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 26 November 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
26 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 72 59 64
Rank change year-on-year
-13 +5
Contract jobs citing QA 40 42 47
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.69% 2.03% 2.20%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 28.37% 40.00% 43.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 24 24
Average daily rate
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£195 £370 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-47.29% -1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £144 £180 £229
10% offered a daily rate of more than £422 £470 £420
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Average hourly rate £33.90 £32.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.30% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £32.50 £20.75
% change year-on-year
+1.53% +56.62%
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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
141 105 108
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 5.95% 5.06% 5.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 53 42
Average daily rate £325 £350 £371
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% -5.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £151 £159 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £460 £490
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £365
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -4.10%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 4 9
Average hourly rate £22.00 £12.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+76.00% -35.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.36 £10.25 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.67 £26.65 £22.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.99 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+25.62% -7.89%

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 26 November 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 26 November 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 +3 20 £170 -51.42% 14
Coventry -7 9 £215 -44.51%
Warwickshire -1 4 £355 -21.15% 2
Staffordshire - 3 £250 - 6
Worcestershire -10 1 £488 +64.87% 3
Dudley - - - -
Solihull - - - - 1
Walsall - - - - 2
West Bromwich - - - -
Wolverhampton - - - - 2
Shropshire - - - - 1
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 26 November 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 (25.83%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (19.17%) Finance
3 22 (18.33%) Project Management
3 22 (18.33%) E-Commerce
4 21 (17.50%) iPad
4 21 (17.50%) Analytical Skills
5 19 (15.83%) JavaScript
5 19 (15.83%) Web Services
6 18 (15.00%) SAP
7 17 (14.17%) ITIL
8 15 (12.50%) CRM
9 14 (11.67%) SharePoint
9 14 (11.67%) PRINCE2
9 14 (11.67%) MS Office
9 14 (11.67%) Automotive
9 14 (11.67%) Silverlight
9 14 (11.67%) System Testing
10 13 (10.83%) Dynamics CRM
11 12 (10.00%) Banking
11 12 (10.00%) Microsoft
12 11 (9.17%) MS Excel
12 11 (9.17%) Stakeholder Management
13 10 (8.33%) WebSphere
13 10 (8.33%) Degree
13 10 (8.33%) SOAP
13 10 (8.33%) C#
13 10 (8.33%) Java
13 10 (8.33%) Oracle
14 9 (7.50%) XML
14 9 (7.50%) Load Testing

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Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 26 November 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 10 (8.33%) WebSphere
3 8 (6.67%) WebSphere Application Server
3 8 (6.67%) WebLogic
3 8 (6.67%) JBoss
3 8 (6.67%) Apache
3 8 (6.67%) CMS
4 1 (0.83%) MQSeries
4 1 (0.83%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 14 (11.67%) MS Office
2 11 (9.17%) MS Excel
3 7 (5.83%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (4.17%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (2.50%) MS Project
6 2 (1.67%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.83%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.83%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 13 (10.83%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (2.50%) SAP PP
3 2 (1.67%) SAP HCM
3 2 (1.67%) SAP QM
3 2 (1.67%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.83%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.83%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.83%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.83%) SAP SRM
4 1 (0.83%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 8 (6.67%) GitHub
2 2 (1.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.83%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (6.67%) Internet
