The table below looks at the statistics for QA skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 28 May 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
28 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 74 61 55
Rank change year-on-year
-13 -6
Contract jobs citing QA 49 54 45
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.93% 2.29% 2.67%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 31.41% 31.76% 42.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 27 27
Average daily rate
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£350 £381 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.19% +17.30%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £237 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £459 £450 £378
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 2
Average hourly rate £29.00 - £28.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.80 - £21.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.22 - £35.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.00 £21.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year
+76.74% -17.30%
QA
England

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 West Midlands region.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
156 170 105
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 6.14% 7.20% 6.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 106 63 54
Average daily rate £335 £363 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.58% +11.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £224 £182
10% offered a daily rate of more than £460 £450 £544
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 15 8
Average hourly rate £23.00 £17.30 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+32.94% +4.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.10 £13.20 £10.89
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £31.90 £58.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.55 £21.00 £18.25
% change year-on-year
+2.61% +15.06%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

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

QA Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

QA
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

QA Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

QA
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 28 May 2015.

QA Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

QA
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

QA Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

QA
Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 28 May 2015.

QA Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

QA
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 28 May 2015. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham -20 11 £400 +3.22% 10
Warwickshire +7 8 £350 -12.50% 7
Coventry +1 7 £338 +3.84% 2
Shropshire -2 7 £324 - 2
Staffordshire 0 4 £288 +53.74% 4
Worcestershire - 3 £450 - 4
Solihull +4 2 £250 +23.45%
Dudley - 1 - -
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 28 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West 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 23 (23.23%) Finance
1 23 (23.23%) Windows
2 21 (21.21%) Agile Software Development
3 20 (20.20%) Microsoft
4 18 (18.18%) Project Management
5 13 (13.13%) SQL
5 13 (13.13%) Test Scripting
5 13 (13.13%) Root Cause Analysis
6 12 (12.12%) HP
7 11 (11.11%) Oracle
8 10 (10.10%) Scrum
8 10 (10.10%) User Acceptance Testing
8 10 (10.10%) Continuous Improvement
9 9 (9.09%) Incident Management
9 9 (9.09%) Stakeholder Management
9 9 (9.09%) Java
9 9 (9.09%) JavaScript
9 9 (9.09%) Linux
9 9 (9.09%) MS Excel
9 9 (9.09%) ISEB
9 9 (9.09%) SOA
10 8 (8.08%) MS Office
10 8 (8.08%) C#
10 8 (8.08%) .NET
10 8 (8.08%) Middleware
10 8 (8.08%) Selenium
10 8 (8.08%) Security Cleared
10 8 (8.08%) Windows Server 2012
10 8 (8.08%) Analytical Skills
10 8 (8.08%) SDLC

