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 22 August 2014 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 50 68 65
Rank change year-on-year
+18 -3
Contract jobs citing QA 76 34 45
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 2.99% 1.59% 1.99%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 36.54% 31.48% 26.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 22 20
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£275 £383 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-28.10% -4.37%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 2
Average hourly rate £26.53 - £21.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.61 £16.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-8.71% -36.00%
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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
208 108 168
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 8.19% 5.04% 7.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 83 48 68
Average daily rate £363 £386 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.14% -3.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £152 £175 £208
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £494 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £355
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -1.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 7 9
Average hourly rate £17.50 £12.50 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.00% -45.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.44 £8.00 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £71.78 £19.40 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+11.42% -22.22%

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 22 August 2014.

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 22 August 2014.

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 22 August 2014. 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 +30 41 £250 -41.17% 6
Warwickshire +5 17 £275 -29.03% 3
Coventry -3 12 £438 - 2
Worcestershire -7 1 £425 +10.38% 1
Dudley - - - -
Solihull - - - - 2
Walsall - - - -
West Bromwich - - - -
Herefordshire - - - -
Staffordshire - - - - 4
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, 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 31 (22.63%) Finance
2 28 (20.44%) SAP
3 27 (19.71%) JavaScript
4 24 (17.52%) Project Management
5 23 (16.79%) Agile Software Development
6 21 (15.33%) E-Commerce
6 21 (15.33%) iPad
7 20 (14.60%) CRM
7 20 (14.60%) Windows
8 19 (13.87%) SharePoint
8 19 (13.87%) Web Services
9 18 (13.14%) Microsoft
10 17 (12.41%) ITIL
10 17 (12.41%) C#
11 16 (11.68%) .NET
11 16 (11.68%) PRINCE2
11 16 (11.68%) MVC
11 16 (11.68%) Degree
12 15 (10.95%) System Testing
12 15 (10.95%) MS Office
13 14 (10.22%) Unit Testing
13 14 (10.22%) Dynamics CRM
13 14 (10.22%) Silverlight
14 13 (9.49%) XML
14 13 (9.49%) Oracle
14 13 (9.49%) Stakeholder Management
15 12 (8.76%) Automotive
15 12 (8.76%) Java
15 12 (8.76%) ASP.NET
16 11 (8.03%) ITIL Certification

