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 27 July 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
27 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance (QA)
Rank 82 73 60
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -13
Contract jobs citing QA 68 40 62
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 2.15% 1.68% 2.61%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 30.36% 22.22% 30.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 30 25
Median daily rate £319 £375 £351
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.00% +6.99%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £275 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £450 £452
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 2
Median hourly rate £8.50 £26.78 £26.53
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-68.25% +0.94%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £10.50 £34.28 £19.50
% change year-on-year
-69.36% +75.76%
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
224 180 205
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 7.07% 7.57% 8.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 148 113 90
Median daily rate £400 £376 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.31% -2.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £263 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £599
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 15 25
Median hourly rate £13.75 £33.55 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-59.01% +91.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.50 £14.00 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.25 £42.50 £30.86
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £22.50 £20.21
% change year-on-year
+24.44% +11.35%

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 27 July 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 27 July 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 +9 35 £250 -24.24% 16
Coventry -6 10 £460 +31.42% 6
Staffordshire -2 5 £338 -19.64% 3
Shropshire -28 4 £500 - 2
West Bromwich - 4 - -
Warwickshire -4 3 £431 +23.21% 4
Wolverhampton +2 1 £125 -16.66% 2
Sutton Coldfield -2 1 £295 -10.60%
QA
England

QA
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 27 July 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 55 (41.35%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (21.80%) SQL
3 26 (19.55%) Finance
4 24 (18.05%) Java
5 22 (16.54%) HTML
6 21 (15.79%) Risk Management
6 21 (15.79%) Analytical Skills
7 20 (15.04%) MS Office
8 19 (14.29%) PRINCE2
8 19 (14.29%) MS Excel
8 19 (14.29%) Selenium
9 18 (13.53%) Microsoft
9 18 (13.53%) CSS
9 18 (13.53%) Project Management
10 17 (12.78%) Web Development
11 16 (12.03%) XML
11 16 (12.03%) Functional Testing
12 15 (11.28%) Translating Business Requirements
12 15 (11.28%) Project Planning
13 14 (10.53%) MS PowerPoint
13 14 (10.53%) Use Case
14 13 (9.77%) Unix
14 13 (9.77%) SQL Server
14 13 (9.77%) ETL
14 13 (9.77%) Migration
14 13 (9.77%) SDLC
14 13 (9.77%) User Experience
14 13 (9.77%) Continuous Improvement
14 13 (9.77%) User Stories
15 12 (9.02%) BDD