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Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 28 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West 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 6 (6.06%) SAS
2 4 (4.04%) SharePoint
2 4 (4.04%) WebSphere
3 3 (3.03%) Oracle BPEL
3 3 (3.03%) Oracle Service Bus
4 2 (2.02%) Lotus Domino
5 1 (1.01%) Lync
5 1 (1.01%) Node.js
5 1 (1.01%) MS Project Server
5 1 (1.01%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 9 (9.09%) MS Excel
2 8 (8.08%) MS Office
3 2 (2.02%) MS Project
3 2 (2.02%) MS Visio
4 1 (1.01%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.01%) SAP Retail
1 1 (1.01%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.01%) Google Compute Engine
1 1 (1.01%) Google Cloud Platform
1 1 (1.01%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (4.04%) Intrusion Detection
2 3 (3.03%) WAN
2 3 (3.03%) LAN
3 2 (2.02%) SMS
3 2 (2.02%) FTP
3 2 (2.02%) VPN
3 2 (2.02%) DNS
4 1 (1.01%) Firewall
4 1 (1.01%) SAN
4 1 (1.01%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.04%) SQL Server
1 4 (4.04%) DB2
1 4 (4.04%) RDBMS
1 4 (4.04%) MongoDB
1 4 (4.04%) Relational Database
2 3 (3.03%) MS Access
3 1 (1.01%) Oracle Exadata
3 1 (1.01%) SAP HANA
3 1 (1.01%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.01%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (1.01%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (1.01%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.01%) SAP BW
3 1 (1.01%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (1.01%) SAP BI
3 1 (1.01%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (1.01%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (1.01%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 8 (8.08%) Selenium
2 7 (7.07%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (6.06%) Visual Studio
4 5 (5.05%) MSI
4 5 (5.05%) ClearCase
5 4 (4.04%) IntelliJ
5 4 (4.04%) LoadRunner
5 4 (4.04%) Subversion
5 4 (4.04%) TortoiseSVN
6 2 (2.02%) TestComplete
6 2 (2.02%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 1 (1.01%) Hudson
7 1 (1.01%) Juju
7 1 (1.01%) Flyway
7 1 (1.01%) Liquibase
7 1 (1.01%) Cucumber
7 1 (1.01%) CruiseControl
7 1 (1.01%) Maven
7 1 (1.01%) QuickTest Pro
7 1 (1.01%) Ant
General
1 23 (23.23%) Finance
2 5 (5.05%) Marketing
3 3 (3.03%) Electronics
4 2 (2.02%) Automotive
4 2 (2.02%) Manufacturing
4 2 (2.02%) Banking
5 1 (1.01%) Retail
Job Titles
1 28 (28.28%) Analyst
2 14 (14.14%) Developer
3 8 (8.08%) Tester
4 7 (7.07%) Test Analyst
4 7 (7.07%) Software Engineer
5 6 (6.06%) Support Analyst
5 6 (6.06%) Systems Engineer
5 6 (6.06%) Project Manager
6 5 (5.05%) Test Manager
6 5 (5.05%) Web Developer
6 5 (5.05%) Senior Analyst
6 5 (5.05%) QA Manager
7 4 (4.04%) Architect
7 4 (4.04%) Senior Support Analyst
7 4 (4.04%) QA Engineer
7 4 (4.04%) QA Analyst
7 4 (4.04%) Security Engineer
7 4 (4.04%) Campaign Analyst
7 4 (4.04%) Incident Analyst
7 4 (4.04%) Senior Incident Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (8.08%) .NET
1 8 (8.08%) Middleware
2 7 (7.07%) XML
3 6 (6.06%) ASP.NET
4 5 (5.05%) jQuery
4 5 (5.05%) ASP.NET MVC
5 4 (4.04%) HTML
5 4 (4.04%) WebSphere MQ
5 4 (4.04%) JSON
5 4 (4.04%) WebSphere Message Broker
5 4 (4.04%) Play Framework
6 3 (3.03%) Software Packaging
6 3 (3.03%) Oracle Fusion
6 3 (3.03%) CSS
7 2 (2.02%) WebCenter
8 1 (1.01%) Spring Batch
8 1 (1.01%) HTML5
8 1 (1.01%) Spring
8 1 (1.01%) WSDL
8 1 (1.01%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 8 (8.08%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (6.06%) Mobile App
3 4 (4.04%) Computer Science
4 3 (3.03%) Telematics
5 2 (2.02%) DataPower
6 1 (1.01%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.01%) User Experience
6 1 (1.01%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (1.01%) CMDB
6 1 (1.01%) Statistics
6 1 (1.01%) AS400
6 1 (1.01%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 23 (23.23%) Windows
2 9 (9.09%) Linux
3 8 (8.08%) Windows Server 2012
4 6 (6.06%) Windows 7
5 5 (5.05%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (5.05%) Windows Server 2003
6 4 (4.04%) Windows NT
6 4 (4.04%) UNIX
6 4 (4.04%) HPUX
6 4 (4.04%) zOS
6 4 (4.04%) Windows 2000 Server
7 3 (3.03%) Windows 8
7 3 (3.03%) Windows XP
8 1 (1.01%) Windows Phone
8 1 (1.01%) Android
8 1 (1.01%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (21.21%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (18.18%) Project Management
3 13 (13.13%) Test Scripting
3 13 (13.13%) Root Cause Analysis
4 10 (10.10%) Scrum
4 10 (10.10%) User Acceptance Testing
4 10 (10.10%) Continuous Improvement
5 9 (9.09%) Incident Management
5 9 (9.09%) Stakeholder Management
5 9 (9.09%) SOA
6 8 (8.08%) SDLC
7 7 (7.07%) Time Management
7 7 (7.07%) Performance Testing
7 7 (7.07%) MVC
7 7 (7.07%) ITIL
8 6 (6.06%) Configuration Management
8 6 (6.06%) Automated Testing
8 6 (6.06%) Unit Testing
8 6 (6.06%) Change Control
9 5 (5.05%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 13 (13.13%) SQL
2 9 (9.09%) Java
2 9 (9.09%) JavaScript
3 8 (8.08%) C#
4 4 (4.04%) Scala
5 2 (2.02%) LotusScript
6 1 (1.01%) PowerShell
6 1 (1.01%) XPath
6 1 (1.01%) Lingo
6 1 (1.01%) T-SQL
6 1 (1.01%) Perl
Qualifications
1 9 (9.09%) ISEB
2 8 (8.08%) Security Cleared
3 7 (7.07%) ISTQB
3 7 (7.07%) Degree
4 4 (4.04%) IBM Certification
4 4 (4.04%) SC Cleared
5 2 (2.02%) DV Cleared
6 1 (1.01%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 1 (1.01%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 1 (1.01%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (1.01%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.02%) P3O
2 1 (1.01%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.01%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (6.06%) Microsoft App-V
2 3 (3.03%) Active Directory
3 2 (2.02%) MetaFrame
3 2 (2.02%) XenApp
3 2 (2.02%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 1 (1.01%) vCloud
4 1 (1.01%) Docker
4 1 (1.01%) LXC
4 1 (1.01%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (7.07%) SCCM
2 6 (6.06%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (3.03%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 1 (1.01%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (1.01%) Vagrant
4 1 (1.01%) Puppet
4 1 (1.01%) Tivoli
4 1 (1.01%) OpenView
Vendors
1 20 (20.20%) Microsoft
2 12 (12.12%) HP
3 11 (11.11%) Oracle
4 5 (5.05%) Teradata
4 5 (5.05%) Aprimo
5 4 (4.04%) SAP
5 4 (4.04%) IBM
5 4 (4.04%) Salesforce.com
5 4 (4.04%) LogRhythm
6 2 (2.02%) Citrix
6 2 (2.02%) Sun
6 2 (2.02%) AppSense
6 2 (2.02%) MKS
6 2 (2.02%) Lotus
6 2 (2.02%) Infor
7 1 (1.01%) Tableau
7 1 (1.01%) SOASTA, Inc
7 1 (1.01%) Google
7 1 (1.01%) VMware