The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in West Yorkshire 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 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)
Yorkshire / West Yorkshire
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 61 73 44
Rank change year-on-year +12 -29  
Contract jobs citing QA 39 50 93
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in West Yorkshire 2.77% 2.44% 4.41%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 22.54% 22.42% 35.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 36 82
Median daily rate £420 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £338 £320 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £558 £481 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +2.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Median hourly rate - £15.50 £175.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -91.14%  
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 West Yorkshire with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
West Yorkshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 173 223 263
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in West Yorkshire 12.27% 10.87% 12.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 87 143 213
Median daily rate £403 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.62% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £217 £224
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £565 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 8 7
Median hourly rate £11.18 £15.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.46% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £10.81 £10.71
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £62.20 £175.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £28.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -10.71% +12.00%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in West Yorkshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in West Yorkshire 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 West Yorkshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in West Yorkshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA in West Yorkshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in West Yorkshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA in West Yorkshire over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA in West Yorkshire

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in West Yorkshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA in West Yorkshire

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Contract Job Locations in West Yorkshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the West Yorkshire region over the 3 months to 24 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
Leeds +21 35 £420 +10.52% 11
Bradford +6 3 £575 +58.62% 2
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Yorkshire

For the 6 months to 24 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 West Yorkshire region with a requirement for QA.

1 40 (51.95%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (41.56%) Test Automation
3 27 (35.06%) Java
4 19 (24.68%) Selenium
5 16 (20.78%) JIRA
5 16 (20.78%) Open Source
6 15 (19.48%) Test Scripting
6 15 (19.48%) Groovy
7 14 (18.18%) SQL
8 13 (16.88%) TDD
8 13 (16.88%) Scrum
8 13 (16.88%) Performance Testing
8 13 (16.88%) SoapUI
9 12 (15.58%) Continuous Improvement
9 12 (15.58%) Migration
9 12 (15.58%) Python
10 11 (14.29%) Finance
10 11 (14.29%) Jenkins
10 11 (14.29%) User Stories
10 11 (14.29%) BDD
10 11 (14.29%) Waterfall
10 11 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
10 11 (14.29%) Test Management
11 10 (12.99%) Kanban
11 10 (12.99%) Defect Management
12 9 (11.69%) Integration Testing
12 9 (11.69%) User Acceptance Testing
12 9 (11.69%) Software Engineering
12 9 (11.69%) Visual Studio
12 9 (11.69%) Web Services

