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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA over the 3 months to 3 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
3 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 67 84 62
Rank change year-on-year
+17 -22
Contract jobs citing QA 68 45 60
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 2.36% 1.67% 2.52%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 28.69% 21.53% 28.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 29 28
Median daily rate £340 £335 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.49% -13.54%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £244 £247 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £443 £475 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £360 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 0
Median hourly rate - £29.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.30 £37.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-47.85% +15.62%
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
237 209 211
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 8.23% 7.76% 8.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 163 128 78
Median daily rate £375 £350 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -9.67%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £278 £175 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £475 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +4.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 24 18
Median hourly rate £42.50 £29.00 £15.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+46.55% +82.38%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £29.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
-1.72% +38.09%

QA
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

The demand trend of contract jobs across the West Midlands region citing QA as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 3 May 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 3 May 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham +18 28 £300 -20.00% 13
Coventry +3 12 £375 +15.38% 2
Warwickshire -5 7 £386 +10.35% 3
Shropshire -30 5 £501 +54.74% 1
Staffordshire +13 3 £250 - 3
Worcestershire -3 3 £463 +2.77% 1
Wolverhampton - 3 £300 - 2
Solihull -11 1 - -
West Bromwich - 1 - -
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 3 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing QA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for QA.

1 46 (33.58%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (24.82%) SQL
3 33 (24.09%) Project Management
3 33 (24.09%) Finance
4 25 (18.25%) MS Excel
5 20 (14.60%) PRINCE2
6 19 (13.87%) Microsoft
7 18 (13.14%) MS Office
8 17 (12.41%) Risk Management
9 16 (11.68%) Migration
9 16 (11.68%) BusinessObjects
10 15 (10.95%) Service Delivery
10 15 (10.95%) ISTQB
11 14 (10.22%) Business Analysis
12 13 (9.49%) ISEB
12 13 (9.49%) Oracle
12 13 (9.49%) Unix
12 13 (9.49%) Degree
13 12 (8.76%) Business Continuity
13 12 (8.76%) Change Management
13 12 (8.76%) MS Access
14 11 (8.03%) MS PowerPoint
14 11 (8.03%) Test Scripting
15 10 (7.30%) Security Cleared
15 10 (7.30%) Relational Database
15 10 (7.30%) Legal
15 10 (7.30%) Scrum
15 10 (7.30%) Windows
16 9 (6.57%) SQL Server
16 9 (6.57%) ITIL

