The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Preston 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)
Lancashire / Preston
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank - 18 18
Contract jobs citing QA 0 1 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Preston - 0.91% 3.85%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category - 16.67% 28.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 2
Median daily rate - £320 £244
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +31.28%  
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 Preston with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
Preston
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 5 6 14
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Preston 2.08% 5.45% 13.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 5 6
Median daily rate £425 £250 £315
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +70.00% -20.63%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 2
Median hourly rate £39.50 £12.50 £31.82
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +216.00% -60.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.00 £12.50 £19.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.90 £12.50 £44.23
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 Preston

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Preston 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 Preston

QA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Preston

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in Preston

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 Preston region with a requirement for QA.

1 2 (100.00%) SQL
2 1 (50.00%) .NET
2 1 (50.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (50.00%) Visual Studio
2 1 (50.00%) ASP.NET
2 1 (50.00%) CSS
2 1 (50.00%) XML
2 1 (50.00%) Windows
2 1 (50.00%) EDI
2 1 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (50.00%) Regression Testing
2 1 (50.00%) MVC
2 1 (50.00%) Automotive
2 1 (50.00%) Subversion
2 1 (50.00%) Release Management
2 1 (50.00%) jQuery
2 1 (50.00%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (50.00%) Process Improvement
2 1 (50.00%) Test Strategy
2 1 (50.00%) Line Management
2 1 (50.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (50.00%) Windows Server
2 1 (50.00%) C#
2 1 (50.00%) HTML

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Preston 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:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (50.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (50.00%) Subversion
1 1 (50.00%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (50.00%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 1 (50.00%) Analyst
1 1 (50.00%) Analyst Developer
1 1 (50.00%) Developer
1 1 (50.00%) Developer Analyst
1 1 (50.00%) SQL Analyst
1 1 (50.00%) SQL Developer
1 1 (50.00%) Test Manager
1 1 (50.00%) XML Analyst
1 1 (50.00%) XML Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (50.00%) .NET
1 1 (50.00%) ASP.NET
1 1 (50.00%) ASP.NET MVC
1 1 (50.00%) CSS
1 1 (50.00%) EDI
1 1 (50.00%) HTML
1 1 (50.00%) jQuery
1 1 (50.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (50.00%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 1 (50.00%) Windows
1 1 (50.00%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (50.00%) Line Management
1 1 (50.00%) MVC
1 1 (50.00%) Process Improvement
1 1 (50.00%) Regression Testing
1 1 (50.00%) Release Management
1 1 (50.00%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 2 (100.00%) SQL
2 1 (50.00%) C#
Vendors
1 1 (50.00%) Microsoft