Test Strategy
4 1 (10.00%) Use Case
4 1 (10.00%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (10.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (10.00%) DBS Check
1 1 (10.00%) DV Cleared
1 1 (10.00%) SC Cleared
1 1 (10.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (20.00%) PMO
2 1 (10.00%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (10.00%) Docker
1 1 (10.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 3 (30.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (10.00%) Citrix
2 1 (10.00%) Oracle
2 1 (10.00%) VMware