The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 4 September 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 18 11 11
Rank change year-on-year
-7 0
Contract jobs citing QA 6 16 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the Midlands 3.17% 9.09% 6.70%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 46.15% 84.21% 86.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 2 9
Average daily rate
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- £375 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.68 £13.45 £26.25
% change year-on-year
+38.88% -48.76%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Quality Assurance & Compliance category in contract jobs advertised in the Midlands region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
13 19 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the Midlands 6.88% 10.80% 7.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 2 10
Average daily rate £455 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £295 £374
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £455 £520
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £353
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +6.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.64 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+8.20% +14.28%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in the Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA across the Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

QA Jobs Demand Trend in the Midlands

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Daily Rate Trend in the Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing QA across the Midlands region.

QA Daily Rate Trend in the Midlands

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in the Midlands

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in the Midlands

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in the Midlands

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Midlands region citing QA also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited QA.

1 4 (40.00%) Web Services
1 4 (40.00%) XML
2 3 (30.00%) E-Commerce
2 3 (30.00%) C#
2 3 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (30.00%) Software Testing
2 3 (30.00%) Selenium
2 3 (30.00%) Manual Testing
2 3 (30.00%) SoapUI
2 3 (30.00%) Mentoring
3 2 (20.00%) Test Strategy
3 2 (20.00%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (20.00%) Test Planning
3 2 (20.00%) TestPartner
3 2 (20.00%) Integration Testing
3 2 (20.00%) SAP Implementation
3 2 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 2 (20.00%) Manufacturing
3 2 (20.00%) Visual Studio
3 2 (20.00%) SAP
3 2 (20.00%) SAP PP
4 1 (10.00%) Firewall
4 1 (10.00%) SOA
4 1 (10.00%) DNS
4 1 (10.00%) OpenView
4 1 (10.00%) SAN
4 1 (10.00%) Tivoli
4 1 (10.00%) Migration
4 1 (10.00%) VMware
4 1 (10.00%) Google

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Top Related IT Skills in the Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Midlands region citing QA also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited QA. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Business Applications
1 2 (20.00%) SAP PP
Cloud Services
1 1 (10.00%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (10.00%) Google Compute Engine
1 1 (10.00%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 1 (10.00%) DNS
1 1 (10.00%) SAN
1 1 (10.00%) Firewall
Development Applications
1 3 (30.00%) Selenium
1 3 (30.00%) SoapUI
2 2 (20.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (20.00%) Visual Studio
2 2 (20.00%) TestPartner
3 1 (10.00%) Juju
General
1 2 (20.00%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 3 (30.00%) Analyst
1 3 (30.00%) Test Leader
2 2 (20.00%) Agile Test Analyst
2 2 (20.00%) Test Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Solutions Architect
3 1 (10.00%) Quality Manager
3 1 (10.00%) QA Manager
3 1 (10.00%) Infrastructure Architect
3 1 (10.00%) QA Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
3 1 (10.00%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (40.00%) Web Services
1 4 (40.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (10.00%) Enterprise Software
1 1 (10.00%) Hybrid Cloud
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
1 3 (30.00%) Software Testing
1 3 (30.00%) E-Commerce
1 3 (30.00%) Manual Testing
1 3 (30.00%) Mentoring
2 2 (20.00%) Test Strategy
2 2 (20.00%) Integration Testing
2 2 (20.00%) Test Planning
2 2 (20.00%) SAP Implementation
2 2 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 1 (10.00%) Performance Testing
3 1 (10.00%) Data Migration
3 1 (10.00%) SOA
3 1 (10.00%) Migration
3 1 (10.00%) Data Virtualisation
3 1 (10.00%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 3 (30.00%) C#
System Software
1 1 (10.00%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (10.00%) vCloud
1 1 (10.00%) Docker
1 1 (10.00%) LXC
Systems Management
1 1 (10.00%) OpenView
1 1 (10.00%) Tivoli
1 1 (10.00%) Puppet
1 1 (10.00%) Vagrant
1 1 (10.00%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 2 (20.00%) SAP
2 1 (10.00%) VMware
2 1 (10.00%) Google