QA
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 4 (2.92%) SAS
1 4 (2.92%) SharePoint
2 3 (2.19%) CMS
3 2 (1.46%) IBM Notes
3 2 (1.46%) Sitecore CMS
4 1 (0.73%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (0.73%) Confluence
4 1 (0.73%) Node.js
4 1 (0.73%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 25 (18.25%) MS Excel
2 18 (13.14%) MS Office
3 11 (8.03%) MS PowerPoint
4 8 (5.84%) MS Project
5 6 (4.38%) MS Visio
6 2 (1.46%) AutoCAD
6 2 (1.46%) Pro/ENGINEER
6 2 (1.46%) PTC Creo
6 2 (1.46%) Siemens NX
6 2 (1.46%) SOLIDWORKS
6 2 (1.46%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (1.46%) Oracle EBS R12
1 2 (1.46%) Oracle Financials
1 2 (1.46%) Oracle General Ledger
1 2 (1.46%) SDL Web 8
1 2 (1.46%) Teamcenter
2 1 (0.73%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.73%) Misys Midas
2 1 (0.73%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.19%) Microsoft Azure
1 3 (2.19%) Office 365
2 1 (0.73%) Google Cloud Platform
2 1 (0.73%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.46%) Intrusion Detection
1 2 (1.46%) LAN
2 1 (0.73%) DSL
2 1 (0.73%) HTTP
2 1 (0.73%) Intranet
2 1 (0.73%) NAS
2 1 (0.73%) SAN
2 1 (0.73%) SSL
2 1 (0.73%) TCP/IP
2 1 (0.73%) WAN
2 1 (0.73%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (11.68%) BusinessObjects
2 12 (8.76%) MS Access
3 10 (7.30%) Relational Database
4 9 (6.57%) SQL Server
5 6 (4.38%) Data Warehouse
6 4 (2.92%) Oracle Reports
7 3 (2.19%) SQL Server 2012
7 3 (2.19%) SQL Server 2014
7 3 (2.19%) Xcelsius
8 2 (1.46%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
8 2 (1.46%) Crystal Reports
8 2 (1.46%) Hadoop
8 2 (1.46%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 2 (1.46%) MongoDB
8 2 (1.46%) Oracle Database
8 2 (1.46%) Pentaho
8 2 (1.46%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 2 (1.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 2 (1.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 1 (0.73%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 9 (6.57%) Selenium
2 7 (5.11%) WebDriver
3 6 (4.38%) Cucumber
4 4 (2.92%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (2.19%) Visual Studio
6 2 (1.46%) Appium
6 2 (1.46%) Git (software)
6 2 (1.46%) JIRA
6 2 (1.46%) Oracle Forms
6 2 (1.46%) Subversion
7 1 (0.73%) Ant
7 1 (0.73%) Gatling
7 1 (0.73%) JDeveloper
7 1 (0.73%) Jenkins
7 1 (0.73%) JIRA Agile
7 1 (0.73%) MSI
7 1 (0.73%) Oracle APEX
7 1 (0.73%) VersionOne
General
1 33 (24.09%) Finance
2 10 (7.30%) Legal
3 5 (3.65%) Banking
4 3 (2.19%) Manufacturing
4 3 (2.19%) Retail
5 2 (1.46%) General Ledger
5 2 (1.46%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.73%) Front Office
6 1 (0.73%) Games
6 1 (0.73%) Law
6 1 (0.73%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 37 (27.01%) Analyst
2 27 (19.71%) Developer
3 19 (13.87%) Project Manager
4 16 (11.68%) Test Analyst
5 14 (10.22%) Business Analyst
5 14 (10.22%) Business Developer
6 13 (9.49%) Business Objects Developer
7 9 (6.57%) Tester
8 8 (5.84%) IT Manager
9 7 (5.11%) IT Project Manager
9 7 (5.11%) SQL Developer
10 6 (4.38%) Consultant
10 6 (4.38%) Governance Manager
10 6 (4.38%) Test Manager
11 4 (2.92%) Architect
11 4 (2.92%) Digital Analyst
11 4 (2.92%) Digital Business Analyst
11 4 (2.92%) QA Analyst
11 4 (2.92%) QA Tester
12 3 (2.19%) ERP Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (5.84%) .NET
2 7 (5.11%) XML
3 6 (4.38%) HTML
4 4 (2.92%) WCF
4 4 (2.92%) XSLT
5 3 (2.19%) .NET Framework
5 3 (2.19%) REST
5 3 (2.19%) RESTful
5 3 (2.19%) SOAP
5 3 (2.19%) Web Services
5 3 (2.19%) XSD
6 2 (1.46%) ASP.NET
6 2 (1.46%) CSS
6 2 (1.46%) DHTML
6 2 (1.46%) EDI
6 2 (1.46%) ISPF
6 2 (1.46%) Itk
6 2 (1.46%) NHibernate
6 2 (1.46%) XSL
7 1 (0.73%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 9 (6.57%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (5.11%) Management Information System
2 7 (5.11%) PMI
2 7 (5.11%) User Experience
3 6 (4.38%) NHS
4 3 (2.19%) Data Structures
4 3 (2.19%) Mainframe
5 2 (1.46%) Data Centre
5 2 (1.46%) Data Conversion
5 2 (1.46%) Data Integration
5 2 (1.46%) Driving Licence
5 2 (1.46%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (1.46%) EPoS
5 2 (1.46%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.73%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.73%) iPad
6 1 (0.73%) iPhone
6 1 (0.73%) Smart Meter
6 1 (0.73%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 13 (9.49%) Unix
2 10 (7.30%) Windows
3 6 (4.38%) Linux
4 4 (2.92%) AIX
5 1 (0.73%) Windows 10
5 1 (0.73%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (33.58%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (24.09%) Project Management
3 20 (14.60%) PRINCE2
4 17 (12.41%) Risk Management
5 16 (11.68%) Migration
6 15 (10.95%) Service Delivery
7 14 (10.22%) Business Analysis
8 12 (8.76%) Business Continuity
8 12 (8.76%) Change Management
9 11 (8.03%) Test Scripting
10 10 (7.30%) Scrum
11 9 (6.57%) Business Intelligence
11 9 (6.57%) Continuous Improvement
11 9 (6.57%) ETL
11 9 (6.57%) Functional Testing
11 9 (6.57%) ITIL
11 9 (6.57%) SDLC
11 9 (6.57%) User Acceptance Testing
12 8 (5.84%) Coaching
12 8 (5.84%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 34 (24.82%) SQL
2 7 (5.11%) Java
3 6 (4.38%) C#
4 3 (2.19%) Scala
4 3 (2.19%) VBA
5 2 (1.46%) C++
5 2 (1.46%) JavaScript
5 2 (1.46%) JCL
5 2 (1.46%) PL/SQL
5 2 (1.46%) Shell Script
5 2 (1.46%) T-SQL
5 2 (1.46%) XAML
6 1 (0.73%) Groovy
6 1 (0.73%) VB
6 1 (0.73%) XPath
Qualifications
1 15 (10.95%) ISTQB
2 13 (9.49%) Degree
2 13 (9.49%) ISEB
3 10 (7.30%) Security Cleared
4 7 (5.11%) PMI Certification
4 7 (5.11%) PMP
5 4 (2.92%) SC Cleared
6 3 (2.19%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 2 (1.46%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (1.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (1.46%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.73%) CCNP
8 1 (0.73%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (0.73%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.73%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 1 (0.73%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.65%) Data Quality
2 4 (2.92%) Disclosure Scotland
2 4 (2.92%) SLA
3 1 (0.73%) GCP
3 1 (0.73%) JSP 440
System Software
1 3 (2.19%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.46%) Job Entry Subsystem
2 2 (1.46%) Time Sharing Option
3 1 (0.73%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 2 (1.46%) OpenView
1 2 (1.46%) ServiceCenter
2 1 (0.73%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.73%) SCCM
Vendors
1 19 (13.87%) Microsoft
2 13 (9.49%) Oracle
3 5 (3.65%) HP
4 4 (2.92%) LogRhythm
4 4 (2.92%) VMware
5 3 (2.19%) IBM
5 3 (2.19%) SAP
5 3 (2.19%) Tableau
6 2 (1.46%) Adobe
6 2 (1.46%) ArcSight
6 2 (1.46%) Avaya
6 2 (1.46%) Cognos
6 2 (1.46%) EMC
6 2 (1.46%) Google
6 2 (1.46%) Intel
6 2 (1.46%) Interwoven
6 2 (1.46%) Lotus
6 2 (1.46%) Progress
6 2 (1.46%) Salesforce.com
6 2 (1.46%) Siemens
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