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Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, 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 19 (13.87%) SharePoint
2 10 (7.30%) WebSphere
2 10 (7.30%) Apache
3 9 (6.57%) CMS
4 8 (5.84%) WebSphere Application Server
4 8 (5.84%) WebLogic
5 2 (1.46%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.73%) MS Exchange
6 1 (0.73%) Documentum
6 1 (0.73%) ColdFusion
6 1 (0.73%) MQSeries
6 1 (0.73%) FileNet
6 1 (0.73%) Office Communications Server
6 1 (0.73%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (0.73%) Lync
Applications
1 15 (10.95%) MS Office
2 7 (5.11%) MS Excel
3 4 (2.92%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (1.46%) MS Project
5 1 (0.73%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.73%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.73%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 14 (10.22%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (5.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (2.19%) SAP HR
3 3 (2.19%) TRIRIGA
4 2 (1.46%) SAP QM
4 2 (1.46%) SAP HCM
4 2 (1.46%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (1.46%) SAP PP
5 1 (0.73%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.73%) SAP SRM
Cloud Services
1 6 (4.38%) GitHub
2 2 (1.46%) Office 365
3 1 (0.73%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 8 (5.84%) Internet
2 2 (1.46%) RTP
2 2 (1.46%) HTTP
3 1 (0.73%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.73%) Intrusion Detection
3 1 (0.73%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (6.57%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.46%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.73%) Crystal Reports
3 1 (0.73%) MySQL
3 1 (0.73%) SAP BI
3 1 (0.73%) SAP BW
3 1 (0.73%) SQLite
3 1 (0.73%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 8 (5.84%) Team Foundation Server
1 8 (5.84%) Visual Studio
2 6 (4.38%) Selenium
3 5 (3.65%) WebDriver
4 4 (2.92%) Subversion
4 4 (2.92%) MSI
5 3 (2.19%) Eclipse
5 3 (2.19%) SoapUI
5 3 (2.19%) Cucumber
6 2 (1.46%) Maven
6 2 (1.46%) JMeter
6 2 (1.46%) Ant
7 1 (0.73%) JUnit
7 1 (0.73%) LoadRunner
7 1 (0.73%) MSBuild
General
1 31 (22.63%) Finance
2 12 (8.76%) Automotive
3 9 (6.57%) Banking
4 8 (5.84%) Telecoms
5 6 (4.38%) Manufacturing
6 5 (3.65%) Retail
7 3 (2.19%) Billing
8 2 (1.46%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.73%) Legal
9 1 (0.73%) Advertising
9 1 (0.73%) Publishing
9 1 (0.73%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.73%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 27 (19.71%) Developer
2 21 (15.33%) Architect
3 18 (13.14%) Analyst
3 18 (13.14%) Consultant
4 17 (12.41%) Project Manager
5 16 (11.68%) SAP Consultant
6 9 (6.57%) Solutions Architect
6 9 (6.57%) Dynamics CRM Developer
6 9 (6.57%) CRM Developer
7 8 (5.84%) Web Developer
8 7 (5.11%) QA Engineer
9 5 (3.65%) Quality Manager
9 5 (3.65%) Business Analyst
9 5 (3.65%) C# ASP.NET Developer
9 5 (3.65%) .NET Developer
9 5 (3.65%) C# Developer
9 5 (3.65%) Data Analyst
9 5 (3.65%) ASP.NET Developer
9 5 (3.65%) Performance Manager
9 5 (3.65%) C# .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (13.87%) Web Services
2 16 (11.68%) .NET
3 14 (10.22%) Silverlight
4 13 (9.49%) XML
5 12 (8.76%) ASP.NET
6 11 (8.03%) jQuery
7 10 (7.30%) JSP
7 10 (7.30%) SOAP
7 10 (7.30%) J2EE
8 9 (6.57%) XSLT
8 9 (6.57%) Spring
9 8 (5.84%) Hibernate
9 8 (5.84%) JMX
9 8 (5.84%) Struts
9 8 (5.84%) Servlets
9 8 (5.84%) JDBC
9 8 (5.84%) JMS
10 7 (5.11%) ASP.NET MVC
11 5 (3.65%) AngularJS
12 4 (2.92%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 21 (15.33%) iPad
2 10 (7.30%) Management Information System
3 9 (6.57%) Computer Science
4 3 (2.19%) Client/Server
5 2 (1.46%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (1.46%) Mobile App
5 2 (1.46%) Enterprise Storage
5 2 (1.46%) GIS
6 1 (0.73%) PMI
6 1 (0.73%) Credit Risk
6 1 (0.73%) Market Risk
6 1 (0.73%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (0.73%) Economics
6 1 (0.73%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 20 (14.60%) Windows
2 7 (5.11%) Windows Server 2012
3 6 (4.38%) Linux
4 5 (3.65%) Windows 7
5 4 (2.92%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (2.92%) VMS
6 3 (2.19%) UNIX
6 3 (2.19%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (1.46%) AIX
8 1 (0.73%) Windows XP
8 1 (0.73%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.73%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (17.52%) Project Management
2 23 (16.79%) Agile Software Development
3 21 (15.33%) E-Commerce
4 20 (14.60%) CRM
5 17 (12.41%) ITIL
6 16 (11.68%) PRINCE2
6 16 (11.68%) MVC
7 15 (10.95%) System Testing
8 14 (10.22%) Unit Testing
9 13 (9.49%) Stakeholder Management
10 11 (8.03%) Integration Testing
11 10 (7.30%) Scrum
11 10 (7.30%) Quality Management
12 9 (6.57%) Content Management
12 9 (6.57%) User Acceptance Testing
12 9 (6.57%) Performance Tuning
13 8 (5.84%) Root Cause Analysis
13 8 (5.84%) Capacity Planning
13 8 (5.84%) Software Architecture
13 8 (5.84%) Load Testing
Programming Languages
1 27 (19.71%) JavaScript
2 17 (12.41%) C#
3 12 (8.76%) Java
4 4 (2.92%) SQL
5 2 (1.46%) Objective-C
6 1 (0.73%) PHP
6 1 (0.73%) VB
6 1 (0.73%) ABAP
6 1 (0.73%) ActionScript
6 1 (0.73%) VBA
6 1 (0.73%) C
6 1 (0.73%) PowerShell
6 1 (0.73%) ActionScript 3.0
Qualifications
1 16 (11.68%) Degree
2 11 (8.03%) ITIL Certification
3 7 (5.11%) ISTQB
4 6 (4.38%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 6 (4.38%) ISEB
5 5 (3.65%) SC Cleared
5 5 (3.65%) Security Cleared
6 4 (2.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (2.19%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 2 (1.46%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 2 (1.46%) PMP
8 2 (1.46%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.73%) HND
9 1 (0.73%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (0.73%) MCSE
9 1 (0.73%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (0.73%) P3O
System Software
1 4 (2.92%) Microsoft App-V
2 2 (1.46%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (2.92%) SCCM
1 4 (2.92%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 2 (1.46%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.46%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 28 (20.44%) SAP
2 18 (13.14%) Microsoft
3 13 (9.49%) Oracle
4 8 (5.84%) Endeca
4 8 (5.84%) ATG
4 8 (5.84%) JBoss
5 6 (4.38%) HP
6 2 (1.46%) Cognos
7 1 (0.73%) IBM
7 1 (0.73%) Adobe
7 1 (0.73%) Apple
7 1 (0.73%) Perforce
7 1 (0.73%) Google
7 1 (0.73%) Alterian
7 1 (0.73%) LogRhythm
7 1 (0.73%) ServiceNow
West Midlands
Austin Fraser
Rate: £0.00 per day + Market Rates
Posted: 10 hours ago
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
Staffworx Ltd
Rate: excellent daily rate
Posted: 4 days ago
Warwickshire
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £250.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 16 days ago