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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 19 8 23
Rank change year-on-year
-11 +15
Contract jobs citing QA 6 18 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the Midlands 4.00% 8.70% 2.38%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 85.71% 78.26% 31.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 1 2
Average daily rate
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£410 £550 £495
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-25.45% +11.11%
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.42% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £16.00 £26.75
% change year-on-year
+96.50% -40.18%
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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
7 23 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the Midlands 4.67% 11.11% 7.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 11
Average daily rate £505 £375 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+34.66% +30.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £429 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £581 £515 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £365 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.10% +10.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £36.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.03 £18.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+22.36% +5.88%

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

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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 17 April 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 (50.00%) SAP
2 3 (37.50%) Integration Testing
2 3 (37.50%) Manufacturing
3 2 (25.00%) SAP SD
3 2 (25.00%) SAP Implementation
3 2 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 2 (25.00%) SOA
3 2 (25.00%) SAP PP
4 1 (12.50%) Quality Management
4 1 (12.50%) Firewall
4 1 (12.50%) Automotive
4 1 (12.50%) VMS
4 1 (12.50%) DNS
4 1 (12.50%) OpenView
4 1 (12.50%) SAN
4 1 (12.50%) Firmware
4 1 (12.50%) Web Services
4 1 (12.50%) XML
4 1 (12.50%) Java
4 1 (12.50%) Oracle
4 1 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (12.50%) Oracle Fusion
4 1 (12.50%) Smart Meter
4 1 (12.50%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (12.50%) Oracle Service Bus
4 1 (12.50%) Puppet
4 1 (12.50%) vCloud
4 1 (12.50%) Business Transformation
4 1 (12.50%) Data Virtualisation
4 1 (12.50%) Juju

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Top Related IT Skills in the Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (12.50%) Oracle BPEL
1 1 (12.50%) Oracle Service Bus
Business Applications
1 2 (25.00%) SAP SD
1 2 (25.00%) SAP PP
Cloud Services
1 1 (12.50%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (12.50%) Google Compute Engine
1 1 (12.50%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 1 (12.50%) DNS
1 1 (12.50%) SAN
1 1 (12.50%) Firewall
Development Applications
1 1 (12.50%) Juju
General
1 3 (37.50%) Manufacturing
2 1 (12.50%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 2 (25.00%) Quality Manager
2 1 (12.50%) Oracle Developer
2 1 (12.50%) SAP SD Consultant
2 1 (12.50%) SAP Consultant
2 1 (12.50%) Infrastructure Architect
2 1 (12.50%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
2 1 (12.50%) Architect
2 1 (12.50%) Developer
2 1 (12.50%) Consultant
2 1 (12.50%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (12.50%) Web Services
1 1 (12.50%) XML
1 1 (12.50%) Middleware
1 1 (12.50%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 1 (12.50%) Smart Meter
1 1 (12.50%) Enterprise Software
1 1 (12.50%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 1 (12.50%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (37.50%) Integration Testing
2 2 (25.00%) SOA
2 2 (25.00%) SAP Implementation
2 2 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 1 (12.50%) Performance Testing
3 1 (12.50%) Quality Management
3 1 (12.50%) BPEL
3 1 (12.50%) Operations Management
3 1 (12.50%) Business Transformation
3 1 (12.50%) Data Virtualisation
3 1 (12.50%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 1 (12.50%) Java
System Software
1 1 (12.50%) Firmware
1 1 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (12.50%) vCloud
1 1 (12.50%) Docker
1 1 (12.50%) LXC
Systems Management
1 1 (12.50%) OpenView
1 1 (12.50%) Tivoli
1 1 (12.50%) Puppet
1 1 (12.50%) Vagrant
1 1 (12.50%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 4 (50.00%) SAP
2 1 (12.50%) VMware
2 1 (12.50%) Google
2 1 (12.50%) Oracle