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 18 December 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
18 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 68 65 57
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -8
Contract jobs citing QA 45 44 50
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.93% 2.06% 2.47%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 29.61% 40.37% 43.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 24 24
Average daily rate
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£223 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-40.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £145 £252 £229
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £470 £420
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £338 £340
% change year-on-year
+2.80% -0.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Average hourly rate £31.44 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £35.00 £30.25
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +15.70%
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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
152 109 114
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 6.53% 5.10% 5.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 81 50 39
Average daily rate £325 £375 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% +1.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £145 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £467 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 2 16
Average hourly rate £22.00 £11.25 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+95.55% -37.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.06 £9.85 £10.63
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.44 £12.65 £22.35
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £18.70 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+1.60% -6.50%

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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 18 December 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
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 18 December 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 -5 19 £170 -54.66% 12
Coventry -9 9 £288 -25.80% 1
Warwickshire -1 7 £468 +3.82% 2
Staffordshire +4 3 £250 -1.96% 5
Worcestershire -7 3 £488 +64.87%
Solihull - - - -
Walsall - - - - 1
West Bromwich - - - -
Wolverhampton - - - - 1
Shropshire - - - -
QA
England

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 33 (27.50%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (20.83%) Finance
3 21 (17.50%) E-Commerce
4 20 (16.67%) iPad
5 19 (15.83%) JavaScript
6 18 (15.00%) Web Services
6 18 (15.00%) Project Management
7 17 (14.17%) SAP
7 17 (14.17%) Analytical Skills
8 15 (12.50%) System Testing
9 14 (11.67%) Silverlight
9 14 (11.67%) CRM
9 14 (11.67%) SharePoint
10 13 (10.83%) ITIL
10 13 (10.83%) Automotive
10 13 (10.83%) Dynamics CRM
11 11 (9.17%) PRINCE2
11 11 (9.17%) Oracle
12 10 (8.33%) Banking
12 10 (8.33%) C#
12 10 (8.33%) SQL
12 10 (8.33%) Microsoft
12 10 (8.33%) MS Excel
13 9 (7.50%) Java
13 9 (7.50%) MS Office
13 9 (7.50%) SOAP
13 9 (7.50%) Workflow
13 9 (7.50%) Unit Testing
13 9 (7.50%) Mentoring
14 8 (6.67%) GitHub

