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 1 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
1 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 72 51 78
Rank change year-on-year
-21 +27
Contract jobs citing QA 45 81 32
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.80% 3.13% 1.54%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 27.11% 38.21% 30.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 28 22
Average daily rate
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£378 £288 £383
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+31.30% -24.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £150 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £453 £449
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Average hourly rate £33.55 £26.53 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.48% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.68 £13.71 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+36.25% -31.45%
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
166 212 105
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 6.63% 8.20% 5.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 87 86 48
Average daily rate £400 £369 £394
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.47% -6.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £150 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 24 6
Average hourly rate £31.44 £17.50 £14.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+79.65% +20.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.04 £14.21 £8.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £87.07 £28.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.64 £19.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+9.56% +12.85%

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 1 September 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
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 1 September 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 -18 13 £340 +43.15% 10
Staffordshire -2 6 £420 +82.60% 4
Worcestershire +5 4 £438 +2.94% 1
Warwickshire -8 4 - - 2
Coventry -8 4 £625 +42.85% 2
Solihull - 4 £375 - 3
West Bromwich - 2 £338 -
Sutton Coldfield - 1 £330 -
Wolverhampton - 1 £150 - 1
Shropshire - 1 £270 - 1
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 1 September 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 22 (23.66%) Windows
2 20 (21.51%) Microsoft
3 19 (20.43%) Finance
4 18 (19.35%) Project Management
5 15 (16.13%) .NET
5 15 (16.13%) SQL Server
6 14 (15.05%) Agile Software Development
7 13 (13.98%) JavaScript
7 13 (13.98%) Analytical Skills
8 12 (12.90%) Coaching
8 12 (12.90%) SQL
9 11 (11.83%) MS Excel
9 11 (11.83%) E-Commerce
10 10 (10.75%) ASP.NET
11 9 (9.68%) CSS
11 9 (9.68%) HTML
11 9 (9.68%) MS Office
11 9 (9.68%) Security Cleared
12 8 (8.60%) Continuous Integration
12 8 (8.60%) N-Tier
12 8 (8.60%) Stakeholder Management
12 8 (8.60%) Line Management
12 8 (8.60%) Mentoring
12 8 (8.60%) Enterprise Software
13 7 (7.53%) ISEB
13 7 (7.53%) C#
13 7 (7.53%) Linux
13 7 (7.53%) PRINCE2
13 7 (7.53%) SCCM
13 7 (7.53%) SC Cleared

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 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 (6.45%) SharePoint
2 4 (4.30%) SAS
3 3 (3.23%) CMS
4 2 (2.15%) CICS
4 2 (2.15%) IBM Notes
5 1 (1.08%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (1.08%) MS Project Server
5 1 (1.08%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (1.08%) Lync
5 1 (1.08%) Node.js
5 1 (1.08%) Apache Pig
5 1 (1.08%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 11 (11.83%) MS Excel
2 9 (9.68%) MS Office
3 2 (2.15%) MS Project
3 2 (2.15%) MS Visio
3 2 (2.15%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (2.15%) SAP WM
1 2 (2.15%) ZaiNet
1 2 (2.15%) Aligne
2 1 (1.08%) TRIRIGA
2 1 (1.08%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.08%) Magento
2 1 (1.08%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.08%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (1.08%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.08%) GitHub
1 1 (1.08%) Google Compute Engine
1 1 (1.08%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 6 (6.45%) Intrusion Detection
2 3 (3.23%) LAN
2 3 (3.23%) WAN
3 2 (2.15%) VPN
3 2 (2.15%) DNS
4 1 (1.08%) SAN
4 1 (1.08%) Firewall
4 1 (1.08%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (16.13%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (3.23%) MS Access
2 3 (3.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 2 (2.15%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (2.15%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (2.15%) DB2
3 2 (2.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (1.08%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (1.08%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (1.08%) Oracle Database 10g
4 1 (1.08%) BusinessObjects
4 1 (1.08%) SAP BW
4 1 (1.08%) SQL Server 2000
4 1 (1.08%) SAP BI
4 1 (1.08%) Pentaho
4 1 (1.08%) Hadoop
4 1 (1.08%) Apache Hive
4 1 (1.08%) Oracle Exadata