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 9 (6.77%) Apache
2 8 (6.02%) SharePoint
3 7 (5.26%) JBoss
3 7 (5.26%) WebLogic
4 2 (1.50%) SAS
4 2 (1.50%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.75%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.75%) Confluence
5 1 (0.75%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 20 (15.04%) MS Office
2 19 (14.29%) MS Excel
3 14 (10.53%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (4.51%) MS Project
5 4 (3.01%) MS Visio
6 2 (1.50%) AutoCAD
6 2 (1.50%) Pro/ENGINEER
6 2 (1.50%) PTC Creo
6 2 (1.50%) Siemens NX
6 2 (1.50%) SOLIDWORKS
7 1 (0.75%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (1.50%) Teamcenter
2 1 (0.75%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.75%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.75%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.50%) Google Cloud Platform
3 1 (0.75%) Google Drive
3 1 (0.75%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.26%) LAN
2 2 (1.50%) Intrusion Detection
2 2 (1.50%) WAN
3 1 (0.75%) DSL
3 1 (0.75%) NAS
3 1 (0.75%) Network Security
3 1 (0.75%) SAN
3 1 (0.75%) Structured Cabling
3 1 (0.75%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (9.77%) SQL Server
2 10 (7.52%) MongoDB
3 9 (6.77%) Data Warehouse
4 5 (3.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (3.01%) BusinessObjects
6 3 (2.26%) SQL Server 2012
6 3 (2.26%) SQL Server 2014
6 3 (2.26%) Xcelsius
7 2 (1.50%) Big Data
7 2 (1.50%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
7 2 (1.50%) Hadoop
7 2 (1.50%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 2 (1.50%) Oracle Database
7 2 (1.50%) Pentaho
7 2 (1.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (1.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.75%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.75%) DataStage
8 1 (0.75%) MS Access
8 1 (0.75%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 19 (14.29%) Selenium
2 11 (8.27%) Cucumber
3 10 (7.52%) WebDriver
4 9 (6.77%) Eclipse
4 9 (6.77%) Git (software)
4 9 (6.77%) JUnit
5 7 (5.26%) IntelliJ
5 7 (5.26%) Team Foundation Server
5 7 (5.26%) Visual Studio
6 5 (3.76%) JIRA
7 4 (3.01%) Subversion
8 3 (2.26%) Ant
9 2 (1.50%) Jenkins
9 2 (1.50%) Maven
9 2 (1.50%) Visual Studio Team System
10 1 (0.75%) Gatling
10 1 (0.75%) JIRA Agile
10 1 (0.75%) MSI
10 1 (0.75%) SpecFlow
10 1 (0.75%) VersionOne
General
1 26 (19.55%) Finance
2 10 (7.52%) Legal
3 6 (4.51%) Manufacturing
4 4 (3.01%) Retail
5 2 (1.50%) Law
5 2 (1.50%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.75%) Banking
6 1 (0.75%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 32 (24.06%) Analyst
2 25 (18.80%) Developer
3 18 (13.53%) Business Analyst
4 16 (12.03%) Tester
5 14 (10.53%) Project Manager
6 12 (9.02%) Digital Analyst
6 12 (9.02%) Digital Business Analyst
6 12 (9.02%) QA Tester
6 12 (9.02%) Test Analyst
7 10 (7.52%) Automation Tester
8 9 (6.77%) QA Automation Tester
9 8 (6.02%) Java Developer
9 8 (6.02%) Software Engineer
10 7 (5.26%) DevOps Engineer
10 7 (5.26%) Java Engineer
10 7 (5.26%) Java Scala Software Engineer
10 7 (5.26%) Java Software Engineer
10 7 (5.26%) Scala Software Engineer
10 7 (5.26%) SQL Developer
11 6 (4.51%) Scala Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (16.54%) HTML
2 18 (13.53%) CSS
3 16 (12.03%) XML
4 10 (7.52%) REST
4 10 (7.52%) SOAP
5 9 (6.77%) .NET
5 9 (6.77%) J2EE
6 7 (5.26%) EJB
6 7 (5.26%) Hibernate
6 7 (5.26%) HTML5
6 7 (5.26%) J2SE
6 7 (5.26%) JSON
6 7 (5.26%) Play Framework
6 7 (5.26%) Spring
7 4 (3.01%) WCF
7 4 (3.01%) XSLT
8 3 (2.26%) .NET Framework
8 3 (2.26%) ASP.NET
8 3 (2.26%) Web Services
8 3 (2.26%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 21 (15.79%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (9.77%) User Experience
3 10 (7.52%) Mobile App
4 7 (5.26%) PMI
5 6 (4.51%) NHS
6 4 (3.01%) Virtual Team
7 3 (2.26%) Data Centre
7 3 (2.26%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (1.50%) Data Conversion
8 2 (1.50%) Data Integration
8 2 (1.50%) Management Information System
8 2 (1.50%) Visualisation
9 1 (0.75%) Client/Server
9 1 (0.75%) Computer Science
9 1 (0.75%) Data Structures
9 1 (0.75%) Driving Licence
9 1 (0.75%) iPad
9 1 (0.75%) iPhone
9 1 (0.75%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 13 (9.77%) Unix
2 6 (4.51%) Windows
3 5 (3.76%) Linux
4 3 (2.26%) AIX
5 2 (1.50%) VMS
6 1 (0.75%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.75%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (41.35%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (15.79%) Risk Management
3 19 (14.29%) PRINCE2
4 18 (13.53%) Project Management
5 17 (12.78%) Web Development
6 16 (12.03%) Functional Testing
7 15 (11.28%) Project Planning
7 15 (11.28%) Translating Business Requirements
8 14 (10.53%) Use Case
9 13 (9.77%) Continuous Improvement
9 13 (9.77%) ETL
9 13 (9.77%) Migration
9 13 (9.77%) SDLC
9 13 (9.77%) User Stories
10 12 (9.02%) BDD
10 12 (9.02%) Change Management
10 12 (9.02%) Scrum
10 12 (9.02%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
10 12 (9.02%) UML
11 11 (8.27%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 29 (21.80%) SQL
2 24 (18.05%) Java
3 11 (8.27%) JavaScript
3 11 (8.27%) Scala
4 8 (6.02%) C#
5 5 (3.76%) T-SQL
6 3 (2.26%) PL/SQL
7 2 (1.50%) C++
7 2 (1.50%) Shell Script
7 2 (1.50%) VBA
7 2 (1.50%) XAML
8 1 (0.75%) Groovy
8 1 (0.75%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.75%) XPath
Qualifications
1 8 (6.02%) PMP
1 8 (6.02%) Security Cleared
2 7 (5.26%) PMI Certification
3 6 (4.51%) Degree
3 6 (4.51%) ISEB
3 6 (4.51%) ISTQB
3 6 (4.51%) SC Cleared
4 3 (2.26%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (1.50%) CCNP
5 2 (1.50%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.75%) APMP
6 1 (0.75%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.75%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (6.02%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.50%) GCP
2 2 (1.50%) SLA
3 1 (0.75%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.75%) JSP 440
System Software
1 7 (5.26%) Docker
2 3 (2.26%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.75%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 7 (5.26%) Puppet
2 2 (1.50%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.75%) SCCM
3 1 (0.75%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 18 (13.53%) Microsoft
2 10 (7.52%) Oracle
3 7 (5.26%) webMethods
4 4 (3.01%) SAP
5 3 (2.26%) Google
5 3 (2.26%) Tableau
6 2 (1.50%) ArcSight
6 2 (1.50%) Cloudera
6 2 (1.50%) HP
6 2 (1.50%) LogRhythm
6 2 (1.50%) Salesforce.com
6 2 (1.50%) Siemens
6 2 (1.50%) VMware
7 1 (0.75%) Ab Initio
7 1 (0.75%) CA
7 1 (0.75%) Cisco
7 1 (0.75%) Platfora
7 1 (0.75%) Rally
7 1 (0.75%) Red Hat
7 1 (0.75%) Sybase
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