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Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 14 (11.67%) SharePoint
2 8 (6.67%) WebSphere
3 7 (5.83%) CMS
3 7 (5.83%) WebSphere Application Server
3 7 (5.83%) WebLogic
3 7 (5.83%) JBoss
3 7 (5.83%) Apache
4 1 (0.83%) Oracle BPEL
4 1 (0.83%) Oracle Service Bus
4 1 (0.83%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 10 (8.33%) MS Excel
2 9 (7.50%) MS Office
3 6 (5.00%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (3.33%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (1.67%) MS Visio
5 2 (1.67%) MS Project
6 1 (0.83%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.83%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 13 (10.83%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (2.50%) SAP PP
3 2 (1.67%) SAP QM
3 2 (1.67%) SAP HCM
3 2 (1.67%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.83%) SAP SRM
4 1 (0.83%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 8 (6.67%) GitHub
2 2 (1.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.83%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (5.83%) Internet
2 3 (2.50%) SMS
2 3 (2.50%) Firewall
2 3 (2.50%) Unified Communications
3 2 (1.67%) Intrusion Detection
3 2 (1.67%) Network Security
3 2 (1.67%) Wi-Fi
3 2 (1.67%) SSL
4 1 (0.83%) RTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (6.67%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.33%) MySQL
3 1 (0.83%) Crystal Reports
3 1 (0.83%) SAP BW
3 1 (0.83%) SAP BI
3 1 (0.83%) SQLite
3 1 (0.83%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 4 (3.33%) Team Foundation Server
1 4 (3.33%) Visual Studio
2 3 (2.50%) Subversion
3 2 (1.67%) SoapUI
3 2 (1.67%) MSBuild
3 2 (1.67%) Selenium
4 1 (0.83%) LoadRunner
4 1 (0.83%) Eclipse
4 1 (0.83%) JMeter
4 1 (0.83%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.83%) Rational DOORS
4 1 (0.83%) WatiN
4 1 (0.83%) WebDriver
General
1 25 (20.83%) Finance
2 13 (10.83%) Automotive
3 10 (8.33%) Banking
4 7 (5.83%) Manufacturing
5 4 (3.33%) Retail
5 4 (3.33%) Marketing
5 4 (3.33%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.67%) Billing
7 1 (0.83%) Publishing
7 1 (0.83%) Law
7 1 (0.83%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.83%) Electronics
7 1 (0.83%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 21 (17.50%) Analyst
2 20 (16.67%) Developer
3 16 (13.33%) Architect
4 12 (10.00%) Consultant
5 11 (9.17%) SAP Consultant
6 9 (7.50%) Dynamics CRM Developer
6 9 (7.50%) CRM Developer
7 8 (6.67%) Project Manager
8 7 (5.83%) Coordinator
9 6 (5.00%) C# .NET Developer
9 6 (5.00%) Data Analyst
9 6 (5.00%) .NET Developer
9 6 (5.00%) C# Developer
9 6 (5.00%) ASP.NET Developer
9 6 (5.00%) C# ASP.NET Developer
10 5 (4.17%) Solutions Architect
11 4 (3.33%) CRM Architect
11 4 (3.33%) CRM Solutions Architect
11 4 (3.33%) QA Engineer
11 4 (3.33%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (15.00%) Web Services
2 14 (11.67%) Silverlight
3 9 (7.50%) SOAP
4 8 (6.67%) ASP.NET
4 8 (6.67%) XML
4 8 (6.67%) .NET
5 7 (5.83%) JMX
5 7 (5.83%) J2EE
5 7 (5.83%) XSLT
5 7 (5.83%) Struts
5 7 (5.83%) JDBC
5 7 (5.83%) JSP
5 7 (5.83%) Servlets
5 7 (5.83%) JMS
5 7 (5.83%) Hibernate
5 7 (5.83%) Spring
6 6 (5.00%) AngularJS
7 4 (3.33%) jQuery
8 3 (2.50%) Middleware
9 2 (1.67%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 20 (16.67%) iPad
2 17 (14.17%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (5.83%) User Experience
4 5 (4.17%) Management Information System
4 5 (4.17%) Computer Science
4 5 (4.17%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (2.50%) Client/Server
5 3 (2.50%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.67%) Telematics
6 2 (1.67%) Enterprise Storage
6 2 (1.67%) PKI
7 1 (0.83%) PMI
7 1 (0.83%) GIS
7 1 (0.83%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (0.83%) Freedom of Information Act
7 1 (0.83%) Freedom of Information
7 1 (0.83%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 7 (5.83%) Windows
2 3 (2.50%) VMS
2 3 (2.50%) Linux
3 2 (1.67%) Windows 7
3 2 (1.67%) Windows 8
3 2 (1.67%) Windows Server 2012
3 2 (1.67%) Windows XP
4 1 (0.83%) AIX
4 1 (0.83%) UNIX
4 1 (0.83%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (27.50%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (17.50%) E-Commerce
3 18 (15.00%) Project Management
4 15 (12.50%) System Testing
5 14 (11.67%) CRM
6 13 (10.83%) ITIL
7 11 (9.17%) PRINCE2
8 9 (7.50%) Workflow
8 9 (7.50%) Unit Testing
8 9 (7.50%) Mentoring
9 8 (6.67%) Performance Tuning
9 8 (6.67%) Load Testing
9 8 (6.67%) User Acceptance Testing
9 8 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
9 8 (6.67%) MVC
10 7 (5.83%) B2C
10 7 (5.83%) Test Scripting
10 7 (5.83%) Content Management
10 7 (5.83%) E-Discovery
10 7 (5.83%) Software Architecture
Programming Languages
1 19 (15.83%) JavaScript
2 10 (8.33%) C#
2 10 (8.33%) SQL
3 9 (7.50%) Java
4 5 (4.17%) VBA
5 4 (3.33%) PHP
6 2 (1.67%) PowerShell
7 1 (0.83%) ABAP
7 1 (0.83%) ActionScript
7 1 (0.83%) Objective-C
7 1 (0.83%) ActionScript 3.0
Qualifications
1 8 (6.67%) Degree
2 5 (4.17%) ISEB
2 5 (4.17%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
3 4 (3.33%) Security Cleared
4 3 (2.50%) ITIL Certification
4 3 (2.50%) ISTQB
4 3 (2.50%) SC Cleared
5 2 (1.67%) CISSP
5 2 (1.67%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (0.83%) PMI Certification
6 1 (0.83%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.83%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (0.83%) COBIT
System Software
1 1 (0.83%) Active Directory
1 1 (0.83%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 5 (4.17%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.67%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 17 (14.17%) SAP
2 11 (9.17%) Oracle
3 10 (8.33%) Microsoft
4 7 (5.83%) ATG
4 7 (5.83%) Endeca
5 6 (5.00%) HP
6 3 (2.50%) Teradata
7 2 (1.67%) ServiceNow
7 2 (1.67%) LogRhythm
7 2 (1.67%) Infor
7 2 (1.67%) Qualys
7 2 (1.67%) Aprimo
7 2 (1.67%) Perforce
7 2 (1.67%) Sun
8 1 (0.83%) Adobe
8 1 (0.83%) Avaya
8 1 (0.83%) Cisco
8 1 (0.83%) IBM
8 1 (0.83%) Google
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