4 1 (1.08%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 5 (5.38%) MSI
2 4 (4.30%) Selenium
3 3 (3.23%) Visual Studio
4 2 (2.15%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 2 (2.15%) TestComplete
4 2 (2.15%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (2.15%) Cucumber
5 1 (1.08%) Juju
5 1 (1.08%) Liquibase
5 1 (1.08%) Flyway
5 1 (1.08%) ClearCase
General
1 19 (20.43%) Finance
2 4 (4.30%) Retail
3 3 (3.23%) Manufacturing
4 2 (2.15%) Automotive
4 2 (2.15%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.15%) Banking
5 1 (1.08%) Back Office
5 1 (1.08%) Aerospace
5 1 (1.08%) Legal
5 1 (1.08%) Publishing
5 1 (1.08%) Games
Job Titles
1 26 (27.96%) Analyst
2 8 (8.60%) Architect
2 8 (8.60%) Project Manager
3 7 (7.53%) Development Team Leader
3 7 (7.53%) Team Leader
4 6 (6.45%) Security Engineer
4 6 (6.45%) Software Development Team Leader
4 6 (6.45%) Tester
4 6 (6.45%) Systems Engineer
4 6 (6.45%) Software Team Leader
5 5 (5.38%) Test Analyst
5 5 (5.38%) Developer
5 5 (5.38%) QA Analyst
6 4 (4.30%) SQL DBA
6 4 (4.30%) Business Analyst
6 4 (4.30%) DBA
7 3 (3.23%) Solutions Architect
7 3 (3.23%) Technical Architect
7 3 (3.23%) Junior
7 3 (3.23%) Applications Packager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (16.13%) .NET
2 10 (10.75%) ASP.NET
3 9 (9.68%) CSS
3 9 (9.68%) HTML
4 3 (3.23%) Software Packaging
5 2 (2.15%) jQuery
5 2 (2.15%) ASP.NET MVC
5 2 (2.15%) HTML5
5 2 (2.15%) SAP MI
6 1 (1.08%) WinForms
6 1 (1.08%) .NET Framework
6 1 (1.08%) AngularJS
6 1 (1.08%) Web Services
6 1 (1.08%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 13 (13.98%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (8.60%) Enterprise Software
2 8 (8.60%) N-Tier
3 3 (3.23%) Mobile App
3 3 (3.23%) Data Structures
4 2 (2.15%) User Experience
4 2 (2.15%) Data Integration
4 2 (2.15%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.08%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.08%) Statistics
5 1 (1.08%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.08%) CMDB
5 1 (1.08%) EPoS
5 1 (1.08%) NHS
5 1 (1.08%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 22 (23.66%) Windows
2 7 (7.53%) Linux
3 6 (6.45%) Windows 7
4 5 (5.38%) Windows Server 2003
4 5 (5.38%) Windows Server 2008
4 5 (5.38%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (4.30%) Windows 8
6 3 (3.23%) Windows XP
7 2 (2.15%) zOS
7 2 (2.15%) Windows Phone
8 1 (1.08%) Android
8 1 (1.08%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (19.35%) Project Management
2 14 (15.05%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (12.90%) Coaching
4 11 (11.83%) E-Commerce
5 8 (8.60%) Stakeholder Management
5 8 (8.60%) Continuous Integration
5 8 (8.60%) Line Management
5 8 (8.60%) Mentoring
6 7 (7.53%) User Acceptance Testing
6 7 (7.53%) PRINCE2
7 6 (6.45%) ITIL
7 6 (6.45%) Change Management
7 6 (6.45%) Migration
7 6 (6.45%) Test Scripting
7 6 (6.45%) SDLC
7 6 (6.45%) Application Discovery
7 6 (6.45%) SIEM
7 6 (6.45%) Change Control
7 6 (6.45%) Analytics
7 6 (6.45%) Cyber Security
Programming Languages
1 13 (13.98%) JavaScript
2 12 (12.90%) SQL
3 7 (7.53%) C#
4 5 (5.38%) T-SQL
5 3 (3.23%) C
5 3 (3.23%) Java
6 2 (2.15%) ABAP
6 2 (2.15%) JCL
7 1 (1.08%) Lingo
7 1 (1.08%) PowerShell
7 1 (1.08%) Perl
7 1 (1.08%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 9 (9.68%) Security Cleared
2 7 (7.53%) ISEB
2 7 (7.53%) SC Cleared
3 6 (6.45%) Degree
4 5 (5.38%) ISTQB
5 2 (2.15%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 2 (2.15%) DV Cleared
6 1 (1.08%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 1 (1.08%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (1.08%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (1.08%) PMP
6 1 (1.08%) PMI Certification
6 1 (1.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.23%) Data Quality
2 2 (2.15%) P3O
3 1 (1.08%) SLA
3 1 (1.08%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 6 (6.45%) Microsoft App-V
2 3 (3.23%) Active Directory
3 2 (2.15%) MetaFrame
3 2 (2.15%) RACF
3 2 (2.15%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 2 (2.15%) XenApp
4 1 (1.08%) vCloud
4 1 (1.08%) Apache Flume
4 1 (1.08%) Docker
4 1 (1.08%) LXC
4 1 (1.08%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (7.53%) SCCM
2 3 (3.23%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 2 (2.15%) CA Endevor
3 2 (2.15%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (1.08%) Puppet
4 1 (1.08%) Vagrant
4 1 (1.08%) Oozie
4 1 (1.08%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (1.08%) OpenView
4 1 (1.08%) TeamSite
4 1 (1.08%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 20 (21.51%) Microsoft
2 6 (6.45%) SAP
2 6 (6.45%) HP
3 5 (5.38%) LogRhythm
4 3 (3.23%) Oracle
5 2 (2.15%) SunGard
5 2 (2.15%) Citrix
5 2 (2.15%) CA
5 2 (2.15%) Lotus
5 2 (2.15%) MKS
5 2 (2.15%) AppSense
5 2 (2.15%) Planview
5 2 (2.15%) Syclo
6 1 (1.08%) Demandware
6 1 (1.08%) SOASTA, Inc
6 1 (1.08%) Sitecore
6 1 (1.08%) hybris
6 1 (1.08%) Tableau
6 1 (1.08%) Google
6 1 (1.08%) VMware
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