2 3 (2.50%) Firewall
2 3 (2.50%) Unified Communications
3 2 (1.67%) Network Security
3 2 (1.67%) Intrusion Detection
3 2 (1.67%) SSL
3 2 (1.67%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (0.83%) RTP
4 1 (0.83%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (6.67%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.33%) MySQL
3 1 (0.83%) SAP BI
3 1 (0.83%) Crystal Reports
3 1 (0.83%) SAP BW
3 1 (0.83%) QlikView
3 1 (0.83%) SQLite
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%) JMeter
4 1 (0.83%) Eclipse
4 1 (0.83%) LoadRunner
4 1 (0.83%) WatiN
4 1 (0.83%) WebDriver
4 1 (0.83%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.83%) Rational DOORS
General
1 23 (19.17%) Finance
2 14 (11.67%) Automotive
3 12 (10.00%) Banking
4 8 (6.67%) Manufacturing
5 6 (5.00%) Telecoms
6 5 (4.17%) Retail
7 2 (1.67%) Marketing
7 2 (1.67%) Billing
8 1 (0.83%) Law
8 1 (0.83%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.83%) Publishing
8 1 (0.83%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.83%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 19 (15.83%) Developer
1 19 (15.83%) Analyst
2 18 (15.00%) Architect
3 12 (10.00%) Project Manager
3 12 (10.00%) Consultant
4 11 (9.17%) SAP Consultant
5 9 (7.50%) CRM Developer
5 9 (7.50%) Dynamics CRM Developer
6 6 (5.00%) C# .NET Developer
6 6 (5.00%) C# ASP.NET Developer
6 6 (5.00%) Data Analyst
6 6 (5.00%) .NET Developer
6 6 (5.00%) C# Developer
6 6 (5.00%) QA Engineer
6 6 (5.00%) ASP.NET Developer
6 6 (5.00%) Coordinator
6 6 (5.00%) Solutions Architect
7 4 (3.33%) CRM Solutions Architect
7 4 (3.33%) CRM Architect
7 4 (3.33%) Quality Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (15.83%) Web Services
2 14 (11.67%) Silverlight
3 10 (8.33%) SOAP
4 9 (7.50%) XML
5 8 (6.67%) Hibernate
5 8 (6.67%) Spring
5 8 (6.67%) XSLT
5 8 (6.67%) Struts
5 8 (6.67%) JDBC
5 8 (6.67%) JSP
5 8 (6.67%) Servlets
5 8 (6.67%) ASP.NET
5 8 (6.67%) .NET
5 8 (6.67%) J2EE
5 8 (6.67%) JMS
5 8 (6.67%) JMX
6 6 (5.00%) AngularJS
7 4 (3.33%) jQuery
8 3 (2.50%) Middleware
9 2 (1.67%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 21 (17.50%) iPad
1 21 (17.50%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (6.67%) Management Information System
3 7 (5.83%) Computer Science
3 7 (5.83%) User Experience
4 5 (4.17%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (1.67%) Enterprise Storage
5 2 (1.67%) PKI
5 2 (1.67%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.83%) GIS
6 1 (0.83%) PMI
6 1 (0.83%) Freedom of Information
6 1 (0.83%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (0.83%) Freedom of Information Act
6 1 (0.83%) Telematics
6 1 (0.83%) Social Media
6 1 (0.83%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 8 (6.67%) Windows
2 3 (2.50%) Linux
2 3 (2.50%) VMS
3 2 (1.67%) Windows 8
3 2 (1.67%) Windows Server 2012
3 2 (1.67%) Windows 7
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 31 (25.83%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (18.33%) Project Management
2 22 (18.33%) E-Commerce
3 17 (14.17%) ITIL
4 15 (12.50%) CRM
5 14 (11.67%) PRINCE2
5 14 (11.67%) System Testing
6 11 (9.17%) Stakeholder Management
7 9 (7.50%) Load Testing
7 9 (7.50%) Unit Testing
7 9 (7.50%) Mentoring
7 9 (7.50%) Performance Tuning
7 9 (7.50%) E-Discovery
8 8 (6.67%) Software Architecture
8 8 (6.67%) Capacity Planning
8 8 (6.67%) Content Management
8 8 (6.67%) B2C
8 8 (6.67%) Workflow
8 8 (6.67%) MVC
9 6 (5.00%) Data Entry
Programming Languages
1 19 (15.83%) JavaScript
2 10 (8.33%) C#
2 10 (8.33%) Java
3 6 (5.00%) SQL
4 5 (4.17%) VBA
5 4 (3.33%) PHP
6 2 (1.67%) PowerShell
7 1 (0.83%) C
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 10 (8.33%) Degree
2 7 (5.83%) ITIL Certification
3 6 (5.00%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 5 (4.17%) Security Cleared
5 4 (3.33%) SC Cleared
6 2 (1.67%) ISEB
6 2 (1.67%) CISSP
6 2 (1.67%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (0.83%) PMI Certification
7 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%) Firmware
1 1 (0.83%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (2.50%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.67%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 18 (15.00%) SAP
2 12 (10.00%) Microsoft
3 10 (8.33%) Oracle
4 8 (6.67%) Endeca
4 8 (6.67%) ATG
5 3 (2.50%) HP
6 2 (1.67%) ServiceNow
6 2 (1.67%) LogRhythm
6 2 (1.67%) Qualys
6 2 (1.67%) Perforce
7 1 (0.83%) Avaya
7 1 (0.83%) Cisco
7 1 (0.83%) IBM
7 1 (0.83%) Adobe
7 1 (0.83%) Teradata
7 1 (0.83%) Google