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Co-occurring IT Skills in West Yorkshire 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 5 (6.49%) Confluence
2 2 (2.60%) nginx
2 2 (2.60%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.30%) OpenStack
Applications
1 1 (1.30%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (1.30%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (2.60%) SAP MDG
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.60%) Office 365
1 2 (2.60%) SaaS
1 2 (2.60%) Slack
2 1 (1.30%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.30%) GitHub
2 1 (1.30%) IaaS
2 1 (1.30%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (6.49%) Firewall
2 2 (2.60%) HTTP
3 1 (1.30%) Network Security
3 1 (1.30%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (10.39%) MySQL
2 7 (9.09%) CouchDB
2 7 (9.09%) MongoDB
3 4 (5.19%) Couchbase
3 4 (5.19%) Relational Database
4 3 (3.90%) Apache Cassandra
4 3 (3.90%) SQL Server
4 3 (3.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (2.60%) Big Data
5 2 (2.60%) NoSQL
5 2 (2.60%) RDBMS
5 2 (2.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (2.60%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 19 (24.68%) Selenium
2 16 (20.78%) JIRA
3 13 (16.88%) SoapUI
4 11 (14.29%) Jenkins
5 9 (11.69%) Visual Studio
6 7 (9.09%) Team Foundation Server
7 6 (7.79%) Cucumber
7 6 (7.79%) Git (software)
7 6 (7.79%) WebDriver
8 4 (5.19%) Appium
9 3 (3.90%) Hudson
10 2 (2.60%) FitNesse
10 2 (2.60%) JMeter
10 2 (2.60%) JUnit
10 2 (2.60%) LoadRunner
10 2 (2.60%) Mercurial
10 2 (2.60%) SonarQube
10 2 (2.60%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 2 (2.60%) TeamCity
10 2 (2.60%) Toad
General
1 11 (14.29%) Finance
2 5 (6.49%) Banking
3 3 (3.90%) Games
3 3 (3.90%) Retail
4 2 (2.60%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.30%) Legal
5 1 (1.30%) Polish Language
5 1 (1.30%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 21 (27.27%) Analyst
2 16 (20.78%) Tester
3 11 (14.29%) Test Analyst
4 8 (10.39%) Automation Tester
4 8 (10.39%) Developer
4 8 (10.39%) Java Developer
5 6 (7.79%) Architect
5 6 (7.79%) Automation Test Analyst
5 6 (7.79%) PMO Analyst
5 6 (7.79%) QA Engineer
6 4 (5.19%) MongoDB Developer
6 4 (5.19%) QA Tester
6 4 (5.19%) SAP Manager
7 3 (3.90%) DevOps Engineer
7 3 (3.90%) QA Test Engineer
7 3 (3.90%) SAP Test Manager
7 3 (3.90%) Selenium Tester
7 3 (3.90%) SQL Analyst
7 3 (3.90%) Test Consultant
7 3 (3.90%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (11.69%) Web Services
2 8 (10.39%) SOAP
3 7 (9.09%) Grails
3 7 (9.09%) Hibernate
3 7 (9.09%) Spring
4 6 (7.79%) Gherkin
4 6 (7.79%) HTML
5 4 (5.19%) Node.js
5 4 (5.19%) RESTful
6 2 (2.60%) Apache CXF
6 2 (2.60%) IDoc
6 2 (2.60%) REST
6 2 (2.60%) Web Dynpro
6 2 (2.60%) XML
7 1 (1.30%) AngularJS
7 1 (1.30%) React
Miscellaneous
1 4 (5.19%) Mobile App
2 3 (3.90%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (3.90%) Management Information System
2 3 (3.90%) User Experience
3 2 (2.60%) Clustering
3 2 (2.60%) iPad
4 1 (1.30%) Client/Server
4 1 (1.30%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 3 (3.90%) Android
1 3 (3.90%) Apple iOS
1 3 (3.90%) Linux
1 3 (3.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 2 (2.60%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (51.95%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (41.56%) Test Automation
3 16 (20.78%) Open Source
4 15 (19.48%) Test Scripting
5 13 (16.88%) Performance Testing
5 13 (16.88%) Scrum
5 13 (16.88%) TDD
6 12 (15.58%) Continuous Improvement
6 12 (15.58%) Migration
7 11 (14.29%) BDD
7 11 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
7 11 (14.29%) Test Management
7 11 (14.29%) User Stories
7 11 (14.29%) Waterfall
8 10 (12.99%) Defect Management
8 10 (12.99%) Kanban
9 9 (11.69%) Integration Testing
9 9 (11.69%) Software Engineering
9 9 (11.69%) User Acceptance Testing
10 8 (10.39%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 27 (35.06%) Java
2 15 (19.48%) Groovy
3 14 (18.18%) SQL
4 12 (15.58%) Python
5 7 (9.09%) Perl
6 6 (7.79%) Scala
7 4 (5.19%) Shell Script
7 4 (5.19%) T-SQL
8 3 (3.90%) JavaScript
9 2 (2.60%) ABAP
9 2 (2.60%) Bash Shell
9 2 (2.60%) PHP
9 2 (2.60%) Progress 4GL
10 1 (1.30%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 4 (5.19%) ISEB
2 3 (3.90%) ISTQB
3 2 (2.60%) Security Cleared
4 1 (1.30%) AWS Certification
4 1 (1.30%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (1.30%) CCDP
4 1 (1.30%) CCNP
4 1 (1.30%) Chartered Engineer
4 1 (1.30%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (1.30%) CISM
4 1 (1.30%) CISSP
4 1 (1.30%) CTC Cleared
4 1 (1.30%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (1.30%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (7.79%) PMO
2 2 (2.60%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.30%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.30%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 3 (3.90%) Docker
2 1 (1.30%) Hyper-V
2 1 (1.30%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 4 (5.19%) Puppet
2 3 (3.90%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (3.90%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (2.60%) Kubernetes
3 2 (2.60%) Rancher
4 1 (1.30%) Ansible
4 1 (1.30%) Cobbler
4 1 (1.30%) Terraform
Vendors
1 8 (10.39%) Microsoft
2 6 (7.79%) SAP
3 3 (3.90%) HP
3 3 (3.90%) Oracle
3 3 (3.90%) Progress
4 2 (2.60%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.30%) Cisco
5 1 (1.30%) Red Hat
5 1 (1.30%) Splunk
5 1 (1.30%) VMware